Cancer kills its victims by depleting the body of essential nutrients

Cancer kills its victims by depleting the body of essential nutrients

Cancer is a chronic disease that my be influenced at many stages of its development by nutritional factors. The evidence that cancer is a result of a genetic-environment interaction suggests that diet and lifestyle may play role not only in causing cancer but in preventing it as well. It has been known for centuries that cancer kills its victims by depleting the body of essential nutrients. Cancer was described in many traditions as causing consumption, or wasting. The depletion syndrome is caused in part by the different metabolic activity crated by the tumor and in party by the body's defense strategy. Current studies of populations around the globe show different diets and lifestyles affect not only the incidence of breast cancer but also the age of incidence and survival.

Many nutrients are now known to affect DNA replication and cell differentiation, two aspects of the cell's life that are abnormal in cancer. We now know that we all come from a common ancestor and our genetic basis is similar, regardless of where we come from on earth or how different we look. The differences we observe largely result from how we have adapted to the climate and the geographical terrain, which in turn dictates what kinds of food and how much food we have. In different regions of the world, people eat differently. The variety of food, the amount of food and the methods of food preparation and storage account for much f the difference that we see in the health status of different populations. The simple fact that we have a larger quantity and variety of food, which we are able to keep fresh, has dramatically increased our longevity and our healthy status during the past century. yet, abundance and longevity come with a price. Since cancer mostly occurs later in life, we believe that high-calorie intake, high fat in the diet, and longer exposure to nutritional influences increase our risk of getting cancer.

Lawerence Kushi, Sc.D

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