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|Posted on May 26, 2015 at 11:25 PM|
Saturday, May 23, 2015 by: J. D. Heyes.
Critics of modern medicine have been particularly cynical when it comes to how serious the industry and medical science are in finding cures for some diseases, especially those which generate billions of dollars in profits annually for drug makers.
In 2012 alone, for instance, Americans spent $325.8 billion on medications, and that was a year when medication spending declined for the first time in decades.
Spending on cold and flu medications runs into the billions each year; so, too, does spending on cancer -- both illnesses that some see as too lucrative to cure.
As reported by Michael Snyder of the website End of the American Dream, Americans have a 1-in-3 chance of contracting some form of cancer in their lifetime. For men, the odds are closer to 1-in-2.
Further, almost everyone in the country either knows someone who has had cancer or has died from the disease. Snyder notes that it was not always this way.
"Back in the 1940s, only one out of every sixteen Americans would develop cancer. Something has happened that has caused the cancer rate in this nation to absolutely explode, and it is being projected that cancer will soon surpass heart disease and become the leading cause of death in the United States," Snyder wrote.
$100 billion a year for cancer care alone
In all, the World Health Organization has estimated that approximately 14 million new cancer cases are diagnosed around the world every year; the number of new cases is expected to balloon by nearly 70 percent over the next 20 years.
"There are very few words in the English language that cause more fear than the word 'cancer', but despite billions spent on research and all of the technological progress we have made over the years this plague just continues to spiral wildly out of control," wrote Snyder. "Why is that?"
Because, he said, there is profit in the disease.
As reported by NBC News, spending for cancer drugs and treatment topped $100 billion in 2014 -- a "new milestone." In fact, year-over-year spending on cancer rose 10 percent last year from 2013.
The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics said that spending five years earlier was just $75 billion. The institute further noted that, between 2010 and 2014, 45 new cancer medications hit the market.
As NBC News reported:
Two of those are so-called immunotherapies, a hot new class that harnesses the immune system to fight cancer. They are Opdivo from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Keytruda from Merck. Both are priced at $12,500 a month.
Indeed, the number of Americans getting cancer has continued to climb for a century. As reported by Health Impact News, at the beginning of the 20th century 1 person in 20 would get cancer. By the 1940s, that figure had risen to 1 in 16; by the 1970s, 1 in 10. And again, today, that figure is 1 in 3.
"Disease care system"
The health news site also reported:
The cancer industry is probably the most prosperous business in the United States. In 2014, there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer deaths in the US. $6 billion of tax-payer funds are cycled through various federal agencies for cancer research, such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The NCI states that the medical costs of cancer care are $125 billion, with a projected 39 percent increase to $173 billion by 2020.
Snyder -- and millions of other Americans -- understand that companies must turn a profit if they are to remain viable, and that, unfortunately, includes Big Pharma as well. But forcing Americans to pay more than $12,000 a month for cancer treatment seems a bit extreme, to say the least.
What's more, for all the money we're spending on traditional cancer care, the results are sketchy, at best.
"If you are diagnosed with cancer in America today and you choose to trust the medical system with your treatment, you can say goodbye to your financial future," wrote Snyder. "Even if you have health insurance, you will probably end up flat broke one way or the other. Either you will survive and be flat broke, or you will die flat broke."
What's more, despite the expense of treatments, cancer survival rates are still not optimal. Today, the five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with cancer is just 65 percent. That means the remaining 35 percent of cancer patients won't survive past that time frame; for certain forms of cancer, the death rates are extremely high.
One of the biggest reasons for our cancer rates, notes Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, is the toxic foods we eat.
As Adams noted as long ago as 2005, one of the biggest causes of cancer in America is our increasingly toxic diet -- even in places of health.
"There is truly dangerous food being served right now in cafeterias at cancer centers, hospitals, clinics, and, of course, public schools, all across the country," Adams wrote, noting that the nation's healthcare system was more like a "disease care system."
|Posted on May 26, 2015 at 10:30 PM|
Sunday, May 24, 2015 by: Michael Edwards.
Foods that cause inflammation and how to avoid them.
Foods that feed Candida cause inflammation by feeding Candida, but these and many other foods cause inflammation in other ways, too. Some foods have natural, and naturally beneficial inflammatory properties, like many omega 6 fats. But these fats are not "bad," they promote the healing process. These days, most people know about sugar and its inflammatory properties (at least those who read these types of articles), but that's not just restricted to white sugar. Sugars feed Candida and almost all other well-known infectious microbes as well, and causes inflammation in other ways too. Almost everyone has too much sugar in their diet. When healing the gut, it's important to cut out sweets, including fruit juices (even fresh, slow pressed), honey (even raw), agave, brown rice syrup, and all other sweeteners.
Acid Forming Foods (Generally Refined Foods)
When fiber and minerals are removed from foods (like table sugar, salt, and white rice), many of the minerals that alkalinize the body and the beneficial fats are also removed. It's imperative to cut out all other refined carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, other refined flours, and any processed starches.
GMOs and Pesticide Laden Conventional Foods
Pesticides, herbicides, and GMO foods kill good gut bacteria. Candida will bounce back, along with other infectious microbes, because the gut becomes inhospitable to our naturally beneficial flora as the toxic food keeps coming in.
Factory Farmed Animal Products
Factory farmed animals are raised on genetically modified grains that are already on the inflammatory side of the spectrum, even without being genetically modified. For instance corn, wheat, oats, hay, and certain grasses are inflammatory, especially when they are not balanced with a wider variety of natural foods within the diet.
Wheat, Bread, Gluten
Today, due to hybridization, there is a new kind of gluten molecule that we ingest. This gluten molecule in our wheat is more inflammatory than previous varieties. It's not the only gluten molecule in bread, but it's prominent, and it's not found in ancient wheat strands.
Most informed people know by now that coconut and avocado and plenty of other fats have tremendous healing properties and do not naturally contribute to obesity. The bad fats are commercial, highly processed fats, rancid fats, trans fats, and otherwise unnatural fats. These fats cause inflammation and contribute to every autoimmune disease.
Other Toxic Ingredients
Soy lecithin, casein, and protein isolates generally have heavy omega 6 profiles and are also very acidifying. Excitotoxins like MSG, and aspartate, glutamates, aspartate, and MSG excite nerves, damaging the nervous system.
Inflammation and Free Radicals
Free radicals are created by our natural everyday functions, and they play many important roles, including the elimination of the weakest cells in the adjacent area (like infectious microbes). But too much inflammation means way too many free radicals that are overwhelming the body, impeding healing.
Specific Nutrient Deficiencies Known To Cause Inflammation
Any nutrient deficiency can cause inflammation one way or another. Two common nutrition deficiencies well known to directly cause inflammation include:
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to depression, pain, increased overall inflammation, an ineffective immune system, inflammatory bowel disease, many different autoimmune diseases, many forms of cancer, and so much more.
Vitamin B deficiencies can cause, exacerbate, and also be the result of inflammation. When the body's digestive system isn't healthy, B vitamin assimilation becomes more difficult, and extra B vitamins often give some almost immediate relief to those suffering from inflammation. This is especially important for anyone dealing with an abundance of stress.
Whole foods, foods that have no need for an ingredients list, heal the body. There are lots of conditions that cause allergic reactions, sensitivities, or other inflammatory responses from otherwise healthy foods. For instance, someone with severe hypothyroidism may worsen with the consumption of cruciferous vegetables.
The problem with eliminating whole, healthy foods in the diet is that the nutrient deficiencies that are at the cause of the problem get worse. Remove all unhealthy foods from the diet. Temporarily remove some healthier foods if you must, but add them back in as soon as you are able.
See the first source below for more on inflammation (this is the short version). For more on gut health, check out Understanding Hypothyroidism and Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Organic Turmeric lowers inflammation. Sprinkle over stir fries, smoothies or add to curries.
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About the author:
Michael Edwards is the founder, owner, editor-in-chief, and janitor for Organic Lifestyle Magazine and Green Lifestyle Market. At age 17, Michael weighed more than 360 pounds. He suffered from ADHD, allergies, frequent bouts of illness, and chronic, debilitating insomnia.
Conventional medicine wasn't working. While he restored his health through alternative medicine he studied natural health and became immersed in it.