Cancer & Heart Disease: The 20th Century Killers

In the U.S. over 40 million men and women suffer from symptoms of heart disease. It is America’s number one killer, taking the lives of three quarters of a million men and women each and every year. That’s the equivalent of 10 jet airliners crashing every single day and killing all 200 passengers on board each airliner.

Yes, the tragic reality is that in this country alone over 2,000 men and women per day… 83 people per hour . . one person every 45 seconds – . dies of heart disease – constituting nearly half of all deaths in the U.S.

Worse yet, more than twice that many American men and women suffer painful and disabling heart attacks each year. In men, half die and half survive their first heart attack. Most of those men who die never even make it to the hospital. In women, the survival rate for the first heart attack is slightly higher yet only 15% of them live longer than eight to 12 years afterward. and a full 28% of those women who do die from cardiovascular disease are under 55 years of age!

Interestingly enough, the heart attack is a relatively new phenomenon in medical history. According to the book, Secrets to a Healthy Heart and Low Cholesterol (Fischer Publishing), the first heart attack to be medically recorded was in 1912. “The attack was suffered by a banker from Chicago, Illinois. The diagnosis met with ridicule from many medical professionals even though an autopsy reported clearly confirmed the cause of death.” Since that time, of course, the diagnosis of heart attack has become frighteningly all-too-common.

Moreover, $40 billion dollars annually are now lost each year due to heart disease, in terms of treatment and lost productivity, making it the second most expensive disease (only surpassed by Cancer) of all times.

But perhaps the most sobering statistic of all, according to the American heart Association, is this: about half of the 56.5 million men and women who suffer from cardiovascular disease in this country at this very moment don’t even know they have it. And many of them unknowingly suffer from more than one type of cardiovascular problem

Cancer’s Tragic Toll

Cancer in humans is actually a group of over 100 related diseases which can develop in any part of the body, in any person, at any age – although it most frequently develops as we grow older. According to the official statistics, nearly 66 million currently living Americans will go on to develop one form of cancer or another before they die.

Cancer now strikes nearly three out of every four families in the U.S. What’s more, it kills more children between the ages of three and 14 than any other disease. It is the second leading cause of death in the United States today, following heart disease, and claims the lives of over one half million men, women and children every single year.

The staggering medical costs of treating cancer in this country is well over $100 billion dollars annually. exceeding the cost of any other disease, including heart disease.

The Surprising Common Factor in Heart Disease and Cancer!

Scientific and medical researchers alike now agree that one surprising common factor in heart disease and cancer is diet.

The National Cancer Institute, for example, now recognizes the crucial role that correct diet can play in an effective cancer prevention program. In their report entitled, Diet, Nutrition, and Cancer, the NCI recommends a number of specific dietary changes that could help stave off cancer throughout the lifetime of virtually any individual, and names over a dozen specific foods thought to be powerful cancer preventatives.

According to Amar Makheja, Ph.D., Doctor of Biochemistry’ at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., “Research shows that a deficiency of certain important vitamins and minerals in the diet fosters the development of cancerous tumors. It is entirely possible that simply making some sweeping changes in the national diet could dramatically reduce the number of lives lost to cancer every year.”

Clearly, the experts agree, dietary factors strongly influence whether or not an individual will become another grim cancer statistic, or whether he or she will live a long, healthy and relatively disease-free life.

Even the American heart Association, which is normally medically orthodox, has been a staunch supporter of making strategic dietary changes, and using dietary supplements, in order to prevent heart disease, or beat it in cases where it has already begun.

As coronary disease specialist Cynthia Watson, M.D. explains, “Dietary changes can prevent heart disease and help you avoid the agony and expense of heart surgery.” She states, “The fact is that changes in diet and lifestyle, when undertaken early enough, may prevent you from ever requiring invasive medical procedures such as coronary bypass.”

The Phytochemical Connection

“Among the most intriguing talents of phytochemicals is their apparent ability to block the multiple processes that lead to cancer, heart disease, and other chronic degenerative diseases.”
– Sharon Begley, Medical research journalist – Article in Newsweek
Of course, some foods are better cancer and heart disease preventatives than others. Often, the reason for this is the specific phytochemical composition of various foods. Phytochemicals are natural chemicals found in all plants, many of which have been discovered to offer an array of specific, extremely powerful health-promoting and disease-preventing benefits to humans.

As nationally recognized medical nutritionist Dr. Earl Mindell has stated, “Scientists have discovered hidden medical weapons in vegetables called phytochemicals. They relieve a variety of diseases and may be the most powerful cancer preventatives available.”

In essence, phytochemicals are the “chemical army” used by plants to protect the plant from disease, injuries, insects. poisons, pollutants and other potentially harmful problems. It’s little wonder than that we humans – who eat plants – derive many healthful benefits from these same powerful plant chemicals.

As Dr. Hans Kugler. author of Slowing Down the Aging Process has stated, thankfully. Mainstream Scientists are finally learning what herbalists have known for some time: plants contain many powerful healing substances.”

Dr. Mindell goes on to state, “Phytochemicals lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, stimulate regular heart beats, detoxify blood, rebuild the liver, heal ulcers and skin sores, relieve allergies and arthritis, improve memory. reduce deafness and ringing in the ears, alleviate depression and impotency, and are powerful antioxidants. They stimulate the immune system helping it to attack and prevent cancer, and even prevent flu and colds.”

Dr. D.L. Davis, senior science advisor at the U.S. Public Health Service states unequivocally. “Phytochemicals can take tumors and defuse them. They can turn off the proliferative process of cancer.

As Dr. John Potter. an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota. recently told Newsweek magazine, “At almost every step along the pathway to cancer, phytochemicals slow up or reverse the process.”

And as Joseph Weissman, M.D., board-certified Immunologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Medical School states, “Cancer researchers are very’ excited about the results they are getting with phytochemicals. It makes sense because the Immune System is where all diseases can be stopped – not just cancer. Phytochemicals can help build one’s immunity to illness.”

Although only a few short years ago scientists didn’t even know phytochemicals existed, today they are the new frontier in medical science. In fact, phytochemicals are considered to be so promising that the National Cancer Institute has launched an extensive, ongoing multimillion dollar project committed to researching the healing properties of these amazing natural chemicals. Major universities are also doing research on phytochemicals. The University of Illinois, for example, has recently created a new department specifically for phytochemical research with 63 professors and scientists involved.

Soy – The Phytochemical Powerhouse I
“in February 1994, some 250 scientists, nutritionists, and health-care professionals gathered in ~fesa, Arizona, to hear the latest findings on the prevention and treatment of cancer and heart disease. The group included researchers from the Hirosaki University School of Medicine in Japan, the University of Helsinki in Finland, and the University of Milan in Italy. They were joined by colleagues from major U.S. research organizations including the National Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health. Heart specialists reported on a ground breaking treatment for lowering cholesterol that is as effective as drugs but without any unpleasant or dangerous side effects. Cancer researchers talked about special compounds that can inhibit enzymes that stimulate tumor growth, deactivate potent hormones that can promote cancer, and normalize cancer cells. What made this conference unique is that these scientists were not talking about some fantastic drug of the future or some rare chemical They were talking about a foodstuff that is harvested in vast amounts in the United States and that is inexpensive and readily available… They were talking about soybeans.”

– Earl Mindell, R.P H.1 Ph.D
Nationally recognized medical nutritionist – Author: Soy Miracle

“The evidence has been mounting on the positive effects of soy on reducing the ‘bad’ type of cholesterol, known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL). And the reports of soy’s cancer-preventive potential are certainly intriguing. Nonetheless, soy seems to have a Rodney Dangerfield complex:

Even among nutrition experts. it doesn’t get much respect… As a result, the public is largely unaware of two profound discoveries: Eating soy foods may lower blood cholesterol markedly, thereby reducing heart disease risk. And a family of plant chemicals found in Soy may provide a strong measure of protection against cancer. But as a result of the lack of publicity given to these discoveries a powerful form of preventive medicine is not being used.”

– Dr. Mark Messina
– Former program director, Diet and Cancer Branch, National Cancer Institute
“Any of the foods made from soy markedly lower blood cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Additionally. the entire soybean family of plant chemicals: protease inhibitors. phytate. phytosterols, saponins. phenolic acids, lecithin, omega-3 fatty acids, and isoflavones -provide strong protection against cancer.
– Dr. Morton Walker
One of the most studied plants in all phytochemical research is the lowly soybean. a legume belonging to the genus Glycine. From the mid-1960’s, when it was first discovered to have unprecedented anticancer and anti-heart disease properties, to the present day, no other plant in existence has attracted so much attention from the medical and scientific community.

Asians, Soy, and Superior Health: If you were to chart the incidence of severe degenerative disease in Japanese men and women versus American men and women, it would look like someone lined Americans up against the wall and shot us with a disease gun… the incidence of almost every degenerative disease which afflicts Americans -from arthritis to cancer – is substantially lower in the Japanese… An important reason for these lower rates is that the Japanese eat a lot of soy products, whereas most Americans don’t eat any.”
– Dr. Julian Whitaker
What first attracted researchers to the soybean was its primary role in the diet of Asians, particularly those from Japan, Korea and China. The people from these countries had low mortality rates from the twin killers of the western world: cancer and heart disease. Researchers speculated that something in the diet of Asians was protecting them from these two deadly diseases, and that something” turned out to be soy.

What researchers found was that the average Asian consumes approximately two to three ounces of soy per day in their meals in forms ranging from tofu (bean curd), to miso (a bean paste used for seasoning), to soy milk and others. Does their high soy consumption make a difference? The epidemiological evidence reveals that is clearly does. For example, as Dr. Earl Mindell points out in a comparison of Japanese and western health factors:

1) The Japanese people live longer than Americans or any other western Europeans.

2) Americans have far higher rates of colon and lung cancer than do the Japanese.

3) Japan has the lowest mortality rates from heart disease in the world.

4) Breast cancer rates for American women are four times higher than for Japanese women.

5) Prostate cancer rates for American men are five times higher than for Japanese men.

According to Dr. Morton Walker, “The Japanese, Taiwanese, Koreans, and Indonesians eat a daily average of 40 grams of soy foods per person, and experience 90 percent less cancer than do Americans, and only half the mortality rate from heart disease.”

What’s more, the epidemiological evidence is fully backed up by solid scientific research. For example. it has been found that when Japanese men forsake their traditional diet high in soy, and adopt western dietary habits, their cancer rates begin to soar. In a 1989 study published in Cancer Research, it was found that of 8,000 Hawaiian men with Japanese ancestry, those whose diets contained the most soy had the lowest rates of prostate cancer, with all other influences being factored out.

Initially, some researchers criticized this data, claiming that it is the low fat content of traditional Asian foods that is responsible for the low cancer and heart disease rates among Asians. But further research showed that indeed, dietary soy Is the chief factor Involved in the low disease rates – regardless of fat intake, ancestry, or any other factor! For instance, in a 1991 study published in the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, premenopausal western European women who rarely ate soy were found to have twice the risk of breast cancer than those who ate soy frequently – with all other dietary and life style factors being the same in both groups. In other words, soy works to prevent cancer in western women just as effectively as is does in Asian Women, and astonishingly enough, it appears to work regardless of fat intake or any other dietary or lifestyle factor.

Walter Wainright Founder and Chief Counselor for Haelan Research Foundation, a United States Government approved 501(c) (3) Public Foundation. Mr. Wainright, an honors graduate of Tulane University, is an internationally known lecturer with 17 years experience in researching the prevention and treatment of cancer and other chronic diseases with soy phytochemicals.will be making a presentation at Alternative Medicine-Live! April 4-5, 2008. For more information, contact Alternative Medicine-Live! at 800-498-5640.

Posted by Derrick Walker
 

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