Within your remarkable body lie 37 trillion cells, working tirelessly to orchestrate miracles every second of your life. These cells are nourished by the food you consume, and unfortunately, also exposed to toxins that accompany modern living. Your vitality rating is a reflection of your well-being, influenced by factors such as proper nourishment, rest, exercise, emotional well-being, and excitement for life.
When you are young, vibrant, and balanced, with a positive outlook and fulfilling experiences, your vitality rating soars. In such a state, the likelihood of developing diseases like cancer diminishes, and you become resilient to infections and allergenic triggers.
Discover how to unlock your vitality rating and embark on a journey towards optimal health. Empower your body, mind, and soul to thrive in the 21st century, despite the challenges of modern living. Take charge of your well-being and let your vitality rating soar as you embrace a harmonious and fulfilling life.
Unlock Your Vitality: Unleashing the Power to Optimal Health
When we live on highly refined junk food that is full of toxins and does not provide our body with the necessary nutrients for optimal health, when we feel imprisoned, when we consume more toxins than our body can neutralize or eliminate, when we do not get the prerequisite of exercise–then our bodies lose that magical self-regenerating ability. Heart disease, diabetes, or cancer may be the result. If you have cancer, then your vitality rating is low. This book has information that will help you boost your vitality rating. You will at least become a healthier cancer patient. Ideally, you will become cancer-free.
A clam has two pieces to its protective shell. Imagine if one piece of that shell is your physical protection: proper nutrient intake, exercise, avoidance of chemical toxins, and proper alignment of your body structure and energy meridians. The second half of that clam shell is represented by your metaphysical protection: love, connection to others, sense of purpose in life, fun things to do, pleasure, and relying on a Higher Power. Put the two shell halves together and the clam is well protected. If either side is missing, the fragile clam body becomes vulnerable to infections and predators. If either side of your “non-specific host defense mechanisms” (physical or metaphysical) is missing, then you become vulnerable to cancer and other ailments.
We are going to restore the protective and recuperative powers that are yours. To finish the clam metaphor, a pearl is a beautiful and valuable item that starts out as an irritation in the clam, which is covered by multiple layers of calcium that only the clam can make. My hope is that the irritation of cancer will be covered over by your miraculous healing abilities so that when the cancer is gone, all that is left is a “pearl” that improves your life.
The bad news about all of this “vitality rating” and personal involvement in cancer recovery is that we will never develop a magic bullet drug for all cancer patients. The good news is that you can become actively involved in your healing process.
Cancer: The Big Red Flashing Light
“Cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me.” The words almost knocked me over. I was listening to the testimonials from several cancer survivors who had gathered in a class reunion to celebrate life. These people later went on to explain this strange statement. “My life wasn’t working. I didn’t take care of my body. I didn’t eat right. I didn’t get enough rest. I didn’t like my job, or myself, or those around me. I didn’t appreciate life. I rarely stopped to smell the roses along the way. I asked too much of myself. I was too busy. Cancer was a great big red light flashing on the dashboard of my car saying ‘pull this vehicle over and fix it now'”.
These cancer victors had shown the ultimate courage by turning adversity into a major victory. In Oriental language, “crisis” is written by two characters, one meaning “danger” and the other meaning “opportunity”. Cancer is a crisis of unparalleled proportions, both for the individual and for humanity. For a minority of cancer patients, cancer has become an extraordinary opportunity to convert their lives into a masterpiece.
The Cancer Pipeline
Cancer is now the number one cause of death in America, surpassing heart disease as of January 2005. About 17 million Americans alive today have been treated or are still in treatment for cancer. By some estimates, about 8 million Americans are currently in the cancer “pipeline” or in treatment or watchful observation.
Each year, over 1.6 million more Americans are newly diagnosed with cancer with another 5 million skin cancers that are treated on an outpatient basis at the doctor’s office. Half of all cancer patients in general are alive after five years. 42% of Americans living today can expect to develop cancer in his or her lifetime. Today, 24% of Americans die from cancer–a sharp contrast to the 3% who died from cancer in the year 1900. Europe has an even higher incidence of cancer. For the past four decades, both the incidence and age-adjusted death rate from cancer in America have been steadily climbing. Some people claim that the recent very modest improvements in cancer survival are explained by earlier diagnosis from more cancer screening procedures such as PSA, colonoscopy, breast exam, etc. Ironically, amidst the high-tech wizardry of modern medicine, at least 40% of cancer patients will die from malnutrition, not the cancer itself.
Proven Scientific Methods Show That Nutrition Can Transform Your Health
- Prevent or reverse the common malnutrition that plagues cancer patients.
- Make the medical therapies of chemotherapy and radiation more of a selective toxin to the cancer while protecting the patient from damage.
- Bolster the cancer patient’s immune system to provide a microscopic army of warriors to fight the cancer throughout the body, because when the doctor says: “We think we got it all” that’s when we are relying on a well-nourished immune system to locate, recognize, and destroy the inevitable remaining cancer cells.
- Help to selectively starve sugar-feeding tumor cells by altering intake of sugar, blood glucose levels, and circulating insulin.
- Slow down cancer with high doses of nutrients that make the body more resistant to invasion from tumor cells, aka using nutrition factors as biological response modifiers.
All of this good news means that cancer patients who use the comprehensive therapies described in this book may expect significant improvement in quality and quantity of life, and chances for a complete remission–by changing the underlying conditions that brought about the cancer. Cancer is an abnormal growth, not just a regionalized lump or bump. Chemo, radiation, and surgery will reduce tumor burden, but do nothing to change the underlying conditions that allowed this abnormal growth to thrive. In a nutshell, this book is designed to change the conditions in the body that favor tumor growth and return the cancer victor to a healthier status. More wellness in the body means less illness. We are going to take your body beyond surviving and into thriving.
Once Louis Pasteur discovered how to kill bacteria by heat processing (pasteurization), he embarked upon an energetic but ultimately frustrating career to eliminate all bacteria from the planet earth. Didn’t work. And a century later, after the development of numerous “super drugs” to kill bacteria, Americans now have infections as the third leading cause of death, right after heart disease and cancer. Many bacteria are now drug resistant and virtually unstoppable. Similarly, after spending the last half century trying to poison the insects out of our fields with potent pesticides, we now have “super bugs” that are chemically resistant to all poisons and a net INCREASE in crop loss to insects. Same goes for cancer.
We thought that we could poison the cancer out of the patient. But many cancers develop drug resistance or hormone independence, while the toxic drugs compromise our immune systems and leave us “naked” in the battle with the cancer. Military refer to “carpet bombing” the enemy, which is to bombard repeatedly and excessively. We have tried that on cancer with more collateral damage (patient damage) than imaginable.
Must We Kill to Cure Cancer
There is a new philosophy emerging in science and medicine. According to several articles in major cancer journals, oncologists are asking the question: “Must we kill to cure?” In the prestigious Journal of Clinical Oncology (April 1995, p.801), Drs. Schipper, Goh, and Wang provide a compelling argument that curing the cancer patient need not include killing the cancer cells with potent cytotoxic therapies. In many ways, from our fields to our bacterial infection patients to our cancer patients, we need to re-examine Dr. Pasteur’s grand deathbed epiphany: “The terrain is everything.” The terrain is your human body.
Enhance Your Vitality Rating
Nourish your body properly with nutrients, oxygen, good thoughts, and exercise, and it will perform miraculous feats of disease recovery. We don’t fully understand these “non-specific host defense mechanisms”, but we need to respect and utilize them. Enhance your vitality rating. That is how we will win the “war on cancer.”
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Excerpted from Beating Cancer with Nutrition, by Dr. Patrick Quillin, PhD,RD,CNS