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How cancer begins. Malignancies begin with one damaged cell called a
"free radical," in which the cell's DNA molecule becomes damaged and unstable,
causing it to to attach itself to
other cells (cluster), setting off a chain reaction of damaged cells, thus creating
a malignancy. According to
Dr. Colin Campbell, top USDA nutrition scientist (now retired) in
his collection of decades of nutritional research called "The China Study,"
undigested or partially-digested animal-based proteins can leak out from an individual's
slightly permeable intestinal wall (which many people do have) and into the blood stream, fueling
the formation and growth of malignancies.
Another term or phrase for this is "foreign protein in the bloodstream."
Plant-based proteins do not have this adverse effect on free-radical cells or malignancies,
and are never seen as foreign protein in the bloodstream. Foreign protein in the blood is
also responsible for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, arthritis,
diabetes, arteritis, pernicious anemia, MS, myasthenia gravis, Graves', Hashimoto disease, and others.
A highly efficient immune system is capable of destroying most free-radical cells before
the damage spreads. However, battling large amounts of foreign protein in the bloodstream
is very taxing on the immune system and reduces its efficiency. A poor diet
with insufficient amounts of antioxidants and enzymes (from fresh fruits and vegetables--not cooked, canned, frozen, or dried)
can also reduce our immune system's efficiency.
Further, Dr. Campbell's research reveals that milk protein (casein, found in
milk, yogurt, cheese, sour cream, ice cream, and other dairy products)
is twice as likely to enhance the metasticizing of malignancies and accelerate the progression of autoimmune conditions as non-dairy animal-based proteins.
In 1982, Dr. Ruth Heidrich was diagnosed with breast cancer that had
metasticized to the lungs and bone. After immediately switching to a 100%
plant-based diet and refusing all other types of treatment, her cancer suddenly stopped progressing, and she is
alive and very well today, 36 years later. Her story can be found at
How can these damaged cells (free radicals) be prevented, stopped, or removed?
By consuming adequate quantities of antioxidants & enzymes, and preventing foreign protein (explained above)
from entering the bloodstream by avoiding animal-based foods. According to the Wikipedia.com definition,
commonly found in vegetables and fruits, terminate chain reactions of cell damage
by removing radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions by being oxidized themselves.
As a result, antioxidants are often reducing agents such as thiols or polyphenols.
chemically attract the
free-radical cells, bonding to and stabilizing them,
rendering them harmless.
A combination of resveratrol
quercetin is one of the
most potent antioxidants available.
Both resveratrol and quercetin are ingredients
in red wine responsible for promoting good health and longevity. Other sources of antioxidants are
vitamins E and C; however, care should be taken to not overdose on these vitamins--follow the
Three new studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association are proving the
benefit of a plant-based diet in dramatically reducing, or eliminating, the risk of cancer. The studies show that
high consumption of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables wards off a variety of cancers.
Migrating to a plant-based diet means that you will probably not be among the one in four
Westerners who die from cancer. Nor is it likely that you will be among the millions
who are diagnosed every single year with cancer, contributing to a
*$100 billion annual cancer industry (that's $100 billion every single year).
The human body depends upon enzymes in order to absorb and metabolize an antioxidant.
Enzymes are abundant in raw, fresh vegetables and fruits (not cooked, canned, frozen, or dried).
Heat kills enzymes, which begin to die at 106 degrees fahrenheit. Most food-drying processes
involve heat beyond that threshold.
People who consume adequate quantities of natural enzymes daily via fresh, raw fruits and vegetables have far better
immune systems than those who do not. In addition, they greatly reduce their risk of
cancer (the #2 killer of Westerners), heart disease (the #1 killer of Westerners), vascular and kidney diseases, diabetes,
and a myriad of other afflictions.
If these same individuals take an additional measure and eliminate animal-based foods from their
diet, they practically eliminate their risk of cancer and heart disease, according to
Dr. John McDougall, M.D.,
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn,
and many other highly respected doctors, hospitals, labs, clinics, journals, etc.
*According to Roon Frost in the March 2008 issue of Taste for Life magazine,
the cancer industry now commands a whopping $100 billion+ each year.