Thursday, December 3, 2009

Exercise May Prevent or Reverse Cancer

There is an increasing body of research evidence to suggest that many cases of cancer can be prevented through an alkaline lifestyle and diet. Indeed, even conservative estimates suggest that more than 60 percent of new cancer cases could be prevented simply by abstaining from unhealthy acidic lifestyle and dietary habits.

(I have suggested that 98 percent of all cancerous conditions are preventable with rigorous alkaline lifestyle and diet changes.)

Given that, in the best case, modern cancer treatments result in the long-term survival of only about 10 percent of all cancer patients, and that the survival rate for many of the most lethal cancers still remains far more dismal, an ounce of cancer prevention is certainly worth much more than a pound of so-called cancer cure. (This simple yet profound realization is the central theme of The pH Miracle for Cancer CD's.

While not every case of cancer can be reversed through and alkaline lifestyle and diet regime, many of the terrible, and ultimately fatal, cancer cases might have been prevented with reasonably moderate alkaline alterations in the way that people choose to live their daily lives.

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer that occurs in men, and the second most common cause of cancer death in men. In 2009, an estimated 192,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed, and approximately 27,000 men will die of this acidic dis-ease. Prostate cancer currently afflicts 1 out of every 6 American men, and accounts for 25 percent of all cancer diagnoses in men (similar, I might add, to the percentage of breast cancer cases among all cancer cases diagnosed in women). Most prostate cancers are stimulated by the hormone acids testosterone and other androgens produced by the testes, and by other tissues in the body.

The relationship between prostate cancer risk and exercise has not been entirely clear, thus far, as various clinical studies have produced contradictory findings. Some of these studies have suggested that high levels of daily physical activity may reduce the risk of prostate cancer, while other studies have not confirmed a link between prostate cancer risk and physical activity levels.

A new prospective public health study, just published in the British Journal of Cancer, adds further important evidence that increased levels of physical activity may indeed reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. In this newly published study, nearly 46,000 men between the ages of 45 and 70 years were prospectively followed between 1998 and 2007. All of these male volunteers completed extensive questionnaires regarding their daily levels of physical activities at 30 years of age and at 50 years of age, as well as at the time or their entry into this clinical study.

These questionnaires specifically included questions regarding walking or bicycling; current waist, hip and height measurements; education level; cigarette smoking; alcohol consumption; diabetes; family history of prostate cancer; and other lifestyle factors. Six predefined activity levels for occupational activity (from “mostly sitting down” to “heavy manual labor”), and additional predefined categories for time spent on different activities, were specifically included in the questionnaire, such as walking or bicycling (“hardly ever” to “more than 90 min per day”), home or household work (“less than 1 hour per day” to “more than 8 hours per day”), inactive leisure time (“from 2 hours per day or less” to “5 hours per day or more”), and active leisure-time exercising (“from less than 1 hour per week” to “more than 5 hours per week”). The patient volunteers were also queried regarding the average number of hours per day they spent sleeping.

When the men who engaged in physical activity at the highest levels were compared with those at the lowest levels, some very important differences in prostate cancer risk emerged. Overall, very high levels of physical activity were associated with a 16 percent reduction in the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Why? Because exercise removes dietary and/or metabolic acids out of the tissues. And, keep in mind that acid is the cause for all cancerous conditions.

Additionally, among the men who spent at least half of their work days being physically active, the risk of prostate cancer was 20 percent lower when compared to men who spent most of their work day sitting down. Specifically, and very importantly, there appeared to be a linear and progressive decrease in prostate cancer risk with each additional 30 minutes of walking or bicycling per day over the course of the adult lifetimes of these men (this linear relationship was noted within a range of 30 to 120 minutes of walking or bicycling per day). Additionally, the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer appeared to be further lessened by regular daily physical activity which once again removes the acid that will cause cancer.

Cardiovascular disease remains the most common cause of premature death in most societies. Cancer is the No. 2 cause of premature death when including people of all ages, and the No. 1 cause of premature death below the age of 80 in the United States. Regular exercise, including relatively moderate activities such as brisk walking or bicycling, have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of death due to cardiovascular disease, as well as, increasingly, the risk of developing or dying from multiple different types of cancer. Based upon the results of this well-designed and well-executed prospective clinical research study, it would appear that prostate cancer can be added to the list of life-threatening illnesses for which the risk can be decreased through regular and frequent physical activity (and both at work and at home).

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