Cancer Prevention Strategies

Today, I want to share two strategies for preventing cancer.

Eat Vegetables - Prevent CancerThe first strategy I highly recommend for preventing cancer is: eat more fruits and vegetables.  While we all know that eating more fruits and vegetables promotes health, many are not aware of the powerful effect of fruits and vegetables on cancer prevention and surviving cancer.  According to the 1988 study by Harold Foster, PhD, of the University of Victoria, British Columbia (Foster HD: Lifestyle changes and the “spontaneous” regression of cancer: an initial computer analysis.  Int J Biosoc Med Res, 1988;10(1):17-33.), major dietary changes, where large amounts of broccoli, leeks, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, onions, squash, carrots, apples, pears and legumes resulted in 200 cases of “spontaneous regressions” in cancer (in other words, the cancer was no longer detected).

The second strategy for preventing cancer is: work on not having Oncometabolic Syndrome.  If you have it, get help to get rid of it.  If you don’t have it, live a healthy lifestyle to avoid it.  Oncometabolic Syndrome refers to the increased propensity for developing cancer for those with the combination of the following conditions: Metabolic Syndrome, systemic inflammation, increased propensity for clotting, sustained new blood vessel formation by cancer cells, hormonal imbalances, low vitamin D levels, oxidation imbalance and immune incompetence.  I will briefly discuss each of these, and then give you the treatment goals for getting rid of them.

Conditions Associated with Oncometabolic Syndrome:
  1. Metabolic Syndrome is a condition where
    • your fasting glucose is above 110 mg/dl
    • you have a big tummy (fat deposition around the waist and trunk)
    • your glycosylated hemoglobin A1C is 5.2% or more
    • your fasting triglycerides is above 150 mg/dl
    • you have hypertension,
    • your HDL is below 50
  2. Systemic inflammation – measured by elevated C-Reactive protein
  3. Increased propensity to clotting (hypercoagulability) – measured by elevated fibrinogen
  4. Sustained new blood vessel formation by cancer cells – measured by elevated copper, high Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), high Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
  5. Hormonal Imbalances – marked by high aromatase, low sex hormone binding globulin, high estradiol
  6. Low vitamin D levels, with low vitamin A, K, E and coQ10
  7. Imbalance in oxidation/reduction – measured by low antioxidant vitamin levels, increased 8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine
  8. Immune Incompetence: Noted by increased propensity towards infections, colds and flu

Functional Medicine OncoMetabolic Syndrome Treatment goals:

  1. Addressing chronic systemic inflammation
  2. Reversing hyperglycemia / hyperinsulinemia (the Metabolic Syndrome)
  3. Replenishing vitamin D3
  4. Paying attention to hypercoagulability
  5. Suppressing the angiogenic cascade (such as by reduction of copper status)
  6. Maintaining immunosurveillance and immunocompetence
  7. Implementing natural strategies to modulate the influence of estrogen

If you have questions regarding the above cancer prevention strategies, functional medicine or any other holistic health question, contact me.