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If you think the U.S. should change our spending priorities,
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Tomatoes to Prevent Breast Cancer

Conclusions of recent research published by The Endocrine Society:

"Increasing dietary consumption of tomato-based foods may benefit postmenopausal women at increased breast cancer risk, especially those who are not obese."

Read more (abstract only):
Effects of Tomato and Soy on Serum Adipokine Concentrations in Postmenopausal Women at Increased Breast Cancer Risk: A Cross-Over Dietary Intervention Trial: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism: Vol 0, No 0

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Flax Seed to Prevent and Treat Breast Cancer

Flaxseed is rich in phytoestrogens and has been suggested to have an anticancer effect.

"Clinical trials show that flax seed reduces tumor growth in breast cancer patients and its lignans reduce risk in premenopausal women."

"More clinical trials are needed but current overall evidence indicates that flax seed and its components are effective in the risk reduction and treatment of breast cancer."

Read more (abstract only):
Flaxseed and its lignan and oil components: Can they play a role in reducing the risk of and improving the treatment of breast cancer?

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California's Proposition 65

Proposition 65 is a California law that requires the state to maintain a "list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive toxicity". In addition, and critically important to the public, "businesses must provide clear warnings whenever exposing the people to an unsafe level of a listed substance".

Learn more:
CA Prop65 Overview

Download the Prop65 List (pdf, updated Nov 2013)

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The Progress & Promise of Pot as a Cancer Treatment

"Cannabinoids for Cancer Treatment: Progress & Promise"
Published October 29, 2007

An in-depth review of research into cannabinoids used in the treatment of the following:

--> Gliomas
--> Prostate Cancer
--> Breast Cancer
--> Lung Cancer
--> Skin Cancer
--> Pancreatic Cancer
--> Lymphoma

CONCLUSION:
"Although the observed effects of cannabinoids are complex and sometimes contradictory, there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that cannabinoids can be explored as chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of cancer."

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Ancient Herb Shows Promise in Treating Ovarian Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, there are estimated to have been 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed in 2013, and there were 14,030 deaths from the disease.

New research suggests Frankincense, an aromatic plant resin that comes from a tree, may help in the treatment of ovarian cancer.

From Medical News Today:

"Previous research has also suggested that frankincense may be useful for the treatment of some cancers, including breast, colon and prostate cancer."

"After analyzing it in vitro for 1 year, the investigators tested it on a series of late-stage ovarian cancer cell lines, some of which were resistant to chemotherapy."

"The compound effectively killed ovarian cancer cells. Furthermore, the researchers say they were surprised to find that chemotherapy-resistant cell lines appeared to become more sensitive when the AKBA compound was applied."

Read the full article:
We Bring Gifts of Gold, Myrrh & Ovarian Cancer Treatment

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PFOAs Linked to Kids' Health Problems

Along with being a known carcinogen recent news links PFOA chemicals to high blood pressure in children:

"C8, also known as PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid, was detected in local drinking water supplies in 2001 and 2002 — the result of emissions from DuPont Washington Works near Parkersburg, West Virginia where the chemical has been used for decades to make Teflon and other consumer applications."

"The discovery of the chemical contamination led to a class action lawsuit against DuPont brought by local water consumers who feared health effects from exposure to the manmade surfactant. Communities with water systems impacted by the contamination include Belpre, Tuppers Plains, Little Hocking and Pomeroy, Ohio — and Lubeck and Mason County, West Virginia."

"As the result of the class action lawsuit settlement, an independent panel of epidemiologists known as the C8 Science Panel determined after several years of study that C8 exposure is linked to pre-eclampsia, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and kidney and testicular cancer."

"C8 exposure has been associated with an increased risk of high cholesterol and pregnancy induced hypertension, but this is the first study to examine a potential correlation between PFOA exposure and high blood pressure in children."

Read the full article:
C8 May Be Linked to High Blood Pressure in Kids

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Fracking Fresh Water in Texas

When we think of things that cause cancer, energy policy isn't usually high on the list, but it has become a fact-of-life from the Ohio Valley to Texas:

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was justified in ordering that drinking water be provided to several Parker County residents whose water wells were contaminated with methane and cancer-causing benzene in 2010, but additional work needs to be done to assess whether a risk still exists, according to an internal investigation released Tuesday."

"The case began after Steve Lipsky, a resident of the Silverado subdivision in far south Parker County, noticed that his water bubbled like champagne."

"The agency believed that methane gas and other chemicals leaked into the aquifer because of the company’s nearby hydraulic fracturing, used to extract natural gas and oil by pumping high-pressure, chemical-laced water to crack thick layers of rock."

Read the full article:
Report Backs EPA Order on Water Contamination in Parker County

Learn more about fracking & health:
TEDX
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Pot vs Cancer: An In-depth Review

From the British Journal of Pharmacology 2011 research:

"Here we review the relationship between the endocannabinoid system and anti-tumour actions (inhibition of cell proliferation and migration, induction of apoptosis, reduction of tumour growth) of the cannabinoids in different types of cancer. This review will focus on examining how activation of the endocannabinoid system impacts breast, prostate and bone cancers in both in vitro and in vivo systems. The therapeutic potential of cannabinoids for cancer, as identified in clinical trials, is also discussed."

"Identification of safe and effective treatments to manage and improve cancer therapy is critical to improve quality of life and reduce unnecessary suffering in cancer patients. In this regard, cannabis-like compounds offer therapeutic potential for the treatment of breast, prostate and bone cancer in patients. Further basic research on anti-cancer properties of cannabinoids as well as clinical trials of cannabinoid therapeutic efficacy in breast, prostate and bone cancer is therefore warranted."

 "Although this review focuses on these three types of cancer (breast, prostate and bone cancer), activation of the endocannabinoid signalling system produces anti-cancer effects in other types of cancer including skin, brain and lung. Interestingly, cannabis trials in population-based studies failed to show any evidence for increased risk of respiratory symptoms/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or lung cancer associated with smoking cannabis."

"Cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system play a role in inhibiting cancer cell proliferation and angiogenesis, reducing tumour growth and metastases and inducing apoptosis in all three types of cancers reviewed here."

Read the full article:
"The Endocannabinoid System & Cancer: Therapeutic Implications"

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The Case for New Chemical Laws

A recent article by John Replogle, president and CEO of Seventh Generation, makes it clear why we need new regulations to protect us from the toxic chemicals we are exposed to almost constantly:

"Currently, chemical safety is largely regulated by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a 1976 law that's done a dismal job of protecting public health. The law requires no pre-market safety testing for the roughly 85,000 chemicals in the market and the 1,000 new chemicals introduced each year. Instead, a perennially underfunded EPA must prove that a chemical is unsafe before its use can be dialed back."

"If even just 10% of the estimated 85,000 different chemicals currently in production were toxic, a conservative estimate, one would expect a viable TSCA to have banned or controlled roughly 8,500 of them. Instead, in nearly 40 years, this toothless law has regulated just 5 and assessed only 195 others."

Read the full article:
We Need Regulation to Remove Chemicals from the Supply Chain

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Cancer in Your Plastic

Rodale News reports another common chemical used in plastics & PVC is being added to California's Proposition 65 List due its toxicity to humans:

"Among the evidence cited for including DiNP on the Proposition 65 list were animal studies finding a link between the chemical and blood and bone marrow cancers as well as tumors in the liver, kidney, uterus, and pancreas."

"DiNP is used in 90 percent of vinyl products on the market, so you're likely exposed to it in some way every day. The chemical is used in electrical wire and cable insulation, vinyl flooring, roofing materials, vinyl-coated fabrics, toys, garden hoses, raincoats, rainboots, and anything made with PVC-based artificial or "vegan" leather. It's also used to some extent in paints, sealants, and adhesives."

Read the full article from Rodale News:
It's Official: Vinyl Chemicals Cause Cancer

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Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer Research

New research investigating the effects of certain phytoestrogens on breast cancer shows promising results:

"In brief, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of isoflavones, calycosin and formononetin (phytoestrogens found in red clover & Chinese herbs), on human breast cancer cells in vitro, together with the possible mechanism. The results demonstrated that both calycosin and formononetin exerted inhibitory effect on ER-positive cells but not ER-negative cells."

Read the full research:
Inhibition and Apoptosis in Human Breast Cancer by Calycosin and Formononetin

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Feminine Care & Cancer

Recent report on research from "Women's Voices for the Earth":

"This report highlights the potential health concerns related to toxic and allergenic chemicals found in feminine care products and outlines the considerable data gaps in our knowledge about them.  These products, and their ingredients, require both more research, and greater scrutiny to ensure the safety of their use."

"Test results show dioxins, furans, and pesticide residues in tampons, which have been linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption. Many feminine care products contain formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, and formaldehyde is a carcinogen and a potent allergen."

Read the report:
Chem Fatale

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Benzene in Rockford Drinking Water

News from Rockford, Illinois:

"Back in 2011, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency labeled the Rush's neighborhood an "area of concern" and conducted a groundwater study. Levels of the chemical benzene were found in a few private wells, more than what's safe to drink."

"According to the IEPA study, exposure to unsafe levels of benzene, over long periods of time, may increase the lifetime risk of cancer. Karli fears her and her neighbors' illnesses aren't just coincidence."

Full article:
Rockford Family Worries Water Contamination Causing Neighborhood Illnesses - WREX.com

Learn more about your drinking water from EWG.org

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Toxic Neighbors

What would you do if your neighbors were dumping toxic garbage all over your home?  I would think the EPA had the power to regulate power plants & their toxic by-products, but apparently it takes a lawsuit to stop big polluters from contaminating surrounding communities.
News from Kentucky:
"Just as individuals cannot dump their household garbage on their neighbors' lawns, electric companies cannot allow their coal dust and coal ash to be blown onto their neighbors' homes and properties," the plaintiffs said in the suit filed Monday."
There are thousands of these dirty neighbors in communities across the country:
"The ash, a byproduct of burning coal, has been piling up in the last decade, reaching a height of 100 feet and spanning a quarter-mile, according to the suit. Power plants in the U.S. produce about 140 million tons of the ash each year, and there are about 1,000 active coal ash storage sites around the country."

We simply cannot wait for government to do its job; too many people are becoming sick and dying while officials drag their feet:
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the ash be regulated as a hazardous material, but no decision has been made more than three years after public hearings were held."
An important part of cancer prevention is knowing who are neighbors are & being proactive in protecting our families from those who carelessly do us harm.

Full Story:
Louisville Neighbors Sue Over Coal Plant Ash

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Simple & Safe Bug Spray

Nobody wants a home full of creepy-crawly bugs, but it has been well established that exposure to toxic chemicals increases our cancer risk, and pesticides are a prime culprit. Switching to natural alternatives is often good answer; homemade products can also save money & are much better for the environment.  This recipe for a simple & safe bug repellent is one that I've used for many years.

Many bugs are very sensitive to odors and they won't hang out in a place that doesn't smell pleasant to them.  The strong vinegar/mint concentration in this spray will (slowly) kill bugs, but it is more of a deterrent than anything.  And that's really all we want to do is to keep critters out of our living spaces because as hard as it is to accept, bugs really are our friends.

Mamó's Simple Bug Spray

Fill a 32 oz (1 qt) jar 1/2 full of white vinegar (a mason jar works good)
Add:
 1 Tablespoon of mint extract (from the spice isle)
 2 whole Cinnamon sticks (broken in pieces, or 1 Tblspn ground)
 1 Tblspn Cloves (ground or crush whole colves)
 6 whole Bay leaves (broken in pieces)
 1 Tblspn Thyme
 1 Tblspn Rosemary
 1 Tblspn Sage
 1 Tblspn  Marjoram, Oregano or Italian seasoning
 1 Tblspn Cayenne Pepper or crushed red pepper flakes

Crush the dried spices well before adding to the jar.

Add 3 cloves of crushed garlic (or 1 Tblspn of Garlic powder, fresh is better)

If you don't have all the herbs, just add as many as you can, the vinegar & mint add potency.
Fill the jar the rest of the way with water, put a lid on it, shake gently and let sit for 24 hours. (a warm place is best)
Using a funnel, strain the mixture through a coffee filter into a 32 oz spray bottle. (label the bottle!)
Spray around baseboards, window sills, doorways, in cabinets or wherever you see bugs.

CAUTION! Vinegar is caustic!  It will kill plants!

Variations:
* omit the vinegar & use only water for a less caustic spray (safer for fabrics & pets)
* add several drops of cedar, lavender or eucalyptus oil in addition to (or in place of) the mint

More Tips to Repel Bugs:

* Blocks or chips of cedar can be placed in all sorts of nooks and crannies to keep bugs at bay; or place aprox 10 drops of cedar essential oil in a 32 oz spray bottle of water; can be used as an air freshener, or spray around doorways, windows, carpets, furniture and closets, etc.

* Crush Bay leaves and periodically sprinkle them in corners and cupboards.

* Make small sachets to place around your house to deter pests; use the same herbs listed above, crush them finely and put a couple tablespoons in a scrap of cloth, tie it with a string and place in closets, cupboards, etc.  About once a week mash them up to freshen the scent (without untying it)  Spritzing them with water will also freshen the scent.  After a few months replace the old herbs with new ones. You can also dab the sachets with essential oils (lavender or cedar are good choices)

Planting mint around  your home's foundation will repel many pests, especially ants.

* Most aromatic herbs are excellent bug deterrents; plant them close to your house.

* Sprinkle pet bedding with finely crushed Rosemary to deter fleas

* Pots of fresh Basil will repel many flying bugs, especially flies and mosquitoes. (inside and out)

Marigolds are excellent bug deterrents; plant them everywhere around the house and garden! (and you'll only have to buy seeds once because they are so easy to collect off the dead  flowers and then save for next year!)

* Encourage birds to visit your yard by providing fresh water & safe nesting areas

Here's a link to Wikipedia's very handy  List of Plants that Repel Bugs and other pests.

Learn more:
Avoiding pesticides at home

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Healthier Grilling

It can be discouraging to continuously discover that our favorite foods are bad for our health; to the point that many simply give up trying.  One of my big 'bummer-moments' was learning that grilled foods can contain cancer causing chemicals. It's a good idea to try to limit meat intake, but in the summertime our grill is used far more often than the stove, so I've sought out ways to be healthier about it.

The first step to better grilling is to stop using traditional charcoal, instead opt for hardwood lump charcoal which doesn't contain chemical additives.  Never use lighter fluid or the 'fancy' charcoal that's already been soaked in it.

Grilled fish, veggies & fruits form fewer harmful chemicals than beef, pork or chicken.  Use a drip-tray to catch any juices which prevents them from smoking when they hit hot coals.

Whatever you choose to grill, (fish, meat, veggies, etc) marinate the food for at least an hour or 2 in a mixture that contains beer or wine and add a couple handfuls of fresh or dried rosemary, thyme & oregano to the marinade.  Herbs contain antioxidants that can greatly reduce the toxins created by grilling. (especially rosemary)

Slow cooking over low heat (& further from the coals) is better than using high heat. Try to keep the temperature under 375 degrees & don't allow foods to blacken on the outside. Happy, healthy grilling!

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BPA and Breast Cancer

From a study published May 2012, Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02111.

Abstract:
"The xenoestrogen bisphenol A (BPA) used in the manufacturing of various plastics and resins for food packaging and consumer products has been shown to produce numerous endocrine and developmental effects in rodents."

"Exposure to low doses of BPA during fetal mammary gland development resulted in significant alterations in the gland's morphology that varied from subtle ones observed during the exposure period to precancerous and cancerous lesions manifested in adulthood."

Source:
"Bisphenol A (BPA) Alters the Development of the Rhesus Monkey Mammary Gland"

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Sunshine to Reduce Risk of Ovarian Cancer

 Natural sunlight is a vital to good health, including cancer prevention. The results of this study suggest that ovarian cancer risk is reduced when women are exposed to more sunshine. This has been demonstrated with several other cancers in the past.

"Association Between Ambient Ultraviolet Radiation and Risk of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer"


"Evidence is accumulating to suggest that higher exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is associated with decreased risk of internal cancers, but data for ovarian cancer are unclear. We aimed to examine the association between lifetime ambient UVR and ovarian cancer in a population-based case control study."

---> "These data suggest that exposure to ambient UVR may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer."

Source:
 American Association for Cancer Research, Copyright © 2012

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Blueberries vs Breast Cancer

From a NIH study published online April 13, 2010
---> Abstract
"Dietary phytochemicals are known to exhibit a variety of anti-carcinogenic properties. This study investigated the chemopreventive activity of blueberry extract in triple negative breast cancer cell lines in vitro and in vivo."
"Blueberry decreased cell proliferation in HCC38, HCC1937 and MDA-MB-231 cells with no effect on the non-tumorigenic MCF-10A cell line."

 "The aims of this study were to determine the antitumor activity of a whole blueberry preparation against MDA-MB-231 cells.  Preliminary results showed that among a panel of whole food preparations, blueberry exhibited the highest antiproliferative effect against MDA-MB-231 cells."

"One aim in developing chemopreventive agents is to identify those that are easily accessible and nontoxic; therefore, blueberry was chosen for further study."

A large number of natural products, including berries, have been shown to inhibit metastatic potential in cancer cell lines, including prostate, lung, breast, and fibrosarcoma.

---> "The results of our studies suggest that the oral intake of blueberries could be a key component of long-term breast cancer prevention strategies. We showed that blueberry ingestion in mice decreased not only tumor growth but also the activity of markers for metastatic potential in breast tumors."

"The dose of blueberry in our study is equal to a fresh blueberry intake equal to 4.3 oz of fresh blueberries per day for a 130-lb person. A single serving of fresh blueberries is 6 oz, which is an attainable intake for the average person."

Source NIH:
"Blueberry Phytochemicals Inhibit Growth and Metastatic Potential of MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cells"

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Red Algae to Reduce Colon Polyps

From a study published October 4, 2012
Department of Pathology , The University of Michigan , Ann Arbor , Michigan.


"Taken together, these findings demonstrate that a multimineral natural product from red marine algae can protect mice on a high-fat diet against polyp formation in the colon."


Source NIH:
"A Multimineral Natural Product from Red Marine Algae Reduces Colon Polyp Formation"



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Antioxidants and Cancer Prevention


 via The National Cancer Institute (NCI):
"Antioxidants & Cancer Prevention Fact Sheet"

Key Points
"Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals.
Laboratory and animal research have shown that antioxidants help prevent the free radical damage that is associated with cancer. However, results from recent studies in people (clinical trials) are not consistent.
Antioxidants are provided by a healthy diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables.

What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radical damage may lead to cancer. Antioxidants interact with and stabilize free radicals and may prevent some of the damage free radicals might otherwise cause. Examples of antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins C, E, and A, and other substances.

Can antioxidants prevent cancer?
Considerable laboratory evidence from chemical, cell culture, and animal studies indicates that antioxidants may slow or possibly prevent the development of cancer. However, information from recent clinical trials is less clear. In recent years, large-scale, randomized clinical trials reached inconsistent conclusions.

How might antioxidants prevent cancer?
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals as the natural by-product of normal cell processes. Free radicals are molecules with incomplete electron shells which make them more chemically reactive than those with complete electron shells. Exposure to various environmental factors, includingtobacco smoke and radiation, can also lead to free radical formation. In humans, the most common form of free radicals is oxygen. When an oxygen molecule (O2) becomes electrically charged or “radicalized” it tries to steal electrons from other molecules, causing damage to theDNA and other molecules. Over time, such damage may become irreversible and lead to disease including cancer. Antioxidants are often described as “mopping up” free radicals, meaning they neutralize the electrical charge and prevent the free radical from taking electrons from other molecules.

Which foods are rich in antioxidants?
Antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables, as well as in other foods including nuts, grains, and some meats, poultry, and fish. The list below describes food sources of common antioxidants.

Beta-carotene is found in many foods that are orange in color, including sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, squash, apricots, pumpkin, and mangos. Some green, leafy vegetables, including collard greens, spinach, and kale, are also rich in beta-carotene.

Lutein, best known for its association with healthy eyes, is abundant in green, leafy vegetables such as collard greens, spinach, and kale.

Lycopene is a potent antioxidant found in tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya, apricots, pink grapefruit, blood oranges, and other foods. Estimates suggest 85 percent of American dietary intake of lycopene comes from tomatoes and tomato products.

Selenium is a mineral, not an antioxidant nutrient. However, it is a component of antioxidantenzymes. Plant foods like rice and wheat are the major dietary sources of selenium in most countries. The amount of selenium in soil, which varies by region, determines the amount of selenium in the foods grown in that soil. Animals that eat grains or plants grown in selenium-rich soil have higher levels of selenium in their muscle. In the United States, meats and bread are common sources of dietary selenium. Brazil nuts also contain large quantities of selenium.

Vitamin A is found in three main forms: retinol (Vitamin A1), 3,4-didehydroretinol (Vitamin A2), and 3-hydroxy-retinol (Vitamin A3). Foods rich in vitamin A include liver, sweet potatoes, carrots, milk, egg yolks, and mozzarella cheese.

Vitamin C is also called ascorbic acid, and can be found in high abundance in many fruits and vegetables and is also found in cereals, beef, poultry, and fish.

Vitamin E, also known as alpha-tocopherol, is found in almonds, in many oils including wheat germ, safflower, corn, and soybean oils, and is also found in mangos, nuts, broccoli, and other foods."

Source NCI:
"Antioxidants & Cancer Prevention Fact Sheet"

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40 Foods for Cancer Prevention

~ No single food can prevent cancer on its own, but by incorporating a wide variety of fresh, nutrient-dense  foods into your everyday diet you'll strengthen your immune system allowing it to do its job, naturally.

Food is powerful medicine and many foods have been proven to actually kill cancer cells along with fighting numerous other health ailments including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and more.

Always purchase ORGANIC or GMO-Free versions when available; if you think they're too expensive, think about this:

"No matter how much money you save by skipping organics, it will NEVER be enough to buy good health."
These are 40 foods known to fight cancer & help keep a body healthy:

  FRUITS

Apples
Blueberries
Cherries
Cranberries
Grapes and Grape Juice
Acai Berries
Blackberries & Raspberries
Citrus Fruits
Papayas
Pomegranates
Strawberries
Watermelon (& other melons)
Tomatoes

  VEGGIES

Sweet Potatoes
Spinach
Beets
Carrots
Kale & other dark greens
Bell Peppers (red, green, etc)
Squash (Winter)
Broccoli
Asparagus
Turnip Greens
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Brussels Sprouts

 NUTS, SEEDS, BEANS & GRAINS

Quinoa (KEEN-wah)
Walnuts
Legumes (Dry peas, lentils & beans such as black, pinto, kidney, navy & garbonzo)
Whole Grains
Flaxseed

 HERBS/SPICES

Garlic
Onions
Chili Peppers
Ginger
Turmeric (Curcumin)
Rosemary
Oregano

 MISC

Dark Chocolate
Mushrooms
Vitamin D
Green Tea
Coffee

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Avoiding BPA

 A recent article in the Washington Posts reminds us:

BPA is Still Everywhere and Mounting Evidence Suggests Harmful Effects

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From the National Institutes of Health:
 Questions & Answers about Bisphenol A.
Lots of information & tips for avoiding BPA.

Bisphenol A-related Journal Articles via NIH
A massive number of studies showing a BPA link to cancer, diabetes, obesity, reproductive problems & much more.

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The Breast Cancer Fund has some great tips for avoiding BPA

Treehugger & the Soft Landing each provide lists of companies that use BPA-free cans & food packaging.

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Herbs & Spices for Cancer Prevention


"This review focuses on the anti-microbial, antioxidant, and anti-tumorigenic properties of herbs and spices, their ability to influence carcinogen bioactivation, and likely anticancer contributions."

"A growing body of epidemiological and preclinical evidence points to culinary herbs and spices as minor dietary constituents with multiple anticancer characteristics."

Full article:
"The Role of Herbs and Spices in Cancer Prevention"

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Cancer Prevention Research


The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) provides thousands of full journal articles focused on Cancer Prevention Research Search past issues and get the latest research.


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Vitamin C to Treat Neuroblastoma

According to 2007 research published by the US National Institutes of Health:
"vitamin C is effective in melanoma and a large panel of tumor cell lines"
 "Neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common solid extracranial tumor of childhood; many patients have highly aggressive disease that is ultimately fatal.  Therefore, less toxic and more effective therapy must be found."

Conclusion of this research study:
"This study demonstrates that sodium ascorbate, Vitamin C, is highly toxic to neuroblastoma cell lines.
We could observe dose- and time-dependent induction of apoptosis in all NB cell lines.
This work, together with others, supports the use of vitamin C as an anticancer agent; in particular we suggest exploring the use of high dose intravenous ascorbate in controlled studies. Vitamin C is relatively tumor specific, non toxic and inexpensive, in contrast to many chemotherapeutic agents in use."

Full report:
Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C) Induces Apoptosis in Neuroblastoma

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The "Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer"


News via the New York Times:

"Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer"

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The Illegal Cure for Lung Cancer


FACT:  Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States.

What if pot cured lung cancer?  Sound impossible?  Not only is it possible, it's repeatedly been proven to be a fact.  Here's 1 example.

RESEARCH: Marijuana vs Lung Cancer

Conclusion of the 2007 study from Harvard Medical School:
"Our findings suggest a therapeutic use of cannabinoids like THC in the treatment of aggressive and chemotherapy-resistant lung cancers."
As a person who is painfully aware of the short and long term effects of 'standard protocol' cancer treatments, especially on children, it angers me to know that politics and profits are the main reasons that marijuana isn't 'standard protocol' for a wide variety of chronic & even deadly illnesses, including cancer.

Safer treatments are out there, but we have to demand they are funded by our tax dollars at the National Cancer Institute. Far too much money is spent playing around with doses of drugs that were approved decades ago and which are known carcinogens and cause numerous chronic health problems.  

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Toxin-Free Homemade Laundry Soap

When I first started my baby-steps towards less-toxic living, I learned laundry soap contains some of the nastiest ingredients. And while there are lots of good reasons to make your own laundry soap, the main reason I do it is to avoid the chemicals in store-bought detergents.  But it's also extremely frugal and eco-friendly; I've been doing it for years and it's 1 of those things I've never regretted.

For me, the biggest obstacle to switching to safer cleaners was simply mindset.  We have been bombarded for years with non-stop messages that our clothes need to be X-Brand Clean or Y-Brand Fresh; but not even my family noticed the change when I switched to safer laundry soap because our clothes are just as clean & fresh as they were when I used the pricey & popular plastic jugs, and no more guilt when depositing all those jugs at the recycling center (making and recycling plastic are both very toxic processes).

I've seen some recipes for homemade laundry powder that are made with harsh bar soaps and they often contain much more than is necessary for clean laundry.  The fact is, water & agitation are the main cleaning agents, not the over-priced Miracles-in-a-Jug from the store.  Also, lots of soap bubbles do not equal super-clean clothes, in fact, the new HE (high efficiency) washers direct users to only use low-sudsing detergents.

It only takes about 5 minutes to mix up a batch and our homemade laundry powder contains just 2 ingredients: baking soda and Dr. Bronner's bar soap.  Our favorite scents are lavender & peppermint, but there are many to choose from and if you have sensitive skin or allergies I highly recommend their Baby Mild bar.

Our laundry powder is:

100% Biodegradable
Earth & human friendly
Low-sudsing
Cleans & deodorizes
Safe for HE washing machines
No phosphates
Rinses clean with no residue
No animal testing or by-products


~ Mamó's Laundry Powder ~

6 Cups Baking Soda
1/2 bar Dr. Bronner's Soap - shredded

Place 1/2 the baking soda in a large container that has a tight-fitting lid.  Using a regular or mini-size cheese grater, shred 1/2 of a bar of your favorite Dr. Bronner's soap into the container then add the remaining baking soda & secure the lid.  Mix well for a couple minutes by tipping, turning & gently shaking in all different directions.  Choose a container that will only be 2/3 full to allow room for everything to mix up good.

Directions
Use 1/8 cup per regular size load, slightly less for HE machines
Use a heaping 1/8 cup scoop (or up to 1/4 cup) for large or extra dirty loads or for very hard water

Borax, a natural mineral, is often touted as a 'green' cleaner, however, as I often say, "natural means nothing"; radon & cyanide are natural, and deadly.  For many years I used borax all around the house for cleaning, but I have greatly reduced our over-all use because there is a growing amount of research suggesting that it may be an endocrine disruptor.

Borax can be added to this recipe if you choose. (4 cups baking soda, 2 cups borax, 1/2 bar of soap) I now prefer to add it as needed to individual loads; I usually reduce the amount suggested on the box by at least 1/2.

More laundry tips:
The best laundry whitener & brightener I've ever found is good old-fashioned sunshine (also frugal & eco-friendly), so we dry clothes outdoors as much as possible; darks & brights get turned inside-out so colors don't fade.  If clothes dry too 'stiff' for your liking, give them a good hard shake before folding or toss them in the dryer for 10 minutes to fluff them up.

Lemon juice is a great stain remover & natural whitener; I've even used it undiluted to remove rust stains from a delicate doily, although I wouldn't advise any prolonged soaking because it is quite acidic.  Occasionally I add a half-cup of lemon juice to a load of whites to brighten them.

For spots or stains I usually dampen the fabric with cool water, rub with a bar of Dr. Bronner's soap & work it with my fingers or a toothbrush, let it sit for awhile then wash as usual.

We don't use fabric softener or dryer sheets because both contain numerous toxic chemicals, including endocrine disruptors, and they're really not necessary.  I usually add a 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.  To add a nice scent to clothes in the dryer, I  place 3-5 drops of essential oil on a small piece of terrycloth or other heavy scrap of fabric & place in the dryer with wet clothes.

Breaking Down the Cost
Baking soda is super cheap - $2.39 for a 4 lb box of our local store brand.  Compared to the highly marketed brands, Dr. Bronner's may seem expensive ($4-$5 per bar); to me, it's totally worth every penny because I compare labels, not prices.

Baking Soda = $1.60   (approximately 2/3 of a 4 lb box)
Dr Bronner's = $2.25   (1/2 bar)
Total = $3.85
Yields approximately 75 loads = approximately 5 cents per load

Using Borax adds about 1 cent per load:
Borax = $0.85   (approximately 1/4 of a 4 lb box)


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NCI Reduces Funding for Childhood Cancer

Is this how we show kids we care about them?  Incidence rates for childhood cancer have steadily increased over the past 30 years and it is now the #1 disease killing our children, so how (OMG!! HOW??) does the National Cancer Institute justify REDUCING the funding of research that could help kids survive??! 

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Contact NCI director Harold Varmus at harold.varmus@nih.gov and ask him to explain his reasoning!

Want to do even more to help the thousands of kids 
who are diagnosed with cancer every year?  
Contact the President & Congress and DEMAND 
change KIDS can LIVE with!

Do you want YOUR taxes & OUR government
funding LIFE or DEATH?

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Improving Cancer Research

 If the past 40 years have taught us anything, it is that we will NEVER win the "War on Cancer" if we don't change the way we battle it; we simply cannot cut-poison-burn our way out of the epidemic that kills more than 1,600 people in the US every day.  Radiation & the vast majority of chemotherapies cause cancer!!

 'Treatment' shouldn't cause the very disease it is meant to cure, right?  And if we know prevention works, (and we do) then more efforts need to be made to educate people, including lawmakers, about implementing prevention strategies that help all people reduce their risk of being one of the 4,600 people in the US who are newly diagnosed with cancer every day.

From the May 2013 issue of CancerScope:
"Margaret Cuomo, MD, a radiologist and author of the book "A World Without Cancer", agrees with Dr. Watson that progress against the disease has been slow. 2 “We are still relying on surgery, chemotherapy, and other anticancer drugs and radiation, just as we did 40 years ago,” she writes in her book. She adds that although those techniques have been perfected to better treat the disease and extend lives, the goal of actually preventing the disease in the first place has fallen short." 
"Although the American Cancer Society stresses the importance of prevention, and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has a Division of Cancer Prevention, only about 2% of the NCI's total annual budget of $5 billion is dedicated to prevention, says Dr. Cuomo. This is despite the NCI stating in its 2012 budget request that much of the progress against cancer in the past decade can be attributed to prevention and control efforts.
They acknowledge the effectiveness of prevention, but we're just not devoting enough of the financial and intellectual resources to it,” she says.
“The model of medical treatment in this country is that we are trained to fix what is broken—we're not trained as physicians in the preventive or integrative model.”
"She proposes establishing a National Cancer Prevention Institute that would gather experts from these and other fields to focus on the most effective prevention strategies for the disease. According to Dr. Cuomo, more than 50% of cancers are preventable by applying known strategies, including diet, exercise, sun protection, eliminating alcohol and tobacco use, and reducing toxins in cleaning and personal care products."

Any conversation about preventing cancer must address the toxins in our food, water & other consumer goods.  The usual prevention mantra focuses on "lifestyle" changes we could make to reduce our cancer risk: diet, exercise, tobacco use, etc. I take serious issue with that 'blame-the-patient' propaganda because childhood cancer incidence rates have been rising steadily for decades, but infants & children don't make ANY risky 'lifestyle' choices to explain their cancers.

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Evidence Mounts Against Hormone Disruptors

Recent Medical News:

"University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston scientists determined that combinations of endocrine disruptors could have a dramatically greater effect than any one of them alone."

Exposure to multiple estrogen-mimicking chemicals distorts hormone action


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International Panel Calls EDCs 'Global Threat'

News from EHN:

"An international team of experts reported today that evidence linking hormone-mimicking chemicals to human health problems has grown stronger over the past decade, becoming a "global threat" that should be addressed."

“Over the past decade, we know much better that chronic diseases, ones related to the endocrine system, are increasing globally,” said Thomas Zoeller, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a co-author of the report."

"Such diseases include male reproductive problems, pregnancy complications, certain cancers, obesity and brain development. Many factors can cause these diseases, but the report concludes that given how fast some are rising, environmental chemicals are likely playing a role."

"Fetuses, babies and young children “are not just little adults” and are the most vulnerable to hormone-altering chemicals since their bodies are still developing, the authors wrote."

"The report also cites threats to wildlife, particularly killer whales and harbour seals. Both have high levels of PCBs and flame retardants that accumulate in ocean ecosystems."

"One problem vexing those who study endocrine-disrupting chemicals is the vast number of them – about 800 are known – and how they may interact with one another. They’re in a variety of goods – such as pesticides, flame retardants, plastics, cosmetics and canned foods – and research has only touched the “tip of the iceberg,” according to the report."

The vast majority of chemicals in current commercial use have not been tested at all,” the authors wrote in the summary."

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Big Pharm Shrinking Family Jewels

In the news:

Law makers are trading your 'Family Jewels' for Big Pharm's royal treatment:

Otters Sex Organs Deformed | Endocrine Disruptors | LiveScience


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Roasted Garlic Bread Recipe

~ Roasted Garlic Bread ~
(with no butter or oil!!)

2 heads Roasted Garlic
1 - 2 teaspoon mixed Italian herbs (Sage, Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, etc)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 baguette or loaf French bread (preferably whole grain)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Peel roasted cloves, or squeeze flesh from skin, and place in a bowl.

Mash with a fork, then mix in Italian herbs and salt.

Spread on sliced bread. Wrap tightly in foil and bake for 20 minutes.

Source: NutritionMD

Note: to make roasted garlic, simply place the heads on a baking dish and bake at 350°F for aprox 45 min, or until it feels soft when squeezed.

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