Not only do healthy body cells not become cancerous, but rogue cells in a healthy body usually do not become cancerous because of built in mechanisms that kill them off. Physically mature adults have a total of about 100 trillion body cells. We replace cells at various rates depending upon the type and location. Skin cells reproduce very rapidly as do some cells in our digestive tract. We have a “say” in the quality of the replacement cells.
Our DNA (unique genetic pattern) is like a blueprint for the new cells and replacement cells. DNA can be damaged by lifestyle such as habitual sleep deficit, tobacco use, certain environmental and industrial toxin intake, nutrient deficiencies, prescription drugs, illicit drugs, certain rogue microbes or viruses, and persistent or intense mental/emotional stressors. The science of Epigenetics (literally meaning “above genetics”) is disclosing specific links between lifestyle and genetic changes.
A cancer cell can result from improper replication of cells in various body tissues IF the “genetic blueprint” for one or more cells is altered or damaged. This abnormal cell may or may not become a tumor cell. If it does, it will replicate without fulfilling it’s “job description” within the tissue where it “lives”. It will be a freeloader and may (if it is not stopped by built in protective systems inside a healthy body) and eventually invade surrounding tissue. These cancer cells can trick the body to grow blood vessels toward it and can starve out the rest of the body.
A great many of these rogue cells occur but a low percentage go rogue successfully because, as mentioned earlier, the body has built-in mechanisms to make these bad cells “commit suicide” before they enter their rapid replication process. If cell suicide does not occur, then a healthy body’s immune system attacks them before they can make themselves invisible to that system. So cancer cells are unlikely if not impossible in a truly healthy body. As Henry W. Wright says in his best selling book, A More Excellent Way to Be in Health, “a healthy cell cannot become cancerous.”. Ruth Sackman, in her well researched book, Re-Thinking Cancer, indicates that cancer is more a symptom of ill-health than a disease in and of itself.
Shane Ellison, MS, former pharmaceutical chemist and author of what a fantastic book entitled, Over the Counter Natural Cures, says “All cancer is normal cellular process that only leads to death when cells fail to commit suicide in response to some type of DNA damage. Ensuring proper cell suicide is ensuring that you don’t suffer from cancer.”
Obviously it makes sense to maintain physical and emotional health because, as I discuss at length in my book, Slam the Door on Cancer, the mind(emotion)/body connection is scientifically irrefutable and cannot be ignored regarding our health. In the book, I also consider some other factors regarding the mind/body connection—factors nearly always ignored by allopathic (orthodox) medicine as well as by the faith-based community.
To avoid cancer it is critical to care for our DNA through healthy living (diet, sleep, water, sunshine, words, thoughts, etc.) . Additionally, we can supplement our diets, although not overcome a persistently poor diet or destructive habits, with some potent molecules found in foods and spices.
Below, I share a list of the foods rich in the molecules (nutraceuticals) that particularly boost “cell suicide” or “apoptosis” of rogue cells. These also support the body’s production of NK cells or “Natural Killer Cells” that miraculously search out and destroy cancer or potential cancer cells.
FOODS AND SPICES THAT STIMULATE APOPTOSIS (CELL SUICIDE) and/or NATURAL KILLER CELLS:
Vegetables and fruits that stimulate apoptosis:
Cruciferous Vegetables (Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, etc)
Soy (Fresh broccoli sprouts can be grown in a glass jar for handy inexpensive nutrients.)
Bright colored vegetables and fruits rich in carotenoids like: carrots, yams, squash, pumpkins,
tomatoes, persimmons, apricots, beets. (Beets are very high in sugar and should be used in moderation. They are also mostly GMO so use caution in selecting your sources.)
Mushrooms such as shiitake, maitake, enokidake, cremini, portobello, oyster
Sea Vegetables such as NORI, kelp, dulse, kombu, wakame, arame (can be bought dried and sprinkled on foods in lieu of salt).
Go to this website for a more complete list of anti-cancer nutraceutical foods:
Spices that stimulate apoptosis:
Basil, Dill, Fennel, GARLIC, GINGER, Horseradish, Peppermint, Mustard seed, Nutmeg,
Paprika, Parsley, Red Pepper, ROSEMARY, Saffron, Sesame Seed, Thyme.
Visit this link for more anti-cancer spice nutraceuticals:
NOTE: Those in all capital letters are particularly potent.