A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Stomach Cancer
I had a question the other day about stomach cancer.
Cancer of the stomach, or gastric cancer, is a disease in which stomach cells become malignant (cancerous) and grow out of control, forming a tumor.
Almost all stomach cancers (about 95%) start in the glandular tissue that lines your stomach.
The tumor may spread along the stomach wall or may grow directly through the wall and shed cells into your bloodstream or lymphatic system.
Once beyond the stomach, cancer can spread to other organs.
Stomach cancers are classified according to the kind of tissue they originate in.
>Adenocarcinomas — the most common — start in your glandular stomach lining.
>Lymphomas develop from lymphocytes, a type of blood cell involved in your immune system.
>Sarcomas involve the connective tissue (muscle, fat, or blood vessels).
>Other types include carcinoid, small cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.
>Metastatic cancers from breast cancer, melanoma, and other primary sites of cancer are also seen in the stomach.
The number of stomach cancer cases has declined over the past 60 years.
Even though it’s now the 16th most common cancer in the U.S., stomach cancer is still a leading cause of cancer deaths in other parts of the world.
The exact cause of stomach cancer is unknown, but most are believed to result from exposure to various cancer-causing agents, especially nitrates.
Nitrates are found in prepared foods (especially meats) that are dried, smoked, salted, or pickled.
Carcinogens cause errors in the genetic code that controls growth and repair of cells.
Various medical conditions are associated with an increased risk of developing stomach cancer.
>Gastritis (H. pylori)
>Pernicious anemia (vitamin B12 deficiency)
>Chronic gastric ulcer
>Family history of gastric cancer
>History of gastric surgery for non-cancerous diseases
>Blood group A
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection of the stomach lining is associated with gastric lymphoma and adenocarcinoma.
There’s an increased risk of stomach cancer in people who use tobacco or drink alcoholic beverages regularly.
People who work in certain industries are also at greater risk.
This includes those in the coal mining, metal, and rubber industries.
Stomach cancer is most often seen in people in their late 60s through 80s.
It’s more common in Japan, Korea, parts of Eastern Europe, and Latin America than in the U.S. and Canada.
This is thought to be related to the common diet in these countries, which consists of nitrate-containing, salted foods — especially meat and fish.
Stomach cancer can be associated with long-term survival if it’s found and treated at an early stage.
However, it’s usually diagnosed at a later stage.
Unfortunately, the outlook is poor if the cancer is already advanced.
To deal with stomach cancer, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to keep hydrated and flush toxins, whether thirsty or not. Add Performance for electrolytes.
*Increase life-giving, enzyme and nutrient rich fresh, raw fruits and veggies; organic whenever possible; consider juicing.
*Consider increasing dietary intake of brassica family (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, kale, etc.)
*Ensure optimal, quality protein intake.
*Balance Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fats.
*Consider including freshly made kefir in your diet.
*Review my posts on digestion and bowel health.
*Avoid constipation. Ensure at least 2 movements per day to remove wastes and toxins.
*Consider liver, gallbladder and/or colon cleanses.
*Rebalance intestinal microflora; review my post on Candida; this is crucial for immune function.
*Exercise; yoga; deep breathing; oxygenate cells.
*Fresh air, sunlight, spend some time in nature.
*Relaxation techniques; meditation; prayer.
*Research herbs, homeopathy, energy medicine.
*Address any emotional issues; trauma connections.
*Research energy medicine techniques, like EFT.
*Replace cleaners with non-toxic products.
*Consider having iron levels tested.
*Consider hair analysis for heavy metal toxicity.
*Consider hormone level testing.
*Consider monitoring blood tumor markers and immune function markers.
*Consider thermography testing (especially for breasts).
*Consult medical AND complimentary health professionals.
*Do everything possible to strengthen immune system and support ALL cellular function/strength.
*Detoxify, detoxify, detoxify.
*Consider 180 tea for its antioxidant value.
*Remember cancer cells are confused, so keep the faith.
*Investigate all views and alternative before deciding on any particular treatment, therapy, surgery, etc. Decide what best suits your desires, beliefs, lifestyle and situation.