World Cancer Day
On the occasion of World Cancer Day, the doctors on my team offer you their thoughts on this disease. Dr. Luymoeyen explains the impact of a diet too high in sugar and will give you some nutritional tips, Dr. Gerin discusses the psychosocial point of view and advises taking certain vitamins, nutrients and hormones. Dr. Vranken discusses the benefits of iodine against cancer.
One of the major causes of cancer is SUGAR.
When you eat too much sugar, especially quickly absorbed sugars like highly refined processed carbohydrates, your body secretes more insulin. Gradually, this creates low-grade inflammation that blocks the insulin receptors. Your body then needs more and more insulin to do the same job of maintaining your blood sugar even. When insulin increases, your fat storage increases especially around the waist. Over time, a vicious cycle sets in and leads to insulin resistance. It promotes the growth of tumors in your body and increases systemic inflammation.
When it comes to breast cancer, one part of prevention is balancing your estrogen levels. High levels of estrogen are correlated with breast cancer.
When insulin levels rise, it increases the amount of body fat you have. In body fat, there is an enzyme called aromatase which converts hormones into estrogen. As your body fat increases, so do your estrogen levels. The first step to overcome is insulin resistance. This is especially important when women are going through menopause. The percentage of body fat is the number one risk factor for breast cancer in this category of the population.
- Eat proteins in the morning (as recommended by the Paleolithic diet) will reduce your sugar cravings for the rest of the day.
- Anti-cancer tips to adopt in the kitchen: eat colorful fresh fruits and vegetables (at least 400 g per day and organic), drink 1.5L of purified water per day (at least), avoid cooking food with high temperature.
There are around 11 million new cancer cases per year and cause 7 million deaths worldwide, of which around 26% are in Europe. That is to say that this is a major social issue and that screening and prevention of risks are essential.
I won’t talk about curative or palliative treatments but what we can do with our hormonal and nutritional treatments. First, it should be noted that our treatment protocols do not increase the risk of developing cancers, as it is sometimes claimed. On the contrary, a study carried out by Dr. Hertoghe a few years ago showed a lower incidence in patients at the clinic. It is obvious that a serious follow-up of the patient is essential with screening tests, monitoring of markers, etc. This is good practice. However, if cancer does occur, how can we help the patient?
It is important to stay mentally positive (here we must emphasize the essential role of those around you). There are, of course, vitamins, nutrients and hormone therapies that are recommended:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D: 6000 iu/day
- Vitamin E: 800 mg/day
- Co Q10: 600 mg/day
- Vitamin C: 3g/day
- MSM (purveyor of Sulfur): 15 gr/day
- Lugol (potassium iodide)
- High doses of melatonin (if tolerated well) are very protective against cancer
- Thynosine-alpha-1 stimulates the immune system and, in particular, the T lymphocyte
- Optimize the levels of the main regulatory hormones of the metabolism, such as thyroid hormones
- For women, under treatment with female hormones, favor bio-identical hormones and the transdermal route
- In men, with testosterone supplementation, always monitor the level of estradiol (female hormone) and avoid caffeine and alcohol
Due to the toxicity of cancer treatments, patient management involves considering complications of the disease and treatment as well as the complex psychosocial issues associated with cancer (for example, the incidence of depression is around 25% and probably higher in weakened and isolated patients as is currently the case due to the lockdowns imposed on us by the pandemic).
We must avoid a fatalistic attitude and attribute any new symptoms to the evolution of the disease (for example, the appearance of an ulcer may only be caused by perfectly curable cholecystitis). One should strive to adopt a positive attitude and speech that gives the patient hope. The physician should strive to maintain an open, non-judgmental dialogue so that patients come out open for discussion. For example, regarding certain painful alternative treatments that they might have been tempted to undertake.
From a nutritional point of view, the adoption or continuation of the Paleolithic diet should be advised; fresh fruits and vegetables are protective. Avoid sweets, unfermented cereals, alcohol. Drink 2.5L of water per day. No tobacco, of course.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide.
The low incidence of this type of cancer in Japanese women has been associated with consuming high levels of iodine in their diet. Wakame, nori, and mekabu seaweeds are widely consumed in Japan. The seaweed is the living organism containing the most iodine and this in different forms. Iodine has proven its virtues as an antioxidant throughout the body.
Iodine neutralizes certain free radicals and also prevents their formation, molecular iodine (I2) is 10 to 50 times more antioxidants than vitamin C.
In the mammary gland, the same molecular iodine at a moderately high dose exerts a powerful antineoplastic effect by promoting the apoptosis of cancer cells (difference between apoptosis and programed cell death). Iodine also induces good differentiation of the breast cell. Which is another explanation of its anticancer action as it is the little differentiation of the cancer cell that is the problem. Iodine can be added to chemotherapy for breast cancer to increase its effectiveness. Iodine also has an anti-inflammatory action, notably by reducing the level of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Iodine is definitely a very useful and very versatile substance. It is an essential component of thyroid hormones and is necessary for their manufacture. This is why public health policies ensure that populations are supplemented, particularly through iodized salt, in order to avoid deficiencies and the resulting problems.
Several tissues, therefore, share with the thyroid gland the capacity to accumulate iodine: the mammary galactogenic glands, the ovaries, the uterus, the placenta, the thymus, the prostate in men.
Regarding breast pathologies, “dose-effect” studies have shown that a low dose of molecular iodine has little effect on these diseases. On the other hand, a moderately high dose had an obvious effect on benign mammary pathologies as well as on early or established cancers. With very high doses, there is a risk of causing secondary hypothyroidism, which is reversible when the treatment is stopped.
The increased frequency of breast cancer in young women is believed to be due to iodine deficiency. The increased need for iodine in women is therefore due to its selective absorption in breast cells. Iodine is needed for the maintenance and development of healthy breast tissue and for tissue remodeling during pregnancy and lactation. Note that moderate iodine insufficiency in pregnant women exposes their children to neurocognitive problems.
Fibrocystic breast disease is also associated with iodine deficiency. A disease that puts you at greater risk of developing breast cancer. This fibrocystic disease can be prevented and treated with adequate iodine supplementation.
Iodine is definitely a woman’s friend if it is present in her diet … Every woman concerned about her health and the health of her children can seek advice from a doctor who is aware of this problem. It is also a simple and inexpensive treatment.