by Marilyn Diamond and DonaldSchnellAmerica loves wars. Currently, we are so busy fighting the “Waron Terrorism� that we’ve forgotten about the thirty-year long“War on Cancer.�The “War on Cancer� was declared in 1971. It has cost taxpayersbillions of dollars, and the only outcome is that cancerstatistics have climbed from one out of eleven in the 1970’s toone out of two in 2002. “From about 1 in 11 in 1970, to 1 in 7 in 1980, to 1 in 4 in1990, to about 1 in 2.15 people in the U.S. who are expected todevelop cancer in their lifetime in 2002. When will it reach 1in 1 ... if we let it?� Don Weaver, To Love and Regenerate theEarth In just one year, 1996, more Americans lost their livesfrom cancer than from war in the entire 20th century. Tenmillion had died by 1996 since the War on Cancer was firstdeclared. One in two families will be presently touched bycancer, and one out of four babies will die of the disease. This is a “WAR� we are certainly losing. This is a war we mustwage.In 1986, three professors at the prestigious Cornell UniversityMedical Center were certain they’d discovered a natural weaponto fight cancer. They announced a naturally occurring remedy tostem the rising tide of the killer disease. Realizing that wewere in the middle of an epidemic they announced their “cure� tothe world.The press conference never made front-page news. We never heard about it. We ask whole auditoriums of people if they’ve ever heard thisnews.Essentially no one raises a hand.Do you know about this?The Cornell doctors recommended that each of us should be sureto consume more selenium then the RDI suggests. Selenium is anaturally occurring mineral. It should be found in soil. Itshould be available from our foods.The RDI is the recommended daily allowance. It is set at 70 mcgof selenium a day for both men and women.But research claims we need not lower than 200 and as high as600 mcg for the antioxidant effect and to help prevent cancer.Ask the average doctor if you need to take a seleniumsupplement. The answer will probably be, “No, just eat abalanced diet and you’ll be fine!�Typically, the average doctor’s twelve hours of nutrition inmedical school hasn’t kept pace with the thousands of studies innutritional science. Unfortunately, many physicians are asoverweight and under-exercised as their patients. Their rates ofcancer are as high and in some cases even higher than theaverage population. Doctors need this information as much as thelay public.The information is here. The experts at Cornell University had proof that America couldstem the rising tide of cancer, if each individual would consumeabout 600 mcg of selenium a day. Not 70 mcg, as the RDIerroneously suggests. Nearly 10 times the amount of the RDI!This is potentially life saving information. One out of twoAmericans is now struck with cancer.Now here’s the problem. Is selenium in our soils? Is it in ourfoods? Selenium occurs most abundantly in soil containing volcanic ash.The soil in northeastern, Pacific, southwestern, and extremesoutheastern regions of the U.S. are all deficient in selenium.In Canada, the north central and eastern regions are deficient.Food grown in these areas will also be deficient in selenium.In fact the average American diet contains about 33 mcg ofselenium a day. This is about one half of what is minimallyrequired and 1/20th of the Cornell recommendation for cancerprevention.Selenium has been shown to improve the efficiency with which DNAcan repair itself after being exposed to damaging substances.This means your body can fight poisons better when adequateamounts of the mineral are available.Poisons? What kind of poisons?The toxic residues of all the denatured, artificial foods youeat, pesticides, anti-biotics, bacterial contamination,vaccines, drugs, environmental pollutants. . . The benefits are real! A study conducted at the University ofArizona of 1,700 elderly Americans showed that those with lowlevels of selenium are more apt to have polyps in thegastrointestinal tract (33% compared to 9% in those with a highlevel of selenium). The same study showed those taking 200 mcgof selenium over 4.5 years have 63% less prostate cancer, 58%fewer colorectal cancers, and 46% fewer lung cancers. Overall,there were 30% fewer new cancers, and 50% less overall deathfrom cancer. The Health Professional Follow-up Study found thatthose men with the highest intake of selenium (top 20 percentversus the bottom 20 percent) had a 51 percent lower risk ofdeveloping prostate cancer. In a clinical trial 1,312 peoplewere given 200 mcg of selenium a day for four and a half years.They found a drop in prostate cancer of about 50 percentcompared to controls not taking selenium. Another study of 3,000older Dutch people showed a reduction of lung cancer risk by 50%for those on selenium. And in Finland in a study of over 12,000people, cancer deaths were highest among people with the lowestintake levels of selenium. Selenium creates selenium superoxidedismutase, your body’s most powerful antioxidant enzyme. It’sknown as SOD. Remember this acronym. It’s going to be BIG buzzfor those who are savvy about health. Selenium has the abilityto bond with heavy metals in your body. You take these metals infrom air pollution, cigarette smoke, or from the food you eat.When selenium bonds to hazardous metals they can be safelyexcreted from your body. If they are not excreted, they maydamage your organs and even cause cancer. Isn’t it time tolisten to the scientists who are telling us adequate seleniumintake can prevent some cancers? Why wait any longer to protectyourself and those you love? The facts are in. In areas wherethe soil is deficient in selenium, there is a higher incidenceof cancer. Some cancers are caused by free radical oxidation,which selenium prevents. Selenium also encourages the productionof macrophages, which "eat" foreign material that may causecancer. Can you see the importance of eating foods containingselenium? When foods are highly processed, the selenium isdestroyed. Where can you find selenium? Look no further than thenaturally occurring, unprocessed Brazil nut. The average shelledBrazil nut that contains 12-25 mcg of selenium. (If you arewilling to crack the shell yourself, the nut contains 100 mcg!)A one fourth cup serving of shelled Brazil nuts will provideyour body with the selenium you need every day. The delectableMacadamia nut contains only slightly less selenium than itscousin from Brazil. Imagine that you can now enjoy Macadamias,knowing you are taking steps to prevent cancer! Selenium is alsofound in whole grains, sunflower seeds, and garlic. But nuts areso fattening!Really? They are, if they’re roasted. They are, if you eat them as a snack between a lunch of BeefTacos and a dinner of pork chops. But, if you eat them raw, and not as a snack, but as part of aseriously healthy meal, they’re not fattening at all. They’rehigh in the healthy fatty acids your heart needs, and in plentyof other important minerals and fiber.What’s a “seriously healthy meal� containing nuts?Raw fruits or vegetables and raw nuts. A really good way to have nuts is on a fresh vegetable plate,with cucumbers, red peppers, radishes, celery and other rawvegetables you enjoy. Another way is to grind the nuts in aclean coffee grinder, and mix them into your fresh fruit salad. Or have them on their own, while you slowly sip a large freshvegetable juice or carrot juice.Have healthy, raw, cancer-prevention meals like this, forbreakfast, lunch or dinner at least once a day. It’s the new Fitfor Life, a way to eat, if you don’t want cancer to soon strikeeveryone you know, including you. Just do it! Go nuts and fight cancer.
Marilyn Diamond ofFit for Life, is the co-founder with Dr. Donald Schnell of theSPIRITUAL JAVA Rejuvenation Program that is transformingthousands. The New Spiritual Diet, Incredible Value, One on One
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