The Causes of Colon Cancer are not a mystery. The western medical community argues that it is, but spending any amount of time looking through medical/scientific research on health, digestive system function, colon cancer, carcinogens, etc, proves it to be a very simple explanation.
As humans we pretend that we're indestructible...until it's too late. Even then we have a habit of ignoring the obvious and not taking steps to delete things that negatively affect out health and increase things that positively affect our health. For instance, after a colon cancer diagnosis many of us still drink excessive alcohol, soda's, processed foods, and gluten. Which, one can make the argument, is not not the wisest choice in the world.
The causes of colon cancer are many. Some should be obvious, and are, but many are invisible. Regardless, almost nobody pays attention until those factors actually cause colon cancer.
If you're currently colon cancer free, newly diagnosed, or have been battling colon cancer for some amount of time, it's worth it to educate yourself about the many individual environmental and health factors that help cause colon cancer.
"What causes Colon Cancer?"
There are two main categories of colon cancer causes; environmental factors and physical health factors.
Environmental factors include pollution (chemical and otherwise), radiation, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, cleaning products in home, industrial cleaning agents in commercial buildings, the quality and ingredients of foods and drink we intake, etc.
Physical Health factors include nutritional deficiency, systemic inflammation, inflammation in the gut, lack of exercise, chronic dehydration, etc.
All these factors work together. The body does not work in isolation, it works on a holographic, a million-factors-all-working-together-at-once mechanism. Everything affects everything. Surviving colon cancer means to have 'everything' be better.
If anybody ever asks you 'What causes colon cancer?", your first response should be to shout out 'Gluten Intolerance!" You could easily follow by "Too much sugar, soda, processed foods, and all the plastic we eat!"
Gluten is an inflammatory agent. Meaning, if you eat gluten, it is causing inflammation, and your body has to spend energy fighting that inflammation. Putting the fire out, as they say.
Some people can handle gluten more than others. But those people, that don't notice obvious symptoms, are still affected. Gluten causes weight gain, inflammation in the gut, Leaky Gut (opens a page in a new site), bacterial overgrowth in the gut, decreased nutritional absorbtion, etc.
Along with Rheumatoid Arthritis, digestive issues is one of the main problems caused by gluten. When the colon is inflammed, and chronically inflammed over years and decades, this helps set the stage for colon cancer to take hold. Inflammed colon linings is a major cause of Colon Polyp formation, and colon polyps are a major risk factor in the formation of colon cancer.
Also, gluten generally comes in the form of a processed food. There's not enough nutrition in processed wheat foods to be worth eating, aside from the taste and the addictive qualities gluten causes.
Sugar, and moreso refined white sugar, and even moreso, variations of corn syrup, is an inflammatory agent.
Sugar is empty calories, meaning it takes more calories to digest it than it provides. Sugar tastes great, but sugar (too much sugar) is a major factor in obesity, extra weight, diabetes, bacterial overgrowth in the gut, emotional issues and energy swings, etc.
When bad bacteria in the gut eat sugar and grow faster/more abundant than the good bacteria, that causes inflammation in the gut. It also prevents optimal nutrition absorption and helps create ulcers, IBS, and other inflammatory disease like arthritis.
So just like gluten, sugar causes colon inflammation and nutritional lack, helping the stage for cancer of the colon to develop.
Processed foods like breads, white bread products like bread, cupcakes, bagels, crescents, sodas, white rices, rice a roni, hamburger helper, pasta, mac and cheese, cheese whip, pastries, donuts, hamburger and hot dog buns, etc, etc, etc, are all poor nutrition.
Processed white flour (breads and pastas) contains gluten and very little nutrition after it's bleached and processed.
Soda's of course contain nothing but sugar and carcinogenic artificial sweeteners and excitotoxins.
The hybrid rice we primarily eat in the use grows fast but is low on nutrition, and even lower in nutrition after it's bleached and processd.
Notice how they advertise that their foods are 'fortified with 12 vitamins and minerals'? Unfortunately, that's after stripping out ALL the vitamins and minerals.
Exercise isn't that big a factor in the colon cancer dynamic. Having said that, exercise (or lack thereof) is absolutely a secondary factor.
Exercise helps the body be health.
Lack of exercise helps the body NOT be healthy.
Colon polyps don't actually CAUSE colon cancer. But the existence of polyps in the colon are a risk factor in the formation of colon cancer. It's fertile ground, let's say.
Find out more about Colon Polyps.
The Clues Are Visible To Those That Look
As I'm writing this, somebody on facebook said "You can't tell someone's health status or the reason for their size or body shape by looking at them."
While that's true to some degree, for the majority of the population, one absolutely CAN assess their health (aspects of it, anyway, it's not a 100% diagnostic) and make some educated guesses about what they have going on. It's pretty easy to see:
When you work with enough people and their health and their lifestyle habits, there's some pretty obvious correlations that start to emerge.
Having said that, people with slow growing colon cancer can look completely 'normal' for years, or decades even. But eventually Colon Cancer Symptoms start to show, then show more and more. Eventually it becomes obvious that SOMETHING is wrong, even if one doesn't know exactly what.
Pollution in Food and Drink
If you drink bottled water, there's BPA from the plastic in it. And the case could be made that other plastic byproduct is in the water in trace elements too.
Unless you're eating real organic fruits, vegetables, animal products, fluids, etc then you're not avoiding the:
If you take poison into your body, your body has to either deal with it, or fail to deal with it. Western society is heavily inundated with small and regular amounts of poison in the form of pollution. Our bodies are amazing, but can't survive the onslaught forever.
Pollution in Water Supply
What is in the rivers and streams we pull drinking and bathing water from (that goes through some sort of water treatment facility for all urban municipalities)?
All this pollution makes it's way to our drinking water, onto our crops, onto our bodies, etc. Heavy metal buildup is bad news for the nervous system and immune system and your bodies ability to fight off colon cancer. Human tissue and systems don't function very well in the context of heavy metal buildup, or in an environment of too much toxic 'icides. All the 'icides are proven causes of colon cancer, and other types of cancer.
Carcinogens are to be avoided as much as possible.
Pollution in Food Supply
To the extent that acid rain still exists, all that comes down onto our crops, fields, and ground water. Guess where that air pollution goes when it rains?
Any pollution in the irrigation water makes it's ways onto our crops and to our livestock as drinking water.
Any crops where there is smog and air pollution make their way into your body.
Pollution in the food supply is one of the large, overall category causes of colon cancer.
Have you ever seen vineyards, fields/crops, orchards, etc along the side of a busy highway? Exhaust from the cars landing and clinging as residue on the plants and produce, and flecks of petrol rubber from the tires wash off the roadway and into the dirt the plants have their roots in.
Seafood is polluted in a variety of ways. Depending on how much seafood you have historically eaten and are currently eating, and where you're getting it from, seafood is one of the causes of colon cancer to be aware of:
Those are relatively minor.
HERE'S THE PROBLEM!
The fish and other sealife, including the vegetation, eat all that. They breath all that pollution. They digest (or try to) all that plastic and chemical pollution.
And it degrades in the ocean, getting smaller and smaller. So the plankton are eating it and the bigger fish and whales are eating the plankton, and bigger fish eat the smaller fish....and the dead fish and waste product floats to the bottom and is eaten by the plants and animals of the ocean floor ecology.
And then we eat what we think are pristinely healthy fish or other seafood. Just like we eat fish from lakes that look healthy but are full of industrial or mining pollution. You probably won't feel the affects today, BUT YOUR BODY DOES! Your body has to deal with it. And it the best of it's ability, it deals with it quietly. So you don't hear the danger until it's too late.
The increasingly polluted ocean ecology is a clear and present danger to to the human race. It has to be dealt with. But your job right now is to survive colon cancer. And that looks like making your body as clear and clean and healthy as possible.
No more farmed fish for you (fed gmo corn, grown in not clean water, and not eating a natural diet which is what makes it healthy for you in the first place).
No more factory farmed cow or pig.
No more factory dairy, pastuerized milk or other dairy.
No more factory farm eggs (those poor chickens, have you seen how they live?? Not to mention what they're fed....you've been eating what they get, and the eggs are far from nutritionally dense like they are from a traditional farm.
Put as little pollution into and onto your body as possible. Anything that causes colon cancer, any carcinogen, is to be avoided. That's smart for anybody, but essential for the cancer survivor, because the goal is surviving the CAUSES of colon cancer as well as the actual Colon Tumor that's involved.
Gluten, for instance, causes irritation of the mucosa lining of the colon (the whole colon, really) and helps cause the formation of colon polyps which then cause Colon Polyp Symptoms.
Granted, in our current society, poisons and pollutants that cause colon cancer are everywhere. So it's a matter of avoiding what you can and living as clean a lifestyle as possible.
There are so many current causes of colon cancer that we know about. Really, for those that don't pretend otherwise or willingly ignore the obvious, it's not a surprise that current cancer statistics show a cancer rate in the US of 1 in 3, moving to 1 in every 2 people.
And like a snowball, the system continues to go the direction it's going.
Here are some (current and) future causes of colon cancer.
Forcefully pumping an unknown (to the publice) mixture of water and chemical into the earth, the 'fracking' method of extracting oil from the ground is praised by the oil industry as safe as can be. But common sense says that if one is pumping toxic chemical fluids into the ground, there's going to be problems with that.
Do you want toxic water pumped into the ground that could make it's way either into the groundwater (drinking water supply) or back to the surface either there or downstream?
It's already happening. Not that you'll see that reported on the mainstream media. But they won't tell you the truth about causes of colon cancer, either.
Part of surviving colon cancer is learning to find the truth (because that's the only place you'll find the answers you're looking for).
Genetically modified foods have been banned in MANY countries. But Monsanto and others in the GMO seed industry have sucessfully bought the government's protection.
Despite numerous studies proving that GMO foods are carcinogenic, despite the common sense distrust of unstudied and untested long term effects on humans and the natural ecology, despite a big push from the US public to label and/or ban GMO crops and foods (and animals) delivered to the public, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the government as a whole continue to push GMO on the nation.
Imagine a fast growing genetically modified salmon that is far larger with a far larger appetite released into the wild. What effects can that have on the balance of the ocean ecology? Did we learn nothing from introducing non-native species to, for just one of many instances of the devastation of invasive species, Hawai'i?
GMO Animal Feed
So, you're eating hamburger from Safeway...what are you eating?
A cow, raised in a factory farm (or in a field but then 'finished' at a factory farm where they're in close quarters and fed grain (and antibiotics and maybe some hormones) to fatten them up before slaughter.
Nowadays they're fed GMO corn. Maybe not all of them, but as GMO becomes more and more prevalent due to fast growing and theoretically cheaper crops, more and more of the non-organic animal you eat with have lived on GMO corn (and/or old donuts from the factory down the street [no, I'm not making that up, unfortunately]).
Carcinogenic GMO feed, antibiotics due to the living conditions, all the pollution that gets onto that GMO corn as it grows and is processed, it's all going into your body. The eggs, the meats, the dairy (plus pasteurization). Any negative effects of the GMO being digested (or not) by the animal...you're getting it.
Curious about the causes of colon cancer? The kinds of food you eat is a primary place to look.
Fresh air and clean water and clean, naturally 'wild' animals are not causes of colon cancer. So those are good lifestyle factors to aim for if at all possible. The cleaner, the better.
'Future' causes of colon cancer are no more dangerous (maybe) than current causes of colon cancer. Carcinogens are carcinogens, and for every single person on the planet it's a matter of balance; a healthy body and ecoystem vs. a not healthy body and ecosystem.
In other words, it's a tug of war: healthy factors vs. unhealthy factors.
Understanding the causes of colon cancer as 'unhealthy' factors helps you know how to direct the battle. Not only are you trying to survive colon cancer, but over the long haul, you're also endeavoring to survive ALL the causes of colon cancer.
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