A cancer starts in the large intestine (colon) or the rectum (end of colon) colon, or colorectal, cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. However, early diagnosis and tailored, natural treatments can often lead to a complete cure.
Almost all colon cancers start in the glands in the lining of the colon and rectum, with nearly all colon cancers begin as noncancerous (benign) polyps, which slowly develop into cancer.
You are at a higher risk of getting colon cancer if you are older than 60, are of African American or Eastern European descent, eat a lot of red or processed meats, have colorectal polyps, have inflammatory bowel disease or a family history of colon cancer, or a personal history of breast cancer.
Inherited diseases such as adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) can also increase the risk of developing colon cancer. Smoking and drinking alcohol are other risk factors.
Often, patients with colon cancer display no symptoms, but some symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain and tenderness in the lower abdomen
- Diarrhea, constipation, or other change in bowel habits
- Narrow stools, and blood in the stools
- Weight loss with no known reason
Ultimately, cancer occurs as a result of cells that uncontrollably grow and do not die; normal cells in the body follow an orderly path of growth, division, and death. Programmed cell death is called apoptosis, and when this process breaks down, cancer results.
Colon cancer cells do not experience programmatic death, but instead continue to grow and divide.
Avoid all foods that are high in unhealthy saturated and trans-fats, hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated fats and oils, margarine, and shortening.
Eliminate refined white flour, which is found in the majority of foods found on a typical grocery store shelf, including bread, bagels, crackers, cakes, cookies, and other baked good, pasta.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, simple carbohydrates, sugars and sugar products, foods that are overly spicy, and all processed and commercial “junk” food.
Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
Avoid all canned food.
Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
Stay clear of all inorganic pasteurized milk and dairy products, including yogurt and cheese; best to eat only raw, organic dairy products.
Empower yourself, and choose a diet emphasizing organic whole foods, including plenty of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, oats, whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa and buckwheat. Include a variety of preferably soaked, nuts and seeds, especially pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
Minimize your intake of red meat; though be sure to consume adequate amounts of organic, free-range poultry, bison and wild-caught fish.
Eat generous quantities of both raw and lightly steamed organic vegetables and large fresh salads daily.
Preferably, cook with virgin coconut butter/oil and use extra virgin olive oil, high lignin flax seed oil and hemp seed oil as condiments on veggies and as the base for your daily salad dressing.
Throughout the day, drink plenty of pure, filtered water, and avoid drinking—as well as bathing, and showering in—unfiltered tap water, as tap water contains heavy metals and pesticide residues that can settle in high concentrations in the body.
The raw food diet is a food plan that can be of great benefit for colon cancer sufferers. Using the guidelines outlined above as a base camp for a clean and healthy diet, one can then transition into a raw food diet as desired. Raw food generates rapid results because of its ability to thoroughly detoxify and liberate your body’s previously untapped energy.
The diet mainly consists of raw fruits, vegetables, and soaked and sprouted nuts and seeds, supplemented with daily consumption of fresh green juices made from a variety of vegetables such as celery, romaine lettuce, spinach, carrot, kale, parsley, and an ever rotating seasonal selection of other organic veggies. Raw foodists enjoy salads, dehydrated flax crackers, seed and nut patés, blended soups, smoothies, and marinated veggies, often mixed with soaked sea vegetables. Since little to no cooked food is consumed, the raw diet has the advantage of instantly eliminating many common allergens. No cooked wheat or wheat by-products are consumed, and generally dairy is omitted, though some might choose to eat moderate quantities of raw goat or sheep milk products, often in the form of a fermented food, such as homemade raw kefir or yogurt.
Dr Gabriel Cousins, at the Tree of Life Center, endorses the raw food plan as the ultimate healing diet, and offers 100% raw food meals at his healing retreat in Patagonia, Arizona. An important note when choosing a raw food diet: there is an issue of trade-offs. You might miss cooked foods, though you will not miss cancer. More times than not the raw food diet presents itself as an incredible tool that can be used to quickly transition from a serious health challenge into a healing process, ultimately resulting in greater health and well-being.
Try any of the following supplements, as recommended by livestrong.com
Folate or Folic Acid
A study by Shumin M. Zhang and others, and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, shows that folate may reduce the risk of colon cancer in women. Folate, commonly referred to as folic acid, is also known as vitamin B9. It is found in leafy vegetables, beans and legumes, beer, fortified grain products, nuts, and many fruits and vegetables.
The Zhang study also showed that vitamin B12 may reduce colon cancer risk in women. This vitamin is water-soluble and is synthesized by certain bacteria. It is found only in foods that come from animals, such as fish, meat, eggs or milk products.
Dairy Foods and Calcium
A clinical study by Dr. Peter R. Holt, director of the gastroenterology division of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, says that consuming calcium and vitamin D may reduce colon cancer cells. Calcium has also been shown to reduce polyps in individuals who would normally have increased risk. Calcium is a metal that is very soft. Nearly all calcium stored in the body is stored in bones and teeth. Dairy products, seaweeds, seeds,and other plants contain calcium, while vitamin D is found in fatty fish, eggs, beef liver and fish liver oils, and mushrooms.
Vitamins A, C and E
A study conducted through the cancer prevention research program of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center draws a correlation between supplementing vitamins A, C and E and reducing colon cancer, though researchers stress that more trials must be completed.
Vitamin A is generally known for its relation to good eyesight and vision. It is found in liver, carrots, peas, apricots and milk. Vitamin A taken in excess may increase the chance of osteoporosis.
Vitamin C occurs in many foods, especially fruits and other plants, as well as the liver of animals and in raw cow’s milk. Supplements come in the form of caplets, tablets, drink mixes and more. Excess vitamin C is excreted through the urine.
In this study vitamin E was shown to have the strongest associations with reducing cancer. It occurs naturally in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils. Green leafy vegetables also contain vitamin E, as do fortified cereals. A vitamin E supplement can be consumed like any other supplement
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day nc.vitaminstrength.com for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement.
There are a number of essential oils which can be used in the treatment of colon cancer; they are:
Lemon oil: According to the Institute of Health Sciences, USA lemon oil destroys the malignant cells of 12 cancers, including colon cancer. Essential lemon oil is 10.000 times stronger than the chemotherapy drug Adriamycin; it increases the body’s defences and stimulates the white blood cells and thus increases your ability to fight diseases.
Ginger oil – Korean researchers believe that the main compound of ginger, called gingerol destroys pancreatic cancer cells. Ginger is thought to suppress colon cancer growth.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
- Homeopathic recommendations:
- Avoid tobacco or cigarette smoking.
- Drink only a few cups of coffee; green tea is a better alternative.
- Recommended Vitamins: B-vitamins, vitamin E and C, glutathione, carotenoids, glutamine, glycine, taurine, methionine
- Recommended herbs: garlic, cayenne pepper, ginger, turmeric, parsley, fennel, cilantro
- Avoid preservatives like nitrates, food colorings, artificial sweeteners and additives in the diet.
- Avoid sea foods that may be high in mercury content.
- Avoid junk foods and beverages like soda which may contain phosphorus.
Homeopathic remedies to treat symptoms of colon cancer:
- For constipation, abdominal pain and colic – Bryonia alba or wild hops, Lycopodium or wolfsclaw
- For diarrhea – Arsenicum album
Homeopathic treatment for colon cancer is considered safe although its effectiveness in alleviating symptoms and curing the disease still has to be demonstrated by more research. Medical advice is recommended in choosing the best therapy for colon cancer, as in all other diseases.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Studies show that Garlic, Ginger, Tumeric, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Spearmint, and Peppermint all inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells.
Drink Ginseng Tea Numerous studies have shown that several species of the prized longevity herb ginseng root decrease growth and proliferation of colon cancer cells, increases their demise (increases apoptosis) and act as potent protective anti-cancer anti-oxidant. Asian ginsengs, as well as American ginseng all exhibit these properties. Ginseng root is widely available in tea and extract form as a beverage tea. Under the guidance of a knowledgeable clinician ginseng root has been traditionally used as a medicinal herbal medicine for a wide variety of applications.