The ENDOTHELIUM Association
All heart attacks and most strokes are caused by a sick endothelium
Cancer is the number two member of the triple play of death that kills most of us: heart attacks, cancer
and strokes. The three are linked together by diet The great misfortune is that many of these deaths occur
well before our time to die. At a time when we should be able to enjoy our lives, we are consumed by medical
tests, medical procedures and medical costs. Perhaps we will be an invalid or a semi-invalid, dependant on
others. We hope to get better and many do, but all too often that is a forlorn hope. Source Campbell
You can choose not to have heart disease, cancer or stroke. If anyone has any interest in living a high
quality of life all their lives, they need to understand that the diet they choose to eat makes all the difference.
While cancer is not directly effected by the health of the endothelium both the endothelium and
cancer are effected by diet. As a result, if you are thinking of eating a diet to cure or protect your
endothelium, you may also want to consider the cancer factor.
The reason that this is an issue is that different medical practitioners have different dietary
recommendations. Those early practitioners such as Drs.Esselstyn and Ornish, who were treating patients in
the days before the role of nitric oxide (NO) was undersood, eliminated meat and fat. After the NO discovery,
practitioners found that if a diet was L-arginine enhanced by both L-arginine rich foods and supplements, the
endothelium would start recovering even with some meat and fat in the diet
This is not to say that the post NO discovery diets are a standard American diet. They are not, but
they are not meat free either. No doubt many people would find these diets easier to live by than the more
restrictive completely vegetarian diet that eliminates all animal protein and fat. Furthermore, these post NO
discovery diets are more protective against cancer than a standard American diet. Is that enough to protect
you from cancer? Only you, in consultation with your health care provider, can decide.
The following information from The Cancer Project is and important consideration
Eighty percent of cancers are due to factors that have been identified and can potentially be
controlled, according to the National Cancer Institute. And not only can we potentially prevent most cancers,
we can also improve the survival rates of people who have cancer. Cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon
have received more research attention than other forms of the disease, but, as we will see, certain principles
apply to many forms of cancer.
Cancer starts when one cell begins to multiply out of control. It begins to expand into a lump that can
invade healthy tissues and spread to other parts of the body. But there is a lot we can do about it. Thirty
percent of cancers are caused by tobacco. Lung cancer is the most obvious example, but by no means the
only one. Cancers of the mouth, throat, kidney, and bladder are also caused by tobacco.
Dietary factors also play a significant role in cancer risk. At least one-third of annual cancer deaths in the
U.S. are due to dietary factors.
A recent review on diet and cancer estimates that up to 80 percent of cancers of the large bowel,
breast, and prostate are due to dietary factors.
In 2008, excess body weight was responsible for over 124,000 new cancer diagnoses in Europe. These
results were presented at a major European cancer conference in 2009 and showed endometrial (uterine)
cancer, postmenopausal breast cancer, and colorectal cancer were the most common weight-related
cancers. These three cancer types accounted for 65 percent of all cancers due to excess body weight. The
effects of obesity also appear to increase mortality from several other types of cancer including gallbladder,
pancreas, kidney, cervix, and ovary, as well as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in women with the highest BMIs
compared to those with a healthy BMI.
Previous studies including the Adventist Health Study-2 show that following a vegan diet results in the
lowest BMI of any group (lacto-ovo-vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, semivegetarian, nonvegetarian), making
them less susceptible to obesity-related cancers.
The link between diet and cancer is not new. In January 1892, Scientific American printed the observation
that "cancer is most frequent among those branches of the human race where carnivorous habits prevail."
Numerous research studies have shown that cancer is much more common in populations consuming diets
rich in fatty foods, particularly meat, and much less common in countries eating diets rich in grains,
vegetables, and fruits. One reason is that foods affect the action of hormones in the body. They also affect
the strength of the immune system and other factors. While fruits and vegetables contain a variety of
vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals to protect the body, by contrast, recent research shows
that animal products contain potentially carcinogenic compounds which may contribute to increased cancer
In addition to tobacco use and diet, other factors, including physical activity, reproductive and sexual behavior,
4 bacterial and viral infections, and exposure to radiation and chemicals, may also contribute to the risk of
certain forms of cancer.
Estimated Percentages of Cancer Due to Selected Factors
Diet 35% to 60%
Air and Water Pollution 5%
Source The Cancer Project
In deciding on this question, there is a term you should know, angiogenesis. If a cancer is to grow, it
needs a blood supply. To get the blood supply, the cell puts out a request for arteries in the area to grow
feeder arteries to the cancer cell. If that happens, the cancer cell is nourished and the cancer grows. That is
angiogenesis. The determinant factor, at least in most cases, is whether animal protein is in your system or
not. If the animal; protein is present, angiogenesis occurs. If it is not, there is no angiogenesis and no
cancer growth. Source Campbell Wikipedia
There are two websites that you may wish to review: info@CancerProject.org and the
T. Colin Campbell Foundation. Obviously both organizations make the meat industry unhappy.
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