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The dietary connection

By Julia Oyefunke Fortune(The Cancer FIGHTER)

Hypothetically, over one-third of all cancer deaths may be related to what we eat. Looking at what we call “food” today, I am willing to bet this is a very conservative number.

Most modern doctors will tell you that Western medicine has made many great strides over the years. They will probably tell you we have “cured” or wiped out countless deadly diseases our ancestors faced on a daily basis causing huge mortality rates.

For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) certified the eradication of smallpox in December 1979 and also that polio could be a thing of the past in the near future. It sometimes seems as if modern medicine has essentially developed a cure for every symptom that ails us.

There are literally thousands of prescription medications available on the U.S. Market alone according to the National Bureau of Statistics; fifty-nine percent of the population has recently used at least one or more of these drugs in the past two weeks.

This same report states that on average, 42 percent of people who take these medications also report it’s the only action they have taken to deal with their health.

Sadly few of us think to look to our diet as the central cause of our present state of poor health. And why should we do so if modern medicine supposedly teaches us that all we need to do is use the newest “miracle pill” to fix the situation? What is most disturbing to me however is that so many of the prescription medication advertisements show happy, beautiful people, without a care in the world because they take these pills! We still take these medications without question. This philosophy is so ingrained in us that we never even think to question what these pills may be doing to our bodies.

Unfortunately, the same can hold true for the food we put in our mouths.

The fast-food industry has become a huge multi-billion-dollar industry and, not surprisingly, many adults and children are increasingly classified as overweight or obese. It also doesn’t take a medical expert to make the connection between this fast-food diet and weight, so why are we still filling ourselves full of the garbage we are told is food?

While most people will tell you they understand the health risks associated with obesity such as heart disease and diabetes the truth is, few of us truly appreciate the direct link between what they put in their mouths and all disease – cancer included.


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