“You have cancer” has become one of the most dreaded phrases of our time. And there’s no question as to why these simple words are dreaded like the plague. After the verdict, you get your choice of punishment: pump your body full of toxic chemicals, deadly radiation, or die a slower, more miserable death. What’s disturbing about this is the fact that there are several ways to prevent, treat, and even cure cancer, but the majority of the people who will die from cancer will have never been informed of these methods that could have saved their lives. I think it’s time that we stop contributing to the increasing number of cancer deaths each year. To successfully do this, we must accept the fact that our lifestyles and our diets are the main causes of cancer. Food and cigarette manufacturers know this too; yet they continue to fill us up with their cancer-causing products. The time has come for these companies to pay for the deaths they cause, and also for the FDA to be exposed for the insincere hustlers that they are.~
Recent studies report that 60-70% of all cancer cases are due to dietary factors, and one-third of cancer deaths in the U.S. are associated with tobacco use (Weisburger). Our government believes that people should be allowed to make the decision to smoke cigarettes. They justify this by placing little warnings on each pack of cigarettes. Therefore, the government gives us the freedom to choose to use an addictive drug that will increase our likelihood of getting cancer by up to 90%. However, our government does not allow us to choose to cure ourselves of cancer with the many cancer treatments available in other parts of the world, mainly Europe, where as a result of immunology treatments, cancer survival rates are twice as high as in the U.S. (Weisburger). The FDA will not allow these treatments to be given in the U.S. So, we have the right to inject ourselves with cancer, yet we do not have the right to cure ourselves of cancer. Does this make sense?~
What’s even worse is that one of the main causes of cancer is the foods we eat, which are regulated by the FDA. Diet has been estimated to account for up to 80% of cancers of the large bowel, breast, and prostate. Diet affects the risk of many other cancers, including cancers of the lung, prostate, stomach, esophagus and pancreas to varying extents. Proper diet can prevent 3-4 million cancers each year. (American Journal) One of the most common ingredients in the food in your cupboard right now is also the most deadly. This ingredient is “partially hydrogenated oil”. If you’ve ever read a food label, chances are you’ve seen it listed in the ingredients – these oils are used in almost everything! Hydrogenation is the process of liquid fats such as sunflower, safflower, or soybean oil being hardened via the process of hydrogenation (heating oil and passing hydrogen bubbles through it). The fat that is formed as a result is called trans fatty acids. If you fully hydrogenate, you create a solid (a fat) out of oil. But if you stop part way, you have semi-solid partially hydrogenated oil that has a consistency like butter. This process alters the structure of some of the polyunsaturated fatty acids so that their effect on blood cholesterol is similar to that of saturated fatty acids. According to Weisburger, there are three main reasons why partially hydrogenated oil is a favorite as a butter substitute among food producers:~
Ã¢Â?Â¢ It has a consistency similar to butter.
Ã¢Â?Â¢ It is cheaper to produce than butter.
Ã¢Â?Â¢ It gives their products a richer flavor for less than the cost of butter.~
According to the USDA, nearly 6.5 billion pounds of hydrogenated soybean oil are used in cooking oils each year. What’s wrong with hydrogenation? Unlike butter, hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans fats. A trans fat is an otherwise normal fatty acid that has been transmogrified by high-heat processing of a free oil. It can be double-linked, cross-linked, bond-shifted, twisted, or messed up in a variety of other ways. The problem with trans fats is that while the “business end” (the chemically active part) is messed up, the “anchor end” (the part that is attached to the cell wall) is unchanged. So they take up their position in the cell wall, like a guard on the fortress wall. But like a bad guard, they don’t do their job! They let foreign invaders pass unchallenged, and they stop supplies at the gates instead of letting them in. In short, trans fats are poisons, just like arsenic or cyanide. They interfere with the metabolic processes of life. And that is the definition of a poison (Mirkin). The body has no defense against them, because they never even existed in our two billion years of evolution – so we’ve never had the need or the opportunity to evolve a defense against them. Consuming partially hydrogenated oils is like inhaling cigarette smoke. They will kill you – slowly, over time, but as surely as you breathe. Yet restaurants serve these deadly oils to millions of people every day. A few examples of restaurants that exceed the RDA of dangerous fats are:~
Ã¢Â?Â¢ McDonald’s Fries: total fat is 19 grams (including 4g saturated & 4g trans fats)
Ã¢Â?Â¢ 9 chicken nuggets at McDonald’s: total fat is 25 grams (5g saturated & 3g trans fats)
Ã¢Â?Â¢ Burger King’s chicken sandwich: total fat is 43 grams (9g saturated & 2g trans fats)~
Why does the FDA allow these popular restaurants to exceed the daily limits which they recommended themselves?~
Hydrogenated oils are only one of the many carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substances that the American diet is made up of. Others include: food additives, preservatives, nitrites, food colorings, fatty meats, smoked meats, all of which are approved by the FDA (Simone). There are many foods that prevent cancer and some that will even heal cancer. In fact, the reason that cancer rates are so much lower in other countries, such as Japan, China, and Thailand, is the differences in diet. The food that is known to provide the most protection against cancer is the soybean (Dolby). The United States is the world’s largest producer of this legume; however, the U.S exports 80% of the soybeans it produces to other countries, many in the Far East, where cancer is only 1/3 as common as it is in the United States.~
Dr. Herbert L. Ley, former Commissioner of the FDA, once said “The thing that bugs me is that people think the Food and Drug Administration is protecting them – it isn’t. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it’s doing are as different as night and day.” (Ley) It’s time for people to stop this human sacrifice that is taking place within our country. Food producers should be held responsible for what’s in their food products. And the FDA should be replaced by a committee with people’s health in mind.~