I sometimes humorously label the voices in our head as "internal terrorists" who sabotage all of your best efforts. Unfortunately, you can't go in and arrest the "terrorist" because it's a part of you that needs to be developed, trained and integrated rather than destroyed.
Around the holidays is perhaps the only time that most people give any notice to mistletoe, that evergreen plant that hangs on the low-lying branches of certain trees. While not too many people are aware of its therapeutic qualities, in many parts of the world, especially in Europe, it has been a vital ingredient of the cancer healing protocols for years.
Of all the cells we have circulating in our bodies, about 2 billion (roughly 5-15%) are identified as “natural killer” (NK) cells. The name makes them sound dangerous – and undeniably they are, but only to cancer cells and other pathogens that can harm the body! NK cells are a significantly important factor of our “natural immune system,” so sustaining a good NK cell level is vital for everyone. And particularly if you are on a cancer-healing or prevention path of any kind, a healthy amount of properly functioning NK cells in your system is absolutely fundamental.
Follow the steps below to make sure you have plenty of active NK cells and that they are working at their best in order to pursue and wipe out any cancer cells that may be lurking in your body.
Natural killer cells are a type of lymphocyte or white blood cell that is part of the lymphatic system. NK cells have the vital job of “patrolling” your bloodstream and are on continuous watch for foreign invaders and cancer cells. They are produced in the bone marrow, lymph nodes, tonsils, thymus, and spleen and can also be found in the liver, intestine, skin, and lungs.
Did you know that there are cancer cells developing in your body at this very moment? But if your NK cells are healthy, strong, and plentiful, you have nothing to worry about. These microscopic “exterminators” have the ability to “control both local tumor growth and metastasis,” according to a report published in the Journal of Biomed Biotechnology in 2011. Metastasis refers to the spread of cancer cells from one part of the body to another, usually through the lymphatic system and the blood. NK cells impede the growth and spread of cancer through their ability to directly cause cellular cytotoxicity and death in cancer cells.
Here are ten ways to keep your NK cells healthy, strong, and plentiful:
Reduce your general toxic load.
As we age, we are exposed to more and more stressors in life. The regrettable result of this exposure is a decline in overall immune system function. A typical example of a weak immune system is the “reawakening” of the chicken pox virus in an older adult in the form of shingles. A part of age-related immune system decline is probably because of the lower efficiency and fabrication of NK cells. Some of this is unavoidable as we age, but there are also many things you can do to maintain your immune system integrity and keep your NK cells healthy. First, be aware of the toxic effects of stress and how you respond to the stressors in your life. Stress responses and the cascade of hormonal releases they can trigger have been directly connected to lowered immune function. Get into a daily routine of stress management by using techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique (or “Tapping”), prayer, meditation, stretching / yoga, or walking in nature as a way to nurture yourself and “decompress.” Also, be aware of how you are exposing yourself to outside toxins through what you eat (herbicides/pesticides), if you still have amalgam fillings and root canals, the variety of products you put on your body, what household cleaners you use, and what toxins you may be exposed to in your community and in your workplace. Take measures to reduce your toxic load as much as possible through using natural products and “going organic,” as well as removing any heavy metals from your mouth. Then establish a routine detoxification regime for yourself through the use of gentle cleanses that include supplementation, enemas, and sauna sessions. All of these healing modalities have been documented as particularly effective for relieving stress, healing the body, and boosting the immune system.
Keep Your Gut Healthy
65-70% of your immune system is located in the lining of your intestinal tract, including a fair amount of NK cells. Sustaining a balanced amount of gut flora in your intestines is vital for proper immune system functioning and to ensure that your NK cells are working efficiently. Avoiding sugar, processed foods, and simple carbohydrates as much as possible (like bread), taking a daily probiotic and consuming prebiotics such as fermented foods as well as bone broth can all assist to not only boost your immune system but also repair and prevent conditions that can lead to leaky gut syndrome. Intestinal distress conditions such as leaky gut are believed to be the foundational cause of autoimmune disease.
Studies such as a 2013 investigation conducted by the University of Washington have previously recognized a clear link between autoimmune issues and impaired NK cell manufacturing, as well as low NK cell functionality.
Raise Your Melatonin Levels Through Quality Sleep And Supplementation
Melatonin, a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland, a pea-sized endocrine gland located behind the third ventricle of the brain is a powerful cancer inhibitor in and of itself, especially when it comes to breast cancer. Studies have revealed that it has the ability to literally “put cancer cells to sleep.” It also appears to have an effect on cancer stem cells, according to a 2016 Brazilian study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Plos One. One of the many functions it executes for the immune system is managing NK cell production. Getting a sufficient amount of quality sleep is the best thing you can do to help stabilize your melatonin levels, since this imperative hormone is generally produced at night and in total darkness. If you think you may be deficient in melatonin, consider a quality supplement, especially if you suffer from insomnia.
Eat More Organic Blueberries
Blueberries are not only super-tasty, they have also been shown to double the amount of NK cells in your system. A joint study conducted by Appalachia University, the University of Montana, and Vanderbuilt University studied the NK cell count of trained runners who consumed blueberries and those who did not. They found that “daily blueberry consumption for 6 weeks increased NK cell counts.” They also found that increasing the amount of blueberries per day reduced oxidative stress and increased the levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines (Note - Cytokines are small proteins secreted by immune cells that affect other cells in the body.)
Add Some “Spice” to Your Diet
The anti-cancer properties of “super spices” like turmeric have been thoroughly established. But did you know about the healing power of black pepper and cardamom, in particular, for enhancing the immune system and improving the effectiveness of NK cell function? According to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food which focused specifically on these two spices, their immune regulatory effects were overwhelmingly proven. However, the researchers were surprised at the effect these two spices had on NK cells in particular. “Remarkably, it is evident that black pepper and cardamom extracts significantly enhance the cytotoxic activity of natural killer cells, indicating their potential anti-cancer effects,” the report affirms. “Our findings strongly suggest that black pepper and cardamom exert immunomodulatory roles and antitumor activities, and hence they manifest themselves as natural agents that can promote the maintenance of a healthy immune system.”
Up Your Beta-Carotene Count
Foods that are high in beta-carotenes such as sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, and spirulina can stimulate NK cell activity. A remarkable study done almost 20 years ago and published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition compared the effectiveness of NK cells treated with beta-carotene and vitamin E respectively when these NK cells were interacting with human and mouse model lymphoma cells. The study researchers found that both vitamin E and beta-carotene-infused NK cells exhibited enhanced cytotoxic activity against lung cancer cells.
Eat More Garlic And Mushrooms
Garlic is rich in ajoene, allicin, and thiosulfinates, all sulfur-rich compounds that can boost the immune system. A study conducted by Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran and published in the journal International Immuno Pharmacology discovered that sulfur-containing compounds in garlic can stimulate NK cell production and activity. They also found that certain compounds in garlic directly blocked the growth of breast cancer cells in mice directly. As well, mushrooms, and particularly mushroom extracts are said to be rich in betaglucans, which have been proven to increase T-cell counts as well as NK cell production. T-cells are another type of lymphocytes (white blood cells) that are critical for immunity. A 2009 study at the University of Hong Kong found that beta-glucans can trigger several immune receptors, including those on macrophages and NK cells. A 2014 study available in the International Journal of Oncology found that the immune-boosting properties of beta-glucans may in particular help to suppress endocrine-resistant breast cancers by regulating breast cancer gene expression. Multiple studies have also noted the fact that different sources of beta-glucans have differing potencies – so be sure that if you opt for a beta-glucan supplement, you get one that you know is from a pure source and that the product does not contain fillers.
Make Sure You’re Getting Plenty of Selenium
Selenium is a vital mineral for immune system function, as well as for many other biological processes in the body. Multiple studies since the early 1990s have linked selenium with increased NK cell activity in particular, including a 1996 study conducted by New York University which looked at NK cell production in the spleen. According to the researchers: “Dietary supplementation with Selenium resulted in a significant increase in the lytic activity of activated NK cells.” Interleukin-2 receptors are a type of protein expressed on the surface of immune cells which respond to a substance called IL-2 and helps cells of the immune system to communicate with each other. These receptors stimulate movement towards sites of inflammation, including areas where cancer cells may reside. Selenium’s effect on immunity and in particular NK cell activity has also been connected directly to improved breast cancer prognoses. Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium.
Want to Really Up Your NK Cell Count?
Consider Enzymatically Modified Rice Bran (EMBR). According to an in-depth report written by Life Extension International in January 2015, Enzymatically Modified Rice Bran (EMBR) has been shown to increase NK Cell activity by up to 84 percent. A study conducted by the European Cancer Research Institute in 2013 focused on the effects of the substance MGN-3, found in EMBR, on patients with multiple myeloma (myeloma is a form of cancer that affects blood plasma). The researchers found “a clear increase in NK activity in MGN-3-treated patients compared to the placebo group.” I often prescribed Thymus Life Force to my cancer conquerors.
Consider this Other Powerhouse NK Cell Stimulators
Another NK cell stimulators include vitamin C. Vitamin C is a well-known powerhouse of the immune system. According to a report published in the journal Immuno Pharmacology and Immuno Toxicology, “Vitamin C in high oral dose was capable of enhancing NK activity up to ten-fold in 78% of patients” who had originally been exposed to high levels of toxins.
Without a doubt, the two billion or so natural killer cells that are currently residing within your body and blood are the true “superstars” of your immune system. No matter what your health challenge may be, or if you just wish to be proactive with prevention, upping your NK cell levels naturally using the various approaches I have described above will not only help to boost your immunity in general… it may also help you prevent and even heal cancer in your body.
Your body requires nutrients to stay alive. They are the LEGO'S building blocks of all facets within your body.To say nutrients are vital is a huge underestimation.Nutrients are the foundation of your existence. However, no other subject on earth seems to have as much debate as the diet's nutrient intake does. It’s a complex subject, it's messy and no one seems to agree or have the answers.
All deficiencies cause a serious interruption in any of the bodies functioning. They can prevent healing or cause disease!
Most of my clients are unaware that nutrient deficiencies can cause their health problems, however very few recognize the signs of a deficiency. When we think of nutrient deficiencies we instantly link this entire fact with our diet and food we eat. Yet what we eat is only a minuscule piece of the complicated jigsaw puzzle.
We’ve all heard the old saying ‘you are what you eat’, but have you ever stopped to think exactly how true that is?
What you put in your mouths will unavoidably affect your nutritional status.
Simply put, healthy eating is the secret to well-being. We all have up to 100 trillion cells in our bodies, each one demanding a constant supply of daily nutrients in order to function at its best. Food affects all of these cells, and stretching into every aspect of our being: mood, energy levels, food cravings, cognitive ability, sex drive, sleeping habits and general health. If you feed your body junk and convenience foods it’ll simply fizzle out, zap your energy, even will affect your memory.
If you eat a diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and other phytonutrients your body has the potential to function optimally.
In a study published in the journal BMJ Open, scientists found that nearly 60% of an individual's daily calories come from “ultra-processed” food, defined as food that contains ingredients such as flavors, colors, sweeteners and hydrogenated oils, emulsifiers and other additives that you wouldn’t cook with at home. For examples, pizza, muffins, bread, sodas, breakfast cereals, microwave food, and chips. The study also confirmed, for the first time, this type of processed food is the major source of added sugar in the diet. Meanwhile, the report shows, people get less than 1% of their daily calories from vegetables. Furthermore, a number of mechanisms by which sugar can actually deplete (or reduce the absorption) of certain vitamins and minerals. As a result, eating too much sugar can induce deficiencies, even when our overall micronutrient intake appears to be adequate.
The most basic point to what differentiate good and bad food is that it's real and unprocessed. Food that was grown naturally and hasn’t had all its nutrients leached out during manufacturing is essential. It’s basically about getting back to the fundamentals and eliminating packaged food and using the local farmers market to source you fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat.
So, which nutrients suffer on a high-sugar diet? Let’s take a look!
It’s no secret that vitamin D deficiency is a big problem these days (especially for those living far from the equator), but a lack of sun exposure isn’t the only cause. Excessive sugar intake (especially in the form of fructose) may actually exacerbate vitamin D deficiency!
Calcium is famed for supporting skeletal health (including bones and teeth), as well as supporting in blood coagulation and acting as an electrolyte (helping nerves send signals and muscles contract). But, calcium is another nutrient negatively impacted by a high sugar intake!
And, along with fructose, a high intake of another form of sugar (glucose) has been shown to increase calcium excretion by the kidneys by suppressing parathyroid hormone from the spiked blood sugar and insulin that comes after a high-sugar meal.
Magnesium is a serious rock-star mineral that’s only started receiving the attention it deserves in recent years. Along with regulating muscle and nerve function, making protein, building bone, synthesizing DNA, and regulating blood sugar levels, magnesium is required by literally every organ in our bodies. In other words, it’s pretty important!
Both a high sugar intake and elevated insulin levels (which can result from a high intake of refined carbohydrates, including sugar) have been shown to increase the excretion of magnesium by the kidneys, and by guzzling through the body’s magnesium reserves during sugar metabolism. That’s partly why people with diabetes or chronically high insulin tend to have higher magnesium requirements and more rapid magnesium depletion.
In fact, the interaction between sugar and magnesium is a two-way street: along with sugar depleting magnesium, magnesium plays a role in stabilizing blood sugar (by influencing cellular uptake of glucose and insulin secretion). So, when magnesium levels are too low, blood sugar regulation can also be impaired—setting the stage for even greater magnesium depletion due to the higher levels of glucose in the blood!
Chromium is a trace mineral involved in macronutrient metabolism and blood sugar control, and although we only need small amounts of it to be healthy, a high sugar intake can increase the likelihood of deficiency. Consuming excessive amounts of processed carbohydrates causes more chromium to be excreted in the urine.
Both glucose and vitamin C use the same transporters to enter cells, and research has shown that high levels of glucose (whether in the intestines or in the blood) can slow down or limit the absorption of vitamin C by our bodies.
Your body must break down food nutrients into chemical structures to enable proper absorption. If any of these individual break-down steps is not working properly deficiencies become evident.
There are 5 major methods of digestion/breakdown within our body.
Do you need more?
Your demand for nutrients (calories, protein, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients) changes depending on a number of factors. You may need a lot more because you are young, elderly, active, sedentary, sick or healthy.
Your age is one of the universal features affecting nutrient demand. We all know that what you ate as a child is very different to what you eat today, both in quantity and nutrient makeup. For instance, elderly people have higher requirements to maintain vitamin D status and teenagers have a higher caloric demand due to growth. It is therefore, important to address age-related deficiencies.
Lifestyle factors such as exercise also affect your demand for nutrients.Athletes require a higher intake of nutrients compared to a sedentary person. They require more calories to convert to energy (Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins), they need a higher intake of vitamins to facilitate energy conversion (B vitamins) and athletes need a higher intake of minerals and electrolytes to combat dehydration and support energy production (iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc and calcium).
Disease and injury also change your nutrient demand. Any viral or bacterial illness (even latent) will increase the demand on your immune system thereby burning through higher quantities of essential nutrients such as zinc, selenium and vitamin C. Stress in one of the most potent nutrient demand
Stress in one of the most potent nutrient demand on the body. When you are stressed you burn through a range of amino acids (proteins) and vitamins and minerals. Magnesium and water-soluble vitamins such as B vitamins are most quickly depleted by stress and should be considered in anyone suffering chronic stress. Stress in one of the most potent nutrient consumers. That's why chronic fatigue / adrenal fatigue always presents itself with severe deficiencies.
You eliminate waste through your digestive system, urinary system, through your skin and via your lungs. All macro and micro-nutrients that you excrete must be in balance with your intake, absorption, demand, and metabolism. When this becomes unbalanced it leads to nutrient deficiencies.
A classic example of excessive nutrient excretion is during kidney disease when the body is no longer able to accurately control the excretion of potassium, phosphate, calcium and bicarbonate.
Any form of detoxification of heavy metals for example also flushes large amounts of minerals which can lead to a severe deficiency. Many of my clients have severe mercury toxicity often experienced from zinc, selenium and iodine deficiencies.
Other situations that may lead to increased excretion may be due to food poisoning or other disease states (some drugs) that change food’s transit time through your gastrointestinal system thus skipping proper digestion. Leaky gut, IBS, food sensitivities, allergies and Crohn’s disease lead to inflammation and irritation of the gastrointestinal lining. This decreases transit time and often resulting in nutrient deficiencies from persistent diarrhea.
Deficiencies can be the root cause of any disease or condition such as restless leg syndrome, diabetes, anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease and weight gain. Even psychological diseases such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bi-polar can be caused or worsened by nutrient deficiencies. Even cancers are directly linked to deficiencies such as Vitamin D3, zinc, and selenium.
Rectifying nutrient deficiencies with dietary and supplemental intervention is a very important component of healing.
The best diet is when the nutrient uptake corrects the particular deficiencies to counteract any imbalance. Usually whatever your diet was for a long time is the exact opposite of what you should eat. This will not only correct deficiencies but also food sensitivities. That's why cancer patients experience often such drastic recovery after changing to a healing diet. It's not because the diet is perfect, but because they eat foods they need, and stop eating deficient foods.
More than three-fourths of people with a variety of cancers have low levels of vitamin D, and the lowest levels are linked with more advanced cancers, a new study suggests.
High-dose supplements increased vitamin D levels to normal in most patients studied.
Studies propose that vitamin D has anti-tumor properties, regulating genes implicated in the growth and spread of cancer cells. The five most common diagnoses were breast, prostate, lung, thyroid, and colorectal cancers.
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The next time you visit your doctor for blood work, make sure that along with your lipid profile you request a C-reactive protein (CRP) test. CRP measures the degree of hidden inflammation in your body.
Mounting evidence underscores the critical role that inflammation plays in the development and continuation of "diabesity". One study in JAMA: The Journal of the Medical Association1 established that people with a high C-reactive protein blood level have a 1,700 percent increased probability of developing diabetes.
The fundamental ingredients are uncomplicated yet quite radical: flax seed oil and cottage cheese.
How the formula came to be is just as remarkable as why it works so well. In reality, it claims for many Cancer Conquerors, a success rate has high as 90%.
This past year, I have supported a myriad of individuals cope with their cancer diagnosis. Those who have been successful cancer conquerors share four essentials. I call them the "4 important pillars". Master these important factors and use them as a checklist frequently.
I was saddened to hear that just this past week, David Bowie, died on January 10, following a secret 18-month battle with liver cancer. Alan Rickman, the British actor, best known for his role as Professor Snape in Harry Potter, died on January 14, after privately battling cancer. He was 69. René Angélil, Celine Dion’s husband and lifelong manager lost his battle to throat cancer on January 14. Consequently, Daniel Dion, the older brother of Celine Dion, died, just two days after the death of Celine’s husband. Daniel was 59 and was battling cancer for several years. Dan Haggerty, from The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, passed away after going through his own heartbreaking cancer battle.