“What goes around comes around.” This aptly sums up what is happening to the world right now. Due to rapidly industrializing societies and the use of banned and dangerous chemicals in our agricultural production – in fact, in almost every facet of our daily lives have caused a lot more people becoming sick of numerous diseases and ailments.
Hence, I would like to focus on one set of chemicals. Those which have a particular relationship with the onset and generation of cancer cells. These are what we call “Endocrine Disruptors” (EDCs).
What are Endocrine Disruptors (EDCs)?
These are environmental chemicals that may affect the development of our endocrine system (that’s the part of our anatomy wherein our hormones are stored). Wherein, prolonged exposure to them might develop lasting effects. Although, there hasn’t been widespread consensus on the health and physical effects of EDCs, particularly to humans and wildlife, studies have shown that EDCs do affect “male and female reproduction, prostate cancer, breast cancer, thyroid, cardiovascular endocrinology, metabolism, obesity, and neuroendocrinology” (source: The Endocrine Society).
What are the most common EDCs in the planet today? These are pesticides, drugs, industrial by-products, compounds in consumer products and the plastics industry, pollutants and even some naturally produced chemicals. Since some of these EDCs are widely dispersed in the environment – in the air we breathe, the food we eat, water that we drink – we also tend to store those EDCs in our systems.
How do we reduce the risk of harmful chemical exposure?
Here are some useful tips for reducing the risk of being exposed to harmful chemicals in the environment and accumulating them in our systems:
* Take in a lot of Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Vitamin C is advisable to imbibe to fight off toxins in the environment. Hence, the advisable dose is 500-1,500 milligrams a day.
On the other hand, Vitamin E can help in fighting off EDCs that like to reside in our fat cells. Thus, a daily dose of 400-800 IU (10-20 micrograms, respectively) is recommended to stave off the effects of EDCs on our fat deposits.
* Certain herbs, vegetables, and tubers help your liver to detoxify your body of harmful EDCs and other chemicals.
Well, these include Curcumin (an active ingredient of turmeric): 200-400 milligrams (mg), about 3 times daily; Calcium D-Glucarate: 400 mg daily; Dandelion: 400-500 mg daily; and Milk Thistle: 150 mg daily.
* Cruciferous vegetables
They contain sulforaphane which help in stimulating the body’s detoxification enzymes that propel out or eliminate these harmful EDCs. In addition, they are also highly used by cancer patients in eliminating or fighting cancerous tumors in the body. Thus, these vegetables include cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, watercress, etc.
Usually found in papaya, tomatoes, pink grapefruit, guava and watermelon, have been found to help reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancers.
* Green tea extract
It is actually the easiest and most popular way of preventing and protecting the body against certain cancers. Hence, this is because of its polyphenols, flavonoids and catechins content. Moreover, even in Asia, particularly, the Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese populations have been drinking green tea for centuries because of its health benefits. Thus, they recommend to drink 3-6 cups daily or about 50 to 100 mg daily.
* The Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C)
Well, this is usually found in cruciferous vegetables. According to some test it is effective in breaking down cancer-causing EDCs to a more non-toxic form. Hence, the recommended daily dosage is 300-400 mg.
* Organic and Pesticide-free Vegetables and Fruits
Buy organic and pesticide-free vegetables and fruits as much as possible! Also, find sources of organically raised fowl and cattle so you can be sure what you’re eating is pesticide- and EDC-free.
* Vitamin C
Actually, children are the most susceptible to EDCs and other pesticides. Therefore, you should encourage them to consume at least 200-300 mg of Vitamin C daily.
Relatively new studies on Artemisinin, is an extract of the herb Artemisia Annua L. (Sweet Wormwood) or Artemisa, as it is locally known here. Thus, the studies indicate that this herb can kill breast cancer cells in a matter of hours when it is developed in a compound form with iron. As a matter of fact, many studies still have to be done with Artemisinin’s cancer-fighting attributes.
Well, here at Dr. Farrah Agustin-Bunch’s Natural Medical Center, we already use Damong Maria as part of our natural anti-cancer treatments.
If you’d like to know more about Artemisinin and Damong Maria, check our info here: http://drfarrahcancercenter.com/portfolio/damong-maria/.
How about you – do you have your own cancer-busting natural tip? Do you have any more herbs or vegetables that should be included in our list here?
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