Thursday, December 1, 2011

Top tips for colon-cancer prevention

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01 December 2011

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Dear Reader,

It's the third most common cancer and in your lifetime, you have about a 1 in 20 chance of getting it.

The mainstream might have plenty of (dangerous) offerings when it comes to fighting cancer, but when it comes to preventing it — well, they often come up empty-handed. Luckily, Nature has plenty to offer.

Recent research reveals two colon-cancer-prevention powerhouses that you should add to your diet right away — chances are, though, if you're an e-Tip reader, you're already taking them!

First up is folate. The National Cancer Institute found that people who eat plenty of folate have a lower risk of colon and rectal cancers. They also found that, despite fears from past researchers, eating "too much" folate doesn't bring on higher cancer risk.

Instead, they found that people who ate the highest levels (at least 900mcg per day) were 30 per cent less likely to get colorectal cancer than people who ate less than 200mcg per day. Now, here's something that strikes me. Guess what the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for folate is?

It's 400mcg. That's right... less than HALF of what researchers found to be most effective in preventing colon cancer.

No wonder most of us who are "in the know" see this RDA business as a joke.

The second powerhouse is good old vitamin D. One of my favourites.

A new analysis of 18 earlier studies found that colon cancer risk was as much as 33 per cent lower in people with the highest blood levels of D compared to people with the lowest levels. People who had the highest intake of vitamin D had a 12 per cent lower risk.

Despite the government's bright idea to add synthetic folate (folic acid) to foods, Dr Wright still sees several patients a week who are deficient in folate. To combat this, he recommends getting it from... here's a novel idea... food.

Anything green is good. Beans, nuts, and wheat germ are also great sources. Liver and other organ meats (organic!), oysters, salmon, and brewer's yeast will also give you plenty of folate. Now here's the thing — all of these need to be fresh and raw. Folate breaks down incredibly quickly. Just a day after picking, more than 50 per cent of the folate in a given veggie is gone. Freeze or heat the food, and you're down to 10 per cent of the folate it once contained. Even so, there's enough left to warrant getting your folate from food sources.

As for vitamin D, almost 60 per cent of people in the US are deficient in the nutrient, so there's a good chance you could be too.

Here are Dr Wright's recommendations, straight out of the monthly journal, Nutrition & Healing: "For infants, 1,000 IU daily would appear to be a safe minimum. After four years of age, 2,000 daily, after eight to 10 years, 3,000 IU daily, and for 10-year-olds to adulthood, 4,000 IU daily. But remember, these are general recommendations; check with a physician skilled and knowledgeable for what's best for you and your family, and if necessary have your blood levels checked."

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Q: I've had very thick heel calluses for most of my adult life. I've tried everything from lotions to scraping to soaking and nothing seems to work. Is there anything that will help?

Dr Jonathan V. Wright: In the 1970s, I read a book about nutrition and general medicine written by a Yale professor. In that book, he observed that heavy heel calluses were a sign of long-term vitamin A deficiency. He recommended vitamin A (not betacarotene) supplementation for individuals with this problem.

Since that time, I have recommended the same treatment for my patients and have found it quite reliable, although in many cases it takes three to four months to begin to see results, and complete disappearance of the calluses can take eight months or more.

For adults, the dose is 75,000 units of vitamin A per day until the calluses are gone. Then you can decrease your dose to a "maintenance amount" of 15,000 to 25,000 units per day. (If the calluses return, the quantity can be increased once more.) In over 20 years, I've never observed any adverse effects with this treatment.
Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone's personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

Wishing you the best of health,

Andrew Miller
UK Editor
Nutrition and Healing

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"Folate tied to lower colon cancer risk," MedlinePlus ( )

"Vitamin D levels tied to colon cancer risk," MedlinePlus (

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