Being in the health industry I hear almost daily about cancer patients and unfortunately many times people detect it when it is already 3rd or 4th stage and very challenging to reverse the damage. The reason for this is because early signs of cancer are sometimes undetectable or the symptoms are very similar to those related to other illnesses and therefore people get misdiagnosed. Once the pain and significant growth is present, in many cases it is already quite late in the tumor or cancer development. Not an easy subject to discuss, but there are certain ways of minimizing the risk of cancer formation.
- All cancers start with mutations in one cell. The mutations are in the cell’s DNA and may be inherited. Less than 10% of all cancer mutations are inherited. Usually, the mutation arises as a result of environmental factors.
- Although in rare cases one mutation is enough, it is usually an accumulation of mutations that irreversibly transforms a normal cell into a cancerous one. As we age, we accumulate more and more mutations; this explains why cancer incidence increases with age.
- These mutations can disrupt the cell’s life cycle of growth, proliferation, and death. This leads to the accumulation of more “rogue” cancer cells and the development of a tumor mass.
- Benign tumors aren’t cancerous. They can often be removed, and, in most cases, they do not come back. Cells in benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body.
- Malignant tumors are cancerous. Cells in these tumors can invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body. The spread of cancer from one part of the body to another is called metastasis
- When a tumor successfully spreads to other parts of the body and grows, invading and destroying other healthy tissues, it is said to have metastasized.
- In 2007, cancer claimed the lives of about 7.6 million people in the world. Scary figure…
The main categories of cancer include:
- Carcinoma – cancer that begins in the skin or in tissues that line or cover internal organs. There are a number of subtypes of carcinoma, including adenocarcinoma, basal cell carcinoma,squamous cell carcinoma, and transitional cell carcinoma.
- Sarcoma – cancer that begins in bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, or other connective or supportive tissue.
- Leukemia – cancer that starts in blood-forming tissue such as the bone marrow and causes large numbers of abnormal blood cells to be produced and enter the blood.
- Lymphoma and myeloma – cancers that begin in the cells of the immune system.
- Central nervous system cancers – cancers that begin in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord.
What Causes Cancer?
Genes – the DNA type
Cancer occurs when a cell’s gene mutations make the cell unable to correct DNA damage and unable to commit suicide. Similarly, cancer is a result of mutations that inhibit oncogene and tumor suppressor gene function, leading to uncontrollable cell growth.
Carcinogens are a class of substances that are directly responsible for damaging DNA, promoting or aiding cancer. Tobacco, asbestos, arsenic, radiation such as gamma and x-rays, the sun, and compounds in car exhaust fumes are all examples of carcinogens. When our bodies are exposed to carcinogens, free radicals are formed that try to steal electrons from other molecules in the body. Theses free radicals damage cells and affect their ability to function normally.
Genes – the family type
Cancer can be the result of a genetic predisposition that is inherited from family members. It is possible to be born with certain genetic mutations or a fault in a gene that makes one statistically more likely to develop cancer later in life.
Other medical factors
As we age, there is an increase in the number of possible cancer-causing mutations in our DNA. This makes age an important risk factor for cancer. Several viruses have also been linked to cancer such as: human papillomavirus (a cause of cervical cancer), hepatitis B and C (causes of liver cancer), and Epstein-Barr virus (a cause of some childhood cancers). Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – and anything else that suppresses or weakens the immune system – inhibits the body’s ability to fight infections and increases the chance of developing cancer.
Anticancer effects of Lingzhi
One of the most significant effects of lingzhi on our health is that it works on the cellular level. Meaning that lingzhi repairs the damaged cells, eliminates the dead cells and increases the strong, healthy cells. It also blocks and stops the migration of the cancer cells and therefore delaying the presence of metastasis.
Of course by detoxing the body at the cellular level and removing the presence of free radicals linghzi is amazing in preventing cancer from forming. Many people have a misconception that lingzhi is only for the cancer patients, however it is much more important to use lingzhi as precaution to minimize the risk of cancer formation.
Yes lingzhi can be used by cancer patients while they are undergoing chemotherapy (or any other cancer therapy) to minimize the side effects such as: hair loss, loss of appetite, improves energy and better sleep quality. At the same time lingzhi decreases the chance of tumors from reoccurring and boosts overall immune system. However in this kind of cases you are required to take very high dosage and long term consumption. I’ve come across a number of cases where chemotherapy only caused more damage and patients were left with no hope for recovery. However, once they combined chemotherapy with lingzhi, their quality of life improved greatly and recovery was possible.
Prevent, Prevent, Prevent!
70% of the cancers are preventable so please be a bit more aware of your surrounding and some of the bad habits which can easily be eliminated. Some of the things to consider:
– Eat more organic foods – Choose greener beauty products
– Reduce meat intake – Stop using non-stick cookware
– Drink clean water – Avoid using microwave
– Avoid chemical cleaning products – Skip the canned and processed foods
– Get enough Vitamin D
Again I can’t stress this enough, but please always try your best to use prevention methods, instead of waiting for the serious problem to happen. Prevention is not only better, but also cheaper than cure!