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Home > Colorectal Cancer

Dave Foreman

Colorectal Cancer Do's and Don'ts

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

Cancer is the number 2 killer of Americans. Colorectal Cancer alone is expected to take the lives of nearly 53,000 Americans. Colorectal Cancer ranks 4th worldwide in the number of deaths from cancer. Nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population is at risk of developing colorectal cancer. Early detection is key in improving survival rates; ninety percent of patients who receive treatment before the cancer has spread are alive after 5 years, as opposed to only 10 percent who survive if it is widespread.

Common risk factors for Colorectal Cancer are as follows:

  • Age (over 40)
  • Heredity
  • Pelvic irradiation
  • Diabetes
  • Poor diet (diet high in fat and red meat)
  • IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
  • Overeating
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Lack of exercise
  • Tobacco use

Colorectal Cancer can cause many different symptoms. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Changes in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea)
  • Blood in the stool
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anemia
  • Bloating
  • Narrowing stool
  • Weight Loss

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, consult your health care provider for a proper examination and screening.

When considering cancer not just Colorectal Cancer you need to address my Four Pillars of Great Health with the utmost care. Supplements, Diet, Exercise and Spirituality are critical here more than ever.

he following is a brief list of the dietary changes that should be made;

  • Eliminate the intake of alcohol, bad fats (hydrogenated oils), refined foods (pasta, breads etc.); reduce red meat consumption coffee, salt, sugar and honey
  • Increase intake of cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts etc.), fruits and veggies (especially colored red, yellow & orange), fiber

Increased activity (exercise) has been associated with reducing risk and aiding the recovery of most major health challenges. Not only will it support a healthy immune system, it will help reduce other risk factors for cancer, such as obesity and stress. I recommend 30 minutes of brisk walking 5 to 7 days per week. This means you don't have to join a health club or buy expensive equipment to be healthy, just a great pair of walking shoes.

I won't go into too much detail on spirituality since we have articles archived on my Four Pillars of Great Health (http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/ content/en/dave_foreman/four_pillars.jsp ) Suffice it to say that this plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of Colorectal Cancer.

The following dietary supplement recommendations are based on my opinion, and do not constitute the entire list of supplements used for CC. As I recommend in my seminars, do your homework and find a program that is right for you.

Long-term immune system support is the best way to start when dealing with cancer (any form). Supporting the immune system over extended periods can be tricky if you don't know what you are doing. Some supplements listed below (antioxidants) are great for long-term support, but they are usually not the only supplements needed to address immune weaknesses. For added long-term support, medicinal mushrooms, such as Maitake, Reishi, and Shiitake etc. are good choices. Medicinal mushroom products, such as Host Defense, Maitake D-Fraction, and Advanced Immune Support are also excellent. I use the beta glucan from baker's yeast (WGP® 3-6) as my long-term immune support supplement. Beta glucan (found in medicinal mushrooms in lower concentrations) is always part of my dietary supplement recommendations for those with immune system weakness.

Other big hitters are green tea and turmeric. These herbs have a long history of use in natural medicine. They provide high levels of antioxidants, which have been shown to be beneficial to those concerned with cancer. Studies indicate an association between drinking green tea (7 to 8 cups/day) and a reduced risk of several types of cancer, including colon cancer.Green tea seems to exert its cancer-fighting benefits in several ways: decreasing inflammation (inflammation is now linked to many types of cancer), decreasing new tumor blood vessel development, and causing direct tumor cell death. Since most of us don't want to drink 7-plus cups of tea each day, supplements like green tea extract can be mixed in water or consumed in concentrated capsules. For example, New Chapter's Green & White tea can give you the dose you need without all the hassle.

Turmeric, like green tea, provides multiple cancerfighting benefits, such as preventing cell division, decreasing growth of new tumor blood vessels, triggering apoptosis (cell death), and decreasing inflammation. Turmeric is one of the many ingredients found in Zyflamend®, one of the supplements I regularly recommend for people with pain, inflammation, and certain diseases that include inflammation as a risk factor (heart disease and cancer).

Moving past these two powerful herbs, Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help improve immune response and decrease inflammation. These two benefits alone earn it a top rank on my list for those with CC. Studies indicate Omega-3's from fish oil play an important role in reducing the spread and growth of certain types of CC. But choosing an Omega-3 product can be tricky. I prefer products with third-party certification, showing no contaminants such as heavy metals or pesticides. Products like Nordic Naturals® and Coromega® are my favorites. Personally, I use Coromega® because it is pre-emulsified (which reduces burping and digestive problems), and because it is conveniently packaged in individual doses to assure freshness and stability.

Another big player for those with CC worries is IP-6 (also called inositol hexaphosphate). Found in nature in oats and other grains, IP-6 has been shown to have a positive impact on CC in animals and is also part of my personal CC regimen. It is believed that combining IP-6 with the vitamin Inositol allows formation of IP-3, the truly bioactive form of this compound. Instead of creating your own formulation, I recommend looking for Cell Forte® IP-6 with Inositol.

Mentioned above is the importance of fiber in your diet for prevention and treatment of CC. Since most people get only 15-20 grams of fiber per day (35 grams is recommended), it's important to add a fiber supplement to your diet. My recommendation is a blend of fibers, in which flax fiber is one of the main components. Products like Fiber Smart and Organic Daily Fiber can provide you with the extra fiber needed for great bowel health. There are many other combination fiber products on the market. Consult with a store associate for the blend that's right for you.

Last but not least, certain vitamins and minerals are more CC specific. Calcium, Vitamin D, Selenium, CoQ10, Folic Acid, and Vitamin E rise to the top of the list. People with CC are reported to have low blood levels of these nutrients. Selenium, Co-Q10, and Vitamin E play important roles as antioxidants and as providers of immune system support in the fight against CC. Calcium supplements have been shown to help reduce the risk of colon cancer or pre-cancerous conditions that may occur in the colon. Vitamin D, often linked with calcium for bone health, adds another feather to its cap in the prevention of CC. Early research demonstrates Vitamin D, gained either from exposure to sunlight or from proper supplementation, may help reduce the risk of CC. And finally, folic acid has been linked to significant reduction in the occurrence of CC. Folic acid can help reduce the damage done to DNA, as well as help those with conditions that are risk factors (ulcerative colitis and alcoholism) for getting CC.

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