NEW DELHI: Many people are falling prey to cancer due to increased stress and strain induced lifestyle, and unhealthy eating habits, according to a study by National Academy of Naturopathy.
"The food taken in does not provide live atoms to the body cells. The cells are starved from nutrition and clogged with toxins called cellular constipation leading to mal-absorption and diseases. This in turn brings down immunity which invites host of illness and suffering," says Dr Hemalatha Murthy of the National Academy of Naturopathy.
"The right approach to treat is to adopt naturopathic principles, which emphasise on detoxification, reliving cellular constipation by providing live (organic) food. The live food has enzymes which act as catalyst for detoxification and absorption of nutrients," she adds.
Dr Steven A Rosenberg, who operated on former US President Ronald Reagan's colon cancer, had reportedly put him on diet therapy instead of chemo or radiotherapy that Dr Murthy recalls.
Although surgery has brought about a breakthrough in treating various ailments, disease prevention and health promotion areas have been neglected, deplores Dr Murthy.
In Cancer, where cells multiply uncontrollably, destroying healthy tissue and harming life, surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy are timely relief and not a complete treatment says Dr Murthy.
She says, with the basic understanding about Metastasis (the spread of cancer from its primary site to other parts), a fresh approach of comprehensive drugless therapy is needed. This complete treatment modality for cancer alone can have three-dimensional approach preventive, curative and health promotion.
Organic matter has all these three aspects. Under Naturopathy, juices of certain vegetables and fruits are used as cancer fighting foods.
"Cabbage speeds up metabolism of oestrogen and is useful in Colon cancer. Carrot juice acts as an antidote to lung cancer," says Dr Murthy.
Beet juice rich in sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulphur, chlorine, iodine, iron, copper, Vitamin B1, B2, B6 niacin is known to have cancer-curing powers.
Juice of citrus fruits like lemon, orange and grapefruit are used as anti-cancer compound. Spinach, lettuce and broccoli juice act as antioxidants.
Indian Gooseberry is a potent antitoxin for cancer cells, says Dr Murthy.
While, wheat bran decreases estrogens (also oestrogen's) in blood, wheat grass juice repair damaged cells in Leukemics.
A cancer patient is also advised to take fiber rich foods like bran, oats, barley, legumes, carrot, beet, turnip, leafy vegetables and cabbage.
On a daily basis, 100-150 gram fruits, 100-gram raw leafy vegetables, 1 fruit or 175-ml. fruit or vegetable juice would be an ideal nutritional meal.
Spirulina, a species of blue-green algae used in juices to boast their nutritional value, increases natural cancer fighting substances in body. Spirulina is 60 per cent all-vegetable protein, rich in beta-carotene, iron, vitamin B-12 and the rare essential fatty acid, GLA.
All these vegetables and fruit juices also inhibit the growth of cancer.
Various internal and external factors act as agents that promote cancer. "Awareness of carcinogens and various causative factors of internal and external environment are important and useful in prevention and treatment of Cancer," she says.
"Asbestos, plastic, leather, synthetic textile factories, aluminium vessel cooking, nuclear wastes, lead filled exhaust fumes of motor vehicle, nitrates, fertilizers, food colouring and chlorination are carcinogenic", says Dr. Murthy.
She further says, "Oral contraceptives - cause liver, uterus and breast cancer; Immuno-suppressant drugs - cause liver gall-bladder, lungs and skin cancers; excessive intake of fat increases risk of cancer of uterus, rectum, colon and stomach; alcohol, excessive caffeine cause cancer of pancreas and urinary bladder".