Avoiding Milk Could Stave Off Liver Cancer?

liver cancer and milkIn a 2011 report published on WebMD, it was suggested that the difference between breast and prostate cancers from liver cancer is that those diagnosed accurately with the latter will die within a twelve-month period.

You see, 95 percent of liver cancers are called hepatocarcinomas–that means that they reside in the liver, but perhaps more importantly, that they originated in the liver as well in most cases. Liver cancers that are not a metastasis from cancers located elsewhere in the body simply don’t have a great prognosis.

Roughly 600,000 worldwide hepatocarcinomas were diagnosed in 2011, and the numbers for 2012 are obviously still out. Could they be lower? If so, why? Could it be that one of the ways we combat liver cancer best is avoiding milk and other dairy products? The people over at NotMilk.com sure seem to think so, and they think science is well on its way to proving it too.

A recent research article in the Journal Human Pathology studied the connection between a hormone called GF-1 found in cow’s milk, and the rapid growth or development of liver cancer cells found within the human body. The study does reveal that there are some correlations, and in the minds of many, it is already safe to assume that there is a negative affect on the proliferation of cancer cells found in the liver caused by the consumption of milk from cows.

If you think you may benefit from cutting out dairy from your diet because you have liver cancer or are at high risk for liver cancer, make sure you discuss the decision with your doctor or health care provider first.

Cardio Workout Proves Healthful for Your Liver

Anthony Clavien health and wellness articlesWell most people these days are aware that working out their bodies and getting a quality cardio workout in a few days every week is good for their overall health and wellness. But did you know that working out is something your liver actually craves? Yes!

While we already know lots about how a nutritious diet that’s high in fiber and omega fatty acids laced with quality proteins is beneficial to your liver (and total excretory health), what we didn’t know until a recent study is that a good, sweat-inducing workout actually fights liver cancer.

Sound too good to be true? According to the study, coauthored by Dr. Luis Fernando Barbisan at Brasil’s Institute of Biosciences of São Paulo State University, exercise in conjunction with a low-fat diet actually reduced the incidence of cancer in lab animals. Barbisan tells us, “This study is the first to demonstrate that there is a beneficial effect of exercise training against progression of liver carcinogenesis in rats fed a low‐fat diet, but not in rats fed a high‐fat diet. That high‐fat diet regimen mimics the food habits of humans living in Western countries.”

So what’s the takeaway? Remember: exercise is great, but it’s only 50% of the battle when staving off cancer-causing variables in the body. A diet low in fat and high in fiber is perhaps literally what Dr. Barbisan ordered.

Could Corn & Soybean Oil Production Drop Cause Health Issues for Americans?

Anthony Clavien talks liver healthThis summer of 2012 has been a rough year for soybean and corn oil production in the U.S., and in fact, the Washington Post reported this week that government officials can now say 2012 is the lowest mean average corn yield that farms across the country have had to deal with in nearly two decades. But what does this mean for Americans’ health?

To begin, we now know that corn oil contains compounds that can ward off certain types of cancer, not the least of which is liver cancer. So make sure that if you’re not getting your share of corn oil because it’s being cut out of restaurants and regular meals that you make an effort to substitute it accordingly where appropriate.

Another health issue that could be directly affected by this drought is the higher cost of quality meats. Now, we know that beef is not the best option for your health seven days a week, but you want to make sure when you do eat beef that you are eating quality beef–and a drop in corn and soy production can affect this as well as your ability to be able to afford better meats. And on top of that, other meats like pork and poultry will also experience dramatic price increases as well, so pick wisely and make sure that you are getting all-natural, cornfed meats to avoid taking unnecessary health risks.

The Associated Press continues, “On Thursday, the U.N. food agency drew a direct correlation between price hikes in basic food commodities and the months of parched conditions in farm states. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said in its monthly price report that its overall food price index climbed 6 percentage points in July, although it was well below the peak reached in February 2011.”

Careful out there folks. Make sure you are doing what you can for your liver health even if it is a little pricier this year.

Anthony Clavien

Vitamin E Wards Off Liver Cancer?

Anthony Clavien: vitamin E stops cancerCould it be true that one of the most widely utilized vitamins on earth is potentially one of the best new ways scientists have discovered to keep liver cancer at bay? Yes, it is true. Vitamin E could be one of the best responses to liver cancer, based on new research.

According to the results of the Shanghai Women’s and Men’s Health Study that took place over the course of ten years, those who consumed more vitamin E from both ood sources and vitamin supplement sources were found to be at a lower risk for developing liver cancer, even if there was a strong genetic marker for it in the family history.

It is now believed that specific types of vitamin E, specifically those found in corn and soy oils can actually stop the growth of cancer, and has already done so in laboratory mice. According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, “The researcher of that study, Chung S. Yang, director of the Center for Cancer Prevention Research at Rutgers, added that another past study in the journal Cancer Prevention Research shows that the delta-tocopheral vitamin E form stops colon cancer development in rats more so than other kinds of vitamin E.” Anthony Clavien brings you this information as a way to educate yourself back to health and wellness!