Diet, Cancer & Jade Goody
It is painful to acknowledge the fact that even in this modern era of 21st century “Cancer accounts for nearly one-quarter of deaths in the United States, exceeded only by heart diseases”. In 2004, there were 553,888 cancer deaths in the US (23.1% of all death).
Heart disease accounts for 653486 deaths which is about 27.2% of all death in USA. That means heart and cancer related death accounted more than 50 % of all death in USA in 2004.
Similarly let’s have a look at some of the statistics in UK.
In the UK according to Cancer research UK, “One in four (26%) of all deaths in the UK are caused by cancer. There were 153,491 cancer deaths in the UK in 2005”.
You might be wondering why I am quoting so many statistics about cancer and heart diseases.
The point is even when our knowledge about our diet has increased tremendously and medical science is in advanced stages, still majority of death even in the developed nations on this planet are happening with the decease which are linked with our diet.
Most of human body diseases like cancer and heart disease are linked with our food which we eat. If people are eating healthy food then
how can there be more than 50 % death from heart and cancer diseases?
If we know what is healthy and if we eat healthy then our body should be healthy. It is that simple.
After looking at above statistics one can easily deduct the analysis the despite the big advancement in our knowledge about our diet still
somehow somewhere we do not understand our diet or our food properly.
I like the following quotation from Hippocrates, the father of medicine (460-357 B.C.) “He who does not know food, how can he understand
the diseases of man?” which is quite true even in this present time after more than 2350 years when he said.
It is a reality that we are still eating unhealthy food like fast food and meat which leads towards obesity, which is linked as one of the main
cause of cancer and heart diseases, kind of diseases which should have been eliminated long time ago.
Recently I was reading the news headline that Britain is fast becoming the fast food nation. As per news published on US department of
health and human service, NIH news website ” Eating at Fast-food Restaurants More than Twice Per Week is Associated with more Weight
Gain and Insulin Resistance in Otherwise Healthy Young Adults”.
Another habit which is destroying people health in the western nations is of eating meat. The main reason is first the meat itself is not
healthy for the human being and second that it is contaminated. I would like to mention one statement here from– Delmer Jones,
President of the US Meat Inspector Union regarding contaminated meat, he said” The labels are misleading the public. The labels should
declare that the product has been contaminated with fecal material…Today, nationwide; line speeds are up to 140 to 160 carcasses per
minute. It’s not humanly possible for meat inspectors to do what they are required to do, which is to protect the consumer.”
The extra weight we gain because of the fast food and contaminated meat puts you at risk for developing many diseases, especially heart
disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer, etc. So in a way the habit of eating fast food and meat is destroying your health and putting you in
the great danger of losing health.
Sadly recently in the UK ex Big brother celebrity Jade Goody was diagnosed with the advanced stage of cervical cancer. Treatments for
cancer include chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy, surgery and drug treatments, or these in combination.
Jade Goody has stage 4 cervical cancer, which is when the disease is at its most advanced stage and has spread. Cervical cancer is the
second most common cancer in women under 35 after breast cancer.
Though Jade Goody is suffering with cancer but with the help of media her issue of cervical cancer has certainly created awareness
among the citizens in the UK.
In the end I would like to say that if we correct our eating habits then not only we would have healthy body but we would certainly get rid of
most of diseases like cancer and heart diseases which are killing most of the western nations.
Living with a healthy body is not a complicated rocket science. Our body is made up of food which we eat during our day to day life. If we are
unhealthy at the moment then one thing is certain that the food which we eat is not good enough.
Healthy food habits will certainly lead you to good health forever.
May all being be healthy.
Issued in public interest by Subodh Gupta, Holistic health consultant and author of the book “7 food habits for weight loss forever”. Subodh
Gupta is based in London and conducts Yoga, Nutrition, Stress Management and Weight loss workshops.
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