The New York Times recently reported on an alarming increase of colorectal cancers in young adults in their 20's and 30's. Though normally thought as being a senior's disease, colorectal cancer rates have been increasing in every generation born since 1950. An added risk for this particular age group is doctors' reluctance to take cancer into consideration as a diagnosis; because doctors do not catch the disease quickly, a proper diagnosis might not come until the cancer is less treatable. Early screening is being recommended as your first line of defense beginning from 20 years of age and onwards.
This problem is not unique to the US. Just last year, a study from the University of Toronto found that colorectal cancer is becoming increasingly common in Canadians under age 50, as well. The average rate of increase is 1.28 per cent per year. In this case, part of the issue is that young people wait to report unusual symptoms until it is too late. While this has not yet become prevalent enough in Canada for Health Canada to change the recommended screening age, it underscores the importance of being observant in one's own health, and speaking up if things do not seem normal.
While age and genetics may play a role in cancer development, environmental factors are important, too. In fact, the NIH stated that changes in food habits alone could reduce the risk of cancer by up to 70 per cent. Obesity and inactivity are also important environmental factors, accounting for between one fourth and one third of colorectal cancer. This is not even including the risks of GMO's and environmental toxins.
When the odds against health are stacked so high, we must be vigilant in observing the risk factors and controlling the ones that we can control. A healthy, organic diet; pure drinking water; regular exercise; adequate sleep (up to 8 hours per night to help lessen the built up stress levels); and overall clean living are great first steps to live a healthier life. To supercharge preventative health, though, we also recommend supplements.
For immune defense, begin with the gastrointestinal region for total gut health. In fact, all disease factors should begin with balancing the microbiota within the gut; it is the bedding ground for originating disease and spreading it throughout the body. Use a clinically-proven probiotic. We recommend one derived from human strains, like Laktokhan.The International Journal of Molecular Sciences reviewed several studies about the role of probiotics and protection against colon cancer. The studies discussed multiple angles from which probiotics can help in colon cancer prevention, including: "anticarcinogenic effects, antimutagenic properties, modification of differentiation processes in tumor cells, production of short chain fatty acids, and alteration of tumor gene-expressions." They concluded that these results warranted further study into the true potential of probiotics.
To help prevent leaky gut syndrome, we recommend Full Spectrum Digestive Enzyme with ox bile. The gallbladder is responsible for storing bile. Bile is produced in the liver and released by the gallbladder. In the absence of a gallbladder, or if your gallbladder is compromised, the bile must be produced by the liver and sent to the small intestines for digestion, which severely marginalizes its effectiveness. For those with colorectal disease and compromised gallbladders, taking digestive enzymes with ox bile, like FSDE, will greatly benefit your health.
T cells are our immune defense, and for activating T-cells, Thymus Gland is a must. Our Thymus Gland is derived from New Zealand free range grass-fed bovine; the cows are grown without antibiotics or growth hormones.
Since the liver is the filter of the blood, we cannot think of anything better for liver cleansing than SAM-e--especially in liquid form, which bypasses digestion and goes directly into the bloodstream. In a recent US government study, of the effects of SAM-e on depression, arthritis, and liver disease were examined. SAM-e was found to work effectively for all three conditions. For depression, SAM-e was shown to be as good as standard antidepressant therapy; for liverdisease, SAM-e improved intrahepatic cholestasis (cholesterol deposits in the liver, including intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy) and reduced serum bilirubin levels, itching associated with intrahepatic cholestasis and jaundice; and for osteoarthritis, SAM-e was shown as effective at relieving joint pain as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In the studies on liver disease, researchers felt that a larger sample was needed to determine accurately the benefits of the SAM-e, and that overall, more studies were needed to determine optimum doses for each of the disease conditions, but they stated that SAM-e research was clearly worth pursuing.
If young people are diligent about disease prevention, colorectal disease does not have to be a looming concern.
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