Cancer of the colon
Cancer is made up of cells that are no longer subject to control by the brain or the DNA in the cell nucleus. Cells of the body are usually programmed to die after a period and this is referred to as apoptosis. In the case of cancer, the cells no longer die, instead they continue to multiply and grow endlessly. When this occurs in that part of the gastrointestinal tract known as the colon, it is called colon cancer. Colon cancer is another cause of rectal bleeding.
Cancer, like all the other chronic degenerative diseases, is a lifestyle disease; it is a disease that came about as a result of what you ate, what you drank, what you thought of in your mind and the environment.
Causes of colon cancer
Dehydration and immune system depression
Ordinarily, the human body is equipped to fight all the different diseases, including cancer, which we are exposed to on a daily basis. There is no manifestation of cancer in us as often as we are exposed, because of the ability of our immune system to eliminate the cancer cells that are formed in us. However, certain conditions like dehydration may suppress the immune system.
Dehydration is the commonest cause of immune system suppression because of the acidic wastes that accumulate when the body lacks water. In such a situation a lot of things go wrong and the environment becomes suitable for the growth of cancer cells.
Following all the physiological and metabolic functions that occur in the body, acidic wastes are released. Certain food types that we eat, like animal proteins, dairy products and some grains are by far more implicated in the formation of these acid wastes. They give rise to what is known as metabolic acidosis. The colon [large intestines] is one of the greatest sources of acidic wastes. Everything that we eat or drink will eventually pass through the colon. Digestion and absorption take place in the small intestines and those items that cannot be absorbed are first collected in the rectum before they are passed out of the body.
The amounts of acids in this waste fecal matter will depend on the rate of completion of the digestive process in the small intestines, the quantity of undigested food material [this is determined by the quality and quantity of enzymes present and the bacterial flora of the intestines]. The rate of clearance of this fecal waste from the colon is dependent on the type of food eaten, the fibre content and the amount of water in the body. Animal proteins, which do not contain any fiber and enzymes, move slowly in the colon, causing constipation. “Unfriendly” bacteria leading to the formation of more acids and toxins will act upon the fecal matter in circumstances such as this. Stress and toxic emotions like anger, bitterness, malice and unforgiveness are other sources of acid wastes. Accumulation of these wastes further worsens an already bad situation and dehydration which most of us are familiar with is the cause.
These acidic wastes, which now accumulate in the cells, will have to be transported to the liver where they are detoxified before moving to the kidneys, lungs and skin, organs that will finally eliminate them from the body. In the liver, they are detoxified by a complex biochemical transformation to water-soluble metabolites that are harmless to the tissues of the body and easily excreted by the kidneys and skin.
Certain enzymes are involved in this transformation reaction in the liver in two distinct phases and they are highly pH sensitive. An alkaline pH enhances and accelerates the detoxification process in the liver. The liver enzymes involved in detoxification perform optimally when the body pH is alkaline and the body is well hydrated such that circulation is fast. As the water in the cells remains acidic, it becomes impossible to release the wastes into the blood so as not to render the blood acidic.
More on this in the second part of this article next week Thursday.
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