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Strong muscles fight cancer!

From Colin Champ, MD’s blog:

Several years back a scientific article revealed that those of us with high “muscular strength” have a lower risk of becoming a victim to cancer – a 40% lower risk to be exact.1 After assessment of almost 9,000 men aged 20-82, scientists found that men with a stronger one-rep max on bench press and leg press have a 40% reduction in their risk of dying from cancer. They adjusted for body mass index (BMI), body fat, and cardiorespiratory fitness and the results still held strong (pun intended).2 In other words, there is something about simply being stronger that can lower our risk of getting cancer. Many felt as though there was something innately healthy about having more muscles, but another study associated weak hand grip strength with an increased risk of cancer, even regardless of muscle size.3 So is it all about strength or do muscles fight cancer?

Strength goes beyond lowering our risk of dying from cancer; it lowers our risk of dying from most major health issues. For instance, men exhibiting a lower vertical leap, less sit-ups, and decreased grip strength have a higher risk of dying period.4 Men and women with moderate and high bench press and sit-up scores have lower risks of death,5 while men with a higher 1-repetition bench and leg press apparently live longer (even when we account for other health issues, like cardiovascular disease, smoking, obesity, etc.).6

Muscles Fight Cancer – More Muscles = More Health?
The first thought that comes to mind is that more muscles means more strength, and both are a result of more exercise. Sure enough, when we take a close look through these studies, we do see that the strongest among us have less body fat, are in better shape, and have better “good” cholesterol values with lower blood sugar and triglycerides.1 This is not surprising.

However, in nearly all these “muscles fight cancer” studies, other health issues were adjusted for and the findings still held. In other words, these studies seem to suggest that strength is independently associated with a lower risk of cancer and a higher change of avoiding an untimely death, regardless of age, smoking, alcohol usage, or other health issues. But as we know, associations can only take us so far, before we must explore the mechanism that support these associations.

Muscles Fight Cancer – It’s the Muscles!
In the study above, the scientists found some intriguing results: the benefits of muscular strength overlap with cardiovascular fitness, but the benefits of muscular strength in decreasing the risk of cancer death work through different mechanisms.1 Perhaps the synergy exists, or in other words, having more muscle and strength is good, and exercising them is better.

For instance, we know that exercising our muscles leads to:

Improved insulin sensitivity (less insulin needed to remove sugar from our blood)
More sugar extracted from our blood by skeletal muscle and used for energy during exercise
Less cancer-promoting sugar and insulin floating around our blood
A decrease in the levels of hormones that, over a prolonged period, can lead to cancer. For instance, resistance training increases IGFBP-3, which binds to insulin-like growth factor (IGF), decreasing its ability to promote cancer (growth factors are normal within the human body, but too many can lead to excessive cellular growth, including cancer growth)7
Decreased inflammation (which when present, serves as a fertilizer for cancer)
Increased antioxidant defense, which helps fight potential cancer-causing free-radicals
Less inflammation-producing body fat
However, recent studies have changed much of our thinking when it comes to muscle. There are many organs in our body that respond to stimuli and secrete hormones, which serve as messages to direct remote parts of the body. We are recently starting to find some more unconventional organ-like structures in the body. For instance, it is now well-established that our adipose tissue works like an endocrine organ – albeit a bad one – secreting inflammatory hormones and an excess of potentially cancer-stimulating hormones.8 Take estrogen for example, which is a hormone that both men and women require to function normally. However, when supplied in higher than physiologically normal amounts from excess body fat, it can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. When women lose theses additional pounds through dietary changes and exercise, estrogen levels decrease.9

Studies have now shown that fat is not the only recently discovered endocrine organ. Muscle may act similarly, though this time to the benefit of our health. The metabolic muscular organ within us secretes IL-6, an important cytokine that was once felt to be a bad guy that caused inflammation. Newer studies reveal that IL-6 has a healthy role and is actually a myokine, which is an endocrine hormone produced by muscle (myo = muscle) and released during contraction. In other words, while fat secretes harmful hormones, muscles squeeze out some healthy hormones during lifting.

You can read the rest at his site referenced above. He is a radiation oncologist and stays up on what’s new in cancer and ways we can fight this disease.

He gives us the Warburg effect from the early 1900’s. These things decrease cancer and its hold on us.:

Muscle contraction during exercise,16,17 with the more intense exercise resulting in increased expression of AMPK18
Carbohydrate restriction (with or without fasting and even in the face of an increase in calories)19
Intermittent fasting20

There is much on complex chemical processes in our bodies and how these all work together to make us healthy or sick. Good article on muscles making us fight cancer!!


Cancer patients, Boost and Nutrition by Colin Champ, MD, Oncologist



Cancer Patients, Cachexia, and Nutrition

Significant muscle loss remains a concern for cancer patients during treatment. The treatment itself can cause eating difficulties due to nausea, bowel issues, or even damage to the mouth or esophagus resulting in pain with swallowing and difficulty eating adequate amounts of food. Chemoradiation also disrupts normal taste and salivary gland function. It is surprising to see how little people will eat when they cannot taste the food. Oftentimes, this leaves liquid meal replacement products as the go-to source for nutrition.

However, weight loss in cancer patients is not always bad. In many cases, weight loss may even be helpful, as fat tissue gives off inflammatory factors and hormones that can fuel cancer growth.1,2 Weight gain in breast cancer patients, for instance, can lead to increased chances that the treated cancer will recur.3

Cachexia, on the other hand, is the unwanted, significant, and progressive loss of appetite, weight, and body mass (especially muscle).4 It is also accompanied by a state of systemic inflammation throughout the body. Cachexia is the fear that has led many dietitians and oncologists to tell patients to eat whatever they can, just do not lose weight. The loss of muscle mass from cachexia in cancer patients is usually considered irreversible.

However, decades of research have started to tell us what works and what doesn’t when it comes to stopping the loss of muscle mass in cancer patients. Earlier studies in mice showed that medium chain triglycerides (MCT) appear to halt muscle loss without feeding cancer cells.5 In fact, weight loss was reduced in proportion to the amount of fat in the diet. Further data showed that MCT increased ketones in the blood, which may also help to combat cancer cachexia.6 More recent studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil may help fight cachexia.7

The key here is that healthy fat sources appear to combat cachexia, while recommending mega doses of sugar and other poor sources of nutrition provide little benefit. Simply telling patients to eat more, whether that is ice cream or popsicles, does not work as it does not address the underlying inflammatory and metabolic issues.8
What about telling patients to turn to the standard — Boost, Ensure, Glucerna, and Carnation Instant Breakfast?
I have compiled what I believe (in my humble opinion) are the worst possible ingredients to feed anyone, let alone cancer patients:

1. Sugar
2. High-fructose corn syrup
3. Vegetable oils: Full of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids and known to increase inflammation. As cachexia is inflammation gone amok, inflammatory food is likely the last thing we want to feed cancer patients.

4. Poor protein sources


Please finish reading this article at the above linked URLs. Dr. Colin Champ is a real champion, in my opinion in his discussion and knowledge of eating (a simple act). It has become an unhealthy act in western countries over the past 50 years but a new revolution is brewing and this doctor and many others are on the forefront of educating us on how to live a healthy, dis-ease free life!

Follow him on twitter and facebook too!

On cancer cells: “Most strikingly, our discovery that glucose withdrawal causes both cell death…

In cancer cells, glucose starvation activates a metabolic and signaling feedback loop leading to cell death. Glucose starvation induces generation of reactive oxygen species generation (ROS), thereby inhibiting phosphatases and activating tyrosine kinases, which in turn generate additional ROS. This glucose starvation-induced positive feedback loop amplifies ROS levels until cells undergo ROS-mediated cell death.

Read the entire article from 2012!

Keeping blood glucose low with ketogenic diet may really kill cancer cells. There is research out there. Keep watching for it!

Long-term effects of a ketogenic diet in obese patients


The present study shows the beneficial effects of a long-term ketogenic diet. It significantly reduced the body weight and body mass index of the patients. Furthermore, it decreased the level of triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and blood glucose, and increased the level of HDL cholesterol. Administering a ketogenic diet for a relatively longer period of time did not produce any significant side effects in the patients. Therefore, the present study confirms that it is safe to use a ketogenic diet for a longer period of time than previously demonstrated.


This is important news.

The ketogenic diet is not harmful and promotes the health of those who live a ketogenic life style. 

Hubby and I have been on this diet for almost a year and four months. We have lost 70 pounds between us and improved our lab tests, energy levels, sleep and have lost symptoms of some of our chronic disease such as psoriasis, arthritis.

We’re looking forward to a little more weight loss and health improvements as we age!!

It’s been great!

Symptoms of Ketogenic Diet

Click on this url for this Ketogenic Diet Resource article:


Ketosis symptoms are a function of the way the body gets rid of the excess ketone bodies which build up in the blood stream when a person eats a low carb, ketogenic diet.
In short, the body has three ways of dealing with excess ketone bodies:

First, the muscles liver and brain can burn them for energy in the cells.
Second, the body can breathe ketones out through the lungs.
And third, the body can flush ketones out through the kidneys and urine.
The ketosis symptoms associated with the benign dietary ketosis caused by eating a low carb, ketogenic diet are not dangerous. They may differ for each individual, with the most common symptoms being:

Ketosis breath, which has a fruity odor, and the person in deep ketosis may feel a sort of slight burning in the nose and a slight smell of ammonia.
Dry mouth, which is alleviated by drinking more water.
A slight headache at first which goes away in a few days.
In the first week of beginning a ketogenic diet, most people experience frequent urination followed by fatigue, as the kidneys release extraneous water stores. Minerals such as sodium, magnesium and potassium are also lost with excreted urine, and it is the mineral loss that causes the fatigue. This can be offset by eating more salt, drinking more fluids, and increasing the intake of magnesium and potassium containing foods. (Dairy foods and avocados are high in potassium, and you can drink broth for more sodium.)
Ketone bodies become detectable in the urine. Ketone bodies are leftover fragment molecules created by the natural process of burning body fat for fuel. Diabetics and low carb dieters use a product called Ketostix to check for the presence of ketones in the urine, although each group does this for different reasons. If ketones are present, the stick turns purple.
After several days of ketosis, there may be a sense of euphoria, or an experience of high energy.
Very clear thinking, and a lack of “brain fog”.

Epigenetics: You CAN turn off your disease causing genes!

Might want to try the Keto-adaptive life style to do this!

Watch the video on this PBS site!