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Turmeric: The Miracle Cancer Inhibitor

The deep yellow-ochre color that Asian foods are rich in is because of the addition of the versatile Asian spice Turmeric. Turmeric is a root akin to ginger with brown skin and a deep orange flesh inside. This form of turmeric is rarely used in everyday cooking but the powder form of Turmeric which is a fine yellow color is used in many Asian dishes and virtually all Indian curries and gravies.

It has a slight peppery, bitter taste when consumed as is but when mixed into the food it blends in beautifully and also adds a warm pleasant flavor not to mention the rich color to the dish. Turmeric is a miracle nature cure for many health concerns like digestive problems, bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis and is also used as a powerful anti inflammatory. But this article is about how curcumin, the major constituent of turmeric, can be a cancer preventer and there are hardly any preventive natural foods available that works so powerfully against cancer.

Research has proven that a consistent intake of turmeric can lower the rates of colon, lung, prostrate, oral and breast cancer. A research study conducted by the University of Texas on mice suggests that turmeric actually slows down the spreading of breast cancer to the lungs! The study was made possible by injecting human breast cancer cells into mice to grow tumors that were subsequently removed to simulate mastectomy.

How does curcumin work? According to researcher Bharat Aggarwal, our genes have what is called transcription factors and these regulate the formation of tumors. When the transcription factors are turned off, some of the genes responsible for the growth and onslaught of cancer cells are shut down. Curcumin works against the transcription factors and renders them useless to regulate the formation of these cancerous tumors. In the instance of lung cancer, Curcumin is believed to suppress and arrest cancer cell multiplication and causes cells to kill themselves. Curcumin in the turmeric is also suggested to have chemopreventive properties against myeloma and pancreatic cancer.

When turmeric is added to onions the combination helps in reducing the size and the number of precancerous lesions in the intestinal tract. Similarly a combination of turmeric with cauliflower is especially effective to stop prostrate cancer. Prostrate cancer is a leading cause of death in American men but is extremely rare in Asian men due to their diet which is rich in curcumin combined with a variety of vegetables.

While curcumin and vegetables like cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi etc helped in slowing the growth of human prostrate cancer cells, combining turmeric with these vegetables proved to be a potent fighter against the growth of tumors and the spread of the cancer cells. Make sure that when you cut cauliflower or other vegetable mentioned above you let them sit for about 5-20minutes to encourage the formation of phenethyl isothiocyantes which stop when they are heated. While sautéing add turmeric and other spices you’d like. This not only tastes good but is a great prostrate cancer prevention technique.

Research also suggests that eating food flavored with turmeric can reduce the risk of childhood leukemia. This is a heartbreaking disease, mainly in children under the age of five, that has increased in incidence by over 50% from the year 1950 mostly due to environmental and lifestyle factors like exposure to prenatal or postnatal radiation, pollutants, benzene etc and studies show that turmeric can actually help in inhibiting the effects of some of these risk factors.

The good news is that turmeric is not a strong Asian flavor that cannot be used in other types of cuisine. It can safely be added to most gravies, sauces and soups without fear of altering the taste radically. Try adding it to your pasta sauces, chili, dips and even your marinades for your meat and chicken. You can add it to you barbecue sauces too or just sprinkle some on to steamed vegetables while stir frying or sauteing. But do make sure you find turmeric that is of a reputed brand so that it is pure and free of any kind of adulteration. And remember to keep it away from your carpets and clothes unless you are planning on dyeing them!

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Dear Cancer

Dear Cancer:

This is to let you know that I hate you. No, hate is not the right word, it’s more like detest. Yes, I detest you and all you stand for and all you have done and all you will ever do. You have no conscience, you do not discriminate and you always press forward with malice aforethought. It’s all about you, isn’t it? It’s about how much you can destroy in record time. And once you have started, you just don’t stop until everything and everyone around you is destroyed, or at the very least, changed for life.

You started out in my life as a nasty thorn in my Mother-In-Law’s side. She thought she was over you, she thought all was forgotten and that you would never come back, but that of course is not your way. You waited for her to have a life, to have children and a career and then you snuck back in and took it all away. She did do a number on you, though, she fought you. She fought you with everything she had and every tool imaginable. She was even going to let others study what you had done to see if they could find a way to stop you. But you were too strong. You were too knowledgeable in the ways of destruction. You won.

Next time I met up with you it was my Uncle you decided to attack. He was strong, in his prime of life, 50 years old also with kids and a family. I know, you don’t care, it doesn’t affect you, I don’t know why I even bring it up. But you got him where it hurts. This time, you not only took a life but made your victim suffer first by nearly crippling him. He had to use a cane and was in much pain towards the end of his life. Just so you know, he may have gone too soon, but he went quietly with his wife by his side.

Then, as if that were not enough, you picked on two other uncles almost in the same way. They both had to have operations and one of them got their larynx removed. That was cute. He had to spend the rest of his life talking with a microphone on the outside of his throat. You thought that was pretty clever didn’t you? You thought you were pretty smooth. You got what you wanted and moved on to other areas so they could continue suffering until they died. You unrelenting pig!

Last, but not least, you decide to go after my best friend. How could you? You just couldn’t leave well enough alone, could you? No, you had to show me your truly ugly side. Good job. Well done. You took her way too young and you know it. You were coy this time. You didn’t show up until it was way too late to do anything about it. You were probably enjoying the fact that she already had something removed and thought she was in the clear. But no, you came back with a vengeance. You came back on top and didn’t give her a chance in hell. You wrapped yourself around so tightly, no one could get to you. I had to watch, you know, and I saw it all. I saw the way you took her hope away. I saw how you alienated her children with fear. I saw how you took away her speech. Oh, you’re good!

But I have news for you. Her family and I weren’t about to let her suffer by herself. We weren’t about to let you take over and destroy her slowly without a fight. Yes, we helped her cope, we comforted her, and we got her through the tough nights of no sleep and the rough days of no eating. We were right there by her side and we refused to let her face you alone. So you won, but you lost! We made sure everyone knew what you were doing and we fought you with love and understanding.

So, in the end, I want you to know that I still detest you, even more if that’s possible. I loathe the air in which you breathe and the cells in which you breed. I will celebrate the day they destroy you and if you ever dare to show your ugly face in my presence again, just be forewarned: I’ll be ready. I know what you did and I know where you live!

Signed, 
Your Sworn Enemy.