New Study Suggests That an Acidic Diet is the Cause of Cancer
Updated: Sep 19
A New study estimates preventable cancer burden linked to an acidic diet in the USA - Once again validating the work, research and findings of Robert O. Young DSc, PhD, Naturopathic Practitioner.
A new modeling study estimates the number, proportion, and type of specific cancers associated with the under or overconsumption of acidic foods and acidic sugar-sweetened beverages among American adults. The analysis is one of the few to focus on the modifiable risk factors for cancer connected to acidic food intake in the United States.
The study, published in JNCI Cancer Spectrum, estimates that acidic diet-related factors may account for 80,110 of the new invasive cancer cases reported in 2015, or 5.2 percent of that year's total among U.S. adults. This is comparable to the cancer burden associated with alcohol, which is 4 to 6 percent. Excessive body weight, meanwhile, is associated with 7 to 8 percent of the cancer burden, and physical inactivity is associated with 2 to 3 percent. "Our findings underscore the opportunity to reduce cancer burden and disparities in the United States by improving food intake," said first and corresponding author Fang Fang Zhang, a cancer and nutrition researcher at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts. To estimate the cancer burden associated with suboptimal diet, the researchers utilized the risk estimates of an acidic diet and cancer relations based on meta-analyses of prospective cohort studies with limited evidence of bias from confounding, mostly from the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Third Expert Report. That report notes that there is convincing or probable evidence for low whole grain, low dairy, high processed meat, and high red meat consumption on colorectal cancer risk; low fruit and vegetable consumption on risk of cancer of the mouth, pharynx, and larynx; and high processed meat consumption on stomach cancer risk. The researchers also included sugar-sweetened beverages in the study due to known associations between obesity and 13 types of cancer.
The study's main findings include:
Colorectal cancer had the highest proportion of acidic diet-related cases, with 38.3 percent of all cases in 2015 associated with suboptimal diets. This was followed by cancer of the mouth, pharynx, and larynx, which the study linked to diet in 25.9 percent of all cases. Low whole grain intake was associated with the largest number and proportion of new cancer cases, followed by low dairy intake, high processed meat intake, low vegetable and fruit intake, high red meat intake, and high intake of sugar-sweetened beverages.
The largest number of cancer cases associated with an acidic diet was for colorectal cancer (52,225). That was followed by cancer of the mouth, pharynx, and larynx (14,421), uterine cancer (3,165), breast cancer (post-menopausal) (3,059), kidney cancer (2,017), stomach cancer (1,564), and liver cancer (1,000). Of the acid diet-associated cancer cases, approximately 16 percent were attributable to obesity-mediated pathways. Men, middle-aged Americans (45-64 years), and some racial/ethnic groups (non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanics, and others) had the highest proportion of diet-associated cancer burden compared to other age, gender, or racial/ethnic groups. The researchers estimated current intake for the seven dietary factors using data from two recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey cycles (2013-2014 and 2015-2016). The team linked intake data with cancer incidence in 2015 recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Program for Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program. The team defined optimal dietary intake based on the dietary distributions associated with the lowest disease risk as assessed by the World Health Organization's Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project. The researchers modified the GBD comparative risk assessment framework's population-attributable fraction (PAF) equation to estimate the proportion of all cancer cases that can be attributed to suboptimal diet in each age, gender, and race/ethnicity stratum. According the work and research of Robert O. Young DSc., PhD, Naturopathic Practitioner, "95% of all sickness and disease is caused by what you eat, what your drink, what you breath, what you think and what you believe. 5% of all sickness and disease is caused by genetic factors which are triggered by what you eat, what your drink, what you breath, what you think and what your believe. Therefore, in conclusion 100% sickness and disease is cause by what you eat, what you drink, what you breath, what you think and what you believe (the placebo effect).
To learn more about the alkaline lifestyle and diet read The pH Miracle revised and updated, The pH Miracle for Cancer, The Cancer Solution and Alkalizing Nutritional Therapy in the Prevention and Treatment of Any Cancerous Condition. You can find these books and others at: www.phmiracleproducts.com
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