Taking probiotics reduces risk of colorectal cancer

Taking Probiotics can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, and maybe even help defeat it. Early results from a major new research study (the SYNCAN Project – funded by the EU) shows that people on a mix of Probiotics and Prebiotics had less DNA damage, lowered rates of colorectal cancer and lower rates of cell proliferation.

In my new 2014 book (The Secret Source of Your Good Health), a mass of research from both America and Europe shows that a loss of diversity and of overall numbers of the bacteria in the gut leads to diseases from Autism to Diabetes and cancer to arthritis. Indeed your bacteria become ill first, then you become ill. And you cannot become well fully until they become well - more numerous and more diverse.

Colorectal cancer is another disease where a loss in the flora’s diversity causes problems. 

Taking probiotics has now been shown to reduce colorectal (CRC) cancer risk

Indeed, the addition of probiotics to the diet has been shown to perform a number of beneficial functions from reducing the length of time people suffer colds and flu, to reducing the risk of IBS and illnesses developed in hospitals.

There is a pattern developing for treating the effects of drugs, antibiotics and parasites and pathogens as a cause of poor health.

It involves three steps to regenerate volume and diversity in your microbiome:

     (i) Taking LABs (Lactic Acid bacteria): For example,strains of acidophilus such as  
Lactobacillus acidophilus produce lactic acid in the gut changing the pH, making the gut more acidic and inhibiting the action of certain pathogens. Bifidobacterium lactis has much the same effect - and these help CONTROL pathogens in the gut - some of which are known carcinogens while others cause severe inflammation, produce toxins and even an immune reaction.

     (ii) Using natural herbs like cloves, slippery elm, wormwood, caprylic acid and oregano to kill off certain parasites, yeasts and some pathogens.

     (iii) Re-establishing diversity by consuming a little raw milk, sourdough bread, sauerkraut or apple cider vinegar, for example. Adding volume by consuming Prebiotic foods the good bacteria love - like pectins (apples and carrots) for acidophilus; and inulin (onions and chicory) for Bifido strains.

Gut bacteria are essential to your good health:

     (i) They direct the immune system and control the immune memory.

     (ii) Certain species of probiotic beneficial bacteria produce short chain esters the gut, and these inhibit inflammation.

     (iii) Some probiotics can even interfere with the cancer forming process and particular enzymes essential to cancer cell formation.

     (iv) Some make sodium butyrate (covered before in Cancer Watch) which regulates the growth of cells and can even kill cancer cells in the colon.

     (v) Other beneficial bacteria have been shown capable of reducing genetic damage in the colon cells. Other studies have seen a reduction in the overall number of tumours.

     (vi) Certain probiotics can bind to and neutralise dangerous bile salts particularly those produced by a diet rich in so-called ‘bad’ fats (from saturated fats and oils like beef, corn oil, sunflower oil).

As it explains in my book, good bacteria love fibrous foods like inulin (chicory), whole oats, flaxseed, apples (pectins) and green vegetables like cabbage and Brussels sprouts. These foods increase their numbers in just 12 hours. Polysaccharides such as oligofructose, fructooligosaccharides (FOS) or galactooligosaccharides (GOS) are also extremely helpful. Such foods are termed Prebiotics.

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