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Bigger Brains Associated With Greater Cancer Risk

Written by Dr. Joseph Mercola

A Norwegian scientist looking at why some people get a rare form of aggressive brain cancer has suggested that the size of your brain has more to do with the risk for this particular cancer than your lifestyle. Specifically, the larger your brain, the higher your risk for it

Detailing his findings in a press release through Eurekalert, Dr.Evan Hovig Fyllingen said his conclusion makes sense because a large brain has more cells, which naturally means there are more cell divisions that can go wrong to create mutations that lead to cancer. A confounder of the study was that although men generally have larger brains and more men than women get this cancer, it appears that women with large brains are more susceptible to it — a finding that Fyllingen has yet to explain.

While this research is indeed intriguing as it hints to a genetic predisposition to brain cancer, it’s much more important to look at lifestyle factors that can contribute to cancer as a whole, rather than worry about the size of your brain putting you at risk for a very rare cancer. This is because, contrary to conventional teaching, nuclear genetic defects do not cause cancer.

It’s mitochondrial dysfunctzion that is at the core of cancer and virtually all diseases, and the fact is mitochondrial damage occurs first — before cancer cells develop — which then triggers genetic mutations that ultimately lead to cancer.

If all that sounds confusing, just remember: Cancer is a metabolic disease, not a genetic one. As long as our mitochondria remain healthy and functional, your chances of developing cancer are slim. And the good news is that this means cancer can be preventable and treatable. Not only that, the prevention and treatment involve protocols that can radically address, prevent and treat most cases of cancer.

Keep in mind, the established dogma that cancer is a genetic disease rules everything — from the research that receives funding to how an oncologist treats you. But, if you look at it as what it really is — a metabolic disease — you can begin a lifestyle program that can act as both insurance against cancer and treatment for it if you already have it. And, the good news is that even if you do elect to follow traditional cancer treatments, this lifestyle program can serve as an adjunct.

This is where following a ketogenic diet comes in. By eliminating processed foods, refined sugars, starches, breads, grains and even root vegetables from your diet, and incorporating intermittent fasting into your life, you can take five simple, powerful steps to minimize your cancer risk — no matter how many brain cells you have. Those steps include:

  1. Switching to a cyclical ketogenic diet (which I explain in my book, “Fat for Fuel,” and in my latest book, “Superfuel”)
  2. Avoiding pesticides, herbicides, genetically engineered and factory farmed foods and eating organic, locally grown whole foods
  3. Moving more and exercising regularly
  4. Getting regular sun exposure and maintaining healthy vitamin D levels in your body
  5. Detoxing your body with regular full spectrum infrared sauna sessions 
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