Obesity - Cancer Link Uncovered
Nearly five per cent of all cancers in women aged 50 - 64 were connected
The World Cancer Research Fund found a link to
obesity in six
types of cancers. Women who were overweight were four times more likely to develop
cancer of the uterine lining while obesity boosts the risk by six-fold. Obese
women also are at greater risk of
colon cancer. Excess
also increases mortality from many cancers, with the strongest association seen
for endometrial cancer; heavy women are 6.25 times more likely to die from the
Several studies have shown that obese people have high levels of
stored in their fatty tissue. For example, plastic bottles and containers exude
dozens of chemicals. Many of these chemicals, for example bisphenol A and
phthalates, are xenoestrogens.
Excess adiposity, or fatness, is the source of many
Obesity is a major cause of liver problems such as non-alcoholic fatty liver.
The liver is responsible for over 500 different metabolic functions, so having a
liver that is clogged and congested with fat can have health effects that
reverberate through the entire body, causing chaos and disorder at every level.
For example, the liver is responsible for removing the reproductive hormones
from the bloodstream after ovulation. During days 14-28, the uterus, breasts,
and other reproductive tissues prepare for the next menstruation. At this time
they require an environment that is very low in estrogens and progesterone. When
the liver is congested due to
toxins and excess fat, it fails to perform its
duties, and the blood remains rich with estrogens and progesterone. The female
hormones are actually toxic to the other tissues during the final days of the
menstrual cycle. That toxicity is experienced as breast tenderness, pain,
cramping, emotional lability, and other symptoms that we would identify as
Most people think that “estrogen” refers to a specific compound. In reality,
there is no single chemical compound called “estrogen,” rather the word estrogen
refers to a class of related compounds. One form of estrogen commonly known as
estradiol has protective effects on women’s bodies. Women with greater levels of
estradiol compared to other estrogen compounds show decreased risk of
reproductive tissue cancers. Another form of estrogen known as estrone is
associated with increased risk for reproductive tissue cancers including breast
cancer and others. Obese women produce more estrone, and are also at greater
risk for PMS. The evidence of the links of the unholy triad continues to
There is a worldwide trend of girls experiencing puberty earlier than ever.
Epidemiology shows us that childhood obesity is a probable cause of early-onset
or “precocious” puberty, defined as prior to age 11. Research has shown a link
to diet because unhealthy eating patterns cause elevated insulin levels, in
itself a risk factors for cancer.
There are many suspected links between xenoestrogens and precocious puberty.
Children today are fatter today than in years past, just as their parents and
other adults are. Likewise, the bodies of young girls contain more xenoestrogens
from plastics, pesticides and other industrial sources. One theory states that
these xenoestrogenic compounds act as signals to the developing endocrine
system, helping to trigger an early puberty.
When a person accumulates body fat of an amount equal to more than about
20 lbs over ideal weight, the fatty tissues begins to act like a separate
endocrine organ, secreting leptin, cortisol, and other non-beneficial
hormones. These hormones accelerate the fat-storage process, and through the
catabolic, or muscle-wasting effects of cortisol, the
body fat begins to take
away the muscle stores while piling on the extra
pounds. This is a run-away
train that is very difficult to stop.
The take-home message is clearly spelled out through the research: you can
lower your cancer risk by losing weight. You can lose weight by
can lose toxicity by losing weight. At a deeper and more holistic level, you can
process and release old tensions, conflicts, and traumas through a variety of
somatic or body therapies, including
massage, Feldenkrais, hypnosis, EFT,
acupuncture, and many other therapies.
The state of vitality capable of fighting cancer, is characterized by a strong
body of appropriate body fat, relatively low levels of stored toxins, and the
healthy ability to release old traumas, resulting in a state of lowered disease
risk, heightened immunity,
strength, confidence and clarity. This vitality state
can be achieved systematically through healthy choices in
healthy introspection, and, increasingly relevant for today, detoxification,
internal cleanses, and spiritual or mental fasts from media, noise, pollution
Note: After smoking, obesity is the biggest risk factor for cancer, and
the evidence showing the link continues to strengthen. Small changes can have a
big effect on our cancer risk and everyone needs to take action, individuals as
well as government.