Typical Canadian foods such as cereal, fruit juice, yoghurt, granola bars contain a lot of sugar.
a) True b) False
2. Easy Question:
Over 90% of cancers are preventable and only 5–10% of all cancers are due to an inherited gene defect.
a) True b) False
3. More Difficult:
According to the current estimates, how many Canadians will get cancer in their lifetime?
a) one in two people b) one in five people c) one in ten people
4. More Difficult:
Fructose, corn syrup, maltodextrin, cane sugar, carob syrup, molasses, fruit juice concentrate, lactose, maltose, rice syrup, dextrin and sucrose are
a) names of sugar on the food labels b) names of chemicals on the food labels
Cancer cells feed on
a) fat b) carbohydrates c) proteins d) vitamins and minerals
a) makes your immune system stronger b) makes your immune system weaker c) does not affect your immune system
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Cancer in Canada
It is estimated that 1 in 2 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 4 will die of disease. Half of the new cases are lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancer.
Why do so many Canadians get cancer?
Research shows that cancer cells feed on sugar (carbodydrates). If you don’t want to get cancer, stop eating so much sugar!
Canadians love to eat cereals for breakfast and immigrants often start doing the same. Many Canadians eat yoghurts and drink juices, especially orange juice, believing those are healthy choices – both are high in sugar. Soft drinks like cola, 7Up and others are loaded with sugar as well.
People in Canada are told to eat snacks between meals and they usually choose fruit, granola bars or yoghurt for snacks. Unfortunately, all these snacks are high in sugar, which leads to weight gain and feeds potential cancer. It’s better to avoid snacking or, if you must, choose some foods that don’t spike your blood sugar so much (e.g. an egg or celery sticks).
To avoid sugar in your diet, you need to know sugar names on the food label ingredient list: sugar, sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, maltodextrin, cane sugar, carob syrup, molasses, fruit juice concentrate, lactose, maltose, rice syrup, dextrin, etc.
Garlic can help kill cancer. Unfortunately, most Canadians are so concerned about how their breath smells that they would not eat garlic!
Other things that contribute to cancer growth are synthetic growth hormones that are in Canadian milk and meat. To avoid these, you would have to buy organic.
Chemotherapy, surgery and radiation are three ‘treatments’ typically used to treat cancer. Chemotherapy is highly toxic to the body – it weakens your immune system. To protect yourself from cancer, you need to strengthen your immune system. Mammograms increase women’s chances of getting cancer. In fact, mammograms cause six times more deaths than they prevent (based on the information from the medical journal The Lancet 2000). Thermography is a much safe and effective method of screening for cancer.
When you live in Canada, you will see a lot of events called ‘Run for the Cure’ or ‘Walk for the Cure’. These are fundraisers that collect millions of dollars every year. Over 90% of cancers are preventable (only 5–10% of all cancers are due to an inherited gene defect), yet only a small percentage of this money, if any, goes into prevention of cancer.
GMO foods are legal in Canada and they are not labelled. GMO foods that are grown in Canada are soy, corn, canola and sugar beet. GMO foods contribute to cancer development. Unfortunately, the GMO corn is fed to people and cows.
In Canada, you will hear the recommendation to eat less fat – to avoid high-fat meat and dairy – because they are high in cholesterol. However, cholesterol is needed to make hormones, that’s why our bodies make cholesterol in the liver. The fat that is bad for your health is hydrogenated vegetable oil found in fried foods and commercially made bakery products. Make your cookies and sweets at home if you want your family healthy – and use real sugar and butter when you make them. Buying them from a supermarket is not a good idea unless you learn how to read the food labels. Getting a box of timbits or a donut from a Tim Horton’s doesn’t make you more Canadian, but will certainly give you more ‘Canadian’ health problems, such as diabetis and heart disease. There is a epidemic of diabetes in Canada – an estimated 5 million people are expected to get diabetes by 2025.
Summer in Canada is rather short which means people don’t get sun all year round. Canadians are told to use sunscreen/sunblock in summer which prevents them from getting the necessary vitamin D. Vitamin D in needed to keep you healthy and prevent cancer. In winter, you also need vitamin D and you can get it from fatty fish, like cod or cod liver oil, mackerel, sardines, trout, halibut and salmon, as well as from beef liver and egg yolks. Unfortunately, most Canadians don’t like fish and liver.