Eat to Beat Disease The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself

beat disease the new science of how your body can heal itself is your diet feeding or defeating disease forget everything you think you know about your body and food and discover the new science of how the body heals itself learn how to identify the strategies and the dosages for using food to transform your resilience and health and eat to beat disease we have radically underestimated our body's power to transform and restore our health pioneering physician scientist dr. William Lee empowers readers by showing them the evidence behind over 200 health boosting foods that can starve cancer reduce your risk of dementia and beat dozens of avoidable diseases eat to beat disease isn't about what foods to avoid but rather is a life changing guide to the hundreds of healing foods to add to your meals that support the body's defense systems including plums cinnamon jasmine tea wine and beer black beans oh no tomatoes Olive Oyl cific oysters cheese's like Jarlsberg camembert and cheddar or dough bread the books plan shows you how to integrate the foods you already love into any diet or health plan to activate your body's health defense systems angiogenesis regeneration micro biome DNA protection and immunity to fight cancer diabetes cardiovascular neuro degenerative and autoimmune diseases and other debilitating conditions both informative and practical eat to beat disease explains the science of healing and prevention the strategies for using food to actively transform health and points the science of well-being and disease prevention in an exhilarating new direction chapter one angiogenesis we all have cancer growing in our body every single one of us even you autopsy studies on individuals who never received a diagnosis of cancer during their lifetimes almost 40% of women between the ages of 40 and 50 had microscopic tumors in their breasts about 50% of men between 50 and 60 had microscopic cancer in their prostate and almost 100% of people over the age of 70 had microscopic cancers in their thyroid gland tumors such as these develop when healthy cells make natural errors during cell division or when a cell's DNA is mutated by environmental exposures up to 10,000 mistakes occur in the DNA of dividing cells in your body every day macking the formation of cancers not only common but inevitable and yet these microscopic cancers are completely harmless most of them never become dangerous they start out tiny smaller than the tip of a ballpoint pen and as long as they cannot enlarge and invade organs they cannot spread and kill your body has a remarkable defence system that keeps microscopic cancers small by starving them of the blood supply and nutrients they would need to grow and you can optimize this defense system through the foods you eat more than 100 foods can enhance your body's ability to starve cancer and keep those tumors small and harmless among them soy tomatoes black raspberries pomegranate and even some surprising ones like licorice beer and cheese your defense wheat bones to keep these tumors at bay can be found at the grocery store the farmers market and in your garden the defense system that allows our bodies to intercept cancer this way is called angiogenesis angiogenesis is the process our bodies used to grow and maintain blood vessels in ordinary circumstances blood vessels are supporters of life delivering oxygen and vital nutrients to all of our organs but when abnormal blood vessels grow they can nourish microscopic cancers a healthy angiogenesis system regulates when and where blood vessels should grow and can prevent tumors from recruiting a private blood supply for the oxygen they need to expand when the body loses this ability to control blood vessels a wide range of diseases can occur including cancer as long as the angiogenesis system operates properly blood vessels grow in the right place at the right time not too many not too few but just the right amount keeping this perfect balance in the circulatory sys TM is at the heart of how angiogenesis defends health by keeping us in a state called homeostasis homeostasis is defined as maintaining stability in the body for normal function while adjusting to constantly changing conditions angiogenesis plays a vital role by creating and maintaining your entire circulatory system and adapting it to various situations over the course of our lives to protect our health because of this powerful health defense system that naturally cuts off the blood supply to tumors cancer doesn't have to be a disease in part two I will share how the latest science of angiogenesis is shaping our understanding of which foods can help your angiogenesis system maintain homeostasis and how you can eat to starve cancer grow vessels to feed your heart and stave off deadly diseases to live a longer healthier life but in order to fully appreciate how food influences angiogenesis and your health let's first take a look at how blood vessels go to work for you every day angiogenesis at work inside you there are 60,000 miles of blood vessels whose job it is to deliver oxygen and nutrients to keep cells alive these are the vessels of life that nourish our healthy organs and protect us against disease if all your blood vessels were lined up end to end they would encircle the earth twice remarkably it takes only 60 seconds from the time your heart pumps out a drop of blood for it to circulate throughout the body and back again the smallest blood vessels are called capillaries they are finer than a hair and your body has 19 billion of them capillaries have a unique relationship with all other cells because they are the final link in the chain of the blood vessel delivery system to your cells because they are at the end of the line virtually every cell in the body is located within two hundred micrometers from a capillary asterisk that's really close proximity just a little more than the width of a human hair each organ has its own unique density and pattern of capillaries depending on what the organ does and how much blood flow it needs your muscles for example have a huge oxygen demand so they need four times more blood supply than your bones which act as structural support other high demand organs for blood flow are your brain heart kidneys and liver all of these have a capillary density of an amazing 3,000 vessels per cubic millimeter which is 30 times that of bone under the microscope capillaries look like work start sculpted to fit the organ in which they are growing the ones feeding your skin look like rows of velcro hooks with loop after loop of vessels providing the blood that gives warmth and color to your body's surface along your nerves from spinal cord to fingertips capillaries course along like telephone lines feeding neurons and keep your senses sharp in the colon capillaries are formed in a beautiful geometric honeycomb pattern

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