Sleep Apnea Tied to Increased Cancer Risk?

When does the madness end?

The New York Times recently published an article on this topic (See link below). It turns out that many of our health maladies turn out to be risk factors for other illnesses. Now we hear that sleep apnea which has long been associated with cardiovascular is now possibly associated with cancer as well. So which came first, the chicken or the egg? The cardio disease, the cancer or the sleep apnea?

Here is a doctor of the future. While in medical school at the University of Toronto, Erika is studying nutritional health on her own—and will use it in her future practice, even though she won’t learn about it in med school.

Start with the basics. Wouldn’t it be nice if the medical doctors of the future began every consultation with what kind of fuel you’re putting into your body on a regular basis. Before she starts prescribing pills for hypertension, sleep apnea, asthma, COPD, Low T, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc.—-she starts with an in-depth analysis of what you’re putting into your body. That means all medications, beverages, and food.

Nine times out of ten, the patient will have been eating a toxic, disease promoting diet and has begun to experience a plethora of health problems that are known to be driven by that toxic diet. After the analysis, the consultation continues with the doctor recommending that the patient begin to adopt a whole foods, plant-based diet as soon as possible. Saying something like this to the patient:

We have found that when we consume almost nothing but whole plants, that most of our former medical problems simply disappear. So, I recommend that you commit to this health-promoting diet style for a few months and come back to see me. At that time, we’ll see what issues you’re still facing.

Oh, by the way—if you follow my dietary instructions, you’ll probably drop an easy forty or fifty pounds before our next visit in six months.

Patient retention. The problem is that if a patient went to the doctor seeking to get some pills for his sleep apnea and heard the above advice from his doctor—he would now be looking for another doctor. One that will just write the prescription he “thinks is right for him” and not hassle him about what he’s eating. So, as long as doctors make more money by prescribing pills, don’t look for that health-promoting doctor of the future anytime soon. Stories like this one in the New York Times help keep that cash-guzzling medical machine running smoothly. From the article:

Two new studies have found that people with sleep apnea, a common disorder that causes snoring, fatigue and dangerous pauses in breathing at night, have a higher risk of cancer. The new research marks the first time that sleep apnea has been linked to cancer in humans.

“This is really big news,” said Dr. Joseph Golish, a professor of sleep medicine with the MetroHealth System in Cleveland who was not involved in the research. “It’s the first time this has been shown, and it looks like a very solid association,” he said.

4Leaf eating may not cure everything, but it will probably take care of 80% or more of your problems—everything from E.D. to obesity. Click image to get started.

Not a cure for everything. Okay, the whole foods, plant-based diet can’t be expected to cure everything that goes wrong. But there is now a mountain of scientific and clinical evidence proving the obvious health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet.

President Bill Clinton knows that heart disease is easily reversible for most people—why doesn’t the American Heart Association know that? And if they do, why aren’t they telling the American public this tidbit of news about our nation’s top killer?

And what about cancer? Why doesn’t the American Cancer Society tell us more about the biggest cause of this horrible disease? The short answer is MONEY. As Dr. Campbell wrote in The China Study, “The U.S. government should be discussing the idea that the toxicity of our diet is the single biggest cause of cancer.”

Quote of the day from the NY Times article

“I would say that this is one more instance that shows that sleep apnea can have profound impacts for people’s health,” he added. “Not breathing while you’re sleeping is a serious problem.”

Don’t want to wait? While you’re waiting for the “doctors of the future” to emerge and start teaching us how to promote health, you might want to consider taking matters into your own hands. For a grand total of just $36, you can do just that—and improve your family’s health in a big way for generations to come. You’ll also be doing some wonderful things for the environment at the same time.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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