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Acrylamide, and Cancer!

Acrylamide, and CancerDANGEROUS !


Do you know a common mistake while preparing your favorite foods might lead you to cancer. Yes! You heard me RIGHT!

According to a latest study carried by Food Standards Agency-FSA; it was found out that cooking potatoes, breads, and other starchy varieties of food at high temperatures could cause them to produce a chemical that is CANCERIC, AND DANGEROUS! Yes, this carcinogen is called “Acrylamide,” and it is produced at a 248 Fahrenheit temperature or above. So, the FSA advises us to cook potatoes, chips, and toasts until they are light brown in color. As the darker or crunchier chips, potatoes, and toasts will definitely have greater amount of acrylamide present in them.

So, if this hasn’t raised your ears!!!!! Then read forward!

After the CONCLUSIVE RESEARCH (let’s discuss)

What exactly is acrylamide? And what are it’s SOURCES, and USES?

Acrylamide is an artificial chemical that is produced widely in the manufacture of fabrics, and adhesive glues, and as a water treatment agent. It’s also presents naturally in form of protein, and sugar in some foods, and is also a consequent of high temperature cooking. (as we have read above)

Moreover, shockingly, they are also present in your favorite dry fruits. As termed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Tests proved acrylamide was more generously present in dried prunes, and pears. (So, watch out especially against them.)

Now that we know about the latest research, and uses, and sources of acrylamide. Let’s read about the how dietary acrylamide leads to the Alzheimer’s Disease?????

Well, scientists are well aware about the havoc it causes to human’s central nervous system, leading to muscle weakness, and in coordination between various muscles. Acrylamide can also cause nerve cell damage in the brain!!!!

According to a neurotoxicologist, Richard LoPachin; acrylamide is similar in structure to acrolein, a chemical which is in increased amount, present in the Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disease patients. (So, watch out!!!!)

Apart from neurodegenerative disease, impaired nervous system, and other cancers. Acrylamide is also associated with breast cancer in women!


WELL….Based on my research, and understanding. I will guide you to follow these steps to minimize your intake of acrylamide. So, here goes:

1. Special Pre-Cooking/Baking/Toasting Methods for CARBS!

If you are preparing potatoes presoak them for 30 minutes. It will reduce acrylamide for about 40%. Never store your potatoes in fridge. Keep them in cool dry place as it increases in acrylamide levels. About the bread? If you bake your own bread then use rosemary in your dough preparation, it stashes out acrylamide to upto 60%. Also if you are use commercial bread, just cut off it’s corners or crust, where acrylamide is deposited tremendously, and toast your toasts till light brown in color.
2. New Cooking Method for CARBS!

Roast your potatoes to golden yellow rather than crunchy brown. Better cooking method is boiling, or steaming. Because water keep the temperature from going above 248, and thus will have ZERO ACRYLAMIDE PRODUCTION IN YOUR FOOD! I recommend you to cook on low flame for longer length of time to be safe from carcinogen acrylamide!!!!
3. Top-Up Your Diet with Anti-Cancer Foods

Research doesn’t have any food known to break the health hazards of acrylamide in your body. However, topping up with anti-cancer foods can help tremendously. I recommend you to eat more cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. These foods not only detoxifies the cancer producing chemicals, but also curtail the growth of existing cancer cells. So, top-up more frequently.
Stay healthy, and disease-free


This Vitamin can Halt Cancer Cells Growth!

Don't use Soap on Sun Exposed Parts!
Don’t use Soap on Sun Exposed Parts!

Different nutrients, vitamins, and minerals have been studied scientifically to find out their effect on cancer cells. Did you know? Our body contains cancer cells but our gene expression (the environmental factors), and our eating habits can make them proliferate out of sorts. But, luckily, certain nutrients can  help halt proliferation of cancer cells.

Cancer being the leading cause of death, Worldwide. It is important to eat a diet that is preventive along with exercise, healthy relationships, and excellent work-life balance.  Today, my advice is very important for people who want to live a cancer-free life in general. It is more necessary for people who have darker skin. (like Pakistani, Latin, African American, Indian etc.), and for people where there is little sunlight throughout or is present for limited portion of year.
By now, most of you must have guessed the nutrient, it’s vitamin D. The SUNLIGHT VITAMIN!
Most of us are deficient in it according to the statistics gathered worldwide. I mentioned different races because they all have darker skin pigmentation  in common, and usually people with darker skin need more sunlight to make their healthy range of vitamin D.
Since, most of us stay indoors for longer time. It is very obvious that we might be seriously deficient in it.
Or if you take 15 minutes of sunlight? It’s still not enough as it makes only a tiny part of 12 hours of sunlight throughout the day. It makes it perfectly vital, to eat diet that is rich in vitamin D.
Along with making sure to avoid the sun exposed parts of your body alone, don’t use commercial soap or body wash on them, as it can wash down the vitamin D, (because it  takes 48 hours for your cells to absorb vitamin D from your skin), and also avoid sun blocks, you can use coconut oil instead. It is natural sunblock, and doesn’t  halt vitamin D synthesis.
Research proves that vitamin D is the best prevention against cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. And it’s deficiency is linked with high BP, depression,  breast cancer, colon, prostrate,and ovarian cancer, and other diseases.
Adequate amount of vitamin D keeps the balance of the body, and ensure inhibition of cancer growth.
Also vitamin D reduce diabetes type 1 by 80%. It also reduce inflammation, keeps you happy, improves bone health, eases muscles aches, and Fibromyalgia.
So, here are my dietary recommendations to get the desired number of vitamin D along with lots of sunlight exposure, obviously provided by the suitable geography.
  • Eggs,
  • Oily Fishes,
  • Cod Liver Oil,
  • Mushrooms,
All are great source of vitamin D.
Plus, Vitamin D3 supplementation, intake will keep your body healthy, and will prevent the cancer in your body to grow or spread or become malignant.
Stay Cancer-Free!


Fatal Growth Of Cancer Can Be Stopped By Starvation Diet

intermittent fastingThe deadly lung cancer that develops from chronic asbestos exposure, and occasionally from exposure to other environmental toxins, is called mesothelioma.

Rates of mesothelioma have increased nearly four-fold since the 1980s. This aggressive cancer is typically deadly with no known cure for most people diagnosed.

However, a new study sheds light on one strategy that helps to slow down tumor growth called arginine starvation diet, which I believe, it is a great find.

The ‘Achilles’ Heel’ of Mesothelioma?

Researchers from Queen Mary’s Barts Cancer Institute have revealed that cells of cancer which are deprived of amino acid arginine may deprive you from growing, and surviving.

The study, which was presented at the World Conference on Lung Cancer in Sydney, Australia, found that about half of the tumor cells lacked the ability to make arginine (as cells are normally able to do), and had to be ‘fed’ the amino acid in order to survive. Arginine is produced in your body via the food you eat and digest.

In this research, treatment with an arginine-lowering drug extended progression-free survival and slowed down disease progression by nearly six weeks compared to those who were on typical support treatment.


Regularly the cells can make arginine, however the cancer cells have a metabolic defect that makes them unable to do so. As noted by; manufacturer of cancer pharmaceutical company Polaris.

“Because arginine is one of the 20 amino acids that are essential for protein synthesis and survival of cells, it is believed these cancer cells become dependent upon the external supply of arginine to survive and grow.

ADI-PEG 20 is designed to systemically deplete the external supply of arginine, which kills arginine-dependent cancer cells and does no harm to healthy cells. Most cancers have a high degree of arginine-dependency, which supports this research.”

While the featured study did not discuss this, a far safer but likely equally effective alternative to dangerous drugs to lower arginine would be to use the amino acid lysine. It is used to cure oral herpes.

How Arginine Starvation Can Be Lethal for the Cancer Cells

L-arginine is a precursor to nitric oxide and is actually the only known nutritional substrate in your vessel lining available to endothelial cells (a layer of cells that line the interior surface of blood vessels) for nitric oxide production. In other words, the lining in your vessels requires L-arginine to make nitric oxide.

Nitric oxide is mainly a dynamite component chemical and a common air pollutant released by automobile exhaust. Ironically, nitric oxide is also the gas released in your body as a cellular signaling molecule to help promote healthy blood vessel flexibility and dilation — a discovery that earned three scientists the 1998 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

The use of a gas, in this case nitric oxide, for signaling between cells in your body, was an entirely new concept until just over a decade ago, but now it’s known that nitric oxide:

  • Enhances your blood flow when produced by blood vessel cells
  • Helps support healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range
  • Is used as a signal molecule in your brain and immune system

Anti-Cancer Can Be Treated By Intermittent Fasting

It is a good idea to replicate our ancient ancestor eating patterns and “starve” yourself just a little bit each day, or a couple of days a week. This is called intermittent fasting and could have a highly beneficial impact on your health and longevity. It is not an extreme form of dieting or binge eating followed by starvation.

Instead scheduling your meal-times, so that you get regular time for fasting.

I typically use intermittent fasting about 75-90% of the time, but you could also fast a couple of days a week if you prefer, or every other day. There are many different variations.

Dr. Stephen Freedland, associate professor of urology and pathology at the Duke University Medical Center,  said that under nutrition without malnutrition is the only experimental approach that consistently improves survival in animals with cancer, as well as extends lifespan overall by as much as 30 percent. Alternate-day fasting has also been shown to reduce cancer rates by reducing cell proliferation.

Dr. Thomas Seyfried holds that cancer can be treated and prevented by overall calorie restriction or intermittent fasting which mean eating less of everything.

Similar to this, intermittent fast complimenting with compensatory overeating did not delay prostrate tumor growth nor improve survival rates in mice. Essentially, by gorging on non-fasting days, the health benefits of fasting can easily be lost.

I view intermittent fasting as a lifestyle, not a diet, and that includes making healthy food choices whenever you do eat. Also, proper nutrition becomes even more important when fasting, so you really want to address your food choices before you try fasting.

Using the Ketogenic Diet to Starve Cancer Cells

A ketogenic diet calls for eliminating all but non-starchy vegetable carbs, and substituting them with good fats (nuts, avocados, eggs, butter, olives, olive oil and coconut oil) and limited amounts of high-quality protein.

The reason is that since cancer cells require glucose to grow, and carbohydrates turn into glucose in your body, then one medium to lower glucose in your blood is via restricting protein and carbs completely as doing so, causes oblivion of the cancer cells.

Interestingly, arginine is found in foods high in protein, so by limiting your protein intake, you may also naturally limit some cancer cells’ external arginine source. Plus, cell proliferation is accelerated by low protein intake that tends to minimize mammalian target of rapamycin—-mTOR.

The technique Dr.Seyfried suggests is a high-fat, low to moderate protein, a low-carb diet, which will effectively lower your blood sugar.

Diabetic blood glucose meter is an easy marker to check. This ketogenic diet will also elevate ketone bodies, as fat is metabolized to ketones that your body can burn in the absence of food. Combination of  intermittent fasting or calorie restriction , will lead to  cancer cure/prevention.

In case of not so chronic disease, I recommend implementing intermittent fasting gradually for eight weeks and you can start off by not eating for three hours before you go to bed, and then gradually extend the time you eat breakfast until you have skipped breakfast entirely and your first meal of the day is at lunchtime. Of course, you are only consuming non-starchy vegetables for carbs, low to moderate protein and high-quality fats. One of the things I’ve noticed is that once you’ve made the transition from burning carbs to burning fat as your primary fuel, the desire for junk foods and sugar just disappears like magic, making this a lifestyle that is easy to maintain.

A ketogenic diet along with intermittent fasting can be easily integrated into whatever cancer treatment plan you decide to follow. Personally, I believe it’s absolutely crucial, no matter what type of cancer you’re trying to address.


By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain is a certified Health Coach IIN, U.S, Holistic Nutrition Therapist, SNHS, U.K, Food Investigator, Published Health Expert.  She is a graduate of Psychology, Philosophy and English Literature. She was also nominated for “Full-Bright Scholarship Program,” from St. Joseph College for women. She is originally from Pakistan; but she stayed in Oman where she studied ahead to become “the First-Health Coach from the Sultanate.”

She believes: “Food is the best form of preventive medicine.”


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