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Studies have found that many cancers are related to obesity. Nowadays, more and more people are becoming obese. However, doing two things can easily achieve the effect of cancer prevention and weight loss.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity will increase the risk of 13 types of cancer, and these cancers account for 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States each year, including: Breast cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, esophageal cancer (esophageal adenocarcinoma), pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, gallbladder cancer, thyroid cancer, meningioma (a type of brain cancer), and multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer).

Compared to those with normal weight,

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  • Endometrial cancer: the risk is 7 times for those with severe obesity, and 2 to 4 times for those who are obese or overweight.
  • Esophageal cancer (esophageal adenocarcinoma): the risk is 4.8 times for severely obese people and 1.5 to 3 times for obese or overweight people.
  • Stomach cancer (gastric cancer): the risk is twice for obese people.
  • Liver cancer: the risk is twice for obese or overweight people.
  • Kidney cancer: the risk is twice for obese or overweight people.
  • Pancreatic cancer: the risk is 1.5 times for obese or overweight people.
  • Colorectal cancer: the risk is 1.3 times for obese or overweight people.
  • Gallbladder cancer: the risk is 1.6 times for obese people and 1.2 times for overweight people.
  • Meningioma: the risk is 1.5 times for obese people and 1.2 times for overweight people.
  • Breast cancer (after menopause): the risk is 1.2 to 1.4 times for obese or overweight people.
  • Thyroid cancer: 1.2 to 1.3 times the risk for obese or overweight people.
  • Multiple myeloma: 1.1 to 1.2 times the risk for obese or overweight people.
  • Ovarian cancer: the risk increases 1.1 times for every increment of 5 in BMI.

From 2005 to 2014, among Americans with new cancers, the cancers unrelated to obesity decreased by 13 percent. However, the incidence of obesity-related cancers increased by 7 percent, with the exception of colorectal cancer, which can be detected and prevented in advance with screening.

The most common type of cancer in obese men is colorectal cancer. In women, it is breast cancer after menopause.

Among the above 13 types of cancer, more than 90 percent of new cancer cases occur in people aged 50 years or older. Moreover, the longer a person stays obese or overweight, the greater the risk of cancer.

Dr. Chih Ying Liao, director of Radiation Therapy and Integrative Oncology Department at MOHW Taichung Hospital, pointed out that obesity is only one of the “manifestations” of these problems. Obesity is related to poor dietary habits, lifestyle, and metabolic factors, which themselves have the risk of promoting cancer.

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For instance, frequently consuming fried foods, desserts, barbecued meats, and other unhealthy food items, and not doing enough exercise are contributors to obesity, as well as cancer. After being fried, pan-fried or grilled, meat will produce carcinogenic substances such as heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. In particular, after being roasted or prepared through other high-temperature cooking methods, red meat tends to produce advanced glycation end products (AGEs), resulting in chronic inflammation and increasing the chance of cancer. If too many desserts are consumed, the sugar in them would bind to the protein molecules in the body, and after a series of reactions, it will also form glycation end products.

Long-term chronic inflammation and metabolic syndrome related to obesity, as well as higher than normal levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factors, will cause cancer cells to grow.

Obesity will also make the cancer cells in the body easily and continuously multiply. There are usually cancer cells circulating in the body. When the body is in good shape, the immune cells can kill the cancer cells. However, when the metabolic system and the immune system become weakened, it will be very difficult to kill cancer cells. In addition, a study conducted in Taiwan in 2017 confirmed the relationship between obesity, adipocytes, and cancer. Researchers found that an MCT2 protein on the membrane of breast cancer cells acts as a gateway, sending metabolites that are spit out by adipocytes to breast cancer cells as nutrients, thus helping breast cancer cells grow.

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Losing 5 Percent of Body Weight can Reduce the Risk of Cancer

The definition of obesity is different for everyone. So, body mass index (BMI) can be used as a basis for determining whether or not someone is obese.

According to Dr. Liao, if someone has a BMI higher than 25, he or she is overweight; higher than 27 is mild obesity; and higher than 30 is moderate obesity. The higher the BMI, the stronger the cancer-causing factor of obesity, so attention should be paid to those with BMI of over 27.

Another simple way to determine obesity is to measure the waist circumference. Women with a waist circumference of 32 inches or more and men with a waist circumference of 35 inches or more have a higher risk of developing cancer. Dr. Liao explained that the longer the waist circumference, the more serious the abdominal obesity and the higher the visceral fat content, meaning that the body is in a state of chronic inflammation, with abnormal metabolic problems.

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Therefore, obese people need to lose weight to reduce the risk of cancer. However, how much weight should they lose to be safe?

“Obese people who lose 5 percent of their current body weight will have reduced the risk of cancer,” said Dr. Liao. In other words, a 150 pound person who loses 7.5 pounds will be able to prevent cancer. He pointed out that although the ideal state is to reduce the weight to a BMI value of 25 or less, for many obese people, it will be difficult, and they might give up halfway.

Another method is to keep the waist circumference shorter than 80 cm in women and 90 cm in men, in order to reduce visceral fat.

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Weight Loss Methods That Also Take Cancer Prevention Into Account

There are various ways to lose weight. However, using the wrong way or unsuitable ways to lose weight will make the body even more unhealthy or cannot achieve the purpose.

According to Dr. Liao, exercise, a balanced diet and consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables are ways that everyone can use to lose weight. In terms of diet, he recommended the Mediterranean diet, as well as decreasing the current carbohydrate intake, that is, reducing the amount of staple food.

The Mediterranean diet is composed of vegetable-based meals, with high-quality proteins, whole grains, and good oils.

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The word “fats” may make dieters feel uneasy, but the Mediterranean diet does not avoid fats, while having the same weight-loss effect. A study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that the Mediterranean diet is more effective than a low-fat diet. People who adopt the Mediterranean diet can lose up to 22 pounds of body weight in one year.

Another study of more than 32,000 participants, which was conducted in Italy, showed that long-term adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of abdominal obesity over a 5-year period.

The following are the key components of the Mediterranean diet:

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Vegetables and fruits: lots of vegetables with an appropriate quantity of fruits

Vegetables and fruits are rich in dietary fiber, which can absorb toxins in the intestines, slow down the rise of blood sugar and the rate of blood glucose absorption. When the absorption of blood sugar becomes slower, the secretion of insulin and insulin-like growth factors will be reduced.

Dietary fiber-rich foods can also balance and reduce the intake and absorption of fats and cholesterol, so that the body is less likely to accumulate visceral fat or to produce excessive cholesterol. The more dietary fiber you consume, the easier it is to feel satiated, while promoting intestinal motility and helping with bowel movements.

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A 2018 review study in Nutrients showed that increased vegetable intake was associated with lower body weight and reduced waist circumference.

Consuming multicolored fruits and vegetables also provides access to a wide range of nutrients, including phytochemicals, which help the body resist oxidation and improve chronic inflammation.

In addition, we should consume more vegetables than fruits, because consuming a lot of fruits is not good for blood sugar control and can also cause weight gain.

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High-quality proteins: legumes, seafood, eggs, white meat and dairy products (such as Greek yogurt)

Consuming soy beans, black beans, chickpeas and other legumes, as well as bean products, can help lose weight. An analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compiled data from 21 clinical trials and concluded that adding legumes to the diet may be a beneficial weight loss strategy, even if there’s no intention to restrict calories, and can result in a moderate weight loss.

Adoption of the Mediterranean diet can also reduce the intake of red meat. However, when cooking seafood and white meat, we should also avoid the use of pan-frying, grilling, frying, and other high-temperature cooking methods.

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Whole grains: brown rice, black rice, quinoa, and oats

According to Dr. Liao, people who want to lose weight should reduce their intake of refined starch such as pastry, white bread and pasta, replace their staple food with whole grains, and reduce the amount of rice they consume.

Plant-based fats: olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds

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All of these plant-based fats have been shown to have cancer-preventive effects. When cooking with good oils such as olive oil, you can also add some herbs or spices to enhance flavor and reduce the amount of salt used.

Training Muscles to Secrete Cancer-Preventing Muscle Hormones

In addition to diet adjustment, exercise is also important. Dr. Liao emphasized that both aerobic exercise and muscle training should be taken into account.

In particular, weight training to strengthen muscles can reduce insulin resistance, increase basal metabolic rate, and affect fat metabolism. This is because muscles can secrete more than 3,000 types of muscle hormones. Muscle hormones can promote lipolysis, especially that of visceral fat, and several muscle hormones have potential anti-cancer effects.

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In 2021, a study found that muscle hormones can inhibit tumor growth and even help actively fight cancer cells. Moreover, long-term exercise can produce a cancer-inhibiting environment in the body.

Finally, during aerobic exercise, the heart rate should reach at least 130 beats per minute, which means that the person will be panting, and although he or she can still talk, singing is impossible. This is the only way to effectively burn calories and improve metabolic problems.

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‘An Angel in Disguise’: Strength Disguised as Weakness

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When we think of heroes, we think of strong, brave men like Alexander the Great or Charlemagne. Such men overcome weakness and vice and learn self-control. They face trials that test their worth and overcome the desolation and misery of evil.

Yet, in his short story “An Angel in Disguise,” T.S. Arthur proves that such virtues are not always found in the strongest or most courageous people. Sometimes the greatest love, bravery, and strength are found in the weakest among us.

Arthur presents crippled, little Maggie. With her mother dead and her siblings taken from her, Maggie can  only lie in bed. Arthur illustrates “the loneliness, the pain, the sorrow that must be on all her coming life.” Such a bitter situation might produce anger and ill temper, but she never curses her situation, even though none of the neighbors will take her, “a bed-ridden child.”

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Yet Maggie’s innocence, perseverance, and absolute helpless state do affect one neighbor, Mr. Joe Thompson. The energy in Maggie’s frail figure touches and inspires him. He sees, as G.K. Chesterton says in “Moral Education in a Secular World,” that “a child is weaker than a man if it comes to a fight or to knowledge of the world; but there is nothing to show that the child is weaker in will or in desire.” Despite her physical frailty, Maggie is strong inside and her inner strength shines.

Maggie not only awakens tenderness in Mr. Thompson’s heart, but she also softens Mrs. Thompson’s angry heart. With a “vinegar-temper,” Mrs. Thompson is not “much given to self-denial for others’ good.” Through a selfish, intemperate, and idle life, Mrs. Thompson had grown sore, cold, and miserable. But, as Mr. Thompson brings Maggie home, he carries a light into the darkness of the desolate house.

Through Maggie’s sweetness, Joe gains the courage to stand against his wife’s temper and help her live more joyfully. Through Maggie’s light-filled presence, Mrs. Thompson rises out of the dark desolation of her selfish, intemperate life and begins to love and care for Maggie. Mrs. Thompson learns, as Thomas Aquinas says, that “to love is to will the good of the other.”

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Chesterton perfectly describes the situation in “Heretics”: “Only the weak can be brave; and yet again, in practice, only those who can be brave can be trusted, in time of doubt, to be strong.” While others around her fall victim to doubt, Maggie rises to the challenge and finds strength and bravery in her weakness. She may be crippled, but she is strong enough to endure her plight and shows this strength to those around her.

Though her body might not have the physical strength of an Alexander the Great or Charlemagne, she matches their will and determination. Like them, Maggie leads others to live better, more loving lives. She bravely faces the trials, sorrows, and pain in her life and, ultimately, proves her worth.

Like Maggie, we can be strong, never letting despair or difficulty break us. When we adopt this loving yet fearless quality, we gain that strength. We can face our trials and, despite our weaknesses, prove our worth.

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Fauci Finally Gets COVID: The Significance

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What precisely happened in the month of February 2020, when Anthony Fauci and cohorts were plotting their pandemic response, is still a mystery. Jeremy Farrar, of the Wellcome Trust, in his book on the topic says that during these weeks, they went to burner phones, clandestine video calls, and warned family members that something terrible could happen to them.

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Their top concern was the possibility of the lab leak from Wuhan. They needed to get to the bottom of it and prepare the spin. We know that the initial draft of the academic article denying the lab leak came out Feb. 4, 2020, later published in the Lancet on March 16. But what happened in these three weeks—apart from the mid-February NIH junket to China to learn how to control a virus—remains foggy.

But this much we do know: by March 2, 2020, Fauci had his game plan lined up. Michael Gerson of the Washington Post wrote him on that day and asked about the purpose of social distancing. This was weeks before most Americans had even heard this euphemism for forced human separation. Was the idea to wait for a vaccine, Gerson asked?

Fauci answered in a private email as follows:

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“Social distancing is not really geared to wait for a vaccine. The major point is to prevent easy spread of infections in schools (closing them), crowded events such as theaters, stadiums (cancel events), work places (do teleworking where possible …. The goal of social distancing is to prevent a single person who is infected to readily spread to several others, which is facilitated by close contact in crowds. Close proximity of people will keep the R0 higher than 1 and even as high as 2 to 3. If we can get the R0 to less than 1, the epidemic will gradually decline and stop on its own without a vaccine.”

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There we have it: the Fauci theory of how we get rid of the virus. We don’t need a vaccine. Just close things. Stay away from people. Don’t gather. Shut schools. Lock businesses and churches. All people stay away from all people. The R-naught will drop.

Then the virus will… and this is where the theory gets murky. Does it just vanish? Get bored? Get frustrated, give up, and vanish into the ether? And how long does this new social system of “social distancing” have to last? Years? Forever? And what happens once people start acting normally again?

This is very clearly crank science, one that confuses ex post data collection with causation itself and also seems to deny the workability of the human immune system. That such things would be written by a person in Fauci’s position is truly mind boggling. But the press went along, and still does after all this time.

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What Fauci was imagining—and very few people picked up on it at the time—was the construction of a new social system. It was not just about this virus. It was about all pathogens and the whole functioning of society. He believed—or he decided to come to believe—that a re-engineering of the social order could successfully beat back common pathogens and bring about universal health.

He finally revealed this in his Aug. 15, 2020, article for Cell that received very little attention at all. He was on his own attempting to implement an entire new social system based on a new ideology.

Living in greater harmony with nature will require changes in human behavior as well as other radical changes that may take decades to achieve: rebuilding the infrastructures of human existence, from cities to homes to workplaces, to water and sewer systems, to recreational and gatherings venues. In such a transformation we will need to prioritize changes in those human behaviors that constitute risks for the emergence of infectious diseases. Chief among them are reducing crowding at homework, and in public places as well as minimizing environmental perturbations such as deforestation, intense urbanization, and intensive animal farming.

This article reveals the most important point. The pandemic response was not just about this one pathogen. It was about what amounts to a political, economic, social, and cultural revolution.

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It’s not socialism or capitalism. It’s something else entirely, something very strange, like a Rousseauian technocracy, simultaneously primitive and high tech, as managed by a scientific elite, an untested dystopia worthy of the most terrifying literature in the English language.

No one has voted for such a thing. It is something Fauci and his friends dreamed up on their own and deployed all their enormous power to enact just as a test, until it fell apart. The United States and many parts of the world were in their grip for the better part of a year and two years in some places.

This is a scandal for the ages, one that far outstrips issues of tax-funded gain-of-function research, as important as that is. It’s even more important that reports that Fauci has been earning personal royalty payments from pharmaceutical companies that receive grants that he has personally approved. The real problem comes down to his power and the ability of elected representatives and courts to control him for many decades.

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Regardless of Fauci’s millenarian vision, the course of the virus took the usual path but for one major exception: the waves of infection occurred based on class rank in society. There was a political hierarchy of infection that started with the working classes, moved to the bourgeoisie, hit the professional classes, then high-end journalists, and finally, at the very end came for the elite ruling class itself—Trudeau, Psaki, Ardern, Gates, and finally Fauci—regardless of their multiple vaccines.

And here is why Fauci’s COVID infection is significant, 28 months after the first lockdowns. It’s a sign and symbol that his entire theory of virus control was wrong. He got his way with policy and it did not work. The virus finally landed on him, as if to reenact Edgar Allan Poe’s fictional story of Prince Prospero in his castle that he believed would protect him.

And as a result of his exposure, Fauci will surely (unless his repeated injection of the same vaccine harmed the operation of his immune system) gain the natural immunity that is already possessed by 78 percent of kids and likely two thirds of the general population.

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It should also alert us to three points of moral urgency:

  • We need to replace Fauci-style feudalism with a new theory of how to reconcile the freely functioning society with the presence of infectious disease, so that neither he nor people in his pay or sway can attempt this again.
  • We need to act to disable the unmitigated power of administrative-state bureaucrats to seize control of the machinery of government.
  • We need a new system to decentralize science away from privileged elites so that they can never again have monopoly control over what is considered to be the science much less posses the power to censor dissent.

These are the lessons, at least the start of them. This virus is either endemic or at least almost so, but we are left with astonishing social, cultural, and economic destruction from Fauci’s attempt to implement an experimental plan on the whole population not only in the United States but all over the world.

We will suffer for many years or generations from it. And yet, in the end, infection is individual and probably unavoidable for most people. The immune system adapts. That’s how we evolved to coexist. To pretend otherwise is the very essence of denying the science.

From the Brownstone Institute

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Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

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Jeffrey Tucker is founder and president of the Brownstone Institute. He is the author of five books, including “Right-Wing Collectivism: The Other Threat to Liberty.”
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GOP Lawmaker Seeks to Punish Those Responsible for Police K9 Deaths

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A Republican lawmaker is seeking to punish the perpetrators of police K9 deaths, and she’s also promoting a plan for officers to help get addicts off the streets. Those measures form part of the congresswoman’s efforts to stand up for law enforcement officers who she says deserve support from Americans, despite the left’s narratives against them.

Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.) will soon introduce two bills in support of law enforcement, hoping to boost the morale of all law enforcement personnel in the process. The first she calls “a K9 protection bill.” The bill would allow “the federal framework to make the killing of a police K9 a felony,” the congresswoman told The Epoch Times.

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Each time a canine is lost, Cammack said, it’s “tragic” and communities lose their “tremendous contribution” to keeping drugs and criminals off the streets. “A K9’s contribution to upholding law and order cannot be matched.”

The lawmaker said the second piece of legislation would help “marry the work that our law enforcement does in getting drugs off of the streets to how they are addressing the real challenges of addictions that people are facing.”

The bill is essentially an opioid amnesty program for individuals who are addicted and hoping to get clean, Cammack explained. Addicts can turn their drugs and themselves in to law enforcement to be placed into a rehabilitation facility without criminal charges. The legislation will be named after Chief Graham of the Ocala Police Department who started a similar program in Ocala, Florida, before he tragically died in a helicopter accident in 2020.

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Cammack said her ultimate goal is to “help people fighting and battling addiction to rebuild their lives and get clean,” adding that “this really starts with the law enforcement component.” It is also the lawmaker’s desire to “get the community to come behind this particular individual to help bridge the gap and get him or her back on their feet.”

Specifically, Cammack said this would also involve helping an individual find work, develop skills, and seek mentorship. She is hopeful the two bills will be introduced later this summer.

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Cammack said her office’s support for law enforcement cannot be overstated. Much of her motivation is spurred on by “what’s happening across the United States, [specifically] a violent crime rate that is through the roof in both rural and urban America.” She added that the opioid and fentanyl crisis is also fueling her support for law enforcement.

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“And the only way that we are going to stop the lawlessness in our communities is with law and order,” said Cammack. “Our men and women who wear the badge, they’re the ones who are upholding law and order in our communities.”

The lawmaker considers the left’s efforts to defund the police to be ludicrous. Taking the “border invasion” into account, she said, “anyone with common sense call tell you that you cannot protect our hometowns if you can’t defend the homeland. She added that “upholding law and order is the country’s first and last line of defense.”

With support for law enforcement fading in some areas around the country, Cammack said that some officers are feeling “an overwhelming sense of dejection, sadness, and frustration.”

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“It all stems from the rhetoric, which has been followed closely by the action, of the ultra-liberal left to defund and dismantle our departments.”

This has had a far-reaching impact on the police force’s ability to operate effectively, she noted. “Sadly, even the pro-law enforcement community doesn’t make deputies immune from what’s happening around the rest of the country,” Cammack said. As a result, the retention rate of some police departments is suffering, she said, adding that in some areas, “getting people interested in the profession is like pulling teeth because it has been so marred by the left.”

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J.M. Phelps is a writer and researcher of both Islamist and Chinese threats.

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