Earlier today I revealed an unexpected way you could be driving up your cancer risk every time you sit down to eat. Your nonstick cookware could be releasing cancer-linked chemicals into your food.
But if you found that surprising, wait to hear THIS news.
According to researchers at the University of Maryland, BUGS could be the hidden cause behind up to 20 percent of cancers.
Now we aren’t talking about ants, or bees, or an old bug here, of course.
It’s a specific kind of bacteria, mycoplasmas, which are responsible for releasing a cancer-linked protein.
In other words, a bacterial infection could give you cancer.
CATCH cancer? Researchers say, “Yes!”
It turns out when a cell becomes infected with a mycoplasma bacterium the cell’s ability to spot and fix damage to DNA breaks down.
And since DNA-damage is behind the development of cancer, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to a full-blown case.
The researchers were able to demonstrate the process in an animal study. When they infected mice with the bugs, they developed lymphoma FAR faster than mice which weren’t infected.
The new study revealed that the mycoplasmas were releasing a protein called DnaK. And that the protein was the REAL culprit… shutting down the cell’s normal ability to fix itself.
Mycoplasma bacteria could trigger cancer
But the revelations didn’t end there.
One of the most frustrating mysteries in cancer treatment is why cancer drugs sometimes fail to work. And the study revealed that some bacterial infections could interfere with specific cancer drugs.
And perhaps most shocking of all was the discovery that the bacteria didn’t have to hang around for the cancer to be triggered and thrive.
In fact, it didn’t even need to be present in all of the cancer cells. And by the time the tumor was fully developed very little or no DnaK could even be detected. But the damage was already done.
The researchers say mycoplasma aren’t even the only bugs that can trigger cancer. Viral infections are behind some cases too. And they believe that other kinds of non-mycoplasma bacteria may have the same cancer-promoting properties.
Beef up your immune system to avoid infections
We need more research to grasp how these infections work fully … and most importantly, how we can fight their ability to trigger cancer.
But what we DO know is that mycoplasma bacteria aren’t like other bugs.
They don’t have a cell wall like other bacteria. So some got-to antibiotics like penicillin, which work by weakening cell walls, are useless.
But your best bet for avoiding a bug-triggered cancer is to avoid getting sick in the first place. And you can do that by shoring up your immune system.
Certain vitamins and supplements may be able to help you do just that…
Herbal experts believe extracts of this potent plant may help prevent viruses and bacteria from invading healthy cells.
The coneflower, or Echinacea plant, has been used for hundreds of years to ward off infections. The herb’s antiviral and antibacterial properties could help you avoid attacks by both viruses and bacteria.
The mineral zinc triggers your body to produce infection-fighting white blood cells. And it can boost the activity of natural killer cells.
4. Vitamin C:
Research shows vitamin C can prevent or help fight off infections caused by viruses as well as bacteria. And in a study, cases of the common cold were slashed in half in a group of physically active folks. Plus vitamin C supercharges your immune system, stimulating the production of white blood cells and cancer combatting T cells.
5. Vitamin D:
Your immune system relies on vitamin D to function at the top of its game. And getting enough D–producing sunshine could be the key to keeping infections at bay. In Southern states that would be a sunblock-free 10 to 15 minutes of midday sun daily with your face and arms exposed. In the fall and winter, and for folks who live further north, it can be tough to get enough. So supplementing with vitamin D3 can top up your levels.
Avoid mycoplasma infections, and slash your risk for “catching” a bout of cancer, by strengthening your immune system starting today.