“Almost 19,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with cancer that could have been prevented if they were a healthy weight, an expert says.

Bigstockphoto_Fat_Man_Holding_A_Measurement__946311 Professor Martin Wiseman said if everyone had a body mass index (BMI) under 25 it would make a big dent in the incidence of cancer.

Cancers of the breast, bowel, kidney, pancreas, oesophagus and womb lining are among those linked to obesity.

Professor Wiseman is an adviser for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).” To read the full report on the BBC news website, click here.

This link between cancer and obesity is no surprise to me. Why? The reason it is no surprise to me is the fact that the body is under the control of a number (we know of 11) of homeostatic control systems. When one or more of these control systems are out of balance our bodies are unable to handle the stresses placed upon it and a disease process is set up.

The homeostatic control systems can be disrupted due to a number of different factors. Some of them include:

  • negative mental / emotional stress
  • poor breathing mechanics
  • dehydration
  • not eating right for your metabolic type
  • eating processed foods
  • eating non-organic foods
  • toxicity
  • poor posture and spinal misalignment
  • poor sleep patterns

The disease process then takes hold and progresses through the following stages:

  1. Deviation from homeostasis
  2. Pathophysiology
  3. Pathomorphology
  4. Symptoms
  5. Death

It takes somewhere between 10-20 years to progress from homeostasis to symptoms. So if someone is over-weight or has cancer, they have had an underlying imbalance in their fundamental homeostatic control systems for some time. For many, simply eating less and exercising more doesn’t work. Modern medical practices will not identify a disease state until symptoms exist. At this stage it will be much more difficult and sometimes too late to bring the control systems back into balance.

Check out a previous blog to find out how to identify an imbalance in the homeostatic control systems long before symptoms occur and how to return to or maintain balance within your fundamental homeostatic control systems by clicking here.