Did you know 95% of foods in the U.S. have huge amounts of detectable pesticide residue?  Pesticide residue can lead to: Parkinson’s disease, miscarriage, birth defects, nerve damage, nutrient malabsorption, and cancer. The largest sources are bug sprays, conventionally grown produce including fruits and vegetables, and commercially produced meat products. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the following percentages of pesticides are carcinogenic:

  • 90% of fungicides
  • 60% of herbicides
  • 30% of insecticides

Cancer proceeds through three stages: Initiation, Promotion, and Progression.

Initiation is like planting seeds in a lawn. Promotion is when the plant starts to grow, and Progression is when the plant growth becomes out-of-control, spreading everywhere, over driveways, sidewalks, and city streets. 


What initiates cancer cells? Chemicals which initiate cancer are called carcinogens. Most chemicals are the by-products of industrial processes, cleaning agents, and pesticides; and some are found in nature, such as aflatoxin. 

The body produces chemicals as well. However, most foreign chemicals, those not naturally manufactured within the body, are identified as foreign invaders and are attacked by the immune system. 

As carcinogens are absorbed into the blood stream, they travel to other cells, bond to their DNA, and mutate, or genetically transform normal cells into new cancer-prone daughter cells. This mutation causes permanent alteration to the genes and DNA of the cell. These daughter cells and all their future cells, will forever be genetically damaged, increasing the risk potential for cancer. 

The entire initiation stage can take place in a very short amount of time, even a few minutes. And there it lays dormant until the promotion stage is activated. 


In the promotion stage, the initial cancer cells will not grow and multiply unless the proper conditions are met in supplying all the necessary factors within the cell’s environment.

According to T. Colin Campbell, PhD, cancer “promotion is reversible, depending on whether the early cancer growth is given the right conditions in which to grow. This is where certain dietary factors become so important.”

There are two different types of dietary factors that affect the environment of the cells: promoters and anti-promoters. Promoters feed cancer growth while anti-promoters slow cancer growth. Cancer growth occurs rapidly when there are more promoters than anti-promoters, and when there are more anti-promoters than promoters, cancer growth slows or stops.

In addition to dietary factors, emotions affect the environment of the cells as well. Beneficial emotions, such as love and happiness act as anti-promoters. Toxic emotions such as stress or anger act as promoters. For example, when we experience anxiety or feel angry the body releases the stress hormone cortisol. This stress chemical transforms the cellular environment from one of growth into one of protection.

Remember from the previous program part 6, Bruce Lipton’s discovery of the three  responses cells have to their environment – growth, protection or neutral? In a nurturing environment filled with peace and nutrients, the cells illicit a growth response, which in turn produces a strong immune system reaction to fight/kill cancer.  As such, this nurturing environment will not create an environment in which cancer has an opportunity to grow. 

In a high stress, low nutrient environment, the cells illicit a protection response. The cells flee from the toxins and are not left with sufficient energy to create a strong immune system response. The cancer cells are left unchecked, free to grow rapidly and multiply.


This final stage results in death. Progression begins when a group of advanced cancer cells progress in their growth until they have caused fatal damage. In our lawn seed example, this is when the plant spreads uncontrolled across the city.  When cancer breaks away from its initial home and wanders, it is called metastasizing. 

Cancer kills by invading key organs (like the intestines, lungs, brain, liver, and kidneys) and causes damage which interferes with the body’s normal functions that are necessary to maintain life.

How does acid and alkalinity affect cancer?

pH stands for power (or potential) of hydrogen, which is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body’s fluids and tissues. It is measured on a pH scale that ranges from 0 to 14. A pH less than 7 is said to be acidic and a pH greater than 7 are alkaline (or basic). Our ideal pH is slightly alkaline – 7.30 to 7.45. If blood pH moves too much below 6.8 or above 7.8, cells stop functioning and the person dies. 

Acidosis refers to an excess of acid in the blood that causes the pH to fall below 7.35. Lower pH levels in the extracellular environment promote the invasive and metastatic potential of cancer cells.

Alkalosis refers to an excess of base in the blood that causes the pH to rise above 7.45. If the blood pH goes over 7.44, there is a risk to develop degenerative conditions.

Research shows that unless the body’s pH level is slightly alkaline, the body cannot heal itself. Keeping the body at a healthy pH level may help prevent unhealthy microbes and organisms from flourishing, tissues and organs from becoming damaged, minerals from being depleted, and the immune system from being compromised. 

All metabolic reactions are dependent on the pH level and only operate ideally within a certain narrow range of pH.  The organism must stabilize the blood-pH within this narrow range to ideally supply the the blood with plentiful oxygen. 

The pH balance can be affected by many factors including the food we eat, stress, pollution and the quality of our thoughts and emotions.  If this balance cannot be maintained, the body will begin to break down, suffer disease, and die. The body is constantly striving to maintain this balance, and there are many processes by which this is accomplished.

The most effective way to balance your pH is to eat lots of nutrient dense, alkalizing plant foods and to limit your intake of animal and processed foods. Plant-based sources of protein create greater alkalinity, while animal protein creates higher acidity. 

Because so many different factors – gut health, stress, sleep, medications and medical history, also affect your internal pH level, other healthy living habits can also be helpful for restoring balance.

Cancer is too complex of a subject to fully discuss here, yet overwhelming evidence continues to support a plant-based protein diet has greater prevention benefits and much less risk of cancer promotion, than an animal-based protein diet.

Closing thoughts:

Alkaline diets help restore proper pH levels and have been associated with health improvements including:

  • Prevention of calcium accumulating in urine
  • Protection against plaque formation in blood vessels
  • Reduced inflammation and chronic pain
  • Prevention of kidney stones, kidney disease, and damage
  • Reductions in muscle wasting or spasms
  • Maintaining stronger bones/better bone mineral density
  • Better protection against vitamin D deficiency
  • Prevention of cancer growth
  • Increased protection against chronic diseases including hypertension, diabetes and arthritis
Signs your body may be too acidic:
  • Feel depressed or have a hard time enjoying things that you used to.
  • Feel fatigued, even when you’ve had enough sleep.
  • Feel like you cannot focus or have “brain fog” often.
  • Find yourself especially irritable for no discernible reason.
  • Skin is dry, even in the warmer months.
  • Frequently develop infections, colds and flus.
  • Have hormonal imbalance issues.
  • Have acne or other skin problems.
  • Feel like your digestion is sluggish, or frequently experience constipation or diarrhea.
  • Frequently develop yeast infections.
  • Frequently experience joint pain.
  • Find yourself becoming short of breath often.
  • Experience chronic allergies or sinus pain.
  • Often experience headaches.
  • Neck often feels stiff or sore.
  • Suffer from chronic pain that is not due to an injury or a medical condition.
  • Have sensitive gums and teeth.