Several types of pathogens play a role in about 20% of cancer cases worldwide. More than ten pathogens, including viruses, parasites, and bacteria contribute to cancer.
In this blog post, you will learn five different pathogens you should be aware of. Discover what each pathogen does and how to minimize the risk of getting infected. And find out four killer strategies to keep pathogens out of your body.
A pathogen is a biological agent. The term is often used to describe an infectious agent such as a virus, bacteria, mold, fungus, or parasite.
Different types of pathogens that tend to cause tumors include:
The body gets sick from different types of pathogens as the immune system weakens. These pathogens already live dormant within us. A change of pH or oxygen levels causes these pathogens to jump all over our blood streams and tissues.
Cancer cells thrive in a sick and weak body. The same goes for all infectious agents. You can't die of cancer and not struggle with infections and nutritional deficiencies at the same time.
Pathogens are a part of a sick body. But if you raise your pH level and detox your body, they can’t hurt you. Pathogens are there to help the body while it's sick.
Every pathogen has a purpose. If you want to stop them from attacking you, then you have to heal your body. As long as we continue to keep the mind, spirit, and body healthy, then no pathogen can live in the body.
Researchers discovered that infections by viruses, bacteria, or fungi might trigger cancers cells. Cancer isn’t contagious, so can a pathogen cause it?
Some pathogens are behind some cervical cancer cases, like the HPV-virus. The hepatitis B virus accounts for some liver cancer cases.
So let’s talk about different types of pathogens that exist and what they do to your body. And can some of them contribute to cancer?
Bacteria are tiny living microorganisms that are neither plants nor animals. They exist together in the millions. A gram of soil contains about 40 million bacterial cells.
A milliliter of fresh water usually holds about one million bacterial cells. Scientists say that much of Earth's biomass consists of bacteria.
Bacteriologists say that you can find bacterias everywhere except for sterilized places. Around 100 trillion good bacteria live in and on our bodies. Many of these bacteria reside in our gut, helping our body break down food and absorb nutrients.
Not only do we live in harmony with these good bacteria, but they are essential to our survival. When our body is out of balance, the bad bacteria take advantage of the opportunity. They then harm our bodies.
There are only a handful of harmful bacteria out there. Of the total bacteria in our bodies, a healthy balance is 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria. Harmful bacteria are often referred as pathogenic bacteria.
Pathogens cause infections, make us sick or, even kill us. They come from external influences such as food, environmental toxins or stress.Each species of bacteria survives best on distinct kinds of nutrients.
Friendly bacteria prefer to eat on plant-food remnants. Pathogens thrive when the diet is high in meat and other junk-food. Thus, what you eat determines the presence of the bacteria species that will live in your gut.
To suppress harmful bacteria, you should stop eating animal products and refined foods. Instead, eat a whole-food plan-based diet. Bacteria enjoy the parts of the plant foods that we don’t use like dietary fiber.
Vegans have much higher counts of friendly bacteria than meat eaters. Why? Because they eat only plants that contain these microflora-nourishing sugars.
Long-term infection of the stomach with Helicobacter pylori can cause ulcers. It can also inflame and damage the inner layer of the stomach.
Some of these changes could lead to cancer over time, especially cancer in the lower part of the stomach.
When our bowel bacteria get out of control, severe forms of colitis and colon cancer may develop.While H pylori infection is one of the main causes of stomach cancer, not everyone gets stomach cancer.
The rate of H pylori infection is higher in developing countries and older age groups.
It can spread from contaminated food or water sources or mouth to mouth.Another pathogen that may cause health problems is mold.
A mold is a form of fungus. Many different molds exist both indoors and outdoors. They spread through the production of spores. Spores are present in all indoor environments.
They are capable of surviving in harsh conditions. Molds grow best in moist, warm and humid environments.
The most common types of household mold found indoors include:
Molds are capable of growing in a variety of different surfaces. Bathrooms and basements are typical moist areas prone to mold growth. But any moist area in the home can be moldy.
Molds play a role in the breakdown of organic material such as dead trees, compost, and leaves.
They are most common in damp, dark areas or areas of decomposing plant life.Many different types of molds can grow on food.
Some molds produce toxic substances known as mycotoxins. Molds may not cause any health problems, or lead to allergy in sensitive people.
Other reactions to mold include:
The best way to prevent mold in the home is the control of moisture. Spores will not grow in the absence of moisture. So controlling moisture is the key to preventing mold growth.
Here are some tricks you can use to protect yourself from mold exposure.
Another pathogen that can cause serious problems are parasites.
A parasite is an organism dependent on its host for survival and can't live by itself. Although a parasite often doesn't kill the host, in some cases, it can happen. If a parasite does kill its host, it will need to find a new home.
Parasites are a varied group of organisms. Around 70% of parasites are microscopic, such as the malarial parasite. However, some worm parasites can reach over 30 m in length(98 feet).
There are at least 1,000 species of parasite capable of living in or on humans. You can get contaminated by them from food or water, a bug bite, or sexual contact.
Some parasitic diseases are easy to treat, and some are not.There are three main types of parasitic infections.
Protozoa is a single-celled organism. Protozoa can only multiply (divide) within the host. Examples include Plasmodium, which causes malaria.
Helminths are worm parasites. Examples include roundworm, pinworm, trichina spiralis, tapeworm, and fluke.
Ectoparasites live on their host rather than in their hosts; these include lice and fleas.
Some symptoms that might occur with parasites are:
Certain parasitic worms inside the human body raise the risk of various cancers. You can't find these organisms in the United States. But they might concern people who travel to other parts of the world.
Opisthorchis viverrini and Clonorchis sinensis are liver flukes, a type of flatworm. There is a link between these flukes and the increased risk of developing cancer of the bile ducts. The bile ducts are tubes that connect the liver to the intestines.
These infections come from eating raw or undercooked freshwater fish. They occur for the most part in East Asia and are rare in other areas of the world.Schistosoma haematobium is a parasite found in the water of some countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Much evidence supports the connection between schistosomiasis and bladder cancer.
Water is the primary way parasites infect humans. You can get parasite eggs from other humans, as well. Animals, including pets, can spread 240 diseases to humans via parasites.
By petting or grooming animals, you are picking up eggs that pass from them to us via hands, nose, and mouth. Fleas and ticks are other concerns.
Undercooked meats are a high source of parasite infections. Commercial pork products are also notorious for infections.
These include bacon, ham, pork chops, cold cuts, and hot dogs. Also, cuts of meat such as beef, lamb, chicken, and fish contain parasite eggs.
Unwashed fruit and vegetables are also a source of parasite carriers. Some of this food comes from countries that use animal manure or human feces as fertilizers.
In our modern age, world travel is a way of life for many. These travelers are bringing home parasites that were once almost unknown in America. Airplanes are a great source for parasite transmission.
It's common for a family to go on vacation and bring back uninvited guests with them. So how can you minimize parasite exposure?
Humans have always had parasites, both outside and inside our bodies.Parasites do not thrive when we are healthy.
If we eat nourishing food and drink clean water, parasites do not take over the host animals. But if food is scarce, and the water is dirty, health declines and pests thrive instead.
Follow these guidelines to lower the risk of getting exposed to parasites.
Parasites may only move into our bodies when we have a weak immune system. They also don't attack healthy fruits and vegetables.
The bugs will not bother it, but as soon as the plant becomes sick and weak, the bugs attack it. So if we eat a clean diet and drink fresh water parasites shouldn't cause a problem.
Another type of pathogen that can cause problems is fungal.
A fungus is any member of the group of eukaryotic organisms. Fungi are multi-cell (made of many cells), plant-like organisms. Examples include mushrooms, mold, and mildew.
They are classified as their own kingdom. Unlike other plants, fungi cannot get their food from soil, water, and air. Instead, they get their nutrition from plants, animals, and people.
Fungi are everywhere. There are about 1.5 million different species of fungi on Earth. Fungi live outdoors in soil and on plants and trees as well as on many indoor surfaces and human skin.
Most fungi are not dangerous, but some types can be harmful.Fungi thrive in warm, moist places. That is why they grow between the toes, in the groin, and under the breasts, causing a fungal infection.
Only about half of fungi are harmful. And, you're more prone to getting a fungal infection if you have a weakened immune system. In humans, fungal infections occur when an invading fungus takes over an area of the body.
Like many microbes, there are both helpful and harmful fungi. When harmful fungi invade the body, they can be difficult to kill.
Fungal infections are either as opportunistic or primary. They can affect many areas of the body or only one.
Opportunistic fungal infections take advantage of a weakened immune system.
Typical opportunistic fungal infections include Aspergillosis, Candidiasis, and Mucormycosis.
Opportunistic fungal infections can be aggressive and spread fast to other organs. They can often be lethal.
Primary fungal infections can occur in people with a healthy immune system. These diseases develop slowly. Months or years may pass before people need to seek medical attention.
If the immune system is healthy, fungal infections do not spread to organs deep in the body. Fungal infections can range from mild to life-threatening. Some cause mild skin rashes. Others can be deadly, like fungal pneumonia.
Seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid serious infection.
The type of cancer you have can affect your risk. Leukemia may raise the danger of getting a fungal infection than other types of cancer. Because fungal spores are present in the air or the soil, fungal infections usually begin in the lungs or on the skin.
Fungal infections are seldom severe unless your immune system is compromised.
Risk Factors for Developing Fungal Infections include:
Use of drugs that suppress the immune system
You have now come to the last pathogen on the list. I'm now going to talk about viruses.
Viruses are microscopic organisms that cannot replicate without a host cell. They can infect animals, plants, fungi, and even bacteria. Sometimes a virus can be fatal. Other viral infections trigger no noticeable reaction.
In essence, a virus is a minuscule pocket of protein that contains genetic material.
Viruses cause a variety of diseases, including:
Viral infections are often unresponsive to modern medical treatment. A virus exists only to reproduce. When it reproduces, its offspring spread to new cells and new hosts. They only become active when in contact with live tissue.
Once a virus infects a cell by penetrating the cell membrane, it can lay dormant. Or begin reproducing itself.
Viruses spread through touch, exchanges of saliva, coughing, or sneezing. Other ways include sexual contact, contaminated food, or water insects.
Several viruses cause cancer in humans. Human papilloma viruses (HPVs) are a group of more than 150 related viruses.
Some types of HPV only grow in the skin, while others develop in mucous membranes such as the mouth, throat, or vagina.
All types of HPV spread by touch. More than 40 types of HPV can transmit through sexual contact. While HPV infections are common, cancer caused by HPV is not. Most people infected with HPV will not develop cancer.
A few types of HPV are the leading causes of cervical cancer. HPVs also have a role in causing some cancers of the penis, anus, vagina, vulva, mouth, and throat. Most people infected with HPV never develop these cancers.
Many viruses need an acidic environment to attack host cells. Acid/alkaline balance is important to normal physiology. For example, the blood will maintain a slightly alkaline range of 7.35- 7.45. The body does not tolerate extended pH imbalances of any kind.
Viruses that are most often responsible for the common cold and influenza exist at low pH. They do not thrive in an alkaline environment.
So by keeping your body alkaline, you can protect yourself from viruses. This fact applies to all viruses but also all types of pathogens.
So let me summarize what you learned today and how to stop pathogens in its tracks.
A pathogen is a biological agent. The term is often used to describe an infectious agent such as a virus, bacteria, mold, fungus, or parasite.
Pathogens are a part of a sick body.
Bacteria are tiny living microorganisms that are neither plants nor animals.
A mold is a form of fungus. They spread through the production of spores.
A parasite is an organism dependent on its host for survival and can't live by itself.
Fungi are multi-cell plant-like organisms. They are classified as their own kingdom.
Viruses are microscopic organisms that cannot replicate without a host cell. They can infect animals, plants, fungi, and even bacteria.
1. Eat a whole food plant-based diet
2. Do a liver cleanse
3. Cleanse your colon
4. Use remedies
Pathogens are part of a weak immune system. The best way to boost your immune system is to eat a whole-food plant-based diet. Our body thrives on plants and animal products lead to a compromised immune system.
Your liver is the main detoxifier of your body. Toxic gallstones affect the immune system. By doing the liver cleanse your body can better defend against cancer and pathogens.
A congested colon is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Cleansing your colon is an excellent way to protect yourself from toxic bacteria.
Sometimes your body needs help to fight pathogens. Several natural remedies can kill off different types of pathogens. Learn how to use all these strategies by downloading the How To Cleanse Your Body From Pathogens. Click here to download it.
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Simon Persson is a holistic cancer blogger with a passion for natural health cures. When he is not blogging, he enjoys nature, cooking and learning about the latest gadgets on the market.
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