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India has one of the highest cancer rates in the world

April 26, 2007

Every single person I know has a loved one (either spouse, mother, father, mother-in-law, father- in-law, sister, brother, or brother-in-law, nephew, niece) who has cancer. Its frightening. How did I discover this strange phenomena? When my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer last week. I have had an uncle who passed away from liver cancer, and my husband’s aunt and sister-in-law have also passed away because of cancer. Still, I didn’t think cancer was that common. But when my mother-in-law was diagnosed, I told a few people about it, and each and every one of them told me their stories…I talked to more people. All had a sad tale to relate.
I always knew that heart disease, diabetes and AIDS were common (and spreading) in India. India has one of the highest rates of coronary heart disease in the world, and diabetes rate is increasing dramatically amongst the affluent section of our population. As for AIDS, we are soon to get the dubious distinction of harbouring the highest number of those suffering from HIV/AIDS, if we don’t already.

Where cancer was concerned, I knew that a large proportion of our rural and semi-urban population eat tobacco and therefore our rates of oral cancer are one of the highest in the world. What I did not think was that India had an overall high cancer rate…until now. I was seeing and hearing it all around me and so I thought I would do a little research. I found that old data said that cancer was not that common in India. According to these statistics (WHO):

Cancer rates in India are considerably lower than those in more developed countries such as the United States…data from population based cancer registries in India show that the most frequently reported cancer sites in males are lung, oesophagus, stomach, and larynx. In females, cancers of the cervix, breast, ovary, and oesophagus are the most commonly encountered…

Where breast cancer was concerned I found this information:

In India, the incidence of breast cancer is increasing, with an estimated 80,000 new cases diagnosed annually. The incidence of breast cancer increased by approximately 50% between 1965 and 1985. Much of this increase may be associated with greater urbanization and improved life expectancy…

But then, 2005 data shows that India has one of the highest cancer rates in the world!! This article which quotes research funded by WHO says:

The survey included more than 200 000 patients with histopathologically confirmed cancers…it indicates that the age adjusted incidence of gall bladder cancer in women in New Delhi is 10.6 per 100 000 of the population – the world’s highest rate for women for this cancer…Districts in central, south, and northeast India had the world’s highest incidence of cancers associated with tobacco, which is chewed as well as smoked in India…Aizawl district in the northeastern state of Mizoram has the world’s highest incidence of cancers in men of the lower pharynx (11.5 per 100000 people) and tongue (7.6 per 100 000 people). The district also has the country’s highest rate of stomach cancer among men. Wardha has the highest incidence of mouth cancer in the world. The incidence of mouth cancer among men in Pondicherry was 8.9 per 100 000, one of the highest rates in the world for men. Rates of stomach cancer were high among men in Bangalore and Chennai…the survey also detected a “belt of thyroid cancer” in women in coastal districts of Kerala, Karnataka, and Goa… the survey also confirmed earlier observations that breast cancer has replaced cervical cancer as the leading site of cancer among women in Indian cities and that lung cancer is the most common cancer in men in Calcutta, Mumbai,and New Delhi.

This was scary. Whats wrong with India? Whats wrong with our lifestyle and with our diet that we are suffering like this? True, we don’t exercise much, and we eat a lot of fatty food. At one time because of more poverty, people were forced to walk long distances, and consume a simple diet. And people were wiry, and thin. Perhaps that is why people still feel that being plump is a sign of good health and prosperity. Eating fried foods and not exercising has always been considered desirable. Desi ghee (clarified butter), dried fruits, pakodas (stuffed and fried lentil dish) …have it all for that was needed for health! But aspiring for it is one thing, actually eating like that on a regular basis, is a recipe for disaster. A paunch is not a a sign of prosperity, but a sign of ill health. But unfortunately, this feeling is still not that common. My mother-in-law still urges me to eat desi ghee in plenty and drink glasses of full cream milk because she firmly believes it’s good for health. She has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and has had surgery, but she continues to eat this in plenty, sure that this is “good” food.

(A clarification after I got a rude comment that desi ghee is good for health and I am writing nonsense: nowhere have I said that desi ghee is bad for health in general. It has been proven that eating fats are a risk factor for cancer and its spread, and this includes all types of fats. This is more so for breast cancer. There are scores of links to this effect. Unfortunately we in India feel that ghee is a miracle food, and no matter what we should eat it. That is wrong. Ghee is fat. It has to be consumed in moderation. If there are miracle healing foods, these are fruits and vegetables.)

As if these high rates of disease in our country aren’t enough, India has a poor public health care system, medical insurance is unaffordable for even the middle classes (for serious diseases), and most employers pay limited medical bills. A small miniscule of our population can afford good medical care.

I’ve realised one thing. No one is going to take care of us…by that I mean the average Indian. We have to pull up our socks. Exercise and eat right. Or be prepared for the worst.

Updated Stats:
From the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology: The estimated number of new cancers in India per year is about 7 lakhs and over 3.5 lakhs people die of cancer each year. Out of these 7 lakhs new cancers about 2.3 lakhs (33%) cancers are tobacco related.

From a TOI article dated 28the March 2012: India officially recorded over half a million deaths due to cancer in 2011 – 5.35 lakhs as against 5.14 lakh (2009) and 5.24 lakh (2010). UP recorded 89,224 deaths due to cancer, while Maharashtra saw 50,989 fatalities. The Union health ministry says there are about 28 lakh cases of cancer at any given point of time in India, with 10 lakh new cases being reported annually. World Health Organization (WHO) says, the estimated cancer deaths in India are projected to increase to 7 lakh by 2015.
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44 Comments leave one →
  1. Saravanakumar permalink
    December 13, 2008 3:09 am

    Could water pollution and harmful pesticides be a reason?

    yes ofcourse! One of the reasons. – Nita.

  2. March 6, 2009 3:47 pm

    @ Nita : Your mother in law may have it partially right. Carbohydrates are the number one cause of Cancer in my opinion. If you read the papers of Professor Otto Warburg a Nobel prize laureate you will discover how we are killing ourselves with carbs. Indian food is very carb intense. Imagine Rajma-Chawal, Aloo-Puri things like that. Our body has no natural requirement for these kind of foods because it is designed to convert fat in to carbohydrates. So eating a diet rich in fat and protein can save you from cancer and even reverse it in some cases. As professor warburg says :

    “Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.” — Dr. Otto H. Warburg in Lecture “

    In fact heart disease may also be linked with excessive intake of carbohydrate rich diet but that is another story. Let me just say this 70% of people who have suffered heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels. So now you tell me in a country that has the largest population of diabetics should we keep focusing on a vegetarian diet full of grain? I think not!

    • March 24, 2015 8:58 am


      Carbs are protectors what causes cancer is casein (available in Dairy) and animal protein in Meat, Eggs, Fish and Milk.

      Indian food used to be full of healthy things including Whole wheat four, lentils, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables but now Indians have started consuming Mc Donald’s , Taco Bell and have started eating animal products, oils and lot of sugar which has started the host of diseases

      Go to nutritionfacts. Org

      I am certified in Plant based nutrition for Cornell university, USA
      I know what I am talking about

      • Karl permalink
        March 10, 2016 7:49 pm

        Err actualy you don’t know what you are talking about, you may know what you have been taught, however the teaching of low fat whole grain is high carbohydrate and has been proven to cause diabetis, obesity and proof is now emerging it also feeds cancer. It doesn’t matter what form the grain is in when digested the body will still convert it to glucose.
        This also includes the promotion of hydrogenated oils and margerines, processed foods such as Mc Donalds like you state. The grain industry is a multi billion pound industry, hence why world dietry organisation are reluctant to warn of the dangers of high carb diets and have always blamed fatty meats or saturated fats such as coconut oil etc.
        Natural fats and oils are a healthier energy source for the body. These included with, protien, vegetables, nuts and beans etc, a mediteranian style diet as it is often refered to.
        Remember cancer is not a modern desease, but it is fueled by our modern lifestyle and diet which has ever increasingly become higher carb lower fat over the last fifty years and as a result cancer has thrived.

      • July 21, 2017 12:47 pm

        HI there,

        It’s so hard to find out information on things anymore. This is good, this is bad. Rates are lower and rates are higher. I’ve read the opposite about India. I will say this: I think that you are correct that the Western diet, which has crept into India and other countries, is affecting the people. My dad was from India. He still ate pretty well, but not as well, as he did in India.

        This article shows other information about India, but I think if one sticks to the older and better diet in a home country, he or she will do better. Nothing shows that more than that the health of those in Japan and India worsens when they come to the US. They adopt our diet and it makes things much worse.

  3. Vikram C permalink
    July 16, 2009 7:39 pm

    Somw wrong info here. India has much lower rate compared to western countries. Secondly, the studies have shown lower rates of cancer by choosing diets low in meat. I just don’t get what’s Odzer’s problem. There is coarse grain on one side and refined wheat and rice on another they are not same. And we are talking about cancer not diabetes. The coarse grain helps and refined does not. Yes we should continue to focus on grain. The study of all the foods of world has shown that bets food is as following- grains, low on fat and fish.

    Now Odzer when you talk about grains and diabetes, which grain do you refer to- makai, bajra or dhan/chawal?

    Dhan/chawal these days are not healthy because the germ part is ripped off and remaining part is bleached. It tastes and looks better but is aweful remnant of original. And you know why this happens, because we are having food habits transplation across regions and folks in other region cannot distuingish between healthy and unhealthy. Ask any south Indian about maida vs pure wheat or north indian about brown rice vs white rice. We the taste lovers are creating market for unhealthy food and suppliers are obliging.

  4. reamz permalink
    July 22, 2009 2:37 pm

    I just thought i’d chip in to say odzer is absolutely correct. The best book on this subject in my opinion is Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, which is extremely detailed on the subject. Science has proven that it is carbohydrates that are the main cause of most ‘western’ diseases like cancer, diabetes, hypertension, etc. “conventional wisdom” is wrong and is widely believed due to bad science and politics.
    Do the research yourself. in America the huge rise in chronic disease has coincided with a decrease in saturated fat, an increase in refined vegetable oils (full of trans fats and other horrible nasties) and an increase in refined carbs and sugar.
    Sure, wholegrains are healthier than refined grains, but NO grains are the healthiest.
    I’m indian and i see so much diabetes, cancer and heart problems in my extended family…what do they eat? vegetable oil, white rice, carbs, sugar.
    World cancer rates will only continue to rise as long as people believe that low fat high carb diets are healthy

  5. Larry Martin permalink
    October 29, 2009 11:59 pm

    Would you please comment on this latest news?

    Wed Oct 28, 12:15 pm ET
    LONDON (Reuters) – A molecule found in a curry ingredient can kill esophageal cancer cells in the laboratory, suggesting it might be developed as an anti-cancer treatment, scientists said on Wednesday.
    Researchers at the Cork Cancer Research Center in Ireland treated esophageal cancer cells with curcumin — a chemical found in the spice turmeric, which gives curries a distinctive yellow color — and found it started to kill cancer cells within 24 hours.
    The cells also began to digest themselves, they said in a study published in the British Journal of Cancer.
    Previous scientific studies have suggested curcumin can suppress tumors and that people who eat lots of curry may be less prone to the disease, although curcumin loses its anti-cancer attributes quickly when ingested.
    But Sharon McKenna, lead author of the Irish study, said her study suggested a potential for scientists to develop curcumin as an anti-cancer drug to treat esophageal cancer.
    Cancers of the esophagus kill more than 500,000 people across the world each year. The tumors are especially deadly, with five-year survival rates of just 12 to 31 percent.
    McKenna said the study showed curcumin caused the cancer cells to die “using an unexpected system of cell messages.”
    Normally, faulty cells die by committing programed suicide, or apoptosis, which occurs when proteins called caspases are ‘switched on’ in cells, the researchers said.
    But these cells showed no evidence of suicide, and the addition of a molecule that inhibits caspases and stops this “switch being flicked’ made no difference to the number of cells that died, suggesting curcumin attacked the cancer cells using an alternative cell signaling system.
    U.S. researchers said in 2007 they had found curcumin may help stimulate immune system cells in the Alzheimer’s disease.
    (Reporting by Kate Kelland; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

    Thank You,

    Larry Martin – USA

    • May 7, 2012 5:39 pm

      Hi, Larry Martin. It amazing to know that ordinary food spicy ingredient the turmeric is capable of killing of the esophageal cancer. I would like to know where can I get the updates of cancer researches of ‘Cork Cancer Research Center’. If you know it please inform it to me… And where you got the above data???

  6. unknown permalink
    July 20, 2010 7:44 am

    How about the increasing abundance of fast food restaurants in India?
    I mean their food contains lots of chemicals and such

    there’s a lot of stuff we arent necessarily aware of…..

  7. October 14, 2010 7:53 am

    Obviously, people in India were eating ghee and full cream well before this surprising increase in cancer rates was noted. So it must be something else. Otherwise there would be no serious increase in rates of disease. What did your mother start eating that your grandmother didn’t have access to?

    • Richa permalink
      December 28, 2011 12:28 pm

      Global food trends .
      Indians are not genetically built to digest cheese , mayonnaise , raw meat etc ..
      But people don’t understand the risk in following western food trends and unfortunately they have become a fad : example is the growing food chains like Mc.donalds and KFC .. majority of whose food we cannot digest .No point pointing problems at traditional Indian foods , its absolutely silly .
      Stick to your home food and don’t blame it .

      Hullo, a large majority of Indians are of mixed races. And to prove it our family has done genetic testing. East and Western Europeon genes are mixed with the native Indian genes in a significant portion of our population. This is most common in the north west and along the western coast. And as for people of the Eastern side, they have mixed blood too, but I do not want to give too many details here as this is not a post on genes. However this is just to point out that even if you have research (you have not quoted it) to prove that those of native Indian origin are unable to digest meat, not everyone living in India is of this pure Indian origin. Also, I do agree that one should not reject one’s home food, but one should just see it in the perspective of the type of activity our ancestors did. We need to fine-tune our traditional food so it suits an urban lifestyle. Everything in moderation is good! – Nita.

  8. February 11, 2011 11:38 am

    I concur with a lot of the comments here…and ultimately, the jury’s still out on what’s the healthiest food and what’s not — I no longer believe what we considered healthy just a few years ago is necessarily true now.

    My *current* view is that the Indian diet is good in that it provides an massive variety of fruits and vegetables, the use of cooking spices like turmeric, cloves, and cinnamon loaded with antioxidants and a variety of other health benefits, balanced protein sources like dal, lentils, and a wide variety of legumes, and the use of ghee in some parts of India.

    It is deficient in that fish is not that prevalent, there’s a massive overreliance on vegetable oils and fried foods, including many hydrogenated products, a lack of general nutrient awareness, low protein intake, massive intake of white rice, white flour, and white sugar, and of course the huge issue of air pollution, sound pollution, water pollution, pesticides, and lack of hygiene prevalent all over the country.

    Interesting to note, from my research, that heart disease rates are LOWER in parts of India where ghee is more prevalent and HIGHER in parts of India where vegetable oils are more prevalent. Saturated fats are seeming NOT to be the culprit we once thought they were. ‘The Oiling of America’ is a great resource to check out.


    • November 7, 2014 9:49 am

      Thanks for ur sharing DM it is well known that vegetables are comparitively better but from ur data we have to think about the toxins added to vegetables and fruits by growers and sellers .SOME lab reprts very high qty od various chemicals .
      Still India is mum on this .People continue to eat it.

  9. basil davis permalink
    March 2, 2011 9:48 pm

    Why do all of the health book writter in the USA say that cancer rates are lower in India than in the USA if not so?

  10. roshan permalink
    March 17, 2011 10:37 pm

    i has to do with all the nuclear bomb testings that was done in russia and india.The radiation from these bombs ahve reached India and has increased the rate of cancer.An aunt of mine got cancer after visiting India and passed away sooon. It has to do with all the radioactivity particles in the air.

  11. May 23, 2011 10:25 am

    It is interesting to note that there is not much awareness even in educated masses of India regarding the effects of environmental pollution caused by poor regulations supplemented by the selfish political interests and corruption in India. How the waste disposal of chemicals especially the nuclear wastes is done in India is at least mystery for me and I am not too confident of the Government to have much concern and safety standards in this matter. There are instances of villagers catching cancer due to armful chemicals dumped near the village by some industries. I wonder how many such instances might have been gone unnoticed due to lack of overseeing, low awareness in masses, population being habituated to thinking that these kind of activities are normal. In India, selfishness has reached such an extreme in common public that they don’t care about the health of other people, except for themselves and immediate family. They don’t even realize that contaminating food grains etc. for petty gains while selling might end up in their own plate some day. They wouldn’t bother what happens to the trash except that they want it get out of their house. Nuclear power plants being setup everywhere ( I read that there will be a plant setup every 55kms across the coastal line of India) is good for the power hungry industries and population, but how much safety standards and regulations are followed is definitely in question. recently one nuclear scientist asked not to use the reactors that is planned to be used by the Central Government. He pointed out that these new reactors supplied by foreign countries are not very safe, extensively tested and India is being used as a test ground. But the politicians turned their deaf ear to this.

    Unless the awareness of masses increases and there is a protest of any violations and scrutiny of environmental pollutions of any kind…..hardly any change will occur and the cancer rates may increase much further. I pray that people, especially the so called leaders look at these matters of importance with a much broader and altruistic vision.

  12. pavan permalink
    July 29, 2011 3:42 pm

    if any one know someting with ful proof then only that person should express here, because it may spoil someones Knowledge and plz…

  13. GADEL permalink
    July 30, 2011 8:55 pm

    Very interesting information about India and health of its people.

  14. S. Kepley permalink
    August 1, 2011 11:03 pm

    read the books by Dr. Jane Plant….. she had breast cancer 5 times and finally figured out what was bothering her and causing her cancer! I think she is on to something very important for us all! Read the comments (On Amazon -her books) by many people who suffered and now are well.

  15. Brenda permalink
    August 3, 2011 3:45 pm

    Are you advertsing for her book? Why not tell us what she said?

  16. September 28, 2011 10:40 am

    You really think ghee and cream is responsible for cancer?Why not target additives in food,processed foods and lesser consumption of fruits?

    • Richa permalink
      December 28, 2011 12:31 pm

      I agree with you Ashwin
      Traditional Indian foods are the best foods .
      It is proved that Ghee contains essential fatty acids which help our system .
      But when we start adding Cheese and Mayonnaise and additives , plus there is a lack of food control and regulation by the government in India , there will be issues of additives .

  17. Brenda permalink
    October 3, 2011 4:31 am

    We need to look at why India is the highest. What is different about India from other countries? Is it higher in cities or in the country? What has changed? Diet? Lifestyle? Breastfeeding children for longer than tow years each has been proven to cut cancer rates in adults; are women in cities breastfeeding less?

    • October 3, 2011 9:19 pm

      Brenda, I agree that a scientific approach and research is necessary but very little research is done in India and one is forced to guesstimate. The reasons for oral cancer are obvious. Chewing tobacco. Other kinds of cancer must be linked to diet and also perhaps stress. Indians in cities lead a very stressed lifestyle, with overcrowding, poor public transportation, unchecked pollution and plus very long working hours. 6 days a week and long hours on a daily basis. Also there are not recreation facilities for the public and hardly any park! The population of India is too huge. Where breastfeeding is concerned, that has not reduced.

  18. SAM permalink
    February 29, 2012 11:28 pm

    PRAY INDIA……………………………………..FOR CANCER


  19. sai suresh permalink
    March 2, 2012 7:22 pm

    don’t worry friends not atleast one person in India was attacked by cancer in 2011.And sam your pray was reached to god right.

  20. Reginald Kohnke permalink
    November 3, 2012 3:00 pm

    The great thing about curcumin is that it helps the immune system and also hastens the healing ability of the body..

    Our personal online site

  21. Bhavna Narang permalink
    December 16, 2013 5:15 pm

    In our country, the main reason of cancer is the amount of pesticides used in crops…my mother had cancer,in spite of having a good that is balanced much thanks to our government that they really dont do anything for reducing price of cancer medicines.It’s going to be a year that i have lost her. PPl who have cancer should consult DS Research center, we got to know abt this place very late but ppl pls make others aware abt this place,the can really help…

    • March 30, 2014 8:27 pm

      i don’t understand what the hell god is doing for good people who are suffering just because of other greedy people who are adding impurities just to urn more money and killing people and i m fed up with stupid and corrupted Indian government who is doing nothing and just enjoying there power and money

  22. Cyriac Antony permalink
    January 4, 2015 11:27 pm

    What’s the reason for the increased rate of cancer in India?
    Most of the time, tobacco usage is blamed. May be true, but that doesn’t explain rate of increase in cancer because rate of increase of tobacco usabe is much lower.

    What about the following food items that are in the list of top 10 cancer causing foods:
    Beverages, Refined white flours, refined sugars, dirty fruits (pesticide applied ones), hydrogenated and semi-hydrogenated oils (incl. dalda also called vanaspathy)
    (source: )

  23. March 25, 2015 5:42 am

    People often emphasize on fat and fatty foods to be cause of cancer. Though this may be true but fat only contributes to minuscule small part of it. The greatest cause of cancer, if not now, then later in future is processed food.

    Processed food refers to any food that is not fresh and modified extensively, mainly to increase shelf life. In the process, a large number of chemicals and substances are added so that the food does not go stale. An overwhelming number of these added substances are cancer causing to various degrees. Unlike around 20-30 years ago when Indians ate home cooked freshly prepared foods at all times, we now live in an environment where people eat a lot of processed food. Women nowadays do not cook but rather work at high positions in MNC’s unlike several years ago when they were only doing house work and as a result, people are shifting more and more towards a processed food diet.

    Here are some quick tips of “avoiding” cancer.
    1. Eat lots of fresh fruits, lemon, spices(like jeera, clove etc), turmeric to fight free radicals.
    2. DO NOT smoke or hang around with smokers.
    3. Avoid eating anything fried in oil which is already old. Never use the same oil to fry twice.
    4. Avoid eating all forms of processed food, including stuffs like Chips, Corn Flakes, ketchup, jams, etc. Instead eat fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Another thing I have observed in Cancer is that unlike other ailments, people do not blame the victim’s poor lifestyle and eating habits but rather sympathize with them and shave their heads and all. STOP such behavior which praises poor lifestyle. Once people realize that getting sympathy is not going to be an option, they will switch to a better lifestyle automatically.

    • March 25, 2015 8:03 am

      This is very good feedback except for the fact that you are indirectly blaming women. Perhaps you did not intend to do so. The days have changed my friend, and what you could have said that as women are going out to work, it is time that men too chipped in for the cooking chores. Besides, there are many different types of cancers and some of them are biological, some caused by a virus, and some due to lifestyle as you said.

  24. Krishna permalink
    August 7, 2015 7:47 pm

    Please refrain from commenting about common food items like carbs or casein etc. I’m a geneticist and researcher working in the Pharma area. I can say confidently that food is not the main reason. It is lifestyle that is the reason for most cases combined with really bad diet and a bad habit like tobacco smoking or chewing. There may be other natural causes like radiation or genetic or exposure to some chemicals but these are very rare and cannot be pinpointed accurately or prevented.

    Main reason is Cancer happens in people who have the most bad habits along with one big bad habit that fills the body with lost of waste material that is not kicked out of the body by normal activities like walking, working, jogging or just being busy in general. The lymphatic system has to work really well to be healthy. No amount of medicine or surgeries will help after a certain point.

    Stop blaming foods. All foods are poison if taken in large amounts, even water. Start living a more active and positive life.

  25. Iswarya permalink
    December 22, 2015 4:58 pm

    I know cancer is one of the dreadful disease. its really because of our lifestyle and food habits. Our Indian food practices are something that have protected us from many diseases. There are research data where curcumin from turmeric have higher anticancerous activity than the normal cancer drug available now. Daily have a practice of having turmeric and pepper in milk. Turmeric+pepper is given as prashad in sabarimalai temple after pilgrimage. Having physical exercise and following our Indian food habits can make our health good. We Indians are the people who take food which also act as medicines. Don’t blame Indian food habits, its that we are not correctly practicing our Indian food habits. There is a research which shows the probability of causing cancer is “‘bad luck” than the lifestyle practices. The doctors or researchers cant really say that this specific reason for the cause of cancer.

  26. MNRC permalink
    January 25, 2016 12:04 am

    The reason is dairy. Indian people consume a tremendous amount of dairy in their diets because many are vegetarian. Although modern medicine does not want to admit it dairy is linked to cancer. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM for short) dairy is the leading cause of cancer aside from poorly regulated environmental pollutants and chemicals. In classical TCM texts observations were made about the prevalence of cancer in different villages and controlling for many factors, like lifestyle and diet, the early TCM doctors realized the link between dairy and cancer. This is why in traditional Han Chinese food (not bubble tea or any new fangled foods) there is virtually no dairy. Personally, dairy causes scary asthma attacks for me. When I cut out dairy and reduced my sugar intake (no more cakes and few cookies), my asthma disappeared and I gained a huge amount of energy.

  27. January 8, 2017 8:17 am

    Agree with commentor ‘Odzer’ on carbs! (White Rice, Breads – both indian and western, Sweets )

    Another factor (after carbs) in my opinion is over-exposure toxins (UV radiation from sunlight, chemicals in fertilizers, additives in food E211 as an example).

    Nice post – even more valid as this post ages…


    • Larry Martin permalink
      January 8, 2017 10:47 pm

      Tumeric and Curcumin a very powerful, natural anti oxidants and anti inflammatories which help fight off cancer. Google them for more information.

      Sent from my iPhone


  28. Saizampuii permalink
    July 26, 2017 11:03 pm

    What position is India in the world’s cancer index?

    • July 27, 2017 8:12 am

      The world cancer index is not very accurate when it comes to reporting cancer from under developed countries. There is a high prevalence of cancer in the poor in India, and because of poverty there is no proper diagnosis and treatment. This is oral and cervical cancer which has a high prevalence and breast cancer amongst the better off. Even middle class women in India often do not go for treatment due to the lower status of women in India.
      You can read this article and it is just one of many such.
      Cancer survival rates are also very low in India because of lack of proper and timely treatment

  29. Mohammed Rafeek H R permalink
    January 27, 2018 12:22 am

    What is the solution for preventing life style diseases?

    • January 27, 2018 7:57 am

      Eating a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, adequate exercise, fresh air, enough sleep, and as far as possible as stress-free lifestyle.


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