Cancer is a multi-billion dollar industry in this country. The evidence keeps coming in that shows the majority of cancers are preventable. Drugs are not the answer! A few lifestyle choices can ward off the "Big C" if you're willing to make them. A healthy immune system is the most important aspect of good health. When our immune system is compromised, our body is unable to fight off disease. So how do we build up our immune system? The first step is to eliminate the obvious "bad guys":
Sugar (sucrose) - It's no secret that sugar is bad for you. Watch labels because sugar or other forms of sugar (i.e., high fructose corn syrup) are found in many products that you would not think contained sugar.
High Fructose Corn Syrup - Studies are now proving that fructose, a cheap form of sugar, usually derived from corn, used in thousands of food products and soft drinks, can damage human metabolism and is fueling the obesity crisis. Fructose is a major contributor to:
•Insulin resistance and obesity
•Elevated blood pressure
•Elevated triglycerides and elevated LDL
•Depletion of vitamins and minerals
•Cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer, arthritis and even gout.
Fructose can cause dangerous growths of fat cells around vital organs and is able to trigger the early stages of diabetes and heart disease.
Artificial Sweeteners - Many people are under the mistaken assumption that artificial sweeteners are harmless. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Aspartame, marketed under the trade name Nutrasweet, is a potentially toxic sugar substitute. Some studies show that it actually increases your appetite. Many problems have arisen from the use of aspartame, such as birth defects, brain cancer, seizures, and even deaths. One researcher stated that his diabetic patients developed serious metabolic, neurological and other complications as a result of aspartame consumption. Learn to read labels because artificial sweeteners are in just about everything nowadays. If the label says "sugar free," avoid it.
Sucralose, sold under the name Splenda, comes from the process of chlorinating sugar (sucrose). This involves chemically changing the structure of the sugar molecules by substituting three chlorine atoms for three hydroxyl groups. Studies in animals show many problems.
You're better off completely avoiding Splenda. Stevia, which is an herbal sweetener, is a good substitute for sugar. You can purchase it at your local health food store and most grocery stores. But remember, stevia is still a sugar so you want to limit your intake. Xylitol is another good option and is gaining in popularity. Be sure to only buy Xylitol made from birch and not corn. And please keep in mind that Xylitol is highly toxic to pets.
Processed Foods - These foods have had chemicals added to them and the nutrients removed. The general rule is, if it contains man-made ingredients it's not good for you. Processed foods can contribute to many illnesses and diseases. Our bodies were not created to ingest chemicals and when we put a foreign substance in them, we create problems.
Animal Products - Unfortunately, because of today's processing of meats, including red meat, turkey and chicken, many chemicals have been added to them, i.e., antibiotics, hormones, etc. Hot dogs contain nitrates which are linked to brain tumors. Our fish is now contaminated with mercury, which is very toxic to the human body. If you choose to eat meat, at least buy "healthier" meats. Chicken and turkey that is raised without chemicals can be purchased at some of the health food stores. All of the beef purchased in the grocery store is from grain-fed sources, in addition to being altered with antibiotics and hormones. Grass-fed beef is much healthier. Many people do better when they eat the proper diet for their blood type.
Dairy Products - We've all heard the milk commercial "It Does A Body Good." This is another falsehood perpetrated by big business. Cows already contain carcinogens, pesticides, dioxin and antibiotic residues; now the FDA has approved the use of Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH) to further increase milk production. BGH has been linked to cancer promotion. If you are able to find raw milk in your area, it is much better than pasteurized milk. A good alternative to cow's milk is rice or almond milk. The taste is very similar to cow's milk.
Refined Flour Products - In refined flour products, the bran from the grain is removed. This leaves the product with no nutritional value. Always look for whole grain products and avoid any white flour products. Grains should be limited in the diet as they turn to sugar in the body.
Hydrogenated Oils - These oils (resulting in trans fatty acids) have been shown to increase heart disease and cancer. Hydrogenation ruins any nutritional value in vegetable oils. These oils are added for taste and texture, but are contributing to the problems of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Avoid all hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. Coconut oil is a healthy alternative.
Here are more suggestions for avoiding cancer risk:
Omega-3 fats are very important in reducing your cancer risk. Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fats, however, as mentioned above, most of our fish are extremely polluted with mercury. But, I have good news! I have found a source of mercury-free salmon.
I can't stress enough how important exercise is for your overall health. I know it takes discipline to get in the exercise habit, but it's a good idea to do it anyway. At a minimum, we should get some form of aerobic exercise three times per week, for 20 minutes. Try walking a 15-minute mile. Walking is great exercise but you have to be consistent. If you don't have a dog to walk, go to your local shelter and rescue one. You could look at it as saving two lives, the dog's and yours.
Vitamin D intake is another important factor. The sun has gotten a bad rap for many years, mainly because of the companies promoting sunscreen. We get Vitamin D from the sun. Twenty to thirty minutes a day in the sun is good for you. Avoid too much sun, though, and especially burning. It's been shown that most people should be taking Vitamin D3 supplements, unless you live in a year-round sunny climate and get daily exposure to the sun.
Increase your intake of fresh vegetables. Buy organic when possible. However, sometimes fresh veggies are healthier than organic ones that are older and have wilted in the grocery store.
Get plenty of high-quality sleep. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticide, household chemical cleaners and synthetic air fresheners.
Avoid fried foods at any cost. Foods that are fried form a toxic chemical.
The Centers for Disease Control say that 85 percent of disease is caused by emotions, i.e., you are what "eats" you. Emotion Code is a great option for determining emotions that can be affecting your health or the health of your pet. Check out the Emotion Code page. EMOTION CODE
There's a new threat to our health that many are not aware of yet, EMFs from all the technology surrounding us, i.e., cell phones, WIFI, computers, etc. Knowing what I know about this danger, I am especially concerned about the young people who are obsessed with cell phones and can't seem to live without them. Because their brains are still growing, they are at an even greater risk of cancer than adults. Don't be fooled though, it is very harmful to everybody, no matter what age.
For those who truly desire optimum health, there is a technique called Nutrition Response Testing (NRT). It’s totally non-invasive and natural. Our bodies were created to heal themselves and when given the proper nutrition, they will heal. NRT detects exactly what nutrients you are missing that causes various health problems. Then you are given the correct nutrients (via whole food supplements) for your condition. The results are amazing. For more information, please see the NRT page.
The Weston A. Price Foundation is an excellent source of information about living a healthy lifestyle. They promote organic farming and raw milk.
I highly recommend Robert Norse for good information about cancer.