This post was originally published on April 10, 2016 and updated on November 5, 2018.
WHAT IS CANCER?
Everyone has cancer cells in their bodies, but lifestyle, diet and exposures all play a role in whether or not the cancer will present itself. Cancer is defined as an abnormal growth of cells. It arises from mutations in cells caused by factors such as genes, diet, lifestyle and exposures.
The numbers are not in our favor for cancer, and they haven’t changed in over 40 years, which is sickening! According to the documentary, “The Truth About Cancer,” the survival rate for cancer patients over a more than 5-year time period is 30%. That means 70% of people pass away in the years following their diagnosis. People are going to medical doctors and being quickly scared into treatment with chemo, radiation, and drugs – all of which put more toxins into our bodies and not only attempt to kill the cancer cells but also weaken our healthy cells. Medical doctors study medicine, not prevention and nutrition, and less than 6% of them get training in nutrition. The field of medicine is highly backed by pharmaceutical companies, and pharmaceutical companies control the government. It has even been said that some doctors receive a payment each time they prescribe chemotherapy.
A NORMAL HEALTHY BODY WILL NOT DEVELOP CANCER.
The problem is that most people do not have a normal healthy body any longer. As a result of foods with nutrition that has decreased decade after decade, chemicals that have been introduced into the environment such as glyphosate, and chemicals that have been introduced into our food, including glyphosate and many others, our bodies have become a toxic war zone.
FOCUS ON PREVENTION
Nutrition, lifestyle and exposures are three major things that you can start doing immediately to prevent cancer.
A healthy immune system can fight cancer. Good nutrition focuses on a variety of phytonutrients that come mainly from non-starchy vegetables. Choosing a diet that is 80% or more plant-based raw & organic foods is a hugely valuable part of a healthy lifestyle. Cancer cells feed on glucose, and glucose comes from carbohydrates, especially refined sugars and flours, and processed foods. Avoiding or greatly lessening pasta, bread, rice, processed foods, and sweets is a must. Studies have shown that a higher intake of fruits and vegetables, specifically cruciferous and yellow and orange vegetables, can reduce the risk of breast cancer, especially more aggressive forms. (1, 3) Vegetables also seem to be the key to preventing cancer (2).
Sleep is a huge part of a healthy body. Sleep regenerates cells, helps keep the immune system running, and is necessary to stay healthy. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep daily.
Exercise helps reduce the risk of chronic disease, helps with brain health, memory and body composition. Aim for one hour minimum of physical activity daily and twenty minutes of moderate to hard exercise most days.
Managing stress plays a large role in health. Stress encourages cancer cells to grow and puts the body into fight or flight mode. Meditation helps manage stress, as well as sleep.
Be aware of environmental exposures through personal care products, food packaging products and household items.
- Plastic is a major endocrine disruptor that has been linked to cancers, especially hormonal based cancers.
- Exposure to radiation and ultraviolet light, chemotherapy and drugs are also carcinogens.
- Glyphosate is sprayed onto foods and its residues are found in foods. Choose organic whenever possible to avoid glyphosate exposure.
Check out this list of carcinogens from the American Cancer Society.