Please consider making these adjustments to you life now whether you have been diagnosed with cancer or not. These changes are important in a world that is full of toxins. These suggestions will put you on the right track no matter what your current health state. Begin adjusting one of the 16 Cancer Reduction/Prevention Strategies at a time or make a rapid change in your life if your health demands it.
1. Food Preparation: Eat at least one-third of your food raw. Avoid frying or charbroiling; boil, poach or steam your foods instead. Consider adding cancer-fighting whole foods, herbs, spices, and supplements to your diet, such as broccoli, curcumin and resveratrol.
2. Eat Organic Vegetables & Fruits: Salvestrols are naturally occurring plant compounds have been proven to terminate the life-cycles of cancer cells by acting on the CYP1B1 enzyme found in all cancers. Organic products carry the highest levels of natural and active Salvestrols. Nonorganic fruits and vegetables contain almost NO salvestrols. There are many documented cases of spontaneous cancer regression and remissions with patients solely eating a strictly organic diet.
3. Avoid Carbohydrates and Sugar: Reduce or eliminate processed foods, sugar/fructose, and grain-based foods from your diet. This applies to whole unprocessed organic grains as well, as they tend to rapidly break down and drive up your insulin level. The evidence is quite clear that if you want to avoid cancer, or you currently have cancer, you absolutely MUST avoid all forms of sugar, especially fructose, which feeds cancer cells and promotes their growth. Make sure your total fructose intake is around 25 grams daily, including fruit.
4. Protein and Fat: Consider reducing your protein levels to one gram per kilogram of lean body weight. It would be unusual for most adults to need more than 100 grams of protein and most likely close to half of that amount. Replace excess protein with high-quality fats, such as organic eggs from pastured hens, high-quality meats, avocados, and coconut oil.
5. Avoid GMOs: Avoid genetically engineered foods as they are typically treated with herbicides such as Roundup (glyphosate), and likely to be carcinogenic. A French research team that has extensively studied Roundup concluded it’s toxic to human cells and likely carcinogenic to humans. Choose fresh, organic, preferably locally grown foods. This is vital to your cancer reduction and prevention strategy.
6. Animal-Based Omega-3 fats: Normalize your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats by taking a high-quality krill oil and reducing your intake of processed vegetable oils.
7. Natural Probiotics: Optimizing your gut flora will reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune response. Researchers have found a microbe-dependent mechanism through which some cancers mount an inflammatory response that fuels their development and growth. They suggest that inhibiting inflammatory cytokines might slow cancer progression and improve the response to chemotherapy. Adding naturally fermented food to your daily diet is an easy way to prevent cancer or speed recovery. You can always add a high-quality probiotic supplement as well, but naturally fermented foods are the best.
8. Probiotic Supplements: purchase refrigerated, live culture probiotics and take them daily. Enteric health is incredibly important for overall health of the immune, nervous, and metabolic systems which control cancer-fighting, mood regulation, and nutritional health.
9. Water: please strongly consider using natural spring water as your primary source of liquid daily intake. If not accessible, then the next best option is using a high-quality water filtration system that is “multi-staged”- meaning it has multiple levels of filtration that removes, not just microbes and impurities, but also antibiotics, hormones, heavy metals, and other soluble toxins that is found in most city tap water. Please consider at least a multi-stage filter similar to the Berkey or Zen water filter products. Or any product similar in quality. Avoid using BPA/BPS plastic water bottles. The safest option is glass or aluminum containers. Water is going to be vital to you Cancer Reduction/Prevention Strategies.
10. Exercise: Researchers and cancer organizations increasingly recommend making regular exercise a priority in order to reduce your risk of cancer, and help improve cancer outcomes. Research has also found evidence suggesting exercise can help trigger apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells. Ideally, your exercise program should include balance, strength, flexibility, high-intensity interval training (HIIT). For help getting started, refer to my Peak Fitness Program.
11. Vitamin D: There is scientific evidence you can decrease your risk of cancer by more than half simply by optimizing your vitamin D levels with appropriate sun exposure. Your serum level should hold steady at 50-70 ng/ml, but if you are being treated for cancer, it should be closer to 80-90 ng/ml for optimal benefit. If you take oral vitamin D and have cancer, it would be very prudent to monitor your vitamin D blood levels regularly, as well as supplementing your vitamin K2, as K2 deficiency is actually what produces the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity. To learn more, please see my previous article: “What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium”.
12. Sleep: Make sure you are getting enough restorative sleep. Poor sleep can interfere with your melatonin production, which is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance and weight gain, both of which contribute to cancer’s virility. If you are having difficulty sleeping, please research “sleep hygiene” or consider a consultation with me to discuss sleep therapy to reset you into a positive sleep cycle.
13. Exposure to Toxins: Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, herbicides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners, mold, dryer sheets, and toxic cosmetics. These have proven to be highly toxic, even in small exposures. Please use natural detergents, cleaners, and soaps.
14. Exposure to Radiation: Limit your exposure and protect yourself from radiation produced by cell phones, towers, base stations, and Wi-Fi stations, as well as minimizing your exposure from radiation-based medical scans, including dental x-rays, CT scans, and mammograms. Again this is vital to your Cancer Reduction/Prevention Strategies.
15. Stress Management: Stress from all causes is a major contributor to disease. Even the CDC states that 85 percent of disease is driven by emotional factors. It is likely that stress and unresolved emotional issues may be more important than the physical ones, so make sure this is addressed. My favorite tool for resolving emotional challenges is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
16. Breathing Meditation: Along the lines of stress reduction, deep & slow breathing practices also releases very beneficial adaptogenic compounds and reduces cortisol and other stress compounds in our bodies. It also improves immune function, stabilizes mood, improves sleep, and can greatly support cognitive stamina, balance and positive mood. There is no longer any doubt that patients who are in strong states of positive mood have the highest rates of cancer survival.
This list of 16 Cancer Reduction/Prevention Strategies is a good place to start. Each person has a unique constitution and will need to find out what works best for them. Food allergy testing is also a great idea as food allergies can cause inflammation in the body. As with all major lifestyle changes, it is good to discuss them with a qualified doctor.