Cancer is the Second Leading Cause of Death in the US
About one of every three Americans will develop some form of malignancy during his or her lifetime. This year alone, about 1,437,000 new cases will be diagnosed, and more than 565,000 people will die of cancer.
This makes cancer the second leading cause of death in the US, and as deaths from heart disease decline, it’s poised to become the leading cause of death.
Cancer is America’s number one health worry.
Surveys also show many of us believe we can do nothing to protect ourselves. Which is just not true.
In fact, scientific evidence shows that we can protect ourselves from cancer. We know that how we eat and drink, how active we are each day and how much we weigh — and whether we use tobacco — all make a difference.
There are, however, many factors that researchers are still investigating. That’s why it’s helpful to separate what we know from what we don’t know when deciding how to live for lower cancer risk.
The reality is that disease (or a lack thereof) is almost entirely under your control. This is especially true when we think of Cancer Prevention strategies.
If you wish to be healthy, there are certain things you can do that reliably and consistently produce a healthy outcome. In this article i’d like to discuss the most common causes of cancer and strategies to prevent it.
What We Know About the Causes of Cancer
You don’t have to be an world renowned scientist to understand how you can try to protect yourself and your family from cancer. From years of cancer research and scientific studies, we now know that the most common causes or risk of developing cancer include:
1. Tobacco Usage – in all its forms, including exposure to secondhand smoke.
2. Poor Diet – low intake of fruits and vegetables combined with a high intake of processed, highly refined food products.
3. Poor Fitness – physical inactivity has been linked to a variety of illnesses
4. Body Composition – obesity increases the risk of many forms of cancer. The heavier you are, the greater the chance of develping cancer.
5. Alcohol Consumption – excess alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, liver and colon cancer.
6. Unnecessary exposure to radiation – this would primarily come in the form of excessive usage of tanning beds and medical imaging such as CT scans or radionucleide studies (not traditional xrays).
7. Chronic Viral Infections – viruses that cause hepatitis, mono and other forms of chronic inflammation
8. Exposure to Industrial and Environmental Toxins – substances such as PCBs, PCV, benzenes, aromatic amines, glyphosate, estrogenic compounds, formaldehyde, vinyl chloride, etc.
9. Poor Circulation – people who have thicker blood or poor circulation seem to develop cancer at higher rates than those who have no circulatory problems. It’s highly likely this is connected to poor diet and lack of physcial activity or exercise.
10. Vitamin D Status – Experts now agree that vitamin D deficiency is linked to 65-85% of cancers. So optimizing your vitamin D levels are a must if you want to reduce your risk.
These lifestyle changes will not only reduce the instance of any chronic disease, but they have been linked to reducing the risk of second leading cause of death: Cancer!
Fact is, If you stay healthy, you won’t need cancer treatments (chemotherapy, radiotherapy, drugs that suppress the immune system) that have the ironic side effect of increasing the risk of additional cancers.
As always, prevention is the best medicine.
What To Do to Prevent Cancer
If you wish to do everything you can to avoid cancer, here’s 5 strategies for optimal health:
#1 – Diet is the Foundation of Optimal Health
Here’s how it plays out. People eat and drink and they are merry, until they get told that they have 90% blocked arteries or a malignant, semi aggressive tumor.
The shit hits the fan, so to speak.
Having treated now over 15,000 people. It’s part of the human condition to not care about your health until you’re devasted and forced to pay attention. It’s dumb. But that’s how it works.
A poor diet will destroy any medical or natural cancer treatment. In fact, thousands of studies now show that a poor diet alone is what can cause cancer.
All too often people think that they are cured of cancer when the tumor is gone or when the cancer cells are dead. They then revert back to their old ways of life… their old diet and poor lifestyle choices and then… the cancer returns.
As Albert Einstein said, “You cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it.”
So if you want to prevent or treat cancer, you absolutely must consume a healthy diet. This means eating organic whole foods. Avoiding any food product that contains artificial ingredients, colors, fillers, preservatives, industrial seed oils (canola, soybean, corn, etc.) and/or is commercially grown to contain pesticides, hormones and other chemicals.
#2 – Optimize Your Detoxification Pathways
No. I’m not telling you to purchase a 7 or 14 day “detox program”. Most of the detox programs out there actually contain ingredients that cause cancer!
Detoxification is the process of neutralizing, transforming and eliminating toxins from the body and clearing excess mucus and congestion. A poor diet, poor digestion, impaired liver function, reduced kidney function and over exposure to enviornmental chemicals all contribute to poor detoxification.
And deciding to do a detox program only to go back to your old ways won’t correct these imbalances long enough to prevent cancer.
Detoxification is absolutely critical to overall health and a huge component to fighting or preventing cancer, but the first step is to assess your body’s current detox capacity, know what you’re detoxing and then of course, how to properly detox.
#3 – Exercise or Train Your Body Regularly
Physical activity helps to improve circulation, lympatic drainage and stimulates hormesis. Hormesis is the biological phenomenon that is summarized by the famous quote, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Hormesis is when a controlled dosage of stress is applied to a system and that system adapts by getting stronger. This is how the human body works. Your immune system and nervous system are designed to be exposed to a certain amount of stress that then allows it to get stronger.
Without adequate exercise or periods of physical exertion… there is no hermetic response. The cells are left stewing in their own waste products, starving for nutrients and oxygen. This is how disease develops.
#4 – Spend More Time Outdoors
The biggest reason why you should spend more time outdoors (scientifically speaking) is because of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is automatically produced when the cholesterol in your skin absorbs the ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun. It then circulates throughout your body to prevent cancer (and other diseases).
It’s interesting to note that your body automatically produces just the right amount of vitamin D. So, if you get more sunlight than you need, you cannot overdose on vitamin D. Your skin will produce only what’s needed, and no more. (You do need to be careful about burning in the sun as too much exposure can create a problem.)
There’s something inherently healing about spending time outdoors. Part of it has to do with exposure to natural light. One study found people exposed to 46 percent more sunlight after surgery used 22 percent less pain medication per hour. However, there are likely benefits even beyond the light exposure.
Shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing” is a Japanese practice that celebrates the health-improving qualities of the forest.
Studies have confirmed that spending time within a forest setting can reduce psychological stress, depressive symptoms, and hostility, while at the same time improving sleep and increasing both vigor and a feeling of liveliness.
These subjective changes match up nicely with objective results reported in nearly a dozen studies involving 24 forests—lower levels of cortisol and lower blood pressure and pulse rate.
A 2017 study published in Scientific Reports considered the mental health benefits of living near forests for city dwellers, especially those coping with stress. Those participants involved in the study who lived within half a mile of a forest were more likely to show signs of a healthy amygdala, the part of the brain associated with, among other things, regulating stress.
The researchers point out that the effects on the amygdala were more pronounced in participants near a forest than they were with participants who had easier access to urban greenery, such as parks. The size of a forest and its distance away from the hustle and bustle of the city likely played a part in reducing stress when compared to the effects of urban greenery.
#5 – Optimize Recovery (Sleep & Relaxation)
This is important for everyone… but I see bigger problems in people who eat healthy and exercise everyday. Why? Because they are actually doing too much!
No matter how well you eat, how often you exercise, and how much time you spend planning and cooking your meals, you can never be truly healthy if you don’t get enough quality rest and recovery.
Lack of sleep can alter your metabolism, making you prone to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. It can dampen your immune response leaving you susceptible to colds and flu. Not getting enough sleep can make you feel so overwhelmed and exhausted that you stop making good choices and end up doing what is easiest at the time.
I hope you found this article useful. If you have any questions, want some additional clarification or are currently struggling with a health problem…
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