Do’s & Don’ts
1) Healthy Diet
A Healthy diet not only plays a vital role in cancer prevention but can greatly aid cancer treatment. Research of the years from a range of studies suggests that a plant-based diet has been linked with reduced risks of several cancers, in particular Colon Cancer. Cancer Shop recommends cancer patients to adopt an Anti-Cancer Diet (You can Read all about this here), which usually entails cutting down on sugars, red meat, processed foods etc and replacing them with fish, vegetables, fresh fruits and antioxidants such as Broccoli Sprouts and Wheatgrass.
Why To Avoid Sugar & Glucose – Cancer Cells Need Both To Survive;
Its been known for over a 100 years that sugar is a major culprit in cancer development, research states the following ” cancer cells demonstrate a 3 to 5 fold increase in glucose uptake compared to healthy cells” Dr Demetrakopulos (worked on cancer research for many years). Other studies have also shown strong links between sugar and neoplastic diseases ( this is where the tumour growth and tumour cells multiply in a high sugar environment). Pancreatic cancer risk is increased in those who choose to drink two or more sweetened soft drinks a week (worse when mixed with alcohol). This is an unusual but worryingly deadly cancer. A large study carried out in Singapore of 60,000 people by Mark Pereira of the University of Minnesota found that sugar was to blame, ”High levels of sugar in soft drinks may be increasing the level of insulin in the body, which we believe in turn contributes to pancreatic cancer cell growth”. Made in the pancreas, insulin is the hormone that helps our body’s metabolize sugar.
The Study by Mark Pereira of the university of Minnesota found the following results (as printed in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The Study followed 60,524 (both men and women) for 14 years.
- During the 14 year study, 140 of the 60,524 developed pancreatic cancer. It was found that those who drank 2 or more soft drinks per week increased their risk of pancreatic cancer by 87%.
Mark Pereria has stated that he believes these findings would apply elsewhere in the world. Other notable facts are that tumour cells use more glucose than other cells, and further more that one 12-ounce can of non-diet soda can contain around 130 calories, pretty much all of them being from sugar.
Its quite clear now from research that Sugar and glucose feed Cancer and we believe eating high amounts of sugary foods is very dangerous, not only to a cancer patient but to a normal healthy person. We believe cutting out Sugar and glucose is a vital part of starving cancer, and as a result may increase chances of survival.
Milk – There is still contrasting research regarding the consumption of milk and its link to Cancer. Research has potentially shown a link between drinking low-fat or non-fat milk which may increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer, though calcium and vitamin D intake appear to have very little impact according to two recent studies. The main trend is men living in countries with high diary consumption have a higher risk of prostate cancer than those who live in countries with lower diary consumption. It is advised to consume raw milk over pasteurized due to a compound known as betacellulin, a study found this may stimulate the growth of cancer cells in the body. Unfortunately this daily consumed food can also cause the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus, so as a result by cutting of milk and trying to substitute it with unsweetened soy milk, the cancer cells will starve.
2) Avoid Exposures to Cancer Causing Elements
It’s been known for many years that certain radiation exposures and chemicals can cause cancer. According to the American Cancer Society – ionizing radiation from gamma rays, X-Rays and UV Rays can be linked to cancers of the Stomach, Breast, Skin and Lung.
3) Get Screened for Cancer on a Regular basis
In this day and age you can get screen tested for cancers of the prostate, Colon, Breast, cervix and Skin. (Consult your doctor for information on how often you need them at your age). It doesn’t matter whether you have symptoms or not, any chance of finding cancer early is worth taking as it can greatly increase treatment success and survival rate. The most common screen tests include Physical Exams, Imaging and x-Rays, Blood tests and genetic tests.
4) Don’t Smoke
Smoking or use of any tobacco products can contribute to causing a host of cancers, including cancer of the lung, mouth, oesophagus, throat, stomach and pancreas. In the United States it’s currently the leading cause of premature, preventable death.
5) Protect your Skin from the Sun
If ultraviolet rays are able to damage the skins DNA then they can causes genetic mutations which in turn can lead to skin cancer. Don’t exposure your skin to the suns powerful rays, instead when outdoors make sure you wear sun screen (the higher the SPF the better). Remember to keep covered up with suitable head wear and Sunglasses.
6) Don’t let your BMI go over 25
By keeping your weight within the advised guidelines you can effectively reduce risk of cancers such as endometrial, esophageal, renal, gall bladder, and thyroid and colon cancers. It’s advised to try and stay within 10 pounds of the weight you were when you were aged 18.
7) Do Keep a positive State of Mind
In some cases cancer can be a disease of the mind, body and spirit. As a result it’s important to maintain a proactive and positive spirit when fighting cancer. Harbouring anger, being unforgiving and bitterness can put the body into an acidic environment. By learning to love and forgive, you can keep a positive mind set and relax and enjoy life.
8) Limit Tea and Coffee & Chocolate Consumption
All of the three above contain high sugar and caffeine levels. Try an alternative such as green tea with its anti cancer fighting properties. Also when drinking water try to ensure the water you are drinking is filtered to avoid toxins and metals found in tap water. Distilled water is acidic so it’s best to avoid.
9) Get plenty of exercise
As well as all the other health benefits of exercising every day, cancer cells are unable to survive in an oxygenated environment. By Exercising everyday and using deep breathing techniques you can get more oxygen down to the cellular level which can help prevent cancer.
10) Don’t Avoid Supplements
Certain supplements can build up the immune system and help enable the bodies killers cells which can eliminate cancer cells. These supplements can include Vitamins, Minerals, EFA’s, Anti-oxidants, Essiac, Flor-ssence, IP6.