(NaturalNews) Cancer statistics are mind boggling. Although the final numbers are not in yet, the American Cancer Society estimates the U.S. death toll from cancer in 2008 will be 565,650 people. About one third of these deaths are related to excessive weight or obesity, physical inactivity, and nutrition. About 1,437,180 new cancer cases were reported in 2008. The lifetime risk of developing cancer for men in the U.S. is a staggering 1 in 2. For women the statistic is 1 in 3. The country's population contains 10.8 million people who have had cancer at one time in their lives and are still living. Some of these are classified as cancer free, while others still have evidence of the disease and may be undergoing treatment. Now more than ever, it is critical to take steps to make sure you are not among the swelling numbers. Here are five more steps to avoiding this most dreaded disease.
Add anti-cancer compounds to your diet
Have you ever sat outside an office building or hospital where traditional medicine is practiced? If so, you have undoubtedly noticed the condition of the people going in and out. They are a graphic portrayal of what unhealthy people look like, and a glaring testimonial to the failure of medicine as practiced in the U.S. today. These people are receiving care from the great American medical system, but they look terrible. Their faces portray their misery, their bodies are contorted, and they move as though their cellular energy is about to flicker out. Traditional medicine ruins cellular energy.
The Western diet does not do much to enhance cellular energy either. Much of the food eaten involves the cooking or boiling of oils. The consumption of such foods lowers the voltage in the cells, depriving them of the energy they need for proper division and replication of DNA. The successful completion of cell division and DNA replication is critical to the avoidance of cancer. Omega 3 fatty acids help insure cells divide and DNA replicates without a hitch. Omega 3 fatty acids are also necessary for healthy blood to be able to carry needed oxygen to the cells because cancer cannot thrive in cells that are fully oxygenated.
One primary source for omega 3 fats that enhance cellular energy and function is fatty wild caught ocean fish, such as salmon. An alternative to eating fish is supplementing with high quality fish oil containing high amounts of omega 3s. Norwegian Cod liver oil supplies cancer stopping vitamins A and D along with small amounts of omega 3 fats.
Flax oil mixed with sulfurated protein such as organic cottage cheese is a proven and documented cancer preventative and cure. The works of Dr. Johanna Budwig documenting the cures she performed with a bottle of flax oil and a carton of quark, a European cheese similar to cottage cheese, are readily available from online booksellers. Johanna cured hundreds of cancer victims who had been sent home to die, and was nominated for several Nobel Prizes. Yet our traditional doctors have never heard of the Budwig protocol. Mix a tablespoon of organic flax oil for each 100 pounds of body weight into a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of organic cottage cheese until it is bonded and no oil is left standing. What you will have then is the most proven, highly documented cancer cure and preventative on earth. It's just that simple.
This mixture of electron rich fats from flax oil with sulphurated protein from cottage cheese creates water solubility allowing electrons from the flax oil to be carried right into the cells to reenergize and oxygenate them. When cells are energized and oxygenated, cancer cannot get started and any tumors that are there melt away.
Vitamin D is another powerful cancer preventative. Studies are popping up almost daily about the wonders of this vitamin in preventing and treating breast, lung, prostate, skin, and other cancers as well as lymphoma. Almost all Americans are deficient in vitamin D because they have been manipulated by corporate interests to stay out of the sun and apply toxic sunscreen to their bodies. Sun exposure is the best way to get vitamin D, but since this is not always possible, supplements of cod liver oil or vitamin D 3 are an alternative. There is not enough vitamin D in fortified dairy foods to make a dent in vitamin D needs. Vitamin D occurs naturally in salmon, tuna and other fatty fish, and organic butter fat.
Several studies have shown that people with high vitamin D levels have lower rates of cancer. Vitamin D stifles abnormal cell growth, helps cells die when they are supposed to, and curbs formation of blood vessels that feed tumors.
One good way to make sure you get any nutrient in which you might be deficient is to use whole food supplements that contain most or all nutrients. Taking isolated nutrients crammed into a multivitamin capsule offers nowhere near the same level of nutrition. One of the best of these is bee pollen, nature's whole food supplement that provides complete nutrition. In bee pollen these nutrients exist in perfect synergy enhancing each other to the fullest and creating high bioavailability. Bee pollen has been shown in studies to prevent and treat cancer. Avoid low quality bee pollen tablets because many of the nutrients are compromised in their processing. Choose bee pollen granules, preferably locally produced, that can be eaten by the spoonful. Chlorella, spirulina and alfalfa also offer broad based whole food nutritional support and are super immune system boosting cancer fighters. Drink organic green tea, and spice up your food with turmeric and other herbs and spices. Have a glass of red wine every day and enjoy cancer prevention.
Supplements of DIM, and chrysin combined with bioperine help keep estrogen ratios and processing at healthy levels. Saw Palmetto helps keep the conversion of testosterone to DHT at a minimum. To find out if any of these supplements are needed, see a physician who specializes in anti-aging medicine or hormone balancing for testing of hormone levels. If this is not possible, there are several labs that perform saliva testing by mail that can be found online. They supply a test kit for providing samples, and a complete report of their findings along with recommendations. Remember that hormonal harmony is one of the best defenses against cancer.
Get a handle on stress
It seems like stress is the number one gross national product, and these days stress levels for most Americans have been turned up one more notch. A little stress is good as an energy booster. Too much stress results in a continuous cortisol response in the body. Cortisol is the 'fight or flight' hormone produced in the adrenal glands. It's great to have high cortisol when we need to run away from a tiger. But continuously high levels in response to continuous stress produce weight gain and digestive issues, two high risk factors for cancer.
Hundreds of studies have documented how stress impacts the immune systems and compromises its ability to fight off foreign invaders and aberrant cells. In a recent study, norepinephrine, another stress hormone, was shown to increase cell proliferation, induce interleukin-6, and vascular endothelial growth factor, all believed to promote cancer. Researchers have found that supforaphane, a compound found in high amounts in broccoli sprouts inhibited this process. Sulphoraphane is found in lesser amounts in all the cruciferous vegetables.
Hormone balancing and omega 3 fats are also highly effective treatments for getting stress under control, even if there is no escape from the stressful situation. Having an activity you enjoy can offer stress-free periods in an otherwise stressful day.
Exercise sends a power message about who you are
When we laugh, dance, run, jump, and play we are sending a message to ourselves and to Mother Nature. This message says we are young, robust and full of life. It is a message that implies the ability to reproduce. The repercussions of this message are considerable to our overall health and the joy we get from being alive.
Of course, exercise is also good for the lymph system, the drainage system the body has for removing waste. When waste builds up inside the body it weakens the immune system, making it easier for cancer. A lymph system that is not flowing as it should increases toxic build up in all the organs and systems, and ends up dragging down the entire body. Breast cancer, lymphatic cancer and lymphoma are often the result of a clogged lymph system.
The lymph has no pump to keep it moving. It depends on physical movement to create the force to keep lymph fluid freely flowing. When people are sedentary, there is little movement of lymph and problems begin. Even when a person is unable to exercise because of having a job that requires sitting in a chair all day, lymph can be gotten moving by taking a walk around the building or jumping up and down in place. Doing this for a few minutes every hour allows the lymph system to do its job. Improved mental focus and energy level is the result. Keeping lymph moving sends a message that you really are still alive after all.
Moving the lower part of your body is great, but don't forget about your upper half. Most of the filtering of lymph fluid takes place in the upper part of the body. Get up and fling your arms around for a few minutes to get lymph moving. Orchestra leaders have the greatest longevity of any group of people.
Yoga is a wonderful exercise for the cancer conscious. The deep stretches of yoga flush out toxins from joints, and since yoga is a total body workout it really gets the lymph system moving. The deep breathing taught by the yoga masters sends massive amounts of oxygen to the cells to chase away any forming tumors. Yoga is great for fat burning too.
Find an exercise that is enjoyable, and commit to it. Pretty soon exercise will become second nature and you won't want a day to go by without it because it makes you feel so good. There is nothing like exercise for stress relief, and for a time to let thoughts flow freely. Exercise improves mood and outlook on life.
Sit in the sun whenever possible
The sun is the orchestra leader for the dance of life. Every living thing on earth vibrates to the energy of the sun, including people. For a long time people have been victims of a huge scam that made them think they were supposed to hide indoors or under a blanket of sunscreen while the rest of life basked in the glory of the sun. Now they are catching on that they too need the sun's life giving force.
The positive effect of the sun on the body is due in part to photons in sunlight which are the purest from of energy. That people are meant to be in relationship with the sun is indicated by their high level of photons that concentrate the energy of the sun in the cells of the body. This concentration is improved by eating the flax oil, cottage mixture that is the Budwig protocol, because the mixture helps attract the electromagnetic waves of the sun
Frolic in the sun to your heart's content. Just be careful not to get sunburned, as sunburn produces free radicals that promote aging.
Get a good night's sleep (that's 8 hours or more)
Remember when you were a youngster and your parents made you go to bed shortly after dark and you slept for 9 or 10 hours? You woke up full of energy, vim and vigor. This could be you again if you will only go to bed. Going to bed shortly after dark is the key to reestablishing the circadian rhythm of life and a way to get back in sync with nature.
Hitting the sack two or three hours before midnight gives the body a chance to complete the melatonin, prolactin cycle so essential for maintaining a healthy immune system and fighting cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, three hours of melatonin production followed by six hours of prolactin production is what is necessary to achieve a fully functioning immune system that produces adequate T-cells and Natural Killer cells. Chronic lack of sleep results in exhaustion, depression, weight gain, and stress. These are the perfect conditions for cancer to begin.
Taking a sleeping drug may produce a stupor that resembles sleep but it is not sleep. None of the required body maintenance gets accomplished in this drug induced state, so a sleeping pill is a real waste of time. Sleep is critical to well being, but almost impossible if you are hormonally out of balance. Instead of asking for a prescription for a sleeping drug, find a doctor that specializes in hormone balancing or anti-aging medicine.
It's important to get these Z's in a room that is completely dark. Even the tiniest bit of light can cause melatonin production to cease and cortisol levels to rise. Obviously this precludes going to sleep with the TV on, and midnight raids on the refrigerator.
A cancer diagnosis is the worst moment in a person's life
The cancer industry is big business at its worst. It recruits patients by telling them the lie that they have no control over whether or not they get cancer. The cancer establishment likes to have people think that cancer is a magical disease that comes out of nowhere and randomly singles them out. It wants everyone to believe there will be no cure for the disease until the drug industry magically finds one. This will never happen because the drug industry benefits from people having cancer, just as the cancer establishment does.
Those who have been diagnosed with cancer say it was the worst moment of their life, not because they were afraid of death, but because of the treatments. A diagnosis of cancer is so terrifying that it strips people physically, mentally and emotionally, leaving them just where the cancer industry wants them. Vulnerable. In a vulnerable state most people will agree to do as they are told.
The cancer industry depends on this vulnerability turning people into patients who think if they do not do as they are told, right away and always, they are doomed. Fear is the mother's milk of the cancer industry. This is why cancer doctors love to quote statistics that frighten and bewilder. And this is why cancer treatments are so torturous and scary. As long as the cancer industry has people too scared to think straight it has a steady stream of dependable revenue.
More people die from the treatments for cancer than of cancer itself. The treatments destroy the immune system and organs so that people may remain alive for awhile but will never achieve good health again. For them life becomes a constant battle against other diseases and the side effects of the toxic treatments and follow up. Radiation and chemicals cause cancer. They can never cure it.
Cancer really can be prevented and cured
People can prevent cancer and cure it. This has been proven and the scientific case studies are there. Hormonal imbalance, chemicalization, lack of proper nutrition, unhealthy digestive tract, reliance on drugs, too much stress, lack of exercise, and not enough sleep have all been shown to cause cancer. People who choose to address these areas of their lives will be on their way to living long, happy lives that are cancer free.
Barbara is a school psychologist, a published author in the area of personal finance, a breast cancer survivor using "alternative" treatments, a born existentialist, and a student of nature and all things natural.