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Preventing Cancer, Not Getting Rid of Symptoms

Western medicine, as we all know, is focused on getting rid of symptoms. You have a cold? Well, you take cold medicine to get rid of your runny nose, soothe your scratchy throat, etc. You have cancer? Well, let’s figure out where the cancer cells are and get rid of them. There are many methods: radiation, surgery and chemotherapy. All of these methods are used to get rid of cancer. Now, are these methods good for preventing cancer? I don’t think so and here are my thoughts. BTW, I am not a doctor and am not involved in the health field in any way. I’m just an average person trying to find out what the best way is to prevent cancer. And in the event that one is diagnosed with cancer, I want to figure out what is the best way to cure cancer and not simply to get rid of the symptoms. Here we go:

From Dr. Mercola: He provides 11 steps in preventing cancer (my comments):

1. Control your insulin levels: Make certain that you limit your intake of processed foods and sugars as much as possible. (Completely eliminate processed foods and sugar if at all possible. When foods are processed they are processed using mechanical devices and involves a variety of chemicals that are not necessarily good for you.)

2. Get appropriate amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats and make sure you use cod liver oil if you don’t have regular access to sun exposure. (Most of us work inside buildings during the day, so we have limited exposure to the sun. But we all have our lunch break. Take that opportunity to go outside, eat, and go for a walk.)

3. Get appropriate exercise. One of the primary reasons exercise works is that it drives your insulin levels down. Controlling insulin levels is one of the most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risks. (Walk as much as you can. And the best way to walk to places is to give yourself enough time to do things. I always find myself getting in the car when I don’t have enough time.)

4. Normalize your vitamin D levels with safe amounts of sun exposure. This works primarily by optimizing your vitamin D level. If you have regular access to sun exposure then you should use fish oil, not cod liver oil, as your primary source of omega-3 fats. Ideally, it would be best to monitor your vitamin D levels.

5. Eat according to your metabolic type. The potent anti-cancer effects of this principle are very much underappreciated. When we treat cancer patients in our clinic this is one of the most powerful anti-cancer strategies we have. Your body was designed for a certain correct type of fuel: a certain correct blend of the right food types. The further you deviate from this ideal, the more health problems are likely. That is why some of the sickest people I see in my practice are those who are “designed” to be eating high-proteins foods but have decided to be vegetarians. Conversely, carb types who choose to eat high amounts of meats also don’t do very well. There are three types: protein, carb, mixed. Protein types do better on low-carbohydrate, high-protein and high-fat diets. A typical ratio might be 40 percent protein and 30 percent each of fats and carbohydrates, but the amounts could easily shift to 50 percent fats and as little as 10 percent carbohydrates depending on individual genetic requirements. Carb types normally feel best when the majority of their food is carbohydrate. However, just as we only have one word for snow while the Eskimos have many more, we only have one word for carbs while there are actually different types. There is a major difference between vegetables and grains and yet they are both referenced as “carbs.” In general, you first start by eating the proportions of proteins, fats and carbs according to your taste and appetite. Next, analyze your reactions to your meal and discover how well you did in selecting the right ratios for yourself. A table to help you do this is provided below so you can take a look, and this table is also included in the book. Finally, if you did not react optimally to your meal, change the ratios the next time you eat that meal and again analyze your reactions. In this way you can fine-tune each meal to the ratios of proteins, fats and carbs that are just right for you. As an example of how the ratios can make a difference, I used to have a salad with some meat in it for lunch. However, several hours later I would feel absolutely famished, and I could not make it through the afternoon without strong food cravings. Then I realized I needed far more fat in my diet, in my case about 40 percent. Once I increased my fat intake my cravings disappeared. Remember that you should feel terrific one hour after you eat. If you are still having food cravings or your energy level is lower, these are giant clues that you are likely not eating appropriately for your Nutritional Type™. Source: Nutritional Typing Diet

6. Have a tool to permanently erase the neurological short-circuiting that can activate cancer genes. Even the CDC states that 85 percent of disease is caused by emotions. It is likely that this factor may be more important than all the other physical ones listed here, so make sure this is addressed. Energy psychology seems to be one of the best approaches and my particular favorite tool, as you may know, is the Emotional Freedom Technique. (There are several books out that enlightens us to the power of our thoughts. The most read book in history, the Bible, also talks about “renewing our minds” as a precursor to renewing our lives! We must believe with all of our mind, strength and heart that we will be healthy until the day we die and work toward that goal.)

7. Only 25 percent of people eat enough vegetables, so by all means eat as many vegetables as you are comfortable with. Ideally, they should be fresh and organic. However, please understand that, frequently, fresh conventionally grown vegetables are healthier than organic ones that are older and wilted in the grocery store. They are certainly better than no vegetables at all, so don’t use that as an excuse. If you are a carb metabolic type you may need up to 300 percent more vegetables than a protein metabolic type. (Purchase veggies to be eaten that day. Although it becomes really hard to go grocery shopping everyday, it is a good way to get exposure to the sun, exercise and eat healthy foods.)

8. Make sure you are not in the two-thirds of the population who are overweight and maintain an ideal body weight. (Do not be overly obsessed with your weight, but make sure you are within the normal range taking in consideration your build and muscle mass.)

9. Get enough high-quality sleep. (This means about 10pm to 6-7am. If you absolutely must work during the night and sleep during the day, make sure the room that you sleep in is completely dark!)

10. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and air pollution. (I would avoid living in areas that have little to no trees.)

11. Boil, poach or steam your foods, rather than frying or charbroiling them. (This is not only easy to cook and good for you but easy to clean!)

You can find more information about health in general at www.mercola.com.

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