Approximately two million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. In the early 1900s, one in 20 people developed cancer. In the 1940s, this number increased to one in 16 people and in the 1970s, one in 10 people were diagnosed with cancer. Today, the statistics say that one in three people develop cancer. (1)
It appears that Western medicine is no closer to eradicating cancer. Because of this, some people struggle with deciding on the best method of treatment for cancer. Seeking out a health professional that holds an M.D. and D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) may provide a blend of treatment outside of western medicine. A D.O. will often use biomedicine, allopathic, Western, mainstream, orthodox, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. If seeking health treatment, it is important to make informed decisions. (2)
How many of these cancer prevention lifestyle changes are you doing?
It’s never too late to make lifestyle changes designed to prevent cancer. The following are 12 cancer prevention lifestyle rules that may help:
- Food preparation: Eat at least one third of foods raw. Add cancer-fighting foods, herbs and spices to your diet.
- Reduce and eliminate processed foods, sugar/fructose and grain-based foods. These foods feed cancer cells and promote growth.
- Eat one gram of protein per kilogram of lean body weight and replace excess proteins with high quality fats, such as avocados or coconut oil.
- Avoid GMOs that are treated with glyphosate and eat locally grown organic foods.
- Balance out ratio of omega-3s to omega-6 fatty acids by taking good quality supplement and reducing intake of processed vegetable oils.
- Increase gut flora with high quality probiotic in order to reduce inflammation and strengthen the immune system.
- Exercise lowers insulin levels and discourages growth and spread of cancer.
- Research has shown that Vitamin D can decrease your risk of cancer by more than half.
- Get good quality restorative sleep.
- Reduce exposure to environmental toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, household cleansers, synthetic air fresheners, and cosmetics.
- Limit radiation exposure from cell phones, Wi-Fi stations, x-rays and CT scans.
- Manage stress in a healthy way and work through unresolved emotional issues. (1)
Research shows resveratrol and quercetin may be the next breakthrough in cancer treatment!
The good news is that there continues to be promising research in regards to resveratrol and quercetin for cancer treatment. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant found in red wine and other foods. Quercetin is an antioxidant found in capers, berries, fruits, vegetables and leafy greens. (3)
New research from Oregon State University developed a system to increase bioavailability of these compounds, making them water soluble and injecting them into the blood stream. This created levels in the blood that are higher than what could be consumed. (3)
This treatment reduced the cardiac toxicity that results from cancer drug, Adriamycin. Research has already shown that resveratrol and quercetin are safe to use in high concentrations in the body. This treatment could be used as a part of complementary or alternative medicine as it may lower risk of using already existing drugs. Plus, these polyphenols on their own also have anti-cancer properties. (3)
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