Today on mercola.com was an article posted by Dr. Mercola about why the war on cancer is failing. I couldn’t agree more. The key is prevention. I know there are a lot of medical doctors out there that truly care about their patients health but they are part of a model that is failing and just telling someone to eat healthy is not sufficient advice for these patients. If you asked patients to define what they think healthy eating is it’s surprising. Well no it’s actually not surprising because today’s advertising would lead you to think that following the food guide pyramid is healthy or that eating processed foods like healthy choice meals is a good thing. Advertising is deceptive and many are confused. The truth is that educating people to where they have a change in their mindset or beliefs is the only way we are ever going to make a difference. As long as toxic overload from the environment we live in, the foods we eat, the stress we endure, etc continues we will continue to see the epidemic health problems we see today. And its not just on that front that we need to educate people. The vast majority of drugs used to fight these diseases and health conditions don’t work! They just don’t. For example the number one selling drug for the longest time has been lipitor. It is the mother of all drugs, its the wonder drug to protect you from cardiovascular disease. Well the big question is then, wait for it, why isn’t it. The rate of cardiovascular disease in the united states is not dropping, its increasing! And the deaths from cardiovascular disease are not dropping. They are increasing! Maybe I’m a little off but isn’t it logical that if it was working those numbers would be decreasing? The other big concern with statin drugs and the bigger question to me comes from looking at the deaths associated with those drugs and the massive list of side effects that accompany taking these drugs. If statin drugs are not changing the rate of cardiovascular disease, and or the number of deaths and age at which people die from it, then why would we subject people to taking that drug and risk all the side effects associated with it let alone risk of death from the drug itself ? That is the question I have. I know sorry a little tangent there. But my point is whether it’s cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, adhd, arthritis, or whatever the list goes on, the solution is prevention! The solution is decreasing the toxic overload, the stress overload, and educating people about prevention. Below is Dr Mercola’s list.
You can do a lot, right now, to significantly decrease your cancer risk. Even the conservative American Cancer Society states that one-third of cancer deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying excess weight. So making the following healthy lifestyle changes can go a very long way toward ending the failure-streak and becoming one less statistic in this war against cancer:
Normalize your vitamin D levels with safe amounts of sun exposure. This works primarily by optimizing your vitamin D level. Ideally, monitor your vitamin D levels throughout the year.
Control your insulin levels by limiting your intake of processed foods and sugars/fructose as much as possible.
Get appropriate amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats.
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.
Eat according to your nutritional 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.
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. My particular favorite tool for this purpose, as you may know, is the Emotional Freedom Technique.
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. Cruciferous vegetables in particular have been identified as having potent anti-cancer properties. Remember that carb nutritional types may need up to 300 percent more vegetables than protein nutritional types.
Maintain an ideal body weight.
Get enough high-quality sleep.
Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and air pollution.
Reduce your use of cell phones and other wireless technologies, and implement as many safety strategies as possible if/when you cannot avoid their use.
Boil, poach or steam your foods, rather than frying or charbroiling them.