We all know someone that has been diagnosed with cancer, is going through cancer treatments, experiencing a recurrence of cancer, surviving cancer, or dying from cancer.
I’m pretty sure cancer has touched almost everyone on the planet in some way, including my own family.
You can read more about that here: Honoring My Mother’s Journey.
This disease and its influence are everywhere that humans are.
Cancer is not a modern disease it has been around for a long time.
The earliest known descriptions of cancer appear in papyri from Ancient Egypt around 1600 BC.
But, what is new about cancer are the staggering statistics of occurrence and the way cancer is treated.
Humans, being the productive creatures we are, have built an entire industry that thrives on diagnosing and treating cancer of all kinds. Making it a multi-billion-dollar industry.
Disease, especially cancer, is highly profitable and useful for boosting our economy, but not so good for boosting morale or helping us create an enjoyable bodily experience while we are here.
Since cancer is not a new disease, and it’s basically everywhere affecting everyone, what can we do to prevent it and heal it naturally?
Well, contrary to what the fear-mongers in the cancer industry recommend (diagnose, cut, poison and burn), there is a lot we can do.
For the past few decades, the focus has been on our genes.
It was initially thought that if you have the genes for it, you were at risk for developing cancer.
But, that’s simply not true anymore and even the American Cancer Society (ACS) acknowledges this. “Although our genes influence our risk of cancer, most of the difference in cancer risk between people is due to factors that are not inherited. Avoiding tobacco products, staying at a healthy weight, staying active throughout life, and eating a healthy diet may greatly reduce a person’s lifetime risk of developing or dying from cancer.”
Your genes need a trigger (or a variety of triggers) to express themselves. Even if you have a gene for a specific cancer, that does NOT mean you are going to develop it.
With that in mind, let’s start the process of prevention by following the ACS’ lead.
Eat a Healthy Diet
We’re not talking about restrictive diets focusing solely on weight loss or the latest coo-coo for cocoa puffs food fad (all meat, no meat, high fat, low fat, all carb, no carb, all veg, no veg…).
We’re talking about a wholesome diet that includes traditional recipes that are naturally and lovingly prepared, made with the best quality ingredients you can buy.
If you are going to spend money preventing this very expensive disease, spend it wisely.
First and foremost, buy organic, pesticide-free food as often as possible. You and your family are worth it.
There is no denying the connection between pesticides and cancer.
Even the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health cited multiple studies linking a variety of cancers to exposure to pesticides, “We believe that there is enough evidence to recommend that patients reduce use of pesticides. Because most studies analyzed exposure to multiple rather than individual pesticides, our recommendation is to reduce exposure to all pesticides.”
Don’t waste your money inviting cancer into your body by eating pesticide laden-food.
This makes the best sense for prevention.
Boost Immunity Up and Keep Viral Loads Down
- Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)
- Human Papillomaviruses (HPV)
- Hepatitis B and C (HBV, HCV)
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Human Herpes Virus 8 (HHV-8)
- Human T-lymphotrophic Virus-1 (HTLV-1)
- Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV)
Some viruses are much more common than others – like EBV that infects over 90% of the world’s population.
There are many ways to minimize your risk of contracting a virus.
First and foremost, the healthier and stronger your immune system the quicker it is to react to and prevent viral infections from taking hold and/or proliferating within your system.
Below are some things to do right now:
Reduce/eliminate sugar: Eating or drinking too much sugar inhibits immune cells for a few hours. And, if you are ingesting sugar all day (as many folks are), that’s going to set your body up for a host of problems. I want to be clear that I’m not talking about sugar from fresh berries, apples, and sweet vegetables like squash and carrots that are also loaded with fiber and other nutrients. I’m talking about ding-dongs, donuts, soda, chocolate bars, candy, and other crap.
Get adequate rest: T-cells go down and inflammatory cytokines go up when we are sleep deprived. Besides impairing our immunity consistent inadequate sleep directly increases our risk of cancer. Stop binge-watching television shows and get to bed early. If you are having trouble getting to sleep try this Gnight Infusion. Or simply sip on a cup of relaxing chamomile tea to help you wind down.
Daily Exercise: The US National Library of Medicine agrees that moving your body with exercise increases immunity, but they don’t know how or why. “We do not know exactly if or how exercise increases your immunity to certain illnesses. There are several theories. However, none of these theories have been proven.”
I think it’s basic common sense, and that’s probably why they can’t figure it out. But, I’m hopeful that one day they’ll get it. Until then, just move your body on a daily basis. Movement literally moves the lymph fluids that are intimately connected with our immunity. You can read more about that here: Do you know your lymphatic system?
For those of you that are already infected with viruses of some sort (BTW – that’s the vast majority of us), below are a few of my favorite herbs to keep viral loads down.
Depending on the virus, the above herbs can be highly effective for keeping viral loads down to support your body and give it the best chance at prevention and healing.
Do some research or connect with a professional herbalist (like me) to get the right combinations.
There are many ways to get into the habit of preventing and healing cancer.
Try them all.
Want more insight and recipes?
Watch my Cooking for Cancer Prevention and Healing demo where I shared the best foods and herbs to incorporate into your diet right now to improve immunity, support your detoxification pathways, and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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