Living the AntiCancer Way

All of us have cancer cells in our bodies. Here are ways to (hopefully) prevent the disease from developing.

David Servan-Schreiber, doctor and author of Anticancer, explains how we all have cancer cells in our bodies but not all of us will develop the disease. While the book explores Servan-Schreiber’s own experiences with cancer, it also discusses many of the ways available for people to fight or prevent it from developing. In these tips adapted from the book, here are simple ways to change your lifestyle and empower yourself with a few tools to resist the disease.

Protect yourself

Avoid products containing industrial chemicals whenever possible:
• Air out your dry-cleaned clothing
• Avoid pesticides and insecticides
• Avoid chemical cleaning products
• Avoid skin contact with aluminum
• Avoid parabens and phthalates in cosmetic products
• Avoid skin-care products that contain estrogens or placental by-products

Improve your diet
• Eat grass-fed organic animal products: meat, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs
• Reduce your intake of sugar, white flour, products containing omega-6s (sunflower oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, margarines, hydrogenated fats, nonorganic animal fats)
• Increase your omega-3 intake (fish, and grass or linseedfed animal products)
• Increase your intake of anticancer products (turmeric, green tea, soy, fruits, vegetables)
• Filter tap water: use a carbon filter or an inverse osmosis filter, or drink mineral or spring water

Add some activity
• Perform 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity per day
• Expose yourself to sunlight for 20 minutes each day
• Practice a method of relaxation and self-centering (yoga, cardiac coherence, meditation, qigong, tai chi)

Better food choices
Almonds are filled with vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Not only will one handful a day lower bad cholesterol and increase heart health, almonds can also prevent colon cancer cell growth, and suppress tumors in lung, breast, and prostate cancer.
Green Tea‘s antioxidants – catechins — can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, reduce the number and size of tumors, and help to prevent stomach and esophageal cancers.
Dark Chocolate with a high density of cocoa can prevent blood clots, lower bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, and increase heart health. It can also increase resistance to breast cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer.
Stevia, a naturally sweet and noncaloric herb, has a negligible effect on blood sugar, making it especially appealing to diabetics. Stir it into your tea or coffee for a pick-me-up without the sugar crash.

An Anticancer breathing break
Begin by sitting comfortably with your back straight. With your attention focused, take two deep, slow breaths. A sensation of comfort, lightness, and wellbeing will settle into your chest and shoulders. Let your attention rest on your breath, accompanying the sensation of each intake of air and its long exhalation. Pause. Learn to sink into this pause. It’s often while resting briefly that you feel in most intimate contact with your body. With practice, you can feel your heart beating. At the end of the pause, notice a tiny spark light up and set off a new cycle of breath. This is the spark of life, which is always in us and which, through this process of attention and relaxation, you may discover for the first time.

From Anticancer: A New Way of Life. Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Copyright © 2008 by David Servan-Schreiber. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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