The following are what I believe are the crucial steps that can be taken to make your body as inhospitable to cancer as possible and the reasons for each step:
Step #1: Eliminate and Avoid Toxins
If you avoid toxins and eliminate toxins from your body and your home and work environments, then you will greatly decrease your chances of being diagnosed with cancer.
The wonderful Environmental Working Group website has a world of information about what products are toxic as well as information on natural and less toxic substitutes for household and other items. Another valuable resource is TTAC’s The Truth About Detox program.
Step #2: Ensure You Have a Healthy Liver
Famed alternative cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Max Gerson observed that he never found a single cancer patient who did not also have an impaired liver. The liver is the body’s main organ for removing toxins. When the liver is healthy and its bile ducts are unimpaired, toxins are efficiently processed and eliminated from the body. When the liver is impaired, toxins can be recirculated throughout the body via the bloodstream or be stored in the liver.
To this day, the Gerson clinics insist on regular coffee enemas to help keep the bile ducts open and freely flowing. Note that coffee enemas also increase the natural production of glutathione (the “master antioxidant”), which is essential in beating and warding off cancer.
To make sure that your liver is healthy, regularly conduct liver and gallbladder cleanses and take key supplements. Milk thistle (silymarin) has been certified by the German E Commission to be able to protect, cleanse, and regenerate the liver. Two other key supplements for liver health are selenium and alpha-lipoic acid.
Step #3: Make Sure You’re Getting Optimum Nutrition
People with nutritional deficiencies are more likely to get cancer. Likewise, as the developers of the superior Celect-Budwig anti-cancer protocol have found, people with such deficiencies are considerably more resistant to treatments which can beat cancer.
A healthy diet is essential. However, it is virtually impossible to get optimum nutrition from diet alone. This is thanks to our mineral-depleted soils and food products which have had much of the nutrition processed out and toxic additives processed in. Thus, it is pretty much impossible to get even the measly RDA amounts of the handful of vitamins and major minerals on a daily basis from diet alone.
Our bodies need and utilize a great number of nutrients besides just the handful of items on the RDA list. Plus most of us are deficient in multiple vitamins and minerals. For example, it has been variously estimated that 70 to 95 percent of us are deficient in magnesium – the “master mineral” that plays a role in over 300 body processes. Other common nutrient deficiencies include vitamins D, K2, B12, E, and A, omega-3, iodine, calcium, iron, and choline. It’s a good idea to be tested for nutritional deficiencies and then supplement as needed to address any deficiencies found.
In addition to addressing deficiencies, it’s also a very good idea to regularly take a good all-around nutritional product. Be sure to get organic, whole-food derived supplements as much as possible. Our bodies know the difference between nutrients found in nature and those created by man!
Step #4: Eat a Very Healthy Diet
Be sure to eat a very healthy, alkalizing paleo-type diet which includes plenty of fresh vegetables as well as fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, and nutrient-dense unprocessed foods. This will contribute to good health and boost the vital immune system that is your first line of natural defense against cancer and other illness. For the healthiest diet, choose organic content as much as possible and include foods which are proven immune boosters and cancer fighters.
Eating a healthy diet also means avoiding unhealthy foods which rob the body of health and which can lead to cancer. Besides avoiding junk foods, fast foods, and sugary foods and beverages, it’s also a good idea to carefully read the labels when buying packaged food items from the grocers. It has been estimated that 80% of the packaged items found on grocer’s shelves in the U.S. contain one or more ingredients which have been banned in other countries.
Use caution when buying non-organic vegetables and fruits, since they often contain harmful pesticides. Find out which ones are the worst and which are the safest by looking at the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists of the Environmental Working Group.
It’s never too late to improve your diet. A study published in 2014 in the Journal of Environmental Research found that eating an organic diet for a week reduced pesticide levels in adults by nearly 90 percent!
Step #5: Get Plenty of Regular Sunshine and Vitamin D3
The human body is designed to convert sunlight on the skin into Vitamin D3, an absolutely essential substance for avoiding and beating cancer.
Thanks in great part to the big sun scare that began a few decades ago, many millions of people avoid essential, life-giving sunshine. When they do go out in the sun, people often slather on sunscreen and sunblock products which block the healthy rays from the sun. These sunscreens also often fail to block harmful rays and, most alarmingly, often contain toxic substances which actually cause cancer.
A good rule of thumb is to get natural sunshine as often as you can and take supplemental vitamin D3 when you cannot. Avoid overexposure by seeking shade or coming inside when your skin first begins to turn pink − and note that indirect sunshine is also beneficial.
The Environmental Working Group website mentioned earlier, is an outstanding resource for finding out which sunblock and sunscreen products are the most and least toxic.
Step #6: Manage Stress and Address Unresolved Emotional Issues
Stress has been called “the silent killer” with good reason – it leads to illness and prevents recovery from illness. Many people, including this author, believe that stress and unresolved emotional issues often play critical roles in the development of cancer.
Manage stress with techniques such as yoga, other meditation, and/or employing Emotional Freedom Technique tapping exercises. Exercise also relieves stress.
Though hard to measure scientifically, unresolved emotional issues have been strongly linked to cancer. There are a number of articles, books, and self-help groups which can help address and resolve past and present emotional issues. You may also find that professional counseling is very beneficial.
Step # 7: Physical Activity
People who get regular physical activity are much healthier physically and mentally than those who don’t. Physical activity boosts the immune system and affords a stronger body that is better able to ward off cancer. It also releases chemicals called endorphins, which react with receptors in your brain to improve mood and reduce the perception of pain.
Notably, in 2010 mainstream medicine reversed decades of advice for cancer patients to avoid physical activity and instead now recommends regular physical activity.
The Final Step: Key Anti-Cancer Supplements
I firmly believe that the 7 Steps listed above can significantly reduce the odds of getting cancer. Which brings us to the final step which could further reduce your odds of getting cancer: Take key anti-cancer and immune boosting supplements.
Many supplemental items help prevent cancer and boost the immune system. In addition to vitamin D3 mentioned earlier, my favorites include turmeric, alpha-lipoic acid (which increases vital glutathione), iodine, selenium, and a good all-around medicinal mushroom supplement. I take all of those items personally. However, the top supplement I take is the same one TTAC founder Ty Bollinger and his wife took for years: oleander extract. Yes, raw oleander is poisonous, but not so when properly processed. You can find out more about the discovery and use of Oleander for cancer-fighting here.