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My Disease Prevention Plan

Updated on June 5, 2016
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Rosie is a library media specialist. An avid reader and life-long learner, Rosie enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise in many areas.

"About half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes." ~Cancer.org

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Risk of Disease

As we age, the risk of disease increases. There are many life-threatening illnesses that can ravage our minds and bodies. Cancer is by far the culprit most people seem to be touched by. We can all say that we know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, and we can probably also include that we know someone who has died not long after being diagnosed with cancer.

Having a family history of various cancers on both sides of my family puts me at an even higher risk of getting cancer. I feel I am an easy target and after numerous hours of reading and research, I strongly believe that there are natural means by which I can greatly reduce my risk of getting cancer.

The Future

According to the American Cancer Society,

"In 2015, about 589,430 Americans are expected to die of cancer, or about 1,620 people per day."

"Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease, and accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths."

Facts About Cancer

According to the World Health Organization:

  • There were approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths in 2012.New cases are expected to rise by about 70% over the next 20 years.
  • For men, the 5 most common sites of cancer diagnosed in 2012 were lung, prostate, colorectum, stomach, and liver cancer.
  • For women, the 5 most common sites diagnosed were breast, colorectum, lung, cervix, and stomach cancer.
  • Around one-third of cancer deaths are due to high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, alcohol use.-
  • Tobacco use causes around 20% of worldwide cancer deaths and around 70% of lung cancer deaths.
  • Viral infections such as HBV/HCV and HPV are responsible for up to 20% of cancer deaths in low- and middle-income countries.
  • More than 60% of world’s total new annual cases occur in Africa, Asia and Central and South America. These regions account for 70% of the world’s cancer deaths.
  • It is expected that annual cancer cases will rise from 14 million in 2012 to 22 within the next 20 years.

A Book That Will Make You Think About Our Current Cancer Treatments and Other Possible Alternatives

Chemotherapy

It seems that regardless of the risk factors we have individually, we are all at a high risk of getting cancer. Whether it is hereditary, environmental, or related to our lifestyle habits, we can all agree that getting cancer is a concern.

For this reason, it is time to use prevention as a weapon for fighting back. Why should we wait to get cancer and then rely on treatment? The cancer treatments available today seem to be very risky and quite frankly, they scare me more than cancer itself. According to Chris Wark www.Chrisbeatcancer.com, the problems with chemotherapy are:

-It causes permanent damage throughout the body

-It destroys your immune system, which is the most critical component in getting well.

-It is a highly toxic carcinogen that can cause secondary cancers throughout the body.

-The reports of its effectiveness are grossly exaggerated.

According to CancerTutor.com, chemotherapy is fraught with risks and side effects. "Put simply, chemotherapy is an intravenously administered poison that kills all living matter. Repeated chemotherapy and repeated radiation treatments kill the whole body by degrees.


My Plan

Give up white table sugar. Cancer feeds on sugar, according to many sources such as BeatCancer.org so I have almost entirely eliminated white table sugar from my diet. Sugar is in a lot of foods, so I am reading labels carefully now and while I am not completely sugar-free, I am much closer to that goal than ever before. I am not giving up foods such as berries that naturally contain sugar. Many doctors have pointed out that it is counterproductive to give up all foods that naturally contain sugar.

No soda. Soda is loaded with sugar, so this only makes sense. In addition, soda has other unhealthy ingredients that will also be good not to have. According to MedicalDaily.com, "The high fructose corn syrup — a cheap replacement for cane sugar — has been associated with increased risk of metabolic syndrome, which leads to diabetes and heart disease." Other health risks from being chronic soda drinkers include, "kidney problems, reproductive issues, osteoporosis, asthma, and bad teeth with dissolved tooth enamel."

Glass only - no plastic. It has now become common knowledge that the chemicals emitted from plastic are dangerous. This is something I wish I had known much earlier. My cabinets would be filled with nonplastic items instead of ones that are dangerous to my health. I would have developed a habit of purchasing foods prepackaged in nonplastic containers, and most of all I would have never heated plastic containers in the microwave. To learn more about the hazards of plastic, visit EcologyCenter.org.

Microwave less. We have become very reliant on the microwave. I try to use it less now that I know it puts me at risk. According to SafeSpace.org and several other sources, microwaves can be a huge potential hazard. Not only are they considered hazardous when leaking, they may damage the food they heat by "destroying and deforming food molecules".

Buy organic produce. These are expensive but when I think about the idea of swallowing pesticides, I think that the cost is worth it. Now that I am eating healthier, I am also no longer spending money on expensive snack foods with no nutritional value.

Daily green smoothies. Kale, broccoli, spinach....all taste amazing when mixed with berries in a blender. The health benefits are felt immediately. This one is a no-brainer. It is also super easy to add other beneficial foods such as hemp seed, flax seed, chia, turmeric, ginger and more.

Daily turmeric and ginger intake. Both of these have amazing healing properties, anti-inflammatory being the super power I need. I love their flavors, whether mixed in a smoothie or added to meals, they are both delicious. Google the benefits of turmeric or ginger, and you will want to add them to your diet immediately!

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All natural cleaners. These are addictive once tried. Super easy to make and fun to use, natural cleaners are the way to go. Check out my hub on natural cleaners for quick and easy solutions, Healthy Natural Green House Cleaning Solutions.

20 minutes of cardio exercise daily. Once I made it through a week, I have never looked back. I am addicted to 20 minutes of walking daily, either inside on an elliptical machine or outside walking my dog. Ever since vacationing with my now 72-year-old mother and seeing her on a treadmill for 20 minutes each morning, I know I have no excuses. Reasonable sun exposure. The sun is my friend, as long as I am exposed to it in moderation. Vitamin D is essential to our health and it is easily attained with reasonable sun exposure. My mood is also greatly affected by a healthy dose of sunshine.

Stress reduced environment. Stress causes damage to our bodies and it should be reduced as much as possible. I have worked towards having a job that I greatly enjoy and have surrounded myself with people who are loving and caring individuals. I have amazing pets as well. These things are the most important.

Read daily. Of course as a librarian, I advocate reading. But really reading is extremely beneficial to our emotional and physical well-being. Reading has been proven to reduce stress, prevent mental deterioration, make us more empathetic and caring individuals, and of course makes us smarter. (HuffingtonPost.com)

Did You Know These Famous People Died of Cancer?

MALES
FEMALES
David Bowie
Jessica Tandy
John Wayne
Audrey Hepburn
Patrick Swayze
Farah Fawcett
Paul Newman
Karen Black
Frank Sinatra
Elizabeth Montgomery
Walt Disney
Bette Davis

"The information in this article is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Always consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your condition."

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    • Rosie writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosie writes 

      2 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you for sharing your friend's story! I have heard and read several similar stories of people ch0osing to forego chemotherapy with success. I hope I will never be faced with the choice but am going to do learn all I can in the meantime. I am so happy to hear that you are inspired by my hub - that is the highest honor I could receive. Best wishes to a healthy future!

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      Donna Herron 

      2 years ago from USA

      I have a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer about 3 years ago. She chose to forego chemo and change her diet to fight her cancer. She is following a similar plan to what you've laid out here - avoiding sugar, getting exercise daily, adding vegetables to her diet through juicing. She is doing great! Although I think everyone's health and options are different, I think following a healthier diet would benefit everyone. You've inspired me to cut down on my sugar intake and eat healthier. Great, well-thought hub!

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