Mainstream health experts have estimated that up to 40% of all cancer could be prevented with more immunizations against diseases that increase cancer risks and healthy changes in diet and lifestyle. Many natural health experts believe that the figure could be closer to 90% and could be achieved without the widespread immunizations called for by mainstream medicine – and point out that immunizations are themselves risk factors for cancer.
Toxins and illness, especially viral illnesses, often result in prolonged inflammation that leads to a cellular defensive response that ends up resulting in cancer. Exposure to various forms of radiation can also lead to cancer. Avoiding those causes of cancer and taking measures to prevent them from causing cancer are the keys to preventing cancer. The immune system is our natural first line against cancer and illness, including illness that leads to cancer. In order for any illness to gain a foothold, it must first defeat the immune system. Consequently, it would appear obvious that building and maintaining a healthy and robust immune system would be an essential first step in avoiding cancer. Avoiding the toxins in our air, water and food supply is a second essential for avoiding cancer and a third one is avoiding radiation.
In order to build a healthy immune system and avoid cancer causes, one should first build a healthy foundation. Keys to building a healthy foundation are replacing bad health habits such as smoking and a sedentary lifestyle with good ones and making sure that one gets all the nutrition needed for optimum health. For many of us, that means changing our diets from the unhealthy SADS diets of most Americans to one that exchanges the junk food and harmful processed food to a diet that includes mostly raw and mostly organic vegetables and fruits, as well as healthy seeds. The healthiest includes plenty of omega-3s, adequate iodine and other essentials, a minimum of processed and GMO foods, and modest portions of meat. Meat should either be cold water fish or small portions of organic free range meats that have not been subject to feed lot practices since feedlot meats are likely to contain antibiotics and growth hormones that may promote cancer. Processed meats are the unhealthiest of all.
It is virtually impossible to get even the minimum RDA of all essential nutrients from diet alone, much less the optimum daily amounts needed for the best health. Sadly, most of us are deficient in multiple nutrients thanks not only to our diets but also to our over-farmed soils, cold storage produce and foods on our grocers shelves that have had much of the nutrition processed out. Therefore, supplementation with specific nutrients, a good whole foods derived nutrient combination, and/or a good superfoods powder may be necessary to help achieve optimum health and immune systems.
Other key considerations for building a healthy foundation include living an active lifestyle, getting plenty of life giving sunshine and elimination of all pesticides, herbicides, and other common household chemicals not found in nature.
The above suggestions will go a long way towards avoid cancer. Others, such as those who have a family history of cancer and those who have had a viral illness or other disease that associated with higher cancer risk, may want to go even farther.
In the concluding part of this series, we will take a look at extra measures a person can take to give them the maximum protection against cancer and why immunizations may not be the answer we’ve been told to believe.
While most people can greatly reduce their chances of getting cancer with healthy changes in diet and lifestyle, others with higher cancer risk factors may wish to take additional steps to have the maximum chances. People at higher risk include those who have had cancer before, those with a family history cancer, people who have been exposed to viral and bacterial infections associated with cancer and those who have been exposed to cancer causing toxins such as asbestos, pesticides and heavy metals.
People who have had cancer before are statistically at much higher risk of either having the same cancer return or else acquiring another form of cancer. Those who have families with a history of cancer may be genetically predisposed to have a higher risk of getting the same cancers themselves. Likewise, similar family diets and lifestyles may play a contributing role to cancers being more prevalent in families with a history of cancer.
One area that can provide greater cancer protection is diet. In addition to eating a healthy diet, include extra portions of some of the best natural cancer fighting foods, such as dark grapes (which contain known resveratrol), nuts such as raw almonds and walnuts, and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. People with concerns about colorectal cancers should include sources of extra fiber, such as apples – which have also shown to be valuable in preventing breast cancer.
Another important area is supplementation. Supplements which boost the immune system are especially important, since cancer must first defeat the immune system to gain a foothold in the first place. Some of the best immune boosters are: oleander, echinacea, pau d’arco, suma, astralagus and medicinal mushrooms. People who have been exposed to viruses may also want to consider natural anti-virals, such as garlic, olive leaf extract and oil of wild mountain oregano.
Some supplements have been associated with both general cancer protection as well as protection against specific forms of cancer. For example, the aforementioned oleander, digestive enzymes and blackseed oil (Nigella sativa) are all good cancer preventives and are also three of the few items known to be effective against pancreatic cancer. Vitamin D3 has been shown to be especially effective against preventing breast cancer as well as colorectal cancers and, despite the health scares about sunlight, melanoma and other skin cancers. Iodine has likewise been shown to protect against breast cancer, especially when combined with its important co-factor selenium (the best cancer fighting form of selenium is methylselenocysteine).
Curcumin protects against a wide range of cancers including lung and colorectal cancers. Studies have found that curcumin can have quite the protective benefit for those who have a history of smoking. Of course, that is no excuse to continue smoking as smoking is one of the highest of all risk factors for cancer.
Mainstream medicine recommends more immunizations to decrease cancers; however, cancers that are believed due to viral infections are much higher in developing third world countries (26% compared to 8% in developed countries). Besides lack of immunizations, such countries are also marked by poverty and lacks of sanitation and potable water, access to healthcare and nutrition. Many believe that improving those areas would have a much greater positive impact than merely increasing immunizations.
Vaccines themselves may be a very significant risk factor for cancer. There has been a dearth of studies on vaccination safety, either separately or in combination. What is known is that vaccinations contain a number of known and suspected carcinogens and other mutagens that are known to cause abnormal cell development.
Instead of trying to prevent cancer by injecting substances that are known or suspected of causing cancer, a better plan would be to take natural measures to reduce risks and ingesting natural items that mankind has existed with for millennia.