Cancer. It feels like a modern version of the plague.
The word strikes fear in us. We all know someone who has
it, or had it, or is in remission from it. The recent
Breast Cancer Awareness month was dedicated to the importance
of early detection. We read articles about breast cancer
statistics, symptoms and treatment. Strangely missing
from the mix was information on prevention.
All the hoopla around Breast Cancer Month is quite ludicrous.
The propaganda from the medical community constitutes
an elaborate scam by reiterating, over and over, the need
for funding to research - what? Treatment. Not prevention,
not cure. Conventional cancer
treatment is still in the Stone Age. Cancer is discussed
as if it were a chronic but manageable disease, something
But wait. Isn't that how the medical and pharmaceutical
industries stay in business? If we could prevent it, or
cure it, a lot of people would be unemployed.
The Canadian and American Cancer Societies take millions
and millions of dollars in donations for what they call
research." However, very little of this money ever
goes to any preventive research and the majority goes
to grants and other funding for medications. No fund-raising
agencies ever talk about prevention because there is simply
no money in it!
Many of these same agencies will tout the insignificance
of nutritional supplements while maintaining that the
most powerful nutrition comes from our conventional food
supply. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our vegetables
are grown on depleted soils whose micronutrients have
long been exhausted. Chemical fertilizers replace only
N (Nitrogen), P (Phosphorous) and K (Potassium). During
the growing season and post-harvest, they are sprayed
with an assortment of toxic chemicals before appearing
in your local market. Processed foods are loaded with
health-destroying substances like HFCS (High Fructose
Corn Syrup), MSG
(Monosodium Glutamate, a dangerous excitotoxin) and Nutrasweet
(Aspartame, another excitotoxin). Your milk and dairy
products may come from cows treated with rBGH (Recombinant
Bovine Growth Hormone). At the very least, they have been
destroying all beneficial bacteria and enzymes necessary
for optimal health. Products made with corn, soy and rice
very likely contain genetically
modified (GM) versions of these crops, whose impact
on human health and the environment has never been evaluated;
and you will never know, because processed food manufacturers
are under no obligation to label GM ingredients.
Your meat contains traces of antibiotics and growth-accelerating
hormones, and your chicken was so awash in avian feces
that we take it for granted that it is contaminated with
as are commercial eggs. (Consumer Reports compared 525
chickens from 27 brands and found only 17% of the samples
to be free from salmonella and campylobacter). We have
been consuming artery-clogging trans fats (in the guise
of margarine, vegetable oils, deep-fried foods and baked
goods), and our ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids
is skewed. Your grandmother would not recognize most of
the ingredients in a simple product like a modern donut.
We have been lied to by the food growers, processors,
manufacturers and distributors, all in the name of the
almighty dollar, and the first casualty has been our health.
Food allergies, asthma, autism, cancer, obesity, diabetes,
and ADD/ADHD are becoming epidemic and endemic in our
society; and every one of them can be traced to the "jiggery-pokery"
going on in our food supply. Even artificial colors and
flavors act in unpredictable ways on immature brains.
When will we start to question what we are putting in
By choosing whole, unprocessed (local and organic when
possible) foods, we can reassert control over our diet.
We can make better choices about slow and wholesome foods
as opposed to "crap-in-a-box" or drive-through foods.
But most important, there is no magical pill or cure for
cancer, and never will be. The cure is prevention. It
may first be hard to comprehend this concept because it
contradicts what we "know" and what we have always "known,"
i.e. what the medical community has taught us to know.
Anything different strikes us as heresy, denial, quackery,
even conspiracy. In fact, "conspiracy" may be a good word.
A conspiracy of silence exists around those four words
because they embody methods from which the pharmaceutical
industry cannot profit. Consequently, any attempt to promulgate
information of this nature results, first, in warnings
of fraud from government regulatory agencies (i.e. such
as Health Canada and the FDA) and ultimately, confiscation
of personal property and imprisonment.
So how can you best take care of yourself so as not to
become sick in the first place?
* Exercise, exercise, exercise. Even moderate physical
activity--for example brisk walking for at least 2 miles
three times a week--over the course of a lifetime can
reduce a young woman's risk of developing breast cancer
by 33%, and the risk of breast cancer after menopause
* If you smoke, quit.
* Keep alcohol consumption at no more than 1 ounce of
spirits, 1 glass of wine or 1 beer per day.
* Eliminate sugar
from your diet. Cancer cells thrive on sugar.
* Eliminate processed
foods (including HFCS, MSG, aspartame
and other artificial sweeteners). Yes, that means soda
pop, fast food, chips and other junk.
* Eliminate or cut back on starchy carbs like white bread,
white rice, white potatoes.
* Increase fresh fruits and vegetables. The more brightly
colored (blueberries, cantaloupe, broccoli), the more
* If you choose to eat meat, try to limit yourself to
organic or at least local, grass-fed meat and free-range
* Limit fish intake to less than 12 ounces per week (4
ounces for pregnant and nursing mothers). Good choices
are herring, sardines and wild Pacific salmon.
Fish oil or cod liver oil is an appropriate substitute
since it is mercury-free.
* Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
* Get adequate sleep.
* Avoid stress; find ways to combat unavoidable stress
(a hot bath, massage, yoga, music, whatever works for
* Strengthen your immune
system: take one gram of Vitamin C and 2000 mg. of
Vitamin D3 a day (or better still, get at least 15 minutes
of exposure to direct sunlight every day, without sunscreen).
* Limit your exposure to environmental toxins (molds,
mildews, harsh cleaners and other chemicals).
* Make a point of including at least 30 minutes of brisk
exercise in your day, at least 5 times a week.
Little of this is new; you probably heard most of it before.
It's all well documented. Are you going to dismiss it
again? Or will today be the day you finally make the decision
to take responsibility for your own health?