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Breast Cancer: A Preventable Disease Through Good Nutrition And Exercise

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 like diabetes. 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 "cancer 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 pasteurized, 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 salmonella, 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 our bodies?

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 by 26%.

* 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 anti-cancer qualities.

* If you choose to eat meat, try to limit yourself to organic or at least local, grass-fed meat and free-range poultry.

* 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 you).

* 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?

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February 12, 2008


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