Well I want to start by saying that many different cancers affect all of our lives. I don’t think that there is single person that could say that they don’t personally know someone that has been affected by some form of Cancer. Some of the information in the article can be applied to various forms of cancer but as a request i am writing this article dedicated to Breast Cancer. Keep fighting!!
What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer generally starts in the cells in the breast. They may start within the ducts (this is called ductal carcinoma) or in the lobules (lobular carcinoma). Ductal carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer.
Cancer develops when there is damage to the genetic code of a cell (The DNA) that results in the cell growing and reproducing out of control. Most of the time when DNA becomes damaged the cells are able to repair itself or the cell dies however with Cancer the cell does not repair or die instead it replicates out of control.
Can I avoid Breast Cancer?
There are many ways to reduce your risk of developing all types of cancers and they mostly all have to do with Free Radicals.
1. Reduce free-radical formation in your body
2. Limit your exposure to dietary and environmetal sources of free radicals (especially cigarette smoke)
3. Increase your intake of foods rich in antioxidants.
4. (Very important) to support your immune system. We have specific cells in our bodies that are there to protect us against virus’, bacteria and that are programmed to seek and destroy cancer cells.
5. If you are a women over 40 than have a mammogram once a year.
6. If you are a woman under 40 make sure to perform self breast exams monthly and have your doctor check for lumps at your yearly physical.
I need you to keep in mind that this is just general information, there are some people who never smoked a day in their life, have eaten their 8-12 servings of fruits and vegetables, exercised daily yet still got cancer. So, lets get back to here and now. One of the worst things you can hear is your doctor tell you that you’ve got cancer.
What can I do once I have been diagnosed with Cancer?
One of the most important things will be to improve your nutritional status.
1. Eat small, frequent meals rather than larger meals less often.
2. Stay hydrated
(Especially when you are going through chemo it will be essential to stay hydrated. Without adequate water your body cannot detoxify the drugs and remove them from your system. The build up of toxins will cause further symptoms and discomfort.)
3. Drink a high protein smoothie once or twice daily. Cancer patients need to increase their intake of protein. It is especially important for many of the functions necessary for recovery. It helps boost blood counts, heal tissues and boost the immune system.
4. Ginger, ginger, ginger! This is an amazing anti- nauseant. Try making a tea or juice by grating the fresh ginger and adding it to boiled water or a fruit juice.
5. Use extra seasonings like turmeric which has been shown to have anti-cancer properties, or cayenne which will stimulate your circulation.
6. Take small bites and chew completely.
7. Be sure to get 6,000 to 9,000 milligrams of EPA and DHA daily from a pharmaceutical grade fish oil product.
Other important nutrients to help fight and prevent cancer:
Shitake and Maitake mushrooms
Chinese traditional Medicine. The ancient Chinese believe in the following:
Fennel essential oil will help relieve nausea caused by chemotherapy.
Ginseng and Ginger will help protect the immune system and restore vitality.
Dang Gui will protect the liver against the harmful side effects of chemo.
Chinese Angelica can restore energy, and stimulate white blood cells and antibody formation.
Ok now last but not least things to avoid like the plague:
Anti-perspirants – The use of anti-perspirants have been known to cause cancer and Alzheimer’s due to the highly absorable aluminum content and parabens, not to mention the chemicals in “fragrances” included in the formulas.
Alcohol – This is the greatest anti-nutrient that you can put into your body. If you must, limit it to a glass of red wine no more than once a week.
Anything containing Chlorine – It’s been known for a long time that chlorine is toxic to humans yet some public water sources still contain chlorine for “cleaning” purposes. If your water source contains fluoride or chlorine I would opt for a different source.
Synthetic estrogen’s used in hormone replacement and the contraceptive pill.
This has been provided as educational information and it not intended to diagnose or treat any medical illness’. For further information please consult your healthcare practitioner.