Last month, soon after the death of someone very near and dear to me, I shared some thoughts about the plague of cancer. Current statistics from the American Cancer Society indicate that, one average, one person in this country dies every minute from cancer—that’s 1,400 people each day, the equivalent of four fully loaded airplanes plunging to the ground. You can bet that if four planes fell from the sky each day, there’d be an overwhelming response to fix the problem and prevent future deaths.
We’ve supposedly been trying to “fix” the cancer problem in this country since the early 1970s. Since 1971, more than $2 trillion ($2,000,000,000,000) has been spent on conventional cancer treatments and research, and yet the American Cancer Society estimates that for men alive today, the odds of getting cancer are one in two—a 50 percent chance; for women the odds are one in three. For all the money and all the treatment and research, cancer is flourishing, impacting more people and more families than ever before in human history.
A Lucrative Industry – Do the simple math on that $2 trillion spent during the last 45 years, and that averages out to more than $44 billion a year spent on cancer treatment and research. That’s a lot of money going to a lot of companies and into a lot of pockets. From a purely business perspective, cancer is a thriving industry, and its future growth is assured. For me, my hope is to never have to be part of the mainstream cancer industry. From a health and wellness perspective, and from my own interactions with the industry while a loved one battled cancer multiple times, the cancer industry moves in a direction that I don’t want to go.
Self-Reliance & Prevention – All I can rely on is me, my own knowledge and decisions, to try to keep cancer at bay. With 50 percent odds, it truly is about survival. My best hope is keeping my body as healthy as possible, including a healthy immune system, and that is totally up to me.
Here’s a short list of some basic things that are part of my preventive regimen*:
- No genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—they tend to be treated with herbicides.
- Eat all (or primarily) organic and raw foods.
- Eat as few processed foods as possible to avoid fillers, dyes, additives, chemicals, etc.
- No sodas or high-fructose corn syrup.
- Minimize sugar consumption.
- Eat healthy oils (good fats) including coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, flax oil, krill oil).
- Use only natural and organic hygiene and skin care products.
- Consume probiotics, including a daily supplement with a high number of separate strains, and natural probiotics such as sauerkraut, kefer and kombucha.
- No wheat products in my diet.
- Exercise regularly to lower insulin levels, help reduce stress and create a lower sugar environment in my body to reduce the potential for cancer cell growth.
- Meditate to lower stress and keep my mental state as positive as possible.
Start Today – You must make positive changes now if you want to improve your odds. The environment we live in, the foods and water available to us, the cosmetics and hygiene products we use, even the clothes we wear and the sheets we sleep in—exposure to harm is everywhere, and there’s only such much our bodies can take before our immune systems break down. Improve your odds—improve the odds of your loved ones. It is a battle, it’s about survival, and we must act to protect ourselves.
May you find inspiration and support within these pages, and please share this magazine with those you love to help inspire them. I wish you health and love and happiness and offer sincere blessings to you and yours—especially to the wonderful fathers in our lives—during this beautiful month of June.
*Borrowed in part from The Cancer
Apocalypse by Ty Bollinger, found
Joel Shuler, Publisher