Five ways to fight cancer

Reduce your risk of developing cancer – or help prevent it returning if you’ve already been diagnosed – with these positive research-based ideas…


sign - no cancer1 Take charge of what you eat

A lot of studies have shown the nutrients in certain plant-based foods such as polyphenols, anthocyanins, carotenoids and a host of other natural compounds can help prevent cancer. So eat mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat. And avoid dairy: cows milk products has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. Pick vegetables from a variety of colors: dark green spinach, red beets, orange carrots, yellow squash. Go for a new whole grain, like quinoa or whole-wheat pasta. And drink lots of water and green tea; research has linked it to longer survival times.

2 Don’t be afraid of the dark

About 90 minutes after falling asleep in a fully darkened room, your body produces a most powerful compound, melatonin. Melatonin is secreted primarily in the brain and at night it triggers a host of biochemical activities, including a nocturnal reduction in the body’s oestrogen levels. Some researchers have speculated that chronically decreasing an individual’s melatonin productions, as with nighttime light, might increase the risk of developing oestrogen-related malignancies such as breast cancer. Melatonin also functions as one of the body’s most powerful antioxidants and has the ability to control and reduce levels of both oestrogen and IGF-1, two hormones implicated in cancer.

3 Mix drink and drugs!

Recent research suggests a red wine ingredient and aspirin may deliver a double knock-out blow to abnormal cells that can lead to cancer. Both help to destroy tetraploid cells that contain multiple copies of chromosomes, the packages of DNA and protein in which the genetic code is written. Tetraploid cells cause genetic instability and have been linked to the development of cancer. In tests, laboratory mice genetically engineered to have bowel cancer accumulated fewer of the rogue cells in their guts when fed the wine compound and painkiller. Exposure to the two agents also reduced the survival of tetraploid cells in human bowel cancer tumour cultures. The wine extract, resveratrol, is derived from red grapes and said to have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Aspirin, though primarily a painkiller, has been shown to protect against some cancers, especially those affecting the intestines and stomach.

4 Alkalise your body

Three independent cancer centres in the USA have discovered that alkalising your body by drinking a solution of sodium bicarbonate can stop new metastases and increase survival times. Clinical trials are underway. Drink a teaspoon of Sodium Bicarbonate in warm water a day: depending upon how acidic your body is, one to four doses can be used per day.

5 Take it easy

A cell’s natural cycle has checkpoints when it determines whether it’s in a healthy state and should divide, or is damaged and should repair or kill itself. Cancer can occur when the normal checkpoints in the cell cycle are misregulated somehow and the unhealthy cell starts dividing, but our immune system automatically fights off these rogue pre-cancer cells, in effect curing us naturally. However stress triggers a ‘master switch’ gene known as ATF3 that causes our immune system to behave erratically, allowing cancer cells to survive and ‘escape’ to other parts of the body. But active stress management – tai chi, yoga, counseling, and meditation – can help so take it easier on yourself!

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