Cancer Prevention – Myths and Truths part 2

 We are not immortal so we are going to die. When I started nursing in the 1970s, cancers were seen in the elderly, but rarely in young and middle-aged people which seems all too frequent today.  So what has happened? As we age, our immunity (which readily mops up rogue, potentially cancerous cells) wanes and body systems begin to break down. This is normal. So putting it simplistically, we are ageing too quickly and it is my belief that we need to look far deeper for answers to why this is happening.

hand-2906456_640I have mentioned my grandmother before, but she is an excellent example of an age-related – but also lifestyle created cancer. She was a very heavy smoker and died of lung cancer. No surprise in that – but she was 83! This was a good age by 1970s standards. When I look back on her life I can see the clues. My grandfather grew veg and they were lucky enough to have a small orchard. He was a butcher so there was always good meat as animals were always pastured with no routine antibiotic use. They often had fatty meat and offal – no doubt what was left in the shop, but they loved these foods. Life was busy, but they didn’t “exercise” – they worked in the shop, tended the garden and house, washed their own car (singular) and cooked from scratch. If you are wondering when my grandmother had time to smoke the answer is all the time! She worked with a cigarette dangling from her lips!
Basically they lived a life without harsh chemicals (other than those in cigarette smoke).

I read recently that a proper diet is more important that lack of exercise and smoking put together. I don’t know how true that is generally, but it certainly was in my grandmother’s case.

So, in addition to the advice above, I would add these points:

  • Use the least amount of household and personal products that you can, or make your own to reduce inhaled or absorbed toxins!
  • Reduce carbohydrate foods, eat a moderate amount of protein and you need to include good fats – olive oil, butter, cream, lard, dripping and other animal fats.  Don’t use seed oils and margarine which create inflammation. Eat lots of above-ground vegetables and a few below-ground ones. Limit fruit. (For all the reasons mentioned in part 1).
  • Buy food from organic/regenerative farms to avoid chemicals and eat foods in season for the best nutrient density. Foods from pasture raised animals have the best nutrient profile.
  •  *Sunbathe* without toxic sunscreens.
  • Protect and nurture your immune system and that of your family.
  • Avoid genetically modified organisms. (GMOs)

women-1898499_1280More advice if you want to live a healthier lifestyle, please see this blog – my suggestions for healthy life.

The frequency of illnesses and cancers in babies, children and young people today, indicates that something unnatural is happening. It is partly due to the environment, but my feeling is that this is occurring, because babies are being born to nutrition-deficient and unwell parents. The saddest part of this – it’s almost always preventable.

The most important advice I can give you for the prevention of cancer is – attend to your diet, live with as few chemicals as possible and get outside in the sun whenever you can. You should live a long life.