There is no refuting the fact that our battle against cancer rages on as more and more people are being diagnosed with the disease than ever before. This terrible disease takes countless lives each year and affects the lives of those left behind forever.
In her ground-breaking and bestselling book, Super Foods for a Super Healthy You, Agora Health editor Rachael Linkie explains that over 85 per cent of all cancers are entirely avoidable and, of these, around half are related to nutritional deficiencies in the Western diet. A recent government report showed how nearly 70,000 premature deaths could be prevented each year by simply improving the UK's diet.
According to the American Cancer Society's (ACS) 2012 Cancer Facts and Figures Report, only about 5 per cent of all cancers are "strongly hereditary." The ACS also states that most cancers do not stem from inherited genes but from damage caused to genes as a result of poor lifestyle choices.
How to avoid cancer
A study carried out by Brigham Young University professor Steven Aldana, and published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, in March 2005, found that a combination of 30 minutes of cardio exercise a day along with a switch to a healthier diet dropped the participants' health risks for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease dramatically in just 6 weeks.
Other studies have shown that regular exercise slows the progression of prostate cancer in men over 65; and men who are the most physically active — in any way — can reduce their risk of colon cancer by as much as 40 per cent. Certain foods (like tomatoes, carrots, flaxseed, broccoli and kale) have also been shown to fight the development of prostate cancer.
Despite these findings, following a healthy diet and taking regular exercise are not always enough to help prevent cancer. We also know that common environmental toxins play a large role in the development of this deadly disease.
During the holidays, I came across the book The Cancer Killers, written by New York Times bestseller Dr. Ben Lerner — the co-founder of Maximized Living, Maximized Living Health Centres, and the Maximized Living Foundation. He is the author of nine books and has spent multiple weeks on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-sellers lists.
Dr. Lerner's research confirms what we've been saying at Agora Health for years — lifestyle triggers are a key factor in the development (and prevention) of cancer. He strongly believes that cancer cannot survive inside a healthy body and that there are immediate steps anyone can take to eliminate the chances of developing cancer.
One of the key factors Dr. Lerner focuses on in his book is the role of environmental toxins, like those found in every day household items, which can increase your chances of developing cancer.
Here's a list of the top five toxins that you can start to eliminate today:
1. Food additives: The average person ingests 140 to 150 pounds of additives (like dyes, colourings, flavourings, stabilizers, fake fats, artificial sugars and preservatives) a year. Avoiding these will not only improve your diet and digestive system but will also lower your risk of developing cancer.
2. Medications: Nearly four billion prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and vaccines are sold every year, in the US alone. Phthalates (which may disrupt the normal functioning of the hormone system), heavy metals and commercial preservatives are used to preserve and coat these drugs, making them chemically toxic.
3. Plastic: Food wrapped in plastic, plastic take-away food containers and plastic water bottles expose you to very high levels of phthalates and other chemicals. Plastic damages hormone receptors, causes fatigue, harms brain chemistry and accumulates in organs. It has been specifically linked to prostate, lung and thyroid cancer.
4. Water: Monitor the quality of the water you drink, bathe in and use to clean and prepare foods. Tap water contains chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, contaminants, and other toxins. Chlorine is a big red flag. If it is strong enough to kill all bacteria and other dangerous compounds in our water, it is probably not a good idea to drink it. Need to filter your water. click the link
5. Personal care products: Sodium lauryl sulphate (to mention only one of the numerous toxins that are hiding in the products lining the shelves of your bathroom cabinet) is a common degreaser used in practically every soap, shampoo and toothpaste on the market today. This compound has been used in studies to induce mutation in bacteria and it also irritates the skin. It has also been shown to enter the heart, liver, lungs and brain through skin absorption and has been proven to maintain residual levels once inside these organs.
Switch to organic and plant-based products to avoid the long-term toxic build-up caused by these dangerous chemicals. Prolonged toxicity is known to foster the development of cancer.
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