When you think about developing good habits to prevent cancer, you probably consider the “usual suspects” talked about (incessantly) on every information outlet.
I’ve covered them extensively myself.
Everyone knows about the big ones like the hazards of smoking drastically raising cancer risk (22 percent of all cancer deaths) and irresponsible sun exposure leading to various skin cancers (more cases than all other cancers combined).
These two cancer causes are so well-covered that they’ve become white noise. In a very real sense, they’re back to being “no big deal” to most people again despite being two of the biggest preventable causes of cancer in the world.
Is it really a “fight” against cancer?
In the mainstream medical community, they’re not really fighting. No. They laid down their weapons and surrendered to the enemy in most cases. They won’t even use the word “cure” because the very letters placed in that order (C-U-R-E) scares them to death.
They talk about remission but that leaves their patient forever in stasis – wondering when the other shoe will drop and their cancer will come roaring back.
Too often, this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. You worry about cancer coming back, you stress, your body reacts with chronic inflammation, and before you know it, you have a recurrence of your cancer.
Never doubt your mind’s power to influence your physical body.
Since prevention is not really the forte of most doctors (and certainly not even a blip on the radar of the big pharmaceutical companies), they neglect to give basic advice to their patients that have been proven to prevent, fight, and beat cancer time and time again.
There are three areas – real, effective habits to prevent cancer – that are massively overlooked when medical organizations, charities, and other “do-gooders” talk about the “fight for the cure.”
I’ve written, “Cancer is a wake-up call but it is not a death knell. It tells you loud and clear that something is wrong with your life and lifestyle that has reduced your health and vitality to ruinous levels.”
It’s up to you (not your family, friends, or medical team) to heed this warning.
If you choose to place all your eggs (i.e.: survival) in one basket (i.e.: the cut, poison, burn approach to fighting cancer), then you might well find yourself in the same sorry state as more than 8 million men, women, and children killed by cancer globally every year.
Mainstream medicine follows a script
I’m not going to talk about smoking or being smart about the sun. You know the dangers connected to tobacco use and repeated sun damage! Willfully choosing to ignore them is not the same thing as not knowing and understanding the threats they pose to your health. These aren’t the habits to prevent cancer that I’m talking about here.
What you should know is that every disease on the planet – including cancer – has been endured and survived by people who came before you. Every single disease, every type.
Patients who were “permanently” paralyzed have walked again. Genetic conditions have never manifested in patients despite the certainty of the DNA results. Patients riddled with terminal tumors were found to be cancer-free.
No matter what you’re facing right now, no matter your prognosis, you have just as much ability to overcome disease and injury as the many who came before you.
Your personal path to a cure (not remission) might be hard to find but you cannot quit, you cannot give up. The key for you is out there.
There’s no doubt that it will take dedication to do what must be done, determination to be the victor, and a thick skin for those who will tell you that you’re crazy. Doctors, therapists, and “well-meaning” friends or family who gently (and not so gently) try to discourage you from trying virtually anything to rid your body of a killer.
These things are really “fighting cancer!” Being willing to take up any and all weapons to defend your body against invaders threatening to kill you. That’s the real fight. Refusing to bend or break beneath the pressure, to keep searching, even if you have to do it alone.
Those in mainstream medicine follow a “script” when their patient is diagnosed with cancer. They can get rather pushy in getting you to follow it.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t choose chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery if you think that’s what’s right for you. What I am saying is that you must be the one in charge at every stage.
Even if you’ve already opted for the cut, poison, burn methods – there are plenty of other things you can do right now to improve your chances of beating this disease that few doctors are even discussing, much less explaining to their patients.
In many cases, it’s because the doctors in question are unable to think about any treatment or technique that goes beyond what they were taught in medical school.
In other cases, it’s pure arrogance. A blatant refusal to believe that a natural remedy might make progress where outrageously expensive conventional medicine could not.
It’s not easy to go against the grain
There are even many situations where doctors truly don’t know there are modalities that can be used in place of or in combination with standard cancer treatments!
If they aren’t taught in medical school, if they haven’t seen the research for themselves, or if their questions are met with disdain (or even threats to their reputation) – how can they communicate life-saving information to their patients?
Many doctors’ careers have been ruined (while some, like myself, weathered the attempts) because they searched for a better way.
Let’s talk about three critical habits to prevent cancer that you need to implement right now, immediately. If you hope to prevent this devastating disease from touching your life for the first time, returning to wreck your world again, or shortening what should be a long and happy life – I cannot stress enough that this is where you need to start.
Habit 1: Lose the weight!
I don’t care if it’s not politically correct. Being overweight or obese not only increases your risk of every single form of cancer (it’s connected to 30% of all cancer deaths – equal to tobacco use) – it also significantly increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. In fact, obesity raises your risk of all causes of death and early mortality.
Those extra pounds affect your physical, mental, and emotional self.
Find the method that works for you and stick to it. Get the weight off, keep it off, and give your body a fighting chance to recover from the damage poor nutrient absorption and systemic inflammation has done to your cells. It is no coincidence that the epidemic of disease has kept pace with the epidemic of obesity around the world.
Habit 2: Adopt a nutrient-rich diet!
Your diet matters! Considering that every system in your body depends on the fuel you feed it, it makes sense that if you put garbage into your intricate biological network, you’re going to cause things to go haywire (sooner rather than later in most cases).
Sometimes, I feel as if I’m banging my head against the wall on this one.
This is not nearly as complicated as most people make it and yet, the majority of doctors don’t even mention diet to their patients! It is mind-boggling! No one talks about inflammatory foods, the troubles with sugars, the effects of GMOs, or that you need healthy fats! Make half your plate vegetables and fruits, a quarter of it good protein, and a quarter of it healthy fats.
There! That’s a simple, cancer-fighting diet!
Habit 3: Repair your mental and emotional health!
Of the many good habits to prevent cancer, this one is almost always overlooked. In fact, while writing this article, I scoured dozens of online articles about cancer prevention to see how many discussed mental and emotional health. It was missing from 99 percent of them and I’d say it’s one of the most important changes you can make to improve your total body health!
Here are five tips for healing emotional and mental wounds or past traumas:
- Look for your strengths (focus and expand them).
- Be optimistic (even when it’s painfully difficult).
- Find your purpose and follow it (journal your plan).
- Practice gratitude (it causes a positive chemical reaction inside you).
- Remove toxic people from your life (yes, all of them).
Your physical body cannot prevent or fight disease effectively when your mind and spirit are sick. In my 40 years of practicing medicine, and watching thousands of my patients win their battle against cancer, I found that mental and emotional toxicity was as dangerous in unexpected ways like smoking, tanning beds, or asbestos.
In closing, yes, you need to do all the other stuff, too. Don’t smoke, be careful in the sun, exercise, and sleep. All of those are important but not nearly as critical as the three habits to prevent cancer I’ve talked about here.
Implement them for yourself and please teach your children as early as possible so they can avoid many of the pitfalls their parents and grandparents are facing at plague levels.
It’s never too early – or too late – to get your cancer prevention habits in place.
- World Health Organization: Tobacco Fact Sheet
- SkinCancer.org: Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics
- World Health Organization: Cancer Fact Sheet
- Harvard Health Publishing: The 10 Commandments of Cancer Prevention
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity
- Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby: The Psychology of Cancer