Sep 17, 2008 / by corematters / 2 Comments

Our bodies have a natural capacity to protect us from cancer.  After all, if 1 in 4 Westerners die of cancer, then 3 of 4 do not.  Why not?  Their defense mechanisms work.  Really well.  According to Dr. David Servan-Schreiber writing in his new book Anticancer:  A New Way of Life, “The trick is to keep the cells from developing into life-threatening tumors by turning on the body’s cancer-fighting capacities.”

Dr. Servan-Schreiber should know.  He’s had brain cancer.  Twice.  The second time made him particularly curious and he began to investigate our susceptibility to cancers.   He wanted to know if we can enhance our bodies’ natural capacity to protect us from cancer.  Here’s what he found:   small changes can make a big difference.

1.  Add activity to your day.

  • We need 20-30 minutes of physical activity each day.  That’s 7 days a week.
  • Get some sunlight for 20 minutes a day.  We need the Vitamin D.  Otherwise, take 1000IU of vitamin D every day.  Vitamin D is essential to cell construction and maintenance.
  • Practice some method of relaxation and self-centering, like yoga, t’ai chi, meditation.  That could mean just sitting quietly for 10 or 20 minutes to hear your own thoughts and breath.

2.  Avoid some common household products

  • Perchloroethynene (tetrachloroethylene) used in dry cleaning.  Find a dry cleaner that doesn’t use it.  Air out your dry-cleaned garments for several hours before wearing.
  • Alkylphenois containing cleaning products
  • Deodorants and antiperspirants containing aluminum
  • Cosmetics, shampoo, nail polish, etc. with estrogens or placental products, or parabens or phthalates
  • Household pesticides and insecticides
  • Avoid heating foods or liquids in plastic containers made with PVCs, polystyrene or Styrofoam, and throw away any scratched Teflon pans.

3.  Improve your diet.

Details tomorrow!