In his landmark book, Anticancer: A New Way of Life, the late cancer researcher David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, draws on both conventional and alternative approaches to explain what makes cancer cells thrive and what inhibits them. Here are just some of the little changes that make a big difference when it comes to cancer prevention.
- Decrease consumption of sugars, starches and refined carbohydrates.
- Reduce intake of vegetable oils, which are high in inflammatory omega-6s.
- Consume more anticancer foods, such as turmeric, cruciferous veggies, dark leafy greens, garlic, onions and green tea.
- Replace nonorganic animal products, such as meat, eggs and dairy products, with grass-fed organic animal products. Limit your intake of red meat.
- Up your omega-3 intake by consuming fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel; grass-fed animal products; and flaxseeds.
- Drink filtered tap water, mineral water or spring water.
- Limit your alcohol consumption to one glass of red wine with a meal.
- Avoid industrial chemicals, such as parabens and phthalates in personal-care products; household pesticides and insecticides; aluminum found in deodorants and antiperspirants; and inorganic phosphate additives found in many sodas, processed meats and commercial baked goods.
- Exercise 20 to 30 minutes daily.
- Quit smoking.
- Get 20 minutes of sunshine daily to amplify your vitamin-D levels.
- Manage stress through yoga, meditation or another technique that works for you.
- Acknowledge and accept your emotions, including despair, anger, fear and sadness.
- Keep in touch with a circle of close friends with whom you can share your feelings and experiences.
This was excerpted from “Integrative Oncology: A Healthier Way to Fight Cancer” which was published in the April 2018 issue Experience Life magazine.