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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.

  1. Decrease consumption of sugars, starches and refined carbohydrates.
  2. Reduce intake of vegetable oils, which are high in inflammatory omega-6s.
  3. Consume more anticancer foods, such as turmeric, cruciferous veggies, dark leafy greens, garlic, onions and green tea.
  4. Replace nonorganic animal products, such as meat, eggs and dairy products, with grass-fed organic animal products. Limit your intake of red meat.
  5. Up your omega-3 intake by consuming fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel; grass-fed animal products; and flaxseeds.
  6. Drink filtered tap water, mineral water or spring water.
  7. Limit your alcohol consumption to one glass of red wine with a meal.
  8. 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.
  9. Exercise 20 to 30 minutes daily.
  10. Quit smoking.
  11. Get 20 minutes of sunshine daily to amplify your vitamin-D levels.
  12. Manage stress through yoga, meditation or another technique that works for you.
  13. Acknowledge and accept your emotions, including despair, anger, fear and sadness.
  14. 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.

Pamela Weintraub

Pamela Weintraub is executive editor of Discover magazine and the author of Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic.

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