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Cancer Prevention Diet

According to Dr. David Brownstein, Board-Certified family physician and one of the foremost practitioners of holistic medicine, there are five signs you’re likely to be diagnosed with cancer in your lifetime. According to one of his reports, your body, and in particular your immune system, cannot function at optimal levels if:

  1. You are deficient or imbalanced in key nutrients and hormones.
  2. You are overweight or obese.
  3. You smoke or chew tobacco.
  4. You eat too many refined sugars and grains.
  5. You’re ingesting toxins in your food, water, air, and medicines.

What does your immune system have to do with whether or not you are diagnosed with cancer? What most people don’t realize is we all have cancerous cells living in our bodies at various times in our lives, but if your immune system is healthy, it will stop the cells from multiplying and overwhelming the body’s natural defenses. If it isn’t, you may be at risk.

So, how do you go about lessening your chances of contracting America’s No.1 killer for those under the age of 85? According to Dr. Brownstein:

1. Don’t smoke. Smoking is the #1 cause of death by lung cancer among both men and women.

2. Maintain adequate iodine levels. There is an epidemic of “iodine deficiency” in the U.S., and it’s a major contributor to the increasing rates of cancer of the thyroid, breast, and prostate. Iodine is essential to every cell in your body, but it’s especially important to your thyroid gland, which makes the hormone that regulates your entire body’s metabolism. Supplement with inorganic, non-radioactive iodine, which costs just a few pennies a day.

 3. Avoid synthetic chemicals and GMOs in your food. Conventionally raised animals are fed diets that contain synthetic hormones, antibiotics to speed growth, and genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food sources that may cause cancer. And the majority of conventionally grown fruits and vegetables sold in grocery stores are sprayed with harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Also, harmful chemicals are found in all name-brand artificial sweeteners, including aspartame. Two of the biggest artificial sweeteners have been shown to create cancer in laboratory animals. Aspartame, suspected of causing brain cancer, is the most common artificial sweetener in diet sodas, sugar-free ice creams, and hundreds of diet products that claim reduced calories.

4. Avoid refined sugars, salts, flours, and oils. Refined foods are processed during manufacturing, typically stripping them of nutrients, while harmful sugars, oils, grains, and salts are left in or added.

5. Avoid and remove toxic metals from your body. Heavy metals include mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and nickel. All of these heavy metals will suppress your immune system. They are in dental materials as well as the air, water, medicines, and food sprayed with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Take a metal detoxifying supplement.

6. Avoid radiation exposure. All medical radiological tests use ionizing radiation, a known carcinogen that can damage cell DNA and lead to abnormal cells that turn into cancer. These include traditional X-rays, dental X-rays, mammograms, and PET (positron emission technology) and CT (computerized tomography) scans.

7. Test for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The top 10 vitamin and mineral deficiencies found in the majority of people are: iodine, vitamin B12, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin D, sulfur, zinc, chromium and potassium. Take a daily multi-vitamin to supplement your diet.

Anti-Cancer Diet

  1. Organic meats free of hormones and antibiotics
  2. Fresh organic fruits and vegetables
  3. Whole grains, nuts, and legumes
  4. Nutrient-rich organic salt (not white bleached table salt)
  5. The right balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (found in fish, and olive, flaxseed, and sunflower oils)

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