Cancer Prevention ~ A Topic Worth Talking About
It is difficult to imagine that every three minutes someone is diagnosed with breast cancer. When I think about it, however, I, along with so many other women, have been touched by this disease, through a friend, a mom, a sister, a daughter or ourselves.
As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I just read an informative blog post from Healthy Child, Healthy World, that gave tips on how to prevent cancer, addressing issues such as:
- using non-toxic home products and avoiding pesticides
- choosing personal care products without the chemicals linked to cancer (I added that one since there is so much on the market that we should be avoiding).
- losing weight
- avoiding charred foods
- avoiding second-hand cigarette smoke
- drinking less alcohol
- using glass containers rather than plastic
- limit hormone treatment, if necessary, to less than 3 years
- eating organic meat and dairy foods, and avoiding hormone-treated products
- doing regular self-examinations on yourself
- blogging about it ~ going to local schools, etc. to promote non-toxic cleaners
- purchasing a landmark DVD set, Breast Cancer, The Path of Wellness and Healing ~ tips and stories of those who have dealt with or are dealing with Cancer, with proceeds going to charities, one of which is breastcancer.org
I thought this article really helped to explain some definite tips we can apply in our everyday lives. I recently read a book, The Vitamin D Solution ~ A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problems by Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., M.D. that discusses deficiency of vitamin D in a vast majority of Americans that causes daily aches, pains, and fatigue, and worsens serious illnesses. One of the studies he talked about, done by doctors from the National Cancer Institute, reported that people who either worked outdoors or lived in sunny climates were less likely to die from breast or colon cancer. It was stated that if you take 1,000 IU of vitamin D per day, you reduce your risk of developing colorectal, breast, prostate, and ovarian cancer by approximately 50%! He gave another staggering statistic ~ women who are deficient in vitamin D at the time they are diagnosed with breast cancer are nearly 75% more likely to die from the disease than women with sufficient vitamin D levels. What’s more, their cancer is twice as likely to metastasize to other parts of the body. Go here for an excellent source for a Vitamin D3 supplement. I found an excellent 4-minute video regarding this amazing vitamin on Dr. Oz’s site here. I hope you take the time to watch it.
I discovered an excellent article from Women’s Voices From The Earth here that describes 15 toxic chemicals to avoid when purchasing personal care products. The important information lists the toxic chemical, where it’s found, potential health problems, and how to avoid it.
More than 40,000 women die from breast cancer each year, making it the deadliest killer of women after heart disease. I hope you have found these tips helpful.