Cancer: Is it time to rethink our approach to its prevention?

As one of the leading causes of death today, the thought of developing cancer weighs heavy on many minds. And as statistics have shown, the risk of developing the disease - lung, colon, skin, prostate, breast, or other types of it - is growing exponentially.

Modern medicine has waged a failing war on this insidious disease that focuses on "prevention," though it's not the true prevention of the degenerative disease.

Physicians and scientists recommend screening for early detection, but sadly by the time the disease is detected, it's already set in and is very hard to combat. As a matter of fact, the failure of prescription drugs and treatments of the disease can actually harm the body as much as they help.

There are ways you can truly prevent its growth, and ways you can endeavour to lessen the extent of it if you already have it, but the changes need to start now, before it's too late.

What is it?

In short, it is caused by abnormal cell growth that spreads uncontrollably, often times metastasizing (or spreading) throughout the body. While modern medicine struggles to decide what actually causes the disease, studies have recently been released showing that it may very well be attributed to the inundation of free radicals or oxidative stress in the body.

Oxidative Stress

It's no wonder, if cancer and oxidative stress are related, that our population is suffering more and more from this disease. Now more than ever, our bodies are not only flooded with poisonous toxins from all sides, but our food supply has been degraded through overusing the soil and harmful growing practices. This is paticularly relevent in the case of selenium deficiency. This means our bodies are not getting the proper nutrition, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that they need in order to stave off oxidative stress.

Let's take, for a moment, the case of lung cancer - the leading cause of cancer death in both women and men. The most potent deliverer of free radicals - cigarettes - has been widely attributed to causing lung cancer. As the free radicals search for healthy cells to latch on to, it creates oxidative stress and mutates the cells, which continue to divide - thus spreading even more mutated or cancerous, cells.

By eliminating the free radicals delivered through cigarettes, one is well on their way to helping avoid lung cancer. But what about the case of other cancers, like breast cancer, colon cancer, or prostate cancer? They all have one thing in common - increased free radicals in the system, and a decrease in proper cellular nutrition

Cancer Prevention

Due to modern medicine's bias against supplementation you'll mostly hear the word "prevention" in regard to mammograms, screening methods, and blood tests. But true prevention comes in making sure your body has the tools it needs to keep itself healthy in the first place.

The toxic free radicals we encounter every day - through sunlight, air and water pollution, pesticides in our food - need to be eradicated by making lifestyle changes, having a healthy diet and by taking quality nutritional supplements every day.

Cancer Treatments and Antioxidants

If you or a loved one has already developed cancer, you should consider evaluating an antioxidant and vitamin supplementation program. There are arguments for and against heavy (but safe) doses of antioxidants along with chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

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"True" Preventative Medicine - Lifestyle, diet and supplementation

While supplementation can work wonders on your body's ability to regenerate itself and stay healthy, the first thing you need to consider is reducing your exposure to free radicals. This means, of course, that if you smoke, the most important thing to do - right now - is stop. No amount of supplementation can undo the damage of cigarettes. However, that's an extreme case.

In most other cases, by simply reducing your exposure, you make a small head start - use sunscreen every day, purchase organic fruits and veggies that aren't grown with toxic pesticides and fertilizers, and try to limit the amount of air and water pollution you come into contact with.

Along with that, however, it's important to supplement your diet, every day, with a thorough antioxidant program that includes the following:

CoQ10. This is one of the most potent antioxidants available, and is very important as we age. CoQ10 or Coenzyme Q-10 helps our cells produce the vital energy they need in order to stave off infections and diseases. As we grow older, our bodies produce less and less CoQ10, leaving us susceptible to health problems like cancer.

• Vitamin C. Truly, vitamin C has received the best press in terms of its antioxidant abilities, and for good reason. For the best prevention practices, make sure you're getting between 1000 and 2000 mg of vitamin C daily.

• Vitamin E. As a fat-soluble antioxidant, vitamin E plays a key role in protecting membranous areas of our bodies. It's also an important ingredient in shielding our bodies from the damage caused by chemotherapeutic agents. While the best vitamin E derivatives are those that you get from your food, you should also take 400-800 IU in additional supplementation.

• Fish Oil. This supplement is one that's prescribed by many naturopaths for combatting almost any disease, as its omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are incredibly potent antioxidants. Flaxseed oil is also a great way to get these essential fatty acids.

• Grape seed extract. Grape seed extract is full of amazing antioxidants called bioflavonoids. It helps protect against and fight off diseases like arthritis, chronic inflammatory diseases, and cancer.

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