Eight hard hitting facts about cancer

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Cancer can be incredibly scary, especially when you don’t understand how to prevent the onset through incorporation of a healthy and holistic lifestyle that addresses all the core factors that facilitate its development. Unfortunately, avoidance of this deadly disease is difficult due to the pollution of our food, air, and water.

Check out these 8 sobering stats, and then make a decision to be an exception to the rule.

1. Worldwide, about 1 in 8 deaths is caused by cancer. Yet, the media and health authorities are obsessed with “preventing” virtually non-existent diseases like polio or generally non-life threatening conditions like measles. Is because there isn’t a vaccination or pharmaceutical “cure” for cancer yet? Interestingly enough, developed countries have higher incidences of cancer, where humankind has generally aborted its connection from the healing power of pure food, air, water, sun, and earth.

2. People aged 55 or older have the highest cancer risk. Approximately 77% of ALL cancers diagnosed are present in men and women in this age group.

3. On the other side of the spectrum, more than 40 children are diagnosed with cancer every day, which equals more than 14,000 each year in the United States alone. Cancer and its conventional treatments will end the lives of four children each day, more than complications from congenital birth defects, type 1 diabetes, and asthma combined. The survival rates are not improving due to the focus on conventional treatments and endorsing collateral damage (killing all cells, with toxic drugs), rather than addressing the cause and endorsing an approach that is the antithesis to cancer – namely, a connection back to nature in all its forms.

4. More than 90% of all lung cancer cases are caused by smoking, but it’s not the actual tobacco that causes the cancer, it’s the chemicals that are utilized in the making of tobacco products that cause cancer. Quitting and avoiding second hand smoke is the easiest course of action to avoid this diagnosis, which is the leading cancer killer of men and women in the United States.

5. Sleep deprivation is described as those who get less than 6 hours per day, and this demographic has an increased risk of colon cancer. Recent studies have indicated that there is a much higher risk of cancer for those who work night shift schedules, perhaps due to improper sleep patterns disrupting circadian rhythms and quality of sleep. Proper sleep is one of the most healing activities at your disposal due to its regeneration capabilities, so covet it like a newborn baby.

6. Skin cancer is diagnosed most often, and the number of cases is increasing every year. This has spurred the myth that the sun causes cancer, but this is not entirely true. Appropriate sun exposure increases your levels of Vitamin D, which has been shown to be responsible for prevention of 77% of ALL cancers. The sweet spot is getting enough sun exposure to get your daily dose (20-30 minutes in early morning or late afternoon, on arms and legs), then getting out of it or using a non-carcinogenic sunscreen to avoid burning. If you do burn, it can cause DNA damage and eventually cancer, so a balanced approach is important.

7. Only a very small percentage of cancers have a genetic link (less than 5%), which is not what most “cancer experts” convey. However, social heredity (habitually doing the things our family has done) is a big factor, and we can avoid this subconscious way of doing things that don’t serve our health by reprogramming ourselves to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

8. Researchers worldwide agree that at least 50% of all cancers are preventable! In 2015, an estimated 1.6 million deaths will be attributed to cancer, and being able to prevent at least half those deaths through
a more holistic lifestyle is very encouraging!

The thing that makes cancer the most scary, is the mystery behind it for the majority of people, and the inclination that it pops out of nowhere and is indiscriminate about who it chooses to inflict. This is NOT the
case, and a little education and action can go a long way to prevention and successful treatment of cancer, naturally.

Start with understanding how cancer develops from our habits by reading Daily Habits That Cause Cancer. Then, incorporate cancer-killing foods, by reviewing Top 8 Foods and Herbs For Healing Cancer. Armed with this information, you can begin to wake up the healing power of the body, and start to buck some of these crazy statistics. Also check out the first few sources below for natural cancer remedies.

lifestyle factors that influence your fertility

Research is showing that the decisions you make about your nutrition, exercise, stress, and environmental toxin exposure can influence your health and fertility. Additionally, these lifestyle factors also influence the health and development of your baby once your pregnant! While some aspects of lifestyle may not be modifiable, there are many that can be modified in order to promote health and fertility. The main factors that are influential to creating a fertile environment in both men and women include:

Nutrition

Eating a clean diet of organic whole foods, plenty of antioxidants in berries and a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, essential fatty acids (like those from wild salmon and cod liver oil), nuts and seeds, and protein from organic, grass-fed animals will nourish your body, support your hormones and sexual health, reduce oxidative damage and inflammation, and create a healthy, well-functioning system that is ready to support new life. Strengthening your digestive integrity with organic whole foods is a foundational step to supporting your body’s fertility. A strong digestive system promotes a healthy immunity. And it is essential in order to properly absorb, assimilate, and use the nutrients from your food.

Weight management

Body weight can have significant effects on health, and infertility is more common in those with a BMI over 25. Excess weight can be especially problematic for men because adipose tissue produces estrogen hormones and can thus disrupt the high testosterone levels that promote the growth of virulent and highly mobile sperm.

Exercise

A healthy amount of physical activity promotes fertility in men and women. Being active, getting your lymphatic system circulating, exercising your heart, and strengthening your muscles all promote your health and therefore work to tonify your body and prepare for pregnancy and raising a child.

Psychological and physical stressors

While stress seems to be unavoidable (infertility itself is stressful!), it is in your best interest to find ways to manage your stress and not let it wear you down. In fact, research shows that successful fertilization of female eggs decreases when the woman is dealing with too much stress and no way to manage it.

Cigarette smoking, coffee and alcohol

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals and is associated with numerous health conditions. Smoking negatively impacts the DNA of sperm in men and may decrease ovarian function, hormone levels, and menstruation in women.

Drug use (both prescription and recreational)

Not all medications have been tested for their influence on fertility, but some examples of pharmaceutical medications that can negatively influence fertility include antibiotics, antidepressants and antipsychotics, antiepileptics, anti-hypertensives, opiates, and even non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil. Research is not well funded on the influence of recreational drugs on fertility, but common drugs like cannabis and cocaine do negatively influence hormones, ability of sperm to travel through the oviduct, and male production of sperm. Cannabis has been shown to disrupt the development of the brain and nervous system, predisposing the baby to neuropsychiatric illness later in life. Avoiding all pharmaceutical and recreational drugs (even coffee, tea, and alcohol) will allow your body to maintain optimal hormone levels and foster a strong reproductive system, thereby supporting fertility.

Exposure to toxins in the home and work environments

Air pollution, cleaning supplies, pesticides, personal care products, exposure to heavy metals, plastic components such as phthalates and BPA, and Teflon-coated cookware, can be contributing factors to infertility. Toxic chemicals in the environment may lead to inflammation, damage to sperm DNA, altered hormone levels, and issues regulating weight and metabolic factors. Therefore it is critical to use non-toxic products for home and personal use, eat organic food free of pesticides, cleanse your body before trying to conceive, remove all amalgam fillings, drink clean water, and avoid EMF radiation from Wi-Fi and cell phones as much as possible.

Transitioning your daily habits to be health-promoting will not only lead to your health improving, but it will create a fertile body ready for raising a baby.