By Dr. Larry Wilson
Cancer is often a dreaded word. It need not be, however. Improving your diet, lifestyle and perhaps attitudes will go a long way to preventing this condition and
others as well.
Rest and Sleep
Cancer grows best in tired, toxic and nutritionally depleted bodies. Strong, healthy bodies do not support cancer growth nearly as much. This fact is rarely taught to doctors or patients.
Most people today are either tired or completely exhausted. "Tired" is here defined as those who get less than nine hours of rest or sleep daily. This does not mean you must sleep nine hours at once, if you will take a nap during the day.
In fact, if you nap in the afternoon, as is the custom in many nations, you can probably get by on eight hours of sleep, though it is not optimal in most instances. Less than this much sleep, however, is asking for health problems.
By comparison, most primitive tribes get closer to 9 or 10 hours of sleep each and every day. It is not that they are smarter, although often they are far more in touch with their need for rest. However, they have many fewer temptations to stay awake late at night, so they go to bed shortly after sundown and usually rise just before dawn.
This provides them with an average of 10 or more hours of rest! How many Americans get even close to this much rest? Not many, and those that do are often considered ill. But the truth is, many people need 10 or even more hours of rest daily for a while, especially the teenagers.
If you want to avoid degenerative conditions, including cancer, sleep much more and ignore your family and friends complaints that you are not supposed to "sleep your life away". They are the ones who are throwing their long life away in many instances with their TV programs, excessive work hours and more.
Avoiding Physical Toxins
WATER. Tap water, if consumed for decades, is a cause of cancer. Most wells and all city water systems are toxic to some degree, and often quite toxic. This is beyond any doubt, regardless of what you are told by the media or other health authorities.
Almost all tap water contain too many toxic metals such as lead, cadmium, arsenic and more. It also often contains hundreds of toxic chemicals.
At least 50 large American city water supplies also contain residues of up to 60 or more pharmaceutical drugs. Although the quantities are small, these add up if one drinks and bathes in them daily.
Water additives are even worse. Most cities also add chlorine, fluorides, copper, aluminum and other toxins to the water. While copper is a necessary mineral, drinking it all the time is not smart.
Aluminum is worse and is associated with dementia and other health concerns. Chlorine is the next worst additive and should be forbidden in the water supply. It is associated with heart disease, cancer and more.
Fluorides may be the most toxic water additives. These are totally useless to prevent tooth decay. This has been demonstrated by numerous studies from many nations. Powerful political forces, and these alone, keep the insanity going.
To avoid many degenerative diseases, do your best to avoid drinking in these toxic chemicals. The only way to do this is to substitute spring or distilled water for the regular tap water. Some people are concerned with the plastics used in the bottles of spring and distilled water. While there is some residue, most is not that bad. The water should not taste of plastic, however, if the bottles were washed properly before they were filled.
Carbon filters will take out some chlorine, but not fluorides, aluminum and other metals. Reverse osmosis is a little better as it removes fluorides, but the filters become clogged quickly. That is why I prefer distilled or quality spring water for drinking.
Also, try to avoid the hundreds of prepared foods made with tap water. They include all commercially-baked breads and even most specialty breads, since the water filters used in most bakeries will not remove most water toxins.
Foods made with tap water also include corn or flour tortillas if prepared in a factory, and hundreds of soups, drinks, canned goods, sauces and much more. This is a challenge for anyone, since the contaminated water has found its way back to the farms and is used to water the crops we eat.
For example, some baby foods and fruit juices have been found to contain 8 to more than 40 parts per million of fluoride, far in excess of the one part per million that is falsely considered "safe"
Water for bathing should also be pure. To help avoid cancer and other diseases, please do not bath in your fluoridated water any more than necessary. Showers are better than baths, and short showers are the best.
Swimming pools and especially hot tubs are even worse, as they often have even more chlorine, bromine, copper in them, which are readily absorbed through the skin. Public pools and hot tubs should be avoided altogether. They are the most heavily chlorinated or brominated. Most also contain high levels of bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms that are not killed by chlorine or bromine.
Drugs and Cosmetics
Medical, pharmaceutical, recreational and over-the-counter drugs can shorten your life if you use them on a regular basis when they are not needed for proven medical conditions. I use this term because many are prescribed for vague complaints or self-medication when more rest, better food, better company or a new job is the real cause of the symptom.
Vaccines are not needed by most people. While a single vaccine may not ruin your health, having them repeatedly will. See our articles on vaccinations in the previous two issues.
This, of course, includes routine flu shots and all vaccines except in rare instances that an outbreak of a dread disease may require it. Even here, vaccines are not as helpful as they are claimed to be in most all cases.
This is a large subject, but the point is clear. Do not use more toxic products on your body, on your hair, such as hair spray, or anywhere else than are definitely required for your daily life.
Diet will always be a basic preventive health method, no matter what we are told on the news or by any health authority. Let us begin with foods to avoid:
Sugars and artificial sweeteners. Any food item that contains sugar or other sweeteners as one of the first four or five ingredients is probably not worth eating. This includes thousands of items in the marketplace, even in many health food stores.
Food items that contain sweeteners include almost all candies, cookies, ice creams, cakes, pastries, breads, commercial salad dressing, soups and so much more.
Avoiding sugars is next to impossible if you eat a lot of prepared food, or if you eat in most restaurants. The best way to avoid them is to cook your own food.
Also, labels can be deceptive. Sugars may be labeled sucrose, glucose, liquid sugar, fructose (the worst), maltose, lactose, corn solids, corn syrup, rice syrup, malt extract, honey, fruit juice sweetened or maple syrup, among others.
One artificial sweetener, aspartame, also called Nutrasweet or Equal, is even worse for many, but not all people. Other artificial sweeteners such as stevia and xylitol may be used in moderation, but are not recommended much, either. In fact, they often cause more weight gain than sugar, though they do not upset the blood glucose level as much as refined sugars, in most all cases.
White Or Wheat Flour. Avoid most all wheat products, as these are very hybridized. This means they have been altered to produce more food per acre, but not for better nutrition. Whole-wheat products are okay, but not great.
Avoid completely all white flour products such as white breads, white flour tortillas, most pasta, pastries, cakes, cookies and hundreds of other products made with this poor quality food.
Corn used to be an excellent food, but is also highly refined in many instances today. The best is the organic yellow or the blue corn, including organic blue or yellow corn chips. However, avoid all white corn, which is greatly hybridized and better used for auto fuel. Also avoid corn starch, grits, hominy and other refined corn products.
Soy and other Processed Foods. Avoid most chemical additives. MSG, for example, is served in thousands of restaurant items and even natural food stores under names like Braggs Liquid Aminos. Avoiding chemicals is practically impossible in most restaurants.
Soy is not a particularly healthful food, although it has some health benefits. Avoid all non-fermented soy products, such as soymilk, soy cheese, isolated soy protein in protein powders, hamburger extenders, diet foods and more. Once again, eat fresh foods and you will be better off. You may, however, eat some fermented soy in tofu, tempeh, soy sauce and miso.
Deep Fried Foods and Especially French Fries. Fried, and especially deep fried foods are hardly healthful today, especially in most restaurants, where the oil sits around for days at a high temperature. It becomes rancid and polymerized, which forms hydrogenated oils, trans-fatty acids and other damaging chemicals. Avoid this completely if you want the best health you can have.
What to Eat
Vegetables. Replace all refined foods with large portions of steamed or other lightly cooked vegetables. Eat a variety of vegetables at least twice daily. They provide plenty of fiber and many nutrients as well.
Fresh is usually best, but frozen peas and green beans are also superb. The best fresh vegetables are turnips, rutabagas, carrots, parsnips, sweet potato and onions. Other excellent ones include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, all greens that are cooked lightly, and winter squashes.
Cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, all sweet peppers and summer squashes are somewhat less healthful. These are mainly fruits, because they contain seeds. They also often aggravate certain sensitivities and are associated with joint problems in many people.
Salads. These are becoming more popular, and believe it or not, this is not all positive. Salads offer much less nutrition than properly cooked vegetables. Most people's bodies cannot break down the fiber, and not enough is eaten, and raw food is often contaminated with germs of many varieties. This is why it is best to eat mainly steamed or otherwise cooked vegetables.
Fruits. Fruit is not that healthful for most people. It is greatly hybridized and genetically modified in many instances. Its sugar content is often too high for most people, and too often it has been sprayed, even if it is labeled organically grown. So eat less fruit and more vegetables if you want the best health.
Meats. Beef and lamb are basically okay, especially if organically raised. Commercial beef is not healthful, unfortunately, since beef once was an excellent food.
Organic beef or good quality lamb, which most of it is not, may be eaten once or even twice a week only, if you want the best health. Some people need more of these foods than others. Children, for example, may even need more meats than their parents at times. So please do not deprive them of this excellent organic food.
Buffalo and other newer meats are okay once a week, but may not be raised in a healthful way. Seek out the organic varieties.
Pork, Ham, Bacon and Sausages are not first-rate foods. Some types of worms and parasites they can harbor can survive freezing and cooking.
Chicken and turkey are excellent foods for most people. The legs or thighs are usually best, as they contain important fatty acids that are needed by most people.
Fish, if they are small and free from contamination, can be eaten twice or even three times weekly. However, clean fish are rare today, even wild caught salmon, which otherwise is an excellent food. Problems digesting fish are usually caused by toxic metals or chemicals in the food.
Once again, please avoid total vegetarian diets, although older people can often totally skip the red meats.
Dairy Products. These are helpful in small quantities, provided they are organically raised, or at least goat products. Regular cow's milk, cheese and yogurt are quite hybridized, once again, and thus are less healthful, although some regular yogurt, if unsweetened, may be eaten by most people unless they are sensitive to it.
Supplements. To help prevent degenerative diseases, include in your daily fare some fish oil or cod liver oil. Kelp or dulse sea vegetables, aloe juice or gel, and sea salt rather than table salt, are also helpful for most people.
The juice of carrots and greens are also superb, taken up to 4-6 ounces daily or less. There is no need to live on juices, however. Organically grown is a superior agricultural system, though it is not perfect. Quality organic products contain many more nutrients in most instances, while having fewer toxic chemicals in them as well.
This may seem odd in an article on cancer prevention, but it is the absolute truth. Digestive difficulties, especially constipation, can lead to cancer. This has been shown in studies that demonstrate that when feces remains in the body, some of the poisons it contains are reabsorbed into the liver. If this continues for years, the liver's ability to detoxify the substances diminishes and the stage is set for cancer.
X-Rays and Cell Phone Exposure
X-rays and all other ionizing radiation exposure contribute to cancer. This includes medical, dental, and many other sources of radiation.
These include long airplane flights and even too much sun exposure, with or without sunscreens.
Cell phones and cordless phones give off microwaves that are not helpful either. Use these as little as possible for the best health. Those with cancer should avoid them totally as they further weaken the body.
Computer screens are less than ideal as well. Sit back as far as possible from your computer or use a smaller screen if possible. Consider using a large screen, backlit or plasma television to view your computer if you work on it all day at home.
Near infrared lamp sauna therapy is the best single way to avoid cancer today. You can easily put one together for several hundred dollars. Operating costs are extremely low for a lamp sauna because it is a far more efficient heating system than either traditional saunas or far infrared saunas.
Saunas all remove almost all toxic metals and thousands of toxic chemicals. They are also comfortable if they are the infrared type. However, you must use it at least three times weekly for 20-50 minutes, first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Be sure to rest after using it.
Infrared ones, especially near infrared lamp saunas, are much better than those found at health clubs. These are basically a room with a heater. See our website, www.drlwilson.com, for more about sauna types, prices to buy parts and more.
Attitudes and Cancer
People with certain personality traits are more likely to get cancer. For example, those who get cancer often appear very sweet or nice on the outside, but may harbor intense anger or resentments inside. Other personality patterns are also important in some cancer cases.
To avoid this cause of cancer, work on yourself, particularly any defensiveness and negative attitudes that may be hidden or overt in your personality. Negativity in general is associated with cancer, although sometimes the cancer comes first and causes a person to become depressed. This goes far beyond the scope of this article, however.
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Eating white sugar has affected the health of millions around the world. Dr Nancy Appleton, author of Lick the Sugar Habit has documented research findings concerning its effects on the body. Here are some examples:
Sugar can suppress
the immune system.
Sugar upsets the mineral
relationships in the body.
Sugar can cause
hyper-activity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases).
Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you loose.
Sugar reduces high /density lipoproteins.
Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.