Friday, November 23, 2007

Cancer Prevention

The health scourge of past and future generations has always been cancer. The source of many debates on whether or not there is or ever will be a definite cure, it goes without saying that it would be best to avoid cancer outright. Cancer treatments, have advanced with time and have saved many lives, but none-the-less, cancer treatment is rough and harsh on the body. To kill cancer, in many instances, the breakdown of the body goes hand and hand with the treatment. If a person has a choice as to having cancer or avoiding cancer, avoidance trumps the disease every time. That being said, The American Institute for Cancer Research has released a 517-page report detailing the medical view of what your main risk factors for developing cancer, and what you can do to reduce your risk. The most interesting finding in the report is that being overweight increases your risk of developing many different types of cancer. Excess bodyweight has been touted as the number one cause of ill health in the United States. Excess body weight leads to heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Now it is a major cause of cancer. (Spoiler Alert: The health care crisis in our country isn't about the lack of insurance coverage, lack of medical funding or the cost of prescription drugs, it is truly about being over weight!) The report also made a list of recommendations on how to avoid cancer. Be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight. Be physically active as part of everyday life. Limit consumption of "energy-dense foods," foods that are high in calories, fat and sugar. Avoid sugary drinks. Eat mostly foods of plant origin, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. Limit intake of red meat and avoid ALL processed meat. Limit alcoholic drinks to one per day for women, two per day for men. Limit consumption of salt. Avoid moldy grains or legumes. Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone, without dietary supplement. As you can see, the list of recommendations makes sense. It may take a big effort to accomplish sticking to the list, but it is worth it. Just ask someone who has gone through chemotherapy.
Thought for the Week: " To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life."-----Robert Louis Stevenson
Chiropractic Thought for the Week: Warning, Deep Thought Attack: Life is a trinity, consisting of Intelligence, Force and Matter. The body's innate intelligence is always 100%. Force is what links the innate intelligence to matter (the physical body). The chiropractic definition of life is the expression of intelligence through matter. Practically speaking, life is the expression of nerve flow through the body, communicating the body's intelligence to its cells, tissues, organs and systems.