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  lifestyle choices

From childhood onwards we subject our bodies to substances which they are not designed to cope with.

Our carefully balanced diet in babyhood becomes one which almost certainly includes items which are not actually providing any food value at all, and in fact might even contain toxins.

Many cancers are encouraged by the harmful substances we innocently allow into our food which contribute to illness in an insidious way. For example, hormones, steroids, antibiotics and pesticides are a few of the poisons appearing in our foods in the industrialised world.

Equally worrying is the increase of pollutants in our drinking water.City water supplies using recycled water can contain many different microscopic toxins, from lead to deadly cryptosporidium, pesticides and poisonous algae, even hormones.

One undeniable fact is that "we are what we eat". Statistics published in 2000 showed that 1 in 10 women in the UK would develop breast cancer whereas the incidence in China was just 1 in 10 thousand. Today the American and the British woman has a 1 in 7 chance of getting breast cancer.

It might come as a shock to learn that medical experts estimate that at least one third of all cancer cases are related to our diet. Watching what we eat can reduce our risk of getting the disease. There are indisputable links between lifestyle and diet from East to West - most notably that the traditional Chinese diet does not include dairy produce. Sadly, as American Fastfood restaurants slowly but surely advance East, occurances of breast and prostate cancer increase in direct proportion.
Studies now show that cancer is much lower in developing countries than it is in "Westernised" countries. People in the so-called developing countries eat a low fat, high fibre diet that consists mostly of vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Cancer is very rare where the diet consists of fresh food.

have a food revolution!
Try to minimize or eliminate all together your consumption of beef, pork, farmed chicken and processed meat like sausages and bacon. These foods can be concentrated sources of dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) antibiotics, unnecessary hormones and other potent carcinogens, due partly to the additives in the feed used in commercial livestock and chicken feeding operations and partly to the substances used in production of the finished product.

Say "no" to potato crisps, bakery goods, cake mixes, ready meals and fast foods. These contain a lot of hidden trans-fatty acids, refined sugar and salt. Modern processing removes most of the beneficial nutrients found in natural foods.

It is critical to avoid fizzy soft drinks, especially cola - if people realised the damage they were doing to their bodies they would never drink it again! All kinds of soft drinks are very acidic, but in order to neutralize a glass of cola, it takes 32 glasses of high pH alkaline water! It is well known by the medical profession that disease loves acid, especially cancer. Fizzy drinks actually dehydrate at a cellular level.

There is increasing evidence to support the case that consuming large amounts of dairy produce contributes to breast and prostate cancers. Dairy products contain certain hormones, for example, oestrogen and prolactin, which are found in dairy milk, and in addition, they contain growth factors. These growth factors are designed to keep young cattle developing, once they're out of the mother's womb, until they can eat grass. One of these growth factors, called IGF-1, has been strongly implicated in both breast and prostate cancer by many researchers.

Many foods that are widely advertised tend to be high in calories and relatively low in nutrients, while few advertisements appear for less processed foods such as vegetables and fruits or whole grains and beans.

A diet consisiting of "empty calories" is a recipe for ill health, but many people don't realise the harm they do to themselves or their children by buying refined ("white") wheat products, sugar and salt.

 food choices

That old saying - "You are what you eat" - really applies to the cancer patient. We can and should attack cancer by following a healthy diet, drinking plenty of fresh water and avoiding, greasy, starchy, salty and highly processed foods.

We want our body to become alkaline. But the average Westerner eats a diet largely consisting of fried, fatty, sweet, salty and highly processed foods. These create an acid environment within our cells where disease can flourish.

So our weight isn't the only thing affected by what we eat. Although we see many overweight people every day, we may not realise that many of them are also suffering from poor nutrition. Poor nutrition weakens the immune system allowing cancer cells to develop.

Many of nature's natural foods are filled with cancer fighting properties and can be an extremely useful tool in our battle against cancer. Also, changing our eating habits can be a significant contributing factor in managing cancer. You will find that there are many treatments for cancer available in your local shops!

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why fresh food is so important

If you put a plant into a dark cupboard, it will wither and die. Light is a natural requirement for life. Without light there is no life.

Our bodies are living organisms which require light to function correctly. Even small doses of daylight create a marked improvement to everyone's health.

Foods that are so highly processed that they have had all the life removed from them, can be regarded as dark foods. When we consume large quantities of meat we are also feeding our cells on dead matter. Sometimes it has been meat from an animal kept alive with chemicals, antibiotics and hormones, which is very bad news indeed for our bodies.

You might say "but my grandparents lived all their lives on the farm eating meat, butter and cheese and they lived till they were 99!" and all I can say is that things were completely different then. Food crops and animals were raised organically and food was purer. Antibiotics did not exist.

They did not suffer the air pollution or the electro-magnetic radiation which we have in modern times, and toxins were not found in their foods as they are today.

There is a race of people, the Hunzas, who live in the Himalayan foothills. They routinely survive to a phenomenal old age. There is no word for cancer in their vocabulary, because it is a disease unknown to them. They're still playing football at 100 years old and they have no word for "retirement" either, because they play an active part in their community until they die, possibly at the age of 140 or 150 yrs old.

Those tribes-people live on a diet of LIVE food, that is, food which has very recently been growing in the light. They eat very little meat and no dairy produce apart from freshly made soft goat's cheese. Their staple diet consists of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and berries and plenty of clean, fresh water.

Of course we don't live in a pristine, toxin free environment in the remote foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, but we CAN make a serious improvement to our own lifestyle so that we remain healthy into our old age.

An overwhelming message for everyone is this: the greatest help we can give ourselves in the battle against cancer is to think positively and believe we can make a difference!

We can help ourselves to tip-top health with our own personal programme, because the health of our body is ruled by the health of our minds.

We can attack our cancer, it need not get the better of us. We can force it to retreat with the vigour of our determination. We can take charge of our bodies, and do everything within our power to return to 100% glowing good health!

Now is the perfect time to practice the principles of prevention by rebuilding the immune system, which I personally believe is the key to surviving cancer

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