A Simple Plan for Cancer Prevention

TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Prevalent knowledge in the natural health industry reveals that many chronic diseases, including cancer, can only exist in an imbalanced metabolic environment, the likelihood of which increases as our average life expectancy does.  According to the Canadian Cancer Society, based on 2009 incidence rates, 40% of Canadian women and 45% of men will develop cancer during their lifetimes.

Cancer is a term used to describe diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control.  Cancer slowly eats away at healthy tissues, monopolizes resources and eventually weakens organ function. It is not just one disease, but many including more than 100 different types.

What can we do? 
Through on-going research, scientists have determined that both heredity and environmental risk factors influence our health and chances of a cancer diagnosis. Although there is little we can do to change genetic inheritance, we can protect against cancer and positively impact our health by following healthy dietary guidelines and avoiding known risk factors.

A simple, cancer prevention program focuses on dietary and lifestyle modifications — eating healthy, regular activity, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stressors and exposure to chemicals and pollutants. Up to 35% of all cancers may actually be prevented just by eating a well-balanced, nutritious daily diet that emphasizes vegetables, fruit, whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats and fibre; utilizing methods to relieve stress; and guarding against toxic substances.

Known risk factors
Certain synthetic organic chemicals increase the risk factors for cancer. This growing list of carcinogenic substances includes cigarette smoke, pollution, pesticides, benzene, vinyl chloride, ethyl alcohol, and asbestos. Avoid smoking and excess alcohol intake, consume organic produce (or wash conventional produce appropriately to remove pesticide residues; many pesticides are not water soluble), and avoid contact with and inhalation of petroleum fumes.

Promising nutrients
Whey protein is an excellent lean protein that helps support the immune system.  Whey contains glutathione-boosting amino acids. Glutathione is a potent intracellular antioxidant. It helps maintain the immune system. Immune lymphocytes depend on glutathione for normal replication and function.  Glutathione is often found to be depleted in individuals with chronic disease.

Sulforaphane and indoles are compounds found in cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. They appear to possess anticancer properties by enhancing the liver's ability to detoxify certain carcinogens more effectively.

Grape seed extract and green tea are both rich sources of polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants and deliver powerful anti-tumor properties.  Flaxseeds contain lignans that may be associated with a reduced risk of certain cancers.

While supplementation can offer numerous preventative health benefits, it is important for individuals undergoing cancer treatment to work with a health professional who is well-versed in the action and benefits of any adjunct nutrient.

Holistic cancer research
The good news is that research is constantly uncovering new avenues for the prevention and treatment of cancer.  Prevention is always better than cure.  The simple inclusion of high quality foods, maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle along with some well researched nutrients offers a comprehensive preventative approach.

There is much promise in the area of supplementation and its role in both cancer prevention and treatment, but more research is desperately needed. The Aldo Fund, in memory of Aldo Dominguez and his pioneering vision and philosophy of wellness, has been established as an annual fund for natural and integrative cancer research and education in partnership with the Holistic Health Research Foundation of Canada. For more information and how you can contribute to this charitable organization, visit www.aldofund.ca.

Michele Sevier Biography

Michele Sevier, DNM, DAc, is an educator and advocate of natural health and healing. As an independent advisor to Nutrition House, she is actively involved in many facets of integrative medicine including research, the formulation of specialized supplements, and providing natural health solutions to the general public through Nutrition House's 'Ask Our Expert' service at www.nutritionhouse.com.

SOURCE Nutrition House Canada Inc.

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