8 Steps for Cancer Prevention.

Via Heather Lounsbury
on Jun 28, 2010
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Cancer prevention?

Maybe I should have titled the subject line “Illness Prevention.” But the big C always gets people’s attention. Especially when 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men are getting cancer now.

So why not change a few things to reduce your risk?

1 Eat more vegetables

Vegetables aren’t just delicious and filled with vitamins and nutrients; they also contain a lot of fiber, antioxidants, and beta-carotene. All of these help reduce your risk. Eating vegetables makes your body more alkaline, which is also good for preventing any illness.

For more on why eating a more plant based diet is better for you and the environment, please read another great resource at GoVeg.com

2 Go organic

Organic food not only tastes better, it doesn’t have all those pesticides, antibiotics, steroids and growth hormones that can make you very sick. A lot of people say to me organic costs more. One trick is to go to your local farmer’s market right before closing. The vendors are practically giving their products away. Plus, eating organic is much cheaper than getting sick, missing work, and having medical expenses.

3 Sweat more

Sweating releases toxins through the skin. Fewer toxins in your body, the lower your risk of getting sick. Go for a hike, take a power yoga class, or sit in a sauna on a regular basis.

4 Do a liver cleanse on a regular basis

If you’ve been getting my newsletters for a while, you know I’m a fan of doing a safe cleanse at least once a year. Along with sweating, a liver cleanse will flush out the bad stuff that’s stuck in your liver.

5 Taking care of your mental health

Stress can weaken your immune system. Thus, making you more susceptible to getting sick. So whether it’s meditating, therapy, a spiritual practice, exercise, or all of the above, please take care of you!

6 Avoid sugar, including sugar substitutes, and dairy

Sugar feeds cancer. Eat some fruit instead. And dairy is mucous forming, since it’s mucous too. Try milk alternatives, such as hemp, almond, or rice. You can get really creative and make your own.

7 Deep breathing

Cancer cells won’t thrive in a highly oxygenated body. So take out that yoga mat and breathe.

8 Don’t store or cook your food in plastic.

Highly heated plastics release dioxin (carcinogens) into your food and ultimately into the cells of the body. In fact, avoid using plastic altogether.

See? That wasn’t so hard, was it? Knowing that you’ve taken the first steps to being disease free can be liberating.

Live natural. Live well.



About Heather Lounsbury

Heather Lounsbury, L.Ac. is an acupuncturist, nutritionist, environmental activist and radio host. One of her goals is to put fast food and greenwashers out of business. She's available for phone consultations. Find her at livenaturallivewell.com.


4 Responses to “8 Steps for Cancer Prevention.”

  1. toby says:

    There is now as much data on vitamin D preventing cancer as there is on smoking causing cancer, and it is time for everybody to know the facts. Take a look at http://www.vitaminD3world.com
    for some good summaries of the facts. It is now nearly three years since the Canadian Cancer Society started recommending that everyone take vitamin D to prevent cancer

  2. heidimassey says:

    Once I tasted organic strawberries, there was no going back…they taste like REAL STRAWBERRIES. And it was all down hill from there. We now have an organic garden and eat some pretty incredible food!

    Thanks for the great post!

  3. Heather,

    Can you please cite your sources for these claims?


  4. lilysea says:

    Buying organic and cooking at home is also a lot cheaper than eating out. Even buying organic produce and cooking more from scratch, rather than getting a lot of boxes and cans and prepared foods is cheaper. I don't hold with the expense excuse. There are ways to change habits and balance your budget. But in our family, good food, good education and family mental health are priorities, so we will cut elsewhere if need be.