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THE CANCER EPIDEMIC PART II – A FEW TIPS

THE CANCER EPIDEMIC PART II – A FEW TIPS

After writing the earlier article on Cancer Epidemic, I received a few requests to give tips on what can be done either to prevent Cancer or on the onset of the disease.  The topic of Cancer is a complex one, with many vested interests and divergent views on how it is caused, what does and

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After writing the earlier article on Cancer Epidemic, I received a few requests to give tips on what can be done either to prevent Cancer or on the onset of the disease.  The topic of Cancer is a complex one, with many vested interests and divergent views on how it is caused, what does and doesn’t work. Since I am not in the medical field, I have based my findings on research done online.

Different body areas suffer from different types of Cancers, the causes of which depend on several factors. Some cancers are preventable, while others, unfortunately, cannot be prevented because they are caused by genetics. The one common identifier of cancer that most of us understand, however, is that it is a disease that causes fast replication of cells, which may then form tumors, or spread all over the body.

What makes treatment of the disease complex and difficult is the one-size-fits-all model of chemo or radiation, while it is well known that the disease behaves differently in nearly every patient, and also that the aspect of mutation makes it difficult for the treatments to be successfully targeted to the cancerous cells. This then calls for treatment that best targets the specific cancer mutations, while effectively implementing correspondent treatments appropriately. This is an important aspect that cancer patients ought to discuss with their doctors before agreeing to treatment. I was able to identify about five different types of treatment, which are too detailed for this space.

Since now we know there is little that can be done to prevent genetic cancers, I will touch on a few preventative measures that may help prevent those cancers caused by other factors. Upon disease onset, there are a few steps that may help mitigate its effects. However, these measures would have to be followed religiously and relentlessly. Just as in treatment, it is good to note that there is still no one-size-fits-all in these measures too. The body is an intelligent system that knows exactly what works or does not work for it, and the best weapon we all have is that inner voice that guides us. Some call this voice intuition, and I say intuition is God talking to us. If we ‘listen’ to our body, it will guide us to what is best for it. As we read, it is good to have an open mind, remembering that for anything to work we have to believe in it.

I found research that argues most diseases (including Cancer) happen when there is inflammation in the body.  Inflammation is an important function of the healing process because it signals the immunity system to heal and repair damaged tissue, but it is prolonged inflammation that is harmful. The immunity system is the body’s defense system against disease, so when it is compromised and is not thriving, the body is defenseless against diseases. Prolonged inflammation occurs when the body becomes acidic and is laden with toxins.

While a thriving immunity system is a good thing, research indicates that people who fall sick and get better often, have a robust immunity system that is better able to combat disease, more than those who have never got sick a day in their lives. If the immunity system is not accustomed to fighting off disease, it becomes that much harder for it to fight back, upon disease onset. It is much like a muscle that is often exercised and gains resilience, versus one that is dormant, thus not very flexible while fighting back. Maybe this is the reason why sometimes healthy-looking people suddenly get ill and go down very fast.

Detoxification of both physical and emotional toxins, eating and maintaining a healthy diet that provides proper phytonutrients/antioxidants, treating the body right, maintaining a positive attitude towards life, staying well hydrated, living a stress free, happy, loving, forgiving life, exercising and maintaining positivity, all go towards helping our bodies remain vibrant, and ensures when disease strikes we are already well armed to combat it. A healthy, well-rounded lifestyle in all areas including social, spiritual, physical and emotional, is a big plus. Doctors are known to say that a happy patient easily recovers from disease. It is true, then, that laughter is the best medicine.

There are many causes of cancer including but not limited to: smoking, asbestos, compromised immunity due to other diseases, excessive alcohol consumption, genes, toxins, food additives and colorants, preservatives, flavorings, toxic prescription drugs, hair chemicals, dehydration, poor diet, poor nutrition, lack of iodine, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, plasticizers, GMOs, brominated vegetable oils, sodium nitrate, heavy metals like mercury, stress, hormonal imbalances, synthetic hormone replacement, birth control pills, antibiotics/growth hormones from the animals we eat, exposure to radiation, as well as environmental and pharmaceutical estrogen.

Negative emotions like anger, guilt, bitterness, fear, anxiety, hate and the like, are all harmful elements to the body’s immunity, and also play a role in disease and cancer enhancement.  

Sugar has been identified as the most dangerous substance in enhancing inflammation and feeding cancer cells. In conducting P.E.T. Scans, Doctors use radiated sugar to detect where the cancer cells are located in the body, because the cancer cells readily attract the sugar. Avoiding sugar altogether helps reduce inflammation and denies the cancer cells their fuel, and so they cannot thrive. It is a tough choice. Excessive sugar, inflammation and acidity are all buddies, but they are the enemy of the body. It is important to maintain a well-balanced pH, where the body is more alkaline, because cancerous cells do not thrive in alkalinity. Eating more alkaline foods, keeping well hydrated, using apple cider vinegar and lemon-infused water, are some of the remedies that combat acidity in the body. Remember, it is always important to consult with a physician before embarking on any kind of healing routine.

A sluggish intestinal tract negatively affects nearly every other activity in the body. Eating fast and junk foods overload our system, which is why we feel sluggish after eating that hearty burger, fries and soda. As one doctor put it, it is like an army already in battle fighting the enemy, and then a garbage truck comes along and covers the army with all the trash. Naturally, the army will have to unload itself off the garbage first before continuing to fight the enemy. That is what happens when we eat all that sweet, fatty food. The body is already working hard to fight the toxins in our bodies, but now it has to unload itself off all that ‘sweet garbage’ before continuing to fight. Since about 70% of our immune system is in the lining of the intestinal tract, it then makes very good sense to eat foods that will assist to keep things moving in that area: Green leafy vegetables, fruits, fiber, proper hydration, whole grains and omega 3 fats. Doctors recommend that eating more of the colorful vegetables and fruits is more beneficial. Green tea extracts and berries help the immunity system to identify the ‘abnormal’ cells.

The great debate today is how to identify organic from inorganic foods. Fact is that this is a tricky question because most ‘organic’ labeled foods, are actually not organic. The rule of thumb while shopping is to become ‘food label smart’, and if we cannot understand or pronounce the contents on the label of the food we are just about to buy, most likely we ought not to eat it. Vigilance is important. Look out for toxins like ‘Ethyl Glycol’. Cellulose fiber in some canned foods is actually cardboard. It is almost impossible to believe the amount of pollutants in the foods we consume, so the best thing would be, as much as is possible, plant our own foods, even if it means doing it in pots or jualas (plastic bags). A simple test to tell organic from inorganic fruits, is to leave them on the counter for a few days. Organic fruit naturally wilts, while inorganic rots.

While it may not be possible to fully reverse some types of cancer because it depends on a host of variables including the type, disease stage, lifestyle, the body’s ability to fight and the person’s beliefs and willingness to fight, I have personally witnessed very encouraging cases of people having fully recovered and regained full health after using natural and alternative treatments, changing their lifestyles and dietary habits. But I must mention here that, these people prayed and believed God could help them through the sickness. Most of these people remained positive and very grateful, no matter their pains and struggles. There is also a large, very friendly and supportive online community of people fighting cancer and natural & alternative medicine practitioners who have helped reverse cancer by using natural and alternative treatments.

There are many doctors too who confess of their cancer patients being completely healed both with and without conventional treatment, so miracles still do happen.

To recap; eating healthy, exercising, remaining positive and grateful, as well as believing we can achieve anything we envision, limiting exposure to the known causes of cancer, and having regular physical checkups  are all important for our healthy wellbeing now, and in the future. How we treat our bodies today, may have long term good effects, and keeping healthy is the best way to avoid preventable disease, including reducing the risk of getting certain cancers. With today’s technology it is easy to keep abreast with emerging developments and available solutions to life’s problems.

Someone once told me: “Gratitude is giving thanks, and without it, you cut yourself off from the magic that makes you receive everything you want in life”.

I hope this touches someone’s life positively.

It is still a beautiful world, let’s strive to be happy.

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DISCLAIMER:   The writer is not a medical professional, and the views expressed here are solely hers, and do not necessarily reflect those of KPIUSA. The reader is advised to be vigilant and carry out their own due diligence when following any medical suggestions.

Susan Wambui

Senior Columnist

Kenyan Parents in USA

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  • Karanja KIMWERE
    March 31, 2019, 1:30 pm

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    Brilliant article. Very, very helpful. Thanks Susan.

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