5 Things Every Cancer Patient Needs to Know – By Laura Bond
Tunnel vision can take over when you’re given a diagnosis of cancer. Fear shuts down the rational mind, leaving most people feeling disorientated and vulnerable. While you cannot control the uncontrollable, there are proactive steps you can take to support yourself back to health.
After spending two years interviewing over 60 cancer experts around the world – most of whom were doctors – I’ve learnt that the empowered patient has a far better chance of recovery. So what can you do to maximize your chances of getting well? While it’s true that cancer is not a one-size-fits all disease – what works for one person, may not work for the next – there are certain steps that will help every patient gain a foothold on recovery; and help those who are currently well stay in sparkling health.
Cut out Sugar
Not only is sugar very acid-forming, it’s also cancer’s favourite food; a normal healthy cell has four receptor sites for sugar, a cancer cell has 96. Today you will find the sweet stuff in everything from toothpaste to tomato ketchup and disguised under labels that include corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, glucose or fructose. Quick tip: To curb cravings try incorporating more sour foods into your diet - over time your taste buds will adapt.
Flood the Body with Oxygen
‘Cancer cells cannot live in an oxygenated body,’ says integrative oncologist Dr. Thomas Lodi. One of the quickest ways to change the terrain of your body is by drinking a fresh green vegetable juice, eg kale, celery, spinach, wheatgrass and a small apple. This will flood the body with anti-cancer enzymes, have an alkalizing effect on the system and improve oxygen transport. (The bonus is glowing skin).
Exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer – and recurrence – by up to fifty per cent
. It also helps oxygenate your body, boost lymphatic drainage and increase levels of glutathione, known as the mother of all antioxidants.
Try a Teaspoon of Turmeric
Research showing turmeric’s ability to heal the body reaches back thousands of years. But this folk remedy has recently undergone forensic analysis. ‘So far, nobody has found a cancer, at least in the test tube, that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) cannot stop,’ says Professor Bharat Aggarwal from the revered MD Anderson Cancer Centre. Add an extra teaspoon to your next chicken korma or try taking Curamin, a highly bio-available supplement. www.curamin.com
A 2009 study from China showed that adrenaline – the fight or flight hormone – can make cancer resistant to treatment
. Try a walk in nature or a run through the park. It will help boost serotonin and dopamine, feel-good brain chemicals that calm the mind.
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PMID via www.greenmedinfo.com/print/blog/stress-hormones-
 One study published in the journal Cancer Research in 2011 revealed that brisk walking halted the progress of early-stage prostate cancer. Another study, this time from a Harvard professor, found that women who walked one to three hours a week at a moderate pace had a 20 per cent reduced risk of breast cancer death. For those who walked three to five hours a week, the risk was reduced by 50 per cent