Be ProACTive

Be ProACTive – It’s Your Health
Little Choices That Make a Big Difference

This is a list of the most important 18 things you can do (in my humble estimation … many thanks to the wonders of researching through google!) that we can do to mitigate our risk of getting cancer … or most other diseases for that matter!

ACT 1: Balance Your Diet – Eat Less Refined Foods & More Whole Foods

  • Reduce your intake of sugar, flour and products containing omega-6’s.
  • Increase your consumption of omega 3s and other healthy fat to about 30% of your daily intake.
  • Increase your intake of anticancer products such as turmeric, green tea, soy, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, radishes, collard and mustard greens and some fruits.

ACT 2: Eat Organically Grown, Non-Genetically Modified Foods

  • Pesticides sprayed on crops collect in food, and once in the body, these chemicals can disrupt proper hormone function.
  • Avoid imported produce as it tends to be more heavily sprayed.
  • Peel waxed produce (apples, cucumbers).
  • Choose fresh and frozen over canned foods.
  • Choose Non-Genetically Modified Foods.

ACT 3: Eat Hormone & Antibiotic-free, Naturally Fed Meats, Dairy & Poultry

  • Choose hormone-free, antibiotic-free, grass fed beef and dairy.
  • Choose organic cage-free chickens and eggs.

ACT 4: Don’t Smoke & Avoid Second Hand Smoke
According to the Canadian Cancer Society; lung cancer remains the leading cause of death, killing millions of smokers every year. Breathing even a little tobacco smoke can be harmful.

ACT 5: Check Your Vitamin D Levels & Don’t Use Toxic Sunscreens

It’s ironic, but sunscreens often contain known carcinogens. Also, sunscreen can create a Vitamin D deficiency. Adequate Vitamin D supports a healthy immune system, protects cells against oxidative damage and inhibits the initiation phase of some cancers. You should get about 30 minutes of sunlight per day, but not during peak hours. If you need to be in the sun for more than that, cover up or look for natural sunscreens.

ACT 6: Limit Your Exposure to Household Toxins

  • Air out your dry-cleaned clothing.
  • Avoid pesticides and insecticides. Instead, look for non-toxic alternatives such as vinegar, salt, soapy water, rubbing alcohol, boric acid and plant based oils.
  • Avoid chemical cleaning products. Instead, try baking soda for scouring, vinegar and water for cleaning glass, and tea tree oil and water for disinfecting (use with caution around pets).
  • Avoid skin contact with aluminum.
  • Avoid parabens and phthalates in cosmetic products.
  • Avoid skin care products that contain estrogens or placental by-products.

ACT 7: Avoid Certain Plastics

  • Avoid plastics that contain recycling codes 1, 3, 6 & 7. Plastics with codes 2, 4 & 5 may also leach chemicals. Your best options are stainless steel, glass and ceramic.
  • Avoid microwaving with plastics. It’s best to avoid microwaves completely, but if you do use them, choose glass or ceramic containers.

ACT 8: Decrease Your Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)

  • Avoid electrical transmission lines, microwave towers and phone cable.
  • Extra low frequency EMFs include: house wiring, phone lines, computers, TVs, hair dryers, electric clocks and electric appliances & blankets.
  • Wireless Internet also exposes us to very low levels of non-ionizing or EMF, radiation. Keep your computer in “sleep” mode and disable your wireless network when not in use.
  • Don’t keep your cell phone in your pocket, use a headset and, when possible, text instead of calling.

ACT 9: Manage Your Stress & Emotions

  • Practice a method of relaxation and self-centering such as yoga, qigong, tai chi, prayer or meditation.
  • Resolve past traumas.
  • Learn to accept your emotions including fear, sadness, despair and anger.
  • Find someone with whom you can safely share your emotions.

ACT 10: Drink Plenty of Filtered Water
Use a carbon filter or a reverse osmosis filter, or drink mineral or spring water.

ACT 11. Get Daily Physical Activity
Do at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day.

ACT 12: Get 7 to 8 hours of Sleep Each Night
While everybody differs slightly, seven to eight hours a night is recommended. This allows for physical and psychological rest and repair, both of which are imperative to a vital and healthy body and mind.

ACT 13: Ask your Naturopathic Doctor About Functional Medicine & Blood Marker Screening Tests

Tests such as a Comprehensive Metabolic Profile and an Estronex Test provide a view into your body’s cellular metabolic processes and the efficiency of metabolic function. By identifying loss of function, the individual can be treated with tailored nutritional interventions. Cancer Marker Screening tests such as AFP, CA125, CA 19-9 and PSA are also being investigated as possible tumor markers, but do not take the place of proven screening tests.

ACT 14: Get Thermographic Breast Screening – A Safer, More Effective Alternative
Standard medical care recommends mammograms for breast cancer screening, which use harmful mechanical pressure and ionizing radiation. However, we encourage you to think for yourself and consider a safer, more effective compliment to mammograms.

Thermographic screening is brilliantly simple. Cameras produce an image that can be evaluated for abnormal cellular changes, which is seen as an increase in blood flow to an area.  Increased blood flow causes a warming in the tissue and because of thermal imaging’s extreme sensitivity, these changes can detect signs of breast cancer as much as 10 years earlier than either mammography or a physical exam.

ACT 15: Get Regular Pap Tests
This simple test, performed by a doctor or nurse, is used to look at the cells of the cervix for any abnormalities. Changes in the cervix can be found early and treated before cancer develops. Doctors recommend having your first Pap test within 3 years of initiating sexual activity and then annually until at least age 70.

ACT 16: Ask Your Doctor About Having a Colonoscopy
A colonscope, a small camera attached to a flexible tube, is used to examine the entire length of the colon (large intestine) and rectum. Any abnormal tissue growths can be sampled for evaluation. Polyps can also be removed before they become cancerous. Colonoscopies are recommended beginning at age 50, however, many doctors recommend your first colonoscopy at age 40, as many cases of colon cancer could have been avoided with earlier detection.

ACT 17: Get Regular Dermatologist Screening for Skin Cancer & Melanoma
Skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by a medical professional. It is recommended to have an annual full body screening, but if a private setting is not available, a limited screening of only exposed areas (face, neck, arms, hands, etc.) can be helpful. It is recommended that you perform monthly self-exams in between professional screenings looking for the following:

  • new red or darker colored flaky patches or nodules
  • new firm, flesh-colored bumps
  • bleeding sores that don’t heal after 2 to 3 weeks
  • change in the size, shape, color or feel of a mole (look for specific features that may be indicative of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, such as: a mole that is painful or itchy, larger than 6 millimeters across, irregularly shaped, multi-colored, or with an ragged border)

ACT 18: Get Regular Eye & Oral Exams
Pigments in the whites of the eye are vulnerable to cancer. If caught early, eye cancer, or melanoma, can be removed to prevent further complications. If left unchecked, it can spread to the liver or other organs. To mitigate your risk, have annual eye exams, wear sunglasses with UV protection and eat foods rich in anti-oxidants.

Your doctor should visually examine your mouth and gums annually to screen for oral cancer. Let your dentist know if you smoke, chew tobacco or drink alcohol so he or she can determine your risk of developing oral cancer.

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