My grandmother died of cancer a few years ago, and while she lived to see 71 years of life, I still didn’t feel it was her time to go. Another happy, healthy 20 years would have seemed much better. Needless to say, I was in a long grieving process, and chances are, someone you love might be too. So many of us are touched by cancer every day, and it’s one of the most heartbreaking experiences you’ll ever go through – to see a loved one die of this horrific disease. After the grief is healed, we then wonder if we’re doomed to the same fate due to our genetic pool. I don’t want to live in fear of cancer, and I don’t you too, either.
Here’s the thing. We all have cancer cells running around in our body, but we don’t have to fear these cells. To keep them in check, there are some really simple lifestyle protocols that will help us live cancer-free lives. And you don’t have to worry if a certain type of cancer runs in your family. Epigenetics tells us that we can change our genes by simply making these 2 essential lifestyle changes.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” said Hippocrates long ago. It really is true that we are what we eat. This is perhaps the biggest thing we have control over – our diet. There’s so much evidence that shows us a plant-based, whole foods diet high in antioxidants and other life-giving nutrients is the way to eat to stay cancer-free. Foods like broccoli, cauliflower and bok choy are known to fight cancer, as are blueberries, acai berries, and dark leafy greens.
We can supplement with detoxifying superfoods like spirulina and chlorella, while drinking a glass of homemade juice every morning. I like the beet, carrot, ginger, lemon combination, and also make green juices from spinach, cucumbers, celery, and limes. The beauty in eating all these green foods is that they leave your body in an alkaline state, rather than an acidic one. This is really important to keep in mind because in an alkaline body, cancer cannot thrive.
Chaga tea is believed to be a potent cancer fighter as well, and integrating the other medicinal mushrooms (like reishi) into your diet will keep cancer cells from proliferating. The best supplement to take is turmeric, with its cancer-fighting curcumin compound. The other piece to remember here is to cut out sugar. I know it’s hard, but cancer LOVES sugar, so if you can keep as much sugar out of your diet as possible, you’ll be leaps and bounds ahead of the rest.
The other piece in this cancer prevention puzzle has to do with healing emotional wounds. When we suppress any negative emotion – whether that’s anger, resentment, grief, etc. – we’re actually experiencing psycho-emotional trauma. As they say, “the issues are in our tissues,” and it’s true. Our body holds onto this trauma if we don’t face it and heal it. The stress of unhealed emotional wounds builds and builds. It takes a major toll on our adrenaline reserves, eventually leading to an unhealthy cycle whereby normal cells are given the green light to transform into cancer cells. This emotional holding has been named “complicated grief,” and it’s been called the primary psycho-emotional trigger for cancer.
So what does that mean for us? It means facing our deep wounds, and turning to healing modalities that free us from the emotional stress of complicated grief. Meditation, yoga, various kinds of therapy, a deep spiritual connection – these are ways to heal emotioanl wounds, and as long as you get quiet and ask for what you need, the answers will come. We can beat this cancer epidemic with awareness and compassion for our emotional wounds. We can feed our bodies in the right way, and keep each other accountable on the road to epic health. Let’s love ourselves more, and let the healing begin!
Raising a glass of green juice to you and grandma!