“When are scientists going to find a cure for cancer?”
As a practicing physician, that’s one of the most common questions I hear. Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever have a single, magic bullet that targets the disease, for many different reasons.
But that doesn’t mean we’re all doomed — far from it! The war on cancer may have failed, but there are still plenty of things we can do to stop cancer in its tracks. As I point out to my patients at Oasis of Hope California, you are the solution. You can take steps now to help your body heal.
For those who have not been diagnosed with cancer, these same steps can reduce your risk of developing the disease. Doctors help, of course, by providing you with information and support. In addition, early testing options, like the eight-test Oasis of Hope Cancer Profile©, mean it is now possible to detect metabolic changes that could increase risk of cancer. But no one can do these things for you, and the sooner you begin to play an active role in preventing or healing cancer, the better.
Today, the odds of developing cancer are one in two. How does the average person overcome such a powerful enemy? Two ways, starting with my recommendations for overall good health. These are things my patients hear again and again, simply because they are so important. We’ll review those points shortly, but first I’d like to discuss the often-overlooked step of understanding how cancer happens. Arm yourself with knowledge, and you are much closer to success than when you don’t know what you’re up against.
Experts estimate that each of us has, on average, 75 million cancer cells in our body. Our immune systems prevent these cells from developing. But if the immune system is overwhelmed by chronic stress, especially emotional stress, or bogged down with heavy metals and other toxins, as well as an unhealthy diet, the cancer cells may gain a foothold and begin the process known as the cancer cascade.
How Cancer Happens
The cancer cascade is a 12-year-long process during which cells develop into a tumor. First, the cancer cells cloak themselves with substances that make them invisible to the immune system. Next, they stick to one another, forming a cluster that attaches to a muscle wall where it has access to blood supply. This is the beginning of a tumor.
Sugar, or glucose, is a tumor’s favorite food. Now, if you’re thinking, “Maybe I shouldn’t eat sugar,” congratulations! You are absolutely correct. One of the keys to preventing or eliminating cancer is to stop feeding it. Giving up sugar is part of the one-two punch that can kill cancer cells.
The second part of that punch involves reducing the acid content in your body. Acidic environments are a cancer favorite. If you’ve been eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) of processed, packaged, and fast foods, there’s a good chance you’re too acidic. It’s easy to check. Simply purchase a packet of pH strips at any pharmacy and test your urine. Ideally, you should be slightly alkaline, between 7.2 and 7.4. Anything below that is considered acidic, while test results above indicate alkalinity. If your test shows you are too acidic, simply add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Nearly all produce is alkaline, so it’s an easy, nutritious way to stop the cancer cascade from continuing.
Without intervention on your part, the tumor keeps growing. As a general rule, it takes around eight years for the cascade process to create a tumor, then another four or so for the tumor to grow large enough to show up on medical tests or create symptoms. Of course, it depends on many things, such as the type of cancer, how aggressive it is, and your overall health.
Change Your Life, Change Your Risk
Just doing these two things—eliminating sugar from your diet, and keeping your pH in the alkaline range—can make a huge difference in treating or avoiding cancer. In addition, I recommend:
- Daily, moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes
- Plenty of fresh, filtered water throughout the day
- Lots of deep, restorative sleep
- Daily stress management
- Weight reduction, if necessary, since fat cells hold dangerous toxins and hormone-disrupting xenoestrogens
- Correct and manage any blood sugar issues, especially if diabetic or pre-diabetic
- Take appropriate supplements, especially antioxidants to combat damage from rogue cells known as free radicals
For some people, these changes are a tall order, I know. But this is what’s necessary to protect against cancer or begin the healing process for someone who already has it. And I think you’ll find, as so many of my patients have, that once you begin reaping the rewards of these changes, you’ll wish you had started a long time ago.
We are Oasis of HOPE California, committed to educating patients on how to live a cancer free lifestyle.
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About Leigh Erin Connealy M.D.: Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D., attended the University of Texas School of Public Health, and then attended the University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School. She completed her post-graduate training at the Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Connealy soon realized that conventional medicine had very limited returns and did not always improve the health of her patients. Her patients were hungry for alternative approaches for improving their health. This led her to study integrative and complementary therapies, and since then she has revolutionized the landscape of medicine. Dr. Connealy feels that we must treat the patient with the disease and not the disease of the patient. She has discovered that many factors contribute to the disease process; therefore, many modalities must be used to reverse it.