A Preventative Lifestyle: Keeping Your Body Healthy (and cancer-free)

I have not been blogging much over the last number of months. Sometimes events in life force us to stop and take notice of what is truly important. Over the last few months spending time with my Mom was that thing. My mom was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer in June 2011 and passed away peacefully on October 17, 2011. My sadness is profound.  She was my Mom and my dear friend. She was an amazing and kind woman who did an incredible job of sharing her strength with all of us.

Over the last few months, I needed to step back from as much as possible and focus on being the best daughter I could possibly be. And this is what I did. She moved in with us and I spent every second I could with her making memories, talking and hanging out. She took care of me so well when I was younger and it was my turn to return the favor.

It was a challenging time as I was a poster child for the sandwich generation with my Mom’s needs at the forefront of my mind and heart and my 2 and a half year old son’s needs ever present. I had to be in the moment as much as possible with what I was doing and try my hardest to be the best I could for both of them.

Researching Conventional & Alternative Methods for Treating Cancer

During the months of caring for Mom, I spent much time while she was sleeping, praying and scouring the research for anything conventional or alternative that could help her in any way. I uncovered some incredible studies and amazing facts about nutrition, lifestyle, and environmental changes that can have a huge impact on the risk of cancer developing or progressing. I want to share what I’ve learned and I’ll be writing a blog series based on my research. I hope that many others can benefit. This series is not just for people already diagnosed with some form of cancer but for everyone who wants to do everything they can to possibly prevent it in the future.

A Preventive Lifestyle Blog Series

Instead of calling this blog series the Cancer Answer or Anti Cancer tips I refer to it as….A Preventative Lifestyle blog series.  I have come to know that the words we choose are critical because they affect what our subconscious will focus on.  “The war on terror” was a poor choice of words because we focused on what we did not want. I want this blog series to focus on what we do want… for every nerve, cell, tissue and organ to become whole, pure and perfect.  Let’s ruminate on that thought shall we?

We can all protect ourselves by strengthening our body’s natural defense system against cancer. Cancer lies dormant in all of us. Our bodies are constantly churning out defective cells. These defective cells can grow into full blown tumors. But our bodies contain systems that detect and keep such cells in check. We must do what we can to optimize the functioning of these systems.

There is evidence that we can modify gene expression with changes in diet, exercise and stress reduction. What I found interesting is that as caring and wonderful as the oncologists and other conventional doctors at the Cancer Centre were, they did not suggest any of these lifestyle or dietary changes for my Mom.  Maybe they thought her cancer was too advanced. My research has uncovered situations where these changes had a significant impact.  As a traditionally trained medical doctor myself, I understand the importance of scientific evidence generated by a double blind study to prove the efficacy of a particular treatment. Yet these findings were lifestyle and diet changes whose impact has been validated by science and in some cases are very effective. I think we should all know about these changes we can make.

Armed with this information we can live a longer, more healthful and full life.  This information can help us to manage what I call our “personal landscape”. Our personal landscape is our surrounding environment, our bodies, our minds and our spirits. Managing this effectively can help our immune systems mount the most effective attack on cancer.

Over the next few weeks, I will write about tips and topics I found astounding. Some of these things I knew and did not do, others of them I had never heard of but all of them seem to decrease the risk of cancer. I think armed with this knowledge we can all live our lives knowing we are doing what we can to help prevent cancer. It will also have the immediate benefit of improving your daily health, stress levels and overall happiness.

Future Blog Topics

What my extensive research unveiled was very empowering to me. It gave me the sense that even if we have a genetic predisposition to develop cancer there are ways we can protect ourselves. We are to a large degree in control of our own destinies. I am not implying that if we develop cancer it is in any way our fault but I am saying that we can impact our own wellbeing. The best approach to cancer prevention and treatment combines the best of traditional medical approaches, the best in alternative approaches and the best of our individual and personal power to implement them.

It is my hope that you will find some great tips in this blog series that will help you to live a longer, healthier and more vital life.



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  • Sarah

    I’m sorry for your loss. I’ve lost both my parents to cancer and it sometimes seems like it’s inevitable that I’ll get some form as well. But this encouraged me to do what I can. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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  • Dimitri

    How can you say that is not our fault when we get cancer. Oh course it’s our fault! If we control our well-being, we most certainly control our disease. Disease, is actually two words dis-ease . Not at ease. So if you really believe in the law of attraction , then start owning up to every thing.

    You’re right of course, there are many preventative measures. You can start eating a raw vegan diet (that is completely eating raw foods ). What another woman did was she borrowed comedies from the library and all she did was laugh. She found every opportunity to laugh. And would you believe it, she was cured from her breast tumor. Those cells had no place in a heart full of joy.

    Also, how naïve of you to expect medical professionals to talk about alternative measures. You go to them for conventional practices and they deliver that . They are not there to tell you about alternatives that take you away from their business. And of course, they’re also ignorant of alternative methods. That’s just the way it is.

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  • Dr. Carolyn Anderson

    Hi Dimitri,

    Thank you for commenting. I do believe in the law of attraction but cannot blame people for getting cancer. There are children with genetic predispositions to cancer who you cannot blame for not thinking positively enough. It is also extremely difficult, if not impossible, to avoid some of the toxins in our environment. The reality is that sometimes bad things happen to good people.

    Blaming ourselves for an illness is a powerless act. Gaining knowledge and implementing great healthy practices that bring together conventional and alternative methods to prevent or treat cancer combined with a positive mindset will be empowering and healing both physically and mentally.

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