In this article we are going to talk about the deadliest and one of the most dangerous diseases today – cancer. The conventional medicine protocols nowadays have a lot wrong when it comes to cancer treatment. All the medical experts and professionals are good at cutting it, burning it and poisoning it with surgical procedures, radiation, and drugs. But, the worst thing is that many doctors fail to treat the cause of cancer! Unfortunately, the conventional medicine focuses on naming diseases based on geography, body location and specialty, instead of by the cause, mechanism or pathway involved. Almost every single doctor or medical expert in the world would say that you have liver, kidney, brain or heart disease. But, wait, this approach to naming disease tells you nothing about the cause, right?
We all need to ask this very simple and extremely important question – Why the disease has occurred and what are the main causes that lead to that specific illness? The conventional medicine and doctors approach the disease like a mechanic. They try to diagnose what’s wrong with your car by listening to the noises it makes and never looking inside to see what’s going on. But, the Functional Medicine allows us to look under the hood. The Functional Medicine provides us a simple method for identifying the conditions in which disease thrives and shows us how to begin changing those conditions.
And, the Functional Medicine empowers the patients and medicine practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working collaboratively to address the main causes of health conditions. It’s kind of emerging and personalized model of diagnosis and treatment that better addresses the need to prevent and manage chronic disease. Unhealthy habits like a nutrient-poor diet full of sugar, lack of exercise, chronic stress, persistent pollutants, and heavy metals can all cause cancer.
5 Strategies to Do If You Have Cancer
Note: well, ladies and gentlemen, since your body is unbalanced, here are 5 strategies that Dr. Hyman recommends doing to help you regain your health and better fight the disease.
- Ditch Sugar
Dr. Hyman says that Americans eat, on average, about 152 pounds of sugar and 146 pounds of flour a year (almost a pound of sugar and flour per person per day!). The large dose of blood sugar that accompanies a meal or snack of highly refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, French fries, sugar-laden soda, etc.) increases levels of inflammatory messengers called cytokines. So, ladies and gentlemen, the best way to cut out refined sugars is to ease cravings with fresh fruits and replace processed sweeteners with natural alternatives.
- Eliminate Food Sensitivities
You should also know that certain foods can lead to an inflammatory response in your digestive system. In the average population, dairy and gluten are the most common triggers of food allergies and subsequent inflammation and disease. Study has revealed that people with diagnosed, undiagnosed, and “latent” celiac disease or gluten sensitivity had a higher risk of death, mostly from heart disease and cancer. Overall risk of death compared to the control group was increased by 35-75%.
- Reduce Inflammation
First of all, you should that the inflammation is the common thread leading to most most chronic disease including cancer. Chronic inflammation hinders the body’s ability to fight off cancerous cells before they spread to other parts of the body. Cancer also causes inflammation, making the body a friendlier environment for it to spread and take over. So, according to Dr. Hyman, the best way to reduce inflammation in your gut and in the rest of your body is to cut out processed foods and add natural anti-inflammatory compounds to your daily diet.
- Improve Gut Health
Dr. Hyman says that the gut microbiome affects a lot more than just your digestive tract. In fact, it’s a big part of your immune system. The bacteria in your microbiome can be severely affected by your dietary choices. Study has discovered that “the capacity of gut microbes to influence systemic inflammation and other downstream pathways suggests that the gut microbial community may also affect risk of cancer in tissues outside of the gastrointestinal tract.” Well, this actually means that switching to a whole-foods diet rich in phytonutrients is a big part of preventing not only gastrointestinal cancers, but cancers anywhere in your body.
- Reduce Toxic Exposure
A recent study, conducted by group of experts at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Commonweal, has found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. Tests revealed a total of 287 chemicals in the group. The umbilical cord blood of these 10 children, collected by Red Cross after the cord was cut, harbored pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage. So, according to Dr. Hyman, the best way to avoid toxic exposure is to eat organic foods, clean your home with natural products and live in an environment with clean air. If you are stuck in a high-toxin environment, you can detox your liver to rid your body of all these pollutants.
Bonus Strategy: Positive Mindset
And, one more thing – you should change your thoughts to change your immune system. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, change your thoughts. And sometimes, unfortunately, this method is overlooked, but science is now proving that how you think can affect your health. There are numerous strategies to combat or prevent cancer, including getting sufficient sleep, controlling stress levels, and exercising regularly. The important thing is to figure out what works for you and develop a plan to stick with it. That might involve working with a Functional Medicine doctor or a chronic disease specialist. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank you and have a good one.