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Summary of supporting lifestyle

In ICON magazine August 2002, in an article entitled 'Cancer - your first 15 steps', one important point was to think what has caused your cancer and try to cut it out. Tumours can be cut out, but if the cause has not been eliminated, if you haven't changed your diet and lifestyle, the cancer will probably return. Aide memoire to action:

Include B17 rich foods into your diet, eat (chew) apple seeds, grapeseeds, sprouted seeds, berries, beans ...Boost the immune system:

  • Eat organic food - eat more fruit and vegetables - raw or lightly cooked - see Summary of supporting diet.
  • Take supplements of a good all-round multivitamin and mineral, vitamin C, an antioxidant complex, digestive enzymes and consider herbal supplements too - see Summary of supporting supplements. Check with a nutritionist.
  • Drink lots of water - aim for at least six to eight 8-oz glasses of plain water a day. Check body pH levels.
  • Substitute Xylitol for sugar - it has half the glycemic load, and no tooth decaying properties.
  • Use unrefined sea salt, traditionally harvested, e.g. Celtic Sea Salt. This contains 90 trace minerals needed for optimum health.
  • Exercise in moderation - for stamina, improved lung capacity, flexibility, strength and tone. Moderate exercise helps both body and mind. The heart pumps the blood round the body, but the lymphatic system relies on body movement - exercise. If you can't/haven't the time to walk or go to the gym, consider a bouncer/rebounder (like a mini trampoline). A holding rail is an attachment for frail people.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Go low on stimulants such as coffee and tea - excessive amounts suppress as does alcohol, but green, rooibosch and herbal teas are excellent.
  • Recognise and reduce stress - if appropriate change lifestyle, seek help, therapy. Try relaxation techniques.
  • Enjoy life - laughter. "A cheerful heart is good medicine." (Proverbs 17:22) Have fun - be creative!

Avoid carcinogens:

  • Don't smoke. Avoid drinking excessive alcohol.
  • Take wise precautions if sunbathing - avoid burning, but remember that sunshine is important for vitamin D.
  • Eat organic food - to ingest fewer pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals.
  • Drink filtered or glass-bottled water - avoid fluoride in water and toothpaste. If you want to filter water, consider Fresh Water Filter. See Their filters are endorsed by The Institute of Optimum Nutrition, allergy centres, HACSG (Hyperactive Children Support Group) and many others. Or try a reverse osmosis system plus remineralisation. Avoid fizzy drinks.
  • Avoid fried food as much as possible.
  • Be aware of radiation sources. See If you use a mobile phone buy a radiation shield for it. For a one-size fits all shield try the Phone Dome which is obtainable from Detox your world on 08700 113 119. Also available is CompuDome for computer screens.
  • Also be aware of geopathic stress and its connection to ill health. Read about it in "Are You Sleeping in a Safe Place" from
  • Avoid plastic food wrap - some chemicals disrupt hormone signals and generally have an oestrogenic effect.
  • Avoid car fumes and smog if possible.
  • Use house plants to help remove toxic chemicals from your home - found in modern building materials, floor coverings and furniture. See 'Eco-Friendly House Plants' by B.C. Wolverton (Seven Dials, London 2000). NASA found house plants removed the build-up of hazardous air pollution levels in the Skylab spacecraft. Among plants shown to help are several palms, rubber plant, ivy, ficus and ferns. Among the flowering plants the florist's chrysanthemums and peace lily were among the most effective. Details of 50 house plants.
  • Consider and take action to avoid carcinogens in household and personal care products: see Recommended Books. Back issues of The Ecologist and ICONmag have many articles on this subject.
  • Look at whole lifestyle and stress for additional causes of cancer and take action.
  • Try to work out what caused your cancer. Although listed last this is VERY IMPORTANT.

Recommended Reading:

  • Patrick Holford Say No To Cancer (Piatkus, London 1999).
  • Chris Woollams Everything you need to know to help you beat cancer (Health Issues, Buckingham, 2002) Chris's daughter had cancer - this is what he found out in the fight to save her life. Very informative and easy to read guide to whole field. Also publishes a monthly magazine ICON. Excellent!
  • W. John Diamond M.D. and W. Lee Cowden M.D. with Burton Goldberg Cancer Diagnosis - What to do next ( Books, California 2000) Clinically proven, safe and non-toxic treatment.
  • B.C. Wolverton Eco-Friendly House Plants (Seven Dials, London 2000) for research by NASA on 50 house plants as solution to indoor pollution/toxins in the home.
  • Dr David Servan-Schreiber anticancer: a new way of life (Penguin, London 2008)
  • Jonathan Chamberlain Cancer Recovery Guide (Clairview, Forest Row 2008)
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