Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. It has clear links to lifestyle and therefore it can be avoided to some degree.
There are several important strategies that can virtually eliminate the risk of cancer:
- Control insulin. Controlling insulin levels is one of the most powerful ways to reduce the risk of cancer. Control insulin levels by limiting intake of processed foods and sugars, especially fructose, as much as possible.
- Good fats. Get appropriate amounts of omega-3 oils.
- Exercise. One of the primary reasons exercise is important in cancer prevention is that it lowers insulin levels.
- Weight. Maintain an ideal body weight, which can occur naturally with exercise and nutrition that is appropriate for one's nutritional type (carbohydrate or protein).
- Breastfeed. Breastfeeding infants has been shown to reduce cancer risk in women. Try to breastfeed exclusively for at least six months.
- Vegetables. Ideally, all vegetables should be fresh and organic. Adjust intake as appropriate for one's nutritional type.
- Healthy cooking methods. Boiling and steaming are preferred to frying.
- Toxins and pollution. Reduce exposure to environmental toxins like household chemical cleaners. Buy good quality air and water filters, including one for the shower. Read labels, particularly on personal care products, and do not buy products with carcinogenic ingredients. Reduce or eliminate alcohol, recreational drugs, and nicotine.
- Stress. Find ways to significantly reduce stress. Maintain a life-work balance. Find enjoyable ways to relax and re-create. Deal with stressful relationship situations.
- Sleep and rest. Get enough good, high-quality sleep.
- Emotions. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a strong link between childhood exposure to traumatic events and the risk of developing many adult health problems, including cancer.* Therefore, it is important to address any emotional issues with a counsellor or therapist and learn methods that will help permanently erase the neurological short-circuiting that can activate cancer genes. A good tool for this purpose is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
The IMI Approach
At IMI, we recommend an integrated approach to cancer prevention and treatment. Our therapies include naturopathy, nutritional support, dietary programmes, and counselling. Counselling addresses underlying emotional issues, as well as helps cancer clients face their illness and deal with the impact of cancer on their lives and relationships.