It’s not a cheerful subject but cancer is something we hear about more and more. I don’t think we should shy away from it. Both my parents have had cancer. My Mum when she was 36, she is now 71, and my Dad a few years ago. Cancer has often been spoken of in our house. My parents survived, my Auntie Joan did not.
I was trawling through a local bookshop the other day, something I love to do, and I came across a book called ‘What you can do to prevent cancer’ by John McKenna he is ‘a scientist, a retired medical doctor who has been practising natural medicine for 25 years’.
Because of my parents experiences I thought I knew a good bit about what cancer is and how it ‘works’ well it turns out I need to correct some of the ideas I have and in doing so could help myself strengthen my own immune system to fight against it. It is no guarantee but now I am in my mid 40’s cancer is something I think about more regularly. I’d also like to try to help my husband stay cancer free too. So, I am reading this book and would like to pass on some things I have learned.
- It’s a western disease – African and other non westernised countires have lower forms of cancer: cancers related to chronic infections eg hepatitus.
- It used to be an illness of the young and elderly as their immune systems being underdeveloped or in decline.
- We develop cancer cells everyday it is a normal process, dealt with by our immune system, it is when this system goes awry problems occur.
- A great many cancers are ‘exogenous’ that is ‘external so can be prevented’
- Cancer’s main source of energy is glucose so that’s refinded carbohydrates – rice, pasta, porridge, potatoes, bread and – of course – sugar.
- ‘Genes are only a small part of the picture’lifestyle and enviroment are a bigger factor and it is the ‘interaction between our genes and enviroment that determines’ whether our genes will be triggered.
- ‘Epigenomes are the receptors in DNA that are a major factor in determining whether cancer will develop’
- ‘The single major enviromental influence on epigenome is diet’
- During the 2nd world war food was scarce so agricultural chemicals were developed to boost crops, these nirtogen fertilisers weakened plants making them ‘susceptible to infection’ so pesticides were developed to ‘strenghten’ them. These chemical are still in our enviroment.
- Agricultural chemicals have been around since 1949 younger farmers don’t necessarily know how to farm without them.
- Antibiotics are oversubscribed which weakens the immune system.
- We should not eat ANY processed foods.
- We should not eat anything anything labled low fat as this = high sugar.
- Perfumes and body products are still not properly regulated they, like plastic, contain hormones disruptors.
My husband and i live in the countryside and love where we live. We work hard for this to be our home. We are surrounded by fields and nature – agricultural fields. As we are far from the main road we have a well as our water source and the water runs off the hills surrounding us. Hills and fields that are sprayed at various times of the year. The first thing we are having done is have our water tested. I am not panicing but I would like to be better informed.
I will continue reading, learning and reporting.