How to prevent cancer?
Cancer is a disease defined by a number of cells that have become abnormal. Cancer can affect any organ, tissue, or type of cell.
These abnormal cells can become cancerous and form a lump (tumor) or circulate in the blood (leukemia).
Tumors can grow and stay relatively in their place or invade surrounding tissue, or even break away from the tumor and migrate through the blood and lymph to form what we call metastases.
Cancer is a complex disease with so many possibilities for a cell to change shape and behavior.
When a cell deviates from its normal structure and function, our soldiers, the immune cells, recognize it as modified SELF and eliminate it.
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Let us remember this difference well: a foreign cell is the non-SELF, a cancerous cell in our body is the modified SELF.
We can rejoice in our immune system’s incredible efficiency because it constantly eliminates the dysfunctional cells that can become cancerous when it is functioning well.
Problems start when our immune system is dysfunctional and let these cancers cells organize into tumors and when too many normal cells are turning into abnormal ones.
Since the middle of the 20th century, there has been a dramatic increase in cancer rates (all types included) due to two mechanisms:
- The increase in causes and factors favoring cancer
- The increase in causes and factors favoring damage to the immune system
In Switzerland alone, almost 50,000 new cancer cases are reported each year for only 8.5 million inhabitants, or half a million new cancer patients in ten years.
However, cancer is not a fatality, and you can be very active in preventing it.
While there are many things to do, including consulting an experienced holistic natural health expert, you can start with having a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, all essential for a healthy immune system.
On top of that, you should avoid all drugs (tobacco, alcohol, and other substances) as they all promote cancer and exercise regularly.
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