In his landmark book, Anticancer: A New Way of Life (Penguin, 2009), the late cancer researcher David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, draws on both conventional and alternative approaches to explain what makes cancer cells thrive and what inhibits them. Here are just some of the little changes that make a big difference when it comes to cancer prevention.
Decrease consumption of sugars, starches and refined carbohydrates.
Reduce intake of vegetable oils, which are high in inflammatory omega-6s.
Consume more anticancer foods, such as turmeric, cruciferous veggies, dark leafy greens, garlic, onions and green tea.
Replace nonorganic animal products, such as meat, eggs and dairy products, with grass-fed organic animal products. Limit your intake of red meat.
Up your omega-3 intake by consuming fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel; grass-fed animal products; and flaxseeds.
Drink filtered tap water, mineral water or spring water.
Limit your alcohol consumption to one glass of red wine with a meal.
Avoid industrial chemicals, such as parabens and phthalates in personal-care products; household pesticides and insecticides; aluminum found in deodorants and antiperspirants; and inorganic phosphate additives found in many sodas, processed meats and commercial baked goods.
Exercise 20 to 30 minutes daily.
Get 20 minutes of sunshine daily to amplify your vitamin-D levels.
Manage stress through yoga, meditation or another technique that works for you.
Acknowledge and accept your emotions, including despair, anger, fear and sadness.
Keep in touch with a circle of close friends with whom you can share your feelings and experiences.