10 Tips to Help Prevent Cancer
10 Tips to Help Prevent Cancer
Because we rely heavily on the immune system to help prevent cancer from occurring, many of the tips that I’ve shared before to support the immune system are also applicable to help prevent cancer:
- Avoid Risk Factors: Certain things can make cancer more of a risk. For example, cats with white ears and white noses and some breeds of dog with white skin on their bellies can be prone to getting a type of cancer called Squamous Cell Carcinoma when they are exposed to the sun. Avoiding excessive sun at the times of day when the sun is at its peak will help with prevention.
- Take Your Pet for Regular Health Checks: An annual check-up for young and healthy animals and a six-monthly check-up for older animals is an important part of prevention. Vets are trained to identify health issues and picking up health problems early on can be very important in addressing them.
- Minimize Inflammation: Ongoing inflammation in the body from conditions like dental disease have been associated with higher rates of cancer. Prevent dental disease with a well-balanced diet and by providing some mechanical action for your pets’ teeth like providing raw bones to chew (remember that bones can be dangerous if they are cooked or if they are the wrong size they may get stuck).
- Feed a wholesome and well-balanced diet: To allow for the body’s immune system to function optimally and to help prevent cancer, there are three main tiers from which the body draws its resources. Firstly nutrition, providing the good fuel, secondly the healing mechanism must be running smoothly, and thirdly the presence of toxins will act as “spokes in the wheel” of healing.
- Feed Food that is free from chemicals, preservatives and carcinogens: So much of our animal’s food has foreign chemicals, some of which such as BPA are known carcinogens. Contaminants such as glyophosate also end up in our food chain and have been shown to damage genetic material. With foreign ingredients, those that the body is not naturally evolved to metabolise, an analogy would be running a car; you may put in all the best fuel but if the engine is faulty or it is clogged up with waste then it won’t run smoothly or go at all.
- Provide Optimal Amounts of Important Nutrients: Nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants can make a huge difference to the body’s ability to naturally combat infection. DHA (a type of mega 3) and nutrients like grapeseed extract and co-enzyme Q10 have been shown to have anti-cancer properties.
- Herbal and Plant Medicine Can Be Incredibly Beneficial: Plants such as Echinacea, (not for cats as the bitter taste makes them froth and hyper-salivate), Traditional Medicinal Mushrooms such as Reishi, Shitake and Cordyceps, Mistletoe, Wormwood, Milk Thistle, Turmeric (Curcumin), Garlic, Pawpaw, broccoli, Kael, Green Tea and berries are some of the many that can make a big difference. Some of our conventional chemotherapy drugs are based on plants.
- Additional Therapies: Homeopathy is also a wonderful tool and is best used under the guidance of a qualified homeopath for an individual’s specific requirements. Therapies such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, NIS, Bowen Therapy, Acupuncture, Reiki and many more can also be very supportive tools to support the body’s natural defences.
- Minimise Stress: Stress of any kind will impair the body’s ability to heal and limit an animal’s general vitality. Limiting stress by avoiding stressful situations such as overcrowding or adverse weather conditions and making use of remedies such as Emergency Essence or Rescue Remedy will go a long way to supporting the immune system indirectly.
- Regular Exercise: Exercise and fun as well as mental stimulation are important keys to help preserve health and ensure optimal function of the immune system.