What Can I Do?
What Can “I” do? Many years ago I remember asking my doctor this question only to be told;
“We’ll keep a close watch and have a mammogram done every 6 months” with the thoughts of catching anything that appears early so we can take care of it quickly.
But that wasn’t my question! My question was- what can “I” do?! There must be something to assist with prevention?! With the help of my husband, we researched and have learned over the past 15 years, there are many things we can do for and to assist ourselves. How we live our lives from the foods we eat, the added nutritional products we supplement with, how we handle stress in our life along with physical activity as well can make a difference. We have to take some control of our life and our environment to participate in our own health and wellness. Another words, we need to take some responsibility!
You don’t necessarily need to become a vegetarian, or go to extremes, but choosing Organic foods over non, Stevia or a more natural sweetener instead of artificial chemicals, taking the stairs instead of an escalator, eating more fruits and vegetables instead of processed snacks and foods, choosing foods without hydrogenated oils, all are a part of making better choices. HIS Breast Cancer Awareness offers many suggestions for daily nutritional supplementation to specifically aid the immune system such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Maitake mushrooms, Co-enzyme Q10 (antioxidant), EFA’s and more. There are better food choices such as eating more (organic) fruits, vegetables and fiber rich foods to help rid the body of toxins. It is also helpful to use herbs such as Green Tea and Turmeric/Curcumin to work as an anti-inflammatory by adding to your cooking process.
There are a great many books to read, articles found on the internet or in magazines or professionals that can help guide you towards living a better quality life. One book that we found very informative is called Anti cancer, A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD. You can also view the Prevention section on the HIS Breast Cancer Awareness web site for more extensive information.
Now I realize that we can’t always have full control of what is happening around us, such as the toxins and pollutants in the air from the person next to you who is smoking a cigarette, or the car fumes that permeate exhaust. Just becoming aware of the negative affects these can have on you and your body is the first step to making improvements. While we can’t live our lives in a bubble and may not always have the best options, think “good, better and best “when you can make a choice.