The Mindful Guide To Sleeping Better

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We could all use this guide to sleeping better for more sleep. Most of us are pushed to keep going, going, going to produce more, more, more. Sleep is usually portrayed as some kind of necessary evil, to be reduced to as little time as possible.

While it’s “common knowledge” that we all need eight hours of sleep a night, there are plenty of articles and programs out there that will tell you that this is a myth and you really only need four or five hours. From my personal experience, that doesn’t work so well. I need seven or eight hours, but I know others who thrive with four or five.

Over time, I’ve applied mindfulness to the process to see what kind of impact I can make on my own sleep habits. The biggest lesson I’ve learned (which applies to just about everything in life) is that one size does not fit all. Even if you find your “size,” it doesn’t continue to fit over time. Things are always changing.

With that in mind, I’m going to cover some of the contributors to a better night’s sleep as seen through a mindful eye.

HOW MUCH SLEEP DO I NEED?

While the average of the bell curve of how much “everyone” needs is around eight hours, many aren’t at the peak of that bell curve. Some need much more and some much less. Environment, age, health, and other factors play a part in how much sleep you need.

Instead of beating yourself up for not getting eight hours of blissful, uninterrupted sleep (which might be possible for about 5% of the population), experiment with what feels right for you.

Hundreds of years ago, people weren’t writing about their sleep habits so we don’t really know how long people slept for. There are theories that people went to bed when the sun went down and woke at sunrise. That’s a long time to sleep, especially in the winter.

More research has been done that shows that pre-Industrial Revolution people slept in two shifts: going to bed just after darkness fell, waking for a couple hours around midnight and making pleasant use of the time, then going back to sleep until morning.

I sleep straight through the night about three nights a year. The rest of the time, I wake up sometime between midnight and 2am. Sometimes I can fall back to sleep and other times I can’t.

Ten or fifteen years ago, I used to set my alarm for 4am soI had time to do yoga, meditate and have some alone time. After a while, that toasted me, and I couldn’t sustain it, so I went back to getting up around 6am. Lately, I’ve been voluntarily waking up a little after 4am, unable to get back to sleep. Age, hormones and who knows what have changed my natural sleep habits.

Now I’m naturally up before 5am and ready for the day. As I get older, my environment changes (I’m no longer chasing young children around and tending to babies which takes tons of energy) so my sleep patterns are adjusting. I need to be mindful of these changes and not insist on being the same all the time (which can create a lot of self-induced stress).

Listen to your body. There are no “should’s.” There’s only what’s right for you here and now. And what’s right for you now will change over time. Every now and then, check in with yourself to see if your current habits are serving you. If they’re not, change them. Experiment.

GETTING READY FOR BED

You’ve probably read about all the steps you can take to induce better sleep. But how many have you implemented into your daily sleep habits? Go through the following list and pick one new practice to implement tonight. Stick with it for at least one month to see how it works for you. Anything less won’t be long enough for you to feel an impact. Your body needs time to adjust to any changes.

After the first month, pick another practice to implement. Keep the first one you tried or drop it depending on how much it helped you.

1. Turn off all screens two hours before bedtime.

I know, I know. This one seems almost impossible for everyone. Whether it’s TV, computers, phones or whatever, everyone seems tied to a screen from the time our eyes open in the morning to the time they close at night.

Feeling that FOMO (fear of missing out) 24/7 keeps your brain wired and tired. It’s extremely unlikely that some bit of social media, email, text or whatever that will change your life will be missed if you shut off your devices a couple hours before bedtime (and while you sleep).

Take the opportunity to spend some focused, uninterrupted, quality time with your partner, kids or yourself. It will help to reduce your anxiety, depression, and general feelings of disconnection.
While most people sleep with their phone next to their bed to use it as an alarm clock or “just in case,” leave your phone out of the bedroom. Period. Charge it in your kitchen, office or living room.

2. Make your bedroom as dark and quiet as possible.

It’s not rocket science that you need dark and quiet to sleep. Turn off the TV and phone (remember step 1?) and anything else that emits sounds. Turn off all the lights. Even a little night light can mess with your sleep.

If you live in a populated area, pull the curtains or blinds to keep out light from the streets. Depending on your existing curtains or blinds, you might want to invest in room-darkening curtains that are like what you see in hotels. They have a special layer that doesn’t allow any light through.

3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed.

Depending on your sensitivity to these substances, you may need to cut them out sooner than some recommendations call for. Use mindfulness to notice how these things affect you.

Both are stimulants. While alcohol may help you relax initially, it converts to sugar in your body as it’s metabolized which causes you to wake up later on.
If I drink coffee after 1pm, it messes with me all night. My husband has a much higher tolerance. We’re exactly the opposite when it comes to alcohol. We both know how our bodies react to different things so, when we don’t follow what’s right for us, there’s no one to blame but ourselves.

4. Exercise during the day.

You don’t have to spend an hour at the gym or run for miles for exercise to help your sleep. Take a ten-minute walk in the middle of the day. I have a standing desk and a stationary stepper so I can “take a walk” while I’m working (that’s about the extent of my multi-tasking).
Spend some time gardening, playing with your kids or grandkids, walk to a friend’s house or coffee shop for a visit. Spend some time connecting with the people in your life who support you (without screens). This helps mind, body, and soul.

5. Have a regular bedtime.

Your body needs cues to anticipate when it’s time to shut down. Little kids thrive on this. So do adults.
Create a bedtime routine. Take a warm bath, sip some tea, meditate, journal, read a paper book. Do things you enjoy that help you relax and release the stress of the day.

If some worry is running around in your head, journal about it. Write out what you’ll do tomorrow to address it. Get it all out so it won’t keep you up at night.
To handle those thoughts that pop into your head in the middle of the night, I’ve found that a pad of paper and a pen with a blue light in it (like this one) next to the bed work wonders.

When you think of something, write it down quickly while you’re still in bed without turning on the room lights. The blue light in the pen keeps your eyes in “night vision.” You don’t have to stay awake hoping you remember your bit of wisdom until the morning (which you won’t).

6. Make your bed as comfortable as possible.

This is something I’ve spent a lot of time on. Sheets, pillows, mattresses, blankets. They’re all very important parts of the equation. You spend about a third of your life in bed, make the investment in high-quality bedding. If you don’t, you’ll be paying for it during your waking hours with pains in your back, hips, and shoulders and general crankiness because you didn’t sleep well.

Many years ago, I researched “healthy beds” and found that most mattresses are filled with toxic chemicals. Who wants to sleep face down in a bed of carcinogens?
So I invested in an organic rubber mattress and wool-filled pillows from Lifekind. At the time, this was the only option for an organic bed (that I could find). It feels like memory foam without any bounce and offers plenty of support (almost a bit too hard since I’m a side-sleeper).

I would rather have purchased an organic innerspring mattress, but couldn’t find one back then. Things have changed and a company called Saatva answered my call. They have organic innerspring mattresses that are adjustable and made in the US of high-quality materials. They’re very reasonably priced given the high quality you get.
Saatva also has pillows and sheets that are completely organic. When my pillows and sheets arrived, it was like they were gift-wrapped just for me. The sheets (all organic) are super-soft, almost like Egyptian cotton. I love curling up in them at night (or for daytime naps).

The pillows are so-very-soft yet are firm enough to support my head (as I mentioned, I’m a side-sleeper). They don’t flatten out like the other wool pillows I had (which couldn’t be re-fluffed) and don’t immediately go flat like down pillows.
Combine all that with a great down comforter (make sure you get one with the “warmth” level that’s right for you) and you’ll never want to get out of bed.
If you’re sleeping on old, flat pillows or that bargain mattress that you bought ten years ago, give yourself the gift of a better night’s sleep for years to come by investing in better bedding. You’re worth it.

Which of these ideas will you implement tonight? And which will you implement next month? Take some time to reflect on how any changes, regardless of how subtle, affect you. Keep what works and drop what doesn’t. Keep experimenting. Everyone is different and will find unique sleep times and routines that work for them. Like I said earlier, there’s no “one size fits all.” Experiment to find your size and don’t judge what does or doesn’t work. That’s mindful sleeping.

How to relax – Stop being busy, take a break

Have you ever stopped in the middle of a busy street and looked at the crowd?
Could you feel the stress and tension by just looking at these people?                      
Don’t you find it terrifying how out of hand busyness has become in today’s world?
There are people working over twelve hours every single day just to make ends meet.
There are overstressed parents who can’t afford to spend time with their own kids. There are people in their twenties neglecting every single aspect of their lives but their career.

One person out of four dies from cardiovascular disease caused mostly by unhealthy eating, a lack of physical activity, smoking and consuming too much alcohol, even though it’s preventable in 90% of the cases.

What’s the most common escape route for busy, overworked people? They stuff themselves with worthless junk food that clogs their arteries. They drown their emotions in alcohol. They smoke a pack or two a day.
I have never wanted to be a part of this crowd, hence I spent a lot of time researching and optimizing every aspect of my life to avoid the same fate. Philosophy of less is more guides my life, keeping me sane and healthy in the fast-moving world.

In this article, you’ll learn why busyness is wrong and how to:
– step away from noise and the neck-breaking speed of the world around you,
– recharge your overstressed mind and body,
– deal with nagging, negative emotions,
– utilize some of the most effective stress-reducing habits,
– and achieve a lot despite not being part of the overworked crowd.
Please keep in mind that this is purely research work, I’m not a doctor. Although the advice presented in this book is based on scientific research and experts, it can’t replace professional medical care. If you suffer from any conditions that require professional care (hypertension, diabetes, etc.), do not follow my advice until your physician allows it.

I only wrote it for people who want to learn how to transition to a slower, healthier life, not as a guide for dealing with stress disorders. I’m by no means a psychologist – consider this article more as a piece of advice from a curious mind.
Now that we got the disclaimers out of the way, let’s talk about the first step to regain control over your life. I believe it’s the key ingredient that has to be a part of your everyday life if you want to slow down.

1: Your Rituals Create Your Life

There’s no need to tell you why stress (the negative kind) is bad. It’s well-documented how dangerous it is to your mental and physical health, and why it’s so important to avoid it.
You’ve also read about healthy eating and regular exercise in numerous books and articles, haven’t you? I’m not here to tell you obvious things.
What is frequently downplayed, though, is the importance of your rituals. By rituals, I don’t mean habits like exercising three times per week or flossing. I’m talking about creating an empowering structure of your day, of which the most important part is what you do in the morning.

For years, I didn’t have a proper morning ritual. Consequently, I started each day reacting to the world. There was no time for introspection in the morning, and it’s easy to forget to stop for a second during the day.
If you wake up and don’t feel control over your day, guess how it will influence the rest of your waking hours.

  1. How you start your day affects how you’re going to feel later on. If you start your day in a rush, your entire day will feel rushed. If you start it more slowly, you’ll feel less overwhelmed and busy.
  2. Start waking up at least 20 minutes earlier to start your day the right way. You shouldn’t rush your morning ritual.
  3. Meditation is one of the keys to enter the positive state of mind and prepare yourself for the day ahead. Start with three to five minutes of sitting still and focusing on your breath. Relax your muscles, refocus each time you lose your concentration, and enjoy the process.
  4. Gratitude is crucial to a happy life. If you start your day expressing appreciation and gratitude for what you already have, you’ll uplift yourself and be better prepared for the day awaiting you.
  5. Each morning, re-read your personal vision and review your short-term goals. Read Tony Robbins’ book Unlimited Power if you don’t know how to do it.
  6. Reviewing your plans and reading inspirational books will get you in a more resourceful and confident state of mind.

2: Let Your Body Recharge

Your body dictates how you feel internally. If you don’t take the time to recharge it, sooner or later the effects of abuse will creep into other areas of your life. If you’re reading this article, chances are it has already done so.

  1. If you don’t get enough sleep, you behave like a drunk person. Get more sleep – either by making the time to sleep longer during the night or taking a nap during the day.
  2. The most time-efficient way to get more sleep and recharge yourself is to take a 15 to 20 minute power nap. If you have the time, take a 90-minute nap – it’s the most powerful way to re-energize yourself during the day.
  3. There are seven main factors influencing your sleep quality. To improve it, maintain a consistent sleep schedule, make your bedroom relatively cool, and make your sleep area as dark and quiet as possible. Get a new mattress if you’ve been sleeping on the same mattress for more than 10 years. Avoid blue light before sleep. If you can’t stop your racing mind, get out of bed and write down all your thoughts. Avoid caffeine 7 to 8 hours before going to sleep. Don’t eat heavy meals two to three hours before going to sleep.
  4. Fasting rebuilds dysfunctional components of your body. It has a positive effect on your cardiovascular health and your brain. It can help lose weight, decrease bad cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels.
  5. Three most common approaches to fasting are: fasting for 16 to 20 hours every day and eating in a shorter window, abstaining from food for 24 hours once or twice a week, and having a 36-hour fast by skipping an entire day of eating.
  6. Massage therapy is one of the most effective ways to battle stress and recharge your body. Consider having a massage at least once a month to decrease your stress, alleviate pain and prevent stress-related disorders.
  7. Self-massage is a viable alternative if you can’t afford a professional massage. Foam rolling is the cheapest and most effective option.

3: Get Away from It All to Regain Energy

Noise has become an everyday companion in our lives. If you live in a major city, it’s even worse. Add to that crowds of people, cars and other highly-stimulating elements of the environment.
There’s no wonder that living in a city roughly doubles the risk of schizophrenia, increases the risk of anxiety disorders by 21%, and the risk of mood disorders by 39%. Despite the crowds all around us, we feel completely alone.
Am I suggesting moving to the countryside? Not necessarily. Though research shows it can improve your well-being, there are strategies you can use to reduce your stress without losing the benefits of urban living.

  1. Noise pollution leads to increased stress. If you live in a city, it’s even more important to soundproof your home as much as possible.
  2. Some of the most effective ways to reduce the noise in your house include: investing in thick carpets, covering walls with canvas paintings or hangings, and using blinds and curtains. Old appliances can also generate a lot of noise. You can either insulate the rooms in which these appliances operate or buy new, quieter, and more energy-efficient appliances.
    A consultation with an insulation specialist can help you find other sources of noise in your house. Proper insulation will reduce the noise levels and your energy bills.
  3. If you live in a single-family house, consider installing a fence, and planting trees and hedges to block the noise and increase your privacy.
  4. Wearing noise-canceling headphones, ear plugs, or using sound machines are also effective at battling noise pollution. Sound machines are particularly useful for houses in which you can’t block the external noise any further. It’s better to listen to the sound of the ocean or white noise than the sounds of traffic.
  5. Being in nature is immensely beneficial for your mental health, especially if you suffer from high levels of stress. Escaping noise and the highly-stimulating urban surroundings can help you decrease your stress and prevent future stress-related disorders.
  6. Physical activity and social interactions in natural settings are two ways to increase the healthy effect of nature on your well-being.
  7. Most of us suffer from a deficit of guilt-free play. Grab your friends and do something fun you haven’t done for a long time (or ever). It’s one of the most effective ways to reduce anxiety.

4: Let It Go

Often, the biggest stressors in our lives are in our heads instead of coming from our immediate surroundings.
A boss who yelled at you for making a mistake often doesn’t even remember it the next day, while you replay it in your head for the next two weeks.
A nasty remark from a colleague who wanted to poke fun at you feels like a joke for her, while you can think about it for months and become self-conscious of whatever she pointed out.
Your mother telling you you’re not perfect or you’re not worthy can echo in your mind for decades, causing you unnecessary pain and stress.
Such mental stressors are much more difficult to deal with than external ones. You can block stressful noise with ear plugs and get rid of the problem right away, but you can’t just stop having these negative, stressful thoughts. Or can you?

  1. Negative thoughts, such as replaying in your head how your boss yelled at you a week ago, can instantly make you feel stressed out – even when you’re supposed to be relaxing. Unless you learn how to deal with these thoughts, you’ll never fully recharge your batteries.
  2. One of the most effective ways to stop letting negative thoughts affect your state of mind is to reduce their intensity. By turning the negative image into a ridiculous, absurd situation, you’ll change your emotional association with the situation. When you break your behavioral pattern this way, you won’t reinforce the thought in your head, thus making it easier to throw it away.
  3. Use the same technique during a stressful situation. It will reduce its intensity and help you remain in a resourceful, positive state instead of stressing out (and replaying the situation in your head many times later on).
  4. Prevent future negative thoughts by taking a 7-day “Change Your Thoughts” challenge. Become more aware of your negative thoughts and deal with them instead of brooding over them. It will help you change your default responses and go from a person who stresses out over a past situation to a person who forgets about it seconds after it happened.

5: Seven Habits to Reduce Stress

Throughout the previous sections, we covered numerous habits and actions that can help you step away and recharge your batteries. In this last section, I’d like to share with you seven less obvious ideas to reduce stress we haven’t discussed yet. These habits aren’t so complicated that they need a separate chapter, but implementing them in your life can still provide you with many benefits.

  1.  Manage your stressors. Identify what makes you most stressed and find a way to eliminate it from your life (or at least reduce its impact). According to the 80/20 principle, just 20% of the stressors bring 80% of the stress. Discover your top stressors and make a list of solutions to get rid of them.
  2. Procrastination gets more stressful the more things you put off. If you can’t motivate yourself to do something, don’t do it. If you have to do it, delegate it. It’s usually not procrastination you’re dealing with – it’s just that you’re trying to do things you don’t need to do in the first place.
  3. Show up early. Develop a habit to always be at least five minutes early. Being in a rush is a sure-fire way to get stressed out. Don’t be afraid that you’ll lose five minutes by being early for each appointment. If you don’t want to take a break during this time, you can always pull out your phone and reply to emails or do other small tasks.
  4. Single-task. Multi-tasking doesn’t work, and the more things you’re trying to juggle at the same time, the lower the quality of your actions. Multi-tasking affects your productivity, causes stress, and can hurt the people closest to you when your lack of attention shows lack of care.
  5. Have an open schedule. If you pile obligations on top of obligations, you’ll feel like a prisoner. Unless you thrive under pressure and love having every single hour of your day planned, loosen up your calendar. Schedule at least one or two hours each day for unscheduled meetings or just for spending time in solitude.
  6. Stop trying to control things over which you have little or no control. It leads to unnecessary stress, especially if you’re trying to control other people. Learn how to let go of control by gradually releasing it – starting with simple tasks, and then moving on to things that would usually turn you into a certified control freak.
  7. Physical junk around you can lead to increased stress. Clean your desk, get rid of clothes you no longer use, throw away all the old stuff you thought would be useful one day. It’s much less stressful and distracting to work in an organized environment than a cluttered one.

Facts on Cancer You Need To Know

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37 Cancer Facts You Need to Know - But Probably Don’t ​

Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the
standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer
patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just
means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached
the detectable size

  • Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.
  • When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
  • When a person has cancer it indicates the person has toxicity, inflammation and nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
  • To overcome nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
  • Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and which can also destroy rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc., and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, etc.
  • Radiation while destroying cancer cells may also burn, scar and damage healthy cells, tissues and organs.
  • Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
  • When the body has too much toxic burden the immune system is either
    compromised or destroyed, the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
  • Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
  •  An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiple.
  • Popular cold cuts, sausage, and hot dogs contain nitrates – you’ll see them on the label as sodium nitrate and potassium
    nitrite. Nitrates are chemical additives used in processed meats in order to preserve them and add flavor. Preparation with high heat and ingestion causes a chemical reaction with the digestive fluids in your body, converting nitrates to nitrites – a known carcinogen. Nitrates also filter into groundwater from the use of fertilizer so consider using a filter for drinking water.
  • Globally, approximately one in every eight deaths is caused by cancer. In fact, cancer causes more deaths than malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined. Developed countries have higher incidences of cancer. Experts believe it is a combination of diet and lifestyle that affects our overall health.
  • The most common cancer diagnosed in women cancer is of the breast. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women. Breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer are the most common diseases for which women are diagnosed.
  • Lung, prostate, and stomach cancer are the most common diseases for which men are diagnosed. Survival rates for lung cancer are less than 20%. If you smoke and have a job where you inhale toxins, your chance of survival drops to just over 3%.
  • People aged fifty-five or older have the highest cancer risk. Approximately 77% of all cancers diagnosed are found in men and women of this age group.
  • Research has revealed that obesity increases your risk of cancer. It can also affect your chances of survival should you be diagnosed with cancer. In one study of post-menopausal women with breast cancer, the survival rates were higher in
    women who maintained a healthy body weight.
  • You may experience no symptoms of ovarian cancer, lung
    cancer, or colon cancer until the cancer cells spread to other areas of your body. Early screening is imperative to catching these cancers in time.
  • Skin cancer is the cancer diagnosed most often. The number of detected skin cancer cases increases steadily every year. The popular myth is that exposure to the sun causes skin cancer, but this is not completely accurate. Sun exposure is
    actually good for you and increases your body’s production of vitamin D (via the interaction of ultraviolet light with cholesterol in your skin). Thirty minutes of early morning or late afternoon sun on your hands and face is enough to get your recommended dose of vitamin D. But you don’t want to burn, as this might cause DNA damage and eventually cancer, so be careful. But do not use chemical sunscreen, as it filters out helpful ultraviolet light and also causes cancer.

    The main chemical used in sunscreens to filter out ultraviolet light is octyl methoxycinnamate (“OMC”), which has been shown to kill mouse cells even at low doses. Plus, it was also shown to be particularly toxic when exposed to sunshine. OMC is present in 90% of sunscreen brands! The most popular brands ofsunscreens also contain other toxic chemicals (such as dioxybenzone and oxybenzone) that are absorbed through the skin where they enter the bloodstream, generate free radicals, wreak havoc on the immune system, damage the liver and the heart, and even promote systemic cancer.

  • Healthy cells have a built-in ability to self-destruct. The scientific name for this process is called apoptosis but health writers refer to it as “cell suicide.” This is the process by which the cell recognizes that damage is present and destroys itself to protect the rest of the body. In cancer cells, this automatic process is absent but scientists don’t know why. Cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and heart disease have all been linked to a breakdown in apoptosis.
  • There are foods that can naturally trigger damaged cells to selfdestruct via apoptosis. Green tea, berries, turmeric, avocados, garlic, kale, and even dark chocolate are just a few of the foods that target and destroy cancer cells.
  • Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc., are
    made with Aspartame and are harmful. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. A better alternative is Bragg’s Aminos or Himalayan salt.
  • Cow’s milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Think of it as a place for bacteria to grow like scum on the top of a green pond. Cancer feeds on bacteria.
  • Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat clean fish, and a little chicken or turkey rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock
    antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
  • Cancer thrives in an acidic environment. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruit help put the body into an alkaline juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular
    levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try to drink fresh vegetable juice and eat raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104
    degrees F (40 degrees Celsius).
  • Avoid coffee which is acidic. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water is best to drink purified, or filtered to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic; avoid it.
  • Toxins in the body can cause cancer. Regular detoxification using such modalities as infrared saunas are essential.
  • Cancer is the single name assigned to more than 100 diseases. It is the result of abnormal cells that multiply and spread out of control to various points in your body, damaging healthy cells along the way. Most types of cancer result in tumors but cancers that affect the blood do not.
  • Only a very small percentage of cancers (less than 5%) have a genetic link.
    However, despite the fact that research indicates that we likely did not inherit a “cancer gene” from our parents, most of us did inherit our “mother’s cookbook” and were likely exposed to the same toxins as our immediate family, so cleaning up our diet, exercising, and detoxification are all extremely important.
  • Environmental toxins can increase your risk of cancer. The air you breathe, the water you drink, and the foods you eat are all important. Pollution, heavy metal toxicity, and even household cleaning products can damage the cells in your body and increase your risk of cancer. Your home and workplace are the two places you spend the majority of your time. Ensuring your personal safety must be a top priority.
  • Smoking causes more than 90% of all lung cancer cases. Interestingly, it’s not actually tobacco itself that causes the cancer – it’s the chemicals that are used in the process of making the tobacco product that cause cancer. Quitting is the number one preventative measure you can take right now to decrease your cancer risk. Even non-smokers are at risk from secondhand smoke.
  • Sleep deprivation – defined as less than six hours per day –
    increases your risk of cancer. The benefit of healing sleep is one of the most underestimated ways to keep your body strong and cancer-free.
  • Every day, more than forty children are diagnosed with cancer – more than 14,000 per year in the United States alone. Cancer (or more accurately the conventional “treatments” for cancer) is the #1 killer of children as a result of disease. Today, cancer (and cancer treatments) will claim the lives of four children – more than complications from congenital birth defects, type 1 diabetes, and asthma combined. The survival rates among children with cancer are not improving because the conventional treatments (chemo and radiation) actually cause cancer and very little emphasis is placed on finding the cause of the disease rather than merely treating symptoms (tumors) by shrinking them with carcinogenic chemicals like
    chemotherapy.