10 Tips to Minimize the Risk of Developing Cancer

10  Tips for Preventing Cancer…..President Obama’s Task Force (on the Role the Environment Plays in Cancer) Takes the “Fringe” Out of Cancer Prevention

If you are like me, you’ve been reading information on this subject written by forward-thinking health advocates for decades.  As a result, many of us have been trying to minimize our exposure to toxins by eating organic foods, staying away from chemically laden cleaning and personal care products (like shampoos and detergents), minimizing cell phone use and yes even driving extra distances to find a  “green” dry cleaners.   If you were a member of this “fringe club”, I’m sure you can relate when I say how friends and family members thought we were just a little “nuts” for taking these extra measures to minimize our risks of developing cancer and ensure the safety of our families.

But now, thanks to President Obamas task force, a new 200 page document written in clear language by some mainstream doctors lets the public know in no uncertain terms that there is plenty we can do to prevent cancer from developing in our kids and in ourselves and although we don’t have all the answers, it’s time to action now!

Just in case your priorities regarding health conditions do not solely focus on cancer, feel free to substitute the word Autism, Asthma, ADHD, Fibromyalgia, etc for the word cancer as you read through this document.  Like the authors of this report, many  savvy individuals have connected the dots and realize that the  escalation over the past several decades in cancer as well as many other chronic  illnesses are surely related to the 87,000 chemicals we’ve created since World War 11 and which are in widespread use in our air, food, water and vaccines,

Has the mystery of cancer prevention been solved? Absolutely not and yet this report clearly encourages us all to take action now!

“At this time, we do not know how much environmental exposures influence cancer risk and related immune and endocrine dysfunction. Environmental contamination varies greatly by type and magnitude across the nation, and the lifetime effects of exposure to combinations of chemicals and other agents are largely unstudied. Similarly, the cancer impact of exposures during key “windows of vulnerability” such as the prenatal period, early life, and puberty are not well understood. Nonetheless, while these diverse effects often are difficult to quantify with existing technologies and research methods, in a great many instances, we know enough to act”

Additionally as  million of us  have watched our friends and family members receive the diagnosis of cancer followed by grueling ordeal of surgery, radiation and or chemotherapy, people are waking up to the benefits inherent in a sensible prevention protocol.

Here is the link to the report

But just in case you don’t want to read the entire document, the following is a list of recommendations that the task force is advising us to do NOW!:

  1. Recognize how much more vulnerable children are than adults to the effects of environmental toxins and endocrine disrupting compounds and as parents and teachers do all we can to minimize their exposure to these substances.
  2. To minimize the family members exposure to occupational and outdoor chemicals, employ simple measures in the home, like removing shoes upon entering and washing work clothes separately.
  3. Install a good water filter at home and consume this water as opposed to commercial water.
  4. Avoid drinking from plastic bottles. Instead use stainless steel or glass bottles to carry water or other liquids.
  5. Reduce or eliminate the use of microwaves or if using, only microwave food in glass and not plastic
  6. Purchase and consume locally grown and or organic produce and organic grass fed (as opposed to grain fed beef and chicken).  Avoid meats from cattle, pigs and chickens that were given growth hormones and antibiotics. Avoid processed food, charred meat or well-done meats
  7. Use a head set  when using a cell phone, or  text rather than call and keep calls brief
  8. Turn off and unplug electrical devices at night
  9. Check home radon levels periodically
  10. Minimize medical procedures and tests especially those involving exposure to radiation

For additional information on what can be done to prevent autism now, check out this post.

Maureen H. McDonnell, RN

I am a registered nurse with a strong interest in helping to reverse the escalating number of children affected by chronic illnesses. After coordinating the Defeat Autism Now! Conferences for 10 years, I joined forces with Jill Urwick to form Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet. This website and our conferences focus on the role nutrition and toxins in the environment are playing in Autism, ADHD, childhood cancers, etc. More importantly, our goal is to offer solution-based information that is both practical and affordable.

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3 thoughts on “10 Tips to Minimize the Risk of Developing Cancer”

  1. Thanks guys. I blogged about this report the other day here: http://thewellnessbitch.com/2010/05/10/silence-like-a-cancer-grows/ And I will add a link there to your post. Good reminders that this isn’t JUST about cancer…it’s about all chronic illnesses that keep showing up in our kids. Thanks too for providing the tips and a link to the actual report. People need our help in identifying places to make changes. Cancer is a scary word. We need to empower people so that they know change is possible. Let’s keep the conversation going.

  2. You are, once again, pushing out into the leading edge of real health reform. The massive impacts of toxicants on diseases like cancer are becoming evident even to most previous skeptics. People tend to have a “sky is falling” initial response to initial awareness of the magnitude ot the problem because our lifestyles are so enmeshed with toxin-releasing things. But there are so many things that can be done to begin the process of reversing upward-spiraling toxin exposures when people learn some simple rules and become determined to live by them.

    We are anticipating an exciting time at the new seminar being offered at Metametrix on testing and treating toxin exposures. http://www.metametrixinstitute.org/aletox

    1. Hi Richard,

      Thanks for commenting on the article I posted on the Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet website. I try to keep things simple and upbeat so folks will read and become proactive in their lives to minimize their risk of cancer, autism, etc. So much we can do! I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I’ll look forward to learning more about the new seminars on testing and treating toxins by Metametrix. Your lab has always been at the leading edge! All the best, Maureen

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