Governments throughout the world rarely tell their populations what the individual
can do to prevent a disease occurring in the first instance. While all the emphasis
is put on building more hospitals, better equipped hospitals and reducing waiting
lists, lowering the need for hospital space by preventing diseases largely gets
Cancer is a good example of a disease where it’s strike rate can be greatly reduced
by the individual taking precautionary measures. The incidence of cancer can, in
some cases, be reduced by more than 50% by taking simple preventative actions.
The first preventative measure that should be taken is adequate exposure to direct
sunlight.The effect of direct sunlight on the skin produces vitamin D, which is vital
to good health. While some vitamin D can be obtained from food sources, the
individual is unlikely to get enough from sources other than the sun. The exposure
for white people need only be 10-15 minutes a day 3 or 4 times a week. However, the
further you live from the equator, the more exposure you need. It should be noted
that people with dark skin pigmentation require 20 times the exposure stated above
to create the same amount of vitamin D. Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial
to calcium absorbption in the intestines.
The individual can further reduce his/her susceptibility to this disease by
the choice of foods eaten at meal times. Limit your intake of meat, butter, eggs
and cheese.These foods contain animal fats which increase your risk of developing certain types of
cancer (breast, prostate, intestine and pancreas). Eat more fish and poultry
Eating a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables ( tomatoes, carrots, leeks, cabbage,
broccoli and onions etc ) helps protect the body against cancer of the colon,
stomach, rectum and lungs. These are also rich in vitamins A, B and C, all of
which help to fight free radicals and thereby prevent cancer.
Eat wholegrain bread for its fiber content.Fiber improves intestinal functions
and helps protect against colon cancer.
Get as much vitamin C as possible by eating fruits like kiwi,apple. black currant,
raw turnip,sorrel, raw green pepper, raw green cabbage and citrus fruits. Also
season salads with parsley which is very rich in vitamin C.
Avoid smoked, salted and barbecued foods which contain substances that are
potentially carcinogenic, especially as far as stomach cancer is concerned.
Because of the variables with the nutrient value of food dependent upon where it came from, how fresh it is, how it is stored and how it is cooked, it may be prudent to take a daily food supplement to ensure that you are getting enough vitamins and minerals. The important vitamins are A, the B-complex group, C, D and E. Because vitamins are largely ineffective without minerals, it is best to take a combined multivitamin and mineral tablet or capsule to make sure there are no deficiencies. These are readily available at health food stores, and can be bought via the Internet for delivery in the mail.
Don’t let yourself get too fat: persons who are 40% or more above their normal
weight stand a much higher risk of getting cancer.
The above simple measures should cut in half the likelihood of you contacting
cancer in your lifetime!