Years ago, I was working as a geoscientist with an environmental & engineering firm. The job involved a lot of travel. I was home one Sunday in November when my mother called to tell me she’d been diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM). This is a cancer which affects the way blood cells are produced.
It took a while to get over the shock. At that point, I started researching. Not much else to do when you live in hotels.
The more I learned, the less afraid I became. Let me tell you why.
First off, cancer is NOT a genetic disease.
You aren’t doomed to inherit your mother’s breast cancer, your father’s prostate cancer, or your grandfather’s lung cancer. Have you heard about “epigenetics”? It’s the fancy way to say “lifestyle choices matter”.
Epigenetic research shows we can change the expression of certain genes- essentially switching them on or off- simply by changing our lifestyle habits. Here’s an article on the history of epigenetics, and another describing how genes may be switched on or off.
We aren’t doomed. Cancer is the result of the habits we inherit; not just the genes we inherit. Salads and exercise were historically recognized as good medicine. Now, with epigenetics, science is re-learning what our grandparents knew all along.
Secondly, thanks to the work of people like Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg, we know cancer cells have a breathing problem.
Cancer can’t produce energy as easily as a healthy cell. It’s actually far less efficient. Cancer requires way more fuel (food) to produce energy. So when we fast, we place more stress on cancer cells than on healthy cells.
Cancer is also largely dependent on sugar (and some amino acids) to survive. Meanwhile, healthy cells can derive energy from fats. Various anti-cancer diets rely on these principles.
Thirdly, as much as nobody loves the idea of using chemotherapy, consider how it works. It’s “cytotoxic therapy”. Poison. If cancer cells were stronger than healthy cells, would this work? No! The healthy cells would die first. But normally what we see is cancer cells dying preferentially to healthy cells. Same thing goes for radiation treatment, to a lesser extent.
Ever stop and think about that?
Cancer cells are the weakest cells around.
They’re easier to starve, easier to poison, easier to kill. Period.
Cancer is not a genetic disease (and even if it were, we do have control over our genetic expression).
Over the years, I’ve learned many ways to take advantage of cancer’s multiple weaknesses naturally. This is how I help my clients today.
I’ve learned “The Big C” isn’t as terrifying when folks know what they’re up against. So rest easy!
Take Care & God Bless,
Scientist, Certified Holistic Cancer Coach, Reiki Master / Teacher