Friday, November 16, 2012

Proper Nutrition Can Help in The Fight Against Cancer

Jillian McKee

Complementary Medicine Advocate 

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Healthy Living Today is featuring a guest post by Jillian McKee. Jillian is a Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance She possesses a wealth of information about battling against Cancer.  Thank You Jillian for writing such an informative article for us today. 

The Fight Against Cancer 
Faced with the diagnosis of a terminal illness like cancer, some people give up. Through stories told by family and friends, they mistakenly come to believe that no one can fight “The Big C”. There's a hidden blessing in being diagnosed with a terminal illness, a secret knowledge learned by nearly everyone engaged in a battle with a dreaded: we fight. You might say it's in our nature to refuse to lose. And, while some do succumb to cancer, millions have learned that a resilient spirit, hope, and a sense of purpose can trump the most aggressive cancers.

Thanks to intensive research, modern medicine now offers a number of effective treatments for those with cancer. Chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are giving way to vaccines, genetically modified “T” cells, and micro-dosing due to the latest breakthroughs in materials engineering. Despite all this, your strongest allies in the fight against cancer have been forever.  

Gird Your Loins For Battle
More than two thousand years ago, men would prepare for battle with a strict diet, meditating, praying, and forging their weapons. Against the odds, many triumphed in battles against cancer because of their preparation for battle. Most helpful was a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Foods such as spinach, carrots, beets, and apples can become a form of medicine.

Did eating a nutritious diet make the difference between life and death? Not hardly. The treatments play a larger role than the vegetables you will eat. Still, that nutritious diet helps prepare for those hours of treatment and cruel side effects that result.

The Nature of Cancer
Some of you may think that, because you suffer from leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, or breast cancer, a nutritious diet may not have the same effects. All people are 99.99% genetically identical to our fellow human beings. Likewise, though cancers vary, all types are virtually the same: mutant cells, unable to self-destruct, multiply so quickly that the immune system can't keep up.

Proper nutrition and adequate rest lead to a stronger immune system, which means, whether you have mesothelioma or melanoma, a nutritious diet will help in the fight.

What Is a "Nutritious Diet?

In everything you do when battling cancer, balance and moderation should be your guides. Rather than eating only a double cheeseburger with a side of fries, try to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, eat fresh seafood from time to time, and snack on your favorite variety of nuts. Don't forget to include a dollop of positive thinking and a pinch of faith with each meal.

Lastly, your attitude is just as important, if not more so, than the food you eat. If you can believe that you can beat your cancer, half the battle is already won.

Thank you Jillian for caring and sharing your expertise with us today.