10 Ways To Help Prevent Cancer Recurrence

OK. So you’ve already been diagnosed with one of the more than 200 different types of cancer and you’ve chosen your treatment path, whether it be surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, alternative and natural or a combination of them … and, for now, you’re cancer-free, but still fearful of recurrence. As I talk about in ‘Lance’s Story‘, I was there too … and, truth be told, I’m still there as almost all people who’ve had cancer are. Whichever route we go down, conventional or natural, we have a fear continuum and veer from ‘mildly worried’ to ‘absolutely terrified’, sometimes with regularity depending upon what we might read or hear about during the day. What we all think is, just give us a list of what we can do to help try and prevent cancer recurrence! So, here’s 10 things that I do in no particular order of importance, except perhaps for number one! NB. To go directly to my blogs containing much more detail, click on the text in bold green font. 

  1. Go on an organic plant-based diet and avoid processed food, meat and dairy. Why is an organic plant-based diet so important in helping to prevent cancer recurrence? Various vegetables and fruits metabolise at a high pH of 8-10 which keeps the body’s tissues in an alkaline state (i.e. above 7.45) whereas processed foods (particularly because of their high sugar content), meat and dairy products metabolise at a low pH of 3-5 which makes the body acidic and creates a cellular environment where cancer cells thrive. Therefore, you should eat foods like raw or lightly-cooked spinach, brussel sprouts and swiss chard, as well as fresh lemons, which all metabolise in the body at a highly alkaline pH10; sweet potatoes, egg plant, cucumber, mango, pineapple and raspberries which all come in at pH9; and cauliflower, pumpkin, turnips, apples, oranges and bananas which all metabolise at pH8. Where possible, you should eat organic fruit and veg in order to avoid the huge number of toxic pesticides and metals used in intensive farming. The UK-based Soil Association reports that almost 300 pesticides are routinely used in non-organic farming and that these residues remain even after washing and cooking, whereas organic farming is only allowed to use a maximum of 20 pesticides and they’re all derived from natural, non-toxic sources. You should avoid breakfast cereals, white rice and flour, chicken and cottage cheese which all metabolise at pH5, most microwave foods, white bread, jam, beef, pork and cream cheese which all come in at pH4, and french fries, puddings, ice cream, bacon, sausages and processed cheeses which all metabolise at a disastrous pH3. You should note also that a classic can of coke comes in at pH2.5! You can find a more extensive list of high vs low pH foods here.
  2. Start a juicing regimen. The best way to extract huge amounts of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients from fruits and vegetables, and get them into your body fast, is through juicing! Not only is juicing, particularly from organic vegetables and fruits, a wise dietary decision if you wish to try and prevent cancer but also if you want to help heal it naturally without conventional treatment or you’ve undergone chemotherapy/radiation treatment and need your body’s immune system to recover fast! During chemotherapy and radiation, your body is bombarded with free radicals (i.e. unstable molecules) which damage DNA (i.e. cellular blueprints that contain vital instructions) and mitochondria (i.e. the energy factories in your cells). If  you want to boost your immune system so that it can neutralise those free radicals and inhibit cancer growth and metastasis, you should eat real, whole living foods and this is where juicing from organic produce plays a vital role. Patients on the very popular Gerson Therapy drink 12-13 glasses of juice each day; 8 carrot and apple, 4 green juices (using lettuce, watercress, swiss chard, chicory, beetroot leaves, green pepper, red cabbage and apples), and 1 orange or grapefruit juice. There are, of course, variations on the Gerson juicing protocol. You might want to select fruits and vegetables which metabolise in the body with a high pH in order to keep it alkaline. I do drink about 1.5 litres of carrot juice each day, but add fresh beetroot and ginger to it. I also drink lots of fresh lemon juice as lemon metabolises in the body at the highest pH level of all the fruits, coming in at pH10! I dare say, also, that Ann Wigmore would add wheatgrass as an essential part of any green juice protocol.
  3. Supplement your diet with cancer-fighting vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and other health products, and do so according to the recommended dosages. Ultimately, you’ll not be able to get all of these nutrients in the required quantities by eating a plant-based diet and following a juicing regimen or you’ll simply be eating and drinking the whole day! I take the following tablets or capsules daily: vitamins C, D3 and E; the essential minerals selenium, magnesium, iron and potassium; the amino acid lysine; the superfood spirulina; and the flowering plants ginger root and milk thistle. I also take turmeric with black pepper in powdered form. The reason for taking turmeric with black pepper is that the pepper increases turmeric’s bioavailability. By adding ⅛-¼ tsp of black pepper to turmeric, absorption is helped by up to 2,000%. So why is turmeric such a potent weapon to help prevent cancer and its recurrence? Turmeric, through its active ingredient, curcumin, has vast numbers of antioxidant molecules which help lessen swelling and inflammation, and also protect the liver against toxins. A healthy liver, cleansed of poisons, can recognise and kill cancer cells and so is a critical line of defence against the disease which is why many protocols, like the Gerson Therapy, begin with a liver detox. Turmeric also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour molecules, as well as a substance known as a lipopolysaccharide in the turmeric root, which has shown the capacity to stimulate and increase the activity of the immune system. 
  4. Take ONE supplementary alkaline protocol like bicarbonate of soda or cesium chloride to ensure you keep your body in an alkaline state and so maximise chances of preventing cancer recurrence. Dr. Tullio Simoncini’s bicarbonate of soda therapy creates an alkaline cellular environment which kills overgrowths of the cancer-causing fungus, Candida Albicans (a common member of the human gut flora) and then reverts them to normal cells. I take one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda with a little raw honey as the carrier agent in the evening before bed and my urine pH first thing in the morning is an alkaline pH7.5-8.0. I use this therapy for one month on and the next month off in order to give my body a bit of a rest. Dr. Aubrey Keith Brewer’s cesium chloride protocol is designed to alkalise the body’s pH by buffering the acidic micro-environment of cancerous tumours with an alkalising compound in order to starve them of glucose. The Cancer Tutor website explains how the cesium chloride protocol works to combat cancer. ‘Cesium Chloride is a natural mineral with the ability to penetrate the cancer cell and rapidly change its acidic pH to an alkaline pH of about 8. This destroys the enzyme systems of the cancer cell and does not allow it to reproduce or survive’. 
  5. Drink plenty of ionized alkaline water which will also keep your body non-acidic. Laboratory tests have shown that ionized alkaline water reduces the effects of oxidation. What does this mean? When water is acidic, it oxidizes body tissues and DNA, and we can see this in action outside of the body when cut apples turn brown and metal rusts. However, ionized alkaline water blocks the action of free radicals (i.e. unstable molecules that can damage cells) and is high in antioxidants thereby reducing inflammation which is a contributory cause of cancer. Ionized alkaline water also enhances energy levels and the immune system and, as previous posts have shown, a healthy immune system is a critical defence against cancer.  
  6. Start an exercise program. Of course, if you’ve had debilitating cancer treatment, your body may not be able to cope with vigorous exercise so you should consult your doctor, start slow and build your body back up. That said, WebMd is one of the top healthcare websites in the United States by unique visitors and their page, Exercise For Cancer Patients: Fitness After Treatment, makes for interesting reading. According to Professor Kerry Courneya, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, ‘Several recent studies suggest that higher levels of physical activity are associated with a reduced risk of the cancer coming back, and a longer survival after a cancer diagnosis.’ Kerry makes the point that recent evidence shows that women who’d had breast cancer treatment and exercised afterwards, lived longer and experienced less recurrence. Two clinical trials also showed that survivors of colo-rectal cancer who’d exercised lived longer than those who hadn’t. Furthermore, studies of various cancers revealed that shorter survival times and higher risk of recurrence were associated with being overweight after treatment. These findings underscore the importance of a healthy plant-based diet and juicing regimen in particular.
  7. Eliminate stress from your life … or at least manage it better … through meditation. Stress is one of the many triggers for cancer and although some people naturally manage it better than others, if you’re in the latter group, you might need some extra help in the form of meditation. In fact, a 2014 study published in the journal, ‘Cancer’, by researchers from the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and the University of Calgary, found evidence to suggest that support groups which encourage meditation and yoga can alter the cellular activity of cancer survivors.
  8. Forgive yourself for any of your perceived failings and forgive those you feel have transgressed against youPsychoneuroimmunology is the study of the interaction between psychological processes, and the nervous and immune systems of the body. In other words, the mind-body connection. It suggests that an inability to cope with stress, overly-negative thoughts and victim-like personality play a role in creating a bodily environment where cancer cells can grow, whereas meditation, prayer, visualisations, positive affirmations, forgiveness etc. can play a role in the healing process. Best-selling authors, Dr. Bernie Siegel (Love, Medicine and Miracles) and Louise Hay (You Can Heal Your Life), are two of the most renowned proponents of the mind-body connection. According to Louise, cancer is caused by holding on to resentment which eats away at the spirit, in the same way that cancer eats away at the body. What we give out, we get back: what we think about ourselves, becomes the truth for us.
  9. Live your life joyfully. Too often, cancer patients allow themselves to be consumed by their disease and live their lives waiting for recurrence or, at worst, death. Considering the mind-body connection, this certainly isn’t healthy for the body. There are a number of things you can do to get into a different, more positive, way of thinking. Firstly, make a joyful living list in which you do something different every weekend instead of the same old routine. It doesn’t have to be expensive but it should be fun! Your list might also be expanded to include some things you’ve always wanted to do like scuba diving, paragliding or visiting one of the world’s seven wonders of the natural world. You also might want to keep a gratitude journal. This might seem a hard thing to do when you’ve just been through painful cancer treatment, but there are always things to be grateful for. It might be a loving family and circle of friends, it may be the sound of birds singing first thing in the morning or the sight of a lovely sunset. You can also watch a lot of comedy that makes you laugh. The Cancer Treatment Centres of America use humour therapy in helping patients heal their cancer. As their website explains, ‘Laughter may help you feel better about yourself and the world around you. Laughter may be a natural diversion. When you laugh, no other thought comes to mind. Laughing may also induce physical changes in the body. After laughing for only a few minutes, you may feel better for hours. When used in addition to conventional cancer treatments, laughter therapy may help in the overall healing process’.
  10. Seek out inspiring stories of other cancer survivors. Your google search terms are crucial in directing you to stories of hope rather than worry and despair. There are so many cancer survivor stories out there of people, even at stage IV, who’ve followed the natural approach. Two websites I would recommend are https://www.chrisbeatcancer.com and https://thetruthaboutcancer.com which are full of survivor stories from all types of cancer at even advanced stages of the disease. My free e-book ’15 Things You Should Know About Healing Cancer Naturally’ in the side bar also highlights selected survivor stories from Chris Wark’s site on men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds who’ve healed their breast, ovarian and pancreatic cancers, as well as leukemia, non-hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, medulloblastoma and melanoma.