(NaturalNews) Cancer can be incredibly scary, especially when you don’t understand how to prevent the onset through incorporation of a healthy and holistic lifestyle that addresses all the core factors that facilitate its development. Unfortunately, avoidance of this deadly disease is difficult due to the pollution of our food, air, and water.

Check out these 8 sobering stats, and then make a decision to be an exception to the rule.

1. Worldwide, about 1 in 8 deaths is caused by cancer. Yet, the media and health authorities are obsessed with “preventing” virtually non-existent diseases like polio or generally non-life threatening conditions like measles. Is because there isn’t a vaccination or pharmaceutical “cure” for cancer yet? Interestingly enough, developed countries have higher incidences of cancer, where humankind has generally aborted its connection from the healing power of pure food, air, water, sun, and earth.

2. People aged 55 or older have the highest cancer risk. Approximately 77% of ALL cancers diagnosed are present in men and women in this age group.

3. On the other side of the spectrum, more than 40 children are diagnosed with cancer every day, which equals more than 14,000 each year in the United States alone. Cancer and its conventional treatments will end the lives of four children each day, more than complications from congenital birth defects, type 1 diabetes, and asthma combined. The survival rates are not improving due to the focus on conventional treatments and endorsing collateral damage (killing all cells, with toxic drugs), rather than addressing the cause and endorsing an approach that is the antithesis to cancer – namely, a connection back to nature in all its forms.

4. More than 90% of all lung cancer cases are caused by smoking, but it’s not the actual tobacco that causes the cancer, it’s the chemicals that are utilized in the making of tobacco products that cause cancer. Quitting and avoiding second hand smoke is the easiest course of action to avoid this diagnosis, which is the leading cancer killer of men and women in the United States.

5. Sleep deprivation is described as those who get less than 6 hours per day, and this demographic has an increased risk of colon cancer. Recent studies have indicated that there is a much higher risk of cancer for those who work night shift schedules, perhaps due to improper sleep patterns disrupting circadian rhythms and quality of sleep. Proper sleep is one of the most healing activities at your disposal due to its regeneration capabilities, so covet it like a newborn baby.

6. Skin cancer is diagnosed most often, and the number of cases is increasing every year. This has spurred the myth that the sun causes cancer, but this is not entirely true. Appropriate sun exposure increases your levels of Vitamin D, which has been shown to be responsible for prevention of 77% of ALL cancers. The sweet spot is getting enough sun exposure to get your daily dose (20-30 minutes in early morning or late afternoon, on arms and legs), then getting out of it or using a non-carcinogenic sunscreen to avoid burning. If you do burn, it can cause DNA damage and eventually cancer, so a balanced approach is important.

7. Only a very small percentage of cancers have a genetic link (less than 5%), which is not what most “cancer experts” convey. However, social heredity (habitually doing the things our family has done) is a big factor, and we can avoid this subconscious way of doing things that don’t serve our health by reprogramming ourselves to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

8. Researchers worldwide agree that at least 50% of all cancers are preventable! In 2015, an estimated 1.6 million deaths will be attributed to cancer, and being able to prevent at least half those deaths through
a more holistic lifestyle is very encouraging!

The thing that makes cancer the most scary, is the mystery behind it for the majority of people, and the inclination that it pops out of nowhere and is indiscriminate about who it chooses to inflict. This is NOT the
case, and a little education and action can go a long way to prevention and successful treatment of cancer, naturally.

Start with understanding how cancer develops from our habits by reading Daily Habits That Cause Cancer. Then, incorporate cancer-killing foods, by reviewing Top 8 Foods and Herbs For Healing Cancer. Armed with this information, you can begin to wake up the healing power of the body, and start to buck some of these crazy statistics. Also check out the first few sources below for natural cancer remedies.


About the author:
Derek Henry took a deadly health challenge that conventional medicine couldn’t solve and self-directed a one-in-a-million health journey that found him happier and healthier than he had been in his entire life. As a result of this rewarding journey, he now spends his time writing, coaching, and educating thousands of people each month who want to enjoy similar results under their own direction.

His signature online program, THRIVE, teaches people how to engineer their own health transformation, by addressing all the holistic factors that he utilized to create his own successful health story. Derek believes that anyone can create the health they desire with the right mentor, details, and motivation to be well.

Find out more about our health “assurance” at Healing the Body and the THRIVE online holistic health program.

(NaturalNews) “The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~ Thomas A. Edison

Becoming a doctor of chiropractic is no small undertaking. In most states it requires eight years of schooling – four years of undergraduate study, mostly focusing on the sciences and four years of chiropractic school. On average, chiropractic school requires 372 more hours of classroom time than medical school. More time is spent studying anatomy, physiology, diagnostics, and orthopedics in chiropractic school than in medical school. In addition, twenty hours of continual training is required each year, but most chiropractors get more.

Chiropractors are well-educated healers who have varied opinions on vaccines and pharmaceuticals. But, trained in medicine, with a more holistic perspective, chiropractors tend to be, on average, a great deal more skeptical of vaccines than physicians.

The following chiropractors are speaking up to inform the public about the dangers of vaccines.

Dr. David Jockers, D.C.

Vaccines are one of medicine’s prized attempts to improve human performance. They use artificial laboratory derived medical technology to produce an immune response within the body in hopes it will lead to a long-term positive antibody response.

The vaccine ideology is based on the belief that people are created with inferior immune systems that are unable to keep up with the demands of the environment and need modern technology in the form of man-made vaccine formulations in order to bolster immunity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “The following substances are found in flu vaccines: aluminum, antibiotics, formaldehyde, human aborted fetal apparatus (dead human tissue), monosodium glutamate (MSG), and thimerosal (mercury).” Many of these same ingredients are in childhood vaccines. They are all very toxic for human physiology and have a track record for insulting the body’s immune system.

I would prefer to trust the innate ability of the body to overcome infectious microorganisms and I will fully support my body through healthy diet and lifestyle along with natural supplements and proper spinal alignment. I absolutely reject the idea that injecting a group of toxic, immune insulting chemicals into my bloodstream will improve someone’s long-term immune response.

Nancy Tarlow, D.C.

When you inject chemicals into your body that are toxic, there will be an effect. It may not be obvious at first. A child might have a fever that the doctor says is “normal”, but it isn’t. A fever or screaming could be that the brain is swelling and causing damage. The real problem is that children cannot convey to us how they feel. It’s not like an adult who can tell us that they felt great prior to a vaccination but then started having health problems.

Dr. Haroot Tovanyan, D.C.

I am a doctor of Chiropractic and I primarily work with autistic children.

Every single parent in my practice that has an autistic child has the same story. Child was born normal; child was developing normal. Child went in for their 12-month, 18-month, normal usually 24 or 36-month shots and regressed. This may be anecdotal, but when you hear it over and over and over again, there’s something to be said. These are children that have severe neurological issues. They’re not verbal; 8-10-year-old children that are still wearing diapers.

I have a quadriplegic niece in my family who received 4 shots, a total of 10 vaccines in 1 day. She was born normal. She developed normal until about a year and a half. At a year and a half she received 4 shots, 1, 2, 3, 4, and she … This was 1990 when they started doing multiple vaccines and they also quadrupled the number of shots that you’re normally receiving. She basically regressed. She’s a vegetable. I mean, she became a quadriplegic. Nowhere in nature would your child go to get exposed to let’s say 6 or 7 or 8 or 9, or in the case of my niece, 10 viruses and bacteria at the same time.

In nature that just doesn’t happen. They don’t co-exist like that. It’s not natural to put a combination of vaccines, combinations of viruses and bacteria that just don’t belong together or don’t co-exist in nature in a vial and inject it into a child and expect them to be healthy. The CDC schedule has never been tested for safety. There have never been double-blind studies. It’s never been tested for synergistic effect. They’ve refused to study un-vaccinated versus vaccinated.

For the full version of this article see the first source link below (scroll down and check the bottom for the full series including Scientists Against GMOs and Doctors Against Vaccines. Also see How To Detoxify and Heal From Vaccinations.


About the author:
Joel learned long ago that pharmaceuticals were not the answer to health and vitality. He gave up on pharmaceuticals many years ago, and he also gave up wheat and refined sugars. His hobbies include gluten free baking, gardening, and fitness. Joel is passionate about agriculture and environmental issues. Joel believes that progressive, cutting-edge, organic agriculture can feed the world.

(NaturalNews) Living a healthy lifestyle is all about making the healthiest choices. But what if the best choice (or the information needed to make the best choice) wasn’t available to you because the people tasked with looking out for you and your interests don’t have the same high standards and the corporations don’t deliver the same high-quality products in the United States as they do in Europe?

It’s disheartening to realize that companies are more than happy to take advantage of corporate friendly, health-indifferent attitudes in the United States.For every company claiming that a safer, healthier way of producing food isn’t “cost-effective,” it is interesting to see what they’re doing in other countries. It’s becoming increasingly clear that cost is not the only reason they’re giving consumers in the U.S. less than their best.

Organic Fast Food is Finally an Option…But Not For Everyone

Let’s look at McDonald’s, one of the largest fast food chains and a worldwide symbol of the United States. They’ve been experiencing a decline in sales numbers as consumers make better lifestyle choices and become more health-conscious. The United States is now the largest organic market is the world, and McDonald’s corporate attempt to grab a piece of that pie is their new pledge to use only cage-free eggs by 2025. They’re also introducing a hamburger made entirely of organic meat.

McDonald’s promised the European Union they would only use cage-free eggs by 2011. Now they make the same promise to U.S. citizens with a 10-year target date? And yes, they will be offering an organic burger – but only in Germany, the second-largest organic market.

McDonald’s also sells organic milk at their U.K. locations.Many consumers in the United States are not aware that McDonald’s can and does make more animal welfare friendly and environmentally sustainable choices in other countries even though we are the largest organic market in the world.

Three Little Letters

Countless activists in the United States are fighting for the right to mandate labeling genetically modified foods. Opponents claim labeling all of these products will raise the cost of food, a cost they will be forced to pass on to the consumer. But this argument ignores the fact that the European Union, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and China are among the 64 countries that currently require GMO labeling. If so many countries already require labeling, why not simply extend that consideration to the United States? Obviously, corporations are aware of the rising numbers of health conscious Americans that will choose a more environmentally conscious and healthy option.

A Little Something Extra

The FDA seems content to let corporations treat us like guinea pigs, sitting back and claiming there is a lack of concrete evidence to remove ingredients until something forces their hand.

For example, the majority of pigs in the United States are still raised using the muscle drug ractopomine, which is banned in the European Union, China, and Russia. The U.S. has been claiming there is no evidence for this ban in science, while China, the largest consumer of pork worldwide, sees it as a threat to food safety. It seems odd that the pork companies in the U.S. argue that there is no science supporting concern when other nations have clearly found evidence to the contrary.

Companies in the U.S. can sell “bromated bread” which contains potassium bromate. Since the 1980s, that additive has been considered carcinogenic, but the FDA only asks that it be eliminated on a voluntary basis. Unfortunately, this is not the only potentially dangerous food additive that the FDA is unwilling to take a stand on, leaving U.S. consumers at the whims of companies trying to make the most profit possible.

Consumer Action

You’re a consumer in the United States who has done the research, and you’ve decided that you want to lead a healthier, more sustainable, eco-friendly life. It’s hard enough to change old habits and learn to appreciate healthy choices while having to sift through misinformation. As you become more informed, finding out the extent to which you need to protect your own health can make you enraged with the American food system. You’d have every right to be. More and more companies show they are willing to accommodate stricter international standards while taking full advantage of lax regulations in the United States.

Let’s face it, corporations run America. Despite the fact that 90% of Americans want GMOs labeled, The DARK Act has passed Congress. Our crops and our soil are poisoned with glyphosate. And it’s not just our food industry that is corrupt. Our personal care products are filled with ingredients that are banned overseas. Our water is contaminated with fluoride. Until we face the fact that our government officials are bought and owned by corporate interests, and we make real change in the electoral process and how we protect consumers, we will have to provide our own due diligence to protect our health.

For more on GMOs check out Scientists Against GMOs and Understanding and Detoxifying Genetically Modified Foods.


About the author:
Kristina works at Green Lifestyle Market. A few years ago Kristina was no stranger to illness, but she decided to pursue health and vitality through natural means when she became pregnant. She quickly learned that she could prevent morning sickness and other common ailments other pregnant woman experienced with the right diet. After a healthy home birth, and a beautiful child, she never looked back. Kristina has not had so much as a cold since, and at two years old and unvaccinated, neither has her child. She’s passionate about natural health, environmental conservation, and raising her healthy baby without pharmaceuticals.

Avoiding these environmental, dietary and lifestyle risks can help prevent cancer

(NaturalNews) How to Fight Cancer & Win by William L. Fischer, teaches readers truly everything they need to know about cancer, including its causes and how it spreads. This article provides a snippet from a section of the book that focuses on the environmental, genetic, dietary and lifestyle factors that cause cancer. Learning these important contributors now can save your life later on. So please share this with your friends and family.

What causes cancer?

In the past 10 years alone, science has come a long way in understanding the way cancer develops and what triggers the mutations that cause a normal cell to turn cancerous. The National Cancer Institute says emphatically that many cancers can be prevented by making appropriate changes in our lifestyle. There are a number of areas where we have full control. By making the right choices, we can exercise a preventive effect against cancer.


The man-made chemical carcinogens that pollute the food chain and are present in our drinking water and air are largely unavoidable. Even the NCI notes that cleaning up the environment will require broad social actions or system changes to achieve effective controls. But you can ask your doctor if that X-ray is really necessary, and you can work with your employer to reduce your exposure to carcinogens that may be a part of your occupational hazard.

In fact, the NCI lists exposure to occupational carcinogens as a preventable health hazard. Plans on the drawing board include educating both employers and employees in certain industries (asbestos, benzene, anilene dye) to the dangers and working with these companies to develop stringent safety standards. Incidentally, you should know that smokers who work in these industries are increasing their risk of developing cancer 50 times over.

Genetic factors

You have no control over the genes you were born with, but people born into a “cancer-prone” family can still adopt healthy habits and have a good chance of escaping the disease.

Lifestyle choices

The NCI points out that we have control over many factors that comprise a large part of our lifestyles. These factors include eliminating the use of tobacco, selecting preventive foods, eliminating suspect foods, reducing our exposure to sunlight, adopting healthy sex habits (and choosing a healthy partner), and practicing good personal hygiene.


Over 170,000 people die needlessly of cancer every year simply because they refuse to give up smoking tobacco. NCI [National Cancer Institute] statistics reveal that about 30 percent of all cancer deaths are directly attributable to smoking.

It is a fact that those who smoke two or more packs of the “cancer sticks” daily have a lung cancer death rate 25 times higher than non smokers. In 1986, data shows that lung cancer may exceed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women for the first time.

Since the early 1950s, lung cancer rates have increased 256 percent among women and 172 percent among men. In spite of the scientific evidence targeting the carcinogens in tobacco smoke as a cause of cancer, known and publicized for over 20 years, there are still 47 million Americans who continue to puff away their lives, one breath at a time.

The dietary factors

Figures from the National Cancer Institute show that approximately 35 percent of all cancers can be attributed to dietary imbalances. Since the early 1900s, we have steadily increased our consumption of meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, refined sugars and sweeteners, fats and oils, and processed fruits and vegetables.

We have steadily reduced our consumption of whole-grain products, potatoes, fresh fruits and vegetables, and eggs. Let’s face it. We’ve gotten lazy. We like our over processed chemical-saturated convenience foods.

But a vast number of studies show that excessive fat intake, inadequate dietary fiber, and a deficiency of important micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) are related to higher rates of certain cancers. (In Chapter 4, you will find an extensive review of what foods should be on the menu and what you’d be better off eliminating.)

Dietary insufficiencies and excesses are associated with cancers of the gastrointestinal tract (including the esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas, and liver), plus sex and hormone-specific sites (such as the breast, prostate, ovaries, and endometrium). Dietary factors also play a part in the development of cancers of the respiratory system and the urinary tract.

Figures Don’t Lie: What we want to bring home to you here is that it’s up to you to incorporate the appropriate preventive measures into your lifestyle. You don’t have to smoke. And you control what you serve for dinner.

The table below, prepared with hard data from the National Cancer Institute, shows very graphically that simply by eliminating tobacco and eating correctly we can reduce cancer mortality by 65 percent. And those are good odds to have working in your favor.

Causes of cancer death

Factors Identified Percent of Cancer Deaths:

• Dietary Factors 35%

• Tobacco Use 30%

• Sexual Behavior/Reproductive Systems 7%

• Occupational Hazards 4%

• Alcohol 3%

• Geophysical Factors 3%

• Pollution (water/food/environment) 2%

• Industrial Products 1%

• Medicines & Medical Procedures 1%

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Lifestyle is the medicine: How to revolutionize your health by changing your daily habits

(NaturalNews) We’ve all heard that lifestyles make a difference in our health, but what is generally meant by lifestyle?

This definition describes lifestyle as “a set of attitudes, habits, or possessions associated with a particular person or group.”

In addition to these traits, others attribute diet and physical activities like exercise as part of an overall lifestyle.

Dr. David Katz, MD, is well aware of what lifestyles consist of, and, as one of several health experts invited to speak at the Natural Medicine Summit, a free online event that began March 14 and lasts until March 22, he has much good information to convey on the subject.

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His presentation, “Lifestyle is the Medicine: What’s the Spoon?” will focus on the true impact that diet and lifestyle could have on an empowered and informed general public, the big distractions that keep us from living the healthy lives we can, and why a healthy lifestyle is the best, most readily available medicine.

Dr. Katz, a nutritionist and the founding director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University, as well as an associate professor of public health practice at the Yale University School of Medicine, has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 15 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both preventive medicine, and nutrition, as noted on his website.

Also, he has made important contributions in the areas of lifestyle interventions for health promotion, nutrient profiling, behavior modification, holistic care and evidence-based medicine.

In addition to Dr. Katz’s presentation, attendees to the Natural Medicine Summit will discuss, among other subjects and topics, include which supplements you actually need to take for optimal health; how to customize your diet for your biochemistry so that you lose weight permanently; the five keys to optimal women’s health; and much more.

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OBESE NATION: A whopping 97.3 percent of U.S. adults fail to achieve these four basic healthy lifestyle habits

(NaturalNews) It is widely known that Americans are unhealthy, but the situation is more dire than previously believed. A recent study found that a mere 2.7 percent of U.S. adults meet the basic criteria of a healthy lifestyle, meaning that the remaining 97.3 percent fail to maintain their health.

Researchers form Oregon State University and the University of Mississippi reached this conclusion by assessing U.S. adults with four barometers that set the minimum standard of healthy living: a good diet, moderate exercise, recommended body fat percentage and not smoking.

These habits are associated with a decreased risk of heart disease and numerous other maladies, including cancer and type 2 diabetes. “The behaviour standards we were measuring for were pretty reasonable, not super high,” lead author of the study, Ellen Smit from Oregon State University, said in a statement. “We weren’t looking for marathon runners,” she added.

Gauging healthy lifestyle habits

With the help of data collected by the 2003–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the researchers found that among 4,745 people, 97.3 percent did not meet the four basic standards of healthy living.

The team used an accelerometer device to gauge whether participants engaged in at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week. Blood samples verified whether a person was a smoker or non-smoker, while body fat percentage was determined with the use of x-rays.

A healthy diet was recognized as falling within the top 40 percent of individuals who eat foods recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture. This was the only one of the four criteria that was based on self-reports.

The researchers found that approximately 16 percent of participants met three of the criteria, 37 percent met two of the criteria, 34 percent met one of the criteria, and 11 percent met none of the criteria. More specifically, the results discovered that 71 percent of adults were non-smokers, 38 percent maintained a healthy diet, 10 percent had a recommended body fat percentage, and 46 percent got enough physical activity each week.

In terms of gender differences, the team found that women were more likely not to smoke and maintain a healthy diet, but less likely to get enough weekly exercise. In addition, although adults 60 years or older were not as healthy as adults between 20 and 39 years of age, they were more likely to not smoke and maintain a healthy diet, but less likely to get enough weekly exercise.

Among other findings, Mexican American adults tended to maintain a healthier diet than non-Hispanic white or black adults. The tightest correlation was found between healthy levels of HDL cholesterol – the good cholesterol – and participants with a healthy body fat percentage.

A bleak picture of pubic health

The only bit of good news to stem from the report is that not all healthy habits are created equal; some habits have more of an impact on health than others. The authors of the study note that meeting just one or two of the basic criteria of healthy living can improve blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.

There is consensus among health officials that additional research is needed about how to get more adults to adopt healthier lifestyle habits. Nevertheless, Smith said that the results of the study paint a grim picture of public health. Although the population size was limited to a few thousand adults in the study, these types of surveys are conducted to ascertain the public’s health in general.

“The behavior standards we were measuring for were pretty reasonable,” Smit said in a press release. “We weren’t looking for marathon runners. This is pretty low, to have so few people maintaining what we would consider a healthy lifestyle. This is sort of mind boggling,” she added.

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The truth is out: Fewer than 3 percent of Americans have the four lifestyle characteristics of healthy living

(NaturalNews) There are four easily achievable characteristics that are most strongly associated with good health — and less than 3 percent of the U.S. public has all four, according to a study conducted by researchers from Oregon State University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Mississippi, and published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

The findings have troubling public health implications, said senior author Ellen Smit, PhD.

“The behavior standards we were measuring for were pretty reasonable,” Smit said in a media statement. “We weren’t looking for marathon runners. This is pretty low, to have so few people maintaining what we would consider a healthy lifestyle. This is sort of mind boggling.”

People struggle with diet and exercise

Researchers evaluated 4,745 adults who were enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for four traits strongly associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and other chronic health conditions. The four traits are moderate exercise, good diet, not smoking and maintaining an appropriate body fat percentage.

In contrast to prior studies, which have relied on participant reports, the current study used objective measurements to evaluate the four traits. Participants wore accelerometers that tracked their movements, allowing researchers to measure whether they got at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity each week. Smoking status was determined via blood samples, and body fat via X-ray; about 21 percent of the body fat data was reported to be missing and subsequently filled in by researchers using “sequential regression multivariate imputation.” Strangely, a “good diet” was not defined as meeting certain nutritional goals but merely as being among the top 40 percent of the nation in terms of consuming foods recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The researchers also measured various cardiovascular health markers, such as blood pressure and blood glucose, and confirmed that the four traits were indeed associated with better heart health.

Only 2.7 percent of participants had all four healthy traits. Approximately 16 percent had three traits, 37 percent had two, 34 percent had one and 11 percent had none of the healthy traits. More specifically, 71 percent of study participants were non-smokers, 46 percent got enough exercise and only 10 percent had a normal body fat percentage. Predictably, only about 40 percent of participants were among the top 40 percent of the U.S. population considered to have a “good diet,” as defined by the study.

The more traits a person had, the better their cardiovascular health markers. Certain healthy traits were more strongly associated with certain markers. For example, body fat percentage had the greatest impact on HDL (“good”) and total cholesterol levels.

Prevalence of traits also varied by demographic factors. Women were more likely to be non-smokers and to have a good diet, but men were more likely to get enough exercise. Mexican Americans were about 1 percent more likely than non-Hispanic white persons to eat be considered having a “healthy diet,” while only 24 percent of non-Hispanic black participants were grouped in that category.

Adults over age 60 had, on average, fewer of the traits than adults 20–39. Yet, when individual traits were looked at, older adults were more likely to be non-smokers and have a healthy diet, but less likely to get enough exercise.

Adopt healthier habits today

The good news is that, even if you fall short, you can make simple changes to dramatically improve your health.

In a study conducted by researchers from Northwestern University and published in the journal Circulation in 2014, adults in their 30s and 40s who made heart-healthy lifestyle changes were able to halt or even reverse the progression of coronary artery disease.

“It’s not too late,” lead researcher Bonnie Spring said. “You’re not doomed if you’ve hit young adulthood and acquired some bad habits. You can still make a change and it will have a benefit for your heart.”

On the other hand, the researchers also found that people who abandoned healthy habits for bad ones suffered the ill effects just as quickly.

“If you don’t keep up a healthy lifestyle, you’ll see the evidence in terms of your risk of heart disease,” Spring said.

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Healthy lifestyle can reduce breast cancer risk even in women who are genetically predisposed, study finds

(NaturalNews) Adopting a healthy lifestyle can significantly slash the risk of developing breast cancer in women who carry common gene variants linked to breast cancer, a new study published in JAMA Oncology suggests. The discovery marks a significant shift in the cancer conversations and prevention strategies to help women reduce their odds of developing breast cancer.

The findings offer hope for women that have a high genetic risk and a family history of breast cancer. Senior lead researcher Nilanjan Chatterjee, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, hopes that the study will help women realize that although they have a higher risk, it does not guarantee they will develop breast cancer through the course of their life.

“People think that their genetic risk for developing cancer is set in stone,” said Nilanjan Chatterjee in a news release from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “While you can’t change your genes, this study tells us even people who are at high genetic risk can change their health outlook by making better lifestyle choices such as eating right, exercising and quitting smoking.”

Key lifestyle factors

According to the authors of the study, breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women in developed countries of the Western world. In 2014, an estimated 232,670 new cases were diagnosed and roughly 40,000 women died in the United States alone.

More than 17,000 women with breast cancer and nearly 20,000 women without the disease were tested for 24 gene variants previously linked to an increased breast cancer risk. Furthermore, they estimated the effect of 68 other gene variations that the participants were not tested for.

Using this genetic information along with other unchangeable factors – such as family history and the age menstruation started – and lifestyle habits, Nilanjan Chatterjee and his colleagues developed a model to predict the risk of breast cancer.

They found that the average 30-year-old Caucasian woman has an 11 percent chance of developing breast cancer by age 80. Women who had a high risk based on family history and genetic risk factors could lower their chances of developing the disease over their lifetime by maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and drinking, and not using hormone therapy.

“Everyone should be doing the right things to stay healthy but motivating people is often hard,” Chatterjee said. “These findings may be able to help people better understand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle at a more individualized level,” he added.

Get physical

Nilanjan Chatterjee and his team are not the only ones that, recently, linked a healthy lifestyle to reducing the odds of developing breast cancer. A team led by Steven Moore, a cancer epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute, pooled the data from 1. 4 million health care professionals who reported on their physical activity levels over an average period of 11 years.

His team suggests in their report, published by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, that higher levels of leisure-time activity may boost protection against a wide range of cancers, breast cancer included. They claim that people who never smoked or stopped smoking, stayed fit, managed their weight, and had no more than a drink or two a day, could reduce the risk of dying from cancer by half.

“Everybody knows physical activity reduces heart disease risk,” says Moore. “The takeaway here is that physical activity might reduce the risk of cancers as well. Cancer is a very feared disease, but if people understand that physical activity can influence their risk for cancer, then that might provide yet one more motivating factor to become active.”

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Medical professor diagnosed with multiple sclerosis miraculously cures debilitating disease through dietary and lifestyle changes

(NaturalNews) When emergency medicine professor George Jelinek was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at age 45, he was told the disease was progressive and incurable. He had reason to believe it; he had seen his own mother suffer from the disease until she needed a wheelchair to get around, until, eventually, she took her own life.

But, rather than accepting the diagnosis, Jelinek dived into researching what the scientific evidence actually said about MS. To his shock, he discovered that a rigorous program of lifestyle changes could halt and even reverse the progress of the disease.

Seventeen years later, he says he has “‘no symptoms — I’m perfectly well.”

“I’m actually fitter and healthier than I have been at any time in my life,” said Jelinek, who runs and swims regularly.

Numerous studies have since backed Jelinek’s program up, which is explained in detail in his book, Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: An Evidence Based Guide to Recovery.

Lifestyle change cures ‘incurable’ disease

MS occurs when the immune system attacks the myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells, causing a slowing of the nerve signals between the brain and the rest of the body. The disease is characterized by a wide range of neurological symptoms, including muscle stiffness and spasms, and loss of control over bodily functions. Although the disease itself is rarely fatal, it can lead to complications – such as infections – that can be deadly.

The doctor who diagnosed Jelinek repeated the conventional wisdom: there is no way to prevent the progression of MS.

“It was, ‘Look, buddy, I’ve got terrible news. You’ve got this incurable progressive neurological disease and there’s nothing you can do about it’,” Jelinek recalled.

But Jelinek did not take his doctor’s word for it. Instead, he began to pore over the medical research, uncovering obscure and overlooked studies from as far back as the 1930s. He also formed an international network of MS patients that has now grown to 16,000.

Based on his research, Jelinek put together a program of lifestyle changes backed by the evidence. He decided to test the program on himself, and promoted it to the members of his MS community.

“It took years for the symptoms to disappear,” he said. “It was gradual, but seven years after diagnosis I realised I no longer had them.”

“And we have found age doesn’t matter, nor does it matter how disabled you are — it’s possible to stabilise the illness at any stage.”

Five simple steps

The five components of Jelinek’s program are:

1. Diet. The program calls for patients to stop eating meat, dairy and any foods high in saturated fat, and to instead eat a plant-based diet supplemented with seafood and an extra 20–40 mL of omega-3s per day, preferably in the form of flaxseed oil. Supplementation with B-vitamins may also be needed for some patients.

2. Exercise. Patients should be sure to get 20–30 minutes of exercise per day, five days per week, preferably outdoors.

3. Sunlight/Vitamin D. Light-skinned patients should get 15 minutes of sunlight (without sunscreen) five times a week; darker-skinned patients may need more. Patients should also take a vitamin D supplement of 5,000–10,000 IU daily, as needed to bring blood levels up to 150–225nmol/L.

4. Meditation. Patients should meditate for 30 minutes per day. Like all the other components of the plan, the benefits of meditation have been proven through numerous scientific studies.

5. Medication. In contrast with conventional MS treatments, Jelinek’s plan saves pharmaceuticals for a last resort. The plan cautions patients and doctors to weigh the benefits of drugs against the side effects, and to use them only in serious cases. For such cases, however, the plan calls for careful adherence to prescribed medication.

The program is also recommended for close relatives of MS patients, who are at elevated risk of developing the disease. Following the program may actually help prevent the disease in the first place.

Of course, these steps can benefit everyone, not just those seeking to treat or prevent MS. And a great way to boost your diet is with superfoods such as clean, organic chlorella.

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Leading sedentary lifestyle just as deadly as smoking, say researchers

(NaturalNews) If you think of dangerous jobs, chances are things like mining, skyscraper construction, and fighting fires may come to mind. However, a team of international experts found that working on a computer in an office all day can be just as deadly as smoking.

Given the nature of our work environments, there is often not much we can do to improve the situation. Many people don’t have any other choice than to sit still and stare at a screen for 8 hours a day. On top of that, most of us come home after work and watch television. This, again, while sitting on a chair or couch.

A desk job is the new smoking

As recently reported by The Telegraph, sitting for at least eight hours a day could increase the risk of premature death by up to 60 percent.

The BBC has also recently reported that more than 5 million deaths a year are linked to sedentary lifestyles. In our technology-dominated world, it seems that a desk job is rapidly becoming the new smoking, as similar numbers of lives lost are reported. An inactive lifestyle is causing even more deaths than obesity.

As sad as this may sound, these scientists also found a solution to the problem. A minimum of one hour of any physical activity a day could eliminate the deadly risks associated with a desk-bound lifestyle.

One hour of exercise a day saves lives

The authors of the study analyzed data from over 1 million people, mostly aged over 45, from 16 previous studies. The study participants, who came from western Europe, Australia, and the U.S., were grouped by their level of activity and the amount of time spent seated.

For those who sat for eight or more hours a day and engaged in less than five minutes of activity per day, mortality rates were 9.9 percent, compared to 6.2 percent for those who managed to incorporate at least an hour’s exercise into their busy schedule.

They also found that watching television for more than 3 hours a day was associated with an increased risk of death in all groups except those who exercised for at least one hour a day.

Five-minute breaks

According to lead scientist Professor Ulf Ekelund, from Cambridge University and the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, there is no need to go to the gym. Brisk walking or cycling, as long as it is done for at least one hour, is good enough to eliminate the risk associated with a desk job. And you can split it up over the day, too.

Professor Ekelund says that workers should do everything they can to find time to get some movement in their life. He recommends people to build up physical activity in their everyday life by taking five-minute breaks every hour. During these five minutes, walk to the next office, go to the upstairs coffee machine or walk to the printer. Take the stairs instead of the lift and try to get on your feet as much as possible.

And while on your coffee break, you could also try opting for a refreshing, organic cold brew coffee instead. It is refreshing, less acidic, and much healthier than the regular hot brew coffee coming from the office vending machine.

In addition, employers should make it easier for their workers to exercise by providing showers and free gym memberships, and encouraging longer breaks. Furthermore, they could enroll in Cycle to Work plans to let employers loan out bicycles as a tax-free benefit.

“This report is showing that inactivity kills,” said Steven Ward, executive editor of UK Active. “When we realised this about smoking we tackled it – we need to do the same about our office culture.”

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