One of my best friends was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer last week and was given 6 to 24 months to live (he is a non-smoker). Specifically, Larry was diagnosed with inoperable Adenocarcinoma and it has already spread into his brain and lymph system. I consider Larry a good friend, a mentor and someone I can always rely on to provide a balanced opinion on any topic or situation. Larry had such an influence on the way I think, I would often ask myself, “what would Larry do in this situation?’
As one of the leading causes of death today, the thought of developing cancer weighs heavy on many people’s minds, and for my friend Larry and his family, more than most right now. As statistics have shown, the risk of developing the disease - lung, colon, skin, prostate, breast, or other types of cancer - is growing exponentially. The question we all should be asking ourselves is why?
Modern medicine has waged a failing war on this insidious disease that focuses on "prevention," though it's not the true prevention of the degenerative disease itself. Rather, physicians and scientists recommend screening for early detection as their idea of “prevention”, when sadly in most cases by the time the disease is detected, early or otherwise, it's already become a crisis and is very hard to combat. As a matter of fact, the failure of drugs and treatments of the disease can actually harm the body as much as they help.
After the death of my mother almost 30 years ago, I began a lifetime of research into the true prevention of disease. Knowing that cancer, or any degenerative disease takes years or decades to develop before it becomes a full blown crisis, I was less interested in the actual symptoms of cancer and more interested uncovering the symptoms that one could recognize leading up to a cancer crisis.
So what to look for?
Cancer is the mother of all degenerative diseases and for the most part there are ways you can identify early warning symptoms and take corrective action before cancers develop, but the changes need to start immediately. Cancer, like most degenerative diseases doesn’t just sneak up on you; it takes years, even decades to develop into a killer. Knowing these 7 early warning symptoms and taking immediate action is your best form of prevention:
1. Loss of appetite and fatigue: your digestive system is the body’s largest consumer of energy and when the body is placed into stress, it redirects energy required for digestion and elimination of food and waste to the area(s) of concern. Feeling fatigue is another way the body redirects its energy to repair and correct itself. Whenever you are ill, you will notice a lack of energy and general feeling of fatigue. To see this defence mechanism operate in a positive way, just ask anyone that just ran a marathon if they want a big meal as they cross the finish line. Food is the last thing on their mind. Also after running a marathon, the body is dealing with the immediate stress of recovery and repair of damaged muscles tissue from pounding out 26.2 miles and much of the available energy is directed to recovery, which takes hours of rest before the marathon runner regains their appetite and energy levels. But unlike a sick person, once recovered, a marathon runner will eat the fridge and its contents.
2. Toxaemia: when the body’s toxic levels increase, the body reacts by accelerating the elimination process. It does this by raising the body’s temperature, ie. Fever. Combined with the previous stage’s symptoms, a fever mobilizes the body’s defences. The increased body heat acts as a catalyst and causes the toxins to liquefy and pass into the bloodstream where they are transported to the organs of elimination (Bowels, Lungs, Bladder and Skin). When you’re sick, you will notice that you have to urinate more and your get the sweats. These are both examples of your body doing its job. Attempting to take drugs to reduce a person’s fever actually inhibits the body’s ability to rid itself of the very toxins it’s trying to eliminate. No one enjoys the discomfort of a fever and night sweats, but resists the urge to take drugs that only get in the way of the body’s ability to deal with the elimination of the toxins. Many people think the fever is the illness, when in fact the fever is how your body defends itself and eliminates the root cause of the problem.
3. Irritation: as the toxic and acidity levels within the body increase over longer period of time, it has to take more aggressive measures to suggest that you take notice and address an escalating health issue. Irritation is a condition in which the body sets in motion to speed up the elimination of toxins. Bowels and urine are obvious processes of toxin elimination and may not be painful unless ignored. Less obvious is when toxins are eliminated at other sites in the body. Your skin for example, is the largest organ in your body with over 4 billion pores to remove toxins. Generally, people with skin conditions have high levels of internal acid and toxins within their bodies. All diseases thrive in an acidic environment, so it’s important that you know your body’s internal pH. Using a simple pH strip to regularly measure your internal pH for high acidity will let you know if your diet has to be adjusted to more alkaline foods. Finally, people with physical irritations generally display emotional irritable; some of these signs are: nervousness, depression, anxiety and worry, just to mention a few. Be aware that many emotional problems have a very physical root cause. Just watch the show the “Biggest Loser” to see the emotional affects poor health can have on an individual.
4. Inflammation: remember these words, “Pain is your friend, not to be ignored”. Pain is the body’s most intense effort to cleanse and restore itself. Inflammation and the resulting pain is the result of toxic overload in specific areas of the body for a long period of time. When inflammation exists, we are diagnosed with one of the “itises”. Tonsillitis (inflammation of the tonsils), Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver), Arthritis (inflammation of the joints), Lymphadenitis (swollen lymph nodes), Dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), Colitis (inflammation of the Colon), etc, etc. At this point, corrective action can be taken to reverse these and other painful, inflammatory conditions. Unfortunately, many people simply take medication to mask the body’s natural warning system as they proceed to the next stage of disease escalation unaware of the damage they’re doing to themselves. This is why so many people are surprised when they discover they have a serious health condition. As a rule, I never take pain medication, unless I absolutely know the root cause of my health issue. For example, I would take a pain killer to address an acute situation, like a broken bone. I would never take a pain killer to address a long-term chronic health issue. And the more pain I experience, the greater my attention and focus to correcting the issue. Also note that the very drugs used to mask the pain are also toxic and highly acidic, adding to the very problem the body is so desperately trying to correct.
5. Ulceration: the fifth stage is an indication that the body has been under assault for such a long time that massive amounts of cells and tissue are being destroyed. This condition can be extremely painful because there are exposed nerves. Just ask anyone that has stomach ulcers, or open, oozing sores anywhere on their body. I just returned from my place in Arizona and I saw a man that weighed over 300 lbs and had a serious rash in addition to open sores on his legs, arms and face. I can only assume his skin condition was over his entire body. This is a sign that his body is extremely acidic is overflowing with toxins and is desperately trying to eliminate them through the skin. Unless this person takes immediate action and has a complete change in lifestyle, he shouldn’t be surprised when he’s presented with a health crisis, like cancer.
6. Induration: Scaring is a form of induration, which is a hardening of tissue, such as an ulcer. But this tissue hardening has real purpose, as it is the body’s attempt to encapsulate the toxic material and preventing it from further spreading freely throughout the body and holding it in one place. The sac is a form of non-cancerous tumour. That said Induration is the last stage that the body is still in control of its own cells. If the destructive practices that brought matters to this advanced stage of disease go unchecked, the cells will become uncontrollable and move to the final stage; Cancer.
7. Cancer: This is the end point of a very long evolution of disease progression. As with most degenerative diseases, this takes a significant amount of time, (as in years or decades), and if the causes that brought the body to this point are not drastically reversed, the result is potentially fatal. In the best of circumstances along with a total commitment to a healthy regimen, many cancers can be arrested and reversed, but it takes extreme diligence and a concentrated effort. Don’t let a crisis like cancer be your wake-up call to changing your unhealthy lifestyle, especially when there are so many early warning signs that should catch your attention.
You'll mostly hear doctors use the word "prevention" in regards to mammograms, screening methods, and blood tests. But true prevention comes in making sure your body has the tools it needs to keep itself healthy in the first place. Remember, the natural state for the human body is health, not sickness. The toxic free radicals we encounter every day through sunlight, air and water pollution, pesticides in our food need to be eradicated by making lifestyle changes that include, having a healthy diet by eating at least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, taking quality vitamin, mineral and antioxidant supplements to bridge the nutritional gaps in our degraded food supply and committing to a regular exercise program for at least one hour a day, 6 to 7 days a week.
“Knowledge is Power, but Action flicks the Switch”
I started this block in May of this year with the purpose of providing people with information and knowledge that empower them to make more informed decisions about their personal health and wellness. It takes 10% knowledge and 90% action to transform an unhealthy lifestyle. If only one person out of the 3000+ that now follow this blog world-wide makes a positive change to their life through the information I share, I will have met my purpose. Let me know if you’re the person that takes positive action and tell us your story. You will inspire others.
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