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Cancer is a real conversation killer. But with 50% of the population expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life it is probably a good idea to get familiar with the subject. With that 50% projected to be 70% by 2030 it is probably a really good idea.

What would it be like to be diagnosed with cancer? What do you do? Your options may be:

a) feel helpless?

b) panic?

c) offer yourself up to the oncology industry while they take you through their established protocols (which often don’t work)?

d) you already have a protocol in place because you informed yourself before hand. You know what you are dealing with, and how to deal with it. Scared maybe, but not panicking, confused, angry, in denial, or heading straight to the bottom of the cliff. You made up your mind that you weren’t going to be a victim of cancer but rather in a position to understand and manage it. Because you are onto it you have given yourself a very good chance of healing your cancer.

e) because you understood what you had to do to heal your cancer you also understood how to prevent it. So none of the above applies.

On my cancer journey I have discovered that the subject of cancer is taboo – it is such a confronting subject that it is enthusiastically avoided. The complication is that people don’t have any real knowledge if they find themselves dealing with it – and that can lead to stress and anxiety. I think its better to have a map if the need arises.

Fortunately I have survived cancer long enough to be able to take responsibility for myself. The first year was a nightmare – like being thrown off a cliff and trying to find the answers before you hit the bottom. I would not wish that on anyone. I have no doubt that if I knew then what I know now I would have saved myself a great deal of stress, depression, anxiety, trauma and general chaos. And its not just that you are sick with a disease that is doing its best to kill you, there is also the impact on family, work and income, and the many aspects of life that we take for granted.

So where do you start? I remember contacting the Cancer Council when I was doing research for my book. I was told that there is nothing that can be done until cancer is apparent. The problem with this position is that it may be too late. I was really looking for early signs – something that could indicate an emerging problem. But there was really nothing on offer.

The focus then has to be on prevention. However, this is where you find yourself in a world of conflicting information. Oncology is a reactive treatment – get cancer and they react with various treatment options. Complementary options are proactive. And they work. But you may be surprised at what Oncology considers to be complementary.

1) Diet. Yes, diet is considered ‘alternative’. Although it is well understood that diet is a significant contributor to cancer – being overweight and obesity are considered a major risk factors – the standard medical position is that nutrition won’t help to mitigate cancer. This is counter-intuitive and incorrect. There is a mountain of science that establishes links between food and cancer. I have already written a blog post on this and you can also download my free guide on nutrition.

2) Exercise. Yep. This is also an alternative, complementary therapy. The body of science that has established the profound effects of exercise on cancer is enormous. But ignored. I have already written a blog post on this and you can also download my free guide on exercise.

3) Complementary medicines. Oncologists are too often of the opinion that there is no science on these medicines. There is actually an abundance of peer reviewed, published, high quality science. For example you can try this link to science on Rosemary and its ability to kill cancer: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3607075/  And you can download my free guide on Complementary Medicines.

4) Off label drug protocols. These are proving to be very successful. There are a handful of registered Oncology clinics around the world who prescribe these protocols. Technically they come under the banner of complementary medicine but they do seem to be taking on a life of their own as they have some degree of acceptance in the world of Oncology.

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