It is estimated that human behavior causes 50 to 75 % of cancer deaths in the U.S. According to Dr. Steven G. Eisenberg, a leading medical oncologist, five simple lifestyle changes can help cancer-proof your body.
Dr. Steven, whose nickname is “the singing oncologist,” helps his patients fight cancer by using both conventional and innovative medical technologies.
At the same time, he teaches them how to overcome negative emotions by cultivating acceptance, love, and self-compassion. He does this in a deeply personal way — through laughter, empathy, and the music he plays and sings for and with them. In his new book, Love is the Strongest Medicine, Dr. Steven talks about ways to cultivate health through positive thinking and changes.
Here are his five cancer-busting tips for Newsmax readers:
- Stop smoking. Dr. Steven says that 30% of cancer deaths are directly linked to tobacco — and that includes chewing tobacco and cigars. “It’s all about mindfulness,” he says. “For example, meditating is a proven way to help you stop smoking for good. Pause before you light up and take a deep breath instead.” The expert says there are many smoking cessation programs that can help you quit. To begin, just smoke one less cigarette than you did yesterday, adds Dr. Steven.
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while cutting back on processed foods. Dr. William Li, MD, the author of “Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself,” says that there are foods that can ward off chronic disease. His groundbreaking work has impacted more than 70 diseases including cancer. According to Medical Daily, Dr. Li says that an anti-cancer diet should include foods such as soy, tomatoes, green tea, oily fish, and berries that can help “starve” cancer cells. These are called “anti-angiogenic foods.” “Leafy greens, particularly those in the brassica family such as broccoli, arugula, bok choy, and cauliflower, contain special compounds that are anti-angiogenic, protect our DNA, and boost the immune system,” he says.
- Cut out alcohol. Dr. Steven says it is human nature to have more than the recommended limit of alcohol beverages daily so it’s easier in the long run just to abstain altogether. “Start by slowly decreasing the amount you drink each day until you are down to none,” he says.
- Exercise more. Research has shown that exercise not only helps prevent cancer, but it essential in helping patients with the disease manage fatigue, insomnia, and stress during treatment. The Mayo Clinic cites evidence that exercise may also help people with cancer live longer and improve their overall quality of life. “In this country we have some of the highest cancer rates in the world, and one reason it that we are obese,” notes Dr. Steven. He says that sitting is indeed the new smoking, so we need to get off our butts and move more during the day to prevent cancer. Always check with your doctor before embarking upon any exercise program.
- Use sunscreen. “Melanoma is a bad disease,” says Dr. Steven. “Protect yourself with sunscreen even on cloudy days. Use SPF 50 and make sure you get your vitamin D levels checked.” Dr. Steven also suggests getting sun in the morning so you will sleep better and wear clothing that also has UV protection built in.
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