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Published: 15/01/2016

Great Advice from MD David Servan-Schreiber in his best seller Anti-Cancer: New way of life

In his landmark book, Anticancer: A New Way of Life (Penguin, 2009), the late cancer researcher David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, draws on both conventional and alternative approaches to explain what makes cancer cells thrive and what inhibits them. Here are just some of the little changes that make a big difference when it comes to cancer prevention.

  • • Decrease consumption of sugars, starches and refined carbohydrates.
  • • Reduce intake of vegetable oils, which are high in inflammatory omega-6s.
  • • Consume more anticancer foods, such as turmeric, cruciferous veggies, dark leafy greens, garlic, onions and green tea.
  • • Replace nonorganic animal products, such as meat, eggs and dairy products, with grass-fed organic animal products. Limit your intake of red meat.
  • • Up your omega-3 intake by consuming fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel; grass-fed animal products; and flaxseeds.
  • • Drink filtered tap water, mineral water or spring water.
  • • Limit your alcohol consumption to one glass of red wine with a meal.
  • • Avoid industrial chemicals, such as parabens and phthalates in personal-care products; household pesticides and insecticides; aluminum found in deodorants and antiperspirants; and inorganic phosphate additives found in many sodas, processed meats and commercial baked goods.
  • • Exercise 20 to 30 minutes daily.
  • • Quit smoking.
  • • Get 20 minutes of sunshine daily to amplify your vitamin-D levels.
  • • Manage stress through yoga, meditation or another technique that works for you.
  • • Acknowledge and accept your emotions, including despair, anger, fear and sadness.
  • • Keep in touch with a circle of close friends with whom you can share your feelings and experiences.