Apr 042012

Whenever I come across articles such as this one I’m intrigued. If only it were that simple. Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sunshine, and you’ll be healthy forever. The thing is, I already knew that, and it didn’t help.

Despite what you may hear or have heard, there is no magic formula! You can no more prevent cancer than you can boost your immune system. Maybe you can delay the inevitable, but truth be told, if you live long enough, you’re going to get cancer.

Then there’s the two biggest factors contributing to cancer, the environment, and your heritage. Two items you have little, if any, control over. It’s been pretty well established, if your parents lived to be 100, you’ll likely do the same.  Of course living in a polluted environment has been known to cancel that out.

So while there’s nothing much new in this article, and there’s at least one step I have a problem with, i.e. talk to your doctor about the benefits of taking a statin drug, I had some time on my hands, and there were two items included that I have stressed repeatedly since my diagnosis, which I felt were worth repeating.

The first being,

Ditch the vitamins and supplements. Unless you’re addressing a confirmed vitamin deficiency, are considering pregnancy or are already pregnant, you can steer clear of multivitamins and save money without sacrificing your health, …………..

I still contend, all the hype surrounding the taking of vitamins and supplements is nothing more than a well designed scam to separate you from your money. I’m also of the belief, it was the taking of various vitamins and supplements, during my life, that contributed to my diagnosis. You can get all the vitamins you need naturally, simply by eating a well balanced, nutritional diet.

And the second most important thing is to

Get an annual flu shot. Having the flu triggers inflammation, which can set the body up for serious problems when it’s most vulnerable, he says. The flu vaccine, …….., helps the body tone down its harsh immune response. “I want [people] to think of a flu shot in terms of not just what it means today but a decade from now,” ……

Even if you don’t want to do it for yourself, at least do it for others, so there’s less likelihood you’ll pass along the flu to unsuspecting friends and relatives, and especially those with compromised immune systems.

I’ll also add to drink lots of green tea, and get lots of sunshine! Just be careful not to burn. Remember, you can’t overdose on Vitamin D from the sun, but you can from a supplement.

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