In the wake of some pretty sobering studies about cancer trends in the United States, our green living guru, Holly Pellham Davis of Clean Fresh Living, shares tangible ways to help reduce our risk of the disease. Here’s what she has to say…
Chances are, each one of us has been touched, directly or indirectly, by cancer. Recent headlines highlighting The National Report on Cancer’s findings that the United States was “making only small progress” against the life-threatening disease as well as the study by leading researcher and Nobel Prize winner, James Watson and his subsequent statements in an interview that, “We have no general of influence, much less power… leading our country’s war on cancer,” took my breath away. What does that mean?!
Evaluating the above referenced study on cancer, I found the following:
“The nation is losing ground in other important areas that demand attention. Incidence rates of some cancers are rising including melanoma of the skin, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, childhood cancer, cancers of the kidney and renal pelvis, leukemia, thyroid, pancreas, liver and intrahepatic bile duct, testis, myeloma, and esophagus.” – National Cancer Institute
Childhood cancer and three different blood cancers (all highly environmental) were cited as among cancers on the rise!
I hate this disease.
Two years ago, I chaired the Leukemia Lymphoma St. Valentines Day Luncheon supporting blood cancer research and support. I love this organization. I created a document for the luncheon that year in hopes of encouraging people to think about and hopefully initiate steps to reduce their risks for cancer.
In honor of this year’s event on February 12th at the Meyerson and as part of my life’s passion to spread the word for cancer prevention, I wanted to share the document’s content with my D Moms Daily readers.
Reducing Your Risk of Cancer: Clean Fresh Living’s Top 12 List
- Exercise daily and lose any excess weight.
- Drink at least 2 liters of water daily purified, at minimum, by reverse osmosis.
- Eliminate processed meats and reduce red meat from your diet.
- Consume a daily diet high in colorful vegetables; Eat organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts.
- Use only non-toxic, natural, eco-friendly pesticides and fertilizers in your home and yard.
- Test and improve the air quality in your home, office, and school.
- Eliminate plastic and non-stick surfaced products containing PFOA’s from your kitchen. Do not use #1,3,6,7 plastics.
- Use only non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products in your home, school, and workplace.
- Avoid radiation exposure such as cellphone, microwave and x-rays that bio-accumulate. (CT scan, dental, etc)
- Greatly reduce sugars, processed foods and alcohol and eliminate preservatives, artificial sweeteners and dyes from your diet and toothpaste (and fluoride from toothpastes.)
- Reduce the amount of toxins you are absorbing through your skin, into your body, by using natural beauty and personal care products and eliminating artificial fragrances, parabens, phthalates, and oxybenzone.
- Take a vitamin D supplement and probiotic daily
I’ve also created a pdf of the full list that you can download and print for a daily reminder of these crucial steps.
Yours in Health,
Holly Pellham Davis is the founder of Clean Fresh Living, Inc., a service focused on educating consumers and families on the importance of healthy, organic, sustainable living for life and generations to come. You can hear more from Holly on her Clean Fresh Living blog, twitter, and Facebook.