I never really gave too much thought to cancer until now. I mean I was doing a lot of things in my personal life to make sure I could prevent myself from diseases that are fueled by the foods we eat like, heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and of course cancer but I wasn’t focused too much on one or the other. I just knew, with what I had learned over the past 4 years, that I wanted to do whatever I could to have a good fighting chance again any and all of them. It wasn’t until most recently, when my father was diagnosed with colon cancer that more of my focus and anger went to “The C Word”.
Now, I’m sure part of this is a coping mechanism, but I have become almost broader line obsessed with knowing everything I can know about cancer, cancer prevention, and cancer treatment through the foods we eat, the products we use and the lifestyles we live.
The C Word was a great documentary that covered all of the above. It is primarily about a woman who had suffered from breast cancer and how she wanted to find a different way to treat and prevent it from coming back. She learned of the studies and writings of Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, the author of Anti-Cancer, and made it her mission to meet him and hopefully get him to agree to making this documentary. Below is just a sample of the things they touched on. I would highly recommend it for anyone who has dealt with cancer themselves or with a family member, as well as anyone who currently hopes to never have to cross paths with cancer in the first place.
-After tobacco companies had lost the war over if they should be labeled as “causing cancer” they turned to a new tactic, they started to invest billions into the foods we eat. In 1985 tobacco company RJ Reynolds bought Nabisco Foods and Philip Morris bought General Foods and a short time later also bought Kraft. This merger made them the largest food producers in the North America. Old addictions started to fuel new addictions.
-In 2011 big food companies, including Coke and Pepsi, spent over 27 million lobbing politicians.
-There is no regulations by the FDA of what chemicals can go into household products or beauty products. The cosmetic companies literally fund their own testing, so who knows what they are reporting. We are the industry’s own personal test animals. (Check out an app to test what is in the products you are buying called EWG’s Healthy Living).
-The amount of stress in our lives is the silent additional cancer causer. Cortisol and adrenaline have the power to turn on cancer cells and help them spread. So just as it is important to eat the right foods and exercise, it is important to relax and reconnect with ourselves and others. As human beings we need a sense of connection with other humans. In order to feel meaningful we need to feel like we are apart of something bigger. That we are all connected.
Cancer sucks. Being lied to sucks. Being poisoned sucks. But feeling helpless is even worse. Do the research and light your own path.
~a MAD, american, Vegan