A simple and powerful way to reduce your cancer risk
(NaturalHealth365) Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce your cancer risk. Unfortunately, in my opinion, too many exercise “professionals” have promoted exercise in all the wrong ways. For example, promoting the concept of “no pain, no gain” is total nonsense!
The father of integrative oncology has a message for every cancer patient
Believe it or not, most people still remain in the dark about the benefits of physical activity. Are you interested in a simple (no cost) way of reducing stress; lowering blood pressure; maintaining healthy glucose levels and dramatically reducing your risk for cancer? Let’s get an expert opinion…
According to Dr. Keith Block, medical director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, a healthy balance between stretching (yoga); upper body strength training (resistant bands) and aerobic activity (walking) will reward cancer patients in many ways.
Dr. Block has found that, “breast cancer patients in stage 1, 2 or 3 disease that walk 3 to 5 hours per week will cut mortality in half. And, in colon cancer patients, walking 6 to 9 hours per week will cut mortality by 61 percent and recurrence risk by more than half.”
Bottom line, if you want to enjoy a long, healthy life – get moving!
The United States population is being decimated by poor habits and criminal behavior
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking”.
Obviously, smoking commercially-grown, chemical laced cigarettes is a poor lifestyle decision. But, in my opinion, allowing tobacco companies to continually sell harmful products to the public is a crime against humanity. According to the CDC, over 46 million United States citizens smoke cigarettes.
Sadly, the CDC has found “that fewer than two in 10 Americans get the recommended levels of exercise which is about 30 minutes of physical activity – 5 days per week.” Do we really want our kids to learn from this example?
If we’re to save lives – we must change our lifestyle habits before it’s too late. Obesity-related health care costs total an estimated $147 billion annually. The cost of treating diabetes totals some $116 billion. If more people would simply eat better and exercise more – think about the money we would save.
Good news for colon cancer patients
Colon cancer is one of the leading killers in the United States; however, this is one cancer where the positive connection with exercise is beyond any doubt. Many studies have shown that people who are involved in regular physical activity have a substantially lower risk of developing colon cancer – compared to the average couch potato.
A couple of studies on two separate groups of survivors of colon cancer show that people who regularly exercised after cancer therapy had a higher chance of survival and remained cancer free much longer than those who did not exercise.
One major reason why exercise helps is because it stimulates the removal of toxic substances in the colon, thus, preventing cancer-causing agents from staying in the colon and causing dis-ease.
Get moving and lower your risk for breast cancer
According to research, an imbalance of reproductive hormones are strongly related to the development of breast cancer. However, physical activity may alter the production, metabolism and removal of these hormones thereby reducing the risk of breast cancer.
The American College of Sports Medicine brought forward a Canadian study in the journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. This study involved 1,233 cases of breast cancer and 1,237 of women who did not have breast cancer – which was the “control” group. The study compared their lifetime health, physical activity and other factors such as alcohol and tobacco use, diet and family history.
The study revealed that women who had engaged in moderate physical activity such as, simple household chores and farming showed a much greater risk reduction for breast cancer than women who were mostly involved in sedentary activities.
One message is abundantly clear
It really doesn’t matter what type of physical activity you choose to reduce your risk for cancer. Find an activity that you really enjoy and be consistent. Having helped thousands of people with their exercise habits – I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt – the benefits of physical activity will exceed your wildest dreams.
About the author: Jonathan Landsman is the managing director of NaturalHealth365.com and host of the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show sponsored by NaturalHealth365.com and NaturalNews.com. Jonathan is helping millions of people worldwide create health and physical fitness through a variety of educational and entertaining articles, teleconference calls, live shows and special events.
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