Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Step 2: Cancer-proof yourself

While there's no magic formula to stay cancer-free, a neuroscience researcher and cancer survivor suggests a few simple lifestyle changes could pull your risk way down.

The latest edition of the 2008 book, Anticancer: A New Way of Life caught the attention of doctors, psychologists and the media since hitting US bookshelves in December of 2009. The book explains that diet, exercise, stress management and the environment all influence the body's likelihood of developing cancer. Author David Servan-Schreiber tells his own story of beating a brain tumor at age 31 and then outlines a natural approach shown to keep the body in better shape to prevent cancer and respond to treatment if diagnosed.

So, how does it work? Eat a diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, veggie proteins (like beans and tofu), fish and healthy fats. Stay active. Pull out the yoga mat and keep your stress in check. Avoid chemicals when you can: cigarette smoke, aluminum-based deodorant and chemical cleaners. And soak up plenty of sunlight to boost your vitamin D levels.

Check out Servan-Schreiber's thoughts on cancer research in his 2008 New York Times article here. More info about his book here.

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