All my experience watching people “get” and overcome cancer can be boiled down into one sentence: What we put in our mouth causes and reverses at least 85% of all degenerative diseases. Almost all of them can be avoided and overcome by correcting what we put in our mouth (just another way of saying the same thing).
So, first things first. Detoxify your body and avoid cancer (and all other degenerative diseases) by fixing your diet. Stop eating processed food (hydrolized this and hydrogenated that), dairy, red meat, sugar and other sweeteners (even honey and maple syrup), preservatives and chemicals. Stop drinking coffee and alcohol and using cigarettes and prescription drugs. Hmmmmm. Tall order.
[Of course, I’m not recommending that you stop taking prescription drugs immediately. Consult your doctor. In Chapter 1 of my book are 10 website directories of “holistic” doctors who are sympathetic with this approach and will help you gradually eliminate your prescription drugs — all of which have side effects and treat only symptoms.]
Diet books abound. Virtually all of them are opinions, not science. The theories in one are contradicted by those in another. The only nutrition book I’ve read which is based on true science, peer-reviewed, etc. is “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. Read this book. There is now a great documentary on it called “Forks Over Knives” available at Amazon.com.
Did you know that many studies with fruit flies and mice (they live conveniently short lives) show that restricting your calories to 30-40% less than what you are now eating will extend your life expectancy by 40%, no matter when you start it. Amazing but true. The same effect can be obtained by fasting every other day.
The Japanese are first in the world in life expectancy (average 81.9 years). The French are 7th. The U.S. is 43rd [according to the World Health Organization. Why do you think this is true? The average American eats 170 pounds of sugar every year. Junk food and processed food with no nutrients cut our life span by years and ensure most of us will suffer from prolonged degenerative disease before we die.
Changing your diet is the least expensive and most productive thing you can do to improve your health and lifespan. I began getting this right when I married my present wife in 1995. I was 63.
OK, you’ve heard it since grade school. Exercise is good for you. But did you know that gradually building up to one hour a day of strenuous exercise (where it is difficult but not impossible to talk to the person next to you) doesn’t just benefit your bones, muscles, tendons, endurance, etc.? It also affects your cellular health and avoids cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and virtually all other degenerative disease.
Get clearance from your doctor, of course, and get supervision when you start by hiring a qualified trainer. Details of the program I use are in my book. I started a regular exercise program I’ve become “hooked” on when I was 60. What’s your excuse? Age? Physical condition? Hey — just do it!
Just take “One-A-Day” vitamins and you’re home free. NOT!!
The so-called “Recommended Daily Allowances” (RDA) of vitamins and minerals are woefully below the optimum level you need to maintain vibrant health. There is no real excuse for this. There are thousands of studies of the effect of supplements and the best daily dosage. Unfortunately, if you try to follow these guidelines with individual supplements like Vitamin C, Vitamin D, beta carotene, CoQ10, colloidal silver, selenium, astralagus, etc., etc. you will soon go broke.
Better to find one of the formulas put together by knowledgeable health professionals. I mention the one I have used for about 18 years in my book. I am 81 and in perfect health. It is Dr. David Williams’ Daily Advantage. It costs about $44 a month, but it has kept me healthy ever since I started taking it (and exercising regularly). You can get more information at Dr. Williams’ web site:
or by calling Mountain Home Nutritionals in Ranson, West Virginia at (800) 888-1415. Unfortunately, they don’t ship outside the U.S. If you live elsewhere, just look around. Good multi-vitamin/mineral supplements are everywhere.
I get no compensation of any kind from any of the products I recommend. My conviction that this is the best, however, was reinforced recently when I read a book called “Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements,” by Lyle MacWilliam, BSc, MSc, FP. The author had compiled charts which compared 500 “nutritional” supplements. Daily Advantage was not one of them. However, when I compared its ingredients with the “top 5” in the book using his “blended standard,” it was better than any of them.
Your age now is immaterial. Whatever age you are, whatever your current health condition is, starting a sound supplement program is essential.
THE FOUR-LEGGED STOOL
The above three “vitals” — diet, exercise and supplements — form what many have called a “three-legged stool of health.” The idea is that if you neglect any one of the legs, the “stool” (your health) collapses.
Others have suggested that the “stool” has a fourth leg, which is spiritual faith. I don’t try to cover it in my book, but there is evidence that it has a strong role in maintaining or regaining your health.
Remember, I am just a “reporter,” not a medical professional. Any changes in your health regimen should be discussed with your doctor.