Cancer is often seen as an unfortunate side effect of getting older. Something that everyone naturally runs the risk of as they get up there in years. This is not the case, however. Your body isn’t programmed for illness. It will always try to bring things back to homeostasis and wellness. There’s no “you will get cancer” gene–it’s all a matter of the terrain of your body, and how it deals with the factors and influences it comes in contact with.
What is Cancer?
The NIH, in a paper written about environmental factors of cancer, explains the process of getting the disease this way:
The cancerous process is result of disturbed cell function. This is due to the accumulation of many genetic and epigenetic changes within the cell, expressed in the accumulation of chromosomal or molecular aberrations, which leads to genetic instability.
A cancer cell, in other words, is a mutated cell. Cancer cells aren’t supposed to be in the body. The problem comes because the cancer cells don’t die as they should. Instead, these mutated cells multiply–as cells are supposed to do.
The NIH gives some ways cancer cells differ from normal cells, including:
- ignore signals that normally tell cells to stop dividing or to die (a process known as programmed cell death, or apoptosis).
- accumulate multiple changes in their chromosomes, such as duplications and deletions of chromosome parts. Some cancer cells have double the normal number of chromosomes.
- rely on different kinds of nutrients than normal cells. In addition, some cancer cells make energy from nutrients in a different way than most normal cells. This lets cancer cells grow more quickly.
What Should be Happening?
The NIH explains the normal life cycle of a cell–and how cancer cells differ–as follows:
Normally, human cells grow and multiply (through a process called cell division) to form new cells as the body needs them. When cells grow old or become damaged, they die, and new cells take their place. Sometimes this orderly process breaks down, and abnormal or damaged cells grow and multiply when they shouldn’t.
The human body’s immune system kills cells that aren’t supposed to be in the body. The cells throw up an indicator that tells the immune system to come kill them. A properly functioning immune system clears out dangerous or mutated cells–that’s what it’s made and meant to do. This is also the system and action that the surgeries and radiation therapies medical doctors suggest try to emulate. These treatments pose dangerous risks to the other cells in the body that the natural immune response doesn’t.
Why Doesn’t This Happen?
There are certain enzymes your cells need to be able to die. If your cells don’t have these enzymes, they can’t die. When cells don’t die, they go on multiplying and replicating–that’s what they’re there to do, and your body always does what it’s supposed to, given the circumstances.
You build a car from what you want it to be made of. This sounds like common sense, but what isn’t always seen as such common sense is that the same principle applies to your body–you have to supply and support it with what you want it to repair and make your organs and body processes with. If you aren’t giving your body enough of the materials your immune system needs to rebuild and repair itself, your body will be lacking in other areas–like the enzymes needed to allow cells to die.
Environmental risk factors aren’t just outside your body. You can take things into the environment of your body that create the risk for cancer, as well. Things like heavy metals and other toxins can stress your immune system. When your immune system is fatigued, it doesn’t function properly. Avoid heavy metals like aluminum or titanium, as well as other toxins found in things like cleaning supplies, beauty products, hair products, and even your cookware.
Certain medications you’re taking may also cause problems in your body. Statins, for example, lower cholesterol–which is important for the conversion and production of other substances the body needs. Cholesterol is needed for steroid hormone production, wound healing, immune system support, and brain and memory function, among other things. Mayo Clinic has found liver damage, type 2 diabetes, and neurological issues to all be side effects of statins.
Sugar, too, is an environmental factor that can increase your risk of cancer. Sugar puts stress on the immune system by feeding infections and increasing inflammation. Increased stress on the immune system accelerates how fast it fatigues, and a fatigued immune system, as stated above, doesn’t work properly. A properly functioning immune system will kill off the cancerous cells–something shown in clinical results our docs have gotten, discussed in this video.
Support is Prevention
Getting your body’s functional levels tested by those who know how to read the tests will tell you a lot about the internal environment of your body. Getting your allergies tested and cutting inflammatory agents like dairy, processed sugar, corn, and certain foods that may not be allergens but are naturally inflammatory will help relieve the stress in your body, and allow your immune system to function properly. Getting a chiropractic adjustment and relieving any unnecessary mental stresses will also help with this. Talk with someone who knows how to support your immune system further about any other supplementary foods, herbals, or lifestyle changes that would support your unique physiology.
Cancer is a scary word and a nearly heart-stopping diagnosis. It can be terrifying to hear that you or someone you love is battling with it. It is not a natural part of getting older and is a sign that your immune system needs help and support. To learn more about cancer and how to help support your body to get better from it, and not get it, check out this video. To get your allergies and immune system tested, as well as other tests to get a better snapshot of what’s going on in your internal environment, contact a Wellness Way clinic, today!