Nobody wants cancer. Yet it’s one of the common themes of this generation that everybody — and their aunt — is getting cancer. The scariest part is that some of these people are young.
The billionaire Jack Ma said it best in an interview with Barack Obama. He said that when he was a kid, he almost drowned in a massive lake and no one knew what cancer was. Now, the lake has dried up and everyone knows what cancer is. The world is changing.
The first book I discovered to improve my knowledge of cancer prevention was one I found online called No More Cancer by Dr. Gary Null. His bio lists him as the host of the country’s longest-running nationally syndicated health radio talk show, author of over 70 books, an internationally renowned expert in health and nutrition, and director of over 100 documentaries.
I approached his content with some skepticism. He is more of a self-proclaimed expert than a certified doctor or researcher. Although he does have a PhD., he spends most of his time on radio, documentaries, and writing books.
His other books have titles like “No More Diabetes” and “No More Allergies,” which made me a little more skeptical because of the gimmicky book titles on every major ailment. However, as long as he showed primary sources, I was willing to learn more.
The first part of his book is about the lies and politics of the corporate world. Corporations pay a ton of money to scientists to cover up any media that says their products cause cancer. There are even medical practices that have been caught for covering things up to make profit from surgeries, chemotherapy, or their products.
I will stay away from talking about the first part of the book because:
- There may be a lot of bias
- He may be cherry-picking evidence with confirmation bias
- While this could be true, there wasn’t as much evidence as desired.
- It gets complicated and there are all sorts of data that can be misinterpreted.
- Many of the testimonials mentioned suffer from survivorship bias and too small of a sample size.
Now, let’s talk about the second half of this book. I want to share with you 5 of the biggest insights. These insights are the most useful in the book. I had to do some verifying because some had no citations.
Note: I am not a nutritionist or expert. These are points curated from this book.
1. Avoid Tobacco and Stay Fit
It seems simple, but how many people actually exercise on a daily basis? Even if you don’t believe smoking cigarettes cause cancer, almost all science supports that cigarettes have all sorts of negative health effects on your body.
Being overweight can be harmful to your immune system so it is important to stay within the right weight range.
2. Consume More Antioxidants on A Daily Basis
Antioxidants attack free radicals before they do irreparable damage.
The author says in the book, although with no citations to sources, that many studies confirm antioxidants protective effects, as well as show that they increase a patient’s tolerance of chemotherapy and radiation. However, upon my own further research, I have found that most studies have found that they have had negligible effects on cancer reduction.
Having said that, I’m still putting this on here because it’s such a common theme among the diets of not just anti-cancer people, but also the longest living people in the world, and the fittest people I’ve ever met.
Top antioxidants include Omega-3 fatty acids, Alpha-lipoic acid, Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, Flavanoids, Vitamin E, and Selenium.
My favorite antioxidants come from Green Tea, blueberries, Guacamole, and Avocados.
3. Avoid Radiation
The top forms that are most common are x-rays and sunlight. Certain radiation can further cause cells to misbehave from their normal function, which is what cancer essentially is.
None of us really ever get many x-ray’s so that’s not too big a deal.
For most people, they get too much or too little sunlight. Too little and you don’t have enough Vitamin D on a daily basis. Too much, usually from over-tanning, results in radiation exposure from ultraviolet light.
Some crazy people even think Wifi or radio waves cause cancer, but evidence points to this not being true. If it was, it would be a huge corporate cover-up and almost everyone is probably be exposed almost on a 24/7 basis.
4. Eat More Red Fruits and Vegetables
Research confirms that red fruits and vegetables like strawberries, tomatoes, cranberries, and goji berries are high in immunosupportive and cancer-fighting nutrients such as lycopene and carotene.
I highly recommend tomatoes because they are one of the most common foods in diets of the longest living people and have a very rare nutrient called lycopene that helps with your immune system, health, and longevity.
5. Consume Fiber, Olive Oil, and Mushrooms
Studies have shown that 30 grams of fiber daily decreases the risk of colorectal cancer. Research suggests that high fiber intake may lower the risk of breast, colorectal, uterine, and prostate cancers.
Olive oil is a common food for some of the world’s longest living people according to the book 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People. Research has shown that the phytochemicals in olive oil inhibit cancer growth in vitro. The recommended type is extra virgin good quality olive oil.
Mushrooms are also a food mentioned in 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People. The maitake mushroom kills cancer cells by enhancing T-helper cell activity. It also exerts a favorable effect on breast, colon, and prostate cancer.
Shiitake and reishi mushrooms have strong anti-tumor properties in animals. Research has revealed that the cordyceps mushroom inhibits the division and proliferation of cancer cells.
I went into this book as someone young who wanted to get a head start on preventing cancer. I came out of the book more skeptical than I came in with a fuller understanding of how complicated and hotly debated the subject is thanks to corporate politics, greed, money, misinformation, and bias.
Do I trust the tips in this book? No. But they can’t hurt. The gist of his tips is to stay healthy and eat beneficial foods that may seem like common sense to people. Maybe they won’t prevent cancer but we all know they’re better to eat than fast food — yet our lifestyles and environments still cater ourselves to living in unhealthy ways. We can all agree that we can improve with our nutrition and exercise — so let’s do it.
I’m probably going to be spending a little more money and time on foods that are obviously much better for me like broccoli, spinach, avocados, and so on.
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