Top 10 Cancer Prevention Tips
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The Top 10 Cancer Prevention Tips*

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer rates in the U.S. have tripled since 1900. New data from theCenter for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005 showed cancer is the second leading cause of deaths in the U.S., killing one in four people. Despite billions of dollars in research, and major advances in molecular oncology, progress in overall cancer mortality remains poor. A focus on prevention seems in order. Currently in 2022, statistics show that 1 out of 2 men will get cancer in their lifetime, and 1 out of every two and a half women! Prevention has never been more important.

1) Adopt an Anti-Viral Lifestyle. The peer-reviewed medical literature is clear: a great many cancers, including some of the most common, are caused by chronic viral infection. This is a vast subject, and one that is not widely publicized. For a broad overview, consider reading my web article Anti-Viral & Support Protocols. 

2) Take Extra Antioxidants.

To determine antioxidant need, there are many blood tests that measure various free radicals and free radical-producing compounds (ex: malondialdehyde, homocysteine, lipid peroxides, etc). However, there is no single best test. Serum GGT, as well as other tests such as the OMX test (Diagnostic Solutions Lab) are good tests with evidence-based data. Basically most people are low in antioxidants due to poor diet, deficient soils, constant glyphosate exposure, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, environmental toxins such as heavy metals, stress, excessive alcohol, prescription or OTC medications, caffeine, inadequate intake of fresh/organic fruits and veggies, air pollution, toxic personal care products, scented candles, air fresheners, cleaning products, chlorinated water exposure/intake, etc.

A standard list of basic antioxidants includes: Vitamin C (buffered, with bioflavonoids), lipoic acid, liposomal glutathione, NAC, CoQ10, and selenium. The remainder come from plants or food concentrates to obtain the rich array of polyphenols and flavonoids. Always talk with your licensed health care provider to determine what is right for you, as well as dosage.

3) Maintain Optimum Vitamin D Levels.

Know your vitamin D level and get a blood test, which measures 25-OH vitamin D (the best form to analyze). Normal reference range is 30-100 ng/ml, but ideal is 50-80 ng/ml, according to most experts in functional medicine. If supplementing, take vitamin D3 and not vitamin D2, which is synthetic and inferior. (1, 2) Consider ADK caps, or Liposomal ADK (if you prefer liquid), through online Virtual Pharmacy. Take 1 cap per day, unless otherwise specified by blood testing. Note: this product contains vitamin K (as MK-7, the preferred form). Please consult your doctor if you are taking any blood thinning drugs.

4) Eat Healthy Fats!

These are unrefined fats such as wild caught fish like wild Alaskan salmon, sardines and anchovies; avocados, olives, coconut products; raw & organic nuts and seeds like walnuts, almonds, hemp, macademia, and pumpkin; and organic flax or chia. Avoid all deep fried foods, conventional meats, and commercial oils. (3) Consider BodyBio PC liquid - or Membrane Mend liposomal liquid, which is ideal for cell membrane regeneration. Another option is BodyBio Balance Oil. It contains high amounts of the ideal 4:1 omega 6 to 3 ratio from Parent Essential Oils/Fats, as opposed to derivative oils like EPA and DHA. See my website article, Virtual Pharmacy Products & Ordering for info and ordering. All products are always 20% off. Always!

5) Use Turmeric in foods and Drink/Use Green Tea.

Many studies recognize the use of this miraculous and powerful spice in cancer prevention. (4) 1 tsp /day of CoCurcumin powder is equivalent to approximately 4 tsp. of turmeric! For those who prefer pills, CurcumaSorb caps are superior. Whether as beverage or supplement, green tea is a good friend for cancer prevention. (5, 6) Raw Matcha Powder is best. Drink 2-3 cups. If capsules, take 500-1,000mg/day (at least 30% EGCG content).

6) Exercise!

Whether you're an athlete, weekend warrior, dancer, love to walk the dog or are a serious gardener, you must get moving! Ideally enough to break a sweat, but consistent of exercise and body movement is the key. Over 300 peer-reviewed studies prove this again and again. Not able-bodied? Try some hand weights. Tai-chi, yoga, and chi-gong also are proven cancer-prevention support activities. I often recommend a rebounder (looks like a mini-trampolene) for patients with arthritis, recent surgeries, and severe body pains. These can be found anywhere online. Always check with your doctor first.

7) Eliminate White Flour Products and Sugar.

The worst culprits are white bread, bagels, pasta, crackers, cookies, muffins, sodas, candy, cake and pies. If sweeteners needed, try xylitol or stevia. Switch to whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal (not the quick variety!), and go for sprouted varieties which increase nutrients. Eat organic! Most commercial grains are fumigated and genetically modified. However the best recommendation is to eliminate all refined flour products, even if 'organic'. Why? They create insulin surges in the blood and create a dependency on the body's cells to utilize glucose (a major cancer fuel) for energy. If you need something to fill you up, consider beans of all types, sweet potato, and purple potato.

8) Eat 7-9 Servings of Fresh Fruit & Veggies a day!

This is well known, yet studies show few people eat this much. (7) Choose organic from different colors. Eat the rainbow! One serving equals what fits in the palm of your hand. Best sources are the cruciferous family (broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts), mushrooms (especially shitake and maitake), and berries of all types. In general, the less animal protein you eat the better. Ideally, a whole foods, plant-based diet is ideal. Not paleo, and not keto (at least long-term). For more info, see my website aticle Food for A Healthy Life.

9) Ensure Good Digestion & Elimination.

Chew your food well, eat earlier in the evening (before 7 pm), and don’t over-eat. Drink plenty of pure water, use Himalayan or pink salt in foods if needed, and consume adequate fiber, which according to the National Academy of Health’s Institute of Medicine is 38g for men and 25g for women age 50 and younger, or 30 and 21g respectively if older than 50. If you’re 35 or older, take digestive enzymes with all cooked food meals! Consider digestive spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, tangerine peel, and black pepper to 'kindle your digestive processes'.

10) Detoxify Twice a Year.

Since ancient times, purification and cleansing was performed seasonally to rid the body of toxins. This may include fasting, dry saunas, colonics, simple eating, or liver & bowel detoxification among others. See our Cleansing & Detoxification Programs in the article section of our Learning Center. Today we’re more toxic than ever before, so keeping ourselves clean on the inside has huge advantages for the body. (8) My all-time favorite detox and cleansing therapy is the right type of Infrared Sauna! See my web article here for more information.

Although this article is titled The Top Ten Cancer Prevention Tips, there are a few more vitally important items to add to the list as well. These include:

    1. Avoid toxic personal care products.

      This includes cooking materials such as aluminum and PFOA coated cookware (Teflon®); toxic lotions, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, deodorants, hair spray, hair coloring agents, sunscreens, etc. A list of the major chemical ingredients to avoid when shopping, along with safer alternatives, are found in our Learning Center ‘articles’. Read ‘Helpful Hints For Health’.

    2. Clear out emotional stress & traumas.

      This could actually be the greatest contributor to cancer, according to the Center For Disease Control. Techniques for addressing emotional stress and deep-seated problems may be helped by Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT. To learn more, simply go to the website, as well as For specific traumas and issues, some people really find EMDR successful.

    3. Reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs)

      This is becoming a HUGE problem. Recent, un-biased studies are confirming that EMF exposure poses as a significant health risk, especially to children, pregnant, and nursing women. Additional information may be found in our Learning Center ‘articles’, under ‘Helpful Hints For Health’. You can also check out the following websites with studies, scientific background and data, as well as remediation tools at:

For more information on any of the above, please visit our Learning Center, or make an appointment with Dr. Barsten.
1) Science Daily. February 8, 2007.
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3) Peskin BS, Habib A. The Hidden Story of Cancer. Pinnacle Press. 2007.
4) Majeed M, Majood M, et al. Turmeric and the Healing Curcuminoids: Their Amazing Antioxidant Properties and Protective Powers. McGraw-Hill Publishing. 1999
5) Sun CL, Jian-Min Y, et al. Green tea, black tea and breast cancer risk: a meta-analysis of epidemiological studies. Carcinogenesis. 27(7): 1310-1315. 2006.
6) Masami S, Sachiko O, et al. Green tea and cancer chemoprevention. Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis. 428(1-2): 339-344. July 1999.
7) Leon, DD. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Cancer Wise. June, 2007.
8) Nick GL. Clinical Purification: A Complete Treatment and Reference Manual. Longevity Through Prevention Publishing. 2001.
9) The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas Campbell.
10) Whole, by T. Colin Campbell. * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.