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Cancer Policy for Everyone – Why is it important?

30 Mar

Did you know:

1 in 2 American Males and 1 in 3 American Females
will probably develop invasive cancer in their lifetime.
– American Cancer Society, Surveillance and Health Policy Research, 2009

I couldn’t believe it when I heard it.  1 in 2 men.  1 in 3 women. Get cancer. My disbelief was so much that I had to look up the statistic for myself.  I still cannot believe it.  With facts like this, I would have thought more people would be actively doing something about it.  The doctors tell us we need to exercise 5 days a week and eat more fruits and vegetables.  Are they any more specific than that?  Are people following this advice? And even if you do all you can to prevent it through exercise and diet, is there anything else we could do?

PREVENTION POLICY:  
What happens when the thought of cancer hits home?  Full scale ‘war’ on the possibility of the ‘C’ word.

 Our son’s hospital socks turned into puppets

Last year, we were led to the CT scan room and after a quick explanation of the procedures, our son was sedated so quickly in my arms that I wasn’t prepared for it and we were asked to leave him with the unfamiliar doctors in the CT scan room.  The reality of what was happening hit me – or maybe the reality of the possibilities hit me.  And as my husband and I turned our back on the door, behind which our son lay asleep in the hands of strangers, my heart sank completely.  I felt an absolute loss of control and the tears that I held back for the previous 3 hours in a private hospital room just gushed out in a crowded corridor.  I just prayed the results would be normal. 

After a few nerve racking days, the results came back: NORMAL.  But I promised myself from then on that I would fight as hard as I could against any of those negative possibilities that raced through my head that day in the hospital. Knowing full well that there are risks to CT scans, I was going to prepare our son’s body (and at the same time my husband’s and mine) for whatever illness everybody else seems to be getting.  I was going to do it in the same way we approached his homebirth – like a marathon runner preparing for a race.

As life would have it, at around the same time, my yoga teacher was in the process of writing her book, Yoga For Cancer, with a huge part dedicated to the Curative Cancer Diet.  In a gist, the Curative Cancer Diet is a limited raw food diet: salads, sprouts and sweet fruits.  Acidifying foods are not allowed.  Any sweetener, fat and salt are also restricted in type and amount.  Because of this book, I was beginning to understand the power of RAW food and the importance of FRESH vegetables and fruit in our bodies.  As I read more on the subject of raw foods, I also found Gabriel Cousens’ books.  His work combines both the living foods diet and Ayurveda principles to create a very specific raw diet, which intrigued me.  
So, I began to think: if raw food is powerful enough to heal cancer cells, then would it not benefit as a preventative diet?  Yes! I decided on our new menu plan with my husband’s vote of confidence (it wouldn’t work otherwise):

For one, I had become largely raw vegan, which therefore changed most of our usual eating patterns.  There were much more fresh fruit and fresh vegetables at each meal.  And besides our usual unrefined, made-fresh-from-scratch everyday food, I started serving my husband and son raw green smoothies for breakfast, fresh fruits as snacks (raw applesauce is our favourite these days) and a salad a day (that they liked) along with their usual cooked vegetables.  There is no way my boys would turn vegetarian, so I tried to minimize the foods that contribute to the development of cancer in one’s body (The China Study): meat, poultry, dairy and eggs (also Mad Cowboy).  I added a little more fish instead and minimized any refined foods
.  We added more vegetarian foods (Food Revolution and Diet for a New America) and vegetables have become the main attraction of each meal – that is on days when I am an inspired cook. 

Results: Well, our son does love his fruits and artichokes with dip, broccoli with garlic, roasted cauliflower, baked sweet potato, fresh tomato salad, asparagus with dressing, Japanese salad with ginger dressing, raw kale salad…  That he has found a love for fruits and vegetables makes me feel we’ve done something right. 

WHAT MORE CAN WE DO?

We decided to get a Cancer Policy for our family (thank you Sherri for that recommendation!).  Children are free until they are married or in their mid-20’s.  Premiums don’t change from the day your policy starts.  And, basically it provides you with cash benefits during any potential cancer treatment.  Your medical insurance pays the hospital bills, but the cancer insurance pays for living expenses when you cannot work.  The most popular individual cancer policy is from Aflac.  I believe they were the first company to introduce this type of policy. 

WHAT ELSE?

My yoga teacher also recommends exercise, de-stressing and meditation.  As a family, we exercise a couple of times a week.  We love being one with nature: we go on nature walks, have lunch outdoors, play outdoors together.  We talk to each other every day.  We enjoy each other every day.  But most of all, we love each other every day.

With 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women getting cancer in their lifetime – it is worth having a REAL Cancer Policy. For us this means not only an insurance policy, but a more difficult and proactive policy – that of a preventative regime.   

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