An Holistic Approach to Cancer Prevention

“You have cancer.” These are three words that can devastate you and your loved ones. In 2012, over one million people will be diagnosed with cancer. One out of every two men and one out of every 2.5 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Despite these terrifying statistics, most cancers are in fact preventable.

Cancer is defined as unregulated cell growth in which the cells of one’s body divide and grow uncontrollably. Approximately five to ten percent of cancer is hereditary. This means that most cancers are caused by the environment or lifestyle, such as poor physical activity and diet, tobacco use, or toxins in the environment. Fortunately, one can control the environment or lifestyle they are currently in so they can minimize the risk of cancer.

Large cities are often filled with pollutants and toxins in the air—a result of the industrialized nature of these cities. Factories, cars, and other machinery all produce toxins which are released into the air and soon, into our lungs. These unnatural toxins can be the stepping stone towards stage I cancer—one of the four stages in cancerous growth, with stage IV being the most advanced of the stages. Smaller cities or towns do not suffer from the same problem.

Another way to minimize the risk of cancer is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Despite leaps in cancer research in the past decades, deaths from cancer have remained the same. One reason for this has been the increase in lung cancer. This affects both men and women and is mainly a result from none other than tobacco use. It is common knowledge that tobacco use can cause cancer, so by cutting tobacco use out of one’s lifestyle, it can reduce the risk of cancer dramatically.

Changing one’s diet is also a step toward achieving a healthy lifestyle. Many processed foods have added preservatives and other chemicals to make their food last longer. However, since a natural part of life is death, companies must add unnatural ingredients which, much like the toxins in the air, can upset the natural growth of a body.

Being diagnosed with cancer may feel like the end of the world, but fortunately it is not. Dr. Thomas Lodi, M.D., the founder of An Oasis of Healing, an alternative cancer treatment center in Mesa, Arizona, is dedicated to helping people stop making cancer through alternative medicine therapies. With his Insulin Potentiation Therapy—a low dose form of chemotherapy used since the 1930s—he has been able to take on stage IV cancer patients with only weeks left to live and save their lives. Because the dosing is much lower than traditional chemotherapy, the side effects such as hair loss and decreased production of blood cells are minimized. This allows the treatment to be given more frequently and therefore, the cancer cells have less time to become resistant to the drug. For more information on this alternative medicine therapy, visit