How to Prevent Colon Cancer Naturally

Cancer in any form is dreadful. Not only because the word itself terrorizes our mind, the visuals we recall are too scary. Once it sets in, it is very difficult to get rid of it in totality and one has to surrender to whatever treatment methods are available. Injuries to nearby organs, side-effects, trauma for the body and mind as a whole plus social stigma are some realities that stay with the victim for the rest of his/her life.

I can suggest three mantras: One, prevention is better than cure. Two, either you change your lifestyle, or make some necessary additions to counter the cancer threat. Three, try alternative medicines or therapies.

WHY GIVE OPTION ON LIFESTYLE?

If you belong to the western world, (as per Wikipedia) chances are that you are more susceptible of catching this type of cancer. But you cannot move to the other part of the world for only this reason. Moreover, how would you know for sure that you could be a victim? Only for this reason I mentioned that either you change your lifestyle or…

IS CHANGING LIFESTYLE EASY?

Definitely not. We are all part of a society and have our stated norms of behavior, work culture, food (solids & liquids) consumption pattern, ways of recreation are all set. To some extent we can change our habits like avoiding late nights, getting full sleep, exercising etc. But today’s expenses need extra work both physically and mentally. Somewhere we have to compromise which we cannot compensate with something beneficial.

A fully nourishing lunch induces sleep so some people either don’t have proper lunch, or combine it with coffee and both are harmful. Work pressure forces to go either for smoking, extra cups of coffee, or for over the counter pills as they are easily accessible. Even these have harmful after-effects.

WHAT COULD BE DONE HERE?

Remember Edison, who invented the Electric Bulb? He slept for just four hours and always got up refreshed. Develop a habit of sleeping less. Easier said than done, may be your answer. To counter I present two incidents.

1. I was working on a project and could not sleep for 3 days. The fourth evening, somehow I had to accompany my boss to an overnight musical concert. When we departed, I was totally refreshed and went back to office.

2. Many of my hostel friends developed the habit of sleeping at three in the morning to get up by seven. The same pattern holds good twenty years after passing out.

It is all in the mind. You can train it the way you want. Think about the soldiers at war zone or the police personnel who hardly get time to sleep. When these people can manage why can’t you? Try meditation, even a 30-minute trance is enough to compensate for a full night’s sleep.

HELP YOUR BOWEL DISCHARGE EASILY.

The most common cause for rectal/colon/anus cancer is constipation. Piles is the first reaction. Eat veggies or fruits that have roughage e.g. Carrot, Radish, Lettuce. Those veggies that do not dissolve in full. Eat fruits whole, as the skin acts as roughage. If not allergic to Banana, it acts as a good bowel cleaner.

Drink plenty of plain water (not disguised as beer or canned juices). Avoid the lift when possible.

Get the wonder product “Isabgol” which is neither a fruit nor vegetable nor a medicine. It is the husk of the Psyllium plant seed. This husk absorbs water, becomes slippery and aids bowel to discharge without pressure. You can consume this either with water, curd, fruit juice or sprinkle liberal amounts in any dish as it is tasteless.

TRY ALTERNATE THERAPIES

No system of medicine is foolproof. Doctors do not admit the fallacies. For example, Homoeopathy has no medicine for high blood pressure but works wonders for skin diseases. Colitis, skin ulcers, burns & wounds are treated in no time. It has no side-effects as well. Ready made mixtures are available over the counter for hundreds of diseases that you can try.

As always, there are no shortcuts to success. Trial and error should be your mantra. Find out what suits your body, your taste and let your mind guide you. After all if you catch the dreaded disease, your mind suffers the most.

Eating High Fiber Foods Will Prevent Colon Cancer

Have you ever thought about where the majority of our sicknesses and diseases comes from? We tend to point our fingers at the immune system because we are taught that if our immune system have been compromised, we get sick. Most people do not realize that a lot of our suffering actually comes from the colon. Medical professionals have come to the conclusion that our body pains and health issues begin in the colon. When there is unwanted waste in the house, we have that natural tendency to dispose of it quickly, the human body works in the same way. The food that we eat is quickly digested, the nutrients are separated and given to the body while the waste is quickly disposed of. If the waste is not disposed of quickly, it can become very toxic to the body. Remember that the body absorbs the nutrients from the food that is eaten, if you have a digestive system that is slow and sluggish, chances are, your body is also absorbing the toxic waste which will lead to cancer in the colon.

The low down on colon cancer that it is very common throughout the whole world and it is also 3rd on the cancer list for causing death. The reason why colon cancer is ranked 3rd is because of all the fatty foods that we eat everyday. After all, this generation has grown up eating Big Macs and Whoppers.

Treat your colon good by providing a healthy dose of raw fiber in your diet. The way that you can do this is by eating fruits and veggies, it may seem hard at first because you have to change your eating habits, but as you set a daily routine or a goal, it will become second nature to add fiber to your food.

Here are 4 ways in which you can add raw fiber to your diet:

It’s all about the fruit. There are 3 ways in which you can enjoy fruit and they are; eat them as they are, put them in a blender to make a delicious smoothie or add them in a fruit juicer (if you do not want the skin).

Start eating salads more often. I am not talking about your ordinary salad with just the lettuce and dressing. Use your imagination and be creative by adding healthy foods to your salads. Add eggs, avocados, bacon bits, fruits, croutons and even pizza. Eating a salad is an effective tool in weight management and it will also control your hunger pains.

Eat snacks that contain nuts. You should never neglect nuts and seeds in your diet because they contain high amounts of protein, which is beneficial in re-building muscles after your workouts. They are also jammed packed with fiber that will help clean out your colon. Remember to eat nuts and seeds in moderation.

Eat whole grains. The reason for this is because whole grain is loaded with nutrients and fibers that help combat heart disease and colon cancer.

Prevent Colon Cancer – Remove the Polyps

Colon Cancer is not only the second leading cancer killer in the United States it is also the third most common form of cancer. Most cases of colon cancer start quietly, and polyps in the colon can take 10-15 years to turn cancerous and as such most people turn a “blind” eye to their bouts of constipation,usually the only symptom. Constipation is one of the reasons for the emergence of polyps in the colon. Studies have shown that if polyps are addressed early and with the cancerous polyps removed, 80% of those cancer deaths could have been avoided.

It is then imperative that one goes for a screening test for colon cancer before even the symptoms appear and especially if you have any of these high risk factors:

· History of family having colon cancer

· Your own personal history of colon disorders

· If you are more than 50 years old

Colorectal cancer screening tests come in 2 versions; one screens for both polyps and cancer, while the other screens for cancer only. It is recommended to go or the former as, during the screening if polyps are found, they can be removed before they turn cancerous. Biopsy can be done on the removed polyps to determine if cancer is present. As for the 2nd version, it is testing the stool for signs of cancer. This is a much cheaper version but will not be able to detect polyps and thus lose the opportunity to remove any polyps. The early removal of polyps before they turn cancerous is a life-saving procedure as early screening can help to prevent colon cancer.

The American Cancer Society recommends that man or woman above the age of 50 to undergo a screening test for colon cancer for early detection of this 2nd leading cancer killer in the States.

The complete screening would be the Colonoscopy, where the entire colon and rectum is examined with a camera that is inserted with the use of a flexible tube via the anus. This procedure allows for the removal of small polyps if found and the removed polyps can be checked under microscope for cancer.

Sigmoidoscopy is another screening test that is quite similar to colonoscopy except for this test, the examination is done at the final 2 feet of the colon instead of the entire colon as done in colonoscopy. This is deemed sufficient as cancer survival of the colon is limited to only the final 2 feet of the colon.

The colon and rectum are emptied and cleaned before the procedure. The doctor would prescribe laxatives and instruct you to drink clear liquids for at least a day before the test. This preparation may be the worst part of the test for some, as it means running to the toilet often the night before.

The test itself would take about half an hour if no polyps found and longer in the presence of polyps as this means added procedure of removing it. Small polyps are usually removed as they may eventually turned cancerous and this is done by looping a wire over it and cut if off from the wall by using electric current. However, if a larger polyp, tumor or any abnormality is seen, a small specimen is removed for biopsy. The test is uncomfortable, but it is usually done under sedative and most patients will feel normal once the sedative effects go off.

Colonoscopy is a safe procedure, so get one today. Don’t wait till it’s too late to prevent Colon Cancer. Remove the polyps.