Part 1: When you contract cancer, what you can do
In the past 10 months, nine of my friends contracted cancer
in many of its various forms: kidney, stomach, breast, prostate, colorectal, bladder,
Hodgkin’s, liver, ovarian and skin cancers.
All of them struggle for their lives as you read this column.
Last year, my long time friend Mike discovered his kidney
cancer in November and died in February.
Twenty years ago, my sister suffered from melanoma cancer, which doctors
cut from her body. Eighteen years ago,
doctors cut a cancerous growth out of me.
My sister and I enjoy our lives every single day.
I don’t mind telling you that cancer scared the living hell
out of me and it sobered me to the daunting enormity of its presence within our
The American Cancer Society estimates the numbers of new
cancer cases and deaths expected in the United States in the current year and
compiles the most recent data on cancer incidence, mortality and survival based
on incidence data from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, and the North American Association of Central Cancer
Registries and mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics. A
total of 1,638,910 new cancer cases and 577,190 deaths from cancer were
projected to occur in the United States in 2012.
An estimated 12.7 million cancer cases occurred around the
world in 2008. The number is expected to rise to 21 million by 2030.
When cancer hits, you cannot believe it would happen to
you. At first, I felt dumbfounded. When
the doctor cut into me, I felt all alone.
Why me? I feared the outcome. He
told me about a 10 percent chance that my cancer would return.
That did it! I
decided to take my life into my own hands and make sure I prevented a return of
any cancer in my body. In the ensuing
months and years, I continue my vigilance for the care of my body. I never take a day for granted and I never
give cancer a second chance.
friend struck with bladder cancer shared this: “Within 20 seconds of the
beginning of the procedure, Dr. May said, “Okay, here’s our guy—bladder
cancer.” Just like that. Your life starts to move in slow motion, just
going through the motions. A kind of mental
numbness seeps into your brain. I
robotically engage in conversation to mask the shock, not consciously, it just
happened. I get a good look at the
little tumor that threatens to take my life.
Beautiful really, but deadly.”
My actions may help you or a friend. But I know one thing: you may avoid cancer
and you may beat cancer’s attack on your body by following some excellent
nutritional protocol. As most of you
know, I became a vegetarian 43 years ago.
I exercise with enthusiasm six days a week by swimming, cycling, running
and lifting weights. I avoid plopping down in front of the television 29 hours
a week, which continues as the norm for American males. A mere 24 hours a week for American females!
I cannot understand why so many people waste their lives in front of the boob
tube. I let my body know that I care
about it and make sure that every muscle knows that I need it by using it. I complete 100 sit-ups every morning.
But more than that, it’s what I put into my mouth that makes
all the difference in the world.
First of all, my wife Sandi and I eat everything
organic. We eat all natural foods. We
avoid genetically modified foods of any kind.
We drink filtered water and lots of it to keep our systems clean and
flushed. We moved away from the city to
insure cleaner air for breathing into our lungs.
Second, we consume twice a day—fish oil tablets, flax seed,
Omega 3s and krill oil to increase the power of our bodies to combat cancer
cells from establishing themselves in our bodies.
Third, we eat greens, greens and more greens. We eat kale, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, celery, green beans, spinach and all other
dark green plants to create an “alkaline PH” in our bodies that makes it
extremely difficult for aberrant cancer cells to form and reproduce in such a
“toxic” alkaline environment. This point
three really needs to be followed.
Fourth, we avoid virtually all canned and packaged
foods. We never, ever eat fast food of
any kind. We avoid dairy products like
milk, cheese, ice cream, butter and yogurt.
Fifth, we avoid refined sugars found in candy bars, table
sugar, cookies, ice cream or any product that contains refined sugars. We learned that refined sugars feed cancer
cells. They thrive on sugar.
Sixth, we avoid sodas of any kind. We avoid aspartame-loaded
soda pop and yogurts and other “sugar free” products.
Seventh, we eat raw fruits and vegetables every day. In fact, I blend 10 organic fresh fruits with
aloe vera and flaxseed every day for my energy drink which I sip all day. That drink contains incredible anti-oxidants
that protect my cellular tissue.
Eight, we avoid any and all “artificially colored” products
with all those dyes in them.
Ninth, when we go out to eat, we pick restaurants that care
about our health as much as they care about their own.
Tenth, we make sure we are happy and peaceful every
day. We work at a job that we choose to
enjoy. We maintain friends that support us with joy, spiritual blessings and
grace. We are thankful every day to the
Infinite Intelligence, God, the Great Spirit and the Grand Mastermind of the
universe. However you perceive the
Creator in your life makes for great appreciation.
Eleventh, obesity overruns our civilization in over half our
citizens. Nothing about obesity can help
your body. Take a hard look at yourself
and move toward lean, clean and healthy. Any number of effective plans await
you at www.weightwatchers.com
Twelfth, we read everything about maintaining a cancer free
body. One of the best books on avoiding
cancer: Cancer Free: your guide to gentle non-toxic healing by Bill
Henderson and Carlos Garcia. You may find
many other books on preventing breast, prostate and other cancers by going to
What else can you do?
I think we as a civilization need to move away from fossil fuel burning
cars, boats, trains, planes and all combustion engines that pollute our air
that we breathe. We need to change from
coal to alternative clean energies such as solar, wind and wave. We need to stop spraying and injecting our
air, land and water with 80,000 chemicals that humanity created and inserts
into our biosphere 24/7.
When you think
about our total disregard for our planet home and all the other living
creatures that share it with us, it’s all returning to haunt us.
The price we pay grows greater by the day as we add 1
billion humans every 12 years, net gain to this finite planet. Something has
got to give at some point. We
destabilize our atmosphere with all our pollutants and carbon footprint. We contaminate our land and water at breakneck
speed. We show no regard for our soils
with the injecting and spraying them with billions of tons of insecticides,
herbicides and chemical fertilizers. We
need to change our actions as a civilization if we hope to live rich, abundant
and healthy lives. What are you doing to
make change for the betterment of your children and future generations?
Part 2: personal story of cancer, feelings and moving toward
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across
six continents - from the Arctic to the South Pole - as well as eight times
across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from
the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. In 2012, he bicycled coast to
coast across America. He presents “The Coming Population Crisis facing
America: what to do about it.” www.frostywooldridge.com
. His latest book is: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of
Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, copies at 1 888 280 7715/
Motivational program: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The
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laugh often, celebrate daily and enjoy the ride,
world bicycle traveler