The pink ribbon indicative of supporting “the fight against breast cancer” is probably one of the most recognizable health related symbols out there today. It’s on kitchen appliances, rubber duckies, batteries, pens, bags, hats and so so many t-shirts. The cancer industry (yes, it is a business) has found a way to get the average citizen to pay their salaries in exchange for feeling better about oneself supporting what appears to be a worthy cause. But where does all the money really go? If a “cure” is finally found, will they stop marketing pink everything? Why would they give up such a profitable concept?
First, a bit about how cancer works in our bodies.
There is a constant generating of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are the bad guys, molecules ripping through tissue on a microscopic level & causing damage. Antioxidants are what combat free radicals. Antioxidants are things like vitamins A, C & E, co-enzyme Q10 & glutathione to name just a few. They are things the body receives via a healthy diet or through supplementation. When there is an imbalance of damage vs healing in the body, a state of disease can set in. Cancer in particular occurs when there has been so much damage by the free radicals that
Free radicals can be limited in lots of different ways, but not eliminated entirely. Exercise induces free radicals, and we all know that it’s something a healthy lifestyle needs to include.
5 ways to reduce free radicals:
- use a filter on your showerhead or whole house water system to remove things like chlorine & fluoride from the water you bathe in & drink.
- reduce the amount of chemicals used in cleaning your home. Try some of these alternatives.
- remove as many electronics from the bedroom as possible & unplug all others in the house when not in use. Electromagnetic radiation messes with a whole host of stuff (you’ll sleep better & save a few bucks on your electricity bill also!)
- choose organic whenever possible, avoiding pesticides & genetically modified foods.
- eliminate as much plastic from your life as you can. Some plastics contain endocrine disruptors that can disturb hormonal balances.
Spend your energies on preventing disease in your body rather than financially supporting someone to figure out how to fix it once it’s already gone wrong. Your health is an investment; the most important one you have. Take good care of it!
“If you think organic food is expensive, have you priced cancer lately?” -Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms