Science – I know this is a dirty word in Trump-World, but it’s true – and the ability to put it into practice.
A brief summary is of what I do, based on the best scientific evidence (check on Google, PubMed): (see supporting evidence by clicking on the underlined words) and assuming the patient is sufficiently motivated to survive longer (many are not) to do this – but if you are new too many of these, then it is probably best adopting a new one every week or two:
b. exercise (which pumps the lymph system, the immune system, around the body): I walk for about 2 hours/day (13,000+ steps/6.5 miles) (also keeps Alzheimer’s disease at bay); and 2-3 times a week I do simple resistance exercises plus 3 bursts of 20 seconds high intensity interval exercises (HIIT; now on a stationary cycle, previously sprints) with 2 minutes of slow between. Run for your life: Exercise protects against cancer (& here, here). Check out this, this, this, this, this, this, this , this, this, & this, this, this, this. It is important also to enable we cancer patients to reverse ageing effects. Frailty is another problem that exercise helps with, being itself a source of early mortality; I use a wobble board to improve my balance.
d. Food effects our genes: so, no alcohol (How alcohol damages DNA and increases cancer risk), sugar/fast carbs (and here, here), no diet drinks, little meat, (and here, here, here, here) processed especially (and here); fish is better. Lots of veggies. Organic may be best. High-fiber helps (see also here). Look at “Fasting Mimicking Diet” 5 days/month (fasting in general is thought useful – see here), as it is reported to reduce ageing/increase immune function (but probably best not done unless well clear of any evidence of cancer). See also here, here, here here, here, here. Avoid processed food, and here. Coffee may be OK. Vegans more likely than vegetarians to avoid cancer, hypertension, study says and Right combination of diet and bacteria limits cancer progression, and here
e. Little fruit to sugar intake low – mainly berries/red-and-black currents
h. Good oral hygiene – after (not before) breakfast and dinner, flossing and using a non-fluoride toothpaste. Gum disease is a major source of inflammation, a cancer stimulant (Periodontal Disease Linked to Certain Cancer Types, Oral Bacteria Linked With Pancreatic Cancer; How mouth microbes may worsen colorectal cancer); and here, here; here; here, here, here, here, and here: Alzheimer’s (and here), bone loss, and cardio-vascular problems.
j. Good, and daily, defecation. I now use a squat stool – enables me to squat on the toilet, similar to 3rd world countries, as this enables better elimination (as an appreciable side-benefit, squatting improves flexibility). The microbiome, mainly the gut bugs, is a major source of health/illness/immune system and the bug balance influences this. Research is in its early stages as to how to improve this, but good throughput seems to improve things.
k. Filtered water
l. Avoid/do not use such things as air-fresheners, deodorants, vaporisers, scented candles, here, etc; keep home well aired; maybe use an air-purifier
m. Avoid BPA plastics; beware sunscreens (I’ve not used them for years, despite walking for hour/week in the sun, as I’ve realised most sunscreens contain cocarcinogens – note: sunscreen usage has increased in line with skin cancer over the years).
n. Supplements: omega 3 (see here), 2,000IU Vit.D3 daily (and see here, here, here, here, here, here, but note caution). Vit.C is found helpful for some cancers. However, avoid vitamins B6 and B12, especially for lung cancer; and perhaps Vitamins A, C and E; but note this caution and here. Aspirin or ibuprofen may help.(see here)
o. Hyperthermia with an infra-red cocoon, and hypothermia: Immersion or showering in cold water boosts the immune system. I do this one occasionally.
p. I monitor my body composition daily (a particular problem for cancer patients is fat- and muscle-wasting – cachexia), my cancer and kidney with molecular cancer markers every month, checking in with the consultants if they go above ‘normal’ for 2 or more months.
q. Do a diary (who, time, date, place) of my medical visits, questions to ask, answers, advice. I was surprised how often the medical people lost, even recent, medical data.