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Cancer – a disease that can sap the energy and soul from family and friends. I can’t think of a more devastating disease – a malignancy that can attack any part of the human body at any age. Even the treatments for cancer are painful and excruciating.

Not all health problems are avoidable and depending on your genes and family history, certain hereditary diseases may be more prevalent.  Still, we have more control over our health than you may think. Research shows that a large percentage of cancer-related deaths—maybe even the majority—are directly linked to lifestyle choices such as heavy drinking, smoking, lack of exercise, and an unhealthy diet. As I stated in an earlier blog, much of our human suffering is avoidable.  Avoiding cigarettes, limiting alcohol, and getting regular exercise are a great start to an anti-cancer lifestyle. Still, the best way to fight cancer is awareness.

…and the best acute inner awareness should be focused on your diet.

According to Maya W. Paul and Melinda Smith, M.A. the best diet for preventing or fighting cancer is a predominantly plant-based diet that includes a variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. A plant-based diet means eating mostly foods that come from plants: Vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, and beans. Sure it is okay to eat protein based foods like chicken and fish, but you should limit your portions and it should be a side dish and not the main course.

Further, it seems the best defense against cancer is staying away from processed foods. The less processed these foods are—the less they’ve been cooked, peeled, mixed with other ingredients, added chemicals, stripped of their nutrients, or otherwise altered from the way they came out of the ground—the better. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient on a label, your body will not know what to do with it.

My best step forward has been limiting processed foods like lunch meat or frozen dinners. Yet the biggest move toward wellness in my home has been juicing. I have never been a big fan of veggies but now I juice, kale, spinach, beets and all that nasty stuff I used to turn my head away from. Now, I crave them and look forward to juicing daily.

Find awareness for your diet. What are you putting into your body? Are you in control of your happiness? Do you create your own suffering? Once you realize the key to happiness sits in the palm of your hand, all you need to do is make small subtle changes in your life. A good place to begin is with diet.

I think cancer is one of the most horrible diseases out there and for that reason; I am going to donate a portion of the profits of my upcoming book, The Responsive Universe to help fight and cure this debilitating disease. Every book that is bought will contribute to wellness on many peripheral levels.

For more info on diet and cancer please visit http://www.helpguide.org

John C. Bader

www.responsiveuniverse.com

I tweeted this quote yesterday from the recently deceased Steve Jobs: “Death is very likely the single best invention in life”. I found this quote in the editorial section of USA Today. I believe it is from a Stanford University graduation ceremony speech a few years ago. It was not the wisdom of his words that inspired me to share his quote. After further scrutiny, I really think it was his courage and guts that really impressed me. When I hear these words echo across the vast space of my mind, I see a man who faced a grim diagnosis of cancer but looked death in the eye with no fear. It may be no surprise to some that Steve Jobs was a Buddhist. His moral ethics and belief systems were not governed by fears of Hell or other religious dogma. He knew the world as a vibrant place full of energy and opportunity. He knew that if we gave to the Universe, we would receive something back in return. The success of Apple is certainly proof of that. Still Steve Jobs was not afraid to fail. Further, he did not place blame on the world for his unfortunate disease that took his life last week. He understood it for what it was and was accepting to his future destiny.

I dug a little deeper and found this excerpt from that Stanford graduation speech:

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Wow!

I am speechless… I think we could all learn a little something from how Steve Jobs carried himself in life, especially when he had the shadow of death glaring over him. You will be missed Steve Jobs.

John C. Bader

 

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