We all fear that dreaded word… cancer. It represents so much fear in most of us that it is enough to completely convert everything we do and feel in an instant. I will be honest, my biggest motivator for doing this blog and wanting to study naturopathy is to avoid me getting it. My whole family seems to be riddled with it and that history, seeing the way that cancer just takes all life-force and vitality out of someone, is enough to make me do just about anything! You can read my personal struggle with my dad’s passing here.
So, I have studied elements of cancer and how it affects the body and more importantly why we might get cancer. Often people feel that cancer is some mystery disease, like they were perhaps unlucky or that their gene pool just meant they would get it. Though our gene pool doesn’t help matters, there is actually a bigger reason why we develop cancer.
Ultimately, cancer is a defense mechanism by the body to help us live longer. I know this sounds kinda ironic, when it feels like it is the cancer that is actually the cause of our potential death, but there were imbalances in the body, which we didn’t recognize or address way before the cancer set in. It is in fact these imbalances, which are the cause of the cancer. In most cases, they are an imbalance with the number of toxins that are residing in your body. Here is a fabulous article which addresses this topic in further detail.
Breast cancers, uterine cancers and I guess what I would call cancers of our “womanly bits” are stimulated by an imbalance in our hormones. In particular the excess of estrogens in the body. With excess xenoestrogens from our environment, the contraceptive pill, hormone replacement therapy and a number of other factors, our bodies become estrogen dominant. It is this imbalance which creates “growth” in the body. Estrogen is designed to create growth BUT it needs progesterone to keep that growth in check. Most women don’t connect the imbalance and it runs rampant in the body.
There are obvious signs of an imbalance:
- PMS symptoms
- Painful, heavy and longer periods
- Being very emotional or sensitive
- Often feeling overwhelmed
There is a full self assessment test which you can do, which could indicate that you might be estrogen dominant. Please hit the search button above to find more articles on estrogen dominance or check out the category on hormone treatments.
There are also some interesting studies done in relation to milk consumption and breast cancers. It relates to the growth hormone found in milk. By drinking lots of milk and having dairy in our diet, it indicates that it may increase the likelihood of breast cancer. When comparing countries that consume large quantities of dairy and matching those statistics with breast cancer statistics, they matched very closely. There were also some interesting studies about how statistics changed within the Japanese culture, where milk is not commonly consumed. Here is an in-depth analogy about it. Though I can appreciate that there are other factors involved in making this correlation, it is still interesting to see an increase in statistics—personally, it makes me just want to stay away from milk completely!
At the bottom of it all is that as long as we look after our bodies, give it the tools to heal and provide it with good detoxification every now and again, we are unlikely to ever develop cancer. To me, it is a massive motivator to stick with it and to keep healing.
What is your personal experience with cancer? Did or do your parents have cancer? Have you seen someone suffer from it? Feel free to share.