I know what you’re thinking, “Oh, now that you have cancer, you've gone tree-hugging, vegan, anti-everything extremist.” Maybe just a little. But no, for years, I’ve researched this stuff. Some of it, I have incorporated into our lifestyle, and others I haven’t for no other reason than convenience or expense. Let’s be honest, it’s less convenient and more expensive to be healthier or to use safer methods.
I’m not going to preach, suggesting we legalize marijuana and dress our children in hemp. I’m not going to deny my kids the occasional hamburger and I’m not going to rid my diet of sushi because of too much mercury. But I am going to seek better choices and promote healthier alternatives.
Let’s rewind a bit and talk about cancer. As you know, all cancers develop because something has gone wrong with one or more of the genes in a cell. A change in a gene is called a ‘fault’ or ‘mutation’. Some faulty genes that increase the risk of cancer can be passed on from parent to child. These are called inherited cancer genes. This occurs when there is a mistake or a fault in the genes in an egg or sperm cell. Then the gene fault can be passed on to children.
I, on the other hand, developed invasive breast cancer at 38 years of age, with absolutely no family history of it. Additionally, I tested negative for 7 various gene mutations. It is believed that I did not “inherit” cancer genes. Rather, mine may be linked to exposure to carcinogens, be it hormones, antibiotics, cigarette smoke, sunlight, aluminum, chemicals or other – we may never know. Research clearly states that there are carcinogens in the very air we breathe.
Here are a few brief reads that are bound to make you gasp in disbelief: