Cancer patients are in a unique category. Because of uncertainty, CURE and a long history of ineffective treatments before the 1970s, this diagnosis can be quite stressful and instill a fear of imminent death. Understandably, some react to the uncertainty with increased anxiety, vigilance, sadness, resentment, and/or anger.
Our objectives are peace and well-being. We see the cancer diagnosis as an invitation to inquiry. It is a unique opportunity for patients to examine their habits and relationships in a way that allows patients to make life-promoting choices.
You can use our HONERR Yourself - principles to help your body heal itself! These principles outline 6 key areas to address modifiable risk factors for cancer and disease. In the process, you are empowered to enhance your immune system and quality of life.
- H - Hydration
- O - Organ Detoxification
- N - Nutrition
- E - Exercise
- R - Rest
- R - Relationships
Water protects the vital organs (specifically bladder, colon and breast tissue) against cancer. You need more of this essential nutrient to help protect your body from cancerous cells.
This can be accomplished by taking supplements and by making healthy diet modifications. Relying on fasting or fad diets can be harmful to the body.
Avoid processed foods and emphasize vegetables, foods low in sugars, fats and high in fiber through snacking in between three, healthy and balanced meals. Protein is also an important part of a healthy diet as it helps maintain muscle mass and can boost your metabolism.
Exercise is a proven remedy that trumps supplementation for cancer and other chronic illnesses. It is good for both physical and emotional health and, for those who can exercise, national guidelines recommend 30 minutes of aerobic activity five days a week. Most cancer patients can incorporate light weight lifting into their exercise regimen, but yoga is an excellent choice for flexibility and breathing exercise.
It is important to get the recommended 6-8 hours of sleep every night, but even more important for individuals living with cancer. Practicing good sleep hygiene is also beneficial to getting a good night's sleep.
The Four Agreements teaches us to be impeccable with our word, to not take anything personally, to not make assumptions and to always do our best. By adopting these teachings and applying them to our daily lives, it helps us become more at peace with our lives and the situations in which we find ourselves. For those living with cancer, being at peace in mind and in body will allow for a more positive outlook on life and diagnosis. Surrounding yourself with positive people will help you on your track to CURE.