A study by psychologists David Hauser and Norbert Schwarz found that the ubiquitous use of war metaphors when referring to cancer may do more harm than good.
A review by Pekmezi and Wahnefried, published in the journal Acta Oncologica, finds that a growing body of evidence suggests that diet and exercise behaviors and body weight status influence health-related outcomes after a cancer diagnosis.
A study by Anand et al, published in the journal Pharmaceutical Research, details the critical role of lifestyle behaviors in causing cancer. Unhealthy lifestyles lead to chronic inflammation, which has been closely linked to tumor-promoting pathways.
Remember these 5 Change Keys as you begin to develop your Anticancer Lifestyle: Preserve core values. Keep reminding yourself of your core values and make sure your actions align with them. Set manageable and realistic goals; goals that are a stretch to reach, but that are doable.
Successful change comes in stages. How long it takes is highly individual, so don’t get discouraged! Read about the stages of change here.
This seminal book inspired the creation of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program. Dr. Servan-Schreiber’s book includes the compelling personal story of his own cancer, and a comprehensive exploration of evidence-based lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of cancer and cancer recurrence.
Cancer will affect 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the United States, and the number of new cases of cancer is set to nearly double by the year 2050. Read more about this finding here. (Note: to access this article, you may have to create an account with Medscape, but it is free of charge.
This abstract of their article summarizes the authors’ findings about the stages of change involved when changing smoking habits.
A great summary from Harvard Medical School about the Stages of Change model. See here for the article.
“I’m more centered in all the self-care aspects. Being more gentle to myself. Got a fit bit and am moving more. Meditating more. Continuing to choose love.”
“I have changed aspects of diet, stress, exercise and toxin exposure, too numerous to mention here. I am now more open to and actively pursuing change in support of my hoped-for, improved health outcomes and in allowing my body’s natural defenses to function well.”
“Two years after finishing the ACLP—I continue to do yoga, meditation, Reiki, Tai Chi, walking. Will not allow negative people near me. No longer watch any so-called “news”. Read every label on every single thing I buy. When not in use, I unplug my TV, Internet router, and cell phone. I say ‘thank you for my life’ every day.”