This is a personal post, but meant to help people. My beloved grandfather has passed. He was dear to me and taught me many things about personal finance, investing and more importantly life. In fact, I wrote about him in one of our earlier articles.
In addition, many of the philosophies and writings here at The Money Vikings are kind of a montage of ideas that originally evolved from things my grandfather taught me, either through example or words. He passed on to the next world recently, and the main cause was cancer.
Cancer does not discriminate. It effects all ethnicities and socio economic classes. I hope the billions poured into research results in some better and more effective ways to manage and stop the disease. The good news in the meantime is that there seem to be lifestyle choices and environmental factors we can manage for better outcomes.
In the meantime, we should consider ways to prevent the disease in the first place. What can we do and eat to avoid cancer in the first place. These actions combined with millions of people would save billions in terms of money, pain and anguish.
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He was a class act on many levels. Left feeling his loss is his wife of 69 years, his daughter, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many others that loved him.
As we know this is not unique, grandparents in the later stage of life pass on. But he was battling cancer for the last 2 years of his life and this seriously affected the quality of his time. It can be hard to feel like you are living a life of True Wealth when battling an aggressive medical condition.
We all know that a serious illness or disease wreaks havoc on a person’s life for obvious reasons. We talk about health on The Money Vikings because health is a key pillar of living a rich life of “True Wealth”. Therefore, in my opinion it is a good idea to continually remind ourselves of ways to prevent certain diseases in the first place. There are actually many similarties to investing and managing finances and managing our health and wellness.
Cancer is serious and people of all ages are affected by it! There is no silver bullet cure or way to avoid it. But there are ways that researchers are discovering that can significantly reduce the risk. Therefore, below we have outlined some of the ways and foods we incorporate to prevent cancer in the first place.
Medical experts believe as many as 70% of known causes of cancer are avoidable. This is the good news, just like your finances, much of your destiny lies in your hands and more importantly your habits. But still, far too many people suffer from cancer at great cost to them, their family and society.
What is cancer?
Cancer is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. These abnormal cells grow into masses of tissue called tumors. In a way, cancer is an unfortunate byproduct of the way evolution works. As large and complicated animals, we are susceptible to cancer. In other words, cell division is a natural process, but if it is mutated and out of control then we get cancer.
What we can do (Knowledge is power)
That said, in order to spread powerful knowledge, here are some low cost and simple ways to reduce the risk of developing cancer. Fighting diseases can be a lot like managing our money. There are risks that we can manage to create a better likelihood of success. Please let others know so we can fight this terrible disease on a massive scale:
DO NOT SMOKE!
Did I say it loud enough. Smoking is stupid and is a leading cause of cancer. Find some other way to manage anxiety. Enough said! No debate, game over!
Be like Popeye (The original Money Viking)
Diet appears to have a major impact on cancer risk. Therefore we will outline several foods that can prevent or fight cancer. When I was a kid, Popeye is who got me to eat my green veggies. I really thought if I ate my spinach and broccoli I would grow some massive muscels. I did not grow massive muscles, but I do still try and eat spinach when I can.
Experts agree that spinach contains high levels of chlorophyllin, which gives spinach the dark green color. The compound seems to help reduce the chances of liver and bladder cancers.
I combined these two because I regularly put them in my coffee. This is an easy way to incorporate two cancer fighting spices into a diet.
Some studies have shown that cinnamon may block the spread of cancer cells.
Turmeric is well known around the world for many health benefits. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is a chemical with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer effects.
In one study, curcumin stopped the spread of colon cancer cells. For best results experts recommend .5-3 teaspoons per day. Again, I find the easiest way to do this is by adding some to my morning coffee.
Berries contain anthocyanins which are plant pigments that behave like antioxidants. Antioxidants are important to our bodies because they combat free radicals. Free radicals are not some alternative rock band. They wreak havoc on our systems and play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
I am glad to have some Italian heritage and a fondness for tomatoes. Tomatoes contain a chemical called lycopene, which can lower the risk of a range of cancers. So put them on sandwiches or include them in your favorite pasta or salad for protective benefits.
Not only can it keep vampires away, it apparently can play a role in keeping cancer away. Eating garlic appears to improve all aspects of preventing cancer.
There is evidence that eating fish regularly protects against several kinds of cancers. Plus, it just tastes great!
Do not get too excited. You can’t just go nuts. But drinking an occasional beer appears to have health protective effects. Beer may contain a compound that makes the body resistant to stomach cancer.
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As we have illustrated above, there are specific foods that help prevent or slow down cancer, but there is also the general concept of keeping toxins out of your system to begin with and avoiding overly processed junk foods. None of us are perfect, but if we can get it right most of the time then it seems we may be better protected to ward off cancer.
Choose meats that are free of antibiotics and added hormones.
Exercise, just move
We all know exercise is good for us on many levels. And I am a big believer in the concept of just getting up and moving. Not many of us have the time to go to a gym, but there are many ways to incorporate movements and exercise into our lives:
You may even know that exercise is important when it comes to cancer prevention. Exercise lowers cancer risk by controlling weight, reducing sex hormones or insulin, and strengthening the immune system.
Life is full of managing risk, similar to our finances. With investing, we are also managing risk reward calculations. These and many other methods can help improve the chances of not developing cancer.
Please see your medical professional for specific questions about reducing the chances of developing cancer and other health questions. This is not advice specific to anyone and the article is created for informational and entertainment purposes only.