Protect yourself from cancer

September 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Dr. David Servan-Schreiber was only 31 years old when he discovered a walnut-sized tumor in his brain. In his book, "Anticancer: A New Way of Life," he shares what he learned from it, and how we can create an anticancer biology in our own bodies.

Do you have an anticancer lifestyle?
Little changes can make a big difference

Protect yourself
Avoid the following common household products

  • Perchloroethylene/Tetrachloro-ethylene, found in dry cleaning-air garments out for several hours before wearing
  • Cleaning products such as liquid detergents, disinfectants, and toilet bowl sanitizers that contain alkylphenols (nonoxynol, octoxynol, nonylphenol, actylphenol)
  • Deodorants and antiperspirants containing aluminum
  • Cosmetics, shampoo, lotions, gels, hair color, nail polish, perfumes, and sunscreen containing estrogens or placental products, or those with parabens or phthalates
  • Chemical household pesticides and insecticides
  • Heating foods or liquids in plastic containers made with PVCs, polystyrene, or Styrofoam
  • Preparing food in scratched Teflon® pans

Improve your diet

  • Eat grass-fed organic animal products: meat, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs
  • Reduce your intake of sugar, white flour, products containing omega-6s (sunflower oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, margarines, hydrogenated fats, non-organic animal fats
  • Increase your omega-3 intake (fish, and grass or linseed-fed animal products)
  • Increase your intake of anticancer products (turmeric, green tea, soy, fruits, vegetables)
  • Filter tap water: use a carbon filter or an inverse osmosis filter, or drink mineral water or spring water

Add some activity

  • Practice 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity per day
  • Expose yourself to sunlight for 20 minutes each day
  • Practice a method of relaxation and self-centering (yoga, cardiac coherence, meditation, qigong, tai chi)

You can read Dr. David Servan-Schreiber's article about healthy foods in the October issue of prevention magazine and go to for easy h ealing recipes.

Book signing
Dr. David Servan-Schreiber will be signing copies of his book "AntiCancer: A New Way of Life" in Corte Madera at Book Passage at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 13.

1 Ferry Bldg # 42
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 835-1020

Buy the book on Amazon: Anticancer: A New Way of Life