We All Carry Cancer Cells

We All Carry Cancer Cells


We all have cancer cells in our bodies.

How about that as a scary thought?  Every single human being on the planet has cancer cells in their bodies.  The good news is that, for most of us, our body’s natural defenses know how to defeat these defective, tumor-causing cells, and they never get the chance to grow up into a full-blown cancer.

I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber,  himself a cancer survivor, during the CancerGuides® training in June 2009.*  His delivery was amazing; his presence on the stage mesmerizing.  But what stuck with me was the plain truth – we all have cancer cells somewhere in our bodies. 

Accepting that fact also motivated me to learn more about what to do to try to keep those individual defective cells from joining together and having a cancer party.   Following his advice, outlined in the book “Anti-Cancer – A New Way of Life,” I have made small changes in my life since then.  I try to include freshly ground flax seed in my daily diet, usually in my morning oatmeal or yogurt.  I am proud to say that my ten-year old son often copies me, and grinds his own flax seed into his breakfast.  I definitely am more conscious of the amount of fruits and vegetables that we all eat.  I try to purchase eggs and meat that are grass-fed, and therefore richer in Omega-3s.   I am working to reduce toxic cleaning products and other indoor pollution from our house.   I exercise regularly.

I am falling down, however, on approaching life in a light-hearted way, with laughter and serenity.  Dr. Servan-Schreiber emphasizes that emotional toxicity is as harmful to the body as physical pollutants.  It is easy, and we are programmed very early, to react to problems with anger and negativity.  It is much more of a challenge to find the humor in adversity, to love those who make life difficult for us.  I think these are the most difficult changes of all – the internal ones of the basic self.   Whether you’ve had cancer or not, any person who wants to improve their chances of avoiding cancer should read Dr. Servan-Schreiber’s very important book.

 * CancerGuides® training is offered by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C.  It is the country’s only comprehensive training in integrative oncology. To learn more, visit http://www.cmbm.org/

Guest editor:  Debora Harvey, Director of Client Services at Patient Navigator, LLC

Posted in Cancer, Caregivers, Integrative Care, Other health issues, Survivorship, Uncategorized
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