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Letter From the Publisher, Maureen Hart Cary
In this month’s feature article, Linda Sechrist takes a look at some natural ways to not only prevent cancer, but heal it as well. It can be inspiring to hear the stories of people who were able to make remarkable recoveries using all-natural methods. I particularly like the recognition of a whole systems approach that brings in lifestyle considerations and the addition of supplements to one’s daily health regimen.
I've heard stories like this about multiple sclerosis as well, and while I recognize and respect these many inspiring stories of healing, at the end of the day I do still rely on Western medicine and take a little pill every day. I balance it with eating right, exercise and meditation, but at the end of the day, that little pill gives me a great deal of mental comfort that it is keeping my immune system from attacking my brain.
Even within the believers of natural approaches, varying opinions abound. We are all individuals; different approaches will work for different people, sometimes even at different times. Chemotherapy and radiation can have devastating effects on the body, but they can also kill cancer cells. When faced with a health challenge like cancer, it is important to consider the numerous traditional and holistic options, be our own advocate and trust what is best for our bodies.
Introducing our readers to some of the many ways to prevent cancer in the first place is what we had in mind when putting this issue together. In “Cannabis as Medicine” on page 27, we learn that not only has it been shown to kill cancer cells, it helps with side effects of treatment, too. I hope you'll pay close attention to how food can be medicine in “Anticancer Kitchen” on page 28. Here you will discover foods to keep on hand to defend your body from the invasion of cancer and keep it strong and healthy.
Please take time to b-r-e-a-t-h-e this summer. Enjoy a beautiful Rhode Island sunset, dig your toes into the sand, even skip and sing. Stop at a roadside stand and eat some fresh fruit and vegetables. Do what feeds your soul and allows you to let go and exchange stressors for a calm balance and a healthy life. This is the best prevention of all.
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