On Valentine’s Day in 2012, I was at home having just worked out, ready to eat lunch when my doctor called and asked, “wanna come down to the clinic to talk, or is the phone okay?”
Immediately, I sensed the conversation wasn’t going to be a happy one.
“Sandy, it’s a malignancy. You have ovarian cancer.”
Before then I never knew the true meaning when someone says their “head started spinning”.
Like many cancer sufferers, I never saw it coming. I ate sensibly, exercised, and had a fulfilling career and a great family life. But I wasn’t paying the kind of attention to my health that I should have been.
Being the highly analytical type, I immediately felt the need to understand why my body had regressed into disease. I simply did not believe in the disempowering notion that I had a pile of rogue cells that just mutated for no reason.
Everyone knows the old adage that ‘prevention is better than cure’, but I didn’t realize how much more I could have done in terms of preventative care. Prevention is key, because once cancer is in full bloom it is that much harder to reverse.
Sometimes people ask me, “Sandy what is the one thing that I can do to prevent cancer from coming back”? The answer is – “there isn’t just one thing”.
Just as wealth is built with returns over time, our health is also built with returns over time. It’s the small daily things that we do, in aggregate, that have an enormous impact on our future health.
Here are some of the small daily things we can do to support our bodies – focusing on the liver.
Your liver is responsible for over 500 vital bodily functions one of which is blood detoxification. Studies show that an average person is exposed to hundreds of toxins daily, including:
Looking at pesticides alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there are traces of 29 different pesticides in the average person’s body. They come from our food, water and air, and the studies link long-term pesticide exposure with increased risk of illnesses from ADHD to cancer to depression. The health risks to children are especially significant.
Our livers are more overtaxed than they ever were! And many people have sluggish livers. Signs that the liver is overburdened by too many toxins might manifest as things like digestive issues, skin disease, lethargy, blood sugar fluctuations, hormonal imbalances, intolerance to coffee and alcohol, etc.
If you go to your doctor and have the standard liver enzymes tested, your doctor may well say your liver is fine. But beware! Liver abnormalities in standard blood-work may only appear after years of suffering from a sluggish liver.
While our liver and bodies are designed to excrete these toxins naturally there are a couple of problems with this:
First off, in today’s world, toxic-load often exceeds the capacity of the channels of elimination.
Secondly, some people are genetically better able to detox than others.
I uncovered, through genetic testing on myself, that I actually am absent in a particular gene that helps the liver with the elimination of toxic influences. I also uncovered something else! Roughly 40% of Caucasians are absent in this important gene. In other words, this is not a freak outlier thing; there needs to be widespread concern about supporting liver functioning to prevent an increased risk of chronic disease, including cancer.
There is so much you can do to support your liver.
Stay tuned for a detailed outline of liver protocols in an upcoming article.