Since her diagnosis with uterine cancer, Fran Drescher has changed her focus and perspective. “Mind, body and spirit must be in balance for my immune system to operate at an optimum level,” she explains. And since she was first diagnosed, she’s become more self-aware about managing her stress levels and reducing the toxins she says are “prevalent in most people’s daily life.”
Detox your home
The Cancer Schmancer Foundation created a “Detox Your Home” program because the home, as Drescher puts it, “is the most toxic place we spend the most time, and ironically, have the most control over.”
The program challenges you to examine several different factors. What you put in your body – specifically, what are you eating? What are you putting on your body – with the skin being the largest organ in the body, what personal care items are you using? And lastly, what is around you – what products do you use to clean your home?
Organic equals prevention
The ‘In, On and Around’ concept invites a greater conversation about what ingredients are in the products you use and the food you eat, and how they were sourced or grown.
According to Drescher, supporting locally-sourced meat and produce from sustainable farms, ensuring everything is eco-friendly and organic can all help with the prevention of cancer.
By taking a stand and deciding to only use products that are grown naturally, organically and are eco-friendly, you’re putting your money where your mouth is. You are telling manufacturers there needs to be more accountability for the products they sell consumers, and as consumers, our purchasing habits send a clear message.
Some experts claim (and Drescher is of this camp) the mouth is the gateway to most health issues. A toothache is not always just a toothache. Because if what you eat has a direct correlation to your overall health, it makes sense that your oral health would be a beacon of sorts for the rest of your body.
The other consideration she suggests: the connection between your gut, your immune system and stress. Our lifestyle – what we eat and our emotional wellbeing – impacts our immune system, so whenever we are stressed our immune system suffers. And when we eat poorly, our gut suffers.
Ultimately, prevention takes in the whole health picture. Small changes to your lifestyle and diet can have positive health impacts down the line, ones that could be potentially life-saving.