I have personally watched two people I dearly loved suffer with and die from brain tumors. Two extremely healthy individual’s lives were cut extremely short by an internal terrorist. Brain tumors are on the rise with more than 200,000 people in the United States alone diagnosed with brain cancer each year. A startling statistic is that brain tumors have become the leading cancer death in children.
Dr. Keith Black has appeared in Time magazine and is the foremost authority of neurosurgeons, specializing in brain tumors. His observations have led him to believe that the sharp increase in brain tumors is due to our environment. Certainly one’s genetic ability to neutralize toxins in the environment plays a part, but substances like cigarettes and alcohol cause incredible damage. If a person has worked at a plastic manufacturing plant, in the textile industry or been exposed to an array of chemicals, they are at greater risk.
Even consuming foods high in nitrates and preservatives can play a role in causing brain tumors. Preserved meats like hot dogs, bacon and cured ham are all high in nitrates, which contribute to the formation of potentially dangerous carcinogens in the body which can result in malignant tumor growth. Dr. Black is also concerned with microwaves, bad air and cell phone usage.
The best steps you can take to reduce your risk are to evaluate your environmental risks (quality of air, toxic waste dumps in the area, power lines, etc.) and be proactive; make changes where you can. As always, eating right and exercising help boost the immune system and detoxify the body. Watch the amount of high-nitrate foods you consume, and use hands-free devices for cell phones. Avoid using plastic in microwaves
and limit the use of pesticides.
When was the last time you evaluated your life? If you are a positive thinker, you probably see the upside of most days…and that is great! But just like an employee will receive a performance review to learn where he/she is hitting the mark or what he/she might need to improve upon, I think we should pause once in a while and see how our life is doing. If you are game, get a sheet of paper out. Make three columns and label them: Desire/Reality/Importance.
In the desire category, list out what it is you want your life to look at: career, family, friends, fitness, health…whatever comes to mind. Then honestly write out what your reality looks like. By ranking the importance of this desire (1 to 5 with 5 being very important), you begin to see where you may be missing the mark on parts of your life that really matter to you. Then again, you may realize that even though you aren’t where you thought, it might not be super important in the scheme of things, and that is okay.
What I like about this exercise is that we obtain clear direction as to what improvements we should be working on. Circle your 4 and 5’s…those are big and mean the most to you. Focus on what it might take to make your reality closer to your desire. If your desire and reality match on those, keep doing whatever you have been doing! Look at your 1 and 2’s and consider removing them from your list all together. They probably aren’t worth stressing over.