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Updated by Maria Rickert Hong on Sep 24, 2013
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TOP 10 THINGS ANGELINA JOLIE (OR ANYONE) CAN DO TO LOWER HER RISK OF CANCER

Rather than prophylactically slicing off body parts that are at risk for cancer because of genetic risk factors like the BRCA genes, why not manage the epigenetic factors controlling the switching of those genes? Only 20% of breast cancer is due to familial or hereditary risk, while 80% of breast cancer is caused by "sporadic" (environmental) causes such as diet and lifestyle. That's a lot of risk in your direct control!

Cut Out the Sugar

Sugar feeds cancer. This means all forms of sugar: fruit, fructose, table sugar, coconut sugar, succanat, date sugar, rice syrup, maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, etc.

Detox Your Liver

The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body's extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements. Its main emphasis is on detoxing the liver while providing the body with super amounts of antioxidants.

Clean Your Colon

Colonic Hydrotherapy is especially useful in treating cancer patients. Colonics improve circulatory functions, stimulate the immune system, remove toxic waste, stimulate appetite, eliminate headaches, and boost energy.

Support Your Thyroid

The thyroid is the body's number one user of iodine. Reproductive organs such as breast, ovaries, uterus and prostate receive what's left over, and iodine is a major component of the architecture of these organs. Therefore, if you're iodine deficient, you're likely to have thyroid problems, and, if you have thyroid problems, you are more prone to have reproductive-organ problems like breast cancer.

Get Tested for a Methylation (MTHFR) Defect

An inability to methylate is linked to a whole host of diseases and conditions, including cancer, autism, heart disease and more. Methylation processes hormones, detoxifies our bodies, puts protective myelin sheath on our nerves, and can be responsible for epigenetic gene regulation. An inability to properly methylate some forms of estrogen is linked to a higher risk of reproductive-organ cancer.

Check Your Levels of Beta-glucuronidase

A non-optimal level of Beta-glucuronidase is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer. You can get this level tested with a comprehensive digestive stool analysis.

Check Your Levels of Butyrate

Butyrate is formed in the colon and suppresses colorectal cancer. You can easily get your levels checked with a comprehensive digestive stool analysis.

Reduce Levels of All Plastics

A new study strengthens the tie between breast cancer and toxic exposures to plastics and carcinogens in the workplace. Specific industrial sectors with elevated risk included: agriculture, bars-gambling, automotive plastics manufacturing, food canning, and metalworking. Premenopausal breast cancer risk was highest for automotive plastics and food canning.

Eat Less Carbs

A starchy, high-carbohydrate diet is associated with the recurrence of colon cancer.

Eat Organic Food

Pesticides and other toxins in food are linked to cancer, developmental delays and birth defects. Eating organic food would avoid these risks.

Cancer Fighting Foods: Bitter Jamaican Cerassee is no Slouch

When I was a child, anytime I got sick, my mother would find some cerassee, boil it up and make me drink it. If any of us had gas pains or were just in generally not-so-great-feeling health, out came the cerassee. I've grown up knowing exactly what this plant looks like but I am not a huge fan.

Cancer Fighting Foods: Guinea Hen Weed, The Anti-Cancer Plant

When I first moved back to Jamaica, my father introduced me to a plant he called guinea hen weed. He said that it was a known cancer fighter and grew wild all around. Now, I'm all for putting an end to cancer as it is such an insidious disease that alters everyone it touches literally and figuratively but I was a bit skeptical.

Get in Cancer Fighting Shape with Jamaican Sorrel

As cancer fighting foods go, Jamaican sorrel is one of those delicious, natural powerhouse drinks you can indulge in as often as you like. Not only is it a cancer fighter but it's been shown to help your body fight against some of the most chronic diseases out there.