The Detox

It’s true. I’m detoxing.

No, I’m not detoxing from drugs. I’m detoxing from life.

Every day, we are exposed to all kinds of toxins. Toxins in the air, toxins on our skin, toxins in our food. We have toxins swirling around us and within us all the time. And I can’t control the air I breathe or what is around me. But I can control what goes into my body.

Since my diagnosis in April, I have been researching the causes of cancer. The obvious cause of skin cancer would be the sun, so you would think. But there is so much more to cancer than one specific thing. Time reported the President’s Cancer Panel in 2010 published a surprising article claiming that the amount of “environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated.” Even the American Cancer Society states that many cancers are caused by our environment and toxicity.

So before I begin my immunotherapy treatment in February, I decided to prime my body as much as possible. I decided to follow a detox program to reach these goals. Now, the only question is…where do I start?!?

My new breakfast!
My new breakfast!

I have been following articles by Dr. Axe since last summer, and his advice has changed the way I see cancer. He discusses how modern medicine treats the symptoms, but does not cure the body. I saw this everyday as a healthcare provider. We give medicines for illness that only masks the symptoms. For example – a disease like high blood pressure uses medicine to artificially lower your blood pressure. It doesn’t cure the problem. It just fixes the symptoms.

Cancer is similar. There are all types of factors that combine to cause cancer. Chemo doesn’t cure these causes. It just fixes the symptom. I want to cure the cause of my cancer with a permanent solution, not a temporary fix.

I have been fairly strict with my diet since my cancer diagnosis, but I want to do more. Dr. Axe has a 28 day detox program and I decided to sign myself up, purely for my own health and wellbeing. I’ll be documenting my progress here for everyone to see (and keep me accountable!!) Stay tuned for more info!

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