Cancer Healing and the Immune System

The immune system consists of many types of cells carried by the blood to different parts of the body. There are neutrophils, eosinophils, mono-cytes, macrophages, and natural killer cells that we believe help to keep cancer cells in check. If this theory is right, then boosting one's immune system will help reduce the risk of cancer and perhaps cancer recurrence. It is believed that at any given time there are stray cancer cells in healthy people whose immune systems are strong enough to overcome the cancer cells. Thus, these people don't develop cancer as a disease. The immune system is also responsible for inactivating free radicals, which are highly active oxygen molecules that contain unpaired electrons. Some scientists think that having an excessive amount of free radicals heightens a person's risk of cancer. The free radicals are neutralized (inactivated) by antioxidants.

Table 2.1. Ways to Potentially Boost Your Immune System

Regularly get enough sleep that is of good quality.

Exercise most days of the week.

Eat a diet that is low in fat and high in fruits and vegetables.

Reduce your stress level and seek treatment for depression, anxiety, or other persistent mood disturbances.

Connect with people who are loving and who enhance your life.

Develop and nourish a spiritual life, even if it's nonreligious.

Although it is not entirely clear to what extent the immune system helps to prevent initial and recurrent cancers, we know for sure that a strong immune system is extremely important in repairing and healing the body. Its work includes the repair and regeneration of normal cells that have been damaged by any one or a combination of cancer treatments. You probably have a distinct image in your mind of how a cut heals—that there are cells that race to the injured area to help prevent infection and heal the wound. The immune system plays a role in nearly every aspect of healing, so whatever you can do to improve your immune system will help you to heal (see Table 2.1). This is why, throughout this book, I suggest ways to boost your immune system.

10 Ways To Fight Off Cancer

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Learning About 10 Ways Fight Off Cancer Can Have Amazing Benefits For Your Life The Best Tips On How To Keep This Killer At Bay Discovering that you or a loved one has cancer can be utterly terrifying. All the same, once you comprehend the causes of cancer and learn how to reverse those causes, you or your loved one may have more than a fighting chance of beating out cancer.

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