An Ounce of Prevention

I must say that I am humbled by the overwhelming positive response that I have had in this short time with my Facebook Blog. And although I try to share information from sites and sources that I hold true there is a definite pattern that has emerged. The biggest responses that I get are from my personal posts. With that in mind I am offering up the following to you today.  And this will be a chorus that I sing many times.

An Ounce of Prevention

Depending upon what study you read, only a small percentage of cancer is hereditary. On average reports have been stating 5-10%. What exactly does this mean though? What it means is that our lifestyle choices, including exercise, stress management, hobbies, where we live etc. coupled with what we consume have a direct impact on our overall risk of cancer. In Canada statistics compiled from 2009 state that 2 out of every 5 Canadians will have cancer in their lifetime. Sadly this rate has only increased since then.

But here is the thing that for some reason gets lost in the shock value of those numbers. A vast majority of cancer may be preventable. And it is here that we should have the greatest hope. And it is in this area that I hope to make the greatest inroads to awareness. We can make adjustments now and stack the odds in our favour if we just take the time to understand what is needed for our body to function optimally.

Our body is in a constant state of seeking balance. Disease is the manifestation of the body’s inability to achieve such balance or homeostasis. Throughout the disease path undoubtedly our body has given signs and symptoms that it is struggling; tiredness, pain, lack of appetite, sudden weight loss just to name a few. Too often we turn a deaf ear to the body’s talk instead of listening to it and this is when disease can take a foothold.

Our body speaks to us all of the time. If we fail to learn its language we risk losing the early opportunities to make adjustments and provide the tools needed to prevent diseases such as cancer.

The path of prevention is a much friendlier road traveled than the treatment one.

There is so much wisdom in these words;

‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’


So our microwave caught on fire. I’d like to say that I lit the match but quoting Shaggy “It wasn’t me”. Can’t say I’m sad. I have been trying to get rid of that space sucking nutrient robbing piece of equipment for a long time now but have run in to serious opposition from my co-habitators upon suggesting such a preposterous thing. Looking at me as if I had just been issued a day pass, I get questions like “Well then how would I heat up my Burrito?” “What modern day family doesn’t own a microwave?” “Are you freaking serious?”

My family has actually been pretty good about jumping aboard the nutrition train that I started driving a few years ago. This however appears to be a game changer. Expediency and convenience are trumping my nutrition arguments. And I know they mean business when a family meeting is requested and we have a quorum!

My son has threatened to buy a new one and put it in his room. I guess where a microwave is concerned money is no object. Where to buy one however, seems to be stumping him.

I actually have no idea how this will end. But hoping for it to go my way, I have quietly started to move things in to the space once occupied by our deceased appliance.