What I Learned from Cancer Schmancer

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Cancer Schmancer

Every year, Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Movement holds an informative summit that is a “must” attend for you, your family and friends, as well as people who mysteriously ask you for information that you learned there! I went twice and I can tell you it’s life changing, and for many, it’s lifesaving. Every time I go, I hear top experts’ ground-breaking updates and new techniques about conquering cancer.

# 1 – Your home is more toxic than living across from an oil refinery. 

We all know by now that early detection is key, but eliminating the causes is essential. An estimate of up to 95% of cancer is environmentally stimulated. 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of 2 men are bound to get it. This year’s event theme was all about removing known and potential toxins from your life. The Cancer Schmancer motto is “Check, Choose and Change” so use your American consumerism to vote with your dollar and only buy products that won’t hurt you, to clean up your act.

# 2 – Be a medical consumer…being a patient is so one minute ago!

Don’t be patient about being a patient. Arm yourself with medical knowledge and turn into a medical consumer by leading an informed preventative lifestyle. The U.S. is No.35 in world health.

# 3 – We are all terminal

According to renowned alternative cancer therapy oncologist and hematologist Dr. Antonio Jimenez of Hope4Cancer, “Cancer stem cells are tough to beat so start thinking about immunotherapy. There are nontoxic cancer therapies. Enhanced immunity, detoxification, nutrition, pathogen elimination, oxygenation and supplements can work!”

# 4 – You have more time than you think.

Cancer is rarely an emergency. Don’t panic. Pharmaceutical companies and other big businesses try to dumb things down by creating urgency which leads to chaos. There is time for everything when you keep calm and in control.

# 5 – Cannabis smokers have less cancer than nonsmokers

This was big news to a lot of attendees delivered by Uma V.A. Dhanabalan, MD, MPH, FAAFP. Practitioners have new ways to use medical cannabis to treat cancer and other illnesses.

# 6 – Zen it up

Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow’s breast cancer surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk answers the top 10 most popular questions about breast cancer and demonstrated in a video how to do self exams which you can see here.  Dr. Funk recommends 1) getting rid of negativity 2) plug & chug green tea at least 3 times a day 3) get a healthy dose of folic acid, which somewhat counters the downside of alcohol.

# 7 –Turn to radical self-care

Take care of yourself by any means because no matter what your doctor is telling you, you know intuitively what is best for you.

Marilu Henner told a very inspirational story about her then new love with her best friend in high school’s boyfriend who was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer for which a doctor prescribed a real life-changing, sexually prohibitive treatment. They defied the conventional and went an alternative route which included eating well and supplementing his diet. He has been cancer-free and totally functioning for a long time. What got them and many others through it was spirituality (there are numerous paths but you have to be authentic), commitment (to your designated healing plan) and connectedness to your friends and family.

Useful tips were generously tossed out, including: eat your vegetables, bounce on an urban rebounder, get your mercury dental fillings taken out, sugar is really bad for you, meditate, etc.

Fran talked about not making perfection the enemy of the good, which really got me thinking, as well as the impact of being joyful and grateful, and turning pain into purpose.

www.CancerSchmancer.org is all about educating people on their choices and there are a lot, making early breast cancer screening available to more women and lobbying in Washington.

I am really proud of America’s favorite Nanny. She taught us how to navigate child rearing and now she’s teaching us how to be cancer-free in a very toxic world.


Nancy TrentNancy Trent is a writer and speaker, a lifelong health advocate, a globe-trotting trend watcher and the founder and president of Trent & Company, a New York-based marketing communications firm. Trent & Company grew out of Nancy’s personal commitment to helping people live longer and healthier lives. A former journalist for New York magazine, Nancy has written seven books on healthy lifestyles, serves on the editorial boards of several magazines and travels around the world speaking at conferences and trade shows on trends in the marketplace. She is a recognized expert in PR with more than 30 years of experience creating and managing highly successful campaigns. Nancy can be reached at (212) 966-0024 or through e-mail at nancy@trentandcompany.com.  You may also visit www.trentandcompany.com.

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Posted on WholeFoods Magazine Online, 11/14/2016