Cancer – 5th Approach

Cancer – the 5th Approach

My next approach will be to take Vitamin D. It is well known that Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a higher incidence of cancer and to speedier death. Vitamin D intake at a good level (I’ll discuss what this means in a minute) reduces the incidence of several common cancers (breast, colon etc) by half. That is to say that if you take good amounts of vitamin D you are far less likely to die from cancer. 

There are two ways of getting a good amount of vitamin D in your body. The first is by sunbathing – exposing a fair amount of flesh to the sun. If you live in a hot climate 20-30 minutes will allow the body to make up to 10,000 iu of Vitamin D (if you are white skinned) If you are dark skinned, you will need to expose yourself for longer.

 If this is the way you choose to get your vitamin D then there are some cautions. Firstly, you don’t want to be burnt so you may want to put on a sun lotion. No! No! Sun lotions are not safe and are associated with higher melanoma skin cancers. The best way to protect yourself is by slapping on coconut oil. Coconut oil is a natural protective agent that allows the UVB rays your body needs to make vitamin D to pass into the body. This is not true of sun tan lotions that block these rays. If you use coconut oil don’t you cook in the sun? This is a question many people have asked me. Again, the answer is an emphatic no. Coconut oil only becomes a liquid at around 24 degrees celsius. The boiling point needed to cook you is far higher than you will ever experience (around 177-230 degrees depending on the kind of oil). The other caution is to not wear any form of glasses (spectacles) while in the sun. Of course the longer you are able to expose yourself in the sun without being burnt the better. The melanoma rates in Florida are only a little higher than New York – so exposure to the sun is not the only cause of that cancer.

A simpler way to get Vitamin D is to take it orally. Some people suggest 2,000 iu to be adequate for a pale skinned person and 3,000-4,000 for a darker skinned person. I personally take 5,000 iu already and would happily up that to 10,000 iu if I were diagnosed with cancer.

For other ideas read The Cancer Survivor’s Bible – www.fightingcancer.com