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Tips from David Servan-Schreiber, a neurologist who beat brain cancer, on how to stay healthy.

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How to Stay Healthy

Diet:

  • Eat grass-fed organic animal products: meat, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs
  • Reduce your intake of sugar, white flour, products containing omega-6s (sunflower oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, margarines, hydrogenated fats, non-organic animal fats
  • Increase your omega-3 intake (fish, and grass or linseed-fed animal products)
  • Increase your intake of anticancer products (turmeric, green tea, soy, fruits, vegetables)
  • Filter tap water: use a carbon filter or an inverse osmosis filter, or drink mineral water or spring water

Activity:

  • Practice 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity per day
  • Expose yourself to sunlight for 20 minutes each day
  • Practice a method of relaxation and self-centering (yoga, cardiac coherence, meditation, qigong, tai chi)

Avoid:

  • Perchloroethylene/Tetrachloro-ethylene, found in dry cleaning. (Air garments out for several hours before wearing.)
  • Cleaning products such as liquid detergents, disinfectants, and toilet bowl sanitizers that contain alkylphenols (nonoxynol, octoxynol, nonylphenol, actylphenol)
  • Deodorants and antiperspirants containing aluminum
  • Cosmetics, shampoo, lotions, gels, hair color, nail polish, perfumes, and sunscreen containing estrogens or placental products, or those with parabens or phthalates
  • Chemical household pesticides and insecticides
  • Heating foods or liquids in plastic containers made with PVCs, polystyrene, or Styrofoam
  • Preparing food in scratched Teflon pans