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6 ways to reduce cancer cell formation

Written by

Deborah Freudenmann BHSc

It’s so easy to blame our family history and genetics for the development of chronic diseases… such as CANCER.

I recently heard a client say:

As beautifully as Lara Adler said: “Our genetics load the gun but our environment pulls the trigger”

WE are born with a fixed set of DNA, known as our GENOME. Yes, we can’t change our DNA but we don’t need to. Unlike the underlying genome, which remains largely constant within an individual, the EPIGENOME can be dynamically altered by environmental conditions. So, epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression – making our genes active or inactive.

Just because you have a gene, does not mean that gene is being expressed. Most importantly, how you live, what you eat, your life experiences, your choices and exposures in life can influence whether our genes get switched ON or OFF.

Makes sense right?

So today, I want to break down some concepts surrounding the disease, cancer.

Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells which all have an important role in maintaining our ability to function optimally. Healthy cells know when to reproduce, how to become specialized cells, where they should be and why, and also when to self-destruct (apoptosis) as they become damaged or too old.

Cancer cells are very different, these cells behave in a greedy and erratic manner. The simplest way to describe cancer is ‘abhorrent cell growth’.  It is the uncontrolled division of abnormal cells; in other words, they reproduce like crazy. These cells have lost the ability to self-destruct due to their own mutations, convenient right? Cancer cells are survival experts, they survive and thrive without oxygen, within a toxic and acidic environment and often partner up with other pathogens.


But what causes a mutated cell?

In today’s world the presence of these toxins are unavoidable and everybody is exposed to one form or another of these cancer-causing stimulus every day of their lives. Therefore, everybody has the potential to form cancer cells every day. In fact, we all have mutated cells in our body at this very moment.

However, our body is very efficient in cleaning away these mutated cells and the immune system plays a leading role in this process.

The simplest way to understand this is to consider our immune system as an army. Every day we fight invaders and every day we have casualties. The immune system becomes overburdened when the casualties are higher than our ability to create new soldiers. This is when mutated cells can progress into a mass known as a tumor.

So now we’ve established that we all have cancer cells in our body and we all have an immune system that keeps them in check, it leads us to the understanding that although cancer may seem to a be localised occurrence (tumour), it is in fact a systemic disease that requires a destabilization of our entire system to unfold.

This is WHY Functional medicine is SO important. We need to understand the underlying root causes to a disease development – which gives us the knowledge and power to remove these causes and prevent disease.

So what are SIX ways to reduce the negative-stimulus and formation of mutated cells?


1. Reducing inflammation

Almost every modern disease today can be linked to chronic inflammation. If your body is continually exposed to stimuli that triggers an inflammatory response your immune system is always on red alert. Addressing the triggers of inflammation and leading an anti-inflammatory lifestyle can not only increase your lifespan, slowing aging, but also decrease your risk of chronic disease. 

2. Eating a nutrient dense diet

Sugar feeds cancer! Cancer cells transport large amounts of glucose in order to produce anabolic precursors and energy within the inhospitable environment of a tumor. Cancer cells are largely dependent on glucose and glycolysis for growth and survival due to abnormalities in the number and function of their mitochondria. Thus, reducing the intake of simple carbohydrates can beneficially impact cancer growth and development.

Our lives seem to revolve around food, we decide when to eat, where to eat, what to eat, how we eat. Food is no longer looked upon as an essence of being alive but rather a necessity. Food dictates our social gatherings, our relationships our acceptance and so on. Whether our habits related to food are good or bad they are extremely impactful, playing a significant role in our overall health and prevention of disease.

A well balanced meal should contain the macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats and through that our micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals.

– Again avoiding refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and sugar.
– Eliminate trans fatty acids
– Avoiding all processed foods, fries, onion rings, donuts and margarine.
– Avoid any food you are intolerant to. Food intolerances can cause inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract, free radical damage, reducing your ability to absorb nutrients and compromising the gut barrier.

3. Improving gut function

The microbes in our gut play crucial roles in our digestion, immunity, metabolism and mental health. This was illustrated in a study where researchers created sterile mice (no microbiome) and then put these mice through a number of tests. They discovered that, not only is the microbiome necessary for digestion, it is also required for normal stress responses, the ability to interact with others and everyday brain function. Furthermore, they found that a balanced microbiome is linked to a healthy; immune system, nervous system, endocrine system, hepatic system, cardiovascular system and almost every other system we have in the body!

It is important to help restore the gut function and microflora, specifically conditions such as leaky gut and dysbiosis. Probiotics (live good bacteria) are available as a supplemental form (must not always be refrigerated) and include different strains of bacterium (bifidobacterium, lactobacillus rhamnosus, saccharomyces cerevisiae, etc.). Each strain of bacteria recolonises a different section of the intestinal tract and therefore has specific roles in digestion, immune modulation and intestinal health.

Bacteria are living organisms that need to eat. A healthy, varied, balanced, high-fiber diet with complex carbohydrates is good for the bacteria living in your gut and encourages a diverse ecosystem. Other helpful dietary choices include naturally fermented foods containing probiotics (live bacteria), such as sauerkraut, pickles, miso, certain types of yogurt, and kefir (a yogurt-based drink).

4. Limiting toxic exposure

Toxins found in the body (for the most part) are coming from our external environment, such as our food, our water, the products we use daily, our mattress, the cars we drive, the air we breathe. While we can’t stop exposure to all toxins, we can make some simple changes to our lifestyle and reduce some of the most widespread. This is how we slow the flow of chemical into the body. But before we jump straight to detoxing, we have 6 elimination pathways. We need all 6 of these elimination pathways to be working efficiently in order to eliminate the toxins we already have present in the body.

  • Our liver is the organ most important to the processing and breakdown of toxins and metabolic wastes in the body. Drinking liver supportive teas and eating plenty of cruciferous veggies like cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, etc. Supplementation is another important factor here.
  • Ensure that you include soluble and insoluble fibre, and resistant starch in your daily diet. These are important for the health of the gut generally and for promoting daily elimination of wastes via the bowels. One to three bowel movements a day is ideal.
  • Consume at least 1.5-2 L of filtered water as part of your daily routine. Optimal fluid intake is essential as kidneys are responsible for the elimination of metabolic and ingested wastes and toxins.
  • We can eliminate considerable amounts of wastes that the liver has metabolized via our lungs. Take slow, deep, conscious breaths each day will help improve lung function and enhance elimination of waste metabolites via the breath.
  • Sauna therapy is an extremely effective way to support the elimination of toxins through the skin. Dry skin brushing is also an effective way of enhancing the skin’s function as an organ of elimination.
  • Regular physical activity is important for promoting good circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid throughout the body. Rebounding, trampolining, skipping and sauna sessions are effective ways of improving and maintaining these functions. 
  • Pulse electromagnetic field frequency (PEMF) therapy can also help facilitate heavy metal detoxification.

5. Reducing infections

Chronic infections such as Epstein Barr, Lyme disease, Ross river, hepatitis, HIV, CMV are persistent infections and therefore reside within your body for years or decades waiting for the opportunity to replicate and grow. These opportunistic style infections can have disastrous effects on almost every system in the body and often testing for these is the only way of finding out if these may be a factor. Therefore, it is important to investigate and found out which infections are contributing your heath state and what can be implemented to support the reduction in the pathogenic load such as OZONE THERAPY.

6. Improving oxygenation and mitochondrial function

An understanding of the role of mitochondria is the first step to comprehending how dysfunctional mitochondria actually affects us. The human body thrives on the energy produced within our cells. To produce this energy, our cells contain tiny organelles, which extract significant amounts of energy from ingested nutrients, in order to power each individual cell and the human body as a whole. These organelles are our mitochondria, often referred to as our cellular powerhouses. After toxic exposure or cell stress, our mitochondria can become damaged, and increased free radical production may be followed by persistent mitochondrial dysfunction. Specifically, in cancer mitochondrial dysfunction has been linked with the increased risk of cancer development and leads to resistance to apoptosis (cell death). Cancer itself is a disease of energy metabolism – specifically impaired mitochondria and mitochondrial activity.

Why is oxygenation so relevant? Tumor hypoxia (lack of oxygen) is a known mechanism for the resistance of tumor cells to anti-cancer treatments both natural and conventional. Oxygen deprivation in these tissues is a relevant factor enhancing neoangiogenesis (formation of blood cells to feed cancer), changes in cells and metastasis. This therapy improves tumor oxygenation by significantly and constantly increasing oxygen availability and microcirculation which may slow down tumor growth and inhibit metastasis.

Final thoughts

Without doubt, there are more than six factors to address to reduce the negative-stimulus and formation of mutated cells. However, even with just these six factors each and every single one of them is interconnected. When our entire system has become instable and dysfunctional enough for “disease” to manifest – addressing ONE factor such as gut function OR infections isn’t sufficient. It’s like building a puzzle – you can improve gut function and fill out a corner of the puzzle, but it’s still incomplete right? I suppose this is why I’m so passionate about functional medicine. We need to understand the underlying root causes, how they interact, connect to a disease development. With a systematic approach to finding the root causes we can pin point all the areas and factors to address for each individual – giving us the knowledge and power to remove these causes and prevent disease – creating a complete puzzle picture!

14 Responses

      1. Great information indeed.
        Currently working on treating the diagnosis of prostate and lung cancer naturally. I find this article very interesting. Anything else, you can suggest I do?

        1. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the article. There is certainly other factors that could be relevant to address. This is why understanding the underlying root causes is the very first step, what has happened from birth until diagnosis which has led to this destabilisation of the body? This can be a combination of multiple factors specific to the individual. Therefore an individualised and systematic approach is the only effective way to establishing a holistic treatment plan. Stay tuned, currently in the process of putting together a small free cancer Ebook to share with you all.
          Feel free to send me an email ( if you are interested in working with a health coach, becoming a health coach or working with one of our practitioners.

  1. Appreciate all your informative information that you provide to you audience. I will pass it on to my friends which will influence them in making changes to reverse their conditions. What are your thoughts on drinking hydrogen water?

  2. Thank you Deborah for all the hard work. I have been a fan of Truly Heal for years now and always learn something new each time I read the articles or observe the videos. Keep up the exceptional work!

    1. It’s wonderful to hear that you’ve been part of our community for so long!
      Thank you kindly for the beautiful words. Keep an eye out for all our upcoming articles and projects.

  3. I am so grateful for all the outstanding information posted!! Priceless 🤗🥰
    Thanks a million to you & family
    God bless,

  4. I am so grateful for all the outstanding information posted!! Priceless 🤗🥰
    Thanks a million to you & family
    God bless,

    1. Aw, thank you. I am truly delighted to hear that!! Stay tuned for upcoming articles 🙂 Best wishes, Deborah

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