day to do a little yoga or tai chi—anything
that will calm and center the body and mind.
“It’s all about being conscious of what you
put into your body and what you surround
yourself with—including friends who have a
healthy outlook and work that makes you feel
good,” Servan-Schreiber believes, noting that
stress is another thing to be mindful of.
“Stress isn’t something you can avoid, but
how you deal with it is really the key,” he says.
A typical day for him now includes 20
minutes of meditation upon rising, riding his
bike around Pittsburgh—or Paris, his second
home—and eating an apple with ginger and
soy yogurt for breakfast. He also drinks green
tea instead of coffee, has an 85-percent-cocoa
dark chocolate treat in the afternoon and
goes for a 20- to 30-minute jog at the end of
the day to get his heart rate up and his
“I pay a lot of attention to what I dedicate
my time to in my professional and in my personal life,” he concludes. “It has taken some
time, but I have learned to ride out more
serenely the unavoidable stresses of life.” C
Hope Katz Gibbs is a freelance writer in northern Virginia, and has embraced the anticancer
way of life—except for giving up coffee.
Little changes can make a big difference
TO HELP STAVE off cancer, Dr. David
Servan-Schreiber recommends taking the
Avoid some common
• Perchloroethynene (tetrachloroethylene),
is used in dry cleaning. It may be possible to find dry cleaners that don’t use
this. Air out dry-cleaned garments for
several hours before wearing.
• Don’t use cleaning products that contain
• Don’t use deodorants and antiperspirants with aluminum.
• Don’t use cosmetics, shampoo, nail polish, etc., with estrogens or placental
products, parabens or phthalates.
• Don’t use household pesticides and
• Don’t heat foods or liquids in plastic containers made with PVCs, polystyrene or
Styrofoam, and don’t prepare food in
scratched Teflon pans.
Improve your diet:
• Eat grass-fed organic meat, milk, cheese,
yogurt and eggs.
• Reduce intake of sugar, white flour and
products containing omega- 6 fatty acids
(sunflower oil, soybean oil, margarines,
• Increase omega- 3 intake (fish, grass-or linseed-fed animal products).
• Increase intake of anticancer products
(turmeric, green tea, soy, fruits,
• Filter tap water using a carbon filter or
inverse osmosis, or drink mineral or
Add activity to your day:
• Perform 20 to 30 minutes of physical
activity per day.
• Expose yourself to sunlight for 20 minutes each day (or take 1,000 IU of vitamin D per day).
• Practice a method of relaxation and self-centering (yoga, meditation, tai chi).
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