Changing from Victim to Victor in the Fight to Kill Cancer

There’s an overwhelming amount of evidence showing the lifestyle-cancer link.  In fact, there is no un-linking the two.  Despite this glut of proof, a recent study by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) revealed that nearly half of Americans believe there’s almost nothing they can do proactively to avoid cancer.

49% were aware that diets low in fruits and vegetables increase cancer risk.
46% cited obesity as a risk factor for cancer.
37% knew of alcohol’s link to cancer.
36% were aware of the link between diets high in red meat (Which we have shown is due to commercial or processed meat and not meat fed and raised naturally) and cancer.

The side-effect to this misinformation was revealed in a poll that showed over 40 percent of women believed they will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. This is well over three times the actual number for this diagnosis!  This level of pessimism about the future is really disturbing.  It reveals that people feel victimized by this condition rather than the truth—that you have something to say as to whether or not you get cancer. There are 5 Essentials of Maximized Living all of which have been proven to improve immunity – which is the key factor in preventing or overcoming cancer.  Studies show that an astonishing one-third of cancers worldwide could be wiped out through just two of these Essentials, diet and exercise.

Adding the other 3 Essentials
Excess weight, lack of physical activity, consumption of alcohol, and a diet devoid of plant foods are all tightly connected to cancer.  If one-third of cancers can be eliminated by only living those 2 of the 5 Essentials, imagine how well you improve your chances if you live all 5 by adding Maximized Mind, Maximized Nerve Supply, and Minimized Toxins!

Essential #1: Maximized Mind.  There is really no end to the damaging effects of stress hormones.  Many of the deleterious effects that these hormones can cause when they reach unhealthy levels directly or indirectly lead to diseases like cancer.  Evidence shows that stress can actually increase a tumor’s ability to grow and spread (  In fact, women undergoing treatment for breast cancer had improved survival rates when there was a reduction in stress hormones.

Essential #2: Maximized Nerve Supply: Compelling evidence on spinal care, the immune response, and cancer.   Researchers have known for a long time that there is a critical link between the body’s central nervous system and the immune system. Chiropractic researchers have been aware of it since the 1918 flu epidemic, when it was found that the death rate of chiropractic patients was 1/40th of non-chiropractic patients.   A 2010 study showed the direct response from an adjustment to your cancer and infection fighting system.  The report showed, “Chiropractic adjustments temporarily influence interleukin-2 (IL-2) regulated biological responses following a single adjustment.”  One critical, biological response of the IL-2 is the activating of LAK tumor-destroying and immune-boosting cells! (*Chiropr Osteopat. 200 ;18:26. Epub 2010 Sep 8. PMID)

Essential #5: Minimized Toxins.  Toxins are as sneaky as they are ubiquitous and deadly.  For example, fruits and vegetables are healthy, right? Not necessarily, not if they’re wrapped in plastic as virtually everything is nowadays. Each day we eat so many foods that come in contact with plastics and phthalate, a substance added to plastic to make it more flexible, that the government has actually established an average daily amount that we can safely ingest before increasing our risk of disease.  Therefore, we can be drinking water instead of soda like we’re supposed to in order to avoid sugar – another cancer causer, but if that water is in a plastic bottle, you expose yourself to high levels of phthalates and other chemicals.

Plastics damage hormone receptors, hurt sex-drive, cause fatigue, harm brain chemistry, accumulate in organs, and lead to illness.  They’ve been specifically linked to cancers of the prostate, breast, lung, and thyroid. Many plastics also contain BPA. BPA has become extremely controversial and is illegal in some countries. Scientists are concerned that BPA, a xenoestrogen, is linked to certain types of cancer, lowered levels of testosterone, and other serious health effects like obesity, attention deficits, lowered sperm counts, and can cause early puberty onset.  Problems can occur even at low doses.

THINK ABOUT IT: If only 2 Essentials wipe out a third of cancers, what will all 5 Essentials do for you and your family?  In a stressful, toxic, subluxating world, I don’t know that it’s possible to eliminate your risk of cancer, entirely, but doesn’t it make sense to give it your best shot?

I always say, “ML families are the healthiest in the world.”  After 25 years of living and providing The 5 Essentials, my opinion has not changed.  Take advantage of your ML doctor, corrective care, and all of the events and resources they have to offer.  Be a victor and not a victim – be a

Dr. Ben Lerner, is a two-time New York Times best-selling author, international speaker, and is widely recognized as an authority on spinal correction, nutrition, fitness, and mental health. He is the co-founder of Maximized Living, opening more than 100 clinics around the U.S. and training over 1500 doctors on patient care and practice management. In addition to his D.C. degree, he has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and is currently finishing his masters in psychology.