Whitney’s Kitchen Blog

Colorectal Cancer. Is Awareness Enough?

Posted on March 13th, 2017 by Whitney Cabrera

Perhaps you remember back in 2010 when mysterious posts started popping up on hundreds of thousands of feeds. The status was one word-a color.  And most of these posts were from women.

Apparently many women had received messages from their Facebook friends that were some variation on this, according to The Washington Post: “Some fun is going on … just write the color of your bra in your status. Just the color, nothing else. It will be neat to see if this will spread the wings of breast cancer awareness. It will be fun to see how long it takes before people wonder why all the girls have a color in their status.

This is believed to be the beginning of the breast cancer awareness movement!  This concept has spread to days, weeks and entire months being dedicated to the awareness of different health conditions.

According to an article published  in the American Journal of Public Health, the United States has almost 200 official “health awareness days.” It is interesting to note that over 85% of these disease processes are directly related to lifestyle choices.  This means that the individual either did or did not do something to cause this situation.  This statement is not intended to be harsh, but it is intended to give us hope…to add to our awareness REAL strategies that can turn the downward spiral of our health on it’s head!

America has an insatiable appetite to talk about health problems; but we’re rather weak on following through with actions.  Our country needs more than an “awareness” of our health epidemic.  We need to be empowered to know WHAT to do  to prevent and even reverse the disease processes that we are being made aware of.

That’s what we’re all about here at Whitney’s Kitchen.  We’re empowering individuals to understand the way their bodies were designed to function and teaching them to become their own best health care provider.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month.  The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine has taken their awareness to new heights!  Literally.  They have purchased billboards in areas where colorectal cancer incidences are the highest per capita.  Miami-Dade county has the Above the Marlin’s Stadium (where thousands of hot dogs are sold), and  Chicago has another (where reportedly, hot dog stands outnumber restaurants).

Colorectal cancer is one of our Lifestyle related diseases.  The American Cancer Society cites that “red meats and processed meats such as hot dogs and lunch meats can raise cancer risks. Meats that are cooked at high temperatures such as broiling, grilling, and frying are possible factors in cancer.”  They go on to say, ““Diets high in vegetables and fruits, and whole grain fibers have been linked with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, but fiber supplements have not been shown to help.”  (Apparently there is NO substitution for fruits, vegetables,whole grains, nuts and seeds!)

Colon cancer is one of the many diseases that is directly related to how we eat and live.  Here’s the GREAT news!  What works to decrease your risk for colon cancer also works to decrease your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and many other health problems.

This is what we  specialize in at Whitney’s Kitchen…decreasing your risk for disease, and helping to reverse those diseases when you’ve already been diagnosed. ”

Not sure where to start?   Then start at the beginning!  Take our 8 Session Foundations  Course and take your awareness to the next level….doing something about it!