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Gardening activities reduce lung cancer risk by 50%
Not only is having a green thumb a great way to stay healthier and happier, but new research shows it can actually protect you from cancer.

Noted cancer treatment and research center at the University of Texas found in a study that time spent gardening once or twice a week
can reduce the risk of cancer by 50 percent in lifelong nonsmokers. Moreover, researchers found, the same level of gardening activity by former smokers can reduce cancer risk by as much as 40 percent.

And while researchers said they weren't exactly sure if gardening reduced the incidence of
cancer more than other physical activities, they did find that it was the most commonly shared trait among the study's participants.

One idea for this is that people who
garden tend to eat better food - food that they grow themselves untainted by chemicals and poisons. Many of the foods grown in the garden contain anti-cancer nutrients like bioflavonoids.
Along those lines, gardening means exposure to the sun and its known vitamin D, supplying qualities that have been linked to the prevention of some cancers and a wide variety of other illnesses and diseases.

Another reason why gardening may contain some anti-cancer, better health qualities, is because contact with soil. Soil can be a source of both trace minerals and beneficial bacteria which can be transferred to us through the skin and breathing the soil particles. 

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Dr. Iverson's Comment
It’s long been understood that children who play in the soil have a greater resistance to chronic infections and allergies, both airborne and food. It has also been shown that children in third world countries have less incidences of allergy most likely due to contact with intestinal parasites. This article surmises that gardeners have better protection from cancer due to better nutrition or more quality sun exposure, which are both probable. From what is known about those who come in contact with the soil in their youth, it is more likely the probable explanation. 
When a person is in contact with the multitude of immune stimulating antigens found in soil, their immune system can be strengthened from this interaction. This creates more attention on the cancer cells because of the increased immune awareness. 
One way that we can increase this immune attentiveness is by taking a wide variety of probiotic strains. I especially recommend the soil-based probiotics to have the same benefits of being a gardener without getting your hands dirty.
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