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Exercise Cuts the Risk for 13 Cancers

May 19, 2016

You know the virtues of regular physical activity: it can lower your risk of becoming overweight and can keep diseases like heart problems and diabetes at bay.

But can it help reduce the risk of cancer, too?

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine sheds new light on that question.

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Telomerase Me for a Longer Life

March 4, 2016

It is known that the vast majority of premature deaths in the western world could be prevented.

The diseases that kill us (high blood pressure, heart attacks, cancer) are not pre-programmed into our genes. For most of the leading causes of death, our genes usually account for only 10–20% of risk.

The other 80-90% of risk relates to our diet and lifestyle. The typical Western diet is the number one cause of premature death and the number-one cause of disability. Another way of framing this statistic is that a long and healthy life is largely a matter of choice.

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72 Million Tears for Johnson & Johnson

February 26, 2016

The American multinational company Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $US 72 million to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to using their talcum powder.

Jacqueline Fox had previously noted that she used two of the company’s talc-based products — Baby Powder and Shower to Shower — as feminine hygiene products for more than 35 years before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago.

The verdict opens up the floodgates for pending claims against Johnson & Johnson where there is currently 1200 lawsuits in the US from customers who claim they were not warned about the risks.

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Stool Analysis – Providing a Spotlight on Gastrointestinal Health

December 1, 2015

While it may be uncomfortable for many of us to discuss, stool analysis has become a very important tool to determine a wide range of gastro intestinal conditions.

Stool Analysis provides an overview of the components of digestion, absorption, intestinal function and microbial flora as well as pathogenic bacteria, parasites and yeasts.

By indicating a poor digestive function and imbalanced gut flora a number of health conditions can be better understood and more tailored treatment protocols can be implemented.

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Meat Causes Cancer! Really?

November 6, 2015

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently (October 2015) released a bombshell of a study stating that processed meats – such as bacon, sausages and ham cause colorectal cancer.

It additionally noted that red meats were “probably carcinogenic” but there was limited evidence.

However what should the takeaway message be from this contentious and unpopular conclusion?

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What’s Hiding in Your Food? The Dangers of MSG

August 18, 2015

Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is a food additive often used to enhance the flavor of foods, in particular processed ones.

Hundreds of millions of pounds of MSG are added to foods worldwide every year. You probably already know about the harmful health effects of MSG and are trying to avoid it.

But did you know that it could actually be hiding in your food under other names?

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Spice Up Your Life – How to Add Herbs to Your Diet

August 6, 2015

Love a bit of spice in your life?

A recent study confirms that eating spicy food particularly fresh chilli, regularly positively influences our long term health and wellbeing.

Published on the 4th August 2015 in the British Medical Journal, the study looked at 199,293 Chinese men and 288,082 Chinese women aged 30 to 79 years in 10 different geographical areas.

Addressing disease states involving the cardiovascular system, metabolic system and gastrointestinal system, near daily intake of fresh chilli was shown to reduce both morbidity and mortality by 14%.

 

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Fasting – Revisiting an Old Idea

July 7, 2015

Fasting.

It’s a contentious topic that has its supporters on both side of the fence. However fasting, in its various modes has a plethora of clinical studies to back up its introduction in reducing the signs and symptoms of a variety of conditions.

With demonstrated improvements in brain activity, cardiovascular system, mood, chronic pain conditions and gut health, sensible and supervised fasting can not be ruled out as a valid treatment adjunct in a number of conditions.

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B3 to Reduce Some Skin Cancers?

June 17, 2015

An Australian study has suggested that a form of vitamin B3 lowers the risk of the some skin cancers returning in those with a history of developing these skin cancers.

The people taking 500mg nicotinamide showed immediate benefits. A reduction in skin cancers seemed to start as early as the first three-month visit noted researchers.

This promising research is a useful adjunct to other techniques to reduce harmful sun exposure such as the famous Aussie jingle ‘slip, slop, slap, seek, slide’!

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Green Tea Anticancer Mechanism Discovered

May 8, 2015

An in vitro study finally reveals the mechanism behind the anticancer compounds epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) found in green tea and procyanidins found in apples.

The research showed these substances target a specific receptor in the mitochondria that is a major mediator of the most important pro-angiogenic growth factor in humans – vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). When overexpressed, VEGF can contribute to increased tumour growth.

Using normal and cancerous oral cancer cells researchers discovered that these compounds caused oxidative damage to cancer cell mitochondria.

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Intermittent Fasting – The 5:2 Diet

December 3, 2014

First established in August 2012 by Doctor Michael Mosley, the 5:2 diet is a diet where people eat normally for five days of the week and restrict their calories for two non-consecutive days.

According to Dr Mosley the diet works because it is “simple, logical and not too challenging”. The 5:2 diets mimics in a similar way to the feast and famine lifestyle of cavemen as it restricts calories and gives the body a chance to repair itself.

With many health benefits including management of cholesterol, type II diabetes and lowering of blood pressure, the 5:2 diet provides a long term option for people from all walks of life.

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Being a Couch Potato Could Kill You

April 11, 2012

Couch potatoes and lazy bones beware – your sedentary TV time could be killing you.

A new Australian study has revealed that for every hour of sedentary time you partake in everyday, the risk of dying earlier from cardiovascular disease or cancer increases. This interesting new research offers an insight into how deeply a sedentary, unhealthy can affect our bodies – however, it’s not too late to change your tune.

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