CANCER and WELLBEING research 2012
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Disclaimer: The information below is collated to share research that may assist with improving your wellbeing. As we are not medical professionals, we cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of this information. By reading this information, you agree not to hold us liable for any damages that may result in your use of it. The research should not replace advice or suggestions from your Doctor, Surgeon or Nutritionist therefore.
Although we’ve sent this research to you, please note that we don’t always agree with 100% of the information received, but closer to between 80-95%; also that results will vary for each individual. Please therefore research for yourself in order to find the many gems that are out there.
UPDATE [5th February 2012]: Please note that recent research I received [via the World Cancer Day data on 4th February 2012 – copy available on request] suggests that one should not use supplements to protect against cancer. Please therefore use food where possible instead to be on the safe side.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE: that some of the vitamins and minerals sold in pill and tablet form use sugar (sucrose) and milk (lactose) in the ingredients. Some of the preparations also contain alcohol. Many nutrients in the body are destroyed with sucrose and alcohol – and both can result in problems with our teeth. Also, too much lactose raises Osteopontin levels (please see page 5), which can cause Cancer.
Do take care therefore – also noting that there are ways to get around this – i.e. to either meet with a Practitioner OR to contact the company’s main office to determine whether it’s possible to order products without sugar, alcohol and lactase ‘to specification’.
The books etc., I like to read about this subject and for general wellbeing are as follows:
a) Thomas Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine
b) Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (2nd Edition) – a Practical Self-Help Guide by Siegfried Gursche, MH with Zoltan Rona, MD, MSc and the Alive Research Group – Winner of the Prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award of Excellence.
c) ‘Spiritual Nutrition’ by Gabriel Cousens.
d) Joanna Hall’s ‘Drop A Size Carb and Calorie Counter’. This is a good book to read as it has a nice breakdown of the Protein, Carbs, Sodium, Fat and Fibre content of various foods. Also shows how the sodium levels of many vegetables rise significantly when cooked (Please note – some think that consuming a lot of sodium contributes to the development of cancer).
e) ‘The World’s Healthiest Foods’ Essential Guide (published by GMF Publishing) by George Mateljan
Dr Braly’s Food Allergy & Nutrition Revolution by James Braly
Staying Healthy with Nutrition by Elson Haas, M.D.
A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients (Complete Information About the Harmful and Desirable Ingredients Found in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals) – by Ruth Winter, M.S.
Wellbeing Journal (www.wellbeingjournal.com)
You are what you eat – by Gillian McKeith
…in a nutshell… (re. cancer)
…the following increases our chances of getting cancer:
- too much tap water (also if mixed with soya – according to Gabriel Cousens)
- too much vitamin D – – however, please note that vitamin D helps reduce likelihood of contracting tuberculosis, so don’t eliminate completely.
- too much sodium
- too much protein
- too much meat, dairy and eggs
- too much carbohydrates and fats
- high glycemic foods
- imbalance between acid and alkaline foods etc. etc.
- also too much sweet fruit…, which compromises hydrochloric acid and in turn weakens the immune system.
- too much chlorine in water
- a lack of OXYGEN
- lack of the trace elements MOLYBDENUM, which activates Vitamin C in foods; fights cancer and promotes healthy cell function. I use ‘Liquid Multiple Vitamin and Mineral’ (Advanced Vitamin and Mineral Support (By Nature’s Answer).
The following link very much supports one’s knowledge about the breakdown of nutrients (minerals, vitamins, trace elements etc.) in various food:
Food Search link (looks great!):
Other research can be obtained from the following links:
b) (Too many carbs and breast cancer – by Dr Walter Willett of Harvard School of Public Health)
c (Too many carbs from sugar and carbs increase cancer risk)
d) Featured articles by Gabriel Cousens – I respect a lot of Gabriel’s work. He has an interesting take on what one needs to do if they have cancer in his book called ‘Spiritual Nutrition’.
Please note that the link below also provides some articles about Cancer.
To add – below is a copy of Gabriel’s biography:
Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D. (H) is an internationally celebrated healer, spiritual facilitator, peace-worker, author and lecturer. Founder/director of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona, Dr. Cousens is a holistic medical doctor, a psychiatrist and family therapist, and a licensed homeopathic physician in the state of Arizona. Dr. Cousens uses the modalities of live-food nutrition, naturopathy, Ayurveda, homeopathy and acupuncture, blended with spiritual awareness, in the healing of body, mind and spirit.
Dr. Cousens is a best-selling author, titles include Conscious Eating, Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet, Depression-Free for Life, Sevenfold Peace, and Tachyon Energy: A New Paradigm in Holistic Healing, co-authored with David Wagner, the creator of the Tachyon process. As an author, healer and spiritual facilitator, he presents seminars on many topics including health and nutrition, psycho-spiritual healing, meditation and spiritual awareness throughout the United States, Central America, Africa, Canada and Europe. He is a frequent guest on popular radio talk shows and has published articles in health journals and popular magazines in the areas of live-food nutrition, depression, biochemistry, school health, clinical pharmacology, hypoglycemia and Alzheimers disease.
A cum laude graduate of Amherst College, where he was captain of an undefeated football team, Dr. Cousens was selected as an All New England lineman and one of eleven National Scholar Athletes inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame. He received his M.D. degree from Columbia Medical School in 1969 and completed his psychiatry residency in 1973.
Dr. Cousens was the Chief Mental Health Consultant for the Sonoma County Operation Head Start and a consultant for the California State Department of Mental Health. He is listed in the Whos Who in California, Whos Who Among Top Executives, Strathmores Whos Who and National Registers Whos Who and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA).
Dr. Cousens currently consults with clients at the Tree of Life to create individualised programs for vibrant wellness. He is the world’s foremost physician promoting live-food nutrition for physical health and spiritual growth. As a leading researcher and practitioner in the field of rejuvenation, he specialises in the healing of many chronic degenerative diseases including: depression, the addictive brain, chronic fatigue, candida, hypoglycemia, diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis. Dr. Cousens supports clients in integrating a holistic lifestyle that includes an individualised optimal health diet emphasising live-foods, exercise, meditation and nutritional and medicinal supplements. He also facilitates numerous self-healing programs at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center that empower participants to take transformational responsibility for their healing and awakened living.
e) Pancreatic Cancer – there are some interesting articles on this link: http://www.naturalnews.com/np/pancreatic_cancer.html
f) Polyurethane and Cancer -
‘polyurethane’ – is used in at least one ‘scar reducer’ – and some condoms and female contraceptives too. According to a book called ‘A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients (Complete information about the harmful and desirable ingredients found in men’s and women’s cosmetics’) by Ruth Winter, M.S.
Ruth mentions that polyurethane – is a heat-tolerating plastic produced by condensation of polyisocyanate and a hydroxsyl- containing material, used in spandex fibers, for bristles and for coatings. Urethane has been found to be carcinogenic in animals. …I’m concerned about Ruth’s comment about ‘Urethane’ – also because the ‘Health and Safety Executive’ mentions the following:
Chemicals like Mobca is used in the manufacture of polyurethane products. It can get through the skin and may cause cancer in other parts of the body. A number of cancer causing chemicals are listed in HSE’s EH40. Look for notations “carc”, “Sk” and risk phrases indicating systemic danger through dermal exposure. [SOURCE: http://www.hse.gov.uk/skin/diseases/cancer.htm ]
Another link I found is below:
g. Leukaemia -
A link about Leukaemia is below:
The risk of developing acute leukaemia is increased by radiation exposure, smoking, previous cancer and treatment for cancer, and blood disorders that damage the bone marrow. Chemical (benzene) exposure increases the risk of AML, while not smoking reduces it.
The risk of developing CML is increased by ageing, radiation exposure, chemical (benzene) exposure.
The risk of developing CLL is increased by ageing, being male and having a member of the family affected by CLL. Avoiding exposure to benzene reduces the risk of AML and CML.
Benzene is a known carcinogen and precursor in the production of drugs, plastics synthetic rubber and dyes. Please find a link below: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzene
h) ‘Osteopontin’ is a malignancy-associated protein measurable in blood tissue. It is over-expressed therefore in a variety of cancers – please see links below:
Professor Paul Lewis at Bristol University created a gel that reduces scarring – as he claims that the main reason for excess scarring is when there’s too much Osteopontin in the body. This gel was developed to inhibit osteopontin’s effect (Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7199897.stm). Please also see links below:
This research has been recognised by various including Harvard, the BBC and Channel 4. However, I have also found several links which suggests that it’s high Osteopontin levels, particularly Osteopontin c (noting that there’s such a thing as Osteopontin a and b too) that has also been implicated as a cause of Cancer, which as a disease is very much a western dilemma. Here is the link: http://healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/5752/
‘Osteopontin’ is a milk protein (found in eggs, milk and cheese). Increasing the molecule ‘Adenosine’ apparently lowers Osteopontin levels in the body – however, it’s my understanding that Adenosine needs Ribase which is destroyed when we eat too much cooked food (as Ribase needs enzymes, which are destroyed with heat) – so eating raw food is simultaneously good for raised Adenosine as well as lowered Osteopontin levels. I have reduced the amount of hot drinks I consume for the time being therefore… Having said that please note that research suggests (in previous link – above) that ‘Osteopontin A’ is important for the immune system.
Furthermore, Adenosine levels are lowered when we consume caffeine, chocolate and purines (animal organs, seafood, port, and red meat), and are not getting enough rest and sleep…
Other research found about Osteopontin includes the following:
Osteopontin is increased with obesity and overeating:
Osteopontin is higher in persons with cancer (breast, pancreatic, colon, gastric, ovarian, lung, colorectal and in melanoma; also renal failure etc.). Also useful as a biomarker in asbestos-related cancer:
Osteopontin also higher in those with Multiple Sclerosis:
How hot water kills enzymes:
About new gel that reduces Osteopontin in the skin which in turn reduces scarring: http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/society/health/new+gel+can+help+reduce+scarring/1376752
Co-enzyme A apparently reduces Osteopontin. Co-enzyme A apparently needs vitamin B5 to be increased in body.
Sulfur is a constituent of the molecule coenzyme A (Coenayme A), which is involved in a wide variety of metabolic reactions. Coenzyme A plays a role in glycolysis, metabolism of fatty acids, degradation of various amino acids, and the formation of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, as well as numerous other metabolic processes. However, please note that too much sulphur takes calcium out of the body
Smoking increases Osteopontin – http://www.tobacco.org/articles/category/cancer/ and http://www.andhranews.net/Technology/2009/July/28-Smoking-raises-potential-19590.asp
Osteopontin levels – linked to inflammation – associated with psoriasis, diabetes and hypertension – http://www.modernmedicine.com/modernmedicine/Modern+Medicine+Now/Osteopontin-May-Be-Heart-Risk-Factor-in-Psoriasis-/ArticleNewsFeed/Article/detail/583400
Osteopontin expression is increased by high glucose levels in arteries of diabetic patients and thus has been implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy and other diabetic vascular complications etc. – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC228408/?tool=pubmed
High Phosphorus Diet Induces Osteopontin Expression of Renal Tubules in Rats – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov:80/pmc/articles/PMC2243242/ – a comprehensive list of high phosphorus foods is available to view at the following links: http://www.nutritiondata.com/foods-000121000000000000000-1.html?
It’s wise not to reduce phosphorus to such a degree that zinc can’t be activated at all in the body (nb Zinc is not available when phosphorus levels are too low or calcium and fat levels too high). Moderation is the key therefore. Also, worth noting that phosphorus is not readily available when there is too much magnesium in the body (high levels are in chocolate, soya flour, yeast, almonds, brazil nuts and salt)… Please see link below:
SOURCE: http://www.bio-medicine.org/medicine-news-1/Biomarker-may-be-an-early-predictor-of-advanced-breast-cancer-5513-2/ -
The above link found that osteopontin-c was present in 78 percent of cancers and in 36 percent of the surrounding tissues. It was not detected at all in normal tissues.
In 56 breast cancers, 20 were positive and 36 were negative for estrogen receptor, 19 were positive and 37 were negative for progesterone receptor, and 26 were positive for HER2 with 30 negative.
Osteopontin-c was present in a substantially higher number of breast cancers than the three biomarkers traditionally used to diagnose breast cancer, says Weber. We also found that the cancers containing osteopontin-c correlated with a higher tumor grade, meaning they were more likely to become aggressive cancer.
If we know that this molecule is not present in a patient with breast cancer, its more likely that we can treat them with conservative therapy rather than breast surgery, hormone therapy or chemotherapy because we know it’s less likely to metastasize, he adds. On the other hand, if we know that a patient has this molecule early in their diagnosis, we can treat it more aggressively because we know their cancer is likely to become invasive.
More information about Osteopontin can be found on the following link – which suggests that some forms of Osteopontin is increased with Lycopene, Retinol and Beta-carotene – what is not known is what type of Osteopontin is increased – meaning a, b or c. More research to follow therefore in due course (hopefully!):
Osteopontin rises with Vitamin D. However please note that vitamin D helps reduce likelihood of contracting tuberculosis, so don’t eliminate. Please see link below:
Vitamin D (micrograms per 100 grams of food)
Cod liver oil
Fish (salmon, sardines, tuna)
Milk, meat, fruit and vegetables are not significant sources of this vitamin.
Osteopontin and Colorectal Cancer (Large bowel cancer) – please find some useful information below:
b) NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine) – Asbestos Exposure, Pleural Mesothelioma and Serum Osteopontin Levels.. – please find extract below from the following link:
The most promising biomarker was osteopontin, a glycoprotein that is over-expressed in lung,20 breast,21 colorectal (bowel),22 gastric,23 and ovarian24,25,26 cancer and in melanoma.27 Osteopontin mediates cell-matrix interactions and cell signaling through binding with integrin and CD44 receptors28 and is regulated by proteins in cell-signaling pathways that are associated with asbestos-induced carcinogenesis. Moreover, high levels of osteopontin correlate with tumor invasion, progression, and metastases. Sandhu et al. reported that osteopontin is up-regulated in asbestos-induced tumors in a rat model of asbestos carcinogenesis and in cells exposed to asbestos in vitro.29
We undertook the present study to test our hypothesis that osteopontin is a useful biomarker in pleural mesothelioma and, more specifically, to compare serum levels of osteopontin in a cohort of subjects with asbestos-related nonmalignant disease with preoperative levels in patients with surgically treated pleural mesothelioma.
Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been implicated in the progression of various cancers, including ovarian carcinoma.
Bowel Disease (including Crohn’s Disease, Cancer, Ulcerative Colitis and IBD)
Interesting extract of an interview with Paul Nison who was diagnosed with Bowel Disease at age 19 – and how he got rid of it:
Interesting information (re. Bowel Cancer Below) on link below:
also how Soy saponins kill colon cancer cells in an intriguing way! (please also see page 16 about Soya)
Keith connects the Dots: Vitamin D deficiency makes bowel disease worse
Serrapeptase and Cancer
Neoplasm’s (cancers) are smart and clever. They can hide and grow for a good spell undetected, they don’t need oxygen to live (at least 99.9% of them don’t), and while you can kill most all of it with special treatments and surgery all it takes is for one cell to survive to have the condition grow back again. Many cancers are hormonally driven, such as testicular cancer in younger men or cancers of the reproductive organs in middle aged and older women. This provides the perfect fuel as during those periods of life certain hormones abound.
Cancer is built to survive. Cancer cells are covered with fibrin (the same stuff scar tissue is made of). Then as the cells grow together to form tumors, these growths themselves are armored with fibrin. This thick protective coating is designed to prevent the bodies’ own defenses (i.e. Natural Killer cells, White blood cells or Oxygen) from getting inside the cell or tumor and destroy it. It is this same defense that keeps chemotherapy out of the cells in all but industrial strength doses. (Doses that are just as likely to kill the patient as the cancer). It is this same defense that keeps out whatever natural agent’s patients may be using to combat the disease.
Would it not make sense to have something strip away the outer fibrous wall of cancer so that whatever agents we are using as medicine, whether natural or otherwise, can actually get into the cell and do their job? Sure as heck does? That idea has made sense in Europe and Asia for almost 30 years. These docs have been throwing highly fibrinolytic enzymes (scar tissue eating enzymes) both in blends and as solo enzymes at cancers outer coating and getting better
Concurrent with those events, in Germany and Japan enzymes were being used both singly and in groups by orthodox medical researchers to augment established therapy. It was found that by introducing a strong fibrinolytic enzyme like chymotrypsin or serrapeptase, anti-cancer medications penetrated the cancer cell easier. Therefore lower dosages of chemotherapy could be used and high levels of toxicity in the patient could be avoided. Along with that, researchers found that the enzymes seemed to reduce the side effects of the chemotherapy and, definitely reduced the debilitating muscle wasting that chemo therapy produced in its patients.
In radiation therapy patients, these doctors found that taking systemic enzymes after treatments reduced the fibrosis that grew in the treated organs. Organs treated with radiation become very hard, filled with scar tissue, which restricts the organ and reduces its overall function. The enzymes were found to prevent a good bit of that scaring from occurring and where it had already happened, the enzymes reduced existing fibrosis. The use of orally administered systemic enzymes to aid in the treatment of cancer was embraced by these countries.
…Enzyme therapy as an adjunct to overall cancer treatment has gained a foothold in America. Holistic and alternative cancer treatment centers are using enzymes to assist in the fight against the disease. Individual oncologists, realizing the clinical advantage posed by these agents, are now introducing them into the toolbox of things one can do against the disease.
Acid and Alkaline Balance
It’s worth reading about acid/alkaline balance. I’ve typed up some info in this document with links to check out. Many professionals I respect think it’s the foundation of a healthy diet and effective weight management:
Please note the following two points… Apparently one only need approx. 20% of acid forming foods each day or week say and 80% alkaline to maintain correct ph balance.
Maintaining this balance apparently also helps with weight loss:
An imbalance in the pH level (acid-alkaline) of your body can affect your nervous system (depression), cardiovascular system (heart disease), muscles (fatigue) and skin (aging). If your body is too acidic, mineral reserves are depleted and our body uses whatever source it can take minerals from, a process which can cause health problems. Whereas, in an alkaline environment, your body reaches an ideal weight and corrects health challenges naturally.
In order to provide your body with the nutrients it needs, introduce alkaline foods into your diet. Alkaline foods apparently neutralise acids and toxins in the blood, lymph and tissues, and strengthen your immune system, organs and wellbeing. As a rule of thumb, 80% of your diet should be alkaline foods.
http://www.alternativehealthyliving.com/articles/alkaline_foods.htm (click this link for a list of high alkaline forming foods that balances our pH level – Going from an Acidic to Alkaline Body).
Your pH level should be slightly alkaline (7.35 – 7.45). A range below or above this can cause complications and disease. If your pH is below 7.0 it means that your body is too acidic. A blood pH of 6.9, which is only slightly acidic, can induce coma or death.
Factors such as emotional stress, toxic overload from foods and chemicals, immune reactions and an acid forming diet, causes the pH level to decrease. Basically anything that deprives your cells of oxygen and nutrients will create an acidic environment. In response, your body tries to compensate by using alkaline minerals. If your body does not contain a sufficient amount of minerals, your cells create a build-up of acid to protect your organs.
An acidic imbalance:
• Causes fatigue and illness
• Decreases energy production in the cells
• Stunts the repair of damaged cells
• Limits the ability to detoxify heavy metals
• Encourages tumor cells to thrive
• Hinders the body’s ability to absorb minerals and nutrients
Acidosis is common in the west because many diets are high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy.
Beer: pH of 2.5
Coca-Cola: pH of 2.0
Coffee: pH of 4.0
It’s also suggested that taking more drugs for ailments, which are acid forming; and use of artificial chemical sweeteners like NutraSweet, Equal and Aspartame creates acidosis also.
(click this link for a list of high acid-forming foods);
The first step in correcting your pH (alkaline-acid) imbalance is to remove debris that has built up in the body over the years from dietary and environmental toxins such as refined foods, processed foods, household chemicals and pollution. The acid that is generated from these toxins harms the body and causes low energy, pain and other health problems. By detoxing and cleansing your body, you allow it to heal naturally.
Many people’s diets consist of acid-forming foods like sugar, dairy, white flour, artificial sweeteners, coffee, soda and alcoholic beverages. When the body is too acidic, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, yeast and fungi. This interrupts cellular activity. Long term, excess acidity leads to thinner bones and lower muscle mass. These problems are compounded by normal aging, which increases bone loss and muscle deterioration. A detoxification or cleanse can help slow down this process of deterioration and can increase vitality.
The most beneficial cleanses are those that remove acidic wastes via the seven channels of detoxification and elimination: the colon, blood, skin, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs and liver.
The best cleanse to start with is the colon cleanse. Without a clean colon your body cannot eliminate toxins from tissues and organs. The colon is the body’s first defense for toxic substances. When it is toxic, the rest of your body suffers.
A detox can include a special diet, vitamins, hydrotherapy, exercise, breathing techniques or sauna therapy. Although more controversial, some cleanses include colon hydrotherapy or fasting.
Who needs to detox?
Perfect candidates for a detox include those who experience:
Frequent colds & flus
Allergies & asthma
High blood pressure
Constipation or digestive problems
Aches & pains
Are there special considerations while doing a detox?
It is very important to take care of your body during a cleanse – below are a few suggestions from research found:
-Get plenty of rest
-Drink 1/2 ounces of water per pound of body weight
-Dry brush your skin (always brushing towards the heart)
-Remove greasy foods, sugar and saturated fat from your diet
-Avoid alcohol, caffeine, over the counter drugs, cigarettes
-Minimise use of chemical-based household products
-Choose all natural personal health care products
-Eat plenty of fiber, including fresh vegetables and fruits, beets, radishes, artichokes, seaweed
-Breathe deeply to get oxygen circulating
-Sweat to eliminate waste
-Stay away from stressful situations
-Exercise, practice yoga, meditate
-Non-eliminated acid waste is reabsorbed through the colon into the liver and goes back into general circulation, until it deposits in the tissues. Therefore, it is important to eat healthy foods and do cleanses to keep your body’s pH level balanced.
The importance of a good diet
This is a really interesting read from the website link – http://fashiontribes.typepad.com/main/2005/06/untitled_podcas_5.html by Gabriel Cousens… Check it out when you have time. There is an in depth Interview: Eating Live Raw Food, Taking the right minerals and fasting will make you beautiful in body, mind and soul explains the Director of the Tree of Life and author of “Spiritual Nutrition”. I’ve copied and pasted an extract for you below:
According to Cousens, nutrients are energy – particles of light, of which most of us are severely deficient. “The more minerals we have – and there’s up to 92 minerals – the more frequencies of light, frequencies of probability, frequencies of consciousness we have that kind of opens us up to receive the divine.” In receiving the divine, we express our true nature, or inner beauty. “There’s an alchemical transformation from what we call a gross body and mind into a subtle body and mind that literally radiates the light of who we always have been, explains Cousens. “Literally, your body becomes so tuned in with the cosmos that it radiates the light of the cosmos. That’s the real beauty, because it’s the inner beauty. The inner beauty is really what people go for. When a man’s interested in a woman, he sees her as a rainbow radiance of the divine; he’s seeing that, and he may convert it to a sexual thing in his mind, but truly, it’s the radiance she gives off. That’s the light that’s really so attractive to people.”
It appears to be better when we live off the land as much as possible – so eating food that is not sprayed with insecticides and pesticides (organic and biodynamic food therefore) such as the following is a safe bet.
However please first remember to consult your doctor first, before taking ANY natural remedy, in order to insure that a product does not contradict with any medication or other health condition. Depending on which product you are planning to buy, you need to consult with your doctor first, and find out if you are allergic to anything. Your doctor always needs to be informed of ANY other natural remedy you are considering taking:
Salad vegetables, coleslaw (w/o mayonnaise), steamed vegetables (esp. beta carotene foods), fresh fruits and vegetables are recommended – and supplements (including a supplement with Greens – such as ‘Blue Green Algae’ (freeze dried). Too much very sweet fruit is apparently not good either – including dried fruit, unless it’s a treat, as it contributes to candida, depletion of zinc and raised Osteopontin which in large amounts (particularly Osteopontin C) causes cancer.
A good coleslaw or salad recipe is recommended – includes watercress and mushrooms (which is apparently a good source of vitamin D3 and protein (SOURCE: John Heinerman)– and together with Kyolic Garlic apparently has an anti-cancer compound called benzaldehyde).
To add… if you can handle it also add red chillies, garlic or onions – which are really good for the system (and for Sulphur). PLEASE NOTE: Too much Sulphur takes calcium out of the body, so please be mindful of this. Garlic is good for greasy skin. A large bowl of salad or coleslaw is nutritious – especially if it’s colourful. An eco-friendly dressing to use is either fresh lemon or apple cider vinegar. Salad veg such as avocado, mushrooms and tomatoes and sprouted or cooked pulses (on occasion), including lentils, chick peas and kidney beans – nb however, please take care if you are overweight) – all provide a delicious accompaniment on a bed of green lettuce, watercress, rocket etc. etc.
I do occasionally eat cooked starches – but not often as too much cooked food apparently irritates the corneal, which is the outer layer of the eye; also too many starches apparently takes vitamin C out of the body and contributes to causing acne, boils and cysts; some carbohydrates are also ‘high glycemic’ foods – please read section on next page under the heading ‘Low Glycemic Eating’).
Some take drastic measures and ‘generally’ don’t buy food in plastic and heaps of packaging, and instead mainly live off fresh fruit, vegetables, avocadoes, pulses (chick peas, lentils, kidney beans) and salads – as packaging such as plastics are not kind to the environment, as many of them don’t break down and take as long as 70 years even when biodegradable. I’m told by the Bay Of Biscay Dolphin Research Centre that plastic (especially plastic bags) choke Dolphins and other marine life and wildlife. I have tried this (eating food not wrapped in packaging)… and personally I feel much happier when I’m able to maintain this.
“Each year over 500 billion bags are used worldwide, and because most bags never fully biodegrade, the environment is loaded with tiny pieces… Even small particles can create major problems… …One small step that leads to big change” [QUOTE: from Ed Norton]
SPIRULINA… It’s said that Spirulina is ‘kinder to the environment’ to produce because it apparently only requires one third of the water than SOYA. However, Spirulina has very high levels of Omega 6, so Blue Green Wild Algae is preferable (especially if freeze-dried).
Benefits of Soya includes: a) it’s one of the few sources of phosphorus that’s good for the brain (Gabriel Cousens) and b) Soya’s ability to reduce Osteopontin, that causes Cancer (in high levels). Various soya products are high in phosphorus however, so some prefer to take soya as a supplement. However, Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, Ph.D in Nourishing Traditions, mentioned that Soy protein isolates are high in mineral blocking phytates, thyroid-depressing phytoestrogens and potent enzyme inhibitors that depress growth… However, cultured soybean products (as opposed to soy milk and tofu), such as miso are a good source of enzyme rich foods as the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors are neutralised by the culturing process.
Phosphorus in the bran of whole grains is tied up in phytic acid. Phytic acid combines with iron, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc in the intestinal tract, blocking their absorption. Whole grains also contain enzyme inhibitors that can interfere with digestion. Traditional societies usually soak or ferment their grains before eating them, processes that neutralise phytates and enzyme inhibitors and, in effect, predigest grains so that all their nutrients are more available. Sprouting, overnight soaking and old-fashioned sour leavening can accomplish this important predigestion in our own kitchens. Many people who are allergic to grains will tolerate them well when they are prepared according to these procedures.
Another advantage of eating of raw food rather than cooked (which is generally much higher in sodium compared to raw) – is that too much sodium apparently contributes towards causing cancer. It’s advisable therefore to cook less – also because the ears (i.e. particularly those who suffer with Tinnitus) apparently don’t like a high salt/sodium diet, which is partly caused by cooking (which raises the sodium level of various vegetables). A good book to read about this, which includes a list of the sodium content of various foods is ‘Drop a Size Carb and Calorie Counter’ (by Joanna Hall).
nb Please note however, that research suggests that at times it’s good to eat lightly steamed vegetables (rather than raw) – to receive a wider variety of nutrients. Also, so that one does not consume too much folic acid.
Some like soups that are cooked up to 100 degrees; also sea vegetables, live food (meaning 80% raw and up to 20% cooked) and a diet that’s high in minerals (as they are apparently activators of enzymes i.e. Gabriel Cousens mentioned that if one is deficient in Zinc that up to 300 enzymes perform inadequately). He mentioned that one’s diet should also be ‘individualised’ (meaning that some of us require more protein and other nutrients than others).
Research regarding brain fats
REALLY IMPORTANT – keep an eye on arachidonic fatty acids, which apparently predisposes one to inflammation if taken in excess – noting that Evening Primrose reduces this inflammation. Below are a list of fats that improves memory, mood and performance…
Food Sources of EFA and Their Messengers [the fats I take are in bold]:
Sunflower [68%], safflower, sesame, corn, egg yolk [16%], coconut [2%],
Primrose, borage (or starflower), hemp, olive, oil, flax oil, spirulina and blackcurrant seed oil
Animal meat, milk, eggs, squid, warm-water fish
nb it is felt that arachidonic acid (in dairy and meat products) can be formed naturally in the body WITHOUT eating any particular food that contains this fatty acid
Flax, canola, hemp, pumpkin, chia, walnuts, kiwi
Cold water fish, algae (i.e. Spirulina), eggs, fish oils – Some take Blue Green Klamath
algae (Spirulina); eggs; algae oil is worth looking for as it doesn’t contain mercury unlike some fish oils.
A good book to read about fats is by Stephen Walsh PhD; It’s called ‘Plant Based Nutrition and Health’. It gives a really good summarised breakdown of the key members of the omega-3 and omega-6 families – in the sequence that they are produced in the body from alpha-linolenic acid and linoleic acid. Dietary sources are also noted…
nb: the fats I find useful are in bold above – noting that I take: 1) Groovy Oil [sold at Tesco – for evening primrose, pumpkin, hemp and flax]; 2) Avocadoes [half at a time] 3) Eggs [no more at two at the time] 4) Kiwi 5) Sunflower seeds [from As Nature Intended, Balham, London] and Mixed nuts [with Walnuts], which are not delivered in plastic.
BRAIN NUTRIENTS – Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Co-enzyme etc. etc. [I recommend the book ‘Building Brain Nutrition’ by Michael A. Schmidt for this [and general overall good nutrition] – ONLY I don’t agree with the research re. waist size [due to each of us having different body types]. Also – I recommend that you prioritise the purchasing of products that are not sold in plastic and packaging that’s not biodegradable, rather than those that are. Some information about Michael Schmidt is below:
Why lignan rich flaxoil (rather than regular flaxoil)?
Emerging scientific evidence has begun to focus on another healing element found in the fibrous shell hull of the flaxseed. Special phytochemical constituents have been isolated in flax, that once ingested are converted to potent cancer fighting and preventative compounds called mammalian lignans. Extensive evidence from numerous research institutes has revealed the potent anti-cancer properties exhibited by these amazing natural plant chemicals. Lignans have been shown to prevent the cause of colon and breast cancers where they start, by normalizing hormone metabolism responsible for the disease. Lignans are phytonutrients (plant compounds) found in high-fiber foods such as grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Flaxseeds are the most abundant source of plant lignans, containing over 100 times more than other common plant sources. Some studies indicate lignans have anti-carcinogenic effects and may protect against cancer. Several clinical research centers, including the National Cancer Institute, are currently studying the preventive and nutritional benefits of flaxseed lignans on humans.
A few points about High Lignan Flax Oil and other healthy oils:
- Not all Flax Oil is high in lignans — a High Lignan oil will be a rich, dark-brown color, inferior oil will be a pale yellow. There are very few High Lignan Flax Oils on the market that successfully meet all of these characteristics.
- High Lignan Flax Oil must be cold expeller pressed and unfiltered to be effective. (Heat will destroy its beneficial properties)
- Flax oil must be fresh. (It goes rancid very quickly and will not be edible, so put it in the refrigerator after opening)
- Liquid flaxoil is better than capsules.
I found a high lignan flax oil (called ‘Lignan Gold Flax Oil with Lignans’ by Health From The Sun (certified organic) sold at The NutriCentre in the basement of The Hale Clinic, Regent’s Park, London.
Symptoms of Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency
A major deficiency of essential fatty acids may cause damage to the heart, as well as the kidneys and liver. Behaviour disturbances may also result from a deficiency in the diet.
Some symptoms of essential fatty acids deficiency include hair loss and skin eczema, as well as excessive sweating.
An immune system that is not functioning as well as it may result from a shortage of this nutrient, which in turn may result in slow healing wounds, and susceptibility to infections. Stiffness in joints may happen, and an under secretion of tear and saliva may be indicative of too little essential fatty acids in the diet.
Blood pressure may be elevated and the formation of blood clots may be an increased risk to contend with. It has also been suggested that deficiency may have an influence on infertility in men and miscarriages in women.
Gabriel Cousen’s extensive research over some thirty-five years suggests that a low-glycemic diet is one of the key components for good health, optimal gene expression, a healthy living colloid field, stable blood-sugar levels, and a quiet mind. These all support spiritual awakening.
In his book ‘Spiritual Nutrition’, Gabriel explains how potential problems can arise from a high-glycemic diet.
A low glycemic index diet is preferable – as according to Michael Schmidt, this improves brain performance.
HOWEVER… if you only ate low GI foods, your diet would be unbalanced. Some foods have a low GI but are high in fat and high in salt, which is not healthy. You need to think about the overall balance of your meals, which should include a combination of starchy foods, fat and protein. They should be low in saturated fat, sugar and salt.2,5
Sometimes it’s necessary to eat high GI foods. For example, after exercise, when muscle stores of sugar need to be quickly restored, a high GI food is a good choice.5
To maximise the benefit of GI you could include a low GI food with each meal or snack.1,2,5 For more information on healthy eating, please see the Bupa factsheet. Available via the following link:
A comprehensive list of the glycemic index and glycemic load for 750 foods can be found at the following link:
Please also note the following:
Reliable tables of glycemic index (GI) compiled from the scientific literature are instrumental in improving the quality of research examining the relation between glycemic index (GI), glycemic load, and health. The GI has proven to be a more useful nutritional concept than is the chemical classification of carbohydrate (as simple or complex, as sugars or starches, or as available or unavailable), permitting new insights into the relation between the physiologic effects of carbohydrate-rich foods and health. Several prospective observational studies have shown that the chronic consumption of a diet with a high glycemic load (GI x dietary carbohydrate content) is independently associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers. This revised table contains almost 3 times the number of foods listed in the original table (first published in this Journal in 1995) and contains nearly 1300 data entries derived from published and unpublished verified sources, representing > 750 different types of foods tested with the use of standard methods. The revised table also lists the glycemic load associated with the consumption of specified serving sizes of different foods.
The following link has an interesting write up about high and low glycemic foods (also a shorter list):
Weight loss and management
Knowledge of the following assists with weight loss and management:
- organic, fairtrade, free-range and biodynamic food and products (research suggests that insecticides and pesticides in non-organic food apparently causes fat to get trapped in the body)
- drastically reducing purchase of items in plastic – as doing so is kinder to dolphins and marine life, who choke on the plastic we dump…
- carbohydrates (in fruit and veg) burn quicker than protein and fats – so other than brain fats, avocados and coconut (hard to get fresh and organic in this country, unless you use it in jars such as Viridian) – we apparently need very little protein and fats… Although some say that healthy required ‘protein’ levels vary from individual to individual – please also remember that too much protein can cause Cancer – (more information available under the heading ‘Osteopontin’ – from page 5 onwards).
Regarding Protein – from the following link: http://www.thedietchannel.com/taxonomy/term/114
Protein is a necessary fuel. It helps with the production of hormones, enzymes, and blood cells, as well as assists with immune function. Another one of its functions is to build and repair muscles. Protein is the body’s second usable fuel source; the body uses it after it has used up all its carbohydrates. Eating a diet with excess protein does not give you bigger muscles. On the contrary, eating too much protein may result in extra weight in the form of fat.
Whether they’re carbohydrates, protein, or fat, extra calorie intake results in weight gain. Research shows that weight lifting utilises carbohydrates, not protein or fat. Only carbohydrates can be oxidized rapidly enough to meet the energy needs in the muscle cells. Eating too much protein, therefore, may inhibit your peak performance when working out. If you replace protein for carbohydrates, your body will not be able to use its energy as efficiently, thus causing you to “hit the wall” or “bonk.” Dehydration may also occur due to the fact that carbohydrates carry 4 times as much water as protein. Other risks include kidney impairment, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and increased calcium excretion. The resulting lack of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can increase the risk of osteoporosis and certain types of cancer.
Protein requirements for athletes are higher than non-athletes. Ranges for athletes depend on the type, intensity and duration of the activity. An athlete may need between 1.3 to 1.7 grams per kilogram of body weight compared to non-athletes who only need between 0.8-1.2 grams per kilogram body weight.
Regarding the Liver (please check out this link below)
Please also read notes under ‘Mind’ heading (from page 21 onwards in this document).
Please find link from Nancy Appleton re. ‘146 reasons why sugar is ruining your health’ – http://www.nancyappleton.com/NA144reasons.html
- Brain Fats are great for mental health alongside overall performance – also because addictions are sometimes related to a deficiency in vital nutrients, so all the person who overeats is doing is seeking the missing nutrients they require…
- being aware of the glycemic load and index – otherwise we are more likely to put on weight…
- try not to overeat – This improves for some when they make a commitment to waste less food, money and fuel…, which also improves one’s spirituality… as doing so makes it easier to support others who are less fortunate – i.e. family, friends and good causes… To add… many foods we don’t need nutritionally are addictive, so won’t make us feel or look better…
- acid/alkaline balance. Research suggests that it’s wise to include this.
Recent research suggests that weighing and counting calories is not beneficial. To instead keep an eye on self visually [via videoblog] really helps; also waistline size helps. Men should apparently be 37½ inches or less in size and women 32½. ALSO, please note that every 2 inches over this lowers one’s life expectancy by 17%!! More information available by looking at Jorge Cruise’s website – http://www.jorgecruise.com. However, please note that some cultures regard weight as a personal thing… meaning that for some being heavier and a bigger build does not constitute being less ‘healthy’…
Spirulina and Sea Buckthorn
F1) The benefits of SPIRULINA
Growing spirulina requires very little surface area of land, with the further advantage that the land can be marginal, unusable and non-fertile. Spirulina protein uses 1/3 of the amount of water needed to grow soybeans and only 1/50th of the water needed for beef protein. Spirulina protein needs 20 times less land than soybeans and 200 times less than is required for beef production. Spirulina can help in the struggle with global warming as it fixes carbon and produces oxygen.
Perhaps the best feature of spirulina is that its nutrients are very well assimilated by the body, since it contains no cellulose in its cell walls. Spirulina is a low fat, low calorie, cholesterol-free source of protein containing all the essential amino acids. It helps combat problems like diabetes, anaemia and atmospheric pollution. It also helps combat ‘free radicals’, which can lead to ailments like cancer, arthritis, cataracts. Moreover, the gama linolenic acid (GLA) present in spirulina dissolves fat deposits, helps prevent heart problems and reduces ‘bad cholesterol’. As if this wasn’t enough, the National Cancer Institute, USA, has additionally announced that sulfolipids in spirulina are remarkably active against the AIDS virus. Regular intake of spirulina increases anti-viral activity, stimulates the immune system, reduces kidney toxicity, improves wound healing and reduces radiation sickness.
Some really interesting information about Spirulina is available at the following site: http://www.auroville.org/health/food/spirulina.htm
F2) The benefits of SEA BUCKTHORN
Please go to the following links below: http://www.phytochemicals.info/plants/sea-buckthorn.php and http://www.liveandfeel.com/medicinalplants/buckthorn.html
Although sea buckthorn has other benefits, it is most frequently used for the treatment of diseases of skin and digestive tract. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbiological activity, relieves pain and promotes tissue regeneration. Sea buckthorn oil is traditionally used to treat vaginal mucositis, cervical erosion, radiation damage, burns, ulcers and skin damage. Recent studies have shown that sea buckthorn may also improve heart health.
The best known but also most studied property of sea buckthorn is the improvement of wound healing. Topical treatment of wounds with extracts or oil from sea buckthorn relieves pain and accelerates wound healing. Animal studies showed that sea buckthorn stimulates the healing of gastric ulcers.
Flavonoids are linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Studies on humans show no or only a small effect of sea buckthorn on heart health parameters.
Most scientific studies on the subject of sea buckthorn focus on its benefits for healthy heart and its wound healing properties. Other studies tested effects of sea buckthorn on liver fibrosis, the genotoxicity of cisplatin and cytotoxicity of aminopyrine.
The Cancer Research Centre, Armenia, found that sea buckthorn juice possessed anti-genotoxic effect against cisplatin, a platinum-based chemotherapy drug used to treat various types of cancers but has a number of side effects, such as the formation of micronucleus in bone marrow cells and sperm abnormalities. The scientists found that treatment of rats with a low dose of sea buckthorn juice significantly decreased the number of micronucleus in bone marrow cells and reduced the damaging effect cisplatin on sperm head . Aminopyrine is a painkiller and fever reducer but is now rarely used because of its side effects. A Chinese study investigated the protective effect of sea buckthorn juice on the tumour formation in rats treated with aminopyrine. They found that the intake of sea buckthorn juice significantly increased the average life span of the rats and reduced the number of foci of carcinogenesis .
A Chinese study lead by Goa ZL showed that sea buckthorn may be a hopeful drug for prevention and treatment of liver fibrosis, a disease which is characterized by the replacement of normal tissue with fibrous tissue and the loss of functional liver cells. Goa ZL and co-workers treated fifty patients suffering from liver fibrosis with sea buckthorn extract for up 6 months. They found that those patients treated with the extract showed a significant improvement in liver fibrosis parameters .
One study could not find an influence of the intake of sea buckthorn on the number of common cold infections. However, the study found a significant influence of sea buckthorn intake on the serum levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation and risk factor for cardiovascular disease .
CAUTION: Buckthorn should be consumed in small doses, because otherwise it can cause colics and diarrhea. Fresh herb must not be digested because it can cause nausea; the herb must be used only after one year from picking.
When stressed and overworked, we lose many nutrients, which if left unchecked can very much compromise our thoughts, performance and stability…
Below is a list of nutrients that assist us with regaining mental balance… HOWEVER, before you assume that this is the reason for your stress please note that research suggests that the quickest way to relieve stress, anger and internal conflict is:
1) to catch up on SLEEP 2) to listen to UPLIFTING music 3) to ensure your PERSONALITY is kind, empathetic, non-discriminative and generous to all [without being manipulated] 4) through appropriate COMMUNICATION with self and others – including positive communication with FAMILY, FRIENDS, LOCAL and INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY (without being exploited – prayer helps) ) – i.e. when possible research suggests that it’s wise to mainly spend time with friends and family who make you feel as happy or happier than you felt when you met them 5) through being ECO-FRIENDLY and improving CARBON FOOTPRINT – eating organic and biodynamic food, supporting environment-friendly initiatives, using eco-friendly products, polluting less – i.e. reducing the use and purchase of items in plastic helps dolphins and other marine life who die as a result of choking on it (SOURCE: Bay of Biscay Research Project) 6) through NOT WASTING yours or anyone else’s money, fuel, time, etc. 7) through DIET (interesting research has been conducted by Gabriel Cousens, Michael Schmidt, Marilyn Glenville, Jorge Cruise and Thomas Bartram) – this includes consuming essential fatty acids that are great for the brain and performance 8) through LOOKING AFTER SELF alongside OTHERS (a good question to ask each day is: What do I need to do to be a better person today than I was yesterday!?)
ADHD – Attention Deficit Disorder – 2 studies revealed that this is higher in children with low essential fatty acids and iron.
DEPRESSION – Folic Acid, Omega-3 fatty acids, Selenium, Amino Acids (including Tryptophan), Zinc and vitamins B1, B2 and C…
FOLIC ACID – relives Depression and is destroyed when we consume too much cooked food. However, please note that too much Folic Acid is detrimental too, and may cause cancer (please see link below -http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=nutrition_101_can_too_much_folic_acid_be_harmful
SCHIZOPHRENIA – Low polyunsaturated and low enzymes (destroyed with too much cooked food) are lower in the brains of schizophrenics… EUCALYPTUS oil is – great for ‘understanding’… BACH FLOWER REMEDIES are great for healing the Emotions… GLUTATHIONE – helps to detoxify our thoughts and protects us against radiation. Garlic and onions have glutathione; also, asparagus and watermelon [however, take care with consuming too much – please find interesting link: http://www.livestrong.com/article/410054-side-effects-of-eating-too-much-watermelon/%5D. Papaya and avocado help the body produce glutathione. Mushrooms have a lot of glutamic acid, which is needed to produce glutathione and help with liver detoxification. PYCYNOGEL and GRAPE SEED supports Glutathione this link really helps one understand it’s importance – http://www.nutritionadvisor.com/glutathione_foods.php
SULPHUR (i.e. MSM) – is good for concentration and stress – various foods with sulphur are listed below: cranberries, raspberries, pineapple, currants, apples, Brazil nuts, filberts, Brussels sprouts, watercress, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, chives, sorrel MAGNESIUM – keeps you relaxed MANGANESE – heals violent thoughts etc… – Excellent food sources of manganese include mustard greens, kale, chard, raspberries, pineapple, romaine lettuce, collard greens and maple syrup. It is present in a wide variety of foods including spinach and other leafy vegetables, also broccoli, beans, carrots, peas, bran, whole grains, buckwheat, oatmeal, peanuts, hazelnuts, pecans, chestnuts and oranges. Normally it is not something that is required in the form of supplements as the body only needs a small amount and it is easily sourced as part of an average person’s healthy diet. METHIONINE – detoxifies the body (and is in Garlic) VITAMIN C – is great for stress YLANG YLANG – is great for ‘anger’… nb – apparently one becomes colder, when they are too alkaline or dehydrated!!
ALSO – for a list of Foods for Mind, Body and Soul (by Gabriel Cousens) – please see link below and extract (below this link) of Essential Beauty Minerals and Nutrients required for primo health: http://fashiontribes.typepad.com/fashion/2005/06/gabriel-cousens.html
Dr. Gabriel Cousens’s Essential Beauty Minerals Shortlist:
PHOSPHORUS: for mind and mental radiance. When you think, you burn up phosphorus; Don’t overdo it though as too much phosphorus has been implicated as a cause of increased Osteopontin, which is one of the causes of some Cancers (info about Osteopontin is available from page 5 onwards). Phosphorus is activated by calcium & silicon. Note: people who drink a lot of carbonate sodas can get an excess of phosphorus, causing excessive excitability and lack of concentration and willpower. SULPHUR: excellent for skin & all the connective tissues; connects body & soul. [However take in moderation].
MANGANESE: opens up the heart energy; elasticity, ligaments and muscles. Deficiencies have been linked to Down’s Syndrome, and associated with nastiness and sadistic personality traits – and is remedied by increasing silicon, chlorine, sodium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. SODIUM: helps maintain flexibility and being limber. Deficiencies are associated with poor intellectual ability; waking up between 1-5 am, and frequent violent dreams involving mayhem, destruction, snakes, floods, disasters and deaths. Best source: Real Salt or Himalayan salt.
CHLORINE: the body’s cleanser, especially the liver and lymph. Vegan diets “wash” it out of the system, so to replenish, try Celtic sea salt, Himalayan salt or Real Salt. Note: this is not the type of chlorine added to the water, which is linked to skin disorders like acne and eczema, and possible bladder and colon cancer, as well as heart disease. One study even found that green and black tea reacted to chlorinated tap water to form carcinogenic compounds. Also, the skin can absorb 6-100 times more chlorine than by drinking it, so if your shower water is contains chlorine, install a low-cost chlorine shower filter. SILICA: a natural, complex form of silicon, it keeps tissues elastic, ligaments strong, and skin tone radiant. Works with iodine and sodium to regulate how calcium is used – as long as the ratio of silicon to calcium remains high, it results in looking youthful. A good source: Nature’s First Law bamboo sap. Also good – flax seeds. SULPHUR: important for the skin, hair & nails. Considered by some to be the “foundation mineral of all beauty.” Is activated by vitamin C. A great source: MSM (You’re My Everything from SimplyDivineBotanicals.com is great). IRON: works with oxygen to create vitality; keeps the immune system strong. Because vitamin C dramatically enhances iron absorption, vegetarians tend to be less iron deficient than carnivores. The best source: chlorophyll from a raw green juice (some mad science about juice – as opposed to solid food – being held in the duodenum long enough for the iron to be absorbed.) OXYGEN: which is very important for radiance, strengthens everything, and is anti-aging. Deficiencies are associated with cancer. Do deep breathing exercises – as in yoga asana practice. Also, eating high iron foods such as watery fruits and veggies, and liquid chlorophyll (those live green juices again!). FLUORINE: good for the bones; when it combines with calcium, it creates calcium fluoride, a “longevity compound.” Found primarily in raw fruits & veggies. However, the minute it’s exposed to heat, it becomes unstable & is destroyed. Note: Fluorine is not the same as the sodium fluoride – a poisonous by-produce of aluminium production – that is misguidedly added to public drinking water to “protect teeth” but actually kills more people from cancer than any other chemical. No acceptable double-blind studies have ever linked it to healthy teeth; in fact, it was first used by the Nazis in the camps to sterilize, control and harm the prisoners. It is a primary ingredient in both Prozac and sarin nerve gas.
Mandatory for Primo Health (also from Gabriel Cousens):
CALCIUM: for good teeth and healthy bone metabolism. Note: combine with foods high in sodium and chlorine. Dairy products and table salt can actually lead to calcium loss in the body – yes, milk and yogurt do the opposite of what’s advertised. Instead, opt for leafy greens. CARBON: creates cell growth.
HYDROGEN: as the hydrating mineral, it carries nutrients into the cells. Good sources: juicy fruits and veggies like berries, cherries, watermelon, tomatoes, cabbage and raw veggie juice. IODINE: controls calcium and cell metabolism and prevents goiters. Helps prevent cataracts by keeping the calcium from being “pulled out.” In addition to fresh fruits and veggies, dulse is a great source. MAGNESIUM: keeps you relaxed and is nature’s laxative. Combined with calcium, it is anti-aging and creates healthy bones, teeth and tissues: with vitamin B6, it helps combat menstrual problems. NITROGEN: exists in a delicate balance with oxygen, and combines additionally with hydrogen and carbon to create strong vital organs. Excesses – usually resulting from meat-eating – can lead to absent-mindedness and lethargy. Deficiencies can create fatigue to the point of laziness and lack of sexual energy. Algae are great sources. POTASSIUM: Creates well-being. Works with sodium to enable the body to utilise hydrogen and oxygen. Avoid common table salt as it throws off the balance of potassium and sodium. Bitter greens and watercress contain tons of it. ZINC: healthy skin and rebuilding of collagen; works with vitamin A and sulfur to create strong hair. Also associated with sexual vitality and development, as well as the immune system. Possibly the most important anti-oxidant and impacts over 300 enzymes and enzymatic reactions.
COBALT: Part of the B12 complex. COPPER: protects against parasite infections. Found in leafy greens. GERMANIUM: increases oxygen intake in the body and helps it detox. Found in leafy green veggies. SELENIUM: Works with Vitamin E to improve immunity and protect against heart disease and cancer. Deficiencies associated with Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure, infertility and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Most of the soil has long been depleted of selenium, so the best sources are bee pollen from Nebraska and South Dakota, Himalayan Salt, some vegetables, and angstrom-sized supplements. MOLYBDENUM: activates Vitamin C in foods; fights cancer and promotes healthy cell function. As it’s not available in most foods, the best source is an angstrom-sized supplement. VANADIUM: regulates blood sugar and helps fight Type II diabetes. BORON: Enables the body to assimilate calcium and magnesium, making it vital for strong bones, and facilitates the functioning of vitamin D. May help prevent prostate cancer. Found in avocados, non-citrus fruits (apples, pears, plums, grapes). CHROMIUM: works with vanadium to regulate blood sugar and combat Type II diabetes. VITAMIN B12: Important for vegans, whose diet creates “analogs” which block and nullify the vitamin when it’s ingested from vegan sources like the blue-green algaes. Cousens recommends a living B12 supplement (they have one extracted from yeast, available at http://www.treeoflife.nu). BLUE-GREEN ALGAE and SPIRULINA – E3Live is a great addition to any diet – it’s one of the most live and active – as well as blue-green algae from Klamath Lake.
Food for the brain
Interesting information is available at the following link (also for depression):
Being Positive, Spiritual and Aware
Reduce stress and anger to improve wellbeing – also to ensure that stress and anger does not reduce our body’s ability to convert vitamins etc. to co-enzymes.
To summarise – the following supports us with maintaining a happy disposition mentally, physically and spiritually. Work out what is relevant for you; below are a few things that work for us:
- Awareness of the foods that supports health including those that fight cancer (please see following link ): – http://www.diet.com/g/cancerfighting-foods
- Essential Fatty Acids (including brain fats), avocadoes and Blue Green Algae – please see link below:
- A healthy diet is one that provides lots of enzymes (from raw and fresh fruit, salads and vegetables; also Wheatgrass – please see following link:
http://www.foodalive.org/articles/wheatgrass.htm However, please note that although
-Folic Acid is destroyed when we consume too much cooked food – too much Folic Acid is apparently also detrimental, and may cause cancer (please see link ): – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folic_acid- Not sure whether the cause is folic acid from supplements or food. A healthy diet is more effective primarily if a wide range of colours are included. In science the colour in foods are more than pigments in the plants. The more colourful the food the more benefits there are. Latest research suggests that if we can’t get fresh food that we should next opt for freeze-dried organic and biodynamic products and supplements (without sugar, salt and alcohol added).
- Plastic – reduce at every opportunity.
- WATER – keep the body hydrated ; water is also great for the brain
- Include onions, garlic, chillis, herbs, ginger etc. etc
- If you use a multi vitamin and mineral supplement, ensure it includes VITAMIN D3 and wholefoods if possible (Nature’s Plus’ – Source of Life Gold supplements are really good)
- The brain likes phosphorus from Soya (please see page 16) and Bee Pollen; the other sources of phosphorus look after other parts of the body (such as our bones) – Source: Gabriel Cousens.
- SLEEP, RELAXATION and MUSIC is REALLY important
- Some folk like to include exotic fruits such as: Acai, Goji, Pomegranate, Mangosteen, Noni and berries – which assists with cleansing at the cellular level
- ZINC – is really good for many things i.e. a) Too much fat and sugar (also from sweet fruit) destroys it b) Zinc is responsible for the function of 300 enzymes c) together with Sulphur and Vitamin A, Zinc helps maintain strong hair d) Zinc helps to reduce Depression, but is not available when phosphorus levels are too low and calcium and fat levels too high;
e) CALCIUM – really important to keep these levels balanced (therefore not too high or too low) – good sources include seaweed (kelp, arame etc.)
f) Being positive, spiritual and aware. Reduce stress and anger to improve wellbeing – also to ensure that stress and anger does not reduce our body’s ability to convert vitamins etc. to co-enzymes.
g) I’ve received many positive comments about APRICOT KERNALS aiding cancer recovery; links to follow.
h) The Researcher and Author Michael A. Schmidt, PhD suggests (in his book Brain-Building Nutrition on page 11) that too much iron predisposes one to Brain Cancer. Gabriel Cousens does too in his book Spiritual Nutrition (on page 435) in an extract on Iron.
h) Below is both a link and a list I respect of various food to eat that helps us prevent cancer; for example, turmeric and tomatoes are thought to protect us from colorectal cancer: http://www.diet.com/g/cancerfighting-foods
Food – effects on cancer
-Avocados- May attack free radicals in the body by blocking intestinal absorption of certain fats; may be useful in treating viral hepatitis (a cause of liver cancer)
-Beans- May prevent or slow genetic damage to cells, prevent prostate cancer, and lower the risk of digestive cancers
-Berries May help prevent skin, bladder, lung, and breast cancers and slow the reproduction of cancer cells
-Cabbage and cauliflower- May slow cancer growth and development and help to reduce the risk of lung, prostate, and bladder cancers
-Broccoli- May prevent some types of cancer, including stomach, colon and rectal
-Carrots- May reduce a wide range of cancers including lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate and breast [I like carrots as a dessert with apples [sometimes with kiwis!]… Also, please find an interesting link below: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-reasons-to-eat-more-carrots.html
-Chili peppers and jalapeños- May prevent cancers such as stomach cancer
-Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage)- May help decrease prostate and other cancers
-Dark green leafy vegetables- May reduce the risk of lung and breast cancer
-Figs- May shrink tumors
-Flax- May reduce the risk of breast, skin, and lung cancer
-Garlic- May increase the activity of immune cells that fight cancer and indirectly help break down cancer causing substances.-May help block carcinogens from entering cells and slow tumor development. May render carcinogens in the liver inactive. May lower risk of a variety of cancers including stomach, colon, lung and skin
-Grapefruits May prevent cancer by sweeping carcinogens out of the body and inhibit the proliferation of breast-cancer cells in vitro.
-Grapes- May inhibit the enzymes that can stimulate cancer-cell growth and suppress immune response
-Kale- May help stop the conversion of certain lesions to cancerous cells in estrogen-sensitive tissues, suppress tumor growth, and block cancer-causing substances from reaching their targets
-Licorice root- May prevent the growth of prostate cancer
-Mushrooms- May help the body fight cancer and build the immune system
-Nuts- May suppress the growth of cancers
-Oranges and lemons- May stimulate cancer-killing immune cells like lymphocytes that may function in breaking down cancer-causing substances
-Papayas- May reduce absorption of cancer-causing nitrosamines from the soil or processed foods. May minimize cervical dysplasia and certain cancers
-Red wine- May inhibit cell proliferation and help prevent cancer
-Rosemary- May inhibit the development of breast and skin tumors
-Seaweed and other sea vegetables- May help in the fight against breast cancer
-Soy products- May help to prevent breast and prostate cancer by blocking and suppressing cancerous changes (please see page 16)
-Sweet potatoes May prevent cancer cells from dividing, reduce the risk of cancer of the stomach, lung, colon, rectum, liver and pancreas, and protect against various types of cancer
-Tomatoes- May combat prostate cancer and protect against breast, lung, mouth, stomach, and pancreatic cancer. May reduce risk of breast, prostate, pancreas and colorectal cancer. May prevent cellular damage that leads to cancer
-Turmeric- May inhibit the production of the inflammation-related enzyme cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), which reaches abnormally high levels in certain inflammatory diseases and cancers, especially bowel and colon cancer
-Whole grains- May help decrease the risk of developing most types of cancer