9 Anti-Cancer Foods You Cannot Ignore

With modern lifestyles, people are exposed to multiple carcinogenic agents on a daily basis. It is hence no wonder that cancer rates are soaring. To keep far away from this terrifying disease, below is a list of cancer foods that cannot be ignored.

Flavonoid-Rich Berries

These berries include currants, cherries, cranberries, hawthorn berries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. As powerful antioxidants, flavonoids can be more potent than traditional antioxidants like vitamin C and E, beta-carotene, selenium and zinc. And antioxidants are well-known to be crucial in the prevention of cancer. So pop a berry or two daily as a snack, rather than the nutrition-less sweets, for optimal cancer protection

Turmeric

Love curry?

Curry is one of the delicious foods that protect against cancer, if it contains turmeric. This is because turmeric contains the phytonutrient, curcumin, which has been found to be anti-inflammatory and cancer-inhibiting.

Cruciferous Vegetables

These vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cress, horseradish, kohlrabi, mustard, radish and turnip. They are beneficial because they contain the phytonutrient, glucosinolates, which has been found to detoxify certain carcinogens and help lower cancer risk, especially colon cancer.

Garlic

Garlic contains about 200 biologically active compounds, such as sulfur containing amino-acids, glutathione and cysteine, that have powerful protective functions against cancer formation, growth and metastasis. For the best effect, garlic should be eaten freshly chopped and raw. But if the smell and taste of raw garlic is really intolerable, it could be lightly stir-fried with vegetables, or boiled in soups.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms aren’t only tasty to eat, they can also protect one from cancer. At least some mushrooms can. Like the reishi (Ganoderma), shiitake and maitake, which the Chinese and Japanese have been using for ages to boost immunity, protect against as well as treat cancer.

Yoghurt

Various species of probiotics (eg. Bifidobacterium lactis) present in yoghurt have been found to improve immunity and detoxify many carcinogens, including hormones, meat carcinogens and environmental toxins.

Spinach

Many people formed their impression of spinach from watching the cartoon Popeye as a kid. But is this green food as wonderful as it is portrayed to be?

Long reputed for increasing power and energy, spinach is also an anti-cancer food because of its richness in chlorophyll and carotene. Besides protecting one from cancer, it is also rich in iron, folic acid, vitamins and minerals, as well as the antioxidant co-enzyme Q10 (which has anti-ageing properties).

If there’s only one green vegetable to be eaten, then it must be spinach.

Fibre-Rich Foods

Fibre in plant foods are important not only for healthy bowels, they are also important for preventing colorectal cancer. Fiber facilitates the movement of food through the digestive tract, so there is less time for any carcinogens in one’s food to be absorbed, and less carcinogens are produced by the “rotting” food in the gut as it passes through.

Whole grains (e.g. unpolished rice), beans, seeds, lentils and vegetables make rich sources of fiber, so be sure to include them in the daily meals.

Bee Propolis

Propolis is a substance produced by bees to protect themselves and their hives against bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Rich in bioflavonoids, vitamins and amino acids, it has been found to be immunity-enhancing and cancer-preventing.

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The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment

Curcumin is a diarylheptanoid. It is the principal curcuminoid of the popular South Asian spice turmeric, which is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric’s other two curcuminoids are desmethoxycurcumin and bis-desmethoxycurcumin.

In October 2010, working with Indena S.p.A., the worldwide experts in botanical extract technology, Good Health Naturally, introduced CurcuminX4000, which includes an answer to better Curcumin absorption – phytosome technology.

Curcumin has continued to be an integral part of my own approach to naturally sustainable good health, since I learnt about it in 2006, as part of My Serrapeptase Adventure.

The precise value of whole-grains is a matter of considerable debate, and controversy. While many people still hail them as superfoods, there is growing evidence, and continuing research, which shows that whole-grain  foods are a major source of inflammation, which in turn, underlies many acute illnesses, and  chronic conditions. I invite you to consider this apparent contradiction, and to do your own research, before you decide what you think about the question of whole-grain foods.

‘Less Meat, Less Heat’: Could Changing Your Diet Save The Planet?

When we choose the types of foods that we eat, we are often thinking about what would be the healthiest choices for our bodies.

While this is perfectly acceptable and the best thing we can be doing for our own health, it is also important to consider the impact our food choices are having on the planet.

The agricultural industry is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the world, accounting for between 19-29% off all global greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock production (including transportation and feed) accounts for a staggering 80% of the sector’s emissions. That’s more than the emissions for all planes, trucks, cars and boats combined!

Did you know that it takes 15,415 litres of water to produce just 1kg of beef? To put this into perspective, it takes the same amount of water to produce an average-sized steak as it does to have 105 showers!!

In case you’re scared to keep reading, thinking this will be an article trying to convince you to “Go Vegan!”, swap every bit of steak for tofu, or persuade you into thinking tempeh bacon tastes better than the real deal – fear not!

We have, however, discovered a pretty awesome App that’s all about educating us on the environmental impact of our food choices and offering a fun challenge, along with handy solutions along the way.

This App Is Called ‘Less Meat, Less Heat’

Mark Pershin, Founder and CEO of ‘Less Meat, Less Heat’ explains how the App focuses on encouraging users to take “The Climatarian Challenge”. Each person is given 8,000 carbon points, which is equivalent to 80 kg of carbon dioxide emissions, to last them 30 days. At every meal, you are encouraged to log what you have eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with the portion sizes, then the carbon footprint of the meal is subtracted from your credits.

The Goal Is To Stay Within The Carbon Budget Over The 30 Days

Professor Richard Eckard from the University of Melbourne explains that being able to choose our diet is a privilege, as a majority of the world’s population do not have free choice due to food insecurity. However, we are the ones who also have the power to change the health of the planet for the better.

So What’s The Solution?

It’s safe to say that if our diets don’t change, the planet sure will. And sadly, this isn’t something to celebrate.

The Solution Is Simple

You can either steer clear of all animal products altogether OR you can simply reduce the amount of animal products you are eating.

Does the idea of meat-free meals seem foreign to you? Here’s another solution. If you predominantly eat beef, try making the change to chicken or fish. This way you will still get to consume animal protein without such a large carbon footprint being produced. It’s all about making small changes to help the sustainability of the planet (and it may even increase your dietary variety, too!)

What’s Being Done On A Global Scale?

On December 12, 2015 at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, the Paris Agreement was formed. At this conference, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius by 2050. Given the grave risks involved, 1.5 degrees Celsius was the ultimate goal. Sadly, livestock alone could pass this limit by 2030.

Just when you thought global warming was too big of an issue to deal with as an individual – think again. The choices that you make every day impact significantly on our planet.

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No Matter Where: The Documentary

Each year 200,000 people die from medical errors in American hospitals. There are a number of reasons for these mistakes, but everyone agrees the number would be much lower if doctors shared records. In this Internet age, we assume doctors anywhere can pull up our charts, but the truth is most have no way to do this.

At first glance, it might be an obvious conclusion that since many clinical practices use computers to record information and to look up past records, and since hospitals also use computers to look up information, these clinical practices must be exchanging data among themselves and among hospitals in the region. Unfortunately, while this has been a dream for many decades, it has yet to be fully realised in the United States. This process, known as health information exchange, is an absolutely critical though uncommonly available process up until very recently — and even then only in some locations.

It is extremely challenging, although not the least bit because of technical issues. Rather it is because patients do not ask for it, not all clinicians believe they need it, no one is willing to pay for it, and because some of the basic standards to connect one system to another are adopted by one system but not the other.

Like many of the major advances in this country and in the world, these standards are a critical part of the equation. There are people all over the country working to achieve this, and they are slowly making progress. Like the Union Pacific Railroad, the moonshot, the automated teller machine, and a number of large national projects, health information exchange is a complex project that will take years to complete.

No Matter Where scratches the surface of these complex issues that have been dealt with in recent times by a number of private foundations, public/private partnerships, and public entities, and uncovers the tragic, hidden cost on the lives of millions of Americans.

The DVD is available via the production company website. You can watch the film, in full, online, at FMTV.

Thanks to Food Matters TV, for alerting me to this film.

James Colquhoun: What Is The Definition Of Wellness?

Once upon a time, health was commonly defined as merely the absence of disease. In fact, in many parts of the world today, many health professionals still practice through this outdated and antiquated paradigm. The dominant healthcare culture tends to view the body as a machine, capable of black and white states of health and illness.

This approach can be helpful if you have a condition that is quantifiable and measurable. (Think, for example, of infections, trauma and critical disease.) However, the issue is that this view of health doesn’t account for other factors that also affect our health in an indirect, unquantifiable way, such as sleep quality, stress, diet and emotional well-being.

Besides, ‘the absence of disease’ seems like a rather depressing definition of health, doesn’t it? Alternatively, I believe that true health involves a much more holistic picture; certainly an absence of disease, yes. But what about vitality? Energy? Happiness and contentment? A body that serves you for many long years at optimal capacity?

I’ve highlighted ten areas below that I personally believe helps us reach true health, in a broader definition of the word. I.e. total wellness for your body, mind and soul!

James Colquhoun
Film-Maker: Food Matters and Hungry For Change.

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Dr Libby Weaver — Hunger Vs Appetite: What’s The Difference

Hunger and appetite are two very different things. Hunger is the physical need for food whereas appetite is the desire for food. Hunger occurs with low levels of glucose in your blood, several hours after eating – it is a protective mechanism that ensures your body is adequately fuelled. Appetite is the conditioned response to food – it is a sensory reaction to the look or smell of food. It is appetite that can lead “your eyes to be bigger than your stomach.”

Our appetite is closely linked with our behaviour but also takes cues from our digestive tract, brain and fatty tissue. Having an increased appetite or having the feeling of wanting to “eat everything in your path”, in my clinical experience stems from your biochemistry and/or an emotional connection you have formed with food. When you consider the nature of your increased appetite, it is not often I would hear someone say they crave broccoli! The cravings are usually for highly processed food, high in refined sugars and poor quality fats.

Appetite is what controls your cravings and this is influenced by the sensory reaction to food so your appetite can increase or decrease depending on your taste preferences, what food is available to you, your health, and emotional state. Appetite can be increased or decreased by hormonal factors and stress. There is a saying that it is best to eat until you are just full, or still a little bit hungry and there is some truth to this. Most people are “nourished” well beyond when their natural satiety signals kick in. In the hectic world we live in now many people eat when they are distracted or on the run and they have literally lost the ability to listen to intrinsic satiety signals.

Satiety is also affected by our thoughts, feelings and emotional connections to food. The type of food we consume also affects it. For example, poor quality fats can leave someone with a feeling of satiety as fats are very satiating but all the person has actually consumed is something that has been deep-fried – it is full of energy but it has very little micronutrient value. I like to get people to think about the nutrient density of the foods they eat. For example, an avocado is a high fat food but it is a rich source of monounsaturated fats (good fats) and contains 19 essential vitamins and minerals.

Our metabolism is another factor which can affect our hunger. Metabolism, put simply, is the rate at which your body converts food to energy. Metabolic rate is governed by the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a gland located just at the base of the neck and the hormones it produces set the resting rate of energy production. Our metabolism is also influenced by muscle mass and hormones. An increased or “fast” metabolism is associated with increased hunger; this is specifically the case for athletes. The higher your muscle mass the higher your metabolic rate and muscle cells require more energy than fat cells in the body. In theory, people with a higher muscle mass would therefore have a greater level of hunger, however due to hormonal mechanisms involving insulin, leptin and ghrelin, as well as emotional factors this is not always the case.

The brain does not chase the feeling of a ‘full stomach’ it chases satiety signals to indicate that we have eaten. The brain receives signals from a number of different hormones that indicate when food is needed or not. Satiety signals sent to the brain after the consumption of fat or protein as well as hormones; insulin and leptin, signal to the brain that you have eaten. These signals converge on dopamine-producing neurons in the hypothalamus of the brain. This changes dopamine output to the brain’s reward centre, which in turn controls motivation for food. Dopamine transmits reward signals and low levels of dopamine have been associated with over-eating.

Regulation and the ability to self-control appetite has been the subject of much debate over the last decade. The hypothalamus in the brain is the main regulatory organ for human appetite. Leptin, a hormone produced by our fat cells, provides a negative feedback loop to signal when we need to stop eating. Increased appetite has been linked with hormonal imbalance, mental disorders and of course stress. Self-regulation is ideal, however many people can no longer differentiate between true satiety signals and psychological influences and of course hormonal imbalance will also influence appetite. Any woman who has experienced PMS knows how out of control sugar cravings can feel in the lead up to menstruation!

There is a lot of miscommunication and misguided use of appetite suppressants and artificial sweeteners these days. Many appetite suppressants act on the central nervous system and some have had to be withdrawn from the market due to their adverse cardiovascular risks. By using appetite suppressants you may be missing the message that your body is sending to you. There is a reason behind why you have an increased appetite. This reason might be nutritional, biochemical or emotional, but it is important to recognise your body’s signal for help and to solve the underlying issues.

New research indicates that artificial sweeteners can actually stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings and even stimulate fat storage, leading to weight gain. Fat and protein in food communicate relatively quickly between the mouth and the satiety centre in the brain while artificially sweetened foods don’t utilize this mechanism so too much total food can be easily eaten.

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The Awe-Inspiring Power Of Nutrition: Fish Oil Saved This Boy’s Life!

It was mild curiosity that drew John Virgin and his son Bryce to the flashing lights and commotion of an accident scene near their home.

In the back of John’s mind was his older son, Grant, who had gone for a walk nearby minutes earlier.

He gestured to an emergency medical technician to ask what happened.

“I called him over and I said, ‘My son was walking over this way,’ and he said, ‘Describe him,'” said John. “I said, ‘Well, he’s 6 feet tall and has hair color just like mine,’ and then he pointed at Bryce and said, ‘…and looks just like him.'”

John looked down at the area that had been cordoned-off — the pavement covered with blood — and his heart sank.

“At that point you realize your worst fear,” he said. “I knew it was grave.”

Minutes earlier, the 16-year-old had been airlifted to a nearby trauma center after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. He had a long list of injuries: a torn aorta, a traumatic brain injury — including skull fractures and bleeding throughout his brain — compound bone fractures and spinal fractures. Seemingly endless bits of broken glass and gravel were embedded in his skin.

John and Bryce Virgin rushed home to break the news to Grant’s mother, JJ. Then the family hurried to the hospital, hoping to find him still alive.

The Fight For Life Begins

When they arrived, they were met by grim-faced doctors who offered the slimmest odds that Grant Virgin would live through the night.

Instead of shrugging their shoulders in acceptance, his parents were indignant.

“It’s like, how dare you not fight for my son’s life?” said JJ Virgin. “It really took us …getting very aggressive and assertive to save our son’s life, because they weren’t going to do it.

“They told us not to. They told us to let him go.”

From that moment forward — time and time again — they would go against doctor’s orders. That included trying unconventional, untested therapies — anything that might help Grant. One in particular involved giving him high doses of omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil).

Fish oil is what the Virgin family believes ultimately — dramatically — altered his life course, and healed his brain.

Weeks before fish oil was even considered, Grant Virgin underwent multiple surgeries, and spent considerable time on a ventilator.

Eventually, his body was stable, but his brain was still riddled with damage. He was in a coma, and his doctors urged his family to “wait and see” while his brain healed.

“The doctor told me, ‘OK, now we wait.’ and I go, ‘We wait?’ ‘Yes, we wait,'” said JJ Virgin, who questioned that course of action — “Surely there’s something we can do?”

The doctor’s response, according to her: “‘Nope, there’s nothing we can do. We just wait. The brain’s got its own time schedule.'”

Around the same time, she was receiving a flurry of advice from friends. One suggested trying progesterone to heal her son’s brain.

In early studies, progesterone has been associated with reduced inflammation in the brain and improved neurological outcomes after traumatic brain injury. But the data in this area, although promising, are very early.

Despite that, beginning about two weeks after the accident, his mother and father began intermittently rubbing a cream containing progesterone on him. (A leading expert questioned the efficacy of administering progesterone in this way, noting that in studies, it is administered intravenously.)

His family says very soon afterward, Grant Virgin emerged from his coma, and began to speak.

It was mostly a few words and phrases — “Let’s go” or “I love you” — uttered in endless cycles, but his family was heartened by his progress.

“When your kid is in a coma, and then coming out of a coma, you watch every nuance,” said JJ Virgin. “If his eyelash fluttered, ‘Oh, his eyelash fluttered!’

“You’re holding on to anything that you can see and monitoring everything, every single day. And so it was very clear when the acceleration happened. Really clear.”

Another, more dramatic, acceleration occurred several weeks later — about nine weeks after the accident.

A Piece Of Advice That Changed Everything

JJ Virgin got more advice, this time from friends who had seen a CNN report about high-dose fish oil used in cases of severe traumatic brain injury.

Fish oil, they thought, might heal Grant Virgin’s brain.

“If someone said to me, you know what, you can give him fish oil, you can give him better nutrition, you’ll get maybe 5% (improvement), I’ll take that,” she said.

She got in touch with one of the foremost omega-3 experts, Dr Barry Sears, who had consulted on the first-ever case of high-dose fish oil for traumatic brain injury in 2006.

It involved a miner, Randal McCloy, who was involved in a deadly explosion in West Virginia. His brain had been badly damaged by carbon monoxide, and his team of doctors was trying desperately to keep him alive.

McCloy’s neurosurgeon at the time, Dr Julian Bailes, describes considering high-dose fish oil in this case, as akin to “throw(ing) the kitchen sink at him.”

“There is no known solution, there’s no known drug, there’s nothing that we have really to offer these sorts of patients,” said Bailes, co-director of NorthShore Neurological Institute in Evanston, Illinois, during a previous interview with CNN.

The theory behind fish oil as a therapeutic intervention for traumatic brain injury is at once simple and complex.

Simply stated, the brain’s cell wall is, in part, composed of omega-3 fatty acids.

“If you have a brick wall and it gets damaged, wouldn’t you want to use bricks to repair it?” said Dr Michael Lewis, founder of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute. “By supplementing using (omega-3 fatty acids) in substantial doses, you provide the foundation for the brain to repair itself.”

More complicated is how omega-3 fatty acids might control inflammation — or damage — in the brain. Sears likens it to quelling a metaphorical fire in the brain.

That “fire” begins when the brain is traumatized — as with a profound injury like Grant Virgin’s, or milder insults like concussions suffered on a soccer field. Neurons snap, setting off a wave of inflammation in the brain that can smolder for long periods of time — sometimes weeks or months after the injury has occurred.

“That (inflammation) will continue over and over unless there’s a second response that turns it off,” said Sears, president of the Inflammation Research Foundation.

The fatty acid that Sears says can effectively “turn off” that inflammatory fire is a metabolite (what remains after the body breaks something down) of eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, called resolvin.

EPA is found in fish oil.

“What we think is happening is, high levels of EPA coursing in the brain metabolize into resolvins, turning down and turning off inflammatory process,” said Sears.

Considering that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States each year, any intervention — especially a cheap one like fish oil — is an exciting prospect.

But fish oil as a viable and well-studied intervention is still a ways off; for now it dwells in the realm of the anecdote or case study.

It’s Not The First Case Of Fish Oils Saving A Life

There is McCloy, who recovered only a few months after his mining accident.

And a case similar to Grant Virgin’s: a teenager named Bobby Ghassemi who nearly died in a car accident before getting a large infusion of fish oil. A few months later, he attended his high school graduation.

There was the case of an 8-year-old girl who nearly drowned after her stroller rolled into a canal. Her head and face were under water for more than five minutes.

Eighty-two days after her accident, according to a case study published last year in the journal PharmaNutrition, she was given high doses of omega-3 fatty acids, after which, “…the patient exhibited very gradual but steady progress in terms of her tolerance for stimulation and activity.”

There are seven such cases in the medical literature, according to Sears.

“Maybe the work with Randy (McCloy) was just a lucky break,” said Sears, “But we’ve now done it seven times. So, so far we’re 7-for-7 in severe brain trauma.”

But there are other cases — likely many more than have been successful — when fish oil was tried and did not work.

It could be that fish oil was administered outside the optimal therapeutic window. Or perhaps younger brains are more receptive to the intervention (most of the successful case studies are among young people).

And there is a concern among doctors that high doses of fish oil could cause excessive bleeding.

Those caveats, well known to Grant Virgin’s family, did not deter them.

Nine weeks after the accident, as Grant was being transferred from an acute care to a rehabilitation hospital, the Virgin family told doctors at the new facility that he was already on a 20-gram-per-day regimen of fish oil.

In reality, his parents had been sneaking a few grams of fish oil into his feeding tube for weeks, but nothing resembling that high dosage.

The Best Phone Call Of Their Lives

Two days after he began at this more aggressive dosage, JJ Virgin got a phone call late one night.

“I get this call like midnight, and I’m asleep, and I wake up the next morning and go, ‘Did Grant call me and did we have this whole conversation?'” she said. “I just remember waking up the next morning going, ‘I must have dreamed that, that couldn’t have possibly happened.”

When she arrived to the hospital the next morning, a nurse told her that, in fact, it had not been a dream.

Forty-eight hours after receiving high-dose fish oil, Grant Virgin asked a nurse for a cell phone to call his mother, and proceeded to have a conversation with her.

“Unbelievable,” she said. “Unbelievable.”

Unbelievable, especially considering that was only two months after Grant Virgin’s parents had been told to “let him go.”

“We had been told he’d never be able to recognize anybody, he will never be able to focus his eyes, all the grim stuff,” said John Virgin. “(They said) the diffuse damage to his brain is so much that he’s never going to be Grant again.”

Today, 16 months after the accident, none of that is true. In fact, his parents say he is even better than he was when he made that call to his mother.

“We’re not expecting Grant to get close to where he was before, he’s going to be better than he was before,” said his father. “And he’s progressing every day.”

The Virgin family says that progress would not be happening if they had merely accepted what conventional medicine told them.

“I think one of the saddest things is to get to a place and have someone tell you, ‘You should just let your son die,’ and you don’t have the information to make the right decision,” said JJ Virgin.

“There is such hopelessness about brain injury and there shouldn’t be.”

That rampant hopelessness when it comes to traumatic brain injury is fueling a push by Bailes and Sears to do further studies about omega-3. (Bailes receives research money from fish oil companies, and Sears has his own EPA-rich formulation of fish oil).

They are on the cusp of beginning a broader study to find out if omega-3 can be a useful intervention for some people after traumatic brain injury.

The Virgin family, based on their own dramatic experience, is sure that omega-3 will do for others what it did for their son.

“OK, what if it didn’t do anything?” said John Virgin. “It certainly couldn’t hurt, but what if you have this kind of result?”

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Thanks to Food Matters, for alerting me to this CNN story, dated: January 18, 2014.

Waste Deep: The Documentary

Food and packaging waste is not simply something that ‘goes away’ when we pop it in the trash can for collection by our trash collectors. Waste has an insidious, long-term impact on our environment, our wildlife and ultimately our own health. But how do we avoid it? In an age of excess consumption and a mindset of convenience-at-all-cost, is it possible to truly be waste free?

Delve into the world of waste and zero waste living with our online short documentary, Waste Deep.

This free-to-watch documentary shows how food and plastic waste can be avoided, drawing attention to much of the unnecessary packaging that is choking our lives, oceans and animals. It also gives an insight into the environmental and social impacts of our wasteful ways.

What steps are you taking to help reduce waste?

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The Hungry For Change Mastery Program

The Hungry For Change Mastery Program is a major new production from the makers of Food Matters. Introducing the program, producer James Colquhoun, writes:

Are You Ready to Take Your Health To A New Level?

In this day and age we are constantly bombarded with marketing and advertising messages convincing us that our perfect health is just a pill or diet soda away.

The truth is that unfortunately this is not the case. We have never been sicker or more overweight. This program will hold your hand through a journey of discovery so you will never feel confused about what or how much to put on your plate.

All This Started With My Father’s Story…

In 2002 my father was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression and Anxiety. He put on over 55 pounds and spent 5 years bedridden on a number of different medications. There was nothing that the medical profession could do apart from periodically changing his medical cocktail in the hope that they might find the magic bullet. His health continued to spiral downwards.

This eventually led Laurentine and I to create our first film ‘Food Matters’ and most recently ‘Hungry For Change’. What started with helping find the best way to get this information to my father has resulted in us dedicating our lives to sharing this message with the world.

We are now excited to present our latest 12 DVD program ‘Hungry For Change Mastery’.

Introducing The Hungry For Change Mastery Program

We created the Hungry For Change Mastery program so that it would be easy for you to implement everything that is discussed in the film. Sometimes watching the film is not enough as many of the topics are quite advanced. With the mastery program you will get to listen to each of the extended interviews with the experts at your own pace and listen as they discuss the topics in the film in more detail. Here’s what you’ll receive if you purchase today:

  • 12 DVD box set and companion workbook
  • Over 9 Hours of life changing information
  • Further your understanding of all the topics from the film
  • Discover the best detox and long term weight loss strategies
  • Learn how to apply visualization and affirmation techniques
  • Handy juicing tips in the kitchen
  • Learn how to best handle emotional eating and addictions
  • Inspiring transformational stories from people who have been there
  • Digital downloads streaming to iPad, iPhone, workbooks and more
  • Get to know the world’s leading natural health experts in the film intimately

James Colquhoun, Producer

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Dr Joseph Mercola: What If A Spice Could Safely Destroy Nearly Every Type Of Cancer?

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death. What if there was a safe, natural herb that could work for nearly every type of cancer?

According to Dr William LaValley, who focuses most of his clinical work on the treatment of cancer, Curcumin — a derivative of turmeric, and the pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow-orange color — may fit the bill. It’s a natural compound that has been extensively researched, and has been found to have numerous health applications.

Like me, Dr LaValley was trained in general medicine, but he’s devoted a considerable amount of time to understanding the biochemical pathways that can support health nutritionally.

In 1982, he participated in an exchange program to the People’s Republic of China, where he got first-hand experience with the ancient practices of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

“One of the important messages that I learned there was that natural products, natural molecules, from plants and animals that are already available in nature, have been used by the Chinese for at least hundreds, probably thousands of years. That deeply changed my perspective in the world of medicine,” he says.

“I came back to medical school, and thereafter, looked at how I could integrate the perspective of conventional pharmaceutical administration as well as natural extract, natural product administration.”

Curcumin Has Powerful Anti-Cancer Activity

In 2005, he took a 75 percent sabbatical from clinical practice to immerse himself in the science of molecular biology, specifically the molecular biology of cancer. He also devoted approximately 9,000-9,500 hours building a relational database from the PubMed literature about the molecular biology of cancer.

One important lesson he learned through that venture is that the understanding of molecular biology can be applied across a range of diseases and symptoms described in the scientific literature. That knowledge can be applied by searching PubMed and other related databases, looking at the relevant molecular pathways involved.

“In learning the molecular biology of cancer pathways, and in learning that what the evidence actually shows for the effect of natural product extracts on various relevant molecular targets in various cancers, We see that there’s actually quite a large amount of evidence that supports using various molecules, natural products, and pharmaceuticals that are already approved and that have been around for a long time to affect anti-cancer activity along that pathway at that target. That’s called molecularly targeted anti-cancer treatment, and it’s widely practiced in oncology today.

What’s not widely practiced is the use of the natural products for the molecularly targeted anti-cancer activity. I provide that for my patients because the evidence base suggests and supports the use of these treatment recommendations.”

Curcumin — A ‘Universal’ Cancer Treatment?

Interestingly, Curcumin appears to be universally useful for just about every type of cancer, which is really odd since cancer consists of a wide variety of different molecular pathologies. You wouldn’t necessarily suspect that there would be one herb that would work for most of them. Dr LaValley explains how he came to this conclusion:

“I went back to the literature and looked at how I can support the decision-making process and the recommendations that I’m making for treatment from the scientific literature, including literature that goes from the treatment of humans with oral products like pharmaceuticals or natural products.

Curcumin Does Not Adversely Affect Healthy Cells

This is where I learned about this molecule called Curcumin, all the way down to its use in animals and then its use in test tubes or petri dish… One of the amazing things about Curcumin is that this molecule has some profound anti-inflammatory activity and has activity in many molecular targets.

There are molecules that are in the cells, and those molecules interact with each other along certain pathways or tracks. The traffic of that interaction, the signals that are transferred in that trafficking of information in the molecules, presents many different targets or molecular-specific complexes.”

As explained by Dr LaValley, whether the Curcumin molecule causes an increase in traffic or activity of a particular molecular target, or a decrease/inhibition of activity, studies repeatedly show that the end result is a potent anti-cancer activity. Furthermore, Curcumin does not adversely affect healthy cells, suggesting it selectively targets cancer cells. Research has also shown that it works synergistically with certain chemotherapy drugs, enhancing the elimination of cancer cells.

Curcumin Destroys Cancer In Multiple Ways

Curcumin has the most evidence-based literature supporting its use against cancer of any nutrient, including vitamin D, which also has a robust base. Interestingly, this also includes the metabolite of Curcumin and its derivatives, which are also anti-cancerous.

Curcumin has the ability to modulate genetic activity and expression—both by destroying cancer cells and by promoting healthy cell function. It also promotes anti-angiogenesis, meaning it helps prevent the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth. As for its effect on molecular pathways, Curcumin can affect more than 100 of them, once it gets into the cell. More specifically, Curcumin has been found to:

  • Inhibit the proliferation of tumor cells
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Inhibit the transformation of cells from normal to tumor
  • Inhibit the synthesis of a protein thought to be instrumental in tumor formation
  • Help your body destroy mutated cancer cells so they cannot spread throughout your body
  • Help prevent the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth (angiogenesis)
Why Whole Turmeric Is Ineffective

Unfortunately, while there’s some Curcumin in whole turmeric, there’s not enough in the regular spice to achieve clinically relevant results. The turmeric root itself contains only about three percent Curcumin concentration. Another major limitation of Curcumin as a therapeutic agent is that it is poorly absorbed. When taken in its raw form, you’re only absorbing about one percent of the available Curcumin.

“The natural product industry has developed a standard of a 95-percent concentration of Curcumin,” Dr LaValle explains. “Initially, years ago, that was what we had available for patients. Even at that, taking a 95-percent concentration orally in a capsule, only one percent of that could be absorbed. In order to get amounts of Curcumin in the bloodstream that are reasonable to have therapeutic effect, people had to take large amounts of Curcumin

In searching the literature, I found that a way to change that, to dramatically increase the bioavailability, is actually a very simple process of bringing water to a boil, putting those capsules or some dry powder (I use it by the teaspoon), and boiling it for 10 to 12 minutes. That increases the amount of Curcumin dissolved in water from that one-percent amount up to 12 percent or so. That amount is a vast number of Curcumin molecules that are now in a bioavailable or absorbable form.”

However, while this is certainly doable, it’s really inconvenient, and great care must be taken to prevent staining your clothes and kitchen surfaces. It’s a significant enough problem to have been dubbed “yellow kitchen syndrome,” as it’s virtually impossible to get the stains out. Turmeric is in fact an excellent dyeing agent for fabrics, rendering them a yellow-orange color.

Convenience and efficiency has driven many of the changes in the forms of Curcumin in later years. Because it’s a fat-loving or lipophilic molecule, many newer preparations now include some sort of oil or fat, which improves its absorbability and bioavailability. Such preparations typically have seven to eight times higher absorption than the raw, unprocessed 95-percent-concentration of dry powder. There are also newer sustained release preparations, which Dr LaValley prefers and recommends.

The Connection Between Cancer and Insulin Resistance

If you are overweight, or have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and/or diabetes, then in all likelihood insulin and leptin resistance is a factor. Insulin and leptin resistance is also a very common factor among cancer patients. From my perspective, a ketogenic diet (with or without intermittent fasting) would be a prudent treatment strategy to resolve that underlying problem. Once you’ve normalized your insulin and leptin, you don’t necessarily need to maintain a ketogenic diet, if you find it too restrictive.

“I agree with you that a ketogenic diet is really appropriate in many cases, probably the significant majority of cases,” Dr LaValley says. “It’s been known for probably 80 years or longer that solid tumors, and some of the blood cancers, are sugar-loving. Another term is that they are addicted to sugar.

I use [a] PET scan to demonstrate to patients that here is objective proof that the tumors you have in your body are sugar-avid. They’re taking up sugar at a rate much higher than the other regular healthy cells. I want to drive home that message, so that they are motivated to alter their diet to have a low carb intake, causing their body to generate additional nutrient supply molecules called ketones…

What that means is that we’re trying to provide an anti-cancer antagonistic pressure on the cancer cells by reducing the amount of sugar that’s readily available for uptake by reducing the easily available sugar in the diet and compensating for the nutrient reduction and sugar [reduction] by increasing healthy fats.”

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The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment

Curcumin has been an integral part of My Serrapeptase Adventure, which charts my own escape from the toxic cocktail of prescription medication and return to naturally sustained good health. I have chosen to take Curcumin, rather than turmeric because the active curcuminoids represent a small proportion of the total amount of turmeric. Furthermore, turmeric offers poor levels of bioavailability, unless it is combined with substances, which enable better levels of absorption by the body. It is for this reason that I have chosen to take CurcuminX4000 and Serranol, which incorporate Phytosomes.

Phytosomes are plant extracts bound to phosphatidylcholine (fos-fa-tidal-ko-leen), which is an essential component of human cells. Our bodies make phosphatidylcholine, but we can also get it from food and supplements. When taken orally, phosphatidylcholine is very well absorbed. To improve absorption, scientists found a way to attach Curcumin to phosphatidylcholine – the result is CurcuminX4000 When you take CurcuminX4000 your body readily absorbs the phosphatidylcholine and the Curcumin attached to it, resulting in more Curcumin reaching the cells that can benefit from it.

Water: The Great Mystery

Water is one of the most profound and thought provoking films I have ever seen!

It’s definitely on my top 10 list.

Warning: after watching this film you may: start playing classical music more often, look cautiously at your faucet water, consider your brain and body when drinking water, giving thanks and gratitude for your water (and food), and you will most certainly never look at this simple element in the same way again!

I urge you to check it out and share this message with family and friends! (especially if they need healing)”

James Colquhoun
Producer, Food Matters and Hungry For Change

Five Reasons You Should Watch This Film
  • If you are interested in deeper knowledge of the water you drink and how it effects your body
  • You want to discover the amazing secrets of how water can hold memory
  • You are open to taking your mind to another level to discover the beauty and complexity of mother nature
  • You want to understand why it is important for us to protect our natural environment
  • To understand how every living thing is essentially a container of water and how we can positively and negatively effect it’s makeup

This film is truly compelling and will have you thinking “wow” at the end. You won’t believe how truly beautiful and complex a natural substance can be and why we need to embrace and protect this profound element.

What You’ll Discover In This Film
  • The multiple dimensions of one of earth’s most mysterious substances
  • The power of structured water and its ability to adapt and transform
  • Natural water’s energy and its ability to memorize its journey
  • The future of all living organisms present in water, waiting for an impulse
  • How much there is still unknown about our life-source
  • How we are spiritually polluting water

Water shows us through science that our thoughts have an effect on our external reality. Imagine the possibilities when people realize their own potential for creativity. Films like this give me hope that there is an emergence of collective intelligence that can solve the problems of the world.

Deepak Chopra

About The Film

From times immemorial, scientists, philosophers and theologians tried to understand waters explicit and implicit properties, which are phenomenal, beyond the common physical laws of nature.  Where did it come from? Why does it exist? How does it effect out bodies?

Witness recent, breathtaking discoveries by researchers worldwide from Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Israel, the USA, Britain, Austria, Japan, Argentina, China and Tibet about how this humble element acts! What you will learn will astound you and awaken your mind to understand the depth of this amazing element. There are so many secrets about water that are still unknown.

The arguments expound upon unexpected and challenging assumptions enlightening many years of research to open humankind to new horizons, such as the applications of structured water in agriculture, or the use of water in treatment for the most serious diseases and more.

I hate definitions like ‘life-changing’, ‘amazing’, ‘unbelievable’, etc. but this movie is just that in absolutely every aspect. Why? Its just another proof we know almost nothing about the planet we inhabit. I did not know that :

  • Water has memory
  • Water senses human emotions and reacts to them
  • Water is able to communicate from a distance
  • A prayer can turn bad water into good one
  • Both tap & bottled water are “dead” and bear no positive energy

Scientific proofs from different countries & parts of the world are captured in this movie and the above listed facts are just a small fraction of what has been discovered recently.

I recommend this movie to every person who wants to understand more about themselves, the world we live in and maybe even the direction in which our civilization is headed. Have you ever asked yourselves why underdeveloped people living in the nature are much more happy than us living in the most developed cities of the world? A major part of the answer may lie hidden in the water we drink.

Nayden Anguelov

Water will open your mind up to a new perspective of life. There are so many mysteries on earth that are yet to be unraveled and it’s exciting!

The DVD is available at Food Matters.