Joyce Ann Riley was welcomed into the world on July 31, 1948. Fittingly, she was born just outside Arkansas City, Kansas on the border with Oklahoma, in the heart of the United States. Eventually, Joyce would capture the hearts of millions of people around the world, including my own, becoming a trusted friend and mentor.
Her father owned a pharmacy while her mother was a stay-at-home mum. Joyce was the eldest of three children. One of her passions, as well as being on The Power Hour was quilting, a talent and pleasure inherited from her mother. Continue Reading
Bold health claims have been made for the power of turmeric. Is there anything in them, asks Michael Mosley.
Turmeric is a spice which in its raw form looks a bit like ginger root, but when it’s ground down you get a distinctive yellowy orange powder that’s very popular in South Asian cuisine. Until recently the place you would most likely encounter turmeric would be in chicken tikka masala, one of Britain’s most popular dishes.
These days, thanks to claims that it can improve everything from allergies to depression, it’s become incredibly trendy, not just cooked and sprinkled on food but added to drinks like tea.
The Curcumin compound that’s found in the Indian spice turmeric has the potential to treat and even prevent colon cancer according to recent research.
The study published in the Journal of Cancer was conducted by scientists from the Saint Louis University in the United States and discovered that the two plant compounds known as Curcumin and Silymarin may help to prevent colon cancer cells from spreading. This is because they have been reported to contain medicinal properties. The Curcumin is known to be the active ingredient within turmeric and the silymarin is the component of milk thistle that can be used to treat liver disease.
A recent study published in Critical Reviews in Microbiology lends support to the concept that opportunistic Candida albicans (yeast) infection may not just be a consequence of cancer, but is an actively contributing cause as well.Titled, “Candida albicans and cancer: Can this yeast induce cancer development or progression?”, the study provided the following important background information on this controversial subject:There is currently increasing concern about the relation between microbial infections and cancer. More and more studies support the view that there is an association, above all, when the causal agents are bacteria or viruses.
Honey has numerous health benefits and it would take a long time to list them all. However, there are a few benefits we should consider to improve the quality and the duration of our lives.
Honey also has some amazing antiseptic and skin healing properties. It contains antimicrobial agents that prevent infections by killing bacteria in and around wounds.
Many types of bacteria cannot survive in honey so wounds heal, swelling eases, and tissue can grow back. Medical journals cite more than 600 cases in which honey was used to treat wounds. It appears that a lot more research is being done on using honey for burn victims.
Today is February 18, 2015, and another anniversary of my freedom from the toxic cocktail of prescription medication, which was threatening to destroy my life, before the start of My Serrapeptase Adventure, way back in January 2006. The speed with which I was able to leave the medications behind is still one of the most remarkable things about my recovery, for people learning about it for the first time, and for everyone who witnessed it first hand, alike.
I am often asked two questions, one about how I felt in 2006, and one about how I think, and feel now. The first question is about whether or not I was surprised, or nervous, at the time, less than two months after starting to take Serrapeptase specifically, and more generally, a natural approach to improving and maintaining my health. Continue Reading
Regenerative neurologist, Dr Siddharthan Chandran, of The Euan MacDonald Centre, at the University of Edinburgh, asks whether we can repair the damaged brain. Here’s the problem: Humanity is facing an epidemic of fast-progressing, devastating neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s, motor neuron disease, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Huntington’s. Collectively, this is one of the biggest public health threats of our time. Over 35 million people are affected, and the global annual cost is $700 billion and rising — greater than 1% of global GDP.
Chandran shows two clips of one of his patients, John, who, speaking through a respirator, explains that difficulty breathing, in 2011, led to the diagnosis of motor neuron disease.
Numerous studies have confirmed that turmeric root has powerful anticancer properties, including the ability to inhibit blood vessel formation in tumors.
Most of turmeric’s health benefits are attributed to the trio of yellow-orange chemicals known as the curcuminoids, or sometimes simply as Curcumin (although technically, Curcumin refers to just one specific curcuminoid). Scientists have established that Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. In fact, it appears to be as effective an anti-inflammatory as many over-the-counter drugs.
But Curcumin is more than just an antioxidant; studies suggest that it actively works on several levels to hamper the development and progression of cancers.
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.
Doctors in hospitals around the world should be leaning in to hear the results of this study.
At the School of Medicine in National Yang-Ming University, in Taipei, Taiwan, researchers studied the active component of turmeric, Curcumin, for its anti-tumor capabilities. In the thorough study, Curcumin was found to activate tumor-suppressing proteins which are responsible for stopping cancer cell invasion and the further spread of cancer, or metastasis.
It’s becoming clear, at the center of any cancer treatment regime should be large, daily doses of Curcumin.
Curcumin Activates The Body’s Cancer Defence Mechanisms, Modulates Gene Expression
As part of the study, researchers put human lung adenocarcinoma cells to the test and treated them with various amounts of Curcumin.