Monthly Archives: August 2016

How Cancer Starts

The process by which normal cells become cancer cells has to do with genetic damage,
that is, the genes that we have inherited become damaged.

Our body is build-up of approximately 75 trillion cells and there  are many different
types of cells of every part of our body. They continually replicate themselves.
Each cell has a set of genetic instructions in its center, called the DNA, which controls
cell growth, development and replication.

The DNA is the vital component that gets damaged, the chemical blueprint in genes,
in the form of oxidation and the main cause of this is reactive oxygen ( technically
referred to as reactive oxygen species ) , or the more common name: free radicals.

When DNA is damaged by free radicals, it can replicate a damaged cell.
When this cell replicates itself, it can become cancer.

Cancer is fundamentally an oxidative process and many types of cancers depend on the
conversion of particular molecules in the cells or carcinogenic chemicals to reactive
oxidized forms. The oxidation is largely caused by free radicals.

Oxidation in our body is the main cause of many forms of cancer, heart disease,
atheroclerosis, adult onset of diabetes, cataracts, lung – and liver disorders and
degenerative diseases of the brain.

Every day, the DNA in each cell in our body faces about 10,000 attacks from cell-
damaging forces known as free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules
that have lost an electron.
Ironically, both chemotherapy and radiotherapy that are used to treat cancer
cause more oxidation.

In healthy living cells, reactive oxygen species are formed continuously during
the process of respiration in the cells.

Although the body is well equipped to repair genetic (DNA) damage, the repair processes
are usually less than 100 % efficient. Despite even extensive repair, oxidized DNA is
usually abundant in human tissues. Significantly, damaged DNA is particularly abundant
in tumors. The damage rate may be  up to 10 modifications in each cell every day,
so it is apparent that damage accumulates with age.

The CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition believes that this increase in genetic damage
with age is due to the cumulative effects of free radical damage and dietary and
environmental chemicals that damage genes.

Our bodies have to face daily an over production of free radicals, caused by our polluted
environment, stressful lifestyles and mal nutrition. Free radicals are naturally produced as
your body turns fuel to energy, you can get them also from stress, smoking and radiation
from the sun.

These volatile molecules cruise around your body, trying to stabilize themselves by stealing electrons from other molecules. When they succeed, they create still more free radicals, causing a sort of snowballing procession of damage.
Free radicals don’t just occasionally pop up here and there. Up to 5% of the oxygen that each cell uses is converted into free radicals.

Ionising radiation is a potent generator of reactive oxygen species, while tobacco smoke has been found to increase the DNA damage by 35-50%. Other well-known causes include:
many polluting chemicals, including the hydrocarbons from petroleum, many pesticides, the chlorine in town water supplies; iron in access of the body’s needs: amines and nutrates.

It is a surprise to see iron, as being one of the essential nutrients, on the ‘bad list’, yet
the effects of excess iron are so significant, that the increased incidence of testicular cancer this century has been attributed to the increasing iron content of the Western diet.

Can our body defend itself against oxidative damage by excessive free radicals?
The answer is: yes! Our body is equipped with very powerful defenses against free radicals and this is largely through antioxidants, which are consumed in the diet or made within our body, and enzymes.

Balance is the key. If there are not enough antioxidants available to neutrolize the free radicals, oxidative stress develops.

The key antioxidants in the diet are the carotenoids, vitamin A ( which we consume or make from carotenoids), vitamin C, vitamin E and the trace minerals selenium and zinc.
The prominent enzymes that destroy free radicals are called: superoxide dismutase, glutathione (particular melatonin) and a host of other natural compounds, such as
those occuring in grape seeds and skins (OPC’s) and in the herb Ginkgo biloba.

Vitamin E has been extensively researched and there is strong evidence that it is beneficial
at much higher intakes than the current RDA (Recommended Daily Allowances) of
15 IU ( International Units). Vitamin E is especially required to protect unsaturated fats against oxidation.
The least amount found to inhibit oxidation is 40 IU per day, with 60 IU/day the minimum to enhance immune response. The Optimal level is 450 IU/day. Up to 800 IU has been found to be beneficial.
The researchers suggest an intake of 135 – 150 IU/day.

To obtain this amount from food, we would need to consume daily almost a kilogram
of almonds, or 150 grams of soya oil, or 55 grams of wheatgerm oil, each of which would be not only unpractical, but even a harmful quantity of food.

That’s why it make sense to supplement our diet with high quality nutritional supplements
(multiminerals and antioxidants) to ensure that the optimal levels are being met.

Health & Nutrition #90 by Nutrobalance

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Exercise and Weight Loss: The Science of Preserving Muscle Mass


July 29, 2016 | Article

People who work out to lose weight should keep in mind that any calories they consume right before or during a workout will be burned off first.   read more….

Scientists solve puzzle of converting gaseous carbon dioxide to fuel

Saving the planet from climate change with a grain of sand

August 25, 2016
University of Toronto
Every year, humans advance climate change and global warming by injecting about 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Scientists believe they’ve found a way to convert all these emissions into energy-rich fuel in a carbon-neutral cycle that uses a very abundant natural resource: silicon. Readily available in sand, it’s the seventh most-abundant element in the universe and the second most-abundant element in the earth’s crust.   continue reading....

Would you like to increase your metabolism so that your body will burn more calories throughout the day? Or maybe you are more interested in increasing the lean tissue on your body so that you can work harder, play longer, and have a decreased chance of a life-related injury. Strength training offers just that. But…Read More »

Jamie Oliver’s Recipe of the Day – Beetroot nicoise salad       click here!!


Cancer-causing Chemicals

Many natural and unnatural chemicals are toxic and capable of causing cancer.
As a result, there is currently a great emphasis on minimizing our exposure to
polluting chemicals and pesticides. Although researchers at the University of
California claim that the latter are not a significant problem.

They say that 99.99% of the pesticides we eat are produced by the plant itself and
are natural. The remaining 0.01% are man-made agricultural pesticides.

Nevertheless, as much as half of these natural pesticides that have been tested
caused cancer in rodents. This is attributed tot the fact that the chemicals are tested
at the maximum tolerated dose, an extremely high level, but this does not mean
that they are carcinogenic at the trace levels consumed by humans.
Rather this is a worst case risk assessment.

Although many synthetic pesticides have been linked to cancer – 16 organochlorines
to breast cancer alone – we simply don’t know exactly what danger they pose.

According to a CSIRO researcher, the danger of all man-made pesticides is considerable
The adverse effects of some of these chemicals at high intakes have been clearly shown.
Some accumulate in our body to dangerously toxic levels.
All toxic chemicals are increasing the burden of gene-damaging agents that are
already challenging our health.

A good example of gross danger is from diocin, a by-product of pesticide manufacturing,
which is linked to cancers at a stunningly low concentration of 2.1 parts per quintillion
( one quintillion = one million million million).

In 1989 the US Natural Resources Defense Counsel (NRDC) alleged that some 5,500 – 6,200
children may develop cancer later in life from exposure to just eight pesticides during
their preschool years.

One of the most carcinogenic natural chemicals is aflatoxin, which is sometimes found in
mouldy peanuts. Because it is so strongly carcinogenic, government food inspectors test
peanuts for it regularly.

Much milder is the carcinogenic tendency with cured meats. Ham, bacon, corned beef,
red frankfurter sausages, hot dogs, salami, etc., are cured with sodium nitrite, some
of which converts in the stomach to carcinogenic nitrosamines.

The chlorine added to town water supplies for disinfection has its problems.
Traces convert to chloroform which is carcinogenic. Long hot showers also produce traces
of chloroform. The solution is simple: Drink purified water, fit a shower filter and
keep the bathroom windows wide open during showering, with exhaust fan on if available.

Some medical drugs have turned out to be carcinogenic One of the best known is
diethylstilboestrol (DES), a synthetic oestrogen. In the 1970s, six Australian girls
developed vaginal cancer as a result of their mothers taking this drug, and numerous
cases resulted in the US. The cancer took 10 – 20 years to develop.

The household pollution that results from an unflued heater burning oil, gas or coal
can double the risk of cancer of the voice box, according to a German cancer expert.

Health & Nutrition #79 by Nutrobalance

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If there is one common behavior I see over and over again in the health and fitness industries, it is the fear people have of trying something new. That’s precisely how I felt when I enrolled in the Center for Nutrition Studies Certificate Program in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell in the spring of 2012. I took the course because I genuinely wanted to learn more about nutrition, but I did not expect to change my viewpoints very much.    continue reading……..August 15, 2016

New Insides into How Mind Influences the Body

University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Neuroscientists have identified the neural networks that connect the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla, which is responsible for the body’s rapid response in stressful situations. These findings provide evidence for the neural basis of a mind-body connection. Specifically, the findings shed new light on how stress, depression and other mental states can alter organ function, and show that there is a real anatomical basis for psychosomatic illness.   continue reading…….
Exercise and Weight Loss: How Much Time it Takes to Gain and Lose Muscle Mass
I realize it’s not new information that exercise is important for weight management and health. The hard part is staying consistent. If you’re like most people you’ll find yourself having conversations in your head where you talk yourself out of exercise: “I don’t have time today”, “I don’t feel like it”, I don’t want to…continue reading….
Symptoms of Toxaemia
Toxaemia comes in different levels of intensity, ranging from minor to major.
The first thing people like to know is how toxic they are.
Unfortunately that is not easy to determine. It is quite possible to be in a ‘polluted’ state without being aware that there is anything wrong.Iridology will probably give us the most reliable indication (analysis of the iris of the eye), when conducted by a skilled practitioner.     continue reading…..

Jamie Oliver’s Recipe of the Day – Sticky Pork Noodles   click here!!



Symptoms of Toxaemia

Toxaemia comes in different levels of intensity, ranging from minor to major.
The first thing people like to know is how toxic they are.
Unfortunately that is not easy to determine. It is quite possible to be in a ‘polluted’ state without being aware that there is anything wrong.

Iridology will probably give us the most reliable indication (analysis of the iris of the eye), when conducted by a skilled practitioner.

However, there are certain signs that a person can look for to get an idea.
Some of the most obvious ones that could be present are:

  • Constantly feeling unwell, of color, a bit ‘crook’
  • Always tired, as though your batteries were flat. The extreme case is chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Repeated minor ailments, like colds and headaches. You appear to ‘pick up’ infections easily.
  • It’s an effort to drag yourself out of bed in the morning and you need coffee to get going.
  • The breath is off and it’s not due to problems with teeth.
  • There is body odor that returns soon after showering.
  • The yongue is coated, especially first thing in the morning.
  • Wound healing is poor; the smallest cuts become inflamed and remain so for days.
  • There are persistent aches and pains that are not due to physical injury or muscle or joint strain.
  • There is degenerative disease.

Colds and flu are our safety valve.
If the toxins in our system would continue to build up, it would be life threatening at the end. But our well designed and incredibly complex human body will be able to cope with adversity and does not allow this to happen.
Instead, when its tolerance limit is reached, our body opens up an emergency channel of elimination to siphon off some of the toxaemia.

Usually, toxins are sent to mucous membranes in the nose, which are conveniently located close to the exterior. The mucous membranes become highly irritated, inflamed, swollen and painful, and mucus is secreted abundantly to literally wash wastes out of the body.
This process is normally called the common cold, or influenza, when more severe.

The same process can take place in other parts of the body under different names.
If it occurs in the voice box, it is called laryngitis; in the bronchial tubes, bronchitis; in the lungs, pneumonia ;in the stomach, gastritis; in the small intestine, enteritis; and in the bowel, colitis. These are all different names for the same basic process: an emergency elimination via mucous membranes. If the elimination is via the skin, where mucous membranes are not involved, the condition will be called dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and so on.

After the elimination has finished, the body is able to function at a higher level with more energy,  that means; more normally. The person feels better than before, as if they have had an inner spring clean – and that’s what happened indeed. The symptoms of acute disease are simply the external visible signs of tissue cleansing and self-healing at work restoring the status quo.

In my next article we will discuss what part germs play in the causes of disease.

Health & Nutrition #78 by Nutrobalance


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Rosemary: Benefits for brain health, pain, cancer, inflammation, and more

A close up of dried Rosemary in a white spoon isolated on white background.

by Cat Ebeling & Mike co-authors of the best-sellers:  The Fat Burning Kitchen & The Top 101 Foods that Fight Aging I’ve shown you in previous articles how herbs and spices most times contain a LOT more antioxidants than fruits or vegetables do… and rosemary is one of those perfect examples. The rich savory smell of rosemary makes you think of …   read more....

Healthy Diet Tips

There are quite a few healthy diet tips that will help you to live a healthier lifestyle and eat a healthy diet.

If you are trying to eat healthily and stay healthy, you should take these healthy diet tips as good advice that should be incorporated into your daily lifestyle. You can incorporate these gradually and you’ll be used to it no time!

vegetables as part of healthy diet tips

First is that you must always fill your food cupboards and refrigerators with healthy food. After all, if you don’t have healthy food ingredients to cook, and all you have stocked up on is processed foods, how can you cook healthy meals?

Another of my healthy diet tips is that you should keep every of your meals balanced.
continue reading…..

Organic Food

Michael Greger M.D. · Last Updated on July 18, 2016

The benefits of consuming an abundance of conventional produce or soy foods likely far outweigh the risks of pesticides, but why accept any risk at all when you can choose organic. There are also broader benefits for the environment.

Rinsing our produce under running water may only take off around 15% of pesticides, but one can make a fruit and vegetable wash that works better.

Test tube studies suggest organic produce may be more health-promoting.  Organic berries, for example, appear to suppress the growth of cancer cells better than conventional berries.    continue reading…….

Eye health tips for over-60s

Because our eyesight changes as we get older, many of us will need to wear glasses or contact lenses as we age. Here are some tips to help keep your vision clear.

Have regular eye tests

An eye test is not just good for checking whether your glasses are up to date. It’s also a vital check on the health of your eyes.

An eye test can pick up eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts, as well as general health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure.

Wearing the right lenses will help reduce the risk of accidents.

continue reading…….

More Health &Nutrition from Nutrobalance
How food can reduce stress
High Blood Pressure

Jamie Oliver’s Recipe of the Day – Roasted veg vindaloo
with golden gnarly Chicken Skewers   click here!!


High Blood Pressure

Millions of people around the world suffer from high blood pressure.
It is the most common cardiovascular disease.

The dimension of this illness is mainly due to the fact that the cause
of high blood pressure was hardly understood.
Traditional medicine must admit that the cause of high blood pressure
is unknown in 90% of cases. The often medical diagnoses state:
“essential hypertension”, or in other words: “cause unknown”, as a result
that conventional medicine in most cases restrict to “fighting against
the symptoms”. With various medicines they try to lower the blood pressure,
but the underlying cause remains untouched.

Modern cellular nutrition means a breakthrough for our knowledge about
the cause, and the prevention with therapy to match for high blood pressure.
The main cause is an acute vitamin deficiency and lack of other essential
nutritional matter in millions of cells in the artery  walls.

This lead to tension and thickening of the artery wall and can finally
increase blood pressure. A lower tension leads to enlarged arteries,
which result in a lower blood pressure.

In healthy people the normal tension on the artery walls can be obtained
by an optimal production of release factors in the cells of the artery walls.

People with high blood pressure are lacking in these release factors.
Vitamin supplementation and other vital nutritional matter will therefore
help to avoid high blood pressure or bring back an existent high blood
pressure to a normal level.

The natural amino acid orginine, vitamin C and other nutritional matter
are of vital importance, as they help to restore the shortage of these
release factors in the artery walls.

Scientific and clinical research have proved that magnesium helps to lower
the blood pressure.

It is recommended for patients with high blood pressure to start as soon as
possible with vitamins and other nutritional supplements and to inform
their G.P. about this.

Use these natural cell factors in any case besides the prescribed medicines.
Of cause you may only reduce or alter the intake of medicines after
consulting your doctor.

It is better to avoid than to cure. A combination of vitamins, which support
in a natural way the permanent correction of a health problem like high
blood pressure, will also for you be the best choice in this case when it
comes to prevent this serious health problem.

Health & Nutrition #77 by Nutrobalance


How Stress effect your appetite and what you can do about it.

When you feel stressed it’s a common experience to want to eat a pint of ice cream and equally common to not want to eat anything at all. The stress response is complicated involving many systems of your body. How you react to that response varies from person to person. Does stress make you want.  read more….


Review of the Top 5 Free Online Longevity Calculators and Tests
A Review of the Websites Claim to Tell You How  Long You Will Live

There are a lot of life expectancy and longevity calculators out there. So I decided to do a systematic test to find the best. I found a willing friend and had him use a few of the top longevity calculators available. Throughout the process, we made note of his projected life expectancy according to the calculator, the experience of the test itself, and what recommendations were given, if any.   continue reading…..


Michael Greger M.D. · Last Updated on August 1, 2016

Beans are rich in phytonutriessnts and antioxidants and  an excellent addition to a variedeconomical, healthy diet. All four of the major dietary food-scoring systems promote beans as a part of a healthy diet, one of only four foods these guidelines agree on. The newest dietary guidelines for Americans also promote whole plant food consumption, including a high legume intake continue  reading….

How Eating Less May Prolong Life
Three new studies show that restricting calories, even in non-obese people:
• reduces inflammation (Aging, July 2016)
• helps to prevent cancers (Cancer Research, July 14, 2016)
• increases autophagy (PLoS Genetics, July 14, 2016)continue reading….

Jamie Oliver’s Recipe of the Day  –  Brazilian Chicken Bucket –   click here!




How Food can Reduce Stress

Stress is all around us, and food provides a welcome, if momentary break.
Unfortunately, the foods we often turn to in times of stress, like coffee and sweets,
have a way of making us feel even more frazzled later on.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Research has shown that eating more of some foods
and less of others can cause stress hormones in the body to decline.

Making slight changes in your diet will produce physical changes  in the brain that
can make the world’s problems just a little bit easier to handle.

Researchers have found that food high in carbohydrates produce changes in the brain
that can take the edge of stress.

During emotionally trying times, our brain uses up its supply of serotonin, a chemical
that imparts feelings of well-being.  When serotonin levels fall, negative feelings
tend to rise.

Eating foods that are high in carbohydrates, like pasta, bagels or baked potatoes,
can quickly rise low serotonin levels, making you feel less stresses and more relaxed.
As serotonin levels rise, appetite usually decreases, which means that you are
less likely to eat your way through hard times.

Research  found that foods high in vitamin B6, such as bananas, potatoes and prunes,
can relieve irritability and stress, making you feel just a little bit better.
In one study, Dr. Tecce and his colleagues at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition
Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston lowered vitamin B6 levels
in a group of volunteers. The people became increasingly irritable and tense.

Vitamin B6 improves mood by raising levels of dopamine, a chemical in the brain
that is related to feeling good. When you don’t get enough vitamin B6 in your diet,
dopamine levels fall, and you can experience negative feelings.
In addition, people who don’t get enough vitamin B6, may produce to little serotonin,
which make them feel even worse.

Coping with Stress

The Question whether nutrition or stress is the most important factor in health has long been in dispute. However, both are most important, so it doesn’t matter.

Some people get away with poor diet if they are easy going, while others may survive the effects of stress through good diet. Others, who are not so fortunate in either case will suffer. If poor diet and stress are a dominant factor in their live, this will undoubtedly be a recipe for disaster.

On the other hand, if we get the diet right and be able to cope with stress, we are certain to thrive. If the other two key factors: regular exercise and minimizing exposure to chemicals are covered, we have the formula for excellent health.

Men and women who have never married die at younger ages than their married equivalents, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Single men between 25 and 64 years of age were approximately three times more likely to die than married men in the same age group, while single women in the 25 to 64 age group were approximately two-and-a-half times more likely to die than their married counterparts.
The higher rates of death were due to cancer, heart and other artery diseases, respiratory
and digestive system diseases, car accidents, suicide and drugs.

Similarly, a recent seven -year Swedish study found that middle-aged men who have recently endured high levels of emotional stress and have no-one to turn to for emotional support are three times as likely to die within several years as those who have ample supporting relationships.

So being single is a health hazard! Quips aside, there is considerable evidence to confirm this conclusion.

A Swedish study of 1,000 men, followed up from 50 to 70 years of age, found that one of the most important factors protecting them from disease and death, even after allowing for lifestyle factors like saturated fat  r smoking, is the number outside of people that live under one roof! The more people you live with, the safer you are.
That’s why the family network is so important.

The second important factor is the amount of social contact that people have outside the home.In other words, the number of people in our lives is likely to be of major significance in our well being and survival.

Dr Dean Ornish of the University of California, made the observation of people with heart disease that, “underneath their differences they felt a sense of isolation from parts of themselves and their own feelings, isolation from other people and isolation from a higher force, whatever that meant to them.”]

Dr Robert Buist in ‘The Cholesterol Myth’, adds: “Ornish’s support groups quickly focussed on the concept that anything that promotes intimacy and communication is healing, while isolation, alienation and loneliness are probably among the great predictors of heart disease.”

If we are not fortunate enough to be part of a big family, we can keep regular contact with friends and relatives. Or in the absence of those, we can join a social group or sporting club.

And when we look at the bright side of employment, instead of whingeing and moaning about having to go to work as we sometimes do, we can appreciate the fact that the emotional support of being part of a team may be second only  to the family in satisfying
a major need that keeps us alive and well.

In conclusion we can say that the most harmful kind of stress for most people is that associated with social isolation, alienation and loneliness.

So let us never take our relationships for granted. Friendships require nurturing, and the effort required will bring us abundant rewards.