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Fasting for a healthier life

Check out some of the latest research into using fasting to improve your health in terms of stabilising blood sugar, blood pressure, etc. It’s on BBC iplayer for the next month. After this there is a clip on You Tube:

Curing cancer with baking soda?

Sounds great doesn’t it? No more chemo or other poisons in the war against one of the western worlds biggest killers cancer. Now, this idea/theory has been around for a few years though I must admit I’ve only come across it recently as I have been looking around for possible alternatives to the mainstream treatment of cancers. Why? Well, lets face it we seem to be losing the battle with cancer. Over the past 2/3 years I’ve personally known three people who have died after having cancer – the last one was a recent friend of the family who passed away less than a week ago at the time of writing this. All three were in their mid/late fortiies. That is what I find truly scary – not even reaching 50 years old. All were fit and active people were not overweight or smoked…Each cancer was different – one had skin cancer initially, one bone cancer and the most recent one had stomach cancer initially. In all three cases the given chemotherapy and in at lastt one case the medics were trying out ‘novel’ treatments on him which obviously failed.
Some people do beat their cancer and go on to live happy healthy lives, though in a lot of  cases the cancer is the victor – According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) cancer killed nearly 8 million people worldwide with almost half a million deaths occuring in the richest country of the world – the U.S.A. Now, I’m not saying not to use ‘conventional’ treatments were appropriate but I feel that the medical establishment needs to look into alternative treatments as well which leads me back to baking soda or more accurately bicarbonate of soda. Now I’m not medically trained but commonsense tells me that if something isn’t working we should look to do something else.

One doctor has an alternative theory regarding cancer and he goes by the name of Dr Tullio Simoncini. What intrigued me about this doctor is that he is a medical doctor and furthermore an oncologist, i.e. a cancer doctor so he should know what he is talking about. Dr Simoncini believes that cancer is caused by a common fungus (Candida albicans) which is in all our bodies but is usually gets kept in check by our immune system. When our immune systems are low the Candida can take advantage and cause cancer. This is not as controversial as it sounds ass Candida is found at the centre of the cancer it’s just that current mainstream thinking believes that the Candida does not cause cancer but moves in afterwards.  What was predictable was Dr Simoncini’s treatment in the media and medical establishment for voicing his theory (and practice). Indeed he was struck off as a doctor in Italy because his treatments do not conform to mainstream practice (even if it cures the patient it seems!). This intrigues me even more when the mainstream lashes out – to me it smells of fear that he may be on to something (a bit like the treatment of Dr Andrew Wakefield and MMR – another story!). Futhermore, Dr Simoncini was banned from talking in the UK (Totnes, Devon) after a local politician (also a doctor) objected. She said “There are, very rightly, safeguards in place to protect people against adverts for remedies which really have no basis in evidence” Hmmmm… rather like a lot of conventional cancer treatments then…! If it’s such quackery then then mainstream medical establishment haven’t got anything to worry about have they? Anyway make your own mind up. Go to Dr Simoncini’s website and/or find him on You Tube:

Aspartame – good or bad guy?

The other day I came across a BBC article about Coca-Cola and Pepsi changing their recipe to reduce one of its ingredients as it is classed as a carcinogen (cancer causing) which sort of sounds good but it seems it’s just so it doesn’t have to list it as a carcinogen on the label…read about it here. It also reminded me about the contraversy regarding the use of artificial sweeteners in our drinks and foods, notably Aspartame. So I visited the Coca Cola website to se what they had to say about this. After a few minutes trying to get to the right area I came across a Q & A section on artificial sweeteners where the following is stated under the heading:

Misperception: Use of low- and no-calorie sweeteners increases the risk of negative health effects

“There is no scientific evidence that foods with low- and no-calorie sweeteners increase the risk of other diseases or health concerns. There is an exception for individuals born with a rare hereditary disease called phenylketonuria (PKU), which prevents them from breaking down one of the amino acids found in aspartame. Therefore, foods and drinks that are sweetened with aspartame must include a warning statement to keep individuals with this disease from unknowingly using this sweetener.”

Which all sounds hunkey dory. However, just searching on a health newsletter I subscribe to and wholly recommend – WDDTY (What Doctors Don’t Tell You) I found the following article which highly concerned me with regards to Aspartame. To read the full article you’ll need to register (it’s free and well worth it). In this article Dr Erik Millstone (Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex) “…maintains that aspartame was accepted in the UK on the basis of animal tests which weren’t properly conducted. According to his evidence, the 15 pivotal studies leading to aspartame approval both in the US and the UK had serious flaws or demonstrated risk.” The article also highlights many studies into the safety (or lack of) of Aspartame. In another article Dr Millstone looks into the increase rates of brain cancers following the introduction of Aspartame to the market. Find the article here. In this article he also questions whether anyone apart from diabetics need artificial sweeteners as the increased use of sweeteners hasn’t seen the same decrease in sugar consumption. Furthermore, he believes that using such artificial sweeteners as a diet aid as they “…are at best ineffective and at worst counter-productive.”