Friday, March 15, 2013

Curcumin Fights Cancer. Cancer & Sugar. Cancer Prevention Diet. Nutrient Density. Ditch Processed Foods. Pesticides in Food. Fast Food. Julius Caesar. Equal Voting.


For “Foodie Friday”:

The Cancer-Fighting Spice So Potent - It Even Beat Brain Tumors in Mice...

“New study finds curcumin to be an effective agent against glioblastoma; a fatal type of brain cancer

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, which is native to Indonesia and southern India, and is widely used as an ingredient in curry dishes and yellow mustard. As research into this powerful spice has increased, it has emerged as one of nature’s most powerful potential healers.

Curcumin has the most evidence-based literature backing its use as a cancer support among all nutrients.  The compound affects 700 genes and more than 100 different pathways once it enters the cell.   Curcumin appears safe for the treatment of all types of cancer.

In India where turmeric is widely used, the prevalence of four common U.S. cancers -- colon, breast, prostate and lung -- is 10 times lower. In fact, prostate cancer, which is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in U.S. men, is rare in India and this is attributed, in part, to turmeric.”  More at:



Cancer & Sugar - Strategy for Selective Starvation of Cancer

Cancer and Sugar - Strategy for Selective Starvation of Cancer

“According to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, sugar poses a health risk—contributing to around 35 million deaths globally each year. So high is sugar's toxicity that it should now be considered a potentially toxic substance like alcohol and tobacco. It’s link with the onset of diabetes is such that punitive regulations, such as a tax on all foods and drinks that contain "added'' sugar, are now warranted, the researchers concluded. They also recommend banning sales in or near schools, as well as placing age limits on the sale of such products.

Sugar's harmful effects do not stop at diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hyper- and hypoglycemia, GERD and heart disease. Sugar and cancer are locked in a death grip, yet oncologists often fail to do what's necessary to stop their patients from feeding their cancers with sweets.”  More at:


Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Cancer Prevention Diet - GOMBS (G-BOMBS)

“Dr. Fuhrman's top five cancer-prevention foods, which he calls his "GOMBS" list. As more research came to light, the acronym was updated from GOMBS to GOMBBS to include beans.
Finally called G-BOMBS: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, and Seeds.”


Dr Joel Fuhrman - Explains Nutrient Density



American Foods Chockfull of Ingredients Banned in Other Countries

Processed Foods

“More than 3,000 food additives -- preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients -- are added to foods in the United States. Many of these additives are banned in other countries

Ingredients banned in other countries yet allowed in the US include various food dyes, the fat substitute Olestra, brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate (aka brominanted flour), Azodicarbonamide, BHA, BHT, rBGH, rBST, and arsenic

Russia has announced a ban on virtually all U.S. meat and meat product imports, effective February 11, due to the feed additive ractopamine in the meats

In the US, ditching processed foods is your best bet to avoid potentially harmful food additives. If you live in Europe you may have more options, as you may be able to find processed foods that do not contain any synthetic additives at all.”  More at:


Nation's Pediatricians Warn Against Pesticides in Food

“The American Academy of Pediatrics has taken the unprecedented step of issuing a policy statement that calls on the government, schools, parents and medical professionals to take concerted action to protect children from pesticides. 

The prestigious 60,000-member physicians organization rarely involves itself in politics and governmental affairs. Its decision to sound alarms against pesticides appears motivated by the growing body of scientific evidence that links these toxic chemicals not only to outright poisoning but also to subtle and sometimes life-altering health problems to which children are especially vulnerable.

Multiple case-control studies and evidence reviews support a role for insecticides in risk of brain tumors and acute lymphocytic leukemia, reductions in IQ and abnormal behaviors associated with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder and autism.”  More at:


Why Fast Food is Fattening and Dangerous

“Wake up people. It’s not the calories in fast food that’s damaging to your health and waistline it’s the chemical additives such as aspartame and MSG (monosodium glutamate). These chemical additives are approved by the FDA and studies show that they lead to weight and disease issues.

Fast Food And Your ArteriesSynthetic chemicals added to processed food, including fast food, damage your body’s cells. Your body is made up of nutrients found in plants and animals you eat. Man-made food items loaded with pesticides, as well as aspartame, margarine, and other man-made chemicals do not nourish your body. If your body can’t use what you put into it you will gain fat and decrease health.

Since we can’t visually see what actually happens at the molecular level when we eat processed food, we discount it and rely on the FDA to do our thinking for us. After all, if its FDA approved, it MUST be okay to eat, right? Not at all.

Nutrients from the food we eat allow us to burn fat and be healthy. Your body cannot process synthetic chemicals. If a food item can’t be processed, it will end up lodged in areas of your body, primarily fatty areas and tissues, creating an acidic pH.

A simple fast-food chicken breast can contain everything from modified corn starch to hydrolyzed corn gluten. Hello? Chicken comprised of corn? A fast-food chicken nugget is nearly 60% corn, and corn is what farmers use to fatten up cattle.

images[8] A good visual that Dr. Mark A. Gustafson found is that it takes fifty-one days to digest fast food chicken nuggets or French fries. FIFTY-ONE DAYS! Does that sound healthy? I could care less about the caloric, fat, or carbohydrate content. That’s not the problem, people. The problem with fast food is that it’s void of nutrients and loaded with chemicals not recognized by the body.”   More at:


On This Day:

The ides of March: Julius Caesar is murdered, Mar 15, 44 B.C.:

“Julius Caesar, the "dictator for life" of the Roman Empire, is murdered by his own senators at a meeting in a hall next to Pompey's Theatre. The conspiracy against Caesar encompassed as many as sixty noblemen, including Caesar's own protégé, Marcus Brutus.

Caesar was scheduled to leave Rome to fight in a war on March 18 and had appointed loyal members of his army to rule the Empire in his absence. The Republican senators, already chafing at having to abide by Caesar's decrees, were particularly angry about the prospect of taking orders from Caesar's underlings. Cassius Longinus started the plot against the dictator, quickly getting his brother-in-law Marcus Brutus to join.

Caesar should have been well aware that many of the senators hated him, but he dismissed his security force not long before his assassination. Reportedly, Caesar was handed a warning note as he entered the senate meeting that day but did not read it. After he entered the hall, Caesar was surrounded by senators holding daggers. Servilius Casca struck the first blow, hitting Caesar in the neck and drawing blood. The other senators all joined in, stabbing him repeatedly about the head.

Marcus Brutus wounded Caesar in the groin and Caesar is said to have remarked in Greek, "You, too, my child?" In the aftermath of the assassination, Antony attempted to carry out Caesar's legacy. However, Caesar's will left Octavian in charge as his adopted son. Cassius and Brutus tried to rally a Republican army and Brutus even issued coins celebrating the assassination, known as the Ides of March. Octavian vowed revenge against the assassins, two years later Cassius and Brutus committed suicide after learning that Octavian's forces had defeated theirs at the Battle of Philippa in Greece.

Antony took his armies east, where he hooked up with Caesar's old paramour, Cleopatra. Octavian and Antony fought for many years until Octavian prevailed. In 30 B.C., Antony committed suicide. Octavian, later known as Augustus, ruled the Roman Empire for many more years.

As sole Roman ruler, Caesar launched ambitious programs of reform within the empire. The most lasting of these was his establishment of the Julian calendar, which, with the exception of a slight modification and adjustment in the 16th century, remains in use today.”


Johnson calls for equal voting rights, Mar 15, 1965:

“On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of legislation guaranteeing voting rights for all.

Using the phrase "we shall overcome," borrowed from African-American leaders struggling for equal rights, Johnson declared that "every American citizen must have an equal right to vote." Johnson reminded the nation that the Fifteenth Amendment, which was passed after the Civil War, gave all citizens the right to vote regardless of race or color. But states had defied the Constitution and erected barriers. Discrimination had taken the form of literacy, knowledge or character tests administered solely to African-Americans to keep them from registering to vote.

"Their cause must be our cause too," Johnson said. "Because it is not just Negroes, but really it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome."”



Ray went with Misty and me to pick up Jay. When Ray and I had tried to help Claudia, Jay’s mother, with her mold problem under her sink last year, Ray and I had taken the cabinet doors off.  There was one door which Jay couldn't figure out how to put back on, there was a big gap.  Upon inspection, Jay had forgotten to replace one of the added stiles that they had originally had to install in a corner.  Jay said “Why didn’t I think of that”!  I don’t know what Jay had been into, as he was in one of his blustery augmentative moods, so we nearly didn’t bring him here, but we thought we needed his good back and strength.

Heat-Air-hardwired. When we hard-wired the Heat/AC in my house, Jay hadn’t put the hole for the conduit in the right place in the apron under the window.  When we put the three-corner cabinet back, it was catching under the conduit, and it wouldn’t go into the corner properly.  That was making it rack slightly, enough that the drawers wouldn’t go back in it easily.  After all the trouble we had with the wiring, there was no way that we were going to mess with the apron, so Jay cut 1/2” off each leg of the cabinet.  That fixed it.

While he was doing that, Ray temporarily wire-nutted the cord back on the old 220v. Heat/Air unit.  It needed to be plugged in again over in Ray’s house to see if it worked.   We put it on the four-wheel hand-truck, and Ray cleared a path for it through his living room.  When we went to truck it up the steps, Jay insisted that it was taken off the hand-truck and carried to the outlet.  Ray and I had already been through that four times, as we had trucked it out of his house, cleaned it, trucked it back into his house to try it out, then up the steps into my house, and when it didn’t work there, we had trucked it back out again.  Ray and I had done that easily with the hand-truck, with him pulling and me lifting.   But Jay insisted that he and Ray carry it 25’ through Ray’s house.  I was so disgusted at his insistence that Ray with a bad back, carry it, instead of trucking it, that I took Jay home.  

The old unit worked fine when plugged in, so we will re-attach the cord properly with electrical shrink tape, and now I can sell it.  I have a 220v. outlet in my bedroom, so we will make up a temporary cord and run it outside through my window for the buyer to check it out.  If we had known what was ahead of us, we would have done that from the start.  We don’t want strangers in either house, so no more trucking that thing inside for us!

Jay showed up a bit later on his ATV on his way for more beer.  He couldn’t shut it off as it needs a new battery, so he left it here, running, while he walked to the store. Pitiful!

In the afternoon, I took Terry back to the vet a few towns away for a free checkup and more medicine.  We had to wait quite a while, and when Terry was weighed he had only put on 3 oz. after all the food he has eaten this last week.  I hope he does better once he is over his URI.  I had taken another large carrier with me with a litter box in it, in case Terry had to ‘go’, but it wasn’t necessary.  I wanted to be prepared as I knew had to go a little bit farther down the road to that Home Depot.  It is the only place that has any 220v Heat/Air units around here at this time of year.  I returned the wall heater and bought another new 220v. Heat/Air unit for the guest house where Ray lives. 

Terry and I were glad to be home after another busy day.


Sandra Merrikin said...

It's funny that you should mention curcumin today. My naturopath had recommended it and I have a problem with my mid back area that is inflamed so I'm taking some of it today. Just hope it doesn't disrupt my reflux which has been great lately.

Gypsy said...

I buy nearly 100% organic, so I don't worry as much about additives as I might. When I buy chocolate, however, I make sure it comes from Europe so I don't have to worry about corn sryup. If Americans only realized how much more tasty the food is, in Ireland at least - onions are so good there compared to the practically tasteless ones here, even organic onions. Dairy is incredibly better there, as is sugar. I always used beet sugar but if I can find it here the cost is prohibitive. How hard is it to grow sugar beets, so there must be power and money in the sugar cane industry.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comments, Sandra and Gypsy.

I do hope it works for you Sandra. Better than taking some chemical.

Gypsy, power and money are the main driving forces in the food industry here in the USA. They don't care if it is bad for us, as long as it lines their pockets.

Coming from England, I wondered why the food doesn't taste the same as it does over there.
I hardly ever drink cow's milk, but when I do, I get it from a dairy that sells raw milk, and they also sell beef that is raised on their pastures.

I usually use Xylitol for sweetening, sometimes Stevia. When it is on sale, I buy coconut sugar. Date sugar is great for baking, but doesn't disolve right in beverages.

We will have to look into what is involved in making sugar out of sugar beets!

Happy Trails, Penny.