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27 03, 2018

Your Health Plan

2018-03-27T12:56:24+00:00 By |Ailments, Cancer, Foods, Nutrition|

Directing Your Health Into the Future

100 years ago acute infectious diseases were the biggest health threat people faced. Fast forward to the present day and health issues have turned on their head, with the prevention and control of chronic illnesses being a key problem.

Naturopaths have a unique role, which GPs tend not to fill because of limited time in appointments and generally not approaching illness prevention from a lifestyle standpoint.

An example of this is chronic pain, which now affects a large proportion of the adult population, and for many this means pharmaceutical pain management. It’s now believed that the prescription opioid epidemic is the leading cause of death among adults under 50 years old living in the America. A Naturopathic approach to chronic pain is very different and drug free.

You have to be the biggest upholder of your own health if you want to live the best and healthiest life.

Good health and prevention of serious illness is not just a case of hoping that you don’t become the next statistic. It starts with you, your lifestyle and your home. What you eat and drink can play a very important role and is an integral part of the jigsaw of good health. How much sleep you have, stress management, exercise, these are all things that contribute to the tapestry of good health.

The American Cancer Society states: “More than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices like not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests.” Eating right and giving your body the nutritional tools and equipment it needs is vital for good health.

CORNERSTONES OF A HEALTHY DIET

What you eat and drink plays a vital role in your health and that of your family. Here are some simple guidelines to kickstart your health through diet. If you can follow these I think you will enjoy the experience and get a lot out of it.

Doing this now can mean you have a happier, healthier life in the future.

FRESH & WHOLEFOODS

Cooking from scratch with fresh and wholefoods and avoiding processed and convenience foods is a really important step. By doing this you can avoid additives, preservatives, cheap oils and sugars, and many potential hazards. You know exactly what is in your meal.

HERBS & SPICES

Cook with fresh herbs and spices regularly. Things like rosemary, parsley, turmeric, chilies all have powerful properties that are pro-health and well-being. What’s more they add vibrance and flavour to your cooking.

FATS

Include plenty of healthy fats in your diet. Fats need to be taken in a balanced ratio. These days people tend to have far too much Omega 6 from rapeseed/canola/sunflower/vegetable oils, and not enough Omega 3 and Omega 9. Fat plays an important part in having a healthy nervous and circulatory system.

PROTEIN

Protein forms the building blocks of life, but don’t over do it. Too much protein, like anything else, can have an adverse affect.

ORGANIC

If you can manage to get organic food into your diet so much the better. Unfortunately, farming practices and processes involved in processed foods are increasingly troublesome. An example of this is farmed fish.

If you would like to work out how you can implement a healthy, lifestyle plan and get your health on track, get in touch so I can help you with that.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

8 03, 2018

Turmeric: Benefits, Uses, Research

2018-03-08T10:52:24+00:00 By |Ailments, Cancer, Foods, Nutrition|

More people than ever are turning to the ancient orange spice, which has over 100 therapeutic uses

Turmeric has been the focus of much media attention and is one of the most researched plants in existence, for good reason.

It has been hailed as the latest super herb with reports about its use in the battle against Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, obesity, heart disease, depression, stress, atherosclerosis, arthritis and pain, and more.

The reason why this herb has so much attention is because of its powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and DNA-protecting properties.

It has a long history, 5,000 years, of been used medicinally and as a culinary ingredient in India.

Tumeric’s Active Ingredient

The medicinal compound curcumin, which is found in Turmeric, is the ingredient that is gaining most attention because of its powerful medicinal properties. Turmeric also contains high amounts of manganese, iron, fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin C and magnesium.  The anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin has been shown to be so effective that is has been compared in its usefulness to prescription medications, with the added bonus of coming without toxic side effects.

A Special Look at Tumeric/Curcumin and Cancer

Curcumin has more evidence-based literature supporting its anti-cancer capabilities compared to other nutrients. Many studies have been done, and while more conclusive evidence is still being sought, the research is promising.

Cancer Prevention: Cancer Research UK talks about cancer prevention on its site, “The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin or diferuloyl methane, which laboratory studies have shown does have anticancer effects on cancer cells. A phase I clinical trial looked at giving curcumin to 25 patients with precancerous changes in different organs. This study seemed to show that curcumin could stop the precancerous changes becoming cancer. Research has also shown that there are low rates of certain types of cancer in countries where people eat curcumin at levels of about 100mg to 200mg a day over long periods of time. But currently there is no conclusive research evidence to show that turmeric or curcumin can prevent or treat cancer.”

How to Take Turmeric

One of the issues with curcumin and turmeric is it’s poor bioavailability, meaning that the body needs helps with absorbing and assimilating it, which is an essential step in getting the most out of this herb.

Consumed alone or raw, curcumin has poor bioavailability. However, there are simple ways to improve absorption, such as:

  • Adding piperine (black pepper), which can increase absorption of curcumin by 2,000%. The liver actively tries to get rid of the curcumin. By adding even just a pinch of pepper, this helps to suppress this process, allowing curcumin levels in the bloodstream to rise. Traditionally, turmeric is eaten with pepper in curries.
  • Combining with a healthy oil, such as coconut oil, means that the curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system, bypassing the liver, allowing it to stay for longer in the body.
  • Heat it up to help activate it. When cooking, and Turmeric is heated up, it becomes more bioavailable.

You can include turmeric powder or turmeric root in your daily diet, or you can take a Turmeric supplement. Taking the whole herb in it’s natural form, is as a general rule what I prefer rather than taking extracts. The curcumin content of Turmeric is about 3%, which is significantly lower than the amounts used in most of the research and trials, which is why supplementing is an option some people opt for with specific conditions. If you want to take Turmeric for a specific medical condition then contact me – because there are different ways to take Turmeric that suit different conditions.

My preference however, for general wellbeing and health is to include this spice in your daily life. When cooking, you can make a paste by heating the turmeric with coconut oil and water, and adding black pepper, which you can store in the fridge and add to recipes, smoothies or yogurt. You can add Turmeric powder or root to soups, curries, vegetables, teas, etc. There are hundreds of interesting ways you can combine Turmeric into your cooking. As an example, including 1/2-1 teaspoon a day of powdered Turmeric in your diet is well suited to many people.

Whether you are having turmeric root, powder or supplements, I always recommend you go for organic, because of the potential for additives and treatments that kitchen spices sometimes go through. Keep it pure and organic.

Precautions

Contact me if you are interested to add Turmeric to your regimen. There are times when Turmeric shouldn’t be used, such as if you have gallstones or bile duct dysfunction or if you are on certain medications or treatments. Pregnant women shouldn’t use it without their doctors’ approval. Piperine, from fresh ground black pepper, will increase the absorbency of other substances in your stomach – so if you are on regular medications, you may experience a higher absorbency rate than intended for those drugs – please check with your doctor in relation to this.

Future Health

Many of my clients come to me with worries about things like cancer prevention and questions about how to protect their memory into the future, or how to deal with pain. Turmeric may offer a simple defense and is well worth looking into.

One of the things I really like about Turmeric is that it is very easy and low cost for people to incorporate it into their daily lives through diet. Just this one simple lifestyle change can potentially have profound affects.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more please get in touch.

12 10, 2017

The Hazards of Sugar

2017-10-18T11:00:21+00:00 By |Ailments, Cancer, Foods, Nutrition, Uncategorized|

Sugar is in fact essential to life, however sugar is a major contributing factor to much of today’s ill-health

Average dietary intake of sugar today is four times as much as it was 100 years ago, becoming a staple part of the Western diet.

If you walk into a supermarket today, most of the packaged and processed foods are packed with added-sugar in some form or other, even those that you find in healthfood sections. Added sugar is the problem, not sugar found in form of fructose in things like fresh fruit. The easiest and best way to get away from it is to cook from scratch, that way you know what is going into your food. Is it worth the trouble? I would say a resounding YES.

Health Hazards of Added Sugar

Added sugar creates inflammation in the body, raises blood acidity levels, causes excess mucus and is the fuel that cancer thrives on. Sugar converts to fat, contributes to blood sugar problems which in turn can contribute to diabetes. Heart health problems, high blood pressure, dementia and obesity are also linked with sugar. Each of these areas on their own could fill a book, as there is so much information about it.

The single most important piece of health advice I can pass on to my clients, is to avoid this kind of sugar altogether. This means as a habit don’t add sugar to your food or buy food that has sugar added to it. Of course, there are times where this isn’t realistic, but your daily habits are the thing I would like to emphasis and where you can make real gains. Also, there are alternatives, which I go over below.

A healthy diet should be very low in added sugar, low in non-vegetable carbohydrates and contain some protein.

Does the Body Need Sugar?

Sugar is broken down in the body to produce glucose. Glucose is used by every cell for energy, with the brain needing a large proportion and without which it could not function. This does not mean that lots of sugar equals a healthy brain – but the brain does need a steady supply. When the supply of sugar is not steady then there are clear side affects, such as hypo- or hyperglycemia (diabetes).

Your body controls sugar by secreting insulin, a hormone to keep sugar levels within a certain safe range.

Because sugar comes in many different forms and not just the crystalline granules we put in our tea or coffee, most average people get far too much and this glucose gets stored as fat.

Avoiding Added Sugar

Added sugar has no nutritional value whatsoever. In fact, added sugar leaches nutrients out of your body.

Unfortunately, when we label-read in a supermarket, there are so many names that sugar can come under, that’s it’s easy to miss. Here are just some:

Corn syrup or high-fructose corn syrup, Dextrose or crystal dextrose, Fructose, Maltose, Lactose, Sucrose, Glucose, Evaporated cane juice or fruit juice, Caramel, Carob syrup, Brown sugar, Raw sugar, Dextrin and maltodextrin, Rice syrup, Molasses, Evaporated corn sweetener, Confectioner’s powdered sugar, Agave nectar, Other fruit nectar (for example, pear nectar)

Processed foods often contain high levels of added sugar that has been separated from its original co-nutrients. This means that it is ingested in the body without the fibre, healthy fats or protein that naturally slow down the sugar absorption.

Foods to watch out for include things like sweetened yogurts, breakfast cereals, snack bars, sweet treats, juices, fizzy drinks – with high amounts of refined sugar and fructose.

Non-Vegetable Carbohydrates

Sugar comes in many forms. Sugar is in syrups, candy, cakes, soda, alcohol, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter and jam, pickles and relishes, mayonnaise, powdered milk, processed meat, bread and even cigarettes.

A double handful of dried pasta equals about three tablespoons of sugar. Potato, bread and rice also are very high in a form sugar, all of which your body has to process and which will end up being a form of glucose.

Giving your body high amounts of carbohydrates like rice, pasta, potatoes and bread, as well as other simpler forms of sugars, will contribute to weight gain and many more conditions, such as inflammatory conditions, skin problems, joint and muscle pain, insomnia, elevated cholesterol, increased mucus production, impaired immunity, mental fog, depression, lack of libido, and dizziness.

When blood sugar levels go up insulin is produced in the body which triggers fat to be stored on the body. It also creates free radical which act on the body by destroying cells and shortening their life span.

Natural Sugars

Fructose is the form of natural sugar found in small amounts in fruits and veg, which usually have a good balance of the different forms of sugar. If you are eating a balanced diet it’s not something to worry about because the body is geared up to metabolize these kinds of natural sugars with their co-factors that are found in the fruits and vegetables themselves. Including fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet is shown through research to help protect against disease and is a healthy option. Added sugar is the focus of concern, not natural sugars when eaten in their wholefood form.

One thing to note however, is that some natural products have very high amounts of fructose, such as honey and agave. In fact agave (which is often processed) contains more fructose than the dreaded High Fructose Corn Syrup. Evidence suggests that large amounts of fructose consumption is actually the most damaging form of sugar for your health. While honey is also a concentrated form of sugar, you can buy it in its natural form and if eaten in moderation does offer some health benefits.

Fat Free Doesn’t Mean Sugar Free

One of the troubles with low fat foods is that the way the taste is compensated for is often through added sugar.

Fat is not actually the problem. Healthy fats are essential to good health.

Sugar Alternatives

Of course we all like to have sweet treats and while alternatives.

I recommend avoiding processed sweeteners, such as aspartame.

The one sweetener I would opt for is the herb Stevia because it doesn’t increase blood sugar levels. You can use this in cooking or to add to your tea and coffee, meaning that you don’t have to sacrifice sweet treats.

Case Example

Here is an example of the above with a client of mine who visited me.

When I saw Sarah she was a 32 year-old sales rep working long hours. Her main complaints were that she was over weight, constantly tired yet could not sleep well at night and was also experiencing mood swings that included anxiety and depression. She also said that she felt she looked terrible and her skin and complexion was lacking tone, with an unhealthy complexion.

Sarah was working some 50-60 hours a week and was relying on several strong coffees every day and a couple of alcoholic drinks at night to get her through the day.

On top of all this, her performance at work was now under threat since her production was being affected by her condition and this was causing her to go into a diminishing spiral of low morale and further emotional strain.

Sarah’s diet was our first issue. Typically she was having a muffin (packed with sugar), orange juice and a coffee with one sugar for breakfast. Sometimes she would skip lunch – but if she did have lunch it would be a sandwich with salad and meat. Dinner was typically pasta and vegetarian sauce or grilled meat with potato and vegetables with a glass of wine.

Well this is a pretty typical diet for most you might think – and you would be right!

Sarah’s orange juice, muffin and coffee were causing a massive spike of insulin – she said it helped her “wake up” but this was causing an acceleration of the ageing process and causing adrenal exhaustion in her body. The bread she was having at lunch was competing for digestion with the meat in her sandwich and causing more weight gain and the pasta at night was dramatically causing further blood sugar spikes increasing weight gain.

There is another key thing wrong with Sarah’s diet ? virtually no protein.

I got Sarah to drop out the pasta, muffin, orange juice and bread as these were the main culprits in her fatigue, weight gain and other symptoms.

In its place she introduced an omelet for breakfast made with 1 whole egg and two egg whites. Lunch was chicken or turkey with salad dressed with olive oil and lemon juice. This was followed by a salad in the evening with grilled salmon or tuna. I told her that having a glass of wine was fine with her evening meal. This was a high protein, low carbohydrate diet.

In addition to this, minerals in specific forms and amounts were introduced. She also started on a homeopathic formula to help with stress and anxiety, a multivitamin mineral supplement to give her B vitamins and antioxidant and trace minerals for energy.

Two weeks later Sarah returned looking quite different; happy and bright. She was sleeping well and energy was way up. Sagging in her face and eyes was visibly reduced and her face looked toned and healthy. She said she was feeling bright mentally and her anxiety had gone.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

 

20 07, 2017

Vitamin D May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk by 75-80%

2017-10-18T11:07:42+00:00 By |Ailments, Cancer, Vitamins|

Breast Cancer & Preventative Steps

I only wrote about Vitamin D a few weeks ago. But, because breast cancer affects approximately one in eight women, I wanted to write some more.

I recently read an article where breast cancer was referred to as a “Vitamin D deficiency syndrome.”

Breastcancer.org states on its website: “Research suggests that women with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of breast cancer. Vitamin D may play a role in controlling normal breast cell growth and may be able to stop breast cancer cells from growing.”

An open letter to the New York Times from Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H., F.A.C.E. (Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California San Diego, Participating Member, Moores UCSD Cancer Center, La Jolla, California) stated:
 
“It is not widely realized that most breast cancer is preventable. While the scientific literature reveals many strategies for prevention of breast cancer, the simplest is elimination of the vitamin D deficiency. This is the main known cause of breast cancer. Raising the serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level to 40-60 ng/ml could prevent 75-80% of breast cancer incidence (and deaths, of course).”

I recommend getting your Vitamin D levels checked annually and making sure they are in a good healthy range. Keeping your blood serum levels in a good range is a great way to help protect your health into the future, and is such a simple thing to do. Contact me to find out how to take Vitamin D so that it is in balance with other key nutrients.

WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY?

Visit grassrootshealth.net/project/breast-cancer-prevention to see research and statistics in an easy-to-read format. Below are a couple of examples:

  • “Vitamin D increases breast cancer patient survival: Those with breast cancer who have high levels of vitamin D in their blood are two times as likely to survive the disease as women with low levels, according to a report from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the March issue of Anticancer Research.”
  • “77% reduction in all non-skin cancer incidence: A 2007 randomized clinical trial at Creighton University led by Joan Lappe, PhD, RN, FAAN, found that a dose of 1100 IU/day of vitamin D along with 1400-1500 mg/day of calcium helped women aged 55 and older raise their average serum vitamin D level to 38 ng/ml (from a baseline of 29 ng/ml) and prevent approximately 4 out of 5, or 80%, of all invasive cancers, including breast cancer.”

Getting statistics like this can make us all feel a bit more comfortable that there are things we can do to help us control our health. You are always welcome to write to me with any questions or for any assistance you may need.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

13 05, 2017

Reducing Cancer Risk

2017-10-18T11:13:54+00:00 By |Ailments, Cancer|

Cancer prevention is not a case of crossing your fingers and hoping you don’t become a statistic. It starts with you, your lifestyle and your home

The American Cancer Society, which states: “More than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices like not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests.” This is empowering and good news! Prevention strategies not only exist, but also are remarkably effective at lowering the risk of most types of cancer.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia and is steadily rising. One in two males and one in three females will statistically be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85. Doing what you can to prevent it is something that can be quite easily incorporated into our daily lives. I could write pages to help with this, but to start with I have listed 11 tips below to help protect against Cancer, which are in addition to the advice above of not smoking, watching your weight, and keeping active, etc.

1. Optimize Your Vitamin D
Vitamin D3 is obtained either through the sun or supplementation, and is something you can ask your GP to check for you. Data from more than 100 countries has shown that the higher the solar UVB, the lower the incidence of 15 different types of cancer, which include: Bladder, Breast, Cervical, Colon, Endometrial, Esophageal, Gastric, Lung, Ovarian, Pancreatic, Rectal, Renal, Vulvar, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. If you supplement with oral vitamin D, it should be taken with vitamin K2, as K2 deficiency is the thing that produces the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, which includes inappropriate calcification that can lead to hardening of your arteries. Email me to find out more about the best way to supplement.

2. Reduce Acidity in the Body
Excess acid forming foods (such as sugar, dairy, carbohydrates like bread and red meat in particular) should be eaten small amounts only. To say that all these foods are carcinogenic would be wrong, but they do contribute to high acidity in the blood, which is an environment that Cancer enjoys. To reduce acidity a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, and in fact most vegetables and fruits, and clean water is ideal. For further information about this write to me.

3. Promote Good Oxygenation
Ensuring your body gets a good supply of oxygen has been shown to be anti-Cancer. Cancer does not survive well in this environment. Good oxygenation can be achieved by getting plenty of fresh air and exercise and ensuring that one’s circulation and lymphatic systems are working well so that the body is eliminating waste and there is a good transportation of oxygen around the body.

4. Include Super Foods
Health food stores are packed full of super foods and of course many are found in our daily diets hopefully! There is a tremendous amount of superfoods that help with detoxification and supplying our bodies with essential nutrients and antioxidants. These particularly are colourful vegetables and fruits, such as berries, capsicums, beetroot, broccoli, the list goes on. Sprouted foods contain essential enzymes allowing the body to extract more vitamins and minerals and nutrition out of our food. Superfoods also include herbs and spices, in particular Tumeric, which contains Curcumin. Curcumin actually has the most evidence-based literature supporting its use against Cancer of any other nutrient, including vitamin D. As noted by Dr William LaValley, it is unique in that it appears to be universally useful for just about every type of cancer.

5. Avoid Chemical Cleaning Supplies
Reducing your exposure to environmental toxins like household chemical cleaners has to be mentioned. It is commonly accepted that household chemicals do cause or contribute to cancer, along with other health problems, such as reproductive and developmental problems in developing children. As an example, there is research that has found breast cancer risk is twice as high among women who report the most use of cleaning products and air fresheners, compared to those who rarely use them. Some of the chemicals of greatest concern to watch out for include: Synthetic musks, Phthalates, 1,4-diclorobenzene,Terpenes, Benzene, Styrene, Phenol, Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), Formaldehyde, Petroleum solvents, Butyl cellosolve, and Triclosan (antibacterial). There are lots of alternatives available, some which you can buy or even make yourself.

6. Avoid Toxic Beauty Products
Putting chemicals on your skin is actually worse than consuming them, because the liver will have a chance to detoxify what you eat, whereas chemicals on your skin are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind. With personal care products, I like to use this rule: if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your body. Ideally look for organic products or natural alternatives, for example things like pure emu or coconut oil make good moisturizers. It is worth making the switch as unfortunately toxicity from beauty products are largely going into your blood, lymphatic system and then directly into your internal organs. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health reported that nearly 900 of the chemicals used in cosmetics are known to be toxic. According to a June 2000 Cancer Coalition press release “Cancer and health risk experts recently concluded reviews that indicate mainstream cosmetics and personal hygiene products pose the highest cancer risk exposures to the general public, even higher than smoking.”

7. Throw Away Your Non-Stick Cookware
Most cookware that is sold contains a non-stick coating and is best avoided. At high temperatures when the coating begins to break down toxic gases are released. Research has shown that these toxins can accumulate in your blood and may contribute to things like Cancer over time. Avoiding or minimzing products that contain PFCs will help to keep down your exposure. These include non-stick pots and pans (replace with ceramic or glass), microwave popcorn, paper and cardboard packaging for greasy foods, stain proof clothing, flame retardants and products that contain them, stain-resistant carpeting, and fabric stain protectors.

8. Drink Clear Pure Water
Perth tap water is treated with chlorine and also contains other toxins. Toxic disinfection byproducts (DBPs) form when disinfectants (such as chlorine) react with natural organic matter, such as decaying vegetation. DBPs are over 1,000x more toxic than chlorine, and out of all the other toxins and contaminants present in tap water, DBPs are probably the worst. Already, it’s known that trihalomethanes (THMs), one of the most common DBPs, are Cancer Group B carcinogens, meaning they’ve been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals, as well as being linked with other problems, in particular reproductive problems in both animals and humans, from stillbirths and malformations to miscarriage. You can read more here: https://www.cdc.gov/safewater/chlorination-byproducts.html A whole-house filtration system is the most thorough way to remove chlorine and other contaminants from all of your water sources (shower and tap), but there are plenty of other options for drinking water, such as reverse osmosis.

9. Choose Organic and Locally Grown Food
Many pesticides and herbicides are potentially carcinogenic. Conventionally grown crops and animal products may put you at risk of exposure to these. The US Environmental Protection Agency considers 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30% of insecticides to be carcinogenic. The safest bet is to opt for organically grown produce and organically raised animal products.

10. Skip the Canned Foods
Avoiding canned foods is perhaps your best way to avoid BPA. BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical linked to cancer and reproductive and fetal development problems, among other health issues. It’s commonly found in plastic containers, but is also in food packaging and the lining of cans. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health showed that canned food and drinks can increase a person’s BPA levels by 1,000% in just five days, which is remarkable. The lead researcher noted that in light of this finding, canned goods may contribute more significantly to your BPA levels than plastics.

11. Lifestyle
I think a really good way to sum this up is with the following true story I recently heard: A Greek man left his home country in his forties to start a new life in the US. He married, had a business and had all the material things he had hoped for; house, business, nice car, etc. He then was diagnosed with lung cancer, but after seeing nine oncologists who all recommended chemo therapy, he decided not to take their advice but to return to his village in Greece. On returning to his little hillside village, where his family cooked home cooked meals for him and friends visited, his strength improved gradually to the point where he grew his own herbs and vegetables, drank his own homemade wine and reconnected with his family, old friends and his church. The more he got back into life the more his health improved. He outlived all the oncologists he had seen in America and lived healthily into his nineties. I’m not suggesting that one ignores the advice of their Doctor, but rather wanted to share this true story as a testament to being, doing and having what makes one happy.

There are a lot of causes of Cancer that we don’t yet know about, and there are others that I haven’t mentioned here that have been suggested, such as radio waves and electromagnetic fields from items such as mobile phones and microwave ovens.

Stress and worry are not good for health. I hope that after reading the above, you will feel more empowered in how you can protect your health. I really feel that enjoying life and being happy is a massive step towards good health. My advice is always to see what you can do to integrate healthy steps so that they become a part of your routine and not a strain or problem for you.

If you have any questions or need any assistance please message me and I’m very happy to call you back.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.