Welcome to the July 2007 issue of the Preventive Health E-zine.
Let’s face it, it’s not looking pretty on the heart disease and cancer front. In fact, in the wild ‘West’, the world’s richer nations, they’re the top two causes of death, and almost everybody knows somebody with one of them.
One in three of us will get cancer in our lifetime, and in each industrialised nation, cardiovascular disease kills someone every few minutes. But, it’s not all bad news! We now know more about how to prevent these illnesses than we ever did before.
In this July 2007 issue, we take a quick and very practical look at the latest findings on how you can help prevent and fight these demon diseases.
I hope you’ll find it useful. If you follow at least one tip based on the information below, that’s a very good start towards winning your own personal battle.
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I wish you the best of health.
At a glance - What's in this issue?
- Why cavemen were brainier than we are
- The best diet in the world (the only one that works!)
- Why Atkins could kill you
- How to get high – naturally, legally, and totally for free
Neanderthals were brainier than you and me – especially when it came to food!
Yes, they looked like lumbering savages, but our prehistoric predecessors may not have been as stupid as they seemed.
In fact, new discoveries about how they built innovative tools are causing scientists to rethink the idea that all cave men were idiots, and to look again at why their brains might have been bigger than ours.
These days, many researchers think diet could be the mystery reason.
Food for thought
Early humans were hunter-gatherers, living on plant products and eventually animals. Human evolution romped along at a healthy pace and people died from natural causes rather than chronic degenerative diseases.
Then around 10,000 years ago, humans in the West developed a fad for farming. Out went the hunting-gathering, in came more sitting
around, and munching on just a few kinds of food.
Bones from this time show the change in diet really affected human development. Disease became rife, life expectancy fell, successive generations of people actually got shorter and thinner, and their skulls shrank, reducing the size of their brains.
Evidence from modern life also shows food playing a massive role in health and intelligence.
A lot of this new data comes from nomadic peoples: it turns out they enjoy the same kind of diet as early man, and guess what? Like the Neanderthals, people on these diets have practically no experience of heart disease and cancer.
That’s because, in these kinds of diets, there are fewer free radicals and ‘less bad cholesterol’, and greater amounts of omega oils and other nutrients.
If you want proof, note that as soon as they start eating ‘modern’ processed foods, they develop all the same health problems as us!
As far as brain power goes, studies show children who are given a more natural diet, with higher levels of nutrients, are better behaved and score more highly in tests.
You are what you eat
So, the upshot is that almost everyone’s agreed on the hugely important role your diet plays in your health.
With heart disease and many kinds of cancer, what you eat affects not only your chances of getting the disease in the first place, but also whether you survive it.
For example, life expectancy in the West has been rising steadily, and is now at an all-time high, but experts predict that if we continue eating processed junk food and growing poor-quality food, our life expectancy will actually start to fall, for the first time since those farming years.
It’s official: food IS the missing link!
Try a good diet!
Practical Tip # 1 : Diet
Heart disease, cancer and a host of other degenerative diseases are shown the door by vitamins – especially vitamin C. Boost your intake with as many fruits and vegetables as possible (at least 5 portions of different plants per day) plus a good quality vitamin supplement. Here are some helpful suggestions:
* Go bananas: Researchers have now proved that just 2 bananas can provide enough energy for a 90-minute workout (tennis professionals knew this all along, of course). They really are power packers – absolutely stacked with a host of fitness-boosting nutrients, which means catching this kind of yellow fever can only make you happy. And…
did you know that banana milkshake, sweetened with honey, is one of the quickest ways to cure a hangover?
* Blueberries boost brains: They’ve often been described as a wonder fruit, and now scientists have another reason to promote them. They’re rich in antioxidants, the key to health, and they prevent cellegeneration in the brain and the heart.
The dark pigment in fruit and vegetables usually denotes a high level of antioxidants. For that reason, dark cabbage, blackberries, blueberries and other purpley fruits and vegetables are a good bet for fighting off disease. But…
• Blackcurrants beat the lot! “And the winner in the super-fruit category is… the humble blackcurrant!”
A new study shows a blackcurrant contains greater levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than 20 other common fruits tested. It’s the unsung hero of your fruit bowl! Plus, it’s often cheaper to buy than some of the more exotic fruits and berries imported from places like Brazil.
Check out our antioxidants page
A word of warning about choosing an eating plan: beware faddish diets that promise a great deal of weight loss quickly. If you’re losing weight rapidly, chances are it’s just water and maybe muscle. Fat takes longer to disappear, and if you lose it gradually and steadily, you’re more likely to keep it off for good.
This week, scientists said the popular Atkins Diet, which involves dramatically reducing your carbohydrate intake, could also dramatically increase your chances of getting bowel cancer. Plus, there’s the bad breath to take into consideration…
Truth is, the only safe and effective way to lose weight is by increasing your exercise levels, reducing the size of your meals, keeping them varied, and adding more vegetables to your diet.
It’s the same advice our grandparents were getting, and it’s the surest tried and tested method.
Unfortunately, the quality and quantity of nutrients in our food is now much lower than in previous years, due to the over-farming of soil, the long storage periods and extended freight times for transporting food, the need for processing foods to provide cheap meals, and over-cooking.
That means it’s wise to make sure you’re getting the proper amount of nutrients by taking high quality supplements.
Please do your research and avoid the cheap, off-the-shelf products that are basically a huge con.
They often contain little or none of the ingredients advertised, and many products are made in China now, where safety standards and labelling are different.
With supplements, choose a reliable supplier and remember that you get what you pay for.
Practical Tip # 2 : Smoking?
England is just about to follow the lead of America by banning smoking in public buildings. From July, it seems half the country is planning to quit, and that’s good news for heart disease and cancer rates in Britain.
Hopefully other countries will follow suit. If you’re a smoker, and you want to quit, remember that giving up and gaining weight
need not go hand in hand – just don’t substitute food for cigarettes.
On average, 85% of people who try to give up, end up relapsing. That’s usually because they don’t prepare properly for the quitting process, so here are a few handy hints to help you on your way:
• Drink plenty of water.
• Fill at least one third of your plate with steamed vegetables.
• Eat every three to four hours, don’t get too peckish.
• Have healthy snacks handy (think fruit, raw veggies, oat cakes, low-fat yogurt, seeds and small amounts of
• Keep your meals low in ‘bad’ fat, such as transfats. Avocados contain fat, but it’s the ‘good’ kind that helps keep your skin, hair and blood vessels healthy.
• Bounce around a bit (those who exercise are twice as likely to give up). Do something you enjoy, because that’s a vital part of the process. After all, walking on a treadmill for hours every day is nothing short of soul destroying.
• Address your psychological reasons for smoking. The physical addiction lasts only about three days and isn’t hard to beat.
However, the delusional belief that smoking improves your quality of life is much more difficult to shift, because it’s activated by a really primitive part of the brain that just wants to get high. This impulsive,
sensation-seeking area uses strong chemicals to persuade you to do what it wants.
• Take good quality supplements, especially vitamins, fish oils, grape seed, CoQ10 and garlic.
*Cigarettes contain more than 4800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer*
*On average, smoking shortens a person’s life by 10 years, or 11 minutes per cigarette*
Give up now!
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Practical Tip # 3 : Exercise!
Not only will it help you keep your weight down, and quit smoking, but exercise will give you a huge buzz.
Sustained levels of leaping around activity boost your quota of the ‘feel-good’ factor, the chemicals called endorphins.
You’ll get a natural high that lasts through the day and helps you see the world in a positive light. A bit of fresh air and movement balances your hormonal system, makes you resilient to illness, helps you sleep better, improves your mental clarity, lightens your mood, and makes you look good, too.
It’s a free face-lift, anti-depressant, and legal high, all in one!
(This month’s random health news item)
Cool kids wear shades!
Leading opticians have announced that children as young as 3 should wear sunglasses to protect their eyes.
That’s because new research shows that by the age of 18, they will have absorbed 80% of their lifetime exposure to harmful UV rays.
Being healthy has never looked better…
And you can help your children maintain their eye health by encouraging them to eat a healthy diet. As they get older, they could also benefit from taking a supplement, especially fish oils, calcium, and vitamin C.
So that’s about it from us this month. Feel free to contact us with your suggestions for future magazine content.
We’ll do our best to answer your questions and listen to your concerns. In the meantime, do look after yourselves.
*What's the real meaning of P.S.?
A few of my readers have asked why I called the E-zine for preventive-health-guide P.S.
The obvious answer is that it stands for Post Script; that little notation you put at the end of a letter when you've left something out.
The real P.S. stands for Paradigm Shift.
That is what this whole website and news letter is about - turning the current health system upside down and inside out - focussing on prevention rather than cure.
For more information go to
the health paradigm shift.