Lifestyle and cancer research updates     December 2015
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Tasty Christmas pudding without the calories
Most luxury bought Christmas puddings as well as homemade ones use traditional ingredients like suet which have about 600 kcals and 80g carbohydrate per portion. One of the UK's top dieticians and nutritionist (Mabel) has produced a receipt which is not only scrumptious but has a quarter of the calories - see receipt
Loneliness lowers immunity 
Ideally Christmas is a time for visiting friends and family so if you are thinking of not making the effort this year - ponder on this paper published recently. It shows that social isolation and loneliness, actually correlates with a lower immunity - potentially putting them more at risk of infections and cancer - read more

Go large on the Brussels at Christmas
brussel sprouts
Brussel sprouts are one of the worlds healthiest foods - despite one obvious side effect! As a cruciferous vegetable their glucosinolate content is greater than mustard greens, turnip greens, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, or broccoli. In Germany, they are eaten throughout the year but not in the UK - maybe we should emphasise that  "Brussels don't have to be just for Christmas" - More about Brussels
Probiotics shown to help weight loss - maybe useful after Christmas!
Healthy probiotic bacteria have already been shown to reduce chemotherapy and antibiotic induced diarrhoea as well as the number of "colds". A paper out this month reported they also have a role in helping to restore a healthy weight. It's important that they are made with at least 5 strains, are fresh & reliably made - More about probiotics

Depression increases cancer relapse rates
A study from South Korea has shed more light on the impact of depression after cancer. Of 241 men treated for Head and Neck Cancer, depressed men had a 12% absolute higher risk of relapse. This may be an unknown factor or that they tended to have worse diets  Read full study

Strongest evidence that exercise & polyphenols reduce prostate cancer risk 
The Health Professionals Follow Up Study has observed the lifestyle habits of  over 40,000 people through their lives and a further evaluation of the data has produced the strongest evidence so far that 3 hours of exercise a week plus a polyphenol rich diet reduces your risk of prostat ecancer by over 60% - read full paper

A christmas gift with a diffenece this year? -  the book "Lifestyle after Cancer" 

Lifestyle after Cancer

This latest edition of Lifestyle and Cancer dispells the myths by providing evidence based advice, to help readers cope with side effects, speed up recovery after cancer Order online


A new scheme is also now available to advocacy groups and hospitals - The publishers are able to supply at cost price to groups who can sell on to members at a discount Contact us about this scheme   Read foreword by Paula Radcliffe 


Strong correlation between PSA and MRI dynamics in men on Pomi-T


A study presented at MASSC Copenhagen provides further reassurance for men taking the food supplement Pomi-T . In this new study, men who continued Pomi-T long term had 2 high resolution MRI images a year apart. There was a 100% correlation between disease progression on MRI with a rising PSA This data strongly suggests that the PSA effect of Pomi-t correlates with disease on MRI see full poster


Online micro-nutritional testing - optimise your nutritional status
blood tests Most top athletes measure their body's essential micro-nutrients to ensure they have the correct nutritional balance for optimal performance. These tests are now available for everyone especially those concerned about or who have survived cancer. 

An online micro-nutrient service has been developed by cancernet which measures over 50 of the bodies essential micro-nutrients and anti-cancer enzymes.  

The results of the detailed blood test are issued with a bespoke advice programme which empowers the recipient to a diet and lifestyle which corrects deficiencies and lowers excesses to restore optimal nutritional status - read more about micro-nutrient testing
Measure and plot your PSA doubling time (PSAdt)

 This application is useful for doctors and patients alike as it quickly and accurately calculates the rate of rise of two or more PSA blood measurements over time - more important measurement than an isolated single level.

This is particularly useful for men with prostate cancer managed with Active Surveillance or experiencing a PSA relapse after previous treatments. The PSA doubling time over any period of time is displayed in an easily readable graph so one can accurately see if it is shortening (bad) or lengthening (good) in response to lifestyle changes or oral supplements such as Pomi-T. The graph can be updated with each blood test and the results emailed to your home computer or doctor - read more