No bread is an island

...entire of itself. (With apologies to John Donne!)
I live and breathe breadmaking. I’m an evangelist who would like everyone to make his or her own bread. I want to demystify breadmaking and show it as the easy everyday craft that it is. To this end I endeavour to make my recipes as simple and as foolproof as I possibly can.

I call my blog 'No bread is an island' because every bread is connected to another bread. So a spicy fruit bun with a cross on top is a hot cross bun. This fruit dough will also make a fruit loaf - or Chelsea buns or a Swedish tea ring...
I'm also a vegan, so I have lots of vegan recipes on here - and I'm adding more all the time.

Friday, 29 September 2017

INTERMITTENT FASTING AND CANCER


One of the reasons I began intermittent fasting (IF) in February 2012 was evidence that fasting had some effect on cancer cells. It was the reference to prostate cancer cells being susceptible to fasting that provoked my initial interest!

The evidence suggested that, whilst fasting, the body’s cells go into repair mode – but invasive cells (cancers, tumours) are neglected and become easier to treat.

Since then evidence continues to accumulate that this is so – but in my experience, the research is disparate and scattered.

I wanted to bring any research that I have come across into one place; to which I can refer any friends and relatives who may know someone with cancer – unfortunately all too common an occurrence latterly, it seems to me.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

VEGAN FOOD - BOTH PROCESSED AND HOMEMADE

I've been asked by several people - one of whom is intending to become vegan - just what is in my diet.

I eat a lot of whole food meals  - veg stews and the like - but I also have a fair number of processed vegan foods in my cupboards/fridge and freezer. So as well as listing everything I eat, I thought I'd take some pictures:

Cupboard...

...freezer...
...and fridge

[More to come]

A WHOLE FOOD PLANT-BASED (VEGAN) DIET AND CANCER

Why is there such a huge disparity in prostate cancer rates? For instance the incidence of clinically malignant prostate cancer is highest in African-Americans—some 30-fold greater than in Japanese men, and 120 times greater than seen in Chinese men in Shanghai. The reason has to do with lifestyle.

When I began intermittent fasting (something else I would recommend for optimum health), I did so because it was shown to reduce the level of IGF-1 (insulin growth factor 1) in the body: IGF-1 being a marker of cancer risk (the more IGF-1, the more risk of cancer growth). It turns out that a WFPB diet also lowers IGF-1. Cow’s milk, being designed to produce a 600lb calf in very short order, is packed with IGF-1. (It’s also, because cows are made to produce milk whilst pregnant, full of oestrogen and other unwanted hormones).

"Higher levels of insulin-like growth factor 1or IGF-1, have been associated with increased risk of colon, lung and breast cancer."

Dr Michael Greger, who runs NutritionFacts.org, has many short videos on how diet influences cancer. Cancer and a WFPB diet is just one of them. Whenever I look at one of Dr Greger's videos, it's always worth checking out the comments section, there is a wealth of info in there - plus some inspirational stories!

Effects of a low-fat, high-fiber diet and exercise program on breast cancer risk factors in vivo and tumor cell growth and apoptosis in vitro.



Stunning results from the largest diet/nutrition study ever: Cornell University: 




There's more, much more, info out there - but I urge everyone to do their own research.