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Can processed food cause cancer?

Last week the British Medical Journal published a research paper saying there is, “a direct association between intake of ultra-processed food and incidence of total cancer and breast cancer.”

This was discussed in the press and has since faded away and been forgotten. Yet this is absolutely enormous news.

I decided to head to a local ‘not so super – market’ to see how they had changed their behaviour as a result of this report. Of course, nothing had changed. I found within the first 10 metres or so of the first aisle all this dead food.

Dead food is food that provides your calories and precious little else.

It does not create any vitality but actually stresses your body’s balance systems that have to deal with all this weird artificial nothingness.

Most of this rubbish is full of sugar, highly processed salt and bad, unbalanced, cheap fats.

This convenience food is designed to attract you and make you spend money. It is not designed with any sense that we derive our health from what we eat.

Whoever comes up with this stuff uses simple criteria: profit and shelf life (which is all about profit anyway.)

Is it any wonder we have epidemic obesity problems, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, heart disease and countless other chronic problems when this stuff is let loose on us in a totally unregulated way.

Food is the number one route to poor health, along with lack of movement and these monstrous food producers could not care less.

Eat rubbish and you will feel rubbish. You will have low energy, low happiness and feel sluggish all the time which will leave you more inclined to sit staring at the television whilst eating more horror foods.

Many people simply never relate how they feel to what they’ve eaten but if they had a car and put the wrong fuel in it it would break down. The same is true for your body.

And the easiest way to test this is to eat a bunch of processed foods for breakfast and monitor how you feel an hour or so later. You will probably start to get cravings for something sweet or salty. You may feel tired or have a brain fog or even feel unsettled and a little anxious.

You will almost certainly spend your day looking for snacks, and more food as your blood sugars go on a day long, unhealthy, roller coaster ride.

Then the next day ensure you start your day with real food, with a balance of protein, fat and carbohydrate, whether that be a cooked breakfast or fresh avocado, coconut oil and berries added to a smoothie. I guarantee you will feel different.

I see so many people who put how they are feeling down to their age or stress at work when it is in fact their food causing most of their trouble. Years of eating vile processed nonsense and thinking it is real food dulls your pallet and robs you of vitality in later life.

It is a drip feed of slow food poisoning. Yet people will say they are unwell or tired or lacking ‘va va voom’ because of their age. This is wrong. It is because you have fed dead food to your body for years. It is SLOW food poisoning.

When these kind of revelations are delivered to the processed food manufacturers they normally turn out the usual nonsense about there being nothing wrong with such food when we use it in moderation in a balanced healthy diet. However, they also know that people are not very good at moderating. In fact, we are useless at it! So much so that we make wrong choices and eat too much of this stuff which leads to poor health. It is not acceptable to knowingly manipulate a population into eating this stuff too much then using the ‘moderation’ excuse. Look at the pictures  of the aisles – there is NO moderation coming from the manufacturers or the stores is there?

The good news is that this is more evidence to show you can have profound influence on your chances of getting cancer with your lifestyle. It does not have to be bad luck that brings you this awful disease. Over to you – make your choices sensible and healthful where you can.

Have a good day,

Nick Tofalos

Health Confusions – A thought…

I stopped by my local coffee shop this morning to grab a Flat White before my working day began. Whilst I was waiting for it to be made I couldn’t help overhearing a conversation at a nearby table.

An elderly gentleman was explaining to his friends at the table that he had read in the paper last week that drinking up to six cups of coffee a day are good for you and can help prevent cancer and heart disease amongst other things.

What struck me about this was not the subject matter he was talking about – though if I had six cups of coffee a day I’d be zipping around faster than roadrunner – but the fact he had garnered this snippet of information from a newspaper.

These little gems of health information are drip fed to us regularly in the media – presumably because they have nothing important to write about and to my mind they are responsible for confusing people about how to maintain health.

In the last few months in my health food shop in Garstang I have seen demand suddenly rise then fall after a while for kefir (it is good for your gut and immune system) and inulin (it helps you sleep) – we had inulin last year too as it helps burn off brown fat! I won’t bore you with the details about that but the information is out there if you want to find it.

Before that it was raspberry ketones for weight loss! All these trends come and go over a few months as people look for a magic bullet to help their health improve. It is human nature to look for the easy options and a magic pill is so tempting to many of us but I have news for you….there is no magic bullet. There is no magic pill that will give you extraordinary good health all your life.

In my opinion much of this idea stems from the pharmaceutical industry who by stealth have brainwashed us into thinking our health is maintained by taking pills. It is not. They have bought up our healthcare systems and turned them into massive dispensing systems for countless drugs handed out without thought or logic.

A simple example of this is that millions of people are given anti inflammatory drugs when they have an injury. So let’s unravel the almost pavlovian response from many people to take such a drug when they have pain:

First of all, what is acute inflammation? It is a rapid response by your body to an injury – it causes swelling, immobility, redness, heat and pain – but why does it do this? Simple – the acute inflammatory response happens to heal your injury, yes, that’s right, it is a HEALING response. Which begs the question…if acute inflammation heals you why on earth would you take an anti inflammatory that actually suppresses your body’s attempts at fixing you. There is no logic in doing this and in my experience, repeatedly suppressing your body in this way leads to worse trouble down the line such as damaged joints, weakened soft tissues and chronic pain. However, it is inconvenient to think of it like this so we are fed the message that pain is bad so get rid of the pain with a pill.

Yet pain is our friend…just look at the terrible condition called Congenital Insensitivity to Pain (CIP) where children with this problem will eat scalding hot food or bite off their own tongue! Pain protects us so look for WHY you have pain and get it fixed if you can.

Sadly, because of media bombardments and misleading advertising along with a medical system that focuses on disease, we are left without any sense of how to maintain health and look for snippets of miracle cures in the media.

But good health is not a pill – it is a way of life – actually a pleasurable way of life. Take joy in cooking real food from raw, high quality organic ingredients. Ensure you have a balanced diet (and yes, CBD undoubtedly has a role to play in a balanced diet) Exercise and stretch your body every day and laugh a lot! Ensure your relationships are based on mutual respect and love and live in a clean environment. You own the keys to your health, not snippets in newspapers or pills from drug companies.

Enjoy your days

Nick Tofalos

Cannabis Trade Association Member

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