National Nutrition Month: The Mediterranean Diet and Cancer

So this week, to round up our monthly theme celebrating National Nutrition Month, I invited a special guest to join me on Facebook live - Dr Orlena Kerek of drorlena.com. Orlena is a doctor from the UK who moved out to live in sunnier climes in Spain, and is now running a successful health and life coaching business. As a strong proponent of the Mediterranean Diet, I thought, “Who better to have as a guest to speak with authority on this topic?!”.

You can watch the live on Facebook (and have a laugh at our technical inabilities!). Seriously, it must have taken us at least 5 minutes to figure out how to get both of us on screen together! On that note of technical hitches, the sound quality from my phone is very echoey, but you don’t need to hear me speak - it’s what Orlena shares that’s most valuable. But because of this, we’ve already made a plan to re-record it and I’ll upload it here and on Facebook as soon as it’s ready.

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National Nutrition Month: Intermittent Fasting and Cancer

Continuing with our nutrition theme this month, in celebration of National Nutrition Month, I wanted to delve a little deeper into fasting and the fasting-mimicking diet (FMD) in cancer prevention and treatment.

This has been partly fuelled by my interest in - or some might say, obsession with (!) - stem cells. I have a number of Masters students beginning their research projects with me at the moment, and one of them is looking at whether there is any synergy between diet and exercise in mobilizing stem cells.

But before I go into any detail about fasting, FMD, exercise and stem cells, I feel like I want to back up a little and explain a bit about stem cells first.

Not all stem cells are created equal

I think a lot of people hear the term “stem cells” and make an assumption that the reference is to embryonic stem cells, and certainly there has been a lot of controversy around the use of embryonic stem cells in research. But I’m not talking about embryonic stem...

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National Nutrition Month: Keto and Cancer

This month sees the celebration of National Nutrition Month, and so for the next few weeks, I’m going to take a deeper dive into some of the most popular “anti-cancer” diets, with a closer look at the evidence base underlying their potential to protect us against cancer.

This week, let’s start the ball rolling with the ever popular ketogenic diet (or “keto”, for short). I’m pretty sure you’ve definitely heard about this one, and you might even have tried it yourself in a bid to lose weight (Atkins, anyone?!), but with all the talk of different types of diet, it can be difficult to discern the subtle, but significant, differences between them.

So first things first, let’s get clear on what keto is.

Many people think keto and Atkins are the same. Well, almost, but not quite...they ARE the same in the induction phase of Atkins, where participants are required to follow a strictly low carb, high fat diet, but longer term, keto...

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