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Antioxidants and antiangiogenesis and Happy father’s day!

Well,  it has been a few weeks since my last post on Radon gas.  I have been busy travelling with work and was fortunate to spend some time in Quebec city – my newest favourite city in Canada!

I watched a great TED talk last night on antiangiogenesis.  It was an excellent presentation by Dr. William Li: www.ted.com/talks/william_li.html

Essentially, Dr. Li discusses how angiogenesis – the creation of new blood vessels is linked to almost all diseases.  Some diseases are diseases of too much circulations: MS, cancer, RA, blindness, etc. and some diseases are related to too little blood flow: gangerene, intermittent claudication, heart attacks, etc.  Dr. Li talked about the effectiveness of some new drugs to combat cancer which essentially cut the blood supply to tumors.  He went on to talk about how certain foods can have similar effects.

Foods such as tumeric, garlic, berries, red grapes (or red wine), dark chocolate, etc have an antiangiogenic effect and therefore may prevent cancers from becoming malignant.  It is interesting to note that this list of antiangiogenic foods are similar to antioxidants.  Dr. Li discusses how post mortem studies of people who died of car accidents showed rates of nearly 50% of people having prostate or breast cancer between ages 40 and 50.  What turns these tumors on is blood supply.  No blood – no cells can live.  

So, not only will eating antioxidant foods help deal with the traumatic effects of radiation, smoking, pollution, etc but these foods may have the ability to prevent blood supply from being turned on in tumors.  Now, how does this relate to father’s day?  Well, for me, it makes me think about the fact that I would like to hang around with my kids for a long time and eating berries, dark green foods, chocolate and red wine (thank God) may help me achieve that goal!  

Happy father’s day!

brett

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