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Did you know that fruits and vegetables have shown to not only prevent cancer but to slow aging? What component within these foods enables us to have such benefits? The answer is antioxidants. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the top ten fruit and vegetable sources of antioxidants (based on equal weight proportions) showed to be the following:



  1. Strawberry
  2. Plum
  3. Orange
  4. Red grapes
  5. Kiwi fruit
  6. Grapefruit (pink)
  7. White grapes
  8. Banana
  9. Apple
  10. Tomato


  1. Garlic
  2. Kale
  3. Spinach
  4. Brussels sprouts
  5. Alfalfa sprouts
  6. Broccoli
  7. Beets
  8. Red bell pepper
  9. Onion
  10. Corn

Most of these foods also contain phytochemicals, which help in either blocking or suppressing the effects of harmful substances (including cancer-causing agents.)



Nedley, N. (1999). Good News About Cancer. D. Derose (Ed.), Proof Positive: How to Reliably Combat Disease and Achieve Optimal Health through Nutrition and Lifestyle. Ardmore, OK: Quality Books, Inc.

An estimate of up to one-third of the cancer cases, occurring in economically developed countries such as the US, are linked to overweight, obesity, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition. (American Cancer Association, 2015)

Did you know that according to experts, 80-90% of cancer is “environmental” and can be prevented? Stories from the common media seem to place the emphasis of the major cancer factors being food additives, pollution, radiation, and pesticides. Although these factors may promote cancer, it turns out that these issues are much lower on the “cancer experts’ lists” than the basic habitual dietary choices. (Dr. Nedley, Proof Positive)

It’s important to remember that diseases such as cancer are usually caused by the combined effects of many carcinogens and not just a single one. Though you may not be able to stay away from all carcinogens, by avoiding them as much as possible helps to a great degree in preventing cancer. By applying the 8 laws of health (NEWSTART), cancer can largely be prevented.

Nutrition – Making sure we are having the necessary levels of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, proteins, fiber, etc. is crucial to help prevent diseases such as cancer. It is stated that 35-60% of all cancer deaths in the US may be simply due to poor eating habits (Dr. Nedley, Proof Positive).

Exercise – Studies have shown that exercise greatly boosts the immune system and reduces cancer risk. Exercising also has the ability to modulate hormonal mechanisms.

Water – Water functions in washing out toxins and wastes from our body, enabling proper cell function, and supporting DNA structure.

Sunlight – Having sunlight in moderate amounts is healthful, and may even be beneficial in cancer prevention (including skin cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, and colon cancer). Sunlight is crucial in the production of Vitamin D in the body, which helps prevent certain types of cancers.

Temperance – It’s important to remember, “total abstinence from substances that are harmful and moderate use of substances that are helpful.” Too much of even healthy substances can cause disease such as the following: protein, sunlight, sugar, fat.

Air – Avoiding breathing contaminated air (smoking) helps prevent the development of lung cancer.

Rest – Having the necessary amount of 7-8 hrs of sleep is important in maintaining a healthy immune system. More important than how long you sleep is how well you sleep to obtain physical and mental rejuvenation. Quality sleep is significantly improved by going to bed before midnight. It is stated that 2 hrs before midnight equals 4 hrs after midnight.

Trust – Excess and unrelieved stress can cause our body to weaken and become susceptible to disease. Sometimes, we are faced with unfavorable circumstances and situations that cannot be controlled. Instead of allowing ourselves to worry ourselves sick, placing our trust in God to take care of the situation would spare us from needless stress.

Lastly, you may have heard the saying, “cancer is in the genes and there’s nothing that can be done about it.” In reality, faulty genes are what load the gun, but lifestyle is what really pulls the trigger!

References: American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2015. Retrieved from acs/groups/content/@editorial/documents/document/acspc-044552.pdf Chaplin, M. (2015).

Nucleic Acid Hydration. Retrieved from nucleic_acid_hydration.html Nedley, N. (1999).

Good News About Cancer & Beyond the Leading Causes of Death. D. DeRose (Ed.), Proof Positive: How to Reliably Combat Disease and Achieve Optimal Health through Nutrition and Lifestyle. Ardmore, OK: Quality Books, Inc.

Did you know that there is a substance that can help bring relief and healing to inflammation, metabolic problems such as jaundice, gastrointestinal problems like what-is-activated-charcoal-part-1-960x703diarrhea, infections, allergic reactions, various chemical/gas poisoning, drug overdose, and organ toxicity? Activated charcoal has been one of the most effective agents in helping fight against various maladies.

What is activated charcoal? Activated charcoal is not the same as the plain charcoal, produced from the regular burning. So eating the charcoal from burnt toast won’t give you health benefits. Activated Charcoal is made from burning organic material using high temperature and pressure. This increases the amount of crevices (surface area) in charcoal, thereby enhancing the ability to cause substances like toxins to be absorbed.


Activated charcoal can be used both internally and externally. Here is a list of conditions activated charcoal is used in bringing healing and relief:

• Digestive problems
• Diarrhea
• Indigestion
• Nausea and Vomiting
• Cases of Poisoning
• Sore throat
• Insect bites
• Infected wounds
• Inflammation

Despite these wonderful effects, activated charcoal doesn’t function effectively in adsorbing all substances, toxins, etc… Here are some of the things that are important to take note.

1) Charcoal is not very effective in adsorbing:

• corrosive agents
• petroleum products (e.g., cleaning fluid, coal oil, fuel oil, gasoline, kerosene, paint thinner)
• alcohols
• salts (NaCl)
• cyanide
• nutrients (Thrash, 1981)

2) Charcoal should not be eaten with meals or taken with medications.

Despite the fact that it doesn’t really affect the body’s nutrient intake, it’s recommended to avoid having charcoal along with meals. As stated in Dr. Thrash’s book, Home Remedies- Hydrotheraphy, Massage, Charcoal, and Other Simple Remedies, “It has been found that there is approximately 50% reduction in effectiveness of adsorption with charcoal due to stomach contents, 30% reduction due to bile, and very minor reduction due to duodenal juice.” Also, charcoal is known to adsorb medications thereby counteracting their effectiveness. Therefore, if you’re on medications, it is recommended that charcoal isn’t taken 2 hrs before and after having medication. (Mayo Clinic, 2015; Dr. Smith)

3) Drinking sufficient amounts of water along with the charcoal is important to avoid possible constipation.

It’s also important to note that certain activated charcoal products have sorbitol. Sorbitol, a sweetener, also “works as a laxative, for the elimination of the poison from the body (Mayoclinic, 2015).” Products that contain sorbitol should be given only under the direct supervision of a doctor because severe diarrhea and vomiting may result (Mayoclinic, 2015).”

Despite charcoal’s wonderful effects, we must be careful not to unnecessarily use it over long periods of time because it is possible to eventually deprive ourselves of some nutrients. Like everything else, the practice of temperance by moderate use of good things is necessary in experiencing the best benefits.

Mayo Clinic. (2015). Charcoal, Activated (Oral Route) Description and Brand Names & Proper Use. Retrieved from activated-charcoal-uses-risks and

Thrash, A. & Thrash, C. (1981). Home Remedies- Hydrotherapy, Massage, Charcoal, and Other Simple Treatments.

Smith, R. Using Charcoal. Retrieved from charcoal

YV76QE0PHLCaffeine is vastly popular in today’s society. Found in various products such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, and even certain medications, it is widely consumed by people of all ages. An article from the Journal of Women’s Health (2010) states that men and women aged 35 to 64  yrs are among the highest consumers of caffeine, with an average intake of 250 mg/day (about 3 cups of brewed coffee).

Questions have been raised concerning the effects of caffeine and the possible health risks associated with it. Some state that caffeine is beneficial whereas others state that it is harmful to the human body. Let’s take a look at some of the claims made on both sides to see the conclusion of the matter.

Let’s first take a look at just 3 of the popular claims pertaining to the “benefits”of coffee.



1)You may have heard the claim that drinking coffee is beneficial to the body. Well, it turns out that these benefits are due to the antioxidants found in the coffee beans (therefore in the coffee) rather than the caffeine. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs are loaded with disease fighting nutrients such as antioxidants. However, not all edible plants are completely beneficial to the body because some also contain substances that give our body a hard time. So, why bother taking in the bad stuff along with the good stuff to rob yourself of all the benefits that you could experience?

2)You may have heard of coffee being the “number one source of antioxidants”according to popular media and various websites.

Let’s take a look at the context of where this claim was derived from.

Articles published by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences and the American Chemical Society state how Americans get most of their antioxidants from coffee.  (;

Now, if you carefully consider this study, it doesn’t really prove anything, because “most Americans have a diet that is devoid of antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables. Therefore, any food that has any amount of antioxidants that is eaten more than 1-2 times a day would rank fairly high on the list.”(Gianni, 2011)

3)You may have also heard of the claim that regular caffeine users develop a tolerance for it and therefore doesn’t count as being of concern. Well, according to the study mentioned in the article, Caffeine and Blood Pressure Response: Sex, Age, and Hormonal Status (Journal of Women’s Health 2010), it states the following:

Despite the popular belief that tolerance occurs with habitual consumption, numerous studies have demonstrated that tolerance to caffeine’s pressor effects is incomplete following daily structured intake. Persistent increases in BP accompany caffeine ingestion, despite daily caffeine consumption in a large portion of caffeine consumers.



Let’s now take a look at just 3 of the main health concerns that caffeine brings.

These are mentioned in Dr. Nedley’s book, Proof Positive: How to Reliably Combat Disease and Achieve Optimal Health through Nutrition and Lifestyle:

1) Caffeine Impairs the Brain

  1. Tends to produce dependence
  2. Can cause drug withdrawal reactions
  3. Can cause or worsen psychiatric illnesses
  4. Impairs physical and mental performance
  5. Interferes with sleep
  6. May influence the risk of other illnesses that in turn exert frontal lobe effects through physical or mental stress
  7. May exert effects that impact on spiritual and social dimensions of our character
  8. Can cause toxicity and even death

2) Has Mutagenic Effects

The following is mentioned in IARC Monograph Volume 51:

“In cultured mammalian cells, methylglyoxal induced mutations, sister chromatid exchange and (on the basis of alkaline elution and sensitivity ta proteinase K) reparable DNA-protein cross-links (Brambila et al., 1985).”(

3) Decreases Stress Management Ability and Increases Depression

The Norwegian Research Project (Tromso Heart Study) study involving 143,000 people revealed that women who heavily drink coffee experienced a significant increase in depression and decrease in coping with stress. (Proof Positive, 1999) It is stated by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America that major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.


So Whats the Solution?

After taking these medical studies into consideration, we find our best conclusionin one of the eight laws of health, Temperance, which states the total abstinence from substances that are harmful and a moderate use of substances that are helpful. From looking at both sides of the issue, it appears that we’re better off without caffeine. Another take-away from this subject is that we must be careful not to accept any claim made by the media. Although there is some truth to what they say, they don’t prove themselves to be completely accurate either.



Farag, N. H., Whitsett, T. L., McKey, B. S., Wilson, M. F., Vincent, A. S., Everson-Rose, S. A., Lovallo,                           W. R. (2010). Caffeine and Blood Pressure Response: Sex, Age, and Hormonal Status. Retrieved from

American Chemical Society. (2005). Coffee is number one source of antioxidants. Retrieved from http://          

International Agency for Research on Cancer. (n.d.) Methylglyoxal. IARC Monographs, 51, 452.                                   Retrieved from

Gianni, K. (2011). Yes, Coffee has Antioxidants but Does That Make it Healthy?: Exclusive Renegade                          Health Article. Retrieved from                  antioxidants

Svilaas, A., Sakhi, A. K., Andersen, L. F., Svilaas, T., Strom, E. C., Jacobs, D. R., Ose, L., &Blomhoff, R.       (2004). Intakes of Antioxidants in Coffee, Wine, and Vegetables are Correlated with Plasma Carotenoids in Humans. Retrieved from:

Nedley, N. (1999). The Frontal Lobe & Beyond the Leading Cause of Death. D. Derose (Ed.), Proof Positive: How to Reliably Combat Disease and Achieve Optimal Health through Nutrition and Lifestyle. Ardmore, OK: Quality Books, Inc.

Having sufficient amounts of fruits and vegetables in our diet is essential to health. However, eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day can be a challenge. Some have turned to juicing their fruits and veggies to make it easier to take it all in. Juicing not only enables people to have more fruits and vegetables in their diet but also helps to fight or prevent cancer. Does that mean we should be juicing all our fruits and vegetables for optimal health? Well, studies suggest that this may not be the healthiest choice. 6OJ88579KG

Although it is true that juicing enables a larger intake of fruits and vegetables and is used to effectively fight cancer, studies also show that continuous juicing may not be the healthiest choice for the typical person. Let’s first start out with the benefits of juicing. It mentioned by the Mayo Clinic how “juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, help you remove toxins from your body, aid digestion and help you lose weight.” From reading this alone, it sounds as though juicing all our fruits and vegetables would be a great idea. However, we must realize that juicing causes the essential fibers to be lost (Nedley, 1999; Mayo Clinic).

Soluble fibers, which are known to help regulate absorption. Plain juice lacks these fibers, which can cause rapid carbohydrate absorption and a large increase in blood sugar levels. This causes a person to become hungry faster, experience less satisfaction (feeling full), and through excessive use, risk developing type 2 diabetes (Nedley, 1999). Additionally, it is stated by Dr. DeRose that drinking juice also causes the body to bypass the process of producing urogastrone, a compound produced in the mouth from chewing, which is essential for optimal gastrointestinal health. So, what’s the best solution?

The reality is that there is a time and place for everything. Juicing is essential for those on special diets (for fighting cancer, fasting). However, for a typical person, choosing to eat whole fruits and vegetables and occasionally drinking fresh squeezed juice without neglecting the intake of fiber, would be the best way to go.


Nedley, N. (1999). Sweet Tooth, Bitter Harvest. D. Derose (Ed.), Proof Positive: How to Reliably Combat Disease and Achieve Optimal Health through Nutrition and Lifestyle (pp. 180-183). Ardmore, OK: Quality Books, Inc.

V9AOG26R2WThis post was taken and modified from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

What is the common response when one hears the word “cholesterol”?

Due to the many health problems related to “high cholesterol,” the word seems to have taken up a negative meaning all together. However, did you know that cholesterol is a crucial component for proper body function? In fact, cholesterol is used by the body for cell membrane structure, hormones, and digestive juices (such as bile).

Cholesterol becomes harmful only when they exceed their normal amounts. Excess cholesterol (LDL) then start forming deposits within coronary artery walls, which poses a major cardiovascular health risk.

However, it’s important to know that not all cholesterol are harmful. In fact, there are three types: HDL, LDL, and VLDL. HDL is stated to be the “good” cholesterol because it functions to move the LDL/VLDL back to the liver to be broken down/converted for better use. On the other hand, LDL and VLDL are not beneficial to the body and just give rise to negative health effects.

That leads to the most important question. What can we do to lower/maintain a healthy cholesterol level?

Here are some great ways to help lower the “unhealthy” cholesterol levels and increase the “healthy” cholesterol levels!

Dietary Factors that Help Reduce/Reverse Risk of Heart Disease- 

1. Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Packed with vitamins, minerals, the healthy plant chemicals called phytochemicals, and antioxidants, vegetables help fight low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol that can lead to the buildup of plaque in your arteries, a major risk factor for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Eat a variety of vegetables every week to get the full array of health benefits they have to offer. Fruits are excellent sources of healthy phytochemicals, antioxidants, and fiber, too.

2. Choose Healthy Fats

Not all fats are bad. You need the good ones, which include olive, canola, flax, walnut, peanut, and sesame oils. These oils help fight internal inflammation, improve cholesterol levels, boost the immune system, and keep your brain and central nervous system healthy.

The American Heart Association suggests keeping your fat intake to between 25 percent and 35 percent of your total calories each day. Keep saturated fats to less than 7 percent and consumption of trans fats should be limited to less than 1 percent of your calories every day.

3. Eat Plenty of Fiber

Eat foods high in fiber, such as barley, oatmeal, and apples, which contain soluble fiber that helps bind cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract and carry it out of the body. Make these foods a regular part of your diet.

While oatmeal and apples are familiar foods, not everybody is used to eating barley. Try substituting barley pilaf for rice. Barley adds a chewy, nutty-tasting side dish to meals and can help reduce your cholesterol.

4. Go Nuts for Nuts

Eaten in moderation, certain nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, and peanuts, can help to lower bad cholesterol. Nuts contain healthy fats and antioxidants that can keep your cardiovascular system healthy.

Each week, you should include three to five servings of nuts. One serving of nuts is usually about one-third of a cup. But be sure to keep strict tabs on how much you eat, because nuts are also high in calories. Also, choose unsalted nuts when possible.

5. Beans Are Good for Your Heart

All variety of beans, such as kidney, chick peas (garbanzos), lentils, split peas, black-eyed peas, and white beans, are high in antioxidants and fiber, and can help improve your cholesterol profile.

6. Avoid Eating Foods with Cholesterol

All meat products contain cholesterol, and animal fat is known to be a big cause of elevated cholesterol levels. The best recommendation is to avoid meat consumption.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015, March 16). Cholesterol.

Most people today have heard that exercising is a great way to shed some extra pounds. However, have you ever thought to yourself whether or not it was worth going through “all that hard exercise” just to lose a few pounds and if there were other benefits that come from exercising that would help “outweigh” the all the effort put into it?

There’s great news! Did you know that physical activity helps you to achieve more than just losing weight? In fact, doing moderate e0EEC17A076xercise has been proven to help increase endorphin levels, which are your brain’s “feel-good” neurotransmitters, reduce stress, relieve headaches and sluggishness caused from staying in one position for too long, boost brain activity, and improve your quality of sleep. Exercising has also shown to help against depression (the world’s second leading cause of disability- WHO) caused by stress encountered from day to day life.

So the next time you go out to exercise, remember that it will not only help you shed some pounds but will also give you one of the greatest energy boosts that will help brighten up your day!


D3901L7G93Water. It’s the most common compound on earth, so why not put it to use? Water has many medicinal applications, and today we’ll highlight 7 diseases that can be reduced or even cured by drinking water.

1. Heart Disease – Water thins and dilutes the blood, which aids in better circulation. A study of more than 20,000 participants found that men who drank more than 40 ounces of water per day cut risk of CAD by 46%. Women had an even greater response, cutting their risk by 59%.

2. Diabetes – Because water contains no calories or sugar, it doesn’t raise the blood glucose level. Water dilutes the high concentration of sugar in the blood, and is the only substance that is absorbed and not digested.

3. Cancer – Adequate water intake helps to prevent colon cancer. One study reported that adequate water intake reduced the incidence of colon cancer in men by 92%, breast cancer in woman by 79%, and bladder cancer by 51%.

4. Obesity – Did you know that 2 glasses of water increased the metabolic rate by about 30% in one study? Researchers believe that an increase in water intake of 6 glasses per day could burn about 5 lbs of fat per year.

5. Urinary Tract Health – Our kidneys are sophisticated filters that process about 200 quarts of blood each day to make about 2 quarts of urine. According to the National Kidney Research Fund, adequate water intake is the best way to promote proper kidney function, avoid kidney stones, flush impurities form the blood, and protect against urinary tract infections.

6. Arthritis – Our joints are cushioned by fluid-filled sacs, but when we are dehydrated, our bodies draw water fro these non-essential areas. As a result, joints are not adequately cushioned and movement can become painful. Moderate dehydration can actually mimic arthritis.

7. Digestive Health – Water can keep your gallbladder clean. A recent study found that drinking adequate room temperature water resulted in gallbladder emptying. Low daily water intake has been attributed as a cause for the formation of gallstones.

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Aluminum is a part of our everyday life more than we realize, yet society seems to know very little about the negative health impacts this metal has. What odd places do we find aluminum in our food?

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You may be asking, “I’m trying to maintain a vegan diet, but is that healthy?”, or “does being vegan even make that much of a difference?”. In this video, former Newstart doc, Dr. David DeRose answers these questions, and much more.

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