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Brain Cancer Leading Death Rates In Australian Children

Brain cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in young people and accounts for more than one third of cancer deaths in children aged under 10. This alarming statistic reflects the least funded and deadliest cancer in Australia. Leading neurosurgeon, Dr Charlie Teo said recently, “People continue to believe that cancer is a disease that strikes as you get older. I saw 23 patients last week. Twenty were diagnosed with malignant brain cancer. Eight of those diagnosed were under 16 years old.”

Every year about 2,000 Australian children under the age of sixteen are diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Dr Andrew Peman, CEO of Cancer Council NSW recently said, “Despite having a fatality rate of almost 100 per cent, brain cancer remains the least understood of all the cancers. It’s the biggest cancer killer of young people and we need funds to change this. Each year increasing numbers of malignant brain cancer cases are diagnosed in Australia. One every eight hours die from the disease. Risk factors of brain cancer are unknown and there are no screening procedures in place.” Read More

Sunscreen Causes Cancer?

This month, many kids will graduate or finish up their final obligations for the academic year. Families will plan long-anticipated vacations to the beach, the country, and other favourite destinations where they’ll hopefully get a rest from the stress of daily life. They are usually looking for lots of sun. You love the sun, but not all of what it does to your skin. Did you know that solar radiation is classified as a known human carcinogen in the US Report on Carcinogens?

Sunlight activates processes necessary for good health. Sunlight is necessary for healthy teeth and bones and, as many winter-weary souls can tell us, it’s also important for our emotional well-being. Unfortunately, too much sunlight without proper protection can accelerate aging as well as causing other damage – including sun burns, melanomas (skin cancers), DNA damage, suppressed skin cell immunity and other illnesses.

While there has been an increase in the lifetime risk of developing invasive melanoma (in 1935, the risk was 1 in 500; it is now 1 in 55), this is often attributed to a number of factors, including longer lifespans (the sun damage that leads to skin cancers generally accumulates over time); the thinning ozone layer, which allows greater amounts of harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) to penetrate the earth’s atmosphere; the increased popularity of outdoor activities; clothing styles that leave more skin exposed.

However, as the WHO 2012 Report points out, it can also be attributed to many of the ingredients used in products such as sunscreens, and to their increased use. Not surprisingly in our ‘sun-drenched’ country, most people think about the damaging effects of the sun’s rays, not their sunscreen.

How Could Sunscreen Cause Cancer?

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The Real Power of Antioxidants

“Antioxidants are natural compounds found in some foods that help neutralize free radicals in our bodies.”

Antioxidants play an important role in overall health. They are found in many plants throughout the plant kingdom with varying degrees of concentration. The body’s trillion or so cells face formidable threats daily, ranging from lack of food, lack of nutrients, lack of water, environmental or chemical exposure, to infections with a virus, bacteria, fungi, parasites and electrosmog – just to name a few!

In the Victorian government Better Health site, it’s stated that antioxidants benefit your health by cleaning free radicals out of your bloodstream. I wrote about the Antioxidants The Wonder Nutrients a few weeks ago, but have been getting a stream of questions regarding free radicals and why we recommend the specific antioxidants we do.

There are a few very simple reasons:  Read More