30+ Reasons Why THC is Effective in Treating Cancer

Conventional medicine seems further from a cure for cancer than when the search began decades ago. After billions of dollars of expenditure on research, the cancer rate still continues to climb.

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Cancer cells under electron microscope

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the western countries, second only to heart disease. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), every day worldwide, over 22,000 people die of cancer (2012 estimates).  The number of new cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 2 decades. With such high numbers, virtually every family is at risk.

Ironically, the ancient remedies that have been tried and tested over millennia are being debated or kept out of the mainstream.

Chemotherapy and radiation are far from safe. Both are extremely invasive, and neither can be selective, destroying the body’s immune system along the way. Surgery, where appropriate, is specific and can be the tipping point, particularly when followed up with natural medicines.

The magic word is – Balance. The balance between modern treatments and ancient remedies.

The majority of cancers, some 90–95% of cases, are due to environmental factors, which are largely within one’s control. The remaining 5–10% are due to inherited genetics.

Over time, DNA declines, as the telomeres,  which protect the end of a chromosome from deterioration, shorten. Explanation in the American Journal of Human Biology suggests that shorter telomeres are associated with increased cancer rates.

Remediating external factors, such as diet, has been shown to prevent new cancer cells from forming.  And natural remedies play a significant role in this.

What natural remedies – including Vitamin D, C, and B17 (strictly speaking, not a vitamin), and phytocannabinoids (specifically, delta-9-THC), among others – seem to do particularly well, is have the beneficial effect on our immune system as well as prevent the formation of new cancer cells.

Also, extensive medical studies into the effects of phytocannabinoids have shown that delta-9-THC also inhibits the tumor by selectively blocking key blood vessels needed for tumor growth, and so causes cancer cell death. Phytocannabinoids – the key active ingredient in cannabis – were found effective in fighting against colon cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer and several other forms of the disease.

Below are just some peer review studies that show that phytocannabinoids have an effect on many different types of cancer cells.

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The incredible weed

Peer Review Studies

Cannabis, Cannabinoids and Cancer – The Evidence so Far, Cancer Research UK

Are Telomeres The Key To Aging And Cancer? – Learn Genetics, Genetic Science Learning Centre

History of the Medical Use of Cannabis and Cannabinoids, USA National Cancer Institute

The links below lead to NCBI, which is a search engine for scientific and medical journals.  You will notice that they source the information from many global peer review journals.

Cannabis and Uterine, Testicular, and Pancreatic Cancers, USA National Cancer Institute

Cannabis-derived substances in cancer therapy–an emerging anti-inflammatory role for the cannabinoids, NCBI

Cannabis and Brain Cancer, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Cannabis and Mouth and Throat Cancer, US National Centre for Biology Information

Anti-tumoral action of cannabinoids on hepatocellular [liver] carcinoma, NCBI

Cannabinoids in intestinal inflammation and cancer:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442536

Cannabis use and cancer of the head and neck: Case-control study: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2277494

Cannabis THC at High Doses in Area, Inhibits Cholangiocarcinoma cancer: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793

Targeting CB2 Cannabinoid Receptors as a Novel Therapy to treat Malignant Lymphoblastic Disease: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21115947

Cannabis Regulator of Neural Cell Development: ttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16787257

Cannabis treatment of Melanoma: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17065222

Cannabis Treatment for Thyroid Carcinoma: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18197164

Cannabinoids in Intestinal Inflammation & Cancer : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442536

Cannabinoids in Health and Disease: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18286801

Cannabis a Neuroprotective After Brain Injury: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11586361

Cannabis Inhibits Cancer Cell Invasion: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19914218

Cannabis treatment of translocation-positive rhabdomyosarcoma: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19509271

Cannabis Induces apoptosis of uterine cervix cancer cells: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15047233

Cannabis Treatment in Colon Cancer: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18938775

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19047095

Cannabis and Colorectal Cancer:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22231745

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17583570

Cannabis and Cancer Cells:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16818634

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12648025

Marijuana and Cancer Cells:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952650

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16835997

Cannabis and Blood Cancer:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12091357

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16908594

Cannabis and Skin Cancer:

‪http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12511587

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19608284

Cannabinoids and the Immune System:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11854771

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12052046

Cannabis and Lung Cancer:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22198381?dopt=Abstract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21097714?dopt=Abstract

Cannabis and Tumor Cells:


‪http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1576089

‪http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20090845

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14640910

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19480992

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15275820

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15638794

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16818650

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952650

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20307616

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16616335

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16624285

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10700234

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17675107

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14617682

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17342320

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16893424

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15026328



Cannibas Partially & Fully Induced Cancer Cell Death:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12130702

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19457575

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18615640

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17931597

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18438336

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18387516

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15453094

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19229996

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9771884

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18339876

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12133838

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16596790

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11269508

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15958274

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19425170

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17202146

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11903061

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15451022

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20336665

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19394652

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11106791

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19189659

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16500647

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19539619

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19059457

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16909207

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18088200

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10913156

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18354058

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19189054

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17934890

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16571653

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19889794

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15361550

Cannabis and Breast Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859676

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18025276

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21915267

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22776349

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18454173

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16728591

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9653194

Cannabis and Prostate Cancer:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12746841?dopt=Abstract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339795/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594963

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15753356

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10570948

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19690545

 Cannabis Treatment of Leukemia:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15978942

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16754784

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15454482

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16139274

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14692532

Cannabis Treatment of Lymphoma:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18546271

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16936228

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16337199

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19609004

Cannabis and Cancer in General:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12514108

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15313899

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20053780

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18199524

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19589225

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12182964

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442435

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12723496

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16250836

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17237277

AND MORE FOR THE CURIOUS:

Alternative Cancer TherapiesThe Cancer Cure Foundation – Offers free information on over 100 alternative cancer therapies.

Antiemetics in patients receiving chemotherapy for cancer: a randomized comparison of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and prochlorperazine. N Engl J Med 302 (3): 135-8, 1980, Sallan SE, Cronin C, Zelen M, et al. [PUBMED Abstract]

“Cancer is a preventable disease that requires major lifestyle changes”Pharm. Res. 25 (9): 2097–116. doi:10.1007/s11095-008-9661-9PMC 2515569PMID 18626751, Anand P, Kunnumakkara AB, Kunnumakara AB, Sundaram C, Harikumar KB, Tharakan ST, Lai OS, Sung B, Aggarwal BB (September 2008).

Cannabis: pharmacology and toxicology in animals and humans. Addiction 91 (11): 1585-614, 1996, Adams IB, Martin BR [PUBMED Abstract]

Ecological Studies Of Ultraviolet B, Vitamin D And Cancer Since 2000, Grant William B. and Sharif B. Mohr

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

Marijuana as antiemetic medicine: a survey of oncologists’ experiences and attitudes. J Clin Oncol 9 (7): 1314-9, 1991, Doblin RE, Kleiman MA [PUBMED Abstract]

Vitamin D and Breast Cancer , Bertone-Johnson Elizabeth R.

Vitamin D for Cancer Prevention: Global Perspective, Garland Cedric F., Edward D. Gorham, Sharif B. Mohr and Frank C. Garland

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Embarassed

Mothers who have been shamed for breastfeeding in public have a new anthem.

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Hollie McNish, a published U.K. poet and spoken word artist, posted this powerful poem entitled “Embarrassed” on YouTube on July 4.  It brings to light everything from aggressive milk-formula marketing to the double standard of anti-breastfeeding discrimination in a world of “billboards covered in tits“.  Slowly but surely, but unsurprisingly, it has become a viral sensation.

I wrote this poem in a public toilet after my 6 month old baby fell asleep,” McNish says in the video’s description on YouTube, explaining that she was told to stay home the first time she ever tried to breastfeed in public. Since she was ’embarrassed’, McNish writes, she continued to hide out to feed her daughter in smelly public toilet stalls for six months. “I hate that I did that but I was nervous, tired and felt awkward.

Now, couple of years later she’s decided to share the frustrated thoughts she held in for so long.  Perfect timing – The poem comes on the heels of National Breastfeeding Week in the U.K. — as well as the troubling news that the number of breastfeeding mothers in England has fallen this year for the first time since such statistics were first collected in 2004.

Her conclusion, after more than three minutes of impassioned, edgy, rap-like stanzas:

So no more will I sit on these cold toilet lids
No matter how embarrassed I feel as she sips
‘Cos in this country of billboards covered in tits
I think we should try to get used to this.

Ironically, women who breastfeed in public in the U.K. are protected from discrimination by the Equality Act, passed in 2010.  The power of media and marketing has a long finger though, imbedding their viral message into the public’s subconsciousness.

For me, these stanzas sum it perfectly:

“…female breasts banned. Unless they’re out just for show…

And I’m sure the milk makers love all this fuss…

As another mother turns from nipples to powder…

Cos in this [world] of billboards covered in ‘tits’ I think I should try to get used to this.”

 

FULL TRANSCRIPT

At first
I thought it was ok
I could understand their reasons
They said ‘There might be young children or a nervous man seeing’
this small piece of flesh that they weren’t quite expecting
so I whispered and tiptoed with nervous discretion.
But after six months of her life sat sitting on lids
Sipping on her milk nostrils sniffing up piss
Trying not to bang her head on toilet roll dispensers
I wonder whether these public loo feeds offend her?
Cos I’m getting tired of discretion and being ‘polite’ as my baby’s first sips are drowned drenched in shite,
I spent the first feeding months of her beautiful life
Feeling nervous and awkward and wanting everything right.
Surrounded by family until I stepped out the house
It took me eight weeks to get the confidence to go into town
Now the comments around me cut like a knife
As I rush into toilet cubicles feeling nothing like nice.
Because I’m giving her milk that’s not in a bottle
Wishing the cocaine generation white powder would topple
I see pyramid sales pitches across our green globe
and female breasts banned. Unless they’re out just for show.
And the more I go out, the more I can’t stand it,
I walk into town feel I’m surrounded by bandits
Cos in this country of billboards covered in ‘tits’
and family newsagents’ magazines full of it
Whsmith top shelves out for men – Why don’t you complain about them then?
In this country of billboards covered in ‘tits’
and family newsagents magazines full of it
Whsmith top shelves out for men, I’m getting embarrassed
In case a small flash of flesh might offend.
And I’m mot trying to ‘parade’ this, I don’t want to make a show
But when I’m told I’d be better just staying at home
And when another friend I know is thrown off a bus
And another woman told to get out the pub
Even my grandma said maybe I was ‘sexing it up’.
And I’m sure the milk makers love all this fuss
All the cussing and worry and looks of disgust
As another mother turns from nipples to powder
Ashamed or embarrassed by comments around her and
As I hold her head up and pull my cardy across and she sips on the liquor made by everyones God, I think
For God sake, Jesus drank it
So did Sidhartha, Muhammed and Moses and both of their fathers
Ganesh and Shiva and Brighid and Buddha and I’m sure they weren’t doing it sniffing up piss as their mothers sat embarassed on cold toilet lids
In a country of billboards covered in ‘tits’
In a country of low cut tops cleavage and skin
In a country of cloth bags and recycling bins and as I desperately try to take all of it in,
I hold her head up
I can’t get my head round
The anger towards us and not to the sounds
of lorries offloading formula milk
into countries where water runs dripping in filth
In towns where breasts are oasis of life
now dried up in two for one offers, enticed by labels and logos and gold standard rights
claiming ‘breastmilk is healthier powdered and white’
packaged and branded and sold at a price so that nothing is free in this money fuelled life.
Which is fine
If you need it or prefer and can afford to use bottles, where water is clean and bacteria boiled,
but in towns where they drown in pollution and sewage
bottled kids die and they knew that they’d do it
In families where pennies are savoured like sweets
We’re now paying for one thing that’s always been free
In villages empty of hospital beds
babies die, diarrhoea fuelled that breastmilk would end
So no more will I sit on these cold toilet lids
No matter how embarrassed I feel as she sips
Cos in this country of billboards covered in ‘tits’
I think I should try to get used to this.

International breastfeeding symbol

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Hollie wants people to be able to use her work for non-profit educative purposes. But also needs to eat, “If you fancy giving a little for it, that’d be ace.

Pay what you feel. You can download 1-track album in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire: http://holliemcnish.bandcamp.com/

Hollie’s website: http://holliemcnish.com/

Hollie’s poetry education organisation, Page to Performance: www.pagetoperformance.org

NHS on brestfeeding in public http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/breastfeeding-in-public.aspx#close

http://www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/mothersafe/Breastfeeding.asp

How super are ‘super-foods’?

If we are what we eat, surely superfoods are a way to ensure youthful cells stick around for a while longer.

The term #superfood is increasingly being used in the media as a marketing tool to promote one product or another, so if you haven’t heard it yet, you’d be in the minority.

Firstly, consider this:  Any natural whole food is nutritious and beneficial as long as it is consumed in reasonable amounts – bearing in mind that the recommended daily quantities for each are dependant on a number of factors including what food we’re talking about, but also: your size, disposition, lifestyle, climate, season, amongst others – and, the food has not been treated with artificial chemicals during any stage of its development.

Healing Herbs

Just to clarify, when I say ‘artificial’ I mean highly processed.  After all, everything on this earth, including chemical concoctions, comes from our environment one way or another.  It is the over-processing, synthesising and cocktail-making that tends to make them dangerous to our health and/or the environment.

So what exactly are ‘superfoods‘?

The term appears to first be referenced by Aaron Moss in the August 1998 edition of the journal ‘Nature Nutrition’, which stated,

Humans have many options when it comes to fueling their bodies, but the benefits of some options are so nutritious that they might be labeled as superfoods.

Today, superfood is a term used in a wide variety of contexts to describe food with high nutrient or phytochemical content that may confer health benefits that outweigh properties considered to be negative, such as being high in saturated fats or artificial ingredients, food additives or contaminants.

Superfoods tend to be packed with specific macro and micro nutrients that assist in fighting free radicals and help to fortify the body’s immunity.

Interestingly, the term is not in common use by dietitians and nutrition scientists and there is no legal definition of the term.  As in legal terms it has no standing, in the European Union its use has been regulated since July 2007 and the marketing of products as ‘superfoods’ is prohibited unless accompanied by a specific medical claim supported by credible scientific research.[1]

The research however, seems lacking and scientists say that the term superfood is being misleadingly used simply as a marketing tool.

It’s time to squash the myths. 

The stigma associated with the word is that superfoods are exotic ingredients from far-away lands.  In reality, superfoods are simply everyday foods that pack a higher nutritional punch for the amount of calories per serve.

Every corner of the world has its own superfoods.  And this is important to consider when planning your next meal, as all native foods are perfectly aligned to the environmental and climatic needs of the land.

The whole is always better than the sum of its parts.

Get stuck into plenty of whole foods.  The complex reactions of wholefoods in your body provide the positive nutritional outcomes. There’s nothing magical about getting 100% of your daily dose of a nutrient in isolation – your body can’t absorb it.

Proper vitamin absorption depends on levels  of other, complimentary nutrient cofactors.  For example, for our body to be able to make use of an Iron supplement, we also need to ensure adequate levels of vitamin C; Similarly, for the body to be able to synthesise vitamin D tablets, relevant levels of zinc and magnesium are necessary; Oleic acid helps cell membranes become more suple, enabling absorption of omega-3 oils.  Basically, if not properly balanced with its ‘matching’ ingredient, the body will simply eliminate the expensive supplement.

The benefits of Superfoods centre around Antioxidants, Omega 3 & the power of wholegrains.

Identifying nutrient-rich, health-promoting star performers that give your body a recharge and help protect your future health, are not hard to identify.  Limiting the list is.

Some foods often referred to as a superfoods (check out the links for more info on each):

  • Avocado
  • Almonds
  • Berries: Particularly Acai, Goji and Blueberries.
  • Chia
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa: It is the cocoa that gives the great health benefits and dark chocolate is made with much higher levels of cocoa and, significantly lower levels of sweetener.
  • Cruciferous vegetables: Such as Broccoli, Kale, Cabbage (fermented is even better for its added probiotic properties).
  • Eggs
  • Flaxseed or Linseed
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Green tea
  • Herbs: In general, many have been used over centuries for their medicinal properties.
  • Honey
  • Leafy greens
  • Legumes: All types of beans.
  • Pomegranate
  • Soy products: Naturally fermented, as the much faster commercial ‘fermentation’ does not remove the toxic ingredient from the membrane.
  • Turmeric
  • Whole grains: Especially oats, whole wheat, barley (Bran contains non-soluble fibre, hence is not as beneficial).
  • Wild salmon: Farmed salmon is fed with chemically processed food pellets that transfer into the flesh of the fish.
  • Yoghurt and Kefir: Can be non-dairy as it is the probiotic in the culture that is the beneficial ingredient.

Be weary of processed packaged foods that are marketed as superfoods.

Taken out of the context, a superfood ingredient in a sugar-filled snackbar may at first seem like a healthy alternative, but watch for the hidden negatives. The superfood ingredient/s may be present, but if also packed with artificial ingredients, salt, processed sugar and/or saturated fats (great to keep you warm in the snow, but not at other times) – all of which should be consumed in minimal quantities, if at all – Best stay clear!

The recipe for healthy eating is easy.

Most people are aware of the ‘food pyramid‘ which provides a simple overview for a balanced diet – We need to eat from all food groups, in relevant proportions.

A less known, and an even simpler way to ensure a balanced intake of nutrients is to Eat by colour.  Yes, COLOUR.  In plants, colour is an uncanny indicator of a particular nutrient richness.  The brighter, the deeper the colour, the better.  And we need all of them, so eat a rainbow!

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Eat the colours of the rainbow to stay healthy.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” [Hippocrates]

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FOR THE CURIOUS:

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