Be Active Against Cancer: Diet and Lifestyle Tips

The conditions in which we live and work, and our 21st century lifestyles, influence our health and quality of life, increasing the risk of many chronic diseases, including cancer. Although cancer is a difficult and emotive subject, talking about it can improve outcomes at an individual, community and policy level. Many people know of the usual risk factors. Tobacco use is the most common risk factor, as well as alcohol which current trends show an increase in consumption which results in many more cancers, even more so in women. Overweight and obesity is increasing globally at an alarming rate, including among children and adolescents. Also of concern is the high proportion of overweight people living in low resource settings (two-thirds of the global total). Overweight and obesity is also strongly linked to increased risks of bowel, breast, uterine, pancreatic, oesophagus, kidney and gallbladder cancers. Rising rates of obesity will lead to increased cancer rates unless policies and actions are taken to improve people’s diets and levels of physical activity.

On the occasion of World Cancer Day, I am going to dispel the myth that there is nothing we can do about cancer. Research shows that, with a healthier diet and lifestyle a third of the most common cancers can be prevented. I will discuss lifestyle and food choices that can help prevent cancer.

You can join me either at East Sheen Library on the 4th of February at 2:30 or at East Sheen Primary School on the 12th of February at 6pm.

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Vegan truffles on prescription: “Jewelled Date & Walnut Truffles”

I made this recipe today with two of the ladies who attended the Ladies Lunch Group at Princess Alice Hospice. These are ladies with metastatic breast cancer, who attend our monthly social-get-together-and-have-lunch event that the social work team at the hospice organise. One of them told us that she never cooks, the other one is a highly accomplished cook who wanted to learn how to take the seeds of a pomegranate. They stood side by side and prepared with me this very easy recipe, giggling with excitement and enjoying every bit of it. This was for me another proof how cooking recipes and a cooking demonstration from a doctor can not only educate, connect and give nice food-is-your-medicine to patients, but can also help to lift the spirits and bring a smile to peoples’ face.

And it tastes delicious!!

Jewelled Date & Walnut Truffles

Date paste
Walnuts
Desiccated coconut
Pomegranate seeds

Method:
Use 2 tsps of the paste for each truffle. Add half a walnut in the mixture and shape into a ball.
Roll balls in coconut to coat.
Decorate with pomegranate seeds.
Keep in the fridge until you serve

POFTĂ BUNĂ! (Enjoy your meal, in Romanian)

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Sardines on prescription: “Sardine & Watercress Pâté”

At the Ladies Lunch Group at Princess Alice Hospice today, ladies with metastatic breast cancer met to have lunch and listen to my presentation on

‘Cooking on Prescription from the Doctor’.

I made this pâté in front of them to demonstrate how easy it is to prepare a healthy meal with readily available ingredients. Perhaps the most exotic ingredient in it is turmeric, which is however very easy to find and is one of the most important spices for health. A number of studies have demonstrated its’ antioxidant/anti-inflammatory properties. More research is underway to investigate its’ potential against cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, diabetes and other illnesses.

So, another straightforward recipe to make in your kitchen. You will need a food processor for this one, which will do most of the hard work for you. The combination of the ingredients in this recipe make it a most healthy food to have as a snack or main meal with a side salad or some cooked vegetables. Full of omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and hundreds of other micronutrients that work together to help your body and mind function well.

Sardine & Watercress Pâté

Tinned sardines in springwater or brine
One small baked sweet potato
A handful of watercress leaves or cabbage
Parsley and chives (optional)
1 tsp turmeric
1-2 tsps mustard
Lime juice
Pepper

Method
Add all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth
Serve on rye or wholemeal bread with a side salad of tomatoes and watercress.

Καλή όρεξη (enjoy your meal, in Greek)

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Cooking on prescription

Doctors teaching cooking? Why not. More and more physicians turn to this simple measure to inspire people to get back to their kitchen. This is a place where a treatment for any illness can start, a cure can be found and a sense of community and connection can begin to heal the mind and soul of every person.

Cooking can change lives, can even save lives. This is why in my hospice we have started giving cooking demonstrations for patients and bereaved relatives. And they are such fun, both for staff and for patients and relatives! To paraphrase Andrew Boorde from his 1547 medical book ‘Breviary of Health’: ‘A Good Physician Is Half A Cook’.

As a doctor with specialisation in nutritional medicine I am delighted to be putting on my apron at work and taking part in the new revolution in medicine and healthcare which starts from real food in our kitchens!

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Recipes to improve your health, boost your energy and lift your spirits

Once again, I am returning to the mental health charity Stuart Low Trust with a selection of recipes and information on how cooking can save your life.

I believe that a good physician is half a cook. Of course, science and experience are important. I will bring all these elements into my presentation trying to persuade you that your efforts to improve your health start in your kitchen.

I hope to see you there:

Friday 27 Sept 2013 6:30 – 9.00 pm. Refreshments provided at 6:30, presentation begins at 7:30

St Mary’s Community Centre, Upper Str, Islington N1 2TX. FREE EVENT

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THE TREASURE OF HIPPOCRATES

Delphi
An Invitation to Book Club at PENNY BROHN CANCER CARE
in BRISTOL

 

 THURSDAY 21 MARCH 2013, 4.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.

 

“THE TREASURE OF HIPPOCRATES:
Ancient knowledge on health and medicine
applied in the 21st Century”

 

Speaker: Dr ELENI TSIOMPANOU

 

 

 

2,500 years ago Hippocrates said ‘Health is the greatest gift given to man’. Starting as an itinerant physician, he travelled from his home on the Greek island of Cos, through Greece and Asia Minor practising the gentle art of physical observation, using his medical knowledge to show that disease was the product of environment and lifestyle. He believed that the body contained within itself the benign power of nature to rebalance and heal. His medical ethics included the instruction to treat the whole, not just the afflicted part in order to help, and to do no harm.

 

Here in the 21 century, Dr Eleni Tsiompanou also bases her medical practice on such ethics: ‘my job is to inspire, empower, support, rebalance and help patients to rediscover a quality of life’ she says. The writer of many books and articles, with a special interest in nutrition for the health-compromised, she has worked in palliative medicine, integrative oncology and general medicine. Living in London, she regularly makes her way to Bristol to work as one of Penny Brohn Cancer Care’s doctors. Her interest in the history and philosophy of medicine originates from her native Greece. ‘ I believe that food, exercise, lifestyle and the environment all contribute to health’ she says ‘and I have seen how spiritual practice, music, the arts, singing and harmonious living can restore balance. Health is much more than the absence of disease: it can be vibrant, dynamic and long lasting when we live in harmony with our true nature’.

 

I am sure that this Book Club will be fascinating and informative. In bringing the date forward to 21st of March to avoid clashing with Easter, I hope that as many of you as possible will come and bring your friends.

 

Pat Pilkington
Co-Founder, Penny Brohn Cancer Care
Bristol BS20 0HH

 

 

“From Hippocrates to 21st Century Nutritional Medicine”

You are invited to an event organised by the Hellenic Medical Society UK, on Friday 19th of October at the Hellenic Centre in London:  

The 2012 Hippocratic Oration:  

“From Hippocrates to 21st Century Nutritional Medicine” 

The President of the Hellenic Medical Society UK Dr Dimitris Paschos & the HMS Committee will honour:

  Prof Joe Millward PhD, DSc RPHNutr, Emeritus Professor of Human Nutrition,  Institute of Biosciences and Medicine, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK 

 who will deliver his lecture with 

 Dr Eleni Tsiompanou MD, MSc Nutritional Medicine, Researcher in History of Medicine, Physician 

 7pm: Friday 19th October 2012

At the Great Hall of The Hellenic Centre,  16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

 The event is open to the general public  

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Health – the greatest of human blessings

More than 50 people attended my talk last Friday, organised by the Stuart Low Trust.

The audience wanted to know how by their own efforts they could improve their health.

Food, physical activity, singing, music, the arts, lifestyle habits and having a spiritual practice, were some of the Hippocratic practices that I explored as ways to restore ‘balance’ and hence a more healthy condition in the body.

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