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March 2015

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Eating brains for brain cancer

Yesterday I added grass fed lamb’s brains to my ketogenic diet. Because we are squeamish about eating brain in this country my local butcher gave me 6 quality sheep’s brains for free! I read an interesting article recently about this recently… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/11364723/Eating-offal-will-the-British-ever-fall-in-love-with-brains.html I also found some videos of Gordon Ramsey (with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall) and and another video from Heston Blumenthal cooking brains. I understand brain is a delicacy in many top restaurants around the world so I was even more interested in trying it. Here are the videos: http://youtu.be/hb1YFPLany0 http://youtu.be/X4tItqWIKe4 Obviously I would make KETO versions of these recipes! Let’s think about this… Sometimes the unorthodox approach is perhaps the most sensible. Consider this:  Brains are built from large amounts of selected fatty acids and specialist components that when eaten could have a potent healing effect to manage/reverse neuroinflammation and improve cognitive functioning.  Brain is very high in omega 3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory and phosphatidylserine lipids in cell membranes play a significant role in apoptosis, blood clotting, and so could be beneficial in combating neurodegenerative disease.  Numerous studies with Alzheimers over the years have produced some very interesting results. Phosphatidylserine made from cow brains seems to improve attention, language skills, memory in ageing people with declining thinking skills. http://www.cell.com/biophysj/abstract/S0006-3495(14)02208-5 As the brain is mostly fat I feel it compliments my ketogenic diet perfectly and tastes brilliant with egg and ghee.  Here are some videos I made of me cooking and eating brain for Brain Tumour Research’s Wear a Hat Day yesterday! Enjoy!… Part 1 http://youtu.be/J4fjfstAzyo Part 2 http://youtu.be/oRNatOteSbU Part 3 http://youtu.be/RlP23z0P3zk

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Surviving Terminal Cancer with Q & A on Health

My local screening of a patient led documentary film project by Dominic Hill Featuring a live Q & A session with:  Adam Afriyie- MP Windsor, Maidenhead Andrew Scarborough (host)- 2 year brain cancer Survivor, ketogenic diet trials patient advisor at Charing Cross Hospital. Jane Mclelland- 16 year stage 4 cervical cancer survivor and patient advocate for access to medicines. And more including the Brain Tumour Charity, Brain Tumour Research, and health professionals!  Adam Afriyie has recently shared his thoughts on this event and on the current situation with brain cancer. Please read: http://adamafriyie.org/index.php/2015/03/18/bravery-in-the-face-of-an-awful-disease/ Also please sign this petition if you can to give terminal brain cancer patients more treatment options.  http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/74463

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The London Football Awards- Willow Foundation

I haven’t updated my blog in a while as I have been busy collecting my thoughts from a busy few weeks while planning some exciting future endeavours.  The other consequence of having been so busy is that I’m suffering more from fatigue at the moment, meaning that sustained concentration can become challenging, but I digress… This past month has been especially eventful, productive, and exciting. I have decided to detail a summary of my experiences in a short series of posts.  I had the immense pleasure of attending The London Football Awards and delivering a speech about my special day with Willow in August last year. The difference in how I feel mentally and physically now compared to then is astonishing to me when I look back. I love football so I was in heaven at such a grand event surrounded by such recognisable faces.  Football has always been a great escape to me at times when I felt like a zombie thanks to neurological issues and side effects from epilepsy medication. My special day really helped to maintain my sanity and make me smile while I was still loaded up on a cocktail of rather potent sedatives so I was more than happy to do all I could as a massive thank you to Willow!  I’m on next to no medication now (I stay on a small amount of anticonvulsants just in case), so I was able to stay awake during my speech. I was having one of my good days that day so I felt quite alert for most of the evening. This was just as well as I was delighted my Mum was able to attend and I wanted to make her proud.  Life deals some cruel blows at times, my Mum was diagnosed with oesophogeal cancer…

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