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Hi Garance

How curry can help keep cancer at bay
Researchers described their findings as 'exciting' and said they hoped patients would be able to benefit from the discovery within a few years.
I don't think tumeric is hot, like chilli. It is used in curry to give it the golden yellow colour. I wonder if it would be any good to use as a mouth rinse and swallow. Couldn't do any harm if it is a food eaten by millions!

Best wishes
Vinod Coffee (brown teeth, not yellow!)
How spicy foods can kill cancers
Scientists have discovered the key to the ability of spicy foods to kill cancer cells. They found capsaicin, an ingredient of jalapeno peppers, triggers cancer cell death by attacking mitochondria - the cells' energy-generating boiler rooms.

Lead researcher Dr Timothy Bates said: "As these compounds attack the very heart of the tumour cells, we believe that we have in effect discovered a fundamental 'Achilles heel' for all cancers.

Dr Bates said: "It's also possible that cancer patients or those at risk of developing cancer could be advised to eat a diet which is richer in spicy foods to help treat or prevent the disease."
Nice to see you Garance. Sorry to hear you are still having such trouble with foods. If you are not up to a curry can I suggest a vegetable samosa - small amount and worth trying.

It never ceases to amaze me how I can go days ok now and then suddenly I notice I'm grumbling on aparticular day about odd tastes or texture - bad day when coffee cake tastes of fish that sort of thing - but fewer of them. But trying to think what you might have that is not spicy but flavoursome. One of my first fruit tastes was about a year after and it was blackberries we picked and I sweetened and made into a tart. It was the best thing I have ever eaten after so many months of oddness in tastes. Just mentioning it as the blackberry season is almost here and always worth a try.

Have only just started to have ice in drinks after 5 years. Could not stand very cold drinks for years. Noticed someone the other day mentioned tepid drinks were best for them.
Talking of spicy food, my fav is Japanese, since finishing treatment 4 months ago I have not gone near raw fish or wasabi sauce. Anyway gave it a go on Saturday night, sashima with wasabi sauce (really hot) was fantasic my mouth seems to be getting back to some form of normal, made my eyes and nose run and made me feel really good (something to do with endorphines perhaps?)

(Not recommended if you have just finshed treatment), it really hot.

I am luckie I seem to be able to eat most things including crusty bread.

You managed Wasabi??!!!
Tony, is your mouth lined with titanium or something???
I still struggle with mild chilly con carne! *jealous* If i have anything remotely spicey i suffer with ulcers a couple of days later. & i used to LOVER jalapeno's Sigh
I'm working on it though. With a bit of luck the more i'm exposed to it the more tolerant my mouth will get.
Hi Chelle

I started off with chewing gum made the mouth tingle to start with but it seems to have conditioned the mouth.
I get thru 4 or 5 packs a day but it really has made the difference in that i don't have to drink litres of water.
Mind you taste buds are weird - for lunch i had chips with salad cream in a crusty roll with strong onion and cheese (not my normal lunch).

I wonder if not having a peg during treatment made the difference. I had to start eating soon after treatment which was difficult but now I find I can eat most things, I still have ulcers but s*d 'em.

I am sure you will get back most of your "eating funtions" - you'll soon be eating hot spicey food.



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