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broccoliIt was only after I posted yesterday’s blog about ex-TV star and Marchioness of Worcester insists alternative therapy, including homemade vegetable juice (carrots, melon, beetroot, red peppers, celery, fennel, broccoli and ginger) was vital in her recovery from breast cancer, that I remembered I also posted something similar last year about how another breast cancer sufferer used superfoods and juicing to combat her disease.

I have also posted about Allan Taylor, the 78-year-old grandfather who cured his “incurable cancer” with a diet that included drinking barleygrass and today I’ve decided to share one more story with you about the use of juicing in the fight against cancer.

Back in 2008, the Daily Mail reported how broccoli juice helped Ray Wiseman beat bladder cancer.

Mr Wiseman credits his morning glass of broccoli juice with halting the disease and his claim has prompted more research into the vegetable’s healing powers.

Doctors told Mr Wiseman they did not expect him to survive, when they diagnosed his cancer five years earlier, but the article reported that recent scans show that his cancer has stopped spreading – vastly improving his chances of a recovery.

The grandfather, 79, puts his health down to the tumbler of broccoli juice that his wife prepares for him each day.
Mr Wiseman, who lives in Braunstone, Leicestershire, said: ‘I take this juice every day. I know it’s done me good.
‘I suppose it would be the same for everybody.’

His wife Joan, 72, started giving him the juice after a friend told her about the healing benefits of green vegetables. For each half-tumbler dose she combines a head of broccoli with some apples and carrots to improve the taste.

She said: ‘We believe my husband’s incredible luck is down to broccoli. I hope our experience can help other cancer sufferers. The juice is a mess to make but it’s something we have been happy to clear up. He now just takes it as second nature. If anybody else’s husband is suffering from cancer and they are not getting on too well, it could help them.’

Scientists from Cancer Research UK asked her for the recipe, to further study the vegetable’s benefits.

Medical studies have highlighted the possible cancer-beating powers of broccoli.

British scientists at the Institute of Food Research found that men who ate one daily portion had altered patterns of gene activity in their prostates, suggesting that the chemicals in the vegetable might be able to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

According to a report published in the British Journal of Cancer in 2006, natural chemicals found in certain vegetables, such as broccoli-cauliflower and cabbage, can enhance DNA repair in cells, which could help stop them becoming cancerous.

A spokesman for Cancer Research UK said: ‘There’s a lot of research that’s focused on broccoli and the healing properties that the vegetable contains. If taken, broccoli needs to be with a healthy diet that is high in all fruit and vegetables. This can also reduce the chances of developing cancer.’

Around 10,000 are diagnosed with bladder cancer every year in the UK. It is the fifth most common form of the disease and affects more men than women.

A member of the cabbage family, broccoli is rich in vitamin C and has properties that boost the human immune systems that fight viruses, bacteria and cancer. Studies have found that boiling broccoli can reduce its anti-cancer compounds, but steaming and microwaving do not.

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2013 miles in 2013

Having completed a year without all alcohol in 2012, my self imposed challenge this year is to complete 2013 self powered miles by the end of 2013. My rules are quite simple:

  1. All miles must be completely self powered (no motors, sails, etc)
  2. I must be able to evidence all miles, either via GPS or with a picture of any static gym equipment

To complete my 2013 miles I will be running, cycling, rowing and who knows, I might even try a few other self powered methods along the way.

I need to average just over 5.5 miles (9 km) per day to hit my target. I ran just over 670 miles in 6 and a half months in 2012, so this is a big step up. It is not going to be easy, but hey, it wouldn’t be a challenge if it was!

As part of this challenge I am planning a few races and have already signed up for 2 half marathons in March, a full 26.2 miles marathon in May and a return trip to the Great South Run.

I will be doing this challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and so will keep my existing Just Giving page going for another year. I have been surprised since I started fundraising for the CF Trust just how many people are unaware of this disease and so I hope my efforts will not just raise money, but also awareness of the UK’s most most common life-threatening inherited disease.

To donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust please click here to visit my just giving page or donate by text – send AYWB55 and the amount to 70070. For example, texting “AYWB55 £5″ will donate £5.