A step in the right direction: Leaders from more than 170 countries gathered at the United Nations last Friday to sign the Paris climate deal, a record turn-out that boosted hopes of quick action on combatting global warming. The Paris deal sets the goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by moving to clean energy.(1) As stated by actor Leonardo Dicaprio, a U.N. messenger of peace and climate activist: “We can congratulate each other today, but it will mean absolutely nothing if the world’s leaders gathered here go home and do nothing.”
Why is it important to act now?
Climate change could cause significant changes to global diets, leading to more than half a million extra deaths in 2050 from illnesses such as stroke, cancer and heart disease. As extreme weather such as floods and heat waves wreak havoc with harvests and crop yields, estimated increases in food availability could be cut by a third by 2050, according to the experts’ study published in The Lancet medical journal. This would lead to a reduction of 99 calories available per person per day, found the assessment of the impact of climate change on diet composition and bodyweight. Climate change could also lead to a 4% reduction in the consumption of fruit and vegetables, along with a 0.7% drop in the amount of red meat consumed. Reduced consumption of fruits and vegetables could cause twice as many deaths as undernutrition by 2050.(2)
Even if the announcement seems extreme, climate change could significantly affect our health in more subtle ways: researchers tried removing fruits and vegetables from asthma patients’ diets to see what would happen. Within two weeks, their symptoms worsened. When, in contrast, they increased fruit and vegetable consumption to seven servings a day, the subjects’ exacerbation rate halved. According to the article, common synthetic vitamins and antioxidant supplements do not seem to work. (3) You have to improve your diet or take natural supplements to see an improvement.
If you do not make the effort to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, or choose not to supplement with whole food based natural supplements, you are probably eating an unbalanced diet. Keep in mind that eating fatty foods increases the risk of bowel cancer because causes cells in the gut to mutate. Obesity and a high-fat, high-calorie ‘western’ diet has been linked to many different types of cancer. Now a new study found high fat diets drives a population boom of intestinal stem cells – which are more likely to result in tumors.(4) It also generates a pool of other cells that behave like stem cells, which can then reproduce themselves indefinitely. Both the stem cells and ‘stem-like’ cells are more likely to give rise to intestinal tumors, according to the study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Beljanski Foundation is funding exciting new research regarding the effectiveness of Pao pereira extract on cancer stem cells; but getting plenty of greens through food, supplements or drinks can be a good place to start.