Is this why South Asians have lower dementia and cancer rates?



  • Why South Asian people have HALF the rates of dementia
  • Could what they eat be the reason…
  • What’s special about turmeric and curcumin

In the state of Karnataka in India, they have a strange tradition…

It’s known as ‘Madey Snana’.

What happens is that people from lower castes get on the floor and roll themselves over left-over food.

The idea is that in doing this, they will rid themselves of health problems.

I can’t imagine that taking off in the UK…

The Sampson family, in knickers and pants, rolling back and forward over bubble and squeak on Boxing Day.

…Not a good image!

Madey Snana is quite clearly a superstition unfounded on any real medical benefit. Not only that, but the practice is highly controversial, as it reinforces the caste system.

However, not all ancient Indian traditions are based on superstitions. That part of the world has a lot to teach us about how food can help heal and protect us.

In fact, Indians have been using something as a natural health remedy for hundreds of years and western science has only really caught up with the phenomenon in the past decade.

Now many sensible and highly qualified medical researchers are admitting that turmeric – or, more accurately an ingredient in turmeric known as curcimin– could help protect against cancer, arthritis and dementia.

Take a look at this webpage by author Ray Collins, who has written a book about turmeric and other healing foods. He says:

“Rates of colon, breast, prostate and lung cancer in India were 15 times LESS than in the USA during the 1950s. And Americans were four times more likely than Indians to develop Alzheimer’s.”


Well people are beginning to think it might be the widespread ingestion of curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric.

Ray’s book contains startling results from the University of Missouri where researchers found that curcumin could reduce the risk of breast cancer in women who have Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

If you’re interested in the lesser-known health remedies out there – things that you could try at home this week – it’s one of those informative handbooks you really should have in your home. (click here if you’d like a copy).

He’ll also show you how curcumin could offer a breakthrough for joint pain suffers, inhibiting the COX-2 enzyme without any of the usual side-effects.

A spice that could hold the answer to some major health problems

As you might know, the gorgeous golden-yellow spice turmeric is used widely in South Asian cooking. In that part of the world they’ve used it as a medicine too for almost 4,000 years.

Could this be why a World Alzheimer’s Report in 2009 showed that 3.6% of South Asians over the age of 60 have dementia, compared with 7.2% in Europe?

And could it explain India’s lower cancer rates?

Scientists in the west have carried out a number of research experiments into curcumin. It’s still early days but signs are positive.

A 2006 study showed that curcumin inhibited the growth of human colon cancer. While in a 2007 study they combined curcumin with chemotherapy to successfully treat bowel cancer cells.

I’ve also read a 2009 report from the Institute of Hepatology University College London Medical School which concluded:

“Several studies have demonstrated a number of beneficial properties on inflammatory chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, gastric, hepatic, pancreatic, intestinal neurodegenerative, ocular and respiratory diseases”.

If you want to find out more, then check out this brilliant book by health writer, blogger and natural remedy crusader Ray Collins. He’s been writing about health to thousands of readers for a decade, and The Spice Healer is the result of a lot of his hard work, research and conversations with his subscribers.

If you’d like to know the many ways you can eat yourself healthier with delicious food, this is the book for you. What might surprise you is that these are not all your obvious health foods. He’ll share with you:

  • The vitamin that ‘switches on’ your swine flu immunity
  • The seafood that eases joint pain
  • The natural ingredient that works as well as a cox-inhibitor
  • The fruit that relieves asthma
  • The spice that can stop a heart attack
  • The garden weed that cleans your liver
  • The tea that prevents blood clots

Well worth looking into – and he’s offering it to People’s Doctor readers on a 30-day trial basis so you can take a good look at it first.

As for me, I’m off to roll around in last night’s leftover pizza.

(That’s a joke, of course. There’s NEVER leftover pizza.)

Saying that, Ray Collins even has a piece in his book about a pizza topping that could help prevent a very specific type of cancer – which sounds mad until you read the research. You can check it out here.

Until next time, stay healthy


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