Every Monday since October 24, 2005, Richard Béliveau, Ph.D., publishes a column in the section Votre Vie (Your Life) in the Journal de Montréal in which he describes the latest developments on maintaining health through diet in an easy-to-read and engaging style. Thanks to the generosity of the Journal de Montréal, you can download and consult all of the columns in high resolution PDF format from our website.
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Excess weight, the grim reaper of the 21st century
The conclusion of the largest study ever performed regarding the effects of body weight on health is unequivocal: being overweight or obese significantly diminishes life expectancy and currently represents the second greatest cause of premature death, just behind tobacco. Download this column
Pomegranates – a new weapon against aging?
An interesting study in the prestigious journal Nature Medicine suggests that a molecule produced following ingestion of polmegranates, urolithin A, increases expected lifespan and muscle tone by eliminating damaged mitochondria. Download this column
Cancer, a cellular hostage-taking situation
A recent study has shown that tumoral cells are capable of forcing certain healthy cells to cooperate with them, aiding them in obtaining elements essential for their evolution into cancer. Download this column
Oral Bacteria: New Carcinogenic Agents?
Periodontal diseases such as gingivitis are caused by pathogenic bacteria present in dental plaque. Recent studies have found that the presence of these bacteria are also associated with an increased risk overall for cancers of the esophagus and pancreas. Is the toothbrush a new anticancer weapon? Download this column
Controlling Excess Inflammation
Sepsis is an extremely dangerous clinical condition which occurs when the immune response to an infection becomes so strong that it damages the organs, and this can lead to death when it produces septic shock. A recent discovery could, however, allow us to minimize this damage and could save innumerable lives. Download this column
A study has shown that the metastases from several different types of cancers are derived from subpopulations of tumor cells which express the fatty acid receptor CD36 at their cell surface. The activation of this receptor by a saturated fat that is ubiquitous in modern diets (palmitate) stimulates the formation of these metastases, suggesting that an excess of saturated fats in the diet could play an important role in the evolution of cancer. Download the column