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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Healthy habits for surviving cancer
Recent studies indicate that the majority of patients who receive a diagnosis of cancer remain overweight, do not eat sufficient fruits and vegetables and are sedentary. This is an unfortunate situation, because a healthy lifestyle considerably increases the probabilities of surviving numerous types of cancers. Download the column
Carcinogenic food additives
A recent study suggests that two additives which are commonly used by the food industry, polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose, favour the development of colorectal cancer. Another good reason to cook meals for oneself in order to better control the contents of one’s plate. Download the column
The stunning carcinogenic power of tobacco smoke
An important study in the prestigious journal Science showed that daily smoking a pack of cigarettes caused the appearance of hundreds of mutations in each of the lung cells every year. Download the column
The incredible aggressiveness of pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease which appears suddenly and has a very low chance of survival for the patient. An important publication in the prestigious journal Nature showed that the very aggressive nature of this cancer is caused by a veritable explosion of errors in the DNA of pancreatic cells, which permits them to race through the stages of development and to become cancerous very rapidly. Download the column
Radiation: water bear to the rescue?
A microscopic creature known as the tardigrade possesses a DNA repair system that is very powerful, permitting it to tolerate extreme environmental conditions. Japanese scientists have recently shown that this ability could be used to protect human DNA against radiation. Download the column
Aside from being associated with a diminished risk of cardiovascular diseases, having an animal companion can also have beneficial effects on the immune system by increasing our exposure to microorganisms. Download the column