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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Cannabis and memory losses
Numerous studies have shown that elevated consumption of cannabis can lead to losses of memory in the short to long term. Recent studies permit us to consider whether this effect could be due to a perturbation in the mitochondria present within hippocampal cells of the brain. Download the column
The heavy consequences of maternal obesity
Several studies have shown that maternal obesity, beyond increasing the risk of complications during pregnancy, can also have a negative influence on the health of the children, both the physical and mental points of view. Download the column
Metastases: the role of saturated fats
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
The cavemen loved their vegetables
The recent discovery of a very large amount of residue from edible plants at an archaeological site dating from about 800,000 years ago suggests that the menu of prehistoric people was much more diversified than had been thought and that plants constituted the basis of their diet. Download the column
Migraines with bacterial origins?
A surprising observation suggests that the mouths of people who suffer from migraines possess a bacterial flora that favours the production of nitric oxide, a molecule known to trigger headaches. Download the column