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the importance of the hypothalamus for cancer patients

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on May 2, 2013

Recently scientists have discovered that the hypothalamus of mice can be tinkered with and in so doing the mice will live longer. Here is a link to the story

While there are chemical ways of achieving this, presumably there are also dietary ways so I went looking for suggestions as to how the hypothalamus may be stimulated. Here are some suggestions:

“calyx156” on Yahoo answers says:

As the hypothalamus is part of the endocrine system, any food that stimulates/helps glandular function will do the same for the hypothalamus. This would include such especially beneficial foods/supplements as lecithin, seaweeds, green vegetables, deep yellow/orange veggies such as carrots, yams, squashes, sweet potatoes, essential fatty acids (EFA’s) from foods like sardines, salmon, tuna, mackeral, bluefish, evening primrose, borage oil, rapeseed (canola), olive oil, and all nuts and seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, especially), and all foods high in minerals, especially rare earths as these are particularly involved in the correct functioning of the endocrine system. Some foods that can hamper the well-being and good functioning of this system are soy (especially in regard to thyroid and parathroid functioning), the Brassica family (cabbage, collards, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels’ Sprouts, mustard, turnips, radishes, etc.), and much of the pea/bean/lentil family, believe it or not. Many of these foods are so healthful for other parts of the body, I say eat them all anyway, except for people (usually women) who are severely hypo (or low) thyroid. The endocrine system seems to respond really well to warming herbs and spices, too, so spice it up! Use garlic, mustard, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, mace, ginger (especially ginger!), coriander, hing (asafoetida), cumin, pepper (unless the person has liver issues), curry (which is just a mix of these warming spices, as is curry paste and garam masala in differing amounts). There’s lots more info available on these very issues, do some research yourself! Additionally, there is an immense amount of info that shows some meat consumption may indeed be necessary for the longterm proper functioning of the body. There’s probably just as much however, that shows vegetarianism is the way to go, so listen to your own body deeply. I am a person who HAS to eat animal food, or I get very, very sick, b/c I am a brittle diabetic who has diabetes on both sides of her family. I do NOT do well on a vegetarian diet. Add a little seafood or poultry, however and I do much better. This seems to be true of a lot of people as they age as well. Humans have the teeth and guts of omnivores. It makes intuitive sense to me that we eat that way then.

Another suggestion is to make a point of looking at bright light. This means taking off those dark glasses for 20-30 minutes a day.

Finally, Leptin, a hormone that regulates energy, appears to have a positive impact on regulating the hypothalamus. Increased Leptin sensitivity is achieved by increasing the amount of fish, pulses (beans) and other vegetables you eat.



2 Responses to “the importance of the hypothalamus for cancer patients”

  1. Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog
    and look forward to new updates.

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