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Spice of Life

Alamelu Vairavan, a Whitefish Bay resident, is an author and culinary instructor. Alamelu has a passion for educating the public about the use of spices and legumes in preparing healthy and tasty foods. She is also interested in educating the public about the growing research that points to the enormous health benefits of spices in preventing many diseases. Her mission is to enrich people's culinary experience and to inspire them to discover that cooking and sharing healthful foods can be an especially joyful experience.

Visit Alamelu's web site, CurryOnWheels.com.

Growing Research on Turmeric and Cancer Fight

Many of us have been moved by Carnegie Mellon University professor Rand Pausch's, "Last Lecture" at the university in Septembr 2007. He died in July 2008 of pancreatic cancer at the young age of 47.

"A potentially potent treatment for the most lethal of cancers, pancreatic, may be right under the noses of people eating Indian curry" according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

We already know the great health benefits of the "golden spice turmeric", commonly used in Indian curries. Now, there is an additional evidence provided by University of Alabama researchers suggesting that the compound curcumin found in the spice  turmeric may inhibit the growth of pancreatic cancer. Dr. Mei Wan, a pathologist at that university explained his research results last week in Alabama. His study was supported by the American Cancer Society. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most serious forms of cancer killing 99 percent of the patients who have it.  Most of the patients die within a year of diagnosis.  For details see the article,  "Curry component may aid cancer fight", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (ajc.com), August 2, 2008

As I have noted in my previous blog titled "the wonder spice turmeric", this spice is readily available in regular grocery stores in the form of a powder. It can be easily used in everyday cooking.

For questions or  comments e-mail: alamelu99@yahoo.com


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