Most scientists and researchers now agree that ageing and most civilisation diseases – such as atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke (one in two people dies as a result of these!), cancer (one in four dies as a result of cancer; taking bitter apricot kernels could prevent the disease!), diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's, respiratory diseases, blood vessel diseases, cystic fibrosis, inflammation, hepatitis, Down’s syndrome and many others – are largely due to cell oxidation, that is, the destruction of our body cells by so-called ‘free radicals’.