Antioxidants interfere with cancer treatments, right? Wrong! Volume 1, Issue 4 October 2, 2008
"Don't take antioxidants. They will interfere with your radiation treatments."
This is a statement my patients frequently hear from their oncologists. They also hear it when they're taking chemo. Both statements are just plain wrong. But don't take my word for it, just look at the reported literature.
Study after study has shown that antioxidants are beneficial for patients receiving chemotherapy. The chemo works better. It has fewer side effects. Patients live longer. And they have a much better quality of life.
Now, a recent study shows the same is true for radiation therapy.
The researchers presented their findings to the Society of Integrative Oncology's Third International Conference in Boston. This is a non-profit organization of oncologists and other health professionals. All of them are interested in effective alternative and complementary therapies in cancer care. So it is unlikely that your local oncologist knows anything about this data.
The study looked at the effects of giving natural therapies to prostate cancer patients who all took radiation therapy. The antioxidants they used included green tea extract, melatonin, high-potency multivitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin E. The researchers looked at the PSA levels of patients taking the full barrage of supplements. (PSA levels help determine the effectiveness of radiation treatments.) Then they compared these PSA scores to those of patients who did not take any.
What they found was not at all surprising. At least it wasn't to me or to anyone else who routinely prescribes antioxidant therapy to cancer patients. The results may surprise your oncologist, though. The researchers found no difference at all between the PSA levels of patients who took the antioxidants and those who did not.
Does this mean anyone taking chemo or radiation can just take any supplement they want? Unfortunately, no. There are a very few cases where certain supplements might interfere with certain chemotherapy drugs. These interactions are quite rare. But just to be safe, make sure that you talk to a doctor who knows the subject before you take anything supplement. And keep reading these health alerts, as I'll discuss these possible interactions in the future.
Dr. Wascher: Diet and Exercise Affect Cancer Cells at Genetic Level From: Newsmax Health Date: Oct 2, 2008 7:41 PM Diet and Exercise Affect Cancer Cells at Genetic Level
There have been numerous studies on the effects of various nutritional supplements on prostate cancer cells growing in a Petri dish in the laboratory, and in human prostate cancer cells implanted into mice.
However, there is precious little data on the effects of nutritional and other lifestyle interventions, if any, on actual prostate cancer tumors growing in living human beings. As I have often mentioned before, there have been hundreds of previous research studies that have observed positive responses to experimental treatments in laboratory cell cultures and in mice and rats but have subsequently failed to show any beneficial impact when applied to human subjects.
However, a new and exciting study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides a rare glimpse into the effects at the genetic level of nutritional and lifestyle interventions on prostate cancer tumor cells taken from the prostate glands of men with this disease.
This very intriguing study was performed by physicians and scientists at the University of California at San Francisco and at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, with assistance from the famed J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland. In the study, initial biopsies were taken from prostate cancer tumors in 30 men who had previously declined surgery or other conventional treatments for their prostate cancers, yet subsequently participated in an intensive nutrition and lifestyle modification program.
In all cases, significant improvements in obesity, elevated blood pressure, and cholesterol levels were observed in these 30 men after three months of vigorous exercise, dieting, and other healthy lifestyle modifications. After this three-month period of intensive lifestyle and nutrition modification, repeat needle biopsies were performed on their prostate cancer tumors. Both the initial and subsequent prostate cancer biopsy samples were then subjected to specialized genetic testing that compared changes in the activity of individual genes within the tumor cells following three months of lifestyle and nutrition modification.
Gene expression profiling revealed that the activity of 48 individual genes had significantly increased following completion of the three-month lifestyle modification program, while 453 genes had become less active. The researchers then looked at all of the 501 genes that had undergone changes in their levels of expression and assessed their functions as they related to cancer-cell growth and progression.
After analyzing the functions of these 501 genes, the researchers determined that many of them were directly involved in critical pathways used by cancer cells to grow and divide.
Although this was only a small pilot study, it is one of only a handful of “in vivo” clinical research studies that have objectively studied the impact, at the level of gene activity, of healthy lifestyle modifications on active cancers growing within living human beings. As such, the implications of this study’s findings are potentially enormous. Although it is not possible to tell if these 30 men will experience a reduction in the growth or spread of their cancers as a result of these lifestyle modifications, the objective improvement in the “genetic profile” of their prostate cancers following three months of intensive diet and exercise modification, is an exciting finding in and of itself.
The implications of this study’s results offer hope that rigorous lifestyle modifications may help to both prevent some cancers and reduce the biological aggressiveness of cancers that have already developed.
However, this is only a small, “proof of concept” research trial. A larger, randomized clinical research trial will now have to be performed using a similar approach but with a control group of patients who do not undergo any lifestyle or nutrition modifications. Additionally, this future randomized study will have to follow all of the participating patients for a sufficiently long period of time to allow any clinically significant differences between patient groups to become evident.
For now, however, this fascinating little study offers a tantalizing look (at the genetic level) at the potential impact of diet and lifestyle changes on the biology of cancer cells growing within the human body.
(NaturalNews) If you want to experience your best health, an essential requirement is keeping your colorectal region clean and healthy. Keeping your colon and rectum clean and healthy provides a number of health benefits, the main ones being:
1. A lowered risk of developing colorectal cancer, the second or third leading type of cancer in most industrialized countries.
2. A lowered risk of experiencing irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, and chronic diarrhea.
3. A lowered risk of developing hemorrhoids.
4. Less objectionable gas production.
5. More efficient absorption of water and minerals.
6. A feeling of lightness, comfort, and well-being in your abdominal region.
Your colon and rectum are collectively referred to as your large intestine, which is the last part of your digestive tract.
A Journey Through Your Large Intestine
After food passes through your stomach and small intestine, the remaining material, mostly waste products in liquid form, move on to the first part of your large intestine -- your colon.
Your colon is approximately 6 feet long and serves primarily to dehydrate liquid waste material.
Your colon begins at the lower right hand corner of your abdomen, where it is called your cecum. Attached to your cecum is a twisted, worm-shaped tube called your appendix.
From your cecum, your colon travels up the right side of your abdomen, where it is called your ascending colon. When it reaches your lower right ribs (just below your liver), it turns to travel across your abdomen to just below your lower left ribs; here, it's called your transverse colon.
Just below your lower left ribs, it makes another turn and travels down the left side of your abdomen -- this portion is called your descending colon.
Your colon then makes one last turn toward the middle of your abdomen, forming an "S" shaped segment that is called your sigmoid colon.
Your sigmoid colon empties waste materials into your rectum, which is like a storage pouch that holds onto your feces until contractions in your large intestine stimulate a bowel movement.
In order to understand how to keep your colorectal region clean and healthy, let's go over a few key details on how your large intestine works.
Large Intestine Physiology
Movement of Waste Material
After you eat a substantial meal, your stomach expands enough to trigger a reflex that causes a contractile wave (called a peristaltic wave) to travel through your small intestine and push any liquid waste material (chyme) that is sitting in the last part of your small intestine into your large intestine.
Once enough liquid waste material accumulates in your cecum (the first part of your large intestine), the waste material begins to move up your ascending colon.
Movement of waste material through your colon is facilitated by something called "haustral churning". Your colon is divided along its length into small pouches called haustra. When a haustrum is filled with substantial waste material, its muscular walls contract and push the waste material into the next haustrum. The contractile reflex that allows haustral churning is regulated by your enteric nervous system, which is a division of your autonomic nervous system.
On average, your colon experiences anywhere from about 3 to 12 moderate waves of contractions every minute. After every substantial meal, your colon experiences a much larger contractile wave, called "mass peristalsis". Mass peristalsis serves to push waste materials from your transverse colon all the way to your rectum. In most people, mass peristalsis occurs about three times a day.
Water and Nutrient Absorption
The mucosal lining of your large intestine is lined with tiny pits that open into long, tube-like intestinal glands; these glands are lined with specialized cells that absorb water, and other specialized cells (goblet cells) that release mucous into your large intestine to lubricate your stools and to protect the lining of your large intestine against acidic substances and noxious gases.
The specialized cells that absorb water from your waste materials are responsible for about 10 percent of the water that you absorb from the foods and beverages that you ingest; the remaining 90 percent is absorbed by cells that line your small intestine.
This 10 percent of water absorption in your large intestine amounts to anywhere between a pint and a quart of water in most people, and represents a significant portion of your body's daily intake of water. As water is absorbed from the waste material in your colon, so are some nutrients, mainly minerals like sodium and chloride.
It takes anywhere between 3 to 10 hours for your large intestine to absorb enough water from waste material to turn it into solid or partially solid stools. Your stools consist mainly of water, mucous, fiber, old cells from your intestinal lining, millions of microorganisms, and small amounts of inorganic salts.
When your rectal pouch is distended with enough feces to trigger a contractile reflex, your feces are pushed out through your anus. When you consciously contract your abdominal wall, your diaphragm moves downward and helps open up muscles that line your anal sphincter.
Your rectum is lined with three horizontal folds, called your rectal valves; these valves are what prevent stools from passing through your anal sphincter when you pass gas.
If you choose not to release stools when you experience an urge to do so, your reflex contractions may stop, in which case you likely won't have a significant bowel movement until the next mass peristalsis occurs.
Diarrhea and Constipation Explained
When waste material travels through your digestive tract too quickly for sufficient water absorption to occur, your stools will be runny and more frequent than normal.
Three main causes of diarrhea are:
* Undesirable microorganisms
* Food intolerances (like lactose intolerance)
In the first two cases listed above, it makes sense that your body would want things to move quickly through your system; your body doesn't want to spend time digesting foods that it cannot properly extract nutrients from or that are laced with disease-causing microbes.
Stress can cause transit time to shorten by messing with your enteric nervous system; please recall that your enteric nervous system controls the reflex contractions that mark "haustral churning". Your enteric nervous system is a part of your autonomic nervous system, and your autonomic nervous system regulates your physiological responses to emotional and physical stress.
When waste material travels through your colon more slowly than it should, so much water is sucked out of your waste material that your stools become hard.
Five main causes of constipation are:
* Eating sporadically, or eating meals that are too small to illicit mass peristalsis.
* Not going when you feel an urge to go
* Lack of a healthy intestinal lining that is capable of producing enough mucous to properly lubricate your stools (vitamin A deficiency is a potential cause of this situation)
* Insufficient intake of water, water-rich foods, and/or fiber-rich foods.
Natural Ways to Keep Your Colorectal Region Clean and Healthy
Please note: A number of the following ways to keep your colon and rectum healthy are tied to preventing chronic constipation.
Chronic constipation is the single greatest cause of having an unclean and unhealthy colorectal region because over time, constipation causes your bowel walls to face excessive pressure -- pressure that is created by you straining to go and by your colon walls creating stronger contractions to help eliminate hard stools.
Excessive pressure on your colon walls can cause little pouches called diverticuli to form. Sometimes, small bits of waste material can get lodged in diverticuli.
Eat substantial meals; don't nibble on small amounts throughout the day
Each time you eat a substantial meal, you stimulate stretch receptors in your stomach that are responsible for triggering normal and mass peristaltic waves throughout your small and large intestines, ensuring regular movement of waste material through your colon and rectum.
Also, eating substantial meals allows significant "chunks" of waste materials to travel together through your colon, turn into well formed stools, and get eliminated from your body in an efficient manner.
Don't suppress the desire to go
If you regularly suppress the urge to have a bowel movement, waste materials spend more time than is optimal in your colon, causing excessive dehydration of waste materials and formation of hard stools.
Ensure adequate intake of water and/or water-rich foods
Water helps to move waste materials along, and is absorbed throughout the entire length of your colon. Insufficient water intake can cause stools to form far before waste materials reach your rectal pouch, which can cause constipation.
This doesn't necessarily mean that you need to drink several glasses of water per day. If you eat plenty of water-rich plant foods, then you can rely on your sense of thirst to dictate how much water to drink. For more guidance on this issue, please see below or view:
Fiber adds bulk to the boluses of waste material that travel through your large intestine, and this bulk is essential to your colon's ability to turn waste materials into well formed stools.
A diet that is rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains ensures high fiber intake.
Ensure adequate vitamin D status
Adequate vitamin D status significantly lowers your risk of developing all types of cancer, including colorectal cancer.
When you aren't able to get regular exposure to sunlight, enough to tan without getting burned, look to ensure adequate vitamin D status by eating healthy foods that contain vitamin D, such as wild salmon and a high quality cod liver oil.
Ensure adequate vitamin A status
As mentioned above, glands that line the mucosal lining of your colon are responsible for releasing mucous that is needed to lubricate your feces; vitamin A is needed to maintain the health of these specialized cells that release mucous.
It's best to ensure adequate vitamin A status by eating healthy foods that contain vitamin A. For a list of healthy foods that are rich in vitamin A, view:
All of your cells, including those of your large intestine and nervous system, require a constant influx of undamaged fatty acids and cholesterol to remain fully functional. If you don't ensure adequate intake of healthy fats, your nervous system and the smooth muscles that surround your digestive passageway -- both of which are responsible for creating peristaltic waves throughout your digestive tract -- may deteriorate in function.
Also, intake of healthy fats is necessary for optimal absorption of fat-soluble vitamin A, which, as mentioned above, is critical to building and maintaining the mucosal lining of your colon.
Healthy foods that are rich in healthy fats include: avocados, organic eggs, olives, extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, coconuts, raw nuts, raw seeds, and cold-water fish.
Build and maintain large colonies of friendly bacteria in your digestive tract
Large populations of friendly bacteria can keep your digestive tract clean and healthy by:
* Taking up space and resources, thereby helping to prevent infection by harmful bacteria, fungi, and parasites
The easiest way to build and maintain healthy colonies of friendly bacteria in your digestive tract is to take a high quality probiotic.
Work at feeling emotionally balanced
As mentioned above, stress can interfere with your ability to clean your colon through its effect on your enteric nervous system. Most people who have come to me over the years with a chronic colon-related health issue have had significant emotional stress in their lives.
If you have a challenge with colon and rectal health, I encourage you to take a careful look at ways that you can more effectively manage emotional stress in your life.
Here's the bottom line on this topic: Your body is well designed to keep your colon and rectal regions clean and healthy. If you follow the steps outlined above, you can rest assured knowing that your lifestyle choices are minimizing your risk of having colon-related health issues. ---
On January 12, 2007, a 28-year old Californian wife and mother of three children died from drinking too much water. Her body was found in her home shortly after she took part in a water-drinking contest that was sponsored by a local radio show. Entitled "Hold Your Wee For A Wii," the contest promoters promised a free Wii video game machine to the contestant who drank the most water without urinating.
It is estimated that the woman who died drank approximately 2 gallons of water during the contest. When she and other contestants complained of discomfort and showed visible signs of distress, they were laughed at by the promoters and even heckled.
This tragic news story highlights the importance of understanding why drinking too much water can be dangerous to your health.
Whenever you disregard your sense of thirst and strive to ingest several glasses of water a day just because you have been told that doing so is good for your health, you actually put unnecessary strain on your body in two major ways:
Ingesting more water than you need can increase your total blood volume. And since your blood volume exists within a closed system - your blood circulatory system - needlessly increasing your blood volume on a regular basis puts unnecessary burden on your heart and blood vessels. Your kidneys must work overtime to filter excess water out of your blood circulatory system. Your kidneys are not the equivalent of a pair of plumbing pipes whereby the more water you flush through your kidneys, the cleaner they become; rather, the filtration system that exists in your kidneys is composed in part by a series of specialized capillary beds called glomeruli. Your glomeruli can get damaged by unnecessary wear and tear over time, and drowning your system with large amounts of water is one of many potential causes of said damage. Putting unnecessary burden on your cardiovascular system and your kidneys by ingesting unnecessary water is a subtle process. For the average person, it is virtually impossible to know that this burden exists, as there are usually no obvious symptoms on a moment-to-moment basis. But make no mistake about it: this burden is real and can hurt your health over the long term.
Forcing your body to accept a large amount of water within a short period of time - say, an hour or two - as several contestants did during the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest can be fatally dangerous to your health. Here's why:
If you force large amounts of water into your system over a short period of time, your kidneys will struggle to eliminate enough water from your system to keep the overall amount at a safe level.
As your blood circulatory system becomes diluted with excess water, the concentration of electrolytes in your blood will drop relative to the concentration of electrolytes in your cells. In an effort to maintain an equal balance of electrolytes between your blood and your cells, water will seep into your cells from your blood, causing your cells to swell.
If this swelling occurs in your brain, the bones that make up your skull hardly budge. The result is an increase in intracranial pressure i.e. your brain gets squeezed. Depending on how much water your drink in a short period of time, you could experience a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from a mild headache to impaired breathing. And as occurred recently in the tragic water-drinking contest, it is quite possible to die if you drink enough water in a short enough period of time.
This information is particularly important for parents to pass on to their children. Foolish water-drinking contests are not uncommon among high school and university students, especially while playing cards.
So how much water should you drink to best support your health?
The answer to this question depends on your unique circumstances, including your diet, exercise habits, and environment.
If you eat plenty of foods that are naturally rich in water, such as vegetables, fruits, and cooked legumes and whole grains, you may not need to drink very much water at all. If you do not use much or any salt and other seasonings, your need for drinking water goes down even further.
Conversely, if you do not eat a lot of plant foods and/or you add substantial salt and spices to your meals, you may need to drink several glasses of water every day.
Regardless of what your diet looks like, if you sweat on a regular basis because of exercise or a warm climate, you will need to supply your body with more water (through food and/or liquids) than someone who does not sweat regularly.
Ultimately, the best guidance I can provide on this issue is to follow your sense of thirst. Some people believe that thirst is not a reliable indicator of how much water you need, since many people suffer with symptoms related to dehydration and don't seem to feel a need to drink water on a regular basis. My experience has been that most people who are chronically dehydrated have learned to ignore a parched mouth. If you ask such people if they are thirsty and would like a piece of fruit or a glass of water, they will almost always realize that they are indeed thirsty.
Some people suggest observing the color of your urine as a way of looking out for dehydration. The idea is that clear urine indicates that you are well hydrated, while yellow urine indicates that you need more water in your system. While this advice is somewhat useful, it is important to remember that some chemicals (like synthetic vitamins) and heavily pigmented foods (like red beets) can add substantial color to your urine. Thumbs down for synthetic vitamins, and thumbs up for red beets and other richly colored vegetables and fruits.
The main idea that I wish to share through this article is to beware of mindlessly drinking several glasses of water per day without considering your diet, exercise habits, climate, and sense of thirst. And when you do find yourself in need of water, remember that you can get it from liquids and/or whole foods.
Please share this article with family and friends, as many people are regularly misinformed on this topic by mainstream media and health practitioners.
Note: To receive valuable tips on how to use your food and lifestyle choices to promote steady cleansing and detoxification of your blood and tissues, please feel free to sign up for free natural health newsletter at http://drbenkim.com
Breakthrough research -- fresh from the University of Toronto A recent study from the University of Toronto determined that the Vita-Mix processing method does indeed alter plant cell wall structure in a unique way, influence particle size differently, and may increase bioavailability. To sum it up, whole foods have it all--but teeth can't cut through food fiber to deliver all the nutrition trapped inside their cell walls, particularly the nutrient-rich skins and seeds. When whole foods are simply chewed, lots of nutrients are tossed out as inedible or they pass through the body undigested.
Avoid a Double Threat to Your Immune System by Dr. Blaylock
Do you or someone you love take heart drugs? Did you know they can seriously weaken the immune system? If not, you’re not alone. A great number of doctors who prescribe cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do not know that they are also potent immune suppressants.
Drug-induced immune suppression is so profound that transplant experts have suggested statins be used to prevent patients from rejecting transplanted organs! Studies have shown that several of the statin drugs strongly inhibit one of the body’s most important weapons against viral infections and cancer-immunity.
We know that prolonged immune suppression, as happens with transplant patients, significantly increases their risk of several cancers. Likewise, studies have shown that all statin drugs can cause cancer or promote the growth of cancer. Learn more about the dangers of statins in my special report “Cholesterol Drugs are Dangerous”: http://w3.newsmax.com/blaylock/3a.cfm?s=al&promo_code=6E2B-1
No one is informing the people who take these dangerous drugs about this horrifying effect. It is also known that people with chronic immune suppression are at a dramatically increased risk of developing a number of infections, including pneumonia, meningitis, and the flu.
Here’s the other immune system threat: The irony is that the medical profession is promoting the widespread use of a powerful immune-suppressing drug while at the same time promoting vaccines to prevent — you guessed it—pneumonia, meningitis and the flu. The immune system is further suppressed by mercury, which is still in the flu vaccine. You can find more about mercury and vaccines in my special report “Vaccinations: The Hidden Dangers.”
Yet by suppressing the immunity in tens of millions of people, especially older people, its defenders can find stories of infectious tragedies to frighten people into getting the vaccines. Ironically, immune suppression caused by statin drugs will substantially reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine and dramatically increase vaccine complications — more business for drug makers. Learn more about the recent revelations about the danger of vaccines in my special report “The Trouble with Vaccines.”
Fortunately, there are numerous food supplements that will boost your immune system naturally and protect you against immune suppression, and also to give you the edge you need to avoid colds and flu this winter. My special report “Key Vitamins that Save Your Heart, Prevent Cancer and Keep You Living Long” will give you all the details. ---
October 29, 2008
The only therapy that can reduce your cancer risk by 90%
Many years ago, when I first started using natural remedies, I learned of the work of Dr. Walter Blumer. He lived in a small Swiss city that sat right on a major highway. Back then, gasoline still contained lead, so the highway exposed the town's residents to a significant amount of lead exhaust. Dr. Blumer noticed the cancer rate for the town was higher than average. He wanted to see if there was a connection to the lead exhaust and if chelation therapy could prevent it.
So Dr. Blumer treated 59 patients with EDTA chelation therapy for 18 years. Only one of the 59 (1.7%) treated subjects died of cancer. An amazingly low number!
During the same time frame, 30 of 172 (17.6%) nontreated controls died. This difference was highly significant. He also noted that it also reduced the death rate from vascular disease.
Chelation doctors around the world hailed his work. But conventional doctors ridiculed him. Fortunately, new research vindicates the work of this observant man.
Researchers recently used extremely high-tech scientific equipment in a study on cancer. They found a highly significant accumulation of iron, nickel, chromium, and zinc in breast cancer biopsies. While these minerals are necessary for life, too much can cause toxicity.
Additionally, cancer cells have very high levels of cadmium, mercury, and lead compared to normal cells. Cadmium, lead, and mercury are extremely toxic.
Do one simple thing and LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL by up to 80 points.
Scientists discover the secret to lowering cholesterol and triglycerides without exercise, changes in diet, or dangerous conventional therapies.
All of these metals can generate free radicals. The results can be oxidation of critical lipids, DNA strand breaks, and tumor growth.
The scientists didn't prove that accumulation of these minerals is a cause of cancer. They could be an effect. However, their presence in a lethal disease clearly confirms the findings of Dr. Blumer and chelating physicians. They have bravely offered chelation therapy facing sometimes blistering opposition.
While these researchers conducted this study on breast cancer tumors, it applies to prostate cancer and other cancers as well. Men should know that the prostate accumulates cadmium. Iron is present in almost all cancers.
There's no doubt that all of us have accumulated toxic levels of heavy metals simply by living in the modern era. I believe that everyone should be on some type of chelation therapy, whether oral, IV or rectal. I've recently told you about an outstanding new rectal chelation therapy you can do in your own home. You can order these by calling 877-656-4553 or visiting the website http://detoxamin.com/
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Ref: Neuroendocrinol Lett Vol 27 Supplement 1, 2006.
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