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Cancer Victors News
December 30, 2008
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Posted 12/30/2008 12:15:00 PM
December 29, 2008
Wishing you a VERY HAPPY NEW YEARS FROM YOUR CANCER VICTORS FAMILY!!!
MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN 2009!!
Posted 12/29/2008 8:10:00 PM
December 20, 2008
Justin Berton, SF Chronicle Staff Writer October 6, 2008 (10-05) 17:34 PDT -- As a young neurosurgery resident at UCSF in the late ྖs, Dr. Charles Cobbs developed a hunch about brain tumors. It was a theory that he now concedes "was not based on a lot of scientific things." Cobbs had observed that his patients diagnosed with malignant glioma - an aggressive brain cancer that leaves victims with a two-year life expectancy - were mostly older, well-educated and from higher socioeconomic backgrounds. Their "hyper-hygienic" lifestyles had possibly left their immune systems susceptible to more common viruses, such as the human cytomegalovirus, or CMV, a herpes virus so ubiquitous that it infects 4 of 5 Americans. During off-hours, and without formal research funding, Cobbs and a lab partner analyzed dozens of brain tumor samples: All of them were riddled with CMV. In 2002, the doctor published his novel finding in a leading medical journal Cancer Research where it was quickly dismissed by many of his peers. "I was left with a lot of self doubt," said Cobbs, now 45. "My fear was that we'd done something incorrect. But now, my confidence is growing." In February, brain cancer researchers at Duke University Medical Center published the first peer-reviewed report that confirmed Cobbs' discovery, followed by two reports from independent labs at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at University of Texas in Houston and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. And this month, the National Brain Tumor Society is sponsoring a first-of-its-kind gathering in Boston of the world's top virologists and glioma experts to examine the possible link between CMV and the deadly brain tumors that are diagnosed in 10,000 Americans every year. "His discovery opens the door and has broad implications in this field," said Dr. Duane Mitchell, a Duke University Medical Center researcher who is conducting vaccine trials based on Cobb's findings. "And the door has just been opened." An unorthodox connection Cobbs came up with the idea to connect CMV and brain tumors while reading "Surely, You're Joking Mr. Feynman!" a collection of reminiscences on the value of original thinking by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. The book inspired Cobbs to re-examine long-held assumptions in his field. Medical researchers have long known that CMV exists in a latent state for most people unless a person's immune system is compromised. While it's a common and unremarkable virus in some ways, CMV also causes persistent infection and is known to carry cancer-causing properties. It's also the most common cause of congenital brain infections in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cobbs expected another researcher had considered CMV as a likely culprit for brain tumors, but he found no published evidence. "When I stopped to think, 'If I was going to cause a brain tumor, what would I be?'" Cobbs said, "CMV made a lot of sense. ... But if you tell people you think like that, in these days of rigid grant proposals - well, it might not win you that research grant." A response to Cobbs' initial findings in a 2004 issue of the journal Modern Pathology arrived from City of Hope researchers in Southern California that was particularly authoritative. The group studied 22 brain tumors and concluded that "none demonstrated evidence of CMV." But Cobbs and his lab assistant had invented a more thorough technique to search for the virus, called antigen retrieval, which made the testing methodology 10 times more sensitive, with the result that the antibodies could more easily "see" the virus. Cobbs said he offered to demonstrate the antigen retrieval technique to City of Hope researchers, but they declined to meet with him. They also did not respond to an interview request for this article. Extending patients' lives For the researchers who have confirmed Cobbs' methods, action is already under way. Mitchell, the Duke researcher, started a trial two years ago with 13 patients using a vaccine against the virus that stimulates the immune system to attack the infected tumor cells. One of the desired results of such antiviral treatment is to thwart the return of cancerous tumors once they've been removed. Currently, according to the National Brain Tumor Society, about 95 percent of patients whose tumors were removed and who underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment saw a tumor return in six to eight months. Several of the patients in the Duke trial were tumor-free after two years, but Mitchell would not give specific data about his patients, which he is compiling for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. About half were just now seeing a return of the tumor, he said. Doctors for Sen. Edward Kennedy, who was diagnosed with glioma in May and operated on at Duke, would not confirm whether he is participating in the anti-CMV drug trials at the university. In San Francisco, some of Cobbs' patients who are taking Valcyte, an anti-CMV drug are experiencing results similar to those of Mitchell's patients. Francis Gates, 81, who had a golf-ball-size tumor removed one year ago, only recently has seen signs of returning growth. Gates, who grew up in the rural Placer County town of Loomis, and worked as director of law libraries at University of Southern California and Columbia University, has undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments in the past year in addition to taking Valcyte. Although he is unsure if his early life growing up on a farm matched the hygiene profile Cobbs had observed among glioma patients, he would not rule out the theory. He is also unsure if the antiviral drug is responsible for suppressing the tumor growth and extending his life, though he's thankful he's lived longer than doctors estimated. "I feel lucky," Gates said. "But I've also felt that way my whole life. I just try to focus on my quality of life today, and see if I can't have some fun along the way." Hopes for treatment, funding During a recent two-hour surgery at California Pacific Medical Center on Castro Street, Cobbs removed a knot of infected brain tissue from an 83-year-old female patient and quickly dropped it into a vial held by Liliana Soroceanu, a neuroscience brain tumor researcher who then drove the tumor across town to their South of Market lab. While Cobbs gathers research, removing roughly 100 tumors a year, it's still unknown how his CMV-related discovery will translate into treatment, especially for older patients, said Dr. Susan Chang, director of the Division of Neuro-Oncology at UCSF. "There's still a number of questions to be answered as to what kind of treatments this discovery will lead to," Chang said, "and which patient populations might benefit most. Will this work best for older patients? Or only young patients? We're still not sure, and that's what we'll start discussing at the symposium." The Boston gathering has been described as somewhat unusual by Cobbs' peers. Rarely is a surgeon able to gather so many top thinkers and researchers from multiple fields to discuss a theory that is not yet widely accepted by the medical establishment. He hopes the event will also kick-start a critical mass of acceptance, so that funding will follow. "We'll get the skeptics together, have a meeting, brainstorm and see if this is worth pursuing," Cobbs said. "It's almost been taboo because no one wants to stick their neck out on this," he said referring to virologists and pathologists. "But I have nothing to lose. I'm just a surgeon." Health: Business Wire founder Lorry Lokey donates $75 million to Stanford for stem cell research. B1 E-mail Justin Berton at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/10/06/MNJ8135E2I.DTL This article appeared on page A - 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle
Posted 12/20/2008 8:31:00 AM
December 17, 2008
Every day cancer kills 1,500 people in the United States. That's more than a half-million people this year alone. When a patient is told his or her chances of survival aren't good, some head south of the border.
For years fly-by-night Mexico clinics claiming miracle cures have made a fortune off desperate U.S. patients. But we visited a clinic that ignores treatment protocols followed in the United States, even though it offers similar types of treatment.
On top of that, it offers a large dose of something patients say they really need: hope.
An infusion of hope fills the room at Betania West Cancer Clinic in Tijuana. One of the patients, Bernice Haskell, is officially in remission.
Eight months ago, this moment seemed unimaginable for Bernice. When they diagnosed her with pancreatic cancer, doctors in Sacramento gave her less than a year to live. "The odds weren't very good," she said.
"Eight months ago we didn't have hope," her husband, Jim, said. "We didn't have a hope in our life." Now, the cancer is gone.
Susan Manning's doctors in Connecticut delivered similar news. "'As far as the liver is concerned, Susan, I'm so sorry.' And that's a quote," Manning remembers.
Within a week, her son, Chad Bartulis, was taking her across the border. Four months later, the dozens of lesions on her liver were gone.
"It's a miracle, to be honest with you," Chad said. "I'm not even ... I was very skeptical."
"The very first thing you felt when you walked in the door after the long trip out here was hope. Because they had taken away all hope, and so there was nothing left to lose to try anything," Manning said.
"They told me to go home and make plans to die. They say they gave me three to four months," said Dolores Jackson, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2005. "I'm still here, but I'm still here because of Dr. Vargas."
Dr. Salvador Vargas is the man behind the Betania West Cancer Clinic. "We do radiation, we do chemo, we do surgery, we do immunotherapy. People think we are alternative, we do things different. We don't," he said.
Vargas says what he is doing is tailoring treatments to each patient: disregarding protocols followed in the United states, which he says restrict the types of treatment that may be most effective.
He still uses chemo and radiation, but in much lower doses. In fact, patients rarely lose their hair.
Vargas specializes in solid tumors, but he never starts with surgery. He claims the chemo and radiation sterilize the area, shrink the tumor, then, if needed, surgery removes the now smaller tumor.
All the while, Vargas delivers a constant dose of hope. "When [you] feel helpless and hopeless, you're going to die. When you have a will to live, when you feel that there is hope, you'll live," Vargas preaches.
Posted 12/17/2008 2:30:00 PM
December 15, 2008
(NaturalNews) Caffeine is a compound found in a variety of plants and acts as a natural pesticide which protects plants from the insects that feed on them. In the human body, however, caffeine behaves like a psychoactive stimulant drug by arousing the central nervous system and it is also a gentle diuretic. Caffeine is most prevalently found in the cherries of coffee plants, in leaves of tea bushes, in the kola nuts, in yerba mate, in guarana berries, in cocoa plants, in yaupon hollies and in certain species of beans. Most of our caffeine intake, and we take in quite a bit of it, is through the consumption of coffee, tea, cocoa, soft drinks as well as sports and energy drinks.
Because caffeine, in one ingestible form or another, plays such significant social, economic and cultural roles in just about every nation around the world, scientists and researchers have conducted many studies pertaining to health issues, particularly in women because it is women who tend to be more sensitive to it than men and because it takes women longer to detoxify caffeine out of their systems.
Caffeine and the Female Sex Hormones of Childbearing Age Women
- Approximately forty percent of women of childbearing age experience at least some symptoms of the premenstrual syndrome (PMS) which includes breast swelling and tenderness, bloating and weight gain, abdominal cramps and headaches, irritability and depression, fatigue and anxiety. Reduced consumption of caffeine has helped relieve some of these symptoms, especially the nervous irritability and breast sensitivity.
- Increased fibrous and glandular tissues in the breasts results in a commonly occurring but painful condition in women called fibrocystic breasts. Elimination of caffeine intake will not dissolve the noncancerous cysts but it will reduce the pain.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly ten million women are using infertility services to increase their chances of becoming pregnant. As part of these treatments, elimination of caffeine is recommended for it seems to have an adverse affect on women's fertility.
- Pregnant women who take in caffeine tend to give birth to considerably smaller babies who, after birth, display signs of caffeine withdrawal because the caffeine had permeated the placental barrier. Caffeine is also known to cause heart palpitations in pregnant women.
- Women who intend to breastfeed should stop ingesting caffeine as it becomes a component of the breast milk.
Caffeine and the Female Sex Hormones of Post-Childbearing Age Women
- Menopause is a natural process of aging and hormonal changes in women. Many menopausal women experience hot flashes, sleeplessness, vaginal dryness, osteoporosis and heart attacks. All these symptoms seem to be exacerbated by caffeine. Caffeine also hastens the aging process and brings on menopause earlier in life.
- Menopausal women are more susceptible to bone density loss. Caffeine blocks the absorption of the minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin D) which are needed to prevent or reverse this condition; therefore bone density decreases as osteoporosis worsens.
Caffeine and Other Health Issues in Women of All Ages
Heart disease kills more women in the United States and the rest of the western world than any other fatal disease. Caffeine is associated with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high homocysteine levels which lead to heart disease.
Is There Nothing Good to Say About Caffeine?
Of course there is something good to be said about caffeine:
- A new research which was conducted in France and Portugal and then published in the "Neurology", the journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) revealed amazing results. Over a span of four years, 4,197 aging (65 and older) dementia-free women were tracked in reference to their caffeine consumption and their cognitive capabilities. The conclusion was that, being a psycho-stimulant, caffeine may help safeguard the thinking processes and memory skills in elderly women who are not yet suffering the effects of dementia as it reduces their cognitive decline.
This study also noted that the benefits seem to progressively intensify with age. The intake of caffeine by 65 year old women shows a thirty percent reduction in cognitive decline while the intake of caffeine by 80 year old women shows a seventy percent reduction in cognitive decline.
- A recent study conducted by Dr. Walter Willett and colleagues from the Harvard School of Public Health found that although caffeine unfavorably affects fibrocystic breasts, it has no relevance to any kinds of malignant breast cancers.
- A study at Harvard University reveals that women who regularly take in caffeine decrease their chance of contracting diabetes by thirty percent.
- Other studies show the following benefits: reduction of the development of Parkinson's disease; fewer cases of colon cancer, cirrhosis and gallstones; helps with asthma, stops headaches, elevates moods and inhibits the development of dental cavities.
So, enjoy your coffee, tea or soda -- just remember moderation! And here's a tip: using an espresso machine pump - driven to brew the coffee you drink - will reduce your overall caffeine consumption compared to drip coffee.
Posted 12/15/2008 7:40:00 PM
December 15, 2008
Tis the season....and now you can justify that glass of red wine at your holiday party!!
(Natural News) Moderate red wine drinkers have less incidence of heart disease than non-drinkers and now scientists are confirming a direct correlation between red wine and many powerful anti-aging benefits. Moderate consumption of some red wines may be a very effective way of improving your cardiovascular health as well as your lifespan. However, it is important to choose the correct red wine.
Unfortunately, only traditional production methods have been determined to produce the high concentration of the active ingredient necessary for anti-aging benefits. This ingredient is found in the wines produced in Southwest France and Sardinia, Italy. When the wines from these regions were tested, researchers found higher levels of polyphenols. In fact, they found up to 5 to 10 times higher concentrations in these wines, than in wines from New World countries.
They wondered what the difference between these wines was. They eventually determined that the traditional production methods used in these regions insured that the beneficial compounds were extracted more efficiently. This is likely the reason for the strong association between consuming traditional lines and overall good health and longer life spans.
Researchers tested further to determine which were the most potent polyphenols. After purifying the most active polyphenols, they determined that procyanidins were found most abundantly in red wine. In fact, in some traditional red wines, up to 1 gram per liter was detected.
In addition, the researchers found contradictory evidence to the claims that resveratrol is the magic ingredient to good health. They found the levels of resveratrol to be so low that one would need to consume 1000 L per day to get the desired benefits.
So, what is different about traditional wines? Traditional wines are processed using full extraction methods. This requires more skill to produce. These wines are also more tannic. More recent wines are typically described as having smooth tannins and this corresponds with almost no procyanidins.
The following factors have been identified as directly affecting the procyanidins content in wines.
1. The selection of grapes - based on the ripeness
2. The amount of time that seeds and skins are in contact with the fermenting juice
3. Any filtration processes performed
Typically, traditional wines ferment for approximately one month. This results in the full extraction of procyanidins. In contrast, more modern wines typically ferment for only a few days. This is only enough time for the color to be extracted from the grape skins.
Using overripe grapes results in a wine with less procyanidin content and higher sugar content. A red wine that is more sweet and has higher alcohol content has significantly lower procyanidin content.
Procyanidins have shown direct benefits on arterial function in blood vessels. In fact, polyphenols have been determined to have a protective effect on the vascular system to the point where they improve the endothelial cells that line the arteries.
To realize these health benefits one must consume red wine that is less sweet and has a lower alcoholic content. For the most health benefits, one or two glasses of red wine with a meal are optimal. Grape seed extract has been shown to lower blood pressure as well. Two small glasses of red wine would provide the same effect as grape seed extract.
Red wines from Southwest France are the ideal wine to choose.
Posted 12/15/2008 7:35:00 PM
December 5, 2008
(NaturalNews) Nuts are one of the healthiest foods to ad to your diet. Eating nuts not only reduces the risk of heart attack by a huge 60%, but research shows that people who eat more nuts are usually thinner and they have lower levels of LDL cholesterol and reduced risk of osteoporosis. Eating nuts even lowers the risk of cancer and reduces inflammation. Although this resume is quite impressive, nuts can be made even more nutritious, delicious and healthy by sprouting or soaking them. When it comes to boosting the benefits of nuts, as well as seeds and grain, sprouting is like a mini-miracle.
Nuts are so great just the way they are, why sprout them?
Most nuts come from the seeds or dried fruits of trees and have an outer shell that protects them from rotting as they lie on the ground waiting to germinate. This shell also protects their healthy fats from spoiling. After being picked, most nuts are processed by drying, and they appear in the store as raw nuts. The term 'raw' when applied to nuts does not mean just plucked from the tree. Raw nuts are fairly nutritious and have no added fat, but they are often rather bland and tasteless.
The wisdom of Mother Nature has implanted nuts with enzyme inhibitors so they can wait until conditions are right for growth before they germinate. These inhibitors act as preservative for the nut, making sure it can stay viable for a long time. As spring rain comes and the ground becomes soaked, the nut sits in the water and slowly begins to lose its inhibitor, allowing for germination to finally take place.
If nuts are picked, dried and placed on your grocer's shelf, this enzyme inhibitor is still intact. This is why nuts have a reputation as being difficult to digest. The inhibitor actually inhibits digestion when nuts are eaten without undergoing the process nature intended. Not only that, but unsoaked nuts actually neutralize the enzymes your body uses to control inflammation and aid in digestion. Eating unsoaked nuts is extremely hard on the digestive system and calls for the pancreas to produce huge amounts of digestive enzymes to counteract the inhibitor.
When such a large amount of pancreatic enzymes are needed to digest unsoaked nuts, the enzymes are not available to perform their regular maintenance of the body. A continuous diet of unsoaked nuts is so taxing to the pancreas that it can actually swell with distress. Since a happy pancreas keeps you happy, this is not something your want to have happen. This is why most nutritionists and raw foodists suggest eating only very small amounts of nuts.
Roasting nuts will destroy the inhibitor, but there are definite disadvantages to roasting nuts. In addition to destroying many of their nutrients, roasting nuts usually involves added oil which is most likely in the form of a seed oil. When heated to a high temperature seed oils produce an abundance of free radicals. Dry roasting nuts is detrimental to their fatty acids and destroys their flavor to such an extent that seasoning or even MSG is often added to make up for the missing taste. Although roasting destroys the inhibitor, it also destroys the enzymes in the nut that the body needs to make it easily digestible. So eating dry roasted nuts also puts a strain on the pancreas.
Soaking nuts answers the problem of the inhibitor since soaking replicates the conditions nature would provide for removing it prior to germination. Soaking is the process in which all the vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and enzymes that have been lying dormant in nuts are released. Soaking eliminates toxins in the nuts and solves the problem of the lack of taste in raw nuts, as the flavor of the nut is released along with the nutrients. Soaking foods before eating is not something new. It dates back thousands of years and is still in practice today in non-meat eating cultures where nuts play a central part in the diet.
This traditional process is also called sprouting, although not every nut that is soaked can be sprouted. The process begins with fresh undried nuts that are soaked in water with the addition of a pinch of sea salt for twelve to twenty-four hours depending on the nut. They should be rinsed and the water changed periodically. Taste them then too to determine what stage of soaked nut you like the best. When the soaking time is up, they are removed from the solution and slowly dried at a very low temperature with low humidity. The drying heat is less than is used in the controversial pasteurizing process, and it is never high enough to destroy any of the nut's natural enzymes so needed for ease of digestion.
Soaking and drying nuts is a time consuming process, but one with a big pay off. Soaked nuts are so easily digested that they can be eaten in large amounts. They have greater nutritional value than unsoaked nuts, and are crunchy like roasted nuts. Nuts suitable for soaking can be bought online. The website of Sprout People offers a good selection of organic fresh nuts. The flavor of soaked nuts is superb.
Delicious sprouted nuts are available online
If soaking your own nuts sounds like a little too much work, or you have a taste for something more exotic, there are several companies that sell soaked nuts online. One of the companies, Living Nutz, recently received a glowing review and a discount code from Mike Adams of naturalnews.com for its dressed up versions of soaked nuts. The company also sells plain, unadorned sprouted nuts. The nuts and everything else used in their products are organic.
Higher Power is another online retailer of sprouted nuts, seeds and trail mix. They even sell raw nuts for sprouting at home. All their products are organic. Their quality is quite high, but their prices are down to earth. They offer the variety of nuts as well as trail mix made with sprouted nuts and seeds. While their products are not dressed for a ball, their trail mix wears delicious everyday clothing.
Their Fertile Crescent Blend is a good mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. It contains cashews, pumpkin seeds, flame raisins, pecans, apricots, peaches, apples, and figs. It is dressed in powdered allspice, cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne.
The Northwest Blend is heavy on the nuts and seeds with a nice addition of fruit. It contains walnuts, almonds, filberts, pumpkin seeds, raisins, apples, pears, and figs. It is dressed in powdered cinnamon.
The Tropical Blend is heavy on the fruit and could probably use a few more nuts. It contains bananas, raisins, mangoes, date pieces, pineapple, macadamia nuts, and coconut. It is dressed in raw can sugar, and powdered ginger.
Order a bag of almonds, pecans or macadamia nuts to add to these mixes for a more nutty, less fruity fare. Higher Power offers a trio of their trail mixes at a slightly discounted price, so you can try them all. These trios would make great holiday gifts for everyone on your list including the pickiest raw foodists. The company also sells raw granola made from sprouted grains.
Another company to try is Go Raw. They specialize in organic sprouted seeds. If you are a salty snack addict, this is the place for you. Their sprouted sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are dressed with sea salt and have just the right crunch. A bag of either of these mixed with the trail mix from Higher Power is absolutely fabulous.
Posted 12/5/2008 3:01:00 PM
December 5, 2008
(NaturalNews) People who take tricyclic antidepressants are at increased risk for a rare group of blood cancers known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to study conducted by researchers from the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology at the Danish Cancer Society, and published in the journal Epidemiology.
"Our results indicate an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma specifically among long-term users of tricyclic antidepressant medications," the researchers wrote. "Given the high prevalence of antidepressant use, this finding warrants additional studies."
The same research team previously found an increased risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma among those who took antidepressants in North Jutland County, Denmark, between 1989 and 1996. In the current study, researchers analyzed data on 354,551 residents of the county who were over the age of 29 between 1989 and 2004, this time collecting data on the specific types of antidepressants used. They found that heavy, long-term users of tricyclic antidepressants had a 2.5 times higher risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma than those who did not take antidepressants at all.
No increase in risk was found among those taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
The researchers noted that the study was not set up to determine whether the antidepressant drugs were actually causing the disease or not. Because tricyclic antidepressants are more often used for patients with severe depression (as opposed to SSRIs, which are often a first resort), they might merely function as a marker for serious mood disorders, the researchers said. This, in turn could be correlated with a depressed immune system, or with a risky behaviors that are more likely to expose people to the viruses that might cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
"Our study, however, raises the hypothesis of a serious long-term side effect from tricyclic antidepressants, and this needs further research," lead researcher Susanne Oksbjerg Dalton said.
The rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma have more than doubled in Denmark since the 1970s.
Posted 12/5/2008 2:58:00 PM
December 5, 2008
CHEMO THERAPY can do more Harm than Good - nOV. 12, 2008 Doctors have been urged to be more cautious in offering cancer treatment to terminally-ill patients as chemotherapy can often do more harm than good, a study suggests. The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) found that more than four in ten patients who received chemotherapy towards the end of life suffered potentially fatal effects from the drugs, and treatment was “inappropriate” in nearly a fifth of cases. In a study of more than 600 cancer patients who died within 30 days of receiving treatment, chemotherapy probably caused or hastened death in 27 percent of cases, the inquiry found. In only 35 percent of these cases was care judged to have been good by the inquiry’s advisors, with 49 percent having room for improvement and 8 per cent receiving less than satisfactory care. Sources: • Times Online November 12, 2008 THEN DOCTOR MERCOLA COMMENTS: "In the conventional health paradigm, chemotherapy is the go-to treatment for cancer. People are paying up to $10,000 a month and sometimes more for these drugs, with the expectation that they will heal them from the disease. Yet, these expensive and, by their very nature, highly toxic medications often give patients just a few more months of life, or worse end up killing them prematurely or even causing cancer down the line. The biggest drawback to a conventional treatment like chemotherapy is it destroys healthy cells throughout your body right along with cancer cells. A typical and deadly side effect of chemo is the destruction of the rapidly multiplying and dividing cells found in your: • Bone marrow, which produces blood • Digestive system • Reproductive system • Hair follicles In this most recent study, The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) found that more than four in 10 patients who received chemotherapy toward the end of life experienced potentially fatal effects! And after reviewing data from over 600 cancer patients who died within 30 days of receiving treatment, it was found that chemotherapy hastened or caused death in 27 percent of cases. “The majority of the cancer patients in this country die because of chemotherapy, which does not cure breast, colon or lung cancer. This has been documented for over a decade and nevertheless doctors still utilize chemotherapy to fight these tumors,” said Dr. Allen Levin, MD, author of The Healing of Cancer. Despite its reputation as the gold-standard cancer treatment, chemotherapy has an average 5-year survival success rate of just over 2 percent for all cancers, according to a study published in the journal Clinical Oncology in December 2004. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, I urge you to do the research for yourself, and make an educated decision about which course of treatment to take. A decision like this is simply too important to leave solely in the hands of your doctor. The Best Known “Chemotherapy” Agent Ever Found The American Cancer Society estimates that this year alone, 745,000 men and 692,000 women will be diagnosed with cancer. By 2018, this disease is projected to be the number one killer of all Americans, young and old alike. The way to turn this around is two-fold: 1. Prevent cancer from occurring (I’ll get to that below) 2. Have a treatment for cancer that is effective and safe This latter requirement is actually already here, and you can use it to not only prevent cancer but also to treat it. What is it? Vitamin D. Calcitriol, the most potent steroid hormone in your body, and is produced in large amounts in the tissues of vitamin D-filled individuals. However, in patients with cancer, vitamin D is often in low supply. Calcitriol has been shown to induce cell differentiation and to control cell proliferation -- in simpler terms it protects against cancer. People with a low vitamin D level are less able to make calcitriol (activated vitamin D) in an amount sufficient to exert the controls over cell proliferation that are needed to reduce cancer. Optimized vitamin D levels will work synergistically with virtually every other cancer treatment. There are over 830 peer reviewed scientific studies showing its effectiveness in the treatment of cancer. Not only is this approach without virtually any side effects, but the treatment is practically free. I believe it is nearly criminal malpractice to not optimize vitamin D levels when treating someone with cancer. Levels of vitamin D should be increased to 80-90 ng/ml. To find out your levels, and to have them monitored throughout your treatment, make sure to have the blood test done by LabCorp, if you are in the United States. At this time, Quest labs has inaccurate and falsely elevated results. The Essential Steps to Preventing Cancer Normalizing your vitamin D levels will reduce your risk of cancer by over 50 percent, but there are a number of other strategies that are also important in your cancer-prevention plan. One of the top steps is managing your emotional health. The majority of illness is caused by negative, unmanaged emotions. If you focus on pain, misery and grief, it’s likely you’ll experience and attract more of it into your life. However, if you keep your focus on what you want to experience and put some energy into healthy lifestyle choices, your body will respond accordingly. Before you know it you will start to feel much better. So finding a tool that will permanently erase the neurological short-circuiting that can activate cancer genes is essential. One of the best approaches to processing your negative emotions is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and I highly recommend it. Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer has also done wonderful work with his German New Medicine technique for solving emotional conflicts as the first step in healing disease. The other top tips I recommend, in no particular order, include: • Eating right for your nutritional type • Exercising • Avoiding processed foods, grains and sugars (to control and lower your insulin levels) • Eating a significant portion of your food raw • Normalizing your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats by taking a high-quality krill oil or fish oil and reducing your intake of most processed vegetable oils • Getting plenty of high-quality sleep. "
Posted 12/5/2008 2:09:00 AM