Cancer Articles

January 17, 2006

Vitamin D Deficiency Causes Cancer?

Lack of Vitamin D Causes Cancer?
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Cedric Garland and his brother, Frank, proposed that many cases of cancer were caused by lack of vitamin D. The medical community treated these respected epidemiologists as if they were nuts. Vitamin D was discovered in 1922 as the vitamin that prevents and treats rickets, a disease that causes children and adults to have such weak bones that they bend.

The Garland brothers showed that people who live in the northern parts of the United States have more than three times as many colon cancer deaths as those who live in the South. They explained that very few Americans meet their needs for vitamin D from the food, so we have to meet our needs for vitamin D from sunlight. Sunlight is less intense in the northern latitudes, and people in the colder climates often do not go out in the winter; therefore, they often suffer from lack of vitamin D.

Forty-two percent of African American women have low blood levels of vitamin D, compared to only 4.2 percent in Caucasians. That means that African Americans are ten times more likely to suffer from vitamin D deficiency than Caucasians. Lack of vitamin D interferes with immunity and a person's ability to kill germs and cancer cells. Every day, the human body makes millions of cancer cells. Your immunity then filters out these cells and prevents them from growing. When immunity is impaired, the cancer cells can grow to form solid cancers, such as cancer of the breast, prostate or colon.

All men will develop prostate cancer if they live long enough, but the average Caucasian develops prostate cancer after age 85, while the average African American develops it many years earlier. People of color require far more ultraviolet light to make vitamin D than those who have lighter skins. Lack of vitamin D damages immunity to cause cancers, diabetes and infections.

My advice is for you to think about your vitamin D status. A person with light skin can get enough vitamin D from a few minutes spent in sunlight each day, but the darker your skin, the more sun exposure you need to meet your daily requirements. During the winter months in northern latitudes, even light-skinned people will have difficulty meeting their needs from sunlight. You can get vitamin D from vitamin supplements, fish oils, fish or fortified cereals. (Fortified milk is not a good source because calcium uses up vitamin D.) If you are not sure if you are getting enough vitamin D from food or sunlight, go to your doctor and request a blood test for vitamin D. If your blood level of vitamin D is below 15 micrograms/liter, you should take 400 international units or 5 micrograms of vitamin D each day. I am convinced that you will be protecting yourself from cancer and infections. Women will also be protecting their future babies from infections and possibly birth defects. Don't wait for the medical community to agree on this.

Dr. Gabe Mirkin has been a radio talk show host for 25 years and practicing physician for more than 40 years; he is board certified in four specialties, including sports medicine. Read or listen to hundreds of his fitness and health reports at http://www.DrMirkin.com

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January 21, 2006

Lack of Muscle Increases Cancer Risk

Lack of Muscle Increases Cancer Risk
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

Researchers at the American Cancer Society spent 16 years evaluating 900,000 people who were cancer-free when the study began in 1982. They found that excess fat may account for 14 percent of all cancer deaths in men and 20 percent of those in women. They conclude that losing weight could prevent more than 90,000 deaths from cancer each year. That's one of every six cancer deaths in the United States.

I think the researchers should have concluded that lack of muscle, rather than just having too much fat, causes cancer. Your body produces millions of cancer cells every day that you are alive. However, your immunity should be strong enough to search out every cancer cell and kill them before they can start growing and multiplying in your body. As you age, you lose your ability to kill cancer cells and germs, because of lack of muscle.

When a germ gets into your body, you must make cells and proteins called antibodies to kill these germs. However, antibodies and cells are made from protein and the only place that you can store extra protein is in muscles. When you have large muscles, you have a ready source of protein from muscles to make antibodies and cells. When you have small muscles, you have a very limited source of amino acids to make protein, and your immunity is often inadequate to kill germs.

In the same way, you need antibodies to control cancer cells, so with loss of protein stores in your muscles comes loss of antibodies and increased susceptibility to suffer cancer.

If you are overweight, this study should scare you into exercising more and eating less. This is the largest study ever on the association between obesity and cancer, and it is the most statistically significant. The study has more than 10 times greater statistical significance than the largest previous research on the topic. It agrees with most previous studies that obesity is associated with increased risk for cancers of the breast, uterus, colon, rectum, kidney, esophagus, and gall bladder, and adds new associations between obesity and cancers of the cervix, ovaries, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, pancreas, liver, and in men, the stomach and prostate.

Dr. Gabe Mirkin has been a radio talk show host for 25 years and practicing physician for more than 40 years; he is board certified in four specialties, including sports medicine. Read or listen to hundreds of his fitness and health reports at http://www.DrMirkin.com

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January 22, 2006

What is Mesothelioma?

About Mesothelioma, Its Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
By Abhinav Sharma

About Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma (cancer of the mesothelium) is a disease in which cells of the mesothelium become abnormal and divide without control or order. They can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also metastasize (spread) from their original site to other parts of the body. Most cases of mesothelioma begin in the pleura or peritoneum.

What is the mesothelium?

The mesothelium is a membrane that covers and protects most of the internal organs of the body. It is composed of two layers of cells: One layer immediately surrounds the organ; the other forms a sac around it. The mesothelium produces a lubricating fluid that is released between these layers, allowing moving organs (such as the beating heart and the expanding and contracting lungs) to glide easily against adjacent structures.

How common is mesothelioma?

Although reported incidence rates have increased in the past 20 years, mesothelioma is still a relatively rare cancer. About 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year. Mesothelioma occurs more often in men than in women and risk increases with age, but this disease can appear in either men or women at any age.

Mesothelioma Symptoms

Symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until 30 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. Shortness of breath and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleura are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss and abdominal pain and swelling due to a buildup of fluid in the abdomen. Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.
These symptoms may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less serious conditions. It is important to see a doctor about any of these symptoms. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis.

The early symptoms of mesothelioma are often ignored, because they may be caused by a variety of ailments. These symptoms include:

pain in the lower back or at the side of the chest

shortness of breath

difficulty swallowing

cough

fever

fatigue

abdominal pain, weight loss, and nausea and vomiting (symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma)

Causes of Mesothelioma

The primary risk factor for developing mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. In the past, asbestos was used as a very effective type of insulation. The use of this material, however, has been declining since the link between asbestos and mesothelioma has become known. It is thought that when the fibers of asbestos are inhaled, some of them reach the ends of the small airways and penetrate into the pleural lining. There the fibers may directly harm mesothelial cells and eventually cause mesothelioma. If the fibers are swallowed, they can reach the abdominal cavity, where they can contribute to the formation of peritoneal mesothelioma.
Exposure to certain types of radiation as well as to a chemical related to asbestos known as zeolite has also been related to incidences of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Treatment

Treatment for mesothelioma depends on the location of the cancer, the stage of the disease, and the patient's age and general health. Standard treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Sometimes, these treatments are combined. Surgery is a common treatment for mesothelioma. The doctor may remove part of the lining of the chest or abdomen and some of the tissue around it. For cancer of the pleura (pleural mesothelioma), a lung may be removed in an operation called a pneumonectomy. Sometimes part of the diaphragm, the muscle below the lungs that helps with breathing, is also removed.

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January 23, 2006

Types of Cancer Treatment

Cancer Treatment
By Skip Freedman

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 1.4 million people were diagnosed with cancer in 2005. The victims are fairly evenly divided, with males having a slight lead at 51 percent. The causes are seemingly too complicated to unravel. The effects are unfortunately too obvious.

The rise in cancer patients, combined with new access to medical research and technology, enable cancer victims to take self-education to new heights. Through their efforts, patients are often confused by the nuances between protocols for scientific experiments and the medically accepted protocols for treatment. While the two sound the same, they serve different ends. Experimental protocols are simply mechanisms for following scientific research that can be replicated and compared against an already standardized treatment to prove validity. This process may require several experiments and studies before treatment is sanctioned as a proven method that can be used on patients. Typically, insurance payers will not begin to pay for treatment until protocols have reached the medically proven stage.

The four major types of cancer treatments available today include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and biologic therapies. New treatments, such as hormone therapies with Tamoxifen and transplant options involving bone marrow, are being added to these standard procedures on a regular basis.

This widespread availability of cancer experimentation and treatment options causes confusion not only among the lay community, but among physicians and payers as well. Every day, new options appear on the horizon that show promise, but only a few become treatment protocols. As the literature about cancer research and treatment burgeons, it's increasingly difficult for anyone but an Oncology specialist to stay current with which treatments are sanctioned and which are still considered experimental.

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January 24, 2006

Cancer Fighting Herbs

Cancer Fighting Herbs
By Bryan Paulhus

Essiac tea is an alternative cancer remedy dating back to the 1800s. The eight original essiac tea ingredients need to be blended according to a specific ratio for the eight-herb blend to have the desired effect. The eight herbs all have immune-boosting properties that give your body a better chance at fighting off the cancer.

Blessed Thistle. Blessed thistle is used for digestive problems such as gas, constipation, and upset stomach. This herb is also used to treat liver and gallbladder diseases.

Burdock Root. Burdock root is a mild diuretic. It increases the production of both urine and sweat, potentially making it useful in treating swelling and fever. Burdock root might play a role in preventing liver damage caused by alcohol, chemicals, or medications. The exact reason for this protective effect is not known, but it is thought to involve opposition of a chemical process called oxidation, which occurs in the body as a natural function of metabolism. Although oxidation is a natural process, that doesn't mean it isn't harmful to the body! One result of oxidation is the release of oxygen free radicals, which are chemicals that may suppress immune function. Antioxidants such as burdock may protect body cells from damage caused by oxidation.

Kelp. Kelp is a sea vegetable that is a concentrated source of minerals, including: iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Kelp as a source of iodine assists in making the thyroid hormones, which are necessary for maintaining normal metabolism in all cells of the body. This increases energy levels and helps make it easier to maintain a healthy body weight. Kelp is the most nutrient-dense of all the essiac tea ingredients--and it isn't found in four herb formulas.

Red Clover. Red clover is a source of many valuable nutrients, including: calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is also one of the richest sources of isoflavones (water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants). The isoflavones found in red clover have been studied for their effectiveness in treating some forms of cancer. It is thought that the isoflavones prevent the proliferation of cancer cells and that they may even destroy cancer cells.

Sheep Sorrel. Sheep sorrel is a rich source of oxalic acid, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, beta carotene, and vitamin C. This essiac tea ingredient is a mild diuretic, mild antiseptic, and a mild laxative.

Slippery Elm Bark. Slippery elm bark has been used as a poultice for cuts and bruises, and also for aching joints due to gout or other causes. Besides being an essiac tea ingredient, this herb is also used to alleviate sore throats. Slippery elm bark is found in many lozenges that claim to soothe throat irritation. Since a sore throat and a cough are often linked, slippery elm bark has also been used in cough remedies. It also regulates the elimination process of digestion, easing both constipation and diarrhea.

Turkish Rhubarb Root. This detoxifying herb is world-famous for its healing properties. Rhubarb root purges the body of bile, parasites, and stagnating food in the gut by stimulating the gall duct to expel toxic waste matter. It has been shown to alleviate chronic liver problems by cleansing the liver. Rhubarb root improves digestion and helps regulate the appetite. It has also been shown to help heal ulcers, alleviate disorders of the spleen and colon, relieve constipation, and help heal hemorrhoids and bleeding in the upper digestive tract.

Watercress. High in Vitamin C, watercress is used as a general tonic, and its bitter taste is thought to regulate the appetite and improve digestion. It can be used to alleviate nervous conditions, constipation, and liver disorders. Watercress is a popular cough and bronchitis remedy. It contains a remarkable substance called rhein, which appears to inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the intestines. It is believed that rhein is also effective against Candida albicans (yeast infection), fever and inflammation, and pain.

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January 25, 2006

Cancer and the Mediterranean Diet

Fighting Cancer With The Mediterranean Diet: Seven Points to Ponder
By Ray Darken

Over the course of the past three decades, a significant number of scientific studies have demonstrated that a person’s diet can work to prevent some types of cancer. One diet regimen that appears to have beneficial effects at preventing cancer is the Mediterranean diet plan.

If you are interested in developing health eating routines and want to engage a diet program that can work to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, you should take a look at the Mediterranean diet. In this regard, there are seven points that you should ponder when it comes to the impact of the Mediterranean diet on reducing the risk of cancer.

Seven Points to Ponder: The Mediterranean Diet and Cancer Risks

1. A Trans-European study undertaken by the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition demonstrated that people who closely adhere to Mediterranean dietary schemes were significantly less likely to succumb to cancer than were people who followed other diet programs. In fact, the study suggests that the mortality rate from cancer of men and women who follow the Mediterranean diet is an astonishing twenty-five percent less than the mortality rate of people who are involved in other dietary practices.

2. A significant number of people participated in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study. In fact, there were 22,000 people enrolled in the study in Greece alone.

3. While it is not conclusively demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet is effective at reducing the risks of all types of cancer, preliminary results of various research studies suggest that there may be no types of cancer that are left unaffected by this diet scheme. Indeed, historical evidence suggests that the incidents of all types of cancer in the Mediterranean Sea region is less than what is found in other areas around the world.

4. In order to enjoy the cancer reduction benefits of the Mediterranean diet, it is important that a person follow all of the dining regiments of the program. In other words, a person can not pick and choose the components of the Mediterranean diet that he or she might favor or enjoy. Rather, in order to obtain the full cancer reduction benefits of the Mediterranean diet, a person need to embrace all aspects of the regimen.

5. Statistics and research suggest that the longer a person follows the Mediterranean diet, the less of a risk of developing cancer such a person will face. In other words, the Mediterranean diet appears to have a cumulative effect on a person’s health.

6. While researchers believe that it is the combination of elements that comprise the Mediterranean diet that reduce the risk of cancer, the program is particularly helpful in reducing the risk of this disease because it is low in saturated fat, high in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and low in fatty, red meats.

7. Keep in mind that while diet is proven to impact the incidence of cancer, other healthy living practices are also important. In this regard, a person should exercise regularly. Additionally, if you are a smoker, you need to quit.

Conclusion

By understanding the interrelationship between diet and disease, a person can take steps that may effectively reduce his or her risk of cancer, heart disease and other serious ailments. The Mediterranean diet is proving itself an effective method of reducing the risks of a number of different diseases, including various types of cancer.

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January 26, 2006

Cancer Hospice Care

Hospice: It Saved Our Lives
By Susan Ryder

My father was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer in the spring of 2002. He'd never smoked a day in his life, but he spent most of his years breathing Southern California air, and shared an office for many years with smokers before the hazard of second-hand smoke was realized. His doctors prescribed chemotherapy, not to cure him but to give him more time, as they considered his condition terminal and predicted he would only live another six to eighteen months, depending on how he responded to the chemo.

Our family was devastated by the news of course. He was a good man - a loving husband for 53 years, a wonderful father and grandfather to his three children and three grandchildren, and a supportive friend. He was too young to die at 75, and we couldn't face the idea of a future without him. So we practiced positive thinking and prayed for a miracle.

But we weren't going to get a miracle, and by summer it was obvious that the chemotherapy wasn't helping him. The doctors had hoped the chemo would buy him some more time, but it was actually causing us to lose time with him as it made him sick and weak, and the anti-nausea and pain medication caused him to sleep most of the time. He was in and out of the hospital four times in four months, and losing ground steadily. So by the end of the summer, during his last hospital stay, it was decided that he would discontinue the chemotherapy and begin home hospice care. The doctors had done the best they could for him, but it wasn't working, and it was time to let him rest.

My parents still lived in Southern California, and I had moved to the Midwest - but I visited as often as I could during those final months of his life. I flew out within a month of his diagnosis, and then again in mid-summer to celebrate his 75th birthday. Each time I visited his condition deteriorated - he lost weight, he lost his hair, he lost the twinkle in his blue eyes. He slept a lot, and was in quite a bit of pain and discomfort. It was devastating for all who loved him to see him suffer so much. So it was with a sense of relief tinged with sadness that I received the call from my sister letting me know that he had chosen home hospice care and would be going home to die.

I flew out in early September to help my mother and sister care for my father at home. Hospice personnel had set things up the day before I arrived - a hospital bed in my parents’ room and IV medication to ease his pain and make him comfortable. My mother, sister, and I fell into an easy routine of caring for my father, much to our surprise. Someone from hospice came every day during the week - a nurse three days a week, a nursing aide the other two days, and a social worker visited every couple of weeks. When they weren't there in person they were available by phone, and would come for extra visits if a need arose (which happened a few times). In between their visits we cared for my father, which proved easier than we imagined because of how well hospice had set things up to manage his care.

It became apparent early on that hospice care wasn't just limited to the patient - family members and other caregivers benefit from hospice care as well. The social worker met with us several times, and spent quite a bit of time offering emotional support to my mother. She was also available by phone any time one of us needed to talk. A chaplain also visited, but my mother had already connected emotionally with the social worker and had her own pastor, so that was one service we didn't really need. They also arranged for medications to be delivered to our door so that we didn't have to go out and fill prescriptions.

One of the most amazing things to me was how well the nurses took care of all of us, not just Dad. I knew the social worker and chaplain would be a good support system, but I hadn't realized that the nurses would be such loving caregivers for us as well. We had one regular nurse, Pat, who came most of the time, and a back-up nurse, Joy, who was a family friend. When Pat arrived at our door she greeted us all with a hug, asked how we were doing, and then went immediately to see my father. She changed his IV bags, checked his vitals, talked to him about pain management and other issues of concern. And then before she left, it became routine for us to all sit and talk with her in the living room. She'd ask how we were, answer questions, offer support and care, and make sure we were taking good care of ourselves. She became our lifeline in more ways than one.

A couple of times we had emergencies in the middle of the night, and we met other hospice staff - one time my father's pain got so severe we needed assistance to help him (hospice wants a patient to be as comfortable as possible, with minimal pain, and so they will come any time, day or night, to make adjustments so that the patient experiences relief). Another time my father tried to pull out his catheter and an on-call nurse came right away to remedy the situation, treating us with patience and kindness even though we'd never met, and even though it was 2:00 a.m.

The last day of my father's life his breathing became more ragged, and we suspected the end was near. We called Pat who said she'd be there as soon as she could, but that she was on another case and it would be a while before she could make it. She suggested we call Joy to see if she could come over, and of course she came right away, even though she'd been out of town on vacation and literally had just stepped off a plane. When she came into his room she spoke softly to him (even though he'd not been conscious for four days, she spoke to him as if he could hear her, which perhaps he could). She let him know she was there and that she was going to take his blood pressure. Within moments of her arrival he was gone, as if he'd been waiting for her to get there so that she could take care of us after he passed. Pat arrived shortly thereafter, and together they helped us make the necessary final arrangements - they called the coroner’s office to get a death certificate issued, the funeral home to arrange pick-up of his body, etc. We didn't have to do anything other than say goodbye, and before they left, they shared tears and laughter with us in a sort of informal "wake" as we shared stories of those final weeks with Dad.

The hardest thing I've ever had to face in my life was the death of my father - and even now after three years, I still miss him terribly. But every time I recall those final weeks of his life, I also remember the loving care given to all of us by hospice. My father was only a hospice patient for a month before he died, but the benefits of their care for him, and for us, linger still, and I will be forever grateful for what they did for our family.

In situation where a loved one is dying, I cannot recommend hospice highly enough.

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January 27, 2006

Cancer and Carbs

Cancer and Carbs - Is There A Relationship?
By Gene D. Millen

The National Brain Tumor Foundation in Oakland, California is so convinced by the studies linking carbohydrate and insulin to cancer growth they recently revised their dietary guidelines in a dramatic way.

In the group's published dietary guideline entitled The Healing Power of Your Fork: A Brain Tumor Survivor's Eating Plan, they advise brain cancer patients to avoid low fat diets and to cut out sugar and refined carbohydrate instead. They warn patients that eating refined carbohydrate not only feeds cancer cells it suppresses the immune system as well.

Another study From Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2002: A Harvard research team used 18 years of data from 88,000 women who were participating in the famous Nurses Health Study to investigate whether a diet high in foods that easily raise blood glucose levels increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

They found that women who were overweight, sedentary, and had the highest glycemic load increased their risk of pancreatic cancer by 250%.

And there's more. As reported recently by the Associated Press, a Mexican study of nearly 200 women showed that those who consumed a high-carb diet (more than 60% of calories from carbohydrates) were MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY to develop breast cancer as women who adopted a lower-carb approach to eating.

This study supports a similar body of research from last year that linked a greater risk of breast cancer among women to a diet high in sugar (especially soft drinks and desserts), the most damaging of all carbohydrates.

Scientists who believe in the carb/cancer link hypothesize that the extra insulin released to process the simple carbs and sugars we ingest far too much of causes cells to divide and also leads to higher levels of estrogen in the blood. Both of these factors (cellular division and blood estrogen) can contribute to cancer.

As for me and my tribe we are minimizing our sugar consumption and staying with the slow digesting carbohydrates such as whole grains, vegetables and especially beans.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The cardiologist looked up from the treadmill report and grimly stated, "You are a walking time bomb. You need to go to the hospital immediately." Two days later a heart surgeon sawed open Gene Millen's chest and stitched in bypasses to six clogged arteries.

"A six way heart bypass isn't a record" said Gene, "but it's not bad for a skinny 59 year old with normal cholesterol and blood pressure. The villains and heroes in the heart attack melodrama may surprise you as they have me."

Gene Millen reviews new research on heart attack risks that are more dangerous than high cholesterol... and how natural supplements and heart vitamins can send them packing! Check out The Heart Health website at http://www.heart-health-for-life.com

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January 28, 2006

Report on Carcinogens

Report on Carcinogens
By Lisa Ginger

To help regulate chemicals, the National Toxicology Program issues the annual Report on Carcinogens (abbreviated ROC). This report was ordered by Congress in 1978. By 1978, it was becoming obvious to scientists that both man-made and natural chemicals found in food, drugs and the environment were to blame for many cancers.

The report is put together by scientific experts, who consider all the relevant information about a potential toxin. The information in the report is used by several organizations to regulate potential human carcinogens. A few such organizations include the U.S. Congress, Federal and State agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, private businesses, unions and the general public. As you can imagine, these reports are highly regarded by scientists and government officials alike.

The carcinogens in the report are classified as either “known to be human carcinogens” or as “reasonably anticipated to cause cancer and to which a significant number of Americans are exposed”. The report defines substances “known to be human carcinogens” as compounds directly linked to human cancer. Since actual human studies are not ethical for this determination, scientists rely on human epidemiology and/or studies testing carcinogens on human tissues. If the report refers to a substance as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” that means scientists have seen some evidence in humans and/or enough evidence of carcinogenity in experimental animals.

One of the latest editions of the Report on Carcinogens (9th edition) listed several "commonplace" items. This report listed alcoholic beverages, smoking and chewing tobacco, exposure to second hand tobacco smoke and exhaust from cars fueled by diesel as human carcinogens. In addition, sunlight and the use of sun lamps and sunbeds were also listed as carcinogens.

There are several widely used substances under review for future editions of the report (which may already be out). Beryllium and beryllium compounds have been suggested as “known human carcinogens”. These substances are used in cell phones and fiber optics.

Also under review at the time of this writing is a widely used antibiotic called Chloramphenicol. This antibiotic has been commonly prescribed since the 1950’s. A link between Chloramphenicol and leukemia has been thought to be shown in several human and animal cases. Steroidal estrogens are also on the list. These are used to make oral contraceptives (i.e. “The Pill”) and post-menopausal therapy. A virus that is linked to cervical cancer will also most likely be placed on the list. The virus is called human papilloma virus (HPV). About 95% of all women diagnosed with cervical cancer have been found to test positive for HPV.

Lisa Ginger is a molecular biologist specializing in cancer research. Please take the time to review more cancer prevention articles written by knowledgeable experts at… Cancer Prevention Report -- Our health is our most precious asset.

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January 29, 2006

Cancer Risk and Lifestyle Choices

Cancer Risk Affected By Your Lifestyle Choices
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

One in three of the seven million cancer death worldwide is caused by nine potentially modifiable risk factors, according to a study from Harvard Medical School (Lancet, November 19, 2005.) Being overweight causes your full fat cells to release chemicals that cause inflammation that can lead to cancer. Lack of exercise increases inflammation that causes cancer by the same mechanism as full fat cells.

Lack of fruit and vegetables deprives you of antioxidants that prevent cancer. Phytochemicals are substances found in plants that have been identified by researchers as beneficial to humans. We have identified only a few of the thousands of phytochemicals, and we do not fully understand how they work, but many have been linked to cancer prevention, such as capsaicin in peppers, lycopene in tomatoes, sulforophe in the cabbage family, allicin in onions and garlic, and genistein in soybeans.

Smoking exposes you to nicotine that causes blood vessels to grow and nourish cancer cells. Excess alcohol dehydrates cells, which can cause cancer. Unprotected sex exposes you to cancer-causing viruses. Urban air pollution and indoor smoke from solid fuels expose you to carcinogens in the air, and contaminated injections expose you to viruses and other agents that cause cancer. Excessive sun exposure or sunburns increase skin cancer risk.

You can improve your odds against cancer by avoiding overweight, eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, exercising, avoiding smoking and alcohol, practicing safe sex, and avoiding indoor and outdoor air pollution whenever possible. Avoid injections unless they are necessary for health.

Dr. Gabe Mirkin has been a radio talk show host for 25 years and practicing physician for more than 40 years; he is board certified in four specialties, including sports medicine. Read or listen to hundreds of his fitness and health reports at http://www.DrMirkin.com

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January 30, 2006

Staying in Touch with Joy During Cancer

Staying in Touch with Joy During Cancer
By Norma Schmidt

I've never met anyone who was sitting around with a bunch of extra time on their hands when they found out they had cancer.

Getting second opinions, researching treatment options, going for treatment and testing, dealing with treatment side-effects -- all these things take time. Cancer disrupts whatever rhythm we had between "getting things done" and taking time for delight.

Yet now more than ever, there's a need for time to stay in touch with the things that refresh us and give us joy.

Traditionally in the West, this time for delight has gone by the name of Sabbath. It involves ceasing from labor and feasting on being and loving, appreciation and delight.

For example, Stage 4 cancer survivor Agi Lidle, one of my radio co- hosts, used her "good days" after her diagnosis to go hiking. Another woman with advanced cancer loved to visit her local casino with her husband during "good" periods.

But even 5 minutes of Sabbath time can brighten a day. You might spend the time praying, meditating, reading, cuddling a pet, listening to music, phoning a friend, journaling, drawing, sitting in a chapel or beautiful outdoor space, or savoring a cup of fragrant tea.

Taking time for joy is a powerful spiritual tool during cancer. If it isn't part of your "spiritual toolbox" yet, why not give it a try today?

TIP: When our schedule is very tight or our physical condition limits our activities, it's fine to start small. Any time we can give to activities that feed our joy will be valuable.

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Norma Schmidt, M.A., M.Div., gives workshops on living with cancer.
Her writing has appeared in "Coping with Cancer" magazine, and she is
a former co-host of the "Inspired Survivor" Internet radio show. Norma is
a former Lutheran minister with experience as a pastor and cancer
center chaplain. Read more of her articles and get her free 6-week e-
course, "Tapping the Power Within: Spiritual Tools for Living with
Cancer," at http://www.MyCancerSupportCoach.com

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January 31, 2006

Pesticides and Cancer Risk

Pesticides and the Link to Cancer
By Lisa Ginger

Of all the toxic, man-made chemicals found in the environment, pesticides are probably the most widespread. These compounds are used on a large scale by farmers to keep insects from eating their crops and by the everyday suburbanite trying to keep his little patch of lawn as green as his neighbors.

We have the military to thank for the development of the first pesticides. These were derived from compounds such as agent orange and sarin gas. Originally, these chemicals were used as nerve gases, sprayed on enemy troops.

Scientists recognized that at really low doses, nerve gases wiped out insects, but did not seem to affect people or animals. The only problem is, when pesticides are sprayed in the environment they begin to build up and eventually reach toxic concentrations in our water supplies and in the tissues of animals, fish and people too. Over time, these toxins (some of which are carcinogenic) have negative affects on the animal or individual who has ingested them.

As you can imagine, it has been hard to prove that long term, low dose exposures to pesticides cause cancer. It usually takes decades after the exposures for cancer to develop. However, over time, a solid case has been built linking pesticides with cancer and their use has been reduced. There is also an abundance of evidence showing that people who worked with certain pesticides and did not take appropriate precautions became gravely sick (examples; increase risk in worker’s at DDT plants and farmers).

Lisa Ginger is a molecular biologist specializing in cancer research. Please take the time to review more cancer prevention articles written by knowledgeable experts at … Cancer Prevention Report -- Our health is our most precious asset.

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February 1, 2006

Carcinogenesis

Carcinogenesis
By Lisa Ginger

Carcinogenesis is the act of forming a cancer. Carcinogens cause mutations in our DNA which can lead to cancer. Therefore, chemicals that cause cancer are called carcinogens. Studies estimate that 2/3 of all cancers are caused by environmental carcinogens that could be eliminated. These carcinogens include tobacco, various chemicals, viruses, dietary factors, radiation sources and sunlight.

How do carcinogens work? Chemical carcinogens, whether they are natural or man-made, cause injuries to the cell in the same basic manner. A carcinogen (radiation, pesticide, tobacco smoke, etc...) enters the tissue of an individual. Once a carcinogen enters the body, it is broken down into an unstable molecule. These chemically unstable molecules are called free radicals.

These free radicals may directly interact with cellular material, like DNA. Free radicals can take nicks out of DNA and alter it. If the free radicals do interact with DNA and nick it, the DNA may become altered. This is how mistakes (or mutations) to our DNA may result.

If you remember our discussion of DNA and cancer, it is the alterations in DNA that may eventually lead to cancer. Sometimes the free radicals interact with other areas of a cell, but the greatest impact can occur when a specific piece of DNA is damaged.

Just imagine, every time we are exposed to a carcinogen, these free radicals form and bump into structures within a cell causing all sorts of damage. It is a miracle our bodies are able to prevent cancers as often as they do since we are exposed to so many carcinogens in our daily lives!

Much of our exposure to carcinogens is from natural sources. For example, the sunlight we are exposed to every day is carcinogenic. The cells within our bodies have developed incredible mechanisms to compensate for carcinogens, but there is a limit to the amount of exposure they can take. If an individual is exposed to too many carcinogens, their body can become “overloaded with free radicals”. In these instances, inevitably, something will wind up damaged.

This section on carcinogens does not intend to point out everything that is thought to be carcinogenic, just some of the things you should be aware of. In some of our other articles, we focus on radiation and some of the earth’s natural substances. In addition we will cover the man-made cancer causing agents that are polluting our food, water, and probably even the places we live and work in. It is a rising concern and pressure from everyday citizens that will keep the problems from getting worse.

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February 2, 2006

Cancer Tumor Formation

Four Major Phases of Tumor Formation
By Lisa Ginger

To summarize, there are four major phases of tumor formation. Each phase can take years to complete. The first one alone usually takes anywhere from 15 to 30 years.

The first phase occurs when normal cells mutate into tumor cells and begin dividing out-of-control. This may take place over successive generations of cells. When just the right mutations occur, the cells will divide and grow to a small tumor.

The second phase is called Carcinoma in situ. This phase is classified by the presence of a cancerous tumor that has not yet invaded other tissues. This phase usually lasts between 5-10 years and is limited by the nutrient flow to the tumor. If blood vessels can be induced to grow into the tumor (angiogenesis), the tumor will progress to the next phase, called the invasive stage.

The invasive phase can happen rapidly, requiring only a few months. However, in some cases it may take up to five years. This phase is dependent on the ability of the tumor to invoke nearby blood vessels to grow toward it and provide it with nutrients - commonly referred to as angiogenesis.

Metastasis, or dissemination to other tissues if the final phase. This phase has the same time period as the invasive phase, ranging from a few months to five years.

At each phase, the cancer can either progress further or altogether diminish. If you add each phase up, the average for the cell mutating events and cancer diagnosis is 20-50 years apart. This is why cancer mostly affects older people. Actually, half of all cancers are diagnosed after the age of 65.

A Few Checks and Balances...
- Mutations must occur, but the cell must still live and divide.
- DNA repair mechanisms must not be activated.
- Our own immune system must not find the tumor and destroy it.
- The tumor must get enough nutrients to continue to grow.

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February 3, 2006

Cancer and Alternative Medicine

Cancer and Alternative Medicine: An Overview
By Melissa Buhmeyer

Alternative medicine is the use of means, in addition to, or instead of conventional, to treat disease or pain. There is lots of controversy surrounding alternative medicine, especially in the cancer arena, because most of it is unproven, as far as the medical world is concerned. To be proven, a treatment must have undergone peer-reviewed, controlled studies. However, if you know where to look, you can find plenty of research to support the efficacy of many alternative therapies.

Every day, more and more of us are becoming fed up with conventional medicine's way of doing things; I mean, let's face it … Western medicine's focus is managing a disease once it occurs. Many alternative methods can be used as preventive instead of management. Once I started thinking about it, I knew there just had to be a better way. That's when my alternative journey began.

The many different avenues of alternative medicine, can be overwhelming and there are many with which I do not have personal experience. But, this is your starting point … a broad overview, not all-encompassing, by any means, of breast cancer alternative medicine. Some of these methods are palliative (help manage pain and discomfort of cancer and its treatment), some are complementary (to be used in addition to conventional), some are intended to be preventive, and others look promising as adjuvant treatments.

Manual Healing and Physical Touch

This is a huge category that includes acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and Reiki, to name a few. Acupuncture is derived from Chinese medicine and involves inserting tiny needles through the skin into specific energy pathways on the body. This method interrupts the energy that flows through the body and is based on balanced Qi. There is lots of controversy surrounding whether acupuncture can be used as a method of treating cancer, itself, but it is thoroughly documented to alleviate pain and nausea from cancer and its treatments.

Chiropractic is the correction of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. It is achieved by adjustments to the spine and neck. There are traditional chiropractors who adjust the entire spine and then there are Direct Non-Force Technique chiropractors who alleviate neurotransmitter interference, throughout the body, by specific, targeted adjustments. The thinking, here, is that the body has the means to heal itself and seeks to maintain balance within itself. Correcting the musculoskeletal disorders helps to regain the balance that has been lost.

Massage has been found, by recent studies, to provide more alertness and less depression, stress, anxiety, and pain. There are many different forms of massage, ranging from deep tissue to a basic relaxation massage. Many health care providers are proponents of massage therapy in addition to conventional treatment.

Reiki is a Japanese word that means universal life energy. This is a method that is typically performed in person but can be performed from a distance. The thinking behind Reiki is that, when the energy pathways of the body are blocked, it results in disease and/or pain. A Reiki practitioner can unblock these pathways, resulting in less pain and muscle tension, and increased ability for the body to heal itself.

Herbs, Minerals, Vitamins, Diet, and Nutritional Supplements

This is one of the roads I've chosen, for myself, based on careful research and consideration. There is evidence that shows that what we eat plays a big role in cancer prevention and it's in the news all the time. In the evolution of our society, our foods have become more and more processed, and less and less nutritious. Farmers use pesticides to keep the bugs from getting our produce. They use hormones to grow our chickens, cattle, and pigs larger faster, so they can make money off them sooner. Of course, it doesn't occur to them, or maybe they just don't care, that those substances are then consumed by us. I didn't even realize those things were used until after I had been diagnosed. You mean I'm eating estrogen in my meat???? Wow, was that ever a wakeup call.

Most practitioners don't endorse the use of nutritional supplements simply because they haven't been approved by the FDA … this premise amazes me because there have been many drugs, that have been approved by the FDA, that have caused serious injury and/or death. There are many nutritional supplements that show serious promise in the prevention, and possibly even treatment, of breast cancer. The studies are out there, if you know where to look.

Naturopathy

Naturopathy is another technique that uses the body's innate ability to heal itself. It is based on the concept that everything, within the body, is related and that if you have pain or illness, that is an alarm your body sets off to get your attention and let you know something is wrong. The naturopathic way of thinking is that your body begins to let you know something is out of balance … perhaps you aren't digesting your food correctly, or you have some hormones out of balance … and it begins a snowball effect, throughout your organs, until it gets your attention. Everything is related and, if there is a problem in one area, another area tries to take up the slack and becomes overworked, and so on. Naturopaths use natural means, such as homeopathic remedies, natural agents, manipulation, or electrical treatment to obtain balance so that the body can heal itself.

Homeopathy

This is the practice of using minute doses of active ingredients to produce the body's own defense and healing process. It, like naturopathy, strives to achieve homeostasis (balance) so the body can heal itself. Homeopathic remedies work much like a vaccine does to our bodies and is based on the premise of like fixes like. Homeopaths prescribe substances that would cause symptoms, in a healthy person, for the purpose of healing those same symptoms in a sick person. For example, a homeopath would prescribe minute amounts of thyroid to someone whose thyroid was overactive for the purpose of the thyroid building a defense to this and slowing itself down.

This is, by no means, an exhaustive overview of alternative therapies, but is, as stated, an overview. For more in-depth discussions on this as well as conventional breast cancer treatments please visit our website below.

Melissa Buhmeyer is a breast cancer survivor and has been so for seven years. She is also the founder of http://www.breastcancer-treatment.us , a site focusing on breast cancer treatment options, news, articles, and survivor experiences.

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February 4, 2006

Can a Cancer Tumor Get More Nutrients?

Can a Tumor Get More Nutrients?
By Lisa Ginger

All tissues need to be continually bathed in nutrients. They get these nutrients from the continuous flow of blood through blood vessels. This is why blood vessels run throughout our entire bodies. An aggressive tumor can take advantage of this fact.

Tumors can actually induce new blood vessels to form within them so that they can receive nutrients. This process is called angiogenesis. Make no mistake, it's eerie.

The tumor cells actually stimulate the cells lining nearby blood vessels to grow toward them. They achieve this by sending out a signal. This signal stimulates the cells within the nearest blood vessels to divide 20 to 2000 times faster than usual. Due to their unnaturally quick growth, the new blood vessels are usually not quite normal and much less effective at carrying blood, but they can still provide the necessary nutrients to the tumor.

All tumors consisting of more than about one million cells have reached a point where they must achieve angiogenesis. Otherwise, the tumor will not have enough nutrients to continue growing and will stay the same size confined to that location. Therefore, many researchers have focused their efforts the area of angiogenesis.

It is hoped that scientists will find a way to stop the process of tumor angiogenesis. If a tumor’s growth could be halted it would essentially become harmless. A tumor smaller than a pea would most likely not even be noticed - and would probably not have any harmful effects on the individual (although this can depend on its location). Even in a tumor that had progressed to a larger size, halting angiogenesis might halt its growth and would help prevent it from spreading. This would be incredibly beneficial to a patient diagnosed with cancer. A tumor's growth could be halted and then if possible, it could be surgically removed, or eradicated by chemotherapy.

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February 5, 2006

Foods that Fight Cancer

Stacking The Deck – Choosing Foods That Fight Cancer
By Jean Fisher

The healthiest diet, of course, is to eat a wide variety of foods including as many whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables as possible. But, there are some foods that, through their chemical natures, are better at protecting the body from cancer. This article identifies nine of these super-foods, the natural components found in them, and a simplified description of how these phytochemicals work their magic.

Before we do that, however, two very important dietary rules for avoiding cancer must be mentioned: low fat, high fiber. A diet that is high in animal fats requires the body to release extra bile acids into the intestines during digestion. The natural bacteria that live in our intestines react with these excess bile acids resulting in the creation of carcinogens. Eating plenty of fiber keeps the intestines moving quickly, not allowing these carcinogens to cause damage before being eliminated from the body. In addition, fiber in the intestines actually binds with the bile acids not allowing them to react with the natural bacteria.

The human body is constantly producing unstable molecules called oxidants. You may have heard these oxidants referred to as free radicals. Free radicals steal electrons from other molecules which damages the cell proteins and DNA of the original molecule. This damage leaves the cell vulnerable to cancer. The active chemicals in food, called phytochemicals, are anti-oxidants. They search out the oxidants (free radicals) and prevent them from causing damage. In some instances, phytochemicals can even repair damage already done. Here’s how it works.

Broccoli

Sulforaphane, found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, boosts the body’s natural cancer fighting properties. It does this by mobilizing special enzymes in the body called phase II detoxifying enzymes. These enzymes neutralize cancer-causing agents before they can affect cells. To receive the maximum benefit of sulforaphane, broccoli should be eaten raw. Scientists recently discovered that broccoli sprouts contain levels of sulforaphane that are much, much higher than those found in mature broccoli. You’ll be seeing a lot more broccoli sprouts on my sandwiches and salads!

Carrots

Another recent discovery in the science of plant chemicals is falcarinol found in carrots. Falcarinol acts as a natural pesticide for the carrot while it is growing, keeping it protected from fungal diseases. The exact mechanism that falcarinol uses to fight cancer is still unknown.

Chili Peppers

Capsaicin is the chemical in hot peppers that give them their bite. At a cellular level, capsaicin induces a state called apoptosis in the cancer cells. Apoptosis can be defined as programmed cell death. You could say that it causes the cancer cell to commit suicide.

Garlic

Garlic contains a chemical allium, which works to increase activity of our body’s natural immune cells. Allium also causes cells to become more vulnerable to stress created by the by-products of cell division. Since cancer cells divide very rapidly, they are affected by allium more than normal cells, which divide much more slowly.

Nuts

Nuts are one of nature’s best sources of selenium. Selenium has been shown to improve the efficiency with which DNA repairs itself after exposure to damaging free radicals. Brazil nuts eaten from the shell are especially high in selenium. In addition, nuts contain omega-3 fatty acid. The omega-3 fatty acids block a protein that has been shown to increase sensitivity to carcinogens in laboratory studies.

Red grapes

Anthocyanins, found in dark red and purple foods, can reduce the growth of an enzyme, human DNA topoisomerase II, that triggers the growth of cancer cells in the human body. Grape juice is an excellent source of anthocyanins. Good news, read the labels of 100% fruit drinks and you are very likely to find grape juice.

Soy

The phytochemical in soy, genistein, inhibits the growth of new blood vessels necessary for tumor survival. Without these blood vessels, the tumor shrinks. Soy also works to block bile acids.

Tea

Antioxidants in tea, catechins, appear to prevent cancer cells from dividing. The phytochemical EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) present in green tea, binds to a protein found on tumor cells and dramatically slows their growth.

Tomatoes

Lycopene, a very powerful antioxidant, isn’t found in many other fruits and vegetables. Lycopene stimulates the production of phase II detoxification enzymes which neutralize carcinogens and allow them to be excreted out of the body. Processing tomatoes by turning them into sauce increases the levels of lycopene.

So remember, choose vegetables fats over animal fats, pack your diet with a wide variety of fruits, vegetable and whole grains, and include the nine foods mentioned above often. Live a long, healthy, happy life!

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Jean Fisher is a former elementary school teacher. Her website >What’s For Dinner?< provides a dinner suggestion for each day of the week, a customizable grocery shopping list, table topics and quality time activities.

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February 6, 2006

Cancer Health Supplements

Health Supplements are Increasingly Involved With Cancer Natural Treatment and Prevention
By Paul Newland

Health supplements for preventing cancer and natural cancer treatment

There is no known single magic cure for cancer so the best advice is to do everything you possibly can to prevent cancer in the first place.

Supplementing with all 90 essential nutrients is an excellent cancer natural treatment and will ensure that your immune system is supported and your body is maintained in optimal health. For extra protection against cancer the following is a list of health supplements you should consider:

Selenium

Selenium is the king of all antioxidants and is reported to be one of the most powerful antioxidant minerals in the fight against cancer, according to Dr Gerhard Schrauzer, world authority on trace mineral research and nutrition. It is an essential cancer natural treatment.

An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association backs up this finding and also reports the benefits of selenium in lowering the incidence of a number of types of cancers. Also new evidence suggests that increasing levels of selenium in the diet can protect also against damaging rays from the sun.

Recently the US FDA upheld a claim by the nutritional company American Longevity to allow the health claim that selenium may reduce the risk of certain cancers and that selenium may produce anti-carcinogenic effects in the body.

A good Selenium antioxidant supplement should be the top of your list for a cancer natural treatment.

Lycopene

Lycopene is a recently discovered natural fat soluble pigment found in plants that can function in cancer natural treatment and prevention. The major food sources of lycopene are raw red or pink grapefruit, raw watermelon, and raw and processed food products containing tomatoes.
Recently (November 2005) the U.S. FDA upheld a health claim that Tomatoes and tomato-based products containing Lycopene may prevent certain forms of cancer. To read more about this you could go to the FDA website.

Antioxidant Vitamins

Significant and extensive research has been carried out on antioxidant vitamins such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C. The US FDA has approved the health claim, that the consumption of antioxidant vitamins may reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer.

The best form of vitamin supplements is in liquid form - anyone suffering cancer or recovering from treatment may find absorption of food quite difficult and in these circumstances, liquids will always work best.

Green Tea

Green tea has been linked for some time to strong, anti-cancer effects. It is known that the tea’s anti-oxidants properties could fight harmful key molecules that cause cancer. [The Japanese have one of the lowest incidences of cancer in the world and much research is underway to further show how green tea can be used as a natural cancer treatment.]
A great deal of scientific evidence suggests that consumption of green tea and green tea extract may reduce the risk of gastric cancer and certain forms of cancer.

While the Japanese seem to like Green Tea, for many of us it is a little 'hard to swallow'. In this case, a supplement containing Green Tea may be of enormous benefit.

Fiber

Consumption of fiber may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer and is an excellent and easily consumed cancer natural treatment. Gastrointestinal cancers are the second leading cause of death among all cancer patients.
There are hundreds of reliable and competent scientific studies to suggest that consumption of about 25 – 30 grams daily of dietary fiber will reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

Most people don’t consume nearly enough fiber and that’s why fiber supplements should be added so that you get the adequate protection.

Shark Cartilage

Shark cartilage is another natural supplement that can help stop the formation of new cancer growths and is often contained in good quality multi-mineral and multi-vitamin complexes.

According to Naturopath and health and longevity expert, Dr Joel Wallach, shark cartilage and shark liver oil have substances that stop the formation of capillaries that feed cancer cells when they spread.

Although this is not accepted as a cancer natural treatment by conventional oncologists, Dr Wallach points out that Harvard and Yale Medical Schools have 25 years of research proving this to be the case. Dr Wallach recommends using shark cartilage at 70 grams per day if you have cancer.

Folic Acid

Folic acid may reduce the risk of breast cancer, can help prevent the horrible birth defect called spina bifida and may also help prevent a deadly childhood cancer, called neuroblastoma, in which the child is born with tumor cells, according to Canadian researchers.
It’s been known for some time that women intending to become pregnant should take folic acid supplements and this research gives women even more reason to take them.

Soy

Eating soy may stop prostate cancer. One of the main molecules (called an isoflavone) found abundantly in soy beans stops the male hormone which stimulates prostate growth. Several studies have suggested that eating soy reduces the risk of prostate cancer and a great deal of research is underway on the benefits of soy in reducing the risk of other types of cancers including breast and colon.

Diet and Lifestyle . . . for Cancer Natural Treatment

• In terms of diet for both natural prevention and treatment of cancer, you should limit your diet to fresh food, organic if possible – nothing processed.

Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables which are high in antioxidants such as beta-carotene (vitamin A), and vitamin C and E. Tomatoes are particularly good as a cancer natural treatment food due to the lycopene they contain

• Cruciferous vegetables have excellent cancer-fighting properties. Research suggests that cruciferous vegetables contain phyto-chemicals which stimulate our bodies to break down potential carcinogens and work by preventing the transformation of normal health cells in to cancerous cells.
Cruciferous vegetables are linked to lower cancer risk (prostate, bladder, colon, liver, lung) and include: broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale

• Avoid fried foods, margarines, heated oils, burned animal fat and any other burned food (vegetable oil when heated and burned animal fat are basically carcinogenic).

• No alcohol and no cigarettes and no carbonated drinks. Research indicates that high acidity in your system provides a fertile ground for cancer cells to grow – we should strive to maintain an alkaline system.

• Drink eight glasses of water a day. Detoxify your system monthly by doing a liver flush.

• Protect yourself from strong sunlight

• Stay in tune with your body – monitor anything unusual – e.g. unusual lumps, ulcers, bleeding, extended diarrhoea, pain, change in urination or bowel habit, or moles that change in shape, colour, size. All of these factors can help prevent cancer.

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Paul Newland is a health writer, sports training consultant and martial arts instructor and manages the Global-Longevity.com website.
He is the author of numerous health information books and guides, including the Wellness Report, The Ultimate Antioxidant Report, The Selenium Report, The Bird Flu Report, The Ultimate Nutrient Guide and The Essential Fatty Acid Report and The Ultimate Sports Nutrition Guide - available Free (for a limited time) through Global-Longevity.com

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February 7, 2006

Liver Cancer Symptoms

What are Liver Cancer Symptoms?
By P. Mehta

The liver is located just below the right lung and diaphragm. It is divided into right and left lobes. The liver receives blood from the heptic artery and the portal vein. The hepatic artery supplies the oxygen-rich blood, while the portal vein nutrient-rich blood from the intestines.

The liver secretes bile into the intestine to help absorb nutrients. The liver also helps in removing toxic wastes from our body.

Several types of tumors, cancerous and not cancerous can form in the liver. The liver cancer is seen in some parts of Asia and Africa and is rare in the USA. It occurs more frequently in males than females.

There are no early warning signs or symptoms of liver cancer. Some of the common symptoms of liver cancer are

Pain in the right upper abdominal area, abdominal fullness or bloating.
Weight Loss.
Breast swelling in males.
Loss of appetite.
Intestinal bleeding and
Blood clotting problems, bruises on the skin.
Weakness.

It should be noted that these symptoms may be due to other causes.

Copyright 2005, P. Mehta

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February 8, 2006

Cancer and Cell Mutation

The Basics of Mutations
By Lisa Ginger

A cell can be compared to a city. Cities are bustling with activity. People, airplanes, cars, trains, etc... are coming and going to and from it. Structures are being built and others are being torn down. In a sense, proteins can be compared to the people within the city. The proteins cause all the commotion, they make things happen.

As described, all the proteins within a cell go back to that one segment (which we call the specific gene) of the DNA strand. The DNA orchestrates all the commotion caused by proteins similar to the way a conductor leads musicians at a symphony. If the conductor becomes sidetracked and makes a mistake, the harmony can be thrown off. If it is thrown off too much, the music can become chaotic and lose its rhythm.

Fortunately in most cases this doesn’t happen. Things run smoothly. And if the rhythm is lost it can usually be corrected.

Back in the molecular world things run the same. A cell can usually correct these subtle mistakes without causing a major catastrophe. However, it is remotely possible that a damaged piece of DNA can cause the cell to die. This will only happen if the damaged segment of DNA codes for a protein that is absolutely essential for the survival of the cell. If this happens, then that specific protein cannot be made. The job that protein performs cannot be completed. Just imagine, a damaged piece of DNA in the cell's nucleus can cause the entire cell to shut down.

Life is fragile, but fortunately not quite that fragile as you might expect. DNA gets damaged often. Luckily, there are cellular components (once again, special proteins) that can fix damaged spots on a piece of DNA. Since there are two strands of DNA these proteins can do a good job of repairing alterations.

When a mutation or alteration occurs on a piece of DNA, there are several different possibilities. The impacts of these possibilities range from minuscule to disastrous.

Possibility #1

The alteration can be fixed and everything continues just like normal.

Possibility #2

The damage occurs on a piece of DNA that isn’t ever used by that particular cell (remember, different cells perform different functions too). No single type of cell needs all the information contained within the vast amount of DNA that is present. Likewise, the mistake may not affect the production of the protein at all. Sometimes this occurs even when the mistake is contained within the sequence used to make the protein.

Possibility #3

The protein may either be damaged or not produced at all. This may cause the cell to function inappropriately - it can also lead to the cell's death. In the most disastrous scenario, the cell may become damaged, but still have the ability to divide, forming new, similarly dysfunctional cells just like it.

In most cases, an alteration to a single piece of DNA will not have any far-reaching affects on the cell. But, in instances where the alteration results in the production of a dysfunctional protein and the cell still divides, the alterations are passed onto later generations. This is where serious problems may come into play, even leading to cancer.

Scientists currently believe that several different alterations are responsible for a disaster of this magnitude to ever occur. Additionally, these mutations must probably arise in a special sequence. The odds of all this happening are low, but when it does happen the effects are certainly far-reaching and potentially devastating.

Lisa Ginger is a molecular biologist specializing in cancer research. Please review free cancer prevention articles written by knowledgeable scientists and doctors at Cancer Prevention Report -- Our health is our most precious asset.

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February 9, 2006

Limiting Cancer Growth

Nutrients: The Limiting Factor
By Lisa Ginger

There is a large body of evidence proving that all the cells within a tumor mass are derived from a single cell. Imagine; one damaged cell can lead to a life-threatening tumor. The magnitude of the true meaning behind this is difficult to grasp because it is an extremely shocking and frightening revelation.

Even though all the cells within a tumor mass may be derived from a single cell, this does not mean that all the cells in a tumor are genetically identical like you might expect. Tumor cells are more unstable than normal cells, meaning they mutate at a much higher rate and they repair themselves much less effectively. Therefore, the cells within a tumor are different even from one another.

Fortunately, the chain of events leading to a single cell becoming a cancerous tumor consisting of millions of its offspring is a rare event. Actually, it is not just a single event that causes this, but several events that must occur in a specific sequence.

First, a piece of the DNA strand must be significantly mutated (we will talk about how this might happen later) and the mutations must slip through the repair mechanisms. These mutations may take place over generations of cells. For example, one generation may have one mutation; the next may not have any. A subsequent generation may have another and so on, until the “cancer mutations” have occurred.

Due to these mutations, the cell must gain the ability to proliferate (divide rapidly) and thus lose its normal function. In a sense, the major purpose of the cell must be to divide.

There are probably only a limited number of alterations that will allow a cell to lose its functions and divide out of control. Some alterations affect nothing, others may cause a minor change that is not really threatening to the cell, and still others can outright kill the cell. So, to become cancerous, the cell must maintain its ability to divide without causing any damage to limit its ability to survive.

If a cell becomes bent on dividing, the cell will just continue dividing and crowd out other cells within the area. In some fortunate cases an individual’s own immune system may actually stop the growth of the tumor. The immune system may recognize that the cells within the tumor are not normal. If this happens, the immune cells will then have an easy time destroying the tumor. This may take place a number of times throughout an individual’s life without them ever being affected.

If a tumor goes unnoticed and begins to grow, a lack of nutrients can eventually limit its growth. If nutrients are not continuously supplied, the tumor cells cannot metabolize. In this case, at the very least, no new growth can occur. If a tumor becomes unable to grow and unable to support some of its functions and cell death occurs, the tumor may go into a dormant state. In this case it cannot spread. This is called carcinoma "in situ", which means "in place". Once the tumor reaches this limiting size, (which is no bigger than a pea), and if it is unable to get more nutrients, it will stay in this dormant state and may eventually die off.

Autopsies have shown that 40% of women in their 40’s have these tiny "in situ" tumors (not capable of spreading) in their breasts. Had some of these females lived longer, they might have developed breast cancer when they were older. However, many of these women would never develop cancer.

The tiny tumors would not have been able to get the necessary nutrients to grow any larger. A tumor in this situation cannot do any damage. It will usually just die off. An individual could actually have several of these stationary, "in situ" tumors and still live to a healthy, old age, completely unaffected by the tumors. Researchers are trying to develop tests that will determine whether an individual’s breast and prostate tumors will remain dormant or spread. In that way, patients in the future could be spared unnecessary treatments.

Our health is our most precious asset. Please review free cancer prevention articles at: Cancer Prevention Report

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February 11, 2006

Normal Cells vs. Cancer Cells

Normal Cells vs. Tumor Cells
By Lisa Ginger

Tumor cells vary from normal cells in several basic ways. First, the division of normal cells is tightly regulated by special cell signals. With tumor cells, it’s as if the signals are no longer produced or perhaps they are no longer received.

Research involving cells is often accomplished by removing the cells from an individual and growing them in a sterile dish with the nutrients required for their survival. Growing cells for research use is termed “cell culture”. Just by watching normal cells in cell culture it is obvious that their division is regulated by something. Normal cells in culture grow until the bottom of their dish is carpeted with the cell. The layer is only 1 cell thick. Once this density is reached, they stop dividing because there is no more space. If one cell dies, an adjacent one will divide to fill in the space. Additionally, normal cells will divide a certain number of times after which time, the division process halts. There are a certain pre-determined number of generations that may be produced and then there is no more dividing. Eventually, the entire culture will die.

With tumor cells, it’s a completely different story. Tumor cells will divide over and over, time after time; forever if supplied with nutrients. With enough time, tumor cells in culture will become a piled up mess. They lack order to their growth. It is as though tumor cells lose have lost the capacity to follow the rules and they divide (proliferate) out of control.

A second major difference between normal cells and tumor cells is that normal cells perform a special function or duty for the body. Healthy cells have specialized behaviors and serve a purpose. For example, lung cells have a specialized duty to perform while cells of cardiac tissue have a very different one. Normal cells taken from different tissues even have very different appearances. Tumor cells have a different appearance than normal cells taken from the tissue they are derived from. This is due to the fact that they have lost their specialized function.

Differentiation is the term given to describe the specialized function a given cell has. Differentiation and proliferation are closely tied together. In general, a cell that proliferates at a high rate loses some of its specialized function. The problem is, it really doesn't have time to perform a specific function since its too busy dividing. Cells that perform a highly specific function (i.e. differentiated) have a lower rate of proliferation. Researchers are studying the possibility of making tumor/cancer cells differentiated so they might lose their ability to proliferate continuously. In theory, this would cause the tumor to stop growing.

Our health is our most precious asset. Please review free cancer prevention articles at: Cancer Prevention Report

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February 12, 2006

Bad Nutrition Advice Hurting Cancer Patients?

Is Erroneous Nutrition Advice Hurting Cancer Patients?
By Leni Kass

Does the standard medical approach that encourages cancer patients to eat whatever they want, especially diets rich in meat and dairy products, actually cause many cancer patients to feel worse? Could certain foods often recommended to cancer patients actually feed their malignancies?

The answer to these important questions is a resounding “yes,” according to cancer expert and researcher Keith I. Block, MD, Scientific/Medical Director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care and Optimal Health in Evanston, Illinois. “Numerous studies published in peer reviewed medical journals over the past decade, including the Journal of Nutrition, the British Medical Journal and the Journal of Surgical Research have associated the saturated fats found in animal products, partially hydrogenated fats and omega-6 fatty acids with chronic inflammation,” says Dr. Block. “This can potentially contribute to cancer growth as well as the wasting syndrome known as cachexia.” Cachexia affects 8 out of 10 advanced cancer patients and can cause a massive (up to 80%) loss of both fatty tissue and skeletal muscle. In fact, it is often not a malignancy but cachexia that takes the lives of cancer patients. According to the National Cancer Institute cachexia is estimated to be the immediate cause of death in 20% to 40% of cancer patients. In addition to decreasing survival, cachexia also increases complications from all conventional treatments. Typical symptoms include weakness, fatigue, accelerated weight loss, anorexia and chronic nausea, as well as emotional distress and depression.

“Cachexia is not a case of cancer patients simply not eating enough or not feeling like taking nourishment,” says Dr. Block. “The current scientific consensus is that cancer cachexia results primarily from an underlying metabolic imbalance induced by the cancer which causes the body’s metabolism to speed up. This generates a chronic, low-grade inflammation and the breakdown of muscle and other lean tissues, as well as immune suppression. Unfortunately, general recommendations coming out of some cancer organizations encourage eating all you want of the typical American diet. The heavy consumption of fats, refined flours and sugars, can increase inflammation and contribute to more anorexia and debilitating weight loss.” The fallacy in this approach can be likened to trying to keep a leaky container full of liquid by adding more water to it. Solely adding water won’t keep the container full unless the underlying cause – the leak – is rectified. So when it comes to nutritional recommendations, simply consuming more food and calories with high calorie drinks and shakes is not a meaningful solution. More importantly addressing the underlying problem, inflammation, with inflammatory-fighting foods will better correct the underlying metabolic disorder. Then, improving caloric intake with healthy choices will provide a better potential for overcoming this common condition.

So what sort of diet can fight both cachexia as well as other causes of weight loss such as chemotherapy induced loss of appetite? Dr. Block recommends a diet replete with inflammation and cancer fighting phytochemicals, complex carbohydrates and specific, healthy fats and proteins, and individually tailored nutritional supplements; while simultaneously eliminating/reducing inflammatory foods, which may spur the growth of cancer, fuel cachexia and reduce treatment tolerance. Let’s look at these major offenders:

“Bad” dietary fats such omega 6, saturated, and trans fats

“Bad” carbohydrates such as high-glycemic foods

“Bad” cooking methods such as open flame or high-heat preparation techniques like charcoal-grilling and deep frying

To take charge of “bad” fats, one should first, keep total fat consumption under 20% of daily calories. Second, reduce or eliminate saturated fat found in milk, cheese, butter, red meat, pork, coconut, and poultry. Third, eliminate unnatural fat, called trans fat, found abundantly in margarine, hydrogenated oils, as well as many baked goods and convenience foods. And finally, strive for an optimal dietary balance of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) known as Omega-6’s and omega-3’s. Omega-6 fats (found in certain vegetable oils including corn oil, safflower and sunflower oil) are better reduced, while Omega-3 fats, commonly found in fish oil, as well as the monosaturated fats in olive oil, should be increased.

After taking charge of your fat consumption, one needs to look at the main source of caloric energy—carbohydrates. It turns out that high-glycemcic foods, ones that cause a sudden rise in blood sugar (even in non-diabetics) accelerate the formation of arachadonic acid, a product of omega-6 fatty acid metabolism. This is the main fuel supporting the inflammatory pathway and foods increasing this should be reduced or avoided. These foods include sugar, honey, high-fructose corn syrup, concentrated sweeteners, sugary beverages, cookies, cakes, pastries; white bread, crackers, and sugar-laden or white-flour baked goods.

“This is a scientifically sensible strategy that provides cancer patients with the calories they need from dietary sources that actually support, rather than thwart, their recovery,” says Dr. Block, who, for a quarter of a century, has lived by the unrelenting conviction that no cancer patient should be given up on ... there is always something more to try. “Even during chemotherapy, my clinical experience has shown that a grain, legume, fish and vegetable, fruit, nuts and seeds based diet with targeted ‘superfood’ supplementation is the optimal approach to combating cancer related anorexia and weight loss, and even cachexia.”

“It is time for those who treat cancer to put away the unhealthy ‘eat all you want’ myth and incorporate science-based nutrition strategies into their treatment plans for helping patients successfully fight cancer and improve their quality of life.”

Leni Kass has been in marketing and public relations for over 15 years. Previously, she worked with teens, and facilitated a therapy group for adolescents with eating disorders. She is cofounder and CEO of Hey U.G.L.Y., Inc. NFP, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that empowers teens with self-esteem building tools, to help them counter challenges such as eating disorders, bullying, violence, substance abuse and suicide. U.G.L.Y. is an acronym that stands for meaning Unique Gifted Lovable You.

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February 13, 2006

Cancer Prevention Lifestyle Choices

Finding a Safer Alternative: Start Defusing Your Families 'Toxic Time-Bomb' Today!
By Ruth Ramos De Smith

The other day I saw an item where someone reasoned that a certain well known brand of petroleum jelly MUST be OK for you, because a woman they knew, who died in her 70’s, had used it all her life and had ‘great skin’ when she shuffled off this mortal coil!

Sadly, there will always be 'anecdotal' evidence that certain products seem to be harmless. We've probably all heard of the old guy who died at 90 after smoking 40 Capstan full-strength cigarettes every day since he was 15 - although no-one now doubts that cigarette smoking is harmful to your health. So it will be that many people know of folks who have used products like petroleum jelly regularly throughout their lives – and seem to have been unaffected.

The thing that people often don't realize is that there is now overwhelming evidence that products derived from petro-chemicals (like petroleum jelly - of course) are toxic to humans. Such toxicity may emerge in the form of increased skin sensitivity, perhaps in the triggering of allergies - which can start at any time and any age - or maybe even in the development of one or other form of cancer.

In the UK (and US) currently the chances of you suffering some type of cancer during your life-time is now 1 in 3!!! In some places the statistics are even worse - in Singapore it is an incredible 1 in 2 for instance! this is one ‘lottery’ that no-one wants to win! But what can you do to stop yourself becoming a ‘statistic’ and a hostage to the ‘toxic time-bomb’ that is already ticking inside all of us alive today (unless we’ve lived our lives in a hermetically sealed bubble :-D)!

The worst aspect of continuing to use proven toxic materials regularly on the skin is that it may not be YOU (the user) who suffers...but your children, or your children's children...or even later down the generations. Animal studies have shown that exposure to toxic substances affected offspring FIVE generations down the line.

We as humans have only seen about two generations (2 x 25 = 50 years) pass since the introduction of some 80,000 man-made, non-natural chemicals into our lives. This number increases inexorably every year. Such chemicals permeate products that we come intimately into contact with daily...and we have often been led to believe these products are doing us some 'good'!

Take toothpaste for example...we all know about ‘brushing our teeth to avoid tooth decay’...but how many people realize that there are KNOWN harmful irritants in almost all ‘well known’ brands of dentifrice? Why not check the paste you use now and see if it contains Sodium Laureth (or Lauryl) Sulfate, for instance - It might make your toothpaste nice and foamy...But what else could this known irritant be doing to your body?!(Recent concerns about rocketing mouth cancer statistics have to make you wonder about this relatively recent development, don’t they?.)

We can only guess the long term effects of this ‘ticking time-bomb’ of chemical burden that our bodies are having to bear...especially as most of us will be long-gone before the results really appear as mutations in our gene-pool. It is our children's, children's, children who are likely to ‘pick-up-the-tab’ for us having 'great teeth' and 'wonderful looking skin' until our 70's...

The only answer is to seek out safe natural products. There are marvellous natural substances that have been used for 1000's of years - and that we know are definitely beneficial to the skin and body. Unfortunately, we cannot always be sure of the 'provenance' of some products that claim to be 'natural'. Manufacturers also 'confuse' the consumer by using man-made versions of natural substances that often have very similar names! There is no need for them to make it clear about whether ingredients used in cosmetics and bodycare products are from natural or 'un-natural' sources!

Don't be fooled by the fact that you have used something for years and aren't ill yet! You need to get petro-chemicals OUT of your life now...in fact get all non-natural chemicals and products out of your life if you can...because it may not be yourself you are harming. You could already be unwittingly becoming a 'suicide bomber' who will 'wipe-out' the health of future generations of your own family!

If you can, the best thing that you can do is find a source of genuine, certified organic and natural skin products and be sure to use these and only these products, from now on...Then, ensure your kids (and their kids) do the same. In fact do your best to encourage anyone you care about to change the products they use on their bodies – soaps, shampoos, body creams, face creams, hand creams, cosmetics, after-shave...etc. etc. as soon as possible.

It is up to each and every one of us to stop adding to the toxic overload on our own system. We are all individuals and no-one knows just what ‘load’ will be ‘enough’ to trigger a life-threatening condition. All you can do is to start reducing your bodies man-made chemical burden as soon as possible. A good way to start is to "go certified organic"! If you are a parent, or ever likely to be one – it could save more than just your own life!

We all have the power to reclaim and improve our health. Some of us have the responsibility to educate others – especially our children. Ignorance is no defence - and no excuse for failing in this responsibility. The terrible ODDS are that within a family of two parents and one child, at least one will suffer from cancer before they die – So, stop making your family enter the ‘cancer lottery’ now, and choose to 'defuse' your 'toxic time-bomb' today.

[Article may only be reproduced in entirety including Author's bio./resource box and any links intact - Ruth Ramos de Smith (2005)- www.toxictimebomb.blogspot.com]

Article written by Ruth Ramos de Smith. Ruth and her husband, Al, publish http://www.toxictimebomb.blogspot.com which amongst other things includes details about how to locate the WORLDS FIRST fully certified organic range of body care products - as well as tackling other 'contentious' issues relating to the way our ignorance is exploited by commercial entities! (Dec. 2005)

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February 14, 2006

Cancer And Weight Gain

Cancer And Weight Gain
By Kim Beardsmore

We hear it all the time…lose weight for your health. Few people however, realize the extent to which this is critical to their physical well-being and ultimately their life expectancy.

In January 2003, the Journal of the American Medical Association featured a study finding that obesity appears to lessen life expectancy, especially among young adults. The researchers compared Body-Mass Index (BMI) to longevity and found a correlation between premature death and higher BMIs. For example, a 20-year-old white male, 5’10” weighing 288 pounds with a BMI of greater than 40 was estimated to lose 13 years of his life as a result of obesity.

Jamie McManus, M.D., F.A.A.F.P. and author of “Your Personal Guide to Wellness” notes that while this study referenced extreme levels of obesity, there are still millions of overweight people in developed countries with a life expectancy rate that is three to five years less than their healthy-weight counterparts. Australia is following the US trends where an alarming 600,000 obesity related deaths occur each year.

Just how does obesity shorten our lifespan? The answer to this question is complex, yet there is a clear link between obesity and the development of cancer. An extensive study conducted by the American Cancer Institute involving 750,000 people showed that obesity significantly increased the risk of cancer developing in the following organs: breast, colon, ovaries, uterus, pancreas, kidneys and gallbladder.

Michael Thun, MD, vice-president of epidemiology and surveillance research for the American Cancer Society (ACS) says one reason obesity may raise cancer risk is because fat cells produce a form of estrogen called estradiol that promotes rapid division of cells, increasing chances of a random genetic error while cells are replicating, which can lead to cancer. In addition, fat centered around the abdomen may increase insulin and insulin-like growth factors in the blood, which may increase cancer risk.
"Women who are obese after menopause have a 50% higher relative risk of breast cancer," notes Thun, "and obese men have a 40% higher relative risk of colon cancer…. Gallbladder and endometrial cancer risks are five times higher for obese individuals”.

There is evidence that cancer rates in developed countries are increasing at 5 to 15 times faster than developing countries. A major contributor to this alarming reality has proven to be diet. In populations where the diet consists mostly of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains – in contrast to the typical Western diet of fatty meats, refined flours, oils and sugars – the risk of cancer is much lower.

The interaction of diet and the development of cancer is an active field of research and Dr David Heber, M.D., Ph.D. and author of “What Color is Your Diet”, says “It appears that diet has its most significant effects after the cancer has already formed, acting to inhibit or stimulate the growth of that cancer”. At the risk of oversimplifying a complex set of interactions, the typical Western diet that leads to obesity may actually act to stimulate the growth of cancer cells.

It is never too late to improve your health through healthful eating and adopting a more health-giving lifestyle.

Kim Beardsmore M.B.A. (H.R.M.), B.Sc. (Biochemistry) is an independent Herbalife distributor, weight loss coach and creator of the online health & fitness magazine Weight Loss Health. For a free weight loss consultation, newsletter and resources to help you lose weight and keep it off forever, visit http://weight-loss-health.com.au Your online Herbalife store at http://weightlosshealth.herbalcoach.com Herbalife business opportunity: http://free2liv.com

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February 15, 2006

Cancer Tips of Encouragement

Encouraging Tips when CANCER is the Diagnosis
By Joe Leech

Mind Saving Tips When Cancer is the Diagnosis

This scares me to death and a CANCER diagnosis or even the “word” scares nearly every one of us. While this article is not meant do diminish the dangers of this disease by any stretch, this is also to encourage those who either find themselves facing the cancer diagnosis or simply knowing someone who does, and finding the need to be better informed.

The facts about Cancer are that in early years, it was much more fatal than it is today in 2005. The fact is that Cancer has shown it can be cured, and this is happening every day, and the chances for cure are very closely related to the detection stage...The earlier it is detected, the better the chance of cure.

Before proceeding with the article however, the reader should be aware that the term or word “Cancer” is really a catch all for many different diseases or forms of the disease, and depending upon the organ of the body effected, the cause and cure can vary significantly.

We’d like to discuss all of these, but volumes have been written by experts, and to only summarize those writings would take years to put in one place.

But now the good news.. Cancer is nowhere near as fatal as it once was, nor is it an automatic death sentence.

We’d like to make this a meaningful article by emphasizing just a couple of key points: There is a highly linked cause and effect between some causes and some Cancer forms. The most obvious is Smoking and Lung Cancer. This could be followed by the introduction of other foreign subjects into a person’s lungs. Things such as asbestos particles. The point is that by trending toward a more healthy life style the risks of contracting certain cancers can be reduced.

The other key point is that there are really TWO treatment paths: One in general is the conventional medical treatments of chemo, radiation, and surgery. Dear Reader, this is big business with major financial interests, and many who say that those interests in fact take precedence over cure results.

The other treatment path is unconventional or Alternative Treatments. This can begin with maintaining an alkaline pH of the body. Many, many, many alternative treatments are indeed “quackery” and also motivated by money.. but there are also alternative treatments which have cure track records. Are these coincidental? Some researchers claim direct cause-effect relationships, and many of these alternatives offer far fewer side effects than “cut-burn- poison” conventional approaches.

Each person with a serious interest in the subject should be certain to study BOTH approaches, and the time to do so is before the medical crisis begins. Fortunately, research on both approaches is now widely available due to the Internet, and this should be taken advantage of.

Joe Leech is an average person whose family has faced cancer issues. He has done considerable research and this web site shares many of his resources and links. Get all the information you need for peace of mind at http://cancerinfo.ouronlinebusiness.com

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February 16, 2006

Modern Day Cancer Prevention

Cancer: A Modern Day Scourge
By Dr. Mary Rodio

Cancer - known largely as a disease of our modern establishment - ravages our bodies, our minds, and our spirits indiscriminately. It could prey upon anyone.

Why has this horror become a part of our everyday conversation? Why has it affected so many? What can we do about it? Within the confines of this article, I will address these questions.

At any meeting place - restaurants, stores, golf courses, offices, malls – people exchange woeful tales of Cancer's attack upon friends, relatives, neighbors, or other loved ones fallen victim to this evil.

Cancer Rates Have Tripled Since 1900

Cancer is not necessary, but education of the origin of this malignancy is. According to the American Cancer Society,
Forty-one thousand (41,000) Americans (64 people per 100,000) died of cancer in 1900. This figure equates to more than 112 people per day.

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention: "In 2005, an estimated 570,280 Americans—more than 1,500 people a day—will die of cancer." This figure equates to nearly 200 people per 100,000.

Comparing the statistics in the previous two paragraphs, we can see that cancer deaths per 100,000 have more than tripled since 1900. Previously, I suggested that cancer is a disease of our modern establishment. At the beginning of this century there were relatively few cases of cancer. In the 1800's and previous to then, it was even less prevalent.

Why have cancer deaths sky-rocketed? If we fear this killer, then we should know what lures it to us. Most people feel that they have no control over developing this disease. This isn't so. With knowledge and strong resolve, we can beat back our fear and focus on increasing our immunity to cancer.

Simple, Unrefined Food is Necessary for Cancer Prevention

Let's consider the similarities of 19th century America and countries where cancer is practically non-existent. For the most part, the only countries that have a low incidence of cancer are those countries where the environment is largely unspoiled and where the food is simple and unrefined. These countries are generally agricultural nations where highly processed food is uncommon.

Nearly a century ago – before the arrival of chemical fertilizers – farming in America was organic. Apart from the industrial centers, the environment was relatively pristine. I interpret these Cancer statistics to point to the subsequent arrival of a chemically toxic environment, over-processed foods, and stress as cancer's root cause.

To better understand the possible root causes of cancer, you should know that cancer is considered an acid disease that may be generated by an over consumption of acid foods: usually meat, dairy products, and coffee.

Toxic food substances, tobacco, environmental poisons and other potential hazards may also contribute to the possibility of developing cancer. In each decade since the early 1900's, we have seen an astronomical increase in the use of harmful additives, colorings, irradiation, insecticides, fungicides, and the list could go on indefinitely, as you may well know.

Conclusion

By asking ourselves how we can avoid being a Cancer statistic, we need to do what is in our power to do.

We can avoid toxic food substances by not ingesting them. We can also abstain from tobacco and other known carcinogens. It is far more difficult to avoid contact with environmental poisons since they surround us. We don’t want to contribute to these poisons; therefore, we ought to use environmentally friendly products.

When we join with like-minded others, we can influence legislation by supporting political candidates who pledge themselves to environmental stances.

© 1997-2005 by Mary L. Rodio, Ph.D.

Formulator of Dentizyme™ and other natural remedies, Dr. Rodio is an Ethnobotanical Research Scientist and the Director of Natura Health Services, Inc. in Scottsdale, Arizona. She researches how plants, foods, and customs influence the health of cultures around the world - socially, emotionally, and physically.

You can access the Natura website at http://www.NaturaRx.com or call 480 451-0168.

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February 17, 2006

Cancer Diet of Natural Foods

Cancer Diet - Include Natural Foods
By Marilyn Bennett

In any cancer diet, there are many factors to be considered. One is that it is ideal that we get our nutrients from our foods, and that those foods are in as near their natural state as possible. By that I mean foods that have minimum processing.

The reason for this is that no matter how clever our scientists are there is still much they have not discovered about the way vitamins and the body interact. Every day we hear they have found either a new nutrient or another factor in how our bodies assimilate nutrients. If we eat foods that are as close to the state nature produces them we are most likely to get the nutrients we need together with all the other factors our bodies need to use them. This is crucial to any cancer diet.

A shining example is iron. Our bodies need Vitamin C in order to assimilate iron. However, there are still iron supplements on the market that do not have Vitamin C included in their mix. Now, parsley is a very rich source of iron and, you guessed it, is also full of Vitamin C. To further complicate matters, Vitamin C is heat affected and water soluble, so cooking, particularly in liquids destroys it - hence my assertion that eating foods - in this case parsley - in their natural state is best. Of course this won't work for all foods - potatoes for example - but it is a good strategy to keep in mind when trying to maximize nutrition.

The other reason for eating foods in as near natural state as possible, is that cooking destroys the natural enzymes. Enzymes not only play a crucial role in digestion, and therefore influence the quality of the nutrients we get from our food, but some enzymes, particularly pancreatic enzymes, play a direct role in the fight against cancer.
So how do we include raw foods when designing a cancer diet?
The obvious answer is salads. Using as wide a variety of salad vegetables and incorporating as many different coloured salad veggies, is an excellent way to increase your intake of live enzymes.

But even with hot meals, many raw veggies can be added as a garnish. Eg parsley chopped up over scrambled eggs. Herbs stirred in a casserole after the heat is turned off. A couple of rings of capsicum on top of cooked fish. Use fruits to dress up a steak or a roast. Let your imagination go! Look for colour and variety and you will easily find dozens of ways to include raw foods.

Snacks are another way of getting raw veggies into the diet. Cut up celery and carrots into one inch/2cm lengths. Even broccoli and cauliflower are nice and crunchy as a snack. If you must dip them in something try a little cottage cheese rather than a fat laden dip!

By keeping your mind open and imagination engaged, you will soon be getting many more raw foods into your daily diet, giving yourself and your loved ones an edge in the cancer fighting stakes.

Marilyn’s partner Glenn was declared cancer-free after 11 months using a nutritional approach. She spent many hours researching an alternative to the barbaric surgery offered as Glenn’s only hope. He never did have the surgery. They are now on a mission to "spread the word" about the many things they discovered we can all do to fight cancer. For more crucial, potentially lifesaving information please visit http://www.cancer-einfo.com

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February 18, 2006

Cancer Modifiable Risk Factors

Cancer-35 Percent of Deaths Caused by 9 Modifiable Risk Factors
By Valerian D.

According to World Bank statistics, in 2001 year were registered about seven million deaths worldwide from cancer. This is a high amount of men and women. But the big concern is that 35 percent from deaths were attributable to the only nine behavioral and environmental risk factors, with alcohol and smoking playing large roles. That means more than one in every three of the seven million deaths from cancer worldwide was caused by nine risk factors that people can easily eliminate from their habits.

The above nine modifiable risk factors were:

Smoking.

Smoking alone is estimated to have caused 21 percent of deaths from cancer worldwide.
Alcohol use.

Mouth cancer caused by alcohol use killed more people in the UK than cervical cancer and testicular cancer put together. When tobacco and alcohol use are combined, the risk of oral cancer increases 15 times. Alcohol is also a primary cause of liver cancer.
Overweight and obesity.

One in 10 cancers affecting non-smokers is caused by the sufferer being overweight.
Low fruit and vegetable intake.

It has been estimated that about 25,000 different chemical compounds occur in vegetables and fruits. Studies show that more than 500 of these compounds are potential modifiers of the cancer process.
Physical inactivity.

Physical inactivity is strongly linked to colorectal cancer, as well as to a important number of dietary risk factors.
Unsafe sex.

Sexual transmission of human papilloma virus is the leading risk factor for cervical cancer in women.
Urban air pollution.

In France, urban air pollution, most of it caused by cars, buses and trucks, kills more than 5,000 people every year.
Indoor smoke from household use of coal.

It is stated that a pollutant released indoors is many times more likely to reach the lung than that released outdoors.
Contaminated injections in healthcare settings, like unsafe blood transfusions.

These conclusions clearly show that very important types of cancer are preventable by changes in lifestyle behaviors and environmental interventions.

Valerian D is a freelance writer specialized in health issues like cancer risk factors

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February 19, 2006

Cancer Diet with Minerals

Cancer Diet - Minerals
By Marilyn Bennett

A cancer diet needs a good balance of minerals because minerals are needed by all cells for proper function. Patients are often found to be mineral deficient, so this is an area of the diet that needs particular attention.

There are two classes of minerals. Macrominerals, such as the well known calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus, and microminerals, such as boron, chromium, copper, iron, iodine, germanium, sulfur, silicon, vanadium, zinc, manganese and molybdenum.

The good news is we will get most of the minerals we need, provided we are eating a diet based on a wide variety of fruits and veggies, with the addition of nuts, seeds and grains.

Where we can get in to trouble is that minerals are washed out of soils with constant rain, and modern fertilizers don't usually contain the wide variety of minerals we need. Organic gardeners usually use rock minerals on their soils and this results in organic produce have a much higher and broader range of minerals.

Germanium is one micromineral that cancer patients are often low on. It is essential for immune function and is critical to tissue oxygenation. Cancer grows rapidly where there is low oxygenation of cells. Germanium is found in broccoli, celery, garlic, onions, rhubarb, sauerkraut and tomato juice as well as aloevera and ginseng.

Iodine deficiency has been linked to breast cancer in more than one study. Seasalt contains iodine and a variety of minerals rather than the isolated highly processed iodine additive in table salt. Asparagus, garlic, lima beans, soybeans, sesame seeds all contain natural iodine along with the nutrients needed for good absorption.

Large amounts of brassicas eg brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower, along with peaches, pears and spinach can block absorption of iodine, so ensure there is a balance of iodine rich foods in your diet.

Selenium has been linked to cancer. Selenium and Vitamin E work together to attack free radicals. Selenium is critical for pancreatic function, and pancreatic enzymes are critical to the bodies ability to fight tumour activity. This mineral is generally found in meat and grains, however countries such as New Zealand and much of America is known to have selenium deficient soils.

As there have been several studies showing that good selenium levels have significantly reduced the risk of cancer, this is one mineral you want to have enough of.

Food sources that should be included frequently in a cancer diet are: brazil nuts, broccoli, brown rice, brewers yeast, chicken, kelp, onions, salmon, seafood, tuna, wheatgerm and whole grains. Garlic, chamomile, ginseng and parsley are all easy to use concentrated forms that can be added to the diet daily.

A couple of warnings:

Be very careful about self-dosing with minerals as several of them will block absorption of others if the dose is too high.

Again, eating a variety of foods, with particular notice taken of those that have high mineral levels is the safest way to go. If you wish to explore mineral supplementation further, talk to your naturopath or nutritionist. But whatever you do, don't ignore the importance of these vital elements to your well being.

Marilyn’s partner Glenn was declared cancer-free after 11 months using a nutritional approach. She spent many hours researching an alternative to the barbaric surgery offered as Glenn’s only hope. He never did have the surgery. They are now on a mission to "spread the word" about the many things they discovered we can all do to fight cancer. For more crucial, potentially lifesaving information please visit http://www.cancer-einfo.com

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February 20, 2006

Aspartame causes Cancer?

How Sweet It Isn't: Cancer Expert Keith Block, MD, Advises Avoiding Artificial Sweetener Aspartame
By Leni Kass

Health concerns are mounting about aspartame, the artificial sweetener consumed by more than 350 million people worldwide. Data from a long term, large scale animal study released by scientists from the Ramazzini Foundation for Cancer Research in Bologna, Italy, strongly link the chemical additive to cancer. This research has prompted the European Food Safety Authority to announce the group will review the research "as a matter of high priority, in the context of previous extensive safety data available on aspartame."

In the U.S., the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board is considering whether it has statutory authority to ban aspartame in the state due to worries the sweetener could be contributing to citizens’ health problems. In addition, Christine Lydon, MD, a consultant for several of the world’s largest sports nutrition companies who has recommended aspartame-containing products to clients for years, has written an article published in the October edition of Oxygen magazine in which she says a review of the scientific research on the substance has convinced her aspartame is a health hazard. “I sat down with a pile of literature two inches thick. After making it through the first 10 pages, I stormed into my kitchen and fed every item of food containing aspartame to the garbage,” she writes in the magazine article. “Since that time, I have not had so much as a stick of aspartame sweetened gum.”

First declared safe and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981 for use in powdered mixes and tabletop sweeteners, by 1996 aspartame was approved for use in all foods and beverages. However, Ralph Walton, MD, a psychiatry professor at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, analyzed the research. He documented that all of the research showing no health risks had aspartame industry-linked sponsorship. On the other hand, 92% of the independent, non-aspartame industry sponsored studies identified one or more problems with aspartame. “That’s a glaring disparity,” notes Keith I. Block, MD, one of the nation’s leading cancer specialists, who is editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Integrative Cancer Therapies. Dr. Block says he has been troubled for years by the possibility the sugar substitute may, in fact, be anything but a healthy dietary choice. He is particularly concerned about the possibility aspartame might be a carcinogen. The Ramazzini Foundation’s study concluded aspartame caused cancer of the kidney and peripheral nerves, mainly in the head. Earlier data from the same study published in July showed aspartame in doses closely equivalent to the acceptable daily intake for women caused an increased risk for leukemia and lymphomas in female lab rats.

In addition to concerns about a possible aspartame/cancer link, Dr. Block, Medical/Scientific Director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care and Optimal Health in Evanston, Illinois, and a Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Education, at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago (UIC), and at the Department of Pharmacology, and his colleagues believe the sweetener may produce a host of distressing symptoms in some people. “Women in particular have reported neurotoxic reactions to aspartame and we have observed that skin reactions and gastrointestinal symptoms often disappear in patients who stop consuming aspartame-containing products.”

Dr. Block also explains that phenylalanine and aspartic acid, the amino acid components of aspartame, are known to stimulate insulin release – which could actually sabotage a dieter’s effort to lose weight. “ In addition, high insulin levels tend to amplify the adverse effects of some other growth factors that could ultimately fuel the growth and spread of cancers such as colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer,” he notes. “I think such theoretical links should at least warrant considering cutting back or eliminating aspartame containing foods in the diet."

What sweetener does Dr. Block recommend? “There are a variety of natural grain and plant-derived sweeteners that do not cause a big spike in blood sugar. nd fruit can often satisfy a ‘sweet tooth’ while providing many health benefits,” he answers. “I also recommend eating smaller meals throughout the day, and eating foods that have a low-glycemic index, such as corn, peas, and black beans. The body requires more time to break down and absorb these foods, and this leads to a more gradual and moderate rise in blood glucose levels. Much research suggests that this kind of dietary strategy will result in better health and greater longevity – and it is a far healthier way to eat than relying on artificial sweeteners.”

Leni Kass has been in marketing and public relations for over 15 years. Previously, she worked with teens, and facilitated a therapy group for adolescents with eating disorders. She is cofounder and CEO of Hey U.G.L.Y., Inc. NFP, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that empowers teens with self-esteem building tools, to help them counter challenges such as eating disorders, bullying, violence, substance abuse and suicide. U.G.L.Y. is an acronym that stands for meaning Unique Gifted Lovable You.

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February 21, 2006

Natural Cancer Prevention

New Findings on the Natural Prevention of Cancer
By Dr Wei Feng

The structure molecular of teas is now ever more so being studied by numerous scientists in the world. The use of teas in medicine, although a long tradition in Asia, is still a new field in the West.

Here are some of the most recent findings on the Green Tea potent substance Polyphenol, and new effect against cancer,

According to the Reuters Press Agency, Spanish and British scientist discovered a new secret of green tea preventing cancer. Researchers of the Spanish Murcia University and British Innes Centre discovered that in the green teas there is a kind of green tea polyphenol (EGCG), it can prevent the cancer cell unify with DHFR in growth.

Professor Thornley of Innes Centre said that , they had first discovered that the green tea polyphenol could prevent DHFR; this kind of enzyme is the goal matter for anti cancer drug.

Green tea polyphenol has in green teas (only when in its natural form) five times then the other types of teas. It is now a scientific fact that Green teas can indeed reduce the occurrence of certain types of cancer. Professor Thornley said that the polyphenol in green teas has the same molecular structure of the cancer drug, Methotrexate.

DHFR, is both crucial for the healthy cell and the cancer cell, green tea polyphenol has a very effective result to restrain DHFR.

I do recommend everyone with Cancer family history to have between three to five cups a day. Please avoid the use after night hours.

Dr Wei Feng
In Nature
www.in-nature.com

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February 22, 2006

Cancer Research and Terry Fox

Is Cancer Research Being True to the Legacy of Terry Fox?
By Rick Hendershot

Every year in September millions of Canadians pay special tribute to a very special young man named Terry Fox. Terry was the young Canadian who after having his leg amputated because of cancer decided he would run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. That run took place in the spring and summer of 1980 and was known as the "Marathon of Hope".

After 142 days of running 26 miles a day (a marathon a day), and after 3339 miles, Terry was forced to end his run near the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario on September 1, 1980. His cancer had returned, and this time it was in his lungs.

Several months later while still just 22 years old Terry succumbed to cancer.

Running for "Cancer Research"

The initial objective of the Marathon of Hope was to raise roughly 25 millions dollars -- one dollar for every Canadian at that time. Terry's goal was actually met before he died, due to donations and pledges made during his run and during a telethon held shortly after he was forced to end his run.

In that short spring and summer of 1980 Terry had become one of Canada's most important and inspirational heroes, and the legacy of the "Marathon of Hope" has lived on for 25 years, increasing in its appeal and scope every year.

The annual "Terry Fox Run" continues to be held annually across Canada, the US, and other countries around the world. According to current sources, the Terry Fox Run has now raised more than $400 million for cancer research.

Are we further ahead after $400 million?

For Canadians Terry Fox is the ultimate hero, and this makes it sacreligious to even suggest that all is not well with the Marathon of Hope and the "cancer research" that it fuels.

Nevertheless I suspect Terry himself would be surprised that we are not further along the road to a "cure for cancer" after raising and devoting such an amazingly large amount of money to that cause.

The amounts of money raised in the US and other countries are even more staggering, and in spite of very few tangible results to show for the "research" that is carried on, people continue to shell out money because they have been told, and continue to believe that a cure is "right around the corner."

Is it possible that the cancer research industry may have become a cushy gravy train for the thousands of fund raisers and researchers who make their living this way?

Some critics have even suggested that the "cancer industry" has become little more than an arm of the pharmaceutical and chemical industries? (For an interesting article that offers a critical analysis of the America Cancer Society, go to American Cancer Society: The World's Wealthiest "Nonprofit" Institution.

Legitimate questions we should be asking

At the very minimum it seems a perfectly legitimate question to ask "How much 'cure' has all this money bought us?"

I don't know. But I suspect it is not a lot. I may be hopelessly behind the times, but it seems to me that most of the "cures" being practised these days are pretty much like the ones that were being used back in 1980 -- surgery, chemo-therapy, and radiation.

Of course we are told that cancer cure rates have substantially improved. But these statistics are easily manipulated, and advocates of continuing the current research regime have such a vested interest in pointing to their success that their claims have to be met with at least mild scepticism.

One source that confirms this scepticism is this quote from a 1998 article called "Cancer Research -- a Super Fraud?". Commenting on the US National Cancer Program Dr.John Bailer said,

"My overall assessment is that the national cancer programme must be judged a qualified failure" Dr. John Bailer, who spent 20 years on the staff of the U.S. National Cancer Institute and was editor of its journal. Dr. Bailer also says: "The five year survival statistics of the American Cancer Society are very misleading. They now count things that are not cancer, and, because we are able to diagnose at an earlier stage of the disease, patients falsely appear to live longer. Our whole cancer research in the past 20 years has been a total failure. More people over 30 are dying from cancer than ever before... More women with mild or
benign diseases are being included in statistics and reported as being 'cured'. When government officials point to survival figures and say they are winning the war against cancer they are using those survival rates improperly."

Disrepectful?

To many people comments like this sound like an insult to the millions who have put their hope in a high tech cure for cancer. And many are afraid to question the status quo because of the respect we have for people like Terry Fox.

But I wonder if a 22 year old with the innocence and courage to take on the impossible task of running 5,000 miles on one leg would be happy with the way things are today.

Would Terry Fox be happy to see that some cancer society branches in the US devote only about 10% of the funds they raise to the actual delivery of cancer services? Would he understand why substantial portions of cancer society budgets go for the purchase of real estate and buildings rather than actually helping cancer victims and doing research into the causes of cancer?

Would he be pleased to learn that the boards of the major cancer organizations are filled with executives with ties to drug and chemical companies?

Would he take comfort in the fact that the well-known environmental causes of cancer are virtually ignored by researchers because these so often implicate food, chemical and drug companies?

Would he be glad that the efforts of researchers and fund raisers might actually be standing in the way of real progress in the fight against cancer because these researchers are so often in the employ of the very corporations that profit from the sale of cancer causing products?

Back in 1980 when Terry was running through Ontario he was asked by a passerby if he thought he was being used. "I want them to use me more." was Terry's reply.

Somehow I don't think the current state of affairs is quite what he had in mind.

Rick Hendershot is a writer and online publisher of The Linknet Publishing Network.

Other sources critical of the cancer research industry:
http://www.preventcancer.com - http://www.cancertutor.com/WarBetween/War_Research.html

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February 24, 2006

Cancer Diet and Fibre

Cancer Diet- The Role of Fibre
By Marilyn Bennett

This article in the series on Cancer Diet explores the importance of fibre.

Fibre's role in the body is to assist in the timely expulsion of waste matter from the bowel. If this waste matter stays put for too long, the body starts to reabsorb the antigens and toxins from the bowel bacteria through the gut wall.

One of the easiest ways to tell if you are getting enough fibre is to inspect your stools. Sounds most unsavoury, I know, but all you need to do is see whether they float or sink in the toilet. If they are floating you are getting enough fibre, if they sink you are not.

The reason a good cancer diet will address the need for good elimination is that as the body fights the cancer it produces even more waste matter. This puts a very heavy load on the elimination systems. If the bowels are clogged up as well, then the body struggles under a highly toxic load. This in turn takes much needed resources away from healing functions. Of course, if the patient is also having chemotherapy treatment, good elimination is even more crucial.

In a well managed cancer diet, there will already be a good proportion of raw foods, particularly fruits and vegetables. These raw foods are one of the best sources of natural dietary fibre.

Other much touted remedies such as psyllium husks can be very helpful, but it is preferable to get your fibre directly from your foods, which also contain other elements such as enzymes that help digestion.

Water is also absolutely critical for good bowel function, assisting in the flushing of the bulk material and the toxins that accumulate there. Absolutely no point in upping the fibre content then depriving the body of water so that it all becomes a big plug!

Many medications can cause constipation so be on the lookout for this side effect when starting any new ones. Also high levels of calcium and low thyroid hormones can play havoc, so if you continue having constipation after increasing your fibre and water content, make a beeline for your doctor. Constipation has far too many negative side-effects to allow it to continue too long.

Just a quick PS - every cancer diet should include pears, as they are full of fibre, water and highly nutritious to boot. If you are constipated, a full ripe pear on an empty stomach first thing in the morning followed by a glass of water has a very good chance of doing the trick!

Marilyn’s partner Glenn was declared cancer-free after 11 months using a nutritional approach. She spent many hours researching an alternative to the barbaric surgery offered as Glenn’s only hope. He never did have the surgery. They are now on a mission to "spread the word" about the many things they discovered we can all do to fight cancer. For more crucial, potentially lifesaving information please visit http://www.cancer-einfo.com

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February 25, 2006

Cancer and Autoimmunity

Cancer and Autoimmunity are Intertwined
By Heidi Whitaker

Both cancer and autoimmune disease are a failure of the immune system to function properly. What you may not realize is that they are actually two manifestations of the same problem. In this sense, they have the same cause. Contrary to popular belief, the cause of this failure in the immune system is no great mystery. In fact, it is a problem that we have created by modern living.

The immune system, like most of the body, requires balance to function properly. T-helper 1 (Th1) cells and T-helper 2 cells (Th2) help regulate the body’s response to foreign invaders. Th1 uses white blood cells to go after viruses and cancer cells. Th2 immune cells use antibodies to go after bacteria. Normally, the body strikes a balance by switching back and forth between Th1 and Th2. In a person with an autoimmune disorder, one dominates and suppresses the other. Trans fats, mercury and other heavy metals, sugar and processed foods, alcohol, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and stress are part of a modern lifestyle that can disrupt the Th1/Th2 balance.

Th1 dominance in women is associated with autoimmunity and recurrent miscarriage in the first trimester of pregnancy. Additionally, children in the autism spectrum tend to be Th1 dominant. Besides autoimmunity, Th2 dominance is characterized by a tendency toward allergies, frequent colds and viral infections, and cancer.

Heidi Whitaker is an author and popular speaker on the topic of nutritional support of autoimmune disease. An advocate for alternative health solutions, she co-founded http://www.healthydivas.com, a resource center for those autoimmune sufferers looking for real answers outside of what conventional medicine can provide.

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February 26, 2006

Cancer Diet and Vitamins

Cancer Diet - The Important Vitamins
By Marilyn Bennett

A cancer diet needs particular emphasis on the following vitamins.

Vitamin A

Role: as an anti-oxidant and important for healing.

Natural sources: green and yellow fruits and vegetables, organic animal liver but be careful, a non-organically raised animal's liver could be full of chemicals!

Beta-carotene - very important in a cancer diet - from carrots in particular, is converted to Vitamin A by the liver, and is a far safer way to get a really good boost of this vitamin, with no dangers of overdosing.

Vitamin B Complex

Role: particularly important to the health of nerves and the production of energy.

Natural sources are chicken, eggs, brewer's yeast, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, fish.

Vitamin B17 - almost unheard of, but critical in a cancer diet.

B17 interacts with the very large amounts of beta-glucosidase in cancer cells to produce hydrogen cyanide and benzaldehyde. These two poisons combine into an extremely deadly poison that targets cancer cells. The reason that it doesn't target healthy cells is that although they have small quantities of beta-glucosidase, they also contain rodonase, a substance that cancer cells do not have, that breaks the poison down into compounds that actually assist the bodies immune system!

Natural sources are flaxseed oil, brown rice, brewer's yeast, lentils, macadamia nuts, pecans, raspberries, strawberries, walnuts, watercress and yams.

Vitamin C

Role: Antioxidant needed to assist over 300 metabolic functions of the body.

Natural sources are citrus fruits, most yellow or red fruits and vegetables, leafy green vegetables.

The body cannot store this very essential nutrient so we need to ingest it daily. As it is not stored it cannot be overdosed.

A word of warning though - do not take Vitamin C supplements at the same time as aspirin - the combination is very irritant to the stomach lining. Also it taking a supplement, look for a buffered form which is digested over a longer period of time and far less irritant. Also avoid chewable tablets - the acidity is not good for the teeth!

Vitamin E, again crucial in a cancer diet.

Role: Antioxidant, used in circulation and tissue repair.

Natural sources include coldpressed vegetable oils, leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and wholegrains. Brown rice, eggs, kelp, oatmeal and sweet potatoes are also good sources.

Just a note - the body needs zinc to maintain levels of Vitamin E in the blood, also take iron supplements at a different time from Vitamin E as some forms of iron will destroy Vitamin E.

As always a diet that draws from all food groups, fruit, vegetable, meat, fish, chicken, grains, nuts, seeds and oils, all eaten as close to the way nature made them is the best cancer diet possible.

Marilyn Bennett’s partner Glenn was declared cancer-free after 11 months using a nutritional approach. They are now on a mission to "spread the word" re the many things they discovered we can all do to fight cancer. Please visit http://www.cancer-einfo.com.

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February 27, 2006

Cancer and Diet

Cancer and Diet
By Marilyn Bennett

The issue of cancer and diet is paramount to your health. Without feeding the body the ingredients it needs, it simply cannot produce the processes that combat the cancer.

Firstly, when looking at nutrition for cancer, we need to understand the role of pancreatic enzymes. These enzymes, including trypsin & chymotrypsin, play a major role in halting the formation of tumours. Unfortunately these enzymes also play a part in digesting animal proteins, so if our diets are too high in animal protein, then our supply of pancreatic enzymes is tied up in digestion and not available for halting tumours.

Secondly, we need to understand the role of B17 (hydrocyanic acid) in our diets and specifically its interaction with cancer. B17 interacts with the very large amounts of beta-glucosidase in cancer cells to produce hydrogen cyanide and benzaldehyde. These two poisons combine into an extremely deadly poison that targets cancer cells. The reason that it doesn't target healthy cells is that although they have small quantities of beta-glucosidase, they also contain rodonase, a substance that cancer cells do not have, that breaks the poison down into compounds that actually assist the bodies immune system! Clever, hey!?

So we start to see the crucial relationship between cancer and diet!

At this point it is interesting to note that one of the most concentrated sources of natural B17 is apricot kernels - that is the kernel INSIDE the apricot seed itself. However it is our understanding that the sale of apricot kernels is illegal in some countries, including ours. Consequently if you are lucky enough to get your hands on a large supply, it will be by word of mouth connections. However if you are prepared to ask friends to eat a lot of apricots or go on a mission to make frozen or bottled apricots, or maybe apricot jam, there is no law to our knowledge that says you can't eat them. The recommended dosage for people with cancer is up to 60 a day, but starting with 2 per meal and adding one per meal daily to ensure there is no intolerance.

Side note: Apparently the bureaucratic argument for making sale of them illegal is that they will poison you as they are a cyanide compound, (hydrocyanic acid) and produce another cyanide, (hydrogen cyanide) but they fail to follow through and tell us that the hydrogen cyanide then combines with the rodonase to make compounds that actually boost the immune system. Following this logic I have to wonder why then that Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin!) has not been banned. You may be aware they feed B12 to anemia patients!

So, we can address a diet for cancer from specific angles. Firstly by adding whatever natural sources we can find that contain B17, secondly by reducing (not cutting out!) animal protein intake, and thirdly by adding nutrients to our diets in their most easily & effectively absorbed forms ie in foods.

The bottom line is our body is at our mercy and what we put in to it can either help or hinder its ability to help us. The beauty of becoming aware of the interaction of cancer and diet is that it is something we can do for ourselves, thereby empowering us in the fight against this horrid invader!

Marilyn Bennett is co-author of the best-selling Cancer: Diagnosis to Clear in 11 Months, which chronicles her partner’s journey with cancer. For more information on her extensive research into cancer, please visit http://www.cancer-einfo.com

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February 28, 2006

Mesothelioma and Job Risk

Asbestosis: Top Jobs That Put You At Risk
By Donald Lawson

People are affected by asbestos when they breath the micro fibers. These fibers can have long term affects to your health. There have been many cases of people coming down with Mesothelioma 20 and 30 years after being exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos is not a thing of the past. It's still used in many manufacturing processes and well as in building components. The following is a list of the top occupations that are putting people at risk. If you work in one of these occupations, or have in the past, it's wise to get regular screenings.


Any job that includes the manufacturing of asbestos, for example insulation, plumbing supplies, roofing components or other building materials.
Mechanics are at risk due to asbestos in the brake and clutch linings.
Tile contractors are at risk due to the dust from cutting some types of tile.
Oil refinery workers, rail yard and power plant workers can be at risk from various sources.
Shipyard and/or ship builders are at risk due to the asbestos in pipe insulation and other sources.
Steel mill workers can come into contact with Asbestos from a variety of insulation and clothing. Asbestos is a great insulator and is used widely in jobs that require a person to be around high temperatures.
Navy veterans can also be at risk as can Maritime workers.
Construction workers can be at risk, especially those who do demolition of older buildings.

Who else should be concerned?

Brick layers, plumbers, sand blasters, sheet metal workers, millwrights, welders, painters, Longshoremen, merchant marines, grinders, electricians, drywall contractors, miners, drillers, building inspectors and maintenance personnel are a few more people who are at risk.

Remember, it doesn't take a lot of exposure to affect your life years down the road.

You may also be putting your family at risk. There have been cases where workers family members came down with Mesothelioma even though they were nowhere near the job sites. Evidence suggests that the family members were affected by the Asbestos fibers that came in on the workers clothing, hair and/or shoes.

Get routine screenings if you're in one of these high-risk professions and take every precaution (such as respirators and special clothing) to protect yourself and your family.

This article is not intended to be given as medical advice. It's for informational purposes only and you should see a qualified medical doctor should you have concerns about your health. If you need more information about Mesothelioma Cancer or Asbestos, including resources and descriptions of the disease, please go to http://www.mesothelioma-information-help.com

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March 1, 2006

Helping Someone With Cancer

Helping Someone With Cancer
By Charles Kassotis

Do you know someone with cancer? A cancer diagnosis can be crippling in itself, inciting fear and anxiety over an unknown or perhaps dreaded future. Victims worry about their health, their looks, and their families when a doctor pronounces this terrible sentence. If a friend or family member is struggling with one of the many forms of cancer, your support and encouragement are likely to be most welcome.

But how do you help someone who has cancer? There are several things you can do to make your friend or loved one feel more at ease.

1. Treat the person the same as always. Don’t approach her gingerly, as though she might break or fade away. Nor should you overdo it, however, by talking too much or roughhousing with children who may be physically fragile. Just treat the person the same as you would if he had not been diagnosed with this condition. Of course, if the diagnosis is grim, you need adapt your attitude accordingly and not gloss over serious implications.

2. Offer practical assistance. As you have time, run errands or bring in a home-cooked meal. Grocery shopping, letter mailing, and kid drop-offs at sporting events can save the sick person’s time and energy. Depending on how well you are acquainted with the victim, you might want to come over a few hours each week to clean house, baby-sit, or cook meals for freezing.

3. Be an encouragement. Send a funny get-well card or an inspiring note. Drop off a humorous video or suggest praying together before you leave. Using discretion, you might want to let others know about the ill person’s indisposition so they can possibly help out, too.

4. Be willing to listen. Sometimes those facing a serious problem like cancer, especially when a terminal diagnosis has been given, may simply want to reminisce about the past, discuss future plans, or share difficult emotions. Just being available to listen in person, by telephone, or via the Internet can provide a beautiful source of support. Don’t push or pry, however. Wait until the person is ready to talk.

5. If the situation warrants, consider donating financial support. A single mother with two fatherless children may need to get connected to social service agencies. Or she may have some general support already, but lack a little extra money for holidays or birthdays. You may want to send a card with a $20 check that could help pay for special occasions or real needs, needs, like medication, above and beyond any insurance coverage.

6. Provide transportation. If the person grows weak or is unable to drive and family members work at jobs that keep them from driving the sufferer to appointments, ask if you can take the person when you are available. Getting around is one of the greatest challenges facing people who become immobile with serious illnesses.

Whatever your circumstances, chances are you can offer some kind of help to a person who is struggling with cancer. It will certainly be appreciated!

For more information about helping someone who has cancer or to get help for a loved one or yourself, visit Cancer Directory at http://www.cancerdir.com

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March 2, 2006

Broccoli Prevents Cancer?

Broccoli - The "B" in Beating Cancer
By Amanda Evans

Many people see broccoli as nothing more than another green vegetable that they are supposed to consume as part of the eat five a day regieme.

Well people that is where you are wrong. Broccoli is not just another vegetable broccoli is in fact a super vegetable that can help fight against and prevent cancer. So lets look at broccoli a little closer.

Broccoli contains life-enhancing, health-enhancing phytochemicals that protect all ten of the body's healing zones and broccoli is also among the foods that are richest in these agents. Broccoli's phytochemicals help protect the body from Cancer, cardiovaascular disorders and premature aging but in this article we are focusing on Cancer.

Broccoli has been recognised as the number one vegetable by the National Cancer Institute and if you want to prevent your body from getting cancer it is suggested that one half cup of broccoli a day will do just that.

A half a cup of broccoli per day can provide the body with protection from various types of cancer including cancer of the oesophagus, lungs, larynx, stomach, colon, prostate and mouth. So what is the magic ingrediant? Sulforaphane, an antioxidant that works by bonding with toxins it encounters and then flushes these toxic substances from the body.

The antioxidants in broccoli also inactivate oestrogens that are known as 16 alphahydroxyestrone. These oestrogens promote cancer of the ovaries, breasts and cervix.

Broccoli also contains both the beta and alphacarotenes and this is what accounts for broccoli's ability to both resist and even help to reverse lung cancer and also slow the growth rate of tumours.

That's not all broccoli also contains high chlorophyll levels and this helps to block pre-cancerous cell mutations.

One serving of broccoli will also provide you with 125% more vitamin C than that of a glass of orange juice and together with the anticancer antioxidant beta-carotene broccoli helps to reduce the risk of respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tumours.

So as you can see broccoli really is the "B" when it comes to beating cancer. Don't you think it's time you started eating more broccoli.

Amanda Evans SNHS (Nutrition) is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and freelance writer. Amanda is also the webmaster of http://www.amandawrites.com a website dedicated to helping others achieve their dreams of becoming writers.

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March 3, 2006

Natural Preventative Methods for Cancer

Natural Preventative Methods for Cancer
By Stewart Hare

There are many different types of cancer, the most common being breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer and it is estimated that as high as one in three people will be affected by one form of cancer in their lifetime. The majority of cancers are linked to exposure to a cancer causing agent such as smoking, excessive sunlight, HRT, pesticides and alcohol and a weakened immune system.

Studies have shown that there is a link between diet and lifestyle and cancer and by changing your diet and lifestyle you can reduce the risk of developing a form of cancer. If, in your family history you have a high instance of cancer you may be more prone to develop cancer. Knowing this is the first step to prevent yourself from suffering from cancer, you can change your diet and lifestyle to help prevent cancer.

Preventative measures for cancer are increase insoluble fibre in your diet such as whole grains found in rye, brown rice, and whole wheat, increase the consumption of oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, tuna and sardines, this is because they are high in Omega 3 fatty acids which helps to protect against cancer, use olive oil in the diet, keep to a vegetarian style diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables especially citrus and berry fruits, apples and tomatoes, onions, cauliflower and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, avoid alcohol, this will cut down the risk of developing cancers of the liver, mouth, throat and voice box, cut down on red meat consumption especially meat that has been fried or barbecued, cut down on salt in the diet, limit caffeine consumption, increase the consumption of Soya products, excess sugar should be avoided, decrease the consumption of saturated fats found in animal products, maintain a healthy weight, give up smoking, avoid HRT and have regular check ups with your doctor.

The following supplements may help if you are suffering from cancer.

Antioxidant complex

Beta carotene

Biotin

Calcium

Cat’s claw

Co-enzyme Q10

Copper

Folic acid

GLA from evening primrose oil

Lutein

Lycopene

Magnesium

Melatonin

Multivitamins and minerals

Probiotics

Saw palmetto

Selenium

Shark cartilage

Vitamin A

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B6

Vitamin C

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Vitamin K

Zeaxanthin

Zinc

Stewart Hare C.H.Ed Dip NutTh

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March 4, 2006

Cancer Treatment versus Cancer Prevention

Should We Treat Cancer or Prevent Cancer?
By Troy Winters

Cancer is one of the biggest killers around the world. In America alone, 25% of all deaths are related to cancer.

Many people think of cancer as a single problem but in fact, it is a number of problems spread throughout the body. Generally speaking, if cancer is caught in the early stages of development, it can be treated and cured.

Although there are several different types of cancer, the most common ones are Lung, Prostate, Breast, Testicular, Skin and Colon cancers.

Genes control the multiplication and growth of cells. If these genes are defective in the first place, then the cells will not be able to grow or divide properly. As a result of this abnormality, cancerous cells are born.

There are a number of factors which cause cancer. Factors which are controllable by humans are smoking, toxic elements and radiation. These can be controlled to some degree and therefore it would be wise to avoid them by changing lifestyle habits. However, there are certain elements which are outside our control.
These include mutation and inherited DNA.

As a result of studies conducted by the American Cancer Society, more than 180,000 people have died as a direct result of smoking. Another 200,000 people have died due to lack of changing lifestyle habits. Obesity, laziness and malnutrition can have an effect on the growth of cancer. Needless to say, cancer has risen by more than 50% since 1995.

Let's take a look at some of these cancer causes in more detail.

Smoking: The most prevalent and easily avoidable type of cancer is the one caused by the use of tobacco. This includes the use of cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Even though smokers are addicted to nicotine, the fact that 200,000 people die every year due to smoking caused cancer should be enough motivation to quit. Some experts say that cessation of smoking can increase lifespan by up to 20 years.

Although nothing has been proven, studies indicate that stress may also be a contributing factor to cancer. Many cancer patients are also employed in stressful jobs. Some theologians believe that stress lowers the bodies immunity to cancer.

Exercise and Healthy Eating: Healthy eating and exercise is universally known to be beneficial in many aspects. But, many people don't know that food full of nutrition can reduce the risk of cancer. Specific foods such as fruit and veg can help prevent cancer whilst fatty foods such as meat can increase the likelihood of cancer.

Skin cancer can easily be avoided by simply listening to good advice. Wear sunglasses, hats, sun cream and other sensible items of clothing to avoid the onset of this type of cancer. Although this may seem like common sense, more than one million people have been diagnosed with skin cancer in a single year.

In summary, some cancers can be avoided. New research and studies are being conducted all the time. So, rather than concentrating on how to treat cancer patients, maybe we should all be looking for more ways to prevent the cancer in the first place.

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March 5, 2006

Chemotherapy Tips

4 Steps for You to Help Yourself During Chemotherapy
By David Saunders

Chemotherapy is a word that causes dread in most who hear it. It is a time of stress as well as risk. If you, or someone you know, are facing chemotherapy, these four simple steps may help get through the process with better spirits and better results as well.

1. Tell your doctor if you get side effects from treatment

You can't expect the possibility of relief from side effects if you do not share them with your doctor. Be sure to communicate with your doctor. Some people keep a health journal during and after treatment to improve the information you have to present to your doctor if problems arise more gradually. Discuss what you might keep in a health journal that might improve the effectiveness of your treatment.

2. Ask your doctor before you take any other medicine

All drugs operate by manipulating some normal cell function. This includes the chemotherapy drugs as well. These manipulations may conflict with the intended effects of your chemotherapy treatment. Even herbals, or an over the counter pain reliever can lead to unintended consequences. Always inform your doctor before taking any other medications.

3. Take care of your health

There are many things you can do to support the natural ability of your body to restore, protect and defend itself from the effects of injury and disease. Seek to improve your diet, find ways to reduce other sources of stress in your life and be thankful for the hope and opportunity you have because of your treatment. These things can have a remarkable affect on your body and your feeling of good health.

4. Talk about your feelings

These are stressful times. Don't keep your feelings bottled up. People you know and love are probably feeling stress too. Help each other by being open about what you are going through. By being open with others, you can feel more in control of the stress and trepidation you’re feeling, instead of those things being in control of you.

Self-help can never take the place of professional health care. Ask your doctor and nurse any questions you may have about chemotherapy. Also don't hesitate to tell them about any side effects you may have. They want and need to know.

Dave Saunders is a professional lecturer, and certified nutritional educator. He enjoys creating interconnections through his writings and lectures to help others create context and see new discoveries and technologies in more a practical light. You can find out more about new discoveries in cancer research at http://www.cancerresearchnewsonline.com

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March 6, 2006

Wheat Grass Juice Prevents Cancer?

Prevent Cancer - Will a Daily Shot of Wheatgrass Juice Help?
By Judy Ford

Cancer seems to hit suddenly yet it has usually been developing in the victim’s body for many years. There could be some cancer lurking away in the hidden parts of most of our bodies. Some of us could be facing a cancer diagnosis in the near future. It is very frightening but is there anything we can do?

Most of the publicity about cancer is focused on cures. Some of the information discusses risk factors but this latter information is usually fairly difficult to interpret. We know, for example that smoking greatly increases the risk of lung cancer. But we also know of people who smoked all their lives without developing lung cancer. Leaving aside the negatives, let’s look at folic acid, a nutrient that seems to be universally good for our health.

Folic Acid turns up again and again as one of the “good guys”. However it works in cooperation with Vitamin B12 so both need to be consumed simultaneously. Folic acid supplementation prevents birth defects known as neural tube defects. It also reduces birth defects in women taking antiepileptic drugs, which themselves cause folate deficiency. It also lowers blood homocysteine, a risk factor for heart disease.

As a geneticist I often studied cells grown in culture with low folic acid. It is well known that deficiencies of folic acid are associated with breaks in chromosomes and that giving extra folic acid corrects the problem. Since a break is usually the first event in the evolution of a cancer cell, it is critical to minimize breaks. The initial genetic damage is often caused by other toxic agents but the folic acid plays a critical role in the repair of this damage.

How do studies on people shape up?

Intervention studies show that cellular measures of chromosome damage are minimized when people take more than 200 – 400 μg folic acid and more than 2 μg vitamin B12 each day. Controlled studies suggest that intakes of 700 μg folic acid and 7 μg B12 are appropriate intakes for young adults. It is expected but not yet proven that high folate and B12 consumption will protect against all cancers. Thus far there are studies that prove that taking a supplement with folic acid protects against colon cancer. There is also evidence that high folate counteracts the effects of drinking alcohol, which otherwise increases the risk of breast cancer in women.

Wheat Grass Juice
Wheat grass juice is a fantastic health supplement and is an incredibly rich source of folic acid. One 100 gm shot will give you 1,110 μg folic acid and at the same time supply you with most of the other B group vitamins, Vitamin A, C and E as well as the minerals you need. Unlike most vegetables, it also contains Vitamin B12 although 0.8 μg, not as high as the concentrations advocated by the studies. So whilst you can use Wheatgrass to really top up on your vitamins, minerals and folic acid, you will need some extra B12 to reach the levels recommended by the invention studies. If you want to get this from food, the highest food sources of B12 are shellfish and crustaceans. Fish are quite a rich source but have far less than the other sea-foods. Dairy and eggs have similar amounts to wheatgrass itself so a combination of wheatgrass with an egg and a piece of cheese or glass of milk will give sufficient intake. For strict vegetarians, it is wise to supplement.

Although there are other steps that are important in cancer prevention, a daily shot of wheatgrass will put you well ahead in your optimal health program.

Dr Judy Ford, an internationally respected geneticist has researched causes of cancer and steps that can be undertaken to prevent cancer or greatly reduce personal risk. Dr Ford worked for 30 years in Cancer Research, specializing in how genetic material can be damaged by some chemicals and radiations and why cells sometimes misdivide. She now works as a Science Communicator, explaining Science in lay terms and showing people how to modify their lifestyles to reduce their risks of cancer. You can access her new E-Book: “Know Your Enemy: Understand and Reduce Cancer Risk” by visiting: http://www.the-lifestyle-doctor.com/preventcancer.shtml. You can find a great resource for information and supply of organic wheatgrass juice by visiting http://www.the-lifestyle-doctor.com/au-nsw/bondiwheatgrassco.shtml.

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March 7, 2006

Cancer and Antioxidants

Urging Cancer Patients to Avoid Antioxidants is Questionable Advice
By Betty Hoeffner

Something about antioxidants could be putting cancer patients at risk – but it’s not the supplements themselves. Instead, it’s the lack of knowledge about how they may help fight malignancies that is the real danger, says cancer expert Keith Block. A report recently published in the American Cancer Society’s medical journal, CA, suggests cancer patients could be reducing the effectiveness of radiation and chemotherapy treatments by taking antioxidants. In fact, the article states, supplements might actually be “feeding” their tumors and even reduce their chance of a cure. Dr. Block points out, however, that the author of the article, Gabriella M. D’Andrea, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center based her conclusions on a review of a handful of human trials that showed supplements often don’t benefit cancer patients and could cause them harm.

“The article ignored a growing body of published research that shows just the opposite. In fact, there is compelling data that the cautious and judicious use of a number of antioxidants can be helpful in the treatment of cancer, either as ‘stand alone’ agents or as additions to standard chemotherapy and radiotherapy,” says Dr. Block, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), more than 1,500 Americans die from cancer each day. For advanced metastatic cancers, the prognosis is typically between one and two years. “Chemotherapy can improve survival for many of these individuals, but this often comes at the expense of toxic side effects that can at times be more frightening than the disease itself. However, some physicians have found that patients who receive antioxidant-rich nutrition experience fewer side effects during and after chemotherapy. Many also believe that treatment response and survival are also improved,” Dr. Block notes.

There is a growing body of scientific research to back this up, including the gold standard of evidence-based medicine -- randomized controlled clinical trials. “Glutathione has been shown to significantly reduce the various toxic effects of cisplatin and other chemotherapy drugs in six randomized controlled clinical trials to date. Not one of these studies found any sign of interference between glutathione and the various chemotherapy drugs,” Dr. Block says. He adds that studies of the potent antioxidant called melatonin have been even more favorable, including multiple studies showing significant improvements in both outcome and survival in advanced cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

The numbers of studies showing positive results of cancer therapies supplemented with antioxidants is far larger once non-randomized studies are included. “Although those trials are not considered the gold standard for medical evidence, it’s worth noting that virtually all of them suggest favorable outcomes or at least no interference with chemotherapy,” says Dr. Block.

So where does the idea come from that supplements could be harmful to cancer patients? Dr. Block explains that some chemotherapy agents create free radicals or similar molecules called reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS are highly reactive and unstable forms of oxygen that have the capacity to damage genes and other cell structures. These in turn cause the intended cellular damage to cancer cells. Because antioxidants are used to counteract the damaging effects of ROS, some researchers assume concurrent use of antioxidants should limit the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs that rely on ROS and may advise against the use of antioxidants with all chemotherapy agents, regardless of whether or not they create ROS.

“This is a speculative theory,” says Dr. Block. “In fact, other cancer researchers like myself work from the premise that cancer and many anticancer treatments can result in the increased production of free radicals and ROS that tend to fuel the progression of the cancer. In other words, oxidation promotes malignant progression and drives a cancer cell to become even more aggressive. This helps explain why numerous antioxidants have been shown to slow the growth and spread of cancer. Some scientists think that the ROS produced by chemotherapy drugs may actually hinder the effectiveness of the drugs themselves.”

Dr. Block says both sides of the antioxidants-in-cancer-therapy debate can agree on one point: more research is needed to find out how to best use supplements to help fight cancer. “However, I take issue with physicians who say that patients should be advised against taking antioxidant supplements because not enough evidence exists to support their efficacy,” he states. “Patients certainly should not indiscriminately take antioxidants in hopes that they will be helpful; they need to consult with practitioners who are experienced in this area before choosing to use antioxidant supplements with chemotherapy. I believe, in particular, that people who face a late stage, more advanced or life-threatening cancer should use every tool at their disposal to prolong survival, under the guidance of physicians who are open to the use of supplements and who have worked with patients in this situation. For the moment, the bulk of the evidence supports the use of antioxidants with the cancer patient. Until well designed studies actually show a real interference, I will continue to urge patients to use supplements that appear to have the ideal composition for combating cancer, improving the ability to better tolerate treatment and for supporting the treatments these patients receive.” Dr. Block is Medical/Scientific Director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care and Optimal Health.


The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care and Optimal Health, located in Evanston, Illinois, was founded in 1980 by Penny and Keith Block, M.D. with a focus on treating the patient as a whole person, not treating just the diagnosis or symptoms. The Center's research-based treatment integrates an innovative approach to the best of conventional medicine with scientifically sound complementary therapies -- therapeutic nutrition, botanical and phytonutrient supplementation, prescriptive exercise, and systematic mind-body strategies -- to enhance the recovery process. Block has pioneered this "middle ground" approach to cancer care and optimal health – designing a total treatment plan that is tailored to the precise needs of each patient, using a unique set of clinical and laboratory assessments. The Block Center is breaking new ground with the creation and development of Cancer Rehab as an innovative treatment modality, and is currently the only private North American medical center using chronomodulated chemotherapy. While the Block Center is a full treatment clinic, it is involved in clinical cancer research with other university facilities in the United States and Israel (www.blockmd.com).

Betty Hoeffner has been writing articles for various media outlets for the past 30 years. She is currently producer of a patient safety film called Things You Should Know Before You Enter the Hospital and president of Hey U.G.L.Y., Inc. NFP, a 501C3 nonprofit organization that empowers teens with self-esteem building tools, to help them counter challenges such as eating disorders, bullying, violence, substance abuse and suicide. U.G.L.Y. is an acronym meaning Unique Gifted Lovable You.

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March 8, 2006

Preventing Cancer

Prevent Cancer: Dont Let Terrorist Cells Take over Your Body
By Judy Ford

Cancer starts in a very small way when one cell changes in a significant way, becomes a minor criminal and stops obeying the normal rules of cell order and behavior. It is very much like the situation in Society when one person decides to break the rules and behave in an antisocial way. At first there may be a very minor disruption but there is only so much that one petty criminal can do on his or her own. However, if the criminal builds up a group with identical antisocial values and behaviors and then this group expands and adopts extra negative characteristics, eventually the group can start creating havoc. That havoc first occurs within a localized area but in time if the group grows in strength, the disruption can start having impact at national and even international levels.

Metastatic, invasive cancer, is the equivalent of a terrorist organisation causing major disruptions to a nation’s transport and communication systems. It may take over key functions and eventually bring the nation to its knees.

Cancer starts when the genetic material of a single cell is damaged. In most cases this damage has no effect until that cell divides into two cells. At this stage the cell might have the ability to break one of the body’s critical rules. Having broken the first rule, the cell might be able to continue to divide forming 4 and then 8 renegade cells.

The body, like Society, has a Police Force. It is called the Immune System. It has some ability to recognize misbehaving cells but like a Police Force it might not recognize minor misdemeanors. In fact the Immune System might not be alerted that a problem is brewing until the renegade cells step further out of line. In biological terms, this might occur when the cells undergo further changes and start breaking more rules. The initial rebel cells are likely to step out of the picture at this stage whilst later generations of despot cells start to wreck havoc.

Using this analogy it is easy to see that cancer has the following characteristics:

It starts with a single cell. The genes of that normal cell are changed in some important way by a process that is called MUTATION (a word that means change). This change affects one of the many systems relating to the rules of cell behavior. Since there are a great many different systems controlling cell behavior, there are a great many different mutations that can occur. The single altered cell has no impact until it divides. This stage of the process is called CANCER PROMOTION. A group of renegade cells is formed but at the early stage these cells might not have broken enough rules for them to be recognized by the body’s Immune System.

Like criminals, renegade cells tend to progress to a worse stage. This progression occurs through the destabilization of cell division and is called CANCER PROGRESSION. During this phase the population of cells is able to try out many different rule breaking activities. Under these unstable conditions the “gang” of cells throws up a variety of combinations of bad behavior until it finds the ones that best defeat the surveillance systems.

In order to prevent cancer, we need to understand all the environmental and lifestyle factors that affect these activities of renegade cells. Many of these are already known. There has been a great deal of research into these matters but generally it is not explained in a simple enough manner. It is possible both to identify and avoid the factors that promote each one of these stages and it is also possible to eat certain foods or adopt certain behaviors to counteract these activities. Understanding is power.

Dr Judy Ford,an internationally respected geneticist has undertaken considerable research into causes of cancer, and the steps that can be undertaken to prevent cancer or greatly reduce personal risk. Dr Ford worked for 30 years in Cancer Research, specializing in how genetic material can be damaged by some chemicals and radiations. She also contributed a great deal to knowledge about how cells misdivide. She now works as a Science Communicator, explaining Science in lay terms and showing people how to modify their lifestyles to reduce their risks of cancer. You can access her new E-Book: “Know Your Enemy: Understand and Reduce Cancer Risk” by visiting: http://www.the-lifestyle-doctor.com/preventcancer.shtml

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March 9, 2006

Cancer Prevention Efforts

Prevent Cancer: Why Bother?
By Judy Ford

Cancer is a word that strikes fear in the heart of individuals and families. When it strikes close to us we sit impotently by as we watch our loved one suffer. The victim is usually offered surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy and goes through a dreadful time of illness and suffering, not knowing whether they are winning the battle. Cancers vary. Some are more aggressive than others. Some have a reasonable chance of survival. Other cancers are outright killers. A cancer death is always ugly, usually painful and often degrading.

We know that the rates of most cancers are rising, especially breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. We know that the death rates in these cancers have dropped but the suffering has not. We also know that a great deal of research has been undertaken but most of the results we hear about are concerned with treatment. Perhaps there is a new wonder drug on the market or a new discovery about how to administer radiation. This research is of course very helpful once we are ill but why isn’t there more effort put into prevention? Do we need to get ill in the first place?

There are several fairly obvious reasons why most money, effort and publicity is put into cure rather than prevention. It is really very easy to understand but this bias is hard to justify.

First, almost all of us live in a capitalist economy. Businesses have to make money and so they need to sell products. Drug companies invest heavily in each drug that they develop and many never reach the market so pharmaceutical companies need to market their products very strongly in order to recoup money for their shareholders.

Second, prevention doesn’t sell newspapers and is hard to prove. The absence of something is never as interesting or startling as drama. Prevention doesn’t captivate the audience in the same way as dramatic cures. Being saved from a trauma is much more interesting than the absence of trauma in the first place. Drama sells newspapers, books, radio, TV and films.

Third, there are vested interests in many of the products that are causing cancer. In 1939 there was definite proof that tobacco smoking causes lung cancer. Serious efforts to curtail smoking have only occurred in some countries recently. In others, it hasn’t started. We have a long way to go before we restrict other cancer causing agents.
Fourth, politicians don’t win votes on prevention. Prevention is slow. The results are only seen over the long term. Politicians are generally disinterested in things that can’t be accomplished within their term of office.

The good news is that a great deal is known about the cancer process and the variety of things that can affect it. There are three major steps in development. They often occur over long periods of time, even decades, but can occur simultaneously in one part of the body. The steps are MUTATION, CANCER PROMOTION and CANCER PROGRESSION.

The chances of any of these steps taking place in your body can be significantly reduced by understanding and knowledge. Research has explained most of the mechanisms that underlie cellular errors and the progression of changes from a normal cell to a cancer cell. Intelligent people are capable of understanding these processes even without a Science or Health background. Research has also gone a long way to showing us how the three stages can be eliminated or minimized. This is still work in progress but there is already a great deal that you can do right NOW.

Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the causes of cancer , and the steps that can be undertaken to prevent cancer or greatly reduce personal risk. Dr Ford worked for 30 years in Cancer Research, specializing in how genetic material can be damaged by some chemicals and radiations. She also contributed a great deal to knowledge about how cells misdivide. She now works as a Science Communicator, explaining Science in lay terms and showing people how they can modify their lifestyles to reduce their risks of cancer. She has recently written an E-Book: Know Your Enemy: Understand and Reduce Cancer Risk.

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March 10, 2006

Many Cancer Deaths Can Be Prevented

Many Cancer Deaths Can Be Prevented
By Valerian D.

Not taking into account certain skin cancers, in 2005, more than 570,000 Americans, or more than 1,500 people a day, will die of cancer. The bad news is the rate is increasing by about 1% a year. Finally, one in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer during our life.

Cancer tends to affect older people, but it can strike at any time. Some cancer, such as breast, are becoming more common. New cases of lung cancer fall away due to the big number of smokers. According to statistics, cancer is the second leading cause of death among Americans. It is responsible for one of every four deaths in the United States

However, while the overall number of new cancers is not falling, the good news is that successful treatment rates for many of the most common types are improving rapidly.

On the other hand, recent studies claims the number of new cancer cases can be reduced substantially, and many cancer deaths can be prevented. It's in our power to adopt healthier lifestyles. Just take a look to the following list:

  • avoid tobacco use,
  • increase physical activity,
  • achieve optimal weight,
  • improve nutrition,
  • avoid sun exposure.

The above actions can significantly reduce a person’s risk for cancer. On the other side, making cancer screening, information, and referral services accessible and available to all Americans is also crucial for reducing the high rates of cancer and cancer deaths.

Valerian D is a freelance writer specialized in health issues affecting men.

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March 11, 2006

Liver Cancers in Children

Liver Cancers in Children
By Dr. Manju S.

The liver is a large, very important organ situated in the right upper quadrant of abdomen. The normal functions of the liver in the body are:

  • To help store nutrients from food
  • To break down and remove harmful chemicals from the body
  • To build chemicals that the body needs to stay healthy

Hepatoblastoma:The most common type of liver cancer in children is Hepatoblastoma. it occurs most frequently in infants or very young children between 2 months and 2 year.

Symptoms:

- Lump in the abdomen (most common)

- Reduced appetite

- lethargy

- nausia / vomiting

- Pain in abdomen

- Jaundice

Investigations:

The following minima investigations are proposed to diagnose hepatoblastoma

- Tumor markers- serum AFP

- CT scan of abdomen with Ct guided FNAC or Biopsy

- X-ray chest

- Complete blood count

- Biochem profile

Treatment:

Surgery & chemotherapy are two treatment options

Surgery: Liver resection according to the location & extent of the tumor. It will be either

- Rt hepatectomy

- Lt hepatectomy

- Extended Rt or Lt hepatectomy

- Bi or trisegmentectomy

If liver resection is not possible because of multicentric disease then liver transplant is the only treatment of option.

Chemotherapy:

Chemotherapy is given before or after surgery. Surgery is done either as a sandwitch surgery (in between cycles of chemotherapy) or it is done at the start & then chemotherapy is given.

The drugs used are

- Cisplatin

- Doxorubicin

- Vincristine

- 5-Fluorouracil

Other less common malignant liver tumor in children:

Hepatocellular carcinoma.

The author is Pediatric Surgeon and operate plenty of child surgeries every month. Please visit Surgeon's blog on Child Cancer http://cancer-surgery.blogspot.com/. This article can be republished along with the information given above only.

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March 12, 2006

Mouth Cancer

Mouth Cancer: A Painful Disease that can Strike Anyone
By Hector Milla

Mouth cancer is a painful disease. It can affect your lips, tongue, cheeks and even your throat in a short period of time. The first sign is a non-healing mouth ulcer or a red or white patch in the mouth.

This disease can affect anyone. It does not matter if you are a young or an old person. The important thing is the way of leading your life, because experts believe that mouth cancer is increasing probably due to drinking alcohol and smoking in huge quantities, and to a poor diet also.

It is believed that these people are up to 30 times more likely to develop this type of cancer than those who do not smoke nor drink alcohol. The British Dental Health Foundation estimates mouth cancer kills 1,700 people in the United Kingdom every year, meanwhile 4,300 new cases are diagnosed. Thereby the importance of warning people of all ages to check their mouth regularly, since if mouth cancer is diagnosed early, it can be treated successfully in most cases.

Remember that the way to diminish considerably your risk of being affected by mouth cancer is leading a healthy lifestyle, giving up smoking, cutting down on alcohol and eating a healthy diet.

Regular self-examination is very important too, because you shall visit your doctor or dentist if you notice persistent ulcers, lumps or red or white patches in your mouth.

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March 13, 2006

Hope and Cancer

Finding Balance Through Hope: The Guiding Star in Cancer
By Norma Schmidt

"If you don't have hope, you don't even feel like getting out of bed in the morning," someone said to me recently.

How true.

We need hope as much as we need air, water and food.

When cancer strikes, hope plays a vital role, finding a healthy balance that avoids both false optimism and pessimism.

Not to badmouth optimism.

Hope supports a HEALTHY optimism, an emotionally intelligent attitude that increases our power to take positive action.

The problem is FALSE optimism -- the head-in-the-sand kind that says "ignorance is bliss" and tries to eliminate fear. False optimism leads to unbalanced decision-making and collapses when reality shatters illusion.

The opposite exreme is pessimism. Here, fear balloons out of control, and a dark cloud of "gloom and doom" seems to follow us everywhere. Pessimism leads to feelings of helplessness and to premature "giving iup."

Hope guides us on a middle path.

"This is the great paradox of true hope: Because nothing is absolutely determined there is not only reason to fear but also readon to hope," says Jerome Groopman, M.D., in The Anatomy of Hope. "And so we must find ways to bridle fear and give greater rein to hope."

Taking risks and dangers into account, hope keeps fear within healthy bounds and finds the best way forward.

The results: endurance and courage.

Mark Twain said, "Courage is the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear."

With hope as our guiding star, we can navigate the rough waters of cancer and find the way to healing.

TIP: When fear feels overwhelming, arrange to talk with someone you can trust to support your hope. Meanwhile, take time for pleasant activities that help you focus on the hear-and-now, rather than on a frightening imagined future.

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March 14, 2006

Allies in Healing From Cancer

Compelling Reasons: Allies in Healing From Cancer
By Norma Schmidt

When Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer just weeks after the death of her husband, she "would have lain down and died" -- if it hadn't been for her toddler. Past the treatment phase now, she is happy, remarried and far along the path to healing.

When Agi learned she was Stage 4 and her doctor gave her no hope, she knew that there was a purpose to her life. Eighteen months later, she is a self-described "bundle of joy" and the host of "The Inspired Survivor Show" on Internet radio.

Both of these survivors had "compelling reasons" for healing from cancer.

I first learned about "compelling reasons" from a self-defense book for moms. The book explained how to fend off criminals who prey on mothers with babies and young children.

The real-life scenarios in the book scared my socks off. At the same time, I learned that parents facing a life-threatening situation have a huge advantage: The desire to protect their children provides a "compelling reason" to survive.

In the face of cancer, all of us can look to our "compelling reasons" for healing as sources of power and purpose.

Our "compelling reasons" might involve relationships with others, unfinished tasks or a belief that God has something more in store for us in this life.

Whatever are compelling reasons are, they can powerfully fuel our quest for healing.

TIP: Take a few moments and identify your "compelling reasons" for healing. If you wish, create a reminder of your "compelling reasons" to carry in a pocket or purse.

Visit http://www.MyCancerSupportCoach.com RIGHT NOW to get your free report, "45 Strategies for Living Well With Cancer."

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March 15, 2006

Glyconutrition and Cancer

Cancer: Are You a Believer?
By Dr Robert Gamble

First, we must settle one of two issues before you continue reading this article. The first issue is straight forward, a "direct-punch-to-the-nose" kind of a question:

Do you believe cancer is "beatable?"

I don't mean, "Sometime in the future..."

I think everyone believes "some day", "somewhere", "someone" will discover the cure.

Nor do I mean anything like, "Is cancer treatable where people temporarily overcome the disease through the burning of radiation, the surgeon's knife or the necessarily toxic effects of chemotherapy?"

That we all know is possible....

No, my question is far more specific:
In your opinion, is Cancer... Curable...Stoppable ...Conquerable... Whatever synonym you supply, the question remains...Is it or isn't it defeatable?

Yes or no. Can we whip this thing?

...Because if, in your heart of hearts, you believe Cancer is NOT 'defeatable'... there's no sense in continuing this letter.

However, if you're like me, you believe it's certainly defeatable. Now the only question that remains:

Is Cancer NOW facing REAL defeat?

Since we all have a healthy fear of being "sold" the next bottle of snake oil, we need to establish that the claims being made are credible and reliable. Incidentally, I am NOT selling you anything in this letter. I believe you should consider a product or two...but not here.

So, let's deal with cancer:

* According to the American Cancer Society, "cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. If the spread is not controlled, it can result in death."

* Cancers tend to metastasize (spread) over time, causing destruction of healthy tissue and damage to bodily functions...

* If left unchecked, cancers can cause death. However, even the treatments for cancer can be destructive to healthy tissues and can do severe damage to bodily functions (side effects)...

* Over the past 100 years, cancers have grown into epidemic proportions without any scientific explanation for the sudden surge in their appearance. Remember, cancer was once comparatively RARE.

* BUT, scientists have now concluded cancer is fundamentally a breakdown of the immune system. As the immune system goes, so goes the cancer. That fact is the new approach ...and it has a whole world of scientific evidence behind it.

Consider carefully:

Changing Cancer Cells' Surface Sugars Can Inhibit Tumor Growth

"According to the research of scientists, as published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, altering the sugar coats of cancer cells can control cancer."
( published in the Scientific American, Jan. 22, 2002)

In other words, "sugar" is a BIG issue in the medical, alternative, and complementary health world. The words "Glycomics" and "Glyconutrition" have sprung up in the vocabulary of health authorities around the world. (Glyco is the Greek word for "sugar."). These sciences refer to the study of biological sugars. What makes these "sugars" so important is among the over 200 known sugars around the world, there are 8 sugars which medical research has isolated as VITAL to human immune system functioning.

The 1999 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to Dr. Gunter Blobel for his work in the science of Glycobiology. Out of the last eight Nobel Prizes awarded in medicine, four Nobel Prizes have been awarded for discoveries made in ONE field…Glycobiology. This is the field that affects CANCER directly. Why? Because, 8 sugars have been isolated that strengthen the immune system and cell communication. Human life cannot be supported without them.
The field is glyconutrition. Glyconutrients are NOT vitamins, amino acids or minerals. Scientifically, glyconutrients are a class all by themselves. The field is revolutionizing the medical world. For the first time in a long time, many authorities in both the conventional medical world and those of the alternative world are in agreement. Powerful glyconutrients have already been included in the Physicians Desk Reference (post 2002), the "Bible" of physicians everywhere throughout the country.

Why? Consider…

Four Ways Glyconutrients Fight Cancers*

1. Macrophage and Immune killer cells are stimulated by glyconutritional supplementation to destroy malignancies.

2. Glyconutrional research shows that glyconutrients increase the production of substances in the body that target cancer cells for destruction, such as interferon.

3. Glyconutrients activate T-cells to recognize and destroy invasive and abnormal cells.

4. Glyconutrients help regulate the process of apoptosis- the natural "dying off" process in cellular systems.

If these processes are restrained - due to a variety of factors such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, poor glyconutritional dietary habits, etc., the body will fail to prevent the onset of cancer.
(Cited in Miracle Sugars, Rita Elkins, M.H., Woodland Publishing, p. 29)

Note How the Scientific World is Successfully Combating Cancer with the New Discoveries in Glycoscience

The revolutionary "glyconutrition" discoveries found over the past decade have stunned the scientific world. If that sounds "more hype than hope" you might want to take just a few moments to consider just a few developments:

In 1985, an issue of Cancer Research reported the formation of cancer cells in the colon and in the stomach was directly and UNMISTAKENLY related to the absence of glyconutrition or the presence of deformed sugar molecules. Since then, scientists at the University of South Florida believe confirmation of the glyconutritional linkage to cancer inhibition and its spread is profound. For example, according to the 1997 issue of Anticancer Research science periodical, glyconutrition decreases the number of liver tumors.

In addition, "Dr. Ronald Klatz reported in the now incredibly famous medical research study nicknamed "Norman's Rats", 40% of the animals that had no defense whatsoever against cancer and were injected with just ONE of the eight essential glyconutritionals, showed "tumor regression and complete recovery."

- Advances in Anti-Aging Medicine, Vol. 1, 1996 by Dr. Ronald Klatz.

Obviously, YOU and I must find out about Glyconutrition…for the sake of our health and for those we love. It is for that reason, and that reason alone, I have written this open letter…

Dr. Robert Gamble is retired from a very successful Cardio-Thoracic surgical career spanning three decades. He is now active in researching medical issues such as glyconutrition and offers his insights for public benefit. For information about Glyconutrition: Go to http://www.glycoshare.com or write NetPublish@Direcway.com Call Toll Free: 1866.735.5871

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March 16, 2006

Childhood Cancer

Stamping Out Childhood Cancer
By Alice Wisler

September means back to school, but some kids aren't getting on the school bus. Among them are bald-headed children in hospital rooms with chemo running into their veins, kids with dreams and hopes of becoming vets, artists, mechanics, and astronauts.

I'm not sure what my son Daniel wanted to be, but I do remember his desire to get his hair back. He fussed one day that people made fun of him. I didn't ever hear anyone, but I'm sure many looked at him and turned away. He didn't see the compassion or pity in their eyes. He just saw his reflection in the mirror and even at age three and four missed his full head of soft blond hair.

Some days when I see his hair-less photos I want to turn away. But he'd tell me to fight. If he had lived through the eight months of chemo and radiation for neuroblastoma, that's what he'd tell me.

As a nation we need to look. We must take our head out of the sand and believe truth--- kids do get cancer, children of all ages, and of all ethnic groups. One out of every 330 children in the USA will get some form of cancer before age 20.

While advances have been made in childhood cancer research, there are still so many miles to go. A petition for a childhood cancer stamp has been in the works for over two years and yet isn't receiving enough attention. There is no stamp to commemorate the fight against this number one killer disease among children and to make us aware of the young innocent victims who need a voice in our society.

It's time to bring these children and this disease out into the open.

Visit this web site to learn more about the cancer stamp and action you can take to help: http://www.kidscancerstamp.org/

Alice J. Wisler, founder of Daniel's House Publications, lost her 4-year-old to neuroblastoma treatments in 1997. She is an advocate of childhood cancer research. More resources can be found at her web site: http://www.geocities.com/griefhope/index.html

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March 17, 2006

Chronotherapy and Cancer

Doctors Are Finding Chronotherapy More Effective in Treating a Wide-range of Diseases
By Betty Hoeffner

In a recent news piece on ABCnews.com, it was reported that “.....Many of our body's internal processes are cyclical. There are daily patterns, like waking and sleeping, monthly patterns, like a woman's menstrual cycle, and even seasonal patterns, like those that cause seasonal-affective disorder (SAD) during the winter months. But doctors are only recently beginning to understand these rhythms' impact on other conditions well enough to more effectively treat their patients. The idea that medical treatments can be improved based on when they are given to a patient is called chronotherapy. And by making use of this good timing, doctors are finding that they are more effectively treating a wide-range of diseases such as asthma, arthritis and cancer, all while reducing side effects.”

According to Dr. Michael Smolensky, co-author of the book The Body Clock Guide to Better Health, "When cancer medications are given in a chronobiological manner, patients may be able to tolerate higher, more potent doses than would be possible otherwise."

Keith Block, MD, one of the nation’s leading cancer specialists has been using chronotherapy with his patients since 1999. “This method of administering chemotherapy is revolutionary and has demonstrated in large randomized trials its potential to improve survival,” states Dr. Block, Dr. Block, who is also Medical/Scientific Director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care and Optimal Health in Evanston, Illinois. “Current research indicates that Cis-Platin is best given between 4 and 6 pm, as opposed to the evening, as advised in the ABC News piece.. Adriamycin should peak at 4 am, with a 4 to 6 am infusion window. We have found that often patients receiving chronotherapy reduce what would have been recurring side effects of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue. This is important because the debilitation caused by chemo can cause patients to reduce or even stop treatments that could otherwise help them win their battle with cancer.”

Randy Lopez was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer at 35. Fighting for his life, he underwent chemotherapy that left him weak and debilitated. In less than a year, he received more devastating news – the cancer had metastasized to his liver. The prognosis was grim. In fact, Lopez and his doctors believed he was running out of time. After working with Dr. Block and undergoing chronotherapy, Lopez, now 42, is cancer free. He will attend the September 30th national meeting of the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) in New York where Dr. Block will address the CCA and explain how even though time was not on Randy’s side, timing was literally the key to his successful recovery.

One of the main problems with this type of treatment has been logistics – figuring out how to deliver chemotherapy in exactly timed doses. Dr. Block has brought technology to the U.S. that administers chemotherapy via a pump designed to precisely time up to four channels of infusion simultaneously to the individual needs of a patient. Highly portable and small enough to fit in a fanny pack, patients are able to maintain full mobility, play sports, and enjoy a full night's sleep – while receiving their specifically timed cancer therapy.

Keith I. Block, MD is co-founder and Medical/Scientific Director of Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care and Optimal Health in Evanston, Illinois (www.blockmd.com). Block uses research-based treatment methodologies that combine the best of western medicine with complementary treatments in nutritional pharmacology, psychotherapy, meditation, exercise, yoga, etc. Block is editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Integrative Cancer Therapies, published by SAGE Science Press and indexed in MEDLINE and Index Medicus. He serves as Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, and as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacognosy (the branch of pharmacology that deals with drugs in their natural state and with medicinal herbs and other plants) in the College of Pharmacy at UIC. In addition, Dr. Block is involved in collaborative research with university facilities in the United States and Israel.

Betty Hoeffner has been writing articles for various media outlets for the past 30 years. She is currently producer of a patient safety film called Things You Should Know Before You Enter the Hospital and president of Hey U.G.L.Y., Inc. NFP, a 501C3 nonprofit organization that empowers teens with self-esteem building tools, to help them counter challenges such as eating disorders, bullying, violence, substance abuse and suicide. U.G.L.Y. is an acronym meaning Unique Gifted Lovable You.

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March 18, 2006

Isoflavones and Lycopene may Prevent Cancer

Two Substances That May Reduce the Risk Of Cancer
By Alex Fir

Food helps us by supplying many vital micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Your genetic composition can make you susceptible to some types of cancer. Your way of eating plays a major role in increasing or reducing the risk of cancer.

Phytochemicals are non-nutritive substances found in plants. They protect us against diseases when they are in our body. Isoflavones and Lycopene are phytochemicals. Isoflavones decrease the risk of breast cancer for premenopausal women, while Lycopene decreases the prostate cancer risk in middle aged men.

Soya is a great source of Isoflavones like genisteinm and daidzein. Although isoflavones are weak estrogens, the established hypothesis has been that isoflavones exert antiestrogenic effects when placed in a high-estrogen environment (pre-menopausal women) and estrogenic effects when in a low-estrogen environment, (post-menopausal women).

Daidzein was found to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in many studies.
Genistein:

- Reduces the protective mechanisms of cancer cells.

- Acts as an antioxidant.

- Inhibits several enzymes in cellular signaling pathways.

- Increases levels of transforming growth factor-beta' that inhibits the growth of tumor cells.

- Inhibits the growth of wide range of both hormone-dependent and hormone-independent cancer cells.

Decreased rates of breast, uterus and prostate cancers are associated with Soya consumption because of its antiestrogenic action.

Lycopenes:

Tomatoes, watermelon and other orange-to-red colored vegetables and fruits like paprika, rose-hips etc. contain abundant lycopenes. A better level of Lycopene is produced from tomatoes when they cooked with olive or canola oil.

Lycopenes are natural carotenoids that act as antioxidants. They also block the conversion of food mutagens found in fried, cooked meats and fish in the form of heterocyclic amines.

Lycopenes are good inhibitors of cell proliferation and lower the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol thus minimizing the heart disease risk.

Lycopenes reduce the risk for stomach, breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer. Both raw and cooked tomatoes have same amount of cancer fighting power. Lycopenes stimulate the enzymes that block the carcinogenic damage to the cell.

Cancer is one of the main causes of death among humans. Visit Cancer Information, FREE web site to learn more about cancer.

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March 19, 2006

Cancer and Caregivers

Cancer & Caregivers
By Brent Atwater

Cancer & Caregivers; Part of a series of Positive Attitudes for Cancer.

Battling Cancer is an individual journey that takes all of heaven and earth to combat.

Choose your caregivers well:

Your Caregiver walks a fine line between reality, support cheerleader, hand holder, master "hugger" and "inspiration machine", and friend, who must give that medicine, drives you to treatment, and fusses at you to keep you on track for your healing journey.

Your Cancer caregiver is your primary filter and monitor of your visitors, both family and friends. They should only allow POSITIVE PEOPLE!!! and ONLY people who are emotionally nourishing for you.

YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!

They should encourage you to be surrounded by individuals who treat as if you are living and expect you to have a future. No "what if'ers,' no "maybe that won't work", or "oh you poor dear", or any others who say negative things.

If ANYONE ever says to you "before you were living with cancer, now you're dying with cancer."

Remove them from your life until they can be respectful and empathetic! Not only are they unable to determine your death, they are also unkind to make a remark like this.

If they say to you, "I was just making a realistic statement so you won't be in denial and we can address your will, funeral plans, and future provisions." FORGET THAT justification!!!!! NO ONE who truly cares about your heart and soul, would ever say anything like that.

Do not be so needy for attention, that you allow yourself to be the "victim" of comments that are TOTALLY inappropriate!! no matter how sick you are. As long as there is breath in your body, you have the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and as if you are going to live!!!

Family members as Caregivers:

If you have spent your life helping others, and enabling them, it's time to stop that energy drain. This does NOT mean that you do not love them anymore. It means that you care enough about yourself to take care of you FIRST, so that you can be around in the future to help them.

Non-healing: 1. "But he's my brother and he just drinks a little too much, and he wants to come visit"..... His energy will drain you!!! Visit with him when you are healed!

2. At this time, YOU do NOT need to hear their problems. They need to support you!

Friends as Caregivers:

There are several kinds of friends during this time in your life.
The talkers:

They call to see how you are, listen for a short period of time and then spend hours telling you about their life. They ask if they can do anything for you. When you mention that you need a ride to chemo on Thursdays, their answer is, "I'd love to take you, but I have book club." Do not be discouraged. This person is interested enough to call, but NOT authentic about truly helping you or they would have taken you to chemo…….. There will be more book clubs, this is your battle with a disease! Thank them for calling, and get off the phone.

You are not THAT needy to have to talk with someone who won't really be there for you!

The Doers:

These are the friends that pick you up, sit through, and bring you home after chemo, and probably add fresh flowers to your home. Be thankful. They encourage you to live with every dinner invitation, movie, or "let's go to" invitation. GO! Do not feel like you are "putting them out", "being a bother", or whatever. When you are well, YOU can DO for them!!!!! They are your Earth Angels.

Being the Caregiver for someone battling cancer, and going through cancer treatment is a job that requires everything you can muster to handle your work and all of your coping skills.

Advice for the Cancer Caregiver:

1. Treat your Cancer client as if they are going to live. DO NOT treat them as if it's just a matter of time. Always speak of their "experience" NEVER a disease.

2. You will most likely be caught up in the overwhelming environment of caregiving, and handling every life and medical detail and decision.
Try to look at the patient and all of their circumstances as if they are in a healing situation, and in a positive manner. Don't be a Pollyanna, but try to put a positive spin on everything that you can.

3. Although your patient has "determination to live", that determination needs to be rooted in positive. Positive energy raises their body's physical energy frequency which fights their disease.

4. Creating a positive uplifting environment:

a. Dress in happy colors.

b. Help create a environmentally pleasant and visually happy care area. Little touches mean a lot!

c. Only allow positive people around your patient. EXPLAIN why the negative folks need to stay away, and help keep them away.

d. Be very conscious of how YOUR energy can effect the "patient."
If you view the patient in a "sick" condition, you are sending negative energy their way!

If you have a negative attitude, or irritable responses, you generate negative energy which lowers your patient's physical body frequency and DOES NOT help heal the disease. Your energy field will affect your patient.

e. Keep your energy field clean. Your patient is like a sponge and absorbs and interacts with all the energy surrounding them and that they are exposed to.

5. Contributing Life force energy thru Love:

On numerous occasions, family and friends have asked how they can contribute positive energy to the "patient." [An educational note: The hand that you write with is your energy sending hand. The other hand is your energy input receiving hand.] So follow the directions below according to whether you are right or left handed.

Take your left receiving hand and place it on your heart, and take your right sending hand to hold the patient's left hand (receiving hand). Then say to the patient, "I send you the love from my Heart and it's healing life force energy to use as you so choose."
You then become an "energizer" bunny for the patient thru your love for them.

You are invited to download our free pamphlet with excerpts from this book. We hope this will help you with your healing journey. "Positive Attitudes, Affirmations & Actions to Help Survive Your Cancer Experience" ISBN#: 978-0-9766370-0-4. http://www.brentatwater.com/ or http://www.brentenergywork.com/BOOKS.htm

You may reprint this article only in it's original format and with the disclaimer.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Brent Atwater, Atlanta, GA 1.404.242.9022 USA, NC Office: 1.910.692.5206 USA, email: Brent@BrentAtwater.com

Disclaimer: There are no guarantees about the healing properties of these suggestions. We can only state that positive results have been documented for individual clients and research in this area continues. Ms Atwater is not a medical doctor or associated with any branch of medicine. Ms Atwater works in Alternative, Integrative and Complementary Medicine. She offers her opinions based on her intuition, which is not a substitute for medical procedures or treatments. Always consult a physician or health care provider concerning any medical problem or condition before undertaking any diet, health related or lifestyle change program.

Brent Atwater: Medical Intuitive, Distance Healer: Her global Medical Intuitive & Distance Healing has been studied by & or documented at Duke, the ARE, & for pets by the NCSU's Veterinary school. ARTIST: An artist (30+), Brent is a pioneer in healing art by scientifically documenting the Healing benefits of Paintings that Heal™. Her art was featured on "PBS". At 16, the NC Museum of Art chose her painting for their permanent collection. In 1987 she founded Just Plain Love™ Charitable Trust to benefit children & other causes. AUTHOR: Just Plain Love™ Children's Healing Books. The books are translated into plays performed in children's healthcare facilities turning illness negatives into positives. "Cancer Kids, God's Special Children", & "Positive Attitudes, Affirmations, & Actions for Overcoming Your Health Challenges" These books are holistic, alternative medicine & alternative healing for your mind. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER:On TV & radio shows, Brent's motto is "I want my art & books to DO good, as well as BE good!!!" Brent attended Wake Forest Law School and is a minister.

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March 20, 2006

Beta Glucan May Prevent Cancer

Orally Administered Beta-Glucan May Prevent Cancer
By Jeremy Maddock

A recent study has shown that immune stimulation has a significant effect on tumor growth in animal specimens. Safe and effective forms of immune stimulation can enhance cellular immunity, which in turn enhances the activities of T-helper cells and natural killer cells.

Beta Glucan has been shown to increase activation of macrophages, lymphocyte production, and natural killer cell activity. Several studies have indicated that Beta Glucan can also increase levels of IL-1, and TNF-alpha, both of which are instrumental in immune system coordination, and can help the body eliminate tumors more efficiently.

The use of Beta Glucan is of special interest to the cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment. This is due to the fact that beta glucans have shown an amazing ability to accelerate recovery in irradiated animal specimens, even when it is given after the radiation dose. It can also stimulate recovery of bone marrow following chemotherapy, something vital to restriction of tumor growth and prevention of infectious complications during treatment.

Although the data provided in this study is still quite premature, and needs to be confirmed with a larger, more controlled trial, it does demonstrate the effectiveness and potential of Beta Glucan as a treatment for cancerous tumors.

Jeremy Maddock is the webmaster of Immune Wellness, your source for high quality information about Beta Glucan and other health products.

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March 21, 2006

Cancer and DNA Analysis

Grandparents Use DNA Analysis to Prevent and Treat Inherited Diseases for Future Generations
By Scott Nizborski

Why is DNA Analysis important to me?

Knowing your family’s genetic history may someday save your life or that of someone you love. Based on state-of-the-art genetic technology, a unique DNA Profile can be generated for you to keep for years to come. DNA Storage for up to 25 years is available for future genetic testing, upon your request. What better gift can a loved one leave behind?

What role does DNA have in Funeral Service?

The purpose of this article is to familiarize Funeral Directors about DNA activities, and related areas. Realizing that this technology is what we as caregivers are used to discussing, is a field that is of concern to many of our clients and their families. The vast spectrum of DNA can give us insight on the value it can play in our community. In a series of articles, we would like to give you a basic knowledge about the different but related studies involving DNA.

It takes three generations to determine predisposition to most of the genetic inherited diseases / disorders. It is now known that families should store DNA for future use. Banking specimens containing DNA from the same Family provides invaluable information for the health of current and future offspring. We as Funeral Directors have an opportunity to make a Family aware that such a service is available. After burial, retrieving DNA can be expensive. Obtaining DNA after cremation is much more difficult. The success rate of recovering DNA within the first year of cremation is approximately 50%. Offering storage and or profiling DNA of the deceased, gives Funeral Directors a Unique opportunity to offer a Service that can have a lasting impact on those we serve. If you as a Funeral Director do not see the need for this service, it does not mean that families do not need this service. Statistics tell us that families place a tremendous amount of trust in their Funeral Director. This is because we care so deeply in what we do. Informing a Family of their options, while guiding them through the most difficult times in their life is a responsibility that a Funeral Director accepts and excels in.

It is our hope that Funeral Homes throughout the United States will contact us and give us their input as to the value of DNA in a Funeral service.

Why we firmly believe in what we do.

At the National Funeral Directors Association meeting in October 2001, we outlined all the reasons for the value of DNA storage such as paternity/inheritance, genealogy, missing persons, forensic issues; identification of hereditary disorders, congenital birth defects; predisposition to allergies, mental, metabolic, cardiovascular, bleeding/clotting disorders, genetic cancers, microbial diseases. The potential does not end with the above. Rapidly evolving technologies in cloning pets, stem cell/gene therapy are currently being done, all to improve the quality of life.

Recently we had four interesting success stories...

1. A 62-year-old female dies of complications resulting from Breast Cancer. The deceased women leave 2 daughters and 1 granddaughter. During a "Pre-Need Consultation", the woman elected to have her DNA profiled and the sample banked.

2 years later; one of the daughters is diagnosed with the same Breast Cancer as the Mother. The second daughter has her DNA profiled and compared to the mothers. It is determined that the second daughter does not have the same genetic structure as the mother that would pre-dispose her to the cancer. However, the Granddaughters DNA is profiled and it is determined that she possesses the same genetic disorder as the Grandmother. Pharmacogenomics and gene therapy are begun to prevent the cancer in the granddaughter before it develops.

2. The mother of a Divorced son was interested in identifying the granddaughter's father. Was he her husband were her son? We identified her son is the alleged father. This was a "Paternity" issue.

3. The three sons of the deceased lady came to request identification of their mothers remains between two occupants of a gravesite that had collapsed. She passed away seven years ago, so the atypical specimen sources were bone marrow and vertebrae. Procedures were laborious, but we identified their mother. Her remains can now be transferred to another site. This is "Profiling".

4. A friend's baby presented with what appeared to be a Bleeding tendency at 3 months of age. The baby was admitted to Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, extensively treated but expired at age 8 months. An autopsy revealed universal capillary involvement (small blood vessels) by a clotting abnormality resulting in damaging complications in vital organs such as heart, liver and spleen. This leaves a Protein called von Willebrand factor and is coded by a Gene called ADAMSTS 13. The parents are currently being tested for "Mutations" in order to know who transmitted to the gene. The baby's DNA is currently in storage it doesn't matter who stores DNA in life and in death provided it is properly collected and stored because although it's stable, it can be contaminated and it can disappear during purification; this complicates genetic testing. Before the advent of Pharmacogenomics, astute clinicians treating HIV patients relied on drug resistance testing to predict outcomes; complementary to resistance testing his current genotyping, which includes identifying mutations, associated with resistance. In the not-too-distant future, the combination of drug resistance testing and pharmacokinetic testing will provide a better idea of in-vivo relevance of resistance data. Stored DNA lasts forever; it will provide an endless source for multiple testing that will hopefully improve clinical outcomes.

Pharmacogenomics

The terms "Pharmacogenomics" and "Pharmacokinetics" are sometimes used interchangeably to describe the analysis of genes involved in drug response.

Pharmacogenomics is more inclusive; it refers not only to the effects of individual genes, but also to complex interaction between genes from every part of the genome affecting drug response.

Pharmacogenomics is an aid to diagnosis and prognosis. Routine diagnosis is not always straightforward. A patient does not always come with textbook type symptoms of the disease. In some cases, a single gene variation has been shown to be responsible for disease, and a Genetic test for this scan confirms the diagnosis as in cystic fibrosis and Huntington's disease. Sometimes more than one gene is involved, such as to Breast Cancer genes, Alzheimer's Disease genes, and susceptibility to Migraine genes. The most likely publicly visible contribution of Pharmacogenomics to improved health care would be delivery of a number of drugs coupled to diagnostic tests based on genetic markers for head and neck, pancreatic cancers, and solid tumors.

Pharmacogenomics classifies patients into responders and non-responders to particular therapeutic options. Breast cancers that over express a Protein for the herceptin genes are candidates for monoclonal antibody therapy. The cholesterol-lowering drug PRAVACHOL works according to the number of copies of the transfer protein gene. HIV Phenotyping is an important and practical adjunct to the treatment of AIDS.

Pharmacogenomics can save lives lost to adverse drug events, the 6th leading cause of death in the US. A blood test now enables physicians to tailor a certain drug dosage to their patient's genetic profiles. However, the cause and effect association remains unknown. Implementation of rapid automated DNA genotyping capabilities still, over time, provides individual genotypes of patients. Clinical data that is properly collected and managed identifies patient subpopulations at risk for adverse events, while allowing others to continue to receive the benefits of pharmaceutical therapy.

Pharmacogenomics and Gene Therapy

Mutation is a change of DNA sequence leading to aberrant or absent expression of the corresponding protein. It is the mutation, not the gene that causes predisposition to disorder/disease. Polymorphism is the quality of existing in several different forms. Sequencing of parts of the genome has demonstrated that some of these polymorphisms are in genes whose functions are important in responses of individual patient to therapy. The pathologist will need to profile common polymorphisms in patients who are beginning therapy for common diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer and infections. The laboratory definition of the genotype/phenotype will determine the specific drug and doses suitable for him. This puts the pathologist in a more definitive position to determine appropriate therapy than traditional predictions of disease behavior based on morphology of lesions (microscopic patterns) or cultural characteristics of infectious organisms. The lab also monitors the success of gene therapy. After a gene is introduced, the tissue where the gene is inserted (i.e.: Transgenic Monkey or Mouse) must be active and should be monitored for normal expression of the introduced gene and normal structure and function of the gene product. The lab must also monitor the "integrating transfected genes" such that integration allows both normal gene expression and does not produce abnormal function or structure of the patient's other genes. In summary, molecular pathology is permeating and penetrating, as was immunopathology 20 years ago. "Immunopathology" an example of which is vaccine therapy is nothing new, a German/Austrian vaccine "UKRAIN" is supposed to destroy cancer cells through APOPTOSOS (programmed cell death) without attacking healthy cells. The US now has "GLEEVAC" with identical results. It also has been proven that in breast cancers there are genetically divergent CLONES that account for different microscopic components resulting in different responses to therapy.

Future Direction

As the human genome Project continues to uncover important disease genes (especially those for common disorders) at an ever increasing rate and technologies for high-speed DNA sequencing and multiplex mutation detection continued to improve, we can anticipate diagnostic molecular genetics assuming a far more dominant role in public health and preventive medicine. The advance of DNA "CHIPS" containing thousands of probes may someday allow extensive genotyping and lifetime disease prediction for thousands of disorders from a single drop of blood. Also, a poster on Human Genome Landmarks in the US Department of Energy, identifies a whole gamut of diseases/disorders with the corresponding position of the defective gene! Against these promising advances will have to be weighed ethical issues, especially in the field of gene therapy. Whatever the ultimate balance reached, there's no doubt that molecular genetics will be the driving force behind an ever greater proportion of evidence based medical practice in the 21st century and virtually every patient whether healthy or ill will feel the impact.

The impact of DNA storage on clinical practice
Evidence based medicine is the gold standard for the 21st century.

What do we do that contributes to the practice of this medicine? What specific examples and daily living indicate that storing DNA is a "Must"?

The event of 9/11 mainly profiling and identifying the deceased was laborious and expensive on federal funds despite which only approximately 2000 persons have been identified. One does not realize the importance of the death certificate without which burial cannot be accomplished until death occurs! Soldiers "missing in action" cannot be declared dead until their bodies are found and identified.

An article in USA Today concerned a "Mystery killer" that involved a young couple; studies failed to give a definitive answer despite autopsy and numerous laboratory tests. Since chances that the suspected disease that clinically presented to be contagious (plague) proved negative on repeated testing. Had DNA been stored, further testing may have led to the diagnosis and cause of death

A TV program about a Serial killer in Juarez Mexico led to more than 200 missing women and "no leads". Profiling and storing of DNA when these women were newborns would have helped identify the remains that took months to surface. The women after being raped were doused with gasoline and burned! The problem is ongoing.

Although Chandra Levy was missing for a year before the body was found, DNA is stable, and after profiling samples from her remains she can now be laid to rest. Since degraded DNA is difficult to purify, tests on her remains are ongoing to hopefully identify the killer. The FBI in USA Today declared, "there still are no clues to the killer". Samples are from her remains such as hair, teeth, bone; even old blood can still be stored and tested along with a Suspect's samples until results are conclusive.

A complex disease such as Parkinson's disease and the genes whose polymorphic forms can increase any person's risk but not necessarily cause it is the second most common in a Neuron-degenerative disorder. Parkinson's disease has neither a Polygenic (multiple genes) or multifactoral (genes and environment) cause. Over the past few years, debate has occurred between Parkinson's disease having a Genetic component or is just secondary to environmental influences. To evaluate the possible genetic component, open quote gene mapping" is the way to go. The availability of data from the Human Genome Project is opening new possibilities in studying common diseases such as Parkinson's disease. The multitude of molecular techniques and statistical tools applied to this data now allows us to potentially move medicine from a "reactive" discipline to one that can prevent disease. However, once found, how these "susceptibility genes" will be used in the future remains to be seen.

A newborn (the 3rd child) was diagnosed to have a "Rare protein allergy". Surgery was successful the baby is now seven years of age and healthy. Two other siblings are healthy. Storing this baby's DNA would have enabled testing of future siblings for mutations related to this rare congenital predisposition to allergies.

At three months of age a Baby presented with a Bleeding disorder; she was admitted, traded and died at the Children's Hospital in Cincinnati. The baby's profile showed a defective ADAMSTS 13 gene. The parents are being tested for this "mutation" and the baby's blood, buccal smears, and hairs are stored.

Will everyone be gene type early in life to prevent disease that they are at risk for? How will this affect employment/applications for competitive educational opportunities? Wolf farm code genetic genotyping be routine to determine patients with the risk for side effects or variability in efficacy? If the patient refuses typing will third-party payers is still pay for medications and/or treatment? Someday mandatory DNA storage and testing in life and death will enhance the quality of life and improve clinical outcomes because increasing knowledge of genetic variations sheds light on the role of genetic and environmental factors and disease susceptibility, aggression and therapeutic response.

Specialists can now screen eggs for the faulty gene that closes early onset Alzheimer's disease, enabling women who carry their rare disorder to avoid passing it on to their children.

FDA approved GLEEVEC has been very effective in chronic myelogenous leukemia and rare (stromal) stomach cancers; causes of relapse do so because they have developed mutations that alter GLEEVEC's target site in the leukemic cells, a Phenomenon well known to infectious disease clinicians. Just as microbes developing drug resistance mutations, so do cancer cells.

Summarizing the future of cancer treatment: in the past, pathologic diagnosis was based on histology. In the future it will be based on molecular profiling of tissue both that the genetic and proteinomic level. In the past, therapy was chosen by disease category. In the future, combination therapy will be aimed in tailored to individual patient profiles or classes of profiles. Select, monitor, and reevaluate.. that's hope for the future!

Scott Nizborski is the President and Owner of LabEx, Inc.
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March 22, 2006

Weight Gain During Chemotherapy

How to Avoid Weight Gain During Chemotherapy
By Doug Grant

For Patsy M., the cancer was bad enough.

Then came the chemo and her energy level took a dramatic tumble while her once trim figure ballooned.

She tried watching what she ate. Cut down on portions. Nothing helped. The weight kept climbing.

When she asked her doctor she was told to exercise. It was the best answer to chemo weight-gain.

This wasn’t what she wanted to hear. She didn’t feel like exercising. Some days it was all she could do to move from bed to couch.

Then a friend told her about a neighbor who was going through chemo as if it was a Sunday school picnic. She continued shopping, visiting friends AND EXERCISING. Claimed it had to do with taking some simple sugars called glyconutritionals.

"Sounds like one of those whiz-bang miracle things, if you ask me," Patsy replied. "You see them advertised all the time and most of them don’t have a stitch of healing in them."

Her friend nodded, "I agree, except glyconutritional is a scientific name not a brand name. And my neighbor claims there is a ton of medical research behind them. Not to mention a few Nobel Peace Awards in Medicine and a thousand or more medical journal reports?"

"If that’s true, how come my doctor never told me about these simple sugars?"

"Because he might not have heard about them. Doctors have a hard enough time keeping up with developments in their own field without getting into food and food supplements. Although my neighbor did say that many doctors have begun incorporating the simple sugars into their practice."

"So what’s it supposed to do for me?"

"Help create more energy so you’ll feel more like doing what your doctor told you to do...exercise."

Patsy still looked doubtful. "Why can’t I just eat an energy bar?"

"Wrong kind of sugars. They will do you more harm than good. According to my neighbor, these eight simple sugars go directly to your body cells. It has something to do with building and strengthening your cell’s communication system. This in turn enables your cells to order in whatever they need to make repairs and stay healthy."

Patsy still wasn’t convinced. "And that’s supposed to give me more energy?"

"Well, actually the simple sugars do a whole lot more than help create energy. But wouldn’t that alone be a blessing? You might feel good enough to start exercising and working off some of that bulge peeking over the top of your jeans."

Patsy glared at her friend. "Well, thank you very much. I can always count on you to make me feel good about myself. So where do I get these simple sugars?"

"I don’t really remember. As I recall, my neighbor said there was only one company making a true and all-natural blend of the simple sugars. But I don’t remember the name. I think it started with an ‘M’."

"That’s real helpful. Maybe you ought to worry less about the bulge around my middle and find yourself some brain food. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m worn out with all this energy and exercise talk. I think I’ll go lie down."

More information about simple sugars and how they can help reduce chemo side-effects, can be found at http://www.GrantForHealth.com/chemopg.html

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March 23, 2006

Cancer and Prayer, Part 1

How to Pray Your Way Through Cancer, Part 1
By Norma Schmidt

When cancer strikes, we may turn to prayer.

By "prayer," I simply mean connecting with the sacred. Prayers are often directed to a higher power, but they don't have to be.

Often, prayers involving cancer ask for a particular outcome. We might pray for a cure, or for the results of our next test to be favorable, or for freedom from unwanted side-effects of treatment.

Such prayers offer a release for intense emotions and connect us with our Source of meaning, power, hope and unconditional love.

On the other hand, if our prayers don't bring the results that we asked for, we may experience spiritual distress.

Here are some tips for keeping your experience with "asking" prayer positive:

* Pray honestly. This is no time to hold back!
* Remember that prayer doesn't require words. Tears, sighs, and simply relaxing into the sacred can all be prayer.
* Don't worry about falling asleep during prayer. Moms don't mind when their babies fall asleep in their arms. Your higher power won't mind either.
* Ask others to pray with and for you. Even if you don't see the answer to their prayers, right away, you'll get a lift from the love of the pray-ers.
* Believe that your prayer will be answered in wondrous ways -- some of which you may not see.
* Don't worry about praying the "right" way. When a toddler blurts out, "Wah nuk," a loving parent answers, "Oh, do you want some milk? Here it is!" In a similar way, the One we pray to can make sense of our prayers even if we sound like nonsense to ourselves.
* Conclude "asking" prayer with thanksgiving to boost your hope and serenity.

(c) 2005 Norma Schmidt, LLC, d/b/a My Cancer
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March 24, 2006

Cancer and Prayer, Part 2

How to Pray Your Way Through Cancer, Part II
By Norma Schmidt

Prayers that don't ask for anything can have surprising power.

A woman in the hospital was experiencing pain when a chaplain arrived. "We're praying for the pain to go away, but it isn't working," the woman's adult daughter said, clearly distressed.

With encouragement from the chaplain, the mother reported the pain to her nurse.

Then the chaplain said, "Let's try another way of praying."

The chaplain invited the mother to see herself resting in God's love. Then the chaplain read aloud a beautiful Psalm reflecting on God's unfailing presence.

The anxiety in the room slowly melted away. The mother's face relaxed and her breathing became deeper and slower. By the time new pain medication arrived, the mother was already on her way to experiencing relief.

I like to call the kind of prayer that the chaplain used "bridge-type" prayer.

It doesn't make any requests at all.

Bridge-type prayer simply seeks to bring into our awareness the presence of the sacred, allowing divine love and compassion into our situation.

There's a wide variety within bridge-type prayer, allowing each person to connect with the sacred in their unique way. Your bridges to the sacred might include:

* Prayers or songs of thanksgiving and praise.
* Reading sacred or philosophical texts or inspirational literature.
* Meditating.
* Walking, running or dancing.
* Using prayer beads.
* Gardening.
* Listening to inspirational material on a tape or CD, or having someone read sacred texts to you.
* Journaling.
* Creating art or music.
* Wordlessly relaxing into divine love.


Bridge-type prayer can be a great soother in times of fear or pain. A habit of daily bridge-type prayer provides powerful spiritual nurture, keeping our connection to the sacred strong and vibrant.

Along with "asking" prayer, "bridge- type" prayer can be an important spiritual tool for living with cancer.

TIP: What is your strongest "bridge" to the sacred? Consider making that bridge part of your daily routine.

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March 25, 2006

Breath Therapy and Cancer Patients

Breath Therapy and Cancer Patients
By Carol A. Lampman

Cancer Patients

Over the last couple of years I have worked with adult cancer patients in Israel. Omri Citron, an enthusiastic supporter of our work, and well respected psychologist and leader of two Cancer Support groups, has organized several workshops for cancer patients and their families. I have been invited to speak to several of his group meetings and he sends his clients and group members to workshops, individual sessions and the trainings. We even did a day for the Cancer Support group leaders allowing them to learn a few techniques to integrate into their group meetings and have a personal experience of the breath at the same time.

My view of working with cancer patients is that there is everything to gain and nothing to lose. I do not subscribe to the idea that it is hazardous for cancer patients to do Breathwork. One of the suspected causes of cancer is chronic stress and Breathwork is a great stress management tool. A diagnosis of cancer in itself is an emotional experience and treatments can be physically and spiritually challenging. We are magnificent beings with body, mind and spirit interwoven and blended into each other. In order to attain healing, the whole being needs to be considered.

Our breath supplies us with oxygen to fuel our body and is essential for optimal healing. It is important to keep the life force energy moving and stay attuned to our needs, moment to moment. Our breath can help us do that and more; it can connect us to our spirit. There are those who say they have learned so much from their disease… about themselves, their relationships with others and, most importantly, their deepest beliefs about who they are.

In my first career, I was a specially trained medical tech working in a clinic where one of our doctors was the director of pediatric oncology at UC San Francisco. In this clinic, we saw many of his young patients for treatments, routine follow ups and provided counseling for the families. I watched the most courageous young people live with a disease that challenged their very survival. They were so in touch with themselves; they often knew the state of their well being before the tests came back … before the doctor gave his report. I watched with amazement as some of them gently prepared their parents to be without them.

They taught me a lot… about courage, honesty, and about being in the present moment. Parents would try to minimize the situation out of the desire to protect their child…but these children knew exactly what was going on. It was this awareness that brought UC San Francisco’s head of Psychiatry, Gerald Jamplowsky, to create an organization, The Center for Attitudinal Healing. Some of the children from this pilot program came from our clinic. The focus of this program was not on their prognosis or the possibility of death, but on life. Living, loving and being in the present moment is all any of us have anyway. This was the focus of this marvelous program working with the power of the mind. Several years after I left California, I saw a television program featuring the work of this organization. I watched with great joy as I saw the happy and healthy faces of several children from our clinic speak about their philosophy of life.

The tools utilized in Breath Therapy can help the patient deal with the thoughts and beliefs they hold about the disease and the possibility of recovery. There are a full range of emotions that cannot be ignored ...the fear and panic of dealing with a potentially life threatening illness. The feelings of anger and sadness will only intensify or result in depression unless given an appropriate outlet. From the physical standpoint, chemotherapy and radiation is another attack on the body when it is already compromised.

As to the way to work with a cancer patient, I would first consider their current physical condition. Someone with a brain tumor should not do fast and full breathing. It might trigger a seizure. Someone who has had recent surgery should go slow and easy and would benefit from the practice of circular breathing to clear out anesthesia from the system. If any part of the breathing apparatus (lungs, throat, mouth, nose, etc) has been compromised by surgery or radiation, then accommodate for this to ensure the comfort of the client. Be sure to encourage the breather to let their body move in any way it wants as this can allow an opportunity for the body to unwind. Most important is to create a space of love and acceptance so that the breather will feel safe enough to express their feelings and concerns …with you they can let down and be real. Whatever the patient’s prognosis, there is a need to make peace with life. In some cases there is a need to prepare for death.

Remember that whatever you need to work on will walk in the door and you may find yourself affected by what is coming up for the client. The ability to connect with spirit during Breathwork can open the doors to a deeper level of understanding and is a gift to both facilitator and client. There can be powerful insights and healing around the separation from God… and the realization that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. Great comfort for the patient and their family can come from the realization that there are no endings, simply transitions. The love that is shared at these times can heal a lifetime.

Carol A. Lampman:

Holistic Therapist, Certified Breathwork Instructor, Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Release Therapist with training in Hypno-Behavioral Therapy, Reichian Process Work, Integrative, Cathartic, Rebirthing Breathwork, Hendricks Body Centered Transformation. Carol is an acknowledged speaker and educator, and has presented programs, trainings and workshops for the public in the US, France, Italy, Spain, Venezuela and Israel. She is moving into a more prominent role in the professional community as a facilitator of personal transformation techniques. Her dynamic personality combined with her humor and deep respect for the work of the participants has allowed her to establish a strong foundation of support among the professional community. Carol’s life experience with childhood trauma and her early medical background working with catastrophically ill children sparked her interest in the mind body connection, the emotional process, and its overall relationship to health and wholeness.

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March 26, 2006

Alternative Cancer Treatments

Alternative Cancer Treatments That Work!
By Paul Sanford

We all know someone that either has cancer now or has died from it. Cancer is the Bubonic Plague of our times and despite billions of dollars in research, chemotherapy remains one of the most popular forms of treatment within the established medical community.

With all of their shiny new buildings and fancy equipment, doctors still resort to this “shotgun” approach and others that are equally ineffective. This is probably why an astounding 96% of cancer patients die of complications relating to treatment---not even the cancer itself!

What is wrong with this picture? What is it about their nice clean lab coats that makes us believe that doctors hold all of the answers when it comes to our own bodies? Don’t believe for a second that they are unaware of the odds of a successful chemotherapy treatment regimen! What use is it to kill the cancer when they also destroy all of the surrounding tissues?

Is it at least possible that when they are advising patients of their treatment options they first took the time to investigate the insurance plan first because how could they ever recommend such costly and painful procedures when they know—know that the odds of success are 4%?

But, what if there were another way?

What if those highly improbable yet costly procedures were not the only option? For those tens of millions of Americans without the luxury of medical insurance (and yes, even those of you that do have it!!), is it possible that alternative cancer treatments are an option?

People, it is not just an option, it is the solution you have been seeking! The doctors won’t admit that they are almost powerless to help you or your loved one because then they can’t use all of that fancy, expensive equipment and charge equally expensive rates! They certainly won’t admit that there are proven, effective alternative cancer treatments out there because the insurance companies don’t reimburse for such “unscientific” options---and who suffers in the process??

Ultimate Cancer Breakthroughs is a compilation of the 12 most effective alternative treatments in existence. With an investment of over 780 hours of research, the authors have assembled all of the information you will need to find the treatment solution best for you! Don’t wait and don’t let the doctors play God with your body---take back control of your life and your treatment!!

Paul Sanford

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March 27, 2006

Cancer Prevention via Lifestyle Changes

Cancer - The Missing Point
By Dr. Randy Wysong

(If one were to judge by television advertising and news reports, it would seem that the “war on cancer” is all but won. What are the weapons being heralded? Drugs, research, tests and exams. They miss the point.

“Prevention” is promoted as meaning catching the disease early. Really. That also misses the point. Is it “prevention” if you call 911 when you come home and see smoke billowing from all your windows? Do we just live with a carpe diem philosophy and wait for the doctor to tell us we have a lump in our breast or a swollen nodular prostate? Is the cause of cancer a lack of one of the new cancer drugs? Is the cause of cancer really unknown, requiring endless research?

First, let me put to rest the propaganda that the war is being won. Since President Nixon declared the war (1971) and after over 200 billion dollars have been spent on research (remember, one billion is a thousand million), more Americans will die of cancer in the next 14 months than have died in all U.S. wars ever fought combined! (Where are the protest marches?) Soon, cancer will overtake heart disease as the number one killer.

Decades ago, early in the war, there were some dramatic successes such as with Hodgkin's disease and some forms of childhood leukemia. There can be little doubt that debunking (surgical removal) of large cancers brings benefits. But the big killers such as colorectal, lung, prostate and breast cancer remain as threatening as ever. Survival gains are measured primarily in additional months (not years) added to life, not in cures. The placebo effect is by and large ignored. (People getting a sugar pill placebo in cancer studies have been known to lose their hair and some actually cure themselves by simply thinking they will be cured.) A percentage of people can experience remissions spontaneously and from simple lifestyle adjustments, but the cancer therapy is always credited with the cure. (Investigations, "Placebo Learning: The Placebo Effect as a Conditioned Response," 1985; 2(1):23. O'Regan B, et al. 1993. Spontaneous Remission: An Annotated Bibliography. Sausalito, CA. Talbot M. 1991. The Holographic Universe. New York. Harper Collins Publishers. Townsend Letter, 2004; 251:32-3.)

Statistics can always be massaged to create the result desired. This practice is rampant in cancer research. Animal models (euphemism for real living and feeling caged creatures being tortured by the millions) do not prove effectiveness across species boundaries to humans. Neither do laboratory cell lines. That's why all the "breakthroughs" based on tumor shrinkage never pan out. For-profit drug companies and National Cancer Institute grant-based research ignore metastases (the spreading cells of cancer through the body) in their positive reports. Instead they highlight and focus on more easily obtained lab results, such as "tumor shrinkage,” and on easily manipulated clinical data such as "five-year survival."

Twelve new "improved" drugs introduced in Europe between 1995 and 2000 were no better than the drugs they replaced. But the prices were all higher, in one instance by a factor of 350 times. One new "revolutionary" drug, Erbitux™, found to "shrink" tumors but not extend the lives of patients at all costs $2,400 per week. Avastin™, another costly chemotherapeutic, by the best calculation, extended the lives of 400 colorectal patients by 4.7 months. Tamoxifin™ is proven to be effective in decreasing breast cancer. Risk is decreased by about 15% but what is not equally heralded is the fact that it increased the risk of endometrial uterine cancer by about 15%. (Patient Information: Nolvadex, Zeneca Pharmaceuticals)

Are such results worth the financial devastation and miserable life that chemotherapy, radiation and surgery impose? Is that the way to spend one's remaining days? If such therapy does add a couple of months, are those couple of months really worth the poking, prodding, pain, unrelenting nausea, disfiguring, destruction of the immune system and increased susceptibility to other diseases? "Yes" would be a hard answer to justify.

In the face of a cancer diagnosis most people just throw up their hands in terror and surrender to the conventional cancer therapy death process. The feeling is that something must be done, and, since "doctors know best," one must begin the "fight" by following the advice of the doctor. But fighting does not mean surrendering to the will of another person who has their own personal agenda and narrowed field of view dictated by the club they belong to. That misses the point. You must do something.

Here's the on-point best approach:

1. Prevention means adjusting your life right now so that you are living in tune with your design. Cancer is, quite simply, the reaction of cells subjected long enough to an environment they are not designed for. The genetic apparatus loses its bearings, becomes insane, if you will, and regresses to embryonic infancy and just begins multiplying recklessly. What is the proper environment? It is that food, air, water and lifestyle you are genetically designed for. The proper healthy preventive living context is encapsulated in the Wysong Optimal Health Program™.

2. If you get cancer, don't panic. First thing is follow #1 advice. Learn. Gather as much information as you can from all resources, not just what the medical establishment provides. We try to gather such information for you in The Wysong Directory of Alternative Resources.

3. Think about what has happened in your life that has caused the disease. It is caused, it does not just happen. Correct your life.

4. You take control of your own body and you make the decisions. Determine to set right what is wrong and do it. Taking control is essential to not feeling like a helpless victim and sinking into hopeless despair – a sure mindset to speed the disease along.

5. Think long and hard before submitting to unproven cancer therapies. If the doctor cannot prove effectiveness (at least prove that you will be better off with the therapy than without) and if you are not willing to take the risk of all the contraindications, then don't submit because you think it is "all that can be done." It isn't. See #2 above.

All good things in life are hard. In our modern world, good health takes effort and attention. Preventing and reversing disease also takes effort – your effort. Begin today to take charge of your health and be the best you can be. Most chronic degenerative diseases have long latency periods, the time between when the disease begins and it manifests in overt symptoms. Most everyone reading this has such disease brewing within at this very moment. So take advantage of the window of opportunity and give your body a chance by living the life you were designed to live. That will not only prevent disease from gaining a foothold, but reverse disease that is incubating within.

Dr. Wysong is a former veterinary clinician and surgeon, college instructor in human anatomy, physiology and the origin of life, inventor of numerous medical, surgical, nutritional, athletic and fitness products and devices, research director for the present company by his name and founder of the philanthropic Wysong Institute. He is author of The Creation-Evolution Controversy now in its eleventh printing, a new two volume set on philosophy for living, several books on nutrition, prevention and health for people and animals and over 15 years of monthly health newsletters. He may be contacted at Wysong@Wysong.net and a free subscription to his e-Health Letter is available at http://www.wysong.net

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March 28, 2006

Getting the Best Cancer Treatment

Cancer Diagnosis: Strategies for Getting the Best Treatment
By Patricia Walter

As a patient with cancer, two of the most important decisions you will make are which treatment you will receive and where.

But diagnosing cancer is a very complex process that involves many health care professionals. In addition, the testing that is done on patients varies between doctors and specialists. And even the best health care professionals make mistakes.

How do newly diagnosed patients know they are getting the best therapy for their cancer?

Unfortunately, most patients don’t get the best treatment because they are diagnosed by a doctor who is not an oncologist. Therefore, that doctor is not likely to direct them to the most up-to-date therapies available.

The first step toward getting what you need is to get a second opinion. The Institute for Advanced Study in Medicine reported that 25% of patients had their treatment changed based on a second opinion.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers are the best places to get second opinions. That’s where the experts are, doctors who think about your type of cancer every day. And that’s what you want.

If you aren’t near a National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center or Clinical Cancer Center (you can find their locations online), you can still get a second opinion. Choose a doctor who is not affiliated with your doctor, and who is at a hospital that is not affiliated with your doctor’s hospital.

Another important part of getting the best therapy is to get a second opinion on your cancer by an expert pathologist. This involves getting the biopsy specimen to an outside pathologist.

Pathologists can’t always precisely determine the stage of cancer, and sometimes not even the type of cancer. And, sometimes tests that could be done on your biopsy specimen aren’t, simply because they aren’t commonly used. But that doesn’t mean these tests won’t help you.

You need an expert to examine your biopsy specimens. For example, The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology has an excellent reputation in pathology.

Another important thing to do when you are first diagnosed is to contact the organizations for your type of cancer. They can lead you to experts in that field. Finally, get good nutritional counseling, and if you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol, try your best to stop.

Copyright 2005 Palkon Publishing Services Corp.

Patricia C. Walter (http://www.managingcancer.net)

Ms. Walter is a long-time patient advocate who supports the rights of cancer patients to make informed choices about every aspect of their treatment and care. Her goal is to educate patients about their full range of options and give them every possible tool to live a long, high-quality life. A member of the American Medical Writers Association, Ms. Walter has worked in the publishing field for 25 years, the last 12 years in medical publishing. She has also worked in the medical communications field and in the pharmaceutical industry.

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March 29, 2006

Curcumin to Prevent Cancer?

Could Getting Spicy Aid Your Treatment of Cancer
By Rusty Ford

Wow, as a two time survivor of cancer I found it amazing that I might be able to eat my self free of cancer. Well, that is an over statement but new research is showing that Curcumin to have strong cancer fighting properties. Curcumin also called turmeric is the compound that gives curry its yellow tint. Curcumin has long been known for its antioxidant properties and is being studied now for it benefits in treating several different diseases. Cancer researchers have taken an interest in Curcumin because many countries with curry-rich cuisines have lower cancer rates than Western countries have.

Researchers from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center found Curcumin, blocks a key biological pathway needed for development of melanoma and other cancers. The study was published in the August 15, 2005 issue of the American Cancer Society journal “Cancer”. The study tested varying doses of Curcumin on three melanoma cell lines. It showed that Curcumin stops laboratory strains of melanoma from proliferating and induced apoptosis (programmed cell suicide). The results were the same for high concentrations of Curcumin over short periods of time and smaller doses over longer periods of time.

In a study published in 2002 in “Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention”, researcher gave three groups of mice different amounts of Curcumin extract for 15 weeks. The results showed that the group of mice given the largest amount of Curcumin found a reduction of 40 percent in benign tumors that were caused the same gene that causes mot types of colon cancer. A similar study was published in “The Prostate” in 2001. Again three groups of mice were used. All three were injected with human prostate cancer cells. One group was a placebo group that received no treatment. One group was given Curcumin when injected with the cancer cells. The other group was given Curcumin two weeks after the cancer injection. After 6 weeks the tumors in the two groups give Curcumin were to percent smaller than in the placebo groups.

A study on Curcumin and breast cancer was published in Cancer Research, Vol. 62, July 1, 2002, pp. 3868-75. This study found that the use of Curcumin was as effective in preventing the spread of breast cancer as Taxol in laboratory mice. In the study mice were induced with breast cancer then the tumors were removed such as with a mastectomy in humans. Then the mice were divided into 4 groups. One was a placebo group, one received Curcumin, one received Taxol, and the other Curcumin and Taxol. After 5 weeks the study showed that half the mice in the Curcumin group had the cancer spread to the lungs. Only 22 percent of those in the Curcumin plus Taxol group had seen the cancer spread. 75 percent of the Taxol only group saw the cancer spread. The placebo group saw 95 percent of the mice had the cancer spread to the lungs. These were amazing results.

Human studies are just beginning. But the early signs are that the simple safe spice may offer a safe way of preventing cancer and may also be a great way of aiding in the treatment of Cancer.

It should be noted that a culture study showed that Curcumin reduced the effects of several chemo drugs used for treating cancer.

Rusty Ford

http://my-local-news.com

Rusty Ford is the Health editor for My-Local-News.com

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March 30, 2006

Is Common Sense or Research Needed to Cure Cancer?

Is Common Sense or Research Needed to Cure Cancer?
By Dr. Randy Wysong

It is an incredible feat that organisms can begin from one cell and then differentiate and compartmentalize into the millions of diverse tissue and organ niches that represent a mature body. Why brain, fingernail, liver, intestine and bone cells ever become what they are is mystery enough. Why they stay what they have become while still retaining the full genetic information to produce an entire new body, compounds the miracle even more.

Cancer is a condition in which cells lose their orientation and proliferate uncontrollably. Any cell can become cancerous. A lot of them do, but are squelched by cell death (apoptosis), the immune system or nipped in the bud by DNA repair mechanisms. Successful cancer cells escape these impediments, disregard normal cellular checks and balances and become an island unto themselves with only their own survival and self-interests at heart.

The cause of cancer is no mystery. It is our aberrant modern living context that has put us at cancer risk. When cells are forced to bathe in a milieu (the tissue soup we create with modern foods, drugs and lifestyle) entirely unlike what they are genetically programmed to expect, they revert to their most primitive directive – multiply, multiply, multiply – without regard for neighbors. It’s a sort of payback for our disregard for “neighbors” when we pollute and repudiate nature. Why should our cells be polite to their neighbors if we don’t have regard for ours? Since the immune system is compromised from the chronic stresses created by modern living, defenses are down. Couple this with the nutritionally depleted and perverted modern processed diet and you have the incubator for cancer.

Today, about one in three humans will get cancer. In pets it is worse and perhaps the leading cause of death. No evidence exists that the disease was of similar incidence before our modern era. President Nixon's "War on Cancer" (beginning in the early 1970s) is the most failed and embarrassing "military" campaign ever undertaken by any nation at any time in history. One person in 30 got cancer at the beginning of the 20th century, now almost one in two do.

Some will say that the only reason the incidence has increased is because humans and animals live longer due to modern medical measures. So when science fails in their mission to defeat cancer, they cleverly spin the failure as their success. As I have shown previously (Why Modern Medicine is the Greatest Threat to Health http://www.wysong.net/health/post_77_061902.shtml), this is nonsense since modern medical measures are themselves probably the number one threat to life.

The reason for cancer and most chronic degenerative diseases is modern living, pure and simple. We have subjected ourselves to an artificial environment to which we are not adapted. Nature – not exhaust, sugar, pop and plastic – is what we are designed for. Screw with Mother Nature and a price will be paid.

Whatever the inciting cause, it is known that inducement and propogation needs to be relentless and of long-standing duration. Cancer can have a latency period of decades, requiring continuous exposure to the inciting stress. Our departure from our genetic roots certainly qualifies.

If disease does not strike immediately after a bad life choice, then the conclusion is that the choice is just fine. We refuse to take the long view and make intelligent decisions now for consequences that may not emerge until years later. It's a common human failing we see replayed in every aspect of human endeavor. It's the modus operandi in government, economics, agriculture, social issues and health care. Living in the moment is what children and animals do. We should do better with the pounds of gyri and sulci resting on our shoulders.

Nevertheless, this common sense approach (returning to our genetic roots) to preventing cancer and other diseases will be ignored. Instead we will pour billions of dollars into research to discover the cure for cancer. But there will never be a cure other than respecting our genetic heritage and living, eating, breathing and drinking as we were designed to do. A pill or vaccine to save us just isn't going to happen.

Let me give some examples of recent research findings that reveal the obvious. First there is the "discovery" that fresh fruits and vegetables contain anti-cancer nutrients such as antioxidants, vitamins and flavanoids. Why would they not be anti-cancer, they are the natural food of humans? No research is necessary to discover that!

Then there is the "discovery" that cancer preferentially feeds on glucose, diverting it from body use and inefficiently metabolizing it by glycolysis into lactate and a couple ATP energy molecules. (Glucose normally yields 38 ATP.) The body then has to reconvert the lactate back, via the Cori cycle, into glucose (at an energy cost). The net result is that the cancer acts like an energy sink resulting in cachexia, a pathetic condition of severe muscle wasting and debilitation. Modern diets are laden with sugar and starches that not only provide the perfect food for cancer but the perfect acidic medium in tissues. Processed sugar and starch is not a natural human food. No research is needed to discover that!

Research has also shown that a low carbohydrate, high protein, high arginine (meat amino acid), low omega-6 fatty acid and high omega-3 fatty acid diet is useful for both preventing and treating cancer. Tumor cells do not do well on fats or protein. But they love that sugar. The natural, raw diet for humans and their pets is high in fat (the preferred energy source) and protein, high in omega-3 fatty acids (fish, wild meat, some seeds and vegetables) and low in omega-6 fatty acids (grains, grain-fed meats and most oils), and is alkalinizing. This is no scientific discovery. It's common sense.

But companies are clamoring to patent versions of natural diets and crediting their science for discovering the obvious. Examples are new patented, "cancer-fighting" foods featuring high fat, high omega-3 fatty acids, low carbohydrates, and high protein and arginine. Finally, feeding people and pets what they should have been getting all along (as, I hate to say, I have been arguing for decades) is so novel that it is patentable!

It is the edge-of-the-map science that is responsible for this sorry state of affairs. Like the ancient mariners who believed the world ended where their maps left off, science has assumed that calories, regardless of their source, were the edge of their map. Their nutritional world ends with calories and percentages of known nutrients. Science has insisted that if a human or animal requires X calories per pound each day, it matters not whether those calories come from fresh, real foods or Twinkies. That's why hospital patients paying a thousand dollars a night dine on Registered Dietician Jell-O, diet pop and instant potatoes.

What has been ignored is that calories are not the edge of the map; ships do not drop off the Earth when they disappear over the horizon. Now the world beyond the edge of conventional medicine and nutrition is slowly being rediscovered. The world is round... and people and animals require their natural, genetically programmed diet that lies beyond the edge of science’s calories. Quality of calories do matter and is a whole new world promising health.

So, to increase the chance of having cancer, or to speed its progression, eating the standard modern fare is the way to go. Get lots of sugar and lots of grain-based foods such as pasta, bread, cereal, bagels, donuts (which convert to sugar after consumed) and lots of vegetable oils. Increase carbohydrates, eat oleo and look for low-fat foods. Drink very little water and instead enjoy acidified pop and municipal acidic water. Tumors thrive on this banquet.

You can wait for “research” to prove that natural foods and natural living (fresh air, exercise, sunlight, loving relationships) prevent and reverse cancer, or you can be a thinking person and apply this obvious wisdom beginning today.

Further Reading:

The Wysong Optimal Health Program™ http://www.wysong.net/optimal_health_page1.shtml

Lipid Nutrition – Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease http://wysong.net/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WOTTPWS&
Product_Code=ED050-S&Category_Code=EDUAIDS&Product_Count=4

Is the U.S. Healthier than Ever? http://www.wysong.net/health/post_77_061902.shtml

What to Do to Reverse and Prevent Acidemia http://www.wysong.net/health/post_101_011403.shtml

Shorts – Acidosis...I Told You So http://www.wysong.net/health/post_99_123002.shtml

Cancer and Diet http://www.wysong.net/PDFs/mar_apr2000.pdf

Cancer and Sulforaphane from Veggies http://www.wysong.net/healthletter/hl_aug99.shtml

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Fish Oil for Cancer http://www.wysong.net/healthletter/hl_apr99.shtml

Sugar and Cancer http://www.wysong.net/healthletter/hl_sep98.shtml

Flax Seeds and Cancers http://www.wysong.net/healthletter/chl_dec96.shtml

Dr. Wysong is a former veterinary clinician and surgeon, college instructor in human anatomy, physiology and the origin of life, inventor of numerous medical, surgical, nutritional, athletic and fitness products and devices, research director for the present company by his name and founder of the philanthropic Wysong Institute. He is author of The Creation-Evolution Controversy now in its eleventh printing, a new two volume set on philosophy for living, several books on nutrition, prevention and health for people and animals and over 15 years of monthly health newsletters. He may be contacted at Wysong@Wysong.net and a free subscription to his e-Health Letter is available at http://www.wysong.net

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March 31, 2006

Antioxidants to Prevent Cancer?

The Best Way to Prevent Cancer and Get Healthy
By Novi N White

It’s not unusual matter if you are asked to consume fresh fruit and vegetables to prevent cancer. Once you took those foods rich with antioxidants, you are preventing various kinds of diseases from your body.

Okay, so what’s the correlation between cancer and antioxidant? Have you got information on those two subjects? Of course you know that cancer is very dangerous, and that it may take your life away if it’s not treated well or earlier. One of the ways of preventing cancer is by taking antioxidant. Now let us see further details about antioxidant and how it’s going to make our body healthy.

Our body naturally produces chemical elements (reactive molecules) called free radicals. They can cause permanent damage to our cells. Cancer, aging, and cardiovascular disease are the causes of this damage. To protect us from these diseases, antioxidant plays a great role.

Antioxidant protects body cells from the bad impacts of free radicals, such as pollution, exhaust fumes, radiation, certain drugs, chemical exposure, and even processed food. How can you get this antioxidant then? Actually, our body has built natural methods of antioxidant in order to neutralize the free radicals. However, today’s environment is hazardous and has increased more free radicals which our body may not maintain anymore. Luckily, we have the nature to help us live longer.

Yes, the nature produces many important substances that function as good antioxidant. Food nutrients and botanicals they produce have great roles in improving body’s health. To be exact, fresh foods like fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants other than those you can get from pills. Thus, eating them will prevent you from cancer and many other diseases caused by free radicals. Talking about fresh foods, oranges, peas, and cauliflower contain a very high capacity of antioxidant.

What you might not now is that antioxidant may prevent prostate cancer, which is mostly found in men. There is a study that finds a good, protective effect in selenium. High blood levels of selenium decrease the risk of advanced prostate cancer. Thus, men who consume high levels of selenium significantly decrease prostate cancer risk. Selenium is mostly found in most plant foods and in some meats and shellfish. If you are nuts lovers, you are very lucky, as they are good sources of selenium.

So now you have gathered information about the correlation of antioxidant and cancer. Will you start a healthier lifestyle now? Yes? Great!

About The Author: Novi White writes health articles on various publications. She has been working with doctors for their research publications. You can visit her Website MyAntioxidantGuide.com at http://www.myantioxydantguide.com

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May 1, 2006

Cancer Information

While our world clearly forever advances, sometimes it seems like our afflictions with illness advance as well. These days there are more forms of disease than we care to think about. One of the more unpredictable is cancer. This horrific illness affects a number of us every year. We never know when and what it will attack. Anything from the lungs, to the brain, to the prostate can be invaded and overwhelmed by cancer cells. Fortunately we are always in search of new ways to treat this deadly disease. With the abundance of cancer information at our fingertips, we can always read to get a better understanding.

Cancer is one of those health afflictions that every human dreads. There's simply no cure. We use treatments such as chemotherapy, which hopefully kills off any sign of the illness. With many diseases we often know what we're grappling with, and how to defeat it, however cancer can be sneaky. When I was 13, my uncle was diagnosed with brain cancer. I unfortunately didn't know what this really meant. After doing some research at the school library, and locating valid cancer information to better help me digest the dilemma, I still didn't know what to say to him. What was going to happen? Was he going to die? After a much needed surgery, my uncle fortunately began getting better. I was amazed that they actually performed an operation concerning his brain. That's scary!

In this day and age it is much simpler to attain cancer information. We can hop on our home computers and quickly locate any and all data on most kinds of cancer. Even though we can't predict our health down the road, there are certainly measures to take in order to prevent this frightening disease. Most of us know that smoking is a major cause of lung cancer. This one is quite simple to prevent. Eating healthy and living well are great defenses against cancer, as well as other illnesses and health problems. If you're interested in acquiring cancer information or any other information concerning diseases, jump on the Internet and punch in a few key words. You'll be amazed at all there is available. Although we live in an unpredictable world, we don't have to face it unprepared. Get a better understanding of your health by researching cancer information and facts on other illnesses. This way you can start the fight today.

May 2, 2006

Cancer of the Mouth

Cancer of the mouth is a scary and fast spreading form of cancer that can be physically deforming. Cancer of the mouth often requires surgical removal of the region the cancer resides in, which may mean removing portions of the jaw, tongue or cheeks. Mouth cancers tend to spread rapidly and fiercely, so these drastic surgical procedures are often required to prevent it from taking over vital areas of the body.

Some of the most famous dramatic cases of cancer of the mouth occurred in professional baseball players during the period in which chewing tobacco was popularly used by athletes. Tobacco use is responsible for some 80% of all cancer of the mouth. While it is finally realized that chewing tobacco greatly increases your chances of developing cancer of the mouth, many people don’t fully realize that smoking, cigars, pipes and even snuff also boost your risk a lot as well.

The good news is, that means if you don’t smoke or use any kind of tobacco product your odds of getting cancer of the mouth are not very good. If you do use tobacco, quitting now will go a long ways in lower your risks. Also, any kind of habit that causes irritation to your mouth may also boost your risk. If you chew tobacco or smoke, take a look at some photos of the famous athletes that had parts of their face removed due to cancer of the mouth. It’s a good motivator to help you want to quit! Hey, it worked for me.

Of course, 20% of the time cancer of the mouth happens in people that don’t smoke or use tobacco at all, so there is still some natural risk of getting the disease. Like all cancers, there is some evidence of genetic linkage, and having people in your immediate family that have had mouth cancer may mean you are at a higher risk. It is most common in men over the age of 40, and especially in those over 60. There is some evidence showing that having bad oral hygiene can boost your risk of getting cancer of the mouth. Not only will your dental hygienist stop bugging you so much, but if you floss and brush regularly you’ll also be lowering your chances of getting cancer!

If you are especially concerned about developing cancer of the mouth, talk to your doctor about it next time you go in for a physical. He or she will probably have some tips and insights into the disease for you that may help you prevent it, or at least settle some of your fears about it.

May 3, 2006

Colon Cancer Prevention

Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States, and the entire world. It is the second most fatal cancer in the United States, causing tens of thousands of deaths every year, with close to two hundred thousand new diagnoses. Colon cancer prevention is therefore a subject of interest to people everywhere.

The good news about colon cancer is that it’s actually a very preventable disease. Colon cancer prevention has traditionally been focused on maintaining a healthy diet, and this is still recommended today. Diets high in fiber, and low in fatty foods and red meat are linked to a reduced risk of developing colon cancer. Fish and poultry are not linked to an increase risk, and some supplements such as calcium and selenium have been shown to lower your risk. There have also been some studies suggesting that aspirin may help lower your risk of colon cancer.

These are all colon cancer prevention tips that may be useful to some, but for others you are going to develop the disease no matter how hard you try to avoid it. Many cases of colon cancer are linked to an inherited condition that leads to the growth of hundreds of what are called ‘polyps’ along your colon and rectum. Polyps are normally benign, but if you are a polyp grower there is an extremely high likelihood that one or more will become cancerous in your lifetime. If you have had close relatives that have developed colon cancer, there is a good chance you may be a poly grower.

The best colon cancer prevention is therefore focused on catching it early. You can’t always prevent a polyp from becoming cancerous, but if you catch it early there is a very high survival rate (over 90%). Getting a regular colonoscopy exam is probably the best form of colon cancer prevention you could ever do for yourself. Even if you are not a ‘polyp’ grower, getting a colonoscopy once every five years vastly reduces your odds of dying from colon cancer. The exams are of course uncomfortable to say the least, but colon cancer is a lot more uncomfortable.

The biggest reason why colon cancer kills so many people every year isn’t because it is such a deadly form of cancer, but rather because people aren’t aware of colon cancer prevention measures like colonoscopys. Or they may be aware of preventative measures, but just don’t believe that they’ll ever get the disease themselves. Another good colon cancer prevention technique is therefore educating yourself and the people you know about it!

May 21, 2006

Cancer Resources

Are you aware of today's condition? I'm referring to the contemporary hardships that flourish throughout the media. With death, sickness and disease plastered across most nightly news programs, it may be hard to avoid. One of the more prominent of concerns is the horrific disease known as cancer. What do you know about this health affliction? So many folks across the globe don't understand where and why it burdens particular individuals over others. This is why it's important to acquire cancer facts from a reliable cancer resource. This can simply begin at your home computer.

What cancer resource have you made use of? There are truly oodles of information on this dreadful disease now days. One of the more efficient cancer resources being the Internet. We should all take the time to learn a little, and possible work to prevent cancer from affecting us. Did you know that everyone has cancer genes? It's true; while most individuals lack this crucial knowledge, they nevertheless are susceptible to cancer like the rest of us. The trick is not letting these cancer genes get the best of us. Whether we believe it or not, our diets play a significant role. This is why it is imperative to live and eat well. When you subject yourself to poor eating habits and gaining extra pounds, you in turn better your chances of acquiring some kind of illness. It's our job to protect our bodies, and keep them in prime condition. How is your diet these days? You can certainly resort to a cancer resource such as the World-Wide-Web to find out more regarding eating right and avoiding processed foods. Another major factor when it comes to avoiding cancer concerns smoking. By now, virtually all of us should know and understand the negative effects of smoking and what it does to our lungs. If you are a heavy smoker, then you may want to get online and browse a few websites that deal with lung cancer.

In this day and age it's definitely not difficult to find a cancer resource. We all need to grasp a better understanding when it comes to disease prevention. There are numerous types of cancer that can affect different areas of the body. Although we can't completely prevent cancer, we can avoid simple things such as eating poorly, smoking, and the sun, which are all factors regarding this deadly disease. It's time to resort to a reliable cancer resource, folks, and learn more about this wide-spread disease.

July 6, 2006

Cancer Information

Just as it is seemingly overwhelming to discover cancer in your life—in yourself, a loved one, a respected coworker or employer—there is an overwhelming amount of cancer information on the web. When my best friend of twenty-nine years informed me she had invasive endometrial adinocarcinoma (deadly uterine cancer), I tapped into some of that cancer information. Here are some of the more helpful sites, those which relay complex information and details in a way we common folk can understand it and those which offer emotional support and techniques for coping.

Cancer and Careers.com’s “What You Can Do as a Friend” –This very brief piece is what I needed immediately. I had lost a friend to fatal illness a decade ago, and had at that time learned you don’t talk about certain topics with the newly diagnosed. That is, you don’t discuss other deaths by cancer with your friend who has just found out of her own possibly terminal illness. This cancer information is most helpful from the start….

Along the same lines, a book among books is Pamela N. Brown’s Facing Cancer Together: How to Help Your Friend or Loved One.

For specific cancer information on specific cancers, such websites as follows are most educational and supportive: Mesothelioma-net (which offers cancer information on the specific types of mesothelioma, treatment option discussions, and coping strategy suggestions); The Cancer Information Network (at cancerlinksusa.com); and, of course, The American Cancer Society (at cancer.org), which includes everything from prevention and early detection strategies and treatment decision tools to cancer information by type and research and statistics dating back almost 100 years.

At cancernews.com, you can find cancer information as well as directories pointing you to local cancer support groups (which you can also get at the Cancer Information Network). And numerous organizations have cancer hotlines—The National Cancer Institute (cancer.gov), Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization (y-me,org/hotline), the RA Bloch Cancer Foundation Cancer Hotline (1-800-433-0464), and the Lung Cancer Alliance Toll-free Hotline (1-800-298-2436).

While I have not used them yet, there are also hundreds of online forums and communities, where you can post, read, and respond, and just as many set-ups where you can instant message with fellow cancer patients, cancer survivors, and cancer supporters. Important in all of these is the nature of sharing—cancer information, cancer woes, and cancer success stories…for as I understand it, hope and humor make the individual survive/outlive the disease as much as do positive thinking and plenty of company—friends and loved ones who do not let the person give up or give in.

August 26, 2007

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