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Tool to Unravel the Secrets of Cancer

Tool to Unravel the Secrets of Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Using novel methods, scientists identify biological signatures in cancer cells that can be traced back to the original cancer gene.
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Knowing which oncogene (a normal gene that has mutated, causing cells to become cancerous) was responsible for causing and spreading cancer, could provide valuable information in dealing with the cancer.

A team of chemists, oncologists and a statistician at Stanford University has been able to identify a biological signature to trace mutating cancer cells back to the original oncogene.

This is a valuable step forward in understanding the intricacies of how cancer may progress.

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Strong Ties Between Gum Disease and Cancer

Strong Ties Between Gum Disease and Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
the less Fusobacterium nucleatum in the mouth, the less chance for it to penetrate the bloodstream and end up in the colon, facilitating the spread of cancer.
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A study of oral pathogen Fusobacterium nucleatum, commonly found in the mouth, indicates that it can actually impede the body’s immune system from fighting against cancer. Co-authors of the published findings, Dr. Ofer Mandelboim and Dr. Gilad Bachrach, discovered that the F. nucleatum germ could “collude” with colon cancer cells to inhibit an immune cell receptor called TIGIT – a natural body defense to the spread of cancer.

This has established a solid connection between F. nucleatum’s activities and a specific worsening in the condition of cancer patients. The researchers found that the bacterium was found not only in the mouth, but in human colorectal tumors as well.

So it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene, and minimize the colonization of Fusobacterium nucleatum in the mouth, as an important step to help with cancer prevention.

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Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells

Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Oleocanthal, an antioxidant found in extra-virgin olive oil, has been shown to wipe out cancer cells in as little as 30 minutes.
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Researchers from Rutgers University and Hunter College have found that extra-virgin olive oil can eradicate cancer cells. They found the primary phenolic compound in olive oil, oleocanthal, was destroying the cancer cells’ waste centers, known as lysosomes, which are larger than healthy cells and also more fragile.

While discoveries based on cell cultures provide a reliable model for understanding how an external substance affects a new biological environment, it must be borne in mind that cells aren’t as complex as rats, which aren’t as complex as humans.

However the findings reveal possibilities for oleocanthal, which is just one of the many phenols — a type of antioxidant — that appears in extra-virgin olive oil.

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▶ Cancer's Forbidden Cures

Astounding revelations of various cancer cures suppressed by reptilian/Illuminati AMA and FDA.
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An interesting documentary video (1h 32m) that explains why we have the type of conventional cancer treatments that we have today.

It traces the history of cancer treatments throughout last century, and shows that natural remedies which actually cured thousands of cancer patients were denied to the people by the medical authorities, despite the fact that the remedies worked. Instead the medical authorities forced people to use the patented pharmaceutical drugs that we have today, and made all other treatments illegal without any investigation of their effectiveness.

The cures included those from American Indian cultures, farmers and others who had observed in nature what medicinal herbs were available and effective. In some cases what animals did to cure themselves of sickness was used as input to devise cures. In others it was getting the body to a balanced state so that it could cure the cancer itself.

The inventor of one of the cures in common use in the 1950s invited the medical authorities to do any tests they wanted on his cure, to prove or disprove that his remedy actually cured cancer. He also offered to pay all of the costs of such tests. However the medical authorities refused to perform any tests. Instead the FDA at the time issued a statement that there was no scientific evidence that his cure was effective.

It is clear from the facts presented in this documentary that many natural cancer remedies curing thousands of cancer patients during last century were refused any investigation by the medical authorities of the time, and instead were outlawed and pronounced illegal without any sound basis.

The evidence and events presented does make you wonder if the ‘cancer industry’ and medical authorities are actually interested at all in finding a cure for cancer, particularly if that cure is based on any natural non-patentable approach.

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Master switch found to stop tumor cell growth by inducing dormancy

Master switch found to stop tumor cell growth by inducing dormancy | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Commonly used anticancer drugs may help to make tumor cells dormant, scientists report. "Our results explain why some tumor cells scattered through the body are committed to remaining harmless for years, while others cause active disease," said one investigator. "In finding this master switch we found a way to analyze tumor cells before treatment to determine the risk of a cancer recurrence or metastasis."
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Researchers discovered that the gene NR2F1, when switched on, programs tumor cells to stay dormant. When the gene is switched off, tumor cells divide and multiply as part of abnormal growth, potentially allowing dormant cells to grow into tumors throughout the body (metastasis).

According to the study, NR2F1 exerts control over long lasting programs in stem cells in the human embryo, where it directs cells to stop growing and become specialized cells (neurons) for life. This function suggests that NR2F1 may exert a long-lasting effect on tumor cells, keeping them dormant after they have broken off from an original tumor.

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Google is using human skin to develop a cancer-detecting wristband

Google is using human skin to develop a cancer-detecting wristband | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The wristband would work in tandem with a pill that would send nanoparticles through the body to latch on to markers of different conditions and diseases including cancer, Andrew Conrad, head of Google Life Sciences
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Nanoparticles sent from a pill would cause the cancer cells to light up, allowing the wristband to record whether there are dangerous cells in the body.

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Higher Levels of Vitamin D Associated with Lower Cancer Risk and Improved Immune System Response

Higher Levels of Vitamin D Associated with Lower Cancer Risk and Improved Immune System Response | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
"This is the first study to show evidence of the effect of vitamin D on anti-cancer immune function in actual patients, and vindicates basic laboratory discoveries that vitamin D can interact with the immune system to raise the body's defenses against cancer," Ogino said. "In the future, we may be able to predict how increasing an individual's vitamin D intake and immune function can reduce his or her risk of colorectal cancer."
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Recent research has confirmed that vitamin D plays a key role on cancer prevention. The researchers concluded, from their comparison of selected groups of 318 colorectal cancer patients and 624 individuals who were free of cancer, that people with high levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream have a lower overall risk of developing colorectal cancer.

Considerable research has been done on vitamin D and cancer, which I have written about before. Here is a link to find more of that information, if you are interested to learn more - http://www.scoop.it/t/cancer-advances-knowledge-integrative-holistic-treatments?q=vitamin+d

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US Court Rules that Chemotherapy is the Only Acceptable Treatment for Cancer

US Court Rules that Chemotherapy is the Only Acceptable Treatment for Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
17-year-old wanted permission to make her own decision about chemo, even if doctors disagreed
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The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that a 17 year-old, Cassandra, will be forced to subject herself to chemotherapy for cancer treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma despite her and her family’s wishes not to follow chemotherapy as it is toxic and poison. After refusing to take the drugs Cassandra is now in custody of the State, confined to a hospital room, and the chemotherapy is being forced upon her.

At age 18, in 9-months from now, Cassandra is regarded as an adult and is allowed to make her own decisions. But right now the State makes her decisions for her medical treatment. When Cassandra turns 18 she would have completed her chemotherapy treatment.

I feel, as a community we must ask ourselves if this is what we want and expect from our medical system. Does medicine have all the right understanding and answers to everything in the health area? There are many indications they do not – particularly in the field of cancer, based on what I read every day.

Meanwhile we are forced to live under the heavy hand of this highly controversial law.

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Lifestyle Choices Do Contribute to Cancer – Smart Lifestyle Choices May Prevent Cancer for You and Your Family

Lifestyle Choices Do Contribute to Cancer – Smart Lifestyle Choices May Prevent Cancer for You and Your Family | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Nearly 600,000 cancers in the UK could have been avoided in the last five years if people had healthier lifestyles according to Cancer Research UK.
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People often ask me what percentage of cancer is preventable. There are known risk factors that do increase the possibility of cancer. Most of the common cancers in our society have a link to various lifestyle factors. The UK charity – Cancer Research UK – has produced some interesting statistics based on the work of Professor Dr. D. M. (Max) Parkin,  a Cancer Research UK statistician based at Queen Mary University of London. The information is based on analysis of the UK society.

Their publication asserts that the preventable cases of various common cancers as a result of changes to lifestyle and avoidance of known cancer-causing agents are as follows:
100% of cervical cancer
100% of Kaposi sarcoma
94% of mesothelioma
93% of laryngeal cancer
91% of oral cavity and pharynx cancer
90% of anal cancer
89% of esophageal cancer
89% of lung cancer
86% of malignant melanoma
75% of stomach cancer
63% of vaginal cancer
54% of bowel cancer
45% of Hodgkin lymphoma
42% of liver cancer
42% of bladder cancer
42% of kidney cancer
40% of penile cancer
40% of vulval cvancer
37% of pancreatic cancer
37% of uterine cancer
27% of breast cancer
21% of ovarian cancer
18% of gallbladder cancer
15% of leukemia
6% of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
2% of eye cancer

By change of several lifestyle factors and avoidance of known cancer-causing agents the statistics indicate that certain types of cancer can be avoided. Following is a list of the various lifestyle factors, indicating for each the percentage of cancer cases attributed to that single factor.

Smoking
86% of lung cancer
79% of laryngeal cancer
65% of esophageal cancer
65% of oral cavity and pharynx cancer
37% of bladder cancer
29% of pancreatic cancer
24% of kidney cancer
23% of liver cancer
22% of stomach cancer
8% of bowel cancer
6% of leukemia
7% of cervical cancer
3% of ovarian cancer

Poor Diet
56% of oral cavity and pharynx cancer
51% of stomach cancer
46% of esophageal cancer
45% of laryngeal cancer
31% of bowel cancer
9% of lung cancer

Excess Bodyweight
34% of uterine cancer
24% of kidney cancer
22% of esophageal cancer
18% of gallbladder cancer
12% of pancreatic cancer
13% of bowel cancer
9% of breast cancer

Alcohol
30% of oral cavity and pharynx cancer
25% of laryngeal cancer
21% of esophageal cancer
12% of bowel cancer
9% of liver cancer
6% of breast cancer

Occupational Exposures
94% of mesothelioma
13% of lung cancer
6% of bladder cancer
5% of breast cancer
3% of laryngeal cancer
2% of eye cancer

Sunlight and Sunbeds
86% of malignant melanoma

Infection
100% of cervical cancer
100% of Kaposi sarcoma
90% of anal cancer
63% of vaginal cancer
45% of Hodgkin lymphoma
40% of vulval cancer
40% of penile cancer
32% of stomach cancer
30% of oral cavity and pharynx cancer
16% of liver cancer
11% of laryngeal cancer
4% of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Radiation
Medical diagnostic radiation is the source with the highest proportion of cases linked to it.
9% of leukemia
5% of lung cancer
3% of esophageal cancer
3% of bladder cancer
2% of bowel cancer
1% of breast cancer

Insufficient Physical Activity
4% of uterine cancer
3% of breast cancer
3% of bowel cancer

Mothers Not Breastfeeding
18% of ovarian cancer
3% of breast cancer

Hormone Replacement Therapy
18% of ovarian cancer
3% of breast cancer

Here is the source of the statistics, for those who are interested - http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/causes/preventable/

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Oncology Nurse Quits After 17 Years to Promote Nutrition and Natural Therapies for Healing Cancer

Oncology Nurse Quits After 17 Years to Promote Nutrition and Natural Therapies for Healing Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Valerie Warwick
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An informative 48-minute video interview of oncology nurse, Valerie Warwick, after spending 17 years working at the forefront of conventional cancer treatments.

Interesting to hear what it is really like working on the inside of the cancer industry, the poor prognosis of conventional therapies, the rigidity of the medical profession in their approach to treatment of cancer, and the control exerted by the pharma companies.

In contrast Valerie talks about the difference she experiences after witnessing what is being achieved with nutrition and natural therapies in the field of cancer therapy.

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Why Do Cancer Rates Keep Increasing?

Why Do Cancer Rates Keep Increasing? | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

"Dr. Leonard Coldwell explains why the cancer rate continues to grow despite greater awareness."

 

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This interview of Dr. Leonard Coldwell, a leading authority on natural cancer therapies, questions the ongoing viability of today’s cancer industry and the conventional therapeutic approach to cancer.

In 1900 the cancer rate was 7% of the population, and today it is 56%. Could the reason be a combination of chemicals and pollution in the environment and the food supply, the increasing proliferation of vaccinations, very little physical exercise, lack of nutrition in the foods we eat, and the generally poor lifestyle habits of people today?

Cancer cells are present in all of us and are controlled by our immune system. So whatever the root causes may be for cancer today, the increased rate of diagnosable cancer would seem to be a direct indication that our immune system is unable to effectively control and eradicate cancer any longer.

Today the cancer industry is a US$220 billion industry. Perhaps in such an affluent industry very few of the people with vested interests in maintaining the status quo are interested in finding a cure, and putting their financial return at risk. Allowable cancer treatments, strictly controlled by law, are based on chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, and medical practitioners are not permitted to consider anything outside those allowable treatments.

Yet there are many other known substances and approaches that have been seen to work well in controlling cancer. The typical statements put forward in opposition to other treatments are ‘there is no scientific evidence and it is not conclusive’. To most people that statement implies that the treatments have been tested but have been shown not to work. In reality that is not the case, as most of the natural treatments have not been tested. Instead many cancer sufferers turn to natural treatments as a result of ineffective conventional medical treatments.

There is growing understanding of the overwhelming anecdotal evidence available today that may not stand the rigidity of scientific scrutiny, but provides an undeniable base of evidence that cancer is able to be cured, and has been cured, by a large number of people who have taken their own health into their own hands and cured themselves using natural methods. This has reached a state of awareness that can no longer be conveniently ignored. While it may be an inconvenient-truth for the guardians of the status quo to have to deal with, it is something that the general public increasingly demands to know.

The cancer industry is rapidly losing the respect of many people and perhaps there needs to be some serious investigation of what seems to be a closed group driven by politics, money and ego, rather than driven to find a cure to one of humanities most dire health problems.

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Deterioration of Public Health and Liver Cancer Parallels Increase in GM Crops and Glyphosate Use, US Government Data Show

Deterioration of Public Health and Liver Cancer Parallels Increase in GM Crops and Glyphosate Use, US Government Data Show | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
GMOs and glyphosate
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Over the past fifteen or twenty years there has been a large increase in the number of Americans suffering from a whole range of chronic diseases. This is the same period over which there has been a very large increase both in GM crops and in the use of glyphosate-based herbicides.

It is possible to compare how both GMOs and glyphosate on the one hand and the various diseases on the other have changed over time.

This report shows very clearly the correlation between increased liver cancer rates from 1990 and GMOs and glyphosate usage increase from 1990.

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They Said The Cancer Would Kill Her In Six Months, Then She Tried Cannabis. Prepare To Be Amazed

They Said The Cancer Would Kill Her In Six Months, Then She Tried Cannabis. Prepare To Be Amazed | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
A new British medical study out today has backed up previous findings that cannabis cures cancer. This survivor has taken to YouTube to tell her amazing story of how the super-plant saved her life after she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and given between six to nine months to live.
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Here is yet another person who turned to using cannabis to treat herself in desperation to save her life from terminal stage 4 lung cancer, after being given 6-9 months to live.

There is mounting evidence, both anecdotal and scientific, that cannabis actually does work as a therapy for cancer.

For many more of my articles on this subject see here - http://www.scoop.it/t/cancer-advances-knowledge-integrative-holistic-treatments?q=cannabis

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Chuck's curator insight, November 30, 2014 7:51 PM

I am on it, maybe I will grab something to eat too.

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New Book “Good Nutrition for Cancer Recovery” Launched by University College Cork

New Book “Good Nutrition for Cancer Recovery” Launched by University College Cork | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Family favourite recipes have been enhanced to maximise their calorie intake
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Weight loss is a common problem for many cancer patients. A new cookbook, Good Nutrition for Cancer Recovery, has just been launched by University College Cork to help cancer patients gain weight. It includes information, advice and nutritious recipes to combat weight loss.

The 130-page book has been endorsed by the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI) and the Irish Society of Medical Oncology (ISMO), and is currently available free to download here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx0b_3NrjeUEaTk1ZWMwRW52blU/view?pli=1

You can determine for yourself whether the book is of benefit. Personally I am somewhat wary of many of the recipes with added sugar, given the very nature of cancer-cell metabolism.

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Coloring Used in Some Sodas Poses Cancer Risk

Coloring Used in Some Sodas Poses Cancer Risk | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

Coloring used in some sodas poses cancer risk

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Public health researchers looking at U.S. soda drinking habits warn that many people may be regularly exposing themselves to a potentially cancer-causing byproduct of the caramel coloring used in some types of soda.

A possible human carcinogen—4-methylimidazole (4-MEI)—is formed during the manufacture of some kinds of the caramel coloring used in in colas and other dark soft drinks. While there's currently no federal limit for 4-MEI in food or beverages, Consumer Reports petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to set limits for the potential carcinogen.

Urvashi Rangan, executive director for Consumer Reports' Food Safety and Sustainability Center comments that "this new analysis underscores our belief that people consume significant amounts of soda that unnecessarily elevate their risk of cancer over the course of a lifetime. We believe beverage makers and the government should take the steps needed to protect public health”.

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Does Sugar Feed Cancer?

Does Sugar Feed Cancer? | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Does Sugar Feed Cancer? Glucose, Carbohydrates and Insulin Glucose is the form of sugar used in every cell in our body. It comes from the diet we eat (in
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The sugar content contained in fresh fruits and vegetables, and their juices, is very different from refined sugars and other concentrated sweeteners such as corn syrup.

The natural fresh foods contain a high percentage of water as well as oxygen, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, in addition to their sugars. This combination of nutrients provides the body much of what it needs to effectively utilize and break down that fresh food item and its natural sugars. In contrast processed and packaged foods containing refined sugars, sweeteners and chemicals do not come with the same compliment of necessary nutrients to utilize and break down the contents of that food item.

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An informative and easy to understand article on the different forms of sugar, how they affect us, as well as cooked, versus raw versus juiced veggies and fruits. I hadn't thought about the different between eating raw veggies vs raw fruits in that raw fruit is easier to digest since it has less fiber. 

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Hong Kong’s Cancer Rates Increased by 27%

Hong Kong’s Cancer Rates Increased by 27% | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
high incidence rates in Hong Kong due to an increasingly affluent society, with lifestyle habits such as smoking and diets rich in meat and fat being major contributing factors.
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The number of cancer patients in Hong Kong has grown 27% over the past 10 years. Breast cancer rates had the highest increase at 70% compared with a decade ago.

The major contributors to this are unhealthy diet, stressful lifestyle, and lack of exercise. High incidence cancer rates are often seen in affluent societies, with poor lifestyle habits, no exercise, smoking, and high consumption of meat and fat. Similar trends are being seen in China and Singapore.

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Red wine has ‘both cancerous, anti-cancerous properties’

Red wine has ‘both cancerous, anti-cancerous properties’ | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Resveratrol in red wine eliminates cells with the most DNA damage, which are the ones with the highest lik
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Diet Modifications Found to Benefit Breast Cancer Patients

Diet Modifications Found to Benefit Breast Cancer Patients | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Nutrition education may help prevent breast cancer re-occurrence
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Researchers from Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil undertook a study to evaluate the effect on cancer patients of reduced consumption of red and processed meat, and increased consumption of fruit and vegetables.

The researchers found that patients in the intervention group showed significant reductions in red and processed meat, consuming 50% less than peers in the comparison group. Comparison group patients also had two-times greater body weight increase during the study. Both red and processed meat consumption and body weight increases have been linked with increased oxidative stress, which has been shown to affect increased cancer recurrence. Fruit and vegetable intake was also increased among the intervention group and likely helped those patients limit BMI, unlike the comparison group, which had three times higher BMI over the course of the study.

"Although the sample size was small and data were collected at different times, this study provides evidence that women undergoing breast cancer treatment might benefit from immediate, individualized and detailed nutrition monitoring," lead author Cecilia C. Schiavon, MsC, concluded.

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Woman with Stage 4 Breast Cancer Cures Herself Through Changes in Diet and Nutrition

Woman with Stage 4 Breast Cancer Cures Herself Through Changes in Diet and Nutrition | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Dr. Ruth Heidrich healed stage 4 breast cancer with nutrition in 1982. Since then, she's won 6 Ironmans, and 67 marathons. And she's 80!
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The concept of healthy food choices is given lip service by the medical establishment, which does not really believe or promote diet or nutrition as a way of treating disease or remaining disease-free.

Cancer in particular is one disease that medical science asserts must only be addressed therapeutically through chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Those same professionals whose knee-jerk reaction tends to immediately reject the concept of beneficial effects of nutrition on cancer, are likely have no training in this field.

Yet there are an abundance of studies in nutritional science that have been around for quite a long time which clearly indicate that nutrition has the ability to prevent and to cure many diseases, including cancer. The work of T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist who specializes in the effect of nutrition on long-term health, published in his books “The China Study” and “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition” is an excellent introduction to the available evidence.

There is also a plethora of anecdotal evidence supporting nutrition in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease such as cancer and many others. In this interview Dr. Ruth Heidrich, a vibrant 80 year-old cancer survivor will explain to you why she chose only nutrition to overcome her stage 4 breast cancer that had spread to her bones and lungs. She also explains how she became completely cancer-free as a result of her new nutritional approach, and has remained that way for decades.

I recommend everyone with an interest in cancer, or who has family of friends with cancer, to watch this interview. Obviously there may be no acceptable scientific analysis of the biochemistry of how Dr. Ruth Heidrich cured her own stage 4 breast cancer with nutrition. However it is an undeniable truth (and an inconvenient truth for the medical establishment) that is being seen across thousands of people today who have chosen nutrition to overcome their own cancer, instead of succumbing to the chemotherapy and radiation approach.

Please watch the interview with an open mind and bear in mind that here is a lady that against all odds decided on her own logical approach to healing her body. A logical approach that is available to all of us.

Here is the video link (56 minutes) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbiVo4tJhiE

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Cancer is Not Caused by Bad Luck – Contrary to Recent Scientific Thinking

Cancer is Not Caused by Bad Luck – Contrary to Recent Scientific Thinking | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Why are some types of cancer so much more common than others? Sometimes it’s due to faulty genes inherited from one’s parents and sometimes to behaviors like smoking a pack of cigarettes every day. But in most cases, it comes down to something else – stem cells.
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Scientists from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have concluded that by their measure “two-thirds of adult cancer incidence across tissues can be explained primarily by “bad luck””.

The incidence of cancer today is expected to be 1 in every 2 males and 1 in every 3 females, according to the American Cancer Society. Such incident rates far exceed those in 1900 and during the majority of the twentieth century. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (a branch of WHO) has published a chart of worldwide cancer incidence which shows very clearly that the incidence of cancer fluctuates widely across countries.

So it is quite a surprise to me that scientists from Johns Hopkins can conclude that the majority of cancer is caused by bad luck. That does not seem to be a very scientific conclusion. Instead it says to me that science really doesn’t know the answer, so let’s just call it bad luck. If it is luck, then that means there are certain countries that have more bad luck than others. For example, USA, Australia, Canada and Eastern Europe are amongst the most unlucky countries (they have the highest incidence of cancer), and much of Africa, Indonesia and the Middle East are the luckiest countries (they have the lowest incidence of cancer). The scientists’ conclusion would indicate that as the twentieth century has progressed, the incidence of bad luck has also progressed.

The field of epigenetics very positively indicates that the expression of genes is turned on or off as a result of environmental influences on the cells. Many clinical studies have been done which leave no doubt that diet and exercise has a direct influence on the expression or suppression of genes (cancer oncogenes and cancer suppressor genes in particular).

Across countries we see a varying incidence of certain cancers compared to other countries. If it was all about mathematical luck based on the frequency with which different types of stem cells made copies of themselves, as the Johns Hopkins report asserts, then why is it that the incidence of different types of cancers has such a wide variation across different countries?

So I cannot accept the conclusion of the scientists involved in this analysis. I believe that the announcement of their finding and the resulting ‘attention-grabbing’ headlines that the media will choose to report on these findings does more harm than good to the community in addressing the higher incidence of cancer that we see today. Such reporting will lead the community to believe that nothing can be done about cancer as it is simply bad luck, and therefore beyond personal control. Therefore many will feel there is no need to change poor lifestyle habits and poor diet choices. If the community has such a view, I feel this is detrimental to health. But obviously the pharma companies and the cancer industry will benefit considerably.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (a branch of WHO) has published a document that outlines the known causes of cancer and in some cases the estimated percentage contribution, which includes the following:
- Cancer Causing Agents - tobacco, alcohol, asbestos, aflatoxins and ultra- violet light
- Chronic Infections (20%) - the most significant ones being hepatitis viruses (HBV, HCV), papillomaviruses (HPV) and Helicobacter pylori
- Lifestyle Factors (Diet & Nutrition 30%) - diet, physical activity, occupation, alcohol consumption
- Environmental Pollution - air, water, soil, food contaminants, radiation
- Medicinal Drugs & Procedures - hormones, chemotherapy, radiation, immune-suppressants
- Genetic Susceptibility (4%) - may significantly alter the risk from environmental exposures

I am constantly reading most of what is being written about cancer and reporting on quite a lot of it that I feel is of general interest to people. From my perspective it seems that cancer is more likely caused by lifestyle, diet, emotional trauma, chemicals, lack of proper nutrition, lack of exercise, radiation exposure, etc., than by bad luck. Genetic susceptibility is present – although seems to be only a small factor.

Here is some additional information for those who may be interested:
http://globocan.iarc.fr/Pages/Map.aspx
http://www.iarc.fr/en/publications/pdfs-online/wcr/2003/wcr-2.pdf

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There Is Scientific Proof We Can Heal Ourselves.

There Is Scientific Proof We Can Heal Ourselves. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
About Lissa Rankin, MD: New age gurus suggest that we can heal ourselves by simply changing our minds, but is this concept grounded in cold, hard science? Li...
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Listen and watch Dr. Lissa Rankin MD as she talks about the evidence of our ability to heal ourselves. We have the power to communicate with our own body such that it can heal itself.

Perhaps together we can heal healthcare.

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Eminent Billionaire Doctor Shaking Up The World of Cancer

Eminent Billionaire Doctor Shaking Up The World of Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Patrick Soon-Shiong: An owner of the L.A. Lakers, friend of Kobe Bryant, and a doctor who's shaking up the world of cancer.
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It is refreshing to see a brilliant doctor stepping outside the box of convention and stirring up the world of cancer

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is putting his own money towards finding better ways of treating and overcoming cancer. He wants to attack cancer on multiple fronts and is confident there is a pathway to the cure.

He has spent nearly a billion dollars of his own money to build a massive infrastructure, run by super computers, to find every single genetic mutation that could drive cancer.

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong comments "The truth of the matter, we treat cancer today, we guess. We take what we call the average results, put it in you, see if it works. If it doesn't work, oops, we'll try another drug. If it does work, we stop the drug. When you look back 10 years from now, it's almost barbaric."

Listen to this '60-Minutes' video to find out more about what he is doing. The complete story is here - http://www.cbsnews.com/news/billionaire-doctor-fights-cancer-in-unconventional-way/

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Breast Feeding May Reduce Breast Cancer By Up To 20%

Breast Feeding May Reduce Breast Cancer By Up To 20% | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

"Just half of mothers in the UK are nursing their child at six weeks, and just one per cent follow NHS advice to provide their child with breast milk only until six months, official figures show."

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Research on more than 750,000 women found that breast feeding was a powerful strategy to reduce the risk of cancer. The research found that breast feeding reduced the risks of invasive breast cancers by around 10 per cent in most cases – and up to 20 per cent for the most deadly types of disease.

Latest figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development comparing 21 countries show that at three months, UK rates of breast feeding are the lowest in the Western world.

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Scientists Say E-Cigarettes Contain Dangerous Cancer Causing Agents

Scientists Say E-Cigarettes Contain Dangerous Cancer Causing Agents | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
"Japanese scientists announced that e-cigarettes contain 10 times the level of cancer-causing carcinogens than its counterpart in the tobacco world".
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Researchers in Japan were commissioned by Japan’s Health Ministry to do a study on e-cigarettes.

They discovered that carcinogens such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde were present in the vapor produced by several brands of e-cigarettes.

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, December 2, 2014 12:50 PM

Don't be fooled about e-cigarettes or the safety of tanning beds. Be your own best advocate and do your research so you can make informed healthy choices and live from a model of prevention.

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Why Cancer Cells Grow Despite Lack of Oxygen

Why Cancer Cells Grow Despite Lack of Oxygen | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
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Reduced oxygen supply (hypoxia) to the cell is one of the common characteristics seen in tumor cells. Normally a reduction of oxygen will cause healthy cells to retard their growth. However cancer cells accelerate their growth, even when oxygen levels are reduced. This situation has puzzled many researchers.

Now researchers have solved part of the puzzle on how this happens. A protein (PHD3) within normal cells is able to detect lack of oxygen, which will then signal other proteins to be activated, and will cause a growth factor receptor (EGF) to be drawn into the cells interior. Once inside the cell the growth factor receptor (EGF) serves to down-regulate the growth of the cell.

However it has been found that in cancer cells the protein (PHD3) is not active when oxygen level is low, and therefore the growth factor receptor is not drawn into the cell to exercise control over growth. Therefore the cancer cells growth continues unchecked.

The discovery is an important step in understanding the nature of cancer cells, and could influence new areas of research that could lead to beneficial results in cancer therapy.

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