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Dietary Guidelines for Cancer Prevention

Dietary Guidelines for Cancer Prevention | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

Six dietary guidelines – more aggressive than previous cancer prevention advice.

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Doctors from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine have recommended guidelines for cancer prevention, and published their findings in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

It is encouraging to see doctors beginning to accept, adopt and recommend what many natural therapists have been advocating for such a long time.

Their cancer-prevention guidelines emphasize a plant-based food diet, which builds meals around fruits, vegetables and legumes. Their six dietary recommendations to reduce the risk of several types of cancer are as follows:

1. Limit or avoid dairy products to reduce the risk of prostate cancer

2. Limit or avoid alcohol to reduce the risk of cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon, rectum, and breast

3. Avoid red and processed meats to reduce the risk of cancers of the colon and rectum

4. Avoid grilled, fried, and broiled meats to reduce the risk of cancers of the colon, rectum, breast, prostate, kidney, and pancreas

5. Consume soy products to reduce risk of breast cancer and to reduce the risk of recurrence and mortality for women previously treated for breast cancer

6. Emphasize fruits and vegetables to reduce risk of several common forms of cancer


There is considerable research to support these findings and recommendations. However the consumption of soy products is somewhat controversial, in that there is conflicting research about the benefits or dangers of soy products. What is commonly accepted is the benefits of fermented soy products.

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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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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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Unexplainable Colorectal Cancer Rates Are Steadily Rising In People Under 50.

Unexplainable Colorectal Cancer Rates Are Steadily Rising In People Under 50. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
In some ways, the rise in colon and rectal cancers in younger patients parallels increasing breast cancer rates among U.S. women in their twenties and thirties. Although the causes are unlikely to be exactly the same, they probably do overlap.
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The overall incidence rate of colorectal cancer has decreased between 1975 and 2010 in the U.S., which is apparent and consistent in age groups over 50.

However in age groups below 50 the opposite trend has been identified, where the incidence rate of colorectal cancer has been increasing.

The surprising increase in colorectal cancers is most pronounced among men and women between the ages of 20 and 35. In that 20 to 35 age group their average increase of the incidence of colorectal cancer per year is not only higher than the over 50 age group, but more than four times that of the age group 35 to 49.

There seems to be no explanation for this increasing cancer trend in younger people. Assumptions such as obesity, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, increased chemical exposure, and pollutants will all be included on the list to consider. The unexplainable increase of cancer cases in the younger population, of a particular cancer which has predominantly occurred in people over 50, should be studied as a matter of urgency. 

Such an increase of colorectal cancer in younger people also matches increasing breast cancer rates among U.S. women in their twenties and thirties. Although the causes may not necessarily be exactly the same, there is likely to be quite some commonality.

This situation should be a warning sign to us all that something, or indeed many things, in our society are not conducive to health and will continue to contribute to further health problems if not identified and rectified.

It is also a very clear indication that there needs to be considerable focus, investigation, education and emphasis on cancer prevention, rather than the present and evidently overwhelming focus on procedures and pharmaceutical interventions directed at cancer treatment purely to manage the disease and its symptoms.

It is recognized that medical procedures and pharmaceuticals generate considerable income and profit to the medical and cancer ‘industry’, and that a community-wide focus on disease prevention may reduce those financial returns. However it is rapidly becoming evident to the community that the pathway to prevention needs to be researched, devised and made available to everybody to follow should they choose to do so.

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The original report was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association - http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1920838
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Reasons Behind Korea's Thyroid-Cancer “Epidemic”

Reasons Behind Korea's Thyroid-Cancer “Epidemic” | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Thyroid cancer is the epitome of a malignancy that it's usually better not to find.
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Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, Professor of Medicine at The Dartmouth Institute, and his team have published research in the New England Journal of Medicine pointing out that screening and over-diagnosis of thyroid-cancer, as is the case in South Korea, can be detrimental and incur serious health risks.

South Korea is years ahead of the U.S in paying for cancer screening. Back in 1999, the government started providing free or very low-cost cancer screening. This is part of South Korea’s program of detecting all cancers for which there’s a screening test – cancer of the breast, uterine cervix, colon, stomach and liver.

The program does not include screening for thyroid cancer. However so many hospitals and doctors have ultrasound machines – which can detect tiny thyroid tumors with a quick neck scan – that thyroid cancer screening has become routine in recent years, for a fee of $50 or less. It’s an easy sell, and an easy way to make money.

As a result, South Korea’s rate of thyroid cancer has soared. It’s 15 times higher than it was in the early 1990s, before routine ultrasound screening. However deaths from thyroid cancer in South Korea haven’t gone down at all over the past two decades, according to an article in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine.

According to the publication, the thyroid cancers being diagnosed in South Korea are almost always a slow-growing, non-life-threatening type that doesn’t need to be treated. Treating them is not harmless. “Virtually all the people diagnosed with thyroid cancer are treated,” the New England Journal article notes. Surgeons usually remove the thyroid gland, totally or partially, and patients must take thyroid hormone supplements the rest of their lives, often with difficult side effects.

More than one Korean thyroid-surgery patient in 10 suffers damage to the nearby parathyroid glands, which causes difficult-to-treat abnormalities of calcium metabolism. Two in every 100 patients ends up with paralyzed vocal cords from surgical mishaps. But clearly, South Korean doctors and patients find it almost impossible not to treat a cancer once it’s diagnosed.

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A New Technology Provides Real-Time Imaging of Cancerous Tissue - Using Time-Reversed Adapted-Perturbation (TRAP) Optical Focusing

A New Technology Provides Real-Time Imaging of Cancerous Tissue - Using Time-Reversed Adapted-Perturbation (TRAP) Optical Focusing | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Nature Photonics Advance Online Edition
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Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, together with his team have developed a new technology called time-reversed adapted-perturbation (TRAP) optical focusing, which sends guiding light into tissue to seek movement.

This non-invasive technique is of benefit in both imaging and therapy according to the researchers. By combining ultrasound and light absorption this new technology produces live images of biological tissues several inches below the skin. Therefore active cancers could be viewed in detail never seen before which would enable more accurate assessments.

The technology sends guiding light into tissue to seek movement. The light that has traversed stationary tissue appears differently than light that has moved through something moving, such as blood. By taking two successive images, they can subtract the light through stationary tissue, retaining only the scattered light due to motion. Then, they send that light back to its original source via a process called time-reversal so that it becomes focused once back in the tissue.

Published in Nature Photonics Advance Online Edition the research can be seen here - http://www.nature.com/nphoton/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nphoton.2014.251.html

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The Future of Cancer Diagnosis

The Future of Cancer Diagnosis | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The company insists the technology – which is undergoing clinical tests in hospitals at the moment - could be ready within five years
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A technology that can detect multiple of cancers with a standard blood test that can be used in a GP's surgery – or even someone's home – has been developed by a startup company, Miroculus.

It works by detecting microRNAs - a type of molecule which can be used to identify illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and even Alzheimer's - from a blood sample using technology and biochemistry usually reserved for high-tech laboratories.

The company says the technology – which is undergoing clinical tests in hospitals at the moment - could be ready within five years.

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PSA Prostate-Cancer Screening Does More Harm Than Good, Task Force Says

PSA Prostate-Cancer Screening Does More Harm Than Good, Task Force Says | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The guidelines are already being questioned by groups such as Prostate Cancer Canada and the Canadian Urological Association, both of which favour the PSA test so long as it is used judiciously. They say it is especially useful for men of African descent and men with a family history of prostate cancer, both of whom have a higher likelihood of developing the disease.
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Authorities are recommending that the PSA prostate cancer screening test be abandoned.

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care concluded that the harms of over-treatment outweigh the benefits of early detection.

The guidelines are already being questioned by groups such as Prostate Cancer Canada and the Canadian Urological Association, both of which favor the PSA test so long as it is used judiciously. They say it is especially useful for men of African descent and men with a family history of prostate cancer, both of whom have a higher likelihood of developing the disease.

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Cancer May be Able to be Prevented and Cured Through Diet

Cancer May be Able to be Prevented and Cured Through Diet | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

T. Colin Campbell, the professor emeritus in nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University said research has proven that consumption of animal products, including meat, fish and dairy, triggers chronic diseases and impaired health and poses a greater risk than heredity or environment.

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T. Colin Campbell is a nutritional biochemist who specializes in the effect of nutrition on long-term health. He is Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, and well-known for his two books, Whole (2013), and The China Study (2005), which became one of America's best-selling books about nutrition.

His research shows that consumption of animal products, including meat, fish and dairy, triggers chronic diseases and impaired health and poses a greater risk than heredity or environment. He has linked casein, a protein in milk, with breast cancer. His lifelong professional focus has been cancer and nutrition, and Campbell says that our national and global fight with cancer has targeted the wrong enemy.

He believes physicians are not reliable sources of nutritional advice for their patients, as most physicians received minimal to no nutritional education in medical school and have not generally conducted investigative laboratory research themselves. “Diet can be used to prevent and reverse cancer just like it prevents and reverses heart disease,” he said. “A diet high in animal protein increases the amount of carcinogens going to the cells. It increases the enzyme MFO (mixed function oxidase) that causes increased carcinogenic activity.” In the lab, Campbell has shown that increasing consumption of animal protein alters MFO and activates cancer while decreasing consumption detoxifies cancer. A high protein diet derived from animal products increases cell replication and increases oxygen free radicals associated with cancer and aging.

Nutrition seems to be a forgotten science. Unfortunately there have been no large-scale clinical trials with humans to test the efficacy of the whole-food, plant-based diet for prevention and treatment of cancer. Edward Giovannucci, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, believes diet is the leading cause of poor health in the US and worldwide. His own research findings are compatible with Campbell’s work.

However while public policy continues to be driven by commercial interests we will likely see no major changes in thinking, emphasis or policy regarding the impact of changed nutritional habits on improving health.

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HPV Infection and Oral Cancer

HPV Infection and Oral Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
However, not everyone infected with HPV will develop cancer.
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Increasing numbers of Danish men are being diagnosed with HPV-caused oral cancer.

The Danish Cancer Society (Kræftens Bekæmpelse) warns that oral sex increases the risk of HPV (human papilloma virus) infection, and suggest HPV can also be transmitted through mouth-to-mouth contact. However, not everyone infected with HPV will develop cancer.

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Some Key Facts About Your Immune System and Cancer

Many people ask me about the immune system. So here are a few key facts for your information.

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Your Immune System


Your first line of defense against pathogens.

Your own inner personal ‘military-force’ to deal with unwanted invaders.

Its objective is always to fight, fix, repair, promote detoxification, and maintain your health

Inflammation is one of the instruments used by the immune system to regulate health, usually in acute situations. However chronic and uncontrolled inflammation can have devastating effects on the immune system and your health. Contributors to chronic inflammation include chemicals, pollutants, heavy metals, emotional state, depression, stress levels, certain foods, pathogens, improper lifestyle, inadequate nutrition, etc.

The immune system is a learning system and able to recognize previous infections and eradicate them in the future.

People who have never been ill throughout life with the typical infections we all get from childhood onwards and other disease states, will have a less prepared and ready immune system to fight off future disease.

Many doctors may worry more about the people who have never been sick, due to their potentially less developed immune systems.

We are designed to fight infection, to stay healthy into old age, and to keep brain function into old age. If we treat our body correctly our immune system will work well to ensure we function well as designed.

We need to put the right fuel in our bodies so that our immune system can function optimally. The body and its immune system needs the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals, proper hydration, sleep, exercise, and attention to healthy emotional state, social interaction and lowered stress levels.

We need to remove the stressors that impede our immune system from working optimally.

When the immune system becomes disrupted that’s when bad things can begin to happen that compromise our health, including cancer.


Immune System and Cancer:

We all produce cancer cells everyday as part of our normal metabolism. Our healthy immune system identifies and removes these cancer cells quite adequately.

You cannot have cancer if you have an in-tact optimally functioning and healthy immune system.

If you have cancer then by definition your immune system has been compromised, and your immune system has missed dealing with the cancer.Many people see cancer as a disease of the immune system. A weakened immune system allows cancer cells to grow better. A consequence of chemotherapy and radiation is a weakened immune system.

Conventional cancer treatments, chemotherapy and radiation, compromise the immune system.

Conventional cancer treatment is focused on killing cancer cells, and not addressing the cause of cancer.

Cancer is an ‘obligate glucose metabolizer’, meaning it thrives on sugar (carbohydrate, glucose). Sugar compromises the immune system. A recent study showed that within 15-minutes of eating a predominantly carbohydrate meal (pizza, pasta, etc) the leukocyte index (the number of pathogens a white blood cell can destroy in 1-hour) fell from the normal 16 to 1.9, and maintained that lower level for many hours afterwards. That means a reduction to 10% of normal immune capacity for several hours.

A century ago sugar was a delicacy, and the average person consumed 5 pounds of sugar per year. Today in the US people consume an average of 150 pounds of sugar per person per year.

Cancer cells have certain characteristics – they only survive on sugar (glucose); they are anaerobic (do not need or thrive in an oxygenated environment); and they thrive in an acidic environment (as opposed to an alkaline environment).

Sugar contributes to free radical damage, damage to the mitochondria, and weakens our body’s innate immune system resulting in an environment where cancer cells can continue to grow and strengthen without being checked.

Normal cells go through a process called ‘oxidative phosphorylation’ which means they use oxygen and sugar and make 32 molecules of ATP (our body’s energy-currency). If cells use anaerobic metabolism (don’t utilize oxygen – i.e. cancer cells) they cannot produce 32 molecules of ATP, and perhaps produce only 2. That is the reason cancer cells with their altered metabolism need more sugar – so they can continue to produce some ATP for their own survival.

The anaerobic metabolism of cancer cells produces a lot of waste products, particularly lactic acid.

Reduce the intake of sugar (carbohydrate, glucose) and you will reduce the food supply of cancer cells, and reduce compromising your own immune system.

42%-46% of cancer patients die of cachexia (malnutrition). Conventional therapies for cancer don’t address this adequately.

Excessive sugar intake has been linked to increased risks of obesity, inflammation and chronic diseases. Chronic inflammation is one of the main contributing factors to many of the chronic diseases in our society today. It also is one of the causes of metastases of cancer that spreads throughout the body to form tumors.


Cells of the Immune System

The largest number of immune system cells in the body are neutrophils, representing from 50%-70% of your body’s army of immune cells. Neutrophils cannot detect cancer. Natural killer cells are constantly surveying all the cells in the body for intruders and other problem abnormal cells, and destroying them.

The immune system can be regarded as having two arms – specific and non-specific. In the non-specific arm there are neutrophils, macrophages, and eosinophils which are basically front-line defenders whose purpose is to identify all cells as belonging to self (i.e. friendlies). In the specific arm there are B-cells and T-cells. B-cells borne from the bone marrow, make antibodies against antigens, develop into memory B cells after activation by antigen interaction, and release cytokines (proteins), which are used for signaling immune regulatory functions. T-cells mature mainly in the thymus (some in the tonsils), and play a central role in cell-mediated immunity. There are several subsets of T-cells, each with a distinct function – including helper, cytotoxic, memory, regulatory (suppressor), and natural killer T-cells.

80% of your immune system is in the mucosal lining of our intestinal tract. If you don’t have a healthy intestinal tract and are feeding your body a lot of the wrong things it will compromise your immune system. If we add excessive burdens to our immune system it prevents it from doing its important function of protecting us.

In 1 cubic-centimeter of tumor there is approximately 1 billion cancer cells. 65% of those cells are usually dormant (in the resting phase of the cell cycle), and 35% are active (in the synthesis phase of the cell cycle).

99% of all cancer cells are non-cancer-stem-cells. Meaning about 1% of cancer cells are cancer-stem-cells. Cancer-stem-cells survive in the blood stream, are immortal, and not usually affected by chemotherapy and radiation. Non-cancerous stem cells cannot metastasize. Only cancer-stem-cells can metastasize. The immune system cannot recognize cancer-stem-cells because they have a protein on their cell surface that shields them from the immune system.

There is a small list of substances that have been shown scientifically to attack cancer-stem-cells. These include metformin and ellagic acid (found in berries and green tea extract).
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Interested in prevention? Consider starting with your immune system as a first line of defense.

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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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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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FDA Warns Gynecologic Device Spreads Cancer

FDA Warns Gynecologic Device Spreads Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
FDA warns gynecologic device has spread cancer
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A power morcellation device used to pulverize fibroids before removing them through a tiny hole in the abdomen has a very high risk of causing the spread of cancer.

Most major hospitals have stopped using these power morcellators due to the risks involved.

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Lactose Intolerance Linked To Lower Cancer Risk

Lactose Intolerance Linked To Lower Cancer Risk | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Lactose Intolerants Linked To Lower Cancer Risk
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According to Jianguang Ji, Associate Professor at Lund University and researcher at the Center for Primary Care Research in Malmö, the results of a study show that people with lactose-intolerance, who typically consume low amounts of milk and other dairy products, have a reduced risk of lung, breast and ovarian cancers.

Lifestyle factors such as high consumption of milk and other dairy products have been suspected to contribute to the high incidence of breast and ovarian cancers, although many studies have been inconclusive.

Based on data from 22,788 individuals with lactose-intolerance the researchers found that the risks of lung cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer were significantly lower in people with lactose-intolerance compared to people without lactose-intolerance, irrespective of country of birth and gender.

While this study is of interest, it does not necessarily mean that lactose-intolerance protects against cancer. It is possible that other factors such as lower calorie intake because of low milk consumption, and protective factors in plant-based milk drinks, may contribute to the observed negative association between lactose-intolerance and the studied cancers.

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How NSAIDs Initiate Suicide of Intestinal Cells That May Become Cancerous

How NSAIDs Initiate Suicide of Intestinal Cells That May Become Cancerous | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
team found that NSAIDs activate the "death receptor pathway." This means that the drugs initiate suicide in intestinal stem cells that have a mutation in the APC gene.

The APC mutation makes these genes dysfunctional. Cells affected by the mutation can potentially develop into precancerous polyps and tumors. Although cells that have a mutation in the APC gene are targeted by NSAIDs, healthy cells with the non-mutated gene are unaffected.
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It has been known for some time that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen, lower the risk of developing intestinal polyps, which can develop into cancer. However, it has not been understood how NSAIDs may reduce this cancer risk.

A study done by Lin Zhang, PhD, associate professor of the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology at the Pitt School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute has highlighted how the preventative effect from NSAIDs may happen.

The research team found that NSAIDs activate the "death receptor pathway." This means that the drugs initiate suicide in intestinal stem cells that have a mutation in the APC (adenomatous polyposis coli) gene. The APC mutation makes these genes dysfunctional, and cells affected by the mutation can potentially develop into precancerous polyps and tumors. Although cells that have a mutation in the APC gene are targeted by NSAIDs, healthy cells with the non-mutated gene are unaffected.

The research was published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/10/29/1415178111.abstract

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Cap Allows Cancer Patients to Keep Hair During Chemotherapy

Cap Allows Cancer Patients to Keep Hair During Chemotherapy | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
cap allows cancer patients to keep hair during chemo
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A cap that allows cancer patients to keep their hair while undergoing chemotherapy is being tested. The cap works by slowly cooling the scalp to constrict small blood vessels and limit the concentration of cancer drugs reaching the hair follicles. It's been undergoing clinical trial at the University of California, San Francisco.

The UCSF team has now gathered enough data from the trial to present results to the Food and Drug Administration. If approved, Swedish manufacturer Dignitana plans to begin working with hospitals and chemotherapy centers.

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Knowing Cancer Risk May Not Affect Screening Rates

Knowing Cancer Risk May Not Affect Screening Rates | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Telling people of their potential increased risk of colon cancer did not spur them to get the recommended screening.
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Personalized genetic information to guide medical decisions is increasingly becoming available. A study was done to determine if individualized genetic and environmental risk assessment (GERA) of colorectal cancer susceptibility improves adherence to screening tests in average-risk persons.

Researchers studied 783 people aged over 50 who were found to be at risk for colorectal cancer and who had not undertaken prior screening. All the participants were told of their apparent risk for the cancer.

Two-thirds of the people in the study received comprehensive advice about colon cancer screening, a session of genetic counseling and a blood test that could tell them whether they were at average or increased risk for colon cancer. The other third received only the advice about the advantages of screening.

Over the next 6-months those people who chose to have screening tests in each of the two groups was basically the same – 33.1% and 35.7% respectively. This study example shows that giving people knowledge of the availability of personalized risk assessment testing made no difference to their decision to undertake testing.

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The Truth About Cancer – Free Replay (Free Offer Ends Sunday evening Oct 26)

The Truth About Cancer – Free Replay (Free Offer Ends Sunday evening Oct 26) | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Find out how to prevent and treat cancer 100% naturally, watch the episodes for FREE today, Oct. 13th ~ 24th
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For anybody interested in understanding the natural therapeutic approaches to cancer that many people have found successful, here is a free offer to select and watch any of the eleven episodes of a recent Cancer Summit, as follows.

Watching this will give you an immediate jump-start on all the most up-to-date knowledge about what may be working for many people.

Episode 1:  Modern Medicine & The Cancer Pandemic
Episode 2:  Your First Line Of Defense
Episode 3:  Eliminate These “Dirty Dozen” To Prevent Cancer
Episode 4:  Your Secret Fountain of Youth
Episode 5:  Nature’s Pharmacy
Episode 6:  Clean Foods & The Cancer-Free Diet
Episode 7:  Diagnostic “Do’s & Don’ts” – Proven Treatment Protocols Part 1
Episode 8:  Proven Treatment Protocols Part 2
Episode 9:  Proven Treatment Protocols Part 3
Episode 10: Doctor’s Orders
Episode 11: How to Survive and Thrive

This is the replay link - http://www.thetruthaboutcancer.com/live/replay.php

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Has the Evolution of Cooking and the Foods We Eat Contributed to Increased Cancer Rates?

Has the Evolution of Cooking and the Foods We Eat Contributed to Increased Cancer Rates? | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Michael Pollan is an author, activist, journalist and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He mainly focuses on the industrial food chain with regards to his research. He emphasizes how cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health, build communities, […]
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In this short video Michael Pollan gives an interesting perspective on the role of cooking – how it has changed and how we have become dependent on corporations to cook our food.

This may provide valuable insight into one important aspect of why cancer rates are rising in our society. We see study after study showing how pesticides, GMOs and a number of other things we choose to surround ourselves with on a daily basis are indeed harmful to human health.

Perhaps it is time for us to wake up and fully acknowledge the various contributing factors to the ill-health of our society. If we consider that 75% of the US health budget is spent on the treatment of lifestyle-related chronic diseases that have been associated with diet and nutrition, we may need to make better choices in our lives.

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How to Not Get Cancer - According to the Experts at WHO

How to Not Get Cancer - According to the Experts at WHO | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Cancer experts at the World Health Organisation (WHO) have published a 12-point code aimed at preventing cancer.
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Dr Joachim Schuez, who led the research, explained “these are all recommendations where you can change your behavior as an individual”.

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