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Antibiotics Found to Increase Colon Cancer Risk

Antibiotics Found to Increase Colon Cancer Risk | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Taking some antibiotics, which reduces the diversity of bacteria in the gut, may slightly increase the risk of developing colon cancer, a new study suggests
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Results of a study showed people who had taken antibiotics, including penicillins, quinolones and metronidazole, were 8 to 11 percent more likely to develop colorectal cancer. There was no link between cancer risk and other antibiotic classes, anti-viral medications or anti-fungal drugs, according to the study.

The beneficial bacteria we have in our gut, known collectively as the gut microbiome, are important for normal functioning of the intestine. It is known that antibiotics destroys beneficial bacteria and therefore changing the balance of the microbiome.

However, it's unclear whether cancer causes a change in composition of gut bacteria, or an imbalance in gut bacteria partly contributes to cancer development, by providing a condition for tumors to grow.

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Nutrition Experts Agree that Supplementation with Vitamins and Minerals is Beneficial

Nutrition Experts Agree that Supplementation with Vitamins and Minerals is Beneficial | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and three other institutions have taken issue with recent claims that 'the case is closed' on whether or not a multivitamin/mineral supplement should be taken by most people to help obtain needed micronutrients.
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While most nutrition experts agree that a balanced and nutritious diet is the best way to obtain needed nutrients, researchers point out that many Americans have a less-than-perfect diet – long on calories and short on nutrients - and the vast majority are not getting enough of several important vitamins and minerals. Research to be published in the Annals of Internal medicine, was done by a group of researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Tufts University, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

"It's naïve to ignore the fact that most people have micronutrient inadequacies, and wrong to condemn a daily supplement that could cover these nutritional gaps safely and at low cost," said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute, and a biochemist in the OSU College of Science.

"There's strong evidence that a multivitamin/mineral supplement supports normal functioning of the body and helps improve overall health, and may even help lower chronic disease risk," Frei said. "It's irresponsible to ignore decades of nutrition research and tell the people of the United States they have no need for a supplement that could be so helpful, and costs as little as $1 a month. "And if they have a poor diet, people should try to improve that as well," he said. "The two are not mutually exclusive."

Some of the points made by the researchers include:
- The vast majority of people do not meet all of the guidelines for dietary intake of vitamins and minerals.
- More than 93% of adults in the U.S. do not get the estimated average requirement of vitamins D and E from their diet; 61% not enough magnesium; and 50% not enough vitamin A and calcium.
- Concerns about "increased mortality" from supplements of vitamins A and E have been based on extremely high use through supplements far beyond the amount available in a multivitamin, and in the case of vitamin E largely refuted by comprehensive meta-analyses.

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Chemicals Identified to Avoid to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Breast cancer is the most common invasive malignancy among women in the US and the leading cause of death in women from their late 30s to their early 50s.
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A study published in the National Institutes of Health journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, has highlighted a range of chemicals that women are most commonly exposed to, that have been found to contribute to the development of breast cancer.

Unfortunately, we are all exposed to chemicals on a regular basis. However the link between toxic chemicals and cancer appears to have been largely ignored.

In their review of chemicals that have evidence of being human breast carcinogens, the researchers identified 17 high priority chemicals or chemical families based on exposure and carcinogenicity, which include the following, and should be avoided:

1,3-Butadiene - 1,3-Butadiene exposure in the general population is primarily via inhalation of cigarette smoke, automobile exhaust, and gasoline fumes, as well as emissions from industrial facilities

Acrylamide – Major sources of acrylamide exposure include diet (especially starchy foods, such as french fries, cooked at high temperatures) and tobacco smoke. Acrylamide exposures are believed to be low from other sources, which include grouts, adhesives, and polyacrylamide gels used in many consumer products (e.g., diapers), in drinking water treatment, and elsewhere.

Aromatic amines – Aromatic amines contain nitrogen bound to benzene or other aromatic rings. They are important intermediates in industrial synthesis of polyurethane, pesticides, dyes, and many other products.

Benzene – The highest exposures to benzene are from gasoline (riding in a car, pumping gasoline, storing gasoline in a basement or attached garage) and tobacco smoke, although automobile exhaust and other forms of urban and industrial air pollution are also important exposure sources. Benzene is also used in some consumer products including adhesive removers, paints, sealants, finishers, and engine fuel and oils.

Halogenated organic solvents –These chemicals were widely used in the past, with uses including dry cleaning, hair spray propellant, soil fumigants, food processing, gasoline additives, and paint and spot removers. Although use has declined, occupational exposures are still common, and some consumer exposure remains.

Ethylene and propylene oxide – EtO is a gas used to sterilize medical equipment, food and spices, clothing, and musical instruments. It has also been detected in tobacco smoke and auto exhaust. EtO is a high production volume chemical used to manufacture many other chemicals, such as ethylene glycol, so one exposure source may be air pollution near industrial facilities.

1,2-Propylene oxide (PO) - Another high production volume industrial chemical, used to manufacture other chemicals (including polyurethane foam) and as a sterilant and fumigant, and in some automotive and paint products (NTP 2011). Tobacco smoke is also a source of exposure.

Flame retardants and metabolites – Used in the manufacture of many household items and clothing.

Heterocyclic amines – Both meat cooked at high temperatures and tobacco smoke contain heterocyclic amines.

Endogenous and pharmaceutical hormones and other endocrine disrupting chemicals – These are present in the food supply and various products.

MX – MX is one of hundreds of genotoxic by-products of drinking water disinfection.

Nitro-PAHs - 1-nitropyrene and other nitroPAHs are air pollutants thought to primarily come from diesel exhaust.

Ochratoxin A – Human exposure to the naturally occurring mycotoxin ochratoxin A occurs mainly through consumption of contaminated grain, nuts, and pork products.

PAHs – Exposure to PAHs, such as benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), occurs primarily through inhalation of tobacco smoke or polluted air and ingestion of charred foods.

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – PFOA and other perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are used in non-stick and stain-resistant coatings on rugs, furniture, clothes and cookware, as well as in fire-fighting applications, cosmetics, lubricants, paints, and adhesives.

Styrene - Exposure to styrene in the general population occurs at levels of micrograms per day due mainly to inhalation of indoor air and cigarette smoke and intake of food that has been in contact with polystyrene. Styrene is present in consumer products and building materials, including polystyrene, carpets, adhesives, hobby and craft supplies, and home maintenance products.

Read the report for yourself here - http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/wp-content/uploads/advpub/2014/5/ehp.1307455.pdf

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What Messages, Facts and Encouragement Do Cancer Centers Choose to Advertise to the Public?

What Messages, Facts and Encouragement Do Cancer Centers Choose to Advertise to the Public? | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
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A review of clinical advertisements, in top U.S. consumer magazines and television networks, by cancer centers was funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


The results of the review revealed that:
- Advertisements promoted treatments (88%) more often than screening (18%) or supportive services (13%)
- Benefits of advertised therapies were described more often than risks (27% vs. 2%) but were rarely quantified (2%)
- Few advertisements mentioned coverage or costs (5%), and none mentioned specific insurance plans
- Emotional appeals were frequent (85%), evoking hope for survival (61%), describing cancer treatment as a fight or battle (41%), and inducing fear (30%)
- Nearly one half of advertisements included patient testimonials, which were usually focused on survival, rarely included disclaimers (15%), and never described the results that a typical patient may expect

Based on this analysis it is evident that the cancer centers are spending considerable money on advertising to promote their treatments, and rarely on information about the treatment risks, benefits, or costs.


With present predictions of the lifetime risk of developing cancer being 1 in 2 males, and 1 in 3 females, it is not unreasonable for the general public to expect more information, particularly on the subject of cancer prevention.

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Study Finds Link Between BPA Levels and Prostate Cancer

Study Finds Link Between BPA Levels and Prostate Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The highly controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) has been linked with yet another adverse health condition: prostate cancer.
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In a small study published in PLOS ONE, scientists observed the presence of high levels of BPA in men with prostate cancer; they also found that BPA exposure disrupts cell division, potentially affecting cancer’s development.

Researchers looked at normal and cancerous prostate cells, as well as biomarkers associated with cancer development. Normally, when a cell divides into two “daughter” cells, the DNA chromosomes are divided equally between the new cells.  But exposing cells to BPA led to abnormal DNA distribution.

BPA is used to manufacture hard, polycarbonate plastics and is found in many food product containers such as cans, receipts and plastic water bottles.  It has been linked to cancers, neurological defects, diabetes and obesity. BPA exposure in the U.S. is widespread, with more than 90 percent of the population containing some levels of the chemical. Widespread use of BPA began about 50 years ago.

“The BPA level found in cancer patients is about two- to four-fold higher than the median level found in larger population studies in America,” according to lead study author Shuk-mei Ho, director of the Cincinnati Cancer Center and professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, May 25, 12:04 PM

THIS is why we need stringent laws regarding toxins.  If we are asking individuals to be proactive in living lifestyles focused on prevention, our businesses and our government must also provide an environment that reduces the toxin overload.  No one can afford the price we're paying, individually or as a country.

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Dogs Accurately Detect the Presence of Prostate Cancer in Humans in 98% of Cases

Dogs Accurately Detect the Presence of Prostate Cancer in Humans in 98% of Cases | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Matt Rourke / APDogs can be trained to sniff out organic compounds tied to prostate cancer, according to a new study that finds they're 98 percent accurate. ...
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Researchers at Humanitas Research Hospital in Milan tested the ability of dogs to detect prostate cancer from urine samples. They took urine samples from 320 men with prostate cancer, and 357 without it. The men with cancer had all different stages of the disease, from very low-risk, slow-growing tumors, to cancer that had spread. Some of the men in the non-prostate-cancer group had other diseases or conditions, including other types of cancer.

One of the dogs detected every single prostate cancer case, and only hit false positives — when it identified cancer when it wasn’t there — in 2 percent of cases. The other dog was almost as accurate. The research team reported that the two dogs had an accuracy rate of 98%.

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Subrata Chakravarty's curator insight, June 3, 5:42 PM

Possibly more accurate than PSA tests?

Subrata Chakravarty's curator insight, June 4, 8:30 AM

Beats erratic PSA tests ... the ultimate biosensor for prostate cancer!

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The Truth About Cancer - How Patients Are Treating and Beating Their Own Cancer

The Truth About Cancer - How Patients Are Treating and Beating Their Own Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
MUST SEE trailer for upcoming free Docu-Series on natural, non-toxic cancer options.
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This is the trailer of a new documentary-series that will broadcast to the world (for free) starting Monday May 26th through Sunday June 1st. Each of the seven episodes will air primetime nightly at 9pm Eastern and again at 9pm Pacific Daylight Time, and are as follows:


- Episode 1: The Cancer Pandemic
- Episode 2: Are you Immune?
- Episode 3: Franken-Foods & Cancer Causers
- Episode 4: Spoiled Rotten
- Episode 5: Eating Away At Cancer
- Episode 6: What Would Doc Do?
- Episode 7: How to Survive and Thrive

 

Here is the video link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBRywptQehs#t=116

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Natalie Palmer's curator insight, May 18, 6:09 AM
This looks amazing!

Check out this trailer of a new documentary-series broadcasting for FREE beginning on Monday, May 26th through Sunday, June 1st.

 

Each of the seven episodes will air primetime nightly at 9pm EST and also at 9pm Pacific Daylight Time. The topics covered in each episode are:


- Episode 1: The Cancer Pandemic
- Episode 2: Are you Immune?
- Episode 3: Franken-Foods & Cancer Causers 
- Episode 4: Spoiled Rotten
- Episode 5: Eating Away At Cancer
- Episode 6: What Would Doc Do?
- Episode 7: How to Survive and Thrive

 

This is the youtube video link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBRywptQehs#t=116

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Mammography Screening Program for Breast Cancer is More Harmful than Beneficial According to the Swiss Medical Board’s Review

Mammography Screening Program for Breast Cancer is More Harmful than Beneficial According to the Swiss Medical Board’s Review | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Perspective from The New England Journal of Medicine — Abolishing Mammography Screening Programs? A View from the Swiss Medical Board
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There are many ‘experts’ who believe that the practice of systematic mammography screening reduces the risk of getting breast cancer and saves many lives through early detection of aggressive tumors. However there is an increasing number of ‘experts’ who believe that this practice does not bring the benefits that are attributed to it.

The basis of the argument in favor of systematic mammography screening is founded on old and outdated clinical trials up to 50 years old. The question is “Could the modest benefit of mammography screening in terms of breast-cancer mortality that was shown in trials initiated between 1963 and 1991 still be detected in a trial conducted today?”

The Swiss Medical Board put together a team of specialists and experts to answer that question as part of their review of the practice of mammography screening. An important part of the team’s realization was that the harms of mammography screening outweighed its benefits – in particular false-positive diagnoses.

After 25 years of follow-up, they found that 106 of 484 screen-detected cancers (21.9%) were over-diagnosed. This means that 106 women in the screening group were diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer unnecessarily, which resulted in needless surgical interventions, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or some combination of these therapies. They were also quite concerned about the discrepancy between women's perceptions of the benefits of mammography screening and the benefits to be expected in reality.

As a result of the study and its report, the Swiss Medical Board recommended that no new systematic mammography screening programs be introduced and that a time limit be placed on existing programs.

The report, which was made public in February, has been rejected by a number of Swiss cancer experts and organizations, some of which called the conclusions unethical. One of the main arguments used against it was that it contradicted the global consensus of leading experts in the field. Another argument was that the report unsettled women.

Change is always difficult for many people to accept. Particularly those with vested interests in the status quo.

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Molecular Biologist Explains How Cannabis is Effective for Cancer, Kills Cancer Cells and Leaves Normal Cells Unaffected

This video scientifically explains the human endocannabinoid system; it also explains the process that occurs in the body that allows THC to effectively cure...
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I have written here before about cannabis and its positive effects on helping with cancer.

The endocannabinoid system, which is a normal part of the human organism, is a central regulatory system that affects a wide range of biological processes. It consists of a group of molecules known as cannabinoids as well as the cannabinoid receptors that they bind to. Our cells have cannabinoid receptors that can identify and engage the cannabinoids as required.

Research has identified an overexpression of cannabinoid receptors in the tumor cells of various cancer diseases, including lung cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer. Cannabinoids have been proven to reduce cancer cells as they have a great impact on the rebuilding of the immune system.

In this video Dr. Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist at Compultense University in Madrid Spain, explains how her research led to the findings that the active ingredients from marijuana – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) - do indeed kill cancer cells while leaving normal healthy cells unaffected.

For more information refer to my previous articles - http://www.scoop.it/t/cancer-advances-knowledge-integrative-holistic-treatments?q=cannabis

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Can We Eat to Starve Cancer? Yes We Can!

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/can-we-eat-to-starve-cancer-william-li William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other dis...
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Cancer cells depend on blood supply for the nutrients they need to sustain their own life and develop into tumors. When solid cancers are small, they are supplied with nutrients by diffusion from nearby blood vessels. In order for a tumor to grow and metastasize, it must become vascularized through the action of angiogenesis.

Angiogenesis, the growth of new capillary blood vessels in the body, is an important natural process used for healing and reproduction. The body controls angiogenesis by producing a precise balance of growth and inhibitory factors in healthy tissues.

Angiogenesis occurs in the healthy body for healing wounds and for restoring blood flow to tissues after injury or insult. In females, angiogenesis also occurs during the monthly reproductive cycle (to rebuild the uterus lining, to mature the egg during ovulation) and during pregnancy (to build the placenta, the circulation between mother and fetus).

In the healthy body, a series of biologic "on" and "off” switches help modulate angiogenesis.

- The main "on" switches are known as angiogenesis-stimulating growth factors

- The main "off" switches are known as angiogenesis inhibitors

When angiogenic growth factors are produced in excess of angiogenesis inhibitors, the balance is tipped in favor of blood vessel growth. When inhibitors are present in excess of stimulators, angiogenesis is stopped. In general, angiogenesis is "turned off" by the production of more inhibitors than stimulators.

The concept of angiogenesis as only being a localized phenomenon in tumor development has been modified as we now understand more about the other cell-types that are involved in tumor development. It is now known that angiogenesis for cancer growth is in fact a systemic effect. There are adult stem cells present in the bone marrow that are called into action by tumors, no matter where the tumor is located. The tumor mobilizes these cells that circulate in the blood stream so that they are drawn to the site of the tumor to initiate, support and fuel the growth of blood vessels for the tumor.

Angiogenesis inhibiting drugs were once thought to have potential as a silver-bullet treatment applicable to many types of cancer, but limitations were found to exist with anti-angiogenic drug therapy.

Research is now revealing that many naturally occurring foods are as good, and in some cases better, than drugs in the control of angiogenesis. This is a major step forward in the strategies we have at our disposal for cancer prevention. To learn more visit the Angiogenesis Foundation - http://www.angio.org/

For a list of the dietary sources of naturally occurring anti-angiogenic foods see here - http://blog.ted.com/2010/02/10/dr_william_lis/

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Chronic Inflammation Resulting from Typical Lifestyle Choices Promotes Cancer

Chronic Inflammation Resulting from Typical Lifestyle Choices Promotes Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Chronic inflammation has started to become a buzzword in the health world as research builds indicating that it may be the cause of many serious illnesses, from heart disease to cancer.
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There is direct connection between chronic inflammation and the development of cancer, as well as many other disease states. Many factors can contribute to chronic inflammation including stress, toxins, genetic predisposition, lack of exercise and diet.

Many doctors today recommend people take daily anti-inflammatory medicine, such as aspirin, to reduce their chances of developing chronic long-term inflammation. While this may be the case, research indicates this practice may be causing more harm than good for some people.

One byproduct of inflammation is an increase in C-reactive protein in the body, and it is good practice to have this checked during routine medical checkups. Research indicates that foods high in magnesium (e.g. almonds, spinach, cashews, black beans, kelp, pumpkin seeds, etc.) can help reduce inflammation and elevated levels of C-reactive protein.

Maintaining a proper balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can also help to reduce the risk of inflammation. The typical western diet is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, and has excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids. Research has indicated that excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids and a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio, as is found in today's Western diets, promotes many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

One study found that a ratio of 2.5/1 (omega-6 / omega-3) reduced rectal cell proliferation in patients with colorectal cancer, whereas a ratio of 4/1 with the same amount of omega-3 had no such effect. Studies indicate that the optimal ratio may vary by disease.

The bottom line is that reducing the level of chronic inflammation, assisted by a diet with a lower ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids is desirable in reducing the risk of many of the chronic diseases including cancer. To learn more see here - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12442909

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, April 28, 2:49 PM

...and MORE data about the role of nutrition and physical activity in cancer prevention...

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Cancer is a Metabolic Disease that Responds to Diet-Based Metabolic Therapy

Cancer is a Metabolic Disease that Responds to Diet-Based Metabolic Therapy | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Enjoy this free DigiVision Lecture from the ACAM 2013 conference in Hollywood Florida
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The belief of medical experts seems to be that cancer is a genetic disease. A belief that is expressed in our college education, biology textbooks, medical education, and top scientific journals. The belief is extended to suggest that if there is any metabolic component to the cause of cancer, then it is due to some genomic instability.

The origin of these beliefs dates back to 1914 with the work of Theodor Heinrich Boveri, a German biologist. However it turns out that he never actually studied cancer himself. Today many scientists have a different view of cancer and do not subscribe to the theory that cancer is genetic in origin. Cancer cells also are metabolically abnormal. Research has shown that transferring the nucleus of cancer cells into normal cells does not result in the normal cells becoming cancerous. Further research indicates that transferring normal mitochondria into cancer cells can also suppress the development of the cancer. This suggests that abnormalities which may exist in the nucleus, such as various genomic instabilities, are not the drivers of the cancer. These findings contradict the theory that the genes are driving the cancer.

So what does drive cancer? Typically the mitochondria in cancer cells are damaged and the integrity of their structure, and therefore function, is compromised. Some studies have shown that many tumor cells have no mitochondria. Thomas Seyfried , PhD, asserts that if the respiration function within the cell becomes damaged it can give rise to the development of cancer. Compromised respiration gives rise to increased fermentation which allows the cell to survive with defective respiration. His work, together with preclinical and case report studies, has led him to the conclusion that restricted diet can be an effective metabolic therapy for cancer, in place of the normal standard of care that involves radiation and chemotherapy.

Specifically he has found that the ketogenic diet is able to restrict and reduce cancer growth. It involves calorie restriction through lack (or severe restriction) of carbohydrates in the diet. The absence of glucose as a result of lack of carbohydrates is replaced by high fat content. The combination of lack of carbohydrates and high fat encourages the liver to make ketone bodies from the fats. The ketones become the food supply for the brain cells and other important organs such as the heart. Tumor cells cannot metabolize ketones so they gradually die off from lack of glucose.

However it is important that the ketogenic diet is maintained within restricted amounts. Unrestricted consumption of fats can have the effect of compromising the effect of insulin, and therefore result in high glucose levels which will then feed the cancer cells. Further, Dr. Seyfried has established that hyperbaric oxygen therapy together with the ketogenic diet has been found to have a very beneficial synergistic benefit on the reduction of cancer.

The process first involves getting people into the right metabolic state where their ketone production is increased and their glucose is reduced. This may involve a 3-day therapeutic fast, and then transition to a ketogenic diet. In this state the cancer cells become vulnerable to attack, and the normal cells are protected.

To learn more refer to Dr. Seyfried’s book “Cancer as a Metabolic Disease”.

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What Every Cancer Patient Needs to Know When They Are First Diagnosed With Cancer

Critical info for cancer patients.

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In this video (11 minutes) Chris, who cured his own stage 3 colon cancer without chemotherapy or radiation, answers a question that would benefit every cancer patient – what do you wish someone had told you when you were first diagnosed with cancer? I have included below what I felt are the important points.

Don’t Be Afraid

Being afraid is a normal reaction to a cancer diagnosis. The first reaction is to think you are dying. But you are not. Cancer is a normal process and the body is designed to recognize and eliminate cancer cells. The cancer itself is not the real problem for you. The main problem is that you have a systemic metabolic disease that is resulting in tumors growing in your body. The tumor is the symptom. If you simply take out the tumor your body will build another. Cancer results in a body that is nutrient deficient and overloaded with toxins, and typically the result of a suppressed or overloaded immune system.

Don’t let anyone rush you into surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. You have time. The majority of cancers are not life-threatening and not emergency situations. Most doctors will admit you have some time. The cancer diagnosis should be a wakeup call telling you that you need to radically change your life and focus on becoming healthy.


The following four factors will either promote your health or promote disease, depending on the choices you make. You have choices. You can turn your diseased body into a healthy body by changing your life and making wise choices. Doing so will give your body everything it needs to repair, regenerate and detoxify.


Diet

What causes the cancer are a number of factors, including the processed man-made food that we were not designed to eat. We are overfed but malnourished. We get plenty of protein, fats and carbohydrates. But we are not getting the much needed micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and the phytonutrient compounds in fruits, vegetables and plants that support the body’s ability to heal. Instead we pollute our bodies with processed foods, artificial chemicals, flavors, texture-enhancers, artificial fats – i.e. non-natural food that essentially is poisoning and polluting us. What we need to eat are foods that come from the earth in their natural form. Obesity is the second leading cause of cancer. Being overweight results in your body being in a chronic state of inflammation.

Lifestyle

If you drink too much alcohol, smoke or take drugs it can result in cancer. Especially taking pharmaceutical drugs. Pharmaceutical drugs do not heal. They only mask and alleviate symptoms. The only way to true healing is through nutrition to give your body all the building blocks that it needs to repair and regenerate.

Exercise
If you are not active and moving you are not sending signals of life to your body to grow, to get stronger and to live.

Stress

Stress suppresses and destroys your immune system. This applies to stress from relationships, work, or over-exercise. Harboring negative emotional stress like unforgiveness and bitterness, jealousy, being judgmental and critical of others, will put your body in a chronic state of inflammation. Your stress hormones will be elevated which can lead to encouraging cancer.

So many people have made radical changes like the above to their life, and have reversed chronic disease conditions and cured their own cancers. The medical view of cancer is that it is a linear progression that will grow and spread all over your body. The latest clinical research has proven that to be false.


Learning from the experience of others who have overcome their own cancer should be a primary focus of cancer sufferers and their family and friends. It is important to take time, don’t let anyone rush you into something, and listen to your own instincts. Don’t do something you do not feel good about. It is your life, you are in control and you make your own decisions. You have options, and your body can heal itself. You are also encouraged to come to terms with your own spirituality and faith, and seek the path of healing.

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Israel Develops a Blood Test for Breast Cancer

Israel Develops a Blood Test for Breast Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

Octava Pink, a groundbreaking achievement in cancer detection, follows eight years of research at EventusDx in Jerusalem.

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A team of biologists in Israel have developed a blood test to detect breast cancer called Octava Pink, which is available now in Israel and Italy.

After collecting data from hundreds of healthy women and women diagnosed with breast cancer, the team analyzed the proteins of their immune systems. They also examined immune-system activity in women with ovarian cancer and men and women with intestinal cancer, to see the distinction from those with breast cancer. By comparing the panels of elements characteristic of the women with breast cancer to those of healthy women created “pictures” of each group.

The Octava Pink test has been found to correctly diagnose 95% of the healthy women and 75% of those with breast cancer. These results are a significant improvement on the detection of breast cancer using mammograms and biopsies.

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Avoid These Things to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

Avoid These Things to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Scientists identify highest priority toxic chemicals to target for breast cancer prevention.
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After my previous post, I came across this which although less thorough you may find it easier to read.

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Agricultural Chemicals Linked to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Agricultural Chemicals Linked to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
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A report published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has highlighted a positive link between the cancer ‘non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)’ and chemicals used in agriculture.


The researchers systematically reviewed more than 25 years’ worth of epidemiologic literature across 12 countries on the relationship between pesticide chemical groups and active ingredients with NHL.

The findings included:
- Random effects meta-analyses showed that phenoxy herbicides, carbamate insecticides, organophosphorus insecticides and the active ingredient lindane, an organochlorine insecticide, were positively associated with NHL.
- Associations between pesticides and NHL subtypes.
- B cell lymphoma was positively associated with phenoxy herbicides and the organophosphorus herbicide glyphosate.
- Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma was positively associated with phenoxy herbicide exposure.


Read the full report here - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4025008/

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Chemicals Common in Everyday Life Linked to Breast Cancer

Chemicals Common in Everyday Life Linked to Breast Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Some of the biggest sources of mammary carcinogens in the environment are benzene and butadiene, which can come from vehicle exhaust, lawn equipment, tobacco smoke and charred food.
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Research done by the Silent Spring Institute, a 20-year-old organization made up of scientists who focus on the environment and women's health, lists 17 chemicals woman should avoid that have been shown to cause breast cancer in lab rats and are likely to do the same in women.

The chemicals are found in gasoline, diesel and other vehicle exhaust, flame retardants, stain-resistant textiles, paint removers, disinfection byproducts in drinking water, tobacco smoke, charred food, cleaning solvents like methylene chloride, pharmaceuticals used in hormone replacement therapy, nonstick coatings, and styrene used to make Styrofoam.

"Every woman in America has been exposed to chemicals that may increase her risk of getting breast cancer," according to the co-author of the study Julia Brody. "Unfortunately, the link between toxic chemicals and breast cancer has largely been ignored. Reducing chemical exposures could save many, many women's lives."

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, May 25, 12:15 PM

And THIS is why StupidCancer.org founder & CEO Matthew Zackary is angered by the current bill.  Read more here...

http://www.rollcall.com/news/new_house_chemicals_bill_angers_cancer_survivors_commentary-231387-1.html

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Breast Cancer Metastasis Process Better Understood

Breast Cancer Metastasis Process Better Understood | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Working with mice, researchers report they have identified chemical signals that certain breast cancers use to recruit two types of normal cells needed for the cancers’ spread.
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Research has shown that breast cancer cells send out chemical signals to recruit other cells for the process of spreading the cancer.

The cancer cells, which differ from normal cells in their oxygenation, send out a chemical signal called hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1), which they release to help them cope with low-oxygen conditions. The researchers also group found that HIF-1 induced adult stem cells called mesenchymal stem cells to release a signal to nearby breast cancer cells, which made them more likely to spread. Breast cancers need the support of several types of host cells in order to metastasize.

Gregg Semenza, a professor and director of the Vascular Biology Program in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Institute for Cell Engineering, commented that the study adds to the evidence that an HIF-1 inhibitor drug could be an effective addition to chemotherapy regimens.

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Mobile Phone Usage Beyond 15-Hours Per Month Found to Increase Risk of Brain Cancers

Mobile Phone Usage Beyond 15-Hours Per Month Found to Increase Risk of Brain Cancers | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
People who used their phones more than 15 hours each month found to be at two to three times higher risk of developing glioma and meningioma tumours
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A study by French scientists published in the British journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports that intensive mobile phone usage may increase the risk of developing certain types of brain cancers.

The study looked at 253 cases of glioma and 194 cases of meningioma reported in four French departments between 2004 and 2006, and compared them against 892 "controls" or healthy individuals drawn from the general population, to identify any differences between the two groups.

The comparison found a higher risk among those who used their phone intensively (more than 15-hours per month), especially among those who used it for their work, such as in sales. The duration of use in this category ranged from between two and 10 years, averaging at 5 years.

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Cancer Therapy Using Modified Virus Completely Clears Cancer Throughout the Body After Only One Single Dose

Cancer Therapy Using Modified Virus Completely Clears Cancer Throughout the Body After Only One Single Dose | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Dr. Stephen Russell, the Richard O. Jacobson Professor of Molecular Medicine and a Consultant in Hematology from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, in an article ...
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For many years people have been working on the theory that viruses introduced to the body, delivered as a systemic approach intravenously, can be used to destroy cancer throughout the body. The correct terminology for this procedure is “systemic oncolytic virotherapy”.

Previously this approach has proven to be successful in mice, and recently it was tried for the first time on humans in a clinical study at the Mayo Clinic. The first person who elected to enroll in the study was a 49 year-old woman with multiple myeloma (cancer that starts in the plasma cells in bone marrow) who already had two stem cell transplants which had not eradicated her cancer.

She was administered the systemic oncolytic virotherapy, being a single dosage of modified measles virus, and no other therapy. The results were astonishing. The tumor on her forehead regressed completely, other visible lesions on her PET CT-scan disappeared completely, and her bone marrow was cleared of the myeloma.  There were side effects due to the toxic nature of the treatment which lasted for several days involving headaches, fever and episode of shaking and shivering.

Her remission lasted for 9-months and then the tumor on her forehead returned. However none of the other lesions returned, and her bone marrow remained healthy.

A second person in the study did not have such a similar dramatic response to the treatment as the first. However her tumor did regress and here bone marrow did clear of myeloma.

This type of systemic oncolytic virotherapy has proven in the first patient that a single once-off dose has the ability to target and completely eradicate cancer throughout the body without effecting other cells. It is a major step forward in the treatment of cancer and certainly warrants further study and application.

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iPhone App That Detects Skin Cancer

iPhone App That Detects Skin Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The DermoScreen app, developed in Houston, works with a dermoscope attachment. The lens scans unusual looking lesions and highlights at-risk patients.
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An app for the iphone has been developed to detect skin cancer, and is now being evaluated at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre.

Early testing has found the device to be accurate 85% of the time. This is more accurate than family doctors who were found to have an accuracy average of 50% to 70%. Specialist dermatologists typically have an accuracy rate of 90%.

The app relies on the connection of a special magnifying lens attached to the iphone.

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, May 24, 12:37 PM

Putting more control into the hands of individuals...technology that may eventually help people take responsibility and have more opportunity to save their own lives.  Looking forward to hearing outcomes of the current testing at MD Anderson!

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Detoxification – A Critical Process for Cancer Prevention and Eliminating Its Cause

Detoxification – A Critical Process for Cancer Prevention and Eliminating Its Cause | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Dr. George Yu explains that a safe and effective way to detox is to use a combination of niacin, exercise, and sauna therapy.
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The removal of toxins from the body is an important aspect of maintaining health and prevention from disease. It is something that our body. Toxins, especially in the modern world, are ever present. They are in the food we eat, the water we drink, and even in the air we breathe. If our body fails to get rid of these toxins on its own, they tend to accumulate and result in toxicity-related diseases ranging from simple allergies to cancer.



The human body is equipped with the necessary organs that work to get rid of toxins. Detoxification is performed by the following:

- Gastro-intestinal system – a hollow muscular tube-like system extending from the oral cavity through the pharynx, esophagus, stomach and intestines to the rectum and anus. Everything we eat and drink is processed by this system, which digests all of the materials, extracting useful components, and expelling waste products. Detoxification naturally occurs through removal of the waste and the processing and removal of toxins via accessory organs such as the liver and kidneys.

- Liver - contains enzymes which can break down toxins so they can be easily excreted in the bile or urine.

- Kidneys - work to remove toxins in the body by filtering blood and producing urine.

- Lungs - primarily functions to remove carbon dioxide, a waste resulting from cellular metabolism.

- Lymphatic system - works to remove toxins and waste at cellular level.

- Skin – the skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects our body and also eliminates toxins.

To complement the natural detoxification process of the body, most health professionals recommend eating a well-balanced diet, exercising, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, and refraining from excessive alcohol consumption, drug intake, and smoking

Today, as people grow more aware of the harmful effects of the presence of toxic substances in the body, the demand for health programs which can promote or assist in the body’s detoxification process increases. We now see many detox diets becoming popular today.

This article and video presents another focus on detoxification using niacin (Vitamin B3). Dr. Yu suggests that a regular “niacin flush” is beneficial for most people.

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Fish and Mammals Found Contaminated with Tumors and Lesions

Fish and Mammals Found Contaminated with Tumors and Lesions | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Turner Radio Network - Providing the facts the mass-media won't.
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Evidence of tumor growth and diseased tissue has been found in fish and other species from the sea and river estuaries. This report shows many photographs of salmon the mouth of the Hydaburg River, Alaska with strange growths, fish from Nigliq Channel and upstream from Nigliq Channel to the Colville River, Alaska with bloody lesions and tumors on them, and many other fish showing classic signs of radiation-caused cancerous tumors.

There is no way to tell exactly where in the Pacific Ocean these fish have been. One thing is for certain: they're ALL from the Pacific Ocean.

If the strange lesions and cancerous tumors were only affecting Salmon, one might theorize that a particular disease had struck a particular species. That's not the case. Fresh water Pike  are also being caught with grotesque cancerous tumors protruding outside their bodies. Tumors are also affecting other species of fish like the Canadian Whitefish. Vancouver Island area Herring are also being found to be bleeding from their gills, eyes, mouths and bellies.

Researchers in Australia noticed a large tumor protruding from the mouth of a great white shark, as well as another mass on the head of a bronze whaler shark. The great white's tumor measured 1 foot (30 centimeters) long and 1 foot wide, according to a study describing the tumors published online in November in the Journal of Fish Diseases. Yet sharks have not been known to get cancer.

Mammals as well as fish are being affected, including various types of Seals, Walruses and even Polar Bears. They have been found suffering from bloody lesions, some are suffering external tumors and others are losing their fur - hair loss is one of the first signs of radiation poisoning, even in humans.

We all need to consider this situation and what it means to ourselves in terms of food and lifestyle choices. There are many possibilities to the likely cause. The most obvious being the Fukushima incident pouring radioactive waste into the ocean. It is expected that Governments and officials will deny any possibility. The bottom line is that something is in the oceans that is causing the fish and mammals to become ill. If we eat those diseased fish it is possible that it could increase our risk of becoming ill.

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Inadequate Sleep Can Promote and Speed Cancer Growth

Inadequate Sleep Can Promote and Speed Cancer Growth | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

Poor-quality sleep marked by frequent awakenings can speed cancer growth, increase tumor aggressiveness and dampen the immune system's ability to control or eradicate early cancers, according to a new study published online January 21, 2014, in the journal Cancer Research.

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Many health problems are associated with lack of sleep. A new study shows that inadequate sleep can speed the growth of cancer.

According to the study, on an animal model, published in the journal Cancer Research, poor-quality sleep marked by frequent awakenings can speed cancer growth, increase tumor aggressiveness and dampen the immune system's ability to control or eradicate early cancers.

The study director David Gozal, MD, chairman of pediatrics at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, commented that "fragmented sleep changes how the immune system deals with cancer in ways that make the disease more aggressive."

This study provides biological credibility in terms of the association between compromised sleep and cancer outcomes.

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, April 28, 2:50 PM

Get your zzz's...part of a healthy immune system for prevention.

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UK Skin Cancer Rates Increase 500%

UK Skin Cancer Rates Increase 500% | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

More than 13,000 people are now developing malignant melanoma each year, Cancer Research UK figures reveal

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Rates of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, are five times higher in the UK today than they were in the 1970s. This is partly down to the increase in package holidays to sunny European destinations, and a boom in sunbed use.


Sunburn is known to increase the risk of skin cancer, especially in people with pale skin or large numbers of moles or freckles.

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