Miso Protects against Radiation, Cancer and Hypertension

saffron-215932_640Humble miso soup may have saved lives when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.  Science now confirms miso prevents radiation injury.  It may also prevent cancer and hypertension.  Here’s why you need at least one cup a day.

When the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on Continue reading

Research: Ginger Selectively Kills Breast Cancer Cells

ginger_breast_cancerNew research published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology found that “ginger may be a promising candidate for the treatment of breast carcinomas.”[i]  This is a timely finding, insofar as breast cancer awareness month is only days away, and one of the primary fund-raising justifications is the false concept Continue reading

More Coffee May Lead To A Longer Life

More Coffee May Lead To A Longer LifeTired of apologizing for your addiction to a morning mug (or two or three) of coffee? No more need for guilt – that java may be just what the doctor should order.

According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, older adults who drink coffee have a lower risk of Continue reading

Why the Apple Is One of the World’s Most Healing Superfoods

appleheartThis commonly overlooked superfood protects the body from nuclear fallout, kills a wide range of cancers, and keeps the arteries unclogged — to name but a few, experimentally confirmed ways in which the apple awakens your inner physician.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Continue reading

Why This Form of Cancer is On the Rise

liverOver the past decades there have been a number of great steps taken in cancer research and treatment. Doctors are now able to improve the quality and length of life for patients at rates that were unimaginable only years ago. This increased knowledge leads to greater education for the masses, offering preventative strategies and ways to Continue reading

Can Chinese Herbal Medicine Treat Cancer? The Research Says Yes

chinese herbalA large scale review of research by Australia and Chinese University scientists has proved with thousands of studies using hundreds of thousands of cancer patients that Chinese herbal medicine offers significant treatment for most types of cancers – including breast cancer.

The research comes from Australia’s University of Western Sydney and the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. The researchers analyzed and reviewed 2,964 human clinical studies that involved 253,434 cancer patients. Among these were 2,385 randomized controlled studies and Continue reading

Dandelion Health Benefits

dandelion… a common weed has such astonishing medicinal benefits that gardeners may want to start growing it instead of uprooting it?

While gardeners can’t get rid of the dreaded dandelion fast enough, Western medicine is eager for more of this potent medicinal plant.  Used for centuries by herbalists for healing and preventative purposes, scientific scrutiny confirms that Continue reading

Natural Lemon Extract is Cytotoxic to Breast Cancer Cells

A new study has shown for the first time how limonoids, natural compounds present in lemons and other citrus fruit, impede both ER+ and ER- breast cancer cell growth. This sheds new light on the importance of citrus fruit for breast cancer prevention and supports past studies which showed fruit Continue reading

Suzanne Somers’ ‘Bombshell’ Redefines Aging

In her new book, Suzanne Somers reveals the secrets behind some cutting-edge medical advances that she believes could revolutionize the way we think about getting older.

Suzanne Somers is 65 years old, but you’d never know it from looking at her.

Somers, an actress, author, Continue reading

40 Percent of Cancers Are Preventable

About 40 percent of cancers could be prevented if people stopped smoking and overeating, limited their alcohol, exercised regularly and got vaccines targeting cancer-causing infections, experts say.

To mark World Cancer day on Thursday, officials at the International Union Against Cancer released a report focused on steps that governments and the public can take to avoid the disease.

According to the World Health Organization, cancer is responsible for one out of every eight deaths worldwide — more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. WHO warned that without major changes, global cancer deaths will jump from about 7.6 million this year to 17 million by 2030.

In the report from the International Union Against Cancer, experts said about 21 percent of all cancers are due to infections like the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes cervical cancer, and hepatitis infections that cause stomach and liver cancer.

While the vaccines to prevent these cancers are widely available in western countries, they are almost nonexistent in the developing world. Nearly 80 percent of the world’s cervical cancer deaths are in poor countries, according to the agency.

In Western nations, experts said many of the top cancers like those in the lungs, breasts and colon might be avoided if people changed their lifestyle habits.

Coffee May Stop Liver Disease

Coffee May Stop Liver Disease

Researchers have found another good reason to go to the local espresso bar: Several cups of coffee a day could halt the progression of liver disease, a study showed Wednesday.

Sufferers of chronic hepatitis C and advanced liver disease who drank three or more cups of coffee per day slashed their risk of the disease progressing by 53 percent compared to patients who drank no coffee, according to the study, led by Neal Freedman of the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

For the study, 766 participants enrolled in the Hepatitis C Antiviral Long-Term Treatment against Cirrhosis (HALT-C) trial  all of whom had hepatitis C which had not responded to treatment with anti-viral drugs  were asked to report how many cups of coffee they drank every day.

The patients were seen every three months during the 3.8-year study, and liver biopsies were taken periodically to determine the progression of liver disease.

“We observed an inverse association between coffee intake and liver disease progression,” meaning patients who drank three or more cups of java were less likely to see their liver disease worsen than non-drinkers, wrote the authors of the study, which will be published in the November issue of Hepatology.

The researchers put forward several ways in which coffee intake might protect against liver disease, including reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes, which has been associated with liver illness; or by reducing inflammation, which is thought to cause fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver.

Even caffeine, the chemical that gives a cup of coffee its oomph, came under the spotlight, having been found in previous studies to inhibit liver cancer in rats.

But drinking black or green tea, which also contain caffeine, had little impact on the progression of liver disease, although there were few tea drinkers in the study.

According to the World Health Organization, 3 million to 4 million people contract hepatitis C each year.

Seventy percent of cases become chronic and can cause cirrhosis or liver cancer.