The Unhealthiest of “Health Foods”

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Many of the foods commonly considered to be “health foods” are not good for your health

Eleven of the most common unhealthy “health foods” are discussed—including fruit juices, whole grains, agave nectar, vegetable oil and sports drinks Continue reading

Grassfed vs. Organic Butter, And Which One Will Kill You Faster

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAButter Basics

Butter. Oh yum, butter. Butter on corn, butter on scones, green beans in brown butter, buttercream icing, herb butter… Oh, butter, no other fat is quite like you, and we love you for it.

But let’s start at the beginning. Cow’s milk is separated into milk and cream. Continue reading

How Do We Reduce Inflammation?

inflaIn Part I of this series, we looked at what inflammation is and how it contributes to cancer development and progression. In Part II, we examine how to discern if inflammation is an issue for you, some valuable assessments to consider to measure it, and the very specific actions you can take to lower inflammation levels that Continue reading

Five Super Foods that Will Heal your Gut

sfoodsThe root of good and bad health resides in the gut. This is a centuries old maxim of both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and India’s Ayurvedic medical practices.

Over the last few decades, renegade MD’s, holistic practitioners, chiropractors, Continue reading

Three Things Every Owner of an Older Dog Should Be Doing

By Dr. Becker

The canine lifespan seems too short, doesn’t it?

By the time a large breed dog is 10 years old, he’s considered retirement age in human years. Giant breeds age fastest of all, Continue reading

Maintain Eye Health by Balancing Your Omegas

When it comes to maintaining good health, people differ on what to focus on. Some concentrate on keeping a healthy body weight. For others, good digestion is a priority. Or, it could be that mental health becomes a focal point. Despite these different priorities, just about everyone agrees that maintaining good eyesight is very important. Being able to see clearly is a tremendous gift that we should all invest a little time and effort into protecting.

With that in mind, consider the results of a recent study linking omega fatty acid ratios to eye health. Researchers in Croatia investigated the possible connection between the omega-6/omega-3 fatty acid ratio and the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). They looked at 125 patients diagnosed with ARMD and divided these patients into five groups. Continue reading

Changing Chicken Feed Composition Can Improve Health Benefits of Eggs

Whether eggs are a healthy breakfast choice has been a subject of controversy in recent years. Now, scientists have discovered that the answer to that question may depend on what kind of food the hens are fed.

Omega-6 fatty acids, when present in hen’s feed, cause the animals to lay eggs that are high in cholesterol. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that these compounds can be a healthy part of a person’s diet, as they are necessary for proper development and brain function, but people’s bodies do not naturally make them.

However, when high levels of the acids are present as part of a hen’s diet,  Continue reading

Hazelnuts- Good Fuel For The Body

If a national research group has its way, U.S. farmers will soon add a new crop to their fields — hazelnuts.

The U.S. currently produces only about five percent of the world’s hazelnuts.

Traditionally known as a European crop used to make sweets and healthy cooking oils, hazelnuts may have even bigger potential as a bio-fuel and feed for livestock, researchers say. And hazelnuts are environmentally friendly to grow according to researchers at the Arbor Day Foundation, a tree conservation organization.

The U.S. currently produces only about five percent of the world’s hazelnuts — and almost all of that comes from Oregon, an area of the U.S. with a climate ideal for tree growth. But a consortium of the Arbor Day Foundation and three universities — the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Oregon State University and Rutgers University — thinks the U.S. can do better.

To increase the hazelnut’s presence in American fields, researchers first have to develop a hybrid that will grow well in a variety of climates across the country.

The group, which has been conducting research for more than a decade, received a $1.3 million grant last fall from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — it’s largest to date — to help make hazelnuts a commercially viable crop. The research had previously been funded by smaller grants or by the institutions themselves.

Scott Josiah, state forester and director of the Nebraska Forrest Service says both the economic and environmental potential of hazelnuts were likely motivating factors behind the USDA’s decision to award the grant.

“They are looking for crops that show potential,” said Josiah. “Hazelnuts will grow where other crops won’t — such as on sloped terrain.”

The versatility of the hazelnut is what makes it so appealing as a new crop, researchers say. It’s used in candies and as a food supplement. As a cooking oil, it has a similar composition to olive oil with a high content of Omega-9 and Omega-6.

Fish Oil May Reduce Risk Of Breast Cancer

A recent report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, adds to the growing evidence that fish oil supplements may play a role in preventing chronic disease.

Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash., led by Emily White, Ph.D., a member of the public health sciences division, asked 35,016 postmenopausal women who did not have a history of breast cancer to complete a 24-page questionnaire about their use of non-vitamin, non-mineral “specialty” supplements in the Vitamins and Lifestyle (VITAL) cohort study.

After six years of follow-up, 880 cases of breast cancer were identified using the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results registry.

Regular use of fish oil supplements, which contain high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, was linked with a 32 percent reduced risk of breast cancer. The reduction in risk appeared to be restricted to invasive ductal breast cancer, the most common type of the disease.

The use of other specialty supplements, many of which are commonly taken by women to treat symptoms of menopause, was not associated with breast cancer risk.

This research is the first to demonstrate a link between the use of fish oil supplements and a reduction in breast cancer. Studies of dietary intake of fish or omega-3 fatty acids have not been consistent.

“It may be that the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements are higher than most people would typically get from their diet,” White said.

However, White cautioned against gleaning any recommendations from the results of one study.

“Without confirming studies specifically addressing this,” she said, “we should not draw any conclusions about a causal relationship.”

Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D., professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and an editorial board member of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, agreed.

“It is very rare that a single study should be used to make a broad recommendation,” said Giovannucci. “Over a period of time, as the studies confirm each other, we can start to make recommendations.”

Still, fish oil continues to excite many, as evidence emerges about its protective effect on cardiovascular disease and now cancer.

Harvard researchers are currently enrolling patients for the randomized Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (also called VITAL), which will assess the impact of fish oil supplements and vitamin D on cancer, heart disease and stroke.

The researchers plan to enroll 20,000 U.S. men aged 60 years and older and women aged 65 years and older who do not have a history of these diseases and have never taken supplements.

Recruitment for this National Institutes of Health funded study began in January, and more information can be found here.

Source: American Association for Cancer Research

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Inflammation Causes Heart Disease – Not Cholesterol

Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Disease – Inflammation Does
Opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake.
The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It Is Not Working!

These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. *The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a
paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes*, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are effecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.*

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.*

Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus.

The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, *if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation*. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.*

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Let me repeat that. The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet that has been recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.*

Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. Let’s say you kept this up several times a day, every day for five
years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a
brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. *Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.*

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. *These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.*

How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?

Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. *When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose,* it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.*

When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.*

What does all this have to do with inflammation? *Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This
repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation.* When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.

While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator – inflammation in their arteries.

Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell – they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.

If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation. Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. *To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables*. *Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them. One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.*

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. *Since we now know that _cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease_, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.*

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation.

Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats._* We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.

What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods.* By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries* and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.

Heart Surgeon Admits Huge Mistake

By Dwight Lundell, MD

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often
acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we
are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong.. As a heart
surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart
surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and
scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labeled
“opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually
attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease
resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower
cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake.
The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart
disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy
and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It Is Not Working!

These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally
defensible. *The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the
artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a
paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be
treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of
obesity and diabetes*, the consequences of which dwarf any historical
plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic
consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin
medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our
diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever
before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million
Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes
and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger
and younger people in greater numbers every year.*

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is
no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel
and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol
would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is
inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.*

Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s
natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus.

The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from
these bacterial and viral invaders. However, *if we chronically expose
the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed
to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation*. Chronic
inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to
foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body?
Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.*

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that
is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not
knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This
repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease,
stroke, diabetes and obesity. Let me repeat that. The injury and
inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet that has
been recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply,
they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar,
flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of
omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found
in many processed foods.*

Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft
skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding.
Let’s say you kept this up several times a day, every day for five
years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a
bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated
injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that
could be going on in your body right now.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or
internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon
thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a
brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. *Several times a day,
every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more
injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately
with inflammation.*

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond
alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded
with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for
long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six
decades. *These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.*

How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to
make you sick?

Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what
occurs inside the cell. *When we consume simple carbohydrates such as
sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes
insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it
is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose,* it
is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.*

When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises
producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.*

What does all this have to do with inflammation? *Blood sugar is
controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a
variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This
repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation.* When
you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is
exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood
vessels.

While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it
in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one
common denominator – inflammation in their arteries.

Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only
contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as
soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are
manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s
are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what
goes in and out of the cell – they must be in the correct balance with
omega-3’s.

If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane
produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.
Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of
these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as
30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines
causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be
optimal and healthy.

To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating
these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities
of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having
high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a
vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure,
diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process
continues unabated.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and
processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by
little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to
consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning
to foods closer to their natural state. *To build muscle, eat more
protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful
fruits and vegetables*. *Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing
omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are
made from them. One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of
omega-6; soybean contains 6,940mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from
grass-fed beef.*

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to
cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled
polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your
head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart
disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood
cholesterol is also very weak. *Since we now know that _cholesterol is
not the cause of heart disease_, the concern about saturated fat is even
more absurd today.*

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that
in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation.
*_Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to
avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats._* We now
have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and
other silent killers.

What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not
those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with
manufactured foods.* By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding
essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years
of damage in your arteries* and throughout your body from consuming the
typical American diet.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of
Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital, Mesa, AZ. His private practice,
Cardiac Care Center was in Mesa, AZ. Recently Dr. Lundell left surgery
to focus on the nutritional treatment of heart disease. He is the
founder of Healthy Humans Foundation that promotes human health with a
focus on helping large corporations promote wellness. He is the author
of The Cure for Heart Disease and

Why Some Women Suffer Breast Cancer Relapses

NEW YORK –  Scientists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York City have found out why some women suffer relapses years after beating breast cancer.

Leading oncologist Dr. Larry Norton has revealed that breast cancer cells have the unique ability to lie dormant for years, even after the original tumor has been removed.

In a novel study, the researchers have found a genetic switch, called Src, that triggers dormant breast cancer cells.

“Wandering cells might relocate to the primary site just as they could – by using the same biological toolbox – locate to a distant site,” the Daily Express quoted Norton as saying.

“It’s just as a weed-bed overgrows and destroys a garden and then scatters its tiny seeds to invade neighboring gardens.

“Our results should encourage cancer specialists to think about further study of Src inhibitor drugs that attack reservoirs of these ‘wandering’ latent cancer cells and prevent spread of the disease in breast cancer patients after the tumour has been removed,” he added.

Dr. Helen George, Cancer Research UK’s head of science information, said: “This research is important because it offers an explanation of why some breast cancers can spread and return.

NOTE: CANCER CANNOT SURVIVE IN AN OXYGENATED AND ALKALINE ENVIRONMENT.   SEE POSTS FOR BI-CARBONATE AND L-ARGININE AND THE BUDWIG PROTOCOL

New Radioactive Imaging Agent may Revolutionize Skin Cancer Diagnosis

SYDNEY – An Australian Government funded research group has developed a potential new material that can make early diagnosis of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer possible.

Writing about their work in the ACS’ Journal of the Medicinal Chemistry, the Cooperative Research Consortium for Biomedical Imaging Develop has revealed that the novel material is currently being tested in laboratory animals.

Ivan Greguric, a group member, notes that about 130,000 new cases of malignant melanoma occur each year worldwide.

Although patients do best with early diagnosis and prompt treatment, according to the researcher, the positron emission tomography (PET) scans sometimes used for diagnosis sometimes miss small cancers, delaying diagnosis and treatment.

While searching for better ways of diagnosis, the researchers identified a new group of radioactive imaging agents, known as fluoronicotinamides.

Testing it on laboratory mice that had melanoma, the researchers observed that the novel substance revealed skin cancer cells with greater accuracy than imaging agents currently in use.

Consequently, note the researchers, this substance may become a “superior” PET imaging agent for improving the diagnosis and monitoring the effectiveness of treatment of melanoma.

They have revealed that clinical trials with this new agent are scheduled for 2010.

Regular Exercise Cuts Prostate Cancer Risk

CHARLOTTE  – A new study has revealed that regular exercise can help keep prostate cancer at bay.

According to researchers at Duke University Medical Centre, those who were moderately active – anything equivalent to walking at a moderate pace for several hours a week – were significantly less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

They analysed 190 men who had a prostate biopsy and found that 58 percent of the men exercised less than the equivalent of one hour per week of easy walking, reports chinaview.cn

The study also showed that exercise was associated with less aggressive disease in men who did develop prostate cancer.

“As the amount of exercise increased, the risk of cancer decreased,” said lead author Dr. Jodi Antonelli, a urology researcher at the centre.

Natural Compounds in Vegetables Make Chemotherapy More Effective

PORTLAND- Natural compounds present in plants and some vegetables may help treat cancer even more effectively, when used side-by-side with chemotherapy drugs, according to new research.

A study published in the International Journal of Cancer has found that chlorophyllin-a water-soluble derivative of chlorophyll that makes possible the process of photosynthesis and plant growth from the sun’s energy-is, on a dose-by-dose basis, 10 times more potent at causing death of colon cancer cells than the chemotherapeutic drug hydroxyurea.

Experts in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University say that the study has also shown that chlorophyllin kills cancer cells by blocking the same phase of cellular division that hydroxyurea does, but by a different mechanism.

Based on that finding, the researchers suggest that it may be possible to developed to have a synergistic effect with conventional cancer drugs, helping them to work better or require less toxic dosages.

“We conclude that chlorophyllin has the potential to be effective in the clinical setting, when used alone or in combination with currently available cancer therapeutic agents,” the researchers wrote in their study report.

They, however, stressed the need for both in laboratory and animal studies, with combinations of chlorophyllin and existing cancer drugs, before it would be appropriate for human trials.

Other studies published in the journals Carcinogenesis and Cancer Prevention Research have explored the role of organic selenium compounds in killing human prostate and colon cancer cells.

During the studies, a form of organic selenium found naturally in garlic and Brazil nuts was converted in cancer cells to metabolites that acted as “HDAC inhibitors” – a promising field of research in which silenced tumor suppressor genes are re-activated, triggering cancer cell death.

Rod Dashwood, professor and director of the Cancer Chemoprotection Program in the Linus Pauling Institute, says that the concept of combining conventional or new cancer drugs with natural compounds, which have been shown to have anti-cancer properties, is very promising.

“Most chemotherapeutic approaches to cancer try to target cancer cells specifically and do something that slows or stops their cell growth process. We’re now identifying such mechanisms of action for natural compounds, including dietary agents. With further research we may be able to make the two approaches work together to enhance the effectiveness of cancer therapies,” Dashwood said.