Following the works of Drs. Otto Warburg and Johanna Budwig, an aggressive program of intravenous solutions of 5% Bicarbonate and a controlled diet Continue reading
And I’ve seen some great success. But no injection therapy I’ve ever used took my breath away for its ease of use and effectiveness. That is until I saw the treatment I’m going to tell you about this month! Continue reading
In a large epidemiologic study, researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center found that the children of U.S.-born Latina women are at higher risk of having retinoblastoma, a malignant tumor of the retina which Continue reading
Here is a health alert out of California, where researchers have tied a very common metal to breast cancer. They found that cadmium, a heavy metal found in cosmetics, food, water and air, makes breast cancer cells more aggressive.
This would seem to have a big impact on cancer treatment for all patients. The research shows that exposure to cadmium for prolonged periods of time can cause the progression of breast cancer to become more aggressive. Continue reading
In part two of my look at the nutrient lycopene, we take aim at cancer. In fact, six different types of cancer. Found in rich amounts in tomatoes, lycopene may possess powerful cancer-preventative abilities.
Let’s start with a Harvard-based study that reviewed Continue reading
Mustard seeds are not a big part of the North American diet. In Japan, however, they are frequently added to many meals and are eaten in abundance. Researchers have noted that the Japanese also have the longest life expectancy in the world. In a recent health breakthrough, researchers have discovered that mustard seeds may play a small but important part in the robust health of the Japanese.
Mustard seeds contain a number of potent phytochemicals to boost your nutritional health. In fact, many of these antioxidants have yet to be fully discovered by scientists in the medical community. Chinese researchers set out to solve some of this mystery by performing a clinical trial.
They used a specially prepared extract made from mustard seeds and applied it to a collection of human colon cancer cells to see if any beneficial effects could be seen. They found that the mustard seed extract helped to prevent the growth of the tumor cells Continue reading
Healthy sleep cycles are one of the greatest practices to maximize health and optimize daily performance. Melatonin is a super hormone that is produced in the body and helps initiate the sleep cycle. This hormone is also known to enhance healing and regenerative processes within the body. Maximize melatonin secretion with simple strategies to improve your sleep cycles.
Melatonin is a critical hormone produced by the pineal gland in the absence of light stimulation. This hormone is responsible for inducing a state of sleep and regulating circadian rhythms that govern our sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin has been identified as one of the greatest free radical scavengers Continue reading
Question: My daughter has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of her HER2 test result, she is being told that she needs a mastectomy then chemotherapy and a drug called Herceptin. Does she really need such long and harsh treatment?
Dr. Blaylock’s Answer:
The HER2/neu is an oncogene; that is, a tumor gene that makes breast cancers more aggressive and gives patients a poorer prognosis overall. This gene causes the tumor to secrete a growth factor and an enzyme called metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9).
These factors make breast cancers grow faster and become more likely to spread (metastasize), Continue reading
Men with early signs of developing prostate cancer were able to prevent tumor growth by eating broccoli four times a week, according to a British study covered on MSN (http://health.msn.com/health-topics…). But broccoli is not the only cruciferous vegetable with anti-cancer properties.
Cabbage has a long history of use both as food and medicine, according to The George Mateljan Foundation for the World’s Healthiest Foods. Manual laborers were fed salted cabbage with their rice, according to William Duffy’s “Sugar Blues”, to keep them strong and healthy during the building of the Great Wall of China (http://www.naturalpedia.com/cabbage…). It was the only food they had besides their rice. Cabbage was also grown in Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations that held Continue reading
As part of a healthy diet, whole foods play a significant role in helping our bodies function at their best. There are hundreds of extremely nutritious whole foods, but the dozen on this list do more than contribute healthy nutrients — they help you heal. In fact, every food on this list boasts multiple healing effects, from fighting cancer to reducing cholesterol, guarding against heart disease, and more. Eat these super-healing picks and start feeling pretty super yourself.
This tiny, nutrient-dense fruit packs an amazing amount of vitamin C (double the amount found in oranges), has more fiber than apples, and beats bananas as a high-potassium food. The unique blend of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals Continue reading
Circulating tumor cells, which play a crucial role in cancer metastasis, have been known to science for more than 100 years, and researchers have long endeavored to track and capture them. Now, a UCLA research team has developed an innovative device based on Velcro-like nanoscale technology to efficiently identify and “grab” these circulating tumor cells, or CTCs, in the blood.
Metastasis is the most common cause of cancer-related death in patients with solid tumors and occurs when these marauding tumor cells leave the primary tumor site and travel through the blood stream to set up colonies in other parts of the body.
The current gold standard for determining the disease status of tumors involves the invasive biopsy of tumor samples, but in the early stages of metastasis, Continue reading
Black seed oil from the Nigella sativa plant is found to kill prostate cancer cells, found in lab studies. Researchers from Tulane University have shown that Thymoquinone (TQ) has anti-cancer properties that suppress the growth and lead to death of aggressive prostate cancer cells. The discovery comes from the scientists desire to find natural compounds with anti-cancer properties.
According to Dr. Debasis Mondal who was part of the research team, “Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is becoming very important as an adjunct therapy in cancer patients, both to ameliorate the side effects of chemotherapy as well as to enhance their anti-tumor effects. The low side effect profiles of natural compounds is also an important aspect in their therapeutic utility as an adjunct to anti-tumor therapy.”
The researchers recognized that Thymoquinone in black seed oil (Nigella sativa) has a similar effect to the compound ubiquinone or co-enzyme Q that is also an essential nutrient produced by the body. They found that Thymoquinone rapidly generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) in particularly aggressive types of LNCaP and C4-2B prostate cancer cells. Cancer cells that are resistant to chemotherapy are found to have high levels of glutathione (GSH) that also decreased with exposure to the black seed oil compound.
The research suggests it is the combined action of ROS induction and inhibition of glutathione levels from Thymoquinone found in black seed oil that leads to death of prostate cancer cells. Dr. Steven R. Goodman, Editor-in-Chief of Experimental Biology and Medicine says the researchers… “have demonstrated that Thymoquinone efficiently killed hormone-dependent and hormone-independent prostate cancer cells. The mechanism appears to be that Thymoquinone induces oxidative stress and suppresses GSH levels. This suggests that oxidative stress may lead to decreased tumor growth and increased cell death in highly aggressive forms of prostate cancer.”
Thymoquinone, found in black seed oil (Nigella sativa) has been shown to kill pancreatic cancer cells, colon cancer, and has been examined for its potential in the treatment of breast cancer. The new study demonstrated that Thymoquinone killed aggressive prostate cancer cells in lab studies and may prove to be an adjunctive therapy that can treat aggressive forms of prostate cancer.
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Silicone oil applied inside the eye can block up to 55 percent of harmful radiation to prevent blindness in patients with eye cancer, a U.S. researcher says.
Dr. Scott Oliver, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, says eye cancer, a rare but devastating disease, can strike anyone — although fair skin and sun exposure can increase risk — at any time, and treatment often requires radiation that leaves half of all patients partially blind.
Oliver focused on choroidal melanoma of the eye, or uveal cancer, the most common and dangerous form of eye disease, which affects some 2,000 people annually. It can spread quickly to the liver and lungs and often can be fatal.
For treatment, physicians often use plaque brachytherapy in which surgeons attach a gold cap containing radioactive seeds to the white part of the eye.
“Radiation injures blood vessels and nerves in the back of the eye,” Oliver says in a statement. “Half of all patients are legally blind in 3 years in the treated eye.”
Oliver tried several substances to block radiation from striking critical structures while allowing it to hit the tumor.
The study, published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, finds silicone oil — already used to treat retinal detachment — could screen out a majority of harmful radiation.
PALO ALTO – In a study on laboratory mice, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have shown that bouts of relatively short-term stress can boost the immune system and protect against one type of cancer.
The researchers also said that the beneficial effects of this occasional angst could last for weeks after the stressful situation has ended.
The finding is surprising because chronic stress has the opposite effect-taxing the immune system and increasing susceptibility to disease.
“This is the first evidence that this type of short-lived stress may enhance anti-tumor activity. This is a promising new way of thinking that calls for more research. We hope that it will eventually lead to applications that help us to care for those who are ill, by maximally harnessing the body’s natural defenses while also using other medical treatments,” said
The researchers studied a particular type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma that is known to be vulnerable to attack by the immune system.
Certain types of stress, such as the so-called fight-or-flight response to an immediate but temporary threat, has been shown to increase the recruitment of immune cells to the surface of the skin and the surrounding lymph nodes-presumably in preparation for imminent injury.
“Acute stress galvanizes an organism’s protective systems. But although it’s one of nature’s fundamental survival systems, thus far it’s been rather underappreciated,” said Dhabhar.
The researchers focused on understanding the physiological effects of both acute and chronic stress.
They investigated the effect of short-term, or acute, stress on 30 laboratory mice exposed for 10 weeks to thrice-weekly doses of cancer-causing ultraviolet light.
They found that fewer of the mice that had been acutely stressed developed skin cancer during weeks 11 through 21, and that those that did exhibited a lower total amount of tumors (a measurement called tumor burden) than the non-stressed mice.
The stressed mice weren’t protected indefinitely-almost 90 percent of the mice in both groups developed cancer after week 22, though the stressed group continued to have fewer tumors until week 26.
“It’s possible that the pre-tumor cells were eliminated more efficiently in the group that was stressed.
There may also have been a longer-term enhancement of immunity as we have seen in our non-cancer-related studies. However, acute stress did not lower tumor burden beyond week 26. We are in the process of determining why,” said Dhabhar.
However, other stress-induced changes lingered for weeks.
The researchers found that, during the same time period, the skin of the stressed mice had higher levels of immune-activating genes than did the control group, almost as if the mice were preparing for battle.
He compared the effect to how drug-makers often increase the potency of vaccines by including generic immune-activating molecules called adjuvants.
But he is convinced that acute stress may be better for us than most of us think, and that bio-behavioral interventions are worth investigating.
The study will be published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.
ISTANBUL – The Turkish man crowned as the world’s tallest man suffers from a pituitary tumor which has resulted in his gigantic height.
Sultan Kosen stands eight-foot-one-inch tall and was unveiled as the tallest man in the world by the Guinness World Records. Kosen’s height is a result of a tumor in his pituitary gland, which has led to an over production of growth hormones, reports the National Geographic News.
The condition called pituitary gigantism has also led his feet to grow to almost 15 inches, while his hands are larger than 10 inches. It was only after the tumor was removed last year, that Kosen stopped growing.
The 27-year old is forced to use crutches as his height has weakened his knee joints.
The now-famous Kosen wants to travel around the world and meet a woman who would like to marry him.