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Cancer Nutrition Primer

There is evidence that traditional cancer therapy in the US is a tragedy based largely on greed but also serious misunderstandings stemming primarily from a lack of nutraceutical and botanical science knowledge amongst health practitioners. Advanced natural immunotherapies, a big component of modern regenerative medicine, are not yet understood by most practicing doctors.

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To read a recent doctor blasting traditional cancer care and popular drugs used by oncologists, CLICK HERE. An estimated $30 Billion daily is spent on cancer drugs showing little value and even causing premature death (Click Here for Dr. Mercola’s August 22, 2010 article stating this).

Natural nutrition therapy may be the best approach to avoiding and fighting cancer. Evidence supports it should be widely used as a complimentary if not primary cancer care method.

Long but good videos by Doctors at the University of California TV on preventing cancer through diet are Natural Defenses in Preventing and Treating Cancer, and Nutrition and Cancer. These are informative one hour long lecture videos by UC doctors who have learned late in their professional lives the importance of nutrition and diet on preventing and treating cancers.

[CLICK HERE] for the full article on Natural Cancer Therapy Breakthroughs.

When used in connection with cellular therapies, hyperthermia, and when indicated cancer debulking and shrinking targeted radiation and ultrasound technologies, advanced nutritional therapy may soon replace the current US medical standard of care model for cancer treatment and eliminate the use of chemotherapy drugs altogether. Advanced nutritional therapy (diet, nutritional IVs, inhilators and topical applications) should already be used even if simply in conjunction with traditional therapy to help offset the negative aspects of chemotherapy and all too frequent serious malnourished condition of many cancer patients.

regenerative medicine 150x150 Cancer Nutrition PrimerPerhaps as importantly as being careful to put the right nutrients in your body, it is important to detox and cleanse your body of contaminants. Chlorella and other superfoods in our Detox shop area help rid your body of toxins that contribute to a weakened immune system and cancer cell replication. Wholly Immune, one of the most advanced cancer supplements formulated by Dr. Friedrich Douwes, oncologist and founder of the renowned Klinik St. Georg in Bad Abling, Germany, and Stephen A. Levine, Ph.D, is an interesting powder concentrate product believed very useful as a meal replacement for cancer patients.

Nutrients believed to meaningfully help prevent the development and growth of cancer include:

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid ( a potent universal antioxidant that also helps brain performance)
  • Calcium
  • Carotenoids (the most widely discussed antioxidant phytonutrients essential for cell protection known to help block cancer cell replication)
  • Carnitine (an energy generating powerhouse free amino acid)
  • Choline (known best as a fat burner essential for every cells health with special brain health and function benefits)
  • Chlorella (metal detoxing superfood)
  • CoEnzyme Q10 (Co-Q10) – aka ubiquinone … oxygen generators (see the article link below where studies confirm Co-Q10 supplementation is improving cancer treatment outcomes for many patients)
  • Colostrum
  • Curcumin (potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant immune boosting nutrient extracted from Turmeric)
  • Dimethylglycine
  • Folic Acid (B9)
  • Garlic
  • Glutathione (with NAC)
  • Green tea (Read about EGCG, the most potent anti-oxidant component of green tea and cocoa)
  • Inositol (enhanced natural killer cell activity, potent anti-cancer properties and unofficial B vitamin)
  • Magnesium (pH balance and RND DNA synthesis)
  • Melatonin
  • MSM (important for new healthy cell replication and renewal)
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids (hormone like substances essential for body function regulation)
  • Resveratrol (popular antioxidant found in grape skins and Japanese knotweed plant)
  • Selenium
  • Silymarin
  • Spirulina (one of nature’s greatest superfoods – a true whole food)
  • Taurine
  • Vitamin A (along with Vitamin C and E, a widely known antioxidant)
  • Vitamin B6 (essential for amino acid synthesis and breakdown of fats and carbohydrates into energy)
  • Vitamin C (a major antioxidant nutrient and known cancer fighter)
  • Vitamin D (a cell regulator needed for calcium absorption and many health maintenance functions)
  • Vitamin E ( a major and perhaps the best known antioxidant nutrient protective of healthy cells)
  • Vitamin K
  • 7 Keto DHEA
  • Shark Cartilage
  • SOD
  • Zinc (prostrate, RNA/DNA and immune)

Calcium. In clinical studies involving more than 1000 colorectal cancer patients, calcium supplements reduced the risk of cancer recurrence (Shaukat A et al 2005). Other studies show that calcium supplements generally reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer in the first place (Flood A et al 2005; Sandler RS 2005). This beneficial effect of calcium was noted for calcium obtained from both dietary sources and nutritional supplements (Flood A et al 2005).

Carotenoids. Clinical studies have found that supplementing with lycopene, a carotenoid that is abundant in tomatoes and tomato-based products, can protect against cancers of the prostate (Campbell JK et al 2004; Jian L et al 2005; Kucuk O et al 2002), colon (Nair S et al 2001), pancreas (Nkondjock A et al 2005), ovaries (Huncharek M et al 2001), breast (Toniolo P et al 2001), and bladder (Schabath MB et al 2004). According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, individuals seeking broad spectrum colon protection should also include foods rich in lutein (another type of carotenoid) in their diet (Slattery ML et al 2000). These include spinach, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, oranges, carrots, celery, and greens.

Co-Q10 (See http://www.onlinewellnesscommunity.com/blog/2010/06/06/cancer-and-coenzyme-q10-improving-patient-outcomes/

Folic Acid. The use of folic acid dietary supplements, or the adoption of diets rich in fruits and vegetables containing folate, is associated with a reduced risk of developing cancer, particularly colorectal (Martinez ME et al 2004; Strohle A et al 2005) and lung cancers (Shen H et al 2003). Sufficient intake of folic acid is also thought to protect against breast cancer (Zhang SM 2004) because folic acid guards against DNA damage and promotes gene stability (Strohle A et al 2005).

Melatonin. The hormone melatonin, produced by the pineal gland during night-time hours, has anti-cancer properties (Anisimov VN 2003; Sainz RM et al 2005). The use of melatonin (20 mg a night) during chemotherapy improves survival and quality of life in lung cancer patients (Lissoni P et al 2003). Melatonin also reduces the growth potential of prostate and breast cancer cells (Sainz RM et al 2005; Shiu SY et al 2003). Further evidence supporting melatonin’s role as a cancer-preventive agent comes from studies showing an elevated risk of breast cancer in night-shift workers and others who have lower levels of melatonin due to the disruption of their waking and sleeping cycles (Anisimov VN 2003). Interestingly, blind people, who generally have higher melatonin levels, have lower rates of cancer (Coleman MP et al 1992; Feychting M et al 1998).

Selenium has cancer-preventive properties (Combs GF, Jr. 2005), particularly in reducing the occurrence of lung, colorectal, esophageal, and prostate cancers (Mark SD et al 2000). Indeed, low selenium levels are associated with a four- to fivefold increase in the risk of developing prostate cancer (Brooks JD et al 2001). Higher selenium levels are associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer (Brooks JD et al 2001). Because selenium levels decline with age, selenium supplements may be of particular benefit to elderly men (Brooks JD et al 2001). However, the benefits of selenium supplements in preventing cancer appear to be cancer-specific, as some clinical studies have shown supplementation to be ineffective in protecting against basal and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin (Clark LC et al 1996). Indeed, selenium supplements may increase the risk of squamous cell carcinoma (Duffield-Lillico AJ et al 2003b). In addition to their cancer-preventive potential, selenium supplements may enhance the effectiveness of conventional chemotherapy treatment (Vadgama JV et al 2000) and improve quality of life for patients undergoing radiation therapy (Hehr T et al 1997).

Silymarin, a milk thistle extract, demonstrates anti-cancer properties against prostate cancer cells and may be useful in preventing and treating prostate cancer (Singh RP et al 2004; vis-Searles PR et al 2005).

Vitamin A derivatives, known as retinoids, protect against the development of various cancers, including those of the skin, breast, and lung (Clarke N et al 2004; Khera P et al 2005). Dietary supplementation with synthetic vitamin A for 12 months in liver cancer survivors prevented recurrence of this cancer (Takai K et al 2005). In addition to preventing cancer, vitamin A derivatives have been used to cure acute promyelocytic leukemia (Clarke N et al 2004).

Vitamin C. Long-term human studies have shown that vitamin C dietary supplements, when used in conjunction with other antioxidants, can reduce the risk of developing cancer (Hercberg S et al 2004). Similar results were found for cancers of the prostate (Meyer F et al 2005) and lung (Mooney LA et al 2005; Wright ME et al 2004).

Vitamin D. Moderate sun exposure causes the synthesis of vitamin D in the skin. This micronutrient is known to play a role in cancer prevention (Holick MF 2004; Kimlin MG et al 2004). Indeed, medical literature dating back more than 50 years affirms that regular sun exposure is associated with a substantial decrease in death rates from certain types of cancers (Ainsleigh HG 1993). It is estimated that moderate sun exposure without sunscreen—that is, enough to stimulate vitamin D production but not enough to damage the skin—could prevent 30,000 cancer deaths in the United States each year (Ainsleigh HG 1993). The sun’s most damaging rays occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., the hours demanding the greatest watchfulness. Insufficient vitamin D levels are particularly associated with increased risk of developing breast, colon, and prostate cancers (Chen TC et al 2003; Studzinski GP et al 1995). Increased vitamin D levels, obtained through sun exposure, are associated with a reduced risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Hughes AM et al 2004). Vitamin D causes bones to release calcium and can thus lead to excessively high calcium levels (hypercalcemia); however, scientists are developing synthetic versions of natural vitamin D (deltanoids) that lack this adverse side effect (Agoston ES et al 2006; Guyton KZ et al 2003).

Vitamin E. Clinical studies have shown that vitamin E can reduce the risk of prostate and lung cancers, particularly when used in combination with selenium supplements (Helzlsouer KJ et al 2000; Woodson K et al 1999). Regular and long-term (over 10 years) use of vitamin E reduces the risk of death from bladder cancer (Jacobs EJ et al 2002). Similarly, the use of vitamin E supplements for longer than three years slightly reduces the risk of recurrence among breast cancer survivors (Fleischauer AT et al 2003). In addition, animal studies indicate that vitamin E may have activity against colon cancer and melanoma (Barnett KT et al 2002; Malafa MP et al 2002b; Malafa MP et al 2002a). Larger clinical studies are currently underway to further assess vitamin E’s protective role against prostate cancer (Fleshner N et al 2005; Lippman SM et al 2005). Alpha-Tocopherol (the most common form of Vitamin E in supplements), provides the biological activity of vitamin E, reduces levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a tumor growth factor that plays a critical role in the formation of new blood vessels by cancer cells and subsequent tumor invasion of other organs (Woodson K et al 2002). Indeed, levels of this cancer growth factor decreased by 11 percent in the supplemented group but increased by 10 percent in the non-supplemented group (Woodson K et al 2002). Short-term supplementation with high-dose (750 mg) vitamin E increases both the number and activity of lymphocytes in patients with advanced colorectal cancer (Malmberg KJ et al 2002). In addition, supplementation with vitamin E during chemotherapy reduces the loss of white blood cells (neutropenia) that is associated with chemotherapy (Branda RF et al 2004).

Vitamin K. K has been shown in laboratory and animal studies to have anti-cancer properties (Lamson DW et al 2003). Results from a small clinical study indicate that vitamin K may protect women with viral liver cirrhosis, a known risk factor for liver cancer, from developing the disease (Habu D et al 2004).

Pomegranate Extract. A laboratory study has demonstrated that extracts of the pomegranate fruit can prevent human prostate cancer cells from invading new tissues (Albrecht M et al 2004).

Soy (Genistein). Present in soy, genistein prevents any cancer cells that persist after surgery from invading new organs and spreading (Vantyghem SA et al 2005). This potential to arrest the spread of cancer is linked to genistein’s ability to reduce production of the growth factor VEGF, a prerequisite for cancer spread and invasion (Ravindranath MH et al 2004).

Melatonin is a hormone with immune regulatory activities. Most cancer patients have low levels of melatonin (Bartsch C et al 1999). Melatonin supplements (10 mg a day) improve immune function in patients suffering from a variety of cancers, including gastric, renal, prostate, and bladder cancers, without any apparent adverse effects (Neri B et al 1998). Clinical studies support melatonin’s value, demonstrating that supplements of 20 mg a day can improve immune function in cancer patients, predominantly by enhancing the immunity driven by the two chief anti-tumor messengers, interleukin-2 and interleukin-12 (Lissoni P 2000, 2002).

Probiotic Bacteria. When cancer patients with neutropenia (low neutrophil counts) exhibit symptoms of infection such as fever, the condition of neutropenia is referred to as febrile neutropenia (Mego M et al 2005). The movement of bacteria through the intestinal lining is partly responsible for febrile neutropenia (Mego M et al 2005). Interestingly, scientists have demonstrated that colonizing the intestine with friendly probiotic bacteria reduced (by virtue of competition) infection from febrile neutropenia-causing bacteria (Mego M et al 2005).

  • CLICK HERE for a primer on anti-cancer foods & herbs
  • CLICK HERE for an article on natural cancer treatment breakthroughs
  • CLICK HERE for more on cancer care

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July 15, 2010 by Thomas Cifelli, OWC Editor

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