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Indian Curry Spices Explained (Health Benefits)

Rex Says: in addressing my cancer naturally, I use alot of herbs and spices now. There is current research on the health benefits of turmeric, so I sprinkle it on my salad every day now. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/turmeric-000277.htm
Indian Curry Spices Explained
by Kirk Patrick, citizen journalist
(NaturalNews) While some Indian spices are commonly found on the home spice [...]

Rex Says: in addressing my cancer naturally, I use alot of herbs and spices now. There is current research on the health benefits of turmeric, so I sprinkle it on my salad every day now. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/turmeric-000277.htm

Indian Curry Spices Explained
by Kirk Patrick, citizen journalist

(NaturalNews) While some Indian spices are commonly found on the home spice rack, few understand just how powerful these spices are in their freshest form. Understanding the health benefits of each ingredient is key to optimizing home cooked meals for the particular needs of the family. This article will summarize the medicinal properties of the top five spices used to prepare Indian Curry.

The Top 5 Indian Spices

* Caraway (seed) – Carum carvi (Umbelliferae)

One of the oldest spices, and historically known as a cure-all, caraway contains the volatile oil limonene. Caraway boosts the immune system and soothes irritated skin. When combined with olive oil caraway relieves bronchitis, colds, toothache, eye infections, sore throat, and cancer. Caraway seeds freshen the breath, and caraway oil stimulates milk production in lactating mothers. Caraway has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

* Cardamom (pods) – Elletaria cardamomum (Zingiberaceae)

Cardamom is called “the Queen of all spices” and contains the antioxidant cineole. Cardamom is another spice regarded as a cure-all. Cardamom detoxifies the liver, strengthens the immune system and calms the nerves. Cardamom is used to fight kidney and stomach cancer, and also to treat digestive problems, asthma, and urinary tract infections. Cardamom seeds freshen the breath.

* Clove – Eugenia caryophyllus (Myrtaceae)

Clove contains the volatile oil eugenol, a powerful antioxidant that is commonly used as a topical pain reliever for toothaches. Also used as a sore throat spray, to treat joint pain, and to reduce skin inflammation, clove even helps fight stomach cancer. Clove has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

* Fennel (seed) – Foeniculum vulgare (Umbelliferae)

Fennel seeds contain several important antioxidants including anethole, kaempferol, quercetin, and rutin. Fennel also contains fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin C. Fennel strengthens the immune system, helps treat colon cancer, and reduces blood pressure. Fennel helps combat the toxic effect of food additives. Fennel has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-tumor properties.

* Turmeric< (root) – Curcuma longa (Zingiberaceae)

Turmeric, also known as curcumin contains curcuma, the pigment providing the bright yellow/orange color and a powerful antioxidant. A natural pain killer, turmeric detoxifies the liver, treats arthritis, reduces nervous tension and fights depression. Also used for psoriasis, turmeric boosts metabolic function and reduces body fat. Turmeric is used to treat leukemia, multiple sclerosis, melanoma and Alzheimer's disease. When turmeric is combined with cauliflower it is believed to help prevent cancers of the pancreas, prostate, liver and lungs. Turmeric has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Preparation of Indian Curry

It is best to obtain spices in whole seed form and to grind them just prior to use. When purchasing Indian spices one must beware of cheap imported seeds (often contaminated with heavy metals). Also, spices should not be irradiated (whole seeds should sprout when soaked in water for two days).

Once the Indian spices are ground they are mixed into a blend called Garam Masala. Unlike Thai curry, Garam Masala does not keep long and should be prepared fresh before each meal.

For Indian cuisine, vegetables and meats are sauteed using generous amounts of curry spices and served with Basmati Rice (to which bay leaves or whole cloves are added before cooking). A leavened pita-style bread called Nan is normally served alongside Indian dishes. A simple homemade cheese called Paneer (milk mixed with vinegar or citric acid) is mixed with various vegetables such as spinach. Popular condiments include yogurt, hot sauce, and sweet chutney. Whole fennel seeds are often chewed after dinner to freshen breath.
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References

The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants – Dorling Kindersley and Andrew Chevallier

More on Caraway Essential Oil

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-…

More on Cardamom

http://www.webindia123.com/spices/c…

More on Clove

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic…

More on Fennel

http://www.compleatmother.com/women…

More on Turmeric

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthi…

Paneer Recipe

http://www.indianfoodforever.com/ba…

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Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk

Rex Says: This is in addition to my immediate previous post. This was in mainstream media at ABC.com in February per the international study.
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
But don’t turn off electricity, researchers say, just take this into account in energy policies.
By Robert Preidt
Feb. 5
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) — Men [...]

Rex Says: This is in addition to my immediate previous post. This was in mainstream media at ABC.com in February per the international study.

Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
But don’t turn off electricity, researchers say, just take this into account in energy policies.

By Robert Preidt
Feb. 5
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) — Men who live in countries with the highest levels of artificial light at night appear more likely to develop prostate cancer, according to American and Israeli researchers.

They looked at the incidence of prostate cancer among men in 164 countries and also studied data on nighttime lighting.

The incidence of prostate cancer in countries with low nighttime lighting exposure was 66.77 per 100,000, compared with 87.11 per 100,000 among men with medium exposure (30 percent greater risk), and 157 per 100,000 among men with high exposure (80 percent greater risk).

The University of Cincinnati and University of Haifa researchers said a number of theories could explain the apparent link between nighttime lighting and increased prostate cancer risk, including: suppression of melatonin production; suppression of the immune system; and disruption of the body clock due to confusion between night and day.

“This does not mean that we have to go back to the Middle Ages and turn the lights out on the country. What it means is that this link should be taken into account in planning the country’s energy policies,” the researchers said in a news release.

In a previous study, the same team of researchers found an association between nighttime light and the incidence of breast cancer.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute explains prostate cancer prevention.

SOURCE: University of Haifa, news release, January 2009

Copyright 2009 HealthDayNews, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story?id=6807055&page=1

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Turn off the Lights for Healthier Sex Organs

Rex Says: This makes perfect sense. There have already been studies showing nurses on the 11-7 shift have higher rates of breast cancer. If your sleep patterns are disrupted, your immune system is compromised which studies show allow cancer cells to grow. In addressing my cancer naturally, we have worked agressively to [...]

Rex Says: This makes perfect sense. There have already been studies showing nurses on the 11-7 shift have higher rates of breast cancer. If your sleep patterns are disrupted, your immune system is compromised which studies show allow cancer cells to grow. In addressing my cancer naturally, we have worked agressively to get my hormones and body systems back in balance. Turn down the lights, Honey !

Turn off the Lights for Healthier Sex Organs
by Tiffany Boutwell, citizen journalist
Originally published May 24 2009

(NaturalNews) It turns out that setting a romantic mood by lighting candles during sex may be good in more ways than one. Several scientific studies have linked artificial lighting at nighttime to breast and prostate cancers.

One study completed by the University of Haifa in Israel found that of 164 countries studied, the countries most brightly lit during twilight hours had the highest rates of these two cancers. These industrialized countries also had more than double the cancer rates as those countries in the dark, so to speak. Research has also been conducted in the United States by the American National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Their research also concluded that there is a greater risk of breast and prostate cancer when people are exposed to artificial lights in developed countries.

The key to this discovery lies in the melatonin levels in one’s body. Melatonin, a hormone produced to help regulate your sleeping and wake cycles, or circadian rhythm, also plays a role in your immune system, body temperature, and endocrine functions. “Melatonin interferes with the tumor`s ability to use linoleic acid as a growth signal, which causes tumor metabolism and growth activity to shut down.” Dr. David Blask, M.D., Ph.D., a neuro-endocrinologist said. He is a researcher for Bassett Research Institute and a lead author on one of the studies. Blask also states “Evidence is emerging that disruption of a person’s body clock is associated with cancer in humans, and that interference with internal timekeeping can tip the balance in favour of tumour development.” This is where the problem with artificial lighting comes in. Your body is unsure if it is day or night because of the lighting and it begins decreasing production of melatonin which in turn, causes your system to go haywire.

The good news is you don`t have to go completely primitive to reduce your risk of breast and prostate cancers, although getting back to a more natural state of living is better for your body. Just 20 minutes of natural sunlight in the morning can help reset your body to producing optimum melatonin during evening hours. Also, sleeping in complete darkness with no lighting from television can help ensure your body doesn`t decrease it`s melatonin production. And what better excuse do you need to turn off the lights and get a little closer to your special someone than preventing cancer?

To read more about the research conducted, visit bio-medicine.org.

Sources:

*http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Health…
*http://www.bio-medicine.org/biology…

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Hope of new prostate cancer test

Rex Says: info on more accurate testing for identifying slow-growing vs. aggressive prostate cancers for more appropriate treatments (if any). Speaks again to unnecessary treatments for the majority with slow-growing prostate cancer.
BBC NEWS http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8045345.stm
Hope of new prostate cancer test -
Scientists have found a potential new way to assess whether prostate cancer is aggressive.
They [...]

Rex Says: info on more accurate testing for identifying slow-growing vs. aggressive prostate cancers for more appropriate treatments (if any). Speaks again to unnecessary treatments for the majority with slow-growing prostate cancer.

BBC NEWS http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8045345.stm
Hope of new prostate cancer test -
Scientists have found a potential new way to assess whether prostate cancer is aggressive.

They have found tiny bubbles of fat in the urine may hold the key information needed to decide what type of treatment the patient needs.

If prostate cancer is aggressive it requires urgent treatment, but this is not appropriate for patients with slow-growing forms of the disease.

The study appears in Cancer Research UK’s British Journal of Cancer.

“ This approach holds promise as a non-invasive test of malignancy that could help men and their doctors in the future ”
John Neate Prostate Cancer Charity
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK.

Each year around 34,000 men are diagnosed with the disease, and around 10,000 die from it.

But while the disease can be a killer, in its more benign form it often requires nothing other than close monitoring and the patient often eventually dies from another, unrelated condition.

Until now, researchers have used levels of proteins, like prostate specific antigen (PSA), produced by cancer cells to try to spot the aggressive tumours.

But this can throw up inaccurate results, and lead to people unnecessarily undergoing treatment which can have long-term side effects, such as incontinence and impotence.

Direct from tumour

The latest work focused on fatty capsules called exosomes that are flushed out of the body in the urine.

Scientists found that in patients with prostate cancer exosomes contain molecules that come directly from the tumour itself.

These molecules, which contain a type of genetic material called RNA, can be used to figure out which genes are turned on and off in the cancer – and thus whether it is aggressive or not.

The researchers, led by Dr Jonas Nilsson, from the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, hope the discovery will enable them eventually to develop a more effective test for aggressive tumours.

John Neate, of the Prostate Cancer Charity, said the study was a step towards finding a reliable way to identify aggressive forms of the disease.

But he warned it was a small study, and scientists would need to examine exosomes from a larger number of men before they could assess the reliability of the technique.

Acceptability?

He also said the need to massage the prostate to increase the likelihood that the relevant molecules were released into the urine might reduce its acceptability as a mass screening tool.

Mr Neate added: “Nevertheless, this approach holds promise as a non-invasive test of malignancy that could help men and their doctors in the future.

“Possibly the most significant research question in prostate cancer is how to distinguish early, and with confidence, the potentially life-threatening prostate tumours from the slow growing form of the disease.

“Then treatments could be refined and concentrated on the aggressive cancers where the benefits of treatment far outweigh the risk of side-effects, which can seriously affect a man’s quality of life.”

Story from BBC NEWS:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/health/8045345.stm

Published: 2009/05/13 01:05:13 GMT

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Your Genes Are Not Your Fate (Natural Prostate Cancer Reversal)

Rex Says: This is a short TED clip of Dr. Dean Ornish referencing the clinical study we have posted previously on reversing prostrate cancer with lifestyle changes alone in 90 days. 500 genetic markers were changed in these 3 months, 450 that caused disease were ‘turned off’ and 50 that prevent disease were [...]

Rex Says: This is a short TED clip of Dr. Dean Ornish referencing the clinical study we have posted previously on reversing prostrate cancer with lifestyle changes alone in 90 days. 500 genetic markers were changed in these 3 months, 450 that caused disease were ‘turned off’ and 50 that prevent disease were ‘turned on’. No matter what treatment option you choose, these lifestyle changes will enhance your health.

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Think you’re preventing Breast Cancer? See “The Ugly Side to the Beauty Industry”

Lisa Says: Rex and I had the unique thrill of stumbling upon award winning Stacy Malkan’s live presentation of her groundbreaking expose’ about toxic chemicals in personal care products “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” (New Society Publishers 2007) last fall at the GreenFestival in DC. Rex was at [...]

Lisa Says: Rex and I had the unique thrill of stumbling upon award winning Stacy Malkan’s live presentation of her groundbreaking expose’ about toxic chemicals in personal care products “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” (New Society Publishers 2007) last fall at the GreenFestival in DC. Rex was at first awkward being one of few men there, but quickly became enthralled, and outraged, and the petrochemicals in skin and beauty products clearly contributing to illness such as breast cancer, closely related to his own prostate cancer (for some reason, he was most angry about lead in lipstick and forbade me to use lead-laced-lipstick again which I thought was charming). Stacy’s campaign for truly natural products is revolutionizing the cosmetic industry. There’s a wealth of information at “The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics“, and you can also learn more about Stacy’s award winning book Not Just A Pretty Face.

To review your cosmetic and skin care products (I think you’ll be amazed), go to the Environmental Working Group’s SKIN DEEP cosmetic safety FREE database and search under your product’s name.

Due to the fact that these petrochemicals in everyday items such as soap, shampoo, and deoderant, cause the (bad) estrogenic effect on the body linked to breast and prostate cancer just to start, we started switching over after Rex was diagnosed. Even mainstream american medicine is now acknowledging this link for envrionmental or xenoestrogens (see other blog post). We didn’t throw everything out at once, but as items were used up, the new products we bought after a review of the EWG site.

Here is a  MUST SEE 3 MINUTE VIDEO FROM CORNELL

 So when Rex went for his bike ride at 6:30am this morning, I went on my web ‘ride’ for quality, truly pure cosmetics and skin care products at the EWG site. Rather than searching a particular brand, I simply searched ‘mascara’ or ‘ eye shadow’ and began reviewing website related to all of their products rated 0-2. I’m sure there’s more out there, but here were 4 that I was impressed with, in order ‘WOW!” to ‘they sound good”. I felt all the pricing reasonable and about the same across each company. I’m going to order some of the products and will let keep you posted. If ANYONE has any related info, please let us know !

Coastal Classic Creations from California (gotta love their passion). This website is SERIOUS about cosmetic safety and related environmental issues.

Think Before You Pink

Zosimos Botanicals  Maryland

Daisy Blue Naturals  Minnesota

Rejuva Minerals  Florida

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Prostate Test Found to Save Few Lives

Rex Says: well the PSA test pointed to my getting the biopsy and finding the cancer which gave me the ability to reverse it naturally. Good info on the ‘overtreatment’ like surgery, which is what I had seriously considered before taking a wiser path in healing myself.
Prostate Test Found to Save Few Lives
By GINA [...]

Rex Says: well the PSA test pointed to my getting the biopsy and finding the cancer which gave me the ability to reverse it naturally. Good info on the ‘overtreatment’ like surgery, which is what I had seriously considered before taking a wiser path in healing myself.

Prostate Test Found to Save Few Lives
By GINA KOLATA
Published: March 18, 2009

The findings, the first based on rigorous, randomized studies, confirm some longstanding concerns about the wisdom of widespread prostate cancer screening. Although the studies are continuing, results so far are considered significant and the most definitive to date.

The PSA test, which measures a protein released by prostate cells, does what it is supposed to do — indicates a cancer might be present, leading to biopsies to determine if there is a tumor. But it has been difficult to know whether finding prostate cancer early saves lives. Most of the cancers tend to grow very slowly and are never a threat and, with the faster-growing ones, even early diagnosis might be too late.

The studies — one in Europe and the other in the United States — are “some of the most important studies in the history of men’s health,” said Dr. Otis Brawley, the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.

In the European study, 48 men were told they had prostate cancer and needlessly treated for it for every man whose death was prevented within a decade after having had a PSA test.

Dr. Peter B. Bach, a physician and epidemiologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, says one way to think of the data is to suppose he has a PSA test today. It leads to a biopsy that reveals he has prostate cancer, and he is treated for it. There is a one in 50 chance that, in 2019 or later, he will be spared death from a cancer that would otherwise have killed him. And there is a 49 in 50 chance that he will have been treated unnecessarily for a cancer that was never a threat to his life.

Prostate cancer treatment can result in impotence and incontinence when surgery is used to destroy the prostate, and, at times, painful defecation or chronic diarrhea when the treatment is radiation.

As soon as the PSA test was introduced in 1987, it became a routine part of preventive health care for many men age 40 and older. Experts debated its value, but their views were largely based on less compelling data that often involved statistical modeling and inferences. Now, with the new data, cancer experts said men should carefully consider the possible risks and benefits of treatment before deciding to be screened. Some may decide not to be screened at all.

For years, the cancer society has urged men to be informed before deciding to have a PSA test. “Now we actually have something to inform them with,” Dr. Brawley said. “We’ve got numbers.”

The publication of data from the two new studies should change the discussion, said Dr. David F. Ransohoff, an internist and cancer epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina. “This is not relying on modeling anymore,” he said. “This is not some abstract, pointy-headed exercise. This is the real world, and this is real data.”

Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, a professor of medicine at Dartmouth who studies cancer screening, also welcomed the new data. “We’ve been waiting years for this,” he said. “It’s a shame we didn’t have it 20 years ago.”

Both reports were published online Wednesday by The New England Journal of Medicine. One involved 182,000 men in seven European countries; the other, by the National Cancer Institute, involved nearly 77,000 men at 10 medical centers in the United States.

In both, participants were randomly assigned to be screened — or not — with the PSA test, whose initials stand for prostate-specific antigen. In each study, the two groups were followed for more than a decade while researchers counted deaths from prostate cancer, asking whether screening made a difference.

The European data involved a consortium of studies with different designs. Taken together, the studies found that screening was associated with a 20 percent relative reduction in the prostate cancer death rate. But the number of lives saved was small — seven fewer prostate cancer deaths for every 10,000 men screened and followed for nine years.

The American study, led by Dr. Gerald L. Andriole of Washington University, had a single design. It found no reduction in deaths from prostate cancer after most of the men had been followed for 10 years. Every man has been followed for at least seven years, said Dr. Barnett Kramer, a study co-author at the National Institutes of Health. By seven years, the death rate was 13 percent lower for the unscreened group.

The European study saw no benefit of screening in the first seven years of follow-up.

Screening is not only an issue in prostate cancer. If the European study is correct, mammography has about the same benefit as the PSA test, said Dr. Michael B. Barry, a prostate cancer researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital who wrote an editorial accompanying the papers. But prostate cancers often are less dangerous than breast cancers, so screening and subsequent therapy can result in more harm. With mammography, about 10 women receive a diagnosis and needless treatment for breast cancer to prevent one death. With both cancers, researchers say they badly need a way to distinguish tumors that would be deadly without treatment from those that would not.

When the American and European studies began, in the early 1990s, PSA testing was well under way in the United States, and many expected that the screening test would make the prostate cancer death rate plummet by 50 percent or more. Dr. Brawley was at the cancer institute then, though not directly involved with its prostate cancer screening study. But he saw the reactions.

Some urologists said the study was unethical, because some people would not be screened, and demanded it be shut down, he said. One group of black urologists encouraged black men not to participate because blacks have a greater risk of prostate cancer and it seemed obvious they should be screened.

Some thought that they would see fewer cancer deaths among screened men as quickly as five years. But it became clear that screening would not have a large, immediate effect — if it did, the studies would have been stopped and victory declared. Cancer researchers began turning to less rigorous sources of data, with some arguing that screening was preventing cancer deaths and others arguing it was not.

In the United States, many men and their doctors have made up their minds — most men over age 50 have already been screened, and each year more than 180,000 receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer. In Europe, said Dr. Fritz H. Schröder of Erasmus University, the lead author of the European study, most men are not screened. “The mentality of Europeans is different,” he said, and screening is not so highly promoted.

Both studies will continue to follow the men. It remains possible that the United States study will eventually find that screening can reduce the prostate cancer death rate, researchers say, or that both studies will conclude that there is no real reduction.

“I certainly think there’s information here that’s food for thought,” Dr. Brawley said.

The benefits of prostate cancer screening, he said, are “modest at best and with a greater downside than any other cancer we screen for.”

More Articles in Health » A version of this article appeared in print on March 19, 2009, on page A1 of the New York edition.

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Good Dietary and Lifestyle Health Habits can Drastically Cut Cancer Risk

Rex Says: Personally, I believe the estimates are too low on how many these lifestyle changes could affect. If cancer has skyrocketed so much in recent years, why WOULDN’T it help more than just a thrid of cancers? Americans certainly haven’t undergone a genetic change in the last 50 years, it’s lifestyle and [...]

Rex Says: Personally, I believe the estimates are too low on how many these lifestyle changes could affect. If cancer has skyrocketed so much in recent years, why WOULDN’T it help more than just a thrid of cancers? Americans certainly haven’t undergone a genetic change in the last 50 years, it’s lifestyle and what we’re exposing ourselves to, but remember, WE HAVE THE CONTROL.

Good Dietary and Lifestyle Health Habits can Drastically Cut Cancer Risk
by Reuben Chow, citizen journalist

(NaturalNews) Why do people get cancer? Perhaps more significantly, why have cancer rates soared so drastically over the past century? Is it because of genes? Is it because of what we are eating today? Or are stressful lifestyles to blame? Others put forth that factors such as environmental toxins and electromagnetic radiation are the main culprits. The fact is, cancer is a multi-causal disease and probably a result of a combination of the abovementioned factors. Recent statistics released by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has estimated the role of diet and lifestyle, suggesting that about one-third of the 12 most common types of cancer in richer countries could be prevented merely through a healthy diet, physical activity and the maintenance of healthy weight. In poorer, developing nations, the proportion of cancers preventable through these steps was estimated to be about one-in-four.

Details and Findings of Study

The cancers in question included those of the bowel, breast, gallbladder, kidney, liver, lung, mouth / pharynx / larynx, esophagus, pancreas, prostate, stomach and womb. For these cancers, it was estimated that 34% of cases in the US and 39% of UK cases were preventable through the said steps. This implied that there was more room for improvement in these countries.

Zooming in, it was also estimated that more than 40% of breast and bowel cancer cases in developed nations could have been prevented in the same way.

And the abovementioned figures had not even taken into account the detrimental effects of smoking, which on its own is believed to be the main cause of about one-third of all cancers.

The report had been put together by a panel of 23 experts. Their study had been based on 10 recommendations released by the WCRF in 2007 on preventing cancer; those included daily exercise, avoiding processed meats, eating less salt, and keeping healthy weight. To arrive at the estimates, the team had looked at the biggest and most reliable research studies available which covered the 10 factors.

“This report shows that by making relatively straightforward changes, we could significantly reduce the number of cancer cases around the world,” said Michael Marmot, the chair of the panel.

Importance of Dietary and Lifestyle Factors in Cancer Prevention

The possible causes of cancer were discussed earlier. What is clear about cancer is that it is certainly not an alien-like ailment which descended from the sky and invaded our bodies, against which we can do nothing for protection or recovery. “People think that somehow cancer comes from heaven, or Darwin, or from their parent’s genes, but that’s not always the case. A third are caused by smoking, and approximately a third are related to diet and physical activity,” Marmot also said.

And scientific backing seems to be increasing. “The evidence linking diet, physical activity, obesity and cancer has become stronger over the last decade and this report can play a part in people adopting healthier lifestyles. After not smoking, it is clear that diet, physical activity and weight are the most important things people can do to reduce their cancer risk,” said Mike Richards, the National Clinical Director for Cancer.

Holistic Action is Needed

The experts have called for urgent action, especially in view of the escalating sedentary and obesity epidemics, graying populations as well as worsening food choices. “We are expecting a substantial increase in cancer rates with the ageing population, obesity rates soaring, and with people becoming less active and increasingly consuming highly processed and energy dense foods and drinks. The good news is that this is not inevitable,” said Martin Wiseman, the project director.

But it is also quite clear that a holistic solution involving many parties will be needed if society is to stem the cancer epidemic. “There is no magic bullet, no one single fix to the problem. If we are to tackle the situation we need individuals, business and government to work together to encourage healthy lifestyles by promoting things like cycle lanes and food labeling,” said Richard Davidson from Cancer Research UK.

The panel’s report had put forth some 48 suggestions for improvement. Some include:

* Eating more fruits in place of unhealthy fatty foods.
* Consumers to check labels to ensure foods being bought are healthy.
* Lowering costs of healthy foods.
* Schools and workplaces to stop providing unhealthy foods and to encourage exercise.
* Cycling to work.
* Governments to require widespread walking and cycling routes to be put in place; this will facilitate physical activity.
* Improving access to sporting facilities.

Beyond Merely Prevention – Cancer Recovery

How about those who have already been diagnosed with cancer? Are such lifestyle and dietary changes too little, too late for them? Not according to a recent study conducted by researchers at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridgeshire, which found that about 36% of men with aggressive prostate cancer could give planned surgery or radiotherapy a miss after making some basic dietary and lifestyle changes.

The changes, which included lowering salt intake, reducing alcohol consumption, eating larger amounts of oily fish, losing weight and undertaking moderate exercise, were able to inhibit or even totally stop their cancers’ progression.

As we search for complicated answers to the cancer riddle, we should not underestimate the powerful role of factors which have been with us throughout human history – dietary and lifestyle habits.

References

Clean living way to beat cancer (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7…)

Healthy meal, exercise cuts cancer risk (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/…)

Adopting a healthy lifestyle ‘helps cancer suffers after diagnosis’ (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/3…)

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IP6 is Highly Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer

Rex Says: I actually used Paw Paw as part of my natural cancer protocol but this information shows just some of the options available.
IP6 is Highly Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer
by Barbara Minton, Natural Health Editor
(NaturalNews) Anyone looking for effective alternatives to the treatments offered by traditional cancer specialists might want to look at inositol [...]

Rex Says: I actually used Paw Paw as part of my natural cancer protocol but this information shows just some of the options available.

IP6 is Highly Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer
by Barbara Minton, Natural Health Editor
(NaturalNews) Anyone looking for effective alternatives to the treatments offered by traditional cancer specialists might want to look at inositol hexophosphate (IP6). It is a very simple and inexpensive treatment that may easily get written off by people, who have been led to believe the cure for cancer can only be found in a laboratory through the complexities of science and only after years of expensive research and testing. Yet it is becoming obvious that one of the most effective cures for cancer already exists in a simple compound found in abundance in many foods. New research continues to underscore the effectiveness of IP6 against cancer.

IP6 is found effective against prostate cancer

In a recent study at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, more specific mechanisms through which IP6 is effective were identified. Scientists had previously found that IP6 increased the activity of genes that control proteins in human prostate cancer cells lacking functional p53, the gene that provides much cancer protection. They sought to determine whether this increased activity plays a role in IP6’s anti-tumor effect. They found that the two genes activated by IP6, p21 and p27, play a critical role in mediating the anticancer effectiveness of IP6. Following activation of the genes by IP6, they were able to halt tumor growth and promote the appropriate death of cells in a process known as apoptosis. This study was published in the February edition of Cancer Research.

This study follows on the heels of other research from the University of Colorado that evaluated the efficacy of IP6 against prostate tumor growth and progression. Prostate cancer was induced in mice given either water containing IP6 or plain water. The researchers found that IP6 inhibited the progression of the cancer cells and strongly reduced the incidence of adenocarcinoma. This is of high significance because 95% of prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas, meaning the cancer has developed in the lining or inner surface of the gland.

The incidences of well-differentiated and poorly differentiated adenocarcinomas in the group fed IP6 were reduced by 44% and 62% respectively. Analysis of the prostate tissue showed a 3.5 fold increase in malignant cell death. This highly significant finding established for the first time that oral IP6 suppresses prostate tumor growth and progression at the stage of abnormal or uncontrolled growth.

IP6 is non-toxic and produces no side effect

IP6 is a compound found in beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, rice and wheat bran, corn, and sesame. One-half cup of whole kernel corn contains a whopping 650 mgs of IP6. It is composed of an inositol sugar molecule (one of the B vitamins), with six phosphate groups attached. Because it is a sugar molecule, it has a pleasant, sweet taste. Because it is from food and not from a drug laboratory, IP6 has no toxic effects in the body even at high doses.

Although the IP6 compound was identified many years ago, it wasn’t until the late 1980’s that its ability to control the rate of abnormal cell division was discovered. A scientist from the University of Maryland, Dr. Abulkalam Shamsuddin, found that IP6 was able to halt well developed cancers. While most cancer research centered on killing cancer cells, Dr. Shamsuddin proved that IP6 could normalize the sugar production of cancerous cells, thereby altering their gene expression toward a more healthful state. This discovery has major implications because cancer cells that are well behaved have far less negative consequences to health.

IP6 works in many ways against cancer

Whether from food or from therapeutic supplemental doses, IP6 works against cancer in several ways. Its ability to act as an intracellular messenger means that it is integral in many cellular activities including:

Normalizing the rate of cell growth
When cancer cells lose their control mechanisms, rapid and uncontrolled division of malignant cells is often the result. As IP6 repairs the gene mutations and reestablishes control within the cells, their rate of division is slowed

Enhancing natural killer cells
Natural killer cells are white blood cells that help protect against infected or cancerous cells. Research has shown that the higher the amount of natural killer cell activity, the lower the incidence of some cancers. A healthy human produces 500 to 1000 cancer cells daily that need to be identified and disposed of by the body. Natural killer cells and natural cell programming result in the vast majority of these cells being destroyed and removed. However, when the body is under stress, including the stress produced by lack of sleep, natural killer cell population is compromised. When the body is under the ultimate stress of being forced to face a diagnosis of cancer and the terrifying toxic treatments that go with such a diagnosis, the natural killer cell population can be reduced at the time it is most needed. IP6 has been documented and proven to increase natural killer cells at such times.

Normalizing cell physiology
Because IP6 is able to restore aspects of normality to the cells, it is able to modulate how a cancer cell expresses itself and how threatening it will be. Experiments have shown that IP6 is able to normalize several aspects of cell physiology in spite of the fact that cancer cells have altered DNA. It was demonstrated in the above noted study that IP6 is able to alter gene expression to restore normality. The more a cell can return to its normal state, the more it loses its malignant characteristics.

Increasing tumor suppressor p53 gene activity
DNA contains tumor suppressor genes that inhibit pathways and processes that allow cells to become malignant. The p53 gene acts as a control to prevent genetically damaged or cancerous cells from growing and propagating. If the p53 gene becomes damaged or compromised, cancers can establish themselves more easily. IP6 has been shown to greatly increase the amount of p53 gene activity, up to seventeen times. When augmented by IP6, even the toxic treatments offered by traditional medicine become more effective due to its ability to increase p53 gene activity.

Enhancing apoptosis
Apoptosis is the orderly programmed process by which cells naturally die off. The process of apoptosis results in the removal of individual cells without affecting the surrounding cells. It is part of the growth and maintenance of healthy tissues. Cancerous cells do not want to die and are resistive to apoptosis. This is one mechanism of tumor formation. IP6 has been shown to restore cancerous cells to normality to the point where they are able to follow through with their programmed death.

Affecting angiogenesis
Angiogenesis is the process by which tumors set up their own blood supply, to assure themselves of getting the nutrients necessary to grow. Once this blood supply is set up, tumor growth spirals as more growth leads to more blood supply creation. IP6 has been shown to inhibit this process, resulting in the starvation of cancer cells.

Powerfully chelating heavy metal
Tumor cells use iron as a primary growth factor. According to researchers at Wake Forest University, iron chelators are of value in the treatment of cancer since they act by depleting iron and limiting tumor growth. IP6 binds with iron and escorts it from the body. Because IP6 is naturally found in all human cells, it has the ability to get inside tumor cells and remove their iron.

Inhibiting metastasis
IP6 inhibits cancer cell migration and invasion by preventing the adhesion of these cells to extra-cellular matrix proteins. This limited adhesion is very important following surgery and biopsy, as these procedures can cause cancer cells to become dislodged. One reason so many breast cancer patients have lymph nodes containing cancer cells is that the squeezing of the breast by the mammography used in diagnosis can dislodge cancer cells which then migrate to the lymph nodes.

Inhibiting inflammation
One key indicator used in predicting the survival rate for a cancer patient is the level of systemic inflammation. Inflammation is like a fire going on in the body that will destroy it if not stopped. IP6 helps stop inflammation through chemical messages that halt the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Inhibiting free radical production
IP6 acts as an antioxidant in the body. Antioxidants are known to protect against disease states and aging in general. Antioxidants bind with free radicals rendering them harmless. In their free state, these radicals can damage DNA and leave cells susceptible to mutations that can result in the production of cancerous cells. IP6 is significantly more potent as an antioxidant than green tea.

IP6 influences genes to halt colon cancer

In another recent study, more information about the molecular mechanisms through which IP6 acts was revealed. Scientists at the Medical University of Silesia in Poland investigated the influence of IP6 on the expression of genes encoding subunits of NFkappaB and of its inhibitor, IkappaBalpha, in human colorectal cancer cells. The results of their study suggest that IP6 primarily influences p65 and IkappaBalpha expression in colon cancer cells. The amount of activity seen was dependent on the IP6 levels and the amount of time it had been present in the cells.

Populations with diets high in IP6 have low incidences of cancers

Dr. Shamsuddin’s studies have shown that tumor regression takes place in people using 8 grams of IP6 daily for three to four weeks. This is the amount that would be found in 12 ounces of whole kernel corn. One of his studies found that after two weeks the tumors of mice treated three times a week with IP6 were 96 percent smaller than the tumors of mice that did not receive IP6. Populations with diets high in IP6 have lower incidences of cancers of the breast, colon and prostate. Dr. Shamsuddin’s laboratory experiments with IP6 have been reproduced and extended by scientists around the world, reconfirming his amazing findings. This study is from Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica, November through December, 2008.

IP6 is more than a cancer treatment

In addition to the anti-cancer benefits of IP6, research is revealing its benefits in treating diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, heart disease, and kidney stones. It has recently been shown to help Parkinson’s patients because of its ability to chelate excess iron and thereby reduce oxidative stress that results in neuronal degradation.

Treating cancer with IP6

For anyone choosing to use IP6 as a cancer cure or a preventative there are some things to know. IP6 is present in all human cells, and considered quite safe to use. However, IP6 obtained from food is bound to protein. Before it can be absorbed by the body, it must be freed from this protein by the enzyme phytase that is present in food and naturally in the intestinal tract. The power of the phytase enzyme is damaging to IP6 and renders much of it inactive and therefore less effective when obtained in this form. Pure IP6 from a supplement is not bound to protein and is easily absorbed intact and able to provide its complete medicinal properties.

Many holistic healers and naturopaths recommend IP6 as a standard alternative treatment to be used along with others alternative treatments for active cancer. For people with a high risk of cancer or who have had cancer and want to prevent a recurrence, IP6 is also consistently recommended. Some traditional physicians are becoming aware of the benefits of IP6 and although they can’t bring themselves to abandon their toxic treatments, they are adding IP6 to their protocols.

For more information see:

Dr. Kin Vanderlinden, Dr. Ivana Vucenik, Too Good to be True?

Dr. Abulkalam Shamsuddin, IP6 Natural Revolutionary Cancer Fighter

http://www.lewrockwell.com/sardi/sa…

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Drug Industry Pushing New Treatment for Prostate Cancer While Ignoring Far Safer and Less Costly Pomegranate Seeds

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) The drug industry is pushing a new “treatment” for prostate cancer, which they claim is the first drug that’s ever been proven to reduce the risk of the disease. The drug, called finasteride, costs over $1,000 per year, and it should be used by lots of men [...]

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) The drug industry is pushing a new “treatment” for prostate cancer, which they claim is the first drug that’s ever been proven to reduce the risk of the disease. The drug, called finasteride, costs over $1,000 per year, and it should be used by lots of men to chemically “prevent” prostate cancer, says the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Urological Association.

As usual, the benefits of the drug are being wildly hyped by its promoters. In reality, a statistical analysis of the study reveals that you would have to treat 71 men with the drug for seven years just to prevent a single case of prostate cancer. That means society would have to spend about half a million dollars while exposing 71 men to this non-natural chemical in order to prevent just one case of the disease! This startling fact is admitted by the very author of the study. (Barnett Kramer of the National Institutes of Health).

Meanwhile, the drug — sold under brand names Proscar and Propecia — has side effects that include low libido, breast tenderness (in men!) and impotence. And those are only the side effects they know about so far.

What the drug industry refuses to mention, of course, are all the natural remedies that can either prevent or even help reverse prostate cancer. Among those natural remedies, pomegranate is one of the best-known nutritional remedies for prostate cancer. Pomegranate seeds, it turns out, contain a wealth of anti-cancer nutrients that haven’t even begun to be truly understood by western medical scientists.

When it comes to prostate cancer, the best medicine in the world comes straight from Mother Nature.

Authors’ Quotes on Prostate and Pomegranate
Below, you’ll find selected quotes from noted authors on the subject of Prostate and Pomegranate. Feel free to quote these in your own work provided you give proper credit to both the original author quoted here and this NaturalNews page.

Investigators are also excited about the possibility that pomegranate compounds might prevent prostate cancer or slow its growth. Other preliminary research suggests that pomegranate juice might help protect against skin and breast cancer. Even arthritis may yield to the power of pomegranates. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University have reported that tissue cultures of human cartilage cells respond to pomegranate extract. Inflammation is reduced and the enzymes that break down cartilage become less active.
- Best Choices From the People’s Pharmacy by Joe Graedon, M.S. and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D.
- Available on Amazon.com

In addition to being good for your heart and blood vessels, pomegranates have been shown to inhibit breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, and leukemia and to prevent vascular changes that promote tumor growth in lab animals. Pomegranates’ potent antioxidant compounds also have been shown to reduce platelet aggregation and naturally lower blood pressure, factors that prevent both heart attacks and strokes.
- Cholesterol Protection for Life, New Expanded Edition by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
- Available on Amazon.com

Journal Nutritional Biochemistry 16: 360-67, 2005] Numerous reports extol pomegranate for prostate, colon and skin cancer. Its one drawback is that ellagic acid, a primary antioxidant in pomegranate, is poorly absorbed. However, it still has potency against colon cancer. [Clinical Chim Acta 348: 63-68, 2004] Ellagic acid, found in pomegranate and red raspberries, inhibits an enzyme, topoisomerase, that breaks DNA strands that can produce cancer. Ellagic acid mimics the cancer drug etoposide (Etopophos, vepesid).
- You Don’t Have to be Afraid of Cancer Anymore by Bill Sardi
- Available on Amazon.com

In addition to being good for your heart and blood vessels, pomegranates have been shown to inhibit breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, and leukemia and to prevent vascular changes that promote tumor growth in lab animals. Pomegranates’ potent antioxidant compounds also have been shown to reduce platelet aggregation and naturally lower blood pressure, factors that prevent both heart attacks and strokes.
- Cholesterol Protection for Life, New Expanded Edition by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
- Available on Amazon.com

Preliminary research in animals suggests that pomegranate juice may help prevent prostate cancer.
Most important to this discussion, pomegranates may be valuable in combating arthritis. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University have reported in the Journal of Nutrition that tissue cultures of human cartilage cells respond to pomegranate extract.131 Inflammation is reduced and the enzymes that break down cartilage become less active.
Tariq Haqqi, PhD, is professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University and the lead investigator in this research.
- Best Choices From the People’s Pharmacy by Joe Graedon, M.S. and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D.
- Available on Amazon.com

Studies have shown the anti-cancer activity on cancer cells of the breast, esophagus, skin, colon, prostate and pancreas. It can bind with cancer causing molecules, making them inactive and is chemoprotective against various chemically induced cancers. Ellagic acid helps eliminate excess nickel from the body. Plants produce ellagic acid to protect themselves from microbiological infection and pests. It’s present in many red fruits and berries, including raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, apples and pomegranate and some nuts including pecans and walnuts.
- Get Balanced-the Natural Way to Better Health with Superfoods by Jan Lovejoy
- Available on Amazon.com

Prostate problems have the same risk factors as so many other health problems, like a diet high in saturated fats and being overweight. But a number of nutrients have been shown to improve prostate health, such as green tea (because of the polyphenols) and pomegranates.
- You: Staying Young: The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty by Mehmet C. Oz., M.D. and Michael F. Roizen, M.D.
- Available on Amazon.com

Antioxidants have been proven protective against many cancers, including lung, colon, breast, prostate, and ovarian cancer. In general, the more colorful the food you eat, the higher its antioxidant content will be. Cooking and microwaving lower the amount of antioxidants in your foods, so fresh is always best. Berries, pomegranates, sunflower seeds, and walnuts are foods with some of the highest antioxidant content. All citrus fruits, including oranges, pineapples, kiwi fruits, prunes, and dates, are also very good sources.
- The Natural Hormone Makeover: 10 Steps to Rejuvenate Your Health and Rediscover Your Inner Glow by Phuli Cohan
- Available on Amazon.com

Sources for this story:
• Drugs May Help Healthy Men Lower Prostate Cancer Risk
- US News & World Report

• Experts promote baldness drug for prostate cancer
- Reuters

• More Men Are Urged to Take Drug Against Prostate Cancer
- Washington Post

• Drug recommended to prevent prostate cancer in some older men
- LA Times

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