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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Use selenium to protect against cancer

(www.Borganic.org) In a recent radio interview, Doctor Peter Glidden, N.D. (naturopathic doctor) disclosed that a daily intake of 200 mcg of selenium produces an effective protection against cancer. He wondered aloud why this information is not part of public knowledge in the "War against Cancer."

He pointed out that several standard randomized double-blind placebo trials over several years have shown that breast cancer risk is reduced by 82% with a daily intake of just 200 mcg of selenium. The same dosage reduced colon and rectal cancer by 69%, prostate cancer risks were reduced by 54%, and even lung cancer risks were reduced by 39% for the trial that included smokers.

Selenium disrupts the carcinogenic process early and helps prevent tumors from forming. It inhibits DNA mutations and functions as an antioxidant.

Though recognized only recently (1957) as an essential trace mineral, it has also been discovered to promote thyroid functioning by converting stored thyroid T4 hormones into active T3 hormones, something a properly functioning endocrine system requires.

Endocrine balance is also part of cancer prevention, especially for breast and prostate cancers. So it's obvious why selenium has shown the greatest promise as a preventative for both types.

Best selenium sources and amounts

Plant sources are safer than the several seafood sources of selenium. But most topsoil is mineral deficient because of the prevailing poor monoculture large scale farming practices. This has been known since the 1930s.

Processed Big Ag foods will have lower selenium contents, among other nutritional deficiencies. Smaller scale organic farming does treat topsoil well enough to foster higher mineral contents, another reason to go with unprocessed organics.

Many consider Brazil nuts an excellent source of accessible food based selenium. Brazil nuts also contain healthy fats and sufficient vitamin E to assist the selenium's optimum functioning. In addition, Brazil nuts are high in magnesium, another extremely vital mineral lacking in our topsoil. Magnesium is involved in over 300 metabolic processes, qualifying it to be considered the master mineral.

The RDA (recommended daily allowance) for selenium is 50 mcg. Just one Brazil nut will provide more than that.

But the RDA isn't enough, as usual, especially for functioning as a cancer preventative. The trials mentioned above used 200 mcg of selenomethionine as a supplement daily for several years. Considering a high average of 100 mcg of selenium from the subjects food sources, this brought the total to 300 mcg of selenium intake daily.

This 300 mcg amount is also the very conservative recommended upper limit of daily selenium intake, above which is considered a risk for toxicity. Some upper limit panel members considered 800 mcg the break point for toxicity. But a conservative mean was agreed upon at 300 mcg.

Two or three Brazil nuts a day with a mostly organic diet should serve one well.

Other good organic plant sources include wheat germ, oats, sunflower seeds and mushrooms. Eggs and poultry are also good selenium sources. Tuna, salmon, shrimp, and halibut are good sources of seafood selenium.

But when it comes to seafood, let the buyer beware. Mercury and PCB levels can be high depending on the water source. Fukushima makes the Pacific scary; The Gulf of Mexico is contaminated, and farm-raised fish tend to be contaminated from crowded conditions and by what they're fed.

While you maintain adequate selenium levels, make sure you keep up your zinc levels up too. Zinc and selenium combined offer many benefits, including higher cancer protection.

For a more detailed comprehensive coverage of selenium, go here (http://www.naturalnews.com/016446.html)

Sources for this article include:

http://www.breastcancerchoices.org/selenium.html

http://www.alignlife.com

http://drglidden.com/health_info
http://www.longevinst.org/nlt/newsletter9.htm

by: PF Louis
 
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Green tea intake may reduce the risk of gynecologic cancers

(www.Borganic.org) Before undergoing a fermentation process that turns it into the black tea widely enjoyed by millions of Americans today, green tea, also known as Camellia sinensis, naturally contains a variety of antiviral and anti-cancer compounds with many proven health benefits. And a recent review published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research explains that consuming green tea can specifically help prevent against ovarian, endometrial, cervical, and various other forms of gynecologic cancer.

Green tea is gaining worldwide attention for its myriad of catechins, flavonoids, polyphenols, and other nutritive compounds that each possess their own unique healing capabilities. Green tea polyphenols, for instance, have proven chemo-protective properties, while green tea catechins have proven antiviral and immuno-modulating properties. Together, these compounds synergistically fortify the body and protect it against the development and spread of malignant cancer cells.

After combing the PubMed database for all English-language studies pertaining to green tea intake and the development of gynecologic cancers published between 1962 and 2010, a research team from the Colorado State University (CSU) Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences discovered a definitive relationship between the two. Four case-control studies in particular demonstrated that green tea intake is inversely related to ovarian cancer risk.

"During the past three decades, at least 17 epidemiologic studies have evaluated tea and ovarian cancer risk; however, only four case-control studies (one in Australia, two in the United States, and one in China) have published results specifically for green tea intake and ovarian cancer risk," says the study. "The combined odds ratios (ORs) from those four studies show a significant inverse association between green tea intake and risk for ovarian cancer."

Besides protecting against ovarian cancer, green tea may also prevent against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which some say is linked to the development of cervical and other invasive genital cancers. Though evidence from published studies is not conclusive, it appears as though green tea catechin ointment may provide positive benefits in treating premalignant cervical lesions and external genital warts (EWGs) as well.



Green tea protects against other forms of cancer, too

Gynecologic cancers are not the only types of cancer that respond to green tea, however. Generally, green tea compounds inhibit the formation of all cancer-causing compounds, and also help expel them from the body. Even the American Cancer Society (ACS) now admits, albeit in a round-about way, that green tea helps protect against cancer by blocking new cancer-feeding blood vessels from forming in the body (http://www.cancer.org).

"The forms of cancer that appear to be best prevented by green tea are cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, including cancers of the stomach, small intestine, pancreas, and colon; lung cancer, estrogen-related cancers, including most breast cancers; and prostate cancer," writes Michael Murray, N.D., and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., in their book The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.

When consuming green tea products, be sure to consume only the organic varieties, as conventional varieties can contain high levels of pesticide residues, as well as fluoride content. All tea leaves, in fact, tend to uptake fluoride compounds from the soil, which is why it is important to seek out varieties that are grown in low- or no-fluoride areas.

Sources for this article include:

http://cms.herbalgram.org/herbclip/435/071136-435.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21595018

by: Jonathan Benson
 
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Discover a common yard weed that's proven to kill cancer cells

(www.Borganic.org) Most natural health advocates know that dandelion is a good liver tonic. But now research is showing that it's also a cancer fighter. This research discovery occurred at Windsor University in Windsor, Canada.

A Windsor University biochemist, Siyaram Pandey, reluctantly took up dandelion research from a Windsor oncologist's suggestion. Dr. Caroline Hamm noticed a few cancer patients who had been drinking dandelion tea seemed to be getting better.

Siyaram Pandey was initially skeptical. "She said it could be coincidental but it couldn't hurt to see if there is anything to it." So Pandey plunged into the research by working on leukemia blood samples with their own dandelion root extract. He and Dr. Hamm were amazed to find the leukemia cells were forced into apoptosis, or cell suicide.

More amazing to them was the fact that non-cancerous cells were left alone. In other words, the dandelion root extract targeted only the cancer cells, which is not true with chemotherapy pharmaceuticals that kill everything in their paths.

They experimented with other types of cancer cells in vitro (lab cultures) and found the same results. Their initial grant of $60,000 has recently been boosted with another $157,000 grant, bringing their total funding to $217,000.



Don't expect much from the medical monopoly

The research team has applied for Canadian authorization to proceed with phase one clinical trials. However, there is a high probability that this research will quietly vanish unless Big Pharma can figure a way to synthetically reproduce dandelion's active cancer fighting ingredients.

This sort of disinterest has already occurred recently in Canada (http://jaybanks.ca), so don't expect oncologists to be pushing dandelion teas for cancer. Natural cures cannot be patented. No patent equals no big money for Big Pharma, which equals no interest.

Beyond no interest there can be outright suppression, as there was with Canadian Nurse Rene Caisse's Essiac herbal tea that cured cancer patients and Laetrile in the USA. Thankfully, there is always knowledge and there will always be dandelions.

Perhaps one of the cancer patients Dr. Hamm noticed was John DiCarlo. He had been admitted to the hospital for aggressive leukemia treatments. All of the treatments failed and he was sent home to die. Someone recommended he try dandelion tea, and within a few months his leukemia was history. He was 72 years old when the cancer clinic pronounced him leukemia free.



Adding dandelion root powder to other natural cancer cures

Another dramatic story involved a USA Midwest farmer who cured his unremittingly painful prostate cancer with homemade dandelion root powder. He wrote up the instructions in a local newspaper, and the newspaper article was copied onto an internet news website complete with typos and all (http://www.rense.com/general74/DANDI.HTM).

The farmer, George Cairns, warns that creating the powder from dandelion roots has to be done exactly according to his instructions. A half teaspoon of the powder in water or juice daily, no sodas or hot beverages, will be sufficient to take care of cancer after a few months.

As you may have noticed, there are contradictions between the two anecdotal cures. One used tea and the other said no hot beverages. That happens occasionally in the world of natural cures.

That's why it's important to employ two or three do-it-yourself natural approaches for dealing with cancer. Avoiding sugar, processed foods, and meat is recommended as well. The cancer diet platform is organic vegetarian with juicing.

The freshness and quality of any herbal remedy is vitally important. Inexpensive and accessible dandelion root tea or powder can be added to any natural cancer protocols for more healing potential.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com

http://www.cbc.ca

http://zerotoherotv.com

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1486676/pg1

http://www.whale.to/w/orthodox_herbs.html

About the author:
Paul Fassa is dedicated to warning others about the current corruption of food and medicine and guiding others toward a direction for better health with no restrictions on health freedom. You can visit his blog at http://healthmaven.blogspot.com

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