Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Common Aspirin - an Important Cancer Fighter

When I read that the common aspirin was a cancer fighter, I immediately went out and bought a bottle of them to add to my artillery.  The articles below explains the properties of aspirin which contribute to the prevention of cancer.

What's one aspirin a day, when you have a couple of tumours in a lung?  One site I found suggested that its 10% effective, whatever that means.  But- if reishi is estimated at between 45 - 50% effective, and maple and baking soda adds another 40% and if aspirin adds another 10%....they add up  to 100% don't they?   Sure, why not!

I found a few thing of interest in prowling the net.  How about this quote:
The findings do not come entirely as a surprise, Dr. Rothwell said, because aspirin has been found to slow or prevent the growth of tumor cell lines in the laboratory. Observational studies have reported that people who took aspirin were at lower risk for colorectal cancer recurrences, while other studies have pointed to similar reductions in cancers of the lung, stomach and esophagus.
Please click here to read the complete article from the New York Times.

There is also this item found the Common Health Reform and Reality website.

Cancer Researcher Robert Wienberg of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, quote:

“Many human cancers begin in tissues that have been undergoing chronic, low-grade inflammation for many years. Somehow, inflamed tissues represent hospitable sites in the body for cancers to begin. Each tissue may have its own reasons for being inflamed, but the end result is the same — chronic inflammation in the gut, in the liver, in the prostate or in the pancreas (and probably other tissues as well) creates sites in which cancers can begin and grow.
A critical element in establishing and maintaining inflammation is a small molecule that is made naturally in the body’s tissues called prostaglandin E2, or simply PGE2. Its production and subsequent effects in tissues is an important element in supporting both short- and long-term inflammation. PGE2 is made by an enzyme called COX-2, and COX-2 is inhibited by aspirin.
With low levels of aspirin, one can slow down the firing of the COX-2 enzyme, reduce PGE2 production, and damp down chronic inflammation. Indeed, this is the reason why many people take aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs for arthritis, which also represents a chronic inflammatory condition, occurring however in a tissue (our joints) where cancer rarely if ever arises.
There is a down-side, however, to taking chronic anti-inflammatory drugs — in excessive amounts they can cause gastrointestinal bleeding, and more than 10,000 people a year die because they are taking too many anti-inflammatory drugs and their health is not being closely monitored by their physicians. However, the daily 81 mg “baby aspirin” seems to be a safe dose for most people.”

Extracted from: CommonHealth Reform and Reality.
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Letters from our Readers

Reader,  Preeti writes:
Uterine cancer most often occurs in women who are post menopausal, regardless of what type of uterine cancer. Younger women can develop the disease, but much less often than women who have gone through menopause. Women who are obese have a greater chance of developing uterine cancer. 
Documentary - "Bridget's Healing Journey from Uterine Cancer" reveals the journey of Bridget when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2002. She embarked on a path of self-healing, she had NO hysterectomy, NO chemotherapy and NO radiation. Now she is a Reiki Master and a minister, and helps other people to self-heal.
To watch please click here. 
Thanks Preeti for your contribution. Its appreciated. You may have saved lives.

Cumin and the production of T cells

Studies are now showing that Cumin powder is a valuable tumour fighter in several kinds of cancer.

Cumin's anti-cancer effects are exerted upon numerous biochemical pathways involved in carcinogenesis, cell proliferation, apoptosis (programmed cell death), metastasis, and angiogenesis. It suppresses growth of several tumor cell lines, including T-cell leukemia and colon cancer lines. If not mistaken studies on cumin have been taken beyond just mice studies and applied to human. (I have lost the link for this)
If interested, I suggest you Google, Cumin T Cells, and see what comes up. There's a number of sites reporting information on this subject.

I lost a good friend a few months ago, and when I discussed with him low blood count numbers, he shrugged it off and said..."The doctor calls normal"

Your life is in your hands!  Its vital that you should know your blood count numbers. Go over them.  And then, take the time and effort to research what  can be done to address your problem of low blood count numbers.  Don't be satisfied with comments from medical caregivers such as .."oh blood count numbers go up and down...those are your normals."

When my lymphocyte numbers began to fall, I made cumin powder an important part of my anti cancer protocol.  My numbers have been improving and I will give you a more subtantial report so you can see the results for yourself.

Keep your eyes open....your life may depend on it!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Liver Surgery - An Improving Story

Megan Ogilvie, of the Toronto Star has written an excellent article on the development of liver surgery. She features the story of Dr. Ian McGilvrary, of Toronto General Hospital.  When I read the article, I found myself focusing on two areas. One, being the story of how far liver surgery has come, and how important it can be for someone needing it. Secondly, I was intriqued by the story of Mark Bauer who was diagnosed in 2002, and who took chemotherapy and followed it up with naturopathic treatment. Five years later his tumours shrunk.  When Bauer eventually underwent Dr. McGilvrary's surgical procedure - it was a big operation, but a successful one.

Please click here to read the article, 'Toronto surgeon  redefines 'hopeless' cancer cases. The article appears in today's (February 25, 2012), Toronto Star.

Should I Drink Alcohol if I Have Cancer?

I will never forget the conversation.  I asked the nurse who was administering my chemotherapy, as I sat on the reclincing chemo chair, "Can I have a drink when I have chemotherapy?"  Her answer was, "Of course you can, but drink moderately - an occasional beer or glass of wine."

Oh my, but what is this world made of? While, gives a logical and reasonable answer to the question (click here), my research indicates otherwise.  Knowing what I do today, I would give it an unequivicoble NO!

From what I understand, alcohol makes a rapid change to sugar, and tests have shown that tumours feed off sugar.  Besides that, alcohol is acidic.  Beer uses yeast in the fermentation process and yeast feeds fungus.
Enough said.

I turned thumbs down on alcohol but don't get me wrong.  I toasted both my daughters at their weddings with a glass of wine. But, overall, I treat alcohol with a certain wariness.  Its out there.  I have had a rare drink on special times of celebration, but for the most part its not a part of my lifestyle.

I like to take to life this way.  By chosing, for the most part,  not to take alcohol, or eat delightful deserts and by reserving them, for isolated and special occasions, I am not taking taking the martyr's path. I can and do deviate from my pathway on special occasions but these occasions are few and far between.

Regular alcohol consumption is a risky business for anyone with any kind of tumour, or with mestastic cancer.  Why add the risk?  When you do overcome cancer, you can relax and enjoy a glass of wine after your evening dinner. On the other hand - if you give such things as alcohol, sweet deserts, coffee, and cola a big place in your life and let them run your ship - then you increase the odds of not making it. Its your call, but speaking personally, I wouldn't push my luck.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Potassium Ascorbate Ribosium - Another Cancer Fighter

Here is another reported cancer cure.  It can be bought online from a European outlet and is shipped free of charge to Canada and the States.  Its not so well known, but the few testimonials I have read online purport to have been written by people who have been successful when taking it.  Its called, Potassium Ascorbate Ribosium.

Taking a good look at it, ascorbate is popularly called Vitamin C.  This stuff has potassium and ribosium added to it.  I found this outlet, which may be of interest. Please click here. 

You can Google potassium ascorbate ribosium or click here to be taken to a website. Click this link.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Curcuma powder

I begin and end my day taking a mixture of baking soda and maple syrup. But, for good measure, I mix in a pinch of curcumin powder and a sprinkle of ginger powder.  Both the curcumin and ginger have any cancer fighting properties. Its amazing too how cinnimon powder makes a good substitute for sugar when sprinkled on your morning grapefruit.

Here's some information on curcumin.

Clin Biochem Nutr. 2010.
Geranylgeranoic acid (GGA) is one of the most potent cancer-preventive acyclic retinoids. GGA has been shown to induce cell death in human hepatoma-derived HuH-7 cells. We have recently reported the natural occurrence of GGA and its related compounds in several medicinal herbs such as turmeric, basil, rosehip, cinnamon and others. In the present study, we performed oral administration of turmeric tablets to healthy volunteers in order to investigate bioavailability of natural GGA. With healthy volunteers, plasma GGA was detected prior to the tablet intake and its concentrations were increased at 2 h after its intake and maintained at higher level until 4 h, suggesting an efficient bioavailability of preformed GGA in the turmeric tablets through oral administration. These results indicated that GGA in the turmeric tablet was absorbed as an intact form from intestinal mucosa.

Bharat Aggarwal of the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, says. "What's exciting about this agent is that it seems to have both chemopreventive and therapeutic properties. If we can demonstrate that it is efficacious in humans, it could be of tremendous value, but we're a long way from being able to make any recommendations yet". Bharat Aggarwal injected mice with human breast cancer cells -- a batch of cells grown from a patient whose cancer had spread to the lungs. The resulting tumors were allowed to grow, and then surgically removed, to simulate a mastectomy. Then the mice either got no additional treatment; curcumin alone; the cancer drug paclitaxel, which is sold under the brand name Taxol; or curcumin plus Taxol. Half the mice in the curcumin -only group and 22 percent of those in the curcumin plus Taxol group had evidence of breast cancer that had spread to the lungs. But 75 percent of animals that got Taxol alone and 95 percent of those that got no treatment developed lung tumors. Earlier studies suggest that people who eat diets rich in turmeric have lower rates of breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. His team would like to try giving turmeric to women with a high risk of breast cancer -- such as those who have a mother or sister with the disease. No drug company is likely to develop a natural product that cannot be patented, he said. "There are no companies behind it so our only source of funding is either the National Institutes of Health or the Department of Defense," he said. This study was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense's Breast Cancer Research Program.

Skin cancer
Curcumin interferes with melanoma cells. Tests in laboratory dishes show that it made melanoma skin cancer cells more likely to self-destruct in a process known as apoptosis. The same research team has found that turmeric helped stop the spread of breast cancer tumor cells to the lungs of mice. The turmeric suppressed two proteins that tumor cells use to keep themselves immortal. People who eat plenty of turmeric have lower rates of some cancers.

Heart health
Protective effects of Curcuma longa on ischemia-reperfusion induced myocardial injuries and their mechanisms.
Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India. Life Sci. 2004.
 Wistar rats were divided into three groups and received saline orally (sham, control I/R group) and Turmeric 100 mg/kg respectively for one month. On the 31st day, rats of the control I/R and turmeric treated groups were subjected to 45 min of occlusion of the LAD coronary artery and were thereafter reperfused for 1 h. I/R resulted in significant cardiac necrosis, depression in left ventricular function, decline in antioxidant status and elevation in lipid perodixation in the control I/R group as compared to sham control. Myocardial infarction produced after I/R was significantly reduced in the turmeric treated group. Cardioprotective effect of turmeric likely results from the suppression of oxidative stress and correlates with the improved ventricular function.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

A Personal Story

My wife and I were sitting on a beach in Barbados where met another couple of vacationers.
The  lady fell into conversation with my wife and they began talking about me having cancer.  The woman asked my wife, if mine had gone in to remission.  My wife said.."I don't know."  Frederick hasn't had a CT scan for about a year and he turned down chemotherapy.  The woman asked the question since, as she said, I looked so healthy.

She then began to tell the story about her husband.  He had hodgkins lymphoma and he had a lot of lymph nodes removed.  He was struggling and was taking chemo and it was making him sick. As the story went, this man was on a prolonged sick leave.  One day, he announced, out of the blue - "No more chemo. I want to go to BC to see the Rockies."  

There was hell to pay.  His doctor was upset. "You can't do that."  
"Why can't I?"
The doctor sputtered.   The man's wife pressed her case..."He wants to. He may die anyway. I support him...............Does your reaction mean that you refuse to treat him after he returns?"
Case closed.

With that - they packed their car and set off on their journey - but they took with them, something his medical team wasn't aware of.  They took a big enough supply of Essiac to last them through the trip.
I am sure you can guess the rest of the story.
His cancer disappeared and never returned. 
That was about 15 years ago.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Importance of Self Awareness

 I suppose most of us have our cancer discovered, after our symptoms are discovered. That makes sense doesn't it?

After I was diagnosed with cancer, I began the process of self examination.  I spent a lot of time thinking about the symptoms I had.  And, during my time of treatment, I kept copious notes.

I do this because I want to monitor my fight.  It tells me if I am wasting money on certain homeopathic approaches - and if I am being successful.

I took sharks cartilge for a year and it didn't seem to have any impact. I also took and later discarded IP6 with inisitol.  These things may have been working but careful monitoring didn't discern any bodily changes. I didn't seem to be going anywhere.

I also learned that my diet needed to undergo some serious changes.  When I began tweaking my diet, and I changed my homeopathic strategies, the symptoms began to abate and my blood tests showed gradual improvement.

Symptoms such as, my phsyical reaction to certain foods - coughing and clearing of the chest, bad after taste, emotional changes - my sense of inner peace and relaxation, and my ability to sleep improved.

Come to know your body. Monitor your sense of  dis ease and look for small changes.  These can become  important guideposts.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Attacking the Protein Shield

There is an  old saying, that sometimes our body craves what it needs.  Maybe. But we can also crave what our body wants, and that may  not be what we need. In fact, we may be feeding a monster within.

This has gone through my mind a lot in the last few months, for I have been eating a lot of pineapple.
I have pretty much moved away from this because I have been thinking that my cancer cells are crying aloud for the sugar in pineapple.

But, could it be, that my body is telling me, that pineapple contains a mineral that is very beneficial to fighting tumours?  Pineapple contains bromelain, which breaks down the defensive protein wall that surrounds tumours.

You would be wise to check out this article in the 'Live in the Now Website', by clicking here.
The article points to the benefits of also taking Reseratrol, Curcumin, and Green Tea which also break down the defence mechanisms within tumours.  And, a friend of mine has been taking sharks cartlige and she says that her tumour has been shrinking out of existence over the last three or four years.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

People With a Positive Attitude Beat Cancer

If I hear it again I will gag.  Mr. Wellmeaning, looks blankly at me and says, "People with the right attitude are the ones who beat cancer."

Forgive me, while I step behind the shrubs for a minute.

People like that have never had their belly sliced open and had their guts rolled out onto a table for a surgeon to work on.  They've never experienced pain so deep that only the strongest pain killers can
touch - maybe.  They've never had a cathatar taped to their leg, and a bag of chemo taped to their waist, and an ostomy bag taped to their belly,  all at the same time, and lines going into their body in the most challenging of places.

They've never known pain so intense that death would seem like the kindest mercy that could happen.

But there they stand, telling me what I have to do to make it through the night.

Grrrrr. Let them see what kind of attitude they would have if they were in my place.

Lord spare me from the the mindless platitudes of people who've never walked in my footsteps.

Friday, February 10, 2012

And I thought that my craving monster died when I stopped smoking!

God help me, but I was having an afternoon of craving.  Sugar is bloody poison for someone with cancer. I know that, and yet my body was craving it.  I prowled through the kitchen, opening cupboard doors - searching, finding, looking at, but not touching.

I returned to the book I was reading, and I set it down.  Nothing seemed to help. Even, my cancer fighting strategy, of thinking of my two lovely daughters, and my wife and grand kids, all of whom are encouraging me on my fight, failed me in the end.  They don't want me to take a quick exit from the life game. It would have helped maybe if one of them were nearby to talk to me. But the reality is,  I was alone - until my wife returned with a group of her lady friends.

Anne Marie was most kind to me. Her husband had fought lymphoma and beat it by taking essiac. She put her hands on my shoulders and told me that she understood my fight.  I weakened and I told her of my fight with the craving monster.

To my surprise - the most unlikely person in the group, (a rather quiet and dignified senior lady) told me that I could have been craving protein.

Protein craving? Is there such a thing???

I realized when she spoke that yesterday was a protein deficient day, and today wasn't much better. Since I am mostly a vegan...its easy to forget about taking protein.

So with that, I fried up a vegan hamburger pattie (an oxymoron, I know) and folded it inside my whole wheat tortilla wrap (no yeast in them ), and topped it up with a slice of tomato and onion. (It took the legs out from under my craving monster).

When I finished I did some internet I often do at such times and found an interesting website which discussed the nature of cravings.  (please click here)

I discovered that there were several types of cravings; cravings for sugar, protein, dairy products, junk food and even red meat.  Each of these has a meaning.  Its an interesting site and a good read for people taking the same walk as I am.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rolling the Dice: The Odds Game

My sister in law got mesothelioma.  She picked it up from asbestos and had it inside her since she was a little girl when she helped her mother do the laundry. Her uncle worked in an asbestos plant.

When Wilma was diagnosed with cancer, her immediate question was, "How long do I have?"

The doctor looked at her; "I don't know.  Two years, a year, six months............" And his voice trailed off.

Wilma looked him in the eye. She was full of piss and vinegar.

"Good, then I'll take the I don't know."

That was 13 years ago.  Wilma is still alive.  Her mesothelioma surgeon in Sloan Kittering Hospital, Manhattan says that she is the longest surviving woman, he has ever heard of, to survive this illness.

Go ahead........take the I don't know. What do you have to lose?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Papaya - the desert that fights cancer

Papaya has been known for its cancer fighting properties and has been used as an alternative cancer treatment option for many years, however so far there’s been no scientific evidence proving that Papaya could fight cancer. This is no longer true. International doctors and researchers conducted an extensive study on effects of Papaya on cancer and their findings, which were published on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology conclude that Papaya Leaf Tea and Papaya Leaf Extract have “dramatic cancer-fighting properties against a broad range of tumors”.

Nam Dang from the University of Florida teamed up with researchers from Japan to test the anti-cancer effects of dry Papaya leaf extract against cervix cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer and pancreatic cancer and found that the higher the dose of Papaya leaf tea was used, the more it impacted the tumor.

Cancer fighting properties of Papaya leaf tea were attributed to increased production of key signaling molecules called Th1-type cytokines, which are known regulators of the immune system. Papaya extract helps to stimulate these Th1-type cytokines which in turn promote the ability of patient’s immunity to destroy cancerous cells. With proper boost, the immune system is able to fight various types of cancers without the need of harmful procedures such as chemotherapy or radiation. And since Papaya has no toxic effects on normal cells, its consumption goes without side effects.

Ten different cancer type cells were exposed to Papaya leaf extract for 24 hours and each of the cultures experienced slower tumor growth after exposure. Researchers repeated the test with exposure to Papaya leaf extract of different strengths and recorded the results for each. In conclusion, higher doses of Papaya leaf extract showed more powerful impact on tumor growth. Since according to this study, Papaya is able to slow down the growth of any type of tumor, no matter which type of cancer you are suffering from, Papaya could help you fight it.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Garlic and Cancer

I was feeling overwhelmed by a strept virus which was doing its damage in my throat the other evening.  I seemed to recall reading, that garlic is an infection fighter, so I took a big cut out of a single garlic clove and began chewing it.  Hardly an hour had passed when the irritation passed.  This led me to wonder if garlic had been accredited at all, as a cancer fighter.   So began an interesting online investigation.

My research indicated that the value of garlic in curing cancer is diverse. Many websites point to countries where garlic is eaten a lot, and where incidents of cancer are relatively low.  The National Cancer Institute reports that garlic may reduce your chances of getting cancer, but they draw short of suggesting that it has curative properties. Click here.

Preliminary studies suggest that garlic consumption may reduce the risk of developing several types of cancer, especially cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. Most of the studies evaluated different types of garlic preparations and used them in varying amounts., is much more bullish about garlic's power at defeating cancer. Saturday Jan.17, 2004 reports: Science Proves that Garlic Cures Cancer Cells.

Dr. Ediem writes:
(1) Grate one habanero pepper each day, putting it on bread. Yes, you use the seeds. (2) Grate two cloves of garlic each day, putting them on bread (3) 1-2 Tablespoons of Emulsified cod liver oil each day.* TwinLabs makes some wonderfully flavored cod liver oil.
I used the cod liver oil because I was not losing any weight or dealing with fluid retention. If I had either of those conditions, I would have used evening primrose oil or borage oil instead of the emulsified cod liver oil.*(4)Smother the grated garlic and habaneros peppers with real butter and eat it. No margarines of any type, including Smart Balance, etc.
If hot peppers didn't agree with me, then ginger is what I would use - and yes I trust the ginger just as much as the habanero to do the job.That's it!
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Thursday, February 2, 2012

What Can I Drink if Tea and Coffee are Harmful?

Tea and Coffee have been lifelong friends of mine.  They have given meaning to coffee breaks,  they have warmed many a good conversation with friends at Tim Horton's  and they have rounded off every meal I have ever taken.

I faced the issue - do I have to abandon what I love so much?

I removed them from my diet for about 6 months because they are bearers of fungus, and for the most part coffee and tea are acidic. During these months, I would squeeze lemons and add hot water, or I would drink hot water without adding anything.

After my six months ended,  my fungus issue was pretty much controlled. I then began drinking decaffeinated green tea. Green tea is an anti oxidant and as I said, its also alkyline, so it has some good things going for it.

Its a matter of tolerance, I guess.

Recent studies are showing that a certain amount of coffee, blocks the development of certain kinds of cancer.  But - caffeine is hard on the adrenal glands and it gives your body an adrenal rush..and it has fungus and its acidic, so its a question of how far you want to push it.

I drink one or two coffees a day, but I drink Gano Excel Classic. Some distributors sell it online.
It is really low in caffeine, and it tastes smooth, and it has 10% red reishi in it.  So, on the balance of things, this coffee helps you maintain an alkyline system and it gives you the benefit of tumour fighting reishi mushroom powder.  But please don't write me asking me to sell  you some, for I don't produce this blog for personal profit.