Blog posts tagged with 'cancer'

by Suzy Cohen, RPh

We’re doing something wrong because, as a nation, we spend twice what other comparable countries spend on health care, but we have the lowest life expectancy. Worse, we have the highest infant mortality rates. Our medical system is expensive, slow, inefficient and at times, miserably incompetent.

It’s not me saying this, I’m just passing along news from a JAMA study that was just released. Today, I’d like to get back to nature. I’m going to share the best teas for various health concerns. Teas are gentle, but they contain powerful natural compounds that man has relied on for eons. If you have a medical condition, please make sure your practitioner or local herbalist or acupuncturist weighs in for you. The teas I mention below are sold as commercially prepared teabags or you can learn to make them yourself.

Many good animal studies prove that EGCG in green tea can slow down the growth of many cancers, including pancreatic cancer. Angiogenesis slows. If you have chronic infections or cancer, talk to your oncologist about taking this because timing is important if you’re on chemo.

Gotu kola is for your brain, baby! It boosts memory and helps with age-related cognitive decline. I have my own refreshing recipe for Mint Hibiscus Memory Tea. If you’d like to watch my video, I’ll make this exact tea for you. Watch at suzycohen.com/hibiscus-tea.

Lavender tea is the best option. It works like prescribed tranquilizers, meaning it activates your natural sleep hormone called GABA. Rose petals can do the same thing! I crawled out of bed one night in my jammies to make Lavender Rose Sleep Tea.

Rooibos tea is excellent at cleaning capillaries and there are many of these tiny capillaries that lead to your retina. I think it’s great for both blood pressure and vision. Rooibos has no caffeine. It contains chrysoeriol, which helps reduce blood pressure. You might also consider goldenseal or dandelion, two of Mother Nature’s best diuretics.

Ginger tea is easy to make, and it does not have caffeine. It contains numerous biologically active compounds, including gingerols, which act like medicine in the body. You can grate fresh ginger into some water and simmer it for a few minutes. It’s also a potent anti-inflammatory for joint health.

The herb Stinging Nettle is a very common natural way to deal with allergies. It’s a natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory herb. It helps with hay fever according to some well-designed trials. You should ask your practitioner about this if you’re interested. It’s a natural diuretic by the way, so be careful if you take HCTZ or furosemide.

[article reposted with permission from developinghealthyhabits.com]

by Karen A. Masterson Koch

People are not robots. The human body is made from natural elements and it runs on food. Foods found in nature, not a battery purchased from Amazon. And, the way many people disrespect the needs of the body by skipping meals and eating junk foods, it is no wonder that Cancer rates are on the rise.

1) The American Cancer Society estimates in 2017, 4,630 new cases of cancer every day with 1,650 deaths, daily. The top five; Skin, Lung, Prostate, Breast and Colon.

2) Cancer is becoming common with a 30% increase in the past 30 years and it’s estimated (1) in (3) people will have some form of Cancer in their lifetime.

3) Experts also agree that “Prevention” is the best action to take and that means choosing “Health.”

Health can complement any protocol, especially eating more healthy foods. It’s common sense to give the body the building blocks required for immunity daily. A spokesperson from the City of Hope when asked, “What is new in the treatment of Cancer?”  They replied, “Prevention and that is all about health!” The definition of health is the state of being free from illness or injury. And believe it or not, health can be fun — to actually grow younger in so many aspects including more energy, less disease and even looking younger.

Everyone knows someone with cancer or they themselves have had it or currently do. And leading experts agree on the cause of it. The American Cancer Association states, “Cancer generally takes 10 – 20 years of neglect to develop. And the heredity factor is only 6th on the list of why cancer develops. Smoking cigarettes, alcohol, obesity, poor diet and lifestyle choices are much more damaging to health.”

Today, Cancer has been politicized and is surrounded by confusion and misrepresentation. The truth is, cancer is caused by a number of factors including toxicity, malnutrition, genetic mutation and poor body metabolism. In fact good digestion is often lacking in cancer patients, contributing to malnutrition and disease.

Factors Influencing Cancer Development

1) Toxicity and Malnutrition (drugs, environmental pollution, junk foods, rancid oils, diet abuse lacking core nutrients).

2) Poor Body Metabolism (digestion, regularity/detox, balanced immunity and more).

3) Unhealthy Lifestyle Choices (addictions, lack of exercise, water, sunshine and fresh air).

...Genetics is 6th!

Poor digestion can prevent even good eaters, from experiencing health — due to poor absorption. It is linked to several factors including food allergies. Excess of gluten, dairy and refined sugar is most problematic. So, keep these foods lower in the diet. Excess of sugars along with toxic chemicals cause multiple bad effects. Sugars increase microbial growth of yeast, viruses and bacteria. It also depletes valuable vitamins and prevents healthy oxygenation while blocking the enzyme process that creates waste. The overuse of antibiotics and drugs further harm the body, increasing the need for more preventative health measures especially for balanced bowel regularity and detoxification.

Recent Research on Immunity & Health

Genetic scientists have confirmed that cells that do not absorb critical core nutrients from foods (and or supplements), cannot repair damaged chromosomes (DNA). The DNA determines just how healthy a replicating cell develops. When functioning properly, the body makes specialized cells that build, repair, protect and run all the systems of the body for wellness including immunity. Good digestion and detoxification are critical to health. Truly, improving one’s diet and taking key supplements supports the renewal process of reversing disease conditions. We are only as healthy as each cell.

Tuft’s University researchers have proven that by eating better and adding some nutritional supplements — disease in the body reverses. UCSD research studied Vitamin E and it showed significant support for immunity while also decreasing dementia in just months. Scientists have also researched many herbs found to be helpful to health, highlighting two in particular that support digestion and immunity, Aloe Vera and Medicinal Mushrooms.

Immunity Support Factors

1) Nutrition: Proteins (50 to 60 grams — variety of fish, lean meats, beans, nuts & seeds, avocado, broccoli); Vegetables (4 to 5 servings — rainbow of colors); and Fruits (1 to 2 servings — variety and seasonal).

2) Supplements: Probiotics, Essential Core Nutrients and Antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, D3, E, B-Complex, Omegas — EFAs, plus Minerals like Selenium and more).

3) Herbs: Quality Whole Leaf Aloe Vera (concentrate if possible) and Mushrooms (Maitake D-fraction extract).

4) Lifestyle: Exercise (30 to 45 minutes per day) and other Healthy Choices.

Agreed, daily schedules can make eating healthy a challenge, so prioritize and plan ahead. Protein foods actually build immunity. Vegetables and fruits contain the core nutrients and anti-oxidants. According to several cancer patients, existing tumors shrank from eating an abundance of berries and seasonal fruits like apples and vegetables — so, doesn’t it follow they will help to be “Preventatively Healthy,” too? Daily supplements including herbs may come in handy like a healthy short-cut along with a healthier diet and exercise.

Why Whole Leaf Aloe Vera (concentrate) is a first step for Digestion? The ancients living around the Mediterranean Sea used the entire Aloe Vera plant for everything from head to toe. They would eat the mature plant that developed the dark yellow bitter sap and apply it to the skin. Classed as an Herbal Bitter, one might say it is an herbal medicine chest that supports health foundationally, especially the digestive system and detoxification. Aloe Vera is best taken before meals and is more efficient than enzymes because it’s a catalyst for improving stomach flow of Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) supporting better digestion, constipation, gas, bloating and poor health.” Modern research shows improved absorption of nutrients including: Protein 50%, Vitamin C 200% and Vitamin E up to 300%. Also, if not diluted, over-filtered or overheated, quality products contain glyconutrients (polysaccharides). If over 80,000 – 400,000 Daltons, research supports improved immunity. Dose dependent, therefore concentrates may provide the most value in actives over 100 phytonutrients in the plant juice or powder.

Ancient civilizations from the cooler regions like China, Japan and Europe used medicinal mushrooms to support immunity health. In particular, the Maitake Mushroom species was a favorite and more recent research is confirming why its popularity is growing. Available in combination formulas or in a new spray, it is used in many research studies conducted for complimentary health.

Health may seem simplistic and easy to achieve for some. Yet, so many kids and adults do not have this accurate education to motivate their efforts. Recent studies have confirmed that early detection is saving lives, yet how about avoiding the diagnosis altogether by knowing the real answer to Cancer? Prevention — “Choose Health” today. Enjoy!

[article reposted with permission from developinghealthyhabits.com]

by Mark J. Kaylor

Why are we still talking about sugar? You would think that with all we know about the health costs associated with excess sugar consumption, we would all be eating less. This is not the case. While the American Heart Association recommends no more than 9.5 teaspoons a day (a figure I believe is still too high), the average American still consumes about 20 teaspoons. This adds up to 130 pounds of sugar every year with a whopping 3,550 pounds consumed over a lifetime. Sugar remains the largest source of calories in the US.

How Big is the Threat?

So how big of a concern is sugar consumption? In a recent statement, the UN Secretary General said that conditions associated with sugar and carbohydrate consumption, such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer and heart disease are a bigger threat to the entire world than infectious disease. Roughly 35 million people die each year from these diseases. And there are 30% more obese folks than there are undernourished ones. Today, about one in twenty of us suffer from diabetes. By 2030, in the US, that ratio could be as high as one in three.

While many of us think we don’t eat any sugar, it is often added to or hidden in processed foods under an assortment of names (see image on page 12). You will find sugar in breads, sauces, dressings and virtually every other processed food. We also need to beware the “healthier” sounding fructose (sounds a lot like fruit). While it does not spike your blood sugar like glucose does, due to the way it is metabolized, it creates a whole other series of health concerns.

Sugar's Evil Twin

A leading concern with the consumption of fructose is that it turns off leptin, the hormone that tells you when you are full. Excess fructose consumption is also associated with fatty liver, elevated triglycerides, increased risk for cardiovascular disease, clogged arteries and insulin resistance. By raising uric acid production, fructose may also increase one’s risk for gout, hypertension and kidney stones. In the US, about half of our sugar consumption is fructose. It is important to mention here that I’m talking the isolated concentrated fructose, as seen in high fructose corn syrup, not the naturally occurring fructose that is found in fruits.

Sugar, the Consequences

Let’s get right to it. First, there is no need to consume refined sugar. Second, there is no nutritional necessity or justification for eating it. Sugar is a pointless food; nothing but empty calories.

The number of health concerns associated with sugar consumption is too long to list here. Leading consequences include Alzheimer’s disease, negative behavior, dental issues, cardiovascular disease, aging before your time and, of course, obesity and diabetes. In fact, drinking one serving a week of a sugary beverage raises one’s risk for diabetes by 15%. Many of the health concerns associated with excess sugar consumption are related to its capacity to increase inflammation, oxidative stress (free radical damage), glycation (a process whereby sugar binds to various proteins in the body causing them to malfunction) and insulin resistance.

Sugar and Cancer

Sugar and corresponding insulin resistance are often overlooked as leading contributors to increasing one’s risk for cancer, as well as malignancy and recurrence. Studies suggest that malignant cancers are relatively rare in communities that don’t eat the high sugar, high carbohydrate Standard American Diet, a.k.a. SAD. A study published in the leading cancer journal concluded that eating refined carbohydrates and sugars dramatically increases one’s risk for breast cancer. It also found that recurrence is twice as likely if refined carbohydrates and sugar intake stays the same or increases after surgery. In general, diets that consist of a large amount of foods that are high on the glycemic index are associated with greater risk of developing cancer.

Sugar Liberation

Chromium — This mineral is essential for insulin activity. Unfortunately, it has been estimated to be deficient in up to 50% of the US population. Multiple studies confirm it improves blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity by improving the cells communications. Not surprisingly, when you consider sugar’s damaging effects on the body, chromium was able to improve lifespan in one animal study. My preferred chromium is chromium polynicotinate.

SX-Fraction — What makes this unique extraction of the Maitake mushroom so promising is that, in clinical studies, it has demonstrated effectiveness at lowering the twin culprits of high blood sugar and insulin levels. Studies have found that it can significantly lower the important measure of long term sugar levels, HbA1c. The clinical evidence suggests it works by improving insulin sensitivity. Evidence of this is seen in its cardiovascular activities, i.e. lowering cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides and blood pressure while improving HDL levels. In fact, it was found even more effective than a leading pharmaceutical in a comparison study.

Glucomannan or PGX — Four to five grams of this highly viscous fiber can reduce the after meal insulin spike by ~50%. A double blind study found that when one gram was taken before meals, the individuals lost 5.5 pounds over 8 weeks. PGX is an even more viscous fiber blend. A clinical trial showed it reduced after meal blood sugar spike by 23% and after meal insulin release by 40%, while improving insulin sensitivity by over 55%. There are a number of other promising blood sugar battling allies including Green Coffee Bean, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Carnosine, Banaba Leaf, Cinnamon (water soluble extract) and Bitter Melon.

The Time to Act is Now

It’s important to keep in mind that it’s not just diagnosed high blood sugar at issue. A growing body of evidence suggests that even high normal blood sugar levels may be problematic. A study of nearly 2,000 men covering 22 years found that fasting glucose levels over 85 yielded a 40% greater risk of death and cardiovascular disease. The bottom line is that excess sugar and insulin are major contributors to many diseases and even mortality. One study found that high blood sugar levels doubled one’s all-cause mortality over 10 years. The time to act is now. Give up the sweets, move more, embrace a whole foods diet and profoundly impact your health and healing.

Since over-consumption of sugar is to a large degree a diet issue, the answer is correspondingly a diet one as well. It’s actually really simple, but not very easy for most of us. Stop eating refined sugar and carbohydrates. Focusing on a plant-based, whole foods diet will take care of this and bring with it a wide array of health and healing benefits. That’s not to say there aren’t some natural remedies that can help us keep our blood sugar under control…there are.

[article reposted with permission from developinghealthyhabits.com]