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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Natural Supplements You Can Use For Health

Natural Supplements You Can Use For Health

Dealing With Cancer-Protein Research and Chemical Crosslinking

Dealing With Cancer-Protein Research and Chemical Crosslinking



Great Tips That Can Help You With Cancer
Millions around the globe are afflicted with this dire, and potentially fatal, illness. One of the most important tools in the cancer treatment toolbox is education. By being well-informed regarding treatment options, patients and their families can make wise choices. In this article, there are tips that will help anyone get through cancer.
Watch the veggies and fruits you buy, as they could be contaminated. Pesticides are used to prevent insects and other issues from causing destruction to the crops. Before you eat fruits and vegetables you bought at the store, get rid of these pesticides using a mild soap and plenty of water. Alternatively, focus your fruit purchases on products that tend to have less pesticide exposure.
Be aware of certain changes that may take place as you undergo cancer therapy. Discuss the side effects of any drugs or other treatments with your doctor. Common things you might need to do include buying a wig to address hair loss or wear makeup, due to changes in complexion.
Treat family members who have cancer with the same love and kindness that you always have. Anyone who has been touched by cancer will tell you that a positive mindset and encouragement is far more comforting than pity. Sometimes, the best thing you can say to someone who has cancer is nothing more complicated than, "I love you". Those three words mean more than anything you can do. This will help to show them that things will be okay.
Try the guacamole to help reduce your chances of getting cancer! Combine several chopped avocados with chopped tomatoes, jalapenos and green peppers. Next, add lime juice and salt. You only need a little bit of each; just sprinkle the vegetable mixture with these ingredients. Then mash all of the ingredients together. Avocado is known to reduce or stop the growth of cancer within your body, so put lots of it in your dip! It is nutritious, and it tastes good!
When you have cancer, it affects everyone in your life, especially those closest to you. As there are different ways to treat and perhaps even cure certain kinds of cancers, have regular talks with a doctor.
When it's needed, be sure to speak up about your situation. Some people may come from ignorance when dealing with your cancer. They may pressure you to quit your job as soon as you receive your diagnosis or avoid you so that they don't get cancer too. Understand that not everyone is knowledgeable about cancer and answer any questions as honestly as you can. Doing so can assist in the ways that those around you treat you during your treatment regimen.
As long as you are able, it is wise to continue doing the things you usually do. Live calmly, and try to be as flexible as possible. Uncertainty about the future often makes it difficult to ensure that appropriate measures are in place. Thus the cancer patient needs to respond, and make changes as his or her situation develops.
Cancer has been a ravaging disease world-wide. It is a diagnosis feared most. In order to battle cancer, one must obtain education about the disease and have knowledge of the treatment options that exist. These tips can help those cancer sufferers and their loved ones in the battle against this disease.

Cancer Treatment - How to Find the Best Place For Cancer Treatment

Cancer Treatment - How to Find the Best Place For Cancer Treatment

What is a radon and what is a radon bath? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that's colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Exposure to high levels of radon can cause lung cancer. Radon baths have been used to treat chronic pain associated with rheumatic arthritis for hundreds of years, and with some positive results. I manage to take a dip in these baths once a year, or so. Radon bathing has been known to treat a myriad of other diseases as well, even those associated with the heart, and so on. Radon has been used as a medical treatment for cancer here in Japan for centuries - need we mention the life expectancy rate in Japan?
The radon bath looks just like any other kind of baths, but with a machine attached to the piping that helps release radon vapors into the air. Radon baths are not hot! But, more like a comfortable warm 37 degrees centigrade.
Every now and then I head off the beaten path to a part of Japan that is not well-known to a lot of people. Yugawara City to be exact. When I say not well-known, I mean a place that most urbanites either pass right by on their way to the Izu Peninsula. Due to the fact that Yugawara City is not as overly commercialized like places in Hakone City and areas around Nagano Prefecture, traveller often times leave them out of their travel itineraries. Many Japanese travelers move like sheep in that if the place(s) are heavily commercialized and touristy, they will flock there.
Yugawara City is the kind of place that attracts elderly as the area caters to a specific kind of tourist who typically enjoys very traditional aspects of rural life. Generally people over 50 years of age who love dried fish and natural hot spas, as Yugawara is an old hot spring town and a seaport village with shops that are old and worn down. There are memories here of a bygone era relished by baby boomers and people who grew up in this tiny little quaint town. Yugawara is definitely not for everybody, but if you do come down here, try to take it all in, slowly. It's my third time here.
On this recent trip I didn't indulge in the dried fish delicacies. N.G. The shiokara (squid and assorted guts marinated) is pretty tasty and can be found all over the place down here. Instead I opted for a gourmet burger, fries, and coke, but first I had to take a dip in a little radon to get the blood and the radiation flowing.
The name of the hotel is called Shiroyama Hotel, and it's the first major hot spa hotel you'll see in the center part of town. It is very easy to find. As a quick note, one reason why some people may pass through Yugawara is because of the limited day-use facilities that are available to non-guest. In other words, there are a plethora of hotels with great hot spas, but not many of them allow day-use. When I discovered Shiroyama had offered day-use from 11am to 24:00 I was on my way.
When I entered the hotel the place was clean and had retained a lot of its original history and architectural charm. Lots of repeat customers were there it seemed, they had to be, because everybody knew each other by name and association. I paid one thousand yen [$11] and was given a bathing set with two towels, a yukata, and locker key. I headed up to the sixth floor and prepared myself then entered the water.
Entering the tub, the water was in a pleasant 32~37 degrees centigrade temperature range. This begs the question, is it better to sit longer in low temperature water or in hotter water for a shorter period of time? Perhaps, here in Japan, sitting longer in lower temperature water is more therapeutic than hotter baths. I do not know which is better, but on a personal note, sitting in higher temperature water is much more therapeutic for me, especially if I have joint pain or muscle stiffness.
When it comes to cancer treatment, radon has always been the non-invasive method of choice for centuries in Japan, with few confirmed reports of the curative effects of radon treatment, yet many people remain optimistic even still today. The thing to remember here is stress free, non invasive, and natural.

 

Surviving Small Cell Cervical Cancer - The Journey Continues!

Surviving Small Cell Cervical Cancer - The Journey Continues!

It has been awhile since I last posted an article having to do with my journey through "cancerland" and my survival of Small Cell Cervical Cancer. It has been a bumpy road, but never a dull moment. My hope is that anyone reading this will find the information laid out here in this article, helpful and supportive and any woman facing this diagnosis will find hope and a place to walk this journey with others who have been where she is going. So much has happened; it has been a truly remarkable journey so far.
Flash back to November 2008. I had found my partner in crime and we had found a way to help women you had been diagnosed with SCCC. There was no information on the web at that time, and we were so happy to have put something together were women could find resources, but more importantly, others sharing this connection. I was personally told that I would never find or meet another living soul diagnosed with SCCC, as it is so rare and the prognosis is so poor. Yet, by November of 2008, we had connected with more than 16 women and/or their families who had been diagnosed with this disease. Mel and I also found out something about ourselves; we were deeply connected to each of these people and could not let them go. The emails were daily and plenty to keep in touch with each other and the members. It was getting harder and harder to keep up, but we were managing. Finally Mel came up with the idea to open Facebook pages of our own and that way we could keep up every day, real time connections with our members. From there we quickly grew. We also suffered our first losses within a year. Instead of deterring us, it made our resolve even stronger. Although broken hearted, we kept it going.
During this time of growth, I was having an issue of my own. My cancer had come back! In January 2009, I was re-diagnosed with Small Cell. It had spread to my right ovary, my peritoneum, and there was a tumor inside the opening of my vagina, which they suspected may actually be in my bladder and bowl. Not a good sign. There was also a hotspot in my inner thigh muscle, but they weren't sure what that was. I was facing another round with this stupid cancer and not at all happy. But this time I wasn't alone. I had Mel... and all the others as well. But I was reluctant to share this information as I wanted to give hope, not scare the hell out of women who were newly cancer free, or going through treatment. I worried how it would affect Mel, but she was a trooper. Mostly I was worried as it had already devastated us financially and pulled the "safety rug' out from under my children. Could we take much more? They told me the first time around, that if it came back they could not save me, merely prolong my life. I had a decision to make; treatment or prepare to go HOME. I had so much outpouring of support from my family and friends, but the biggest game changer came from the women in this group that I had grown so close to, even if only knowing them virtually. They supported me 100% and I think we all held our breath, while I made the decision to go ahead with more treatment, then surgery.
Flash forward to December 2012; You can guess the outcome of my treatment with the recurrence as I am here today, writing this article, 3 and 1/2 years cancer free from the end of treatment! I beat it again. It was hard on the family and finances. The children are much older. The stress and worry have come out in many ugly ways over the years, but as a family, we are doing well today. Every day it gets better. Financially it has been horrible; but again we made it through and many lessons have been learned. This too gets better all the time. We will survive. The most amazing aspect of this journey, besides beating something twice they told me I probably wouldn't beat once, is all the amazing women I have met along the way and all the fabulous work these women have done to spread awareness, raise funds for research and help grow this group.
As our numbers continued to grow on Facebook, it soon became a topic of our discussions what the next step would be. One of our strongest, most devoted women in the group, created what is today, our main private support group for women diagnosed with Small and also Large Cell Cervical Cancer. Through the presence on the web, many women have found us. Today our numbers are more than 90 women surviving and/or fighting as well as about equal that number in supporters. We also have information for the public to help spread awareness.. This was the key source for reaching out to an organizer at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas and getting their backing to start a fund for research. Our group has become a Model for the use of Social Media to gather the much needed information on patients when looking to do research on rare tumors such as ours. Before this, there was no way to do any type of research and our group, along with MD Anderson, are making medical history. But the most amazing thing I have been a part of was when 20 of our "sisters" met for the first time in Vegas and were able to take our virtual love and support to a whole new level, bringing the resolve of the group to much higher heights.
It has truly been a journey of unexplainable joys and triumphs. One, had I never been given this diagnosis, I would have never had the honor of taking. I wouldn't trade this for the world. There have been terrible losses of phenomenal women whose walk took them home and from our world. I know they are standing behind us each step of the way. They will never really leave us and have become who we are and who our future members will be as well. My physical and emotional self has changed forever. Some for the better and some not! It is a work in progress every day. I am grateful to be here and take on this challenge.
I truly hope that any women finding themselves with the diagnosis of Small or Large Cell Cervical Cancer, find this article. I have been told on a few occasions that my last two posts, brought some women to our group and gave comfort to fight this beast, knowing there was a light at the end. Knowing there is survival. They said I would never find another living soul with this diagnosis... they were wrong!
"I will be a positive force while on this earth".

 


Chronotherapy in Cancer Treatment

Chronotherapy in Cancer Treatment

Chronotherapy refers to the use of circadian or other rhythmic cycles in the application of therapy. Chronotherapy is used in the treatment of asthma, cancer, hypertension, and multiple types of depression and bipolar disorder. Apart from the clinical applications, chronotherapy is becoming increasingly popular in non-clinical settings, for example in the group oriented works, where it is used to increase productivity and performance.
Existence of a circadian clock has been observed in behavioral and physiological patterns in all living organisms (plants and animals). These patterns seemed to regulate themselves very strictly around the 24 hour cycles of day and night and hence early biologists suggested that there was an inner mechanism that regulated these changes. They regulate important bodily functions such as sleeping, hormone production, digestive secretion, and immune activity. Management of the circadian clock is important because disruption of the expression of these genes can lead to the disruption of the cell cycle which is the basis for cancer development. Now, doctors after studying the patient's biorhythms, coordinate the timing of their medical treatments to these biorhythms. This is called chronotherapy. Cancer chronotherapy is one of the latest developments in the treatment of cancer patients.
Cell physiology is regulated along the 24-hour timescale by the circadian clock. This circadian organization is responsible for predictable changes and efficacy of anticancer agents, and possibly in tumor growth. It has been found that often patients receiving chronotherapy reduce what would have been recurring side effects of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue. The science of Chronotherapy, i.e., timing medicines or therapies according to the patients circadian and biological clock, to optimize benefits and minimize side effects, has been shown through various studies to have material benefits with health issues such as: cholesterol, asthma, blood pressure, and arthritis.
A cancer is an uncontrolled proliferation of cells because of irregularities in the regulation of the cell cycle. In order to achieve cancerous growths, several mutations must take place to knock out the cell cycle's natural defense against cancer. Several studies have shown a strong correlation between the expression of circadian genes and various cell cycle phases. Therefore, the circadian clock can indirectly control the expression of genes. The hormones are under the influence of the circadian clock as we can monitor the 24 hour rhythmic changes in their levels in the body. Therefore, any disruption of the circadian clock will have an adverse affect on the secretion of these hormones and as a result disrupt cell proliferation rates. As a result, a disrupted circadian clock can lead to a compromised immune system which in turn leads to cancer development.
Cancer chronotherapy works to improve the negative effects on the body. The main ideology behind chronotherapy is that it takes advantage of the fact that normal cells all follow the circadian rhythm when it comes to the cell cycle. As a result, it can easily be determined at which phase the cell cycle in normal cells is at a particular time of the day. However, tumor cells do not follow the 24 hour circadian rhythm and are more often than not at a different phase of the cell cycle than normal cells. Therefore, the treatment is given at the time of day when there will be least damage to host tissues.
Cancer chronotherapy is currently in practice and positive signs are emerging from clinical trials in which this treatment is being used and hopefully in the near future. Chronotherapy concepts appear to offer further potential to improve current cancer treatment options as well as to optimize the development of new anticancer agents.

 


Living - Is Living Cancer Free

Living - Is Living Cancer Free

What is Integrative oncology? The science of combining both medical, conventional treatments of cancer mixed with biobehavioral techniques, nutrition, supplementation, exercise, limiting or eliminating the many poorer lifestyle habits such as being sedentary, a poor diet that is supportive of cancer growth, alcohol & smoking.
Living cancer free - goes a long way to slow down aging, prevent diabetes, prevent heart disease... and feel extremely energetic, focused & productive.
People don't die from Cancer - they die from complications & consequences of the disease. An inflammatory cascade, biochemical toxicity, pneumonia, embolism... Therefore optimizing the biochemical environment & helping people thrive through the treatment with integrative oncology (those lifestyle habits nutrition, & exercise) is just as important as zapping tumors.
  1. Omega 6s make you sick. Omega 3s & 9s make you healthy. Stick to walnut, olive, avocado, canola, rice bran & sesame oils. Watch the smoke point, no reusing oil.

  2. Dietary choices have a massive impact on the body's biochemistry - creating either an environment of cancer hospitality or hostility

  3. 5kg of weight gain in a breast cancer patient increases mortality by 14%

  4. Alcohol: anything more than a tiny amount of alcohol can fuel cancer and increase recurrence, progression & mortality. Breast cancer - any alcohol is the enemy. BTW - very small amount = 1 glass per week. Alcohol is putting lighter fluid on a fire. Again - all of us have cancer - alcohol encourages replication of cancer cells. Alcohol takes advantage of sparks we all have- we all have periodic immune suppressions - don't add lighter fluid.

  5. A diet of less than 20% fat, has a 24% reduction in the risk of reccurrence - that is on par with tamoxifen - or any drugs available for treatment of breast cancer & other tumors. Unfortunately, most oncologists do not even discuss diet details - its just "eat a healthy diet".

  6. Consuming the right fats, can reduce the recurrence & mortality from many cancers - the EPA/DHA ratio - eat your cold water fish! 25g of flax seed a day - another great choice for getting your fatty acids.

  7. Cancer cells love sugar! One of the thousands of reasons to ditch sugar, refined flours, aka empty carbs. These cancer promoters raise insulin - fuel that cancer!

  8. Get an assessment & profile to know the right foods to create an anticancer environment suited to you. But lots of berries, eat a rainbow, vegetables, plant based proteins, beans & lentils...

  9. EXERCISE! Keep active through out the day. Walking 6 hours a week can drop colon cancer mortality by 60% - one of many examples - I don't care how busy you are at your computer - there is no excuse. You don't have to go to a gym. Aerobic exercise for 10 minutes before chemotherapy - can cut the toxicity by 50% - Wow! But yes, speak to a cancer trained exercise professional for the right type of exercise

  10. Biobehavioral aspects of cancer - psychological reduction of stress for immunity - Breast cancer recurrence rates reduced by 45%, mortality 56%, mortality all causes by 49%. Don't ever underestimate the power of the mind.

  11. You smoke? Stop! Success rates of smoking cessation are far greater with a counsellor rather than the dance of quit relapse.

  12. Excess adiposity - body fat - again - much better success rates when done as part of a take control health modification program with trained health coaches. Proper guidance with a health coach can help you ditch the yo yo. Retraining our minds, our attitude, self empowerment are equally as important as the diet and exercise

  13. Transforming our biology: our ecosystem - do we support a malignancy, or do we inhibit cancer growth? Comprehensive blood & tissue testing necessary to measure individual markers of cancer resilience.

  14. This is why Integrative Oncology is a must in cancer treatment. Mapping patients - obtaining markers from cancer patients to help focus in on individualized cancer treatments. There are NO TWO PATIENTS WITH THE IDENTICAL DISEASE. Treatments of the disease are very dependent on the biochemical markers & tissue testing, genomic related biomarkers - very different story from one patient to another. Playing piano chords on patients let's play a symphony not a cacophony.

  15. Assessments in biobehavioral aspects: psychological & emotional profiling. False hope over false hopelessness - the latter creates the biology that supports the disease.

  16. Your Muscle mass - critical to cancer prevention & recovery

  17. Circadian health - so much more than getting enough sleep. Known as a critical factor in health biology to kill cancer.

  18. An anti inflammatory environment - basics of cancer prevention. Inflammatory biochemistry is a tumor promoting toxic soup. Again, diet & exercise - huge here. A cancer prevention diet, not a fad diet, a very specific cancer prevention diet that protects us from all chronic diseases.

  19. Vitamin D - Unfortunately our RDIs have not targeted this number for cancer prevention. Look into Vitamin D as part of a complete lifestyle modification program & transforming our biology.

  20. Chronomodulated chemotherapy - Both cancer cells & cancer drugs are time dependent - Each drug has a personality of its own and better given at certain times of day, at different rates. This technique provides up to an 87% reduction in toxicity of the drugs - very often the drug is the limiting factor in treatment because of drug tolerance. Making it through a treatment is paramount to cancer recovery.

  21. Summarizing tips: Eat a plant based diet as much as possible, smaller cold water fish, a variety of exercise, sleep in a blacked out room (don't suppress those melatonin levels!), don't fall asleep to TV, stress management, meditation or prayer twice per day to calm & focus. "You can't build a strong foundation on top of quicksand"

  22. Please, if facing cancer, insist on an integrative approach - but caution is necessary- there are ranges of integrative oncology. I hope this article guided you to recognizing a true integrative cancer treatment program. Much of this cancer prevention & management information comes from Dr. Keith Block, in a recent interview.
These points are from an interview between the author & Dr. Keith Block, of the Block Center for Integrative Oncology - world renowned oncologist. Listen to the full Interview with Dr.Block, author of Life Over Cancer on Bestinhealthradio.com
Shira Litwack -
Medical Fitness Professional,Lifestyle & Weight Management Health Coach,Fitness & Nutrition for chronic illness recovery, online Health & nutritional tracking
Radio Talk Show Host/Producer bestinhealthradio.com
Director of Health Mentoring & External Resources Canada Obesity Control Center
Cancerfitcare Provider & Regional Director

 

The Impact of Oxidative Stress on Cancer

The Impact of Oxidative Stress on Cancer

Cancer, the second leading cause of death in the United States, is a serious concern among people. It can affect a person of any gender, age, and culture. It is estimated that over the course of a lifetime, one in every three women and one in every two men will develop cancer. While many cancers are treatable and can be combatted with medical intervention, cancer still manages to take the lives of nearly 1,500 Americans a day.
There are many factors that can contribute to an individual developing cancer. Genetics, tobacco and smoking, poor diets and exercise, sun or UV exposure, and carcinogens can all contribute to the development of a number of different types of cancer. Over the past few years, scientists and doctors have been looking at the correlation between oxidative stress and cancer. You may have heard about these little things called "free radicals" and the damage that they can cause to our systems and body, but thought it was just a passing fad. These "free radicals" are caused by oxidative stress, and can seriously harm and age our bodies, organs, and systems in such a manner that it could end up causing diseases or cancers to develop.
Oxidation and the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is an unavoidable consequence of normal, everyday life. It happens in our bodies and it happens in the world around us. Under normal circumstances, our bodies can combat a low number of ROS and free radicals. Unfortunately, when we are exposed to a large amount of unhealthy practices or environmental factors, our system produces too many free radicals to fight off. The ROS caused by oxidative stress are a constant source of assaults upon our genetic material, cells, and organs.
ROS often attack and damage DNA along with additional cellular components (like lipids & proteins) which then leave behind a reactive species. These can and will attach themselves to DNA bases and can form a DNA lesion. These lesions are, to some extent, relatively easy to create and mutate. This mutation can become a biomarker for the development of cancer. It's important to note that elevated levels of oxidative DNA lesions have been shown in a number of tumors which implicates the damage caused by oxidative stress as a cause in the development of cancer.
So how can we prevent high levels of oxidative stress in our systems? Switching to a healthy lifestyle complete with exercise, adding super fruits that contain antioxidants to our diets, and staying away from harmful chemicals or fertilizers and other environmental toxins can greatly decrease the amount of oxidative stress we experience.