February 3, 2017
DESCRIPTION: Which dietary changes could both reduce free radical damage and improve DNA repair in women with mutated BRCA genes?
February 3, 2017
DESCRIPTION: Which dietary changes could both reduce free radical damage and improve DNA repair in women with mutated BRCA genes?
February 2, 2017
DESCRIPTION: What role do soy phytoestrogens play in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer?
November 10, 2016
Annie Brandt beat breast cancer more than a decade ago. Here, she offers some basic advice to someone who might be in the same spot she was in a few years ago. Doctors may try and rush into a treatment, but listen to what she has to say. Get this great advice from this cancer survivor.
Ethan A. Huff
October 21, 2016
The makings of what could become the first successful class-action lawsuit against the world’s most evil corporation are giving a much-needed boost to the movement for clean food. Agri-giant Monsanto will soon face a barrage of lawsuits from a number of law firms over cancer-causing agents in its popular Roundup herbicide, which is reportedly making many people sick.
Two cases were recently filed in federal court in East St. Louis, and others are waiting in the wings to join them. Since the suits all claim the same thing – that glyphosate causes cancer – they may eventually be conjoined and filed as a class-action against the chemical behemoth, whose most popular herbicide was earlier this year declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) to cause cancer.
Since WHO released the findings through its International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a prestigious body made up of scientific experts from all around the world, Monsanto has been the subject of increasing scrutiny over its popular herbicide product, which has been sprayed to the tune of tens of billions of pounds globally since the product was first released commercially.
Monsanto claims that the IARC’s conclusion that glyphosate probably causes cancer is bunk, and that it’s been “thoroughly discredited and rejected by the rigorous scientific research of governmental authorities around the world.” But plaintiffs in the various cases, as well as legions of independent scientists, wholeheartedly disagree, citing evidence that glyphosate is responsible for causing a number of different cancers, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Since each individual case involving Roundup will be required to conduct extensive discovery concerning the safety, development and marketing of the herbicide going back to the mid-1970s, the plaintiffs in dozens of cases filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois are hoping to combine their efforts in order to increase their chances of success.
“Each Plaintiff will need to conduct the same complicated regulatory and scientific discovery (spanning over 40 years) to demonstrate that exposure to Roundup caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” a motion for the class-action states, as quoted by EcoWatch.
“To date, a few of the Roundup Cases have commenced discovery, but that discovery is being conducted under different, and sometimes conflicting, judicial constraints and orders. Centralizing these cases before one [Multidistrict Litigation] Judge to ensure that the discovery is done once for all claimants makes sense.”
The filing in Southern Illinois is strategic, as the midwestern state is the largest producer of soybeans, the vast majority of which are Roundup-Ready, genetically-modified (GM) soybeans manufactured by Monsanto. The Southern District of Illinois court is also located just 20 miles away from Monsanto’s St. Louis headquarters.
But the cases aren’t limited to just the Midwest. Lawsuits are springing up all across the country, as farmers and consumers alike report serious health effects from exposure to glyphosate and the foods upon which it’s being sprayed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently filed a notice in the Federal Register concerning plans to have an eight-member scientific panel review IARC’s findings in order to reach a consensus.
Concerns over glyphosate’s continued use not only on GM crops but also on wheat as a pre-harvest desiccant have prompted many Americans to start growing their own food at home using tools like the Food Rising Mini-Farm Grow Box 2.0. Many others are taking the litigation route, as studies confirm that glyphosate is linked to causing breast cancer, endocrine disruption, cutaneous melanoma and many other forms of chronic disease.
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Dr. Véronique Desaulniers
August 20, 2016
Going through cancer and cancer treatments can be very taxing on your body. What can you do to help your body during this time and improve your chances of success? Dr. Véronique Desaulniers beat her own breast cancer. Here she discusses 4 things to help boost health during cancer.
July 27, 2016
Frankincense is a powerful medicinal oil that can not only boost the immune system but also kill cancer cells, a number of studies have shown.
One of the most significant recent studies was conducted by researchers from the University of Leicester, England, in 2013. The researchers found that the naturally occurring frankincense compound acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA) targeted and destroyed ovarian cancer cells. The findings were particularly significant because they showed that AKBA had this effect even in late-stage ovarian cancer patients, not just in laboratory trials performed on isolated cells.
“Frankincense is taken by many people with no known side effects,” lead researcher Kamla Al-Salmani said. This finding has enormous potential to be taken to a clinical trial in the future and developed into an additional treatment for ovarian cancer.”
The Leicester findings build on a large and still growing body of evidence that frankincense and its compounds have powerful immune-boosting and cancer-fighting benefits.
A study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2009, for example, found that the herbal form of frankincense triggered death in bladder cancer cells by activating several different cellular pathways. Another study, conducted by researchers from Nihon University in Tokyo and published in Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, showed that several chemical components of frankincense were able to kill three separate human neuroblastoma cell lines. The same study also found that frankincense inhibited the growth of Epstein-Barr virus.
Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that forms in nerve cells and primarily affects young children. Other studies have shown that frankincense and its components can kill cancers of the brain, breast, colon, pancreas, prostate and stomach.
Frankincense may also help mitigate the often-debilitating side effects of cancer treatment. One study, published in the journal Cancer in 2011, was performed on brain cancer patients experiencing cerebral edema (swelling) as a side effect of radiation therapy. The researchers found that 60 percent of participants given frankincense experienced a 75 percent reduction in cerebral swelling, a potent enough result for the authors to recommend frankincense as a potential alternative to steroids, the current favored treatment. Side effects of steroids can include headaches, blurred vision and migraines.
Frankincense’s cancer-fighting benefits seem to come, in part, from its potent effects on the immune system. One study, conducted by researchers from Baylor University Medical Center, found that acts upon the expression of genes that help regulate the immune system, leading to cancer cell death. Another study, published in Phytotherapy Research, found that mice given frankincense exhibited increases in several key markers of immune function, primarily levels of white blood cells (lymphocytes) and anti-inflammatory activity.
Numerous studies have confirmed frankincense as a powerful anti-inflammatory. This, along with its other immune-boosting properties, may in part explain its usefulness in fighting infection and in treating autoimmune conditions such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Frankincense can also be used to heal skin, including from acne and scarring, and can reduce anxiety levels.
If you wish to incorporate frankincense as a regular natural hBealth booster, it can be taken as an undiluted essential oil on the skin or as a few drops under the tongue. It can also be diffused and breathed in for respiratory conditions. Frankincense can also be purchased and consumed in powdered capsule form.
There are numerous species of frankincense, including Boswellia carteri, B. serrata and B. sacra. All three of these species have shown powerful anti-cancer effects in scientific tests.
B. carteri, native to east Africa, has been the species most heavily studied. B. sacra, also known as “sacred frankincense,” was until recently restricted to use by the Saudi royal household, and could only be purchased in Oman. Recently, however, a distillery opened up in Oman to produce essential oil of B. sacra for public sale.
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July 5, 2016
As reported by the Agricultural Health Study (AHS), there is a direct correlation between women who live with pesticide applicators and cancer. Dr. Cathy Lerro and AHS colleagues used information reported by wives of pesticide applicators to take the first detailed look at the use of organophosphate (OP) insecticides and the risk of cancer among women.
About 60 percent of the spouses of pesticide applicators reported having used such pesticides themselves. According to the study, women who reported using OP insecticides were more likely to develop breast cancer than women who never used these insecticides. The most dangerous OPs were:
This study was the first comprehensive evaluation of the use of these insecticides among women, but it isn’t the first time that cancer has been linked to pesticide use.
According to Global Research, cancer deaths have doubled for those who live in areas where pesticide intensive GM crops are grown in Argentina. A report by the Ministry of Health in Cordoba, Argentina, documented this disturbing trend and the dramatic spike in cancer deaths, as seen in data collected over five years.
Dr. Fernando Manas of the Genetics and Environmental Mutagenesis Group at the National University in Rio Cuarto, explains that the increasing number of cancer cases in agricultural areas are definitely not a fluke; more than 15 different scientific publications confirm that individuals exposed to pesticides have much greater risk of genetic damage and cancer.
Glyphosate, a herbicide mostly used on genetically modified crops, has been found in samples taken from lakes, soil and rainwater, and is described as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organization. Glyphosate is one of the main ingredients in Monsanto herbicide, Roundup.
But while glyphosate is becoming widely known for its dangerous properties, Monsanto also produced DDT, which has been banned in the U.S. since 1972, after it became clear that it was linked to birth defects. Unfortunately, while the ban is a great thing for future generations, there are long term effects of exposure to DDT that are still affecting Americans today. A study published in 2015 points to a correlation between mothers that were exposed to DDT decades ago, and incidences of breast cancer in their adult daughters in more recent times.
When analyzing the mothers’ blood, researchers found that mothers with the highest levels of DDT exposure had daughters who were 3.7 times more likely to have been diagnosed with breast cancer than women with lower exposures.
According to The Liberty Beacon, residents living in Napa County, California, are linked to higher cancer rates thanks to their exposure to the pesticide-laden vineyards. The report, published by the Cancer Registry of Greater California, states that Napa Valley is a cancer cluster and home to high rates of people suffering with cancer.
Napa Valley has the highest rates of cancer among all of the 58 California counties, with colorectal and female breast cancer rates being abnormally high, and pancreatic and prostate cancer rates that are through the roof. For every 100,000 people in the county there are almost 488 documented cases of cancer.
The vineyards are also polluting the water and soil of Napa Valley – and these toxins are entering into water systems and overburdening people with unsafe, unstudied and compounding chemicals. Napa County is also seeing similar spikes in childhood cancer cases, and there was a 69 percent increase in childhood cancer deaths between 2000 and 2012.
Pesticide intense regions have been proven to be extremely dangerous places to live. And the latest report about women living with pesticide applicators confirms yet again that pesticides are just not safe for use around humans – or the environment.
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Margie King, Health Coach
June 27, 2016
Women with iodine deficiencies are more likely to develop breast cancer. Eat more of these iodine-rich foods to reduce your risk.
The myth persists that a mammogram is the number one way to avoid breast cancer.
Real breast cancer prevention starts with attention to diet, exercise, stress reduction, and environmental toxins.
And when it comes to diet, one of the best nutrients to help ward off breast cancer is iodine.
If you think about it at all, you probably associate iodine with your thyroid. Too little of this element can lead to a painful swelling of the thyroid known as a goiter.
But iodine also plays a crucial role in women’s breast health. In fact, a woman stores more iodine in her breasts than in her thyroid.[i]
It’s nature’s way of protecting babies. Iodine is critical for brain development in infants. Storing iodine in the breasts insures a good supply of this essential brain mineral in breast milk.
But when a woman’s supply of iodine is low, it’s not just a nursing baby who’s at risk. Women with iodine deficiencies are more likely to develop breast cancer.
When iodine levels are low, the ovaries produce more estrogen.[ii] Higher circulating levels of estrogen raise the risk of reproductive cancers like prostate, endometrial, ovarian, and breast cancers.
Dr. Bernard Eskin was a pioneer in iodine research. He discovered that iodine-deficient breast tissue is more likely to have pre-cancerous changes and that iodine could reverse those changes.
In lab studies he showed that iodine up-regulated 29 genes and down-regulated 14 genes in breast cancer cells, leading to cellular death[v] and suppression of tumor growth.[vi] Other animal studies show iodine can reduce breast tumor rates by 2.5 times.[vii]
And while iodine speeds the death of cancer cells, it leaves normal cells alone.
But the U.S. Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for iodine is only 150 micrograms per day (or 290 mcg if you’re pregnant or nursing).
By some estimates, Japanese women are getting about 25 times more iodine than the average American woman.[x]
Since the 1920s Americans have gotten most of their iodine from iodized salt. That’s thanks to a government push to add iodine to salt to prevent goiter.
But in recent decades anti-salt propaganda has led to women cutting salt – and therefore iodine – from their diets. Since the 1970s rates of iodine deficiency have quadrupled.[xii]
Environmental toxins have also led to lower iodine levels. A group of chemicals known as halides binds to receptors inside your cells that are meant for iodine. They block the body’s ability to absorb and use the iodine.[xiii]
These halides include perchlorate, a chemical used for rocket fuel. Perchlorate now contaminates our groundwater, soil, and food supply.
Chlorine and fluoride in drinking water also block iodine. So does bromine in flour, bread and baked goods.
If you’re deficient you can still boost your levels and ward off many health dangers – including breast cancer.
But your body can’t make iodine. You have to get it from food or supplements.
Good food sources of iodine are:
But hands down the richest source of iodine comes from seaweed. It has 10 times or more iodine than other foods.
And it’s powerful against breast cancer. A Japanese study found seaweed more potent than the chemo drug fluorouracil for breast cancer.[xiv]
Look for wakame, nori, arame, dulse, kombu, or kelp in Asian food markets and health food stores.
Add dried seaweed to the pot when cooking soups, grains, or beans.
And Maine Coast makes organic kelp granules that you can add to your (un-iodized) salt shaker or just sprinkle on your food before serving.
For more information visit Green Med Info’s Health Guide on Breast Cancer.
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[ii] David Brownstein, MD “Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It” 2nd Edition, Medical Alternatives Press, Michigan, 2006.
[iv] Stadel BV “Dietary iodine and risk of breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer.” Lancet. 1976; 1(7965): 890-91.
[v] Frederick R. Stoddard II, Ari D. Brooks, Bernard A. Eskin, Gregg J. Johannes “Iodine Alters Gene Expression in the MCF7 Breast Cancer Cell Line: Evidence for an Anti-Estrogen Effect of Iodine.” Int J Med Sci 2008; 5:189-196.
[vi] Shrivastava A, Tiwari M, Sinha RA, et al. “Molecular iodine induces caspase-independent apoptosis in human breast carcinoma cells involving the mitochondria-mediated pathway.” J Biol Chem. 2006;281(28):19762-71.
[vii] Garcia-Solis P, Alfaro Y, Anguiano B, et al. “Inhibition of N-methyl-N-nitrosourea-induced mammary carcinogenesis by molecular iodine (I2) but not by iodide (I-) treatment Evidence that I2 prevents cancer promotion.” Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2005;236(1-2):49-57.
[viii] Deapen D et al. “Rapidly rising breast cancer incidence rates among Asian-American women.” Int J Cancer. 2002:10;99(5):747-50.
[ix] Yamagata N, Yamagata T. “Iodine content of thyroid glands of normal Japanese.” J Radiat Res (Tokyo). 1972;13(2):81-90
[x] Aceves C, Anguiano B, Delgado G. “Is iodine a gatekeeper of the integrity of the mammary gland?” J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia. 2005;10(2):189-96.
[xi] Ziegler RG, Hoover RN, Pike MC, et al. “Migration patterns and breast cancer risk in Asian-American women.” J Natl Cancer Inst. 1993;85(22):1819-27.
[xii]Hollowell JG et al. “Iodine nutrition in the United States. Trends and public health implications: iodine excretion data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys I and III (1971-1974 and 1988-1994)” J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1998;83(10):3401-8.
[xiii] Greer MA, Goodman G, Pleus RC, Greer SE. “Health effects assessment for environmental perchlorate contamination: the dose response for inhibition of thyroidal radioiodine uptake in humans.” Environ Health Perspect. 2002;110(9):927-37.
[xiv]Hiroomi Funahashi et al. “Seaweed Prevents Breast Cancer?” Jpn. J. Cancer Res. 92, 483–487, May 2001
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Margie King is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. A Wharton M.B.A. and corporate attorney for 20 years, she left the world of business to pursue her passion for all things nutritious. Margie is the author of Nourishing Menopause: The Whole Food Guide to Balancing Your Hormones Naturally. She is also a professional copywriter and natural health, beauty and nutrition writer. To contact Margie, visit www.IntegrativeMenopause.com.
May 23, 2016
Cancer deaths are decreasing worldwide, but new cases are on the rise as the world’s population ages and obesity continues to explode. Yet if everyone made an effort to get more physical activity, even just a little bit, we’d see those numbers start to come down.
Earlier this month, a massive study involving 1.44 million people was published in JAMA Internal Medicine that revealed a connection between comparatively higher levels of physical activity and lower risk of developing 13 types of cancer.
The strongest effect was seen for esophageal cancer, with 42% lower risk. Physical activity was found to lower liver cancer risk by 27%, leukemia risk by 20%, and breast cancer risk by 10%. Overall, increased physical activity was associated with a 7% lower risk of developing any type of cancer. 
Although exercise lowered the risk of lung cancer by 26%, this effect was found, oddly enough, only in current and former smokers rather than in the total study group.
Exercise has been known to cut the risk of heart disease and death from all causes for decades. Steven C. Moore of the National Cancer Institute and colleagues set out to determine whether physical activity had the same type of effect on cancer risk and, if so, which types of cancer risk it reduced.
For the study, the team analyzed data from 12 U.S. and European study groups in which participants self-reported their physical activity between 1987 and 2004. The researchers looked at the incidence of 26 types of cancer occurring in the study follow-up period, which lasted an average of 11 years.
The study focused on leisure-time activity – done according to each participant’s own schedule for improving or maintaining fitness or health. The researchers tallied participants’ reports of moderate and vigorous activities, such as walking, running, and swimming. The team also tracked the participants’ weekly amount of physical activity. Walking for 150 minutes per week, which meets many physical activity guidelines, was an average level of effort.
The authors of the study also noted that diet and other factors may have affected the results. Faulty recall by the participants could have affected the tally of self-reported activities, for example.
One finding of the study came as a shock to Moore and his colleagues: physical activity was linked to a 5% increased risk of non-advanced prostate cancer. The team wrote:
“There is no known biological rationale to explain this association.”
The researchers said it was possible that early-stage prostate cancer was more likely to be found in physically active men simply because they’re more likely to undergo screening for it – whereas non-active men are less likely to want the screening. 
The study found that even a few hours of physical activity per week shrank the risk of breast, colon, and lung cancer – three of the four major cancers that affect people in the United States.
And, according to Moore, your cancer risk doesn’t appear to level off or increase as you get more physical activity. There is no “plateau” – it just keeps declining.
“The more activity, the more the benefit. As people did more, their risk continued to lower.”
May 16, 2016
Two of the more common cancer treatments used are chemotherapy and radiation. But do these treatments really treat or cure cancer or do they just cause more problems down the road. Why is it so common for many cancers to ‘reoccur’? Dr. Véreonique Desaulniers discusses some of the common cancer treatments and what they might really be doing to the body. You might be surprised that these cancer treatments often lead to more cancer.