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Bring On the Broccoli

Written by Jane Donald on April 16th, 2013. Posted in magazine article


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They may be chock-full of nutrients, but exotic vegetables like celeriac and Jerusalem artichokes don’t always appeal to more traditional pallets. And that’s fine, according to Dr. Oz, who says broccoli is his all-time favorite produce.

“Broccoli is the best produce option because it cleanses the liver and helps to fight cancer,” he says. To reap the most rewards, the doctor suggests cleaning and slicing cruciferous veggies (like broccoli) five to 10 minutes before cooking, and then steaming or microwaving them (instead of boiling) to help retain the most cancer-fighting compounds.

Milk Thistle?

Written by Jane Donald on April 12th, 2013. Posted in magazine article


Medical science continues to remain silent about  milk thistle as a cancer remedy

Friday, January 25, 2013 by: Brad Chase



(NaturalNews) Milk thistle, or silymarin, has been used as a natural herb to  assist liver function for thousands of years. Well established as a liver herb  in both alternative and scientific literature, milk thistle strengthens liver  cell membranes, decreases “bad” cholesterol  levels, boosts the immune system, and is a powerful antioxidant. Milk  thistle has also been demonstrated clinically to have a positive effect on  certain cancers. However, medical science continues to remain silent about milk  thistle as a cancer remedy despite clinical support, according to a recent  statement published by the National Cancer Institute.

Supporting science for milk thistle as a cancer remedy

Integrative  Cancer Therapies published a review of several clinical trials involving  milk thistle for cancer in 2007. In the review, a comment was made that  “promising results” were being reported about milk thistle’s ability to protect  the body from certain types of cancer. The researchers stated that the future of  milk thistle for cancer was, again, “promising.”
In the same issue, Integrative Cancer Therapies stated that milk thistle protects the liver  and kidneys from chemotherapy drug toxicity. The herb reduces liver enzyme  levels, helps reduce inflammation, and assists in modulating T-cells. This study  mentioned clear evidence of milk thistle’s ability to fight reproductive system  cancer cells in both males and females, as well as skin cancer. Milk thistle is generally  accepted as safe and well-tolerated.

If the National Cancer Institute knows milk thistle works, why not  say so?

The National Cancer Institute readily admits there are case  studies proving the effectiveness of milk thistle for cancer. In one case study,  a woman with leukemia had to stop chemotherapy because her liver enzyme levels  were abnormal. When milk  thistle was administered, those levels were normalized, and the woman was  able to continue her cancer  treatments.
In a second case, a man’s liver tumors regressed  before beginning chemotherapy simply by taking milk  thistle.
Yet a third, placebo-controlled study involving 50 children with  leukemia showed improvement over a four week period when the experimental group  of children took milk thistle. Tests showed that milk thistle was able to  protect the children’s livers from the toxic effects of chemotherapy to the  point where these children did not have to have their dosages reduced.  Unfortunately, there was not enough improvement to be documented as  “significant.”
The National Cancer Institute goes on to mention  clinical studies which support the use of milk thistle for a variety of liver  diseases, hepatitis C, and diabetes. So why not say milk thistle  “works?”
Revisited and reconfirmed in August 2012, the National Cancer  Institute stated that it cannot recommend the use of milk thistle in cancer therapy because of a  qualifying standard called “evidence scores.”
An evidence analysis looks  at the strength of the statistics used in any clinical study and the strength of  the endpoint, or outcome of any given treatment. Combining these analyses  produces an evidence score, which is assigned to every study submitted to the National Cancer Institute for review.
In the case of milk thistle,  the problem lies not in the herb, but in the limited number of clinical studies.  Until more well-designed research is performed, the National Cancer Institute cannot recommend milk thistle as a remedy for cancer.
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Written by Jane Donald on April 10th, 2013. Posted in magazine article


c077648815db4566117af9e95c5e8743Pomegranate Suppresses the Growth of Breast Cancer


Pomegranate1 is gaining widespread acceptance as a cardio-friendly nutrient that is also anti-cancer. In this study researchers showed that pomegranate can reduce the influence of hormones to provoke breast cancer cell proliferation, leading the authors to conclude that pomegranate compounds “have potential for the prevention of estrogen responsive breast cancers.”

Pomegranate contains nutrients that influence the aromatase enzyme. When this enzyme is reduced then breast cancer is much less likely. “Phytochemicals suppress estrogen production that prevents the proliferation of breast cancer cells and the growth of estrogen responsive tumors,” said principal investigator Shiuan Chen, Ph.D., director of the Division of Tumor Cell Biology and co-leader of the Breast Cancer Research Program at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif.

Chen, along with Lynn Adams, Ph.D., a research fellow at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, and colleagues, evaluated whether or not phytochemicals in pomegranates can suppress aromatase and ultimately inhibit cancer growth.

After screening and examining a panel of 10 ellagitannin-derived compounds in pomegranates, the investigators found that those compounds have the potential to prevent estrogen-responsive breast cancers. “We were surprised by our findings,” said Chen. “We previously found other fruits, such as grapes, to be capable of the inhibition of aromatase. But, phytochemicals in pomegranates and in grapes are different.”

According to Gary Stoner, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Ohio State University, additional studies will be needed to confirm these results. Until then, Stoner said people “might consider consuming more pomegranates to protect against cancer development in the breast and perhaps in other tissues and organs.”