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Inflammation and Cancer, Putting out the Fire

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Anticancer diet, antioxidants, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer Coach, inflammation, Integrative Oncology, Uncategorized on November 10, 2020 at 8:24 am

Inflammation lies at the root of many chronic conditions and certainly plays a role in cancer. In fact, cancer is often considered a disease of inflammation. While cancer is complicated and multifaceted, warranting an individualized approach, we can help change the cancerous fire-breathing terrain by adopting an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. This just might reduce the risk of developing cancer and can help lower the risk of progression.

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is a natural and healing response to injury. It is the body’s immune response to some stimulus, such as virus, toxins, injury, harmful bacteria, or disease. This is all good. However, chronic low-grade inflammation in the body is quite different than the redness and itching you see when a wound is healing. When inflammation burns out of control, trouble follows. Chronic inflammation could be causing problems in your body and fueling the cancerous process. Lowering inflammation is one of the most important things you can do for overall health and to reduce your cancer risk.

What Causes Chronic Inflammation?

Most causes of chronic inflammation are related to lifestyle, even things such as lack of or little time spent in nature. Importantly, many causes of chronic inflammation are not always visible, but the effects add up over time. Each choice we make matters and some of the biggest triggers are the following:

  • Diets high in processed foods, sugar, artificial ingredients, GMOs, and non-organic produce
  • Pollution
  • Foods that your body may be allergic or sensitive to, including some common food allergens, such as gluten, dairy, nuts, peanuts, corn (gluten, peanuts, and corn should mostly be avoided by all due to their toxic nature).
  • Lack of sleep
  • Chronic stress
  • Lack of exercise or excessive exercise
  • Zinc deficiency
How to Know if You are Suffering from Chronic Inflammation?

 Aside from noticing your unhealthy behaviors, watch your symptoms. See the list below for some of the most common ones:

  • Ongoing and/or chronic pain in your body
  • Constant fatigue, lack of energy
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood sugar issues
  • Weight gain
  • IBS, ulcers, another stomach, and digestive issues (poor gut health)
  • Allergies, food sensitivities, and asthma
  • Frequent colds and compromised immunity
  • Skin problems such as eczema and other rashes
  • Lethargy, low mood, depression, or excessive anxiety
  • Brain fog
  • Lack of mental clarity or lessened memory
  • You have cancer

 Testing for Inflammation:

While there is no one test that can ‘diagnose’ you with chronic inflammation, there are some tests you can ask your doctor to order that would be indicative (elevated levels could be an indication of chronic inflammation):

  • High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (HS-CRP)
  • SED rate
  • Homocysteine
  • Ferritin
  • HDL
  • Monocytes
  • Blood Glucose

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or your blood tests indicate chronic inflammation in your body, it is time to do something about it.

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Every morsel of food you put into your mouth has the potential to amp up or lower inflammation in your body. While no one diet is perfect for everyone, a mostly plant-based diet, some protein, and a bit of healthy carbs can fit into many different diets.

Importantly, inflammation alters the diversity in your microbiome which sets off a vicious cycle. When your microbiome is out of balance, issues such as weight gain and insulin resistance frequently result. The immune system then begins producing even more inflammation which then further challenges the microbiome. Probiotics and a diet rich in prebiotics (such as Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, onions, radishes and tomatoes) and healthy fats can help support the microbiome.

It may surprise you that I have listed nightshades. While many people avoid nightshade vegetables, potatoes, for example, help soothe the digestive tract and feed the good bacteria inside the intestinal tract. Tomatoes (especially cooked) reduce inflammation throughout the body. Certainly avoid any or all if they adversely affect you, but enjoy if not.

You will also notice that I mention eating grass-fed butter or ghee. These are high in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, a long-chain amino acid that suppresses inflammation and inhibits cancer growth), butyrate (a small-chain amino acid that promotes healthy digestion and energy production and which selectively kills cancer cells and inhibits migration), omega 3’s, and other nutrients which not only help suppress inflammation but reduce cancer risk as well.

Turmeric is typically at the top of the list for calming inflammation, but there are many other anti-inflammatory foods. Below are just a few suggestions:

  • Turmeric (curcumin)
  • Broccoli and other cruciferous veggies such as cauliflower, arugula, kale, and brussels sprouts
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil, avocado and other healthy fats
  • Lentils
  • Salmon and other fatty fishes (or a pure omega-3 supplement)
  • Brazil nuts, almonds, and walnuts
  • Cooked mushrooms
  • Root vegetables and winter squash
  • Tart cherry and pomegranate juices
  • Ginger, cinnamon, allspice, fenugreek, and cloves
  • Dark leafy greens (including arugula, microgreens and sprouts)
  • Coconut oil and other healthy fats
  • Green juices
  • Herbs such as parsley, basil, oregano, rosemary, dill, mint, sage, and cilantro
  • Grass-fed butter and ghee
  • Nightshades such as potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant (if they agree with you)
  • Beans and legumes
  • Green tea (limit if you have a COMT mutation)
Best to avoid:
  • conventional meat, dairy, and poultry
  • processed, fried, and packaged foods
  • sugar and artificial sweeteners
  • gluten and most gluten-free flours and products

Remember that good sleep, moderate exercise, and engaging in mind-body therapies such as meditation, yoga (especially restorative and yoga nidra), and sound therapy help reduce stress and dampen down inflammation flare-ups. They have profound anti-inflammatory effects.

If you suffer from joint pains, muscle pains, headaches, fibromyalgia, etc., you may wish to avoid harmful Ibuprofen, Tylenol and other NSAIDS. Replace these with curcumin, T-Relief tablets and safe topical creams such as Topricin and T-Relief whenever possible.

If you’d like more guidance, I’d love to work with you! Check out my “Contact Us” page or email elyn@elynjacobs.com for more details.

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make healthier, less-toxic choices for their healing. She emphasizes the importance of not just surviving cancer but surviving well and reducing the risk of recurrence. Elyn specializes in understanding the role of estrogen in breast cancer and debunks the myths associated. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit http://www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in-person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

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Broccoli and Watercress Sprouts Fight Cancer

In Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Alternatives to Anti-Hormone Therapy For Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Tamoxifen, Anticancer diet, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, antioxidants, aromatase inhibitors, Books for Cancer Patients, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer Coach, cancer stem cells and recurrence, colon cancer, COVID-19, Integrative Oncology, Iodine, Natural Aromatase Inhibitors, prostate cancer, Uncategorized on March 28, 2020 at 9:12 am

[Editor’s note] This post was originally published in February 2017. It has been updated and republished in March 2019

It is well known that cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and watercress contain powerful anticancer compounds. But did you know that eating their respective sprouts can supercharge the health benefits? Sprouts are high in vitamins C, A, and phytonutrients that support the immune system.

In sprout form these little three to four day old plants contain almost 100 times the level of cancer-fighting sulforaphane than the mature plants. The phytonutrients in these sprouts up-regulate antioxidant enzymes and detoxification processes which clear toxic compounds from the body. And, that is just the beginning—read on to find out how sprouts knock the socks off cancer.

 What’s in a Sprout

Isothiocyanates (ITCs), such as sulforaphane, are sulfur-containing compounds found in cruciferous vegetables. They support matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) activity which reduces the breakdown of connective tissue within a cell that impede the expansion of existing tumors. Matrix MMP-9 plays important roles in tumor invasion and angiogenesis. Secretion of MMP-9 has been reported in various cancer types including lung, colon, and breast cancer.

ITCs also kill off cancer cells, including cancer stem cells, which is essential for combating cancer metastases. Isothiocyanates restrain certain pro-inflammatory compounds that are associated with chronic inflammation and cancer.

The ITC sulforaphane helps support the anti-inflammatory Nrf2 pathway which protects cells against oxidative and free radical activity. It supports the detoxification process by inducing Phase 2 detoxification enzymes, inhibiting the activation of pro-carcinogens, and  by boosting cellular glutathione levels.  Sulforaphane promotes cancer cell death and inhibits cancer cell proliferation. It also supports the immune system and in particular, increases Natural Killer Cell activity.

Sulforaphane also inhibits Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that increases one’s risk of stomach and colorectal cancer.  It is also anti-viral and has been found effective against the Epstein Barr Virus and may be helpful against Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Quercetin, another potent antioxidant highly concentrated in sprouts, is a strong anti-inflammatory and prevents tumor cell growth.  It also aids in the removal of excess estrogen from the body — it stimulates liver function to detoxify estrogen and other carcinogenic agents.

Lutein is another powerful antioxidant that neutralizes cancer-causing free radicals (it is also essential for many things, including eye health, protecting against macular degeneration, and for maintaining strong eye tissue). Lutein (and zeaxanthin) may be beneficial to cardio health by preventing hardening of the arteries.

Glutathione has been labeled the ‘mother of all antioxidants” due to its incredible ability to disarm free radicals, detoxify the body, and boost the immune system.

Broccoli Sprouts

broccoli-sproutsBroccoli sprouts are extremely high in cancer fighting activity, particularly against lung, colon, and breast cancers. Compounds in broccoli speed up the removal of estrogen from the body, helping to suppress breast cancer. They also target cancer stem cells, the cells responsible for metastasis.

Broccoli sprouts contain a high amount of the cancer-busting and immune boosting substance sulforaphane. They are also abundant in quercetin, glutathione, beta carotene, indoles, vitamin C, lutein, glucarate, and the metabolic substance DIM, which is a natural aromatase inhibitor.

Broccoli sprouts are rich in cholesterol reducing fiber and have anti-viral and anti-ulcer activity. They are also a super source of chromium that helps regulate insulin and blood sugar.

 

Watercress Sproutswatercress-sprouts

Sometimes called peppergrass, watercress is delicious and pungent. It is also one of the most nutrient-dense foods known. It is rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids, including lutein. Watercress also offers significant quercetin, EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate), flavanols such a kaempferol, lycopene, indole-3 carbinol (13C), sulforaphane, as well as DIM. It is a good source of riboflavin, vitamin C, A and K, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, and contains trace amounts of omega 3’s. Watercress is one of the best food sources of iodine for vegans.

Watercress also contains a high amount of PEITC (phenylethylisothiocyanate) which has been shown to protect DNA from damage. PEITC reduces the growth of breast cancer cells, triggers apoptosis (cancer cell death), and decreases angiogenesis. It inhibits the growth of HER2 expression as well as cancer metastasis.

PEITC (also found in some other cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli) deactivates mutant p53 in tumor cells but leaves normal p53 alone. P53 regulates cell division by keeping cells from growing and dividing too fast or in an uncontrolled way. A mutation in p53 is a permanent change in the nucleotide sequence of DNA. Loss of p53 function can be deleterious, and about 50% of all human cancers have a mutated p53 gene.

Watercress has antioxidant, antigenotoxic (the process by which chemical agents damage genetic information within a cell causing mutations), and anti-inflammatory properties.

Studies show that a regular intake of watercress has been associated with protection against breast, colon, and other cancers.

Watercress and broccoli affect all stages of cancer: initiation, proliferation, and metastasis. So, what’s not to love about these sprouts? Plus, it is a lot easier to consume a handful of sprouts than it is to down a pound and a half of broccoli or an enormous plate of watercress– which, for example,  is the amount it would take to get an equivalent amount of sulforaphane.

Add sprouts to your smoothies; use on sandwiches, on top of pizza, in salads, and as a garnish for soups. I make wonderful gluten-free pizza crusts using cauliflower or garbanzo bean flour, and pile the pizza high with arugula and sprouts just before serving.  Yum!

Just a reminder that while  eating cruciferous vegetables is a important for overall optimal health, it may support you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Choose to consume cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, radish, and kale). It is necessary to have sufficient iodine in the diet when consuming high quantities  (including DIM).

Can’t find sprouts locally or worried about others handling your raw vegetables?  Grow your own. You can grow your own sprouts and now it is easier than ever (no changing the water several times a day, just add water to the tray day one and done. Here is my first tray of Hamama salad green sprouts.. Next up are broccoli sprouts.  Order your own Hamama sprout kit.

Hamama Sprouts

Hamama Salad Green Sprouts

Here is a great book if you wish to learn more about growing your own sprouts: Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 days

Curcera-SGS is an excellent supplement if you cannot find or grow broccoli sprouts.

In your everlasting good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make better, healthier, non-toxic choices. She emphasizes the critical nature of addressing the root cause of cancer and not just its presenting symptoms (such as the tumor). Elyn specializes in understanding the role of estrogen in breast cancer and debunks the myths associated. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and was creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Elyn is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Contact Elyn via her website. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone or in person.

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 DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Dietary Antioxidants Mitigate the Effects of EMF Radiation on Cancer and Fertility

In Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, antioxidants, Cancer, Cancer Coach, Cell Phones, EMF Radiation, EMF's, EMFs and breast cancer, EMFs and Health Risks, Fertility and Sperm Counts, infertility, male infertility, MRI Dangers, Radiation, Uncategorized on February 13, 2020 at 9:15 am

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by cellphones, power lines, wiring, home appliances and cellphones have the potential to cause extensive damage to the human body. They may jeopardize fertility and pregnancy, and could lead to conditions such as cancer.

EMFs can directly act on DNA, proteins and lipids, which can lead to molecular and cellular damage. The result is an increase in free radicals with strong oxidative ability. This can lead to chronic inflammation, tissue degeneration, and necrosis (tissue death), which could lead to cancer and other conditions. Dietary supplements and other interventions may offer significant protection against EMF radiation.

EMFs and Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress is associated with more than one hundred diseases and is considered an emerging health risk factor.

Researchers have found that EMF exposure triggers oxidative stress and causes significant changes in levels of blood antioxidant markers. Oxidative stress occurs if the antioxidant defense system is unable to prevent the harmful effects of free radicals. Many studies have revealed the role of oxidative stress in carcinogenesis. Such studies offer clear evidence that oxidative stress plays an important role in chronic inflammation and gene expression, which in turn could result in many chronic diseases, including cancer.[i]

Other conditions oxidative stress is associated with include sleep disruption, arthrosclerosis, diabetes, dizziness, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, nausea, stroke, and lipid peroxidation (which can cause selective alterations in cell signaling, protein and DNA damage).

EMFs and the Brain

There is considerable evidence that EMFs can affect neural functions in the human brain. EMFs have been reported to alter the permeability of the blood-brain-barrier, which may lead to excess accumulation of heavy metals, including iron, in the brain. Fatigue, headache, decreased learning ability, and cognitive impairment are among the symptoms caused by EMFs.

Studies suggest that long-term exposure to low-frequency EMF increases lipid peroxidation in the brain. Lipid peroxidation can lead to significant damage in cells, particularly in the brain (which may be offset by zinc supplementation and keeping devices away from the brain).[ii]

EMFs and Fertility

A study performed by the Department of Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun, Turkey, and published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastruction, concluded that “exposure to RF-EMF produces increases in testicular proteins in adults that are related to carcinogenic risk and reproductive damage.” The researchers found that exposure to cell phone radiation reduces the motility and morphology of sperm cells. They also reported a “significant increase in fetal abnormalities and spontaneous abortions in pregnant women exposed to EMFs.” [iii]

Carrying phones in your pocket or on your belt exposes your reproductive organs to powerful EMF radiation. Using a laptop on your lap or getting too close to one or your computer may also cause harm.

If you are pregnant, you may be putting your unborn child at risk by exposing him or her to EMF radiation.

belly blanket

Belly Armor Blanket

There is no longer any doubt that electromagnetic fields generated by cellphones, clock radios, computers, power lines, MRIs, Wi-Fi routers, wiring, and home appliances pose health risks, including the risk of cancer.

Belly Armor makes a wonderful blanket you can put on your lap to protect your baby. It works well a a barrier between you and your laptop and even between you and your hard drive (or other sources of EMFs) even if you are not pregnant or hoping to be so.

Lambs makes lambs 2boxer beanies and briefs with something they call WaveStopper, a silver-lining technology that apparently blocks 99% of cellphone and WiFi radiation. For a 15% discount on Lambs radio-protective underwear or beanies, use this LINK and the code ElynJacobs.

Flavonoids, Antioxidants, and Physical Interventions

Flavonoids and antioxidants may offer protection of DNA, prevent scavenging free radicals, and may protect against auto-immune damage and cancer. They may also protect the hematopoietic system and reduce inflammation. Excitingly, flavonoids and antioxidants have not only a radioprotective effect, but also anti-tumor, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory effects.

Some simple recommendations include consuming flavonoids (such as in berries, apples, tea, citrus fruits, red wine) and antioxidants such as vitamins C, E (mixed tocopherols), as well as gingko biloba, curcumin, lycopene, and melatonin.  Cruciferous vegetables and garlic are also good radioprotectors.  For more radioprotective foods please read Simple Solutions for EMFs.

Important note for those whose cancer protocol requires you to avoid antioxidants. For you (and all), my best advice is to avoid and/or protect yourself with physical barriers (such as those shown above), and avoid x-rays, PET scans and CT scans unless absolutely necessary.

EMF exposure intensity decreases as you increase your distance from the object that’s sending out waves. Therefore, first and foremost, put some distance between you and your technology. Always use speaker phone or air-tube headsets when using cellular devices. But certainly, antioxidant-rich foods and dietary supplements offer significant defense against EMF radiation exposure.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Protect yourself, your fertility, and your children from EMF radiation. Shield yourself from cancer-promoting EMF radiation.

In your everlasting good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150res for PrueElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make healthier, less-toxic choices for their healing. She emphasizes the importance of not just surviving cancer, but surviving well and reducing the risk of recurrence. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in-person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

 DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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[i] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2990475/

[ii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16434836

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6025786/#__ffn_sectitle

 

 

 

Cancer-Fighting Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, antioxidants, aromatase inhibitors, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer Coach, Cell Phones, colon cancer, Cononavirus, EMF Radiation, EMFs and breast cancer, EMFs and Health Risks, inflammation, prostate cancer, Radiation, Tamoxifen, Uncategorized on February 5, 2020 at 5:08 pm

Brussels sprouts are nutritious and delicious. A member of the cruciferous (aka brassicas) family, they offer several health benefits. Most notably, Brussels sprouts are powerful anti-cancer powerhouses.

Anticancer Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and other sources, compounds in Brussels sprouts have powerful anticancer, antioxidant, anti-estrogen, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties.[i] This is due to their high content of glucosinolates, sulfur-containing compounds that have been widely studied for their health benefits.

Diets rich in cruciferous vegetables have been found to inhibit and slow cancer growth in many cancer-cell lines, including breast, prostate, colorectal, esophageal, liver and lymphoma. Researchers attribute the benefits to the glycosinolates in Brussels, particularly sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol. Notably, these glucosinolates help detoxify and eliminate cancer-causing free-radicals in the body. Sulforaphane promotes cancer cell death and inhibits cancer cell proliferation. It also supports the immune system and in particular, increases Natural Killer Cell activity.

Specific to breast cancer, studies show that Indole 3 carbinol helps to block estrogen receptors and restore receptor site expression to normal levels.[ii] It may act as a natural aromatase inhibitor and mimic tamoxifen or perhaps even perform more anti-cancer benefits than tamoxifen.

How to Enjoy Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are still in season now, but you won’t see them for long. While available in many areas year-round, the peak season is from September to mid-February. Look for smooth, unblemished, small heads. Sprouts with spots of signs of withering may be past their prime will taste slightly musty and contain fewer nutrients. For maximum freshness, look for Brussels in your local farmer’s market.

Boiling is not really the best option for cooking brussels sprouts as the cancer-fighting glucosinolates are water-soluble and may be lost in the cooking water. Further, high heat may decrease the bioavailability of the sulforaphane in brussels sprouts. Certainly, I do not recommend microwaving.

The following recipe involves a low-heat method that preserves their great nutty flavor and bright color, but also the anticancer benefits of Brussel sprouts.

Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios

Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios

Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons coconut oil

1 medium red onion or 2 small red onions or shallots

1-pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed

1/2 cup shelled unsalted pistachios

2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • Separate outer leaves of the sprouts and reserve; thinly slice the inner core pieces
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add onions or shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes
  • Add the sliced inner core pieces of the sprouts and cook for 5 additional minutes, until soft
  • Add the sprout leaves and pistachios, and sauté until leaves begin to soften, but retain their bright color, about 3 minutes
  • Add the lemon juice and season to taste with fine-ground Celtic sea salt and fresh pepper
  • Serve and enjoy

Heart-healthy pistachios are rich in nutrients, a good source of protein, and packed with antioxidants. Onions are another anticancer powerhouse.

Don’t enjoy Brussels sprouts or out of season? You can take sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol in supplements.

Buy Indole-3 Carbinol HERE

Buy Sulforaphane HERE

Like DIM, indole-3-carbinol is also known to be radioprotective, making it essential in today’s toxic world of technology. To read about more radioprotectors, click HERE.

For more information on Cancer-Fighting Crucifers, please click HERE.

In your everlasting good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150res for PrueElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make healthier, less-toxic choices for their healing. She emphasizes the importance of not just surviving cancer, but surviving well and reducing the risk of recurrence. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in-person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

 DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

Warning: Cruciferous vegetables are rich in vitamin K, so if you have special dietary needs, speak with your doctor. If you have hypothyroidism or any other condition that suggests you should avoid Brussels spouts, consult with your doctor.

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[i] https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/cruciferous-vegetables-fact-sheet; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2737735/

[ii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11110848

Options for Breast Cancer: Making the Best Choice for YOU

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives to Anti-Hormone Therapy For Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Tamoxifen, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, antioxidants, aromatase inhibitors, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer Coach, EMFs and breast cancer, EMFs and Health Risks, Energy Healers, Epstein-Barr Virus, Estrogen, Estrogen and Breast Cancer, Healing Cancer Naturally, High Dose Vitamin C and Cancer, Integrative Oncology, Mind Body Therapies for Cancer, Natural Alternatives to Aromatase Inhibitors, Radiation, Radiotherapy for breast cancer, Tamoxifen, Uncategorized on January 23, 2020 at 2:48 pm

If you don’t know your options (for breast cancer) you don’t have any. That is my motto, and I can’t tell you how important it is to take control of your treatment plan. It is imperative that you make informed choices, not fear-based choices for your breast cancer.

In October, 2014 I found that my previously stage 1 cancer had spread to my lymph nodes. I was subsequently diagnosed as stage 3 (ER+). I have told this story before, but am sharing it again as I want people to know there are many paths to healing breast cancer.

Importantly, there are many reasons why people get cancer and why it returns. Resolving those reasons can make all the difference in survival.

Declining Chemo and Radiation

My choice does not necessarily have to be your choice. I was fortunate that I had a holistically-minded oncologist who supported my choices. A world-renowned integrative oncologist, he believed healing cancer often required both Eastern and Western medicine. This typically involved conventional methods used alongside holistic mind-body therapies, supplements, dietary changes, and more. Most of all, like me, he believed getting to the reason for the cancer is a major part of treating it.

Given my new diagnosis, my oncologist was legally compelled to recommend chemotherapy. I know that if had chosen the conventional chemo (or even the low dose chemo he suggested after I declined traditional chemo) it would have been a reasonable option. I know that if I had chosen it, he would have done everything he could to make the treatment work better with less negative effects.

That said, it did not resonate with me. Part of that came from my mother dying not so much from her cancer, but from the treatment (he was not her doctor). The rest came from my innate feeling that it was not right for me, and that it would not resolve the reason for my recurrence. My oncologist agreed that chemo was not necessarily the best option for me. He said was glad that I opted out of radiotherapy, and supported my choice to skip the aromatase inhibitors. He offered a few other options, but none seemed to resonate with me. I will forever be grateful for his support.

My Choices for Breast Cancer

Instead of the options presented, I chose a protocol put together from my years of research and conference attendance, leaning on input from my oncologist and an alternative doctor friend of mine.  I do believe that most of us have more to learn than we will ever know, and the experience has only strengthened my ability to help my clients through their cancer.

You can read about my protocol HERE. A major part of my healing (and most likely one of the major reasons for the recurrence) was resolving past emotional traumas, which you can read about HERE.

Read about natural alternatives to aromatase inhibitors and tamoxifen HERE.

To listen to me talk with the Templeton Wellness Foundation about my choices, click HERE.

Goals for Healing:

  • Don’t be fooled that your own estrogen is the reason for your breast cancer (it plays a role, but not the lead).
  • Target viruses such as Epstein Barr, which plays a significant role in breast cancer (and you may not realize you have it)
  • Clean house: remove toxic products and people from your life
  • Eat clean without deprivation
  • Take targeted supplements
  • Resolve the traumas that are getting in the way of your healing and may well be at the root cause of your breast cancer
  • Avoid EMFs and take protective measures; for recommendations, click HERE
  • Believe you can and will heal–the power of the mind is incredible!
  • Walk in nature; soak up the positive vibes and the sun
  • Live, laugh, love and smile!
  • If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any

You have many options for healing from breast cancer. I implore you to be informed and make educated, confident choices.  Know that there are many natural substances that can make conventional therapies work better and with less toxicity. You can read about these on my Shop page. To schedule a consult, please click HERE.

In your everlasting good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150res for PrueElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make healthier, less-toxic choices for their healing. She emphasizes the importance of not just surviving cancer, but surviving well and reducing the risk of recurrence. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in-person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

 DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Two Powerful Anticancer Substances and Why YOU Should Consider Them

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, antioxidants, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer Coach, colon cancer, Healing Cancer Naturally, Integrative Oncology, prostate cancer, Uncategorized on January 9, 2020 at 4:25 pm

Killing tumor cells is not the only factor in treating cancer. The ultimate goal should be making the lives of cancer patients as long and high-quality as possible–something that is often over-looked. Integrative oncologists utilize many natural substances to improve the efficacy and mitigate the negative effects of cancer treatments. However, not everyone has access to integrative oncology. But there are many easily affordable substances you can add to your protocol. Two I will speak of today are N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) and the lesser known Zeolites.

NAC is a protein that the body uses to boost levels of the master antioxidant glutathione, which helps protect against free radicals and toxins. NAC has been found to reduce the aggressiveness of cancer and inhibit the spread of cancer cells.

Research published in the journal Seminars in Oncology by a team at the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Salford in the United Kingdom discovered that NAC helps prevent the growth of cancer cells by depriving them of proteins that are important for their survival. NAC also has powerful antioxidant properties, which means that it can reduce cell damage caused by oxidative stress. The team identified high levels of oxidative stress in the stromal cells of tumors. They explained that when the stromal cells are exposed to oxidative stress, they release substances (nutrients) that cancer cells need to survive.[iii] Theoretically, the antioxidant properties of NAC would then help to starve the cancer cells of these nutrients.

To test their theory, they studied the effect of NAC on several key biomarkers of cancer aggressiveness in breast cancer patients. What they found was that NAC reduced the cell replication index KI67 by 25% and levels of MCT4 by 80%! These biomarkers are linked to aggressive cancer behavior and poor overall survival.

The researchers used a combination of intravenous NAC alternating with oral NAC 600 (one, twice daily).  Oral NAC is widely available, but you can buy it HERE.

Zeolites are natural minerals that come from volcanoes. More specifically, they are formed as a result of a chemical reaction between the molten lava and thick ash and the salt from the sea.

Zeolites are best known as chelating molecules, helping to remove heavy minerals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and aluminum from the body. This is important as these toxins are implicated in a variety of cancers, and seem to fuel the Epstein Barr Virus, which in itself is involved in most cancers.[i]

However, as it turns out, zeolites are also very good at shrinking tumors and halting the growth the growth of tumors. Zeolite activity against cancer involves the activation of the tumor suppressor gene P21, which controls cell-cycle progression.[ii]

An easy way to take Zeolite is with this spray  or in this powdered form.

While not stand-alone treatments for cancer, NAC and Zeolites can be part of an inexpensive, non-toxic way to stop cancer processes. Always discuss supplements with your doctor to be sure they are synergistic with your treatment plan.

For more cancer-fighting substances, please visit the Alternative and Shop pages on my website.

In your everlasting good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150res for PrueElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make healthier, less-toxic choices for their healing. She emphasizes the importance of not just surviving cancer, but surviving well and reducing the risk of recurrence. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in-person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Some product links on some posts are affiliate links. This website is monetized in part through the use of affiliate links. This means that if you were to click on a link that is an affiliate link and purchase an item after clicking on that link, I may receive a small percentage of the sales price. I only recommend products that I love and use often. Thank you for your support!

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[i] https://elynjacobs.com/2018/01/22/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-epstein-barr-virus-and-cancer/

[ii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11434724

[iii]https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320127.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily-us#1

 

Male Infertility on the Rise from Cell Phone Use and Environmental Toxins

In antioxidants, Cell Phones, EMF's, EMFs and Health Risks, Fertility and Sperm Counts, infertility, inflammation, male infertility, Radiation, Uncategorized on November 18, 2019 at 8:39 am

It is impossible to envision a guy today who does not use a cellphone, laptop, or other device with Wi-Fi function. We know that these devises lead to the development of several types of cancer, but did you know that they can also impact fertility? Did you also know that endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates can compromise male fertility?

What used to be mostly a female issue, fertility has now become a crisis for men as well. Some studies show it is a factor in 30-40% of infertility issues. While men create millions of new sperm daily, it is the quality of sperm that is at risk. To fertilize an egg, a man needs to be able to make healthy sperm and deliver it.

Sadly, the quality of sperm has diminished greatly in the past. A joint study done by Hebrew University and Mount Sinai medical school found that sperm counts have fallen by more than 50 percent in the last 40 years. What that means is that men are almost have as fertile as their grandfathers were.

The issue is complicated as there could be many underlying causes of declining sperm counts. Cell phones, smoking, alcohol consumption, oral contraceptives (contaminating tap water), and endocrine disruptors such as BPA, and phthalates are some of the most common.

Researchers performed at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, agree that isolating cell phone EMFs from other environmental factors will be a challenge going forward for infertility doctors and their patients. (Incidentally, they too acknowledge that the EMFs can enhance the excitability of the brain and have been classified as carcinogenic).[i]

Modern life could be the answer to the question of fertility — cell phone use, obesity, alcohol consumption, smoking, inactivity, stress, and environmental toxins all play a role.  A 2013 study found that 20 hours of TV [or computer games] weekly may reduce sperm count by a whopping 50%, while 15 or more hours of moderate to vigorous exercise weekly may boost sperm count.[ii]

But of all of these, the hardest to deal with, are EMFs from various devices and exposures and toxins in the environment –specifically endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in things such as BPA and phthalates.

BPA and Phthalates

Chemicals such as BPA  mimic estrogen and can interfere with hormones such as testosterone. Found in plastics, paper products, and cash register receipts, BPA may be rewiring the male reproductive system, eroding sperm quality and quantity and even contributing to testicular disorders.

While not as detrimental to sperm as BPA, phthalates are also a problem. A review of various studies by the National Institute of Public Health confirmed “that phthalates cause diminished sperm count, increased frequency of abnormal spermatozoa and DNA damage in germ cells, especially after chronic exposure.”[iii]

EMFs 

Some of the Research on Cell Phone and Infertility:

  • In 2008, researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found that the use of cell phones by men is associated with decreased fertility. The researchers found a decrease in sperm count, motility, viability, and morphology, all of which impact fertility.[iv]
  • 2010 research by the Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, King Saud University determined “that long-term exposure to mobile phone radiation leads to reduction in serum testosterone levels. Testosterone is a primary male gender hormone and any change in the normal levels may be devastating for reproductive and general health.”[v]
  • In 2012, Dr. Devra Davis, PhD, MPH and author of Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family, spoke at the Integrative healthcare Symposium in NYC. She shocked all of us, including doctors and nurses, with evidence-based information regarding the dangers of cellphone on male fertility and various cancers. (Notably, her book was sold out at the conference). She commented that in Israel, there were signs over the urinals suggesting that men take their phones out of their pockets to protect future generations. For more on EMFs from the conference, read my recap. 
  • For Disconnect, Davis interviewed numerous top researchers in the field, including Om P. Gandhi, who studied how cell phones affect the brain, and Franz Adlkofer, who studied how it affects DNA. She also pointed out that men who keep cell phones turned on in their pockets for hours a day have fewer sperm with more deformities. Davis  referenced the work of Harvard trained Ashok Agarwal, who has written more than four hundred peer-reviewed articles. He found that men with the lowest sperm counts were significantly more likely to keep their phones on their bodies all the time, usually in their pockets. He also reported that those who reported using a phone for four hours or more had the lowest and sickliest sperm counts, and that sperm exposed to the highest levels of cell phone radiation had the most deformities and the worst swimming abilities.
  • 2014 research found a direct correlation between cell phone radiation exposure, decreased sperm motility and DNA-fragmentation.[vi] DNA fragmentation within sperm can increase the risk of failed conception or miscarriage. Decreased sperm motility inhibits the ability of sperm to move and ‘swim’ property toward and egg. Decreased morphology refers to the size and shape of sperm. As morphology declines or deteriorates, there is less opportunity to fertilize an egg. The researchers recommend that one avoid holding a mobile device in one’s pants pocket. It only makes sense to keep one’s laptop off their lap.
  • Another 2014 study published in Progress in Biological Sciences commented that EMFs can damage sex organs and cause hormonal disorders. The confirmed that microwave radiation affects various tissues via induction of heat generation and temperature rise, particularly problematic for males as the testes are more temperature sensitive.[vii]
  • 2015 research published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction determined that low frequency electromagnetic fields long-term exposure significantly reduces sperm motility and testosterone levels.[viii]
  • 2018 research concluded that EMFs may induce oxidative stress with an increased level of reactive oxygen species, which may negatively affect sperm quality and may lead to infertility.[ix]

 Reducing Cell Phone Risk

As evidence mounts for the danger cellphone usage to the brain, many men have resorted to using radiation-free headsets with their phones stored in their pockets.  This is not a good idea, raising concerns of equally damaging responses to the gonads. The particular concerns are a focus on apoptosis of reproductive cells, fertility status, and serum reproductive hormones. It certainly raises concerns for cancer risk below the belt.

Clearly, we can take our phones out of our pockets to minimize exposure. When not in use, phones should be turned OFF or on airplane mode. If trying to conceive, avoid saunas and of course, do not place heat-source objects such as cellphone and laptops near your privates. READ MORE HERE.

If you must put your laptop on your lap, find a good radiation shield, or borrow your mates’ radiation-blocking belly blanket (good gift for her once pregnant).

However, food helps and it helps a lot. Eating fresh mint, blueberries, flax seed and other radio-protectors offer some protection. Supplements can also be helpful. Mixed tocopherols (such as those found in the right kind of vitamin E), carotenoids, melatonin, vitamin C, NAC, curcumin, resveratrol, and flavonoids such as soy, astragalus, apigenin, and propolis have been found to interrupt the inflammatory cascade initiated by EMFs and cellular radiation exposure. (For brand recommendations, click on the highlighted supplement).

For more radio-protectors, please read: Simple Solutions for EMF Radiation Protection

lambs 2Protect your privates. A company called Lambs makes boxer briefs with something they call WaveStopper, a silver-lining technology that apparently blocks 99% of cellphone and WiFi radiation. For a 15% discount on Lambs radio-protective underwear, use this LINK and the code ElynJacobs. For more radio-protective recommendations, please read my articles on 5G and radio-protectors.

Reducing Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors Such as BPA

Use glass for storage instead of plastic dishes and plastic wrap. Do not touch cash register receipts. Use non-toxic cleaning and personal care items.

Detox plastics every day. Eat one or two servings daily of cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, kale, arugula, Brussels sprouts) as they speed up detoxification. Supplements such as Indolplex and calcium d’ glucarate give detox an extra boost.

Beware of BPA-Free plastics. Importantly, bisphenol S (BPS) and bisphenol F (BPF) are often used as a replacement for BPA, but so far studies show that they also significantly reduce testosterone levels.[x]

It is also wise to limit take-out food orders which are typically packaged in plastic dishes or in pizza boxes lined with PFAS, harmful chemicals found in non-stick cookware, fire retardants, dental floss, furniture, and water-proof and fire-protective clothing.

Read more about ways to avoid BPA HERE.

Your Health at Risk

An article written by Bryan Walsh, published in Newsweek, Male Infertility Crisis in U.S. Has Experts Baffled, presented powerful information on the topic of male fertility. Walsh detailed the various lifestyle choices and environmental toxins such as BPA that are dramatically reducing sperm counts. The eerie thing is that it appears that low sperm counts may lead to premature death, even among men in the prime of their lives who might seem otherwise healthy.

He quoted Hagai Levine, researcher at the Hebrew University and former chief epidemiologist for the Israel Defense Forces, “The constant production of new sperm cells makes semen highly sensitive to toxins and disease, making it an ideal surrogate for male health—’like blood pressure,’ as Louis puts it—beyond what it might signal for fertility. Poor sperm levels and infertility are a clear sign that men’s health is failing.

One 2015 study found that men diagnosed with infertility have a higher risk of developing health issues like heart disease, diabetes and alcohol abuse, while another connected infertility to cancer. ‘Semen quality isn’t just about a couple getting pregnant,’ says Louis. “There is increasing evidence at the population level that men with diminished semen quality die earlier and have more chronic diseases. This is as important to health as any disease state.

Sperm count decline is the canary in the coal mine says Levine. ‘There is something very wrong in the environment.’ Which means there may be something very wrong with men. “[xii]

While I do agree there is something very wrong in the environment, I don’t agree on the issue of direct increased risk of poor health, or that there is something very wrong with men. It is more likely a reflection of poor lifestyle habits and an accumulation of toxins that are affecting both sperm and overall health. EMFs , phthalates, and BPA clearly pose significant health risks. For example, phthalates deplete zinc, which could lead to conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and accelerated aging.

That said, it is important that everyone understands the seriousness of the accumulation of EMFs, plastics, and other toxins in the body. Your health depends on on avoiding and clearing your body of these toxins. I recommend everyone follow a detox protocol and use caution with cell phones and other EMF sources.

What You Can Do Now

  • Don’t smoke or take drugs (even over the counter can affect sperm quality)
  • Limit or avoid alcohol
  • Manage stress
  • Stay active, avoid sitting too long, and maintain a healthy weight
  • Stay cool; avoid saunas, tight clothing, and placing heat-source objects such as cell phones and laptops near your privates
  • Avoid exposure to pesticides, plastics, heavy metals, and other environmental toxins (which includes takeout containers, pizza boxes, and even most dental floss)
  • Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, etc), which help to detox plastics
  • Eat a colorful diet, full of fruits and vegetables
  • Consider Indolplex and calcium d’ glucarate, which detox plastic and other toxins (click on the links for brand recommendations)
  • Consider Bee Propolis, which contains the flavonoid chrysin, which is believed to block estrogen and increase testosterone; bee propolis also reduces the inflammatory response from EMF exposure
  • Re-read Simple Solutions for EMF Radiation Protection and the supplement recommendations above

If you are looking forward to having children, I suggest you see your doctor. S/he will likely send you for a semen analysis. However, in order to get an accurate assessment, you may have to repeat the test several times. This can be expensive and time consuming (plus some men are less inclined to visit the doctor for fertility issues). There is an at-home test kit called TRAK, that men can use to evaluate their sperm levels.

Life is a journey, just be sure that journey is on-course for a healthy life.

In your everlasting good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150res for PrueElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make healthier, less-toxic choices for their healing. She emphasizes the importance of not just surviving cancer, but surviving well and reducing the risk of recurrence. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in-person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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[i] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3309987/

[ii] https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/tv-viewing-exercise-habits-may-significantly-affect-sperm-count/

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27546318; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4879116/; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4679188/ (BPA links)

[iv] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17482179

[v] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20714683

[vi] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4074720/

[vii] https://pbiosci.ut.ac.ir/article_50306_42f28ca1fe751b63fc3da41feab4821d.pdf

[viii] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2305050015000044

[ix] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6240172/; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6250044/

[x] https://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(14)02351-6/abstract

[xi] https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/tv-viewing-exercise-habits-may-significantly-affect-sperm-count/

[xii] https://www.newsweek.com/2017/09/22/male-infertility-crisis-experts-663074.html

Could the Natural Alternative to Tamoxifen and Aromatase Inhibitors be in Your Refrigerator? Part II

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Alternatives to Anti-Hormone Therapy For Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Tamoxifen, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, antioxidants, aromatase inhibitors, BPA and breast cancer, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer Coach, cancer stem cells and recurrence, Estrogen, Estrogen and Breast Cancer, Natural Aromatase Inhibitors, prostate cancer, SERMS, Tamoxifen, Uncategorized on November 15, 2019 at 9:07 am

Synthetic selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMS) such as tamoxifen and pharmaceutical aromatase inhibitors are often recommended for ER+ breast and other hormone-driven cancers, but they have significant adverse effects. Is it possible that natural plant products can perform the same function without the risks and damage of pharmaceuticals? Research says they can.

While estrogen plays many important beneficial roles in humans, the proliferation of ER+ breast cancer cells can sometimes be enhanced by estrogen (especially in the absence of progesterone), which may induce multiple processes involved in cell survival and cell cycle progression. Beyond the estrogen dominance that comes from a lack of progesterone, it is not necessarily our own estrogen at fault, but more likely xenoestrogens — the chemical estrogens, environmental hazards such as BPA and BPS — Bisphenol A and S.

However, to add clarity to the estrogen equation that oncologists speak of, the body has two different estrogen receptors, ERα (alpha) and ERβ (beta). ERα has a proliferative effect, and ERβ acts as a negative regulator of ERα in breast cancer cells, counteracting the proliferative effect of estrogens. Importantly, plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) preferentially interact with ERβ and display high specificity toward ERβ transactivation. Phytoestrogens, also known as phytochemicals, are synthesized from plants and vegetables. They show low estrogenic activity or anti-estrogenic activity with anti-proliferative effects that studies show offer nutraceutical alternatives to pharmaceutical anti-hormone therapies for various cancers.[ii]

For the men reading this article (including those with breast cancer), androgens and estrogens also influence the development and progression of prostate cancer. Research shows that phytoestrogens such as soy could be used alone or in conjunction with anti-hormone therapies for prostate cancer to target metabolic pathways involved in androgen and estrogen syntheses and epigenetic modifications of DNA to promote tumor-suppressor genes.[iv]

In a nutshell, phytoestrogens may be useful as substitutes for breast cancer treatments such as tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors, and could be extremely helpful for other hormone-related cancers.

The Role of Phytoestrogens as Replacements for SERMs and Aromatase Inhibitors

It is well-established that many foods and natural products have beneficial effects on ER+ breast cancer as well as other hormone-driven cancers.  Pytoestrogens are structurally similar to our own estrogen, but functionally are weakly estrogenic (weakly mimicking estrogen) or antiestrogenic (blocking estrogens’ effects). They have been researched extensively for their role in the interaction with estrogen receptors. The beauty is that they block the receptors from more volatile estrogens.  As such, they deserve consideration in preventive and therapeutic settings for the intervention of cancer initiation and progression.

Studies show that phytoestrogens may provide an alternative or complementary approach to anti-hormone treatments. For example, 2017 research published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences cited many studies confirming that an important application of phytoestrogens is that they could be used as an alternative to the SERMs.[iii] In general, phytoestrogens act as aromatase inhibitors by decreasing aromatase gene expression and inhibiting the aromatase enzyme.   

Some of the more powerful phytoestrogens include flax and sesame seeds as well as whole soy. 

Flax and sesame seeds have anticancer, breast tumor-reducing effects. Both lignans are metabolized to estrogen-like enterodiol and enterolactone, and reduce cell proliferation and apoptosis.[xiv] While each works a bit differently, both may be useful as an effective adjuvant therapeutic agent against tumor development and progression, and therefore, could be used in the prevention and/or treatment of various types of cancer. Studies show that higher intakes of lignans such as flax and sesame seeds are associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. Flax seed works with tamoxifen to inhibit breast cancer tumor growth, so if you choose to take tamoxifen, know that you can also benefit from flax.  

I have written extensively on the benefits of flax seed, but to recap, a few of the benefits of flax are the following:

  • Decreases cell proliferation rates and inhibits tumor growth in ER+ cancers
  • Decreases angiogenesis (blood supply for tumors) and increases apoptosis (cancer cell death)
  • Influences ER-negative and ER-positive tumors by decreasing insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), HER2 and the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) which supports angiogenesis
  • Reduces growth and metastasis of ER-negative and triple negative breast cancers
  • Favorably influences tumor suppressor genes

For more on flax seed and breast cancer, please read some of my other posts, such as  Demystifying Flaxseed and Estrogen and Flaxseed, Better Than Tamoxifen for Breast Cancer.

Soy: Numerous studies indicate that genistein, the most abundant isoflavone present in soybeans, has anti-proliferative effects on various cancer cells, including prostate, ovarian, and breast. Like other phytoestrogens, genistein interferes with the effects of estradiol by binding to estrogen receptors. This is good as soy may also inhibit inflammation and boost anticancer immune responses, while other estrogens do not. The following are a few key findings of soy[v]:

  • Inhibits NF-kB activity in prostate, breast, lung, and pancreatic cancer cells. Nf-kB plays a crucial role in immune response, inflammation, cell growth and survival.
  • Selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor impeding angiogenesis, a major factor in cancer growth and proliferation. Tyrosine kinases play important roles in cell proliferation, survival, migration and differentiation are often altered in cancer cells, leading to malignancy
  • Induces cancer cell death (apoptosis) in several cancer cell lines, including prostate, ovarian, and breast cancer
  • Modulates EGF (epidermal growth factor) which has been implicated in the development and growth of many types of cancer cells
  • Long-term consumption seems to result in a decreased response to stimulation by estradiol[vi]

Please note that soy consumption is somewhat controversial. Please work with your coach or medical professional to see if soy consumption is right for you.

More Notable Phytoestrogens                                                                            parsley root

  • Apigenin is a natural flavonoid commonly found in fruits and vegetables such as parsley, celery, thyme, chamomile tea, and oranges. The chemical structure of apigenin is similar to estrogen and as such it mimics estrogen. 2107 research indicates that phytoestrogens such as apigenin and resveratrol have the therapeutic potential act like SERMs and could be considered in the development of therapeutics for breast cancer and brain disease.[vii] Extensive studies show that apigenin has potent antioxidant and anticancer activities in ER-positive and ER-negative breast cancer. Apigenin also inhibits proteasome, which certain cancer cells need for survival. By inhibiting proteasome, phytoestrogens such as apigenin induce apoptosis in prostate, breast, and many other cancer cell lines.[viii]
  • Pau d’ Arco exhibits selective anti-proliferative effects in carcinoma cell lines. A study performed at the Strang Cancer Prevention Center in New York found that the anti-proliferative effects of herbal medicines such as pau d’arco may correlate with down-regulated estrogen responsive genes and up-regulated apoptosis-specific genes. The researchers believe their data validates the need to prioritize efficacious herbal medicines and concluded that phytoestrogens such as pau d’arco may provide an alternative or complementary approach to endocrine therapy for breast cancer.[ix] Read more
  • Broccoli: The sulforaphane in broccoli (particularly in broccoli seeds and sprouts) has been found to inhibit proliferation and down-regulates hormone receptor expression in MCF-7 cells. Sulforaphane also passes the blood brain barrier and targets cancer stem cells. If you cannot find sprouts locally, I recommend a supplement.sprouts
  • Luteolin and Naringenin: Flavonoids, especially flavones such as luteolin and flavanones such as naringenin are potent aromatase inhibitors. [x] Luteolin has also been found to down-regulate aromatase gene expression. Luteolin is found in celery, thyme and chamomile tea. Some rich sources of naringenin include bergamot, grapefruit, tomatoes, and tart cherries.
  • Quercetin, found in abundance in food sources such as apples, onions, tea, and red wine, has been reported to have strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anticancer effects. It has the ability bind at high affinity to estrogen receptors, resulting in inhibition of estrogen-regulated cell growth and proliferation[xi]
  • Hesperetin, found in citrus fruits and essentials oils, exerts it anticancer actions by inhibiting cell proliferation, inducing apoptosis, and by regulating aromatase activity and oxidative stress. Although hesperetin is unable to bind to ERs, it is effective in inhibiting cell proliferation of ER+ breast cancer and dramatically decreasing tumor size and other actions. Hesperetin has also been found to reduce serum estrogen levels and down-regulate estrogen target genes and estrogen metabolism-related genes.[xii]. Try putting a drop or two of lemon essential oil in your water, or grating the peel of an organic lemon.
  • Black seed contains thymoquinone, a phytochemical compound found in plant Nigella sativa. It has been found to initiate apoptosis, improve estrogen metabolism, and regulate signally pathways in breast cancer.
  • Vitamin E inhibits cell proliferation, down-regulates the expression of ERα, ERβ, COX-2, and serum estrogen levels (should always be mixed tocopherols, not just d-alpha.
  • Red Clover binds to estrogen receptors, inhibits cell proliferation, and initiates apoptosis in ER+ breast cancer cells.
  • Ellagic acid, a dietary flavonoid present in berries, grapes, pomegranates, and nuts, inhibits cell proliferation and promotes apoptosis in ER+ breast cancer cells.
  • Eugenol, a compound found in clove oil, inhibits cell proliferation and initiates cancer cell death in both ER+ and ER- breast cancers. Excitingly, one study done in Indonesia found that eugenol  is a potent ERa antagonist. The researchers indicate that not only does it work just like tamoxifen, but it may actually work even better.
  • This list is  not inclusive: There are many more powerful phytoestrogens. For more cancer-fighting alternatives to pharmaceuticals, please read my articles on Natural Alternatives to Aromatase Inhibitors and Natural Alternatives to Tamoxifen.

Phytoestrogens can be our friends, but know that herbs are powerful. I have no concerns with food-based phytos, but do take care with extracts. They are best rotated so as to maximize benefits, reduce the chances of resistance, and avoid interactions. Drugs, of course, are often even more dangerous, yet are routinely prescribed.

                               Trust me, I’m a doctor” Peter Gøtsche

I interviewed Peter Gøtsche, author of Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime, on my radio show a few years back. Amazing man, whose controversial views have since gotten him tossed from the Cochrane Collaboration, which he co-founded. Sadly, there are many who wish to silence the voices who speak against Big Pharma.

Like me, Gøtsche worries that most people let their doctors make the decisions for them, but the evidence tells us that we should be cautious. He is a strong advocate for the avoidance of drugs and while not against medical interventions, believes one can not just blindly follow the orders of the medical community.

Notably, there is tremendous variability in the metabolic processing of phytoestrogens and pharmacological drugs, thus establishing the difficulty and complexity of this topic. The bottom line is that it extremely important that one understand that it may not make logical sense to attempt to poison one’s way back to health. Certainly drug therapies have worked for many. That said, NO ONE was every born tamoxifen or AI deficient, but over time we may become estrogen dominant, increasing our risk for cancer. It behooves us all to do our research and decide for ourselves whether drugs or holistic remedies are best, or even a combination of both.  

Estrogen plays many important roles in humans, so it may not make sense to arbitrarily take it away. If you are estrogen dominant (meaning out of balance with progesterone), you may want to consider a bio-identical progesterone cream (I like that one as it is paraben-free, soy-free, and Non GMO).

Read Part I of this article HERE.

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Life is a journey, just be sure that journey is on-course for a healthy life.

In your everlasting good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150res for PrueElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make healthier, less-toxic choices for their healing. She emphasizes the importance of not just surviving cancer, but surviving well and reducing the risk of recurrence. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in-person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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[i] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5535874/; Notably, there are numerous  crsos-references cited in this article that support the use of phytoestogens as nutraceutical anti-hormone therapies for various cancers.

[ii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5535874/

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5535874/; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4699002/

[iv] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27194038; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5535874

[v] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5535874/#B61-ijms-18-01381; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5535874/

[vi] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8625449

[vii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28396216; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5033666/

[viii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26771497; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25408199

[ix] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19578798

[x] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21741436

[xi] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4203161/#b9

[xii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5535874

[xiii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26614455

[xiv] https://elynjacobs.com/2016/02/28/flaxseed-better-than-tamoxifen-for-breast-cancer/; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29032105; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22136581

 

Pau d’arco for Breast, Prostate, Colon, and Other Cancers

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Alternatives to Anti-Hormone Therapy For Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Tamoxifen, antioxidants, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer Coach, chemotherapy, CLA and Cancer, colon cancer, Epstein-Barr Virus, Estrogen, Estrogen and Breast Cancer, foods that target cancer stem cells, Healing Cancer Naturally, inflammation, prostate cancer, SERMS, supplements that target cancer stem cells, Tamoxifen, Uncategorized on November 1, 2019 at 8:56 am

Pau d’arco, also known as Taheebo, is extracted from the inner bark of several species of Tabebuia trees that grow in Central and South America. The medicinal uses of Pau d’arco (PDA) date back to 1873.  PDA has been used in South America to treat a wide range of conditions, including pain, ulcers, arthritis, fever, prostatitis, Candida, osteoarthritis, cough, influenza, herpes, diabetes, ulcers, warts, infections, allergies, and even cancer, particularly cancers of the breast, colon, lung, prostate, and malignant melanoma.

What the Docs Have to Say

Dr. James Duke of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Dr. Norman Fransworth of the University of Illinois have reported PDA contains active substances (such as β-lapachone and lapacho) found to be highly effective against various cancers. Dr Paulo Martin, a Brazilian medical researcher, reported that PDA has powerful antibiotic, virus and cancer-killing properties.[i] The late integrative oncologist Dr. Mitch Gaynor also used Pau d’arco with his cancer patients.

What the Studies Say

Scientists have discovered that compounds in PDA called naphthoquinones (mainly lapachol and beta-lapachone) are the reason for these impressive healing abilities. PDA also contains a significant amount of the antioxidant quercetin, which has been found to inhibit growth of cancer cells, including cancer stem cells. Some of the exciting cancer research on PDA:

  • Exhibits selective anti-proliferative effects in carcinoma cell lines, including ER+MCF-7 breast cancer cells[ii]
  • Inhibits the growth of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer cells and activates cancer-fighting genes[iii]
  • May block estrogen receptors [much like the SERM tamoxifen] as it is a powerful phytoestrogen [iv]
  • Effective against some bacteria, fungi, viruses (including Epstein Barr), and parasites that may be involved in cancerous processes
  • Induces cell death in prostate cancer lines[v]
  • Induces apoptosis independent of P53 expression; notably, over-expression of bcl2, a contributor for a number of cancers – including melanoma, breast, prostate, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and lung cancer, does not appear to inhibit the  B-lapachone in PDA[vi]
  • Inhibits angiogenesis, the ability of tumors to make new blood vessels in prostate and other cancers[vii]
  • Suppresses the growth and angiogenesis of lung cancer[viii]
  • Inhibits the growth of cancer in a wide range of cancers, such as breast, prostate, cervical, liver, lung, and colon* (see Quercetin below)
  • Appears to increase the effectiveness of chemo and decreases side effects

Research also shows that the lapachol in PDA may have the ability to stimulate the production of red blood cells in bone marrow, which could be helpful for those with low red blood cell counts (RBC). Pau d’arco is also thought to eliminate toxins in the body and purify the blood.

Enjoy Pau d’arco tea, tincture or capsules. Another good tincture is Pau D’ Arco Plus, which also contains dandelion and red clover. Use of PDA during pregnancy is not advised. A potent herb, PDA should be cycled – meaning a few weeks on and then take a break for a few weeks – or swapped out for another cancer-fighting herb. This is especially important for those taking drugs or herbs that thin the blood or for Candida, as resistant strains of Candida can develop.

Please also read my related published articles:

*Potential Therapeutic Effects of Phytochemicals and Medicinal Herbs for Cancer Prevention and Treatment  Contains a discussion on the powerful anticancer effects of quercetin.

Etiology of Chronic Disease: A Discussion on Epstein-Barr Virus

Spotlight on CLA, a Cancer-Fighting Fatty Acid: CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is a fatty acid found in grass-fed meats and dairy products, but can also be taken in supplement form.  CLA suppresses the development of cancer at various levels. CLA has been shown to decrease skin, liver, and colon cancer. Activating protein-1 (AP-1) is one of the main promoters of colon and breast cancer, but it is blocked by CLA (licorice root and rosemary-fresh or essential oil also do this). Human abdominal, breast, and axillary fat have the ability to convert androgens into estrogens. Some studies show CLA helps rid the body of belly fat and may modulate immune and inflammatory responses.

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In your good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150res for PrueElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make healthier, less-toxic choices for their healing. She emphasizes the importance of not just surviving cancer, but surviving well and reducing the risk of recurrence. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in-person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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[i] https://books.google.com/books?id=RIydBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA120&lpg=PA120&dq=dr+norman+farnsworth+pau+d%27arco&source=bl&ots=ZqFrjj9sQr&sig=

[ii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19578798; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25891355

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19578798

[iv]  http://www.ndhealthfacts.org/wiki/Phytoestrogen

[v] https://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/55/17/3712.short; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27048660; http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/pharmacy/currentstudents/OnCampusPharmDStudents/ExperientialProgram/Documents/nutr_monographs/Monograph-pau_darco.pdf

[vi] https://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/55/17/3712.short

[vii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27048660

[viii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27048660

Daily Consumption of Flavonoid-Rich Foods Protects Against Cancer and Heart Disease

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, antioxidants, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cell Phones, chemotherapy, EMF's, EMFs and Health Risks, Radiation, Uncategorized on October 28, 2019 at 7:01 pm

Recent research conducted at Edith Cowan University found that people who eat moderate to high amounts of flavonoid-rich foods are less likely to die from cancer or heart disease.[i]

blueberries and walnutsFlavonoids are one of the reasons why it is so important to consume a diet full of colorful vegetables and fruits. (They also improve the efficacy of chemo and help protect you during radiation). As reported at the 2012 Integrative Healthcare Symposium in New York City by Dr Lise Alschuler, ND., F.A.B.N.O., and author of The Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer: A Five-Step Integrative Plan to Reduce the Risk of Recurrence and Build Lifelong Healthflavonoids exert antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune modulating, hormone balancing, blood sugar stabilizing, and cancer preventive effects. Importantly, you need to eat them every meal, as the effects only last for about 1-4 hours.

Flavonoids have also been shown to interrupt the inflammatory cascade initiated by EMF and Cellular Radiation Exposure. This is especially important with the rollout of 5G. (You may wish to read my article What You Need to Know About 5G: It’s Here!)

The dramatic results in the Edwith Cowan Study seem to be the strongest for those who drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, both of which increase inflammation and damage blood vessels.  The best thing one can do is to quit smoking, limit alcohol, and consume a wide variety of flavonoid-rich foods daily. Studies show that smokers who eat plenty of vegetables and drink tea and red wine (but limit that too) substantially reduce their risk for cancer.  So, while you are trying to quit smoking, have some broccoli or a glass of wine with that cigarette.  However, this does not give you permission to continue smoking. If you drink alcohol regularly, please know there are some things that help mitigate the damages of alcohol consumption (but again, work on reducing consumption).

The Institute for Natural Healing provides the following recap for the Edith Cowan University study:

Dr. Nicola Bondonno, the lead researcher in the study, recommends this combination of flavonoid-rich foods and drinks in a daily diet:

  • One cup of green tea (not decaf)    apples
  • One orange
  • One apple
  • 3 ½ ounces of blueberries
  • 3 ½ ounces of broccoli (or a small handful of broccoli sprouts)

Combined, they provide a wide range of different flavonoid compounds and over 500 mg of total flavonoids. The study found that people who consumed around 500 mg of flavonoids daily had the lowest cancer and heart disease risk.

It can get monotonous to eat the same foods every day. The following are more food choices, grouped by the type of flavonoids they contain. Choose one or two from each type to eat daily for maximum benefits:

  • Flavonones: Grapefruits, lemons, tomatoes
  • Anthocyanidins: Strawberries, pears, cabbage, garbanzo beans, cherries, red wine
  • Flavones: Hot peppers, celery, watermelon, parsley, cantaloupe
  • Flavonols: Romaine lettuce, almonds, quinoa, sweet potatoes
  • Flavanols: Dark chocolate, fava beans, grapes, white tea

broccoli-sproutsThe bottom line is it is beneficial for everyone to eat copious amounts of flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables daily, and to consume a wide variety.

 

For more information on cancer-fighting foods and herbs, please read my article published in the Archives of General Internal Medicine,Potential Therapeutic Effects of Phytochemicals and Medicinal Herbs for Cancer Prevention and Treatment”.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING EMF RADIATION: While flavonoids are radio-protective, it is important to do more to protect our body parts.  Many people carry their phones in their pockets or place laptops on their laps (interestingly, the fine print on these devices recommends you not do this). There has been an alarming trend over the past fifty years showing rapidly declining fertility rates, often attributed to lower sperm counts and damage to female reproductive organs from EMF exposure near private parts. Further, people who wear their cell phones on their belt often have reduced bone mineral density. Other studies show that high doses of ionizing radiation can lead to bone marrow suppression and failure. Radiation- induced cancer is on the run. Teenagers and young adults are particularly at risk. 

lambsFor a limited time, receive a 15% discount on Lambs radio-protective underwear with this LINK and the code ElynJacobs. For more radio-protective recommendations, please read my articles on 5G and radio-protectors.

 

 

This information is for educational and purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4005928/

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-03-cell-exposure-bone-weakening.html

In your good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150res for PrueElyn Jacobs is a 12-year breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make healthier, less-toxic choices for their healing. She emphasizes the importance of not just surviving cancer, but surviving well and reducing the risk of recurrence. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in-person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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[i] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190813080204.htm