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Epstein-Barr Virus and it’s Connection to Cancer, Autoimmune, and other Chronic Diseases

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, autoimmune, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cell Phones, EMFs and Health Risks, Epstein-Barr Virus, Uncategorized on June 18, 2018 at 4:47 am

Recently published in the Journal of Cancer Biology and Treatment was my article Etiology of Chronic Disease: A Discussion on Epstein-Barr VirusOver the past two years I have made Epstein-Barr (EBV) my pet-project, so to speak, as it is becoming all too clear of the role of viruses such EBV in the development and progression of cancer, autoimmune, and many other disorders.

Epstein-Barr Virus is a common herpetic virus and is one of the most common and prolific viral infections in humans. It can first present as chicken pox, mono, cold sores, or with no noticeable symptoms and can stay in the body forever. Over 95% of adults carry this virus, and most children are infected as well. Chronic disease is the clinical manifestation of primary infection with Epstein-Barr virus. Infection from EBV is often asymptomatic. Once the virus inserts itself into immune B cells, it reprograms them, effectively evading programmed cell death and escaping recognition and destruction by cytotoxic T cells. EBV can manifest in a range of pathologies including various cancers, Infectious Mononucleosis (IM), autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid disease, Meiners disease, type 1 diabetes, Lyme disease, and numerous other conditions.

Deactivation of the virus is critical. New antiviral therapies and an effective EBV vaccine might protect against the wide range of pathologies generated from infection and reactivation, but could come with significant side effects. Dendritic cell therapy and ozone therapy may also be effective and have been used in many clinics. More research needs to be done in these areas, especially to make them available to the general population. However, natural strategies aimed at deactivating the virus and preventing re-activation must be emphasized and public awareness increased, particularly among those diagnosed with a chronic disease. Holistic solutions currently available are high dose vitamin C and D therapies as well as antiviral agents such as olive leaf extract, quercetin, licorice root, coconut, astragalus, bee propolis, lysine zinc, and many other substances. Herbs are powerful medicine and should not be taken without care and guidance. Importantly, EBV and other viruses are often triggered by emotional stress, so reducing day to day stress as well as resolving past traumas may be helpful.

EBV is not the only virus associated with cancer and other diseases. However, following an antiviral strategy is likely to be effective for many other viral conditions.

Note: EMF exposure from cell phones, laptops, hair dryers, baby monitors, and other devices is believed to trigger reactivation of EBV, perhaps because EMFs disrupt the way our cells function and clog detoxification pathways in the body. Please read my articles for suggestions on reducing risk.

The referenced journal article was published in the Journal of Cancer Biology and Treatment. Citation: Jacobs E (2018) Etiology of Chronic Disease: A Discussion on Epstein-Barr Virus. J Cancer Biol Treat 5: 014.

In your good health,

Elyn

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

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Elyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. 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. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person.

 

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo anti-hormone therapy. It 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 and make your own decisions.  The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Doctors Suggest Less Chemo and Other Harmful Cancer Drugs: My Review

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Uncategorized on June 6, 2018 at 10:05 am

The following is my review of the news-blast of the new landmark study that suggests less chemo, Herceptin, and surgery for some cancer patients and admits that many cancer patients receiving have been receiving chemotherapy unnecessarily. Results were discussed at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago and published by the New England Journal of Medicine ( the WSJ , NYP, and most newswires and publications covered the story).

First, it is about time. That said, we have known this for a long time. DOCTORS have known this for a long time. But cancer is big business and an ego business. However, to be clear, these studies were not necessarily done to protect patients from the damages of cancer drugs. The issue was cost, while acknowledging patients can be spared the life-threatening and quality of life-threatening side effects of these treatments. The studies were federally funded, which is great as there is no way a drug company would run a study that could impact their business. Of course, one was funded by Pfizer, but that was to push the drug Sutent over surgical removal of the kidney, so there was a financial interest for them.  However, what these studies have in common is a potential reduction in overall medical costs. This is a good thing! But, don’t for a minute think they are doing this to save your skin. Nothing was mentioned about forgoing cancer drugs while simultaneously requiring insurance companies (and Medicare) to cover well-care.  A well-care program would make holistic therapies and dietary supplements more affordable to the masses. It would allow people to improve health and to address the cause of their cancer, which is not a tamoxifen, Herceptin, or chemo deficiency.

By helping people to change the cancer environment within their bodies, we really CAN lower medical costs and save lives. While that is a story for another day, what annoys me about this sudden revelation of less drugs is that we really have known for many years that drugs are toxic to the body and are not particularly curative. They may kill some of the cancer at hand but do nothing to heal the body and prevent the cancer from coming back. In many cases, they make cancer more aggressive, not to mention do serious collateral damage to the body.

But back to WE KNEW:

I reported back in 2013 that lead doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in NYC presented on the failure of chemotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer and melanoma. They said they were seeking funds to find new drugs that work. Yet they have still been recommending these failed treatments (certainly for breast cancer) since that revelation. Why? Because they won’t admit to patients that they have no viable tools in their toolbox (and perhaps still need to make money?) I also want to believe that they have significantly scaled back on drug therapies, which is likely the case. I am not singling out MSKCC. I have to believe most cancer centers have seen their patients return with recurrent and metastatic disease after the failure of chemo. It just bugs me that drugs are still at the forefront for cancer treatment. Further, the lack of true integrative oncology in many cancer centers is nothing short of horrifying. Integrative oncology methods improve survival and help mitigate side effects, yet are resisted by many conventional oncologists — even at centers that boast of an integrative department. But that too is a discussion for another day.

Knowing the ineffectiveness of chemo, drug companies have been working hard on new drugs. These new immune-oncology drugs are supposed to extend lives by years, rather than months, but do not offer a cure. In particular, an agreement between Ziopharm Oncology and MD Anderson Cancer Center commenced work on combination drugs they then found could shrink tumors about 30% of the time, but safety studies have not been completed. However, we know that tumor shrinkage does not correlate with survival and combining drugs means additional side effects to the patient. That very topic was part of the MSKCC discussion in 2013, that single drug therapies do not work so doctors were looking at consecutive therapies to get better results, but the effects were too toxic. Yet, new combo treatments are doing just that.  Of course, oncologists are so used to the heavy toxicity of their treatments and the damages they do that it doesn’t seem to concern many of them. But on to the discussion at hand. This hot-off-the-press revelation that chemo is toxic and not helpful for many is old news. But the results from these studies are noteworthy—there was only a 1% risk reduction for a certain group studied who added chemo to their treatment plan.  1% for all that damage. Clearly doctors have been over-treating patients for a long time. The researchers make mention of the OncotypeDX test that can help determine which patients would or would not benefit from chemo. Notably, they make no mention of testing patients to see if they can even tolerate cancer drugs, something that is not uncommon.

Herceptin, another toxic cancer drug that damages the heart, was previously given for 12 months while the new study found 6 months had the same efficacy.  A median follow-up of more than 5 years showed the 4-year disease-free survival rate was 89.4% for women assigned to 6 months of treatment and 89.8% for women assigned to a 12-month duration—a difference of only 0.4%. Perhaps they will now do a new study showing 0 months would be just as effective.

Doctors know that in many cases drug therapy is not needed, but as it has been the Standard of Care (SOC), they must prescribe it. Now that the SOC is proving to be too expensive, the government is looking to curb usage.  Smart move but know that your health is not really on their minds.  Many fear a backlash from drug companies who may raise rates to make up for lost sales. Good luck there—insurance companies will balk and then people may finally be able to get less toxic holistic treatments covered in lieu of costly drugs (okay, maybe I am too optimistic).

Conclusion

The present state of cancer chemotherapy is unsatisfactory. New cancer drugs continue to be developed and approved on the basis of marginal improvements in survival at an unsustainable high financial cost, many of which will later prove to have been ineffective. Personally I would not accept any drug that has not been proven in patients, not trials, to be effective and safe for at least 10 years. If any side effects or lack of efficacy present in those ten years, I would wait another ten years to see the follow up results, as well as more studies that show dismal efficacy for other subgroups of patients. Of course, that strategy of waiting does not work well for obvious reasons, but clearly one must be careful and explore all options, including ‘alternative’ options. For those with late stage or seemingly untreatable cancers, taking a chance on an drug is a different story.

It would seem more rational for cancer strategists to investigate less-conventional treatments currently being used by many to heal from their cancer.  However, the lack of financial reward and tainted association with alternative medicine could dissuade conventional investigators and funding agencies from seriously considering holistic alternatives. At present, few cancer clinical trials of holistic treatments are being conducted. Even if serious interest in funding and carrying out large, formal clinical trials were to develop, data are lacking as to which cancers and chemotherapy regimens to focus on.

Safe, low-cost therapies are underutilized, owing to the absence of randomized controlled trials, the current disinclination of medical journals to publish case reports, and increasing pressures on clinicians to follow the “standard of care.” A methodical evaluation of the effectiveness of such therapies is long overdue.

I am not saying there is never a reason to offer chemo. What I am saying is that the SOC must include the option for less toxic and less expensive remedies for cancer. Holistic treatments have had gratifying results on cancer patients for many, many years despite a lack of clinical trials and published results. Even in the absence of conclusive studies, clinicians should consider using non-toxic therapies, especially for those patients adverse to conventional medicine.  Because the effect seems to be substantial, a small series of cases should enable the clinician to judge whether the effort and expense is worthwhile. If a clinician keeps a running tabulation of patient outcomes, future patients can be told what percentage of patients can expect relief from various treatments and make their decisions accordingly.

The cancer world is not going to change because of my comments, but given the attention these new studies are getting, I felt some commentary could be helpful. My suggestion is to ask, inquire, and DEMAND proof that a recommended toxic treatment will work. Thing is, there is no proof, and moreover, killing the ants will not get to the nest. It is imperative to address the reason for the cancer and not just stomp on the symptoms.

ps…sorry for the rambling 🙂 and this is not meant to be controversial. I respect the choices of all and know that there are many paths for healing. Most importantly, there is no one path that works for everyone.

Elyn

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

ej portrait 150resElyn 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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What to Do if You Have Low Estrogen Levels and Your Doctor Prescribes an Aromatase Inhibitor

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, Boosting Estrogen, BPA and breast cancer, Breast Cancer, Natural Aromatase Inhibitors, Uncategorized on May 17, 2018 at 9:00 am

Despite the fact that estrogen is essential for both quality and quantity of life, aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are regularly prescribed to most post-menopausal women with estrogen-sensitive breast cancer — even if they have low estrogen levels. AIs are associated with numerous life-challenging issues such as heart damage, osteoporosis, musculoskeletal symptoms, and increased risk of bone fracture. AI treatment reduces nearly all circulating estrogen which exacerbates post-menopausal symptoms and increases mortality.

Most of my post-menopause clients have VERY LOW ESTROGEN LEVELS. This is important to note as the last thing they need is even lower estrogen levels. Many, in fact, have low estrogen across the board (meaning the pro-cancer as well as protective estrogens). Often they have low progesterone as well, so their hormones are actually in balance, offering protection against breast cancer.  (While progesterone, in most cases, is protective, it is good to be balanced). However, low hormone levels leave these women with unpleasant symptoms and an increased risk of debilitating and life-threatening issues. Plus, when I look further at their labs they often even have favorable estrogen metabolism, which is also associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. (More on estrogen metabolism in a pending post). It simply makes no sense to block the production of estrogen in most post-menopausal women even if they have breast cancer. (For more information on why aromatase inhibitors may not be right for you, please read: Why You May Want to Reconsider Estrogen-Blocking Aromatase Inhibitors and Tamoxifen).

So, what can you do if you have estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer? First of all, it is important to resolve the real reason for the cancer. Estrogen may feed it, but does not really cause it. Environmental toxins, emotional trauma, and viruses such as Epstein-Barr are some of the most common triggers. Lowering estrogen with a harmful drug will not resolve any of these issues and may be detrimental to your health. If you have high estrogen, there are natural alternatives to AIs; please read: Natural Alternatives to Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer. If you have low estrogen or even if you don’t, read on:

Estrogen is Essential

We need estrogen for aiding in the prevention of heart disease and for strong, healthy bones. In fact, estrogen is essential to the health of all parts of your body, from your eyes to your heart to your brain to everywhere else.  Estrogen also increases insulin sensitivity and is protective against diabetes.

In general, estrogens are not always bad, and some are even protective, particularly Estriol (E3).  True, Estradiol (E2) can stimulate cancer cell proliferation, but not when opposed by sufficient progesterone. Keeping one’s progesterone levels up will offset your own more aggressive Estradiol. Sad that most doctors do not order hormone panels prior to subjecting patients to aromatase inhibitors.

Xenoestrogens (chemical estrogens), however,  should always be avoided. Xenoestrogens are chemicals that mimic natural estrogen compounds. They are close enough in molecular structure to estrogen that they can bind to estrogen receptor sites and stimulate proliferation of human breast cancer cells. Some examples of xenoestrogens are BPA (bisphenol A), found in plastics, paper products, cash register receipts, plant pesticides, and can linings, and parabens, which are found in many personal care products, cleaning products, and scented candles.

Boosting Estrogen

If you have low estrogen and would like to increase it, consider consuming more flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and other phytoestrogens (plant estrogens). Phytoestrogens are plant derivatives that have a similar structure to estrogen and can bind to the estrogen receptor sites. They are weaker endogenous estrogens and, through competitive inhibition, can prevent the receptor binding of more potent estrogens. These will not raise your risk of breast cancer, and can actually lower it.

Importantly, research conducted by the Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University indicated that eating plant-based foods that contain phytoestrogens may  help women raise estrogen levels, relieving symptoms of low estrogen.[i]

herbs Estrogen

The increased cancer risk associated with anti-hormone therapies has encouraged many women to seek non-hormonal alternatives. Many foods, such as herbs, grains, vegetables and fruits provide compounds with estrogen-like effects.  Below is a list of some plant-estrogens you may wish to add to your diet:

  • Seeds such as flax, pumpkin, poppy, sunflower, and sesame
  • Apricots, oranges, strawberries, peaches, many dried fruits
  • Yams, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, kale, celery
  • Soy foods such as tempeh, tofu, miso soup, and soy yogurt (all soy should be organic and with no sugar added).
  • Dark rye bread
  • Lentils, peas, lima beans, pinto beans
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Chickpeas
  • Fresh herbs, such as parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
  • Licorice root*

 

Here’s what you really need to know. Estrogenic cancers can be managed with a sensible diet and lifestyle changes. Drugs are not necessary to manage estrogen, and in fact will often fail for many reasons, as addressed in the links below. What women with breast cancer are rarely told is that in lieu of taking harmful medication (which creates its own set of problems and serious side effects), they can adapt diet and lifestyle strategies which can effectively reduce high levels of the antagonistic estrogen, estradiol.

If you still suffer from low-estrogen symptoms despite a change in diet or other lifestyle activities, then you may want to consider bio-identical hormones or an inexpensive paraben-free estriol cream.

*I want to highlight one phytoestrogen that seems to worry many women with breast cancer–licorice root. There is no cause for alarm. In fact, licorice root has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antiangiogenetic (meaning it inhibits cancer cells from generating their own blood vessels), and other anti-cancer properties. Licorice root is toxic to human cancer cells, but not to healthy cells. It also promotes an increase in progesterone by inhibiting the enzyme necessary for its breakdown, which helps to block the cancerous activity of estradiol, the most potent form of estrogen created within the body. Further, it is an adaptogenic herb, so if your estrogen is too low, it will increase it, and if it is too high, it will bring it down.  Licorice root tea is a delicious way to enjoy this herb. It is not advised to take licorice root during pregnancy or for those with high blood pressure, or for extended periods of time unless under the direction of a professional. Use of any medicinal herb should always be done under the direction of a knowledgeable physician or professional.

You may also wish to read:

Why You May Want to Reconsider Estrogen-Blocking Aromatase Inhibitors and Tamoxifen

Natural Alternatives to Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer

Vitamin D Better than Aromatase Inhibitors

Natural Alternatives to Tamoxifen

Natural Alternative to Aromatase Inhibitors

Why Aromatase Inhibitors Fail Women

You may wish to read my articles on flaxseed:

Demystifying Flaxseed and Estrogen 

Flaxseed: Better Than Tamoxifen for Breast Cancer

Flaxseed: The Anti-Cancer Power Seed

To read about one of the major contributors to most cancers, please read this article on Epstein-Barr and Cancer.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo anti-hormone therapy. It 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 and make your own decisions.  The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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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[i] https://www.aao.org/eyenet/article/watch-ocular-effects-of-breast-cancer-drugs

[i] http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/lignans

Why EMF Exposure is a BIG DEAL

In Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cell Phones, EMFs and Health Risks, Fertility and Sperm Counts, Radiation, Uncategorized on March 18, 2018 at 10:25 am

Like it or not, exposure to health-challenging radiation is part of our lives these days. There is now little doubt that prolonged exposure to high levels of EMFs can affect our health. What researchers are trying to determine is just how severe the cumulative effects of EMFs are on our health.

Numerous studies show that mobile phone radiation causes brain tumors and should be classified as a probable human carcinogen.[i] There has also been an alarming trend over that past fifty years showing rapidly declining fertility rates. Many researchers attribute this in part to lower sperm counts from EMF exposure. EMFs have been linked to everything from eye and ear pain, impaired vision and hearing, and neurological symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, memory and concentration difficulties, insomnia, depression, and anxiety.

Sources of EMF Exposure:

hair dryer bio dotMost everyone these days knows that routine medical tests such as mammograms, CT, PET scans, and cellphones subject the body to significant doses of radiation. Even a mere trip to the dentist can result in a hefty dose.  But did you know that flying at high altitudes, sitting in front of a computer screen, placing a laptop on your lap, using a clock radio near your bed, using a cordless phone, blow-drying your hair—all of these seemingly innocuous activities are fraught with danger.

EMFs aren’t going anywhere. We need to begin to think seriously about how to find safe ways to use all of our electronics. Importantly, new 5G cellular technology in cell phones will have put the population at increased risk for many serious health problems with its ultra-high microwave frequencies. They use higher frequency bands than previously thought possible, increasing the health risks.

A Few Key Points and Studies:

  • Exposure to radiofrequency energy from mobile phones held next to the ear is associated with an increased incidence of brain cancers such as malignant gliomas
  • A strong correlation has also been found in women who tend to carry their cell phones in their bras with a high incidence of breast cancer in the area closest to the phone—many have reported the area of concern to ‘copy’ the form of the phone
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that, “electromagnetic fields produced by mobile phones are possible carcinogenic to humans. A very recent study suggested that wireless transmitting devices (WTDs)–mobile phones, cordless phones, mobile phone-based stations, and Wi-Fi routers–be classified as a “probable human carcinogen”[ii]
  • EMFs from laptops directly impact DNA in reproductive organs and tissues, especially since there is no bone to protect this fragile area that houses the ovum or testicles[iii]
  • A 2014 study revealed that use of cell phones decreases human sperm mobility and increases sperm DNA fragmentation[iv]
  • A 2007 U.S. study found that the use of cell phones reduces the sperm count, motility, viability, and normal morphology of sperm in men[v]
  • A 2009 study confirmed that cell phone radiation leads to oxidative stress in human semen and that keeping a cell phone in pockets around the area of the genitalia can negatively impact male fertility[vi]
  • A 2102 study determined that laptops should be renamed as when these mobile devices are used on one’s lap, adverse health effects to adults and significant harm to a child in the womb can occur. [vii]
  • A 2014 study found that use of a laptop connected to internet through WiFi decreases human sperm motility and increases sperm DNA fragmentation.[viii]
  • A recent 25 million-dollar government study by the National Toxicology Program has concluded that wireless radiation causes cancer

 What You Can Do to Lower Risk

First and foremost, it is extremely important to lower our exposure to these risks by keeping a distance from harmful devices. Also key is limiting the strength and length of time we are exposed to EMFs. It is recommended to eat a diet high in antioxidant-rich foods in order to minimize the adverse effects of EMFs. Dietary iodine helps to reduce the effects of radiation.

For those interested in fathering children, it would be best to avoid storing your cell phone in your pants pocket or putting that laptop on your lap (if you read the fine print, manufacturers warn about the dangers, likely as they see lawsuits on the horizon).

Some of the best ways to protect yourself from the negative impacts of EMFs are:

  • Reduce the time you are exposed to EMFs
  • Create distance between you and your electrical devices—keep routers, especially, in another room
  • Try not to put a cell phone directly to your head, in your bra, on your hip, or in your pocket. If you do store your cell phone against your body, try to limit how much time you do so and use protective devices
  • Use speaker phones or radiation-free headset devices for listening privately
  • Turn cell phones, tablets, and laptops on airplane mode whenever you can
  • Turn off Wi-Fi and use ethernet cables to wire your devices to the internet
  • Eat a diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables and other foods rich in antioxidants
  • Eat iodine-rich foods such as watercress, kale, kelp, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. An iodine supplement can also be helpful.

As time goes on, there will likely be more and more conclusive studies emerge about the effects of devices such as headphones, laptops, cellphones, and WiFi upon human health. To me, there are enough studies –you don’t have to wait for the damage to be done.

Recommended Devices (that I love):

BIO-SMART-DUO

Energy Dots —The duo pack bioDOT-smartDOT  includes a self-adhesive bioDOT and a self-adhesive smartDOT.  Wear the bioDOT to strengthen and support your energy.  Stick the smartDOT to your mobile device (or hairdryer, as pictured above) to re-tune the toxic emissions.  Use the two to protect yourself from radiation and increase your energy levels. Use this link and the code energy10 for 10% off all products.

Vibes Up Earth Grounding, EMF Protection and Sleep Aids (they have an excellent selection of remedies for sleep and EMFs).

EMF Detector (There are more expensive versions, for my needs, this works great)

This post has been updated to include an additional option for EMF protection.

Aires Shield series devices were designed to be used with small devices such as cell phones, cordless phones, tablets, and baby monitors.  Aires Defender product range includes devices that provide universal protection for the human body. These devices are designed as personal protectors, which are worn by the individual. Utilizing the full range of devices will help you reduce the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation that are impacting your health today. Right now AiresTech has a 30% off sale going on. Once this sale is over, enter the code elyn10 to get get 10% off.

 For More Information:

Are Your Headphones An EMF Health Risk?

How to Protect Yourself From EMF Radiation

Can Cell Phones Cause Cancer, Infertility; Are Our Children at Risk?

 Podcasts:

Dr Devra Lee Davis, PhD MPH shares with us the truth about cell phone radiation, what the industry has done to hide it, and how to protect your family: http://hipcast.com/podcast/HNqVpywQ

Lloyd Burrell talks about EMF’s and Your Health:  http://hipcast.com/podcast/Hr4YrrWs

[i] International Journal of Oncology, 46(5): 1865-1871. Morgan LL, Miller AB, Sasco A, Davis DL (2015); https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/electromagnetic-fields-fact-sheet

[ii] International Journal of Oncology, 46(5): 1865-1871. Morgan LL, Miller AB, Sasco A, Davis DL (2015)

[iii] http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(11)02678-1/abstract

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

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

[vi] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19578660

[vii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22315933

[viii] http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(11)02678-1/abstract

Information on hairdryers and other personal care items:

Hairdryers, electric shavers, electric toothbrushes and similar personal grooming products can create very high (20-200 milligauss) magnetic fields at their normal operating distance. By comparison, EMF strengths as low as 2 milligauss are thought to increase the risk of leukemia and cancer in susceptible people[i]

[i] http://emwatch.com/emf-radiation-from-domestic-appliances/; https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/161/2/136/256503; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK232733/

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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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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Lentil and Vegetable Soup

In Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Healing Cancer Naturally, Uncategorized on January 10, 2018 at 7:12 pm

lentil soupThis is a hearty soup that includes more vegetables than your average lentil soup. Please use organic ingredients whenever possible, especially for high-pesticide vegetables such as carrots and celery (including celery root).

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil

2/3 cup diced celery

1/2 cup diced white or yellow onion

½ cup diced carrots

3 tablespoons diced shallots

1 small parsley root , diced (about ¼ cup, reserve the rest for another recipe -celery root may be substituted–if neither root is available, can be omitted)

1 clove garlic, minced

16 ounces bone broth (I used Broth Masters, which is delicious and makes this soup extra satisfying and nutritious)

16 ounces vegetable stock

1 ¼ cup dry brown lentils (or for a quicker version, 2 cans Eden Organic Lentils with onion and bay leaf –do not drain — or other organic canned lentils with a BPA-free lining)

1 large sprig thyme, leaves stripped and stems discarded

2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard (optional)

2 teaspoons organic red wine vinegar

½ teaspoon fine Celtic sea salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

¼ cup each chopped cilantro and parsley leaves (fine stems included)

Rosemary and basil infused olive oil, for drizzling, or a fruity EVOO

Instructions:lentil soup with bone broth

  1. Heat oil in a tall saucepan over low heat. Sautee celery, onions, carrots, shallots, parsley root, and garlic until onions are translucent.
  2. Add vegetable stock and lentils. Add thyme leaves. Cook uncovered until lentils are just tender but not too soft, about 1 hour, 10 minutes. If using canned, allow to simmer 20-30 minutes, or until carrots are crisp-tender.
  3. Before serving, add mustard (if using), vinegar, salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and garnish with cilantro and parsley. Drizzle with olive oil, infused if available.

Serves 4

Celery contains the powerful anti-cancer agent apigenin, which helps prevent tumor events tumor migration and metastasis and increases antioxidant enzymes in the blood.

Carrots offer antioxidants and have other anticancer benefits.

Onions and shallots are a fantastic source of sulfur, which has been found to prevent the growth of tumors and inhibit cancer development by protecting cells from mutating and by promoting apoptosis (cancer cell death). They are also potent antiviral agents.

Cilantro binds to heavy metals such as mercury and escorts them out of the body.

Parsley is a powerful detoxifier that removes high levels of copper and aluminum. It is also is a strong source of apigenin and other anticancer flavonoids and phenolic compounds such as apiin, myristicin, coumarins, luteolin, and quercetin.

Bone broth offers numerous health benefits

parsley rootParsley root supports the liver and gallbladder as it is a diuretic and has  blood purifying and hepatic qualities. Parsley root and parsley are high in vitamins A, C, and K and contain much-needed iodine. Parsley root  has a substantial amount of flavonoids and is a strong antioxidant.

Celery root adds flavor and an abundance of essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need for optimal health, especially vitamin B6.

 

Elyn

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

ej portrait 150resElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and certified 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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Magnolia, Cancer’s Worst Enemy

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Breast Cancer, Cancer, colon cancer, Uncategorized on December 8, 2017 at 7:43 am

While many people have taken magnolia to reduce stress-related symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, and depression, the health benefits of magnolia go well beyond that. Importantly, magnolia can be used to help detoxify the body, soothe the digestive system, and to help prevent and treat cancer.

The hearty nature of magnolia shrubs and trees on which the beautiful magnolia flower grows has allowed them to offer a powerful organic nutrient with amazing health benefits. These virtues are recognized by modern medicine, Chinese Traditional medicine, and herbalists worldwide.  This bioactive natural product is known as honokiol.

Recent studies have demonstrated anti-inflammatory, anti-angiogenic, apoptotic, anti-oxidative, and overall anti-cancer properties of honokiol in vitro and in preclinical models. Honokiol targets multiple signaling pathways including nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) signal transducers and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), and mammalian target of rapamycin (m-TOR), which have great relevance during cancer initiation and progression.

Honokiol also shuts down the leptin signaling network, which is significant for obese patients. Leptin-induced tumors quickly learn to evade all the usual biological checkpoints that keep tumors from growing and spreading.  Once the leptin helps the tumor achieve this state, the tumor is poised to migrate and morph from a non-invasive tumor to an invasive tumor. Research done at Johns Hopkins found that honokiol is able to suppress some of the proteins in the leptin network.

The link between obesity, leptin, and breast cancer is well known, yet this hasn’t changed how breast cancer patients are diagnosed or treated, nor do doctors check patients for leptin or leptin receptor levels. Some studies suggest that breast cancer cells that have been exposed to high levels of leptin over several years might also be less sensitive to the chemo drug tamoxifen, rendering it, well,  less effective (just one more reason why traditional remedies are not always the best solution).

Hopefully more doctors will discover this natural remedy soon, but in the meantime, you are empowered to take advantage of magnolia’s offerings. The immense chemo-preventive (anticancer) capabilities of magnolia cannot be overlooked.

Anticancer Benefits of Magnolia:

  • stimulates the lymphatic system and increases the level of toxins being eliminated from the body
  • inhibits angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels tumors require to survive)
  • powerful antioxidant
  • promotes apoptosis (cancer cell death)
  • down-regulates cancer-promoting genes
  • inhibits the growth of Helicobacter pylori, known to significantly increase the risk for gastric cancers
  • able to cross the blood-brain-barrier and inhibit brain tumor growth[i]
  • increases sensitivity to radiation -induced cytotoxicity in lung and other cancers
  • shuts down the leptin signaling network

While studies have found honokiol to be effective in gastrointestinal, breast, head and neck, prostate, ovarian, lung, skin, brain, and many other cancers, here are just a few specifics of this powerful magnolia:[ii]

  • inhibits the growth in breast cancer cell lines (MDA-MB-231, SK-BR-3, MDA-MB-436, ZR-75-1and T47-D, MCF-7, 4T1) in a dose dependent manner regardless of their HR, HER2 or p53 status
  • is effective against estrogen-receptor positive as well as estrogen-receptor negative breast cancers
  • induces apoptosis in human prostate cancer cells irrespective of their androgen responsiveness or p53 status, and significantly decreases PSA counts
  • exhibits growth-inhibitory effects against two human pancreatic cancer cell lines (MiaPaCa and Panc1)
  • effective in leukemia cell lines viz. B-CLL and Molt 4B
  • induces apoptosis in human multiple myeloma cell lines including dexamethasone-sensitive (MM.1S) and dexamethasone-resistant (MM.1R, RPMI-8226, U266 and SU-DHL-4) cells and in tumor cells
  • significantly inhibits the invasion and colony formation of highly metastatic renal cell cancers cells 786-0 in a dose-dependent manner[iii]

How to Take Magnolia:

The bark, cones and leaves of the magnolia tree can be cooked and boiled down to a syrupy extract. Given that many of us do not have a field of magnolia in our back yards, a supplement may be best.

Small doses (30 mg) may be effective for anxiety and depression.  Slightly more might be helpful for those dealing with intense stress or insomnia. My oncologist used to call it “herbal Valium—all the relief without the wobbly knees”. He recommended it for sleep and stress relief as well as for cancer. The brand I take, NutriCology comes in capsule form, 200mg. The suggested dose is one daily, before bed. For smaller doses, you can buy it in powder formHonoPure is another excellent product that comes highly recommended.

The suggested dosage for cancer averages between 200 and 800 mg, up to three times a day (but limit to one dose before bed if drowsiness will be an issue and high doses only under the guidance of a medical doctor).

Magnolia should not be taken by pregnant women or at very high doses as it may cause headaches, dizziness, and vertigo. Keep magnolia away from infants and animals. Magnolia may cause a sedative effect and can interact with alcohol. Operating dangerous equipment or driving while taking magnolia extract is not recommended. For best results, take before bed.

This information is for educational purposes only and 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 and make your own decisions.  The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence. 

As an Amazon Affiliate, we may earn a small commission for the sale of products purchased from this site. These small commissions help to pay for the maintenance of this site as well as for the time spent researching and writing on topics relevant to your optimal health, but are achieved at no additional cost to  you.

Elyn

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

ej portrait 150resElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and certified 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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REFERENCES:

https://www.realnatural.org/magnolia-bark-extract-treats-multiple-invasive-cancers/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080711214125.htm

 

https://www.spandidos-publications.com/ijo/46/6/2293

https://hub.jhu.edu/2016/07/06/magnolia-honokiol-breast-cancer-obesity/

[i] /www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3663139/

[ii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3663139/

[iii] https://www.spandidos-publications.com/ijo/46/6/2293

Recommended Cookbooks for Cancer Patients

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, Books for Cancer Patients, Breast Cancer, Uncategorized on November 29, 2017 at 9:53 am

With the holidays soon upon us, you may be looking for the perfect gift for a loved one with cancer. Clients ask me all of the time, what can I eat? What should I eat? Or they lament that healthy eating doesn’t taste good.  Well, here are a few fantastic books that will be sure to dazzle taste buds and inspire trips to the kitchen.

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Some of My Favorites:

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out  

Nutrition Stripped: 100 Whole-Food Recipes Made Deliciously Simple 

Whole World Vegetarian 

Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetablesbooks 2

Eat Drink Shine: Inspiration from Our Kitchen: Gluten-free and Paleo-friendly Recipes by the Blissful Sisters 

Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi

Eating Well Through Cancer: Easy Recipes & Tips to Guide you Through Treatment and Cancer Prevention 3rd Edition

Here’s a new book that might be the perfect gift for one who is short on time, but craves healthy meals.  The Healing Slow Cooker: Lower Stress * Improve Gut Health * Decrease Inflammation

Elyn

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and certified 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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Why Aromatase Inhibitors Fail Women

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives to Anti-Hormone Therapy For Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Tamoxifen, Breast Cancer, Tamoxifen, Uncategorized on November 13, 2017 at 5:27 am

Aromatase inhibitors fail when tumors outsmart them.  Researchers have long been studying how resistance to aromatase inhibitors (AIs) happens so that they can find a solution. The resistance effectively makes these drugs powerless, causing the cancer to return. One in every four or five women relapse within ten years of AI treatment and develop metastatic cancer. [i]

Estrogen plays an important role in the development of hormone-dependent breast carcinomas, or at least some estrogens do. While ovarian estrogen synthesis ceases at menopause, peripheral and local tissue’s aromatization of androgens to estrogens continues and becomes the main source of estradiol (the more cancer-promoting estrogen). What this means is that while your ovaries are no longer producing estrogen after menopause, and your adrenals are producing only a small amount, breast cancer cells may actually have a way to produce their own food supply.

Theoretically, the aromatase inhibitor could be reducing circulating estrogen to dangerously low levels, while estrogen in the breast, axillary, and belly could still be dangerously high. Hence, AIs fail the patient, who then suffers the ill-effects of the drugs with no benefit.

The Research

Until recently, scientists assumed the tumors developed resistance in some way, but didn’t know how. Scientists have now discovered why AIs may stop working in some patients. Research done at the Imperial College London and the European Institute of Oncology in Milan has found that some breast tumors evolve to make their own estrogen, rendering AIs ineffective. While the ovaries cease to produce estrogen after menopause, the hormone is still made in other tissues via the enzyme aromatase.[ii] The team, led by Dr Luca Magnani, found that in one in four patients taking AIs, the tumors had increased production of aromatase in the cancer cells. They found that the tumors were able to increase the number of aromatase genes via a process known as amplification.

So, while AIs work by cutting off the tumor’s fuel supply (estrogen), the cancer adapts by making its own –an efficient survival mechanism. The research points to a particular gene (CYP19A1).  When more copies of this gene are produced, it triggers the increased production of aromatase, the very enzyme the drugs are trying to block. This allows cancer cells to make their own estrogen and thus reproduce and spread.[iii] It seems to be a bit of a survival mechanism-the AI cuts off the food supply so the tumor outsmarts it by making its own.

We found that 21.5% of AI-treated, relapsed patients had acquired CYP19A1 (encoding aromatase) amplification (CYP19A1amp)…CYP19A1 amplification caused increased aromatase activity and estrogen-independent ERα binding to target genes, resulting in CYP19A1amp cells showing decreased sensitivity to AI treatment. These data suggest that AI treatment itself selects for acquired CYP19A1amp and promotes local autocrine estrogen signaling in AI-resistant metastatic patients.[iv]

When an aromatase inhibitor stops working, most oncologists will try another type of AI.  The problem is that if the cancer cells have started making their own aromatase, the second (or third) drug will be useless. Identifying the over-expression of the CYP19A1 may help doctors determine which women are not good candidates for AI therapy or who might be candidates for alternative therapies. The aforementioned researchers are now working on a test to identify whether a patient’s tumor has started to increase aromatase production, and make its own estrogen.

Dr. Magnani also suggested that when cancer returns, a biopsy should be done to see how the cancer has evolved, which may help guide treatment decisions. Often this can be helpful, but just as often, it fails to offer much information. This is a decision you need to make in consultation with your oncologist or other qualified professional.

Obesity Plays a Role

Excess body weight has been linked to an increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, and research also suggests that obesity is associated with poor prognosis in women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. Fat tissue contains the enzyme aromatase that converts hormones called androgens to estrogens. Human abdominal, breast, and axillary fat have the ability to convert androgens into estrogens.

So, heavier women end up with higher blood estrogen levels as well as enhanced local production of estrogen than leaner women. Elevated serum estrogen levels as well as enhanced local production of estrogen have been considered primary mediators of how increased body weight promotes breast cancer development in postmenopausal women.

On the Horizon

I have long been pointing out that most of have seriously declining levels of estrogen as we age –which has been found to compromise overall health. For this reason, AIs are quite dangerous as they block essential estrogen.

However, it has recently been reported that plasma estrogen levels do not necessarily reflect tissue estrogen concentrations. Several studies have found that tissue estrogen levels may be ten- to 20-fold higher compared to plasma levels in postmenopausal women. Furthermore, recent studies have demonstrated that a large proportion (close to 100%) of the biologically active estrogen is considered to be produced locally in the breast carcinoma after menopause.[v] Therefore, likely a more effective method would be to inhibit estrogen of breast tissue than that of systemic circulation. More studies need to be done on this.

At this point, studies are being conducted in China to see if a locally-applied aromatase-inhibiting patch using letrozole would be effective and offer a less toxic solution to the standard drug AIs.

As reported in AAPS PharmSCiTech (a Journal of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists), a mouse study revealed that compared with oral administration, transdermal administration could produce high local drug concentrations and low circulating drug concentrations. This could reduce systemic side effects. Therefore, it might be a new option for breast cancer therapy to inhibit aromatase activity via transdermal patches for site-specific delivery of letrozole.

But again, more studies need to be done to determine if a local patch would be effective for cells outside the breast area, and independent studies should also be done (ones not paid for by a pharmaceutical company).

So, should women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer take inhibitors of estrogens? The decision of whether or not to use estrogen blockers is a complex one that each woman can only make if fully informed. The potential negative effects on the brain, heart, and overall quality and quantity of life, as well as treatment failure, should be weighed against the immediate risk of recurrence.

However, in making a treatment decision, it is most important to speak with an oncologist who is fully aware of the limitations and potential negative effects of these drugs and who is prepared to discuss alternative options. It is equally important to educate yourself on natural alternatives as typically these options are not discussed by medical doctors.

Important is to realize that in the presence of adequate progesterone, estrogen cannot easily fuel breast cancer tumors.[vi] Perhaps for now, a better solution is to make every effort to reduce aromatase activity and to increase production of progesterone.

Progesterone may also be the answer to why AIs seem to work for some.  I could postulate that the answer again might be progesterone, especially for those patients who are PR + as well as ER+, but that is just one possibility.

For more information regarding consideration of natural alternatives, please read:

Natural Alternatives to Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer  

Why You May Want to Reconsider Estrogen-Blocking Aromatase Inhibitors and Tamoxifen 

* The CYP19A1 gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called aromatase. This enzyme converts a class of hormones called androgens, which are involved in male sexual development, to different forms of the female sex hormone estrogen. Mutations in this gene can result in either increased or decreased aromatase activity.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo anti-hormone therapy. It 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 and make your own decisions.  The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence. 

ej portrait 150resElyn

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and certified 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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[i] https://www.nature.com/articles/ng.3773   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5326683/

[ii]

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_23-1-2017-16-57-16

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindtheheadlines/news/2017-01-24-new-insights-into-why-breast-cancer-drugs-fail-for-some-women/

[iv] https://www.nature.com/articles/ng.3773

[v] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2974128/

[vi]  http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/45/1/277.short

 

Why You May Want to Reconsider Estrogen-Blocking Aromatase Inhibitors and Tamoxifen

In Alternatives to Anti-Hormone Therapy For Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Tamoxifen, Breast Cancer, Natural Alternatives to Aromatase Inhibitors, Uncategorized on November 7, 2017 at 9:50 am

The current oncological recommendations for anti-hormone therapy (endocrine therapy) for postmenopausal women with early-stage breast cancer vary. Some oncologists recommend aromatase inhibitors for five years, with tamoxifen to follow and some the reverse, and some just one or the other. However, the recommendations rarely take into consideration risk of prior cardiovascular disease history, cardiovascular disease risk, or overall risk of death when choosing between the different therapeutic options. (For premenopausal women, the standard is usually tamoxifen, with little attention to risk factors for blood clots, stroke, and endometrial cancer.)  Importantly, while both therapies can prolong disease-free survival, they don’t necessarily increase overall survival.

In the discussion of adjuvant endocrine therapy, doctors downplay the fact that aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are associated with musculoskeletal symptoms, heart damage, osteoporosis, and increased risk of bone fracture. Estrogen protects against heart disease, and consistent research has suggested that the suppression of estrogen raises the risk of cardiovascular disease, among other life-challenging issues. AI treatment reduces nearly all circulating estrogen. Estrogen is essential to the health of all parts of your body, from your eyes to your heart to your brain to everywhere else.

Many doctors also fail to stress that tamoxifen is associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer, stroke, deep venous thrombosis (blood clots), and severe muscle pain. They also fail to inform their patients that while both therapies can prolong disease-free survival, they rarely increase overall survival—especially in the case of aromatase inhibitors. All this at a tremendous cost to quality of life.

Tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors have distinct toxicity profiles. However, individual studies have not shown a significant difference in overall toxicity between patients treated with these therapies. The lack of association between disease-free survival and overall survival prompted a 2011 meta-analysis published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study evaluated the toxicities of the two endocrine therapy options.

The Research:

The meta-analysis confirmed that an aromatase inhibitor (AI) may not the best therapy for all postmenopausal women with hormone-receptor positive, early-stage, breast cancer. The authors conducted the study to clarify why AIs, when compared with tamoxifen, increased disease-free survival but not overall survival. AI toxicities were suspected to counteract decreased recurrence rates.[i] However, as presented in the analysis, tamoxifen wasn’t necessarily safer than AIs, so the authors concluded that switching from tamoxifen to AIs would  balance the efficacy and toxicity of these treatments. What this means to you is that they are recommending that you ‘switch’ from one drug to another after a few years to reduce toxicity–but that also means you suffer the consequences of both drugs.

The authors noted that although several large randomized trials have examined the benefit of the aromatase inhibitors anastrozole, letrozole, and exemestane — as compared with 5 years of tamoxifen — the trials have failed to demonstrate a statistically significant improvement in overall survival.

The Methods:

Relevant trials were identified through a search of the MEDLINE and EMBASE databases, a search of the American Society of Oncology Annual Meetings from 2000 through 2009, and a search of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Annual Meetings from 2000 through 2009. 377 relevant articles were identified, of which 7 randomized controlled phase-3 trials with 30,023 patients met inclusion criteria.

The analysis considered six adverse events: cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, venous thrombosis (DVT), bone fracture, endometrial cancer, and other secondary cancers.

The Highlights: (Noting that longer duration of one therapy implies a shorter duration of the other)

  • Longer duration of AI use was associated with higher odds of developing cardiovascular disease.
  • Longer duration of AIs was associated with a 66% reduction in the odds of developing endometrial cancer compared with tamoxifen use.
  • Both AIs and tamoxifen increase the risk of other second cancers, but switching from tamoxifen to aromatase inhibitors may decrease the odds of second cancers.
  • Longer durations of aromatase inhibitor use were associated with decreased odds of venous thrombosis compared with tamoxifen.
  • Longer durations of AIs were associated with increased odds of bone fractures compared with tamoxifen.
  • Longer durations of AI use was associated with a statistically significant increase in the risk of raised cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia. Shorter durations of AIs might reduce the odds of high cholesterol.
  • The relative harm of 2 to 3 years of tamoxifen was not reduced by switching to aromatase inhibitors.
  • Compared with those treated with 5 years of either tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors, those treated with a switching strategy had a statistically lower risk of death without breast cancer recurrence.
  • A retrospective cohort study of women diagnosed with breast cancer at age 66 or older between 1992 and 2000 found that more patients died of cardiovascular disease than of breast cancer.[ii] The researchers recommended that the age of the patient be taken into consideration when choosing between endocrine therapies (or in this author’s opinion, instead offering holistic alternatives).

While the study was performed to compare the two conventional treatment options, sadly they did not simultaneously compare the effectiveness of natural alternatives. Again, use of aromatase inhibitors vs tamoxifen is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, severe muscle and joint aches, and bone fractures. Use of tamoxifen vs aromatase inhibitors is associated with increased risk for venous thrombosis, stroke, and endometrial cancer. Clearly both of these toxic therapies cause harm, often more harm than good — even if one does switch from one therapy to the other.

Other Reasons for Opting Out in Favor of Natural Alternatives:

  • A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2016, reported that women in their 40’s with chemotherapy-induced amenorrhea should avoid aromatase inhibitors. Many women who have ceased menstruating post-chemo later recover ovarian function. What the researchers found was that ovarian estrogen production will decrease the effectiveness of AI therapy and that the therapy could actually stimulate ovarian production of estrogen. Unfortunately, the researchers concluded that the way to prevent this would be to shut down ovarian function as well as to offer tamoxifen.  [iii]
  • A study reported at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in 2106 reported that endothelial dysfunction, a predictor of cardiac disease, is a significant side effect of AI therapy among postmenopausal women, posing the problem again — that while the therapy may inhibit recurrence, it does not improve overall survival time.[iv] Estradiol appears to be important for regulating healthy endothelial function.
  • Endogenous estrogen (the estrogen your body produces) is neuroprotective. The breadth of literature on the role of estrogen in cognitive function is vast. Many women will attest to the fact that peak cognitive function corresponds with cyclic changes in circulating estrogen during their menstrual cycle.
  • Estrogen has also been found to suppress the inflammatory processes that contribute to neurodegeneration as well as to improve stroke outcome.[v] It is well documented that women are ‘protected’ against stroke until menopause, when estrogen levels decline.
  • Numerous studies have shown that beyond the aforementioned complications, tamoxifen can increase the risk of developing liver cancer and raises overall inflammation of the body, a known precursor to cancer.
  • A study reported at the San Antonino Breast Cancer Symposium 2016 looked at endothelial dysfunction, a predictor of cardiac disease.  Interestingly, they determined that the vast majority of participants who had increased cardiac risk after taking AI therapy would not have been considered at risk pre-treatment. The study indicated that the cancer benefit may not be worth the cardiac risk, both for younger and older patients.
  • Also reported at the 2016 Symposium was that AIs, associated with reductions in endothelial function, could contribute to cardiovascular disease independent of the duration of therapy.

With a growing number of cancer survivors, it is very important that we look to understand the long-term complications of conventional cancer treatment. Most postmenopausal women with early-stage breast cancer are at greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than their breast cancer. Further, they are at greater risk of a significant reduction in quality and quantity of life from the other overwhelming effects of conventional treatments in general.  Even worse, most doctors don’t even bother to run hormone level tests–they simply prescribe the harmful drugs. Clearly, the current toxic anti-hormonal therapies cause harm, often more harm than good. The question to be asked is ‘is it worth it?”

But, my doctor says they work:

Research published in 2106 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology analyzed the information collected for the BIG 1-98 study that was designed to see whether AIs or tamoxifen was most effective. The study was rather useless—all it managed to say was that the treatments were so toxic that most women were either non-compliant or discontinued treatment due to the side effects. Sure can’t blame them. Again, while these treatments can prolong disease-free survival, they do not always prolong overall survival. This study made no mention of those who died without recurrence (meaning from treatment-induced effects). [vi] It also made no mention of safer alternatives, and likely instilled more unnecessary fear-based compliance out of those who read the study.

If your reason for reading this article was your desire for natural alternatives to anti-hormone therapy, please readNatural Alternatives to Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo anti-hormone therapy. It 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 and make your own decisions.  The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence. 

ej portrait 150resElyn

~~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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[i] https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/756567

[ii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21689398?dopt=Abstract&holding=f1000,f1000m,isrctn ; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16944964

[iii] http://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.2015.62.2985?rss=1

[iv] http://www.pnas.org/content/108/47/18879

[v] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9445346

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/47/18879.full.pdf

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http://www.mdedge.com/oncologypractice/article/119926/breast-cancer/aromatase-inhibitor-effect-endothelial-function-may

 

 

 

 

Bone Broth: Elixir to Health

In Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, Bone Health Cancer Treatments, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Uncategorized on November 6, 2017 at 2:53 pm

broth mastersThere are so many health benefits to bone broth. It is loaded with calcium, protein, potassium, collagen, and amino acids. But the benefits go beyond this.  Bone broth has been found to reduce inflammation as it is high in sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s) and glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, which numerous studies have found help reduce inflammation (and pain) in the body.

All said, bone broth is powerful nutrition for anyone struggling with the side effects of conventional cancer treatment. Soothing to the throat and nourishing to the body.

The gelatin in bone broth supports healthy digestion. Importantly, bone broth helps repair the lining of your gut, which is something we hear about all of the time now.  Gut health=overall health. Leaky gut is the root cause of autoimmune disorders and many cancers.

You can make your own bone broth quite easily. Simply put the desired bones (chicken, beef, or a combination of both) into a pot; add some apple cider vinegar and let sit for about an hour. Add water to cover the bones, add a bunch of chopped vegetables and Celtic sea salt and boil. (You can google a plethora of recipes).  The problem for most of us is that you have to simmer this concoction for 24-72 hours, which can be an issue.

Hence, most of us resort to store-bought versions, which lack nutrients and taste. Some are down-right unhealthy, containing pesticides, fungicides, fluoride, and more.

This weekend I attended a wellness conference geared towards optimal health for all. I was gifted the opportunity to taste the best bone broth ever.  So, if you don’t have the time or desire to make your own, please know that Broth Masters broth is amazing. The combination of chicken and beef bones combined with the vegetables boosts the flavor.

I am not a fan of selling anything, but these folks are lovely—health conscious right down to the bone (pun intended).  However, right now if you use the code BROTH4LIFE you can receive $10 off your first order and if you buy a 20-pack, you get free shipping. Bon Appetit.

brothmasters photoOrder Broth Masters HERE.

Ingredients: Filtered water, grass fed beef bones, free range chicken bones, organic onions, organic carrots, organic celery, garlic, lemon juice, organic parsley and bay leaves.

Nutrition: (per cup, according to Broth Master independent studies)

  • 30% of your daily calcium requirement
  • 14 grams protein and only 80 calories
  • 290 mg potassium
  • 150 mg of sodium

 

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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