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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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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://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190813080204.htm

 

New Online Course for Breast Cancer: Toxic Free Me

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, chemo and cancer stem cells, chemotherapy, colon cancer, Estrogen, Estrogen and Breast Cancer, foods that target cancer stem cells, Healing Cancer Naturally, High Dose Vitamin C, Hormone Balance, inflammation, Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Iodine, Mind Body Therapies for Cancer, Natural Alternatives to Aromatase Inhibitors, prostate cancer, Radiation, radiation and cancer stem cells, Tamoxifen, targeting cancer stem cells, trapped emotions and cancer stem cells, Uncategorized, what causes cancer to spread on October 28, 2019 at 9:22 am

As a holistic cancer coach (and survivor of stage 3 hormone-positive breast cancer), I work with people with many different types of cancer. However, the majority come to me looking to avoid the dreaded tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors, Herceptin, Lupron, and other drugs and treatments, such as chemo and radiation. And of course, everyone is looking to get through cancer with the least amount of collateral damage and to do what they can to reduce the risk of recurrence or further cancers–to survive and live well. I coach one-on-one, but also offer a plethora of information on my website. However, some people are looking for options other than individual coaching or DIY (do-it-yourself) healing.

About a year ago I decided I would offer a webinar course to cover these topics and more. However, as life and work got very busy, I put that on hold. Meanwhile, my colleague and friend, Marnie Clark is now offering a fantastic ‘how-to-get-through-breast-cancer-course. Toxic Free Me is a comprehensive online-course with multiple learning modules.

The beauty of the course is that you can learn at your own pace. Plus, she will be adding to the course as new information comes out, and subscribers will have full access at no additional charge. The course is valued at $295 and offered for a limited time at $179, but if you enroll now and use this LINK, you get the entire course for only $149, with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Is this course for you? Are you determined to survive your cancer and live well? Are you looking for safe, non-toxic remedies for your cancer (alongside or without conventional treatments) that will support your body, build your immune system, and lower your risk of recurrence? Have a look at the full course description HERE.

Remember, when you enroll now and use this LINK, you get the entire course for only $149.

This information is for educational 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.

In your good health,

Elyn

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

Marnie_homepageMarnie Clark is a breast cancer coach, and also a 15-year breast cancer survivor. Marnie has studied natural medicine for over 25 years and knew that in order for her own body to heal from breast cancer, it would require a blend of both conventional and natural medicine. She now teaches others going through breast cancer about the things in nature that help to make the body hostile terrain for cancer cells, as well as empowering clients with knowledge about the lifestyle alterations that are crucial to the healing process. Marnie draws from several decades of experience in the disciplines of massage therapy, natural healing and nutrition, aromatherapy and energy healing. Her website is https://MarnieClark.com.

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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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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Could Aromatase Inhibitors Actually Increase One’s Risk for Breast Cancer?

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, aromatase inhibitors, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Estrogen, Estrogen and Breast Cancer, Hormone Balance, Hot Flashes and Night Sweats, Soy and Breast Cancer Risk, Uncategorized on October 21, 2019 at 4:05 pm

Most oncologists recommend estrogen blockers or aromatase inhibitors for those with hormone-sensitive cancers. However, new research shows that decreased estrogen levels can promote insulin resistance, which may actually increase the risk of cancer of the breast, endometrium, and ovaries. 

To recap from my previous post, What You Need to Know About Sugar and Breast Cancer, insulin resistance leads to increased insulin in the body. High insulin triggers breast cancer cells to divide and grow.

After menopause many women face a dramatic increase in insulin resistance (and start noticing belly fat that wasn’t there before). Declining estrogen is considered to be the reason.[i] If decreased estrogen promotes insulin resistance, could intentionally reducing estrogen increase one’s risk of breast cancer? Can aromatase inhibitors actually promote breast cancer? Research shows they just might.

Decreased Estrogen Levels Promote Insulin Resistance

Studies (both clinical and animal) have shown a strong correlation between circulating estrogen deficiency and insulin resistance. At Texas A&M, a team lead by Dr. Shaodong Guo identified that decreased serum estrogen levels promote insulin resistance and that even a slight decrease in circulatory estrogen levels is associated with resistance and may increase the risk of cancer of the breast, endometrium, and ovaries. The researchers found that “for premenopausal women, even a slight decrease in their circulatory estrogen levels associated with insulin resistance may increase the risk for cancers, particularly in the organs having high estrogen demand (breast, endometrium and ovary). On the other hand, postmenopausal state with profound estrogen deficiency confers high risk for cancers in different organs with either high or moderate estrogen demand.”[ii]

According to the Guo, the lead investigator for the Texas A&M study, estrogen deficiency or impaired estrogen signaling is associated with insulin resistance. “Studies have shown the reduction of estrogen in postmenopausal women accelerates the development of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.” He further explains that estrogen replacement therapy in postmenopausal women can reduce insulin resistance. “Clinical trials of estrogen replacement therapy in postmenopausal women have demonstrated a lowered insulin resistance as well as reductions in plasma glucose levels.”

2015 research published in the Journal or Diabetes Research also concluded that the loss of circulating estrogen E2 and impairment of its cellular activity can lead to an abrupt reduction in metabolic rate and that E2 replacement is preventive. “It is very clear that E2 has tremendous potential as a therapeutic against diabetes and its associated complications, but it has to be administered in a safer form and personalized to individual needs”. [iii]  While the link between synthetic HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and breast cancer has been established and therefore may not be an option, it  just doesn’t make sense to intentionally lower our own already-declining natural estrogen.

Many women choose bio-identical hormones, but to be clear, bios are not ‘natural’, they are chemically constructed in a lab. According to Dr Mache Seibel, M.D., author of The Estrogen Window, you have to be careful with compounded bio-identicals. He says that studies show that despite the fact that the prescription may be filled correctly, typically progesterone tends to be 60-80% lower than ordered and estrogen 80-200% higher than ordered which can result in increased estrogen dominance and could raise your risk of hormone-driven cancer. He also points out the serious risks of declining estrogen, which include increasing your risk of heart disease by 30% and dementia 70%. 

Why You Need Estrogen 

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 improves body fat distribution and B-cell function, and reduces inflammation. And of course, estrogen increases insulin sensitivity (and thus is protective against diabetes and metabolic syndrome predisposing one to obesity) and conversely, low estrogen levels can lead to increased insulin resistance or impaired insulin activity.

Given that studies show that the reduction of estrogen in postmenopausal women accelerates the development of insulin resistance and thus could promote breast cancer, it is hard to believe that aromatase inhibitors are always a good idea. Perhaps ‘prescribing’ phytoestrogens such as flax and sesame seeds, herbs, and even perhaps whole soy, would be a better tactic. Phytoestrogens are plant-based weak estrogens which bind to estrogen receptors in the body (just like tamoxifen) and through competitive inhibition, can prevent the receptor-binding of more potent estrogens (including xenoestrogen such as BPA). Phytoestrogens also promote hormone balance and homeostasis. One can also take steps to raise progesterone to balance natural estrogens by taking supplements such as zinc and vitamin E, lowering stress, and using an over-the-counter progesterone cream. I will further address the role of phytoestrogens and hormone-driven cancers in my next post.

Natural Aromatase Inhibitors

Some natural substances and formulas that reduce aromatase activity (should you need to reduce aromatase activity or improve estrogen metabolism or hormone balance) include Calcium d Glucarate, which helps clear excess estrogen and chemical estrogens from the body, and a product known as Aromastat, which contains a blend of herbal ingredients that work together to help keep your natural hormones balanced.  Aromastat contains chamomile (apigenin), chrystin, daidzein, genistein, indole-3-carbinol, and glycitein (it does contain soy isolates, so if avoiding, look for these ingredients individually, although in the case of genistein, I prefer you eat organic whole soy). For more information on natural alternatives to tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors, please read my previous posts on the subject or visit my Shop page.

This information is for educational and thought-provoking 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.

In your good health,

Elyn

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

ej portrait 150resElyn 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 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.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5535874/#B135-ijms-18-01381

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28396216

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jdr/2015/916585/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30487265

https://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/68/2/291

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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What You Need to Know About Sugar and Breast Cancer—It’s NOT What You Think!

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Alternatives to Anti-Hormone Therapy For Breast Cancer, Alternatives to Tamoxifen, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, aromatase inhibitors, Boosting Estrogen, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Estrogen and Breast Cancer, Hormone Balance, SERMS, Tamoxifen, Uncategorized on October 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Cancer loves sugar, we all know that – sugar feeds cancer and suppresses the immune system. The effects of each dose can last for 5-6 hours. The more sugar we eat, the faster cancer cells can grow. But do you know why sugar happens to love breast cancer?

Cells require sugar for energy, but it needs help to get into the cells. Insulin is the helper that attaches to and signals cells to absorb sugar from the bloodstream. Food sources that boost insulin production and regulate blood sugar levels include red cabbage, sweet potatoes, fenugreek seeds, curcumin, blueberries, vitamin D, and Ceylon cinnamon (so please continue to eat them). However, consuming sugar (sweets, pasta, and many bread, including whole wheat) raises blood sugar levels quickly. The pancreas responds to this by pumping out insulin to lower blood sugar levels. Over time, this can lead to decreased insulin sensitivity. When this happens, the body begins to ignore the signal to take glucose out of the bloodstream and put it into our cells. This triggers the body to start producing even more insulin. The more insulin, the more circulating estrogen there is to stimulate breast cancer cells.

     Sugar spikes insulin levels. Insulin regulates how much estrogen is available to stimulate breast cells. The more sugar you consume, the higher your circulating estrogen levels.

In the Fall 2019 issue of Breast Cancer Wellness there is an excellent article on sugar and its connection to estrogen, written by Dr Christine Horner, M.D. According to Horner, sugar “attacks a portion of the estrogen cycle, making more estrogen available to attach to the estrogen receptors in breast tissue. Insulin regulates how much of the estrogen in your blood is available to attach to estrogen receptors in your breast tissue. When estrogen travels in the blood, it either travels alone seeking a mate (an estrogen receptor), or it travels with a partner (a protein binder) that prevents it from attaching to an estrogen receptor. Insulin regulates the number of protein binders in the blood. So, the higher your insulin levels are, the fewer the number of protein binders there will be and therefore the more free estrogen that will be available to attach to estrogen receptors.  In other words, when your insulin levels are up, free-estrogen levels are up too. And both of them speed up cell division. That’s why high insulin levels increase your risk of breast cancer so much.” She further explains that “when insulin attaches to its receptor, it has the same effect as when estrogen attaches to its receptor; it causes cells to start dividing. The higher your insulin levels are, the faster your breast cells will divide; the faster they divide, the higher your risk of breast cancer is and the faster any existing cancer cells will grow.”

Addressing Estrogen Receptors with SERMS

To address estrogen receptor positive cancers, oncologists often recommend SERMS (selective receptor modulators) such as tamoxifen. However, tamoxifen is a carcinogenic drug that comes with significant side effects, including an increased risk of cancer.

Research shows that phytoestrogens,  plant-derived estrogens that can actually cause anti-estrogenic effects by binding to estrogen receptors (much like tamoxifen), might be worthy of consideration. The potential effects of dietary phytoestrogens have been studied to lower the risk of menopausal symptoms, cardiovascular disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, brain function disorders, and cancers of the breast, ovaries, endometrium, prostate, and other cancers

I will address the role of phytoestrogens as holistic selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMS vs Tamoxifen) in a subsequent post.  I will also address the question of ‘do aromatase inhibitors actually increase your risk of breast or other cancers?’. Meanwhile, you may wish to read my many articles on natural alternatives to anti-hormone therapies such as aromatase inhibitors and tamoxifen.

In your good health,

Elyn

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

ej portrait 150resElyn 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 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://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190212162216.htm

 

What You Need to Know About 5G: It’s Here!

In Cell Phones, EMF's, EMFs and Health Risks, Radiation, Uncategorized on October 7, 2019 at 4:11 pm

5G…It’s Coming, It’s Already Here. It’s Not Going Away! is the title of an article in the September edition of Dental Truth. The article contains an interview with William Cadwallader, a Certified Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist, and author of Exposed: The Electronic Sickening of America and How to Protect Yourself – Includes Dangers of 5G & Smart Devices . In the interview Cadwallader explains 5G (the fifth-generation cellular network technology) and the dangers of electromagnetic radiation frequencies (EMFs).

The new type of higher microwave frequency in 5G is not entirely new, as it is used in medicine and in airport security, but it is new for widespread, unavoidable, continuous general public exposure.

To summarize the interview, Cadwallader talks about how the cell phone industry is installing over two million small cells throughout the United States. The CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association) claims we as a nation must “do everything we can to maintain our wireless leadership.” While that might sound interesting, it does not take into consideration the potential serious health effects of 5G.

Cadwallader points out that in September 2017, more than 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries appealed to the EU for a 5G moratorium and asserted that: “5G will substantially increase exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) on top of the 2G, 3g,4G, Wi-Fi, etc. for telecommunications already in place. RR-EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment.”

Unfortunately, the appeal was ignored and the roll-out in Europe and the US began. 5G will be everywhere, on every block in every city, and there will be no way to avoid it.

EMFs have been found to damage DNA and compromise the blood brain barrier (BBB). According to Cadwallader, according to studies done in 2008 and 2012, “The permeability of the BBB is increased resulting in dangerous chemicals and heavy metals that were never intended to enter the brain now having access”. EMFs also weaken the immune system and do so much more. The non-ionizing radiation in wireless radiation interferes with oxidative repair mechanisms, creating oxidative stress and altering DNA which can lead to cancer. To read more about the dangers, please visit my post Why EMF Exposure is a BIG DEAL and my other articles listed below.

How to Protect Yourself from 5G 

As one cannot escape the growing presence of EMFs and because it is impossible to function in the world without technology, it is important to take measures to reduce exposure. I speak of many of these in my posts (see below), but here are some of Cadwallader’s recommendations:

  1. Move all electronic devices as far away as possible at night (radiation travels through the air, from wires, and through walls)
  2. Always use speaker phone (your phone is always trying to connect to a cell tower)
  3. Turn OFF Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and turn on Airplane Mode when carrying your devices. Never use a Bluetooth wireless ear piece or headphones (they generate radiation even when not on a call or playing music)
  4. Remove any Wi-Fi router from your bedroom and living areas and if possible, turn it OFF at night if it is in your home office
  5. Hard-wire everything you can, including your printer, computer, keyboard, etc.
  6. Replace cordless phones with corded land-line phones
  7. Turn on Airplane Mode with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth OFF when you don’t need an internet connection
  8. Leave the room IF you use a microwave oven or better  yet, get rid of it
  9. Avoid using portable devices on your lap and turn all electronics off when not in use

In my previous posts (see below) I list various foods, supplements, and products that can help offset some of the risks of EMFs. Two more reputable products that I have come across are SafeSleeve anti-radiation cases for your phone and Lambs radiation-proof and anti-EMF underwear to protect your privates and testosterone levels (as featured in Mens’s Health, Forbes, GQ, and more). You may laugh at that one, but it is important to protect your privates (and ladies, need I remind you to keep your phone out of your bra and pockets? Lambs for ladies coming soon). In 2012 when I heard Dr Devra Davis, PhD, author of Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, speak about the dangers of cellphones (I then interviewed her on my radio show as well as Lloyd Burrell, another EMF expert), she spoke of how in Israel they have signs over urinals reminding men not to carry their cellphones in their front pants pockets. The goal of the sign was to protect fertility, but it applies for so many reasons. Her book sold out completely at the conference, attended mostly by fellow PhD’s and medical doctors, and nurses. There are some good studies on the  SafeSleeve and Lambs sites as well as information on the dangers associated with wireless radiation. lambs

Many thanks to Cadwallader and the folks at Dental Truth/DAMS (Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions) for sharing this valuable information. To become a member of DAMS, email them at dams@usfamily.net and visit them at http://www.amalgam.org.

For a 15% discount on Lambs radio-protective underwear for men, use this LINK and the code ElynJacobs.

For more information on the dangers of EMFs and protection, please visit Cadwallader’s website StopDirtyElectricity.com and the following articles:

Simple Solutions for EMF Radiation Protection

Why EMF Exposure is a Big Deal

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?

Survive and Live Well 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

Lloyd Burrell, EMF expert, talks about EMF’s and Your Health

In your good health,

Elyn

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

ej portrait 150resElyn 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 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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So, You Think MRIs are Safe? Think Again

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Gadolinium, MRI Dangers, Uncategorized on October 7, 2019 at 8:31 am

MRIs, considered to be safer than CT scans that use powerful damaging x-rays (which is likely true), are not as safe as you think. MRIs use strong magnetic fields and some radio-frequency pulses to produce detailed images of structures in the body. While MRIs do not use ionizing radiation such as one receives from x-rays, they are far from harmless, especially when contrast agents are used.

Gadolinium, a para-magnetic toxic heavy metal ion, is often used in the contrast agent that enhances the quality of MRI scans. It was originally thought that gadolinium would chemically bond with non-metal ions when used during MRIs which would allow it to be eliminated from your body before it is released into tissues. However, recent research shows that gadolinium may not be immediately eliminated and may instead persist in your body.[i]  It is unknown at this time what the heightened risks may be, but repeated exposure to gadolinium could cause hyper-intensity in the brain which is linked to multiple sclerosis, liver dysfunction, and other adverse reactions.

Gadolinium has caused problems with cognition, vision, candida overgrowth, bone pain, skin and subcutaneous burning pain, brain fog problems, ringing of the ears, impaired liver function, and discoloration of the skin. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) in patients with impaired renal (kidney) function has also been reported. Women who have had MRIs to the breast report breast pain, brain pain, pain behind the eyeballs, deep pain in the bones, dizziness, itching, difficulty swallowing, muscle issues, and weakness in limbs. Some researchers believe that gadolinium poisoning is even worse than lead poisoning.

For some, it takes only one MRI with gadolinium to feel the side effects. For others, it is dose-dependent with the accumulation of toxins which interfere with the body’s normal functioning, including the ability to excrete those toxins.

Gadolinium in the News

Patients are taking notice, thanks to people such as actor Chuck Norris, whose wife Gena developed gadolinium issues after a series of MRIs. Gena reported a burning pain throughout her body, violent shaking, numbness, weakness, kidney damage and trouble breathing. Gena filed a $10 million lawsuit against the manufactures and distributors of gadolinium. Sharon Williams, one of the founders of The Lighthouse Project, developed a rash on her lower legs, high blood pressure, and severe pain in her brain after a series of MRIs (some given just to investigate her growing list of symptoms!).

Detoxing from Gadolinium

Chelation therapies such as EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) are one option to remove gadolinium from the body. EDTA is best done under the supervision of a doctor as the chelating agent can also remove important nutrients such as calcium and zinc from the body. Another option is to use herbs such as cilantro, garlic, chlorella, and supplements such as Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) and N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC). Saunas and Epsom salt baths as well as drinking plenty of water can also be helpful.

While there is certainly a time and place for MRIs, change is needed. Safer contrast agents are necessary. Doctors and patients should weigh the risks and patients need to be informed of the serious risks before a decision is made to order an MRI scan that uses a gadolinium contrast agent.

While the dangers of MRIs are not ‘new news’, I have worked with many clients who were unaware of the dangers of them (as well as CTs, bone scans, mamos, etc.), so I thought it important to post this message. Please consider less invasive scanning whenever possible (sonograms, cancer marker tests, Circulating Tumor Count tests, and the like).

In your good health,

Elyn

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

ej portrait 150resElyn 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 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.

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] http://pubs.rsna.org/doi/abs/10.1148/radiol.13131669

What You Need to Know About High TSH Levels and Iodine

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Books for Cancer Patients, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Hyopthyroidism, Iodine, Uncategorized on October 4, 2019 at 10:29 am

It is often believed that iodine shuts down the thyroid and that elevated TSH levels are unequivocally indicative of hypothyroidism.  However, as with many things, there are two sides to every story, and many untruths to be told and righted. If you are supplementing with iodine and have been told your TSH is elevated, here is what you need to know.

               “Who Stole the Iodine?” Lynne Farrow

Iodine was used for over a hundred years to treat a huge list of conditions. Importantly, iodine is essential for the optional functioning of all of the cells in the body, and can actually improve thyroid function as well as immune function. Studies also show that it promotes cancer cell death, suppresses tumor growth, and performs other chemo-therapeutic activities.[i] As Lynne Farrow, author of The Iodine Crisis, so aptly states, “it couldn’t suddenly stop working, so what turned the world against iodine?” 

            “They must know what they are doing.” Lynne Farrow

The claim that iodine shuts down the thyroid is clearly one of those cases where the ‘they must know what they’re doing’ mindset results not only in unfortunate medical advice, but spreading ‘untruths’. According to Farrow, the idea that iodine shuts down the thyroid gland ‘was neither fundamental nor a law’ but was accepted as so. Farrow speaks of an article written in 2005 by Guy Abraham, M.D., The Wolff-Chaikoff Effect: Crying Wolff, that answers the million-dollar question of ‘who stole the iodine?’ In the article Abraham identifies an influential paper published in 1948 by Wolff and Chaikoff ” which persuaded physicians that iodine was dangerous and would stop the thyroids of iodine-takers from working.” (Farrow pg 150). This theory was mistakenly enforced as a ‘fundamental law of physiology’ and thus actively practiced. 

The problem, according to Farrow, was that no one ever fact-checked or replicated the study, yet its warning to avoid iodine supplementation was incorporated into medical practice. According to Abraham, the authors made a mistake in their rat study. Apparently, they never checked the rats’ thyroid levels and actually did not observe thyroid enlargement or disease from high doses of iodine. Further, it seems the mistake was repeated by Wolff in 1969 when another paper extrapolated the findings to a human study.

The influence of Wolff-Chaikoff conclusions were so wide, the phenomenon was institutionalized by calling the fear-mongering event, “The Wolff-Chaikoff Effect.” Medical textbooks perpetuated this mistake and it was taught it to at least three generations of doctors. According to Farrow, it was all an assumption from an influence-leader with credentials from UC Berkeley and the NIH, therefore ‘they must know what they are doing.’

On the contrary, through the works of Guy Abraham, M.D., Jorge Flecha, M.D.,  David Brownstein, M.D., Lynne Farrow, and others, we now know that iodine is indeed essential for the thyroid and that a deficiency can lead to cysts, nodules, fibrocystic breast disease, cancer, and more (for more information on their work, see the suggested reading at the bottom of this post).

TSH and Iodine

One of the leading pioneers in iodine research and application, Dr Jorge Flechas, M.D., explains in his paper Orthoiodosupplementation in a Primary Care Practice,  how TSH levels may appear abnormal during iodine supplementation, but those anomalies are unlikely to reflect hypothyroidism. He essentially debunks the notion that iodine shuts down the thyroid gland and believes that iodine deficiency can result in the manifestation of hypothyroidism.

Flechas explains that most of the time iodine supplementation lowers TSH and T4 levels and free T3 stays steady. However, he says TSH sometimes goes up, while T4 and T3 may remain stable, rise, or decline. Importantly, this does not necessarily mean that a person has or is developing hypothyroidism. According to Flechas, it can be that the brain is directing the body to make more sodium iodide symporters (NIS). The NIS are channels in the cell membrane that transport sodium iodide into the cells. Iodide (iodine) is an essential nutrient that is absorbed by all cell lines, but particularly in the thyroid. TSH (along with prolactin and oxytocin) has been found to stimulate the making of NIS. Flechas further explains that elevated TSH might not be a bad thing as it has many actions outside the thyroid that have been discovered.

Flechas does make it is very clear that nutritional status and overall thyroid health must be evaluated prior to high-dose iodine supplementation. Ideally, all patients should have an iodine loading test prior to high dose supplementation.

    “TSH levels may appear abnormal on iodine supplementation, but those anomalies are unlikely to reflect hypothyroidism”  Lynne Farrow per Dr Jorge Flechas

Farrow, through her work with the Breast Cancer Choices Iodine Investigation Project reports that a supplement called ATP CoFactors helps speed iodine absorption and normalize TSH levels.  ATP CoFactors is a supplement with a cooperative combination of vitamins and minerals that support the synthesis of ATP for ADP to better promote energy production.

If you have elevated TSH but no other indications or symptoms of being hypothyroid, I suggest you work with an iodine-literate doctor before you take a drug that can actually increase your risk of breast cancer*.  Iodine deficiency is often the cause of Hashimoto’s, especially in the presence of selenium deficiency (Farrow, p.51) so again, seek out an iodine-literate doctor to see if iodine might be right for you. Note: those on a high-dose iodine protocol may need companion supplementation of magnesium, selenium, vitamin c, riboflavin, niacin, and unrefined salt, so please discuss this with your physician. 

For more on the importance of iodine, please listen to my interview with Lynne Farrow and read The Iodine Crisis. You may also want to read Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, by David Brownstein, MD., and The Safe and Effective Implementation of Orthoiodosupplementation in Medical Practice, Guy E. Abraham, MD.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  Always use caution when taking any supplement. including iodine. 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 an iodine-literate doctor or integrative doctor. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

In your good health,

Elyn

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

ej portrait 150resElyn 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 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 online 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 an iodine-literate doctor, integrative doctor, 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://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3752513/; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5327366/

[ii] https://www.optimox.com/iodine-study-10

*https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29961136

 

The Anti-Cancer Benefits of Horseradish

In Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Epstein-Barr Virus, Healing Cancer Naturally, inflammation, targeting cancer stem cells, Uncategorized on September 10, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Horseradish, a member of the cruciferous family, contains numerous anti-cancer compounds. The phytonutrients in horseradish up-regulate antioxidant enzymes and detoxification processes which clear toxic compounds from the body, inhibit the growth and spread of cancer, target cancer stem cells, and lower cancer-promoting inflammation.

Cancer Fighting Abilities of Horseradish

Horseradish is rich in isothiocyanates (ITCs), compounds well known to protect against cancer and target its pathways. ITCs restrain certain pro-inflammatory compounds that are associated with chronic inflammation and cancer.  Importantly, ITCs kill off cancer cells, including cancer stem cells, which is essential for preventing metastases.  Read more about cancer-fighting ITCs and other benefits of crucifers HERE.

horseradish

Pictured here on a bed of watercress, another potent anticancer food

But while ITCs are great, another important compound in horseradish known as glucosinolates helps produce those ITCs. This happens when the flesh of a crucifer such as horseradish is cut or chewed.

According to research published in Vegetable Crops Research Bulletin, “glucosinolates in horseradish inhibit mitosis and stimulate apoptosis [cancer cell death] in human tumor cells. The substances may selectively inhibit the growth of tumor cells even after initiation by chemical carcinogens. They may also protect against tumor development.” [i]

Researchers at the University of Illinois have determined that horseradish is a potent anti-carcinogen as it detoxifies cancer-causing molecules and is absorbed well in the body.[ii] Importantly, they found that glucosinolates in horseradish help detoxify and eliminate troublesome free-radicals in the body. The researchers also discovered that horseradish contains more glucoisinolates than broccoli! Of course, for most of us it is easier to eat large amounts of broccoli than horseradish. Still, it couldn’t hurt to include this powerful root in your diet.

Horseradish is also a potent infection fighter. It contains a volatile oil called sinigrin, which is a natural antibiotic and contains other compounds that target upper respiratory issues such as congestion and inflammation. But that is not all.  Horseradish has been found to fight bacteria and viruses (including Epstein Barr), lower cholesterol, and stimulate the immune system.

For many, the only dose of horseradish consumed is in Bloody Mary’s or cocktail sauce.  So if you had too many Bloody’s in your younger life, know that it wasn’t all bad (and we all look forward, not back). I can’t speak of the mix or the alcohol, but at least you may have ingested a cocktail with some health-promoting, cancer- fighting punch. But this article is not intended to send you to the bar, only to tell you the virtues of horseradish.

Horseradish compliments dishes made with apples, potatoes, cheese, mustard, and eggs, and pairs well with cancer-fighting herbs such as basil, parsley, rosemary and various seeds. And should you be out of wasabi, know that horseradish is a fine substitute (wasabi is often horseradish dyed green 😊)

In your good health,

Elyn

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

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 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 online 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://www.degruyter.com/downloadpdf/j/vcrb.2009.71.issue–1/v10032-009-0033-8/v10032-009-0033-8.pdf

[ii]  https://aces.illinois.edu/news/cancer-fighting-properties-horseradish-revealed

 

 

 

The Virtues of Arugula

In Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, Uncategorized on September 3, 2019 at 2:40 pm

Arugula’s small, tender leaves have a mildly peppery bite, perfect for salads, soups, and pasta dishes. Arugula is also known as rucola, rocket, and Italian cress. While popular for its taste, arugula is also known for its health benefits. It is rich in vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, K, and folate.

A relative of the crucifer family, arugula is a powerful anticancer food. Phytochemicals in arugula (particularly erucin) influence cancer cells, inducing cancer cell death and inhibiting cell migration.[i]

arugula photo

Look for dark green leaves that smell fresh and show no yellowing. Arugula is quite perishable, so use as soon as possible.

Raw arugula pairs well with fruit and cheese:
• Mix with fresh raspberries or strawberries and toasted pine nuts; toss with a light citrus vinaigrette
• Mix with fresh peach slices; toss with olive oil and peach-infused vinegar or white balsamic
• Dress with lemon juice (and some zest) and olive oil—add in white beans and garnish with shaved Parmesan
• Use instead of basil for a delicious pesto
• Top the salad with walnuts and grilled or poached chicken or steak

In your good health,

Elyn

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

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 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 online 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://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30632211