The info on this website is applicable to prevention, as well as the hormone-sensitive cancer info under breast for men and women (yes, the same supplements help guys, too -- I take calcium d-glucarate and DIM myself to get rid of estradiol, a cancer-causing form of estrogen that guys bodies make, too), prostate and colon cancer. For prevention as opposed to active cancer, I would take smaller amounts of a few, targeted supplements, such as berry extracts, ellagic acid/pomegranate, curcumin & quercetin; fish, coconut, olive oil; freshly-ground flaxseed. Some wheat grass or barley grass (a green drink) and Jarrow multivitamin powder, a full spectrum vitamin E, oil-soluble C and magnesium ascorbate along with multicarotene (sources are on my site) would help, along with the general suggestions about what to avoid, the best foods, blenderizing raw vegetables, visualization, and lifestyle changes.
Please keep this website for reference, as cancer runs in families and can be prevented in most cases by taking the appropriate steps in time -- the sooner the better.
The Great Cancer Lie: It Is Preventable and Beatable by Doctor Blaylock (excerpt from his October 2008 newsletter)
In the 1960s, the government declared war on cancer. As is the case with most government programs, the answer was to throw a lot of taxpayer money at the problem.
Yet, after 40 years and tens of billions of dollars spent in the “war” on cancer, death rates from the most common cancers haven’t budged.
In fact, people whose cancers already have spread to other parts of the body (the term is “metastasized”) die in numbers just as high as 50 years ago, and the truth is, unfortunately, most cancers do spread by the time they are diagnosed.
Until recently, cancer researchers had found few answers as to the origin of cancer and why it was so hard to prevent and cure. In the shadows of this orthodoxy, a number of brilliant men and women were looking at cancer in a different way and making some real headway, not only in preventing it, but in treating some of the most advanced cases.
Over the past 20 years, this once-shunned knowledge has slowly become more and more mainstream as scientists began to uncover an intimate relationship between cancer prevention and treatment, diet, and the use of special nutraceutical supplements.
Today, medical and research journals that deal with cancer are filled with studies confirming what these “alternative” thinkers have been saying all along: Inflammation is the key to understanding cancer.
There is growing evidence among scientists that cancers arise as the result of chronic, low-grade inflammation that exists over decades. This explains the link between various illnesses and cancers.
Inflammation Is Key to Cancer Growth Bacterial infections, if prolonged, also can induce cancer. In some regions, parasitic infections are a common cause of cancer. Certain viruses also cause cancer. Note that these don't directly cause cancer: rather, they induce chronic inflammation which leads to cancer. Block the inflammation, and cancer rates fall precipitously, even if the virus is not cured.
How Cancer Does Its Ugly Work Localized cancers, ones that do not spread to other parts of the body, rarely kill. Cancer kills because of metastasis, the spread of cancer throughout other parts of the body, which occurs in nine out of 10 cases. In fact, at the time of diagnosis, 76 percent of lung cancers, 55 percent of colorectal cancers and 37 percent of breast cancers have already spread. As a neurosurgeon, I was often the first person to diagnose a cancer because so many spread to the nervous system first.
The irony is that a number of chemotherapy agents actually increase inflammation and generate free radicals. Cancer researchers admit that, based on these new discoveries, conventional cancer treatments have little chance of success against both the most common cancers and the most advanced cancers.
Many inflammatory chemicals act as growth factors — they actually “fertilize” the cancer. For example, men with prostate cancer who have higher levels of inflammatory chemicals have a poorer prognosis than those with lower levels.
This is also true with breast, colon, lung, and ovarian cancers.
Researchers have shown that injecting inflammatory substances, such as carrageenan (a common food thickener), near a tumor will cause it to grow very rapidly and invade surrounding tissues, that is, metastasize. Even very diluted concentrations of carrageenan can do this. Inflammation also explains the high rate of cancer in diabetics, since they have a progressive increase in inflammation over time, especially if their diabetes is poorly controlled.
Diabetic cancer patients also have a much poorer prognosis than non-diabetic patients.
A review of 97 studies demonstrated that the higher the intake of omega-6 oils, the more likely cancers were to quickly grow and spread. They also found that obese women who ate the most omega-6 oils (found in soybean, sunflower, corn, and safflower oils) had the worst prognosis from their breast cancer and had more advanced cancers at the time of diagnosis.
It is known that diets high in omega-6 oils increase estradiol production of fat cells and this can drive estrogen-sensitive cancer cells. Omega-6 oils are also major generators of inflammation in the body.
Similarly, a study of 217 men found that those on high omega-6 diets (the typical Western diet) had more prostate cancers and their cancers were more advanced than in those men whose diets were lower in omega-6 oils.
animal studies found that certain nutrients could make tumors grow faster and make them more likely to metastasize. These nutrients included processed sugars and omega-6 oils. In fact, in some animals with transplanted human tumors, the tumors do not metastasize unless the animals are fed corn oil, an omega-6 oil.
The same was found with cancer-causing chemicals. Injecting rats with cancer-causing chemicals of low potency normally produces only a few tumors. Add corn oil to their diet and the rats develop huge numbers of cancers.
When tumors spread all over the body, they form a huge volume of energy-consuming tissue (called tumor volume). Remember, cancer can use only one fuel — sugar. This is why feeding cancer patients other foods do not cause the tumors to grow faster.
I checked the diets being recommended by a number of cancer centers. To my astonishment, I found that they were recommending that their cancer patients eat doughnuts, cakes, pies, cheesecake, breads and a number of other sources of refined sugar. I remember in one instance, a cancer patient told me she was told her to eat anything she wanted . . . and that the important thing was not to lose weight. Incredible!
Glutamate, a Powerful Stimulant for Cancer Growth In 1994, I wrote a book entitled “Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills,” on the harmful effects glutamate and aspartame additives cause to the brain. (For more information, go to my Web site www.russellblaylockmd.com.) Since then, scientists have discovered that glutamate receptors, the site where glutamate interacts with the cell, are found on most tissues in the body. A great number of these receptors are found with some cancers.
Of major concern was the discovery that stimulating these receptors can make many common cancers grow much faster, become highly invasive, and much more deadly. This was first discovered with brain cancers (glioblastoma multiforme).
When these tumors secreted a lot of glutamate, they grew 14 times faster than those that didn’t. Adding glutamate to the tumors made them suddenly invade the surrounding brain. We now know that breast, prostate, melanoma, colorectal, lung, ovarian, rhabdomyosarcoma, pancreatic, and head and neck cancers all have glutamate receptors. Stimulating these receptors causes tumors to grow and invade surrounding tissue. A study of squamous carcinoma of the head and neck found that patients who had tumors with abundant glutamate receptors had the largest tumors, the fastest-growing tumors, and the poorest prognosis.
Melanomas are also very sensitive to glutamate. These cancerous tumors secrete high levels of glutamate, and adding glutamate makes them metastasize. Interestingly, blocking the melanoma’s glutamate receptors slowed their growth and prevented metastasis.
Combining glutamate receptor-blocking drugs with conventional chemotherapy dramatically improved the chemotherapy’s effectiveness. This is true of many types of cancer.
The presence of certain types of glutamate receptors can even make some tumors, such as colon cancer, resistant to treatment. Blocking the glutamate receptors, however, can suddenly make the resistant cancer sensitive to chemotherapy.
The irony here is that glutamate additives are common in our foods. Processed foods frequently have several forms of glutamate additives added in high concentrations. Why? They are only used because they enhance the taste of foods.
No one is telling cancer patients that these additives enhance the growth of their cancers, interfere with conventional treatments, and stimulate tumor invasion and metastasis, which is why you need to avoid eating in restaurants or eating processed foods (even infrequently): • MSG • Hydrolyzed proteins • Soy proteins • Soy isolates • Natural flavoring • Autolyzed yeast • Caseinate • Stock • Broth
In fact, these types of additives can make their cancers incurable.
Glutamate additives are known to trigger inflammation and activate all of the inflammatory signals in a number of tissues.
Studies confirm that a few doses of MSG can increase free radical generation and inflammation that can last decades, especially if given early in life to infants and toddlers. Predicting Metastasis
Inflammation greatly increases the activity of this enzyme, and reducing inflammation reduces tyrosine kinase activity and hence reduces the spread of cancer.
A number of natural products can suppress this cancer enzyme, including quercetin, luteolin, apigenin, curcumin and kaempferol. All are found in vegetables, and many can be purchased as supplement extracts.
The enzyme ornithine decarboxylase is also related to cancer growth. It increases in activity more than 100 times in cancerous tumors. MSG dramatically increases the action of this enzyme and may play a role in cancer promotion. Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG (white tea extract), apigenin (celery), retinoids, curcumin (turmeric), and isothiocyanates (broccoli) inhibit this enzyme.
How can you reduce angiogenesis (the process of growing new blood vessels from existing blood vessels), which cancer uses to grow? Omega-3 oils, especially the DHA component of fish oils, reduce angiogenesis.
The plant flavonoids luteolin and apigenin, which are found in high concentrations in artichokes and celery, inhibit angiogenesis.
Curcumin, quercetin, and hesperidin also inhibit angiogenesis and are available as supplements.
Nicotine from cigarettes has been shown to greatly stimulate angiogenesis and cancer growth and invasion.
This is also true of nicotine patches used to help people stop smoking. Nicotine from all sources should be avoided by all cancer patients, even that from secondhand smoke.
Preventing Inflammation The good news is that many food extracts, vitamins, and some minerals suppress these cancer-fueling substances. The following supplements are great for combating cancers: • Resveratrol • Quercetin • Curcumin • Ellagic acid • Hesperidin • Magnesium • Selenium • Vitamins C and E • Anthocyanidins (grape seed extract) • Ferulic acid • Boswellia • Aged garlic extract
All are available as supplements in highly purified forms. These substances are powerful antioxidants and they suppress cancer growth and invasion.
One of the major sources of inflammation in people living in developed countries is a high consumption of foods and drinks that promote inflammation. At the top of the list are omega-6 fats and oils (vegetable oils), refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup and processed foods of all types.
The common vegetable oils, which include corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, canola and soybean, all promote inflammation and have been shown to encourage the development, growth, and spread of cancer. Americans eat 50 times more of these oils than needed for good health. Food additives can promote cancer development, growth and spread. These include nitrites, MSG, other sources of glutamate and aspartate, and carrageenan, a very powerful inflammatory substance commonly added to foods.
Nitrites in foods (high amounts are found in processed meats, such as bacon and cold cuts) have been identified as cancer promoters for more than half a century.
Vitamin C suppresses the ability of nitrates to form cancer-causing compounds. Even more protective is caffeic acid (found in plums, apples, and blueberries) and ferulic acid (found in most fruits). The most powerful protection comes from ellagic acid, which is found in high concentrations in walnuts and pomegranate extract. These anticancer food extracts can also be purchased as concentrates. All are powerful anti-inflammatories and antioxidants and they inhibit the function of cancer cells.
Critical to any plan to combat advanced cancers or prevent cancer recurrence is to change one’s diet from the typical Western diet high in omega-6 oils, processed sugars and heavy red meats to one high in nutrient dense vegetables, some fruits, purified water, some whole grains and lighter meats, like chicken and turkey.
Fluoride, mercury, lead, cadmium, pesticides and herbicides, and daily stress all encourage the development, growth, and spread of cancer. Fluoride has been shown to increase cancer rates 10 percent in two large studies and in a number of lab experiments. Excess iron also promotes cancer development and especially the growth and spread of existing cancers.
Eating at least 10 servings of nutrient-dense vegetables is essential. These vegetables contain high concentrations of cancer-inhibiting flavonoids, minerals, and vitamins.
Drink Your Vegetables! The best way to maximize your intake of the anti-cancer nutrients is to blenderize your vegetables and drink them each day. The most potent anticancer vegetables include: • Broccoli • Brussels sprouts • Cauliflower • Celery • Greens (mustard collard, turnip) • Kale • Parsley • Spinach
The most potent anticancer vegetables include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, and greens (mustard, collard, and turnip) and garlic. They should be blenderized for maximum potency.
Because kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts can contain chemicals that inhibit the thyroid gland in their raw state, I suggest lightly steaming them before blenderizing to neutralize the chemicals (Note: I include a moderate amount of these in my juice in their raw form).
The most powerful antioxidants and inhibitors of inflammation include the following: • Curcumin • Quercetin • Hesperidin • Resveratrol • Grape seed extract • Ellagic acid • Natural vitamin E (the gamma-tocopheryl) • Vitamin C (buffered ascorbate) • White tea extract • Vitamin D-3
Because curcumin and quercetin are poorly absorbed in their natural state, I recommend dissolving them in a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil and taking the mixture three times a day. The dose is 500 milligrams of each.
Special forms are available that have higher absorption at the Web site of the Life Extension Foundation, www.lef.org. When they are combined, curcumin and quercetin are extremely powerful anticancer substances and they vigorously reduce inflammation.
For references and more information on cancer and nutrition be sure to visit my Web site at www.russellblaylockmd.com, and look under “published papers.” Also, see my book “Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients.”
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