Mistletoe � the cheery kiss-inducing Christmas plant � contains a natural compound that has been found to have potent anti-cancer properties.
Scientists at the University of Adelaide in Australia have determined the extract of mistletoe could either assist chemotherapy or act as an alternative to drugs as a treatment for colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the Western world.
Mistletoe extract is now used as an alternative colon cancer therapy in some parts of Europe, but lack of scientific testing has kept it off the market in Australia and the United States. That new research, led by Zahra Lotfollahi, could change that. (more…)
Most fine doctors like Dr. Ben Goldacre like to have all the available facts about a prescription drug before prescribing it. However, when it comes to pharmaceutical medicines, it’s nearly impossible to find real data, so doctors really never know the true dangers about the drugs they use.
Not only are they not sure about the side effects and the possibility of death but they are also not sure whether or not the drug will help the patient at all. In short, modern medicine is based on research fraud and we find doctors and medical officials, including the FDA, abandoning their public health mission by revolving everything they do and promote around pharmaceutical interests. Anything non-pharmaceutical in nature is patently condemned. (more…)
Colorectal cancers represent the fourth most prevalent form of the disease with more than 150,000 cases diagnosed each year and more than 50,000 deaths. Forward-thinking nutrition researchers understand that this particular form of the disease is largely preventable through lifestyle changes including healthy diet, exercise and smoking cessation. The newly emerging science of Epigenetics is shining a light on the specific mechanism of food-based nutrients to influence genetic expression helping to prevent many diseases, especially colon cancer. (more…)
Do you really think that a colonoscopy is still the best screening test or the screening test of choice when it comes to checking a person for signs of colorectal cancer? It turns out that something called the sigmoidoscopy may be just as good as a colonoscopy for testing or even better!
For a long time, the colonoscopy has been the standard screening test of choice when it comes to screening older adults for the risk of developing colon cancer. Essentially, a colonoscopy is an endoscopic evaluation of a person’s large bowel and also his or her distal portion of the small bowel. This is usually achieved by way of either a fiber optic camera attached to a flexible tube inserted into one’s anus or a CCD camera. This particular process might provide the doctor with a visual diagnosis of colon cancer and even offers the physician the chance at a biopsy or the taking away of a suspicious lesion. (more…)
Many colorectal cancers are thought to arise from adenomatous polyps in the colon. These mushroom-shaped growths are usually benign, but some may develop into cancer over time. Symptoms can include blood in the stool, narrower stools, a change in bowel habits and general stomach discomfort. However, you may not have symptoms at first, so screening is important. Everyone who is 50 or older should be screened for colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy is one method that your doctor can use to screen for colorectal cancer. Treatments for colorectal cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of treatments. (more…)
You’ll feel better!
OK, a jokey title once again. But, remarkable as it may seem, humble aspirin has a strong effect against cancer cells. This is in part due to the fact that cancer is part of the picture caused by our “inflammatory fire”; partly because it has a specific cytotoxic effect–see below. (more…)