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Not long ago,
researchers at the world-renowned University of Texas MD Anderson
Cancer Center published a groundbreaking scientific review of their
favorite anti-cancer nutrient curcumin. Curcumin, along with
several other nutrients, is remarkable in that it can actually tell
the difference between a healthy cell and a cancer cell.
Wellness Resources, here is how the researchers explained their
interest in curcumin:
Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) ... is one of the most powerful and
promising chemopreventive and anticancer agents ... How curcumin
exerts its powerful anticancer activities has been thoroughly investigated,
and several mechanisms of action have been discovered ... curcumin
exerts its biological activities through epigenetic modulation.’”
In other words,
curcumin changes the regulation of DNA to help kill cancer. In fact,
curcumin not only influences epigenetic settings, it also manages
the downstream consequences, helping to guide multiple steps in
the way gene orders are implemented.
The role of
in health and disease is becoming ever clearer, and I firmly
believe this field of study will eventually supplant the current
medical paradigm. The conventional belief has been that genes controlled
their own expression and were therefore the direct cause of certain
diseases. This laid the groundwork for the idea that your genes
predetermined your health.
But genes are
in fact NOT self-regulating.
genes," does not at all mean you're doomed to suffer some inevitable
fate. Genes are merely blueprints, and these blueprints
are activated and controlled by something else entirely, namely
their environment. This environmental information
which includes diet, toxic exposures, as well as thoughts and emotions,
and more can create more than 30,000 different variations
from each blueprint, allowing for an astounding amount of leeway
in modifying the expression or "read-out" of each gene!
of Food as Medicine
As a result
of these findings, we're now finally seeing science alter its course
to investigate the power of optimal nutrition to improve
health and prevent chronic disease from occurring in the first place.
To anyone who is well-versed in alternative medicine, this is simply
common sense. But many are still in denial about the power each
individual wields over their own health, and that preventing disease
and even treating disease can be as simple as modifying your diet
and lifestyle essentially, altering the environment of your
body, to provide the best, most health promoting growth medium possible
for all your cells.
Part of the
explanation for why food can have such a powerful influence on serious
diseases such as cancer is due to its influence on a biological
process called angiogenesis the process your body uses
to build blood vessels. Cancerous cells, like all other cells in
your body, cannot thrive without the oxygen and nutrients supplied
by your capillaries.
(too many blood vessels) promote diseases such as cancer.
Most of us
actually carry around microscopic cancer cell clusters in our bodies
all the time. The reason why we all don't develop cancer is because
as long as your body has the ability to balance angiogenesis properly,
it will prevent blood vessels from forming to feed these microscopic
tumors. Trouble will only arise if, and when, the cancer cells manage
to get their own blood supply, at which point they can transform
from harmless to deadly.
As our ancestors
intuitively understood, Nature has laced a large number of foods
and herbs with naturally occurring inhibitors of angiogenesis, rendering
them natural "anti-cancer medicines." Simply by consuming these
anti-angiogenetic foods you can naturally boost your body's defense
system and prevent blood vessels from forming and feeding the microscopic
tumors that exist in your body at any given time.
written about a number of different foods found to have particularly
powerful epigenetic influence, such as broccoli and resveratrol,
but many researchers consider the curcumin in turmeric to have the
greatest potential in combating cancer.
One of the Most Powerful Cancer Gene Regulators
It's now becoming
more widely accepted that cancer is not pre-programmed into your
genes, but rather it's the environment of your body that regulates
your genetic expression that can trigger cancer to occur. Adverse
epigenetic influences that can damage or mutate DNA and alter genetic
expression, allowing cancer to proliferate, include:
deficiencies and hormonal imbalances
and emotional conflicts
has the most
evidence-based literature supporting its use against cancer
than any other nutrient. Interestingly this also includes the metabolite
of curcumin and its derivatives, which are also anti-cancerous.
Best of all, curcumin appears to be safe in the treatment of all
have found that curcumin can affect more than 100 different pathways,
once it gets into the cell. More specifically, curcumin has been
the proliferation of tumor cells
the transformation of cells from normal to tumor
the synthesis of a protein thought to be instrumental in tumor
your body destroy mutated cancer cells so they cannot spread
throughout your body
prevent the development of additional blood supply necessary
for cancer cell growth (angiogenesis)
of curcumin's power seems to lie in its ability to modulate genetic
activity and expression both by destroying cancer cells,
and by promoting healthy cell function. It also promotes anti-angiogenesis,
i.e. it helps prevent the development of additional blood supply
necessary for cancer cell growth as discussed above.
study in Biochemical Pharmacology found that curcumin
can help slow the spread of breast cancer cells to the lungs in
acts against transcription factors, which are like a master switch,"
said lead researcher, Bharat Aggarwal. "Transcription factors
regulate all the genes needed for tumors to form. When we turn them
off, we shut down some genes that are involved in the growth and
invasion of cancer cells."
study in Biochemical Pharmacology also found that curcumin
inhibits the activation of NF-kappaB, a regulatory molecule that
signals genes to produce a slew of inflammatory molecules (including
TNF, COX-2 and IL-6) that promote cancer cell growth.
Benefits of Curcumin
interest in curcumin over the past 50 years is understandable when
you consider the many health benefits researchers have found when
studying this herb. According to studies, curcumin may help:
low-density lipoprotein oxidation
thrombosis and myocardial infarction
symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes
symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
symptoms of multiple sclerosis
symptoms of Alzheimer's disease
against liver damage
against pulmonary toxicity and fibrosis
How to Use
To get the
full benefits curcumin has to offer, look for a turmeric extract
that contains 100 percent certified organic ingredients, with at
least 95 percent curcuminoids. The formula should be free of fillers,
additives and excipients (a substance added to the supplement as
a processing or stability aid), and the manufacturer should use
safe production practices at all stages: planting, cultivation,
selective harvesting, and then producing and packaging the final
at the present time there really are no formulations available for
the use against cancer. This is because relatively high doses are
required and curcumin is not absorbed that well.
Dr. William LaValley, one of the leading medicine cancer physicians
I personally know, typical anticancer doses are up to three grams
of good bioavailable curcumin extract, three to four times daily.
One work-around is to use the curcumin powder and make a microemulsion
of it by combining a tablespoon of the powder and mixing it into
1-2 egg yolks and a teaspoon or two of melted coconut oil.Then use
a high speed hand blender to emulsify the powder.
Another strategy that can help increase absorption is to put one
tablespoon of the curcumin powder into a quart of boiling water.
It must be boiling when you add the powder as it will not work as
well if you put it in room temperature water and heat the water
and curcumin. After boiling it for ten minutes you will have created
a 12 percent solution that you can drink once it has cooled down.
It will have a woody taste.
will gradually fall out of solution however. In about six hours
it will be a 6 percent solution, so it's best to drink the water
within four hours.
Be aware that
curcumin is a very potent yellow pigment and can permanently discolor
surfaces if you aren't careful.
the Cancer Treatment BASICS
It is encouraging
to see cancer research on herbs such as turmeric. However, it's
virtually impossible to discuss cancer prevention and treatment
without touching on one of the absolute best cancer prevention nutrients
ever discovered, namely vitamin D.
name, vitamin D is actually a powerful neuro-regulatory steroid,
and it's likely more potent than curcumin, as its epigenetic influence
covers more than 2,000 genes in your body or about
10 percent of all genes! There are also more
than 830 peer reviewed scientific studies showing vitamin D's
effectiveness in the treatment of cancer.
I believe it is virtually malpractice to not optimize vitamin
D levels when treating someone with cancer. In this case, your vitamin
D levels should be around 70-100 ng/ml. For more information about
optimizing your vitamin D levels, please see my previous article
Values and Treatment for Vitamin D Deficiency.
Chemo or Natural?
'conventional wisdom,' chemotherapy is rarely the best option for
cancer treatment as it usually typically doesn't cure cancer or
extend life, and it rarely improves the quality of life. Dr. Ralph
Moss, who is the author of eight books on cancer treatment, has
reviewed thousands of studies as part of the research for his books
and he has not found one single good study showing that
chemo cures cancer or extends life.
does do, however, is expose your body to toxins that kill all cells
that multiply and divide rapidly. This includes not only cancer
cells, but also other rapidly multiplying and dividing cells, such
as bone marrow, reproductive system cells and hair follicles.
These are powerful
drugs that present an assault on your system one that your
body must then overcome along with the cancer. And the effects do
not end right after the treatment. One UCLA study found that chemotherapy
can actually change the blood flow and metabolism of your brain
in ways that can linger
for 10 years or more after treatment.
has a listing of 1,456 curcumin studies, hundreds of which relate
specifically to curcumin's effect on different types of cancer.
Epigenetic) Cancer Prevention Strategies
I believe you
can virtually eliminate your risk of cancer and other chronic disease,
and radically improve your chances of recovering from cancer if
you currently have it, by following some relatively simple risk
reduction strategies all of which help promote a healthful
biological environment in which your cells can thrive and combat
You don't read
or hear much about these strategies because they have not been formally
"proven" yet by conservative researchers. However, did you know
that 85 percent of therapies currently recommended by conventional
medicine have never been formally proven effective either?!
My top 12 cancer
prevention strategies include:
or eliminate your processed food, fructose and grain carbohydrate
D levels by getting plenty of sunlight
exposure and consider careful supplementation when this is
not possible. If you take oral vitamin D and have cancer, it would
be prudent to monitor your vitamin D blood levels regularly.
your fasting insulin and leptin levels. (Improved insulin
and leptin control is the natural outcome of reducing or eliminating
fructose, grains, and processed foods from your diet.)
your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats by taking a high-quality
krill oil or fish oil and reducing your intake of most processed
- Get regular
One of the primary reasons exercise works is that it drives your
insulin levels down. Controlling insulin levels is one of the
most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risks. If you have limited
time Peak 8 is your best bet but ideally you should have a good
strength training program
- Get regular,
according to your nutritional type. The potent anti-cancer
effects of this principle are sorely underappreciated. However,
some cancer specialists are now using nutritional
typing as an integral part of their cancer treatments.
- Reduce your
exposure to environmental
toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic
air fresheners and air pollution.
- Limit your
exposure and provide protection for yourself from EMF produced
by cell phone towers, base stations, cell phones and WiFi stations.
On May 31, 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer
(IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), declared
phones are "possibly carcinogenic to humans."
- Avoid frying
or charbroiling your food. Boil, poach or steam your foods
- Have a tool
to permanently reprogram the neurological short-circuiting that
can activate cancer genes. Even the CDC states that 85 percent
is caused by emotions. It is likely that this factor may be
more important than all the other physical ones listed here, so
make sure this is addressed. Energy psychology seems to be one
of the best approaches and my particular favorite tool, as you
may know, is the Emotional
Freedom Technique. German
New Medicine is another powerful tool.
- Eat at least
of your food raw.
2011 Dr. Joseph Mercola
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