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Integrative Oncology Helps Cancer Patients with Safe Non Toxic Treatments

Integrative Oncology Helps Cancer Patients with Safe Non Toxic Treatments

For doctors and patients who wish to explore the effects of nutrition, and natural supplementation for those with cancer, the American Institute of Integrative Oncology suggests an approach to help patients with safe, non toxic treatments. The key is to focus on achieving the following goal:

Promote A Micro-environment That Is Not Supportive Of The Development, Proliferation, Progression Or The Metastasis Of Tumor Cells.

In conventional Oncology action is taken when a tumor is detected to eradicate the malignancy. After someone is in remission, surveillance is done to uncover a new tumor when it has arisen, at which time action is again taken to eradicate that malignancy. The Integrative Oncology approach uses biomarkers as early signs that may point to greater risk of tumor production or when recurrence may be more likely to occur. This method can be used by anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis to be more proactive than just using standard  screening methods for the recurrence of cancer before any action is taken. This approach is also used while patients are undergoing treatment under the care of  an Oncologist, to compliment that care.

These BIOMARKERS and NUTRIENT LEVELS can be evaluated and monitored as an indicator of progression, or risk of progression of disease. Appropriate steps can be taken when abnormal findings are uncovered.

BIOMARKERS

CRP                                        IL-6                                         IL-1              Ferritin            Fibrinogen

Insulin                                   HbA1C                                  Leptin            Ceruloplasmin

VitD                                       Copper                                 Zinc                 RBC Magnesium

 

The Most Important nutrients used in Integrative Oncology

Omega 3 Fatty Acids                       Green Tea-ECGC                              Vit D3

Magnesium                                        Resveratrol                                         Curcumin

Beta Glucan and Medicinal Mushrooms                 Brassica- rich nutrients-DIM

Lipoic Acid                                           Probiotics                                            Berberine

Multi-Vit-min  with activated B vitamins, without Copper or iron         Methylated B12

Vitamin C                                             Quercitin

The nutritional content of the diet is always of paramount importance. A low sugar diet is essential. Many advise taking the Dairy and Gluten Free approaches as well.

To round out lifestyle recommendations, exercise is important to those with cancer, as it is to everyone else. Many research studies have confirmed this.

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Obesity Linked To More Types of Cancer

Obesity Linked To More Types of Cancer

As reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers have identified eight additional types of cancer linked to excess weight and obesity: stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, ovary, meningioma , thyroid cancer and the blood cancer multiple myeloma. And the data suggests that avoiding obesity could help to reduce the risk of these cancers.

This study utilizing researchers around the world, reviewed more than 1,000 studies of excess weight and cancer risk analyzed by the WHO’s International Agency for Cancer on Research. In 2002, this same group of cancer researchers found  evidence linking excess weight to higher risks of cancers of the colon, esophagus, kidney, breast and uterus.

Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, a cancer prevention expert at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis says,”The burden of cancer due to being overweight or obese is more extensive than what has been assumed. Many of the newly identified cancers linked to excess weight haven’t been on people’s radar screens as having a weight component.”

“Lifestyle factors such as eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising, in addition to not smoking, can have a significant impact on reducing cancer risk” he said. “Public health efforts to combat cancer should focus on these things that people have some control over.”

For most of the cancers on the newly expanded list, the researchers also see that greater the degree of being overweight,  the greater the cancer risk. And the cancer risk that the study found, the same for both men and women.

“Significant numbers of the U.S. and the world’s population are overweight,” Dr. Colditz says. “This is another wake-up call. It’s time to take our health and our diets seriously.”

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Nut Consumption Reduces Inflammation

Nut Consumption Reduces Inflammation

A new study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that dietary intake of nuts is associated with lower levels of the biomarkers of inflammation. This study of than 5,000 people by the  Brigham and Women’s Hospital  may help to explain the documented health benefits of nuts.

Research study author Ying Bao M.D. ScD, says, “Population studies have consistently supported a protective role of nuts against cardiometabolic disorders such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and we know that inflammation is a key process in the development of these diseases. Our new work suggests that nuts may exert their beneficial effects in part by reducing systemic inflammation.”

For this study, the research team performed  an analysis of data using dietary questionnaires, comparing the levels of the  proteins known as biomarkers in blood samples collected from the study subjects. The biomarkers of inflammation that were affected were, C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin 6 (IL6) .

The data revealed that those who had consumed at least five  servings of nuts per week had lower levels of CRP and IL6 than those who rarely or almost never ate nuts. Dr Bao says, “Much remains unknown about how our diet influences inflammation and, in turn, our risk of disease. But our study supports an overall healthful role for nuts in the diet and suggests reducing inflammation as a potential mechanism that may help explain the benefits of nuts on cardiometabolic diseases.”

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Zinc Deficiency Promotes Inflammation- Chronic Disease

Zinc Deficiency Promotes Inflammation- Chronic Disease

Just published research from Oregon State University shows that zinc, an important mineral in human health, affects how the immune system responds to stimulation, especially inflammation.

This study reveals a pathway by which zinc deficiency could play a role in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes that involve inflammation.

Such diseases most often show up in older adults, who are more at risk for zinc deficiency. In the study the researchers showed that zinc deficiency caused improper immune cell activation and dysregulation of  IL-6,  a protein that affects the inflammatory response in the cell.

“When you take away zinc, the cells that control inflammation appear to activate and respond differently; this causes the cells to promote more inflammation,” said Professor Emily Ho, lead author of the study from the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences,

Zinc is  required for many biological processes in the body , including growth and development, and immunity. It is naturally found in protein-rich foods such as meat and shellfish, with oysters particularly known for their high content.

In the U.S.  of those 65 years of age and older, approximately 40 percent do not consume enough zinc according to Dr Ho, and older adults may  also not absorb or utilize zinc well, making them even more susceptible to the effects of zinc deficiency.

“It’s a double-whammy for older individuals,” said Dr Ho. “We think zinc deficiency is probably a bigger problem than most people realize,” she said. Preventing that deficiency is important.”

Older people, more susceptible to chronic disease from many age related mechanisms are wise to ask their physician to check their zinc status and consider supplementation if deficient.

The findings were published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 2015. 

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Low Carb Diet, Fasting, and Exercise Lowers Inflammation – May Prevent Disease

Low Carb Diet, Fasting, and Exercise Lowers Inflammation – May Prevent Disease

 Yale School of Medicine researchers have published a study in online journal Nature Medicine which shows that  a compound produced by the body when dieting or fasting blocks a part of the immune system which is involved in the development of diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and other auto-inflammatory conditions.

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High Vitamin D Levels Increase Survival of Colon Cancer Patients

High Vitamin D Levels Increase Survival of Colon Cancer Patients
Reported at a 2015 the meeting of  the American Society of Cancer Oncology (ASCO) held in San Francisco, a new study from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute found that patients with metastatic colorectal cancer who had higher levels of vitamin D in their blood  samples prior to treatment with chemotherapy , survived longer than patients with lower levels of  vitamin D.
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#3 of THE TOP 10 MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 2014

 

THE  TOP 10  MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 20014

Over the past year I’ve shared with you over seventy  postings containing the most important research findings reported in the areas of nutrition, natural treatments, and lifestyle factors that we in Integrative Medicine believe are the best treatments now and for the future.

On this eighth day of our daily countdown please see #3 of my TOP 10 research articles of the year.

Today’s pick is about the importance of Vitamin D.

More and more studies continue to be published adding more proof that preventing vitamin D deficiency may be lifesaving .

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