You probably already know quite a bit about the downside to radiation and chemo drugs for cancer treatment.
A quick Internet search will tell you the drugs often cause fatigue, throat and mouth sores, nausea and vomiting, constipation and diarrhea…
And radiation therapy produces similar problems—in addition to possible skin damage close to the treatment area. You may find yourself trying to soothe skin that’s dry, itchy, peeling, or blistering.
Of course it would be better if you never had to subject yourself to these dangerous therapies. But if you feel you have to do these treatments, there is a bit of good news…
Exposing the Hidden Danger
to Your Eyes
When your eyesight starts to fail, it’s a real problem. Suddenly you can’t go to the grocery store… you can’t get to the doctor if you have an emergency… you can’t meet your friends for dinner…
Your “regular” doctor doesn’t have time to keep up with the latest research. And the same goes for eye doctors. They go to school to learn how to fit you for glasses and contacts, but have no way of preventing the damage and loss of eyesight that threatens your freedom and independence.
Let me show you something that probably no doctor or optometrist ever has… it will explain a LOT about how your eyes work.
Mainstream doctors are slowly starting to accept several natural, healthy treatments to help you deal with the pain and discomfort that conventional cancer treatments bring. Actually, evidence suggests these remedies are of much more value than the chemo itself, but you won’t hear it from mainstream doctors.
Let’s take a look at what they’re willing to admit. . .
Results from a recent clinical study revealed that a type of mushroom may be able to turbocharge your immune system to help you rebound more quickly from radiation treatments.
It’s called the turkey tail mushroom because of the wavy, colorful stripes it bears. Like many other mushrooms, it has been a Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
More recently, Japanese doctors have also been using the mushroom extracts for medicinal purposes for several decades. Now U.S. researchers are finally putting this natural healer under the microscope!
What do Asian doctors know
that we’re just discovering?
The turkey tail mushroom is too tough to eat, but manufacturers often produce liquid or powder extracts to help us reap the benefit of its antimicrobial, antitumor and antiviral properties.
The healing powers of turkey tail mushrooms have been linked to two primary components: 1) polysaccharide-K (PSK), also known as krestin, and 2) polysaccharide-P (PSP).
Japanese doctors have been using PSK since the 1980s to treat several types of cancers. They also use it to improve the success of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. We first wrote about PSK more than eight years ago in our Special Report Natural Cancer Remedies that Work. PSK is the active cancer-fighting ingredient not only in turkey tail mushroom but also in a mushroom called Coriolus versicolor.
And since 1970, Japanese trials have shown that using PSK significantly extends survival at five years or beyond in patients with cancers of the colon, esophagus, lung, nasopharynx and stomach.
Now the National Institutes of Health are funding a $5.4 million collaborative study between Bastyr University, the University of Washington and other institutions.
In 2012, the researchers got a nod from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a clinical trial to allow patients with advanced prostate cancer to take a turkey tail extract in combination with conventional chemotherapy.
They’ll compare these results with another group of chemotherapy patients receiving a placebo.
The team wants to determine to what extent the mushroom extract helps the cancer patients strengthen their immune systems.
Another trial pending FDA approval will test the effects of taking the extract along with a vaccine treatment in women with breast cancer.
Not only will these trials help researchers gather safety data, but they’ll also help them develop new cancer treatments. I’m delighted that mainstream medicine is catching on to the power of PSK found in turkey tail mushroom and Coriolus versicolor, but you don’t have to wait to benefit. These and other priceless mushroom remedies are available now, over the counter.
There’s more: Mushrooms aren’t the only natural extract that can give cancer a shellacking…
POP goes the cancer weasel!
Another natural formula you may come across is a product called Curcumall®. It is a liquid extract of turmeric and concentrated curcumin C3® offered by Turmeron Health Products, Ltd.
Turmeric is an Indian spice that has been shown to play a role in strengthening the immune system and reducing inflammation. Curcumin is the concentrated active ingredient in turmeric. It’s well-known as an anti-inflammatory, recommended by alternative health experts not only against cancer but against heart and artery disease, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s as well.
Turmeric and cucrumin can help:
- Maintain joint health and relieve muscle pain
- Keep Cholesterol levels withing a healthy range
- Support healthy digestive function
- Soothe gastrointestinal inflammation
- Maintain a healthy liver
- Support cardiovascular health
- Balance blood sugar levels
- Preserve healthy brain function
According to the American Cancer Society, animal and laboratory studies have found that curcumin inhibits several types of cancer cells and slows tumor growth.
By providing these two nutrients in a liquid extract, product developers Dr. Menny Rabinovich and his wife Aviva hope to provide a natural and effective source of pain relief to people struggling to treat cancer.
Dr. Rabinovich, is a molecular biologist & biochemist with expertise in nutrition, health and medicinal plants. Aviva Rabinovich holds a M.Sc in botany and biochemistry with special expertise in herbs and health. Aviva worked for many years in chemistry research in the U.S.
But Curcumall isn’t the only product you can buy to enjoy the health benefits of turmeric and curcumin. Many other brands are available in capsule form. A simple Internet search—or a trip to your local vitamin shop—should provide plenty of suppliers to choose from. I’m aware of two products that have credible claims to being highly potent and bioavailable: Life Extension’s Bio-Curcumin and a brand called Curamed. Both deliver many times the punch of simple curcumin, not to mention turmeric.
If you want to take turmeric rather than its concentrated extract, curcumin, you have to ingest quite a bit to get the desired effect. You can buy turmeric powder and heat it with milk and coconut oil for a daily drink to help soothe chronic inflammation and help prevent cancer.
This combination of ingredients is said to promote maximum absorption of turmeric’s curcumin.
No matter what form of turmeric or curcumin you decide to take, I strongly recommend this ancient Chinese secret to help you maintain a cancer-free, healthy body!
As conventional and alternative treatments slowly converge, there’s also new acceptance of a breast cancer treatment that can help you avoid surgery. If you missed this news in our last issue, just scroll down and read it now.
Consider This New, Easy Way
To Treat Small Breast Tumors
In an earlier article I told you about a procedure doctors have been using since the 1990s to kill prostate cancer cells without surgery. Now it looks like this same innovative approach can be used on small breast tumors as well.
It’s exciting news (and not just because it’s almost painless, is an out-patient procedure, and leaves no scars). Nearly all women who are told they have early-stage breast cancer elect to have it cut out rather than take their chances on alternative treatments.
Although it’s a normal response, it’s also a panic response. I’d give alternative therapies two or three weeks, at least – and I bet you’ll be happy with the results. If you want to know what the best alternatives are, consider our Special Report Breast Cancer Cover-Up.
But if you’re in the majority who just wants to get rid of the darn thing, now conventional medicine has come up with a new way that sounds more reasonable to me than surgery. Keep reading to learn more. . .
Cryoablation—also known as cryotherapy or cryosurgery—involves the use of controlled freeze-and-thaw cycles to destroy cancer cells in both malignant and benign tumors.
In 2012, IceCure Medical Ltd. of Israel successfully used their IceSense3 cryoablation procedure on four breast cancer patients to treat small, early stage breast cancer tumors (fibroadenomas).
Traditionally, a surgical biopsy was the only option for removing these tumors. But cryoablation provides a less invasive option that even the Food and Drug Administration approves for treating fibroadenomas.
IceSense3 has been developed specifically for breast tumors and uses ultrasound imaging to guide thin, hollow needles into the tumor.
Doctors then use liquid nitrogen or argon gas to cool the end of the needle to -274 F (-170 C). This turns the tumor into a ball of ice and allows your body to reabsorb the dead cells over time.
Use of the probe also helps ensure that only breast tumor cells are killed—leaving surrounding tissues unharmed.
Eisuke Fukuma, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Breast Center at Kameda Medical Center in Kamogawa City, Japan, is leader of a clinical trial that will eventually involve 30 small early stage breast cancer patients. Four have been treated as of the latest information I have.
In a company statement, Dr. Fukuma said “this procedure is an exciting step towards moving treatment of small, early stage breast cancer tumors from open surgery to a minimally invasive cryoablation procedure.”
What are the pros and cons
of this treatment?
Cryoablation has been used for years to treat both malignant and benign tumors. Over 400 published studies document the clinical value of cryotherapy to treat prostate cancer.
And recent studies show ten-year cure rates as high as 90% for low risk (presumably early stage) patients. This represents the same success rate as surgery or radiation treatments.
I actually think cryotherapy sounds like a more reasonable approach for early-stage breast cancer than for prostate cancer (see Issue #110 for my take on the latter). Situated deep within the body, the prostate is harder to reach with the probes and it’s more difficult to identify all the tumors and their precise locations.
But when treating breast cancer with freezing probes it sounds like it’s fairly easy to get where you want to go, kill only cancer cells, and get out with no damage to healthy tissue.
Recent technological advances have resulted in smaller probes that are easier to manage. These are ideal for use in treating breast cancer.
This new breast cancer treatment provides several advantages, including:
- No hospitalization required—the procedure can be performed safely in a doctor’s office or breast center.
- No anesthesia or sutures needed—this helps minimize any risk of infection or reactions to anesthetics, such as heart attack or stroke.
- No invasive surgery involved—the 5 to 15-minute procedure helps speed recovery time.
- No huge medical bills—cryoablation costs less than cancer surgery which may require lengthy hospital stays, anesthesia and prescription drugs.
- No pain or scar tissue—most patients report minimal pain with the procedures and have little to no scarring within six months.
Now in all fairness, you must consider the less favorable aspect of cryoablation. In my opinion, it’s very minor, but I’ll mention it: It DOES involve the use of needles. Small and thin though they may be… some folks just can’t stomach them.
You’ll need to endure a needle for the local anesthesia as well as the one used to administer the gases to freeze the tumor cells. I don’t know why this would bother a person any more than being cut with a scalpel, but some people might have a different take.
U.S. researchers achieve similar results
In 2010, Peter J. Littrup, M.D., reported encouraging results in a study of 13 breast cancer patients who refused surgery. He’s an interventional radiologist and director of imaging research and image-guided therapy for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan.
In a Science Daily article, Dr. Littrup explained that researchers inserted several needle-like probes through the skin at even spaces, which delivered the cold gas directly to the tumor.
A major difference between this study and prior methods of breast cryotherapy is the use of two or more probes to deliver the cold gas. Prior breast cryotherapy studies used only a single cryoprobe.
Littrup said early researchers also suggested that breast tumors larger than 1.5 centimeters could not be adequately treated with cryoablation.
But this assertion ignores the fact that men’s prostate glands—which average 5 centimeters—have been treated successfully with cryoablation for more than a decade!
When treating prostates with cryoablation, doctors typically use more than six probes to transfer the deadly cold temperatures throughout the whole gland.
Littrup’s team used this concept to attack breast tumors to ensure that the freezing gas saturated all areas of the women’s tumors.
Many medical professionals are encouraged by results of cryotherapy as a breast cancer treatment. One of the most positive results from the Michigan study is that the patients didn’t have to undergo additional surgery, aimed at proving the cancer tumors had been treated completely, following multi-probe cryoablation.
Although he stressed the need for more large studies on the use of this approach, Dr. Littrup said he believes cryotherapy will allow “accurate targeting of more difficult-to-see breast tumors.”
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 40,000 people will die from breast cancer in 2013. Cryoablation could be a promising new treatment to help cut that number down to size!
Lee Euler, Publisher