This popular prescription drug may boost cancer risk – Cancer Defeated

This popular prescription drug may boost cancer risk

By Lee Euler / November 10, 2013

Here’s some eye-popping news for women taking medications to control high blood pressure…

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Special Report Busts Open The Biggest Cover-up in U.S. Medical History

Who hasn’t at one time or another felt cheated and abused by the current medical system?

For over one hundred years, the money-hungry Mainstream Medical Establishment has been trying to hide from the American public a form of medicine that could solve most of your health problems gently, inexpensively and quickly.

In fact, the current powers that be was established explicitly to squash this competition. And it’s used all kinds of tactics to do so.

But now you’re going to be even more incensed…

Because the real cures—the real answers for the health problems that plague us—have been right under our noses the whole time. But we haven’t been able to get to them.

Click here to see the cures that have been basically “stolen” right from under your nose!

Recent study results from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, suggest that long-term use of certain blood pressure drugs may increase the chance of developing breast cancer—especially in postmenopausal women.

As the study focused only on women with breast cancer, it begs the question whether these drugs also boost risk in men, and for other types of cancer besides breast. I’ll hazard a wild guess: The answer is probably yes. I wouldn’t take them

A team of researchers led by epidemiologist Christopher Li, M.D., Ph.D found a possible link between the class of drugs known as calcium-channel blockers and the two most common types of breast cancer:

  • Invasive ductal carcinoma
  • Invasive lobular carcinomas

According to a press statement, a key finding was that women who have taken calcium-channel blockers for 10 years or longer had more than twice the risk of developing both forms of cancer, compared to women who never used the drugs.

They also found that other classes of antihypertensive drugs, such as angiotensin-receptor blockers, beta blockers and diuretics, did not appear to increase risk of breast cancer.

This remained true even when women used these other classes of drugs long term.

The scientists reached their conclusions after interviewing 1,763 study participants.

The women, aged 55 to 74, were all residents of the Puget Sound region. Of these study participants:

  • 880 had invasive ductal cancer
  • 1,027 had invasive lobular cancer
  • 856 were cancer-free controls

Dr. Li said that identifying this possible association is “is an important clinical and public health issue, particularly with the increasing availability of alternative options to manage hypertension.”

The scientists emphasized that more research is needed to pinpoint the underlying biological reasons that may be responsible for the added risk of using calcium channel blockers.

At this point, you might be wondering…

What’s the difference between these drugs?

Blood pressure medications accounted for more than 678 million prescriptions filled in 2010.

And about 98 million of those prescriptions were for the calcium channel blockers that researchers suspect may raise breast cancer risk.

According to the Mayo Clinic, you would be considered pre-hypertensive if your:

  • Systolic pressure (top number) ranges from 120 to 139 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), and/or
  • Diastolic pressure (bottom number) ranges from 80 to 89 mm Hg.

If either or both numbers consistently read higher than these, you may have either Stage 1 (140/90 to 159/99) or Stage 2 (higher than 160/100) high blood pressure.

Your doctor will probably encourage you to make lifestyle changes to help decrease your numbers. More about that in a moment.

But your doctor may want to write a prescription for one of the following medications, too:

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors—preventing the angiotensin hormone from tightening blood vessels.
  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)—help blood vessels relax by blocking the action of angiotensin.
  • Beta blockers—lower blood pressure by blocking certain nerve and hormone signals to the heart and blood vessel.
  • Calcium channel blockers—prevent calcium from entering heart and blood vessel muscle cells; this causes cells to relax, which lowers blood pressure.
  • Diuretics—also called water pills; these medications lower blood pressure by flushing excess water and sodium from your body. Doctors may try a diuretic alone before recommending other medications.
  • Renin inhibitors—slow down production of the enzyme renin, which your kidneys produce; renin jump-starts a series of chemical steps that increases blood pressure. There is a risk of strokes and other serious complications if the drug Aliskiren (Tekturna) is taken with ACE inhibitors or ARBs.

Doctors may suggest a combination of two medications from different classes to help lower pressure more quickly. This also may help reduce side effects.

Although widely prescribed, these drugs are among the least-loved. The side effects range from annoying to dreadful, and compliance is very low—that is, a great many patients disobey their doctors and stop taking them. Now piled on top of that is a possible cancer risk for at least one of the above categories.

If you’re more interested in natural ways to control blood pressure—and possibly avoid an increased breast cancer risk—there are plenty of options available.

Reduce your blood pressure NATURALLY by eating well!

When you think about food and blood pressure, probably the first thing that comes to mind is that you have to give up salt. This is one of them best-known pieces of advice in medicine. I remember hearing it even when I was a kid, decades before I had to worry about high blood pressure. Probably I heard elderly people talk about it—and talk they do, because totally giving up salt is a pain in the neck and few people are able to do it.

It happens to be a dubious piece of advice. From the figures I’ve seen, only about ten percent of high blood pressure cases involve salt sensitivity. For nine out of ten people with high blood pressure, giving up salt may do no good at all.

Anyway, rather than concentrating on what you can’t have a lot of… why not focus on what you can eat MORE of to help normalize your blood pressure?

Among Nature’s best blood pressure stabilizers are these:

  • Potassium—a natural diuretic that helps your kidneys release more sodium while also relaxing blood vessels to help control blood pressure; avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, kiwi, pistachios and purple potatoes are all rich sources.
  • Magnesium—is essential to help potassium lower blood pressure; beans, nuts, oatmeal and spinach can help you bulk up on this nutrient.
  • Calcium—helps regulate blood pressure by maintaining a proper mineral balance in your body; low-fat or no-fat yogurt, milk and cheese are some options for adding this nutrient if you aren’t lactose- or casein-sensitive.
  • Flavonoids & Resveratrol—these heart-healthy antioxidants relax arteries and help reduce diabetes risk, a condition that can increase blood pressure; moderate use of red wine (and to a lesser extent purple grape juice) will provide this antioxidant protection, but the best option, in my opinion, is to supplement with resveratrol rather than drink large amounts of wine.
  • Nitric Oxide—relaxes the walls of blood vessels and thereby reduces blood pressure.  Red beets or red beet powder supplements boost nitric oxide levels. So do l-arginine supplements.

You might be pleasantly surprised to find that eating the right foods… reducing stress whenever possible… and including regular exercise in your routine may be just the right prescription for avoiding a cancer diagnosis! Meditation is a great stress reducer, and there are a number of online and in-person courses and teachers to help you learn the technique.

Last issue I talked about one of the most exciting alternative therapies on earth—not only for cancer but for a whole variety of health conditions. If you missed it, scroll down and take a look.

Who Needs Drugs When You’ve Got Light?

Last year, we brought you our first report on ultraviolet blood irradiation, also known as UBI (see Issue #235). It continues to be an astounding therapy for a host of diseases, including cancer.

According to Tom Lowe, an entrepreneur and researcher who connects medical professionals with UBI devices, UBI therapy has been overlooked for decades as a viable cancer treatment — a terrible loss for millions of patients who could benefit. It’s also a quick, drug-free cure for most infections, even serious ones like polio. Let’s take a look…

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“The Only Side Effect is Chronic Good Health”

That’s what Australian researchers reported after gathering case studies from doctors who used this natural compound in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Recent studies indicate that this therapy shows promise in destroying cancer cells, leaving healthy ones unharmed. One Florida oncologist reported that in 30 out of his 40 patients with stage 4 cancers, this common compound shrunk tumors by half or more.

Why did the mainstream turn its back on this safe and effective cancer treatment? Discover the answer and how to get all the details on the treatment, HERE.

Mr. Lowe cited some remarkable stats at the 40th Annual Convention of the Cancer Control Society in September of 2012:

  • UBI therapy is backed by 70 years of history
  • It boasts virtually no side effects
  • Treatment is relatively inexpensive
  • The efficacy rate falls between 60 and 80 percent

On top of that, ultraviolet blood irradiation has demonstrated a positive effect on over 60 diseases. And according to William Campbell Douglass, author of a book about UBI therapy called Into the Light, it has brought about remarkable results in both prompting cancer remission and extending the lives of patients who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Powerful healing results first seen
seven decades ago

Though most commonly known as UBI, or ultraviolet blood irradiation, this is a treatment that goes by scores of other names: Biophotonic therapy, photo-oxidation therapy, photopheresis, ultraviolet blood therapy or UVB, hematologic oxidative therapy, extracorporeal photopheresis, and photo-luminescence.

It first came about in 1928 when Emmitt K. Knott, a scientist, began experimenting with light. He assisted in the case of a woman dying of sepsis (infection). Knowing that light kills bacteria and viruses, he withdrew a small amount of her blood, exposed it to light, put it back in her body, and miraculously, the woman lived.

The treatment was studied for the next two decades by scientists at prestigious schools like Georgetown University. A Dr. Henry Barrett reported treating over 110 cases of disease with UBI by 1940. The treatment was even cited in a 1949 issue of Time Magazine, which called it the “miracle of the future.”

But then the 1950s hit and all attention in the medical world began to focus on antibiotics and vaccines as the main tools to fight infections. However, in Russia and Germany, practitioners have continued to take an interest in UBI. Currently around 3,000 European providers offer it to their patients. The U.S. has only around 250 practitioners skilled in UBI treatment.

Twenty years ago, Yale University reignited interest in UBI after using it to treat T-cell lymphoma. The researchers even got FDA approval for the treatment. From there, Johnson & Johnson purchased and named it TherakosTM Photopheresis System. They now administer it in over 200 centers around the world and have treated more than 600,000 patients. Cost ranges between $2,500 and $4,000 per treatment, and patients require an average of 10 treatments total.

That’s interesting because, according to Tom Lowe, you only need a minimum of four treatments (depending on your illness). And many alternative doctors will give you the treatment for a much lower price.

Not to beat around the bush: $2,500- $4,000 per treatment is a ripoff. Mainstream medicine strikes again!

How UV light supercharges the immune system

Here’s how it works: Using a butterfly needle and a syringe, between 40 and 60 cubic centimeters (cc) of blood is withdrawn from your arm. Then it gets mixed with saline solution and passes through 26 seconds of ultraviolet light before being re-infused back into your body.

That’s it. As you can see, this isn’t a $4,000 procedure. But it does deliver $4,000 of value!

The logic behind diluting the blood is that one study showed light couldn’t penetrate more than five blood cells deep (30 microns, or 1 ml). So diluting the blood makes the therapy much easier to administer, not to mention more effective. The calculated mixture works out to be about 12 percent blood and 88 percent saline, which still absorbs 99.9 percent of the UV light. It also means less clotting time, a lower chance of problems, lower disposal quantities, and fewer staffing/nursing costs.

Now, we all know that putting something dank out in bright sunlight for a few hours is bound to kill the smell, lighten the stain, or eliminate bacterial spread. UBI treatment works the same way. The type of activated light from the 400-780 nanometer point on the visible spectrum (white light) flat-out kills bacteria and viruses.

UBI tears apart the DNA strands of the offending particles and sends them back into the body where they exhibit a vaccine-like response. Many people wonder why the treatment requires only 40 ccs of blood at one time, but researchers in this field counter by pointing out it only takes 1 cc of a vaccine to get an effective immune response.

It helps that bacteria and viruses in your bloodstream will absorb five times as much photonic energy as your red and white blood cells. That’s exactly how the UV light exposure kills infecting organisms. The fragments of those killed-off infectious agents are what stimulate the vaccination-like response in your body and go on to heighten your immune response. From there, your supercharged immune system is able to launch a new attack on harmful agents throughout the body.

Now of course, the body has to respond to the treatment. But assuming it does, then any form of virus or bacteria in your blood gets eradicated. And along with ramping up your immune system, the treatment also improves circulation and oxygenates tissues.

If you turn to UBI to treat an autoimmune disorder like lupus, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, or even a rash, it has a balancing effect that is helpful in 50 to 60 percent of cases. Other benefits to treatment include anti-inflammatory effects, stimulation of red blood cell production, and improvement in blood flow.

It’s even known to cure shingles in two days. Two days! If you’ve ever had shingles – one of the most painful diseases known – you can appreciate what a blessing it would have been to have access to this therapy.

It should be in every doctor’s office in the country – not in a mere 250. And it should cost maybe $100, not $4,000. (Again: The original UBI therapy offered by alternative doctors doesn’t cost anywhere near the price of Johnson & Johnson’s new FDA-approved boondoggle.)

UBI is definitely useful as a cancer therapy, though several practitioners recommend using it as part of a multi-pronged approach. It’s an ideal adjunctive therapy for cancer in that it adds oxygen to the body, cuts pain, reduces inflammation, and decreases infections. Lifestyle, immune system, nutrition, and detoxification all go hand-in-hand with UBI.

One to two treatments per month are recommended. And several practitioners also view ozone therapy (see Issue #226) as a treatment that complements the effects of UBI.

An ideal treatment to add
to any pro-health regimen

The biggest argument against UBI is that “light simply can’t do that.” And there’s very little new research about it, including dissenting comments. You won’t even find anything about it on Quackwatch, the website run by mainstream docs known for lambasting virtually all alternative therapies—both the good and bad ones.

    To the best of my knowledge, UBI is a really effective therapy, and an absolutely safe one. So why aren’t more hospitals and doctors using it? For starters, there’s the ever-present challenge that it’s not mainstream, not officially accepted. There’s also a good dose of skepticism and ignorance out there, plus there’s not enough money to support more research. And of course, it’s not currently business-driven and is being held back as a widespread treatment by the FDA (although it’s not actually illegal — doctors can legally administer UBI under section 21).

Is it worth a try? Absolutely. To learn more about where you can access treatment, visit

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Lee Euler,Publisher

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Mayo Clinic. 2013. Choosing blood pressure medications. Factsheet retrieved from
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Woodward, K.2013. Long-term use of some high blood pressure drugs associated with increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center press statement. Retrieved from
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Lee Euler

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