Cancer

  1. NAC starves cancer cells

    Give cancer the boot with this common winter therapy

    When you've got cancer... and you know those malignant cells are growing inside of you... it's pretty tough to relax.

    It's hard to think of ANYTHING other than getting them out!

    So, you might go with the "scorched earth" approach -- chemo, radiation, and surgery -- but the "cure" can sometimes be just as bad as the cancer.

    Chemo can wreck your immune system... lead to complications like cardiovascular disease and diabetes... and even make it more likely your cancer will SPREAD to other spots in your body.

    And that's ALL kinds of awful.

    But according to a new study, there's something safe and natural that may help you triumph against those tumors -- and you might even be using it right now to relieve your winter sniffles.

    I'm talking about N-Acetyl cysteine (NAC). It's an amino acid that's commonly used as an over-the-counter decongestant... and it might also stop cancer cells cold.

    In the study out of the UK, a small group of breast cancer patients who were awaiting surgery were given the maximum daily dose of NAC -- both orally and intravenously -- for three weeks.

    By the end of the study, biopsies of the participants' cancerous tissue showed that NAC caused a protein called "MCT4" to plummet by a whopping 80 percent.

    What does a drop in MCT4 mean?

    Well, MCT4 is known to help cancer cells grow like gangbusters. It delivers energy to them from neighboring healthy cells -- and high levels of MCT4 in tumors have been linked to aggressive cancers and low survival rates.

    That means that by driving down MCT4 levels, NAC can help STARVE cancer cells of what they need to grow!

    The theory is that NAC's antioxidant properties can reduce oxidative stress in tumor "stroma," which is a cell compartment involved in the spread of cancer, thereby generating less fuel for MCT4 to deliver to cancer cells.

    And we know from previous studies that NAC also boosts your body's levels of glutathione, a.k.a. the "master" antioxidant, a potent cancer-fighter.

    I even recommend NAC in my own practice to help patients with conditions as varied as lung fibrosis, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), MS, and liver disease -- because it's so effective at upping glutathione levels and protecting healthy cells from harm.

    Of course, more research is needed before we know the best way to use NAC as a treatment for tumors.

    But it's generally safe even at high dosages, and serious side effects are very rare.

    Talk to a doc well-versed in integrative medicine about how to incorporate NAC into your treatment regimen.

    You can find it in supplement form in many health food stores and online.

    And if you're looking for more ways to fight cancer naturally, studies have shown that intravenous vitamin C is also a powerful weapon against this scourge.

  2. Diabetic retinopathy makes falls more likely

    Eye damage from diabetes could take you down

    From sidewalks slick with rain... to streets shimmering with "black ice"... winter weather can sure make it treacherous to walk out your front door.

    And if your eyesight isn't what it used to be, it can be hard to determine if you're about to take a solid step -- or if the bottom's about to fall out of your world!

    Now, everyone's vision changes somewhat as we age. But if you've got diabetes, it can really accelerate things.

    Soaring blood sugar can set off retinopathy, which happens when glucose overloads the tiny blood vessels in your eyeballs and causes them to swell, split, and fill your eyes with vision-blocking gunk.

    And according to a new study, even MILD vision changes associated with diabetic retinopathy can up your chances of taking a spill.

    In a study out of Singapore, about 9,500 patients -- 30 percent of whom had diabetes -- reported on how may falls they had over a period of seven years.

    By the end of the study, it turned out that those with diabetic retinopathy were 31 percent more likely to have experienced a fall that those without it.

    That held true even AFTER the researchers controlled for other fall risk factors like blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and other eye diseases.

    And the more severe the participants' diabetic retinopathy, the higher their fall risk -- up to a point.

    Those with mild or moderate retinopathy actually increased their risk of hitting the pavement MORE than those with the most severe cases... but that's not because being nearly blind will spare you from a fall.

    Most likely, those with advanced retinopathy walked around less in the first place!

    Losing your sight can obviously make life pretty tough. But if you fall... and fracture a major bone (which studies show is more likely if you're diabetic)... things can really go from BAD to WORSE.

    And since previous studies have shown that the longer you live with diabetes -- even if you're "managing" it with insulin -- the greater your risk of damage to your retina, you should aim to REVERSE your diabetes.

    And you've got to do it now -- before it robs you of your precious eyesight.

    Following the Paleo (a.k.a. "caveman") diet is an easy way to reduce your insulin resistance FOR GOOD -- because it dispenses with the grains and sugars that can spike your blood sugar. You'll be eating plenty of fresh meat, fish, veggies, nuts, and seeds that hold it steady.

    And Paleo-friendly foods like salmon (rich in omega-3 fatty acids) and dark berries (rich in resveratrol and quercetin) can protect against retinopathy.

    What's more, just a couple of hours of exercise a week can bring blood sugar down low enough that it's no longer in the diabetic range -- without meds!

    Activities like yoga and dancing can even help improve your balance, so you're less likely to fall when you make a misstep.

  3. Family history of prostate cancer? Active surveillance still better than radiation

    Protect your manhood from becoming radioactive If you've been diagnosed with cancer, the mainstream will likely try to treat it with its typical aggressive "scorched earth" approach. Your doc may try to pump you full of chemicals and zap you full of radiation to try to kill off the cancer cells -- but the problem is that those treatments kill...
  4. Wi-Fi emits dangerous levels of radiation

    Wi-Fi hotspots could fry your cells It seems like almost everywhere you go these days, they offer Wi-Fi -- the "wireless" service that allows you connect to the internet from your laptop or other device, without so much as a cable or a cord. You'll find Wi-Fi "hotspots" at the obvious places, like coffee shops and libraries... but also in...
  5. Levels of weed killer glyphosate are on the rise

    How much of this toxic herbicide is in YOUR system? I'm not much of a betting man... but I'd be willing to put money on the fact that you'll have eaten some corn or soy by the end of the day. You might not KNOW that you've eaten them... and you might even THINK that you've been avoiding them... but...
  6. Special type of mushroom fights cancer

    The benefits of this fungus are mushrooming It's rare that I have anything good to share about cancer. But today, it turns out that I have some GOOD news that, in a way, is actually OLD news. You see, there's a mushroom called Cordyceps militaris that's been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries (since the Ming Dynasty, to be...
  7. Sugar makes cancer cells grow

    Cancer feeds on what you ate for dessert With November already here, we're on the brink of a winter wonderland of white. No, I'm not talking about the first snowfall. I'm talking about that other crystalline white stuff we "shovel" in during the winter season: SUGAR. From candy canes to sugar cookies to gingerbread, we're practically headed for a "whiteout...
  8. Dangerous levels of arsenic found in well water

    Is this killer chemical coming out of your tap? Next to juice, wine, and anything fizzy in a can, plain old "H20" can seem pretty boring and tasteless. That's the very reason why most of us don't drink enough of it. But the fact is that water is the healthiest beverage on the planet -- MOST of the time. Unfortunately...
  9. Obesity-related cancers are spiking

    Don't take these new cancer stats lightly Today, I've got some news that, at first glance, looks like good news in the fight against cancer. After all, any reduction in the scourge of cancer would certainly be a reason to celebrate -- and according to a report just released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the rate of new...
  10. Zinc can stop esophageal cancer in its tracks

    Could this miracle mineral keep you free of cancer? You're choking down your food... your chest is on fire... and your chances of being around five years from now are downright slim. Pretty much EVERYTHING about esophageal cancer is tough to "swallow"! That's why you want to do all you can to protect yourself from this killer -- or, if...

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