skin cancer

  1. What you need to know before going out in the sun

    This morning, I shared with you how taking aspirin every day can increase your risk of getting a sunburn and, ultimately, developing the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma.

    And as I mentioned, that’s not the only med that can induce sun sensitivity in your skin, making you burn more quickly and more severely than before you started taking it.

    So, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of another drug that can do the same thing… and also comes with its own skin cancer risk.

    I’m talking about the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (a.k.a. Microzide), commonly prescribed by docs to help lower blood pressure.

    In the study, Danish researchers linked data on hydrochlorothiazide use to cancer registry records and found that those who took the drug daily for six years were 29 percent more likely to develop a type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma.

    Not only that, but they were also four times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer that can grow into deeper layers of your skin... and even spread to other parts of your body.

    What's more, when the researchers looked at those who took hydrochlorothiazide the longest -- about 24 years of daily use – those subjects were 54 percent more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma and SEVEN TIMES more likely to get squamous cell carcinoma than those who never took it.

    And for some folks, even 24 years is just a drop in the bucket, as this is a drug you're supposed to take for the rest of your life.

    Now, we know from previous studies that hydrochlorothiazide has been linked to another dermatological issue: a higher risk of sunburns.

    The theory is that the drug can make your skin more vulnerable to damage from UV rays, allowing cancer to take hold.

    But that doesn’t mean that you have to start hiding in the shadows like a vampire. Because you might not need to be on hydrochlorothiazide in the first place!

    If you ask me, it’s just too easy for mainstream docs to diagnose you with hypertension based on ONE reading… at one time… on one day.

    And now that new guidelines have lowered the hypertension threshold to 130/80 (previously 140/90), lots of people find themselves in the same boat: instantaneously diagnosed with high blood pressure.

    Mind you, that doesn’t mean their BP is ACTUALLY high… that it needs to be lowered… or that it needs to be lowered with DRUGS.

    After all, many BP meds have been shown to cause serious side effects that range from irregular heartbeat to problems in the bedroom. And in many cases, simple lifestyle changes -- such as losing weight, exercising regularly, and supplementing your diet with natural BP regulators -- can keep your BP in check without side effects.

    As you’ve read right here in eTips, I recommend magnesium, tart cherry juice, and cinnamon. Even taking a hot bath can work wonders.

  2. Antioxidants may kill skin cancer in older patients

    Powerful antioxidant may kill hard-to-treat skin cancer

    It can all start out innocently enough – you notice that you have a few more freckles than you used to.

    Or maybe that mole you’ve had for a while has started to change color or shape.

    The next thing you know, you could be staring down the barrel of a potentially serious skin cancer diagnosis.

    As you probably know, most types of skin cancer develop over time – often over the course of years.

    But what you might not know is that as you get older, your skin cancer can get much tougher to treat.

    Fortunately, a new study in Nature has gotten to the bottom of why this happens – and what you can do about it.

    For their study, researchers took skin samples from two groups of donors: one between the ages of 25 and 35 and one between 55 and 65 years old.

    In the samples from the older patients, they found less of a protein that blocks the invasion of melanoma cells, called beta-catenin. Without this protein, the skin can’t stop the cancer from spreading.

    This could very well be why mainstream treatments frequently stop working for older skin cancer patients.

    The good news is that these researchers also found something that did work – and it’s a safe, natural remedy I use in my practice all the time.

    I’m talking about N-acetylcysteine (NAC), which your body converts to glutathione. And glutathione is pretty much the most powerful antioxidant around.

    In the lab study, NAC actually killed the melanoma cells from the older patients. And that’s awfully promising for the many folks who are looking for safe, effective treatment alternatives.

    Now, of course, this was just a study in a lab – and not on real humans. But we’ve known forever that antioxidants can be powerful weapons against cancer.

    We learned decades ago that intravenous vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant I use in my own practice, can kill cancer. The University of Kansas Medical Center has even developed a protocol that lots of alternative doctors use.

    If you want to pick up NAC, which is also a great immune system booster, you can get it online or at most health stores.

    And remember, two more important keys to beating melanoma are prevention and early detection. If you’re on the paler side…or have naturally lighter hair…or have had severe sunburns…be sure to keep an eye on your skin and have a doctor take a look at anything that seems “off.”

    When you do go out, don’t broil yourself in the sun. Cover up exposed areas with sunglasses, a hat, long sleeves, and long pants to avoid a burn and those unsightly brown spots.

  3. Nail salon lamps linked to cancer

    Just a handful of salon visits could be enough to damage your DNA and trigger the onset of deadly cancer.
  4. The healing power of skin cancer

    The non-serious forms of skin cancer -- non-melanoma cancers -- can actually help protect your heart, strengthen your bone and extend your life, according to new research.
  5. Melanoma linked to skin, not sun

    The bright rays of the sun don't cause skin cancer. New research shows the real risk factors are in your skin already -- in the pigments you were born with.
  6. Recommended sunscreens come with big risks

    A dermatological group recommends sunscreens with ingredients known to disrupt hormones and boost the risk of cancer. Find out what you really need instead.
  7. Shine a light on prostate cancer

    If you want to save your prostate and spare yourself a cancer death, forget all about PSA tests, drugs, surgeries, and everything else the mainstream has been throwing at this disease. Head to the beach instead.
  8. The 'A' way to slash your cancer risk

    No matter what you've heard, the sun is NOT the cause of deadly skin cancers.
  9. The 'eyes' in your skin are going blind

    It's the "cover-up" that's finally being exposed to the light: Not only will sunscreens NOT protect you from cancer, they'll actually CAUSE the very disease they're supposed to prevent!
  10. Seeing the light on skin cancer

    There's a link between sun exposure and melanoma alright, but it's not what you've been told. Sunlight doesn't cause this deadly skin cancer... but a lack of it sure will!

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