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Matti Narkia

Self-Help Cancer - Complementary and alternative cancer treatments - 3 views

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    The Author

    The author of this site is the British writer, John Davidson.

    Please note that the author is neither a doctor, nor a qualified health practitioner. Every cancer patient should always consult his or her medical practitioner with regard to the use of complementary remedies or treatments, and nothing on this site should be construed in any way as medical or therapeutic advice. It is simply the result of one person's search for solutions. Please read our disclaimer.


    About This Site

    Internet searches trawl up vast amounts of information about cancer, from a broad spectrum of viewpoints. The information and internet links on this site are for those seeking to augment the treatment offered by their hospital oncology (cancer) unit. Of course, a great many other internet sites concerning cancer can be found by keying the requisite search words into any of the major search engines.

    The content of this site was initially prepared, at the request of medical and nursing staff and others, some weeks after I had had an emergency operation for the removal of a colon cancer, and while undergoing chemotherapy in case any cancer cells had gone AWOL. There had been some escape of cancer cells into associated lymph nodes (3 out of 17, including the most distal), but no other tumours had been picked up by a CT scan.

    When I returned home from hospital in September 2005, with the help of friends, I started doing some research on cancer. I was amazed to discover that despite the billions of pounds/euros/dollars etc. spent on cancer research, and the many advances in understanding the numerous variants of the disease, the standard treatment for my stage of colon cancer is still a drug (fluorouracil, also called 5FU) that has been in use for more than forty years, has uncomfortable side effects, and which only increases the chances of survival after five years by 5 to 10%.
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Zinc supplements linked to HDL cholesterol decreases - 0 views

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    "MedWire News: Zinc supplements could increase the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) in healthy people by decreasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, researchers claim.

    Initial findings from a meta-analysis in 14,238 participants from 20 trials suggested no impact of zinc supplements on plasma lipoprotein levels. But a secondary analysis in healthy individuals showed that zinc was associated with a significant decrease in plasma HDL concentrations.

    Furthermore, zinc was linked with a significant decrease in HDL cholesterol levels among participants with Type 2 diabetes or those undergoing hemodialysis.

    The researchers suggest the result in patients with diabetes may relate to the action of zinc in determining insulin levels.

    The meta-analysis included 33 interventions investigating the impact of zinc on lipid levels. The mean dose of elemental zinc used was 58 mg per day, which the researchers note is beyond the recommended upper level of intake of 40 mg."
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What To Do If You Contract Influenza: Including H1N1 (Swine) Flu or the Common Cold - L... - 0 views

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    "With daily news reports warning of a swine flu pandemic, members have besieged our health advisors with questions about what they should do to protect themselves against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus.

    The good news is that Life Extension® members obtain a considerable amount of immune support via the supplements they already use, especially those taking high-dose vitamin D.

    An important question, however, is what one should do if they develop symptoms of a viral infection? As the days grow colder, the risks of contracting common flu and cold viruses increase. Each year, flu virus infections kill around 36,000 Americans and cause miseries for millions.1 An outbreak of the swine flu virus is expected this winter.

    While certain supplements (and drugs) purport to shorten the duration of a viral infection, most of them fail to provide significant relief. Over the past 28 years, Life Extension® personnel have experimented with various nutrients, hormones, and drugs in order to minimize the impact of the common cold and typical flu viruses.

    In this article, I will reveal what has worked for me personally to ward off common cold/flu viruses and what has been validated in the scientific literature to be effective.

    I will also elaborate on some aggressive prescription drug strategies to consider in the event that you contract a severe form of swine flu or other type of influenza."
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Dairy and Bone Health -- Heaney 28 (1): 82S -- Journal of the American College of Nutri... - 0 views

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    Dairy and bone health.
    Heaney RP.
    J Am Coll Nutr. 2009 Feb;28 Suppl 1:82S-90S.
    PMID: 19571166
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Combination Immunotherapy of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck: A Phase 2 Tr... - 0 views

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    Combination immunotherapy of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck: a phase 2 trial.
    Barrera JL, Verastegui E, Meneses A, Zinser J, de la Garza J, Hadden JW.
    Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000 Mar;126(3):345-51.
    PMID: 10722007

    The natural cytokine mixture is a collection of natural human cytokines induced from human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. It contains IL-1, IL-2, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-12, interferon gamma, tumor necrosis factor , and granulocyte-macrophage and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor in nanogram quantities. It lacks IL-3, IL-4, IL-5, and IL-7.

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    This IRX-2 strategy uses perilymphatic local administration along with contrasuppression with low-dose cyclophosphamide and indomethacin and with zinc replacement therapy (as an immunorestorative). The data presented herein demonstrate that H&N SCC can respond very well to immunotherapy: there was a response rate of 100% in this series of 15 patients, with clinical reduction in tumor (1 complete response, 7 partial responses, and 7 minor responses) and histological evidence of tumor regression of 42%. Overall, the average combined estimated tumor reduction exceeded 70%. Also, patients with oral cancer noted marked analgesic and hemostatic effects from this therapy, with healing of oral lesions.

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    It is important to note that adjuvant chemotherapy is not used at INCAN. Many studies23 indicate that treatment with fluorouracil and cisplatin, the combination most in use, is effective for reducing tumors in the majority of patients; however, with no meaningful impact on survival, their routine use in the United States has recently been questioned.24-25 The expense, toxic effects, and lack of effectiveness of both drugs has made their use in other less affluent countries unwarranted. The current data on the use of IRX-2 in this and other protocols8-10 hint at improved survival, and a phase 3 randomized controlled study comparing this protocol with chemotherapy arm is to be initiat
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IMMUNE SYSTEM STRENGTHENING - lefeurope.com - 0 views

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    Age, stress, and poor nutrition can sap our immune system of its effectiveness. Influenza provides one example. During young adulthood, when the body can mount a robust immune response to this common virus, influenza is rarely fatal. Among the elderly, however, the virus is associated with significant rates of death and hospitalization (Nichol KL 2005).

    The impact of aging on the immune system is profound. As people age, a number of critical immune system components are reduced or slowed, including cellular response, response to vaccines, and antibody production. At the same time, susceptibilities to infection and cancer are increased. Some of this increased susceptibility to disease is linked to chronic inflammation, which is associated with many disorders of aging (Ershler WB et al 2000; Hamerman D 1999; Taaffe DR et al 2000).
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Th1/Th2 balance: the hypothesis, its limitations, and implications for health and disea... - 0 views

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    Th1/Th2 balance: the hypothesis, its limitations, and implications for health and disease.
    Kidd P.
    Altern Med Rev. 2003 Aug;8(3):223-46. Review.
    PMID: 12946237

    Th1 pathways typically produce activation of cytotoxic T
    lymphocytes (Tc), NK cells, macrophages, and monocytes, all of
    which can attack cancer cells and generally defend against tumors.
    55 IFN-gamma and other Th1 cytokines are typically lower in
    advanced cancer patients, while the Th2 marker IL-4 can be higher
    or unchanged.56 Nodules of non-small cell lung cancer freshly
    removed from patients expressed a marked imbalance toward Th2, as
    did biopsy samples from basal cell carcinoma.57 In prostate cancer
    patients IL-2 was low (Th1) and IL-10 high.58 IL-10 is a confirmed
    Th1-suppressive cytokine, and heightened IL-10 is a common factor
    in cancer.55

    IL-10 has a variety of suppressive effects that include inhibiting
    Th1 cytokine production, down-regulating APC and NK cell function,
    and lowering overall T-cell proliferation.57 Especially under the
    influence of IL-4 (Th2), tumor cells apparently up-regulate IL-10
    that suppresses nearby killer cells. Tumor-derived IL-10 has been
    documented in lymphoma, ovarian carcinoma, melanoma, neuroblastoma,
    and renal cell and colon carcinoma.57 IL-12 is another cytokine
    that can be up-regulated by Th1 activity and inhibited by Th2.59 A
    low IL-12/IL-10 ratio was found in cervical cancer patients.55
    Recent clinical studies suggest elevated IL-10 is predictive of a
    poor prognosis. 57 With both IL-4 and IL-10 being proven inhibitors
    of Th1 and promoters of Th2 activity, the recognized capability of
    cancerous tissue to suppress immunity is readily rationalized.
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Th1/Th2 balance: the hypothesis, its limitations, and implications for health and disea... - 0 views

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    Th1/Th2 balance: the hypothesis, its limitations, and implications for health and disease.
    Kidd P.
    Altern Med Rev. 2003 Aug;8(3):223-46. Review.
    PMID: 12946237
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CAM Therapies to Promote Healthy Moods - Pediatr Clin North Am. 2007 Dec - 0 views

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    Complementary and alternative medicine therapies to promote healthy moods.\nKemper KJ, Shannon S.\nPediatr Clin North Am. 2007 Dec;54(6):901-26; x. Review.\nPMID: 18061783 \ndoi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2007.09.002.
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Zinc Deficiency Linked to Prostate Enlargement - 0 views

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    (NaturalNews) Zinc is an integral part of the male hormonal system, and a primary part of the semen. It plays a major role in the production of sperm. Studies also reveal that Zinc Deficiency may be a cause of Prostate Enlargement.\n\nAs men age into their 50s and older, there is a natural decline in zinc. A zinc deficiency can lead to prostate enlargement, as well as a number of other male problems including impotency. This is because the prostate tissues are highly dependent on zinc to maintain its health and integrity. Zinc increases sperm count and sperm motility. High zinc levels also mean lower levels of estrogen and prolactin thereby reducing the risk of prostate disease.
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Genital Herpes May be Reversed with Natural Medicine - 0 views

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    Whilst the medical profession views genital herpes as incurable, it has been discovered that with natural medicine, it can be reversed. Herbs such as galangal, lapacho, astragalus, una de gato (also known as Cat's Claw), myrrh, ligustrum and pansy are antiviral. Thyme, licorice, and cayenne are all herbs that specifically fight the herpes virus.\n\nReishi, which is a mushroom, boosts the immune system and is also antiviral. Lysine is an amino acid which is known to control and aid in the prevention of Herpes.\n\nThuja cream and propolis can be put directly onto the skin to soothe the irritation caused by the blisters, as well as combat herpes itself.\n\nTo reverse herpes, as well as defend against its return, a healthy immune system is vital. Echinacea, vitamin c, and zinc are some of the nutrients that help build healthy immunity.
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ScienceDaily: Metals Linked To Alzheimer's And Other Neurodegenerative Diseases - 0 views

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    A multi-institutional team of researchers led by Emory University has defined for the first time how metal ions bind to amyloid fibrils in the brain in a way that appears toxic to neurons. Amyloid fibrils are linked to the development of neurodegenerative
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Th1/Th2 balance: the hypothesis, its limitations, and implications for health and disea... - 0 views

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    Th1/Th2 balance: the hypothesis, its limitations, and implications for health and diseaseAlternative Medicine Review, August, 2003 by Parris Kidd
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