This article includes a collection of articles and emails that I have from multiple cancer researches.
They are copied, and pasted here, for educational purposes and for posterity and to be used as a starting point of research for my clients. Consult with me for a streamlined, easy to follow, and customized herbal, nutraceutical, orthomolecular, integrative, supplemental protocol, customized for you. I offer this collection of information here for free so those wanting to research on their own can do so starting here.
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Supplements to Fight Breast Cancer Without Radiation
By Dr. Blaylock
Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 04:01 PM
Question: Is it possible to fight breast cancer without radiation?
— Nelda G., Aberdeen, Md.
Dr. Blaylock answers: Post-operative radiation studies suggest that radiation reduces the risk of recurrence, but most do not do long-term follow-up and the possible induction of other cancers by the radiation itself.
Compelling studies have shown that many nutrients powerfully suppress cancer growth, invasion, and spread. The most promising nutrients for breast cancer are curcumin, quercetin, ellagic acid, DHA, and resveratrol.
You should avoid soy products, which have been shown to stimulate breast cancer invasion and growth, and avoid all food excitotoxin additives. It is also vital to avoid sweets, high glycemic carbohydrates, and omega-6 oils (corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean, and canola oils) as they promote cancer invasion and metastasis.
You can find a wealth of information in my book, “Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients”.
Question: Are there any alternative treatments you can recommend for elevated PSA (prostate specific antigens)?
— Harry S., Henderson, Nev.
Dr. Blaylock answers: A number of studies have shown that radiation treatments for prostate cancer have very little effectiveness, along with a number of complications.
Recent studies, including human and animal studies, indicate two important things. First, following the PSA is unreliable. Any irritation of the prostate or retained prostate tissue — even an infection — can elevate the PSA.
Interestingly, nutraceutical flavonoids have been shown to have similar cancer inhibiting effects on prostate cancer as seen with breast cancer. Curcumin, quercetin, ellagic acid, hesperidin, resveratrol, and DHA have all been shown to suppress prostate cancer growth, invasion, and metastasis. Modified citrus pectin has been shown in a number of studies to powerfully suppress prostate cancer spread.
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See the following about How a Free Prostate Screening Killed John English, and how having unnecessary screenings and tests is dangerous.
You Have a 50% Chance of Being Misdiagnosed
“But there are steps you can take to protect yourself.” — Dr. Bruce West
I’m blowing the whistle on one of the Medical Establishment’s most disgraceful scandals: the shocking number of injuries, painful afflictions and even deaths caused by physicians and their treatments.
It’s a scandal that could cost you your health and even your life.
And in your free copy of The 45-Day Health Turnaround, I’ll show you how to protect yourself from this dire threat to your health.
The staggering statistics show how real this threat is:
FACT: You have a 50% chance of being at least partially misdiagnosed in a hospital. And that statistic comes right out of the Journal of the American Medical Association (Vol. 258, No. 3).
FACT: More than 200,000 Americans die each year from properly prescribed drugs. When you add in the hundreds of thousands who die from improperly prescribed drugs, you begin to understand the massive scope of needless deaths every year!
FACT: Each year, over 100,000 people die from a serious infection contracted in hospitals. Flesh-eating bacteria make the headlines, but you can contract more than a dozen serious infections in a place that’s supposed to help you get better, but often makes you sicker.
FACT: An estimated 100,000 people each year are either permanently disabled or killed from surgical procedures gone horribly wrong. And remarkably, an estimated 7,000 of those procedures were completely unnecessary.
* Over-diagnosis has led millions of people to become patients unnecessarily.
* You have a 50% chance of being at least partially misdiagnosed in a hospital.
* Medical screenings are notoriously inaccurate and many are scams that provide no benefit to the patient, but make billions for Big Pharma.
The Biggest Danger to Your Health!
Worse yet, the Medical Establishment has now concocted a fresh new way to endanger your health.
It’s those seemingly “harmless” medical screenings that are so popular right now. They’re among the leading causes of injury and death by physicians. (See John English’s sad, but eye-opening story, below.)
These tests are notoriously inaccurate and statistically, do nothing to prolong life.
Your doctor might insist that scans and screenings are good preventative medicine, but the facts say otherwise…
FACT: Half of the people who submit a spinal scan are told they have bulging discs, even though they have no history of back pain.
FACT: About 40% of people with no Knee problems are (mis)diagnosed with meniscus damage because of a faulty scan.
FACT: Cancer screenings cause millions of people to be diagnosed with cancer that would never cause harm in their lifetime. Many of them are subjected to chemotherapy, radiation and even surgery — all for nothing!
The Bottom Line: Medical scans and screenings routinely lead to “over-diagnosis,” or finding problems that don’t really exist (which are then “treated” with toxic drugs or dangerous surgery).
Is Your Doctor Making You Sick?
Three Dartmouth professors, all physicians, summed things up in their recent book, Over-diagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health…
“Over-diagnosis has led millions of people to become patients unnecessarily, to be made anxious about their health, to be treated needlessly and to bear the associated inconvenience and financial burden.”
How a Free Prostate Screening Killed John English
Medical screenings are too often scams that lead to over-diagnosis, over-treatment, side effects and even death.
John English underwent a free prostate screening offered by his local hospital as part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. He became a nervous wreck when the PSA test came back with a 4.3 reading.
He underwent 20 painful biopsy punches, which disclosed he had a small, non-aggressive cancer. This led to an unnecessary radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland) that left John impotent and in diapers.
A follow-up test showed his PSA was once again rising, which according to John’s doctor, meant a piece of cancerous prostate tissue had been left behind. So John underwent radiation therapy, which burned a hole through his rectum and bladder.
That led to a colostomy (removal of the colon). He was scheduled to have his bladder removed as well, but before they could operate, John died of sepsis caused by a bladder infection.
According to the death certificate, John officially died of a urinary tract infection. But in realty, he died from a free medical screening that he didn’t really need, which led to cancer treatments that he also didn’t need.
You see, John would have died from natural causes long before his non-aggressive cancer became a problem!
The secrets revealed in your free copy of the The 45-Day Health Turnaround will help you to avoid the over-diagnosis and over-treatment that tragically cost John English his life.
Dr. Bruce West also is a specialist in heart problems:
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The pill that makes cancer more dangerous
May 25, 2012
As you may know, I’ve warned my patients and readers to stay away from cancer drugs (except in certain cases). In addition to the harm they cause, they don’t cure cancer. They may shrink the tumor, killing the cancer cells. But they don’t fix what caused the cancer in the first place. So the tumor usually comes roaring back.
Now there’s evidence that shrinking the tumor with drugs might cost you your life. But before I tell you about this study, let me tell you about one of my patients. This patient had advanced kidney disease. I gave him natural therapies and he felt much better. However, they didn’t stop his tumor from growing. So his oncologist convinced him to take Sunitinib, also known as Sutent.
I am convinced that most cancer patients who do well with conventional therapy were destined to do well regardless. We know that 20% of all cancers spontaneously disappear. So if you sometimes hear of a woman or man who had her breast or prostate carved out 20 years ago, does that mean you should rush to the knife or chemicals? No. In my book, they are in that 20% no-matter-what-you-do remission rate. I think we’d even see better remission rates if we eliminated toxic therapies altogether (certain cancer-types excepted). I know of few oncologists who would drink their own poisons.
One final note: This is even more proof that oxygen is king. When you starve cancer cells of oxygen, they’ll respond with even more aggressiveness. I’ve participated in two cases recently where oxygen/oxidation-based therapies have helped achieve remission or near remission of stage-4 cancers (colon cancer and melanoma). No, not everyone has been helped. But these kind, gentle therapies won’t do anything worse than make you feel better, even if it doesn’t tame the cancer.
If you have cancer, don’t feel like you have to submit to the cut, burn, and poison treatments your oncologist offers. There are other options.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert J. Rowen, MD
Ref: Cancer Cell 1-17-12
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How To Stop The Spread Of Aggressive Prostate Cancer
August 28, 2009
In our last health alert, I showed you how vitamin K can help prevent prostate cancer. But this vitamin is much more powerful than that — it can actually stop aggressive prostate cancer from growing.
I’ve told you in the past that most prostate cancers never go anywhere. You won’t die of these even if you do absolutely nothing. It’s the highly invasive and aggressive cancers that kill. And now we know that vitamin K2 can reduce such aggressiveness.
In fact, if you have a vitamin K deficiency, new evidence suggests that your risk for advanced-stage and high-grade prostate cancer goes up significantly.
Vitamin K is essential to carboxylate molecules in your body. Carboxylation of proteins in your bones is essential for them to pick up and retain calcium. That’s why a vitamin K deficiency also increases your risk for osteoporosis. Without carboxylation of these bone-forming proteins, you’re not just at risk for osteoporosis. It also significantly increases your risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
For every 10% decrease in carboxylation, there’s a 38% increase in advanced-stage prostate cancer.
Interestingly, the same carboxylation mechanism is involved with both vascular and prostate protection. One study says that natural vitamin K2 reduced arterial calcifications by 50%. And it also reduced cardiovascular mortality risk by the same amount. The dose they used in this study was only 45 mcg. That’s a tiny dose. Personally, I think 100 mcg is the optimum dose. So try to take this much every day.
The best food source of this vitamin is natto. This is a fermented form of soy that I’ve written about before. I happen to like natto, but you might not. So please be sure that your vitamin combination contains vitamin K2. Or look for supplemental vitamin K2 in the health food store.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert Jay Rowen, MD
Ref: Journal of Nutrition, 2004 November;134(11):3100-5.
Can This Common Supplement Actually Contribute to Cancer?
You already know that hormone-related cancers (breast, prostate, uterine, and ovarian) are epidemic. You also know “autoimmune” and chronic inflammatory diseases are rampant. If you, a friend, or a loved one has any of these diseases, you know how devastating they are.
But what you may not know is that there’s growing evidence a popular supplement can fuel these diseases. That’s right! Researchers are finding this supplement may actually contribute to cancer or make autoimmune diseases even worse. In fact, the supplement could be in your kitchen cabinet.
Researchers from Texas A&M University showed in 1996 that this supplement damaged the testicular lining cells of male rats. At one-fifth the usual human dose, the rats had reduced sperm production and cellular damage.
Another group of researchers showed ovarian damage in rats when exposed to the supplement at 10 times the usual human dose.
And in 1994, Dr. Midori Yoshida, who is a top cancer researcher for the Sasaki Institute in Tokyo, Japan, published a study demonstrating that this same popular supplement can induce endometrial cancer (cancer on the inside of the uterus) in animals. While all of these studies were done on animals, there’s good reason to believe humans may find similar trouble with this supplement. Let me explain.
As we’ve already established, cancers of the breast, prostate, uterus, and ovaries are predominantly caused by abnormal hormone activity. Even many autoimmune and inflammatory diseases are influenced by hormonal abnormalities.
Your body makes a lot of hormones. When you put food, drinks, supplements, drugs, or anything else into your body, it affects these hormones. You already know that the type of food you eat will determine how much insulin (a hormone) your body produces to metabolize the food. Well, insulin and other hormones respond to every stimulus we put in our body.
Hormones are tricky to work with. They are absolutely required for the body to function properly. But if you have too much or too little, they can cause significant problems. Take the thyroid hormone for instance. Too little causes hypothyroidism. Too much causes hyperthyroidism. Neither of which are desirable conditions.
One of the trickiest hormones to work with is estrogen. Estrogen is required for many bodily functions, especially the sexual and reproductive functions in women. Both men and women require estrogen, though, just in different proportions. However, we now know that excess estrogen causes cancer.
The Dangers of Too Much Estrogen
A woman’s uterus is designed to deal with normal estrogen by way of her monthly period, which sheds estrogen stimulated cells. With menopause, her body decreases its production of estrogen because her estrogen-producing egg follicles are all gone.
When a woman is exposed to too much estrogen, it creates a situation called estrogen dominance, which causes a whole host of problems. With estrogen dominance, cells stop dying (which is what cells are supposed to do as they age and become abnormal) and continue to divide uncontrollably. This can eventually lead to cancer.
Aside from cancer, estrogen dominance has other problems. It’s related to mid-life obesity, PMS, recurrent breast pain, endometriosis, fibroids, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. For men, excess estrogen is now widely considered the likely culprit in prostate disease.
Estrogen dominance is caused by several factors. Age and obesity are the most common. As we age and gain weight, an unwanted enzyme found in fatty tissue called aromatase becomes more prevalent in our body. This enzyme captures precious testosterone, already in decline with age, and spits it back out as estrogen. That’s why you’re hearing a lot about aromatase-inhibitor drugs in estrogen-related breast cancer. Inhibiting the enzyme reduces testosterone conversion to estrogen. The best way to keep that enzyme in check is to keep lean and get plenty of exercise!
Another cause of estrogen dominance is genetics. Each of us has genetic factors that contribute to the development of estrogen-related cancers. In part, these factors are greatly magnified by your exposure to xenobiotics.
Xenobiotics are man-made poisons. They are everywhere in our environment, including the food chain. They include chlorinated hydrocarbons and pesticides, which can have powerful estrogen-like effects on your body that are far stronger than your natural estrogens.
Regardless of where the estrogen comes from, your body has to get rid it. To do so, the liver has to go through a biochemical process called hydroxylation. When the liver hydroxylates estrogen, it creates various types of estrogen byproducts.
There are many of these estrogen byproducts (rather than naming all of them, we typically refer to them by their hydroxyl position in the estrogen chain). Some are dangerous and some are beneficial. For instance, scientists and doctors typically pay attention to two of them: the 2 and 16 positions (a.k.a. 2-hydroxy estrogen and 16-hydroxy estrogen). The 2-hydroxy estrogen is considered beneficial. It works to cause normal cell death (called apoptosis), which prevents cancer.
On the other hand, 16-hydroxy estrogen causes cancer and inflammation. (Just remember that 2 is good and 16 is bad.)
Many labs measure the ratio of 2-hydroxy to 16- hydroxy estrogens to help assess your disease risk. A good ratio is 2:1. If the ratio is lower, you’re at greater risk of cancer and any number of inflammatory diseases.
Living Up to the Hype?
One nutritional supplement that’s been touted to improve the ratio is indole-3-carbinole (I3C). However, I’ve recently learned that the safety claims about I3C may not be true. In fact, this popular supplement may have significant and hidden dangers. You need to know about its problems.
I3C does improve the 2 to 16 ratio by generating more beneficial 2-hydroxy estrogen. However, that’s not where the trouble lies.
I3C also causes your body to produce a third estrogen byproduct called 4-hydroxy estrogen. This byproduct is definitely one of the bad guys. In fact, it could be the worst! It’s the most toxic of the estrogen byproducts. Far more toxic than 16-hydroxy estrogen.
This 4-hydroxy estrogen prevents cells from dying when they become abnormal. Such cells can further degenerate to cancer. In fact, 4-hydroxy estrogen can sit in one spot and spin out massive amounts of highly inflammatory and toxic free-radicals. This is possibly why women get more autoimmune disease than men (they have more estrogen to convert to 4-hydroxy estrogen).
In this way, I3C acts very similar to the xenobiotics mentioned earlier. We know that these man-made poisons often have a “super” hormone-like impact on sensitive tissues, such as in the breast, prostate, or uterus. If these toxins were left alone by your body, they might not be so bad. But when your body naturally tries to get rid of them, it has to produce an enzyme that attempts to detoxify the poisons. However, this same enzyme also generates large amounts of 4-hydroxy estrogen.
An example of how this works is the trouble we had with estrogen-loaded oral contraceptives when they came on the market many years ago. Shortly after they first appeared, we saw a lot of women smokers suffer from unexpected blood clots. The excess estrogen from the contraceptives coupled with the smoke (man-made poison) caused these women’s bodies to create the enzyme that produces 4-hydroxy estrogen. The combination of estrogen and smoke created a time bomb in their bodies.
Whether you’re a man or woman, taking I3C could create the exact same problem — too much 4-hydroxy estrogen. The resulting inflammation will greatly increase your risk of developing vascular or other problems.
And conventional medicine doesn’t understand the problem and doesn’t have a clue about treatment. But there’s a lot you can do about it.
Action to Take
Obviously, if you have been using I3C, you have cause for concern. That’s why I’m now telling all my patients (and readers) to stop using it. Yes, I3C can be used in specific circumstances. The best use of I3C is to fight the papilloma virus, which causes growths on the larynx, and genital and skin warts. That’s probably why I3C is so successful in treating abnormal growths in the cervix. Cancer of the cervix is now accepted to be a venereal disease caused by HPV (human papilloma virus).
Studies show you need 300-400 mg of I3C daily to change estrogen to the 2-hydroxy form. But 300-400 mg of I3C increases your risk of developing 4-hydroxy estrogen and the health problems that come with it. So using it for any reason carries significant potential side effects.
Incidentally, you don’t have to take just my word on I3C. I recently spoke with Dr. H. Leon Bradlow. He is the Rockefeller University scientist who discovered the 2/16 estrogen modulating effects of I3C some 15 years ago and is considered the foremost expert on the subject.
Dr. Bradlow took I3C himself at the time of his studies stating, “I would not want to give any of my human subjects something I would not take myself. But I would not ever take it again with the latest information. I3C is an ‘at risk’ compound if taken long term. There is indisputable evidence that 4-hydroxy estrogen is a human carcinogen. 4-hydroxy estrogen spontaneously forms semiquinones, which can directly damage DNA…. Even years ago, the National Cancer Institute held up funding for I3C studies due to FDA concerns over its safety.”
Do we have all the evidence we need to say this supplement definitely causes disease? Probably not. But if you couple Dr. Bradlow’s information with the indisputable evidence that 4-hydroxy estrogen is a human carcinogen (of which I3C is a major producer), you have all the reason you need to avoid this supplement.
The good news is there’s a supplement that prevents most of these unwanted estrogen effects. It’s one of the most important supplements I’ve ever used. It has none of the negatives of I3C, all of the positives, and so much more. It can help prevent all hormone-related cancers, many heart problems, and many inflammatory diseases, including arthritis. In fact, it’s a supplement that I consider a “must take” for everyone. And I’ll tell you all about it in next month’s issue.
Ref: Toxicol Sci., 2001 December;64(2):162-8.
Redesigned Supplement Fights Breast and Prostate Cancer
I showed you last month how a fairly popular supplement, indole-3-carbinole (I3C), is coming under scrutiny because of concerns about its safety. The evidence that this supplement may encourage cancer is really beginning to stack up. You may remember from last month’s article that some estrogen byproducts are good (2-hydroxy estrogen) and some are bad (16-hydroxy estrogen and 4-hydroxy estrogen).
The manufacturers of I3C say the product helps your body produce more of the good estrogen byproducts. This is true. But what was not known, until recently, is that I3C also produces 4-hydroxy estrogen – definitely one of the bad guys. This estrogen byproduct is a major producer of inflammation and toxic free radicals. And it can lead to cancer, heart problems, and many inflammatory diseases, including arthritis.
What we need is a product that can help the body create more good estrogen byproducts and reduce the number of all the bad byproducts. The good news is there’s a dietary supplement that can do all this, and so much more.
In fact, there’s strong evidence this supplement can help prevent all hormone-related cancers, including breast, prostate, and uterine cancers.
The supplement is a nutrient commonly found in broccoli and cauliflower. You know I love vegetables, and cruciferous vegetables are strong medicinal plants. Well, our old friend DIM (diindolylmethane) is one reason these veggies are such powerful healers.
DIM is a supplement I’ve long supported and used. It works by preventing the unwanted damage caused by excess estrogen and man-made poisons (called xenobiotics). When your body detects these toxins, it responds by increasing the production of a chemical receptor in your cells called AhR (aryl hydrocarbon receptor). When AhR reacts with the excess estrogen or xenobiotics, it creates the dangerous 4-hydroxy estrogen.
Your body constantly fights against toxins, so it’s creating these estrogen byproducts daily. When your body creates too many bad estrogen byproducts (due to an overload of estrogen or xenobiotics), it causes inflammation – the cause of many diseases.
Unlike I3C, which is considered unstable and reactive in your body, DIM is a stable byproduct of I3C. Because it’s the favorable end product of I3C, it has more specific and limited effects on estrogen. DIM produces a more modest increase in the beneficial 2-hydroxy estrogen. And it decreases 4-hydroxy estrogen by 20% or more.
But, most importantly, DIM does all this without activating AhR! In fact, it does the opposite, which sets DIM apart from I3C.
Just How Effective Is DIM?
In a landmark study published in 2004, Harvard researchers followed DIM into the nucleus of the cell and showed that it shut down the AhR system. They found that DIM actually binds the AhR receptor protein and hauls it into the nucleus. That process turns down (or off) the trouble-causing AhR. With AhR activity reduced, carcinogens become less dangerous (they do far less damage when left alone). This is a protective mechanism against xenobiotics never before described.
When study participants were given DIM, just 100 mg daily increased the ratio of 2/16 by 40%. When given 300 mg daily, the ratio increased by 100%.
Now remember, women with the lowest 2/16 ratio have the highest subsequent risk of developing breast cancer. So increasing the ratio by 40-100% greatly decreases their risk of getting breast cancer.
Not All DIM Is the Same
While the research behind DIM is pretty amazing, there’s a new form of DIM that is even more spectacular. In fact, new studies show that the typical crystalline DIM doesn’t have as strong of an impact on the ratio of 2-hydroxy estrogen to 16-hydroxy estrogen as a newly redesigned form. Why? Because DIM is not very soluble. Solubility is a key factor in nutrient absorption.
The new form, which was designed for high absorption, significantly increases the 2/16 ratio and fights disease. Just look at what it did for colleague Roger Servin:
It’s a Powerful Prostate Protector
Roger is a holistic health practitioner from Naples, Florida. At 75, his PSA was 4.7. So he started taking 150 mg, two times daily of the new DIM. Within six weeks, his PSA fell to 4.1. Six months later, it was 4.0. “My body fat has gone down as well, from 14% to 10% and my stomach has hardened up. I have the body of a young man,” he told me.
And this isn’t a one-time occurrence. In a pilot clinical study, using the new form of DIM, 11 of 12 men saw a statistically significant fall in their PSA.
Dr. Michael Zelig, who performed the study (and manufactures the product), said, “In at least two of these men, the use of this supplement has resulted in the disappearance of abnormal prostate cells on repeat biopsy, after preliminary biopsy showed prostate intra-epithelial neoplasia (PIN). PIN is a precursor lesion to prostate cancer with similarities to cervical cancer.” PIN is equivalent to cancer before it has invaded tissue. DIM appears to enhance the cell death of abnormal prostate cells.
These are results we’ve not seen with traditional DIM products.
What About Breast Cancer?
Remember the results of the Harvard study on regular DIM and breast cancer? They were pretty impressive. However, the new DIM significantly outperformed its older cousin. This time, researchers studied breast cancer survivors. The subjects were treated with 300 mg of the new micro-encapsulated DIM formulation, which contains 75 mg of absorbable DIM. In these women with a history of breast cancer, their 2/16 ratio increased by 60% compared to 0% change in the control group.
This, along with the Harvard study, proves that the 2/16 ratio can be modified in those who get cancer. And it also proves that women who are at higher risk can reduce their risk even more by using the new form of DIM. (The study also showed that recurrent breast pain, called cyclical mastalgia, could be dramatically improved with DIM, by about 66%.)
Proof That DIM Lowers Your Risk
Fortunately, we now have the technology to further prove how effective DIM is.
You know I’m a fan of breast thermography, the scanning technology that looks at heat emissions within the breast. The more heat that shows up on the scan, the more likely you are to get cancer. I’ve seen two documented cases where abnormal breast thermograms were reversed on a program that included using the new formulation of DIM.
One went from a moderate risk to a low risk. Additionally, this woman reported more stable moods, increased energy levels, less abdominal girth, and an easier time losing weight.
I’ve seen evidence that uterine fibroid tumor size can be reduced over months with DIM. Fibroid tissue is estrogen sensitive.
I’ve also heard plenty of anecdotal evidence. One woman I spoke with, Barbara Rogers, told me an incredible story. Barbara was having monthly breast pain so bad that it was difficult for her to sleep or even have her children sit on her lap. Anything touching her breasts, no matter how light, caused severe pain.
A doctor suggested the new form of DIM. Within a few months, the pain vanished! She continued it for two years. Then she stopped. “I did not understand the name ‘DIM’ and was a little afraid of it. So I began natural progesterone, after reading of its benefits. Within a few months, the pain returned, nearly in full. I stayed on the progesterone for one-and-a-half years. The pain remained. Then I went to another integrative physician who recommended restarting the DIM and stopped the progesterone. Within a few months, my breast pain was all gone again.”
Action to Take
I strongly suggest you begin taking a high-quality DIM product. I now consider it the most important supplement for both men and women. My preference is a patented formulation of DIM found in the product BioResponse DIM. While I’d like to see more independent research on this formulation, what I have seen is impressive. This unique formulation combines DIM with vitamin E and phosphatidyl choline in a process with a starch matrix. This makes it absorbable.
Just two 150 mg capsules provide absorbable DIM equivalent to eating about two pounds of raw broccoli. I recommend one per day for prevention, and two per day (one twice daily) for sustained continuous benefits if you have any inflammatory disease (especially cancer).
I don’t know of any studies evaluating DIM’s effects on invasive cancer. But this information strongly suggests a powerful role in its ability to fight hormone-related cancers. It’s safe, relatively inexpensive, and a natural substance with no known risk. I know of no downside to DIM.
You can find “BioResponse DIM” – containing DIM products in many health food stores. Or search online for “BioResponse DIM.” Shop for the best price.
I also recommend the book All About DIM by Dr. Michael Zelig, who was a big source of information for this article. The book is available from Vitality Fit (888-485-5851) and through most bookstores.
Ref: Eur J Cancer Prev., 2004 February;13(1):83-6; Carcinogenesis, 2000 August;21(8):1593-9; J. Biol Chem, June 2003.
Molecular and Cellular Biology, November 2003, p. 7920-7925, Vol. 23, No. 21.
How An Insect Eating Plant Can Cure Your Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases
What if I told you that a plant that captivated your interest as a child is a world-class healer?And what if I told you this plant could heal cancer, chronic fatigue, Lyme disease, and a multitude of other illnesses?
I know, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But not in this case! I’ve used this product for many years and I’ve seen firsthand how it works.
Dr. Dan Kenner of California also has personal and observational experience of its power and he says it “staggers the imagination.”
Can you imagine a plant extract that could provide you with an oral means to get a result similar to the expensive (IV) oxidation therapy I so often talk about in these pages?
The amazing thing is, you probably played with this unique plant as a child. I sure did. I marveled at the amazing properties of Venus’s-flytrap as a kid, watching for hours as it baited insects and, unlike any other plant, caught and digested them for its food. “How on earth does a plant do that?” I wondered.
In the 1970s, German physician Helmut Keller was looking for alternatives to the toxic chemicals produced by the drug companies. He also marveled at Venus’s-flytrap and its ability to digest protein (insects) without harming itself and without a digestive system.
You know plants need nitrogen. But Venus’s-flytrap lives in nitrogen-poor soils. It must get all its nitrogen from the insects it captures. And without a digestive system, it totally dissolves its prey! How? Dr. Keller believes that the compounds in Venus’s- flytrap work on primitive and unshielded protein, such as those found in insects and microorganisms.
Well, cancer is also a primitive cell with lots of irregular protein. And infected cells actually leak protein. Could Venus’s- flytrap also be a miracle for a wide variety of disorders?
Dr. Keller found that Venus’s-flytrap juices digest a wide variety of primitive animal proteins (in insects) and malignant cells! Normal cells of higher organisms were left unscathed, due to the tight bundling of their more evolved proteins. In Germany, he shed light on some key attributes of Venus’s-flytrap that make it an awesome disease fighter.
Dr. Keller believes the key compounds are droserone (D), plumbagin (P), and hydroplumbagin, also found in other carnivorous plants. These remarkable and hard-to- make compounds are powerful oxidation catalysts, not dissimilar to the famous Koch catalysts. In the 1930s, Dr. William F. Koch was using catalysts to speed oxidation in cells. He cured many dreaded diseases. His successes created political problems forcing him to emigrate to Brazil to continue his work.
D and P modulate the immune system. That is, they lift a weakened immune system, or stimulate a proper balance of activation and suppression. Too little of the former can lead to cancer and infection. Too little of the latter can lead to “autoimmune” disease. D and P also increase natural killer counts and function, essential in the defense against chronic disease. These oxidation catalysts are quite possibly able to induce many of the effects of intravenous and more expensive oxidation therapies in your body.
Quercetin is one of the premier bioflavonoid-free radical scavengers. It has enormous properties in modulating allergy by stabilizing mast cells loaded with histamine. Otherwise, they could dump it into your system with little provocation, resulting in a whole host of allergic symptoms. Quercetin is a first-class heart muscle and circulation protector, a natural chelator (like most other bioflavonoids), and is an outstanding protector of liver function. Quercetin is not completely absorbed when it’s taken orally. Its presence in Venus’s-flytrap could increase its power since Venus’s-flytrap can be used by injection. Myricetin, a bioflavonoid similar in properties to quercetin, is also found in Venus’s-flytrap.
Venus’s-flytrap juice provides ample amounts of antioxidants, plus arginine, threonine, and other amino acids essential in detoxification, immune system stimulation and regulation, metabolism, liver function, collagen (your connective tissue) maintenance, and more. Proteolytic enzymes, powerful modulators of inflammation, are able to break down aberrant protein and are also present in Venus’s-flytrap.
Today, Venus’s-flytrap is marketed as the herb Carnivora, for obvious reasons. I began using Carnivora in Alaska to treat cancer. Dr. Morton Walker, a medical journalist had detailed amazing cures of life-threatening diseases with Carnivora from firsthand interviews and travels to Dr. Keller’s clinic. Dr. Walker estimated at least a 45 percent significant response rate to cancer with Carnivora alone. Dr. Keller said the results are much higher with integrated approaches.
I had one patient, Jeff, a beloved retired Anchorage fire chief, who came to me with late-stage terminal disease. His physicians estimated a six-week life span. He was fortunately able to acquire intravenous Carnivora from Germany. Jeff lived a full life for his remaining nine months, traveling across Alaska and fishing, even up to the end. His wife was most grateful for the quality of life Carnivora extended him.
Second Opinion reader Brian Lecompte, MD consulted with me on the use of artemisinin for his 81-year-old mother-in-law with newly diagnosed inoperable lung cancer. I suggested a dose. He added tincture of Carnivora and administered it to her by nebulizer (inhaled). Within a few months, the tumor shrank to a scar, never returned, and her astounded oncologist pronounced her cancer free!
Now the exciting thing about Carnivora for most people is not just cancer but what it can do for very stubborn situations such as chronic fatigue, Lyme disease, parasites, and inflammatory bowel conditions.
Take the case of internationally known healer Theresa Dale, ND, PhD (www.wellnesscenter.net). “I had a typical case of severe parasites (confirmed Blastocystis and Giardia): bloating, loose stools, much fatigue, and even skin breakouts around my colon area. I could feel pockets in my colon. Carnivora was a Godsend for me. I noticed a difference immediately. I took it for eight weeks three to four times per week. I recovered completely with Carnivora alone and confirmed myself free of parasites. I will admit I was prepared for this healing because I had already detoxed myself. I have used Carnivora on several other confirmed cases all with the same results.”
Dr. Dale recommended three capsules, three times daily in addition to the Carnivora tincture, one bottle for about two weeks. Folks, parasites can be a very difficult condition to successfully treat. This story is particularly impressive. Just one substance proved successful where several other products, including drugs, might be employed for the condition.
Dr. Keller states that promising therapeutic results have been obtained in the treatment of: adult malignant tumors, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, eczema, certain autoimmune disorders, psoriasis arthropathica, immune deficiency diseases (AIDS), chronic fatigue syndrome, influenza, the common cold, and herpes infection. Dr. Kenner emphasized the latter with a stunning story:
A woman, aged 46, with a three-year history of a continuous and painful herpetic lesion was seen for treatment. She was given an intramuscular injection. In 12 hours, the lesion of three years was gone. Kenner was astounded. Continuing intermittent outbreaks in different locations dwindled over time with oral treatment and occasional shots. Still in communication with Dr. Kenner, she has been free of herpes symptoms for three years now.
Dr. Ron Schmid (www.drrons.com), of Watertown, Conn., visited Keller in the early ’90s. He also was most impressed with Dr. Keller’s cancer and AIDS cases. Shortly after, Carnivora became available in the U.S. in drop and capsule form. Dr. Schmid reports several cases of breast and prostate cancer (PSA ranging from 10- 60) who have experienced no disease progression on a regimen over two years on natural therapies and oral Carnivora.
But Dr. Schmid proved to be a dramatic case himself. He contracted Lyme disease (proven with standard testing), which brought his robust and athletic body to its knees, with fatigue and “horrible” shooting pains, headache, and intermittent fevers. Diet (raw foods) and herbs helped significantly, but when he added Carnivora, the rest of the disease symptoms virtually disappeared promptly. He is milking cows and running again. His ESR, a measure of inflammation, dropped from a very high 60 to normal, meaning his inflammation was gone. Low-grade infection is still likely present, with mild symptoms occurring only every few months, which he promptly fixes with Carnivora at the time of symptoms. His self-prescription was two capsules, three times daily and 20 drops of tincture sublingually, with one drop of DMSO under the tongue six to eight times daily.
Another naturopathic doctor (ND) in Minnesota, (name withheld by request) was bitten by a tick and developed a bull’s eye rash after seven days. He took Carnivora (10 capsules daily). The rash was gone in one-and-a-half days and he never went on to develop further Lyme problems. He continued treatment for a month.
This same doctor relates an even more stunning case. A married couple raising llamas on their 40 acres were both bitten by ticks in a highly infested Lyme area. The husband tested positive for Lyme and received antibiotics and his rash disappeared. His wife had no rash and did not test positive, so her physician refused antibiotics even though she went downhill fast. Within three months, she had severe spinal pain and could barely walk. The ND treated her with Carnivora tincture. She recovered sufficiently to return to her medical doctor requesting another Lyme test. It was positive for the Bannwarth variety of Lyme, the most serious form that can quickly unravel your nervous system with symptoms ranging from horrible neurological pain, to ALS symptoms, to schizophrenia. Her MD then prescribed antibiotics. She didn’t reveal the Carnivora therapy to protect the ND.
The wife made a full recovery to the astonishment of her MD, who confided to her that he also had Bannwarth’s syndrome. He was confused why she should make a full recovery and he was still ill while he used the same antibiotic treatment on both. The only difference in treatment was the Carnivora! The ND reports 100 percent success in his Lyme clients using Carnivora when they test well for it by bioresonance testing.
Dr. Dan Kenner, LAc of Forestville, California is an expert on botanical medicine, confirmed by his book: Botanical Medicine: a European Professional Perspective. Hearing about Carnivora, he traveled to Keller’s German clinic in 1990. He, too, observed amazing cancer results. One woman in her late 50s was cured of breast cancer, and is still cancer free to this day! “She is now the picture of health and got the message to detox.”
Dr. Kenner’s own experience is with infection. “I had a woman who had vaginal trichomonas (a parasite) continuously for months. It failed every conventional and herbal treatment given. My jaw dropped at the result. I gave her only the oral liquid extract and within three days it totally cleared up. The product did miracles for my female patients. It cleared other common vaginal infections very quickly and became my number one treatment for vaginosis (vaginal infections). Considering the miracles it did for already formed cancer, I experimented with it topically (intravaginally) on precancerous cervical lesions; I thought it might reverse them. In fact, it reduced the grade (severity) of the dysplasia in every case!
“I recommend one to two capsules daily for travel in the tropics. None of my clients has ever become ill. It is the widest spectrum antimicrobial, and one of the most versatile botanical substances I’ve ever seen. In the case of viruses and protozoa, it is the most powerful. A 45-year-old man had high titers of CMV and EBV (viral infection) and massive brain fog. His viral titers shot down to almost nothing three days after oral Carnivora was administered. In bacterial infections, it’s synergistic with antibiotics. Dr. Keller found that Carnivora extracts killed Lyme disease and even malaria parasites.”
Folks, a plant juice that digests everything from insects and cancers to parasites and Lyme, is an extremely powerful tool for a variety of the most terrible scourges affecting mankind today. I have heard of no toxic effects, although anyone can be allergic to anything. I’ve already reviewed how stealth infections, especially Lyme, can be behind over 300 different “maladies” encompassing almost any neurological, psychological, immune or fatigue syndrome. Samento, which I told you about in December, is a great start, but the more natural weapons in our arsenal, the better!
Mild and moderate problems may respond to the capsules, anywhere from six to nine per day in three divided doses. More is not necessarily better. More serious cases should add the tincture as well. For Lyme, most physicians are recommending the use of sublingual drops as well — 20 drops, six to eight times daily with one drop of DMSO to enhance its absorption. Hold these under the tongue two minutes before swallowing. I have not heard of any significant or unpleasant “die off” reactions, which are so prevalent with antibiotics. That’s a great encouragement.
Carnivora is the only brand of Venus’s-flytrap I recommend. Most others are diluted with problematic solvents like propylene glycol, alcohol, or have glycerin added. These additives dilute your product, and can have negative effects on their own. Carnivora is 100 percent undiluted and uncut. It’s manufactured in a GMP facility (good manufacturing plant, with government standards), and is sterile.
You can get Carnivora directly from the company, Carnivora Research, Inc., 866-836-8735, or visit www.carnivora.com on the Internet.
Beat prostate cancer with this one-two punch
December 30, 2009
I’ve known for years that the curry spice turmeric inhibits prostate cancer. In India, where curry is a staple, prostate cancer is uncommon. I’ve traveled to India many times and I’ve seen firsthand how effective this spice is. But I’ve just learned that there’s a way to make this spice even more effective.
A group of scientists from Rutgers University in New Jersey made the discovery. They were well aware that the active chemical curcumin gave curry its cancer-fighting qualities. The scientists also knew that phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) also has anti-cancer qualities. PEITC is a naturally occurring compound in cruciferous vegetables. So they wanted to find out how effective the combination of curcumin and PEITC would be in fighting cancer.
The researchers conducted the study in two parts. First, they injected mice with curcumin or PEITC, alone or in combination. The injections were given three times a week for four weeks. The day after the very first injection, they also injected prostate cancer cells.
They found curcumin or PEITC significantly slowed the growth of cancerous tumors. Using PEITC and curcumin together produced even stronger effects.
The second step was to see if the combination would help mice with well-established tumors. Their results showed that PEITC or curcumin alone had little effect. However, when they used both chemicals together, the combination significantly slowed tumor growth.
The cocktail appeared to inhibit tumor cell division. It also induced apoptosis (programmed cell death of abnormal cells).
The researchers said that “PEITC and curcumin alone or in combination possess significant cancer-preventive activities.” They also said that the combination “could be effective in the cancer-therapeutic treatment of prostate cancers.”
Wow! What have I been telling you for years about the power of plants? Imagine if this report were about a cocktail of patented chemotherapy drugs. It would have been on the front cover of every newspaper in the country. But you can’t patent a head of broccoli – so this wasn’t newsworthy.
Right now, you can’t get PEITC in supplement form. And it’s not yet available as a doctor-administered injection. While I expect that to change before too long, you can get plenty simply by eating cruciferous vegetables every day.
Curry’s compound, curcumin, is available at any health food store as a supplement. I suggest 500 mg twice daily for most people. And now I suggest you take the supplement any time you eat cruciferous vegetables.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert J. Rowen, MD
Ref: Science Daily (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/ 2005/03/050326114810.htm).
Stop Prostate Cancer by Eating Fat!
I had a heart-wrenching moment during one of my weekly radio shows a few years back.
David called to ask me if there was anything he could do for his rapidly rising PSA level. Eight years before, at age 44, he had a slight rise in his PSA, prompting a prostate biopsy confirming “early cancer.” Taking his doctors advice, he went for a radical prostatectomy.
On the radio, with his voice quivering, he acknowledged the end of his wonderful sexual intimacy with his wife following the surgery, as well as some urinary incontinence. His marriage was strained as a result.
His story was so devastating, my voice cracked as I related the sad truth that no conventional therapy has shown any value for prostate cancer over doing nothing. So by fighting his war on the cancer conventionally, he lost his ability to make love to his wife and, now that the cancer had returned, the war itself. He’s not alone among prostate-cancer victims.
Medical pundits have lauded the PSA test for prostate screening. Yet, it’s surrounded by great controversy. Many men with PSA in the “normal” range have prostate cancer, even with known metastasis, and many men with an elevated PSA have no cancer at all. Dr. Otis Brawley, professor of medical oncology and epidemiology at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, is concerned. National data, he said, make him wonder whether the PSA test is saving many lives.
The test, Brawley said, has led to a huge increase in the number of prostate-cancer diagnoses.
But if the PSA test were saving lives, the early diagnosis of prostate cancer should lead to a sharp downturn in its death rate. That has not happened, Brawley said.
While the mortality rate has fallen, it did not fall significantly with the advent of PSA. He is very concerned that the PSA test is leading to a diagnosis of cancers that are not dangerous and would never lead to the death of the individual. And, many of the cancers being discovered may not be treatable by any means.
“The concept that every cancer that can be found early can be cured is a faulty concept,” he said. Thus, Dr. Brawley, at 42, has not been tested and refuses to do so. At 52, I haven’t been tested either, and don’t intend to be. Men undergoing PSA must understand that there are many false positives, as well as false negatives. And the finding of a cancer by PSA and a follow-up biopsy does not guarantee the cancer can be cured at that stage, or that the cancer would even be dangerous. Medicine knows that if you wait long enough, virtually all men will have microscopic clusters of cancer in the gland, but the fact that the cancer is not killing them all leads us to suspect the truth of Dr. Brawley’s conclusions. By the time a dangerous cancer is detected, whether in the breast, prostate, or elsewhere, chances are great it has already spread.
If not PSA testing, what then? I don’t believe in screening for something when it’s too late. By the time cancer triggers a positive mammography or a true high PSA, it’s likely too late or, if fortunate, that particular cancer will not be a problem. It makes far more sense to prevent the problem in the first place. And there’s clear data that prevention is possible.
In 1996, Dr. Larry Clark, of the University of Arizona, published startling data suggesting that prostate cancer could be reduced by as much as an amazing 60 percent by supplemental yeast derived selenium, 200 mcg per day. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that participates in key and crucial detoxification and free-radical scavenging enzymes. His work is being confirmed in other ongoing studies.
In 1999, a New Zealand study published in the British Journal of Cancer, documented a 40 percent lower incidence of prostate cancer in men with the highest levels of the omega-3 fish oils EPA and DHA in their blood. The relationship held fast when other markers, such as lycopene intake and socioeconomic status, were taken into account. These findings have been confirmed in other studies. Conversely, another published report documents a high level of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in invasive prostate tissue samples.
A common thread emerges when these studies are coupled with recent reports on the high levels of omega-6 fatty acids that are linked to breast cancer. The American diet is overwhelmed with omega-6 oils, such as corn, soy, safflower oils, etc. Excess omega-6 fatty acids can cause inflammation and secondary carcinogenesis. If the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats is in the right proportion (1:1), the omega-3s will directly counteract these negative effects of the omega-6s. But an out of balance ratio will overwhelm the omega-3s. Trans-fatty acids from hydrogenated oils seriously add to the problem.
There are other nutrients that have been shown to reduce prostate-cancer risk. Vitamin E and lycopene have made the news. Both are antioxidants. Lycopene is found abundantly in tomatoes, especially cooked tomatoes. If you like salsa, eating plenty on a regular basis is a great way to fight prostate cancer (avoid salsa with sugar added).
Finally, while red meat has been getting hit hard lately in the risk of cancer, I want to point out that most of America’s meat supply is grain fed, totally upsetting the favorable natural omega-oil balance. Furthermore, another most favorable nutrient, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is richly present in beef and dairy products from grass-fed cows. CLA, like omega-3 oils, likely balances out the inflammatory and carcinogenic properties of the omega-6 oils. Action to Take
(1) There’s little dispute over the cancer- and circulatory- protecting properties of omega-3 fats, and the detriments of excessive intake of omega-6 fats. I recommend immediately ceasing all cooking oils and hydrogenated fats, including fried foods (unless lightly fried in butter, coconut oil, olive oil, or lard and don’t use corn meal or flour). Increase your cold- water, wild-fish intake (NOT FARMED FISH, which are fed grains like cattle and have a poor content of healthy omega fats compared to their wild cousins). Shellfish is not a good alternative, either. Discontinue meat from unnaturally fed cattle.
(2) On the plant side, flax, walnut, and especially hemp oils have the best beneficial omega-3 content. However, hemp oil may be scarce due to the government’s shortsighted overzealousness in banning use of an exceptional food source because it’s a close cousin to the marijuana plant.
(3) I also recommend a natural source of mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), 400 IU per day, and selenium (best in this case is yeast derived), 200 mcg per day.
(4) Eat organic foods whenever possible to reduce chemical and pesticide residues on food. Such compounds, called xenobiotics (man-made chemicals), have powerful estrogen-like properties and can cause cancer in both sexes. Men, like women, ought to consider a test for urinary estrogen ratios. An unfavorable ratio of 2:16 hydroxy estrogens (16 is likely carcinogenic) can be corrected with indole-3 carbinole, a nutritional supplement derived from Brassica vegetables. I personally believe prostate cancer to be estrogen related, not testosterone related!
(5) Because omega-3 fatty acids are in short supply in most diets, I strongly suggest you take a fish-oil supplement, as well as CLA. I’ve worked closely with Healthy Resolve to develop one of the best essential-oil capsules you can buy. For more information, please see the enclosed insert.
(6) If you have prostate cancer, please don’t submit to surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. There’s no evidence these will extend your life, but they will severely diminish your quality of life.
In short, eat naturally, eat organic, load up on tomatoes and vegetables, high omega-3 foods and oils, and consider supplementing the diet with selenium, vitamin E, fish oil, lycopene, resveratrol, and CLA. I believe that taking these steps will do more to solve the prostate-cancer problem than any variation of the PSA test ever could, by dramatically reducing the development of prostate cancer rather than trying to detect it after the fact.
(7) If you already have prostate cancer, your best alternative may be a treatment course centered around artemisinin, which I covered in the May issue. See page 8 for more on this therapy.
Sexercise and Prostate Cancer
There is now excellent evidence that frequent sexual activity protects the prostate as well as some of your favorite nutrients. A large study following 30,000 men over eight years showed one-third less risk of developing prostate cancer in men with the highest monthly frequency of ejaculations (at least 21). Each increase of three ejaculations per week (from zero) resulted in a 15 percent decrease in developing the cancer.
The uterus in females sheds monthly until menopause. This gives women an edge over men in eliminating toxins. The only form of release of prostatic fluids is ejaculation. Limited frequency may allow accumulation of carcinogens that might otherwise be eliminated. It also may reduce microcalcifications associated with prostate cancer. Sexercise might just give you an additional edge.
Ref: New Scientist, July 2003; J. Amer. Med. Assoc., vol. 291, p.
When you should never treat prostate cancer
Conventional treatments for prostate cancer, such as surgery to remove the prostate gland or radiotherapy, are dangerous. The good news, though, is that they may not be necessary for most men diagnosed with a low-grade of the disease.
Prostate cancer surgery can result in serious problems. These include incontinence and impotence. Radiation treatment is not effective and can lead to major problems in your bladder and colon. Unfortunately, few medical professionals in this country will admit there’s a better way. But the British are making headway.
Researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research in England found something I’ve been telling you for years. They discovered that men whose cancer is detected early by a PSA screening are not likely to die from the disease. They are far more likely to die from something completely unrelated.
The study followed men between the ages of 55 and 59 with low-grade cancer. It showed that men in this age group have only a one in 100 chance of dying from the disease within 15 years. This was true even when they didn’t receive any treatment at all. Treatments, such as surgery and radiation, are not likely to prolong survival in low-grade cases. Yet your urologist will jump to relieve you of your gland (and possibly your sex life) if cancer is present, no matter the grade.
The PSA test measures levels of prostate-specific antigen. Your prostate gland produces this protein. Doctors believed for years that it provided an earlier detection. However, now we know that most elevated PSA levels are due to benign enlargement of the prostate.
The British researchers are testing a new technique for prostate cancer called Active Surveillance. This technique will help ensure that doctors give treatment only to men who will benefit. Men who have high-grade, advanced, prostate cancer, for instance, would be more likely to benefit from treatments.
As you can see, not all cancers are the same. All men will get prostate cancer. Should we go chopping and slicing on small chances that these cancers will be lethal? I think not. At last we’re seeing some enlightenment in the medical industry. Too bad it’s coming from Europe and hasn’t had an effect in the U.S. yet. I predict it will be years before the sickness industry in this country looks itself in the mirror.
The chances you’ll die from prostate cancer are slim, especially if you have the more common slow-growing cancer. If you’re in this group, don’t submit to surgery or radiation. There are plenty of alternatives that work well and don’t have any negative side effects. You can find these on my website at http://link.ixs1.net/s/lt?id=r195308&si=w123073609&pc=i2002&ei=i114523 .
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert Jay Rowen, MD
British Journal of Cancer May 22, 2006;94(10):1361-8; Yahoo News May 25, 2006.
New, inexpensive supplement stops prostate cancer
I’ve told you many times that prevention is the best way to treat cancer. But now there’s evidence that a new supplement can actually reverse prostate cancer.
Columbia University researchers say that a proprietary supplement called Zyflamend might help your prostate cancer. They looked at the product’s effects on cultured prostate cancer cells. It reduced cancer cell proliferation by a remarkable 78%.
But that’s not all it did. The supplement actually induced apoptosis (death) of the cancer cells as well.
The researchers were surprised. They lauded the product as showing “great promise.” They’re now studying the formulation in human volunteers with non-invasive prostate cancer.
Zyflamend is a concoction of well known herbs and compounds, including berberine, ginger, resveratrol, curcumin, and others. All of these provide powerful bioflavonoids. The researchers believe the product works through these bioflavonoids. They are potent modulators of inflammation, especially the cyclo-oxygenase pathway of inflammation. This is the pathway that NSAID drugs, such as Motrin, Celebrex, and the infamous Vioxx, target. Some researchers now tout these drugs as a possible treatment for cancer. However, their side effects can kill. Bioflavonoids provide the same beneficial effects, but without toxicity.
It’s available online and at many health food stores. I’ve seen it offered for less than $20 on some websites.
Remember, just because something works in a test tube doesn’t mean that it will work in a human body. But there’s nothing to lose in trying this – and a lot to gain. If you have prostate cancer and try Zyflamend, please send me an email (http://link.ixs1.net/s/lt?id=s195309&si=w123073609&pc=i2002&ei=o135626) and let me know how it works.
It’s also important to remember that these aren’t the only bioflavonoids that work. Zyflamend is a patented 10-nutrient formula. But other bioflavonoids will have the same or similar actions. One such example is resveratrol, which can work wonders all by itself. You can order resveratrol from Healthy Resolve by calling 800-728-2288.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert Jay Rowen, MD
The Three Most Important Nutrients for Treating and Preventing Prostate Cancer
November 2005 / Volume XV , No. 11 (Health Notes)
Up to 30,000 men in the USA will die from prostate cancer every year. If you’re concerned about prostate cancer, there are three nutrients you must include in your daily supplement regimen.
The first nutrient I told you about a couple months ago is DIM. It’s so powerful in preventing and treating prostate problems, including cancer, that it’s now on my list of must-take nutrients.
Dr. Michael Zelig says, “The use of this supplement has resulted in the disappearance of abnormal prostate cells on repeat biopsy….” DIM actually enhances the death rate of prostate cancer cells.
The second nutrient you need to fight prostate cancer is vitamin D. This one is becoming so well accepted that even conventional medicine is using it. A synthetic form of vitamin D (DN-101) has been found to increase the survival in men with prostate cancer by two years. Medical pundits are raving about this “big step forward” in that two years is the “highest ever seen in a randomized study.” The drug was administered simultaneously with a chemotherapy drug, docetaxel.
However, you don’t need an imitation vitamin D to fight prostate cancer. Take the real thing – and lots of it. If you were in the tropics undressed, your body would use the sun to manufacture up to 10,000 units of vitamin D in one day. So the current RDA of 400 IU is ridiculously inadequate. If you can’t get out in the sun enough, consider cod liver oil. Next to the sun, it’s the best source of the vitamin.
I recommend you take 4,000-5,000 IU per day of vitamin D in supplemental form. I know of no risk to this amount of vitamin D. As an aside, your bones and arteries will love you for it as well. Vitamin D can protect against hypertension and bone loss.
And, finally, the last nutrient you must take is green tea. In a recent study, 62 volunteers aged 45-75 were divided into two groups. The experimental group received 200 mg three times daily of green tea catechins (GTC). These are the incredible antioxidants in green tea. The other group received a placebo.
The men had prostate biopsies at six months and again at one year. The GTC group had one case of prostate cancer. Nine cases were found in the untreated group – a rate of 30%. That’s consistent with what would be expected. The green tea extract group had a 90% reduced risk in this small study. There were no significant side effects or adverse reactions with the use of green tea.
The amount of green tea extract (600 mg) in this study was between one and two times the amounts regularly consumed in China. There, the population averages 10-20 cups daily of the complete tea rather than encapsulated extracts.
A fourth nutrient to consider is selenium, repeatedly reported here as a strong preventer of prostate cancer.
If you have prostate cancer or want to avoid it, read this…
I’ve told you in the past about cancer’s connection to omega-6 fatty acids. The connection with prostate cancer is so strong you can greatly reduce your risk simply by cutting back on these fats. And a recent study from Jamaica proves this connection – and shows another great way to fight the disease.
In this study, researchers followed men with proven prostate cancer. They biopsied each of the participants to confirm the presence of cancer. Then they did a fatty acid analysis of their blood cells. And here’s what they found:
There is a highly significant correlation of prostate cancer to high levels of omega-6 fatty acids.
High levels of omega-6 means there is more than four times as many omega-6 fats compared to omega-3s. Most Americans have 20 times as many! The Jamaicans are even worse. This country has the highest incidence of prostate cancer of any country in the world. I’ve been to Jamaica. Their diet is full of fried foods. It’s much like what I saw in India, where the incidence of cancer and vascular disease is skyrocketing.
The culprit is dietary oil. Specifically, any oil that’s full of omega-6 fatty acids. These include most vegetable oils, such as Wesson oil. Instead, use oils that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as coconut, macadamia nut, sesame, and olive oils. And keep their heat exposure to a minimum, as it damages the oil.
Because most people have way too many omega-6s, I also recommend you take omega-3 supplements to compensate for the omega-6 overload. Stick to a good essential fatty acid product like the one that comes with Healthy Resolve’s Max Plus.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert Jay Rowen, MD
J Urol, 2007; 177(1): 97-101.
A New Plant Looks Promising for the Prostate
Prostate conditions range from a nuisance to deadly. Typical orthodox treatments for enlargement range from the drug Proscar to reaming out the gland. Both of these therapies have significant drawbacks. Well-known alternative remedies include saw palmetto, stinging nettles, Pygeum Africanum, and other agents (similar to those found in Healthy Resolve’s Advanced Prostate Formula).
Recently, my artemisinin mentor, Dr. Hoang of Vietnam, gave me a translation of a just published article from his native land. This report discusses use of an extract of the botanical Crinum latifolium in the treatment of prostate conditions. Apparently, the value of this plant is not well known outside Vietnam. The report explains why this plant is considered a national treasure in Vietnam.
A 72-year-old man was awakening several times at night to urinate due to an enlarged prostate. He was recommended to have his prostate surgically removed, but because of hypertension, he was introduced to Crinum. After just three courses (21 days for each course) of treatment, his prostate size reduced significantly. All his symptoms resolved and he felt healthy again.
After seven years of research, Vietnam’s International Hospital has achieved good results in well over 90 percent of its prostate disorder patients. Apparently, the doctors are using the extract for 21 days as a cycle, with seven days off in between cycles. They report no side effects and no lethal level in animals (meaning incredible safety).
In one Vietnamese clinical study for patients with benign hypertrophy of the prostate, 158 patients were given a Crinum- based herbal preparation two times daily. In 64 days, patients were evaluated by clinical and ultrasound examination. The follow-up found clinical symptoms resolving with prostate size reducing to normal for 154 patients (97 percent). The follow-up after three years confirmed a high rate of long-term success for those who finished the therapy.
Dr. Hoang told me about two patients with confirmed prostate cancer by biopsy and high PSA. After six months of a preparation containing Crinum and Phytosaponins (to promote healthy cell membrane functions), the men became concerned on learning that their PSA had increased from eight to 22, and from 45 to 60 respectively. However, all their disease symptoms had cleared with return of normal urination. Finding it hard to believe the cancer could have worsened, the men actually requested biopsies. The specimens failed to detect any cancer at all! Additionally, the size of their prostates had been reduced.
I’m now beginning to use Crinum, and will report my findings as I’ve done with artemisinin. However, the Vietnamese report is so encouraging, I didn’t want to hesitate in helping men with an enlarged prostate get a head start, and (I hope) report their own findings back to me. The only source I know of is found in a unique blend of Asian herbs called Healthy Prostate and Ovary, marketed by Inventive Biomedical at 415-464-1347.
Vietnamese Herb Reverses Prostate Cancer
Last year, I told you about Crinum, an herb from Vietnam that fights prostate problems. If you have prostate or ovarian cancer, Crinum could be the answer you’re looking for. Just ask Colin Pham.
Colin is a 52-year-old contractor who told me, “I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999 with a PSA of 40 and my biopsy confirmed prostate cancer. My doctor recommended surgery, anti- hormone therapy, and radiation.
“My brother’s daughter urged me to purchase Healthy Prostate/Ovary formula. My symptoms were frequent nighttime urination, and difficult and painful urination during the day. I improved quickly within five days after the commencement of the herbs, and my sleeping patterns became progressively better each day.
“After three years of taking the herbs, I had a check-up with my urologist and for my curiosity I requested a prostate biopsy. To my surprise and my doctor’s, there were no cancer cells present in all slices of my biopsies.
“During the three years of taking the herbs, my PSA fell to 12 and then rose to 20. I have no symptoms and I feel great.”
Colin is just one of many from whom I’ve received written feedback.
Additionally, most of my personal clients report significant reductions in nighttime urination using Crinum.
Even if Colin still has cancer missed by the biopsies, the change in PSA over three years is insignificant. He’s had a terrific quality of life, when with conventional methods, he would likely be far less happy.
Can you expect Crinum to work for you?
Nothing works for everybody, but you might remember the result of one Vietnamese clinical study I cited last year. The study was conducted on patients with benign hypertrophy of the prostate — 158 of these patients were given a Crinum-based herbal preparation two times daily.
In 64 days, patients were evaluated by clinical and ultrasound examination. Researchers found clinical symptoms resolving with prostate size reducing to normal for 154 patients (97 percent).
The follow-up after three years confirmed a high rate of long- term success for those who finished the therapy.
Crinum appears to be living up to its promise. So if you’re dissatisfied with conventional approaches to your prostate problems, you might consider this herb.
Crinum is available in the formulation Healthy Prostate/Ovary and can be purchased from Farmacopia (800-896-1484), NutriCology (800-545-9960), and Get Well International (888-522-4372).
I’ll be reporting to you on another terrific breakthrough in the management of prostate cancer in future issues.
My About-Face on the PSA Test
Why every man should have this prostate test done today!
This report may come as a real shock to you. I’m officially doing an about face on the PSA test.
For years, I’ve told you that I don’t believe in the usefulness of the PSA test. And that I had never gotten one myself — until now. That’s all changed. And you need to know why. I’ve recently discovered that the PSA test could save your life. But not in the way you may think.
In 2004, American Cancer Society statistics show that 32,000 men died from prostate cancer in the U.S. Doctors diagnosed over 232,000 new cases in the same year. In fact, prostate cancer is the most common malignancy to affect men. It’s the second leading cause of cancer death in men after lung cancer. And the incidence is escalating.
Doctors have used the PSA test for years as a means of early detection for prostate cancer. And that’s why I was so adamantly against it. PSA stands for prostate specific antigen. This antigen is a protein that’s found in prostate tissue. When the prostate becomes inflamed, it produces more of this antigen.
As I’ve discussed in the past, inflammation causes damage to the integrity of an organ or gland. For example, inflammation in the liver (hepatitis) causes the liver to release proteins, enzymes such as AST and ALT, from damaged liver cells into the blood. Likewise, inflammation in the prostate will cause the PSA protein to break loose. As a result, levels in the blood will rise.
For years, doctors told us that PSA is a good test to screen for prostate cancer. Every level of the sickness industry pushed this nonsense — until recently. Newer research shows that PSA has a closer connection to an enlarged prostate than cancer. Even the discoverer of the PSA test came forth and agreed that the PSA was a better marker for prostate enlargement than cancer.
PSA’s problems started when some researchers found that a higher level might be related to cancer. That led to a plethora of prostate biopsies. In fact, a cottage industry of puncturing prostate glands sprung up almost overnight. And as soon as the biopsy found cancer, the surgeons came in and carved out the prostate gland, radiated it, or poisoned it, often causing incontinence, etc.
What scientists discovered, though, was that many of these cancers would never kill the host. The treatment was usually far worse than the disease. Therein lay the problem. The conventional approach to prostate cancer did little to improve mortality (death) or even morbidity (pain and suffering). So, that led me to avoid the PSA test altogether. I took the position that it’s far better to prevent cancer than to look for it. By the time cancer appears, it can be too late. So, in my reports to you, I continually brought you information on research that proved you can prevent prostate disease and especially cancer. Please see my website for the myriad of reports on diet and supplements that I wrote about.
But all of my thinking changed during one lecture at the November 2008 ACAM meeting. The speaker was integrative urologist Ron Wheeler, MD. To my shock,
Dr. Wheeler was staunchly for the PSA test.
Dr. Wheeler teaches that the PSA test is a marker of inflammation, not necessarily cancer. But inflammation is, in itself, a major problem. It is inflammation that leads to organ damage. In the prostate, inflammation will lead to enlargement, urinary obstruction, and a host of male sexual difficulties (including erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, orgasmic difficulties, etc.). And, as you have read in these pages, inflammation is the root of cancer. Inflammation is synonymous with cellular damage. Constant ongoing damage can lead to degeneration and cancer. In your arteries, it leads to atherosclerosis.
Dr. Wheeler agrees that the PSA is not directly related to cancer. The problem is that even at a PSA of 4.0, many men still don’t have cancer. But a lot of men with a PSA of only 1.5 already have cancer. Up to 30% of all prostate cancers occur with a PSA of 4.0 or less. That’s why the PSA test is not a good screen for cancer. And worse, a high PSA can lead to a revolving door for biopsies. And biopsies have major problems.
First of all, a negative biopsy doesn’t mean much. Doctors usually do biopsies blindly. A small cancer would be very easy to miss. And, hitting a cancer doesn’t mean much. Virtually all men, if they live long enough, will actually have prostatitis or cancer in their gland. But the majority of men never die of it, or even know that they had it. Their body defenses keep it in check. And a biopsy can provide a track for an otherwise contained cancer to leak out of the prostate and spread.
As I just mentioned, several well-done medical studies have shown that almost ALL men will develop prostatitis at some point in their adult lifetime. One 1979 study found 98.1% of 162 surgically removed prostates had evidence of inflammation (prostatitis). Other urologists report that virtually 100% of the biopsy and surgical prostate specimens they examine show evidence of prostatitis.
We also know that all men eventually get prostate cancer if they live long enough. In the United States, one-in-four men who undergo prostate biopsy will have prostate cancer. But all of them will have prostatitis. These findings have led researches to suggest that prostate cancer is always associated with prostatitis.
How do you know if you have prostatitis? Historically, doctors said men under 50 with any type of voiding symptoms or pelvic pain had prostatitis until proven otherwise. If you were older than 50, the diagnosis would be an enlarged prostate.
This notion began to change in 1999. That’s when a study found that most men with voiding symptoms, regardless of age, actually had prostatitis when properly tested. Of 235 consecutive men who exhibited even mild voiding symptoms, greater than 80% had chronic prostatitis, regardless of their age. The researchers based their diagnosis on a specific test called “expressed prostatic secretion” (EPS). EPS is where the doctor massages the prostate and then collects the small amount of fluid that emerges from the tip of the penis. If there are more than 10 white blood cells (inflammatory cells) per high power microscopic field, that confirms the diagnosis.
Wouldn’t it be nice to more easily detect the problem in men with no symptoms? Well, there is. It’s the PSA.
Dr. Wheeler says, “The PSA provides a virtual 100% sensitivity to predict the diagnosis when the PSA number is greater than 1.0 ng/ml.” In fact, it may be even more accurate than a biopsy. That’s because prostatitis is so common that many pathologists reading the slides will gloss over the inflammation they see. They are more concerned about whether cancer is present.
And this is where the PSA really proves its worth. The higher your PSA score, the more inflammation you have in your prostate. The higher the PSA, the more white blood cells in the EPS. White blood cell presence is synonymous with inflammation. Inflammation directly raises the risk for cancer. So, a rising PSA does indicate a rising ultimate risk for prostate cancer. But it does not indicate cancer is present.
For years, conventional medicine told us that a PSA of lower than 4 is “normal.” And certainly a PSA less than 2.5 is nothing to worry about, the pundits say. Dr. Wheeler states otherwise. He insists the cut off is 1.0. He says it should be even lower, perhaps about 0.5.
Because PSA is an indicator of inflammation, Dr. Wheeler strongly believes that all men should get tested. Yes, even yours truly.
Only two weeks after the lecture, I had my first PSA drawn. I’m pleased to tell you that it came back an amazingly low 0.4. Dr. Wheeler told me that my level was the lowest initial score he has ever seen. Dr. Wheeler’s initial level came back at 0.5. But he managed to lower his score with a product he developed that’s far better for prostate problems than only saw palmetto. Over many years, his PSA has gradually fallen, and is currently an unbelievable 0.1. That’s the level you might see after a total prostatectomy. But Dr. Wheeler is fully intact.
Since 99% of men have an inflammation in their prostate, you need a remedy. Obviously, my diet and exercise habits have kept my prostate in great shape. And that’s the best way to go. But I know few people who will follow my rigorous lifestyle. So this is a case where supplements may be beneficial.
Dr. Wheeler has developed a patented product he has named “Peenuts®.” Great name! It’s an acronym that stands for “Power to Empty Every time while Never Urinating Too Soon.”
In Dr. Wheeler’s 1997 study, all of the men in the study who took Peenuts improved their voiding symptoms. And 69% of the men improved in either 6 or 7 out of 7 urinary symptom categories measured.
In a follow-up study, more than 300 men had similar results. The average improvement in the urinary symptom score was 11 out of 35 points. The PSA, “the barometer of prostate health,” improved in all patients, by an average of 49%. And the EPS, our most sensitive test for prostatitis, found a 66% reduction in white blood cells (consistent with a reduction in inflammation).
I want to emphasize the importance of these findings. Some of these men had to have prostate cancer. The conventional urologist will tell you that those men are absolutely destined to see their PSA rise unless their prostate is carved out. Dr. Wheeler’s formula lowered the PSA in all of the men. That strongly suggests that, caught early, prostate cancer arising from inflammation can be easily reversed. You don’t have to over treat it with invasive and toxic therapies.
I was pleased to discover that Peenuts has very similar ingredients to Advanced Prostate Formula from Advanced Bionutritionals. That’s the prostate formulation I came up with years ago.
Herbs like saw palmetto, pygeum africanum, and stinging nettle have been proven in countless studies to lower PSA and improve prostate health. Both products contain all three.
That said, Dr. Wheeler has conducted studies on his specific formulation. So while, I heartily recommend either product to you, I have asked the folks at Advanced Bionutritionals to carry Peenuts along with our Advanced Prostate Formula.
I’m currently taking the formula twice daily in a challenge to Dr. Wheeler. He said over years, my PSA should fall to 0.1 as did his. I admit that’s something to brag about. If your PSA is greater than 1.0, you might start off with one capsule three times daily. The cost, at $34.95 per bottle, is reasonable considering what it can prevent. You can order it by calling 800-728-2288. And please let me know how these products work for you.