Monthly Archives: January 2014

Is it possible to manage cancer like a chronic illness such as diabetes?

From Dr. Keith Block’s experience in working with all types and stages of cancer in over thirty two years the answer to the question is in many cases is an emphatic,”Yes”.

Note: Dr. Block is the co-founder of The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Skokie, Illinois and regarded by many as the Father of the integrative cancer treatment movement. Here’s what he says in Life Over Cancer on the topic of the possibility of managing cancer like a chronic illness in many cases:

Many of our patients carry on their daily lives as if they were managing a chronic illness such as diabetes. In fact, I encourage you to begin thinking of your cancer as an illness you can live with or, even better, one you can overcome. I have treated many patients with widespread metasteses who were pronounced “incurable” by their doctors but who, with this program, recovered. These survivors testify to what can happen with an integrative approach to treating and managing cancer: no matter what the diagnosis there are patients who prevail over whatever odds they have been given.

–Keith I. Block, M.D., Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment

Disclosure: I’m an Amazon affiliate for this book if ordered through either of the above links. 

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January 31, 2014 · 1:22 pm

What are the two vitamin supplements not produced by plants that may require supplementation? (6 min. 23 sec.)

In my last post I posted a video by Dr. Michael Greger in which he discusses numerous studies on the effect of multivitamins on heart disease, cancer and longevity. The bottom line effect of multivitamins on those diseases and longevity was virtually none. He brought up a simple nutritional strategy that is more effective.

In this video Dr. Greger discusses two vitamins not produced by plants that studies show may require supplementation.  

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January 15, 2014 · 5:11 pm

Do the billions we spend on multivitamins have any effect on cancer and heart disease? (4 min. 6 sec. video)

The debate over the effectiveness of multivitamins on heart disease, cancer and longevity has raged for decades. In this short videos Dr. Michael Greger sifts through numerous nutritional studies to find answers to the question,”Do randomized studies show that the billions of dollars we spend on multivitamins each year have any effect on two of our biggest killers and extend our lives or are we wasting our money?”

You may be surprised by the results. I was.

Based on the results, Dr. Greger suggests a simple strategy for getting the nutrients we need to combat heart disease and cancer.

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January 14, 2014 · 4:26 pm

A quick demonstration of how to make a simple green smoothie by the mother of the green smoothie movement (6 min. 31 sec. video)

In some past posts I mentioned how I started to investigate and experiment with nutritional shakes and eventually green smoothies to nourish my wife’s body to fight her cancer and recover from the trauma of surgery, 33 radiation sessions, and long term chemo.

I did this because I had read in the book Beating Cancer With Nutrition by Dr. Patrick Quillin (VP of Nutrition with Cancer Centers of America for ten years) the startling statistic that of people that are diagnosed with advanced cancers and eventually die, about 40 percent die, not from cancer, but from malnutrition. They literally starve to death. 

At that time my wife’s cancer adapted to the expensive chemo drugs she was getting and she had rapidly lost 32 lbs., lost her appetite (in addition to food tasting like a chemistry kit due to the chemo), and became progressively very weak. To me she was showing classic signs of the starvation Dr. Quillin had written about.

In this video is a demo of a how to prepare a simple green smoothie by a woman considered by some to be the mother of green smoothies, Victoria Boutenko. She was at least one of the earliest popularizers of green smoothies. Her books and videos encourage eating of raw food as much as possible. My wife and I aren’t vegans, vegetarians or raw foodists but we have still found the use of green smoothies to be extremely helpful in our efforts to complement conventional treatment and help manage her illness.

Through a lot of experimenting I incorporate and rotate several vegetables (and a few fruits) which contain phytonutrients that scientific studies have shown to have anticancer properties such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kale. Please see some of the videos I’ve posted below by Dr. Michael Greger for an explanation of the science behind some anticancer fruits and vegetables). With some experimentation you can regularly quickly produce green smoothies that taste pretty good (despite the green color).

My wife isn’t a health nut by any stretch of the imagination. This was one way of taking advantage of consuming greens without wearing out her jaws chewing through bowls of salad every day. I told her to think of it as kind of like drinking her daily salads (with a pleasant fruity taste).

I’ve also written a couple of posts in the past on my experiences using green smoothies. I hope they’re of help to some in incorporating them into their efforts to nourish their bodies to manage their illness and recover from toxic cancer treatments (chemo, radiation and surgery).

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January 13, 2014 · 10:09 pm

Who may want to moderate their consumption of tumeric? (5 min. 26 sec. video)

I recently posted a brief video by Dr. Michael Greger (nutritionfacts.org) on how to boost the bio-availability of one of the best anti-inflammatory herbs in the world–tumeric (which contains the anti-inflammatory phyto-nutrient curcumen). According to Dr. Keith Block–who has dealt with advanced cancers over 32 years–science has shown that chronic inflammation is a biochemical condition in the body that can encourage cancer growth and spread.

But just because a supplement is “natural” or comes from plants that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe or safe for all people equally. According to Dr. Greger, people who have gallstones, kidney stones or are pregnant may want to moderate their use of tumeric for the reasons he mentions here.

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January 12, 2014 · 12:44 pm

Science has shown that chronic inflammation can encourage cancer growth; here’s what science says dramatically boosts bio-availability of one of the best anti-inflammatory herbs in the world (3 min. 59 sec. video)

Dr. Michael Greger talks about a science-based dietary strategy of using black pepper (which contains piperine), to boost blood levels of curcumin from the spice turmeric by up to 2,000%.

Since you are going to use spices, why not focus on those that make ones biochemistry as unfriendly to cancer growth and proliferation as possible?

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January 11, 2014 · 10:07 am

Amla vs. cancer cell invasion (1 min. 3 sec. video)

Dr. Michael Greger highlights studies that demonstrate Indian gooseberries (amla) ability to block breast cancer cell growth and–equally important–metastasis (spread and invasion to other sites in the body) potential in vitro (i.e. in test tubes).

Please also be sure to also view the short video I posted below (also produced by Dr. Michael Greger) on amla and cancer cell growth.

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January 10, 2014 · 7:22 pm