Monthly Archives: May 2014

Inflammation promotes cancer cell growth and curcumin is one of the best anti-inflammatory herbals available. But which of the dozens on the market should you take? (minutes 26 through 40 of this webinar)

I keep reading more and more about the amazing anti-inflammatory effects and anticancer effects of curcumin (the stuff that gives the herb tumeric its color). And it’s been shown to inhibit cancer at every stage (i.e. survival, proliferation, invasion, angiogenesis and metastesis). But there are dozens and dozens of products on the market with bold unproven claims and even outright false advertising. A big consideration is how much of the curcumin you take actually reaches the bloodstream and tumor or affected organ(s). My research indicates that we’re flushing a huge amount of curcumin down the toilets of the world.

In my search for truth and clarity on the confusing issue I’ve found the blog of Dr. Josh Trutt (truttmd.com) tremendously helpful. In this webinar during minutes 26 through 40 (you can use your cursor to move the little red button at the bottom of the video screen ahead to minute 26 so you don’t have to listen to minutes one through 25) he clarifies why anyone interested in preventing alzheimers or trying to prevent, manage or bring into remission cancer should consider adding curcumin to their roster of supplements and what he believes is the most effective curcumin brand on the market of the top three.

Dr. Trutt has no financial interest in any supplement brands. His company sells a package of various brands of supplements which effect longevity and he is always on the look out for the most effective brand of whatever supplements are in that pack (such as curcumin).

NOTE: The first 25 minutes of the webinar cover recent findings on multivitamins and minutes 41 onward cover vitamin D–the benefits of the right levels and the detrimental effects of too much.

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May 26, 2014 · 8:14 pm

For a limited time you can watch a free documentary series on nontoxic, noninvasive, less expensive alternatives to conventional treatment

Link to sign up to receive email notification as each segment of the above documentary series is released on the internet: http://thetruthaboutcancer.com/ (viewable for free from Monday, May 26 through Sunday, June 1 on the internet)  

A new (temporarily) free documentary series on nontoxic, noninvasive, much less costly ways of managing, treating, and surviving cancer 

If you’re at all interested in alternative/natural cancer treatment and cures cancer researcher and author (Cancer: Step Outside the Box and website: truthaboutcancer.com) Ty Bollinger has filmed and will be releasing a six part documentary on natural cancer treatment and healing for free on the internet for a limited amount of time (Monday, May 26 through Sunday, June 1). If you want a good survey of the thinking and methodologies of the natural approach to cancer treatment and healing I recommend you sign up (see link at beginning and end of this post) to receive an email notice as each episode is released.

What is The Quest For the Cures about? 

According to Ty Bollinger:

“The Quest for The Cures” is the first ever, investigative report (“60-minutes-style”) documentary mini-series that will broadcast over the internet (for free) starting Monday May 26th through Sunday June 1st. Each episode will air prime time nightly at 9pm Eastern and again at 9pm Pacific.

 In this one-of-a-kind documentary you will follow me, Ty Bollinger, as I travel the country interviewing doctors, researchers, experts, and cancer survivors to find out their proven methods to prevent and treat cancer. (see list of participants below)

 You see, most conventional doctors don’t know how to treat cancer. Not because they don’t want to save lives, of course they do, but because even they don’t know about all the cutting-edge strategies that people are using (treatments that are not being taught in medical schools). That is why this brand new, week-long mini-series is so powerful.

The Quest for Cures will feature exclusive interviews, doctors, researchers, experts, and cancer survivors including:

  • Dr. Roby Mitchell, M.D.
  • Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.
  • Suzanne Somers
  • Dr. Patrick Quillin
  • Dr. Robert Scott Bell
  • Dr. David Jockers
  • Dr. Veronique Desaulniers
  • Burton Goldberg
  • Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D.
  • AJ Lanigan
  • Dr. Rashid Buttar
  • Chris Wark
  • G. Edward Griffin
  • Bill Henderson
  • KC Craichy
  • Dr. Linda Isaacs, M.D.
  • Webster Kehr
  • Dr. Keith Scott Mumby
  • Dr. Darrell Wolfe
  • Jason Vale
  • Ian Jacklin
  • Tamara St. John
  • Dr. Charles Majors
  • Jeffrey Smith
  • Wendy Wilson
  • Dr. Irvin Sahni M.D.
  • Paul Barattiero
  • Shannon Knight
  • Ty Bollinger – Host

Episode 1: The Cancer Pandemic

Episode 2: Are You Immune?

Episode 3: Franken-Foods and Cancer Causers

Episode 4: Spoiled Rotten

Episode 5: Eating Away at Cancer

Episode 6: What Would Doc Do?

Episode 7: How to Survive and Thrive

Why the shift in approach of Stage 4 Living? 

As I mentioned in a recent post, because of my recent experiences watching my wife endure the awful side effects of her increasingly expensive chemo treatments  and the increasingly unbearable costs I feel I have little choice but to highly selectively investigate the so called “alternative” (nontoxic, noninvasive, much less costly, etc.) approaches to healing from, surviving, and putting in remission cancer. This my first effort to share what I find in my search to expand our options.

Have I abandoned conventional treatment? 

I have not left conventional cancer treatment. Rather my wife and I are finding that conventional cancer treatment is progressively abandoning us through the terrible side effects from increasingly toxic treatments and increasingly ruinously expensive costs to middle class people who lose coverage or who only have partial coverage. 

WARNING: Be a skeptic–Become a student not a follower in your search for truth about cancer treatment, management and remission

I highly recommend that you do your own research and make up your own mind. Don’t take my word, your oncologist’s word or a natural treatment guru’s word on dealing with cancer. It’s your health (or your loved one’s health). You will bear the consequences if someone makes wrong decisions so no one has the right to tell you not to question authority or an “expert” of any kind–conventional, integrative or alternative/natural.

As business philosopher Jim Rohn said: “Become a student not a follower” A student asks questions and probes for answers and truth. A follower accepts whatever they’re told. 

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May 24, 2014 · 9:08 am

What are the nine factors shared by the over one thousand documented cases of people with late stage cancers that went into complete remission?

What can we learn from the over one thousand people with advanced cancers that went into complete remission (as documented by medical journals)?

Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds

 

This book is now officially my second favorite book on the topic of surviving and managing late stage cancer

I received Radical Remission via Amazon a few days ago and started right into it. It’s now officially my second favorite book on surviving and managing late stage cancer (right after Life Over Cancer by Keith Block, MD).

I was referred to Radical Remission  by Elyn Jacobs–a professional cancer coach–who I contacted for suggestions on the next steps I should take to help my wife manage her stage 4 breast cancer. She felt I would find it helpful me in my efforts, and she was right. (Thanks Elyn!)

By the way Elyn has an excellent blog (elynjacobs.wordpress.com) loaded with numerous resources if you’re searching for links to science-based books on cancer treatment, podcast interviews with numerous cancer specialists, article links, etc. to aid you or a loved one in a cancer battle. She is a cancer survivor herself and has devoted her life as a professional cancer coach to guiding people through the confusing, sometimes overwhelming cancer maze.

How and why Radical Remission was written

In the process of getting her doctorate at The University of California at Berkeley, Kelley Turner was surprised to learn of the case of someone with advanced cancer that went into complete remission. According to conventional medical dogma this is simply not possible. Curious, she dug deeper and eventually found that there were over one thousand similar documented cases of unexplained spontaneous remission. And this doesn’t count the numerous examples she found of spontaneous remissions experienced but never reported by physicians.

Dr. Turner would eventually devote her life to studying the nine factors shared by such extraordinary spontaneous remissions and write Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds

Reviews for Radical Remission:

Radical Remission is a treasure trove of BIG TRUTH about the incredible healing power available to each and every one of us!” (Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the ,New York Timesbestsellers Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause)

Radical Remission shows how we can shift the odds of remission in our favor. What I like most about this book is balance. Turner does not ask anyone to abandon conventional therapy, but instructs us on how to add healing factors that are often overlooked.” (Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters)

Never before has anyone with Dr. Turner’s credentials dared to research the million dollar question: why do some patients get better from seemingly “incurable” illnesses? Dr. Turner has uncovered the holy grail those who want to optimize their chances for cure have been seeking. Bravo, Dr. Turner! (Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine & host of the National Public Television special Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine)

Radical Remission is a personal and deeply moving exploration of the power of the human spirit and innate wisdom of the body to overcome catastrophic illness. Persons with cancer and their families and friends will find it especially helpful. (Andrew Weil, M.D.)

This book is filled with important information for everyone, whether struggling with cancer or not. She is giving the world a gift at such an important time as so many are feeling like they can’t take their lives into their own hands. Kelly empowers us all to do exactly that. (Colleen Saidman, cofounder and codirector of Yoga Shanti)

Kelly Turner delivers the message people addressing cancer — or seeking to prevent it — need to hear. Turner’s book gives you the support you need — from science, tradition, and common sense — to make powerful lifestyle changes that will tip the scales in your favor. (Pamela Miles)

Kelly Turner is studying phenomena that is the very research and story sharing that will step us forward into solving the cancer plague. Kelly Turner writes as an accomplished scientist and as a compassionate human being to inspire us to question deeply the roots of our illnesses. (Rodney Yee, author of Moving Toward Balance)

An important book for all cancer patients. Radical Remission is filled with hope, science and possibilities. (Kris Carr, New York Times bestselling author)

 

From the back cover:  

Discover the nine keys that can unlock your pathway to dramatic healing.

Kelly Turner, Ph.D., a researcher and psychotherapist who specializes in integrative oncology, gives the reader the results of her research on over a thousand cases of Radical Remission—people who have defied a serious or even terminal cancer diagnosis with a complete reversal of the disease. The results of this study, which focused on seventy-five factors, include astounding insights of the nine key factors that Dr. Turner found among nearly every Radical Remission survivor she has studied and an explanation of how the reader can put these practices to work in his or her own life.

Every chapter of Radical Remission includes dramatic stories of survivors’ journeys back to wellness. The realization that the possibilities for healing are more abundant than we had previously known gives people concrete ways to defy the overwhelming prognosis of terminal cancer. This is a book for those who are in the midst of receiving conventional cancer treatment, who are looking for other options because that treatment has done all that it can, or who seemingly have no options left but still feel that the future holds the possibility of hope.

Kelly Turner’s Radical Remission shows that it is possible to triumph over cancer, even in situations that seem hopeless. Encompassing diet, stress, emotions, spirituality, and other factors that profoundly affect our health and well-being, Turner’s discussion of how our choices can cause the seemingly miraculous to happen will open your eyes to what is possible when it comes to lasting healing.

I’m an Amazon Affiliate for any orders through the above links to Radical Remission. If you order through these links thank you for your kind help with my efforts to cover my wife’s chemo expenses.  

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May 21, 2014 · 5:00 pm

A very personal note: Stage 4 Living will soon be changing in two important ways

A very personal note: Stage 4 Living will soon be changing in two important ways

Above photo: My wife receiving chemo during on of our six trips to The Medical City in the Philippines (end of 2009 through mid 2010)

I’ve recently decided to evolve, change and I believe improve Stage 4 Living due to some of our recent experiences in the conventional chemo system.

A slight reversal and a major revelation

In 2012 my wife started to rapidly decline as she exhibited some classic symptoms of cachexia (eg. rapid weight loss, growing weakness, loss of appetite, coughing as the cancer lesions spread to her lungs, etc.). With research and a change of diet and lifestyle many of he symptoms started to reverse. Most of the roughly thirty cancerous lesions on her lungs started to shrink and disappear. Two areas did not. After significant progress the improvements plateaued and in the last two CT scans showed minor signs of minor reversal. Her oncologist described the two areas of concern on her lungs as being about one inch in size and the second one, three quarters of an inch. Although the growth was tiny it was enough for her oncologist to take her off of Gemzar (aka Gemsitabine) and put her on Cisplatin and 5FU (along with the usual Herceptin).

Her experience with Cisplatin was a revelation to me. Due to her excellent nutrition and lifestyle measures (i.e. daily walking) she’d always weathered chemo well compared with other patients we’d seen. Her experience with a single dose of Cisplatin was very different. She experienced almost constant nausea and occasional vomiting between the sessions, loss of appetite (due to the chemo drug making everything–even water–taste metallic) and some other troubling symptoms. At the next session we told the oncologist about the side effects and asked for an alternative drug. She was prescribed Carboplatin (along with 5FU and Herceptin). The side effects were better but still miserable.

The growing costs of chemotherapy and my wife’s experience with Cisplatin and Carboplatin turned the light on for me. I realized that this was not going to get better. Each new drug was going to be more expensive and more toxic. If we stay on this path I can predict what will happen with 100 percent accuracy. My wife’s body will be exposed to repeated doses of toxic drugs that will tax her cells, tissues, organs and systems (most notably her precious immune system and digestive system that she desperately needs for the fight against the onslaught of cancer cells.

The three battles waged by cancer patients

When I started this blog I wanted to share science based nutritional and lifestyle strategies that would help others in their cancer battle. With the growing pressure of our chemo bills and the growing toxicity of her treatments I realized that there are millions of people that are fighting three battles: 1. They are fighting their cancer 2. They are fighting for their bodies to recover from long term side effects of the toxicity of chemo, high radiation of radio-therapy and CT scans (each one equal to about 400 regular x-rays according to Dr. Michael Greger (nutritionfacts.org), and surgery 3. They are fighting growing medical bills. The rich have money and coverage, the poor have government programs, but the middle class is the class that is most damaged by the present conventional treatment system (especially if they lose coverage, have no coverage or have partial (e.g. 80/20 or 70/30) coverage. Twenty percent of a flu shot is no big deal. Twenty percent of a late stage chemo treatment can be devastating long term.

As we started to experience the weight of the 20 percent not covered by my wife’s Medicare I received more insight on the financial weight others are lifting in their cancer fight. I have a cousin who’s in the end stages (palliative/pain-relief, hospice care) of battling metastatic lung cancer. He and his wife recently told me that their bills have topped a million dollars…without insurance (thank goodness for nonprofits and government programs to help families in their position). They told me that they were given an option to continue a treatment that might help his immune system but cost would be about $350,000 (yes, that’s three hundred and fifty thousand dollars). I mentioned my cousin’s situation and he said that that’s actually “cheap” (yes, he used the word cheap). He knew of drugs that cost about $100,000 a session. (I frankly admitted to him that I felt like I’d entered some kind of fun-house in which such bizarre numbers made sense.

I have always agreed with Dr. Keith Block and believed that conventional treatment is an important tool in slowing the progression of cancer. Integrative treatment, which incorporates science based nutrition and lifestyle strategies is another important tool. What I’ve come to find is that conventional treatment has an extremely poor “cure” rate for metastatic cancers that have spread beyond the original site and invaded other areas and organs. I’ve seen estimates as low as a bit over one to two percent over five years. Of course there are exceptions, especially when patients take control of their health and make radical dietary and lifestyle changes. But chemo alone has a miserable cure rate.

To compound matters the treatments tend to be so toxic and taxing to the body’s cells, tissues, organs and systems (especially the vital digestive and immune systems so desperately needed for the fight) that I believe it actually lays the groundwork for the cancer to come back to fight against a significantly weakened organism.

Two changes in Stage 4 Living due to recent experiences in the conventional chemo system

Because of the above realizations I’ve decided to change Stage 4 Living in two ways: First I plan on incorporating more personal comments on lessons I’ve learned in helping my wife manage her illness. Second (and this is the big one) I’ve decided to start looking highly selectively, and seriously at alternative cancer treatments. Reading through Radical Remission by Dr. Kelley Turner has opened my eyes to the fact that there are over one thousand cases of late stage cancer remission documented in medical journals. The vast majority of them were experienced by people who had been given up on by conventional medicine or the patients themselves had experienced the horrible side effects of some types of chemo and decided that they would try to find a less traumatic way of overcoming their illness.

For people who lack the resources to pay for costly chemo treatments or who find the side effects of chemo too traumatizing to their mind and body, the only other choice, besides highly selectively looking at alternative treatments, is to give up. Something I would wholeheartedly disagree with.

Based on the experiences I’ve had in dealing with my wife’s cancer if I were to start over again this is what I would now advise myself back in November 2009: 1. Get the best conventional care you can afford. 2. Study, study, study and incorporate the best science based nutritional and lifestyle strategies to help strengthen your immune system and your body and change your biochemistry to one less supportive of cancer cell establishment, growth and invasiveness. 3. Carefully search for alternative cancer treatment sources that research the newest and most effective developments in the field and work toward the ideal of radical remission (see radicalremission.com and the book Radical Remission by Dr. Kelley Turner reviewed below). My wife and I may fail or we may succeed but we will try. To stay on this present path only guarantees one eventual end. At least the alternative path has the possibility of a better ending (as demonstrated the over one thousand cases documented in medical journals and thousands more Dr. Turner estimates are never reported or documented by doctors around country and the world).

I’ll be posting highly selective alternative resources in future posts. Please check back or follow this blog if you think you would find this helpful.

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May 20, 2014 · 6:17 pm

Studies show that cholesterol feeds breast cancer cells (2 min. 44 sec. video)

In this short (2 min. 44 sec.) video learn:

*Studies show reduced postmenopausal breast cancer risk associated with pumpkin and sunflower seeds. The phytosterols in them lowers the cholesterol which cancer feeds on.

*This may be the reason cholesterol levels often drop in cancer patients (i.e. the cancer cells are consuming the cholesterol).

*High cholesterol uptake (consumption) by the tumor can indicate the tumor is growing is growing rapidly.

*And more.

 

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May 20, 2014 · 5:07 pm

Finding our way through the tumeric/curcumin maze

Finding our way through the tumeric/curcumin maze

Above photo by Connie Ma (courtesy of Flickr and Creative Commons)

Curcumin–a large bullet in my wife’s anticancer arsenal  

I’d been reading increasingly (and seeing on some of nutritionfacts.org’s mini-videos) about the very encouraging results in studies of curcumin (the factor in tumeric that gives the herb its color). Numerous studies have been done that demonstrate that curcumin works in many ways to prevent or slow cancer cell establishment, growth and spread. As a matter of fact of all the anticancer nutritional supplements and anticancer foods I researched tumeric appeared to hold the most promise. It isn’t a “magic bullet” that would allow a late stage cancer patient to continue poor nutrition and lifestyle habits and slow and reverse their cancer (five years into my wife’s stage 4 cancer battle, I don’t think such a thing exists). (I think a “shotgun” approach using the  dozens of scientifically supported anticancer phytonutrients in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and certain cold water fish is a far more effective aporoach.) But curcumin’s the closest thing to a “magic bullet” that I’ve found in my search.

A tumeric supplement was even prescribed for my wife (Curcumin Essentials) after extensive blood tests were done on her by the Block Center in Skokie, Illinois. I’m sure CE is a good quality product but it was outside of our budget so I opted, perhaps foolishly, to give her a more generic product from a local vitamin store. The product contained 900 mg. of tumeric and only 100 mg. of tumeric extract (aka curcumin–the active anticancer ingredient). The product also contained a trademarked black pepper extract (Bioperine). Black pepper has been shown to boost bioavailability of curcumin when consumed at the same time.

Finding problems with curcumin bioavailability–flushing money down the toilet

As time went on I found two things wrong with what I was giving her. First, I began to read more and more about the realtively low bioavailability of the curcumin in tumeric, even with black pepper extract. The second thing, according to online information from The Block Center, is that that the black pepper extract interferes with certain chemo drugs. Fortunately none of the drugs in my wife’s current chemical cocktail is affected.

But the low bioavailability increasingly concerned me. I learned that Indians (the kind from Asia not America) have used tumeric in recipes for centuries and the way they prepare it boosts bioavailability.

The search for answers on the confusion on tumeric and curcumin supplements  

I searched the internet and came up with the following helpful links on the curcumin question:

Her’s a link to a list of findings of research on the response of people with various kinds of cancer to curcumin. Just click on your (or your loved one’s) type of cancer and it will take you to a page of research results. This is on the website curcuminresearch.org, put together by one of the preeminent researchers on curcumin, Dr. B. Aggarrwal.
http://curcuminresearch.org/response.html#breastcancer

Her’s a link to the home page for curcuminresearch.org with more scientific information. Research on curcumin is still in relatively early stages but what has been done so far is encouraging. If you want to do more reading on some scientific research on curcumin and cancer here’s a good place to start.
http://curcuminresearch.org/

This is a link to a blog post by Josh Trutt, MD. Dr. Trutt’s company sells a pack of high quality anti-aging supplements composed of various brands of supplements. He is always on the lookout for the most effective brand of each type of supplement and in this post he writes about why he chose one particular brand of curcumin from the dozens available on the marketplace. He has no interest in any of the brands he uses in his company’s product so that he can switch to another brand if it shows superior performance in clinical tests.
http://truttmd.com/curcumin-caveat-emptor-not-all-brands-are-created-equal/

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: 

I read more of Dr. Trutt’s responses below his post on Theracurmin (which I had previously posted a link to in this post) and found out that after more research he had to retract his recommendation of Theracurmin as a supplement. He felt that Swanson Health Products didn’t present the evidence as accurately as they should have. I have found Dr. Trutt to be straightforward and honest in his evaluations of curcumin products I’ve read, so I had to delete both links to information on Theracurmin and retract my recommendation for all who read this post to consider that curcumin supplement. Dr. Trutt has now gone back to recommending Longvida brand curcumin supplement (reviewed in one of his above posts linked above) as the one he found with the best bioavailability. This is the one I’ll be using, despite the additional cost.

 

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May 17, 2014 · 10:42 pm

The effect of phytates on cancer growth, invasion and metastasis (3rd of 3 videos, 4 min. 50 sec. video)

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May 10, 2014 · 6:40 pm