Cancer healing with natural pills and prevention through diet and selection of proper foods
A discussion, review, prevention and natural therapy with herbs, vitamins, nutritional products and diet as alternative therapy methods
January 15 2017

Nutritional factors that cause cancer
Diet and how fast people grow are both significant causes of cancer, but many Americans still incorrectly believe that factors such as pesticides on food are bigger causes. Diets based on fruits, vegetables and whole grains and that go easy on red meats, dairy products and fats protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Hormones that cause the body to grow quickly may be involved in some cancers. Better diets, more exercise and controlling weight could prevent more than 30 percent of cancer cases.
Breastfeeding reduces the risk  for mother and child, and tall people have a higher risk than shorter people.

Are there Herbs and nutritional products that have a role in cancer prevention?
Keeping slim is one of the best ways of preventing cancer. Therefore diet should be the addressed first. There are countless herbs that have been found to have anti-tumor activity in laboratory studies. Whether these herbs have a role to play in cancer therapy or prevention in humans is not clear at this time.

Herbs and plant extracts with potential cancer healing activity include, alternative preventive methods:
Carotenoids show a prominent role in decreasing the incidence of various cancers

Cat’s Claw — extracts exert a direct anti-proliferative activity on MCF7 breast cancer cell lines.
Curcumin may help fight breast and prostate cancer. Researchers have found in the lab that curcumin can enhance the cancer-fighting power of treatment with TRAIL, a naturally occurring molecule that helps kill cancer cells. TRAIL stands for tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand. In an experiment with human prostate cancer cells in a laboratory dish, the combination treatment killed off two to three times more cells than either treatment alone. Curcumin exerts multiple different suppressive effects on human breast carcinoma cells in vitro. Turmeric medicinal use for arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Green Tea has polyphenolic compounds that are protective against various forms of cancer.
Mangosteen is an herb that has xanthones. Morinda citrifolia has been studied for its anti cancer effects. See the latest research on mangosteen
at this site.

Supplements with potential anti-tumor activity include:
IP-6 — Inositol hexaphosphate is a naturally polyphosphorylated carbohydrate found in beans, brown rice, corn, sesame seeds, wheat bran, and other high fiber foods. IP 6 has been reported to have in vivo and in vitro anticancer activity against numerous tumors, such as colon, prostate, breast, liver, chronic myeloid leukemia, and rhabdomyosarcomas. Significant human trials are lacking and hence we do not currently know whether taking IP-6 supplements is helpful in cancer prevention or therapy.
Melatonin is a pineal hormone and a potent antioxidant and has been shown to inhibit estrogen-responsive human breast cancer cells and augment the effectiveness of tamoxifen.

Supplements that may be helpful for those on chemotherapy:
Carnitine improves fatigue in those who are undergoing chemotherapy.
Glutamine supplementation can lessen loss of protein in the muscle and protect immune and gut-barrier function during radio-chemotherapy in patients with advanced cancer.

What are the risk factors for Cancer?
A number of genetic and environmental factors increases the risk of developing cancer. Family history is one important factor. Some families have a significantly higher risk of developing certain cancers than other families. For example, a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer increases up to 3 times if her mother or sister had it. Some are linked to a specific gene mutation, more common in some ethnic groups and families.
A number of environmental factors increase the risk of cancer. One of the most important is cigarette smoking. Smoking cigarettes substantially increases the risk of developing cancers of the lung, mouth, larynx, breast, cervix, colon, and bladder.
The destruction of the body’s natural rhythms accelerated the growth of cancerous tumors in laboratory animals.

Simple steps to reduce your risk of cancer
If people would quit smoking, eat more healthily and exercise, cancer deaths could be cut by at least a third. Diet is second only to tobacco as a leading cause of cancer and, along with alcohol, is responsible for nearly one third of cases of the disease in developed countries.

Walk your Way to Wellness – By keeping your body healthy and active, walking can help you improve your mood, boost your energy, lose weight, control your blood pressure, prevent bone loss, and decrease the risks of many diseases, including cancer.

The Facts About Fat –
Everyone needs fats. Problems arise only when we get too much fat, or the wrong types of fat, such as trans fats and hydrogenated fats, and excess fat from dairy products and meats. Fat has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease as well as an increased exposure to certain forms of cancer.  Avoid eating too much sugar, substitute stevia, the no calorie natural sweetener, instead.

The Vital Veggies –
Science has shown that some foods may protect against cancer, and high on the list are vegetables. Eat a variety of different vegetables.

Weigh Less, Live Longer –
Being overweight seems to play a role in cancers of the breast, colon and the lining of the uterus. Cancers of the prostate occur more often in obese men and cancers of the gall bladder, bile passages and ovaries occur more often in obese women.

Seek Shade, Not Sun –
A tan is a sign of skin damage! It is a scientific fact that overexposure to the sun damages skin, causing cumulative, permanent harm, including (but not limited to) skin cancer.

Finding Fiber –
Research has shown that eating more foods containing fiber can lower your risk of two fairly common, potentially fatal cancers: colon and prostate cancer. Because foods with fiber are naturally low in fat, they also protect you against other types of cancer to which a high-fat diet may contribute.

Drink tea rather than sodas or sugared drinks –
Solid evidence is mounting that drinking tea can prevent cell damage that leads to cancer, heart disease and perhaps other ills. Tea is loaded with phytochemicals — a wide range of molecules that can act as antioxidants. Such compounds counteract the damage done to DNA cells by free radicals–charged particles produced by sunlight, chemicals, many foods and simply the stress of day-to-day living.

Vitamins reduce the risk for cancer in China
Men and women from a cancer-plagued region of China who took selenium, vitamin E and beta-carotene have a reduced risk of dying that persists for up to a decade after they stopped taking the supplements. People in the study were nutritionally deprived, therefore the findings may not be relevant to better-nourished populations. The most important thing may be to have adequate amounts of nutrients early-on, and taking high doses of certain vitamins later in life won’t help. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, April 1, 2009.

Natural Therapies worth trying
These include yoga, hypnosis, meditation, biofeedback, imagery, and support groups.

Anogenital malignancies and premalignancies are an important personal/public health problem due to their effects on individuals’ physical, mental, and sexual health. Also, due to their etiological association with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, anogenital malignancies and premalignancies constitute an immense public health burden. In addition to HPV infection, immunosuppression, HIV infection, chronic dermatoses, such as lichen sclerosis, previous radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments, and smoking, are the other important etiopathologic factors in the development of anogenital malignancies and premalignancies. The incidence of anal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) has increased considerably in the past decade, mainly due to the growing number of cases in high-risk groups, such as men who have sex with men, immunosuppressed individuals, and patients with HIV infection.

Breast Cancer
The incidence of female breast cancer dropped substantially from 2001 through 2004. This drop is possibly related to declining use of hormone replacement therapy.
Breast cancer is the most common non-skin malignancy in women in the United States and is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer-related deaths. Women who are aged 50 to 69 years, and who are concerned about breast cancer, should be encouraged to have a mammogram every one to two and a half years along with a medical exam.  Eighty five percent of breast cancer cases occur after age 50. Most common type is infiltrating ductal carcinoma, but the more aggressive types are medullary and inflammatory. Women aged 40 to 50 should have regular mammograms if there is strong family history of breast cancer, particularly if the breast cancer was diagnosed before menopause.
Breast self-exams have not been found to be definitively helpful. Breast self exam increases the number of false positive results. These may result in follow-up testing or invasive procedures such as breast biopsies, leading to anxiety, inconvenience, discomfort, and additional medical expenses. .
There is a higher risk of breast cancer with early menarche and late menopause. The more a woman breast feeds, the more she is protected against breast cancer.
There is also a higher risk with oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy, including several forms of estrogen, and probably androstenedione, dehydroepiandrosterone and testosterone. Women who already have breast cancer should not take additional hormone replacement, particularly estrogens.

Cervical Cancer
Screening should begin within 3 years after a woman begins having vaginal intercourse, but no later than 21 years of age. If traditional Pap test results are obtained, screening should be done every year. If liquid-based Pap tests are used, screening should be done every 2 years.
Many American women who have had a complete hysterectomy are having Pap smear screenings even though they are not at risk of cervical cancer.
For women who reach 30 years of age and have had three consecutive tests with normal results, screening can be done once every 2 to 3 years. However, for women with risk factors such as HIV infection or a compromised immune system, physicians may suggest screening be done more often.
Women 70 years of age and older who have had three or more normal Pap test results and no abnormal results in the last 10 years may choose to stop cervical cancer screening.
Women who take the birth control pill could be increasing their risk of cervical cancer. The longer women use the pill the greater their chances of developing the disease.
Women infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) may reduce the odds that the virus will persist by increasing the amount of certain carotenoids– plant compounds with antioxidant properties – in their diets. Specifically, the study found that increasing dietary intake of lutein/zeaxanthin, beta-cryptoxanthin, , and papaya appears to lower the risk of persistent HPV infection, a strong risk factor for cervical cancer.

Colon Cancer
Eating lots of preserved meats such as salami, bacon, cured ham and hot dogs could increase the risk of bowel cancer by 50 percent. Fiber found in vegetables, fruits, and whole grain cereals and legumes may reduce colon cancer risk.
A daily calcium supplement protects against colon polyps, particularly the advanced type that go on to become cancer. Sigmoidoscopy is recommended every 5 years starting at age 50.
Despite recent advances in screening and treatment for colon cancer, the number of people dying from the disease has remained steady since the late 1980s. Obesity is related to colon cancer risk.
People who gain weight during adulthood – even those who are not considered to be overweight based on their body mass index – are at increased risk of colon cancer. International Journal Cancer 2008.

Endometrial Cancer
Risk factors are unopposed estrogen therapy, late menopause, tamoxifen, nulliparity, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes, and obesity. Most endometrial cancers are diagnosed at an early stage when there is unexpected bleeding or spotting.
Regular consumption of soy foods seems to reduce a woman’s risk of getting cancer of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus, according to a study conducted in Shanghai. This benefit is most pronounced among overweight women. The estrogens women produce are known to play a key role in the development of endometrial cancer, the researchers note in this week’s British Medical Journal. Soy foods contain isoflavones with both estrogen-like and anti-estrogen activities.

Gastric cancer
Treatment with the combination of cisplatin, epirubicin, L-leucovorin, and 5-fluorouracil, referred to as the PELF regimen, has little or no effect on overall or disease-free survival in patients with completely resected gastric cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst 2008.

Ovarian Cancer
Increased risk with postmenopausal estrogen use. Decreased risk with aspirin use. Women who eat plenty of carrots, tomatoes and other foods high in carotene and lycopene may reduce their risk.

Prostate Cancer
Exercise, maintaining normal body weight, eating fish, legumes, flaxseed, yellow-orange vegetables, and cruciferous vegetables lowers prostate cancer risk. There is debate about the benefits of a PSA test but most doctors will order one in men over the age of 50. New research indicates PSA testing every 4 years is as effective as annual testing. After age 50, tall men have a moderately higher risk of developing prostate cancer than their shorter peers. The rate of increase in prostate-specific antigen level may be more important for predicting cancer than the actual PSA number
Ejaculation frequency is not related to increased risk for prostate cancer.
Use of supplements containing selenium may reduce the risk of advanced prostate cancer. The fact that no effect was seen against early prostate cancer suggests that selenium works by slowing cancer progression rather than by preventing it all together. A recent study links the consumption of the essential mineral selenium with a lower risk of prostate cancer. There are now seven population studies in the past six years that examined the possible connection between selenium and prostate cancer. All but one of them have found selenium protective. Yet, since scientists are still uncertain how prostate cancer starts or can be prevented, it is too early to say that selenium definitely protects the prostate.
Men over 50 who have higher levels of testosterone have a higher risk of prostate cancer. The findings may mean that men should be cautious about testosterone replacement therapy, being tested in older men who see a decline in general health and vigor.
Side effects of prostate cancer treatment, such as impotence and urinary incontinence, are far more common than most doctors admit.
Adult height, which can be an indicator of early life environmental exposures, is positively associated with prostate cancer, particularly aggressive disease. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 2008.

Anemia drugs used for cancer treatment
Anemia is a common complication of cancer treatment. Treating cancer patients with anemia drugs increases their risk of blood clots and death. Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents. or ESAs, raise the risk of death in patients who take them compared with those who do not, a finding that can not be explained by the higher blood clot risk alone.

Cancer studies and review of vitamin pill benefit
The Unending Debate: Do Vitamin Pills Prevent Cancer?
For several decades the scientific community has debated whether vitamin and mineral supplements prevent or reduce the risk of cancer. Over the years numerous studies have given contradictory results leaving the medical community uncertain of what to recommend to the public. In this latest study, scientists, from the Scientific and Technical Institute for Nutrition and Diet in Paris, France gave a vitamin/mineral supplement to thousands of men and women. A total of 13,000 men and women aged 35 to 60 took part in the study. Half were given a daily supplement containing 6mg of beta-carotene, 120mg of vitamin C, 90mg of vitamin E, 100 micrograms of selenium, and 20 milligrams of zinc. A dummy capsule was given to the other participants. At the end of seven years, the researchers found that taking the supplement had no effect on heart disease, and did not influence cancer rates in women. But they found a 31% reduction in the risk of all cancers in men taking the antioxidants. And, overall, the death rate was 37% lower among men who took the supplement. The researchers, said: “Our findings support recommendations for following a healthy diet, particularly one rich in fruit and vegetables which are major dietary sources of antioxidant vitamins and minerals, for all ages in life and for both sexes.” They added that women may not have received the same benefits because their diet were better than those of men and they perhaps were already ingesting many healthy antioxidants through their diet.
Comments: The debate seems to continue regarding the role of vitamin/mineral supplements and the prevention of cancer. It appears that those with a very health diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables are not likely to reap much benefit from supplements, but those with a marginal diet would.

There are so many cancer natural therapy options with herbs, vitamins and diet suggestions. How does one know which alternative therapy cancer prevention strategy or treatment to pursue?
There are no easy answers since this medical condition is extremely complicated to prevent or treat and few human studies are available with alternative therapy with vitamins, herbs and supplements to know which ones to choose, in what dosage, and for how long.

With cancer treatment and prevention being so secretive and obscure after all these years (especially in these United States with Big Pharma and the FDA blocking the way for natural substance research); it is hard to get much info. on natural prevention and natural methods to try (other than oncological chemo protocols (where the oncologist most likely makes a % of $$) such as: prednisone, zometa, revlimid, dex., etc. etc.)–all things that damage the immune system terribly). As they do not seem to know if Multiple Myeloma is a fungus, a virus, or caused by toxins + genes (herpes zoster, chicken pox); and as it is the most common blood cancer & increasing each year thruout the world; YET not talked about like Leukemia nor Lymphoma — it has been quite an event to ferret out preventive measures that might help– Vitamin D3df 10,000 IU per day with Resveratrol caps (4,000 mg per day); AHCC (also Agaricus Blazei, Changa, Maitake: and most of the medicinal mushrooms), Kombucha, Essaic Tea. Also: Avemar is of note. Do you have any info. on Avemar? I have just started taking it and find it VERY helpful. (Also any info on Cesium Chloride?)