Cancer

Extra Protection Against Skin Cancer for Pennies a Day?

This simple vitamin can decrease risk of non-melanoma skin cancer by up to 35%. Niacinamide (a form of niacin or Vitamin B3) at 500 mg per day decreases the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers by up to 35%.

It costs pennies per day.  Niacinamide doesn’t cause flushing like niacin and has a good safety profile.  Now that is prevention we can live with!

References:

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1506197#t=article

By |August 16th, 2017|Cancer|

Update on Cancer—Which Treatments Work the Best?

I recently returned from the 2017 Best Answer for Cancer Summit in San Diego in late April.  I learned a tremendous amount. The most significant research is that conventional chemo and radiation offers stage 4 cancer patients (patients with metastatic disease) about an increase in survival of 2% over 5 years. Integrative methods (research proven government studies) for the same stage 4 patients are getting between 50-60% remission at 5 year. The integrative Doctors are continuing to keep records past 5 years because they know conventional chemo and radiation will most likely recur after this date.  It appears the Integrative methods are more long-lasting as well, with only gradual declines in survival after this 5 year benchmark.

The persistence of these Doctors to perform alternative cancer methods has come at a huge price for several of the Doctors including million dollar lawsuits, bankruptcy and loss of their medical license.

We owe these pioneers a debt of gratitude for their persistence and bravery.

By |May 4th, 2017|Cancer|

Thermography Questions and Answers

1. When should a woman start thermography screening is she doesn’t have a breast lump or pain?

A woman may want to get her first thermographic screening at 25 years old. Thermography detects cancer up to 8 years before mammograms. Women are certainly at risk for breast cancer by 33 years of age. The incidence of breast cancer at age 30 is 1 in 227, by 40, it is one in 68. https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/risk-fact-sheet

2. What is the risk of cancer in a woman who doesn’t have breast pain or a lump for having cancer with a TH1 or TH2?

Thermograms are graded from TH1 to TH5. TH1 and TH2 are very good evidence that a woman will not develop cancer in the next year. Of all the tests for breast screening, this is the most accurate at reassuring a woman she does not have breast cancer. A TH4 or TH5 is of concern that a woman may have breast cancer developing. Additional studies such as a mammogram might be recommended. The TH3 is the “fence sitter” and could go either way. The only way to know what will happen is to get another study and compare it to the previous thermogram to see if it develops into something more serious.

Quick reminder:

If you haven’t scheduled your thermogram this fall, the special continues until Halloween (October 31) at midnight. All of our October appointments are full, but the special will be honored if you pay by Halloween.

By |October 9th, 2016|Cancer, For Women|

What hygenic drying agent has been found to increase ovarian cancer? Ladies: THIS IS IMPORTANT!

Application of baby talcum powder to the genital area and underwear increases the risk of ovarian cancer by 33%.

In 1971, an association between talc and ovarian cancer was first made. In 1982, the first large scale study on women by Dr. Daniel Cramer et al in the journal Cancer, found a 92% increased risk in ovarian cancer in women who used genital talc. Dr. Cramer has been a tireless advocate to mandate that Johnson and Johnson (the primary distributor of talc used for humans) to label the product with health warnings. There have been 22 additional studies showing a link between talc usage and ovarian cancer. Since 1993, The US National Toxicology Program found clear evidence of carcinogenic activity of talc. In 2003, a meta-analysis of 16 talcum powder studies found that application of talc to the genial area increased the incidence of ovarian cancer by 33 %. Despite the discrepancy between Dr. Cramer’s research and the meta-analysis, there is still a statistically significant incidence of ovarian cancer in talcum users.

There has been a jury award of $55 million to Gloria Ristesund of Sioux Falls SD, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after 40 years of talcum usage. Talc was found in her ovarian tissue.

Another patient Jacqueline Fox of Birmingham AL used J & J talc for 35 years, and died of ovarian cancer last year. Her family was awarded $72 million.

J&J is facing now 1,200 lawsuits in Missouri and New Jersey, charging it with fraud, negligence, conspiracy, and failing to warn consumers about the cancer risks. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-bodine/behind-the-55-million-ver_b_9833366.html.

By |October 9th, 2016|Cancer, For Women|

Cologuard is back!

Cologuard is a non-invasive stool test that is 92% accurate in detecting active colon cancer. This is available through our office and may be a safe, accurate option to colonoscopy.

Cologuard was pulled from the market several years ago by the FDA. It is now back and can be ordered through the mail if you are a patient of Metta Health Care.

The sales representative says this test is covered by medicare and most insurances every 3 years (if the person hasn’t had a colonoscopy). The out-of-pocket price is about $600 if you don’t have insurance.

This test may be a good option for people who don’t have a family or personal history of colon cancer, and want a non-invasive option for colon cancer screening.

This may come at an opportune moment when an article has exposed inadequate sterilization of colonoscopes in large medical institutions.

Read more.

 

By |December 10th, 2015|Cancer|

Water Filtration at Home

We have many challenges in the Treasure Valley to create the perfect filter. We have about 83 neighborhood wells and each has its own unique signature. This means having to contact the water department for specific reports for your neighborhood. Now we have someone to help us discover the perfect filter for our households.

We have the following local elements that need filtration:

Uranium, chlorine, fluoride and arsenic.

Boise, Eagle, Nampa and Meridian have uranium in the water, Caldwell does not.

This uranium is from natural deposits in the rock.

Chlorine is present in all publically shared wells. Chlorine molecules can break down into toxic carcinogenic byproducts. All chlorine needs filtration. A Britta filter, while affordable, does not filter enough chlorine. The Britta Company makes no claims except to enhance the taste of the water. Even reverse osmosis filters do not have a carbon filter for chlorine removal. If a carbon filter is not hooked up before the RO unit, the chlorine will use up the RO filters quickly.

Chloramine is an ammonia derivative with chlorine atoms attached. Chloramine is used instead of chlorine because it has longer lasting disinfectant properties. There have been health risks associated with chloramine use including intestinal complaints (stomach cramps, acid reflux and IBS), respiratory symptoms (wheezing, cough, and asthma) and skin problems (rashes, blistering, dry skin, cracking, peeling, bleeding, burning sensations, mouth ulcers). Also, people on chemotherapy are warned to not drink chloramine water. The good news: we don’t have chloramine in our drinking water in Idaho. There are no plans to use chloramine.

The level of fluoride in Idaho water is approximately what is in the water in cities which fluoridate their water. It is thought that the fluoride salts (calcium fluoride for example) […]

Be Happy Now

Top five regrets of the dying written by a caregiver Bronnie Ware author of “The Top Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing”

Top five regrets of the dying written by a caregiver Bronnie Ware author of The Top Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
I wish that I had let myself be happy.

And not a mention of not having enough sex….

 

Cologuard® Is Back

The stool screening test for early cancer detection has reemerged. Cologuard requires the donation of a stool sample and does not require special dietary restrictions. It is 92% accurate for detecting cancer, but detected less than half of advanced precancerous lesions. Cost is about $600.

Qwest Labs has another test called the Septin-9. This blood test is very convenient, requires no dietary restrictions but is only 70% accurate. The cost is about $600.

The test I have used for years is the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FITs) and does not require special dietary preparation. This test is about 74% accurate and costs around $50.

Current guidelines by the American College of Gastroenterology recommend colonoscopy starting at age 50 and repeating every 10 years. When colonoscopy is not available or the patient declines the procedure, guidelines recommend annual fecal occult blood tests. Some guidelines now recommend computed tomography colonography every 5 years as another alternative test for average risk patients. Beware of the high radiation levels with this form of cancer screening

Aspartame Being Re-Branded as AminoSweet

Aspartame’s presence in the world’s food supply has been the subject of great protest and controversy since the mid-1980′s when then CEO if Searle, Donald Rumsfeld, pushed for it’s approval to be sold on the market.  Aspartame has been consistently proven to harm whoever, or whatever, consumes it.

Aspartame is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in many foods and beverages. In the European Union, it is codified as E951, and is most popularly sold under the NutraSweet and Equal brand names.

The possible association between specific artificial sweeteners and cancer?

Studies in laboratory rats during the early 1970s linked saccharin with the development of bladder cancer. For this reason, Congress mandated that further studies of saccharin be performed and required that all food containing saccharin bear the following warning label: “Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharin, which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals.”

See more at theDailyShepple

Did You Know?

Where’s the Beef?
What common fast food meat is 93% corn?

If you thought you were eating mostly grass-fed beef when you bit into a Big Mac, think again: The bulk of a fast-food hamburger from McDonald’s, Burger King or Wendy’s is made from cows that eat primarily corn, or so says a new study of the chemical composition of more than 480 fast-food burgers from across the nation. Fast food beef.

And what are the chances these same fast food burgers are made from beef fed organic corn? Probably none! Chances are all of that corn feed is GMO corn.

 

Which of these three mushrooms has the highest anticancer properties: the shiitake, morels, or button mushrooms?

More about the lowly white button mushroom.

 

What foodstuff overall has the highest anticancer properties, and how much do you need to ingest to get adequate protection?

Green tea (preferably organic), and drink 5 cups a day.

By |March 13th, 2014|Cancer, Healthy Eating|
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