Monday, February 29, 2016

Factors That Influence Inflammation in breast cancer survivors

Factors That Influence Inflammation in breast cancer survivors

A number of lifestyle factors play a role in contributing to chronic inflammation.
Inflammation can be set in motion by your fork and knife. Not surprisingly,
packaged foods that are high in sugar or trans fats are among the most potent of
pro-inflammatory foods. And the type of fat you eat just might play the biggest role
of all in determining levels of systemic inflammation, as you’ll see shortly.

Oxidative Stress

Your body continually combines the oxygen you breathe with nutrients from the
food you eat to produce energy. One result is oxidation: the stripping of an electron
from each atom or molecule the oxygen combines with, creating what biochemists
call free radicals (which we’ve mentioned a number of times previously). Since
electrons come in pairs, when molecules lose an electron, they “steal” electrons
from other molecules. These molecules then “steal” electrons from other
molecules, and so on.

Free-radical activity is a normal part of being alive, and when it is under
control, it’s part of the engine that drives metabolism. But heavy metals, toxic food,
smoking, and all sorts of other internal and external assaults—even an imbalance of
nutrients—can rev up this process. This is oxidative stress. Unchecked, oxidation
can behave like an out-of-control fire, damaging cells, tissues, and organs
indiscriminately—the dangerous chain reaction known as free-radical damage. In an
attempt to repair such damage, the body calls for an immune response, which, in
turn, initiates inflammation, and this causes even more free-radical generation. It’s a
vicious cycle.

One way to keep inflammation and oxidative stress under control is to eat a diet
rich in antioxidants. Eight to twelve servings a day of fruits, vegetables, or both
should do the trick.

Inflammation Enables Angiogenesis

Inflammation Enables Angiogenesis

Another important characteristic of chronic inflammation is its relationship to
angiogenesis, the development of new blood vessels. COX and LOX are enzymes
that promote inflammation, and hormonelike chemicals from these enzymes play a
major role in creating new blood vessels. While this is a natural and normal
process, it is also one that tumors (even those too small to show up on a
mammogram) can hijack to build a blood supply to accommodate their growing
needs. Inflammatory cells stimulate the formation of new blood vessels that then
transport nutrients and oxygen to the tumor. This is a recipe for chronic
inflammation, with each process promoting the other. Clearly, inflammation and the
resulting angiogenesis are outcomes that need to be kept under control.

On the flip side, research suggests that enzymes that block inflammation also
inhibit angiogenesis, so by inhibiting one of these processes, you are positively
affecting both (Jackson et al. 1997).

Inflammation and Breast Cancer: An Unwholesome Relationship

Inflammation and Breast Cancer: An Unwholesome Relationship

We’ve known for quite some time that inflammation and cancer have shared some
sort of functional relationship. In fact, as long ago as 1863, German pathologist
Rudolph Virchow first hypothesized that cancer originated at sites of chronic
inflammation (Coussens and Werb 2002). Now it seems that modern science has
caught up with nineteenth-century observations. It wasn’t easy.

It took twelve years and the breeding of a highly specialized mouse for
researchers to finally prove that inflammation in the breast is one key to the
development of breast cancer (Liu et al. 2010). The researchers in this study
specifically tested the activity of a principal inflammatory pathway known as NFkappaB
to assess its effect on breast cancer—no easy task, as the researchers had to
find a way to turn off inflammation in the breasts only. And, ingeniously, they did,
paving the way to their discovery.

Another noteworthy study (Pierce et al. 2009) confirmed a link between chronic
inflammation and breast cancer recurrence. In this study, scientists at the Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at the University of Washington noted that
women with high levels of two other inflammation markers—C-reactive protein and
serum amyloid A—were more likely to die early or have a cancer recurrence than
women with lower levels.

Although many inflammatory substances have been shown to have a relationship
with cancer, three of the most widely researched enzymatic compounds to date are
known as COX, LOX, and the chemical signal NF-kappaB (and no, Dr. Seuss did not
come up with these names!). While the particulars of each enzyme are not critical to
this discussion, it is important to understand the need to keep a balance between the
“pro-inflammatory” and “anti-inflammatory” forces at work in our bodies.

What Is Inflammation? in breast cancer survivors

What Is Inflammation? in breast cancer survivors

Inflammation is your immune system’s natural response to an injury, such as a
pulled muscle, or to germs, allergens, chemical irritants, and other threats. Your
immune system reacts by releasing white blood cells and chemicals into the
bloodstream, which infiltrate your tissues, causing the indicators of inflammation
that most of us are familiar with: redness, heat, swelling, and pain. There’s a
biological domino effect at work here: all of these symptoms are created by the
activity of immune cells breaking down injured tissue so that fresh, healthy tissue
can replace it. This is a normal and appropriate response; our bodies need to stay
vigilant in order to fend off an invasion or injury with aggressive proinflammatory
mechanisms, such as clotting, fever, and swelling. But too often,
inflammation becomes a chronic condition, and in this state, we leave ourselves
more vulnerable to breast cancer occurrence and recurrence.

Here’s how: When inflammation arises, chemicals known as inflammatory
cytokines, or chemokines (proteins that serve as messengers between cells) are
released into the blood and tissues. These types of cytokines are created primarily
by immune cells engaged in the process of mounting an inflammatory response, as
a way of dealing with a health threat to the body. By relaying messages between the
cells, the cytokines help to modulate the immune system response to whatever threat
is at hand. But the presence of too many inflammatory cytokines harms our normal
cells—and there’s the rub.

Inflammation in breast cancer survivors

Inflammation in breast cancer survivors

Wherever flaxseeds become a regular food item among the people, there will be
better health.
—Mahatma Gandhi

Goal: Reduce inflammation levels and keep them low

Consider the simple pimple, sunburn, or mosquito bite. Minor ailments such as
these produce inflammation. So do worse injuries, like a sprained or broken ankle.
But in this chapter, when we talk about inflammation, we are referring to chronic
inflammation, the kind you can’t feel or know. Experts now believe that chronic
inflammation may be linked to various forms of cancer as well as other major
diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and heart conditions. New studies
continually increase our understanding of the complex inflammation process and
how it relates to breast cancer. In 2010 several pieces of the inflammation puzzle
came together when researchers (Liu et al.) at Thomas Jefferson University
definitively demonstrated that breast inflammation is fundamental to the growth and
spread of breast cancer.

While the relationship between inflammation levels and breast cancer continues
to be closely examined, there are steps you can take to lower chronic inflammation
naturally, reduce your risk of recurrence, and improve your overall health at the
same time. But first, let’s take a closer look at what inflammation is, as well as its
causes and effects on the body.

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Bringing It All Together Nourishing Immunity

Nourishing Immunity - Bringing It All Together 

Dr. Andrew Weil, noted author and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative
Medicine at the University of Arizona, has written extensively about the body’s
ability to heal itself. Consider checking out his book Natural Health, Natural
Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-Care for Optimum Health,
which has a chapter on how to protect your immune health. You can take advantage
of the body’s innate ability to heal by eating well, exercising regularly, and striving
for spiritual well-being. It’s important to eliminate negative factors such as drugs,
alcohol, tobacco, and other assaults on your body. Smile, play, celebrate, and
cherish your precious body.

Nourishing Immunity - To Do 

  • Monitor your white blood cell count with a CBC (complete blood count) to make sure you have a healthy population of immune cells.
  • Get sufficient sleep and exercise to help maximize immunity, but avoid the tendency to overexercise.
  • Practice Eating for Health, especially avoiding sugar, which directly lowers immune function.
  • Make sure your diet is rich in selenium, vitamin C, carotenoids, mushrooms, garlic, and other immune-enhancing foods and nutrients.
  • Experiment with specialized foods, such as aloe vera, chlorella, and whey protein, to further boost immunity.
  • Work with a qualified herbal practitioner to use immune-enhancing herbs effectively and wisely.
  • Share your regimen with your other health care practitioners.

Last Word

The best part of eating to fortify my immune system was learning to prepare a
variety of delicious new foods: mushroom soup, spaghetti squash with pesto
sauce, and whey protein bars for midday snacks—yum!
—Holly G., breast cancer survivor

Your Nutrients for Immunity

Your Nutrients for Immunity

As we discussed in chapter 5, certain nutrients exert a profound effect on immune
functioning. Recall that vitamins D, C, and A, as well as the carotenoid family
(including beta-carotene) and the minerals selenium, zinc, and magnesium, are
protectors of immunity and overall cellular health. Chapter 5 lists food sources of
these critical nutrients and offers advice on how to choose supplements that contain
healthy forms of them.

Noteworthy Herbs for Immune Balance

Literally hundreds of herbs have been examined for both immune-boosting and
cancer-protective properties. While space is limited here, an invaluable resource for
learning about herbs and cancer in brilliant detail is herbalist Donald Yance’s book
Herbal Medicine, Healing, and Cancer (1999). According to Yance, the essential
beauty of herbs is that they provide a concentrated assortment of phytonutrients that
balance and heal injured cells and tissue. They signal the immune system to be more
precise in its surveillance and deployment missions. The herbs described next are
rich in trace minerals and protective bioflavonoids that send extra healing energy to
weary circulating cell defenders.


This herb is used for its immune-enhancing properties and to bolster white
blood cell counts. In long-established studies from the NCI and other leading U.S.
cancer institutes, astragalus has been shown to strengthen the immune system (Sun
et. al 1983). Based on these studies, it is evident that astragalus does not attack cancer
directly, but instead strengthens the body’s immune system.


Cat’s claw is a woody vine native to the South American rain forest whose bark
has been used traditionally for its immune-enhancing characteristics. While human
trials have not yet been conducted, in vitro studies have indicated that alkaloids from
the plant intensify the rate of phagocytosis (the process of engulfing and destroying
foreign particles) and fuel the production of interleukin, an important substance
produced by white blood cells to help orchestrate incoming attacks on invaders
(Lemaire et al. 1999).


Herbs are powerful, complex remedies that contain hundreds of compounds
working together synergistically. For this reason, we suggest that you consult with a
seasoned herbal practitioner before embarking on a program of herbal
supplementation. Be sure to describe your regimen with other practitioners you are
seeing, and be alert for potential interactions.

Glutathione for Nurturing and Maintaining Immunity

Glutathione for Nurturing and Maintaining Immunity

Few substances can equal the value of glutathione in maintaining overall good
health and immune functioning. As the body’s most powerful antioxidant and
detoxifier, glutathione neutralizes harmful free radicals and eradicates toxins while
supporting cellular health and energy. The result is a winning anticancer compound.

Glutathione is composed chiefly of three amino acids—cysteine, glycine, and
glutamic acid—and most of our supply is produced in the liver. Without glutathione,
our bodies would become overwehelmed with toxins, making it difficult for the
immune system to keep up. Glutathione is also used up during stressful episodes,
because excessive adrenaline curbs its production.

Eggs, legumes, brassica vegetables (such as broccoli and cabbage), asparagus,
avocado, and walnuts are rich dietary sources of glutathione or the compounds the
body needs to make glutathione. Glutathione is also available as a liposomal cream,
a formulation that is thought to enhance absorption and delivery.

Consider Chlorella for Nurturing and Maintaining Immunity

Consider Chlorella for Nurturing and Maintaining Immunity

One of your most powerful allies in maintaining healthy immunity is a tiny,
single-celled green algae called chlorella. “Chlorella is my favorite whole-food
supplement,” says Dr. Michael Rosenbaum (pers. comm.), an immune specialist
practicing in Corte Madera, California. “It’s shown to be a potent immune stimulant,
both nourishing and detoxifying. My cancer patients report improved energy, and I
see improved white blood cell function in virtually everyone.” The reason for this
improvement, as Dr. James Balch and Phyllis Balch (1997) explain in Prescription
for Nutritional Healing, is that chlorella has more chlorophyll per ounce than any
other plant. It is made up of almost 58 percent protein and contains carbohydrates,
all the B vitamins, vitamins C and E, all nine essential amino acids, enzymes, and
rare trace minerals.

Chlorella is available in powder, liquid, or tablet form.

Experiment with Aloe for Nurturing and Maintaining Immunity

Experiment with Aloe for Nurturing and Maintaining Immunity

Hippocrates was the first to write about the virtues of aloe vera, a succulent plant
believed to have existed in Africa for thousands of years. Over twenty years ago, N.
V. Gribel and V. G. Pashinski (1986) noted that the juice of the aloe vera plant
reduced tumor mass and metastases in rats. Interestingly enough, it is the special
sugars in the gel of the aloe vera plant that seem to embody the secret of its potency.

These sugars are called glyconutrients, and unlike simple sugars, such as table
sugar, they have no adverse effect on blood sugar. Potent enzymes produced from
these glyconutrients appear to boost lymphocyte (a type of white blood cell)
production, thus powering up the immune system. What’s more, aloe functions as a
first-rate antioxidant while protecting the all-important master antioxidant
glutathione (Norikura et al. 2002). Aloe vera is available commercially as a juice,
gel, or concentrated powder. But why not buy yourself a small aloe plant, scoop a
spoonful of gel from inside its prickly leaf, and add it to your smoothie?

Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers for Nurturing and Maintaining Immunity

Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers for Nurturing and Maintaining Immunity

Thus was named a popular 1980 film homage to the wonders of the “stinking
rose.” But just what is so amazing about garlic? The bountiful bulb is rich in
antioxidants that include sulfur-based compounds, flavonoids, and dozens of other
health-promoting constituents. These constituents help quench free radicals, and
their sulfur content boosts the detoxification powers of the liver. Garlic is also rich
in selenium, an essential component of the antioxidant enzyme glutathione

In Garlic for Health, Dr. Benjamin Lau (1988) writes, “Garlic apparently
stimulates the body’s immune system, particularly enhancing the macrophages and
lymphocytes, which destroy cancer cells.” In 1996, Dr. Herbert Pierson of the U.S.
National Cancer Institute noted, “Garlic is a veritable pharmacopeia. That’s why
garlic has been found in every medical book of every culture ever. For thousands of
years, garlic has been used for the treatment and prevention of disease. So there has
to be something there” (quoted in Bergner 1996, 1). Need we say more?

Learn to Love Mushrooms for Nurturing and Maintaining Immunity

Learn to Love Mushrooms for Nurturing and Maintaining Immunity

Many different mushrooms have been studied and consumed for their medicinal
properties. Of the many species of mushrooms, holistic medical practitioners most
commonly recommend these:

  • Maitake. Often found at the base of oak trees and esteemed by herbalists all over the world, the maitake mushroom is best known for its ability to stimulate the production of T cells in the blood.
  • Shiitake. The shiitake mushroom is the most widely recognized medicinal mushroom and is generally used as an immune system booster.
  • Reishi. Used primarily as a tea or tincture because of its woody texture, this mushroom has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years as an immune system enhancer.
  • Cordyceps. The extract from the cordyceps mushroom has proven itself to be effective in fighting various forms of bacteria while increasing physical stamina. The sports world took notice of the possible benefits of cordyceps mushrooms in 1993, when nine women who were taking cordyceps reportedly broke world records at the Chinese National Games.


One way that the ability of cordyceps to increase energy was measured was through the “mouse swim test,” conducted in 1999. In this test, mice were placed in a tank of water and permitted to swim to exhaustion. The mice given cordyceps swam longer than mice that had received a placebo.
(Holliday and Cleaver 2008).

Recent research has shined a light on mushrooms and their immune-enhancing
and anticancer properties. One study of more than 350 women with breast cancer
and an equivalent number without it indicated that the women with the highest
consumption of mushrooms had a 46 percent lower risk of breast cancer, compared
to women with the lowest consumption (Hong et al. 2008). Another team of
researchers reported that dietary intake of mushrooms, in combination with green
tea, had a dramatic effect on breast cancer risk. Daily consumption of at least 10
grams of fresh mushrooms or at least 4 grams of dried mushrooms was linked to a
respective 64 and 47 percent reduction of risk, compared to a diet without
mushrooms. The women who both ate mushrooms and drank green tea daily
experienced even greater benefits (Zhang et al. 2009).

Guidelines for Nurturing and Maintaining Immunity

Guidelines for Nurturing and Maintaining Immunity

There is much you can do to help foster a healthy immune system. The following
are guidelines that you can incorporate into your daily life.

Slash Your Stress

Along with diet and exercise, stress management is essential to staying well and
maintaining a vigilant immune system. Struggling with depression, anxiety, and
panic is exhausting to our minds and bodies. Work with a qualified health care
provider to examine food sensitivities, nutrient insufficiencies, and drug-nutrient
interactions to assess the metabolic effects of unrelenting stress and what you can do
about it.

Once you’ve ruled out or dealt with metabolic issues, try some of the many
simple and cost-free techniques to reduce stress and anxiety. Guided imagery
involves focusing on mental images, such as a serene setting. Tai chi and some
forms of yoga, combining both mental and physical exercise, can help heal mind
and body. Consider using biofeedback, a process in which you monitor certain
functions of the body, such as blood pressure, and learn to alter these functions
through reinforced relaxation. Other simple techniques include deep-breathing
exercises or taking a walk and appreciating the beauty in the world around you.

One intriguing study looked at the effects of massage on women who were in
active breast cancer treatment. Women diagnosed with breast cancer received either
massage therapy three times a week for five weeks or just standard treatment. By the
end of the study, the massage-therapy group reported feeling less depressed, less
angry, and more energetic. The levels of NK cells also increased from the first to
the last day of the study for the massage therapy group (Hernandez-Reif et al. 2005).

Evaluating Your Immune Status

Evaluating Your Immune Status

A basic complete blood count (CBC) will tell you and your health care practitioner a
great deal about your immune system health. Some practitioners may be interested
in more subtle tests, for example, lab tests that examine NK cell population and
activity (a natural killer cell cytotoxicity assay), and the balance of various
cytokines, immune system chemicals that we’ll discuss in more depth in the next
chapter. But you and your health care provider can also tell much about your
immune health by simply observing a history of frequent infection, usually in the
upper respiratory tract, or frequent sore throats. Answering yes to any of the
following questions is a sign that your immune system needs greater nourishment:

  • Do you catch colds easily?
  • Do you get more than two colds a year?
  • Are you suffering from any chronic infections?
  • Do you get frequent cold sores or have recurring genital herpes?
  • Are your lymph glands sore and swollen at times?
  • Do you now have or have you ever had cancer?

Recurrent or chronic infections, even very mild colds, occur when the immune
system is weakened or overwhelmed. Antibiotics can compensate for the work that
your immune system has failed to do, but taking antibiotics doesn’t replenish the
nutrients lost during the battle to rid the body of microbes. Enhancing the immune
system with nourishing food and additional nutrients can help break the cycle of
immune deficiency and exhaustion.

Factors That Influence Immunity, Part 2

Factors That Influence Immunity, Part 2


When we sleep, our bodies refresh and recharge themselves. Sleep and
immunity seem inexorably linked. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for
Evolutionary Anthropology report that animals that sleep more show greater
resistance to infection; in fact, “evolutionary increases in mammalian sleep
durations are strongly associated with an enhancement of immune defences, as
measured by the number of immune cells circulating in peripheral blood” (Preston
et al. 2009).

The importance of sleep cannot be overstated. In today’s 24-7 cycle of endless
activity, it’s even more important to honor your body with the sleep it requires. Your
immune system will thank you.


Exercise not only helps your immune system resist infection but also lowers
your chances of heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. The National Cancer
Institute (NCI) (2009) proposes that “physical activity may prevent tumor
development by lowering hormone levels, particularly in premenopausal women,
lowering levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), improving the
immune response, and assisting with weight maintenance to avoid a high body mass
and excess body fat.” Remember, however, that too much of a good thing is no
longer a good thing. Intensive, long-term exercise creates a great deal of freeradical
activity, which results in an increase in stress hormones and a decrease in
white blood cell activity. Moderation is key!

Exercise is absolutely essential for your lymph glands. Exercise is also a great
energizer to the lymphatic system, an exquisitely designed network of vessels and
nodes (over six hundred) that work throughout your body to normalize fluids,
allocate proteins, and scour for toxins.

But unlike the circulatory system, which is outfitted with a dedicated pump (the
heart), lymph requires bodily motion to move—another reason to adapt or maintain
a regular exercise program! Walking, biking, swimming, rebounding, weight
training, running, yoga, and even rhythmically tapping your chest will help
stimulate lethargic nodes.

Factors That Influence Immunity

Factors That Influence Immunity

The immune system responds splendidly to an Eating for Health diet, daily
exercise, targeted nutrient support, and inner work, such as prayer and meditation. A
battle-fatigued immune system becomes stronger as you provide it with a diverse,
whole-food diet that:

  • Is rich in unprocessed fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds, and nuts
  • Is low in poor-quality fats (trans fats, overheated and rancid fats, genetically modified [GM] oils, and highly refined cooking oils) and refined sugars
  • Provides lean, hormone- and antibiotic-free protein
  • Is abundant in pure water green and herbal teas (we suggest eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day)


The food component most damaging to your immune system is refined sugar,
which is often referred to as an immunosuppressant. In Get the Sugar Out: 501
Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet, author Ann Louise Gittleman (2008)
warns that no matter what form it takes, sugar paralyzes the immune system in a
variety of ways by:

  • Hampering the pathogen-killing capability of white blood cells for up to five hours after intake
  • Decreasing the manufacture of antibodies
  • Hindering the distribution of vitamin C, one of the most critical vitamins for all aspects of immune function
  • Creating mineral imbalances and potential allergic effects, both of which dampen immune system functioning
  • Countering the action of essential fatty acids, which makes cells more susceptible to invasion by allergens and microbes

Sugar ’s harmful effects on the immune system were demonstrated in a study
(von Känel, Mills, and Dimsdale 2001) that showed a dramatic decrease in several
types of immune system cells just two hours after subjects ingested 75 grams of
glucose (slightly more than a 20-ounce cola). Keeping in mind that simple
carbohydrates break down readily and rapidly into glucose, we can see clearly that
the intake of high-glycemic foods has a profound impact on immune response.

Meet Your Immune System

Meet Your Immune System

The immune system consists of distinct cellular populations dispatched throughout
the body to protect us from invading pathogens, such as viruses, unfriendly bacteria,
fungi, and parasites. Immune cells communicate with each other through chemical
mediators that regulate and interface with many other bodily systems. The main
organs of the immune system include:

  • The bone marrow (from which all the cells of the mature immune system are initially derived)
  • The thymus, whose function is to produce mature T cells
  • The spleen, which serves as our immunologic filter of the blood and is made
  • up of various immune cells (including T cells and NK cells)
  • Lymph nodes, which are found throughout the body; they house the cells that
  • produce antibodies, the proteins that inactivate identifiable foreign
  • trespassers in the body, and they filter the bodily fluid known as lymph

There are two fundamental branches of the immune system: innate and adaptive.
The innate, or cellular immune system, attacks any entity considered foreign (like
infectious bacteria), and is evolutionarily ancient, literally prereptilian. In other
words, it will go after any bacteria, any pathogen, any invader at all.

As we evolved in complexity as mammals, however, we needed something a bit
more specialized. The result was the adaptive immune system, which recognizes an
attacker as potentially harmful and then remembers that pathogen’s specific identity
so that the body’s defense can be better targeted next time and the attackor doesn’t
have a second chance to inflict a disease state. One such pathogen is the influenza
virus, against which we mount a defense using antibodies, or “immune arrows,” as
immune specialist Dr. Michael Rosenbaum calls them (pers. comm.), to attack and
corner the offender.

In a healthy immune system, both branches and all of their cells are well
equipped to fight the hordes of invaders (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites) that
are looking to set up shop inside us. Because immune cells reproduce so rapidly and
some of them have such a short life span (just a few days), our bodies need to invest
substantial amounts of energy in keeping the system functioning smoothly. Good
nutrition makes this possible. A well-nourished immune system fights off invaders,
including cancer, using a coordinated sequence of events.

First, foreign pathogens that invade the body are recognized by specific white
blood cells known as macrophages, whose responsibilities include scavenging and
surveillance. Dendritic cells, which are a specialized type of macrophage, identify
the invader, and display its name on the dendritic surface, then summon “higher
authorities” to help deal with it. These higher authorities are the lymphocytes. The
first lymphocytes on the scene are called T-helper cells, which work to coordinate
the overall response. If the pathogen is already known to the immune system, the Thelper
cells will likely summon the cytotoxic T cells (“killer T cells”) to help finish
off the enemy. If an unknown threat, such as cancer cells, should appear, elite forces
known as NK (natural killer) cells are called into action. NK cells, part of our innate
immune function, specialize in dealing with new threats. And unlike T cells, they
don’t need to have had a previous encounter with an invader to go after it; they will
attack anything that appears to present a danger. For this reason, NK cells are the
most active of all of the immune cells when it comes to facing down cancer. Once
the immediate threat has passed, suppressor T cells do the job of calming the
immune system down.

Adequate nourishment for all components of the immune system is essential for
ensuring that all of these jobs are carried out with maximum effectiveness. Nutrient
insufficiency in the face of a bodily threat inevitably leads to immune weakness,
increasing our susceptibility to cancer occurrence or recurrence.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Nourishing Immunity

Nourishing Immunity

On a planet teeming with microorganisms, the only thing standing between “us”
and “them” is the immune system.
—Dr. Robert Rountree and Carol Colman

Goal: Maintain a strong immune system

The immune system is the most diverse system in the body. If you imagine a
fortress, then the immune system consists of the walls outside and the soldiers
within. The soldiers have a hierarchy of many different functions. Each has a
particular job, and yet they interact with one another as a team to effectively defend
the fort against invaders like cancer cells.

To Do Glucose, Weight, and Insulin Control

Eating for Health is eating from the rainbow. Consuming a wide variety of
colorful vegetables, fruits, and other foods on a regular basis provides the widest
spectrum of health-giving nutrients and may help us all find our way to the “pot of
gold”—our good health. In the process, we will leave behind our blood sugar
irregularities and greatly reduce our risk of insulin resistance, diabetes, and breast

Our list of supernutrients in this chapter is by no means exhaustive. In fact, a
varied whole-foods diet, with or without these foods, will provide enormous
benefits toward preventing or reversing dysglycemia and maintaining overall
health. In addition, please keep in mind that whole fruits (not juice) and, especially,
vegetables contain some of the highest levels of vitamins and minerals, as well as
large amounts of fiber, of any foods. They also provide a wide range of
phytonutrients, which helps us with blood sugar control and on so many other

To Do Glucose, Weight, and Insulin Control

  • Avoid sugar and processed carbohydrates, such as pasta, bread, pastries, and bagels. Be especially wary of anything made with high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Use instead in moderation: raw honey, maple syrup (grade B or C), blackstrap or sorghum molasses, date or palm sugar, stevia, or xylitol.
  • Create an exercise program that works for you, after consulting your practitioner.
  • Eat a breakfast with high-quality proteins, such as eggs, or a smoothie with whey or rice protein powder and yogurt.
  • Keep your life simple and your carbohydrates complex!
  • Choose fats that are mostly monounsaturated, such as those from olives and avocados; healthy saturated fats, such as coconut oil; and the omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids found in fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts.
  • Feed your cells nutritional superstars, such as chile peppers, buckwheat, and cinnamon.
  • Consider supplementing with the mineral chromium (or a good multinutrient containing chromium) to manage and prevent hyperglycemia.

Last Word Glucose, Weight, and Insulin Control

I found that keeping sugar and sugar-laden products out of my house was the
key to keeping them out of my life. It was difficult in the beginning; I had to sit
down with my family and explain to them exactly what the stakes were. Once
they were on board, it was so much easier. We all agreed to just say no to
packaged foods, and made the commitment to make one or two changes every
week until I got to where I am today: sugar free, cancer free.

—Sela S., breast cancer survivor

Feed Your Cells Nutritional Superstars

Feed Your Cells Nutritional Superstars

A growing body of scientific research has revealed that many single nutrients,
herbs, and foods—the nutritional “superstars”—along with an Eating for Health
diet, provide substantial health benefits to slow and reverse dysglycemia and other
inflammatory disorders. While it’s possible to supplement any diet with fatty acids,
dietary fibers, and vitamins and minerals, we prefer to obtain as many of these
nutrients as possible from foods first, supplements second. Here are some


Research conducted in Australia has shown that using chile peppers as a
flavorful addition to foods allows the body to produce less insulin to transport
glucose into cells, preventing an insulin overload (Ahuja et al. 2006). Chile peppers
not only lower the amount of insulin required to decrease after-meal blood-sugar
levels, but also result in a lower C-peptide/insulin quotient, indicating that the
liver ’s ability to clear insulin has improved. (C-peptide is an indication of how
much insulin is being released.) Chile peppers can be used as a versatile flavor
enhancer for nearly any kind of recipe, from blended smoothies and cooked dishes
to appetizers, sandwiches, and snacks.


The world’s most ubiquitous spice, cinnamon has historically been used as a
glucose-lowering vehicle as well as a flavor enhancer, although its mechanism of
action was unclear until recently. In 2000 scientists discovered that the most active
compound in cinnamon is a flavonoid called methylhydroxychalcone polymer
(MHCP), which has been found to improve glucose metabolism twentyfold in fat
cells (Jarvill-Taylor, Anderson, and Graves 2001). This is a truly remarkable spice
and one that can also serve an anti-inflammatory function, as you’ll see in the next


Eating avocados and replacing other dietary fats with olive oil may be two of the
best, tastiest, and least-known ways to manage blood sugar and insulin (Garg 1998).
In addition to being one of the best food sources of monounsaturated fatty acids,
avocados also provide B vitamins, magnesium, copper, and manganese in
meaningful quantities. Try putting half an avocado in your salad or smoothie daily
to get its full beneficial effect.


Legumes and whole grains are complex carbohydrates that are loaded with
nutrients and high in soluble fiber, which helps keep blood-sugar levels under
control (Fung et al. 2002). Whole grains appear to be particularly useful, perhaps
because of the generous levels of magnesium they pack. Fiber and magnesium are
both associated with a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes (ibid.).
Buckwheat, the grain often used in pancakes and soba noodles, also came to the
forefront of blood-sugar control when a Canadian study found that extracts of
buckwheat, when fed to diabetic rats, lowered their glucose levels by 12 to 19
percent (Kawa, Taylor, and Przybylski 2003). Buckwheat contains significant
amounts of fiber, B vitamins, copper, magnesium, and manganese, as well as
moderate amounts of zinc; brown rice does, as well. Beans and legumes are also
good sources of the B vitamins, including B6.


A tropical fruit indigenous to Asia, East Africa, and South America, bitter melon
(also known as karela) can be purchased fresh in Asian markets or in extract form
from health food stores. Several studies have shown that it can significantly lower
blood glucose levels. Its effect on blood sugar is believed to be due to an increase in
the activity of hexokinase and glucokinase, specialized enzymes that convert sugar
into glycogen, a storage form of glucose that can be salted away in the liver for later
use (Chen, Chan, and Li 2003). Bitter melon is also available in supplement form.


Gymnema sylvestre (also called gumar) is a tropical plant from the milkweed
family with an ancient Sanskrit name that means, literally, “destroyer of sugar.”
Preliminary clinical research indicates that certain gymnema extracts can reduce
blood glucose and HA1c in types 1 and 2 diabetics (Kumar, Mani, and Mani 2010).


Stevia is a noncaloric herb, native to Paraguay, that has been used to sweeten and
enhance flavor for hundreds of years. In a small study that compared numerous
effects of sucrose, aspartame, and stevia, only stevia reduced insulin levels after
meals (Anton et al. 2010).


This essential trace mineral, discovered in 1797 by French chemist Nicolas-
Louis Vauquelin, was later found to play a key role in carbohydrate metabolism by
helping to create a critical compound called glucose tolerance factor (GTF). As the
active component of GTF, chromium plays a fundamental role in controlling blood
sugar levels. Romaine lettuce, broccoli, onions, and tomatoes are high in
chromium, as are nutritional yeast, oysters, liver, whole grains, and potatoes.

Because many people don’t eat whole foods, they don’t get enough chromium in
their diets, due to food-processing methods that remove the naturally occurring
chromium from common foods. An adequate intake of chromium for adult women
is 20 to 25 micrograms a day, although people with any sort of blood sugar issues
may well want to experiment with levels from 100 to 200 micrograms a day, which
is still considered extremely safe. A high-quality multinutrient should contain
approximately this amount.

Keep Your Life Simple and Your Carbohydrates Complex

Keep Your Life Simple and Your Carbohydrates Complex

This is, indeed, a good rule to live by. But the reverse seems to be the case for
many women, whose lives are overcomplex and whose foods are overrefined.
Refined or simple carbohydrates include bakery products, pastas, and sugarcontaining
foods. Unrefined or complex carbohydrates are found in fresh
vegetables, fruits, whole cereal grains, legumes, and nuts. Unrefined carbohydrates
provide generous amounts of fiber, both soluble (in water) and insoluble. Fiber
slows the rate at which glucose from foods is released into the blood and speeds the
elimination of the indigestible food and bacterial waste.

Where Fat Fits

Fats, like protein and carbs, belong in every meal. Choose fats that are mostly
monounsaturated, such as those in olives and avocados; healthy saturated fats like
coconut oil; or the omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids found in cold-water fish,
flaxseeds, and walnuts. Remember that it is not the quantity but the quality of fat that
determines its value in the diet. An excess of cooked or processed fats and oils—
such as factory-raised animal fats, dairy, and margarine—interferes with the
burning of glucose and increases insulin resistance. The essential fatty acids found
in fish, seeds, and nuts, on the other hand, and the monounsaturated fatty acids
(MUFAs) found in olives, avocados, and their oils tend to slow glucose absorption
and balance insulin production, improving insulin sensitivity. Eating a sufficient
amount of high-quality dietary fats will also help you feel more satisfied after a
meal, which reduces the temptation to snack on refined carbs.

Micronutrients and Phytonutrients

The previous advice focuses on the macronutrient balances that are most likely
to stabilize blood sugar. But for macronutrients to be effective, adequate
micronutrients and phytonutrients are needed to produce the necessary enzymes and
hormones for everything to work together.

One way to start is by choosing local, organic food. Organic food has been
shown to be significantly higher in trace mineral nutrition by a factor of two to ten
times when compared to the conventionally grown products generally available in
supermarkets (Grinder-Pedersen et al. 2003). If you eat a high proportion of
conventional foods from the supermarket and experience the signs and symptoms of
dysglycemia, it’s likely that you are missing essential vitamins and minerals to
support the proper synthesis of insulin and glucagon—most notably chromium,
magnesium, and zinc. Likewise, a conventional standard American diet lacks the
substances that make cell membranes more sensitive, rather than more resistant, to
insulin. To counter this problem, we recommend consuming plenty of essential fatty
acids of the omega-3 variety found in flaxseeds, fish, and algae, as well as vitamin
E, coenzyme Q10, and lipoic acid.

We have seen people who eat very well and regularly take culinary and
medicinal herbs manage this dysglycemic process without multivitamins and
minerals because their food is rich in these factors. But we have not seen people
who take a variety of well-chosen vitamins, minerals, and herbs succeed in
stabilizing blood-sugar levels if their diets include regular infusions of fast foods,
sugar, and stimulants like coffee.

Diet: How Eating for Health Manages Dysglycemia

Diet: How Eating for Health Manages Dysglycemia

In the Eating for Health approach to managing dysglycemia, we recommend a diet
that contains approximately:

  • 25 to 30 percent of calories from proteins
  • 20 to 30 percent of calories from good-quality fats
  • 40 to 50 percent of calories from complex carbohydrates

In short, the key to glycemic control is to minimize the amount of refined
carbohydrates consumed. As often as this is said, it is hard to hear and truly
understand, because breads, pasta, bagels, and pastries are so much a part of our

Reimagining Breakfast: The Power of Protein

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; after all, you have fasted all
night long. And the most important macronutrient to include in your breakfast is
protein. That’s because:

  • Protein is satiating and, in most people, stabilizes blood sugar for three to four hours.
  • Protein stimulates the production of glucagon, the hormone that promotes the mobilization and utilization of fat for energy, not storage.

A high-glycemic bagel, a muffin and coffee, or a bowl of sugary cereal won’t
provide the protein you need to steady your blood-sugar level; you will find
yourself craving carbs again soon after eating such a breakfast, setting up a vicious
cycle. If you ignore your hunger and don’t eat, your blood sugar can drop too low,
setting you up for a wild ride of blood sugar crashes and spikes. You might have a
sense of these crashes from symptoms such as headaches, brain fog, irritability, or

To maintain a balanced blood-sugar level—thereby giving yourself stable
energy throughout your day—try to make the time to prepare a balanced meal in the
morning. A balanced breakfast includes protein but also provides fat and complex
carbohydrates. This means eggs and greens; cottage cheese and fruit; or a proteinbased
smoothie (we suggest rice or whey protein powder) made with yogurt and
fruit, for example.

Exercise Guidelines reduces glucose and insulin levels

Exercise Guidelines reduces glucose and insulin levels for breast cancer survivors

You don’t have to train for a triathlon to help reduce your breast cancer risk.
Regular exercise of any type cuts your risk of developing the disease and prevents a
recurrence. The American Cancer Society (2011a) recommends thirty to sixty
minutes of exercise at least five days a week.

All forms of regular exercise can help you reduce your weight. This, in turn,
reduces glucose and insulin levels. Exercise is also effective for reducing estrogen
levels (which can fuel ER+ tumors, the most common type), and overweight women
carry a higher estrogen load than women of a healthy weight (McTiernan et al.

In fact in 2007, the Journal of Clinical Oncology (Pierce et al.) provided an
exciting report indicating that increased physical activity, combined with a healthy
diet, was associated with an approximately 50 percent reduction in mortality in
breast cancer patients.

Whether as a strategy for breast-cancer prevention or for recovery, exercise
extends life. Find an exercise program you can commit to; check out your local
gym or recreation center and try something new, maybe that spinning class you’ve
been thinking about. Whatever you choose, maintaining an exercise routine will
surely reduce your risk of recurrence.

Assessing Your Glucose and Insulin Status

Assessing Your Glucose and Insulin Status

To assess how your body is handling glucose and insulin, your practitioner can
order blood work that examines your fasting glucose and insulin levels, and a
protein called hemoglobin A1c (HA1c). The fasting glucose number will tell you
what your blood glucose level is at a given moment. A range between 70 and 90 is
generally considered optimal.

An HA1c level is taken about once every three months, and reflects an average
blood-sugar level over that period of time. Be aware that it’s possible to have
seemingly normal blood glucose levels and still have high levels of insulin in your
body. This is important to know so that, if necessary, you can adjust your diet to
bring your fasting insulin level into a safe range. This, too, can be assessed through
standard laboratory blood work.

Nurse practitioner and diabetes educator Rebecca Murray is assistant clinical
professor of nursing at Yale University and runs a medical practice in Groton,
Connecticut, where she specializes in diabetes and insulin resistance syndrome.
Based on her thousands of patient case studies, Murray suggests (pers. comm.) that
an optimal range for HA1c is between 4 and 5.6, and for fasting insulin up to 12
microunits per milliliter. These numbers are based on a twelve-hour fast (ibid.).
Keep in mind that if you have a very heavy meal the night before your blood is
drawn, your insulin levels could be higher than normal the next morning. So, be
sure to test more than once (later that week, for example) to be sure you’ve got an
accurate result.

Elevated Blood Glucose, Elevated Fasting Insulin, or Both

Elevated Blood Glucose, Elevated Fasting Insulin, or Both

The amount of sugar and simple carbs you ingest will be fairly obvious to you
in light of the food choices you make. The level of sugar that circulates in your
bloodstream, however, is not nearly as transparent. That’s what makes the cycle
insidious. Eating sugar causes blood sugar to surge and, subsequently, the hormone
insulin to spike. Leaner bodies are better able to move this excess insulin into the
cells, where it’s intended to be received. In overweight bodies, the tendency is for
the excess glucose and insulin to hang around in the bloodstream, causing problems
as the cells become increasingly resistant to the action of insulin.

Like gasoline, sugar is highly combustible, which is why it generates intense but
short-lived energy. Over time, however, the body’s ability to deal with excess sugar
diminishes. Eventually this cycle leads to dysglycemia, or an imbalance of blood
sugar levels and insulin in the body. With dysglycemia, high glucose in the blood
leads to high insulin production, which, in turn, can lead to insulin resistance. This
is most significant for our purposes because recent data suggest that
“hyperinsulinemia [excess insulin] is an independent risk factor for breast cancer
and may have a substantial role in explaining the obesity–breast cancer relationship”
(Gunter et al. 2009). The literature on this topic clearly serves as a wake-up call to
be mindful of blood glucose and insulin control. Fortunately, you have the power to
affect these factors because they are exceedingly responsive to dietary changes.

Weight and Breast Cancer: A Well-Established Association

Weight and Breast Cancer: A Well-Established Association

It has long been known that obesity is influential in the development of breast
cancer and negatively affects a patient’s prognosis. A variety of large-scale studies
have confirmed this association, including the European Prospective Investigation
into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), which reported a 31 percent greater risk of
developing breast cancer in obese women compared to nonobese women (Lahmann,
Lissner, and Berglund 2004). What’s more, overweight women, particularly those
with ER+ tumors, have a higher risk of local lymph node involvement (Verreault et
al. 1989). Sadly, it is estimated that up to 50 percent of breast cancer deaths in
postmenopausal women in the United States can be attributed to obesity (Petrelli et
al. 2002).

Why do we see such an elevation of risk in overweight women? It appears to
come down to a constellation of risk factors that converge into what one cancer
researcher has dubbed an “oncometabolic state” (Wallace 2010). Features of this
oncometabolic state include an abundance of belly fat, elevated glucose or elevated
fasting insulin levels (or both), excessive blood lipids (fats), abnormal blood
coagulation, and elevated inflammation levels. If these markers sound familiar, it’s
because they are very similar and, in fact, overlap with markers for a more wellknown
condition known as metabolic syndrome, also known as insulin resistance or

A Hint of Sweetness

A Hint of Sweetness

Just because we recommend avoiding sugar doesn’t mean you need to give up
sweetness altogether! Most of us love the taste of sweetness on our palates from
time to time.

For those occasions, try one of the following sweeteners as a tasty
alternative: raw honey, maple syrup (grade B or C is less processed and contains
more nutrients than grade A), blackstrap or sorghum molasses, date or palm sugar
(low on the glycemic index), stevia, or xylitol.

These whole-food sweeteners have a far less dramatic impact on blood glucose because they contain nutrients, one of which is chromium, known for its stabilizing effect on blood sugar. Avoid artificial
sweeteners, such as aspartame and Splenda; they are not foods but chemicals, with no known benefit and several suspected harmful effects.

Are All Sugars Equal?

Are All Sugars Equal?

Consider the case of high-fructose corn syrup. It actually ranks low on the
glycemic index, but don’t be fooled. It affects the body in multiple other ways that
help create a hospitable environment for cancer. For starters, it is not found in
nature; it is manufactured. The process by which it is created uses a “mercury-grade
caustic soda” (Dufault et al. 2009) followed by a process known as acid hydrolysis,
used to transform cornstarch into corn syrup. Because mercury is actually used to
produce this special soda, the soda itself may become tainted and pass along its
mercury-contaminated contents to sodas, soups, cereals, salad dressings, and other
processed foods. Concerning cancer specifically, we believe that high-fructose corn
syrup may:

  • Interact with oral contraceptives to elevate insulin levels
  • Deplete micronutrient stores
  • Elevate blood clotting factors
  • Inhibit white blood cell activity

High-fructose corn syrup has also been associated with liver damage (Ouyang et
al. 2008).

In a nutshell, although all forms of sugar seem to promote cancer and adversely
affect general health, we view this information from different perspectives and to
different degrees depending on the type of sugar. High-fructose corn syrup seems to
be one of the most harmful forms of sugar. Our advice to you is to avoid it at all

Dietary Sugar and Cancer: A Sweet Relationship?

Dietary Sugar and Cancer: A Sweet Relationship?

Over the past several decades, a vast number of studies have made the connection
between sugar and cancer. In fact, a casual search on PubMed
(, the online search engine of the U.S. National
Library of Medicine, brings up over twenty thousand articles on “glucose and
cancer.” (For our purposes, “glucose” is another word for sugar.) Clearly, this is an
area of intensive investigation!

As you remember from chapter 2, refined carbohydrates, such as white bread,
rice, pasta, and many cereals, convert to sugar before they’re even swallowed. So
keep in mind that when we say “simple” or “refined” carbohydrates, we’re also
talking, in essence, about sugar. One long-range Swedish study conducted in the late
1980s suggested a link between simple carbs and a common type of breast cancer,
estrogen-receptor positive, progesterone-receptor negative (ER+/PR–). The study
analyzed the eating habits of 61,433 women and concluded that “a high carbohydrate
intake may increase the risk of developing ER+/PR– breast cancer” (Larsson,
Bergkvist, and Wolk 2009).

Put simply, “When we lower blood glucose, we can slow cancer growth,”
explains nutritionist, cancer specialist, and author Patrick Quillin (2005, 119). A
1985 study (Santisteban et al.) on rats demonstrated this link dramatically. First,
aggressive cancer cells were injected into the rats. Then, the rats were fed diets
containing assorted quantities of sugar to see which tumors would grow the most
rapidly. As anticipated, the rats with the highest levels of blood glucose fared poorly
and had the shortest survival time, while those with the lowest glucose levels lived
the longest. It makes sense, then, to eat foods that do not disrupt the balance of
sugars in your body. To help do this, we check a food’s glycemic index: a numerical
ranking, from 0 to 100, of a food’s potential to alter blood glucose levels. Glucose
itself is ranked 100 on the index. White bread has a high glycemic index, which
means it converts to glucose quickly, causing a rapid surge in blood sugar. Morecomplex
carbohydrates, such as whole grains and beans, create a more gradual
change in blood glucose and are considered to have a lower glycemic index.

Proteins and fats fall low on the glycemic index as well.
As a general rule, leafy vegetables—such as broccoli, lettuce, and cabbage—
have a lower glycemic index than root vegetables, like potatoes, carrots, yams, and
beets. Most bread, pasta, muffins, cereal, bagels, and all other refined grains are
carbohydrates with a high glycemic index. Therefore when planning a healthy meal,
try to include larger portions of carbohydrates with a low glycemic index and
smaller portions of carbohydrates with a high glycemic index.

You may also be familiar with the term glycemic load. Glycemic load takes into
account the amount of carbohydrates in a typical portion of food, so many
nutritionists consider it a more accurate measure of a food’s effect on blood sugar.
For example, a small portion of white rice would have a much lower glycemic load
than a plateful of rice. In the Swedish study mentioned previously (Larsson,
Bergkvist, and Wolk 2009), women whose dietary intake fell into the highest
category of glycemic load had an 81 percent increased risk of ER+/PR– tumors.

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3. Turmeric White

White turmeric is believed to have anticancer properties. Still only white type of mango turmeric (Curcuma mango) which limited growth in the cold temperature in Indonesia, which can prevent or treat cancer.

White turmeric has a substance that will stick selectively in cancer cells. This substance is believed to spay the development of cancer cells proliferate abnormally. Many patients are matched with this alternative, as a complement to other cancer therapies. These anti-cancer agent derived from the content of toxic protein compounds and curcumin

This white turmeric has certain characteristics, among other spots such as tuber tuber ginger and pale yellow (beige). In the fresh condition it smelled like mango kweni and when it has been extracted or used as a powder, the color is still yellow (beige).

4. Tread Dara

While periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) has been tested as a deterrent and a destroyer of cancer cells. Plants that still belongs to the family Apocynaceae or frangipani-kambojaan contains two compounds namely vinca alkaloids vincristine and vinblastine are efficacious inhibit the multiplication and spread of cancer cells.

Vincristine is used as a treatment of bronchial cancer, a malignant tumor of the kidney, breast cancer, and various types of malignant tumors which initially attacks the nerves and muscles. Plants are in Sumatra called grass bitch cabtharanthin it also contains alkaloids which are expected to urgent and dissolve the cancer cell nucleus.

As a breast cancer drug, boil 22 leaves of vinca and fennel fruit (Foeniculum vulgare) as well as the bark pulasari (Alyxia reinwardti) with three cups of water. Pepper the brown sugar to taste. After boiling up by half, strain. The herb is taken three times a day each half a glass. Treatment is done for at least a month.

5. Keladi Tikus

Keladi mice (Typhonium Flagelliforme / Rodent Tuber) has also been studied as a medicinal plant that can stop and treat various cancers. To inhibit the growth of cancer cells, three bars complete with a rat taro leaves (approximately 50 grams) soaked for 30 minutes, finely crushed and squeezed. The juice is filtered and drunk. In Malaysia, there have been scientific tests the efficacy of rodent tuber. Even rodent tuber extract in pill form and powder tea combined with other crops in certain doses, has been marketed in the neighboring country.

6. Temu Lawak

The juice curcuma (Curcuma zedoaria) is also effective as a cancer drug. According to Andrew Chevallier Mnimh, herbalist from London, the ginger contained curcumol and curdione are efficacious anticancer and antitumor. In China, ginger has long been used as a cure cervical cancer. These plants can increase cancer cell death effects when performed radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

7. Noni

Noni is also popular as medicinal plants that are effective. Meat or pace noni fruit (Morinda citrifolia L.) containing dammacanthel, the anticancer agent that is able to resist the growth of abnormal cells in pre-cancer stage and can prevent the development of cancer cells. Freshly squeezed juice of two or three of noni fruit can be spiked with honey to taste more delicious.

Based on a survey conducted by Dr. Neil Solomon of the 8000 users Noni juice involving 40 doctors and other medical practitioners shows that Noni juice helps restoration of a number of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Digestive Disorders, Diabetes, Stroke, and a number of other diseases


Xeronin substances is one of the important functions of proteins and specifications of cells of the human body. According to Dr. Heinicke Raphl a renowned biochemist US melukan Noni research since 1972 and proxeronin Xeronin contained in large quantities. The content of these substances will help restore normal paras banormal cells are precancerous.

Should choose not too ripe noni because the alcohol formed by the fermentation process is too ripe noni damaging vital substances contained in it.
God leaves (Gynura divaricata) also is a plant that has been known as an anticancer plant. Herb 30 grams of fresh leaves of the gods, 20 grams of ginger and white, 30 grams jombang are boiled with 600 cc of water until the remaining 300 cc, then filtered and drunk the water can be used in the treatment of cancer. Can also use other materials such as 30 grams of fresh leaves of the gods, 30 grams of fresh periwinkle, pearl grass 30 grams, 30 grams grass snake tongue boiled with 1,000 cc of water until the remaining 500 cc. The water is filtered and then add honey to taste, stir and then drink while warm.

8. Leaves Ceremai

Ceremai leaf (Phyllanthus acidus) can also be used as an anticancer drug. Young ceremai a handful of leaves, a pinch of starfruit leaves, bidara upas a finger, Smilax China a finger and palm sugar boiled with three glasses of water to stay glass. This herb is taken three times a day each one glass.

While the compounds in the parasite has long been thought to act as an inhibitor of cancer malignancy. Parasite are boiled into a tea can be used as a drug proven support while undergoing chemotherapy (treatment with anticancer drugs consume).

For those of you who have not had cancer, sauteed broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes and fish meat with a little seasoning salt and garlic, can become rich cuisine will anticancer agents. Harvard University study on 48,000 people in 1995 showed the risk of developing prostate cancer for those who eat 10 times the dish containing tomatoes per week declined by almost half.

10. pegaga

11. Spirulina

Proteins found in animals can cause cancer. Conversely protein from plants serve as prevention of cancer, particularly cancers of the breast, prostate, heart disease, diabetes and symptoms menopuase.

Spirulina contains 65% protein is higher than all natural foods. It also contains vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. The protein content in spirulina as much as 65% while the protein in soya beans only 35%

Based on research health scientist Spirulina is believed to also serve to enhance the anti-cancer activity, reduce the risk of cancer and increase endurance.

12. Red betel

13. Zam-zam

When Ismail baby thrashing of hunger and thirst, because the milk of the mother, Hajar, was dry, water zamzamlah which ultimately save Ismail from the top of thirst. Not only that, the water of Zamzam is precisely what finally healthy and refreshing the body of Ismail to grow into a child smart and handsome.

Mujarabnya Zamzam water not only occurs in Ismail centuries ago. But it is also up to now. Laila Hilwa example, Moroccan women more than nine years must fight against breast cancer in the country called the Ghoul or disease disgusting and forced to go to a doctor up to Paris France, but all of them raised their hands until he was sentenced to wait for death, finally found miracle of Zamzam water. His illness disappeared completely, even after he membasuhkan Zamzam water all over her.

"Outside of consciousness, I touched my hand to my body and breasts which originally covered in blood, pus and full bejolan. A miracle happened. The whole berjolan vanished. I do not feel anything in my body. No pain, blood and pus that lingered. Completely dry, "Hilwa said gratefully. (P. 189).

Why Zamzam water is so effective? Dr Khaled Ghad, a lecturer at the Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport Egyptians wrote extensively about existing content in the water of Zamzam. Ghad revealed the content of sodium and potassium in the water of Zamzam many times more than in tap water and the water pump. Zamzam water to give benefits to eliminate the toxins from the body which helps speed up the healing process of cancer, food poisoning, burns, arthritis, eczema, thyroid dysfunction (thyroid gland), mental disorders, high cholesterol, hypertension, hemorrhoids and weakness throughout the body. Zamzam water contains vitality that no other water and has a healing power for all diseases.

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The plants in Indonesia proven to prevent or treat cancer. Although the need to further research and development, a number of crops such as turmeric white, periwinkle, god leaves until the parasite has been used as a cancer patient endeavor to cure the disease. Many who survived that traditional medicine had become the foundation of a new hope for cancer patients.

For those of you who have not had cancer, sauteed broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes and fish meat with a little seasoning salt and garlic, can become rich cuisine will anticancer agents. Harvard University study on 48,000 people in 1995 showed the risk of developing prostate cancer for those who eat 10 times the dish containing tomatoes per week declined by almost half.

Here is Herbal / Natural Treatment for Tumor diseases or cancer therapy:

1. Habbassauda

Habbassauda or Habbatusauda or Cumin Item or Habbah Blessing or Black Seed is a herbal medicine or recommended by the Messenger of Allaah 'alaihi respectfully as a cure for various diseases. The following argument:

From Khalid bin Sa'ad he said, "One day when I went out with Ghalib bin Abjar. On the way he fell ill. Arriving in Medina, Ghalib still hurt. When Ibn Abu Atiq visited him, he suggested to us, Seek Seed, take as much as five to seven seeds, then tumbuklah until smooth. After that give a little oil, teteskanlah on the nose and parts of the body. Because Aisha r.a. had told me that he heard the Messenger of Allaah 'alaihi wasallam said, "Indeed Black Seed is a cure all kinds of diseases, kecual As sam." When I ask, said Aisha, "What is it As Sam?" The Messenger of Allaah alaihi wasallam replied, "As sam is death" (Bukhari, chapter Habbatusauda, ​​vol 7 case 479, Publisher CV Asifa Semarang)

Actually in Black Seed there is healing for all diseases except death (HR. Bukhari 5688 / Fath al-Bari X / 143 and Muslim 2215)

Messenger of Allaah 'alaihi wasallam said, "Be ye use her real kerna Habbats Sauda there is healing for segalam diseases except death." (Reported by Abi Salamah from Abu Hurayrah r.a)

In another hadith narrated that the Messenger shalallu 'alaihi wasallam said, "There is no disease but can diobat with Habba Sauda he would recover but die." (Reported by At-Tirmidhi)

Scientific studies

In 1991, the Amala Research Center in Amala Nagar, India, utilizing Habbassauda as a cancer drug. The study was conducted using Swiss albino mice that have a cancer cell types Erlich ascites carcinoma (EAC), Dalton Limphoma ascites (DLA). Mice which had received Habbassauda decreased cancer cells as much as 50% of those not using it.

Cancer Imnubiology Laboratory, South Carolina, United States, stating that stimulates Habbassauda tualng marrow and immune cells and interferon production, protects normal cells against cell destructive viruses, against tumor cells and increase the amount of antibodies produced by B cells

2. Shark Cartilage

Shar Cartilage or Cartilage Sharks have efficacy for the treatment of tumor diseases and cancer. Studies show that vulnerable jerung / cartilage shark / shark cartilage to treat various diseases human paa. Almost all species of sharks do not have cancers. Research conducted by scientists from more than 30 years found that shark cartilage has anti-angiogenic properties. This material is known as mucopolysaccharides, thrombospondin highly efficacious and deadly tumor growth and cancer.


From the research found a variety of benefits, namely: Prosiasis, Eczema, Artrithis, Skin Problems, Heart Disease, Asthma, Tubercolosis (TBC)

There are also for the treatment of some types of cancer, including: Colon Cancer, Liver Cancer and Lung, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer and Ovarian Cancer

The research center in Belgium conducted research on mice has found that shark cartilage is successful in stopping the growth of cancer cells.

Shark cartilage does not conflict with regular treatments such as radiation and kemoteraphy or recommended to be used as a complementary therapy.

The resulting reaction consume Shark Cartilage: Diarrhoea, Fatigue, and the body will feel heat


In addition to other nutrients, the cartilage there are five types of proteins are thought to have the power to conquer cancer cells. Unfortunately, proteins which are capable of attacking cancer cells is not yet published. To be sure, these proteins must be absorbed into the body before it is digested. Once digested into amino acids, its effectiveness decreases.
Shark cartilage.

In the body, these proteins inhibit the growth of new blood capillaries that are not normal. That said, the ability to be 1,000 times more powerful than the cow cartilage. For tumor or cancer, where blood vessels are very important to get the food. With the denial of the growth of a network of suppliers of food, any tumor can not grow. Tumors were still there then shrink or die because their blood vessels are damaged and irreplaceable. Compared with normal blood vessels strong and can survive for many years, the blood vessels of tumors classified as vulnerable and thus easily damaged.

Anatomic pathology experts have long discovered that solid tumors in his lifetime served by many blood vessels. Given also the growing tumor that attract new capillaries from the body of the landlord (tumor sufferers). This process called tumor angiogenesis (TA).

Judah Folkman was the first to recognize, without the formation of blood vessels, solid tumor growth is inhibited. In the 1980s, he succeeded in isolating a substance from a human tumor called tumor angiogenesis factor (TAF), which when implanted in animals, can stimulate the formation of new capillaries. This new capillary moves toward tumor. When a plume of malignant cells flows through the blood vessels, he will grow uncontrollably.

Incidentally, part of the living body that has no blood vessels is cartilage. Therefore, cartilage is thought to have angiogenesis inhibitors. This allegation was proved from the research Henry Brem and Judah Folkman (1975). The formation of new blood vessels in tumors can be inhibited cartilage neonates (newborn creature).

Shark cartilage was glimpsed for further investigation. In 1987 researchers at the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels, doing research powdered shark cartilage in rats. Experimental animals were injected subcutan (under the skin) cells MEXF-14 human melanoma (tumor composed of melanin pigment cells) with a given shark cartilage orally. As a result, tumor growth inhibition occurred in total.

In other studies shark turns tura use does not cause side effects. Therefore, the chance of human use is wide open.

The study was continued in humans. In the book Sharks Do not Get Cancer, Dr. I. William Lane and Linda Comac states successfully collaborated to conduct research into the use of shark cartilage in patients Ernesto Contreras Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico, in 1991. Ernesto Contreras Jr. M.D., a cancer specialist at the hospital, involved eight patients with cancer that has reached the terminal stage. The type of cancer they idap include cervical cancer, vaginal hemangioma, soft tissue sarcoma in the back stage III, stage IV peritonial carcinoma, and breast cancer.

Eighth these patients only treated with shark cartilage through the rectum (anus). In the 7th week seemingly positive response in 7 of the 8 patients. In their decreased tumor size 40-80% (5 people), the improvement of the disease (1), or free of symptoms of cancer pain (1). A not show signs of improvement. After that one of them stop therapy and at week 11 the tumor was found to spread. At week 9, the patients have to be operated even if conditions improve. At week 11 known three patients are free of tumors and tumor size two others smaller than in the 7th week.

The results of the study Roscoe L. Van Zandt, M.D., cited Lane, also showed positive results. Gynecologists in Arlington, Texas, who worked part-time at Hoxsey Clinic, Tijuana, Mexico this gave 30-60 g of cartilage per day orally in 8 women with advanced breast cancer. After 6 and 8 weeks, the size of the patient's tumor shrank eighth. Based on the examination of some tumor was discovered that the network has changed color from pink to gray, a sign of cell death. These preliminary results is uncertain and requires further research.

Glucose, Weight, and Insulin Control

Glucose, Weight, and Insulin Control  for breast cancer survivors

Sugar is the most hazardous foodstuff in the American diet.
—Linus Pauling, Nobel laureate

How do you just say no to sugar? With its jolt of sweetness and energy, sugar can be
an addictive substance for many of us. What’s more, it shows up in different forms
in nearly all processed foods, disguised under a variety of names, such as
maltodextrin, corn syrup, rice syrup, and dehydrated cane juice, among others.

Though these names may not include the word “sugar,” make no mistake: they are
all forms of sugar. The key is finding strategies to manage your sweet tooth,
because sugar has potential effects that just aren’t that sweet, as we’ll explore in this

When it comes to cancer, sugar is like gasoline to your car: it’s fuel. The notion
that sugar “feeds” cancer has been around for almost a century, since Dr. Otto
Warburg first determined in 1924 that cancer cells have a way of metabolizing
energy that is essentially different from that of noncancerous cells. More-current
research has shown that cancer cells are completely reliant on simple sugar to
sustain themselves, consuming sugar at a rate “ten to fifty times higher than normal
tissues” (Block 2009). What does this mean to you? Feeding your body simple
sugars and refined carbohydrates leads to an elevation in blood sugar, also known
as “blood glucose,” which, effectively, feeds tumors exactly what they need to grow.

But it’s not just sugar itself that can harm your body’s ecosystem. Ingestion of
sugars and simple carbohydrates activates the release of the hormone insulin and its
close relative, insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), both of which are potent cellulargrowth
promoters in their own right. High levels of blood sugar and insulin have
long been known to set the stage for obesity, insulin resistance (prediabetes), and
diabetes. It’s now becoming crystal clear that they may be doing the same for breast
cancer and other cancers as well.

Questions to Ask Professionals about Nutrient Sufficiencies and Efficiencies

Questions to Ask Professionals about Nutrient Sufficiencies and Efficiencies

Some issues around supplements need to be discussed with a professional
nutritionist or other holistic practitioner. For example, how do you know what
dosage of a nutrient is best for you? Your needs depend on your existing nutritional
status, your biochemical makeup, and your individual risk factors for breast cancer.

Your practitioner may suggest conducting specific tests that would indicate your
need for specific nutrients. This up-front spending can bring large dividends in the
long run, because you can then be more judicious in using only those supplements
that will provide the most benefit. Other questions to ask your practitioner are:

  • How and when should I take the supplement?
  • How long should I take the supplement?
  • What interactions among nutrients do I need to watch for?
  • What interactions might the supplements have with the herbs or medications I take?

You will usually get what you pay for. We feel that it is far better to take fewer
supplements of better quality than to swallow a trunkful of “junk” supplements that
could wind up doing more harm than good.

Keep in mind that supplements, no matter how useful, do not and never will have
the same power as nutrient-dense, whole Eating for Health foods. Supplements are
meant to be used as an adjunct to a healthy diet, never a replacement. Be sure to
work with your nutritionist or other holistic practitioner to determine which
supplements and dosages are right for your particular situation.

To Do

  • Be sure to get plenty of all required nutrients, paying special attention to those with documented anticancer activity and making sure to check for nutrient depletions from medications you may be taking.
  • Test your iodine and vitamin D levels, because iodine and vitamin D are your superstar protective nutrients. If you are deficient, take steps to raise your levels according to your practitioner ’s recommendations.
  • Avoid nutrients that can cause problems for people who are concerned about cancer recurrence: iron, copper, and synthetic folic acid.
  • Quality is more important than quantity when it comes to supplements. Make sure to take both adequate dosages and an absorbable and complete form of your nutrients.

Last Word

I was going crazy and spending all my money on every supplement that someone
mentioned might be useful. A turning point for me was when I finally decided to
invest in knowing what was happening in my body, not my neighbor’s or running
partner’s. Once I started recognizing myself for the unique biochemical being
that I am, I could pick and choose the nutrients that made the most sense for me
and spend my money on high-quality supplements that I knew were going to
—Carole B., breast cancer survivor

How Do I Identify a High-Quality Supplement?

How Do I Identify a High-Quality Supplement? (for breast cancer survivors)

Supplement Nutrient
Supplement Nutrient
If you plan to take supplements, it is important to make sure that you are getting
what your body needs. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Here are a few of
the most critical of several issues to consider when purchasing supplements.


A nutrient is only as good as your ability to absorb it. So it’s good to get a
handle on what makes some forms more absorbable than others. Remember, the closer to real food your formula is, the more familiar it will feel to your body. That said, there are a few other basic principles. Minerals, for example, are notoriously
hard for the body to absorb in both food and supplement form. Albion Labs, a
leader in the nutritional supplement field, estimates that typical absorption rates for
minerals range from 10 to 45 percent (quoted in Bauman 2009). The following
chart illustrates some common nutrient forms and can serve as a guide to preferable


All multinutrient formulas include the basics, but only a high-quality supplement
includes trace minerals, which play a vital metabolic function. For example, look
for a formula that includes chromium to assist with blood sugar regulation, silicon
for hair and nail strength, boron for bone health, and vanadium for insulin
sensitivity. These trace minerals are of particular importance since they are scarce
in most conventional soils. A good-quality formula includes these trace minerals
and more.


A supplement with the USP (U.S. Pharmacopoeia) designation is
of the highest quality, indicating that the product has met the
following standards: disintegration (you don’t want your vitamin
pills just sitting in your stomach!), strength, purity, and expiration
(when the supplement will no longer meet these standards). Look for
the USP symbol to ensure that your supplements have been verified
in this fashion.

If you like, you can also request a certificate of analysis from the supplement
manufacturer to help ensure quality control and that the label reflects the actual
contents. An authentic certificate gives details of the lab where tests were conducted,
what was tested, and the lot number of the product tested. This is a good way to be
sure the product is free of heavy metals, pesticides, solvents, and other pollutants.


Beware of products with ingredient names you can’t pronounce or identify, such
as titanium dioxide, stannous chloride, and sodium metavanadate, common
ingredients in drugstore supplements. Other substances to avoid include all artificial
colors and flavors, sugars, artificial sweeteners, and toxic fillers. You might also
consider avoiding common allergens, such as lactose, gluten, and cornstarch.

How Do I Know What Form of the Nutrient Is Best?

How Do I Know What Form of the Nutrient Is Best? (for breast cancer survivors)

All nutrients come in many forms. Please keep two basic principles in mind:

First, you’ll want a nutrient that’s in a form that’s as close to the way nature made it
as possible. The simple truth is that synthetic products are far less expensive and
have a longer shelf life than natural substances. As such, they are the darlings of
low-price chain stores and many pharmacies. Look for a brand that says “food
based” or “100% whole food.” That way, you are getting not only the nutrient but
also the cofactors, enzymes, bioflavonoids, and other phytochemicals that help the
nutrient perform its job better.

Second, we suggest familiarizing yourself with nutrients that belong to
“families” and understanding that ingesting only one “member” of the family can
cause problems. An excellent example is vitamin E, which actually consists of a
large cast of characters: first, the tocopherols—alpha, beta, delta, and gamma—and
then the tocotrienols—also alpha, beta, delta and gamma. Ideally, your multinutrient
label will say “mixed tocopherols” or “mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols.” An
isolated form of one part of a nutrient can easily throw the other parts off balance.

It’s also useful to know whether the nutrient is in its active or precursor form. In
other words, can your body use it just the way it is, or does the nutrient need to go
through some sort of conversion process? Vitamin B6, for example, is known as
pyridoxal-5-phosphate in its active, ready-to-be-metabolized form. Only higherquality
brands will invest the resources to provide the active forms of nutrients
when possible.

Finally, if you seek out supplements as part of your breast-cancer protection
plan, be sure that the form you choose matches the form used in the research studies
showing benefit. For example, selenium comes in many forms, but Semethylselenocysteine
(SeMSC) is the form that has shown the most promise in
recent studies for cancer prevention (Smith et al. 2004). Avoid multinutrients that do
not divulge the form of the nutrient you are being asked to take!

(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know about Supplements (but Were Afraid to Ask)

(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know about Supplements (but Were Afraid to Ask)

We realize that the subject of supplements is very confusing for many people. The
following are some common questions our clients have asked about supplements
over the years.

What’s in a Label?

Today, most multinutrients offer either an RDA or a percentage of daily value
on the label as a general nutrition guideline for consumers. The underlying concept
is that these allowances should prevent deficiency diseases associated with each
nutrient. For example, as discussed previously, 75 milligrams of vitamin C is the
amount deemed necessary to prevent scurvy but not the amount that nutritionists
think is necessary for optimal health. What’s more, such generalizations do not
work for some segments of the population, because of biochemical individuality, a
concept introduced by biochemist Roger Williams, who first described how
differences in individual anatomy, physiology, and genetics determine individual
nutritional requirements.


A poorly formulated supplement shows “100% DV” of each
nutrient on the label. We recommend against this type of supplement,
because quality manufacturers know that some nutrients are used up
more quickly than others (for example, the B vitamins) and some
daily values (DVs) are set at unrealistically low levels (for example,
vitamin C). On the other hand, some nutrients may be toxic at doses
above the RDA (for example, vitamin A and iron). A high-quality
multinutrient will take all of this into account in providing a formula
that reflects a practical understanding of how nutrients act in the

Prescription Drugs and Nutrient Depletion

Prescription Drugs and Nutrient Depletion (for breast cancer survivors)

Prescription Drugs and Nutrient Depletion
Prescription Drugs and Nutrient Depletion
A critical matter that’s often overlooked by medical professionals and consumers
alike is the profound effect that pharmaceutical drugs can have on the absorption,
utilization, and excretion of nutrients. Drug-induced nutrient depletion can lead to
further health challenges, because your cells need all of the vital nutrients all of the
time. Be sure to discuss with your nutritionist or integrative physician how you can
compensate for any deficiencies your medications may be causing.

Adapted, with permission, from Designs for Health Ltd.
Note: This is just a partial list. For a complete reference on drug-induced nutrient depletions, see The
Nutritional Cost of Prescription Drugs by Ross Pelton and James LaValle, or The A–Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions by Alan Gaby et. al.