Cancer (Chemotherapy Support)

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Milk Thistle Extract Can Combat Breast Cancer

Recently, there has been some minor controversy regarding the use of milk thistle extract in women with a history of breast cancer. For example, the Susan Komen for the Cure website (ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Milkthistle.html) states: "Theoretically, because milk...

Milk Thistle Extract and Breast Cancer

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Ip6: Nature’s Revolutionary Cancer Fighter

One of the most important nutritional products to be introduced in years is the combination of Ip6 - short for inositol hexaphosphate - and inositol. This combination of naturally-occurring compounds produced from rice bran has demonstrated impressive anticancer and...

Prostate Cancer Prevention

What is prostate cancer? The prostate is a single, doughnut-shaped gland about the size of a walnut that lies below the bladder and surrounds the urethra (the tube that connects the bladder to the tip of the penis). The prostate secretes a thin, milky, alkaline fluid...

Blood Pressure Drugs Increase Risk for Breast Cancer

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Avocado Component Fights Cancer

Introduction: While many people are somewhat afraid of eating avocados because of their high fat content, research shows many health benefits are…

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How to Cut Your Risk of Cancer by Over 50% for a Few Pennies a Day

Introduction: The sad fact is that when it comes to dietary supplements not only are people wasting money, in many cases they are simply not…

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New Study Shows Avoiding Sun Exposure is as Dangerous as Smoking

Introduction: Conventional wisdom is that we need to avoid sun exposure in order to avoid skin cancer. However, one of the issues with…

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Does the Source of Selenium Matter in Cancer Prevention?

Introduction: What if some of the large clinical studies assessing the benefits (or risks) of selenium supplementation in cancer prevention have…

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Is the Best Treatment for Breast Cancer Watchful Waiting?

Introduction: A newly published large study indicates the best treatment option for a common form of breast cancer may be no medical treatment.…

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer has reached near epidemic status among American women as it is currently estimated that one out of eight women in the United States…

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How to Use Lemons to Fight Cancer

Introduction Lemons, especially their peels, are an excellent source of terpenes such as d-limonene. The term terpene probably conjures up images of…

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer (PC) is the most diagnosed form of cancer in American men. Each year there are roughly 200,000 men that are diagnosed with PC and…

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Blood Pressure Drugs Increase Risk for Breast Cancer

Introduction: More than 60 million Americans have high blood pressure (high BP) including more than half (54.3%) of all Americans age 65 to 74 years…

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Prostate Cancer Prevention

What is prostate cancer? The prostate is a single, doughnut-shaped gland about the size of a walnut that lies below the bladder and surrounds the…

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Ip6: Nature’s Revolutionary Cancer Fighter

One of the most important nutritional products to be introduced in years is the combination of Ip6 - short for inositol hexaphosphate - and inositol.…

Continue Reading

Milk Thistle Extract and Breast Cancer

Background Recently there  has  been  some  minor controversy  regarding the use  of milk thistle in women with a history of breast …

Continue Reading

Milk Thistle Extract Can Combat Breast Cancer

Recently, there has been some minor controversy regarding the use of milk thistle extract in women with a history of breast cancer. For example, the…

Continue Reading

Cancer (Chemotherapy Support)

What is Chemotherapy? Chemotherapy refers to the use of drugs to treat cancer. For many people, the very thought of chemotherapy evokes horrific…

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On the show I discussed the failure of conventional medicine to address the underlying issues in many health conditions offering little more than drugs as biochemical “band aids.”

March is National Vision Awareness Month

Five key nutrients for preventing and treating cataracts and macular degeneration
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Nutritional factors play a key role in the prevention and treatment of cataracts and macular degeneration. A diet high in richly colored fruits and vegetables—as well as targeted supplements—is associated with a lowered risk for both conditions.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Research shows that lutein and zeaxanthin supplements not only help protect against macular degeneration, but can also improve visual function in people with macular degeneration. Specifically, in patients with macular degeneration, 10–15 mg of lutein daily led to improvements, including glare recovery, contrast sensitivity, and visual acuity, as compared to a placebo group.

Lutein is also important in preventing cataracts and improving visual function in people with existing cataracts. Like the macula, the human lens concentrates lutein and zeaxanthin. In fact, these are the only carotenes found in the human lens. Three large studies have shown that the intake of lutein was inversely associated with cataract surgery.

Flavonoid-Rich Extracts

Flavonoid-rich extracts of blueberry, bilberry, pine bark, or grape seed also offer valuable eye-health benefits. In addition to possessing excellent antioxidant activity, these extracts have been shown to improve blood flow to the retina and enhance visual processes, especially poor night vision. Take 150–300 mg daily of one of these extracts to support eye health.

Nutritional Antioxidants

Nutritional antioxidants—such as beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, zinc, copper, and selenium—are extremely important for eye health. Studies conducted by the Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group confirm that a combination of these nutrients produces better results than any single one alone. But even something as simple as taking vitamin C or zinc can produce dramatic effects. In one study, women who took vitamin C for more than 10 years had a 77 percent lower rate of cataract formation compared to women who did not take the vitamin.

Zinc plays an essential role in the metabolism of the retina and the visual process. A two-year trial involving 151 subjects showed that the group taking zinc had significantly less visual loss than the placebo group.

CoQ10 and Acetyl-L-Carnitine

In one double-blind study, 200 mg of acetyl-L-carnitine, omega-3 fatty acids (460 mg EPA and 320 mg DHA), and 20 mg of CoQ10 was shown to improve visual function and macular alterations in early-stage macular degeneration. This combination stopped the disease from progressing in 47 out of 48 cases.

Fish Oils

There is a strong relationship between atherosclerosis (known as hardening of the arteries) and eye health. Therefore, just as in atherosclerosis, omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils play an important role in preventing macular degeneration and other eye conditions. The recommended dosage is 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA.

Nutrition for Your Eyes

Foods rich in the carotenes lycopene, zeaxanthin, and lutein include bell peppers, carrots, collard greens, kale, papaya, spinach, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.
For more information, please see the completely revised and updated 3rd edition of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.

Mind Your Ps and Qs

PQQ may be the perfect answer to preventing or reversing age-related mental decline.

kiwiPQQ (short for pyrroloquinoline quinone) is a vitamin-like compound found in plant foods that shows a wide range of benefits for brain function and energy production. Learn more about PQQ with the following Q&A.
What Exactly Does PQQ Do?

PQQ is an extremely potent antioxidant that is able to carry out the role of an antioxidant in the body more than 20,000 times—which is a rare thing. For example, other antioxidants, such as vitamin C, are only able to accomplish this “cycling” process about four times.
Are There Any Food Sources of PQQ?

PQQ has been found in all plant foods analyzed to date. Particularly PPQ-rich foods include parsley, green peppers, kiwi, papaya, and tofu. These foods contain 2–3 mcg of PQQ per 100 grams. Green tea provides about the same amount per 4-oz. serving. While these amounts appear to be sufficient in helping our cells carry out their basic functions, research indicates that boosting PQQ through supplementation can produce some amazing effects.

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