1. Cancer-Related Fatigue — What to Do About a Fatigue That Can’t Be Slept Off

    Cancer-Related Fatigue — What to Do About a Fatigue That Can’t Be Slept Off

    Seemingly contradictory for treating fatigue, exercise and movement is excellent medicine and well-supported by the research for improving cancer-related fatigue. Aerobic exercise, where heartrate and breathing are increased, is more helpful for fatigue-management compared to resistance or weighted exercises. Aerobic exercise has an effect on our  mitochondria, the energy-producing factories in our cells; it can help us produce more of them as well as facilitate their repair. 

    Read more
  2. Why are men reluctant to seek medical help?

    Why are men reluctant to seek medical help?

    A survey last month for the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign suggested that nearly twice as many men as women had not visited their GP in the past year.
    Evidence suggests fewer men go to dentists or ask the pharmacist for advice and information, or attend contraception clinics, although men are more likely to end up in the hospital because they delay for so long. Even male cancer helplines are used more by women, speaking on behalf of partners, fathers or sons. And the fact that more women get skin cancer than men but more men die from it, indicates how late men are going to doctors. Men are slowly getting better at it, says Mike Shallcross, associate editor of Men's Health magazine, but the contrast is made between men's attitude to testicular lumps

    Read more
  3. What are the benefits of exposure to sunlight?

    Sunlight and  Cancer
    The connection between Vitamin D deficiency and cancer was first made by Drs. Frank and Cedric Garland from the University of California, San Diego. After finding that the incidence of colon cancer was nearly three times higher in New York than in New Mexico, the Garland brothers hypothesized that lack of sun exposure, resulting in a vitamin D deficiency, played a role. Research now indicates that being deficient in vitamin D increases the risk of many cancers, especially breast and colon. For example, a four-year, placebo-controlled study involving 1,179 postmenopausal women concluded that vitamin D supplementation produced a dramatic 60% drop in the risk

    Read more
  4. The Many Therapeutic Benefits of Sunlight

    The Many Therapeutic Benefits of Sunlight

    Public health authorities warn of the hazards of too much sun exposure. However, excessive UVR exposure accounts for only 0.1% of the total global burden of disease in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), according to the 2006 World Health Organization (WHO) report The Global Burden of Disease Due to Ultraviolet Radiation. In contrast, the same WHO report noted that a markedly larger annual disease burden of 3.3 billion DALYs worldwide might result from very low levels of UVR exposure. This burden subsumes major disorders of the musculoskeletal system and possibly an increased risk of various autoimmune diseases and life-threatening cancers.

    What are the benefits that exposure to natural sunlight provide?

    Sunlight and Cancer
    The connection between vitamin D deficiency

    Read more
  5. Olive Oil May Prevent Breast Cancer

    A primary component of olive oil known as hydroxytyrosol has been the subject of a Houston Methodist study of women who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer.  In this study 50 premenopausal and 50 postmenopausal women will be enrolled. Each of the patients will take one 25 mg hydroxytyrosol capsule for 12 months and undergo checkups every three months. It has been shown in previous research that olive oil provides many health benefits which include lowering the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and possibly stroke.  Tejal Patel, M.D., breast medical oncologist with HoustonMethodistCancerCenter, who led this study, said, “We know there is a correlation between breast density and breast cancer. A decrease in density of one percent ca

    Read more
  6. Why is Green Tea so special?

    Why is Green Tea so special?

    In her book Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life, Nadine Taylor states that green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

    What makes green tea so special?
    The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful antioxidant: besides

    Read more
  7. Anti-cancer agent in humans: Lactoferrin

    Naturopathic treatment of established cancer offers few predictable outcomes but there are some treatments that have potential benefits. Intravenous Vitamin C, Hyperthermia, Mistletoe, Careseng, and Insulin potentiation therapy are just a few therapies often implemented by Naturopathic Doctors as ancillary treatment or as a last resort when all mainstream therapies fail.

    Despite the possible benefit of these agents the challenge remains. Which substances or combination of substances show evidence of positive outcome for patients with cancer? There is a natural molecule with the unique ability to prolong life in those with non small cell carcinoma lung cancer (NSCLC).

    Read more