March 31, 2011
Treatments for Nuclear Contamination
Cancer Success Story – Chris Walsh
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme
Each year, over 225,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 25% of these women will die of the disease. The USA has one of the highest breast cancer rates in the world. Fifty years ago, only one in twenty women was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, the number is one in seven.
Every October begins the media blitz known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink ribbons abound and the message you keep hearing is, “Get Your Mammogram” High profile companies like Avon and Revlon have joined ranks along with the Dallas-based Susan G. Komen Foundation’s “Race for the Cure.” One of the many mottos of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month (“BVSM”) is “Early Detection is Your Best Protection.” So, I guess we’re all ready to wave our pink ribbons, put on those jogging shoes, and hit the roads, right? Wait a minute! Before we all get swept away in an emotional whirlwind, we need to look at a few facts about breast cancer.
First of all, who profits from breast cancer?
I know it sounds cynical, but hey, we need to cut through the propaganda and get to the truth. And truth is oftentimes obscured by the emotions of the disease. So, let me ask you a question. Did you know that the primary sponsor of BCAM is AstraZeneca? Most people are unaware that the BCAM idea was conceived and paid for by the British chemical company Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), whose American subsidiary (AstraZeneca) manufactures the controversial and widely prescribed breast cancer drug, Tamoxifen. In his book, Indicted: Cancer Research, Dr. Tibor J. Hegedus, PhD says: “Tamoxifen is given to women with breast cancer to block the entrance of estradiol into the tumor cells dependant upon this hormone to stimulate growth. When the hormones are blocked from reaching their primary targets, they are forced to travel to other organs.” This, in turn, stimulates proliferation of cells in the lining of the womb, and in certain cases causes endometrial cancer!
Interestingly, in 1997, Zeneca Pharmaceuticals acquired the Salick chain of cancer treatment centers and then merged with the Swedish pharmaceutical company Astra to form AstraZeneca, creating the world’s third-largest drug company. Dr. Samuel Epstein, M.D., asserted, “This is a conflict of interest unparalleled in the history of American medicine. You’ve got a company that’s a spinoff of one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of carcinogenic chemicals, they’ve got control of breast cancer treatment, they’ve got control of the chemoprevention [studies], and now they have control of cancer treatment in eleven centers – which are clearly going to be prescribing the drugs they manufacture.” (LINK)
Despite the fact that in April 1996, the World Health Organization declared Tamoxifen to be a known carcinogen, AstraZeneca continues to market this toxic drug. On May 16, 2000, the New York Times reported that the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences listed substances that are known carcinogens. Tamoxifen was included in that list! Taking a carcinogen to stop the spread the cancer is like playing “Russian Roulette” with a fully loaded machine gun! The journal Science published a study from Duke University Medical Center in 1999 showing that after two to five years, tamoxifen actually initiated the growth of breast cancer!
What about Mammograms?
A mammogram is an X-ray picture of your breast that can allegedly reveal tumor growths otherwise undetectable in a physical exam. Like all X-rays, mammograms use doses of ionizing radiation to create this image. Radiologists then analyze the image for any abnormal growths. Is mammography an effective tool for detecting tumors? Many physicians say “no.” In a Swedish study of 60,000 women,seventy percent of the tumors detected by mammograms turned out to be false positives. These “false positives” are not only emotional and financial strains on the victims, but they also lead to many superfluous and invasive biopsies.
But it gets worse … mammograms actually cause cancer!!
In his book, The Politics of Cancer, Dr. Samuel Epstein, M.D., stated: “Regular mammography of younger women increases their cancer risks. Analysis of controlled trials over the last decade has shown consistent increases in breast cancer mortalitywithin a few years of commencing screening. This confirms evidence of the high sensitivity of the premenopausal breast, and on cumulative carcinogenic effects of radiation.”
If you have cancer, the good news is that there is hope with alternative cancer treatments. Real hope. Not the false, dishonest, deceitful hope that doctors give you when they try to convince you that the “Big 3” conventional cancer treatments are the answer. Remember, that’s what they have been taught in medical school, so that’s all they know. But, you also need to remember to follow the money trail. When your doctor is skeptical about a new natural treatment, you can bet that he is only regurgitating the lies that he has read in the latest medical journal, sponsored by Big Pharma.
TREATMENTS FOR NUCLEAR CONTAMINATION:
First of all, let me say that my prayers go out for all those in Japan who have been devastated by the nuclear accident, earthquake, and tsunami. Sadly, the ramifications of this nuclear incident at Fukushima are going to dwarf Chernobyl. The Japanese government has had a level 7 nuclear disaster going for almost a week but won’t admit it. Unless you’re a buffoon like Ann Coulter (who thinks radiation is good for you), you’re probably at least a little bit concerned about the nuclear fallout headed this direction. Initially, I had planned to start from scratch and do my own summary of the best treatments for nuclear contamination (i.e. radiation). That was, until I found this article by Dr. Mark Sircus, OMD, director of the International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA). Dr. Sircus is a most prolific and courageous writer and is a pioneer in the area of natural detoxification and chelation of toxic chemicals and heavy metals. His summation of treatments for nuclear contamination is excellent and hits on all the essentials. The entire article is below.
It is too early to call everyone in North America to prepare for a radiation cloud streaming down radioactive particles from the accident in Japan. According to the media and government, America is not at risk due to radioactive fallout from the recent Japanese nuclear accidents in several reactors but that could change in a heartbeat as authorities race to combat the threat of multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns. Nuclear plant operators are working frantically to try to keep temperatures down in several reactors crippled by the earthquake and tsunami, wrecking at least two by dumping sea water into them in last-ditch efforts to avoid meltdowns.
Now, just hours after writing this above paragraph we get a report in the New York Times indicating that even best case scenarios include radioactive releases of steam from the crippled plants could go on for weeks, months or even years. So prepare we must. “Pentagon officials reported Sunday that helicopters flying 60 miles from the plant picked up small amounts of radioactive particulates — still being analyzed, but presumed to include Cesium-137 and Iodine-121 — suggesting widening environmental contamination. More steam releases also mean that the plume headed across the Pacific could continue to grow,” printed the Times.
The incident is a reminder that preparedness should include being prepared for nuclear events with foods and medicinals in our medical cabinets that will protect us and our families as much as humanly and medically possible. Many people in Japan and elsewhere around the world that live and work close to nuclear plants will be seriously affected by nuclear accidents. When a meltdown happens the effects can be carried thousands of miles by the prevailing winds.
It is unclear how far the impact of a meltdown might reach. In the United States, local communities plan for evacuation typically within 10 miles of a nuclear plant. However, states must be ready to cope with contamination of food and water as far as 50 miles away. When it comes to risks and toxic exposure levels we can count on the government and medical officials to understate the threat. This is something consistent in their approach to all types of toxic exposures.
Besides having iodine on hand for emergencies, we can grow (and, at present, purchase) herbs and foods that prevent our bodies from storing radioactive particles. Some of these foods and herbs even remove radioactive particles from our bodies. As we are all already being affected by radiation released by numerous sources, eating these foods and doing detoxification and chelation protocols regularly is a good idea.
If you have been exposed to too many X-rays or CAT scans, if you fly too much, work with diagnostic medical equipment or are environmentally sensitive and have ingested elevated levels of radioactive contaminated food, air or water, you also want to partake of the following protocol on a regular basis.
Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
The oral administration of sodium bicarbonate diminishes the severity of the changes produced by uranium in the kidneys.
The kidneys are usually the first organs to show chemical damage upon uranium exposure. Old military manuals suggest doses or infusions of sodium bicarbonate to help alkalinize the urine if this happens. This makes the uranyl ion less kidney-toxic and promotes excretion of the nontoxic uranium-carbonate complex. The oral administration of sodium bicarbonate diminishes the severity of the changes produced by uranium in the kidneys. So useful and strong is sodium bicarbonate that at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, researcher Don York has used baking soda to clean soil contaminated with uranium. Sodium bicarbonate binds with uranium, separating it from the dirt; so far, York has removed as much as 92 percent of the uranium from contaminated soil samples. I started writing about baking soda after discovering that the United States Army recommends the use of bicarbonate to protect the kidneys from radiation damage.
Sodium bicarbonate can safely remove paint, grease, oil and smoke residue, decreasing workers’ exposure to harsh chemicals and eliminating much of the hazardous waste associated with other cleaners. “Sodium bicarbonate is able to clean in areas where other substances pose fire hazards, because baking soda is a natural fire extinguisher,” says Kenneth Colbert, a general manager for Arm & Hammer. This is the reason it’s used by oncology centers to control chemo agent spills and it’s actually used intravenously to protect patients from the hazardous toxicity of chemotherapy.
“Uranium is one of the only metals that get significant bonding from carbonate. Just flushing a lot of bicarbonate through the system, along with whatever kidney support you are going to use, will be very helpful,” writes Dr. Chris Shade. There is no better therapy for radiation sickness then intense sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and magnesium baths with the appropriate clay added in. Even sodium thiosulfate can be added to these baths and that instantly neutralizes any chlorine in the bath water while simultaneously providing sulfur for the vital sulfur pathways.
Bicarbonate and Nuclear Fallout
If the bombs start dropping anywhere on earth, or if you live near a nuclear plant, you will want to have a large amount of sodium bicarbonate on hand. Minimum stocks should be 25 or 50 pounds. Normally I recommend someone start with using one pound of bicarbonate in a bath but that could easily be two or three pounds in an emergency situation. It is not a joke that one can get 50 pounds of the most powerful medicines on earth for 35 bucks. You will also need a lot of magnesium salts and the very best and most penetrating of them is the magnesium chloride in the form of magnesium bath flakes. Dead Sea salt is also quite fine for this application.
Exposure to radiation causes a cascade of free radicals that wreak havoc on the body. Radiation decimates the body’s supply of glutathione.
Please read my essay on Glutathione and Bicarbonate Nebulization. Nebulization is one of the best ways to quickly increase glutathione levels as is the use of glutathione suppositories. The main cancer risk from inhaled uranium oxide and other airborne radioactive particles would be from tiny insoluble particles lodged deep in the lungs. That’s a good reason to nebulize both glutathione and bicarbonate directly into the lungs and one must wonder why governments and health officials have not sponsored this treatment.
Dr. Sarah Mayhill, speaking about uranium oxide says, “It can be inhaled by soldiers and civilians, it sticks to the lining of the lungs, it is taken up by cells of the immune systems and gets into lymph glands, bone, brain, hormone producing glands, ovaries and testes. It stays in these organs for many decades and is only very slowly excreted in urine.” Nebulization transdermally treats the lung tissues allowing for best effect on contaminated lung tissues.
I have had the pleasure through the years to learn from some of the most intelligent doctors and scientists about heavy metal chelation and the opening of detoxification pathways. The individual who wins the Nobel Prize in the area of chelation, the scientist with the greatest genius, especially when it comes to mercury chelation, is Dr. Chris Shade. He has developed a sophisticated detoxification system based on enhancing the natural removal of metals through the intestines.
Though his specialty is mercury, detoxification and chelation of radioactive poisons use the same pathways as mercury. He has developed three products that are effective for the removal of mercury including a liposome formula that allows us to get glutathione into the system via oral administration. (For more information or ordering of Dr. Shade’s products I only have a phone: 1- 866-257-8168, talk to Karen.)
Combining his formulas with HMD (Heavy Metal Detox) from Dr. George Georgiou, another medical genius, gives us, in my opinion, the best possible medical formula to help remove radioactive contamination as long as iodine, magnesium chloride, a super food spirulina-based formula like Rejuvenate and edible clay are used as well. Rejuvenate is a powerful chlorophyll-rich formula that is easy to administer in high quantities because of its exceptionally pleasant taste. The intense levels of RNA in Rejuvenate will quickly help build up a person’s immune system and help them recover from the RNA/DNA damage caused by radiation exposure.
It is interesting to see that uranium-238 is being eliminated in the hair using the HMD protocol; to date there is no natural chelating agent known to mobilize and eliminate uranium-238 from body tissues. HMD is the only chelation product that I have seen that has actually been tested and shown to be effective for uranium toxicity.
HMD’s cilantro will move heavy metals and radioactive material out of the cells into the detoxification pathways with Dr. Chris Shade’s IMD (Intestinal Metal Detox) pulling down hard on those pathways to get the stuff out through the intestines. The internal consumption of edible clay and external clays dramatically facilitate this process. Clay baths are a very effective way of removing heavy metals from the body and increase one’s chances of survival if exposed to nuclear fallout.
Iodine is the most obvious and important element in protecting against radiation damages. Radioactive iodine will plunge in to any and all iodine receptor cites that have no iodine in them due to iodine deficiencies. This is a serious problem because over 90 percent of people in North America, according to Dr. David Brownstein, are iodine deficient. This leaves them incredibly vulnerable to radioactive iodine, which is one of the principle forms of radiation given off in nuclear accidents and from nuclear weapons.
In as separate article are videos of an interview I did today with Dr. Brownstein and a lot of important information about iodine supplementation as a vital defense against radiation contamination and damage.
In cases of serious exposure, IV cocktails with high dosages of vitamin C, magnesium chloride or sulfate, sodium bicarbonate and very pure seawater full of all the minerals necessary for life would be ideal.
Dr. David Brownstein administers a slow IV vitamin C drip—usually 25-50 gm, with minerals, and he adds 10cc of sodium bicarbonate. The addition of bicarb to the IV’s made a huge clinical improvement. He also adds 1 cc of bicarb to all Myers cocktail IV’s, which he says is “a great addition.”
Nutrients to the Rescue
Spirulina and chlorella have been used heavily by the Russians after the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster. And the Japanese love their miso soup and that was said to help some of their citizens survive the fallout after the Americans attacked two of their cities. This is why I recommend Rejuvenate in high doses because of its high spirulina and chlorella content and because it is like refined rocket fuel for the cells providing them with a broad range of concentrated nutrients.
Tan Koon Peng from Singapore writes: “Miso is effective for detoxifying your body of radiation. During World War II, two hospitals that were located side by side were hit with atomic radiation, in one hospital people consumed Miso and all of them survived while many people in the other hospital that did not take miso died. Miso is rich in vitamin B therefore it is suitable for vegetarians who are in shortage of vitamin B. For best results do not cook miso.”
Herbalist Brigitte Mars says, “There are a number of foods that can better help our bodies tolerate the effects of pollution. Eating lower on the food chain minimizes our chemical intake. Consuming more whole grains has a multitude of benefits. Their high fiber content binds with toxins and lessens intestinal transit time. Their vitamin B6 content nourishes the thymus gland and their vitamin E content helps the body to better utilize oxygen. The grain buckwheat is high in rutin and helps to protect against radiation and stimulates new bone marrow production. The mucilaginous fiber in seaweed helps to prevent the reabsorbing of radioactive strontium 90.
“Following the bombing of Nagasaki, a group of surviving macrobiotic doctors and their patients avoided radiation sickness by eating brown rice, miso and seaweed. They also did not get leukemia. Seaweeds also help to break down fatty deposits. High-chlorophyll foods like wheatgrass and barley grass strengthen cells, transport oxygen, help to detoxify the blood and liver as well as help to neutralize polluting elements and stimulate RNA production. Sulfur-rich vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and mustard greens combine with heavy metals and help prevent free radical damage,” says Mars.
Dr. Shade commenting on the above said, “In the last sentence Brigitte Mars, a local friend actually mentions the broccoli family. A normal misconception is restated here – namely that the sulfur compounds in the broccoli family bind the heavy metals. Actually the sulfur compounds trigger increased expression of your glutathione system, which results in both metal detoxification and free radical neutralization. The other group of food compounds that do this is the polyphenolic antioxidants – pine bark extract, green tea extract, grape seed extract, and my favorite Haritaki or terminalia chebula, an Ayurvedic fruit that is the basis for many medicines including the intestinal detoxifier Triphala. This fruit is used extensively in Tibetan Medicine where it is pictured being held by the Medicine Buddha and call the “King of Herbs”. It has potent effects on the glutathione system and on expression of other intracelluar antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase. Haritaki is one of the superpowers in Clear Way. Clear Way also includes other polyphenolics such as Pine Bark extract, large amounts of liver cleansing dandelion root extract, natural iodine and minerals from fucus extract (or what is known as bladderwrack, a sea vegetable), the metal chelator and super antioxidant R-Lipoic acid, nerve protectors gotu kola and bacopa monniera, and B-vitamins 1, 5, and 6.
Research on animals indicates that curcumin (an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound found in the curry spice turmeric) may help protect against radiation-induced damage to the skin. Other research in animals shows that the herb ginkgo biloba may help shield against organ damage resulting from radiation therapy. And aloe vera is often touted as a natural remedy for radiation-induced skin changes preventing or minimizing radiation-induced skin reactions.
CANCER SUCCESS STORY – CHRIS WALSH:
My name is Chris Walsh, 31 years old from Cleveland, Ohio. I was diagnosed with a level 4 melanoma in April 2010. At the time of diagnosis it seemed like the end of the world. Cancer forced me to evaluate my life and take responsibility for my health for the first time in my life. I had to make a very difficult decision that would test my resolve more than anything previous. I learned that trusting the instinct deep within me is more important than following the crowd. Following the instincts we are all born with yet are taught to dismiss at a young age gave me a new lease on life.
My mother passed away from cancer in 1998 so I was very familiar with the disease and the devastating effects. At the point of diagnosis I was unaware that cancer has been cured for over a hundred years by using safe and effective methods that facilitate the body’s natural healing capacity. Chemotherapy and radiation were the only means I had ever heard of for the treatment of cancer. I have known many who have passed as a result of these treatments, most of them suffered terribly at the end of their lives. I was five days away from going down that same road before I came across Dr. Buttar and The Center for Advanced Medicine. This was the day that changed my life forever. I am so lucky to have crossed paths with him and his wonderful staff!
The first order of business for treatment was to detoxify the body of heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants and any other toxins that contributed to the immune system becoming so weak it could no longer fight the spread of cancer. My system had been compromised by an overload of mercury and lead to name a few. Chelation therapy was used to pull the toxic metals out of my system and restore my body back to a healthy balance. I then went through some intensive immunotherapy which strengthened my immune system back to the point where it could recognize and begin to fight off the cancer. I was on a heavy dose of both intravenous and oral supplements to change the chemistry of my body from acidic to alkaline. My body was rebuilt and retrained to fight off foreign invaders. Throughout the process it was interesting that for the most part I felt very healthy and alive during the treatments. I could feel my body getting stronger and healthier as the weeks went by. My hair, which was had been falling out since I was 22 started to grow back as a result of treatments. It was a very sharp contrast to those I knew both past and present who went through conventional treatments and were extremely sick and weak as a result.
Dr. Buttar and his wonderful staff encourage the patients to take an active role in the healing process. I began reading everything about the disease and the industry and came across some incredibly insightful books such as CANCER-STEP OUTSIDE THE BOX. The elimination of all contact with toxins in our environment is something anyone can do to improve their health, with or without cancer. Changing my diet was vital to my success. I bought the book BEATING CANCER WITH NUTRITION by Patrick Quillan and followed the guidelines and do to this day. I eliminated ALL processed foods, sugar, refined white flour and breads. I began eating all organic produce and meats and noticed a spike in energy and overall well being. There are so many wonderful foods and spices with strong anti cancer properties it is unbelievable. I believe it is essential to eliminate all of the toxins in our daily lives from soap, deodorants, detergents, lotions etc… A great website to determine the toxicity of your household products is http://cosmeticdatabase.org/. All of these toxins accumulate in the body slowly over time and eventually lead to chronic disease such as cancer. I stayed very active and positive at all times. It is essential to surround yourself with loving, supportive friends and family who will aid in recovery. I did yoga daily and believe this was very helpful in keeping a strong mind and body. I used the power of meditation and visualization to heal myself from within. The power of the mind can literally move mountains!
Cancer has been the greatest blessing of my young life. It was a sign that my life was out of balance and it needed to be resolved. I hope that all of you reading this can find some strength that cancer is not a death sentence! It is the body’s way of telling us that we need to regain balance and live a healthier, happier more fulfilled life!
PARSELY, SAGE, ROSEMARY, & THYME:
The following was written by my friend and colleague, Tony Isaacs, a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including “Cancer’s Natural Enemy” and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. Here is the direct link.
Those of us who go back a few years likely remember the line about parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme in the huge Simon and Garfunkel hit song about two ill-fated lovers, “Are You Going to Scarborough Fair”. Many have speculated that the reference to the four popular herbs was due to their use in Medieval Europe to help cleanse the air and ward off the infamous black plague. Others have thought that the reference to the four herbs was because the combination may have been used as a love potion. Whatever the reason for their inclusion in the popular song, the many health benefits of those four popular spices make them a herbal health quartet worth loving and singing praises about in their own rights.
Parsley is an amazing medicinal herb with a world of health benefits. The root contains calcium, B-complex vitamins, and iron, which nourish the glands that help regulate the uptake of calcium. It is a source of magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin K.
Among the many benefits reported for parsley are:
Note: It is best to avoid large amounts of parsley if you are pregnant, especially the use of the volatile essential oil.
Like rosemary, its sister herb in the mint (Labitae) family, sage contains a variety of volatile oils, flavonoids and phenolic acids, including rosmarinic acid. The oils found in sage are both antiseptic and antibiotic, helping it fight infections.
Besides the antioxidant and other properties shared with Rosemary, sage’s other health benefits include:
Rosemary contains caffeic acid and rosemarinic acid, both of which are potent antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory agents. Rosemary is also a good source of antioxidant vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) and other important antioxidants.
In addition, rosemary contains 19 chemicals with antibacterial action and a number of volatile oils which reduce the airway constriction induced by histamine – the chemical culprit of asthma and other allergy symptoms. Notably, rosemary has long been used to treat asthma.
The volatile oils in rosemary also help reduce inflammation that contributes to liver and heart disease. Herbalists think that rosemary may also help ease breast pain by acting as a natural drying agent to fluid filled cysts.
Some other important health benefits for rosemary are:
Cautionary notes: Medical professionals recommend to not exceed two 400 mg rosemary capsules up to three times a day. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid large quantities of rosemary. Excessive dosage might affect the fetus and can lead to miscarriage. Rosemary oil can be allergic, thus it would be advisable to consult with a qualified naturopathic professional before using it. People who suffer from high blood pressure or epilepsy should not take rosemary supplements.
Thyme has a long history of use for chest and respiratory problems including coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion. It is an excellent source of iron and manganese, and a good source of calcium and dietary fiber. Thyme contains a variety of important flavonoids and volatile oils, including the important volatile oil thymol. Thymol increases blood-flow to the skin and some herbalists believe that the increased blood-flow speeds healing. Thymol has been found to protect and significantly increase the percentage of healthy fats found in cell membranes and other cell structures. Dietary consumption of thyme has been shown to increase the amount of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid) in brain, kidney, and heart cell membranes.
Thyme has many beneficial antibacterial actions similar to another important herb, basil, which can help prevent contamination and decontaminate previously contaminated foods. For example, researchers reported in 2004 that thyme was able to decontaminate lettuce inoculated with Shigella, an infectious organism that triggers diarrhea and may cause significant intestinal damage. Washing produce in a solution containing either basil or thyme essential oil at a low concentration of only 1% resulted in dropping the number of Shigella bacteria below the point at which they could be detected. Notably, the German Commission E agency which evaluates dietary items has endorsed thyme for treating bronchitis. In addition, aromatherapists say that thyme’s scent is an effective mood lifter.
You’ve probably heard of natural cold remedies like echinacea, garlic, and goldenseal. But here is a remedy that may be even better! So just what is this miracle remedy? It’s an ancient Chinese herb called “huang qi,” which means “yellow leader,” but you probably know it by its more common name, “astragalus.” Astragalus is a plant native to Asia, and the part of the plant used medicinally is the root, which is similar to a garlic bulb.
A myriad of studies show that astragalus is a powerful immune booster. However, a common misconception is that merely stimulating the immune system will be enough to “knock out cancer.” Perhaps, in a few isolated cases, it will. However, the major problem with cancer is not only that the immune system has been compromised (which it has), but ALSO that the immune response is not working. In other words, the cancer is “invisible” to the immune system and doesn’t even appear on the “radar.” As a result, when treating cancer, it is important to have a treatment that is both “immunomodulating” (i.e., boosts the immune system) and “adaptogenic” (i.e., corrects the immune response and “lights up the cancer radar”).
Astragalus seems to be able to do both jobs. Firstly, it has phenomenal immune system modulating effects. In tests at the Hiroshima School of Medicine in Japan, it was shown to directly increase B-cell and T-cell levels, interleukin, and antibody production. But not only does astragalus increase the number of leukocytes, in particular the “hunter” T-cells; it also helps identify the viruses, bacteria, and other rogue cells. The University of Texas has shown astragalus to be an adaptogenic herb which enables viruses, bacteria, and even cancer cells to be “picked up” on the immune system’s radar. In one study, astragalus was able to restore immune function in 90% of the cancer patients studied!
In a 1994 Italian study (Morazzoni, Bombardelli), breast cancer patients were given a combination of ligustrum and astragalus. Patients given this mix showed a decline in mortality from 50% to 10%. And in two other studies, cancer patients receiving astragalus had twice the survival rate of those who received the “Big 3” treatments. There is strong scientific evidence that it benefits liver function (often impaired in cancer patients). In China, astragalus is widely used in the treatment of hepatitis. It seems to reduce toxin levels significantly and boost interferon levels while having little or no effect on normal DNA. (Zhang 1995, Fan 1996)
In summary, this remarkable remedy boosts your immune system against colds and flu, bacteria, viruses, fungi, hepatitis, and even cancer. Unlike other immune-boosing herbs (like echinacea and goldenseal), you can take astragalus every day, with no adverse side effects.
OK, enough for this time. But stay tuned. My next monthly newsletter will have more great info.
And please remember that CANCER DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A DEATH SENTENCE!