April 30, 2014
The Truth About Cancer
Vitamin D and Breast Cancer
Cancer Success Story – Shannon Knight
42% of Drug Reactions are Vaccine Related
6 Facts About Asparagus
The Truth About CancerI'm currently involved in a very exciting project, called The Truth About Cancer, which is the first ever investigative report (60 minutes style) mini-series on cancer that will be broadcast to the world for free starting on May 26th and ending on June 1st. Our mission is to educate the masses on natural (aka "real") cancer treatments, expose the big business of pharmaceutical companies, and eradicate the cancer epidemic. Here's a couple of photos of me after interviews with Mike Adams (“the Health Ranger”) and Dr. Roby Mitchell (“Dr. Fitt”). All in all, I will be interviewing over 30 people for this mini-series. You are definitely going to want to mark your calendar for May 26th to June 1st. I will be sending you, my subscribers, an email on May 6th telling you how you can sign up to view this mini-series for FREE. Stay tuned...
Vitamin D and Breast Cancer
by Dr. MercolaFor many of you, the hint of spring is on the horizon and the opportunity to finally expose your skin to healthy doses of sunshine is very close. Remember that this is a far better choice than using oral vitamin D, as that is how your body was designed to get healthy vitamin D levels. There are many reasons to be conscious of vitamin D, but today’s featured study will focus on breast health. A robust and rapidly growing body of research clearly shows that vitamin D is absolutely critical for good health and disease prevention, in part due to the fact that it influences about 10 percent of all your genes. Just one example of an important gene that vitamin D up-regulates is your ability to fight infections and chronic inflammation. It also produces over 200 anti-microbial peptides, the most important of which is cathelicidin, a naturally occurring broad-spectrum antibiotic. Recent studies demonstrate how optimizing your vitamin D levels may lower your LDL cholesterol levels and double your chances of surviving breast cancer. Researchers also claim to have discovered a causal link between vitamin D deficiency and autism spectrum disorder.
Vitamin D for Breast CancerSince the early 2000s, scientific investigations into the effects of vitamin D have ballooned. By the end of 2012, there were nearly 34,000 published studies on the effects of vitamin D, and there are well over 800 references in the medical literature showing vitamin D’s effectiveness against cancer alone. According to Carole Baggerly, founder of GrassrootsHealth, as much as 90 percent of ordinary breast cancer may in fact be related to vitamin D deficiency. Most recently, a meta-analysis of five studies published in the March 2014 issue ofAnticancer Research1 found that patients diagnosed with breast cancer who had high vitamin D levels were twice as likely to survive compared to women with low levels.2, 3, 4 The analysis included more than 4,500 breast cancer patients over a nine-year period. The high serum group had an average vitamin D level of 30 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). Women in the low serum group averaged 17 ng/ml, which is the average vitamin D level found in American breast cancer patients.5 The study was co-authored by Professor Cedric F. Garlandâ€”featured in the 2011 video aboveâ€”along with other researchers at the San Diego School of Medicine. Funding for the research6 was in part provided by a Congressional allocation to the Penn State Cancer Institute of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Vitamin D has a number of anticancer effects, including the promotion of cancer cell death, known as apoptosis, and the inhibition of angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor). According to Dr. Garland: “As long as vitamin D receptors were present, tumor growth was prevented and kept from expanding its blood supply. Vitamin D receptors are not lost until a tumor is very advanced. This is the reason for better survival in patients whose vitamin D blood levels are high.” The researchers urge physicians to make vitamin D monitoring and optimization part of standard breast cancer care, and recommend that breast cancer patients should restore their vitamin D levels to a normal range of 30-80 ng/ml. According to the featured findings, you need at least 30 ng/ml of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) to prevent cancer from spreading. That said, other research suggests you’d be better off with levels as high as 80 ng/ml.
How Much Vitamin D Is Required for Breast Cancer Prevention?In 2011, Dr. Garland’s team found that a vitamin D level of 50 ng/ml is associated with a 50 percent lower risk of breast cancer.7, 8 (Similarly, a 2007 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine9 concluded that a vitamin D level of more than 33 ng/mL was associated with a 50 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer.) In the featured video above, GrassrootsHealth founder Carole Baggerly interviews Dr. Garland about those 2011 findings. At that time, they discovered that in order to achieve protective levels, you have to take far more supplemental vitamin D than previously thought. To reach a minimum protective level of 40 ng/ml of vitamin D, study participants had to take anywhere from 1,000 IUs to as much as 8,000 IUs of vitamin D3 per dayâ€”a far cry from the recommended daily allowance of 600 IUs of vitamin D for adults. The supplemental dose ensuring that 97.5 percent of the study population achieved a serum 25(OH)D of at least 40 ng/mL was 9,600 IU/day. This study also concluded that intake of up to 40,000 IUs per day is unlikely to result in vitamin D toxicity. It’s important to note, however, that it’s virtually impossible to make a general recommendation on how much vitamin D to take as the amount needed can varysignificantly from one individual to another. In essence, you need to regularly monitor your levels, and take whatever amount of vitamin D3 you need to maintain a clinically relevant level.
Vitamin D May Also Benefit Your Cholesterol LevelIn related news, a recently published study10 found that vitamin D in combination with calcium appears to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in postmenopausal women. As reported by the New York Times:11 “Researchers randomly assigned 576 postmenopausal women to either a daily dose of 400 units of vitamin D and 1,000 milligrams of calcium, or a placebo. They followed them for three years. By the end of the study, published in Menopause,12 the vitamin D group had significantly higher serum levels of vitamin D, and a small but notable drop in LDL.” Women taking a combination of vitamin D and calcium had a 4.46 mg/dL mean decrease in LDL cholesterol. Previous research by Dr. Stephanie Seneff also suggests that healthy cholesterol and sulfur levels are highly dependent on yourvitamin D levels. Through her research, she believes that the mechanism we call “cardiovascular disease,” of which arterial plaque is a hallmark, is actually your body’s way to compensate for not having enough cholesterol sulfate.
Sun Exposure Is Likely the IDEAL Way to Optimize Your Vitamin D LevelsTo summarize Dr. Seneff’s findings, high LDL appears to be a sign of cholesterol sulfate deficiency. According to Dr. Seneff, your body’s way of trying to maintain the correct balance is to take damaged LDL and turn it into plaque. Within this plaque, your blood platelets produce cholesterol sulfate, which your heart and brain needs for optimal function. Her research also suggests that in order to truly optimize your cholesterol levels, you really need to get your vitamin D from sun exposure, and here’s why: when you expose your skin to sunshine, your skin synthesizes vitamin D3 sulfate. This form of vitamin D is water-soluble, unlike oral vitamin D3 supplements, which is unsulfated. The water-soluble form can travel freely in your blood stream, whereas the unsulfated form needs LDL (the so-called “bad” cholesterol) as a vehicle of transport. Dr. Seneff suspects that the simple oral non-sulfated form of vitamin D likely will not provide the same benefits as the vitamin D created in your skin from sun exposure, as it cannot be converted to vitamin D sulfate. If you’re still under the mistaken impression that sun exposure is the primary cause of skin cancer, the following explanation may be of great help. Dr. Seneff states that: “Both cholesterol and sulfur afford protection in the skin from radiation damage to the cell’s DNA, the kind of damage that can lead to skin cancer. Cholesterol and sulfur become oxidized upon exposure to the high frequency rays in sunlight, thus acting as antioxidants to ‘take the heat,’ so to speak. Oxidation of cholesterol is the first step in the process by which cholesterol transforms itself into vitamin D3.” Additionally, distorted omega-3 to omega-6 ratios play a major role in the development of skin cancers too. In 2001, the National Academy of Sciences published a comprehensive review13 showing that the omega 6:3 ratio was the key to preventing skin cancer development. An Australian study14 published in 1993 showed a 40 percent reduction in melanoma for those who were eating fish, which is rich in omega-3s. And this was without any attention to lowering omega-6 fats. Omega-3 and omega-6 fats are both essential for human health. However, the typical American consumes far too many omega-6 fats in their diet while consuming very low levels of omega-3. While the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats is 1:1, our ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 averages from 20:1 to 50:1.
Evidence of Causal Link Between Vitamin D, Serotonin Synthesis, and Autism EmergesVitamin D may also be critical in the fight against autism spectrum disorder (ASD). According to a study15, 16 by the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, vitamin D may affect autistic behavior by activating a gene responsible for the production of tryptophan hydroxylase 2 (TPH2), an enzyme that converts tryptophan to serotonin in your brain. The research also shows that two other brain hormones associated with social behavior, oxytocin and vasopressin, are activated by vitamin D. As reported by Newswise:17 “This suggests that adequate levels of vitamin D may be required to produce serotonin in the brain where it shapes the structure and wiring of the brain, acts as a neurotransmitter, and affects social behavior. They also found evidence that the gene that makes the enzyme tryptophan hydroxylase 1 (TPH1) is inhibited by vitamin D hormone, which subsequently halts the production of serotonin in the gut and other tissues, where when found in excess it promotes inflammation. This mechanism explains many of the known, but previously not understood, facts about autism including: 1) the ‘serotonin anomaly’ low levels of serotonin in the brain and high levels in the blood of autistic children; 2) the preponderance of male over female autistic children: estrogen, a similar steroid hormone, can also boost the brain levels of serotonin in girls; 3) the presence of autoimmune antibodies to the fetal brain in the mothers of autistic children: vitamin D regulates the production of regulatory T-cells via repression of TPH1″ The researchers propose treating ASD with a combination of vitamin D, tryptophan, and omega-3 fats in order to naturally elevate the concentration of brain serotonin without side effects. This isn’t the first time vitamin D has been implicated as a contributing factor to rising autism rates. According to previous research,18 there is indeed a link between rampant vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women and the proportionate jump in autism. The reason for this is because vitamin D receptors appear in a wide variety of brain tissue early in the fetal development, and activated vitamin D receptors increase nerve growth in your brain. It is my personal belief that this may be one of the largest contributing factors to autism and that it is a deficiency of sun exposure to the pregnant mom, and subsequently to the fetus, that puts the child at a massively increased risk for abnormal brain development. I believe one of the most important changes that could radically reduce autism is to make sure ALL pregnant women have their vitamin D levels normalized to 50-70 ng/ml.
Have You Tested Your Vitamin D Level Yet?Right now, after several months of winter and minimal sun exposure, is an ideal time to test your vitamin D levels to get an idea of what your levels are at their lowest. If you’re low, take proactive measures to raise your levels, and then retest in mid-summer. The D*Action Project by GrassrootsHealth is a very cost effective solution. To participate, simply purchase the D*Action Measurement Kit and follow the registration instructions included. (Please note that 100 percent of the proceeds from the kits go to fund the research project. I do not charge a single dime as a distributor of the test kits.) As for HOW to optimize your vitamin D levels, I firmly believe that appropriate sun exposure is the best way. In fact, I personally have not taken a vitamin D supplement for three or four years, yet my levels are in the 70 ng/ml range. There’s a handy smartphone app called DMinder (dminder.info) that will tell you how much UV radiation you’re getting and how many IUs of vitamin D you’re making based on your local weather conditions (reported from the weather service) and other individual parameters such as your skin tone and age. It will also tell you when to get out of the sun, to protect yourself from sunburn. If you can’t get enough sunshine, then a safe tanning bed would be your next best option. Most tanning equipment use magnetic ballasts to generate light. These magnetic ballasts are well known sources of EMF fields that can contribute to cancer. If you hear a loud buzzing noise while in a tanning bed, it has a magnetic ballast system. I strongly recommend you avoid these types of beds and restrict your use of tanning beds to those that use electronic ballasts. If your circumstances don’t allow you to access the sun or a safe tanning bed, then you really only have one option if you want to raise your vitamin D, and that is to take a vitamin D supplement. GrassrootsHealth has a helpful chart showing the average adult dose required to reach healthy vitamin D levels based upon your measured starting point. Many experts agree that 35 IUs of vitamin D per pound of body weight could be used as an estimate for your ideal dose.
If You Opt for Oral Vitamin D, Remember Vitamin K2Last but not least, if you do opt for a vitamin D supplement, you also need to take vitamin K2. The biological role of vitamin K2 is to help move calcium into the proper areas in your body, such as your bones and teeth. It also helps remove calcium from areas where it shouldn’t be, such as in your arteries and soft tissues. Vitamin K2 deficiency is actually what produces the consequences similar to vitamin D toxicity, which includes inappropriate calcification that can lead to hardening of your arteries. The reason for this is because when you take vitamin D, your body creates more vitamin K2-dependent proteins that move calcium around in your body. Without vitamin K2, those proteins remain inactivated, so the benefits of those proteins remain unrealized. So remember, if you take supplemental vitamin D, you’re creating an increased demand for K2. Together, these two nutrients help strengthen your bones and improve your heart health.
Cancer Success Story – Shannon KnightIt’s July 2006 and I can hear the song “Unwell” playing on the intercom by Matchbox 20. The irony was overwhelming. The doctor had just diagnosed me with stage III breast cancer and I will never forget the feeling of shock and how I felt the air suddenly get sucked out of my lungs. I had no support person there because no one was available for the appointment. I excused myself from the examining room for a moment and ran down the hall to the bathroom so I could cry privately. I hung onto the sink and just stared in the mirror whispering over and over, " no, no no… please God… not me.” What was ahead? I had no idea, but I was terrified. From the moment I was diagnosed every physician kept me in this constant state of urgency. I agreed to the recommended bilateral mastectomy and was operated on in October. This is Susan G Komen’s breast cancer awareness month and I remember loathing the color pink halfway into the month. I kept getting pink gifts. Everyone automatically associated me now with pink and that organization that I am sure will never find the cure no matter how far they run. I did not want anyone shaving their head for me because I had no plan of losing a single strand of hair. Surgery was tough and I remember how painful it was. It felt like a hot shovel had just hollowed out my chest. There were complications with infection so this put a halt to the doctors talking to me about chemotherapy and radiation. I was sick for a very long time which afforded me the opportunity to choose a healthier alternative to treat my cancer. I was introduced to treatments that worked, enzymes, Intravenous Vitamin C, B-17, UBI, FIR just to name a few. I made dietary changes and finally reached remission in May 2008. In July 2010, after being misdiagnosed with asthma and costochondritis for 9 months I finally was hit with the same nightmare but only worse. It was a recurrence of breast cancer stage IV with metastasis to my bones, all lobes of my lungs, lymph nodes and other areas. I was thrown on to the battlefield once again, more terrified than before. The doctor said I had months to a year, perhaps longer if I did the recommended usual cancer treatments. I knew I would choose alternative medicine again because my body needed to be healed not made more toxic. Insurance would not cover the treatments I needed to save my life. I knew I was racing the clock so this would require a miracle because I would not give in to chemotherapy. I had a fortress of amazing girlfriends who started a fundraiser website called Angels for Shannon. In a matter of months enough money was raised to get me to a natural cancer clinic by February 2011. I did the same treatments but even more comprehensive therapies. The protocol was specific and I felt better each day. By September 2011, I was free of symptoms and am in remission still to this day. My UCLA oncologist was so intrigued that he asked me if it was alright to share my medical records with his colleagues at the next cancer conference. Of course I said "yes." I will always remember the afternoon at the beach where I lay down on the sand. I looked up at the sky and I thought of all my loved ones that died because of cancer. In one moment I felt like the sky was so close to me it felt like I could touch it. I gasped pleading with God quietly in tears to please let me stay longer. I promised if given the chance to live that I would spend my life helping other cancer patients that wanted the same kind of healing I was seeking. I am keeping that promise today with Angels for Shannon and I always will.
~ Shannon Knight ~ http://shannonsstory.com/
42% of Drug Reactions are Vaccine Related
By Christina Sarich - Natural SocietyA pioneering new drug study testing the safety of many common pharmaceutical drugs has revealed that almost half of all adverse drug reactions reported in Shanghai, from anaphylaxis to death, were caused by vaccines. The study is published in an all access journal called PLos, titled, "Adverse Drug Reactions of Spontaneous Reports in Shanghai Pediatric Population," and within it Chinese pediatric populations were studied via spontaneous reports gathered from physicians (52.03%), pharmacists (24.27%) and other health care practitioners (15.46%), with only 2.52% coming from ‘consumers.' This is a significant study for those who are anxious to dismiss vaccine dangers as just consumer confusion or merely anecdotal reports from those who are without real facts. Since many are wary to give weight to any reports that are not from a clinical setting, it is difficult to argue with this particular study's findings. This is also one of the first-ever studies conducted on the topic of vaccines in China. "Knowledge of drug safety in the pediatric population of China is limited. This study was designed to evaluate ADRs in children reported to the spontaneous reporting system (SRS) of Shanghai in 2009." The results were reported as such: "A male overrepresentation was observed regarding the total number of reports. The most frequently reported group of drugs were vaccines (42.15%). Skin rash and fever were the commonest symptoms reported in the total pediatric dataset. The proportion of children that suffered from a serious ADR was 2.16% and that for drug related deaths was 0.34%. And we found that the multiple drug exposure experienced a high proportion of serious ADRs compared with the single drug use (Ï‡215.99, P<0.0001). Sixty-five percent of ADRs were for children less than 6 years of age. And more than half of reports were from doctors." The study quotes the World Health Organization (WHO) for its definition of an adverse drug reaction (ADRs) as ‘events related to a medication that are noxious, unintended and occur at normal doses used in humans for prophylaxis, diagnosis or therapy of disease, or for modification of physiological function.' The WHO does not include deliberate or excessive consumption (overdose) in their definition of an ADR.
The Study FindingsThe study found that ADRs are so globally problematic that they are in fact one of the leading causes of morbidity in many countries. A 1998 report published in JAMA found that 106,000 Americans die every year from correctly prescribed medications. These are not deaths from overdoses or misuse of drugs _ another prevalent problem which is seldom discussed in the scientific community. Furthermore, the study finds that the younger an individual, the more at risk they become for harm due to vaccines and ADRs. Also at higher risk are males compared to females: The Young Are More at Risk to ADRs: "When the data were assessed in terms of age groups, almost two thirds of ADRs were reported for children from birth to 5 years of age (65.01%) and 39.46% concerned children aging 2 months-2 years." Furthermore, "The highest proportion (6.58%) of serious reports was reported for newborn (0_1 month)." Males Were More Prone than Females to ADR Dangers: A total of 1790 ADRs (40.41%) and 2640 ADRs (59.59%) were reported for female and male patients, respectively. Of note in the study _ children under five are the most often vaccinated! The study expands on this fact further: "The ADR rate causes by vaccine is much higher than other drugs, and this may be related to the types and number of vaccination being used in China, as the types of routine immunization vaccines in China reach up to 15 kinds, which is much higher than 7 kinds in India and Vietnam, 9 kinds in Thailand and 11 kinds in America, and most of the vaccines in China are attenuated live vaccines, which may bring greater potential safety hazard." Chinese vaccine schedules are similar to American schedules, often subjecting young children, prior to the full development of their immune systems, to a ‘polypharmacy' approach, exposing their little bodies and minds to a cornucopia of combined toxins. The total effect of these toxins cannot be minimized. Their interactions are at least part of the reason for such high incidence of ADRs as well as death, not just their singular use. There is no way that small, developing bodies are ready for more than 12 different strains of vaccines before they even leave kindergarten. Read: Study Shows How Vaccines Stimulate Autoimmune Diseases This study extrapolates the dangers linked to vaccines further: "With the seemingly constant flow of new therapeutic agents and new treatment indications for existing medications, polypharmacy is increasingly common. Drug-drug interactions (DDI) occur when two or more drugs are taken in combination and one drug influences the effects of another drug. This may subsequently cause a change in the pharmacodynamic or pharmacokinetic parameters which may lead to lack of efficacy, or to an increase in the number of reported adverse drug reactions. The association between multiple drug exposure and the incidence of ADRs has been studied, consistently showing an exponentially increased risk with the increase of the number of drugs taken. When assessing the severity of the reported ADRs, our study confirmed that multiple drug exposure experienced a high proportion compared with the single drug use. This finding indicate that in order to minimize the risk of serious ADRs, HCPs should pay particular attention to children who are prescribed two drugs or more." Dr. Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD, agrees that vaccine schedules are harmful, if not likely fatal, with the US having one of the highest infant mortality rates of over 33 developed countries in the world: "The current schedule has never been studied _ not one vaccine in a vaccinated vs. unvaccinated design, let alone multiple delivered at once, or the entire long-term effects of 49 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6." This study is monumental, in that it proves the onslaught of vaccines we give our children is not exactly a medical miracle as it has been touted. The autoimmunity generating properties of vaccines, and other chronic health issues associated with the presence of ‘hidden' pathogenic viruses in the live and attenuated vaccines most commonly used in China and the underdeveloped or developing world, will become more curious to researchers with eyes to see how ‘preventative' vaccines really are.
6 Facts About Asparagus
by Elizabeth Renter – Natural SocietyOne of the 15 cleanest fruit (of pesticides) as shown by the Environmental Working Group, asparagus is one of many vegetables that ushers in warmer weather. Like peas and other early spring veggies, asparagus is one of the first to pop up at local farmer's markets after a winter thaw. While U.S. families are eating more asparagus than ever, few people are hip to the many health benefits and other interesting facts about the lesser-known vegetable. Here are 6 fun facts about asparagus:
- Asparagus spears will grow into big bushy "ferns". New crops of asparagus are only grown every 10 to 15 years because they are a perennial vegetable, returning every season on their own. If the spears aren't harvested, they will unfurl similar to a fern and turn into a big bushy plant.
- High respiration rate means asparagus "die" quicker than other harvested vegetables. The respiration rate of a vegetable is the rate at which a plant takes in oxygen, breaks down starche,s and releases carbon dioxide. After a vegetable is cut, it doesn't initially die, but continues this metabolic process. Because asparagus has a high respiration rate, it has a tendency to "die" and go bad before other vegetables.
- Asparagus is rich in saponins. Saponins are a type of phytonutrient credited with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. They are also able to assist in maintaining blood pressure, regulating blood sugar, and controlling blood lipid levels.
- The growth rate of asparagus could reach as much as 1 inch per hour. When the weather is right, asparagus grows very fast, keeping farmers busy harvesting the spears daily if they want to keep them from turning into large inedible plants.
- That whole stinky pee thing. You probably already know that asparagus can make your urine stink. It turns out, this occurrence is due to something called asparagusic acid, which the body converts into sulfur-containing compounds _ that stink. But scientists aren't sure why this strange phenomena only affects some people. Conflicting evidence exists: some suggesting it's in perception, where everyone produces the smell but only some people can smell it; and some suggesting that only certain people produce the sulfur compounds in concentrations high enough to produce an odor.
- American asparagus farmers are struggling. Close to 90% of the asparagus found in America is imported, mostly from Peru. It wasn't always this way. According to NPR, as recently as 1989 American farmers grew more than the country consumed and exported more than it imported. Now, however, farmers in the U.S. who are holding on to growing the vegetable are finding it hard to make a living with such cheap imports. Many are destroying their crops, slicing up the spears rather than harvesting them, in hopes that they can delay production and enter the market when Mexico's high growing season is coming to a close.
FOX News Interviews on the Carol Alt ShowJust in case you missed it, during March, FOX News aired my second interview with Carol Alt on her show "A Healthy You." On the first interview, which aired in January, we discussed medicinal hemp (VIDEO). In this most recent interview, Carol and I discussed holistic, natural, non-toxic cancer treatments. If you want to see the video in high def, visit here: http://video.foxnews.com/v/3344652273001/holistic-cancer-treatment-alternatives/ Also, here is an article I wrote which was posted on Carol's blog: http://carolalt.com/2014/03/guest-post-cancer-truth-by-ty-bollinger/ Oh yes, and here is a LINK to the interview that my good buddy, Robert Scott Bell, did with Carol on the same show, where he talked about the history of modern medicine and talked a little bit about our new book, Unlock the Power to Heal. You may have heard the slogan, "Laughter is the best medicine." I wholeheartedly agree. So, here's a little humor to make you smile. 😉 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!
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