Monday, February 19, 2007

Treating Cancer

This article is so cool! It has a wealth of information about cancer and its treatment. The article was published in 1996, so you might think some of the information is out of date, but I’m sure some of it is not. And much of the information is very interesting. For example:

The synergistic effect of vitamin E and selenium together to enhance the immune system is greater than either alone.

Many types of cancer cells use an enzyme called cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) which makes the prostaglandin hormone, E2. This hormone helps fuel the growth of such cancers as colon, pancreas, estrogen-negative breast, prostate, bladder, and lung to name just a few.

According to results of a study in the UK, turmeric was found to inhibit the production of COX-2.

The incidence of prostate cancer in China, a population that consumes green tea on a regular basis, is the lowest in the world.

A rich garlic content in the diet might reduce the proliferation of tumors in humans.

Fish oil has been shown to specifically induce apoptosis of pancreatic cancer cells and to inhibit metastasis of breast and lung cancer.

There are many other nuggets of information like these. I have not attempted to independently verify the above claims. I leave that to the reader.

If you are sick, have cancer, whatever, be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking supplements. And please do your own research and/or ask your doctor if you are thinking about taking any of the supplements mentioned here.

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