Genistein and Breast Cancer- Research, Controversy. Part 1

May 15, 2010, Featured in Cancer and Natural Medicines, 0 Comments

Over the years we have all read conflicting reports about the benefits of Soy in our diets. Some news has been scary. Other reports have been most positive. Consequently, it was most reassuring to see the results of a major study released in the December 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that studied the intake of soy protein in patients who had breast cancer.

This study looked at over 5,000 patients and found that those individuals who had the highest intake of soy protein and isoflavones they contain, had the longest survival and the lowest risk of breast cancer recurrence.

This study has defined the use of soy foods that are rich in isoflavones, a major group of phytoestrogens, …

Targeting cholesterol metabolism is one route to treating cancer. Part 2

May 10, 2010, Featured in Cancer and Natural Medicines, 0 Comments

We are going to talk about statin cholesterol lowering drugs and their incredible ability to kill outright or sensitize cancer cells to chemo drugs or natural medicines. Anti-cholesterol drugs like statins are useful in the treatment of cancer simply because they block the activity of the enzyme HMG CoA reductase, the enzyme that makes mevalonate in the cell. Mevalonate, a precursor for cholesterol, inhibits prgrammed cell death in cancer cell/leukemia cells. The principal mechanism of any anticancer effects from statin use arises from prolonged lowering of circulating cholesterol and induction of cell cycle arrest. Evidence suggests that prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer and leukemia might be particularly sensitive to this intervention. Many statins are available on prescription and are inexpensive, off-patent generic drugs those are immediately available …

  Recent Entries »