Single Gene able to Reverse Certain Kinds of Cancer?


We are often sceptical of cancer research, especially when a large claim is being made or a panacea has been claimed to be found.  Scepticism does not mean outright rejection, however, and one must be open to new findings.  The following study caught our eye:

Lukas E. Dow, Kevin P. O’Rourke, Janelle Simon, Darjus F. Tschaharganeh, Johan H. van Es, Hans Clevers, Scott W. Lowe. Apc Restoration Promotes Cellular Differentiation and Re-establishes Crypt Homeostasis in Colorectal Cancer. Cell, 2015; 161 (7): 1539 DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.05.033

In this study the researches found that:

Our study reveals that colorectal cancers (CRC) cells can revert to functioning normal cells given appropriate signals and provide compelling in vivo validation of the Wnt pathway as a therapeutic target for treatment of CRC.

This is a very technical paper but the unique finding was that by reactivating a single gene the cancer cells were influenced to return to a normal, non-cancerous state.

This study was done using mice and is very early stage research but the potential promise this line of inquiry holds is clear.

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Chikungunya Virus becomes International Threat


First identified in 1952, the Chikungunya virus, a mosquito born virus, is known for its crippling and contorting effects on its sufferers.  This virus had mostly isolated to parts of Africa and Asia but has spread widely since it has been monitored.  Now it’s found in North America, Europe, India, and beyond infecting millions.

Peru just reported its first locally acquired case of the virus.

We had previously wrote a blog post titled BBC Article on Herbal Remedies in Antigua that explored an article about some natural remedies for Chikungunya.

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Unexpected: Men with Asthma may have better Prostate Cancer Outcomes

Take these results with caution as no cause and effective or protective factor has been established and this finding is based on an observational study.  But interesting nonetheless: John Hopkins Medicine: Men with Asthma Less Likely to Develop Lethal Prostate Cancer

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Adolescent Obesity linked to increased Bowel Cancer


A study recently published in the journal Gut, Adolescent body mass index and erythrocyte sedimentation rate in relation to colorectal cancer risk, links adolescent obesity with an increased colorectal cancer risk.  Specifically, a 2.08 and 2.38-fold higher increase was found based on weight levels.

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Growing Number of Chemicals Linked with Brain Disorders in Children


And referring to the following study: “Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity,” Philippe Grandjean, Philip J. Landrigan, Lancet Neurology, online February 15, 2014.

Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children—such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia—according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The researchers say a new global prevention strategy to control the use of these substances is urgently needed. — From the first link listed.​

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Dr. Bernstein and Diabetes


We have a thread on our forums about Dr. Berstein as he has helped to pioneer coherent diabetes treatment despite facing decades of resistance from the mainstream of medicine.

Anyone with diabetes or blood sugar issues would be greatly benefitted by obtaining Dr. Berstein’s book Diabetes Solution as well as looking at his other books.

The essence of Dr. Berstein’s approach is a high fat, low-carbohydrate diet along with other, non-dietary measures that help to improve outcomes.  This may not sound like a radical proposal but when viewed in the context of both the history of medicine’s approach to diabetes, and even the current day mainstream approach, it is revolutionary.

My philosophy is that diabetics are entitled to the same blood sugar as the non-diabetics. This is exactly the opposite of the policy of the American Diabetes Association. I have related philosophy that to get normal blood sugars you have to do certain things. And one of the key things is a very low-carbohydrate diet. Because nothing else works. I’ve tried it all. I’ve had 64 years of diabetes.

I got my first meter in 1969, so I’ve had plenty of time to experiment and see what works. There’s no way the ADA diet or any high-carbohydrate and low-fat diet enable you to control blood sugars.

It turns out that the kind of diet I recommend is essentially a paleolithic diet – what humanity evolved on. Our ancestors did not have bread, wheat, sweet fruits, and all of the delicious things that we have today. These have been specially manufactured. Our ancestors had a paucity of roots, some leafs, and principally meat to eat. If they lived near the shore, they had fish.

My dietary recommendations boil down to what our ancestors ate. The American Diabetes Association repeatedly says that while low-carbohydrate diets may work, it’s an experiment and we haven’t enough years of trial of these diets to see if they do any harm. But the ADA diet is an experiment. It was never based on any history. In fact, it is the cause of the epidemic of obesity and diabetes. Whereas the original diet, the paleolithic diet, has been tested for tens of thousands of years. And it’s only when you deviate from it that you end up where we are now. — Dr. Bernstein

Metabolic Syndrome

We have a thread on our forum titled Metabolic Syndrome / Syndrome X / Insulin Resistance.  Thankfully several esteemed herbalist have written about this common condition.  An estimated 86 million American adults have prediabetes.  Only a partial number of those with insulin resistance will go on to develop diabetes but insulin resistance itself will cause a host of other problems.

Paul Bergner, from his article on Syndrome X, provides us the salient warning that treatment must be carried out with discipline:

The treatment has three legs, all of which must be done simultaneously:

-Supplement the nutritional factors whose deficiencies lead to insulin resistance.

-Enagage in a minimum of 15-20 minutes of resistance-type exercise most days.

-Eat a low carbohydrate diet.