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Cancer & COVID-19

While it is fair to say that everyone’s life has been disrupted by COVID-19 (coronavirus), we need to recognize that, the virus is not striking everybody with the same severity. People who are healthy and have a good immune system are much better off than those who have underlying conditions.

As the American Cancer Society puts it “people who have cancer or who are getting cancer treatment often have a higher risk of getting an infection and infections can be more serious than in people who don’t have cancer.” This is because radiation or chemotherapy weakens their immune system.

According to TIME, “studies of cancer patients who become infected suggest that their death rate is higher—ranging from 13% to 28%—than those without cancer,” (though these numbers continue to change as more data becomes available).

Fear of contracting the coronavirus in healthcare settings has dissuaded people from getting properly screened and diagnosed. This will result in fewer cancers being detected, and official numbers of cancer rates may look like they have dipped for a while. However, when those patients are diagnosed at later stages, their cancer will be more difficult to treat. This could have a lasting impact resulting on a noticeable increase of cancer rates and deaths in coming years.

In an article published in Science, Dr. Norman Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), laments that COVID-19 (coronavirus) has disrupted cancer research, shutting down laboratories and slowing down clinical trials. She predicts that the pandemic could result in almost 10,000 extra deaths in the next decade. “Ignoring life-threatening non-COVID-19 conditions such as cancer for too long may turn one public health crisis into many others,” warns Sharpless.

When everything stops working as expected, it is time to reevaluate how we think about the way we support our immune systems and embrace new strategies to possibly make things better. It is time to focus on natural substances like Pao pereira, an extremely powerful tool, because it is multi-tasking.

In the early 80’s, a specific extract of Pao pereira - a tree native to the northern part of South America – was developed by French biologist Mirko Beljanski. According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s website, the extract exhibits numerous benefits:

Studies done in vitro and in animal models using the bark extracts indicate antimalarial (1), antinociceptive (2)(11), and anti-inflammatory (11) effects, as well as anticholinesterase activity resulting in reversal of cognitive defects (3). This property is being explored as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (4). Flavopereirine derived from Pao pereira demonstrated activity against leishmaniasis in vitro (13).

The anticancer potential of pao pereira has also been investigated. In preclinical studies, the bark extracts demonstrated antitumor activity and enhanced carboplatin effects in ovarian cancer cells (5). It also suppressed the growth of prostate cancer (6)(7) and pancreatic cancer cells along with potentiating gemcitabine effects (8), and inhibited pancreatic cancer stem-like cells (12). Clinical trials have not yet been conducted.

Actually, a clinical trial was conducted on Pao pereira extract, but not on cancer.  In 1994 the results of a French clinical trial performed on people with AIDS and treated orally with Pao pereira for 12 months, was published. The results confirmed the safety of the extract, the improvement of lymphocyte subpopulations (T4 / T8 ratio) and positive indications along various other parameters. During this trial, patients did not develop opportunistic diseases so common with other therapies (13).

This clinical trial came on the heels of Dr. Beljanski’s work on Pao pereira’s ability to inhibit the replication of RNA viruses in different species, ranging from plants (TMV), to birds (AEV) and cats (FIV).

COVID-19 is also a RNA virus, but no study has been made possible at this time to test the effectiveness of Pao pereira.  However the Beljanski Foundation has received some testimonials offering anecdotal evidence of benefits.

Click here to learn more.

 

References :

1 – 12. https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/pao-pereira

13. “Tolerance and Feasibility of a 12-Month Therapy Using the Antiretroviral Agent PB100 in AIDS-Related Complex Patients.” D.Donadio et al. Dtsch.Zschr.Onkol. 26, 6 (1994).

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Food is Our First Medicine

Food is our first medicine. Every time we choose to put something healthy in our mouth, we will nourish our cells, and just as importantly, we save ourselves from the temptation of something unhealthy. And manufacturers have made a science of presenting us with unhealthy – but oh sooo savory – treats. However, within the healthy category, not all treats are equal. Some are extremely healthy, but long or burdensome to prepare (think chicken soup made from scratch). Others are more about convenience than serving a real health purpose. And of course, everything in between goes.

The retail sales growth of natural food and beverage products is one of the most dynamic segments of the overall food and beverage market, credited in 2019 with a robust 5% growth, compared to 1.5% for the total food and beverage retail market. This kind of growth is spurred from the combination of innovation and savvy marketing, two things that have often little to do with the healthiest choice. “Wellness shots” are a good example: extremely popular, they are touted to provide a high number of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. “Pre-packaged wellness” is certainly an appealing promise for all those looking to get healthier in non-pharmaceutical, quick, convenient ways.

In fact, they offer some condensed versions of cold-pressed juices, with the addition, sometimes, of drinking vinegars. Sure, popular ingredients like, wheatgrass, ginger, or apple cider vinegar are a better choice than sugary fountain drinks, but the amounts of vitamins and minerals are typically so small that they are not a substitute for taking a multivitamin.

The problem with the wellness shots is not the main ingredients they are advertised for, it the other ingredients: the added sugar or fruit juice that may lead to excess calorie intake and blood sugar issues, when consumed in quantity. Additionally, there is the issue of the preservatives (ascorbic acid, citric acid, benzoic acid, sorbic acid). Without the preservatives, any liquid filled with sugar is the perfect medium for bacteria growth.

Powdered forms, although a little bit less convenient since they are not ready for immediate consumption – instead they require to stir the powder in a glass of water, are a better way to easily add plenty of vitamins and minerals in your everyday diet. The dehydration process allows quality brands to offer formulas without added sugar and preservatives. My favorite, called “Recipe for Health” is made of powdered organic fruits and vegetables, no added sugar, no GMO. It comes in a pouch of 21 packs so you can carry one in your bag for daily consumption. It just needs an 8oz tall glass of pure water, which, by itself, is a source of goodness.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Effect on Global Anxiety

Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs commonly prescribed to treat insomnia and anxiety, which is why they are widely prescribed for cancer patients.

According to a study released in the British Medical Journal, benzodiazepine use is associated with a significantly increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Those who took the cumulative equivalent of daily doses for three to six months over a five-year period were roughly 32% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who took none. Those who took the cumulative equivalent of a full daily dose for more than six months were 84% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.1

The market for sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs has exploded in the past several years, unfortunately with an associated explosion of Alzheimer’s cases. The casualties can already be seen. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s, and by mid-21st century someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

According to Dr. Marcowith, Benzodiazepines interfere with the E. Coli K12 RNA fragments that may help people go through their chemotherapy.2

Chemotherapy is normally given periodically in multiple cycles and continues for many weeks. At the beginning of treatment, the time between cycles enables most patients to renew their population of platelets, usually in only a matter of days before they undergo the next cycle of chemotherapy. As the treatment progresses, the collapse in the number of platelets following each cycle of chemotherapy becomes more severe and the process of renewal takes longer. When patients reach a dangerously low platelet count, their blood will not clot, and they are at risk of bleeding to death. When this happens, the official guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recommend platelet transfusions and halting chemotherapy and radiotherapy, at least temporarily.3

Avoiding the use of Benzodiazepine was one of the requirements to participate in a clinical trial conducted at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) which tested the benefits of E. Coli K12 RNA fragments. The clinical trial confirmed the effectiveness of those RNA fragments.4

As Dr. Grutsch told The Doctors’ Prescription for Healthy Living magazine:

This was a very exciting result. A natural product was helping our patients in a meaningful way to get through their chemotherapy. Many of these patients had failed several rounds of chemotherapy—we had some patients with ten or eleven uncompleted cycles—and high doses of these RNA fragments appeared to be helping these patients complete therapy on time and without a reduction in their doses. They had all sorts of cancer—breast, pancreatic, colon, lung. The thing they had in common was that their chemotherapies were particularly aggressive—and with incredible failure rates. These were very challenging patients who had failed nine or ten earlier rounds.5

If indeed it has been reported that Benzodiazepine interferes with those RNA fragments that are key to supporting the immune system, it is best to avoid them.

In these difficult times we are going through, a lot of anxiety arises from both health concerns and economic concerns. It is more important than ever to resist the undercover appeal of drowning oneself into anxiety and depression.

Sure, doctors have a pill for everything, and could recommend:

  • Antianxiety drugs called benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium)
  • Antidepressants (Prozac)
  • Sleeping medications if anxiety interferes with sleep

All the above may generate spiraling addictions, and you may be looking into ways to feel better naturally.

Here are several natural and non-toxic techniques that could help:

  • Exercise is a great way to burn off anxious energy
  • Meditation can help slow down racing thoughts, making it easier to manage stress and anxiety
  • Progressive relaxation exercises can help people unconsciously ease tense muscles and jaw clenching in response to anxiety
  • Journaling is a great way to put your feelings out there and cope with anxiety
  • Aromatherapy (lavender may be especially helpful) may help calming down in the short term and improve sleep in the long term
  • CBD oil does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the substance that creates a “high.” It claims to reduce anxiety
  • Pets offer companionship, love, and support

When symptoms subside and those techniques are not enough, therapy can help a person to understand what triggers their anxiety and making lifestyle changes to replace negative reactions with positive or constructive alternatives.

Finally, remember that choosing a healthy diet, along with Vitamin C and Vitamin D3, or a good multi-vitamin with natural vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, will help you day in and day out to remain on top of things, stay positive and open to the next good thing life will surprise you with.

 

References :

  1. Billioti de Gage, Sophie, Yola Moride, Thierry Ducruet, Tobias Kurth, HeÅLle`ne Verdoux, Marie Tournier, Antoine Pariente, and Bernard BeÅLgaud. “Benzodiazepine Use and Risk of Alzheimer1s Disease: Case-Control Study.” BMJ 349 (2014).
  2. Sylvie Beljanski “Winning the War on Cancer, the Epic Journey towards a Natural Cure” Morgan James, 2018 (Chapter 8)
  3. Schiffer, Charles A., Kenneth C. Anderson, Charles L. Bennett, Steven Bernstein, Linda S. Elting, Miriam Goldsmith, Michael Goldstein, Heather Hume, Jeffrey J. McCullough, Rosemary E. McIntyre, Bayard L. Powell, John M. Rainey, Scott D. Rowley, Paolo Rebulla, Michael B. Troner, and Alton H. Wagnon. “Platelet Transfusion for Patients with Cancer: Clinical Practice Guidelines of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.” Journal of Clinical Oncology 19, no. 5 (March 1, 2001): 1519-538.
  4. Levin, Robert D., Maryann Daehler, James F. Grutsch, John L. Hall, Digant Gupta, and Christopher G. Lis. “Dose Escalation Study of an Anti-Thrombocytopenic Agent in Patients with Chemotherapy Induced Thrombocytopenia.” BMC Cancer 10, no. 565 (October 19, 2010).
  5. “Important news for Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy Patients: If You Are Undergoing Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy, You Need to Know about ReaLBuild.” The Doctors’ Prescription for Healthy Living, November 2007, 24.

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Bad Mistakes That Hurt Your Immune System

There are several “mistakes” that we are often doing and are hurting our immune system:

1. Bad Diet and Unhealthy Habits

The typical “Western” diet includes a lot of processed food and sugar. Drinking soda and spending many sedentary hours in front of the television will contribute to weakening of the immune system, weight gain, cholesterol and the rise in behavioral disorders.

2. Heavy Metal Poisoning

Metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic are all-natural components of the earth’s crust, and when the crust is disrupted by human activity, it can contribute to environmental contamination. Particles get dispersed by the wind, fall back to the ground, and infiltrate the soil, where they can remain for decades, poisoning water, crops, animals, and consequently the entire food chain. They can be found in the most unexpected places. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, tested various lipsticks (both drugstore and department store brands) and found that most contained high concentrations of titanium and aluminum. All examined products had detectable manganese, and lead was detected in twenty-four products (75 percent).1

Mercury may already be in your mouth (amalgam fillings), as well as on your plate when you eat fish. Cadmium is everywhere: cigarette smoke, plastic packaging (where some leaches out into your food), cell phone batteries, and so much more. Arsenic is in water and may contaminate everything.

Heavy metals can enter the human body by way of food, water, air, or absorption through the skin. Even small quantities can be highly toxic, making it difficult to pinpoint one specific source, although rice is now said to contain more arsenic than any other cereal crop.2

Heavy metals in the human body have even been compared to enemy strongholds that suppress the immune system! Dr. Mirko Beljanski published on the topic, showing that the destabilization of DNA can be triggered by heavy metals.3 Moreover, it is also said that as those heavy metals accumulate in those loops specific to destabilized DNA, each metallic molecule acts like a mini antenna that is interfering with our electromagnetic fields, thus increasing the risk of inducing cancer.

3. Pesticides, PBA and Other Man-Made Environmental Toxins

A study spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from babies. Tests revealed as many as 287 chemicals in umbilical cord blood, 180 of which are known to cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 of which are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 that cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.4

The link between some pesticides and cancer has recently been exposed to the public, with the very high-profile cases and class action against Montsanto’s glyphosate products (Roundup). But not to forget that Bisphenol A (BPA) is present in many consumer products, such as food storage containers, plastic tableware, and food packaging. Animal studies show that BPA mimics the hormone estrogen and disrupts the natural balance of the endocrine system. Even low levels of BPA affect the hormones that control the development of the brain, the reproductive system, and the immune system. In laboratory rats, exposure to BPA has been linked to an increased risk of some cancers, decreased sperm counts, reduced fertility, and hyperactivity. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Environmental Protection Agency brought together experts who reviewed seven hundred studies published on BPA. They found that the BPA levels in humans are typically higher than the levels causing adverse effects in animal studies.5

4. The Wrong Choice of Treatments

There is a big difference between natural and synthetic vitamins: natural vitamins come with various bioflavonoids, those cofactors thought to increase the bioavailability of vitamins by 30 percent. Synthetic vitamins, on the other hand, contain no cofactors, and research suggests that they can even deplete the existing resources in the body, eventually causing vitamin and cofactor deficiencies.

Drugs may be necessary, but they often come with side effects that can weaken the immune system. Many commonly used synthetic anti-inflammatory drugs used as painkillers or allergy relievers actually lower our immune system, which we absolutely need to protect ourselves from viruses and microbes in our environment.

5. Poor Management of Our Emotions

Emotions are at the nexus between matter and mind and negative emotions as another layer of the “stuff” that could contribute to the destabilization of DNA. A big emotional shock or a huge stress may very well be the culprit that will, in some people, precipitate the cancer phenomenon. Research shows that when people are stressed, their bodies respond to physical, mental, or emotional pressure by activating the sympathetic nervous system, which releases stress hormones (such as cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine).

These stress hormones increase blood pressure, speed up the heart rate, and raise blood sugar levels, all of which can improve our chances of survival in the event of a high-stress situation that demands an immediate fight or flight response. Under chronic stress, however, the sympathetic nervous system is turned on virtually all the time. In this state, adrenaline and noradrenaline-stimulating mechanisms may very well end up altering the genetic code. That genetic alteration can lead to several pro-cancer processes, including the activation of inflammatory responses as well as the inhibition of immune responses and of the DNA-repair process.6

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living7, a book written by Dale Carnegie in 1948 on tactics for liberating yourself from nagging anxieties, is still a great resource. His approach to any worry is a simple three-step plan: First, ask yourself what is the worst that could possibly happen. Second, prepare to accept the worst. Finally, figure out how to improve upon the worst, should it come to pass.

References

  1. Liu, Sa, S. Katharine Hammond, and Ann Rojas-Cheatham. “Concentrations and Potential Health Risks of Metals in Lip Products.” Environmental Health Perspectives 121, no. 6 (June 2013): 705-10.
  2. Smallman, Etan. “From Arsenic in Rice to Toxic Metals in Sweets and Veg…Poisons in Your Shopping Basket.” Daily Mail. November 17, 2014. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2836994/From-arsenic-rice-toxic-metals-sweetsveg-Poisons-shopping-basket.html.
  3. Beljanski, Mirko. “Oncotest: A DNA Assay System for the Screening of Carcinogenic Substances.” IRCS Medical Science 47 (1979): 218-25.
  4. Goodman, Sara. “Tests Find More Than 200 Chemicals in Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood.” Scientific American. December 2, 2009. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/newborn-babies-chemicals-exposure-bpa.
  5. BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board. “Are Plastic Baby Bottles Safe?” BabyCenter. June 20, 2016. https://www.babycenter.com/0_are-plastic-babybottles-safe_14387.bc.
  6. Sloan, E. K., S. J. Priceman, B. F. Cox, S. Yu, M. A. Pimentel, V. Tangkanangnukul, J. M. G. Arevalo, K. Morizono, B. D. W. Karanikolas, L. Wu, A. K. Sood, and S. W. Cole. “The Sympathetic Nervous System Induces a Metastatic Switch in Primary Breast Cancer.” Cancer Research 70, no. 18 (September 15, 2010): 7042-052.
  7. Carnegie, Dale. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Simon and Schuster, 1948.

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While it is fair to say that everyone’s life has been disrupted by COVID-19 (coronavirus), we need to recognize that, the virus is not striking everybody with the same severity. People who are healthy and have a good immune system are much better off than those who have underlying conditions.

As the American Cancer Society puts it “people who have cancer or who are getting cancer treatment often have a higher risk of getting an infection and infections can be more serious than in people who don’t have cancer.” This is because radiation or chemotherapy weakens their immune system.

According to TIME, “studies of cancer patients who become infected suggest that their death rate is higher—ranging from 13% to 28%—than those without cancer,” (though these numbers continue to change as more data becomes available).

Fear of contracting the coronavirus in healthcare settings has dissuaded people from getting properly screened and diagnosed. This will result in fewer cancers being detected, and official numbers of cancer rates may look like they have dipped for a while. However, when those patients are diagnosed at later stages, their cancer will be more difficult to treat. This could have a lasting impact resulting on a noticeable increase of cancer rates and deaths in coming years.

In an article published in Science, Dr. Norman Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), laments that COVID-19 (coronavirus) has disrupted cancer research, shutting down laboratories and slowing down clinical trials. She predicts that the pandemic could result in almost 10,000 extra deaths in the next decade. “Ignoring life-threatening non-COVID-19 conditions such as cancer for too long may turn one public health crisis into many others,” warns Sharpless.

When everything stops working as expected, it is time to reevaluate how we think about the way we support our immune systems and embrace new strategies to possibly make things better. It is time to focus on natural substances like Pao pereira, an extremely powerful tool, because it is multi-tasking.

In the early 80’s, a specific extract of Pao pereira - a tree native to the northern part of South America – was developed by French biologist Mirko Beljanski. According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s website, the extract exhibits numerous benefits:

Studies done in vitro and in animal models using the bark extracts indicate antimalarial (1), antinociceptive (2)(11), and anti-inflammatory (11) effects, as well as anticholinesterase activity resulting in reversal of cognitive defects (3). This property is being explored as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (4). Flavopereirine derived from Pao pereira demonstrated activity against leishmaniasis in vitro (13).

The anticancer potential of pao pereira has also been investigated. In preclinical studies, the bark extracts demonstrated antitumor activity and enhanced carboplatin effects in ovarian cancer cells (5). It also suppressed the growth of prostate cancer (6)(7) and pancreatic cancer cells along with potentiating gemcitabine effects (8), and inhibited pancreatic cancer stem-like cells (12). Clinical trials have not yet been conducted.

Actually, a clinical trial was conducted on Pao pereira extract, but not on cancer.  In 1994 the results of a French clinical trial performed on people with AIDS and treated orally with Pao pereira for 12 months, was published. The results confirmed the safety of the extract, the improvement of lymphocyte subpopulations (T4 / T8 ratio) and positive indications along various other parameters. During this trial, patients did not develop opportunistic diseases so common with other therapies (13).

This clinical trial came on the heels of Dr. Beljanski’s work on Pao pereira’s ability to inhibit the replication of RNA viruses in different species, ranging from plants (TMV), to birds (AEV) and cats (FIV).

COVID-19 is also a RNA virus, but no study has been made possible at this time to test the effectiveness of Pao pereira.  However the Beljanski Foundation has received some testimonials offering anecdotal evidence of benefits.

Click here to learn more.

 

References :

1 – 12. https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/pao-pereira

13. “Tolerance and Feasibility of a 12-Month Therapy Using the Antiretroviral Agent PB100 in AIDS-Related Complex Patients.” D.Donadio et al. Dtsch.Zschr.Onkol. 26, 6 (1994).