Thursday, August 21, 2014

Immune Boosting Nutrients for Healing After Chemo

7 Immune Boosting Nutrients to Repair Your Body After Chemo
on March 24, 2014
It would be wonderful if our “Healthcare System”  would focus on true prevention and healing the body with non-toxic, plant-derived products. But the reality is that the majority of women still undergo the traditional treatments of radiation, surgery and chemotherapy. We have a ways to go before integrative oncology can have a bigger impact on shifting the paradigm of the cancer industry.
In the meantime, the best way to be supportive of women with Breast Cancer, regardless of their treatment choice, is to keep educating and giving proof of the power of Natural Medicine. Granted, while undergoing chemotherapy treatments, most oncologists will warn against taking any supplements because they are unsure of the effect this may have on the toxic treatment.
I am not an oncologist or medical doctor and make no claims to be one, but common sense tells me that if your body is suffering and is toxic, food-derived nutrients can certainly support the body nutritionally without having a detrimental effect. Keep in mind that cancer cells are very resistive to dying because they manufacture specific proteins that prevent them from dying. But, we are blessed with an array of amazing plant compounds that display selective toxicity that kill only cancer cells, and at the same time boost our Immune System.
If my best friend was doing chemotherapy, this is what I would recommend to her, to help repair her body before, during and after treatment.
1.)  Broccoli Sprouts
There are over 100 research articles on the plant compound Sulforaphane that is found in cruciferous vegetables. However, there are 20 – 50 times more Sulforaphane in a sprout compared to the mature vegetable. Sulforaphane is a potent inhibitor of Breast Cancer, induces Breast Cancer cells to die and boosts your Natural Killer Cell Activity.
2.)  Curcumin
There are over 200 studies in the US National Library of Medicine that specifically addresses the effect of curcumin on Breast Cancer. Curcumin has many anti-cancer properties such as prevention of tumor development and inducing cancer cell death. But it has also even been shown to be beneficial against multi-drug resistant Breast Cancers.
3.)  Salicinium
Salicinium (Orasal is the product name) is a plant based glyco-nutrient that alters cancer cell fermentation and weakens cancer cells. It is non-toxic and can be used orally and intravenously. Dr. John Forsythe, a board certified Homeopath and Oncologist has found an 85% success rate with Breast Cancer patients. (in combination with Poly MVA and other nutrients)  
4.)  Poly MVA
This is a unique liquid formula of specific minerals, amino acids and vitamins that support normal cellular energy production by increasing oxygen pathways inside the cell. We know that cancer cells “breathe” though sugar fermentation and don’t like oxygen because it interferes with the cancer cells’ metabolism.
5.)  Beta Glucans
If you want to supercharge your Immune System, this extract from medicinal mushrooms is very powerful. It increases the activity of the immune cells that gobble up cancer cells and affects the expression of important genes in Breast Cancer cells.
6.)  Melatonin
More commonly known as a “sleep-inducing” hormone, Melatonin is actually a very powerful cytotoxic hormone. It displays anti-estrogen effects on estrogen receptors and causes Breast Cancer cells to

commit cell suicide. Many clinical studies have shown the benefits of Melatonin for cancer patients.  
7.)  Vitamin D  
The Canadian Cancer Society has now endorsed the use of Vitamin D as a cancer prevention therapy. Higher levels of blood serum Vitamin D are associated with a reduced risk of post-menopausal Breast Cancer, reduced Breast Cancer cell growth and stimulation of the macrophages to attack cancer cells.
There are many, many more Immune Modulating products and foods that strengthen your Immune System and weaken cancer cells at the same time. In order to truly heal the body, you must address the cause that brought you to the cancer journey in the first place. You must be willing to change your diet, your lifestyle and your attitude towards your life. Since the average success rate for chemotherapy alone is 2.1%, I would encourage you to provide your body with powerful nutrients that may improve your body’s ability to heal.
If you would like more information on these 7 nutrients, follow these links:
2.)  Curcumin
3.)  Salicinium
4.)  Poly MVA

Is Shrimp Good for You?

Is Shrimp Good For You? 5 Scary Shrimp Nutrition Facts

If you didn’t know it already, in both the religious and nutritional world shrimp is a controversial topic.
But regardless of your religious beliefs, you’re about to find out why farmed shrimp is unhealthy and toxic to everyone.  In fact, it’s been proven to be even more toxic than farmed tilapia and catfish which rank as the 2nd and 3rd most polluted foods from the sea.
Shrimp Nutrition Facts
25% of the seafood consumption in the United States is shrimp and the average american consumes four pounds of shrimp every year.
When you look at the nutrition facts of farmed shrimp they don’t seem all that bad.  They contain a good amount of protein and are high in certain vitamins and minerals like niacin and selenium.
Also, another aspect to note is that shrimp are one of the most cholesterol-rich foods in the world. Four to five shrimp contains more than 150 milligrams of cholesterol, which is 50% of your daily-recommended allowance. This isn’t a big deal if the shrimp is wild because it contains the other nutrients that should keep cholesterol from rising.
But, it’s similar to looking at the problems with conventional beef and processed dairy. They contain large amounts of antibiotics, chemicals and their nutritional values are thrown off because of what they are fed.
I want to mention a lot of what I’m about to cover is focused on farmed shrimp which is what is available in almost all restaurants and grocery stores today and wild shrimp is a better option, but still not as good as other sources of protein.
5 Reasons to Never Eat Shrimp Again
There are 5 primary reasons that I advise people to stay away from shrimp at all costs:
1. 90% of Shrimp are Farm-Raised
According to a report from Food and Water Watch:
“90 percent of the shrimp we eat has been imported, but less than two percent of that gets inspected by US regulatory agencies. What’s the big deal? 
Imported shrimp, more than any other seafood, has been found to be contaminated with banned chemicals, pesticides… and it skirts food-safety authorities only to wind up on your plate. The number one reason for all that: the dirty conditions in which farmed shrimp are raised.”
In China where the majority of shrimp come from, there are millions of shrimp packed together in ponds and diseases can run rampant.
In addition to antibiotics, shrimp farmers use large quantities of chemicals like pesticides and herbicides in their ponds which are cancer causing substances. The most common chemicals found in fish and shrimp farms include:
Organophosphates – contain carbaryl and have been linked to memory loss, headaches and are toxic to the nervous system. A study published in the Mt. Sinai Journal of Medicine found this chemical to be linked to toxicity in pregnant women.
Malachite Green – is an anti-fungal used on shrimp eggs that has been linked to cancerous tumors in studies on mice.
This is a key point because farm-raised seafood has been shown as containing significantly elevated rates of chemicals and contaminants detrimental to human health.
2. Shrimp Farms and Packaging are Disgusting  
According to the Rodale report:
“A report published in the November 2012 issue of Bloomberg magazine revealed some truly disgusting facts about the conditions in which shrimp are packaged and shipped.
At one particular facility in Vietnam, the magazine’s reporters found processing-plant floors littered with garbage, flies buzzing around, and shrimp that wasn’t being stored at proper temperatures.
The shrimp itself was packed in ice made from local tap water, which public health authorities warned should be boiled before using due to microbial contamination, potentially exposing the shrimp (and eaters) to more bacterial contamination. 
According to Bloomberg, FDA inspectors have rejected 1,380 loads of seafood from Vietnam since 2007 for filth and salmonella, including 81 from the plant the reporters visited.”
3. Imported Shrimp Contain Antibiotic Drugs!
Most of the shrimp that Americans eat originate from places without restrictions on illegal contaminants such as dioxins, PCBs, and other banned chemicals.
In an effort to destroy the pathogenic bacteria that plague shrimp farms, they are given daily doses of antibiotics.  The most common antibiotics given include oxytetracycline and ciprofloxacin, both of which are used to treat human infections and can increase the risk of anti-biotic resistant bacteria.
In a 2003 study in Thailand, they found 74% of shrimp to contain antibiotic residue. And in 2007, the FDA found that 25% of shrimp samples to contain other illegal medications in shrimp.
Ready-to-eat shrimp actually contains up to 162 separate varieties of antibiotic-resistant bacteria!
4. Shrimp Farming is Destroying the Earth 
First of all, shrimp farming has proven to be fatal to fish. It routinely takes up to three pounds of wild-caught fish to feed and produce a single pound of farmed shrimp, which has caused fish populations to plummet.
Secondly, shrimp farmers are destroying the world’s mangroves at an unprecedented rate.  Current reports claim that almost 40% of mangroves have been devastated to make room for shrimp ponds, and this damage is permanent.
Third, according to a Yale University research paper, “The introduction of brackish-water shrimp aquaculture… has, in turn, caused massive de-population and ecological crisis throughout the region” of Bangladesh. Essentially, shrimp farming is making certain parts of the world completely uninhabitable!
5. Shrimp Contain Xeno-Estrogens
One of the preservatives used for shrimp is 4-hexylresorcinol, which is used to prevent discoloration in shrimp. It was found by International Programme on Chemical Safety to be a xenoestrogen; a harmful chemical, which has been shown to increase the risk of developing breast cancer in women and reducing sperm counts in men.
Is Wild Shrimp Good For You?
To be quite frank, I don’t think “healthy” shrimp exists. Even if you can somehow harvest them naturally in a wild-caught environment free of toxins, I still wouldn’t consume them because they are naturally bottom feeders.
However, if you are convinced you must eat shrimp, consuming wild caught is a much better option.
If you want to learn more about the dangers of farmed raised fish, check out this article on The Truth About Tilapia.
What to Eat Instead of Shrimp
Just because shrimp isn’t a healthy food option, doesn’t mean you should skimp on the seafood.  Wild caught fish, like salmon, is an excellent option.  Try this recipe for healthy, omega-3 rich homemade salmon patties that I know you and your family will enjoy!
How about you? What is YOUR opinion of eating shrimp?


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