Cervical Dysplasia Reversed

From the May 2005 edition of Dr. Fuhrman's Healthy Times:

Nutritional intervention brings about dramatic results!

Janice Alvarado, a twenty-six-year old high school English teacher, had consecutively worsening Pap smear abnormalities, leading to a cervical biopsy that revealed CIN-IIIII (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia). She was advised to have surgery to remove her cervix.

Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) means that dysplastic (abnormal, pre-cancerous) changes were seen on a Pap smear. These lesions are categorized into three levels of severity: CIN I, CIN II, and CIN III (CIN III carries the highest risk and includes carcinoma in situ).

Carcinoma in situ (CIS) is characterized by cells that look cancerous under the microscope but have not yet invaded surrounding tissue. CIS is included in the CIN III category of precursor lesions. Since CIS can progress to invasive cancer, it is recommended this condition be treated with surgery, especially the LEEP procedure.

Janice's biopsy report read, "high grad squamous intraepithelial lesion with severe dysplasia, chronic endocervicitis, and HPV effect."HPV refers to the vaginal and penile wart virus named human papilloma virus. This virus causes inflammation and is the initiator of cervical cancer. In the environment of inadequate nutrition, the HPV virus invades and damages cervical cells.

Janice was seen in my office for her first visit on December 7, 2004, and she wanted to know if nutritional intervention might help her condition and if she had to have surgery. Her diet was already mostly vegetarian before she saw me. She ate small amounts of eggs and shrimp, but lots of rice, beans, and salads.

I told her that it was perfectly reasonable to wait three to four months to see if nutritional improvements could give her immune system the boost it needed to destroy the HPV and allow those cellular abnormalities to repair themselves. We would then repeat the Pap smear, and, if no improvement was seen, we could always resort to a surgical procedure. At this first visit, her skin carotenoid score was 41,000 (which was already in the highest quartile of Americans).

Her diet was tweaked to include two servings of freshly squeezed vegetable juice daily, frequent consumption of blueberries and blackberries, and my high-cruciferous vegetable/bean soup and a blended salad every day. In addition to my multivitamin and DHA supplement, indole-3 carbinol and green tea extract were added.

On February 8, two months after her initial visit, Janice's skin carotenoid score had improved to 90,000. On April 12, four months after beginning the program, her Pap smear (thinprep Pap) read, "satisfactory for evaluation, endocervical/transformation zone component present, negative for intraepithelial lesion or malignancy." This was her first normal Pap smear in over two years.

Janice's case is not an isolated one. In the last decade of my medical practice, many women who have adopted my high-nutrient dietary program have reversed these pre-cancerous and cancerous cellular abnormalities.

Breast Cancer Causation Is Multi-Factorial

From Dr. Fuhrman's book Disease-Proof Your Child:

Worldwide, there is a linear relationship between higher-fat animal products, saturated fat intake, and breast cancer.1 However, there are areas of the world even today where populations eat predominantly unrefined plant foods in childhood and breast cancer is simply unheard of. Rates of breast cancer deaths (in the 50-to-70 age range) range widely from 3.4 per 100,000 in Gambia to 10 per 100,000 in rural China, 20 per 100,000 in India, 90 per 100,000 in the United States, and 120 per 100,000 in the United Kingdom and Switzerland.2

Experimental evidence suggests that the susceptibility of mammary tissue to carcinogens is greatest in the childhood and teenage years. The time during breast growth and development is a particularly sensitive period in a woman’s life, affecting the later development of breast cancer in adulthood. Teenagers who eat more high-fiber, high-antioxidant foods such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts have less occurrence of benign breast disease, the precursor marker of breast cancer.3

Of particular concern is the pattern linking breast cancer to the early age of puberty we are witnessing in modern times. The average age of onset of menstruation in the nineteenth century was seventeen, whereas in the last fifty years in Western industrialized countries, such as the United States, the average age of onset of menstruation is twelve. The over-nutrition and heightened exposure to animal products, oils, and saturated fats4 earlier in life induces a rapid earlier growth and an earlier puberty. Earlier age of puberty increases one’s lifetime exposure to estrogens and is associated with a higher incidence of breast cancer years later.

Cohort studies, which follow two groups of children over time, have shown that the higher consumption of produce and protein-rich plant foods such as beans and nuts is associated with a later menarche, and the higher consumption of protein-rich animal foods—meat and diary—is associated with an earlier menarche and increased occurrence of adult breast cancer.5

Early puberty is strongly associated with breast cancer, and the occurrence of breast cancer is three times higher in women who started puberty before age twelve.6

A recent intelligently devised study investigated all twin sisters in northern Europe and England where on developed breast cancer and the other did not. The researchers found 400 cases of breast cancer in only one twin occurring before the age of fifty. They concluded that childhood growth before puberty (the twin with cancer was most often taller at age ten) and developing breasts before her cancer-free sister was the primary marker of the increased risk.7

Another recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at 1,811 sets of twins and reported that for identical twins with cancer, the first twin to reach puberty was five times more likely to develop cancer at an earlier age.8 The link was even stronger when menstruation began before the age of twelve. Jo Ann Mason, M.D., of Harvard’s Brigham and Woman’s Hospital said the implications of the study are worrisome given the gradual decline in the age of puberty in the United States and the rise in childhood obesity.

Physicians are seeing more and more girls with precocious sexual development, even before today’s average age of twelve, and medical studies confirm that the trend is real and getting worse. How early are our children developing today? At age eight, almost half black girls and 15 percent of white girls start developing breasts or pubic hair. At age nine, those numbers change to 77 percent of black girls and a third of white girls.9

The critical questions, which our nation generally ignores, are how harmful is this and what can be done about it? Obviously, this anomaly in human history where girls mature so young is threatening. We will undoubtedly see breast cancer occurrence continue to climb as today’s children reach adulthood. Cancer occurrence has been shown to occur many years after dysplastic changes occur to the breast, and these changes are often viable in teenagers.

It is of particular importance to note the most significant age range where dietary intake most critically affects the age of puberty. A 1999 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology followed children since birth and reported that the girls who consumed more animal products and fewer vegetables between ages one and eight were prone to early maturation and puberty, but the strongest predictor was a diet rich in animal protein before age five.10
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Health Points: Friday

Researchers from Tulane University in New Orleans and colleagues collected blood lead levels in 13,946 adults between 1988 and 1994. Then, they followed the participants and tracked who had died by Dec. 31, 2000.

They found that, compared with participants whose blood lead levels were below 1.9 g/dL, those with levels between 3.6 g/dL and 10 g/dL were 25 percent more likely to die from any cause, 55 percent more likely to die from cardiovascular disease, 89 percent more likely to die from a heart attack, and 2.5 times more likely to die from a stroke.
The intriguing phenomenon of moles and other small tumors in the body that never go on to amount to anything threatening are being studied by scientists because it appears these little tumors that start as cancer and stop have not received much attention in the past. Dr. David Fisher, the director of the melanoma program at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, states, "I would bet my last penny that our bodies are riddled with these things."
The Cocaine Energy Drink, created by a Las Vegas beverage maker, contains no narcotics but boasts on its Web site, "Instant Rush. No Crash!"

Drinkers are told they will experience the "highest energy content of ANY energy drink on the market today! 350 percent greater than The Bull!" — a reference to Red Bull energy drink. Drinkers will experience "possible feelings of euphoria," all, apparently, from sugar and caffeine.

Jamey Kirby, the drink's inventor, said the Cocaine Energy Drink contains 280 milligrams of caffeine and costs about $2 a can. An average cup of coffee contains about 80 milligrams of caffeine.

Drug experts are appalled, and so are nutritionists, who say young people use the stimulating drinks to help them party through the night.
The study contributes to the existing body of research showing Americans are not getting enough fruits and vegetables...

Fish Eating and Breast Cancer

From the September 2004 edition of Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times:

Both international comparisons and case-control studies around the world have documented a positive relationship between dietary fat and breast cancer. The Nurses Health Study involving 90,655 premenopausal women found red meat and high-fat dairy foods (cheese) to have the strongest association with an increased risk of breast cancer.1 It is well known that the fatty portion of animal products contains saturated fats, which are cancer-promoting. This is not surprising, since these same foods are associated with almost every other cancer as well.

However, further evidence in recent years has discovered another strong association—the link between fat-soluble pesticides such as DDT and dioxin with breast cancer. These organochlorine pesticides have received the most attention because their persistence in the environment gives them the ability to concentrate up the food chain. These pesticides are found in our food supply and in breast milk, and have the ability to be stored in the adipose (fatty) tissue of animals and humans. Women with breast cancer have been found to have higher levels of DDT in their bloodstream compared with age-matched controls without breast cancer.2 Even though these dangerous pesticides are now prohibited on food grown in America, they still remain in our environment and find their way back into our food supply through the fat in animal products, especially fish.

When a recent study looked at the relationship between fish intake and breast cancer, it found that women consuming a higher intake of fish have almost double the breast cancer incidence of women consuming little or no fish. This study followed 23,693 women until 424 of them were diagnosed with breast cancer. The researchers found that the preparation method (fried, boiled, or processed) and the type of fish did not matter. The significant association of breast cancer with fish consumption held firm for both lean and fatty fish prepared in any method.3

The bottom line is that for real cancer prevention and protection, we must avoid fatty meats, cheese, butter, and fish. Taking a non-fish derived DHA capsule is the best way to get a little extra of those favorable fish oils. I advise against eating fish for a source of these beneficial fats as fish is simply too polluted a food.

The scientific literature is routinely ignored by the media and health authorities. With a very high intake of clean produce and a low intake of cancer-promoting foods, millions of women’s lives can be saved every year. Green vegetables, fresh fruits, and beans have already shown a powerful dose-dependent ability to reduce breast cancer. Unfortunately, women are not given the clear message that true protection from cancer starts in the kitchen, not in the office of their doctor or radiologist. Continue Reading...

Alcohol and Your Health

From the September 2002 edition of Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times:

A few years ago the University of California’s Berkeley Wellness Letter reported on new research about the so-called heart-healthy “benefits” of alcohol consumption. Previous studies had led to a recommendation that moderate consumption of red wine—but not other alcoholic beverages—helped reduce the risk of heart attack. What did the new research reveal?

If we were to rely on the Berkeley Wellness Letter for this information, the latest news would be that moderate consumption of any alcoholic beverage—red or white wine, even beer and spirits—can be heart-healthy. Unfortunately, their latest news is still woefully out-of-date. More recent studies show that even moderate alcohol consumption is linked to significantly increased incidence of atrial fibrillation,1 a condition that can lead to stroke, and to higher rates of breast cancer.2,3

Alcohol is not actually heart-healthy. It simply has anti-clotting effects, much like aspirin.

Researchers have found that even moderate consumption of alcohol—including wine—interferes with blood clotting and, thereby, reduces heart attacks in high-risk populations—people who eat the typical, disease-promoting American diet.

Moderate drinking is defined as a maximum of two drinks for men. Consuming more than this is associated with increased fat around the waist4 and other potential problems. For example, alcohol consumption leads to mild withdrawal sensations the next day that are commonly mistaken for hunger, which leads people to eat more than is genuinely necessary, resulting in weight gain.

It is worth nothing that alcohol’s anti-clotting properties have only been shown to grant some protective effect against heart attacks for people eating unhealthfully. There are no studies showing that this protective effect is valuable in low-risk individuals consuming healthful, plant-based diets with resultant low cholesterol levels. In my view, it is much wiser to avoid the detrimental effects of alcohol completely and protect yourself from heart disease with nutritional excellence. Continue Reading...

Health Points: Friday

The World Health Organization will hold an urgent meeting this week to seek ways to deal with deadly strains of tuberculosis that are virtually untreatable with standard drugs.
The meeting, in Johannesburg on Thursday and Friday, comes in response to recent reports from a number of the world's regions about a small but growing number of cases of the deadly strains, known as extreme drug-resistant tuberculosis, or XDR-TB.
In a study of older obese adults with type 2 diabetes, "there was a strong relationship between muscle power/speed and poor mobility and balance," study co-author Rhonda Orr, a lecturer at the University of Sydney, in Australia, told Reuters Health. "Those individuals with lower muscle power and slower muscle speed had greater balance and mobility impairment."

The study also shows that older obese type 2 diabetics can benefit from low-intensity, low-impact Tai Chi exercises as well as from regular stretching and calisthenics.
I just had the "pleasure" of doing an adult circumcision today in the office under local anesthesia...
Part of an initiative called "Fit Kids Happy Kids," similar classes are being held throughout the Southwest, including Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma, to curb childhood obesity rates.

"The earlier you start the development of these healthy habits, the better it is," said WIC dietitian and instructor Cindy Wachtler. "If you just start with changing one little thing, maybe that thing will stick and make a difference."
A report from ConsumerLab.com (CL), a company that tests and certifies supplements, suggests that some people might be ingesting too much lead as they try to keep cancer at bay. CL randomly selected various green tea preparations from store shelves, websites, and direct marketers and found that two out of four contained what is considered unacceptable levels of lead. Green tea products they recommend avoiding are Futurebiotics Premium Extract Standardized Green Tea tablets and Herbal Select Standardized Green Tea Extract. Products found to be totally free of lead are Life Extension Mega Green Tea Extract, Nature's Bounty Green Tea Extract, Pharmanex Tegreen 97, and Puritan's Pride Green Tea Extract.
The government reported Thursday that 4.4 percent of baby boomers ages 50 to 59 indicated they had used illicit drugs in the past month. It marks the third consecutive yearly increase recorded for that age group by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Meanwhile, illicit drug use among young teens went down for the third consecutive year, from 11.6 percent in 2002 to 9.9 percent in 2005.

Milk Is For The Rapidly Growing Cow

Experts are encouraging the lactose intolerant to experiment with more dairy. Ed Edelson of HealthDay News reports:
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a new attitude about consumption of milk and milk products by children with lactose intolerance: Hey, give it a try.

New guidelines say the academy "supports use of dairy foods as an important source of calcium for bone mineral health and of other nutrients that facilitate growth in children and adolescents." Specifically, it does not recommend eliminating dairy products to treat lactose intolerance.

In practical terms, said Dr. Melvin B. Heyman, a member of the committee that wrote the guidelines, the new advice is for parents of children with lactose intolerance, in collaboration with pediatricians, to "test the system and see how much milk, cheese and ice cream they can tolerate."
According to Dr. Fuhrman dairy products, including milk, are linked to Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and ovarian cancer. Also, in his book Disease-Proof Your Child he explains that milk is especially dangerous for young children:
Milk, which is designed by nature for the rapidly growing cow, has about half its calories supplied from fat. The fatty component is concentrated more to make cheese and butter. Milk and cheese are the foods Americans encourage their children to eat, believing them to be healthy foods. Fifty years of heavy advertising by an economically powerful industry has shaped the public's perception, illustrating the power of one-sided advertising, but the reality and true health effects on our children is a different story. Besides the link between high-saturated-fat foods (dairy fat) and cancer, there is a body of scientific literature linking the consumption of cow's milk to many other diseases. If we expect our children to resist many common illnesses, they simply must consume less milk, cheese, and butter. Dairy foods should be consumed in limited quantity or not at all.
Looking for a good source of calcium? Many people are surprised to find out that green vegetables like kale, broccoli, and Romaine lettuce are hearty sources of calcium:
Calcium Content Per 100 Calories of Plant Matter
    • Kale, 470 mg
    • Romaine Lettuce, 374 mg
    • Broccoli, 322 mg
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