Research: Breast Cancer May Disappear Without Treatment

Editor’s Note: Dr. Fuhrman responds to a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggesting breast cancer screening, i.e. mammography, has lead to an over-diagnosis of cancer. The research, which took 4 years to get published, claims 22% of cancer cases do not need treatment and will resolve on their own.

It’s easy to understand why this study was so hard to get published and the stranglehold the drug companies and the medical profession has on the status quo in disease-care. It should not even be called health care!

It has been known for years that a large percentage of the so-called diagnoses of cancer are not really cancer. The movement of cells toward more and more abnormalities that eventually get diagnosed with cancer is not a black and white line that they cross. Some cells are clearly normal, other cells may be clearly cancerous, but many fall into a grey area, where the state of cancer (uncontrolled cell replication) is not 100 percent clear.

In this range, many of these so-called cancers are the most likely to reverse, or not really manifest cancerous properties after diagnoses. Additionally, these earlier and less definitive or early cancers are more likely to respond to nutritional interventions. In other words, the most likely scenario where a cancer disappears from nutritional interventions is in those cancers that are comprised of cells that are not as cancerous, if we could measure cancerous properties on a continuum.

Lastly, one of the reasons why mammograms have such a small, almost worthless impact on reducing deaths from breast cancer in so many medical studies is because, many of the so-called cancers that are then treated with chemotherapy or radiation are conditions that would never have progressed to a metastatic or life threatening condition, so the risks from the treatment were more significant than from the native disease.

This is especially concerning because belief in the success of chemotherapy for estrogen positive post-menopausal breast cancer is so ubiquitous, but the true benefits are miniscule. The point is that this is a confusing and complicated issue that we are only in the infancy of understanding and our present screening and treatment of most cancers is barbaric, ineffective and leaves much to be desired.

Superior nutrition and a healthful lifestyle is still the best way to win the war on cancer in the modern world, but these protective nutritional changes must taken throughout society, including children when the dividing cells are most susceptible to damage.

Via CBS News.

Health-Points: Tuesday 11.25.08

  • Having no stress would be great! And there’s an added perk for cancer patients. New research in Cancer claims reducing stress, by exercising and eating healthfully, can help prevent relapses and fight cancer; via NewScientist.
  • China’s food safety has drawn intense scrutiny, prompting the FDA to open an office in Beijing. According to a spokesperson it will enhance the regulatory cooperation between the United States and China; CNN reports.

Black Garlic

That’s black garlic. Ancient mystics claim it grants immortality. I don’t know about that. But says it has twice as many antioxidants as raw garlic and contains a cancer-preventing compound called S-Allylcysteine.

It’s made using a special heated fermenting process. After 1 month the garlic turns black and the flavor changes. It becomes sweeter with a molasses-like richness that melts in your mouth and doesn’t stink up your breath. Very cool.

I’ve never had black garlic. But now I’m intrigued. Have you eaten it? Do tell, do tell!

Via Slashfood.

Cancer and Depression: Too Little Sleep, Too Much Television

About 40 million Americans don’t get enough sleep. Not cool, especially when you consider a recent report linking insufficient sleep with greater risk of cancer. Even when adjusted for age and exercise of level of participants, sleep played an important role in cancer; Reuters explains.

Skipping sleep is a nasty habit too, I’m guilty of it, but I don’t watch very much television. Good thing, because a new study in Social Indicators Research claims people that watch a lot of TV are unhappy. Unlike people who don’t and are involved in activities, they’re happier; via LiveScience.

Obesity is also a major risk-factor for both cancer and depression.

Low Vitamin D Linked to Hypertension, Sudden Cardiac Death

Saturated Fat Linked to Small Intestine Cancer...

A new study in Cancer Research claims eating foods high in saturated fat, like red meat, may heighten the risk of cancer in the small intestine. HealthDay News Reports:

Previous research had identified a link between red and processed meats and cancer of the large intestine, but this is the first prospective study to examine the association between meat and fat intake and cancer of the small intestine.

During the study, 60 adenocarcinomas and 80 carcinoid tumors of the small intestine were diagnosed among the participants, and an elevated risk for these cancers was associated with saturated fat intake.

Saturated fat is a health-destroyer. Previous reports have associated saturated fat with both prostate and ovarian cancer, not to mention heart disease and hypertension.

Nanotechnology Not Tested Enough, Experts Worried...

The UK’s Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution urges more assessment of nanomaterial’s impact on the environment and health. Nanotechnology-based products are flooding the market, but without sufficient safety testing; NewScientist reports.

Actually, previous reports have warned against using nanotechnology in things like food packaging, due to health concerns. Others claim carbon nanotubes act like asbestos if inhaled. Even Dr. Fuhrman wants more testing on nanotechnology.

Dairy Council Says Dairy Burns Fat...

Apparently, the news that milk does NOT work for weight-loss really peeved the National Dairy Council. Because they’ve just unleashed a new study, that they funded, claiming dairy foods boost fat-burning.

The “research” appears in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism. Reuters reports:

The study didn't find that eating the recommended three servings of dairy food each day made any difference in helping people keep off the weight that they had lost, but it did show that they were able to consume more calories without gaining weight compared with people who consumed less than one dairy serving daily.

Wow! Eat MORE dairy and you’ll be okay. Clever ploy National Dairy Council, if that is your REAL name! That’d be like Atkins publishing a study saying their dangerous diet is healthy. Oh wait, that happened.

So I guess we’re supposed to ignore the fact that dairy promotes Crohn’s disease and cancer, burdens the environment and harbors deadly bacteria!