Friday, August 24, 2012

Turmeric (Curcumin) Against Cancer: New Research

The facts are that one out of every three women will develop cancer sometime in their life. One in two men will develop some form of cancer. Most physicians do not give much advice on preventing cancer other than to stop smoking, drinking too much, and lose weight. Most physicians do not spend much time on really investigating your diet and lifestyle. They don't have time and many have little knowledge on nutrition. Many of the doctors who have examined at my husband, needed to lose weight and looked unwell. The nurses in their offices are often unwell and overweight.

My husband used to visit doctors often, when we were first going together. He really thought doctors were Gods. He was on a bunch of prescriptions, was overweight, had horrible migraine headaches, and other health issues. It took a long time to convince him to try herbs and life style changes.  He is not on any prescriptions now, is normal is weight, has few headaches, no high blood pressure, and has improved the majority of all his health problems with the use of alternative medicine and life style changes.
 Who lost? The drug companies who were taking a huge amount of his check every month and the doctors who he visited often for the side effects caused by the prescription drugs. They were not all covered by his insurance.  He payed $30.00 or more as a co-pay every visit. That mounted up in money. 

So it is hard to get good advise from the standard medical visit. So it is up to you to do the research, educate yourself, then do it.

One of the most promising herbs in the prevention of cancer is Curcumin which is found in the spice Turmeric.  There have been 240 different papers published on Curcumin and cancer cells. Tumeric which contains Curcumin is used in India and many countries by doctors to treat cancer today and for thousands of years.

So this research just backs up what alternative medicine doctors have known to be true.  According to these new research studies, Curcumin has these effects on cancer cells and their proliferation or growth:

Curcumin, helps stop 10 factors responsive in cancer development: Here are some of them. The language is extremely technical so it is hard to break it down into terms that most people can understand. I did my best to simplify the medical terminology.

Curcumin blocks NF-kB, an inflammatory master molecule which creates inflammation in the body.

Curcumin also blocks the manufacture of advanced glycation end products that encourage inflammation which then leads to cancerous mutations.

Curcumin interferes with the production of new tumor cells and regulates pathways that slow down tumor growth.

It has an affect of starving the tumor of its blood supply helping to prevent the tumor spreading.

It also makes the tumors more sensitive to chemical cell-killing treatments that are used in chemotherapy.

Dosages used in these research studies:

The dosages used in these research studies are high with researchers using from 3600 to 8000 mg a day. This is equal to 8 to 16 caps of 450 milligrams.  In treating breast cancer cells, they used 8000 milligrams a day. The researchers found no impact on healthy breast cells and few side effects at this high dosage. Curcumin is considered one of the safest herbs when used in high dosages.

Breast Cancer, Uterine and Cervical Cancer:

In human studies, 3600 milligram dosages, curcumin was found to kill breast cancer cells, destroy cancer-cell mitochondria but not healthy cell mitochondria; disrupt the cancer cell cycle so it does not multiply; blocks certain molecules vital to the cancer cell spreading; and inhibits the growth of cancer stem cells that are one of the causative factors in the development of cancer including breast cancer. It has shown to be effective against cervical cancer cells and uterine cancer cells. It also has been shown to slow down the rate of growth in non-cancerous uterine fibroid tumors.

 Prostate Cancer:
 In men, it has been shown effective in stopping prostate tumor cell growth.

Colon Cancer
Curcumin was used along with green tea extracts in treating rats with induced colon cancer. It effectively stopped the colon cancer in rats.  Curcumin has the effects of reducing secondary bile acids which contribute to the risk factors in developing colon cancer.

Stomach Cancer:
Inhibits the growth of human gastric cancer cells in the laboratory. Was extremely effective against multiple drug resistant cancer cells. It stops the cancer cells in their development.  Curcumin blocks the growth of H.pylori, which is responsible for ulcers and reduces the ability of cells to turn cancerous.
Leukemias, Lymphomas, myelomas, brain, lung, and bladder cancer cells are all responsive to curcumin in lab tests.

This information comes from a review by the Life Extension Research Foundation of over 240 published papers on Curcumin research.  They review research from all over the world and monthly in their magazine give reviews on current research studies.

Joining the Life Extension Foundation is well worth the money.

The article from which I took this information( Life Extension, Collectors Edition 2012)  has 3 whole pages of referenced published research articles.

If you wish to receive this article listing all the published research papers on Curcumin and cancer, send $3.00 to Kate Freer, 5225 Stagecoach Drive, Stagecoach, Nevada 89429.  That will cover the copy costs, time, and postage.

I would suggest you become a member of their foundation here:
Life Extension Foundation    PO Box 407198  Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33340-7198

By joining them to contribute to their research projects, get access to new current research papers that are published and them and from other research institutions.  These research articles may be the key to saving your life at some point. For the $75.00 you get a monthly magazine that is worth three times what they are asking for the membership.  It is research you will not find reviewed anywhere else.  Most alternative medicine research is never published by standard medicine associations. 

Why doesn't main stream medicine tell patients about this research?  

I am afraid it comes down to bias, money and greed.  Many thousands of dollars are charged for radiation and chemotherapy treatments.  There are a lot of medical people who would lose a lot of money if alternative therapies, which are cheap to use, were given to patients. This list includes chemotherapy specialists, radiation doctors, the lab techs who administer the drugs to the patient, the drug companies who sell the chemo and radiation drugs to the doctors and hospitals. I know you won't believe be, but it is the truth.   And that is the tragic truth, one of them, going on in standard medicine in the United States.

The AMA and FDA are all in bed with the drug companies and it is not to your health benefit.  You are putting trust in doctors who do not have your best interest in mind. They are so in service to the drug companies that there is no way out for them.

 If ObamaCare is fully implemented, this will get worse not better.  There are no provisions for alternative medicine in this plan, just drugs.  Most of you will not listen and God help you all.  You will end up on multiple drugs that will destroy your kidneys, liver, and heart............heed my words. I will remind you of this in a few years...but it will be too late then.

Just look at the drug ad on TV, on radio, the Internet, and computer.  They are not pushing preventive medicine, lifestyle change, diet changes but mostly drugs.  Drugs that if you listen have far worse side effects than the disease or health ailment they are being prescribed for.  Listen to the voice that tells about stroke, heart failure, kidney problems, immune systems problems as side effects....listen........Ask yourself who is making money off these ads?  Who is making money off the side effects they cause? Follow the money folks!

Signing off for now, Kate Freer, Medical researcher and herbalist

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

West Nile Virus- Natural Treatment with Turmeric and Herbs

It seems with the drought causing rivers and streams to become puddles, we have a serious threat with the West Nile Virus caused from mosquitoes.  There is a large number of cases flaring up with the weather conditions this year.  Some new research has come out about the use of Turmeric with this virus.  Turmeric has been used both as food and medicine going back some 10.000 years in India. It is an important part of Indian medicine today.  It has been proven in research studies to improve your immune function, help support your digestive system,  healthy cholesterol levels, support bone and joint health, and help balance blood and liver function. This is all well documented.

Published Research in the Journal of Biological Chemistry this month:

Researchers recently published their findings regarding Turmeric's effects on mosquito born illnesses, including the West Nile Virus in the Journal of Biological Chemistry here. Their finding show that Turmeric seems to disrupt the cell preventing it from being taken over by the virus. This was performed in test tubes and in mice. Turmeric has been used to increase immune function for 10,000 years in India.  It is given on a daily basis to both prevent disease and use for sickness. So this research, along with other published research, is just confirming what Ayurvedic medicine has known all along.

Boost Your Immune System:

It would be a good idea if you live in these areas to boost your immune function.  This should include a good multivitamin, 1000 milligrams minimum of Vitamin C,  Vitamin D, and minerals.  A good diet is essential to start things. Get rid of sugar and processed foods. Proper rest is important so that your body can fight any invaders at this critical time. Water is important to help the kidneys and liver to detox your body naturally.

When you begin to feel sick is the time to up your Vitamin C dosage and take herbs such as Echinacea and Turmeric to boost immune function. You need to take the vitamins and herbs two to three times a day, to help your body to fight the sickness. Herbs such as Goldenseal, garlic, and Oregano work on both bacteria and virus based infections.  Starting early is important to kill the infection fast before it really gets ingrained in your system.  They were used long before antibiotics.  We survived for thousands of years by the use of these herbs. They are still used today in many countries instead of antibiotics. I have used them personally and with my family for over 30 years. They work if you have a quality product and take enough of them soon enough on the infection. The more severe the infection, the harder you hit it. You keep taking the herbs until you are completely well. The dosage on herb bottles is not intended for infection. They are not allowed to give you that information because of FDA regulations. They can only give you a suggested level.  Normally it takes three caps of most herbs (each dosage) during an infection and this dosage needs to be taken three times a day.

One of the main problems with people taking herbs is #1 they don't take enough of the herb   #2  they don't take it often enough   #3  they wait too long before starting the herbs  #4  they are taking a cheap brand which is useless.

This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.
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How to Fertilize Moringa Trees in the House

Moringa trees need organic fertilizer to be healthy and happy. Raising them in the house as I do mine, is a challenge. I raise rabbits, goats, and chickens which gives me access to high quality fertilizer but we don't want our living room to smell like the what can you use on your indoor plants and trees?

At this point, I am using Pura Vida Organics Grow made in Canada.  It contains Seaweed Powder, Kelp, alfalfa, Molasses, Potassium Sulfate, Epsom Salts, Copper Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, and Zinc Sulfate. Epsom salts stimulates the root structure. Molasses feeds the good bacteria in the soil and chlorophyll formation in the leaves.

This product is also used in soil less and hydroponic setups. It was referred to me by a greenhouse supply store. It was very expensive but has lasted a few months already. It is produced by
So far it seems to be good for the plants, does not burn when used properly, and does not make the living room smell stinky.

Worm Casting Tea:   This is great for your Moringa Trees as well as the castings. I have red worms in all my Moringa containers. They seem to thrive there and are good for the trees. They were the only red worms that survived the past winter. Since the trees are in the house to stay, they will survive the winter inside as the trees do.

So far, my trees located in this spot by the window have acceptable growth. Outside, they would have grown two to three more feet in height.  Saying that, several trees to begin with did not seem to grow so I pulled them, replaced them with more vigorous trees. When growing them in the wrong climate and altitude, some may fail to survive. It you grow enough of them, you will end up with some core trees .   I also have a number of them in our wash room where it gets very warm.

Dealing with gnats and house fly's

You must put up fly strips because gnats are a problem. Apple cider vinegar works fine too. You place a small bowl of apple cider vinegar, not the white, it does not work, in the middle of your trees or plants. The smell attracts them and they die in the mixture. 

These trees are planted in 20 gal and 33 gal trash cans with hard saucers underneath so they can drain.  I have three more cans to plant yet in the living room.  We do have the advantage of having a huge living room which is hardly used with lots of light. I am buying a stronger grow light for this winter. The one we have is a 'make do' lamp that has its good points. This area will have to be heated in winter. We also have a small wood stove in this room to use to keep the temp up this winter. Our winter will hit in two more months.  By the middle of Oct we are getting freezes here. I am thrilled that these are growing and doing well. I have enough leaves for salads and tea.  I do not however, have enough to dry for winter this year. These trees may not flower or have seed pods raised in the house, we will have to see what happens.

If you are using a organic fertilizer that you feel is great, please leave the name and who manufacturers it to share with the rest of the readers.

All for now, Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

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