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Breast Cancer:

Beating the Odds


Male readers to The Blaylock Wellness Report may take a look at
the headline this month and dismiss it saying, This does not apply
to me.
Not so fast!
It is true that breast cancer is a disease that affects mostly women,
but men are also victims. As the American Cancer Society notes,
breast cancer occasionally occurs in men. Many people do not
realize that men have breast tissue and that they can develop breast
cancer.
In 2005, approximately 1,700 men were diagnosed with the
disease.
Still, it is considered a female disease and will get the attention
of women more than men.
If youre a male, you may want to share this information with your
wife, girlfriend, sister, or other loved one who has a breast cancer risk.
Interestingly, albeit alarmingly, cancers seem to occur commonly
in husbands and wives. That is, when the wife has breast cancer, the
husband is much more likely to develop prostate cancer and vice
versa. The reason is a mystery, but there are several possibilities to
explain this anomaly.
The most common explanation is that they eat similar types
of foods known to increase the risk of both cancers. It may be
that both cancers are caused by the same cancer-causing virus
(oncogenic virus), or that both are exposed to a common household
toxin or pesticide. Or it may simply be that both cancers increase
dramatically with aging. There is a common denominator in dozens
of studies: There is a very strong correlation between breast cancer
and nutrition. While good nutrition is a powerful ally, bad nutrition
not only strongly promotes the development of both cancers, it also
determines your chances of survival.
Many people make the mistake of depending on a single
nutritional supplement (usually one recently made popular by the
media) rather than changing their diet. If you are in a particularly
high-risk group, including having a close relative who had one of
Edited by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
March 2007 Vol. 4, No. 3
Key Points
Blaylock Wellness Report
Living a Long, Healthy Life
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If your spouse
develops cancer, you
are more likely to get
cancer too

Cancer and diet:
Discover the
correlation

Breast cancer is the
leading type of cancer
in women

As women age, the
likelihood of breast
cancer increases

Probiotics play a
role in breast cancer
protection

Find out about the
inherited breast
cancer factor

Vegetables are
powerful breast
cancer ghters

Prepare your
vegetables properly!

Avoid sugar and
articial sweeteners
ASK DR. BLAYLOCK

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hypoglycemia,
rheumatoid arthritis,
and diabetes
these cancers, then it is imperative that you stick
to a healthy anti-cancer diet. If you ignore the
benets of supplements, you do so at your own
peril; they add an essential layer of protection to a
good diet.
Supplements, in my recommended doses, act to
specically inhibit enzymes or other mechanisms
needed by cancer cells either to develop or to grow
and invade your body.
I will be tackling the issues of prostate cancer
and breast cancer in two separate newsletters. This
month, I will address the concerns of breast cancer.
Next month, I will be covering prostate cancer.
The Ravages of Breast Cancer
While breast cancer rarely strikes men, the
destruction it wreaks on families and friends
affects everyone. Breast cancer is the leading
type of cancer in women. Of the 180,000 women
who developed breast cancer in 1994, sadly,
45,000 died of the disease. This should not have
happened. Most doctors will tell you that the best
chance for a cure is to detect the disease early,
which is basically true. Unfortunately, the method
they have chosen to detect breast cancer, the
mammogram, also causes breast cancer, especially
in women who are at the greatest risk.
Studies have shown that mammograms increase
the risk of developing breast cancer from 1 percent
to 3 percent a year (depending on the technique
used), which means that if you religiously have a
mammogram every year for 10 years, you increase
your risk 10 percent to 30 percent. Some radiation
experts feel the danger is much higher. Radiation
experts agree that the breast is one of the areas
of the body most sensitive to cancers caused by
radiation exposure.
As women age, they are more likely to have
cancer cells in their breast. By age 50 the gure
reaches 45 percent. This does not mean that 45
percent of 50-year-olds will develop breast cancer,
because in most women these cancer cells remain
dormant. What it does mean is that these women
are at high risk of spurring these cancer cells to full
activity.
Breast cancers are either estrogen positive or
estrogen negative. Estrogen negative breast cancers
are the most deadly. Most women know that
hormone replacement therapy can increase their
risk of developing breast cancer, yet few are aware
that the type of estrogen matters. Estradiol, the
most powerful form, is associated with a signicant
increased risk, and is the form found in Premarin,
the common hormone replacement. In addition,
this unnatural form of estrogen has a number of
neurological side effects.
Other forms of estrogen, such as estrone
and estriol, which are used in natural hormone
therapy, actually reduce breast cancer risk
and may reduce its growth. A number of plant
avonoids (chemicals found in fruits and
vegetables) have very weak estrogen-like effects,
which make them major players in breast cancer
prevention and even in treatment. Plant avonoids
block the estrogen receptors on breast ductal tissue,
preventing the more powerful (cancer-causing)
estrogen from taking action.
Effects of Bad Nutrition
Women who eat seared meats every day increase
their risk of breast cancer by over 300 percent.
This is because burning meat during cooking (as
with cooking over a grill or at high heat) creates
powerful cancer-causing compounds called
heterocyclic amines.
Likewise, eating foods containing nitrites (a food
preservative) also increases breast cancer risk. In
the stomach, nitrites form carcinogenic compounds
called nitrosoamines. Eating a combination
of healthful green and yellow vegetables with
meals neutralizes these compounds signicantly.
Women with DNA repair problems (that is those
with a strong family history) are also much more
susceptible to the cancer-causing effects of bad
nutrition as well. This means, for example, they are
even more likely to develop breast cancer should
they eat pan cooked or grilled red meats every day
or drink alcohol every day.
Studies have shown that a diet high in meats
dramatically increases the risk of many types of
cancer. There are several reasons for this, besides
the carcinogens mentioned above. Iron promotes
cancer development as well as the growth and
spread of existing cancers. Meats have one of the
highest absorbable forms of iron, with about 80
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percent to 90 percent being absorbed. Vegetables,
such as spinach and kale, can have high iron levels,
but the avonoids in the vegetables prevent the
iron from being absorbed, and may explain why
mixing vegetables with meats reduces risk.
Likewise, studies have shown that omega-6 fats
strongly promote the growth and spread of tumors.
These are oils such as corn, canola, safower,
sunower, peanut, and soybean. Americans
generally consume about 50 times more of these
oils than are needed for health. Such high levels
are strong promoters of cancer.
Deciencies in a number of nutrients, either
alone or in combination, have been shown to
dramatically increase the risk of breast cancer in
women, especially deciencies in vitamin E and
selenium. When taken together, studies involving
large numbers of women have shown a 60 percent
reduction in breast cancer. When they are combined
with a proper diet, results are even better.
There is at least theoretical evidence that
uoride can promote breast cancer growth, since
studies have shown that uoride in drinking water
promotes the growth of a number of cancers.
Therefore, it should be avoided.
Mercury from dental amalgam llings, vaccines
containing mercury, and air pollution can also
promote the growth of cancers and interfere with
immunity.
Probiotics and Breast Cancer
There is growing evidence that the friendly
bacteria in your colon play an important role in
protecting you against breast cancer, as well as
other cancers. Estrogen from the blood is extracted
by the liver and excreted into the GI tract in bile.
Within the bowel, the estrogen is metabolized into
one of several compounds.
If you have a good supply of probiotic organisms
in your colon, the estrogen is metabolized into
a compound called 2-hydroxyestrone, which has
been shown to inhibit the development of breast
cancer. If these important bacteria are in low
supply or missing, another compound called 16-
alpha-hydroxyestrone is formed instead. This is
a powerful promoter of breast cancer and greatly
increases risk.
This explains studies that have shown that
women who take antibiotics have a signicantly
higher risk of developing breast cancer. Antibiotics
are notorious for killing important, helpful colon
bacteria along with the bad.
Studies have shown that these compounds
also either promote (as is the case of 16-alpha-
hydroxyestrone) or inhibit (as is the case of 2-
hydroxyestrone), other types of cancers including
cervica, endometrial, prostate, colon, and head
and neck cancers. They also increase the growth
of viruses known to produce breast cancer in
experimental animals and possibly viruses
that cause cancer in humans.
Indole-3 carbinol (from broccoli) has been shown
to increase the ratio of 2-hydroxyestrone to 16-alpha-
hydroxyestrone by 16-fold, thus strongly inhibiting
the development of breast cancer. Indole-3 carbinol
can also be purchased as a supplement.
Genetic Risk of Breast Cancer
A number of mutated genes have been
associated with an increased risk of breast cancer
(BRACA-1, BRACA-2, ATM genes). Women who
possess these genes have an increased risk of
developing breast cancer, have a poorer prognosis,
and are more sensitive to breast radiation exposure.
One of the many functions of these genes when
normal is to repair damaged DNA. Our DNA is
under a constant barrage of free radicals, which
are increased by chronic inammatory diseases
(diabetes, autoimmune diseases, heart disease,
etc.), heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium,
aluminum, uoride, etc.) and industrial chemicals
and pesticides/herbicides.
In most of us, 98 percent of the damage is
repaired by DNA repair enzymes. People with
mutated repair genes have difculty performing
this vital function, and as a result, they have
signicantly higher cancer rates. Mutated genes,
passed on from generation to generation, explain
high-risk cancer families.
The good news is that nutrition not only plays
a major role in protecting our genes, but can
signicantly increase DNA repair as well. Vitamin
C, vitamin E, selenium, quercetin, ginkgo biloba,
resveratrol, curcumin, glutathione, and alpha-lipoic
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acid are all important protectors of DNA.
Folate, vitamin B-12, vitamin B-6, and
niacinamide are also key in repairing DNA. All of
these nutrients are known to reduce cancer risk in
humans and experimental animals.
Even modest alcohol consumption dramatically
increases a womans risk of developing breast cancer
by as much as 292 percent. Folate, at a dose of 800
micrograms a day, signicantly reduces this risk.
Exercise Is Key
Numerous studies have found a sedentary
lifestyle to be a signicant risk factor for breast
cancer, and that women who exercise regularly
have a signicantly lower risk. This is also true of
other cancers.
Exercise doesnt have to be aerobic. In fact,
aerobic or other such extreme exercises are more
likely to result in cancer, because they generate high
levels of free radicals. Weight lifting, brisk walking
or other resistance exercises done for 45 minutes six
days a week is sufcient to lower your cancer risk.
A considerable amount of research clearly shows
that a plant extract called lignan plays a powerful
role in preventing breast cancer. Lignans are found
in axseed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, broccoli
and extra-virgin olive oil.
In the colon, the friendly bacteria (probiotics)
ferment the lignan to form two powerful anti-
cancer compounds called enterolactone and
enterodiol. These compounds inhibit the
development and growth of a number of cancers
including prostate, colon, and breast.
Lignan inhibits cancer by suppressing cancer
cell division and blocking estrogen receptors on
breast cancer cells. It is an antioxidant and blocks
essential blood vessels needed by the cancer. In
addition, lignan lowers levels of a powerful cancer
growth stimulator called insulin-like growth factor-
1 (IGF-1) while having no negative effects on
normal cells.
One of the dangers of cows milk from cows
injected with genetically engineered bovine
growth hormone (rbGH), is that the milk contains
high levels of IGF-1, the powerful cancer growth
promoter. Studies have shown that the levels are
anywhere from 71 percent to 360 percent higher
than normal. The IGF-1 found in the milk is
identical to that in humans and studies have shown
that it is not destroyed in the stomach. In fact a
protein in the milk (casein) dramatically enhances
absorption.
A Finnish study (the Kuppio Breast Cancer
Study) compared 194 women with breast cancer
to 208 women free of the disease. It found that
those with the highest level of enterolactone, both
premenopausal and postmenopausal women, had a
signicantly lower risk of developing breast cancer.
In this same study, breast biopsies demonstrated
that women with the highest levels of 16-alpha-
hydroxyestrone had the highest incidence of breast
cancer.
The best source of lignan is ax ber, not ax oil.
A number of companies sell ax lignan concentrate.
Studies are in conict over the role of obesity
and fat intake on breast cancer risk. After
reviewing a number of them, I have concluded
that the major harmful effects of obesity are
from abdominal (visceral obesity) fat what is
commonly referred to as a potbelly or beer
gut. As I discussed in a previous newsletter, fat
found deep within the abdomen (surrounding the
intestines) is different from fat found under the
skin (subcutaneous fat).
Visceral fat secretes large amounts of
inammatory chemicals called adipokines,
which cause widespread chronic inammation
throughout the body. Chronic inammation is
the leading cause for all cancers, including breast
cancer. Some people, while not appearing to be
obese, have a lot of visceral fat.
Experimental studies have shown that babies
exposed to food containing excitotoxins (such
as MSG, soy proteins, hydrolyzed proteins,
carrageenan, aspartame, natural avors, etc.)
produce excess visceral fat. Women with a lot
of visceral fat are also more likely to develop
metastasis of their cancers than those with lesser
amounts.
Special Fats and Breast Cancer
Unknown to most people as well as many
doctors, is the fact that fats can act as powerful
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pharmacological drugs. We now know that the
type of fat that you eat is more important than the
amount of fat you eat. The most dangerous fat of
all is omega-6 oils. Omega fats promote chronic
inammation and stimulate the growth, spread
and invasion of cancers. Omega-6 fats can actually
convert some cancers into very fast growing,
aggressive cancers.
I have reviewed a number of cancer center diet
programs and have found that most encourage their
patients to eat foods high in these cancer-promoting
fats.
Vegetables for Better Health
Vegetables have been
shown to signicantly
reduce the incidence of
breast cancer in both
experimental animals
and in humans. To a
lesser extent, so have
fruits. There are a
handful of studies that
failed to show anti-
cancer benets but
they were poorly done.
For example, researchers
counted foods such as
potatoes as vegetables.
While potatoes are
technically vegetables,
they have little or no
anti-cancer effect. Also,
many of the participants
in these studies ate
foods that contained
high levels of omega-6
oils, aspartame, MSG,
and other cancer-
causing food additives.
Studies where
the entire diet was
controlled and included
healthy vegetables and low levels of omega-6 oils
and food additives showed dramatic reductions in
the risk of breast cancer.
Vegetables contain hundreds of complex
chemicals called avonoids. They are known
to prevent cancers and to control the growth of
existing cancers, and to do so with greater safety
and effectiveness than conventional chemotherapy.
Flavonoids work their magic, in part, as powerful
and versatile antioxidants, and they are much more
effective than the vitamins such as vitamin C, E
and the carotenoids.
Oncologists continue to tell their patients
to avoid antioxidants and even to avoid eating
vegetables, mistakenly thinking they will interfere
with treatment. Studies have conrmed that
this is not true. Moreover, they have shown that
antioxidants, such as avonoids and special vitamin
mixtures, greatly enhance the effectiveness of
conventional treatments.
I have observed, over
the years, that people
who have survived
advanced cancers
believed to be terminal
either juiced virtually
all their vegetables or
ate very large amounts
of nutrient-dense
vegetables.
New studies have
shown that breast
cancers are dependent
on certain enzymes
for their growth, such
as tyrosine kinase,
COX-2, LOX, NFkB,
and phospholipase A2.
Blocking these enzymes
can often either stop
cancer growth or make
it disappear (through
a process called
apoptosis). A large
number of the vegetable
avonoids, such as
quercetin, curcumin,
apigenin, and luteolin,
block these enzymes in cancer cells, but have no
effect on normal cells.
One enzyme, called aromatase, plays a major role
in the growth and spread of a number of cancers,
including breast and prostate cancers. This enzyme
Cancer-Fighting Fats
Think all fats are created equal? Think
again. These fats are packed with cancer-
fighting properties.
Omega-3 Fats: These are fats found in
sh, algae, and axseed, but omega-3 fats from
axseed should be avoided, since humans cannot
convert them properly and they can, in fact, be
harmful. The most powerful form of omega-3 oil
is its DHA component, which inhibits cancer in a
number of ways. About 1,000 milligrams to 2,000
milligrams a day is sufcient.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): This is
a special type of fat that reduces inammation,
lowers breast cancer development, and
melts visceral fat. The effective dose is 1,000
milligrams a day.
Gamma-Linoleic Acid (GLA): This is
another potent anti-cancer oil, extracted from
evening primrose or borage plants. Studies have
shown that it not only prevents breast cancer,
it suppresses the growth of existing breast
cancers. It can also enhance the effectiveness
of tamoxifen against breast cancer. Take 1,000
milligrams a day.
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allows breast ductal tissue to produce estrogen
locally in the ducts at levels 40 times higher than
in the blood. Blocking aromatase, which converts
testosterone into estrogen, inhibits breast cancer
growth.
The avonoid apigenin (from celery) has been
shown to inhibit aromatase enzyme 8.7 times
more powerfully than specially designed drugs.
Quercetin (found in onions, teas, cranberries,
etc.) inhibits it 1.5 times better. This enzyme
also plays a major role in prostate cancers, and
pharmaceutical companies are spending large
sums of money to develop a drug that will inhibit
this enzyme.
DHA, from algae or sh oils,
also inhibits many of these
cancer-promoting enzymes and
has been shown to signicantly
inhibit the growth of cancer
cells, especially breast cancer.
It is interesting to note that soy
(genistein) strongly stimulates
aromatase activity, which
explains the recent nding that
soy extracts enhance the growth
and spread of breast cancer.
Preventing
Cancer Spread
Its been said that to best
deal with the enemy, you must
know the enemy. That makes good sense. Cancers
kill by invading surrounding tissues and spreading
throughout the body (metastasis). It is the failure of
our body to contain the wayward cancer cells that
causes the problem.
One way cancer cells spread is by secreting
large amounts of a group of enzymes called
metalloproteinases (MMP-2 and MMP-9) that
dissolve protein. Studies have shown that women
whose tumors secrete large amounts of these
enzymes have very aggressive cancers, the highest
recurrence rate and a shorter survival. Inhibiting
these enzymes dramatically reduces the spread of
cancer and improves the patients prognosis.
Several avonoids inhibit these enzymes. For
example, luteolin (artichoke extract and celery)
inhibits MMP-2, and curcumin inhibits MMP-9.
Together they reduce this metastasis-promoting
enzyme signicantly. Vitamin C (as magnesium
ascorbate) also lessens the ability of cancer to
spread.
Why You Should Avoid
Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners
Because of cancer cells unusual metabolism,
they are extremely dependent on sugar for their
growth and spread. Sugar is a cancer fertilizer. You
should eat only complex carbohydrates, such as
whole grains, and those only in moderation. Avoid
starches like potatoes, since the
body utilizes them as sugars.
It is also important to avoid
eating a lot of fruits. Even
though they contain some
useful avonoids, they also
contain high levels of sugar.
Some sugarless fruit extracts,
such as blueberry extract,
can be used. Raspberries are
of special value, since they
contain a very powerful anti-
cancer avonoid called ellagic
acid (you can also buy this as a
concentrated extract).
It is also important to avoid
articial sweeteners, such
as aspartame and Splenda.
Aspartame has been shown to
dramatically increase cancer development in a
number of studies. And aspartame is metabolized
in the body into formaldehyde, which continues to
damage DNA over a very long time.
Most people refuse to drink water because they
say it tastes bad, but this is because of the high
levels of chlorine that have been added. Drink only
ltered or distilled water. To make it even healthier,
you can add a small amount of magnesium to each
glass about 20 milligrams. Once you drink pure
water, you will begin to prefer it.
Another drink that contains powerful anti-cancer
avonoids (called catachins) is white tea. While
green tea gets a lot of press, white tea has higher
levels of the healthy avonoids and dramatically
lowers levels of uoride and aluminum. Black tea
has very high levels of these two cancer promoters.
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Eat Your Vegetables!
Some vegetables are much
more powerful than others in
preventing and treating cancer.
The best vegetables to prevent
cancer include:
Broccoli (especially
broccoli sprouts)
Brussels sprouts
Chinese cabbage
Celery
Turnip greens
Spinach
Kale
Parsley
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Drink two cups a day of concentrated tea. Here
are some special supplements that can help defeat
breast cancer.
Diindolylmethane (DIM) 100 milligrams:
This is a metabolic product of a compound found
in broccoli (indole-3-carbinol). Studies in people
have shown that it increases the level of the
cancer-inhibiting 2-hydroxyestrone and lowers
16-alpha hydroxyestrone, which promotes breast
cancer.
Calcium-D-glucarate: This compound occurs
naturally in humans and animals. Its main action
is to enhance detoxication of carcinogenic
compounds and to help the body eliminate them.
In addition, calcium-D-glucarate inhibits the
formation of cancers, especially breast cancers.
Studies using human breast cancer have shown
dramatic results.
In one study, a combination of carotenoids
(precursors of vitamin A found in green vegetables)
and calcium D-glucarate reduced breast cancer
formation by an astounding 70 percent. A number
of trials are currently underway at major cancer
centers such as M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to
see if it is as effective as tamoxifen in preventing
cancer. It has no signicant side effects, while
tamoxifen has a number of dangerous side effects,
including cancer.
Finally, new research clearly shows that
glutamate (an excitotoxin) powerfully stimulates
the growth, invasion, and spread of a number of
human cancers, including breast and prostate
cancers. People who eat diets containing
excitotoxic food additives, such as MSG,
aspartame, hydrolyzed proteins, soy protein
isolates, autolyzed yeast, and other disguised
names for high glutamate products, are adding a
potent cancer fertilizer to their diets.
These studies clearly show that all cancer cells
which researchers examined, including breast
cancers, contain abundant glutamate receptors.
Turning off these receptors increases the death
of cancer cells, especially if combined with
conventional treatments. Avoid food additives,
and check food labels before purchasing products.
For more information on cancer prevention and
treatment of cancer with nutrition, see my book,
Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients (www.
russellblaylockmd.com). This book also contains a
number of scientic references.
Selected References
on Breast Cancer
1. Curtis J, et al. Patterns of milk consumption
and risk of cancer. Nutrition and Cancer 1990;13:
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2. Le MG et al. Consumption of dairy products
and alcohol in a case-control study of breast cancer.
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3. Zhang Y et al. A major inducer of
anticarcinogenic protective enzymes from broccoli:
Isolation and elucidation of structure. Proc Natl
Acad Sci USA 1992; 89: 2399-2403.
4. Breslow RA et al. Long-term recreational
physical activity and breast cancer in the
National Health and Nutrition Examination
Survey I epidemiologic follow-up study. Cancer
Epidemiology Biomarkers Prevention 2001; 10: 805-
808.
5. Hilakivi-Clarke L et al. Maternal and
prepubertal diet, mammary development and
breast cancer risk. J Nutrition 2001; 154S-157S.
6. Allred CD et al. Soy diets containing varying
amounts of genestein stimulate growth of estrogen-
dependent (MCF-7) tumors in a dose-dependent
manner. Cancer Research 2001; 61: 5045-5050.
7. Knekt P et al. Does antibacterial treatment
for urinary tract infection contribute to the risk of
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8. Blaylock R. A review of conventional cancer
prevention and treatment and the adjunctive use
of nutraceutical supplements and antioxidants: Is
there a danger or a signicant benet? J American
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9. Zhang X, Yee D. Tyrosine kinase signaling in
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Please note that this advice is generic and
not specic to any individual. You should
consult with your doctor before undertaking
any medical or nutritional course of action.
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Preventing Lymphoma by Diet
In a previous newsletter, I reported on a study
that found that lymphomas were increasing faster
than any other type of malignancy in those under
age 30 years. Shocking news to say the least. Yet,
a series of studies clearly shows that nutrition is a
powerful way to combat this increase risk.
In one study, which looked at the diets of 591
people having a non-Hodgkin lymphoma compared
to matched populations of the same age, sex, and
other risk factors, found that
those who had the highest intake
of omega-3 fats (sh oils) had up
to a 60 percent reduced risk of
developing the cancer.
Likewise, those with the
highest vegetable intake, as
measured by carotenoid levels,
had a 40 percent reduction in
risk, and those with the highest
vitamin E intake (natural
vitamin E) had a 60 percent
reduction. Previous studies
have linked high protein diet
(especially red meats eaten
rare) and high milk intake with
signicantly increased risk of
lymphomas.
A particularly strong
association was found between
ber intake and reduced risk
of lymphoma. Those who ate
14.4 grams of ber per thousand
kilocalories (equal to a high-
vegetable diet plus whole grains)
experienced up to a 60 percent
reduction in risk.
In another study from the Mayo Clinic, it was
shown that people who ate the most cruciferous
vegetables (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliower,
etc.) reduced their risk of lymphoma by 42 percent.
Zinc also lowered risk. Of the carotenoids, lutein,
and zeaxanthans, lowered risk as much as 42
percent. Kale, spinach, and tomatoes are high in
these carotenoids.
In the previous study, they found that high
calcium intake, no matter the source (supplements
or milk), dramatically increased lymphoma risk. As
with the link between prostate and breast cancer
risk and calcium intake, it appears that the high
calcium diets lower vitamin D-3, (2,000 IU a day)
which normally suppresses these cancers. Higher
vitamin D-3 may also protect against lymphomas.
The important lesson to retain is that by eating a
healthy diet and using appropriate supplements,
one can avoid the risk of these dangerous cancers.
Protecting the Body
From Age-Related
Breakdown
Increasing evidence indicates
that the baby boomers are
heading for a health crisis. Why?
Because of a lifetime of junk
foods and unhealthy diets. Yet,
new research offers hope for my
generation.
In a study published in the
2006 issue of the Archives of
Internal Medicine, researchers
reported on a study of 643
women aged 65 years or older,
which looked at the levels of
three key nutrients. What they
found was that low levels of
these three nutrients was a
predicted risk for these women
of becoming disabled during the
three year follow-up of the study.
They found that women who
had the lowest selenium, vitamin
B-6 and vitamin B-12 levels also had the highest
risk of becoming disabled during the three years of
the study. A deciency in these three nutrients is of
special concern because they play such a vital role
in protecting cells from free-radical damage and in
repairing DNA. Vitamins B-6 and B-12 also lower
the homocysteine level, which is elevated in a
number of diseases, including Alzheimers disease,
heart disease, strokes, cancer, and birth defects.
Nutritional News
Periodic Exams
Heres a reminder for tests
to be done at age 21 and again
at age 45
General physical exam
Comprehensive Blood Studies
Urinalysis
Comprehensive Iron Studies
Comprehensive
Cardiovascular Tests
Comprehensive
Gastrointestinal Tests
Detoxication Prole
Essential and Metabolic Fatty
Acid Prole
Special Tests for Men
PSA Test
Testosterone levels
Special Tests for Women
Breast Exams
Female Hormone Testing
Bone Density Testing
Another study, this time in mice, found that
a supplement extracted from the skins of grapes
called resveratrol, could lengthen their lifespans.
It also reduced the aging effects of diabetes
on internal organs. Many scientists think that
the healthy effects of red wines may be due to
resveratrol. Unfortunately, the amount of useful
resveratrol in red wines varies widely. Grapes
grown at higher altitudes have higher levels.
Gum Disease: Worse for Your
Health Than Previously Thought
Studies indicate that over 90 percent of people
over age 13 have some form of periodontal disease
(gum disease). The gure is 74.9 percent of those
between the ages of 35 and 44 years, and 29 percent
of males and 15 percent of females at these ages
have advanced gum disease.
Compelling research has linked gum disease with
a higher risk of heart disease, and there is growing
evidence that a number of other diseases may be
linked with infected gums and tooth canals. Bad
breath is an obvious warning sign. Receding gum
with exposed roots, bleeding gums with brushing,
and sore teeth should also raise alarm.
New evidence links the use of uoride with
increased rates and severity of gingivitis and
periodontal disease. These studies show a
considerable worsening of these gum diseases and
an increase of oral cancers. This is because uoride
causes DNA damage and activates inammatory
mechanisms that worsen gum disease as well as
trigger cancer development.
Toothpaste has from 1,000 to 1,500 parts per
million (ppm) uoride per tube and dental
treatments use doses as high a 15,000 ppm. At these
levels, cancer induction is proven.
Several studies indicate that the use of antiseptic
mouthwashes may do more harm than good. This is
because they not only kill bad bacteria, but also the
good (probiotics) bacteria that protect the teeth and
gums. This is similar to antibiotics killing the colons
good bacteria. Studies indicate that people normally
have these benecial bacteria growing in and around
their tooth canals. Fluoride kills the good bacteria. In
one study, chewing probiotics (Lactobacillus species)
protected against gingivitis. You can purchase
chewable probiotics in most supplement stores.
How to Lower Miscarriage Risk
A study of thousands of pregnant women found
that a high intake of fruits and vegetables could cut
the risk of a woman having a miscarrage by half.
Vitamins, omega-3 fats, and eating white meats
rather than red meats also lowered the risk.
In the past, obstetricians encouraged women
to watch their weight during pregnancy. It is now
known that women who are underweight during
pregnancy increase their risk of miscarriage by 70
percent. Stress during pregnancy likewise increases
the risk of miscarriage, so husbands be nice to your
wives and avoid stressful encounters.
Pesticide Exposure Strongly
Linked to Parkinsons Disease
Over the past several decades, studies have
indicated that people exposed to higher levels of
pesticides were more likely to develop Parkinsons
disease and Alzheimers disease. Recent studies
support this, especially a new study of some
143,000 people.
Researchers found that those with the highest
pesticide exposure had a 70 percent higher risk of
developing Parkinsons disease than those with low
exposure.
So why wouldnt everyone who is exposed to
pesticides develop this devastating disorder? It has
been shown that those who develop the disease
after exposure have a defect in a gene that controls
detoxication of pesticides (p450 enzyme). The
actual incidence of this gene defect is unknown.
Studies in mice have shown that the commonly
used pesticide rotenone, triggers the destruction
of the same area in the brain known to cause
the disease. In three cases of a sudden onset of
Parkinsons disease in people exposed to household
pesticides reported in the journal Neurology, it
was shown that the dose of the pesticide needed to
trigger the Parkinsons was incredibly small.
Nutritional strengthening of the detoxication
systems (see previous newsletter) is vital for
protection. The antioxidants and special avonoids,
such as curcumin, quercetin, and resveratrol are
also important.
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Q: I am hypoglycemic. Although avoiding
all sugars, white our, MSG, etc., has helped,
I was wondering if there are any supplements
that might help with hypoglycemia/blood
sugar levels.
Kristine P., Flora, Miss.
A: That is a good question, but one that
does not have a good answer. In general, most
hypoglycemia can be corrected with a proper diet.
Avoiding all sources of caffeine is essential and will
eliminate most of the symptoms associated with
hypoglycemia, even when the blood sugar falls.
Some supplements slow the absorption of sugar,
but I worry that they might also interfere with
absorption of other nutrients. Eating fats and oils,
such as taking your sh oil or GLA oil supplements
with your meals, will naturally slow the absorption
of carbohydrates and sugars.
It is also important to remember MSG comes
in many disguises including broth, stock,
hydrolyzed protein, soy protein isolates, soy
products, vegetable proteins, natural avoring,
carrageenan, yeast enzymes, autolyzed yeast, etc.
These glutamate-containing products are powerful
stimulators, increasing the production of insulin
and making symptoms worse.
Q: My daughter is expecting a baby. She has
arthritis and takes Enbrel. What nutritional
supplements should she be taking to help her
have a healthy baby?
Elizabeth S., Everett, Wash.
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A: I assume that your daughter has rheumatoid
arthritis (RA). As you know, Enbrel suppresses
TNF-a, which greatly increases the risk of severe
infections, which could endanger the baby. Also,
autoimmune diseases, such as RA cause the
generation of numerous free radicals, which can also
cause problems during pregnancy.
For this reason, it is important for her to take
antioxidants, primarily as a multivitamin/mineral
such as the Extend Core brand. Since it does not
contain iron, she will need to take iron as a separate
supplement (carbonyl iron). It is also important for
her to take DHA with some EPA (eicosapentaenoic).
I recommend no more than 150 milligrams of
EPA and 800 milligrams of DHA. The EPA reduces
inammation, but excessive amounts can thin the
blood.
RA also causes a dramatic loss of magnesium,
so she should supplement with magnesium (as
magnesium malate or citrate) 250 milligrams twice
a day. To get a prolonged intake I would suggest the
brand made by www.jigsawhealth.com, which also
contains 800 micrograms of folate. Magnesium also
reduces inammation and has been shown to protect
the babys brain.
Once she delivers, she can switch to a higher dose
of EPA 500 milligrams two to three times a day,
which will boost the anti-inammatory effects. This
often allows a person with RA to get off Enbrel or to
at least lower the dose drastically.
Q: I am taking a Prilosec every day (have
been for over a year) because of a hiatal hernia.
I have never had heartburn, however. Do
you think its safe to take this medicine long
term? Im worried about Barretts disease and
esophagus cancer.
Gayle W., Alamo, Calif.
A: Taking any medication for a prolonged period
can be a problem. In general, I would try natural
remedies rst, and there are quite a few. I like DGL,
which is deglycyrrhizinated licorice. It works quickly
and safely to reduce both stomach irritation and
esophageal irritation.
The Pure Encapsulation Company makes a
very effective combination product called DGL
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Plus (www.myvitanet.com), which also contains
an extract from the plantain banana, slippery elm
extract, marshmallow root extract and vitamin C.
All of these have been shown to safely protect the
stomach and esophagus from irritation.
In many cases, particularly in older individuals,
the problem is one of poor digestion, and the
Prilosec adds to that problem by further lowering
stomach acid content. In these cases adding digestive
enzymes improves digestion of stomach contents
and prevents reux.
Q: You refer to curcumin extract often in
your newsletters. Are the benets of curcumin
also obtainable from turmeric itself?
Michael M., Lombard, Ill.
A: Curcumin is a avonoid found in the spice
turmeric in a concentration of about 30 percent to
40 percent. Curcumin is concentrated as an extract
and therefore is much more powerful. The puried
extract has been found in a number of studies to
be a powerful and versatile antioxidant. It attacks
cancer cells in a number of ways and is one of the
most effective ways to protect the brain against
Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease, and the
negative effects of aging. In addition, it strongly
protects against atherosclerosis. The dose does not
have to be that high around 250 milligrams twice
a day.
Q: I am concerned about the uoride that
may have accumulated in my system over the
years. Are you aware of any detox methods that
can get rid of uoride that may have already
been stored in brain or body tissues? Great
newsletter!
David H., Sunnyvale, Calif.
A: Fluoride removal has not been examined yet.
However, we know that there are several ways to
neutralize the harmful effects.
First, high intakes of vitamin C (buffered
ascorbate 1,000 milligrams twice to three times a
day), selenium (200 micrograms a day), magnesium
(500 to 1,000 milligrams a day) and iodine (300
micrograms to 1 milligram a day) have been shown
to reduce signicantly the toxicity of uoride.
Likewise, those decient in these nutrients have
greater toxicity. Calcium is also a natural defense
against uoride. This is why uoride found naturally
in water supplies is less toxic than what is added to
public drinking water its calcium uoride.
For more information on uoride toxicity, I
suggest the Web site www.uoridealert.org and
the recent study released by the National Research
Council (http://lab.nap.edu/nap-cgi/discover.
cgi?term=uoride).
Dr. Russell Blaylock edits NewsMax.coms Blaylock Wellness Report. He is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon,
health practitioner, author, and lecturer.
He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his internship and neurosurgical
residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.
For the past 26 years, he has practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice.
He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional studies and research. Dr. Blaylock has
authored three books on nutrition and wellness, including Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save
Your Life, and his most recent work, Natural Strategies for The Cancer Patient. An in-demand guest for radio and television programs, he
lectures extensively to both lay and professional medical audiences on a variety of nutrition-related subjects.
Also, Dr. Blaylock has been appointed to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Life Extension Foundation. He is the 2004
recipient of the Integrity in Science Award granted by the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Dr. Blaylock serves on the editorial staff of the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association and is the associate editor of the
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, official publication of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
He previously served as clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson,
Miss., and is currently a visiting professor of biology at the Belhaven College, also in Jackson.
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Vaccinations: The Hidden Dangers ................................................................................................................................ Issue 1 .............. July 2004
Save Your Brain: Protect Yourself From the Ravages of Alzheimers and Other Diseases .................................... Issue 2 .............. Aug 2004
Cholesterol Drugs Are Dangerous............................................................................................................. Issue 3 .............. Sept 2004
Why Fluoride Is Toxic ................................................................................................................................ Issue 4 ................ Oct 2004
Heart Saver: Protect Yourself From Heart Attacks and Strokes ......................................................... Issue 5 ............... Nov 2004
Survive Your Hospital Visit ...................................................................................................................... Issue 6 .............. Dec 2004
Health Exams That Can Save Your Life ................................................................................................... Issue 7 .............. Jan 2005
Prevent Cancer Before Its Too Late: Part 1 ............................................................................................ Issue 8 ................ Feb 2005
Prevent Cancer Before Its Too Late: Part 2 ............................................................................................ Issue 9 .............. Mar 2005
Omega-3: Natures Miracle Panacea ........................................................................................................ Issue 10............. Apr 2005
Autism: The Silent Enemy ......................................................................................................................... Issue 11 ............ May 2005
The Diabetes Solution................................................................................................................................. Issue 12 .......... June 2005
Eliminate Hypertension Forever! The Natural Approach to Curing High Blood Pressure ........... Issue 13 ........... July 2005
The Fat Cure: Health Secrets to Losing Weight Permanently ............................................................. Issue 14 ............ Aug 2005
Extend Your Life: 4 Supplements That Will Help You Live Longer .................................................. Issue 15 ........... Sept 2005
Stomach Health: Stop Acid Reflux, Prevent Cancer & Improve Your Life ..................................... Issue 16 ............. Oct 2005
Better Digestion: Protect Your Intestines, Colon and Vital Organs from Disease and Cancer .... Issue 17 ............ Nov 2005
Stop Aging Naturally: Part 1 ..................................................................................................................... Issue 18 ............ Dec 2005
Keeping Young: Your Sex Life, Looks and Health! ............................................................................... Issue 19 ............ Jan 2006
Sleeper Germs: Hidden Infections and Their Link to Disease ........................................................... Issue 20 ............. Feb 2006
Good Sleep: Stop Insomnia, Reduce Stress, Boost Your Total Health ............................................... Issue 21 ........... Mar 2006
Prevent a Heart Attack: The Truth About Coronary Disease, Cholesterol Medication ................. Issue 22 ......... April 2006
Protecting Your Eyes ................................................................................................................................. Issue 23 ........... May 2006
Anxiety, Panic Disorder & Migraines: Fight Back Using Natures Elixirs ....................................... Issue 24 .......... June 2006
Arthritis: Confronting Chronic Joint Pain ............................................................................................ Issue 25 ........... July 2006
Mercury: Save Your Body From Natures Deadly Poison .................................................................... Issue 26 ............. Aug 2006
5 Secrets They Dont Teach Doctors ....................................................................................................... Issue 27 ............ Sept 2006
Probiotics: The Answer to Many Mystery Illnesses ............................................................................ Issue 28 .............. Oct 2006
Health Dangers Lurk Within Your Home .............................................................................................. Issue 29 ............. Nov 2006
Detoxify Your Body ................................................................................................................................... Issue 30 ............. Dec 2006
Is the Modern Health-Care System Killing You? .................................................................................. Issue 31...............Jan 2007
Maintaining Your Memory ....................................................................................................................... Issue 32 .............. Feb 2007