Monday, March 19, 2012

New study: Radiation treatments create cancer cells 30 times more potent than regular cancer cells

New study: Radiation treatments create cancer cells 30 times more potent than regular cancer cells Monday, March 19, 2012 by: Tony Isaacs
Learn more: (NaturalNews) In a groundbreaking new study just published in the peer reviewed journal Stem Cells, researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Department of Oncology found that, despite killing half of all tumor cells per treatment, radiation treatments on breast cancer transforms other cancer cells into cancer stem cells which are vastly more treatment-resistant than normal cancer cells. The new study is yet another blow to the failed and favored mainstream treatment paradigm of trying to cut out, poison out or burn out cancer symptoms (tumors) instead of actually curing cancer. Senior study author Dr. Frank Pajonk, associate professor of radiation oncology at the Jonsson Center, reported that induced breast cancer stem cells (iBCSC) "were generated by radiation-induced activation of the same cellular pathways used to reprogram normal cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) in regenerative medicine." Pjonk, who is also a scientist with the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine at UCLA, added "It was remarkable that these breast cancers used the same reprogramming pathways to fight back against the radiation treatment." In the new study, Pajonk and his team irradiated normal non-stem cell cancer cells and placed them into mice. Through a unique imaging system, the researchers observed the cells differentiate into iBCSC in response to radiation treatments. Pjonk reported that the newly generated cells were remarkably similar to non-irradiated breast cancer stem cells. The team of researchers also found that the radiation-induced stem cells had a more than 30-fold increased ability to form tumors compared with non-irradiated breast cancer cells.
Despite mounting evidence, mainstream medicine clings to surgery, chemo and radiation and ignores natural solutions Despite all the billions of dollars spent on cancer, the 40 year "war on cancer" has been a losing one by any honest evaluation. One hundred years ago, anywhere from 1 in 50 to perhaps 1 in 100 people could be expected to develop cancer. Now it is estimated that 1 in every 2 men and 1 in every 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. Despite more people around the world developing cancer and dying from cancer every year, mainstream medicine continues to cling to failed treatments which more often than not fail to eliminate the cancer and help cancer spread and return more aggressively than ever. Notably, two of the three major mainstream cancer treatments - radiation and chemo - are themselves highly carcinogenic. One might think that the new study provided ample reasons to rethink using radiation. However, the study authors looked at the results as an opportunity to continue and enhance the use of radiation by finding ways to control the cell differentiation. What the scientists failed to note is that natural alternatives have already been found which prevent the development of cancer stem cells. As just one example, Natural News reported in May 2010 that a University of Michigan study had found a compound in broccoli and broccoli sprouts which had the ability to target cancer stem cells. See: The researchers failed to note how cancer cells fought against unnatural treatments. They also failed to take into account the mounting evidence that the best way to beat cancer as well as avoid it is to build and enhance our natural first line of defense - our immune system. The safest and most effective way to enhance the natural immune system and fight cancer in general is by working with nature. It is also by far the least expensive way, and therein likely lies the rub. You can't patent and profit from nature like you can with mainstream drugs and treatments. Note: Neither NaturalNews nor this author condone the inhumane use of animals in medical studies. Other sources included: About the author: Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group "S.A N.E.Vax. Inc" which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers. Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near Austin and San Antonio to give lectures and health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and he serves as a consultant to the "Utopia Silver Supplement Company". Stay informed! FREE subscription to the Health Ranger's email newsletter Get breaking health news + a LIFETIME 7% discount on everything at the NaturalNews Store Join two million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time. Articles Related to This Article: • Cancer is not a Disease - It's a Survival Mechanism (Book Excerpt) • The mineral selenium proves itself as powerful anti-cancer medicine • Healing Illness - A Natural Anti-Cancer Protocol • New research shows vitamin D slashes risk of cancers by 77 percent; cancer industry refuses to support cancer prevention • Mammograms cause breast cancer (and other cancer facts you probably never knew) • Exposed: 10 Facts about the Breast Cancer Industry You're Not Supposed to Know (opinion) Learn more:

Just one soda per day can cause heart attacks in men

Just one soda per day can cause heart attacks in men
March 16, 2012 J. D. Heyes (NaturalNews) You have no doubt heard that sugary, high-fructose soda is a major contributing factor to the nation's ever-growing waistline, but new research indicates that even in moderation, drinking just one soda a day is a major health risk, especially for men. According to a new study published in the medical journal Circulation, a daily soda increases your heart risk, even if it's not leading to much weight gain. The ingestion of such high concentrations of sugar "appears to be an independent risk factor for heart disease," says the study's lead author Frank Hu, M.D., a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), in Boston. "Continually subjecting our bodies to high amounts of glucose, to high blood sugar levels that trigger large secretions of insulin results in stresses that in the long run show up as high risk of heart disease and diabetes," the study's co-author, Dr. Walter Willett, told CBS News.
The study tracked 42,833 men over 22 years, following their diet, weight, smoking and exercise patterns. In the end, researchers discovered that men who drank a single 12-ounce soda per day increased their risk of heart attack by 20 percent. So much sugar, so little time The researchers said a typical 12-ounce soda contains a whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is a very large amount over a relatively short period of time. But they also said the study didn't necessarily confirm that sugar itself was to blame. "It's very likely people who choose to drink sugared soft drinks actually have a variety of health habits that are not heart healthy, and it may well be those health habits that are responsible for the increase in risk," Willett said. Still, the data was enough to confirm what scientists, dieticians, nutritionists and researchers have known for years. "We already know that sugary beverages are associated with increased obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other metabolic issues," Hu said. "This adds further evidence that sugary beverages are detrimental to our health."
Harmful effects of so much sugar Sugar in excess is a major contributor to obesity. Researchers noticed that many people were reducing fat intake but either increased their intake of sugar or did not appreciably decrease it, leaving them scratching their heads as to why they were not dropping any weight. But it is the primary culprit in other disease processes as well. "Sugary beverages also are believed to promote inflammation, an immune-system response involved in both heart disease and insulin resistance, a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes," CNN reported, citing the Hu-Willett study, adding that sugary drinks increase belly fat, which can also increase a man's heart attack risk. During the study, blood samples were taken from about 40 percent of men. The findings: "Men who consumed sugary beverages at least once a day had higher triglyceride levels, lower HDL levels, and higher levels of a marker of inflammation known as C-reactive protein (CRP)," said CNN. "They also had higher levels of leptin, a hormone that helps regulate metabolism." The consumption of so much sugar - from soda and a wealth of other sources - as well as other high-fat, high-calorie processed foods, has led to record-high obesity rates, both among adults and children. The Centers for Disease Control estimated in 2010 that 34% of U.S. adults were obese, more than double the percentage 30 years ago. Meanwhile, the share of children who are obese - 17% - has tripled.
Some experts have hailed the fact that, only recently, the nation's beltline seems to have stopped growing. But others say that until it begins shrinking, we shouldn't be patting ourselves on the back. "Until we see rates improving, not just staying the same, we can't have any confidence that our lifestyle has improved," Dr. David Ludwig, director of the Optimal Weight for Life Program at Children's Hospital Boston, told The New York Times. Sources for this article include: Learn more:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Which NCAA teams could bust your bracket? Select them on BetYet?

Which teams could bust your bracket? Select them on BetYet?
By Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Added to by Don Porter & NBA's Kemba Walker
Every year, without fail, there are some unbelievable upsets in the 1st couple of rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. WHO IS YOUR PICK ? Selct your FAVORITE on BetYet? & you may win ecard prizes ?
The hard part is predicting them, here's NBA's Kemba Walker. Use Peppersports to assist in your Selections. Get the FREE App BetYet? to win Prizes with your choices and selections on BetYet? On your iPhone or iPad
How risky are you willing to be? Would you dare pick an 8 seed to take out a 1 seed? Memphis over Michigan State? Slightly more conservative? 12 seed Long Beach State over 5 seed New Mexico could be your 5-12 game upset pick. Or maybe Georgetown's recent early exits encourage you to pick 14 seed Belmont over the Hoyas. That's not a bad upset pick, either. Use Peppersports to assist you with your choices.
USA TODAY college basketball reporter Nicole Auerbach breaks down the teams that could possibly pull off some early-round upsets or make surprisingly deep runs and mess up your bracket with WUSA 9 anchor Kristen Berset. SYRACUSE center Fab Melo has been ruled ineligible for the NCAA Tournament, another shot in a season full of them for the Orange.
How about the Syracuse development with Ctr Milo! The university announced yesterday that the 7-foot Brazilian did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh and won't take part in the tournament due to an eligibility issue. Melo missed three games earlier this season because of an academic issue. ESPN, citing an anonymous source, reported that Melo's absence is related to the first suspension and that the NCAA revisited the case and again ruled him ineligible. In the opinion of ESPN's Jay Bilas, Syracuse losing Fab Melo just broke the East Region wide open for Vanderbilt and Ohio State.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association on Tuesday named Kentucky's Anthony Davis its National Freshman of the Year. Davis, who was selected as a first-team All-American by the USBWA on Monday, averaged 14.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game en route to leading the Wildcats to a No. 1 overall ranking a 16-0 record in Southeastern Conference play. What about Kentucky's Davis?
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association on Tuesday named Kentucky's Anthony Davis its National Freshman of the Year. Davis, who was selected as a first-team All-American by the USBWA on Monday, averaged 14.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game en route to leading the Wildcats to a No. 1 overall ranking a 16-0 record in Southeastern Conference play. Read more here: Read more here: Read more: Watch sports videos you won't find anywhere else
Check out Nicole's bracket picks and watch the video below: Today's Mar. 14, 2012 BRACKET
President Barack Obama has Kentucky, Ohio State, Missouri and North Carolina in the Final Four of his NCAA men's basketball bracket, which will be unveiled in its entirety Wednesday on ESPN.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Does caramel coloring cause cancer?

Does caramel coloring cause cancer? Cola industry says claim falls flat This week, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit Washington-based watchdog group on nutrition and food safety, once again pushed the FDA to look at the chemicals – or “caramel coloring” – that turn cola brown. The CSPI’s petition asks the FDA to ban caramel colorings that are produced by an ammonia or ammonia-sulfite process and contain 2-methylimidazole (2-MI) and 4-methylimidazole (4-MI). The petition, originally filed on February 16, 2011, claims both 2-MI and 4-MI are “carcinogenic in animal studies.” The animal studies linking 4-MI to cancer in lab mice and rats prompted the state of California to officially list 4-MI as a carcinogen on January 7, 2011, under California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. There have been no studies thus far on the chemicals’ risk to humans. The most recent call to arms from the CSPI comes after the watchdog group found a sampling of colas, including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Pepsi and Diet Pepsi, surpassed the allotted 29 milligrams of 4-MI per day under Proposition 65. CSPI also urged the FDA to change the “caramel coloring” label to “chemically modified caramel coloring” or “ammonia-sulfite process caramel coloring” to avoid any confusion with consumers over the coloring’s makeup. “When most people see ‘caramel coloring’ on food labels, they likely interpret that quite literally and assume the ingredient is similar to what you might get by gently melting sugar in a saucepan,” said CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson in a public statement.
The statement continued, “The reality is quite different. Colorings made with the ammonia or ammonia-sulfite process contain carcinogens and don’t belong in the food supply. In any event, they shouldn’t be obscured by such an innocuous-sounding name as ‘caramel coloring.’" But reviews of the data by the FDA and American Beverage Association found the causation between caramel coloring and the risk of cancer to be insufficient. "This is nothing more than CSPI scare tactics, and their claims are outrageous. The science simply does not show that 4-MEI in foods or beverages is a threat to human health," responded the American Beverage Association in a news release. The beverage assoc also noted that, "In fact, findings of regulatory agencies worldwide, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, European Food Safety Authority and Health Canada, consider caramel coloring safe for use in foods and beverages. CSPI fraudulently claims to be operating in the interest of the public's health when it is clear its only motivation is to scare the American people." The FDA lists caramel coloring as "generally recognized as safe" or “GRAS.” Regardless, members of the beverage association – including Coca-Cola – will modify the coloring so they can continue to sell their products in California without a cancer warning label.
“Our member cos will still use caramel coloring in certain products, as always. The companies that make caramel coloring for our members' soft drinks are producing it to meet California's new standard,” the beverage association said in a separate statement. “Consumers will notice no difference in our products and have no reason at all for any health concerns.”
In 2011 when the CSPI first filed the petition, former director of the Vanderbilt University Center in Molecular Toxicology and well-known toxicologist F. Peter Guengerich spoke to ABC News. “If you look at the study in terms of what the mice got, in terms of causing any effect, a human being would have to drink more than 1,000 sodas a day,” he said. Today, his opinion remains the same. Guengerich said in a statement this week, “The amounts of 4-MI consumed in beverages (and food) is extremely low compared to the high, long-term levels given the mice and rats, and extrapolation of either any harmful or beneficial results from these rodent models to humans at this time is not scientifically valid.”

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Toxic compounds from fried foods cause cancer and deteriorate brain health

Toxic compounds from fried foods cause cancer and deteriorate brain health by: John Phillip Learn more: NaturalNews) Many health-minded individuals understand that eating fried or overcooked foods is unhealthy due to the chemical transition of normally stable fats to trans fats that have been shown to dramatically increase heart attack risk. Researchers from the University of the Basque in Spain publishing in the journal Food Chemistry are the first to discover compounds released from common cooking oils that significantly increase the risk of neurologic degenerative diseases and a variety of different cancers.
Breakdown chemical structures known as aldehydes are formed in cooked vegetable oils such as sunflower oil when heated to normal frying temperatures,and are also released into the air where they can be inhaled. Alternate food preparation methods such as roasting, steaming and broiling are safe methods of cooking foods to avoid the dangerous release of aldehydes andprovide a shield against cancer-forming particles and neurodegenerative decline. Prior studies have identified the health degrading nature of aldehydes, where their presence in organisms is linked to different types of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Researchers also know that these compounds remain in vegetable oils after they have been used to fry foods and wanted to determine how they interact with proteins, hormones and enzymes in the body to impede its correct functioning. Many common vegetable oils produce dangerous aldehydes when heated The study team heated three types of oil (olive, sunflower and flaxseeds) in an industrial deep fryer at 190 degrees Celsius for a period of forty hours (twenty hours was used for the flaxseed oil). This length of time was used to approximate oils used commercially at a restaurant where fryers remain heated for extended periods of time. The oils were then analyzed using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry techniques.
Researchers found that the sunflower and flaxseed oils degraded significantly and are the ones that create the most toxic aldehydes in the least amount of frying time. These oils are high in polyunsaturated fats (linoleic and linolenic) and breakdown quickly to form the health-demoting aldehyde compounds that permeate the air and penetrate into the food. Olive oil, known to be high in monounsaturated fat, generates aldehydes to a lesser degree and after cooking much longer. The research team concluded "The fact that significant concentrations of these toxic compounds were found in some oils ... is a cause of concern for human health." Although the scientists did not use coconut oil in their tests, studies have shown that the medium-chain fatty acid does not rapidly convert to deadly trans fats when heated, and may be less likely to produce aldehydes when compared to other vegetable oils. While fried foods are not part of a healthy eating plan, it is important to avoid cooking with low flash-point oils that produce aldehydes and increase the risk of neurologic disorders and cancer.
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