Psychology and Mind Health: Its Role in Cancer

psychology-and-mind-health-its-role-in-cancerPsychology and mind health seem to be important in the control, treatment, and prevention of cancer. Researchers have found that psychological stress plays a role in who gets cancer and who does not.

One article (1) discussed psychology, mind health, and cancer. It indicated that, while most cancers are caused by poor nutrition, physical inactivity, obesity, and tobacco abuse, the state of the patient’s psychological health is also important in the prevention of cancer.

According to the article, certain psychological conditions can be attributable to getting cancer, including depression, excessive anxiety, and stress. It indicated that important contributions are being made by researchers that can help people overcome their risk of cancer by controlling their stress levels and their mind health.

Source: 1.Psychology Has Important Role in Changing Cancer Landscape. http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2015/03/psychology-cancer.aspx. Accessed 8/19/16.

Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Natural Killer Cell Therapy and Cancer Treatment

learn-about-natural-killer-cells-nk-cells-for-breast-cancer-treatmentNatural killer (NK) therapy involves using natural killer cells derived from peripheral blood samples or cord blood samples as a treatment for cancerous diseases. It may be used as a treatment for those cancers that have failed to be eradicated by stem cell transplant treatment.

One article (1) looked at the use of natural killer cell therapy and the treatment of cancer. It studied ways in which NK therapy can be an effective way to kill cancer cells. They found that natural killer cell therapy directed specifically at cancer cells can preferentially kill cancer cells, leaving normal cells alone. The mechanism of action appears to be antibodies directed at cancer cells, which activate natural killer cells that go on to kill cancer cells.

They noted that this type of therapy is currently very expensive so it isn’t yet sure that it can be a cost-effective way to treat cancer.

Source: 1.Klingemann H. Challenges of cancer therapy with natural killer cells. Cytotherapy. March 2015; Volume 17, Issue 3, Pages 245–249.

Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Red Clover & Soy for the Treatment of Menopausal Symptoms During Breast Cancer

red-clover-for-menopausal-women-with-breast-cancerDaidzein is an isoflavone found in red clover and soy.  Because Daidzein has estrogenic properties, researchers want to know if it stimulates the growth of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer.   So far the results have been controversial.

Researchers did a review of all research on the use of Daidzein in red clover and soy in the treatment of menopausal symptoms in women who also had breast cancer (1).  They wanted to know if this isoflavone could prevent menopausal symptoms and whether or not women with breast cancer were at risk in taking the natural substance.

They found 131 articles on the topic.  There seems to be no change in menopausal symptoms as found in the articles when the woman took soy or red clover.  A fortunate thing here is that it doesn’t influence any tissues that are responsive to estrogen so that women who want to consume Daidzein are not likely at risk for worsened breast cancer when drinking it as part of the diet.

CONCLUSION: Soy consumption may be associated with reduced risk of breast cancer incidence, recurrence, and mortality. Soy does not have estrogenic effects in humans. Soy intake consistent with a traditional Japanese diet appears safe for breast cancer survivors. While there is no clear evidence of harm, better evidence confirming safety is required before use of high dose (≥ 100 mg) isoflavones can be recommended for breast cancer patients.

Source:

  1. Fritz H, et al. Soy, Red Clover, and Isoflavones and Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review. PLOS. Published Online: November 28, 2013.

Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

How To Use Antioxidants to Prevent Cancer

Antioxidant Fruit & Veggies VS. Antioxidant Supplements

Using Phytochemicals to Prevent Cancer Research has shown time and time again that eating fruits and vegetables decreases the risk of having many types of cancer. Initially, the benefit was believed to be due to the antioxidants in the produce but, when they just gave people antioxidants without the fruit or vegetable, there was no cancer prevention.

In a research study, doctors looked at the phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables and how they prevent cancer. They found that most fruits and vegetables contain potent phytochemicals that have antioxidant activities as well as anti-cancer properties. Antioxidants can help prevent cancer by scavenging for free radicals that can damage cells, resulting in cancer.

According to the study, the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables work to decrease cancer because they work together to fight cancer. If doctors try to give the antioxidant separately, the synergy between the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables is lost. It means that it is better to eat the produce than it is to take an antioxidant supplement.

Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Learn About Ketogenic Diet As A Potential Cancer Treatment

ketogenic-diet-for-cancerHigh-fat ketogenic diet is an interesting area of research and it is now being considered as a potential cancer treatment.

The concept of ketogenic diet that is rich in fats and poor in the carbs is not a new thing. It was developed first in 1920 at the John Hopkins School for the children with epilepsy. It was discovered that those children who were not responding well to anti-seizure drugs become free of seizures after using ketogenic diet strictly.

The term Ketogenic diet is named after ketones that are considered an alternative energy source for the brain when there is ketosis. Ketosis is a state that occurs either by fasting from all foods or by eating a high-fat diet with less amount of carbohydrates resulting in decreased insulin production. Coconut oil is an ideal source of fats to be used in the ketogenic diet. It can develop ketosis more rapidly.

Research done so far have concluded that Ketogenic diet cause the cancer cells to starve. This mechanism gained a lot of popularity in medicine and were being studied to develop such drugs that resemble the effects of ketogenic diet. The reason researchers want to replace this diet with drugs is its restrictive nature and problems in breaking the sugar and processed carbs addiction in people.

Ketogenic diet should be followed as it provides the benefits of fighting cancer, limiting the seizures and Alzheimer’s disease,  controlling diabetes and helping with the weight loss, etc.

The story of a man Joe Mancaruso shows that he fought his stage 4 lung cancer by using ketogenic diet along with exercise and positive living. His doctors suggested that he had six months to live and advised his chemotherapy. He was also a previous survivor of testicular cancer in 1985. He refused the chemotherapy to live his life better during the 6 months. He put himself on a diet rich in fats. Now he is found to be free of cancer.

Source:

Man Beats Terminal Cancer without Chemo Using High-fat Ketogenic Diet July 29, 2015

Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Top 10 Chemicals That May Cause Breast Cancer (& Chemicals To Avoid)

Breast Cancer Caused By Chemicals ExplainedYou may be surprised to know that the food you eat and the garden you love to walk in could lead to Breast Cancer.

Modern scientific evidence has linked some toxic chemicals to the Breast Cancer. Some of these toxic chemicals are commonly used in Food Packaging, Food Containers, and Water supplies, whereas others are well-known pesticides.

To avoid the Breast cancer risk and have a healthy life ahead we should avoid these toxic chemicals. Some of them are mentioned here:

Chemicals To Avoid To Prevent Breast CancerCHEMICALS TO BE AVOIDED
  •    Bisphenol A (BPA)

It is present in reusable plastic containers and the linings of food and beverage cans. Evidence shows that BPA is associated with breast and other cancers and many other diseases including obesity, heart disease and reproductive problems, etc. The percentage of BPA in the bodies of American residents is alarming, up to 93% that poses a serious health risk for them.

What to do?

We can control this toxic chemical from harming ourselves by AVOIDING the use of canned foods and plastic containers.

  •  Phthalates

These can be present in plastic containers. Studies have shown the association of phthalates in hormonal changes causing early puberty in girls which is a risk factor for breast cancer.

What to do?

STOP using plastic containers, toys, bottled water, plastic wraps, etc.

  •    Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

It is used for packaging foods and building materials. It releases vinyl chloride. It is an important human carcinogen and has been linked to breast and other cancers.

What to do?

Avoid food packaging and check building materials for PVC before buying.

  •    Styrene

It is released from Styrofoam food trays, egg cartons, disposable cups and containers if heated or under pressure. Styrene is a possible human and animal carcinogen.

What to do?

Avoid any product made from Styrofoam

  •    Tetrachloroethylene

It is a chlorinated solvent used in dry cleaning, industrial cleaning and in making of other products, also in drinking water. It was found to be present in significant amount in the bodies of Americans. It is a known human carcinogen responsible for breast and other cancers.

What to do?

Avoid dry cleaning solvents and other products containing Tetrachloroethylene.

Breast Cancer Pesticide Free GardenPESTICIDES TO BE AVOIDED

Research has also concluded that some pesticides and herbicides also cause proliferation of the cancer cells of breast cancer. Some of there are

Atrazine

It is also known as DDT. It is applied to the crops such as corn, sorghum, etc. to control the weed production. In the United States, its concentration in corn crops and drinking water is increasing rapidly. Atrazine is found to be associated with tumors of the breast, prostate inflammation and delayed puberty in animals. Recent research also shows its association with prostate cancer in humans.

What to do?

We can avoid it by packaging food safely in glass or other non-plastic containers.

DDT

DDT is banned worldwide in agriculture, but it is still used in some countries for malaria. Research suggests that it can increase the risk of breast cancer even on much earlier exposure.

What to do?

Avoid using corn products from untrusted local crops.

Zeranol

It is used for long by the US and Canadian meat industries as a synthetic growth hormone. It resembles the hormone estradiol and causes significant growth of cancer cells on exposure. Zeranol and Zeranol treated meat is now banned in Europe.

What to do?

We should use organic meat and thoroughly wash it before use.

rBGH/rBST

Bovine Growth hormone is a major problem because of its carcinogenic effects. A lot of studies have shown the link between the intake of dairy products and breast cancer in premenopausal women.

What to do?

We can replace cow milk with the coconut milk or almond milk etc. to avoid rBGH/RBST. A lot of other choices are now available that offer rBGH-free products.

Source: Breast Cancer Fund exposes the cancer-causing chemicals lurking in food, July, 2015

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Sports & Exercise as it Relates to Breast Cancer Survivors

Sports & Exercise as it Relates to Breast Cancer SurvivorsCancer patients often wonder whether or not they should be exercising after being treated for cancer. Some people believe that exercise helps cancer patients, while others believe they should be more restful.

One research study (1) looked into the effect of exercise and sports in patients suffering from breast cancer. They combined the results of 51 other studies that evaluated the physiological and psychological effects that exercise had on these breast cancer survivors. They found that sports and exercise were safe to undergo in breast cancer survivals and that they uniformly did better about their physical and mental health.

With this data, they concluded that breast cancer patients should be encouraged to exercise after their treatment for cancer.

Source: 1. Battaglini, CL, et al. Twenty-five years of research on the effects of exercise training in breast cancer survivors: A systematic review of the literature. World J Clin Oncol. 2014 May 10; 5(2): 177–190.

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

How Women Choose the Type of Breast Cancer Surgery They Will Have

Most Popular Breast Cancer SurgeryAlmost every woman with breast cancer receives some type of surgery to remove their tumor. Some patients get breast-conserving surgery, some get a mastectomy with reconstruction, while others have a mastectomy and no further treatment.

One research article (1) wanted to know if there was a relationship between the type of surgery a woman had for breast cancer and the specialty of the physician doing the surgery. They looked at women who had breast cancer and had surgery as part of their treatment. They noted that, of more than 10,000 women, 19 percent had a mastectomy, 60 percent had breast conserving surgery, and 21 percent had mastectomy with reconstruction surgery.

They noted that those facilities that had a large number of reconstructive surgeons tended to do more reconstructive surgery when compared to hospitals that had fewer reconstructive surgeons.

Source: 1.Greenberg CT, et al. Institutional Variation in the Surgical Treatment of Breast Cancer. Ann Surg.2011 Aug; 254(2): 339–345.

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Phytoestrogens May Offset the Risks of Postmenopausal Breast Cancer

Phytoestrogens May Offset the Risks of Postmenopausal Breast Cancer

Soybeans, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds consumption might decrease postmenopausal breast cancer risk

Phytoestrogens are nonsteroidal chemicals found in plants.

Phytoestrogens structurally resemble the estrogens and may influence the possibility of breast cancer by mimicking estrogenic/antiestrogenic characteristics.

In Western societies, whole grains and maybe soy foods too, contain an abundance of phytoestrogens. A German population of postmenopausal women was used to evaluate the association of phytoestrogen-rich foods and dietary fiber from sunflower and pumpkin seeds with breast cancer risk.

Dietary data were collected using a validated food-frequency questionnaire, which included additional questions phytoestrogen-rich foods. Associations were assessed.

Results indicate towards a proof regarding a decreased postmenopausal breast cancer risk linked to high intake of sunflower and pumpkin seeds and soybeans.

Source: Zaineddin AK, Buck K, Vrieling A, Heinz J, Flesch-Janys D, Linseisen J, Chang-Claude J. Nutr Cancer. 2012;64(5):652-65. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2012.683227. Epub 2012 May 16.

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Manipulating Acupoints Constructively for Cancer Treatment

Manipulating Acupoints Constructively for Cancer TreatmentWhat is acupressure?

Acupressure is a type of alternative medicine that is carried out by placing physical pressure on different pressure points on the body surface. This technique is a traditional Chinese medicine practice, and it has the same principle as acupuncture.

Acupressure aims to bring relief by correcting imbalances in the flow of Qi. Qi (also pronounced as Chi) is the energy flow that is present in all living things. When there is an imbalance in the flow of Qi, certain medical conditions are manifested.

It is the art of massaging specific points on the body so as to bring out self-healing reflexes. Acupuncture and acupressure target the same anatomic positions. The only difference is the method of manipulation. Acupuncture involves the use of fine, thin needles whereas the latter one involves massage techniques by hands.

How does it work?

In acupressure, the flow of Qi is corrected by applying physical pressure to the main anatomical positions which are connected by channels referred to as ‘meridians’.  Hands, elbow, as well as various mechanical devices, are used to apply physical pressure to the pressure points. The location of the pressure points may be distant from where the symptoms are felt. Over-all, acupressure brings relief by restoring the balance and improving circulation of body fluids.

The theory belonging to Traditional Chinese Medicine states that acupoints are placed in the body in a manner that lies along the meridians. Certain exercises involving stretching may also form a part of this therapy.

What are the advantages of acupressure?

This traditional Asian method aims at restoring body’s energy and balance. Research has proven that this very Qi is disturbed in various ailments, including cancer. Acupressure aids in bringing the Qi back to its normal state, which is believed to help in healing and treating diseases. Acupressure for cancer is also emerging as a useful treatment modality, which is discussed later in the article.

For centuries, acupressure techniques are being used to treat tension headaches, pain (especially in the neck and the back), chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, healing wounds, infertility, impotency, sexual dysfunction, decreased libido, learning disorders, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting; addiction rehabilitation, mental stress, emotional disturbances, and gastrointestinal diseases. It is also useful to get rid of compulsive behaviors and for improving various skin conditions.

Acupressure for cancer:

With the growing advancements in alternative medicine, traditional Chinese medicine is also being applied for the treatment of diseases as deadly as cancer. Acupressure for cancer is an immensely interesting subject, since it is a promising mode of therapy for the disease, and involves certain unique ways to overcome the fatality of abnormal cells and tumor growth. Less data is available regarding acupressure for cancer. However, several studies and research works are available globally that support acupressure for relieving the symptoms cast by cancer treatment.

Acupressure for cancer and the deadly effects of chemotherapy and radiation:

One can treat cancer using toxic emissions and heavy chemical formulas. But these modalities produce a series of untoward effects in the patient, declining their quality of life further. As it already is discussed in the previous articles that severe nausea and vomiting are common side effects of chemotherapy. Moreover, fatigue increased the risk of infection, and normal cell destruction come as bonuses. Acupressure for cancer can help wane away these symptoms by much extent, at least so much so that the patient can live his life somewhat normally when being treated for cancer.

Did you know that your body has three pressure points which can fight off the unwanted symptoms of cancer treatment? No? Well, then we have unlocked the secret for you.

  • The vertical central portion of the front side of your wrist has a point that if massaged by certain techniques, can help alleviate nausea and vomiting by much extent. You can call this point as acupoint # 6. You can locate it by placing the first three fingers of your, let’s say, the left hand on the vertical central part of the wrist of your right hand. Align your left ring finger with the palmer creases of the right limb. Place your left thumb on your left index finger which is placed on the right wrist in a manner that you should feel the depression between the two tendons of your arm. Apply concentrated pressure at this point for at least three minutes. Repeat this exercise with the other hand as well.
  • The web that appears between your index finger and your thumb when you expand your fingers has a point named L14. Applying firm pressure over this area for at least five minutes can help in reducing pain.
  • A useful point, known as acupoint Extra 1, is located just between your eyebrows. Apply pressure at this point for 10 minutes to get relieved from anxiety.

A clinical trial carried out in the year 2007 for evaluating the effects of acupuncture and acupressure on cancer-related fatigue (CRF) revealed that acupuncture had offered a comparatively greater improvement by benefiting by 36% in CRF, whereas acupressure helped by 19%.

Acupressure and quality of life:

Various studies have provided evidence that specific points on the body surface are related to several internal body functions in many ways. Hence, treating these points by gentle massage techniques or by other methods can bring about a variety of health enhancements, which are yet to be proven on solid grounds. The quality of life and acupressure are directly related, since manipulation of acupoints can provide relief from a variety of symptoms such as a headache, fatigue, lower back pain, anxiety, stress, and even chronic ailments like arthritis. Moreover, it acts as a complementary treatment to those suffering from cancer.

Learn more about acupressure for cancer from the following web sources:

What is acupressure?

Acupressure

3 Unique Pressure Points That Reduce Cancer Symptoms 

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

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