What Is Lupus? Medically
treatment of Lupus and suggestions for care Naturally:
The immune system is designed to
attack foreign substances in the body. If you have lupus, something goes
wrong with your immune system and it attacks healthy cells and tissues. This
can damage many parts of the body such as the:
There are many kinds of lupus. The
most common type, systemic lupus erythematosus, affects many parts of the
body. Other types of lupus are:
Discoid lupus erythematosus - causes a skin
rash that doesn't go away
Subacute cutaneous lupus eythematiosus-causes
skin sores on parts of the body exposed to sun
Drug-induced lupus-can be caused by medication
Neonatal lupus-a rare type of lupus that
Who Gets Lupus?
Anyone can get lupus, but it most
often affects women. Lupus is also more common in women of African American,
Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent than in Caucasian women.
What Causes Lupus?
The cause of lupus is not known.
It is likely that many factors trigger the disease, our belief is that there
exists a weaken immune system. Vitamin C deficiency
causes scurvy, a serious and painful disease in which defective collagen
prevents the formation of strong connective tissue. Gums deteriorate and
bleed, with loss of teeth; skin discolors, and wounds do not heal. Prior to
the eighteenth century, this condition was notorious among long duration
military, particularly naval, expeditions during which participants were
deprived of foods containing Vitamin C. In the human body, a malfunction of
the immune system, called an autoimmune disease, results in an immune
response in which healthy collagen fibers are systematically destroyed with
inflammation of surrounding tissues. The resulting disease processes are
called Lupus erythematosus, and rheumatoid arthritis, or collagen tissue
What are some natural treatments
There is little the medical
sickness industry knows
about this condition, or treatments for that matter. I will suggest a few things you can do if you have lupus that
might keep you off the standard treatment that the medical sickness industry
As an autoimmune disease, lupus
occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues and organs
in the body. Some of the symptoms include mouth ulcers, hair loss, rashes,
joint pain, fatigue, high blood pressure, and neurological problems such as
seizures. More advanced or acute cases can also involve the kidneys, lungs,
and blood vessels, and can cause life-threatening complications.
Lupus occurs primarily in women
between the ages of 15 to 44 and in African Americans and Latinos at three
times the rate than for Caucasians. Although it is less well known in this
country, worldwide it is seen as more common than leukemia, multiple
sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy. We surmise that
improving the immune system and natural
treatment of inflammation plus
natural infection fighter
would be a good start to improved health.
Official estimates are that about
250,000 to 500,000 people have lupus in this country, although that number
was recently contradicted by a poll done by the Lupus Foundation of America
that puts it closer to between 1 and 2 million. The Foundation also believes
there are thousands more cases going undiagnosed because there is less
awareness of lupus, many of the symptoms mimic other common ailments, and
the symptoms often come and go, making a definitive diagnosis difficult.
The medical sickness industry says there is no cure for
lupus, but there is a natural option you can try that may help you avoid
steroids and minimize flare-ups.
A new study confirmed what Dr.
Wright has advised his patients with lupus all along --
supplements. Fish oil, but more importantly
Krill Oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, and of DHA (docosahexaenoic
acid) and EFA (eicosapentaenoic acid), all of which are powerful anti-inflammatories.
Since infection is the start of inflamation,
our natural inflammation
fighter is advised..
The study also found that
Omega-3s were most helpful with skin and neurological problems
associated with lupus. Of course, it takes a combined approach to manage
lupus, and no one thing -- even
Krill oil -- is the magic bullet. But the
point is that there are natural things to choose, even for what the medical
sickness industry believes is an incurable disease.
Next vitamin "C" would be high on the list of supplements.
What natural products may be good
for lupus and its inflammation?
The Anti-Aging Clinic has a
proprietary formula of several products and supplements that are combined and will take a clinic visit to discuss the specific suggestions
for each individual. Along with our nutritional support that is suggested
after various testing has occurred, such as biofeedback and cold light
Emu Oil -- the wonder from down under.
For thousands of years, Australian aborigines treated their hurts with fat
from one of the oddest-looking birds on earth--the flightless Emu. And they
were onto something big.
Emu Oil has now been found to penetrate the skin much more
effectively than ordinary oils, which is one of the reasons it was selected
to be included in the Anti-Aging Clinic Assoc., Inc.s, skin penetration
formula for our clients; especially those with lupus.
Second: Menthol, we have been
able to harness that cooling effect and deliver it right into your aching
muscles and throbbing joints. In fact menthol has been shown time and again,
through double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, published in both the
Journal of Clinical Rheumatology and the Journal of Aging and Physical
Activity, to be among the most effective pain relievers for sufferers of
Cayenne has been known for
centuries to deliver potent topical pain relief. No doubt thanks to the
active ingredient capsaicin it has been found to contain. And that's when
it's just used all by itself.
Rejuvenis Ionic OSH Silver: No
known disease-causing organism can live in the presence of even minute
traces of ionized silver.
Not All Silver Is Created Equal
There are hundreds of types
of silver products on the market today. Most are ionic or Colloidal
preparations, few of which have been EPA or FDA approved. Most work by
chemical action, meaning that they have to have direct contact with microbes
to have any positive effect.
Rejuvenis Ionic OSH
Sliver has been engineered with a
new technology. This new technology kills by catalytic action, not by
chemical action. Because of this technology, Rejuvenis Silver can get kill
rates that other silver products cannot match. The potential
applications of this technology are vast and far-reaching into many markets
Next the Lupus client would be
suggested to take
Goji Berrys which are the most beneficial nutrient packed ingredient
on the planet!
From the pristine waters off the
coast of Tonga, to the lush tropics in the heart of the Brazilian
Rainforest, Goji berry . Often referred to as natures
multi-vitamin, this delicious dark berry is making quite a buzz because it
is packed with natural antioxidants, including Vitamin C and Vitamin E. In
fact, studies show that Acai provides significantly more antioxidants than
such well-respected foods as mangosteen, blueberries and oranges.
more impressive is the fact that the antioxidant concentration in the Goji fruit is five times higher than that of gingko biloba,
the popular brain boosting herbal supplement that is renowned for its
In reviewing the methods used by
the most successful alternative care Nature-O-Paths clinics
worldwide, one soon sees the bewildering array of alternative cancer
treatments today fall into six basic categories, or types. Decades of
experience have shown that best results are obtained when therapies from all
six categories are used together. The Anti-Aging Clinic will suggest
you think along these lines. Categories include:
Immune system building,
Emotional counseling and
Many of these you can do yourself
at home with the guidance of a health care professional.
our EDTA suppositories to chelate heavy metals is foremost. Nutrition improved by using our
Rejuvenis Silver. To improve the sleep cycle the use of our
saliva adrenal stress test plays an improtant roll in suggesting
to either raise or lower cortisol. Hormones play a key roll in lupus and great care must be
taken to balance your hormones with
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
The Anti-Aging Clinic utilizes saliva testing to accurately determine the
woman or mans deficiencies; then our compounding pharmacist prepares
micronized lozenges. The difference between
and blood testing is important.
What Are the Symptoms of Lupus?
Symptoms of lupus vary, but some
of the most common symptoms of lupus are:
Pain or swelling in joints
Fever with no known cause
Red rashes, most often on the
Chest pain when taking a deep
Pale or purple fingers or toes
Sensitivity to the sun
Swelling in legs or around eyes
Feeling very tired.
Less common symptoms include:
Anemia (a decrease in red blood
Symptoms may come and go. The
times when a person is having symptoms are called flares, which can range
from mild to severe. New symptoms may appear at any time.
How Is Lupus Diagnosed?
There is no single test to
diagnose lupus. It may take months or years for a medical sickness industry doctor to diagnose lupus.
Your doctor may use many tools to make a diagnosis:
Skin biopsy (looking at skin
samples under a microscope
Kidney biopsy (looking at
tissue from your kidney under a microscope).
How Is Lupus Treated Medically?
If you choose the medical
sickness industry root, you may need special kinds of
doctors to treat the many symptoms of lupus medically. Your doctors may
A family doctor
Rheumatologists – doctors who
treat arthritis and other diseases that cause swelling in the joints
Clinical immunologists –
doctors who treat immune system disorders
Nephrologists – doctors who
treat kidney disease
Hematologists – doctors who
treat blood disorders
Dermatologists – doctors who
treat skin diseases
Neurologists – doctors who
treat problems with the nervous system
Your doctor will develop a
treatment plan to fit your needs medically. You and your doctor should
review the plan often to be sure it is working for you. You should report
new symptoms to your doctor right away so that treatment can be changed and
if needed discontinued.
The goals of the medical sickness
treatment plan are to:
try to prevent flares
try toTreat flares when they occur
try to reduce organ damage and other
Medical Treatments may include
attempt to reduce swelling and pain
attempt to prevent or reduce flares
attempt to calm the immune system
attempt to reduce damage to
Nature-O-Paths in the wellness
industry believe the medical treatments make the situation worse and not
Alternative treatments are those
that are not part of standard treatment. As we always state, because legally
we must: You should always talk to your doctor
about alternative treatments, if you are going to elect to have them.
What Can I Do?
It is vital that you take an
active role in your treatment. One key to living with lupus is to know about
the disease and its impact. Being able to spot the warning signs of a flare
can help you prevent the flare or make the symptoms less severe. Many people
with lupus have certain symptoms just before a flare, such as:
Feeling more tired
We never say not to see your doctor often,
even when symptoms are not severe.
These visits will keep your
for changes in symptoms
have alternative been able to prevent flares
for you to elect to change the
treatment plan if you desire
and certainly if you have
elected to take the doctor's drugs, see him/her so side effects of those
drugs can be detected
It is also important to find ways
to cope with the stress of having lupus. Exercising and finding ways to
relax may make it easier for you to cope and improves the chances of natural
alternatives to work for you. A good support system can also
help. A support system may include family, friends, community groups, or
Nature-O-Path. Many people with lupus have found support groups to be very useful.
Besides providing support, taking part in a support group can make you feel
better about yourself and help you to keep a good outlook.
Learning more about lupus is very
important. Studies have shown that clients who are informed and involved in
their own care:
Have less pain
Make fewer visits to the doctor
Feel better about themselves
Remain more active.
What Do Pregnant Women With Lupus
Need to Know?
Women with lupus can and do have
healthy babies. There are a few things to keep in mind if you are pregnant
or thinking about becoming pregnant:
Most women with lupus carry
their babies safely.
Pregnant women with lupus
should see their doctors often.
Lupus can flare during
Quick treatment during a flare
can keep the mother healthy.
Doctors may not be able to help prevent
What Are Researchers Trying to
Learn About Lupus?
Lupus is the focus of intense
research. Studies are looking at:
The genes that play a role in
lupus and in the immune system
Ways to improve the immune
system in people with lupus
Lupus in ethnic groups
Things in the environment that
may cause lupus
The role of hormones in lupus
Birth control pills and hormone
therapy in women with lupus
Heart disease in people with
Drugs that lower cholesterol in
children with lupus -- Not helpful from the eyes of the Nature-O-Path, but
still your choice.
The causes of nervous system
damage in people with lupus
Treatments for lupus.
Consider your choices, we help
you if you choose Natural Wellness Industry treatments and products.
NATURAL WELLNESS INDUSTRY TOOLS:
THE SIGNS OF LUPUS
Lupus may be hard to diagnose.
Its often mistaken for other diseases. For this reason, lupus has been
called the great imitator. The signs of lupus differ from person to person.
Some people have just a few signs; others have more.
Common signs of lupus are:
Red rash or color change on the
face, often in the shape of a butterfly across the nose and cheeks
Painful or swollen joints
Chest pain with deep breathing
Extreme fatigue (feeling tired
all the time)
Unusual hair loss (mainly on
Pale or purple fingers or toes
from cold or stress
Sensitivity to the sun
Low blood count
Depression, trouble thinking,
and/or memory problems
Other signs are mouth sores,
unexplained seizures (convulsions), seeing things (hallucinations), repeated
miscarriages, and unexplained kidney problems.
WHAT ARE FLARES?
When symptoms appear, its called
a flare. These signs may come and go. You may have swelling and rashes one
week and no symptoms at all the next. You may find that your symptoms flare
after you've been out in the sun or after a hard day at work.
Even if you take medicine for
lupus, you may find that there are times when the symptoms become worse.
Learning to recognize that a flare is coming can help you take steps to cope
with it. Many people feel very tired or have pain, a rash, a fever, stomach
discomfort, headache, or dizziness just before a flare. Steps to prevent
flares, such as limiting the time you spend in the sun and getting enough
rest and quiet, can also be helpful.
ENCYCLOPEDIA meaning of lupus
Systemic lupus erythematosus
(also known as SLE, or just lupus) is an autoimmune disease that primarily
affects women of childbearing age. Its cause is unknown, but is believed to
involve both genetic inheritance and factors in the environment. Whatever
the cause, people with SLE develop antibodies against substances in their
own bodies, including their DNA. These antibodies cause widespread damage
and are believed to be primarily responsible for the many symptoms of this
SLE may begin with such symptoms
as fatigue, weight loss, fever, malaise, and loss of appetite. Other common
early symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, and facial rash. As SLE
progresses, symptoms may develop in virtually every part of the body. Kidney
damage is one of the most devastating effects of SLE, but many other serious
problems may develop as well, including seizures, mental impairment, anemia,
and inflammation of the heart, blood vessels, eyes, and digestive tract.
Conventional treatment for SLE
revolves around a variety of anti-inflammatory drugs. In mild cases, taking
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help; more severe forms of
SLE require long-term use of corticosteroid anti-inflammatory drugs such as
prednisone. The side effects of these medications can be quite serious
themselves. So-called cytotoxic agents (azathioprine, cyclophosphamide, and
chlorambucil) might also be helpful, but they have many side effects as
Close physician supervision is
always required with lupus due to the risk of complications in so many
Other Proposed Natural Treatments
Flaxseed contains lignans and
alpha-linolenic acid, substances with a wide variety of effects in the body.
In particular, flaxseed may antagonize the activity of a substance called
platelet-activating factor (PAF) that plays a role in SLE kidney disease
(lupus nephritis). Preliminary evidence suggests that flaxseed might help
prevent or treat lupus nephritis. Flaxseeds are the hard, tiny
seeds of Linum usitatissimum, the flax plant, which has been widely
used for thousands of years as a source of food and clothing. There are at
least three flaxseed components with potential health benefits. The first is
fiber, valuable in treating constipation. Flaxseed also contains alpha-linolenic
acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid similar to in some ways, but
significantly different in others from the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil,
and perhaps offering some of the same benefits. Finally, substances called
lignans in flaxseed have phytoestrogenic properties making them somewhat
similar to the isoflavones in soy, without the soy side effects; of
producing estrogen in the body.
The oil made from flaxseed has no
appreciable amounts of lignans, but it does contain alpha-linolenic acid.
See flaxseed oil and lignans for more information on these substances.
What Is Flaxseed Used for Today?
The fiber in flaxseed binds with
water, swelling to form a gel, which, like other forms of fiber, helps
soften the stool and move it along in the intestines. One study found that
flaxseed can help with chronic constipation in irritable bowel disease.
Germany's Commission E authorizes the use of flaxseed for various digestive
problems, such as chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome,
diverticulitis, and general stomach discomfort.
Flaxseed may be slightly helpful
for improving cholesterol profile, according to some but not all studies.
Purified alpha linolenic acid or lignans alone have not not
consistently shown benefits. It may be the generic fiber and not
the other specific ingredients in flaxseed that benefit cholesterol levels.
Flaxseed, its lignans, and its
oil have undergone a small amount of investigation for potential cancer
prevention or cancer treatment possibilities.
Flaxseed has shown some promise
for treating kidney disease associated with lupus (lupus nephritis).
Because it is believed to have
soothing properties, flaxseed is sometimes used for symptomatic relief of
stomach distress, and applied externally for inflammation of the skin.
However, research on these potentially uses is essentially
Although flaxseed is often
advocated for the treatment of symptoms related to menopause, a sizable
12-month study failed to find it more helpful than wheat germ placebo.
Besides failing to improve immediate symptoms such as hot flashes,
flaxseed did not appear to provide any protection against loss of bone
density. A previous, much smaller study by the same researchers found it
equally effective for menopausal symptoms as hormone replacement therapy,
but due to the absence of a placebo group and the high rate of placebo
response in menopausal symptoms, these results cannot be taken as indicating
Another study failed to find that
flaxseed has any effect on blood pressure.
What Is the Scientific Evidence
In a double-blind study, 55
people with chronic constipation caused by irritable bowel syndrome received
either ground flaxseed or psyllium seed (a well-known treatment for
constipation) daily for 3 months. Those taking flaxseed had
significantly fewer problems with constipation, abdominal pain, and bloating
than those taking psyllium. The flaxseed group had even further improvements
in constipation and bloating while continuing their treatment in the 3
months after the double-blind part of the study ended. The researcher
concluded that flaxseed relieved constipation more effectively than psyllium.
Cholesterol and Atherosclerosis
Some but not all human studies
have found that flaxseed improves cholesterol profile. However, the
benefits, if they do exist, are very modest. For example, in a double-blind
study of about 200 post-menopausal women, use of flaxseed at a dose of 40
grams daily produced measurable improvements in cholesterol profile, but the
improvements were so small that the researchers considered them "clinically
It has been claimed that flaxseed
might also have a direct effect in helping to prevent atherosclerosis based
on its lignan ingredients, but the evidence upon which these claims are
based is limited to studies in rabbits.
Some evidence hints that flaxseed
or its lignan components might have cancer-preventive properties.
Observational studies and other forms of highly preliminary evidence suggest
that people who eat more lignan-containing foods have a lower incidence of
breast and perhaps colon cancer.
The lignans in flaxseed are
phytoestrogens, plant chemicals mimicking the effects of estrogen in the
body: phytoestrogens hook onto the same spots on cells where estrogen
attaches. If there is little estrogen in the body, for example after
menopause, lignans may act like weak estrogen. However, when natural
estrogen is abundant, lignans may reduce the hormone's effects by displacing
it from cells; displacing estrogen in this manner might help prevent those
cancers that depend on estrogen, such as breast cancer, from starting and
developing. Some preliminary research indicates that these lignans may also
fight cancer in other ways, perhaps by acting as
Animal studies using flaxseed and
its lignans offer supporting evidence for a potential cancer-preventive or
even cancer-treatment effect; several found that one or the other inhibited
breast and colon cancer in animals and reduced metastases from
melanoma (a type of skin cancer) in mice. Test tube Test tube
studies have found that flaxseed or one of its lignans inhibited the growth
of human breast cancer cell and that the lignans enterolactone and
enterodiol inhibited the growth of human colon tumor cells.
Cancer is the second major cause
of death (next to heart disease) in the United States. It claims the lives
of more than half a million Americans each year out of the nearly 1.4
million who get the disease. The probability of getting cancer increases
with age. Two-thirds of all cases are in people older than 65.
Principal Proposed Natural
Before we can get into detailed
discussion of natural products proposed to help prevent cancer, we must
first discuss some fundamental issues regarding the nature of medical
It is rather difficult to prove
that taking a certain supplement will reduce the chance of developing
cancer. One really needs enormous long-term, double-blind,
placebo-controlled studies in which some people are given the supplement
while others are given placebo. However, relatively few studies of this type
have been performed.
For most supplements, the
evidence that they help prevent cancer comes from observational studies,
which are much less reliable. Observational studies have found that people
who happen to take in high levels of certain vitamins in their diets develop
a lower incidence of specific cancers. However, in such studies it is very
difficult to rule out other factors that may play a role. For example,
individuals who take vitamins may also exercise more, or take better care of
themselves in other ways. Such confounding factors make the results of
observational studies less reliable.
Although this may sound like a
theoretical issue, it has very practical consequences. For example, based
primarily on observational studies, synthetic hormone replacement therapy
was promoted as a heart-protective treatment for post-menopausal women.
However, when placebo-controlled studies were performed, synthetic hormone
replacement therapy proved to increase the risk of heart disease.
There is no such risk with
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy that the Anti-Aging Clinic utilizes
and suggests for its clients.
It is now thought that apparent
benefits of synthetic hormone replacement therapy were due to the fact that
woman who used it belonged to a higher socioeconomic class than those who
did not use it. (For a variety of reasons, some of which are obscure higher
income is associated with improved health.)
Only two supplements have any
evidence from double-blind trials to support their potential usefulness for
cancer prevention: vitamin E and selenium. For all other supplements,
supporting evidence is limited to observational studies, as well as
preliminary evidence from animal and test tube studies because of the costs
involved. The large amounts of money are in synthetic forms of drugs that
can be patented and not in things that cannot be patented such as natural
The results of observational
trials have been mixed, but on balance, they suggest that high intake of
vitamin E is associated with reduced risk of many forms of cancer, including
stomach, mouth, colon, throat, laryngeal, lung, liver, and prostate cancer.
However, as noted above, the
results of observational studies are unreliable as guidelines to treatment
from the Wellness Industry. The results of double-blind, placebo-controlled
studies are far more persuasive in drawing conclusions about cause and
It has long been known that
severe selenium deficiency increases the risk of cancer. One double-blind
study found some evidence that selenium supplements might help prevent
cancer even in the absence of severe deficiency. The study actually designed
to detect selenium's effects on skin cancer. It followed 1,312 individuals,
half of whom were given 200 mcg of selenium daily. People participating in
the study were not deficient in selenium. The participants were treated for
an average of 2.8 years and were followed for about 6 years. Although no
significant effect on skin cancer was found, the researchers were startled
when the results showed that people taking selenium had a 50% reduction in
overall cancer deaths and significant decreases in cancer of the lung (40%),
colon (50%), and prostate (66%). The findings were so remarkable that the
researchers felt obliged to break the blind and allow all the participants
to take selenium.
beta-carotene and cancer; It
starts in the early 1980s, when the cumulative results of many studies
suggested that people who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables are
significantly less likely to get cancer. A close look at the data pointed to
carotenes as the active ingredients in fruits and vegetables. It appeared
that a high intake of dietary carotene might significantly reduce the risk
of cancer of the lung, bladder, breast, esophagus and stomach.
However, as noted above,
observational studies cannot prove cause and effect. When researchers gave
beta-carotene to study participants, the results have been impressively
Most studies enrolled people in
high-risk groups, such as smokers, because it is easier to see results when
you look at people who are more likely to develop cancer to begin with.
Beta-carotene alone is not
efficient. Fruits and vegetables contain many carotenoids (carotene-like
substances) that may be more important for preventing cancer than
beta-carotene alone. One researcher has suggested that taking beta-carotene
supplements and none other, actually depletes the body of other beneficial
carotenoids. This is the reason that the Anti-Aging Clinic first measures
the carotenoids in the tissue and follows up with testing each month testing
the clients who are taking our antioxidant blends.
Lycopene, a carotenoid like
beta-carotene, is found in high levels in tomatoes and pink grapefruit.
Lycopene appears to exhibit about twice the antioxidant activity of
beta-carotene and may be more helpful for preventing cancer.
In one observational study,
elderly Americans consuming a diet high in tomatoes showed a 50% reduced
incidence of cancer. Men and women who ate at least seven servings of
tomatoes weekly developed less stomach and colorectal cancers compared to
those who ate only two servings weekly.
In another study, 47,894 men were
followed for 4 years in an observational study looking for influences on
prostate cancer. Their diets were evaluated on the basis of how often they
ate fruits, vegetables, and foods containing fruits and vegetables. High
levels of tomatoes, tomato sauce, and pizza in the diet were strongly
connected to reduced incidence of prostate cancer. After an evaluation of
known nutritional factors in these foods as compared to other foods,
lycopene appeared to be the common denominator.
Additional impetus has been given
to this idea by the discovery of lycopene in reasonably high levels in the
human prostate, evidence from test tube studies that lycopene might slow DNA
synthesis in prostate cells and evidence that men with higher lycopene
levels in the blood have a lower risk of prostate cancer.
Several observational studies
have found a strong association between high dietary
vitamin C intake and a
reduced incidence of stomach cancer. It has been proposed that
vitamin C may
prevent the formation of carcinogenic substances known as N-nitroso
compounds in the stomach.
Observational studies have also
linked higher vitamin C in the diet with reduced risk of colon, esophageal,
laryngeal, bladder, cervical, rectal, breast, and perhaps lung cancer.
One study found that
supplementation at 500 mg or more daily was associated with a lower
incidence of bladder cancer.
Both green tea and black tea come
from the plant Camellia sinensis, which has been cultivated in China
for centuries. The key difference between the two is in preparation. For
black tea, the leaves are allowed to oxidize, a process believed to lessen
the potency of the presumed active ingredients in green tea, catechin
polyphenols. Green tea is made by lightly steaming the freshly cut leaf, a
process that prevents oxidation and possibly preserves more of the
Laboratory and animal studies
suggest that green tea consumption protects against cancers of the stomach,
lung, esophagus, duodenum, pancreas, liver, breast, and colon.
A study in Shanghai, China, found
that those who drank green tea had significantly less risk of developing
cancers of the rectum and pancreas than those who did not.
Another study in Shanghai found
similar associations for stomach cancer. Green tea drinkers were 29% less
likely to get stomach cancer than nondrinkers, with those drinking the most
green tea having the least risk.
Green tea may exert an
estrogen-blocking effect that is helpful in preventing breast and uterine
cancer and another study suggests that it might prevent the development of
tumors by blocking the growth of new blood vessels.
The main catechin polyphenol
found in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Preliminary
experimental studies suggest that EGCG may help prevent skin cancer if it is
applied directly to the skin.
Other Proposed Natural Treatments
Some, but not all, observational
and intervention studies have found evidence that calcium supplementation
may reduce the risk of colon cancer. However, calcium supplements might
increase risk of prostate cancer (in men).
Some studies have connected
higher vitamin D levels with a lower incidence of cancer of the breast,
colon, pancreas, and prostate, as well as melanoma, but overall research has
yielded mixed results.
Substances known as lignans are
found in several foods and may produce anti-cancer benefits. They are
converted in the digestive tract to estrogen-like substances known as
enterolactone and enterodiol. Like soy isoflavones these substances prevent
estrogen from attaching to cells and may thereby block its cancer-promoting
effects. Lignans are found most abundantly in flaxseed a high-fiber grain
that has been cultivated since ancient Egyptian times. Both flaxseed and
flaxseed oil have been recommended for prevention or treatment of cancer,
but the supporting evidence is still extremely preliminary. Contrary to some
reports, flaxseed oil contains no lignans. Instead, it contains the
alpha-linolenic acid, which is also hypothesized to have cancer-preventive
Evidence from observational
studies suggests that garlic taken in the diet as food may help prevent
cancer, particularly cancer of the colon and stomach.
In one of the best of these
studies, the Iowa Women's Study, women who ate significant amounts of garlic
were found to be about 30% less likely to develop colon cancer. Similar
results were seen in other observational studies performed in China, Italy,
and the United States.
Resveratrol is a phytochemical
found in at least 72 different plants, including mulberries and peanuts.
Grapes and red wine are particularly rich in resveratrol. This substance has
shown anticancer properties in test tube studies.
One large observational study
suggests that higher intake of boron may reduce risk of prostate cancer.
Provocative evidence suggests
that a substance called sulforaphane, found in broccoli and related
vegetables, may possess anti-cancer properties. Recently, broccoli sprouts
have been touted for cancer prevention on the basis of their high content of
sulforaphane. However, this recommendation is still highly speculative.
One study provides preliminary
supporting evidence for the notion that fish oil reduces the risk of
prostate cancer; however, there is no reliable evidence that fish oil has a
general cancer-preventive effect.
Evidence hints that N-acetylcysteine
(NAC) treatment may help to prevent colon cancer.
Several studies have experimented
with using very high doses of vitamin A to prevent skin cancer, doses
considerably above levels ordinarily considered safe. Some have found
possible benefits regarding preventing some forms of skin cancer, while
others have not. This approach should not be tried except under physician
Vitamin K has shown a slight bit
of promise for helping to prevent liver cancer in people with chronic viral
hepatitis. Vitamin K is rich in the white of the orange under the orange
Innumerable other herbs and
supplements have shown promise in test tube and animal studies, including
but not limited to cordyceps, Coriolus versicolor, ligustrum, quercetin,
citrus bioflavonoids, conjugated linoleic acid, Morina citrifolia (noni)
,turmeric, rosemary, betulin (from white birch tree), bromelain, ellagic
acid (from grapes, raspberries, strawberries, apples, walnuts, and pecans),
ginseng, glycine, grass pollen, inositol hexaphosphate (phytic acid, IP6),
kelp, licorice, melatonin, MSM, milk thistle, nettle, OPCs (oligomeric
proanthocyanidins), papaw tree bark, probiotics or "friendly" bacteria,
schisandra, and blue-green algae.
While it is commonly stated as a
fact that high consumption of fruits and vegetables reduces cancer risk, the
evidence is limited to inherently unreliable observational studies, and even
among these the results are inconsistent Similarly, meat consumption might
or might not increase colon cancer risk. Current data does not
suggest that diets high in sugar or other simple carbohydrates increase
colon cancer risk, or that reducing fat in the diet reduces colon or breast
cancer risk. But sugar combines with
the trans fats in our body and forms triglycerides and then plaque, which
leads to heart disease.
Higher level of exercise might
potentially help reduce the risk of various forms of cancer, especially
This preliminary research is
promising, but much more is needed before we can draw any conclusions and
then the wellness industry can only suggest you take these things.
Although much of this anticancer
work has focused on the lignans in flaxseed, one study also found that
flaxseed oil, which contains no appreciable amounts of lignans slowed the
growth of malignant breast tumors in rats.
Therapeutic Dosages suggested by
the wellness industry
According to the European
Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP), the usual dose of flaxseed
for constipation is 5 g of whole, cracked, or freshly crushed seeds soaked
in water and taken with a glassful of liquid 3 times a day. Expect effects
to begin 18 to 24 hours later. Because of this time delay, it's recommended
to take flaxseed for a minimum of 2 to 3 days. Children aged 6 to 12 should
be given half the adult dose, while children younger than 6 should be
treated only under the guidance of a physician.
In one study, people received 6
to 24 g per day of flaxseed for 6 months for constipation caused by
irritable bowel syndrome.
To soothe an upset stomach, soak
5 to 10 g of whole flaxseed in a half cup of water, strain after 20 to 30
minutes, then drink. For painful skin inflammations, the recommended dose is
30 to 50 g of crushed or powdered seed applied externally as a warm poultice
or compress with the silver plus from the Anti-Aging Clinic.
Like other sources of fiber,
flaxseed should be taken with plenty of fluids, or it may actually worsen
constipation. Also, it's best to start with smaller doses and then increase.
Flaxseed is generally believed to
be safe. However, there are some potential risks to consider.
As with many substances, there
have been reports of life-threatening allergic reactions to flaxseed.
Because of its potential effects
on estrogen, pregnant or breast-feeding women should probably avoid
flaxseed. One study found that pregnant rats who ate large amounts of
flaxseed (5% or 10% of their diet), or one of its lignans, gave birth to
offspring with altered reproductive organs and functions in
humans, eating 25 g of flaxseed per day amounts to about 5% of the diet.
Lignans were also found to be transferred to baby rats during nursing.
Additionally, a study of postmenopausal women found that use of flaxseed
reduced estrogen levels and increased levels of prolactin. In all
cases it is suggested that you complete saliva testing for hormone balancing
pre and post. This suggests hormonal effects that could be problematic in
Flaxseed may not be safe for
women with a history of estrogen-sensitive cancer, such as breast cancer or
uterine cancer. Saliva testing is an absolute must to help evaluate
If you have diabetes, flaxseed
(like other high-fiber foods) may delay glucose absorption. This may lead to
better blood sugar control but it also may increase the risk of hypoglycemic
reactions. The Anti-Aging Clinic suggests you have your food triggers
analyzed before any supplementation. Also Talk with your doctor about
appropriate use if you feel uncertain.
Finally, flaxseeds contain tiny
amounts of cyanide-containing substances, which can be a problem among
livestock eating large amounts of flax. While normal cooking and
baking of whole flaxseeds or flour eliminates any detectable amounts of
cyanide, it is at least theoretically possible that eating huge amounts of
raw or unprocessed flaxseeds or flaxseed meal could pose a problem. However,
most authorities do not think this presents much of a risk in real life.
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty
acids, which have some anti-inflammatory effects. Fish oil has been found
useful in rheumatoid arthritis, a disease related to SLE. The results of two
small double-blind studies suggest that fish oil might be useful for SLE as
well. However, current evidence suggests that fish oil is not
effective for lupus nephritis.
Other treatments sometimes
recommended for SLE include beta-carotene,cordycepsmagnesium, selenium,
vitamin B3, vitamin B12, vitamin E, pantothenic acid,
and food allergen identification and avoidance. However, there is no
meaningful evidence as yet that these treatments work for lupus.
One study failed to find copper
supplements helpful for lupus symptoms.
Herbs and Supplements to Avoid
The herb alfalfa contains a
substance called L-canavanine, which can worsen SLE or bring it out of
remission. People with SLE should avoid alfalfa entirely.
Various herbs and supplements may
interact adversely with drugs used to treat lupus. For more information on
this potential risk, see the individual drug article in the Drug
Interactions section of this database.
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