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Cervical Cancer Description Frequent Signs & Symptoms Causes Risk Factors Preventive Measures Prognosis - Expected Outcome Potential Complications Diagnosis Conventional Medical Treatment Medication Activity Recommendations & Restrictions Diet & Nutrition Holistic, Herbal, & Lifestyle Recommendations Notify Your Health Care Provider
The cervix is the opening of the uterus, and cervical cancer means malignant cells are found in tissues there. A common, but detectable and treatable, cancer of the cervix (the lower third of the uterus, which opens into the vagina). While the average age of women at diagnosis is about 45, this cancer can affect women of all ages.
Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women with about 12,000 new cases a year, although the rate has dropped over time as more women receive annual pap smears. In this procedure, cells are taken from the surface of the cervix and are examined for abnormalities. Smears are important because the early stages of cervical cancer usually produce no symptoms. It is estimated that pap screening can detect about 90 percent of cervical cancers.
The cancer generally grows slowly. In untreated patients with cervical cancer in situ (meaning it developed there and has not yet spread elsewhere in the body), 30 to 70-percent will develop invasive cancer, but this will take 10 to 12 years. In one in 10 cases, however, the cancer will invade another area of the body in less than a year. The good news is that early detection will probably save your life: When non-invasive cervical cancers are treated properly, the success rate is almost 100 percent.
The pap smear, which was introduced in the 1940s, made great inroads against the disease. Cervical cancer has dropped from the number one cancer killer of U.S. women to number fourteen. According to the National Cancer Institute, however, the annual death rate of roughly 4,000 is far higher than it should be and reflects that even today half of cervical cancer cases occur in women who have not had a pap test in the previous five years.
FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Most cervical cancers are squamous carcinomas, but about 15 to 20-percent are clear cell adenocarcinomas - a cancer of cells that produce mucus. The latter may be linked to having a mother who took diethylstilbestrol (DES), which was prescribed for certain pregnancy complications from the 1940s until the early 1970s.
In the early, easily treatable stages there are frequently no symptoms.
In later stages:
In the early stages, you might notice bleeding after sexual intercourse, or a bloody, watery, or bad-smelling discharge between menstrual periods. (These can also be signs of a precancerous condition known as CIN, or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia.)
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding.
- Persistent vaginal discharge.
- Pain and bleeding during intercourse.
In final stages:
If the cancer is more advanced, you might experience difficulty or pain during urination, possibly with blood in the urine; a dull backache and swelling in the legs; diarrhea, pain, or bleeding from the rectum after a bowel movement; fatigue and weight loss; or general malaise.
- Abdominal pain.
- Leaking of feces and urine through the vagina.
- Appetite and weight loss.
The exact causes or triggers of cervical cancer is unknown. However certain infections and hormones, such as the estrogen found in hormonal contraceptives, have been associated with cancer of the cervix.
Cervical cancer has well-defined precancerous stages. It begins as cervical dysplasia, the appearance of abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix. Many cervical dysplasias form in response to infection with certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that causes genital warts. While women who have had multiple sex partners have the highest rates of cervical cancer (as do those who begin sexual relations early in life), even women who are in lifelong monogamous relationships can develop the disease. For reasons that are not clear, there is a relatively high rate of cervical cancer among Native American women.
Another factor that increases the rate at which cervical dysplasia develops into cancer is use of birth control pills. Oral contraceptives contain progesterone as well as varying amounts of estrogen. These hormones enable HPV to cause cancers and to poison gene p53, a gene which ordinarily ensures that genetically defective or cancerous cells do not multiply. While HPV-associated cancers may be started by estrogen, the hormone does not stimulate their growth once established. However, cervical cancer not caused by HPV infection is stimulated by estrogen. In these cases, reducing estrogen levels allows gene p53 to keep up with cell growth. Other factors that have been associated with cervical cancer include a history of sexually transmitted disease, infertility, smoking, nutritional deficiencies, first sexual intercourse before age eighteen, and having had more than five complete pregnancies.
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RISK INCREASES WITH
Early age of first intercourse (before age 18). Multiple sex partners or having a partner that has had multiple sex partners. Multiple pregnancies. Human papillomavirus infection (genital warts). Recurrent vaginal infections (bacterial or viral, including genital herpes). Being HIV-positive. Smoking. A history of abnormal pap test results. A history of uterine, vaginal, or vulvar cancer. Your mother having taken the hormone diethylstilbestrol (DES) when she was pregnant with you.
A recent study indicates that even the granddaughters of women who took DES during pregnancy are at a higher risk for cervical cancer.
U.S. women who are poor and uninsured may also be at greater risk, in part because they are less likely to be screened for the cancer. Half of the more than 12,000 women diagnosed with cervical cancer each year have never had a pap smear, for example, and another 5 percent have not had the test in the five years prior to their diagnosis. According to a consensus panel for the National Institutes of Health, better screening efforts could prevent virtually all of the 4,000 annual deaths from cervical cancer. The panel recommended that health agencies make special efforts to reach and screen uninsured women, women over the age of 65, and women who live in rural areas or are poor.
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MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: Genital Herpes
Avoid the risks listed above as much as possible. Obtain regular medical pelvic examinations. Obtain regular Pap smears (test done to detect cancer of the cervix in an early and treatable stage). Regular pelvic examinations and the Pap smear are very effective in detecting precancerous changes or cervical cancer in its symptom-free stage. Practice safe sex using condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
MoonDragon's Health Procedures: Pelvic Examination & Pap Smear
PROGNOSIS - EXPECTED OUTCOME
Usually curable if diagnosed before the tumor has spread.
If cervical cancer is not treated early, it spreads beyond the uterus to other body parts leading to death.
Diagnostic tests may include a pelvic examination and a Pap test, followed by a biopsy if a suspicious lesion is seen.
If a pap smear indicates cancer or CIN, your health care provider will need to confirm the finding with a second pap smear as well as a biopsy. During the biopsy, your health care provider will use a colposcope to view your cervix and vagina and will remove a small sample of tissue from your cervix to be examined in a laboratory.
If you have CIN, or a growth of abnormal cells in the cervix, your health care provider may hold off on treatment for a period of months while doing regular tests to see if those cells return to normal. Abnormal cells frequently disappear on their own. If that does not happen, your health care provider may decide to remove them through cryotherapy (freezing them off), laser therapy, or other forms of surgery.
CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
The treatments for cervical cancer depend on its severity and type. For carcinoma in situ, or very early cancer, your health care provider may kill the malignant growth through cryosurgery, laser surgery, electrosurgery, or conization (a process in which a cone-shaped piece of cervical tissue is removed).
MoonDragon's Medical Procedures: Biopsy of the Cervix
For more advanced cancers, surgery may be performed to remove the cancerous area. During early stages, this may only involve a small area of the cervix, which preserves childbearing abilities. More advanced stages may require removal of the surrounding tissues or reproductive organs and any other affected tissue (radical hysterectomy). The ovaries are rarely removed in younger women who may want to have children.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy (internal, external or both) are possible treatments for advanced cancer.
Surgery may be coupled with chemotherapy, radiation therapy (in which a radioactive beam is aimed at the cancerous area or radioactive beads are temporarily implanted), or both. Recent clinical trials showed an overall advantage for patients treated with the drug cisplatin in conjunction with radiation therapy.
The earlier the cancer is detected, the better the chances that treatment will succeed. Health care providers can essentially cure nearly all cervical cancers confined to the cervix, which are Stage I cancers. As the cancer spreads beyond the confines of the cervix and becomes a Stage II, III, or IV cancer, the cure rates are lower with each stage.
If you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer and you are unsure about what treatment to pursue, consult more than one health care practitioner. It's important to learn which options are available to you and what methods are favored by different practitioners. If you are interested in nutritional and/or alternative therapies, consult with a practitioner experienced in these fields.
People with cancer often seek to enhance their medical treatments by following special diets, practicing yoga, taking certain herbs, or getting psychological or "mind-body" therapies. If you would like to learn about such options, try these books:
Before trying any alternative or complementary approach, discuss it with your health care provider. Some herbs, for example, can interact dangerously with prescription medicines; so it is important to keep your health care provider informed about what you are taking. If you have both an allopathic health care provider and a naturopathic health care provider, make sure the two work together on developing a viable plan of prevention, treatment, and recovery after treatment. Research all your options and do not be afraid to question conventional or alternative therapies.
Research shows cancer support groups can increase both the quality of patients' and their long-term survival rates. The American Cancer Society can tell you how to get in touch with support groups in your area.
American Cancer Society
1599 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
Telephone: (800) ACS-2345
National Cancer Institute
Cancer Information Service
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Medicine usually is not necessary for this disorder if it diagnosed and treated early. If radical surgery and additional treatment are required, anti-cancer drugs may be prescribed.
No restrictions. Resume sexual activity once you have medical clearance.
DIET & NUTRITION
No special diet. However it is important to follow a healthy and nutritious diet designed to build and maintain a healthy working immune system and to provide necessary nutrients for prevention, recovery and healing. Proper nutritional requirements for cervical and endometrial cancer are very similar. Follow suggestions for an Estrogen-Reducing Diet.
A proper diet can reduce lifetime exposure to estrogen, which in turn can reduce the risk of a variety of disorders, including breast cancer, endometriosis, and fibrocystic breast disease. Both proper nutrition and reduced estrogen exposure are important considerations for a person who has or has had an estrogen-influenced disorder. You can reduce your lifetime exposure to estrogen by making the following dietary changes:
Reduce your overall calorie intake: Reducing calorie consumption increases levels of a hormone called SHBG, which keeps estrogen from stimulating the growth of healthy and cancerous cells in the breast. Scientists believe that calorie reduction has the same effect on other estrogen-influenced disorders. Calorie reduction is not recommended, however, during chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
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If you are overweight, lose weight. Gradual weight loss after menopause reverses the effects of estrogen overexposure.
Use Acidophilus supplements. While the liver breaks down estrogen before sending it to the digestive tract for elimination., bacteria in the intestines can turn these breakdown products back into estrogen. The hormone can then be reabsorbed through the intestinal wall. Taking Lactobacillus acidophilus supplements daily can provide your body with the beneficial microbes that compete with the estorgen forming bacteria. Acidophilus is effective in maintaining "good" bacteria in the body during antibiotic use. If taking antibiotics, include unsweetened or naturally sweetened yogurt in diet. Antibiotics will kill all bacteria, good and bad in the digestive tract. The active culture yogurt and acidophilus-bifidus supplements help replace the good bacteria needed for proper digestion.
Increase your Fiber intake. Eat more whole grains, legumes, and berries, and more fiber-rich foods in general. Fiber increases the rate at which estrogen is excreted from the body. Also, some experts believe that simply adding fiber to the diet can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 75 to 80-percent. Fiber in the intestine keeps excreted estrogen by-products from being reassembled by bacteria and reabsorbed into the bloodstream. Because the effects of estrogen are cumulative, the benefits of fiber are also cumulative - eating fiber-rich foods confers lifetime reduction of breast cancer risk. For this effect, it is necessary to eat at least 10 to 20 grams of fiber daily, which is difficult without eating high-fiber cereals. If high-fiber cereal is unpalatable, mix it with regular cereal. Use skim milk in your cereal rather than whole milk to reduce fat consumption.
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FIBER INFORMATION OVERVIEW
Fiber is found in plant foods such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and is necessary in keeping your body regular. Lack of exercise, improper diet, advanced age, illnesses, injuries, and consuming large amounts of junk food reduces the body's ability to flush out toxins. There are two types of Fiber. One is water soluble and becomes soft in texture which works to soften stools. The other is insoluble and adds bulk to stools, which stimulates bowel contractions. There are many reasons why it is important to have an adequate amount of Fiber in the diet. Fiber can help lower blood cholesterol levels. It reduces the risk of heart disease and stabilizes blood sugar levels. It can also prevent colon cancer, constipation, hemorrhoids, and obesity. There are seven classifications of Fiber. They are bran, cellulose, gum, hemicellulose, lignin, mucilages, and pectin, and they all have their own function. It is best to rotate among several different supplemental Fiber sources. Start with small amounts and gradually increase your intake until your stools are the proper consistency. In addition to taking Fiber supplements, eat high Fiber foods as part of your daily diet. Consuming excessive amounts of Fiber may decrease the absorption of zinc, iron, and calcium in your body. Always take Fiber supplements separate from other medications and supplements as it can lessen their strength and effectiveness.
Fiber Supplement Products
Fiber has a number of health benefits, including normalizing bowel function and preventing constipation. Fiber offers you a range of health perks. It can lower cholesterol, keep your blood sugar steady, and help you lose weight. Still, most Americans do not come anywhere close to getting enough fiber in their diets. It is best to get fiber from food if possible, because supplements do not provide the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that fiber-rich foods do. But fiber supplements can contribute to the recommended daily intake. Fiber supplements are concentrated forms of fiber that you can take to supplement your daily intake of fiber. These supplements can come in multiple forms, such as capsules, tablets, gummies, and powders. There are different types of effective fiber supplements that are available on the market today.
Flaxseed Herbal Products
The soothing action of flaxseed makes it effective as a laxative. In addition, flaxseed in a tea helps ease severe colds, dry coughs and irritations of the urinary tract. The high content of essential fatty acids (EFAs) in the oil of the seed makes it valuable in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. Because flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber - essential for healthy digestion - it promotes excellent colon health by stimulating intestinal muscle contractions. Fiber absorbs water, swells in the intestine and assists in elimination, pushing out wastes. Thus, flaxseed plays an important role in the prevention of constipation and colon cancer. Because of all these medicinal properties, flaxseed is highly valued worldwide. If you prefer not to eat the seeds, you can use flaxseed oil as an alternative. Flax Seeds are an important source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including Omega-3, plus Magnesium, Zinc and dietary fiber. Flax oil from flax seeds is the richest known source of linolenic acid. It contains protein, mucilage, phytosterols and lignans, which are naturally included at 100 times the level of the next best source, wheat bran.
FOR STOMACH UPSET
3 Tablespoons Flaxseed
1 Quart Warm Water
Soak the flaxseed in the water overnight. Strain. Drink 1 cup of the liquid 3 times daily before meals, as needed. This recipe will make a full day's dose. The mucilage helps to both soothe and protect an irritated stomach lining.
1 to 2 Tablespoons Freshly Ground Flaxseed
6 Ounces Plain Yogurt or Applesauce
For stubborn constipation, mix flaxseed into applesauce or yogurt and eat the mixture 3 times a day for 1 week. Be sure to drink plenty of water during this time. This recipe produces a full day's dose. If you prefer, you can also take 1 tablespoon of flaxseed added to 1 cup of water 3 times a day to improve bowel function.
Psyllium Herbal Products
Psyllium (Plantago ovata) is a grain grown in India that is utilized for its fiber content. A good intestinal cleanser and stool softener, it is one of the most popular fibers used. It thickens very quickly when mixed with liquid, and must be consumed immediately. Psyllium Husk Powder can be a convenient way to increase the intake of dietary fiber. Surveys have shown that the fiber content of the American diet is typically about half of government recommended levels. As a dietary supplement, mix 1 level tablespoon into at least 12 ounces of water or juice and consume immediately. Be sure to drink plenty of additional fluids throughout the day. Start with smaller amounts and gradually increase over several weeks. Some health care providers recommend Metamucil, which contains psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid, as a laxative and fiber supplement. However, many practitioners and consumers prefer less processing and all-natural products. Psyllium seed is a mild bulk-forming laxative carefully tested to assure purity and quality. Psyllium seed is useful in support of constipation (irregularity) It generally produces bowel movements in 12 to 72 hours. When immersed in the intestines psyllium increases in volume and swells the amount of intestinal matter. This stimulates and lubricates the bowels and helps move waste through the colon. Drink a full glass (8 ounces) of liquid with each dose. Adult and children 12 years of age and over: Take 6 capsules once daily. Children 6 to 11 years of age: Take 3 capsules once daily. Children under 6 years of age: Consult a health care provider.
Acacia (Gum Arabic) Herbal Products
Acacia is a natural, pure, certified organic, soluble dietary fiber produced from the gum of the Acacia tree (also known as gum arabic). Acacia is a natural plant water-soluble fiber that has been harvested for millennia in Africa; its recorded dietary use dates back to the Egyptian pharaohs. Pure soluble fiber supplements are helpful not just for IBS, but also for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis, plus diverticulosis and diverticulitis. Acacia is simply an organic, prebiotic soluble fiber supplement with absolutely nothing else added, and it normalizes bowel function naturally in the same manner as soluble fiber foods. Extracted from seeds of the guar plant (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba), To use, add Acacia to cup, then add liquid or add Acacia to moist foods. 1 level teaspoon equals 2 grams soluble fiber. 1 pound has 180 teaspoon doses. Start with a low dose and gradually increase. Take 1 to 3 times a day.
Apple Pectin Herbal Products
Apple Fiber can be taken directly or mixed with liquids or powder blends. Mix one tablespoon powder with 12 ounces or more juice and drink quickly. Apple fiber is an excellent source of dietary fiber, including: 25-percent soluble and 75-percent insoluble. Apple Pectin is a completely natural water-soluble fiber that "gels-up" when mixed with water, offering digestive support that is natural and simple. As a dietary fiber, Apple Pectin can be a smart alternative to help promote desired intestinal health without the use of chemicals. Supporting sound intestinal health is essential to every lifestyle. As a dietary supplement, take 2 capsules, 1 to 3 times daily with 8 to 10 ounces of water or juice, preferably 30 minutes before meals. Be sure to consume additional fluids throughout the day. Start with smaller dosages and gradually increase over several weeks.
Grapefruit (Citrus) Pectin Herbal Products
Pure Grapefruit pectin is a good source of natural soluble dietary fiber. Food surveys have shown that the fiber content of the American diet is typically half of government recommended levels. Grapefruit fiber powder can be a convenient way to increase the intake of fiber. Pectin may help maintain cholesterol levels already in the normal range and regulate blood sugar levels. 1 to 3 tablets daily with meals. Be sure to take tablets with at least 8 ounces (one cup) of water or other liquid. Do not exceed 9 tablets daily.
Oat Bran Herbal Products
A soluble fiber. Oat bran is the outer casing of the oat. Its daily consumption over weeks lowers LDL and total cholesterol, possibly reducing the risk of heart disease. One type of soluble fiber, beta-glucans, has been proven to lower cholesterol. A 3/4-cup serving of cooked oat bran contains 2.2 grams of soluble fiber. This is about the same amount of soluble fiber provided by a 1/2-cup serving of cooked navy or black beans or 1/2 cup of cooked Brussels sprouts. Oat Bran Fiber is used as a super-fine, easy-mixing powder that can be mixed in your beverage of choice, sprinkled on foods and even blended into homemade baked goods to add healthy dietary fiber without compromising taste and texture. Oat bran is the perfect choice for a high-fiber breakfast, but it also makes excellent muffins and is a fantastic addition to cakes, breads, smoothies and more.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS INFORMATION OVERVIEW
Reduce your fat consumption but do not completely exclude healthy fats from your diet. Low-fat diets do not decrease estrogen production but do increase estrogen excretion through the urine. Low-fat diets also tend to include a lot of fruits and vegetables, many of which contain compounds that protect against cancer. Note, however, that some kinds of fat are cancer protective. Omega-3 essential fatty acids from fish oils have shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Eating two to three servings a week of salmon, tuna, sardines, or other cold-water fish, or taking fish-oil capsules confers this benefit. In laboratory studies, cancer cells grown in the same test tube as healthy cells without essential fatty acids overtake the cancer cells. Olive oil and similar monounsaturated fats also substantially reduce the risk of breast cancer, but include them in your diet in moderation.
EFA SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
EFA Supplement Products
Fatty acids are the basic building blocks of which fats and oils are composed. Contrary to popular myth, the body does need fat. It must be the right kind, however. The fatty acids are necessary for health and that cannot be made by the body are called essential fatty acids (EFAs). They are occasionally also referred to as vitamin F or polyunsaturates. EFAs must be supplied through the diet. Essential fatty acids have desirable effects on many disorders. They improve the skin and hair, reduce blood pressure, aid in the prevention of arthritis, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reduce the risk of blood clot formation. They are beneficial for candidiasis, cardiovascular disease, eczema, and psoriasis. Found in high concentrations in the brain, EFAs aid in the transmission of nerve impulses and are needed for the normal development and functioning of the brain. A deficiency of essential fatty acids can lead to an impaired ability to learn and recall information. Every living cell in the body needs essential fatty acids. They are essential for rebuilding and producing new cells. Essential fatty acids are also used in the body for the production of prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that act as chemical messengers and regulators of various body processes. There are two basic categories of essential fatty acids, designated omega-3 and omega-6. Omega-6 EFAs, which include linoleic and gamma-linolenic acids are found primarily in raw nuts, seeds, and legumes, and in unsaturated vegetable oils, such as borage oil, grape seed oil, primrose oil, sesame oil, and soybean oil. Omega-3 EFAs, including alpha-linolenic and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), are found in fresh deepwater fish, fish oil, and ceratin vegetable oils, among them canola oil, flaxseed oil, and walnut oil. In order to supply essential fatty acids, these oils must be consumed in pure liquid or supplemental form and must not be subjected to heat, either in processing or cooking. Heat destroys essential fatty acids. Worse, it results in the creation of dangerous free radicals (see Antioxidants for more information. If oils are hydrogenated (processed to make the oil more solid, as is commonly done in the production of margarine), the linoleic acid is converted to trans-fatty acids, which are not beneficial to the body. Other fatty acids include omega-7 (palmitoleic acid) and omega-9 fatty acids. A number of sources of essential fatty acids products are recommended below, among them Salmon Fish Oil, Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and others.
Borage Herbal Prodoucts
Borage seed oil is used as an anti-inflammatory for chronic conditions, notably arthritis, but also asthma, chronic bronchitis, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. Borage seed oil is also high in GLA, an essential fatty acid, and thought to assist in weight loss. Borage flower, stems, and leaves are used in diuretics to support treatment of urinary tract conditions and weak hearts as well as to support circulation to treat varicose veins. The herb, but not the seed oil, induces sweating and sedates. A high GLA Borage oil made from organic cold pressed seeds with a nice deep color, and pleasant taste. A prized oil for its abundant dietary, health, cosmetic and medicinal benefits.
Black Currant Herbal Prodoucts
Black Currant fruits are a good source of vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals. The seeds of the fruit contain an omega-6 fatty acid called gamma linoleic acid (GLA). GLA increases the body’s production of prostaglandin E-1 which helps increase blood flow, decrease blood clotting, and reduce inflammation. Black Currant fruits help increase bodily resistance to infections and are a valuable remedy for treating colds and flu. The fresh or vacuum-sealed juice, helps stem diarrhea and calms indigestion. The leaves encourage the elimination of fluids that reduces blood volume, and in turn, lowers blood pressure. An infusion can be used to treat rheumatic pain and whooping cough. Black Currant leaves can be used externally on slow-healing cuts and abscesses, and as a gargle for sore throats and mouth ulcers. A decoction of the bark has been used to treat hemorrhoidal tumors. Black Currant seed oil has been used to relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Since prostaglandin regulates the menstrual cycle it is helpful before and during menstruation. Gamma-linoleic acid produces anti-inflammatory prostaglandins as opposed to inflammatory prostaglandins; this leads to lessening of the severity of premenstrual cramps. The anti-inflammatory properties in Black Currant oil are effective against skin irritations when taken orally. The Skin Study Center in Philadelphia found that the Black Currant oil helps with dry skin disorders. The gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) protects against the water loss that contributes to itching and other symptoms associated with dry skin. For cardiovascular disorders, there has been two Canadian studies that have shown the omega-6 fatty acids lowers blood pressure. This is done as the prostaglandins counteract the construction of blood vessels. For rheumatoid arthritis, as an anti-inflammatory agent it works well by decreasing the morning stiffness in the joints. The British Journal of Rheumatology has stated that it may also be effective because of a reduction in the secretion of the inflammatory cytokines (a source of inflammation) 11-1 and TNF-alpha. By preventing their production, the oil offers some relief.
Fish & Salmon Oil Prodoucts
Fish Oil is a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Salmon, mackerel, menhaden, herring, and sardines are the best sources of fish oil because they have a higher fat content and provide more omega-3 factors than other fishes. For instance, 4 ounces of salmon contains up to 3,600 mg of omega-3 fatty acids, while 4 ounces of cod (a low fat fish) contains only 300 mg. Fish oil contains high amounts of two key omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Essential fatty acids improve skin and hair cells, lower blood pressure, help prevent arthritis, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and reduce the risk of blood clot formation. There have been numerous scientific studies that confirm the important role of Omega-3 essential fatty acids in maintaining healthy blood triglyceride levels, as well as supporting the heart, skin and joints. Supplementing your diet with Fish Oil will lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels which helps reduce heart disease. Some people who have taken fish oil for extended periods of time have shown improvement with the pain and swelling associated with arthritis.
Flaxseed Herbal Oil Prodoucts
Flax is one of history's oldest cultivated plants. Both the ancient Greeks and the ancient Egyptians used the plant to make linen. However, its seeds are what have earned the plant recognition among naturopaths. Rich in minerals and a source of fiber, it also contains a potent fixed oil called flaxseed or linseed oil. It is known for its essential fatty acids (EFAs), which have been linked to lowered blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, taking 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil daily helps prevent cancer of the colon. When applied topically as a poultice, flaxseed helps heal skin inflammations and ease joint pain. Because it contains a soothing mucilage, flaxseed also benefits the mucous membranes of the body, such as the bronchial tubes and urinary tract. So, a tea made from flaxseed remedies colds and coughs as well as urinary tract irritations. It also helps prevent constipation. Essential fatty acids are critical in the production of prostaglandins. In the body prostaglandins help regulate fat metabolism, inflammatory response, hormones, as well as the cardiovascular, immune and central nervous systems. There is some concern by health care providers that modern diets may be too rich in omega-6 fatty acids and deficient in omega-3's, which can contribute to health concerns.
Flaxseed contains large amounts of fixed oils is a rich, vegetarian source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, including linolenic and linoleic acids, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. They are a good source of mucilage, glycosides, tannins and wax. They are also a good nutritionally packed source of the B-vitamins, protein, beta carotene, vitamin E, and zinc. They are low in saturated fats and calories, and contain no cholesterol. The nutty taste of ground flaxseeds is pleasant, and they can be mixed with water or any fruit or vegetable juice. They can also be added to salads, soups, yogurt, cereals, baked goods, or fresh juices. You can grind these tiny seeds in a coffee grinder.
Grapeseed Herbal Oil Prodoucts
Grape Seed Oil is one of the many natural sources of essential fatty acids and is among the highest in linoleic acid and among the lowest in saturated fats. It contains no trans-fatty acids, no cholesterol, and no sodium. It has a light, nutty taste that brings out the flavor in many foods. Unlike most other oils, it can be heated to temperatures as high as 485°F without producing dangerous and possibly carcinogenic free radicals. These features make it good for use in cooking. Grape Seed extract is derived from the small seeds of red grapes of the same sort used to make wine, Grape Seed Oil comes from the same place. The Grape Seed extract / Grape Seed oil is rich in flavonoids: phytochemicals, which have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are believed to safeguard cells against the ravages of unstable oxygen molecules called free radicals, and prevent numerous ailments. Commonly known as PCOs (procyanidolic oligomers), they are the most valuable flavonoid in Grape Seed extract. Besides their antioxidant powers, PCOs are thought to improve blood circulation and help strengthen blood vessels, which is particularly beneficial to those suffering from heart disease and cancer.
Kyolic EPA Oil Prodoucts
Kyolic EPA merges Aged Garlic Extract with concentrated fish oil. Garlic is used to address a number of health conditions including high blood pressure, influenza, gastrointestinal problems and even menstrual pain. Garlic is also said to be an antioxidant that can prevent certain types of cancers and can promote a healthy immune system. Garlic is most commonly used to help reduce high cholesterol. Studies show that fish oil may preserve healthy blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol levels and may promote healthy joints. The fish oil used in Kyolic EPA contains a source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, that aid in the support of good cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health. Some studies have demonstrated that Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can improve tissue levels of EPA more effectively than flaxseed oil.
Olive Herbal Oil Prodoucts
Certified organic Olive Oil is used not only in cooking, but also useful in cosmetics and as a carrier oil for essential oils. It has a rich, full bodied flavor with a strong aroma and is golden brown in color. Olive oil has a great conditioning effect in body care recipes and can be used in almost all applications because of its stable nature. The perfect complement to almost any dish - though its dynamic flavor may be best experienced unaccompanied. Drizzle generously on garden greens, fresh baked artisan bread, or garlic kissed pasta; this oil is also very suitable for high-heat cooking and frying.
HOLISTIC, HERBAL, & LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS
You should use herbal medicine as part of a medically directed overall treatment plan for cervical cancer. Herbal medicine can make chemotherapy or radiation treatment more bearable and effective, and increase the likelihood of achieving remission.
Aloe Vera juice. Take 1/3 cup (80 ml) 3 times daily. Keeps the liver from processing certain toxins into carcinogenic forms. Do not take aloe vera juice internally if you have diarrhea. Aloe Vera can have laxative-like properties if too much is taken. If you experience diarrhea, cut back on dosage.
Astragalus root is considered to have a normalizing effect on the body's functions. Astragalus is an important herb in Chinese medicine and is commonly included in Chinese cuisine. Using herbal capsules, take 500 to 1,000 mg 3 times daily. Astragalus increases production of immune-system chemical IL-2, which fights HPV. Activates gene p53. Do not use astragalus if you have a fever or a skin infection.
Green Tea is simply the dried leaves of the tea plant. Black tea are dried tea plant leaves that have been through a fermentation process. The key ingredients of green tea are molecules called catechins and have a variety of actions including vasorelaxation (arteries relaxing) which has aided cardiovascular activity. Catechins of green tea are selectively bactericidal. They do not affect lactic acid bacteria but will reduce the proliferation of other bacteria types particularly those that use alpha-amylase activity in their growth and cell division. Green tea also contains antioxidants and may help to lower cholesterol. Of greatest interest to the research community green tea apparently has a protective effect against a range of cancers, including the reduction in the frequency of smoke-induced mutations and is particularly useful in protection from stomach and colon cancer. Some studies have shown green tea may influence blood concentrations of hormones linked to at least one form of genetic hair loss known as androgenic alopecia. In one study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer in 1998, Japanese researchers found that drinking green tea could increase levels of the sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in women. Since this biochemical binds testosterone, the more SHBG present in a woman's body, at least theoretically, the less testosterone will be in her bloodstream. And that, say some experts, may block the chain of hormonal activity that initiates some forms of hair loss. Since green tea is certainly a good source of healthful antioxidants and may have some anti-cancer properties, so it certainly would not hurt a woman to include it in her diet. One cup of green tea roughly equals 100 mg of tea catechins. Typically research investigations have involved individuals drinking 3 cups of green tea (300 mg catechins) each day. Alternatively, capsules of green tea are widely available. Most catechins when ingested in green tea are passed through the gut and excreted intact. Very little is actually absorbed into the blood stream. Research indicates that ingestion of 3 grams of green tea solids will yield plasma levels of catechins in the nanograms per milliliter of plasma range which is very low. The researchers also noted that increasing green tea intake to 4.5 grams did not significantly increase the amount absorbed into the blood plasma so there seems to be an upper limit to the amount of catechins that can be absorbed and carried in the blood stream. Taking larger amounts of green tea will not necessarily equate to an increased level of blood plasma catechins or improved treatment effect! Green tea is well tolerated by most individuals with no significant side effects reported. Green Tea as a catechin extract, take 240 mg 3 times daily. Green Tea deactivates plasmin, a substance that creates pathways for blood-vessel tumors.
Lentinan intramuscular injection, given by health-care provider. Activates immune-system cells, LAK and NK cells, to fight cancer. Lentinan is a polysaccharide and an active constituent found in Shiitake Mushrooms. Sometimes called the Black Forest mushroom, the Shiitake mushroom has long been revered by the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean people for its culinary and medicinal contributions. Today it is one of the world's most cultivated edible mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms contain eight essential amino acids in addition to riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and dietary fiber, enzymes, and ergosterol which, when converted by sunlight, becomes vitamin D. Ancient Chinese physicians prescribed the Shiitake mushroom to activate their "life force". Ancient healers claimed that this mushroom promoted longevity, offered the immune system protection, and worked as a preventative against gastrointestinal distress, liver disease, colds, flu, and circulatory problems.
Scientific studies today are discovering evidence that supports the claims of ancient healers of China that Shiitake can be instrumental in helping to combat a host of conditions such as colds and flu, and serious ailments which includes heart disease, cancer, and life-threatening viral conditions. The active constituent in Shiitake is a polysaccharide called lentinan, which is currently under investigation for its potential anti-tumor effects, blood pressure-lowering effects, and cholesterol-lowering effects. Lentinan is also being studied for its ability to inhibit cancer. In recent years, Shiitake extracts have been tested for use as an adjunct to chemotherapy, and currently in Japan, a highly purified form of lentinan is being used in conjunction with standard chemotherapy agents in the treatment of cancer.
OVERVIEW OF THE ABM MUSHROOM & RESEARCH FINDINGS
ABM Mushroom Agaricus originates from Piedade, which is located in the suburbs of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The climatic conditions in Piedade include temperatures that soar to 35 to 38°C during the day and dip to between 20 to 25°C at night, with the humidity that averages 80-percent. The place also experiences regular squall toward evening. Agaricus Blazel Murill ABM Mushroom thrives only under these conditions, suggesting that its survival is significantly affected by these external conditions.
Around the same time, ABM Mushroom was introduced to Japan. Dr. Shoji Shibata, who at the time was a professor in the harmacological Department of Tokyo University, and Dr. Tetuo Ikegawa of the National Cancer Center, jointly researched the pharmacological effects of Agaricus. The research results were released at the general convention of the Japan Pharmacological Association and the Japan Cancer Association. The experience with mice verified that the polysaccharide beta-D-glucan contained in Agaricus significantly activated the immune system.
The polysaccharide contained in Agaricus Blazel Murill vitalizes production of interferon and interleukin in small animals (guinea pigs). This effect indirectly functions to destroy or prevent the proliferation of cancer cells. This refers to a cytokine inducing effect. Moreover, the experiments conducted by the researchers named above proved that this effect can also prevent viruses and other external factors from entering the tissue.
Clinical results obtained in collaboration with university researchers and hospital since the report on the anti-cancer effect of Agaricus Blazei Murril (ABM Mushroom) was released at the general convention of the Japan Cancer Association in 1980 proved that although many fungi polysaccharide only effect solid cancer and polysaccharide of Agaricus Blazei Murril is effective against Ehrlich's ascites carcinoma sigmoid colonic cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, and liver cancer as well as against solid cancer.
This trial showed ABM to be 80-percent more effective than the world's number one cancer drug PSK, an extract of Coriolus Versicolor. ABM was found to contain far higher levels of beta glucans than Maitake, Shiitake, and Reishi. The renown Dr. M Ghoneun (MGN-3) developed studies about the NK cells activities and presented them at the International Congress on Immunology held in San Francisco. One theme was the explanation of ABM's power in intensifying the NK cells activities and it's importance in immunological recording and in cancer treatments. He also related a study with ABM on the effect in 57 mice with active NK cells. "It occured a defense rate up to 9 times in ABM injected mice." At present ABM is considered the most potent mushroom in supporting the immune system and in controlling various diseases such as Cancer and Aids. So successful are the studies in Japan that they are now buying over 90-percent of the available Agaricus from Brazil.
The results of the experiments suggest that it also activates metabolism by revitalizing normal biological tissue. Digestive enzymes such as amylase trypsin martase and the protease contained in fungus also enhances digestion. Furthermore, tyrosinase, an enzyme which oxidizes tyrosine and produces melanin, has a hypotensive effect.
Living organisms are equipped with immunity system which expels pathogens, toxic chemicals and tumorous cells generated through mutation. When tumorous cells attach to form a simple protein lump, it is decomposed by microorganisms such as bacteria. Thanks to this function, which is called immunity, bodies can maintain their health by fighting off harmful microorganisms, stopping them from entering tissue or discharging them from tissue.
The human immune system is comprised of more that 130 subsets of white blood cells. About 15 percent of them are called Natural Killer (NK) cells, These provide the first line of defense for dealing with any form of invasion to the body. Each cell contains several small granules which act as "ammunition." When an NI cell recognizes a cancer cell, for instance, it attaches itself to the cells outer membrane and inject these granules directly into the interior of the cell.
More specifically, natural killer cells or NK cells play a critical role neutralizing outside organisms such as viruses and bacteria that enter the body. Through a process called phagocytosis, the NK cells "kiss" and engulf foreign agents and release toxic chemicals that destroy them.
In cancer patients, the NK cells and cancer cells constantly baffle one another. The NK cells attempt to destroy cancer cells while at the same time cancer cells try to neutralize NK cells before they can harm them. If the NK cells are weak or if there are not enough NK cells in the body, the cancer spreads through- out the body resulting in death. Several factors contribute to this weakening of the immune system: most notably stress, age, pollution, and smoking
When their immune systems work properly, humans remain healthy. However, the immune systems in many people are weakened by stress, poor eating habits and pollution, such as air pollution. These people can suffer from a number of diseases.
It is widely believed that cancer is caused by a decline in the immune system caused by aging and other factors. It is also known that atopic dermatitis asthma, pollinosis and rheumatism result from an excessive immuno reaction. The AIDS virus destroys immune cells and triggers diseases.
Agaricus Blazei Murill, which is enjoying growing attention, contains a large amount of polysaccharide, which is believed to enhance immunity. It does not only bolster immunity but reduces excessive immuno reactions to maintain a balance. Of all fungi, ABM Mushroom is particularly rich in polysaccharide, and has shown particularly strong results in treating and preventing cancer. It is believed that Agaricus Blazei Murill is the ideal food for the people of today, who are exposed to a difficult living environment.
Snow Fungus (Tremella fuciformis), an edible jelly fungus, sometimes called the silver ear fungus or simply the white jelly fungus is edible and considered a delicacy in China and Japan. It has an interesting texture, but not much flavor and can be sauteed in olive oil and butter, just like a regular mushroom (after rehydration). The traditional way of preparing this fungus is as a dessert by boiling it slightly to rehydrate and drain off the excess water. Soak overnight in a sugar solution. Heavy syrup from canned peaches can be used. Serve with or without the peaches. The snow fungus has been eaten for centuries in China, where it is considered to have significant medicinal properties, having been used against tuberculosis, high blood pressure and even the common cold. Studies have attributed the medicinal effects of Tremella to the polysaccharide (long chain sugar derivatives) content of the mushrooms, especially acidic heteropolysaccharide glucuronoxylomannans. There seems to be some antitumor properties attributable to the stimulation of the immune system by these polysaccharides. In the abstract of their paper, these Israeli and Ukrainian researchers state: "Tremella species also stimulate vascular endothelial cells; possess pronounced antiradiating effects; stimulate hematogenesis; demonstrate antidiabetic, antiinflammatory, hypocholesterolemic, antiallergic activities; and show hepatoprotective effects. Tremella glucuronoxylomannan can be recommended to improve immunodeficiency, including that induced by AIDS, physical stress, or aging, and to prevent senile degeneration of microvessels, maintaining better blood perfusion conditions in vital organs." Most of these effects come from long-term consumption of the fungus. Take 6 to 12 capsules or tablets daily during radiation therapy. It sensitizes cervical cancer cells to radiation therapy.
Turmeric curcumin tablets. Take 250 or 500 mg twice daily, between meals. Curcumin, turmeric's active constituent, protects against free radical damage because it is a strong antioxidant. It also reduces inflammation by lowering histamine levels and possibly by increasing production of natural cortisone by the adrenal glands. It protects the liver from a number of toxic compounds. It also has been shown to prevent platelets from clumping together, which in turn improves circulation and helps protect against atherosclerosis. There are also numerous animal studies showing a abnormal cell growth-preventing action of curcumin. This may be due to its antioxidant activity in the body. Turmeric also acts as a mild antacid. Activates gene p53.
Fenugreek combats diabetes, the fastest growing disease in America by regulating the rate at which the body absorbs sugars. In addition to increasing milk supply of nursing mothers, Fenugreek has been commonly used to treat bronchitis, arthritis, kidney problems, and male reproductive conditions. Numerous studies have also found that Fenugreek can reduce blood sugar and serum cholesterol levels in people with diabetes. Fenugreek is high in fiber so it can be used to treat constipation as well. Fenugreek is often used in herbal medicine in North Africa, the Middle East, and India for a wide variety of conditions. The seeds are given during convalescence to encourage weight gain, especially in anorexia. Fenugreek seeds are helpful in lowering fever and have a soothing effect, which makes them of value in treating gastritis and gastric ulcers. They are used to induce childbirth and to increase breast-milk production. Externally, the seeds may be applied as a paste to treat abscesses, boils, ulcers, and burns, or used as a douche for excessive vaginal discharge. The seeds also freshen bad breath and help restore sense of taste. In China, Fenugreek is used as a necessary to treat cervical cancer. Animal studies have shown it to be effective in treating baldness, cancer, inflammation, microbial and fungal infections, and stomach ulcers. The seeds of Fenugreek are somewhat bitter so it is best to take in capsule form. The recommended dosage is 5 to 30 grams of de-fatted Fenugreek taken 3 times a day with meals. Capsule concentrations may vary. For best results with capsule and other formulations, read and follow product label directions. Fenugreek contains estrogen and can stimulate the uterus, therefore it should be avoided while pregnant. If you are diabetic Fenugreek could interfere with your insulin therapy. If you are taking other medications it is best to consult with your health care provider before using this herb for the treatment of your condition.
DIETARY & SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
Consume more dark-green or yellow vegetables and fruit juices for their antioxidant content. A four-year study of 2,189 women with cervical cancer found that those who consumed these items frequently had a lower risk of developing invasive cancer. Compounds in these vegetables that are similar to vitamin A deactivate one of HPV's cancer causing genes, although they are more effective in the disease's earliest stages. Beta Carotene is a powerful antioxidant that destroys free radicals. Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids are powerful antioxidants and anti-cancer agents.
Bioflavonoids are not true vitamins in the strictest sense, sometimes being referred to as vitamin P, and may be found in herbal plants, fruits, nuts and bark; and because they cannot be manufactured by the body, they must be supplied through the diet. The letter ''P'' represents permeability factor, and it was given to this group of nutrients because they improve capillary strength and permeability. Citrus Bioflavonoids are a class of Flavonoids that includes Rutin, Hesperidin, Quercitin, Eriodictyl and Citron, and they are essential for the absorption of vitamin C, which should be taken simultaneously, so they may act synergistically for maximum benefit. Citrus fruits are well known for providing ample amounts of vitamin C, but they also provide Citrus Bioflavonoids, which are located in the white material just beneath the peel of citrus fruits and may be found in Grapefruits, Lemons, Tangerines, Limes and Oranges. Other sources of bioflavonoids include Apricots, Nuts, Chilies & Bell Peppers, Buckwheat, Blackberries, Black Currants, Cherries, Grapes & Raisins, Plums & Prunes, and Rose Hips. In addition, several herbs also provide bioflavonoids, including Chervil, Elderberry, Hawthorne Berry, Horsetail and Shepherd's Purse. Citrus Bioflavonoids in powder form has approximately 600 mg for each capsule. 1/2 teaspoon of the powder is about equal to one capsule. Powder can be consumed by sprinkling it over your food or mixing it with a syrup such as maple or chocolate. You could also mix it with orange juice or lemonade. The citric acid in the orange juice will help to mask any unpleasant powder tastes. Lemon (Citrus limon) and Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) are primary sources of Citrus Bioflavonoids.
To supply Chlorophyll and important nutrients, Wheatgrass is used to for the treatment of cancer in many cancer clinics. Daily nutritional "smoothies" made of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fresh juices are particularly good and beneficial and easy to digest. Supplemental nutrients, oils, powders and extracts can be added to the juice or smoothie for easier intake and digestion. Consume plenty of live juices. Juicing is extremely beneficial for supplying nutrients. Green drinks made from leafy greens such as kale, spinach, beet greens, and carrot and beet root juice, should be consumed on a daily basis, with garlic and onion added. KyoGreen is an excellent green drink product that contains chlorophyll, protein, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Take this drink three time daily. (See nutrient chart and links below.) Wheatgrass is a rich nutritional food and blood cleanser. It reduces abnormal cell growth and fights unfriendly bacteria.
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Fortify your diet with the antioxidant supplements Vitamin E and Glutamine. Taking 200 to 400 international units of vitamin E per day has been shown to provide a threefold decrease in the rate of invasive cancer. Lower levels of Vitamin E have been found at every successive stage of cervical cancer - that is, the worse the cancer, the lower the tissue amounts of Vitamin E. Similarly, scientists have found lower levels of the amino acid Glutathione (and higher levels of the enzyme that destroys it) at every successive stage of the disease. Glutamine, taken at a dose of 250 milligrams a day, is an important antioxidant building block, especially if combined with 1,000 milligrams of Vitamin C per day.
Take thymic factor supplements to stimulate the immune system in cervical cancer. However, do not take thymic factors during chemotherapy with doxorubicin (Adriamycin) or cisplatin (Platinol), since the net effect of combining thymus supplements with these medications is less than the effect of either thymus supplements or chemotherapy alone. Thymus plays a role in immune function, lymphocyte formation and antibody production.
Thymic Immune Factors is a synergistic formula that contains a full complement of herbal activators in addition to fresh, healthy thymus, lymph and spleen tissues. The primary ingredient is tissue from the master organ of the system: the thymus gland. Also included is tissue from the lymph nodes and spleen. The immune system tissue extracts in this formula are raw, concentrated, and freeze-dried to preserve enzyme activity. Thymic factors are said to be immune modulators. Thymic extracts have been shown to normalize the ratio of T-helper cells to suppressor cells whether the ratio is low as in AIDS, chronic infections and cancer, or high as found with allergies and autoimmune diseases like psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. In other words, thymic factors appear to influence the immune response up or down as needed.
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THYMIC FORMULA INGREDIENTS (Per Serving - 6 Caplets)
Vitamin A (Beta Carotene): 5000 IU
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): 1000 mg
Vitamin D-3 (Cholecalciferol): 400 IU
Vitamin E (d-Alpha Tocopheryl Succinate): 100 IU
Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin HCl): 85 mg
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin): 25 mg
Vitamin B-3 (Niacinamide): 50 mg
Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine HCl): 25 mg
Vitamin B-9 (Folic Acid): 400 mcg
Vitamin B-12 (Methylcobalamin): 50 mcg
Biotin: 300 mcg
Pantothenic Acid (d-Calcium Pantothenate): 50 mg
Calcium (Carbonate): 150 mg
Iodine (From Kelp): 150 mcg
Magnesium (Gluconate): 100 mg
Zinc (Gluconate): 45 mg
Selenium (Glycinate Complex): 165 mg
Copper (Gluconate): 2.5 mg
Manganese (Gluconate): 5 mg
Chromium (Chromax Picolinate): 50 mcg
Potassium (Gluconate): 50 mg
Thymic Proprietary Blend (2551 mg) consisting of freeze-dried raw tissue complex ( Thymus, Spleen, Lymph, Bone Marrow, and Pituitary), Amino Acid Complex ( L-Lysine HCl, L-Arginine, , L-Histidine, , L-Ornithine, , L-Isoleucine, , L-Leucine, , L-Theonine, , L-Valine, , L-Phenylalanine, and L-Methionine, Inositol, Lecithin, Astragalus 70% Extrat (root), Choline Bitartrate, Cat's Claw Bark Powder, Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex, PABA (Para-Aminobenzoic Acid), Rutin, Hesperidin (from Citrus Peels), Boron (Glyconate), and Octacosanol ( Oryza sativa seed extract).
Thymic Enzyme Blend (215 mg) consisting of Bromelain (2400 GDU), Trypsin (75M U/G), Papain 2M USP U/MG), and Betaine HCl.
BioPerine (95% Piperine) (Black Pepper fruit) 12.6 mg.
According to Dr. Michael T. Murray, nationally known lecturer and co-author of the best seller Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, "The most effective method for maintaining or attaining a healthy immune system is supporting the functions of the thymus gland... to a very large extent, the health of the thymus determines the health of the immune system."
The thymus is quite responsive to environmental stimuli and thus is either the beneficiary or victim of the choices that we make every day. In addition to a healthy diet, adequate rest, water and exercise, we must learn to manage stress effectively. Antioxidants like vitamins C and E, beta carotene and selenium help to protect the thymus from free radicals, unstable molecules that damage our cells. Other nutrients such as zinc, vitamin B-6 and certain amino acids are important because they are required for the production of thymic hormones. Vitamins and minerals serve as cofactors and catalysts in the enzymatic pathways that regulate our metabolism. As we age, many essential vitamins and minerals become depleted and must be replaced. Their presence is essential for the proper working of the chemical factories within our cells.
The thymus gland lies just beneath the breast bone. It is large in infants and children but atrophies as we grow older. The thymus seeds the body with immature T-cells, the white blood cells responsible for "cell-mediated immunity". This gland secretes special chemicals called cytokines (i.e. interferon, interleukins) that influence the specialization and migration of T-lymphocytes throughout the body. The thymus also releases hormones that regulate immune function. These thymic hormones help immune cells to mature, "programming" them to recognize tissues as either self or invader. Recognizing the enemy is the first and likely most important step in the immune response.
The thymus shrinks as its role shifts from immune cell production to regulation of the immune response. Lower thymic hormone levels in the blood are associated with depressed immunity, and are typical of the elderly, individuals with chronic infections, autoimmune disorders, cancer and AIDS patients. The thymus is extremely susceptible to free radical and oxidative damage caused by stress, radiation, poor diet, infection and chronic illness. People who have undergone radiation, chemotherapy or other immune-suppressing treatments also typically have low thymus function. Whatever the cause, depressed immunity can lead to an increase in the frequency and severity of colds, fatigue, allergies, or the onset of opportunistic infections.
Glandular hormone replacement therapy is based upon the use of animal glandular and organ substances to bolster the function of the human body's organs and glands. Modern medicine replaces the thyroid gland with thyroid hormone, the adrenal gland with cortisone, the pancreas gland with insulin, and the ovaries with estrogen and progesterone. However, health care providers have not routinely replaced the thymus gland. As the thymus shrinks and weakens with age, the most effective and direct way to stimulate it is by consuming thymus tissue. Even if you are healthy, a maintenance dose of thymic protein is recommended to support your immune function. Because decreased thymic function, like falling hormone levels and gray hair, is an inevitable part of aging, it is a valuable addition to your general anti-aging/longevity program.
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If you smoke, quit, and avoid exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. Cigarette smoke contains 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone, also known as NNK, which can interfere with the immune system, decreasing its ability to keep HPV in check and greatly increasing the risk of cervical cancer.
An abnormal Pap smear does not mean a woman has cervical cancer. Each year, approximately 2 million American women are given a diagnosis of atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS). Only 5 to 10 percent of these women have cervical cancer, and most of those who do have it test positive for HPV. Fortunately, there is now a more sensitive test for HPV infection. The Hybrid Capture II test detects 90 to 95-percent of cases of HPV infection, compared to 75 to 80-percent for the Pap smear. This test is especially helpful if the results of a Pap smear are inconclusive.
Health-care professionals have long known that cancerous or pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix turn white when exposed to vinegar. In most cases, this change can be observed visually by your health care provider or trained midwife.
If cervical cancer in a younger woman must be treated surgically, a new operating procedure can preserve fertility. This procedure, known as a trachelectomy, removes the cervix while preserving the uterus. In the first twenty-six women who underwent the procedure, only one experienced a recurrence of the cancer.
Women who take oral contraceptives who have cervical dysplasia are much less likely to develop more severe dysplasia or cancer if they take Folic Acid supplements. In one study of such women, Sixteen-percent of those who did not take folic acid had more severe dysplasia after four months, while none of the those taking folic acid (at a dosage of 10 milligrams per day) saw their conditions worsen.
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If you or a family member has persistent vaginal bleeding or other symptoms of cervical cancer. If you have not had a pelvic examination or Pap smear in at least one year.
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