Posts Tagged ‘treatment’

Lise Alschuler, Naturopathic Physician, Discusses Prevention and Treatment of Cancer

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

LiseHeadshotStripedShirtLise Alschuler is a naturopathic doctor with board certification in naturopathic oncology and has been practicing since 1994. She graduated from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Medical Anthropology and received a doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. Dr. Alschuler is past-President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and a founding board member and current President of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She also currently serves as President Emeritus on the board of the Naturopathic Post-Graduate Association. Dr. Alschuler works as an independent consultant in the area of practitioner and consumer health education. She is the Executive Director of TAP integration, a nonprofit educational resource for integrative practitioners. She maintains a naturopathic oncology practice out of Naturopathic Specialists , based in Scottsdale AZ. Previously, she was the department head of naturopathic medicine at Midwestern Regional Medical Center – Cancer Treatment Centers of America. She was also the clinic medical director and botanical medicine chair at Bastyr, as well she was on the faculty of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians recognized Dr. Alschuler in 2014 as Physician of the Year. She also received an honorary degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Joseph Pizzorno Founders award from Bastyr University in the same year.

Dr. Alschuler is the co-author of The Definitive Guide to Cancer and The Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer. She co-created http://www.FiveToThrivePlan.com, and co-hosts a radio show, Five To Thrive Live! on the Cancer Support Network about living more healthfully in the face of cancer. She calls Tucson AZ and Chicago, IL home. Learn more at http://www.drlise.net.

Can Garlic be Useful as an antimicrobial for Resistant Urinary Tract Infections?

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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Recent research on garlic as antimicrobial, published in the Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science concluded that garlic extract may be an effective weapon against multidrug resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria associated with urinary tract infections (UTI). The researchers said “even crude extracts of garlic showed good antimicrobial activity against multidrug resistant strains where antibiotic therapy had limited or no effect.”

In the study, researchers found that 56% of the 166 bacteria strains isolated from the urine of people with UTI showed a high degree of resistance to antibiotics. The study also showed about 82% of the antibiotic resistant bacteria were susceptible to a crude aqueous extract of antimicrobial Allium sativum. The authors conclude, “there is evidence that garlic has potential in the treatment of UTI and maybe other microbial infections. However, it is necessary to determine the bioavailability, side effects and pharmacokinetic properties in more detail.”

 

Is High Dose Vitamin C Beneficial for Ovarian Cancer Patients?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

logo1267406_mdA new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine concluded that high dose vitamin C administered intravenously with traditional chemotherapy, helped kill cancer cells while reducing the toxic effects of chemotherapy for ovarian cancer based upon studies with cells, animals and humans. Although traditional medicine stopped using high dose vitamin C after finding oral administration ineffective in two clinical trials whereas alternative medicine continued using it . The researchers said ” What weve have discovered is that, because of its pharmacokinetic differences, intravenous vitamin C as opposed to oral vitamin C, kills some cancer cells without harming normal cells.”

The clinical trial involved 27 patients with newly diagnosed Stage 3 or 4 ovarian cancer. All received conventional therapy with paclitaxel or carboplatin and some were also treated with high-dose intravenous vitamin C. Participants were followed for 5 years and those receiving the vitamin C tended to experience lower toxic effects from the chemotherapy drugs. In laboratory rodents, researchers found that vitamin C killed cancer cells at the concentration achievable only by intravenous inbfusion, with no observable toxicity or pathological changes in the liver, kidney or spleen. More resear h is planned based upon these results and the researchers said “our data provide strong evidence to justify larger anbd robust clinical trials to definitely examine the benefits of adding vitamin C to conventional chemotherapy.”

 

Does Bitter Melon Extract Have Potential to Fight Head and Neck Cancer?

Friday, November 29th, 2013

logo1267406_mdPreliminary findings of a study published in the Public Library of Science One Journal reported that bitter melon extract. a vegetable commonly used in Indian and Chinese diets, reduces the head and neck cancer cell growth in the animal model.  In a controlled lab setting, they found that bitter melon extract .helped reduce tumor growth of heal and neck tumors after a four week period. They plan to validate with other preclinical trials and then move to clinical trials. The researchers original research found that treatment with bitter melon halted the breast cancer and prostate cancer cell growth  that eventually stopped them from spreading.