Archive for July, 2010

Lower Risk of Cancer by Cutting Fat and Calories

Friday, July 30th, 2010


Research presented at the 2010 Institute od Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo concluded that as many as 1 out of 3 cancer deaths in humans and dogs could be prevented by cutting calories and reducing Omega-6 fatty acids. They stated that too much Omega-6 from fats found in corn-oil, vegetable oil, and grain fed red meat can lead to inflammation that in turn creates an environment conducive to cancer. In addition, to reducing Omega-6 fats they suggested reducing calories especially sugar that causes obesity and also feeds and encourages the growth of cancer cells. Obesity has been shown to limit the production of adiponectin, a hormone that inhibits the growth of cancer cells.

Reduced Risk of Cancer for Sufferers of Asthma and Eczema

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010


Research published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology concluded that men who suffered from eczema had a lower risk of lung cancer and those having a history of asthma had a lower risk of stomach cancer. The researchers believe the hyper-reactive immune system of these sufferers may have enabled the elimination of the abnormal cells more efficiently.

Data were collected on 3,300 men ages 35 to 70 between August 1976 and March 1986 who had been diagnosed with cancer and a control group of 516 people who did not have cancer. Using group data researchers determined whether there was a link between allergies such as asthma and eczema and the incidence of eight most common types of cancer. Although they were unable to identify which factors related to asthma and eczema were responsible for reducing the risk of cancer, the findings offered new possibilities for research involving immunological and molecular mechanisms that may eventually provide opportunities for prevention.

Natural Solutions for Seasonal Allergies Discussed by Dr Dobri Kiprov and Dr Ann Lovick on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, July 25th, 2010


Ann Lovick Website

Dr Carl O Helvie, host, interviewed Dr Dobri Kiprov and Dr Ann Lovick on the Holistic Health Show yesterday. Both talked about natural solutions for seasonal allergies.

Dr Kiprov a physician and pioneer in the field of immunology is chief of immunology at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He is world renown for his work. More information is available on an earlier blog and at: and

Dr Lovick is a naturopathic physician who is on the staff of Integrative Health Care in Scottsdale, Arizona and has been a lifelong sufferer of allergies. More information is available on an earlier blog and also at: Http://

The interview follows:

High Fat Diet and Risk of Prostate Cancer Link Reported

Friday, July 23rd, 2010


In a study reported in the journal The Prostate researchers found that a high fat diet resulted in activation of NF-kB in the abdominal cavity, thymus, spleen, and prostate in mice studies and concluded “Our studies provide evidence that a high-fat diet increases the activation of NF-kB along with elevated levels of NADPH oxidase components which might lead to intraprostatic inflammation” and this strengthens the link between a high-fat diet and possible prostatic disease including BPH and prostate cancer. In the study non-obese
NF-kB reporter mice were provided a high fat diet for 4, 8 and 12 weeks and a second group were fed a regular diet. The high fat diet group had a significant increase in prostate weight, and prostate expression of markers of oxidative stress and increased inflammation. This provided evidence that a high fat diet causes proliferation, inflammation, and oxidative stress that can lead to benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), prostatitis, and cancer of the prostate.

Asthma Diagnosis Improved Using Genetic Ancestry Data

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010


In a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine this month the researchers concluded “Our findings show that accounting for genetic ancestry improves prediction of normal lung function over the simple race-based classification. ” They continue on to say this may result in reclassification of the severity in many lung diseases including asthma. In the study of more than 3,000 patients ranging in age from 18 to 93 they found the precise genetic background was more useful than the self-identified racial profile commonly used in determining lung function and lung damage. Such knowledge is useful for diagnosing the severity of asthma and eligibility for various treatments.

Dr. Dobri Kiprov and Dr. Ann Lovick to Discuss Seasonal Allergies on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, July 18th, 2010


Ann Lovick Website

Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, will interview Dr Dobri Kiprov and Dr Ann Lovick on the Holistic Health Show on Saturday.

Dobri Kiprov, M.D. is a pioneer in the field of immunology and Chief of Immunology at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He is a world renown immunologist and one of the first physicians in the United States to complete a formal fellowship program in Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology (Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School). He has numerous publications on immunology and published the first description of new immunological related syndromes.
Utilizing his background in immunology and apheresis, he has been part of the first trials of immunotherapy (cell therapies) and is currently involved in several projects involving cell vaccines and stem cell therapies.
Dr Kiprov has served on numerous local, state and national professional leadership positions, served as a consultant, held positions on editorial boards of several medical journals, and presented papers nationally and internationally. More information is available at: or

Breast Cancer Risk May Be Reduced By Fish Oil Use

Friday, July 16th, 2010


Research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention concluded that regular use of fish oil may reduce the risk of breast cancer. Researchers asked over 35,000 post-menopausal women who did not have breast cancer to complete a questionaire about their use of non-vitamin. non-mineral “specialty” supplements in the Vitamins and Lifestyle cohort study. Following 6 years there were 880 cases of breast cancer. Those who regularly used fish oil supplements with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA had a 32% reduced risk of developing breast cancer. Other supplements commonly taken by post menopausal women did not show an association with breast cancer risk. The researchers cautioned that these findings should not be considered final without replicated studies. Further studies are planned by the researcher.

Air Pollution May Heighten Asthma Attacks

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010


A new study published online in the American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology concluded that the tiniest air pollutant particles incite inflammation deep in the lungs and may cause asthma flare ups. Because these tiny particles are primarily derived from vehicular emissions and found in high concentrations on expressways the researchers subjected half of a sample of mice to ultrafine pollutants from near a freeway in downtown Los Angeles and the other half breathed filtered air following exposure of both groups to surrogate allergens that would be similar to pollen exposure of humans. They found that exposure to air containing the untrafine particles for a few hours daily over 5 days significantly increased airway inflammation that correlated with changes found in the immune system and genes expressed. They observed the most profound inflammation deep in the lungs.
Previously believed that asthma is dominated by a specific initial immune response this study showed that ultrafine pollution particles may also play an important role in triggering other paths of inflammation that increase the intensity of asthma. The researchers believe the organic chemicals coating the pollution particles released into the lungs may generate free radicals that incite the immune system of the lungs through oxidation that is known to contribute to allergic inflammation in the lungs of those suffering from asthma. Further research is planned on the particular chemicals boosting the effects of particular pollutants on the allergic inflammation and the immunological mechanisms.

Seasonal Allergies Discussed by Dr Fred Pescatore and Dr Lauren Feder

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

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Dr  Feder

Yesterday, Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, the Holistic Health Show, interviewed Dr Fred Pescatore and Dr Lauren Feder about seasonal allergies. Dr Pescatore is an internationally known physician who is recognized as a health, nutrition, and weight loss expert, has hosted his own radio show and appeared on major radio and television programs, authored several books including the best seller Thin for Good. and and the Allergy and Asthma Cure, and Founded the Dr Pescatore’s Health for Good products. More information on Dr Pescatore and his activities was identified on an earlier blog and can be found at:

Dr Lauren Feder, a nationally known physician is in private group practice in Los Angeles, has appeared on national programs including Oprah and Friends with Dr Mehmet Oz, and is author of Natural Baby and Child Care and The Parents Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccines. More information appeared on an earlier blog and can also be found at

The Mechanisms of Asbestos Causing Lung Cancer

Friday, July 9th, 2010


A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science explained why asbestos causes cancer. The researchers looked at the paradox of how asbestos fibers that kill cells can cause cancer when dead cells should not grow to form tumors. Findings show that when asbestos kills cells, it induces a process called ‘programmed cell necrosis” releasing a molecule called high-mobility group box 1 protein (HMGB1). This starts an inflammatory process causing the release of mutagens and factors that promote tumor growth.
The researchers found that patients exposed to asbestos had elevated levels of HMGB1 in their blood. Thus, it may be possible to identify those with asbestos by simple HMGB1 blood tests and targeting these individuals for prevention and treatment.
The researchers are interesting in determining whether interfering with the inflammatory reaction caused by asbestos and HMGB1 can decrease the cancer incidence of cohorts exposed to asbestos. They also wonder if taking an aspirin or similar drug that stops inflammation will prevent mesothelioma. More research is planned to test this hypothesis.