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Turmeric as an Immunomodulating Strategy

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 23 April 2021
Turmeric as an Immunomodulating Strategy
Curcuma longa (turmeric) has demonstrated antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune-stimulating actions. The herb's primary active constituent, curcumin, has a beneficial action on numbers signalling pathways involved in the induction of inflammation, cell cycle apoptosis, proliferation, survival, invasion, angiogenesis, and metastasis.
NF-kB is a transcription factor that has shown responsiveness to curcumin. Suppression of NF-kB subsequently down-regulates COZ-2 and therefore mediat...
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The Use of Probiotics During Cancer Treatments

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 23 April 2021
The Use of Probiotics During Cancer Treatments
There is a plethora of evidence indicating the positive associations between probiotic therapy alongside chemotherapy. A recent meta-analysis concluded probiotics effectively prevented chemotherapy-induced diarrhoea among cancer patients.
In a review published in 2014, it was demonstrated that probiotics reduce the incidence of diarrhoea greater than grade 2 and grade 3 and may reduce the average frequency of daily bowel movements.
Over 756 patients, 5 cases reported that certain probioti...
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Intermittent Fasting and Cancer Treatments

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 23 April 2021
Intermittent Fasting and Cancer Treatments
Cancer cells do not respond to the protective signals generated by fasting, leaving them vulnerable to both the immune system and cancer treatment.
Evidence-based research inclusive of randomised control trials and several other reports suggest that using a low-caloric (fast mimicking) diet for 2-5 days around chemotherapy was associated with greater tolerance to chemotherapy, resulting with less fatigue, weakness, and less gastro-intestinal issues. Fasting was well tolerated and reduced h...
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Botanical Considerations in Reducing Cancer Risk: Green Tea

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 13 April 2021
Botanical Considerations in Reducing Cancer Risk: Green Tea
Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) is rich in catechins which exhibit potent antioxidant action. This group of phenols are responsible for green tea's strong free radical scavenging properties, Clinical trials have demonstrated that green tea consumption equivalent to 250mg catechins/day significantly increased antioxidant status and reduces peroxide values, Catechins may also inhibit the production of inflammatory mediators such as leukotrienes and lipoxygenase; and has been shown to block n...
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Cancer Treatment and Sexual Health

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 10 April 2021
Cancer Treatment and Sexual Health
Changes in sexual health may not a priority when you have been diagnosed with cancer, but it might be more important than you expect.
Depending on the treatment you are given, sexual side effects range from mildly annoying to downright debilitating. For instance, hormone-blocking medications can cause vaginal dryness, which can lead to painful sex or lowered sex drive. Patients who have a mastectomy (breast removal) may no longer have feeling in the chest area. Changes in body image affect se...
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Associations

  • The Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Society for Integrative Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Australasian Integrative Medicine Association
  • Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia
  • British Naturopathic Association

Disclaimer: Manuela Boyle is not a registered medical practitioner or specialist medical oncologist. Manuela Boyle is a general health service provider who is not legally required to be registered under National Health Practitioner regulation law. She practises under the national Code of Conduct that sets standards to general health service providers who are not regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Manuela Boyle is an accredited member of the following professional organisations:
NHAA (Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia), SIO (Society of Integrative Oncology) USA, AIMA (Australasian Integrative Medical Association), IFM (Institute of Functional Medicine) USA