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What to do to reduce 'chemo-brain'?

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 9 July 2021
What to do to reduce 'chemo-brain'?
Often patients ask us why we recommend a ketogenic diet after the completion of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Both treatments cause 'brain fog' or 'chemo-brain'.  The dietary component of our approach promotes a combination of ketogenic and Mediterranean food patterns, which replaces saturated fats from animal sources with coconut products, and encourages a high diversity of plant foods rich in phytonutrients and vitamins. Mediterranean diet (Mediet) the Medi...
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Vitamin D has a protective effects against colorectal cancer

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 9 July 2021
Vitamin D has a protective effects against colorectal cancer
Vitamin D has been identified as a potential protective factor in the development of colorectal cancer (CRC). We expect to see a stronger association of ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure and CRC with increasing age since chronic vitamin D deficiency leads to sustained molecular changes that increase cancer risk. The DINOMIT (disjunction, initiation, natural selection, overgrowth, metastasis, involution, and transition) model postulates various stages of cancer development due to vitamin D de...
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Herbal Medicine: Artemisia Annua

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 8 July 2021
Herbal Medicine: Artemisia Annua
Also known as Qing Hao in Traditional Chinese Medicine, or Sweet Wormwood in Western Herbal Medicine. This herb has become notable recently because Dr Youyou Tu researched TCM's use of this herb and its significant effect on Malaria. She was able to identify the compound responsible, Artemisin, which dramatically changed the worldwide ability to combat Malaria reducing the international cases by 25%. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2015.1
Sweet Wormwood has many other s...
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Resveratrol is a Promising Agent Against Colorectal Cancer

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 4 July 2021
Resveratrol is a Promising Agent Against Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer and one of the main causes of cancer death entire the world. Environmental, dietary, and lifestyle factors including red meat consumption, cigarette smoking, alcohol intake and family history are the most important risk factors of CRC. Multiple pathways including inflammation, oxidative stress, and apoptosis are involved in its incidence and progression. Resveratrol, a polyphenolic compound, has different pharmacologic functions in...
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An Accurate Blood Test to Predict More Than 50 Cancers

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 3 July 2021
An Accurate Blood Test to Predict More Than 50 Cancers
New research shows a simple blood test that can spot more than 50 kinds of cancer is accurate enough to be used on those who are high-risk, including the asymptomatic. The paper, published in the Annals of Oncology, shows the test delivered a very low false-positive rate while predicting where in the body the cancer is located with solid accuracy. The test looks for chemical changes in pieces of genetic code called cell-free DNA (cfDNA) that leak from cells into the bloodstream. Researche...
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