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 Posted 5/1/2012 3:46:53 AM
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Durk Pearson once said that everyone has the disease at many times in their lives but their immune systems suppress it.

One way to help prevent cancer is to consume fewer calories.  It requires no work or money but is a challenge in the face of constant enticements to eat.
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My understanding of the subject is that we don't have cancer cells in our body we have only non-transformed cells. If something occurs that damages the cells, either by genetic or environmental (exogenous) factors then they become transformed. Research suggests these transformed cells may remain dormant until further alteration encourages uncontrolled cell proliferation and invasion of neighboring tissues. Our innate immune system helps keep this from occurring. Simply stated from Nature Reviews Cancer, De Visser, et al, in regard to cancer and the immune system:  "The main function of the mammalian immune system is to monitor tissue homeostasis, to protect against invading or infectious pathogens and to eliminate damaged cells."

This makes me want to suggest a hypothesis regarding cancer and infections like the flu. When our immune system is burdened with getting rid of an infection it has a hard time maintaining normal homeostasis like eliminating these transformed, damaged cells. Therefore they lay dormant and get stronger a little bit each time an infection occurs until in our advanced years; after multiple infections, compromised immune function and diet and lifestyle choices, environmental toxins, etc.; those cells are altered and damaged even more until our immune system can't fight them off and they turn malignant. Perhaps the common cold and flu or other such infections that tax our immune system has greater implications than we thought? I understand when someone has cancer they have a greater chance of getting the flu. Maybe the reverse is true. Something to investigate for sure.

If my hypothesis is correct, one would be smart after such infections to load up on cancer fighting foods, especially in juice form, and even cancer fighting supplements to help the body fight off this potential threat.


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I recently have increased my vitamin C intake from 1 g/day to 2 g/day.  Also, if any of us do get cancer, I think that intravenous vitamin C, at very high levels, is the way to destroy it.
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To Tom, in the book, The Transformed Cell, the author described a man who underwent spontaneous remission who had a history of a severe infection.  It was thought that the infection rallied his immune system to overcome the cancer as well.

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DDye,
That is interesting. That man's results sound similar to research being conducted to artificially stimulate and amplify the immune system in an effort to kill the cancer cells. More specifically there is a procedure called 'adoptive immunotherapy', which involves removal of the patients natural killer cells (T cells) and then modifying the killer cells to enhance their affinity to the tumor, and then replacing the T cells back into the patient. It is discussed in THIS ARTICLE

In my mothers case though, she always had a yearly flu. (i.e. multiple infections). This year the flu was so bad it severely depressed her immune system. This is what I believe allowed the cancer (which I believe was always present in her lungs just immuno-suppressed) to progress so suddenly and quickly.


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Also, individuals with cancer can have increased susceptibility to infection.

On another matter, would she be interested in participating in a trial? http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=non-small+cell+lung+cancer


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Thanks for the link. Maybe. She is the type that is very cautious about the dangers of therapies that haven't been fully tested. At this stage though it's worth a try.

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Note to self:

Preventing Surgery-Induced Cancer Metastasis
http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2009/dec2009_Preventing-Surgery-Induced-Cancer-Metastasis_01.htm

Cancer Surgery Special Report

http://www.lef.org/featured-articles/Cancer-Surgery-Special-Report.htm

AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22531483

PSK (Polysaccharide-K)
http://wildbranchmushrooms.com/turkey-tail
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10696116

PSP (Polysaccharide Peptide)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15870943
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9166995
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12723750
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriolus_versicolor





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Pursuant to our discussion:  http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2012-rst/6868.html

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