Answers to Cancers

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  Ref. 1 reported reduced risk for lung cancer among people taking vitamin E. Ref. 2 recommends increasing the RDA for vitamin E. Vitamin E does not have the toxic effects seen with radiation treatment (3). But vitamin E is by no means the only substance associated with lower risk for cancer. Some of this research is old (4). However, that does not mean that it isn’t valid. Perhaps it has just been ignored. Recent research also supports the role of vitamin E (5).

Vitamin C

  According to Ref. 6, vitamin C slows down cancer. Ref. 7 reports the same results in the layman’s language.

But What about the Drugs?

  Ref. 8 is an expose on the drug companies. Ref. 9 by the same doctor also blasts the drug companies. Ref. 9 puts part of the blame on academic medicine for selling out to them.

Vitamin B6

  Ref. 10 reports that vitamin B6 reduces the risk of colon cancer. The risk reduction was “moderately strong”. Similar results are given in Refs. 11 & 12. Ref. 13 also reports benefit from B6.

Grocery Shopping

  Where should you do your grocery shopping? Your best bet for cancer prevention is in the produce isle. Fruits and vegetables are your best bets for preventing cancer. They have fiber, which fights against colon cancer. They also have flavonoids and carotenoids. Flavonoids are plant pigments that are only found in plant foods. Carotenoids are also pigments. Beta carotene, which is yellow, is found in milk and butter as well as plant foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and orange fruits and vegetables including squash. Pick colorful fruits and vegetables including tomatoes, which contain lycopene. The colorful produce has these pigments. Lutein is considered good for the eyes. It is yellow, and it is in corn.

  There are also other protective substances that are not completely understood. Some are in cruciferous vegetables. There is a theory that the mineral selenium helps prevent cancer.

  Colorful berries contain flavonoids, which are thought to fight against cancer.


The Vegan and Vegetarian Diets
  These diets conatin certain micronutrients that protect against cancer, but not 100%. In other words, don’t smoke just because you are on a healthy diet. You still might get cancer anyway. The solution to this problem is not to smoke.
  Linus Pauling thought that vitamin C was a key factor (14). This vitamin is high in citrus fruits and in berries. Unfortunately it can be destroyed by cooking. This is another reason to eat fruits and berries, but if you eat them in a pie, it isn’t as healthy. The pie has been cooked and has fat in the crust.
  Ref. 15 has more information on the vegan and vegetarian diets in relation to cancer. The cancer risk is reduced on these diets. Cardiovascular risks are also reduced on these diets (15). These diets are also cheaper than the omnivorous diet because of the high prices of meat and fish and cheese. Lacto-ovo vegetarians eat cheese.
  Unfortunately the drug interferon, which is one of the drugs used to fight cancer, has the side effect of causing depression. This happens because interferon causes an increase in tryptophan metabolism. These results in excess tryptophan metabolites which may cause the depression. My view is that this fact may be an important clue to the etiology of depression. In depression the tryptophan metabolism may be increased for other reasons.
  It can be concluded that nutrition plays an important role in cancer. It may help protect the DNA from being damaged and/or help repair the DNA. My guess is that it does both. Damaged DNA can replicate itself and cause more damaged DNA, unfortunately.
  Also there are bad substances that need to be avoided such as cigarette smoke. There are sometimes bad substances in your food, unfortunately. Red meat is considered a risk factor for colon cancer. This may be due to the heme which is in blood. Red meat has blood in it. More research is needed.
  I have submitted this masterpiece to the ethics group because of the shameful behavior by the drug companies and the sellouts by academic medicine (8, 9). I have submitted this to Man Among Men to honor the late Linus Pauling.


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2. Doctors say, Raise the RDAs now. Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 30, 2007.

3. Fischer W. [The protective effect of tocopherol against toxic phenomena connected with the roentgen irradiation of mammary carcinoma.] Munch Med Wochenschr. 1959 Sep 4;101:1487-8. German.

4. Telford IR. The influence of alpha tocopherol on lung tumors in strain A mice. Tex Rep Biol Med. 1955;13(3):515-21. Swick RW, Baumann CA, Miller WL Jr, Rumsfeld HW Jr. Tocopherol in tumor tissues and effects of tocopherol on the development of liver tumors. Cancer Res. 1951 Dec;11(12):948-53.

5. Malmberg KJ, Lenkei R, Petersson M et al. A short-term dietary supplementation of high doses of vitamin E increases T helper 1 cytokine production in patients with advanced colorectal cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2002 Jun; 8(6):1772-8.

6. Chen Q, Espey MG, Sun AY, Pooput C, Kirk KL, Krishna MC, Khosh DB, Drisko J, Levine M. Pharmacologic doses of ascorbate act as a prooxidant and decrease growth of aggressive tumor xenografts in mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Aug 4.

7. BBC NEWS: Published: Aug 4, 2008.

8. Angell M. The Truth about the Drug Companies. NY: Random House, 2004.

9. Angell M. Is academic medicine for sale? N Engl J Med. 2000 May 18;342(20):1516-8.

10. Theodoratou E, Farrington SM, Tenesa A et al. Dietary vitamin B6 intake and the risk of colorectal cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Jan;17(1):171-82.

11. Matsubara K, Komatsu S, Oka T, Kato N. Vitamin B6-mediated suppression of colon tumorigenesis, cell proliferation, and angiogenesis (review). J Nutr Biochem. 2003 May;14(5):246-50.

12. Komatsu S, Yanaka N, Matsubara K, Kato N. Antitumor effect of vitamin B6 and its mechanisms. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2003 Apr 11;1647(1-2):127-30. “Epidemiological studies have reported an inverse association between vitamin B(6) intake and colon cancer risk.”

13. Zhang SM et al. Folate, vitamin B6, multivitamin supplements, and colorectal cancer risk in women. Am J Epidemiol. 2006 January 15; 163(2): 108-115. .

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