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In the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to “refute” concerns about sugar’s possible role in heart disease. The SRF then sponsored research by Harvard scientists that did just that. The result was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, with no disclosure of the sugar industry funding.
The sugar-funded project in question was a literature review, examining a variety of studies and experiments. It suggested there were major problems with all the studies that implicated sugar, and concluded that cutting fat out of American diets was the best way to address coronary heart disease.
The authors of the new article say that for the past five decades, the sugar industry has been attempting to influence the scientific debate over the relative risks of sugar and fat.
“It was a very smart thing the sugar industry did, because review papers, especially if you get them published in a very prominent journal, tend to shape the overall scientific discussion,” co-author Stanton Glantz told The New York Times.
Money on the line
In the article, published Monday, authors Glantz, Cristin Kearns and Laura Schmidt aren’t trying make the case for a link between sugar and coronary heart disease. Their interest is in the process. They say the documents reveal the sugar industry attempting to influence scientific inquiry and debate.
The researchers note that they worked under some limitations — “We could not interview key actors involved in this historical episode because they have died,” they write. Other organizations were also advocating concerns about fat, they note.
There’s no evidence that the SRF directly edited the manuscript published by the Harvard scientists in 1967, but there is “circumstantial” evidence that the interests of the sugar lobby shaped the conclusions of the review, the researchers say.
For one thing, there’s motivation and intent. In 1954, the researchers note, the president of the SRF gave a speech describing a great business opportunity.
If Americans could be persuaded to eat a lower-fat diet — for the sake of their health — they would need to replace that fat with something else. America’s per capita sugar consumption could go up by
by Lori Alton; NaturalHealth365
It has been 60 years since the discovery of CoQ10, a vitamin-like substance first identified by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Frederick Crane. Currently used to help treat heart disease, CoQ10 may have even more therapeutic benefits to offer – especially for cancer patients.
A promising study shows that this nutrient causes cancer cells to self-destruct before they can multiply – giving rise to hopes that it can be utilized as an important integrative therapy for cancer patients. Let’s take a closer look at this wonderful scientific work.
CoQ10 “reminds” cancer cells to die
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – which supports many indispensable biochemical reactions – is also called “ubiquinone.” This is due to its ubiquitous nature – CoQ10 is found in nearly every human cell, with particularly high concentrations in the mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell.
Researchers have found that CoQ10 is vital in producing adenosine triphosphate, the “energy molecule” (ATP). In addition, it is a potent antioxidant that boosts immune health and energy.
But CoQ10 may have an even more important function to perform. Researchers report that the out-of-control replication characteristic of cancer cells is a result of the cells’ lost capacity to respond to programmed cell death, or apoptosis. An exciting study shows that CoQ10 brings this ability back – by modulating the protein which causes the resistance to cell death in the first place.
CoQ10 suppressed the growth of cancer cells and reduced tumor growth
To conduct the study, researchers at the University of Miami added CoQ10 to prostate cancer cells – and found a 70 percent inhibition in growth over 48 hours, along with a reversal in the anti-apoptotic protein bcl-2. Adding CoQ10 to breast cancer cells also inhibited proliferation, without harming healthy cells.
The team noted that treating a culture of melanoma cells with CoQ10 resulted in the death of all cancer cells within hours – and that applying CoQ10 topically to mice with melanoma tumors caused a 55 percent reduction in tumor mass. There was also a “profound disruption” of tumor vasculature – the structure of veins needed by tumors for oxygen and nutrition.
According to lead investigator Dr. S. L. Hsia, “This is the first time in history we have been able to selectively teach a cancer cell to kill itself with CoQ10…without harming healthy cells.”
The findings were presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Anaheim, CA.
Additional studies show anti-cancer effects
Researchers have also examined CoQ10’s ability to help prevent damaging side effects from chemotherapy drugs such as tamoxifen, used to treat breast cancer.
In one study, rats with chemically induced breast cancer were given CoQ10 along with tamoxifen, and displayed significant improvements in the function of their antioxidant enzymes – a development that could potentially help to mitigate oxidative damage. CoQ10 has also been found to reduce chemotherapy-associated damage to the mitochondria of the heart.
A groundbreaking study published in 1994 in Molecular Aspects of Medicine involved 32 high-risk patients with breast cancer that had spread to the lymph nodes. The group was studied for 18 months, following a nutritional intervention that involved 90 mgs a day of CoQ10 – along with vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium and essential fatty acids.
Although the expected number of deaths was four, not one of the patients in the study died. In addition, quality of life improved, use of pain medication decreased, and six patients showed apparent partial remissions – a stunning result.
CoQ10 may also help combat cancer by strengthening the immune system. Studies have shown that CoQ10 and vitamin B-6 together can boost blood levels of disease-fighting immune system cells known as T-4 lymphocytes.
Looks like CoQ10 supplementation is a wise choice
Researchers agree that decreased CoQ10 levels are associated with poor health, with low levels seen in cancer patients and those with other chronic illnesses. Moreover, many scientists believe that having low levels of CoQ10 can damage cell DNA.
The use of statin drugs can cause CoQ10 levels to drop, as can viral infection, strenuous exercise, and cancer. Normal aging plays a role as well, with natural stores of CoQ10 beginning to decrease by age 20.
Foods rich in CoQ10 include cold-water, oily fish such as sardines and mackerel. Liver, peanuts and whole grains are also good sources. But, because dietary intake isn’t always sufficient, supplementation may be advisable – especially for aging adults, breast cancer patients, and people taking statin drugs.
Before taking CoQ10, first get the go-ahead from a knowledgeable integrative physician. If you have cancer, your doctor can help you determine if CoQ10 is an appropriate integrative therapy. In addition, natural health experts tend to recommend supplement doses of CoQ10 ranging from 30 to 200 mg a day, while some clinical studies have used dosages up to 500 mg.
For maximum benefit, CoQ10 should be taken with a meal that contains some fat.
Research into CoQ10’s possible anticancer effects is ongoing, with various studies suggesting that CoQ10, when integrated with conventional cancer treatment, could be an effective anti-tumor agent, and may reduce the harm produced by chemotherapy medications. There is no doubt that this non-toxic natural nutrient deserves a closer look.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 23,564 people lost their lives to leukemia in 2014 alone. The most common form of cancer among children and teens, leukemia also strikes adults – especially as they age. Unfortunately, to make matters worse, none of these patients probably heard about how vitamin C could help in the healing process.
For example, new research shows that insufficient levels of vitamin C can make you more susceptible to leukemia. The good news: boosting your dietary intake of the nutrient can help prevent it. Plus, this type of strategy offers no (negative) side effects and the cost is minimal.
How vitamin C “puts the brakes on” leukemia
In a study conducted at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature, researchers found that vitamin C helped to slow the development of leukemia by re-activating an enzyme that stops leukemia cell from growing and spreading.
The new research helps to reveal the nuts and bolts of the way vitamin C – or ascorbic acid – assists the function of stem cells – which need large amounts of this nutrient to function properly.
The researchers reported that when stem cells are depleted of vitamin C, their epigenome – the cellular system that controls which genes are turned off or on – is damaged, thereby impairing stem cell function and raising the risk of leukemia.
In addition, deficiencies in vitamin C can limit levels of TET2, a beneficial enzyme that helps stem cells do what they were designed to do: mature, make white blood cells, and then die off. TET2 mutations can cause this lifesaving enzyme to become inactive, leading to uncontrollable cell division – in which the cells neither mature properly nor die at the proper time.
This inactivation of TET2 is an early step in the development of leukemia.
But, optimal levels of vitamin C can re-activate the gene and the enzyme it produces – thereby slowing the spread of leukemia. Having optimal levels of vitamin C, the researchers noted, allows patients to “maximize” remaining TET2 tumor-suppressor activity.
The researchers noted that getting enough vitamin C is especially vital for older individuals with clonal hematopoiesis, a form of “pre-leukemia.” Patients with this condition often have a TET2 mutation as well.
TET2 mutations currently account for 42,500 cancers yearly within the United States. Fifty percent of patients with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, 30 percent with “pre-leukemia” and 10 percent with acute myeloid leukemia have TET2 disorders.
More good news about vitamin C and its cancer-fighting properties
In a related study published in Cell, researchers genetically engineered mice to have variable TET2 function – and found that reducing TET2 activity by 50 percent could induce cancer. The good news was that six months of daily high-dose vitamin C genetically restored TET2 – turning the gene “on” again – which not only stopped leukemia cells from reproducing, but also killed them outright.
The same study demonstrated that vitamin C substantially improved the effectiveness of pharmaceutical cancer drugs known as PARP inhibitors.
Lead study author Dr. Benjamin Neel, Ph.D., praised vitamin C as a “promising treatment” for cancer, and expressed his hope that high-dose vitamin C might become a “safe treatment for blood diseases caused by TET2 deficient leukemia cells, most likely in combination with other targeted therapies.”
The dosages used in the study would translate to 300,000 milligrams if adapted for humans – an amount that is impossible to obtain orally. However, many integrative cancer clinics (worldwide) offer intravenous high-dose therapies.
How much more evidence is needed?
Researchers have reported that vitamin C works as a pro-oxidant in cancer cells, depleting stores of the antioxidant glutathione and causing oxidative stress and death in cancer cells. It also impairs glycolysis, the process that produces energy in cell mitochondria.
Yet, mainstream medicine continues to ignore vitamin C therapy – in the face of emerging studies that show its merits. For example, other research has shown that high-dose vitamin C substantially decreases inflammation in cancer patients, reducing pro-inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein.
Yet another recent study showed that vitamin C outperformed an FDA-approved clinical drug, along with various experimental medications.
And, clinical studies show that high-dose vitamin C can improve quality of life in cancer patients – while suppressing symptoms of fatigue, nausea, vomiting, pain and appetite loss. Extensive animal studies have shown that high-dose vitamin C treatment blocks tumor growth in pancreatic, liver, prostate and ovarian cancers.
Yet – unlike toxic chemotherapy drugs – vitamin C leaves healthy cells unharmed, leading the National Cancer Institute to publicly acknowledge that intravenous high-dose vitamin C has caused “very few side effects in clinical trials.”
One wonders: what more will it take for the medical community to recognize high-dose vitamin C as a safe, natural and inexpensive therapy for cancer?
Sufficient levels of vitamin C are of paramount importance in preventing cancer
Low levels of vitamin C are associated with numerous health conditions (aside from cancers.) These ailments include high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, stroke, atherosclerosis – to name just a few health issues.
Many Integrative healthcare providers maintain that the recommended daily amounts – currently advised by the Institutes of Medicine – are woefully inadequate. Some holistic practitioners recommend supplementing with vitamin C to the tune of 10,000 to 12,000 mg a day. (Of course, you should never undertake this without first consulting with a knowledgeable healthcare provider).
You can boost your dietary vitamin C intake by consuming healthy amounts of whole, organic foods such as bell peppers, kiwi, grapefruit, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli. For maximum benefit, eat these foods raw, or only slightly cooked.
For supplementation, many experts suggest the use of liposomal vitamin C – especially for people looking to avoid bowel intolerance issues. The vitamin is contained in sub-microscopic bubbles, or liposomes, which make it possible for the nutrient to travel through the GI tract undamaged, then to the liver via the lymphatic system – after which it is metabolized and released into the bloodstream.
This exciting new study clearly highlights the importance of optimal vitamin C status. With ever-increasing amounts of environmental toxins and harmful microwave radiation surrounding us, getting enough vitamin C is an important investment in your health, and one that can pay enormous dividends.
Not just nightshades – nuts and oatmeals too. I’ve eliminated these from my daily diet and I am feeling much better now.
Nightshades are a specific group of plants belonging to the Solanaceae family which includes over 2,000 species. They are also some of the most popular foods consumed today; they include tomatoes, potatoes, all types of peppers, and eggplant. Not truly a nightshade member but containing the same inflammation-inducing alkaloids are blueberries, huckleberries, goji berries and ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng).
The theory suggests that nightshades induce inflammation through a specific chemical known as solanine. Researchers now believe this chemical may actually irritate the gastrointestinal tract. When it’s absorbed into the bloodstream, it can cause the destruction of the oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
Solanine is known as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor – it acts to prevent the breakdown of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh), leading to an excessive build-up of ACh in nerve receptor sites. This action allows for constant over-stimulation of Ach receptors, especially within the nervous system as it’s responsible for stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. (source)
Solanines are not water soluble, are not destroyed by cooking, and are not broken down inside the body but must be excreted as alpha-solanine. Alpha-solanine is classified as a neurotoxin. Interestingly most “foods” that contain alpha-solanine also contain at least 5 other neurotoxins including atropine and nicotine.
One of the major problems attributed to nightshades is arthritis. In fact, some researchers believe that arthritis is often misdiagnosed in people who may in fact only be experiencing the effects of nightshade consumption while having a nightshade sensitivity.
Alkaloids appear to affect the metabolism of calcium. Though not yet understood how, nightshade foods may remove calcium from bones and deposit it in soft tissue, setting the stage for arthritis. For this reason, researchers have recommended that all individuals with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other joint problems like gout eliminate nightshade foods from their diet. (source)
Norman F. Childers, Ph.D., is the founder of the Arthritis Nightshades Research Foundation. He has the following to say on this subject: “Diet appears to be a factor in the etiology of arthritis based on surveys of over 1400 volunteers during a 20-year period.
Plants in the drug family, Solanaceae (nightshades) are an important causative factor in arthritis in sensitive people.” The primary cause of the reactions in some people is the presence of an alkaloid called tropane which many are very sensitive to.
Eliminating nightshades from my diet has had a profound effect on my health. In 2006 I completely eliminated all nightshades from my diet. The first big change I noticed was that I no longer needed an inhaler. I had been diagnosed with reactive airways disease ten years’ earlier and used inhalers on almost a daily basis.
My need for inhalers decreased dramatically, until two weeks later, when I noticed I hadn’t used an inhaler at all. Six years later, I have never had the need for an inhaler. Within three months of eliminating nightshades, I noticed that the knee pain and leg weakness I had on a daily basis was also completely gone.
For those that suffer from arthritis or an arthritis-related disease such as lupus, rheumatism, and other musculoskeletal pain disorders members of the Solanaceae family of flowering plants, more commonly known as nightshades, may be adversely affecting their health.
Soy sauce made in the U.S. is generally made with genetically modified (GMO) soy beans, which are cut with the nightshade plant Petunia. A healthier option is to purchase Braggs Amino Acids at your health food store. It is naturally fermented soy sauce and the only other ingredient is spring water….it tastes exactly the same as other soy sauces only this one is pure.
Note: The condiments black/white pepper and peppercorns are NOT nightshades
Read labels carefully because you could be doing everything else right, and still be sabotaged by one small amount of an ingredient. You should never buy a food that uses the generic term of seasoning or spices because you won’t know what is really in your food. (source)
If you want to know if nightshades negatively affect you, take the three-month challenge. Avoid all nightshades for three months. (It’s called a challenge for a reason). Be careful to note the previous nightshade list, and become a label reader as some homeopathic, prescriptions; over the counter medications as well as numerous processed foods contain nightshades.
Prescriptions and over the counter medicines may require a discussion with your pharmacist or a phone call to the manufacturer of your over the counter medicines. After three months begin to reintroduce one nightshade at a time. Take note of any aches, pains, stiffness, and loss of energy, headaches, respiratory problems or any other symptoms. You may find as I did, that the quality of your daily health will dramatically improve after eliminating nightshades from your diet.
A report released on June 29, 2011, from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies shows that 116 million adult Americans (one-third of the population) live with some level of daily pain. This is more than the number of people with cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. The cost to the U.S. is upwards of $635 billion dollars a year. These costs come from direct medical one-third, disability, lost wages and loss of productivity.
This article was republished with permission from myhealthmaven.comSources
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