Fighting Cancer with Vitamins and Antioxidants
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The most up-to-date and complete resource on the powerful benefits of micronutrients for cancer treatment and prevention
• Written by the nation’s leading expert on vitamins and cancer research
• Reveals how to maximize the benefits of your cancer treatment program while minimizing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
• Shows how to counteract the carcinogenic effects of dental X-rays, CT scans, mammograms, cell phones, and other unavoidable hazards of modern life
• Provides an easy-to-follow program of nutritional supplements to improve your odds of avoiding and beating cancer
Despite extensive research and the development of new treatments and drugs, the U.S. mortality rate from cancer has not changed during the past several decades. Yet there are promising nutritional ways of avoiding and even beating cancer. In this completely revised and expanded edition, leading anticancer researcher Kedar N. Prasad and doctor K. Che Prasad reveal the latest revolutionary discoveries in the use of antioxidants and micro-nutrients to prevent and treat cancer--and also help with heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Providing a simple nutritional program to follow, the authors show how micro-nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants can enhance the beneficial effects of conventional cancer treatments, decrease their toxic side effects, improve long-term prognosis, and reduce the risk of new cancer. Explaining how antioxidants regulate gene expression and cancer heredity, the authors detail how to counteract the risks of dental and medical X-rays, CT scans, mammograms, cell phones, frequent flying, and other unavoidable hazards of modern life; reduce the oxidative stress of free radicals in the blood; and decrease chronic inflammation. Reviewing recent studies, they deflate the controversies surrounding the use of antioxidants in cancer treatment, revealing everything from the reason why many vitamins in foods are destroyed during storage to the surprising role of selenium in cancer prevention.
diagnostic radiation procedures. At present there is no tissue-radiation protection strategy available for patients receiving diagnostic doses, radiation workers, frequent flyers, and pilots and crew of civilian and military aircraft. Because radiation exposure generates excessive amounts of free radicals, and since antioxidants neutralize free radicals, the use of the proposed micronutrient preparation may be one of the best methods of providing tissue-radiation protection against low doses of
which is known to stimulate immune function, lowered the rate of recurrence of human bladder cancer by 40 percent in five years, compared with a daily multivitamin supplement containing antioxidants at recommended daily levels (see Table 6.4). This is an impressive and promising result, even though no endogenous antioxidants and no diet or lifestyle changes were included. In this study the dose of vitamin A was very high and could produce liver and skin toxicity after long-term consumption. In
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amounts of cancer-protective substances in the body are higher than those of cancer-causing agents, the risk of cancer development is reduced. Laboratory experiments have shown that the combined influence of two tumor initiators is more effective in producing cancer than the influence of an individual agent acting alone (Prasad, Cole, and Hovland 1998). Based on microscopic examination of the progression of cancer formation in a given tissue, we have proposed that normal cells go through three