I don’t know about you guys, but I watched every episode (some parts twice!) of the docu-series The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest that aired recently, and was so impressed with the helpful information and inspiration it provided. Personally, I think it should have been required viewing for everyone so individuals could at least be made aware of certain data and statistics that aren’t normally presented by mainstream medicine or the news.
Anyway, one of the key things I learned had to do with cancer stem or mother cells and how conventional treatments don’t kill these particular cells and that’s why people often have recurrences of the disease elsewhere in their bodies. This article by Sayer Ji, who was featured in the docu-series, does a great job of highlighting the natural foods that DO kill stem cells. Woo-hoo, Mother Nature comes to our aid once again!
The drink that conquers cancer cells
( by Carl Lowe) Cancer of the mouth can be a death sentence: Oral cancer kills half of its victims within five years of being diagnosed. But a particular beverage can support your chances of beating this disease.
While other studies have shown that the natural substance – epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) – can destroy cancer, no one understood why. The Penn State research shows that it disrupts the function of cancer cells’ mitochondria, tiny cellular structures that produce energy for cells.
“EGCG is doing something to damage the mitochondria and that mitochondrial damage sets up a cycle causing more damage and it spirals out, until the cell undergoes programmed cell death,” says researcher Joshua Lambert. “It looks like EGCG causes the formation of reactive oxygen species in cancer cells, which damages the mitochondria, and the mitochondria responds by making more reactive oxygen species.”
As the mitochondria in the cancer cells attempt to defend themselves against EGCG, the cells are forced to lower their defenses against the body’s immune system and are more likely to be attacked and destroyed by immune cells.
“So, (a cancer cell is) turning off its mechanism of protection at the same time that EGCG is causing this oxidative stress,” Lambert notes.
The Penn State scientists found that EGCG did not cause this to happen in normal, healthy cells. Quite the opposite – EGCG seems to boost the protective abilities of normal cells against harm.
Lambert believes that EGCG is a more effective way to fight cancer than other methods: “The problem with a lot of chemotherapy drugs – especially early chemotherapy drugs – is that they really just target rapidly dividing cells, so cancer divides rapidly, but so do cells in your hair follicles and cells in your intestines, so you have a lot of side effects,” he says. “But you don’t see these sorts of side effects with green tea consumption.”
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