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 May 2012


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Nutritional tests "Lifestyle News Updates"  highlights published  research and services which aim to improve our understanding of how lifestyle after cancer can help enhance our outcome after treatments and optimise well being more

turmeric A new UK study has started investigating whether an extract of a curry spice can help patients with advanced bowel cancer battle their illness. Researchers from the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre at the University of Leicester will study whether tablets containing curcumin -- found in the spice turmeric -- can be safely added to the standard treatment for bowel cancer.  Previous research has indicated that curcumin can enhance the ability of chemotherapy to kill bowel cancer cells in the lab, according to Cancer Research UK, which funds the centre jointly with the National Institute for Health Research -  Curcumin (turmeric) is also one of the ingredients being investigated in Pomi-T
Pomegranate is not Androgenic
pomegranateThree studies have confirmed that pomegranate has no androgenic or oestrogenic properties. In the first, researchers from Hong Kong analysed pomegranate seed and fruit juice using both high performance liquid chromatography. After extensive investigation they found no steroid estrogens including estrone, estradiol and testosterone. (Choi et al Mass spectrometry (Food Chemistry, 96; 4, 2006, P562). Two  laboratory study in 2005 and 2007,  evaluated the effect of Pomegranate extract on cells which were conditioned to grow faster in the presence of androgens (male hormones). When pomegranate was added the cell growth significantly slowed rather than increased - many of them committing suicide (apoptosis). 

The only potential issue was a small phase II study from Edinburgh which gave 60 volunteers Pomegranate juice daily (Al-Dujaili et al 2012 Endocrine abstracts 28, p313). After 2 weeks there was a reduction in blood pressure, elevation in mood and lowering of anxiety. They also found that salivary testosterone levels increased. No explanation was given for this but as pomegranate has no direct androgen activities this is likely to reflect a general improvement in the metabolism and a reduction in stress which is known to be associated with higher testosterone levels in saliva (Hellhammer D et al Psychoneuroendocrinology Vol.10, 1985, p77). The Ongoing Pomi-T study is evaluating the effects of pomegrante, green tea, broccoli and turmeric in men with prostate cancer and is measuring serum testerone as part of its evaluation - read more about the pomi-T study 

  Alcohol and Breast Cancer Risk In Teenagers With Family History Of Disease.
alcoholA study of 9037 girls published in The Journal of Cancer strongly suggested that teenage girls who drank alcohol and have a family history of breast cancer increased their own risk of the disease. The investigators found that women who have a family history of breast cancer or breast disease were about twice as likely to develop both benign breast disease and breast cancer than women with no family history of the disease. The risk of benign breast disease also rose along with how much alcohol the young women consumed, according to the study. - read more about alcohol and cancer
 Potentially harmful chemicals In Consumer Products commonly used daily.
shampooThe Consumer Watchdog division of ABC news has reported  over 120 chemicals in care products such as cream, shampoos, are used every day by women and men. This average woman applies twelve beauty products to her body every day.  For men, it's six cosmetics. The research team listed and described chemicals such as formaldehyde, a known carcinogen; dioxin in some shampoo; lead on your lips; parabens, aluminum ( a metaloestrogen) and even mercury, in skin-lightening creams; toluene, known to cause headaches in nail polish; and diethyl phthalate, linked to allergies, hormone disruption and dermatitis in perfume. The European Union has banned 1,200 such chemicals but only 10  in the United States. Fortunately there are alternatives - read about artificial chemical free natureMedical Lip remedy | nail balm | anti-inflammatory balm 
Low Vitamin D levels linked to more aggressive breast cancer types
sunbathing A study presented in the American Society of Breast Surgeons meeting reported that 155 women with breast cancer with low levels of vitamin D had more aggressive tumors and poorer outcomes. The risk was significantly greater if vitamin D levels were lower than  32 mg/ml. This finding is concerning because the results of the first cohort of individuals who used the cancernet micro-nutrient analysis service (published in the UK NCRI conference) showed that over half had vitamin D below this level - read lifestyle tips to increase VItamin D.
 Further evidence for the benefits of Aspirin

calcium vit dThe potential anti-cancer properties of aspirin have been known for some time. In the lab, it inhibits the COX-2 pathway which can drive growth and spread of cancer cells. In humans, trials have demonstrated a reduced risk of bowel polyps and cancer formation. A study published in the JCO last month showed that women who took regular or intermittent aspirin after breast cancer had a lower relapse rate. - read more about breast cancer

Polyphenol/antioxidant trial surges ahead 6 months ahead of schedule
Pomi-T nutritional therapyThe NCRN badged UK Pomi-T study is recruiting 5 months ahead of schedule. So far 180 men with early or relapsed prostate cancer have been randomised to placebo or a mix of 4 polypenol/anti-oxidant rich superfoods. The trial  has just been granted further approval from the UK ethics committee to expend the numbers to more about the Pomi-t study
Exercise rehabilitation course - a continued outstanding success
wright foundationThe Wright Foundation, government recognised, qualification in cancer rehabilitation,  has forged a successful new path for UK survivorship programmes. This is a great step forward for cancer rehabilitation in the UK as gyms, who have an instructor with these level 4 skills, are now able to accept referrals on the nationall exercise referral scheme. Instructors with this qualification also have a another "quiver in their bow" and are able to take on private clients for individual rehab. The course empowers trainers with a knowledge of what, why and how exercise is pivotal for cancer survivors - to sign up or read more about the course 
Online micro-nutritional testing
nutritional testsThe online micro-nutrient service launched by cancernet measures over 50 of the bodies essential micronutients.  The results of the detailed blood test are issued with a comprehensive bespoke which aims to empowering the recipient to a diet and lifestyle which aims to optimise their nutritional balance
- read more about micro-nutrient testing

Natural remedies aim to ease some of the burdon of chemotherapy.          

Chapped lips can occurs in up to 60% of people during chemotherapy yet this troublesome symptom is rarely mentioned in information materials. Chemotherapy also damages nails which can lead to pain and infection. Two natural products have been designed with these conditions in mind.


naturemedical balmnatureMedical lip remedy has been developed to moisturise and soothe the lips during and after chemotherapy. It containing only natural waxes and oils (bees, shea, cocoa, olive) and rare essential oils selected for their anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties - read lip care guidelines (order).




natureMedical nail balm aims to moisturising the nail beds and prevent splitting and defects. This cream uses 100% natural, organic waxes and African Sage which has anti-septic and anti-fungal nail care guidelines (order)

Lifestyle after Cancer - the facts

Lifestyle after CancerThe new edition of Lifestyle after Cancer dispells the myths by providing clear evidence based advice, to help readers cope with side effects, speed up recovey and reduce the risk of relapse. You can order  online or send to a friend or family (8.95).


A new scheme is also now available to advocacy groups - The publishers are able to supply at cost price to groups who can sell on to members at a discount Contact us about joinng this scheme 


Read foreword by Paula Radcliffe Download a free Chapter - Avoiding carcinogens 

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