Searching for Answers for Cancer Patients—the Wrap Up

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2014 at 11:34 am

Searching for Answers for Cancer Patients has been a wonderful series on my radio show, Survive and Live Wellcreated to empower cancer patients to take control of their health, navigate treatment choices, enhance and improve the efficacy of treatment and to boost quality of life.

In Part I, Dr Schachter presented a critical analysis of current conventional cancer standard of care practices and opened our eyes to explore all options. In Part II, Dr Schachter discussed his concerns about integrative oncology and its tendency to accept conventional treatment as a given, critiqued various diets for cancer patients, and shared what he believes to be important areas for the cancer clinician and the cancer patient to consider as part of a total program including the incorporation of vitamins D, K2 (MK4), A and iodine into the treatment program.

In Part III Dr Schachter and I discussed ways of improving the results of conventional cancer treatment–specifically the various tests which help clinicians determine which therapies might be most helpful for a particular patient, as examined in Ralph Moss’ book Customized Cancer Treatment.  We also critiqued Brian Schaefer’s Salvestrols: Journeys to Wellness.

Michael Schachter and ElynWe kicked off Tuesday’s conversation (Part IV) with a huge appreciation for Ann Fonfa and another amazing conference. If you have not yet been to one of the Annie Appleseed Project conferences, you might want to consider going–excellent speakers, content and delicious organic meals.  Anyone interested in getting either an audio MP3 download and/or a DVD video of a lecture from the conference (including Dr. Schachter’s) can go to http://backcountryrecording.com/search?q=Annie+Appleseed and order for a fee. Dr. Schachter’s lecture is # 15.

We then discussed Vitamin D at length, delving into the extensive list of health problems that can be managed or resolved with the judicious use of Vitamin D, especially when used along with other fat-soluble vitamins such as K2 and Vitamin A.

Here are some conditions that may be helped with vitamin D:

–     Osteoporotic fractures

–     Falls

–     Hypertension

–     Cancer

–     Adjuvant TBC therapy

–     Respiratory infection/influenza risk

–     Pregnancy outcomes

–     Periodontal disease

–     Insulin sensitivity & diabetes

There is supportive medical literature in peer-reviewed journals for each of them and several have more than one study. For all of these conditions, there is evidence for a causal connection between serum 25 (OH) D levels and the various health benefits, as shown by a number of randomized double-blind placebo controlled studies.  For cancer, we have only one successful randomized control study showing that an extra 1,100 IU of vitamin D given daily to a group of older women for 4 years reduced the cancer rate in those women by about 70%. This study was published in 2007. Dr. Schachter believes that more studies like this haven’t been done because vitamin D is a natural substance that can’t be patented. As a result, there is little economic motivation to carry out these expensive clinical trials.

I questioned Dr Schachter as to why vitamin D can be helpful for so many conditions. It turns out that the hormone derivative from vitamin D (1,25 Hydroxy D) is formed in cells all over the body and functions as a type of password for other stimuli to up-regulate or down-regulate the expression of various genes.

What most of us learned in high school biology, college and medical school was that vitamin D (also called cholecalciferol) was formed in the skin from cholesterol in the presence of ultra violet B rays from the sun (also from tanning machines) or from a small number of foods like certain fish. This cholecalciferol then migrates to the liver where a hydroxyl group (-OH) is added to form 25 Hydroxy Vitamin D.  The 25 Hydroxy D circulates in the bloodstream. The level of this substance in the bloodstream is the best available measure for the vitamin D status of the body.  Everyone agrees that this is what happens in the body.

The NEXT IMPORTANT STEP IS WHAT IS NEW. The old teaching was that 25 Hydroxy D circulates in the bloodstream until it reaches the kidneys. Then another hydroxyl (OH) group is added to form 1,25 Dihydroxy D which is the active hormonal derivative of vitamin D. According to this old teaching, this derivative form of vitamin D then leaves the kidney, enters the bloodstream and travels to various organs, enters them goes into the cell and the nucleus of the cell to activate various important enzymes.

RECENT INFORMATION INDICATES THAT THIS IS NOT THE ONLY WAY THAT 1,25 DIHYDROXY D IS FORMED IN THE BODY.  IT TURNS OUT THAT EVERY CELL IN THE BODY IS CAPABLE OF MAKING 1,25 HYDROXY D FROM 25 HYDROXY D. So, when an organ or a cell needs 1,25 Hydroxy D, it obtains  25 hydroxy D from the bloodstream and within the cell, converts the 25 Hydroxy D to 1,25 Dihydroxy D. In order for this to occur optimally, there needs to be relatively high concentrations of 25 Hydroxy D circulating in the bloodstream. Thus, every cell in any organ is capable of making this active form of 1,25 Hydroxy D if sufficient 25 Hydroxy D is present. THIS IS HOW THE 25 HYDROXY D AFFECTS THE FUNCTIONING OF EVERY CELL (ORGAN) IN THE BODY. It is important also to realize that every time this 25 Hydroxy D acts, it is destroyed where it has its effect within the cell.  So, it is important to keep the 25 Hydroxy D level optimal, so that it is constantly available to do its job.

Both the optimal serum level of 25 Hydroxy D and the dosage of vitamin D as a supplement are extremely controversial at this time. The position of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is that everything is fine if the 25 Hydroxy D level is 20 nG/dl and certainly great if it is 30 nG/ml. The vitamin D council presents lots of evidence to indicate that above 40 is optimal for many functions AND A FEW RENEGADES LIKE DR SCHACHTER THINK THAT BETWEEN 60 AND 100 IS OPTIMAL, ESPECIALLY FOR SERIOUS CONDITIONS LIKE CANCER. One of the best lectures he has seen and highly recommends about vitamin D was done by Robert P Heaney MD. It can be seen at the website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Za2H5oTXJY.  In this lecture Dr Heaney gives a great explanation of how vitamin D can be helpful for so many conditions.

Regarding the importance of vitamin A and how it works together with vitamin D, Dr Schachter explained  how vitamin D combines with D receptor, vitamin A combines with vitamin A receptor (RXR) and these two components  combine together to enter the nucleus of the cell to affect the up and down regulation of genes. This generally results in an up-regulation of anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer genes and a down-regulation of pro-inflammatory and pro-cancer genes.

Dr Schachter also  suggested to us  that it is critical  to have sufficient Vitamin K2 in order to ensure that calcium is bound and held in  bones and at the same time is removed from our arteries, joints or other tissues where it doesn’t belong. Vitamin K2 also inhibits cancer cell lines, such as colon, breast, leukemia, brain and many more. Dr. Schachter discussed the two forms of vitamin K2 that are available in supplements (Menadione 4 or MK4 and Menadione 7 or MK7). Although most supplement companies are using MK7, Dr. Schachter prefers to use MK4 for a variety of reasons, one of the most important of which is that only MK4 has been involved with successful randomized double-blind placebo controlled trials.

We also spoke about the inverse relationship of vitamin D intake and various cancers, including melanoma—great motivation to get some sunshine (or take the supps).  We tackled the argument by dermatologists that our lives depend on the liberal use of sunscreen.  Dr Schachter debunked that myth—just please remember that while sunscreen usually contains toxic ingredients and blocks the absorption of vitamin D, sunburn is not the goal.  Stick with an anti-inflammatory diet (natural sunscreen) and enjoy some sun—just don’t overdo it.

If you would like more information regarding Vitamin D, there are several books and websites that Dr Schachter recommends, though all of them have some limitations. One could start with books by Michael Holick MD, PhD: The UV Advantage and The Vitamin D Solution. He also likes the book Vitamin D3 and Solar Power for Optimal Health by Marc Sorenson Ed.D.A great deal of information can be obtained from the Vitamin D Council website, though they charge $5 a month to keep up with their latest information.  You may also want to replay Parts I, II, III and IV of this series.

We wrapped up the conversation with kudos to Peter Gotzche for his brave work and incredible book Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare, as well as Dr Kelly Turner’s extensive research on the radical remission of cancer and her book Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds.  Both of these books will give you powerful insight on taking control of your health and finding the best path to wellness.  You will gain valuable insight into the dangers of operating out of fear when you intuition tells you the treatment may be far worse than the disease. Dr Turner was on Survive and Live Well on April 1, 2014, and Dr Gotzche will be on the show in May.

Replay the Searching for Answers series on Survive and Live Well via the following links or via iHeart RadioTalk under the heading Spreakers or Health or via www.schachtercenter.com.  

Searching for Answers for Cancer Patients, Part I

December 10th, 2013– http://hipcast.com/podcast/H1tlrkJs

To read the summary of Part I, Click Here

 Searching for Answers for Cancer Patients, Part II

January 21st, 2014– http://hipcast.com/podcast/HZ2hF9js

To read the summary of Part II, Click Here

 Searching for Answers for Cancer Patients, Part III

February 11th, 2014– http://hipcast.com/podcast/HBxnqhps

To read the summary of Part III, Click Here

 Searching for Answers for Cancer Patients—Part IV–The Wrap Up

March 25, 2014– http://hipcast.com/podcast/HVNGyq2s


             ~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

 MEDICAL DISCLAIMER:  Reading the information in this post does not constitute a physician-patient relationship. The information included in this post is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your healthcare provider regarding a medical condition or any treatments.

Dr. Michael B. Schachter is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia College and Columbia P&S Medical School in NYC. He is also a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Schachter has been involved with nutritional and integrative health care for 35 years. A leader in alternative cancer therapies, EDTA chelation and orthomolecular psychiatry, he is a past president of the American College of Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). He has authored numerous articles and was a major contributor to the large chapter about him in Burton Goldberg’s classic “Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer”. His published 2010 paper “Integrative Oncology for Clinicians and Cancer Patients” helps to guide patients in developing a cancer treatment program. His latest article published in 2013 entitled “Integrating Nutrition and Selected Controversial Nutritional Supplements into a Cancer Treatment” is an abridged and updated version of his 2010 article. In 2010, Dr. Schachter received the Humanitarian Award from the Cancer Control Society in California. He has a special interest in the role of iodine in health and disease. Dr. Schachter is the director of the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine in Suffern, NY.

More information about Dr. Schachter and the Center are available at the website:  www.schachtercenter.com.  Many articles by Dr Schachter can be accessed from this site, including the two articles mentioned above. Also, several of Dr. Schachter’s lectures on DVD are available for a fee. Available DVDs can be seen by clicking on the option on the home page.

 Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health, and Breast Cancer Answers and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Newsletter.  Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. http://elynjacobs.wordpress.com/about/

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Healing Lung Cancer, Naturally

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Last July I interviewed Dr Carl O. Helvie on my radio show, Survive and Live Well. I also had the pleasure of meeting him at the Annie Appleseed Conference in March 2013.  Dr. Helvie holds an M.P.H. and Dr. P.H. from John Hopkins University and has 58 years’ experience as a nurse practitioner, educator and researcher. The author of seven books, he is host of the Holistic Health Show on BBS Radio. Thirty-eight years ago, he developed lung cancer and was given six months to live by a conventional physician. He is now among the longest living survivors of lung cancer. http://www.BeatLungCancer.net

His latest book is You Can Beat Lung Cancer: Using Alternative /Integrative Interventions

The following is an interview Francine Silverman did with Carl.  Fran is the editor of Book Promotion Newsletter is an on-line publicist, compiler of 16 ebooks of talk radio shows and host of a weekly radio show, Fraternizing with Fran – where interesting people come to chat. http://www.talkradioadvocate.com and http://talkradioadvocate.blogpot.com.  Thank you Fran!

I hope you will find this information helpful as you heal from your cancer.

Q – How devastating is lung cancer in the United States?

 A  – Lung Cancer kills more people in the U.S. than any other type of cancer-more than breast, prostate and colon all together-the success rate for chemo and surgery for lung cancer is very low – around 2% survival for 5 years for stage 4.  So I wanted the public to know about alternative non-tonic ways to deal with it if needed

Q – Why did you write this book You Can Beat Lung Cancer Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions?  

 A – A search of the Internet showed most people surviving with lung cancer were excited with 10 to 12 years. One woman, Anne Gambles, said her grandfather died in 2010 after surviving lung cancer for 40 years, and another who was identified as the longest survivor died in England in 2010 after 38 years. A cancer survivor site asked who was the longest survivor and the longest was 20 years.

Q – Lung cancer has few symptoms before it becomes advanced and difficult to treat. Why did you seek medical attention? 

A – I had a dream that told me to go for a chest x-ray. I have learned to pay attention to my dreams and believe that is one-way God speaks with me—through dreams, intuition, and other people. But can you imagine asking your traditional doctor for a referral for an x-ray when you don’t have symptoms.

 My doctor called and said they found a spot on my lungs that had not been there on previous x-rays and they wanted to admit me to the hospital for further testing. After additional x-rays, lab and a biopsy they confirmed that it was lung cancer.

Q  – What happened after you saw the doctor?

 A  – My doctor gave me 6 months to live without surgery/chemo and I decided if I only had a short time to live I was going to be comfortable during that period. Alternative natural interventions offered me that opportunity. A friend made herself available at all times as a support and also told me of a physician who had successfully treated others with cancer in the northern part of the state where I live.

Q – How did your family and nursing/medical colleagues react to your decision?

 A – The response of my mother who I knew loved me very much was “Why don’t you do what the doctor wants and have surgery and then do the other things.” My colleagues avoided talking about my decision and often avoided me completely.

Q – What was your medical regime?

 A -The alternative doctor I visited had worked for the National Cancer Institute until the drug companies closed him down. He had had so much success with laetrile or vitamin B 17 that he continued using it under the table-so I had to sign forms that I would not disclose my treatment. He confirmed that it was lung cancer and in addition to laetrile, I used supplements, vitamins and minerals, enzymes including digestive and pancreatic, a special diet of 75% raw fruit and vegetables with some additional vegetables and fruit, grains, and nuts (except peanuts-a high source of protein. No protein, dairy or simple sugar was allowed.

In addition, I added prayer, church prayer lists, meditation, affirmations, visualization, continuing my service to others, walking and exercise and continued working as a University Professor. I also quit smoking, checked my house for radon and did other appropriate interventions. Eventually I added political action to my interventions because I believe holism requires attention to physical, mental, spiritual, relationships, the environment, and politics.

 Q - Were there side effects that interfered with your daily life?

 A – No, unlike chemo where there is nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, loss of appetite, hair loss and other side effects, I had no effects and continued all of my usual daily activities with no problems.

Q -What was the outcome of your interventions?

A  – There were two outcomes of my interventions 1) was the actual resolution of the lung cancer. I continued my interventions and saw my primary physician every three months but did not tell him I was doing anything. He thought we were in a wait and see mode. The alternative physician did not ask me to return and I did not. After 2 years my primary doctor told me the spot was gone and he thought he had made a wrong diagnoses. At that time, a physician friend who had taught at a large well known medical school in another state and who now was medical director of Blue Cross/Blue Shield in that state wanted to see the biopsy, x-rays and all other reports and confirmed that it had been lung cancer.

The second outcome of my interventions was good health for the next 36 years to age 80 as a result of continuing many of the same interventions, as appropriate, and adding to them as knowledge evolved. Although the average for a 75 year old is 3 chronic illnesses and 5 prescribed medications I am now 81 with no chronic illnesses and no prescribed medications.

Q – What are some outcomes of alternative interventions by medical contributors in your book?

A – Dr James Forsythe has researched Paw Paw and then Poly MVA with stage 4 cancer patients. He had 28% 3 year survival for the first group and 30% 6 year survival for the second group. Then he developed the Forsythe formula adding some homeopathic plant based substances and has had 46% 5 year survival for all cancers and 39%  5 year survival for lung cancer patients. This is compared to 2% to 5% survival for stage 4 cancer patients using contemporary cancer treatment. Dr Forsythe discusses his treatments in my book.

Dr Francisco Contreras used High Dose IV vitamin C (breaks down into H2O2 when interacting with liquid around cancer cells but now around normal cells. Also Ozone Therapy.  Selenium, Silymarin, Green Tea Extract, Melatonin, and others.  Uses Stage 4 patients. Dr Contreras survival percentages vs contemporary survival at 1 year:82% vs 20%; 2 years  50% vs 6$;  3 years 27% vs 3%l 4 years 23% vs 2%, and 4 years 9% vs 1.9%.

Q – If alternative/integrative interventions are so successful, why are they not used by mainstream conventional medicine?

A – Cancer treatment is a multimillion dollar industry in which drug companies make lots of money, hospitals have wings donated, the American Cancer Society stays in existence, there is lots of research money available, doctors make money and on and on. So there is not much incentive to disturb the status quo and find a cure.  Alternative doctors have offered successful treatments for over 80 years but when one practitioner gets too successful the anti quack law is pulled out and there are attempts to put them out of business. Many such cases are documented.

Q – You say more people are moving toward alternative/integrative treatments for cancer. Why is that?

A – Contemporary medicine has gotten too expensive, people are finding it is not very effective, many do not have access to health care, there are more naturopathic and homeopathic doctors than previously, more people are surviving using alternative treatments, more books and other educational resources about alternatives to contemporary cancer care are available, more research on natural alternative treatments is available, and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the federal government carries out research and offers legitimacy to the movement.

Q – You are 80 years old and have no chronic illnesses or prescribed medications. What have you done to prevent a recurrence of cancer and to maintain your good health?

A – I have continued much of my holistic approach used when I had cancer. I continue all of the mental and spiritual activities of prayer, meditation, affirmations, visualization, strengthening faith, patience and other spiritual activities, service to others, replacing all negative thoughts and feeling with positive ones and other similar activities. . I continue to walk and exercise daily, to eat primarily fruit and vegetables with a raw salad one meal a day. I have added chicken or seafood one meal daily and a protein drink or beans or cheese the others. I now mainly eat organic, or locally grown when I know the practices of the farmer.  I never eat beef and rarely eat pork. I drink filtered water and I take a variety of supplements that research shows keeps one healthy.

I avoid drugs prescribed by medicine and find natural ways to deal with minor problems that arise. I use all the resources that God provides including medical Intuitives and Psychics to maintain my health. I also talk with angels and others in other realms that offer guidance on staying well.

I also keep busy helping others.  My activities include working on my radio show on holistic health, marketing my latest book on lung cancer on television, radio, or magazine, acting as a resource to cancer patients who contact me, working on my Foundation for Holistic Cancer, writing a monthly newsletter, .and reviewing the latest research on natural interventions weekly. I am thankful to God for the opportunity to learn and serve my fellow man.

carl o helvieReplay my show with Carl:

http://hipcast.com/podcast/HZwM88Ts  Carl O. Helvie–You Can Beat Lung Cancer: Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions 



             ~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Breast Cancer Answers, Courage and Grace, and Talk About Health, and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Newsletter.  Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. She lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. http://elynjacobs.wordpress.com/about/

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Healing with Essential Oils

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

The following is a guest post by my good friend Marnie Clark. Please be sure to visit her fabulous and informative website:  http://marnieclark.com/

Plants have been used for centuries for their wonderful healing properties. As long ago as 3,000 BC, the Chinese and Egyptians used plants extensively for healing. Indigenous cultures in Africa, Australia and the Americas all used herbs in their healing rituals.

Later researchers were surprised to discover that people in different parts of the world tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes.
With the advent of chemical analysis in the early 19th century, chemists began to extract and modify the active ingredients in plants, making their own version of plant compounds. You might be surprised to know that almost one quarter of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plants. Over time, the use of herbal medicines declined in favor of drugs.
While the pharmaceutical companies are creating patentable drugs that imitate the healing properties of natural essential oils derived from plants, the problem with these drugs is that they work quite differently in the body and often have many side effects. Essential oils are the best thing nature could offer us in the way of medicine and their side effects are often more energy,improved digestion, better sleep, less disease, and so much more.

Herbs vs Essential Oils

These days, people are quite familiar with herbal medicine, it is one of the fastest growing industries. Herbs vary quite significantly from essential oils, however.

Herbs that are grown for the purpose of creating supplements are generally not grown organically. Regardless of that fact, the herbs are then harvested and taken into warehouses where they are dried with big blowers, chopped, capped, bottled, packaged and sent to be marketed. It may be weeks, months, or even years later that they are purchased and taken as a supplement. They may still assist us, but it usually takes awhile.
The main problem is that once a fresh plant is dried, not much of the essential oil is retained, and it’s the essential oil that gets us well! Herbs can lose up to 90% of their healing nutrients and oxygen carrying capacity in the drying process.
Essential oils are the life blood of a plant and are 50-70 times more therapeutically potent than dried herbs. They have many and varied healing properties, one of which is to protect the host plant’s immune system. The great thing is that essential oils can do the same thing for our immune system.
Essential oils are, quite simply, the subtle, volatile liquids distilled from plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, seeds and bushes. Distillation of these oils was nearly forgotten until a handful of passionate 20th century pioneers brought it back to life. It is a very precise art and there are still only a handful of people in the world who know exactly how to extract all of the life-giving phytochemicals from each plant – and it’s different for each plant!
Properly distilled essential oils retain all of their healing phytochemicals (plant chemicals). They are not simple substances, each oil is a complex structure containing anywhere between 80-300 different plant chemicals.

When you apply essential oils to your skin (the biggest organ of absorption), the oils will penetrate every single cell in your body within 20 minutes, thus bypassing the digestive tract,which, if faulty, can severely slow down or impair the healing qualities or whatever nutrient you are ingesting. Not so with essential oils!

Why Do Essential Oils Work So Well In The Body?

Therapeutic grade essential oils that are carefully grown without chemicals and distilled so as to retain all of their life-giving and potent phytochemicals retain a wonderful amount of energy and life force. This is what our bodies need and crave.

Essential oils have a great synergy with the human body. They were meant to be our medicine.One of their actions is to carry molecules of oxygen and when you realize that cancer likes ananaerobic (meaning without oxygen) environment, you begin to understand the role that essential oils can play in healing.

Research Indicates Essential Oils Are Powerful Healers

Essential oils are now being used as medicine by some of the world’s most prominent doctors.Clinical research (see below for just some of the studies) indicates that essential oils have immune stimulating properties, they are also anti-viral, anti-tumoral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial,anti-inflammatory – all the important “anti’s”!

Essential oils have been pivotal in helping many people back to health – pain free, disease free,and much more. Recent research has also shown that many of the so called “super bugs” like MRSA which has doctors and hospitals so concerned can not survive in the presence of certain essential oils. Interestingly, the pathogens do not mutate in resistance to essential oils. The author has had a personal experience with MRSA and can attest to the fact that essential oils are very potent little healers.
Citrus oils like lemon, grapefruit and orange are high in a phytochemical known as d-limonene, a well researched plant chemical. For instance, in 1996, Charing Cross Hospital in London achieved close to a 15% remission rate in patients with advanced colon and breast cancer usingdoses from 1 to 15 grams of d-limonene from orange oil as their only form of treatment. Some patients who only had weeks or months to live were given the limonene treatment and it extended their lives by up to 18 months. (Vigushin DM et al., Phase 1 and pharmacokinetic study of D-limonene in patients with advanced cancer. Cancer Research Campaign Phase I/II CliniclaTrials Committee. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 1998;42(2):111-7.)

Here are a few more studies that have been done on d-limonene:
Human breast tissue disposition and bioactivity of limonene in women with early-stage breast cancer : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23554130

Induction of apoptosis by D-limonene is mediated by inactivation of Akt in LS174T human coloncancer cells : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23117412

D-limonene rich volatile oil from blood oranges inhibits angiogenesis, metastasis and cell deathin human colon cancer cells : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22935404
Frankincense is another potent anti-tumoral essential oil:
Frankincense essential oil prepared from hydrodistillation of Boswellia sacra gum resins induces human pancreatic cancer cell death in cultures and in a xenograft murine model: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23237355
Boswellia sacra essential oil induces tumor cell-specific apoptosis and suppresses tumor aggressiveness in cultured human breast cancer cells: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22171782
Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri induces tumor cell specific cytotoxicity: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19296830; another great article is:

Geranium also has anti-tumoral properties:

Effects of a Chinese medical herbs complex on cellular immunity and toxicity-related conditions of breast cancer patients : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21864416

Lavender has been studied for its anti-tumor effects:

Comparative Studies of Cytotoxic and Apoptotic Properties of Different Extracts and theEssential Oil of Lavandula angustifolia on Malignant and Normal Cells :http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24571090

Thyme has anti-cancer properties:
Activities of ten essential oils towards Propionibacterium acnes and PC-3, A-549 and MCF-7 cancer cells : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20657472
Clove exhibits anti-estrogen and anti-tumoral properties:
Structure-based design of eugenol analogs as potential estrogen receptor antagonists: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23144548
Comparative anticancer potential of clove (Syzygium aromaticum)–an Indian spice–againstcancer cell lines of various anatomical origin : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22292639

Idaho Balsam Fir has anti-cancer activity:

Abibalsamins A and B, two new tetraterpenoids from Abies balsamea oleoresin (discussingIdaho balsam fir) : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22394397

One Last Word – Make Sure Your Essential Oils Come From A Trusted Source

Without sounding like an infomercial, not all essential oils are created equally. There are many companies out there who are just concerned with the bottom line – creating a reasonable smelling oil for as little dosh as possible. If you intend to use essential oils on your wellness journey, you must do your homework. Find out who the world leader is in therapeutic grade essential oils.
Case in point : It takes pretty close to 5,000 pounds of rose petals to create one pound of rose oil,and yes, it is one of the most expensive essential oils to produce. Consider this – if those rose petals were laden with chemicals and pesticides, or distilled with toxic chemicals to bring out more of the oil, that oil would be quite toxic and you would not want it in your body.
Make sure your essential oils are organically grown and properly distilled, from someone who controls the whole process of production from the seed to the bottle, so as to create the most health-giving essential oils available.
I am not proposing that essential oils be used for the treatment of any disease. The purpose of this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem and please be sure to consult your healthcare professional when making decisions about your health.

Marnie_homepageMarnie Clark is a natural therapist (17 years), a breast cancer survivor (10 years) and breast cancer coach (2 years) based in Perth, Western Australia. If you have any questions about essential oils, feel free to contact her at info@marnieclark.com.


             ~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Breast Cancer Answers, Courage and Grace, and Talk About Health, and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Newsletter.  Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. She lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. http://elynjacobs.wordpress.com/about/

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