Turmeric and Cancer By Mrs Vera West

     I have covered the issue of the health benefits of turmeric many times before, but there is a concise account of the anti-cancer benefits of turmeric, with an n=1 study, published in the British Medical Journal.

“Myeloma is a haematological malignancy which typically follows a relapsing-remitting course. While treatment can control the myeloma and improve quality of life for given periods of time, remissions generally become progressively shorter with subsequent relapses, and patients ultimately enter a final refractory phase. To help control symptoms and enhance quality of life, some patients use complementary therapies as an adjunct to their conventional therapy. Here, we describe a myeloma patient who started a daily dietary supplement of curcumin when approaching her third relapse. In the absence of further antimyeloma treatment, the patient plateaued and has remained stable for the last 5 years with good quality of life.”

     While the study involved only one person, this supports a wide research profile of anti-cancer benefits of curcumin, especially against prostate cancer:

“Thus, the current report adds to those previously published in strongly suggesting that curcumin exhibits activity against prostate cancer. More animal studies and clinical trials testing curcumin against prostate cancer are needed to fully realize its potential. It is estimated that there are more than two million men alive with a diagnosis of prostate cancer at this time. Prostate cancer death is a systemic event. The mean age of prostate cancer diagnosis in men is 68 years old and the ability to tolerate the currently available toxic systemic therapy at this age is low. Because curcumin lacks toxicity in man and is highly affordable, it may provide a reasonable alternative for the prevention and even the treatment of prostate cancer. Thus “adding spice to your life” is highly recommended to all, especially those who are at high-risk for prostate cancer.”

    memo; have plenty of curries with rich colourful vegetables. i would love some now to warm me up as i type!

     On a tangent, researchers have discovered a cell population in the  pericardial fluid found inside the sac around the heart, that may repair the heart.

“The Kubes lab, in collaboration with the Fedak lab, found that a specific cell, a Gata6+ pericardial cavity macrophage, helps heal an injured heart in mice. The cell was discovered in the pericardial fluid (sac around the heart) of a mouse with heart injury. Working with Fedak, a cardiac surgeon and incoming Director of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, the same cells were also found within the human pericardium of people with injured hearts, confirming that the repair cells offer the promise of a new therapy for patients with heart disease. "The fuel that powered this study is the funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the collaboration between two major research institutes at CSM (Snyder and Libin) and the important contribution of philanthropy from the Libin and Snyder families to obtain imaging equipment available to very few programs globally," says Kubes, the Director of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases at the Cumming School of Medicine and Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. Heart doctors had never before explored the possibility that cells just outside the heart could participate in healing and repair of hearts after injury. Unlike other organs, the heart has a very limited capacity to repair itself which is why heart disease is the number one cause of death in North America. "Our discovery of a new cell that can help heal injured heart muscle will open the door to new therapies and hope for the millions of people who suffer from heart disease. We always knew that the heart sits inside a sac filled with a strange fluid. Now we know that this pericardial fluid is rich with healing cells. These cells may hold the secret to repair and regeneration of new heart muscle. The possibilities for further discovery and innovative new therapies are exciting and important," says Fedak, a professor in the Department of Cardiac Sciences.

     The human body continues to exhibit remarkable healing powers, that mainstream science is slowly coming to grips with.



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