Category: Immunology – Immune and Cancer
This year has been a particularity brutal cold and flu season with currently no end in sight, but allergy season is also right around the corner with warmer weather on the horizon! Although Westcoast Integrative Health is all about functional medicine, health enhancement and treatment of chronic health conditions, sometimes we need to throw all of that out the window to just treat the symptoms and get better. Even still, when it comes to gearing up the immune system for winter and allergy season, prevention is the best form of medicine.
Because the body has an amazing array of immune cells and immunoglobulins to protect us from getting sick, with the right support it’s easy to stay healthy all year round. When it comes to immune support, first line treatment should be diet and lifestyle. Given the right nutrients and avoiding …
Here is the latest and greatest on the flu vaccination!
According to this meta-analysis that included over 80000 people between the ages of 15 and 65 years of age there was a whopping 1% absolute reduction in the incidence of flu with the use of the vaccine.
This article, is by no means, meant to sway people from a medical intervention that they believe in! Vaccines are a personal decision and a very controversial topic, but I think it is important for people to know the benefits that should be expected from this intervention and the risks associated with the use of vaccines, mainly being from a small, yet significant among of the adjuvant thimerosil (Ethylmercury).
It should also be noted that in populations more at risk, although not reviewed in the follow study, the flu vaccination is known to have an even …
The current conventional medical model for the treatment of autoimmunity is focused on immune suppression or the use of biological agents like Humira™. Humira is a biological drug that blocks the effects of a specific inflammatory molecule in our bodies. Immune suppressive drugs like prednisone or non-steriodal anti-inflammatory medications are also typically used along with chemical therapy treatments like methotrexate or DMARDS like plaquenil. None of these treatments are necessarily bad on a short-term basis, but should really not be used long-term.
The same general approach is used for neurological conditions like Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease. The disappointing thing is that the treatments for these conditions are not even close to as targeted as what treatments are now available for autoimmune diseases. Treatments for PD, MS and Alzheimer’s currently only try to control symptoms and do not manipulate …
The following article on chronic pain is a true testament to the importance of treating holistically. This neurosurgeon, Dr Hanscom, impressively came up with his own chronic pain treatment method after he was struck with the frustrating reality that spinal surgery has very poor outcomes for patients suffering with chronic pain.
I frequently see people in some degree of chronic pain or suffering from chronic diseases which can have detrimental effects on our mental health. Or is it possible that in reality it is our mental health that is affecting our physical health!
Stress has a major effect on every part of our body and has a dramatic impact on our physical health. With my own recent personal experiments, along with recent feed back from people using heart rate variability (HRV) monitors, this technology allows us to have a greater awareness of …
This is no small feet! A nutritional intervention performing this well in phase 3 clinical cancer trials deserves some recognition.
Second to Magnesium, Vitamin B3 is my favorite nutraceutical, treating anything and everything from acne to anxiety. This clinical trial shows the amazing benefits of nicotinamide on the prevention of squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas.
Although these types of skin cancers are not deadly, they certainly plague people in places that are not desirable. Squamous cell and basal cell cancers typically occur where sun exposure is the greatest …. right on the face!
At the clinic we use the cryoprobe (high pressure liquid nitrogen) to remove these lesions from peoples sensitive areas. The problem is, as many people that battle squamous cell or basal cell carcinomas know, the recurrence rates for these skin lesions are huge.
Nicotinamide seems to offer the prevention that …
Cancer support and treatment is not only a focus of mine but a true passion, and recently there is a clear shift in the medical thinking around this devastating disease that I think needs to be addressed.
Perhaps some of you have heard about POG (not to be confused with the cute, but respiratorily challenged animal). POG stands for the Personalized Onco-Genomics program, which is a specialized program currently being offered through private funding at the BC Cancer Agency.
This program is truly amazing in that it uses genetic testing and treatment specific approaches to cancer. What this essentially means is rather than being on a conventional toxic chemical cocktail to treat cancer, people may be prescribed drugs that actually where designed to lower blood pressure, or treat diabetes, which effectively can eliminate cancer in the body.
If you don’t believe me … …
Medical research has linked fungus and cancer for many decades. With the origins of metabolic cancer research from Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg to the Pleomorphic observations of Dr Günther Enderlein. More recently, Italian oncologist Dr Tullio Simonicini was ostracized for his work curing terminal cancer patients by treating them for localized and systemic fungal infections. And one of my personal hero’s in the field of oncology, Dr Thomas Seyfried, eloquently outlined the fermentative nature of the cancer cell and the dependance on sugar and amino acids (protein).
Recently, I came across this article posted on Medscape, a fairly conservative medical news site, about resistant candida infections in people with cancer. The article does not go into detail about the hypothesized cause of these fungal infections, only outlining a few potential associations. However, the scary thing is the degree of resistance and …
Being a bit of a tech geek …. this is the last thing that I really want to be talking about, but some recent research and media have made the issue unavoidable when it comes to good preventative health measures. Electromagnetics from wireless, cellphones, cordless phones and high voltage electrical circuitry are clearly bad for some people.
Several years ago I was asked to research a problem that came up on Saltspring Island (where I am originally from), when BC Hydro decided to upgrade the hydro lines that feed power to Naniamo from the mainland. Friends of my family, with 2 young girls, lived directly under the lines and they where worried about the health impacts of increasing the voltage 20 fold through the upgrades that BC Hydro was planning.
I scoured the medical literature for them, at that time, and could find …
Once again, Canada Day marks the end of another one of my experiments in diet! This 6 month push through ketosis has truly been life altering and an incredible experience on how to combat cancer using diet alone!
The more I read about the ketogenic diet and it’s effects on cancer the more I am convinced that this terrible condition is no more than another metabolic disease, like heart disease and diabetes. I believe that figuring out how to outsmart the disease has more to do with persistence and attitude than chemo and radiation. When most cancer survivors, past stage 1, are asked how they beat their cancer, they will often state that they changed everything. It makes sense!
Although constant ketosis tends to affect the speed of ones random access memory (RAM), following a diet strategy like this long term would …
Most people are aware of the powerful benefits of turmeric (curcumin) when it comes to fighting inflammation, but what people may not be aware of is the specific details about curcumin’s benefits for people battling chronic diseases like cancer and liver disease. Like many powerful cancer drugs, Curcumin has been found to regulate the production of blood vessels which cancers need to maintain their high sugar and amino acid diets. Curcumin has been shown to inhibit tyrosine kinase receptors, which are involved in many signalling pathways in the body, including blood vessel production.
In general turmeric is very easy to cook with as has very little flavour. It is easy to add to veggies or just mix it with coconut milk and drink it straight. One of the downsides of taking curcumin as a supplement or cooking with turmeric as a spice, …