High Doses Of Vitamin C To Improve Cancer Treatment

High Doses Of Vitamin C To Improve Cancer Treatment Passes Human Safety Trial

Clinical trials found that it is safe to regularly infuse brain and lung cancer patients with 800 — 1000 times the daily recommended amount of vitamin C as a potential strategy to improve outcomes of standard cancer treatments. In a work presented March 30, 2017 in Cancer Cell, University of Iowa researchers also show pathways by which altered iron metabolism in cancer cells, and not normal cells, lead to increased sensitivity to cancer cell death caused by high dose vitamin C.

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SOPMED – Join 16 brilliant medical minds on a journey to the future of medicine

SOPMED – Join 16 brilliant medical minds on a journey to the future of medicine

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June 21, 2018 | 4pm-8:15pm

Ahvie Herskowitz MD

Moderator: Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz

Dr. Herskowitz’s extensive training includes a medicine degree from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, residencies in pathology and internal medicine, and a fellowship in cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center. During his 12 years at Johns Hopkins, he led a multidisciplinary research team in the study of molecular and immunological mechanisms of heart ischemia, heart transplantation and heart failure.

After moving to the Bay area, he served as Director at the Ischemia Research and Education Foundation; Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California at San Francisco; and Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Institute for One World Health. Four years ago, Dr. Herskowitz founded Anatara Medicine (www.anataramedicine.com) and the San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center (www.sfstemcellcenter.com) where he has been developing novel integrative approaches towards prevention and treatment of vascular, immunologic and recalcitrant chronic diseases.

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Reactive arthritis: Preliminary microbiologic analysis of the human temporomandibular joint

Purpose: The presence of Chlamydia trachomatis has been previously shown in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This study investigated whether the presence of other bacteria associated with reactive arthritis (ReA) can be identified in the TMJ.

Materials and Methods: Posterior bilaminar tissue removed during TMJ surgery from 26 patients (24 F, 2 M) was evaluated for the presence of C trachomatis, Mycoplasma fermentans, Mycoplasma genitalium, Campylobacter jejuni, Yersinia enterocolitica, Salmonella spp, and Shigella spp by highly specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays.

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Simultaneous Detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Mycoplasma hominis and Mycoplasma arthritidis in Synovial Fluid of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis by Multiplex PCR

It has been recognized that infectious agents, such as different bacteria and viruses, may play a role in the developing of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Recently, the mycoplasma species has been implicated in the pathogenesis of RA.

The aim of this study was to design a multiplex PCR for rapid and simultaneous detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Mycoplasma hominis, and Mycoplasma arthritidis in the synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong.

Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong.

UPDATED: With Dean Ornish’s Response

A critique of the diet guru’s views on high-protein diets, followed by a response from Ornish and a reply from the author

Last month, an op–ed in The New York Times argued that high-protein and high-fat diets are to blame for America’s ever-growing waistline and incidence of chronic disease. The author, Dean Ornish, founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, is no newcomer to these nutrition debates. For 37 years he has been touting the benefits of very low-fat, high-carbohydrate, vegetarian diets for preventing and reversing heart disease. But the research he cites to back up his op–ed claims is tenuous at best. Nutrition is complex but there is little evidence our country’s worsening metabolic ills are the fault of protein or fat. If anything, our attempts to eat less fat in recent decades have made things worse.

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What Are Adaptogens and Why Are People Taking Them?

What Are Adaptogens and Why Are People Taking Them?

Adaptogens are non-toxic plants that are marketed as helping the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical or biological. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions, but they’re having a renaissance today. Some, like holy basil, can be eaten as part of a meal, and some are consumed as supplements or brewed into teas.

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How Vitamin C May Help Cancer Treatments Work Better

How Vitamin C May Help Cancer Treatments Work Better

Cancer treatments are often hard on patients, but the side effects and challenges are necessary to control or even destroy tumor cells.

Now researchers say there may be a way to make those treatments work even better. In a study published in Cancer Cell, scientists say that giving people high doses of vitamin C during treatment may weaken cancer cells and make them more vulnerable to the effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

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Saving Southern Shaolin: Preserving the Ancient Art of Qigong

Saving Southern Shaolin: Preserving the Ancient Art of Qigong

Angela LeeThis article features Angela Lee, our team Acupuncturist.

Her practice is a daily one, and one that constituted an abrupt career change in 1991.

“When I felt and saw the difference in my body from qigong, I felt if everyone in the world knew the practice just a little bit then we wouldn’t be as sick or diseased. To really understand it, I went back to school for my masters in Chinese medicine at thirty years old. To understand the depths of qigong, I needed to understand the depths of Chinese medicine.”

Angela’s commitment to the study is impressive. But it’s the result of her conviction that qigong really does have the capacity to change people’s lives around the world.

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News from the A4M Meeting

News from the A4M Meeting

Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz and Dr. William H. AndrewsDr. Ahvie Herskowitz at the annual A4M Anti-aging meeting, with Dr. William H. Andrews, the discoverer of the telomerase, the enzyme responsible for telomere length, which is the most sophisticated measure of aging.

The 25th Annual World Congress
This conference marks a quarter of a century since A4M began its original mission: to build awareness and deliver innovative, cutting-edge scientific education focused on longevity, and prolonging the human lifespan. Our audiences span the globe, and our renowned speakers, keynotes, and impressive faculty panels assist attendees in implementing and integrating new therapies into practice.

What is normal blood pressure?

What is normal blood pressure?

New guidelines (the first comprehensive set since 2003) lower the definition of high blood pressure to account for complications that can occur at lower numbers and to allow for earlier intervention.

“High blood pressure should be treated earlier with lifestyle changes, and in some patients with medication at measurements of 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90 – based on new ACC (American College of Cardiology) and American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for the detection, prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure.”

The new guidelines (the first comprehensive set since 2003) lower the definition of high blood pressure to account for complications that can occur at lower numbers and to allow for earlier intervention. The new definition will result in nearly half of the U.S. adult population (46 percent) having high blood pressure, with the greatest impact expected among younger people. Additionally, the prevalence of high blood pressure is expected to triple among men under age 45, and double among women under age 45, the guideline authors note.

Risk of cardiovascular complications

“You’ve already doubled your risk of cardiovascular complications compared to those with a normal level of blood pressure,” said Paul K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc, FACC, lead author of the guidelines. “We want to be straight with people – if you already have a doubling of risk, you need to know about it. It doesn’t mean you need medication, but it’s a yellow light that you need to be lowering your blood pressure, mainly with non-drug approaches.” However, only a small increase is expected in the number of adults requiring antihypertensive medication.

Dr. Ahvie’s Comments:

While the public health messages will now be more clear, it is highly likely that doctors will not have the tools or time to discuss “non-drug approaches” such as diet, exercise, relaxation techniques and other lifestyle modifications. There are many reasons for this. One is that most doctors don’t often practice these guidelines! Another is they don’t have support systems in place, such as life coaches and nutritionists, to advise patients in enough detail to make a real difference. So, many millions more patients will likely go on to anti-hypertensive medications and, over the next few decades, we will wait and see whether the risk-benefit is favorable. And, we will continue to be told that the Food Pyramid is still a valid scientifically based food strategy!

Lobbying for cardiovascular prevention

When I directed the Ischemia Research and Education Foundation in San Francisco from 1995-2000, I went to Congress to lobby for cardiovascular prevention, and received smiles and laughter from members of Congress on ideas to incentivize the public to reduce their weight and blood pressure by tax incentives, and to create time during hospitalizations for training, both patient and family members, on how not to prevent a second heart attack or need for a second bypass surgery. The message I received was, “This is not going to happen young man!”

Patient in PET scanner

Blood pressure is the pressure exerted by circulating blood upon the walls of blood vessels.

We all know that preventive medicine provides the best future for society. To be optimized, everyone should undergo regular testing, and to learn which components of our biological systems are strongest and which are weakest. Replace what you are depleted in, take the right supplements that support detoxification and metabolic pathways that keep you in repair mode, eat a clean diet rich in good fats and low in carbohydrates, exercise and keep your weight reasonably down, and have some strategy for relaxation, and more than 95% of the population will never develop hypertension, even if it runs in the family.

This is why a functional approach to Integrative Medicine is so important. None of us are an “average” patient. None of us will know whether the estimated 30% efficacy rates of most approved drugs will work on us. None of us will be able to measure our true risk of some disease with great accuracy, with or without our 23&Me results. What we do know is, if we prioritize our health, wish to prevent disease and optimize for graceful aging, then we need to listen about our body everyday. To do so intelligently, you will benefit from finding the best guides who are passionate, who “walk the walk”, and who are dedicated to continuous learning. That is why I left the mountain-top at UCSF to start Anatara Medicine, to learn and to grow along side you.

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz

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