Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Does Muscle Stop Cancer?

Monday, 30 Jan 2012 10:24 AM


Question: Is there a relationship between muscle and the spread of cancer?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Apparently, there is. Researchers at my alma mater, the University of Michigan, studied patients with advanced melanoma to understand the course of their illness as it related to muscle strength. According to a report in the December 2011 issue of The Annals of Surgical Oncology, the researchers looked at CT scans of the psoas muscle (a major muscle in the body’s abdominal region) in order to measure core muscle density. The authors then correlated the core muscle density with the risk of metastasis, or spreading of the cancer.

Those patients with higher muscle density were found to have significantly better survival rates and less metastasis.

The authors concluded that decreased muscle density was an important predictor in the outcome of the disease. Furthermore, they stated that “frailty, not age, was associated with decreased disease-free survival.”




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