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Promising Alternatives to Leukemia Chemo

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 04:41 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Q: My nephew was diagnosed with acute leukemia. His doctor has started him on chemotherapy. Do you have any information about ellagic acid in leukemia treatment?
— Claude C., Sacramento, Calif.
A: There are several flavonoids and other chemicals that have shown a benefit in treating leukemia. The most impressive of these substances have been quercetin, resveratrol, EGCG, curcumin, and ellagic acid.
A fairly recent study reported in the journal “Cancer Letters” found synergistic benefit when quercetin, resveratrol, and ellagic acid were used in combination.
Another promising compound comes from concentrates of the plant skullcap, which contains two powerful antileukemic compounds: baicalein and wagonin. Several studies have confirmed its powerful antileukemic effects. It can be purchased as a supplement.
I have used both curcumin and quercetin in leukemia cases with excellent results. I have found that these supplements have success not only in eradicating the leukemia, but also in protecting the children’s brains and other organs from the toxic effects of the chemotherapy.
Q: What causes high triglycerides and what can I do to lower them naturally so that I can get off cholesterol medications?
— Neil M., Winter Haven, Fla.
A: In the vast majority of cases, high triglycerides are caused by eating too much sugar and/or simple carbohydrates. Kale and broccoli can help lower cholesterol levels without raising triglycerides.
Both should be cooked to destroy a thyroid-suppressing compound within the plants. They can be steamed for 20 minutes.
Q: My wife has suffered from Crohn’s disease since she was 11 years old, and has had bad reactions to recent drugs prescribed by her physician. Is there something else she can do?
— Tom K., Dublin, Ohio
A: Several substances are known to help Crohn’s disease, including zinc, omega-3 oils, probiotics, and a diet high in nutrient-dense vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, etc).
In addition, you should drink plenty of fluoride-free water. Recent studies have shown considerable benefit using ellagic acid and EGCG (from a product called Teavigo). Both are powerful anti-inflammatories.
Hesperidin also powerfully suppresses inflammation. All of these can be purchased as supplements, and in combination they work even better than alone.
Avoid all excitotoxin-containing foods, such as MSG, aspartame, neotame, hydrolyzed proteins, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, whey protein, soy protein isolates, natural flavoring, sodium or calcium caseinate, carrageenan, and autolyzed yeast.
Inflammatory oils should be avoided. These include corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, soybean and canola oils. Probiotics containing prebiotics (either Theralac or the Jigsaw brand) can be taken daily to reduce inflammation.
A product called N-butyrate has been shown to significantly reduce bowel inflammation.

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Q: My nephew was diagnosed with acute leukemia. His doctor has started him on chemotherapy. Do you have any information about ellagic acid in leukemia treatment? — Claude C., Sacramento, Calif.
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