Health Benefits of the Lowly Dandelion


There’s something magical about making a wish while blowing dandelion petals through the air. Just one glance at a dandelion brings back childhood memories. And while some consider them pesky weeds, dandelion offers a treasure trove of healing benefits.

Dandelion greens are used in so many health applications today. Whether steamed, sautéed, used in soup, or boiled with water and brown sugar for tea, the greens of these weeds are considered an herbal medicine.

The extract (from dandelion root) is purported to work by inducing apoptosis in the cancer cells. To put this another way, this process forces the cancer cells to commit suicide without damaging the healthy cells in any way.

Dandelion Root is frequently used by herbalists to treat liver, kidney, and gallbladder problems. Dandelion Root has been used in China for certain kinds of cancers for centuries. Dandelion is a source of a variety of nutrients and the leaves and root contain Vitamins (A,C, K and B-vitamins) as well as minerals (including magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and choline).

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Stealing Pain Medication from Cancer Patients the Lowest of the Low


Johnathan William Click, the lead pharmacy technician for Birmingham’s ContinuumRx, has been accused of stealing opioid medication from IV bags intended for cancer patients experiencing excruciating pain. Prosecutors have accused Click of siphoning morphine and hydromorphone from the vials and replacing the drugs with saline or sterile water.

For nearly two months, a patient at New Beacon Hospice in Birmingham, Alabama, would push the button on her intravenous pump, hoping for a dose of medication to ease the excruciating pain caused by her liver cancer, but never got the relief she was seeking.

A nurse made a series of worried calls to ContinuumRx, the pharmacy that supplied IV bags to the hospice. “Something was not right,” the nurse told the pharmacy. “Keep pushing the button”, the pharmacy instructed, before swapping out the patient’s bag at least twice.

Prosecutors say Johnathon William Click, the leader pharmacy technician for ContiuumRx, spent nearly two years stealing opioid drugs that were supposed to go into IV bags for patients in palliative care. He is accused of siphoning morphine and hydromorphone from the pharmacy’s vials and replacing the liquid he took with saline or sterile water.

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Powerful Resource to Advance Treatment of Childhood Solid Tumours Unveiled at St. Jude


In an effort to improve outcomes for patients with some of the deadliest Childhood Cancers, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have created the world’s largest collection of Childhood solid tumour samples, drug-sensitivity data and related information and have made the resource available at no charge to the global scientific community.

St. Jude and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute collaborated to create the resource, known as the Childhood Solid Tumour Network (CSTN), which was launched in 2013.

Survival rates for children with recurrent solid tumours have not improved significantly in more than 20 years and remain below 30 %,” said corresponding author Michael Dyer, Ph.D., Chair of the St. Jude Department of Developmental Neurobiology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. “This research will change that by promoting scientific collaboration to leverage the efforts of researchers worldwide to advance understanding and ultimately treatment of Childhood solid tumours.”

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Should Junk Food Adverts be Banned?


For the first time in history, there are more obese individuals in the world than underweight people. Both are symptoms of malnutrition, part of a global food system geared towards profits.

Activists are calling for a radical shift in the entire food system, including a total ban on junk food advertising. Is it possible and will it make a difference?

Consuming junk-food, especially sugary carbonated drinks, is “effectively poisoning your body”, according to Andrew Bennie, a food sovereignty activist and researcher, based at the University of the Witwatersrand. “So why are people allowed to advertise the consumption of poison, really?” he asks.

Last year, the United Nations called on all governments to outlaw the advertising of junk food to children saying that these “commercial messages have the potential to shape children’s long term consumer and financial behaviour, and they are growing in number and reach”.

In South Africa, the Advertising Code of Practice was amended in 2008 to limit the marketing of unhealthy foods to children under the age of 12, but this has not yet happened – a National Department of Health-led policy to increase this to all school-going age children has been stalled for several years.

See our previous articles; Link between Blood Sugar & Brain Cancer Found and Does Cancer Have a Sweet Tooth? for more information about sugar and cancer…

 

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✨Foodie Friday ✨The Inimitable Sprout


Summer is coming to South Africa, and summer is a great time to celebrate fresh food. Summer dishes ranging from salads to burgers are even more tasty and nutritious when topped with a lesser-known vegetable: fresh sprouts. Sprouts are tiny plants produced without soil — a type of fresh greens that can be grown virtually anywhere, at any time of year.

Fresh and tasty sprouts are raw, vegan, low in fat and cholesterol-free. Add them to a dish and you’ll be getting Vitamin C, Folic Acid, and good phytonutrients. Sprouts are also great for the digestion!

Sprouts are nutritional powerhouses that add flavour, texture and contrast to a salad or sandwich. Most varieties go from seed to sprout in about five days. They don’t need soil, so there’s no mess. They’re compact, so they can grow indoors, in small spaces. The quickness of this crop makes it a great project for kids — they love watching the seeds germinate and grow.

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Enzyme Therapy and Cancer


There are hundreds of ways to heal cancer and enzyme therapy is seen to be a very effective treatment.

The idea of healing cancer with enzymes was first discovered by Dr John Beard, an embryologist who spent 20 years researching cancer.

He found that pancreatic enzymes were not present in the blood of cancer patients.  Although his first article was published in 1902, his theory about cancer still holds up to rigorous scientific scrutiny.

Dr John Beard proposed in 1906 that pancreatic proteolytic digestive enzymes represent the body’s main defence against cancer, and that enzyme therapy would be useful as a treatment for all types of cancer.

During the first two decades of the twentieth century, Dr Beard’s thesis attracted some attention in academic circles, and several case reports in the medical literature documented tumour regression and even remission in terminal cancer patients treated with proteolytic enzymes.

In 1911, Dr Beard published a monograph entitled The Enzyme Therapy of Cancer and Its Scientific Basis, which summarised his therapy and the supporting evidence.

After Dr Beard’s death in 1923, the enzyme therapy was largely forgotten. Periodically, other practitioners have rediscovered Dr Beard’s work, and used pancreatic proteolytic enzymes as an alternative cancer treatment.

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✨Thankful Thursday✨ Garth Taylor


Garth Taylor is considered a pioneer of the South African music industry; he is also a  self-taught SAMA nominated artist, and is most renowned for being a chart topping singer-songwriter and recording artist.

What few people know though, is that Garth is also a fitness fanatic whose second passion is kickboxing (he won the SA Amateur Kickboxing Champion in the Lightweight Category in 2014).

On Friday 15 September Garth entered the White Collar Boxing ring for the second time on behalf of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.

Garth competed in the White Collar Boxing 19 event at Scarlet Ribbon in Modderfontein, in an effort to raise Childhood Cancer Awareness as well as to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.  White Collar boxing is essentially recreational and uses the sport as a means of personal development for people to push themselves and achieve individual objectives.

With many of our Little Fighters sending Garth video messages of encouragement, he could do nothing other than repeat his stellar performance of last year, and once again win his match – to the delight of all our Little Fighters! Congratulations, Garth, you are a real Warrior for our Little Fighters!!

A shout-out also goes to Andrew Savvides, Garth’s opponent for the great Fight and for his Support for Garth’s cause!

 

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Life after Childhood Cancer Treatment


Completing cancer treatments can bring forth a range of emotions for Childhood Cancer patients and their families.

While they will certainly be relieved to have finished chemotherapy or radiation, there is often anxiety around relapse, returning to “normal life,” or how to handle side effects that occur years down the road.

Finishing treatment can be a very scary time; there is something about regular clinic visits that is reassuring. When families don’t have to return for a couple of months, they can sometimes feel anxious knowing they will not have that regular check-in.

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Fighting Cancer with Broccoli Sprouts


We have spoken before about cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts being full of cancer-fighting nutrients, but did you know that their sprouted forms, which are less than a few days old, can actually pack a stronger punch in the fight against cancer?

Sprouts from the seeds of vegetables begin to germinate within days of being soaked in water. Numerous studies have found that the highest cancer protective properties are most concentrated in these sprouts at a time of 3 days following sprouting

Research has shown that making sprouts a daily part of your diet can not only reduce the incidence of numerous types of cancers, but that the nutrients in sprouts may actually reverse the damage already created by the development of cancer in your body.

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Managing Family Life when Your Child has Cancer


When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the parents are immediately transformed from working parents with young children, to parental caregivers for a child with cancer.

Often, one of the parents, usually the mother, has to give up work in order to look after the needs of the Child with cancer, and this adds additional stress to the family who is already under extreme stress due to this devastating illness.

The fact that one of the parents has to give up their job in order to look after the Child with Cancer means that the household is now reduced to a one-income household, which means that the family now has more of a financial burden and only half of the income.

Childhood Cancer means visits to the hospital, visits to the clinic, additional travel expenses, additional accommodation expenses, medication, special dietary requirements and so much more…

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