I posted on the connection to cancer treatment and turmeric, and its active ingredient curcumin, last year. Research into the herb and the possible use as a natural treatment for cancer and inflammation is ongoing and here is a reminder of that post, and also a recent update on the research.
I have taken curcumin capsules in the past as a course to test for side effects before recommending to a client. It has been used as a traditional Indian medicinal treatment for centuries and is know for its anti-inflammatory and high anti-oxidant actions on the body. Both these effects help combat a number of common health issues such as heart disease, arthritis, cancer, depression and the long term health of the brain, specifically Alzheimer’s disease.
Whilst I am a firm believer in alternative therapies, you cannot make claims for natural medicines without it going through extensive research. However, as this article reveals even the medicial profession and also researchers are fairly confident the self-administered curcumin treatment by Dieneke Ferguson was the reason behind her remission from cancer.
After five years of living with cancer and the ravages of side-effects from repeated unsuccessful treatment, Dieneke Ferguson thought she was finally losing the battle. She had a serious relapse and there seemed little hope.
Dieneke had been diagnosed with the blood cancer myeloma in 2007 and had undergone three rounds of chemotherapy as well as four stem cell transplants.
‘I have been on all sorts of toxic drugs and the side-effects were terrifying,’ she says. ‘At one point I lost my memory for three days, and in 2008 two of the vertebrae in my spine collapsed so I couldn’t walk. They injected some kind of concrete into my spine to keep it stable.’
Yet, despite all this, ‘nothing worked: there was just too much cancer — all my options were exhausted, and there was nothing else I could do,’ she says.
Then Dieneke started a new treatment — not another high-tech, expensive drug, but a remedy based on something many of us have in our kitchen cupboards. Where all others had failed, this one worked, and five years on, Dieneke’s cancer cell count is negligible.
The treatment? Curcumin, which is a key component of the spice turmeric. Dieneke’s recovery was so extraordinary that it recently made the pages of the eminent British Medical Journal as a one-off case report of how a natural ingredient was somehow keeping cancer at bay.
‘When you review her chart, there’s no alternative explanation [for her recovery] other than we’re seeing a response to curcumin,’ Jamie Cavenagh, professor of blood diseases at London’s Barts Hospital and co-author of the report, said.
Read the rest of the article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4726136/How-curry-spice-helped-dying-woman-beat-cancer.html
Here is a recent article on cancer and curcumin.
Turmeric, a yellow curry spice used in Indian cuisine, has a long history of medicinal use in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine. Curcumin is one of the most well-studied bioactive ingredients in turmeric,1 having over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and powerful anticancer actions.
Cancer has an incredible global impact and places a vast financial and emotional burden on the families it touches. Nearly 40 percent of American men and women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and over $125 billion is spent annually on medical treatment and patient care.2
The American Cancer Society estimated there would be over 1.6 million new cases diagnosed in 2017, equating to 4,630 new cases and 1,650 deaths every day.3 The most common types of cancer include breast, colon, lung and prostate.4
Despite advances in cancer treatment protocols, scientists realize prevention plays an essential role in reducing the number of people who die from the disease. After 30 years of testing more than 1,000 different possible anticancer substances, the National Cancer Institute announced that curcumin has joined an elite group that will now be used in clinical trials for chemoprevention.5
Curcumin May Play a Multitargeted Role Against Cancer Cells
In this interview, Dr. William LaValley discusses the interaction curcumin has on cancer and the multiple ways this molecule affects cancer growth. If you have ever been diagnosed with cancer, it may feel as if it grew overnight when, in fact, cancer cells take years to develop.
The progression of a cell from normal growth to cancer happens through several stages. Deregulation of physiological and mechanical processes that initiate and promote the growth of cancer cells makes use of hundreds of genes and signaling routes, making it apparent a multitargeted approach is needed for prevention and treatment.
Research has demonstrated that curcumin has a broad range of actions as it is able to effect multiple cellular targets.6 Studies have found, based on the activities of curcumin in the body, the spice could be an effective method of cancer prevention, or in treatment when used in conjunction with conventional treatment protocols.
The multifaceted action of curcumin has made it useful in the treatments of several different types of diseases, including colon cancer,7 pancreatic cancer8 and amyloidosis.9
Curcumin triggers a variety of actions that affect the growth, replication and death of cancer cells. Cancer cells lose the ability to die naturally, which plays a significant role in the hyperproliferation of cells common to cancer. Curcumin is able to turn on the apoptosis (cell death) signaling pathway, enabling the cells to die within a natural time span.
Read the rest of the article and also listen to the interview with Dr. William LaValley: Dr. Mercola – Curcumin Health Benefits
Curcumin/Turmeric – some facts.
You cannot consume enough cooking strength turmeric to get the benefits of the curcumin. There are a number of capsule supplements that contain Turmeric extract with a higher concentration of active curcumin. Because curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body you need a supplement that has nano-particle sized turmeric which makes it much easier for it to get into the bloodstream.
Some supplements aid absorption by adding black pepper (piperine) but it is believed that bioavailable supplements that rely on smaller particle size are just as effective if not more so.
I personally use a spray supplement for turmeric which is available in health food shops and online from Better You supplements.
However taking the supplement after a higher fat meal also can aid the absorption.
Thanks for dropping by and hope you found the post useful.. Sally