Volume 5, Issue 20
May 17, 2012
Pills that fight cancer better than aspirin
Last week, I showed you how taking low-dose aspirin every day could reduce your risk of dying. And the longer you take it, the greater the benefit. But I also showed you that the side effects can be really bad — in some cases horrible.
But I also told you there may be a way to get the same effect as aspirin without any of the side effects. First of all, we should know how aspirin counteracts cancer. Unfortunately, nobody knows for sure. But the possibilities proposed so far include the fact that many cancers depend on inflammation to survive, and aspirin is an anti-inflammatory.
Others suggest it may work by decreasing the mutations that are suspected to cause cancer in the first place. I don’t believe this because the data shows that mutations have nothing to do with who develops cancer and who doesn’t. People without cancer have just as many of the same kinds of mutations as those who don’t.
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And still another reason some propose has to do with platelets. Platelets are cell fragments that are instrumental in the body’s clotting system. Some indications are that one of the ways that cancer cells can metastasize throughout the body is by hitching a ride on platelets that have clumped together. One of the actions of aspirin is to prevent platelet clumping, and hence decrease the cancer’s ability to spread.
So it appears to me that the major cancer preventing actions of aspirin have to do with its ability to calm down inflammation and to prevent platelet clumping. And here’s some good news. You can increase both of these actions in your body very well with foods — namely fish oil and spices.
Literally hundreds of studies have shown that taking one to four fish oil capsules a day decreases both inflammation and platelet clumping just like low-dose aspirin does.
The best herbs and spices are clove oil, cayenne, green tea, and curcumin (found in turmeric). These spices significantly inhibit platelet clumping. In fact, one study found that the principle component of clove oil, eugenol, is 29 times more potent than aspirin in inhibiting platelet clumping. And the other spices I mentioned were not far behind clove oil.
And, of course, unlike aspirin, the really good news is that none of these foods produces ulcers, or has any of the other side effects that come with aspirin.
So here is what I would recommend based on the very impressive findings in this study. Make sure you are taking at least one to two fish oil capsules per day. As you may know, I use Complete Daily Oils fish oil in the clinic. You can buy cayenne capsules at the health food store (take two per day with food).
And lastly, consider taking another product from Advanced Bionutritionals called Reduloxin. Reduloxin is high in curcumin, holy basil, green tea extract, rosemary, and berberine. All of these herbs have a strong anti-inflammatory action. Its curcumin is in a form proven to be 29 times more absorbable than regular curcumin, so it’s highly effective.
Together, all of these can help you fight cancer at least as well as aspirin, but perhaps even better.
Finding your Real Cures,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
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