Lymphatic cancers or lymphomas are cancers based in the lymph system (lymph vessels, lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, tonsils, and bone marrow), which is part of the immune system. It is believed that lymphomas occur when cells divide too quickly, invading and destroying lymphoid tissues which parallels the channels to veins and arteries. Lymphatic cells then metastasize (spread) to other organs, leading to the destruction and eventual failure of the organs. There are two types of lymphomas based upon the cellular appearance of the tumors.
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes. Although it may affect any lymph tissue, Hodgkin’s mostly affects the high cervical and supra-clavicular nodes. Symptoms include fever, night sweats, and/or weight loss. Four stages of the disease are recognized. The type of chemotherapy used depends on a number of factors, including the patient’s age and the stage of the disease.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is the fifth most common type of cancer in the U.S. The disease is difficult to treat, with poor survival rates past five years. Non-Hodgkin’s is a cancer that affects the lymphatic system and the lymphocytes—the cells responsible for maintaining the body’s immune system. B cells and T cells are involved in over 85% of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas. The body’s ability to fight off infection is significantly decreased because fewer than normal white blood cells are produced. In addition, it can spread through the lymphatic vessels to other parts of the body. Although this disease can develop at any age, older adults are at high risk.
RISK FACTORS and CAUSES
The exact cause of lymphomas is still unknown, but the best theory is the over-exposure of toxins, chemicals, and free radicals that have entered into the lives of most people in our country. Some other associations have been made with heredity, the Epstein-Barr virus, the use of hair dyes, pollution, pesticides, and xenoestrogens and hormones found in much of the milk, meat, poultry, and eggs in the United States. The bacteria, helicobacter pylori, also has been linked with stomach and duodenal ulcers, which may induce Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of the intestinal tract.
Patients with HIV (AIDS) have about a 30 percent chance of contracting lymphoma. Patients on other immune-suppressing therapies (i.e. drugs for treating rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s and other auto-immune diseases), and organ transplant patients also have an increased risk.
The diet advice for those suffering from lymphoma depends on the individual case. Sugar in almost any form is believed to feed cancer cells and add to more blood acidity (perfect environment for cancer cells to thrive). Try to avoid gluten foods and excessive dairy products. Eating meat, particularly red and white meat, can increase cancer risk. Eat foods that can increase blood count in chemotherapy for lymph cancer, including apples, beets, garlic, orange juice, black walnuts, and royal jelly. There are protease inhibitors in beans, rice, potatoes, and seeds that may revert cancerous cells to normal. Raw cabbage juice, pineapple, whole-grain bran fiber, chickpeas, and broccoli are also good food choices.
A disturbing report has linked cancers and a compromised immune system to the ingestion of aspartame (i.e. Nutrasweet, Equal) in rats. The European Journal of Clinical Oncology found that 8-week-old female rats fed varying concentrations of aspartame developed leukemia and lymphoma. The researchers said the study raises concerns and “urgent re-examination” of aspartame’s safety especially to protect children.
- WIDE RANGE OF ANTIOXIDANTS
- VITAMIN A (BETA CAROTENE)
Beta-carotene is widely distributed in fruits and vegetables and demonstrates high anticarcinogenic activity. In CML vitamin A therapy enhances cell-mediated immunity and modulates gene _expression. Dosage: 25-50,000 IU daily.
- VITAMIN E (TOCOTRIENSOLS)
Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant and free radical scavenger. Vitamin E levels are found to be lower in CML patients. Dosage: 400-800 IU daily.
- VITAMIN C
Vitamin C has added effects with QUERCETIN. Some people have treated lymphoma with IV vitamin C treatments. These should only be done under the supervision of a qualified doctor. Oral doses in high quantities may also be helpful, but buffered vitamin C is preferred since too much acid can cause gastrointestinal problems. Dosage: 1,000-12,000 mg daily.
Studies of selenium supplementation indicate decreased cancer incidence and decreased new adenoma formation. A strong inverse correlation has been found when measuring the average blood selenium levels and the mortality from any cancer among middle-aged to elderly adults in America. Low selenium levels have been associated with a greater risk. Dosage: 100-300 mcg daily.
- VITAMIN D3
Vitamin D may induce certain lymphoma cells to differentiate into normal cells and arrest the growth of cancerous cells. Vitamin D is involved in the regulation of cell growth, as well as immune response. Dosage: As directed.
- VITAMIN A (BETA CAROTENE)
- ESSIAC TEA
Essiac tea has been used for 80 years as an authentic anti-cancer herbal agent. A minimal protocol calls for one cup twice a day for 12 consecutive weeks. Essiac is a wise choice for therapy with or without choosing chemotherapy. German scientists have found the Essiac tea block angiogenesis (growth of cancer cells) and found it to be very helpful for lymphoma. Dosage: A minimal protocol calls for one cup twice a day but more aggressive cancers may require higher doses.
- IP-6 CELL FORTE (Inositol hexaphosphate)
IP-6 is a component of fiber found in highest concentrations in cereals and legumes, especially the brand part of wheat. It has antioxidant activity and may cause malignant cells to revert back to normal. Dosage: As directed on package.
- B COMPLEX
B complex improves the regeneration of cells. VITAMIN B12 is an essential coenzyme for DNA synthesis and is deficient in CML patients. Niacin and folic acid are chemo-protective. Dosage: 50-100 mg daily.
- CHLORELLA, Blue Green Algae, Spirulina, Barley, Kamut
These may promote the activation of natural cancer-fighting substances in the body. Dosage: Enough to keep the body alkaline.
Arginine is a high-nitrogen amino acid that “feeds” our bodies natural killer cells so they can neutralize cancer. Dosage: 500 mg 3 times a day.
- ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (Fish oil, GLA)
A combination of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids will decrease inflammation associated with cancer. Fats such as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) have a unique anti-carcinogenic activity. Dosage: 2 capsules 2-3 times day, or as directed by a practitioner.
This spice has antioxidant, anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory properties. In patients with lymphoma may promote apoptosis or induce cell death, exhibiting cytotoxicity against human CML in a dose-dependent manner. Dosage: 1000-2000 mg daily.
- MILK THISTLE and DANDELION ROOT
These herbs bolster the immune system while protecting the liver, kidney, and colon from the side effects of chemotherapy. The active ingredient in milk thistle (silymarin) is thought to bind to the outside of the liver cells and slow the entry of liver-damaging toxins and other free radicals. Milk thistle also prevents the depletion of glutathione, a major antioxidant enzyme system in the body that is often depleted in cancer patients. Dosage: 1-3 capsules daily. See a qualified practitioner.
Indirubin is an active Chinese traditional medicine used for CML. It inhibits cyclin, strongly inhibits DNA biosynthesis in tumor cells, and inhibits the assembly of microtubules. Dosage: as directed.
- MANGOSTEEN FRUIT
In 2003, Japanese researchers found that xanthones from mangosteen seeds caused inhibition of growth of human cancer cells. Dosage: As directed.
Acidophilus may help to regulate bowel flora. Dosage: 2-3 capsules between meals.
Removal of toxins from the body can free up the immune system and normalize the functioning of other systems for reversing cancer or keeping any further development of cancer from taking place. See qualified natural practitioner who performs detoxification via bowel cleanse, liver cleanse, ion-cleanse, or sauna.
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