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Editorial Issue 173

by Sandra Goodman PhD(more info)

listed in editorial, originally published in issue 173 - August 2010

There are a number of Research Updates in this PH Online Aug Issue 173 which point to potentially significant steps in our understanding of certain cancers.

Lee et al from National Cancer Institute, Bethesda MD, USA noted that nitric oxide (NO) induces cytotoxicity and angiogenesis, and may play a role in prostate carcinogenesis, potentially modulated by environmental exposures. This research team then investigated and evaluated the association of prostate cancer with genetic polymorphisms in two genes related to intracellular nitric oxide (NO).

The results for eight single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were statistically significant for prostate cancer (P = 0.005), especially for aggressive cancer (stage III-IV or Gleason score > or = 7) (P = 0.01). These particular SNPs showed significant associations with aggressive cancer and not for non-aggressive cancer, suggesting that NOS gene polymorphisms are genetic susceptibility factors for aggressive prostate cancer.  

Two studies by Jeong et al, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea studied the role of  plasma carotenoids, retinol and tocopherol levels and ovarian cancer risk in Korean women as well as the association between antioxidant micronutrients and endometrial cancer risk in Korean women.

In the first study, women with the highest plasma levels of plasma carotenoids, retinol and tocopherol had much lower risks  of ovarian cancer than women with the lowest levels. These risks ranged from 12% for beta-carone, 9% for lycopene, 23% for alpha0tocopheral and 28% for gamma-tocopherol.  

In the second study by the same team, the researchers examined the relation between the plasma concentration of antioxidant micronutrients and endometrial cancer risk in Korean women. The mean concentration of plasma beta-carotene (p=0.001), lycopene (p=0.008), zeaxanthin plus lutein (p=0.031), retinol (p=0.048), and gamma-tocopherol (p=0.046) were significantly lower in endometrial cancer patients than in controls. The authors concluded that plasma levels of beta-carotene and lycopene are inversely associated with the risk of endometrial cancer in Korean women.  

These research studies provide but a tiny snapshot of what is being added to our knowledge base of mechanisms of cancer, its causes and future potential methods of treatment.

Within the Articles for this Aug Issue 173, there are several features discussing treatment therapies, including Reflexology - Caring for Older People by Lynne Booth
Neuromuscular Therapy for Chronic Pain and Postural Dysfunction by Humphrey Baccus 

Facet Joint Syndrome Source of Back and Neck Pain by Jesse Cannone
Aromatic Pregnancy and Childbirth in the UK by Pam Conrad
Spoiled Sport by Joël Carbonnel
and Dru Yoga for Wellbeing and Resilience to Stress by Jane Saraswati Clapham

The Nutrition articles in this issue discuss the digestive complaint of Bloating by Wilma Kirsten, 

Magnesium Supplementation by Marek Doyle  

Two further articles describe and argue the merits of Vegetarianism:
Be Vegetarian by BD Basu
And No More Beef - The Argument for Vegetarianism by Donna Jennings
And on more psychological and philosophical levels, featured are Higher Consciousness Healing - Tara Springett by Kwami E Nyamidie
and the very last Expert Column Moving Towards Serenity by Beata Bishop.
Beata Bishop has been a tireless contributor to Positive Health PH Online over the past decade. Her articles, Expert Columns and book reviews have attracted a loyal following, well before the days of social networking. She has metamorphosed from a survivor of Stage 4 melanoma herself to author and tireless worker and active campaigner for the Gerson treatment approach. In March 2010 the Gerson Institute Board of Directors' selected Beata Bishop to receive their first Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Recognition for her decades-long volunteer work in the interest of healing the hopelessly chronically ill using the Gerson Therapy. Her latest book, co-authored with Charlotte Gerson is Healing The Gerson Way: Defeating Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases, reviewed by Dr Nichola Hembry on PH Online:  
The large body of knowledge which has accumulated within all fields of Complementary Medicine engenders feelings of confidence in the clinical progress of natural treatment approaches. However, reading the conventional medical journals or listening to media about new medical discoveries for cancer, diabetes or even back pain brings into sharp relief the divided universes which still don't really converge. They simply co-exist as separate entities, with the more powerful and resourced medical and pharmaceutical organizations still exercising supreme legal, political and clinical power over us all. I hope that there will come a day when these two universes cooperate.


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About Sandra Goodman PhD

Sandra Goodman PhD, Co-founder and Editor of Positive Health, trained as a Molecular Biology scientist in Agricultural Biotechnology in Canada and the US, focusing upon health issues since the 1980s in the UK. Author of 4 books, including Nutrition and Cancer: State-of-the-Art, Vitamin C – The Master Nutrient, Germanium: The Health and Life Enhancer and numerous articles, Dr Goodman was the lead author of the Consensus Document Nutritional and LifeStyle Guidelines for People with Cancer and compiled the Cancer and Nutrition Database for the Bristol Cancer Help Centre in 1993. Dr Goodman is passionate about making available to all people, particularly those with cancer, clinical expertise in Nutrition and Complementary Therapies. Dr Goodman was recently featured as Doctor of the Fortnight in ThinkWellness360.

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