Using Juice to Detox

Dr Mercola

Using Juice to Detox

Juicing is one way to detox your system and is in fact one of the reasons why some people start juicing in the first place. This detox effect no doubt helped Cherie recover from many of her ailments, which included chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, allergies and candidiasis.

Wheatgrass is particularly helpful in this respect. It provides nutrients that accelerate and facilitate detoxification, especially in your liver where most of your body's detox occurs.

Depending on how toxic you are, you may experience detox reactions and actually feel worse, before you get better. In Cherie's experience, most people need three months of regular juicing before significant improvement becomes apparent. Interestingly, three months is also the average lifespan of red blood cells. So in three months you should have renewed most all of your red blood cells, which would help explain the reason for this typical time frame.Common cleansing reactions include diarrhea, flu-like symptoms and headaches.

Once you get over that initial hurdle, however, the benefits can be nothing short of miraculous for many, such as:

·         Sleeping better

·         Improved memory, mental energy and cognition

·         Improved focus

·         Reduction in aches, pains, and headaches

·         Eliminating cravings

"This is one exciting thing that I've heard from so many people: in a week or two, their pain subsides," Cherie says. "I had one young woman who had plantar fasciitis; suffered with it for years. The only thing they had been able to do for her was a special shoe. She got started juicing, lost 18 lbs, and got rid of her plantar fasciitis."


Detoxing Fat Stores Typically Requires Expert Help

It's worth noting, however, that about 100-times more of the toxins are stored in your fat than in your blood. And although juicing may help you shed excess fat, which would reduce toxic stores, it will not in and of itself draw it out of your fat. More aggressive intervention is required for that, and likely needs to be done through a qualified physician.

For example, I recently met a surgical oncologist who uses high dose niacin to cause lipolysis (breakdown of fat), in conjunction with exercise to raise your core body temperature, followed by 40 minutes in an infrared sauna. Doing this process daily for a month causes your body to excrete stored toxins from your fat.

However, this is not a detox cure you can dabble with at home. First of all, 20 to 25 percent of people cannot tolerate niacin. It causes massive flushing. Second, although it's a vitamin, at the doses required for detox, it's treated as a drug. He starts his patients out at about 100 mg and progresses all the way up to 5,000 mg, which is a massive dose. You'll be beet red from the niacin flush! So intense detoxes like these have to be used with extreme caution under a physician's care.


Weight Loss—An Added Boon of Juicing

Cherie's book, The Juice Lady's Turbo Diet, is in large part oriented towards weight loss. Obesity is one of the primary health challenges here in the US. Technically, more than a third of American adults are obese, and nearly 80 percent of Americans are overweight! However, she didn't set out to recommend juicing specifically as a weight loss aid. This, she found out through countless clients and readers, was a side effect of juicing.

She decided to look into it further, and her investigation eventually led to the creation of her book.

"There were two studies completed in 2009-- last year, I believe it was one at Baylor College of Medicine and the other at UC Davis using Vegetable Juicing and for Weight Loss. which They found that the people who included one to two glasses of vegetable juice a day lost four times the weight of the non-juice drinkers. I thought that was rather interesting and significant…

In one of the studies, the majority of the people in it had metabolic syndrome; insulin resistance. I found that very interesting because that's a tougher condition to work with and still see weight loss results… I really got excited and that's when I put this book together, giving people the whole program of how to integrate vegetable juicing into their lifestyle with menu plans, shopping list, and recipes.. Since that time, I've heard from people all across the country who have said they've given this diet a try, and they're losing weight—many times where nothing was working for them before."


Juicing Alone is Not the Sole Answer for Weight Loss, You Must also Alter Your Food Choices

However, juicing in and of itself likely will not solve your weight problem. Your overall diet is just as important, if not more so, and her book prescribes a low-glycemic diet together with juicing to achieve maximum results. She essentially combined the diabetic diet with vegetable juicing.

According to Cherie, this combination has been the most effective for people with insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, or diabetes. She also recommends including coconut oil, as it too can help with weight loss. Cherie recommends using about one teaspoon to one tablespoon a day for this purpose.


Other Reasons for Using Coconut Oil

"I was absolutely shocked when I first started reading about coconut oil because I, like so many people, have been told that it's a saturated fat, and to avoid all tropical oils," Cherie says. "When I got awakened to the truth, I wanted to know more and, eventually, wrote the book, The Coconut Diet.

I discovered that coconut oil, even though it is saturatued, is a very healthful oil. is marvelous. The body prefers to burn it rather than store it in fat cells. It is rich in lauric, acid, caprylic, and caproic fatty acids, which are short- to medium-chained fatty acids that work on breaking down the outer wall of yeast cells. There was a study done not too long ago in Nigeria at University College Hospital. They used coconut oil for treating people even with Candida albicans, which is one of the toughest yeasts to destroy, and it worked even on that yeast."

However, when you first start out on coconut oil, you may feel ill. Why is that?

"The yeasts are dying off," Cherie explains. "So just cut back on the amount of coconut oil you're taking and then work back up."

You could do as much as one to three tablespoons of coconut oil a day as a therapeutic dose to kill excessive yeast, although you will need to work your way up to that amount, and It is probably safer to start with one teaspoon.. Your level of tolerance depends on how well your liver functions as it is a fat. But it may be too many calories for some people, as three tablespoons would give you about 400 calories just from coconut oil.

Additionally, many individuals who chose to be a vegetarian or vegan will have dangerously low cholesterol levels and coconut oil can be very effectively used to increase cholesterol levels. If you already have high cholesterol levels though it is not dangerous unless you take very large quantities.

You always want to make sure you're using organic, virgin, unprocessed coconut oil, and avoid the refined kind as the processing eliminates many of the healthful fatty acids. Cherie and I also agree on the recommendation to use it for all your cooking needs as well, in lieu of other cooking oils.

"It has a medium smoke point of about 350 degrees," Cherie explains. "Most of the sautéing that we do in our home kitchens aren't over 350 degrees. I always say if you see it smoking, pull it off the burner right away because that's the point where your oil is starting to break down and will start to oxidize. It's a durable oil because it's saturated. The very fact that it's saturated makes it more durable than your polyunsaturates, which will oxidize much more easily. I don't recommend polyunsaturated oils at all."

For high-heat, such as baking around 400 degrees or so, you can use almond oil instead.


How Much Juice Do You Need?

Cherie's program calls for juicing twice a day. If you're diabetic, hypoglycemic or insulin resistant, you'll want to focus on dark greens. Cherie also recommends diluting all your juices with cucumbers instead of water, to gain the extra nutrients. This way you'll also avoid any and all potential toxins, such as fluoride, in your tap water.

If you're juicing for weight loss, Cherie recommends a minimum of 16 ounces of juice a day. Ideally, you'll want to strive for a full quart of juice, split up between the morning and the afternoon.

When juicing that much, I recommend juicing it all at once, to save time. Then use a FoodSaver, or put it in a glass jar filled to the very top so there is no oxygen, and put it in the fridge immediately. You're probably going to retain well over 90 percent of the nutritional value if you do it in that way and consume it within 12 hours.


Juicing to Perk You Up, or Calm You Down

Besides juicing for detox and weight loss, other reasons to juice include boosting your energy, or alternatively, calming you down at the end of the evening.

"I talked with one young woman who had a two-year old and was coming home after work, tired but still lots to do, and would have a glass of wine. She said, "I was ready to just lay on the couch and go to sleep." Now she comes home and makes juice for the whole family instead, and she's energized to make a healthy meal.

So it's excellent to make your juice for the next day and your evening cocktail all at once. Have a glass of juice while you're making dinner to perk you right back up," Cherie says.

"So many people say they come home just dead tired and starved. Maybe they didn't eat for a good portion of their day. Maybe they skipped lunch or ate something really fast at their desk. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips or some awful snack when you run in the door and you're hungry, go right for your juicer and make a glass of juice. It's going to be energizing. It's going to send a signal to your body that you're not as hungry now. You're fed. You've got all these nutrients now. So hopefully, then you're not going to eat as much at dinner."

You can also make a small amount of calming juice to drink just before you go to bed. Celery and romaine lettuce are very calming and will help you sleep.


Nutritional Typing and Food Sensitivities

Nutritional typing, for those who aren't familiar with it, is a concept that really seeks to divide people in three different types:

·         Protein types benefit from large amounts of protein and fat, and small amounts of carbs

·         Carbohydrate type need high amounts of vegetable carbs, and lower amounts of proteins and fat

·         Mixed type need a little bit of everything and can tolerate most foods

Your genetics and biochemistry determines which group you fit in. Paradoxically, even the healthiest of foods, such as dark green leafy vegetables, are not as well-suited for everyone.

Dark green leafy vegetables are very high in potassium, and for protein types, potassium-rich foods tend to drive your biochemistry in the wrong direction. Hence, care must be taken to select the most appropriate foods, even when we're talking about something as healthful as vegetables.

A giant clue is to check how different foods make you feel. Listening to your body is one of the KEY elements of nutritional typing. If something makes you feel worse (sleepy, gassy, or lethargic, for example), it's a sign it's not beneficial for you—even though it might be generally considered a very healthful food. A healthful food for YOU will make you feel better. It will raise your energy level and suppress your appetite. Typically, if you're still hungry, it may be a sign that you need a little more fat and protein in your meal, or with your juice.


Must All Your Veggies Be Organic When Juicing?

Organic produce has been shown to have a much higher nutrient-content than conventional fresh produce, which should offer plenty of incentive to locate organic produce that has also been grown locally. On average, conventional produce has only 83 percent of the nutrients of organic produce.

However, pesticide contamination is another important issue when it comes to juicing, since you're using higher quantities of fruits and vegetables than you would normally eat whole. The Environmental Working Group's Shopper's Guide is an excellent resource to help you figure out what to buy organic, and what conventionally-grown veggies you can get away with buying with the least amount of health risk. The guide is now also available as an iPhone application.

The produce ranked the highest in terms of pesticide load, making them the most important to buy or grow organic are:







Bell peppers



Kale and Collard greens




Meanwhile, the produce below has the lowest pesticide load when conventionally grown. Consequently, they are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume:






Sweet peas





Cantaloupe and honeydew melon



By paying heed to the typical pesticide load, you can put your money where it's going to be the most beneficial. However, ideally ALL your foods should be organic if you can afford it.


What Can You Do with the Pulp?

Many are concerned about wasting the pulp and throwing it away. Well that can easily be solved by composting it into your vegetable or ornamental garden. However, an even better solution would be to eat it.

From a nutritional perspective it is far more useful to eat the whole vegetable as the fibers actually serve as a prebiotic and raw fuel for your good bacteria to grow, and as a weed killer that actually helps to eradicate harmful organisms like yeast and pathogenic bacteria. You are probably thinking "how disgusting," and "why would I ever want to do that?"

Well if you dress up the pulp with some Himalayan salt and other condiments that you may enjoy, like balsamic vinegar and crushed red peppers, it becomes far more palatable. What I have recently figured out though is if I put a few lightly poached eggs over the pulp with some melted fresh raw organic butter, it really is turns it into a delicious meal.

The butter and eggs provide fat and protein that actually balance out the meal. I used to feel hungry after juicing but since I started eating the pulp with poached eggs I feel very full and satisfied.

Some might ask why I don't just use a powerful mixer like a Vita Mixer and have less mess to clean up and prepare it quicker. Well there are several problems doing it this way as the speed of the Vita Mixer is too high and will actually damage some of the nutrients in the vegetables. More importantly is it is MUCH less palatable as it becomes a thick, almostu ndrinkable slurry rather than a tasty meal and refreshing thin juice you can drink right down.


What about Pre-Made Vegetable Juices?

Many people don't want to go through the hassle of juicing from scratch and instead opt for supplements like Juice Plus+, which purports to have all the same benefits as fresh juice. However, there are significant drawbacks with these conveniences. When you look at the cost/value equation, to get the same amount of nutrition from a glass of high quality organic vegetable juice, you probably have to take a bottle or two of these Juice Plus+ tablets and the cost would extraordinary.

"There is also something else that's missing," Cherie says.

"People have asked me about Juice Plus+ for years. But you don't have biophotons in there. How could you? It's processed. So you're losing the LIFE of the plant. That's probably my number one reason to juice—to get that life into my body."

Aside from the lack of biophotons, processing may also destroy complementary co-factors that you get when you juice a whole food and drink it fresh. In a nutshell, you simply cannot compare a processed juice supplement to the real thing, because you simply will not receive all the benefits of whole, fresh juice. A supplement is going to be better than nothing in circumstances when you don't have access to a juicer, such as when traveling, but cannot be recommended as a substitute for regular juicing.

Hopefully, this interview has been able to inspire you to start exploring the world of juicing, if you haven't already, as juicing can massively facilitate the improvement of your health.




Did You Know...



.. that the pigment which gives plants their green color can also permanently cure bad breath, as well as foot and body odor?

     Chlorophyll, the pigment found in plants and leaves, does much more than keep our world green.  In 1950, Dr. Howard Westcott found that chlorophyll in doses as low as 100 milligrams a day could "[neutralize] bad breath, body odor, menstrual odors, and foul-smelling urine and stools."  The results of Dr. Westcott's observational study on chlorophyll were published in a July 1950 Time magazine article.

     Apparently, Dr. Westcott -- an internist -- noticed that when anemia patients took chlorophyll, the odor of their urine was less offensive.  He then speculated that chlorophyll might have benefits for bad breath and body odor.  A small study consisting of 5 medical professionals produced positive results -- they noticed little or no underarm odor 18 hours after consuming chlorophyll.  Similar results emerged from a study of 12 female college students.

     Finally, Westcott noticed that chlorophyll mouthwashes and tablets greatly improved the offensive breath odors otherwise produced when participants drank onion juice.  Westcott determined that chlorophyll was effective in treating bad breath no matter what the cause -- whether it be food, smoking, or stomach upset.

     The source of chlorophyll's breath-sweetening powers is two-fold.  First, it deodorizes immediate odors in the mouth and throat.  Second, and more importantly, chlorophyll is highly alkaline ... and this property promotes a healthy digestive tract by regulating bacteria production and detoxifying the body.

     Chlorophyll's detoxifying activity in your bloodstream is internally purifying and directly affects your breath.  According to Jennifer Workman, author of Stop Your Cravings: A Balanced Approach to Burning Fat, Increasing Energy, and Reducing Stress, bad breath is often symptomatic of a toxic colon.  Clean blood leads to a cleaner colon -- and ultimately, you get cleaner breath!

Mints and Commercial Mouthwashes are Not the Answer

Most people turn to breath mints, which do nothing to fight bad breath -- they only mask the smell.  The root of bad breath is internal, and thus requires an internal solution. 

     Most commercial mouthwash products may seem to eliminate bad breath, but its effects are short-term and come with a cadre of unpleasant and serious side effects.

     According to studies conducted over the last several years at the University of Sao Paulo, daily use of mouthwash is linked to:

·  Increased incidence of oral cancer

·  Erosion of tooth enamel


·  Increased tooth sensitivity

     Perhaps most disturbing of all is the fact that mouthwash can actually make your breath smell worse.  That's because the concentrated alcohol in most mouthwash solutions kills mass quantities of the germs in your mouth.  While this initially improves the smell of your breath, its long-term effect is a shortage of saliva that can severely dry out your mouth.

     Without enough saliva to wash it away, oral bacteria flourishes, causing your breath to worsen.  If you treat the problem with more mouthwash, you're trapping yourself in a vicious cycle.

     Fortunately, chlorophyll has no undesirable domino effects, and can not only solve bad breath and body odor but can also improve your overall health.  Chlorophyll is thought to be an anti-carcinogen, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory.  It contains many important nutritional elements, such as:

·  Vitamin A

·  Vitamin C

·  Vitamin E

·  Vitamin K

·  Folic acid

·  Iron

·  Calcium

·  Magnesium

     Chlorophyll is also a good source of protein.  It helps your body repair red blood cells, boost immunity, and increase the disease resistance of cells.  And as an important chelate, chlorophyll can bind to -- thereby neutralizing and eliminating -- heavy metals such as mercury.

     Greens (obviously) and algaes contain some of the densest natural concentrations of chlorophyll.  Mate tea, grown primarily in countries in South America, is one of the richest known sources of chlorophyll.

     Herbs such as basil, cilantro, and dill are also good sources of chlorophyll.  James A. Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy: New Discoveries in Herbal Remedies for Common Diseases and Conditions from the World's Foremost Authority on Healing Herbs, recommends making a dill tea after meals by adding "1 to 2 teaspoons of leaves or mashed seeds per cup of boiling water." 

     Chewing dill seeds is another novel way to cleanse your palate.  You can also choose to take chlorophyll supplements.  A standard dose is 1 teaspoon of powder or a 100mg tablet.  As with the dill tea, the supplements should be taken after meals.

     If you choose to take a supplement that comes in liquid form and contains chlorophyll, like alfalfa, it's possible to take up to 1 tablespoon or 500 to 1,000mg daily.  The liquid should be diluted in juice or water, not taken on its own.

     Parsley is also rich in chlorophyll -- more than most breath mints that list it as one of their active ingredients.  In fact, if you swallow parsley leaves, they'll continue to provide freshness throughout the digestion process.  So next time you see a sprig of parsley garnishing your plate, don't let that power-packed chlorophyll go to waste.  


Colon Cleanse





Al Sears, MD
11903 Southern Blvd., Ste. 208
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411




I have some important information to share with you today about toxins.




Toxins are in just about everything we come into contact with.



They enter our body through the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and even through our skin.

Unfortunately, our bodies haven’t adapted quickly enough to be able to flush out the countless man-made chemicals, toxins and pollutants that are now present in our everyday lives.




But there’s something you can do to help.



Getting rid of these toxins will help support your immune system, clear your mind, balance your hormones, and much more. It will simply help you feel more energetic and healthy.




And the best place to start getting rid of them is in your colon.


When your colon doesn’t work right, it can have a snowball effect on your entire body.




All of the food you eat eventually winds up in your colon. And what your body doesn’t use can remain as waste byproducts and toxins.




Our modern world can cause fecal waste to get backed up. Sometimes to the point of having 10 to 20 pounds or more of putrefied waste trapped in your colon.




This can cause you to feel bloated, constipated, fatigued, and just plain terrible.




The truth is having a toxic digestive system is one of the main reasons people are not as healthy as they could be.


When toxins overwhelm your large intestine, it goes into bunker-mode. It protects itself by producing extra mucous. This gunk sticks to the sludge produced by a low fiber diet creating a build-up that narrows the colon.


 This build-up makes your colon work less efficiently and slows down the time it takes to rid your colon of fecal matter.



The good news is there are steps you can take to put your colon back in balance. Steps you can take to help maintain healthy bowel function and start feeling better.




One of the best ways to do this is with a colon cleanse.




A colon cleanse can reduce the level of toxins in your digestive system and help you maintain more regular and healthier bowel movements.



There are many natural ways to safely cleanse your colon. Here are three that I recommend:


  • Cascara Sagrada – This plant extract helps to stimulate the muscles of your colon to contract, helping to push waste out of your body. It also helps strengthen and tone your colon, bringing bowel function back to normal.
  • Slippery Elm Bark – This herb acts as an “internal soother.” It absorbs toxins which can cause intestinal imbalance. It helps stabilize gastritis, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and even hemorrhoids.
  • Peppermint Leaf Extract – One of nature’s oldest and best tasting natural herbs. Studies have shown that it shortens the time food spends in your stomach. It helps you digest food before it goes into the intestines and colon.


You can find all of these natural herbs in your local health food store. They also come in premixed blends.


The Layne Lowery, president of Health Resources, has a unique solution that contains all of the natural herbs listed above. It can help support your immune system and maintain a healthy colon.


To Your Good Health,


Al Sears, MD




A cell’s power tool for scanvenging

One enzyme in particular is a major power player in a cell’s detox system. Its name: Superoxide dismutase (SOD). Its mission: Scavenge for and dismantle one of the body’s most deadly free radical toxins, superoxide.

Superoxide (the enemy) is a reactive particle that bounces around a cell. It damages everything it comes in contact with. This might seem surprising, but the superoxide toxin is actually produced by cells themselves, as a byproduct of their metabolic process to produce energy.

Through a series of enzymatic reactions, cells strip away electrons in order to create energy. During the process, electrons attach to oxygen molecules and thereby create the toxic chemical, superoxide. This process of creating energy creates a handful of other toxic radicals too, like hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl radicals.

When these toxic radicals are produced, the body’s natural supply of cell enzymes like SOD act to shield the cell and quickly eliminate the toxins before they harm the cells. You probably recognize this as the usual antioxidant-free radical reaction. Yes, SOD is an antioxidant — a powerful one your own body makes.

In addition to breaking down toxins created by cell metabolism, enzymes also tackle toxins that enter the body by way of air pollution, smoking, or other forms of ingestion.

Each enzyme serves a specific function by attacking an assigned free radical. Superoxide dismutase, for instance, functions solely to attack superoxide and break it up into hydrogen peroxide and oxygen. Hydrogen peroxide itself is a toxic radical, so another type of enzyme, catalase, is then tasked with decomposing the substance into water and oxygen.

Other superhero cell enzymes are catalase, glutathione, and epoxide hydrolase.

SOD’s Healing Power

The more scientists study SOD, the more benefits they find. The enzyme acts as both an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. As it breaks down superoxide particles into harmless substances (a process called dismutation), it neutralizes the free radicals and keeps them from damaging cells.

If cells are damaged, they suffer from what’s called oxidative stress — which in turn leads to severe health problems. Inevitably, the problems include cancer.

The benefits of SOD are much more extensive than just cancer prevention. They include relief from arthritis, prostate problems, inflammatory diseases, burn injuries, inflammatory bowel disease, and fibrosis. Beauty suppliers rave about the enzyme and its ability to prevent wrinkles and hair loss. And for those who have cancer, SOD helps prevent damage and side effects from cancer therapy like radiation and chemotherapy.

Research for SOD and its relation to cancer dates back to 1979 when scientists at the University of Iowa noticed the lack of enzyme activity in cancerous cells, plus the proliferation of superoxides and other free radicals. They realized that tumors appeared to produce excessive amounts of superoxide free radicals, so the body’s regular production of superoxide dismutase could not effectively compete.

Here’s what other studies show:

·         A 2004 study tested 44 breast cancer patients who developed fibrosis as a result of radiation therapy. An SOD treatment applied to the skin was found to reduce the size of the fibrotic area and significantly decrease pain levels in more than half the patients. The only side effect was one case of a localized allergic reaction.

·         A skin cancer study on mice found that topical SOD cream relieved oxidative injury and proliferation of skin carcinomas without affecting the death of healthy cells. A joint study that used oral SOD treatment resulted in decreased tumor sizes by 33% to 57%.

These results are promising, and since SOD is a natural product of the body, it’s hard to see why there’s any problem using it for treatment.

The challenge is that SOD levels decrease as we get older and can’t compete with an excess of toxins. So the question is, how can we best improve the count of SODs in the body if the body isn’t making enough? And will synthetic versions be effective?

Boosting the SOD count

The superoxide dismutase enzyme is the body’s natural protector, but there are many cases where additional SODs could help the body’s detox process. If we can do that, we can help prevent cancer and recover from it if we already have it.

Eating the right foods and supplements would be my first choice for boosting SOD production numbers. From a dietary angle, it’s important to consume plenty of vitamins and minerals. In particular, vitamin C and copper are needed to help the body produce the natural antioxidant.

Eating more greens is another way to raise SOD levels. Plants like barley grass, broccoli, wheatgrass, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage are full of SODs, so eating these might help maintain steady production of superoxide dismutase.

When cells need more SODs than they can make on their own, synthetic SOD might be the way to go. Synthetic versions of the enzyme can be given by way of injection, topical cream, or oral supplement.


Sounds simple enough,
but there may be a catch. . .

Apparently, SOD can’t hold up to stomach acid, so oral supplements should only be taken if they are enteric-coated (a coating that prevents absorption until a pill reaches the small intestine). The enzyme has to get past the stomach intact to reach the small intestine and be properly absorbed into the body.

That raises the question for vegetables. If you eat vegetables rich in SOD, like the ones I mentioned above, will you get a healthy dose of SOD? I haven’t been able to find proof that they survive the stomach acid on their journey through your body.

I’m still an advocate for eating plenty of greens, but I’m not sure how well they boost SOD production.

Another important question is whether synthetic SOD is really as helpful as it could be. The research studies mentioned above about skin cancer and post-radiation breast cancer both used synthetic SOD treatments. Looking at their findings, it seems like synthetic treatments can be useful.

However, there’s an opposing view on that matter. According to Dr. Mercola, synthetic SOD supplements signal the body to stop its own production of enzymes. This leaves patients reliant on the synthetic versions. Relying on a drug is not the goal.

So if synthetic SOD is no good, and oral consumption of SOD fails, then we’re back to square one.

What we need, as usual, is much more consistent, clear research. My hope is we’ll soon have a better understanding of how SOD works in relation to any type of cancer cell, and we’ll discover a foolproof method to increase levels of SODs. With these advancements, I think we’ll be onto some very great medical discoveries.




Curcumin—One of the Most Powerful Cancer Gene Regulators

It's now becoming more widely accepted that cancer is not pre-programmed into your genes, but rather it's the environment of your body that regulates your genetic expression that can trigger cancer to occur. Adverse epigenetic influences that can damage or mutate DNA and alter genetic expression, allowing cancer to proliferate, include:

Nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances

Toxins and pollution

Chronic infections

Infectious toxic byproducts

Chronic stress

Chronic inflammation

Free radical damage

Thoughts and emotional conflicts


Curcumin currently has the most evidence-based literature supporting its use against cancer than any other nutrient. Interestingly this also includes the metabolite of curcumin and its derivatives, which are also anti-cancerous. Best of all, curcumin appears to be safe in the treatment of all cancers.

Researchers have found that curcumin can affect more than 100 different pathways, once it gets into the cell. More specifically, curcumin has been found to:

Inhibit the proliferation of tumor cells

Decrease inflammation

Inhibit the transformation of cells from normal to tumor

Inhibit the synthesis of a protein thought to be instrumental in tumor formation

Help your body destroy mutated cancer cells so they cannot spread throughout your body

Help prevent the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth (angiogenesis)


However, much of curcumin's power seems to lie in its ability to modulate genetic activity and expression—both by destroying cancer cells, and by promoting healthy cell function. It also promotes anti-angiogenesis, i.e. it helps prevent the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth as discussed above.

For example, a 2005 study in Biochemical Pharmacology found that curcumin can help slow the spread of breast cancer cells to the lungs in mice.

"Curcumin acts against transcription factors, which are like a master switch," said lead researcher, Bharat Aggarwal. "Transcription factors regulate all the genes needed for tumors to form. When we turn them off, we shut down some genes that are involved in the growth and invasion of cancer cells."

Another study in Biochemical Pharmacology also found that curcumin inhibits the activation of NF-kappaB, a regulatory molecule that signals genes to produce a slew of inflammatory molecules (including TNF, COX-2 and IL-6) that promote cancer cell growth.

Other Health Benefits of Curcumin

The growing interest in curcumin over the past 50 years is understandable when you consider the many health benefits researchers have found when studying this herb. According to studies, curcumin may help:

Reduce cholesterol levels

Prevent low-density lipoprotein oxidation

Inhibit platelet aggregation

Suppress thrombosis and myocardial infarction

Suppress symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes

Suppress symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Suppress symptoms of multiple sclerosis

Suppress symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

Inhibit HIV replication

Suppress tumor formation

Enhance wound healing

Protect against liver damage

Increase bile secretion

Protect against cataracts

Protect against pulmonary toxicity and fibrosis

How to Use Curcumin

To get the full benefits curcumin has to offer, look for a turmeric extract that contains 100 percent certified organic ingredients, with at least 95 percent curcuminoids. The formula should be free of fillers, additives and excipients (a substance added to the supplement as a processing or stability aid), and the manufacturer should use safe production practices at all stages: planting, cultivation, selective harvesting, and then producing and packaging the final product.

Unfortunately, at the present time there really are no formulations available for the use against cancer. This is because relatively high doses are required and curcumin is not absorbed that well.

According to Dr. William LaValley, one of the leading medicine cancer physicians I personally know, typical anticancer doses are up to three grams of good bioavailable curcumin extract, three to four times daily. One work-around is to use the curcumin powder and make a microemulsion of it by combining a tablespoon of the powder and mixing it into 1-2 egg yolks and a teaspoon or two of melted coconut oil.Then use a high speed hand blender to emulsify the powder.

Another strategy that can help increase absorption is to put one tablespoon of the curcumin powder into a quart of boiling water. It must be boiling when you add the powder as it will not work as well if you put it in room temperature water and heat the water and curcumin. After boiling it for ten minutes you will have created a 12 percent solution that you can drink once it has cooled down. It will have a woody taste.

The curcumin will gradually fall out of solution however. In about six hours it will be a 6 percent solution, so it's best to drink the water within four hours.

Be aware that curcumin is a very potent yellow pigment and can permanently discolor surfaces if you aren't careful.

Please Remember the Cancer Treatment BASICS

It is encouraging to see cancer research on herbs such as turmeric. However, it's virtually impossible to discuss cancer prevention and treatment without touching on one of the absolute best cancer prevention nutrients ever discovered, namely vitamin D.

Despite its name, vitamin D is actually a powerful neuro-regulatory steroid, and it's likely more potent than curcumin, as its epigenetic influence covers more than 2,000 genes in your body—or about 10 percent of all genes! There are also more than 830 peer reviewed scientific studies showing vitamin D's effectiveness in the treatment of cancer.

Personally, I believe it is virtually malpractice to not optimize vitamin D levels when treating someone with cancer. In this case, your vitamin D levels should be around 70-100 ng/ml. For more information about optimizing your vitamin D levels, please see my previous article Test Values and Treatment for Vitamin D Deficiency.

Cancer Treatments: Chemo or Natural?

Contrary to 'conventional wisdom,' chemotherapy is rarely the best option for cancer treatment as it usually typically doesn't cure cancer or extend life, and it rarely improves the quality of life. Dr. Ralph Moss, who is the author of eight books on cancer treatment, has reviewed thousands of studies as part of the research for his books -- and he has not found one single good study showing that chemo cures cancer or extends life.

What chemo does do, however, is expose your body to toxins that kill all cells that multiply and divide rapidly. This includes not only cancer cells, but also other rapidly multiplying and dividing cells, such as bone marrow, reproductive system cells and hair follicles.

These are powerful drugs that present an assault on your system -- one that your body must then overcome along with the cancer. And the effects do not end right after the treatment. One UCLA study found that chemotherapy can actually change the blood flow and metabolism of your brain in ways that can linger for 10 years or more after treatment.


For Additional Curcumin Studies has a listing of 1,456 curcumin studies, hundreds of which relate specifically to curcumin's effect on different types of cancer.

Natural (and Epigenetic) Cancer Prevention Strategies

I believe you can virtually eliminate your risk of cancer and other chronic disease, and radically improve your chances of recovering from cancer if you currently have it, by following some relatively simple risk reduction strategies—all of which help promote a healthful biological environment in which your cells can thrive and combat disease naturally.

You don't read or hear much about these strategies because they have not been formally "proven" yet by conservative researchers. However, did you know that 85 percent of therapies currently recommended by conventional medicine have never been formally proven effective either?!