Welcome to the June 2007 issue of the Preventive Health E-zine. I hope you find something useful!
I wish you the best of health.
At a glance - What's in this issue?
1. Special feature - CoQ10 - Do I need it?
2. Hardcore facts - Cancer and chemotherapy
3. Experts tips - Dr Michael Ellis on preventing health killers
4. Free Radical - Reader's rant - What's wrong with your health system?
1. Special feature - CoQ10 - Do I need it?
CoQ10 has the potential to vastly improve human health.
It can help you combat fatigue, for example, as well as obesity, and a weak immune system (particularly for those with HIV, other viruses, and yeast infections).
It helps boost athletic performance (CoQ10 levels are low in people who exercise excessively), and it improves exercise tolerance in people with muscular dystrophy.
It also prevents toxin overload, and swollen gums (those with periodontal disease tend to have low levels of CoQ10 in their gums). Early studies show it may also increase sperm motility, leading to enhanced fertility. It’s all in a day’s work for CoQ10!
CoQ10’s most valuable role may lie in fighting heart disease. In fact it has been found that blood levels of CoQ10 to be significantly lower in heart-disease patients than in those who were disease free.
Several studies with small numbers of people suggest that CoQ10 may lower blood pressure after a few weeks, and it might help to prevent some of the heart damage caused by chemotherapy.
Introducing CoQ10 before heart surgery may reduce the damage caused by free radicals, as well as lowering the incidence of irregular heart beat, and strengthening heart function during recovery.
CoQ10 levels tend to be lower in people with a high cholesterol count, compared with healthy individuals of the same age. What’s more, certain cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins such as cerivastatin, atorvastatin, pravastatin simvastatin and lovastatin) seem to reduce the natural levels of CoQ10 in the body.
Taking CoQ10 supplements can correct the deficiency caused by statins, without changing the medication's positive effects on cholesterol levels. As a result of its beneficial effects on one of the body’s most important organs.
Of course, managing cholesterol levels, helping the circulatory system, blood sugar levels and heart health is particularly important for diabetics, and CoQ10 supplements may be a help to them.
Despite concern that CoQ10 may cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, two recent studies of people with diabetes given CoQ10 twice a day showed they experienced no hypoglycemic response. If you’re diabetic, talk to your doctor about how you can safely take CoQ10.
Now, scientists are hoping its effects on the heart, blood systems, and tissue toxicity means CoQ10 can soon be used as part of a treatment program for Alzheimer's disease, and for recovery from stroke.
They’re also hopeful about the possibility of using it as part of a treatment regimen for women with breast cancer (together with conventional treatment and a nutritional program involving high levels of other antioxidants and fatty acids).
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2. Hardcore facts - Health info you need to know - Focus on cancer and chemotherapy
"Two to 4% of cancers respond to chemotherapy..The bottom line is for
a few kinds of cancer chemo is a life extending procedure- Hodgkin's
disease, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Testicular cancer, and
Choriocarcinoma."-Ralph Moss, Ph.D. 1995 Author of Questioning
"..chemotherapy's success record is dismal. It can achieve remissions
in about 7% of all human cancers; for an additional 15% of cases,
survival can be "prolonged" beyond the point at which death would be
expected without treatment. This type of survival is not the same as
a cure or even restored quality of life."-John Diamond, M.D.
"Keep in mind that the 5 year mark is still used as the official
guideline for "cure" by mainstream oncologists. Statistically, the 5
year cure makes chemotherapy look good for certain kinds of cancer,
but when you follow cancer patients beyond 5 years, the reality often
shifts in a dramatic way."-Dr. John Diamond MD
"I look upon cancer in the same way that I look upon heart disease,
arthritis, high blood pressure, or even obesity, for that matter, in
that by dramatically strengthening the body's immune system through
diet, nutritional supplements, and exercise, the body can rid itself
of the cancer, just as it does in other degenerative diseases.
Consequently, I wouldn't have chemotherapy and radiation because I'm
not interested in therapies that cripple the immune system, and, in
my opinion, virtually ensure failure for the majority of cancer
patients."-Dr Julian Whitaker, M.D.
"As a chemist trained to interpret data, it is incomprehensible to me
that physicians can ignore the clear evidence that chemotherapy does
much, much more harm than good."-Alan Nixon, Ph.D., Past President,
American Chemical Society.
The cancer establishment remains myopically fixated on damage
control - diagnosis and treatment - and basic genetic research, with,
not always benign, indifference to cancer prevention. Meanwhile, the
incidence of cancer, including nonsmoking cancers, has escalated to
epidemic proportions with lifetime cancer risks now approaching 50%.
Excerpts from an article by Eve Hillary at Medicalrenaissance.org
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3. How to win the war on cancer and heart disease.
An interview with Dr Michael Ellis.
O.F: Dr Ellis, are we winning the war on cancer?
M.E: Data from Australia and the USA show that there has been no improvement in cancer mortality in males and females in the last fifty years.
In fact in males, there has been an increase in mortality over the past fifty years. Men have 1.3 times more cancer incidents than women. The survival of the commonest cancers has not altered for many years.
Five year survival of lung cancer is ten percent, bowel is thirty five percent, breast is sixty five percent, pancreas is two percent and stomach is ten percent.
John Bailar who is a very reputable professor of Epidemiology in the USA has stated that the increase in cancer death rates by seven percent during 1975 and 1999 cannot be explained by aging. "A decade of wars against cancer has been a qualified failure."
O.F: So if modern medicine's not working what should we be doing to combat cancer and other degenerative diseases?
M.E It has been shown again and again and I can provide appropriate papers for you to see that cancer like the other degenerative diseases of our society which include, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, arthritis, osteoporosis and stress can be prevented by lifestyle changes i.e., the use of nutrition and nutritional products, exercise, weight loss and relaxation.
The health of the public hinges on three legs of a stool, these legs being, release of stress, some sense of mastery of one's own life and support of community.
O.F: Doctor, you are based in Australia – what do you see as the greatest threat to the nation’s health?
M.E: Cardiovascular disease is the greatest killer in our society. A person in Australia dies of a heart attack every ten minutes. The cost of management of heart attack in the States, including costly heart surgery and angiography and stenting of the coronary arteries amounts to $US56 billion per year. In Australia the cost is approximately $5.6 billion per year.
O.F: So what is the root cause of heart disease and how do we manage the challenge?
M.E: The management of cancer, heart disease and stress which in fact when looked at in an overall perspective are all related.
Just as the body is composed of mind, body and spirit and works in an integrated fashion, the various illnesses, which people suffer, have a common cause.
O.F: Then, if we know the cause of heart disease and cancer, why don’t we just deal with it rather than treating the symptoms when it occurs?
M.E: Medical science is now beginning to define this cause but unfortunately because of the kind of education that doctors receive, (the bio-medical model), this means that most of the profession are not willing to open their eyes to a holistic approach.
They are motivated by self serving interests and narrow focusing of their minds which prevents them from seeing the total picture. The problem is further inflamed by the fact that medical schools seek out students who although may be very intelligent are not being educated for life itself.
This is seen as such a problem in England that there is now thought of introducing arts education into the domain of medical science. The most successful medical school in Germany chooses its students on the basis of intellect and passion and also includes within its curriculum a host of complementary, holistic and nutritional education. Once the students have enrolled, their only requirement is to pass. Despite this, the university achieves the highest results in Germany.
O.F: Do you think there is a “groundswell” of popular opinion requesting a different approach to the prevention of degenerative disease?
M.E: Yes, this sentiment is being echoed by the public at large, seventy percent of who are now also turning to naturopaths and alternative practitioners.
People are looking for more than just therapy. They know that therapy can often be painful and in hospitals they are treated as anonymous numbers. People increasingly are seeking for something extra which I would term 'quality of life'.
O.F: It all sounds interesting but is there any evidence to back it up?
M.E: In the New England Journal of Medicine on July 13th 2000, a paper was published estimating the overall contribution of inherited genes to the development of cancer. The paper was the combined data on 44,788 twins in Sweden, Denmark and Finland that enabled the researchers to assess the risks of cancer in twenty eight anatomical sights.
The conclusions provided remarkable information. In particular, it showed that environmental factors were the dominant determiners of site specific cancer.
From this perspective, environmental exposure, particularly in regards to foods, and environmental toxins (xenobiotics) and stress is paramount in the causation and treatment of cancer.
O.F: So that provides some evidence for the dominant factors in the cause of cancer. Do you have any references for studies on the prevention of heart disease?
M.E: Dean Ornish's work at San Fransisco's Preventive Medicine Research Centre is impressive.
Ornish has demonstrated that a comprehensive group approach which includes an extremely low fat diet, aerobic exercise, smoking cessation, yoga and meditation as well as group support can unclog plaque narrowed coronary arteries.
He published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) back in 1988, in which two groups of a total of 48 patients with cardiovascular disease were trialed, the control with conventional treatment and the other group with a comprehensive lifestyle approach.
The result showed massive differences in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. At a five year follow up, coronary stenosis was increased 11.8% of controls and stenosis had decreased in 3.1% of the treatment group.
It has also been shown that regular meditation increases the diameter of the coronary artery and reduces the intima media thickness meaning that the coronary artery vessels are wider and better perfused.
The Dean Ornish program in America is supported by forty insurance companies and costs $10,000 compared with an average cardiovascular surgical intervention which costs at least $40,000-$50,000.
OF: We hear a lot about diet and exercise for the prevention of cancer and heart disease. How important is the reduction of stress for degenerative disease prevention?
M.E: The scientific work in medicine done on the effects of a stressed society on disease really started with the work of Dr David Spiegel at Stanford University.
In 1989, his very significant work on the effect of psychosocial treatment on the survival of patients with metastatic breast cancer was published in the Lancet.
86 patients were split into two groups. Both groups had routine cancer therapy. However, the treatment group had a one year intervention consisting of a weekly supportive group therapy.
The study showed survival time for the intervention group was 36.6 months compared with 18.9 months for the controlled group. This means that psychosocial treatment increased the survival of breast cancer patients twice.
OF: So what do we do with this information? – What is the way forward?
The kind of information, I have given you regarding cancer, cardiovascular disease and lifestyle change has been all but ignored by the medical profession at large.But, it does point to the way stress and the release of stress has on the management and treatment of both cancer and cardiovascular disease and probably most diseases of western society.
I therefore feel that powerful psychosocial changes need to be implemented for the general population if we are to create a more co-operative and healed society.
Most doctors seek for a band-aid approach and instant cures. The treatment of illness is considered more significant than prevention.
There should be a new medicine based on the creation of health rather than the treatment of illness.
Dr Michael Ellis is the Chief Editor of The New Paradigm Journal
is Founder of The Centre For Change www.peace-era.com and The Medical renaissance Group www.medicalrenaissance.org and facilitator for The Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist Society Australia www.buddhistcentre.org Dr Ellis is an English trained doctor with over 20 years of general practice both in the UK and in Australia.He has higher qualifications in general medicine and paediatrics. He has a special interest in mind/body medicine and in optimizing the physical, mental and emotional health of the. As well as his medical qualifications, Dr Ellis also has an Honours Degree in Literature, Arts. Philosophy and Social Psychology. Michael has been practicing Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism for 25 years and is a teacher of this Buddhism in Melbourne www.buddhistcentre.org He is the editor of the Australian Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist Newsletter which is distributed worldwide. With Dr Jager Holly he is the Australian and New Zealand Representative of The Institute of Noetic Studies California
Dr Ellis is a writer and author.
Oliver Freer is the publisher of www.preventive-health-guide.com
4. Free Radical - Reader's rant - What's wrong with your health system?
One of our readers sent us an email with an attachment to an interesting article which ended in the following conclusion:
"Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars annually to ensure that physicians most susceptible to marketing prescribe the most expensive, most promoted drugs to the most people possible.
The foundation of this influence is a sales force of 100,000 drug reps that provides rationed doses of samples, gifts, services, and flattery to a subset of physicians.
If "detailing" were an educational service, it would be provided to all physicians, not just those who affect market share."
For more information see the full article at
doctor's sales rep article.
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*What's the real meaning of P.S.?
A few of my readers have asked why I called the E-zine for preventive-health-guide P.S.
The obvious answer is that it stands for Post Script; that little notation you put at the end of a letter when you've left something out.
The real P.S. stands for Paradigm Shift.
That is what this whole website and news letter is about - turning the current health system upside down and inside out - focussing on prevention rather than cure.
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the health paradigm shift.