How To Outsmart Cancer Without Chemotherapy And Radiation


By Greg White

More and more, people are realizing that the cancer industry is more concerned about their wallet than their well-being. As a result, there are a growing number of patients looking for alternative treatment options to conventional medicine, but don’t know where to begin.
Tanya Harter Pierce’s book, Outsmart Your Cancer, is an excellent starting point for any cancer patient or curious individual interested in how to treat and prevent cancer without a cocktail of artificial chemicals. The following is a snippet from the book, which highlights the dangers of chemotherapy and the benefits of a non-toxic approach to tackling cancer.

Chemotherapy and radiation inhibit long-term recovery
Chemotherapy and radiation have even worse long-term recovery rates than surgery. This is largely because they resort to toxic methods of “bludgeoning” a person’s cancer to death. These toxic treatments harm healthy parts of a person’s body along with the cancer, thereby making long-term recovery difficult.

The good news is that, even if you have been diagnosed with cancer that has metastasized, there are alternatives to conventional treatments. And they often have better track records, in general, than what mainstream medicine is offering. I know many people who were told by their conventional doctors that their late-stage or metastasized cancer was incurable, only to completely recover later by using a non-toxic, alternative approach! In fact, you may find after reading this book that your biggest difficult)’ is not in finding a good alternative treatment approach to cancer, but in deciding which one to use.

There are very important reasons why alternative treatments for cancer often have better track records than conventional ones. Most importantly, alternative, non-toxic approaches work in ways that do not harm normal, healthy cells of the body. They do this by focusing on those aspects of cancer cells that are significantly different from healthy cells. These approaches also treat cancer as a “whole-body” disease, which means they work with a person’s immune system to attack the cancer cells everywhere, even the “free-floating” individual cells. This is different from mainstream practices, which focus primarily on just treating tumors (which represent most of the cancer cells in a person’s body, but not all). In the world of alternative treatments for cancer, tumors are generally considered “symptoms” of the cancer, and treatment is focused on both the “cause” as well as the “symptoms.”

In other words, conventional medicine tries to bludgeon your cancer to death with treatments that can be extremely harmful to your body, while alternative methods use non-toxic approaches to Outsmart Your Cancer!

Benefits of non-toxic approaches

The most obvious benefit of using a non-toxic approach to cancer is that, by doing so, a person does not damage healthy parts of his or her body while trying to recover from illness. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation can damage virtually any cells they come in contact with and may have extremely serious long-term side effects on the body such as liver, kidney, nerve, and heart damage. These side effects can often be life-threatening in and of themselves.

Besides general bodily damage that can be caused, many cancer patients are not even told by their doctors that some common conventional treatments for cancer are themselves carcinogenic. The fact is that some chemotherapy agents are known carcinogens, and the chemotherapy treatment given to many patients to put their cancer into remission may directly cause a secondary cancer in that person a few years later. Radiation can also cause cancer, which has been well-known since radiation techniques were first developed. Though surgery is not considered carcinogenic, it may cause the spread of cancer to other parts of the body.

Moreover, at some point, the use of a toxic treatment for cancer may enable the cancer to spread even faster in a person’s body. This is because that person’s immune system and other natural defense mechanisms have been so weakened by the treatment itself, the body can no longer fight off the cancer. So it only makes sense that using a toxic treatment for cancer can work against long-term recovery by giving the body more damage to recover from.

The Chemical Death Of Cancer Cells Creates Inflammation, Which Feeds Cancer Growth: Yet Another Study Links Chemotherapy To The SPREAD Of Cancer


Thursday, January 18, 2018 by: Isabelle Z.

(Natural News) Chemotherapy is no walk in the park, yet many people subject themselves to its unpleasant effects in hopes of healing their cancer. Unfortunately, it could all be in vain as yet another concerning study has shown that chemotherapy can actually spread the very disease it is intended to stop.

In a study by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, radiation and chemotherapy treatments that kill tumor cells were found to cause cancerous tumors to grow bigger and more prolific. In fact, the dying cancer cells that chemotherapy set into motion actually trigger the inflammation that causes tumors to grow more aggressively.

Senior author and Assistant Professor of Pathology Dr. Dipak Panigraphy said: “In this study we demonstrate that chemotherapy-generated debris from dead and dying tumor cells can stimulate tumor growth, which has pivotal implications for the treatment of cancer patients. Conventional cancer therapy designed to kill tumor cells is inherently a double-edged sword.”

Their findings come on the heels of another study published in Science Translational Medicine last year that found that chemotherapy can cause breast cancer cells to multiply.

A 2013 study into this issue yielded some very worrying findings. Published in Nature, that study also found that chemotherapy promotes the spread and growth of cancer cells by damaging healthy tissue around the tumors, and it took that one step further by finding that it caused cancer cells to develop resistance to chemotherapy as well, essentially turning them into “super” cancer cells. Much like superbugs, these cancer cells are resistant to the most aggressive types of chemotherapy available, making cancer far deadlier than before.

Chemotherapy outcomes worse than getting no treatment at all?

Some experts have pointed out that chemotherapy kills cancer sufferers more quickly than getting no treatment at all. For example, University of California, Berkeley, Medical Physics and Physiology Professor Dr. Hardin B. Jones said his research shows that people who refused chemotherapy treatment for cancer lived 12.5 years on average, while those who get these treatments averaged just three years of life. Essentially, refusing the conventional treatments for cancer causes patients to live four times longer than those who do get on board, on average. His findings were published in the journal Transactions of the New York Academy of Sciences.

In fact, the Pharma Death Clock shows that chemotherapy has killed more than 18 million people since the beginning of the year 2000, which is more people than those who have died from wars, suicide and terrorism combined.

Cancer treatment making some people rich while killing others

Yet, as Christina Sarich pointed out in The Waking Times, we continue to spend more than $107 billion per year on cancer treatment. The fact that this figure is projected to reach higher than $150 billion by the year 2020 tells you everything you need to know about the current state of medical cancer treatments.

A cancer diagnosis is devastating for patients and their loved ones, and dealing with all the decisions that must be made can be overwhelming. Many people have found success with natural treatments, whether it’s carrot juice or cannabis oil, but results vary so much depending on the individual that it really is difficult to make heads or tails of all the information out there. One thing we can be sure of, thanks to studies like these, is that chemotherapy is not always the best route to take, and it is well worth exploring other options so you can make the most informed decision about treatment as possible.

Read more news on cancer treatments at Chemo.news.

Sources include:

WakingTimes.com

NaturalNews.com

PharmaDeathClock.com

Stage 3 Myeloma Cancer Completely Eliminated With Turmeric Supplement-British Medical Journal

Thursday, January 04, 2018 by: Mike Adams

(Natural News) For decades, the medical establishment has colluded with the for-profit cancer industry to smear anyone who talked about herbs, spices or superfoods fighting cancer. Food doesn’t contain “medicine,” we were told by the dishonest establishment. Only FDA-approved toxic medications can “treat” cancer, the propagandists insisted.

Yet millions of people across the globe continued to successfully prevent and even reverse late-stage cancers using nothing but foods, herbs and natural medicine. Despite its best efforts to ignore the reality of natural cancer cures, the medical establishment has just been forced to document a stunning case of a woman completely eliminating stage-3 cancer using nothing but turmeric, a superfood spice commonly used in curry.

Every last sign of cancer was eliminated using nothing but curcumin from turmeric
This remarkable elimination of cancer was documented by the British Medical Journal in its “case reports” archive. Entitled, “Long-term stabilisation of myeloma with curcumin,” the analysis dare not mention the word “cure,” as that terminology is banned across the entire medical and scientific establishment which insists there’s “no such thing as a cure for cancer.” That false belief, of course, just happens to coincide with repeat business profits for the corrupt cancer industry.

According to the BMJ documentary, authored by Dr. Abbas Zaidi:

…[W]e describe a myeloma patient who started a daily dietary supplement of curcumin when approaching her third relapse. In the absence of further antimyeloma treatment, the patient plateaued and has remained stable for the last 5 years with good quality of life.

In other words, this woman eliminated all signs of cancer from her body by taking nothing more than a curcumin supplement made from turmeric root. (Curcumin is the most potent phytochemical found in turmeric.) Even more, the woman who took the curcumin supplement learned about curcumin on the internet, very likely from Natural News or a related website that documents the strong science behind anti-cancer foods and supplements such as turmeric. (Natural News has empowered tens of millions of people around the world to take control of their health and prevent serious disease by using simple, affordable foods and natural medicine.)

“A woman who battled blood cancer for years without success finally halted the disease with turmeric,” reported the UK Daily Mail. “Dieneke Ferguson is now leading a normal life after giving up on gruelling treatments that failed to stop it.”

Ferguson, you see, tried chemotherapy but quickly realized how toxic chemo is to the human body. So she stopped the chemo and started taking curcumin supplements instead. Five years later, she’s cancer free and has outlived the full life expectancy of someone diagnosed with the type of cancer she once had. The UK Daily Mail adds:

Doctors say her case is the first recorded instance in which a patient has recovered by using the spice after stopping conventional medical treatments. With her myeloma spreading rapidly after three rounds of chemotherapy and four stem cell transplants, the 67-year-old began taking 8g of curcumin a day – one of the main compounds in turmeric. Mrs Ferguson, who was first diagnosed in 2007, continues to take curcumin without further treatment and her cancer cell count is negligible.

Doctors admit “no other explanation” … TURMERIC reversed this woman’s cancer
“Ferguson began taking eight grams of curcumin in tablet form daily. This is equivalent to about two teaspoonfuls of pure powdered curcumin,” reports Turmeric.news, which also adds:

Within only 15 months, Ferguson noticed a considerable difference in her overall health. It wasn’t just a feeling either; oncologists saw that her plasma blood levels were almost normal. These blood counts have remained within the normal range for the last five years.

Jamie Cavenagh, professor of blood diseases at London’s Barts Hospital, who reviewed Ferguson’s case, was bemused. “When you review her chart, there’s no alternative explanation [for her recovery] other than we’re seeing a response to curcumin,” he said.

Ferguson said she will continue to take her supplements. She reports herself as happy, healthy, and enjoying a “high-quality life.”

Note that if she had been on chemotherapy, radiation therapy or other conventional cancer “treatments,” her quality of life would have been miserable. She’s been experiencing intense pain, hair less, muscle loss, chronic fatigue, “chemo brain” and all the other side effects of toxic chemotherapy. Instead, she’s enjoying a high-quality life, free from pain, inflammation and cancer. And she did it using nothing more than a simple root spice that you can buy in almost any grocery store.

The cancer industry will go insane trying to make sure you never learn about this simple, affordable, natural cancer cure
As you might expect, the for-profit cancer industry — which depends on keeping cancer patients completely in the dark about natural cures — routinely attacks any hint of a natural “cure” for cancer. Every person who eats turmeric or takes curcumin supplements denies the cancer industry millions of dollars in long-term profits that are siphoned off the suffering of diseased cancer patients.

Importantly the cancer industry deliberately withholds information from patients about natural cures such as vitamin D, curcumin or medicinal mushrooms. This information is withheld from patients precisely because providing that information would harm the financial interests of cancer clinics, chemotherapy treatment centers and unethical oncology doctors who are increasingly being outed as medical criminals.

Dr. Farid Fata, for example — now serving decades in federal prison — falsely diagnosed nearly every patient he saw with cancer so that he could profit from administering them toxic chemotherapy drugs. Other similarly nefarious cancer industry doctors such as Dr. David Gorski, a one-time colleague of the criminal Dr. Fata, profits from exploiting black women for cancer surgeries while viciously attacking natural cures and those who promote them. Dr. David Gorski, much like Dr. Fata, has also been named in conspiracy allegations and reported to the FBI but remains in practice, raking in cash from the surgical maiming of countless women who might otherwise have been able to reverse their cancer if they only had knowledge of natural cures such as curcumin.

The cancer industry is a medical conspiracy against humanity

The cancer industry goes to great lengths to deny patients access to any information that they might use to prevent, treat or cure cancer without requiring expensive (and highly toxic) medical interventions. That’s what makes the BMJ documentation of this curcumin cancer cure so astonishing: In years past, the BMJ never would have even tolerated the publishing of such a scientific assessment. So what changed? In truth, the evidence of natural cures for cancer is now so overwhelming that even the BMJ cannot remain in a state of denial without appearing to be hopelessly out of touch with scientific reality.

The public no longer believes the lies of the cancer industry, in other words. With increasing frequency, cancer patients are rejecting toxic cancer treatments like chemotherapy and deciding to beat cancer on their own, just like Chris Wark did (“Chris beat cancer“) as he explains in this Natural News interview that was recently published:

If you buy turmeric, make sure it’s laboratory tested for lead and other heavy metals
Turmeric root is routinely contaminated with lead. Most of it is grown in either India or China, and both countries have horrific environmental enforcement when it comes to food production.

That’s why just last year, the FDA forced a nationwide recall spanning multiple brands of turmeric spice due to high lead content. As one of the world’s leading heavy metals scientists in the realm of food and supplements, I have personally tested thousands of products for lead and other heavy metals, and I routinely find alarming levels of lead in turmeric and other root spices. (My No. 1 selling science book, Food Forensics, lists the heavy metals testing results for over 800 foods, spices, pet foods and more.)

That’s why I now alert everyone to the lead problem with turmeric root and turmeric products. If you’re going to buy turmeric-based products, make sure they are tested for lead using mass spec instrumentation. In my lab, we use ICP-MS and other mass spec instruments to test products, giving us accurate heavy metals results down to single digit parts per billion concentrations. My lab, CWC Labs, is also ISO accredited, which is a globally-recognized “gold standard” for laboratory analytical excellence, putting us far above most university laboratories in terms of scientific credibility, as university labs are almost never accredited. (Most private labs are not accredited either, as it takes two years of hard work to achieve accreditation.)

Bottom line? Yes, turmeric is a potent anti-cancer spice. It’s extremely powerful, and now the British Medical Journal has even documented a case of the complete elimination of myeloma cancer using nothing but curcumin from turmeric. But if you choose to consume turmeric on a daily basis (like I do), make sure it’s clean or you’ll be eating lead.

I add a heaping teaspoon of lab-verified turmeric powder to my morning smoothie each day. It tastes awesome.

Turmeric is also powerful medicine for arthritis and other diseases of inflammation
Don’t think turmeric is limited to cancer, by the way. This powerful medicinal spice treats a multitude of serious health conditions in the body. As explained at Turmeric.news:

Some of the other illnesses that can benefit from curcumin include infections, dementia, depression and heart disease. A 2016 review in the Journal of Medicinal Food highlighted its potential for arthritis treatment, and doctors have also applauded its anti-inflammatory effects. A recent study found that it can help destroy neuroblastoma tumor cells, showing promise as a way to treat the most common type of cancer in infants. Another study is expected to be published soon showing its positive effects on bowel cancer.

That’s why I consume turmeric daily. It might be decades before science catches up to all the healing properties of this medicinal spice (and superfood). But why wait? You can experience all those benefits — even if science hasn’t named them yet — by consuming turmeric right now.

How to stay informed about powerful natural cures like turmeric
Have you visited the Naturalpedia.com website yet? It contains listings for over 1,000 spices, foods, superfoods, herbs and nutrients that fight disease.

You can also read Turmeric.news for frequent news updates all about turmeric and curcumin.

Finally, check out FoodScience.news for daily reported on food science breakthroughs for healing and disease prevention.

Traditional cancer treatments cause inflammation, promoting aggressive tumor growth, according to study

Thursday, December 28, 2017 by: Tracey Watson

(Natural News) Independent media leaders like Mike Adams, the Health Ranger and editor of Natural News, have long been vilified by the mainstream media for daring to insist that chemotherapy actually causes cancer. Time and again, Natural News has published articles based on scientific studies that prove the inefficiency and downright danger of conventional cancer treatments. Now, yet another study has been published confirming that link.

The study, conducted by a research team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, found that the dead and dying cancer cells created by chemotherapy trigger inflammation which in turn promotes “aggressive tumor growth.”

“In this study we demonstrate that chemotherapy-generated debris from dead and dying tumor cells can stimulate tumor growth, which has pivotal implications for the treatment of cancer patients,” said Dipak Panigrahy, MD, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor at BIDMC’s Department of Pathology. “Conventional cancer therapy designed to kill tumor cells is inherently a double-edged sword.” [Emphasis added]

News Wise notes that this research reinforces what the medical community has known since at least the 1950s, but it is the first study to try to determine the exact molecular mechanisms that cause this phenomenon.

Researchers have long understood that there is a distinct link between inflammation and cancer. A study published in the journal Nature in 2010, for example, noted:

Recent data have expanded the concept that inflammation is a critical component of tumour progression. Many cancers arise from sites of infection, chronic irritation and inflammation. It is now becoming clear that the tumour microenvironment [the infrastructure supporting the tumor], which is largely orchestrated by inflammatory cells, is an indispensable participant in the neoplastic process, fostering proliferation, survival and migration.

So, inflammation causes cancer – the medical community is aware of that – but here’s the kicker: The BIDMC study found that chemotherapy causes inflammation, which is why it is “a double-edged sword.” The very treatment that kills the cancer cells simply causes more to grow.

And, not only does chemotherapy create cancerous tumors, but it actually spreads cancer throughout the body.

A study conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, found that chemotherapy causes a dramatic increase in the number of cancer cells circulating throughout the body. The researchers concluded that, “chemotherapy, despite decreasing tumor size, increases the risk of metastatic dissemination.”

So, just to be clear: Chemotherapy creates cancerous tumors, and then circulates cancer cells around in your body.

That does not mean that those battling cancer need despair, however. The BIDMC study also uncovered some extremely good news: Resolvins, molecules which are naturally produced by the body, can halt this inflammatory process, preventing the growth of new tumors.

News Wise reports:

[R]esolvins actively turn off inflammation and stimulate a class of immune cells to digest the tumor debris left in the wake of the cytokine storm. In this study, resolvins suppressed lung and melanoma metastasis in mouse models, the scientists found, and blocked cancer growth in various tumor models including lung, pancreatic, lymphoma, breast, prostate, and melanoma. When the researchers administered chemotherapy and resolvins to a debris-stimulated pancreatic cancer model in mice, the combination resulted in tumor regression.

The researchers recommend adding resolvins to the existing regimen of chemotherapy and radiation, but how is it logical to subject cancer patients to treatments that do nothing but cause and circulate cancer? Why not just use the resolvins to get to the root of the problem and reverse the inflammation that causes cancer?

A study published in the World Journal of Clinical Cases found that Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFA), which are found naturally in fish oil, are associated with reduced inflammation, since resolvins are the active metabolites of ω-3 PUFA.

Prevention is always better than cure, and those who truly want to prevent cancer should focus on preventing and reversing its cause: inflammation.

Weakness-Jocko Willink

I know, as for myself, a brain cancer survivor, I feel I have a lot of weaknesses. Even the things which used to come easily seem difficult. Sometimes when we feel we are weak, we feel that’s just how it is or worse, that there is no hope. This morning I was reading, “Discipline Equals Freedom,” by former Navy Seal Jocko Willick. On page 16 & 17 he writes about weakness. I found it interesting enough to share, here is what Jocko says:

Weakness:

Do I have weakness? I am nothing but weakness.
I am not naturally strong, or fast, or flexible.
I am certainly not the smartest person in the world.
I get emotional over stupid things.
I eat the wrong foods.
I don’t sleep enough.
I procrastinate and I waste time.
I care too much about meaningless things and not enough about important things.
My ego is too big.
My mind is too small, often trapped inside myself.
Now all that being said, I have a saying: A person’s strength is often their biggest weakness.
But, their weaknesses can become strengths.
Me? I am weak.

BUT…

I don’t accept that.
I don’t accept that I am what I am and that “that” is what I am doomed to be.
No. I do not accept that.
I’m fighting.
I’m always fighting. I’m struggling and I’m scraping and kicking and clawing at those weaknesses-to change them. To stop them.
Some days I win. But some days I don’t.
But each and every day: I get back up and I move forward. With my fists clenched. Toward the battle. Toward the struggle.
And I fight with everything I’ve got: To overcome those weaknesses and those shortfalls and those flaws as I strive to be just a little bit better today than I was yesterday…

We all have weaknesses. Sometimes it’s exhausting but in order to overcome, but,we must not accept our weakness and keep fighting!

As another Navy Seal, David Goggins say’s, “Embrace the suck!” You can read more about David in his book, “Living with a seal.

Don’t give up!

How To Make “Super Water” To Improve Digestion

BY LINDSAY SIBSON

I’ve always been quite ambitious with a “strive for the best” kind of attitude. If there is average… well then I want to be above average, no doubt. Unfortunately, I’ve recently discovered that I am certainly above average when it comes to GAS.

It has been documented that the average person “lets go” from 7 to 21 times per day. Yup… yup… overachiever right here! While some amount of gas (burping and farting) is totally normal, excessive gas could be an indication of indigestion. Ease those gas bubbles dancing around in your body and improve your digestion by UPGRADING the most vital liquid you drink everyday – WATER!

The Importance Of Drinking Water
I think the overall message regarding water is clear… you need to drink water to keep your body hydrated and healthy! The goal is to develop a habit of drinking water during the day so that all of your body’s systems can operate smoothly and keep you feeling great. Because, the truth is, when you DON’T drink water, it leads to dehydration and can have a drastic negative effect on your health.


What Is SUPER Water?

Just like “superfoods” are foods that are nutrient-rich with increased nutritional benefits… “Super water” is water that has been enhanced to increase its benefits for your body!

Here are some key facts to keep in mind about WATER:
Your blood is 92% water. Your muscles are 75% water. Your bones are 22% water.
The average adult loses 10 cups of water a day by sweating, breathing, urinating and going number 2. Your brain is 75% water. When you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Feeling slightly hungry can be a sign that your body becoming dehydrated. You can upgrade the effectiveness of your glass of water by adding certain KEY ingredients.
Not only are you providing your body with extra support to help it stay hydrated and function at it’s best, but also encouraging proper digestion:

What To Add To Your Water To Improve Digestion
Apple Cider Vinegar
Removes toxins from your body
Boosts your metabolism function
Helps balance the pH of your body
Add 2-3 tablespoons to a large glass of filtered water

Lemon Or Lime
High in vitamin C. Helps create digestive enzymes. Squeeze wedges of lime or lemon into your glass of water or slice thinly and allow to soak in a pitcher of water.

Cucumbers
Are high in fiber and water, which supports healthy digestion and bowel movements. Thinly slice cucumber and add it to your glass of water

Cinnamon
Kills bad bacteria in your gut
Can help relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Helps with infections in the GI tract. Add 1 stick of cinnamon to a glass of hot water and allow to brew before drinking.

Fresh Mint Leaves
Improves bile flow. Support the functioning of the salivary glands. Produces digestive enzymes, which help support the absorption of nutrients and vitamins. Helps relieve an upset stomach. Brew mint tea by adding fresh mint leaves to a mug of hot water.

Ginger Root
Helps relieve cramping, bloating, gas and indigestion. Cut fresh ginger into pieces and soak it in your water overnight (the water will absorb the nutrients and be ready to drink when you wake up!)

Use one, two, or more of these ingredients DAILY to ensure that you are drinking ample amounts of water and performing at your best!

What Can A Raw Diet Do For You?

Vegan buddha bowl. Bowl with fresh raw vegetables – cabbage, carrot, zucchini, lettuce, watercress salad, tomatoes cherry and avocado, nuts and pomegranate on white background

The Spartan Diet: A Raw Foods Plan for Athletes
by Emily Abbate

“I firmly believe we’re designed to live much longer than we do.”So says clinical nutritionist Fred Bisci, Ph.D., head of the Spartan Nutrition Board. It’s a warm Monday in August, and I’ve traveled to Bisci’s home on Staten Island because I’ve heard he knows the secret to better health, improved athletic performance, and much longer life: a raw diet. Bisci leads me down a steep set of creaky stairs to his office, where he consults with clients regularly to talk longevity and health. The quick-witted, trim 88-year-old doesn’t look a day over 70. He credits his youthful appearance and upbeat attitude to the 100 percent plant-based raw diet he’s been on for more than 50 years. “Every animal has a specific dietary lifestyle based on their internal design and chemistry,” he says. “Our bodies are self-regulating, self-healing, self-regenerating. If the air was clean, our lifestyle was devoid of processed food, and we had less stress, living to 150 would not be out of reach. Maybe longer.”

The Science Behind the Raw Diet

First, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room: Bisci isn’t a conventional thinker and when anyone—much less an 88-year-old—starts talking about living forever, it’s tempting to dismiss it.
Except Bisci has a key supporter on his side: science.The health benefits of eating raw are abundant. One University of Giessen study found that those who follow the plan have higher levels of beta-carotene, which is commonly associated with disease prevention. Others have found that a raw diet can lower blood pressure and decrease your risk of stroke and certain cancers.The diet involves eating whole foods served at less than 118 degrees Fahrenheit. While some followers put raw meat, fish, eggs, and unpasteurized dairy on their shopping lists, most stick to organic, uncooked, plant-based foods like Bisci does. Think nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, and some sprouted grains.

An 18-time marathoner, Bisci isn’t the only one scarfing down legumes instead of filet. The diet has doubled in popularity over the past year, according to a recent GrubHub study.
Bisci raves so much about the way he feels thanks to this way of eating that he wrote a book about it: Your Healthy Journey. Still, he knows better than to suggest that everyone follow a diet as strict as his. “We are not trying to make one-size-fits-all. Not at all,” he says. “We want to meet people where they’re at.“You come to me and say ‘Look, I’m not becoming a vegan, can you still help me?’ Yes, I can still help you. It all starts with leaving out processed foods.”

What the Raw Diet Isn’t

Ah, processed foods. By definition, they include anything you can’t see or find in nature. That means saying goodbye not only to French fries and soda, but also skipping over pastas and canned goods—and even orange juice, breads, and most cereals.But giving up processed foods is only the beginning. Step two is crushing the idea that “organic” is just a way for grocery stores to charge you more for your favorite green peppers. Eating organic is essential, says Bisci. “You eat the same diet that’s not organically grown, you aren’t going to get any of the same results that I’m talking about,” he says, before asking me if I know about xenoestrogens.This chemical is commonly found in pesticides that are used on the non-organic fruits and vegetables. Load your diet with foods that have been tainted, and your risk for breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers rise, Bisci says.“Once you know that, why wouldn’t you try to avoid it?” he asks. “The key is cleaning up your diet. Eat whatever you want, but clean it up. Now you’re well on your way to living a longer, better-quality life.”

Learn how to build your best body using only your bodyweight.

The last two things you’ll need to delete from the diet: alcohol and coffee. For every study that finds that coffee has health benefits, Bisci claims, there’s a negative one that suggests it, say, messes with your gut health and muddles your mind.“Coffee stimulates your adrenal glands. It may be okay in small doses but you can easily overstimulate them,” says Bisci. “Your cortisol levels creep up and cause all sorts of stress. You can even lose your memory. Just because you’re my age, you don’t have to have memory loss.”Bisci says abstaining from those post-work cocktails is essential as well, for many reasons. Downing alcohol can interrupt protein synthesis, or your body’s ability to repair damaged proteins and build new ones. Translation? Kiss those muscle gains goodbye.

The 5 Tiers of the Raw Diet for Spartans

Today, nearly 40 percent of adults around the world are overweight or obese, according to a global network of researchers called the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration. It’s a staggering number, one that motivates Bisci to keep seeing patients two decades beyond retirement age.At the same time, Bisci understands his solution is too radical for most people—even for some Spartans. “Everyone starts somewhere different,” he says. “But the thing is, there’s roughly a 20 percent margin of error with the raw diet. You don’t have to be perfect. Every small change can make a major impact.”This is why Bisci has created five levels. The first is one small step: Replace junk with good stuff. Doing that bare minimum, Bisci says, will help you reduce chronic inflammation, gain mental clarity, and feel better every day. You’ll see and feel the results, which will motivate you to take the next step. Here are the five tiers.

Spartan Tier 1: Add by Subtracting

Omit all processed foods, stimulating drinks (including coffee), and smoking products.Add fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, tubers, legumes, and starches.Eat only clean animal, fish, or egg protein.Hydrate properly: Bisci recommends about half your bodyweight in ounces each day (example: 90 ounces for a 180-pound male)
Make sure you’re getting enough fresh air, sunshine, and rest: The Institute of Medicine recommends 700 IU of vitamin D daily. Since SPF can decrease the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D naturally from sunlight, an oral supplement can help with weight loss (particularly in the abdomen area), lower the risk of heart attack, and reduce respiratory infections. Meanwhile, according to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should get at least 7 to 9 hours of shuteye a night. That said, you may need less than normal, Bisci says, because a clean, plant-based diet helps the body recover from everyday activities more quickly.Load up on green foods and add supplements like blue-green algae, wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, spirulina, and alfalfa to your smoothies.When you have cravings, reach for foods with probiotics—Greek yogurt is a great source. Probiotics help with immune, brain, and bowel function.Take a digestive enzyme supplement with all meals, as they’re specifically designed to break down a broad range of foods into nutrients for your body to readily use.

Spartan Tier 2: Lose Your Vices

All of Level One, Plus:

No more alcohol or dairy.Freshly prepare all foods and drinks. This means that you want foods that prepared on the spot, rather than next day.Make sure to chew foods well before swallowing. During this process, your body releases digestive enzymes in the stomach that help break down your food into energy, assisting the body in healthy digestion.Transition your diet to 70 to 80 percent plant-based and 20 to 30 percent legumes, starches, and clean animal, fish, or egg protein.

Spartan Tier 3: See More Green

All of Level One and Two, Plus:

Transition your diet to 80 to 90 percent plant-based by eating more legumes and starches while reducing animal, fish, and egg protein to 10 to 20 percent.Consume more juices, blended salads, and green smoothies. “Blending items makes them more thoroughly broken down, as if you chewed on it for 5 to 10 minutes,” says Bisci. “Blended salads are much easier absorbed.” Still, there’s something to be said for the experience you get crunching down on lettuce. Chewing releases salivary amylase, which kick starts the digestive process. Both methods, Bisci says, are beneficial.
You can add protein to blends, but avoid adding huge scoops of powder. Instead, add protein through natural sources like sesame or chia seeds.For competitive athletes, the best energy sources are fruits and starches.Weight lifters can substitute plant for animal protein with legumes and starches if they increase calorie intake by 20 percent.Add stretching and conscious breathing.

Spartan Tier 4: Set the Animals Free

All of Level One, Two, and Three, Plus:

You’re now 100 percent plant-based, eliminating all animal, fish, and egg protein from your diet.Aim to consume 70 to 80 percent raw foods and roughly 20 to 30 percent cooked items (over 118 degrees).Add yoga or Qigong, dynamic stretching, diaphragmatic breathing, and mediation.

Spartan Tier 5: Get as Raw as Possible

All of Level One, Two, Three, and Four, Plus:

Transition your diet to 90 to 100 percent raw foods.Limit cooked foods to legumes, starches, whole grains, and tubers.Focus on whole meals only. You’re eating three meals daily and getting enough calories, with no snacking whatsoever.

The Spartan Diet: A Sample Menu

So how does this look in practice? Bisci provides sample meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In this example, you’re still permitted to consume clean, fresh fish.

Breakfast

Fresh fruit (up to 1 pound), followed by a small handful of raw nuts—ideally soaked—at least 30 minutes after.
Alternative: Chia seed pudding smoothie. Add fresh fruit (up to 1 pound) and use 3 tablespoons of chia seeds (one of Bisci’s favorites)

Lunch

Eat the following in order.

8 to 12 ounces of fresh vegetable juice Large green salad, consisting of romaine lettuce, cucumber, celery, peppers, and two additional vegetables of your choice (Bisci is a huge fan of sprouts).Steamed vegetables ¾-pound of acorn squash or potatoes (white, sweet, or yams)

Dinner

Eat in order, 3 hours before bedtime.

8 to 12 ounces of fresh vegetable juice Large green salad, consisting of romaine lettuce, cucumber, celery, peppers, and two additional vegetables of your choice. You can also blend this together, adding in a small quantity of fruit or avocado.Steamed vegetables4 to 6 ounces of steamed, broiled, or baked fish Keep in mind that, when you’re training hard, you’ll need additional calories. Add more starches and fruit.

4 Things to Know About the Raw Diet

This is a lifestyle change, no doubt. Your date may think you’re a whack job, Bisci jokes, but the positives outweigh the negatives. If eating raw—or transitioning through the five Spartan tiers—piques your interest, here’s what to know going in:

1. The detox is real: When you first start eating raw, your body gets confused—similar to what has been popularized as the keto flu. By omitting processed sugars and carbohydrates, you’ll feel tired and extremely low energy. This can last from a short two weeks up to six months. Make sure to stay hydrated, consume at least half of your bodyweight in ounces daily, and replenish electrolytes with raw food items like high-in-potassium bananas and avocados. Your energy will rebound and may even reach new heights now that you’re consuming clean food.

2. Planning is essential: As with any diet, it helps to plan your meals for the week, especially if you’ve got a jam-packed schedule or you’re traveling away from home. Salads and shakes will be your best friends. If you’re making a smoothie, double or triple your recipe and pour the extra into ice cube trays. When you’re ready to start sipping, simply toss them back into a blender for an easy meal without hassle.

3. Plant protein is your friend: If you’re an athlete who’s consuming high amounts of protein as part of your training plan, Bisci has some surprising news: You only need 25 to 30 grams of plant-based protein to perform well daily, he says. If you’re a long-distance athlete, you’ll have to increase that. One Stirling University study found that while training, athletes can reap optimal gains and protein synthesis by consuming 40 grams post-workout, instead of the typically recommended 20 to 25. Bisci disagrees. Rather than protein, he says that it’s more about overall calories, which should be 20 to 50 percent more than when you’re not competing. When he was running marathons, the nutritionist opted for higher amounts of fruit to fuel him for hours on end.

Through a raw diet, you’ll find protein in everything from nuts (¼ cup Brazil nuts has 5 grams) and seeds (4 tablespoons of chia seeds, sesame seeds, or hemp seed hearts have 15 grams) to some leafy vegetables (1 cup of kale or broccoli has 2 grams). It’s all about finding the ratios that work for you.“It’s a trial and error thing, not something that can be measured by a blood test,” Bisci says. “When the ratio is working, you’ll be able to maintain and potentially increase your muscularity. And you’ll have good energy and good strength.”

4. It’s going to take a while to get used to: Bisci hopes that people who eat raw look at it as a total lifestyle change instead of a diet. If you’ve maintained a diet before, then you know that it takes time to ease into things. But where there’s a will, he says, there’s a way.

“It’s not for everybody, and that’s okay,” he says. “It’s really about how dedicated you are, how much you’re willing to work to get what you want. This is a lifestyle. It’s meant to be done for your whole life.”After 50 years of eating raw, he’s certainly the right person to ask.

Plant Based Diet & Breast Cancer: Diet May Convert Aggressive Cancer To More Treatable Form

Are a plant-based diet and breast cancer treatment options related? That could be the case, according to a 2017 animal study. But first, let’s take a step back: About 1-in-8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. That’s 12 percent of women in the U.S. (1) And here’s an important thing to note: Not all breast cancer is the same. Breast cancer can either be classified as estrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive) or estrogen receptor-negative (ER-negative). Estrogen receptor-negative tumors are significantly less likely to respond to hormone therapy than ER-positive tumors. Simply put, ER-negative breast cancers are typically more aggressive, and there aren’t as many treatment options for women who develop ER-negative breast cancer. That’s why the findings of a 2017 study are all the more encouraging.

Plant-Based Diet & Breast Cancer: Study Details

Because of this poorer prognosis, new advances in the prevention and treatment of ER-negative breast cancer are highly significant. In the latest potential breakthrough, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham identified certain foods that may be able to transform ER-negative breast cancers into a more treatable disease.

In a 2017 animal study, researchers used epigenetics to identified two compounds in common foods that could be used together to “turn on” the ER gene in ER-negative breast cancer so the cancer could then be more easily treated. The two compounds are sulforaphane from cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli sprouts, and polyphenols from green tea. With this dietary treatment, researchers found the tumors in the mice changed from ER-negative to ER-positive cancers. This then made the breast cancer more easily treated.

Since this research only looked at mice, the next step is to move into a clinical trial. The hope is to eventually provide more effective treatment options for women either predisposed to or living with this disease.

Plant-Based Diet and Breast Cancer: Best Foods

While more research is still needed on the effects of sulforaphane and polyphenols on humans with ER-negative breast cancer, switching to a plant-based diet will help you receive tget more of these compounds into your diet. In addition to providing this potential cancer-weakening effect, a plant-based diet offers a number of other health benefits, including supporting pH levels, helping lower inflammation and potentially assisting in weight loss. (2, 3) Some of the best plant-based foods include:

Broccoli Sprouts and Other Cruciferous Vegetables. Broccoli sprouts, which were mentioned in the study, contain sulforphane. Other cruciferous vegetables like kale, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, cauliflower, turnip, bok choy, watercress, kohlrabi, broccoli raab and radish also contain this compound.
Green Tea. Green tea contains polyphenols, but it’s not the only source. Blackberries, strawberries, cocoa powder and dark chocolate and clove all also contain beneficial polyphenols.
Healthy Fats. This includes oils like virgin olive, coconut, hemp, sesame, flax and avocado oils. Nuts, seeds, coconut milk and avocado are also excellent sources of “good” fats from plant-based foods. Fruit. Fruit is full of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and water. I personally recommend berries, kiwi, melon and tropical fruits.
Whole grains. Whole grains include quinoa, oatmeal, brown rice, wild rice, millet, barley, amaranth, buckwheat, farro and more. In moderation, whole grains can be an excellent source of fiber, but be sure to skip the refined carbohydrates.

Plant-Based Foods to Avoid

It’s important to note that not all plant-based foods are created equally. If you’re switching to a more vegetable-packed diet, skip:

Soy. Soy contains phytoestrogens, and these phytoestrogens mimic estrogen in the body. If you’re a woman consuming foods that increase estrogen in the body, you may increase your risk of breast cancer, cervical cancer, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and other hormone imbalance-related disorders. If that’s not bad enough, 90 percent of soy today is also genetically modified.
Vegetable Oil. Processed oils — like vegetable and canola oils — are extracted by the use of solvents. The fats in these oils are exposed to light and air, which oxidizes the fat and turns them rancid. The oil is then boiled to remove most of the solvent. The high heat and pressure destroy antioxidants and alter the chemical nature of the fat, creating dangerous free radicals. BHA, BHT and dangerous preservatives are then often added to extend the shelf life of these oils.
Fruit Juice. While fruit can be beneficial in a plant-based diet (In fact, I even recommend eating them), fruit juice generally contains more sugar that is hitting the bloodstream quicker. Why is this? Think about how long eating a cup of strawberries takes, then think about how long drinking the equivalent requires. You need much more fruit in a smoothie that goes down much quicker than chewing the solid form. Plus, some juices aren’t made from 100 percent pure fruit juice.
Final Thoughts on Plant-Based Diet and Breast Cancer
Breast cancer can either be classified as estrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive) or estrogen receptor-negative (ER-negative).
Estrogen receptor-negative tumors are significantly less likely to respond to hormone therapy than ER-positive tumors.
Researchers found two compounds that could be used together to “turn on” the ER gene in ER-negative breast cancer so the cancer could then be treated with estrogen receptor inhibitors.
The two compounds are sulforaphane from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli sprouts and polyphenols from green tea.
A healthy plant-based diet includes cruciferous vegetables, green tea and other polyphenol-containing foods, healthy fats, fruit and whole grains and skips the soy, vegetable oils and fruit juices.

A Tale Of Two Brains: How Your Second Brain Is Key To Understanding Many Chronic Illnesses

Not many people realize they have two brains. Yes, you read that right. And your second brain may have more to do with your health that you ever imagined. We tend to think of our brain as the command center from which all physiological functions stem. But there is another intelligence in your body that you may not realize… and its importance to your health may be the key you’re looking for when searching for the cause of chronic illness and even mental health issues.

If you see a thirty something man with gray hair, or a forty year old woman with balding head, or a fifty year old stroke victim in a coffin, or a sixty-five year old grandpa with shaky hands, or a seventy year old grandma with dementia — look no further than inside their compromised guts. (Gut Sense: How to Restore Intestinal Flora and What Happens If You Don’t)
The “second brain” or belly brain is much different from the brain in our heads. While our cranial brain performs complex cognitive functions, allowing us to process information, apply knowledge, and change preferences, our belly brain is intuitive and receives signals and messages regarding our bodies and the environment that it sends back to our cranial brain and vice versa.

Understanding the belly brain and its functions is often the answer to helping people who are plagued with many problems that are often dismissed by traditional medical practitioners. Your belly brain, known to scientists as the enteric nervous system, is connected to your cranial brain by the vagus nerve. The same brain-regulating chemicals found in your cranial brain have also been found in your belly brain — including hormones and neurotransmitters. It’s estimated that one hundred million neurotransmitters line the length of the gut, approximately the same number found in the cranial brain. (Dr. Gershon, Scientific American: Think Twice)

The belly brain also produces dopamine and 95% of the chemical serotonin in our bodies. Without adequate levels of these two “feel-good” chemicals, we may experience depression, insomnia and other emotional distress. Be glad for these symptoms as they are warning signals—alerts–that tell you plainly to “Listen to me! Pay attention to my gut!”Our belly brain influences not just mood, but is key to understanding many of our disease processes as well. It’s easy to see why, when you realize that approximately 70% of our immune system is located in our digestive tract. Taking care of both your brains will serve you well in many areas of health.

As Americans, we spend more than any other nation in the world on healthcare. You would think that for this price tag we would be the healthiest people on the planet. Yet we are among the sickest population. Prescription drug use for gastrointestinal and mental conditions is at an all-time high, yet too many people are still suffering and walking around in a drug-induced haze.
Maybe it’s time to look to the cause of the problem rather than simply treating the symptoms. Popping a pill to ease your discomfort may be the easy way out, but it’s wreaking havoc with your health. If you don’t address the cause of your discomfort, the problem will only get worse until it definitely has your attention. By taking care of our two brains, we can greatly influence the quality of our health.

How do you take care of your second brain?

First, let’s look at what we eat. The gut is like any environment–it is only as healthy as what you put into it. There are ten times more microbes in your intestinal biome than you have cells in your body. In fact, these microbes are made up of more than 500 different species and weigh in at somewhere between 2 and 5 pounds! If we produce a good environment for healthy, helpful microbes, we have a healthy body. Sounds easy enough, right?

So what produces a healthy gut?

Unfortunately, we have seen an increasing number of patients in our practice with serious health problems, and many of these disorders stem from intestinal issues. While a different protocol may be prescribed for each patient, there are some basic things you can do to improve the health of your gut.

1. Stay away from chicken and meat that have antibiotics when possible. These antibiotics alter the flora in your intestines. Antibiotics are meant to kill the harmful bacteria; unfortunately, they kill the good bacteria, too, leaving you even more defenseless.

2. Stay away from high carbohydrate intake, i.e., sugar, pasta, rice and grains. They feed the bad flora. Never before in the history of mankind have humans eaten such large amounts of sugar and refined carbohydrates, and our bodies are not designed to optimize this fuel on a full-time basis.

3. Stay away from gut irritants. Avoid chemical toxins such as MSG, food preservatives and flavor enhancers. Eat organic whenever possible and avoid foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Gluten sensitivity is an increasing problem in our culture where 99% of the wheat we now consume is a hybrid developed back in 1970 by Norman Borlaug. This dwarf wheat also contained 14 new strains of gluten. It is estimated about 40% of our population could be gluten sensitive or intolerant, and many think this is one of the reasons why.

4. Increase your intake of fermented foods such as sauerkraut, fermented relish, or Kombucha, a fermented tea. Just a tablespoon or two of one of these delicious foods at the start of your meal can populate your inner ecosystem with the good bacteria our bodies need.

5. For more information about healing diet and gut protocols go to http://www.gaps.me

Read More:

(Scientific American) Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being

Could GMOs Be Behind Your Digestive Problems?

Crowd Control—Healing the Gut

Piece of Toast in the Morning might be worse than a Pepsi for breakfast

Your Daily Bread May Be Killing You

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Dr. David Hartz, DC, founder and director of the North Florida Spine and Wellness Institute in Tallahassee, Florida, a natural health care provider in the north Florida area for over 35 years. His reputation for innovative and scientifically based technologies has attracted thousands of patients from all over the Southeast. His emphasis on education has helped patients take control of their health, often for the first time in their lives.

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18 Reasons To Drink Kombucha

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Kombucha is the rage among health food lovers. Now researchers have gathered 75 studies attesting to its proven health properties. Fermented tea known as kombucha has been rapidly growing in popularity among health food lovers. But it’s actually been around for thousands of years. It originated in China in the third century B.C. Then it made its way to Russia, India, and Japan where it became a staple among Samurai warriors. Today it is also popular in Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, Indonesia and many other cultures.

Kombucha – or “the booch” to its fans – is made from green, black or white tea. It’s fermented for at least a week with sugar and a fungal culture consisting of a mixture of bacteria and yeast. The starter is called a “SCOBY,” which is an acronym for “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.”The culture, also sometimes referred to as the “mother,” resembles a light brown, tough, gelatinous disk, which is a living, growing organism. With each batch of the tea, the organism can regenerate and create a new culture called the “baby,” which can be shared with a friend much like the sharing of a sour dough starter.

Sometimes called “mushroom tea,” kombucha has been associated with a long list of health benefits. It’s a probiotic drink with helpful bacteria that support digestion and the immune system. It also contains enzymes, amino acids, antioxidants and polyphenols. But relatively little scientific evidence has confirmed the health claims of traditional cultures drinking the tea. Recently, researchers from the University of Latvia gathered 75 studies attesting to the proven health properties of kombucha.[1]

Here are 18 healthy reasons they suggest to raise a glass of kombucha.

1. Detoxification

Kombucha contains substantial amounts of glucuronic acid (GA). GA is well known as a detoxicant. In the body it combines with toxins like pharmaceuticals and environmental pollutants. It then converts them into compounds that are soluble and the body can excrete. Drinking kombucha may also help prevent tissues from absorbing industrial toxins in the environment.

2. Antioxidants

Kombucha contains abundant antioxidants including vitamins E, C, beta-carotene, and other carotenoids. Like black tea, kombucha also contains polyphenols and other compounds with antioxidant powers. But because it is fermented, kombucha is much more powerful than plain tea. Its antioxidant activity has been found to be 100 times higher than vitamin C and 25 times higher than vitamin E.[2] For that reason drinking traditional kombucha may help cure chronic illnesses caused by oxidative stress.

3. Energy

Kombucha sets iron free from black tea. That helps increase levels of blood hemoglobin, and improves oxygen flow to tissues. It also improves the body’s absorption of other non-heme (plant-derived) iron.

4. Immunity

Oxidative stress suppresses the immune system but kombucha’s high levels of vitamin C support immunity. Its antioxidant power also protects against cell damage, inflammatory diseases, suppressed immunity, and tumors.

5. Gastric Illnesses

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are toxic to the gut. They can lead to gastric ulcers. Indomethacin, a popular NSAID, can disrupt blood circulation to the stomach’s mucous membrane. Kombucha has been shown to effectively heal gastric ulceration. The researchers believe the fermented tea protects the mucin content of the stomach. Its antioxidant activity also protects the lining of the gut. Kombucha also reduces gastric acid secretion that can damage the mucous membrane. In fact, kombucha has been found as effective in healing ulcers as prescription omeprazole (brand name Prilosec).[3]

6. Obesity

Kombucha helps balance the metabolism. Animal studies show the tea may cause weight loss by encouraging calorie restriction.

7. Diabetes

Research dating back to 1929 found kombucha can decrease blood sugar levels. More recent animal studies report that kombucha significantly reduces blood sugar levels in diabetic rats.[4] Another study suggested kombucha may be considered a candidate for the treatment and prevention of diabetes.[5]

8. Kidney Toxicity

Kombucha may help eliminate kidney damage caused by environmental pollutants and may be beneficial to patients suffering from renal impairment.[6] Kombucha has also been used to prevent calcification in the kidney and may prevent the formation of kidney stones.[7]

9. Endothelial Function

Oxidative stress can damage the lining of blood vessels. That damage is a precursor to atherosclerosis, and a threat to heart health. Antioxidants in kombucha help promote regeneration of cellular walls in blood vessels.[8]

10. Atherosclerosis

In clinical trials involving 52 atherosclerotic patients with high cholesterol, kombucha helped lower levels to normal. In studies involving ducks, kombucha significantly reduced levels of LDL cholesterol and simultaneously raised HDL levels after just 10 days. Other animal studies show kombucha may decrease total cholesterol as much as 45–52%. It may also significantly decrease triglyceride and LDL levels while increasing HDL.[9]

11. Hypertension

Kombucha has been used to prevent headaches and dizziness caused by hypertension. It’s been recommended for treating high blood pressure.

12. Anemia

Organic acids found in kombucha convert trivalent iron compounds from plant sources to divalent iron ions. This makes iron from plant sources more available to the body. And vitamin C in kombucha enhances iron absorption. Researchers suggest kombucha is particularly recommended for elderly people and vegetarians because it enhances the absorption of iron and helps prevent iron deficiency.

13. Liver Function

Kombucha protects against liver toxicity in animals from overdoses of acetaminophen (Tylenol).[10] Researchers suggest it might provide a useful therapy for humans as well.[11]

14. Nervous System

Kombucha contains several amino acids, methylxanthine alkaloids (caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and B vitamins (including folic acid-B9), necessary for normal metabolism in the nervous system. It can help with headaches, nervousness, and epilepsy prevention. It may also prevent depression in the elderly.

15. Asthma

Daily kombucha may help asthma patients. It contains significant amounts of theophyline, a bronchodilator.[12] The treatment dose of theophyline is 0.18–1.0 g daily. Just one cup of kombucha contains about 1.44 mg.

16. Joint Problems

Glucuronic acid in kombucha can be converted by the body into glucosamine, chondroitin-sulphate, and other polysaccharides and glucoproteins associated with cartilage, collagen, and the fluid that lubricates joints.[13] It may also help relieve arthritis, rheumatism, and gout.

17. Cancers

Consumption of kombucha has been associated with lower cancer rates. Researchers believe it increases the immune system’s anticancer defenses. It may prevent cancer proliferation at early stages of tumor growth due to its glucuronic, lactic, and acetic acid content, as well as its antibiotic compounds. It may have anticarcinogenic effects especially for hormone-dependent tumors. Cell studies suggest it may be useful for prostate cancer treatment and prevention.[14] It’s also been studied as an anticancer agent against human lung, osteosarcoma, and renal cancer cell lines.

18. Antibiotic Resistant Infections

Kombucha contains strong antibacterials to combat infectious diseases such as diptheria, scarlet fever, influenza, typhoid, paratyphoid fever, and dysentery.[15] Its high total acidity makes it effective against Helicobacter pylori, Salmonella typhimurium, Staphylococcus aureus, and Bacillus cereus. It’s been suggested that kombucha may be an effective alternative to synthetic antimicrobials that are becoming increasingly ineffective.[16]

How to Enjoy Kombucha at Home

Kombucha is widely available in health food stores. When you buy a bottle you’ll notice a thin layer of the SCOBY at the bottom. The instructions may caution against shaking the contents. That’s because it should be a little effervescent. Because it’s a fermented food, kombucha can develop an alcohol content that approaches the FDA’s upper limit for a non-alcoholic beverage of 0.5% by volume. Some people report getting a buzz from the drink but others don’t notice any effect at all.

The Latvian researchers note that a series of microbiological and biochemical tests on kombucha have repeatedly found it safe for human consumption. Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, quotes an FDA official as saying that when reasonable care is taken, “you’re more likely to find contamination in a cup of coffee than in a cup of properly prepared kombucha.”

But there have been isolated reports of sickness after drinking kombucha. Alternative health guru Dr. Andrew Weil does not recommend drinking the homemade version for fear of contamination with aspergillus, a toxin-producing yeast which he believes would be risky for those with already compromised immune systems, like AIDS patients and cancer patients, as well as for pregnant and nursing mothers.

What to do? If you are healthy, try the commercial brands for yourself. For beginners, a good brand to try is GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha. The founder claims he began making kombucha in 1995 after his mother successfully used the drink in her battle against breast cancer.

It’s best to use kombucha in moderation to begin (four to eight ounces a day), even though the bottle may recommend a full 16 ounces per day. And at almost four dollars a bottle, many people may want to keep their intake moderate. Another reason to start slowly is that kombucha has a detoxifying effect. If the liver is not functioning properly, it can be overwhelmed by the toxins being released. This may be why some people report an allergic reaction to the tea. For that reason, some experts recommend drinking plenty of water while taking kombucha to help flush toxins from the body.

If you are tempted to make your own kombucha, educate yourself first and follow instructions carefully, including using clean equipment, correct temperatures and glass containers. Kombucha is not a drug but a traditional drink with many health-promoting properties. As with all foods, moderation is key. It’s important to listen to your own body to determine whether it is a good choice for you.