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Protocols: General Health Maintenance and Antioxidant Supplements
Our office recommends that all persons in our society follow an antioxidant plan to reduce free radical damage from environmental pollutants, life stress, dietary and other lifestyle factors. An antioxidant plan begins with adherence to a high fruit, fiber and vegetable diet as detailed below.
Diet and Lifestyle
- Avoid potentially carcinogenic synthetic compounds (for example, carbon monoxide, benzene, carbon tetrachloride and perchloroeethylene), chemicals (e.g. dyes, colors, etc.) and foods (e.g. hormones, genetic alterations). For more information consult:
- The Safe Shopper's Bible by David Steinman and Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
- Practice active relaxation exercises and, or guided imagery. For more information see our handouts on breathing techniques and A.S.S.E.N.T. Into Health program.
- Participate in Energy Therapies such as Reiki, Qigong and Healing Touch have been researched by the National Institutes of Health.
- Eating a variety of plant-based foods including the following can decrease cancer risk by 20-40 percent:
- Cruciferous Vegetables (which protect the body from oxidative stress caused by environmental contaminates by increasing phase 2 detoxification enzymes) such as cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower.
- Soy Foods (which inhibits blood vessel formation around tumors and reduces deleterious effects of stronger forms of estrogen which have been linked to certain types of cancers) such as soy milk, tofu burgers and hot dogs, soy cheese and soy flour.
- Teas (which contain phenols and polyphenols which act like antioxidants to inhibit free radical molecule formation and to inhibit carcinogenic chemical process in the body) including all forms of green and black tea, but not herbal teas. Note: green teas should appear green in color.
- Whole Grains (which may encourage the production of healthy forms of estrogen and aid in the removal of carcinogens from the body through natural elimination) such as oatmeal, brown rice, whole-grain cereals and breads.
- Garlic and Onion Family Foods (which contain allyl sulfides that may increase detoxification enzyme levels and block enzymes that cause chemicals to become carcinogenic) such as garlic, onions and chives.
- Fish (which contain Omega-3 fatty acids that help to detoxify carcinogenic enzymes) such as salmon, haddock, tuna, sardines, bluefish and mackerel and also flax seeds, canola oil, and hemp.
- Olive-Based Foods (which contain the cancer fighting enzyme squalene) including olive and olive oil.
- Exercise regularly. Combine aerobic conditioning (5 sessions per week for 20-40 minutes in your target heart zone) with strengthening (2-3 sessions per week) and flexibility exercises (daily if possible).
- Keep your weight at 85% of established guidelines. Research studies have found that being slightly underweight is associated with increased longevity and resistance to cancers, heart disease and other types of illness.
- Do not smoke tobacco which is a carcinogen.
- Avoid alcohol consumption which may increase risk of breast and other cancers.
- Eat foods low in saturate fat, trans-fatty acids and polyunsaturated fat. Use only olive oil or monounsaturated fat products.
- Limit intake of red meat to less than 3 ounces daily. Do not eat charred meat. Choose fish, poultry in place of lamb, beef or pork.
- Throw out any food that may be spoiled or contaminated and always keep perishables well refrigerated or frozen.
- Avoid contact between plastics and food items in general. In particular, never place extremely hot beverages or foods in plastic or styrofoam containers as molecules from the plastic may bond with the food item. Also, never microwave using plastic containers.
- Avoid synthetic estrogen products including birth-control pills where possible.
- Avoid exposure to X-rays and strong Electromagnetic Fields (emitted by small appliances such as hair dryers).
- Localized fibrosarcomas have been treated with significant success in China using multi-channel automated Electrochemical Treatment. This involves inserting platinum anodes into the center of a tumor and platinum Cathodes into the tumor periphery for periods of 30 minutes to 2 hours in a surgical setting.
- Have your home and office tested for radon gas and take measures to correct the situation if needed.
- Avoid UV radiation by using sunscreen and clothing outdoors.
- Avoid salted, pickled or smoked foods, white mushrooms, celery, peanuts or peanut products, moldy foods.
ANTIOXIDANTS AND SUPPLEMENTS
There are a great number of flavonoids found in plants that are consumed by humans. Many of these have strong antioxidant properties. Others have proxidant properties which may suggest they should be avoided as isolated supplements. Quercitin, morin, kampferol, fisetin, myricetin, quercitrin, rhamnetin, wogonin and rutin are among the mutagenic flavonoids. The following are flavonols and flavones which have undergone research and do not appear to have mutagenic effects: Myricetin, luteolin, chrysin, hesperetin, hesperidin, isorhamnetin, apigenin, taxifolin, and catechin. These flavonoids are recommended as antioxidants.
Highest Potency Antioxidants
- *Grape Seed Extract (60 mg daily)
- *Green Tea Extract (100 mg daily)
- *Pine Bark Extract or "Pycnogenol" (100 mg daily)
- *Ginkgo Biloba Extract (60 mg daily)
- * Noni Fruit Extract (500-1,000 mg daily)
- *Vitamin C as magnesium ascorbate a (250-500 mg twice daily)
- *Vitamin E (200-400 IU daily)
- *Folate (400 mcg daily)
- Rhamnus frangula L.
- Beta-carotine (15,000 IU daily) Can be mutagenic.
- *Golden flax seeds (1/4 to 1/2 cup ground daily)
- *Mannitech Phyto-Aloe Formula
- Reshi Mushroom Extract (900 mg daily)
- *Cordyceps Sinensis (615 mg daily)
- *Maitake Mushroom Extract (150 mg twice daily)
- *Coenzyme Q10
- Tomato Caratenoids (include. Lycopene) (15,000 IU daily)
- Melatonin (1 mg daily)
- *Selenium (100-200 micrograms daily)
A number of mushrooms have shown promise as tumor reducing and immune enhancing agents. Among them are: Himematsutake (Agaricus blazei), Caterpillar Fungus (Cordyceps sinensis), Maitake (Grifola frondosa), Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus), Chaga (Inonotus obliquus), Polyporus umbellatus, Enokitake (Flammulina velutipes), Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Trametes versicolor. Practitioners of Oriental Medicine often have specific expertise in mycotherapeutics. (Note: Shiitake mushroom, while often recommended, has dangerous side effects and should be avoided under most conditions.)
Our office further recommend dietary inclusion of between 40 and 75 milligrams per day of high potency flavonoids (flavonols and flavones) from food sources such as green leafy vegetables, carrots, yellow and orange vegetables, onions, artichokes, citrus fruits, and golden flax seeds. We also recommend taking supplemental antioxidants in the form of two to four of the items *ed above. If you suffer from a specific disease or condition you should consult a professional regarding antioxidant supplements as some are helpful for certain conditions and can be harmful in others.
Warnings: The information above is provided for educational purposes and may not be construed as a medical prescription or as a substitute for the advice of your physician. Do not use these products without first consulting your physician especially if you are pregnant or lactating. Be advised that some herbs and dietary supplements can cause severe allergic reactions in some individuals and may also have an adverse result in conjunction with other medications, or treatments.
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