Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (Brain Cancer)

Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (Brain Cancer)

Orthodox - "If your tumour is a Glioma, you should investigate BNCT, - boron neutron capture therapy - a one-session radiotherapy treatment, with minimal side-effects, and improved survival to date. This promising technique is still in trials."

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Q: I was very excited when a friend told me about some herbal remedies that could help me lose weight, but now I hear that some states are banning their sale. What's the story?

A: The products of which your friend is thinking are herbal weight-loss remedies and energy supplements that contain the herb ephedra, also known as ma huang.

The active ingredient in ephedra is ephedrine, a substance that has been linked to 15 deaths, as well as reports of adverse effects in some 400 users, according to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation.
Ephedrine, which acts as a stimulant, can cause rapid or irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, nerve damage, psychosis, stroke and memory loss. The risks are particularly high for individuals with heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes.

Q: How much truth is there to the recent news about tomato sauce lowering cancer risk?

A: Tomato-based foods may lower the risk of prostate cancer, according to a research team's recent study. The authors observed that beta-carotene, which is present in certain fruits and vegetables, has an anti-cancer effect (Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 87:1767-117, 1995).

Q: I've often heard people use the expression "brain food." Are there really foods that can help you think better?

A: Researchers of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Human Nutrition Research Center recently did a study in which subjects were given a diet lacking in most fruits and vegetables. After two months, tests on these subjects showed that their brains were low on a nutrient called boron.

Further testing of memory, perception, attention, and brain activity in the subjects produced poorer results when the subjects were in the low-boron state than after they had been given a 3-milligram boron supplement.
We already know that eating fruits and vegetables is good for your body. It now appears that a diet plentiful in such boron-containing foods may be good for your mind as well.

Q: Several years ago, wheat-bran fiber was touted as being useful in preventing colon cancer. We don't hear much about it anymore. Has the theory been disproved?

A: Colorectal cancer (colon cancer) is the subject of several ongoing studies. Most of them continue to report positively about the value of wheat bran in decreasing the harmful effects of bile acid on cellular membranes.
The bran is reported to lower the fecal concentration of potentially cancer-causing bile acids.
Michael Wargovich, an associate professor of medicine at the Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, recommends a daily portion of wheat bran consisting of one serving.

Q: My doctor has prescribed a diuretic for me, and I am losing potassium as a result. Can I replace it by eating peaches?

A: Many fresh fruits, including peaches, pears, oranges, bananas, and plantains, are rich in potassium. They are sometimes prescribed for patients on diuretic therapy who are losing too much potassium, which is excreted in urine. Experiments have indicated that potassium supplements would benefit people on such therapy.

However, Carol Ann Rinzler, author of The Complete Book of Food: A Nutritional Medical and Culinary Guide, reports that eating fruit might not have the same effect as taking supplements. "There is some question," she writes, "as to whether potassium gluconate, the form of potassium found in pears and other fresh fruit, is as useful to the body as potassium cirate and potassium chloride," the forms of potassium used in the experiments.

Q: Could there be any connection between the frequency of my yeast infections and the amount of yeast in my diet?

A: According to William G. Crook, M.D., author of The Yeast Connection and the Woman, medical opinion is divided on the relationship between the kind of yeast that is present in foods and Candida albicans, which causes vaginal and a variety of other infections. However, the majority of physicians consulted by Dr. Crook did agree that the matter was worth investigating further.

The general recommendation was that Candida patients should eliminate yeast from their diets for a few weeks, and then experiment with different yeast-containing foods to see if any of them causes a problem. The main food sources of yeast are leavened foods (such as breads, pastries, and crackers), fermented and aged products, dried fruits, condiments, sauces and mushrooms.

Q: I have been drinking Kombucha tea to relieve my arthritis pain. Is it safe to drink regularly?

A: Kombucha tea is made by incubating the Kombucha mushroom in sweet black tea. In April 1995, the unexplained sudden illnesses and deaths of two Iowa women were linked tentatively with their regular consumption of Kombucha tea. Although at least 115 other people in the town had been using mushrooms from the same source to make tea, no additional acute, unexplained illnesses were reported among them.

While the findings in these deaths remain inconclusive, investigators believe that contamination of the mushrooms might have been a factor. As a precautionary measure, drinkers of Kombucha tea should dispose of any mushrooms that have molds growing on them. Also, since the tea is acidic, it should not be prepared or stored in containers made of materials from which it might leach toxic substances, such as ceramic or lead crystal pitchers.

Q: What is stevia and how is it used?

A: "Stevia" is short for Stevia rebaudiana bertoni, a perennial shrub that grows wild in Paraguay and Brazil. The leaves of this plant are said to be about 50 times sweeter than sugar, and an extract of its natural compounds is many times sweeter than that. It is also virtually free of calories -- a teaspoon of stevia extract powder is as sweet as three cups of sugar but has only eight calories.

Stevia has been used as a sweetener for hundreds of years in South America. Today it is commercially cultivated in many countries, especially in Asia, and is widely used in processed foods and restaurants overseas. No adverse effects have been associated with its use.

In the United States, however, the importation of stevia was banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) until very recently. Even now, it is approved for sale only as a dietary supplement, not as a sweetener.
Stevia supplements are available at some health-food stores. A pinch of the dried leaves can be used to sweeten tea or coffee. For cooking or baking, you can use the liquid or powder extract, but remember that the sweetness is extremely concentrated. Dilute it with water, and experiment with measuring it out by the drop.

Of course, individuals with diabetes or dietary restrictions or food allergies should check with their physicians before trying stevia.

By Valerie Richards