Last year, I watched colon cancer quickly spread through a close friend of mine.
It was just a few weeks after hiking Mount Washington in New Hampshire with him that I got a call I never expected.
He was healthy. He took care of himself and ate right.
But that doesn’t always matter.
As soon as he got the diagnosis, he took all the usual measures, as well as some unusual ones.
The chemotherapy quickly chiseled 40 pounds off his 44-year-old frame.
The medical marijuana he was prescribed helped restore some of his appetite. So he was able to eat most of the foods his dietician suggested between extended periods of fasting.
He also took part in a trial study testing mistletoe therapy on cancer.
But in the end, it was too late. The cancer spread too quickly to be contained with traditional therapies.
Losing him gave new meaning to my work as a researcher and proponent of natural health solutions.
And now I’ve just come across some incredible new research from the University of Southern California about two natural remedies that could have played a big role in my friend’s fight against cancer…
The Missing Link
If you’ve been a reader of ours for any length of time, you know we’re enthusiastic about fasting.
It’s been shown to help prevent and fight cancers because of the process of autophagy it triggers in the body.
This process helps the body clean out damaged and ineffective cells to make room for newer, healthier ones. It has also shown to increase the production of tumor-suppressing genes.
We’ve also learned that fasting before a chemotherapy session reduces the side effects and helps boost energy levels.
But it gets even better…
Researchers from USC have just discovered that combining a fasting-like diet (essentially a plant-based, low-calorie diet) with high doses of vitamin C has a tremendous effect on killing off cancer cells.
This diet plan triggers the same process as fasting and causes the cells in the body to respond the same way.
The researchers’ findings suggest the combination could be a powerful treatment… and far less toxic than traditional cancer treatments like chemotherapy.
A Dramatic Impact
Here’s why this research is so promising…
In the past, high doses of vitamin C hadn’t proven to be particularly good at fighting cancer cells. In fact, vitamin C had been shown to trigger a process that increased the production of ferritin, which can actually help protect cancer cells.
Obviously, that’s no good.
But fasting – or “fasting-lite,” if you will – significantly decreases ferritin levels. And this process allows the vitamin C to do what it does best and wage a serious attack on cancer cells.
The researchers showed that fasting alone does have positive effects on reducing cancer cell growth. And it even causes a minor increase in cancer cell death. But when paired with high doses of vitamin C, the two had a dramatic effect, killing almost all cancerous cells.
It’s a momentous step toward less toxic cancer treatments with powerful results. And that’s something we can all be hopeful for.
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