Omega 3 Fatty Acids reduces Breast Cancer Relapse

Omega 3 Fatty Acids reduces Breast Cancer Relapse. But that finding is only part of the story. Based on the thorough, well-studied,  well-researched article linked and excerpted below by Medscape, Omega-3 EPA/DHAreduces Breast Cancer Relapse by 25%! Also, Omega-3 EPA/DHA supplementation:

  • Reduces cardiac events
  • Reduces bone loss and joint pain (Arthralgias)
  • Reduces insulin resistance and muscle loss/weight gain
  • Reduces chemobrain by 40-50%

As a long-term cancer survivor myself who is often amazed by articles citing medical breakthroughs of toxic, side-effect inducing chemotherapy. Breakthroughs that offer additional months of survival or minor improvements over the standard-of-care metrics. The key issue below is that Omega-3 EPA/DHA supplementation prevents breast cancer relapse and heals side effects more that ANY conventional therapy can. And yes, the benefits of Omega-3 EPA/DHA  is evidence-based. Virtually medical fact.

Inexpensive, over-the-counter Omega-3 EPA/DHA is a natural wonder drug. With side effects, maybe, of fishy burps or gas. I risk gas daily with Omega-3 EPA/DHA supplementation…but that’s another post.

I take Life Extension Super Omega-3 EPA/DHA as this brand has been tested and approved for purity and freshness by, an independent testing agency. The combination of fish oil, olive extract and sesame lignin extract offers the best formula of omega 3 DHA/EPA.

For more information about anti-oxidant supplementation to reduce the risk of breast cancer or breast cancer relapse, scroll down the page, post a question and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

Survivor, Creator, Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Breast Cancer Prevention and Survivorship

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Breast Cancer Survivorship

There is also interest in EPA and DHA for improvement of outcomes after a diagnosis of breast cancer. Breast cancer recurrence, cardiovascular events, weight gain and obesity, bone density loss, and chemotherapy-associated cognitive impairment and peripheral neuropathy are common concerns during the survivorship period. Although there is little in the way of definitive interventional trials, we will review here some of the more interesting preliminary results…

EPA and DHA and Reduction of Breast Cancer Recurrence

Higher intakes of EPA and DHA from dietary sources were reported to be associated with a 25% reduction in breast cancer recurrence and improved overall mortality in a large cohort of over 3,000 women with early stage breast cancer followed for a median of 7 years.[69]

EPA and DHA to Reduce Cardiac Events

Cardiac events are the second most common cause of mortality in women with breast cancer, and the most common cause of death for women with stage I breast cancer over the age of 65. EPA and DHA reduce triglycerides and platelet aggregation and are thought to have an anti-arrhythmic effect. EPA and DHA supplementation have been noted to be associated with reduced cardiac deaths in the general population.[75,76]…

EPA and DHA to Reduce Bone Density Loss and Arthralgias

Loss of bone density and increased fracture rate are a side effect of premature menopause caused by cytotoxic chemotherapy or surgical ovarian ablation in premenopausal women or use of aromatase inhibitors in postmenopausal women. EPA and DHA probably inhibit RANK ligand and osteoclast formation.[81] A small randomized pilot trial suggests that 3 g/day EPA and DHA inhibits bone reabsorption in individuals taking aromatase inhibitors.[82] The anti-inflammatory activity and beneficial effects of EPA and DHA on rheumatoid arthritis have led to a clinical trial of high-dose EPA and DHA versus placebo in women who have aromatase inhibitor-induced arthralgias. This cooperative group study of 262 women has been reported in abstract form and no benefit was observed.[83] A small randomized trial of omega-3 fatty acids to protect against taxane-induced neuropathy suggests benefit[84]and further studies are needed…

EPA and DHA to Prevent Insulin Resistance and Sarcopenic Weight Gain

EPA and DHA help prevent obesity and insulin resistance particularly in animal models fed a high-fat diet,[85,86] but effects in humans have yet to be proven. Sarcopenic weight gain is common during adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer. The anabolic effects of EPA and DHA might help reduce muscle mass loss and weight gain during treatment and weight gain following diagnosis, but studies in this area have yet to be conducted.[87,88] Results of the Muscle Mass, Omega-3, Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle (MODEL) trial in healthy individuals aged >70 years examining the effects of 90 minutes of exercise weekly, vitamin D3 (2,000 IU/day) or 1 g EPA and DHA daily are awaited with interest.[89]..

EPA and DHA and Cognition

Cognitive abnormalities (chemobrain) are observed in 20 to 70% of women after chemotherapy depending on the agents used, intensity and duration of treatment, predisposing factors, and type and scoring of cognitive tests.[90,91] DHA is the most abundant PUFA in the brain and is involved in multiple functions including cell signaling, neurogenesis, neuroprotection, and learning and memory.[18] A number of epidemiologic studies show a 40 to 50% reduction in risk of multicause dementia with increased dietary intake of DHA or increased blood levels of DHA.[19] In meta-analyses, DHA supplementation improves attention, processing speed and immediate recall, learning, and memory in individuals with cognitive impairment without dementia but not in those with dementia.[92,93] ”

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“Alternative” Medicine and Cancer

Aaron E. Carroll does a good job below of writing about the “alternative” vs. “conventional” debate in medicine below. Like most debates involving cancer however, the bar must be raised a notch. While there should be no “alternative” medicine in cancer, there is.

What I mean is that the article linked and excerpted below is accurate as far as it goes. There should be no alternative vs. traditional in the practice of healing. When the concepts apply to the field of oncology though, the Aaron E. Carroll reasoning falls short.

Two examples illustrate my point. First, when Dr. Carroll says

I don’t do this (prescribe therapy)  because there’s a company making money off it, I do it because both of these things have proved to be important for health.

Financial conflicts of interest are well-documented in oncology. There is too much evidence that oncologists order tests or prescribe chemotherapy for financial reasons.

Secondly, when Dr. Carroll says

We recommend them (vitamins) all the time. That’s not because they were developed in the Western Hemisphere. It’s because they have been subjected to the rigor of scientific investigation — and found to have merit.”

Nutritional supplementation in cancer care has been well-studied. Curcumin, enzymes (Wobenzym N) and Green Tea Extract, as examples, are proven to be cytotoxic (cancer killing) and can enhance the efficacy of  conventional chemotherapies while reducing collateral damage.

Board-certified oncologists don’t talk about numerous evidence-based therapies solely because they are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The take away from the article below is that there should be no alternative or traditional in medicine. I agree with Dr. Carroll’s overall opinions but add caveats for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

For information to help you and your cancer, scroll down the page, post a question and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

Cancer Survivor, Creator, Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Labels Like ‘Alternative Medicine’ Don’t Matter. The Science Does.

“The dichotomy, however, between alternative and traditional medicine, or between Eastern and Western medicine, is a false one. We would be much better off if we could reframe the issue…

Nor do all medications get cooked up in a lab. We recommend folic acid, which is a B Vitamin, for pregnant women because research has shown that it reduces the risk of major birth defects in newborns. We all know that adequate intake of vitamin C prevents scurvy and that vitamin D prevents rickets

In a meta-analysis published just a few years ago, researchers looked at all the accumulated randomized controlled trials examining how acupuncture fared in treating people with chronic pain. They found that not only did acupuncture work better than no-acupuncture control groups, but there were also significant differences between acupuncture and sham acupuncture. This suggests that not all of the benefits are placebo effects…

Yet science rejects many forms of complementary medicine as ineffective. Just a few months ago, the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia released a report in which it fully reviewed 225 studies of homeopathy, the practice of treating sick people with small amounts of substances that cause similar symptoms in healthy people. They found no well-designed studies that found it to outperform a placebo or function as well as any conventionally approved therapies. Their conclusions echoed a previous report from Britain, and those found in many Cochrane systematic reviews

My friends who believe in homeopathy don’t really care

Those who favor conventional medicine, though, can be just as blinded. Too often, when confronted with evidence that advanced technology might not be providing benefits, the medical community refuses to change its behavior. My Upshot articles are littered with examples of this, including potentially too-widespread mammography screeningadvanced life support and many surgical procedures. Supporters of Western medicine are often blind to their own prejudices…”

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Gastrointestinal Cancer- Think Non-Conventionally

Gastrointestinal cancer isn’t one cancer. The term “Gastrointestinal Cancer” refers to cancers that run the entire length of the GI tract from the esophagus through the stomach, biliary system, pancreas, small, large intestines, rectum and finally the anus. The GI tract in the human body presents a host of difficulties when trying to treat cancer.

The study linked and excerpted below states that bromelain and N-acetylcysteine “significantly inhibited cell proliferation…” The study doesn’t say that this supplementation is the best or only therapy available. The study simply reports that these two relatively inexpensive, non-prescription supplements “inhibit cell proliferation.”

Certainly you should consider conventional chemotherapy and or surgery. Certainly you need to learn about other forms of anti-oxidant supplements such as curcumin or green tea extract which may integrate with conventional chemotherapy.

I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in ’94 and have been supplementing with Wobenzym N for over 10 years now. The main ingredient in Wobenzym N is bromelain. Wobenzym N offers a host of health effects in addition to inhibiting GI cancer cell proliferation.

I recommend Wobenzym N. I take and recommend is Now brand N-Acetyl Cysteine.

For information about anti-oxidant supplementation as cancer therapy scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

Survivor, Creator, Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Gastrointestinal cancer refers to malignant conditions of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) and accessory organs of digestion, including the esophagus, stomach, biliary system, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus.”

Bromelain and N-acetylcysteine inhibit proliferation and survival of gastrointestinal cancer cells in vitro: significance of combination therapy.

” In the present study, the efficacy of bromelain and N-acetylcysteine in single agent and combination treatment of human gastrointestinal carcinoma cells was evaluated in vitro and the underlying mechanisms of effect were explored…

Bromelain and N-acetylcysteine significantly inhibited cell proliferation, more potently in combination therapy. Drug-drug interaction in combination therapy was found to be predominantly synergistic or additive…

We report for the first time to our knowledge the growth-inhibitory and cytotoxic effects of bromelain and N-acetylcysteine, in particular in combination, on a panel of gastrointestinal cancer cell lines with different phenotypes and characteristics. These effects apparently resulted from cell cycle arrest, apoptosis and autophagy…”

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Ginger as Breast, Prostate, Colon, Pancreatic Cancer Therapy

Curcumin has proven efficacy to kill cancer. That much we know. The challenge is that there are still some botanicals such as ginger, (shogaol, zerumbone, gingerols) where more research needs to be done.

I am a long-term survivor of multiple myeloma who swears by the efficacy of nutraceuticals such as curcumin, resveritrol, green tea extract, milk thistle and others to both remain in complete remission as well as prevent secondary cancers from by original aggressive conventional cancer therapies.

The studies linked and excerpted below point to  Ginger as another nutraceutical to kill pancreatic, colon, breast and prostate cancer. While the evidence is vague I think there is reason to believe that ginger can help those who have been diagnosed with pre-myeloma (MGUS or SMM) to prevent full blown multiple myeloma.

Also, the risk-reward ratio for Curcumin with Ginger supplementation is in favor of the cancer patient. Meaning, supplementing with Curcumin with Ginger daily is nothing compared to toxic chemotherapy or radiation. I say this because I have lived through both conventional oncology, bad, and through nutritional supplementation, good.

In the end, it is up to you, the cancer patient. My job is to present both personal experience combined with evidence-based studies and let you decide.

If you have any questions about non-conventional therapies please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

Survivor, Creator, Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Pancreatic Cancer-

“Together, these results show that ginger extract has potent anticancer activity against pancreatic cancer cells by inducing ROS-mediated autosis and warrants further investigation in order to develop an efficacious candidate drug…”

Colon Cancer

“Our results demonstrated that 6-shogaol induces cancer cell death by inducing G2/M cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. 6-Shogaol could be an active natural product in colon cancer chemoprevention.”

Breast Cancer-

“The efficacy of 6-shogaol in monolayer and cancer stem cell-like spheroids raise hope for its therapeutic benefit in breast cancer treatment.”

Prostate Cancer-

“In summary, the data suggest that zerumbone is a multiple targeting compound that inhibits tubulin assembly and induces a crosstalk between ER stress and mitochondrial insult, leading to apoptosis and autophagy in HRPCs (hormone refractory Prostate Cancer).”


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Curcumin Treatment for Bronchial Asthma

I am a long-term cancer survivor of an incurable blood cancer called multiple myeloma. Many studies prove the cytotoxic (cancer killing) action of Curcumin . Further, Curcumin has been shown to enhance the efficacy while reducing the toxicity of many conventional chemotherapies. I have blogged about multiple uses for Curcumin including cancer, arthritis, and now bronchial asthma.

I’ve even found studies that cite Curcumin ‘s ability to keep us younger for longer… basically that aging is a product of being anti-inflammatory not longer telomeres or something like that.

In short, Curcumin , a natural, plant-based supplement, is proving to be a wonder drug. I’ve been supplementing with a brand called Life Extension Super Bio-Curcumin . I supplement with this brand because this formulation has been shown to be more bioavailable (absorbable).

I recommend taking curcumin daily.

Thank you,

David Emerson

Survivor, Creator, Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Evaluation of Efficacy of Curcumin as an Add-on therapy in Patients of Bronchial Asthma

Background: Bronchial asthma being a chronic inflammatory disease of airways has numerous treatment options none of which have disease modifying properties. Curcumin, a yellow dietary pigment has varied pharmacological activities, prominent among which is an anti-inflammatory activity which may be crucial in bronchial asthma as has been proved by various in vitro and in vivo animal studies…

Results and Conclusion: The results showed that curcumin capsules help in improving the airway obstruction which was evident by significant improvement in the mean FEV1 values. There was also significant improvement in the hematological parameters and absence of any clinically significant adverse events indicates dependable safety profile of curcumin capsules, though there was no apparent clinical efficacy. Therefore, it is concluded that curcumin is effective and safe as an add-on therapy for the treatment of bronchial asthma.”

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Treating Fibromyalgia Pain Naturally

What does a long-term cancer survivor have in common with a fibromyalgia patient? Both multiple myeloma and fibromyalgia are poorly understood. Both diseases are incurable. At least that is what conventional medicine tells us. And patients of both chronic diseases live better, longer lives with

  • vitamin D3 supplementation
  • Coenzyme Q10 supplementation
  • frequent, moderate exercise

I won’t bore you with the non-conventional evidence-based  therapies that I wished that I knew about when I was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1993.  But I will tell you that it was a quack cancer therapy that put me in complete remission in ’99 where I remain today. And I supplement with a variety of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals including Vitamin D3 and Coq10 discussed below.

The studies linked and excerpted below show how Vitamin D3 and Coq10 supplementation reduce  fibromyalgia pain. Like my own supplementation there is no talk of a silver bullet or cure. Just improvement with  natural therapies that convey a host of other health benefits such as the reduced risk of many cancers.

I take Life Extension Vitamin D3 . I have my blood tested annually to check my blood levels of vitamin D3. For my Coq10 I take Life Extension Super Ubiquinol Coq10 . I recommend both formulas.

For more information about nutritional supplementation to address fibromyalgia, cancer and other health issues, scroll down the page, post a question and I will reply ASAP.

thank you,

David Emerson

Survivor, Creator, Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Vitamin D levels linked to chronic, widespread pain in patients with fibromyalgia

Low levels of serum vitamin D were associated positively with patients with fibromyalgia who had chronic, widespread pain, according to the results of a recently published meta-analysis

Crude ORs of low vitamin D status in patients with fibromyalgia and CWP were extracted from nine studies which included 2,735 participants, including the control participants. Unadjusted analysis showed the patient cohort had a significantly higher OR (1.63) compared to the reference population. After adjustments for confounding variables, the association of low vitamin D with CWP had an OR of 1.41…”

Coenzyme Q(10): a novel therapeutic approach for Fibromyalgia? case series with 5 patients.

“Low CoQ(10) levels have been detected in patients with Fibromyalgia (FM)…Patients with CoQ(10) deficiency showed a statistically significant reduction on symptoms after CoQ(10) treatment during 9 months (300 mg/day). Determination of deficiency and consequent supplementation in FM may result in clinical improvement…”

Oral coenzyme Q10 supplementation improves clinical symptoms and recovers pathologic alterations in blood mononuclear cells in a fibromyalgia patient.

“Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome with unknown etiology. Recent studies have shown evidence demonstrating that mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress may have a role in the pathophysiology of FM. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential electron carrier in the mitochondrial respiratory chain and a strong antioxidant. Low CoQ10 levels have been detected in patients with FM, and a significant decrease of clinical symptoms has been reported after oral CoQ10 supplementation…”

After CoQ10 treatment, the patient reported a significant improvement of clinical symptoms… Our results suggest that CoQ10 could be an alternative therapeutic approach for FM.”

Tai Chi Reported to Ease Fibromyalgia

“The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi may be effective as a therapy for fibromyalgia, according to a study published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine…

A clinical trial at Tufts Medical Center found that after 12 weeks of tai chi, patients with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, did significantly better in measurements of pain, fatigue, physical functioning, sleeplessnessand depression than a comparable group given stretching exercises and wellness education. Tai chi patients were also more likely to sustain improvement three months later…”

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HPV, AHCC and Cancer

Here’s the situation:

  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted Infection (STI) in the U.S. (see below)
  • HPV  can cause cancer. (see below)
  • Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC), Full Spectrum Vitamin E and vitamin Bs  can rid the body of Human Papilloma Viruses (HPV). (see below)

Does this mean that AHCC, Full Spectrum Vitamin E and other nutritional supplements can “rid” the body of cancer? Even I would say that that’s a stretch.

My experiences as a long-term survivor of multiple myeloma, an “incurable” blood cancer, have led me to believe that in addition to a variety of non-conventional therapies, nutritional supplementation such as vitamins C, D, E + antioxidants like curcumin, green tea and resveritrol have helped me stay cancer free since active therapy in 1999.

When I came across the articles and studies below citing the ability of nutritional supplementation AHCC, vitamin E’s and vitamin B’s to rid the body of HPV I had to write about it. Host Defense AHCC is well-reviewed on Amazon and is a number 1 seller in it’s category. Swanson Full Spectrum Vitamin E, also well-reviewed on Amazon, provides the full spectrum of vitamin E tocotrenols and tocopherols.

Human papilloma viruses (HPV) are associated with multiple myeloma.

” This study supports the hypothesis that HPV can infect lymphoid cells.”

Have HPV? How to clear the infection naturally

“The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. In fact, it’s so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives.

There are over 100 different kinds of HPV, but only some of them can cause serious health problems like genital warts or cancer of the cervix, vagina, vulva or anus…

Testing positive for HPV does not automatically mean you will get cancer. Some studies estimate that 50 percent of those infected with HPV will clear the virus within eight months— and 90 percent will be cured within two years. It’s only when your immune system isn’t able to fight off the infection that some strains of HPV can persist and possibly lead to cancer

There is no cure for the HPV virus, but there are several things you can do to help your body clear the virus, and lower your chances of it persisting and turning into cancer…

As your immune system is the first line of defense against HPV, boosting it can help fight off the virus naturally

The first one is B vitamins— especially Folic acid and B12. I would recommend Folic Acid 1000mcg— [the] best form is methyltetrahydrofolate (MTHF). And For B12, I would recommend at least 1000mcg per day in the form of methylcobalamin…”

“I would recommend 400iu, comprised of mixed tocopherols including beta and gamma tocopherols. Most of the vitamin E sold is delta tocopherol, so you want to make sure you’re getting a vitamin E with “mixed tocopherols” that includes the beta and gamma forms to get the results you’re looking for.””

Mushroom extract, AHCC, helpful in treating HPV

“A Japanese mushroom extract appears to be effective for the eradication of human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a pilot clinical trial…

AHCC is a readily available nutritional supplement that works to improve the innate immune system. Human and preclinical studies have shown that AHCC increases the number and/or activity of Natural Killer (NK) cells, dendritic cells and cytokines, which help the body fight off infections and block tumor growth….”

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Multiple Myeloma “financial toxicity” work arounds

Are you a newly diagnosed Multiple Myeloma patient? First of all, I’m sorry for your diagnosis of MM. Second of all, while conventional oncology cannot cure your myeloma, they can prescribe a variety of very expensive therapies that can help you go in and out of remission. This is what is meant by MM being very “treatable.”

As a long-term survivor of multiple myeloma possibly cured by a quack therapy, I encourage you to learn about both integrative and alternative therapies. You may choose not to undergo any of these therapies but knowledge is power as they say.

As the study linked and excerpted below confirms, Multiple Myeloma is an expensive cancer. Even great health insurance won’t cover co-pays, deductibles, etc.

Please learn about the many nutritional supplements such as curcumin and resveritrol that have extensively researched to both enhance conventional chemotherapies such as Velcade as well as reduce the toxicity of chemotherapies such as Velcade.

Simply because an expensive therapy such as an autologous stem cell transplant is recommended by your oncologist doesn’t mean that you have to do this therapy right away.

My point above is that you can save thousands of dollars by taking integrative therapies with conventional chemotherapies and you can postpone standard-of-care therapies.

If you would like specifics about any of the above, scroll down the page, post a question and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

Survivor, Creator, Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Financial Toxicity Common in Patients With Multiple Myeloma

“Financial toxicity is increasingly affecting patient quality of life and medication adherence in patients with cancer. Due to the use of novel therapies and the need for extended treatment duration, patients with multiple myeloma are more vulnerable to it.1…

Patient-reported financial toxicity was common in an insured population with multiple myeloma, according to a study published online ahead of print in The Lancet Haematology

Eligible patients were given a paper survey to complete on arrival for routine follow-up visits, and were asked to finish it before or after the visit. Insurance and treatment data were gathered from the patients’ electronic health records…

Results showed that:

  • 59% of patients reported that treatment costs were higher than expected,
  • 70% of patients had at least minor financial burden,
  • 36% applied for financial assistance, and
  • 21% of patients borrowed money to pay for medications.

Researchers concluded that additional attention should be paid to rising treatment costs and cost sharing is needed to address the increasing financial toxicity affecting patients with cancer.


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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Your Quality of Life

I read the article linked and excerpted below in the 9/15/15 Wall Street Journal. Two things discussed the the article annoyed me (and should annoy you to if you have been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)).

First of all, when any disease is termed “incurable” it just means that conventional medicine can’t offer much hope for effective treatment. My cancer, multiple myeloma is incurable too. I was diagnosed in ’94 so the issue for me is more about quality of life not quantity of life.

For the record, I don’t blame medical doctors for not knowing much about a given disease. No known cause, no therapies, heck, conventional medicine doesn’t even really know how many people have Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis!

Secondly, the WSJ article below talks mainly about conventional therapies. Expensive drugs that often cause a host of side effects and may not add much quantity of life.

I have chronic A-Fib and have difficulty breathing deeply. My 88 year-old father has impaired lung function so he also has difficulty breathing deeply. If you have IPF you also have difficulty breathing.

Difficulty breathing deeply is a quality of life issue. Sure, if you heal you lungs you will be able to breath deeply. But if you use an Oxygen Concentrator you can live with A-fib, impaired lung function or IPF and still breath deeply. Increasing your oxygen intake not only makes you feel better but helps your brain and just plain relaxes you.

I bought an Oxygen Concentrator in 2010. I have in the spare bedroom and use it when I read and nap. My dad uses his oxygen concentrator throughout the day. Dad naps a lot during the day…

My point is that those of us with difficulty breathing should use an Oxygen Concentrator. The oxygen will enhance your quality of life.

My Oxygen Concentrator is the Invacare IRC5PO2 Concentrator With O2 Sensor (older model). I’ve never had a single problem with it. Breathing oxygen whenever you need to take a deep breath will definitely improve your quality of life. Who knows, you may even live longer too. 

For more information about managing chronic disease, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

Cancer survivor, creator, director PeopleBeatingCancer

Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis“A recent study found that IPF may be 5 to 10 times more prevalent than previously thought. It is unknown whether this may be due to an increased prevalence of the disease or to a previous lack of definitive guidelines for diagnosing IPF (2)”

New Treatments for Deadly Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

“Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis leads to a buildup of scar tissue that makes it increasingly difficult for the lungs to function normally and provide the body with oxygen…

A study last year in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine found that prevalence among Medicare patients over 65 more than doubled between 2001 and 2011 and is increasing annually…

Historically more men have been diagnosed, but IPF in women is increasing. It kills about 40,000 patients each year, the same number that die of breast cancer. Only half survive more than two to three years from the initial diagnosis as their lungs stop working, from causes including respiratory failure and pneumonia…”



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Age-related Macular Degeneration/Skin Cancer Therapies

The sun giveth and the sun taketh away. Most of us love sunshine but then many of us will experience the negative effects of sunshine, aka U.V. radiation, as we age in the form of non-melanoma skin cancer and/or age-related macular degeneration.

The solution? Relatively inexpensive nutritional Lutein, Zeaxanthin supplement to slow age-related macular degeneration and reduce skin cancers. Read on.

Numerous studies document the size and severity of the eye disease called age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the U.S. – more than 10 million people on their way to blindness due to AMD. The difficulty for AMD patients however, is the fact that there are no conventional therapies to cure AMD.

“Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, accounts for more than 50% of all blindness in the United States.1 In 2004, it was estimated that 8 million individuals had intermediate AMD, and approximately 2 million had advanced AMD,…. Without more effective ways of slowing progression, the number of persons with advanced AMD is expected to double over the next 20 years, resulting in increasing socioeconomic burden.2

Lutein, Zeaxanthin supplement  have been shown to reduce the negative effects of UV radiation on skin.

Lutein, Zeaxanthin supplement are not a cure for AMD or skin cancer. But they do slow the progress of AMD and they do help protect your skin. I supplement with Bausch and Lomb PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula Eye Vitamin and Mineral Supplement because this formula has all the antioxidants used in the study linked below  coupled with Lutein, Zeaxanthin supplement. This formula has been tested and approved by, an independent testing service.

For more information about nutritional supplementation to manage your health, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

Cancer survivor, Creator, Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Eye Candy? Scientists Debate the Value of Lutein Supplements

A large government study upheld some claims for lutein.
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“The Claim: Lutein, a plant antioxidant, is critical for maintaining good vision and may even help keep brains healthy as they age.The Verdict: A large government study found that a daily cocktail of dietary supplements including lutein reduced the risk of a chronic eye disease progressing to an advanced stage. Other studies suggest that lutein can improve vision in healthy adults and improve cognition with age, but scientists say more research is needed.Lutein and its close cousin zeaxanthin (pronounced zee-ah-zan-thin) are nutrients found in a variety of foods, including spinach, kale, collard greens and egg yolks…When consumed, the two nutrients, which are yellow-orange colored, are deposited in the center of the retina, where they protect sensitive eye cells from incoming light, says Emily Y. Chew, deputy clinical director at the federal National Eye Institute. The nutrients also are believed to serve as antioxidants in the eye, protecting cells from being damaged by a chemical reaction called oxidation, she adds. Some scientists believe lutein may also provide similar protection to brain cells…The two pigments were tested in a federally funded 4,203-person study, published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  When taken along with
  • vitamins C and E,
  • zinc and
  • copper,

the nutrients helped prevent progression of an eye disease called macular degeneration in people who already have it, says Dr. Chew, co-author of the study. As a result, the NEI added lutein and zeaxanthin to its recommendation for daily supplements for macular-degeneration patients, which it calls AREDS2…

Dietary lutein/zeaxanthin partially reduces photoaging and photocarcinogenesis in chronically UVB-irradiated Skh-1 hairless mice.

“These data demonstrate that dietary lutein/zeaxanthin supplementation protects the skin against UVB-induced photoaging and photocarcinogenesis.”


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