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March 2017
2017 Conference & Antioxidants/Cancer/MORE
Our 11th Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies conference has ended.  It was amazing as always.  Hold the Date: March 1-3, 2018 in West Palm Beach
  • We host about 200 people but this year the paid attendance was 30 people less
  • Scholarships remained at a high level because our promise that we HELP those in financial need
  •  March 1-3, 2018 conference entry fee WILL rise to $279.  This includes THREE organic meals, continuous snack food (including continental breakfast of fruits/muffins or scones), popcorn, health bars, etc. We also have a wonderful combination of giveaway items, of real value.
Conference REGISTRATION won't be open for months but you have time to start saving to come, fundraise from co-workers, friends and family as you would for a Walk, Swim, Bike ride, etc.  The information you learn at an Annie Appleseed Project conference will impact YOUR life and you can share widely with others.

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This year we were able to post some videos directly from the conference onto our Annie Appleseed Project Facebook page.  LINK

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Here is the video of the talk by Adrea Brier, March 4, 2017
Adrea Brier Thriving Wellness

You might enjoy a talk by Survivor/Thriver Ursula Kaiser at the Annie Appleseed Project 2013 conferences.  Introduced by Julia Chiappetta (our volunteer meeting planner and friend).

From the most recent Oncologic Naturopathic Physicians conference OncANP, we found some interesting talks and looked up the presenters.  Here is an abstract fwe liked.

Davis Lamson

Antioxidants in Cancer Therapy;
Their Actions and Interactions with Oncologic Therapies

by Davis W. Lamson, MS,ND and Matthew S. Brignall, ND

There is a concern that antioxidants might reduce oxidizing free radicals created by radiotherapy and some forms of chemotherapy, and thereby decrease the effectiveness of the therapy. The question has arisen whether concurrent administration of oral antioxidants is contraindicated during cancer therapeutics. Evidence reviewed here demonstrates exogenous antioxidants alone produce beneficial effects in various cancers, and except for a few specific cases, animal and human studies demonstrate no reduction of efficacy of chemotherapy or radiation when given with antioxidants. In fact, considerable data exists showing increased effectiveness of many cancer therapeutic agents, as well as a decrease in adverse effects, when given concurrently with antioxidants.
Alter Med Rev 1999;4(5):304-329

LINK to Antioxidants and Cancer Therapy II: Quick Reference Guide

Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND (editor Integrative Medicine) article "What should we tell our patients about Marijuana (Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa)

cannabis as medicine

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Naturopathic Medicine and Prostate Cancer
New Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approaches to Prostate Cancer
Eric Yarnell, ND

The prostate cancer field has been changing and evolving rapidly since the US Preventive Services Task Force weighed in against routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening. Preventing overtreatment of low-grade prostate cancer patients remains a high priority, and conventional tools besides active surveillance continue to be lacking in this important area.
A naturopathic approach to screening for prostate cancer, including discussion of the PCA3, MiPS, 4K, and other new diagnostic tools, was provided. Tools for assessing aggressiveness of prostate cancer including prostatic acid phosphatase, circulating tumor cells, prostate biopsy (including how these have been mishandled for decades), and imaging were reviewed.
Naturopathic approaches to helping patients with low-grade, localized disease were presented, as well as naturopathic adjuncts to conventional therapies for high-grade disease. The naturopathic application of intermittent maximal androgen blockade as a viable life-extending strategy for patients with aggressive metastatic disease were presented
Vitamin C is up to ten times more effective at stopping cancer cell growth than pharmaceuticals such as 2-DG, according to scientists in Salford, UK. (press release)

The research, published in Oncotarget, is the first evidence that Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can be used to target and kill cancer stem cells (CSCs), the cells responsible for fuelling fatal tumours.
Dr Michael P. Lisanti, Professor of Translational Medicine at the University of Salford, said: “We have been looking at how to target cancer stem cells with a range of natural substances including silibinin (milk thistle) and CAPE, a honey-bee derivative, but by far the most exciting are the results with Vitamin C.
“Vitamin C is cheap, natural, non-toxic and readily available so to have it as a potential weapon in the fight against cancer would be a significant step.”
Cancer stem-like cells are thought to be the root cause of chemotherapy resistance, leading to treatment failure in patients with advanced disease and the triggers of tumour recurrence and metastasis (regrowth).
The Salford team set out to assess the bioenergetics of cancer stem cells - the processes which allow the cells to live and thrive – with a view to disrupting their metabolism.
Focusing on energy-transfer, they measured the impact on cell lines in a laboratory of 7 substances, the clinically-approved drug stiripentol, 3 natural products  - caffeic acid phenyl ester (CAPE), silibinin and ascorbic acid - and experimental pharmaceuticals, such as actinonin, FK866 and 2-DG.
While they found that natural antibiotic actinonin and the compound FK866 were the most potent, the natural products also inhibited CSC formation, with Vitamin C, outperforming 2-DG by tenfold in terms of potency.
Vitamin C has previously been shown to be effective as a non-toxic anti-cancer agent in studies by Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling and was recently shown to reduce mortality by 25% on breast cancer patients in Japan. However, its effects on CSC activity have not been previously evaluated and in this context, it behaves as an inhibitor of glycolysis, which fuels energy production in mitochondria, the “powerhouse” of the cell.
Dr Gloria Bonuccelli, lead author and another member of the Salford team added: “This is further evidence that Vitamin C and other non-toxic compounds may have a role to play in the fight against cancer.
“Our results indicate it is a promising agent for clinical trials, and a as an add-on to more conventional therapies, to prevent tumour recurrence, further disease progression and metastasis.”
LINK to published article
Hold the DATE: March 1-3, 2018 will be Annie Appleseed Project's 12th Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies conference.  The page will go up within the next 2 months, listing some of the terrific speakers.

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