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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Reducing Breast Cancer, Naturally

NSAIDS have risks as mentioned by Dr. Sarah Rawlings who participated in this study.

Aspirin has its own set of side effects that can lead to silent bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract or other locations in the body. Eventually this can impact the integrity of the cell wall membrane. Aspirin also can raise the risk of allergy in some people and it can cause poisoning along with damage to the eighth cranial nerve that relates to your ability to hear.

Ibuprofen is known to cause serious kidney problems and also can effect the liver. Liver health is closely associated with hormone recycling and also interacts with your immune system to boost immunity.

Anti-inflammatory herbs and supplements may be more helpful because they are not burdened by the toxic side effect issues of pharmaceutical products. Contact us to learn of and purchase our wide variety of effective professional formulae, herbs and supplements to reduce inflammation.

A secondary warning might be heeded if you have been prescribed an anti-depressant as part of your medical treatment, for cancer or other ill-health conditions, as studies report that SSRIs in combination with NSAIDS can create a lethal combination.

An article written by an ND colleague of mine for many years concludes that "Combining SSRIs with NSAIDs, aspirin or corticosteroids is the equivalent of playing a game of gastrointestinal Russian roulette. For anyone taking SSRIs, a combination of natural pain relievers that includes DL-phenylalanine, turmeric, Boswellia serrata, and nattokinase can prove to be a safe alternative. Furthermore, using a supplement that contains glutamine, deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), N-acetyl glucosamine, marshmallow, berberine, cabbage, slippery elm, phosphatidylcholine, and gamma oryzanol is an effective way to strengthen the GI tract for individuals who continue with SSRI treatment. Individuals planning to stop SSRI treatment should always discuss their plans with their physician before doing so."
Read more here-
Painkillers 'cut breast cancer'
By Emma Wilkinson, Health reporter, BBC News

Regular use of common painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen reduces the risk of breast cancer, according to an international study.

The research, which looked at information from 2.7 million women, was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Aspirin cut the risk by 13%, while ibuprofen lowered it by a fifth.

However, experts warned long-term use of painkillers can have serious side-effects.
"Anti-inflammatory drugs can have potentially very serious side-effects when taken over a long period."
Dr Sarah Rawlings, Breakthrough Breast Cancer

There have been many studies looking at the role of painkillers in breast cancer, and the latest is a review of 38 of these, combining their results to give a more reliable picture.

Both aspirin and ibuprofen are Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), and it is their ability to interfere with inflammation in the human body which appears to be key.

Two body chemicals which help produce inflammation, COX1 and 2, are thought to play roles in the development of cancer by influencing how cells divide and die, the production of new blood vessels that can "feed" tumours, and influence the body's immune responses.

It appears NSAIDS inhibit these chemicals.

Women taking either aspirin or ibuprofen regularly had a 12% lower chance of developing breast cancer compared to those who did not use them at all, while regular ibuprofen use appeared to have the biggest effect.

Drug warning

Dr Mahyar Etminan, from the University of British Columbia, who led the research, said the results were "encouraging", and could help scientists trying to understand the complex origins of breast cancer.

However, he warned against women adopting painkillers as part of a cancer prevention lifestyle.

"We don't recommend the routine use of NSAIDs for breast cancer prevention until large randomised trials confirm these findings." He said results from a trial of this type would be available next year.

The regular use of painkillers is problematic because, in some people, they can cause serious side-effects, including stomach ulcers, increased risk of stroke, asthma and heart, liver and kidney problems.

The potential benefits of reducing breast cancer risk would have to be balanced against these.

This advice was echoed by Breakthrough Breast Cancer, which urged women worried about breast cancer risk to talk to their GP rather than simply take painkillers.

Head of policy Sarah Rawlings said: "The potential of anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, to lower the chances of developing breast cancer is very interesting, but as the researchers say, large scale trials are needed to confirm these findings.

"Anti-inflammatory drugs can have potentially very serious side-effects when taken over a long period."

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Published: 2008/10/08 09:09:35 GMT

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