"....Recent medical studies have highlighted the possible cancer-beating powers of broccoli.
British scientists at the Institute of Food Research found that men who ate one daily portion had altered patterns of gene activity in their prostates, suggesting that the chemicals in the vegetable might be able to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
According to a report published in the British Journal of Cancer in 2006, natural chemicals found in certain vegetables, such as broccoli-cauliflower and cabbage, can enhance DNA repair in cells, which could help stop them becoming cancerous.
A spokesman for Cancer Research UK said: 'There's a lot of research that's focused on broccoli and the healing properties that the vegetable contains.
'If taken, broccoli needs to be with a healthy diet that is high in all fruit and vegetables.
'This can also reduce the chances of developing cancer.'
Around 10,000 are diagnosed with bladder cancer every year in the UK. It is the fifth most common form of the disease and affects more men than women.
A member of the cabbage family, broccoli is rich in vitamin C and has properties that boost the human immune systems that fight viruses, bacteria and cancer.
Studies have found that boiling broccoli can reduce its anti-cancer compounds, but steaming and microwaving do not.
Some people use alternative treatments to ease stress or to reduce side effects and symptoms of bladder cancer. These treatments include acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal products, and vitamins. It is important to note that some types of alternative treatment may interfere with standard treatment, and combining different types of treatment may even be harmful.
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Date: Thu Jul 17, 2003 6:14 pm
All I can say is that in September 2002 there was evidence of cancer in my bladder. I began the Dr Budwig treatment and followed it precisely. In April I had biopsy of my bladder. The pathology report shows no cancer. In June the urologist agreed with me that the flaxseed oil with cottage cheese was helpful for me. My next appointment is in December. My PSA is very low, 1.02. There is no evidence of CA in the bladder...
Healed from Cancer - CBN.com
"...Astragalus activates the P53 gene, which destroys cells with damaged DNA, including cancer cells. Take 500 to 1500 mg three times a day. Cat's Claw can boost white blood cell counts during chemotherapy. Take the recommended dose on the label. Garlic can reduce tumor size. Use enteric coated capsules at 900 mg daily. Green tea in capsule or tea form has cancer fighting properties..
"Erin Tanner, the former Morris girl waiting for a liver transplant, is fighting an infection and will be in a California hospital for about two weeks.
According to Erin’s mother, Amber, the girl developed cholangitis, which is caused by a bacterial infection in the bile ducts.
Erin is at the UCLA Medical Center. The family moved to California earlier this summer.
Erin is sleeping a lot and not eating well, her mother stated in a recent email.
Erin, 9, was born with a rare liver disease called biliary atresia (See a May 16, 2009 Sun Tribune story about Erin’s battle against the disease).
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Patient Erin Tanner
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"Erin Tanner bounces around her yard as any 9-year-old would after getting off a school bus on a beautiful spring afternoon. Watching the wispy, blue-eyed blond with the shy smile burn off a little after-school energy, it’s almost impossible to make a mind grasp the reality that she’s actually a seriously ill girl.
There are hints that Tanner needs help. There’s the enlarged abdomen, the skinny arms and legs and the slightly sunken eyes that can dance and convey a weary sadness at the same time.
Then mom, Amber, talks about what her daughter has been through, especially in the last two years: gastrointestinal reflux and bleeding, the almost daily bloody noses, the nights with little sleep, almost constant itching and bruises all over her body.
There are the stories of trips to clinics and specialists, operations, endoscopies every two months, countless examinations, medications and encouraging news always seemingly followed by bad. Her kidneys are failing and, mom says, her pancreas and other digestive organs are working overtime.
Tanner was born with a rare liver disease called biliary atresia, and treatments have helped her pack a lot of life into her nine years. But now, without a transplant, it might be all the life she’ll know.
“She knows the consequences if she doesn’t get the transplant,” says her father, Robert. “She doesn’t understand the severity; she knows, but she doesn’t. She treats every day like a regular day. She does what a regular 9-year-old does, and we try to make it as normal as we can. But you can’t ignore what’s happening.”
Fortunately for Erin and her family, the Morris-area community isn’t ignoring Erin’s plight.
Beginning today, friends, family, classmates, teachers, her parents’ co-workers and Thrivent Financial have organized a series of fundraisers to help offset some of the exorbitant medical costs and the expense of running a household that includes two other children while Erin waits on a transplant list.
Today, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there is a rummage and bake sale at the Morris American Legion in Morris. Those wishing to help can bring baked goods, items to donate to the sale, or donate funds.
A spaghetti dinner is set for Thursday, May 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Morris Area Elementary School cafeteria. Cooks, servers or donations are welcome.
The Stevens County Museum, where Erin’s grandmother, Tina Didreckson works, has organized a finger food potluck for Thursday, May 28, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the museum.
Robert’s employer, Westmor Industries, has a potluck scheduled for May 20, and the Erin Marie Tanner Fund has been established at Bremer Bank in Morris.
Transplant only option
For all her nine years, Erin Tanner has battled biliary atresia, a serious but rare disease of the liver that affects one in 10,000 children.
According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, the cause of biliary atresia is not known, and treatments are only partially successful and it is the most common reason for liver transplantation in children in the United States and most of the Western world.
Erin was jaundiced as a baby, but when her condition didn’t change after a month, she was diagnosed.
With no or an impaired bile tract between the liver and small intestines, bile builds up in the liver and cirrhosis begins.
She was treated at Children’s Hospital until she was 3 years old, and then continued treatments through the University of Minnesota.
"She was OK until two years ago,” Amber said. “Then she had a (gastrointestinal) bleed. She was throwing up blood and we had to get her to the hospital right away. If you ask her what she remembers most, it’s that she got to watch DVDs on the ambulance ride.”
Later, a surgical procedure to open the duct to rid Erin’s liver of bile failed.
“The only option left is to do a transplant,” Amber said.
Waiting for the call
Erin takes five medications in an attempt to keep her systems functioning, but she tires easily and can’t keep up with her friends and classmates all the time.
She’s been on active status on the U of M Medical Center’s transplant list since late April. Meanwhile, Amber and Robert are tending to son Ethan, 6, and daughter Emma, 1, as constantly tackling the myriad details related to medical costs, insurance and what to do to keep the family structured if Erin undergoes a transplant, which could means months in the hospital.
Robert will stay in Morris to work, but should Ethan and Emma go with mom and Erin to the Twin Cities? Or should they stay with dad? Either way, child care will be needed and Amber will have expenses living away from home with Erin.
"It’s so much we can’t even comprehend what we’re going to do,” Amber said.
Amber had to leave one of her two jobs to take care of Erin, and Didreckson has been organizing the fundraisers and seeking donations.
The medical bills, insurance options and dealings -- what will be covered, what won’t? -- often leave the couple dizzy.
"We didn’t quit our jobs to live off benefits,” Robert said. “We’re trying to sell anything we have of value. It’s going to be a lot for us, but at the same time we can’t take away from the other kids.”
One day, one
appointment at a time
The family initially thought Erin might be able to postpone a transplant until she reached her teens, but that’s no longer a realistic goal. But they are confident they will get a call soon and they are thankful for all the help they’re received from so many people.
"It’s hard watching her, knowing the next day we could get the call and the next day she could be gone,” Robert said. “It’s very, very promising, but there’s always doubt in the back of your mind.”
"It’s hard," Amber said. “I’ll be washing dishes or doing a load of laundry and I’ll just burst into tears. We take it one day at a time, one appointment at a time."
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"Yea, you're gonna need a kidney transplant, there's no way around it. The game's over," Chris recalled the doctor telling him.
Three times a week and three hours a day, 44-year-old Chris Strouth is confined to a recliner. However, it's anything but R & R in his living room. Intravenous tubes run from his left arm and into a machine. Dialysis has been doing the work of his kidneys for the past six months.
He has been in that state ever since a renal specialist at the Mayo Clinic delivered the devastating news.
"Yea, you're gonna need a kidney transplant, there's no way around it. The game's over," Chris recalled the doctor telling him.
With those blunt words, Chris had no more stepped out into the hospital parking lot when he grabbed his phone. With a few taps of his fingers he typed out a message to all his friends. He first "tweeted" to his Twitter followers and then later posted a message on his Facebook page.
"I immediately typed into the phone, expletive deleted - I need a kidney," Chris explained.
One of those friends works on the campus of the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul.
"I first found out when I read his Twitter feeds," says Institutional Researcher for the college, Scott Pakudaitis.
Scott says he is a "distant" acquaintance, and remembers Chris from the Twin Cities music scene back when Scott was part of a band. He continues to follow Strouth on Twitter and Facebook today because Chris is an accomplished music producer.
The unusual postings, appealing for a kidney, caught Scott's eye.
"That's right! Network anyway you can. It beats making a bunch of phone calls asking people to give him their kidney," Scott said.
Pakudaitis wasn't alone in responding to the appeal. Eighteen others told Chris they would be tested to see if their tissue would match. Only one of them passed all the tests.
In April, Scott learned the news that he would make a perfect match.
"I got a direct message from him on Twitter saying, 'hey -- I'm a match,'" said Chris.
In just a few months, these two, "cyberspace" friends will reconnect in adjoining surgical rooms.
When asked why he would give something so precious to someone he knows only casually, Scott responded, "He needs a kidney and I turned out to be a perfect match so I thought I'd do this."
It is a selfless gift of life that will free Chris of the tubes of dialysis and give both of the men a closer connection to what matters most in life.
"I can't refer to Scott without calling him the nicest man in the universe," said Chris. "Because he is the nicest man in the universe!"
" One out of every four people in the United States will have kidney stones in their lifetime. Unfortunately people who have kidney stones once are likely to experience the intense pain again. There are few medical treatments for kidney stones, but once your doctor has made a diagnosis of kidney stones, the following natural remedies may help ease the pain and dietary changes could help prevent new kidney stones from forming."
"IS THERE A KNOWN METHOD THAT COMBINES PAIN RELIEF WITH QUICK STONE PASSAGE?
The answer is a very emphatic yes! Apparently this method is not widely known, because I cannot find direct mention of it in any of the kidney stone literature.
I have given this method the unpretentious, but appropriate name, Jump and Bump. While the method has been very effective and consistent for several others and me, at this point it is a raw, crude, method lacking clinical research and refinement. It is my hope and firm belief that an appropriate gravity-moving inertia inducing apparatus, with a full complement of suitable features, will be invented. I also hope the method will be researched, refined, and made suitable for clinical use!"
"Kidney Stones treatment using Kidney Beans
Kidney beans, also known as dried French beans or Rajmah, are regarded as a very effective home remedy for kidney problems, including kidney stones. The method prescribed to prepare the medicine is to remove the beans from inside the pods, then slice the pods and put about sixty grams in four litre of hot water, boiling them slowly for six hours. This liquid should be strained through fine muslin and then allowed to cool for about eight hours. Thereafter the fluid should be poured through another piece of muslin without stirring.A glass of this decoction should be given to the patient every two hours throughout the day for one day and, thereafter, it may be taken several times a week. This decoction would not work if it was more than twenty-four hours old. The pods could be kept for longer periods but once they were boiled, the therapeutic factor would disappear after one day...more...
Who gets them? "For unknown reasons, the number of people in the United States with kidney stones has been increasing over the past 20 years"
Causes? "Climate and water intake may also play a role in stone formation."-from diseases&conditions
"The protocol incorporates lifestyle change, and implements healthy diet, body cleansing, exercises and different traditional and natural therapies. Protocol contains links to other pages that give detail explanation for each part of this program. Please, follow the links, to fully understand all the words. Remember: There is always something that can be done! The first thing to do is to change your mood. If you are depressed, if you are unhappy, you can not be healthy. Advice: start with the Laughing cure!
Laughing provides us with the natural inner massage, and through change of mood it can account for up to 30% of cure!"