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These Vegetables Beat Chemo

Cancer is the biggest public health burden of mankind today. It kills 7 million annually, not to mention stripping the livelihood, dignity and future health of survivors who have treated it with radiation and chemotherapy. Pharmaceutical companies don’t want alternative health to pose any impositions to their stronghold on cancer “treatment.” An insane amount of annual revenue chemotherapy and radiation produces is at stake.

But that hasn’t stopped the underground world of affordable alternative health from working towards finding cures and treatments. And one fascinating food is parsley. Parsley, a typical meal garnish, contains an extremely powerful and promising molecule called apigenin which has been shown to be a potent anti-cancer compound. It works by inhibiting the replication of cancer cells and at the same time, supporting the health of non-cancer cells.

What does the science say?

According to a review from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, it’s the real deal.

Considerable attention has been devoted to identifying plant-derived dietary agents which could be developed as promising chemopreventives. One such agent is apigenin. A naturally occurring plant flavone (4′, 5, 7,-trihydroxyflavone) abundantly present in common fruits and vegetables including parsley, onions, oranges, tea, chamomile, wheat sprouts, celery, artichokes, thyme, lemon balm and some seasonings. Apigenin has been shown to possess remarkable anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. In the last few years, significant progress has been made in studying the biological effects of apigenin at cellular and molecular levels. This review examines the cancer chemopreventive effects of apigenin in an organ-specificity format, evaluating its limitations and its considerable potential for development as a cancer chemopreventive agent. (source)

Apigenin has been extensively studied in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. This 2015 article and this lengthy review article from 2010 really spell out the details:

Breast cancer is one of the most common causes of the death among women worldwide…Surgical resection, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy are among the limited treatment options for breast cancer. Thus, there is growing need to find new chemopreventive agents that may be effective in prevention and/or management of breast cancer. Natural products such as flavonoids provide a variety of anticancer compounds which can be useful for prevention or treatment of breast cancer. The usefulness of dietary phytochemicals in the prevention of this disease is supported by a plethora of experimental and epidemiological studies. Apigenin, a well-known flavone found in several dietary plant foods such as parsley, celery, thyme, celeriac, chamomile, onions, lemon balm, and oranges has been studied extensively.

The best way to get larger doses of apigenin from parsley is to prepare it the same as you would prepare free-leaf tea, and toss in a spot of lemon, natural sugars or stevia. Another way is to add parsley to your green smoothie. Rather than chopping up piles and piles of parsley, you may want to order it in bulk.

Wellness Soldier particularly likes to promote products from Frontier Co-op. An American company based in Iowa, they have been in business since 1976. Their products are certified organic, non-GMO, Kosher, and non-irradiated. It doesn’t get any better than that!  They offer the parsley in 1lb or 2lb packages.

The next time you want to skip your greens or toss that parsley garnish off your plate, think again. It may be the most important part of your meal.

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Glyphosate To Be Added To California ‘Chemicals Known To Cause Cancer’ List

Monsanto, of course, is appealing….

SACRAMENTO – Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® and many other weed killers, is being added to California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced today.

The effective date of the listing will depend on the outcome of a request for a stay in the Fresno County Superior Court case Monsanto v OEHHA. The lawsuit challenged OEHHA’s ability to list the chemical. The trial court ruled in OEHHA’s favor, but Monsanto is appealing the decision and asking the Court of Appeal to issue a stay that would block the listing while the appeal is pending. OEHHA is opposing Monsanto’s request.

Proposition 65 is a right-to-know law that California voters approved in 1986. It requires the state to maintain a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Proposition 65 does not ban or restrict the use of listed chemicals. Instead, it requires businesses to provide warnings prior to causing a significant exposure to a listed chemical. It also prohibits discharges of the chemical into sources of drinking water.

The requirement to provide warnings takes effect one year after a chemical is added to the list. Warnings must be clear and reasonable and can be provided in a variety of ways, including on product labels or on signs near where the exposure can occur.

OEHHA is also proposing a regulatory “safe-harbor” level for glyphosate of 1100 micrograms per day, which means that exposures below that level are not considered a significant risk and would not require a warning. The proposal begins a 45-day public comment period that will end on May 22.

The safe-harbor level helps businesses determine when a warning is required. Once the warning requirement takes effect, businesses with 10 or more employees who cause exposures above the safe harbor level may need to provide warnings. It is not known at this time which products and exposures would exceed the safe-harbor level and require warnings.

Glyphosate is being added to the list because it was identified by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as causing cancer in animals. Proposition 65 requires that certain chemicals identified as carcinogens by IARC under the California Labor Code must be added to the list.

OEHHA is the lead agency for implementation of Proposition 65 and has established a website that provides information for Californians about their exposures to toxic chemicals from the products they buy and the places they go. The website – www.p65warnings.ca.gov (link is external) – is a central part of OEHHA’s efforts to update and improve the implementation of Proposition 65. The office also maintains and updates the Proposition 65 list of chemicals that cause cancer or reproductive effects.

In addition, OEHHA is the primary state entity for the assessment of risks posed by chemical contaminants in the environment. Its mission is to protect and enhance public health and the environment by scientific evaluation of risks posed by hazardous substances.

Contact: Sam Delson
(916) 324-0955 (O)
(916) 764-0955 (C)

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Amazing 15 Year Old Invents Low Cost Cancer Test

Big Pharma can’t be thrilled. This is awesome.

Jack Andraka is a fifteen year old freshman at North County High School and lives in Crownsville, Maryland. He recently developed a novel paper sensor that could detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer in 5 minutes for as little as 3 cents. He conducted this research at Johns Hopkins University. He is also on the national junior wildwater kayaking team, has won awards at multiple national and international math competitions, and enjoys playing with his dog and folding origami.

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