Saturday, September 1, 2007

Cancer, Collagen & Connective Tissue

I wrote about my little "slice of skin cancer" last month, how I'm genetically challenged (a bit of delicate Irish skin in the mix) and had way too many sunburns growing up. I believe my first answer (tactical - get rid of the basal cell carcinoma with minimal scarring) is MOHS surgery.

Long-term, however, I'm interested in some new things, like the connection between cancer, collagen, and connective tissue. As Matthias Rath writes in an article about nutrients that inhibit the spread of cancer cells:
  • Cancer cells develop in the body as a result of damage to cellular DNA, which destroys the control mechanism of cell replication, allowing unchecked spread of cancer cells.
  • All healthy cells are surrounded by collagen and connective tissue.
  • Excessive disintegration of connective tissue in cells accompanies pathology.
  • Certain nutrients -- a combo of vitamin C, l-lysine, l-proline, and a polyphenol fraction of green tea known as Epigallocatechin Gallate or EGCG -- can inhibit destruction of collagen and connective tissue in cells and thus inhibit cancer cell proliferation.

Rath's laboratory has conducted research over the years to find the specific combo that works best against cancer. He cites information on breast cancer cell inhibition (100% with this combo of four nutrients), colon cancer inhibitiion (91%), and, get this, melanoma (100%).

That's practically a miracle, as melanoma is one of those cancers that is considered extremely hard to treat, with horrific fatality rates.

I've heard about Rath's research many times over the years. I just didn't think it really applied to me. You could say, I didn't care (enough).

Rath's research findings have always been compelling. Our interview with Janae Weinhold was all about Cancer and combining our Heart Plus (vitamin C, l-lysine, l-proline) with Green Tea Extract for cancer victims in the Ukraine. And, Bill Henderson, of Beating Cancer Gently, repeatedly recommends our Heart Plus and Green Tea combo to his subscribers with cancer.

But now it's different. I have skin cancer (surgery is still ahead) and a high risk for future skin cancer and even melanoma. I care about cancer now. And, I care about the connection between cancer, collagen, and connective tissue in cells.

So, yes, I'm adding Green Tea Extract to my Heart Plus. And, I am interested in working on our new Heart Plus Powder (with green tea extract,coming this fall).

The older I get, the more I learn from (and appreciate) folks who started caring about cancer at least a few years ahead of me!


mike said...

Sorry to hear of your illness. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. Yes, Bill Henderson is a great source of advice. Also Rob Young ('The Ph Miracle', and 'Sick and Tired?')
Talking of connective tissue, friend of mine has scleroderma and is very ill. Do you know of any specific natural treatments/cures?
Thanks, Mike Rhodes, Glasgow, Scotland.

Cindy Marteney, CEO, Our Health Co-op said...

Mike, Thanks for your note. I will forward your note to Dr. Rodier. Kind regards, Cindy

Anonymous said...

Hey Cindy,

I read with great interest the interview with Bill. Smart guy and he likes pau d' arco and so do I. Had a small spot of non-melanoma on my upper right cheek that would not go away no matter what I tried. What was left, I went with the freeze several times and nothing. I had the spot for years along with a tender and soreness as part of the package. Well, I turned to my pal, pau d' arco in a tincture and applied twice a-day for about two months. It did its job as sick skin died and started flaking off and then the glorious sight of pink and no more pain, it worked. I could write a book about all the benefits I have received from this miracle of the Amazon. I've been a member of the Coop almost from the beginning.

Thanks, Ed Lobb

Cindy Marteney, CEO, Our Health Co-op said...


Thanks for your note...I published it on my blog.
Meanwhile, we will have to consider carrying pau d’arco at the Co-op. It’s great to hear your story and success. I’m happy for you.
Thanks for your support through the years as well!



Anonymous said...

Cindy, thanks for the new info. We have Heart Plus in the house for my husband's HBP, but now I will take it too, since I am sitting here with an ugly set of stitches on my once beautiful nose from my second bout with SC. I will try the pau d'arco route also; read about it years ago and am trying to remember the company that carried it. I guess a search is in order. I, too, have Anglo-Saxon skin and a severe sunburn at age 17, so I am quite sure that's what it was from. There was no such thing as sunscreen in 1976 - yikes! Now even my makeup has sunscreen in it. I'll let you know how I look in 3-6 months (timeframe plastic surgeon gave me for healing to "near-normal"). Take care... Susie Sheffler, Richmond Hill, GA

Anonymous said...

Yay...on the Heart Plus powder.
When do you think you'll have it

See my posting in the Heart Plus
Customer Review, today.

T. David Thompson
Alamogordo, NM

Cindy Marteney, CEO, Our Health Co-op said...

Susie...thanks for your note...I want those pics in 6 months! Here's to healing well and fast!
Warmly, Cindy

Hannah said...

Such a nice Interview keep it up

Anonymous said...

would taking the supplement collagen help also if you have a herniated disc and cancer on neck bone along with the other supplements suggested