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!