Best of Breast: news for week ending 21 November 2014

New developments in the world of cancer and breast cancer, aggregated from Google Alerts, for the week ending 21 November, 2014.

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1.  Cannabis extracts can ‘dramatically slow’ growth of brain cancer tumours, new research suggests

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/cannabis-extracts-can-dramatically-slow-growth-of-brain-cancer-tumours-9863097.html

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Best of Breast: news for week ending 14 November 2014

The latest highlights in cancer and breast cancer, from Google Alerts, for the week ending 14 November 2014.

Dr Carl June explains his experimental cancer treatment

1.  Doctors cure father of leukemia by injecting him with HIV in experimental trial

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Best of Breast: news for week ending 7 November 2014

News for Breast Cancer and Cancer, from Google Alerts, for the week ending 7 November 2014.

[Apologies, I’m so behind in Best of Breast it’s no joke. I’ve been sorting out personal issues the past months which have taken priority.  Looks as though I’ll be spending the festive season playing catch-up!]

One of the highlights this week is the proof that biphosphonates, used in breast cancer that has spread to the bones, can also prolong survival.  But before you all go out and get the family pack, please note that one of the possible side-effects of biphosphonates is osteonecrosis of the jaw (localised death of bone tissue).

There’s also more evidence to show that mindfulness meditation can affect the body at the cellular level.

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1.  Biphosphonates can act on breast cancer tumours and prolong survival

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Where to get your supplements

Updated 13 June 2016

Update March 2016 – For more information on GcMAF, please join the GcMAF and GcMAF Cancer forums on Facebook – they are closed groups, so you have to wait for your membership to be confirmed.  They contain up-to-date information on sources of GcMAF, and also feedback and contributions  by people who are using GcMAF.

See also update on Probiotics for Bio-Live Fermented Probiotic Liquid

Here’s a list of where to get supplements from if you live in the UK.  It is a work-in-progress, so if the supplement you’re looking for isn’t on this list, keep checking back.

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The suppliers I have selected are the distillation of my personal research. They are the best value source of specific brands of supplements to date, but this is just my personal opinion.

Please do not take this list as set-in-stone, or the best of breed.   New studies and new supplements and suppliers are always emerging, so please do your own research and shop around.  If you would like to share your findings, please leave a comment below.  You will be helping many cancer patients who are trying to make their money go further!

Most of my sources are UK- or EU-based.  That’s because shipping is usually faster, and you will not incur customs or VAT for EU shipping.

If you live in the US, then lucky you – you’ve got iHerb and e-Vitamins who sell discounted supplements.  The problem with supplements in the UK is that most of them have to be imported, and so prices are higher.  If you have friends visiting from the US, order your supplements from iHerb and e-Vitamins, have them shipped to your friends and get them to bring them over.

Ordering from the US and shipping to the UK:  If you do order from the US, please be aware that shipping sometimes takes weeks, and anything over £17 (I think) will incur customs duty and VAT – I’ve been stung by this before.  This usually takes the cost of the supplement well over what you would pay from a UK company.  Also, please be aware that a number of retailers on Amazon.co.uk are based in the US and you will be hit by the same customs duty and VAT charges (on top of shipping!).

If you want your supplements delivered quickly, order from a UK retailer.

Discounts for bulk orders:  If you are ordering in bulk, it is worth asking for a discount.  Play the cancer card if necessary – supplements are expensive!  Send the retailers a nice e-mail setting out your health issue and ask for a discount. Most will give you a discount.  I have only been refused by a few who claim that they already offer discounts on their products (Healthmonthly.co.uk is one of them).  Detoxpeople.eu have loyalty schemes and discounts – I have found dealing with them a pleasure.  They are professional and knowledgeable, even if their prices aren’t always the lowest (!).  BTW, Detoxpeople.eu is the same company as Yourhealthbasket.co.uk.

Another company I have found who exceed expectations is Oriveda.nl – they are one of the best for mushroom extracts.  Their response time to e-mails is fantastic and they are experts in mushroom extracts.

Please do not feel you have to take every supplement on this list.  If you did, you would be jiggling around like a piggy-bank.  It is just not healthy to overload your liver with too many supplements.

You will also want to vary your supplements on a regular basis (e.g. on a 3-week to 6-week cycle).  Use your tumour markers as a guide to whether the supplements are working.  You may also want to increase the dosage week by week, and then switch to another supplement.  This way the cancer cells don’t get a chance to build up resistance to the supplement.

1.  AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound) – Shiitake mushroom extract:  Healthmonthly.co.uk – Quality of Life Labs AHCC Rx (500mg).  This is a very expensive extract, so shop around.  Another Shiitake variant is Lentinex which is a liquid extract.  Currently under trial and not available commercially.  Lentinex is manufactured by Glyconova.  Contact:  info@glycanova.com

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The Brachial Plexus Chronicles # 1 – the world is a dangerous place for a one-armed person

Continuing the saga of what happened after my mastectomy:  I woke up from surgery to find that I couldn’t move my left arm.  It was numb and paralysed from the shoulder down.  The surgery had resulted in damage to the brachial plexus, a very complicated branch of nerves that control movement in the arms and fingers.  I knew of no one who had been through what I was going through.  This series of posts is dedicated to anyone else out there who is going through a similar nightmare and is feeling like a boat shipwrecked on a deserted island … you are not alone!

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Travelling on the London Tube (with more sardine trips to come!)

I thought I was coping well, several weeks into the post-mastectomy period.  Physically, I was doing fine, recovering from the surgery and anaesthesia.  I was well enough to rush from one appointment to another. I even travelled to my appointments by public transport: the Tube and bus.

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