Best of Breast: news for week ending 15 August 2014

A summary of medical developments in Breast Cancer and Cancer for the week ending 15 August 2014.

In Best of Breast w/e 8 August 2014 it was wasp venom that was being used to fight cancer, now it’s the turn of the bee.  OK, it’s not the most earth-shaking medical development, but it makes a change from the usual chemotherapy drugs.trials.  And speaking of which, Item 3 examines the fact that different chemotherapy regimes have different side effects, and raises the question that we should reconsider what choices are made in selecting treatments.

Item 2A is about a purported cure using salt injected directly into tumours.  Please note that this is not what it seems to be: an easy cure for cancer.  The refutation is in Item 2B, and highlights the need not to jump the gun or fall prey to so-called breakthroughs.  And this salt cure has nothing to do with Dr. Simoncini’s controversial work on bicarbonate of soda and tumours.

bee venom

How do you milk a bee? Answer: Very carefully! Today, the most widely is used the method of so-called “milking” the bees during the spring-summer season. In this case, the bees are annoyed by weak electric current pulses and sting a glass, from which the dried venom is then scraped. photo credit: keepingbee.org

1.  Bee, snake and scorpion venom could be used to fight cancer

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Best of Breast: news for week ending 25 July 2014

The latest cancer developments from Google Alerts, with a bias towards breast cancer, for the week ending 25 July 2014.

This week’s top 2 features offer potential cures for cancer which either don’t cost very much (aspirin) or are already being used in other ways (marijuana/cannabis).

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Aspirin was originally derived from willow bark, which has been used as a painkiller since the time of Hippocrates.  Aspirin reduces inflammation, and that may play a role in inhibiting the growth of tumors — perhaps by slowing the development of new blood vessels that nourish them, or by fighting old cells that keep growing when they should be dying off. It may also inhibit estrogen production, and we know that estrogen fuels the growth of most (but not all) breast cancers.

And yet, until now, there have been no randomized trials (the gold standard of research) of aspirin use among women with breast cancer – a travesty.  The solution:  don’t wait for the boffins to rubber-stamp aspirin, just take it.

As for cannabis (or rather in its concentrated form, cannabis oil), just google cannabis oil and cancer, or Rick Simpson Oil and you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of scientific studies.  Unfortunately, unlike aspirin, cannabis oil is not available in your local friendly pharmacy, and in many countries, its use is illegal.

1.  Grandfather, 63, claims he cured his cancer with ‘Breaking Bad’ style homemade CANNABIS OIL

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