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Consumers also check the booklets to ensure they meet the needs of people with cancer. Still, at least one treatment embraced by some in the alternative care community, namely juice fasts, can be counterproductive for cancer patients, says Donald Abrams of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco U.
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Drinking squeezed juice delivers an intense burst of sugar to cells that would otherwise be moderated by the fiber within a fruit. And from the perspective of a cancer cell, fresh-squeezed juice is no different from sugary cola. Either drink delivers a sugar shot that increases insulin and insulinlike growth factor, "both of [which] promote inflammation and both lead to cancer cell division," says Abrams, who is also professor of clinical medicine at U. He now provides consultations for cancer patients undergoing traditional treatment who want to incorporate complementary or alternative approaches into their care.
In addition to producing potentially dangerous levels of insulin, the process can also harm the body overall. Rather, Abrams typically recommends an organic diet that is mainly plant-based but includes deep coldwater fish for their omega-3 content ; mushroom blends for immune enhancement; vitamin D and other supplements, depending on the patient; and vitamin C for wound recovery, along with physical activity and acupuncture, to address treatment side effects.
He also emphasizes the importance of decreasing stress because it produces cortisol, a steroid hormone that suppresses the immune system. Many news outlets have reported that Jobs had insulinoma, meaning it was the insulin-producing endocrine cells that had turned cancerous. If this is true, eliminating sugar, as a macrobiotic diet would have done, "could be very dangerous," Yao says, because his body may already have been depleted of insulin from the cancer rendering nonfunctional the cells that would have been producing this vital hormone.
Yet as it turns out, the idea of starving cancer cells turns out to be a key mechanism behind some of the latest medical treatments for pNET. As Yao explains, one of the functions of the mTOR pathway is to sense if a cell is not receiving its necessary nutrients.
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When that happens, mTOR can trigger the production of proteins, including several that promote cell proliferation and the growth of blood vessels. In normal cells, the mTOR pathway can be turned on and off, but in some cancers mTOR becomes impossible to switch off, and the cells are left to grow without any regulation. A class of drugs known as mTOR inhibitors blocks that pathway. One way they are thought to work is to "trick the cancer cell into thinking it's starving," says Yao.
As a result, the cell begins a process known as autophagy, in which it begins digesting parts of itself to try to survive—but it doesn't. Dietary change alone is insufficient to trigger autophagy because the human body can simply shift to converting muscle and amino acids into energy. Taking that concept into biomedical research has yielded a breakthrough: This past May the mTOR inhibitor everolimus was approved by the U.
Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of advanced pNET, the first drug in this class approved for this disease. With few facts available, we can only speculate about whether the approach that Jobs took early on had any impact on his survival. Medical and TCM professionals tend to agree that it's unlikely that they did any real harm, and in another context—as part of a preventative or recovery regimen, or alongside medical care—some of these measures can improve one's overall health. Kobrin says that the scientific evidence confirming that benefit may be elusive for philosophical reasons at the core of conventional and alternative medicine, which both offer an "understanding of the human through [a different] paradigm.
Or as Abrams puts it: "The proof is that so many of my colleagues continue to refer their patients to me.
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