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Heal your gut – Rebuild your microbiome

Gut microbiome and cancer

This Review says: Overall, the last decade has demonstrated the importance of the GM on cancer pathogenesis, progression, sustenance and treatment outcomes.


An expert in this area is Chris Woollams, Author of Heal your gut – Heal your body and founder of the UK’s leading cancer charity CANCERactive.
On the canceractive.com website we learn:

All illness starts in the gut

Research is consistent: The Human Microbiome Project (40 Medical Schools, 200 scientists, 3 years, $178 million) concluded, they get ill first, then you get ill. And you can’t get fully better, until they get better.

They get ill? What does that mean? Typically, you lose the volume of the good bacteria; and you lose strains of good bacteria. We call it volume and diversity. When this happens, your Adaptive Immune System (your antibodies) declines. There is clear reciprocity between your microbiome and your immune system. And when your good bacteria and your immune system decline, your pathogens come out to play. Continue reading at canceractive.com

This study says alterations to the microbiome caused by environmental changes (e.g., infection, diet and/or lifestyle) can disturb this symbiotic relationship and promote disease, such as inflammatory bowel diseases and cancer. Colorectal cancer is a complex association of tumoral cells, non-neoplastic cells and a large amount of micro-organisms, and the involvement of the microbiota in colorectal carcinogenesis is becoming increasingly clear.

See  International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics for a collection of infographics and useful information about your microbiome.

Targeting the microbiome could hold the key to combating a range of malignant diseases.
Cancer researchers now realize that many of those seemingly harmless microbes are anything but. Over the past decade, it’s become clear that gut microbes can produce DNA-damaging toxins and carcinogenic metabolites, induce cancer-promoting inflammation, make tumours more resistant to chemotherapy drugs, and suppress the body’s anticancer immune responses. Source: Nature.com

How to rebuild your Microbiome

The following tips are published on Chris Woollams Health Watch – an evidence-based, information-only website. Chris has a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University.

In October 2015, research covered in Cancer Watch showed that Bifidobacteria could boost the immune system to recognise rogue and cancer cells better than the new ‘wonder’ immunotherapy drugs.

Eat and they shall multiply! Lactic acid bacteria love pectins – carrots, raw vegetables, apples, pears. Bifidobacteria love inulins – chicory, artichoke, onions – and mother’s milk. They also love a little very dark chocolate (85 per cent plus) and cocoa, and according to three research studies, they like a glass of merlot.

Kill your yeasts – choose a natural compound like caprylic acid, pau d’arco, or oregano oil. Cinnamon (especially for yeasts already in the blood stream) can also help.

Kill your pathogens and parasites – natural herbs like cloves, slippery elm, black walnut and pau d’arco can make an impact here.

But there’s an important extra – The natural compound artemisinin, or sweet wormwood, kills the malarial parasite and some other parasites. But that’s not all. It is effective against  pathogens like E coli, Fusobacterium and Camphobacteria. It is also the coup de grace against yeasts, and has an important extra benefit. It can even attack cancer cells.

Eat PROBIOTIC foods – Re-establish diversity by consuming a little raw, unpasteurised cheese (from cows, sheep or goats), sauerkraut and kefir. You don’t need huge volumes of these foods – treat them medicinally. You are just putting bacteria that you have lost back into your gut. And these three foods complement each other perfectly. The bacteria they contain hardly overlap. For example, Kefir is dominated by Lactic Acid bacteria; cows’ milk by bifidobacteria.

Unpasteurised cheese also contains immunoglobulins – these help heal the gut wall AND kick start the immune system.

Other foods might include sourdough bread, kombucha and/or apple cider vinegar, for example.

Eat PREBIOTIC foods – Re-establish volume by consuming relevant Prebiotic foods the good bacteria love – like pectins, lignans and inulin. Flaxseeds, nuts, seeds, oats are also helpful.  These foods will greatly increase the commensal bacteria numbers. People who consume the highest levels of soluble natural fibre have the strongest immune systems by far.

Chris also recommends Parafree + Artemisinin as a Parasite Cleanse.

Dr. Elizabeth Hohmann of the infectious diseases division at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, says “People with depressed immune function from late-stage cancer or chemotherapy should not take probiotics. Also, not all probiotic preparations are the same, so discuss the options with your doctor before you take one.”

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