In this article we will hope to show the evidence from research that suggests that cancer spread can be controlled by disrupting one of cancers most important survival tools, the ability of its cells to communicate with each other and share vital information on mutation and drug resistance.
Phytoestrogens uncanny ability to disrupt cancer messages
“Phtyoestrogen” means estrogen from a plant source. Phytoestrogens have been shown to have an anti-cancer activity by among other things, an uncanny ability to disrupt chemical messages between cancer cells. Phytoestrogens are found in many edible plants such as berries, mangos, apples, citrus fruits, plums, cherries, kiwis, onions, tea, coffee, red wine, whole wheat, rice, corn or oats. Soy contains phytoestrogens which have been associated with the ability to inhibit cancers of the breast, colon, ovaries, and the uterus.
Once cancer takes hold, it develops an intricate network of communications in the body. Communication among the cancer cells is one of their keys to survival. It allows the cells to convey messages to other cancer cells on effective mutation that helps make cancer “chemo-resistant.”
Researchers have long recognized that disrupting cellular communication in cancer is a key component to patient success. More recently research has focused on phytoestrogens.
In March 2019, a research team writing in the scientific journal Molecules (1) found, “dietary intake of lignan-rich foods (phytoestrogens) could be a useful way to bolster the prevention of chronic illness, such as certain types of cancers and cardiovascular disease.” One of the mechanisms of this benefit is the breakdown of cancer’s ability to communicate.
New research on Enterodiol and colorectal cancer communication
Another important phytoestrogen is enterodiol. We are going to ask the United States National Institutes of Health to explain what enterodiol is.
Enterodiol is one of the most important lignan-type (a polyphenols or naturally occurring plant chemical) phytoestrogens.
Enterodiol is formed by bacteria in the intestinal tract from the plant lignans.
So what we have are food types that are broken down in the intestinal tract in healthy bacteria. Now let’s see how this health bacteria can help cancer patients.
In March 2019 in the Journal of the science of food and agriculture, (2) researchers found that the known benefits of Enterodiol should be extended to being able to inhibit colorectal cancer cell growth. How do they do it? By killing a lot of cancer cells by taking away one of the proteins cancer uses to protect itself and by disrupting survival communications between the cancer cells.
Phytoestrogens balance the gut environment, a balanced gut environment disrupts cancer communication. The right message gets through, the wrong messages get blocked
In December 2018, researchers in the journal Clinical science (3) suggested that recent evidence indicates that phytoestrogens disrupt communication among breast cancer cells. This disruption allows the “anti-cancer,” messages produced by the gut to the immune system to get through. Supporting the healthy gut microbiota allows for “message signalling” between the healthy gut and the immune system in which the gut helps the immune system development a plan against disease.
While this research is fascinating, we should point out that this is not the final word or definitive evidence that phytoestrogens can help all people with cancer. Phytoestrogens may help many people with cancer, they may not.
The Magaziner Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program combines conventional, complementary and functional therapies individualized to the needs of each patient. We place great emphasis on an extremely thorough series of lab tests to evaluate the cells of the immune system, inflammatory markers, antioxidant defenses, nutritional status, and overall toxic burden. Most of our patients have already been through the rigors of conventional treatments but have either experienced adverse side effects or unsatisfactory outcomes or both.
Our whole-body approach to cancer includes a variety of therapies, such as nutrition and lifestyle counseling, dietary modifications, supplementation, intravenous vitamin C and other substances, oxidative therapies, immunotherapy, detoxification, lifestyle modifications and exercise therapy, spirituality and mind-body techniques, including stress management and meditation, all with the goal of strengthening the immune system and restoring normal cellular function.
Our treatments are also focused on reducing inflammation, enhancing cellular immune response, improving mitochondrial function, reducing risks of blood clots and inactivating cancer stem cells or cancer initiating cells, that are likely to cause recurrences and metastasis of the disease and are often far more harmful than the actual tumor cells. We strive to change the microenvironment and behavior of the cancer cells by reducing the fuel for these cells and, at the same time, leaving healthy cells alone.
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1 Rodríguez-García C, Sánchez-Quesada C, Toledo E, Delgado-Rodríguez M, Gaforio JJ. Naturally Lignan-Rich Foods: A Dietary Tool for Health Promotion?. Molecules. 2019 Jan;24(5):917.
2 Shin MK, Jeon YD, Jin JS. Apoptotic effect of enterodiol, the final metabolite of edible lignans, in colorectal cancer cells. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. E published 2018 Oct 24.
3 Molina L, Bustamante FA, Bhoola KD, Figueroa CD, Ehrenfeld P. Possible role of phytoestrogens in breast cancer via GPER-1/GPR30 signaling. Clinical Science. 2018 Dec 21;132(24):2583-98