Could an Ancient Plant Resin Save 1.5 Million Lives a Year?
Ancient Egyptians attributed almost mystical powers to this resin… and it’s been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. That was enough to make it valuable cargo along ancient trade routes.
Before indoor plumbing enabled people to bathe frequently, they used the sweet smoke of this resin to make themselves smell better. Egyptian women mixed it into their eye shadow.
But there was more to it than a nice smell. It had medicinal uses in the ancient world. Now science is gaining a new appreciation for the things the ancients figured out by observation or trial and error. And they’ve found this is a powerful pain and cancer remedy.
Here’s the story. . .
|Breast Cancer Survivor was told:
“You’ll be dead in a year”
(Pssst!! That was 12 years ago!)
Doctors didn’t give Wiltrude much hope when they diagnosed her with cancer in the year 2000. Wiltrude, a German psychologist, never thought cancer would happen to her. But it did. And it came as a big shock.
One doctor told her, “You’ll be dead in a year.” Late stage breast cancer is virtually incurable using conventional treatments. Even M.D.s admit it. They talk about “buying you more time.” (Don’t count on it. The evidence shows you’re better off doing nothing than chemo.)
When Wiltrude told her doctor she was going to try alternative treatments, he said, “You are committing suicide with what you’re doing.” But she was determined to find a way to beat her cancer.
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, this European woman came across a book by my good friend Bill Henderson, one of the smartest and wisest people I know when it comes to cancer treatment.
She tried Bill’s top, number one recommendation — a gentle treatment you can do at home for just $5.15 a day. What’s more, the cost goes down to $3.50 after six weeks because you just need a maintenance dose. And it even tastes good.
Not only has Wiltrude passed the five-year cancer survival mark, she’s survived for 12 years. We just interviewed her recently for this publication. The radiologist who tests her every year told her, “You’re the only one with this kind of result.”
You can find out more about Bill’s proven cancer treatment plan if you click here.
When I ask him about some of the treatments that top alternative doctors use, Bill sort of shrugs and says, “They’re fine, but why bother? My treatment works, you can do it yourself, and it costs practically nothing.”
He’s coached thousands of cancer patients with all different types and stages of cancer. Most of the people who follow the detailed, specific plan in this Special Report get over their cancer and live for years.
“Almost any kind of cancer is reversible,” says Bill. “I never give up on anyone.”
Boswellia resin (frankincense) comes from a scrubby tree that we’d probably consider a mere shrub.
The word frankincense literally means “high quality incense.” Its scent is piney and lemony with a sweet, woody aroma.
Its active components are its boswellic acids. And because of them, there’s more to love about boswellia than its famous fragrance. But first it’s important to understand how boswellia overcomes…
The enzyme of death
By now I’m sure you’ve heard how chronic inflammation is closely associated with the world’s most deadly chronic diseases, including cancer.
But it might shock you to learn that of the ten leading causes of death in the U.S., seven – including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes – are linked to one single enzyme.i
This enzyme is called 5-lipoxygenase… 5-LOX for short. Too much 5-LOX, and you get a cascade of dangerous inflammation rampaging through your whole body. It‘s lethal.
Excess 5-LOX cripples and kills millions of Americans every year.
When you make poor dietary choices, you create an overload of arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is found in foods such as egg yolk, red meat, poultry, and organ meat, plus omega-6 fats and high-starch carbs (French fries, potato chips, corn chips…).
To remove arachidonic acid, your body ups production of 5-LOX.
High 5-LOX and degraded arachidonic acid team up to fuel the production of other inflammatory molecules called leukotrienes – linked in hundreds of studies to heart disease, cancer, arthritis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It’s also implicated in Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Increased 5-LOX and leukotrienes trigger cancer cell proliferation and metastasis – while interfering with apoptosis (programmed cancer cell death).
A healthier diet can help slash 5-LOX levels, but considering the odds, you may want to hedge your bets.
High deaths from 5-LOX related diseases
Diseases caused – at least in part — by excess 5-lipoxygenase kill far more people every year than you imagine… over 1.5 million.
Not surprisingly, heart disease and cancer lead the way, at 596,577 and 576,691 deaths respectively.ii
Following these (in descending order) are respiratory diseases (asthma and COPD), Alzheimer’s, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, and kidney disease.
But excess 5-LOX and leukotrienes also stir up painful conditions like arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Big pharma’s failed 5-LOX blockers
Drug companies have known about 5-LOX and its link to arthritis for years, and tried to develop safe drugs to block it.
But finding a safe 5-LOX inhibitor has proven elusive. Even “safe” over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) have a horrible safety track record. These popular drugs are linked to a host of side effects from stomach ulcers, heart attack and kidney failure, to hearing loss.
Why risk such severe consequences when you have all-natural boswellia?
Stomp out cancer-related inflammation
One of the boswellic acids, AKBA, can bind directly to the 5-LOX enzyme and stop it from producing inflammatory leukotrienes.iii, iv
AKBA stops cancer cell proliferation in several ways. It:
Indeed, reducing inflammation is one of your most important preventive strategies.
Useful against numerous types of cancer
Emerging evidence shows AKBA’s efficacy against many cancers. Understandable, since boswellia nips inflammation in the bud… and inflammation is present if not causative in all cancers.
Boswellic acids show promise against brain, prostate, bladder, cervical, and colon cancers… and also for multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer).
This ancient remedy also decreases brain swelling from glioblastoma, allowing fewer anti-inflammatory drugs. It can reduce or replace steroid use in brain tumors, which is important because steroids interfere with glioma cell apoptosis. Boswellia also kills glioblastoma cells in a dose-dependent manner.
In bladder cancer, it’s been shown that boswellia can selectively kill cancer cells and leave the healthy ones alone.
Increased 5-LOX in prostate tissue contributes to inflammation and prostate swelling (benign prostatic hypertrophy or BHP) as well as prostate cancer. Boswellia halts the 5-LOX damage.
An animal study showed that AKBA slashed the number of precancerous polyps by 49% in the small intestine and by 60% in the colon. And it kept them from turning malignant.
Boswellia may suppress tumor growth in pancreatic and colorectal cancers, and in some cases it may outright prevent tumor growth (prostate and glioma). In the lab, boswellic acid suppressed viability and induced apoptosis of human pancreatic cancer cells.v
Does that mean it will cure your cancer? Not necessarily. More study is needed to determine that, especially human studies. But its effects on 5-LOX are promising.
You might want to add boswellia to your dietary supplement plan for other reasons too…
Could help prevent a heart attack
Following the 1991 discovery that 5-LOX was involved with atherosclerosis – hardening of the arteries — the hunt was on for a 5-LOX inhibitor that could reverse heart disease.
Now boswellia is gaining intense interest among heart specialists, because it…
Reduce the pain and immobility of arthritis
Boswellia could give you your life back if you suffer from arthritis, though it appears to be more promising for common osteoarthritis than for the more serious (and rare) rheumatoid arthritis.
One study found that ALL 30 patients with osteoarthritic knee pain reported decreased pain and an increase in how far they could walk when they took boswellia.viii
A second study found that increasing boswellia dosage led to increased physical activity, decreased pain, and lowered levels of a cartilage-degrading enzyme. Improvements were seen as early as seven days into the 90-day study.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) studies show mixed results. One published study found boswellia helps reduce RA joint swelling, but no other benefits. Now some studies suggest it might disrupt the autoimmune process, making it a viable RA therapy.
Don’t die for lack of air
Leukotrienes cause constricted bronchial tissue (asthma). Patients taking boswellia experienced fewer asthma symptoms… suggesting it could play an important role in treating or preventing asthma.
Besides inhibiting 5-LOX, boswellic acids also inhibit other inflammatory triggers.
Boswellic acid can help with inflammatory bowel diseases including ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and collagenous colitis. 5-LOX is a factor in each of them. 350 mg daily caused an impressive 82% remission rate in human patients with advanced ulcerative colitis.
A couple of cautions…
Boswellia can stimulate blood flow in the uterus and pelvis, possibly accelerating menstrual flow or inducing miscarriage.
It may also interact with medications. So talk to your doctor, especially if you take ibuprofen, aspirin, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Though uncommon, some people may experience side effects such as acid reflux, nausea, diarrhea, or skin rashes.
Despite these caveats, boswellia appears to be a great life-enhancing supplement. I take this supplement myself every day. Our sister company, Green Valley Natural Solutions, offers a dose of the most powerful form of boswellia my researchers were able to find, called ApresFlex®. The supplement also contains silymarin – a milk thistle extract — likewise a valuable (and safe) nutrient. It’s a joint support supplement, but boswellia is boswellia and inflammation is inflammation.
There are other boswellia supplements readily available on the Web and (albeit less often) in retail health stores.
If you’ve been looking into alternative cancer treatments, you know that ridding the body of toxins is one of the most important steps you need to take. Our last issue talked about the pros and cons of a popular detox supplement. If you missed it, you can read it now, just below this.
This Volcanic Magnet for Heavy Metals May Also Protect You from Cancer
“I feel that everyone in the industrial world should be taking it on a regular basis.” Gabriel Cousens MD, holistic physician and author
Dr Cousens believes a simple mineral can protect us against radiation exposure and environmental toxicity. In addition, he thinks it may shield us from – or even be an effective treatment against – cancer.
On top of that, some advocates claim the mineral traps free radicals and eliminates them, alkalizes the blood and regulates the immune system.
It’s a dazzling list. But can all these claims possibly be true? Let’s see. . .
|“Shocking Confessions of a
Drug Company Insider”
In this exposé, a top executive of a major pharmaceutical company spills the naked truth about the drugs you and your family take… which drugs heal, and which ones KILL… what doctors turn to when they don’t know the cure… what they do when they themselves or their loved ones are stricken with disease or illness… what life-saving resource they insist should be in every home. Watch this must-see video now because your life — or the life of your loved ones — may depend on it.
You are Swimming in a Chemical Ocean
There’s no doubt we are in need of environmental protection. The Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory lists more than 80,000 chemicals in commercial production and use in the United States. It’s a staggering number of toxins and potential toxins – almost incomprehensible.
We are surrounded by them. They are in the air, water, food, carpets, clothing, bedding, soaps, shampoos, cosmetics and a host of other products. We’ve written about many of them in this newsletter over the last five years.
According to the President’s Cancer Panel, of these 80,000 chemicals only a few hundred have been tested for safety and “the true burden of environmentally induced cancers has been grossly underestimated.”
Many scientists believe the toxic burden we’re living under is the cause of the explosion in cancer rates over the last fifty years. There’s compelling evidence they’re right. Meaning — detoxification is essential in any plan to beat cancer the alternative way.
We should, of course, do everything we can to reduce our toxic exposure by the lifestyle choices we make, but the chemical ocean we live in makes the task overwhelming. We need a helping hand.
Dr Cousens’ advice is to use zeolites.
Pulls toxins and heavy metals
out of the blood
A combination of sea water and volcanic ash formed over millions of years created this unique mineral form. Zeolites have a lattice, crystalline, cage-like structure and a negative electrical charge. This allows them to pull positively charged heavy metals, radioactive isotopes and environmental toxins into their cages and trap them.
Zeolites also have the ability to lose and gain water, act as catalysts for chemical reactions and draw certain types of molecule to their surface, while excluding others.
There are 48 different types of naturally occurring zeolite. Not all are suitable for medicinal use. In fact one called erionite would be toxic to take.
The form of zeolite most widely used for human health is called clinoptilolite and is on the Government’s Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list. Clinoptilolite is a combination of various minerals called potassium-calcium-sodium-aluminosilicates.
Because of their unique properties, zeolites are widely used in industry for detoxification and filtering systems, as deodorizers, to decontaminate radioactive soils, and to reduce mercury and arsenic uptake by plants.
They are also used in animal husbandry because they reduce problems with smells, flies and some health disorders. They also lower or eliminate the need for antibiotics and improve the quality of meat, eggs and manure. Animals are also said to gain more weight with less feed.
When taken internally by humans as a powder, the zeolites travel through the entire length of the intestinal tract. They cannot cross over into the blood because the particles are too large.
When the circulating blood arrives at the villi – the finger-like protrusions that line the intestines – the positively charged toxins, heavy metals and radioactive minerals in the blood are attracted to and picked up by zeolites’ negative charge and absorbed into their molecular “cages”. After eight to ten hours they are eliminated in the stool.
Zeolites can, however, be ground smaller while still maintaining their structure. If they undergo this processing they can then be either absorbed into the bloodstream as a powder or suspended in liquid to give them additional capabilities.
Since heavy metals, environmental toxins and radioactivity are associated with cancers, the first question to answer is whether zeolites actually remove them from the body.
Mixed results in human studies
My researchers came across a case history of a 51 year old man who had high levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in his body. These toxins are found in many consumer products. You’ve probably heard of PFCs and the danger they pose to human health.
Stool samples were taken before and after use of a zeolite liquid for seven days. The researchers concluded that “zeolites do not appear to be an effective means of facilitating the excretion of PFCs.”
This probably wasn’t a fair test however because the form of zeolite used is absorbed into the bloodstream. The toxins would presumably have been excreted in the urine rather than the stool. A urine test would have shown whether this happened.
Another study used the same zeolite preparation to test its ability to detoxify ten heavy metals. In this study, the researchers did test the urine.
They concluded that “daily use of an activated clinoptilolite suspension represents a potentially safe and effective way to remove toxic heavy metals from the body through increased urinary excretion.”
Because two of the three researchers had ties to the company that supplied the product, we can’t be entirely confident in the conclusion of this study.
A completely independent urine excretion test was carried out by naturopath Emmanouil Karampahtsis in 2012. He compared a powdered form with oral drops and an oral spray.
20 heavy metals were tested on 20 people during a four-week period. He found the powdered zeolite successfully removed eight of the metals – arsenic, thallium, tungsten, lead, aluminum, cesium, barium and nickel – but had no effect on 12. The liquid versions had no effect on any of the tested metals.
“Significant shrinkage of some tumors”
A particular form of powdered zeolite called TMAZ (tribomechanically activated zeolites) has been used in many European studies.
One of them looked at the effect of TMAZ on several models of cancer in tissue culture and animals. The researchers concluded that this form of zeolite acts as an anticancer agent leading to “significant shrinkage of some tumors and improvement in overall health status of some animals.”
The researchers said zeolites acted by inhibition of protein kinase B, which is associated with the growth of tumors, and induced the expression of tumor suppressor proteins. TMAZ was able to block cell growth in several cancer lines.
Other studies suggest it acts as an antioxidant by pulling free radicals into its cage-like structure, increases the activity of antioxidant enzymes, improves body alkalinity, has antifungal activity and balances immune function.
The benefits for terminally ill patients undergoing conventional therapy which included TMAZ is summed up by Prof. Kresimir Pavelic, MD, PhD, and Head of the Department of Molecular Medicine, Ruder Boskovic Institute, Croatia. His conclusions (in slightly incorrect English) were based on the observation of 200 cancer patients:
“People, treated with chemotherapy, had no more fungus in their mouth and the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy were much lower. [Eight] hematological and biochemical indicators normalized. The diffusion-capacity of the lungs and the contractions of the heart muscle increased.
“Strikingly the general condition of the ill people got better, they gain weight and in most cases their hunger feeling got stronger. The request for analgesic has been reduced or totally disappeared. In most cases depressions and sleeplessness disappeared; life will has been woken up.”
TMAZ – part of the Pfeifer protocols
Professor Ben L. Pfeifer, MD, Ph.D, and Director of Clinical Research, Department of Oncology at the Aesculap Clinic in Brunnen, Switzerland, uses TMAZ as part of his breast and prostate cancer protocols, but only for patients that are failing to respond to his integrative approach for metastatic (advanced) cancer.
In a pilot study of 15 of his patients where PSA levels were increasing even after a year on his prostate protocol, eight responded to TMAZ with PSA stabilization or decline.
Current research and use of TMAZ suggests it can be useful as part of a comprehensive treatment program for some cancers.
Regular detoxification is an important part of any health program and zeolites are one of the many nutrients, herbs and plants that have the ability to detoxify the body, act as antioxidants and improve immunity.
In order to accept Dr Cousens’ recommendation to take zeolites regularly, I would like to see more thorough research to prove its effectiveness. One concern I have is whether zeolite also pulls desirable metals like potassium, magnesium and manganese out of the body. Other detoxifying agents that have a “chelating” effect do this and it seems logical that zeolite would as well.
Another concern I have is that, overall, the tone of the studies is a bit short of a ringing endorsement (except for the Croatian scientist, who seems to be all in).
For these reasons I don’t see zeolite as a home treatment or do-it-yourself treatment given the present state of knowledge. If you’re under the care of a practitioner who knows what he’s doing, and is using zeolite as just one part of a multi-pronged approach, it sounds acceptable.
Almost all studies have been carried out on the powdered form, which is effective in drawing some heavy metals from the blood. Other trials are needed to see if they are successful at taking out other toxic compounds, whether zeolites suspended in solution and absorbed into the blood are effective, and whether they can remove heavy metals bound up in tissues.
i Life Extension
ii CDC 2010 statistics. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm, accessed January 30, 2015.
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vi Pandey RS, Singh BK, Tripathi YB. Extract of gum resins of Boswellia serrata L. inhibits lipopolysaccharide induced nitric oxide production in rat macrophages along with hypolipidemic property. Indian J Exp Biol. 2005 Jun;43(6):509-16.
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