Of mice and men
A study recently conducted on mice at the University of Michigan indicates that the levelÃ‚Â of intestinal healthÃ‚Â is a primary factor to successfully completing and surviving chemotherapy.
The study gave mice lethal injections of chemotherapy that would, if given in a proportionate dose, kill most adult human beings, too.
But they also gave some of the mice an injection of a molecule called “Rspo1” or “R-spondon1.”Ã‚Â This substance activatesÃ‚Â stem cell productionÃ‚Â in the intestinal wall, and these stem cells are Ã¢â‚¬Å“superstarsÃ¢â‚¬Â that can helpÃ‚Â rebuildÃ‚Â damaged tissuesÃ‚Â fasterÃ‚Â than the chemotherapy canÃ‚Â destroyÃ‚Â them!
BetweenÃ‚Â 50-75%Ã‚Â of the mice who were given R-spondon1 survived the fatal chemotherapy dose!
Now, although this study was performed on mice and not yet on men, mice are nearlyÃ‚Â identicalÃ‚Â to humans in terms of biology, gene expression, endocrine system function and moreÃ¢â‚¬Â¦so theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a pretty darn good indicator of what would happen in a human.
Get someÃ‚Â R-spondon1Ã¢â‚¬Â¦or make your own?
Now, even though this study used an injection ofÃ‚Â R-spondon1Ã‚Â as the “catalyst” of stem cell production in the intestinal lining, the truth is your cellsÃ‚Â alreadyÃ‚Â possess the ability to produce R-spondon1Ã‚Â on their own!Ã‚Â In fact, your intestinal wall contains cells that are regeneratedÃ‚Â every 4-5 daysÃ‚Â in a normally healthy person.
But what determines the health of those stem cells more thanÃ‚Â anythingÃ‚Â else is yourÃ‚Â GUT BACTERIA.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right.Ã‚Â If your gut bacteria are in aÃ‚Â healthy balance, the genetic expression of your intestinal cells is alsoÃ‚Â normal and healthy. If your gut bacteria areÃ‚Â out of balanceÃ‚Â (favoringÃ‚Â harmfulÃ‚Â bacterial), the gene expression of your intestinal cells will beÃ‚Â hampered, which in turn will slow or downrightÃ‚Â crippleÃ‚Â the regeneration potential of your intestinal cells.
This is also why imbalanced intestinal flora is also linked to inflammatory intestinal conditions such asÃ‚Â Crohn’s, IBS and colitis.
The flip sideÃ¢â‚¬â€theÃ‚Â anti-life substances
The word antibiotic means Ã¢â‚¬Å“anti-lifeÃ¢â‚¬Â and this has taken on a whole new meaning.
First of all, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a known fact that antibiotics Ã¢â‚¬Å“workÃ¢â‚¬Â by killing off bacteria in your body.Ã‚Â But since they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know the difference between healthy and dangerous bacteria, they killÃ‚Â ALLÃ‚Â bacteriaÃ¢â‚¬â€and that includes yourÃ‚Â healthy intestinal bacteria.
This can beÃ‚Â especiallyÃ‚Â dangerous for someone going through chemotherapy.
You see, although the research in the study I quoted above did notÃ‚Â directlyÃ‚Â address antibiotics, since the ability to survive chemotherapy is SO dependent on a strong level ofÃ‚Â healthyÃ‚Â gut bacteria, and antibioticsÃ‚Â kill offÃ‚Â your friendly flora, it only follows that the kind of gut bacteria “obliteration” caused by antibiotics could potentially prove to be harmful or downrightÃ‚Â fatalÃ‚Â to a chemotherapy patient.
This isÃ‚Â especiallyÃ‚Â a concern because many cancer patients are, you guessed it, prescribedÃ‚Â antibioticsÃ‚Â as anÃ‚Â infection-preventiveÃ‚Â measure while they undergo chemotherapy!
This could truly beÃ‚Â life threatening. You see, while neither the antibiotics nor the chemotherapy drugs would in and of themselves be deadly, theÃ‚Â combinationÃ‚Â of the absence of healthy gut bacteriaÃ‚Â andthe highly-toxic chemotherapy drugs couldÃ‚Â multiply the toxicityÃ‚Â and potentially be fatal.
A healthy gut is key to surviving cancer and beyond
Clearly, a healthy gut is where itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s at in terms of staying healthy from head to toe during chemotherapy andÃ‚Â beyond!
And the good news is itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very easy to help nourish YOUR gut and encourage the development of a strong population of protective friendly flora.
Here are threeÃ‚Â veryÃ‚Â effective measures you can take:
Eat for a strong flora balance
This is far and away THE #1 most important cancer-fighting measure you can take.
The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society estimate that at least 30-35% of all cancers are related to a poor diet!
Here’s why a good diet has such a profound effect on cancer prevention and treatment:
First of all, having a diet comprised of meals that are easier to digest and contain lots of alkaline foods (likeÃ‚Â fruits and vegetables) not only helps toÃ‚Â nourish your friendly flora, but they can help eliminate built-up toxic wastes in your body too.
This means you’re a much less attractive home to cancer to begin with and can make it difficult for it to thrive!
TheÃ‚Â nutrientsÃ‚Â in a healthy diet play a big part too.
Antioxidant vitamins (likeÃ‚Â Vitamins C and E) and minerals (likeÃ‚Â selenium) can actually help prevent and repair DNA damage that may otherwise develop into a cancerous tumor!
Plus,Ã‚Â Vitamins A, D and folateÃ‚Â all encourageÃ‚Â healthy, proper cell growthÃ¢â‚¬â€which isÃ‚Â crucialÃ‚Â during chemotherapy!
And many of the phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables have been shown to have anti-carcinogenic properties and are potent antioxidants as well.