The following case report appeared in the November 2013 Journal of Case Reports in Oncology.(1) Left Image : Blast cells on blood smear in acute leukemia courtesy of Wikimedia commons.
Highly Aggressive Acute Blastic Leukemia in 14 year old Girl
In March 2006, P.K., a 14-year-old girl suffering from weakness and spontaneous bleeding was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), with more than 300,000 blast cells present on her peripheral blood smear. Her form of leukemia was highly aggressive with a positive Philadelphia Chromosome (see Image below). P.K.’s leukemia was treated at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada with bone marrow transplant, aggressive chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Treatment Deemed Futile and a Failure
After 34 months, blast cells were again found in the blood and further treatment was deemed futile. The doctors suspended all treatment and essentially gave up on her. Her doctors noted in the chart: “the patient suffers from terminal malignant disease….She has been treated to the limits of available therapy… no further active intervention will be undertaken”. The patient, P.K., was offered palliative treatment and was sent home to die. While at home, the leukemia blast cell counts continued to increase and frequent blood and platelet transfusions were required.
Breaking Anti-Cancer News: Ditch the Peanuts and Spread the Word
The first study to examine the effects of certain compounds in peanuts on the spread of cancer is about to be published–and the results show serious consequences for your anti-cancer diet, especially if you have metastatic cancer.
I have read so many times that cancer can not live in an alkaline environment and all you have to do is to get your body less acidic to kill your cancer. Well after doing some research I came to the conclusion that it is a total myth. Below are two different researchers who will tell you about it and I must say it did make sense to me. In fact drinking alkaline water might hurt you .
Don’t drink alkaline water until you watch this. Learn the truth behind the big alkaline hype and learn why acids are not bad. In fact, we could not live without acids. We are made of all kinds of acids. Markus Rothkranz interviews medical expert James Sloane who explains the truth about acids and alkaline substances and how they affect our bodies. This important video explains scientifically why not to use baking soda or alkaline water as healing methods, despite what some people claim. A very educational an eye opening interview.
Here is a article which explains it well by Dr. Ben Kim
Is it true that the foods and beverages you consume cause your blood to become more alkaline or acidic?
Contrary to popular hype, the answer is: not to any significant degree.
The pH of your blood is tightly regulated by a complex system of buffers that are continuously at work to maintain a range of 7.35 to 7.45, which is slightly more alkaline than pure water.
If the pH of your blood falls below 7.35, the result is a condition called acidosis, a state that leads to central nervous system depression. Severe acidosis – where blood pH falls below 7.00 – can lead to a coma and even death.
If the pH of your blood rises above 7.45, the result is alkalosis. Severe alkalosis can also lead to death, but through a different mechanism; alkalosis causes all of the nerves in your body to become hypersensitive and over-excitable, often resulting in muscle spasms, nervousness, and convulsions; it’s usually the convulsions that cause death in severe cases.
The bottom line is that if you’re breathing and going about your daily activities, your body is doing an adequate job of keeping your blood pH somewhere between 7.35 to 7.45, and the foods that you are eating are not causing any wild deviations of your blood pH.
So what’s up with all the hype about the need to alkalize your body? And what’s to be made of the claim that being too acidic can cause osteoporosis, kidney stones, and a number of other undesirable health challenges? read the whole article
In the above video by Reason.tv, Dr. Abrams examines many issues surrounding medicinal cannabis.
One of the most well known and prestigious doctors associated with cannabis medicine isDr. Donald Abrams. He is Chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division at San Francisco General Hospital and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. Such achievements bring unprecedented credibility to the concept of medicinal cannabis as a whole, which many people still refuse to acknowledge. Moreover, Dr. Abrams is remarkably well spoken, down-to-earth, and at times humorous, making him especially effective as an educator and doctor. http://illegallyhealed.com/cannabis-research-approved/
As you read this review of the scientific literature regarding the therapeuticeffects of cannabisand cannabinoids, one thing will become quickly evident: cannabis has a profound influence on the human body. This one herb and its variety of therapeutic compounds seem to affect every aspect of our bodies and minds. How is this possible?
In my integrative medicine clinic in central Maine, we treat over a thousand patients with a huge diversity of diseases and symptoms. In one day I might seecancer,Crohn’s disease, epilepsy,chronic pain,multiple sclerosis, insomnia,Tourette’s syndromeand eczema, just to name a few. All of these conditions have different causes, different physiologic states, and vastly different symptoms. The patients are old and young. Some are undergoing conventional therapy. Others are on a decidedly alternative path. Yet despite their differences, almost all of my patients would agree on one point: cannabis helps their condition.
Reviews that do show health risks of marijuana are typically based on
poorly designed research, e.g., using massive doses of THC, far more
than even those levels consumed by the heaviest marijuana smokers.
Every study showing health risks has been discredited or refuted;
cannot be replicated; or has been shown to be in error by a majority
of studies on a given topic.
Apart from potential dangers from non THC factors in marijuana smoke,
the best research shows clearly that there are no substantiated
health risks associated with marijuana use. Indeed, there may well
be health benefits (in addition to the proven benefits of medical
marijuana), as marijuana levels of THC seem to strengthen the immune
Laws prohibiting marijuana on the basis of health risks cannot be
justified by the research literature.