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Tumeric as Potential Natural Wonder Drug

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide or replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

University Study Finds That This Spice Prevents Fluoride From Damaging Your Brain

From: DavidWolfe.com

waterWater fluoridation has been around since 1951 and today affects the tap water supply for two-thirds the population of the U.S. And that is not the only means through which we are exposed to fluoride; bottled water manufacturers in the U.S. are not required to disclose how much fluoride is in their products. Further, dentists frequently force fluoride treatments on us as a standard procedure.

There’s no escaping it outside of the country either, with the practice still in effect in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Malaysia and roughly 24 other countries, exposing over 370 million people worldwide to the harmful impacts of fluoride.

But I know what you are thinking; our government puts fluoride in our water to help us avoid tooth decay, right?

Why is it, then, that levels of tooth decay have fallen at roughly equivalent rates from country to country, whether or not they fluoridate their water. This infographic from Fluoride Alert says it all:who_dmft02

In all reality, Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in the body as well as water. The artificial addition of fluoride is not only a waste of money, costing the average taxpayer in the U.S. $1.02 per year; it exposes us to far too much fluoride, robbing us of the benefits that come from drinking pure water.

However, thanks to a new study in Pharmacognosy Magazine, you might just have a means of countering all that fluoride you are exposed to.

Curcumin, a nutrient found in turmeric that we’ve spoken about many times, can – as the study linked above mentions – prevent brain damage that is caused by fluoride.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Department of Zoology at the University College of Science in India. A decade was spent investigating just how harmful fluoride is to the brains and bodies of mammals.

The report finds that health effects of fluoride include several types of cancer as well as cardiovascular and neurological diseases.

Authors of the study report that curcumin interacts with the fluoride and can have anti-oxidizing and anti-inflammatory properties, protecting cells from “singlet oxygen, hydroxyl radical and superoxide radical damage.”

Those are big words, but I think the message is clear:

Curcumin, found in turmeric, is good for you in a variety of different ways, especially if you are trying to avoid the potentially harmful effects of fluoride.

The study was conducted on Swiss albino mice who were divided into four groups, one of which was given no fluoride, the second given fluoridated water, the third given fluoride with curcumin and the fourth given curcumin and no fluoride.

The study authors’ conclusion is written as follows:

“Supplementation with curcumin significantly reduce[s] the toxic effect of F to near normal level by augmenting the antioxidant defense through its scavenging property and provide an evidence of having therapeutic role against oxidative stress-mediated neurodegeneration.”

So while you might not be able to escape fluoridation if you live in the U.S. or any of the other countries plagued by it, at least you know you can rely on turmeric to reverse the damage.

Looking for a fun way to incorporate turmeric into your diet?

Try out this fun turmeric-coconut drink recipe.

This article, written by our staff, is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author and DavidWolfe.com.

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Pineal Gland Decalcification and Turmeric Root

Source: thomassheridanarts.com

herbal turmeric & turmeric powderIn 2010, I began to remove the Irish Government approved Sodium Fluoride from my drinking water supply. The effects were almost instantaneous as I experienced a general upsurge in overall health. I now get far less colds and have never had the flu since utilising a filtration system to remove the fluoride from my drinking water. I would encourage everyone who lives in a water fluoridated region to do the same.

However, I was also aware that removing incoming fluoride at home was only part of the solution. I still had four decades of accumulated Sodium Fluoride in my physiology which needed removing. Along with this, there was always going to a moderate intake of sodium fluoride from ingesting foods and drinks when eating out which I still had to contend with.

Looking around at the many suggestion on how to remove accumulated fluoride from the body, some were rather dubious indeed. Charcoal Tablets were commonly recommended, but these are made of what is essentially soot from burnt wood. Hydrocarbons, which have been shown to clog the very fine lining of the stomach wall which can eventually lead to stomach cancer. This soot is also what makes the fluoridated Guinness Stout the colour black, and which might explain why just about every life long drinker of the ‘Black Stuff’ I’ve personally known had stomach cancer.

Eventually I stumbled upon one resource which, from my own personal experience, can be safely used to remove Sodium Fluoride from the body but also comes with a staggering array of other health benefits: Turmeric Root.

Perhaps the most effective anti inflammatory natural spice on the planet, Turmeric Root has been shown in several studies – that when ingested – the body was able to flush out toxins, via the liver, far more effectively. Not only that, but it was also shown that Turmeric Root actually protects against further chemical toxicity effects.

Since I have begun eating raw and cooked Turmeric Root daily, I’ve notice a remarkable improvement in my sleeping habits. I also find myself having more vivid dreams and recalling them far more easily upon waking. This I feel is due to my pineal gland being decalcified by eating Turmeric Root regularly. The Pineal Gland produces melatonin, a hormone affecting the modulation of waking and sleeping cycles. Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is now widely believed that its presence within the pineal gland affects dream states and expanded states of cognitive awareness.

Turmeric Root is now freely available in the West and generally very inexpensive to purchase. The taste is perhaps something people might find tricky to get used to at first. It tastes very different than the dried turmeric spice powder most people are familiar with. I dice a single root into small pieces and add it to salads, soups and of course curries. Somertimes I simply drink small diced pieces of the root in a glass of water. In India, Tumeric is added to milk as a popular tonic.

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Turmeric’s ‘Smart Kill’ Properties Put Chemo & Radiation To Shame

by Sayer Ji, Green Med Info | Waking Times

The ancient Indian spice turmeric strikes again! A new study finds turmeric extract selectively and safely killing cancer stem cells in a way that chemo and radiation can not.

A groundbreaking new study published in the journal Anticancer Researchreveals that one of the world’s most extensively researched and promising natural compounds for cancer treatment: the primary polyphenol in the ancient spice turmeric known as curcumin, has the ability to selectively target cancer stem cells, which are at the root of cancer malignancy, while having little to no toxicity on normal stem cells, which are essential for tissue regeneration and longevity.

Titled, “Curcumin and Cancer Stem Cells: Curcumin Has Asymmetrical Effects on Cancer and Normal Stem Cells,” the study describes the wide range of molecular mechanisms presently identified by which curcumin attacks cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are the minority subpopulation of self-renewing cells within a tumor colony, and which alone are capable of producing all the other cells within a tumor, making them the most lethal, tumoriogenic of all cells within most if not all cancers.  Because CSCs are resistant to chemotherapy, radiation, and may even be provoked towards increased invasiveness through surgical intervention, they are widely believed to be responsible for tumor recurrence and the failure of conventional treatment.

The study identified the following 8 molecular mechanisms by which curcumin targets and kills cancer stem cells:

  • Down-regulation of interleukin-6 (IL-6): IL-6 is classified as a cytokine (a potent biomolecule released by the immune system) and modulates both immunity and inflammation. It’s over expression has been linked to the progression from inflammation to cancer. Curcumin inhibits IL-6 release, which in turn prevents CSC stimulation.
  • Down-regulation of interleukin-8 (IL-8): IL-8, another cytokine, is released after tumor cell death, subsequently stimulating CSCs to regrow the tumor and resist chemotherapy. Curcumin both inhibits IL-8 production directly and indirectly.
  • Down-regulation of interleukin-1 (IL-1): IL-1, a family of cytokines, are involved in response to injury and infection, with IL-1 β playing a key role in cancer cell growth and the stimulation of CSCs. Curcumin inhibits IL-1 both directly and indirectly.
  • Decrease CXCR1 and CXCR2 binding: CXCR1 and CXCR2 are proteins expressed on cells, including CSCs, which respond to the aforementioned cytokines in a deleterious manner. Curcumin has been found to not only block cytokine release, but their binding to these two cellular targets.
  • Modulation of the Wnt signaling pathway: The Wnt signaling pathway regulates a wide range of processes during embryonic development, but are also dsyregulated in cancer. Curcumin has been found to have a corrective action on Wnt signaling.
  • Modulation of the Notch Pathway: The Notch signaling pathway, also involved in embryogenesis, plays a key role in regulating cell differentiation, proliferation and programmed cell death (apoptosis), as well as the functioning of normal stem cells. Aberrant Notch signaling has been implicated in a wide range of cancers. Curcumin has been found to suppress tumor cells along the Notch pathway.
  • Modulation of the Hedgehog Pathways: Another pathway involved in embryogenesis, the Hedgehog pathway also regulates normal stem cell activity. Abnormal functioning of this pathway is implicated in a wide range of cancers and in the stimulation of CSCs and associated increases in tumor recurrence after conventional treatment. Curcumin has been found to inhibit the Hedgehog pathway through a number of different mechanisms.
  • Modulation of the FAK/AKT/FOXo3A Pathway: This pathway plays a key role in regulating normal stem cells, with aberrant signaling stimulating CSCs, resulting once again in tumor recurrence and resistance to chemotherapy. Curcumin has been found in multiple studies to destroy CSCs through inhibiting this pathway.

As you can see through these eight examples above, curcumin exhibits a rather profound level of complexity, modulating numerous molecular pathways simultaneously. Conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy is incapable of such delicate and “intelligent” behavior, as it preferentially targets fast-replicating cells by damaging their DNA in the vulnerable mitosis stage of cell division, regardless of whether they are benign, healthy or cancerous cells.  Curcumin’s selective cytotoxicity, on the other hand, targets the most dangerous cells – the cancer stem cells – which leaving unharmed the normal cells, as we will now learn more about below.

Curcumin and Normal Stem Cells

Normal stem cells (NSCs) are essential for health because they are responsible for differentiating into normal cells that are needed to replace damaged or sick ones. If curcumin were to kill normal cells, like radiation and chemotherapy, it would not provide a compelling alternative to these treatments.  The study addressed this point:

“The safety of curcumin has been long established, as it has been used for centuries as a dietary spice. The question arises as to why curcumin does not seem to have the same deleterious effects on normal stem cells (NSCs) as it does on CSCs. There are several possible reasons that curcumin has toxic effects on CSCs, while sparing NSCs.”

The study offered three potential explanations for curcumin’s differential or selective cytotoxicity:

  • Malignant cells take in much more curcumin than normal cells.
  • Curcumin alters the microenvironment of cells in such a way that is adverse to CSCs and beneficial to NSCs.
  • Curcumin may not only directly attack CSCs, but may encourage them to differentiate into non-lethal, more benign cells.

Concluding Remarks

This study adds growing support to the idea that safe, time-tested, natural substances are superior to synthetic ones. Given the evidence that a safe and effective alternative may already exist, chemotherapy, radiation and even surgery may no longer be justified as the first-line standard of care for cancer treatment. In fact, a significant body of evidence now implicates these treatments in worsening prognosis, and in some cases driving cancer stem cell enrichment in tumors. Radiotherapy, for instance, has been found to induce cancer stem cell like properties in breast cancer cells, essentially increasing their malignancy and tumoriogenicity by 30 fold.  This is hardly progress when one considers the role that CSCs play, especially in contributing to post-treatment secondary cancers.

Turmeric and its components, of course, are not FDA approved drugs, and by definition the FDA will not allow an unapproved substance, natural or synthetic, to prevent, treat, diagnosis or cure a disease.  This means that you will not be seeing it offered by an oncologist as an alternative to chemotherapy or radiation any time soon.  This does not, however, mean that it does not work. We have gathered over 1500 citations from the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database MEDLINE, accessible through pubmed.gov, and which can be viewed on our database here: Turmeric Research, showing that curcumin and related turmeric components possess significant anti-cancer activity.  Truth be told, the information is so extensive, revealing over 700 possible health benefits, that I believe this plant embodies a form of intelligence and even compassion. You can learn more about this supposition here: Turmeric’s Healing Power: A Physical Manifestation of Compassion?  I also discuss this concept in my lecture, Food As Medicine Rebooted, which you can watch below:

Of course, the point is not to wait until one has such a severe health problem that taking heroic doses of spices or herbs becomes the focus. It is important to remember that ancient cultures used spices like turmeric mainly in culinary doses, as part of their dietary practices. These smaller amounts, delivered mainly as whole food extracts, likely constituted effective preventive strategies – perhaps preventing the need for radical, heroic intervention later in life. If you read our previous article, Turmeric: A Wellness Promoting Tonic at Low Doses, Research Reveals, you’ll see this point explored in greater depth in light of a human clinical study.

For more research on turmeric and cancer, you can view our two database sections on these topics below:

For a far more in depth exploration of the truth about cancer, natural cancer cures, the many causes of the present day cancer epidemic, and testimony from cancer scientists, physicians and researchers, sign up for the upcoming free, 11-part docu-series ‘The Truth About Cancer,’ which goes live March 30th.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of WakingTimes or its staff.

About the Author

Sayer Ji is founder of Greenmedinfo.com, on the Board of Governors for the National Health Federation, and Fearless Parent, Steering Committee Member of the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC), a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.

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