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New Clinic Announcement


Flaxseeds & Breast Cancer


Colon Cancer Case Report



Michael Uzick, N.M.D.

1 West Wetmore Rd

Ste. 101, Tucson

 Arizona, 85705

Phone: 520-887-4287

Fax: 520-887-0100




New Clinic Announcement

I'm excited to announce that my practice has moved to a beautiful new location. The clinic is called NatureMedica and is located near the Tucson Mall. (Click for Map) Along with Naturopathic medical care, we now offer a variety of services including massage therapies, acupuncture, colon hydrotherapy, Infra-Red Sauna therapy and more. To contact myself, schedule visits, purchase supplements or other services, please call us at our new number 520-887-4287. Looking forward to seeing you there!

~Michael Uzick, N.M.D.

Flaxseeds Against Breast Cancer

This past February "Naturopathic Doctor News & Reviews" published my article on the powerful evidence for flaxseeds in the fight against breast cancer.

You can read the full article by clicking here (Flaxseeds Against Breast Cancer).

I was prompted to write the article after several of my breast cancer patients told me they were advised to avoid flaxseeds by their nutritionists and oncologists. Being well acquainted with the impressive evidence for flaxseeds and breast cancer, I was bit shocked to hear of this mistaken advice. It's  likely that these supposed experts were simply having women avoid any food containing "phytoestrogens" without having actually looked at the research. While there may be some evidence for caution in the case of soy phytoestrogens, nothing could be further from the truth for flaxseeds. I finally had enough when one of my breast cancer patients showed me an article published in "Natural Health" - a popular nationally distributed health magazine - which repeated this same misguided warning. Consider this article my rebuttal.

My article details the published research to date, all of which strongly demonstrate that ground flaxseeds are one of the most important natural substances for prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

If you know a woman with breast cancer or one that would like to prevent the disease - I assume that would include every women - please forward them the article.

I should mention, like breast cancer, there are a number of studies showing great benefit for the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer. Perhaps I'll write a part II.

Colon Cancer Case Report

John is a 66 year old man who was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer in October 2007. His CT scan showed a large mass in the large colon and several masses in his liver. He also had the results of  PET scan. PET scans measure the tissue uptake of a radiolabled sugar. Since cancers are fast growing they take up more sugar than other tissues and thus light up on the PET scan films. Unfortunately, in John's case the masses in his colon and liver all lit up brightly on the PET scan. It seemed clear that he had colon cancer which had spread to his liver. His cancer was classified as stage IV and the conventional prognosis poor.

Typically stage IV colon cancer patients are indefinitely treated with chemotherapy and sometimes radiation. They stop when it stops working. John's other  doctors told him the majority of patients in his position lived 6-12 months. According to the statistics only 5-9% of stage IV patients survive 5 years.

Of course John was looking for something better than that. His close friend Susan told him about me. Susan had come to my clinic several years ago with another friend who had cancer. She believed I could help John too.

I talked with John's oncologist and he gave me the exact regime of chemotherapy that was planned. I explained briefly what John would be doing with me. The brief explanation was that I would prescribe specific vitamins and herbs that have been shown to enhance the effectiveness of these chemotherapies and at the same time, reduce the damage to healthy tissue.

For example, there are about 15 human studies showing that high dose melatonin improves the response rate for a variety of chemotherapies and radiation by about 2.5 fold. Further, the survival rate for a number of cancers is also increased by about 2.5 fold, compared to just using chemotherapy or radiation alone.

Another approach I used with John was taking a high dose of a specific amino acid 3 days before each round of chemotherapy. The reason chemotherapy often fails is that it can only destroy cancer cells that are actively dividing. However, a small percentage of cancer cells are dormant - not dividing - at any given time. It is these dormant cells which are untouched by chemo which are responsible for the typical re-growth of cancers and failure of chemotherapy.

The high dose amino acid does two very important things. Firstly, it makes dormant cells begin to divide. Normally, we wouldn't want to do this. However, if we do it just before chemotherapy, it's a great thing. It enables the chemotherapy to destroy cancer cells that it normally could never touch. It gives us a much greater chance of having a complete response to chemo. The other great thing is that this amino acid dramatically increases Natural Killer cell activity. Natural Killer cells are white blood cells that destroy viruses and cancer cells. Research shows that if we can boost NK cells during chemotherapy, patients have more favorable outcomes. This technique has been examined in several studies with breast cancer patients. What they found was a dramatic increase in tumor destruction.

Another part of John's regime was the use of Iscador. Iscador is an extract of mystical plant mistletoe (viscum album). It is the most commonly prescribed adjunctive treatment to chemotherapy and radiation in Germany and Switzerland. Iscador has more human clinical trials showing significant benefit for cancer patients than any other alternative therapy for cancer. Most of the clinical studies show that mistletoe significantly enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation and reduces the side effects of those treatments.

After 5 rounds of chemotherapy John had a repeat CT and PET scan. The results were unusual and caused a bit of commotion from his conventional doctors. The PET scan showed no signs of liver or colon tumors. While the radiologist's report on the initial CT scan said the liver lesions were the result of metastatic colon cancer, the new report said the liver lesions were most likely benign cysts. While the CT scan did show the colon tumor, on the PET scan both the liver and colon lesions were invisible. In other words, they were not taking up any sugar. They appeared completely dead on the PET scan.

As a result of these findings John's oncologist referred him for surgery to remove the colon and liver tumors. This is a bit unusual because normally when colon cancer that has spread to the liver, surgery is not done. It's believed that since the cancer has spread beyond the colon that surgery will not be curative. They usually just place a stent in the colon to keep the opening from being blocked by the tumor.

As evidence of this referral for surgery being unusual, according to John and Susan, the surgeon reacted very negatively during the consult. Again, according to them, the surgeon told John that surgery was a waste of time. That he was going to die with or without surgery. He also said that he would likely have a bowel infection because of the surgery. I was very shocked by the story they told me. While I have heard many stories of horrible behavior by allopathic doctors, it's a little hard to imagine a human speaking to another so insensitively. I asked John and Susan questions to see if they provoked the doctor in some way. They both insisted that they hadn't even spoke a word and the doctor told them repeatedly that John was going to die and nothing would change that.

Whether the story was as it was told to me or not, I could only advise John not to let this surgeon touch him. I told him that we would find a new one. After this I spoke to the oncologist about a new surgeon and wanted his opinion on the results of the CT and PET scan. He said that it appeared to him that John has had an unusual and exceptional response the chemotherapy. After a short pause he said, "Or perhaps to the combination of chemotherapy and 'Naturopathic' therapies."

We found John a new surgeon and surgery was completed about 1 month ago. The surgery report states that there appears to have been a complete response to treatment. There was no evidence of cancer in the liver. There was no evidence of cancer in multiple samples taken from tissues near-by the tumor in the colon. All surgical margins were also clear of cancer. Of the 17 lymph nodes removed, 4 of them were positive for cancer. Still, it appears the cancer could be restaged as stage III rather than stage IV, which certainly makes a big difference in terms of prognosis. There is no further chemotherapy scheduled. John also told me that his new surgeon was fantastic. He was kind, very positive and professional. Of course, John did not have a bowel infection either.

John and I will soon begin the process of keeping him cancer free for years to come. Rather than being sent home and hoping for the best, I will help John take charge of his health and utilize the most effective natural approaches to prevent any reoccurrences of his cancer.

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