Thursday, February 23, 2012

Don’t believe the hype about the latest breast cancer ‘miracle drug’

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23 February 2012

UK Edition

Dear Reader,

What's this? An inexpensive drug, already being used to treat type 2 diabetes, which can also prevent the growth of breast cancer cells?

Why, it's a miracle!

Oh, wait, no... it's metformin.

US researchers based at Michigan State University found that long-term use of metformin reduced the risk of cancers normally associated with diabetes, including breast cancer.

They found that metformin seemed to inhibit the growth of breast tumours in a laboratory test, but they're not exactly sure how. Still, it was enough of a result for them to start speculating about whether the drug might be used as a preventative drug and for people who "have no indication of any existing cancers."

I don't know about you, but to me that sounds a lot like, "metformin for everyone!"

Which, you know, is kind of a problem.

We last talked about metformin being pushed for a new use, early last year. Big Pharma was pushing for metformin as a weight-loss aid for teenagers — despite there being no indication of its safety or if it was even effective.

Over 48 weeks, children lost maybe 5 pounds each (and didn't keep them off), but gained upper respiratory tract infections (about half of them), lingering headaches weeks after (30 per cent), and nausea (23 per cent).

On top of that, there are the listed side effects of metformin — dizziness, stomach upset, nausea, increased incidence of bone fracture, unusual bone pain, increased risk of bladder cancer... and the list goes on and on.

Now we have researchers planning ahead for the days when all of us will take our daily metformin pill as the next cancer-preventing miracle. Thanks but no thanks — they can keep their "miracle."

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Caffeine is just the tip of the iceberg

Q: My doctor said I should cut back on caffeine in light of my fibrocystic breast disease. I don't drink caffeine, though, so I'm surprised at his recommendation. Can you explain it further, and offer any additional information that I might be able to use to ease the discomfort of my condition?

Dr. Honathan V. Wright: There is a clear connection between caffeine and fibrocystic breast disease. While caffeine doesn't cause this condition (if it did, there would be a much higher incidence), it can and does aggravate it. And you might be surprised to learn that you've probably been exposed to caffeine even if you don't drink beverages containing it.

Years ago, a group of researchers performed a study to investigate caffeine's effects on fibrocystic breast disease. One of the things they discovered was that even the women in the "decaffeinated" group actually had traces of caffeine in their breast cyst fluid. Since human bodies don't make their own caffeine, those "zero-caffeine" women must have been using some caffeine after all — perhaps without even realizing it. It's not hard to do, since caffeine appears in some places you might not expect, such as chocolate and some over the counter pain relievers (especially headache medications like Excedrin). Even decaf coffee has trace amounts of caffeine.

But if you've also eliminated all of those possibilities and still haven't found relief from your condition, you may want to consider the iodine therapy developed by Dr. John Myers over 30 years ago. This treatment eases the pain of fibrocystic breast disease.
Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone's personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.
Wishing you the best of health,

Andrew Miller
UK Editor
Nutrition and Healing

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