Big Pharma is found to be obeying the law again – The Law Of Unintended Consequences that is…
By Nurse Mark
It made headlines for just one day – then it disappeared.
An article recently published in the respected journal Nature Medicine had the press worldwide in a tizzy with headlines like this one from AFP (Agence France-Presse) that screamed “Chemotherapy can backfire and boost cancer growth: study” and the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) that proclaimed “Chemo ‘undermines itself’ through rogue response“. Headlines that disappeared from the front pages as quickly as they appeared…
The article behind it all?
“Treatment-induced damage to the tumor microenvironment promotes prostate cancer therapy resistance through WNT16B” is the less-than-exciting title for the scholarly article submitted by a group of researchers and published online by the peer-review journal Nature Medicine on August 5th.
You may view the article here: http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nm.2890.html
And here is the abstract from the article:
Acquired resistance to anticancer treatments is a substantial barrier to reducing the morbidity and mortality that is attributable to malignant tumors. Components of tissue microenvironments are recognized to profoundly influence cellular phenotypes, including susceptibilities to toxic insults. Using a genome-wide analysis of transcriptional responses to genotoxic stress induced by cancer therapeutics, we identified a spectrum of secreted proteins derived from the tumor microenvironment that includes the Wnt family member wingless-type MMTV integration site family member 16B (WNT16B). We determined that WNT16B expression is regulated by nuclear factor of κ light polypeptide gene enhancer in B cells 1 (NF-κB) after DNA damage and subsequently signals in a paracrine manner to activate the canonical Wnt program in tumor cells. The expression of WNT16B in the prostate tumor microenvironment attenuated the effects of cytotoxic chemotherapy in vivo, promoting tumor cell survival and disease progression. These results delineate a mechanism by which genotoxic therapies given in a cyclical manner can enhance subsequent treatment resistance through cell nonautonomous effects that are contributed by the tumor microenvironment.
Whew! Now that’s a mouthful of mumbo-jumbo! All those who understood much more than the first sentence, raise your hands – everybody now, raise your hands… anybody? Yep, I thought so – my hand is not raised either!
This is some very dense stuff – perfect reading for anyone having trouble falling asleep – and it took me some time to work my way through it. I could say that it was because I kept falling asleep because it is so dry, but that wouldn’t be true – the truth is that as I got deeper into the article it became more and more interesting.
This research article turns out to be validating what we have been saying at The Wellness Club for a long time: to wit, the damage caused by toxic chemotherapy treatment regimens is not confined to cancerous cells – it affects healthy tissues, leaving them weakened and susceptible, and actually causes normal tissues to secrete a substance called WNT 16B.
It seems that WNT 16B protects cancer cells from the chemotherapy, helps future generations of the cancer cells become resistant to the chemotherapy, and may even encourage cancer cells to grow and invade surrounding tissues.
Wow – no wonder conventional cancer chemotherapy has such a bad record of success!
Now, before you go and say “yeah, yeah, those Wellness Club people – they’re just against anything that isn’t all natural…” and tune out and turn off, please know that Dr. Myatt is not opposed to using chemotherapy for treating cancer!
Are you surprised? Shocked? Confused?
You shouldn’t be – for cancers have been successfully treated using chemotoxic substances for thousands of years. It is only in the last fifty years or so that Big Pharma has taken successful traditional natural treatments and turned them into increasingly vicious toxins in their attempt to give us patent-able and thus profitable drug treatments.
Dr. Myatt has written a number of articles discussing natural cancer treatment and has spoken before national medical audiences on the subject. Here is what she has to say in her lecture “Dietary Ketosis In The Treatment of Solid Tissue Malignancy”:
Many believe that cancer cells, damaged by mutation, are more resilient than normal cells. However, malignant cells are largely incapable of the metabolic flexibility displayed by normal cells, and therein lies their weakness and the potential for a gentle but highly effective point of attack.
Dr. Myatt believes that Big Pharma could learn from the ancients – who, lacking the hideously toxic chemotherapy drugs of today had to achieve their treatment successes with more natural and less damaging means.
Dr. Myatt also believes that there are circumstances where carefully selected conventional chemotherapy may be a wise choice and that when a conventional oncologist plans a course of conventional chemotherapy a supportive regimen of natural treatments can greatly improve the odds in favor of success. Dr. Myatt often works closely with her patient’s conventional doctors, helping her patients to endure the treatments with far fewer side effects (sometimes none!) and with much better outcomes.
Her paper “Nutritional and Botanical Considerations in the Systemic Treatment of Cancer: 2010 Update” discusses a large number of natural substances that have anti-cancer effects, compares them to modern chemotherapeutic agents (hint – the natural stuff often works as well or better and with far fewer unpleasant side effects), and provides full scientific and medical references for her findings.
So, let’s just say that we at The Wellness Club are not surprised by the findings of this study, and that we are not surprised that the headlines disappeared so quickly – for this is quite an indictment of the failure of modern cancer therapy. We can be sure that Big Pharma will not tolerate this sort of bad press. Cancer, after all, is big business!
If you want to learn more about natural treatments for cancer please check out the resources at the bottom of this article.
And if you are considering treatment options for cancer it is worth remembering the words of one ancient master:
“Attack by stratagem: hence, to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence;
supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”
—Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”
Cancer is a formidable opponent and finding a doctor who is willing to take on such a challenge can be difficult.
Even more difficult is to find a doctor like Dr. Myatt (and yes, there are others like her!) who will take on the challenge of treating cancer without resorting exclusively to Big Pharma’s toxic chemotherapy drugs. It is almost never too late to begin therapy that will weaken and eventually subdue cancer. Dr. Myatt has many success stories in her files, including patients who have come to her with “inoperable” and “untreatable” Stage 4 cancers and who are alive and well today or who have gone on to live many more years, without the misery of chemotherapy. (For those who may not know, “Stage 4″ is the end stage for cancer – “Stage 5″ would be the memorial service for the deceased.)
If you or a loved one has been told they have cancer a Brief Phone Consultation with Dr. Myatt could be life-saving!
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