Life Extension Magazine July 2003
Bridging the Gap Between
Physicians learn about new discoveries at scientific conferences, from medical journals and on the Internet. However, only a fraction of these doctors translate this knowledge into enhanced treatments for their patients. In fact, physicians treating seriously ill patients often fail to utilize many established medical advances.
For instance, the scientific literature documents that, if a cancer or congestive heart disease patient is anemic, their chance of survival is greatly reduced. Few physicians, however, are aggressive in their evaluation and treatment of anemia in their everyday practice, even though anemia correlates directly with increased mortality.
The Fourth Edition of Disease Prevention and Treatment seeks to revolutionize medical practice so that physicians are motivated to obtain better clinical results, rather than breaking records as to how many patients can be treated in a given day. We are optimistic that this book will stimulate substantive changes for the better, based on the positive responses we have received from the medical community from prior editions of the book.
If Disease Prevention and Treatment can persuade more physicians to practice "scientific medicine," then the benefit to all of mankind will be incalculable.
Saving cancer patients' lives
This new edition of Disease Prevention and Treatment reveals startling information about therapies that are not being used routinely in the clinical setting.
For instance, if you are a cancer patient recovering from surgery, morphine is likely to be prescribed to relieve your surgical wound pain. The problem with morphine is that it impairs immune function and induces angiogenesis, which promotes cancer metastasis. Studies have shown that cancer patients given morphine are more likely to see their cancer spread to other areas of their bodies than patients not given morphine.1
There is another analgesic drug, however, that enhances immune function and does not induce new blood vessel growth in tumors. While this finding is substantiated in published studies, most doctors fail to make use of it in their clinical practice and continue giving morphine to post-op cancer patients.
Armed with the information in this book, you can ask your doctor for the analgesic drug that helps to prevent the formation of metastatic colonies in other parts of your body. By referring to the Cancer Surgery chapter, you can obtain complete information about the drug that post-op cancer patients should request from their doctor. In fact, this latest edition of Disease Prevention and Treatment contains over 295 pages of novel information cancer patients can use to improve their odds of achieving a remission or complete response.
Some of the unique information in this book describes laboratories that can evaluate tumor cells for certain types of gene expressions that help determine what therapies may be most effective. In the Cancer Treatment: The Critical Factors chapter, the eight most important steps a cancer patient should take are thoroughly outlined. None of these eight steps involves the use of dietary supplements. Instead, they specify conventional procedures that oncologists should provide to all cancer patients, but seldom do.
A related chapter titled Should Cancer Patients Take Dietary Supplements? discusses the pros and cons of using certain dietary supplements during therapy. The Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy chapters discuss novel methods of improving the efficacy and reducing the toxicity of conventional cancer treatments.
In addition to the chapters that describe numerous ways of improving mainstream cancer treatment, the fourth edition of Disease Prevention and Treatment contains specifically written chapters on breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers. Many of the findings from these extensive chapters have never been published anywhere before.
What is most shocking is that conventional oncologists are not utilizing much of the information contained in these 295 pages about cancer treatment. The fact that Life Extension was able to identify so many approaches to cancer treatment that are ignored by practicing oncologists helps explain why more Americans are dying of cancer than ever before, despite major advances made in the research laboratory.
Are you concerned about stroke and heart attack?
While cancer is the disease people fear the most, cardiovascular-related diseases kill twice as many Americans as does cancer.
Sudden death heart attacks have plummeted in middle-aged people, but the elderly are suffering epidemic levels of stroke and heart disease. The aging process inflicts many unrecognized pathological changes that increase one's odds of suffering a cardiovascular event. It is those over age 70 who are now suffering the brunt of heart and vascular-related disorders.
This new edition of Disease Prevention and Treatment contains 135 pages dealing specifically with the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases. While cardiologists have focused on a limited number of risk factors, the cardiovascular disease chapters identify every known risk factor and provide specific recommendations on how to counteract these heart and artery damaging pathologies.
These chapters are the most comprehensive cardiovascular disease protocols ever published. They provide critical guidance for the middle-aged and elderly to guard against heart attack, stroke, aortic stenosis and vascular diseases. There is even information on what drugs heart attack victims should refuse if they are lucky enough to make it to an emergency room.
The primary value of these 135 pages is to identify risk factors ignored by most cardiologists. If you think you know everything there is to protect against cardiovascular disease, you will be amazed to see what conventional and alternative medicine have failed to recognize. These 135 pages on cardiovascular disease could be a book in of themselves, but are all contained in the fourth edition of Disease Prevention and Treatment. Heartburn medicines could cause cancer!
Those suffering from gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD) are usually prescribed drugs to alleviate heartburn and esophageal irritation. These drugs are classified as "proton-pump inhibitors" and are sold under brand names such as Prolisec®, Prevacid® and Nexium®. While there is nothing wrong with the short-term use of these acid-blocking drugs, long-term stomach acid deficiency results in the overproduction of a hormone called gastrin.
Gastrin is the agent that signals the stomach to produce more acid. When these drugs block acid production, too much gastrin is generated in a futile attempt to induce acid production. The problem is that there are gastrin receptors onthe membranes of many esophageal, pancreatic and gastric cancer cells. Large amounts of gastrin can bind to these receptor sites to induce the cells to hyperproliferate. This means that long-term proton-pump inhibiting therapy could increase your risk of these lethal cancers. You can learn how to avoid this problem in the Esophageal Reflux chapter of the fourth edition of Disease Prevention and Treatment.
Avoiding death in the hospital
The word "iatrogenic" is defined as illness that occurs as a result of a diagnostic or treatment procedure. The term is also used to describe problems occurring as the result of "exposure to the environment of a health care facility." Iatrogenic (medically induced) illness is a leading cause of death in the United States. For instance, large numbers of hospitalized Americans die from the effects of malnutrition. This problem has been documented in medical journals, but many physicians continue to ignore obvious signs that their patients are starving to death. The archaic state of most hospitals directly causes seriously ill people to lose their appetite.
One reason people die in intensive care units (ICUs) is that they often develop life-threatening blood sugar elevations that are not adequately treated. Patients in hospital ICUs are at a significantly greater risk of dying when they develop acute hyperglycemic (high blood glucose) episodes. The Anesthesia-Surgical Precautions chapter of Disease Prevention and Treatment reveals how intensive insulin therapy can lower acute elevation of glucose in the hospital setting and dramatically reduce mortality.
The goal of Disease Prevention and Treatment is to keep you out of the hospital. For those who must be hospitalized, we provide critical information about innovative therapies and ways of preventing harmful side effects that will help you get out alive and healthy.
Growing epidemic of obesityand type II diabetes
Americans are making a greater effort to lose excess body fat than ever before. But, despite aggressive dieting, diet pills and exercise programs, more Americans are overweight than at any other time in history.
Could it be that everything you have ever read about how to lose weight is wrong? We suspect it is. Beginning in 2000, Life Extension embarked on an experimental program to induce fat loss by modulating certain hormone levels in the body. After years of meticulous research, the first comprehensive program to lose excess body fat via hormone modulation has been published in the fourth edition of Disease Prevention and Treatment.
After you read the Obesity chapter, you will learn why it is virtually impossible to achieve sustained fat loss unless hormone levels are adjusted to that of a healthier individual. The Obesity chapter of the new Disease Prevention and Treatment book provides step-by-step guidance on how you can modulate your hormone levels to achieve a significant reduction in excess body fat.
About 19 million Americans suffer from Type II diabetes. Complications relating to this disease make it a leading crippler and killer. Obesity and Type II diabetes are interrelated. By effectively treating either one of these disorders, you help correct or eliminate the other. Both the Obesity and Diabetes chapters provide novel solutions to the epidemic of excess weight gain and ensuing Type II diabetes.
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