Alternative Medicine

Feverfew, a daisy-like plant, contains the chemical parthenolide that may kill skin cancer, reduce fever & inflammation, ease arthritis & prevent migraine.
It may recreate the damaged molecular pathways that allow parthenolide or other drugs to cause cancer cell death. It selectively kills leukemia stem cells while it spares normal cells. 2/23/2005 Science Blog  www.familypharmacy.com
The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs  Leslie Taylor, ND. founder of The Raintree Group, a company dedicated to making rainforest botanicals available while preserving the rainforests from destruction. 
Alternative & herbal medicinal therapies enabled Leslie Taylor to survive a rare form of
Tumeric http://newsletter.vitalchoice.com/e_article000539271.cfm?x=b6Rqpmj,b1kJpvRw
Strongly antioxidant, anti-inflammatory polyphenols in tea, berries, chocolate & spices such as turmeric, ginger, red pepper, anise, fennel, basil, rosemary, and garlic can prevent inflammation-inducing genetic switches from being triggered... Should those dangerous genetic switches get activated, curcumin (diferuloylmethane),
will block the inflammatory enzymes produced in response, notably, COX-1 & COX-2, which are implicated in arthritis, Alzheimerís & common cancers...6-gingerol, a natural analog of curcumin derived from the root of ginger (Zingiber officinalis), exhibits a biologic activity profile similar to that of curcumin...
Dr. B.B. Aggarwal says on the Centerís Web site, 'Curcumin affects virtually every tumor biomarker [of cancer risk] that we have tried. It works through a variety of mechanisms related to cancer development.'
He went on to note that the ability to suppress numerous biological routes to cancer development, a key characteristic of curcumin is important if an anti-cancer agent is to work well: 'Cells look at everything in a global way, & inhibiting just 1 pathway will not be effective'...a little turmeric goes a long way.
In a cell test whose results showed that curcumin inhibits skin cancer (melanoma), the Texas team found that it didn't matter how much curcumin was used.
As they reported, 'The [inflammatory, cancer-promoting] NF-kB machinery is suppressed by both short exposures to high concentrations of curcumin as well as by longer exposure to lower concentrations of curcumin [the potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory constituent that creates turmericís yellow color (pigment) is also the leading anti-cancer compound (active agent) in curry.].'"  
Tumeric - http://www.lef.org/protocols/cancer/leukemia_01.htm + http://www.lef.org/protocols/cancer/leukemia_02.htm
Curcumin. An extract of the spice turmeric, curcumin acts in combination with the soy isoflavone genistein to reduce the number of leukemia-promoting properties, such as growth signals & pro-inflammatory cytokines that are over-produced in leukemia (Arbiser JL et al 1998).  
has been shown to: Inhibit production of bFGF, a potent growth signal for cancer cells that is known to be over-produced in AML, CML & ALL (Arbiser JL et al 1998)Increase expression of the cancer-protective p53 gene in leukemia cell lines, thus making them more susceptible to cell death (Jee SH et al 1998). Reduce the production of the inflammatory cytokine, TNF-alpha, that is over-produced in CML & ALL (Xu YX et al 1997)."


Leukemia ward of Calcutta Mercy Hospital 10/2008 e-newsletter Calcutta Mercy Ministries, India @ http://www.buntain.org   "I am always reminded of the story of the women who touched the hem of His garment. He felt it go out while she felt it go in. Providing a blood transfusion gives a great opportunity to tell many who are searching for peace about a 'Blood Transformation' provided by the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ."