Cancer Care, L-Carnitine, and Folate
Integrative Care for Cancer Patients
Thorne research found that 80 to 90 percent of cancer patients don’t disclose information to their doctors about supplement usage. Taking supplements empowers the patient, according to Andrew Campbell MD, and allows them to feel they have some control over the treatment process.
“Patients feel a sense of helping [with] their treatment for cancer, and this [targets] two areas: one area is believing this will actually build up the body and help kill cancer cells. The other area is helping with the side effects of cancer treatment,” says Campbell. “These side effects can be quite severe, and some patients choose to not have traditional cancer treatment due to the side effects.”
Traditional medicine is beginning to incorporate alternative treatments into patient care. Today, the top 50 US medical schools require students to take classes on integrative care. While many major cancer treatment centers already employ integrative practices, oncologists in smaller practices, not affiliated with a major institution, often don’t include this option due to lack of knowledge. By educating doctors on current marketplace products, they will be capable of conversing with their patients about supplemental care.
“It is essential for oncologists to ‘get on board’ with integrative care,” says Campbell. “The Internet allows their patients to research any area they wish. If they ask their oncologist and don’t get a knowledgeable response, they probably will not tell the oncologist what else they are taking.”
Nutrition and supplements play an important role in these toxic cancer treatments. While cancer cells die first (due to their high metabolism), other healthy cells begin to die along with them. These affected cells and tissues must be boosted by means of diet and nutrition. Campbell says that this is when “supplements are needed most and at a higher dose than when a person is well.”
L-Carnitine for The Win
L-Carnitine, a nutrient found in the body that turns fat into energy, proves to be a winner in improving athleticism.
Researchers from the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nottingham Medical School said that, after a 30-year search, a combination of L-Carnitine and carbohydrates proves to be the exact recipe to yield these exciting results.
The study demonstrated that, in both low- and high-intensity exercise, L-Carnitine “led to a decrease in anaerobic energy production and a decrease in muscle lactate accumulation.” Participants increased work output while registering a lower perceived exertion.
The supplementation outcomes thrill the world of sports nutrition, which hopes that benefits extend to reduction of tissue-damage and muscle soreness after exercise.
Folate Improves Colon Health
Japanese researchers recently discovered that when blood levels of the B vitamin, folate, were above 8.0 nanograms per milliliter, the risk of developing a benign colorectal tumor(adenoma) decreased. This specific number marked the first evidence-based recommendation for reduction in colorectal adenomas. However, more research is needed to determine the exact amount of serum folate concentration levels for reduced risk of colorectal cancer.
One important fact to note is that the study’s results may affect different countries’ populations uniquely. A US study took blood samples from men and women and compared between people with and without adenoma. Results showed no difference in the incidence of adenoma when blood levels exceeded 8.0 ng/ml.
Men with blood levels below this figure were 50 percent more likely to develop a colorectal adenoma, while women were 23 percent