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We've been getting great feedback regarding our newsletter, and the number one thing people are asking for is more articles—so we added one more! This month check out news in birth control, breast cancer, and an important article on the newfound dangers of mold.

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Triple Positive Result for Triple Negative Breast Cancer

cancer sufferes rejoice at positive results

Breast cancer is a horrific condition: an affront to the health and aesthetic of the female (and sometimes male) body. So much so, in fact, that researchers from British Columbia, Alberta (Canada), and England hoped to make some progress towards a cure as part of a $2 Million study conducted across 3 medical institutions—and not only have researchers found success, they believe they have decoded the mysteries to Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC), one of medicine's hardest-to-beat, most deadly forms of breast cancer.

Steven Jones, a co-author of the study, Simon Fraser University professor and head of bioinformatics research at the BC Cancer Agency, expressed to reporters that scientists expected to see genetic similarities in breast tumors when they mapped their genomes.

But they didn't find the similarities they expected.

"Seeing these tumors at a molecular level has taught us we're dealing with a continuum of different types of cancer here, not just one," he said.

Researchers are now stressing the need for a complete genetic sequencing of all of the different variations of breast cancer so that specific treatments can be developed.

TNBC gets its name from the fact that it is missing a trio of surface cell hormone, steroid, and protein receptors: estrogen, progesterone and herceptin. When these receptors are present, then the usage of anti-estrogen treatments can be utilized to inhibit the growth of certain types of tumors.

As it stands now, genetic sequencing in is still fairly expensive in most countries; furthermore, available treatments have not yet caught up to theoretical solutions that genetic sequencing seems to offer.

The Triple negative tag has an intentional dual meaning: it also negative in the sense that is responsible for 25% of all deaths from breast cancer. It is good news, then, that researchers have been able to make significant strides towards understanding, and being able to effectively treat this, and the other forms of breast cancer this study will apply to.

"The genetic diversity of these tumors, even though they're clinically similar, probably explains why they are so difficult to treat," Jones said.

The study was a collaboration between scientists at BCCA, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Cross Cancer Institute of Alberta, Cancer Research U.K./University of Cambridge and other cancer research agencies.

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Do Birth Control Pills Have Other Uses Including Fighting Cancer?

do birth control pills fight cancer?

The typical use of birth control pills is to prevent conception. However, various studies are beginning to reveal that birth control pills can do much more than only prevent pregnancies. Although the prevention pregnancies still remains the main reason for taking these pills, other tangible reasons for taking birth control pills are beginning to emerge and people can have discussions with their physicians to determine if birth control pills can be put to other uses. Here are the top 10 reasons why people may consider taking birth control pills:

  1. Preventing conception: This is main reason why birth control pills were created. Birth control pills are an affordable birth control medication.
  2. Fighting ovarian cancer: Studies show that birth control can be effective in fighting ovarian cancer in older women, especially those above the age of 40. The statistics and results behind these studies indicate that chances of getting ovarian cancer can be reduced by up to 50% when women who are over the age of 40 are taking birth control pills. Hence, birth control pills could become a method or drug for preventing cancer.
  3. Tackling other types of cancer too: Apart from ovarian cancer, women who are pre-menopausal and are taking birth control pills usually do not suffer any increased risk of getting breast cancer. There are also emerging links relating birth control pills to the ability of people to fight uterine and colon cancers.
  4. No or lighter periods: Well, the absolute absence of periods may not happen to every woman taking birth control pills, but there are some who may have periods that simply stop occurring, while they are on birth control pills. For some women who take these pills, they may notice that their periods become lighter.
  5. Halt acne and skin problems: Skin acne can become an uphill battle, especially for people who have regular breakouts. Women who are taking birth control pills may notice an improvement for acne related conditions and difficult pimples.
  6. Minimizing menstrual symptoms: For those who have intense or painful menstrual cycles, birth control pills have been known to lessen such symptoms.
  7. Hormonal imbalance issues: Sometimes, women may face hormonal imbalance problems that present other symptoms and affect quality of life. Birth control pills may have an effect in calming hormones and create balance within the body.
  8. Regulate the menstrual cycle: Birth control pills can help regulate menstrual cycles. In some young girls and women, menstrual periods can be erratic and irregular. By taking these pills, people affected by irregular cycles can begin to experience normalcy and regularity with regards to their periods
  9. Provide relief for endometriosis: In some women, the lining of uterus and the associated tissues may begin to grow in other areas leading to pain and the formation of scar tissue. Birth control pills can put a stop to this by halting the production of hormones that create this condition.
  10. Post-menstrual symptom relief: After periods pass, girls and women may still go through symptoms such as breast tenderness and bloating. Birth control pills can help to relieve these symptoms during post menstrual periods.

Mold: A Quarter of the Population Exposed

a quarter of the population exposed to mold

Mold is everywhere—literally, it's everywhere—from the dust of an office place to a summertime outdoor breeze. Mold is a type of fungus, and what separates this fungus from yeast is the fact that mold grows in colonies. That is, mold can be likened to an army of identical soldiers, and this science has shown that for 24% of us, our body has no natural protection for this organic infantry unit.

Let's not get a head of ourselves; mold is not inherently bad for us. For example, the noble prize-winning and most widely used antibiotic, penicillin, is formulated from a mold, and it has saved countless lives over the years.

However, researchers have discovered that about a quarter of the population exhibit a genetic condition wherein their bodies do not have the natural ability to fight off the internal presence of mold. Consequently this can lead to a whole host of issues for you, the host! The molds that these 25% of people breathe in and otherwise take into our bodies, build up, and can eventually lead to complications such as Cancer, Fibromyalgia, and Lyme disease.

The accumulation of these extremely small particles is what scientists call 'micro toxins,' and as their name suggests, even in minute quantities these foreign invaders can have adverse effects.

They are so small, in fact, that mold can even slip through the porous structure of concrete—and many, if not most homes are built on a concrete slab—which means that any sort of water damage of dampness is going to be breeding ground for an army of invisible invaders.

Mold is a serious issue. It is estimates that around 75 million Americans are at genetic risk for mold with respect to the dangers of mold.

So at this point the pertinent question becomes the following: OK, how do I fight back?

  • Tip #1:Use linoleum strategically. Unlike concrete (and usually placed overtop) linoleum will not allow water or mold to pass through. It is an effective barrio that will ensure that those rogue spores stay on their side of the railroad tracks.

  • Tip #2: Essential Oil Diffusers. These are devices that are placed in a moldy environment to disperse an essential oil which has anti-microbial effects.

  • Tip #3: Electric Footbath. These baths have a positive and negative electric current work to draw out the foreign bodies through chemical osmosis. One can watch the water slowly change color in real time as mold, bacteria, fungus, and heavy metals extracted (sometimes, if the individual has a particular buildup of toxins, the water will turn completely black!)