for Breast Cancer: An Alternative Treatment Hypothesis
Recent studies on breast
cancer suggest that factors such as vigorous exercise, garlic,
aspirin, olive oil, fish oil, and vitamin E may all have a protective
effect against the disease. A possible common denominator with
all of these factors is that they all tend to decrease vitamin
K levels, decrease coagulation and improve blood circulation.
Breast cancer is known to be linked to hypercoagulation of the
blood. The main nutrient responsible for coagulation is vitamin
K. A possible hypothesis from the above facts would be to consider
the possibilty that excess vitamin K levels causing hypercoagulation,
and consequently poor circulation, may play a role in the development
of breast, and possibly other, cancers.
In traditional Chinese
medicine, cancer is thought to be the result of an insufficient
flow of chi. Chi is defined as a life force which keeps the body
fluids and blood circulating and is responsible for the
fight against disease. In Ayurvedic, or traditional Indian, medicine
tumors are commonly linked to a "kapha dosha" - a body
type characterized by obesity, sluggishness, lethargy and poor
circulation. Traditional Ayurvedic treatments for the kapha
dosha include vigorous exercise and "warming spices"
such as ginger and garlic - factors that reduce coagulation and
improve circulation. Perhaps not coincidentally, these are also
factors that overlap with those that modern Western studies have
determined to have a protective effect against breast cancer.
It may be worth considering that perhaps the similarities between
recommendations of traditional Eastern medicine and the findings
of recent Western medical studies are more than coincidence, and
that a causative factor in the development of breast cancer is
poor blood circulation caused by hypercoagulation of the blood,
which in turn is caused by excess levels of vitamin K.
Breast cancer is currently
associated with high bone density and blood clots, two conditions
that have been linked in numerous studies to high levels of vitamin
K. The traditional Western medical view of breast cancer is that
blood clots are a symptom of cancer. However, perhaps a novel,
and possibly more logical way, of looking at the conditions would
be to consider the possibility that cancer, blood clots and high
bone density occur together not because anyone of the three causes
the other, but because they are all symptoms of excess vitamin
is standard practice among doctors to advise people who are at
risk for blood clots to manage their levels of vitamin K through
a combination of medication and diet. Statistics
show that women at risk for breast cancer are also often at risk
for blood clots. Given these considerations, it may be prudent
for women at risk for breast cancer to be monitored dietarily
for balanced levels of vitamin
K and normal levels of blood coagulation to prevent blood clots,
regardless of the impact of vitamin K levels on cancer. However,
if vitamin K
and coagulation management is eventually proven effective against
breast cancer, it would provide a simple and inexpensive way to
reduce the risk of this deadly disease in women around the world.
of coagulation/fibrinolysis activation in malignancy.
the wrong war (against cancer)
- Interesting article from Salon magazine, "The government
could cut cancer deaths by a third by educating Americans to eat
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An Alternative Treatment Hypothesis
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