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SUBJECT: PROSTATE CANCER--HERBAL FORMULA TREATMENT, PC SPES
PC Spes: An Herbal Formula For The Treatment Of Prostate Cancer
A review from the Eclectic Medicine International (EMI) staff at http://www.holisticcancersolutions.com/
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It is too early to tell whether Spes is able to eliminate prostate cancer on the long run, but it seems to halt any progression for an as yet uncertain time period, perhaps 1 year or more. Therefore PC Spes can be most valuable when used to buy time to address the systemic cause of the cancer, so as to discontinue PC Spes when the PSA returns to normal.
James Lewis, Jr., Ph.D., in his book, "NEW GUIDELINES FOR SURVIVING PROSTATE CANCER" (Health Education Literary Publisher, Westbury, New York, tel: 516-997-1777), devotes a whole chapter to PC Spes. For anyone who considers using PC SPES, it is a strongly recommended reading. Here are some excerpts from his book:
PC SPES is a unique blend of herbs which contain specific properties that enhance the immune system. It provides multiple benefits to prostate cancer patients. The very name of the product is indicative of the hope that it offers: PC stands for "prostate cancer" and spes is Latin for "Hope". PC SPES is meant to help prostate cancer patients either by saving their lives or, at least, by extending their survival time. This carefully formulated group of herbs was developed by chemist Sophie Chen, Ph.D., and her colleagues, Allan Wang, M.D., and Hui Fu Wang, M.D., who integrated modern science and ancient wisdom.
Properties of PC SPES
Some of the properties of PC SPES include:
1. It neutralizes
free radicals through antioxidant action.
PC SPES will lose its effectiveness when:
I. You have a cold.
This is because PC SPES works with the immune system. When our body is facing a new foreign invasion (such as bacteria, a virus, etc.), our immune system will deal with this invasion first. The effect of PC SPES on the immune system becomes a secondary action to its response to the invasion.
Theories on How PC SPES Combats Prostate Cancer
In order to comprehend
how PC SPES may work, it is necessary to understand the growth of prostate
cancer. When prostate cancer grows, the growth of new blood vessels is
stimulated. Cancerous cells leak from microscopic gaps in these new blood
vessels, allowing the cancer to enter the bloodstream. These
In addition to spreading
through the bloodstream, certain chemical elements within the body can
affect the growth of prostate cancer. Dr. Sheldon Marks, a urologist,
has reported that a substance called spermine has been shown in laboratory
experiments to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells. The fact
PC SPES contains concentrated
phytochemicals including flavonoids, alkanoids, polysaccharides, amino
acids, and trace elements (such as selenium, calcium, magnesium, zinc,
and copper). All these compounds have known pharmacological effects on
cancer cells. Laboratory research data reported the following partial
If you have an infection, delay taking PC SPES until the infection has completely cleared. PC SPES should be stored in a cool, dry place, and kept out of the reach of children. PC SPES does not interfere with conventional treatments, and can be ingested prior to, during, or after therapy. PC SPES has also been found to be beneficial to patients who are and are not undergoing conventional treatments.
Can PC SPES Decrease the PSA Level without Diminishing the Tumor?
Is it possible for
PC SPES to decrease a patient's PSA level, yet not reduce the tumor burden:
Many prostate cancer patients have asked Dr. Lewis this question, prompting
him to do some further investigation. He spoke with several patients undergoing
PC SPES treatment. In addition, the author also
As seen from microscopic
photographs, laboratory experiments show that PC SPES can effectively
kill cancer cells and has no effect on normal white blood cells. Laboratory
data also reveals that the reason the PSA level in a cancer cell decreases
is that androgen receptors on the cancer cell surface are
To understand why
PC SPES can lower a patient's PSA level without having a dramatic effect
on his tumor, it is important to understand how the treatment works. PC
SPES is a dietary supplement designed to enhance the body's immune system.
Unfortunately, a prostate cancer patient's immune system can
an infection, the flu, or a physical trauma, PC SPES may lose its effectiveness. This is because the immune system is working hard to fight the acute crisis and may not respond to PC SPES.
Although it is possible
for PC SPES to decrease a patient's PSA level without reducing his tumor
burden, Dr. Lewis has encountered far more instances where the treatment
has done both. For example, one patient with a PSA level of 40.01 ng/ml
took 2700 mg of PC SPES for a little more than two months. His
It is too early to
identify all of the side effects of PC SPES. In addition, patients may
or may not experience the potential side effects, depending on their health,
other drugs they are taking, and the stage of their disease. For example,
PC SPES is being used by nearly 1000 prostate cancer patients throughout
the United States, and eight reportedly have experienced blood clots in
their legs and lungs while using the supplement in conjunction with other
drugs. As a result, these patients were also given Coumadin, a blood
A majority of these
eight patients had a history of blood clots prior to their intake of PC
SPES. Furthermore, monitoring the changes in the concentrations of blood-clotting
factors and estrogen in serum among some PC SPES users reveals that PC
SPES has no direct effect on their concentrations. However,
A number of patients have complained of nipple soreness and enlargement, which are also (temporary) side effects of hormonal therapy. If this condition becomes too difficult for the patient to bear, the dosage of PC SPES can be reduced.
The patient with the
longest history on the PC SPES began treatment when his PSA level was
169 ng/ml, and now, after 19 months, he has an undetectable PSA. Several
studies are currently being conducted around the nation at various medical
PLEASE NOTE: There are other, highly effective SPES formulas beside the prostate cancer formula:
RA SPES for
and distributing company of the product will provide any interested doctor
with all necessary information.
SELENIUM: ANOTHER SUPPLEMENT THAT PROTECTS THE PROSTATE
By Greg Arnold, May 5, 2004, Abstracted from "Good News For Men And Dogs" in the October 2003 issue of Alternative Medicine
Bring up the topic of prostate cancer and men start to get nervous. As the number one killer of men, with 200,000 new diagnoses each year and 30,000 deaths, they have a right to get nervous. With early detection almost mandatory to ensure survival, methods of prevention have gained popularity in recent years. With Saw Palmetto as the clear-cut favorite for helping prevent prostate cancer, other supplements are being sought. One such supplement receiving almost universal praise is a well-known antioxidant: selenium. Selenium
Although the latest study on selenium claimed it to not have a significant effect on prostate cancer, practically all other research has pointed to the contrary. In fact, a recent review of research studying selenium's effect on prostate cancer states selenium to be a "viable option to reduce the morbidity and mortality of prostate cancer".
One recent study4 study found low serum selenium levels to show a "statistically significant" inverse relationship with overall accumulated DNA damage, which increases susceptibility to cancer and other degenerative diseases. Not only does selenium help induce cell death of prostate cancer cells, but it helps preserve normal prostate epithelial. Researchers have identified an enzyme, caspase 3, as playing a critical role in the cells death process of prostate cancer cells.
Dianne Jacobs Thompson Est. 2003
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