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by Kelli Easterling

16-year-old Jonathan Hernandez has been battling metastic osteosarcoma, bone cancer that doctors said had spread to his lungs, for about two years.

When he was diagnosed, doctors told his parents that the cancer was in an advanced stage and that the prognosis was typically very poor, according to his mother, Diana Janica, a Spanish teacher at Richmond Senior High School.

“The doctors told us that if he received chemotherapy treatment, he would maybe live for two years,” said Janica. “After that, it was likely his kidneys and liver would shut down.”

Janica’s husband, Pablo Hernandez, discovered a unique treatment option when talking to his sister, a doctor in Columbia, South America.

She told the frantic parents about the Gerson Institute. The Institute uses a whole-body approach to healing that supposedly boosts the body’s immune system, and other defenses, to cure cancer, arthritis, heart disease and allergies.

Since their son had only a small chance of surviving the chemo treatments, the couple decided they had to go out on a limb and try something different than they were being offered at the hospitals.

“They were basically telling me he was going to die, but that he should do chemotherapy anyway,” said Janica.

The Gerson Diet is high in vitamins, minerals and fluids, and low in sodium and fats. The typical daily diet consists of three full vegetarian meals and 10-13 glasses of fresh raw juice. All ingredients must be organic, fresh and washed in distilled water, to avoid excess fluoride exposure. The diet is supplemented with things like niacin, potassium compound and flax seed oil. The strictest form of this diet will continue for two to four years.

It is a very demanding program to stick with. On top of the sometimes outrageous costs of purchasing fresh, organic produce, the juice has to be made fresh, every hour from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. This means his father stays home with him during the day, and works at night once his mother is home from school.

Today, Jonathan’s mother is happy to report that Jonathan’s cancer is officially shrinking.

“We went to Chapel Hill December 29 and the oncologists said the lesions in his lungs are getting smaller,” said Janica. “His bone cancer is regressing. They told me when he was diagnosed that he should be dead by now! We are so happy. This type of cancer does not usually get smaller – this is amazing. For the first time, the oncologist did not mention chemotherapy.”

Jonathan reported that he has been seeing his doctor every three months, but now the doctors have told him his appointments can be scheduled six months apart.

“That means I’m doing really good,” he said. “My breathing is at 100 percent now. And I’ve gotten a lot taller – I’m almost six feet tall now.”

Jonathan is home schooled because he has a weaker immune system and can’t take the risk of being exposed to germs.

“I miss school a lot because I have to figure out a lot of the work on my own,” he said. “I’d like other kids to know that they’re lucky to be able to go to class and have their teachers there.”

While health insurance would help with the costs of conventional cancer therapy, it doesn’t acknowledge this type of treatment. The burden of paying about $2,500 a month in supplies fell squarely on the family – until community members stepped in.

Richmond Senior High faculty, staff and students have been there for the family, spreading the word and helping any way they can. Churches and neighbors soon found out about the unique situation and have also been helping along the way.

A new fund raising committee has formed, and is planning an all-day event and barbecue fundraiser for the the boy at Pat’s Kitchen, in Rockingham.

“I’m their neighbor, and this is their only child,” said committee member, Susanne McInnis. “My heart just goes out to them. They were brought here as missionaries from their home, and when Jonathan was diagnosed they had no family here to turn to. The community is their family now.”

Pat’s Kitchen hosted a fundraiser for Jonathan last year, and raised $9,700 for Nature’s Own, the supplier of Jonathan’s organic fruits and vegetables.

“We’ve put too much into Jonathan getting better to give up on him now,” said Marshall Berry, co-owner of Pat’s Kitchen. “We’ve been hosting benefits here since we opened for business, and the Lord has blessed us tremendously. We are happy to be able to give back.”

“We’re excited about Jonathan’s progress,” said McInnis. “At one time, he couldn’t breath very good, but recently he was able to play the flute at church.”

Encouraged by Jonathan’s progress over the past two years, McInnis teamed with Sandra Parker, Pam Dillman, Betty Brigman, Debbie Webb, Lisa Britt and Pat Britt to plan another event at Pat’s Kitchen to help pay for Jonathan’s food.

On Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pat’s Kitchen will host a pork barbecue and fried chicken plate sale – dine in or carry out – for $7 per plate.

Delivery is available for orders of five or more.

“Marshall won the Kansas City Cook-off with his barbecue, and his fried chicken won a blue ribbon at the State Fair,” said McInnis.

There will be live entertainers at the restaurant all day, including original member of beach music group O’Kaysions, Ed Dement, singing “I’m a Girl Watcher,” a self-proclaimed cousin of Elvis Presley, doing spot-on impersonations, Brookes and Dunn impersonators, other country music impersonators, gospel singers and beach tunes.

There will be an auction at 5 p.m., hosted by Iron Horse Auction.

Plate tickets are available for sale now at Pat’s Kitchen, or plates can be purchased the day of the event.

Raffle tickets are also available now for $1. A 32” flat-screen television from R.W. Goodman Co. and neighbors and a gas grill will be raffled off March 24 at the event.

“So many businesses have donated for the auction, I can’t even thank them all,” said McInnis.

For more information about the event, or to donate auction items or funding to Jonathan’s cause, contact 910-895-1009, 910-206-1009 or 910-895-0683.

“The Lord is good,” said Janica. “The Lord is teaching us to live by faith, this is an adventure! We are trying to enjoy this time while we are seeing what the Lord has next for Jonathan. This has helped Jonathan to focus on the future and what the Lord has for him in the following hours, days and years. He can really enjoy little details in life as miracles for him now since he did not expect to live this long.”

— Staff Writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at

On leaping to conclusions about a neurosurgeon and Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski

Category: Alternative medicineCancerMedicineSurgery
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:45 AM, by Orac

Another Christmas is over, and we’re settling in to that strange week between Christmas and New Years when, or so it would seem, most of the world isn’t working except for retail. I’m half taking the week off from work in that I don’t plan on going into the office if I can possibly avoid it, but will be starting up a couple of grants for the February/March NIH cycle and dealing with a couple of nagging issues left over from before the holidays. Regular readers might have noticed that ScienceBlogs had a bit of a glitch beginning sometime in the early morning hours of Christmas morning and not ending until yesterday sometime. In essence, although you could read the blogs, you couldn’t comment, and all the bloggers were locked out of the Movable Type back end. Since that provided me an excellent excuse to take a day off from blogging, I did. I was still recovering from the food and wine coma of the last two days anyway and probably didn’t have anything coherent to say, if I ever do.

But what should await me this morning when I decided to take a look and see if ScienceBlogs were fully up and running again? It’s something I had hoped to be able to ignore until 2012, having blogged enough about it over the last month or so. I’m referring to the “brave maverick” cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski and his Burzynski Clinic. Read the links for the full, Orac-ian deconstruction of what Burzynski appears to be doing, but the brief version is that he uses what he calls antineoplastons, which he claims to have originally isolated from urine back in the 1960s and 1970s but now synthesizes chemically, to treat cancer. It turns out that these antineoplastons are nothing more than the metabolic products of a real drug, phenylbutyrate. This is a drug that was initially used to treat urea cycle disorders but has also shown (very) modest promise in treating some forms of cancer and that these days Dr. Burzynski appears to be switching over to using off-label phenylbutyrate but still calling it “antineoplastons” and charging outrageous sums of money to his patients. In addition, these days, seeing a profit opportunity, he’s jumped on the genomic bandwagon–incompetently–and started offering what he calls “personalized, gene-targeted therapy,” which, when looked at more closely, is really nothing more than a simplistic use of a commercially available test to pick out a witch’s brew of chemotherapy, targeted therapies, and antineoplastons phenylbutyrate, put together with little or no thought to synergistic toxicities or whether they interfere with each other’s actions or not. All of this, he sells as being “not chemotherapy” (it is; it’s just incompetently administered chemotherapy) and “natural” (it’s no more natural than taxol, which was originally derived from the bark of the Pacific yew tree and turned into a chemotherapy drug). Through all of this, Burzynski has tried, through his PR flack, to silence bloggers who criticize him and thereby protect the lucrative cult of personality he’s built around his name. Now, it appears that there is another aspect of Burzysnki’s practice I need to comment on, as mentioned on Pharyngula (crossposted here) and Furious Purpose, and that’s physicians who send their patients to Burzynski.

By way of background, I’ve noted before that there is a particularly disturbing aspect of Burzynski’s practice. That’s how his patients, convinced that Burzynski can save them (or, if they’re parents, that he can save their child) will, understandably go to extreme lengths to raise the often hundreds of thousands of dollars Burzynski charges to apply his science-y-sounding woo to cancer. It is not at all uncommon for these families set up charities designed to raise money, or, as I put it a couple of years ago, to harness the generosity of kind-hearted strangers to pay for woo. In fact, it was a couple of high-profile cases, one involving U.K. performer Peter Kay, who did two charity concerts for a Burzynski patient, that originally brought the attention of the skeptical blogosphere on Burzynski. More precisely, it was the reaction of one Marc Stephens, who claimed to represent the Burzynski Clinic and in that claimed capacity issued legal threats against bloggers, that brought the attention (and wrath) of the skeptical blogosphere down on Burzynski. In any case, I thought that that was the worse aspect of Burzynski’s activities, that he seemingly encouraged his patients with terminal cancer to go to such lengths to raise money, the better to enrich himself. There is now, however, another aspect that could be at least as disturbing. I haven’t made up my mind yet, because I don’t know if what I’m learning about this aspect of Burzynski’s activities. If what PZ and Furious Purpose write is accurate, then Dr. Teo is about as unethical as it gets. However, I suspect things are not as simple as what is being written.

Meet Dr. Charles Teo, a neurosurgeon currently in Australia. Apparently, he has a history of funneling patients to Burzynski, although it’s not clear at all to me whether it’s Dr. Teo who promotes Dr. Burzynski or whether he’s just working with patients who have decided to go to Dr. Burzynski. For example, here is one patient description cited:

After much research and the help of many friends we discovered Dr Charles Teo from Prince of Wales Private Hospital in Sydney, who performs surgery on inoperable brain tumors. Dr Teo is a neurosurgeon who has pioneered a method of minimally invasive brain surgery and has successfully performed around 5000 operations. Dr Teo has offered to operate on David and at this stage the operation is scheduled for Friday, 20th September 2002. David, with the support of his family will fly to Sydney on Wednesday, 18th September 2002.This process is not a cure, however, it is designed to relieve the pressure by reducing the size of the tumor, he will need further treatment to kill off any remaining pieces of the tumor. The treatment being researched at the moment is antineoplastons treatment which is administered by the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, USA.

One notes that this is from 2002 and 2003 and that it is not at all clear from the description above that Dr. Teo suggested that this family go to visit Burzynski or that this patient is evidence of Dr. Teo taking advantage of dying patients.

In all fairness, this case is a bit more damning:

However, Braydon’s mother Zoe Cobb hoped the Sebastopol toddler could begin treatment soon at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas.”We’ll talk more about it with Charlie (Dr Charles Teo) this afternoon,” Zoe said. “We’re just off for the MRI scans now.”

The Burzynski Clinic, named after founder Stanislaw Burzynski, specialises in individual cancer treatments.

Zoe said they had discussed taking Braydon to Texas with Dr Teo, who said he felt it would be a good option for the four-year-old.

However, before you decide, take a look at this video:

And this one as well:

There is a type of surgeon who represents the true “brave maverick” in that he is highly skilled, highly confident, and willing to take on seemingly “hopeless” cases. Surgeons like this will often, as described above, operate on patients who have either been operated on before by other surgeons who couldn’t fix what was wrong or been turned down by other surgeons as “inoperable.” Of course, “inoperable” is not a hard-and-fast word in that what is inoperable to one surgeon might well be operable to another. It’s also a very fine line in that this is an area where science- and evidence-based medicine collide with personal surgical skill. There are surgeons out there who are just so good that they can physically do with their hands what other surgeons, talented and experienced as they might be, cannot. Alternatively, they are far less risk-averse than the typical surgeon in their specialty and are therefore willing to attempt things that other surgeons won’t, such as the resection of “unresectable” brainstem tumors. Where daring ends and recklessness begins is a very fuzzy line with surgeons such as these. When they fail, they fail spectacularly, but when they succeed sometimes the result is the patient described in the video above. Surgeons such as these might very well cause a lot of complications and unnecessary suffering through aggressive–even reckless–pushing of boundaries. However, they also push the envelope (which Dr. Teo even says explicitly that he is trying to do in the second video), which can lead to advances in surgery and can sometimes save patients thought to be unsavable. Where the balance between the harm and good done by such surgones lies is, again, not a trivial thing to figure out.

It probably doesn’t help that Dr. Teo has other aspects of the “brave maverick” doctor. For example, if you search for his name plus “cell phone cancer,” you’ll find a plethora of articles and videos featuring Dr. Teo warning against the dangers of cell phones as a cause of brain cancer:

Brain cancer surgeon Charlie Teo has urged people to put mobile phones on loudspeaker, move clock radios to the foot of the bed and wait until microwaves have finished beeping before opening them.The controversial Sydney specialist told a Melbourne fundraiser that although the jury was still out on mobile phones and other forms of electromagnetic radiation, we should not take risks.

“Even though the jury’s not in, just to err on the side of safety I would try and limit the amount of electromagnetic radiation that you’re exposed to,” he said.

“The American government, for example, recommends that all electrical appliances should be put at the foot of the bed and not the head of the bed.

Then there’s this video:

At around the 3:35 mark, Dr. Teo is featured saying unequivocally that he believes mobile phones can cause brain cancer. Later, the reporter engages in a blatant bit of fear mongering by noting that mobile phones use microwaves and you wouldn’t think of putting your ear up next to a microwave oven.

The stupid in that video, it burns brightly, rather like what would happen if you put metal in a microwave oven.

So, we can see that Dr. Teo is not a very good judge of epidemiology or basic science. Yes, I’ve refused to concede on many occasions that a link between cell phones and cancer is physically impossible, as some physicists have unwisely done based on a Cancer Biology 101 understanding of cancer, but I do consider it incredibly implausible that there is such a link. Maybe not homeopathy-level implausible, but almost. Also, as I (and others) have pointed out time and time again, not only is a link between cell phones and cancer incredibly implausible based on what we know about physics and biology, but the epidemiological evidence is overwhelmingly against such a link existing. There’s no convincing evidence for an increase in the incidence of brain cancers and no good evidence that the laterality of brain tumors correlates with the side of the head people hold their phones to. In brief, there is no good reason, based on prior plausibility informed by basic science or on epidemiological evidence, to think that mobile phone radiation causes brain cancers.

But Dr. Teo believes it does, which makes me think it’s not all that much of a stretch to think that he would be susceptible to the fancy-sounding blandishments of a charlatan like Dr. Burzynski.

And that’s why I think that what’s more likely to be going on here is something way more nuanced than what PZ and Furious Purpose think. Subject to change as more information comes in, I reject, based on what I’ve been able to find out thus far, the contention that Dr. Teo is operating on patients with inoperable brain cancer in order to make money off of them. Certainly neither PZ nor Furious Purpose have made a convincing case for that. A far more likely explanation is that Dr. Teo is one of those “cowboy surgeons” who will operate on risky patients that other surgeons won’t. When he agrees to operate on someone with an “inoperable” brain cancer, from what I can tell he almost certainly believes that he can do what other surgeons can’t: Remove the tumor and possibly cure the patient. It appears that, often enough, he’s right. Based on what I’ve been able to find out, unless there is more information that I’m not aware of, I have little choice but to say that I consider it at best highly irresponsible (and–dare I say?–most unskeptical) and at worse downright scurrilous to leap to the conclusion that Dr. Teo is intentionally operating on inoperable brain tumors just to make money and then to funnel patients to the Burzynski Clinic, as PZ does here (and here):

Teo is an Australian surgeon who has a brilliant scheme for anyone with a bit of surgical skill and a complete lack of conscience. He performs surgery on inoperable brain tumors in kids dying of cancer, and then ships them off to the Burzynski clinic in Texas to get injected with urine and die.You’ve got to admit, marshaling the resources of a hospital, opening up a child’s skull, and diddling about with a knife inside without killing them is an amazing feat of impressive showmanship, sure to make devastated parents think something is being done worth $20-60,000 — even if there is no evidence at all that poking a glioblastoma with a pointy object offers any therapeutic benefit at all. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that Teo is actually a very skilled surgeon. The problem is that brain surgery is not a panacea, and sometimes it is a totally inappropriate approach to deal with some cancers.

Or as Furious Purpose does here:

From reading the stories of those desperate parents of children with inoperable brain tumours, I must conclude that Dr Charles Teo may deliberately choose to operate on children with tumours he knows these kids will die of, because current medical science has no cure to offer them. He then removes the tumour or at least some of it for what is said to be between 20000.- and 60000.- dollars for the surgery at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and the high dependency care required afterwards, and he then recommends to the parents for their child to have additional treatment with “antineoplastons” at the Burzynski clinic in Houston, Texas. Treatment that is not FDA-approved, that has not been shown in trials meeting current scientific standards to be effective, and that is given only in exchange for exorbitant sums of money, and may be refused if the money is not forthcoming.Charles Teo and Stanislaw Burzynski appear to be making money from the desperation of parents of dying children. Teo seems to be offering hope through surgery when there is none, and he then seems to be referring those same desperate folks for more false hope, and more expenses, to the Burzynski clinic in Houston.

Bullshit. Neither Furious Purpose nor PZ has anywhere near enough evidence to justify accusing Dr. Teo of something so vile and despicable.

It’s far more likely that Dr. Teo’s just an aggressive surgeon who thinks he’s doing his best for his patients by trying to remove tumors that other surgeons consider unresectable. Again, there’s a fine line between being surgically aggressive and surgically reckless, and there’s also insufficient evidence in the public record for me to judge whether Dr. Teo has crossed that line.

The second part of the accusation against Dr. Teo is a bit trickier. Is Dr. Teo funneling patients to Dr. Burzynski after having operated on them for in essence no reason? We only have two cases to go on, one of which doesn’t describe Dr. Teo as saying anything about the Burzynski Clinic or antineoplastons, the second of which quotes Dr. Teo as saying that he felt it would be a “good option” for his patient. Whether Dr. Teo suggested it or the patient’s parents latched on to the Burzynski Clinic and Dr. Teo gave his blessing is not known. From what we know, at best we can conclude that Dr. Teo’s grasp of science is not the greatest and that he’s prone to dubious science, as evidenced by his enthusiastic embrace of the “cell phones cause cancer” pseudoscience making the rounds. It’s quite possible that he’s similarly prone to being impressed by bad science and pseudoscience like that promoted by Dr. Burzynski. If that’s true, it’s bad. Very bad. However, it might not be true. We only have two cases that we know about over 8 or 9 years to go on, and Dr. Teo operates on hundreds of patients a year. These two cases could easily be outliers.

It’s clear that Dr. Teo is a controversial figure. He’s wrong on mobile phones and cancer. He also seems to have a bit more of the flamboyant showman in him than is good for a surgeon to have, a point that several of the stories I’ve cited make, and he definitely seems very cocky, perhaps more so than is necessary to be a neurosurgeon. (After all, it takes a certain amount of cockiness to have the confidence in yourself that you can crack open someone’s skull and remove part of his brain without leaving him permanently disabled.) It’s also pretty clear to me that Dr. Teo is the type of surgeon who pushes the envelope, perhaps bordering on recklessness at times. If that’s the case, he should be called out for subjecting patients to operations that can’t help them. However, I’m not convinced that that’s the case. In fact, it is not in the least bit clear to me that Dr. Teo is the sort who operates on patients whom he knows he can’t cure in order to make money, and I wish I didn’t have to point that out. When it comes to whether there’s any sort of relationship between Dr. Teo and Dr. Burzynski, I can only conclude that it’s possible–likely, even–that Dr. Teo is a bit too credulous about Burzynski’s results but that there is nowhere near enough evidence that I’ve been able to find to conclude that Dr. Teo and Dr. Burzynski have some sort of relationship in which Dr. Teo sends patients Dr. Burzynski’s way after operating on them. If there is such a relationship, then I would condemn Dr. Teo in the strongest possible terms–but I need a lot more convincing than either PZ or Furious Purpose has provided before I can come to a conclusion.

Increased Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha and Natural Killer Cell (NK) Function using an Integrative Approach in Late Stage Cancers

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Posted 07 Jul 2011 — by James Street
Category Alternative Therapies, Complementary Therapy, Immune System, Life Death and Dying, Natural Killer Cells

Darryl See, Stephanie Mason and Ramesh Roshan

Center for Advanced Medicine, 4403 Manchester Ave. Suite 107, Encinitias, California 92024

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Curcumin potentiates cisplatin four-fold in head and neck cancer

Published: Friday, May 20, 2011, 23:41 IST
Place: Washington, DC | Agency: ANI

Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Centre have found that a compound derived from curcumin helps cells overcome the treatment failure of head and neck cancer.

Curcumin is the principal curcuminoid of the popular Indian spice turmeric.

When researchers added a curcumin-based compound, called FLLL32, to head and neck cancer cell lines, they were able to cut the dose of the chemotherapy drug cisplatin by four while still killing tumor cells equally as well as the higher dose of cisplatin without FLLL32.

“This work opens the possibility of using lower, less toxic doses of cisplatin to achieve an equivalent or enhanced tumor kill. Typically, when cells become resistant to cisplatin, we have to give increasingly higher doses. But this drug is so toxic that patients who survive treatment often experience long-term side effects from the treatment,” said senior author Thomas Carey, professor of otolaryngology and pharmacology at the U-M Medical School.

That tumours become resistant to cisplatin is a major reason why head and neck cancer patients frequently see their cancer return or spread. It also plays a big role in why five-year survival for head and neck cancer has not improved in the past three decades.
In the current study, researchers compared varying doses of cisplatin alone with varying doses of cisplatin plus FLLL32 against two sets of head and neck cancer cells: one line that was sensitive to cisplatin and one line that was resistant.

They found that FLLL32 decreased the activation levels of STAT3, sensitizing both resistant and sensitive tumor cells to cisplatin. Further, lower doses of cisplatin with FLLL32 were equally effective at killing cancer cells as the higher doses of cisplatin alone.

The study is detailed in Archives of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery.

Strawberries may prevent esophageal cancer

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Posted 06 Apr 2011 — by James Street
Category Complementary Therapy, Natural Therapies, Nutrition and Cancer, Prevention, Vitamins and Supplements

Thursday, April 07, 2011 by: S. L. Baker, features writer

(NaturalNews) According to the National Cancer Institute, about 16,700 new cases of esophageal cancer were diagnosed last year — and about 14,500 people died from the disease. Obviously, there’s no easy cure for this often fatal malignancy. So, as with any disease, it’s much better to prevent getting it in the first place.

But how? Mainstream medicine pushes Big Pharma drugs called H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to calm gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in hopes of preventing Barrett’s esophagus, a complication of GERD that ups the risk for esophageal cancer. But these meds are loaded with potential side effects and there’s no strong evidence they really prevent cancer.

However, a new study provides evidence there may be a natural and tasty way to not only lower the odds of developing esophageal cancer but to halt and perhaps reverse the progression of precancerous lesions.

The powerful and delicious substance? Strawberries, especially the freeze-dried variety.These findings were just presented for the first time at the American Association for Cancer Research’s (AACR) 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, held in Orlando.

“We concluded from this study that six months of eating strawberries is safe and easy to consume. In addition, our preliminary data suggests that strawberries can decrease histological grade of precancerous lesions and reduce cancer-related molecular events,” said lead researcher Tong Chen, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, division of medical oncology, department of internal medicine at Ohio State University. Dr. Chen is also a member of the Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program in Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

She pointed out that esophageal cancer is the third most common gastrointestinal cancer and the sixth most frequent cause of cancer death in the world. Dr. Chen and her research team are zeroing in on esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) which accounts for 95 percent of cases of esophageal cancer worldwide.

In earlier research, Dr. Chen’s research team discovered that freeze-dried strawberries significantly inhibited esophageal tumor development in rats. For the new study, the scientists launched a trial which included participants with esophageal precancerous lesions who were at high risk for developing full-blown esophageal cancer.

The research subjects consumed 60 grams of freeze-dried strawberries every day for six months. Freeze-dried strawberries were used because, by removing the water from the berries, the natural cancer-preventive substances in the strawberries soared by nearly 10-fold, according to Dr. Chen.

Biopsies were taken before and after the six months of strawberry consumption. The results showed that 29 out of 36 participants experienced a decrease in the histological grade of their precancerous esophageal lesions during the time they ate the strawberries.

“Our study is important because it shows that strawberries may slow the progression of precancerous lesions in the esophagus. Strawberries may be an alternative or work together with other chemopreventive drugs for the prevention of esophageal cancer,” Dr. Chen stated.

The Novel Curcumin Analog FLLL32 Decreases STAT3 DNA Binding Activity and Expression, and Induces Apoptosis in Osteosarcoma Cell Lines

Curcumin is a naturally occurring phenolic compound shown to have a wide variety of antitumor activities; however, it does not attain sufficient blood levels to do so when ingested. Using structure-based design, a novel compound, FLLL32, was generated from curcumin.

FLLL32 possesses superior biochemical properties and more specifically targets STAT3, a transcription factor important in tumor cell survival, proliferation, metastasis, and chemotherapy resistance. In our previous work, we found that several canine and human osteosarcoma (OSA) cell lines, but not normal osteoblasts, exhibit constitutive phosphorylation of STAT3.

Compared to curcumin, we hypothesized that FLLL32 would be more efficient at inhibiting STAT3 function in OSA cells and that this would result in enhanced downregulation of STAT3 transcriptional targets and subsequent death of OSA cells.

Methods: Human and canine OSA cells were treated with vehicle, curcumin, or FLLL32 and the effects on proliferation (CyQUANT(R)), apoptosis (SensoLyte(R) Homogeneous AMC Caspase- 3/7 Assay kit, western blotting), STAT3 DNA binding (EMSA), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), survivin, and matrix metalloproteinase-2(MMP2) expression (RT-PCR, western blotting) were measured. STAT3 expression was measured by RT-PCR, qRT- PCR, and western blotting.

Results: Our data showed that FLLL32 decreased STAT3 DNA binding by EMSA.

FLLL32 promoted loss of cell proliferation at lower concentrations than curcumin leading to caspase-3- dependent apoptosis, as evidenced by PARP cleavage and increased caspase 3/7 activity; this could be inhibited by treatment with the pan-caspase inhibitor Z-VAD-FMK. Treatment of OSA cells with FLLL32 decreased expression of survivin, VEGF, and MMP2 at both mRNA and protein levels with concurrent decreases in phosphorylated and total STAT3; this loss of total STAT3 occurred, in part, via the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway.

Conclusions: These data demonstrate that the novel curcumin analog FLLL32 has biologic activity against OSA cell lines through inhibition of STAT3 function and expression.

Future work with FLLL32 will define the therapeutic potential of this compound in vivo.

Author: Stacey FosseyMisty BearJiayuh LinChenglong LiEric SchwartzPui-Kai LiJames FuchsJoelle FengerWilliam KisseberthCheryl London
Credits/Source: BMC Cancer 2011, 11:112

How Curcumin Protects Against Cancer

Life Extension Magazine March 2011

By J. Everett Borger
How Curcumin Protects Against Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society,1 one out of every three women in the United States risks developing some form of cancer over the course of their lives. For men, that number rises to one in two. Since cancer is an age-related disease, the risk of diagnosis increases the longer one lives, making it the second leading cause of death in this country.2,3

These data underscore a stark reality. When it comes to cancer prevention, the medical establishment and drug company profiteers remain grossly negligent in protecting the public. The result is countless avoidable cancer deaths each year. There is an urgent need to provide aging individuals with validated interventions to target cancer’s multiple causative factors before they take hold.

Among the most compelling and underrecognized of these is curcumin. In contrast to mainstream oncology’s focus on single-agent toxic treatments, curcumin has emerged as a potent multimodal cancer-preventing agent, with 240 published studies appearing in the global scientific literature in the past year alone.

In this article, you will learn of the multiple factors involved in carcinogenesis (cancer development). You will discover up-to-date research demonstrating curcumin’s power to disrupt specific molecular mechanisms that lead to cancer—and to even treat the disease in many cases.
System-Wide, Safe, Multimodal Defense

Curcumin is derived from the Indian spice turmeric and possesses several active components, all of which contribute to its anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive power.4-6 In fact, curcumin targets ten causative factors involved in cancer development.

Disrupting any one of these factors gives you a good chance of preventing cancer; disrupting several provides even greater protection, including the prevention of DNA damage.7

By blocking the inflammatory master molecule nuclear factor-kappaB (or NF-kB), curcumin blunts cancer-causing inflammation, slashing levels of inflammatory cytokines throughout the body.8,9 Curcumin also interferes with production of dangerous advanced glycation end products that trigger inflammation which can lead to cancerous mutation.10

Curcumin alters cellular signaling to enhance healthy control over cellular replication, which tightly regulates the cellular reproductive cycle, helping to stop uncontrolled proliferation of new tissue in tumors.11 It promotes apoptosis in rapidly reproducing cancer cells without affecting healthy tissue11-13 and reins in tumor growth by making tumors more vulnerable to pharmacologic cell-killing treatments.11,14

In addition, curcumin regulates tumor suppressor pathways and triggers mitochondrial-mediated death in tumor tissue, thereby increasing the death of cancer cells.11,15

Finally, curcumin interferes with tumor invasiveness and blocks molecules that would otherwise open pathways to penetration of tissue.2 It also helps to starve tumors of their vital blood supply and it can oppose many of the processes that permit metastases to spread.8,16,17 These multi-targeted actions are central to curcumin’s capacity to block multiple forms of cancer before they manifest.
Combating Deadly Cancers in Women

Breast cancers vary widely in their responsiveness to standard treatment. Cancers that depend on the hormone estrogen for survival are more effectively treated with conventional methods. Those that lack receptors for female hormones are far more resistant to treatment. This is where curcumin’s value truly lies, because it has the ability to induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in a variety of hormone-negative cancers.18-20 Remarkably, curcumin produces virtually no change in healthy breast cells, with very low toxicity even at doses as high as 8,000 mg daily.21

In human cancer patients, curcumin doses as high as 3,600 mg a day have been shown to induce the following favorable anti-cancer effects:

* Paraptosis. A process similar to apoptosis (programmed cell death), curcumin initiates paraptosis only in breast cancer cells, resulting in their rapid destruction.22
* Targeted destruction of cancer-cell mitochondria (leaving mitochondria in healthy cells unaffected).22
* Disruption of the cancer cell cycle. Curcumin can “suspend” cancerous cells in a non-reproductive state within their life cycle, thereby halting their replication.20,23-25
* Cancer cell downregulation. Curcumin blocks a group of molecules vital to the process of metastasis. In animal models, it has been shown to reduce metastatic spread to the lungs via this pathway.17,26,27
* Arrested stem cell development. Curcumin inhibits growth and renewal of so-called cancer stem cells, aberrant cells now believed to be at the root of many cancers, including breast cancer.3,28

Combating Deadly Cancers in Women

Curcumin has also been shown to effectively combat cervical cancer, a leading cause of cancer death in women in developing nations and a common cancer in this country.29 It is caused largely by infection with the human papilloma virus, or HPV. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects break the link that triggers HPV-induced cancer development.29,30

Curcumin further promotes apoptosis of cancer cells within the lining of the uterus and reduces the growth rate of painful but non-malignant uterine leiomyomas (uterine fibroids). 31-34

Collectively, these effects make curcumin attractive both as a primary chemopreventive agent in women at risk for breast cancer and an adjuvant treatment option in those who have already developed the disease.20,21
Prostate Cancer Defense

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men.35,44 Fortunately, its long latency period and slow growth rate make it a prime candidate for prevention.36 Curcumin strikes at multiple targets in prostate malignancies, interfering with the spread of cancer cells and regulating inflammatory responses through the master regulator NF-kB.36-38

Like certain breast cancers, prostate cancer is often dependent on sex hormones for its growth. Curcumin reduces expression of sex hormone receptors in the prostate, which speeds androgenic breakdown and impairs cancer cells’ ability to respond to the effects of testosterone.39-42 It also inhibits cancer initiation and promotion43 by blocking metastases from forming in the prostate and regulating enzymes required for tissue invasiveness.44
Combating Gastrointestinal Cancers

Colorectal cancer is the third most common malignancy in adults and the second leading cause of cancer deaths.45,46 Despite aggressive surgical care and chemotherapy, nearly 50% of people with colorectal cancers develop recurrent tumors.47 This may be due in part to the survival of dangerous colon cancer stem cells that resist conventional chemotherapy and act as “seeds” for subsequent cancers.3,48,49

On the other hand, these cancers are excellent candidates for prevention, since they follow a predictable sequence from non-malignant polyps to full-blown cancerous growths, usually requiring a decade to develop.46

Much as with malignancies of the breast, cervix, and prostate, curcumin slows the progression from colon polyp to cancer by damping down the inflammatory cascade triggered by NF-kB and pro-inflammatory cytokines.6 This halts the growth of cancer cells before they can become detectable tumors via a host of interrelated molecular mechanisms.50,51

Curcumin also creates a gastrointestinal environment more favorable to optimal colon health by reducing levels of so-called secondary bile acids, natural secretions that contribute to colon cancer risk.52 That has a direct effect, inhibiting proliferation of cancer cells and further reducing their production.53

Curcumin also suppresses colon cancer when combined with other polyphenols such as resveratrol.46,54 The combination of curcumin with green tea extracts has prevented experimentally induced colon cancer in rats.55

Curcumin also synergizes with standard chemotherapy drugs, helping to boost their efficacy and potentially reduce the dose of toxic chemotherapy products, minimizing needless harm and suffering for cancer patients.45,47-49 Curcumin increases colon cancer cell response to radiation.56

A novel feature of curcumin is its ability to bind to and activate vitamin D receptors in colon cells.57 Vitamin D is known to exert potent anti-cancer properties.

Curcumin is equally powerful at preventing cancers in the stomach. It inhibits growth and proliferation of human gastric cancer cells in the laboratory and is particularly effective in stopping cancers that have become resistant to multiple drug treatment.58-60 Curcumin can prevent gastric cancer cells from progressing through their growth cycle, blocking further tumor growth.60

Infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a known cause of gastritis, peptic ulcer, and gastric cancer.61 Curcumin blocks growth of H. pylori and reduces the rate at which stomach cells react by turning cancerous.61,62 This effect is again related to curcumin’s fundamental ability to block activation of inflammatory NF-kB.62
What You Need to Know: Multimodal Anti-Cancer Power of Curcumin

Multimodal Anti-Cancer Power of Curcumin
Curcumin has emerged as a potent cancer-preventing agent, with 240 published studies appearing in the global scientific literature in the past year alone.
* Its multimodal effects act to simultaneously counter ten discrete causative factors in cancer development.
* It intervenes at each stage in the complex sequence of events that enable cancer cells to develop, proliferate, and metastasize.
* Its multitargeted mechanisms of action have yielded compelling results in combating a remarkably broad array of cancers, including those of the breast, uterus, cervix, prostate, and GI tract.
* A blossoming body of research reveals curcumin’s promise in countering cancers of the blood, brain, lung, and bladder as well.

Further Preventive Potential

Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and gene-regulating powers have been explored in preventing or treating cancers of the blood-forming system (leukemias, lymphomas, and myelomas) as well as those of the brain, lung, and bladder.12,13,63-81 Even aggressive tumors of the head and neck, often following years of smoking, are proving responsive to curcumin treatment.14,82-85 Curcumin is also emerging as a potentially effective intervention for pancreatic cancer—one of cancer’s most lethal and aggressive forms.86-90
Further Preventive Potential

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US, and the risk of developing the disease increases significantly as we age.

Curcumin has emerged as a potent cancer-preventing agent, with 240 published studies appearing in the global scientific literature in the past year. Curcumin’s multimodal effects act to simultaneously counter ten discrete causative factors in cancer development.

It intervenes at each stage in the complex sequence of events that must occur in order for a cancer to develop, progress, invade, and ultimately metastasize to healthy tissue.

The multi-targeted mechanisms of curcumin have yielded compelling results in combating a remarkably broad array of cancers, including those of the breast, uterus, cervix, prostate, and GI tract. A burgeoning body of research demonstrates curcumin’s potential to counter cancers of the blood, brain, lung, and bladder as well.

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Ten Key Causative Factors in Cancer Development
Ten Key Causative Factors in Cancer Development

More than many other age-related diseases, cancer results from the cumulative effect of years of discrete, small-scale assaults on the body. Oxidation, inflammation, stress, infection, and other physiological insults take their toll, inflicting lethal damage over time that sets abnormal cell proliferation in motion.91,92

1. DNA damage. Numerous biomolecular assaults strike at the “blueprint” that cells need in order to replicate themselves accurately. DNA damage is often referred to as the “initiator” in cancer development—the first step in the onset of most cancers.

2. Excessive or chronic inflammation. Inflammatory processes trigger the release of a host of disruptive cytokines (cell-signaling molecules) that affect virtually all cellular functions. Inflammation is commonly referred to as a cancer “promoter” for this reason.

3. Disruption of cell signaling pathways. Normal communication within and between cells assures proper regulation of their healthy function. These pathways are easily disrupted by adverse events such as inflammation.

4. Alterations in the cellular reproductive cycle. Cells undergo a four-stage process as they prepare to replicate themselves. The cell cycle itself is controlled by signaling pathways that can be altered or disrupted at each of these stages.

5. Abnormal regulation of apoptosis. Apoptosis is the process of naturally “pre-programmed” cell death that prevents overgrowth of tissue. When apoptosis fails, cells may undergo uncontrolled reproduction.

6. Altered survival pathways. The flip side of unregulated apoptosis: survival of too many healthy cells, paradoxically, can endanger the host by permitting a cancer to take hold by increasing the odds of mutation and proliferation.

7. Excessive cellular proliferation. Certain hormones and other stimuli can directly trigger cells to reproduce without safe limits, especially when the preceding regulatory mechanisms have failed.

8. Aggressive invasion of healthy tissue. This is accomplished by excessive production of enzymes and adhesion molecules that “dissolve” tissue and allow the tumor to literally take root. The word “cancer” itself is derived from the crab-like appearance of fully-developed malignancies, which extend tendrils in all directions into healthy tissue.93

9. Rapid angiogenesis. Tumors require growth of new blood vessels for nourishment. They are endowed with the capacity to spontaneously generate new blood vessels just like healthy tissue. Angiogenesis in cancer tissue is a primary means by which tumors grow.

10. Metastasis. This is the migration of cancerous cells to regions of the body beyond the locus of the primary tumor. Metastases are the distinguishing features of most malignant cancers, and the typically herald the onset of end-stage disease because they disrupt otherwise healthy tissues.

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Researchers Find More Evidence That Malaria Drug Could Help Combat Cancer, And That Breaks From Treatment Could Improve Results

08 Jan 2011

Scientists investigating the cancer-fighting properties of artesunate a drug commonly used to treat malaria have found early evidence that combining it with an existing cancer drug has the potential to make each drug more effective than when used alone. They also found that regular treatment breaks could improve success levels.

The findings, recently published in the International Journal of Cancer, are the result of tests on human cancer cells studied outside the body (in vitro studies) by Dr Wai Liu and Professor Angus Dalgleish at St George’s, University of London.

Artesunate is well-known for combating malaria by reducing the amount of malaria-infected cells in the body that cause the disease and a number of scientific studies have already found that it may have the same effect on cancerous cells, consequently reducing the size of the cancer. This latest study adds further evidence to this theory. It also suggests that, in addition to actively killing infected cells to reduce the size of the cancer, artesunate may have the ability to prevent the disease from developing further by stunting the growth of the individual cancerous cells that cause the disease. They found that which effect it takes to combat the disease varies depending on the type of cancer.

The researchers analysed how four different types of human cancer cells two of which represented cancer of the colon, and the others breast and lung reacted to artesunate when it was used both alone and in combination with other anti-cancer drugs.

They found that artesunate prevented the cancer from growing in all four types of cell lines tested, in addition to reducing the size of the cancer in those cell lines derived from breast and lung cancer.

The researchers then combined artesunate with other common anti-cancer drugs in an attempt to boost activity, and this showed favourable responses with a drug called lenalidomide. When used together, these two drugs increased the effectiveness of the treatment in all four types of cancer cells tested, and had the largest effect on the lung cancer cells. When used separately, artesunate reduced the amount of lung cancer cells, or the size of the cancer, by 20 per cent, whilst lenalidomide reduced its size by 10 per cent. However, by using the two together, at the same concentrations, the cancer was reduced by around 60 per cent.

Dr Liu says: “We combined our lead drug called lenalidomide with the widely available drug artesunate, and showed that the overall activity of the drugs was boosted to a point that was greater than the sum of the two individual drugs, indicating that the two drugs have a cooperative relationship.”

The research also indicates that artesunate could be made more effective at reducing the size of the cancer if used in shorter bursts, separated by drug-free periods. The researchers showed that with this treatment pattern, the cancer’s size was reduced where artesunate had previously only been preventing the cancer from growing. The introduction of drug-free periods was also shown to further reduce the size of the cancerous mass where it was already being reduced without the drug-free periods. For example, in the breast cancer cell lines, a continuous exposure to artesunate achieved just a 10 per cent reduction in the size of the cancer, but the reduction with drug-free period was increased to over 50 per cent.

Dr Liu says: “Whilst stunting cell growth is a useful effect, destroying the cells to reduce their numbers is the preferred effect. These two processes are actually linked together, to the extent that if a drug inhibits cell growth it will inadvertently inhibit the ability of the cells to be destroyed. We have shown that by using short bursts of artesunate, the cancer cells regain the ability to be destroyed.”

He concludes that: “Whilst these studies are conducted on cells outside the body and reactions can vary in the human body, this research provides new insight into how artesunate interacts with cancer drugs and different treatment patterns to combat cancer, and provides a starting point from which studies can be based.”

Sources: St George’s, University of London, AlphaGalileo Foundation.

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FDA outlawing injectable vitamin C to further destroy health of Americans

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) Not content to kill 100,000 Americans each year with deadly Big Pharma drugs while censoring the truth about the healing effects of herbs, nutritional supplements and natural medicines, the FDA has now set out to deny Americans access to yet another lifesaving medicine known simply as vitamin C.

As reported by the Alliance for Natural Health, the FDA has notified a manufacturer of injectable vitamin C that it will be criminally prosecuted if it continues to manufacture this lifesaving nutritional therapy. (…)

Why injectable vitamin C saves lives

In an age where tens of millions of Americans are already vitamin C deficient and suffer from colds and other infections that can be prevented with vitamins, the FDA appears to be acting on what can only be called a death wish for the American people. But really, it’s more likely a targeted attack at the alternative cancer industry that frequently uses injectable vitamin C to help patients eliminate cancer tumors and heal from various cancers.

If there’s one thing that the health authorities in the United States absolutely cannot tolerate, it’s natural cures for cancer. That’s why (nearly) all the natural cancer treatment clinics have been chased out of the country, leaving only toxic chemotherapy centers (poison clinics) in their place. And that’s probably why the FDA is going after vitamin C right now as well. Take away enough natural cures and the people will be forced into accepting conventional medicine, regardless of whether it works or not.

Injectable vitamin C has many other uses besides cancer, too. As the ANH reports, “The government, instead of banning intravenous vitamin C, should instead be supporting research into it. Even though IV C is being used in burn units around the world, including in the US, and has been adopted by the military for this purpose, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) refuses to fund any studies using intravenous C in patients. There are privately funded studies currently underway, but of course these cannot continue if the FDA bans the substance.”

Take action now to protect your access to vitamin C

Please take a moment to take action with both of the following petitions:

The Alliance for Natural Health has posted an online action item that sends a letter to Dr Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of the FDA:

The Natural Solutions Foundation has also posted an action item, this one going out to various FDA and government officials:…

Of course, sending these letters to FDA bureaucrats assumes that they give a damn about human health in the first place, and after observing the FDA’s behavior over the last several years, I can confidently state that the FDA’s own actions betray its real agenda: To protect the profits of the drug companies by eliminating competing products such as vitamin C.

As Dr Rima Laibow says about this issue, “When injectible Vitamin C goes, the rest will soon go, and the natural Docs WILL be criminalized a la the infamous Flexner report. Codex standards effectively criminalize accurate speech on nutrition. This IS the other shoe; I do not believe we are being alarmist.”

The rise of tyranny

The larger issue here, however, is not this isolated decision by the FDA but rather the question: Why do unelected regulatory bureaucrats have such power in the first place?

While we may elect lawmakers in America today, those lawmakers have long since delegated the real “laws of the land” to bureaucratic agencies like the FDA which are run by unelected politicians who simply write their own laws and regulations without the approval of Congress. This situation is described by attorney Jonathan Emord as The Rise of Tyranny, which also happens to be the name of his book on the topic (…)

This book, which I consider a “must read” on the subject of health freedom, explains how the delegation of powers to rogue federal agencies (FDA, DEA, DHS, TSA, etc.) results in the nation being ruled by tyrannical bureaucrats who operate outside the authority of Congress. Under this power structure, for example, the FDA could simply announce one day that “all vitamins are illegal,” without Congressional approval and without any new laws being debated or signed into law. The delegation of powers to agencies like the FDA is the granting of dictatorial police state powers over entire sectors of our society.

The FCC, for example, may simply decide to seize control over the internet at any time. The TSA could simply announce it’s going to perform body cavity searches on all air travelers starting this Saturday. The DEA could announce it’s going to arrest operators of websites that even discuss marijuana. The FDA, likewise, could announce that “all herbalists are criminals” and proceed to have them all arrested.

Think this couldn’t happen? It’s happening right now, one step at a time. Last year it was cherries and walnuts (…). Today it’s injectable vitamin C. Tomorrow it could be all vitamin D supplements, or raw cacao, or medicinal herbs. The point is that the FDA could take away our access to supplements virtually overnight with no debate, no scientific scrutiny, and no Congressional oversight. The FDA is, itself, a tyrannical police state branch of the federal government that is now proceeding to take away Americans’ access to lifesaving supplements one by one.

Senator Rand Paul hopes to put a stop to this bureaucratic madness by introducing legislation that would require Congressional approval for such regulatory actions by any federal agency. That would strip the power out of the hands of these rogue agencies and put it back into the hands of lawmakers who are elected. While this may not be a perfect solution (because most lawmakers are still largely just corporate whores, to state it matter-of-factly), it would certainly be an improvement over the current situation where unelected bureaucrats rule over the American people as if they were dictators.

You know why the TSA is reaching down your pants? For the same reason the FDA is banning injectable vitamin C — because this nation is run by tyrants, not the legislators who are elected by the People. And as long as the tyrants are in charge, freedom can never be fully expressed.

Stop begging the King and just pick up your pitchforks

That’s why opposing the FDA on this decision by appealing to the FDA itself is sort of like begging the King to change his mind. It’s a slave-mentality action. Sure, it may be useful at some level, and that’s why we support these petitions, but let’s not kid ourselves on the fact that this is a slave-mentality appeal to a group of tyrants who act as if they were the King.

The real solution here is not to appeal to the King as peons, but rather to pick up our pitchforks, storm the castle, tie a rope around the neck of the King and hang him from a high castle wall (metaphorically speaking, of course) to send a message to all other would-be tyrants that messing with the freedom of the people will have consequences.

The way to accomplish that in our modern world would be to arrest FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg for her crimes against humanity, prosecute her in a fair and open trial, and watch her serve time in prison while firing all the other bureaucrats at the FDA and dismantling the agency. No good can come out of the FDA. It is beyond repair. It is effectively working against the interests of the American people, making it as dangerous as a foreign enemy organization such as a terrorist group.

With the FDA, we are past the point of being able to negotiate with rational human beings who have ethics and souls. What we are dealing with at the FDA and other agencies are real-life incarnations of evil who are pursuing an agenda to spread death and suffering across our lands while they increase their power and control. And remember, the Congress just put the FDA in charge of the national food supply, too. Oh yippee. I can’t wait to see them ban broccoli because broccoli contains anti-cancer medicine, too.

I have a feeling that I will have a very exciting future as a broccoli smuggler. That’s my dream. To be the Han Solo of vegetables, fighting the Evil Empire with the power of garden vegetables.

Hold on a sec… somebody already did that! You can watch the hilarious video here:…

The Organic Rebellion is fighting back!