Understanding Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS),mds-foundation.org
“..Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) are a group of diverse bone marrow disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. MDS is often referred to as a “bone marrow failure disorder”. MDS is primarily a disease of the elderly (most patients are older than age 65), but MDS can affect younger patients as well. To help you better understand MDS, it might be helpful to first consider some basics about bone marrow and blood. The bone marrow functions as a factory that manufactures three kinds of blood cells: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Healthy bone marrow produces immature blood cells — called stem cells, progenitor cells, or blasts — that normally develop into mature, fully functional red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. In MDS, these stem cells may not mature and may accumulate in the bone marrow or they may have a shortened life span, resulting in fewer than normal mature blood cells in the circulation…”
MDS: Causes aamds.org
“… Often times, doctors don’t know the exact cause of MDS. These cases are called de novo MDS. We do know that certain lifestyle factors are linked to MDS. MDS cannot be passed down through the genes from parent to child and it cannot be passed through germs from person to person.
You are more likely to develop MDS if you have:
Been a smoker
Been heavily exposed to certain chemicals, such as benzene
Had chemotherapy or radiation treatments. These can cause treatment-related or secondary MDS. ..”
What Causes Myelodysplastic Syndrome?
Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 02:09 AM newsmax.com
“…The causes of cancer are difficult to determine. However, there are certain specific types of myelodysplastic syndrome, which may depend on the following factors:
It depends on what kind of cells is affected. It may be a specific type of blood cells or more than one type of blood cells that cause cancer.
It may depend on the number of blasts in the bone marrow causing cancer.
It may also depend on the type of genetic material in the bone marrow leading to myelodeysplastic syndrome.
Other factors include the stage at which the cancer is diagnosed or how many blasts are in the bone marrow..
Treatment Boost for MDS ALICE MCCARTHY
PUBLISHED WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2006 curetoday.com
“…Perhaps [the cause of primary MDS] may be because we live in an environment where the bone marrow is continually being challenged. ..”
What’s Best for Myelodysplasia? drweil.com
“…However, some of these cases can be cured with a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.
A stem cell transplant replaces the defective bone marrow with healthy cells. Results depend on the subtype of MDS, the patient’s age, and any chromosome abnormalities that may be present. Stem cell transplants have typically been used for patients under the age of 50 but are increasingly being offered to older patients…”
A ‘silent’ cancer: Solutions for myelodysplastic syndromes Posted by: Dr. Charles Majors in Natural Cancer Treatments September 3, 2014 naturalhealth365.com
“…What can you do if you are diagnosed with MDS?
Test, don’t guess. You need to find a doctor who specializes in toxicity issues and do the proper testing; then a strategic plan of detoxification must be implemented. Of course, following a strict, organic diet and resolving all forms of emotional and psychological stress are essential. Never underestimate the power of lifestyle changes when dealing with cancer – especially a positive outlook on life filled with forgiveness and gratitude.
Nutritional supplements that can help MDS patients
1. Chlorella (daily) – contains chlorophyll which helps purify the blood and allows the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently, so it helps in rebuilding red blood cells. It also supports the elimination of many toxins such as molds and industrial pollutants.
2. Bee Pollen (daily) – which is rich in high-molecular substances such as, nucleic acids, can stimulate the production of white blood cells.
3. Vitamin E (daily) – a study published in the journal Cancer in 2004 found that supplementation with vitamin E or with a multi-vitamin prevented a big drop in neutrophils – a type of white blood cell.
4. Curcumin (daily) – Dr. Azra Raza, the Director of the MDS Center at Columbia University, has said, “I have used curcumin in low-risk MDS patients. A third of those treated with curcumin for at least six months have shown improvement in all three blood counts.”
5. Vitamin C (daily) is a water soluble antioxidant vitamin that is capable of neutralizing potentially damaging free radicals. Vitamin C also helps the white blood cells (WBC) combat infection and is essential for wound healing.
In addition, vitamin C improves the absorption of iron from plant (non-animal) sources. So, vitamin C not only can help increase WBC, it can help fight infections and help the body absorb more iron to help red blood cells…”
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http://www.thenaturalguide.com (Video by Larry Cook) Natural remedies found in health food stores help the body heal faster, while over-the-counter drugs found in conventional stores only manage symptoms. Why just treat the symptoms with drugs when you can help your body heal faster—or even prevent sickness—by using natural remedies? But, you ask, which remedies should you have on hand at all times? Dr. Cathie Lippman, MD, explains just that in this video:
• Arnica, a Homeopathic remedy, is for burns, bruises, cuts and trauma.
• Rescue Remedy, a flower essence remedy, good for emotional trauma.
• Oscillococcinum, a Homeopathic remedy for flu.
• Herbal Remedies
• Aloe Vera, for burns or skin injuries, and the gastrointestinal tract
• Garlic, as an antibiotic – best used raw; also as a supplement
• Calendula: natural antibiotic for skin to prevent infection
• Elderberry, an herb that is anti-viral
• Humacel – anti-viral supplement (it is a brand name)
• ProBoost: A Thymic Protein for cell support to fight infection
• Epsom Salts, which contain magnesium, for muscle soreness
• Vitamin A: For viral illness
• Vitamin C: Immune system builder, helps with infection healing
• Vitamin D: Builds the immune system and helps with bone growth
• Zinc: a mineral that supports the immune system
• Probiotics: beneficial bacteria for the intestinal tract, and they build the immune system