Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The Power of Anti-Angiogenesis
Anti-Angiogenesis is a cancer therapy that consists of intake of drugs or natural foods that deprive cancerous tumors of blood supplies. In other words, Anti-Angiogenesis starve tumors to death by choking off blood supplies to them. Tumors rely heavily on uninterrupted blood supply and if there is a deprivation, cancerous cells do what they failed to do due to modifications to their genetic code – die.
Ongoing research indicates that agents in a number of natural foods directly contribute to treatment of cancer through Anti-Angiogenesis.
Angiogenesis means the growth of blood vessels. Your body usually knows how to regulate the growth of blood vessels, but sometimes there are defects in blood growing and pruning.
In autopsies of people who died in car accidents, doctors have found microscopic cancers in 40% of woman (breast) and 40% of men (prostate). Something like 70% of older people have microcancers in their thyroid. But the cancer is harmless -- "cancer without disease." If you block angiogenesis the cancer can't grow. "It's a tipping point between harmless cancer and deadly one."
According to Dr. William Li, a cancer researcher from the Angiogenesis Foundation, lots of foods contain naturally occurring inhibitors of angiogenesis, and many are even better than drugs for blocking angiogenesis (see image above).
Sources: Alternative Cancer, Food to Cure, Angiogenesis Foundation