Curcumin causes cancer

Report from the 10th doctor-patient seminar at the BioMed clinic in Bad Bergzabern

From Dipl.-Psych. Gertrud Rust, mamazone-Bodensee,
Board member mamazone- women and research against breast cancer e.V.


It was a "different kind" congress with the theme: "Complementary oncology as the fourth pillar of cancer therapy", already recognizable by the reception of the numerous participants with harmonic piano music on the Bechstein grand piano. Music can have a balancing and calming effect on body, mind and soul, and appropriately attuned one could expect interesting facts from the field of complementary cancer medicine.

Turmeric - a promising plant compound

Dr. Friedrich Migeod, Chief Physician of the BioMed Clinic, opened the series of lectures with the topic: "Plant substances and vitamins in oncology".

As the guideline medicine alone Patients are often not satisfied, and there is often a need for complementary oncology, according to Dr. Migeod. This is done in the BioMed Clinic, founded in 1989 by the pioneer of complementary oncology in Germany, Dr. Dr. E. Dieter Hager, consistently further developed.

This includes the use of "food against cancer". And this is not inappropriately shortened under the slogan: "Cure cancer through a certain diet", but the consideration of plant ingredients with the possibility of using them to strengthen an organism suffering from cancer. A positive influence on the course of cancer is also seen as possible.

Behind this is the question of whether the ingredients of plants that arose in the struggle for survival with the environment to protect against bacteria, viruses, fungi and predators could also have a positive effect in the human organism.

Indole-3-carbinolA component of cabbage plants, for example, tastes bitter and repels predators, but at the same time shows an anti-hormonal effect.

NF-Kappa-B, an inflammatory factor released by cancer cells to promote growth and spread, can be inhibited by plant compounds.

An impressive example of this is turmeric, an extract from turmeric, the potential of which has now been proven many times in international studies.
Comparing cancer rates among Indians before and after migrating to the US is
to record a steep increase in all types of cancer in the new living environment.
Changes in lifestyle factors, including diets, are cited as a possible reason to explain this phenomenon.
Turmeric is a common part of everyday diet in India and is believed to have antioxidant, antithrombotic and fat-lowering properties. Due to its anti-inflammatory and growth-inhibiting effects on tumor cells, turmeric also has an anti-tumor effect.
(Aggarwal BB. Et al .: Anticancer potential of curcumin: preclinical and clinical studies. Anticancer Res. 2003 Jan - Feb; 23 (1A): 363-98)

Synergistic, so green tea works at the same time as turmeric. Admitted together, the effects are considerably stronger compared to individual consumption. In addition, the two substances are said to increase the radiation sensitivity of cancer cells.

The effect of green tea becomes its main ingredient, the EGCG (Epigallo-Catechin-3-O-Gallat), an antioxidant, a hundred times stronger than vitamin C. The Japanese green tea Sencha-Uchiyama has the highest EGCG content, which is also said to inhibit the effect of estrogen receptors.

Cruciferous vegetables (Cabbage plants) included Sulphoraphane (Mustard oil). A member of this class of substances, indole-3-carbinol, is believed to have reduced the risk of developing various types of cancer. Especially hormone-sensitive breast cancer can be influenced by I-3-C. The progression, so the progression of the disease is inhibited Angiogenesis (New formation of blood vessels to supply the tumor) decreases, the inflammatory factor NF-Kappa-B decreases, and tumor stem cells also seem to be attacked.

For some time now, the focus of the importance of phytonutrients: isoflavone Resveratrol, found in wine, especially in the grape skins and stems. Since resveratrol is a protective substance of the vine against cosmic radiation, the highest content is found in wines from higher altitudes. Resveratrol is a Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (Inhibitor in the signal
because of cell division within a cell), similar to the drug Erlotinib or Lapatinib.

The consideration of phytonutrients in the personal food composition can make a significant contribution to the recovery process and gives the patient a feeling of autonomy and self-efficacy, says Dr. Migeod.


Hyperthermia - heating up the tumor cells

The BioMed Clinic in Bad Bergzabern has earned an excellent reputation nationally and internationally as a hyperthermia center.

over Whole-body hyperthermia in the prevention of cancer recurrence and metastasis reported Dr. Stephan Wey, Specialist in internal medicine in Lauf and long-time employee of Dr. Gaunt.

Chemotherapy - according to Wey - lets patients age immunologically, often the old level is never reached again, recognizable, among other things, by a lack of fever in infections. A tendency to develop cancer can also be observed in patients with fever-free medical histories. In contrast, a third of so-called spontaneous healing in cancer is explained by fever attacks during the course of the disease. These circumstances led to the testing of induced (artificially brought about) fever as an attempt at healing.

Immune cells can migrate into tumors - the stronger the immigration, the better the chances of survival. Hyperthermia treatment increases the number of immune cells that find their way into the tumor.

The decisive factor is the production of heat shock proteins in cancer cells, which migrate to the cell surface. There they serve as a distinguishing feature for certain immune cells and make the cancer cell vulnerable to attack. The goal of hyperthermia is the production of heat shock proteins to activate the immune system.
Hyperthermia treatments should be undertaken as early as possible, preferably in the first year after illness and after the end of the initial treatment if the tumor burden is low.

Dr. Wey: "You lose a tumor in the first year after the disease, before metastasis has occurred".

Parallel to conventional medical adjuvant (supportive) treatment, hyperthermia can be classified as an early secondary prophylaxis (prevention of recurrences and metastases) in aftercare. The observation of 63 cancer patients over five years showed that 59 patients with additional hyperthermia treatment did not relapse during this period.


The To use the power of the soul for the healing path in cancer is the concern of Dr. György Irmey, Medical Director of the Society for Biological Cancer Defense in Heidelberg.

As an encouraging example, he cited Dr. Ebo Rau, a medical colleague who fell ill with pancreatic cancer, which was inoperable at the time and which had already metastasized in the liver, seventeen years ago. Dr. Rau is still alive today and, in the course of his recovery, dealt with a variety of psychological support options for this serious illness.
An empathetic (sensitive) and trusting doctor-patient relationship is central, which can improve treatment results, according to Dr. Irmey. In his opinion, the quality of the therapeutic relationship and its effect on healing processes are completely underestimated.

Quotation from a patient in this context: "The disease is not that bad, the pressure from the doctors is much worse, and it takes all my strength to fight against it". Trust, on the other hand, is an oasis that the caravan of thought never reaches (Khalil Gibran), Irmey quoted in this context.

Dealing with cancer would be about being active instead of being active, implementing medically plausible measures and warding off hope-robbing thoughts. Not the comparison with other patients, but the emphasis on the individual situation can help. Healing happens, one cannot “do” it, and different forms of therapy are not right or wrong, but individually suitable or unsuitable.

Special attention should be paid to dealing with emotions. Both the expression of negative feelings, if necessary with the support of a psycho-oncologist, and the cultivation of positive feelings are of great importance for the emotional balance of a patient.

A helpful question was mentioned: “What do you enjoy? Are there twenty things that don't cost more than 5 euros? "

So pay more attention to life than to illness, to see yourself not as a victim of your illness, but as a creator of your life, to seek contact with your inner voice, your inner doctor, this way of dealing with cancer could release undreamt-of powers.


Hazardous waste in the mouth

Back in the world of "harder fabrics" dealt Maximilian Hagen, Dentist in Bad Bergzabern, with the Interrelationships between teeth and organs.

Diseased teeth can cause organs to become ill. However, this relationship is reciprocal, diseased organs can also cause dental problems. If this connection is not taken into account, one may be looking in the wrong place for the cause of a disease, the focus of the disease.

Herd illnesses can be acute and are therefore easy to recognize and treat, while chronic herd illnesses develop slowly. They are often difficult to find and there are considerable difficulties in choosing an appropriate therapy.

The inner and outer worlds meet in the oral cavity. Teeth sit on so-called Meridians, that means energy channels, and what keeps teeth healthy also keeps organs healthy in the opinion of M. Hagen.
Amalgam was designated as hazardous waste in the mouth, which is paid for by the health insurers as the only means of repairing teeth. However, it consists of fifty percent mercury, which is deposited in the form of detached particles on brain, nerve and muscle cells. The so-called dental gold is also not pure, but an alloy with potentially harmful additives.

How can you now recognize a source of interference? Firstly through self-observation, i.e. by answering the questions whether organ and dental complaints occur at the same time, whether dental problems can be observed at intervals and discoloration of the gums is visible, whether there is periodontal disease, which indicates bacterial activity, and whether the tongue is occupied.

On the other hand, through diagnostic work-up, whereby M. Hagen uses the method according to Dr. People use. Electro acupuncture is used to test the electrical conductivity of tissue and compare it with the values ​​of healthy tissue.

If a stove is found, it should be remediated, for example by removing the amalgam with subsequent detoxification, i.e. the evacuation of the mercury deposits.

The basic view is that organs have to be seen in a functional context, the states of which influence each other. The focus on individual symptoms is due to the fact that information about system relationships is now so numerous that the overview is lost and an integrative evaluation would make considerable demands.


Sports and Cancer

On the The importance of physical exercise in the context of complementary oncology went Prof. Dr. Klaus Jung, former head of the department for sports medicine at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz.
The benefits of sporting activity in cancer have only recently been emphasized in conventional medicine, all the more astonishing as these findings have long been a matter of course in complementary oncology.

Sport and exercise reduce relapse rates and mobilize the immune system, whereby the immune functions are best strengthened with moderate exertion.

Sport in adolescence can have a preventive effect, i.e. the development of cancer is prevented, while sport in adulthood delays the progression of an illness that has already occurred.

The psychosocial effects of physical activity are also significant:
The mood improves, the quality of sleep improves considerably, while depression, anxiety and the feeling of helplessness decrease.
The training recommendation includes endurance training three to five times a week with the use of large muscle groups, one to two times a week strength training to build muscle with standardized equipment and that as flexibility training Stretching, these are stretching and loosening exercises.

Exercise in breast cancer lowers blood lipid levels, or the ratio of “bad” (LDL) and “good” (HDL) cholesterol improves. As the energy requirement increases, so do the triglyceride levels (neutral fats) in the blood, which is significant because high triglyceride levels cause the level of estrogen to rise.

Exercise also reduces insulin levels and the amount of insulin-like growth factors that can promote the growth of breast cancer cells.

Jane Tomlinson, a British breast cancer patient who was confronted with advanced metastatic breast cancer and a survival prognosis of six months in August 2000, was given as a positive example. After starting sports training, including taking part in marathons, she survived until July 2007.


Still contradicting: the influence of phytoestrogens

In addition to exercise in cancer are also Diet and Fasting in Oncology essential topics of complementary cancer medicine. Dr. Rainer Stange,
President of the Central Association of Doctors for Naturopathic and Regulatory Medicine from Freudenstadt, head physician in the Naturopathy Department of the Immanuel Hospital in Berlin and member of the Clinical Naturopathy Research Group at Charité University Medicine, highlighted the importance of suitable forms of nutrition for the course of the disease.

Essential aspects of nutrition are the questions whether a disease is caused or favored by certain diets, whether the prognosis can be improved and symptoms can be alleviated, such as the Cachexia (Emaciation in cancer).

Unfavorable nutritional components should be identified and avoided.
Obesity and fat in the abdomen are particularly dangerous and should be controlled using suitable diets.

The EPIC study (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) came to the conclusion, based on 520,000 participants, that high-fiber diets reduce the risk of colon cancer, while the consumption of red and processed meat increases the risk. There was also clear evidence of a reduced risk for a diet rich in fish. No significantly reduced risk was found for breast cancer through the consumption of fruits and vegetables; the focus here was on body weight, weight gain in adulthood and hormone levels before and after menopause.
Fat consumption and obesity increase the risk of breast cancer and worsen the course of the disease. The results on the influence of Phytoestrogens (plant ingredients with a hormone-like effect).

The WHI study (Women's Health Initiative) came to the conclusion that a low-fat diet in women after the menopause does not significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer, although no distinction was made between fats with a favorable and unfavorable composition.
The starting age of the study participants was also possibly too high, because the type of diet from childhood in particular has a formative influence on susceptibility to disease, according to Dr. Pole.

Comparative studies on cultures with different eating habits could probably come to different results.
In any case, one should be important BMI (Body-Mass-Index) below 30, and there is no doubt about the sense of a high initial quality of food and its careful preparation.

Vegetable fats should be preferred to animal fats, meat consumption should be restricted in favor of fish and colored vegetables should be included in the diet, as vegetable dyes are said to have special health-promoting properties.

Not recommended, but to be regarded as worth observing and researching is, among other things, the low-carbohydrate diet according to Dr. Coy, which is based on different metabolic processes in healthy and cancer cells. By lowering the controllable sugar supply, an essential source of energy for cancer cells is to be restricted here.

The sense of Fast was controversial in oncology for a long time with dogmatic claims on both sides, but successes have been reported in individual cases.

Current basic research on this topic is predominantly at the stage of animal testing. Previous short-term fasting of two days reduced the side effects of chemotherapy and increased the sensitivity of cancer cells to the drugs. Injected tumor cells also grew worse in fasting mice than in normally fed animals.

Clinical studies on fasting for cancer have started in the USA, including questions about the reasonable extent of calorie reduction and the necessary duration of fasting periods in order to achieve an effect.

(Changhan Lee et al. And Valter D. Longo: Fasting Cycles Retard Growth of Tumors and Sensitize a Range of Cancer Cell Types to Chemotherapy. Sci Transl Med 2012; 4 (124): 124-127)


Effectively fight pain

Far-reaching findings, however, are available Pain Therapy in Oncology in front. Dr. Silvia Maurer, Vice President of the German Society for Pain Therapy from Bad Bergzabern, defined pain “as what the patient says”. And pain therapy should focus on the progression of pain, but not the disease.

An external assessment of pain is usually inaccurate, because the perception of pain is considered subjective and changeable through psychological, social and spiritual influences.

The self-assessment of those affected thus decides on the start and continuation of pain therapy. Pain scales from 1-10 and pain diaries are helpful. An exact anamnese, that is, collecting the history of the disease, allows the allocation of pain and cause, as well as an adapted form of therapy.

Acupuncture and relaxation methods, physiotherapy, surgery and drug treatment are available as therapy options.

At the end of 2013 a practice guideline will be published in which a chapter “Complementary Medicine” will be included.

As a basic guideline, the patient should experience pain during normal physical activity for twenty-four hours.

The following classes of substances are currently used:

  • Painkillers that do not contain opioids (ASA, paracetamol, metamizole, ibuprofen and diclofenac), possible side effects require targeted use;
  • Corticoids with fewer side effects and suitability for long-term therapy;
  • Opioids, medium strength, with a 12-hour effect (tramadol, tilidine, dihydrocodeine = DHC)
  • Morphine derivatives, strong, with 12 or 24 hour effects (morphine, hydromorph, oxycoon, fentanyl patch);

Tapentadol, a new pain medication, is still being tested, and cannabis as an additive for nausea and loss of appetite requires special approval from the health insurance company.

It should be noted that strong and medium-strength substances must not be combined with one another and that regular pain medication is necessary to maintain a constant level of activity.

In the case of nerve pain, a combination of certain antidepressants with painkillers is possible, depending on the needs of the patient.
For the dreaded and unpredictable breakthrough pain, there is now a fast-acting one Fentanyl spray available for the nose. Also Fentanyl in tablet form has a rapid onset of action.

The consideration of the Pain circulation: Pain creates fear, this can lead to depression, which in turn increases the sensation of pain, or pain leads to depression, which creates fear and further increases the perception of pain.

However, effective intervention is possible in all three areas.

The progress made in pain management over the last century can be seen in the ingredients of the Brompton Cocktail, which the British surgeon Herbert Snow put together in 1896. Included were: heroin, cocaine, gin, honey and chloroform water.

In complete contrast to this, a new piece of information from the Society for Biological Cancer Defense in Heidelberg: “Carefully pain-free with cancer”, downloadable from


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Gertrud Rust