High doses of vitamin C weaken tumours

High doses of vitamin C could be a safe and potentially effective form of cancer treatment, scientists claim.

By injecting patients with it, they are able to get up to 1,000 times the amount than they would through eating. This amount of the nutrient, found in oranges, kale and peppers, actively hunts tumours when it enters the blood stream, research suggests.  It worked by weakening the cancerous cells, leaving them vulnerable to the effects of radiation and chemotherapy. 

Despite evidence showing the opposite, the high doses produced only mild side effects of frequent bathroom trips and a dry mouth. Vitamin C has been studied internationally as a potential treatment for cancer patients for more than four decades. Despite being known to help boost the immune system, proven results for its effects on cancer have been relatively scarce.

Previous research has even shown that it increases the risk of the disease by triggering a biological process that damages DNA.  Eleven brain cancer patients were given three infusions of vitamin C a week for two months for the study, which was published in the journal Cancer Cell.

Source  - Daily Mail

Deep breathing really does work

Yummy mummies have long sworn by breathing slowly to relax at their weekly yoga sessions.

Now scientists have found the idea of slow breathing is not mumbo jumbo, but actually works in the brain to create a sense of calm. An experiment found mice became significantly more blissful after their breathing was slowed down. While breathing exercises have been used for hundreds of years, and prescribed to panic attack victims, it was not known how they worked. 

Researchers led by Stanford University discovered the answer by accident after knocking out neurons in mouse brains which control breathing. A few days later, they noticed the animals, which were taking fewer fast, active breaths, were extraordinarily calm.

Source  - Daily Mail

Woman dies after being given Turmeric injection

A woman has died after receiving an injection of turmeric from a naturopath.
The common spice, used in curries, was partly responsible for the death of 30-year-old Jade Erick from San Diego in California, ruled a medical examiner. Ms Erick suffered a cardiac arrest caused by an adverse reaction to a turmeric solution administered intravenously.
A friend of hers told a local news channel she was interested in natural healing and her eczema had recently flared up, which could have led her to seek treatment. Turmeric is grown throughout India and in other parts of Asia and Central America. It is similar to ginger and its root can be ground into an aromatic yellow powder.

It has been used in traditional South Asian medicine for centuries for many conditions, and is often taken as a dietary supplement for conditions such as arthritis and stomach problems.

Source - Independent