A brain tumor is a mass of abnormal cells that is growing in or around the
brain. It develops when abnormal cells multiply for unknown reasons. Benign and
malignant are used to describe brain tumors. Benign brain tumors are usually
slow growing with distinct borders, and have a normal appearance under a
microscope. Malignant tumors are called brain cancer. They tend to be invasive
into healthy areas of the brain and may grow rapidly. A benign tumor may be
considered malignant if its size or location in a critical area of the brain may
Primary brain tumors start within the brain. Secondary or metastatic brain
tumors come from cells which have broken away from cancers within the body and
traveled to the brain. Metastatic brain tumors are always considered malignant
since they evolve from cancerous cell and grow rapidly.
What Causes a Brain Tumor?
Brain tumors are usually caused by a change in genetic structure. This change in
genetic structure may be inherited, caused by the environment, or both. Only a
low percentage (5%) of primary brain tumors are associated with inherited genes
alone. However, a study by Bondy et al. (1994) showed that 80% of patients with
glioblastoma multiforme had more than one copy of chromosome seven.
Mutated or missing genes result in abnormal cells. If abnormal cells have
malignant potential, they will form a tumor when they multiply.
High-dose ionizing radiation, used to treat brain tumors, may on rare occasions
be associated with the production of secondary brain tumors. This most often
occurs from radiation treatments that are given over time. People exposed to
certain chemicals, such as petrochemicals, pesticides and formaldehyde, appear
to be at higher risk of developing a malignant brain tumor than those who are
not exposed. In laboratory experiments, some viruses caused brain tumors in
animals. It is unknown whether viruses can cause brain tumors in humans.
Electromagnetic fields have been under study for some time as there appears to
be a connection to brain tumors.
There are many environmental and genetic factors that can cause brain tumors.
However, in most cases, we just don't know what causes a brain tumor.
Tumors are graded based on their microscopic appearances. The grade indicates
the level of malignancy. Tumors are graded on their mitotic index (growth rate),
vascularity (blood supply), presence of a necrotic center, invasive potential
(border distinctness) and similarity to normal cells.
Malignant tumors may contain several grades of cells. The most malignant grade
of cell found determines the grade for the entire tumor, even if most of the
tumor is a lower grade.
In the World Health Organization grading system, grade I tumors are the least
malignant. These tumors grow slowly and microscopically appear almost normal;
surgery alone may be effective. However, even a grade I tumor may be
life-threatening if it is inaccessible for surgery. Grade I tumors are often
associated with long-term survival.
Grade II tumors grow slightly faster than grade I tumors and have a slightly
abnormal microscopic appearance. These tumors may invade surrounding normal
tissue, and may recur as a grade II or higher tumor.
Grade III tumors are malignant. These tumors contain actively reproducing
abnormal cells and invade surrounding normal tissue. Grade III tumors frequently
recur, often as grade IV tumors.
Grade IV tumors are the most malignant and invade wide areas of surrounding
normal tissue. These tumors reproduce rapidly, appear very unusual
microscopically and are necrotic (have dead cells) in the center. Grade IV
tumors cause new blood vessels to form, to help maintain their rapid growth.
Types of Treatment
Various treatments may be used to treat a malignant brain tumor. The type and
number of treatments given is dependent upon many factors, including the size of
the tumor, its growth rate and the symptoms the patient is experiencing.
Patients should realize that there is more than one way to treat their tumors
and should seek medical treatments where many options and a continuum of
treatments are available.
Surgical biopsies of brain tumors are no longer considered absolutely necessary
because of the development of new imaging techniques. With the current scanning
ability with contrast dyes, CT and MRI scans, a brain tumor may be diagnosed as
malignant or benign without opening the skull for a biopsy. There has always
been controversy over whether the act of obtaining a biopsy may allow the
spreads of cancerous cells to other brain areas.
- Water Cure
- Unrefined sea salt
- Vegetable Juices - juicing
- Essential fatty Acids
- Calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D
- Trace Minerals
- Organic foods
- Essiac tea
- Flaxseed oil / Linseed oil
- Algae and seaweed
- Chlorela algae
- Spirulina algae
- Barley grass
- Bovine cartilage
- Chaparral (Larrea tridentata)
- Iscador (from Viscum album)
- Lemonade in the morning
- Blood type diet : O A B AB
See also Ozone and Oxygen
Laetrile, vitamin B 17
amygladin Apricot seeds, apple seeds,...
Curing With Cayenne
Use Lemon and Olive Oil drink
daily, if you are underweight, or you are suffering from gallstones
Pau d'Arco tea (Taheebo, ipe
roxo , lapacho)
Olive leaf extract
Castor oil Packs (Ricinus oil)
Epsom Salts Bath
Green tea contain many antioxidant chemicals known as polyphenols.
One of them called EGCG has 20 times the radical quenching effect of
Vitamin E, and 500 times the effect of vitamin C.
Garlic and onions contains chemicals: (allyl sulfides) which help limit
the production of cancer causing chemicals.
Tomato contain antioxidants "lycopene"
Soy (best products are miso,
tamari and shoyu):
Soy products contain chemicals called "isoflavones" which act as weak
estrogens and leave less room for strong ones. Estrogen promotes fast
growth of breast cells in women.
- Antioxidants are able to stop free radical
polyphenols in green tea
lycopene in tomatoes
- Antioxidants are quenching free radicals !
- Cox-2 Inhibitors such as "reservatol" in
red grapes and "curcumin" in Turmeric suppress tumor's production of
growth factors. It may inhibit blood vessel growth in tumors. Tumor
without blood vessel can not grow.
Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage ... have "sulforaphane" , which boost
production of Phase II Enzymes.
Phase II Enzymes remove carcinogens from cells.
There are hundreds of natural
chemicals that help our body function.