Cancer & Fungus or Why Cannabis’ anti-fungal properties may be working on Cancers.

By | Apr 19, 2012

Cancer is a fungus, can be caused by a fungus, or is accompanied by
late-stage fungal infections, and now the Mayo Clinic confirms this. They
are not the first to say so though. Many, even from the official world of
orthodox oncology, recognize the similarities of cancer and fungal
infections, the decay that ties these two together in a dance that all too
often ends in miserable death.

The Mayo Clinic[1] is saying that a fungal infection of the
gastrointestinal tract mimics cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. The
invasive fungus, Basidiobolus ranarum, is typically found in the soil,
decaying organic matter and the gastrointestinal tracts of fish, reptiles,
amphibians, and bats.

Patients with this fungal infection had non-specific symptoms such as
abdominal pain or a mass that could be felt on examination. Before a
conclusive diagnosis of the fungal infection was made, most patients were
thought to have abdominal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease or
diverticulitis. Surgical resection of the area of involvement and
prolonged antifungal therapy successfully treated most patients.

Interestingly, a few years ago researchers at Johns Hopkins were surprised
that the drug itraconazole, commonly used to treat toenail fungus, can
also block angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels commonly seen in
cancers. Tumor angiogenesis is the proliferation of a network of blood
vessels that penetrates into cancerous growths, supplying nutrients and
oxygen and removing waste products.[2] Cancer researchers studying the
conditions necessary for cancer metastasis have discovered that
angiogenesis is one of the critical events required for metasteses to
occur.[3]In mice induced to have excess blood vessel growth, treatment
with itraconazole reduced blood vessel growth by 67% compared to placebo.
“We were surprised, to say the least, that itraconazole popped up as a
potential blocker of angiogenesis,” says Dr. Jun O. Liu, professor of
pharmacology. “We couldn’t have predicted that an antifungal drug would
have such a role.” Itraconazole was found to reduce the numbers of
circulating cancer cells, prevent the worsening of prostate cancers, and
delay the need for chemotherapy. However, it has serious side effects when
given in the necessary high dosages that include hypertension, low
potassium levels and fluid retention. These side effects require treatment
with other medications. Effects of high doses of itraconazole could lead
to heart failure.[4]

For two decades John Hopkins has recognized the increasing frequency of
severe fungal infections in patients with neoplastic diseases. Most fungal
infections are caused by the commonly recognized opportunistic fungi
Candida spp and Aspergillus spp, and the pathogenic fungi Cryptococcus
neoformans, Histoplasma capsulatum, Coccidiodes immitis, and less often by
Blastomyces dermatidis. However, recently newer pathogens such as
Pheohyphomycetes, Hyalohyphomycetes, Zygomycetes and other fungi of
emerging importance such as Torulopsis glabrata, Trichosporon beigelii,
Malassezia spp, Saccharomyces spp, Hansenula spp, Rhodotorula spp, and
Geotrichum candidum have appeared as significant causes of infection in
this patient population.

Dr. Tullio Simoncini does not say that cancer is caused by yeast; what he
is telling the world is that the cancer is a yeast overgrowth. What causes
the cancer (or a yeast-filled tumor) is another thing. Simoncini has
always insisted that tumors are white because they are fungi. Some have
made fun of him, but looking around at the extremely sparse information
about the subject, I ran into one person saying:

If someone had asked me a year ago what color the inside of a tumor was, I
would have guessed red and gray. When they did the biopsy, I asked to see
the tissue specimens: five quarter-inch to half-inch strings of vermicelli
(Italian for little worms) with little streakings of blood. They didn’t
look evil to me, just strings of fat. The entire mass was white inside as
the pathology report stated.

Specialists in throat and mouth cancer say that cancers can be red or
white patches: any patch that appears randomly and is red or white in
color could be a mouth cancer symptom. The white patches in the mouth are
called leukoplakia and the red patches are called erythroplakia, which
are pre-cancerous conditions. Though these red or white patches are not
always cancerous, it could be the result of a fungal infection caused by
Candida called thrush.[5] Thrush will lead to a red patch that often
bleeds after the white patch disappears. A small amount of this fungus
lives in your mouth most of the time. It is usually kept in check by your
immune system and other types of germs that also normally live in your
mouth. However, when your immune system is weak, the fungus can grow.

Fungal Mycotoxins

It just so happens that a toxin produced by mold on nuts and grains can
cause liver cancer, according to University of California Irvine
Researchers. And a French case-control study of 1,010 breast cancer cases
and 1,950 controls with nonmalignant diseases found that breast cancer was
associated with increased frequency of mold-fermented cheese
consumption.[6] Fungi produce mycotoxins, which can kill us or cause

Dr. Wang and Groopman from the Environmental Health Sciences Department at
Johns Hopkins published on the effects of mold toxins on DNA in Mutation
Research, a leading cancer journal.[7] They said mycotoxins with
carcinogenic potency include aflatoxins, sterigmatocystin, ochratoxin,
fumonisins, zearalenone, and some Penicillium toxins. Most of these
carcinogenic mycotoxins are genotoxic agents. Aflatoxin is a potent
genotoxic agent, is mutagenic in many model systems and produces
chromosomal aberrations, micronuclei, sister chromatid exchange,
unscheduled DNA synthesis, and chromosomal strand breaks. Most strikingly,
the relationship between aflatoxin exposure and development of human
hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) is demonstrated by studies.

Harrison et al. (1993) examined human breast cancer tissue for evidence of
the presence of aflatoxin. The researchers examined human DNA from a
variety of tissues and organs to identify and quantify aflatoxin
DNA-adducts. Such adducts are considered to be proof of the mycotoxin’s
presence in a particular tissue. Aflatoxins may in fact be a risk factor
for cancer induction in a variety of organs in man, in the same manner as
that of cigarette smoking. [8]

DNA from normal and tumorous tissue obtained from patients with cancer of
the breast was examined. Tumor tissues had higher aflatoxin-adduct levels
than did normal tissue from the same individual. The result of this study
verifies the presence of carcinogenic aflatoxin within the cancer tissue
and thus implicates aflatoxin as a cause of breast cancer. That is the
same as saying cancer is a fungus or is caused by a fungus and this is
what Dr. Simoncini has been saying all along.

Intensive Care Units are particularly on alert with immunocompromised and
oncology patients for fungal infections. “Patients with brain tumors used
to have a life expectancy of 3-12 months, but better treatment has allowed
them to live a bit longer,” said Brenda Shelton, clinical nurse specialist
at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins
University, Baltimore. “The last two brain tumor ICU patients we treated
died of infection, not of their disease. One patient had a rare fungus,
and the other had candidemia. Years ago, you would not see most of these
fungal infections in patients with brain tumors because they would not
live long enough.”

“The biggest misconception is the belief that fungal infections are rare,”
Shelton said. “Another misconception is fungal infections are like every
other severe infection. They are harder to manage, harder to eradicate and
more frequent than people realize.” One of the most common complications
involved in treating patients with hematologic cancer is fungal

Aspergillus niger fungal infection in human lungs produces large amounts
of oxalic acid, which is extremely toxic to the blood vessels and which
may cause fatal pulmonary hemorrhages. Consequently, oxalic acid (calcium
oxalate crystals) in the sputum or lung specimens of patients is also an
indication of an Aspergillus infection of the lung. These calcium oxalate
crystals are the same as the calcium oxalate found in breast cancers. The
presence of oxalates in the breast is indicative of the presence of fungi
interwoven within the stages of breast cancer development. Since humans do
not make oxalic acid themselves, this is an appropriate conclusion.[9]

Dr. Robert Young states, “Bacteria, yeast/fungi, and mold are not the
cause of a cancerous condition but are the result and the evidence of
cells and tissues biologically transforming from a healthy state and to an
unhealthy state.” Dr. Young astutely observed that, “over-acidification of
the body leads to the development of chronic yeast and fungal infections
and ultimately a cancerous condition of the cells and tissues.”

If one has cancer, chances are pretty good that one
also has a fungal infection to one degree or another.

According to The Home Medical Encyclopedia, in 1963 about one-half of all
Americans suffered from an “unrecognized” systemic fungal condition. Far
more Americans suffer from fungal infections today as antibiotics, hormone
replacement therapies, and birth control pills continue to be consumed
like candy. Thus more and more children are becoming infected with
candidal meningitis or viral meningitis, which means their systems are
suffering under the weight of fungi who put out an assortment of
poisons—or mycotoxins.

Sodium Bicarbonate is an Antifungal Agent

The current controversy over sodium bicarbonate and its use in oncology
might be relatively new but baking soda has a long history of helping
people get through the worst medical conditions. The Eloquent Peasant, an
Egyptian literary work dated around 2000 B.C., refers to a peddler selling
natron, a natural blend of sodium bicarbonate, chloride and sodium
carbonate used in mummification, just one of hundreds of uses this
compound has been put to. Baking soda’s first widespread use was probably
as a leavening agent for bread and other baked goods. It has been used
commercially since 1775, although the now-famous Arm & Hammer brand wasn’t
introduced until 1867.[10]

Sodium bicarbonate (Na2HCO3) is recognized by most as ordinary baking
soda, which is found in deposits around the globe. Its backbone
characteristic is to maintain balance of carbon dioxide, bicarbonate and
pH. Sodium bicarbonate is available and sold in every supermarket and
pharmacy in the world and is widely used in emergency rooms and intensive
care wards in injectable forms but is sold as a common household substance
that is used for hundreds of different things.

Read my book, Sodium Bicarbonate, and see that something as inexpensive as
baking soda will outperform the most expensive pharmaceuticals. Across a
wide range of disorders, including cancer and diabetes, we find conclusive
evidence and plenty of theoretical backing to suggest that sodium
bicarbonate is a frontline universal medicine that should be employed by
all practitioners of the healing and medical arts for a broad range of
disorders that are afflicting contemporary man.

Dr. Mark Allan Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P)
Director International Medical Veritas Association
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine

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