Selenium – The Missing Element Needed To Prevent Breast Cancer

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The federal government by way of the FDA revoked approval of Avastin for breast cancer this month noting that risks of Avastin to those with breast cancer far exceed any benefit.

HOWEVER, the federal government by way of MediCare responded immediately to the FDA pronouncement with its own pronouncement that they will still pay for the failed and now federally unapproved drug for breast cancer treatment.

No mention was made by the FDA of selenium for breast cancer (first successfully documented for treatment of breast cancer almost 100 years ago in 1915) or by MediCare of any intention to pay for selenium supplementation (to their shame) that is also not approved by the FDA for cancer treatment (to their shame).

The cost for one year’s failed treatment of Avastin is $88,000.00.

That amount would purchase almost 55 years of 100 per cent whole food selenium to provide 900 micrograms daily — the minimum amount most commonly found by Dr. Robert Donaldson 30 years ago to reduce pain and tumor mass in each and every case of those with terminal cancer given less than one year to live. More than 100 out of 140 were still alive four years later.

“None of the studies showed Avastin extended the lives of patients with advanced breast cancer.”

Side effects of Avastin are “severe side effects, including holes in the stomach and intestines, severe bleeding and blood clots.”

Side effects of selenium toxicity (rarely ever encountered) are mild gastrointestinal upset, sour/garlicky breath and hair falling out.

Would you rather risk the potential side effects of Avastin or of selenium?

Selenium has a much longer track record of success against breast cancer (and most all other cancers) with far fewer and less severe side effects for an infinitesimally smaller cost.

In a related matter the federal government by way of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) declared that vitamin E increased the risk of prostate cancer and that selenium use had no impact on prostate cancer incidence.

This federal government declaration of the NCI was published in the pharmaceutical Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and proclaimed throughout the nation and the globe by the mainstream media.

Lost in all of this was a small mention at the end of these findings that there was no prostate cancer increase in those taking vitamin E along with selenium. Obviously then their own findings admit that selenium use has an impact on prostate cancer in spite of their declarations to the contrary.

Once again the unholy trinity of BIG government, BIG pharma and BIG media act together as one for their own vested interests decidedly not in the very best interests of you and of yours.

The truth about all these matters with much more detail was noted more than a month prior to the published findings of this unholy trinity in the new book ‘SELENIUM: One Cancer Answer 100 years and counting’ by NotADoc aka Chris Barr (page 15 and others). Call me a prophet …

The nutrition industry was of course aghast and jumped into the fray with pronouncements that it was due to use of synthetic vitamin E in the government trials. Yet synthetic vitamin E is the predominant form found in dietary supplements within the nutrition industry.

Furthermore, the doses of vitamin E used in the study are exceedingly common in the nutrition industry. One of the very first things disclosed to me about vitamin E and selenium more than 30 years ago was that the doses commonly used of vitamin E interfere with selenium antioxidant activity.

Therefore it was very easy to me to understand that high dose vitamin E could result in an increase in prostate cancer due to suppression of the beneficial activity of selenium against prostate cancer. This was further confirmed by the finding that there was no increase in prostate cancer with high dose of vitamin E when selenium was also included.

Frankly, vitamin E is rarely if ever necessary so long as the mineral selenium is abundant in a whole food form.

Much more detailed data on this subject is available in the new book ‘SELENIUM: One Cancer Answer 100 years and counting’ by NotADoc aka Chris Barr.

Original Post: January 6, 2012



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Author: Christopher C. Barr, Nutritional Historian

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