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Complementary Therapies & Oncology Research by UCC

The Cork Area Hospital Group, supported by funding from the Irish Cancer Society, have launched a Research Project to access the level of demand and clinical outcomes from the use of CAM Therapies in Oncology Services. The Research is being conducted by UCC (University College Cork)
Participation is open until the end of March and submissions are invited from the following groups who would have used all modalities of complementary therapies alongside standard treatment protocols:

• People who currently have or have had cancer.
• Survivors of cancer.
• Family members who care for cancer patients.
• Oncologists, doctors, cancer specialists and other professionals who provide services to people who are undergoing cancer treatment. (This
includes CAM Therapists who provide services to cancer patients.)

Please register online – click here

The survey will be emailed out within 2 days of registering. You could also request a telephone survey. It will take about 50 minutes. There will be a space near the end where you can add your own comments and suggestions. All data provided will be kept confidential.
We recommend all CAM Therapy users participate in this project, regardless of the services used, be that yoga, massage, nutritional therapy, kinesiology, reiki or whatever has proved valuable.
We will have staff available to provide explanations where necessary or to assist people when completing the survey.
Participation from all CAM users within this community is necessary if we are to help create better support for Irish cancer patients and have improved outcomes acknowledged by public policy makers.
Thank you for your time.

New research – Microbiome and COVID-19

COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory illness but new research is emerging which suggests that the GI tract may be involved. A study published in the Journal ‘Gut’ has found an association between the gut microbiome and COVID-19 host immune responses. This study concluded that gut microbiota dysbiosis after COVID-19 resolution could contribute to persistent symptoms indicating a need to understand how gut microorganisms are involved in inflammation and COVID-19.

Reference: Yun Kit Yeoh et al. Gut microbiota composition reflects disease severity and dysfunctional immune responses in patients with COVID-19

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Vitamin D deficiency- Cancer Patients

A recent study published in the Journal ‘Nutrients’ addresses the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in critically ill cancer patients requiring ICU admisssion. The researchers aimed to explore if ICU survivors may benefit from supplementation.

Low levels of Vitamin D are common in cancer patients due to prolonged hospitalisations, avoidance of sunlight following radiation therapy and impaired nutritional status.

Reference: Wohlfarth. P., et al ‘Prevalence and Impact of Vitamin D deficiency in Criticall Ill Cancer Patients Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

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Homeopathy: Effective and Economical

Securvita, is one of Germany’s leading health insurance companies and promotes itself as a ‘pioneer of naturopathy and provider of modern medicine. The company has released an analysis of data from its policy holders that shows that those who receive homeopathic care are significantly better off and need fewer conventional medicines than those who receive ordinary conventional care without homeopathic treatment.

A new study, ‘Studie zur Homöopathie: Wirtschaftlich und Wirksam’ (Economical and Effective), compares the data of nearly 16,000 Securvita policy holders who have been regularly treated by homeopathic health insurance physicians for at least three years with an equally large control group that has received ordinary conventional care without homeopathic treatment. It shows the real life benefits and improvements of homeopathic treatment which has been documented in the insurance data over several years.

The full study has been published in German here

Vitamin C and COVID-19

The Global Campaign VitaminC4COVID backed by a consortium of Vitamin C researchers, doctors and healthcare professionals makes a plea for regulators to bring vitamin C into the therapeutic realm of measures in the battle against COVID-19. The campaign cites over 100 research papers on Vitamin C trials as published in the Journal Nutrients some of which are specific to COVID-19 and upper respiratory system infections. Renowned nutrition spokesman and author, Patrick Holford leads this campaign. It is his hope that within a year Governments and health authorities will have incorporated Vitamin C into prevention and early treatment for COVID-19 and similar viral infections. Holford suggests that Vitamin C is proactive in keeping one’s immune system strong which is a critical part of any anti-viral strategy.

A full review article as published in the Journal Nutrients, October 2020, Anita Carr and Sam Rowe ‘The Emerging Role of Vitamin C in the Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19’ can be viewed here

Vitamin D reduces COVID-19 infection and death rate!

A group of Health Science and Medical experts from the U.K., U.S. and Europe have sent an open letter to world Governments stating that there is clear evidence that Vitamin D reduces Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths. The letter indicates that global patterns and risk factors for the COVID-19 pandemic and Vitamin D deficiency match precisely due to the impact on immune function. This group of scientists are calling for immediate and widespread increased intakes of Vitamin D i.e. 4000 iu per day.

The main organisers Dr. Karl Pfleger (USA) and Dr. Garreth Davies (UK) have published the letter here

Christmas Deliveries

We are advised the following dates for posting, however, please note An Post are still advising delayed delivery times, with some areas experiencing up to 7 days delay:
Ireland – December 21st
Northern Ireland – December 19th
Great Britain – December 18th
Europe – December 12th
Rest of the world – December 7th

COVID-19 and Obesity

A Review paper, as published in the Journal ‘Frontiers in Nutrition’ supports the clinical potential of supplemental nutrients as adjuncts of therapy in high-risk COVID-19 for obese patients in particular. The incidence rate and comorbidity of COVID-19 rises in the obese patient. This article suggests that micronutrients may boost host immunity against viral infections including COVID-19.

A deficiency of micronutrients due to malnutrition has the potential to increase the severity of viral infection. Adequate nutrition is important for the appropriate functioning of the immune system. Obese COVID-19 patients are more susceptible to inflammation, lung diseases and insulin resistance than lean patients. Some studies investigated in this review paper suggest that specific nutrients (vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, B vitamins, fatty acids, zinc, zelenium, magnesium) might exhibit protective effects against COVID-19 infection.

Reference: Emre Sahin, CEMAL ORHAN, Mehmet Uckun, Kazim Sahin , Clinical Impact Potential of Supplemental Nutrients as Adjuncts of Therapy in High-Risk COVID-19 for Obese Patients, Frontiers in Nutrition, Oct 2020.

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Natural Medicine; Colloidal Silver

The values of traditional healing and natural medicines have been passed successfully down through the ages. Silver is one such gem, having been used as nature’s antibiotic long before the age of pharmaceutical antibiotics. Silver and its therapeutic use was noted throughout history from the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and within Traditional Chinese Medicine. Hahnemann himself, founder of modern-day homeopathy, furthered the role of silver within well-being and during the 1800s, science supported its value. In 1893, Swiss botanist Karl Wilhelm von Nageli characterized the properties of silver as oligodynamic, meaning active in very small compounds. Even in minute concentrations, colloidal silver was reported to have remarkable germicidal properties. Colloids are capable of passing through membranes, and by producing antimicrobial effects, the use of colloidal silver has expanded throughout integrated medicine.

Colloidal silver is now available as a spray. Absorption begins in the mouth and the synergy of pure ingredients can help offer anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.  It also serves as great purifier for coughs and colds.

Integrative Medicine. Bavaria to launch department.

Klaus Holetschek, State Secretary for Health and Care, Bavaria announces the plan to establish a new department of integrative medicine. The demand for natural medicine is high and will continue to rise through future generations. Integrative medicine blends scientific and medical therapies with natural medicine thus benefitting patients in the best possible way through a holistic approach. In line with similar efforts in Baden-Wurttemberg and the governments of India and Switzerland, Bavaria sets an example for other countries to follow.

To view the full report by ECHAMP click here

Covid 19. Scientists Recommend Nutrients.

A panel of Swiss Doctors and Professors in co-operation with the Swiss Society of Nutrition have reviewed the scientific evidence and the role of micronutrients in supporting a well-functioning immune system for optimal health.

The recently published paper highlights that the global pandemic has made nutrition and immune support of particular relevance. The researchers point out that the Swiss population are at risk because of inadequate nutritional status particularly Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Zinc, Omega-3 and Selenium. No doubt the same will apply to many or all European countries.

There is a strong correlation between nutritional status and a well functioning immune system. The study addresses the urgent need to secure adequate nutrient status by supplementation as well as a balanced diet.

Reference: Prof. Mette M. Berger, Prof. Heike Bischoff-Ferrari, Dr. Islabelle Herter, Prof. Michael Zimmermann, Dr. Jorg Spieldenner and Prof. Manfred Eggersdorfer, ‘A Comprehensive approach for health in the Swiss population’.

To view the white paper, click here

Vitamin D – SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

A study as published in the ‘Journal Depression Research and Treatment’, supports the use of Vitamin D supplementation. Seasonal affective disorder or SAD is a recurrent major depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern usually beginning in Autumn and continuing into winter months. As sunlight decreases during the short dark days of winter, many individuals struggle with seasonal affective disorder or SAD. This paper presents an overview of SAD by explaining the disorder and commenting on treatment approaches including light therapy and Vitamin D supplementation. Many people with SAD have insufficient or deficient levels of Vitamin D.

This article discusses the benefits of Vitamin D supplementation during the Winter months.

Reference: Sherri Melrose, Seasonal Affective Disorder: An Overview of Assessment and Treatment Approaches, Journal of Dpression Research Treatment.

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