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New study sheds light on why cancer often strikes those with healthy lifestyles August 21, 2018

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Most cancer mutations are due to random DNA copying ‘mistakes,’ not inherited or environmental factors, Johns Hopkins researchers say.

A new study by scientists at Johns Hopkins provides evidence that random, unpredictable DNA copying “mistakes” account for nearly two-thirds of the mutations that cause cancer.

The researchers say their conclusions are supported by epidemiologic studies showing that approximately 40 percent of cancers can be prevented by avoiding unhealthy environments and lifestyles. But among the factors driving the new study, they add, is that cancer often strikes people who follow all the rules of healthy living—nonsmoker, healthy diet, healthy weight, little or no exposure to known carcinogens—and have no family history of the disease, prompting the pained question, “Why me?”

“It is well-known that we must avoid environmental factors such as smoking to decrease our risk of getting cancer. But it is not as well-known that each time a normal cell divides and copies its DNA to produce two new cells, it makes multiple mistakes,” says Cristian Tomasetti, assistant professor of biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “These copying mistakes are a potent source of cancer mutations that historically have been scientifically undervalued, and this new work provides the first estimate of the fraction of mutations caused by these mistakes.”

Adds Bert Vogelstein, co-director of the Ludwig Center at the Kimmel Cancer Center: “We need to continue to encourage people to avoid environmental agents and lifestyles that increase their risk of developing cancer mutations. However, many people will still develop cancers due to these random DNA copying errors, and better methods to detect all cancers earlier, while they are still curable, are urgently needed,”

Tomasetti and Vogelstein’s research will be published Friday in the journal Science.

Current and future efforts to reduce known environmental risk factors, they say, will have major impacts on cancer incidence in the U.S and abroad. But they say the new study confirms that too little scientific attention is given to early detection strategies that would address the large number of cancers caused by random DNA copying errors.

“These cancers will occur no matter how perfect the environment,” Vogelstein says.

In a previous study authored by Tomasetti and Vogelstein in the Jan. 2, 2015, issue of Science, the pair reported that DNA copying errors could explain why certain cancers in the U.S., such as those of the colon, occur more commonly than other cancers, such as brain cancer.

In the new study, the researchers addressed a different question: What fraction of mutations in cancer are due to these DNA copying errors?

To answer this question, the scientists took a close look at the mutations that drive abnormal cell growth among 32 cancer types. They developed a new mathematical model using DNA sequencing data from The Cancer Genome Atlas and epidemiologic data from the Cancer Research UK database.

According to the researchers, it generally takes two or more critical gene mutations for cancer to occur. In a person, these mutations can be due to random DNA copying errors, the environment, or inherited genes. Knowing this, Tomasetti and Vogelstein used their mathematical model to show, for example, that when critical mutations in pancreatic cancers are added together, 77 percent of them are due to random DNA copying errors, 18 percent to environmental factors (such as smoking), and the remaining 5 percent to heredity.

In other cancer types, such as those of the prostate, brain, or bone, more than 95 percent of the mutations are due to random copying errors.

Lung cancer, they note, presents a different picture: 65 percent of all the mutations are due to environmental factors, mostly smoking, and 35 percent are due to DNA copying errors. Inherited factors are not known to play a role in lung cancers.

Looking across all 32 cancer types studied, the researchers estimate that 66 percent of cancer mutations result from copying errors, 29 percent can be attributed to lifestyle or environmental factors, and the remaining 5 percent are inherited.

The scientists say their approach is akin to attempts to sort out why “typos” occur when typing a 20-volume book: being tired while typing, which represents environmental exposures; a stuck or missing key in the keyboard, which represent inherited factors; and other typographical errors that randomly occur, which represent DNA copying errors.

“You can reduce your chance of typographical errors by making sure you’re not drowsy while typing and that your keyboard isn’t missing some keys,” Vogelstein says. “But typos will still occur, because no one can type perfectly. Similarly, mutations will occur, no matter what your environment is, but you can take steps to minimize those mutations by limiting your exposure to hazardous substances and unhealthy lifestyles.”

Tomasetti and Vogelstein’s 2015 study created vigorous debate from scientists who argued that their previously published analysis did not include breast or prostate cancers, and it reflected only cancer incidence in the United States.

Tomasetti and Vogelstein now report a similar pattern worldwide, however, supporting their conclusions. They reasoned that the more cells divide, the higher the potential for so-called copying mistakes in the DNA of cells in an organ. They compared total numbers of stem cell divisions with cancer incidence data collected by the International Agency for Research on Canceron 423 registries of cancer patients from 68 countries other than the United States, representing 4.8 billion people, or more than half of the world’s population. This time, the researchers were also able to include data from breast and prostate cancers. They found a strong correlation between cancer incidence and normal cell divisions among 17 cancer types, regardless of the countries’ environment or stage of economic development.

Tomasetti says these random DNA copying errors will only get more important as societies face aging populations, prolonging the opportunity for our cells to make more and more DNA copying errors. And because these errors contribute to a large fraction of cancer, Vogelstein says that people with cancer who have avoided known risk factors should be comforted by their findings.

“It’s not your fault,” says Vogelstein. “Nothing you did or didn’t do was responsible for your illness.”

In addition to Tomasetti and Vogelstein, Lu Li, a doctoral student in Tomasetti’s laboratory in the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, also contributed to the research.

Article retrieved from: https://hub.jhu.edu/2017/03/23/cancer-mutations-caused-by-random-dna-mistakes/

Annual North Trip! July 23, 2018

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I have posted photos from our annual father-son trip. This year we travelled up to Whitehorse, Yukon. The first night was a bit rough because all accommodation in Whitehorse was fully booked so we had to spend a night on a park bench! On the trip we enjoyed a scenic drive to Dawson City and followed some moose tracks in Spirit Lake.

Felt great to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature in the Yukon Territory, Canada. Photos can be seen here:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskF1VeUN

 

 

Live on Conscious Living Radio May 30, 2018 May 30, 2018

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I am very excited to be invited back on Conscious Living Radio tonight, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 to talk about my recent work, research and upcoming workshops. The interview will air live at 6PM PST on 100.5FM or you can listen on your computer or mobile phone. For more information on how to listen :

On your FM Dial:

Tune in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 100.5 FM

Live Streaming from your computer:

Choose 128Kbps stream – this is for listening to what is being broadcast on the radio in real time.

If the stream is not working and there is no problem report on this page, please try troubleshooting by clicking on this FAQ page.  If your question is not answered there, please report here

On your Mobile Device:

iPhones/iPad:  Did you know that you can just click the listen link on your iPhone and itunes will play your stream on your phone or iPad?  And the best part is that you can use other apps while the stream is running.

Or get Co-op Radio on your iPhone, Android Phone, and computer via TUNEIN!

Here is the URL for Co-op Radio on TUNEIN: http://tunein.com/radio/Co-op-Radio-1005-s31144/

Get TUNEIN for your phones and other devices here: http://tunein.com/get-tunein/

Android:  You will need to download an app.

Early Bird discount ending soon! April 18, 2018

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adam dreamhealer workshop vancouver toronto naturopathI am looking forward to reconnecting with everyone again at the two Dreamhealer workshops this year, Vancouver and Toronto.
The discounted early bird price will be ending on May 1, 2018 for both workshops. 
Registration is open for both workshops and tickets are selling quickly!
Toronto, Ontario – Sunday, June 3, 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia – Sunday, June 10, 2018

Due to my busy clinic schedule I will not be adding any additional dates in 2018, there will be no workshops in 2019 or 2020
Tickets are selling quickly and these workshops are guaranteed to sell out! Don’t forget the discounted early bird rate will only available until May 1, 2018. Only regular price tickets will be available after May 1, 2018.
We have received several emails inquiring about the focus of the workshops. The workshops are not limited to solely cancer patients and does not focus only on cancer. Everyone is welcome to these workshops!
The workshops will cover a wide range of topics, Dr. McLeod has added new material drawing from recent studies that connect quantum physics to biology and both workshops include two powerful group healing sessions.
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2018 Workshop Announcement! December 18, 2017

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Dr. Adam McLeod is very excited to announce that he will be holding two Dreamhealer workshops in 2018, Vancouver and Toronto. More information can be found on my website:
http://www.dreamhealer.com/workshop/

Registration is open for both workshops at the discounted early bird price (available for a limited time only):

Toronto, Ontario – Sunday, June 3, 2018
https://dreamhealertoronto2018.eventbee.com

Vancouver, British Columbia – Sunday, June 10, 2018
https://dreamhealervancouver2018.eventbee.com

For those who need accommodation in Vancouver or Toronto, we have been provided a discounted rate for all workshop attendees at the hotel where the workshops are held. There are limited rooms available at the discounted rate and the room block is guaranteed to sell out as it does every year. To book at the discounted rate you must book under the ‘Dreamhealer group’. 

Discounted hotel rate for Vancouver 2018: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown

Discounted hotel rate for Toronto 2018: Please call 1-800-905-2811 (the online link will be posted shortly!)

Due to Dr. McLeod’s busy clinic schedule he will not be adding any additional dates in 2018 so we hope you can make it to Toronto or Vancouver in 2018. There will be no workshops in 2019. These workshops and discounted hotel room rates are guaranteed to sell out so registered soon! Hope to see you all there!

If you have any questions please send an email to questions@dreamhealer.com

Presentation at BC Therapeutic Touch Retreat 2016 March 15, 2016

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I am very excited to announce I will be presenting at the BC Therapeutic Touch Retreat 2016 on Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Springbrooke Retreat & Conference Centre located at 22778 72nd Avenue in Langley, British Columbia.

At this presentation I will provide information on practical tools that can be used to enhance daily self-care and how you can incorporate your intuition into your healing practice. I will also share some of my healing experiences and how plans can be customized for individual patients.

There is no group healing session at this presentation.

Please note, this event is not organized by Dreamhealer. To register for the event or if you have any questions about the event please contact Susan Rutherford at srutherf@gmail.com or 604-218-7707.

Click here to register.

See you all there!

Is the Alkaline Diet an Effective Cancer Treatment? September 11, 2014

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Every day I see cancer patients who are drinking alkaline water and focusing a significant amount of their time and energy on alkaline foods. Is this an effective cure for cancer? The short answer is no and any observed positive effects have nothing to do with the foods being alkaline. Let me explain why this is.

In the early 20th century it was observed that cancer cells could not grow in alkaline environments. There are a number of metabolic reasons why this is and this principle is very effective in a petri dish. The problem is that this theory simply does not apply to our bodies. The pH is a measure of how acid or basic a liquid is. You cannot change the pH of your blood enough to influence cancer. To understand why, you need to look at the biochemistry of the blood.

Our blood is buffered which means that it is absolutely full of molecules that make sure there are no variations in the pH of the blood. The body spends a substantial amount of energy keeping the pH of the blood with in a very narrow range. Every single protein in your entire body is designed to work at a very specific pH. If there is any deviation from this optimal pH then the protein ceases to function properly. In other words, if you were able to make your blood significantly more basic it would very quickly result in kidney failure, respiratory failure and ultimately death. Our cells have been adapting to a very narrow pH range for millions of years and there are many metabolic reasons for this. When you drink alkaline water and eat alkaline foods it does not make your blood alkaline.

Any positive studies relating to the alkaline diet have nothing to do with the foods being alkaline. When you look at the list of “alkaline foods” it consists mostly of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and legumes with very small amounts of meat. These are all very healthy foods that are rich in nutrients. The high nutrient content is completely unrelated to the alkaline nature of these foods.

When designing an ideal diet plan for cancer patients the first goal is making sure they are getting adequate nutrients because the cells will have increased metabolic demands while fighting cancer. The second goal is making sure that they are avoiding foods that are rich in sugar. Very often this diet will consist of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. No one disputes that these foods are helpful when combating cancer but it is clear that this positive effect from these foods is not due to them being alkaline.

If you are fighting cancer it is essential that you have professional guidance with your diet. Before you make any dramatic changes contact a Naturopathic physician that works with oncology. A Naturopathic doctor that works with oncology will take the time to look at your case and will design a specific diet plan for you.

Dr. Adam McLeod is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND), BSc. (Hon) Molecular biology, First Nations Healer, Motivational Speaker and International Best Selling Author. He currently practices at his clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia where he focuses on integrative oncology. http://www.yaletownnaturopathic.com

By: Dr. Adam McLeod, ND, BSc

Iron and Anemia in Cancer Patients August 7, 2014

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By: Dr. Adam McLeod, ND, BSc

Everyone has seen someone with cancer who looks pale and depleted with energy. This is often due to anemia which means that there are less red blood cells to transport oxygen to tissues in the body. There are a number of different potential causes for this and one of the most common causes is low iron. When a doctor looks at blood work that clearly says “low iron” there is often an immediate response to supplement the patient with iron. However, we should not be so quick to prescribe iron to every cancer patient that is showing signs of anemia.

The interactions between iron and cancer are very complex and altered iron metabolism is considered a key metabolic “hallmark of cancer”1. It is clear that iron has roles in all aspects of cancer development, including the tumour microenvironment and metastasis. As evidenced by the expression pattern of ‘iron genes’ in malignant tumours, it is not simply associated with cancer, but also is indicative of a patient’s chances of survival2.

Our bodies have evolved to tightly partition and limit the amount of available iron. The iron deficiency anemia that is observed in cancer patients may actually be the bodies response to the presence of cancer. By limiting the availability of iron in circulation, there is less available for the cancer to utilize. If the patient is given iron then you are essentially fighting against the bodies effort to lower the iron levels.

There are a number of different studies that clearly show a strong connection between low iron levels and decreased cancer risk. It is well documented that people who regularly donate blood have lower rates of developing cancer3. This is likely connected to decreased iron levels following donation of blood. A popular natural cancer therapy called curcumin, acts as a potent natural chelator of iron5. It is thought that some of the observed anti-cancer properties might be due to the fact that it powerfully sequesters iron away from cancer cells6.

Recent research indicates that tumours create their own iron-rich micro-environment to evade constraints that are imposed by limited systemic iron availability. Cancer cells will sequester iron and it is possible that this allows the cancer cells to mutate more quickly. Iron reacts with oxygen to produce free radicals that damage DNA. Normally this is not desirable, however, this allows cancer cells to adapt more quickly to different conditions when the DNA is being constantly damaged on a low level. This consistent damage from excess iron is thought to increase the mutation rate of the DNA within the cancer cells. This recent evidence for regulation of iron in the tumour micro-environment represents a new paradigm in iron biology4.

Of course there are some situations where iron must be prescribed but it should not be done unnecessarily. Many effective cancer therapies work by actually decreasing the level of iron in the blood. If the red blood cells are reduced in number and smaller than normal (low MCV) then you very likely have iron deficiency anemia. It is very important to also check the level of ferritin to check on your bodies ability to transport iron.

A Naturopathic doctor that works with oncology will take the time to look at your case and will write you a prescription for iron if it is truly indicated. Contact Yaletown Naturopathic Clinic to see if this is the right therapy for you.

Dr. Adam McLeod is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND), BSc. (Hon) Molecular biology, First Nations Healer, Motivational Speaker and International Best Selling Author. He currently practices at his clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia where he focuses on integrative oncology. http://www.yaletownnaturopathic.com

References:

1) Hanahan D, Weinberg RA. Hallmarks of cancer: the next generation. Cell. 2011;144:646–674. [PubMed]

2) Miller LD, et al. An iron regulatory gene signature predicts outcome in breast cancer. Cancer Res. 2011;71:6728–6737. [PMC free article]

3) Edgren G, et al. Donation frequency, iron loss, and risk of cancer among blood donors. J. Natl Cancer Inst. 2008;100:572–579. [PubMed]

4) Torti, Suzy V., and Frank M. Torti. “Iron and cancer: more ore to be mined.” Nature Reviews Cancer 13.5 (2013): 342-355.

5) Jiao Y, et al. Iron chelation in the biological activity of curcumin. Free Radic. Biol. Med. 2006;40:1152–1160. [PubMed]

6) Jiao Y, et al. Curcumin, a cancer chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic agent, is a biologically active iron chelator. Blood. 2009;113:462–469. [PMC free article]

My Trip to Peru August 4, 2014

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Written By: Dr. Adam McLeod, ND, BSc

This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Peru with my father and it was an incredible experience. After a long plane trip from Vancouver, we finally started our trek from Cusco, which is full of Incan history. I was warned before going to Peru that the altitude (11000ft) can make it very difficult to function and that you would need a day to adapt. I did not take these warnings seriously but it became apparent very quickly that the altitude was affecting us both. After our bodies adapted to the thinner air, we then proceeded to a small town called Ollantaytambo, located in the Sacred Valley.

The setting in this sacred valley was very unique. There were Incan ruins scattered all over the valley and it is clear that this was a thriving community at the height of the Incan empire. Some of the ruins were absolutely incredible feats of engineering. I spent hours looking at some of these structures just contemplating how it was even possible to build this. Many of the cuts were made to perfection and the junctions were such a perfect fit that it is not possible to even fit a piece of paper between them.

Amazing rocks in Ollantaytambo

Amazing rocks in Ollantaytambo. They fit perfect even after being exposed to centuries of earthquakes and weather.

Perhaps the most fascinating engineering feat that I saw on this trip was a block of granite that was perfectly cut out of the mountain at a location called the Temple of the Condor. It is easy to visualize how they cut the sides but it boggles the mind when trying to figure out how they cut behind this solid rock. This one particular site is not seen by many tourists in the area. To me, this small corner in Ollantaytambo had more spiritual significance than any other site that I visited in Peru.

Incredible feat of engineering at Temple of the Condor in Ollantaytambo

Incredible feat of engineering at Temple of the Condor in Ollantaytambo

After visiting Ollantaytambo we then decided to visit Machu Picchu. The town at the base of the mountain is called Aguas Calientes and you can only reach it by train. We woke up at 4:30AM to get in line for the buses to Machu Picchu and there were already hundreds of people in front of us. Although Machu Picchu is an incredible ancient city at a beautiful location, it did not hold much spiritual significance to me. I believe that this was due to the fact that there were so many other people there. While on the mountain I made an Alpaca friend who was happy to take a picture with me.

Adam McLeod and his father hanging out with an Alpaca on Machu Picchu

Adam McLeod and his father hanging out with an Alpaca on Machu Picchu

Overall this trip was a very spiritual experience where on many occasions I could feel the emotions from these historical sites. This region has a brutal history as the Spanish came through and destroyed the Incan culture. You can feel the charged emotions from some of these ruins where atrocities occurred. This trip gave me a deep respect for the Incan culture. The ruins that remain despite centuries of wars and earthquakes are a reminder as to how advanced this culture really was.

For more pictures from my trip check out my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dreamhealer/

Dr. Adam McLeod is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND), BSc. (Hon) Molecular biology, First Nations Healer, Motivational Speaker and International Best Selling Author. He currently practices at his clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia where he focuses on integrative oncology. http://www.yaletownnaturopathic.com

Seeing your Doctor to Prevent Illness April 11, 2014

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Written By: Dr. Adam McLeod, ND

A patient waits in the doctor’s office. When he enters the doctor asks, “What brings you in here today?” The patient replies, “I have no health concerns at all. I am actually very healthy. I just want to learn how to stay healthy.” This scenario may sound bizarre to some people. Why would someone book an appointment with their doctor if they are perfectly healthy? These types of appointments need to become more common in our health care system!

In our culture there are many in the mainstream medical community that regularly speak about the importance of preventative medicine. There is no doubt that preventative medicine is effective and it ultimately saves our health care system billions of dollars in the long-term. Preventative medicine is more effective when the patient is treated before they are sick. By definition preventative medicine is the art of medicine that prevents patients from getting ill in the first place.

Patients should be encouraged to visit their doctor even when there is no health concern. Obviously regular checkups are important to ensure that the patient is indeed in good health but there also needs to be an active effort to keep them healthy. The solution to preventative medicine is not simply taking a pill to control a marker on a blood test. The solution must include getting the patient engaged in their own health.

Patients need to be actively encouraged to participate in the healing process. We live in a culture where people tend to pass on the responsibility of their health on to their doctor. Of course the doctor has some responsibility to ensure that the patient is receiving the care that they need. But the patient must also accept responsibility for his or her own healing. Be proactive and get engaged with your own healing process!

There are so many basic changes that can be made to your lifestyle that will make a substantial difference when trying to prevent an illness. Many of these changes we are all well aware of but we could use some encouragement from our doctor to make these changes. We should all exercise regularly; eat a balanced healthy diet and practice focusing our mind. Even just a few minutes of focused intention before bed can make a substantial difference in your life. It can help to reduce stress and organize your thoughts more effectively so that you can get through the next day with ease.

It can be very difficult to get some patients to make these basic positive changes in their life. A big component of the art of medicine is learning to meet the patient where they are at. Even if they are resistant to change their doctor should make an effort to encourage these positive changes at every opportunity. Developing a healthy lifestyle is a process and it is unlikely that a patient will make all of these changes at once and stick with it. Positive changes must be added over time as the patient makes strides in the direction of health.

Naturopathic doctors are experts in preventative medicine and they are trained to assess every aspect of your health and customize a treatment plan that is right for you. They can help to improve every aspect of your lifestyle in a way that will help to prevent the development of illness. Be proactive and get involved in your own healing. Your local naturopathic doctor can help you to find the path to a healthy balanced life.

For more information about Dr. Adam McLeod‘s practice visit: http://www.yaletownnaturopathic.com

Note: Due to the high volume of calls the best way to book an appointment is send an email to appointments@yaletownnaturopathic.com and the clinic will contact you when there is an available appointment.

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