JUN 2013

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HEALING NEWS Day! ather's appy F H Men suffering from prostate cancer are less able to reap the full benefit of treatment drugs if they are under prolonged stress. So concludes researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, who used mice implanted with human prostate cancer cells and then given cancer celldestroying drugs to test the effect of repeated stress on the cancer drugs' effectiveness. Although results differed somewhat depending on the specific drug used, results consistently showed that, when the affected mice were subjected to stressful conditions, prostate cancer tumors either grew or shrunk at a slower pace. Researchers who examined the data identified a signaling pathway in the brain by which epinephrine (aka adrenaline), the chemical secreted during times of anxiety or stress, can "turn off" the cell death process. Those mice given drugs to decrease epinephrine levels did not experience tumor growth. "Our findings could be used to identify prostate cancer patients who will benefit from stress reduction or from pharmacological inhibition of stressinducing signaling," says George Kulik, D.V.M., Ph.D. Meanwhile, wellness practitioners take heed: Your services may help clients with prostate cancer make the most of their current medical treatments. Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or loneliness. It consists in daring to do the right thing and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds not words." —MAHATMA GANDHI, An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth 42 DAYSPA | JUNE 2013 Something to Wine About? A new study may have men drinking to their own testosterone. A compound found in red wine, as well as some other foods and supplements, seems to prevent this male hormone from being secreted in urine, thereby increasing testosterone levels in men's bodies. A team from Kingston University's School of Life Sciences in London reports that the compound quercetin, founded in wine, partially blocks the action of an enzyme that cues the kidneys to excrete testosterone. Hence, the red wine drinker's testosterone levels go up, while his urine fails to reveal these increased levels. An earlier study revealed that green and white teas might produce a similar effect. This test-tube research has yet to be trialed on humans. Even so, the Kingston team has shared its findings with the World AntiDoping Agency, so officials there can be aware of the phenomenon, and therefore prepared to contend with its potential abuse amongst competitive athletes. © STOCKPHOTO BREAKING THE CANCERSTRESS CONNECTION

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