* PC-SPES…Hope for Prostate Cancer Cure
* Vitamin E and Selenium vs. Cancer
* Another great “alternative” website

PC-SPES…Hope for Prostate Cancer Cure

If I had prostate cancer, I would ask my urologist about
PC-SPES. What is it? It’s a mixture of eight Chinese
herbs. What evidence is there that it works? Researchers
at UCLA (my alma mater) have shown that PC-SPES (“PC”
stands for prostate cancer, “SPES” is Latin for “hope”)
blocks the growth of prostate tumor cells in both cell
culture and animal experiments. According to their report
published in the February 2000 issue of Prostate, the
herbal blend inhibits the growth of prostate cancer cells
by as much as 50%.

That doesn’t prove it will work on people, of course. But
in preliminary studies at the University of California at
San Francisco (UCSF), researchers studying 61 men with
prostate cancer found that PC-SPES lowered PSA (prostate
specific antigen, a commonly followed blood marker for
prostate cancer) levels by at least half in 75% of the men.
UCSF researchers also reported that tumors in some of the
patients shrank during the treatment with PC-SPES. Still,
they also insist that longer-term studies are needed.


In findings published in the May 1998 issue of the British
Journal of Urology, 974 men with prostate cancer were given
either 200 micrograms of selenium supplements or placebo
pills daily for a period of about 4.5 years. Men in the
supplement group had a 63% reduction in the incidence of
new prostate tumors. They were also significantly less
likely to die of cancer within the 6.5 years that the
researchers tracked them.

Three larger randomized trials funded by the National
Cancer Institute found that taking Vitamin E and selenium
significantly lowered lung cancer risk.

This item caught my eye because Dr. Williams’ Daily Advan-
tage supplements, which I cover in detail in the e-book,
include 200 micrograms of selenium and 400 IUs of Vitamin
E daily.

Another great “alternatives” website

For another M.D.’s slant on the limitations of drugs and
rational discussion of “alternative” treatments, take a
look at: http://www.DrWhitaker.com

He charges $39.95 a year for his newsletter (as does Dr.
Williams), but you can find a ton of information about
various diseases free at his website. Links to other
websites are there as well. He covers everything from
mind/body interactions to diabetes treatment. Next to
Dr. Williams, I would give Dr. Whitaker the Silver Medal
for information on what a doctor friend of mine says they
now call “integrative” medicine.


As for the legal stuff: Disclaimer: The author of this
newsletter is a researcher and writer, not a doctor. Any
treatment for an illness should be shared with your doctor
before you attempt it.