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The most important thing in the world is family and love.

Hello Thursday,


Both Dan and I feel that family is very important; if not the most important thing in our lives. Taking time every day to appreciate your loved ones for all that they do helps us to reconnect as a family. The basic connection between family will always be love. Remind your parents, siblings, cousins, children, or other of this love. Humor can help ease the tension of family when things get tough.

Sometimes we get so busy – or overly focused on a problem – that we forget about the beauty of life and our family. I know sometimes I take this for granted!

We can become so stuck on what is wrong – that we stop appreciating what is right. Meanwhile there is so much beauty in life – right in front of us.

This is what is taking place right now with all the issues we are facing in the media, the election and other political issues. Dan and I are taking the low key on this, I learned many years ago to not engage in politics or religion. Lets all stop today and appreciate one another as people and not as what our preference is politically.

My hope: By blogging about life and family I hope I will aim you at where the most peace, love and joy are to be found.

“Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing.” –Irina Shayk

Now, continuing on INFORMATION FROM THE CANCER CONTROL SOCIETY CONVENTION OF 2017. Yesterday I was blogging on four important vitamins that helps prevent cancer. The first one that was mentioned was vitamin A.

The World Health Organization estimates that one out of every six deaths are attributed to cancer. In 2017, the number of new cancer cases reported reached nearly 1.7 million. In this same year, cancer claimed the lives of over 600,000 people.

Many doctors won’t admit it, but many cancer treatments do little to eradicate the condition. Consider chemotherapy, for example. It is probably the most widely prescribed treatment of adult cancer in the world. Want to guess the success rate of chemotherapy? (Hint: it’s far, far lower than what you think.)

Two to three percent is all. Put another way, chemotherapy fails 97 to 98 percent of the time. Take into account the horrible side effects of the treatment, and its little wonder why more cancer patients might choose a different route.

You will likely not be surprised to hear that cancer can be caused from a vast number of factors. The most common include tobacco use, nutrient deficiencies, poor diet, lack of exercise, and sexually transmitted diseases. Other causes might be exposure to toxins, alcohol abuse, being overweight or obese, and – to an extent – genetic predisposition.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin

Vitamins A, C, and E are potent antioxidants. The National Cancer Institute informs us that these vitamins eliminate harmful free radicals. If free radicals are at high levels, they can damage cellular components, including cell membranes, DNA, and proteins. This may expedite the development of cancer.

Laboratory studies show that antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, prevent the variety of bodily damage caused by the formation of free radicals. As a result, many researchers believe that antioxidants may fight the growth of cancerous tumors.

Vitamin A is a term that encompasses the fat-soluble retinoids, and is found in the diet as preformed vitamin A from animal sources, such as retinol and retinyl ester, and as provitamin A from plant sources, such as the carotenoid pigments.

Preformed and provitamin A are intracellularly metabolized to form the active vitamin A molecule, which is retinal and retinoic acid.

There is an anti-cancer drug that specifically acts by blocking the breakdown of retinoic acid, derived from vitamin A. This approach has been found to be "surprisingly effective in treating animal models of human prostate cancer. . .

Daily injections of the agent VN/14-1 resulted in up to a 50 percent decrease in tumor volume in mice implanted with human prostate cancer cells. . .

No further tumor growth was seen during the five-week study."

It seems that when cancerous tumors have more vitamin A available, they shrink. And there is a good reason tumor shrink. "Keeping more retinoic acid available within cancer cells. . . redirects these cells back into their normal growth patterns, which includes programmed cell death. . . This potent agent causes cancer cells to differentiate, forcing them to turn back to a non-cancerous state.

" So, vitamin A seems to induce positive, healthy, cell changes. Indeed, this is why vitamin A derivatives are already in wide use to fight skin cancer. Vitamin A fights cancer. It does not "push," "promote," or "incite" it.

A vitamin A derivative "could protect against lung cancer development in former smokers," says another report. Significantly, the vitamin A derivative is used "combined with alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), in order to reduce toxicity known to be associated with 13-cis-RA (the vitamin A derivative) therapy." This illustrates why orthomolecular (nutritional) physicians do not use high doses of vitamin A by itself, but rather give it in context with other important, synergistic nutrients.

A baseball team entirely made up of pitchers might get a lot of strikeouts while in the field, but not hit many home runs when at bat. All nutrients are needed in a living body. Vitamin A is an essential part of the team.

Here is an example: "A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that administering both vitamin A and vitamin C to cultured human breast cancer cells was more than three times as effective than the administration of either compound alone (since) the combination of the two vitamins inhibited proliferation by 75.7 percent compared to untreated cells. . .

The ability of retinoic acid (vitamin A) to inhibit tumor cell proliferation is well known, although its mechanism has not been defined. The authors suggest that the synergistic effect observed in this study is due to ascorbic acid's ability to slow the degradation of retinoic acid, thereby increasing vitamin A's cell proliferation inhibitory effects." Vitamin C helps vitamin A do its work even better, a clear team advantage.

Doctors' experience and clinical evidence both show that vitamin A helps prevent cancer. This has been known for a long time. "The association of vitamin A and cancer was initially reported in 1926 when rats, fed a vitamin A-deficient diet, developed gastric carcinomas. . . The first investigation showing a relationship between vitamin A and human cancer was performed in 1941 by Abelsetal who found low plasma vitamin A levels in patients with gastrointestinal cancer."

Moon et al reported daily supplemental doses of 25,000 IU of vitamin A prevented squamous cell carcinoma. And, de Klerk and colleagues reported "findings of significantly lower rates of mesothelioma among subjects assigned to retinol. . . Studies that use animal models have shown that retinoids (including vitamin A) can act in the promotion-progression phase of carcinogenesis and block the development of invasive carcinoma at several epithelial sites, including the head and neck and lung." The Linus Pauling Institute adds, "Studies in cell culture and animal models have documented the capacity for natural and synthetic retinoids to reduce carcinogenesis significantly in skin, breast, liver, colon, prostate, and other sites."

National data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers repeatedly fails to show even one death from vitamin A per year. Vitamin A is very safe. However, pregnancy is a special case where prolonged intake of too much preformed oil-form vitamin A might be harmful to the fetus, even at relatively low levels (under 20,000 IU/day). Interestingly enough, you can get over 100,000 IU of vitamin A from eating only seven ounces of beef liver. Have you ever yet seen a pregnancy overdose warning on a supermarket package of liver?

A lack of vitamin A, especially during pregnancy, and in infancy, poses far greater risks. Deficiency of vitamin A in developing babies is known to cause birth defects, poor tooth enamel, a weakened immune system, and literally hundreds of thousands of cases of blindness per year worldwide. This is why developing countries safely give mega doses of vitamin A to newborns to prevent infant deaths and disease.

The NIH says, "Dietary intake studies suggest an association between diets rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A and a lower risk of many types of cancer. A higher intake of green and yellow vegetables or other food sources of beta carotene and/or vitamin A may decrease the risk of lung cancer."

A study of over 82,000 people showed that high intakes of vitamin A reduce the risk of stomach cancer by one-half. Dr. Jennifer Brett comments that "Vitamin A fights cancer by inhibiting the production of DNA in cancerous cells. It slows down tumor growth in established cancers and may keep leukemia cells from dividing." A derivative of the vitamin has been shown to kill CEM-C7 human T lymphoblastoid leukemia cells and P1798-C7 murine T lymphoma cells.


Good morning Thursday 🌄 sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful too. Have a wonderful day 🌼

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” –Anthony Brandt

As I blog about vitamins and the benefits toward cancer and prevention; My quest is to gear you to seek a professional in functional medicine. The reason is, they are experts in reading lab work to see what you are lacking in and also will help you get to the root of your condition.

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Until tomorrow, a family is one of nature’s masterpieces. Have a safe day.


Hot full of the sun,

Exercising down a path of pine tree’s lining my way.

Keeping fit while enjoying nature

And the sound of the birds singing.

The sun taking control of the energy that surrounds me.

The spirit of my soul lights up

As I continue to walk with my soul.

Its hot full of the sun.


Written by Sheryl Malin

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