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Natural Treatments for Leukemia Largo FL

Proponents of açai (ah'sigh-EE), which is actually the purplish fruit of Euterpe oleracea, a short palm found in abundance in Brazil, claim this superfood lowers bad cholesterol and increases the good, boosts the immune system, fights infections, protects the heart, and possibly controls prostate enlargement.

Sung Tae Byun, MD
(727) 581-8767
1551 W Bay Dr
Largo, FL
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Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pontifica Univ Catol De Sao Paulo, Fac De Med, Sorocaba, Sp, Brazil
Graduation Year: 1987

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John Hill West
(727) 586-2273
1835 Indian Rocks Rd S
Largo, FL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

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Gail F Stanton, MD
(727) 442-4188
303 Pinellas St Ste 230
Clearwater, FL
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Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1978

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Alan H Tralins, MD
300 Pinellas St
Clearwater, FL
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Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1977

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Mark S Michelma, MR
2 Ambleside Dr
Belleair, FL
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Kerry E Chamberlain, DO
(727) 595-2519
13644 Walsingham Rd
Largo, FL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1983

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David Edward Longacre, MD
(727) 581-8767
Clearwater, FL
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1972

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Andrew Edwin Hano, DO
(727) 397-9641
Ste 320 8787 Bryan Dairy ZRd
Seminole, FL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1977

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Hector Alejandro Arango, MD
(727) 446-2111
1005 Pinellas St
Clearwater, FL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology, Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Brandon Reg Hosp, Brandon, Fl; Morton Plant/Mease Hlth Care, Clearwater, Fl; Tampa Gen Hosp, Tampa, Fl; Lakeland Reg Med Ctr, Lakeland, Fl

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Hitesh C Patel
(727) 447-8100
303 Pinellas St
Clearwater, FL
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Internal Medicine, Hematology / Oncology

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Fight Leukemia with Juice?

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Açai, one of the latest, hot new health food discoveries from the Amazon rainforest, boasts some impressive credentials as a source of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, and E, and more than 50 other antioxidants, especially anthocyanin—the powerhouse pigment found in red wine and blueberries.

Proponents of açai (ah-sigh-EE), which is actually the purplish fruit of Euterpe oleracea, a short palm found in abundance in Brazil, claim this superfood lowers bad cholesterol and increases the good, boosts the immune system, fights infections, protects the heart, and possibly controls prostate enlargement. With the publication of a new study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they might be able to add “fights cancer” to that list as well.

The study, conducted at the University of Florida, tested the effect of pure açai juice—stripped of any lipids (EFAs) and cellulose material—on HL-60 human leukemia cells in vitro. Researchers also evaluated five other extracts or “fractions” of the fruit, which contained different mixtures of antioxidants, for their effect on leukemia cells. They found that the extracts “reduce cell proliferation from 56-86 percent,” most likely by damaging the cells enough to cause them to self-destruct (apoptosis). This anticancer activity compares favorably with that of the chemotherapy drug, camptotechin.

Unfortunately you can’t run out and stock up on açai fruit—it’s too perishable to export. But the fruit juice is available nationwide.

In fact, the Florida study was funded by Bossa Nova Beverage Group, which recently began marketing pure açai juice. The company is underwriting additional research into the potential health benefits of açai utilizing in vivo studies at the University of Florida.

James Keough

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