Natural Treatments for Leukemia Picayune MS

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.

David Mc Intosh Owen, MD
(601) 288-8282
604 Woodbine Ln
Hattiesburg, MS
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Oncology (Cancer), Hematology-Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1960
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Hospital: Forrest County Gen Hosp, Hattiesburg, Ms; Wesley Med Ctr, Hattiesburg, Ms
Group Practice: Hattiesburg Clinic Hematology

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Tawfiq Iftekhar Khansur
(601) 364-4471
1500 E Woodrow Wilson Ave
Jackson, MS
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Hematology / Oncology

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Laura C Bunch, MD
(601) 984-5615
2500 N State St
Jackson, MS
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Ruth Kellum Fredericks, MD
(601) 984-6440
1020 River Oaks Dr Ste 420
Flowood, MS
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Neurology, Medical Oncology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
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Archie W Wright, DO
(601) 984-5590
2500 N State St
Jackson, MS
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Harry L Butler
(601) 268-5150
103 Asbury Cir
Hattiesburg, MS
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Hematology / Oncology

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William Ray Reed Jr, MD
(662) 841-4077
990 S Madison St Ste 1
Tupelo, MS
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Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1987
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Hospital: North Mississippi Med Ctr, Tupelo, Ms; Magnolia Regional Health Cente, Corinth, Ms
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William K Woods
(601) 288-1700
301 S 28th Ave
Hattiesburg, MS
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Radiation Oncology

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William Jason Gibson, MD
(601) 932-9637
823 Grand Ave
Yazoo City, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), General Surgery
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1972
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Hospital: Kings Daughters Hospital, Yazoo City, Ms; Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Breast & Thyroid Ctr

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Helen Elisabeth Heslop, MD
Byhalia, MS
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Otago, Med Sch, Dunedin, New Zealand
Graduation Year: 1980

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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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