Reducing inflammation may help prevent cancer

Reducing inflammation may help prevent cancer, say research studies from the Mayo Clinic.

The data was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Los Angeles and reported on in Forbes.

One study found that women who regularly used aspirin developed fewer cancers than women who didn't use the anti-inflammatory drug. Another study found that there may be an association between lung inflammation seen in asthma and increased risk of breast cancer spreading to the lungs.

The first study looked at more than 22,500 cancer-free postmenopausal women who took part in the Iowa Women's Health Study. A decade later, women who regularly used aspirin were 16 percent less likely to have developed cancer and 13 percent less likely to have died of cancer than women who did not use aspirin, the researchers found.

According to one researcher, daily aspirin could possibly be helpful in preventing cancer and heart disease.

Years ago I heard a lecture by energy healer Roslyn Bruyere, author of "Wheels of Light." Bruyere was saying that from her perspective, people who get cancer have a lot of red in their energy field, which is linked to inflammation and also to anger. Does this mean that people develop cancer because they are angry? Absolutely not. Nobody is suggesting that energy healing should be used to 'blame the victim.' (In fact, in Future Medicine I warn against this kind of reductive, and potentially abusive, use of intuitive authority. But I found Bruyere's link between anger, inflammation, and cancer interesting, in that she brought together the psychological, the energetic, and the physical, and understood inflammation as a kind of mind-body reaction, given that we associate being "inflamed" with a strong emotion such as anger.

Many CAM therapists ascribe illness to imbalance and identify chronic inflammation as a catalyst for disease. The latest research on links between reducing inflammation and preventing cancer bring the circle back around to some of the intuitive associations I had gleaned from Bruyere.

It would be a good idea to feed data from medical researchers to medical intuitives and back again to see what kinds of intuitive correlations match scientific discovery and see whether other avenues of exploration might open up from such shared conversations.
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