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Thank you all and green tea was posted 06/30/1999 11:51 pm by Laurie
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Thank you for making this so comfortable, for a while I thought maybe I would not be able to get through this. . . I do try to keep positive thoughts and my prayers are now including my new friends here. . . One of my husbands friends from work sent this article on green tea, you all may have seen this but in case you hadn't I thought I would share. Funny thing, I've been drinking it for months now. . . Tomorrow is another Dr. appointment.. . after loosing 30 pounds since the time of diagnosis last week Larry gained a half pound. . . we look forward to seeing if we've been lucky again this week. . . Although he had two really bad days this week with nausea, so we'll see what happens.Again thank you and I will go check out the bios.. . Laurie "Research over many years in several countries all points in the same direction,namely that an ingredient of green tea inhibits the growth of new blood vessels.This is important because, for tumors to grow, new blood vessel formation(angiogenesis) is needed for carrying blood to the ever-growing mass of cancercells. In the absence of angiogenesis, cancers outgrow their blood supply andeventually disappear. Green tea contains an anti-angiogenesis factor known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). At the Karolinska Institute, Sweden,investigators showed that in mice that consume green tea as their sole source of fluid, angiogenesis (in response to injections of a blood vessel growth factor)is reduced by up to 70% as compared with mice that drink water. Addingrelevance to this study, it was found that the amount of EGCG in the blood of mice that drink green tea is similar to that of humans who drink 2-3 cups of it daily. Studies in Japan, China, and India, where green tea is popular, show that there is a strong correlation between green tea drinking and a low incidence of all types of human cancer. Most recently, in a more narrowly focused study conducted jointly at the Shanghai Cancer Institute and our National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, it was shown that green tea drinking is associated with a 60% reduction in the incidence of human esophageal cancer. All this is consistent with the research of Dr. Judah Folkman of Harvard, who has shown that by inhibiting angiogenesis one can arrest growth of advanced cancers, even when they have become resistant to all other availabletherapy. Anti-angiogenesis factors, including green tea's EGCG, may prove to be the long hoped for magic bullet for cancer. Sources: Nature (398:381, '99), British Medical Journal (318:1086, '99), Medical Tribune (39 #9:13, '98) (40 #9:2, '99)"

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