Cancer is one of the top ten causes of death in the world. There is an approximate of 1.2 million new cases of the top ten most common types of cancer in the U.S in 2013, and an estimated of 190,000 deaths.
The immune system is our body’s way to defend itself from the unknown, the unknown being diseases or anything that doesn’t belong in our body. The immune system can help us fight infections or diseases primarily caused by bacteria, parasites, and fungi. It also attacks viruses.
Despite all the research, when it comes to understanding the brain, the reality is that we are still just scratching at the surface. What we do know is that the brain is far more powerful that we ever imagined. We don’t know just how the psyche can affect health, and not everyone in the scientific community even agrees on the idea that there is a direct relationship between your mental and physical health. I argue that there is, and I’m not the first to think this, Freud argued that bodily symptoms may result from chronic or unresolved emotional conflicts, a process which he termed conversion hysteria. With the help of growing fields like neurobiology, neuroscience and neuroendocrinology our understanding of the interactions between brain function, psychological systems and molecular mechanisms is expanding. Continue reading
Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) is a phrase used to describe a number of reactive molecules and free radicals derived from molecular oxygen. The production of oxygen-based radicals is the bane to all aerobic species. These molecules, produced as byproducts during the mitochondrial electron transport of aerobic respiration or by oxidoreductase enzymes and metal-catalyzed oxidation, have the potential to cause a number of deleterious events. Continue reading
Oxidative Stress creates an Anaerobic environment for non-normal cell growth. Continue reading
The basic science of oxidative stress and the antioxidant response is not in contention, what is an effective antioxidant is. When the body breaks food down into energy, it generates a by-product known as free radicals. Also present in food itself, the air we breathe and the sun we worship, free radicals are a broad class of chemicals with the potential to exert significant damage. By ‘stealing’ electrons from nearby molecules, free radicals in the body may tamper with DNA and impede normal cell function. Continue reading
When a Cancer cell is killed or dies an immune response occurs. This means many things are happening that are involved with the immune system. One of the bodies many partners in the immune system is the macrophage cell. A macrophage cell can literally detect dead cells through smell, much like a scavenger bird detects dead animals. Whenever dead cells reach the part of the bloodstream patrolled by Continue reading
Understanding cell death helps understand how dead tumor cells leave your body. It has been noticed in several studies that a cancer tumor can increase in size during cancer treatments, Continue reading
We all have non normal cells, this is well known in the scientific world, but not quite understood by the general public. The Cell Cycle has been intensively studied to help in determining the cause of cancer. This has actually been going on for centuries, from Otto Warburg in the 1920’s to a recent publication in 2014 with the new definition of Carcinogenesis, almost 100 years later. So now what? Continue reading