Know how sometimes you save something, thinking you may need it in the future?  Pattie and I are going through that a lot these days, having recently moved across Florida into a home we’re renovating on Florida’s East Coast.

Each time we open another tub or box of “stuff,” we ask, “Will we use it now or need it later?”  My experience is most of the time its best to dump it.  Remember the sage advice, “When in doubt, throw it out!”

My writing works the same way.  I have hundreds of interesting articles filed away, just in case.  Doesn’t take much space, but it does make it daunting to sort through them all to find the one I thought I needed.

GumThis is one time where saving something was a good idea.  Last week I ran a post about a new chewing gum featuring hemp, an age old, controversial plant that turns out to be packed with antioxidants:

Hemp a great source of antioxidants? Who knew?

Turns out the idea is being tried with an anti-cancer compound, curcumin.

An extract of the spice, turmeric, curcumin has been proven – both in the lab and in clinical trials – to help slow cancer growth.  Specifically my bone marrow cancer, multiple myeloma, is particularly susceptible.   As a matter of fact, I take 3 gm of curcumin capsules daily.

So here’s the article I’d saved for a rainy day that I found on a New York media website,

Chew your way to preventing cancer?

Monday, July 21, 2014 – Reporting

A Louisiana researcher has a grant to help produce a potentially cancer preventing gum.  Dr. Cherie-Ann Nathan, with the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, received a $50,000 grant from the LSU System’s LIFT2 Program.  Nathan says she will use the funds to help produce a gum that contains Curcumin.

“It has the potential, I think, to generate a large market opportunity in the prevention of cancer.”

Curcumin is a food substance, found in the spice turmeric, that reportedly has cancer-preventing qualities. Nathan says Curcumin is in one of the top selling supplements on the market.  “There’s been a lot of literature showing that it prevents, not only cancer, but also Alzheimer’s and diabetes because it is an anti-oxidant as well.”

One problem with Curcumin is that it is not absorbed well in the stomach. Nathan hopes this gum will allow for direct absorption of the substance and help prevent head and neck cancers. She says, once the gum is manufactured, they will enroll 16 healthy volunteers for a clinical trial.

“They’ll first get the chewing gum. And then, a few weeks later once the Curcumin has been eliminated from their body, they’ll get the capsule with the exact same dose. And we will compare whether we got much higher levels of Curcumin with the chewing gum compared to the capsule.”

Chewing gum as an anti-cancer delivery system?  Why not?  The hemp gum sure tastes good.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat


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