Beta Glucan and Cancer
Beta Glucan is the primary treatment for Cancer in Asia.
Beta Glucan has been the primary treatment for cancer in most of Asia for the past 40+ years.
Their approach is to stimulate the immune system to fight the cancer.
The approach for treating cancer in Asia is different than Western Medicine. It is believed the primary reason a person develops cancer is a sudden change in their immune system.
All people have cancer cells in their body. These cancer cells normally do not present a serious health threat because a person's immune system finds and destroys them. When the immune system fails to recognize or kill the cancer cells, they can develop into tumors. Since it is believed that a failure of the immune system is the likely cause for a person developing cancer, the concept is to help the immune system start to recognize the cancer; something it should have done in the first place.
The Asian approach is different than Western Medicine's approach.
The Western Medicine approach is to remove the cancer and/or destroy the cancer with chemo or radiation. Normally, the chemo or radiation will weaken a person's immune system. If 100% of the cancer is not removed or destroyed, the immune system is less able to deal with the remaining cancer cells that might remain, and the tumors return.
It is common for people with cancer to look for alternatives.
It is not uncommon for a person that has had more than one round of treatments to search the Internet for conjunctive treatments for cancer, especially if their health continues to decline. Since beta glucan has over 2000 published studies on its positive effects on cancer, most people will find a Beta Glucan website.
How beta glucan works:
Even though beta glucan has been intensely researched for over 30 years by Western Medicine, how it works is not completely understood; however, the effects of beta glucan on cancer cannot be dismissed.
The immune system works on a concept of "self v. non-self."
Simply put, your immune system should know what belongs in your body, and its job is to kill everything else.
The immune system views beta glucan as something foreign or "non-self." Your immune system sees the beta glucan as something that will cause your body great harm. Your immune system, will react, will find the beta glucan, kill it, and remove it from your body.
The next day, you take more beta glucan, and the cycle of finding it, killing it, and removing it is repeated.
Each time the cycle is completed, your immune system becomes stronger and more aggressive. At some point, the immune system should become strong enough and aggressive enough that it starts to recognize the original cancer cells and starts to kill them. Simply put, beta glucan gives your immune system a serious "work out," which makes it stronger and more aggressive. It is not much different than having a weak arm - to make it stronger you have to exercise it.
Beta Glucan works differently.
Beta Glucan does not cure cancer; it works on the likely cause of the cancer - an immune system that does not perform correctly.
Beta Glucan is safe.
The FDA has given beta glucan a G.R.A.S. rating (generally recognized as safe).
There is very little risk using beta glucan as a conjunctive cancer treatment. It would be very unlikely that it would negatively affect any conventional cancer treatment. Beta Glucan is also used widely at "cancer clinics."
If you are going to research beta glucan and its effects on cancer, and you should, don't do it on retail websites; use the New England Journal of Medicine, or the Mayo Clinic data base, or similar, reputable medical sources.
Why hasn't my doctor suggested Beta Glucan?
If you are on a conventional treatment program, you should discuss taking beta glucan with your doctors. The likely reason a doctor will not suggest taking beta glucan is that it is not an accepted treatment for cancer in the United States.
What you need to know if you are considering using beta glucan as a conjunctive cancer treatment:
First, and most importantly, beta glucan is a fairly generic substance. It comes from several sources which, in their "raw" state, do not have much, if any, immune system benefits.
What is unique about most beta glucans is that they contain a chain of very specific, terminal linked, glucose molecules in a 1,3/1,6 pattern.
This is why advanced immune system products are called "Beta 1,3/1,6 Glucan" and not just "Beta Glucan."
The critical factor is that you are not looking for "Beta Glucan"; you are looking for Active 1,3/1,6 Linkage or terminal-linked 1,3 and 1,6 glucose molecules. Only the 1,3 and 1,6 linkage molecules have been proven to stimulate the immune system.
Beta glucan just happens to be a generic name of the raw material used to extract the Active Linkage. Focus on Active 1,3/1,6 Linkage, not beta glucan!
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