Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute http://www.phlbi.org A 501(c)(3) non-profit medical research institution. Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:31:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 The Pacific Mesothelioma Center Receives $1 Million Anonymous Challenge Grant to Help Fight Mesothelioma http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/08/pacific-mesothelioma-center-receives-1-million-anonymous-challenge-grant-help-fight-mesothelioma/ http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/08/pacific-mesothelioma-center-receives-1-million-anonymous-challenge-grant-help-fight-mesothelioma/#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:52:40 +0000 http://www.phlbi.org/?p=8968 LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, August 15, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC), a division of The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI), is pleased to announce a generous $1 million grant from an anonymous donor. The challenge grant is committed over the next four years with the challenge for the PMC to […]

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LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, August 15, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC), a division of The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI), is pleased to announce a generous $1 million grant from an anonymous donor. The challenge grant is committed over the next four years with the challenge for the PMC to raise matching funds for additional immunotherapy research.

The grant will be used to support a molecular biologist and an immunologist working on novel immunotherapies for mesothelioma. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that affects the lining of the chest – the pleura. Immunotherapy is an exciting and promising cancer treatment that uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. It is the PMC’s firm belief that the future of mesothelioma treatment will involve combination therapy, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Further, rational combinations of various immunotherapies combined with traditional cancer therapies, holds the greatest promise for real progress in the treatment of mesothelioma and other cancers. The donation will help propel this initiative forward.

Upon an annual review by the anonymous donor, a grant of up to $250,000 will be awarded each year until 2021. Gifts can be made by mail (10780 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90025) or online, at http://www.phlbi.org/about/get-involved/donate/.

As a result of this generous grant, the PMC are pleased to announce the appointment of two new Molecular Immunologists who have worked at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, the University of Pennsylvania and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Masahide Tone, Ph.D will bring his immense knowledge, vast skills and leadership capabilities to the PMC lab as Senior Researcher and Director of Research. Yukiko Tone, DSc will be a senior research scientist. Their positions commence on August 21st, 2017.

“This pledge comes at a really exciting time in immunotherapy research,” said Dr. Robert B. Cameron. “For the first time ever, we are seeing real benefit of immunotherapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Combining different immunotherapies with more traditional cancer treatments, like surgery, in rational ways holds great promise for finally improving the survival of patients with this formerly fatal disease.”

Dr. Cameron is a pioneer in the field of mesothelioma, Director of the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program at UCLA, Professor of Surgery at UCLA and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the West LA Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is also one of the PMC’s Scientific Advisors.

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Laughter: the Best Medicine http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/08/laughter-best-medicine/ http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/08/laughter-best-medicine/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 18:47:49 +0000 http://www.phlbi.org/?p=8943 Laughter: The Best Medicine Laughter is the best medicine. We’ve all heard this line before, multiple times throughout our lives. But does this advice actually hold merit? Recent studies show that laughter definitely brings many healing factors to the body. It reduces pain, increases resilience, boosts immunity, and decreases blood sugar levels which causes the […]

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Laughter: The Best Medicine

Laughter is the Best MedicineLaughter is the best medicine.

We’ve all heard this line before, multiple times throughout our lives. But does this advice actually hold merit? Recent studies show that laughter definitely brings many healing factors to the body. It reduces pain, increases resilience, boosts immunity, and decreases blood sugar levels which causes the stress response.

The main problems that cancer patients report during the period of their cancer treatment are pain, stress, and depression. The solution to these problems: laughter. Surprisingly, laughter tackles all three of these problems that cancer patients report having the most trouble with. A study published online found that laughing increased pain thresholds due to the increased production of endorphins, which are hormones in the body that relieve pain. Volunteers were inflicted pain by placing a freezing wine sleeve over their forearms or tightening a blood pressure off as they watched different genres of videos, ranging from serious documentaries, comedy videos, and even live performances. Scientists then tracked the correlation between the volunteer’s laughter and the amount of pain they could withstand. The results of this study suggested that people who had been laughing had a higher tolerance for pain.

These results brought upon a new, innovative way to help cancer patients. Laughter therapy, or humor therapy, is the use of humor to promote overall health and wellness. Laughter therapy sessions are incorporated into a treatment plan to encourage optimistic thinking and joyful feelings that support and even accelerate the healing process. The natural, psychological process of laughter helps relieve the stress, pain, and depression that cancer patients often struggle against.

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is an example of a treatment center that uses laughter therapy to cope with cancer. CTCA offers humor therapy sessions to help cancer patients and their families use and enjoy laughing as a tool for healing. Similar to many laughter therapy sessions, laughter is not actually caused through humor or jokes. Rather, it is used as a physical exercise. For example, one activity consists of patients putting their fingertips on their cheekbones or chest and making “ha ha” sounds until they feel the vibrations of their laughter through their bodies. Dr. Pucket, a lead doctor at CTCA, claims “During these exercises, it is hard for people not to join in because laughter is so contagious.”

Both the patient’s reactions and the results of this therapy session were positive. Patients have claimed that they did not even think about cancer throughout the session and that it was great to laugh after being in a state of depression for months. Even an 8-year old who attended a humor therapy session praised the effectiveness of this healing method: “I never thought about laughing every day, but now I realize I can. Like even when I don’t feel happy, I can still laugh and feel better.”

Cancer is definitely no laughing matter. However, if laughter can help the process of treating cancer, why not give a humor therapy session a try?

About the Author:

Author - Joshua Moon

Joshua Moon is an intern at PHLBI who is interested in participating in biomedical research and exploring the medical field. He will be a senior at Oxford Academy in the 2017-2018 school year. Previously, he has participated in the research of the West Nile Virus and has been part of a biomedical class for two years. Joshua is an Eagle Scout and loves to play volleyball.

 

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Meet the Speaker’s for the 7th Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Part One http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/08/meet-speakers-7th-symposium-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-part-one-2/ http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/08/meet-speakers-7th-symposium-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-part-one-2/#respond Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:30:39 +0000 http://www.phlbi.org/?p=8923 The Symposium’s Distinguished Panel Includes: Luana Calabrò, MD, received her MD degree from the University of Messina, Italy, and her board certification in Hematology and in medical oncology from the University of Messina, Italy. She performed post-doctoral study at the Centro di Riferimento Oncologico, Aviano, Italy. She worked as researcher at the National Institute of […]

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Luana Calabrò MD, Anna Nowak MBBS FRACP PhD., Haining Yang MD PhD.

The Symposium’s Distinguished Panel Includes:

Luana Calabrò, MD, received her MD degree from the University of Messina, Italy, and her board certification in Hematology and in medical oncology from the University of Messina, Italy. She performed post-doctoral study at the Centro di Riferimento Oncologico, Aviano, Italy. She worked as researcher at the National Institute of Health, Rome , and later moved to Siena where she works presently as clinical associate at the Medical Oncology and Immunotherapy, Center at the University Hospital of Siena. Dr Calabrò’s research interests include cancer immunobiology and epigenetics, as well as bioimmunotherapy of solid tumors, with particular focus on thoracic malignancies. She has authored more then 50 international scientific publications in books, monographs, and peer-reviewed journals. Lastly, Dr Calabrò is/has been co-Investigator/Principal Investigator of several phase I-III clinical trials with immunotherapeutic agentsi in patients with solid malignancies.

Anna Nowak, MBBS, FRACP, PhD. is a Medical Oncologist and member of the Perth Mesothelioma Centre she has participated actively in mesothelioma research over the past 10 years, and has received international recognition in this area. Dr. Nowak has been active in pre-clinical research in this disease. Her laboratory work in mesothelioma includes a PhD thesis on combination chemo-immunotherapy in a murine model; this work was awarded at local, national, and international level, winning the International Mesothelioma Interest Group New Investigator Award in 2002. She returned to UWA in 2005 to pursue laboratory work and clinical translational work in mesothelioma She has given numerous oral presentations and published abstracts of her work at national and international meetings. More recently, she has continued to investigate the role of PET scanning in prognostication and monitoring of treatment response in mesothelioma, and is the principal investigator of an investigator-initiated phase II clinical trial of sunitinib as second line therapy in malignant mesothelioma.

Haining Yang, MD, PhD., is a Professor in the Cancer Biology Program at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. She has a MD from, Shandong Medical University,
and a PhD, Shandong University. Her research goal is to find novel strategies for mesothelioma early detection, prevention and therapy. During years of study, Dr. Yang has discovered some key mechanisms of asbestos-induced carcinogenesis. Additionally, She found that asbestos induces cell necrosis, causing the release of a critical factor called High Mobility Group Box 1 protein (HMGB1). HMGB1 functions as the “master switch” that when turned on, kick starts a series of inflammatory responses that over time lead to malignant transformation of mesothelial cells and mesothelioma development. .Besides the studies on HMGB1, Dr. Yang in collaboration with Dr. Michele Carbone, discovered that heterozygous germline BAP1 mutations predispose to malignant mesothelioma. These findings opened a new research field studying the mechanisms of gene-environment interaction in causing mesothelioma, and led to the discovery of a new cancer syndrome that was named the “BAP1 cancer syndrome”.  Dr. Yang’s research is funded by the National Cancer Institute, the V-Foundation and the Department of Defense. Dr. Yang received EU Marie Curie Scholarship from the European Commission Marie Curie Actions Program in 2005, and she was one of the recipients of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Innovative Landon Award for International Collaboration in Cancer Research in 2008.

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If you would like attend the symposium click here to register. Registration fees before September 12th are
Physicians :$150
Nurses :$100
Family & Patients:$75
Students:$25
Legal Profession:$400

All physicians and nurses attending will receive continuing medical education (CME) course credit. Patients and families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Breakfast, lunch and coffee included in registration fee.

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The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) Is Pleased To Announce The Appointment of Michael Arlen To The Board of Directors http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/08/pacific-mesothelioma-center-pmc-pleased-announce-appointment-michael-arlen-board-directors/ http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/08/pacific-mesothelioma-center-pmc-pleased-announce-appointment-michael-arlen-board-directors/#respond Tue, 01 Aug 2017 23:29:42 +0000 http://www.phlbi.org/?p=8912 Michael Arlen is focused on helping PMC raise greater awareness of mesothelioma. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, U.S., August 1, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center, a division of the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Arlen to its Board of Directors. Michael is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in […]

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Michael Arlen is focused on helping PMC raise greater awareness of mesothelioma.

Michael ArlenLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, U.S., August 1, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center, a division of the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Arlen to its Board of Directors. Michael is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in both business and serving on non-profit boards. He launched a local Los Angeles ad agency which, over the course of 16 years, grew into one of Los Angeles’ top billing ad agencies with offices in, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore & Mexico City. He also helped design and popularize the NIH’s emergency medical protocols for the treatment heart attacks for adults, children and neonates; and asthma guidelines. His pocket references helped usher-in triage-centric education in medical schools and provided coursework for allied healthcare professionals to become certified to deliver emergency care, including the administration of drugs, at the scene, before a patient was able to see a doctor. His latest company, NEWtritious develops functional foods, designed to make it easier for patients in healthcare facilities to receive their Daily Value of protein, essential vitamins and minerals.

Michael earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology at UCLA. He has served on the Boards of the American Lung Association for 12 years and Breathe LA for 14 years.

“I have great interest in PHLBI’s mission to advance medical research, as my family has been touched by illnesses of both the heart and the lung,” said Michael. “I feel very passionate about Board service and helping causes concerning health and wellness. I’m looking forward to learning more about how I can best be of service to the PHLBI.

“Michael has demonstrated diverse professional skill sets through the various companies he has founded and ran and has extensive experience in executive leadership at several national non-profits. I love his creativity and giving spirit and we are most fortunate that he has chosen our organization, and we all look forward to learning from him” said Rhonda Ozanian, chair of the board of directors at the PHLBI.

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A Conversation With Kenechi Udeze http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/07/conversation-kenechi-udeze/ http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/07/conversation-kenechi-udeze/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:12:30 +0000 http://www.phlbi.org/?p=8845 Former NFL player who stopped his career early due to leukemia diagnosis chats with PHLBI student intern Joshua Moon about his life, career, and cancer experience.   1. Of all the places you visited where has been your favorite? Honestly, California has been a pretty great place and I enjoy it. 2. How did you […]

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Kenechi Udeze

Former NFL player who stopped his career early due to leukemia diagnosis chats with PHLBI student intern Joshua Moon about his life, career, and cancer experience.  

1. Of all the places you visited where has been your favorite?
Honestly, California has been a pretty great place and I enjoy it.

2. How did you end up with football?
It started during high school, when I stumbled into a kid, that I didn’t even like, who asked if I wanted to play football. Actually, I thought I wanted to be a basketball player until the point when I stepped onto the football field. I fell in love with the sport – went to camps and lost weight. Several coaches thought I could play at a professional level.

3. What was your first reaction when you learned you had cancer?
My first reaction was of disbelief. I didn’t really believe it and it was just something that I couldn’t come to terms with until I was going through procedures to cure it. But even then, one of the first things I was told was that I had to work on my mental framework everyday rather than being physical fit. So, that’s what I really did. I never really faced a situation more than a common cold because I was in such good physical shape growing into it, so learning that I had cancer was something that caused me much disbelief.

4. Where did you find courage to face a situation that was out of your control?
Honestly, I just did what everybody else would do when put in a situation like that. I’m one of the people that thrive in situations of diversity. I never like things to be easy. I like things to be difficult and that’s the best way to see how you’re progressing as an adult and a human – dealing with things that are out of your comfort zone.

5. So, now you’ve gone from being this pro footballer to a very different routine, I’m sure. In what ways did your schedule suddenly change?
It didn’t really change. I wake up at the same time in the daytime, I go about things in the same way and work out. I’m thankful where my career and workplace is a place where I have so much fun. It’s not even considering my schedules different. It’s more or less the same. I like waking up in the morning early.

6. How about other practical adjustments— like your diet or exercise— how did these change?
That was the most significant change I had in my life. When nerve damage set in initially, it was really difficult for me. For a long period of time, the nerve damage bothered me to where I couldn’t continue exercising. I used be to very active, but chemotherapy caused nerve damage. I still tried to continue healthy regimen, though, and still tried to find time to work out consistently. However, I never got to where I was before and couldn’t be as healthy as I was once.

7. What do you think was the hardest part about the whole experience?
By far, giving up football. If you saw me on a day to day basis, you would see that I am very passionate about the game of football. I just miss football. There is nothing like dedicating yourself to something and being told that you couldn’t do it anymore. I had to say bye to the sport I loved when I was only 24 years old.

8. But you overcame it; what do you believe was the key to your victory?
Having a good mindset and believing that Lord has a plan for me. I never gave up being around the game of football. I always knew that I was going to transition into this world of football in any way, shape, or form. Even though I had to battle, I am still playing football – in a different way. I am back at home in USC.

9. Any piece of advice or words you could share with others that could benefit from your unique perspective?
Never give up and quitting is not an option. Until you take your last breath, just keep on fighting. That’s something I truly believe in because if I gave up a long time ago, I would have never gotten a chance to get into USC. If I gave up on my grades when I got into college, I would have been kicked out. If I had given up on my battle with cancer, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. With a positive attitude, you can do a lot of special things.

10. Did the experience change your priorities, goals, or values?
Yes they changed significantly. I realized that I love the football league, but as much as I loved to be around it, there are so many more important things than football and being part of the game. I found peace when I left the game of football, but it wasn’t until a year or two after when I came into grips with everything.

11. And you found your way back to football, in a different role—what factors pulled you back onto the field?
I really only saw myself being back on the football field, especially as a coach. If you know me personally, you know I’m a hands-on coach. I actually love getting in there, putting my hands on shoulder pads because I’m fairly young, especially in the coaching world. So, being on the field allows the guys to instantly relate to you, not only by me being a defensive linebacker in the past, but also by still showing them how to do things and interacting with them during practice.

12. I’ve read you’re one of the top recruiters in the country—that’s an incredible feat—how do you keep achieving at such a high level?
I’m never satisfied, which can be a bad thing as much as being a good thing. I love it. There is not one part of this job that I don’t like. One of the coolest things I know, as I was a former recruited athlete, is when a coach takes their time and comes to your school in order for you to be part of something bigger then what you’ve accomplished in high school football – that’s really cool to me. Building relationships is important. Recruiting is very easy when you know how to talk to people and get the most out of them. This is because it’s about how to connect to with these young men. You have to learn them and have to be consistent and honest with them. I love the fact that I get to do my job – building relationships with guys and making them Trojans.

13. You still have so much opportunity ahead of you; looking back though, given what you’ve been through, is there anything you would do differently?
You know what, I would honestly say no. With every mistake, with every opportunity and second chance at something, you always have the opportunity to do something better than you did before. The mistakes that I made when I was sixteen, I made the same mistakes at nineteen, but as you start getting older, you stop making the same mistakes because you realize how it affects you. With every opportunity, there is an opportunity to improve and that’s what I really try to emphasize on.

 

About the Author

Joshua Moon is an intern at PHLBI who is interested in participating in biomedical research and exploring the medical field. He will be a senior at Oxford Academy in the 2017-2018 school year. Previously, he has participated in the research of the West Nile Virus and has been part of a biomedical class for two years. Joshua is an Eagle Scout and loves to play volleyball.

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The Key to Cancer: Exercise http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/07/key-cancer-exercise/ Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:05:08 +0000 http://www.phlbi.org/?p=8810 Scottish playwright James Thomson once professed that “health is the vital principle of bliss, and exercise, of health”.  Thomson’s quote emphasizes the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy and enjoyable life. While exercise and fitness are essential to a hearty lifestyle, it is even more so to cancer patients. Mounting evidence continues to show […]

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Scottish playwright James Thomson once professed that “health is the vital principle of bliss, and exercise, of health”.  Thomson’s quote emphasizes the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy and enjoyable life. While exercise and fitness are essential to a hearty lifestyle, it is even more so to cancer patients. Mounting evidence continues to show that exercise is not only a key component in successful cancer prevention and treatment, but also in preventing cancer recurrence.

For instance, the International Liver Congress conducted a research study wherein mice that exercised for an hour everyday were compared to sedentary mice. Both groups were fed a high fat diet. The results proved that only 70% of the exercising mice developed large tumors whereas 100% of the sedentary mice developed significant tumors, larger than 10 mm. This research played a pivotal role in defining exercise as a crucial part of assisting cancer prevention.

While exercise plays an important role in preventing cancer from arising, it is also a very effective way of coping with cancer and making the treatment a less burdensome process. Engaging in regular exercise increases joint flexibility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular function – all of which translate to a sturdier body. In addition, patients who actively exercise report of experiencing less fatigue, which is the primary complaint during treatment. The reduction of fatigue and the increase of energy levels causes less stress and anxiety, which, in turn, contributes to a greater chance for a successful treatment.

Cancer recurrence is cancer that comes back after a successful treatment. One of the main causes of cancer recurrence is a change in lifestyle that often leads to obesity. It is well-known fact that obesity is closely linked to cancer: 1 in 20 cancers are linked to being overweight or obese. To prevent this from happening, exercise is imperative for weight loss.

So, what kind of exercise is the most helpful for cancer patients? Obviously, climbing Mount Everest or participating in an ultra-marathon is not the thing to do. Instead, an effective exercise consists of three components: aerobic, strength, and stretching. Aerobic exercises cause the heart to beat faster and is an efficient way of burning calories. Good aerobic exercises for cancer patients include bicycling, running, and even walking. Secondly, strength training improves muscle tone and counteracts the muscle decay that comes with the long period of muscle unused during cancer treatment. Lifting light weights or resistance bands are great exercises to participate in. Lastly, stretching is vital in every exercise program. Stretching keeps the muscle and joints limber, resulting in flexible, uninjured body.

As Thomson said, exercise is essential for good health and health is essential for a good, happy life. All three of these things should play an important role in your lifestyle. Keep it safe, keep it fun, and make it work for you!

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Joshua Moon is an intern at PHLBI who is interested in participating in biomedical research and exploring the medical field. He will be a senior at Oxford Academy in the 2017-2018 school year. Previously, he has participated in the research of the West Nile Virus and has been part of a biomedical class for two years. Joshua is an Eagle Scout and loves to play volleyball.

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The Alkaline Diet: A Natural Cancer Cure? http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/06/alkaline-diet-natural-cancer-cure/ Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:46:37 +0000 http://www.phlbi.org/?p=8745 The cure for cancer. Famous doctors devote their lives to finding a cure. Endless experiments have been conducted to find it. Millions of people search for this miracle treatment. But what if there already is an existing cure? Inflammation of the body and the increasing intracellular pH are the main promoters of the growth of […]

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The cure for cancer. Famous doctors devote their lives to finding a cure. Endless experiments have been conducted to find it. Millions of people search for this miracle treatment.

But what if there already is an existing cure?

Inflammation of the body and the increasing intracellular pH are the main promoters of the growth of cancer. These factors provide a perfect setting for cancer cells to thrive and multiply. The verdict for this inflammation? Diet. While a diet full of carbohydrates, sugar, and dairy products serves as an invitation for cancer cells to grow in the body, a diet that limits protein and carb consumption and highlights the importance of vegetables can reduce and even eliminate cancer cells in the body. An alkaline diet fits the criteria for regulating the inflammation and pH in the body.

Alkaline Diet Natural Cancer CureAn alkaline diet consists of fresh vegetables, fruits, and unprocessed sources of protein that are highly alkaline. This in turn results in a more alkaline urine pH level that helps protect healthy cells from cancer cells and balance essential mineral levels. To vastly increase the chances of erasing cancer cells in the body, there are some critical foods that must be cut out in this diet.

Sugar is a food that is dangerous to cancer patients. Sugar metabolism creates acid, which is the opposite of what the alkaline diet aims for. In addition to raising body acidity, cancer cells are fueled by sugar at an enormous rate. A PET test revealed that cancer cells uptake sugar 10-12 times the rate of healthy cells. Furthermore, sugar is proven to suppress a key response in the immune system, which weakens the immunity of the body up to a shocking 44%. Instead, raw honey or fruit eaten in moderation can serve as sugar replacements.

Glasses with fresh vegetable juices isolated on white. Detox diet.

It is crucial to cut out glutinous grains in the alkaline diet for cancer patients. Like sugar, gluten causes inflammation and causes immune dysfunction. Gluten smothers the lining of the intestines which causes digestion and nutrient absorption to be hindered when it is consumed. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley which are common ingredients found in many baked goods. In its place, gluten-free grains such as rice, buckwheat, and quinoa can be used as substitutes.

Drinks play an essential role in this alkaline diet. Processed drinks such as fruit juices and soda should be eliminated as they have high concentrations of sugar and are highly acid forming. Likewise, alcohol consumption should be cut out. As always, clean water or lightly brewed green tea is a healthy, anti-cancer option for drinks. Another recommended option is fresh vegetable juice made at home.

The research for the cure for cancer has been going on for 50 years now. “Magic” treatments claiming to cure cancer have been announced numerous times to the world, but the results of these magical cures have been disappointing. While managing nutrition and diet might not be magic, it is a definite, proven way to fight off cancer.

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Joshua Moon is an intern at PHLBI who is interested in participating in biomedical research and exploring the medical field. He will be a senior at Oxford Academy in the 2017-2018 school year. Previously, he has participated in the research of the West Nile Virus and has been part of a biomedical class for two years. Joshua is an Eagle Scout and loves to play volleyball.

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Pacific Meso Center’s “Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride Raises Funds and Awareness for Mesothelioma Research http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/06/pacific-meso-centers-greatest-escape-motorcycle-ride-raises-funds-awareness-mesothelioma-research/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:50:21 +0000 http://www.phlbi.org/?p=8699 LOS ANGELES , CA, U.S., June 16, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI) held its 5th annual “Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride on Sunday, June 4. The ride, inspired by The Great Escape movie and starring actor, motorcycle enthusiast, and mesothelioma sufferer, Steve McQueen, is […]

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LOS ANGELES , CA, U.S., June 16, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI) held its 5th annual “Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride on Sunday, June 4. The ride, inspired by The Great Escape movie and starring actor, motorcycle enthusiast, and mesothelioma sufferer, Steve McQueen, is a unique event which honors those who have lost the fight against mesothelioma and raises money for research.

This year’s event enjoyed its biggest turnout ever! Over 200 riders participated and $78,657 was raised for mesothelioma research. For the first time, the ride kicked off from two locations-Top Rocker Harley-Davidson in Canoga Park and Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson in Lancaster. Officers from All Cities Transportation Company escorted riders out of Los Angeles with zero stops—a true luxury for riders accustomed to LA gridlock. From there, all roads led to the “twisties” and breathtaking vistas of Angeles Crest Highway on the way to historic Newcomb’s Ranch.
Riders were joined by a cast of celebrity riders, including actor/model, Fabio, Shades of Blue actor Antonio Jaramillo, American Crime actor Clayton Cardenas, and CHiPS star Larry Wilcox. Fabio, who returned for the third year as Celebrity Grand Marshal, summed up the experience, “I had a great time, it’s such a beautiful ride, one of the most beautiful rides in California”.

Things heated up at Newcomb’s Ranch where riders were joined by supporters who drove up to be part of the event and make a difference for mesothelioma sufferers. “The Sidemen” kept the event rocking with a lively mix of classic rock and blues. Fred and his crew at Newcomb’s rolled out an amazing taco lunch which many enjoyed with cold craft beer donated by Bend, Oregon brewery, Worthy Brewing. An array of vendors were there with a unique mix of items ranging from motorcycle gear to Italian ices. Also on display were over 50 raffle items including gourmet dinners, a vacation getaway to the Glen Tavern Inn, motorcycle gear, and so much more generously donated by sponsors.
With the addition of the second starting location, riders from all over Southern California were able to participate in this worthwhile event. “Motorcycle riders love the freedom of being on their bikes and going to out of the way places like Newcomb’s Ranch,” said John Caron of presenting sponsor, Worthington & Caron Asbestos Law Firm, “so it’s no surprise that more and more riders show up every year to help those who have lost their freedom to mesothelioma.”
PMC thanks everyone who participated in this year’s Greatest Escape, along with all the volunteers and sponsors who make this unique event possible.

 

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The 5th Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride for Mesothelioma Research http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/06/greatest-escape-motorcycle-ride-mesothelioma/ Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:24:58 +0000 http://www.phlbi.org/?p=8625 The Pacific Mesothelioma Center at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute held its most successful “Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride thus far! This event welcomed people of all ages to ride up to Newcomb’s Ranch, or meet there and enjoy a day full of live music, food, and more importantly…fundraising! This year the motorcycle ride […]

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Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride Mesothelioma

The Pacific Mesothelioma Center at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute held its most successful “Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride thus far! This event welcomed people of all ages to ride up to Newcomb’s Ranch, or meet there and enjoy a day full of live music, food, and more importantly…fundraising! This year the motorcycle ride took off from two locations, including the Top Rocker Harley Davidson in Canoga Park and the Antelope Valley Harley Davidson.

Presented by Asbestos Law Firm Worthington & Caron, P.C., this event helped raise money to find improved treatments for malignant pleural mesothelioma, which is an asbestos-related form of cancer. Unfortunately, this rare form of cancer affects around 3,000 people in the U.S. every year and has no known cure. Our goal for this event, and for every event, is to bring together families and friends in memory of the victims of mesothelioma and to raise money for new research and treatments.

Starting the day off…

_X9A3881The day began around 8:30, when registration began at the Top Rocker Harley Davidson and 9:30am for the Antelope Valley Harley Davidson location. While the riders started flowing into the locations, Jack FM set up in the background playing some pre-ride tunes to get the riders and volunteers excited for the day ahead of them! The wonderful staff at Top Rocker Harley Davidson cooked up some delicious pancakes and sausages and handed them out while the riders signed in, received their ride bandanas and pins, and even purchased the new “Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride T-Shirts. Once everyone had received their pancake breakfast and their “Greatest Escape” apparel, it was time to head out. The ACT ride escort, Mike Carrillo, then began explaining the rules of the road for the ride and other important information for the riders to have a safe and fun experience. Clare Cameron, the executive director of PHLBI, gave one final thanks before the riders departed. Finally, it was time for the ride! Our celebrity riders; Fabio, Antonio Jaramillo, Clayton Cardenas, & Larry Wilcox took the lead with the other participants right at their tail!

_X9A3992By the time the riders arrived at Newcomb’s ranch, owned by the wonderful and generous Fred Rundell, the volunteers had the location set and ready for the exciting day ahead of them! K-Earth 101 played some upbeat tunes while the riders rolled in and wandered around, the vendors set up around the ranch, such as Rick’s Knives and Commache Motors. The riders spent around an hour enjoying the weather and shopping around the vendors and purchasing raffle tickets for the afternoon raffle. Around 12pm, The Side Men began to play some live music while the riders lined up for their taco lunch.

Riders were able to sip on some delicious craft beer donated by Worthy Brewing and plenty of water donated by Sparkletts! We also had another one of our generous sponsors, Monster Energy, handing out free drinks to the attendees. These sponsors as well as Capital Group     and Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys were a joy to work with and we couldn’t have made the event happen without them.

_X9A4207Once lunch was served, Clare Cameron thanked everyone for coming, including the guest celebrities such as our Grand Marshal and heart throb Fabio, Shades of Blue Antonio Jaramillo, CHiPS star Larry Wilcox, and American Crime Clayton Cardenas. Finally, it was time for the live auction and raffle drawings! The riders and other attendees finished up their last minute raffle ticket placing and took a seat while the volunteers began calling out raffle winners. This year we had incredible prizes for the raffle and live auctions worth thousands of dollars, and a few that could even be considered priceless (such as a safari adventure!). The raffle and live auction was the closing event of the day, and once it was over the band started to play its final set and the volunteers and vendors began cleaning up.

Thank You!

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Lastly, the 5th Annual “Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride, wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without the help from our volunteers, riders, and families and friends. Another HUGE thanks to our Title Sponsor, Worthington & Caron, our Platinum Sponsor Capital Group, our Bronze Sponsor Russ Brown, our Media Sponsors including K-Earth 101, 94.7 The Wave, Jack FM, KNX, and last but not least our Product Sponsors, including Top Rocker HD, Antelope Valley HD, Worthy Brewing, Sparkletts, Tourmaster, and PDC! We couldn’t have done this ride without your time and hard work…We are so excited to see you again at the next ride!

 

About The Author

Emily
Emily Ozanian is a rising junior at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been interning at PHLBI for the summer and is interested in pursuing more non-profit work once she graduates in 2019. She’s currently studying business marketing and plans on attending graduate school once she receives her undergraduate degree.

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Olympic Medalist Lloyd Eisler Shares His Motivation for Riding in The Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride http://www.phlbi.org/blog/2017/05/olympic-medalist-lloyd-eisler-shares-motivation-riding-greatest-escape-motorcycle-ride/ Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:17 +0000 http://www.phlbi.org/?p=8609 Lloyd Eisler is many things, an Olympic ice skating medalist, a father to his sons, husband to his wife actress Kristy Swanson, an avid motorcyclist, a philanthropist, and, consequently, someone who knows the pain of losing a loved one to mesothelioma. Lloyd started riding in The Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride two years ago. His father, […]

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Lloyd EislerLloyd Eisler is many things, an Olympic ice skating medalist, a father to his sons, husband to his wife actress Kristy Swanson, an avid motorcyclist, a philanthropist, and, consequently, someone who knows the pain of losing a loved one to mesothelioma.

Lloyd started riding in The Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride two years ago. His father, a member of the Canadian Navy for over twenty years and who he describes as his biggest supporter and a great influence on his life died of mesothelioma in 2011. Lloyd rides to not only honor his father but raise awareness for mesothelioma.

Q. How would you describe your father? How did he influence you? What was the greatest thing he taught you? 

A. My Father was a very strong silent man whom everybody loved. He was incredibly gentle. He gave me strength to do anything and to never give up. He taught me to always believe in my dreams. He was my biggest supporter

Q. What did you enjoy doing with him?

A. He and I did lots of “garage stuff” together. He could fix anything

Q.Describe your personal connection with mesothelioma and how it affected your family?

A. It was very short as my Father was diagnosed in November and died in January. Although the Doctors were not sure why he was in no pain (ne never complained) as it was all though his body when he went in the Hospital

Q.  How was your father exposed to asbestos?

A.He was in the Navy and was a Gunner on the Naval Ships.

Q. When was he diagnosed and how was he treated?

A. Diagnosed in November on a routine check cuz he was a little sore in his back. It was stage 4 so there was nothing but to wait. My Father wanted NO treatment

Q. What is one word you would use to describe your father’s mesothelioma journey?

A. It was short which was so incredibly hard on us but wonderful for him.

Q. Had you ever heard what mesothelioma was before your Dad was diagnosed? 

A. Yes

Q.  When did you start riding motorcycles?

A. I was 14 when I first rode a motorcycle.

Q.  Did your Dad ride motorcycles? 

A.  He did but not to the point that I do now.

Q.  What do you love about motorcycle riding?

A. It is my safe haven to remove myself from the chaos of the world we live in today that is so full of hate and anger.

Q.  What bike do you ride?

A. I have a HD Switchback (FLHD).

Q.  This will be your third year riding “The Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride, what does the ride represent to you?

A.  It is a way to give back to the cause most importantly but to meet new people, see old faces and simply enjoy riding my motorcycle.

Q.  How do you think people can help to raise awareness for mesothelioma? 
A. I think people need to go for more regular checks ups and be aware that it can affect all of us.

Q. What is something that you would say to children who have a parent diagnosed with mesothelioma? 

A. Be strong but more importantly be supportive and respect their wishes, it is not about you but about them

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