Ancient Algae May Cure Brain & Breast Cancer

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Brain and Breast Cancer are two of the life’s most formidable opponents. The diagnosis alone puts a person’s life in place of perpetual challenge. The Standard American Diet, heavy alcohol, smoking and environmental surroundings have been listed as causes (meaning, in some ways, we have the power to prevent). But finding a cure for those who are unfortunately inflicted with these atrocious ailments has always been an arduous journey. This is mostly due to the Western World’s slavery to pharmaceutical ventures. Profiteering often precedes humanity on every level, including finding a cure. Pharmaceuticals prefer medicated ongoing treatments.

So it is no surprise that we rarely engage in studies looking for alternative health cures to society’s most brutal killers.

When it comes to alternative health, we rarely consider the world of marine life. But in the case of finding a cure for breast and brain cancer, that might be exactly the place we should be looking. Yale.edu’s e360 Digest published a piece claiming that a rare form of algae may be the answer. A compound found in a form of blue-green algae, which has existed for over 2 billion years, was shown to be effective in killing brain and breast cancer cells in mice. Of course, these are mice, not humans. However, it is important to revisit my prior point regarding profiteering before humanity. We just don’t have the resources to run major studies and pharmaceutical companies tend not to encourage such actions. The findings are a huge deal, though, and hopefully, more in-depth research is granted financing.

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According to Yale.edu’s e360 Digest.

One of the oldest life forms on earth may hold the key to battling hard-to-treat cancers, according to new research by scientists at Oregon State University. The compound, coibamide A, is found in blue-green algae, organisms that have existed for at least two billion years. It was found during a diving trip in Panama’s Coiba National Park eight years ago and run through the National Cancer Institute’s database of potential anti-cancer compounds. Coibamide A was tested on mice and found to be more effective at killing brain and triple negative breast cancer cells—two of the most aggressive and hard-to-treat types of the disease—than anything ever tested before. “The chemical diversity found in nature has always been a significant source of inspiration for drug design and development, but… marine environments remain relatively unexplored,” said Jane Ishmael, a cellular biologist at Oregon State University and lead author of the new study.


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