What do Shark Blood and Peanut Butter Have in Common?

Peanut Butter and breast cancer

Shark blood and peanut may seem utterly disconnected but their common denominator is treating breast cancer. As strange as it sounds, sometimes the most atypical foods and drinks can be used to protect the body and clean it of life-threatening diseases, if shark blood can be viewed as a drink.

Breast cancer is estimated to effect 232,340 females and 2,240 males by the end of 2013, with 39,620 females and 410 males facing death due to the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. It may not be as common as for women, but men do indeed develop breast cancer, with 1% of diagnoses being for the male sex. According to www.mayoclinic.com, “Men diagnosed with male breast cancer at an early stage have a good chance for a cure.” Both men and women should watch for lumps developing in breast tissue, often caused by exposure to radiation, alcohol, obesity, liver cirrhosis and increased risk if there's a family history of breast or ovarian cancer.

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With all this negativity, it's good to know there are some rather strange sounding treatments for breast cancer:

Peanut Butter: A study conducted at the Washington University School of Medicine showed that women ages 9-15 who regularly at peanut butter would be 39% less likely to develop benign breast disease and later be diagnosed with breast cancer after the age of 30, compared to those who steered clear of the food spread. The study suggests that it isn't just peanut butter but also other nuts as well as beans, lentils, soybeans, and corn that help protect or destroy the existence of benign breast disease. Sounds like replacing an adolescent's high-calorie sugar-infused snacks with nuts, as long as there are no allergies involved, is a great idea!

Shark Blood: Doctor Helen Dooley's research for the University of Aberdeen has yielded some great results, targeting the excess protein producing breast cancer cells known as HER. The treatment has been found to be in the antibodies within shark blood known as IgNAR, which binds to viruses and parasites quite differently than human antibodies do. As such, with research continuing on the subject, scientists have been able to point out that shark blood could be quite beneficial in the healing of breast cancer. For cancers in general, shark cartilage has been found to make immense progress, reducing the creation of new blood cells that effectively reduces the number of cancer cells within the body and becomes easier to treat.

October is breast cancer awareness month, so grab that pink and support your nearest breast cancer research clinic. Don't forget to share the peanut butter with any young person you know. The research might have been on females, but it won't hurt to have the males snacking on the healthy spread as well to help treat and prevent breast cancer as well.