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Studies Say Chemo Drugs Need Gut Bugs To Work

Two separate studies have found that cancer patients may carry the most powerful weapons against tumors in their intestines.  Studies at the U.S. National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland, and at the French Institute of Health, indicates that gut microbes are necessary for several types of anti-cancer therapies to work properly. The studies, published in the journal Science, suggest that antibiotics prevented two types of anticancer treatments to combat lymphoma, skin, and colon tumors.

In the U.S. National Cancer Institute study,  mice treated with antibiotics, immune therapy, and a platinum-containing chemotherapy drug called oxaliplatin failed to fight off cancer, the researchers found.  A separate study from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research in showed that a chemotherapy drug called cyclophosphamide causes bacteria in the gut to move into the lymph system. Once there, the bacteria trigger production of immune cells that then kill tumor cells. Mice raised without any bacteria and mice treated with antibiotics couldn’t produce as many of these immune cells, and the chemotherapy drug became less effective.

Dr. D’Adamo has found that gut bacteria is blood type specific.  Increasing the amount of “good” bacteria in your gut is essential for health at all levels!



Dr. Peter D'Adamo is a naturopathic physician, author, researcher-educator and software developer. He is considered a world expert on glycobiology, principally the ABO blood groups and the secretor (FUT2) polymorphisms. He is the author of the international best-seller, Eat Right 4 Your Type and the Blood Type Diet series of books, and he is currently a Distinguished Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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