07/06/17 11:11 AM Filed in: Supplements
Cachexia is an unfortunate yet common complication of cancer progression. The word “cachexia” comes from the Greek words “kakos”, meaning “bad”, and “hexis”, meaning “state or condition”. The Greek physician Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, provided one of the earliest know descriptions of cachexia.
Cachexia is characterized by unintentional weight loss, muscle wasting, decreased fat storage, hypermetabolism, and a loss of appetite. The onset of cachexia and the accompanying loss of energy and strength worsens survival rates, leading to diminished quality of life for sufferers as they are no longer able or interested in participating in activities that would ordinarily be enjoyable.
The shoulders, clavicles, chest and thighs melt away. This illness is fatal… Hippocrates (460–370 BC)
More than one process contributes to the cancer cachexia cascade in the body. All underlying factors are not yet fully understood, but certain important facts are known. Though ultimately the best way to treat cancer cachexia is to stop cancer growth and metabolism, understanding the underlying processes involved can help us find better ways to mitigate the impacts of cachexia on the body and improve quality of life.
14/02/17 02:00 PM Filed in: Diet and Nutrition | Supplements
Cancer can strike anyone. The cause varies widely – from exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants, to DNA mutations and genetic predisposition, to poor diet and lifestyle choices. Chances are someone you know has been affected by cancer. No matter the cause, all cancers have certain key characteristics in common, and arming yourself with this knowledge is the greatest asset to your health and your future. Read More...