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Gut Microbiome May Be a Game-Changer for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

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  • Dozens of health conditions have been traced back to the influence of gut microbes, including obesity, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s, allergies and cancer
  • Recent research shows gut microbes control antitumor immune responses in your liver, and that antibiotics can alter the composition of immune cells in your liver, triggering tumor growth
  • Certain gut bacteria promote inflammation, which is an underlying factor in virtually all cancers, whereas others quell it. Certain cancers have also been found to have infectious underpinnings
  • Targeting the gut microbiome could be a real game-changer in the fight against cancer, as the presence of certain gut bacteria appears to boost the patient’s response to anticancer drugs
  • Even cancer therapies that do not rely on the activation of your immune response typically fail unless you have the appropriate gut microbes. Some chemotherapy agents rely on bacteria to eradicate the tumor, influence gene expression or alter the stability of your genes

By Dr. Mercola

In recent years, it's become increasingly apparent that the composition of microbes in your gut — which is as distinct to you as your fingerprint — plays an enormous role in health and disease prevention. Your gut flora influences the function of various internal organs, such as your skin, lungs, breasts and liver.

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