Complementary Prostate Cancer Therapies To Be Discussed at Calif. State Oriental Medical Assoc. Expo

Modified Citrus Pectin’s Effects on Prostate Cancer Highlighted During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

SANTA ROSA, Calif., September 10, 2004 – Integrative approaches to counteracting the side-effects of cancer through dietary supplements, herbal formulas and acupuncture will be presented by Isaac Eliaz, M.D., M.S.C., L.Ac., founder of Better Health Publishing® and medical director of Amitabha Medical Clinic and Healing Center, at the California State Oriental Medical Association Exposition on Friday, September 17, in San Francisco, Calif. Beginning at 2 p.m., the presentation at the San Francisco Airport Westin Hotel will address the need for the increased use of complementary therapies that support vitality, encourage immune system modulation and are able to protect the body from toxic westernized cancer treatment methods. Dr. Eliaz will focus on the beneficial effects of modified citrus pectin (MCP) on prostate cancer, heavy metal chelation and cholesterol levels.

MCP is a dietary supplement derived from the peel and pulp of citrus fruit. It has been found to have beneficial effects on inhibiting cancer metastasis and reducing growth in tumors with over-expressions of galectin-3 molecules. Current research suggests that MCP plays an important role in removing cancer-causing heavy metals, such as mercury, from the human body. Pectin supplementation has also been shown to significantly decrease LDL and overall cholesterol levels.

“Clinical trials show that MCP slows the progression of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in men with prostate cancer,” says Dr. Eliaz. September marks the annual observance of a month-long prostate cancer awareness program. During the week of September 19-25 select organizations will provide free prostate cancer screenings nationwide.

“When faced with the aggressive westernized therapies used to treat cancer, the varied benefits of MCP in relation to cancer, cholesterol and general health are of increasing significance within the integrative medicine discipline,” Dr. Eliaz states. Joining a panel of integrative medicine practitioners, he will also participate in an interactive roundtable discussion from 7 to 9 p.m.

Better Health Publishing, , a Santa Rosa education-based company, is dedicated to providing responsible information and updates of scientific research on integrative therapies to health care professionals and individuals interested in self-care.

Incorporated in 1987, CSOMA, , is one of the oldest statewide associations in the country representing Oriental Medicine. CSOMA is nationally known for the publishing of its highly respected peer-reviewed journal: The California Journal of Oriental Medicine (CJOM), and is one of the foremost providers of continuing education in the U.S. through its semi-annual Expo events held in the fall and spring of each year in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

For more information on Dr. Eliaz’s presentation or to schedule an interview, contact Amanda Holty at [email protected], 801.538.0777 ext. 106.

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