Old heartburn drug may stop cancer

Old heartburn drug may stop cancer


Traditional cancer treatments and chemotherapy have a miserable record.

Chemo often makes people sicker and sicker.

And there is little proof that it actually prolongs life or makes people suffer less.

So then, what should we do?

The good news is that medicine has rediscovered some of the older drugs.

But the big giant pharmaceutical corporations hate this.

They want to promote their new cancer treatments that cost thousands of dollars per dose.

The older medications are out of patent, so Big Pharma can’t charge nearly as much for treatments.

In fact, in many cases these older drugs cost next to nothing.

For example, there may be no better anticancer drug than aspirin.

And in today’s newsletter, I’m going to talk about another anti-cancer drug that has been “rediscovered.”

It’s cimetidine, which is what we used to call by the brand name Tagamet.

When they were experimenting with cimetidine decades ago, they weren’t looking at it for cancer.

They knew cimetidine would lower stomach acid supposedly, so they wanted to use it as a heartburn medicine.

Now, if you have been reading the newsletter recently, you know that they went about it wrong.

We know that stomach acid does not cause acid reflux, but instead, it is a form of inflammation in the body.

But, it turns out that cimetidine has widespread anticancer effects — perhaps because of how it fights inflammation in the body.

Drugs such as cimetidine often cannot be tested the way that the expensive Giant Pharmaceutical Corporation chemotherapy drugs can.

In the case of cimetidine, they gave it to terminally ill, dying cancer patients.

And these patients actually lived longer than patients who received the chemo drug.

Survival in the cimetidine group was significantly longer than in the placebo group.

In fact, some patients lived years longer than the mere weeks doctors thought they had.

Cimetidine prolonged survival by 50% longer than it would’ve been otherwise — often quite a bit longer than that.

Now, how did cimetidine do it?

Well, one effect of a cancer metabolism is an increase in stress hormones such as histamine.

Cimetidine lowers histamine in levels in the entire body.

So do other antihistamine drugs such as Benadryl or cyproheptadine.

But cimetidine may have further positive qualities.

The anti-tumour action of CIM has been shown to be due to four distinct mechanisms:

Anti-proliferative action on cancer cells
Immunomodulatory effects
Effects on cell adhesion
Anti-angiogenic action

Cimetidine seems to slow down the growth of cancer and slow down the growth of new blood vessels that feed tumors.

And cimetidine probably has other positive effects.

Plus, it is fairly harmless.

The side effects are not too severe, and people have taken it for many years without too many problems.

The abundance of clinical evidence shows that Cimetidine has demonstrable therapeutic effects in a range of cancers, particularly cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, RCC, and melanoma.

If you are getting conventional cancer treatment, you might want to discuss some cimetidine with your doctors.

Cimetidine seems to help lower the complications from both cancer surgery and chemotherapy.

It stops the severe immune system suppression effect of chemotherapy.

And it may help make your recovery quicker and easier.

 

 


Matt Cook is editor-in-chief of Daily Medical Discoveries. Matt has been a full time health researcher for 26 years. ABC News interviewed Matt on sexual health issues not long ago. Matt is widely quoted on over 1,000,000 websites. He has over 300,000 daily newsletter readers. Daily Medical Discoveries finds hidden, buried or ignored medical studies through the lens of 100 years of proven science. Matt heads up the editorial team of scientists and health researchers. Each discovery is based upon primary studies from peer reviewed science sources following the Daily Medical Discoveries 7 Step Process to ensure accuracy.
Repurposing drugs in oncology (ReDO)—cimetidine as an anti-cancer agent 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4268104/ 

EFFECT OF CIMETIDINE ON SURVIVAL AFTER GASTRIC CANCER 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014067368890743X 

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