I recently received a question about a product called Beres Drops, named after the designer, Joszef Beres. This is a liquid which is designed to deliver adequate amounts of trace minerals in a favorable form.
In a discussion of cancer, the most relevant aspect of these drops are the effects on the immune system.
This is a good opportunity to stress the importance of immune stimulation in the fight against cancer, in treatment and prevention. So let’s look at cancer and immunity first.
Cancer is made of abnormal cells. These cells lack of apoptosis, which is defined as a normal, healthy death of cells whose time it is to die. Apoptosis allows new, young, vital cells to restore health, replacing abnormal, damaged or diseased cells.
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Cancer cell keep on multiplying, damaging the body and robbing resources.
The body is designed to find abnormal cells and remove them, whether foreign or from the body.
The white cells are busy, patrolling for viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. The while cells are also supposed to find abnormal body cells and remove them.
Cancer is quite good at evading these immune responses. Cancer cells lack certain molecules on their surface that the body uses to tell if the cell is abnormal or not.
Cancer cells are also able to literally suppress the immune system by sending out certain chemical signals that turn down the healthy immune protection.
So one aspect of a Full-Spectrum Care strategy is to attempt to boost the immune system, in particular NK cells and cytotoxic T cells, the main players in cancer patrol immunity. Activity of these types of white cells is very important.
I have discusses different ways to accomplish this in the Guide. Previous blogs have looked at beta glucans, PSK, PSP, cordyceps, shitake,maitake, Bio Bran and more.
Beres drops supply to body with trace minerals, the most well studied being zinc. I feel zinc is important enough to include it in Apocaps, the dietary capsules being advanced by Functional Nutriments.
In spite of the fact that it appears the exact formula is proprietary, the makers of Beres drops do have some publications showing effects. When zinc is removed from their formula, the beneficial effects are lost, at least in the study where they took out the zinc.
Short story: the body is usually zinc deficient when there is a systemic cancer growing. These low levels of zinc limit the production of a hormone that stimulates the very white blood cells needed to combat cancer. This hormone is called thymulin.
You want these this hormone active!
I use about 4 mg of zinc gluconate per 40 lbs of body weight, once a day, with a small amount of food.
As with most outside-the-box therapies I discuss, my advice is to rotate between members of a single group. Use the zinc for a couple of weeks, then go to beta glucans, then maybe Bio Bran, and then back to zinc. You get the idea.
Dr. Demian Dressler is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management, and the popularity of his blog here at Dog Cancer Blog. The owner of South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. After practicing at Killewald Animal Hospital in Amherst, New York, he returned to his home state, Hawaii, to practice at the East Honolulu Pet Hospital before heading home to Maui to open his own hospital. Dr. Dressler consults both dog lovers and veterinary professionals, and is sought after as a speaker on topics ranging from the links between lifestyle choices and disease, nutrition and cancer, and animal ethics. His television appearances include “Ask the Vet” segments on local news programs. He is the author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, the National Animal Supplement Council and CORE (Comparative Orthopedic Research Evaluation). He is also an advisory board member for Pacific Primate Sanctuary.