Could a difficult cancer be treated with little bit of Sun?
Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 2:27PM
Dipti Mehta
Little bit of sun can do a lot of good.
We all know that being in the sun makes us feel good. Our productivity goes up as Sun shines. Longer the days the better we feel and the better we function.
Also we get most of our vitamin D from the sun. Now there is an even better reason to be in the sun!
A group of scientist in Germany recently discovered that vitamin D can make Tumor associated macrophages fight Burkitt's lymphoma(BL) cells effectivley. BL is a cancer that impacts one's immune system and progresses really quickly.
Tumor associated macrophages are like soldiers trying to fight a loosing battle when it comes to BL. These soldiers, as in macrophages are able to kill BL cells in a vitamin D dependent manner. But in BL patients vitamin D metabolism gets altered there by making macrophages ineffective in killing cancer cells.
When scientists treated BL cells with bioactive form of vitamin D these same macrophages got their groove back on. The same cells that were unable to kill BL cells before getting a healthy dose of vitamin D were now like SWAT team ninjas.
This research has significant potential towards possible treatments for BL by activating vitamin D pathway. As I always say answers to all our questions are in nature, all it takes is a little bit of looking.
A little bit of sun can do a lot of good. Do not forget your sunscreen though! Sun can give you cancer too and so can your sunscreen.
Shocked to hear that, the thing is in creating sunscreens we made products that protect us from sun but added chemicals that we need protection from! Ouch!
So then the question is, which sunscreen will protect you and not harm you? I might have the answer for you in next week's blog. so don't forget to visit my blog next Thursday.
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