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  Increased Risk of Lymphoma  
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Conditions that suggest Increased Risk of Lymphoma:
Autoimmune  Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease
 Gluten sensitivity predisposes patients to the eventual development of lymphoma. If this relationship is re-stated as "cereal grains cause cancer" the implications are more easily understood. In addition, the incidence of undiagnosed celiac disease is higher among those with small-bowel lymphoma [Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2000;12: pp.645-648]. There is evidence that strict adherence to a gluten-free diet will reduce the incidence of lymphoma.


 With time, many people with MGUS eventually develop multiple myeloma, lymphoma, or a disease called amyloidosis. The rate of this happening is about 1% per year. The risk of this happening is higher in people whose protein levels are particularly high. Patients with MGUS usually need frequent medical examinations and tests to detect possible progression to multiple myeloma, but they do not need immediate treatment.

  AIDS / Risk

Organ Health

  Enlarged Spleen

Risk factors for Increased Risk of Lymphoma:
Autoimmune  Sjogren's Syndrome
 pSS patients are 40 times more at risk than healthy people to develop lymphoma, a fatal lymphocytic cancer.

Minor Symptoms

  Fermented soy product consumption
 Isoflavone aglycones are anticarcinogenic substances found in traditionally fermented soybean products.

Researchers at Minnesota�s Mayo Clinic have found that people who have higher intakes of vitamin K have a lower risk of developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Those in the top quarter of vitamin K-1, from diet and dietary supplements, had a 45% less risk for developing this cancer of immune cells.

Symptoms - Cancer

  History of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  History of Hodgkin's lymphoma

Symptoms - Environment

  History of herbicide exposure
 There is reasonable evidence suggesting occupational exposure to phenoxy herbicides could result in both Hodgkin's and non Hodgkin's lymphoma. These compounds act as growth regulators and cause destructive proliferation of tissues in plants.

Increased Risk of Lymphoma can lead to:
Risks  Cancer / Risk - General Measures

Recommendations for Increased Risk of Lymphoma:
Detoxification  Sauna Detoxification Program
 Programs using low temperature environments (like special saunas) have clearly demonstrated the ability to reduce or remove chemicals commonly stored in the fatty tissues of modern man. Such chemicals include recreational drugs, pesticides, herbicides, and many solvents. These chemicals are often carcinogenic, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, in particular, has been linked to herbicide and pesticide exposure. By avoiding contact with these agents or removing them from a body already burdened with them, the risk of health consequences including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma should be reduced.


  Reduced Calorie Consumption
  Vegetarian/Vegan Diet
 A high red meat and animal fat intake is associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in older women.

  Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
 The consumption of coffee, tea and cola were all positively correlated with a higher risk of NHL.

  Artificial Sweetener Avoidance


  LDN - Low Dose Naltrexone


  Tobacco Avoidance

Lab Tests/Rule-Outs

  Test AMAS (AntiMalignin Antibody Screen)


 In evaluating 59 patients with lymphoid malignancies such as Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, multiple myeloma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, it was found that serum selenium concentrations were significantly lower in patients than in controls. The lower the selenium levels were, the worse the cancer turned out to be.

As deficient selenium levels are associated with an increased risk of cancers in general, ensuring adequate selenium intake and maximizing selenium status in the presence of an elevated cancer risk is appropriate.

 It was found that the copper to zinc ratio was significantly higher in patients with lymphoma or acute and chronic leukemias compared to control subjects. A person at increased risk of one of these cancers should check blood levels of copper and zinc to rule out abnormalities and make adjustments accordingly. Since zinc and copper are antagonistic, and zinc deficiency is relatively common, supplemental zinc is often used to improve this ratio. Zinc helps block the absorption of copper and acts to remove accumulated copper from the body as well as prevent its accumulation. [Rev. Invest. Clin, Nov-Dec. 1995;47(6): pp.447-52]

Not recommended:
  Please see the following Link for developmental research on the importance of lowering copper levels.


 The diets of 358 white men and women with NHL and 1432 controls living in Nebraska were compared. Dietary carotene intake was inversely related to NHL risk in men but not in women.
[Ward MH, Hoar ZS, Weisenburger DD, et al. Dietary factors and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Nebraska]



  Vitamin E
 Observational Study: Serum vitamin E concentrations were significantly lower in leukemia and lymphoma patients than in normal controls.

  Vitamin D
 Administration of activated vitamin D (1,25 dihydroxycholecalciferol) may be beneficial in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Experimental Study: In a small trial, patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma who were found to have high levels of vitamin D receptors responded to activated vitamin D.
[Cunningham D, Gilcrist NL, Cowan RA, et al. Vitamin D as a modulator of tumour growth in low grade lymphomas. Abstract. Scot Med J 30: 193, 1985]

  Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
 The diets of 358 white men and women with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and 1,432 controls living in Nebraska were compared. When dietary vitamin C levels were low, the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in men increased. This correlation was not found in women. [Ward MH, Hoar ZS, Weisenburger DD, et al. Dietary factors and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma]

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