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  1. Oregano can kill prostate cancer cells

    Oregano can do so much more than add a little zing to pizza. It's a powerful antioxidant that packs antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties into every little green flake.

    It's even shown promise in the battle against cancer -- and the latest research shows it could be an especially potent weapon in the war against prostate cancer.

    The secret is a compound called carvacrol, which appears to flip the "off" switch on cancer cells. Shut them off, and they die. And when they die, you live.

    Not bad for an herb you can grow on your windowsill.

    In a series of tests at a Long Island University lab, researchers tried different concentrations of carvacrol against prostate cancer cells over different periods of time -- 24 hours, 48 hours, and 96 hours.

    Cancer cells died in just about every timeframe -- but that last window, 96 hours, killed close to 100 percent of the cancer calls.

    The study is continuing right now, as I write this, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye on it for you and letting you know what progress the researchers make.

    But that's not the only way oregano can help you. That's not even the only way it can support your prostate, because I've had tremendous success using this safe herbal remedy to treat prostatitis.

    Remember those antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties I mentioned earlier? Prostatitis can actually be caused by a fungus, a bacteria, or a virus -- which makes oregano a one-stop shop for curing the condition.

    Just one thing to bear in mind here: The best way to get your oregano isn't from a daily slice of pizza. In fact, that's probably the worst possible way you could get this stuff.

    I recommend oregano oil extract, 500 mg four times a day for acute prostatitis or twice a day for chronic problems.

  2. Broccoli beats breast cancer

    I recommend cruciferous vegetables for detoxification so often that I'm sure some of my patients think I own stock in a broccoli farm.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that I don't -- but if I ever decided to get into the agricultural business, I'd grow cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and kale.

    They're that good.

    When you detox with these vegetables, you not only rid your body of toxins, you also give it the power to fight cancer -- and the latest research shows why women in particular should make sure they boost their intake of these veggies.

    In a new study out of China, researchers found that breast cancer patients who had the highest intake of cruciferous vegetables were 62 percent less likely to die of the disease and 35 percent less likely to have a recurrence when compared to those who ate the least.

    The study of nearly 5,000 women between the ages of 20 and 75 even found that those who ate the most of these vegetables had a lower risk of death from all causes.

    A coincidence? I don't think so -- because cruciferous vegetables are rich in powerful glucosinolates, which break down to form isothiocyanates. You don't have to memorize either tongue-twisting word, just remember this: isothiocyanates can fight tumors and even cause cancer cells to commit suicide.

    They're so powerful that the drug industry is trying to develop cancer meds based on isothiocyanates -- but why wait for their synthetic version when you can get your own natural daily dose the delicious way?

    Our most common cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, but it's worth noting that the women in this study ate a more typical Chinese diet -- and their most common cruciferous vegetables include bok choy, Chinese cabbage, and turnips.

    More importantly, they also eat a lot more of these vegetables overall -- so if you want to take advantage of those cancer-fighting properties yourself, make sure you increase your own intake.

    And if you haven't tried bok choy, you've been missing out.

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