On Christmas Eve of last year (2012) I received a telephone call from someone I will always remember as a selenium angel. Because of him I wrote this book Selenium Medicine and started experimenting on myself by self-administering startling high dosages of a special type of selenium.
This is an important book because selenium figures in so strongly to the cancer story as the latest large population-based cohort study from The Netherlands suggests. This is not the first time that scientists are telling us that selenium may protect against advanced prostate cancer.
The study was presented April 9, 2013 at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in Washington, DC. The researchers found that higher selenium concentrations in toenails were associated with a substantially reduced risk for advanced prostate cancer, with men with the highest levels having a 63% reduced risk (hazard ratio 0.37). On the 23rd of the same month another study reported that selenium supplementation reduces and delays breast cancer metastasis but that the wrong type of selenium may exacerbate it.
This magnified image shows that bacteria (marked by arrows) grew more rapidly on untreated polyurethane (left), than the same material coated with selenium nanoparticles (right). Image credit: Phong Tran and Thomas Webster
There’s a new way to prevent medical implants from causing infection: treat them with a naturally antimicrobial element called selenium before they ever enter the body. To clear up the bacteria, patients often face further surgery to remove implants, as well as a regimen of antibiotics. But these drugs can fail as microbes mutate and develop resistance.
Selenium can kill both cancer cells and bacteria and that means that materials coated with tiny particles of selenium will resist bacterial colonization. In his most recent study, published in the journal Nanotechnology, the researchers pitted selenium-coated polymers against the culprit behind staph infections: the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.
In addition to Staphylococcus selenium can ward off several other strains of bacteria. Scientists and many consumers are already using silver and silver-based compounds for microbial protection. "You can use copper, zinc, silver, selenium — with metal ions in sufficient concentration, you kill the bacteria," said Krasimir Vasilev, who researches antibacterial treatments at the University of South Australia, in Adelaide. "I don’t think selenium will have any advantages over silver."
A large point of contention between silver and selenium is that selenium (unlike silver) occurs naturally in the body and is desperately needed by the body for many reasons.
My book on Selenium is for people who do not want to die from cancer. Just a little goes a long way in this regard as you will see from most of the modern research. Just 200 mcg a day reduces cancer risk by 50%.
The book confronts the absolutely wrong idea that selenium is dangerous. With selenium we have only one case of accidental overdose at 10,000 the normal level of the worst type of selenium. With aspirin we have people all over the world dropping dead every day!
This book tells the selenium story in the same way I told the magnesium, iodine and bicarbonate stories. It is an absolutely crucial mineral that needs to be put on everyone’s anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammation radars. Translated—if you want to live a long time you will want to supplement with selenium.
Radiation levels are going up across the board in the northern hemisphere because of Fukushima meaning the level of cancer deaths are already accelerating. Selenium and iodine are peoples’ first line of defense. To not give these minerals to your kids is going to lead to regret and the same goes for bicarbonate and magnesium. All these minerals will help reduce the occurrence of cancer and this is now more critical than ever before, especially for our children, who are more sensitive and vulnerable to radiation’s harm.
I tell the full story of selenium in part one of the book. Part two is called The Rising Tide of Mercury and selenium fits in strongly to that story as well because selenium and mercury are like lovers with a super strong chemical affinity for each other.
Most of my writings about mercury go back to my days of association with Dr. Rashid Buttar and Dr. Boyd Haley, who is a rock of sanity with the mercury issue in vaccines and dental amalgam.