The Zimbabwe Association of Clinical Biochemists (ZACB) founded in 1992 made significant contribution in Cancer Nutrietics Campaign and Cure by launching a national programme together with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MHCC) on 19th November 2018. The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Obadia Moyo gave the guest speech and MHCC staff graced the occasion at the Holiday Inn in “sunshine” city of Harare, Zimbabwe.
The launch was honoured by the presence of Professor Tomris Ozben, IFCC Treasurer and Executive Board member and Board of Directors, IFCC Foundation for Emerging Nations (FEN) who has tenure at Akdeniz University in Turkey. She was visiting external examiner at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences.
Dr O Moyo’s highlights in his guest speech :
Zimbabwe has rates ofancer cases, some 7000 and 3500 cancer related deaths annually, a tip of the iceberg as reports are largely from two largest urban centres of Harare and Bulawayo. 20% of deaths are from nutritional and dietary contribution. For people living in Sub Saharan Africa there is a 9 times more risk of developing cancer and a 5 times more risk of dying from cancer related illnesses. Globally, emerging nations carry 57% of the cancer burden and 65% of cancer mortality as non communicable diseases are on the rise at 53%,. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) contribute 31% of total deaths globally. Such diseases include cancer, diabetes mellitus, malnutrition, cerebrovascular and heart diseases.
The foods we eat, air we breathe and water we drink may metabolise to form oxidative free radicals which damage body cells, lower the body immunity and cause cancer. Viral co infections also integrate into body cells causing cancer. 43% of women Zimbabwe, die from cervical cancer and of these some 60% are HIV infected relating to high mortality of 3-4 deaths among women per day.
We need to protect the bodies from toxic damage by eating organic foods high in antioxidants namely mushrooms, avocados, dark grapes and pawpaw. Fruity diets starve cancer cells to death and keep the body alkalinised at pH of 7.26. We should eat ‘sadza’ from finger millet, sorghum and brown rice as these are healthier choices. Drinks of lemon ginger turmeric bicarbonate and apple vinegar are recommended.
Standard treatment of cancer includes surgery which may cause cancer metastasis, chemotherapy and radiotherapy toxic to healthy cells and promote body acidosis. Cancer with 100% poor prognosis can be cured with medicines having available cheap natural micronutrients such as selenium.
Recommended healthy diet is 75% fresh unprocessed foods and 25% cooked, 80% base and 20% acidic from 32 alkaline forming foods high in antioxidants. These are olive oil, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, raspberries, guavas, avocados, sweet potatoes, broccoli, green teas, herbs and red wine, pecans, blue berries, peaches mushrooms, oats, kale, dark grapes, laboratory bush tomatoes and spinach, peas, beans, lentils, herbs and seeds. Acid forming foods includes meat (red & white), fish, eggs, grains and legumes.
Other causes of acid pH include foods high in acids, emotional stress, toxins overload, immune reactions, oxygen deprivation and other nutrients. The body pH can be monitored using simple urine stix.
Trace elements come from the soil. They can be decreased by 85% per 100 years of agriculture. Over 50 micronutrients can manage oxidative stress with deficiencies causing approximately 70 chronic degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes mellitus, Parkinson’s disease, asthma, heart and infectious diseases etc.
Evidence-Based Laboratory P4 Medicine. i.e. Preventative, Personalised, Predictive and Participatory is the scientific basis of health which integrates healthcare and makes it accessible, affordable (decreases cost by over 3000 times) and available from local resources. Prevention via HIE, early detection via POCs, counselling and treatments via effective POC Devices and nutrietics. Patients can be tested and treated at presentation efficiently. There is a late diagnosis in 95% of cases as patients look for cheaper but uncharacterized treatments. Prevailing cancer treatment cost is too high around usd 15000/year. At times we experience high drug shortages. In addition are challenges of late presentation of 95% of patients. Early diagnosis, a public screening programme has started. It requires financial support.
Vaccinations against HPV causing cervical cancer and HBV, a risk factor for primary liver cancer highest in SADC etc to be developed locally and made widely available.
Sedentary lifestyle is an added risk factor in developing cancer. Africans should be active daily as they reverse bad eating habits in order to survive longer. They should also have good moral social habits which reduce sexual transmitted infections. The Cancer Nutrietics Campaign should cut across multiple sectors: Health, Education, Agriculture, Industry & Commerce
Professor Hilda Matarira: ZACB President and Director AFCC LabMed Internet Radio
Many dignitaries largely from the MHCC, Medical Laboratory and Clinical Scientist Council of Zimbabwe and Health Profession Authority Councils graced the launch.
Professor Hilda Matarira highlights were:
HEALTH INFORMATION EDUCATION
The ZACB has developed over 5 years an effective cancer & nutrietics HIE networks with the MHCC, tertiary institutions, Zimbabwe Public Health Association, UZ CHS etc. since the members share experience with El Microscopio, IFCC supported Internet Radio since the WorldLab Istanbul, Turkey in 2014. This resulted in FEN supported equipment grant to start an AFCC Internet Radio coordinated by ZACB YSs. AFCC LabMed IR if fully funded with some USD 25,000/year, can be an effective integrative tool in MHCC in AFCC. Current ZACB initiative in the development of integrated digital health in all disciplines is most welcome.
In Zimbabwe, there are some 25000 HPA members. In addition, there are 1300 students at Colleges of Health Sciences of 5 universities/year. These students are trained annually for Masters and Doctorate degree qualifications using a large pool of 100 experts/supervisors over the past 38 years. The well trained HR will be capable to participate in integrated activities in public health from villages to highest health institutions.
PROMOTE LIFE STYLE CHANGES
Promotions of Walks for pleasure and life, exercise at least 30min/day, adopt a sport & healthy diets i.e. fresh: cooked as recommended. Warm water drinking should also be preferred.
The MHCC started a trial HPV vaccination programme in primary school girls under 9 year. The UZ CHS is seeking private partners to produce local vaccines together with Veterinary Services Department. The vaccines would be relevant to local genomics, hence more effective at reduced cost.
PROMOTE PRODUCTION OF HEALTHLY CROPS
Local production and use of fruits, vegetables ,whole grains crops impact positively on health at reduced costs.
Industry is being approached to reduce refining foods, increase high soluble fibre & reduce costs of healthy products. The advocacy will include parliament to regulate foods fibre content as done successful with local iodisation of salt.
CHRONIC DISEASES & CHALLENGES
Africa has a high burden of chronic diseases. Cancer has a long duration causing a heavy burden cost to both patients & relatives. The challenges include poverty, poor diets, coinfections, polluted air and water, continued inflammation immunity & low tumour suppressing genes activity.In addition, there is late diagnosis limited patients’ information, knowledge and lack of integrated healthcare
TREATMENT of CANCER
Natural non-toxic micro nutrietics have been developed ready for national clinical evaluation.
PUBLIC HEALTH AND TRAINING: PATIENTS AND STUDENTS CENTRED
ZACB recommends vertical and horizontal integration of health services and training, increased use of technology & modernization of all MHCC services .
Africa to out-law poverty.
RECRUITEMENT OF VOLUNTEERS
ZACB is recruiting volunteers countrywide to carry out advocacy, participate in HIE & fundraise to assist in National Cancer Nutrietics Cure Campaign.
CID Nutrietics: POCTs and POC Devices are being developed at about 1/3000 of cost. These are cheaper more available and affordable local products.
Highlights of Prof Tomris Ozben’s Launch Speech:
She gave a brief introduction about IFCC and its support for ZACB and AFCC. The vision of IFCC is to advance excellence in laboratory medicine for better healtcare worldwide. She mentioned about the IFCC Foundation for Emerging Nations (FEN). Her presentation continued with cancer and the effects of dietary and endogenous antioxidants. Although antioxidants have been demonstrated having preventive effects in cancer development, there are conflicting views of antioxidant use during cancer therapy and their potential interactions with radiation and chemotherapy. On one side, antioxidants protect and repair healthy cells that are damaged by chemotherapy or radiation therapy, decreasing severe side effects. On the other side, ample literature report that concurrent administration of antioxidants may interfere and eliminate ROS generated by chemotherapy and radiation therapy, therefore, their use should be avoided during cancer therapy. This argument continues, not only among scientists, but also in the media and among patients. These are big questions with no easy answers. There is an obvious need to identify and characterize if antioxidants taken concurrently interfere with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, help normal cells to survive or tumor cells to thrive. Although many chemotherapy drugs induce the formation of ROS, their anticancer effects do not, in general, depend on the formation of these free radicals. Consequently, antioxidant supplementation may in some circumstances help to prevent free-radical-induced side effects without inhibiting the positive effects of the chemotherapy and provides a safe and effective means of enhancing the response to cancer chemotherapy. Many cancer patients develop some form of clinical malnutrition and die not from cancer, but from malnutrition related complications. According to the available evidence, it seems logical to advice taking antioxidants naturally from a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, rather than consumption of antioxidant supplements. Many food supplements readily available in the market have no effect, at the opposite, sometimes producing negative health effects, a supreme caution is imperative when offering patients such supplements. It is also known that nutrients may act much differently on humans when isolated from their natural matrix, and the synergistic effects of the intact natural product are lost. The effect of antioxidant supplements taken at high pharmacological doses over years on cancer is expected to be different from their effects at physiological doses taken as part of a diet.
After the launch ZACB together with the Medical community celebrated the launch with a public lecture given by Professr Ozben on: Current Applications and Future Developments in Liquid Profiling in Cancer Diagnosis.