Paige Shumate Short twirls the raw blackberry in her fingers. Here, she said, is a powerhouse of berry power: antiviral, antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, cancer-suppressing and wound-healing.Her Four Tigers berry care company started with the blackberries produced on Windstone Farms, just east of Paris, by her late father, Wayne Shumate.
Paige Shumate Short twirls the raw blackberry in her fingers. Here, she said, is a powerhouse of berry power: antiviral, antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, cancer-suppressing and wound-healing.One day, Short was passing a TV in her den and saw a report about University of Kentucky researchers working with black raspberries.
Nonsense, she thought: Why not blackberries?
That's how the research relationship got started between Short and her business partner, Russell Mumper, the vice dean of the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Mumper previously worked for the University of Kentucky, where his primary research work was in nanotechnology, the process of manipulating atoms and molecules to create microminiature equipment.
Since June, Short's company has begun stocking its debut product, gums — BerryCare Toothpaste Gum and BerryCare's Quick Energy Gum — at regional Kroger stores. The toothpaste gum contains 50 milligrams of blackberry powder with its associated polyphenols — chemicals that affect cell-to-cell signaling, inflammatory enzyme activity or gene regulation. That's about as much polyphenol as in nearly a cup of blackberries, Short said.
Four Tigers is developing a pipeline of blackberry-based health products that will be marketed as cosmetics, dietary supplements, and foods. Initial products include a topical vanishing blackberry cream, a blackberry oral capsule targeted to the intestines and colon, and a blackberry chewing gum. Four Tigers is also developing an exciting portfolio of medical products harnessing the potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of blackberries. Utilizing blackberries grown at WindStone Farms, researchers at the University of Kentucky have shown that an extract from the blackberries is able to inhibit the growth of human cancer cells in the laboratory.
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By Thomas H. Frazier, M.D.GastroenterologistDr. FrazierLouisa, KY – Making the decision to get a colonoscopy is one that many people seem to struggle with. While no one argues with the wisdom of screening for colon cancer, concerns about the preparation, discomfort, or invasiveness often keep folks from my office. Because my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer, not only did I get to see the disease from the perspective of someone I knew and loved, but I also learned the importance of early screening – and I had a colonoscopy at age 30. Knowing that I could drastically reduce my chances of developing colon cancer made the decision easy. And the preparation and test were not as bad as I thought they’d be.Colonoscopy is one of the only screening tests that can both detect and prevent cancer. Colorectal cancer is life-changing, and can be fatal. It can involve surgery, colostomy bags, chemotherapy and radiation. The most common excuse for not getting a colonoscopy is, “I don’t have any symptoms.” My reply is always the same: “That means you are the perfect patient for a screening exam!” Colon cancer precursors called “polyps”, or small growths in the colon, do not commonly cause any symptoms and, if removed prior to developing into cancer, can never become cancer. Another excuse I often hear, as a doctor who lives and works in the community is, “I know you and your family, so I’m embarrassed to have this kind of test.” My reply is, “Who is more likely to treat you like family, me or someone down the road?” Besides, no one is unclothed or exposed in any way during colonoscopy in my endoscopy unit.Once the decision is made, the next question is the right place and person to perform the procedure? The answer is simple: Three Rivers Medical Center no other hospital in the area has a gastroenterologist born and raised here in eastern Kentucky. My staff and I are among the most experienced and qualified professionals in the tri-state area. My continued involvement on staff at the University of Louisville keeps me up to date on the latest approaches in gastrointestinal care. Finally, no other hospital in the tri-state actually measures the quality of your diagnostic test, in addition to the results. (More on that below).Because of our devotion to providing quality care, TRMC is the first and only hospital in the area that measures, analyses and compares outcomes and complications relating to colon cancer screening. We are the only hospital in the area to achieve The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) recognition for our devotion to quality endoscopic care. We track our own performance, such as how often a doctor finds and removes polyps (polyp detection rate), the amount of time he/she spends looking for polyps (withdrawal time), and how well they are able to see during your colonoscopy (prep quality). These are proven ways of determining the quality of your screening exam. At TRMC, we are not only measuring these things, but we are performing above the standards set forth by regulatory boards. In other words, we don’t just say we are good, we can show it.About the Author: Thomas H. Frazier, M.D., a specially trained, dual board-certified physician who diagnoses and treats diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition to his two office locations, Dr. Frazier also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville for the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, University of Pikeville, KY, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. For more information or to contact Dr. Frazier’s office you can call 606-638-4656 or visit www.threeriversgi.com.
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