Is nature the best weapon in the fight against cancer? 18



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We keep hearing that plants and foods have anti-cancer properties so why don’t they feature more in cancer treatment?

The good news is a global task force has been established to look more closely at the natural component of plants and foods that could lead us to a cure for cancer.

Grapes, soybeans, turmeric and many other foods and plants contain pieces of the puzzle.

The task force of 180 scientists from around the world includes University of Auckland Professor of Cancer Nutrition Dr Lynn Ferguson, and they have published research that suggests that combinations of non-toxic doses of plant and food chemicals may not only provide a cure for “untreatable” cancers but address the problem of cancer relapse.

In light of this evidence, the task force is calling for an immediate increase in support for research on mixtures of chemicals that can reach a broad-spectrum of therapeutic targets.

“While current therapies have achieved modest successes in some cancers, significant problems remain with most of our approaches to treatment,” says Dr Ferguson. “In particular, many newer targeted therapies are extremely expensive, highly toxic and not effective for rare types of cancer and advanced cancers.”

“Even when they appear to work, a significant percentage of patients will experience a relapse after only a few months,” she says. “Typically advanced cancers are untreatable and relapses occur when small sub-populations of mutated cells become resistant to therapy.

“Doctors who try to address this problem with combinations of therapies find that therapeutic toxicity typically limits their ability to stop many cancers.”

The task force met recently to discuss the potential of carefully combining low-toxicity chemicals, specifically to defeat relapsed cancer.

“Many of the chemicals that were selected, such as resveratrol in grapes, genistein in soy, curcumin and others, can be extracted from plants and foods,” says Dr Keith Block, the Medical and Scientific Director of the Block Centre for Integrative Cancer Treatment.

“Although most have been studied for individual anti-cancer effects, there has been almost no research done on substantial combinations of these chemicals,” he says. “This was the first time that teams of researchers with such a wide range of expertise have ever been assembled to address the complex problem of relapse.”

“The task force teams have emerged believing that carefully designed combinations of non-toxic chemicals can be developed that will maximise our chances of arresting most cancers”, says Dr Block who is the lead author of this group.

There are still many unanswered questions so animal trials are now needed to advance this approach before human trials are possible.

“But this is an area that merits considerable attention,” says Dr Dean Felsher, a project contributor from the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. “Our approaches to therapy are improving, but we need a breakthrough that can help us address the problem of relapse, and this is a new, paradigm-changing approach that might just give us a chance.”

The taskforce also wanted to produce an approach to therapy that would have the potential to be very low cost, because many of the latest cancer therapies are deemed unaffordable in low-to-middle income countries.

Accordingly, the task force has laid the groundwork for a solution that should be both inexpensive and effective in making this novel approach available to people who are suffering from cancer throughout the world.

Do you believe that nature holds the secret to defeating cancer? 

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  1. I have always believed that in nature is preventions and cures for most human conditions as in illness etc !!

  2. Of course nature has the key always has done but it wont make a lot of money for the big billion dollar cancer business, so it will always been put down by Big Pharma. We only have to look at animals in the wild to see that they dont get cancer, whereas our domestic pets do get cancers….why… because the animals know what to which grasses to eat to make them well…Nutrition is not taught in medical schools from what I have been we need to seek advice from the people who have study it or become self educated more.

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  3. Nature has all the cure…I have used most of the above natural products not only for my cancer & my patients . Also helping my hubby with it too of his prostrate cancer ..but we must understand that medical science also do many research in products from plants .Because it is easy to make it synthetically for easy consumption,as sometimes plants are not available all the time .Medical RX & natural Rx should go side by side ,keeping in mind that many plants can be dangerous without knowing the chemical reactions with other foods & medical chemotherapy .Dr Anna + Naturopathic physician .(Retired)
    The reason why many cancer patients living longer these days ,if they follow both treatments side by side .So use the nature cure under supervision with experts .Thats Best way to go forward with your health .God Bless .

  4. When I have a bad case of cold/cough (esp. Winter time), I don’t take cough syrup. I take a mixture of Apple Cider vinegar & Honey in very warm water. It helps me every time…very good, ..👍👍👍

  5. I’m sure there are a lot of native and folklore cures still out there waiting to be discovered. Like willow bark (aspirin) and foxglove ( digitalis )

  6. Yes and no. Yes, in that we should eat a healthy, varied diet with all the macronutrients in moderation and a wide variety of fresh seasonal vegetables, including a good variety of herbs and spices in that menu. But no, in the sense that medication or other medical help may be needed as well and should not be avoided because “nature will cure me.” I have CLL and diabetes, both in remission. I reckon my dietary choices keep my diabetes in control but I make no claims for the CLL. That’s just serendipity. My longer comment on herbs and spices for diabetics is here:

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    • I really believe that attending to the gut flora/microbes first as this controls over 80% of the immune system in the body – the gut is the centre – the universe and taking care of that is paramount – if that isnt then maintaining good health and digestion wont happen…

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