Please bear in mind that I'm not qualified to practice medicine and that you should check out what I have to say for yourself. Also I try to phrase things in a way which I hope is 'approachable' - but some of you will just find irritating- this is because a lot of what I'm reading can be very technical and I find it hard to understand, so I'd rather go for something too simple and hope you check the details out for yourself.
I'm starting on herbs and their uses in treating/preventing cancer, after which my mom will have a lot to say. Before I start, I don't know everything about herbs and I haven't tried all of them – I don't even know if I have cancer or not (it's just likely that I'll get it because of factors I've mentioned); so what I've done is gone through things I've had experience with and things my close friends have tried, I've researched the hell out of them and written what I know.
Before I start with all of this:
many herbs I discuss will be unsuitible for use by people on prescription medication, especially anti-depressants and blood-thinners. My advice is to stop taking such toxic 'medicines' becasue it's not the herb's fault you're poisoning yourself. Also, if you're on blood-thinning meds and have cancer you're pretty much <organically comprimised> anyway, and I don't think any doctor worth his lisence would prescribe happy pills to someone who's depressed because they have cancer, but just to be sure, don't take herbs if you're already taking scary medication! Check with doctor.
Two important things which will come up over and over again in the fight against cancer:
The first is really easy to explain and understand.
You need Vitamin C as part of your daily diet, Vitamin C is useful for healing and good for cells, quite frankly if you're not getting enough Vitamin C, cancer is only one of your worries!
Antioxidants are more difficult to explain. A lot of people think that antioxidants are things advertisers use to sell food, that is completely true, but it is also completely true that they are very important to you if you want to live beyond the age of 35!
How do they work? Aaargh! Bear with me on this please!
Ok, apartment Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant. Did you know that? I didn't.
Anyway, from the little I know about organic chemistry: you get two basic reactions in any kind of chemistry, reduction and oxidation.
Oxidation involves the removal of an electron (making you more positive, heh-heh, being positive leads to cancer!) which often leads to an oxygen atom jumping in because oxygen has electrons to spare. Oxidation is normally described as similar or related to to burning.
Oxidation leads to free radicals as described a little earlier.
Oxidation is linked not only to cancer, but also to inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, ageing, altzheimer's disease and infertility.
Forms of oxidation which take place outside the body include rusting and apples turning brown. Simple experiment: cut an apple in half and sprinkle 1 half with Vitamin C powder. Leave the 2 halves standing and see which one turns brown faster.
Ok, you can't stop oxidation taking place within your body, and you wouldn't want to or else your body wouldn't work and you'd die – what you can do is to control when and to which extent it does take place. Eating foods rich in anti-oxidants will help this to happen in addition to preventing the damage caused by free radicals and limiting the damage they can do. Anti-oxidants are also widely agreed to give you a longer and healthier life.
Since many other life forms on our planet want longer and healthier lives, they have made anti-oxidants which we can eat (plants were clever enough to often put these in their fruit which means that animals who want longer and healthier lives eat the fruit and disperse the seeds for the plants) but the one thing you need to remember is that almost without exception it is important that you eat the sources of anti-oxidant raw, fresh and whole.
So now you know, eating fresh fruit and veg will give you anti-oxidants and help prevent or even treat cancer (in case you missed Reap's post).
There are however other methods which I'd like to discuss with you.
First and foremost: Coffee
What's good about coffee?
As it so happens, coffee is absolutely packed with anti-oxidants, very helpful ones it turns out. Coffee is also a good source of minerals including copper salts, zinc salts (the levels of these essential minerals are sometimes dangerous in coffee!) magnesium, potassium, etc... coffee contains caffeine which is an addictive drug, it is also good for the heart and the circulatory system (in moderation) – this means that not only does it give you anti-oxidants but it also helps them to get to the various parts of your body really, really fast! Caffeine is a neural stimulant meaning it helps you think of more clever ways of fighting cancer.
What's not so great about coffee?
The price of the #@&% stuff!
Nervousness, headache (also from the withdrawal [which I'm experiencing as I write this]), high blood pressure, heart problems aggravated, messes up your blood-sugar levels if not used properly (do not drink a cup of coffee with lots of sugar as 'breakfast', you will be sorry) insomnia, psychological conditions aggravated, especially schizophrenia (caffeine causes increased dopamine), addiction(! Ask me about it, I know quite a lot on this subject) more insomnia because you can't get to sleep without drinking the coffee which keeps you awake! Indigestion is a mild way of putting what it causes, coffee contains malic acid and oxalic acid, you need malic acid in small quantities, probably oxalic acid too, however in larger quantities they are toxic and really irritate the bowels – heartburn, diarrhoea, constipation (presumably not at the same time!) and even inflamed bowels which are really unpleasant.
My experience of coffee?
Unfortunately, I'm a caffeine addict and can't give you an unbiased evaluation of the health-giving properties of coffee – I do know that it contains anti-oxidants which are considered useful in treating cancer and also may help prevent altzheimer's disease. I don't know if it is a good idea to start drinking coffee if you don't, especially since there are a number of other great sources of anti-oxidants available, but I think that unless you are suffering from certain psychological/neurological disorders, heart conditions, or IBS, if you were looking for an excuse not to give coffee up, here it is.
Managing blood-sugar levels, even with coffee, is something my mother can tell you about, I have been drinking coffee for over 20 years and do not have any problems with my blood-sugar. Cleavers
What's good about Cleavers?
I suppose I should start with what it is – Cleavers is a herb which has anti- inflammatory and diuretic properties, it is reputed to help fight cancer, especially good against tumours. It is recommended for cancer-like skin disorders, cancer of the tongue and throat and the lymph system. It is very good at detoxifying your body, including liver and prevents/ treats kidney stones as well. Cleavers is rich in minerals and can cure anaemia. Taken internally as a tea it does all of the above and more.
It can be used externally as a wash to treat scary growths, whether they be cancerous or not(!) and also boils, blackheads, etc. due to its astringent properties.
It is also reputed to help in the treatment of certain forms of epilepsy.
It is considered safe to use with animals (carefully! And consult your vet first!)
What's not so good about Cleavers?
It tastes like grass!
It is also very high in tannins like tea. These can cause problems with your digestive system and it's recommended that you do not use cleavers continuously for prolonged periods internally.
I'm not sure Cleavers grows well or can even grow in South Africa, I've never come across a living Cleavers plant and the only sources I've found have been dried (presumably imported) cut herbs. It's not cripplingly expensive, but I haven't found a way to cut out the middle-man yet.
My experience of Cleavers?
I've used it as a tea on and off for a few years, my mother made me.
I've used it as a sort of poultice thing on funny growths a while ago.
When the little rat Stan was suffering from cancer we gave him some Cleavers tea which he drank, we also gave him violets he did not recover.
When my father was suffering from cancer we gave him some Cleavers tea which he drank, we also gave him violets he did not recover. I can't judge how effective Cleavers is at preventing/treating cancer, but in terminal cases it alone (or with violets) seems unlikely to save your life.Apricot Kernels
Apricot kernels are toxic, containing laeterite, a compound of cyanide.
What's good about apricot kernels?
Many people swear by apricot kernels, they are said to help with healing, act as a general tonic and be good for expelling worms.
Apricot kernels apparently have proven anti cancer properties (I've heard of the research, but not seen it myself).
- while few disagree that they work, there are a number of theories on how and why they work.
- one of the most popular ones is that they cyanide compounds in apricot kernels are not readily metabolised in the forms found in the kernels (so although they're poisonous, they are passed out of your body before they can do much harm). Apparently there is a special enzyme given off by cancerous cells which causes the cyanide compounds to be broken down into more easily absorbed forms, apricot kernels therefore 'target' cancer, especially tumours.
Apricot fruit contain lots of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants, eating fresh apricots will help and provide you with a ready supply of apricot kernels.
They are readily available and not that expensive.
Apricot kernels work on a similar principle to chemo, only they do SUBSTANTIALLY less damage to your body.
What's not so good about apricot kernels?
You can get used to or even grow to like the taste, but you're highly likely to die first.
Poisoning sick people with cyanide? Really?
It is not recommended that you eat more than 6 a day, but with the accumulative toxic effect, you're likely to feel the symptoms after eating only 1 a day for more than a month.
- the symptoms include:
really REALLY bad headaches, nausea, blurred vision, dizziness and I've also experienced veritgo for no good reason, irritability and aggression.
My experience of apricot kernels :
I used to eat around 2 a week for about 3 months to build up a resistance to cyanide poisoning, this is when I didn't have any suspicious potentially cancerous sores on my skin, I stopped for about 2 years. Hearing of their anti cancer properties, I started eating 1 a day every day for about 4 months, increasing it to 2 a day for another 2 months.
Whatever the funny lump was it was substantially reduced in size, but it also bled a lot, which worried me, when I stopped eating apricot kernels it stopped bleeding but seemed to grow (I should add that this was a very small skin anomaly before I get anyone too worried!)
My assessment of apricot kernels: effective, but as the Americans would say, “nAsty!” - if you are in a state where it is a choice between dying of cancer or dying of cyanide poisoning, go for the apricot kernels, you might just not die after all. There are however other options open to you which don't have the unpleasant side effects.
I'll post many more, including the ones I'm really going with 100% asap, I just have to do research on them so I don't tell people do go and kill themselves (again)