I'm always looking for natural substances that throw a "monkey wrench" into the peculiar metabolism of cancer cells. It's vital these substances kill cancer cells and leave normal cells untouched. I've told you about some of my discoveriesin the past. They include resveratrol, green tea, Seanol, and others. But today I'm going to tell you about another plant that safely starves cancer cells as efficiently as a powerful chemo drug. In fact, it even works on pancreatic cancercells, which are particularly difficult to kill.
This plant is a common vegetable from Asia called "bitter melon." It is popular among the long-lived population of Okinawa, Japan.
Bitter melon juice diluted to just 5% in water showed remarkable potency in severely damaging all four pancreatic cancer cell lines researchers tested. The bitter melon reduced the viability of two cancer cell lines by 90%, while it knockedoff the other two lines by a staggering 98%. And it did so after just 72 hours of treatment!
In the past, I've told you about apoptosis. That's nature's way of dealing with wayward cells. They simply kill themselves. Bitter melon juice induced this programmed cell death along several different pathways. And even better, it also activateda pathway, which shows that it knocks out the cancer cells' metabolism of glucose. In other words, it literally starved them of the sugar they need to survive.
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Do these lab dish studies apply to living animals? A resounding yes! University of Colorado researchers gave mice bitter melon at doses easily achievable in humans. The animals had a 64% reduction in pancreatic tumor size without side effects!This level of effectiveness beat the most commonly used chemo drugs for this lethal cancer.
The dose used in mice translates to 6 grams of powder for an average-sized adult (75 kg). Big Pharma is rushing to find patentable petrochemicals to achieve what God put into the bitter melon fruit. It baffles Big Pharma that a simple plantcan starve cancer cells of their fuel. You don't need any fancy chemicals to make it happen.
What's more, the actions of bitter melon may help diabetics as well. Researchers recently found that bitter melon ameliorates metabolic syndrome by its beneficial effects on glucose metabolism.
This is wonderful news. We won't beat cancerby any one approach. I believe it must be multifocal. In other words, beef up the immune system, detoxify, eliminate dental infections and toxic dental materials, alkalinize your body, oxidize the body with oxidation therapy, and givespecific nutrients to throw a monkey wrench into cancer's peculiar metabolic pathways.
All cancer cells show disturbed energy production utilizing inefficient glucose fermentation. Bitter melon may be a huge pipe wrench to uncouple cancer's wayward energy production. You can find bitter melon at most health food stores and online.
Frank Shallenberger, MD