Doctor's Note

The colon cancer video I refer to is my last video, Turmeric Curcumin and Colon Cancer.

More on what this golden spice can do in:

There are ways of Boosting the Bioavailability of Curcumin to get it into our blood stream.

Some should be cautious about turmeric use, though. See Who Shouldn’t Consume Curcumin or Turmeric?

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  • Merio

    This is really interesting, and maybe if more plant substances are added to the “cream”, maybe the effect could be even more better…

  • sharon brink

    The turmeric relieved smell, itch, etc., did it ultimately cure some cancers?

    • Thea

      Sharon, The narrative does say, “Most of the lesions dried up…”. But I’m not sure what that means. I may mean that the surface problem was cured but not the underlying cancer? I just don’t know.

  • SeedyCharacter

    It seemed the research article was from 1987. Is turmeric being used for cancer treatments these days? Is there any current research? Or because big pharma can’t make huge profits off of a common spice, is the research and application languishing?

    • Darryl

      In the past 20 years, there have been around 26,700 articles mentioning curcumin and cancer (18,600 in the past 5 years, 12,900 in the last year). Most research has been academic, with pharmaceutical companies examining enhanced bioavailability formulations like Meriva. As you might imagine, researchers from India are well represented, most notably Bharat Aggarwal of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Instutute in Houston.

  • Plantsrongdoc M.D.

    A natural compound having this effect is just amazing! Nature rules….

  • JR

    does this work for supplements?

    • bob

      I take a curcumin supplement daily. The one I currently take is 95% curcuminoids in sunflower oil in a gel cap….probably could just pierce the cap and use it as an ointment. If you take curcumin/tumeric…take a sniff after your next urine test…or maybe not?

    • norma

      I use on my smoothies, juices… better take naturally, you can add to soup, bean, tomato sauce, anything that has some kind of sauce, it does taste little spyce. It’s a wonderful anti-inflammatory for you body in general.
      So ..I think is better prevent than treat, in case of cancer.

  • Robin D. Everson

    One of the best videos you have made. Thank you Dr. Greger.

    • Arjan den Hollander.

      You think?

      You need to start browsing videos on this site fast, :)

      No kidding there are loads more generally usefull ones.

      • Han

        It’s all in the eye of the beholder. No point in argueing that.

  • Roland Stebbins

    I note that he mentions using vaseline and wonder if this can be used on tongue lesions inside the mouth. I’m tempted to try turmeric on the tongue but wonder about the vaseline.

    • Chris Hartley

      perhaps substitute coconut oil for the vaseline ?

      • Ben

        I wonder if tumeric mixed with coconut oil could provide a little bit of protection from sunburn? Before I go to the beach I load up on things like beet root and red cabbage about an hour before I expose myself… Maybe it’s just a placebo effect but I feel like I don’t burn as easily.. Maybe turmeric mixed coconut oil might help even more.

        • Roland Stebbins

          Ben,
          I have always been susceptible to sunburn and am allergic to most sunscreens so don’t use them. I don’t make it a practice to go out in the sun. However, when I necessarily do it, I have found that 8 mg a day of astaxanthin has protected me.

  • Rick

    You can mix curcumin in a little DMSO liquid which should help carry it through the skin. I did this a few years ago and rubbed it on my neck in the hope that it would help treat my skull base tumor. The tumor stopped growing and has been stable for eight years now. (Of course I did many other things too.)

  • mikeyboy

    Wow, I was just sent this by a good friend who believes everything he gets from this site. But I will tell you as a cancer survivor I am really offended by much of what this site puts out. This one is really bad, one study of 64 patients who were given a topical treatment for 4 weeks with no long term followup, wow no that is a new low and really bad medicine really really ill responsible. People get hurt by this type of misinformation. Skin cancer spread quickly, most forms are very incurable with prompt attention. All this will do is have people delay there visit to the doctor while they attempt to self treat.

    Shame on you Doc !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.bockige-wuerfel.de/ tanonymus

      mikey,
      are you ok? I realy think people with cancer will be treated by their doctors – and ADD tumoric to their diet and all. Verry few Hippies will try to cure cancer in their backyard.

  • mdouble

    I am constantly impressed with the tremendous amount of information you can back into one of your videos. Aside from being really interesting much of it, like this video on Turmeric are potentially life saving. Thanks again for your continued research and the exceptional public service you do by offering it freely.

  • Sleepless in Seattle

    The video shows breast cancer with an open wound and a partially exposed tumor. What sort of cream can be blended with turmeric and be suitable for application to such a site? How can it be made sterile before application? How can the cream be removed so the wound can be cleaned? I’m dealing with this and need some specifics. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/retrochrissy chrissy

    Hello Dr Greger, I love your work, it’s both inspiring and validating as a long-time vegan, thanks for all your wonderful work that you share . I have a question after watching this video – this video really had my attention – now, I know you’re not a vet! but I’m treating my elderly dog who has oral melanoma with organic turmeric paste mixed with a bit of oil, water and a good dollop of raw New Zealand honey applied topically to his mouth tumour. It’s been a month since his diagnosis and this disgusting looking tumour is shrinking slowly but surely and looks like it’s going to come away from his gum. I’ve watched all your Turmeric videos now and researched alot about it in regard to using it for dogs too.

    My question is this: is there any research that you know of about sugar feeding cancer cells – I’ve heard people tell me that sugar feeds cancer but when I mixed the honey in with this paste I’m using it seemed to amplify the results. And if sugar supposedly feeds cancer then people shouldn’t eat fruit if they had cancer which sounds like nonsense when fruit could potentially cure cancer….Maybe the hydrogen peroxide honey can generate is helping the Turmeric destroy the tumour, or maybe it’s acting like a Trojan horse and luring the cancer cells in for the Turmeric to do it’s destroyer thing….anyway my dog’s arthritis has certainly improved! and even tho you’re not a vet, you absolutely have helped my dog :) thanks again for everything you do :)

  • Roland Stebbins

    I saw this video and became very excited since I currently am seeing an oral surgeon for lesions on my tongue and I wanted something I could put on the tongue and let it do some good work. But I got turned off by the vaseline mix on the tongue and thought there has to be a better way. I believe there is a better way and I have found it in Swanson’s organic turmeric tea bags. I ordered 3 boxes of 20 bags and drink 1 cup a day. I take some in my mouth and usually swish it all around, then leave it a while before swallowing. When I do this I notice that my tongue has a yellow coating which tells me the turmeric stays on the tongue and does its work longer. For additional benefit, after drinking most of the cup I put the tea bag right on the tongue and leave it there a while too. After doing this for forty days I went to my regular 4 month appointment with my oral surgeon. Over the past 2 years he has performed 3 biopsies, and one laser procedure to blast off severe dysplasia. He examined my tongue, told me that he was very pleased and that my tongue was in the best shape he has ever seen it. He asked me what I was doing and I told him.
    I believe I am now fighting a winning game here with turmeric’s help. I also wonder if it may also be helpful to my gums and even my throat and esophagus.