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Treating Gorlin Syndrome With Green Tea

Gorlin Syndrome, also known as basal cell nevus syndrome, is a rare genetic condition in which one’s body becomes covered in skin cancers. An astounding case is reported of a woman suffering from the syndrome whose cancer progression was apparently reversed with topical green tea body wraps.

July 11, 2012 |
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Gorlin Syndrome, also known as basal cell nevus syndrome, is a genetic condition affecting about 1 in every 100,000 births, in which you become covered in skin cancers. Tragic disease but acase report was recently published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, describing the “temporary arrest of basal cell carcinoma formation in a patient with the syndrome. The poor woman was getting “”up to about 20 new basal cell carcinomas every six months. Then she started going to a spa and getting green tea body wraps once a month and for the following year, not a single new carcinoma appeared. nstead fo 40n there were zero. But she ended up stopping after a year, and at her next dermatology visit 15 new lesions had already started appearing.
 They assume it was the green tea, but the wrap also contained algae, mustard oil, ginger and calendula, so who knows. Now the researchers emphasize this is but a single case report and that it’s not like there’s “enough evidence to start clinical treatment of human patients with non-melanoma skin cancer, because we lack the studies, but why not? Obviously if there were risks you wouldn’t want just start something based on one report, but what’s the downside of giving it a try?

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Though the condition is rare, skin cancer is not. In fact, it's the most common cancer in the United States. This case report builds on research into reversing other cancers (see Cancer Reversal Through Diet?). The woman’s case described here is a testament to the Power of Plants. It’s in line with research on things such as cinnamon (The Safer Cinnamon), saffron (Saffron for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s), watermelon (Watermelon as Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction), flaxseeds (Just the Flax, Ma’am), and Indian gooseberries (Amla Versus Diabetes). Since there are little or no downsides to plant food remedies--if anything lots of positive side-effects, I rarely hesitate to prescribe such natural products in my own medical practice. This is the third video of a four-part series about the latest discoveries on tea. See Antimutagenic Activity of Green Versus White Tea and Is Caffeinated Tea Dehydrating? for the first two. Tomorrow I'll close out with Treating Genital Warts with Green Tea.

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Is Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?The Anti-Wrinkle Diet, and Foods That May Block Cancer Formation

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Though the condition is rare, skin cancer is not. In fact, it’s the most common cancer in the United States. This case report builds on research into reversing other cancers (see Cancer Reversal Through Diet?). The woman’s case described here is a testament to the Power of Plants. It’s in line with research on things such as cinnamon (The Safer Cinnamon), saffron (Saffron for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s), watermelon (Watermelon as Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction), flaxseeds (Just the Flax, Ma’am) and Indian gooseberries Amla Versus Diabetes. Since there are little or no downsides to plant food remedies–if anything lots of positive side-effects, I rarely hesitate to prescribe such natural products in my own medical practice. This is the third video of a four-part series about the latest discoveries on tea. See Antimutagenic Activity of Green Versus White Tea and Is Caffeinated Tea Dehydrating? for the first two. Tomorrow I’ll close out with Treating Genital Warts with Green Tea.

    • http://poxacuatl.wordpress.com/ Strix

      “… I rarely hesitate to prescribe such natural products in my own medical practice”  One of your best qualities, Dr. Greger! I’d rather try a natural remedy (having done my research, of course) before conventional meds. I think prevention is ultimately the way to go; but if that has not worked, then a natural remedy is worth a shot since there are — generally — less toxic effects.

    • HemoDynamic, M.D.

      The downside is that the Pharmaceutical Companies can’t patent Green Tea ;-(

      • http://www.facebook.com/simon.d.porteous Simon Porteous

        I bet they are working hard at finding ways to do so though.

  • http://poxacuatl.wordpress.com/ Strix

    I wonder why the green tea was singled out as the possible healing agent. Those other ingredients have healing properties as well. I hope more studying is forthcoming on this! Isn’t skin cancer the most prevalent cancer? 

  • Randy

    Downside? There is little money to be made by the large pharmaceutical giants if green tea has these anti carcinogenic skin properties.

    True I believe for many diseases, most notably coronary artery disease. We certainly do NOT see the major drug companies nor large scale university hospitals Big Time Promoting a low fat vegan diet, such as proposed by Caldwell Esselstyn or a similar diet by Dean Ornish.

    True, Ornish’s programs have been accepted and are gaining some momentum in hospitals/heart clinics but compared to angioplasties/coronary bypass surgical procedures with multiple heavy drug cocktails as a comparison…………..small potatoes.

    Follow the money trail to find the major research, treatments recommended, drugs prescribed and surgeries accomplished. 

  • SJ M.D.

    Only a case report of course, but interesting – nature heals

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717616540 E Brad Baker

    I’m saddened that this trial was terminated.  Are you aware of other trials?

    clinical trials (dot) gov/ct2/show/NCT00005097

  • jani

    is this green tea also contains algae ingredients ?