Can Aloe Cure Cancer?

Can Aloe Cure Cancer?
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From a case report to a randomized controlled trial, aloe is put to the test against cancer.

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For a half-century, aloe vera “[g]el processors and distributors armed with biblical quotes and anecdotal testimonials” have sought “recognition for their products”—too often “accompanied” however, by “misinformation,” none of which were more elaborate than promoting aloe vera for the treatment of cancer. But, check out this recent case report. A 64-year-old Hispanic woman with a tumor on her eyeball, which looked like a classic case of ocular surface squamous neoplasia, a type of eye cancer. And, therefore, surgery was recommended to remove it. “[B]ut the patient declined [the surgery], and instead initiated the use of concentrated [aloe] vera eye drops 3 times [a day] based on a friend’s suggestion.” Just some off-the-shelf aloe vera gel product, and to the doctor’s surprise, the lesion showed significant improvement after just one month. And, two months later, it went from this to gone completely. At the time of writing, it was six years later, and it appeared the cancer was gone, and had stayed gone.

Now, normally, you’d go in and cut out the cancer “with wide margins” to make sure you get it all, because “[d]espite the best efforts of the ocular surgeon, recurrence rates as high as [worse-than-a-flip-of-a-coin] have been reported,” because there’s little bits of cancer you miss on surgery. And, here, there’s this tumor that disappeared without surgery.

Are we sure it was cancerous, though? Well, she “refused [a] biopsy.” So, we don’t know for certain. However, it did have all the defining characteristics. And so, to see it disappear without any side effects, and stay gone, is pretty extraordinary. “Surgical resection” still remains the recommended treatment, but at least there’s an option for patients to try if they don’t want to go down that route.

Of course, this was just a single case report, no control group. It’s not like she had tumors in both eyes, and just tried the aloe on one. There was a controlled study suggesting aloe could prolong survival in those with advanced untreatable cancer, but it wasn’t a randomized controlled study, but a decade later, there was.

Hundreds of patients with metastatic cancer “randomized to receive chemotherapy with or without Aloe,” and the aloe group had three times the number of complete responses, significantly greater objective tumor responses, and two-thirds had some level of disease control, compared to only half in the non-aloe group. But, does that translate out into improved survival? Yes. For example, at one year, 70% of the aloe group was still alive, whereas most in the non-aloe group were dead.

And, as a bonus, the chemo was “better tolerated” in the aloe group, with less fatigue, for example, and better maintenance of their immune system. So, given the better disease control, given the better survival, “This study seems to suggest that aloe may be” a successful add-on therapy in terms of both tumor regression rate and survival time.

Now, this was a randomized controlled study, but not a randomized placebo-controlled study. It’s not like the control group was getting like some fake aloe drink. So, some of the tumor response may have been like a mind-over-matter placebo effect.

Now, there are potential downsides. As I explained in a previous video, swallowing aloe can, in rare cases, trigger liver inflammation, and cause electrolyte imbalances, due to diarrhea or vomiting. For example, there was a case reported of “aloe-induced [low potassium] in a patient with breast cancer,” which rapidly resolved once she stopped the aloe—thought to be due to the laxative effect aloe can have.

If you want to talk to your doctor about giving it a try, note this was not aloe vera, but aloe arborescens, a tree-like aloe that can grow to be like 10 feet tall. The concoction they made was a mixture of about two-thirds of a pound of fresh aloe leaves to a pound of honey, plus about three tablespoons of 40% alcohol, given orally at a dose of two teaspoons, three times a day, “starting 6 days prior to the onset of chemo[therapy].”

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For a half-century, aloe vera “[g]el processors and distributors armed with biblical quotes and anecdotal testimonials” have sought “recognition for their products”—too often “accompanied” however, by “misinformation,” none of which were more elaborate than promoting aloe vera for the treatment of cancer. But, check out this recent case report. A 64-year-old Hispanic woman with a tumor on her eyeball, which looked like a classic case of ocular surface squamous neoplasia, a type of eye cancer. And, therefore, surgery was recommended to remove it. “[B]ut the patient declined [the surgery], and instead initiated the use of concentrated [aloe] vera eye drops 3 times [a day] based on a friend’s suggestion.” Just some off-the-shelf aloe vera gel product, and to the doctor’s surprise, the lesion showed significant improvement after just one month. And, two months later, it went from this to gone completely. At the time of writing, it was six years later, and it appeared the cancer was gone, and had stayed gone.

Now, normally, you’d go in and cut out the cancer “with wide margins” to make sure you get it all, because “[d]espite the best efforts of the ocular surgeon, recurrence rates as high as [worse-than-a-flip-of-a-coin] have been reported,” because there’s little bits of cancer you miss on surgery. And, here, there’s this tumor that disappeared without surgery.

Are we sure it was cancerous, though? Well, she “refused [a] biopsy.” So, we don’t know for certain. However, it did have all the defining characteristics. And so, to see it disappear without any side effects, and stay gone, is pretty extraordinary. “Surgical resection” still remains the recommended treatment, but at least there’s an option for patients to try if they don’t want to go down that route.

Of course, this was just a single case report, no control group. It’s not like she had tumors in both eyes, and just tried the aloe on one. There was a controlled study suggesting aloe could prolong survival in those with advanced untreatable cancer, but it wasn’t a randomized controlled study, but a decade later, there was.

Hundreds of patients with metastatic cancer “randomized to receive chemotherapy with or without Aloe,” and the aloe group had three times the number of complete responses, significantly greater objective tumor responses, and two-thirds had some level of disease control, compared to only half in the non-aloe group. But, does that translate out into improved survival? Yes. For example, at one year, 70% of the aloe group was still alive, whereas most in the non-aloe group were dead.

And, as a bonus, the chemo was “better tolerated” in the aloe group, with less fatigue, for example, and better maintenance of their immune system. So, given the better disease control, given the better survival, “This study seems to suggest that aloe may be” a successful add-on therapy in terms of both tumor regression rate and survival time.

Now, this was a randomized controlled study, but not a randomized placebo-controlled study. It’s not like the control group was getting like some fake aloe drink. So, some of the tumor response may have been like a mind-over-matter placebo effect.

Now, there are potential downsides. As I explained in a previous video, swallowing aloe can, in rare cases, trigger liver inflammation, and cause electrolyte imbalances, due to diarrhea or vomiting. For example, there was a case reported of “aloe-induced [low potassium] in a patient with breast cancer,” which rapidly resolved once she stopped the aloe—thought to be due to the laxative effect aloe can have.

If you want to talk to your doctor about giving it a try, note this was not aloe vera, but aloe arborescens, a tree-like aloe that can grow to be like 10 feet tall. The concoction they made was a mixture of about two-thirds of a pound of fresh aloe leaves to a pound of honey, plus about three tablespoons of 40% alcohol, given orally at a dose of two teaspoons, three times a day, “starting 6 days prior to the onset of chemo[therapy].”

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In case you missed the previous video, see Aloe for the Treatment of Advanced Metastatic Cancer.

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      1. I am trying to remember, which bowling alley in California a group of friends and I ran into Michelle Pfeifer and her boyfriend. They were in the next lane. Also ran into Rob Lowe on a bateaux in Paris and Harrison Ford in Canada someplace. I wasn’t completely positive it was Michelle Pfeifer, but we were bowling with someone who went to high school with her, so it was her. I also wasn’t sure it was Rob Lowe that I was standing next to, until my film friend pointed out how expensive his video camera was and, then, a whole bunch of girls at the other part of the boat saw him and squealed. I saw Telly Savalez walking through Disney World and Paul Newman at a little antique store and at the races. I am old enough that the list could go on and on. Plus, I lived in LA with people trying to make it in the film industry, so that generates “found celebrity” moments. I liked the random ones better.

        1. I’ll join you in celebrity moments…In the early 1970’s, I attended the world premiere of “The Towering Inferno” in San Francisco. The movie had been made with the cooperation of that city’s Fire Department and the premiere was used as a benefit for the Department to thank them for same.

          Before the show began, I was waiting in line for popcorn, with a small couple standing in front of me. As I’m 6’6″, I’m used to small, but the female was particularly tiny. Upon closer investigation, I discovered that I was behind my boyhood heart throb, Natalie Wood (5’0″ tall) who was attending with her husband, Robert Wagner, who appeared in the picture.

          I’ve never swooned in 70 years, but that was as close as I ever came, to doing so.

          1. Names, you want names? I’ve chatted/locked eyeballs with; Frank Sinatra as he was getting out of a car on West 58th St. near the Plaza Hotel; nearly bumped into Greta Garbo on Fifth Avenue; chatted with Gena Rolands on W. 57th; told the much older Sid Caeser that I loved him :-) near Bergdorf’s on Fifth and 57th; got a naughty tongue gesture from George Hamilton, Jr. on Central Park West; chatted with Arthur Miller as we waited for a subway. Mitch Miller and I often flirted on the elevator of the apartment building we both lived in; shook hands with a famous politician, but I ain’t giving the name; was an extra in “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and asked Mel Brooks a dumb question just to say I spoke with the man. :-)

            That’s all I can think of, for now.

              1. Scott, as an aloe user, you “fit in here” a heck of a lot more than those of us who went totally off-topic. :-)

            1. Fabulous! I love the stories! I love all of the people mentioned! What a list of names!

              Laughing, because I know someone who was swept off to Europe by someone who has run for President, who forgot to mention that they were married. Not saying who. That is my closest political one, except when I was a girl, I went out to eat and Ella Grasso was governor of CT and did not look like she possibly could be one, to my eyes.

              1. I did have a roommate in California who tended to have famous people over and one time he had the cirque du soleil stars.

                Makes me laugh, because I am not someone who would be in a famous people type setting without my friends and for some reason they still are friends with me.

    1. And how would the patients have fared if they had taken aloe WITHOUT the chemotherapy? Aloe may have simply mitigated the harmful effects of chemotherapy, leading to decreased side effects and an increase in survival times due to this factor alone, without having any effect on cancer as such directly.

      Or perhaps aloe would have had an even stronger positive effect against cancer if given by itself alone. We won’t know, until someone “puts it to the test.”

      However, this will not happen in a properly randomized matched human study, as presumably for ethical reasons, this has become illegal. One can only compare the effect of one conventionally accepted cancer treatment to another kind, so generally in studies of this kind, researchers compare one kind of chemotherapy to another, but NOT to an alternative outside of the box treatment, let alone to no treatment at all. Which means that if chemotherapy B shows increased survival rates for patients compared the chemotherapy A, this may result not from it having an increased effectiveness against cancer, but simply because it seems less toxic.

      However, one could do an experiment to look at the effectiveness of aloe against cancer in an animal model system study, without having the helpfulness or harmfulness of doing chemotherapy at the same time as an uncontrolled variable and confounding factor.

      1. I would LOVE to see a study on chemo. Most chemo treatments were grandfathered into acceptance before the FDA. Many people, including myself, have seen little evidence that chemo is effective AT ALL. How about it Dr Greger?

        I love everything you do BTW, Dr Greger, even though I am not a vegetarian, vegan, etc. I LOVE your dependence on studies.

        1. What is it that prevents us getting cancer in the first place? Our immune system.
          Chemo therapy hurts the immune system. It can shrink the tumor, but the cancer tends to return as the immune system has been damaged. Never made any logical sense to me.
          Why aren’t therapies that enhance the immune system tried?

        2. Perhaps you should revisit the comments section of the video ‘How to Win the War on Cancer’ where links/references are made to various studies comparing the mortality rates of people choosing conventional treatment vs the mortality rates of people refusing conventional cancer care treatments eg

          “Trials versus no chemotherapy also suggested greater mortality reductions with CAF (RR 0·64, SE 0·09, 2p<0·0001) than with standard 4AC (RR 0·78, SE 0·09, 2p=0·01) or standard CMF (RR 0·76, SE 0·05, 2p<0·0001). In all meta-analyses involving taxane-based or anthracycline-based regimens, proportional risk reductions were little affected by age, nodal status, tumour diameter or differentiation (moderate or poor; few were well differentiated), oestrogen receptor status, or tamoxifen use. Hence, largely independently of age (up to at least 70 years) or the tumour characteristics currently available to us for the patients selected to be in these trials, some taxane-plus-anthracycline-based or higher-cumulative-dosage anthracycline-based regimens (not requiring stem cells) reduced breast cancer mortality by, on average, about one-third. 10-year overall mortality differences paralleled breast cancer mortality differences, despite taxane, anthracycline, and other toxicities."
          https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2811%2961625-5/abstract

      2. People can and do refuse conventional cancer treatment. That’s how we know conventional treatments work – researchers look at the outcomes for people who choose no treatment versus the outcomes for people who choose conventional treatment. They may not be randomised, double blind trials but they still deliver relevant and consistent results. There are multiple studies of this sort in the literature. Of course, that doesn’t stop you or others from claiming that conventional cancer chemotherapy actually decreases survival time and quality of life … without providing any evidence.

        Look at the trial of the Gonzalez therapy versus conventional chemotherapy. For ethical reasons, the patients were allowed to choose which therapy they wanted. The patients on the alternative therapy died three times as quickly and were reported to have worse quality of life..

        On the other hand, there’s nothing to stop the people selling this stuff, or enthusiastic believers like you, or wealthy alternative health promoters like Mercola, Hyman etc etc, from funding trials of this sort. Or any of the alternative cancer cure clinics out there for that matter. There are also multiple GoFundMe type options these days.

        Of course, the last major alternative health funding of a credible clinical trial (NuSi) didn’t get the results it wanted which probably helped sour many alternative health promoters on this type of idea.

    2. I was thinking the same thing about the honey.

      Either way, this video was fabulous!

      I LOVE that you included survival times and dosages and photos of Cancer going away!

      Let me just stand up and applaud right now.

      Bravo!

      Worth the wait!

      And I just looked up honey and have added both honey and aloe to my master “Cancer” list.

      I already found a product with the recipe and they said it tastes more like honey, than aloe or alcohol.

      Hooray!

        1. Should I quote Winnie the Pooh and say, “Oh Bother”?

          I tried to post the product, but links don’t always work.

          Sometimes they do, but often they don’t, so you are going to have to look it up for yourselves.

          Sorry.

      1. I doubt it was the alcohol other than maybe the alcohol acting as a solvent for aloe phytochemicals. Alcohol had been confirmed as a carcinogen =(

  1. This is exciting news! If aloe arborescens is non-toxic and relatively inexpensive, people could grow it, and following a doctor’s prescription (like an allopathic doctor would support that) try it as a preventative, especially if there was a lot of cancer in the family. Beans are very high in potassium, so they could eat beans at the same time. I recommend everyone eat beans anyway.

  2. This is an unrelated thought here… I wondered if Dr. G. has ever done a “TED talk.” I think it would be well received and a good way to get an important message out. I did a name search on TED.com, but the it returned no matches.

    I did find a short, 3 minute video by a Graham Hill, who advocates a Weekday Vegetarian program to help you get started: no meat on weekdays and carte blanche on weekends. https://www.ted.com/talks/graham_hill_weekday_vegetarian#t-225245

      1. Thanks! Wish I’d known… I live 100 miles south. =\

        My own mother has a story very similar to your grandmother’s story. Back in 2002 she had already been admitted to a hospital as an inpatient for congestive heart disease. She couldn’t walk more than 10 steps without getting “tightness in her chest,” a warning to stop and sit down. My dad died that year; I moved in and took over the kitchen. The summary statement is this: today, 16 years after I put her on a plant based diet my mom repeatedly walks with me the entire length of our local mall and back again with no chest pains. Her BP is 138/76. Blood panels are almost as good as mine. At 94 her cardiovascular system is in far better shape than it was 16 years ago at 82.

        That’s why I like your service to the community so much.

        1. What a great success story of the power of a whole food plant based diet, Dr. Cobalt! You are so blessed to have her with you still. ;)

          Did she struggle at all with the transition? Or was it full steam ahead?

          1. Hi. Thank you, YeahRight and Bobbi.

            First of all, my math was off up there. Sixteen years ago she was 78, not 82.

            Did she struggle with the transition?

            I made gradual changes. I began back in 2002 by purging all the junk food she was used to eating (with her blessing). Soda pop, ice cream, and processed meats were the first to go. Eventually I eliminated dairy, eggs, and cheese. Over the years I slowly began substituting more and more veggies for less and less meat, which is easy to do with stir-fry, soup/stew, and casseroles. Today Mom eats roughly an ounce of chicken a day, about the size of a half dollar. The rest of her day is plant based. She lost nearly 40 pounds since 2002, and as I said, her BP is remarkably good for her age.

            We go out for lunch 2 or 3x a week. Since I can’t dictate policy for her there, it’s no-holds-barred: she eats whatever she wants. But then I compensate later.

            I can even buy or make desserts for her. Almond Dream Bites are made from almond milk and have less than a gram of sugar per “bite.” I also make little cherry torte pasties from ground graham crackers (Sprouts), soy milk “yogurt,” vanilla extract, and cherry topping.

            If she’s still around at 100, I’ll throw a big party for her up in Sedona. You’re all invited.

        2. That’s awesome Dr. Cobalt! Makes me wish there was a way to get my parents to eat more plant-based without resorting to nagging.

          1. Makes me wish there was a way to get my (grown up) children to eat less vegan junk food and more WFPB without resorting to nagging!

        3. Dr. Colbalt, what a wonderful story! I tried for several years to get my mother to go WFPB. And while she’s improved her diet somewhat (she no longer eats potato chips & gummy bears for dinner), she still prefers her meat & dairy. She’s been legally blind now for a few years & was told a few months ago that she has cancer. Even with that diagnosis, she won’t change her diet.

          I’m so glad your mother listened & followed your advice. I wish mine had.

          1. That’s a shame, Nancy. But don’t give up hope just yet. “When the pupil is ready, the teacher appears.”

            Of course there’s also another saying: “You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink.” :-(

  3. What great news! Something to help the efficacy and comfort of people undergoing cancer therapy- and it’s a plant!! I will definitely pass this on to anyone I hear of who would welcome the information.

    Wish we could grow that in Canada.

    Thank you Dr. Greger and team!

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    1. After analyzing substances that reduce and eliminate cancer cells, I have realized that they all have a bitter flavor. Bitter almond, all fruit pits, seeds and nuts and grains and greens… and, of course, aloe. American food seems to skip over the bitter flavor. Europeans drink Swedish Bitters (on purpose!) and I like to eat all the seeds – or at least some – from my apples, lemons, etc… Just a thought. Try a little bitter flavor and see how it works for you. ? And Bobbi – you can grow a regular aloe plant indoors in a pot. Let it be outdoors when it’s warm, but when it’s cold, you can bring it in. Give it plenty of light and warmth and a little water. If it begins to turn orange, give it more water. Best wishes!!!

      1. ‘Scientists have long assumed that bitter taste evolved as a defense mechanism to detect potentially harmful toxins in plants. The Current Biology paper provides the first direct evidence in support of this hypothesis by establishing that variants of the bitter taste receptor TAS2R38 can detect glucosinolates, a class of compounds with potentially harmful physiological actions, in natural foods.’
        https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-09/mcsc-bti091206.php

  4. Anyone could PLEASE help me know how to choose healthy cooking pans. There are ceramic, iron, carbon and iron, stainless steel, ceramic, glass, teflon, copper… you get the point.

    I have read that copper, and teflon leaks, ceramic is useful only if its 100% ceramic (costly). Some say iron is the best some others say its not healthy safe. Please help me know what are myths what is true where can I find information!

    1. From my understanding glass is clean. We even use glass coffee mugs. It’s easy to find glass baking pans (Pyrex, Anchor Hocking). Enamel coated pans are clean–I have two inexpensive ones that I like (I use Cuisinart covered casserole on the stove for cooking beans). The problem with cast iron is that it leaches iron into your food (especially acidic food) . May be a good thing for some women low in iron, but not so good for others with good iron stores as excess iron is an oxidant.
      Teflon is toxic and with copper pans, excessive levels of copper leach into food. I think stainless steel is relatively safe although I’ve heard rumors that cadmium leaches into foods but not seen anything of substance on this claim.
      https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/2017/07/10/safest-cookware-choices-for-your-family/

  5. I found a lump on my forearm this week.

    It is on top center of my arm, below my elbow. About the size of a marble. Only painful when I keep touching it.

    It is emotionally strange finding something 7 months after going 99.9% vegan.

    I had a lump on my Breast two years ago, but it went away with juicing and Cancer fighting food salads.

    Not saying this is Cancer. It is just not what I expected to find.

    Might be a good time to try some things.

  6. Hello Dr. Greger,
    I love your site and count on it for unbiased diet info. Could you please discuss a bit about why there are so many seemingly reputable doctors discussing a keto diet as the best option for maximum health, longevity, as well as cancer prevention and even treatment? Thank you.

    1. abart68,

      That is the topic I hear people asking all the time.

      I don’t know that Dr. G. will do it in a video format, unless there is a specific study, but I did hear him say in an interview that there aren’t a lot of studies out there yet, so I doubt that he will speculate on the intelligence or motives of other doctors until he has a study in hand.

      I am hoping for a Keto versus WFPB Cancer treatment study someday.

      I do know someone who was healed with a combination of Keto and the foods from the foods versus cancer series and I do know more than one person who was healed with WFPB and Gerson.

      I say it, because Dr. Gonzalez spoke against it and said that his friend tried that perspective and failed so much that the man left practice.

      Bill Henderson also spoke about fails of Keto.

      People have said that the reason it can often fail is that glucose can be created from fat and protein, which is called gluconeogenesis, I think.

      People who have succeeded putting Cancer in remission using Keto seem to combine it with Intermittent fasting. Someone said that Cancer cells don’t know not to divide when nutrition is low, where the rest of the cells are smarter than the aggressive Cancer cells. It is a loophole, which people have learned to exploit and I think that is when Keto started to be spoken about with Cancer. People have been healed from Cancer doing 30 day water fasts, which are a type of Keto (Can’t remember who, but a doctor who was talking about it explained water fasting as a type of Keto. Maybe Dr. Klapper or the people from True North or both.)

      1. I am not sure that those sentences were understandable.

        I have to say that I am coming from the perspective of trying to heal my dog from Cancer and Keto is one of the things, which works, if you do it strictly enough and with intermittent fasting and they use supplements like Carnosine and Modified Citrus Pectin and Medical Mushrooms and other things.

        Vegan Keto is another thing people use for Cancer as a way to attack multiple Metabolic pathways.

        I have been doing a low carb low oil vegan with my dog right now with as many super foods as possible. Foods for antiangiogenesis, foods for apoptosis and things like Beta Glucans and Medicinal Mushrooms, Modified Citrus Pectin, etc.

        I feel like I have lost the emotional anti-Keto feelings, which I had and have decided to see if they do anything at all right and I can use that.

  7. Where exactly does one get their hands on aloe arborescens????

    Way back in 1969 in an address to a panel of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Hardin Jones, a professor of medical physics at the University of California in Berkley and an expert on statistics and the effects of surgery, drugs, and radiation said:
    “My studies have proven conclusively that untested cancer victims actually live up to four times longer than treated individuals. For a typical type of cancer, people who refused treatment lived for an average of 12-1/2 years. Those who accepted surgery and other kinds of treatment lived an average of only three years….I attribute this to the traumatic effect of surgery on the body’s natural defence mechanism. The body has a natural defines against every type of cancer.”

    I don’t believe much has changed since then.

    1. There is a problem with “magic bullets” whether allopathic pharma or nature’s remedies… Things that are difficult to obtain and expensive and rare and far away are not the only substances that contain the “fix”. And we are only going to make ourselves more ill from worry and more broke from high costs. But what if we find the element in the aloe arborescens? What is it in it that works to kill cancer? If you research every “cure”, you will find a common thread: each cancer “cure” is bitter in flavor. Look around your own back yards and you will find something there that is abundantly available for the picking. There are bitters everywhere but we have been taught to avoid them. But bitters are the key. I put dandelions in my smoothies, make sure I eat the seeds in my fruits. Read G.Edeard Griffin’s book “World Without Cancer” and “Laetrile, Nature’s Answer to Cancer”… Medical doctors in other countries use the bitter flavor to prevent and treat cancer. We are taught to reject it… to spit it out… Why? Could it be because cancer is big business?

      1. The bitter taste usually indicates the presence of toxins.

        ‘Laetrile’ has been tested and found ineffective. It appears basically to release a form of cyanide hence the bitter taste .
        https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/laetrile-pdq

        Believing sensational books and YouTube videos isn’t wise. Any smart marketer, and any obsessive crank or conspiracy nut, can publish a book or upload a video. They can’t always be relied upon to accurately reflect the science.

        BTW, dandelions in large amounts can be toxic.
        https://www.botanical-online.com/english/dandelion_toxicity.htm

        1. The cancer / laetrile issue goes far beyond the trite claims of “research” by the media and AMA.

          One problem is, Tom, that I had a friend who was doing research along the lines of laetrile, who quit cold when I told him he was reinventing the wheel. “They’ll DESTROY me!” he said… “The AMA will DESTROY me!” That’s when I caught on that there really WAS something to laetrile – and that it was EXTREMELY threatening to the medical establishment.

          It doesn’t take much bitter to prevent disease, Tom. But the “toxin” is toxic to the cancer… too much bitter is toxic to us too… similar to pesticides in foods – a little kills or disables the bugs and a lot kills or disables us. The secret is in the dose. Anyone who eats a cup of apple seeds in one sitting (which one man did), is foolish – and he is dead. A little bit of bitter goes a very long way. But a little bit is necessary for health. This is true of may nutrients. There has been a lot of research and they use laetrile in Europe, Japan, etc… countries where the rank in health is far superior to the USA – where laetrile is forbidden.

          The AMA is a labor union, guaranteeing jobs and high wages for its members. Cancer is a huge industry that employs a lot of MDs… you do the math. I pray you and your family members never get cancer, but if you do, you are wise enough to avoid the conventional route.

          1. So you think we should lurk around in our backyards and consume small quantities of whatever we find that is bitter, simply hoping it is a small enough quantity not to kill us and a large enough one to ward off or kill cancer? I’ll trust internationally recognized scientific findings long before I would ever consider anything like that. If laetrile (or apple seeds) had any peer reviewed and accepted science to back its use for cancer treatment, I might be persuaded to consider it, but to my knowledge, it has been found to be not only ineffective, but also harmful. Also, if you’re saying that pesticide residues in foods are safe enough in small quantities, you must reject the validity of organically grown foods and I’m not buying that one either. Don’t get me wrong, I truly wish there was more funding to better study some of these proposed cancer cures. But flawed as it is, the systems we have are what we have. To suggest to others that they rely on unproven and potentially dangerous cancer treatments at the exclusion of recommended conventional treatments is in my mind quite reckless.

            1. Don’t be silly, Scott. I have eaten only organic foods for 40-50 years. I was not discussing chemical pesticides. Chemical pesticides are not safe for bugs in the environment – or for human consumption. I have eaten only organic foods for 40-50 years.

              I do not believe pharma chemicals are safe either – they all have toxic “side effects”… up to and including death… just read the warning labels. Please don’t call ME “reckless” because I am suggesting cancer can be very simple to prevent – I have a big stake in this matter. 1) I don’t want to get cancer, 2) my mother died of cancer treatments and 3) there are people out there who want to know the truth about cancer and how it works so they can stay healthy and get healthy again after they have been diagnosed.

              The American medical machine pretends it hasn’t a clue. All it recommends is slash and burn and poison. Whatever happened to “Let food be your medicine”? Dr. Greger is trying to explain that it really works to “let food be your medicine,” but he is also wise enough to not buck the system too hard. Some have bucked the system and the system has won: https://www.healthnutnews.com/recap-on-my-unintended-series-the-holistic-doctor-deaths/

              If, as you say, “I’ll trust internationally recognized scientific findings” then do your research. There is SO much research. All you need to do is let your fingers do the walking through the Internet. It is there, Don’t be lazy and don’t be a biased scaredycat… use your search engine and you will find a plethora of good research on the subject. But DO go beyond US research, because US research is biased and practically non-existent… more on that later.

              A German father-son medical doctor team, the Doctors Krebs, did the initial work around laetrile. Their research alone should have been enough, but there is an element in the USA that does not like its profits threatened. It would prefer our people die of cancer. See https://youtu.be/pXxY7NDlHB4

              So let me tell you more about my friend who was researching cancer. He was not a slacker. He was a major mover-shaker in the medical industry. He was at the NIH on the committee that “outlawed” laetrile. He was the head of an oncology dept in a major university. He got major grants to do his research – with the caveat that his final product had to be patentable and profitable. The story he told me about the “research” at NIH on laetrile follows… and remember – he was there. He was a member of the research committee – ready, willing and able to go to work on the project… however, U.S. research was nipped in the bud.

              The members of the committee assigned to researching laetrile were seated around a big round conference table with a small bowl of laetrile in the center. The head of the committee entered the room, put his finger in the laetrile, then into his mouth and spat it out. “THAT’S CYANIDE!” he exclaimed, and that was it for the “scientific investigation” into laetrile. No research. Just one person’s declaration. And now that I understand more about how the politics of govt, corporations AND the medical industry work in the USA, it makes sense to me that the head of the committee was simply directed by someone higher up to end all inquiry into laetrile – ASAP.

              Because laetrile occurs in nature – in seeds, nuts, beans, grains and bodies – it has also been given the name Vitamin B17. Just as we get scurvy when the body becomes depleted of Vitamin C, we get cancer when the body is depleted of B17. B17 holds cell division in check. Do your research. Read G.Edward Griffin’s book. Read the Krebs book. You will find out exactly how important Dr. Greger’s work is. Everyone needs to be able to care for their own health – and it is a cinch when they finally turn to an organically grown, plant-based diet.

      2. Patricia, you are onto something there because all our aboriginal people’s always incorporated very bitter plants and roots in their diet and this resulted in many cancers, particularly of the gut, being unheard of in their traditional societies.

  8. I have been giving Aloe Arborescens product(Supreme Immune Health Formula) to my husband since he was diagnosed a year ago, it is part of an integrative therapy. It is supposed to be a little different than the aloe that we have in the US. Here is a link : https://www.aloeproductscenter.com/product/aloe-arborescens-formula/ – it is less expensive if you order a lot of it. I juice 40lbs of produce a week for him and he eats a plant based diet too. The Aloe product is easy to take and it is the same one used in one of the studies that Dr Greger talks about in this video. Hugs and Good Health to You!

    1. Your link worked!

      Amazon sells it – both the Brazilian priests formula and seeds and cuttings.

      You can get a plant and a pound of cuttings at etsy, too.

      There are other sites, too.

      Plus there is a site, which tells how to make your own.

      1. Pondering it, because I would like a non alcohol version.

        Wondering if it would make it less effective somehow?

        How can alcohol cause Cancer and also be used in a Cancer treatment?

        Unless it kills some microbe or affects bioavailability or some strange thing.

        Don’t mind me, I am scratching my head tonight about mushrooms being antifungal.

        I found some much more expensive mushrooms at a site, which says they are the only brand which extracts them in a special way, which guarantees potency and bioavailability. It is hard to know whether they are doing something useful or taking advantage of Cancer patients.

        I am being asked to talk with someone with lung cancer and that person is going to have surgery, but they will already be financially strapped after that. I have learned so much, but narrowing to which product to suggest they use is so painful. Some have been tested versus lung cancer, but do I send them to Swanson cheap GMP or specially prepared mushrooms, which charge two arms and two legs or to the mushroom section of Whole Foods?

        The specially prepared product says you can’t get the same benefit from the food, because of the cellular makeup of the mushrooms.

        They sell bulk discounts, but I think it was $600 with the bulk discount and a sale.

        Feels like, no matter how much I learn, there are money making people doing a process, which makes it hard to figure out.

        My dog is still alive on the cheap GMP products, but this person already has failed at figuring out diet and supplements and medical.

        Praying something I have learned will actually help.

        I found an herbalist in Maine who sells things for not bad prices and who had someone get healed of lung Cancer. Her farm herb shop had prices like $12 for things.

        And there is the place in Healing Cancer From The Inside Out, which claims that they have healed so many things, but they are more expensive.

        I feel like I won’t be ready to give advice at all until after I see what happens with my dog, but I can’t wait that long.

        It is going to be things like Bromelain, which decreased lung mets.

  9. The formula comes from a tradition turned into (portuguese) writing:
    Zago, Romano
    Câncer tem cura!: manual que ensina, de maneira prática e econômica, a tratar,
    sem sair de casa, do câncer e de outras doenças, sem mutilações, sem aplicações
    nem remédios, sem efeitos colaterais / Romano Zago. — Petrópolis, RJ:
    Vozes, 1997.
    ISBN 85.326.1867-7
    1. Babosa 2. Câncer — Tratamento alternativo
    3. Medicina alternativa 4. Plantas medicinais I. Título.
    97-4006 CDD-615.53

  10. I don’t know if this is the right place to post this but I was wondering what food beverage or spice has the highest amount of antioxidants ounce for ounce in the world last I heard it was amla powder is that still the case and if it is is there a particular brand I should look for or are all amla powders out there the same

    1. I bought an organic alma powder from India on amazon.ca and found it very good quality. Also available at Bulk Barn in organic form

  11. Hi I had stage 2 B breast cancer, after surgery, I rejected chemo, started my healthy life style treatment by myself. 4 and half year passed now, thank God I’m still here. Because of I rejected chemo, most of doctor don’t want to see me and disagree my choice. I been through a lot, but I still think this (said no to chemo) is the best choice in my life

  12. There is much more to the aloe vera/cancer story. Back in the 1999-2001 timeframe there was a research MD in Dallas, Texas by the name of Ivan Danhof. Dr. Danhof had been researching an extraction method for the glucomannan sugars from the aloe vera plant. There was quite a bit of research data showing that the glucomannan sugars in aloe vera had the ability to boost the body’s ability to fight disease(cancer) on its own. The problem was the glucomannan sugars were very fragile and no one had been able to develop a viable extraction process. Until Dr. Danhof. There was a clinic in the Tampa, Florida area working with Dr. Danhof and they were treating cancer patients. From 199-2001 (when the FDA raided them and shut down the clinic) they had treated between 150-200 cases of cancer. With approximately a 90% rate of success!
    After the FDA raided the clinic they tried to indict the owner of the clinic in Federal Distric Court in Tampa, Florida. The patients from the clinic showed up at the court house picketing the proceedings. The government tried to indict the gentleman who ran the clinic THREE times and in each case the grand jury threw out the indictment. When they tried to indict the fourth time the Federal judge said enough.
    How do I know this? My brother had stage 3 prostate cancer and went through four months of treatment at this clinic using the aloe vera extract called Albarin. He started treatments in May 2000 and was given a clean bill of health in September 2000. I saw the before and after CAT scans. I was at the clinic for quite a few of his treatments and became acquainted with many of the patients. Unlike my brother who did not do the recommended chemo, radiation and surgery, most of the patients had been told by their doctors there was nothing more to be done for them.

  13. Also, I received 16 treatments of Albarin as a preventive in 2000. Does it work? All I can say is the last time I had a cold or the flu was in 1999.
    Oh. One last comment. The total cost of treatments for my brother was approximately $5,000. Now you understand why Albarin is not on the market.

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