Treating Gorlin Syndrome with Green Tea

Treating Gorlin Syndrome with Green Tea
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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.

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Gorlin Syndrome, also known as basal cell nevus syndrome, is a genetic condition affecting about one in every 100,000 births, in which you become covered in skin cancers. Tragic disease, but a case 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 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. Instead of 40, 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, 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, right, you wouldn’t want someone to just start something based on one report. But what’s the downside of giving it a try?

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Gorlin Syndrome, also known as basal cell nevus syndrome, is a genetic condition affecting about one in every 100,000 births, in which you become covered in skin cancers. Tragic disease, but a case 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 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. Instead of 40, 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, 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, right, you wouldn’t want someone to just start something based on one report. But what’s the downside of giving it a try?

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Serena.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

 

Images thanks to Dr. Nameer Al-Sudany and Touch Beauty.

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 Power 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); flax seeds (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 of a four-part video series about the latest discoveries on tea. See Antimutagenic Activity of Green Versus White Tea, and Is Caffeinated Tea Dehydrating? for the first two. 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.

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  1. 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.




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    1. “… 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.




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  2. 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? 




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  3. 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. 




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  4. I have been diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma on my nose. I already follow a whole foods plant based diet. Anything special I should be eating/drinking to heal as quickly as possible and minimize the chance of more skin cancers? Anything topical I can use? I’ve heard black raspberry oil is protective topically.




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    1. Hello! My name is Megan and I am a volunteer for NutritionFacts, nutrition student, and have worked for dermatologist for the last 3 years. It’s actually really cool, because he is the one who introduced me to NutritionFacts. Now that you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, the best thing for you to do is have it removed so that is does not grown deeper and wider. As far as helping you avoid future risk of skin cancers, here is a video about antioxidants and protection against UV damage: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/preventing-skin-cancer-from-the-inside-out/. Eating antioxidant rich foods, such as berries, may help protect your skin against UV damage, however, once you’ve had the sun damage, there isn’t really much you can do to stop more basal cell skin cancers occurring. However, any protective mechanism is a good one! I would still consume lots of antioxidant-rich foods to avoid future sun damage, and also use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. There are also treatments such as photodynamic therapy (PDT-Blue) that can be used to prevent pre-cancerous lesions from turning into squamous cell skin cancers (this isn’t protective against basal cell skin cancers because those pre-cancers only turn into squamous cell skin cancers). Just know that if more skin cancers pop up, it’s probably from past sun exposure catching up with you. But you can still do things now to protect against further sun damage! I hope this helps explain!




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