“Chemotherapy and radiotherapy have been used for many years to fight cancer, but the success of these treatments is low at best. Research studies have discovered possible natural alternatives that may help find a cancer cure.”
October 19, 2018
10/12/2018 When it comes to researching treatments for cancer and other illnesses, the medical community tends to focus on treatments that they can synthesize. Most of the time, natural treatments and remedies are not given much attention. Profits come from patents and researchers cannot patent nature. Therefore, instead of focusing on natural medicine which they can’t profit from, they use a plant extract to create a patentable product. Because of the lack of money involved in natural medicine, research lags behind the claims. However, in recent years, more work has been done to confirm the veracity of alternative and complementary anti-cancer medicines. The Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract Prior to Dr. Mirko Beljanski’s research into Rauwolfia vomitoria, there was controversy surrounding the plant extract. As talked about in Winning the War on Cancer, Jacques Servier patented an extract from Rauwolfia serpentina to treat hypertension. Using the alkaloid reserpine as the main active agent, it was marketed as “Sarpagan”. However, extracting specific alkaloids from plants can have disastrous effects. While standardizing herbs may create a more consistent product, doing so can eliminate its effectiveness due to the change in the overall composition of the extract. Rauwolfia Serpentina was being used in India for […]
September 7, 2018
9/7/2018 Metastasis kills an estimate of 90% of cancer patients. Cells from the primary tumor travel from the body causing the cancer to spread. There has been no change in the mortality rate for metastatic cancer in over 50 years. It is almost impossible to treat cancer once it has disseminated throughout the body. Science has done plenty of research trying to determine the exact reason for metastasis as well as methods of prevention. Considering the length of time that has passed, it would appear we have made very little progress. However, in recent years, there have been some promising studies. DNA molecules have been identified that are responsible for the proliferation of cancer cells. Blood flow has also been shown to be a key factor in cancer spread. Different cancer types must be researched as each of them have different reactions toward treatment. Pancreatic cancer, in particular, is one of the most aggressive and resistant to traditional treatment. New therapeutic targets have also been identified that have the potential to eliminate the chances of metastasis entirely.
September 6, 2018
8/30/2018 In the United States, nearly 1 in 3 people will develop cancer at some point in their life. The world has been fighting against cancer for over sixty years, and it often time seems that we are no closer to a cure than when we started. Traditional cancer treatments are not nearly as effective as we would want them to be. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy do just as much harm to healthy cells as they do to cancer cells since the treatment does not differentiate. Blood cells are damaged because they have low resistance against chemo. Studies have also found that chemotherapy can actually increase tumor growth and make cancer worse. Alternative treatments are usually met with skepticism due to the lack of interest and funding in natural compounds, but that may change as new studies and information come to light. Pao Pereira and Rauwolfia Vomitoria are covered extensively in Winning the War on Cancer, and in light of those two natural compounds, it is essential to seek out more natural treatments in our search for a cancer cure.