Cancer tumors are made up of different types of cells. The primary tumor is made up of “regular cancer cells”, once healthy cells whose cell growth regulation gene were altered and damaged by toxins. This alteration causes the unregulated division of cell growth which forms into a tumor. The other type of cell in a tumor are cancer stem cells. Much like regular stem cells, cancer stem cells are capable of resisting treatments and proliferating from the original tumor to metastasize in other parts of the body. Chemotherapy and other available treatments target the primary tumor; however, the cancer stem cells can remain and eventually cause a relapse. Once the cancer metastizes, it is incredibly difficult to treat due to its increased resistance. Metastatic cancer is responsible for 90% of cancer patient deaths, a statistic which has not improved for over fifty years.
Current cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy are capable of killing cancer tumors, but that only leads to remission. None of the current treatments available can effectively kill cancer stem cells, which is what causes the relapse. While these treatments may be able to kill a relapsed tumor, the remission period is usually much shorter and the cancer far more aggressive each time. Cancer stem cells, like healthy stem cells, are capable for unlimited self-regeneration. Some research has indicated that cancer stem cells mutate from healthy stem cells due to an aberration in the signaling of regeneration.
Adult stem cells require microenvironments, or stem cell niche, in order to thrive. These microenvironments are what differentiate each stem cell and designate the type of normal cells that they create. Normal stem cell microenvironments keep stem cells from proliferating outside of their designated setting. Cancer stem cells require the same type of microenvironment, but within this microenvironment are also pathways which allow these cancer cells to escape and spread cancer throughout the body.
To find the cure for cancer, the most important research being conducted is in developing treatments specifically targeting cancer stem cells. At the request of The Beljanski Foundation, Kansas University Medical Center showed that two plant extracts are effective against cancer stem cells, specifically in regard to pancreatic cancer. Dr. Mirko Beljanski discovered two plant extracts through his oncotest which featured anti-cancer properties. The Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria extracts are both incredibly effective against cancer, as told in Winning the War on Cancer. Despite attempts at suppressing Dr. Beljanski’s research, Sylvie Beljanski and The Beljanski Foundation continue his research which came to this breakthrough discovery.
In vitro and in vivo experiments showed that Pao pereira is effective in suppressing cancer stem cell ability to proliferate and form new tumors. The number of pancreatic stem cells dramatically decreased when the amount of the extract was increased. It inhibited the cancer stem cells and reduced the tumors that were present. Pao pereira affects the signals that trigger cancer stem cell proliferation and growth. It effectively stopped tumor escape, blocking the pathways which lead to metastasis. Rauwolfia vomitoria also showed promise inducing a nice reduction in pancreatic cancer stem cells. The extract also had the same effect as Pao pereira in that it inhibited the ability of cancer stem cells to form and grow tumors. Both of these research studies conducted by the Kansas University Medical Center showed that the extracts can lead to the discovery of a cancer cure.
Dr. Beljanski’s research led him to find anticancer properties of a specific blend of green teas which were discovered to inhibit two breast cancer lines, one of which is highly metastatic. Though research has shown that green teas have anti-cancer benefits, but not all green teas have the specific properties found in Dr. Beljanski’s blend. The Onkotea blend, made of Ceylon, Bi Lou Chun, Organic Gunpowder, and Dragonwell, was shown to be best at reducing breast cancer cells in comparison to other green teas such as Lipton and Kusmi.
The results of the studies conducted on behalf of the Bejanski Foundation are prime examples of why the medical community needs to look toward natural extracts for a cancer cure. Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria are promising treatments with their selective effects against cancer stem cells. Unlike conventional treatments, they are not toxic and therefore pose no threat to the healthy organs and tissues. Finally we are able to feel better naturally!