Several years ago, my friend and colleague Robert Rowen, MD wrote about an amazing Asian herb that fights malaria. Dr. Rowen said this powerful herb isn’t just for fighting malaria - it also fights cancer as well.
The whole story fascinated me, as my uncle suffered from malaria, which he caught fighting in the South Pacific during World War II. The anecdotal evidence was amazing. But I was curious about the scientific proof.
As you may know, many cancer drugs fight tumors by inducing apoptosis. Apoptosis is a fancy name for programmed cell death. Normal cells go through apoptosis when they start to fail. But cancer cells are unique. They don’t go through apoptosis. That’s why it’s so hard to kill cancer - the cells don’t want to die. So the idea behind cancer drugs is to help the tumor cells die. Unfortunately, these drugs also have terrible side effects.
In one study, researchers evaluated the anti-tumor activity of the herb artemisinin. Then they compared these results with the cancer drug Taxol and two other drugs (5-fluorouracil - 5-FU - and cisplatin).
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Artemisinin is the active agent of the herb artemesia. Artemesia is a plant that grows in Southeast Asia and China. Not only does this plant fight malaria, it’s also great for fighting parasites in general.
But these researchers found that the herb does a lot more than fight parasites. They found that it had stronger anti-tumor effects than all three of the drugs.
That’s right! The artemisinin killed cancer cells better than the toxic drugs. Imagine fighting cancer more effectively than chemotherapy drugs and never suffering even one side effect. Sounds impossible. But it’s not.
Harry S. is from North Carolina. He’s 89 years old and found out he had lung cancer in October 2007. He purchased his first bottle of artemisinin only one month later. He took two capsules, two times daily for three months. Then he went to see his doctor, where he requested an X-ray to see if "anything was happening." After the films came back, Harry said the doctor was "quite shocked and quite confused." He studied the X-ray and couldn’t believe what he found... absolutely nothing! The cancer disappeared.
While not every cancer patient will see this incredible result, I just had to tell you about it. If you have cancer, definitely consider taking artemisinin. It won’t cause any adverse effects (unless you happen to be allergic to it). And it could kill the tumor. Make sure you take a high quality product as confirmed by a lab analysis (your supplier should be able to produce one). One of the best is made by Nutricology (www.nutricology.com).
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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