Turmeric eaten on daily basis reverses cancer Confirmed by new scientific evidence
BY DIMITRI FERNANDO
A woman has beaten blood cancer with the help of turmeric according to a report in the British Medical Journal.
67-year-old Dieneke Ferguson was diagnosed with myeloma and she progressed to stage three within 15 months in 2007. Doctors told her she had very little hope when after three failed rounds of chemotherapy and four failed stem cell transplants the cancer was still evident.
"I have been on all sorts of toxic drugs and the side-effects were terrifying." She told the U.K.'s Daily Mail. For three day period, she once lost her memory, and two vertebrae in her spine had to be injected with a type of concrete for stability after they collapsed.
She took matters into her own hands, four years after her initial diagnosis, and started taking a daily dose of curcumin, the key component of turmeric. She took eight grams every evening on an empty stomach.
Since then, her blood counts have returned to normal after her cancer had stabilized. She has also enjoyed a good quality of life.
Her oncologist was very interested after seeing what a big difference it made, when she told him that she was taking turmeric
Myeloma begins in plasma cells in the bone marrow and it is the second most common type of blood cancer. When these plasma cells become abnormal and begin to multiply, it turns into myeloma.
Myeloma is a cancer that begins in the plasma cells, a type of white blood cell which is made in the bone marrow. Plasma cells form part of your immune system. Normal plasma cells produce antibodies, also called immunoglobulin, to help fight infection. In myeloma, plasma cells become abnormal, multiply uncontrollably and release only one type of antibody known as paraprotein, which has no useful function. Unlike many cancers, myeloma does not exist as a lump or tumour. Most of the complications arise from a build-up of abnormal plasma cells in the bone marrow.
Some symptoms and results of this disease are severe pain, nerve damage, fatigue and bone damage. There is no cure for myeloma and people typically don't live beyond five years of being diagnosed. so treatment is generally geared toward controlling its symptoms .
Turmeric could be used to help myeloma patients in the future, as a result of the positive outcome for Ferguson, according to the BMJ report
No other possible explanation for her recovery
It goes on, adding: "The fact that our patient, who had advanced stage disease and was effectively salvaged while exclusively on curcumin, suggests a potential antimyeloma effect of curcumin."
There is no other possible explanation for her remarkable recovery beyond the curcumin stated the report's co-author, Jamie Cavenagh. She continues to take the tablets to this day.
The scientists are recommending further evaluation in clinical trials to pursue the possibility of using it as an official treatment. This could prove difficult, however, because doctors cannot prescribe it until it has been tested in wide-scale trials that cost millions. No one can claim a patent on a natural compound, so finding an investor would be extremely difficult, because whoever invests in it, has no financial return on investment due to inability to patent a natural compound.
Turmeric benefits a wide range of ailments
Turmeric contains the natural antioxidant polyphenol curcumin, which also has analgesic properties. It is a perennial herb which has been shown to inhibit the growth of myeloma and several other types of tumour cells.
Infections, dementia, depression and heart disease are some of the other illnesses that can benefit from curcumin. Its potential for arthritis treatment was highlighted in a 2016 review in the Journal of Medicinal Food, and doctors have also applauded its anti-inflammatory effects. The astounding fact that it can help destroy neuroblastoma tumour cells was discovered in a recent study.
As such, it shows promise as a way to treat the most common type of cancer in infants. Another study is expected to be published soon showing its positive effects on bowel cancer.
Although Ferguson said she took turmeric on an empty stomach, it is usually recommended that people take it with a fat or oil to help boost its absorption because it is a fat-soluble compound. Many people enjoy turmeric with yogurt or warm milk. In addition, studies have shown that taking it with black pepper boosts absorption significantly; many supplements also contain a small amount of black pepper for this reason.
It's wonderful to hear that people are successfully treating problems that doctors cannot conquer using nothing more than what nature has provided us. Not everyone will have the same success that Ferguson did, but the fact that natural solutions can help people turn around "hopeless" situations deserves further exploration, profit possibilities or not.
The erroneous fact that curcumin is the only active constituent found in turmeric root is what some people believe. The reason for this is that while curcumin has been said to be the most extensively studied by scientists, it has been widely propagandized of its 'superiority' over turmeric by the media. So as a result, the general public use the terms curcumin and turmeric interchangeably.
They choose to use curcumin over turmeric for not knowing the fact that turmeric offers more potent biological activities when compared to that of curcumin.
On the other hand, it may surprise you that studies on turmeric extracts minus curcumin may be better in term of efficacies to that of curcumin, and have shown to have similar biological activities as curcumin.
Google results for 'curcumin,' would be about 6.5 million results (as of early January 2017). In other words, everybody is talking about curcumin the world over. This figure can be expected to rise from time to time and over a few years to come, might increase exponentially.
Look at this statement from a website, 'Nobody is one hundred percent sure what the active ingredient in turmeric is, but most scientists believe it is curcumin, a type of polyphenol.' This statement would undoubtedly lead some people to believe as if curcumin were the only active ingredient found in turmeric and studied by scientists. This is not the case, though.
'Turmerone', which is another important molecule found in turmeric, you would get about 44,000 results on a Google search Turmerone exists as another constituent found in turmeric, however, is lesser known to many people especially laymen, is what this number tells us.
Scientists have conducted studies focusing on the efficacies of turmeric and compared them to that of curcumin for specific properties (biological activities). The efficacy of turmeric as immunostimulatory is better than curcumin is one of the surprising facts that they discovered. It also is true for other properties as well, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.
Standardized turmeric extracts have been shown to inhibit beta-amyloid peptides aggregation in one study, This particular action has not been shown to be exerted by any of the curcuminoids. Conversely, one of the turmeric extracts demonstrated to have strong inhibition. What we can see from this is that there are molecules other than curcuminoids which could be identified and possibly developed as drugs to treat Alzheimer's.
When several studies performed using turmeric extracts without curcuminoids, what was even more astounding was the fact that the extracts were shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. Turmeric extract minus the curcuminoids may be able to stimulate an immune response, which is an important activity in wound healings, besides turmeric antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory activity was discovered in another study.
Dr. James A Duke, a former USDA scientist, has compiled biological activities of the molecules in turmeric which shows 23 chemicals have antibacterial (antibiotic) property, 12 have anticancer, 17 have antitumor, 37 anti-inflammatory, and 27 of them are antioxidants.
Isn't it absurd when someone claims scientists regards curcumin as the only biologically active constituent, when these are all biologically active molecules?
Maude Grieve gives the following constituents: "Resin, a fatty substance, volatile oil, albumen, starch, a yellow colouring matter, lignin, salts, and ferric oxide. The root contains 10 percent of resin which is a glucoside, Turpethin, insoluble in ether, but soluble in alcohol to which it gives a brown colour not removable by animal charcoal." (19)
Christopher Hobbs has the following to say on turmeric's chemical constituents and physiological activities: "Turmeric contains a mixture of phenolic compounds called curcumin, and a volatile oil with turmerone and zingiberene; cineole and other monoterpenes; starch; protein; and high amounts of vitamin A and other vitamins. The essential oil has proven stimulating effects on the gallbladder
(perhaps due to the p-tolylmehylcarbinol) and also stimulates the liver to produce more bile and regulate its viscosity. Modern research also shows that the herb possesses anti-inflammatory and strong liver-protecting properties."
Kai Kaholokai, a Hawaiian Ayurvedic who runs the Kai Malino Wellness center gives the following major known ingredients: tumerone, zingerene, phellandrene, cineole, sabinene, borneol, and curcumin.
Mark Pederson says that turmeric "relies on its volatile oil for its actions" which include treatment of inflammations of the digestive system and reproductive system, folk remedy for hepatitis, flatulence, and spasmotidic dysmenorrhea, and "production of enzymes in the liver that metabolize toxins in the liver in a manner similar to schizandra, licorice, and milk thistle." It is interesting to note here that Pederson attributes these actions to the volatile oil, because most if not all of the volatile is lost in the processing of turmeric powder and in turmeric used in cooking – more on this in Section D Medical Qualities of Turmeric below. Mark Pederson also includes a chart indicating that turmeric is very high in fat, magnesium, and silicon and high in calories, iron, manganese, niacin, potassium, selenium, and sodium. (33)
In his book Dr. Dukes Essential Herbs, Dr. James Duke discusses "turmeric's medicinal power" emphasizing certain constituents including the following:
Antioxidants including vitamins C and E, several carotenoids, curcumin, and related compounds called curcuminoids.
· Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX 2) inhibitors, effective at blocking inflammation, especially inflammation caused by arthritis and gout. However, unlike aspirin and certain other anti-inflammatory drugs turmeric doesn't contain COX-1 which inhibits necessary body functions including clotting of blood.
· Curcumin is one of the above mentioned antioxidants. It neutralizes some cancer causing substances and acts as an anti-mutagenic, arresting very early changes in cells, that can turn to cancer. Curcumin also protects the heart, is antiviral (and thus may be useful to HIV patients), and is a cell growth generator speeding up the healing of wounds.
·Cineole which stimulates the central nervous system, is antiseptic, is expectorant, and eliminates gas.
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