by Sayer Ji
December 24, 2011
Every once in a while a study pops up on the National Library of
Medicine's bibliographic database known as MEDLINE that not only
confirms the therapeutic relevance of natural substances in cancer
treatment, but blows the conventional approach out of the water.
Published in 2007 in the journal
Planta Medica, researchers found that an enzyme extracted from
pineapple stems known as
bromelain was superior to the chemo-agent
5-fluorauracil in treating cancer in the animal model.
The researchers stated:
effect [bromelain] was superior to that of 5-FU
[5-fluorouracil], whose survival index was approximately 263%,
relative to the untreated control.
What is so remarkable
about this research is that 5-FU has been used as a cancer treatment
for 40 years, and has been relatively unsuccessful due to its less
than perfect selectivity at killing cancer, often killing and/or
irreversibly damaging healthy cells and tissue, as well.
As a highly toxic, fluoride-bound form of the nucleic acid uracil, a
normal component of RNA, the drug is supposed to work by tricking
more rapidly dividing cells - which include both cancer and healthy
intestinal, hair follicle, and immune cells - into taking it up,
thereby inhibiting (read: poisoning) RNA replication enzymes and RNA
material safety data sheet (MSDS)
for 5-FU states:
The dose at which 50% of
the animals given the drug die is 115mg/kg, or the equivalent of 7.8
grams for a 150 lb adult human.
Keep in mind that a 7.5
gram dose of 5-FU, which is the weight of 3 pennies, would kill 50%
of the humans given it.
Bromelain's MSDS, on the other hand, states
the LD50 to be 10,000 mg/kg, or the equivalent 1.5 lbs of bromelain
for a 150lb adult, which means it is 3 orders of magnitude safer!
How then, can something as innocuous as the enzyme from the
stem/core of a pineapple be superior to a drug that millions of
cancer patients over the past 40 years have placed their hopes of
recovery on, as well as spending billions of dollars on in the
There is a well-known effect associated with a wide range of natural
compounds called "selective
cytotoxicity," whereby they are able to induce programmed
cell death (the graceful self-disassembly known as apoptosis) within
the cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells and tissue unharmed.
chemotherapy drug on the market today has this indispensable
property, which is why cancer treatment is still in the dark ages,
often destroying the quality of life, and accelerating the death of
those who undergo it, often unwittingly.
When a person dies
following conventional cancer treatment it is all too easy to "blame
the victim" and simply write that patient's cancer off as
"chemo-resistant," or "exceptionally aggressive," when in fact the
non-selective nature of the chemotoxic agent is what ultimately lead
to their death.
Keep in mind that bromelain, like all natural substances,
receive FDA drug approval.
Capital, at the present time, does not flow into the development of
non-patentable (i.e. non-profitable) cancer therapies - even if they
work, are safe and extremely affordable. This is simply the nature
of the beast.
Until we compel our government to utilize our tax
dollars to invest in this type of research, there will be no level
playing field in cancer treatment, or any treatment offered through
the conventional medical establishment, for that matter.
Or, some of us may decide to take our health into our own hands, and
use the research, already freely available on possible
natural cancer treatment, to inform
our treatment decisions without the guidance of the modern-day
equivalent of the "priest" of the body, the conventional oncologist,
who increasingly fills the description of an "applied
pharmacologist/toxicologist" - nothing more, nothing less.