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Don't Put Complete Faith in Foods or Herbs Reputed to 'Beat Cancer' in Petri Dish Tests

by Tony Isaacs

(The Best Years in Life) Seldom does a week go by without exciting news about this or that herb or food having a high rate of killing cancer cells - as determined by Petri dish tests ((in vitro tests). The reality is that Petri dish testing is not at all the same as testing in the body itself (in vivo tests). Petri dish tests often over-emphasize the benefits of the item tested and in some instances they may miss some of the benefits of the items tested.

The only way to beat cancer is to eliminate 100% of the cancer cells in the body. Regardless of results in vitro or in vivo, anything less than 100% success in the body itself is NOT true success. In time, it may even be dangerous, as both natural treatments and mainstream chemo and radiation treatments kill the easiest cancer cells first (the least resistant and the cells which are closest to normal programmed cell death via apoptosis or autophagy). There is no single miracle agent that kills 100% of cancer cells in the vast majority of cancers. It has to be a comprehensive anti-cancer protocol like the one we suggest which: :

*has multiple anti-cancer items
*multiple immune boosters
*addresses and eliminates the root causes that allowed cancer to gain a foothold in the first place (in other words, elimination of toxins in the body and the environment and elimination of bad diet and habits)
*contains an anti-cancer diet which includes potent cancer fighters and immune boosters and avoids foods which may contribute to cancer
*addresses stress management and lifestyle advice
*notes the importance of exercise
*explains and encourages the benefits of regular direct and indirect sunshine, and more.

To see our suggested comprehensive and highly successful anti-cancer protocol:

A Natural Anti-Cancer Protocol


Another problem with in vitro petri dish testing is that it completely misses any in vivo benefits of stimulating the immune system. Take oleander for example. It is ironic that oleander tests low in typical Petri dish tests and is thus rejected by maim-stream medicine and some alternative cancer protagonists and yet in real life oleander is very highly effective against cancer- especially when used as part of an over-all anti-cancer protocol. In addition to being highly effective against a wide range of cancers, it is almost unheard of for people who have never had cancer or who have beaten cancer to get cancer if they regularly take a preventive dose of oleander and have a healthy diet and lifestyle. How can this be? Maybe because oleander is by far the most potent immune stimulator on the planet!

I note that maim-stream medicine is slowly coming around to realizing that the immune system is vitally important for beating cancer and many of their newest drugs are aimed at boosting the patients immune system and reducing or eliminating chemo and radiation - and they are having unprecedented success with this approach and touting it as a new breakthrough. How ironic, given that many of us in the natural/alternative cancer treatment world have been advising about the vital importance of the immune system in beating cancer for decades now. My view is that it is a big step in the right direction but it is nevertheless still using unnatural man-made compounds which the body is liable to recognize as toxic and which may well have unhealthy side-effects as just about every man-made pharmaceutical product does. And, like all maim-stream medicine cancer treatments (and too many alternative treatments as well), their new approach still fails to address the root causes of the cancer and fails to emphasize the importance of items such as diet, exercise, lifestyle, stress, sunshine and more.

The bottom line: If an item tests well in Petri dish tests for your type of cancer, it could be a good indication that it would be a good idea to incorporate that item into an overall anti-cancer program. Just realize that it is never a good idea to rely on such items - or any single item - as your sole cancer solution.

See also:

The Best Cancer Fighting and Immune Boosting Food Choices for Beating and Avoiding Cancer

The Best Years in Life Cancer Alternatives Resource Page

Chemo Does Not Cure: Often It Inflicts Damage and Spreads Cancer

Does Chemo & Radiation Actually Make Cancer More Malignant?

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About the author

Tony Isaacs is a member of the National Health Federation who is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including Cancer's Natural Enemy.  Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at Natural News, The Truth About Cancer, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador, AlignLife, the Cancer Tutor, the New Zealand Journal of Natural Health and several other venues. Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for anyone wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs - Featuring Luella May forum.

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