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Can you cure cancer by eating GRASS?
OK, let me come clean here... I'm not recommending that you start grazing in your backyard!
But you should know there's a special kind of grass that's getting rave reviews for its health benefits. Some people are convinced it might be just what the doctor should order to clobber cancer cells.
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This health wonder is wheatgrass—arguably one of the most nutrient-dense, green superfoods on the planet.
The word "superfood" describes foods with high concentrations of nutrients such as amino acids, enzymes and other compounds to protect and repair damage to your cells.
This nutrient-dense food definitely fits the bill—considering it contains at least 13 vitamins and all 20 amino acids including the "essential" amino acids — those your body can't make for itself. Your body needs these nutrients to boost its immunity against disease.
Wheatgrass packs such a whopping load of nutrients that a research scientist named Dr. Charles F. Schnabel said 15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce, celery and other fresh vegetables!
Dr. Schnabel was an agricultural chemist who is credited with starting the movement to make grasses available for human consumption. He touted the nutritional value of barley and rye grass shoots as well as those of wheat. In the early 1940s you could buy tins of his dry grass powder in drug stores all over the country.
His research led him to believe that the nutritional value of grasses varied at different stages of the plant's life, and he identified the point when wheatgrass should be harvested for a maximum wealth of nutrients. If you're wondering, that's BEFORE it develops a flower or seedhead.
And while we're on the subject, there's no gluten in wheatgrass. The gluten is only present in the seed, which is what flour is made from. If you have an allergy to wheat flour products it's unlikely you'll have a problem with wheatgrass.
In addition to being a nutrient-dense food—wheatgrass contains another ingredient with powerful anti-cancer properties...
Get ready for a little "green magic"
Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in almost all plants and algae. This detoxifier provides the perfect alkaline balance for many of the acidic foods common to the American diet.
Research shows chlorophyll also helps:
It's easy to see why H.E. Kirschner, M.D. said in the book Nature's Healing Grasses that "Chlorophyll, the healer, is at once powerful and bland— devastating to germs, yet gentle to wounded body tissues. Exactly how it works is still Nature's secret; [but] to the layman, at least, the phenomenon seems like green magic."1
Wheatgrass is a good source of living chlorophyll. And a few studies show wheatgrass may play an important role in cancer cure and prevention.
So has wheatgrass helped any cancer patients?
Scientific studies show that it has. In 1980, Dr. Chiu Nan Lai of the University of Texas System Cancer Center showed extracts of wheatgrass effectively restrained several carcinogens. If true, this means wheatgrass is at least useful for preventing cancer if not curing it.
In fact, research showed that applying just low levels of wheatgrass extract to the cancer-causing agents diminished their activity by up to 99%.
But that's not all. Another study showed chlorophyll could be an effective antidote for poisonous radiation treatments.
A United States Army experiment exposed guinea pigs to lethal doses of radiation. Researchers found the guinea pigs that ate chlorophyll-rich cabbage and broccoli had half the mortality rate of those fed a non-chlorophyll diet2. Cabbage and broccoli contain a lot of other nutrients besides chlorophyll, so this study is not the last word on the benefits of chlorophyll.
Some scientists think chlorophyll possesses a particular kind of magic when it comes to health benefits. These folks say it's so rich in oxygen it's virtually like hemoglobin ( the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells.) This is a controversial idea. But in a moment I'll tell you about a study that supports it.
Wheatgrass advocates say it helps oxygenate your brain—and potentially EVERY cell in your body.
You can look at wheatgrass advocates as a particular sect in the church of chlorophyll. They believe this plant is practically a magic elixir. And it's a fact that some cancer patients who use wheatgrass do recover. Most of the time they make use of a number of therapies. They don't rely exclusively on wheatgrass.
Let me be clear about one thing: I'm sold on the benefits of so-called "green foods". I take spirulina myself, and chlorella is another excellent choice. Like wheatgrass, these two substances contain all 8 essential amino acids, chlorophyll, and other nutrients.
My friend Bill Henderson is a big fan of Barley Power from a company called Green Supreme, Inc. (800-358-0777). Bill, by the way, is the author of an excellent Special Report called How to Cure Almost Any Cancer at Home for $5.15 a Day.
I believe it's a good idea for any of us, healthy or sick, to take some kind of green supplement. Wheatgrass is probably fine, although it doesn't seem to be supported by as much research as spirulina and chlorella.
The attraction of wheatgrass is that you can get it as, well, actual grass — and make it into a juice. "Fresh" always sounds better to me than something in a pill. Spirulina and chlorella — made from types of algae — aren't available fresh as far as I know.
And eating just any old fresh algae is a really bad idea because some types of algae are toxic. So don't go scraping up pond scum thinking you'll save a few bucks. But eat the right stuff, and you may experience some remarkable results. . .
Dr. Ann Wigmore, ND, nutritionist and founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, credits wheatgrass with curing her gangrenous leg and preventing its amputation3!
And a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology4 supports the use of wheat grass juice to improve outcomes for cancer patients. Researchers examined the effects of wheatgrass juice on 400 terminally ill cancer patients at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Cancer Research Institute in India.
Researchers wanted to know if the plant juice could help improve hemoglobin level, serum protein and performance status in the patients. The results?
Fifty patients required transfusion support and were excluded from the study. But 348 of the remaining patients experienced significant improvement in total protein & albumin levels.
Among these 348 patients, both white blood cell and platelet counts remained the same before and after the six-month study during which they were given wheatgrass juice. However, their overall health performance status jumped from 50 percent to 70 percent.
The researchers concluded that wheatgrass juice is an effective alternative to blood transfusion. That's quite a claim. I'd have to say more study is needed, especially considering blood counts remained unchanged. But these researchers believe medical professionals should be encouraged to use this treatment for other terminally ill cancer patients.
If you want to experience the health benefits of wheatgrass, you can find it in many health food stores as fresh produce, juice, powder concentrate or in tablets. Some health food stores will "juice" a cup of fresh wheatgrass for you while you wait. Some folks grow it at home and make the juice themselves.
So can you cure cancer by eating grass? Maybe. . .as part of an overall program of other therapies.
I like to be cautious about what I recommend to people. But it looks to me like wheatgrass is a good all-natural health booster and it may be a whole lot more.
1 Seibold, R.F. 1990. Cereal Grass: What's In It For You! Retrieved November 10, 2010 at http://www.wheatgrass.com/book/titlepage.php
Information on Wheat grass. Retrieved November 10, 2010 at http://www.living-foods.com/articles/wheatgrassinfo.html.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Wheat Grass, Clinical Summary. (for mainstream medicine's take on wheatgrass) Retrieved November 10, 2010 at www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/69419.cfm
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