For some folks, the word ‘wheatgrass’ conjures up images of juice bars and health food stores filled with, well, health nuts.
But have you ever wondered just what it is and why so many folks are so eager to chug down wheatgrass concoctions? They know what they’re doing, so please keep reading. . .
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Wheatgrass is typically sold as a juice made from the young grass of the wheat plant. Health food stores may sell the produce itself or products such as wheatgrass tablets, powder or frozen juice.
As for why the plant has so many fans—a major reason is that it packs a punch when it comes to nutrient density!
Wheatgrass contains at least 13 vitamins as well as all 21 amino acids (including the 9 “essential” amino acids that your body is unable to make for itself). You need all of these nutrients to power up your immune system to protect you from damaging diseases.
Plus it’s a rich source of the plant pigment chlorophyll. This amazing body detoxifier provides the perfect alkaline balance for the acidic foods Americans commonly eat.
It is this combination of nutrients that many people believe is the secret to optimal health. And here’s why many folks are convinced that wheatgrass could be an effective cancer treatment, too…
How can wheatgrass help cancer patients?
According to the Livestrong organization, chemotherapy treatments may suppress bone marrow activity, which can cause:
- A decreased capacity for carrying oxygen throughout your body
- Insufficient blood cells to boost your immune system
- Decreased blood clotting ability
This condition is called myelotoxicity and it significantly compromises a cancer patient’s immune system.
But wheatgrass juice may be able to boost low levels of white blood cells, helping to prevent this condition from occurring.
This claim is supported by a 2007 study published in Nutrition and Cancer involving 60 breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
Researchers found that patients receiving a daily serving of wheatgrass juice during the first three cycles of chemotherapy experienced a significant reduction in myelotoxicity.
These patients also had a reduced need for drugs to help boost their white blood cell production.
Another study showed that wheatgrass juice could be an effective alternative to blood transfusions for terminally ill cancer patients. I’m not quite ready to buy into that, but studies suggest wheatgrass provides abundant benefits to the blood even if it’s not quite a direct substitute for red blood cells.
In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers examined the effects of wheatgrass juice on 348 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 levels, serum protein and overall patient health performance.
They found that these patients experienced significant improvement in total protein & albumin levels.
Although white blood cell and platelet counts remained the same, the patients’ overall health performance increased from 50 percent to 70 percent!
But wheatgrass has the potential to do far more than work as a complementary cancer treatment.
Peek inside Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet!
According to the respected Hippocrates Health Institute, proponents of wheatgrass use it to treat a wide variety of health disorders. For example, anecdotal evidence suggests wheatgrass can:
- Cleanse your colon when juice is held in the lower bowel for about 20 minutes. This is done by inserting a rectal implant that contains a small amount of juice.
- Detoxify your liver to protect you from pollutants and other carcinogens.
- Freshen breath when juice is used to gargle.
- Lessen the effects of radiation through its enzyme SOD, an anti-inflammatory compound that may prevent cell damage.
- Mend damaged hair and itchy scalp when rubbed into the scalp before shampooing.
- Protect your brain and organs by neutralizing heavy metal toxins such as cadmium and mercury, as well as other toxins such as nicotine.
- Reduce blood pressure by dilating pathways blood travels throughout your body.
- Restore proper pH balance to your body by improving blood alkalinity.
- Treat gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, diarrhea, peptic ulcers and ulcerative colitis.
- Slow the aging process by cleansing your blood and rejuvenating aging cells.
- Soothe and heal sunburn, cuts, burns and itching when applied externally to your skin.
- And much, much MORE!
For example, one animal study suggests that wheatgrass may help lower cholesterol. In the 2011 study from Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica, scientists found that treating rats with wheatgrass juice helped reduce total cholesterol and lowered LDL (or ‘bad’) cholesterol in rats with abnormally high cholesterol levels.
Granted, there are no studies yet demonstrating whether wheatgrass might have the same cholesterol-lowering effects in humans.
But the superfood nutrients in wheatgrass certainly shouldn’t hurt you either!
Remember, the chlorophyll in wheatgrass is a rich source of oxygen. Boosting the oxygen flow in your body helps power up every cell in your body.
It also can help increase your immune defenses to protect you from diseases. Wheatgrass is generally safe for use, but some people experience an upset when they first start taking it, as it begins its detoxifying work.
As your system begins to flush toxins, you may experience mild nausea. You may need to start slowly by drinking a minimal amount of wheatgrass juice or powder (e.g. one ounce daily), then slowly build your tolerance level.
As with any treatment, be sure to consult your medical professional before using this alone or in combination with other medications. And as with so many foods, wheatgrass is most beneficial when fresh. True devotees grow their own wheatgrass (for instance, in a windowbox) and make their own juice.
Wheatgrass does not contain gluten and shouldn’t pose a problem to people who are wheat- or gluten-sensitive. Gluten is present only in the wheat grain. Wheatgrass is harvested when the shoots are young, well before a seed head forms. For more information about wheatgrass, you can check out Issue #60.
Turning to another topic, conventional medicine in the United States has tried to suppress a whole competing school of medicine that’s more than 200 years old and has produced remarkable results for millions of patients. You should consider this approach for cancer or ANY health condition. We wrote about it in the last issue. If you missed it then, you can catch up with it below. . .
This 217-Year-Old Natural
Medicine System Offers an Answer
to Today’s Diseases
When 81-year-old Trish Coleman of British Columbia was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she was given four to six months to live, with no hope of a cure or even a treatment.
She turned to a homeopathic doctor. Six months later, she says she feels better than she has in months.
Coleman is part of a trend of cancer sufferers turning toward homeopathy, which is based on the principle that “like cures like.” The system is generally credited to German physician Samuel Hahnemann, who pioneered it in 1796, though some people credit Hippocrates for originating the concept in 400 BC. It’s scorned by conventional MDs, but there’s good evidence it works. Let’s take a look. . .
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A new research study has shown how it can selectively target and kill cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells alone. The findings are breakthrough for its potential use in cancer prevention and treatment.
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The premise of homeopathy is that if a large dose of a substance causes a disease-like symptom, very small doses of the same substance will cure it. For example, a cold might be treated with a plant extract that produces symptoms similar to those of a cold — but the treatment will utilize a very small amount of extract dissolved in water. Or poison ivy might be treated with tiny amounts of a plant that makes you itch — again, diluted in water.
Most homeopathic remedies are water-based and contain microscopic amounts of plants, minerals, chemicals, or animal products — all of which occur naturally.
Roland Guenther, MD, the doctor who treated Trish Coleman, explains “Homeopathy is a treatment with remedies that are made from substances of nature that still carry the energy of these substances.”1
If it’s just water, I’d like some
As Dr. Guenther’s statement might suggest, there’s a spiritual element to homeopathy. Hahnemann himself believed diseases had both spiritual and physical causes. Many homeopathic treatments are believed to carry certain energies and vibrations, based on the plants or material they come in contact with.
There has to be an “energy” or “spiritual” explanation for homeopathy, because most of the remedies are so diluted they’re actually pure water. There isn’t a single molecule left of the plant extract (although there is a significant amount of extract present before the dilution process begins).
This makes homeopathy very “unscientific” indeed — if you ignore the many clinical studies that suggest it works. Maybe the remedies are just water, but apparently that water has something special going for it.
In my experience, some kinds of energy medicine are effective, but mainstream scientists can’t explain why, so they chalk it up to the placebo effect. You have to realize a great deal of so-called science is “parascience” — the people who call the shots exclude from consideration any evidence that doesn’t fit what they believe “must” be true.
As a cancer treatment, homeopathy’s first benefit is that it does no harm. That’s a far cry from the havoc wreaked by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. But besides simply doing no harm, homeopathy shows measureable results in rigorous studies. In some cases it not only makes patients more comfortable, it also cures their disease.
How homeopathy treats the whole person
Increasingly, cancer-survival stories that involve homeopathy are getting mainstream attention. Breast cancer survivor Devieka Bhojwani says homeopathy helped significantly with the side effects of radiation treatment.2 Then there’s Norbert Varga of Philadelphia, who overcame a cancer scare using whole foods and homeopathy instead of opting for invasive cancer treatment. He’s now ten years in remission.3
Advocates believe homeopathy heals the whole person and works in your body on a wholistic (or holistic) level. One theory is that homeopathic treatments operate through the same mechanism as the placebo effect, underscoring the role of the mind-body connection in overcoming disease.
Of course, doubters from the medical side wag their fingers and say there’s lack of evidence homeopathy is effective. But in reality, nearly 150 randomized clinical trials (RTCs) have been conducted — 43 percent of which show positive evidence. Of those studies, 49 percent were inconclusive.
But here’s the thing. Randomized clinical trials measure the effectiveness of a therapy on a group of people, all of whom are treated the same. But homeopathy works best when it’s tailored to the individual. According to the British Homeopathic Association, “A homeopathic prescription is based not only on the symptoms of disease in the patient but also on a host of other factors that are particular to that patient, including lifestyle, emotional health, personality, eating habits, and medical history.”4 Classic homeopathy treats the whole person.
Plus, most folks in randomized trials have to meet certain criteria to qualify. Those who fall outside the criteria — like older folks, children, pregnant women, and anyone with unusual medical issues — can’t be included in a gold-standard clinical trial. Yet these are the people who benefit most from homeopathic care!
The rest of the world is already
way ahead of the U.S.
In Germany, homeopathy is part of mainstream medical treatment. In the U.K., there are three homeopathic hospitals financed by the National Health Service — in London, Bristol, and Glasgow.
The Swiss Government even commissioned a report on homeopathy a few years ago, concluding that the therapy has “real world effectiveness, is appropriately in demand by the Swiss population, is safe when prescribed by professional homoeopaths, and should be available to the Swiss public through the Federal Government …”
And India, with one of the most advanced biologic development programs in the world, is a strong supporter of homeopathy.
On the other hand, there’s the U.S., where medical officials seem determined to put an end to anything not created synthetically in a lab, especially if it can’t be patented and marketed for big bucks.
Even so, it’s becoming more common to read about medical doctors who gave up or supplemented their original training to learn homeopathy. When asked why, the reason has a lot to do with wanting to cure illness instead of just treating symptoms.
And in 2011, a survey by the American Hospital Association found that 42 percent of U.S. hospitals offer one or more complementary or alternative therapies, including homeopathy. That number is up by 5 percent compared to the survey done in 2007. And some medical schools now offer courses on homeopathy and other alternative therapies like acupuncture and yoga. So at least there are signs of progress.
Leading cancer research centers see the light
A study that appeared in the February 2010 issue of the International Journal of Oncology showed positive results when treating breast cancer with homeopathy. The study showed it was possible to prompt apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells using homeopathic medicine.
Moshe Frenkel, MD, of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, examined four extra-diluted homeopathic remedies against two human breast cancer cell lines. His findings included “cell cycle delay/arrest and apoptosis.” Dr. Frenkel has also stated that homeopathic remedies appear to have similar activity to paclitaxel (Taxol — the chemotherapeutic drug used most commonly on breast cancer), yet without any toxic effect to healthy cells.
Researchers at M.D. Anderson are also looking at the Banerji Protocol for cancer treatment. Developed by Doctors Prasanta and Pratip Banerji, it’s an approach to healing hypo-thyroidism with homeopathic medicine that has been proven safe and effective in clinical trials in India.
The Banerji approach uses modern diagnostic tools like X-rays and ultrasound to diagnose whether a patient has a disease, and then works to reverse the disease condition through homeopathy. But the difference from traditional homeopathy is that they use mixtures of remedies and frequent “repetitions” of the remedies, all personally tailored to the individual being treated.
Never settle for standard operating procedures
when it comes to your health
If you’re being treated for cancer in a restrictive hospital where complementary treatments are frowned on, don’t hesitate to broach the topic of homeopathy. Remember, in the world of medicine, there are healers and there are body mechanics.
Your best bet for preventing or overcoming cancer is to find a practitioner who understands the interconnectedness of the human body and helps you supplement your individual health needs with safe, natural alternative treatments.
Lee Euler, Publisher