Melanoma research finds new cancer fighting compounds

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skin-cancer-exam(NaturalHealth365) New melanoma research validates that fruits and vegetables are a rich source of cancer fighting compounds. For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that gossypin, a naturally-occurring substance found in fruits and vegetables, is a treatment for melanoma – the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

Hareesh Nair, Ph.D, from the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (and colleagues) have demonstrated that gossypin is an ideal inhibitory agent for melanoma skin cancers. The report appeared in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.

Proper nutrition has the power to prevent cancer

In lab experiments, they found that gossypin stopped cancer cell growth in various human melanoma cells. The study suggested that gossypin stunted the activity of the mutations by binding with them directly.

At the same time, gossypin treatment reduced tumor volume and increased survival rate in mice transplanted with human melanoma tumors containing two mutated genes.

Hareesh said; “Our results indicate that gossypin may have great therapeutic potential as a dual inhibitor of mutations called BRAFV600E Kinase and CDK4, which occur in the vast majority of melanoma patients. They open a new avenue for the generation of a novel class of compounds for the treatment of melanoma.”

The gossypin for the experiments were isolated from the hibiscus plant. The flavone gassypin has been shown to suppress angiogenesis, inflammation and carcinogenesis.

In an industry looking for new possibilities and greater corporate profits, the discovery that plants are creating components that outperform their current arsenal of cancer fighting drugs make them determined to take these components and make it their own. Of course, we will see science and big pharma – working together – to patent (own) the next “big thing” in cancer treatment. But, do we really want corporation to own nature?


Cancer is NOT a deficiency of synthetic drugs

According to the American Cancer Society, every single year, there are about 76,000 people who are diagnosed with melanoma. At this time, there is currently no single or combination of drugs that can even treat most cases of melanoma.

Yet, in many studies, scientists have observed a significant decrease in the risk of melanoma with diets high in vitamin C, D, retinol, carotene, lutein and lycopene. The results of case-controlled studies show that a decreased risk for melanoma is related to a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Rich sources of carotenoids along with enough vitamin D and C seem to do what drugs aren’t able to accomplish. To prevent cancer – we would be wise to take a comprehensive (natural) approach including a diet rich in plant food plus detoxification and supplements as needed.

When studies make an assessment that gossypin from fruits and vegetables can treat melanoma safely, and is available, why must we wait for tests to affirm the obvious? Unless the intention is to have experts evaluate their potential for drug development.

The lesson from this study is that all natural fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices have already passed “premarket approval” by way of common sense. We don’t need “laboratory evidence” to establish a relationship between plant food and good health. In fact, one can never underestimate the importance of a diet rich in minerals, vitamins and plenty of healthy (structured) water to keep our immune system healthy and strong.

About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.


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    Blanche Levine is a good friend of human kind!