Here is a short, interesting article about how natural ingredients are used to make traditional chemotherapy drugs:

The Sun (UK)
Hugging Trees Cures Cancer
By Staff Reporters

A new study claims the tranquillity of the natural setting helps the body create the kind of cells it needs to kill disease.

The report into the health benefits of forests also revealed that if you go down to the woods today it could also help reduce stress, muscle fatigue, ADHD, depression and bring down an erratic heart rate.

While drugs and medicines derived from some trees are already being used to combat ovarian and breast cancer, it added.

Admittedly the report was compiled by Finnish researchers for the international tree hugging community at the World Forestry Congress in Seoul, South Korea, this week.

It will be used by environmentalists to call for more trees and parks in urban areas as well as the conservation or existing forests.

Report author Dr Eeva Karjalainen, of the Finnish Forest Research Institute, said: “Many people feel relaxed and good when they are out in nature.

“But not many of us know there is also scientific evidence about the healing effects of nature.”

This includes bringing down the body’s stresses and anxiety which in turn helps it create healthy cells to kill cancer cells.

Drugs like Taxol, which fight breast and ovarian cancer, are made from yew trees and other medicines use extracts or compounds from bark.

Dr Karjalainen added: “Preserving green areas and trees in cities is very important to help people recover from stress, maintain health and cure diseases.

“There is also monetary value in improving people’s working ability and reducing health care costs.”

I endured six cycles of Taxol following surgery to remove my ovaries seven years ago. They have since cut the dosing and now often only administer three cycles. It was no fun! But it worked: I’m cancer free today!

Feel good and keep smiling! Pattie

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