Reporter Maureen McFadden with WNBU- NBC in South Bend, Indiana, posted this story online last week:

Tea extracts may kill cancer cells directly
Once considered “quackery,” alternative therapies are slowly seeping into mainstream medicine. The proof is in the scientific pudding, or, in this case, the tea.

First you pour the water, then you add papaya leaves, then you heat it up, and then you drink it down. If only killing cancer was as simple as sipping tea.

Linda Michael, an ovarian cancer patient, said, “I really believe there’s something to it, whether or not it’s going to save my life, I don’t know. Come and see me in five years.”

Linda is battling aggressive ovarian cancer which kills 15 thousand women per year. Monthly chemo visits are just too much.

“I couldn’t get out of bed, I couldn’t get off the couch,” said Linda.

So, she is adding a new treatment to the mix: tea made from papaya leaves.

“I’m doin’ a whole lot better than my oncologist thought I was going to do,” said Linda

University of Florida physician Nam Dang has the science to back up Linda’s new brew.

Dr. Nam Dang said, “We have found that there are components in tea extracts that actually kill cancer cells directly.”

Dr. Nam Dang found exposure to papaya leaf extract slowed tumor growth in ten types of cancer cells. It also boosts the immune system, where traditional chemo treatments make it weaker.

“That’s the excitement behind our finding – that we might have a drug that can do several things in fighting cancer,” said Dr. Nam Dang.

In other studies mixing natural and standard medicine, University of Pennsylvania researchers found flax seed reduces heart disease risk, and grape seed extract helps treat Alzheimer’s, according to Mount Sinai Medical Center staff.

“Western medicine saved my life, I can’t say anything bad about it, but chemo is tough stuff,” said Linda.

With science on her side, Linda’s now cooking-up her own combo of old-and-new treatments.

If Dr. Nam Dang’s trial results are the same in both humans and animals, he will try to develop an actual cancer drug from the extract.

Anything that works!  Just be careful not to substitute supplements for your more traditional cancer therapies which are monitored by an oncologist.  Also, be sure to discuss adding any supplement to your diet with him/her as well.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat & Pattie

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