Check-out excerpts from this fascinating account of how the “urban legend” that asparagus can cure cancer got started almost 40 years ago:
Will Asparagus Cure Cancer?
By Jacob Schor ND, FABNO
If you have cancer, you have likely read that asparagus will cure it. A letter gone viral online claims this. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s only a matter of time until a copy is forwarded to you by some well-meaning friend or relative.
Those of us who specialize in naturopathic oncology hear about this asparagus business often from our patients, many of who assume the information is true. It’s not.
There is no reason to believe that asparagus will cure cancer. It may actually make a few cancers worse…
The “Asparagus Cure for Cancer” first appeared in print in the February 1974 issue of Prevention magazine. A second, similar article was printed in the December 1979 issue of Cancer News Journal, a magazine once distributed in health food stores. Both articles claim that a dentist named Richard R. Vensal discovered that eating asparagus could cure cancer…
I always figured that this viral myth was started by a group representing asparagus growers!
I found this on a site called Physicians Who Listen. This post is filled with interesting details debunking the asparagus/cancer myth.
It also discusses how “there is little reason to think that asparagus will cure cancer, there is good reason to think that asparagus may make some cancers, in particular acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), worse.”
CLICK HERE to read more. I highly recommend it!
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat