• Anyone heard that asparagus juice cures cancer?

    Asked by Terry15 on Monday, February 25, 2013

    Anyone heard that asparagus juice cures cancer?

    My sister sent me an e-mail stating that 2 Tbls. of canned or fresh asparagus juice per day will cure cancer. I'm skeptical.

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      Terry, Does the e-mail mantion any research that supports the theroy they atre presenting? I suspect that there may be ancedotal information about someonhe that used asparagus juice ant when into remssion. The poroblem with this kind of thing is that some people just naturall go into remission with or without treatment and ancedotal information like this may sound good but there is no way to tell what really caused the remission. Most of us with cancer have gotten these types of E-mails. Best thing to do is talk to your Drs about the informatuion in the E-mails and see if they know wnything about any research. They may tell you that the juice has some benificial properties that help you treatments but most likely there is no data to support a cure. In some cases somethings may even interfere with chemo or other treatments. Best thing to do is stick with what there is main stream science to support. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I won't say that all these things are no good at all, or a waste of time. After all, I'm sure I could use some more veggies in my diet. But I usually go by the idea that if this kind of stuff worked, the brilliant scientists that find the cures and medicines would have already found it, and be selling it as a medicine.

      over 3 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      Thank you Sister for thinking of you and as Greg said vegetables are always a good thing to get into your diet unless you are on blood thinners. I have had so many great people who had all the best thoughts over the last 40 years tell me the latest diets, tonics and natural items to cure my cancer problems. They are concerned and they don't know how to help, some suggestions I try or research. I thank everyone because it means they care. People need a way to help - Tracy

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear Terry15,

      You've probably heard that saying by now that "on the Internet no one knows you're a dog." I've even seen it with a cartoon with a dog on a computer-it's very funny.

      The problem is that not everything you read in print, whether on the internet or not, is from what we (I'm a [retired] {Medical} Librarian) describe as an "authoritative source", such as "The New England Journal of Medicine", "The Harvard Medical Letter", a book on any type of cancer published by (take your pick) Johns Hopkins, The Mayo Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, MD Anderson, Mass General, Brigham and Women's Children's Hospital, etc.

      I don't know the source from where your sister's email originated (that would be very important). Who authored that? Wikipedia is not considered an authoritative source, particularly in the medical community because anyone with any idea of how to post can put anything on it (true or not).

      If it is holistic (which a lot of people like) it may seem initially as if it would do no harm. But...if it has not been involved in clinical studies in which there was a control group and one group was proven to benefit from it and it happened over a period of time, it's not valid. The problem then arises that if some nice person who's into a holistic, organic way of life prefers this over meds and chemotherapy (and has cancer), they may unfortunately get to the point where their cancer will metastasize into their bones, and essentially, that's not a good thing (to understate vastly!!!)

      There have been a lot of unusual remedies for cancer including shark cartiledge and coffee enemas that were given in Mexico. They weren't very helpful (again an understatement), yet there are still people who are seeking shark cartiledge. I think coffee enemas may finally be off the table, so to speak. But I'm sure there's some other folk remedy, ah yes, I know it- a friend of mine had told me when I found out about the lump in my breast to put castor oil poultices on it (I'm laughing). I don't really think it would have been a viable alternative to standard medical procedure. (She's an amateut herbalist by the way and a very kind hearted person [this has nothing to do with anyone's goodwill, but everything to do with understanding medicine).

      If you like asparagus juice and you want to take 2 spoonfuls per day, by all means do so, but follow standard medical protocols as well. In fact other veggies are probably as good or better for you in addition. Salad or
      V-8 unfortunately as far as I nor any of the medical professionals I'm acquainted with hasn't been written up as the cure for cancer yet.

      Hope you stay the course!! Hang in there!!

      Warm wishes,

      over 3 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      I doubt this will help, but I see no harm in taking asparagus juice. It will appease your sister. Now if it was something way out like coffee enemas, I would say don't do it.

      over 3 years ago
    • SQUINTS's Avatar

      My dentist told me to eat asparagus twice a day morning and evening 2tbls, he said it would not hurt so why not give it a try, he told me a story of his dog being diagnosed with lymphoma and the vet gave the dog only 6months to live and a good friend of his gave him an article about asparagus so he has been feeding his dog ever since and the dog is still alive and running around 3yrs later, My oncologist said of course it would not hurt so I did the asparagus faithfully for a year and of course rituxan and I am in remission now 2 years later. I do think there are many benefits to asparagus fresh, canned or frozen so give it a try

      over 3 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar

      I've heard that one, and received the e-mail. First of all, I doubt it can hurt. I think anything we do to be proactive that isn't totally off-the-wall, at the very least makes us feel as if we are doing something. Cancer can make us feel very powerless. My hairdresser told me eating lemons would cure my cancer. Everybody has an idea and a theory, and who knows, maybe some of them will be proven correct. But, they haven't been, yet, and a lot of stuff on the internet is just plain wrong. I'd try it, if you want to, hey, asparagus is good for us, so bottoms up! :-)

      over 3 years ago

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