Can Pineapples Cure Cancer?

The Universe offers us majestic bounties wherever we look; in the form of beautiful natural vistas, stunning sunsets and sunrises, and healthy fruit, vegetables and an array of herbs.

What is even better is that many of the edible offerings are not only good to eat, but also have natural healing powers that we seem to have forgotten over the centuries in favour of synthetic medications.

The lowly pineapple is not only a tropical fruit with a great taste, but also contains an enzyme known as bromelain in its stem.

Bromelain is a protease enzyme that is found in the stem and fruit of pineapples. This natural extract has been found to speed healing, acts as an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen and helps dissipate bruising. Applied topically, it aids the healing of cuts, burns, insect bites and other skin problems.

What-is-Bromelain1Bromelain has been used for decades to fight inflammation naturally. It is useful for those suffering from arthritis and can speed up healing associated with surgical procedures. It is very useful for treating sporting injuries including sprains and can help counter pain as it acts as an analgesic.

For digestion, bromelain is a powerful aid to breaking down proteins into peptides and amino acids. It can ease the symptoms of ulcerative colitis and helps the general digestive processes. Studies conducted in Japan showed that taking bromelain helped those who had a wheat allergy

Another powerful use of bromelain is that it fights blood clotting and is nature’s answer to those taking an aspirin a day to lower the risk of heart attack. Bromelain has been shown to stop blood platelets from sticking together or building up along the walls of blood vessels – both known causes of heart attacks or strokes.

The discovery of bromelain’s efficacy in the treatment of cancer may yet make it an even more important natural medicine.

According to research done as far back as 2007 and published in the journal Planta Medica, it was found that bromelain was superior to the chemo-agent 5-fluorauracil in treating cancer in the animal model. The researchers stated: “This antitumoral effect [bromelain] was superior to that of 5-FU [5-fluorouracil], whose survival index was approximately 263%, relative to the untreated control”.

There is a well-known effect associated with a wide range of natural compounds called “selective cytotoxicity,” whereby they are able to induce programmed cell death (the graceful self-disassembly known as apoptosis) within the cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells and tissue unharmed.

Because chemicals don’t have behave like natural compounds, no FDA-approved chemotherapy drug on the market today has this indispensable property, which is why cancer treatment is still in the dark ages, often destroying the quality of life, and accelerating the death of those who undergo it.

Pineapple, botanically named Ananas Comosus, has been used as a folk medicine by the indigenous inhabitants of Central and South America for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments.

bromelain-proteolytic-enzyme-largeThe pineapple stem extract bromelain has been available as a pharmaceutical product since 1956. The beneficial effects of bromelain are attributable to its multiple constituents.

Although primarily comprised of sulfhydryl-containing proteolytic enzymes, bromelain also contains escharase (a nonproteolytic component with debriding effects), peroxidase, acid phosphatase, glucosidases, cellulases, several protease inhibitors, glycoproteins, carbohydrates, and organically bound calcium.


A study called Cytotoxic effects of bromelain in human gastrointestinal carcinoma cell lines (MKN45, KATO-III, HT29-5F12, and HT29-5M21) concluded:

Our findings collectively indicate that bromelain exerts cytotoxic effects in a panel of human gastric and colon carcinoma cells. Our study of MKN45 cells implicated different mechanisms in bromelain-induced cell death. While promoting apoptosis with involvement of the caspase system and extranuclear p53, bromelain also appears to impair cancer cell survival by blocking the Akt pathway and attenuating Bcl2 and MUC1 oncoproteins.

The systemic use of enzymes is just now taking off in the United States, but the use of enzymes to treat cancer has its roots all the way back to 1911 with John Beard’s The Enzyme Treatment of Cancer and Its Scientific Basis. Beard believed cancer was a result of diminished pancreatic enzymes, impairing your immune response. A study in 1999iv suggests he may have been right on target.

Ten patients with inoperable pancreatic cancer were treated with large doses of oral pancreatic enzymes (along with detoxification and an organic diet), and their survival rates were 3 to 4 times higher than patients receiving conventional treatment. Proteolytic enzymes can be helpful in treating cancer because they help restore balance to your immune system.


Candice-Marie Fox Shuns Chemotherapy to Self-Medicate

Candice-beats-cancerCandice-Marie Fox, a 31-year-old, from Houghton Regis in Hertfordshire, decided to completely overhaul her lifestyle after being diagnosed her with thyroid cancer and given five years to live. She banished all toxins from her life, including cigarettes, alcohol and meat, and split up with her husband of two years.

Stress, chemicals and animal products all feed cancer, so I just got rid of them,” she said. “My husband was not supportive and it wasn’t working, we split up too.”

Doctors said unless she had the lumps removed she would lose her voice or die within a year, She reluctantly underwent a four and a half hour operation to remove more than 20 lumps then had radioactive treatment to ‘mop up’ any remaining cancer. Unfortunately a scan two months later revealed that the cancer had spread to her liver and the back of her neck.

When doctors told her she had only a few years left to live, Candice rejected chemotherapy, which she believed had “killed” friends of hers.

My best friend and my cousin died because of chemo and there was no way I was doing that. I got strong from that point. I stopped going into myself and crying. I decided I had five years left, or six months to get rid of this crap, and show them that I can do it on my own.

Candice munched on up to three pineapples a day as well as grapefruits, lemons, apples, kiwis and bananas, all of which are high in the cancer-zapping protein bromelain. The former model got rid of all chemical-filled beauty products and cleaning sprays, quit smoking, alcohol and meat, took up yoga and split up with her husband. She also took up meditation, quit her un-fulfilling job as a courier, and joined a positive-thinking dance group.

Woman-beats-cancerWithin just six months her grade four cancer was almost gone. Astonished medics have now confirmed that Candice, who works in marketing, has beaten the aggressive cancer and is completely free of tumours.

Oncologist Mark Simon, director at the Nutritional Oncology Research Institute in California, said she is clear of the disease.

He said: “Her tumour markers which reflect the number of cancerous cells has been well within the normal range for over two years, so we can confidently say that her stage four thyroid cancer is under effective management. I can tell you that most thyroid cancer patients with similar circumstances to Candice who follow the conventional path do not survive or experience a very poor quality of life.

Cancer is an infection of aberrant cells and treating cancer is like dealing with a Bacterial infection. We attempt to maintain an environment not conducive towards tumour growth and proliferation. Diet plays a major role along with regular exercise, positive attitude and even spirituality.”




About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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