There is a widening gap between real science whose interest is in discovering the truth and in generally creating a more intelligent world, and commercial science which appears to want to patent and use anything it finds to further the financial wealth of a select minority of already wealthy individuals.
Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people in the world, commercial science now appears also to have taken a rather dubious course of leading people away from effective real science. Science which ordinary people could use to empower themselves, and help themselves prevent and treat many forms of illness at relatively low costs.
During the time I spent writing my first book, I researched and found many non-commercial Western studies to back up the theories which Chinese Medicine has evolved regarding health and illness, which it discovered over thousands of years through the use of empirical research.
Amongst many other things, Chinese Medicine uses bitter flavoured fruits and herbs as part of the treatment and prevention of tumours and cancers. So whilst I was writing my first book, I searched for evidence of the effects of bitter tasting foods in Western trials on cancer in the human body...
What I found was an over whelming number of Western studies to support this Chinese view point.
Two studies in particular, where in relation to prostate cancer and the use of the bitter tasting juice from pomegranates as detailed below. As you read them, bear in mind that both studies are involving simple, ordinary, easily obtainable juice from pomegranates.
The first, was conducted by a team at the University of Wisconsin in the US and appeared in 2005 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It found that an extract of pomegranate juice when tested on laboratory cultures of human prostate cancer cells, killed the cancer cells. They found that the higher the dose of pomegranate the more the cancer cells would die.
The second study was conducted by researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles. It was published in 2006 in the journal Clinical Cancer Research. It involved 50 men who after receiving surgery or radiation treatment for prostate cancer, all then showed signs of the disease rapidly returning.
In this study, the men were given an 8 oz. (0.24 litre) glass of pure pomegranate juice to drink daily.
The progression of prostate cancer cells are measured by levels of a chemical called PSA (prostate specific antigen). Basically the higher levels of this detected, the quicker the cancer is growing.
The UCLA team measured how long it took for the PSA levels to double in individuals in the group drinking the pomegranate juice. They discovered that whereas average times for PSA levels to double is 15 months, in those consuming the pomegranate this had become 54 months, nearly taking a staggering four times the length of time for it to double.
Prostate cancer usually occurs in men over fifty and is often a slow growing form of cancer, which can take ten to fifteen years before causing death. Now if you slow this down by four times, then this study suggests that by consuming pomegranate juice daily, it may now take forty years to mature. Of course to prove that fully, then a bigger study over a much longer time period would have to be carried out.
But in my opinion and that of Chinese Medicine, I feel it is obvious to deduce from the work already carried out, that pomegranate juice has anti-cancer properties, which should not just be used to help as part of the standard treatment of prostate cancer but also should be encouraged to be taken as part of a healthy lifestyle to help in preventing this cancer from occurring in the first place.
In my opinion, sadly this simply comes down to a lack of commercial profits to be made by providing this vital information to the general public.
In future blogs I will discuss and explain how bitter fruits like blackcurrants, pomegranates, grapes and many berries, ( in accordance with the theories of Chinese Medicine ), can successfully detoxify and help prevent diseases in the body like cancer.