This is an explosive news story that’s been developing over the past several years. I’ve been eagerly following this situation with a watchful eye to see how it will unfold.
It involves cancer, hope, greed, innovation – and lots of money.
It may even cause you to question the regulatory laws that forbid herbal remedies in your country.
In fact, this story is so powerful that you must be subjected to a disclaimer before you can even read it!
This information should not be construed as medical, health or nutritional advice, nor have these statements been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration. This content is not intended to prevent, diagnose or cure any disease or illness and is provided solely as a courtesy to the reader.
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I don’t know how you feel about it, but to me, cancer is one of the greatest, crippling dangers on our shared horizon. The cancer rate is now 1-in-2 for men and 1-in-3 for women. This rate has grown exponentially over time – nearly tripled over the past century. On our current path it is only suspected to worsen.
Until we change course, odds are that in time you – or someone you love dearly – will be ensnared by this nightmarish disease.
If you’re a man, think of this next time you’re around your best bud or brother. Which one of you will it be?
If you’re a woman, think of this next time you meet up with the girls. One out of three… who will it be?
Heck, at 25 years old I was blindsided by a cancer diagnosis!
What has become “common” is far from normal.
But perhaps this story will be eye-opening enough to embolden you and others with hope, inspiration, and the gutsy grit to make a change. Daringly, you may even challenge the way herbs and drugs are regulated in your country.
Man sent home to die – instead stumbles upon spectacular new cancer therapy
To get you up to speed, here’s how this amazing story began back in 2012.
John DiCarlo, 72, was admitted to the hospital three years ago with leukemia. Even after aggressive treatment, he was sent home to put his affairs in order with his wife and four children.
The cancer clinic suggested he try the [dandelion] tea. Four months later, he returned to the clinic in remission. He has been cancer free for three years.
He said his doctor credits the dandelions.
Researchers in Windsor, Ont., have received an additional $157,000 grant for a total of $217,000 to study how effective dandelion root extract is in fighting cancer.
Siyaram Pandey, a biochemist at the University of Windsor, has been studying the anti-cancer potential of dandelion root extract for almost two years.
His team’s first phase of research showed that dandelion root extract forced a very aggressive and drug-resistant type of blood cancer cell, known as chronic monocytic myeloid leukemia, to essentially commit suicide.
Researchers then discovered that repeated treatment with low dose dandelion root extract was effective in killing most of the cancerous cells.
Pandey admits he was skeptical when he was first approached by local oncologist, Dr. Caroline Hamm, who was curious about cancer patients who had been drinking dandelion tea and seemed to be getting better.
Pandey conducted a literature review and could only find one journal article suggesting dandelions may have cancer-killing properties. But he and his team of graduate students collected a bunch of the weeds anyway, ground them up with a mixture of water in a food processor and developed a simple formula they could experiment with.
They tested the formula on several lines of commercially available leukemia cells and much to their surprise, found that the formula caused those cells to kill themselves, a process called apoptosis.
“It was startling, but it was not that startling until we saw that it was non-toxic to the normal cells,” he said.”
Pretty cool story, hmm?
When I first came across this story over a year ago , the 187-million-dollar-question was:
If (and when) the researchers duplicate this in testing and indeed confirm that the active constituents of dandelion root attack cancer cells… will the next action be:
a.) In the pursuit of integrity, they declare to the public that dandelion root can be harvested by people like you and I, for pennies on the dollar, to help their body fight cancer.
b.) In the pursuit of profiteering, the groups responsible for the grant use the information to manufacture yet another patented, synthetic variant of a natural plant… while prohibiting the public from using the natural plant itself, through the FDA’s regulatory scheming.
Tell me your thoughts… let’s make an imaginary $1 bet!
Will it be option a, or b?
The good news is – we don’t have to wonder any longer to know how this story ends.
The bad news is – the outcome is much closer to option b than a.
Manufacturing monopolies for fun and profit
Like you, I can only make assumptions about what the motives are here. The people involved in this project – including some of the foundations who donated towards their work – do appear to have genuinely benevolent intentions of finding effective natural cancer therapies.
So let’s just talk about what has happened and let the chips fall where they may.
From The Windsor Star:
[Emphasis mine – Derek]
After overcoming some hurdles, Phase 1 of the clinical trials approved by Health Canada in 2012 have begun to proceed at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre and 30 patients from across Canada are being sought.
Also, a new company to be known as Windsor Botanical Therapeutics Inc. has been formed to commercially market the product.
Recent doctorate graduate Pamela Ovadje, one of the lead researchers in the project, outlined recent progress, including having reports published in a number of science journals.
She also said the project recently partnered with Calgary company Advanced Orthomolecular Research for quality-controlled production of the dandelion root extract.
“We’ve got the first batch ready for clinical trials,” said Ovadje.
The clinical trial will be focused on sufferers of blood-borne cancers such as leukemia who have tried all other avenues of treatment.
Hamm discovered the interesting properties of dandelion root while treating an 85-year-old woman with leukemia who saw a dramatic drop in her white blood count after drinking dandelion tea.
Tests in petri dishes and in mice have shown the dandelion extract attacks the cancerous cells, but does not impact healthy ones. This could provide an effective alternative to traditional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation which cause collateral damage to the patient.
Details of the trial can be found at canadiancancertrials.ca and searching “dandelion.”
There are many dandelion natural health products on the market currently which can’t claim the anti-cancer benefit.
Should the clinical trials reflect a benefit, the company would then be able to market on that basis, Elliott said.
“We will begin with standard claims, then cancer claims,” Elliott said.
The product will be available in capsule form.
Remember that $1 bet we made? Did you wager on option a, or b?
Years back when I first saw this story unfolding, I chose b – which is betting on them isolating the most active, cancer-fighting compound in dandelion root and making a synthetic, patented product to market.
Right now, it appears that their extract is “whole plant” rather than being a single isolated compound or synthetic creation.
That is, they primarily use the dandelion roots (in their entirety, just processed) as the basis of the product.
Still, whatever they are using IS going to be patented!
Here is a snippet from Windsor Botanical Therapeutics posted to MaRS HealthKick, a venture capital group:
[Bolded emphasis mine – Derek]
Windsor Botanical Therapeutics Inc. (WBTI) is developing DRE-W, a revolutionary natural health product (NHP) for terminal cancer patients refractory to conventional cancer therapy. DRE-W is a patent-pending, non-toxic plant extract.
The anecdotal clinical experience and the scientific data were so compelling; Health Canada has approved a clinical trial of DRE-W in patients with terminal hematological cancers. This is the first ever cancer trial approved for a NHP.
WBTI has secured startup funding and a strategic partner, and expects sales revenue in six months.
For something to be patented it must be considered “new” or “novel.” It must somehow be different than what occurs in nature, and can’t be something that the public is already generally aware of or using.
Let’s ask this question… are they really the first people to use dandelion root tea in that manner?
For carryover insight on this troubling issue, let’s look at the modern explosion of cannabis-based medicine.
Biotech and pharmaceutical companies such as GW Pharmaceuticals are gobbling up application patents left and right for cannabis extracts. This is based on incredible benefits found in research, as it interweaves with our biochemistry.
One patent of theirs in particular is for treating brain tumors – a huge ordeal.
The problem is that GW insists their extracts and cancer treatment are new, and therefore patent-worthy. Unfortunately, that’s blatantly misleading.
People have been heralding cannabis as a cancer treatment for untold years before GW claimed to create the idea. We’ve actually been persecuted and harassed for doing so under the failed War on Drugs.
If enough people know about its use, then it can’t be novel and patent-worthy.
If you look at what exactly GW uses in their extract, you’ll find nothing revolutionary at all.
There is no special compound that justifies the cost. There is nothing in there that a responsible adult could not do themselves. If I remember correctly, their special X-Factor ingredient is peppermint oil. Yeah, the same you could get from the health food store for ~$10 per 1 ounce.
Personal beliefs/”morals” aside, people are being punished and barred from a naturally occurring, therapeutic plant that could save lives.
In result, people are often forbade from growing cannabis (pennies on the dollar) and instead forced to buy patented extracts (grossly overpriced).
GW Pharmaceuticals operates in the UK and thrives only because the citizens are forbidden from growing their own cannabis – even the ones with legal medicinal cannabis cards!
Can you see the similarities between this and other herbal remedies?
These gifts of nature have been wisely utilized by us for thousands of years by indigenous tribes, Native Americans, ancient civilizations, and others.
In the case of dandelion root, there are records of Arabian physicians using it medicinally in the 10th and 11th century.
Once again I must ask you – do you think these guys should be allowed to monopolize this treatment?
How will this affect people in the United States?
As you may have noticed, the story is a Canadian event. But here’s how this will affect people like you and I in the United States, and perhaps others overseas.
In the US, only drugs are legally allowed to treat, prevent or cure a disease.
All foods and nutritional supplements, by law cannot be prescribed to do the same.
Alternative therapies are only allowed to be prescribed after conventional methods – such as chemo and surgery for cancer – have been exhausted. To dare circumvent this law, a doctor may lose their license to practice medicine in the US.
That’s why clinics that provide alternative therapies instead of conventional – such as the Gerson Therapy – may only be found outside of the US.
In the US, a dandelion extract would have to be synthesized/formulated into a drug to be prescribed to patients.
Here’s how that usually plays out…
Isolate a compound – such as the anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial compound berberine from goldenseal – and you’re well on your way to having a brand-spanking new, patentable drug.
Berberine-based drugs are now being marketed for heart conditions, diabetes, bacterial infections and more.
Another historic example is when they targeted White Willow bark to synthesize and patent Aspirin… but I digress.
However it happens, it must be formulated in a way that can be justifiably novel and different than the whole plant extraction. Even if that means just adding in something nearly irrelevant, such as peppermint oil.
Follow that money trail
You may be wondering, “If natural herbs were so effective, why won’t doctors just prescribe that?”
Patented pharmaceuticals are exponentially more lucrative than supplements or herbs. The greedy big guys at the top have locked out the everyday people, like you and I, from getting in on that action.
The people in this story have found that dandelion root can be used by everyday people, at a bargain price, to potentially treat certain types of cancer.
And yet instead of blasting this information out in a Public Service Announcement, they rushed straight to the patent office.
Whose side are they on? Not ours…
But hey, who can blame them? Clever – be the only company in Canada that can offer that life-saving product.
Irony that will stop you dead in your tracks
Every year, millions of homeowners rush out in the spring at the first sight of dandelions. Not to celebrate their arrival, not to make dandelion root tea, but instead they rush out to buy poisonous chemicals to KILL the dandelions!
I want those weeds out of my yard!
Yes, I’ve said that before years back and unfortunately I did spray chemicals in my yard. But, looking at the research available now, each day more people are seeing the dangers of this habit.
In recent news, the cancer-research arm of the World Health Organization has found RoundUp to be “probably carcinogenic.”
It is not benign or harmless – it is “probably” contributing to the skyrocketing cancer rates.
And what are people pressured into doing, hmm? Have you heard the spring-time radio spots for Home Depot et al?
They are coerced into using chemicals that probably cause cancer to kill a plant that probably treats cancer!
People are smarter than the pharmaceutical czars think
It’s true. They’re expecting you to pay through the nose to make use of dandelion root extract – but you don’t have to submit to that.
Everyone should maintain composure, and not look to break any laws by offering “illegal” cancer therapies in the form of dandelion root.
Instead, silently begin celebrating the wonderful benefits of dandelions.
Dandelion greens are highly nutritious. It is a shame that we so often call them weeds. They’re naturally rich in many vitamins and minerals, and also chlorophyll. They even have roughly TWICE the vitamin A content of spinach!
Here’s a snippet from nutritiondata.self.com for one cup of raw dandelion greens:
Nutrient – % of Daily Value
Vit A – 112%
Vit C – 32%
Vit E – 9%
Vit K – 535%
Thiamin – 7%
Riboflavin – 8%
Nacin – 2%
Folate – 4%
Calcium – 10%
Iron – 9%
Magnesium – 5%
Phosphorus – 4%
Potassium – 6%
Manganese – 9%
As a bitter herb, they also help support a healthy digestive process, gallbladder and bile duct. People often enjoy bitter herbs in their salads for this reason, before a meal, as they work as a mild appetite stimulant and get the digestive juices flowing.
The young dandelion greens taste the best, as they turn bitter when maturing. They make a great addition to salads and sandwiches. If your yard is chemical-free, you may have the opportunity to harvest these fresh all season long. I sure as heck will be!
The heads are nutritious, too.
Down to the roots
In folk remedies, the roots were used primarily for treating liver and kidney problems, stomach woes, swelling, and as a diuretic.
But here’s another legally required disclaimer for you: folk use does not ensure safety, efficacy, or scientific support.
Dandelion roots do contain choline, which is required for healthy livers and for now the authorities will let me tell you that much without a legal disclaimer.
Well… what now?
This explosive, cascading story isn’t over yet. Eventually there will be results of the first round clinical trials and then onto the next stage.
Perhaps one day your doctor will tell you about a new “Dandy” of a cancer drug that “only” costs $300 for a month’s supply!
In the meantime, start celebrating and making use of this amazing herb.
Greens can easily be harvested from chemical-free lawns, but propagating and harvesting dandelion roots may be more time consuming that you’d like. In that case, look for dandelion root extract from a reputable manufacturer. I prefer liquid form and alcohol-free. Health food stores also sell dandelion root in bulk; you can make your own tea.
What more could be said?
Hopefully, this story showed you a few new things to reflect on. Last I checked, this story has not been “broken” beyond the press releases and initial news stories cited. It has not hit the mainstream whatsoever. There are people who may be dying to get a hold of this information so please – share it far and wide.
Thank you and be well,