When a friend lent to me a book on nutritional healing, including discourses on both actual pharmaceuticals and the supplementary alternatives (foods, herbals,vitamins,etc) I had just finished discovering that Periwinkle vine offers a highly important medecine to the world; that is, Vincristine, a powerful cancer-fighting medecine. Naturally, I turned to the cancer section in the large book, and found something I had not read of before. Within the wealth of information as to correct diet and vitamin supplements, I found that Doctors may use a type of cancer-fighting agent which is an alternative medecine,or supplementary to various types of cancer treatment. This treatment is called Carnivora, and its essence comes from the bog plant, Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula).
Carnivora as an agent neatly kills intruder DNA, when it encounters cancer in the human system. Carnivora producer, Helmut Keller, MD Medical Director of Carnivora Research, Inc . of Nordhalben, Germany has established a market in the US for this medicine.
In the products' site, Kellers' introductory essay offers a startling discovery- that human beings have an actual 1.5 kilograms (which is 3.3 pounds, or a cell count totalling 1012) of immune competent cells. He describes his invention as a nutritional support for the bodys' immunity, offering Carnivora as the best type of nutritional protective agents. The Venus Flytrap plant provides a phytonutrient juice which becomes a supplement that "mimics the bodys' own defense agents". Using this nutrient also "supports a stronger immune reaction".
Everyone has seen the bizarre Venus Flytrap , whether from within a childhood classroom in a terrarium, perhaps,or on some Discovery Channel program or its equivalent. On the Internet, I found a good likeness of the plant in a rather delightful site from South America,called Suapele.terra.com . The website has many thumbnails of moving plant photos, which expand two ways, either through a magnifier or to a large still. Clicking into these will show you an imaginative array of interesting species.....count to sixth down on the right hand side of the page which opens for you (available through Google)
As you will have seen from the plants' glimmering moisture, the Venus Flytrap has many hairs on its' flower, each of which ooze a viscous liquid which both attracts and glues small insects onto its body. As the interested insect reaches into the well of the strange, almost toothed floral head of the plant, a hair-trigger snaps its jaw shut and begins to devour the insect.
Doctor Kellers' discovery was made when he realized that the digestive fluids within the meat-eating plant did not destroy the plant organism, and therefore contained some form of discriminatory sensing for the plants' DNA structuring. He concluded that this plant had an advanced immune mechanism, and, within his study, found that the plant would only digest and destroy primitive cells.
Undifferentiated, undeveloped cells are also those cells which are harmful bacteria or fungal sporing, also human cells which overproduce due to stressing like pollutants or fatigue.The immune system fights these, and Venus Flytrap (Carnivora) strengthens the immune feature which expunges invader or "primitive" cells.
His scientific application,(a discovery he made in 1973) is best described through clicking into the link below:
On Googles' excellent image cache, available through clicking "images" above the Search box on the home page, one may also find another good image of Venus Flytrap.
On the same page, there are items listed which have cancer fighting properties, for instance ,Squalene, or shark cartilage,or cranberry juice. Just click the carnivora image for an expanded view.
For a pharmacists' perspective on items deemed to be supplementary or alternative there is interesting reading in an August 1998 editorial in Pharmacy Practice News : The New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists.
In a preamble, the author states that the term "alternative medicine" is used far more often in the United States than the equally descriptive term, "complementary medicine", used by the rest of the world. Fond of obscurities, science synthesized the two terms, producing "CAM" for a catchword for both complementary or alternative medicine.
US: (1990) 34% of Americans: COST:$13.7 billion (from Pharmacy Practice News)
Canada: (1997) 42 % of Canadians (from Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal network)
US Study: Percentage of cancer patients using these methods varied from 6.4% in the South Atlantic to 14.7% in the Rocky Mountains.
Results from studies conducted in other
countries have revealed
similar usage rates. In both the United States and Britain, patients
are more likely to be female, younger, and of higher social status.
The OAM (Office of Alternative Medicine) classifies alternative therapies by grouping them into one of the following seven categories:
1) diet and nutrition,
2) mind-body techniques,
4) alternative systems of medical practice (traditional and folk remedies)
5) pharmacological and biologic treatments
6) manual healing methods
7) herbal medicine.
No:1:Therapy used is macrobiotic
started by George Osawa.
meditation and biofeedback
No: 3: Bio-Electric
No: 4:Traditional and
Folk remedies (ie Ayurvedic
or Chinese herbal + acupuncture)
and Biologic treatments
largely available outside US.
was the postdoctoral development of Lawrence Burton, Ph.D.,
early 1970ís.His theory is that cancer occurs when there is an
four serum proteins responsible for immunologic surveillance.(14)
that this imbalance can promote cancer. The individual proteins
proposed to be
involved are referred to as "tumor-blocking factor,"
"deblocking protein," "tumor antibody," and "tumor
complement." Burtonís therapy is based on balancing these
components to restore normal immune function. Considered effective
treating mesothelioma and that treatment failures are due to an
immune system caused by prior conventional treatment. (15) Declining
No: 7: Antineoplastins
the best known pharmacologic therapy today was developed by Stanislaw
Burzynski, M.D. of the Burzynski Research Institute who, in
a series of peptides he termed "antineoplastons" from human urine
that were later produced synthetically. His study group claim
these peptides are part of a biochemical defense system that inhibits
growth of cancer.Study closed in 1995
No: 8: Shark
Cartilage: theory: Cartilage
is avascular and contains components that inhibit
angiogenesis, which is necessary for tumor
theory, treating cancer patients with shark cartilage blocks blood
the tumor and inhibits growth.17 Bovine cartilage is also under
studies halted because the shark cartilage was considered to be
contaminated for study.
is another biologic
remedy which claims to deprive cancer cells of their ability to obtain
causing them to revert to their primitive state, which causes cell
investigations have revealed that cancell is composed of common
including inositol, nitric acid, sodium sulfite, potassium hydroxide,
acid, and catechol - and that no basis for its effectiveness against
exists.Also considerd to be adulterated.
Therapies, eg Gersonís
regimen - a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables
calf liver juice, vitamins and minerals, taken with other interventions
including thyroid extract, castor oil enemas and coffee enemas to
No: 11: Manual
Healing Methods touch to
No: 12: Herbal medicine use reflects a need for friendship with health practitioners,and a growing distrust for pharmaceuticals.
Carnivora :Carnivora is derived from the venus flytrap,
a plant found in such
places as the wet pinelands and bays of North and South
itís proponents, carnivora works to therapeutically shrink solid
does not help with the liquid tumors (i.e. leukemias) .
It is believed to work best in patients naive to chemotherapy or radiation. In non-controlled study of 210 cancer patients who had failed conventional treatments and were given 50-60 drops of Carnivora orally five times a day plus one injection, 16% showed tumor regression and 40% had no further tumor progression.
Carnivora can be administered as drops orally, by inhalation or by injection. The dosage, frequency and route of administration of carnivora varies depending on the stage and type of cancer.Taken orally, Carnivora can produce nausea or vomiting. When given via injection, it can produce a temporary increase in body temperature.
Astragalus , Catís Claw,
Echinacea, Essiac, Flor-essence, Hoxsey Herbal
Treatment, Iscador, Kombucha tea, Laetrile, Milk
DíArco, Pycnogenol,and Shiitake Mushrooms
(" For symptom management, it is more common for an herbalist to treat persons with HIV/AIDS. Examples include horseradish to promote appetite, or blackberries and raspberries to prevent diarrhea. For spiritual and general well-being, the services of medicine persons are usually used (following the accepted protocol for approaching such persons) and ceremonies may be carried out: examples include sweat lodges and pipe ceremonies."
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"In Germany, a pharmaceutical extract of Venusí Flytrap is used in the treatment of chronic diseases, including most forms of cancer, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, all types of herpes infection, chronic arthritis and almost any immune deficiency, including AIDS"
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