Doctors and pharmaceutical companies reject the idea that diet and healthy lifestyle choices can lead to a cancer-free life and can prevent or delay the evolution of this deadly disease.
According to a study published by Life Sciences, artemisinin, a derivate of the wormwood plant can kill 98 per cent of breast cancer cells in just 16 hours when paired with iron. On its own, the herb managed to reduce the breast cancer cells by 28 per cent, but when it joined forces with iron, normal cells were not affected by the treatment and had a better outcome.
The problem with mainstream cancer treatment is that it attacks not only cancer cells, but also the healthy ones, making the road to recovery heavier and in some cases even impossible because an acidic system with a stagnant lymphatic system that stems from poor dietary and lifestyle choices allows the disease to thrive. However, the body can be quickly alkalized and flooded with nutrients when people consume a predominantly plant-based and unprocessed diet.
Artemisinin has been used in the past as a tool against malaria, but new studies show it can fight against cancer too. In the study published by Life Sciences last year, when subjects were given an iron supplement, the artemisinin was able to target only “bad” cells and left the “good” ones untouched. Researchers’ results demonstrated that it “mediates the cell cycle arrest of human breast cancer cells and represents a critical transcriptional pathway by which artemisinin controls human reproductive cancer cell growth.”
Scientists Narendra Singh and Henry Lai from the University of Washington made the initial discovery. Lai synthesized to compound to target only the diseased cells, which picked it up without knowing that there is a “bomb” (wormwood derivate) hidden inside. The compound is being licensed by the University of Washington to Artemisia Biomedical Inc., a company founded by Singh and Lai in Newcastle, Washington for development and commercialisation.
According to the study’s abstract, “artemisinin reacts with iron to form free radicals that kill cells.” Previous studies have shown that the compound is “more toxic to cancer cells than to normal cells.”
Tomikazu Sasaki, chemistry professor at University of Washington and senior author of the study which focuses on artemisinin’s anti-cancer benefits judged that “side effects are a major limitation to current chemotherapies.” Although the compound kills about 100 cancer cells for every healthy cell, the researchers added a small chemical tag to artemisinin which sticks to the “iron needed here” protein signal. The cancer cell waited for the protein machinery to deliver iron molecules and engulfed everything. As Lai described it, “the compound is like a little bomb-carrying monkey riding on the back of a Trojan horse.”
During ancient times, wormwood was used to treat stomach disorders. Now, the herb is being used to bring down high temperature due to fever and can be applied directly to the skin to treat minor wounds, burns or insect bites.