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Have Pineapples Ever been Used for Cancer Treatment?

Elizabeth Renter
October 25th, 2012
Updated 10/31/2012 at 7:43 pm
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pineapplesliced 235x147 Have Pineapples Ever been Used for Cancer Treatment?If you haven’t heard of bromelain, you aren’t alone. But if you’ve ever eaten fresh pineapple, you’ve ingested bromelain. And this enzyme, which is particularly concentrated in the core and stem of pineapple, has actually shown promise as a worthwhile, natural cancer treatment.

Scientists found that the anti-tumor effects of bromelain were superior to the effects of the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorouracil. Yes, it worked better than chemo.

Surely this is new research, right? Because we would have all heard about this amazing discovery had it been known for a while. Unfortunately, no. This research was published in 2007 in the Planta Medica journal. Like many other worthwhile natural and harmless remedies, this one has been kept pretty quiet.

5-fluorouracil (5-FU) has been used as a cancer treatment method for about 40 years. It’s highly toxic and its effectiveness is questionable at best. But like many cancer treatment methods, it’s used regardless.

The problem with 5-FU and other chemo drugs is they don’t discriminate. They don’t only kill cancer cells, but kill healthy cells too. And, even when they are indiscriminately killing cells, they don’t kill all of the cancer cells.

As reports, 5-FU is given to adults in amounts that are toxic.The MSDS sheet for the drug states:

“The substance is toxic to blood. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organ damage. Repeated exposure to an highly toxic material may produce general deterioration of health by an accumulation in one or many human organs.”

It’s poison.

On the other hand, bromelain’s toxicity is rated at 1.5 pounds, the same as 5-FU at 7.5 grams. In other words, bromelain isn’t only safer, but measures safer and more effective.

So, why haven’t we heard about this? Why aren’t cancer patients being offered a treatment made of bromelain? Perhaps you already know the answer—it boils down to money. A natural treatment like one from something as wonderful as pineapples couldn’t be as profitable for Big Pharma as one made in the labs. And the FDA simply isn’t interested in approving natural treatments for anything, regardless of safety, cost, or benefits.

And of course pineapple isn’t the only natural cancer fighter. There has also been a link drawn between marijuana, turmeric, ginger, garlic, and vitamin D and cancer prevention. Similarly, here are 4 cancer-fighting foods you won’t want to miss.

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  • Shirley

    Has anyone tried eating lots of pineapples as a therapy to see how it goes? ( e.g. half a day?) I have one every week or two as part of my happy and healthy eating plan so I'm sure they are contributing to my ever-increasing health! with love S x

  • Joyce Garforth

    I am all for natural treatment rather than metallic medicines. It is a good way to prevent yourself from becoming unwell, so I join you all.



  • Crawford

    Albert, the folks I know on medicine, are a mess! Medicine is a chemical slow death! You suffer pain, you get more, you get sicker, you get more! Our food supply sucks, and you get sicker eating it. Hormones, chemicals, antibiotics……. what a mix of goop that the human consumes in their food

  • albert w loescher

    At the beginning of my medical practice in 1969, I repeated this truth: "Big medicine does more TO its charges than FOR them."

    Albert, weary weeping watchman

    • Crawford

      Truthfully said! All family/friends over 60, have either Parkinsons, cancer, cardiac events of one type or another, obesity, autoimmune disorders and more. I have struggled in the past with obesity until 1993 when I finally "saw the light." I had fibromyalgia, bowel problems, depression, addictions to processed foods, donuts and more, and I finally realized my doctors would do me in with prescriptions. So, I pulled myself up by the bootstraps, lost almost 70lbs, am loving exercise and take supplements and rarely eat seafood. I'm mostly vegetarian.

      There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but you have to want to get better or you will die. I just heard this just recently…….Do you know any obese 80 year old people? I thought about that and said "no" there are very few people