I’m often skeptical with claims of cancer studies but I’m impressed with this story by Dr. Michael Gregor of Nutrition Facts, a great website. In an 8-minute video, Dr. Gregor tells us:
In the year 1701, doctors, for what there were of doctors then, noted spontaneous tumor regressions after patients had a variety of infections. The theory was the infections riled the immune system catching the cancer in the crossfire.
In 1868 doctors, far more advanced, began intentionally infecting cancer patients. They did it again in 1891. A few patients died from the infections, but what the hell, science marches on. The big issue is the tumors shrunk. Yay.
Doctors discovered that a fiber in baker’s, brewer’s and nutritional yeast (an item called beta-glucans) seemed to work against cancers and you only need a tiny bit of the stuff.
A test: 23 women with breast cancer were given 1/16th of a teaspoon of nutritional yeast and their white blood cells increased by 50%, but that was just a 2-week study.
It’s proven that beta-glucans help with healing and they worked for leg ulcers and pediatric burns via topical applications. Oral yeast beta-glucans caused dramatic tumor shrinkage in mice.
In the one English language study done, 20 patients with advanced cancer who were also on chemo were given an oral beta-glucan supplement. In Japan there are more than 20 studies done using oral beta-glucans and they all resulted in “Positive effects on survival and quality of life”.
Regarding those with inoperable end stage cancer, one in twenty live past three months. In the beta-glucan group, MOST lived past three months and 43% were still alive after six months. That’s impressive. There is a question as to how the people were assigned to control and treatment groups, but the bottom line is this is, in my humble opinion, critical information. There are no side effects to the beta-glucans. You get it from the food product nutritional yeast, which I use in my vegan cooking.
So, if this helps anyone, I’d be ecstatic. If you know anyone with cancer, pass this on. Here is the link to the 8-minute video: Yeast to Fight Cancer