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#1 Thunder_Gooch

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 06:38 PM

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...arch-grant.html


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.


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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.


John DiCarlo, 72, was admitted to 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 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.





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Posted 22 April 2012 - 01:38 AM

I heard about the potential of Dandelion a while back. Haven't been serious about daily intake yet but likely will add it to what I am currently taking as far as suppliments are concerned.
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 03:46 AM

What parts of the Dandelion are used to produce the tea or extract?
Which parts where taken for the study?

Are these parts taken while the flower is yellow and blooming or when it's white and has its seeds already?

I heard you shouldn't eat them anymore as salad when it has it's seeds because it's poisenous then (the milky juice in it).


Edit: OK, I read it: ROOTS! ;)

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:38 AM

Yeah, you want to get them before they even start to flower, springtime is best. Once they flower the leaves get bitter and nasty, although I dont know if it changes to roots at all.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:54 AM

Thanks for the info, I had no idea it was thought to work on blood cancer.

I tried this brand before...thought it tasted horrible... :lol:

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:33 PM

Boiled some up just this afternoon. Bought from chinese store in a brown paper bag. Tastes more or less alright. My acupuncturist suggested it.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:01 PM

I wonder as a rule of thumb if anything green and 'edible' with a long root is packed with unusually healthy properties.

 

<edit.. I wonder if.. instead of beating my wife with a stick no wider then my thumb.. if anything green and 'edible' with a long root is packed with unusually healthy properties  ;)


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Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:37 PM

I wonder as a rule of thumb if anything green and 'edible' with a long root is packed with unusually healthy properties.


first of all, the rule of thumb was an 1800s rule that said that a man could beat his wife with a stick as long as that stick was no wider than his thumb. So thats a pretty misogynist reference FYI

second of all, i don't think you're on to anything there, mostly because different parts of the plant are edible.. like evergreens have edible needles and long taproots but some are poisonous (hemlock) and also poison ivy has a long taproot... so i think herbology in general is more complex than general rules account for... it seems that one needs specific knowledge when approaching the plant world when hungry or in need of medicine.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:34 AM

i tend to make some very abstract leaping points myself, but going from dandelion tea to wife beating ?
ime , a lifetime of herbal fascination and study and practice and experimentation,
there is something to the root thing.
i do agree herbology is a complex and deep area.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:49 AM

first of all, the rule of thumb was an 1800s rule that said that a man could beat his wife with a stick as long as that stick was no wider than his thumb. So thats a pretty misogynist reference FYI


Nope.

The exact origin of the phrase is uncertain: Either it is derived from the use of the thumb as a measurement device ("rule") or it is derived from use of the thumb in a number of apocryphal "rules" (law, principle, regulation, or maxim). Many claim that it comes from beer brewing before the invention of thermometers, when brewers would use their thumbs to measure the temperature of batches of beer.[1] The earliest citation comes from J. Durham’s Heaven upon Earth, 1685, ii. 217: "Many profest Christians are like to foolish builders, who build by guess, and by rule of thumb."[2] The phrase also exists in other languages, for example Swedish tumregel, Norwegian and Danish tommelfingerregel, sometimes in the variant "rule of fist", for example Finnish nyrkkisääntö, German Faustregel or Dutch vuistregel, as well as in Persian "قاعده سرانگشتی," which is translated as finger's top rule. This suggests that it has some antiquity, and does not originate in specifically English-language culture.

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It is often claimed incorrectly that the term's etymological origin lies in a law that limited the maximum thickness of a stick with which it was permissible for a man to beat his wife.[7][8][3] British common law before the reign of Charles II permitted a man to give his wife "moderate correction", but no "rule of thumb" (whether called by this name or not) has ever been the law in England.[9][10] Such "moderate correction" specifically excluded beatings, allowing the husband only to confine a wife to the household.[11]

Nonetheless, belief in the existence of a "rule of thumb" law to excuse spousal abuse can be traced as far back as 1782, the year that James Gillray published his satirical cartoon Judge Thumb.


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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:43 AM

Nope.
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I stand corrected! Thank you :)

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:02 AM

157k for dandelion tea? good work , when you can get it. Posted Image

Might be worth every penny and couple million more. Could be in a few years we'll find we were massively poisoning the very flower that could save us :).
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Posted 29 April 2012 - 11:48 AM

In South East Asia this is (supposedly) the cancer-busting miracle herb (drooping clinacanthus) :
http://goodguy.hubpa...cure-for-cancer


Not cheap. Someone told me they're selling for about 1 USD per leaf.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 01:31 PM

I guess by now one has to ask what does not kill cancer? :rolleyes: :lol:
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:48 PM

I picked a bunch of them (dandelions) off the backyard today. It's pretty hard to get at the roots. I left them to dry out in a sunny place.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 03:49 AM

We should be thankful that allopathic medicine is returning somewhat in the direction of herbal cures.

Cinnamon is also being seriously investigated for its cancer curing properties.

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