#8 – Graviola aka Soursop

Graviola, also known as soursop, guanabana, custard apple and others, is a fruit that grows in the rain forests of South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.  There are a number of claims that surround taking this plant, either by capsule, or as it was given to me, in a frozen mulched state.  Articles on the internet make mad claims about this stuff, it is supposed to be a miraculous healer of certain cancers.  Research organizations have countered the wild stories by cautioning that there are not enough studies, particularly on humans, to justify any claims made. 

When I consider this product I do it in light of the cancerous rates that exist in the home countries where the fruit actually grows.  So if claims are made that soursop is effective against liver and breast cancers, then in my simple world, the countries where the fruit is local to should have a low or lower rate of these types of cancers.  So, when considering liver cancer, I went to the World Cancer Research Fund International site, and found the following piece of information:  “The highest incidence of liver cancer was in Asia and Africa; and the lowest incidence in Europe and, Latin America and Caribbean.” (Extracted Aug 6, 2014 at http://www.wcrf.org/cancer_statistics/data_specific_cancers/liver_cancer_statistics.php).   It’s probably not that cut and dried but this was enough for me.

So what do I think about this product.  I think that in the form that I have it, which is a frozen slushy type product, that adding a little to a smoothie presents very low risk.  Like everything else I do, I try the product myself first to see if I have any adverse effects.  If, after a week, I have had no issues, I may introduce it into a smoothie every other day – in small dosages.  This fruit is used in ice creams, sweets and beverages in South America.  I won’t pin my hopes on this one, but I also don’t see too big of a downside.  The cautions about this fruit tend to be associated with ingesting large amounts of it and then there can be a neurological response.  Our use of this product would be quite modest, since anything in large doses has the potential to do harm.

(Disclaimer –  These articles are opinion based and not medically based.  These are my thoughts shared through my blog.  Please remember everyone is different and every cancer is unique to the individual.  Hope is all we have, and I hope by sharing my findings maybe someone out there has a remedy, approach, treatment, supplement that will help in my husband’s battle against cancer.)

#2 – An Alkaline Diet

This is the second dietary change we considered.   Apparently cancer thrives in an acidic environment.  Changing the pH of the body can make a significant impact where cancer is concerned.  Having an alkaline diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, will assist in in creating an environment that discourages cancer cells and growth.  Again, I am not an expert on this and would suggest that those who are interested in cancer prevention search this out.

Overall this made sense to us and we made some changes to our diet.  But in our case we don’t have the luxury of time.  Since chemo is underway we need to ensure a lot of protein is included in the diet to rebuild the immune system.   However, we both now start our day with a glass of room temperature lemon water.  And of course fresh fruits and vegetables make up a significant portion of our diet as well.

Lots of good info out there on this one.  Happy researching.


#1 – Asparagus

The first cure we were told about is asparagus.  Multiple people told us about a study done back in the 70’s that showed good results.  Apparently you can use fresh or canned asparagus and make a specific paste.  Cook organic or pesticide free asparagus. Use a blender or food processor to puree it to a smooth liquid.  Take 2 tablespoons two times a day.  Store it in the refrigerator and make only what you can use in a couple of days.

This one we tried.  I had checked it out on line and could not find a reason not to do it.  The problem was that when we started this my husband was undergoing radiation for his bone cancer. He experienced a lot of nausea and vomiting.  He began to associate the asparagus remedy with his nausea.  So we stopped after a couple of weeks.

Does this help or not – I don’t know.  Certainly the food itself is healthy and nutritious so low risk.  It is also one of the foods recommended as part of an alkaline diet, which is widely touted as an effective response in fighting cancer.  Lots of information out there if you are interested.

The Miracle Cures

Since this journey has commenced we have had so many friends and family members suggest different and alternative ways to tackle cancer.  We have tried some, others we have considered and decided are not for us.  I try to do a little background research on the supplement, product or therapy just to see what potential side effects can be.  There is so much out there that is touted to cure cancer that it is surprising that cancer still exists.

Over the next couple of weeks I will go over some of the stuff that we have considered.  I am not a medical person, I am a woman desperate to find a way to cure or stabilize my husband’s disease.  The things I write about will be based on personal experience and opinion and that’s all.  If you know of something that may be useful or has worked for you please share.  As I say to my friends and family – nothing is off the table at this point.