Can Cabbage Beat Chemo for Cervical Cancer?

Sept. 27, 2019; (; by Ben Taylor; The constant fund-raising to “FIND” a Cancer cure has become one of the world’s biggest research industries. This “research” goes back at least to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) that was founded in 1902 in London, UK. According to their mission statement, they were “…driven by doctors and surgeons concerned about the suffering and loss of life from cancer. Their work focuses on studying cancer in the lab to find new approaches for treatment.” In the USA in 1937 the National Cancer Institute was formed by The National Cancer Act of 1937 to “find” a cure for cancer by “conducting, coordinating, and promoting research and studies relating to the cause, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer.” This is a very long time to be researching and searching for a cure to something that can usually be easily cured naturally if caught in earlier stages.

The one fact this industry never publicizes is that the “cure” they are looking for must be one that is patent-able and profitable to the drug companies and the medical community. This also means that “natural preventions, cures, and healings” are always going to be ignored and often aggressively attacked and debunked by the mainstream medical community. When I was a child my maternal grandmother knew about remedies handed down (some by aboriginal American [Indian] tribes) that would cure skin cancer and even warts. The raw sap/milk from fig trees had this healing ability, as did poultices made from sheep shire and bloodroot. No only did my grandmother cure warts on my hands and feet as a child, but I have done so on my own children over the years.

The very best cancer preventative is by consuming a proper diet based primarily (80-90%) in organically (without using herbicides and insecticides) grown fruits and vegetables. Eliminating processed foods and chemically produced foods using insecticides and herbicides (such as Round-up) can also precipitate cancer healing. If the access is available, it is best to get your vitamin and mineral nutrition from plants, but there are many minerals and vitamins in supplement form that can also aid in eliminating and healing cancer and other diseases naturally, …such as Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Selenium-among many others. On-the-other-hand, mainstream medicine is still searching for cancer cures after almost 120 years. Could it be that there is simply too much profit to be made in, not only radiation and chemo-therapy, but also in raising money for “research”?

Below is an article by GreenMedInfo about a simple vegetable that has great cancer preventing and healing properties. —Ben Taylor

(Reposted by Silver Bulletin e-News); Written By:GreenMedInfo Research Group; Mainstream medicine’s cancer treatments of radiation and chemotherapy are far from a cure. In fact, they can make cancer more deadly. But new research shows some common vegetables may be more effective in battling cancer

Cabbage Beats Chemo for Cervical Cancer

Why? The answer has to do with cancer stem cells (CSCs) that chemo and radiation can’t touch.

In a study published in the journal Cancer, UCLA researchers showed that radiation actually makes breast cancer cells MORE malignant.[i] They found that radiation kills about half of the tumor cells treated.

But radiation also transforms other cells into “induced breast cancer stem cells.” Though cancer stem cells make up less than 5 percent of a tumor, they can regenerate the original tumor. In fact, these new stem cells are up to 30 times more likely to form tumors compared to cancer cells that didn’t get radiation. CSCs can also migrate through blood vessels spreading cancer to secondary locations.

Chemo works the same way. It kills only the less harmful cancer cells. The cells that are left are more the lethal CSCs that are resistant to traditional treatments.

Researchers from South Dakota State University have found that a compound in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower may target those cancer stem cells. [ii] In fact, it may help prevent the recurrence and spread of some cancers.

The compound is called phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC). When the researchers added PEITC to a Petri dish with human cervical cancer stem cells about 75 percent of the stem cells died within 24 hours.

PEITC is found in cruciferous vegetables. Studies show it has anti-inflammatory powers. It’s also been shown to have chemopreventive activity against a range of cancers including colon, prostate, breast, cervical, ovarian, and pancreatic. It’s currently in clinical trials for lung cancer.

The South Dakota researchers found that PEITC slowed the formation of cervical cancer stem cells in a dose-dependent manner. The researchers also found that PEITC significantly reduced the proliferation of both cervical cancer cells and stem cells. In fact, it worked comparably to salinomycin, a chemo drug, but without the toxic side effects.

In addition, the effects of PEITC were significantly better in abrogating cervical cancer stem cell proliferation than paclitaxel, another toxic chemo drug.

In mice, the researchers also found that PEITC lowered the average number and size of tumors.

The researchers noted that “it is becoming increasingly evident that cancer treatment that fails to eliminate CSCs allows relapse of the tumor.”

They concluded that “importantly, PEITC is anti-proliferative in both [cervical] cancer cells and [cervical cancer stem cells], suggesting that it may contribute to eradication of cancer more efficiently than compounds targeting either CSCs or regular cancer cells alone.”

You don’t have to wait for a new drug to be developed to take advantage of PEITC. The researchers noted that the concentrations of PEITC they used in their study can be achieved through a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables. They particularly recommended land and watercress.

Prior research published in the British Journal of Nutrition and Biochemical Pharmacology, showed that PEITC from watercress may suppress breast cancer cell development. A small group of breast cancer survivors ate a bowl of watercress and then had their blood tested over the next 24 hours. The researchers found significant levels of PEITC in the blood following the watercress meal. Other studies show that eating watercress and broccoli decreases breast cancer risk.

And broccoli has been shown to kill the stem cells that make cancer immortal as show in the video below:

All good reasons to eat more of these healthy veggies. Cruciferous vegetables were originally named for the way their flowers seemed to form a cross or crucifix shape. But they are also known as “brassica” vegetables. That comes from their botanical name which translates to “cabbage.”

The most common cruciferous vegetables you’ll find in the supermarket include:

  • Arugula
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli sprouts
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Mustard greens
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Watercress

These vegetables have also been found to improve survival rates in ovarian cancer patients.[iii] They contain another cancer-protective compound called sulforaphane. This powerful compound improves the liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogens and other toxins.

Other foods found to target cancer stem cells include:

  • Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, can target brain cancer stem cells.[iv]
  • Combining curcumin with piperine, a compound in black pepper, helps prevent breast cancer stem cells from renewing themselves.[v]
  • EGCG, a compound in green tea, stops prostate cancer stem cells from renewing themselves.
  • And combining EGCG with quercetin, a compound found in onions and apples, stops cancer stem cells from migrating and invading other tissues.[vi]

For more information on cancer stem cells read: Are Cancer Stem Cells the Key to Discovering a Cure? and 25 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo & Radiation.

For more information on natural approaches to cervical cancer prevention and/or treatment review:Cervical Cancer database. Learn more about cancer stem cells on our research page dedicated to the topic: Cancer Stem Cells.


[i] Printz, C., “Radiation treatment generates therapy-resistant cancer stem cells from less aggressive breast cancer cells.” Cancer 2012; 118: 3225.

[ii] Dan Wang, Bijaya Upadhyaya, Yi Liu, David Knudsen, Moul Dey. “Phenethyl isothiocyanate upregulates death receptors 4 and 5 and inhibits proliferation in human cancer stem-like cells.” BMC Cancer, 2014; 14 (1): 591 DOI: 10.1186/1471-2407-14-591

[iii] Dolecek, Therese A. et al., “Prediagnosis Food Patterns Are Associated with Length of Survival from Epithelial Ovarian Cancer.” Journal of the American Dietetic Association , Volume 110 , Issue 3 , 369 – 382

[iv] Dunne Fong et al “Curcumin inhibits the side population (SP) phenotype of the rat C6 glioma cell line: towards targeting of cancer stem cells with phytochemicals.” Cancer Lett. 2010 1;293(1):65-72.

[v] Madhuri Kakarala et al “Targeting breast stem cells with the cancer preventive compounds curcumin and piperine.” Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2010 Aug ;122(3):777-85.

[vi] Su-Ni Tang, et al “The dietary bioflavonoid quercetin synergizes with epigallocathechin gallate (EGCG) to inhibit prostate cancer stem cell characteristics, invasion, migration and epithelial-mesenchymal transition.” J Mol Signal. 2010 ;5:14.

Originally published: 2017-12-17

Article updated: 2019-09-26

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