So why aren’t more people talking about it?
Alternatives to chemo therapy aren’t exactly popular talk these days. The chemo business is a robust, money-making machine. And the FDA has its back. Whenever any sort of alternative treatment arises, it is met with great criticism and public backlash. As is the case with the Graviola (also known as Soursop).
The Graviola is a tree found in the Amazon basin of South America. They can range from 15 to 30 feet in height and are well known in the area to be extremely nutrient dense. It appears from the exterior to be a watermelon with spikes on it. It has a soft and smooth flesh. But it is the tree bark and the leaves, when consumed, that are supposed to offer people incredible healing benefits. The natives of the amazon make tea with it. It is supposed to be an incredible immune system boost. A natural, viable healer to the human race.
The noted benefits:
Increased immune function
Better overall circulation
Soursop / Graviola is loaded with vitamin C and a handful of B vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. It contains good amounts of calcium, phosphorus and a bit of iron. As an herbal remedy, it is given to help people with stomach issues, fevers, coughs and asthma. It is also believed to be antiviral.
Many people drink it daily as tea, or in canned products, as you can see below.
But its ability to kill cancer cells is what is being called into question by Government agencies. Soursop has been associated with many unsubstantiated claims, says Daniel Kellman, Clinical Director of Naturopathic Medicine at our hospital outside Atlanta. And the rabbit hole goes even deeper. In two separate studies (here) and (here), this same Clinical Director pushed the idea that merely consuming the fruit could lead to Parkinson’s disease and potentially neurotoxicity.
A study published by the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry in 1997 suggested otherwise, though. When Graviola was tested on breast cancer cells in cultures, they were more effective than chemotherapy (source). But the data is considered to be unsubstantiated due to not having a Government backing. This was published on SFGate’s health section regarding the fruit and it’s effects on cancer.
Soursop’s acetogenins are the compounds that have been most studied, especially for their potential to prevent or slow the growth of cancer. The Cancer Center also says that some compounds in soursop may be naturally antiviral and antiparasitic, and may also suppress inflammation. (source)
So is Graviola a true natural healer that’s considered a rival to a booming chemotherapy industry? The dilemma here is, as always, the Government shuts out any experimentation which could legitimize such a science. Anything that challenges the Pharmaceutical industry is an enemy of the state. It’s an unfair shake for a fruit that clearly has some merit in the game. And this is the case with most alternative health treatments, unfortunately. Without being able to take part in real, unbiased studies, alternative concepts such as this have no chance to garner merit. We have to believe at this point that solutions exist outside of Chemotherapy treatments, which are harsh and destructive.