Could Mistletoe Give the Kiss of Death to Cancer

Curated News:

By Timberlake Dental curated from Science Daily

“Mistletoe has become an important symbol of Christmas, but it also has the potential to play a vital role as an alternative therapy for sufferers of colon cancer…”

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Commentary:

Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the Western world so potential cures for it are important.  Mistletoe extract, as determined by scientists from the University of Adelaide in Australia, may be helpful as an addition to chemotherapy for colon cancer.   These are preliminary findings in a laboratory so mistletoe is not used yet with human subjects.  In the laboratory, one particular extract of mistletoe (which grows on ash trees) was very effective in killing cancer cells in a tissue culture and was also surprisingly gentle with colon tissue, so the interest in mistletoe for colon cancer therapy is now heightened.

Rodney Chowning, DDS, General and Cerec Dentistry, Denton, TX

 

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