An exotic cancer cure that actually works-get it while you can
Here we go again with another new "cancer cure from the Far East." Most of the time, these things end in disappointment, but rice bran extract is more encouraging than usual, because it's actually based on widely known scientific facts. The "secret ingredient" found in rice bran extract is called inositol hexaphosphate (IP6). IP6 works because of the way it deals with iron.
Cancer cells can't survive without a rich supply of iron. If the iron can be removed from only the cancer cells and not the healthy ones, it limits the tumor growth. The challenge, of course, is keeping iron in the healthy cells.
Researchers have known about the iron/cancer connection for years and have been trying to formulate a cure based on it. But as usual, their treatments have missed the mark. And like all cancer drugs, the cures are usually worse than the disease.
First, they tried to bleed patients to drain the iron from the body. The problem was that the patients would often bleed to death before they experienced any improvement.
Then, about 20 years ago, there was great interest in a strict, vegetarian, near-starvation diet for cancer treatment. It was moderately effective because it resulted in an iron-deficiency anemia. Yes, it removed iron, but it also killed vital red blood cells, which can lead to all sorts of problems.
Recently, Big Pharma introduced a new drug that can supposedly remove iron from the body. Ferriprox (deferiprone) is the world's first and only orally active iron-chelating drug. It's effective and inexpensive to produce. The problem is that it has some pretty serious side effects, including its ability to decrease the number of immune cells in the body--which only makes it harder to fight the original problem: cancer.
Rice bran hits its target safely and naturally
IP6 sidesteps all of these problems. It combines with the iron in cancer cells but not in healthy ones. Iron in healthy red blood cells isn't affected because those cells are tightly bound to hemoglobin, and IP6 selectively targets abnormal tumor cells. Another benefit of IP6 is that it is virtually non-toxic because small levels of it are already naturally present in human cells.
But everyone in the cancer business is ignoring what's right under their noses. The magic bullet they're looking for might be right there on the chemistry shelves in their own laboratories, but no one seems to care.
The IP6 found in rice bran extract does seem to be the new hope in the fight against cancer. But at the same time, it almost seems too good to be true. Being a cynic, I'm not getting my hopes up about the future of this herbal treatment.
In the first place, Codex will be on it like a hunting dog after a rabbit. (If you don't know about Codex, read the June 2005 issue-you can download it for free by visiting www.realhealthnews.com and logging on with the username and password listed on page 8 of this issue.) In the second place, government/industry research will probably set it up to fail, seeing as how it's a completely natural remedy.
There have been a number of testimonials about the effectiveness of rice bran in the treatment of cancer, but none of them are referenced in mainstream medical journals. So I'm not going to titillate you with these undocumented stories-my mother said nice boys don't do that.
For the time being, rice bran extract is available in health food stores.
"The Overcooked Cancer Cure from Japan," Bill Sardi's Knowledge of Health (www.knowledgeofhealth.com), 6/16/05