Mesothelioma treatment can extend your life but, so far, there is no mesothelioma treatment proven to eradicate this deadly cancer. A few patients have had remarkable results with mesothelioma immunotherapy treatment, but doctors don’t know enough about how this new therapy works. We are not yet at the point where any one mesothelioma treatment offers the promise of remission to a broad group of mesothelioma patients.
While you pursue conventional mesothelioma treatment, it makes sense to supplement with alternative or natural mesothelioma treatment as well, with the blessings of your doctors. Natural remedies usually have few if any side effects and they might strengthen your body’s natural defenses against mesothelioma. Check with your physician to make sure that any natural remedy you take won’t interfere with your other mesothelioma treatment.
One natural remedy that is easy to take and getting an increasing amount of attention for its anti-cancer properties is honey. Wouldn’t it be sweet if something as delicious as honey can act as a supplemental mesothelioma treatment?
Is Honey a Viable Mesothelioma Treatment?
Honey has been shown to have pro-apoptotic and anti-angiogenic properties. In plain English: honey supports programmed cell death and inhibits the growth of new blood vessels. Both of these are important factors in the growth of cancerous tumors.
Cancer cells avoid the programmed cell death mechanisms that allow normal cells to grow and replace themselves in a regular rhythm without forming abnormal growths or tumors. By stimulating apoptosis, honey has the potential to reduce the size of a cancerous tumor.
Tumors need a big blood supply to fuel their fast growth. Many cancerous tumors promote angiogenesis and grow new blood vessels to quench their thirst for blood. By blocking or slowing this process, honey can slow tumor growth.
The compounds in honey have been found to affect cancer cells while leaving normal, healthy cells alone. While honey is not a replacement for standard mesothelioma treatment, adding honey to your diet can be a great way give your body a boost in its fight against mesothelioma. At the very least, you will enjoy a sweet treat.
Anti-Cancer Properties of Honey
Research has shown that honey has numerous healing properties: it can kill bacteria and harmful microbes, reduce inflammation, and boost your antioxidant levels. All of these promote general good health, which is important when your body is stressed by mesothelioma treatment.
Some studies have shown certain types of honey to have particularly beneficial effects. Manuka honey, which comes from New Zealand and is made from the flowers of the Manuka tree or tea tree, has been widely studied and shown to have beneficial effects. It can do everything from soothe a cough to heal an open wound, when applied directly to the injured spot.
Most of the studies about honey and cancer have looked at the effects of honey applied directly to cancer cells in a petri dish in the lab. While these studies have shown that certain cancer cell lines grew less in the presence of certain types of honey, this is very different from the way honey molecules will reach your tumor if you simply eat it.
One study from last year came closer to real-life conditions. It tested tumor development in rats that were fed varying amounts of Tualang honey. Tualang honey comes from Malaysia. It is made by rock bees, which build their hives in Tualang trees. The study looked at breast cancer tumors.
Researchers found that the rats fed honey were slower to develop tumors, grew fewer tumors, and their tumors were smaller. For the rats in this study, Tualang honey had a clear benefit in reducing cancerous tumor growth. This effect may be specific to breast cancer. Scientists believe that one of the properties of this type of honey is that it bonds with estrogen-receptors and so may be particularly effective in blocking the growth of breast cancers.
A Word of Caution About Honey and Mesothelioma Treatment
Not all honey is the same. Due to increased demand for honey, some unscrupulous suppliers sell products as honey that are actually cut with unhealthy sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup. Manuka and Tualang honeys are more expensive than other honey varieties, but they are more likely to be pure.
Many people feel that locally grown honey is particularly healthful. To be sure you get pure, 100 percent honey, look for local honey produced on a nearby farm at your local grocery store or at the farmer’s market.
The way a particular honey is processed may make a difference as well. Some people believe that raw, unpasteurized honey has more healing properties than processed honey.
At the end of the day, honey is still sugar. There is some connection between sugar and the growth of cancerous cells. While it can be beneficial to eat some honey every day, don’t eat too much of this sweet treat. It’s best to have balance in all things, even in this easy, alternative mesothelioma treatment.
Another word of caution: there are no studies, yet, that show honey is a viable mesothelioma treatment. While there is no harm in consuming honey on a regular basis, there is no proof that it will reduce the size of your mesothelioma tumor. Every type of cancer is different and, even within the same cancer type, one person’s tumor can have different characteristics that another’s.
Researchers are in the early days of uncovering the complex ways that our immune system fights off cancer and the tricks that cancer cells use to grow and take over. Until we know more, the effectiveness of honey as a natural mesothelioma treatment is unknown. What we do know, however, is that eating honey is unlikely to cause you harm. Moderation is the key.
A Comprehensive Approach to Mesothelioma Treatment
You don’t have to choose between natural remedies and standard mesothelioma treatment. Cancer-fighting foods like Manuka and Tualang honey can be a great supplement to your care plan.
A healthy, nutritious, and well-balanced diet that includes vegetables and fruits that detoxify your system and boost your immunity is a good idea for anyone with a history of asbestos exposure, whether you are undergoing mesothelioma treatment or currently have a clean bill of health. Fruits and vegetables such as berries and leafy greens are just some of the many foods that are known to aide your body’s own systems and keep you in the best possible health.
The good news is that some of the foods that fight cancer are also a treat to eat. To paraphrase The Sound of Music, a spoonful of honey doesn’t just help the medicine go down – it is the medicine.
If you have utilized holistic treatments for mesothelioma or other cancers please share your experiences with our readers. Provide comment, send us an email or give us a call. We look forward to sharing your discoveries and providing the best information to people searching for ways to fight mesothelioma.