The simple spice secret that may be cancer’s Achilles heel

Despite recent advancements in cancer care, the medical mainstream only offers three basic treatment options — surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

Leading New York City physician Dr. Fred Pescatore refers to these as the “slash, poison, and burn,” methodology. And somehow, he says, this harsh combination of treatments are still considered the “gold standard” of cancer care.

But that all seems to be changing…

According to Dr. Pescatore, a whole new field of cancer research is exposing the fatal flaws in our current treatments, while offering an alternative that’s shown to be much safer and just as — if not more — effective than most cancer drugs.

This alternative is curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric. And after being used by natural healers for well over 2,000 years, researchers have avidly studied its natural cancer-fighting properties over the past few decades.

As it turns out, curcumin has a major therapeutic effect on cancer stem cells. Today I’ll elaborate on how this works and how you can harness its power to either prevent or treat most types of cancer.

The “dark side” of master cells

Your stem cells are known as “master cells” because they have the unique ability to create other cells. As Dr. Pescatore explains, stem cells also drive healing and regeneration, playing a key role in injury repair and cell turnover.

But he adds that stem cells have a “dark side” too. That’s because cancer has its own set of stem cells, which are able to generate abnormal, tumor-forming cells. According to Dr. Pescatore, this may be the root cause of the disease.

“Traditional therapies,” he says, “like chemo and radiation target and eliminate ordinary cancer cells. But even if they completely obliterate a tumor, if the cancer stem cells aren’t rooted out as well, the tumor will just grow back, like a lethal weed.”

But as powerful as they are, stem cells might also be cancer’s Achilles heel…

Especially since the latest cancer research is focused on developing treatments that target these stem cells and destroy cancer at its root, as Dr. Pescatore notes in his Essential Protocol to a Cancer-Free Future. This approach would leave other cancer cells vulnerable to immune system attack.

“It’s the cancer treatment we’ve all been waiting for,” he says, “One that’s targeted, leaves healthy cells intact, and comes with minimal side effects.”

Unfortunately, Big Pharma hasn’t been able to capitalize on this approach just yet, which is why you have yet to hear about it on the news.

But this might be where curcumin comes into play. In Dr. Pescatore’s view, this humble spice compound may be the catalyst that sets a new era of cancer treatment into motion.

Prolonging life… without the harsh side effects

Below are some of curcumin’s wide-ranging benefits:

  • It’s a “powerhouse” antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
  • It’s a natural arthritis pain reliever
  • It helps curb heart disease and diabetes
  • It protects the lining of the stomach to prevent and treat gastric ulcers
  • It helps lessen depression symptoms
  • It reduces symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

And on top of all that, Dr. Pescatore notes that curcumin uses multiple pathways to induce cancer stem cell death. This halts the growth of existing tumors and prevents metastasis (or the spreading of cancer to other parts of the body).

Not to mention, clinical trials using curcumin have been very promising. And so far, because curcumin isn’t a cancer drug, researchers can only recruit patients deemed “incurable.” In other words, curcumin is administered to them as a last resort.

For example, Dr. Pescatore cites a trial that tested curcumin on patients with advanced pancreatic cancer — one of the most lethal of all cancers. Average survival time for untreated pancreatic cancer is only 3.5 months — and just six months with chemotherapy, plus all of its ravaging side effects. But in the trial, patients who used curcumin had an average survival time of 5.4 months, and the one-year survival rate was nearly 20 percent.

In other words, curcumin was almost just as effective as chemo on patients who were considered untreatable!

A similar outcome was observed in a trial of stage 4 colorectal cancer patients. According to Dr. Pescatore: “This group took curcumin as a last ditch effort to extend survival. And for five patients, curcumin provided three to four additional months of life. That’s more than 200 percent longer than some chemotherapy drugs.”

And curcumin did all this without any of chemo’s ugly side effects.

Make sure curcumin gets to where it’s going

Dr. Pescatore does offer a few key caveats about curcumin use: Even if you love turmeric-rich curry dishes, several servings per week won’t deliver nearly enough of the active curcumin needed to have a commanding effect against cancer stem cells.

And for that matter, he adds, even your typical curcumin supplement won’t be of much use because your body simply doesn’t absorb it well. Higher doses (as high as 8 grams) can solve that problem, but they tend to irritate the digestive tract.

“Luckily,” Dr. Pescatore says, “nutraceutical technology has come a long way. Now, there are several potent, bioavailable forms of curcumin on the market. They include Meriva®, Curcumin C3 Complex®, BCM-95®, and Theracurmin®.

“These forms of curcumin are ‘branded’ extracts. I generally prefer these kinds of products, because I find they typically have a whole lot of quality research behind them. Not to mention the fact that you’ll actually be getting what you pay for.”

As a general guideline, Dr. Pescatore recommends about 500 mg of bioavailable curcumin extract daily for overall health and cancer prevention.

Cancer treatment is another story altogether. For best results some research suggests 1,000 to 3,000 mg daily in divided doses, depending on the disease stage. At the end of the day, it’s best to work with an experienced integrative practitioner to include curcumin in your specific treatment plan.

As Dr. Pescatore points out, “If this emerging science is any indication, you have nothing to lose… and more importantly, precious time to gain.” Aim to avoid the “slash, burn, poison” cancer treatment approach and instead, utilize these safer, side-effect free methods.

You can find more details about all the supplements mentioned above by referring to the Resource Directory in Dr. Pescatore’s Essential Protocol to a Cancer-Free Future. Click here to learn about many other safe and effective approaches to cancer care, or to enroll today.