What About Asparagus?

So what about another alleged “superfood” – asparagus?

About a week ago, one of our clients sent us an oft-forwarded email, mentioning its emphasis on glutathione, a key supplement in her healing process. (More on that in a moment.) This email has been around for a while, so maybe you’ve seen it, too, at some point, but in case you haven’t, here it is in full:

Asparagus – Who knew?
From a friend –
My Mom had been taking the full-stalk canned style asparagus, pureed it and took 4 tablespoons in the morning and 4 tablespoons later in the day. She did this for over a month. She is on chemo pills for Stage 3 lung cancer in the pleural area and her cancer cell count went from 386 down to 125 as of this past week. Her oncologist said she will not need to see him for 3 months.

THE ARTICLE:
Several years ago I met a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer. He gave me a copy of an article, entitled “Asparagus For Cancer” printed in the Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it here, just as it was shared with me: I am a biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet to health for over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked with him on his project. We have accumulated a number of favorable case histories. Here are a few examples:

Case No. 1, A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin’s disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.

Case No. 2, A successful businessman, 68 years old, suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he began taking asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

Case No. 3, On March 5th 1971, a man who had lung cancer was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the Asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is now back at his regular business routine.

Case No. 4, A woman had been troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by the acting specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after beginning asparagus therapy, the skin specialist said her skin looked fine with no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which had started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus treatment.

I was not surprised at this result as `The elements of materia medica’, edited in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones. Note the dates! We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.

For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using. Fresh or canned asparagus can be used. I have corresponded with the two leading caners of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives. Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree. Store in the refrigerator. Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening. Patients usually show some improvement in 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases. As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can prevent.’ Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold. For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups. The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink. As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer.

Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and in acting as a general body tonic. In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good. It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body’s most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.

Just a side note… In case you are wondering why this has not been made public , there is no profit in curing cancer!

Please send this article to everyone in your Address Book. The most unselfish act one can ever do is paying forward all the kindness one has received.

There are a few elements here that might raise suspicions about the truthfulness or accuracy of this email: a simple treatment for a severe disease; anecdotal evidence; the suggestion of a conspiracy of silence; the request to forward it to “everyone in your Address Book.” Unsurprisingly, Snopes did some fact checking. They couldn’t trace the Cancer News Journal article named, nor could they find any information about “Richard R. Vensal, DDS.”

So far, so bad, right? Yet Snopes – no cheerleader for “natural healing” or holistic medicine – does confirm the basic truth of asparagus’ “anti-cancer” potential and positive glutathione profile. After all, it’s well-established stuff.

And that – glutathione – is the real hero of the story.

Glutathione is necessary for some key metabolic processes and has been called “the master antioxidant.” Our bodies can synthesize it and we can get it from food (such as asparagus, among other sources). It can also be taken in supplemental form to help clear the body of both endo- and exotoxins (i.e., those generated within and those that enter from outside) polluting the body, its organs and the biological terrain. When included in a client’s drainage protocol, glutathione is one of several remedies that all work together to help restore the terrain. As the state of the terrain improves, the body’s natural healing mechanisms can then be spurred to what Reckeweg called “regressive vicariation” – movement back toward health.

Toward the end of the Snopes article is a quote from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center that acknowledges dietary factors in cancer yet adds that “there is no evidence that certain foods alter the environment of an existing cancer, at the cellular level and cause it to either die or grow…” Now, if they mean there are no “superfoods” that, by themselves, “cure” cancer, we’d have to agree. But it’s more accurate to say that there are certain constituents of foods – minerals, enzymes, co-enzymes, etc. – that promote healing. Adds Dr. Verigin,

For healing to take place, the fibrocyte – the mother cell of the ground substance (terrain) – must have an environment that is favorable. It’s the only cell that can respond to changes in its surroundings with an adequate synthesis of proteoglycans and structural glycoproteins which are the building blocks of tissue repair. This is self-regulation theory. Asparagus, being an alkaline food, should have several co-factors that would promote a favorable environment for healing.

And likewise other alkaline, glutathione-rich foods. Change the environment, change the course of illness.

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