This story made me happy AND angry.
Happy because this natural agent “apigenin” found in parsley and other foods was shown to clearly destroy breast cancer cells in recent research studies. See the entire article here from the University of Missouri.
Apigenin is a substance found in celery, parsley and other foods. By extracting the apigenin, concentrating it, and injecting it into mice with a specific form of aggressive breast cancer, they were able to see the systematic destruction of the cancer cells.
“We don’t know exactly how apigenin does this on a chemical level,” researcher and co-author of the study Salman Hyder said. “We do know that apigenin slowed the progression of human breast cancer cells in three ways: by inducing cell death, by inhibiting cell proliferation, and by reducing expression of a gene associated with cancer growth.”
In the future, apigenin injections could be a safe alternative or supplement to the highly toxic chemotherapy drugs now in use.
So why aren’t we scrambling to start making this and get it human research studies?
Here’s where the angry comes in… because there is no funding to study this further due to pharmaceutical companies not gaining a profit from this because natural substances cannot be patented.
So here we have a medical breakthrough that
could would help scores of breast cancer victims, but no one will take it on because there isn’t a buck to be made.
Once again, Mother Nature comes through….and once again, Ben Franklin (US $100 bill reference) shoots it down.
What is it going to take, folks? What is it going to take?
Another example of a cancer fighting agent that needs funding…