Ever since Waiora started selling NCD (Natural Cellular Defense) in 2004 and the company said their product was a cancer cure, people have been claiming zeolite cures cancer, but does it?
I want to take a moment to examine any evidence that there may be to support this notion.
What is Zeolite?
There are lots of places you can read about what zeolite is, so here is a quick overview.
Zeolite is a hard mineral usually found around the sites of ancient volcanic eruptions. When molten lava hits sea water, that lava, along with ash and whatever happens to be in the environment at the time, quickly cools and crystallizes. What makes the zeolite crystals unique in nature is that it has a net magnetic charge of negative (-) 2.
Since most heavy metals have a charge opposite the zeolite, they attract and bond to each other.
That is why we can claim that zeolite attracts heavy metals and toxins.
Does Zeolite Cure Cancer?
I often get asked if zeolite is good to take for some disease or if it cures something. Most often, people want to know if zeolite really cures cancer. That is because there are so many people claiming it does. Is there any scientific basis for this?
Most of the cancer claims seem to come from a single study done in 2001 using zeolite in dogs. (read the Zeolite Cancer Cure study) Here is the conclusion from that study.
Natural zeolite clinoptilolite: new adjuvant in anticancer therapy.Pavelić K, Hadzija M, Bedrica L, Pavelić J, Dikić I, Katić M, Kralj M, Bosnar MH, Kapitanović S, Poljak-Blazi M, Krizanac S, Stojković R, Jurin M, Subotić B, Colić M.
Source: Ruder Bosković Institute, Division of Molecular Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia. email@example.com
Natural silicate materials, including zeolite clinoptilolite, have been shown to exhibit diverse biological activities and have been used successfully as a vaccine adjuvant and for the treatment of diarrhea. We report a novel use of finely ground clinoptilolite as a potential adjuvant in anticancer therapy. Clinoptilolite treatment of mice and dogs suffering from a variety of tumor types led to improvement in the overall health status, prolongation of life-span, and decrease in tumors size. Local application of clinoptilolite to skin cancers of dogs effectively reduced tumor formation and growth. In addition, toxicology studies on mice and rats demonstrated that the treatment does not have negative effects. In vitro tissue culture studies showed that finely ground clinoptilolite inhibits protein kinase B (c-Akt), induces expression of p21WAF1/CIP1 and p27KIP1 tumor suppressor proteins, and blocks cell growth in several cancer cell lines. These data indicate that clinoptilolite treatment might affect cancer growth by attenuating survival signals and inducing tumor suppressor genes in treated cells.
- [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
So basically the study claims that zeolite does indeed reduce the size of tumors and causes the expression of a compound that kills the cancer cells. Please note that the study says "Local application of clinoptilolite to skin cancers" … This means that they put the zeolite directly on the tumor. This zeolite was not taken internally like most of the zeolite supplements on the market are.
A quick glance on PubMed website shows only a few studies regarding clinoptilolite zeolite and cancer. Of the 13 listed, only a handful are actual studies regarding zeolite and cancer, and none of them are in humans.
On the internet you will see the following study:
Zeolite works exceptionally well at fighting cancer during an informal 14 month study several years ago showed. Every person in the study basically answered an ad in a newspaper that said,
"If your doctor has given up on you, call us."
So they were mostly people who had end-stage cancer, whose doctors had sent them home to get their affairs in order.
65 people with mostly stage 4 cancer, who had a prognosis of about 2 months to live, were given a type of liquid zeolite. At the end of the study, 51 people were cancer free and six more were alive, but still fighting cancer. This is a 78% cure rate for terminal cancer, an incredible 89% survival rate.
This study was faked. Apparently Rik Deitsch from Waiora started to tell people about this study supposedly carried out by Lifelink Pharmaceuticals, but when Micah Portney contacted the owner of Lifelink Pharmaceuticals he said that they did not do any such study.
So wherever the original rumor originated, it never happened.
So where does that leave us in the Zeolite Cancer debate?
The Zeolite Cancer issue has received so much press on the internet that even the famed Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has a write up about zeolite. In it they mention that if zeolite is inhaled it can actually cause cancer, and verifies that there is no evidence, in human studies, that cancer can be cured using this mineral.
There are still hundreds of testimonials from people who have taken zeolite and had a reduction in their tumor growth. Some people claim their cancer disappeared completely. There are a few studies that show that Since zeolite has no side effects to speak of, if I were diagnosed with cancer I would give it a try.
I would not, however, waste the time and money I have left on the "liquid" versions of the zeolite. The liquid zeolite products on the market have tiny amounts of zeolite mixed in water. If I was very ill, and wanted to try something, I would want a more effective dosage. In the studies mentioned above, zeolite powder was used in a dosage of 5000 mg.
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