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Wheatgrass, Natural Medicine in the Kitchen

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Recently, a colleague and good friend confided in me a case report of breast cancer discovered on self examination confirmed by mammogram and needle biopsy.  The cancer was extensive, and an MRI scan showed a second smaller mass, with extension of enhancement to the nipple with retraction.  The patient was referred to a reputable breast surgeon who advised mastectomy following chemotherapy.  However, the patient declined treatment with surgery and chemo, and instead spent two weeks at a wellness retreat specializing in wheatgrass juice and a "live food", vegetarian diet.  She continued the diet after returning home with trays of wheatgrass delivered daily, all the while declining surgery and chemotherapy.  Three months later, the patient reported that the mass in her breast had regressed and was so small she couldn't feel it any more. A follow up MRI scan showed a dramatic regression in extent of the breast cancer. The main mass was 50% smaller, the second smaller mass was gone and the enhancement pattern extending to the nipple had regressed. The radiologist telephoned the MRI report announcing "the chemotherapy was working"!!

This story intrigued me, as it suggested a biologically active agent in the wheatgrass juice with a beneficial effect on breast cancer. Over the years, I had seen wheatgrass juice sold at various juice bars, and have even tried it a few times without thinking much of it. However, this story motivated me to look further.

Eydie Mae Hunsberger

I discovered a book from the 1970's entitled "How I Conquered Cancer Naturally" by Eydie Mae Hunsberger. This is a true story of a woman in the 1970's who had recurrent axillary lymph node enlargement following lumpectomy for breast cancer. She declined chemotherapy and instead visited Ann Wigmore in Boston where she learned about wheatgrass juice and a live food diet, to which she attributed her recovery and remission from what appeared to be fatal breast cancer.

Here is a quote from Eydie Mae Hunsberger from page 131 of her book:

"Here I am a cancer patient not long ago given an eighty per cent chance to live one year.  I'm supposed to be sick and dying.  And now I am seemingly free from all symptoms, except my lumps, and they are diminsishing all the time...just as long as I continue to eat live foods, and drink my wheatgrass juice.  How incredible, here at our fingertips for so long, an answer to cancer! No One will believe us. It's too simple. It's too easy.This phantom cancer has been such a hopeless subject for so long, no one will believe us. I don't care whether anyone believes us or not. I am going to tell the whole world."

Wheatgrass, Natures Finest Medicine by Steve Meyerowitz

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I also discovered another anecdotal case of recovery from breast cancer with wheatgrass juice in Steve Meyerowitz's book, Wheatgrass, Natures Finest Medicine (left image courtesy of Steve Meyerowitz).  This case report can be read here.

Two more anecdotal cases of breast cancer with remission attributed to wheatgrass juice were found in the book, "HOW AND WHEN TO BE YOUR OWN DOCTOR" written by Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with her husband Steve Solomon and published in 1997.

Another striking case report in the medical literature concerns a case of peritoneal cancer, a form of cancer which is rapidly fatal. The 89 year old patient refused chemotherapy and instead used wheat grass therapy with complete remission of the cancer four years after treatment.

The beneficial anti-cancer effects of wheatgrass are thought to be due to abscissic acid, a plant hormone which delays germination.

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