Cure for Cancer: Right In Your Backyard


What if the cure for leukemia was a simple infusion of something that you probably have -- or at least have had -- in your backyard, and that you weren't all that happy about? How about some new respect for our old friend the dandelion:
Cancer-killing dandelion tea gets $157K research grant 
Researchers in Windsor, Ont., have received an additional $157,000 grant for a total of $217,000 to study how effective dandelion root extract is in fighting cancer. 
Siyaram Pandey, a biochemist at the University of Windsor, has been studying the anti-cancer potential of dandelion root extract for almost two years. 
His team’s first phase of research showed that dandelion root extract forced a very aggressive and drug-resistant type of blood cancer cell, known as chronic monocytic myeloid leukemia, to essentially commit suicide.

But can this stuff really work? Ask John DiCarlo:

John DiCarlo, 72, was admitted to hospital three years ago with leukemia. Even after aggressive treatment, he was sent home to put his affairs in order with his wife and four children. 
The cancer clinic suggested he try the tea. Four months later, he returned to the clinic in remission. He has been cancer free for three years. 
He said his doctor credits the dandelions.

My three-year-old loves dandelions. She gets very excited when she sees one growing in the yard (or in the neighbors' yards) and always wants to pick it. She thinks they're flowers, which I suppose they are. She values dandelions over roses and other flora that are part of our landscape by design, maybe because they are so much more rare (thanks to my efforts.)  She seems to think that there is something special, almost magical about dandelions.

Maybe she's on to something.  

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