Asparagus Schmaragus? Case Studies of Asparagus Curing Cancer

We learn as we grow older to be skeptical of anything presented as a panacea, or cure-all.  We become leery of get-rich-quick schemes, and magic bullets for success.  But we also have to remain skeptical of the laissez-faire capitalism which often puts profit above human needs.  We may lose certain truths, and even become jaded to their possibility, as we are conditioned to believe that there are no answers found in nature, only what man can create, and sell to us.

This was a mass email I was forwarded.  I don’t know who the original author was.  I have gone over it lightly with a blue pencil for some minor grammatical things I noticed (and added some images), but have not altered the core content.

I am not endorsing that I think this is true, only rich with the possibility.

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Asparagus — Who knew?

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

Illustration_Asparagus_officinalis0b“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!

asparagus-stalks-lo1“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 canners 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.

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“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!”

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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.

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6 Comments

  1. This bogus cancer cure claim has been making the rounds for many years. The very least bit of effort to research would have shown you that it is an urban legend. There is no such article nor any Richard R Vensal DDS. My wife has late stage ovarian cancer, and I can tell you that the ONLY thing worse than no hope is FALSE HOPE. Perpetuating this baloney is hurtful. I don’t mean to sound angry, but merely annoyed – and I hope this rumor can some day stop, but it likely will not.

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  2. Even without looking for corroborating documentation, this hoax crumbles under basic logical scrutiny. If such an article were written in December 1979, and if there was even ONE verified and peer-reviewed case of success, doesn’t it seem there would be more than 4 case histories in 35 years? And, the implication that it has not been “made public” (which is silly, anyway, as it has been posted and emailed many thousands of times to millions of people) because there is no money in it is an insult to all oncologists. I personally know cancer specialists (real ones that you can find on the web) and know for a certainty that they would not hesitate to recommend ANY therapy they thought could help their patients. Lastly, does it seem maybe just a wee bit farfetched that the actual cure for cancer would be posted by random people on the internet?

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  3. To be clear, asparagus is generally a healthy vegetable to eat, regardless of how it is prepared or when it is eaten or in what quantity. But, there is NO verified evidence that it can cure cancer.

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  4. I am truly sorry that this posting has caused you any frustration or annoyance. And I appreciate how you have tempered your comments to be thoughtful and articulate. Personally, I generally find claims of cure-alls to be bogus. I advanced this asparagus idea for two reasons: 1.) Because I believe in the possibility that certain whole foods can at least be ameliorative. (My great aunt was a dietician for Sloan Kettering for many years and included parsley, rich in iron, with nearly every meal. She was also an advocate of asparagus for its detoxifying properties.) 2.) Because I do feel that profit is still tied in to much of modern medicine. I can understand your frustration and am deeply sorry for your wife’s suffering. I have lost loved ones to cancer myself. It is, to my knowledge, a disease we still understand very little about. But since it is far more important for you and your wife to live as peacefully as possible than it is for me to post something on my blog, please just say the word and I will take this down immediately.

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    • I appreciate your reply and acceptance of my comments. Respectful discussions on any topic are always acceptable in my book, so there is no need to take it down – especially since it now appears along with my caveats. It has been nearly a three year struggle for us, so far, and we have gotten many well-meaning suggestions and referrals for all manner of treatments. In all cases, we know that the intent was good, and most of the time the therapy is a reflection of legitimate research. In this particular case, though, it appears that someone long ago just made stuff up (including the existence of a doctor) and passed it off as truth – that is what really bugs me. You are correct about the profit motive in the medical field, but like everything else, it is not an absolute – there are lots of good people in the profession. I love asparagus and believe it can have benefits, with or without cancer, but I know that if it actually did have a proven curative effect, that it would be common knowledge. Again, I thank you for your time and concerns.

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    • I appreciate your reply and acceptance of my comments. Respectful discussions on any topic are always acceptable in my book, so there is no need to take it down – especially since it now appears along with my caveats. It has been nearly a three year struggle for us, so far, and we have gotten many well-meaning suggestions and referrals for all manner of treatments. In all cases, we know that the intent was good, and most of the time the therapy is a reflection of legitimate research. In this particular case, though, it appears that someone long ago just made stuff up (including the existence of a doctor) and passed it off as truth – that is what really bugs me. You are correct about the profit motive in the medical field, but like everything else, it is not an absolute – there are lots of good people in the profession. I love asparagus and believe it can have benefits, with or without cancer, but I know that if it actually did have a proven curative effect, that it would be common knowledge. Again, I thank you for your time and concerns.

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