Can Ethanol Kill Tumors?

The lifetime risk for developing or dying from cancer in the U.S. is nearly 50 percent in men and 40 percent in women.1 According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 600,000 people die every year with a diagnosis of cancer. But, many people don't actually die from the disease itself, but rather from the side effects of the treatment or from another opportunistic infection that happens when your immune system is too weak to protect you.

In the "war against cancer" the standard of care is to cut it out using a surgical procedure, poison it with chemotherapy or burn it with radiation. In each of these cases your surrounding healthy tissues are affected. As a result, the recurrence of cancer a decade or two later is not unexpected.2,3 As for most health conditions, prevention is the best medicine.

Over the past years I've been studying the metabolic theory of cancer and believe it holds great promise to both prevent the disease and possibly treat the condition in a natural, and potentially drug-free, way. In combination with other natural options, you may already have an arsenal of weapons against cancer in your own kitchen. Interestingly, researchers have demonstrated a 100 percent cure rate in an animal model using a relatively low-risk treatment with ethanol to eradicate cancer cells.4

Researchers Demonstrate 100 Percent Cure Rate in Small Sample Size

Prompted by a desire to find a lower cost alternative to surgical procedures for tumors, often not available in poor countries, researchers attempted the use of an intratumor injection using ethanol. This procedure has been successfully used in the past on encapsulated liver cancers.5 In these cases, the tumor had a relatively hard outer shell that retained the ethanol within the tumor so there was no leakage into the surrounding tissue.

While this procedure has been relatively successful, it has limitations as it may not be used on tumors that are not encapsulated. The scientists also note that large amounts of ethanol, or pure alcohol, must be used to keep the alcohol in contact with the tumor cells and the treatment protocol requires multiple injections. To enhance the contact of ethanol with tumor cells and retain the ethanol in tumors that do not have a hard exterior, researchers used the same procedure with the addition of ethyl cellulose.

This addition forms a gel with exposure to the liquid interior of the tumor.6 The researchers first practiced their injection techniques before using the formulation on chemically-induced squamous cell epithelial tumors in the cheeks of hamsters.

The control hamsters were injected with pure ethanol, in the same manner liver cancer tumors are injected.7 The experimental hamsters received the new ethanol-gel product. In the control animals, none of the tumors regressed completely. The tumors that were injected with four times the volume of the original tumor exhibited better results.

However, the experimental group had the best results, with 100 percent of the tumors eliminated eight days after treatment was initiated using fluid one-fourth the volume of the tumor, as compared to four times the amount used in the animals who received pure ethanol.8With such a small sample size, the authors proved the concept, but further research is necessary. That said, these early results appear quite promising.

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