As well all are painfully aware, the medical community is not always open to natural cures, and do not always give credit to nutrition as a path to health.
Thus I was not too shocked at the contents of an e-mail I received, telling about the long-known benefits of asparagus. The message ended with the statement that this bio-chemist believes that a cure is also a prevention, so he and his wife take 2 Tablespoons of asparagus puree each day. Neither of them has cancer, but other aspects of their health have improved.
He referred case studies from an article – "Asparagus for cancer" printed in Cancer News Journal, December 1979.
Here are 3 of the case studies:
Case No. 1: A man with an almost hopeless case of cancer of the lymph glands who, within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, no longer exhibited any signs of cancer, and was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.
Case No. 2: A successful businessman 68 years old who suffered from cancer of the bladder. After 16 years of medical treatments, including radiation, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.
Case No. 3: A man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971, he was put on the operating table where they found inoperable lung cancer. 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 back at his regular business routine.
But the research goes even farther back and shows uses beyond curing or preventing cancer. `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 – and had been so used since 1739.
For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using, and therefore canned asparagus is just as good as fresh.
Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree, and store in the refrigerator. Take 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening. The mixture can also be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink.
The researcher ended his method with "It will not hurt … and might help. So why not do it?" I agree, and since I love asparagus, it will be on my menu more often.