FIT WebQoof: Could This Homemade Remedy Cure Cancer?
Is there any link between diet and cancer?  
Is there any link between diet and cancer?  (Photo: iStockphoto/FIT)

FIT WebQoof: Could This Homemade Remedy Cure Cancer?

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The Claim

A YouTube video with a ‘miracle’ cure to cancer is going viral on social media. It claims that consuming a homemade remedy every day can cure last stage cancer in three days.

The mixture, which is to be stored in the fridge and eaten multiple times a day, comprises of popular ingredients such as walnuts, lemons, honey, grains and garlic. The video claims that this can provide complete protection against cancer, and can even cure those who are diagnosed with it.

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The Truth About Cancer & Food

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Debunking this claim begs for a bigger question: Has diet got anything to do with cancer prevention and treatment?

According to the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR),

“No single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself. But research shows that a diet filled with a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and other plant foods helps lower risk for many cancers.”

Certain foods like apples, carrots, blueberry, and broccoli are believed to have a role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

But can they ensure complete protection from cancer? NO. At its best, a combination of healthy food items could perhaps ‘lower’ cancer risk, but it can definitely not erase the possibility. There is also no way it they could cure cancer.

In order to understand this better, FIT spoke with Dr Niranjan Naik, Director, Surgical Oncology at Fortis, Gurugram, whose first reaction to the claim made in the video was that it is “completely false”.

“There is no sure shot cure for cancer. Once diagnosed, no fruit or vegetable can treat it. In fact even with medicines, you can’t assure it will be a 100 percent treated.”
Dr Niranjan Naik

He does add that there are some fruits and vegetables that may have some preventive properties. For instance, turmeric, tomato, fish oil, dry fruits, carrots, spinach, garlic, brussel sprouts, beans etc. The antioxidants present in these could work well in keeping you healthy and maintaining a healthy body weight.

AICR research finds that excess body fat increases the risk of 12 cancers. Vegetables and fruits are relatively low in calories. Whole grains and beans are rich in fiber, which also helps with weight management.

But again, the disclaimer stays: Nothing can provide you absolute immunity (and certainly not treatment). It’s just about potentially lowering the risk of cancer.

Then there are also foods that could be carcinogenic, such as red meat, or chemicals released from stale or decayed food. Here as well, the link is not causative or definite.

“The only scientifically proven linkage is between tobacco and cancer, because of the multiple carcinogenic chemicals found in the former.”
Dr Niranjan Naik

To conclude, Dr Niranjan recommends a balanced diet that is full of colours. This could help boost immunity, which could further help fight cancer cells. But to think that eating certain foods can ensure complete prevention or treatment is absolutely wrong. Diet can never replace conventional treatment for cancer. And of course, there is no way to cure last stage cancer in three days, he clarifies.

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