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Asparagus Against Cancer – Dr Tom Wu

I cannot say where this came from, it was sent to me but I thought it was very interesting since asparagus is used in our anticancedr smoothie from Dr Tom Wu.

Several years ago, I had a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer. He gave me a photocopied copy of an article, entitled, `Asparagus for cancer’ printed in Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it here, just as it was shared with me:

“I am a biochemist, and have specialised 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, and we have accumulated a number of favourable case histories. Here are a few examples.

Case No. 1, 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.

Case No. 2, a successful businessman 68 years old who suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumour 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 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 back at his regular business routine.

Case No. 4, a woman who was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She finally developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by a skin specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after starting on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin looked fine and no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which 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.

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. 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, and therefore canned asparagus is just as good as fresh. I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Giant 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, and store in the refrigerator. Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening. Patients usually show some improvement in from 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 specialises 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.

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 normaliser. 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.”


August 23, 2009 - Posted by | Dr Tom Wu


  1. At least go to snopes before posting something…pure credulity is a dangerous thing.

    Comment by jaredcormier | December 3, 2009 | Reply

    • Yes, I do agree. There’s so much to research that I do miss fact-checks but I have been told by several people in my search for anti-cancer answers that asparagus are very cancer fighting. If anyone out there has more info to share on this, that would be greatly appreciated.

      Comment by notochemo | December 4, 2009 | Reply

  2. Asparagus MAY have chemicals which prevent oxidative damage to cells, which will assist in the inhibition of mutations in epithelial cells exposed to UV or certain chemicals which are exposed to free radical species. Cancer has literally thousands of causes which affect the cell cycle and maturation of specific cells. Rhabdoid tumors, for example, seem to be the result of INI1 deletions during gamete development or subsequent inactivation of this region (forming a different type of tumor-Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors). Many forms of cervical cancer are caused by retroviral insertions upstream of cell devision regulators, thus activating these regions in cells which should not have this region active. Two classes of ERVs play a role in cancer as well, transposons and retrotransposons. insert into regions of the DNA which can activate or inactivate regions of the genome which should not, in a specific cell, be activated.

    Considering how various cancers are formed plays a very specific role in how these cancers can be approached for possible treatments. Leukemias, for example, cannot be treated through excision, while non-metastatic tumors or benign tumors are easily removed through excision. These are still cancers by definition, and because most benign tumors are encapsulated, making any medicinal treatment more difficult and require excision for removal.

    Targeted delivery of apoptotic or antimitotic agents would need to be specific for each different type of differentiation surface markers found in cancerous cells. In other words, it is impossible to manufacture a single “silver bullet” against cancer; we would need thousands of bullets which all vary slightly due to the diversity of cancer types.

    All of the above was to explain that any time someone says a product “works against cancer” and does not specify, not only the type of cancer (carcinoma, sarcoma, lymphoma, gametic tumor, or blastoma) as well as the cell type of origin of these cells (breast, lung, lymphocyte, myeloid tissue, etc), it is very likely that this piece of literature is completely and utterly fictional or unsubstantiated.

    Comment by jaredcormier | December 5, 2009 | Reply

    • Thank you very much! And the info was not that difficult to understand. Would you have any info on treating non-hodgkin lymphoma which is what my hubby has He was getting bicarbonate and vitamin c IVs, and also bicarbonate injections, along with an organic and fruit/vegetable diet, herbal supplements and for a while, the potato lump sized tumor went down to a 1/3 of original size, then progress seemed to have plateaued. We stopped the bicarb Vit C for a while. We back to juicing, smoothies, added Budwig cottage cheese and flax oil combination, whole grains, and doctor is monitoring whether to continue or revise bicarb Vit C protocol, and hubby also does Essiac, herbs (combination of cat’s claw, pau d’arco and astragalus). Would appreciate any info. Thank you.

      Comment by notochemo | December 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. Well, non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a very diverse group of cancers. Without knowing which CD (cluster of differentiation) markers present on the affected cells, I (nor anyone else) cannot state what would be beneficial to a non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Some forms are B-cell mediated, others are T-cell or NK-cell mediated. These are further subdivided into a wide variety of types within each of these groups. Each of these behave differently given various circumstances. In short: before any helpful information can really be given, the specific type needs to be determined.

    Comment by jaredcormier | December 5, 2009 | Reply

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