According to a story from the Associated Press last Tuesday, government advisers to the Institute of Medicine are warning that the U.S. is facing a crisis in cancer care. The risk of cancer increases with age, they said, and by 2030, new cases are expected to reach 2.3 million a year. They predict there may be a shortage of oncology specialists to care for all of them. Of the 13 new cancer treatments approved by the FDA last year, only one was shown to extend survival by more than a median of six months. (Is that really extending life or just prolonging death?) The drugs all cost more than $5,900 per month and that doesn’t include doctor and hospital bills, surgeries, treatments, or caretakers. It may be even worse since the studies used to test the different therapies didn’t include enough people over 65 who tend to have other health problems in addition to cancer. Part of the problem is the complexity of the treatments, according to the report, which often involve genetic testing to determine which tumors are most likely to respond to which therapy.

One would think that a totally new way to cure cancer would be welcomed with jubilation and relief, but as is often the case, if the research comes from an outsider and is not based on some new drug, it is often overlooked.

Now for the good news! There is already a cure for some cancers. An old folk remedy for skin cancer has been proven to be effective, not just for eliminating the cancer, but actually replacing it with healthy tissue, leaving not even a scar to show where it had been. Many plants in the same family as the common eggplant contain a chemical called solasodine glycoside, or BEC5. When applied topically, the compound causes apoptosis (spontaneous death) in cancer cells, effectively causing them to commit suicide. Only cancerous cells have receptors for the compound so it does not affect normal cells; it searches out and destroys only the rogues. Even those who have been severely disfigured regrow missing tissue exactly as it was originally. No safety risks have been identified with the treatment.

Dr. Bill E. Cham started researching his eggplant cure in 1979. He was inspired by stories from cattle ranchers in Queensland, Australia who raised Herefords, a black and white breed with white spots around the eyes. Queensland has the highest level of UV radiation in the world and the highest incidence of skin cancer. Eye cancers, called ocular squamous cell carcinomas, are a common problem in Hereford cattle in the region. A Brisbane veterinarian told Dr. Cham that the local cattlemen used the juice from the fruit of the “Devil’s apple” plant to treat the cancers in their livestock.

Dr. Cham developed a cream, called Curaderm, using the plant extract. He says the active ingredient is not like any current anti-tumor agent. Receptors for the chemical are present only on cancer cells and this explains why during treatment, the cancer cells are eliminated and replaced by normal cells without forming scar tissue. 

His treatment has undergone rigorous testing and by 2007, it had already cured about 70,000 cancer patients in Australia. Dr. Cham’s published research shows that a twice daily application of Curaderm BEC5 to skin lesions resulted in a 78% success rate after 8 weeks of treatment and a 100% success rate after 12 weeks. I don’t have to add a disclaimer to that statement, since he has multiple, gold-standard clinical trials to back it up. (Details are given in his book.) The treatment can cure squamous cell cancer, basal cell cancer, and actinic keratosis, but it has not yet been proved to be effective for melanoma and it may not work for skin cancers that have already been treated surgically. BEC5 is also recommended for use on pre-cancerous lesions, including age spots on the face and hands. It is currently undergoing clinical trials on humans with terminal internal cancers and for other health conditions.

When asked what he is currently working on, Dr. Cham replied:
“There are three main medical projects that I am involved in:

1. Continuation of BEC clinical trials for terminal internal cancers. The results so far are very, very promising.

2. Cardiovascular Disease treatment. My Ph.D. thesis surrounds a delipidation procedure which has been shown to cause regression of atherosclerosis in animals. This technology has been licensed out to a public listed company in the U.S. who has recently completed a phase I trial in humans at the Washington Hospital. The studies show that the procedure is safe and regression of atherosclerosis is obtained. We have published many scientific articles on this subject.

3. We have applied the same delipidation procedure to lipid enveloped viruses and in animals we have shown that we can inactivate potent viruses such as SIV (related to HIV in humans), hepatitis and other lipid associated viruses. The delipidation procedure may be applicable for treating and preventing (by vaccination) infections diseases such as HIV…”

You can read the entire interview with Dr. Cham here.

As you can imagine, Dr. Cham has faced many hurdles in trying to gain acceptance by the medical establishment and his treatment is still not widely known, although a recent appearance on the Dr. Oz show and a mention on Dr. Mercola’s site may be changing that.

Dr. Cham recommends that you consult a dermatologist for a diagnosis before using his product and to monitor your progress. His cream was originally sold over the counter in Australia for around $10, but it now costs over $100 per tube due to the expenses of research and testing, but that is still very cheap compared to conventional treatment. Directions for home-made versions of the eggplant cure have long been available online, but I recommend that you buy the tested product from him if you want to try it. If anybody deserves our support, it is this persistent and dedicated man who very well may hold the key to solving at least one part of our looming health care crisis.

I found this video on YouTube posted by a man who documented his own experience with Curaderm. You can clearly see how much further the malignant cells had invaded beyond the apparent size of his original basal cell carcinoma and how much skin would have had to be removed to get all of them. Any stray cells would likely have caused the cancer to return.

My experiments:
A member of my family has had recurring skins cancers, so I volunteered to test the eggplant cure so I could convince him to try it. I didn’t have skin cancer, but like most of us who grew up in the South, I did have some sunspots on my face and hands, which according to Dr. Cham, are often pre-cancerous. I put the cream on several places, but only one reacted. Because I wanted to speed up the treatment, I applied the cream much more often than recommended; that was a REALLY bad idea for someone like me with very sensitive skin and especially for a spot right in the middle of my face! I’m such a fragile flower that I also reacted to the “hypoallergenic,” paper tape I used to cover the treated areas, leaving red stripes everywhere it touched. I had to stay home for a few days to avoid having to explain what I had done to myself! The test area developed a scab that took two or three weeks to completely heal, but the spot that originally lit up was a little lighter and smaller after the treatment, even though I applied the cream for only 3 days rather than twice daily for 12 weeks as directed.

The Curaderm website and ordering information is here. Dr. Cham’s free e-book is here.

Disclaimer: I have no interest in the company that makes the product mentioned above and have not received any free products or compensation.

(c) 2013, Judy Barnes Baker,

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Judy Barnes Baker

The working title for my first book was, “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” It summed up my goal: to make eating for health synonymous with eating for pleasure. Once you discover the secret, you will find that the very best food for weight management, longevity, the treatment and prevention of disease, and over-all health and happiness is also the most sumptuous, satisfying, and indulgent way of eating the world has to offer. You are invited to the feast. Enjoy!
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