When it came to spicy or hot foods like horse radish or hot salsa’s, my Dad use to say “the hotter the better” – so pass the chili peppers. Today, men with Prostate or Pancreatic Cancer might consider adding the "hot stuff" to their diets (beware it is very hot !!).
In a study reported by Cancer Research, conducted at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, in collaboration with UCLA Doctors and researchers, it was concluded that an ingredient known as capsaicin, found in habanero peppers, had the ability to drive prostate cancer cells to commit suicide (known clinically as apoptosis) !! Capsaicin is also found in other similar foods, e.g., jalapeno, but the habanero is known to contain the highest content of capsaicin. The study, conducted with mice, manifested approximately an 80% decrease in prostate tumor size (due to apoptosis) versus untreated mice. A materially significant distinction.
One well known celebrity, Don Imus, the controversial Radio Personality who has gotten himself into trouble for inappropriate comments that have come “out of his mouth” is now trying to keep trouble away, by putting “hot stuff into his mouth”, in the form of habanero peppers, in his ongoing effort to manage and fight prostate Cancer.
The study concluded – “… our data suggests that capsaicin … may have a role in the management of prostate Cancer”.
From my viewpoint, any time a study of any kind (such as this) which is conducted by members of the conventional establishment, gives any potential credibility to an alternative or progressive treatment, or non-pharmaceutical regimen, it should be considered a minor breakthrough for those people who do not reside in Big Pharma’s camp. Although this study is an early stage development, words such as - “may have a role in the management of prostate Cancer” from conventional Cancer researchers, gives credibility (even if just a smidgeon) to the possibilities offered by alternative regimens.
In another more recent corroborating study, conducted at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, capsaicin was shown to have induced apoptosis (cellular suicide) of Pancreatic Cancer cells. The study went on to state - " ... results of the study show that capsaicin is an effective inhibitor of in vitro and in vivo growth of pancreatic cancer cells".
As my Dad said - "The hotter the better". Keep the Hope !!