The growing legitimacy of Alternative Medicine

Decades have passed since the U.S. government launched its aggressive, all-out "War Against Cancer." Yet, after pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into research, can we honestly claim that we are winning the battle?

Even the Manual of Clinical Oncology testifies that,

"The overall five-year survival rate for all cancers has improved by about 10% in the past 20 years. Most of the treatment-related improvement in survival has occurred as a result of early detection and treatment. . . With the exception of small lung cancer and breast cancer, improvement in the five year survival has been negligible. . . Patients appear to live longer from the time of diagnosis only because the cancer was detected earlier rather than because of treatment"
(Manual of Clinical Oncology, edited by Casciato & Lowitz, Third Edition, p. 3)

The reality is that while early detection is an advancement, it also creates the illusion that conventional treatments, such as chemotherapy, is a wonder drug. For a more in-depth discussion, we suggest reading, "Questioning Chemotherapy", by Ralph Moss, PhD.

The importance of plants in the treatment of illness has been widely acclaimed since the dawn of mankind. Plants, through their abundance and variety, have always been a source of nutrients as well as medicines. The ancient Egyptians documented the uses of hundreds of extracts of plants such as aloe and garlic. The Chinese have practiced herbal medicine for 3,500 years and are noted for their vast knowledge of herbal medicaments.

Until the 1940's and the discovery of modern-day antibiotics, physicians regularly prescribed herbal extracts and remedies, particularly Echinacea. In fact, Echinacea is used as an immuno-stimulant in modern day medicine alongside conventional drug treatment. Today, plant based drugs provide for almost 70% of the world's medical needs. Acting in a natural and balanced way, herbs are more gentle on the body than most synthetically produced medicines.In cancer drug development, plants have made major contributions. Some examples are: vinca alkaloids from the periwinkle, semi-synthetic podophyllotoxins from the mandrake and taxol from the yew tree. Therefore, it is not at all surprising that cancer researchers continue to search within the plant kingdom for tomorrow's anti-cancer drugs. With today's in-vitro cell culture methodologies and instrumentation, it is feasible to screen plant products for potential anti-cancer substances.Acting in a natural and balanced way, herbs are more gentle on the system than most synthetically produced medicines. Also, herbal medicines do not come with the same difficult side effects as do modern drugs.

*The name, "Alzium", has been changed to Alsihum due trademark issues. No change has been made to the patented product formula.