By Dr. Andrew Jones
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Scientific Studies on Animals
I originally was looking at the benefits of mint ( which is currently growing ALL over my garden ) , and I came across this research..
Studies have suggested a role for peppermint in cancer treatment. A significant anti-tumorigenic potential against several human cancer cell lines has been reported in vitro.
Yes it has clear potential benefits for the treatment of cancer- in fact if you have a dog or cat with cancer, you should likely consider adding this herb to your pet’s diet.
It’s these studies using animals that disturbed me.
Animal studies also indicate peppermint’s effectiveness against radiation-induced testicular damage (1), benzo[a]pyrene-induced lung carcinogenicity in mice(2,3), and its preventive effects against carcinogenesis induced by tobacco products in hamsters(4).
1.Samarth RM, Samarth M. Protection against radiation-induced testicular damage in Swiss albino mice by Mentha piperita (Linn.).Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. Apr 2009;104(4):329-334.
2.Samarth RM, Panwar M, Kumar A. Modulatory effects of Mentha piperita on lung tumor incidence, genotoxicity, and oxidative stress in benzo[a]pyrene-treated Swiss albino mice.Environ Mol Mutagen. Apr 2006;47(3):192-198.
3.Samarth RM, Panwar M, Kumar M, Kumar A. Radioprotective influence of Mentha piperita (Linn) against gamma irradiation in mice: Antioxidant and radical scavenging activity.Int J Radiat Biol. May 2006;82(5):331-337.
4.Samman MA, Bowen ID, Taiba K, Antonius J, Hannan MA. Mint prevents shamma-induced carcinogenesis in hamster cheek pouch.Carcinogenesis. Oct 1998;19(10):1795-1801.
Inducing Cancer in Animals
So the researchers gave mice and hamsters cancer using toxic chemicals, radiation and nicotine..
Seems somewhat unethical to me.
Then published this likely little used research- here in 2013 you are not seeing your oncologist prescribing mint tea/oil for cancer.
In fact IF this is happening, it’s more likely suggested by a Alternative practitioner, who is not referencing these studies.
I just feel that the majority of research done on animals is unnecessary – did they really have to give cancer to hamsters with nicotine?
In my experience, most if this research is NOT applicable- it’s there to help some professor keep publishing and keep his/her tenure.
The body system of a mouse/hamster is very different from ours..
So IF this is not being applied, then WHY did these studies have to be done?
Why did these animals need to be given cancer in the first place?
In my opinion it’s just another example of what is wrong with ‘conventional’ health care, and WHY it needs to change.
Heal Your Pet At Home!
Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. The more I think about it, the angrier I get- it makes me want to induce cancer in one of those researchers with radiation or nicotine.
Obviously my personal emotions should not be construed as advice, but I’d love to hear your thoughts..
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