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Dandelions' Effect on Cancer

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Windsor scientists who've recently confirmed that dandelion root extract inhibits the growth of tumours in mice have landed a $157,500 grant to help study whether it kills cancer in humans.

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Carol H (229)
Friday April 27, 2012, 4:51 am
interesting post, thank you Agnes

Bob P (394)
Friday April 27, 2012, 7:01 am
interesting thanks

Laura H (964)
Friday April 27, 2012, 8:15 am
People use poisons to kill dandelions; those poisons can cause cancer!!
So many people get sucked into the "I HAVE to have a PERFECT and GREEN lawn" mantra; it's ASININE.

I love dandelions; they are welcome in my yard...they are natural, and I think they are pretty.
They are useful in many ways!

Freya H (357)
Friday April 27, 2012, 7:18 pm
I have read in several different places that dandelions have many health benefits, and that they're great in salads. Makes me think of Ray Bradbury's short story collection Dandelion Wine. ;)

Dandelion Salad, anybody? Sure - I'll nom!

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 5:11 am
homer simpson said it best when ned flanders told him that he might want to remove the crab grass homer said "if they called it angel grass, everyone would love it!"
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Kenneth L (314)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 5:25 am
I love dandelions. They are one of the first colors you see in the spring, other than green. And it is an intense deep yellow. They are also neat in that they open up in the sun but stay closed on cloudy days. Down with manicured status symbol perfect green lawns.

Kath P (9)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 5:47 am
I look forward to Spring so that I can eat fresh dandelion leaves.

Robert B (60)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 6:12 am
We love our dandelions. When they come up in spring we make dandelion fritters. They are welcome in our yard.

Teresa Cowley (274)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 6:34 am
Manicured lawns are so boring--and, often, so "perfect" they're down-right ugly. Yes, I'll take the dandelions, the clover, and my favorite, the wild violets. When I was young, there used to be black-eyed susans growing everywhere--I haven't seen one in many years. What a shame to try to improve on nature, by killing nature--makes no sense!

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 6:59 am
Who remembers drinking dandelion and burdock when they were younger? I'll try not to be so hard on them in future.

Stelizan L (258)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 7:38 am
The 'human' element can never improve on nature, not in any lifetime, no matter what they think/believe!!! It never fails to amaze me how much we, in our 'modern' age, still have to learn/understand of nature - everything is there, we just have not discovered the 'benefits'!

Siti R (12)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 7:51 am
hope the grant holds water. may we see some concrete results.

Siti R (12)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 7:54 am
Take liver-support supplements. Turmeric, milk thistle and dandelion are all known to be helpful at cleansing and protecting the liver. Try 50 milligrams of turmeric, 500 milligrams of dandelion extract, or 500 milligrams of milk thistle daily. You can also steep fresh dandelion roots into a boiling water to make a tea. (Note: If foraging for wild dandelions, only pick them from areas that you know are free from chemical pesticides.)

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aj E (164)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 8:23 am

M B (62)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 1:18 pm
Dandelions are healthy, the root and the leaves, it shouldn't be treated like a weed.

Laura H (17)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 1:57 pm
Love Dandelions, great liver tonic in the spring...and who could not love Dandelion wine?

David C (129)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 1:59 pm

cindy g (9)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 2:05 pm
this is great news - way to go Windsor scientists and thanks for posting Agnes!

Kate L (0)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 2:50 pm
Brilliant! Take care the bBg Pharmas will come after you, soon!

Agnes N (703)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 2:59 pm
Thanks To all :)
I love dandelions tea..
have stock them for all year

Sharon F (0)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 4:19 pm
It is tooooo bad that so many sheeple are swayed by chemical companies to kill lawn dandelions. The runoff has to go somwhere. You think the folks downstream like it?

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 4:50 pm
Very interesting. I hope it works.

Patricia E G (54)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 4:53 pm
All of Earth's plants grow for the benefit of Mankind.

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 5:59 pm
And it's probably growing in your backyard.

Julie P (154)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 6:32 pm
"Young leaves can be used in salads and are a good source of vitamins A, C, and B1. Older leaves can be cooked and served like spinach. The roots can also be used to make coffees and teas and work well as flavouring for soups. In terms of health, dandelion has been proven to stimulate liver function and improve digestion."

The long taproots on dandelions help break up the soil and access nutrients which they bring to the surface. They are an early food source for pollinators and other wildlife and attract the beneficial insects: lady bugs and lacewings.

For me, they are also a sign that it is a pesticide free place for my kids and dog to walk.

Thanks Agnes!

Anne K (139)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 6:39 pm
Thanks Agnes.

Did the mice already have cancer and did the research benefit them? If not, why wasn't the research performed on people with cancer? (volunteers)

Kate Kenner (215)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 7:03 pm
Why don't they just leave the mice alone. I totally agree Anne. What is the worst that can happen form ingesting dandelions? Give it to the people instead of making mice suffer from cancer.

Eternal G (745)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 9:17 pm
Herb Robert....

Gloria Morotti (14)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 10:14 pm
Dandelion is a very important herb. Good for a lot of ailments. As far as cancer is concerned, anything is better than chemo (mustard gas developed during WWII to KILL people) and radiation (KNOWN to CAUSE cancer and kill people). Surgery is OK, except that when a tumor appears, the person has usually had cancer for years and is finally exhibiting its presence.

Bianca D (87)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 11:25 pm
One of the oldest and most noble remedies in the medical herbalist's apothecary has finally been "discovered" be scientists. Well done! Let's just hope they recognize the value of the whole plant and the effective ways in which it's parts can be used, instead of trying to isolate and patent 'the' active ingedient.
Tx Agnes.

KS Goh (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 2:01 am
Thanks for the article.

Debra Van Way (12)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 6:06 am
I have always loved dandelions and have the lawn to prove it. They are such a cheerful color-like little suns sprinkled through the grass. It is such a beneficial little thing. I never could understand why so many hated it showing up in their lawns.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 6:51 am

Teresa Cowley (274)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 7:15 am
Excellent question Anne==I totally agree with Anne and Kate.
I also agree with those who give credit to nature for outstanding remedies--I believe that nature gives us all we need to stay well-fed and healthy, including medicines. The problem is, of course,, that we are destroying all of our environment at an alarming rate.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 7:32 am
Noted. Thanks.

Brenda Burks (1)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 7:47 am
THANKS- I used to gather these greens every spring with my mom- I love them!!!!

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 8:39 am
Noted, thanks.

. (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 9:58 am
When it comes to cancer research, I am open to anything I read. I just wish the article specified what kinds of cancer dandelions had an effect.

Angela N (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 12:04 pm
thanks :)

liz meesters (176)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 2:46 pm
noted, thank you

Kenneth Davies (0)
Monday April 30, 2012, 11:58 am

Holly Lawrence (430)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 4:51 pm
FANTASTIC! Who would ever of thought .. such encouraging news!
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