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Post by Guest on Fri May 16, 2014 10:54 am

Scientists at La Trobe University published a study this week about a protein found in the flowers of ornamental tobacco plant that targets human cancer cells and destroys them. This raises the prospect of the deepest kind of irony: tobacco grown to produce drugs used to treat cancers caused by tobacco.

Mark Hulett, Marc Kvansakul and others from the Biochemistry Department used a range of techniques to examine the structure and function of a protein called NaD1. This protein is a type of defensin, a molecule that protects the plant from fungal infections. Why it also works on mammalian cancer cells is unknown, but is probably related to similarities of their cell membranes, where the action in this story takes place.

http://www.livescience.com/45622-tobacco-plants-may-contain-cure-for-cancer-a-new-twist-in-protein-lipid-interactions.html

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Post by Guest on Fri May 16, 2014 5:21 pm

Hope it has been thoroughly tested we can't have that can we .


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Post by eddie on Fri May 16, 2014 11:27 pm

Like we have always said:
Don't rule out alternative Medicine.

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Post by Guest on Sat May 17, 2014 7:32 am

Thank goodness nobody does justdismiss things and that they never have, they always advocate everything to be tested to be sure and not go off blind faith.


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Post by veya_victaous on Sun May 18, 2014 11:07 pm

Vicar of Dibley wrote:Hope it has been thoroughly tested we can't have that can we .


A molecule found in the tobacco plant could be useful in killing cancerous cells in humans, Australian research has found.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/holy-smoke-tobacco-plant-shows-cancerfighting-potential-20140402-35xqm.html#ixzz326itf8rW


See I told you we test alternative medicine Just like we would Pharmaceutical medicine. If it works it gets funded and Becomes Real Medicine.  Smile 

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Post by Guest on Sun May 18, 2014 11:22 pm

Vicar of Dibley wrote:Hope it has been thoroughly tested we can't have that can we .



Why is that Dibs?..

Weeks back you and Favva were claiming many herbal medicines work for cancer...

Ironically I admit, but does it matter that it's a tobacco plant that could be a possible cure or fight against cancer?

Or should we just let folk die because of irony?..

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Post by Ben Reilly on Mon May 19, 2014 10:43 pm

I don't understand the conflict here, unless we're going to falsely pretend that the medical establishment has somehow decided that we have all the treatments we need, so every new discovery has to be labeled "alternative" medicine. That's just stupid; new medicines hit the market every day.

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Post by eddie on Tue May 20, 2014 10:12 pm

Lone Wolf wrote:
eddie wrote:
Like we have always said:
Don't rule out alternative Medicine.

Laughing   YOU don't half talk a load of rubbish at times, eddie...

OBVIOUSLY you have very little idea of the real meaning of "alternative" medicines..

THIS story has absolutely nothing to do with the concept of alternative methodologies.    Suspect 

You say rubbish I say Roo-bish  Cool 

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Post by eddie on Wed May 21, 2014 7:47 am

Lone Wolf wrote:Laughing 

@ eddie :

UNTIL you actually recognise, appreciate and understand the differences between the terms modern, traditional, complementary, alternative and quack forms of medicine and medical practice, you are effectively "fighting with both hands tied behind your back"...

Having worked for a while as a massage therapist in the "complementary"/"traditional" fields, and taking an interest in herbalism and herbal cures, I did make myself aware of the differences between the different methodologies..

INDEED, the traditional and complementary fields have contributed many useful and still-used medicines, drugs and treatments ~ including aspirin, opiates [codeine, oxycontin, morphine], cocaine [novocaine, lignocaine], digitalis, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and 'medi-honey' among the thousands of naturally-based treatments; while massage therapy, osteopathy, acupuncture and acupressure have all been incorporated into modern physiotherapy and recovery practices.

EVEN maggots and leeches are still used in modern day hospitals. The drug research in this story simply isn't part of any "alternative medicine", but is typical potential drug testing procedures..

ON THE other hand, the great majority of the rubbish that Heavenly and VoD regularly spout on here is usually pure "quackery" and not even considered as an alternative, (as well as their proffered advice and opinions often being potentially deadly..).  tongue

I concede your points about different terms and words Bee, I'll give you that.
My point still remains though that I don't always favour traditional pharma medicines.

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