Cancer, Folk Medicine, and Herbs: an Interview with Dr. John Heinerman

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(CancerWire September 2005) Cancer, folk medicine, and herbs were the subjects of Dr. John HeinermanÂ?s recent conversation with CancerWire.

(CancerWire September 2005) Cancer, folk medicine, and herbs were the subjects of Dr. John Heinerman’s recent conversation with CancerWire. John Heinerman, Ph.D., is a Medical Anthropologist and Director of the Anthropological Research Center in Salt Lake City.

CancerWire) Doctor Heinerman, how many books have you written about health, folk medicine, food therapy, and general nutrition?

JH) I have written 58 books which have been translated into 17 foreign languages as a result of my visits and studies in 33 countries.

CancerWire) When did you first become interested in cancer?

JH) In 1979. I have been looking at this for over 25 years.

CancerWire) Can herbs and other plants help to heal cancer?

JH) I am not a doctor. I am not licensed or qualified to practice medicine. But as a medical anthropologist I can share with people my observations and knowledge about what I have seen be efficacious in treating cancer around the world. My answer is yes, there are many plants that are effective in healing cancer including: Red Clover Trifolium pretense, Chaparral Larrea divaricata, Alfalfa, Garlic, and Dandelion root. I put Red Clover at the top of the list because it is one of the world’s oldest and most common natural cancer remedies. Chaparral is important because it contains a great deal of NDGA (nordihydroguaiaretic acid). Alfalfa is a ready source of chlorophyll and minerals. Garlic has high amounts of sulfur which is very important. And Dandelion root is also helpful because it detoxifies the liver and the liver is a focal point for addressing any type of cancer.

CancerWire) If you had cancer this is what you would take?

JH) I would do more than that. From my travels and research I have concluded that there are three steps to healing from a disease like cancer. The first is changing thoughts and feelings. The second is detoxification. And the third is rebuilding. The use of herbs and plants only come into steps two and three.

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Tel. 801-521-8824 / 801-520-5577

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