Specifically, cancer claims the lives of more than half a million Americans every year — one of every four deaths in the United States is due to cancer, a purely man-made disease. In 2017, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the United States.
However, the deadly statistics may change if we pay attention to artemisinin – an Artemisia Annua (sweet wormwood) derivative, which in combination with iron can wipe out 98% of cancer cells in less than 16 hours with zero impact on the healthy cells.
The original peer reviewed journal article can be found here, where the researchers conclude “artemisinin and artemisinin-tagged iron-carrying compounds could be developed into powerful anti-cancer drugs”. Here and here are other peer reviewed studies for those who wish to read more.
Then in 2012, researchers at the University of California found that artemisinin selectively attacked “bad” cells, and left “good” cells untouched. They noted:
“…our results demonstrate that the artemisinin disruption of E2F1 transcription factor expression mediates the cell cycle arrest of human breast cancer cells and represents a critical transcriptional pathway by which artemisinin controls human reproductive cancer cell growth.”
Tu Youyou, a Chinese pharmaceutical chemist, was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering artemisinin and its treatment of malaria, which is regarded as a significant breakthrough in 20th century tropical medicine and saved millions of lives in South Asia, Africa, and South America.
In the past, artemisinin has been identified as a substance with a strong anti-cancer potential in various cancer cells such as:
“Artemisinin can be very effective because it selectively affects tumor cells without harming normal cells. This is because artemisinin affects only cells that contain excessive amounts of iron which is the case for cancer cells. Indeed, via specific receptors cancer cells are demanding and depositing large amounts of Iron as they need it for cellular division. When coming in contact with iron, artemisinin triggers the release of intracellular free radicals that destroy [cancer] cells.”