Can hot peppers & ginger suppress prostate cancer?
Oncologist Charles “Snuffy” Myers Transcript
Opening Title: Can hot peppers & ginger suppress prostate cancer?
Then there are variety of other drugs, other supplements and some activity… not well defined…
The active ingredient in hot peppers… capsaicin … in the laboratory is highly toxic to prostate cancer, and in animal models human prostate cancer is arrested by the intake of what’s equivalent to 68 habanero peppers a day…. The human dose.and I thought when I saw that… that this had no future. But there are people out there who can do that… in fact there’s an Indian pepper that 5 or 10 times more powerful that the habanero pepper and I have a patient from Chicago who has 2 or 3 of them for breakfast… and anecdotally, it does seem to work in a sub-portion of patients…eating hot peppers… not sure it’s ready for prime time but it’s one of those tantalizing observations out there…
It reminds me of a friend of mine at the FDA who said that the solution to cancer exists and is on the spice shelf in your grocery store. Ginger has a series of chemicals in it that suppress prostate cancer in the test tube and in animals…at the dose of 3 ½ ounces of fresh… the human dose would be 3 ½ ounces of fresh ginger a day.
I don’t know whether you’ve ever tried fresh ginger but that’s a lot of ginger… but patients pick this up and do it… so I’m, I’m always in the situation of the patients calling me up have you seen my PSA lately…. Yeah, it went down! Well, you wanna know what I did?
So probably the most dramatic example is a patient of mine who failed everything, including chemotherapy. And his PSA was 800 something… and we had our goodbye talk and he was lined up with a hospice… about three months later he called me and says you probably want to see me. His PSA had dropped below 500 on 4 ounces of ginger a day…Now, this is an anecdote and he may be the only patient ever who responds, but when you talk about toxicity versus benefit, cost versus benefit, if something like this panned out, it would be wonderful…if you could identify the few patients who might respond to hot pepper or ginger that would be wonderful. Right now I don’t know what to tell a patient. Are you going to benefit or not? But when there no options yet I suppose this is a reasonable thing to try.
Closing Title: Fresh ginger and hot peppers may benefit some patients