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Richard Cummings is writer, traveler, and web content developer.

Get your copy of his latest book entitled Obvious Conclusions, stories of a Midwestern emigrant influenced and corrupted by many years living in San Francisco and abroad. It just received its first outstanding review "...reminiscent of David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs" on Amazon UK.
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Soursop (aka Guanábana): An Exotic, Healthy Cancer Killing Fruit?

Soursop, known in South America as Guanábana, is an exotic fruit with many health benefits, including the ability to fight cancer. So why haven’t you heard of it?

My First Exposure to Soursop/Guanábana

For those that have read my site in the past, you know that I have lived in Uruguay and currently spend half of the year living in Medellin, Colombia, which is where I am right now.

I just went down to the local Jamba Juice equivalent here called Cosechas, where I order something different every time. Today, I went for Fresa (their name for strawberries) and Guanábana, which apparently we in the states call Soursop.

While I was waiting for my order, I thought: What did I just order? What is Soursop/Guanábana?

The results of my research surprised me and led to the writing of this article.

Guanábana is a natural South American fruit with amazing health benefits, including the ability to fight cancer. And, the powers that be may just be hiding this from you.

Soursop/Guanábana: A Closer Look

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The Guanabana/Soursop Plant

As I began my research of this tropical fruit, also called Graviola in Portugese, one article really stood out: Guanabana: the cancer killer big pharma doesn’t want you to know about.

This article struck me for two reasons: (1) There are some in my family with cancer and, if this can help them, I want them to know. And (2), the idea that big pharma would conceal something that could hinder profits is both obvious and criminal.

The bottom line is this: We need to get to the truth…

Does Soursop/Guanábana/Graviola Cure Cancer and Other Maladies?

You never know who to trust anymore and, when it comes to potential cancer cures, this irks me. Can’t people set aside personal agendas on an issue so important?

As someone who pursues investigative journalism, and relishes Obvious Conclusions, what I can do for you is gather up the research, present it to you, and tell you whether I think, based on all of the data, whether Soursop is beneficial to cancer patients and those with other maladies.

The real question to ask is: Would I take this myself if necessary?

As We Read More About Soursop…

…we learn a few valuable lessons. The unbiased facts about Soursop/Guanábana/Graviola can be found on this WikiPedia page.

The problem with these Encyclopedic style sources is that they simply present the positives and the negatives with no affirmation of either side. However, we do learn 2 things that are of significant note: (1) Soursop can potentially cause neurological dysfunction and lead to Alzheimers. Could this by why a village in Colombia has an irregularly high rate of Alzheimers? Secondly, we read the objective assessments about using Soursop as an alternative cancer treatment: “The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center lists cancer treatment as one of the purported uses of soursop” and “in laboratory studies, graviola extracts can kill some types of liver and breast cancer cells that are resistant to particular chemotherapy drugs.”

So, what do we know now? Soursop, in larger doses, may cause Alzheimers but also that many cancer facilities have mentioned Soursop as a plausible means to kill cancer cells.

The research on Soursop, taken in large doses, causing Alzheimers seems fairly conclusive. Here are some quotes from various seemingly-reputable sources (all links to these resources can be found in the resources section below).

Eating the fruit could lead to movement disorders similar to Parkinson’s disease, according to a case-control study in the French West Indies. In addition, a study suggests tea made for the leaves and stems of graviola is associated with neurotoxicity.Cancer Center Treatments of America
One research study has shown that people in the Caribbean who had large amounts of graviola in their diet were more likely to develop particular nerve changes and were also more likely to have hallucinations.Cancer Research UK
…the high incidence of West Indians with Parkinson’s-type motor problems could be related to a high consumption of Graviola fruit.Collective Evolution

Obviously, Soursop In Large Amount Taken Over Time Is Not Good, But…

All of the research also suggests that Soursop/Guanábana/Graviola fights and fends off deadly cancer cells.

In the very same article cited above from Collective Evolution, they say that:

this fruit is said to kill cancer more effectively than chemotherapy drugs and does not produce the same undesirable side effectsCollective Evolution

And, on this site that investigates claims of medical veracity, they acknowledge that:

One laboratory study also found that a compound isolated from sour sop seeds had 10,000 times the potency of one particular chemotherapy drug on colon adenocarcinoma cells.Hoax Slayer

Even Snopes, the definitive resource of uncovering and exposing fraudulent claims, has gotten into the act:

Since 1976, Graviola has proven to be an immensely potent cancer killer in 20 independent laboratory tests.Snopes Research

This Snopes article is particular interesting because it talks about the history of the research and questions whether traditional medicine has been hiding this cure-all. Apparently, a large pharmaceutical company spent 7 years researching and proving that Soursop has tremendous cancer fighting potential but, after realizing that they could not extract and package the natural contents for profit, they stopped their research and squashed the findings.

They’ll be a special place reserved in the after-life for people like this.

Bonus Video: How to Make Soursop (Guanabana) Juice

In this video, you can see what the Guanabana fruit looks like, how to cut it, and how to remove the seeds and turn it into a tasty juice.

In Conclusion…Cancer Patients Should Add Soursop to Their Diet

The potential benefits of Soursop for cancer patients certainly seem to outweigh the adverse side-effects.

It seems a near certainty that Soursop may cause neurological degeneration to those who have regularly consumed it throughout their lives. However, this prolonged exposure primary applies to those in areas where Soursop is a regularl part of the diet.

It also seems a near certainty that Soursop has tremendous potential to ward-off or even kill many cancer causing cells. The many studies (that drug companies ceased and sequestered) of Soursop/Guanábana/Graviola all indicate that this naturally grown substance has the ability to fight numerous forms of cancer. And, unlike traditional chemotherapy treatments, Soursop does not “kill everything” and hope for the best; it simply kills the cancer cells.

And, many studies suggest that Soursop/Guanábana/Graviola has other added benefits in addition to fighting off cancer cells. More than a few reports suggest that it cures herpes, parasites, infections and even works as an anti-depressant.

So, should you add this to your diet if you are battling cancer or want to ward off cancer cells? Well, while I would not recommend falling victim to Soursop pill scams, I certainly would recommend making the juice as you see in the video above or buying some Soursop/Guanábana/Graviola tea bags and making this a part of your afternoon ritual.

Further Reading: Soursop/Guanábana/Graviola Health Related Articles

Graviola, Guanabana and Cancer: LiveStrong.com explains the benefits and side-effects of Graviola, Guanabana and Cancer.

Experts caution against soursop fruit to fight cancer: This article from the Cancer Treatment Centers of American obviously raises red flags but also mentions “that soursop compounds tested on breast cancer cells in culture were more effective than chemotherapy in destroying the cells.” Why would they then not recommend it? Are they in bed with big pharmacy? Seriously, if a patient is stricken with a breast cancer death sentence, why would they not recommend a treatment that is “more effective than chemotherapy”?

Can graviola (soursop) cure cancer?: This article from Cancer Research UK seems to contradict itself: “Overall, there is no evidence to show that graviola works as a cure for cancer. In laboratory studies, graviola extracts can kill some types of liver and breast cancer cells that are resistant to particular chemotherapy drugs. ” Is that second sentence “evidence”?

Cancer Cure: Soursop Shows Strong Evidence in Studies: An informative and seemingly impartial article.

The Benefits of Soursop: SFGate.com presents a well-balanced article on why you might want to incorporate Soursop in your regimen.

Guanabana information – Exotic fruits | Nature’s Pride: This article tells you how to prepare Guanábana and when it’s ready to eat.

Feedback on Soursop/Guanábana/Graviola tea: This is a link to the Soursop/Guanábana/Graviola tea Amazon feedback page. Read what users think of the tea and find out if it’s helping them feel better and fight cancerous cells.

Why is there no fresh guanabana in the US?: Guanabana is a very climate and transport sensitive fruit. Thus, it is difficult to find in the states. At times, you can actually buy Guanabana on Amazon and you may want to try Googling “Gaunabana CityName” to see if it’s available in your locale.

Richard CummingsSoursop (aka Guanábana): An Exotic, Healthy Cancer Killing Fruit?
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The Bachelor Finale: Chris Soules Gives Final Rose to Whitney…

In the final episode of The Bachelor, Chris Soules got down on one knee and proposed to Whitney Bischoff, the fertility clinician from Chicago.

Video: Watch The Moment Chris Proposes to Whitney


The other contestant of course was Becca. Not having very much experience in love, she didn’t realize what Chris needed–the assurance of love and someone willing to be his wife.

On the Iowa farm.

With the Ashley’s, Britt, Carly, Kelsey, and everyone else, this Bachelor season with Chris has given us some good TV moments. However, since I had little emotional investment in the final two contestants, this finale lacked some of the punch of previous shows, espcially last weeks’ Women Tell All Episode.

Whitney and Chris have not yet set a date for the wedding and it will be interesting to see if their engagement holds up. Chris is now accustomed to a life outside the farm and that Whitney giggle may get irritating when it echoes endlessly through the prairie. We’ll wait and see if the engagement holds up or if they’ll suffer the same split-up fate as Andi and Josh.

The most exciting news of the evening came when they announced the next Bachelorette. Not only did they choose Britt, they are making it a two-fer with Kaitlyn as well. That’s right–two Bachelorettes. They haven’t given a complete breakdown on how it will work yet but they let on that it will turn into a bit of a competition and one of the girls will eventually be booted from the show.

It starts in May and I know you’ll be there watching!

Richard CummingsThe Bachelor Finale: Chris Soules Gives Final Rose to Whitney…
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Tiger Woods Suspended for PEDs?

Former PGA Tour Player Dan Olsen claims, from supposedly credible sources, that Tiger Woods has been suspended for one-month from the tour for the use of PEDs.

On a radio show in Lansing, Michigan called The Game, Olsen made the following comment:

I heard he’s on a month’s suspension. … It’s kind of a strong witness. It’s a credible person who is telling me this.Dan Olsen, Former PGA Tour Member

Olsen later retracted his statement saying that it was pure speculation on his part.

However, any speculation regarding Tiger Woods always makes front page headlines and this story is no different. In the video below, Scott Van Pelt discusses the issue on his radio show:

Of course, Tiger Woods’ agent is denying all of this. But did this just come out of nowhere? Would Tiger Woods be playing right now if he could? What do you think?

Richard CummingsTiger Woods Suspended for PEDs?
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The Bachelor Recap Feb 23rd: Kaitlyn vs Becca vs Whitney!

In Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor, virgins win, tattoos lose, and fertility specialists survive.

Welcome to the the near-end of The Bachelor with Chris Soules.

If we are going to be honest with each other, the last of the episodes of some seasons of The Bachelor lose a bit of appeal if you are not “all-in” with the remaining Bachelorettes.

I was all-in with Britt and she’s gone. Quite frankly, the remaining contestants lacked the beauty or controversy to interest me. But, of course, I watched and you did too.

So, for the quick recap, they all had dates in Bali.

Kaitlyn was first. She was shaking for much of the date and trying to open up. Chris did not seem that into it but, I have to say, Kaitlyn’s vulnerability heightened her appeal. In my first episode review where I critiqued all the girls, I wrote that “Kaitlyn is a great example of the girl who takes it too far.” Up until this episode, she hid her vulnerable side and this date she let go. As I watched, I found their date rather…boring. And I thought, “I wonder if Kaitlyn’s tatoos will get her kicked off the show…” I’m not sure that did it (and Chris would never admit to it) but we know one thing: she has lots of tats and now she’s gonzo!

Whitney, the fertility specialist, was second up. Of course, Becca was going to be last because the entire attraction of this episode was how Becca would reveal to Chris that she’s a virgin. Whitney has a very narrow face and a somewhat irritating voice but she’s kind of sexy. Plus, she brings endless enthusiasm which has kept her around. However, that enthusiasm may be her downfall in two weeks. I initially wrote that Whitney’s problem is that “She’s wearing a perfume called “Desperation”. She mentions in her profile that her greatest fear is “being alone”. Unfortunately, that fear creates behavior that will leave her, well…left alone.” Will that be her fate in two weeks? Being left alone?

Becca was the final date behind much ado (and promotion!) about being a virgin. She accepts the fantasy suite date with Chris and tells him when they arrive that she is, in fact, a virgin. I mentioned in my last Bachelor update that this virgin thing is being portrayed as somewhat negative: “Will he leave me after I tell him that I am a virgin?“, the girls ask. Most men (I would think as I am one of them) would applaud the fact that a girl has held out. The only problem with waiting is that you might end up with a girl who is not a sexual being. However, Becca must have given some provocative signals because Chris opted for her in the end.

Unless you are a huge romantic and have some skin in the game with one of the girls, this episode of The Bachelor is one that you do not need to rush to see. But you’ve already watched it so too late for you!

The good stuff comes next week when The Bachelorettes tell all. This is always the best episode of any season of The Bachelor or Bachelorette.

I’ll be critiquing so stay tuned :)

Richard CummingsThe Bachelor Recap Feb 23rd: Kaitlyn vs Becca vs Whitney!
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The Season Finale of Two and a Half Men & Chuck Lorre’s Obession

Two and a Half Men has been one of my favorite shows since it first aired on September 22, 2003. The finale, which just took place Thursday, brought together all that was great about the show and provided a stellar ending to the series…except for the very last scene which involved Chuck Lorre’s continuing obsession with Charlie Sheen.

Do you know anybody who seemingly has it all yet embraces spite, pettiness, and jealousy at every turn? Well, meet Chuck Lorre, the creator of Two and a Half Men.

Chuck Lorre is reportedly worth $700 million dollars.

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Yet he is a discontent.

He is like a Larry Ellison who just never quite bested Bill Gates. Or a popular actor who longed for, but never won, an Oscar.

These people are trying to keep up with the Joneses when, unbeknownst to them, they are the Joneses.

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Ending of Two and a Half Men

The season finale of Two and a Half Men ended with a piano dropping on Charlie’s character (who was not really Charlie Sheen) and then the camera turning to Lorre in the director’s chair who says “winning”. Then, in some odd attempt at humility humor, another piano drops on Lorre.

The battle between Lorre and Sheen had been ongoing but escalated after Charlie’s departure from the show.

You can read the many reasons about the Lorre/Sheen feud but, to get to the gist of it, you only need to read between the lines: Lorre is jealous that Sheen gets all of the credit for Two and a Half Men.

Yet, to create the best ending to Two and a Half Men, who did Lorre revolve the whole show around? Charlie Sheen. He abandoned all of the on-going plot-lines and made the entire finale about Charlie’s character and Charlie himself, with some especially underhanded digs at the cancellation of Charlie’s show Anger Management. But, since Charlie qualifies for a “syndicate payout of around $200 million“, I’m not sure he feels too slighted.

It’s Chuck who always feels slighted. Yes, he had made other shows before Two and Half Men but Charlie had brought him his biggest success to date. And, would everything after (such as The Big Bang Theory) have happened were it not for the for the fortuitous appearance of Charlie on Two and Half Men?

These questions seem crazy to entertain given the level of success and wealth that Chuck Lorre has. Yet, apparently, Chuck Lorre continually asks them of himself? And, because of this obsession, he ruined an otherwise great ending to Two and Half Men by trying to make it about him.

It was not, and will never be, about him. I’m sorry Chuck: you’re the creator, not the star. You will never shine that bright. Nobody even knows who you are except for those who follow TV very closely.

True, Lorre will probably outlive Charlie Sheen and die with more money in the bank but the question is this: Will they be able to fit the chip on his shoulder in the coffin or will he have finally let it go?

Richard CummingsThe Season Finale of Two and a Half Men & Chuck Lorre’s Obession
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The Bachelor Update Feb 16th: Chris Choosing With Heart Not Hormones

After nearly 4 hours of programming on Sunday and Monday night, the Bachelor Chris Soules is now down to 3 women: Whitney, Becca, and Kaitlyn.

In these four hours, four women were tossed: Megan, Carly, Britt, and Jade.

When you look at all of The Bachelorettes this season, one thing is clear: Chris is making decisions not based on beauty but on a genuine look towards a future and marriage.

Certainly, Britt, Jade, and Megan are sexier than the remaining Whitney, Becca, and Kaitlyn.

With Megan, I am reminded of a saying of a friend of mine who claims long distance relationships don’t work: “What the eye can’t see, the heart can’t feel.” Megan had a great date with Chris but that was way back in the beginning. They had not seen each other much since and she left his heart.

Britt’s departure is the most shocking. After she opened up quite a bit to Chris, he gave the rose to Kaitlyn. Offended that she was not chosen (and she’s clearly accustomed to being the chosen one), Britt unleashed her emotions in-front of Chris and the other girls. Clearly, throughout the show, the chemistry between Britt and Chris was the strongest of all the girls. And, clearly also, she was by far the most beautiful remaining bachelorette.

But, Chris is letting his head and not his hormones do the choosing–an unlikely methodology from a farm boy but you got to give him respect. Similarly, he let Jade go after her revelation that she had posed sans clothing in a men’s magazine.

And Carly? Well, as we learned in the last episode of The Bachelor where Ashley I gets kicked off, the rat never wins. Carly ratted out Britt (unfairly in my estimation) and then got booted right after her. There have also been reports that Carly may be the next Bachelorette but I’m thinking not. She is funny and would be sure to throw down some juicy commentary but she’s not quite sexy enough.

Go with Britt for the next Bacehlorette!

So, of the remaining, who will Chris choose? I’m thinking not Kaitlyn because she’s too…over the top. So, that leaves 2 southern girls: Whitney & Becca. How is Whitney going to maintain the job she loves in Arlington, Iowa? Hmmmm…

So, that leaves Becca, the Virgin. This virgin status thing has made quite the headlines this year and much commentary seems to trend toward the negative. Of that, I’m not sure why. Is a guy going to pick a girl who has slept with many people or a virgin? What do you think?

I am sensing a big problem on the horizon though. Once you take the farmboy off the farm, and introduce him to the world–and the women of the world, can he comfortably live on the farm the rest of his life?

Richard CummingsThe Bachelor Update Feb 16th: Chris Choosing With Heart Not Hormones
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Ashley I from The Bachelor on Jimmy Kimmel…And Quite Likable!

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Ashley I Interview With Jimmy Kimmel

Ashley I, the “Kardashian Look-A-Like” from The Bachelor, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel (see video below) after her dismissal from Episode 6 of The Bachelor.

Unlike her character on the show, who seemed no deeper than a kiddie pool and more emotional than a Jerry Springer guest, Ashley I donned a funny t-shirt and traded some good jibes with Jimmy.Read More

Richard CummingsAshley I from The Bachelor on Jimmy Kimmel…And Quite Likable!