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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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As I was completing my review of The Bachelor girls from Season 19, I came across the news that Andi Dorfman & Josh Murray have split up.

Excuse me? You’ve got to be kidding! I just saw Andi Dorfman & Josh Murray Monday night talking about their engagement. They seemed all touchy feely. But, as listed in the 10 Possible Reasons they broke up, the Naughty Mommy speculates that this affection could have all been a ruse.

I’m actually not surprised that Andi and Josh broke up. I’m only surprised at the timing of it.

I know…everyone was all happy googly eyed when they seemed so happy at the end of her season of The Bachelorette. People loved Andi because she called out Juan Pablo on his all-around-lameness and everyone was rooting for her.
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Michael Lewis Princeton Speech

Michael Lewis Princeton Speech, 2012

Michael Lewis, author of the acclaimed books “Liar’s Poker” and “Moneyball”, delivered the baccalaureate speech at Princeton on June 3rd and put forth some interesting theories regarding the role of luck in successful people.

These words have caused quite a stir, most notably among successful people who refuse to acknowledge that luck played quite a role in their successes.

Here are some excerpts from the speech, with the full video provided below.

Quotes from Michael Lewis Princeton Speech

People really don’t like to hear success explained away as luck — especially successful people. As they age, and succeed, people feel their success was somehow inevitable. They don’t want to acknowledge the role played by accident in their lives. There is a reason for this: the world does not want to acknowledge it either…don’t be deceived by life’s outcomes. Life’s outcomes, while not entirely random, have a huge amount of luck baked into them. Above all, recognize that if you have had success, you have also had luck — and with luck comes obligation. You owe a debt, and not just to your Gods. You owe a debt to the unlucky.

Hindsight is not always 20/20. Successful people often misinterpret their successes as they look backward, re-engineering their past to put a deliberate spin on their choices, choices that ultimately led to the success they now enjoy.

In fact, I have heard several of these re-interpreters hark back to this line of poetry by Robert Frost:

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

This line confers the deliberateness of the choices one made to lead to success. Two paths were available and the choice was made, deliberately, to choose the path that led to great successes.

The irony of successful people using this line to reflect their perfect choices is that the poem, taking in it’s entirety, suggests just the opposite and supports the Michael Lewis contention: randomness and luck are as much contributors to success as lots of work and deliberate choices.

What really happened in the poem? There was a guy standing in the woods and he saw two available paths with no distinguishable differences. He basically flipped a coin to determine his path, which fortunately was the path that led to the gold (read the full poem). It is only later in life, when looking back, he recreates his story to make the choices on that fateful day seem deliberate. “I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.“.

The reality couldn’t have been further from the truth.

We live in a world now, certainly in America, where there is a great disparity between the “haves” and the “have-nots”. And many of the haves, not all mind you, suggest that the have-nots could have been one of them had they just worked a little harder. This thinking eases their guilt about all of their having . And, obviously, the more you have the less you share.

I was recently taking a walk in San Francisco in the Nob Hill neighborhood, one of the wealthiest districts in America. As is common in San Francisco, this wealthy neighborhood shares a close proximity to some very downtrodden areas.

I walked past a group of luxury penthouses on the top of Nob Hill and noticed that one of them was for sale. The asking price: $25 million dollars.

Outside of this group of penthouses, on the side of the building so as not to be noticed, was a homeless veteran. People exiting this building took no notice of him.

In his speech, I believe Michael Princeton is simply saying: Take Notice!

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Facebook addicts have modified the traditional AA twelve steps recovery program by substituting the word “Alcohol” with “Facebook” as you see in this modified Facebook addiction declaration example below:

We admitted we were powerless over Facebook—that our lives had become unmanageable!

As always, I am here to help. If you find that you say, “Yes, that’s me” to two or more of the items below, it might be time to admit your Facebook addiction and seek immediate counseling!

10 Signs You Are Addicted To Facebook


Facebook Addiction #1

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If this is true for you, read no further. You are definitely a Facebook addict!


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Music Festivals & MollyIf you have ever heard people talking about something called “Molly”, you certainly may wonder “what is Molly?”

I have just returned from the Electric Forest Music Festival where the question was not “what is Molly?” but rather “do you know where I can get some Molly?”

Why would people be asking this at a music festival, you ask. Well, it’s because Molly is a drug and Molly is slang for pure ecstasy, also known as MDMA. And, at an Electronic Music Festival, nearly everybody, certainly all of the 30,000 people at the Electric Forest Festival, are taking “Molly”. On the wikipedia Molly-MDMA page, one of the reported subjective side effects is an “uncontrollable urge to dance.” And, definitely, people are dancing all day and night at the Electronic Forest Festival.

Is Molly Dangerous? Should You Try Molly?

I am not a scientist but there is certainly a lot of information out there about Molly. Here are some Google searches that you can just click and see many different perspectives:

Is Molly Dangerous?
Is Molly Bad For You?
Is Molly Addictive?

These are all searches that you might want to take a look at. It’s always important to know what you are putting into your body.

However, I will say two things and, mind you, this is my subjective assessment but based on real experiences.

One, I have always shied away from all heavy drugs and initially I thought Molly was in this category and so I stayed away from it. However, after doing lots of reading, my opinion on that has changed. Molly is not in that category of heavy drugs; it simply makes you happy and loving with a strong desire to dance, love life, and be intrigued by colors of all variety :)

Update, December 2014: I have just watched a a Drugs, Inc National Geographic special called “Manic Molly”. The reality nowadays is that most of the “Molly” that people are getting is not real MDMA. Thus, the immediate and lasting effects will not be the true “Molly” experience and you should take immense caution because these drugs are manufactured under very shady and dubious scenarios. Here is the episode of “Manic Molly”.

And, two, I did see several people at the music festival who mix Molly with other drugs. When you start doing this, you have changed the game and better be very careful.

Some Videos About Molly That You May Enjoy

It’s always nice to see some videos about the topics at hand. So, I have a couple videos here about Molly that you may enjoy.

Molly: Why Do People Use It?

Molly: A First Time Experience

Any thoughts? Comment below!

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