Rhubarb for cancer – bitter sweet!

Dr. Weeks’ Comment: My thanks for Robert Cohen www.notmilk.com  for this post (see below) but I worry about his final conclusion. Since the FDA came after Diamond Foods and accused them of illegal drug claims (their walnuts are considered “heart healthy”)  I shake my head in disbelief that this agency is going rouge.  

“Based on our review, we have concluded that your walnut products are in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act 9the Act) and the applicable regulations in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR)… your walnut products are drugs within the meaning of section 201 (g) (1) (B) of the Act. Your walnuts products are also new drugs under section 201 (p) of the Act… ”  



So until we understand the difference between walnuts and walnut products,  rhubarb in pie form is not safe!


“Precaution is better than cure.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When the subject is breast cancer, Goethe wrote that
the cure is preventing the disease, while Notmilk
identifies the key factor in the etiology of cancer:


Why wait until the new year to announce news of a
possible miracle breast cancer cure? In November of
2011, you are reading this long before this exciting
news will be reported by the American media!

[Rhein – an extract of rhubarb root belonging to
a group of isoflavones known as anthraquinones.]

The January, 2012 issue of the journal Evidence-based
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012;2012:952504)
will contain a study that was performed by scientists at
the Department of Biotechnology, Asia University in Taiwan.

Researchers discovered that rhein extracts induce the
apoptosis (cellular destruction) of aggressive human breast
cancer cells which are usually resistant to chemotherapy.

Chang, C.Y., et. al. discovered that the rhubarb root extract
(rhein) stops the proliferative growth of fast growing breast
cancers, and results in the annihilation of breast tumor cells.
Rhubarb pie, anyone?

Here is a raw vegan recipe for the possible cure:

After reading about chia seeds in Robert Cheeke’s VEGAN BODY
BUILDING and in Christopher MacDougall’s BORN TO RUN, chia has
become an important factor in my diet and in the following
rhubarb pie recipe. Chia seeds contain plenty of protein and
a full range of amino acids as well as essential Omega 3 and
Omega 6 oils. They also contain plenty of fiber, five times
the amount of calcium as an equal amount of cow’s milk, twice
as much potassium by weight as my favorite fruit, bananas, and
triple the amount of antioxidants as blueberries. The Tarahumara
Indians depicted in MacDougall’s book credit their ability to
run 100-mile races to chia seeds.


2 cup soaked almonds
one-half cup soaked chia seeds
1 cup pitted dates
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

METHOD (Crust)

Pulse ingredients in food processor until coarse.
Press crust into pie tin


6 cups peeled rhubarb stalks
2 cup pitted dates.

METHOD (Filling)

Peel rhubarb as you would peel celery.
Coarsely chop rhubarb, then add rhubarb
and dates to food processor and blend.
Add freshly juiced apple cider to thin
mixture as needed. Refrigerate pie and
serve cold.

NOTE: Purchase your dates from The Date People who grow
50 different varieties. They are cheaper than supermarket
dates which taste like and resemble cardboard.

If you order dates, tell Jaime that the Notmilkman sent you!
THE DATE PEOPLE: 760-359-3211



Yesterday (11/18/11) the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revoked
a prior 2004 approval given for Genentech’s breast cancer drug, Avastin.

FDA had approved Avastin because animal research showed such
promise, but humans are not laboratory rats. Women with breast
cancer who took Avastin showed no improvement, and many
developed hemorrhaging and high blood pressure. My reaction
to FDA’s action? FDA will not be revoking the use of rhubarb.

Let them eat pie.

Robert Cohen

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