A father named Stephen Winterbottom has claimed that alternative treatments, specifically turmeric and lion’s mane mushrooms, have helped stall his terminal cancer. Winterbottom was diagnosed with stage-two malignant melanoma two years ago and underwent conventional cancer treatments, including surgery and immunotherapy. However, he believes that the use of turmeric and mushrooms has had a positive effect on his condition, despite limited scientific evidence supporting their efficacy in fighting cancer.
Turmeric has long been praised for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and a study conducted by Temple University in Philadelphia found that a compound in turmeric called curcumin may prevent nutrients from reaching tumors and inhibit cancer cells from emitting harmful proteins. However, turmeric can also have unpleasant side effects, such as headaches, vomiting, and diarrhea. Most studies on curcumin’s effects on cancer have been conducted on animals, and Cancer Research UK states that there is currently no clear evidence to support the use of turmeric or curcumin in the prevention or treatment of cancer.
Winterbottom claims that his cancer has become “inactive” since he started taking alternative treatments. He now takes daily doses of mushroom supplements, turmeric, melatonin, cod liver oil, colloidal silver, and vitamins. Winterbottom acknowledges that his condition could change at future scans, but for now, his cancer has stopped spreading. He credits alternative therapies for this positive outcome. Winterbottom’s story is unique, as it is rare for cancer to completely stop spreading without treatment.
Winterbottom’s journey began when he was diagnosed with stage-two malignant melanoma after a colleague pointed out a suspicious-looking mole on his head. He underwent surgery to remove two moles, which left large holes in his head. However, further scans revealed that the cancer had spread to multiple areas of his brain, prompting Winterbottom to prepare for the worst. He experienced a setback during his cancer treatment when he developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that landed him in the hospital for four months. It was during this time that Winterbottom started researching alternative treatments.
Winterbottom’s situation improved significantly after he began taking turmeric and mushrooms. He now feels better than ever and continues to work full-time and engage in physical activities such as running, cycling, and swimming. While he understands that his condition could change in the future, Winterbottom remains optimistic about the positive effects of alternative therapies in his battle against cancer.
– Temple University study on turmeric and curcumin
– Cancer Research UK