A social media video claims that there is an effective quick home remedy for cancer. We fact-checked and found the claim to be False.
In a Facebook video, the speaker, introducing himself as Dr. Roots, claims that the mixture of carrot, onion, garlic, and lime juice is an effective remedy.
Is the claim made in the video correct?
No. A mixture of carrot, onion, garlic, and lime juice is not an effective remedy for cancer. The assertion made by the claimant regarding ‘one treatment for different cancers’ lacks credibility due to its absence of scientific backing.
In the video, the claimant appears to advocate the belief that consuming natural ingredients serves as an effective remedy for various cancers. However, upon further investigation, we were unable to find any information about the speaker besides the fact that he identifies himself as Dr. Roots. Consequently, we lack clarity on whether the claimant possesses a valid medical license.
He discusses an effective remedy claiming to be capable of curing cancers in stages one through three. We saw the video and realized that this remedy consisted of vague instructions, including enough carrots, enough onions, and enough garlic. There are no specific measurements provided in the video. The instruction is to mix the pounded vegetables with freshly extracted lime juice in a bottle and consume it as a shot twice daily until improvement is observed. Notably, the video lacked any evidence supporting the claim that this mixture has curative properties.
Dr. Sarthak Moharir, Chief Radiation Oncologist Apollo Cancer Centre, Bilaspur further adds, “Special diet or diet modifications do not cure cancer. Diet is very important for patients undergoing cancer treatment and it is advised they take a balanced meal with all macros and micronutrients as prescribed by their dietary counsellor.”
Furthermore, the American Society of Cancer website informs that cancer treatment depends on several factors such as cancer type, stage, available treatment options, and other important variables. This comprehensive perspective sheds light on the complexity of the situation and the fact that a mere quick home remedy cannot cure cancer. Cancer patients need tailored treatment approaches depending on their health condition. It is important to emphasize that there is no singular technique effective for treating all forms of cancer.
Can carrot, onion, garlic, and lime juice effectively treat cancers?
No. Carrot, onion, garlic, and lime juice cannot effectively treat cancers. Carrots, onions, garlic, and lime juice are often touted for their health benefits. They happen to have better nutrient content and potential anti-cancer properties. These foods contain various vitamins, minerals, and compounds that may have some cancer-fighting properties. However, there is no conclusive scientific evidence to support the claim that consuming them alone can effectively treat cancers.
Evidence shows that these foods contain certain antioxidants, such as beta-carotene in carrots, flavonoids in onions, and allicin in garlic, which have been studied for their potential to combat cancer cells and reduce the risk of certain cancers. Lime juice, rich in vitamin C, also contains antioxidants that may contribute to overall health and potentially aid in preventing cell damage caused by free radicals.
But these available research papers only speculates carrot, onion, garlic, and lime juice have anti-cancer properties. None of these papers confirms that eating them will treat cancer.
Evidence only shows that a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, including carrots, onions, garlic, and citrus fruits like lime, can be beneficial for overall health. Their chemical composition may reduce the risk of certain cancers. However, it is important to note that these foods should not be considered as standalone treatments for cancer. Cancer is a complex disease, and its treatment usually requires a multifaceted approach involving various medical interventions, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapies, among others.
Voomika Mukherjee, our Health & Nutrition Life coach, explains, “No food or food group can prevent cancer and that avoiding certain foods will not reduce your risk. Maintaining body weight, particularly visceral fat, and muscle strength, in addition to a balanced diet, is critical while treating cancer. The best way is to eat a well-balanced diet rich in lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. Reduce your intake of sugar, caffeine, salt, and alcohol.” She emphasized that eating meals of adequate quality and quantity can help you lower your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. However, no food can cure cancer.
Shivashankar T., Chief Clinical Nutritionist and Dietician at Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital, Mumbai confirms the same. He informs that a good diet is important in cancer treatment. He further explains that “A healthy diet plays an important role in supporting overall health and well-being during cancer treatment. A diet high in good protein and no simple carbohydrates as well as inflammatory proteins can be beneficial for the cancer patients. However, this diet advice needs to be altered for every patient according to the requirements of their body.”
We have previously debunked claims that all cancers can be cured by organic honey, black seeds, and lemon. Additionally, we refuted the claim that lotus root prevents cancer. Furthermore, we debunked another claim suggesting that hot lemon water can treat cancer.
What can be the dangers of trying to cure cancer through diet and not seeking medical advice?
Attempting to cure cancer exclusively through dietary changes without seeking medical advice can pose significant dangers. Cancer is a complex illness that demands more than reliance on dietary elements for effective treatment. Depending solely on home remedies and neglecting professional medical guidance might exacerbate the condition, rendering cancer harder to treat or potentially incurable. Cancer cells proliferate rapidly, swiftly spreading throughout the body. Any delay in seeking proper medical treatment can escalate the severity of the condition, making it more challenging to manage and treat effectively.
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