No, hot coconut juice does not kill cancer cells

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A post that has been shared more than 80,000 times in Cameroon since 2019 and was still being shared as recently as June 2022, claims that to “kill cancer cells” you have to soak a coconut in hot water and drink the juice. This is wrong, explain oncologists contacted by AFP, who insist that each treatment is complex and specific to each type of cancer.

Drinking a coconut soaked in hot water would kill cancer cells? This is what the author of a June 3, 2019 post claims, which was still widely shared in 2022. His miracle recipe calls for slicing 2 to 3 thin strips of coconut into a cup, adding hot water and it will “alkaline water“Fit for consumption. The message indicates that this juice consumed hot has an effect”proven against all types of cancer“.

A recipe that would be good “for each“after a certain”dr Abbas Hussain Kazmi from Sheikh Zaid Hospital“Who this message is attributed to.

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We found two hospitals of the same name in Labore in Pakistan and in Rabat in Morocco. Contacted by AFP on June 22 and 23, 2022, spokespersons for the two hospitals denied using a “dr Abbas Hussain KazmI”. “No doctor of that name works here“An official from Skeikh Zayed Hospital in the city of Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan, responded. As for the message about coconut juice curing cancer.”We have no idea“From his origins,” replied a source from Sheikh Zaid Hospital in Rabat, Morocco.

The two hospitals also distance themselves from the report on this alleged miracle cure.

The viral message suggests that alkaline water would cure cancer, which is not scientifically proven, according to a 2016 study published on the American Library of Medicine website. She mentions that public promotion of alkaline diets and alkaline water to prevent or treat cancer is not scientifically justified. AFP has already verified false claims in this regard.

Regarding the supposed benefits of coconut for cancer, AFP also endorsed this questionable recipe, which was written in Sri Lanka, with a slight change in the name of the hospital doctor who would be the author. In June 2022, the viral publication in French triggered an avalanche of thanks, but also questions from skeptical Internet users.

“Cancer treatment is complex”

I do not understand you ! Sometimes you write “coconut water”, sometimes you write coconut juice. After all, what do we remember? Then we see the water in a glass. Is it that in the nut or is it the water that we put in the jar before we insert the thin strips?“, comments a user, for whom the viral publication seems incomprehensible.

dr Doudou Diouf, oncologist at the Bellevue Clinic in Dakar, Senegal, does not hesitate. “Coconut juice cannot treat cancer”he replies to AFP, contacted on June 23, 2022.

He acknowledges that coconut contains vitamins and is said to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. But some may think wrongly he regrets that this is enough to stop cancer cells from multiplying in the body.

A treatment (against cancer) includes much more diverse and complex mechanics that can be simplified with shortcuts.“, cuts Dr. Diouf and regrets that many patients resort to these so-called miracle recipes and thus delay their treatment by specialists.

Depending on the type of cancer and its stage of development, cancer is treated with surgery, radiotherapy, antimitotic drugs, hormones and immunological products‘ stressed Professor Pierre Bey, who was contacted by AFP for further review of a pseudo-anticancer drug. “All in all, today about 55% of cancer patients are cured in countries where these different therapeutic means are accessible.“, he added.

Immunotherapy, one of the methods to fight cancer ( SIMON MALFATTO, KUN TIAN, PAZ PIZARRO / AFP / )

In response to this message, which was widely shared in Sri Lanka, Dr. AJ Hilmi, former president of the Association of Oncologists of Sri Lanka, told AFP on June 10: “There is no credible scientific evidence to support this claim“.

The danger in such cases is that patients tend to abandon the treatments prescribed by doctors and opt for these alternative methods, and the results can sometimes be fatal.“, he added.

Alice Wilson, spokeswoman for UK charity Cancer Research, also told AFP the claim was not backed by any scientific evidence.

It is completely understandable that patients with cancer want to consider all options, but it is important that they consult a doctor before considering any complementary or alternative therapies.“, she said.

“Cancer, one of the leading causes of death in the world”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2020, nearly 10 million people died from cancer worldwide, mostly in low- and middle-income countries, according to the UN panel.

This disease is manifested by the proliferation of abnormal cells, which can invade neighboring parts of the body and then migrate to other organs. There are many types of cancer, the deadliest being lung cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer and breast cancer, the most important in terms of the number of cases detected.

According to WHO, the fight against cancer goes through “Prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care“Prevention measures include not smoking, maintaining a healthy body mass index, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and not abusing alcohol.

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