A strong proponent of alternative medicine, supplements and holistic treatments, Dr. Mercola had made a name for himself by defying convention and thinking largely outside the box. He believes that the mainstream medical community is too apt to put patients on prescription drugs, which relieve symptoms but often don’t address the underlying causes of disease. Because of this, he’s made many enemies; on the other hand, he has garnered millions of online followers. Dr. Mercola has expanded his mission from providing provocative information to openly advocating his health-care beliefs.
Dr. Oz does not agree with everything Dr. Mercola’s says, but he does appreciate how Mercola pushes physicians to think differently about medicine.
Here, Dr. Mercola reveals some of his most radical cures yet. Dr. Oz investigates Dr. Mercola’s claims and puts his theories to the test.
Dr. Mercola Says: Cancer Can Be Cured With Eggplant
Dr. Mercola argues that an affordable cream, which uses the eggplant extracts known as BEC and BEC5, appears to cure and eliminate non-melanoma skin cancers in weeks. A mixture of naturally occurring glycoalkaloids found in the plants of the nightshade family, including eggplant, have been shown to be highly effective in treating human skin cancers. The power is in the pigment – its natural chemicals bind to skin cancer cells and is highly toxic to them, yet they cause no harm to healthy cells. One study found that 20 out of 24 skin cancer lesions disappeared after using this eggplant extract cream. There is currently one company that makes this cream – Curaderm; it costs $125.
Dr. Oz’s Bottom Line
Dr. Oz finds this treatment intriguing and believes more research should be done. Skin cancer is the number-one cancer in the United States. Do not self-diagnose and do not skip the doctor. You need to have your doctor diagnose a skin lesion. And remember, this cream appears to be effective only on non-melanoma skin cancers. If you get a lot of non-melanoma skin cancer spots or are worried about surgery and scarring, as your doctor if it makes sense to pursue this alternative treatment.
Be proactive about monitoring your skin. Skin cancer is treatable if caught early. Click here to learn how to perform a self-exam and track your moles. To learn more about preventing melanoma, click here.