If only killing cancer was as simple as sipping tea.
"I really believe there's something to it, whether or not it's going to save my life, I don't know, come and see me in five years," said Linda Michael, Ovarian Cancer Patient.
Linda Michael says it may be. She's battling aggressive ovarian cancer which kills 15 thousand women per year. Monthly chemo visits are just too much.
"I couldn't get out of bed, I couldn't get off the couch," said Linda Michael.
So she's adding a new treatment to the mix: Tea made from papaya leaves.
"I'm doin' a whole lot better than my oncologist thought I was going to do," said Linda Michael.
University of Florida physician Nam Dang has the science to back up Linda's new brew.
"We have found that there are components in tea extracts that actually kill cancer cells directly," said Nam Dang, M.D., Ph.D., University of Florida.
Dang found exposure to papaya leaf extract slowed tumor growth in ten types of cancer cells. It also it also boosts the immune system, where traditional chemo treatments make it weaker.
"That's the excitement behind our finding - that we might have a drug that can do several things in fighting cancer," said Nam Dang, M.D., Ph.D.
In other studies mixing natural and standard medicine: University of Pennsylvania researchers found flaxseed reduces heart disease risk. And grape seed extract helps treat Alzheimer's - according to Mount Sinai Medical Center staff.
"Western medicine saved my life, I can't say anything bad about it, but chemo is tough stuff," said Michael.
With science on her side, Linda's now cooking-up her own combo of old-and-new treatments.
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