Experts Say These Bizarre Medical Treatments May Be Able to Get Rid of Cancer, But Do They Actually Work?

Year after year, new cancer medications and treatments are put on the market. While most people undergo chemotherapy or surgery to remove cancer, some people are turning to more unconventional treatments with the hope of naturally curing their disease. But do these treatments actually work? Some of them look promising, but all of them need to be investigated further before their ability to treat cancer can be determined.

Urine ingestion

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Can drinking urine really help cure cancer? | KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images

Some advocates of naturally healing your cancer have said that urine ingestion can aid in the process. Known as urine therapy, the process consists of ingesting your own urine to rid the body of cancer cells and other diseases. According to Healing Cancer Naturally, Morarji Desai, the former prime minister of India, swears by the tactic. Some doctors have said they don’t know if urine therapy can solely cure cancer. However, if it is accompanied by other tactics, like acupuncture, it may work. There is no concrete evidence of urine curing cancer.

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DNA healing

Long structure of the DNA double helix in depth of view.

This could be the future of cancer treatment. | Getty Images

DNA healing stems from the idea that our genes predetermine our health patterns. If we’re genetically inclined to get cancer, some believe that “repairing” our DNA would prevent us from ever getting that diagnosis. DNA healing is the method of removing “road blocks” in our DNA that predispose us to these diseases. Scientists aren’t even sure if something like this is possible, but they think it could hold the solution to a lot of gene-related diseases.

Next: One naturopathic expert falsely claimed this could cure cancer. 

Killing cancer-causing parasites

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US officials refused to recommend this Mexican treatment. | Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images

Dr. Hulda Clark was a doctor of naturopathic medicine who believed that all diseases — including cancer — were caused by parasites. She claimed to invent an electronic device that “zapped” patients of these parasites and cured them. She based her clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, and made patients do bizarre things such as move out of their homes. (Their homes were supposedly causing the cancer.) Doctors, along with the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration, dismissed Clark’s claims. Unfortunately, some patients still fell for her act. Clark died from cancer in 2009.

Next: Could venom from this animal cure cancer? 

Blue scorpion venom

No research has been published on blue scorpion venom. | Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images

Blue scorpion venom was first discovered as a potential cancer treatment when a scientist found that it reduced the size of tumors in cats and dogs. Today, people still travel to Cuba (home of the blue scorpion) for the venom. The venom is harmless to humans. Although it’s possible that the venom works, there is no research to definitely say that it can cure cancer. Plus, the pharmacy that produces the “medicine,” Labiofam, claims to have studied the venom’s effects, but has never published any of its research.

Next: This treatment method is becoming more popular in Europe. 

Ozone therapy

Hospital nurse helps a senior woman breath through an oxygen mask

Ozone therapy isn’t popular in the U.S.| lisafx/ Getty Images

“Ozone” is the gas that we smell after it rains. It’s a form of oxygen that has a somewhat sweet smell. Some doctors believe it can help treat cancer. Ozone is a diverse form of therapy because it can be administered in different ways — through the skin, through the gums, into different organs, etc. Once injected, its properties can supposedly help fight diseases like cancer, liver disease, heart disease, and more. In Germany, nearly 80% of doctors have used ozone therapy for some kind of treatment. However, it is not widely used in the United States and needs to be further studied.

Next: Studies show this plant has cancer-curing properties. 

Venus fly traps

Venus Fly Trap

The Venus flytrap could kill more than just flies. | Amazon

Studies done on carnivorous plants, such as the Venus flytrap, have shown that they contain compounds that could fight cancer. These types of plants appear to contain bioactive secondary metabolites, which could be used to prevent or block the development of cancer. Further studies need to be done to draw a definite conclusion about the Venus flytrap’s properties, but it so far seems like the most promising cancer treatment on the list.

Next: Could this undersea species cure cancer? 

Marine sponges

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Sponges are being tested for anti-tumor medications. | Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Over thousands of years, marine sponges have developed properties that allow them to survive in the difficult environment of the ocean floor. As a result, they’ve become a popular candidate for pharmaceutical testing. Some of the studies have shown that marine sponges can have anti-tumor effects. Some of the sponges’ properties have showed the potential to inhibit cell growth, making them a potentially ideal cancer treatment. Studies still need to draw further conclusions.

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