By Sam Sanare
However, compared to the real problems of people fighting off cancers, the concerns of weightlifting athletes for more muscle and weak sexual performers for better erections and orgasms are shallow and insignificant indeed.
Patients with cancers fight to stay alive, not just to look more attractive or have better sex.
For more than 10 years, I have been writing a lot about tongkat ali, mostly as a sexual enhancement medication.
And sure, tongkat ali works beautifully for this purpose. But even I must admit that the greatest potential of tongkat ali is in the prevention and cure of cancers.
And I am not alone in this opinion. As a quick search on the largest database on medical research, Medline, reveals, no other biological agent is studied more extensively for its potential in the treatment of practically every cancer.
To try this yourself, you may go to the website of the United States National Institute of Health, Medline. Or try:
Search for “eurycoma” or “eurycoma longifolia”, which is the scientific name of tongkat ali.
And the result is always the same. Tongkat ali, or its active constituents, kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact.
The dosages needed for an anti-cancer application of tongkat ali may be higher than those commonly used for sexual enhancement.
But tongkat ali, even at very high dosages, has a very friendly side effect profile.
Now, compared to radiological or chemo therapy, why does it make sense that tongkat ali isn’t so heavy in side effects, even when used in large dosages?
The reason lies in the fact that tongkat ali is not a xenobiotic substance but composed of organic compounds, which are part of the evolution of human life, both as nutrients and building blocks of cells.
The risks of xenobiotic substances (substances not present in the evolution of life) are commonly underestimated, though biologists are aware of them.
Humans and plants have a common evolutionary, genetic history. This has led to a high degree of biochemical adaptation, which means: tolerance to biochemical substances that are found somewhere in the common evolutionary chain of all organisms on earth, plants or animals.
And how about synthetic chemical compounds created in the laboratories of pharmaceutical companies?
Every biologist can tell you that while such xenobiotic substances may have desirable short-term effects, the chances are 9999 in 10,000 that on a cell-molecular level, they are a disturbance that will sooner or later cause disease.
Just remember pesticides such as DDT. When first synthesized and sold, they were considered harmless to humans and other animals. But after a few years, their harmful effect on living mamalian organisms was discovered.
And while pharmaceutical xenobiotics may sometimes have a short-term benefit, such as sildenafil citrate (Viagra) in the treatment of erectile dysfunction or chemotherapy in the treatment of cancers, natural plant-based medications have a far more promising potential: to actually improve the overall health of a person. Even of a cancer patient.
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