MD, PhD, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd.

The Internet is full of complete nonsense about alternative medicine, as we all know. Much of it could be funny – if it was not so extremely dangerous. Misinformation on health can (and I am afraid does) kill people. One of the worst BS I have seen for a long time is this article entitled ‘Here’s What Oncologists Won’t Tell You About Essential Oils’.

A few excerpts might be of interest:

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…The human body resonates at a frequency of 62-78 MHz and scientists believe that diseases start at 58 MHz. Many studies have shown that negative thoughts can reduce our frequency by 12 MHz, while positive thinking raises it by 10.

This means that there are many things that can affect our health in ways we can’t imagine.

According to the latest studies, essential oils can fight cancer thanks to their antibacterial properties and their ability to change the frequency we resonate at.

One of the scientists involved in the study, Bruce Tainio, developed a special Calibrated Frequency Monitor that measures the frequency of essential oils and how they affect us. M. Suhail, an immunologist, says that cancer develops when the DNA in our cells’ nucleus is corrupted.

Essential oils can correct this and repair the code, effectively improving our chances against the terrible disease…

In his book “The Body Electric”, R. O. Becker said that our bodies’ electronic frequency determines our health.

Even Nikola Tesla said that removing outside frequencies can make us more resistant against ailments, while Dr. Otto Warburg discovered over a century ago that our cells have a specific electrical voltage that can drop due to a various factors and trigger diseases such as cancer.

However, science has now discovered that essential oils with higher frequencies can destroy diseases with lower frequencies.

Here’s a list of some of the oils used in the research and their electrical frequencies:

  • Juniper – 98 Mhz
  • Angelica – 85 Mhz
  • Frankincense – 147 MHz
  • Rose – 320 Mhz.
  • Sandalwood – 96 Mhz
  • Helichrysum – 181 MHz
  • Peppermint – 78 Mhz
  • Lavender – 118 Mhz

In the study, cinnamon, thyme, jasmine and chamomile oils had the best results when put up against breast cancer cells. Chamomile destroyed 93% of the cells in vitro, while thyme destroyed 97% of the cells…

11 oils were examined in total including bitter and sweet fennel, winter savory, peppermint, sage, lavender, chamomile and thyme.

Frankincense oil

According to Suhail, frankincense oil can divide the nucleus of cancer cells from the cytoplasm and prevent it from reproducing. The oil works thanks to the presence of the so-called monoterpenes which have the ability to kill cancer cells.

Frankincense oil works in all stages of cancer and is cytotoxic, meaning it doesn’t destroy healthy cells.

End-stage liver cancer patient

In the study, a patient with end-stage liver cancer was given only a few months left to live. The tumor was inoperable due to the large size, so having nothing to lose, the man decided to try frankincense oil.

He applied a bit under his tongue and topically on the area of the liver, and on his next doctor visit, the tumor has already reduced in size. The patient continued using frankincense oil, and it eventually reduced just enough to be operable. His tumor was later removed and the man is now happily enjoying his life free of cancer.

A child with brain cancer

One of the toughest cases among all the patients in the study was a little girl aged 5 with brain cancer. After exhausting all other options, the parents decided to give the girl a mixture of frankincense and sandalwood oil.

They rubbed the mixture on her feet while also rubbing a bit of lavender on her wrist. After a few months, the cancer was completely defeated!

Bladder cancer patient

Jackie Hogan is a woman suffering from bladder cancer who needed to undergo a surgery for bladder removal due to the cancer.

However, she decided to try using essential oils in her condition and after a few months of applying a mixture of sandalwood and frankincense oil topically on the area, she is cancer-free.

Stage-4 cancer patient

One woman in the research was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer which has already spread to other organs in her body.

Instead of agreeing to chemo and surgery, the woman started applying a bit of frankincense oil topically on the affected areas of her body every 2-3 hours and she was completely healthy in 7 months.

Breast cancer patient

A woman diagnosed with advanced breast cancer used a mixture of frankincense and lemongrass oil (topically and under the tongue) to defeat the disease in only a few months.

Cervical cancer patient

A woman with cervical cancer was given only a few months left to live, but thanks to the powers of frankincense oil, she managed to defeat the diseases in a couple of months.

There are many more patients who have managed to defeat different types of cancer using the remarkable powers of various essential oils…

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Unspeakable nonsense!

I managed to find 4 of the studies this article seems to refer to:

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Differential effects of selective frankincense (Ru Xiang) essential oil versus non-selective sandalwood (Tan Xiang) essential oil on cultured bladder cancer cells: a microarray and bioinformatics study.

Dozmorov MG, Yang Q, Wu W, Wren J, Suhail MM, Woolley CL, Young DG, Fung KM, Lin HK.

Chin Med. 2014 Jul 2;9:18. doi: 10.1186/1749-8546-9-18. eCollection 2014.

2.

Frankincense essential oil prepared from hydrodistillation of Boswellia sacra gum resins induces human pancreatic cancer cell death in cultures and in a xenograft murine model.

Ni X, Suhail MM, Yang Q, Cao A, Fung KM, Postier RG, Woolley C, Young G, Zhang J, Lin HK.

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2012 Dec 13;12:253. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-12-253.

3.

Chemical differentiation of Boswellia sacra and Boswellia carterii essential oils by gas chromatography and chiral gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

Woolley CL, Suhail MM, Smith BL, Boren KE, Taylor LC, Schreuder MF, Chai JK, Casabianca H, Haq S, Lin HK, Al-Shahri AA, Al-Hatmi S, Young DG.

J Chromatogr A. 2012 Oct 26;1261:158-63. doi: 10.1016/j.chroma.2012.06.073. Epub 2012 Jun 28.

PMID:
22835693
4.

Boswellia sacra essential oil induces tumor cell-specific apoptosis and suppresses tumor aggressiveness in cultured human breast cancer cells.

Suhail MM, Wu W, Cao A, Mondalek FG, Fung KM, Shih PT, Fang YT, Woolley C, Young G, Lin HK.

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011 Dec 15;11:129. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-11-129.

PMID:
22171782

Free PMC Article

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I do not think that these papers actually show what is claimed above. Specifically, none of the 4 articles refers to clinical effects of essential oil on cancer patients. In fact, according to a 2014 review, and a 2013 paper (the most recent summaries I found) there are no clinical trials of essential oil as a cure for cancer.

The conclusion therefore must be this: Essential oils might be an interesting area of research, yet one has to tell consumers and patients very clearly:

there is no evidence to suggest that using essential oils will change the natural history of any type of cancer. 

32 Responses to Here’s What Oncologists Won’t Tell You About Essential Oils

  • I have always found that the major essential oils are olive, canola and sesame though some heretics include sunflower oil.

    The human body resonates at a frequency of 62-78 MHz and scientists believe that diseases start at 58 MHz. Many studies have shown that negative thoughts can reduce our frequency by 12 MHz, while positive thinking raises it by 10.

    That does it! I am getting a 3 metre iron stake, some heavy duty copper wire and grounding myself.

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    I wonder how many people this stupid article will help kill? It looks like a parody that Alan Sokal would be envious of but people will take it seriously.

    I suspect I even know some who would fall for this crap.

  • I can’t see how the human body has one particular frequency of resonance – rather different parts might have different frequencies? Whatever, this whole essential oil stuff is just daft. How do you define what is an essential oil – as opposed to non essential? I would imagine by the profit margin of the purveyor.

    • Stephen Hicks said:

      Whatever, this whole essential oil stuff is just daft. How do you define what is an essential oil – as opposed to non essential?

      It’s a common misconception that ‘essential’ relates to being in some way necessary. It simply means it contains the ‘essence’ of a plant’s fragrance (whatever that is).

      • Essential oils are produced by steam distillation of the respective plant. A more suitable name is volatile oil, as they completely evaporate in air.

    • “Essential” in the case of plant oils merely refers to the oil containing the ‘essence’ of a plant’s scent.

      But you’re dead right about the frequency nonsense. It’s a concept that dates back to the first part of the 20th century, thanks to a couple of cranks called Albert Abrams and Royal Raymond Rife. Both these guys claimed to be able to cure cancer by electromagnetic impulses set to the same frequency as that of the disease. New Age fans seized on the concept of ‘vibrations’ associated with living matter (they often quote Einstein saying that “Everything is vibration”, though I’ve never been able to track down exactly what Einstein said or in what context).

      If you want to explore and enjoy the vibration nonsense, just google “human body resonates at a frequency of 62-78 MHz” and you’ll open the entire can of worms.

      • Indeed. I’ve yet to come across a quack who can give an explanation of the word ‘frequency’ other than saying it means vibration – vibration of what, they are never too clear. And don’t ask them for magnitude, power, etc. Well beyond them.

    • Originally these oils were ‘essence’ – distilled down.
      As in ‘essence de parfum’.
      In English this became ‘essential’ which in terms of strict etymology, they are.

      But by corruption this now conveys the idea they are ‘vital’.
      They are not, but camists take advantage for marketing.

      They would wouldn’t they!

      • Unfortunately, this is true. Human greed has corrupted so many natural remedies that it’s become a nightmare to find solid factual information.

        I do however believe that plant based medicines are far better than synthetic pharmaceuticals. Lifestyle also plays a huge role in longevity.

        • Stacey Lajeunesse said:

          it’s become a nightmare to find solid factual information.

          Two questions:

          1. Where might solid factual evidence be found?

          2. How would you distinguish between solid factual evidence and nonsense/marketing hype?

          I do however believe that plant based medicines are far better than synthetic pharmaceuticals.

          Why do you believe that?

  • I’ve been to Grasse in France visiting the principles of the very different ways of production of such essences sometimes even wax is used for extraction. For explanation let me quote the following:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_oil

  • I absolutely LOVE my essential oils and find they help me in many facets of my life. That being said ESSENTIAL OILS DO NOT CURE ANYTHING. These oils help you through many things bit never would I advertise my oils as a cure for anything.

  • I love my essential oils and the way I can get rid of many chemicals in my home by using them. I would never say they cure anything. That being said I believe a persons health decision belong to them, not me or anyone else. If they decide a holistic alternative medicine instead of the poison in chemo or radiation it is nobody’s business but their own.

    • Same thing for wearing seatbelts in a road vehicle or a plane? Should tobacco companies be free to advertise however they want, where and whenever they want? How about when a parent decides on a ‘holistic alternative medicine’ for a child? Exactly when should society step in on what you regard as “nobody’s business but their own”?

      BTW, essential oils are themselves chemicals. What do you use to get rid of them from your home?

      • Frank,

        It costs taxpayers a lot of money when people refuse to wear seatbelts and get in a car accidents. How much does it cost the taxpayer when a cancer patient refuses chemo or radiation?

        Or do you see it as a moral issue – saving people from doing things wrong?

        • I see it as an ethical issue: saving people from their own stupidity. Your economic argument is disgraceful, from my point of view. It’s like saying we should encourage as many people as we can to smoke in order to save taxpayers’ money on pensions and welfare support because smokers will die a lot earlier.

        • It all really comes down to the issue of informed consent, as Richard Rawlins so often reminds us. If a patient chooses to refuse chemo- or radiation therapy because they don’t want to face the possible side-effects that’s indeed entirely their own business, but if they’re choosing essential oils over chemo/radio because somebody’s told them essential oils can cure cancer, that’s an entirely different issue.

          The raison d’être of Edzard Ernst’s blog is the very widespread amount of misinformation on health issues, with ‘holistic alternative medicine’ erroneously championed as a panacea that can replace orthodox medicine to the extent that the latter is cast in the role of the enemy of health.

        • Frank,

          “Your economic argument is disgraceful, from my point of view.”
          That’s actually not MY argument.

          “I see it as an ethical issue: saving people from their own stupidity.”
          I see that as disgraceful. Both the idea in and of itself, and the way you try to frame forcing your own moral view on people as an “ethical” issue. Your phrasing is frequently used by the religious right in their effort to control womens’ reproductive rights.

          “The raison d’être of Edzard Ernst’s blog…”
          If that’s true, the amount of misinformation, misleading framing, etc on this site isn’t helping the cause. From Chinese medicine to cupping to jackfruit to discounts on massage (and who knows – maybe homeopathy, chiropractice, etc – I don’t know enough about those) – posts and comments range from blatantly (and easily verified) wrong to having a distinctly deceptive taste.

        • “Your economic argument is disgraceful, from my point of view.”
          That’s actually not MY argument.

          Wrong “jm”. You probably did not invent the argument yourself, you’re not the thinker, but you made it your own by posting it 😀

          As to your claims of misleading and misinformation – how about substantiating your fantastic assertions with some verifiable information and facts instead of diverting and obfuscating and quoting ancient scriptures?

          • Wow Bjorn, I’d hardly call Unschuld’s commentary & analysis “ancient”. The one that contradicts your whole “modern acupuncture is based on ancient bloodletting rituals” is from 2003. It’s also quite clear, and quite verifiable. He’s not shy with references.

            But if you have a better source than Unschuld for analysing the history of Chinese medicine that supports your ideas, please share. Otherwise, I’d say your bloodletting idea is a good example of “blatently wrong”.

          • 😀
            Your selective reading skills never cease to amaze dear “jm”.
            You keep referring to Unschuld. I guess it is Paul Unschuld, who is rather famous for pissing off acupuncturists and other amateurs oriental medical pantomime for saying something to the effect that traditional Chinese medicine is based on magical philosophy. I am not sure Mr. Unschuld would agree with your interpretation of his interpretation of ancient[sic] Chinese scriptures.
            Instead of spending my morning coffee on finding my notes on this, I asked uncle Google for the term “Unschuld and bloodletting”
            The top hit is a reference to a book:

            “Pricking the Vessels: Bloodletting Therapy in Chinese Medicine”
            By Henry McCann

            Several Passages of this interesting book can be seen in the Google Books preview and they seem to contradict your assertions rather firmly with multiple references to bloodletting from the Huang Di Nei Jing.
            Mr. McCann even refers to Unschuld in this very context.

            Let us see “jm” if you can find item no. 2 in my Google hit-list yourself. It contains this reference to Paul Unschuld:

            […]the Su Wen was not written by a single hand, and it is such a valuable source because it reflects much of the dynamics of the development of Chinese medicine and health care in Chinese antiquity. Many of its treatises recommend bloodletting, and there is also enough acupuncture for treating ailments such as cholera, convulsions, or conceptual diseases such as “heat in the liver.”

            Now I have finished my morning coffee and have to get to work.

            I think you and Mr. Unschuld need to have a talk about the term bloodletting and its relevance to ancient[sic] oriental medicine 😉

          • Wow again Bjorn – two commnets, and two great examples of my point. You should probably reread the Unschuld quotes I pulled for you (they are quite clear about the philosophical change in Chinese medicine):

            http://edzardernst.com/2017/05/is-the-royal-college-of-nursing-promoting-quackery/#comment-102825

            And read the intro to his book:

            https://www.amazon.com/Huang-Nei-Jing-Wen-Translation/dp/0520266986/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1528127387&sr=8-2&keywords=unschuld

            And you should probably talk to acupuncturists about Unschuld. You’ll be surprised – he’s famously quite respected :).

            Oh, and thanks for the book link – there really isn’t enough written about bloodletting. It tends to conjur up images of extremist western bloodletting (like the George Washington example) that folks latch onto if they don’t do any research…and leads them far astray into fantasyland.

          • Tell us dear “jm” what this has to do with aromatic essences and their use?
            And while you’re at it you can write a post of your own where you once and for all tell us what we should read out of your beloved scriptures that justifies your bruise-scraping, needle piercing and suck marking practices.
            We ordinary people only see Unschuld’s and other scholars explanations of how the “doctors” back then admittently knew about such anatomic features of the body as the nose and ears and blood and liver but they had not the faintest idea of their function or interaction and their ministrations were based on philosophy and fantasy, not on knowledge or systematic experience. The translations of old scriptures you refer to tell of piercing and bloodletting with needles and sharp objects. Health care professionals like me naturally conclude, as do any normal people, that this kind of torture and injury must have been terrible and useless. Me calling it “blood-letting rituals” is in a way a nice term, I thought. Your low opinion of this you have not supported with reason or evidence.
            Why don’t you tell us in a little essay why we are wrong? I am sure professor Ernst will be happy to post it on his blog if it is not too long and properly written. Or you could start a blog of your own and invite us all to your enlightening arguments.

            But this post is about aromatic essences and we have strayed off topic. Enough of that here.

          • Bjorn,

            “Tell us dear “jm” what this has to do with aromatic essences and their use?”
            I was going to ask you that. I was replying to Frank – you brought up “quoting ancient scriptures”. Since I’ve never quoted ancient scriptures, I figured you were talking about the Unschuld quote I recently gave you.

            “And while you’re at it you can write a post of your own where you once and for all tell us what we should read out of your beloved scriptures that justifies your bruise-scraping, needle piercing and suck marking practices.”
            I already told you what to read. And provided a link. Twice now… Are you feeling ok? What was in your morning coffee? Or not in your morning coffee?

            Or, you could do some warm up reading – the whole interview that you pulled the “…the Su Wen was not written by a single hand…” quote from. Matthew Bauer’s interview is in two parts – read them both. I think Bauer was one of the acupuncturists on here who tried to steer you in the right direction about the bloodletting thing…

            “We ordinary people…blah blah blah…”
            In which case…you should probably not speculate about what modern acupuncture is based on. Simple. Just stick to modern evidence, problem solved.

            “Why don’t you tell us in a little essay why we are wrong?”
            Or, you could read the beginning comments of Unschuld’s book. Really, the least you could do is 5 minutes of research.

            I’m going to speculate now – since you went from quite certain (you post the bloodletting thing a lot) to “I was just trying to be nice”…maybe you actually read the Unschuld quotes this time. Next you’ll have to read his translation of the actual text. You should have at least a vague understanding of what you’re calling torture and injury.

            A bit more speculation – since you uncharacteristicaly dropped the “rather famous for pissing off acupuncturists”, perhaps you did some googling. 🙂

          • I am starting to think “jm” doesn’t like me – wonder why? 😉

          • I think you’re absolutely adorable, Bjorn. ?

            Next time you feel the bloodletting urge, I think you should either talk about how modern acupuncture has its basis in the Su Wen, the text that “marks the move from shamanistic/animistic medicine to medicine based on natural laws/sciences” (boring).

            Or, talk about “acupuncture in its beginnings was meant as a tool to correct early physiological deviations from a correct course of events, not to treat manifest disease”. (less boring)

            Come to think of it…just change your time frame. All medicine, if you go back far enough, is based on killing or removing the evil spirits that are causing you harm. (exciting!) Totally different than modern medicine (if you discount bacteria, viruses, etc, of course).

          • You are welcome to the last word, But try to make some sense. This comment of yours does not.

          • Try drinking more coffee.

    • I believe the phrase you’re looking for is “that’s their funeral”.

    • @Carol
      Have you ever wondered what is in those oils? It is called ‘chemicals’. Tea trea oil for example contains many similar, poisonous chemicals as paint thinner, thats why they smell simillar. Tea tree oil and lavender oil have been shown to be hormone imitators causing breast enlargement in young boys. This means they are probably cancer enhancing.
      As the oils are poisonous, they kill cells in lab cultures, same as alcohol or thinner, to name a couple of examples. We know alcohol doesn’t work against cancer or have other medical benefits in the human body. Neither do plant oils, AKA “essential” oils. They are essences, not “essential”.

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