“Soursop/Graviola – Is it a cure for Cancer?” Take a look at Paw Paw!

“Soursop/Graviola – Is it a cure for Cancer?”  Take a look at Paw Paw!

(“I’m NOT a doctor but a THINKER!”  Marci A. Schmitt)

It is called Graviola, Guanabana, Annona Muricata, Cherimoya, Thorny Custard Apple, and Brazillian Paw Paw among others.  But, Wikipedia -“the free dictionary” – simply calls it “Soursop.”  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soursop)

Recently, I came across a Soursop/Graviola article on my Facebook Page.  The article was quite lengthy but interesting.  Interesting enough for me to read its entirety.  I have had cancer and it has touched the lives of many who surround me.  Anyone who has traveled that journey will usually take an initiative or interest to read an article related to the “cancer cure.”  At least I will take notice if only for a few fleeting seconds in hopes that someone finally found the answer.  Usually after a few sentences or paragraphs, I have formed a conclusion more often than not that it is another hoax playing on the emotions of someone affected by this disease who is desperately trying to find the answer to help him or herself or a loved one.

If cancer is squeezing the life out of someone you know, and there are no more reasonable solutions that help cure the disease, then one can become desperate for their health to find other means to reverse this devastating disease.  One wants to ignore the final medical solution of “get your affairs in order.”

Thus, I started researching information over the internet about Soursop/Graviola fruit.  Is it a cure for cancer as this article was claiming?

This is what I found.  (Please note all the findings below have links to the articles for further reading.  However, I have tried to condense the massive information concisely and as truthfully as possible.  Anyone can Google information about this product in the internet and I encourage you to do so.)

First a little Background to Soursop/Graviola:

  • The Soursop/Graviola article on Facebook originated around 2008.
  • Two websites -Snopes.com and Hoax-Slayer.com have researched the lengthy Soursop/Graviola article posted on the internet and Facebook.
  • Both websites are known for investigating and researching information posted on the internet.



  • Hoax-Slayer (http://www.hoax-slayer.com/)

    • It is not defined in Wikipedia.
    • It claims on their website that it is “debunking email hoaxes and exposing Internet scams since 2003!”
    • It has researched some information on the Soursop/Graviola article after it started circulating on the internet.  The article was last updated on March 14, 2013.
    • § Hoax-Slayer states: “…Graviola, like many other plants has shown promise in laboratory tests as a possible cancer-fighting agent.  However, given that there is currently no evidence to suggest that eating Soursop will cure or effectively treat cancer….”  (You can read the rest of their findings at this link:  (http://www.hoax-slayer.com/soursop-cancer-cure.shtml)

With further research on the internet, I found several interesting articles that delve into this possible productive fruit to aid in cancer treatments.  Here are a few sites randomly chosen but felt were legitimate enough to warrant some exposure.  These sites provide some very interesting links with additional viewpoints and information.  Although the articles are lengthy, they are interesting.

The first article from Psychology Today is from a blog submitted by Christopher Lane, Ph.D. in Side Effects.  Fighting Cancer with Science and Nature – Why natural agents that kill cancer cells warrant further investigation – Published on July 10, 2011.  (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/side-effects/201107/fighting-cancer-science-and-nature).

I certainly agree with many of the things he stated in this article and it certainly does “…warrant further investigation.”

However, the second article from Psychology Today is a Blog submitted by James C. Coyne, Ph.D. in The Skeptical Sleuth.  His Blog is in response to Dr. Lane’s Blog.  Coyne’s Blog – A Skeptical Look at Claims about a Miraculous Cancer Treatment – Consumers can recognize familiar storylines in claims for miracle cancer cures – was published on July 14, 2011.  (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-skeptical-sleuth/201107/skeptical-look-claims-about-miraculous-cancer-treatment).  He rebutted Dr. Lane’s Blog.

What ensues is a rebuttal from Dr. Lane to Dr. Coyne’s Blog submitted on July 14, 2011.  “What a pity you misread my post and mislead our readers” (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-skeptical-sleuth/201107/skeptical-look-claims-about-miraculous-cancer-treatment/comments).  The discussion is increasingly interesting after reading the comments between Dr. Lane, Dr. Coyne, and readers.  It also demonstrates how ideas and comments can ping pong back and forth between two parties.

WebMD.com also shares information on Graviola.  Each Tab: Overview, Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, and Dosing provide helpful information as well.  The Graviola reviews at the bottom of the Overview Tab are also quite interesting.  (http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1054-GRAVIOLA.aspx?activeIngredientId=1054&activeIngredientName=GRAVIOLA&source=0)

Ok.  But, then the Facebook article proceeds to start a blame game that Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stopped the holistic approach because the big corporations can’t make money on the natural occurring fruit – claiming Patents cannot be obtained on holistic, natural occurring substances.

In comes the Purdue University Cancer Research connection.  After a lengthy educational and extensive research background, Dr. Jerry McLaughlin researched the Paw Paw tree including Graviola (both are similar but different) extensively during his tenure at Purdue University.  There, he paved a path from research to commercial products by leaving Purdue University to enter the corporate world.  During his tenure in the corporate world, he was able to produce a successful product based on his research at Purdue University.  This website PawPawResearch.com (http://www.pawpawresearch.com/mclaughlin.htm) shares this product, information, and the background of Dr. Jerry McLaughlin.  Wow!  Dr. McLaughlin’s findings are exceptionally interesting and maybe helpful to anyone affected by cancer!  Again, I am only stating where this information can be found but highly recommend anyone to check out Dr. McLaughlin’s findings on this dedicated website.  I am not at liberty to copy or use any of the information, from PawPawResearch.com, but one can visit, read, and find a wealth of information there.  After reading the Dr. Laughlin’s extensive, investigative research, one can judge for oneself if his findings are useful.  The information and background of Dr. Jerry McLaughlin is quite extensive and promising.  Again, the website is PawPawResearch.com.  (http://www.pawpawresearch.com/mclaughlin.htm)

So will I rush out and get the Soursop/Graviola fruit?  Probably not.  However, I will continue to follow the benefits that the Paw Paw research is showing.  I certainly will keep it in mind for the future – in case God forbid something should ever change for my love ones or me.

Remember – there is a lot of information on the internet-some good some bad.  One has to be careful when using it.  Always discuss your healthcare with your medical professional.  Lots of research has been completed and is still in progress.  Great strides are achieved each day for cancer research.  Know your stuff!  (i.e., I know some of the chemotherapy drugs I used five years ago had some holistic properties in their composition.)  Remember, your healthcare is still ultimately your decision on how you want to be treated – so be wise with your decisions.

In the meantime, I still believe that the holistic treatment can aid medical treatment.  I think medical and holistic treatment need each other and I think neither can ultimately find the cure unless they both work together.   In the meantime, I will continue to review the findings at www.PawPawResearch.com.

And as Always, …MARCH FORTH!

Marci A. Schmitt

Blogger, Survivor, Wife, Mom, and Thinker


Again, I am not a doctor but a thinker.  My intent is to inform and educate others about some of the insights I have found by reading and researching many sources including the internet and writing my blog.  It is not intended as a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or cure for any medical condition.  Maybe the insights I present in this blog will lead others to find more information that helps their medical condition.  Any person who is affected by cancer or any medical condition should seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.  It is not my intent to prescribe any medical treatment or advice.  It is not my intent to defame any person or professional or make them look incompetent.  I want to support all skilled and qualified medical professionals, drug manufactures, and researchers who help to conquer ANY disease.  In no way should anyone consider that this blog or website represents “practice of medicine!”  This blog and website assumes no responsibility for how the material is used.  The information above was accurate when posted. Please discuss your questions and medical conditions with your qualified medical professional. Please Read my Disclaimer page.

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