First of all, let me explain why I make it and don’t just take extracts that are pre-manufactured and sold. The main reason is I just don’t know how they compare to what I take and if I need to take a huge amount to be taking enough. What I know is how Dr. Pandey and his students prepared it, and it was effective in their tests so I want to replicate what they have done as best I can. However, I do not have the ability to freeze dry it, nor do I have access to liquid nitrogen. Let’s take a look at what their report says and how it was prepared:
Dandelion root extraction & preparation
The dandelion roots used for this study were obtained from Premier Herbal Inc. (Lot No. 318121). The root extract was prepared using a previously published protocol with the following modifications . Dried dandelion root was immersed in liquid nitrogen for about 5 to 10 minutes, until thoroughly frozen. The frozen pieces were ground up in an impingement grinder to an average particle size of ≤ 45 μm. Following grinding, dandelion root powder was extracted in boiling water on low heat for 3 hours. The total extracted material was filtered through a NITEX nylon mesh filter (LAB PAK; Sefar BDH Inc. Chicoutini, Quebec CA) and the filtrate was spun down at 800 × g for 5 minutes at room temperature. The supernatant was filtered through a 0.45 μm filter, followed by lyophilization [freeze drying]. The dried extracted material was reconstituted in water to give a final stock solution of 100 mg/ml and then passed through a 0.22 μm filter, in a biological safety cabinet and stored at 4°C or -20°C for long term storage. This material was used for all the experiments described in this study. (source)
So understanding how concentrated the amount was and making sure you take enough is the key. The concentrations I take probably vary from time to time as well and I have varied how much I have taken. At one point I was taking approximately 8 oz a day but then I went on to take smaller amounts of as little as 4 oz a day. It was at that time that we noticed the new growth. So that obviously was not enough.
It is important to point out that during Dr. Pandey’s research (I believe) they never reversed the growth of the cancer they only slowed it down. But, I believe there test was not to see how much to give to reverse it, but more to see if it would have an effect. From what I can tell, they slowed the growth.
Currently I am fighting 2 small nodules in my lungs that are believed to be growing from cancer. To try to stop or shrink them, I have decided to take 12 oz of my mixture a day. Along with 4 oz of an extract of Chaga Mushroom (4 oz of boiled water where 1/2 teaspoon of Chaga is added). The trick is to take enough of it to kill the cancer but not be toxic to me. While the study showed that dandelion root had very little toxic effect on healthy cells that does not mean that at large enough doses it won’t be toxic.
This is an interesting example to see how potent the mixture is that I make. Looking at the picture on the left: From left to right
1. 1 cup of water with 5 servings of bought extract pre-made. I tried to make it as dark as #2.
2. My homemade extract.
3. 1 cup of cold water that had 1 tablespoon of dandelion root soak in it for 1 hour.
4. Replicating a cup of dandelion root tea. 1 cup of boiled water immediately after adding 1 tablespoon of dandelion root letting it sit for one hour then pressing pulp and removing it.
End results will have 6 parts water to 1 part dandelion root (DR).
- Start by soaking the DR 1 part water to one part DR
- Blend in a blender by adding some of the water
- Add to a large pot the DR and the rest of HALF the water
- Boil for about 1 hour, stirring occasionaly
- Strain and separate liquid from pulp. Press out to make sure you get out as much as you can.
- Add pulp back to pot and add the rest of the water
- Boil again for at least an hour, stirring occasionaly
- Strain again and combine both sets of liquid
- Store in a cold, dark place