You know how you hear something and it triggers a really vivid memory?
About 8 years ago my Mum was raving about Milkweed and how it can cure skin cancers. She’s had success on her forehead. She had found out about Milkweed from her friend ‘Stone’ who was Aboriginal. Apparently its an old tribal remedy.
I told her that I wouldn’t be surprised if a plant held the answer. I did, and still do, believe that the Earth hasn’t bourne anything that doesn’t have a counter measure (so to speak). But humanity is wiping out species at an incredible rate, we’re probably losing far more that we’ll ever comprehend.
Anyway, we both agreed that someone should be investigating it. She wanted to send some the CSIRO and ask them to study it.
I also remember feeling sad too. My Mum wasn’t in a very good place at that time, and certain other people didn’t respect her. They thought she was a bit of a raving lunatic; I don’t know if she ever knew how disdainful some people were, or if she just turned a blind eye. Whether or not it was true, I still felt so sorry for her, I caught a glimpse of how isolated and lonely she really was at that time.
She passed away less than a year later.
What triggered this memory? I heard a name of a cancer cream. It rang a bell. I googled it.
Mum was right. Milkweed was actually found to cure skin cancer & actinic keratosis in most cases. It passed the Theraputic Goods Administration and has gone to market.
I think it’s awesome that a tribal remedy was investigated and validated by science, I also wonder why it took them so long to study it.
For now, emotions are mixed. It’s great that she was right. Validation, even posthumously is nice for those of us left behind, I remember all the tough emotions from that time, most of all I just miss my Mum.
That one person who laughed derisively “She thinks she’s found the cure for Cancer!?!”
Yeah. She did.