Has fungus ever been mistaken for cancer? Yes, and it’s been documented since the 1950’s. Take the 1957 text book from John’s Hopkins called Clinical and Immunological Aspects of Fungal Diseases. In this book the author warns that localized cutaneous blastomycosis is frequently mistaken for squamous cell carcinoma and that pulmonary coccidioidomycosis is suggestive of a metastatic malignancy. In 2013 the Journal of Lung published an interesting article. Thirty seven patients were clinically and radiologically diagnosed with cancer. All patients went on to have biopsies and the diagnosis then changed to fungal infection and not cancer after all.The article stated, “We would like to emphasize the relevance of fungal infections as an important cause of pulmonary nodules and masses that can mimic lung cancer, especially in endemic areas. In addition to histoplasmosis, which was well described by Furuya et al., other fungal infections, such as coccidiodomycosis, crpytococcosis, aspergillosis, blastomycosis, and paracoccidiodomycosis can simulate lung malignancy as well.” In simpler terms, these fungi and their infections discussed in that book, can simulate lung cancer. I would imagine if my aspergillomas were in my lungs rather than my sinuses I could have maybe been given that diagnosis as well. The irony here is the fungus aspergillus emits a mycotoxin called aflotoxin which is one of the most carcinogenic substances known to man and therefore a Group 1 carcinogenic according to cancer.org.
Cancer and fungus are incredibly similar. Both can metabolize nutrients in the absence of oxygen. Sugar causes both to thrive, and both can die without it. Both respond favorably to anti-fungal medications. Researchers came to this conclusion when cancer patients starting responding favorably to the anti-fungal Sporonox they were taking for toe nail fungus. Both cancer and fungus also produce sacs (tumors) and both produce lactic acid. Dogs that can detect cancer can also detect fungus as both emit something called VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) so it’s not actually the cancer or mold specifically they are sniffing out but the VOC’s themselves. Just think, if the 37 people in that lung study had not had a biopsy, they would have most likely gone on to have chemo and radiation instead of given anti-fungals. Does it make you think anyone diagnosed with cancer should ask for a biopsy?
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- 1-3 green apples
- cashew butter (melted)
- Lily's premium chocolate chips (melted)
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- crushed pecans or walnuts
- healthy caramel sauce (optional - see recipe here at the Almond Eater for sauce) leave out if you want it to stay vegan and sugar free
- Slice apples and arrange on a plate. Melt chocolate (about ⅛ of a cup) then when slightly cool place in a zip lock bag, cup the tip of one side and pour over apples. Do the same with the cashew butter and (optional caramel sauce). Sprinkle with unsweetened coconut flakes and nuts. Enjoy!
Resources: Fundamentals of Fungi – 4th edition, 1996, Moore- Landecker 1996 Warburg 1930, Metabolism of Tumors, 1930. Medical Tribune 1997 and 1999.