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On Aloe Vera consumption.

by: JT

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I'll leave it to others to comment on Babu G. Ranganathan's thoughts on religion, creationism, and science. But I wish to totally dissassociate this web site from his article (which has no relevance to this site) on Aloe Vera and Chemotherapy. We are not in the "business" of providing medical advice, However, as a counter to Ranganathan's recommendations, I will provide some comments from an internationally known cancer treatment hospital.

From the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's discussion of Aloe Vera:


Aloe vera gel should not be confused with aloe juice or aloe latex, both of which contain anthraquinone, a cathartic laxative. Aloe vera taken for internal use should be discouraged due to possible adverse effects and inconclusive clinical data. Aloe vera injections for cancer patients have resulted in several deaths.
The FDA rules that aloe is not safe as a stimulant laxative.

Adverse Reactions

# Topical administration of aloe vera gel is considered safe but oral consumption of aloe can cause gastrointestinal upset and electrolyte abnormalities.
# Inappropriate use of aloe vera supplements has been linked to thyroid dysfunction, acute hepatitis, and perioperative bleeding. Parenteral administration of aloe should be avoided due to potential toxicities and lack of clinical efficacy in humans.
# A case of hypokalemia has been reported with use of aloe vera during chemotherapy.

References for those adverse reactions are provided in the original article for those interested.

Make your own decision on aloe vera juice, but make sure it is an informed decision based on properly conducted medical trials.