Cancer patient 'DISSOLVED' chunk of her nose off with homeopathic remedy to 'treat skin cancer'
3rd January 2019

Kelly appeared on the US show Botched in the hope Dr Paul Nassif could fix her disfigured nose.



Outdoor enthusiast Kelly destroyed her nose and nasal passages after trying to self-treat her basal cell skin cancer with a plant-based homeopathic treatment called black salve.

But she was left with a “bulbous, pointy and red nose” after a substandard forehead flap surgery to repair the damage.

Dr. Paul Nassif said: “Some homeopathic medicines work when the instructions are followed.

“But I always recommend seeing a medical professional.”


Kelly had hoped Dr Nassif could perform just a “quick revision thing” but the plastic surgeon told her it was going to be a much bigger procedure.

“I think what I have to do is I have to remove everything, kind of deconstruct everything and try to rebuild it and that's what I'm really good at,” he told her.

Dr Nassif was able to reconstruct her nose and also brought in a pigmentation specialist to treat her scarring.

“Having made the decision to have the full reconstructive surgery, I do feel like it was the best decision I could've made and I feel like I do trust myself again,” Kelly said.


Black salve is a product derived from the plant Sanguinaria canadensis, a flowering plant native to northeastern America.

It’s also known as “blood root”, “Indian paint” and “red root”.

The specific ingredients vary but commonly include zinc chloride (a destructive agent, which is corrosive to metals) as well as sanguinarine (a toxic plant extract), Cliff Rosendahl, associate professor at the University of Queensland wrote for The Conversation.

"Blood root is a strong escharotic, meaning it is a caustic and destructive material," he said.

"The zinc chloride and sanguinare are corrosive, but dealers claim when it’s applied to damaged skin the healthy skin will separate and not be damaged. There’s no evidence to support this.

"Instead, there’s evidence all tissue that comes into contact with the material is damaged, causing profound inflammation and eschar (a dry, dark scab or falling away of dead skin).

"This can reasonably be compared to the result that would be expected from burning tissue by applying a strong caustic substance such as hydrochloric acid."

It's often touted as a cure for cancer, but there is little evidence to support that.

"There is emerging laboratory evidence that sanguinarine does have therapeutic anti-cancer effects," Rosendahl added.

"This evidence is based on studies on cells outside the body. These found beneficial effects, with selective destruction of malignant cells, but at much lower concentrations than in existing salve products.

"Higher concentrations result in destruction of normal tissue as well as cancer cells.

"At the time of a recent review there were no studies comparing salve to conventional treatment so the safety and effectiveness remain unknown."



 

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