Nutritional Sciences Researcher Looking for New Ways to Treat Cancer
Julian Spallholz has incorporated the trace element selenium into the fight against breast cancer.
Julian Spallholz has an old black and white picture above his desk. It looks like a collection of red blood cells, yet they all seem off. Instead of the pretty, smooth, disc shapes normally seen under a microscope, the cells have jagged edges, non-symmetrical shapes and look broken. It’s a frightening image.
Now imagine those broken cells are breast cancer, and suddenly the picture looks much rosier.
Spallholz, a nutritional sciences professor in Texas Tech University’s College of Human Sciences, researches the effect of selenium, element No. 34 in the periodic table that is an essential nutrient in small doses and a killer in larger doses. He’s looked at prostate cancer, leukemia and HER2 positive breast cancer and, so far, can say with some confidence selenium destroys cancer cells and does so more quickly by modification of the existing cancer antibody treatments on the market today.
The research is still in its early phases; it has only been tested in a lab, not on people or even animals. So far all tests performed on cells show dramatic results.