Elderberry and Cancer ?

Elderberry and Cancer ?

Cytokine Storms, Elderberry, Ibuprofen, and Tylenol, Oh My!

OK, I can’t take it anymore! Sometimes I would love to just pull the plug on the internet, honestly. Amazing how things are taken out of context, go viral, and then doctors like me get hundreds of emails and texts in a panic about things like “Elderberry causing cytokine storms”!

Cytokine Storm Issue: OK, this whole thing started from an isolated report about potential cytokine storm, a relatively rare occurrence and not fully understood phenomenon, with two patients in China, one who survived and one who didn’t. This morphed into a cockeyed theory being propagated across the internet that anything that is immune simulating, such as the herb Elderberry, could be dangerous because it could cause a cytokine storm. Firstly, this is totally BS and there is zero data that I am aware of showing this. Elderberry’s main anti-viral actions do not even involve cytokine responses at all, and rather involve its neuraminidase inhibition, similar to the drug Tamiflu. It also has an amphoteric effect (not in the strict acid-base definition, but in that it can correct from both sides of a metabolic process) on cytokines, meaning it upregulates then when necessary, and downregulates them when necessary.

The Elderberry and cytokine storm issue was commented on, most eloquently, by my brilliant friend and colleague, Dr. Peter D’Adamo, as follows:

“Should I worry about my supplements triggering a cytokine storm? No. We need to stop worrying about an herb or vitamin triggering a ‘cytokine storm (CS), a massive immunologic overreaction that is seen at the end stage of certain viral infections. Most of the time CS is not triggered by the virus but rather another end-stage consequence, septic shock, and with it, multiple organ failure. Septic shock is triggered by molecules known as TLRs (toll-like receptors) that are usually activated in response to bacterial toxins known as lipopolysaccharides (LPS). Activation of TLR leads to the production of ‘inflamasomes’ (principally one known as NLRP3), which then trigger the release of cytokines. NLRP3 is inhibited by nitric oxide (NO) a small signaling molecule produced by virtually every cell in the body. Matter of fact, you might have benefited from elderberry, since it has been shown to enhance NO blockage of inflammasome activity and actually suppress TLR4. Dark pigmented fruits have been known to block LPS activation of inflammasomes for decades. So let’s get things straight. This is man-bites-dog stuff. If you’re headed for this type of consequence, a cytokine storm preceded by septic shock, I can assure you they we need not worry about the elderberry you’ve taken. In fact PubMed shows zero studies when ‘elderberry’ and ‘cytokine storm’ are entered as search terms. Zero. It’s the equivalent of waiting for a commuter train, seeing a brown bag lunch on the track and worrying that it might potentially derail your ride. I’ll put it in even simpler terms, virtually all rational natural therapies for Covid19 are not potent enough to do this level of harm. If they did, that would be bad, but then again we’d have some really great new drugs for a slew of other human ailments, like cancer.”

See this link https://lindseyelmore.com/cytokine-storm-what-causes-immune-system-overdrive/ which intelligently addresses the Elderberry issue and cytokine storm. Again, there is zero evidence that Elderberry induces such an event, and in-fact, it has an adaptogenic or amphoteric balancing effect on cytokines per need, and other anti-viral mechanisms.

The “Don’t Take Ibuprofen and NSAID Medication” Issue:

This is on the internet and may have some truth behind it, although the issue is based on limited anecdotal reports, mainly from the UK. Some have equated this to the Elderberry rumor, but in-fact is quite opposite. Those who have been given Ibuprofen, or similar NSAID compounds, have been seemingly recovering less well. This is not terribly surprising, as these drugs’ main mechanism of action is the suppression on the innate immune response, or in other words “inflammation”. That is what they do! Assuming your are not experiencing a cytokine storm, would you want a key element of your immune response dampened when you are trying to recover from a serious viral infection, even if it may alleviate some of your symptomatic discomfort? No. So instead they advise to use Tylenol, but is this wise?

The “Use Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Instead” Issue:

This is an entire subject that makes my blood boil (No pun intended). Western medicine has fallen into a very lazy reactive situation when it comes to fever, and this flies in the face of the understanding of physiology, common sense, and certainly naturopathic medicine principles. The minute a person spikes a fever we should not be advising them to immediately reach for a bottle of Tylenol (acetaminophen)! Yes, it is an analgesic (pain reliever) and anti-pyretic (fever reducer), and may make you feel a bit less symptomatic. However, your body is spiking a fever for a reason! Your immune system is working hard to produce that elevated body temperature with a plan in mind, which is to make it too hot for the pathogen infecting you to want to stay around, or for it to survive in you. Why would you want to immediately sabotage your own immune response like that? We all understand that an uncontrolled and excessive fever can be deadly, but that does not mean we should immediately attempt to suppress any level of fever. We need to “control” a fever, not eliminate it. The magic number here is 103 degrees, as anything above that can become life-threatening. Keeping a fever in control by the use of hydrotherapy using a tepid bath with sponging or immersion in water lower than the temperature of the body (85–90 degrees Fahrenheit, or 29.4–32.2 degrees Celsius). This works just fine in most situations. Report to fever lowering medications and seek medical attention only when there is difficulty in keeping the beneficial fever in a safe range.

Take Aways:

If you want to believe the unsupported rumor mill on the internet than immediately stop taking anything that may enhance your immune response and body’s ability to fight infection, including viruses. Good luck with that. Is Elderberry, or other herbs such as Andrographis, dangerous in viral infections? Not that we know of, and we have plenty of scientific evidence and hundreds, if not thousands, of years of traditional use to back up their value in such circumstances. If you are still not comfortable with the use of botanicals/herbals, then I would at least advocate that you consider taking some key vitamins and nutrients that support healthy immune function, such as quercetin and vitamins C, D, and A, and zinc. I would not use Ibuprofen or other NSAIDS if you think you may be suffering from COVID-19 infection. I would also not immediately use fever-suppressing therapies, such as Tylenol (acetaminophen), but instead manage the fever with tepid baths and only resort to medical suppression of a fever if it becomes necessary. Finally, I would really advocate that everyone relax and take a few deep breaths!


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What Is Elderberry?

Although there’s no one-size-fits-all remedy for illness, supporters of elderberry say the fruit is one of nature’s most versatile solutions for what ails you.
There are about 30 types of elder plants and trees around the world. The European version (also known as Sambucus nigra) is the one most closely tied to your health and healing.

Its history dates back as far as 400 BC, and Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine,” called the elder tree his “medicine chest.”
In folk medicine today, the elderberry is considered one of the world’s most healing plants.

Elderberry Health Benefits

The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. They could help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart, too.
experts recommend elderberry to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms.
It’s also been used as a treatment for:


 Joint and muscle pain

Infections that affect how you breathe



 Kidney problems


Minor skin conditions



Consuming elderberries as part of a healthful diet may lead to some health benefits, including protection from cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer. Talk with your doctor if you’re thinking about taking an elderberry supplement.


Elderberry is great for common colds and yes the flu!! That’s the main reason it is so popular!

But what people don’t really know is that Elderberry Immunity Elixir is absolutely amazing for inflammation!

If you have a lot of aches and pains it is most likely caused by inflamed tissues in your body (also known as inflammation)!

The anthocyanins in elderberries (which give it its purple color) fight oxidative stress and help fight inflammation.

Ginger contains chemicals that may reduce nausea and inflammation. Researchers believe the chemicals work primarily in the stomach and intestines, but they may also work in the brain and nervous system to control nausea. Other uses include pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis, menstrual pain, and other conditions. -WEBMD

Antioxidants and other nutrients in ginger may help prevent or treat arthritis, inflammation, and various types of infection. Researchers have also studied its potential to reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, and other health problems. – Medical News Today

Our Elderberry Immunity Elixir also contains Cinnamon, Cloves, and Rosehips which all combat Inflammation!!

If you are in PAIN it’s worth a try!!


If you don’t know anything about Elderberry Syrup nows the time to get in the “KNOW”.
We are thrilled to be bringing you J’s Homemade Elderberry Syrup available for purchase in our Barn.

Used for centuries by the Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Greeks, elderberries have a long history as an organic cure for a variety of ailments, including the common cold, flu, sinus issues, allergies, immune conditions, and even cancer.

The elderberry is renowned for helping improve cold and flu symptoms within a matter of hours. When this super berry is consumed within the first forty-eight hours of onset cold and flu symptoms, it shortens the duration of these symptoms by an average of four days compared to other cold and flu medicines on the market.
There is no denying elderberry is one powerful little berry packing an incredible health punch that promotes numerous health benefits. Rather than reaching for over-the-counter medications, try elderberry syrup to give your overall health an amazing boost!

Standard recommended dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults
If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear
Also, it tastes great on pancakes or ice-cream!
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Did you know Elderberry has been known as “nature’s cure” for many centuries? It has been traced back all the way to the Egyptian’s.

Elderberry is known to strengthen the immune system, aid in allergy relief, increase cardiovascular flow, reduce diabetes & much more!
It has been clinically proven to attack viruses; stopping the virus from multiplying & lessening the duration of illness by 4 to 5 days.

What isn’t commonly known is how often & when to take Elderberry. Do you take it as a preventative or as a cure?

⭐⭐ It is a misconception that Elderberry should only be taken during cold & flu season or when sick.

⭐⭐ The reality is Elderberry is most effective when taken daily! Studies have shown the efficiency of Elderberry increases when taken before, during & after a virus infects the body.
Taking Elderberry every day also helps with inflammation, joint pain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, may help prevent cancer, skin & eye care as well as being an Antioxidant. These are only a few of the AMAZING benefits of Elderberry!

⭐⭐ Elderberry contains 60% of your daily recommended amount of Vitamin C, 55% Vitamin A, 49% Vitamin B, 40% Fiber, 30% Iron & so much more. Elderberries also have 50% more Antioxidants than any other berry, even blueberries! Taking Elderberry daily can help your body keep its overall healthy balance.

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