Bovine Cartilage (the Good and the Bad)

"The first published clinical results of the effectiveness of bovine cartilage in the treatment of cancer appeared in 1985, after a successful five-year trial under FDA permit on 31 terminal patients who had been given the full possible spectrum of orthodox treatments and had failed to respond. The results were encouraging. "Of the 31 patients cited, 90 percent showed a partial or complete response. Eleven (35 percent) showed complete response with probable or possible cures, eight patients (26 per cent) had a complete response but sustained a relapse; six sustained a partial response. Of the 35 percent who showed complete response, nine lived on without any cancer activity and died of non-cancer related diseases or old age." Although all types of cartilage are a rich source of the active ingredients for healing, the cartilage type appears to influence the chances of recovery. Research has shown that although shark cartilage contained 1000 times more of the active ingredients, their release from shark cartilage took 41 days in vitro. It would appear that this difficulty is the reason why such large amounts are necessary in the use of shark cartilage, whereas all the successful bovine results have been obtained using only 9 grams per day." Having said all of that, the respected Minnesota Wellness folks question these studies: "This is much cheaper than Shark Cartilage and is being presently studied here in America with, ostensibly, very good results. However, the studies have been fudged, the success rate of 99% is highly inflated, and the people conducting these studies [I am not sure who he is talking about] seem to lack even quintessential ethics. Thus we cannot recommend bovine cartilage to anyone."

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The successful use of bovine tracheal cartilage in the treatment of cancer, arthritis and a wide range of conditions has been well documented.

The ability of bovine cartilage to accelerate the healing of wounds has been recognized in surgical textbooks. While investigating wound healing, John F. Prudden, M.D., Med. Sc.D., began noticing its other remarkable properties. As Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Dr. Prudden conducted a series of experiments in wound healing. At the insistence of a Canadian intern, Dr. Prudden introduced chips of bovine cartilage into the wounds of laboratory rats. He found not only that the cartilage promoted rapid healing of wounds, but also that it reduced swelling in areas around the wound. As he investigated further and brought his observations to bear on human patients, he noted the dramatic shrinkage of a tumor in one patient's breast and the marked improvement of malignant ulceration of the patient's chest wall. This observation galvanized Dr. Prudden into carrying out therapeutic trials another cancer patients.

In over 20 years of human testing with meticulous documentation of clinical results, bovine cartilage has demonstrated numerous therapeutic properties. In addition to helping the body fight cancerous growths and heal wounds more quickly, studies show that bovine cartilage combats such other ailments as rheumatism and arthritic diseases, skin allergies, and even herpes infections. For the sake of brevity, however, this article will focus on the effectiveness of bovine cartilage as a cancer treatment.

A Powerful Immuno-Stimulant

Cancer is a disease characterized by abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells. The mass that results from this growth (the tumor) can invade and destroy surrounding normal tissues. Cells originating in this tumor can spread and start new cancers in other parts of the body through a process referred to as metastisis. Bovine cartilage is a totally natural agent that is effective in counteracting this rampant cell reproduction and growth.

Cancer cells reproduce by splitting (mitosis) and growing. Bovine cartilage causes a general activation of the body's natural defense mechanisms, including macrophages; T cells and B cells; immunoglobulins A, G, and M; and "Natural Killer" cells. This has been found to directly inhibit the division (and hence, the growth) of cancerous cells in humans. Not only does bovine cartilage slow down the division of cancer cells, it stimulates the body's ownimmune system to fight off cancer's invasion. It also helps to reduce the size of cancer cells, thereby shrinking tumors. The impact on the size of cancer cells (which are generally much larger than normal cells) can be measured by a scanning electron microscope.

Bovine Cartilage as Compared to Allopathic Anti-Cancer Treatments

Bovine cartilage has an advantage over other cancer treatments because it is effective and is completely non-toxic and all-natural, harvested from range-grown, hormone-free cattle. In more than two decades of human clinical testing, with doses of bovine cartilage up to three times the standard dosage of 9 gm daily, absolutely no toxicity has been observed.
Bovine cartilage works with then body to fight disease. Other allopathic methods of combating cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiation, on the other hand, do great damage to healthy cells and violently disrupt the immune system's critical balance. This disruption can impair the body's ability to protect itself from disease in the future. Indeed, it has been shown that bovine cartilage treatment can work synergistically with radiation treatment and chemotherapy and can mitigate their debilitating side effects.

While radiation therapy has also at times achieved dramatic results, it kills healthy cells and cancerous cells without distinction. On the other hand, Dr. Prudden observes that "bovine tracheal cartilage selectively stimulates the body's immune system and normalizes aberrant (cancer) cells."

Unsatisfied with chemotherapy and radiation and encouraged by reports of the success of such alternative cancer therapies as bovine cartilage treatment, many cancer patients are seeking out more natural remedies. But not all cartilage is alike.

Clinical Research With Bovine Cartilage

For the clinical trials leading up to the publication of his report, "Treatment of Human Cancer with Bovine Tracheal Cartilage," in the December 1985 Journal of Biological Response Modifiers, Dr. Prudden accepted only patients who "failed to respond to all standard therapy, or had a cancer for which the current therapy is generally recognized as ineffective." Of 31 patients cited in Dr. Prudden's initial report, "90 percent showed a partial or complete response to bovine cartilage treatment. Eleven (35 percent) showed complete responses with probable or possible cures, eight patients (26 percent) had a complete response but sustained a relapse, six (19 percent) sustained a partial response and in three subjects (10 percent) the response was minimal. One patient showed no response and the disease progressed."

These results are astonishing. More than one-third of the subject patients were, for all intents and purposes, cured. These were patients who had been left for dead by conventional anti-cancer treatments. Since 1985, Dr. Prudden has accumulated approximately 100 additional cases with similarly successful results. Some patients have been cancer-free for more than 19 years. The details of these cases will soon be published in a major medical journal.
Why haven't I heard of bovine cartilage before?

Rather than prematurely promoting the use of cartilage products, Dr. Prudden chose to meticulously document its effectiveness before proclaiming it as effective. As knowledge of its efficacy has increased, Dr. Prudden is beginning to receive long-overdue acclaim. In September, Dr. Prudden was presented with the prestigious "Linus Pauling Scientist of the Year Award of 1995" at the Adjuvant Nutrition in Cancer Therapy convention.

Dr. Prudden has authored numerous scientific articles which have been published in peer reviewed journals. As a result of successful clinical thais, bovine cartilage is now being made available commercially to the public for the first time.
Clinical research has demonstrated the effectiveness and safety of this treatment. It is a cost-effective, completely natural remedy that works in conjunction with the body's own defense mechanisms. These facts are a compelling argument for the general use of bovine cartilage in cancer therapy.


1 Durie, Brian G.M. et. al. "An Assessment of the Anti-Mitotic Activity of Catrix-S in the Human Stem Cell Assay." Journal of Biological Response Modifiers 4:590-95, 1985.

2 Moss, Ralph. Cancer Therapy: The Independent Consumer's Guide to Non-Toxic Treatment and Prevention. Equinox Press, Brooklyn, 1992.

3 Prudden, J.F. Summary of Bovine Tracheal Cartilage Research Programs. Foundation for Cartilage and Immunology Research. 3-8, Waccabuc, New York, 1993.

4 Rosen, J., Sherman, W.T., Prudden, J.F., and Thorbecke G.J. "Immunoregulatory Effects of Catrix," Journal of Biological Response Modifiers 7:498-512, 1988.

5 Prudden, J.F. "The Treatment of Human Cancer with Agents Prepared from Bovine Cartilage," Journal of Biological Response Modifiers 4: 551-584, 1985.
6 Prudden, J.F., Nishihara, G. and Baker, L. "Acceleration of Wound Healing with Cartilage-1" Surgery, Gynecology, and Obstetrics 105:283, 1957.

By Henry Kriegel
Henry Kriegel, President of Kriegel & Associates, frequently writes about health care issues.