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The amazing power of broccoli.

"To pour forth benefits for the common good is divine." -Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1756

During our interview with Dr, Barry Marshall, the researcher who discovered Helicobacter pylori causes stomach ulcers and the majority of stomach cancers, we were excited to learn that a natural therapy for the bacterium is being investigated at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Jed Fahey and his team have found that an anti-cancer compound in broccoli and concentrated in broccoli sprouts called sulforaphane glucosinolate (SGS) kills even antibiotic-resistant strains of H. pylori in laboratory tests. The findings should soon lead to clinical trials to see whether foods with SGS can relieve infection.

"We've known for some time that sulforaphane had modest antibiotic activity," said Dr. Fahey, a plant physiologist in the department of pharmacology and molecular sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. "However, its potency against helicobacter, even those strains resistant to conventional antibiotics, was a pleasant surprise."

Dr. Marshall's interview begins on page 32. In our next issue or on our Web site:, read more about Dr. Fahey's research and the new line of SGS-containing teas patented and licensed by Johns Hopkins University. We tasted the tea and it's delicious.
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Title Annotation:Medical Mailbox
Author:SerVaas, Cory
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Nov 1, 2003
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