My sister was diagnosed with cancer two years ago on my birthday. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the long name for what she’s got. Luckily we knew from the beginning that the odds were good, about a 90% survival rate. But people are fighting cancer all over the world and many are up against much less desirable odds. One man from Oklahoma, with odds of less than 1%, turned to desperate measures and started taking dog medicine for human cancer. (1)

The Man Who Used Dog Medicine For Human Cancer

When Joe Tippens found out he had small cell lung cancer, it had already spread to just about everywhere in his body. He had tumors in his lungs, stomach, neck, bladder, liver, pancreas, and tail bone. His doctors gave him about 3 months to live.

Not long after his diagnosis Tippens connected with an old friend who worked as a veterinarian. This friend suggested that Tippens try taking fenbendazole, a de-worming medicine for dogs. Knowing that he didn’t have much to lose, Tippens decided to give it a try and take the five-dollar dog medicine for human cancer. Three months later at Tippens’ follow-up PET his doctors were shocked to find no trace of his tumors. (2)

Does Dog Medicine Really Work For Human Cancer?

Taking dog medicine for human cancer sounds absolutely crazy. Regardless, Tippens wholeheartedly believes that this was the miracle behind his against-all-odds recovery. But is there science out there to back it up? Could dog medicine really cure human cancer? It’s a difficult question to answer.

Here’s what we do know. While taking fenbendazole, Tippens also began taking several other pills and supplements, including vitamin E, curcumin, and CBD oil. Additionally, Tippens was participating in a clinical trial at the hospital. However, of all the participants in the clinical trial, Tippens was the only one with this type of response. So while this and other elements may have also had an effect on Tippens’ results, there is a strong chance that the dog medicine had the largest impact. (2)

The exact science behind Tippens’ story is still largely unresearched, but there is one recent study that seems to back it up. Just last year, researchers published a study proving that fenbendazole was able to block the growth of human cancer cells in mice. This study and Tippens’ story show real promise that fenbendazole may be the answer many cancer researchers are looking for. (3)

One Step Closer

Finding out that a dog medicine may have an effect on human cancer, while perhaps a bit radical, is hopeful. However, I would like to take a moment here to say that I am not a doctor or a scientist. I really can’t recommend that you take this or any other medication or supplements. What I can do is give you the facts of Tippens’ story and let you do with it what you will. Thankfully, my sister hasn’t gotten to the point of turning to dog medicine for her cancer. She has been in remission for almost two years and is continuing in the fight to become part of the 90%. If you or a family member is also fighting cancer, just know you’re not alone. Cancer sucks, there’s no escaping that. Sometimes all you can do is turn to loved ones for support, and wait it out. But at the very least it’s a comfort to know that there is new research out there bringing us just one step closer to beating cancer for good.


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