For Immediate Release         Friday October 23, 2009  



Los Angeles, CA—Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science announced today that one of its researchers is investigating the potential use of non-pathogenic yeast as a promising, natural cancer therapy.

Dr. Mamdooh Ghoneum’s research has passed initial pre-clinical phases with positive results. The next step is to conduct clinical trials to determine safety, efficacy of dosage and a method of treatment.

For more than two decades, Dr. Ghoneum has pursued a theory that cancer cells self destruct when exposed to small quantities of yeast.

In laboratory tests, Dr. Ghoneum exposed cancer cells to yeast. He observed how the cancer cells ingest yeast—through a process known as phagocytosis—and then die.

“I have no doubt that I am close to unlocking the mystery as to why cancer cells weaken to the point of destruction after absorbing common everyday yeast,” Dr. Ghoneum said. “The cells just gravitate to the yeast. I call it fatal attraction.”

Born in Egypt, Dr. Ghoneum earned his Ph.D. at the University of Tokyo in 1980 and did his postdoctoral studies at UCLA, School of Medicine. Dr. Ghoneum is an internationally recognized immunologist, who is an expert in Cancer Immune Therapy. He holds patents for inventing three biological response modifiers for the treatment of cancer. He has been a researcher and professor at Charles Drew University for twenty-five years, specializing in identifying natural cures for cancer.

Dr. Ghoneum’s work has been studied and duplicated by leading scientists worldwide with results published in top medical journals. His findings have been confirmed by similar studies at the U.S. Department of Health and Science, National Institute of Health (NIH).

“There is a possibility that we could find a way to treat not only the local tumor, but the tumor that has spread throughout the body,” said Dr. Gus Gill, Chairman Emeritus, Department of Otolaryngology, Charles Drew University. “As a surgeon, I always thought that a better way was to try to get rid of surgery (as an option) when dealing with cancer.”

The challenge ahead is to raise enough money to fund the clinical trials. Charles Drew University has invested heavily in this research. To help in the fundraising effort, Dr. Ghoneum and CDU have produced a video illustrating the importance of his research. To visit the website and view the video, please go to:

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