Musings on lemons

I eat A LOT of lemons, usually in water. Sometimes by themselves. Sometimes in cake. I even made some lavender lemonade a few weeks ago. Anyway, I was shocked when I received an email yesterday which stated eating lemons prevents and cures cancer. Honestly, I thought it looked like BS, mostly because the whole email was written in the casual typeface comic sans, but since I am partial to lemons, I thought I’d give it a chance. Turns out there were some pretty interesting claims in the email. For instance:

“Eating a Lemon  is a lot Healthier than eating an Orange  …….. LEMON  will clean all your INTESTINES.  Which orange doesn’t. LISTEN UP FOLKS:  This is something that we should all take seriously.  Even doctors are now saying that there is value in trying ‘LEMON'”

If you happen to be peeling an orange, STOP NOW and grab a lemon. It’s better for you. Forget eating both. Lemons ARE better than oranges! LISTEN UP FOLKS!

According to the Institute of Health Sciences,

“Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.”

If this is the case, why is chemotherapy still used? Why not give lemons to cancer patients, or better yet, hook up an IV and inject lemon juice directly into the bloodstream? The answer to these important questions is simple. The author of said email claims scientists will not release this information because then they can’t make money from expensive treatments. Oh yes, of course! Furthermore, additional research has shown that the Institute of Health Sciences is an online medical training program. Eek! AND there has actually been a substantial amount of articles published on the lemon-cancer claims. According to,

“Scientific studies indicate compounds in citrus, including lemon, have real potential as anti-cancer agents. However, it is not yet clear exactly how effective citrus will ultimately prove to be in preventing or fighting against cancer in humans. Certainly, it is premature and inaccurate to claim that lemon is a “proven remedy against cancers of all types.” Nor, at this point, can it be said that lemon is a viable alternative to traditional treatments such as chemotherapy. But lemon, like other kinds of citrus is likely to be a healthy addition to your diet and may even reduce the risk of cancer.”

The forward that clooged my inbox yesterday was proven to be greatly exaggerated and mostly unfounded. So lemons may not be all the email cracked them up to be afterall, but I still find them tasty. And please, if you are going to send out a “scientific” email, DO NOT use comic sans.


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