Monday, December 21, 2015

Houseplant (Zanzibar Gem) Causes Cancer

The Malaysian Insider
21 December 2015


A plant expert has dismissed recent social media claims that a popular house plant causes cancer as lacking scientific proof.

Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Prof Ghizan Saleh said that no scientific research had been carried out to establish a connection between the plant and cancer. […]

A social media posting went viral recently, in which it was claimed that a doctor was making a house-call on a cancer patient, whose family had also been diagnosed with cancer. According to the post, the doctor noticed the Zanzibar Gem house plant growing around the patient’s home, so he took some samples for testing. The post claimed he found the plant to be acutely carcinogenic.

In a similar post, the plant was also blamed for the deaths due to leukaemia of two botanists from University Sains Malaysia (USM). […]