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 Noxon, Montana 59853
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The following are six questions most frequently asked

with honest answers:

1. Will Montana YewTip
® products cure cancer?

NO! To our knowledge there are no "SILVER BULLETS" when it comes to cancer treatment. However, there are successful protocols usually requiring the supervision of an experienced health care professional including but not limited to chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, naturopathy, proper diet, detoxification, and attitude.

2. What are "TAXANES" and what do they do?

Taxanes are naturally occurring compounds only produced by the plants of the genus Taxus (Yew Trees). Cancer cells reproduce by growing "spindle fibers" called microtubules. At the end of the fibers, new cancer cells form. When the new cancer cell fully develops, the spindle fiber that connected the cell to its parent cell disintegrates. The new cell then becomes a parent and creates more cells. Taxanes allow the cancer cells to grow their spindle fibers but prevent the fibers from disintegrating, which inhibit the cells from reproducing. Taxanes have also been shown to inhibit inflammation and scarring.

3. Did Native Americans use Pacific Yew for medicinal purposes?

YES! Some tribes referred to the Yew Tree as "Chief of the Forest."

See Ethnobotany (Historical use) section in the "Plant Profile" on our website for documentation.

4. Are all Yew Trees toxic and poisonous?

NO! There are seven species of Yew Trees growing around the world mainly in the Northern Hemisphere and several ornamental hybrids. European Yews (Taxus baccata) and Japanese Yews (Taxus cuspidata), which are the most common landscape ornamentals, are poisonous because they contain toxic amounts of the cardiotoxic alkaloidal fraction named, "Taxine" which causes death from asphyxia due to cardiac and respiratory failure. Due to an idiosyncrasy of nature, Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia) is lacking in harmful amounts of poisonous alkaloids and is safe to use as a dietary supplement. See Toxicity section in "Pacific Yew Plant Profile" on our website ( for scientific documentation.

5. Are there contraindications for Pacific Yew Products?

YES! Pacific Yew Products should not be taken during pregnancy due to historical use as an emmenagogue (stimulates menstrual flow) and for birth control.

6. Have there been any adverse herb-drug interactions reported for Pacific Yew?

NO! However, it is known that pharmaceutical drugs produced from Yew can sometimes enhance the effectiveness of other drugs and at the same time may enhance their side effects. Therefore, as a precaution, we recommend not using YewTip™ products while taking pharmaceuticals and if you do, be well aware of their side effects and consult with your doctor.

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