The following are six
questions most frequently asked
with honest answers:
1. Will Montana YewTip™ products cure
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
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?
Some tribes referred to the Yew Tree
of the Forest."
Ethnobotany (Historical use) section
in the "Plant Profile" on our
website for documentation.
4. Are all Yew Trees toxic and
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,
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 (www.bighornbotanicals.com)
for scientific documentation.
5. Are there contraindications for
Pacific Yew Products?
Pacific Yew Products should not be
taken during pregnancy due to
historical use as an emmenagogue
(stimulates menstrual flow) and for
6. Have there been any adverse
herb-drug interactions reported for
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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Beaver Creek Consultants