Rhodium: Associated with the thymus. May be effective in treating HIV and cancer.
Early research has shown that rhodium has a positive effect on tumors in mice. Much research has been
done to analyze why it had positive effects. Later research has determined that mismatched DNA is
associated with carcinogenesis. Studies have shown that rhodium will bind with mismatched DNA and
inhibit the damage associated with these cells.
Interestingly, the ingredients sheep sorrel and slippery elm in Essiac Tea both contain rhodium.
J Am Chem Soc. 2009 Feb 18; 131(6): 2359–2366. DNA Mismatch Binding and Antiproliferative Activity of
Rhodium Metalloinsertors; PubMed.
A. Erk., E. Sherwood, J. L. Bear, A.P. Kimball. The Metabolism of Rhodium (II) Acetate in Tumor bearing mice.
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