Cancer Cells, Facts You Need to Know

  1. Cancers form anywhere between ten and thirty years before they are discovered.
  2. Insulin stimulates cell growth. Cancer cells have six to ten times more insulin receptors than normal cells. Studies show that high insulin levels correlate with higher risks of developing cancer and lower rates of survival amongst cancer patients.
  3. Lower insulin levels may help prevent the growth of cancer. Carbohydrate consumption stimulates insulin release. Protein consumption stimulates insulin release too, to a lesser degree. Fat consumption does not stimulate insulin release.
  4. Sugar Feeds Cancer - Sugar and Cancer.
  5. Otto Warburg discovered that cancer cells have poor vascular systems and are deficient in oxygen, and that furthermore, when a normal cell was deprived of oxygen, it would become cancerous. The Respiratory Quotient (RQ) is a way of measuring how much oxygen you need to burn different types of fuels.
  6. The RQ of different macronutrients is thus: Carbohydrate 0.7, Protein 0.8, Fat 1.0. You require more oxygen to burn carbohydrate than you do to burn fat. Anaemia is caused by poor oxygen levels. Oxygen levels can be increased by supplying the nutrients for making red blood cells: B12, folic acid, biotin, iron and copper, all "meat" vitamins and minerals.
  7. Cancer cells can produce forty times more lactic acid than normal cells, implying they burn glucose in the absence of oxygen. This type of fuel-conversion is known as "fermentation" and is typically only used by very primitive life-forms such as bacteria, because it is inefficient and produces very little energy in comparison to other fuel-conversions.
  8. This may be due to defective mitochondria. Mitochondria are cell powerhouses that allow us to burn fat for energy, they are a mark of our advanced evolution: microbes do not have mitochondria and cannot burn fat.
  9. Some cancer scientists have theorised that cancer cells are "throwback" cells which have forgotten they are a part of a pattern for a bigger organism. It seems that cancer cells are not be able to burn fat for energy. , therefore cancer cells may be starved with a low-carbohydrate diet.
  10. It has long been observed that cancer will undergo spontaneous remission after a severe infection.
  11. Cancer cells are more vulnerable to unusually high body temperatures (fevers) than normal cells.
  12. Cancer cells produce both histamine and serotonin.
  13. Cancer cells spread by using histamine to break down collagen. Collagen is made from vitamin C, L-lysine and L-proline (amino acids). Histamine is made from L-histidine (another amino acid). Therefore increasing materials that supply collagen and decreasing materials that supply histamine may restrict cancer cell growth.
  14. Cancer cells produce up to 100 times more of an enzyme, beta-glucosidase, than normal cells, certain substances such as Laetrile, are broken down only in the presence of beta-glucosidase, thus providing a method targeting cancer cells.
  15. Cancer cells prevent immune attacks by surrounding themselves in a protective coat of fibrin. Therefore fibrinolytics (clot-busters) such as Dipyridamole and Digitoxin may work as anti-cancer agents by breaking down this protective coat. Streptokinase and nattokinase also have a similar effect. Nattokinase is available without prescription.
  16. Cancer cells can only metastasize (spread) if the blood can clot and form fibrin. Therefore prophylactic use of fibrinolytics may help to prevent the spread of an existing cancer.
  17. Cholesterol is a vital repair substance and the precursor to many hormones including sex hormones. It is also the precursor to vitamin D. Low cholesterol increases the risk of cancer. This rarely publicised fact was discovered and confirmed during numerous heart-disease prevention trials. Results across many trials show consistent evidence that more total deaths occurred in subjects with low cholesterol, and frequently these deaths were from cancer. The lower the cholesterol, the poorer the survival chances of those who are ill from any disease, including cancer.
  18. Animal fat is composed of roughly equal quantities of saturated and monounsaturated fat. Olive oil is composed largely of monounsaturated fat. Saturated and monounsaturated fat consumption have never been linked to cancer.
  19. Despite numerous studies, only one study has every found a connection between breast cancer and saturated fat, and this study was quickly debunked by numerous respectable medical sources, in fact a quick look at the statistical evidence shows the study to be flawed. Unfortunately it is still regularly quoted by the media and cancer charities (I consider this deeply irresponsible).
  20. Commercial vegetable oils are composed largely of polyunsaturated fat. Margarine, vegetable shortening, and vegetable suets are composed of chemically altered vegetable oils known as hydrogenated oils or trans-fats. Polyunsaturated oils and hydrogenated oils are known carcinogens.
  21. This fact was discovered by accident in the seventies when a study aimed to aide the recovery of hospitalised patients found those given a supplement of only 7% of energy as polyunsaturated oil began to develop cancer. The statistics showed an increase of around 15% from cancer deaths. These statistics were so shocking that the study was called off on ethical grounds. Polyunsaturated and hydrogenated fats cause cancer.
  22. Cancer is an immune system disorder. The immune system is suppressed by carbohydrate, linoleic acid (polyunsaturated C18:2) and phytoestrogens (including those found in soy aka soya products). It is bolstered by certain saturated fats such as lauric acid (C12:0, found in coconut oil) and stearic acid (C18:0, the main component of hard beef and lamb tallow), and most fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins.
  23. Full spectrum sunlight and vitamin D extend the lives of cancer sufferers and kill cancers in the laboratory.
  24. People with poor thyroid function are particularly vulnerable to cancer. If you regularly feel cold you may have poor thyroid function. Most thyroid function is easy to correct: the biggest causes of poor thyroid function are not eating enough calories, fat deficiencies, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Some Worthy Alternative Treatments

  1. Coley's Toxins
  2. Laetrile / Amygdalin / Sarcarcinase / Nitriloside / Vitamin B-17
  3. Breuss, Gerson and Issels Cancer Treatments
  4. Dr. Matthias Rath, Linus Pauling, Vitamin C and Cellular Therapy
  5. Atkins was a Cancer Therapist
  6. Sally Fallon and the Weston A. Price Foundation

Coley's Toxins

Coley's Toxins is a killed vaccine of the Streptococcus of Erysipelas and Serratia Marcescens. It induces a fever and an immune reaction in the patient.

The dramatic, even wondrous effects of Coley's are certainly exciting to read about. Coley's has a long history of success going back to the early years of the 20th century. A combination of deliberate hampering by rivals and unfortunate legislation meant that Coley's Toxins were almost lost to history, the ultimate blame lying with a cancer charity who failed to sponsor the treatment for their own particular reasons.

Coley's is not used commercially because it cannot be patented and therefore no drug company is willing to throw money away on what is an extremely cheap, easy to produce cancer treatment. More information: Coley's Toxins [PDF].

It has been thought that Coley's works as a form of immunotherapy, or through the L-arginine to nitric oxide pathway, however Joseph Thuo believes it may be a metabolic therapy: that by raising the metabolic rate of the patient whilst simultaneously starving the patient (and therefore the cancer) of nourishment, it causes a rapid regression of the cancer.

"Since the main physiological effect of starvation is the mobilization of fatty acids and the formation of ketone bodies by the liver, it is very likely that reduced consumption of glucose and increased utilization of fatty acids derivatives makes malignant cells very susceptible to the increased metabolic rate that occurs during fever."

Because cancer, as we have learned, feeds off glucose, not fatty acids, and is vulnerable to high body temperatures. This is certainly the most plausible theory I have seen so far.

Laetrile / Amygdalin / Sarcarcinase / Nitriloside / Vitamin B-17

AKA Amygdalin, Sarcarcinase, Nitriloside, or vitamin B-17 is found in apricot kernels, greengage, plum, cherry and apple seeds, the seeds of other members of the Rosaceae family, millet, linseed and bitter cassava root (tropical manioc or tapioca).

Apricot kernels taste almost exactly like almonds but with an additional bitter taste (not everyone can taste this). The bitter taste is the Laetrile. Seven apricot kernels per day may be all you need to protect yourself from cancer for life. Laetrile contains cyanide and benzaldehyde. It works like a targeted chemotherapy (unlike regular chemotherapy, which is untargeted).

"The vitamin is harmless to healthy tissue for a very simple reason: each molecule of B17 contains one unit of cyanide, one unit of benzaldehyde and two of glucose (sugar) tightly locked together.

In order for the cyanide to become dangerous it is first necessary to 'unlock' the molecule to release it, a trick that can only be performed by an enzyme called beta-glucosidase, which is present all over the human body in minute quantities, but in truly vast quantities (up to 100 times as high) at only one place: the site of a malignant cancer tumor.

Thus the cyanide is unlocked only at the cancer site with drastic results, which become utterly devastating to the cancer cells because the benzaldehyde unit unlocks at the same time.

Benzaldehyde is a deadly poison in its own right, which then acts synergistically with the cyanide to produce a poison 100 times more deadly than either in isolation. The combined effect on the cancer cells is best left to the imagination. But what about danger to the rest of the body's cells?

Another enzyme, rhodanese, always present in far larger quantities than the unlocking enzyme beta-glucosidase in healthy tissues, has the easy ability to completely break down both cyanide and benzaldehyde into beneficial body products. Predictably perhaps, malignant cancer cells contain no rhodanese at all, leaving them completely at the mercy of the two deadly poisons."

More on Laetrile and benzaldehyde. Groves says Laetrile works because of the hydrogen cyanide, Moss says benzaldehyde works, even though it's Laetrile without the hydrogen cyanide!

As we can see from the above quote, both work but work better in a synergistic process involving both chemicals. Bitter apricot kernels are available from numerous sources online. I regularly eat bitter apricot kernels. I have yet to observe any ill effects, in spite of all of the over-hyped official health warnings claiming I will fall down dead of cyanide poisoning.

Breuss, Gerson and Issels Cancer Treatments

The Breuss Total Cancer Treatment is based on what amounts to a 42 day fast supplemented by multiple antioxidant and enzyme rich herbal teas and vegetable juices. This is a whacky sounding treatment, but it does get results.

The Austrian authorities once tried to sue Breuss for his "dangerous diet", but the case collapsed: Breuss's lawyer, himself a cancer survivor cured by Breuss, trotted out a procession of patients attesting to the healing powers of Breuss's diet. Breuss believed protein restriction was vital.

Gerson Therapy is strictly vegetarian and includes supplements of B12 and liver extract to compensate. Here is a sample regimen:

  1. Thirteen glasses of fresh, raw carrot/apple and green-leaf juices prepared hourly from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.
  2. Three full vegetarian meals, freshly prepared from organically grown fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A typical meal will include salad, cooked vegetables, baked potatoes, vegetable soup and juice.
  3. Fresh fruit and fresh fruit dessert available at all hours for snacking, in addition to the regular diet.
  4. Regular coffee enemas to detoxify the body.

Gerson and Breuss therapies have popularised wheatgrass consumption amongst cancer sufferers. Wheatgrass is a natural source of Laetrile (B-17). Breuss and Gerson treatments are non-toxic and have good success rates.

The primary theory that underpins these treatments is that modern, processed foods are extremely harmful to the body. Cancer, arthritis and other degenerative diseases are rarely found in cultures considered "primitive" by Western civilization.

This is regarded to be diet-related by many nutritional anthropologists. Degenerative diseases appear in these cultures only when modern packaged foods and additives are introduced.

Like Breuss, Gerson regarded excess protein as a carcinogen and believed that cancer cannot live or grow without protein. These diets are accidentally very low in fat. A very low fat diet is ironically a very high saturated fat diet, because when fat is in deficiency in the diet, the body switches on a mechanism that converts carbohydrates into saturated fat.

Furthermore, because juice fasts are deficient in calories, they stimulate ketosis and raise the levels of ketones in the blood. Thus they exert the same effects on the body as a high-fat ketogenic diet, and again we have returned to the defective mitochondria theory of cancer.

Issels runs many alternative cancer clinics where a combination of treatments can be obtained. The focus is on restoring the health of the immune system (immunotherapy). Issels treatments are founded on the holistic premise that cancer cannot develop in a healthy body, and are influenced by Gerson, Breuss and others.

Issels focuses on a high raw vegetable/enzyme diet, low in protein. Issels also advises the importance of removing toxins from the body such as mercury fillings and pesticides, and also hidden sources of infection from the body (such as root canals).

Coley's Toxins is an integral part of the Issels treatment, along with a separate second vaccine, Issels autologous vaccine. Click here for a treatment summary.

One caveat is that anyone approaching Gerson and Breuss therapies should be skeptical of some of the wild claims made on the internet by radical vegans denigrating "carcinogenic" animal products. Unfortunately Gerson and Breuss therapies have been seized upon by the radical vegan wing, who will actively recruit newly diagnosed cancer patients for their own political ends.

Such advocates have a favourite argument which denigrates milk in favour of soy, citing the example of the Chinese who "do not use dairy products." Actually, the Chinese "do" use dairy products if they are rich enough to afford them, and the health of those using them is superior to the poor who do not.

The cancer rates in China are unexpectedly "high" for a rural nation, despite those who would have you think otherwise. Soy is in itself a carcinogen unfit for human consumption.

Prince Charles was criticised in the July of 2004 for promoting Gerson therapy. One criticism levelled against him at the time was that "there is no evidence that large doses of vitamin C fight cancer." This is an ironic and embarrassing comment for a cancer "expert" to make, as we shall see next.

Dr. Matthias Rath, Linus Pauling, Vitamin C and Cellular Therapy

What evidence is there that protein in general (or excess protein) "fuels" cancer? Not that much, however CAAT (Controlled Amino Acid Therapy), like juice fasts, has shown quite a lot of promise.

It is not so much all protein, but certain proteins which must be restricted. In this case the focus is on restricting one of the four amino acids involved in DNA synthesis (glycine, glutamic acid, aspartic acid and serine), in particular glycine, along with vitamins involved in DNA synthesis (particularly B vitamins including folic acid and B6 restriction).

However another part of the protein puzzle may be connected to the amino acid L-histidine and its effect on the immune system. This may be why H2 blockers such as cimetidine, antacids and antihistamines have some anti-cancer effect. H2 blockers suppress the immune system by blocking histidine. L-histidine, which makes histamine, is essential for normal immune function. Histamine is a vital component of mast cells. Infectious agents get into the body and move around by temporarily breaking down collagen in order to travel.

To chase down the invaders, these immune system cells also move around the body in the same manner, by breaking down collagen, which is repaired again afterwards by other cells. This is also how tumours grow: emitting histamine to break down collagen. Antihistamines do appear to have an anti-cancer effect.

Antihistamines stop immune system cells from breaking down collagen and moving around, but they do not prevent infectious agents from getting in and producing histamine of their own and consequently wreaking havoc. This starvation-paralysis is the same reason that antihistamines and H2 blockers weaken the immune system. I have a friend who takes H2 blockers: he always has a cold.

So what if you could sway the balance in another direction? That is, instead of focusing on starving the body of histidine and making it vulnerable to infection, give it all the fuel it needs to make collagen. Collagen is a protein that makes connective tissue: gristle, and the non-mineral part of bones. It is extremely tough.

Gelatin is collagen that has been made water-soluble by lengthy boiling. It is what you end up with when you make a bone-based meat stock or boil a pig's trotter (the foot of a pig). The perfect proportion of amino acids for making collagen is found in... collagen. That is, gelatin. L-lysine and L-proline are essential ingredients of collagen.

Unlike most mammals, human beings do not make their own vitamin C. Humans lost their ability to make their own vitamin C around forty million or so years ago (some sources say 25 million), when we were still primates. This has resulted in numerous genetic kludges in our make up. Virtually all other mammals make their own vitamin C.

Compared to the average cat, dog or goat, we're in a permanent state of subclinical scurvy, leaving us susceptible to infection, immune system disorders, stress and weak arteries that our bodies attempt to shore up by depositing atherosclerotic plaque. Adjusted for weight, the average mammal makes the human equivalent of 18 grams of vitamin C per day.

The body requires vitamin C to build collagen. Given enough vitamin C, the body eagerly makes collagen because the enzymic reactions that occur in the presence of vitamin C are still an essential part of our genetic makeup. With a constant supply of the building blocks of collagen, the immune system cells, infectious agents, and cancerous cells all have a harder time moving around at the expense of those that don't belong there.

Don't be put off by all of the politics and conspiracy theory on Dr. Matthias Rath's website. At least half of what he says is completely justified, and any paranoia on Rath's part can be excused considering the personal smear campaign waged against him over the last decade by pharmaceutical companies who stand to lose out based on his scientific evidence: he was recently justified by the prosecution of Bayer, Roche and Archer-Daniels-Midland for using his information to form a cartel and increase the price of vitamin C.

Unfortunately Rath's politics are so overt that he's effectively shooting himself in the foot by making himself look radical and paranoid to the average reader. Rest assured, Rath's science is sound.

After years of denial, avoidance and white noise, the U.S. National Institutes of Health finally announced recently that vitamin C selectively kills cancer cells, and this was trumpeted around the world by the media as if it were a new discovery! Those of us who have had an inside view on the world of alternative medicine know otherwise and look on this chain of events with a combination of frustration and disgust.

The science is this: Rath discovered he could suppress and reverse both heart disease and cancer by giving people the ingredients for making collagen (anywhere between ten and eighteen grams of vitamin C per day, plus amino acids L-lysine (half the quantity of the vitamin C), L-proline and a few other ingredients including a broad spectrum of other vitamins).

Rath has a cancer education book [pdf] on his website. Everyone should read this book. The science is supported by clinical trial evidence: no conventional treatment (like chemotherapy or radiation therapy) can boast anywhere near the success rate of Rath's treatments.

The facts were established fifteen years ago, ample time for the news to filter through. It's a downright scandal the treatment isn't being used in hospitals, which just goes to prove how the world of medicine is ruled by capital, not science.

There may be more reasons than Rath suspects as to why vitamin C works so well: vitamin C and glucose antagonise each other as they're chemically similar and use the same "pumps" to get into cells.

In fact, mammals make vitamin C from glucose in the liver. In not being able to do this, humans have an integral disorder of carbohydrate metabolism.

Cancer is anaerobic, meaning it feeds off glucose and produces lactic acid rather than using oxygen like normal cells. Anything that starves the cancer of glucose may help, and flooding the cell pumps with vitamin C would conceivably deprive cells of a fuel supply.

L-lysine is another part of the story. L-lysine is an essential amino acid (we can't make it in our bodies) that is deficient in grain products compared to other ratios of amino acids. We receive it (and L-histidine) in perfect proportions to our bodily needs when we eat meat or eggs.

L-lysine is easily destroyed by cooking at high temperatures, and by cooking meats with starches and sugars. These facts imply we aren't getting as much L-lysine as our body expects in evolutionary terms.

I don't think much to Rath's dietary advice: it's vague and it consists of recommendations to eat lots of wholesome vegetables. But think about it. What diet is naturally high in L-lysine and vitamin C and low in the primary tumour-fuel, glucose? "A Palaeolithic-style diet of raw or lightly cooked meat, bones, green vegetables and berries." What diet is naturally low in L-lysine and vitamin C and high in the primary tumour-fuel, glucose? "The standard Western food pyramid rich in grains and starches and coated in sugar."

Atkins was a Cancer Therapist

Robert Atkins MD, though best known for his weight loss diet, was actually a complimentary therapist with a high cancer cure rate at his clinic in New York. I found a copy of the Atkins cancer treatment protocol online and have reproduced it here.

Though not included in the attached article, Atkins was experimenting with Coley's Toxins before his death. It is rumoured that he was forced to turn people away from the treatment in droves because of its popularity.

Atkins recommends a low sugar/lower carbohydrate diet for cancer patients. That's because (as we've seen already) cancer feeds off glucose almost exclusively. Whilst he stresses the importance of enzymes and raw vegetables, Atkins doesn't recommend a low-protein diet, instead he stresses the importance of vitamins and minerals.

The secret to the success of Atkins' approach is that it is a holistic, combination therapy, taking elements of all alternative cancer treatments (from mercury filling removal to useful herbs, to natural-source vitamins).

Atkins's low-carbohydrate, high-fat approach fits in well with the defective-mitochondria theory of cancer cell energy utilisation , though it does not include the addition of citric acid: "Citric acid an intermediary product of the Krebs cycle metabolism has also been reported to block the actions of phosphofructokinase.

A low carbohydrate, high fat diet to increase the blood levels of ketones, along with supplements or foods rich in citric acid may some day prove a beneficial adjunct to chemotherapy in the treatment of many cancers."

Atkins was not a lone crusader with regards to such diets for cancer therapy. A number of studies are currently underway or have recently been completed (note this link is a rather out in the left-field with regards the Reich and Rife information at the bottom of the page, but interesting to speculate on).

Sally Fallon and the Weston A. Price Foundation

Not directly a cancer treatment, unless you bear in mind that native people on their traditional diets do not get cancer. Based on the work of dentist turned anthropologist Weston A Price, the Weston A Price Foundation seeks to promote good nutrition based on the study of native and primitive diets.

Fallon stresses the importance of fat-soluble vitamins and saturated fat for proper health. After years of painstaking analysis and research of many native groups around the world, Price found that foods from one or more of the following groups were absolutely essential to their good health:

  1. Seafood, fish, shellfish, fish organs, fish liver oils and fish eggs
  2. Organ meats from wild animals or grass fed domestic animals
  3. Insects
  4. Fats of certain birds and monogastric (one stomach) animals such as sea mammals, guinea pigs, bears and hogs
  5. Egg yolks from pastured chicken and other birds
  6. Whole, raw milk, cheese and butter from grass-fed animals

Raw, unprocessed foods were vital to health and all foods in group six were eaten raw (i.e. with enzymes and vitamin content intact), as well as a portion of each of the other groups.

Price found that meat-eating natives were considerably better off in health, including bone structure, physique, height and health, than the few near-vegetarian natives he discovered, who were often shorter and prone to more disease (and were also more war-like). No totally vegetarian groups were found.

Native diets were 10x richer in the fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E) and 4x richer in water soluble vitamins (B,C) than the contemporary 1930's Western diet of Price's day. Cancer was simply unknown amongst those on a fully native diet.

Price and his contemporaries found many cases of native peoples who had started to eat a Westernised diet and had since developed chronic health problems, including cancer. His cure was to send natives back to the wilderness, at which point the diseases often simply cleared up by themselves.

In Nourishing Traditions, a sort of native nutrition cookbook, Fallon stresses the importance of enzyme and vitamin rich lacto-fermented foods like live yoghurt, kefir, and sauerkraut, the neutralisation of enzyme-inhibitors (in raw/unfermented grains, nuts, beans), and avoidance of anti-nutrients (like processed flour, bread, pasta, white rice, large amounts of fibre, breakfast cereals, vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils, soy and sugar).

The Weston A. Price Foundation stress the importance of a mixed diet, with adequate amounts of saturated fat. This diet is naturally higher in fat and lower in carbohydrates and has a lower GI, because only unnatural, refined foods are very high in carbohydrates and low in fat.

Starving the Cancer

What on earth do ketogenic fat-fast (low-carbohydrate, high-fat) treatment protocols have in common with low-fat, low-protein juicing fasts ? It would appear there is more than one way to skin a cat.

The success of juicing fasts is often attributed to the vast quantities of antioxidants consumed in the juice. But on closer examination the quantities of antioxidants really aren't that impressive compared to those provided by vitamin megadosing, though they may contain useful undetected compounds.

Vegetable juices may also contain chemotherapeutic agents, but not really in the quantities supplied by conventional medicine. Vegetable juices also contain a fair (but not large) amount of carbohydrate.

By contrast there appear to be some very sensible, logical explanations for why a ketogenic diet starves cancer. So what gives? In fact, both diets have something in common: they both cause starvation.

Every weight-loss diet produces ketosis in varying degrees. Ketosis is the inevitable physical result of starvation. The body tries to conserve as much glucose as possible and burns fat at an accelerated rate.

Weight loss is not appropriate for a cancer patient. This is why I believe a "cycling" method is preferable to an extended fast, in order to regain lost weight. An extended fast of any kind also lowers the metabolic rate, which is precisely what we do not want to do. It is vital to keep the metabolic rate high in order to starve the cancer of fuel.

Fat fasts are less harmful to the thyroid than other very low-calorie diets, but will also produce accelerated weight loss for this same reason. As fasting is so advantageous to cancer patients, it is important not to throw the baby out with the bath water. Cycling periods of eating excess calories to regain lost weight with intensive fasts will help to prevent the metabolism from slowing down.

One should be able to see the similarities between these therapies if one looks beneath the surface. Coley's toxins appears to work by starving the cancer whilst raising the metabolic rate.

Fat fasts, particularly when conducted with the aide of coconut oil, can temporarily raise the metabolic rate too (but cannot sustain it for long periods).

Fever therapy, along with juice fasting, is an integral part of Issels therapy. Gerson and Breuss work on the basis of starvation too.

Raising the Metabolism

Fever therapy works by raising the metabolism. The metabolism is governed by the thyroid. Under normal circumstances, the thyroid dictates how warm we are and therefore how fast our cells burn energy.

Vitamins and minerals are vital to thyroid health. Consumption of soy and various other nuts, beans and grains can impair thyroid health. Phytic acid (found in fibre) prevents the absorption of many minerals and is a culprit in poor thyroid function.

Vitamins A and D, iodine, selenium, calcium and magnesium and many trace minerals are all important thyroid nutrients. Eat a diet rich in these vitamins and nutrients.

Take cod liver oil and use sea salt and eat seaweed and sea salt (for iodine and other trace minerals). Shellfish are excellent. If you are allergic to dairy products, goodly quantities of calcium and magnesium can be obtained from bone broths, preferably cooked slowly over 24 to 48 hours. Small bony fish such as anchovies can be pureed in a blender to provide large amounts of calcium and trace minerals.

In general, the more calories you eat (as long as you are well nourished by vitamins), the hotter you will become. On a day to day basis it is important to keep your weight up, so eating plenty of calories (whilst limiting carbohydrates and proteins) is not a problem.

Obviously it becomes a problem if you want to fast to starve the cancer. But in order to accelerate the metabolism beyond what is normal, you need to consider various fever therapies.

There are many ways to induce a fever , Coley's toxins is just one way. Less precise methods include hot baths, wrapping up warm with a hot water bottle, brandy and champagne (together), saunas (especially infrared light saunas), and catching a nasty infection(!) Fever needs to occur simultaneously with ketosis.

Whilst do-it-yourself methods are undoubtedly useful, it would be pertinent to consider checking yourself into an alternative clinic that can induce, monitor and control your fever.

End Notes and Nutritional Advice

  1. Targeted Chemotherapy
  2. Detoxifying
  3. Physical Injury
  4. Immune System Health
  5. Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C)
  6. Buying Time and Nourishing the Body on a Low Carbohydrate Diet

Targeted Chemotherapy

We have explored Laetrile, just one of the promising alternative "herbal" therapies available. There are many more as shown here in the atkins cancer protocol, and on Ralph Moss's website. You will find a great deal of overlap between the remedies listed.

All are worthy of exploration, and there is no reason why several cannot be used at once unless one is performing a clinical trial on oneself (not appropriate when time is of the essence). Combination therapies are generally far more effective than single or serial doses of different herbs.

Detoxifying

Potential carcinogens include all of the following groups. Whilst your cancer may or may not have been triggered by one of them in particular, conduct a close examination of your circumstances and history. Cancers typically form between ten and thirty years before they are discovered, you may need to think hard.

  1. Particular pathogens (viruses and bacteria), particularly those that remain in the body for extended periods.
  2. Most prescription and non-prescription drugs, including anti-inflammatories and hormonal drugs such as The Pill.
  3. Stimulants such as caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate), theobromine (chocolate), tannins (wine, particularly red wine, oak-matured wines and spirits including whisky, beers, particularly heavy, dark beers such as stouts).
  4. Recreational drugs (particularly stimulants such as cocaine).
  5. Pesticides, agricultural chemicals and household chemicals.
  6. Many food additives including MSG, and all artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, nitrates and sulfites.
  7. Heavy metals such as mercury (amalgam fillings), aluminium (deodorants) and potentially fluoride (toothpaste and non-stick pans).

To detoxify physical toxins that remain in the body such as pesticides and heavy metals, bentonite clay is extremely helpful.

It is a "magnetised" clay which is added to bath water that draws out toxins. The darker the sludge that remains in the bath, the more toxins have been drawn out of the body.

To remove heavy metals, the most effective natural treatment is a high "good" fats diet that includes butter, unrefined coconut oil, lard, fish oil, etc. along with fat soluble vitamins A, D and E.

Infrared saunas are also helpful for sweating out toxins and heavy metals, whilst simultaneously providing fever therapy benefits.

Enemas, particularly organic Coffee Enemas which are used by Gerson therapy to detoxify.

Physical Injuries

Physical injuries upon the body can provoke cancer. Cancers may occur at the sites of former wounds. Repeated severe sunburn is a risk factor for skin cancer. This should not be confused with regular, normal sun exposure and tanning. Regular, normal sun exposure is protective for two reasons.

Firstly it promotes tanning which protects the skin, and secondly it promotes the manufacture of vitamin D. Vitamin D can only be manufactured when UVB rays (the "burning ray") are present during the two hours either side of actual noon. Vitamin D is known for its anti-cancer effects on the immune system.

Lung cancer is correlated with smoking. The number of people who are calculated to die through passive smoking is absolutely tiny, only a few hundred every year in Britain. The French have higher rates of lung cancer per capita because so many of them smoke, however protective factors in the diet mean that the percentage of people who develop lung cancer per number of smokers is much lower than the British.

In order for lung cells to be healthy their cell membranes must be constructed out of 100% saturated fat, and the French are also a nation of fat-eaters, forty percent or more of their calories come from fat compared to thirty percent for the British. The French also have a better vitamin D status due to better sunlight exposure.

It is known that cancer surgery is a risk factor for cancer metastasis (where cancer cells spread to other areas of the body). Causing physical injury to already damaged tissue, provoking and inflaming the area is something that should be done with considerable caution.

Most medical sources will tell you that breast pain is not a risk factor for breast cancer. Somewhat ironically those medical sources will then list breast pain as a symptom of breast cancer. Breast pain is associated with high oestrogen (estrogen) levels.

It is also associated with caffeine use, and badly fitting bras, particularly bras with underwires. Breast pain is also associated with the use of mammographies , which have recently been found to increase the risk of breast cancer !

Bras and breast cancer , and further information. Only one study has ever been performed with regards to bras and breast cancer.

The study was uncontrolled (it did not account for other factors such as professional or manual job status, nutrition, medical history, stress, smoking etc), however the results were quite shocking and very strongly correlated with the wearing of bras.

The longer the subjects wore a bra each day, and the less comfortable the type of bra they wore, the more likely they were to get breast cancer. Women who wore a bra for 24 hours a day had a 75% chance of developing breast cancer.

Results like this do not happen by accident, they cannot be written away as coincidental, and the fact that this study has not been repeated under controlled circumstances is a testament to the profit-motivation, lack of imagination and entrenched conservatism of medical authorities and cancer charities towards the health and well-being of women. The thought of women going bra-less is obviously quite shocking to them (in terms of their profits from bra-sponsorship deals at least).

The bottom line is, avoid physically stressing and damaging your body, for both cancer prevention and to help prevent metastasis or further growth.

Immune System Health

If you suffer from immune system problems or take immunosuppressant drugs you are at greater risk of cancer. Chronic inflammation, infections and allergens are of particular concern especially if they are ongoing.

Continued, prolonged assaults against the immune system cause chronic overstimulation by cytokines (substances that draw white blood cells to areas of infection), which lead to immunodeficiency disorders. Cancers are often indicators of late stage AIDS: they are also caused by the immunosuppressant drugs that AIDS patients are prescribed.

As we have already learned, vitamin C is vital to immune system health. Vitamin D is very important too, which must be accompanied by vitamins A and E. Maximise your immune system health by eating a nourishing diet and following the Rath cancer protocol mentioned above.

Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C)

Vitamin C is completely harmless in very large doses. The worst it will give you is a bit of diarrhoea. You can buy very large tubs of ascorbic acid from Holland and Barrett and most other health shops in powder form, which can be dissolved in water or orange juice.

Vitamin C should be taken to bowel tolerance (when it causes loose stools), and it should be split down into two doses, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Excess vitamin C is excreted in the faeces. Bowel tolerance means, take vitamin C until your bowels loosen due to your body getting rid of the excess vitamin C. Start at a dose of five grams (5,000 mg) and build up each day until this occurs, and you have found your own personal limit.

You can take citrus bioflavinoids in a ratio of 1:10 to vitamin C. You may wish to complement with flavinoids such as rutin, hesperadin, etc.

Taking pure ascorbic acid may disagree with you. You may experience muscle twitching or cramping, particularly during the night. This is because vitamin C is an acid that binds to minerals and electrolytes, and when excreted can chelate these substances out of your body. Therefore take a multi-mineral supplement with your vitamin C.

If you continue to have problems, you may wish to change over to sodium ascorbate. This can be made at home from powdered ascorbic acid mixed with sodium bicarbonate (bicarbonaate of soda/baking soda). Bicarb of soda is available in pharmacies and the baking aisle of the supermarket. Ascorbic acid is an acid, and sodium bicarbonate is a base.

Together they make a neutralised salt. Mix equal amounts in a glass, add water, and watch it fizz. It's perfectly safe to drink! You can make magnesium ascorbate in a similar way, by mixing ascorbic acid with milk of magnesia (pure magnesium hydroxide).

Because of the amounts of vitamin C required, and the need to keep blood levels of vitamin C consistently high throughout the day, cancer patients often use an intravenous drip or inject vitamin C intravenously.

Some cancer patients can tolerate over 100 grams of vitamin C per day without reaching bowel tolerance. Vitamin C should always be given as an ascorbate if injected, and be professionally mixed.

Buying Time and Nourishing the Body on a Low Carbohydrate Diet

Good nutrition is everything to good health. In practice, cancer causes wasting. If a patient eats, the cancer thrives on the glucose and the patient wastes at the expense of the cancer.

If the patient fasts, the cancer may stop growing but the patient wastes because they are fasting and eventually succumbs to starvation. It is absolutely vital to prevent this wasting in order to keep the body strong. How can this be done?

You need to find out your Body Mass Index. If it is under 20 or even 21, you have cause for concern. You need to put on weight to stave off that wasting and weakness, in order to give your body chance to heal itself.

Extra body fat buys time, and the best, healthiest way to gain weight is to eat a liberal diet of wholefoods, that is high in calories and not so low in carbohydrate that it prevents weight gain (+70 grams per day).

You should of course avoid too much carbohydrate and particularly refined carbohydrates. Adding an extra 500 calories a day should give you a pound a week (if you were eating enough in the first place).

Many underweight and undernourished people find that adding a little extra animal fat and protein to their diet is all that is required to normalise their body weight.

Secondly, you should invest in a dietary calculator to find out exactly how much and what kind of food you are eating.

  1. Get plenty of natural sunlight and avoid artificial lighting.
  2. Eat a very rich diet of nutrient-dense foods.
  3. Eat organic, fresh foods, eating plenty of raw and fermented foods (homemade sauerkraut, yoghurt).
  4. Eat only natural wholefoods. Do not eat things out of packages or that have ingredients labels. If the food has an ingredients label, it is processed in a factory and the chances are it will contain a number of carcinogenic ingredients such as refined carbohydrates and trans-fats or damaged fats, as well as a variety of carcinogenic additives. Such foods will deplete your very precious nutrient reserves and leave you vulnerable.
  5. Avoid sugar and other refined carbohydrates.
  6. Avoid vegetable oils and hydrogenated oils.
  7. Do not eat processed meats (they contain nitrates, common carcinogens).
  8. Invest in some unrefined coconut oil, or try drinking or cooking with coconut milk.
  9. Buy all of your cosmetics and toiletries from the health shop, including fluoride-free toothpaste and aluminium-free deodorants.
  10. Invest in some new pans for the kitchen - avoiding aluminium and carcinogenic non-stick Teflon.
  11. Keep healthy snacks like nuts, olives, cheese and eggs around to prevent succumbing to temptation. Is junk food really worth dying for?

Bear in mind that any radical change you choose make in your diet will probably make you feel terrible for anywhere between two and six weeks, and it will cause a considerable shock to your body.

Unrefined Coconut oil is a particularly useful saturated fat that provides quick energy for the sick. It has specific properties that heat the body and stimulate the thyroid and has proven anti-cancer properties. As such it can become an important aspect of fever therapy.

How much carbohydrate do you need? Carbohydrate is a non-essential dietary nutrient. When you do not eat enough in your regular diet, your body will make it from glucogenic proteins (about 50% of proteins are glucogenic) and the glycerol component of fats (about 5% of weight).

If not supplied, your body will make around 90 grams of carbohydrate every day in order to keep your blood sugar perfectly stable and feed your brain. It is worth remembering that carbohydrate stimulates insulin release, and therefore cancer cell growth.

The less carbohydrate you consume, the more stable your blood sugar becomes as the body makes its own glucose at a very regular rate. Preventing blood sugar spikes seems an important way of depriving cancer cells of excess fuel.

Furthermore, the less carbohydrate you eat, the more energy your body will derive from fats. Fats do not stimulate cancer cell growth. As carbohydrates are not essential, eat as little as you can tolerate but at least reduce consumption to around ninety grams.

What types of carbohydrate? Refined carbohydrates such as sugar and white flour are considered anti-nutrients: they use up more vitamins (particularly B vitamins) than they provide.

Beriberi (Thiamin, B1 deficiency) is endemic in India and is caused by the consumption of white rice. Pellagra (Niacin, B3 deficiency) was widespread throughout the US Midwest in the early part of the 20th century and was caused by a diet of corn grits, white bread and sugar.

It seems sensible therefore to remove all refined carbohydrates from the diet: sugar, bread (even brown bread is highly processed and contains soy), pastries, rice, and pasta should all be avoided. Crisps, chips, chocolate, soda-drinks and other junk foods qualify for removal too, with additional concerns about carcinogenic additives.

With the removal of these carbohydrates from the diet it is extremely easy to reach a target of ninety grams of carbohydrate per day with no pain whatsoever and little shock to the body.

In order of preference, the most nutrient rich vegetables and fruits are: leafy green vegetables and brassicas, berries and soft summer fruits, nuts, carrots, larger fruits (apples, mangoes, kiwi, bananas), other root vegetables, potatoes and unrefined grains (crude rye bread, sprouted wheat bread and oatmeal, available from health shops).

How much protein do you need? Your RDA of protein is your weight in kilograms, in grams. If you weigh 50 kilograms, your RDA is 50 grams, if you weigh 60 kilograms, your RDA is 60 grams. Meat is approximately 20%-30% protein by weight. Protein too stimulates insulin release, but not in such great quantities as carbohydrate. Animal protein contains L-histidine as well as L-lysine and L-proline.

It seems wise to eat no more than your RDA of protein or preferably much less, whilst also taking supplements of the amino acids Rath recommends, or following the CAAT protocol.

What types of protein? As protein should be restricted, it should come from the highest quality sources. It should only come from animal sources. Eggs and organ meats are the highest quality sources of protein, and come with the added benefits of being extremely rich sources of vitamins and minerals.

Some people who are sick get better by eating egg yolks alone. Bypass muscle meats in favour of liver, kidneys, brains, sweetbreads (pancreatic and thymus glands), lights (lungs) and tripe (stomach).

Each contains specific nutrients that will nourish your body more thoroughly than ordinary muscle meat. Cook them as lightly as you dare. Attempt to obtain thyroid glands and thyroid extracts as these contain the powerful hormones you need to raise your metabolic rate and give you an advantage over the cancer.

Whilst the Japanese suffer from less heart disease (artery blockages) than the West, they frequently die of strokes and cancer, in fact overall cancer rates in Japan are virtually identical to European rates.

Mainstream nutritionalists and governmental agency advice suggests we should get no more and no less than 30% of our energy from fat (this translates to between 66-83 grams of fat per day on a 2,000-2,500 calorie diet, something many people don't achieve).

In spite of a concerted medical campaign against fat consumption, US and EU agencies are reluctant to advise that less energy than this come from fat, as it is known that a variety of health problems develop on low-fat diets.

Without enough fat it becomes impossible to absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, carotinoids, D, E, K), essential fatty acids cease to be used effectively by the body, and a variety of issues from skin problems to mental and nervous system problems to fatty liver and poor blood sugar control develop.

Unfortunately no one knows how much fat we "really" need because fat is such a contentious subject, and scientists have spent the last fifty years trying (and failing) to prove that fat is a metabolic poison.

For cancer sufferers, it is important to know that fat does not stimulate cancer growth, or insulin release. Moreover it can stimulate the thyroid (metabolism), and heat your body, putting cancer cells at a disadvantage.

What types of fat? Animal fats (butter, lard, tallow, suet, dripping), olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter are all good choices of fat. For more information on the science of fats, visit this website. Also it is important to supplement with Omega 3 (DHA and EPA), vitamins A and D - found in cod liver oil. Vegetable oils and hydrogenated vegetable oils should be avoided at all costs. These are typically found in margarines, salad dressing, mayonnaise, and other food substitute products, and virtually all commercial bakery products.

How many vitamins do you need? You will be at a severe disadvantage if your vitamin and mineral levels are low or are depleted by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Micronutrients are essential for good immune system health and good thyroid function. Whilst most of us can settle for our RDA of vitamins, we have seen how vitamin megadosing can have dramatic effects on cancer.

Fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, plus calcium and magnesium as well as a variety of trace minerals (ideally found in unrefined ocean sea salt) are essential for good thyroid health.

There are also anti-nutrients you must be aware of. Soy is a very common anti-nutrient (it is now an ingredient in all commercial breads in the UK, salad dressing, mayonnaise and many other processed products). Consumption of soy foods is a common cause of hypothyroidism [and many other health problems].

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