I have been researching alternative healing for cancer for two years now. I have compiled information that I think is very important to have, if you have it yourself, or know someone with cancer. As never before, there is a wealth of information at our fingertips in the Internet and in books. In my search for a natural cure to my own illness, lupus, I have come across a common theme, which is go back to nature. The body doesn't want to be sick. It has wonderful mechanisms to heal itself. In every country, in every part of the earth, there are foods, herbs, and other plants that are there for us to use in the healing process.
Gerson Therapy might be able to help you. Buy the book "The Gerson Therapy" by Charlotte Gerson and read it right away. The diet of Dr. William D. Kelley is similar to this therapy. He cured himself of pancreatic cancer. There is a story of a woman in the Gerson book who cured herself of ovarian cancer with no chemo, etc. [Ed.: Natural Crystal Salt is very different from refined table salt, and is metabolized very differently in your body. We have found many people actually salt deficient. So it may be that it is the refined salt that is the poison.]
A lot of my readings have been about the work of Dr. Max Gerson who is a hero to me. In the early 1900's, he suffered from migraines. He tried dietary changes which successfully treated these migraines. Later he applied this dietary regimen to patients with a tuberculosis type of lupus in his practice, with great results. Dr. Gerson reasoned that a high intake of potassium-rich foods allowed toxins to pass out of cells much easier. Consequently, a diet high in salt would keep those toxins in. When toxins are in the cell, healing enzymes have trouble getting in. Soon, he was treating cancer patients with his diet, often with remarkable results.
This occurred in the fifties when today's current technology was not available to him, and to have achieved what he did at that time makes him brilliant and a true visionary. Since Dr. Gerson's discovery that changing the body's metabolism rapidly influences healing, many doctors have begun using metabolic diets with their own variations of course. Two such doctors are William D. Kelley and Nicholas Gonzalez. It is interesting to note that Dr. Kelley used his own nutrition regimen to cure himself of pancreatic cancer in the 1960's. Here is Dr. Kelley's book which is available free on-line called "One Answer to Cancer ".
Natural Cancer Healing Strategies
The first thing that I would do is to start you or your loved one on:
pure organic veggie juices, esp. carrot, spinach, and apple (freshly juiced) barley grass juice (green) powder (mixed with water or lemon water)
[Ed.: Other healers have suggested that sugar feeds cancer (true), and that you should be limiting high glycemic index foods. That would include carrot and apple juice. In the greater scheme of things, the things that you should eliminate are refined foods: sugar, flour, salt, oil, hydrogenated or fried fats, cooked meats and grains, soda pop drinks.]
These are things that heal. They flood your body with potassium. They boost your immune system. They send healing enzymes where cells need them most. Cancer cannot survive in a well-oxygenated environment and an alkaline body means that it is well oxygenated. Foods that produce acid in the body are meats, milk products, grains, processed foods, cooked foods and refined sugar. The only way to get your body alkaline is by eating raw or only slightly cooked veggies and raw fruits. A cancer specialist in the town that I live told me that vitamin A (like in spinach and carrot juice) can reverse the mutations that lead to cancer (p53 gene), so it would seem that antioxidants might be able to actually "right" your cells. This info correlates to the Gerson therapy and other raw veggie and fruit juice regimen successes.
Rev. Malkmus of Hallelujah Acres had a big tumor in his colon. He began drinking nothing but carrot juice and barley grass powder drinks and the cancer reversed itself, it was absorbed by his body. I have learned that once people stop putting so much nutritionless food in their bodies, with excess hormones and protein, the body starts to digest what is most injurious and foreign to it (cancer). Also, whatever you put into your body your immune system reacts to. This reaction takes place in the bowel and in the bloodstream. By eating foods which the immune system tolerates well, you can ensure that your immune system will be able to focus more appropriately on cancer and other invaders.
The first things to get are three or four books as well as reading about the works of Dr. Kelley and Nicholas Gonzalez, etc. Anything by Max Gerson MD or his daughter Charlotte is a must. Here are the names of some books that I know can help you. The first book is A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer by Dr. Gerson. These are 50 cases of cancer which were reversed by diet. This book was written some fifty years ago, but details well how the body must receive more potassium than salt to detox and heal. A note, Doctor Gerson, who wrote the book in the 50's, used raw calf's liver as his only animal food, while today it may be prudent to take fresh flax seed oil supplements or cod liver oil supplements instead. Though it was written 50 years ago it could be one of the most valuable books you ever buy.
Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer This lists doctors across the state who have been successful using diet and supplements, some intravenous. It lists their actual protocol and results and tells you how to get in touch with their clinics. The people who wrote and took part in this book believe that cancer is a reversible condition. This book could be so helpful to you, to read about all the alternative means that traditional complementary physicians are using to heal people. More books A Cancer Battle Plan: Six Strategies for Beating Cancer, from a Recovered "Hopeless Case" and A Cancer Battle Plan Sourcebook: A Step-by-Step Health Program to Give Your Body a Fighting Chance, and The Gerson Therapy, by Charlotte Gerson published in 2000. Read as many of the above books as soon as you can. A Cancer Battle Plan is a great beginning book because it explains in layman's terms why you need to do all these things, so it is a great companion to Dr. Gerson's book.
In conjunction with dietary changes, to open up your bile ducts and stimulate your liver, most naturopaths would recommend water or watered down coffee enemas given at least twice a day. This prevents the contents of the colon from being reabsorbed into the blood stream, reducing the toxins your liver has to eliminate. Enemas are not the same as high colonics which have water touching the entire large bowel. There is a higher chance of electrolyte depletion with colonics, which should be supervised by professionals. The enemas are designed to release the bowel contents and stimulate the bile ducts to contract moving bile and stones if you have them through.
[Ed.: Further to this, liver and gallbladder flush can bring a lot of fast progress in your body's healing ability.]
While doing the things mentioned above, you can research the importance of the things in the list below. I wouldn't begin taking them all at once however. As you are looking them up you will be able to decide which ones you or your loved one should begin with.
- pancreatic enzymes (digestive enzymes like lipase, protease, and amylase)
- ellagic acid (raspberries, other berries, fruits)
- graviola powder
- Pau d'Arco tea
- Purslane (Portulaca Oleracea)
- shark cartilage (stimulate immune system and inhibit tumor blood vessel growth)
- selenium, powerful antioxidant said to be low in people with cancer
- Essiac tea
- Johanna Budwig diet (cottage cheese or yogurt and flax seed oil)
- vitamin B17 (nitrilosides)
- haelan - a fermented soy product, highly touted as a nourishing food with highly oxygenating anti-cancer properties
- prebiotics, probiotics, and soil based organisms
- glutathione - one of the most powerful antioxidants (nautal whey)
- garlic - (Garlic is a potent antioxidant that has been found to inhibit tumor cell formation and is currently being studied by the National Cancer Institute. It may be effective in fighting stomach, skin and colon cancer.)
- MSM - methylsulfonylmethane, is a natural sulfur compound found in all living things. MSM can restore flexibility and permeability to cell walls, fluids can pass through the tissues more easily. This helps equalize pressure and reduce or eliminate the cause of pain. Harmful substances such as lactic acid and toxins are allowed to flow out, while nutrients are permitted to flow in. This prevents the pressure buildup in cells that causes inflammation
- structured water - a variety of devices are available that creates beneficial alkalinity in water. The importance of alkalinity is stated above).
- Calcium-Magnesium supplements. The best kind is powdered and mixed well with water. Elevates pH and alkalinity. [Twilight Bath Crystals].
- Vitamin D also facilitates absorption of calcium. In winter months in North America Americans are often deficient in Vitamin D. A good source of Vitamin D and A is cod liver oil.
- Vitamin B17, also called Laetrile, amygdalin and nitrilosides, have not really been consumed regularly in America for a long while. In areas where they are consumed year round, the cancer rates are extremely low.
Nitrilosides are found in:
High: wild blackberry, choke cherry, wild crabapple, cranberry, apple seeds, apricot seeds, cherry seed, nectarine seed, peach seed, plum seed, prune seed, bitter almond, broad beans, cassava, alfalfa
Medium to high: elderberry, gooseberry, macadamia nuts, mung beans
Medium: boysenberry, currant, loganberry, mulberry, raspberry, buckwheat, linseed, millet, squash seeds, lentils, Burma butter (lima) beans, alfalfa sprouts, broad bean sprouts, chick pea sprouts, mung bean sprouts
Low to medium: black-eyed beans, chick peas, kidney beans
Low: domestic blackberry, market crabapple, black beans, green peas, U.S. butter beans (lima), shell beans, cashews, beet tops, spinach, watercress, sweet potato, yams.
Nitrilosides are found in other foods too, like grape seeds. People just don't eat seeds and berries like they used to. I recommend that you juice apples and leave the seeds in with them. (I am doing this. I have lupus and have a familial predisposition to cancer. Already I have noticed less arthritis when I drink fresh juices while avoiding wheat, milk, and meat). B-17 "eats the shield" around cancer cells exposing them to other enzymes that kill these cells. These enzymes are produced in the pancreas. Pancreatic enzymes do not just stay in the digestive system and they are not solely for food. They circulate in the blood as well.
They digest protein, fats, and carbohydrates that we eat. If we eat excessive animal protein these valuable digestive enzymes are used to digest the food, but if you eat veggie proteins and fast a bit, there will be more pancreatic enzymes in the blood stream to eat up foreign proteins like cancer cells. You can start taking digestive supplements with your food. After the age of 35, people's enzyme production goes down, but you can also get these types of enzymes naturally from raw veggies, etc. Raw veggies and fruits have their own digestive enzymes intact so they and this lessens the burden on the pancreas.
[Ed.: Proteolytic enzymes, such as serrapeptase in Zymitol, have been shown to very effectively reduce the fibrin levels in the body. The best apoptosis inducing supplement we know of is EllagiPlex, it contains many of the items mentioned below.]
There is an ingredient in ESSIAC TEA which is said to cause the cancer cell to commit apoptosis or suicide. Essiac tea can be taken during chemotherapy to make you stronger. The four most common ingredients of Essiac tea are Burdock Root (Arctium lappa), Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella), Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva), and Turkey Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum). GRAVIOLA powder, from a tree in the Amazon is touted as 10,000 times stronger in killing colon cancer than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug. ELLAGIC acid from raspberry seeds is said to also have this property of causing cancer cell death while sparing normal cells.
Pau d'Arco is a natural grown herb that is derived from the inner bark of the Tabebuia Avellanedae or Tabebuia Impetiginosa (Taheebo) tree grown in South America. I know someone personally who claims that it helped eliminate his stomach cancer. Walter Lubeck has a book entitled "The Healing Power of Pau d'Arco". Purslane (Portulaca Oleracea) plant is chock full of healing enzymes and fatty acids. Purslane contains more Omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant we know of. It is highly nutritious and healing.
The Johanna Budwig diet. This biochemist from Germany was nominated for 7 Nobel awards for her discoveries about fats and healing. She has been very successful with cancer. The diet she reportedly used to heal many people of cancer is called the flax seed oil/ cottage cheese diet. The sulphur compounds in the cottage cheese (or yogurt) bind with the Omega 3 fatty acids in flax seed oil and send them all over the body, spreading huge amounts of healing oxygen. These Omega 3 fatty acids are also necessary for basic living, hormone production, etc. The American diet is highly deficient in them. Make sure you buy a flax oil product that is bottled under the best conditions or you can learn to successfully grind your own. Barlean's is supposed to be a quality flax seed oil product.
6 musts, from a speech given by Dr. William D. Kelley. Info about him is available at curezone.com and below in one of the listed sites. The examples are mine (not a part of Dr. Kelley's speech).
- Detoxification (juice fasting, enemas, antioxidants, barley juice powder, much more)
- Nutrition and Oxygenation ( flax seed oil, cod liver oil, juice fasting, veggies, fruits, barley juice (green) powder, haelan, much more)
- Immune system building (example: essiac tea, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, shark cartilage, maitake, reishi, shitake mushrooms, juice fasting, much more)
- Enzymatic Therapy (pancreatic enzymes, bromelaine, barley juice powder, greens, fruit, veggie juices, more)
- Mental healing, meditation, prayer
- Non-toxic natural chemotherapy (ellagic acid, graviola tree powder, Pau d'Arco tea, Essiac tea, more)
Your liver: Dr. Gerson reasoned that a liver that is working properly is the best way to fight disease. Many naturopaths and complementary physicians advise patients to do liver flushes. Not only in your gall bladder can you develop stones from sluggish bile and the SAD Standard American Diet but you develop stones in the bile ducts of your liver as well. These stones impede toxins from leaving the liver. If you believe you may have gallbladder or liver stones, start juicing fresh vegetables and drinking lots of fresh apple juice which contains malic acid that softens these stones. In your later flushes you will be able to get out these softened crushed stones much easier than if you tried a flush without drinking apple juice for a while. There are fats in veggies.
The only fats you would need to supplement with are Omega 3's found in flax seed oil or fish oil. Note: If you are taking any kind of blood thinner do not take fish oil. Fish oil thins the blood much more so than flax seed oil. The protocol for successful flushes (most centering around olive oil, grapefruit juice, and epsom salts) can be found at www.curezone.com, along with many testimonies. If you have been having pain and gallstone symptoms at the time you do start a flush, start out with a mild one. If you have gallstones, liver disease or cancer of the liver, you should start taking milk thistle (major liver support and antioxidant which actually helps healthy liver cells regenerate) and lecithin (thins the bile). You should try to drink fresh beet juice which also thins the bile and has antioxidant properties.
Chances are you have a bacteria, parasite, or candida overload from the sad Standard American Diet in your liver as well as your bowels and possibly all over your body. Your immune system fights these daily. This is a valuable army which you would much rather be using to fight cancer. In the liver, these organisms irritate your bile duct walls and keep stones stuck there. There are some mild parasite cleanses you can look into, information about which also can be found at curezone. A physicist named Dr. Hulda Clark believes that the growth factors emitted by parasites and bacteria are major contributors to cancer development. This phenomenon may also be true in the case of candida. Candida is a relatively benign bacteria that everyone is supposed to have in the bowel.
Commonly, conditions occur which allows this bacteria to mutate into a fungus which can go all over the body. The toxic by-products emitted from candida are carcinogenic. In time, when medicine allows itself to become more nature-based (as it already is in many other countries) more and more information will come out about the role of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses in today's illnesses. For example, there is a type of lymphoma which occurs in the stomach called malt lymphoma. This lymphoma occurs in conjunction with a tiny spiral-shaped bacteria called helicobacter pylori. When successful antibiotic regimens are given and the bacteria is eradicated, the lymphoma goes away.
It is wise to look into liver flushes and parasite cleanses, but if you have been sick, start slowly with both. As the micro organisms come out of their hiding places and start to die off, you may feel much worse for a week or so. Places like curezone usually advocate that you do a parasite cleanse before attempting a liver flush. If you do liver flushes and get live parasites and candida out of your bile ducts, they will only attach to the colon and start the process all over again. Regardless of whether you decide to do these two things, there are other natural ways to fight viruses, candida, parasites, and bacteria: When I have listed antifungals, it is primarily candida I am speaking of: All of these are antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiparasitic in varying degrees:
- garlic - antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
- grapeseed extract - antiparasitic, antifungal
- caprylic acid - antifungal
- Pau d'Arco tea - antifungal
- pumpkin seeds, cloves, onions, thyme and sage, other herbs, grapefruit seed extract- antiparasitic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
- probiotics or soil-based organisms - fight all
- there are many more healthy and delicious natural microbe fighters
I know I have given you lots of info, so I will condense it here to give my advice about what is most immediately necessary.
- Purchase the Gerson books, and books like them, research every dietary protocol that you can, Kelley's for instance, and find the one you think will be most beneficial to you. The actual protocol Gonzalez uses is available on-line.
- Buy or borrow a juicer. The best kind has a separate type of press which doesn't inundate the juice with electromagnetic radiation
- drink freshly made juices, vegetable and fruit, throughout the day
- alternate these juice drinks with green drinks which contain young barley juice bowder, and things like kelp, chlorella, msm, and spirulina
- take in no refined salt, no meat, no milk products (except cottage cheese or yogurt with flax seed oil), no processed foods like grains, except for an occasional whole grain product, etc., no refined sugar
- supplement with pancreatic enzymes and bromelain
- eat or juice foods that contain vitamin B-17
- do enemas, start out slowly
- Pau d' Arco tea or Essiac tea, or both
- fresh flax seed oil
- probiotic supplements or soil based organism supplements
- eat as much raw garlic as you can each day
- supplement with lots of antioxidants
- join an on-line group like those offered at yahoo.com (yahoogroups), these groups will add to your knowledge immeasurably and you will meet others battling the same illness as you or your loved one. It takes courage to look elsewhere than traditional medicine for healing. I have found many wonderful, strong people in groups like this. I am surprised daily by how many people have improved their lives and overcome illnesses like cancer by using natural methods either alone or in conjunction with allopathic (traditional) medicine.
If detoxing by drinking juice drinks only, a natural fiber supplement is necessary (psyllium husk) as well as vitamin B-12 (the kind that melts on your tongue is the best). Info available at www.hacres.com.
[Ed.: Apple Fiber is even better for a gentle and effective fiber product.]
In the books I have mentioned above you will find the juicing and supplement regimens outlined for you. You can use these regimens or create your own, based on the outlines that people like Dr. Max Gerson, Anne Frahm, Dr. Kelley, or Reverend Malkmus (at www.hacres.com) have created for themselves, and to be examples for other people in need, like you and me. And as I do, in your own research you can learn new things all the time from books and the Internet, and incorporate this knowledge into your healing process. Dr. Gerson asked that his patients followed his protocol from one to two years, after which they were able to start eating some of the foods they had eaten before, but with caution and common sense.
There are cancer survivors who have followed the above protocols and are cancer free. In the most recent book "The Gerson Therapy" there are pictures of actual people, their names and their advice for people like your loved one who is suffering from cancer. It is a sad sad thing that has happened to the medical industry in America. To teach people how to eat to heal themselves is not a great money making tool. It would be wonderful if we could all go to a clinic like the Gerson clinic in Tijuana, Mexico or the retreat type of learning center created by Anne Frahm and her husband David (Health Quarters Ministries).
Most of the clinics that use "radical" natural therapy have been forced out of the U.S, but there are complementary physicians, some possibly in your area who believe wholeheartedly in the natural treatment of cancer coinciding with some traditional treatments when necessary. These doctors are found in the above mentioned book Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer, across the U.S., the book gives their clinic locations and phone numbers.
BELOW ARE THE BEST SITES I have found so far detailing natural treatments for cancer and the reasoning behind them. They are very comprehensive, full of common sense and ultimately two of the most helpful sites I have found so far. They are chock full of valuable information for anyone who is fighting cancer. It is my hope that with this information and information from the lifelong work of doctors like Max Gerson and William Kelley you can begin to get your health back and be well on the road to recovery. These natural treatment methods are not over-night sensations. It took your body time to become imbalanced enough to get cancer. It will take time to fully heal.
And here are some other sites with info related to what I have written above.
www.worldimage.com (MSM Facts)
I am learning new things all the time, please email me if you would like to be updated when I come across something in my alternative cancer treatment group or in books or on-line that I think is important. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you have regarding what I have written. I wish the best for you. I hope I have helped you, especially in understanding the importance of returning to nature to heal yourself.