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Burns – how to deal with them

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on June 26, 2008

I used lavender essential oil for all burns and cuts. However this isn’t the only thing you can do. Here is an article with other suggestions:

From: newsletter@herballe Legacy  Newsletter)

Sponsored by The School of Natural Healing & Christopher Publications
June 25, 2008
We have a very important article to share with you today – it is titled
“Treating Burns” by Master Herbalist David Christopher.  If you follow
the steps in this article you can help save yourself and loved ones from
needless pain and disfigurement.  We encourage you to read this
article carefully, print it so you can refer to it when needed, and pass
it on to your friends and family.
“Treating Burns”
By David W. Christopher M.H., and founding member of A.H.G.
There are a lot of misconceptions in treating and caring for burns. 
Those that have been burned need not suffer pain and disfigurement nor
undergo expensive and questionable plastic surgery. 
The first myth that causes excruciating pain is the supposed necessity
of exposing the burn to air.  Adherence to this myth has caused
extreme pain and suffering.  Airing out burns is not necessary and is
counter productive.
The next myth that causes undo pain and scarring is that one should not
use oil on burns.  Olive oil based herbals prevent scarring and
alleviate pain.
The third myth is the necessity of debridement.  Clearly, leaking
fluids, decaying tissues, and bacteria need to be removed but not by the
present methods using wipes and brushes.  I can not think of anything
so tortuous.  In fact, nurses who care for burn patients take special
psychological training enabling them to continue their duties regardless
of the screams of their patients.  It is even more heartrending when
they change dressings for children who have been badly burned.
Herbal Protocol
First- submerge wound in very cold or ice water.  If clothing is
involved, submerge affected areas in ice water clothes and all, and then
carefully remove clothing from these areas.  This is to prevent
pulling off the skin.
Second-apply burn ointment (see Herbal legacy –
http://www.herballe Burns_Sunburns. html Comfrey Paste) or simply
combine Dr. Christopher’ s BFC salve (now called Complete Tissue and Bone
ointment) with an equal amount of pure raw honey.  Mix well and apply
thickly (1/16 inch), then apply soft fresh leaves (plantain, dandelion,
even the soft parts of spinach or lettuce) then apply gauze to secure
the leaves, then cover with soft padding and secure with an ace
bandage.  (Caution: gauze applied directly over the ointment, when
removed, will pull off the new skin that the body is trying so hard to
make). Non stick pads will trap bacteria and fluids and worsen the
condition.  Leaves allow oxygen in the air to counter the bacteria but
still provide a comfortable barrier.  ; The dressing should be changed
2 to 3 times daily, depending on elimination.
Case History
Glory, age 5, was on the floor doing her homework when her brother
passed by carrying a load of books.  He tripped on the cord to the
crock pot, which spilled its contents of hot soup on Glory’s abdomen and
legs.  Panic ensued, resulting in running around with scalding hot
clothes.  Her Dad rushed in and immediately put her under a cold
They removed the clothes and rushed her to the hospital.  On the way
they applied the honey that they grabbed on their way out the door.
At the hospital the prospect was grim.  They applied Silvadene or some
such product and pain killers.  Needless to say, there was no progress
or relief for three days, yet they would not release the child to the
parents.  The mother called me on the second day and I taught her the
herbal protocol for burns.  Instead of releasing the child they
transferred her to Shriner’s Hospital in Galveston, Texas.  The family
followed.  At Shriner’s one of the top surgeons in the country
explained about shaving her head and removing the skin from her head to
graft into the legs and abdomen.  This was necessary because according
to modern medicine, “the damage was too great and could not heal without
horrible disfigurement. ” 
The parent’s pleaded for time at home for mental calming of the child,
good sleep and familiar food and surroundings.
A miracle ensued that they were able to take the child home. Here they
applied the protocol mentioned earlier.  They saw more progress in one
day than was evident in the hospital in 10 days.  Today she is doing
great and is mostly scar free.  If they hadn’t wasted time in hospital
care, she would have healed faster with little pain and no scarring. 
Glory’s mom has agreed to allow us to share the pictures of her burns
and recovery with you.  They are located on our website – however, we
want to warn you before you click on the link that the pictures are very
graphic due to the severity of the burns.  In order to show the burns
and the healing Glory is unclothed.
To see the pictures please click the following link:
http://www.herballe Treating_ Burns.html.
For complete protocol on burns I suggest the excellent book “Comfort for
the burned and Wounded” by John Keim.  This can be purchased from
Christopher Publications for $14.95. To order please visit:
http://www.christop herpublications. com/Keim_ Comfort_Burned. html. 
Printable Version: http://www.herballe Treating_ Burns.pdf
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article, be sure to visit our blog at http://articles. herballegacy. com

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Vitamin D saves lives

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on June 24, 2008

“The June 23, 2008 issue of the American Medical Association journal Archives of Internal Medicine published the discovery of Austrian and German researchers that men and women with higher serum levels of vitamin D have a reduced risk of dying from all causes as well as specifically from cardiovascular disease over a seven year period, compared with individuals whose blood levels are low.” – so starts an article reporting the findings published today on

This strongly suggests that extensive exposure to sunshine is more beneficial than it is dangerous. But we all knew that. didn’t we?


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kanglaite – miracle Chinese cancer cure?

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on June 22, 2008

There’s really a lot of info on this site so do browse. This supports and extends the info and critical discussion in my two cancer books.  For more information go to

“This book tells me everything. Why didn’t my doctor tell me this?”- Rev. Bill Newbern

From the Institute of Science in Society website at

Miracle Chinese Cancer Cure

One of the latest ‘miracle’ cancer cures hails from China, and it is Kanglaite, a preparation made from a traditional staple food. It highlights the nature of Chinese remedies and the Chinese approach to health. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho reports.

Sources and references for this article are posted on ISIS Members’ website. Details here.

Pharmacologist Li Dapeng began extracting the anticancer compounds out of the seeds of Job’s tears (Coix lachryma-jobi) (Box 1) and experimenting with the compounds since 1975. Twenty years later, he won his government’s approval to market an extract he calls Kanglaite, to help fight cancer and to reduce the side effects of conventional treatments. Li Dapeng has set up his own company in Hanzhou, the Zhejian Kanglaite Pharmaceutical Company Ltd, in order to market the drug.

Box 1Chinese pearl barley the latest cancer cure

It has long been suspected that the low cancer rates in southeast China could be due to a dietary staple in the region, Coix lachryma-jobi, or Jobs’s tears, a relative of maize.

The species appears to be widely distributed throughout the world. The seeds, shaped like tear drops and coloured greyish white to dark brown, are often used as beads in necklaces because they come with a perforating hole from one end to the other. When shelled, the kernel is white and looks like barley; and indeed, is referred to as such. Its Chinese name, yi-yi-jen, or yi-mi (in southeast China) is the same as that used for barley, or yang-yi-mi, ‘yang’ meaning ‘foreign’, or ‘across the ocean’.

Yi-mi is used in soups and porridges and is a common ingredient in many herbal medicines for treating a variety of ailments including cancer. It has also been widely used as a diuretic, analgesic and antispasmodic agent.

Kanglaite has gone through a four-month clinical trial on 15 to 18 volunteers in a hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, making it the first drug derived from a traditional Chinese herbal remedy to go into clinical trials in the United States. The drug is patented in China, United States, Canada, Japan and the European Union.

No one knows exactly how Kanglaite works, but the drug has been taken by more than 270 000 patients in some 2000 hospitals in China, and has proven effective against malignant tumours such as carcinomas in the lung, liver, stomach and breast.

It appears to fight cancer on many fronts. Apart from inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and killing them directly, it also stimulates immune functions that get rid of cancer cells, and improves the quality of life for cancer patients by decreasing cancer pain and prevents the loss of body weight. It has no harmful side effects on vital functions of the heart, liver, kidney and blood. It reduces toxic side effects of radio- and chemotherapy, and increases the effectiveness of these conventional treatments. When used in combination with surgical intervention, it helps kill tumour cells. It is, to all intent and purposes, the perfect cancer cure, so it is claimed (see Box 2).

Box 2How Kanglaite works

Studies published in a collection from Zhejiang University Press and elsewhere claim that Kanglaite has the following effects.

  • Inhibits mitosis of tumour cells during G2/M phase of the cell cycle.
  • Induces death of tumour cells.
  • Increases expression of genes – FAS, Apo-1 – that inhibits the growth of cancer cells and represses expression of the gene Bel-2 that promotes the growth of cancer cells.
  • Inhibits formation of new blood vessels that promote tumour growth.
  • Counteracts weight loss due to cancer.
  • Reverses multi-resistance of tumour cells to anti-tumour drugs.

At the beginning of 2003, FDA approved a phase II trial on non small-cell lung cancer, a hitherto untreatable cancer once it has gone past the very early stages when surgical intervention is feasible.

But what exactly is Kanglaite?

Kanglaite is a “neutral lipid fraction” extracted using organic solvents in a several purification steps (see Box 3) and formulated as an injection for patients. It is a mixture of rather ordinary lipids, the precise role of each of which in the large spectrum of effects remains unknown.

Box 3What is Kanglaite?

Kanglaite is the “neutral lipid” of the endosperm of Job’s tears, extracted with an organic solvent, such as acetone, and further refined and washed in several simple steps, then combined with glycerol and lecithin from soy or egg to make an emulsion in water that can be injected intravenously into patients.

The anti-tumour action of lipids extracted from the endosperm of Job’s tears was known much earlier: it was reported for the first time by Japanese scientists Tyunosin Ukita and Ako Tanumura in 1961, and again in the 1980s by Chinese scientist, Si Pei-hai. But the earlier extracts were not economical enough for the market, and the formulations were not pure enough for clinical use.

The “neutral lipid” turns out to be a rather unremarkable mixture of triglycerides (over 90%) with smaller amounts of diglycerides (about 1.5%), monoglycerides (about 6 %) and alkylacylacetin (about 1%). These lipids have a rather ordinary profile of saturated and unsaturated long-chain fatty acids (16 and 18 carbons).

Despite the wide spectrum of benefits claimed for the “neutral lipid”, based both on in vitro studies in cell cultures and in vivo studies in mice, and later in human subjects, it is unclear whether different components of the mixture are responsible for specific effects, or it is the mixture per se that has all those effects.

There is a strong underlying assumption, nevertheless, that the different effects are due to different components in the grain, and indeed, a number of pharmacologically and physiologically active substances have been isolated from different parts of the Coix plant that show specific anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour, anti-microbial, hypoglycaemic, and ovulatory effects.

A team of researchers at the National Taiwan University has recently identified 6 phenolic compounds in the hull (shell) of Job’s tears that have strong anti-oxidant activities. The researchers showed that different parts of the grain vary in their content of anti-oxidants, with the greatest amounts in the hull, followed by the testa (seed membrane) and the bran, and the smallest amounts in the polished grain. And the six phenolic compounds also had different degrees of anti-oxidant effects.

Antioxidants inhibit the oxidation of lipids in cell membranes, leading to impairment of cell function. Antioxidants neutralise reactive oxygen species (ROS) and oxygen free radicals. Excess ROS is implicated in diseases such as inflammation, aging, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and liver toxicity. (See Organic agriculture helps fight cancer, ISIS report.)

Despite these clear successes, however, there are critics who claim, justifiably, that the present penchant for extracting and purifying herbal medicine is anathema to the very tradition of Chinese medicine. Chinese herbal medicines frequently involve not just the single unprocessed herb, but especially mixtures of many herbs in different proportions, according to the needs of individual patients (see Globalising Chinese medicine, this series). The aim is to restore the patient to physiological balance that’s synonymous with the state of health.

The experience of conventional Western medicine has amply demonstrated that knowing the molecular mechanisms of a compound is no guarantee that it will have the desired benefit for the organism, for the simple reason that all parts of the organism are interconnected and intercommunicating. Nevertheless, knowledge of molecular mechanisms can contribute to understanding the whole, once we stop seeing the organism as a collection of separate molecular nuts and bolts. Besides, identifying the different components in a mixture could contribute to quality assurance and standardisation, discouraging forgeries and malpractice in medications that are going to be increasingly important for global healthcare.

In view of the numerous health benefits of this widely distributed staple food, why not incorporate the Coix grain into everyone’s diet? It serves to bring home the most distinctive aspect of traditional Chinese medicine: good nutrition is indistinguishable from health promotion, and food shades insensibly into medicine that’s widely available and affordable.

I believe that the tension between the analytical reductionist and the synthetic holistic approaches will be resolved in the spirit of the organic materialism and eclectic pragmatism characteristic of the Chinese culture through the ages (see Traditional Chinese medicine & contemporary western science, this series).

The more important tension is between corporations that want to extract maximum profit from patented medicines and the health needs of ordinary people as well as the danger of over-harvesting of wild plant species.

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Can maths cure cancer?

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on June 20, 2008

Spanish scientists use maths to cure terminal liver cancer

By using a mathematical formula formula designed to strengthen the immune system, a team of scientists in Spain have succeeded in curing a patient who was in the last stage of terminal liver cancer.

The team of researchers from the Complutense University in Madrid believe that this discovery could open new doors for the treatment of solid cancerous tumours.

The new treatment was developed in 1998 by a team led by Antonio Bru, a physicist who bases his theory on the idea that the evolution of solid tumors depends on a mathematical equation which defines their biological growth. An equation is then obtained in the laboratory and used to design a therapy to destroy the tumor.

The scientists, who have carried out successful tests on mice over the past few years, announced yesterday that the only human experiment they have carried out so far has been a complete success.

Apparantly the patient was suffering from liver cancer which had been diagnosed by his doctors as terminal and in its final stage. The scientists used a mathematical formula to create a treatment based on neutrofiles that strengthened the patient’s immune system. The patient responded well to the treatment immediately and has since made a total recovery and has returned to work.

The treatment produces no side effects.The Spanish scientists believe that their theory could be applied to treat all kinds of solid tumors although they will need to carry out many more tests on human patients before they can be sure.

Update 1/06/2005:

Today, the Complutense University (whose switchboards have apparantly been innundated with phone calls from people wanting to find out more about this news item) has published a communication on its website with a brief communication from Prof. Antonio Bru. The full article is here. Below is a translation of Professor Bru’s brief note which appears at the end of the article:

Given the expectation generated by the news of the publication of the article Regulation of neutrophilia by granulocyte colony-stimulating factor: a new cancer therapy that reversed a case of terminal hepatocarcinoma in the Journal of Clinical Research, I would like to make the following points:

1) The proposed treatment is still at an experimental stage and needs much wider experimentation before it can be validated.

2) For this reason, at this moment there is no treatment protocol which enables it to be applied as a general treatment.

3) Given that it is impossible for the Complutense University of Madrid to answer all the phone calls received, and bearing in mind how they can disrupt normal teaching and research activity, please send any enquiries to the following email address:
Dr. Antonio Brú, Departamento de Matemática Aplicada
Facultad de Ciencias Matemáticas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

The Universal Dynamics of Tumor Growth by Antonio Bru and his team of researchers.

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Doodling to relax

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on June 19, 2008

Read this article by a cancer survivor:

Note: The Cancer Survivor’s Bible (2012) is now available – see

“This is, from now on, my primary encyclopaedia when I have a question about cancer and its treatment.” – Bill Henderson.”


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Cancell testimony

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on June 19, 2008

From Johanne to yahoo chat group:

I used Cantron for our son’s bone tumor and it took 1.5 years to conquer. He is now 18 years old and has been free for a year.

I took Protocel 50 for the brain tumor and it also took 1.5 years to conquer.

Nothing conflicted with the formula.

I did a hair analysis and worked with diet eliminating all sugars and dairy.

The supplements were determined per hair analysis.


Note: The Cancer Survivor’s Bible (2012) is now available – see

“This is, from now on, my primary encyclopaedia when I have a question about cancer and its treatment.” – Bill Henderson.”


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Easy way to become more alkaline

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on June 19, 2008

From Melly Banagale to yahoo chat group:

I remember putting lemon on our water jug to raise our PH.  After a week and a half on it, i had a blood test and my ph was 7.5.  My doc’s nurse  told me it should only be around 6.5 to 7….so there, just put lemon on your water and alkaline ph  would be reflected in your blood test.

Note: The Cancer Survivor’s Bible (2012) is now available – see

“This is, from now on, my primary encyclopaedia when I have a question about cancer and its treatment.” – Bill Henderson.”


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flaxseed hull powder

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on June 19, 2008

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Experience with IV Vitamin C

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on June 19, 2008

From Dr Loretta Lamphier to a yahoo discussion:

I think that 50 grams per session (should be every day) is most likely not
enough Vitamin C and I agree with Leonard in that the non-corn derived is
best. They used to use beets and now they use tapioca. This can become a
very expensive protocol unless you have a family member that can do the

We used Dr. Takemoto’s protocol (tapioca derived Vitamin C) when my Mom had
breast cancer. She was getting 75 grams of his Vitamin C IV mix every day.
She had been doing very well using natural medicine and then my Dad’s late
stage Alzheimer’s disease got to be VERY stressful and her tumor markers
began to climb a bit. She was trying to take better care of him than
herself. We put her on the BioImmune full protocol but she was probably not
being as faithful with some things – except for the IV as we did these at
her home every day. We did witness the cancer growing during this time as
she fell and broke her hip and tests showed it had spread into the bones.
We also began to see the cancer come to the skin around where her port had
been placed. She had to go into rehab for her hip and they would not allow
the Vitamin C IV and within 2 months she was gone.

I have seen several cases where the IVs were great – until they were
stopped. Then it seemed the cancer came back quickly. And I believe that
Dr. Takemoto suggests using at least 75 grams on a daily basis for active
cancer. It’s not something that I have seen work even as effectively as the
Budwig Protocol, but, as we all know, SO much depends on the emotions/stress
levels and on how willing a person is to change their lifestyle. I would
guess that people do get results, as you say Leonard, as it seems to be
praised all the time – but I have never witnessed any, first hand.

Be Well

Note: The Cancer Survivor’s Bible (2012) is now available – see

“This is, from now on, my primary encyclopaedia when I have a question about cancer and its treatment.” – Bill Henderson.”


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iodine deficiency and cancer

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on June 16, 2008

If you have cancer, then you should browse this site. There’s a lot of info here – which supports the infor and critical discussion in my two cancer books. For more information go to


“This book tells me everything. Why didn’t my doctor tell me this.”


Dr. David Derry said, “Lugol’s solution is an iodine-in-water solution used
by the medical profession for 200 years. One drop (6.5 mg per drop) of
Lugol’s daily in water, orange juice or milk will gradually eliminate the first
phase of the cancer development namely fibrocystic disease of the breast so no
new cancers can start. It also will kill abnormal cells floating around in
the body at remote sites from the original cancer. Of course this approach
appears to work for prostate cancer as prostate cancer is similar to breast
cancer in many respects. Indeed, it likely will help with most cancers. Also
higher doses of iodine are required for inflammatory breast cancer. As well we
know that large doses of intravenous iodine are harmless which makes one wonder
what effect this would have on cancer growth.”
Because iodine deficiency results in increased iodine trapping
by the thyroid, iodine deficient individuals of all ages
are more susceptible to radiation-induced thyroid cancer.
Iodine plays a crucial role in the body’s elimination system by inducing
apoptosis, or what is called programmed cell death, and this is vital because
this process is essential to growth and development and for destroying cells
that represent a threat to the integrity of the organism, like cancer cells and
cells infected with viruses.
Women with goiters (a visible, non-cancerous enlargement of
the thyroid gland) owing to iodine deficiency have been found
to have a three times greater incidence of breast cancer.
A high intake of iodine is associated with a low incidence breast
cancer, and a low intake with a high incidence of breast cancer.
Dr. Donald Miller Jr.
Iodine is a very important primary nutrient in regards to people’s health
and healing. So essential is iodine for life that those who are deficient in it
suffer from a wide variety of afflictions (including cancer) that are
difficult to trace back to this trace mineral. Iodine used to be considered much
more importantly, so much so that up until 20 years ago, it had been routinely
added to bread as a supplement. “Just how likely is an iodine deficiency in
cancer? In an in-house study, 60 cancer patients (various types) were given
the iodine-loading test and then measured for urinary excretion. All 60
patients were found to be seriously deficient in body stores of iodine and some had
great excesses of bromine. The best case excreted only 50 percent of the load
and the worst excreted only 20 percent (that means they were retaining a
very high 80 percent). Folks, these are some serious numbers. One hundred
percent of these cancer sufferers were deficient in iodine! I assure you the
problem is population wide,” writes Dr. Robert Rowen.
60 million mainland Japanese consume a daily average
of 13.8 mg of elemental iodine, and they are one of the healthiest
nations based on overall well being and cancer statistics. [iv]

For follow up see:

NOTE: The Cancer Survivor’s Bible is now out –

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