Anamu (Guinea Hen Weed) Anamu (Petiveria alliacea) is a herb that is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and the tropical areas of the Caribbean, Central and South America and Africa. It is also known in Jamaica as guinea hen weed, guinea hen leaf, garlic weed or gully root. Anamu has been used for a wide variety of conditions, including arthritis, digestive disorders, infections, diabetes, cancer, for pain relief, and to induce abortion. Some of the compounds isolated from the plant have never been identified in any other plant – some were similar to compounds found in garlic, a plant known to have medicinal properties. Laboratory investigations show that anamu retards the growth of several strains of cancer and leukaemia cells. In a plant-screening programme performed at the University of Illinois at Chicago, over 1,400 plant extracts were evaluated for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Anamu was one of only 34 plants identified with active properties against cancer. One of its active chemicals is dibenzyl trisulphide (DTS) which is known to directly kill all cancer cell lines that it has been tried on (while not harming normal cells). “…DTS at concentration of 10 mM, a dose lethal to all cancer cells tested,…” West Indian Medical Journal, 2007 Jan; 56(1):17-21. Other substances in the herb boost the immune system, fight infections and relieve pain. On the negative side it is not advised for pregnant women (it induces abortion), for people on blood thinners (it is a blood thinner) or for hypoglaecemia. For further details read: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20070813/news/news7.html Dosage: One full tablespoonful of the whole powdered anamu plant – preferably organic – is diffused in one litre of hot water. The resulting tea is drunk preferably on an empty stomach. An average dosage is four ounces (about half a cup) twice daily. Available on the internet at a cost of about US$30 a lb. Supporting personal anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that this could be a powerful herbal weapon against cancer. For further details go to http://www.rain-tree.com/anamu.htm#.VD-QSsJ0zrc
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Cancer: Freedom to choose?
There are times when you wonder if the world is sane or mad? And then you read an account like this:
Thank God we live in a free world (we do, don’t we?)
Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on April 21, 2011
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Dr Ian Clements’ Anti-Cancer CAM Regime
Ian Clements is not a medical doctor – he’s an engineer. He approaches problems in a pracgmatic but highly analytic way. This is how he approached his own diagnosis of terminal bladder cancer. He was told he had only weeks or months to live – and at one time he was admitted to a hospice with no expectation of emerging. Today, three a a half years later, he is still battling. Here is the protocol he has developed for himself. I have posted elsewhere lengthy docuuments on his own research into radical cystectomy for bladder cancer and his protocol for supporting yourself through chemotherapy
CANCER? – The Quick Start Back
DON’T PANIC! – Well, try to calm down.
You will not die overnight – cancer is not the same as a bullet or car accident. It will have been developing for months, if not years. Most people die from the side-effects of cancer, rather than the cancer directly. So you can usually take a couple of weeks to learn more before you decide anything.
The three standard orthodox treatments are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. All are strong assaults on the body. So it is best to prepare your body for this if you do decide to have any of these treatments.
Meanwhile, there are several proven things you can to improve your length of survival and help your body cope with any treatment:
- Cut out sweet things[i], reduce carbohydrates (potatoes, pasta, bread, cakes) which get quickly converted to blood sugar, and alcohol
- Go for salads, with organic produce if possible, and fresh fruit.
- Cut out red and processed meat – sausages, bacon, steak, pork. Go for fish, white meat (chicken, turkey).
- Drink green and/or white tea in preference to coffee or black tea (tho’ the latter is OK, just not as good as green or white).
- Aim to do as much as you can, getting more vigorous with time. If you are not used to doing any, then build up to half-an-hour’s walk a day. Then get faster and longer as you get more able to. Aim to get an hour a day. Other forms help too: swimming, weights, jogging, etc.
- A comprehensive multi-vitamin and mineral pill/pills[iii]
- Vitamin C[iv]– 3gm
- Vitamin D3[v] – 10,000IU
- Omega 3 oil[vi] – 5 gm
CANCER? – The Quick Start Back. 1
General Cancer Theory. 6
Things to do right away. 7
My Various CAM Treatments. 8
Other Treatments I use. 11
Enhanced oxygen. 11
Low-Dose Naltrexone – LDN.. 12
PsychoNeuroImmunology- PNI. 13
Chemotherapy Help. 13
My Daily regime. 13
Being considered. 15
Alternatives I’ve Tried and Abandoned. 16
Fiery chillies, garlic and butter. 16
Budwig Diet 17
You are probably reading this either because you have been diagnosed as having cancer, or that of a loved one who has. Please don’t panic. Cancer will not cause you or your loved one to die within days – so you have time to look at various alternative treatments:
- the orthodox ones of surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation;
- and what are known as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and to enhance survival independently of whatever you and your doctors decide is best.
- There is a lot of information and advice available on the Internet on both orthodox treatments and CAM – sure, not all of it is good, but some is. This document will help guide you through all that.
Having been diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer in October 2007 at aged 71, and only been given a few weeks to live – (by 4 orthodox experts – the urological surgeon and three oncologists), my own experience and now extensive reading and discussions with other survivors has made me at least as expert as the medicos in many ways (but not all) in the following 3+ years (as of writing). This book is a collation of my wisdom on cancer and how to mitigate it. Given the present state of ignorance about the origination and causal chain development of cancer, no-one can be certain of how each proven anti-cancer treatment actually works – only that the evidence is that certain things actually do bring about cancer and other things cause an improvement in some or all patients. I believe that my now lengthy survival against the original prognosis is due to one or more of the various treatments I have undertaken. I offer this to others that it may help them. I am not a medical doctor; I am a retired research scientist, able to understand research reports and summarise them coherently, concisely and clearly.
Unlike some people offering anti-cancer advice or ‘cures’, I do not claim that either what I have done or my protocol will definitely increase survival time (or cure cancer – not even the orthodox medicos do that). What I am offering is evidence-based anti-cancer advice, quoting this evidence so that you can check it for yourself, that is known to generally enhance survival times for cancer patients.
Alas, there are some who proffer easy cures or help. These, I believe, are generally sincere. But (a) their own experience may have had nothing to do with their supposed treatment; (b) even if it was, it may be something that just works for them (however, if may work for you too). There are also a lot of well-documented cases of spontaneous remission – the cancers just went away, for no known reason; and so for people to whom this happened, this may lead them to think they did something to cause this.
I am not opposed to orthodox treatments – chemotherapy probably saved my life – but I do think that patients need to be well informed about them before deciding on doing one. There will always be time to do this; don’t let the doctors rush you into any particular treatment (I alas did). This will enable them to choose whichever is best for them – or non at all. From what I now know, the surgery I had to remove my tumour was unnecessary (it re-grew in 3 months; it was the chemotherapy that then drove my cancer into remission) and this surgery spread cancer cells throughout my body, reducing my survival chances significantly. I now realise what should have been obvious: the specialists are naturally committed to their speciality, often to that alone (their colleagues in ‘rival’ specialisms will often disagree with their rivals). This is not to doubt their sincerity, just their blinkered approach – which can equally be true of CAM specialists. I also now know that my continuing my complementary ‘treatments’ (supplements, exercise, nutrition) enabled the chemotherapy to work much better and reduced the severity of the side-effects.
CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) is, as the name says, composed of two parts – that which helps orthodox medicine, and so is complementary to it; and that which is Alternative to standard treatment and so sometimes is opposed to it. Both are unfairly stigmatised by the orthodox medical community, who, to their shame, are usually ignorant of it. Some doctors will readily admit this, especially given that their training omits it – and refer patients to those who are expert in these areas. Others will denounce anything that they don’t themselves know, trusting that those experts who taught them, and their reading within their narrow speciality since, know all that there is to know of their area.
All of this is regrettable, because much of CAM conforms to that highest of medical standards – evidence-based, often the gold-standard of double-blind, placebo alternative research. Much of orthodox medicine is inheritance-based – passed on from predecessors without any evidence-based research behind it at all (it is claimed that 75% of patient advice and medicine is not evidence-based) this is no better than the anecdotal evidence that such practitioners denounce when used by CAM advocates. Perhaps worse, much of medical research is actually wrong[vii] (as is most expert advice[viii]). Fortunately, nowadays patients have access to a great deal of medical expertise via the Internet, including consultations with far-away orthodox specialists if they want.
One enormous advantage that much of CAM has over mainstream orthodox treatment is that much of the Alternative side is usually side-effect free and virtually of the Complementary is, unlike virtually all of traditional medicine. This is especially true of cancer treatment: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation – all of which carry mortality risk and damage to healthy cells. But let me be clear: some Alternative treatments are invasive and need careful consideration before being undertaken – they can have serious and deleterious side-effects – such as intravenous vitamin C, and enemas. So far, none of what I have done falls in to that category.
There is much that CAM offers that supports orthodox treatment in becoming more efficacious and lowering the inevitable nasty side-effects, so it is surprising that the GPs and specialists are both ignorant of this enhancer of their treatments and preventing such treatments being more successful.
This resumé of this expertise, with references (tho’ all can easily be research and updated by Googling everything mentioned), may help others to improve their chances with both their cancer and their orthodox treatment (for instance, responses to chemo, radiation and surgery are enhanced as well as the side-effects reduced).
Complementary and Alternative Medicine covers many different treatments for the same spectrum of illnesses as that of the orthodox NHS. However, this does not mean there is not a respectable body of scientific evidence to support CAM – on the contrary, most such interventions do indeed have this. Whilst many NHS practitioners may be unfamiliar with some CAM, there are books by orthodox MDs which do report such evidence[ix].
My choosing which CAM to use is based on two principles: weight of evidence (even if anecdotal), and indications that there are no serious downsides. Note that ‘evidence’ here is exactly that – where the usage gives improvement, even if the intervening causal chain is unknown.
Within CAM there is a diverse field, only part of this relates to cancer. Within CAM cancer information, there is that which relates to prevention; other to enhancing survival (a better phrase than ‘cure’; tho’ ‘cures’ are claimed and so could be dismissed for that reason, this doesn’t mean any such CAM may not be useful); and that to supporting orthodox treatments (enhancing their efficacy or reducing the side-effects). Naturally, there is much overlap between these aspects.
To fully investigate and research both orthodox and CAM, I have of necessity spent much time and money on literature – books, membership to health newsletters, and forums. It is from all this, plus my own continuing research on the Internet, that I have evolved – and still evolve – my anti-cancer actions. I have read much of both the orthodox approach and the many alternative cancer treatments – which I readily admit are often way to optimistic and misleading; but which, to my mind, are usually genuine (the same being applicable to orthodox medicine).
I offer this distillation of knowledge and advice. But, as always, the decision rests with you, the patient, as to what you do to optimise your own survival.
For those who wish to explore some of the Alternative medicine ideas in more depth, I recommend two books and their associated websites: “Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guide” by Jonathan Chamberlain (http://www.fightingcancer.com/) and “Conventional Cancer Cures: What’s the Alternative” by Chris Woollams (http://www.canceractive.com/).
You now have to hand the most empowering tool ever available for advice on any illness: the Internet. To get up-to-date information on any proposed treatment, food, or supplement, just enter the “illness and item” into a search engine such as Google. Examples: Bladder cancer and vitamin C; Kidney disease and eggs; etc. From this you will quickly know what may help or harm your illness and treatment.
General Cancer Theory
The complete aetiology (step-by-step chain of cause and effect) of cancer is not, at present, known. This is a summary of the present state of knowledge. Robert Weinberg[x] distilled six characteristics which all cancers are found to have (and are now accepted by the cancer specialists) plus two more that are usually present:
- Self-sufficiency in growth signals (rather than from other body signals)
- Insensitivity to anti-growth signals (the body usually can signal cells to stop growing)
- Tissue invasion and metastasis (cells and organs remain where they are normally)
- Limitless replicative potential (can and do keep growing continuously)
- Sustained angiogenesis (keep making blood vessels to feed the tumours)
- Evasion of apoptosis (avoid normal cell death – all other cells, apart from nerves, die after a time)
- Tumour promoting inflammation (turns on the body’s inflammation all the time, instead of just when it is injured)
- Gene instability and mutation (all other cells replicate clones; and, when they don’t, the body recognises this and makes them die)
We attempt to control cancer by interfering with each of these factors.
For cancer to develop into a life-threatening stage, it goes through three phases: initiation, promotion, and progression. The initiation can be due to a virus, parasite, emotional shock (such as a relative suddenly dying), poor nutrition, or poor environment (such as radiation, smoking, asbestos). For a cancer to develop, a cell has to go ‘rogue’ – its DNA has to be damaged in such a way that it proliferates outside the control of the body’s normal regulatory mechanisms. So there are three aspects to this[xi]:
- What makes the DNA corrupt?
- Why don’t the body’s normal immune processes recognise this and destroy it (they normally do)?
- And how does the rogue cancer cell then grow?
The changed cell then propagates daughter cells – the tumour is promoted. If the immune system is poor, due maybe to poor nutrition and lack of exercise – then progression is likely, generally via angiogenesis (growing a blood supply for the tumour). For example, bladder cancer (mine) risk factors include smoking, obesity, working with chemicals (painters and carpenters), arsenic in the tap water, eating processed or overdone meat, and being a USA Vietnam veteran. Medical and CAM treatments along with lifestyle changes attempt to address each of these three stages: cancer cell initiation, cancer cell death, cancer cell growth.
The embryonic cancer cells generally need a blood supply (angiogenesis) for tumours to grow to life-threatening size, and this process is susceptible to nutrition, supplements and drugs (Dr William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer? [xii] and David Agus: A new strategy in the war on cancer[xiii]).Genes only predispose, and are not causative.[xiv]
Cancers need much greater than normal amounts of energy to grow, and cause inflammation to hide from the body’s immune system – so much so, it is probable that inflammation and cancer generally go hand-in-hand[xv]. Restricting the glucose that cancer cells need (all sugars, including alcohol) is therefore a good thing. This includes what may be called fast carbs – easily digested carbohydrates like white bread, potatoes, etc[xvi]. Anti-inflammation (by such supplements as curcumin and omega3 oils) will damp it down.
Orthodox medicine has three main alternatives: radiation, surgery, chemotherapy. There is a little immunotherapy (BCG[xvii]for bladder cancer is probably the only established one; there is a lot of experimental vaccines; and a new prostate cancer one, Provenge). Or (if it is thought that the cancer is too far gone or not life threatening) just let it go on until death (which may be from other causes).
Points to bear in mind:
Since about 1940 there has been a significant increasing of cancer rates in Western countries – and this is not mainly due to better screening or diagnosis (which do have an effect on the figures, but only about 30%), as this has occurred in non-screened-for cancers and in children. Even breast cancer rates, which were falling, are no longer doing so[xviii].
It is thought that this increase of cancer in general is must mostly be due to Western lifestyles (The National Cancer Institute estimates that roughly one-third of all cancer deaths may be diet related; WHO think 70% related to lifestyle); embracing less Western ones will likely lead to fewer succumbing to cancer.[xix] Whilst there has been a reduction in cancer death rates in the last 20 years, this is probably mostly (if not entirely) due to reduced smoking, rather than improved treatments.[xx] All this evidence leads to the inevitable conclusion that cancer is a disease of modern Western civilisation and is not ‘natural’; so we must look to our lifestyle and modern environment for causation and, by extension, to reducing the enhancement of cancer once we have it. Insulin appears to be a major factor, enhanced by fast carbs[xxi].
There are some strong criticism of orthodox treatment by some members of the medical profession themselves. I think these are too strong, but it would be unfair not to air them:
- Surgery: Prof. of Medical Physics calculated that on balance, cancer patients are likely to live four times longer if they do nothing for their cancer rather than do something.
- Surgery enhances the chances of metastasis (spreading the cancerous cells; see Surgery Could Accelerate Tumor Growth?[xxii] “Surgery Triggers Outgrowth of Latent Distant Disease in Breast Cancer: An Inconvenient Truth?”[xxiii], & “Proof That Cancer Surgery Increases Mortality”[xxiv].)
- Radiation: Many experts consider it useless. Radiation itself can cause cancer (tho’ there’s some evidence that light radiation is actually good[xxv]. It also adversely affects the immune system.
- Chemotherapy: Of the 75% receiving chemo, less than 15% are ‘cured’. Only 5% of cancers treated with chemo succeed. 58 of 79 (73%) of doctors referring patients for chemo said that they themselves would not have any chemo. “The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant (helping) cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.”[xxvi]Chemo seriously harms one’s immune system.
- Some Cancers May Just Go Away[xxvii]
Note that the worst that can be said about CAM is that it may prevent/delay orthodox treatment – CAM itself has remarkably few other downsides.
Things to do right away
Whatever you decide to do, some things will help in various ways without interfering with whatever treatment you then undertake – in essence, optimal health things. These will fortify you for what lies ahead. For what may help with the specific treatment of chemotherapy, see here.
- Cut out sweet things[xxviii], reduce carbohydrates (potatoes, pasta, bread, cakes) which get quickly converted to blood sugar, and alcohol
- Go for salads, with organic produce if possible, and fresh fruit.
- Cut out red and processed meat – sausages, bacon, steak, pork. Go for fish, white meat (chicken).
- Drink green and/or white tea in preference to coffee or black tea (tho’ the latter is OK, just not as good as green or white).
- Aim to do as much as you can. If you are not used to doing any, then build up to half-an-hours walk a day. Then get faster and longer as you get more able to. Aim to get an hour a day. Other forms help to: swimming, weights, jogging, etc.
- A comprehensive multi-vitamin and mineral pill/pills[xxx]
- Vitamin C[xxxi]– 1gm
- Vitamin D3[xxxii] – 5,000IU
- Omega 3 oil[xxxiii] – 1 – 5 gm
My Various CAM Treatments
This falls into three parts: lifestyle, supplements, and other treatments.
Cancer was virtually unknown in ancient times (‘Data from across the millennia has given modern society a clear message: cancer is man-made and something that we can and should address’).[xxxiv],[xxxv] Cancer rates in non-advanced societies are virtually unknown.[xxxvi] Cancer incidences in 1870’s were less than 2%; now more than 33% (p.4) and rising. Death rates are 25%, and rising.
Apart from a couple of cancers (lung, and prostate (men)/breast (women – probably due to the decline of smoking)[xxxvii], cancer incidences (diagnosis) have either not markedly declined or have increased since the 1930’s; in the EU, cases have increased 20% in the six years to 2008 (colon having increased since 1975)[xxxviii]; studies reveal substantial increases in non-melanoma skin cancers[xxxix]. Cancer death rates have slowly increased for all others. “…survival rates haven’t improved for most cancers”[xl].
This increase is not mainly due to better screening or diagnosis (which do have an effect on the figures, but only about 30%), as this has occurred in non-screened-for cancers and in children. It is thought that this increase must mostly be due to Western lifestyles (The National Cancer Institute estimates that roughly one-third of all cancer deaths may be diet related; WHO think 70% related to lifestyle); embracing less Western ones will likely lead to fewer succumbing to cancer.[xli] All this evidence leads to the inevitable conclusion that cancer is a disease of modern Western civilisation and is not ‘natural’; so we must look to our lifestyle and modern environment for causation and, by extension, to reducing the enhancement of cancer once we have it. Insulin appears to be a major factor, enhanced by fast carbs[xlii].
Most cancer patients will survive for years, but have a higher chance of dieing of something else than normal. “current recommendations for cancer survivors, which emphasize achieving and maintaining a healthy weight; encouraging regular physical activity (for adults at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day); eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains; and limiting red and processed meats and alcohol consumption. Further, the current recommendations are that cancer survivors try and obtain their nutrients from foods, rather than supplements since there have been several studies that have linked supplement intake with higher cancer-specific and all-cause mortality among cancer survivors.”[xliii]
Note: nearly all cancer research money is spent on trying to find cures; very little is spent of prevention (1%?).
There is now a mass of evidence that exercise of various sorts, indeed of any sort, increases survival. I thus try various sorts – walking, jogging, and weights.[xliv] It is possible that exercise works by causing an increase in internal heat and thus is anti-cancer by the same way that hyperthermia is – cancer cells are more sensitive to heat and become apoptotic – die. My target is about one hour a day vigorous walking (defined as such that one’s heart rate exceeds 50% of one’s maximum). I check this using a wrist watch heart-rate monitor.
Whilst there is as yet no certainty about the best nutrition overall, some have been proven and others are considered prudent:
Avoiding sugar[xlv], fast carbs (maybe carbohydrates altogether – see Gary Taubes “Good Calories, Bad Calories”)
Avoid red meat[xlix], processed meats
Avoid pollutants – smoking, aerosols, and poor water[l] (that is, use a water filter)
Overweight/obesity is known to enhance cancer[liv], altho’ there is some counter-evidence for breast cancer[lv]. Whilst overall weight reduction is probably good (as recognised by the BMI measure), it seems that it is mainly the fat around the waist that causes the most reduction in general survival[lvi]. For this, the best measure is the ratio of the waist to maximum outer-thighs; it is good to aim for a ratio of waist to thighs of less than 0.95.
Changes in weight are predominately brought about by nutrition, not exercise (as good as this may be for other reasons – see above; my personal data over 30 years is that there is no relationship between how much I exercised and my weight, fat or muscle mass). My experience is that weight and fatness loss is brought about by one of two ways:
- alternate day ‘fasting’ (on ‘fasting days, just eating fruit – grapefruit for breakfast, big orange for lunch, big apple for dinner)
- cutting out all obvious carbs: no potatoes, no bread, no pasta, no cakes, no crisps, etc.
These do any of four things:
- they drive cancer cells into apoptosis,
- boost the immune system so that it recognises the cancer cells as in need of removal,
- reduce inflammation (a known cancer stimulant[lvii]) and
- they effect the tumour’s angiogenesis (grow feeding blood vessels) adversely.
There are many supplements for which there are claims that they help with cancer. I have checked a lot of them, and those that have credible evidence (often provided by orthodox medical scientists) I have tried. Here I give selected references to each supplement (sometimes the opposing views too) to give the reader some confidence in my use of these. Note too that I do not use all of these all the time. These references are generally the result of my collecting information since my diagnosis; but often also by the simple procedure of putting “X and Cancer” into Google – which I recommend doing for all of these if anyone wishes to use them, as new research appears all the time, some showing what was once thought good is now bad. Caution is the watchword; check for downsides and conflicts with any other treatment you may be having.
It is noteworthy that supplements are incredibly safe, unlike prescription drugs. For example, there was not one single death recorded in the USA in 2009 from supplements amongst the 2.5 million cases reported to the USA’s Poison Control Centres (there were 500 deaths from other causes).[lviii] There are horrendous figures for deaths due to orthodox medicine’s involvement – drug side-effects, often for drugs that are ineffective anyway; hospital-induced illnesses; medical accidents; etc. This is not to decry orthodox medicine’s undoubted successes, but just to highlight that caution is needed. However, all supplements have side-effects, albeit generally mild ones. It is prudent to check whether any you propose to take may make an existing illness (other than the cancer) worse; for example, if you have kidney problems, search for, say, “Astralagus and Kidney Disease” (in fact, Astralagus is actually good for kidneys).
I also give the daily quantities that I take.
This list is not exhaustive. Tho’ I believe all of these apply to most cancers, it is as well to check whether your particular cancer is known to be helped by those supplements you choose.
Aloe Vera[lix] – 6gm
Alpha Lipoic Acid[lx] – 300mg
Arginine[lxi] – 1gm
Astralagus[lxii] – 2 x 250mg
AveULTRA[lxiii] – 1 pack
Barley Grass[lxiv] – 1gm
Bee Propopolis[lxv] – 2 x 1gm
Beta Glucan[lxvi] – 500mg
Boswelia[lxvii] – 307mg (avoid for kidney problems)
Carnitine (as Acetyl L-Carnitine)[lxviii] – 500mg
Carnosine (as L-Carnosine)[lxix] – 2 x 250mg
Cat’s Claw 30mL[lxx] – 5 drops
Cherry Fruit Extract[lxxi] – 500mg
Chlorella[lxxii] – 1gm
Conjugated Linoleic Acid[lxxiii] – 500mg
Curcumin-0.9g + Piperene[lxxiv] – 6 x 900mg
Cysteine (as N-Acytel Cysteine)[lxxv] – 600mg
DHEA[lxxvi] – 25mg
DIM[lxxvii] – 2 x 100mg
DMAE[lxxviii] – 350mg
DMG[lxxix] – 100mg
EDTA[lxxx] – 400mg
Flora Flor Essence[lxxxi] (avoid for kidney problems)
Fucoidan[lxxxii] 2 x 300mg
Glutathione[lxxxiii] – 500mg
Graviola[lxxxiv] – 2 x 650mg
Green tea extract[lxxxv] – various, including green tea leaves
Indole-3-Carbinal[lxxxvi] – 2 x 200mg
Inositol[lxxxvii] – not taken separately (it is in some of the other supplements)
Lactoferrin + Colostrum[lxxxviii] – 960mg
Lycopene[lxxxix] – 15mg
Melatonin[xc] – 3mg
Melon – Bitter Melon Fruit[xci] – 450mg
Multi vitamin and mineral set[xcii]
Mushroom Extracts (Agaricus Blazei, Maitake, Mesima, Reishi, Shiitake)[xciii] various
Nattokinase[xciv] – 2 x 2,000FUs
Niacin[xcv] – 500mg (avoid for kidney problems)
Papaya[xcviii] – 50mg
Pau d’Arco tea – 1 – 3 tea bags
PeakImmune4[xcix] – 8 x 250mg
Probiotics[c] – 2 x 16 billion various
Sterols – Phystosterol[ci] – 937mg
Proline + Lysine[cii] – 2 x 275mg each
Proteolytic Enzymes[ciii] – 3 different brands, so 3 x 500mg
Resveratrol[cvi] – 16mg
Rosehip[cvii] – 800mg
Saw Palmetto + Nettle[cviii] – 280mg
Seanol[cix] – 400mg
Selenium[cx] – 200mcg
Serrapeptase[cxi] – 2 x 80,000
SOD – GliSODin[cxii] – 250mg
Spirulina powder[cxiii] – 1gm
Ubiquinol- Co-Enzyme Q10[cxvi] – 100mg
Vit C[cxvii] as Magnesium Ascorbate – 2gm
Vit D3[cxviii] – 5,000IU
Vit K[cxix] – 100mcg
Vit K2[cxx] – 450mcg
Wheatgrass[cxxi] – 1gm
Zinc (Gluconate)[cxxii] – 4 x 25mg
Other Treatments I use
It is known that cancer cells are more adversely sensitive to heat than normal cells, and thus more liable to die. So raised temperature enhances the immune system to deal with the cancer, and makes any chemotherapy or ingested supplements more efficacious. There are many examples of spontaneous remission following fever, thought to be the result of the high body temperature this caused – this is the basis too of BCG for bladder cancer, and Coley’s Vaccine for cancer generally.
Therapy that raises the body’s temperature is called hyperthermia, in which a device applies heat to the patient. The hyperthermia can be administered either locally or over the whole body.
In local hyperthermia, a device is placed over the specific area of the body to be heated. For example, the doctor applies the hyperthermia device to the breast of a breast cancer patient to heat up the area. This kind of hyperthermia can take place every other day.
Whole-body hyperthermia is altogether different. The patient, wrapped in towels, lies naked on a hyperthermia bed. The patient’s body temperature is gradually raised to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit and kept at that temperature for about two hours. It’s possible to go a little higher — up to 107 degrees, which is called “extreme hyperthermia.” Unlike local hyperthermia, whole-body hyperthermia can’t be done more than once a week. (German Cancer Breakthrough, p.13)
There are three kinds of whole-body hyperthermia:
Moderate hyperthermia, in which the patient’s core temperature is raised to 101-103 degrees Fahrenheit [=38-40C] for two hours, which simulates a natural fever.
Systemic hyperthermia, which raises the core temperature to 105 degrees F. = 40.5C
Extreme hyperthermia, which goes up to 107 degrees F. = 41.5C
I use a cocoon blanket-type hyperthermia kit, priced variably from about $250 to $600. This allows a three-zone temperature infra-red setting (top, middle and bottom). I use 50C/55C/50C and lie in it for 50 minutes (on alternate days) – my arm-pit temperature rises about 3C by the end, so presumably inner core from 36.8 to 39.8C – then shower off.
An air ionizer (or negative ion generator) is a device that uses high voltage to ionize (electrically charge) air molecules. Negative ions, or anions, are particles with one or more extra electrons, conferring a net negative charge to the particle. Cations are positive ions missing one or more electrons, resulting in a net positive charge. Most commercial air purifiers are designed to generate negative ions. Another type of air ionizer is the ESD ionizer (balanced ion generator) used to neutralize static charge.[cxxv]
Low-Dose Naltrexone – LDN[cxxvi]
LDN is a safe and inexpensive prescription drug which can be used as immunotherapy for most types of cancer and may also have direct anti-tumour activity.
Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist. It blocks the receptors that bind heroin, morphine, other narcotic drugs and the body’s own endogenous opioids like beta endorphin. In doses of 50 mg a day or more, it is used in narcotic and alcohol withdrawal.
When used in low doses (usually 4.5 mg), however, naltrexone increases the secretion of these endogenous opioids, which not only relieve pain, but also regulate the immune system. This has led to its use as a treatment for HIV/AIDS, autoimmune diseases and fibromyalgia. It is especially popular as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.
LDN’s Mode of Action in Cancer
In the 1980s, researchers like Ian S. Zagon noticed that when used in large doses, naltrexone stimulated the growth of cancer, but low doses had the opposite effect. Low dose naltrexone increases the secretion of several opioid peptides, such as beta endorphin and methionine enkephalin (also known as met enkephalin and opioid growth factor or OGF).
Beta endorphin acts as a non-specific cancer immunotherapy by boosting the action of natural killer cells (NK cells). Met enkephalin/OGF has direct anti-tumour action through opioid receptors that have been detected in many types of malignant tumours. It inhibits angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels), without which cancer cannot grow.
LDN is not a “cure for cancer.” It does not help everyone, but in many cases it can stop the growth of tumours or even shrink them, but still the patient has to continue taking it until the rest of his life or until a more effective treatment is found.
Clinical Trials, Studies and Publications
There are dozens of lab studies which show that either OGF or low doses of naltrexone can inhibit cancer growth in the following types of cancer:
thyroid follicular cancer
head and neck cancer
renal cell cancer (kidney cancer)
Additionally, receptors for OGF have been found in throat cancer, brain tumours, breast cancer, oesophageal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, leukaemia and multiple myeloma. Beta-endorphin has been shown to suppress growth of prostate cancer.
Unfortunately, no proper clinical trials have been published on LDN. There are published case studies of impressive results with LDN in metastatic pancreatic cancer (which is one of the most notorious, if not the most notorious of all, cancers to treat) and B-cell lymphoma. In pancreatic cancer, it was combined with alpha lipoic acid, which suppresses cancer growth by inhibiting NF-kappa B.
Anecdotally, LDN has also been prescribed to help the following cancers:
There is now much research proving the interrelationship between the mind and the body, including mental states affecting the outcomes of illnesses – of which the placebo effect is perhaps the most famous. This covers three main areas: hypnotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, and meditation. Each has been shown to have a positive outcome for cancer.
Vit.D3 4,000IU-12,000IU daily – enhances efficacy of chemo
Magnesium 500mg daily – replaces severe depletion
Ubiquinol form of Co-enzyme Q10 – 200mg/day
glutamine powder 10 grams (3 scoops) 3 times a day to minimize the side effects of chemo including neuropathy
Vit.A – 3,000IU/850mcg
Vit.C – 5 gms/day
Curcumin + piperene – 8 – 10 gms/day – enhances chemo, especially cisplatin
Green or white tea[cxxix]
Astralagus – an immune booster[cxxx]; anti-cancer generally;
Aloe Vera – enhances chemo’s effects, enhances apoptosis, improves immune system
Bromelain – 500mg
Medicinal mushrooms – various
Exercise: as vigorous as possible – walking 30’ day, jogging if poss., and resistance training
Stay off sugar, sodium (salt) and fruit juices
My Daily regime
This is an example of how I implement my anti-cancer days
Each day this is made up of four components (which often overlap):
1. General healthiness stuff:
- Lots of fresh (raw) organic veggies and some low glycaemic fruits
- Supplements such as vitamins & minerals, probiotics, proteolytic enzymes
- Alkalising – lots of veggies
- Minimise carbohydrates in general, but especially fast-carbs (sugar, bread, potatoes, pasta) & alcohol
- Exercise – walk, about one hour daily
- Avoid unhealthy stuff: smoking, pollutants (aerosols – air-fresheners, solvents, etc)
2. Specific anti-cancer stuff
- Supplements such as curcumin, Graviola, Astralagus, Bee Propolis, Vit.D3, Co.Q10, Vit.C[cxxxiv]
- Foods: pau d’arco & green/white tea (alternatively?), juicing & eating cruciferous veggies (such broccoli, beetroot), extra virgin olive oil[cxxxv]
- Avoid sugar, red meat (and maybe dairy products[cxxxvi]), processed meats, fried foods – these foods promote cancer (especially sugar)
- Oxygenate – ionisers, enhanced oxygen, vigorous exercise[cxxxvii]
3. Specific immune boosting stuff
- Supplements such as PeakImmune4, Beta-Glucan, AveULTRA
- Foods such as wheat-grass & spirulina+chlorella
- Ionised air & (enhanced air) oxygen
4. Feedback – to let myself know how I’m going on
- Daily: body composition: weight, muscle-mass, fat%, basal metabolic rat; urine pH.
- Bi-monthly/quarterly cancer marker tests (NMP22, CEA, etc),
- Less frequent inflammation checks, mineral & vitamin blood levels.
|On getting up: Nattokinase, Acetyl L-Carnitine
Egg, veggie sausage, mushrooms and tomatoes;
Supplements: NutriShield[cxxxviii] package of vitamins, 2 x PeakImmune4, L-arginine 1gm, Vit.D3 2,400IU, Quercetin 800mg, L-Carnosine 250mg, fish-oil 1gm, folic acid 400mcg, flaxseed oil 1gm, CLA 500mg, Nattokinase, Vit.K 100mcg, Vit.K2, 2 x curcumin+piperene 1000mg, niacin 100mg, manganese chloride 100mg, Graviola x 2, Blue-Green algae; Cup of pau d’arco tea
|Mid-morning – cup of white tea|
Organic green salad, mushroom, garnished olive oil & organic apple vinegar, cinnamon, chilli pepper, and Vit.D3 (& sometimes curcumin+biopiperene powder); pau d’arco tea
Cup of white tea, with an apple and nuts
greens (broccoli, sprouts, leaves),veggie protein, fish or white meat. Berries. White tea; L-Arganine 1gm, 1gm fish oil, Graviola 500mg x 2, Green sea algae, L-Carnitine, pau d’arco tea
Low-Dose Naltrexone 4.5mg, Nattokinase, Serrapeptase, Melatonin
I also use coconut oil. I occasionally drink organic raw cocoa powder with xylitol & coconut milk.
About one hour’s fairly vigorous walk a day. Sometimes interval aerobic jogging for about30’.
50’ of enhanced ionised oxygen (30%) daily; an all night ioniser by my bed. Filtered water.
Hyperthermia alternate days: 50′ @ about 50C
If I detect a resurgence of my cancer, I may do one or more of the following (some of which I’ve done earlier but discontinued on the assumption either that it had done its work or was ineffective):
Mid-afternoon mashed ½ avocado & 8oz carrot juice (I did this for about a month early on).
The “How to stop cancer” protocol.[cxxxix]
Revised Budwig[cxli]: 2 teaspoons of wild salmon oil & 2 tablespoons of un-denatured whey hand mixed together and spooned in, 2-10 times a day for three days; thence once a day thereafter. But there’s some debate about this revision. For original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSoddptWL0s and http://www.budwig-videos.com/
EFT, Ukrain, Intravenous Vit.C
Del-Immune, Ultra H3 Plus, lactoferrin, PectaSol, Oncovite, Flor-Essence, Coley’s vaccine cancer treatment, & Essiac – see http://www.geoffreyfalk.com/wp_blog/?p=3113)
Mix curcumin+piperene with coconut oil before taking it
An essential part of my cancer management is knowing how I am doing – feedback. Perhaps it is because I am an Engineer that I am more sensitive than most to this very important aspect of achieving a desired goal – encapsulated in the phrase “knowledge of results improves performance”. To this end, I measure and record all that I can on a daily basis:
- Medical data – biochemistry, cancer markers, scans, consultations – so that I can detect any changes in my cancerousness
- Body composition – a well-known side-effect of cancer is a rapid change in body composition; particularly of muscle-mass – cachexia[cxlii] (not to be confused with sarcopenia, muscle-loss due to ageing), which is itself enhanced by pro-inflammatory immune cells (cytokines)[cxliii]. Carnosine and Ubiquinol (enhance Co-enzyme Q10) may counteract this, as may hydrazine sulphate[cxliv].
- Nutrition – there is an ocean of anti-cancer dietary advice, much in conflict with one another. For what it is worth, after reading a lot of this, I have come to believe that the best nutrition is one with a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, preferably organic; as little carbs as possible (see Gary Taubes “Good Calories, Bad Calories”, and all the research that implicates blood sugar as a cancer feeder – carbs are the main source of sugar in the blood); filtered water (not osmotically derived); fish; avoid red and processed meat; little or no alcohol.
- Medicines – I keep a note of all that I take, so that if something particularly badly effects me without any clear advantage, I can avoid it in future; and to see if, later, there’s any correlation with my other data.
- Supplements – similar reason as for medicines
- Exercise – to ensure I’m keeping on track to average the equivalent of one hour’s vigorous (heart-rate over 50% of max) walking a day. I have a watch heart-rate monitor that I wear most of the day. Such exercise may also counteract any tendency to cachexia.
- Checking my urine pH – more acidic is probably not too good. As a side advantage, I collect my urine in a clear cup lately, and that has enabled me to see what I may have previously missed: blood specks/flakes/clots occasionally – to me, another ‘measure’ of my cancerousness. I also use biochemistry dipsticks, which often show out-of-normal readings. I hope to tie all these in to changes in my diet, supplements, and exercise – thus enabling me to take avoidance action. Different cancers would suggest different checks, such as the size of skin lesions and/or moles for skin cancers.
Alternatives I’ve Tried and Abandoned
Now bear with me. I’ve tried a lot of what may seem barmy treatments. Look, I have been desperate; and when the ‘experts’ (heh! why am I putting it in inverted commas? – they really are the acknowledged experts) told me I only had weeks to live, I was up for anything.
However, given the wide variance of human beings, what doesn’t work for one may work for another. For what it’s worth, I think most of those offering alternative ‘cures’ are genuine (in that they sincerely believe their treatment works) – and they may well have done so for themselves. But as there is a legion of examples of spontaneous remissions/cures, it could be that they had one of these and so were not cured by their suggested cure.
Fiery chillies, garlic and butter
Yes, I know this may sound barmy – but then so does injecting a strong poison into one’s veins and hoping it will kill all the cancer cells before it kills the rest of you (chemotherapy). There were, for me, three things that led me to try this:
- The book “The Doctor Who Cures Cancer” by William Kelley Eidem, had impressive support – from Dr Barry Sears and Dr Atkins, both of whom I have respect for.
- There didn’t seem to be any bad side-effects, apart from the intense ‘heat’ from the chilli and the possible adverse dietary factor of butter (which I’ve since learnt are wrongly made).
- When I did try it, it cured one of the side-effects of my chemo: neuropathy of my inner-left thigh (deadness) – as long as I did it (or any other hot chilli intake).
So when the author, Mr Eidem, promoted a supposed cancer cure based on this book (tho’ I could never understand from my reading how he got to this cure), I tried it for a few months. Alas, during this time, my NMP-22 bladder cancer marker showed increased cancerousness. So I deemed this ‘cure’ as not one that works for me.
There is a lot of chatter on the ‘net that alkalizing one’s body, via a diet very high in vegetables and fruit plus alkaline water. Couple that with the plausible anti-cancer theory based on Nobel prize-winning Dr Warburg’s idea of increasing the body’s oxygen state, and this become a reasonable anti-cancer treatment.
I even bought an expensive water alkalizer, before I learnt that this aspect of the theory is bunk.[cxlv]
Again, I didn’t find my cancerousness fell whilst following this approach, so I did not continue. However, I feel that there’s something in it, and so still check my urine pH as a possible indicator of my general healthiness – the less acidic it is, the better I am. This is because some things in my diet that I know are bad (alcohol, sugar, meat, etc) make my urine more acidic.
Throughout my adult life, I’ve been attracted to the supposed benefits of vegetarianism (no meat and, in the more extreme form, no fish) and veganism (no animal products whatsoever – no milk, cheese, eggs, yoghourt, etc as well as no meat or fish). So when I read “The China Study” by Dr Campbell & son with its convincing case for a vegan diet being both cancer-preventative and curative, I tried it for a couple of months. But again, my cancer marker signs increased rather than decreased, so I abandoned it.
I should add that there are good arguments against De Campbell’s views too – as there are to any anti-cancer theory. That’s why I need to weigh up as much as possible and decide for myself. A good medical doctor should support this approach; sadly, few do.
I initially juiced twice a day. This was made up of:
- Handful/cupful of broccoli
- Ditto of cauliflower
- A carrot
- Half a beetroot
- A knob of ginger
- Two Brussels’ sprouts
- An apple
- A ring of pineapple
I still think this is probably a healthy thing to do, but as my cancer regrew during the doing of this; and later my cancer marker increased (having gone down); I decided that it probably didn’t make enough difference to warrant the expense and trouble. So I stopped.
Difficult one this. I did the mix of cottage cheese and flax-seed oil for about 3 months, but my cancer tumour regrew. I tried it again later, but, as with juicing above, my cancer marker went up after having been low. Now I know that there’s more to the Budwig diet than just the cottage cheese & oil – fresh veggies and fruit, for instance; and no supplements (which I continued). So it may be that a more rigorous following of her diet may be more successful.
Cancer is NOT a trauma – you won’t die within hours/days of diagnosis. So take time to know the full range of alternatives, both orthodox and CAM, upsides and downsides. Orthodox and much CAM can generally be done in parallel, to your benefit – even tho’ the docs won’t know much, if anything, about CAM research. People generally die of the wasting away of muscles (cachexia) due to the cancer taking up most of the energy, rather than the cancer itself. So ensure you eat well and check your muscle mass.
It is probable that whatever your lifestyle was, this led to or helped the cancer (such as smoking, poor nutrition, inadequate exercise, being fat, poor water supply, working with solvents/paints, hair dyes/deodorants/aerosols/cosmetics). Therefore you need to look to changing your lifestyle (stop smoking, improve nutrition, enhance exercising, move away from pollution)[cxlvi]. Cancer is a warning sign to become more congruent within yourself and your environment.
Improving your general healthiness will probably help your body slow down the cancer
Enhancing your immune system will probably slow down the cancer’s growth and maybe even drive it into regression (make it smaller) or remission (non-detectable). Getting rid of excess body fat will help.[cxlvii]
Taking anti-cancer foods and/or supplements will possibly drive the cancer into remission, with a greater chance than any of the orthodox treatments.
Initially, it is probably best to avoid surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation whilst doing some CAM helps and seeing if this improves your healthiness.
If you do do any of the orthodox treatments, my protocol will probably both minimise the side-effects and enhance to effectiveness of the treatment. Note also that the opiates for pain relief may be cancer enhancers[cxlviii]
This is not an exhaustive exposition, for two reasons: I cannot recall all that I have done; and this is an ongoing project, changing oft times.
But this will give a fair representation of the expenditure and time I have to spend since being diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer on 15th October, 2007. I hope knowledge of my successful journey will help you.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
First and foremost, my wife, children, and extended family – for their support, both emotionally and physically in looking after me.
Dr Bernardo Majalca, Preventive Medical Research, who gave me hope when the orthodox professionals gave non, and showed the way that CAM enhanced mainstream medicine.
Gene Early, who guided me to have greater congruence within myself.
Dr Huddart, of the Royal Marsden, who contradicted the first three experts by telling me that chemotherapy did indeed have a success for cases such as mine, albeit slight (5%).
Dr Marie Wilkins, the oncologist at the Royal Sussex Hospital, who tolerated my CAM support strategies whilst providing excellent chemotherapy.
Jonathan Chamberlain for his comprehensive CAM guide to effective cancer therapies
My fellow colleagues on the bladder cancer forums for their information and support (http://www.blcwebcafe.org/, http://www.inspire.com/groups/bladder-cancer-advocacy-network/) especially Peter Granger.
As well as virtually daily trawling of the Internet and reading various newspaper articles and magazines related to cancer (all of which has led to the endnoted references below), I have read and/or referred to the following books:
“Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guide” Jonathon Chamberlain, Long Island Press, 2008
“Anti-cancer: a new way of life” Dr David ServanpSchreiber, Penguin, 2007
“Definitive Guide To Cancer” – 2nd ed. Lise Alschuler & Karolyn A Gazella, Celestial Arts, 2007 – very good survey of orthodox and CAM (Complimentary & Alternative Medicine).
“The Cancer Directory” – Dr Rosy Daniel, Thorsons, 2005
“The Hidden Story of Cancer” – Brian Scott Peskin, self-published, 2007 – a well argued alternative approach to dealing with cancer.
“Choices in Healing” – Michael Lerner, MIT Press, 1994
“Cancer: A Second Opinion” – Joseph Issels, MD, Avery, 199
“The Truth About Your Immune System” – Havard Medical School, 2007. The orthodox view of immune enhancing (it can’t be done!).
“The Official Anti-Aging Revolution” – Ronald Klatz & Robert Goldman, Basic Health Pub, 2007. Altho’ about anti-ageing, it has much to say about cancer.
“Snake Oil” – John Diamond, Vintage UK, 2001. A trenchant argument against CAM.
“Natural Compounds in Cancer Therapy” – John Boik, Oregon Medical Press, 2001. A good listing (tho’ a bit dated) of most CAM compounds.
“Nutritional Medicine” Dr Gaby, Fritz Perlberg Pub, 2010
“Spontaneous Regression” – Donald H MacAdam, self-published, 2003. A well argued, with evidence, case for immunotherapy alone.
“Conventional Cancer Cures – What’s The Alternative” – Chris Woollams, Health Issues, 2004
“Cancer Positive” – Dr James Colthurst, Michael O’Mara Books Ltd, 2003
“Dismantling Cancer” – Francisco Contreras, Jorge Barroso-Aranda, Daniel E Kennedy, Interpacific press, 2004
“The Breuss Cancer Cure” – Rudolf Breus, Alive Books, 1995
“Alkalize of Die” – Dr Theodore A Baroody, Holographic Health Press, 2006 – a bit dubious; probably Young’s book is better, or Murray’s http://acidalkalinediet.com/letter.htm
“The Doctor Who Cures Cancer” – William Kelley Eidem, self publication, 1997. An interesting CAM approach, with much supportive evidence.
“The China Study” by Dr Campbell & son. A convincing case for a vegan diet being both cancer-preventative and curative.
http://gotbladdercancer.blogspot.com/ A BC survivor who gives a blow-by-blow account of his own and other’s journey and ideas on improving survival chances, with an interesting flow-chart
“The Cancer Clock” Ed. Sotiris Missailidis, Wiley, 2007
“Say No to Cancer” Patrick Holford, Piatkus, 1999
[iii] I use NutriShield daily packs, from Uni-Vite (http://uni-vite.com/scripts/index.aspx). This is a set of 7 pills containing all the compounds that medical scientist Dr Paul Clayton recommends, being frequently updated in the light of the latest research
[vii] “’Amazingly, most medical treatment simply isn’t backed up by good, quantitative evidence’. ….. The whole point of carrying out a study was to rigorously examine a question using tools and techniques that would yield solid data. ….And yet these studies, and most types of studies Dr Ioannidis looked at, were far more often than not driving to wrong answers. The two-out-of-three wrongness rate Ionnidis found is worse than it sounds. He had been examining only [a tiny amount] of published research in the most prestigious medical journals. …the wrongness rate would only be worse from there [less prestigious journals].” Freedman (see below, pp. 5,6) quoting John Ionnidis, MD & research medical mathematician @ Tufts-New England Medical Center.
[viii] “Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us – and How to Know When Not to Trust Them” David H Freedman 2010 Little, Brown
[ix] Dr David Servan-Schreiber in his “Anti-Cancer: a new way of life” 2008 (see http://www3.mdanderson.org/streams/MDACCFlvPlayer2.html?xml=publicEd/config/Anti-Cancer_cfg)
“Integrative Oncology Essentials: A Patients’ Guide To Cancer Care And Prevention” Brian D. Lawenda, M.D. 2010 (see http://www.integrativeoncology-essentials.com). [“Integrative oncology is no longer an “alternative” approach to cancer care. Increasingly, prestigious academic cancer centers (for example: Harvard, Memorial Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson, Duke, UCSF) are incorporating integrative oncology within their practice of taking care of patients living with and beyond cancer.”]
“Natural compounds in cancer therapy” John Boik, MD 2001
“Nutritional Medicine” Alan R Gaby, MD 2010
“Definitive Guide to Cancer” Alsschuler & Gazella 2007 (2nd Ed)
There are also many websites offering a collation of the best of CAM, of which the UK one of http://www.canceractive.com/ is very comprehensive and up-to-date.
[xiv] It was thought that we all have a few cells frequently turning cancerous, but that our immune system deals with this without our becoming aware of it (it is seen in autopsies). “It was claimed in the past that cancer cells were forming non-stop but the immune system destroyed them. And everything which weakens it, for instance stress, may impede fighting the intruder. “Nowadays no one holds that opinion anymore”, says dr. Pardoll. Experiments on mice devoid of immune system did not confirm saliently higher cancer morbidity. Also among people with immune disorders under the influence of drugs preventing transplant rejection or as a result of AIDS a higher cancer prevalence ratio was not found.” http://www.blog.reserva-matrix.com/2010/04/26/can-stress-cause-cancer/
[xvii] http://www.jurology.com/article/S0022-5347%2807%2902288-4/abstract “History of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin and Bladder Cancer: An Immunotherapy Success Story”
[xx] “The Secret History of the War on Cancer” Devra Davis, Basic Books, 2007
[xxi] See: Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubs, Anchor Books, 2008
[xxx] I use NutriShield daily packs, from Uni-Vite (http://uni-vite.com/scripts/index.aspx). This is a set of 7 pills containing all the compounds that medical scientist Dr Paul Clayton recommends, being frequently updated in the light of the latest research
[xxxvi] “Good Calories, Bad Calories” pp:89-99 Gary Taubes, Anchor Books, 2007
[xlii] See: Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubs, Anchor Books, 2008
American Journal of Epidemiology, 2008; 167: 1465-75 “tell-tale sign that suggests how long you will live”
[lviii] Via Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 5, 2011:
Bronstein AC, Spyker DA, Cantilena LR Jr, Green JL, Rumack BH, Giffin SL. 2009 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 27th Annual Report. Clinical Toxicology (2010). 48, 979-1178. The full text article is available for free download athttp://www.aapcc.org/dnn/Portals/0/2009%20AR.pdf The data mentioned above are found in Table 22B, journal pages 1138-1148.
WDDTY Vol20 No 11 p.20
Dr Al Sears Newsletter 15 Apr 2010-04-15
Lim, Beong Ou, et al. “Efficacy of Dietary Aloe Vera Supplementation on Hepatic Cholesterol and Oxidative status in Aged Rats” J-Nutr-Sci-Vitaminol-(Tokyo). 2003 Aug; 49(4): 292-6.
“Other research on alpha-lipoic acid has shown that it might: … inhibit the activation of “nuclear factor kappa-B,” a protein complex involved in cancer and the progression of AIDS. (Suzuki YJ, et al., Biochemical & Biophysical Research Communications, 1992;189:1709-15). ‘The therapeutic potential of alpha-lipoic acid is just beginning to be explored,” observed Packer, “but this compound holds great promise.'”
Excessive Dietary Fat Caused 300 Percent Increase in Metastasizing Tumor Cells In Animal Models
Supplementation with trans10cis12-conjugated linoleic acid induces hyperproinsulinaemia in obese men: close association with impaired insulin sensitivity http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15168020?dopt=Abstract
Serum-Solubilized Curcumin. Via Pete Granger on Bladder Cancer Web Café 15:21 16 Jul 2010
http://www.urotoday.com/61/browse_categories/prostate_cancer/polybetacyclod extrincurcumin_selfassembly_a_novel_approach_to_improve_curcumin_delivery_a nd_its_therapeutic_efficacy_in_prostate_cancer_cells__abstract07092010.html
WDDTY Vol 20 No 11 p.21
Cancer Research 68, 5345-5354, July 1, 2008. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-07-6805
International Braz J Urol Vol. 35 (3): 354-361, May – June, 2009
Health Sciences Institute Special Research Alert “Cancer’s Kryptonite?”
Cell Bio Toxicol 1997 Feb; 13(2): 95-102
Radiats Biol Radioecol 1999 Sep-Oct; 39(5):572-7
Eur J Haematol 1995 Jan; 54(1): 27-33
From a Dr Al Sears email on 17 Sep 09
1 R. Chan, J. Woo, E. Suen, J. Leung, N. Tang, “Chinese tea consumption is associated with longer telomere length in elderly Chinese men” British Journal of Nutrition, Aug, 12, 2009 http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=6047776
[xcii] I use NutriShield daily packs, from Uni-Vite (http://uni-vite.com/scripts/index.aspx). This is a set of 7 pills containing all the compounds that medical scientist Dr Paul Clayton recommends, being frequently updated in the light of the latest research
WDDTY Vol 20 No 11 p.22
[xcvii] I prefer the purer form, without Vit.A. There is much evidence, from various sources (Rivici, Peskin, Barry Sears) that the outer membrane of the body’s cells is a key factor in treating cancer. That unless there is a relatively high intake of Omega3, the cell membrane will be compromised by other fats and hence a source of the cells’ poor performance.
[cxvi] Sakano K, Takahashi M, et al. Suppression of azoxymethane-induced colonic premalignant lesion formation by coenzyme Q10 in rats. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2006 Oct; 7 (4): 599-603
Folkers K, Brown R, Judy WV, Morita M. Survival of cancer patients on therapy with coenzyme Q10. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1993 Apr 15;192(1): 241-5
Lockwood K, Moesgaard S, Folkers K. Partial and complete regression of breast cancer in patients in relation to dosage of coenzyme Q10. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 1994 Mar 30;199 (3):1504-8
Alternative Medicine Review Volume 12, Number 2 2007
From a Dr Al Sears email on 17 Sep 09
1 R. Chan, J. Woo, E. Suen, J. Leung, N. Tang, “Chinese tea consumption is associated with longer telomere length in elderly Chinese men” British Journal of Nutrition, Aug, 12, 2009 http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=6047776
[cxxxvii] http://www.alsearsmd.com/pace/ seems the best made case for short, sharp vigorous exercise
[cxxxix] www.howtostopcancer.com J Dean 2009 Nile River Publications Inc
[cxl] See “How to Meditate” Lawrence LeShan, Thorsons 1974 – a classic and still thought the best guide
[cxliii] The Anti Inflammation Zone, pp.263-269, Dr Barry Sears, Regan Books, ISBN 0-06-059546-9, 2005
[cxlv] See “DRINKING WATER AND WATER TREATMENT SCAMS” by James E. Hairston, Professor and Water Quality Coordinator, Donn Rodekohr, Agricutural Program Associate, Evaden F. Brantley, Agricultural Program Associate, Lori L. Bice, Undergraduate Student Assistant; 23 Oct 2003
[cxlvi] “Researchers from Denmark found that following recommendations on physical activity, waist circumference, smoking, alcohol and diet could reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer considerably — by 23%.” http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101026203640.htm
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Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on May 1, 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 www.fightingcancer.com
“This book tells me everything. Why didn’t my doctor tell me this?”- Rev. Bill Newbern
CANCER: THE HIDDEN STORY
The Hidden Story of Cancer by Prof. Brian Scott Peskin and Dr. Amid Habib
Pinnacle Press, POB 56507,
See: http://www.brianpes kin.com
The cancer process starts from cell wall structure damage from damaged
or modified polyunsaturated oils which results in low oxygen transfer
to cells by virtue of improper fatty acid composition of the cell
walls—slow cellular damage over a period of time by either the
withholding of oxygen to the cell or a poison introduced to the cell.
Most poisons in greater quantity will kill cells outright avoiding
cancer by doing so. The problem is that oxidative damage over a period
of time will turn on an anaerobic process in the cells whereby the
cells try not to die but to go into an anaerobic mode whereby they can
survive and this will initiate cancer. The withholding of only 35% of
oxygen will damage the cells and set this process in motion. The main
way oxygen gets withheld from the cells is by a nutritional process
whereby improper oils and/or improper amounts of carbohydrates are
consumed over a period of time (it is a slow process). It is
interesting that if a solid substance (of any type) is implanted under
the skin the vasculization supplied to the cells surrounding the solid
object will not support adequate oxygen to those cells and cancer will
result—so much for implantable microchips & RFIDs. There again,
adequate Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) may offset this inherent process
of limited oxygen supply turning healthy cells to anaerobic cancerous
cells. When excess carbohydrates are consumed (the body needs
surprisingly few as the body can make them) the blood becomes sticky
and also the speed of blood flow is reduced. Since speed of supplying
oxygen to the cells is of essence such that venous blood has some
oxygen this sets the cancer process in motion. Also, low amounts of
iron in the body will not allow hemoglobin to transport the needed
oxygen to the cells.
When the cells’ respiration is damaged due to the above factors in
order to protect themselves they enter in an anaerobic process to
survive much like your muscles use both an anaerobic process for
motion and also an oxidative process. Lactic acid is produced by the
damaged cells for energy in a single reaction by the reduction of
pyruvic acid by dihydro-nicotinamid e to lactic acid (low efficiency
energy production) and the cell burns sugar to promote this
process—sugar including fructose is to be avoided (try Stevia). Note
that the end products of the oxidation of pyruvic acid, which are H2O
and CO2, are only reached after many additional reactions. Warburg
deduced that a process requiring just one step (fermentation) is much
more probable than one requiring many steps (respiration) . Note that
impaired respiration can be easily replaced by fermentation, because
both processes have a common catalyst, nicotinamide. Nevertheless most
cells die before becoming cancerous, it’s the ones that don’t that
cause the problem.
Note that it doesn’t matter if the foods are high glycemic index or
low glycemic index as the ultimate glucose level will be high
(ultimately in time, the low GI level will be the higher of the two).
The damaged cells produce lactic acid in greater amounts by far than
tired muscles will produce lactic acid. The lactic acid will produce
acidosis and the body pH will become lower. This can be measured by pH
paper. The muscles upon working to the tired state will produce a
burning sensation when the body has excess lactic acid. The damaged
cells also promote angiogenesis (blood vessel formation) to supply
what the needs in this fermentation (of glucose) mode
whereby an undamaged properly oxygenated cell cannot do this. The
anaerobic process that the cells enter into do not support complex
cell structures whereby the oxidative process does support complex
structures. The anaerobic process thereby starts a primitive cell
non-differentiated, rapid cell growth known as cancer which is the
equilibrium state (sugar fermentative) in life, as the forced state is
the oxygen (healthy) state. Once this process has taken place for
those cancerous cells those cancerous cells cannot be returned back to
normal cells, they are damaged forever. Proper oxygenation of cells
will ensure that those cells will not develop cancer and will prevent
metastisization of the . Cancer that does not metastasize
will usually not kill the cancer victim.
There are `sleeping’
conversion to full . It is thought that these are
vulnerable to extra oxygen (via EFAs) and to withholding sugar (via
low carbohydrates) .
Proper oxygenation of the cells is achieved by the proper ratio of
EFAs (essential fatty acids), the correct ratio of omega-6 (linoleic
acid, LA…such as sesame oil) to omega-3 (linolenic, ALA…such as flax
seed oil—not fish oil) which is anywhere from 2 to 1 (LA to ALA) to
1:1 (Note: 3 grams to 6 grams is considered about right for a 150 lb.
person—more can be ingested as the excess will be burned off).
Omega-9 oils (olive oil, high oleic oils) do not carry oxygen well
enough. Saturated oils (coconut oil, etc) do not carry oxygen. Never
ingest Canola oil or Soy oils. Proper oxygenation is achieved by the
blood delivering enough oxygen to the cells and the cells accepting
that oxygen. Note that cholesterol transports EFAs to the cells and
there is no such thing, practicably speaking, as too much cholesterol
but there is such a thing as oxidized LDL cholesterol (toxic).
The speeding up of the supplied blood is accomplished by reducing the
consumption of carbohydrates to what the body requires which is a
surprisingly small amount. Also adequate iron must be in the diet for
red blood cells to deliver oxygen to cells. Blood clots (even small
clots) will also impair blood oxygen delivery to the cells.
Anti-coagulants have proved to stop cancer metastasizing (even in
heart attack and stroke victims). The cells may have been originally
damaged by improper oils such as highly processed artificial
supermarket omega-6 oils or even rancid true seed oils (as opposed to
fresh seed oils) which the body incorporates into the cell just like
the genuine omega-6 seed oil. The processed `supermarket’ oil is not
oxygen transporting since it was created not to absorb oxygen so that
the oil would not spoil on the supermarket shelf and also rancid oil
will not transport oxygen. The proper seed oils will eventually spoil
in the bottle because the proper seed oils absorb oxygen, but since
undamaged seed oils can absorb oxygen they can transport oxygen in the
body through the cell wall. LDL cholesterol transports the EFAs into
your cells (regardless of good or bad EFAs). If you reduce your LDL
with statin drugs you rob your cells of the needed EFAs assuming you
were ingesting the good EFAs. The level of cholesterol in your body is
relatively unimportant as long as it is high enough; the important
thing is the sufficient level of good EFAs in the proper ratio are
transported to the cells.
Omega-3 oils can be damaging if not in the proper ratios with omega-6
undamaged oils. Obviously, omega-3 oils are essential, however the
popular literature has overstressed them and promoted fish oil which
can be taken to extremes and become damaging to the body. The body
uses omega-6/omega- 3 in different ratios depending on the particular
organ. The brain uses a 1:1 ratio. Most organs use a 4:1 ratio. The
muscles use a 6:1 ratio. There is very little omega-3 in skin.
The oil to use is the undamaged parent omega-6 and omega-3 oils (no
transfats), the original organic seed oils. The derivatives (DHA, EPA,
GLA, CLA) can be made by the body from the parent oils; it’s only the
parent oils that should be consumed. Olive oil does not transfer
oxygen as efficiently as omega-6 oils. Coconut oils and palm oils are
saturated oils and therefore do not transfer oxygen although those
oils do have good qualities and are good for high temperature cooking.
Do not attempt to cook with omega-6 or omega-3 oils as you would turn
them into harmful transfats by doing so (they’re polyunsaturated) .
Meats have good EFAs if organically raised, grass-fed, but cooking
partially destroys them. Cheese, (not low fat) organic, grass-fed,
non-pasteurized (get a cheese cured with sea salt) is a good way to
get EFAs as they need not be cooked and the EFAs will be available.
to games protected the muscles from lactic acid buildup and there was
no muscle pain after the games. The EFAs had oxygenated the muscles
sufficiently. The lactic acid buildup from cancer greatly exceeds the
lactic acid buildup from overworked muscles. If you test your pH
(saliva) with pH paper you can determine your pH level which is an
indication of your lactic acid level. A pH of 7.4 would be optimum (in
the morning the pH level will be less, i.e., more acid, and in the
afternoon it will reach a maximum pH which is more basic).
It is also important to take in minerals (chelated—not from
vegetables due to phytates in vegetables and note that minerals have
been depleted in the soil), which are also known as co-enzymes, for
maximum respiratory efficiency including iron salts, riboflavin,
nicotinamide [niacin], and pantothenic acid. Vitamins are usually
adequately supplied by properly grown meat. One should also avoid
carcinogens (which damage cellular respiration) .
A good program would be to take EFAs in the proper ratio and amounts;
get copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc, in a
“truly chelated” bioavailable form; get a good source of animal
protein (about 8 oz. for a 150 lb person) such as from organic
grass-fed cheese, organic eggs etc.; limit carbohydrates to about 60
grams for a 150 lb person; take an herbal detoxifier such as Essiac.
I am indebted to Sid Aust for this additional info:
Low oxygen levels in cells, not genetic mutations, may fuel uncontrollable cancer growth, says a new discovery.
If hypoxia, or low oxygen levels in cells, is proven to be a key driver of certain types of cancer, treatment plans for curing the malignant growth can change in significant ways, said Ying Xu, professor of bioinformatics and computational biology at Georgia University’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
The research team analysed samples of messenger RNA data, also called transcriptomic data, from seven different cancer types in a publicly available database.
They found that long-term lack of oxygen in cells may be a key driver of cancer growth, the Journal of Molecular Cell Biology reports.
Previous studies had linked low oxygen levels in cells as a contributing factor in cancer development, but not as the driving force for cancer growth.
High cancer rates worldwide cannot be explained by chance genetic mutations alone, Xu said, according to a Georgia statement.
He added that bioinformatics, which melds biology and computational science, has allowed researchers to see cancer in a new light.
“Cancer drugs try to get to the root, at the molecular level, of a particular mutation, but the cancer often bypasses it,” Xu said.
“So we think that possibly, genetic mutations may not be the main driver of cancer.”
The researchers analysed data downloaded from the Stanford Microarray database via a software programme to detect abnormal gene expression patterns in seven cancers: breast, kidney, liver, lung, ovary, pancreatic and stomach.
Xu relied on the gene HIF1A as a biomarker of the amount of molecular oxygen in a cell. All seven cancers showed increasing amounts of
HIF1A, indicating decreasing oxygen levels in the cancer cells.
Low oxygen levels in a cell interrupt the activity of oxidative phosphorylation, a term for the highly efficient way that cells normally use to convert food to energy.
Low oxygen levels engender the process of creating new blood vessels. They provide fresh oxygen, thus improving oxygen levels in the cell and tumour and slowing the cancer growth — but only temporarily.
“When a cancer cell gets more food, it grows; this makes the tumour biomass bigger and even more hypoxic. In turn, the energy-conversion efficiency goes further down, making the cells even hungrier and triggering the cells to get more food from blood circulation, creating a vicious cycle. This could be a key driver of cancer ,” Xu said
Source: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology, 2012; doi: 10.1093/jmcb/mjs017).
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Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, November 9, 2007
Topical Vitamin C Stops Carcinoma(OMNS Nov 9 2007)
The most common form of skin cancer,
responds to a remarkably simple, safe, at-home treatment: vitamin C.
Physicians and patients report that vitamin C,applied directly to
skin cancers, causes them to scab overand drop off. 
Successful use involves a highly-concentrated vitamin C solution,
directly applied to the blemish two or three timesa day. Vitamin C is
selectively toxic to , but does notharm healthy skin
cells. This is also the basis for high-doseintravenou s vitamin
therapy for cancer.  Even higher concentrationsof vitamin C can be
obtained by direct application. The use of topicalvitamin C to kill
carcinoma has been known at least since1971. Frederick R.
Klenner, MD, wrote: “We have removed several smallbasal cell
epithelioma with a 30 percent ointment” of vitamin C.  One person,
who reported that a 2mm diameter spot on the nose wouldnot heal for
months, had it disappear within a week with twice-dailyconcentr ated
vitamin C applications. Another patient reported thatafter
dermatologist- diagnosed multiple spots of carcinomawere
coated with vitamin C, the spots fell off within two weeks.  carcinomas are slow growing and it is rare for them to metastasize.
This provides an opportunity for a therapeutic trial of vitamin C,
provided one has proper medical diagnosis and follow-up.
Preparation of a water-saturated vitamin C solution is simple.
Slowly add a small amount of water to about half a teaspoon of vitamin
C powder or crystals. Use just enough water to dissolve the vitamin
C. Using less water will make a paste. Either way, application with
thefingertip or a cotton swab, several times daily, is easy. The
waterwill evaporate in a few minutes and leave a plainly visible coat
ofvitamin C crystals on the skin. Consult your doctor before employing
this or any other self-caretreatment. A physician’s
diagnosis is especially important, sinceother forms of skin cancer,
such as melanoma, are faster growing andmore dangerous. If the
vitamin C treated area is not improved after afew weeks, a doctor
should be consulted once again.
References:  William Wassell, MD:
Skin cancer and vitamin C. Cancer
Tutor,http://www.cancertu tor.com/Cancer02 /VitaminC. html
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tumor cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agent. Med Hypotheses1995; 44: 207-2
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and http://www.seanet. com/~alexs/ ascorbate/ 199x/riordan- nh-etal-
med_hypotheses_ 1995-v44- p207.htm and also
http://www.doctoryo urself.com/ riordan1. html
Fredrick R. Klenner,
MD: Observations on the dose andadministration of ascorbic acid when
employed beyond of avitamin in human pathology. Journal of
Applied Nutrition Vol. 23, Nos3 & 4, Winter 1971.
http://yost. com/health/ klenner/klenner- 1971.pdf and
http://www.doctoryo urself.com/ klennerpaper. html
Age spots, carcinoma and solar
keratosis.http: //www.doctoryour self.com/ news/v5n9. txt
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