“You have cancer.”
The tragically-common, often literal death sentence no one wants to hear. What do you do? How do you respond to those life-threatening words?
I may have a somewhat unpopular opinion when it comes to this. If I were told I had cancer? What I would not do is subject myself to conventional cancer “treatments” — chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer-causing, toxic poisons presented by the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies that kill instead of heal.
PLEASE understand that I am not in any way judging anyone who has taken these measures to treat cancer at the advice of their doctors and just about everyone “expert” out there. It would be absolutely terrifying for anyone to turn their back on the only perceived hope that conventional medicine offers cancer patients — even if you did have an inkling that those treatments were doing more harm than good. I do not in any way blame the victims of this deadly epidemic. I blame the system — the cancer industry — for poisoning the sick, and brainwashing them into thinking that’s for their benefit.
But today, I just want to talk about our options, as shunners of conventional wisdom, followers of alternative health, learners of traditional healing and lifestyle. What would you do if today you were told those dreaded words — that you have cancer?
This is my take on some of the alternatives for treating — and beating — this disease.
A Holistic Approach to Cancer
Though it may seem a bit dogmatic, whenever there is a health-related topic I want to learn more about, I tend to look toward the Weston A. Price Foundation before all else, if they have anything to say about what I am researching. The WAPF has a lot of credibility in my eyes because it literally stands to gain nothing off perpetuating the knowledge it does — other than the satisfaction of enriching the health and lives of people it reaches. The foundation makes absolutely no profit off their research and work, and are therefore completely unbiased. I think that is something pretty valuable — and very difficult to find.
So, I came across an article posted on the WAPF site written by Dr. Thomas Cowan, MD, regarding his holistic approach to treating cancer. In his article, Dr. Cowan suggests first and foremost the use of the Gut and Psychology Syndrome nutritional protocol for treating cancer patients.
But I wouldn’t want to start GAPS if I got cancer. I would start it right now. While I am free of disease. (But I’m not starting it yet, because I’m underweight and trying to gain a little before starting since weight loss is common with the first phase of the diet.)
I would really encourage everyone, unless raised on a completely traditional diet and never exposed to industrialized foods or modern toxins such as vaccines, antibiotics, and other drugs/chemicals, to use GAPS to heal their gut if they have any sign of damage. Gut health is so critically important to virtually every aspect of your body’s functioning. Your immunity stems from your gut. Your mental health and ability to handle stress stems from your gut. Virtually any and all illness is related with poor gut health.
Dr. Cowan also recommends treating cancer patients with low-dose naltrexone, to stimulate the body’s own production of immune-boosting endorphins; iscador, a therapeutic dose of mistletoe plant which elicits a tumor-fighting inflammation response (see Suzanne Sommers’ book, Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer–And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place, for more on her success with this therapy); and cardiotonic therapy, which stimulates metabolism of the heart to help convert dietary fats into healing energy. I believe all of these would be excellent treatments to use in fighting cancer.
The Doctor Who Cures Cancer
I honestly think the very first thing I would do if I were to be diagnosed with cancer, however, would be to try Kelley Eidem’s cancer cure recipe. As completely bizarre and wacky as that sounds — I urge you to have a look at this article that explains how the author of The Doctor Who Cures Cancer cured his own stage-4 cancer with habanero peppers, butter, garlic, and cod liver oil, in a matter of two weeks. He’s not the only one who’s had success with this, either. Check out the comments, and how attentive Kelley is in responding to and advising others as they treat cancer with his therapy. It’s such a simple, inexpensive therapy that enough people swear by, that I see no reason for a cancer patient not to at least try it.
The book Kelly wrote is about a revolutionary doctor named Emanuel Rivici who began his practice in the 1920’s, curing his patients of terminal cancers. I have yet to read the book, but I am very intrigued from what I know of Dr. Rivici’s therapy. It involves using a nourishing diet to correct imbalances in the body’s pH. Clearly, what Kelley Eidem learned from the teachings of Dr. Rivici has led to profound healing in his life and in the lives of those he reaches through his book and websites.
A Beautiful Truth — The Gerson Therapy
Recently, I came across another successful alternative cancer treatment known as the “Gerson Therapy.” It’s based on the work of Dr. Max Gerson, a physician who began his practice in the late 1930’s, curing hundreds of terminally ill cancer patients with a diet-based therapy and detoxification protocol. Dr. Gerson provided a sample of the success of his treatment with his book, A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer
I learned of Dr. Gerson’s therapy by watching the documentary, A Beautiful Truth. I was very pleased to see as it began detailing the work of Dr. Gerson, the film pointing to the research of Dr. Weston A. Price as being fundamental in the development of the Gerson therapy.
Well, as the documentary went on, I was quite shocked to see Dr. Gerson’s daughter and current head of the Gerson Institute, Charlotte Gerson, promoting the therapy as primarily a raw vegan diet.
“What?!” I thought. “Did Dr. Gerson not pay attention at ALL to Dr. Price’s research — let alone the part where he sought out to find traditional cultures thriving on vegetarianism, and could not find such a thing??” There had to be more to this story, I felt.
I was right.
Dr. Gerson did not in fact advocate a vegan diet — a key component to his therapy was the inclusion of plentiful doses of raw liver juice, as well as fermented (and obviously raw) dairy.
Charlotte does not include these healing foods, but rather, prescribes a B-12 supplement. I cannot understand why she felt the need to change her father’s therapy which had proven so incredibly successful, and I’m bothered by the fact that the institute does not openly admit that its current protocol is in fact, not the same one used by Dr. Gerson himself. Still, even the current protocol offers profound healing to many patients today.
In addition to a diet rich in whole, organic foods, the Gerson therapy also promotes heavy inclusion of raw vegetable (with some fruit) juices — at least 13 glasses a day. Juicing is an excellent way to detox the body, and I think this is one of the most important aspects of the therapy.
Of equal importance in the Gerson therapy is the use of coffee enemas. Yes, it’s really what it sounds like. From the Gerson Institute:
“The scientific basis for the use of coffee enemas is well documented, and can be obtained from the Gerson Institute. Patients report that the enemas decrease pain and hasten healing. Biologically, enzyme systems of the gut wall and liver are stimulated, and bile flow is increased. This has been shown to enhance the body’s ability to eliminate toxic residues from environmental, chemotherapeutic, and other sources.”
Overall, I think the Gerson therapy is a wise choice for cancer patients. Since a plant-based, and even a vegan diet can be very detoxifying (although not very nourishing), it makes sense to me that this protocol would have a profound effect on cancer, especially with the other facets of detoxification included.
Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, a Modern-Day Cancer Healer
Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez is a physician focused on alternative cancer treatment using a “three-pronged” approach including individualized nutrition, enzyme therapy, and natural detoxification. Dr. Gonzalez’ treatments are actually based on the work of Dr. William Donald Kelley, who based his work off of Dr. John Beard, who first proposed in 1906 that pancreatic proteolytic digestive enzymes represent the body’s main defense against cancer. Gonzalez recently published a book about Dr. Kelley’s teachings, called One Man Alone: An Investigation of Nutrition, Cancer, and William Donald Kelley.
Dr. Gonzalez, like his predecessor Dr. Kelley, believes that every body and every cancer has different nutritional needs. He bases his patients’ diet on first their individual metabolic type, then the specific needs of the body for the form of cancer it’s fighting. According to Gonzalez, some patients will require a strict vegetarian diet, while others may need red meat three times a day. There is no “one-size-fits-all” to his nutritional therapy.
“In terms of diet, Kelley… found that patients diagnosed with the typical solid tumors: tumors of the breast, lungs, stomach, pancreas, liver, colon, uterus, ovaries, and prostate needed a more vegetarian diet,” Dr. Gonzalez explains in a recent interview with Dr. Mercola. “A patient with immune cancer (leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and sarcomas,( which are connective tissue cancers that are related to immune cancers) tended to do best on a high-fat, high meat diet.”
Also determined by nutritional type and the specific form of cancer the patient has, are the supplements and enzymatic therapies added to the individual treatment plan. In addition to the various vitamins, minerals and trace supplements, the administration of large doses of pancreatic enzymes is the focus of this facet of Dr. Gonzalez’ cancer treatment, which in the proper ratio of active versus inactive enzymes, are used not only as a cancer treatment but as a preventative measure.
As with Dr. Gerson, Dr. Gonzalez also includes the use of coffee enemas in his therapy, to stimulate the nerves in the lower bowels, causing the liver to release toxins as a reflex.
The individualistic protocol which Dr. Gonzalez uses with his patients does strike me as a more balanced and holistic approach than some other alternative treatments. I would definitely consider seeking treatment from Dr. Gonzalez if I were a cancer patient.
Dr. Burzynski’s Cancer Cure the FDA Tried to Shut Down
Another modern physician who has made extraordinary breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer is Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, a Polish medical doctor and Ph.D. biochemist who has discovered the genetic mechanism that can cure most human cancers. I’m not exaggerating. Dr. Burzynski has cured the most terminal of cancer patients with his natural antineoplaston therapy which he developed in his Texas-based clinic.
But his successes were shot down by the FDA, who tried first to steal his patents, and then to shut down his clinic and indict Burzynski for “illegally” providing his lifesaving treatment to his patients. As I mentioned in a previous post, I strongly encourage everyone to find out more about this story by watching the documentary film, Burzynski the Movie: Cancer is Serious Business, for an incredibly eye-opening look into what happens when cancer cures are actually found (their creators are faced with a 290-year prison sentence!).
While the efforts of the FDA to put Dr. Burzynski in jail were unsuccessful, the persecution against him continued. Though he is still allowed to practice and provide treatment, patients must be admitted only within the confines of highly-regulated clinical trials at his clinic. The court ruling in the Burzynski case determined that the only patients allowed to be treated by Dr. Burzynski in his trials are those for whom conventional cancer treatments — chemotherapy and radiation — have failed.
This was, tragically, the case for a little boy named Thomas Navarro who died not of his brain tumor, but of the toxic conventional treatments his parents were forced to provide him with, before his cancer was completely healed by Dr. Burzynski. You can learn more of Thomas’ story in the painfully moving film, Cut, Poison, Burn. At least watch the trailer — it’s absolutely chilling.
So unfortunately, though he would absolutely be one of my first choices of physiciasn I would entrust with my cancer treatment, I would not be able to seek Dr. Burzynski’s therapy, because I do not want to subject myself to chemotherapy and radiation, should I ever become sick with cancer.
Using other food-based and drug-free treatments to fight cancer
- Curcumin, the tumeric-based spice that gives curry it’s golden color, currently has more evidence-based literature supporting its use against cancer than any other nutrient. What’s especially interesting to me about this treatment is that it’s been proven to change the regulation of your genes to combat cancer. So in cases where cancer may indeed be caused by a “genetic predisposition,” curcumin can be especially effective in altering the response of the DNA.
- Megavitamin therapy, just like it sounds, is a treatment using high doses of specific vitamins which exceed the “Recommended Dietary Allowance” in order to cure or prevent disorders. In cancer cases, it’s been shown that doses of up to ten times the RDA of vitamin C can kill off tumors by providing a buildup of hydrogen peroxide. This treatment was used by Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling, but of course is now scoffed at by conventional medicine after being inaccurately tested for efficacy by the Mayo Clinic.
- Laetrile, or vitamin B-17, is a natural supplement shown to target and destroy cancer cells, which was banned by the FDA in 1971 despite its proven efficacy. Thankfully, a source of this natural substance can be found in the seeds of the apricot kernel, and when taken in large doses, can effectively treat cancer.
- Vitamin D optimization — this should be considered first and foremost, before any treatment for cancer is explored, in my opinion. Vitamin D, which is actually a neuro-regulatory steroid, plays a huge role in maintaining health, and has the power to alter the regulation of over 10% of your entire DNA! (This is called epigenetic influence, like with curcumin.)
So, I’ll ask again — what would you do if you got cancer? What do you think about alternative cancer therapies? Are there others I haven’t mentioned here that you would use instead?
[This post is linked to Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade.]