Around 20 years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was crazy for my family at the time because my mom was a gym teacher, swim instructor and was always considered to be “healthy”.
After her diagnosis, she took the advice of her oncologists at the Cleveland Clinic and underwent a mastectomy and went through many rounds of chemotherapy. I can still remember to this day seeing my mom’s hair fall out and thinking she had aged 10 years in a few weeks after chemo.
Praise God after all of her treatments she was then diagnosed as being “cancer free” and healthy. But, for the next many years after chemotherapy she was sicker than she had ever been in her life and struggled with constipation, candida, depression and chronic fatigue.
Then, around 9 years after her first diagnosis, a terrible thing happened, she was diagnosed with cancer again. At this point I had been working in the natural health field and I flew home, we prayed together, and talked about the best strategy. She decided to take an all-natural approach with diet and lifestyle changes.
My mom started following a natural treatment plan that included vegetable juicing, probiotic foods, immune boosting supplements, stress reducing techniques and prayer. And after four months the tumors on her lungs had shrunk significantly and one year after that she was diagnosed as being cancer free and healthy. It’s now been 10 years, my mom recently turned 60 and she is in the best shape of her life: water skiing, running and still going strong.
I want to be clear that I am not claiming that what we did with my mother is a cancer cure. But I believe these natural therapies used by themselves or in conjunction with conventional medical treatments may support the body in the healing process.
I am often asked, “what exactly did your mom do?” Below are some of the natural strategies my mom followed in healing her body.
Most Effective Natural Cancer Treatments
1. Gerson Therapy and Juicing
“…I see in him one of the most eminent geniuses in the history of medicine. Many of his basic ideas have been adopted without having his name connected with them. Yet, he has achieved more than seemed possible under adverse conditions. He leaves a legacy which commands attention and which will assure him his due place. Those whom he has cured will now attest to the truth of his ideas.”
~ Albert Schweitzer M.D. (Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1952)
Who was Albert Schweitzer talking about?
He was referring to Dr. Max Gerson, the German born American medical doctor who developed one of the most effective natural cancer treatments over 90 years ago. Coined the “Gerson Therapy,” Dr. Gerson helped hundreds of cancer patients activate their body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself by recommending:
Organic, plant-based foods
In the words of the Gerson Institute,
“With its whole-body approach to healing, the Gerson Therapy naturally reactivates your body’s magnificent ability to heal itself – with no damaging side effects. This a powerful, natural treatment boosts the body’s own immune system to heal cancer, arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and many other degenerative diseases.”
How the Gerson Therapy Works
By maximizing the nutritional benefits of 15-20 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables each day, the Gerson Therapy targets the most significant metabolic requirements in your body.
The Gerson Diet – Consisting of eating only organic fruits, vegetables and sprouted ancient grains, the Gerson Diet is exceptionally rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and is especially low in fats, proteins and sodium. The meal plan advises cancer patients to drink 13 glasses of freshly prepared juice, eat three plant-based meals, and only snack on fresh fruits throughout the day. Also, in the traditional Gerson Therapy consuming raw beef liver was recommended since it is the most nutrient dense food on the planet and extremely high in vitamin B12.
Juicing – According to the Gerson Institute, “Fresh pressed juice from raw foods provides the easiest and most effective way of providing high quality nutrition.” The cancer-fighting protocol calls for patients drinking fresh vegetables including: raw carrot/apple and green-leaf juice each day. To preserve the nutritional content, it is recommended that they be prepared hourly using a two-step juicer or a masticating juicer used with a separate hydraulic press. This helps prevent denaturation – when vitamins, minerals, and enzymes are literally destroyed – as most commercial juicers spin so fast that they heat up juice so much that they are basically pasteurized!
By following the Gerson juicing protocol, cancer patients can benefit from the nutritional healing of nearly 15 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.
Detoxification – The Gerson Therapy utilizes coffee enemas as the primary method of detoxing the body. It works by increasing the parasympathetic nervous system. For cancer patients, this may take up to five enemas each day. The importance of keeping the body free of toxins is stressed by Dr. Gerson’s daughter Charlotte:
“The moment a patient is put on the full therapy, the combined effect of the food, the juices and the medication causes the immune system to attack and kill tumor tissue, besides working to flush out accumulated toxins from the body tissues. This great clearing-out procedure carries the risk of overburdening and poisoning the liver—the all-important organ of detoxification, which, in a cancer patient, is bound to be already damaged and debilitated.”
Supplements – Classified as “biologicals,” the therapeutic medications of organic origin that the Gerson Therapy recommends are:
2. The Budwig Protocol
“Over the years I have been given a lot of different advice as well, so when I heard about Dr Budwig’s protocol I too was very sceptical, until I tried it. Numerous, independent clinical cancer studies published in major medical journals world-wide confirm Dr. Budwig’s findings. Over 40 years ago Dr. Budwig presented clear and convincing evidence, which has been confirmed by hundreds of other related scientific research papers since, that the essential fatty acids were at the core of the answer to the cancer problem.”
~ Dr Willner, M.D., Ph.D. (The Cancer Solution)
In 1952, Dr. Johanna Budwig was the German Government’s Senior Expert on lipids and pharmacology and was considered one of the leading global authorities on fats and oils. During her research, she discovered that many of the conventional processed fats and hydrogenated oils were destroying the membranes of our cells and this caused diseased cells and toxicity.
Developing a specific diet to counteract this cancer-causing process, Dr.Budwig claimed to have had over a 90% success rate with her protocol over a 50 year period!
How the Budwig Protocol Works
When people replace deadly processed fats and oils with life-giving unsaturated/saturated fatty acids, their cells rebuild and are rejuvenated. Dr. Budwig found that consuming a mixture of cottage cheese, flaxseeds, and flaxseed oil had the best results.
When cottage cheese (which is rich in sulfur protein and saturated fats) and flax (which is high in electron-rich unsaturated fatty acids) are combined this way, your body is able to absorb and assimilate these vital nutrients easier and quicker.
My “Beyond Budwig” Recipe
Because of the changes in agriculture, I suggest an updated 21st century version of the Budwig Protocol, which included the following:
6 oz. of Cultured Dairy (cottage cheese, goat’s milk kefir or amasai)
4 Tbsp of sprouted and ground Chia or Flax
1 Tbsp Flaxseed Oil
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
Mix all the ingredients together in bowl or blender and consume 1x daily.
For more details, check out the recent article and video I posted on the Budwig Diet for cancer, which includes my addition of turmeric to maximize the healing benefits of this amazing protocol!
3. Proteolytic Enzyme Therapy
In 1906, John Beard first proposed that pancreatic proteolytic enzymes represent the body’s main defense against cancer. Beard focused on high dose porcine-based pancreatic enzyme therapy and eating a holistic diet to create an internal environment in which the body can more thoroughly heal itself.
Relatively left unresearched for most of the 20th century, a few scientists picked up the concept in the 60s, but it wasn’t until Nicholas J. Gonzalez, MD started to evaluate the concept at Cornell University Medical College in 1981 that people started to seriously consider this natural approach.
The Pancreatic Proteolytic Enzyme Approach
The autonomic nervous system is comprised of the sympathetic (“fight” or “flight”) nervous system and autonomic (“rest” and “digest”) nervous system. Basing his protocol off of Dr. Francis Pottenger’s research during the 1920s and 1930s, Gonzalez’s work centers on balancing these two systems as they are suspected to be at least one of the major causes of cancer.
He discovered that a vegetarian diet suppresses sympathetic function, whereas the opposite is true with a high-meat diet. So, after dividing patients into different categories based of their metabolic differences, genetic and physical make-up:
People with epithelial tumors like lung, pancreas, colon, prostate, uterus cancers are prescribed a largely plant-based diet with minimal to no animal protein.
People with blood or immune based tumors like leukemia, myleloma or lymphoma are put on a high-animal protein, high-fat diet with minimal-to-moderate plant foods.
In addition, these physicians recommend taking 5 grams of proteolytic enzymes 3x daily on an empty stomach between meals to reduce inflammation.
According to Dr. Josef Beuth, the research behind this protocol is pretty airtight.
“These studies demonstrated that systemic enzyme therapy significantly decreased tumor-induced and therapy-induced side effects and complaints such as nausea, gastrointestinal complaints, fatigue, weight loss, and restlessness and obviously stabilized the quality of life.”
4. Vitamin C Chelation
Chelation therapy uses chemicals or natural compounds to remove toxic metals from the body. The word, “chelate”, means to grab onto something, which describe chelating agents’ ability to grab onto toxins.
Generally, holistic doctors and naturopaths use chelation therapy because it is not an officially “approved therapy” for most conditions in medicine today. When it is employed in the medical system, however, it is most commonly used to remove calcium deposits from the arteries.
In a study published in Free Radical Biology & Medicine, vitamin C chelation therapy was found to be highly pro-oxidant after just one hour of treatment. This benefit lasted more than 16 treatments in the absence of nutrient supplementation, in addition to providing “beneficial long-term antioxidant effects.”
Pro-oxidation, isn’t always good but in this case it is.
It was discovered that, “Pro-oxidant effects appear to be responsible for destroying tumor cells. These pro-oxidant effects may also induce endogenous antioxidant systems in normal tissues that offer protection against carcinogenic insult!”
Recommended by Dr. Budwig (especially when it comes to fighting brain tumors) frankincense essential oil is an unbelievably effective cancer killer, and research trials are filling medical journals proving this. Specifically, Indian Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) has been shown clinically to being a vital treatment for:
According to researchers out of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, thecancer killing effects of frankincense are due in part to its ability to regulate cellular epigenetic function, which highlights its function in influencing genes to promote healing. Baylor cancer scientists emphasize that this potency makes Boswellia serrata a viable candidate for both cancer prevention and treatment!
How to use frankincense oil to fight cancer:
Rub frankincense essential oil on your body (neck area) 3x daily and take 3 drops internally in 8 ounces of water 3x daily.
6. Probiotic Foods and Supplements
Best known as “Good Bacteria”, probiotics are microorganisms that promote a natural balance in your intestinal microflora. The best way to include probiotics in your diet is in their most natural state, which includes raw milk products such as cheese, kefir and yogurt.
Since 80% of your immune system is housed in your gut, it makes perfect sense that research has confirmed probiotic supplementation can stop tumor growth. In addition to supporting your immunity to disease, research has also shown that probiotics can improve digestive function and mineral absorption as well as aid in healing leaky gut, which all contribute to cancer prevention!
7. Sunshine and Vitamin D3
Science continues to support the fact that high levels of heart healthy, fat-soluble vitamins and minerals are key to keeping your body free of cancer. Recently, there has been considerable progress regarding the role that fat-soluble vitamin D3 plays in cancer prevention.
Research studies are mounting and include almost 300 epidemiological studies, 2,500 laboratory studies and a 2007 randomized placebo controlled double blind clinical trial confirming it all!
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is truly groundbreaking as it evaluated nearly 1,200 postmenopausal women for four years and tracked how 1400-1500 mg supplement of calcium fared up to a calcium supplement plus 1,100 IU vitamin D3 in preventing cancer.
The results are amazing. It was discovered that after just one year of vitamin D3-added supplementation, the risk of developing all cancer types was decreased by an astounding 77%! Compared to the 0% improvement in the placebo and calcium supplement only groups, this is truly remarkable!
Best Way to Get Vitamin D
To best prevent cancer, research suggests that you should supplement so that your vitamin D3 levels are at least 40-60 ng/ml and up to 80 ng/ml for breast cancer.
Since the sweet spot that you’re shooting for is 50 to 70 ng/ml:
Optimize vitamin D3 through 20 minutes of sun exposure everyday. This is best done between 10 am and 2 pm with 40% of your entire body exposed to the sun.
Take an oral supplement containing around 5,000 to 10,000 IU’s of D3 every day. Because they are fat-soluble, make sure that you take them with some healthy “fatty” foods containing coconut oil or some probiotic-rich drink like kefir.
Because it can be challenging to find a pure supplement on the market, I recommend you find a combination formula of astaxanthin, omega-3 fish oils with vitamin D3.
8. Turmeric and Curcumin
Of all the various topics scientists have tackled in regards to the curcumin and disease reversal, cancer (of various types) is one of the most thoroughly researched topics.
A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer andskin cancer cells.
A 2007 American study that combined curcumin with chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells in a laboratory showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone.
Laboratory studies have also shown that curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth, and spread. Researchers have reported that curcumin blocked the formation of cancer-causing enzymes in rodents.
Recently, curcumin has received a great deal of focus because of it’s ability to reduce tumor size and kill cancer cells.
Bottom line: Turmeric works incredibly well to help stop cancer in its tracks and is especially effective at treating breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer.
9. Oxygen Therapy and Hyperbaric Chamber
“All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception. “Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.”
Dr. Otto Warburg has made it clear that the root cause of cancer is oxygen deficiency, which creates an acidic state in the human body. Dr. Warburg also discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen, as found in an alkaline state.
We’ve all heard that antioxidants kill free radicals in the body and reverse oxidative stress-causing chronic disease. This is one of the reasons why I just love them in my morning Blueberry Superfood shake! But, is eating blueberries enough to cure cancer?
Probably not. That’s why supplementing with oxygen therapy and utilizing a hyperbaric chamber is highly beneficial for people on a natural cancer treatment regimen!
Because the air pressure inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is about 2.5 times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere, your blood carries more oxygen to organs and tissues in your body. Known to heal everything from infected wounds to radiation injuries, many people claim that it has cured them of cancer. Not quite mainstream, a growing numbers of hospitals have even purchased some units to help their patients.
10. Prayer and Building Peace
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
~ Proverbs 17:22
In addition to the many research studies that have been conducted on the healing benefits of intercessory prayer, maintaining mental peace and a positive outlook are absolutely critical to cancer prevention and treatment.
Some people utilize Eastern techniques like Tai Chi or having an attitude of gratitude, and these are highly effective in their own right. My favorite forms of meditation, however, are prayer, gratitude and reading the Bible.
To be cancer-free, whatever your preference may be, make sure that your focus is living a stress-free lifestyle filled with peace and joy!
Bonus Therapy: Immune Boosting Mushrooms
Mushrooms have been used in Chinese medicine for over 4,000 years, and research regarding the cordycep and reishi species and cancer therapy has been pretty straightforward. They can:
Boost your immune system
And even reduce radiotherapy and chemotherapy side effects like nausea and hair loss
Of course, these results all depend on which extracts you choose and how concentrated they are. Some sources even suggest that supplementing with a complementary dose of vitamin C is also necessary.
How about you? Do you know any effective natural cancer fighting therapies?
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