Cancer: Turn On The Power Of Enzymes


Today’s blog is the fifth and last in a series of blogs we’ve been writing to profile the work of a medical maverick who turned his diagnostic skill and medical training toward treating cancer—with impressive results.

So far, this series of blogs has covered:

Part 1: Cancer: Does the Cure Lie Within the Incredible Human Body?

Part 2: Cancer: How to Help the Body Detoxify

Part 3: Cancer: Seven Ways to Oxygenate Your Cells

Part 4: Cancer: Monitor Body pH

Today, in Part 5, we’ll discuss how to turn on the power of enzymes.

Enzymes are often called the “sparks of life”. Without them, you couldn’t breathe, hear the phone ring, read this blog, walk to the corner, or even lift a finger—and you certainly couldn’t fight disease.

As our book Eat to Save Your Life explains, enzymes play a critical role in all chemical functions in your body, including digestion; tissue, organ, cell, and gene repair; and energy transformation. Enzymes primarily serve as catalysts for chemical reactions that take place at incredible speeds, and no plant, animal, or human could exist without them.

It’s perhaps not surprising, then, that our medical maverick focused on the power of enzymes to help cancer patients fight the disease. In addition to the foods and supplements outlined in the previous blogs in this series, his nutritional protocol included:

  • An herbal blend containing the enzymes alpha-amylase, glucoamylase, protease 4.6, protease 6.0, lipase, and cellulase plus potassium citrate, aspergillus oryzae, caraway seed, sweet fennel seed, gentian lutea rhizome, dandelion root, and ginger root. According to our medical maverick, this blend cracks the fibrin coating that otherwise “camouflages” cancer cells so the body’s killer cells can’t recognize them.
  • A digestive enzyme complex containing enzymes that occur naturally in the body and in many raw foods: peptidase and protease for proteins; lipase for fats; and invertase, lactase, cellulase, glucoamylase, and, amylase for starches and sugars; plus bromelain, a mixture of protein-digesting enzymes that aid cellular assimilation of essential materials. He recommended taking two or more with each meal, at bedtime, and three or four in the middle of night if the patient awakened. However, he cautioned that taking a high dose of enzymes can sometimes make a person feel nauseated, so one or two capsules at a time may be all that a patient can tolerate. The dose should be reduced to a comfortable level if nausea or vomiting occurs.
  • Co-enzyme Q10 (an enzyme helper found in every cell in the body)

For more information on the power of enzymes, see Chapters 3 and 4 of our book Eat To Save Your Life.

Before ending this series, we want to briefly mention three supplements that our medical maverick specifically used for some forms of cancer (but not all). They are not enzymes, but cancer patients may wish to look into them and, as always, discuss them with a healthcare provider:

1. Oncolin to help reverse cancer cell growth in some forms of cancer

2. IP6 with inositol to help reduce cancer cell proliferation, increase differentiation of malignant cells, contribute to tumor cell destruction, control cancer metastases; and improve quality of life (Source: J Nutr. 2003 Nov;133(11 Suppl 1):3778S-3784S in PubMed:;

 3. Antigen-infused dialyzable bovine colostrum-whey extract (Ai/E10) for natural killer cell stimulation

These three supplements can be researched with a simple internet search. We suggest that you to read about them, so you and your healthcare providers can determine whether any of them are right for you.

We hope this series of blogs has been helpful, and that they provide a basis for an informed discussion with a healthcare provider who is familiar with nutritional support for cancer patients.

We caution that the blogs are intended for educational and information purposes only—not for self-treatment and that the concept of measuring salivary pH is controversial. When fighting cancer (or any illness), it’s essential to speak to your healthcare provider before commencing any new dietary, supplements, or exercise regimen.

And a final thought: While this series of blogs has focused on cancer patients, people with other serious illnesses and people who are healthy but interested in taking control of their good health can benefit from many of the methods outlined in these five blogs.

Heck! Pretty much everyone can reap enormous benefit from eliminating toxic foods; detoxifying two or three times per year; exercising to oxygenate the cells and strengthen muscle, bone, ligaments, tendons, and organs; drinking filtered water; breathing cleaner air; eating certified organic whole foods; supplementing wisely with a range of supplements from certified organic plant sources; and increasing intake of life-giving enzymes.

We wish you (detoxified, oxygenated, alkalinized, enzymatic) optimum health,

Gloria and Jerre



Cancer: Monitor Body Ph

















As we turn the calendar from April to May, we discover that April is not the only month when national health promotion days focus on cancer. In the United Kingdom, May 13 – 19 is Cancer Prevention Week. In The United States, May is Skin Cancer Detection and Awareness Month and Brain Tumor Awareness Month—and May 22nd is the American Cancer Society’s 100th Birthday.

It’s perhaps fitting, then, that our series of blogs dealing with cancer has spilled over from April into May. Obviously, the disease demands some sustained attention.

In last week’s blog, we noted that (according to the medical maverick whose work we are profiling here) cancer thrives in an oxygen-deprived environment. It was also his professional opinion that cancer thrives in an acidic environment.

Our medical maverick was therefore concerned about monitoring his patients’ pH levels. This may sound a bit wacky to anyone who understands medicine and human physiology, but bear with us.

To understand the role of pH in cancer, let’s first review some high school science and ask a fundamental question: What is pH? Well—it’s a measure of exactly how acidic or alkaline (basic) a liquid is. The scale of measurement extends from 0.0 to 14.0.

A pH of 0.0 indicates the liquid is completely acidic, and a pH of 14.0 indicates the liquid is completely alkaline (basic). A pH right in the middle at 7.0 is neutral; anything below 7.0 is acidic and anything above 7.0 is alkaline.

Pure water is neutral at 7.0, but mix an acidic substance such as lemon juice or vinegar with it, and the water becomes acidic. Mix a basic substance such as lye or milk of magnesia with the water, and it becomes alkaline.

In the human body, pH levels vary. Here are three examples:

  • Stomach pH normally ranges from 1.35 to 3.5; that is, it’s acidic (low pH). The acidic environment of the stomach aids digestion and also protects against harmful organisms that may have been ingested; most organisms are killed by the acid.
  • In contrast, the environment of the small intestine is alkaline (high pH). After food passes through the acidic environment of the stomach into the alkaline environment of the small intestine, organisms that may have survived the acidity of the stomach can be destroyed by the alkalinity of the small intestine.
  • Blood pH is slightly alkaline at a narrow, tightly controlled range of 7.35 to 7.45 (slightly more alkaline than pure water). Healthcare professionals know that the tiniest change in blood pH can lead to serious illness and even death, so it’s pretty safe to say that if you’re breathing and walking around, your body is effectively using a variety of mechanisms to keep your blood pH where it should be. It’s also pretty safe to say that the foods you eat have no significant effect on blood pH.

When you consider all these variables plus the fact that foods have little effect on blood pH, you might ask why our medical maverick was interested in pH at all.

Ah! Well—here’s where he departed from many of his colleagues: He was interested in the pH of cells as measured by a patient’s saliva—not blood pH. Measuring each patient’s saliva pH was his tool for determining:

  • How difficult it would be to turn that person’s cancer around
  • How well his treatment was working for each patient

The test is really quite simple, and you can do it yourself:

Saliva test

In the mid-morning, about 10:00 a.m., and at least two hours after breakfast or brushing your teeth, rinse your mouth well with plain water and swallow. Then spit a small amount of saliva onto a clean spoon, and test the saliva with a pH test strip (readily available at pharmacies or over the internet).

Once immersed in the saliva, the test paper will turn color. You can then compare it to a color chart that comes with the test paper. The colors on the chart correspond to pH levels written beside the colors, so you can determine the pH level of your saliva and whether it is acidic or alkaline.

Because the results can vary a bit, run the test two or three times on two or three consecutive mornings, and record the results.

Here’s what to look for in the readings:

  • A pH level of 7.4 is alkaline and normal for saliva
  • A pH level of 7.0 is neutral
  • A pH level below 7.0 is acidic and indicates the person’s resistance to illness is diminishing

Admittedly, this test is not irrefutably accurate and there is a fair amount of controversy over it, but our medical maverick found it gave him a good indication of what was happening in a cancer patient’s body.

He argued that it’s important to understand that as salivary pH drops, the immune system weakens, and the person becomes more susceptible to cancer and other illnesses.

On the pH scale, a drop of one full number indicates a ten-fold increase in acidic molecules, and a drop of two full numbers indicates a one hundred-fold (10 x 10) increase in acidic molecules. For example:

  • A pH of 6.4 is 10 times more acidic than pH 7.4
  • A pH of 5.4 is 100 times more acidic than pH 7.4

Therefore, a small drop in pH level indicates a large increase in acidity.

If a person’s salivary pH readings indicated an acidic environment, our medical maverick concentrated on trying to correct this by focusing on Detoxification and Oxygenation, and by building the patient’s Nutritional Foundation.

Without a strong nutritional foundation, he warned, turning around cancer (or any serious illness) can be very difficult or impossible. Even if the cancer can be eradicated once, the chances of its returning are increased if a patient’s nutritional foundation is weak—and doctors know that when cancer returns, the situation always is more precarious than the first time.

Our book Eat to Save Your Life details the foods and food supplements that are needed to build a strong nutritional foundation.  When it comes to choosing supplements, our medical maverick’s professional opinion was that (with the exception of EFAs, which come from fish), plant-based supplements are your best option because they provide plant nutrients that cannot be duplicated in a lab. He cautioned to choose wisely because not everything in the health food store is safe and effective.

Of course, our medical maverick preferred to prevent cancer in the first place, so he encouraged people to periodically detoxify, regularly oxygenate, occasionally monitor salivary pH, and constantly build a strong nutritional foundation. It was his view that these all are important tools to help people prevent or fight the disease.

Here’s to pH (perfect Health),

Gloria and Jerre


Cancer: Seven Ways to Oxygenate Your Cells

oxygenationBecause April is Cancer Awareness Month in several countries, we’ve devoted a series of blogs this month to cancer—and especially to the work of one pioneering MD (now retired) who pushed the envelope of cancer treatment for four decades with astonishing success.

Using techniques to support the amazing healing power of the human body, his treatment centered on an integrative approach that included some standard cancer treatments, but emphasized four key components from the world of complementary medicine: Detoxification, Oxygenation, Alkalinity (low pH), and Enzymes.

Last week’s blog looked at Detoxification. This week, we will look at Oxygenation.

So what is oxygenation? Well, in the medical context, oxygenation happens when oxygen molecules enter the tissues of the body.  The human body uses oxygen in a complex process that we can’t describe in a short blog, but suffice to say that oxygen is needed for all the chemical reactions in your body that keep you alive—and research has shown that cancer cannot survive in an oxygen-rich environment.

This is why our medical maverick insisted that his cancer patients do all they can to oxygenate their bodies. Essentially, he was trying to create an environment where cancer cannot thrive.

To do that, he recommended:

1. Eat fresh, certified organic plants. They are rich in the antioxidants that fight the harmful effects of free radicals and thereby protect blood cells that carry oxygen. For maximum benefit, he recommended eating about 75% or 80% of your fruits and vegetables raw, including several different colors of vegetables with every meal, and making sure they are fresh as possible (not something that has been stored for weeks and therefore depleted of nutrients). When fresh produce is not available, he advised that frozen certified organic fruits and vegetables offer better nutrition than canned.

Of course, all his patients were advised to take a daily multi-vitamin-mineral-phytonutrient supplement made from certified organic plants.

Garlic is another antioxidant that is well known to effectively scavenge dangerous free radicals from the blood. Use it liberally, either raw or cooked, and take supplements made from certified organic garlic.

2. Supplement with antioxidants. Vitamin A, Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, and complete Vitamin E all are powerful antioxidants. Our medical maverick put his patients on high doses of:

    • Vitamin A from plant sources (except no Vitamin A for brain cancer patients because it increases cranial pressure). See our blog last week for a discussion of Vitamin A.  While many medical professionals are reluctant to put patients on high doses of Vitamin A for fear of toxicity, our medical maverick argued that toxicity does not occur from plant-based Vitamin A. Discuss this issue with your healthcare provider.
    • Vitamin C with bioflavonoids (in a time-released formula). Our medical maverick found that high doses of Vitamin C from certified organic plant sources can help to alleviate cancer pain, and that cancer patients’ survival rates increase in direct proportion to the amount of Vitamin C ingested.

soilHe warned, however, that the Vitamin C must be broad spectrum; that is, from certified organic plants, so bioflavonoids and other important plant nutrients are ingested along with the ascorbic acid that many of us know as Vitamin C.

All his patients were given enough broad-spectrum, time-released Vitamin C with bioflavonoids to cause mild diarrhea. Once the telltale diarrhea indicated the adequate dose had been slightly exceeded, he cut the dose back a little until the diarrhea resolved and then maintained that dose. Some patients needed as much as 15,000 mg. (yes, that’s 15 thousand mg.) of time-released Vitamin C with bioflavonoids every day.

    • Complete, natural Vitamin E with Selenium. Our medical maverick insisted on Vitamin E supplements containing four forms of tocopherols and four forms of tocotrienols (the entire natural complex) and natural selenium.

He argued that selenium is very important for cancer patients, but warned that many products sold in drug stores and, even, health food stores are too low in this important trace mineral. He also warned that the body does not have receptors for synthetic selenium (Na Selenate) or synthetic Vitamin E (dl-alpha tocopherol), and that these forms are not good for cancer patients or anyone else.

Therefore, people have to be wary of what they buy.

See our book Eat to Save Your Life for more information on Vitamins A, C, and E plus our Ten Totally Terrific Questions in the last chapter that explain how to choose effective, non-toxic supplements. Of course, you must always discuss supplementation with your healthcare provider.

3. Supplement with B-Vitamins. To aid with proper synthesis of a protein that carries oxygen in the blood, our medical maverick used Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), the active form of vitamin B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate), and the active from of vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) for his patients. For best results with the B12, he preferred sublingual (under the tongue) drops or tablets rather than B12 shots.

As with any isolated B vitamin, he insisted that patients take the isolated B5, B6, and B12 with a good B-vitamin complex. Our book Eat to Save Your Life explains why.

4. Supplement with Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 aids in oxygen uptake in the blood. Our book Eat to Save Your Life and several of our blogs all deal with the many benefits of Vitamin D3. To read previous blogs, go to and search Vitamin D3 in the Blogs section.

5. Drink adequate amounts of filtered water. Water that has been filtered through an effective filtration system helps the body to use oxygen effectively. See last week’s blog for more information on proper water filtration.

6. Do Breathing Exercises. Many internet sites offer information on breathing exercises to help oxygenate the body. Proper breathing from the abdomen, in appropriate rhythms, while sitting up, and inhaling and exhaling correctly through the nostrils and mouth can help to calm the nervous system, overcome insomnia, aerate the lungs, purify and enrich the blood stream, develop the chest and diaphragm, strengthen the lungs, stimulate the liver, and improve digestion—all of which is beneficial to cancer patients.

In addition to focused breathing exercises extending for about 10 minutes a few times each day, our medical maverick recommended that his patients who watched television also get into the habit of completing a few rounds of breathing exercises during every commercial. Annoying as television commercials can be, they actually can be helpful to someone who is watching television while convalescing. Because commercials are broadcast for two to four minutes at frequent, regular intervals, they actually create an excellent schedule that patients can adopt for mini sessions of breathing exercises.

And while you’re breathing, consider the quality of the air you breathe. Research shows that levels of pollutants inside the home can be higher than outside. The air inside your home can contain dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke, dust mites, bacteria, viruses, mold, formaldehyde (a carcinogen), dioxins (a group of highly toxic environmental chemicals described in scary detail on the World Health Organization website, Factsheet 225), and radon (a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that seeps from the ground into homes through cracks, small pores, sumps, and drains). In its Factsheet 291, the World Health Organization warns that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in many countries (

To remove particles and contaminants from the air, we like a three-filter system that removes 99.99% of airborne pollutants that pass through the system. The system removes impurities as small as .01 microns by means of three replaceable filters: a High Efficiency Particulate Air filter (HEPA filter), an activated carbon filter, and a cleanable pre-filter. We’re a little skeptical of ionizer air cleaners because they can be ineffective at removing particles in the air such as dust, pollen, and smoke.

7. Exercise. Before becoming an MD, our medical maverick was a professional engineer. It’s probably not surprising, then, that he tended to see the human body as a series of pumps, valves, and tubes that are best lubricated through motion. As he often explained, activity improves blood and lymphatic circulation, manufacture of oxygen-grabbing red blood cells, and the ability of the lungs to use oxygen.

rebounding-for-weight-lossWhen it comes to exercise, he had two preferred forms: walking and rebounding. Both offer gentle aerobic exercise that help a patient’s body use oxygen and also eliminate wastes through the lymphatic system (which links back to last week’s topic: Detoxification).

In this world where pushing hard, doing more, and digging deeper is widely encouraged, patients sometimes try to exercise too vigorously. He therefore warned that walking should be undertaken in a few short sessions every day (maybe 10 to 15 minutes a few times per day rather than an hour all at once).

Similarly, many proponents of rebounding recommend that cancer patients undertake about two minutes of gentle bouncing every hour—a regimen that is certainly a good goal, but may be too hard on the very ill. Our medical maverick preferred that patients set their own pace and increase as they are able. Even 10 seconds of rebounding once per day is better than none at all, 10 seconds twice per day is even better, and so on.

Patients new to rebounding should purchase a large rebounder because it will be more stable than a small one, start gently, and bounce with the feet never leaving the rebounder. The duration of the session and the height of the bounces can be increased as the person is able. Patients who are too ill to bounce themselves can sit on the rebounder and have someone stand behind them on the rebounder, and gently bounce. The motion can be deceptively simple, but effective.

Whether walking or rebounding, patients should exert themselves as they are able, but avoid over-exertion or exhaustion. Neither helps the body to heal. “Start low; go slow” is a good motto for a cancer patient commencing an exercise program.

Of course, it’s always very important to check with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise regimen. Your doctor will be able to advise about exercise and may be able to connect you with appropriate exercise professionals specializing in cancer recovery. Make sure to ask.

As you can see, each of these recommendations links back to the subject of Detoxification discussed last week. Yes, while taking steps to oxygenate the body, patients also support the detoxification process—thus delivering a one-two punch to the illness through Oxygenation and Detoxification.

Here’s to your best one-two punch,


Gloria and Jerre



Cancer: How to Help the Body Detoxify

Painting by Henry Roderick Newman

Painting by Henry Roderick Newman

Last week, we introduced you to the ideas of an MD (now retired) who pushed the medical envelope for four decades to treat cancer patients. Long before there were clinics specializing in an integrative approach, he was including targeted nutrition (among other things) as part of his cancer treatment.

In last week’s blog, we outlined the four key components of his protocol for turning around cancer. Now, we’ll look at those components in more detail.

The first is to Detoxify the Patient. In his view, a cancer patient’s body is overloaded with toxins that must be eliminated, so the body can heal.

Here are eight things that he told his patients to do in order to detoxify. They are tips that patients dealing with cancer (or any serious disease) or anyone simply wishing to improve his or her nutritional foundation would be wise to consider:

1. Eat certified organic food. Period. Conventionally-grown foods are laden with too many pesticides and herbicides that create an extra load on a body already fighting to recover. Don’t add to that burden with toxin-laden food.

2. Drink filtered water. You will need the best water filter available (not a cheap thing that only removes chlorine and a few other large molecules). Go to for a detailed assessment of water filters—and get the best one you can afford. This is important. Don’t be cheap, here, or think that the kind of water filter you buy doesn’t matter—because it does; it really does. Note: Bottled water is not regulated and about 25% of it is just tap water. Filter your own water and carry it with you.

3. Eliminate toxic foods. When it comes to eliminating toxins, the following foods should be removed from your diet for the next 100 years:

  • Refined sugar (white and brown): Even less than a teaspoon of refined sugar suppresses the immune system for up to five hours, and it interferes with production of antibodies and transport of Vitamin C. This is why cancer patients, or anyone looking to take control of their health and kick disease to the curb, should avoid sugar and sugary foods. Use stevia or very small amounts of fruit juice, unrefined date sugar, real maple syrup, or organic raw honey.
  • Refined grains: Eliminate white flour, white rice, boxed cereals, commercially-prepared granola, and quick-cooking oats because the starch in these foods quickly turns to sugar during digestion. Choose whole grains (not multi-grain, which is basically white flour), sprouted grains, quinoa, brown rice, steel-cut oats, and other slow-cooking hot cereals.
  • Damaged fats: Hot fats become oxidants that promote cancer. It’s therefore critical to eliminate fried foods (except, perhaps, those foods cooked at home using certified organic coconut oil and low heat), blackened and charred foods, potato chips and other fried snacks, roasted nuts and seeds, trans-fats, refined vegetable oils (especially canola oil), margarine and other butter-like spreads made from refined oils, commercially-prepared salad dressings, and anything containing refined (damaged) oils. Choose healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil and cold-pressed flax seed oil for salads, and certified organic coconut oil for cooking. We’ve written a whole chapter on fats in our book Eat to Save Your Life. Check it out; there’s a lot more to know about fats than we can include in a short blog, and you likely will be surprised by what you learn.
  • Refined salt: See last month’s Blogs about refined salt vs. sea salt. 
  • Artificial colors and flavors: Foods containing artificial colors and flavors demand extra elimination work from the liver and kidneys—which places an added burden on a body that needs all its resources to fight the disease. Eliminate artificial colors and flavors, and don’t fall for products touting “natural flavorings” that aren’t specifically defined.  “Natural flavor” could be MSG or some other ingredient that may be “natural”, but certainly not healthy. See Chapter 2 of our book Eat to Save Your Life to learn more about toxic foods being fraudulently promoted as healthy.
  • Sodium nitrite or sodium nitrate: These are frequently used in processed meats and meat products, and result in nitrosamines—which are known cancer inducers.
  • Junk food and junk beverages: No cancer patient should have crackers, chips, fried or salty snack foods, sugary treats, soft drinks (regular or “diet”), processed cereals, or commercially-packaged meals in his or her home. Even certified organic packaged meals have to be scrutinized for damaged fats, too much carbohydrate, or other ingredients not recommended for cancer patients.
  • Prepared fruit juices. Fruit juices should be freshly-squeezed (never purchased in a box or bottle—no matter how enticing that dewy orange on the front looks). Dilute the freshly squeezed juice 50/50 with water to reduce the sugar load, and consume all fruit juice in small quantities for the same reason.
  • Shellfish (such as shrimp, lobster, and crab), fish with skin (such as tuna and halibut), and fish from lakes and streams: They are too toxic due to high levels of mercury and other toxins in the waters where they live and feed.  Choose fish with scales, and look for those that live and feed in the upper regions of the deep ocean.
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4. Eat detoxifying foods: During detoxification, eat one or two servings of beans, peas, or lentils every day. Also eat the white pulp of lemons and limes, sprouted plants, dandelion leaves in salads (crucial to ensure they have not been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides), and pectin (prevalent in the peels of apples and plums, and also available in supplement and powder form).

5. Get enough fiber. Again, beans, peas, and lentils play an important role, and so do raw vegetables, fruit with the skin and pulp, whole grains, hemp hearts, ground flax seed, and chia seeds.  Plants contain fiber (some more than others), but animal products such as meat, dairy, and eggs do not. Also take a high-quality soluble fiber product every day to help “sweep” toxins from your colon.

6. Support the lymphatic system. To support the lymphatic system, get regular massages, dry brush your skin with a soft brush specially designed for this purpose, and (especially) use a rebounder every day. Small rebounders can be unstable, so look for a large one.

7. Use a gentle herbal detox. Our medical maverick MD didn’t use the detox products often displayed in health food stores because he found they are too harsh and frequently developed by people with no medical background. No, it was his professional opinion cancer patients are too, too sick to withstand these harsh preparations. He preferred a product containing lactobaccilus probiotics, dandelion root, fenugreek seed, ginger root, pepsin, red clover flowers, yellow dock root, marshmallow root, sarsaparilla root, cascara sagrada bark, Echinacea root, and milk thistle seed concentrate. As always, discuss your herbal detox with your healthcare provider because herbs, though natural, are powerful and should be treated with respect and care.

8. Take supplements that help the body detoxify. Our medical maverick placed all his cancer patients on a comprehensive supplements program. Some were for overall health (such as a plant-based multi-vitamin-mineral-phytonutrient daily supplement), but we’ll discuss those in a later blog.

For now, in this blog, we’ll focus on those supplements that he specifically used to help the body detoxify. These detox supplements are:

  • Vitamin A with zinc: He used a minimum of 30,000 IU per day of Vitamin A (not beta-carotene because he was concerned that the body of a cancer patient could not convert beta carotene to Vitamin A)
  • Vitamin C with bioflavonoids at a minimum of 5,000 IU per day (more if the bowels can tolerate it; that is, as long as the patient does not get diarrhea; if diarrhea occurs, reduce the dose)
  • Vitamin D3 (with Vitamin K2, if available in your country) at 6000 to 8000 IU per day—more if the patient’s 25(OH)D blood test indicates that his or her level of Vitamin D is at the bottom of the normal range or deficient
  • Vitamin E (in the complete d-alpha tocopherol form—not dl-alpha tocopherol)
  • Calcium-Magnesium
  • Kyolic (fermented) Garlic
  • Silymarin (Milk Thistle) in addition to the milk thistle already contained in the detox herbal combination
  • Glutathione

He advised patients to take some of these vitamins, minerals, and herbs for a lifetime, some for just a few months, and others intermittently, so talk about them with your Naturopath or Nutritionist.

And please, please, please note that it is very important to choose plant-based rather than synthetic brands—and don’t let someone talk you out of it by claiming that synthetic is fine because a molecule is a molecule. That’s true, but synthetic supplements do not contain important plant nutrients that cannot be duplicated in a lab, and the value of those plant nutrients cannot be overstated.

To learn more about the vitamins and minerals listed above (as well as the phytonutrients that go with them), see Chapters 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 of our book Eat To Save Your Life. It’s also very important to see our Ten Totally Terrific Questions in Chapter 13 to ensure cancer patients choose the best supplements to fight this fight.

Artist: Angelina Whittaker Cook

Artist: Angelina Whittaker Cook

As always, it’s very important to discuss food choices and, especially, any herbal detox or supplements regimen with your entire medical team. Don’t just take supplements willy-nilly, because some can interact with medications. Get advice from a qualified healthcare provider.

We realize that this nutritional detox regimen can be challenging at a time when a patient already is facing enormous challenges. We recommend that patients get help from friends, family, co-workers, support groups, church organizations, or wherever they can.

Just make sure that the person who is shopping or cooking understands the importance of the nutritional regimen outlined here. He or she may think a little sugar or processed food won’t do any harm, but it certainly can.

The cleaner the dietary choices, the better.

Next time, we’ll look at the second pillar of our medical maverick’s regimen for treating cancer: Oxygenate the Cells.

Here’s to your detoxified health,

Gloria and Jerre



Cancer: Does the Cure Lie Within the Incredible Human Body?

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Well—here in Canada, spring is arriving and the daffodils have begun poking their heads toward the sun. It’s a joy to see these bursts of spring not just in people’s gardens, but also in flower shops, grocery stores, homes and offices, and (even) on people’s lapels.

Yes, that’s right: on people’s lapels. You see, here in Canada, daffodils not only signal spring, but also that the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual  Daffodil Campaign soon will be underway to raise money for cancer research and patient support. When the daffodils bloom, it’s Cancer Awareness Month in Canada

While cancer is in the spotlight here, it’s getting attention elsewhere, too. In the UK, April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, and Male Cancer Awareness Week is observed near the end of the month. In the USA, April 14 – 20 is National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, and April 15 – 21 is National Minority Cancer Awareness Week. In Australia, women are reminded to get a PAP test in April.

Obviously, cancer is on a lot of people’s minds this month, so we wracked our brains to see how we could best contribute, and we think we’ve hit on an idea that will both delight and inform you—and maybe, just maybe, inject a little hope that even the deadliest cancers can be beaten.

You see, we realized that we have had the great fortune to learn from and consult with one of Canada’s best when it comes to cancer treatment. He’s retired, now, but his work fascinates us and makes us think there is more to cancer treatment than surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

The thing is, he wasn’t an oncologist in a big university hospital. Heck! He wasn’t even an oncologist—just a country doctor practicing in a small town. But he wasn’t just any country doctor; he was a medical maverick who pushed the envelope for four decades. Rather than using standard treatments, he used an integrative approach that married the best of medical science with the best of nutritional science to turn on the incredible healing power of a patient’s own body.

If that’s not interesting enough, there’s more: You see, he treated the sickest of the sick—those patients whose oncologists had told them to go home and put their affairs in order. Among these seriously ill people:

  • A senior citizen with deadly pancreatic cancer metastasized to the liver; she recovered after about a year of intensive nutritional treatment and lived happy, healthy, and cancer-free for more than a decade before she died of unrelated causes
  • The son of a leading oncologist who had been told he had just weeks to live; our medical maverick used a targeted nutritional approach to turn this young man’s cancer around when modern treatments alone had failed

If ever someone learned how to Eat to Save Your Life, these patients did. Of course, they were under the care of a skilled practitioner with decades of clinical practice and intensive research behind him, but the fact is, they succeeded.

We sat down with this medical maverick just after he retired and asked him about his treatments. We wanted to know why he had a cure rate that ran in the 75% range despite the fact that many of the patients who sought his help were so, so ill.

In a nutshell, he said there are four key things that have to be done to give the body the best chance of mounting a life-saving defense:

1. Detoxify the patient

2. Oxygenate the cells

3. Monitor body pH

4. Turn on the healing power of enzymes

As he knew and his patients learned, it is possible to Eat to Save your Life.

But there’s a problem—a big problem: As most MDs will tell you, North America’s medical associations often deem the nutritional approach to be “using unproven methods.”

This means there hasn’t been much research focused on nutritional treatments, and the doctor who uses a nutritional approach that extends beyond the common but woefully vague admonishment to “eat properly” can be risking his or her medical license.

Combine that with the fact that medical schools offer limited (if any) training in nutritional science, and it just may not reasonable to expect your MD to advise you when it comes to effective nutritional options.

Unfortunately, at a time when patients are facing the most difficult time of their lives, it becomes necessary that they somehow muster the energy and the focus to advocate for themselves, do some of their own  research, and build a nutritional team who can augment what their MDs are trained and licensed to do.

Artist: Angelina Whittaker Cook

Artist: Angelina Whittaker Cook

And so, while the daffodils are blooming this month, let’s explore (in depth) the four key components of our medical maverick’s protocol outlined above, so you are in a better position to take control of your own health, and kick disease to the curb.

Next time, we’ll begin with Component 1: Detoxify the Patient.

Until then, here’s to vibrant health, Daffodil,

Gloria and Jerre


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