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BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 1: A Cancer Story - Mine
Socially, in most groups I tempered my conversations on my approach to health because those who entrusted their live to allopathic, "standard of care" Western doctors might not want to entertain the idea that they might have made the wrong choice or that their way wasn't the best way. I respected that. Life and health are about choices. There is an old way and the new way, and each of us has to do what makes us most comfortable.
BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 2: Meet the Doctors
There are doctors out there who are curing cancer! I am speaking of people who are getting well. People who are living long, productive lives. People diagnosed with stage IV cancers, people who chose another way and avoided the degradation of chemical poisoning and mutilation.
These are pioneers, doctors who have figured out how to knock out cancer. As a result they have been attacked, sued, called frauds, ridiculed, and ostracized for having the audacity to think outside the box. Thank God for courageous people.
Because these doctors are often muzzled by the FDA and the pharmaceutical companies, you most likely would not hear of them if not for this book. So I asked the doctors to explain their protocols and how they came to this thinking.
BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 3: Against our Nature: The Birth of a Big Business
We all have cancer in us. For most people the cancer stays at bay as long as we remain hormonally balanced, we give our bodies the proper nutrition, rest, and exercise, and we manage our stress.
Cancer is big business - approximately US$200 billion a year!
Cancer is the disease that keeps the hospitals open; it brings an extra US$100,000 each year to oncologists' practices (and this is a modest estimate).
With Knockout, I am presenting to you doctors who are treating cancer patients in new ways. This book was written to warn patients to think and look into alternatives first, before you blindly walk into "standard of care" surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and harsh aftercare drugs. Again and again, we have seen so many suffer from horrible poisons and, unfortunately, most often live out their last months of life horribly degraded, only to die a tortured, expensive death.
The doctors in this book all make the claim that chemotherapy is for the most part a failed protocol - in fact, a dismal failure. Our oncologists are stuck with a protocol that, with the exception of a few select cancers, doesn't work. But they have no other ideas about what work, as this is all that is taught in American medical schools (which are compromised by funding from pharmaceutical companies).
BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 4: If It Could Happen to Me, What will Happen to You?
I went to Dr. Galitzer's office in Santa Monica to have an IV of vitamin C and glutathione. I needed to build up my body. The vitamin C would strengthen my entire system after all the trauma and physical damage that had been done, and the glutathione would start the detoxification I was going to need over the next few months.
They listen to their doctors, who say things like "The tumor will respond nicely." Well what exactly does that mean? Or the oncologist will say, "The tumor will shrink." The never say cure, heal, or destroy. They can't, because in most cases that is just not true.
Patients are not offered chemosensitivity tests to determine if the chemo they will be administered is even a fit. The patients do not even know to ask about such testing because for the most part they do not know it exists.
"Standard of care" will always be there, but you owe it to yourself to look into alternatives before making the biggest and maybe the most drastic decision of your life.
Now that I have not only spoken to these incredible doctors and professionals but also heard from the cured patients themselves, I believe cancer is preventable, manageable, and curable in many cases.
With cancer soon likely to be the number one killer in our country, we have to start now to change our diets and lifestyles if we are to avoid this fate. If sadly, you are one of those who receive a cancer diagnosis, Knockout gives you options for non-drug healing or integrated healing, plus a means to change your life to prevent a recurrence. This is a book to teach us all how to knock out cancer.
BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 5: How Did It Get This Bad?: Conventional Medicine's Dark Side
As a nation we are taking pharmaceutical drugs and chemicals in amounts unprecedented in the history of mankind. We now have a pharmaceutical drug for pretty much every single human ailment. The result is a toxic buildup that steals the minds of our young and eliminates the wisdom pool of our elders.
We are also undergoing an environmental assault unprecedented in the history of mankind. Our air is polluted; our water is bubbling with fluoride, aluminum, and other chemicals. Our houses are like chemical plants from all the toxins used to keep the house "clean." Gone are the days when women cleaned the house with lemon juice or vinegar and water, used mineral oil for furniture polish, or used Ivory soap to get rid of ant infestations. Now we spray with poisons and we "freshen" the air with chemicals. We clean with toxins, and the buildup is killing us.
Couple this with toxicity from the chemicals in our food - preservatives and artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, animals fed with corn (making their meat high in less healthful omega-6s instead of rich in healthful omega-3s) - and it all results in cellular destruction, which is a sure route to cancer.
Then there are aluminum cooking utensils, and plastic bottles that leech phthalates and dioxins into our bodies. And we wonder why we are now facing an unprecedented epidemic of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and heart disease.
Western medicine's answer to this dilemma is to poison (with chemotherapy) the enemy that was created by poisons. Now how crazy is that? We have lost our way. We have gotten away from the nature in us and the nature given to us. We have genetically modified foods. Most people eat very little real food and do not realize it. Food, water, air...all are essential to life, and we have contaminated them all.
BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 6: Ralph Moss, PH.D.
His books provide a wealth of information on health and healing. He probes scientific and statistical evidence to reveal the shocking truth that chemotherapy is mostly inappropriate, ineffective, and in fact dangerous for most of the people who receive it - yet up to six hundred thousand Americans every year get chemo at their doctors' recommendations.
All I know is that in the thirty-five years that I've been studying the situation, the FDA has never approved any non-toxic drug, herb, vitamin, or anything like that for cancer. The rule seems to be that nothing of a non-patented, less profitable nature gets through the FDA system. The only things that get through are these synthetic patented agents that are generally very toxic and ineffective. They are so ineffective that the FDA keeps lowering the bar and allowing things to be approved on lower and lower standards of effectiveness and lower and lower standards of safety.
A study done at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and now confirmed in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, has proven that Adriamycin is ineffective in up to 92 percent of women to whom it was given, which is shocking.
Yes, the economics are "Let's keep that assembly line running and push through as many patients as possible, so we can maximize our profits."
When doctors become sick themselves, then they sing a different tune. There was a study done in Canada relative to lung cancer and chemotherapy. When asked, 75 percent of the doctors said they would not take platinum-containing chemotherapy themselves. Right, but still, they give it. A very eminent neurologist once stood in my living room and told me that if he were to get brain cancer he wouldn't take radiation. I said, "Well, then, how do you treat for brain cancer?" He answered, "Radiation."
But what disturbs me is that drug companies have actually helped create some of these patient advocacy groups and they certainly fund many of others. It's no coincidence that Breast Cancer Action, headed by Barbara Brenner in San Francisco, is the only group to my knowledge that refuses to take pharmaceutical money. And this group is the one that opposed the approval of Avastin for breast cancer last December.
How much money does a doctor make per patient on chemotherapy?
It varies; It would vary from drug to drug. It would even vary from month to month. The cost of treating stage IV colon cancer ten years ago was US$500. The drugs they were giving at Sloan-Kettering at that time were 5-fluorouracil and leucovorin. These are inexpensive drugs to buy and administer. But ten years later the cost of treating colon cancer is around US$250,000, and that's only for the cost of the drugs, and not counting all the costs of the doctor administering it.
The doctor, the oncologist, in private practice can make money four ways. Firstly of all, they get paid by the patient or his or her insurance for the office visit. Second, they have the chemotherapy concession, which means, they get to sell the drug at retail - buy it at wholesale and sell it retail. There have been front-page articles in the New York Times business section about this. The third way they get money - and this was also exposed in the New York Times - is by getting kickbacks from particular drug companies by volume prescribing. Prescribing drugs that are tied into the promotional discounts could determine a much greater profit for the doctor. The fourth way is to become a so-called marquee professor, where you get to promote the drug in question and they pay you an honorarium or a fee from a speaker's bureau or so forth.
BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 7: Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski.
The Burzynski clinic has effectively treated more than fifty types of cancer but has the most consistent successes with cancers of the brain, breast, head and neck, prostate, colon, lungs, and ovaries, as well as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
His successes are a threat to the orthodox cancer protocols. His approach with targeted gene therapy and antineoplastons for so many kinds of cancer is working where traditional chemotherapy rarely does.
Dr. Burzynski is a biochemist who has invented drugs and maybe the most important and successful non-FDA-approved alternative cancer drug therapy ever in this country: antineoplastons.
Dr. Burzynski has identified a system of peptides which are deficient in cancer patients which can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, and that replacing these peptides kills the cancer cells without killing the normal cells.
The immune system works by releasing antibodies which attach to wrong proteins on the surface of the cells and they kill them, but the peptide system works through correction of the genetic information, so it is like a second immune system. The components of the immune system are called antibodies, and antineoplastons are peptides that are the components of this parallel immune system.
Antineoplastons work in about one hundred different genes, not just one single gene, which means that patients have a very good chance to be helped.
We have used this gene-targeted therapy on children who have the most common type of brain tumor, which is called astrocytoma, and around 93 percent to 95 percent respond favorably to the treatment.
We want to know which genes are silent, and silent means which genes are switched off, because these are the genes that protect us against cancer. Just by getting older many genes switch off.
Prevention could simply mean use the right supplements to activate the genes which are silent and then turn the switch on. In other words, activate the genes that protect you from cancer. The chemicals in green tea are also molecular switches which can activate some of the genes and can switch off oncogenes. These are natural ingredients which work on the genes as molecular switches. Curcumin [turmeric] is a very good example. This natural substance works on some genes but not on others.
When dealing with patients with cancer, diet and supplements are extremely important because such people don't have much time to lose from a nutritional point of view. With horrible cancers such as pancreatic or liver cancer, if you use the right regimen, if you select the right combination - genetic medicine - we see tumors decreasing or disappearing even within two months.
Right now, lung cancer is the main killer cancer. Last year (2008) there were about 1.3 million deaths worldwide from lung cancer, but about 600,000 deaths from liver cancer. This year we are expecting about 700,000 deaths from liver cancer. The main cause of liver cancer is hepatitis B. Right now it is estimated that about 2 billion people is infected with the hepatitis B virus. The hepatitis B virus particle is one of the smallest of viruses and when it enters the body it embeds into the DNA and become like a gene in the body which may lie dormant for a long period of time.
In some patients the hepatitis virus is able to silence the genes which protect them against cancer. This virus can switch off as many as 150 genes that are protective. This is a huge number of genes. In the current population of people who are infected with chronic hepatitis B, 10 percent of them - 50 million - will develop liver cancer. The mortality of liver cancer is about 97 percent, which means you will see in the near future a huge segment of the population dying of liver cancer.
Liver cancer can be contracted by infections and ingesting food contaminated with aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are chemical toxins produced by fungi which like to grow on foods such as rice, peanuts, barley and some meats. Aflatoxins can also be found in beer and water.
We are doing everything wrong. We are silencing genes through various mechanisms. One of them is the wrong diet. Chemicals and stress play a big role, as well as lack of proper sleep, imbalance of the body clock - activity during the night and sleep during the day - all will silence genes in the body. And then there are viruses, carcinogens, and pollution. And when a gene is silenced for a long period of time - and I'm talking about tumor suppressor genes - this leads to mutations, which are more permanent changes, and then cancer will progress further.
We certainly have a number of patients who are cured from cancer. If we have patients, for instance, who are twenty or thirty years free of advanced cancer, I would say these patients are cured. We have a number of such patients, so we can cure cancer...but not in everybody because cancer is not a single disease. Cancer is like a combination of numerous different types of illnesses, and each of these different types of cancer has numerous genetic signatures, so one cancer patient is not the same as the other.
BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 8: Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez.
Dr. Kelly (his research mentor) resurrected the enzyme therapy. The first component is diet, the second includes supplements with large doses of enzymes, and the third component is detoxification routines like the infamous coffee enemas, juice fasts, liver flushes, and other things. It's a three-prong approach, but essentially it's about pancreatic enzymes.
One of the keys to success with any program is a healthy liver. We have a five-day liver flush that really cleans out the liver. The liver flush takes five days. During the first four days they take something called Phosfood, a Standard Process product that dissolves gallstones and emulsifies bile. They take it in apple juice for four days, and on the fifth day there are a series of things to do: two doses of Epsom salts, which relaxes all the bile duct tubes and ducts of the liver, then they have a fruit dinner with lots of heavy cream, and before they go to bed they drink half a cup of olive oil on an empty stomach, which stimulates the gallbladder ducts.
The gallbladder contracts vigorously and all this junk in the liver and gallbladder gets squeezed right into the intestinal tract and they just poop all the waste from the liver right into the toilet. It's a way of cleaning out the liver done orally. That's in addition to the coffee enemas.
When you drink coffee, it actually turns on the sympathetic nervous system. When the sympathetic nervous system turns on, it shuts the liver down. When you take coffee rectally as an enema it stimulates certain nerves that are only in the lower bowel that turn on the parasympathetic system, which through a reflex causes the liver to release all its toxins. When you drink it, it shuts the liver down temporarily, but when you take it as an enema it turns on the liver and increases its efficiency. When the liver works better, everything works better. So drinking it and taking it rectally work completely differently physiologically.
Dr. Kelly said cancer and all diseases begin in the gut - poor nutrition, poor absorption, poor digestion - and I believe he's right.
Unquestionably, the key to success with any disease and with any therapy is to keep the gut working. If it isn't, then you can't absorb anything and nothing is going to work, no matter how good your nutrition is. If your digestive system is compromised, nothing is going to happen. We have to get everything working properly: the accessory organs of digestion, the liver, the gallbladder, pancreas, the stomach, and the small and large intestines.
The fact of the matter is that 95 percent of the patients who call my office have been brutalized by the orthodox system. They have had regimens that never offered any change of working: chemo, radiation, all kinds of grotesque surgical procedures. These people were given regimens that never could have worked, and so often they're dying and we cannot help them because it is too late. They lost their window of opportunity.
A lot of oncologists use the word response. It means that you have tumor regression that lasts four weeks. The official definition of partial response at the National Cancer Institute for decades was a 50 percent decrease in tumor size that lasts four weeks. Four weeks, and if you die in the fifth week you are still considered a "responder."
The autonomic nervous system is basically the collection of nerves that go out to all the various organs and glands and control their function. The autonomic nervous system is divided into two branches, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic.
The job of the sympathetic nervous system is to help your body deal with stress. It diverts the blood to the brain and the muscles, so in a time of stress you can think quickly and your muscles can react quickly as well, and it shuts down the entire digestive system. Sympathetic nerves divert energy away from the gut to the brain and muscles to help you deal with a stressful situation.
The parasympathetic nervous system is the opposite. The parasympathetic system repairs and rebuilds, and it turns on at night when we're asleep. It's responsible for digestion and increases the efficiency of digestion and secretion of hydrochloric acid, enzymes from the pancreas, the bile salts from the liver. It increases the absorption of nutrients, stimulates the repair of damaged tissues, and basically is a reparative system.
Every minor or major stress you have signals the sympathetic system to divert energy and then the parasympathetic allows the body to repair from the day's damage. Diet is how you bring the autonomic system that is out of balance into balance.
So, cancer patients have to take their enzymes and follow the protocol and then they can live with and manage their cancer throughout their lives. In essence, it's controlled and they have quality of life.
Everything in our bodies comes from one place: our diets. From our bones to our brain cells, we are made up of nutrients that come out of our diet.
I asked Kelly one day after I'd seen these miracles cases, "What percentage of cancer is physical, what percentage is nutritional, and what percentage is psychological-spiritual?" He said, "That's simple. It's 100 percent physical and 100 percent nutritional. It's 100 percent psychological. It's 100 percent spiritual in every single patient.
BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 9: Dr. James Forsythe.
In the 2004 Journal of Oncology a large retrospective study showed that any patient entering into a five-year chemotherapy program in the United States has a 2.1 percent chance of surviving after that five-year period. In Australia results are similar. So if you were to enter chemo today, in 2014 only two out of one hundred patients would be alive. That's nothing to brag about.
I've done studies on a number of natural supplements, including a substance called pawpaw from Nature's Sunshine. It's from the pawpaw tree in the southeastern United States and it affects the energetics of the cancer cell. It is now used internationally and even in animal cancer.
I became intrigued with Poly-MVA, which is a complex of palladium and lipoic acid. It's a tightly bound complex of both of these substances, plus it's got a number of vitamins. We got 225 patients to participate, all with stage IV cancers, and Dr. Albert Sanchez out of San Diego supplied the Poly-MVA free to my patients. At five years out, our response rate is much better than conventional chemotherapy, which is at 2 percent. We are getting 35 percent to 40 percent survivorship, and these are all stage IV cancers. This excellent response rate does not carry with it any adverse side effects on any organ system in the body, even five years later.
I was introduced to a new homeopathic remedy called Salicinium. This product was discovered by a retired chemistry professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and marketed by Perfect Balance. Actually the name is glyco-benzaldehyde, sometimes known as "Chinese aspirin." It has some actions similar to laetrile but doesn't have the toxicity of laetrile. It's very non-toxic. I've been doing studies on this now for over four years. We have 350 patients, all with stage IV cancers, and our responders are especially high in breast and prostate cancers, having over an 85 percent response in prostate cancer, stage IV, at four years out.
Cancer cells only thrive on simple sugars. They cannot metabolize complex carbohydrates, fats, or proteins. You put cancer patients on a very strict low to no-simple-sugar diet. We stress alkalinization, which is a big factor: alkaline water and the green powders that contain wheatgrass, ryegrass, barley grass, and algae. These substances alkalinize the body. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment, and they don't do well when the body is more alkaline.
We also talk about various oxidative therapies which can be helpful, such as ozone, hydrogen peroxide, or hyperbaric chambers, and then we talk about the fact that the cancer cell is a low-energy system.
The greatest successes have been with these types of cancers: In the Salicinium study, breast, prostate, and lung cancers were all high responders. We've treated 350 cases with leukemia, bladder, brain, breast, colorectal, esophagus, gastric, gallbladder, head and neck, mesothelioma, melanoma, gliomas, all the Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, ovarian, uterus, pancreas, prostate, renal cell, sarcoma, testis, and thyroid cancers. All of these are in stage IV - widely disseminated.
If you come to our office and wanted chemo, we would absolutely send your blood to Germany or Greece, where they do chemosensitivity testing. They harvest the cancer cells out of your blood, break them down genetically, and then find which markers are compatible with treatment of your tumor. Then you get a report back in about a two-week period which will show the best drugs for your particular cancer, the intermittent drugs, and the drugs to stay away from that aren't going to be effective in any way in treating your specific cancer.
You can never underestimate the importance of diet in beating cancer. It's everything. For every cancer we have a group of supplements that are for prostate, breast, lung, colon, and rectal that we feel are most helpful for them.
BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 10: Dr. Julie Taguchi.
We have cancer-protective genes that get "turned off" by certain factors: aging, poor lifestyle and dietary habits, stress, and exposure to toxicity. By reversing these factors, i.e., maintaining a good diet, sleeping, avoiding chemicals, and taking detoxifying antioxidants to keep up with the exposure - and replacing lost hormones with natural bioidentical hormones - we may be able to turn these genes back on.
How you metabolize your hormones and the other lifestyle, environmental, hormonal interactions have an influence on your breast cancer risk. You can reduce the risk by having multiple pregnancies starting at an early age (before twenty-eight; twenty is even better) and then breast-feeding that baby for years, not months.
How important are nutrition and supplementation and exercise? About as important as breathing. What we put in our mouths and how we move our bodies are actions we can control. This should empower us to reduce our cancer risks. Our foods are not as nutritious as they once were, so some supplementation is helpful. For everyone I recommend at least 5 to 7 grams of omega-3 fish oil and 2,000 IU or more of vitamin D3 depending on levels.
These are women who have been treated with everything (bilateral mastectomies, chemotherapy, and radiation) who still progress to stage IV while taking an antiestrogen. No one guarantees that a treatment provides complete risk reduction.
If a woman is suffering despite all of the possible interventions, then estrogen and progesterone are the only treatments that will address the symptoms from estrogen loss. If a woman wants hormones for quality of life versus lowering a risk of relapse or a new cancer, then she should be able to make that informed decision.
BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 11: Dr. Russell Blaylock.
With the amount of radiation a woman receives with mammograms, if she started out at forty with no cancer, by the time she was fifty she would have increased her chances for cancer by radiation exposure by 30 percent.
If I were a woman I'd never have a mammogram. The best thing is to get screened with an MRI. That gives you a lot more as a diagnostic picture. Thermogram is also good because we know tumors are hot and benign lesions tend to be cool.
Unlike traditional cancer treatment, which damages all cells, flavonoid combination treatment protects normal cells and kills and suppresses cancer cells. With good nutrition, a tumor can become vary benign in its behavior.
Avoid red meat if you are at high risk for cancer, as it is high in absorbable iron, a major carcinogen that can trigger massive amounts of free radicals and inflammation. If you love red meat, eating it with vegetables will dramatically reduce iron absorption. You should never let it get charred, because doing so produces potent carcinogenic chemicals.
Don't consume sugar or artificial sweeteners, MSG, or any kind of excitotoxic chemicals and glutamates. These have been found to be enormously powerful stimulants for cancer growth and invasion.
Natural folic acid (found in leafy green vegetables, particularly broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale, as well as cauliflower) boosts the body's natural defenses against cancer.
Vitamin D3 is the most powerful vitamin in preventing new cancer and inhibiting established cancers.
Cut back on omega-6 fats and increase omega-3 fat intake to reduce inflammation. Use extra-virgin oil or coconut oil, and don't cook with oil at high heat, which oxidizes the oil. Putting tumeric in your olive oil keeps it from oxidizing.
Drink purified water. Avoid water that's fluoridated, chlorinated, or distilled, whenever possible. If you do drink distilled water, add a little magnesium citrate or magnesium malate.
Drinking red wine is good for the antioxidants, but don't drink to excess.
We now know, especially for breast cancers, they are recurring after even ten years. Studies have shown that cancer cells are found circulating in the blood of 50 percent of breast cancer survivors five years after they are supposedly cured.
Chemo damages the DNA in all cells of their bodies, especially those cells that divide the fastest - such as bone marrow cells, cells lining the gut, and liver cells. This makes the patient die faster, because the chemo damages their immune system as well as body resistance to cellular and organ stress. Suppression of immunity, speeds the growth and invasion of all cancers. Chemo causes the tumors to shrink temporarily by killing the low-grade malignant cells and has no effect on the cells generating the cancer - the cancer stem cells.
BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 12: Burton Goldberg.
Conventional medicine is superb in dealing with acute medical conditions and traumatic injury. Alternative medicine works better for just about everything else, especially for chronic degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis, and for more common ailments such as asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, and headaches.
We've been exposed to thousands of chemicals that haven't been on the planet before a hundred years ago. The body has twenty-five-thousand-year-old genetics and doesn't really have a mechanism for getting rid of a lot of these chemicals - toxins, plastics, hydrocarbons, and pesticides - that we now have in our bodies. We do not have a tool for this. As a result, there develops an accumulation of these toxins.
Then we have the other outage - the inappropriate use of antibiotics in farmed fish, in beef, in chicken, and hormones being put into the animals. Why do they give the animals hormones? To make them big and fat so they can make more money.
In Israel, they did a study on breast cancer and found that the hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and herbicides used on dairy cows affected women dangerously, so they forbade the use of pesticides and herbicides and all those chemical substances they had been putting into dairy cows, and as a result the female breast cancer rate plummeted in ten years.
At Hartford Hospital they did toxicology on samples of women's breast tissue and found that inside their tumors was arsenic, DDT, and PCPs.
I am very enthused about the work of Dr. Munoz in Tijuana, Mexico. He uses immune therapies, which are the use of substances, biological and synthetic, that will enhance the immune system and direct a response of our immune system to attack and destroy cancer cells. IT is called dendritic cell therapy, and it is a very impressive vaccine, an autologous vaccine. Autologous means that we need to take blood samples from the patient, culture it in the lab, and from there we administer it to the patient. Dendritic cells are part of our immune system. Dendritic cell therapy trains your immune system to attack your cancer.
Nutrition is crucial for sick people. When using chemo, it is imperative to properly nourish the patient, as ultimately it is your immune system that will save you.
In 1997, I didn't believe in chemo because at that time (and still today) the success rate using chemo alone after five years was a dismal 2.5 percent. With the sophisticated testing now done in Germany, doctors can target cancer cells with low-doses chemotherapy (as little as 10 to 20 percent) and insulin potentiation therapy [IPT] used in conjunction with full-body hyperthermia, which can have amazing results. The theory behind IPT is that cancer grows on sugar. Insulin is used like a Trojan horse to carry chemo or other natural substances into the cancer cells, thereby using less toxic amounts with greater efficacy.
Poly-MVA is alpha-lipoic acid with palladium. It is an over-the-counter, natural chemotherapeutic agent. And its usefulness depends on the stage of the cancer, the virulence of the cancer, and the compliance of the patient, the mental state of the patient.
Hydrazine sulfate is a chemical produced for industry and is sold over the counter, and it has had great success with cancer. It is used to stop cancers from producing lactic acid, which turbocharges cancer cells. Hydrazine sulfate was discovered by Dr. Joseph Gold and is primarily an anti-cachexia agent, which keeps the body, for lack of a better description, from "eating itself," as so often happens in the last stages of chemotherapy treatments. A lot of testing has been done on this in Russia by the Petrov Institute in St. Petersburg.
BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 13: David Schmidt.
Glutathione is the body's master antioxidant. Our bodies manufacture the most important antioxidant, and that antioxidant is glutathione. It helps to support the immune system. Out immune system protects us from disease, and one of the ways disease attacks our bodies is through the production of free radicals. This is why supplementation with antioxidants is so important, because it will help to neutralize these free radicals and protect our cells from damage.
There are pathways in the liver for detoxification of tissue or detoxification of carcinogenic materials. We find correspondingly high levels of glutathione in the liver and in every cell of the body - that's how important glutathione is to health. There is certainly a link to the removal of toxins and the body's glutathione levels.
Glutathione is a chelating agent, and will actually bind to the cancer causing materials in a process called chelation, which is responsible for moving toxic materials like mercury out of our bodies. When it comes to cancer there is also quite a bit of documentation that glutathione will in fact remove cancer-causing material from the body.
How does a carcinogenic substance, a toxin, create cancer in the body? This is called chemical carcinogenesis, meaning there is a foreign substance, a chemical, and it will cause or induce a state of cancer in the body. Our bodies are composed of different functions with electrons. We get electrons from the sun, from our food - as a matter of fact, the whole process of energy production from food really boils down to our bodies' chemical system pulling electrons out of the food and then circulating these electrons throughout our bodies. That's the source of energy.
What happens with chemicals that cause cancer is they attack the body and try to steal electrons. Another name for this is radical, so when we have toxins in our bodies, some are natural, some are unnatural, and they are called free radicals; in the case of cancer-causing chemicals they try to attack certain portions of the body's cells.
Drinking enough water each day is vital in terms of the body's energy production, and also in keeping the lymphatic system clean. Increased energy production means cells are able to produce more glutathione as well, and the body's cells are better able to communicate, reducing the risk of disease. Glutathione production diminishes with age, but you can supplement with it.
BOOK: KNOCKOUT: BY SUZANNE SOMERS: Chapter 14: Dr. Jonathan Wright.
DHEA is a key hormone in regulating an important enzyme involved in the pathway that feeds energy to cancers. By keeping DHEA at the right level, we can make the pathway less active, so more cancer cells die sooner. DHEA is protective and preventative against cancer.
For best results, DHEA must be used in a cream form so it can be transported through skin and mucous membranes and is delivered directly into the bloodstream, and from there to each and every cell in the body without being changed first by our livers.
Estriol by itself is a weak estrogen, but in the presence of another estrogen such as estradiol it becomes an anticarcinogen, making it important for cancer protection. If you are not making enough estriol, then you should replace it in the proper amounts to reduce your cancer risk.
Iodine stimulates the metabolism of estradiol and estrone into estriol, increasing your cancer protection. In many premenopausal women with fibrocystic breast disease, the outright cure for this is getting sufficient iodine (working with your physician).
Dr. Guy Abraham, who has led the revolution in iodine use, reminded us that a Journal of the American Medical Association article in the 1970s reported that women who take thyroid and do not take iodine had precisely twice the risk of cancer as those women who take thyroid and iodine. And on its own, iodine (not iodide) protects a woman against breast cancer. Two groups of researchers have reported that iodine actually helps kill some breast cancer cell lines.
It's important to have the right balance of 2-hydroxyestrogen and 16-hydroxyestrogen. In premenopausal women, if there is more 2-hydroxyestrogen than 16-hydroxyestrogen, breast cancer risk is less. If it's the other way round, more 16 than 2, breast cancer risk is greater. Eating three or more servings a week of broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, bok choy, and other cruciferous vegetables helps keep the right balance. You can also get the benefits of these vegetables in a supplement form such as indole-3-carbinol.
2-methoxyestradiol is a very potent anticancer hormone that the body can manufacture. According to research, 2-methoxyestradiol can inhibit the growth of fibroid cells in the uterus.
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This is where a lot of oncologists really destroy people, saying, "Well, you have six months to live," or, worse, "You'd better get your things in order." You see, once that is said, it wipes out everything.
A doctor has to speak in positives. If a doctor puts out negative energy, the patients will take it in unconsciously.
Bioenergetic therapy is about resolving blocks and tension in the body through emotional release work and exercises that release energy in the body.
Attention and belief are the most important elements in self-healing. Believing you can get well is 50 percent of the battle. You have the power to change your DNA by believing you can achieve wellness.
Seek a doctor who believes you will get better, one who is willing to treat you as an individual, and one who operates by the philosophy "It's not over till it's over." Unless there is absolutely no hope, you don't give up.
Illness gives us an opportunity to dig into your emotional and spiritual self and treat the source of the pollution that's causing the body to be sick.
One of the best ways for patients to survive cancer is to use anger to fight back.
As a psychoanalyst, I believe that every cancer has some form of internal conflict going on, whether it's on the conscious level or the unconscious level. When the body gets sick, it is giving a message that it is out of balance, it's out of alignment physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
When my patients contract catastrophic disease, it's like the old Chinese saying, "There's always opportunity in crisis." You must find the good. You must find the lesson and then you will heal.
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Cancer is a disease of the whole body; a tumor is just a symptom of the disease. This means you must treat and support the whole body to beat cancer. We all have cancer cells in our bodies, but you need about a billion cancer cells to get to the lump or bump stage, which is why a tumor takes years to develop. This also means that you have time after being given a diagnosis. It's not necessary to start treatment the next day.
One of the key elements of healing is to build the patient up first, and then support the patient every day - not only before but also after he or she goes through chemo and radiation. As such, it's essential to find a doctor who honors your belief system and who will support you fully throughout treatment, whatever form it takes.
When given a cancer diagnosis, a patient needs to eat better, take nutrition seriously, and try to only eat organic foods. Eliminating sources of infection, particularly chronic infection, is also important. The stronger the patient gets, the more likely he or she is to do well with the treatments given, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
It is vitally important for cancer patients to limit sugar intake, as cancer cells create energy to grow and spread by fermenting sugar. Cancer patients must also avoid zinc, which activates the cancer process.
Cancer patients must increase oxygen supply to their cells. Because toxicity gives cancer patients thick blood, garlic, ginkgo, enzymes, and a natural blood thinner called nattokinase can be used to thin the blood, resulting in more nutrients and oxygen getting to the cells. Exercise is crucial. The Budwig diet, which includes a combination of cottage cheese and flaxseed oil, also helps increase oxygen supply to the cells.
To neutralize and eliminate toxins in the body, the key organs are the liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system. For the liver, take a fresh lemon every morning, cut it in half, squeeze the juice out of both halves, pour it into six to eight ounces of water, and drink it. Consuming vegetables such as carrots, beets, zucchini, squash, and artichokes is also important. To stimulate the lymphatic system, use a trampoline or rebounder, or if you're going to a gym use the elliptical machine, a jump rope, anything that bounces. Deep breathing also helps the lymphatic system.
To stimulate the immune system, vitamin D levels should be addressed. In addition, mistletoe, otherwise known as Iscador, is a powerful anticancer treatment that builds up the immune system.
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Supplement antioxidants in a balanced way. If example, you may take resveratrol, an amazingly powerful antioxidant and genetic modulator, but don't skip the other antioxidants. If a fruit seems great, such as pomegranate or grapes, don't just prioritize that. A mix of antioxidant supplements with a large variety of fruits and vegetables will be most protective against cancer overall.
Avoid synthetic supplements, as they can block your body from absorbing other nutrients from your diet, and they may not be balanced like natural vitamins and nutrients.
With supplements that contain vitamin E, look for products that contain natural mixed tocopherols as the primary form of vitamin E listed on the label. It has mixed tocotrienols, that is even better, as studies have shown promising results that they may reduce the risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancer. Avoid d,1-alpha-tocopherol.
When choosing a supplement that contains vitamin A, look for mixed carotenoids. A nutritional supplement that contains only beta-carotene as the primary form of vitamin A will cause an imbalance of other natural carotenoids, because they compete for absorption in the body.
Avoid anything (supplements, processed foods) that contains artificial dyes. Instead, look for products that use natural pigments (e.g. from red grape skin or turmeric) that are also powerful antioxidants.
While supplementation with folic acid in people who are deficient can reduce the risk of various cancers, there's a big difference between synthetic folic acid and natural folates (found mainly in fruits, vegetables, and liver). Supplementation with high amounts of folic acid may promote growth of precancerous cells. As far as foods go, it would be best to get natural folates from fruits and vegetables, not folic acid from refined flour products.
Pay attention to how many carbohydrates you consume at one time, as eating too much will increase your blood glucose level. Sugar fuels cancer and precancerous cells and produces excessive insulin, which acts as a second stimulating factor for cell growth, cell division, and ultimately multiplication of "bad" cells. Exercising after a high-carb meal can help you burn the carbs immediately after they are absorbed in your body, so take a walk right after dinner if you've overindulged.
As people age, cells multiply less accurately. We can protect our cells by making sure we have adequate vitamins such as folate and B12 in our diet and/or supplements.
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The rationale for surgical removal is that you can get rid of the cancer by removing it from the body. Startling scientific findings reveal that cancer surgery can increase the risk of metastasis. That is why it is so important to boost a patient's immune system before surgery, so that cancer cells that escape during the surgery are killed by activated immune cells.
In 2009, in the medical journal Annals of Surgery, researchers reported that cancer surgery itself can create an environment in the body that greatly lessens the obstacles to metastasis. Another article in the British Journal of Cancer in 2001 stated that "primary tumor removal may result in sudden acceleration of metastatic process."
It is critically important for a person undergoing cancer surgery to take measures that can help to neutralize the surgery-induced increase in cancer cell adhesion. A natural supplement called modified citrus pectin can do just that. Modified citrus pectin prevent cancer cell adhesion by binding to adhesion molecules on the surface of cancer cells, thereby preventing cancer cells from sticking together and forming a cluster. It also inhibits circulating tumor cells from latching onto the lining of blood vessels.
Cimetidine is a drug historically used to alleviate heartburn. Cimetidine also possesses potent anticancer activity. Cimetidine inhibits cancer cell adhesion by blocking the expression of an adhesive molecule called E-selectin, which is on the surface of cells lining blood vessels. Cancer cells latch onto E-selectin in order to adhere to the lining of blood vessels. By preventing the expression of E-selectin, Cimetidine significantly limits the ability of cancer cell adherence to the blood vessel walls.
Natural killer (NK) cells spontaneously recognize and kill a variety of cancer cells. A study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment examined NK cell activity in women shortly after surgery for breast cancer. The researchers reported that low levels of NK cell activity were associated with an increased risk of death from breast cancer. Cancer surgery results in a substantial reduction in NK cell activity. NK cell activity in women having surgery for breast cancer was reduced by over 50 percent on the first day after surgery.
One natural supplement that can increase NK cell activity is called PSK, a specially prepared extract from the mushroom Coriolus.
Doctors at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine compared NK cell activity in patients receiving general or regional anesthesia for abdominal surgery. NK cell activity dropped substantially in the general anesthesia group, while NK cell activity was preserved at preoperative levels in the group that received regional anesthesia.
Patients requiring morphine for pain control after surgery can consider asking their doctor for a medication called tramadol instead. Unlike morphine, tramadol does not suppress immune function. On the contrary, tramadol has been shown to stimulate NK cell activity.
All cancer patients should take extraordinary steps to maintain their bone density, including consuming lots of vitamin D3, vitamin K2, and minerals such as boron, magnesium, and calcium.