This article highlights some of the exceptional nutrients found in food that have anti-cancer properties as recently demonstrated in clinical studies. What it does not say is that a few of these nutrients are very low in non-organically grown foods and the studies used concentrated amounts in supplemental forms. This is another reason to buy certified organically grown food. Better yet, if you have the space consider having your own garden or joining a farm cooperative that uses principles of organic farming.
In the case of Vitamin D3, there is overwhelming evidence we need higher amounts than what the Recommended Daily amounts (RDA) suggest. Where one lives also plays a determining role in how much we need. Those of us in northern latitudes require much more than those in the south as exposure to the sun produces Vitamin D in the skin. Multiple sclerosis has been found more prevalent in northern countries. It is being treated with Vitamin D and other nutrients. Vitamin D3 is the best supplemental source but needs Vitamin K2 and Vitamin A (preferably from fish rather than palmatate) together to achieve its protective and medicinal results.
It is suspiciously ironic that when the “medical establishment” advocated UVB sunscreen blockers many years ago, the rate of skin cancer rose dramatically. Even the FDA declared the sun is unsafe:
Living beings have existed on this planet without sunscreen for hundreds of thousands of years. Now, suddenly we need to protect ourselves after thousands of generations? So says the pharmaceutical-backed FDA.
Read the history of how Monsanto’s Nutrasweet® came into being in the early 1980’s and how former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield was part of the deal with Reagan’s administration. Aspartame causes the longest list of deadly side effects known.
In a study titled, “Vitamin D for Cancer Prevention: A Global Perspective”, researchers concluded, “It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40 to 60 ng/mL (100–150 nmol/L) would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three fourths of deaths from these diseases in the United States and Canada, based on observational studies combined with a randomized trial. Such intakes also are expected to reduce case-fatality rates of patients who have breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer by half. There are no unreasonable risks from intake of 2000 IU per day of vitamin D3, or from a population serum 25(OH) D level of 40 to 60 ng/mL. The time has arrived for nationally coordinated action to substantially increase intake of vitamin D and calcium.”
Ann Epidemiol 2009; 19:468–483
The RDA suggestion of 400 IU’s of Vitamin D must be considered sub-par. Within the last 5 years, researchers found daily amounts ranging from 1,000 up to 5,000 to be best. I personally know one doctor who has had patients as high as 10,000 per day for a brief period without any signs of toxicity. One study cited the average Caucasian man, dressed without wearing a shirt in the summertime and exposed for 20-45 minutes will convert sunlight into Vitamin D in the amount of 20,000 IU’s! How can taking more than the RDA’s be unsafe?
While the statistics for breast cancer is alarming, there is much you can do, not only to prevent this but treat it naturally as well. The article states “Along these lines, eating a healthy diet that includes the foods ands nutrients below may help to reduce your risk …” However just what constitutes “healthy eating” still seems to be controversial. Shakespeare put it best, “One mans meat is another’s poison.” What may be healthy eating for one may not be for another. How can we determine this?
The 24-hour urinalysis reveals through the sediment rate how poorly we digest carbohydrates, fats/oils and protein. We all have “dietary stress factors” – those particular foods in the form of carbs, fats and protein that create literal stress in the body. We are familiar with emotional/mental stress because there is an emotion we are aware of related to the circumstance. But unless we are “emotional eaters”, those with anorexia, bulimia or always seeking out “comfort” food, we go about our lives unaware of the stress related to what we eat. We may experience gas, bloating or even pain when we eat but we generally do not associate it with the stress of carbs, fats or proteins. Most people quickly suppress the symptoms with Rolaids®, Tums®, Prilosec® or any other drug that mask the signs of digestive distress.
This is just one reason for doing the urinalysis. Knowing what form of food creates stress enables us to modify our intake of certain foods allowing the body to heal. If stress factors are not modified or entirely removed, our body cannot heal effectively. The urinalysis indicates which digestive enzyme formula will most benefit you. Without complete digestion of food, nutrients will not be absorbed or utilized.
Digestion of protein may be the single most important factor in most disease. Protein is the universal carrier of hormones, vitamins, minerals, metabolic enzymes without which the body succumbs to illness. Your endocrine (hormones) and immune system depend on protein for all its functions. Hormones are created from cholesterol, protein and minerals. How can you create hormones without minerals or cholesterol transported to glands responsible for hormonal production?
More importantly related to this article, your immune system is made up of several different elements of protein. All of the varieties of white blood cells and the complement system are protein-based. The complement system is made up of over 25 proteins and protein fragments. These proteins flow freely in the blood and quickly reach the site of an invasion where they respond precisely with antigens – molecules, like pollen, that the body recognizes as foreign substances. It helps or “complements” the ability of antibodies and phagocytic cells (dendritic cells, leukocytes, macrophages and neutrophils) to clear pathogens from our bodies. It is the first part of the immune system that meets invaders such as bacteria and viruses. When activated, complement proteins
- Trigger inflammation
- Signal macrophages and dendritic cells that engulf and destroy pathogens
- Mark invading pathogens making it easier for phagocytic cells to dispose of them
- Kill intruding pathogens
When someone does not properly digest protein their hormonal and immune system suffers and cannot work at its best. Recurrent colds and flu-like symptoms can be examples of inadequate protein digestion. Multiply years of poor protein digestion and co- factors like exposure to pesticides and it is no wonder cancer is higher than ever, despite the so-called “War on Cancer” declared by President Nixon in the 1970’s.
Over one hundred years ago, Dr. John Beard made an amazing discovery about cancer and went on to treat it with this finding. He published, “The Enzyme Treatment of Cancer and its Scientific Basis” in 1911. It is available through www.newspringpress.com
His discovery was quite simple, yet puzzling. His training was in zoology and embryology. Over the years he observed the human fetus’ pancreas began producing exceptionally large amounts of enzymes around day 57 in its maturation. Prior to that particular day, there were no enzymes being made. It was puzzling because all the nutrients the fetus received was through the mother’s placenta. There was never a need for the fetus to digest anything.
Yet, on or about day 57 the fetus’ pancreas was making large amounts of enzymes. He saw the placenta continually produced “trophoblasts” (what is now referred to as stem cells) and transported them into the fetus. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells capable of becoming any type of cell needed when tissue or organs are damaged. Stem cells quickly go through “metamorphosis” and become the cell required in that damaged area or organ. Up until day 57, the fetus requires stem cells to fulfill the necessary growth. However, after that, the fetuses own cells take over and go through the process of mitosis – cell division. Kidney cells begin to divide and multiply on their own as does the rest of the body’s tissue and organs. This process continues even after birth.
What he concluded next should have shaken the field of medicine but did not. He determined the huge amount of enzymes produced by the pancreas was to prevent overgrowth of the tissues and organs derived from the stem cells. An extra finger or toe or a grossly enlarged stomach was not part of nature’s design. So the body had to have a way to stop the unnecessary supply of stem cells. For some inexplicable reason there is no mechanism in the fetus or mother that tells the placenta to stop producing stem cells.
Enzymes are known to destroy, by literally digesting, unwanted micro-organisms, pathogens, food remnants and other elements found in the body. Here was Dr. Beard’s greatest contribution to the understanding of cancer. Here was the way nature intended humans to prevent and treat cancer safely. The pancreas is the storehouse and greatest producer of enzymes in the body. Dr. Beard witnessed a simple process programmed in our bodies to rid ourselves of cancer.
About 10 years ago, I remember hearing a doctor declare, “Our bodies make cancer cells every day.” I was stunned. Now I know he was mistakenly speaking about stem cells. Stem cells are still made in our bodies when we need them for tissue repair and replacement. But they can also overgrow which then leads to cancer. In April 2003, the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto confirmed Dr. Beard’s work of 100 years ago. The articles cited the existence of stem cells in breast cancer.
Since then, dozens of studies re-affirmed the existence of stem cells in other cancers and that stem cells cause cancer. Stem cells have the ability to become “immortal” meaning they can replicate themselves almost forever. Interestingly, researchers were quick to label them as “cancer stem cells” as if there were a fundamental difference between stem cells and “cancer stem cells”. More and more information comes out to confirm “undifferentiated” stem cells being the cause of cancer just like Beard’s observations 100 years ago.
Unfortunately, the enzyme treatment he devised failed to catch on in England for a number of reasons, one of them being the discovery of radiation and X-rays by Madame Curie. Those in the medical field have always been fascinated with new gadgets and gimmicks they cannot exactly explain away. So it was with X-rays. Doctors hailed the newest discovery of radiation as being the be-all; end-all to curing disease. Remember though, this is the same medical community that were treating patients with mercury and blood letting.
Beard’s treatment faded into history until the end of the 1940’s when Dr. Franklin L. Shively, Sr. of Dayton, Ohio began intravenous administration of multiple enzymes. “Multiple Enzyme Therapy” was first reported to the American Cancer Society in a manuscript with that title, submitted by Dr. Shively in 1959. In a letter in April, 1965, Dr. Shively claimed: “I am liquefying cancer tissue without reactions. All cases were far advanced cases. Even so, twelve cases are alive that should have passed on. To date, four thousand three hundred and five (4305) intravenous infusions have been given. There have been one hundred ninety three hospital admissions.”
Dr. Shively believed cancer was caused by an enzyme deficiency or incapacity which allowed for new cells to grow without built-in enzymatic controls. With his intravenous injections of multiple enzymes, he sought to help the body’s cells overcome this deficiency.
In a speech to the Senate, “Is the Food and Drug Administration Hamstringing Cancer Research?” published in the Congressional Record for October 5, 1966, Senator Edward Long discussed Dr. Shively’s difficulties with the Food and Drug Administration. An editorial in The Richmond NewsLeader, reviewing this speech, described these difficulties as follows: “On March 13, 1964, the FDA ordered Dr. Shively to file for a special exemption to continue his work; the exemption was granted on April 24. Then
the exemption was terminated on July 28, 1964 because there were no formal studies on the safety of enzyme treatments of animals despite the fact that properly supervised
treatments has been safely underway with patients for a decade…. From February 1965 to December, the FDA quibbled about animal safety data. In January and March of this year, Dr. Shively presented proposals for animal safety experiments which would cost him $25,000, all of it privately raised. The FDA made no reply until August of this year, when outside inquiries began to ask why these proposals by a man of high reputation were not even answered. The FDA is still raising minor objections.”
In 1962, Texas orthodontist William Donald Kelley was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given only a few months to live. His research led him to Dr. Beard’s book whereupon Dr. Kelley began an intensive enzyme treatment on himself. He incorporated some of Dr. Max Gerson’s dietary approach as well. (see http://www.gerson.org). Using pancreatic enzymes and diet he successfully survived one of the deadliest forms of cancer. He went on to treat a few thousand patients with differing cancers. He wrote, “One Answer to Cancer” which is still available and details his approach to cancer. He passed away from a heart attack in 2005 having outlived anyone else with pancreatic cancer by 43 years.
Of course the best form of medicine is preventative medicine. In relation to cancer it would be wise to encourage the body’s ability to make and minimally use its enzyme stores. Dr. Edward Howell is the pioneer in this country in using plant-based enzymes. His contribution to the puzzle lays in his observations that as humans, we are the only creatures on this planet that cook (heat) our food. In doing so we rob our metabolic enzymes to digest the food.
This continuous drainage of enzymes, especially from the pancreas (remember Beard observed the pancreas is originally part of the immune system) weakens our immune system so microbes and other pathogens easily breach our defenses and create illness. Were we to not eat less cooked food and more raw food, it would spare the pancreas of having to supply large amounts of enzymes for digestion. It would then be able to supply enzymes for the destruction of pathogens and keep us strong and healthy – almost impervious to disease. By using plant-based digestive enzymes with cooked food we keep our immune system intact and ready for anything that happens to invade our bodies. This is probably the most important points in the field of enzyme nutrition therapy.
There are many nutrients with which to stimulate the immune system but if we do not have the weapons (enzymes), we are like an army sent out to battle against an enemy without any chance of winning. We must employ digestive enzymes in our daily regime of supplements if we wish to prevent cancer and any other form of invasive disease.
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