Before I start on the benefits of nutritional treatment for cancer I would like to give an overview of the time-line of scientific discovery and cancer because I think it might surprise some people that some of theses treatments are being used now and with more science to explain why they are effective.
- 1906 (93 years ago) Professor John Beard of Edinburgh University pioneered work that looked at young cells that are stimulated by oestrogen (in both men and women) for healing tissue and are then terminated by pancreatic enzymes when they have completed the task. If these cells are not terminated cancer tumours are the result of the ongoing “healing” process. He injected trypsin, a pancreatic enzyme, into mouse sarcomas and achieved a regression in each case.
- 1911 Professor John Beard published a book “The Enzyme Therapy of Cancer”
- 1920’s Gerson Therapy was first introduced to treat TB and then to treat cancer. A modified version of this extreme diet therapy is still used today. It involves juicing of vegetables and detoxing with the aid of coffee enemas.
- 1931 Dr. Warburg won a Nobel Prize for proving that cancer is caused by a lack of oxygen respiration in cells. All normal cells meet their oxygen needs by respiration of oxygen whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs mainly by fermentation of sugars. Poor oxygenation comes from a build up of toxins within and around the cells and low essential fatty acids in the cell walls restrict oxygen exchange. When the cell doesn’t get enough oxygen it starts to ferment sugars which can produce energy without oxygen. Cells that do this lose their ability to function properly and therefore cannot do whatever they need to do in the body. These cells may turn cancerous if not destroyed by the immune system. Further research by the National Cancer Institute showed this to be true and that it took a reduction of just 35% in oxygen levels for this to happen. Cancer cells produce excess lactic acid as they ferment and as this builds up it prevents the transport of oxygen into neighbouring cells.
- 1936 The US Senate produced a statement saying that there was concern that the vitamins and minerals were being depleted in farming soil and the effect that this could have on human health.
- 1940 The first chemical nitrogen mustard was used to treat lymphoma but with no lasting effect.
- 1950’s Ernst Krebs, following on from Professor John Beard’s research into natural substances that would kill cancer cells, isolated a Vitamin B17 that he called laetrile a selective toxin. This is present in some foods, seeds and fruits that are not frequently eaten now. News of B17’s effective spread throughout America but there were powerful interests within the government and pharmaceutical companies that would not sanction a vitamin that could not be patented, licensed or sold for huge profit.
- 1960’s Combination chemotherapy started to successfully treat some lymphomas.
- 1970’s Dr. Harold Manner, Professor of Biology at a University in Chicago, stated ” The frequent recurrence of a malignancy after treatment with the conventional methods of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, result because the basic underlying metabolic cause of the cancer is rarely considered and consequently remains uncorrected.” He suffered much harassment from the medical profession over his claims that Laetrile worked and he moved to Mexico where he successfully treated many thousands of patients until his death in 1992. He wrote a book “Metabolic Therapy in Cancer”
- Also in 1970’s A very well respected cancer researcher Dr. Kanemaysu Sugiura, after conducting five years of trials on B17 at Sloan Kettering Memorial hospital in New York, reported that it was the most effective anti-cancer agent that he had tested. The President of the hospital sanctioned several more trials trying to disprove these results and eventually managed to get Laetrile banned by the Food and Drug Administration.
- 1979 Linus Pauling promoted his research into the effects of high dose Vitamin C and cancer treatment and prevention. Some Doctors are still using this but by intravenous injection.
- 1980’s – present time Dr. Gonzalez has been following the Nutritional approach to cancer since 1981 and he has succeeded in getting the National cancer Institute to sponsor a clinical trial on Pancreatic cancer( one of the hardest to treat).
Many other Doctors across the World have been adding their voices to the Nutritional approach, Orthomolecular Oncology, Integrated Medicine, Complementary Cancer therapy or Alternative treatment. Cancer is still growing in pace as a major killer in the world. In 2005 7.6 million people died from cancer, that number is predicted to rise to 9 million by 2015 and to 11.4 million by 2030 ( Statistics from The World Health Organisation). Chemotherapy, although sometimes successful, is certainly not the magic bullet we had hoped it would be back in the chemical age of the 50’s and 60’s. Many people consider the side effects, risks and potential damage to their immune system more terrifying than the disease itself and if we are to have equality in care then we should also back research and development into other methods of treatment and not just the ones that make money but ones that can save more lives.