WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY TO
FOLLOW THE 5 Rs OF CANCER
To generally improve your long-term survival prospects
you should ideally follow the 5 "Rs" of Cancer Recovery:
- An anti-cancer diet and nutritional supplements.
- Stress control: relaxation, and visualisation techniques.
- Exercise: regular, aerobic, and within your capacity.
- De-toxification: removing both internal and external environmental
- (Last, but not least.) Spiritual, emotional and psychological
healing. Without this, it is doubtful whether you will have a genuine
will to live, and therefore make the necessary changes in your life.
The information in this guide is designed to teach you
exactly what to do in respect of the above.
Start doing now as much of the following as lies in your
means. The more you can do, the better. But take it easy... do not get
stressed if you cannot do everything, or all at once. Set yourself small,
achievable aims and build it up slowly. It will also be of immense benefit
if you can interest and enlist the practical help of family and/or friends
in implementing this plan.
1. ADOPT AN ANTI-CANCER DIET, AND TAKE NUTRITIONAL
(Full details in Dr P. Quillin, Beating Cancer with
Nutrition. See Bibliography)
An anti-cancer diet is one that is as close to nature as
possible, without additives and undue processing. Eat 5 portions of fresh
fruit and vegetables daily, unless you have advanced cancer; in which
case, veer towards 5 portions of vegetables and low fruit. (The fruit
sugar can feed the cancer). Do not fry food. Grill or steam. Avoid red
meat, and meat in general if possible, unless game, or organic. Eat
fish, oily in particular, such as mackerel, herring, wild salmon and tuna
and sardines. Avoid smoked foods. Eat dairy foods in moderation. Do not
exceed 40 grams of protein a day. More than this will severely tax the
liver's detoxification systems, and promote conditions favourable to
cancer. However, if you are suffering from a hormonal cancer, such as
Breast or Prostate Cancer, you would be very strongly advised to give up
all dairy produce altogether, including beef, with the possible exception
of organic eggs. A very compelling case for a direct causal link between
milk and its products, and breast and prostate cancer, has been made,
after a scientific review of all the evidence to date, by Professor Jane
Plant, herself a remarkable survivor of 5 recurrences of advanced breast
cancer (see Bibliography. Professor
Plant's book also tells you how to make the dietary changes
necessary.) Keep the total percentage of fat in the diet below 25%, if
possible, (do not exceed 30%). Understand that there are good fats and
bad fats. The only oils you should use in cooking are
cold-pressed olive oil, canola oil and a little butter, and for salads,
olive oil, sesame, flax, pumpkin, walnut and hazelnut oils. Discard all
other oils, and margarines. Avoid hydrogenated fats in
biscuits, cakes, crisps etc. These fats actually block the keys which
enable your body to utilise essential fatty acids, or good fats. (95% of
the population are deficient in essential fatty acids). You can improve
your good fat intake by supplementing with 3000mg or more - up to 5000mg
daily of fish oil, or 2/3 tablespoons of flax. These contain Omega-3 fatty
acids which have been demonstrated to retard the progress of cancer quite
significantly and help prevent cachexia, the wasting associated with
Add soy products to your diet, on a daily basis.
These include soy sauce, miso soup/paste, tofu, tempeh, soya milk and
yoghurt; the latter two, and tofu, are excellent dairy substitutes.
However, it is strongly advisable to avoid soy in over-processed
forms, such as TVP, "mince", burgers, sausages etc. The processing
involved actually adds high levels of carcinogens - nitrosamines - and
toxic metals to such soy products. Apart from lowering cholesterol and
being an excellent source of protein, soy contains isoflavones.
Isoflavones are anti-angiogenic, that is they can interfere with the
process by which tumours establish a life-line and grow. Drink Miso broth,
or make miso soup daily (see recipes), particularly if
you are undergoing radiotherapy. According to Japanese research, miso
contains a chelating agent which can remove heavy metals and radioactive
matter from the body. Miso is said to have protected doctors working at
Ground Zero in Nagasaki from radiation sickness. For further protection
from the side effects of radiation, post-therapy, make frequent use of
seaweed in soups, salads, casseroles, dips etc. Good seaweeds to try are
Icelandic Kelp, Nori, Arame, Hiziki, Dulse, Wakame. Juicing, if you can do
it, (see Max Gerson, A Cancer Therapy, and Leslie Kenton, Juice
High), is a wonderful way of really concentrating good nutrition in an
easy format. But if you are losing weight rapidly, purée instead.
The best kind of juicer, if you can afford it, is one such as Vitamix,
which does not strain out essential fibre from fruit and vegetables (see
Wherever possible, eat organic produce. Do not add sugar
or salt to food. Avoid coffee. Drink plenty of water, mineral, or
filtered, green tea without milk, (to avoid inactivating the
therapeutic ingredients) - a November 1999 letter to Nature
Medicine suggests that drinking about 4/5 cups of green tea daily may
slow metastatic tumour growth by up to 50% - ; herb teas, such as Pau
D'Arco, Essiac, Cats Claw, Dandelion etc, and diluted fresh fruit juices,
or better still concentrated fresh vegetable juices. The best complete
nutritional supplement to take is Dr Quillin's Immunopower, (see Resources section), and
high dose vitamin C powder, throughout the day in water or juice, 10 grams
or more, to tolerance. (Tolerance = diarrhoea. Step dose down a bit if
this occurs, or use a buffered form of C, such as "Ester-C" or Magnesium
Ascorbate.) Immunopower contains everything known to science to
affect cancer, in the correct dose, largely in powder form, and is cheaper
than pills. It has been specially formulated for cancer patients,
and considerably simplifies the business of taking dozens of different
supplements.Order it today!
The above dietary guidelines are derived from a
scientific consensus on how diet impacts on cancer prevention, treatment
and recurrence. They have major health implications. If, however, you
really want to hone the dietary approach, then having a suitably trained
physician determine your individual biochemical profile or "metabolic
type", is the optimal choice. Metabolic typing looks at the performance of
your autonomic nervous system, and, depending on its balance or bias,
(towards sympathetic or para-sympathetic dominance), tailors the diet to
compensate accordingly. Thus, although rare, there may be certain
individuals who are actually more likely to thrive on a diet high in red
meat in cancer, like the Eskimos. Dr Nicholas Gonzalez in New York (see Doctors Directory), is a prime
exponent of this approach. Ayurvedic Medicine also does its own brand of
metabolic typing (see Resources section).
IF YOU ARE WASTING AWAY:
Studies have shown that a weight loss greater than 6% of
normal weight at the time of cancer diagnosis significantly affects
survival for the worse. For many common cancers it has been established
that this adverse effect of weight loss outweighs the possible good impact
of conventional treatment such as chemotherapy. So it would make sense not
to panic and rush into treatment. Instead, sort out your nutritional
status and weight problems first and then proceed. You will not
only weather the treatment better: your odds for survival will go up. Here
is a battle plan: -
1. Take Immunopower and High Dose Vitamin C.
2. Use Dr Quillin's "Dragon-Slayer" shake recipe daily,
(see recipes), with medium
chain triglycerides added, to counter wasting. Coconut butter is a good
source of MCTs. (P. Quillin, Beating Cancer with Nutrition,
Nutrition Times Press, Tulsa, O.K., p93).
3. Take 5000mg daily of fish oil: Higher Nature Omega-3
Fish Oil 1000, or 4/5 tablespoons of Omega Nutrition Flax Seed Oil in
shakes. Keep in fridge, to prevent rancidity. (Omega-3 fatty acids have
been shown to significantly counter wasting, in part because their
anti-inflammatory actions block Tumour Necrosis Factor, and Interleukin 6,
hormones of the immune system over-expressed in cancer, which promote
4. Eat as often as you can. A small, regular intake is
preferable to nothing. If you have zero appetite, distract yourself while
you eat: listen to music, read, watch a video. You may have to consider
eating as an exercise in willpower for a time. Purée rather than juice. If
at all possible, try and eat slightly more than you are normally used to.
This is to compensate for the fact that in advanced cancer your
resting metabolic rate (i.e. rate at which you burn calories and
consume energy), is actually elevated significantly above average. Hence
the rapid wasting. If eating alone is not enough to maintain y our weight
stable, then you may need pharmacological help (see below: 8 and 9).
5. Use Slippery Elm - glucose free - as a drink to
settle your stomach and Silymarin to improve liver function.
6. Avoid Glucose Rich Total Parenteral Nutrition
(intravenous feeding). This feeds the cancer more than it feeds you.
Moreover, overfeeding of glucose/dextrose combination in TPN formulae can
lead to liver and respiratory problems. A Harvard doctor, George
Blackburn, who has studied nutrition in cancer for several decades, offers
the following conclusions, after an extensive review of clinical trials
with TPN in cancer. TPN in cancer is used
to improve fitness, metabolic status and body composition, (and therefore
quality of life). Most symptoms of malnutrition in cancer can be prevented
by properly administered TPN, using a tailored prescription of
macronutrients and micronutrients. If the need for TPN arises, show your
oncologist the table in Dr Blackburn's
"The high dextrose content of conventional TPN formulae
should be minimized, and instead a portion of the calories should be
supplied by approximately 30% lipids, including a minimum of no less than
4-6% Omega-6 fatty acids and some Omega-3 fatty acids, now known to
counter wasting in cancer."
This is appropriate as, whereas tumours depend largely on
glucose for energy, the cancer patientâ€™s metabolism is adapted to fat as a
"In the absence of fluid restriction, the average
semi-stressed cancer patient requires approximately 30 - 35 ml of fluid
per kilogram per day. Electrolyte (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium,
phosphate), mineral and vitamin requirements for patients with cancer are
essentially the same as patients with non-malignant disease."
"The provision of TPN during chemotherapy should be
reserved for those patients with hypoalbuminemia, (low blood albumin
score, a good index of malnutrition), or weight loss greater than 10% who
are responsive to prescribed dose and schedule of chemotherapy."
On the other hand, "among patients receiving bone marrow
transplants, those who cannot eat for a prolonged period, particularly if
they are severely malnourished, may benefit from TPN."
It has also been demonstrated that TPN "administered with
insulin (1 mU per kilogram of body weight per minute) results in improved
skeletal muscle protein synthesis and whole-body protein net balance
compared to TPN alone."
However, you should note that as a general rule TPN used
indiscriminately in cancer does not confer significant survival
benefits, probably because, being invasive, it offers a route for
blood-borne infections. It can nevertheless be a useful adjuvant therapy
to salvage patients out of bad, malnourished states, in the absence of
alternative feeding routes.
Ideally, if it is simply physically impossible for you to
eat, or if your doctors and/or attendants judge this to be the case, then
it is a matter of the utmost urgency to start Enteral Nutrition,
naso-gastric tube feeding, which is far safer than Total Parenteral
Nutrition. If necessary, your surgeons may also institute Parenteral
Nutrition through percutaneous gastrostomy - a feeding tube placed
directly into the stomach through the stomach wall, when the oral route is
blocked, - or feeding jejunostomy - a surgical permanent opening directly
into the small intestine. Enteral Nutrition can also be done at home. In
skilled hands, a naso-gastric tube can be inserted in minutes, and will
enable a regular effortless supply of good nutritional support. The ideal
formula should again be low in glucose, specifically Dr Blackburnâ€™s.
However, if this is unobtainable, Novartisâ€™ Impact in Enteral
Nutrition format, is a good second best, that has been extensively tested
on cancer patients with improved outcome. The critical thing to remember
is that if you can stave off cachexia or wasting, your cancer will find it
much harder to get the upper hand. So it is important to take early
preventative action in this respect, and be on guard.
7. Snack on high protein things, such as nuts, spirulina
bars, oat cakes, brown rice crackers.
8. Advanced cancer causes a profound systemic derangement
in all aspects of the body's metabolism. This means that even intensive
nutritional therapy may not be enough to halt wasting and promote healing
at this stage. Prospects are best when such therapies are combined with
approaches that put a major spoke in the metabolic derangement wheel the
cancer spins. If possible, lower tumour burden by surgery, or other means
that do not destroy the immune system. (See IV Vitamin C
Therapy/Phototherapy etc). Then add one of the two following
If your cachexia, or wasting, is aggressively active, consider a course
of Hydrazine Sulphate. This drug, which has been the subject of a number
of studies since the 1970s, including trials by the US National Cancer
Institute, has been demonstrated to improve appetite, and weight gain, and
both halt wasting, and sometimes tumour growth, by interfering with the
availability of "new glucose" in the liver, which tumours ferment as their
source of energy. The dose used in most studies is 3 x 60 milligram
tablets daily for a month. Thereafter after a break of 2 to 6 weeks
further courses can be taken. Side effects are minimal and hydrazine
sulphate does not appear to cause bone marrow depression, unlike most
chemotherapeutic agents. However, please note, hydrazine sulphate should
not be administered to patients taking alcohol, barbiturates,
anti-depressants and antipsychotics. The combination can cause dangerous
falls in blood pressure. If you need any of the above drugs and hydrazine
sulphate, discuss appropriate substitutes with your doctor.
9. If you cannot take Hydrazine Sulphate because you
genuinely need the above listed drugs, an orthomolecular alternative to
consider is Insulin. Cancer patients, particularly in the late, wasting
stages, are usually insulin resistant. Thus giving extra insulin makes
sense because it has been shown to reduce production of new sugar in the
liver, just like Hydrazine Sulphate, and reduce protein breakdown, which
results in muscle wasting. Monitoring blood glucose levels may be a good
way of determining cachexic activity. They are usually abnormally high if
cachexia is present.
10. Another agent which may be of use is Megestrol
Acetate, a progestational steroid (a synthetic hormone that mimics the
action of progesterone in pregnancy, to store fat). A number of trials
with this hormone have demonstrated appetite improvement and weight gain
not only in advanced breast cancer but in AIDS patients as well. It is
thought Megestrol Acetate may work by influencing metabolism of fat stores
in the body, so that more fat is stored or conserved, instead of being
broken down and oxidised to fuel the excess energy production in cancer.
Male patients whose cachexia or wasting results in part from low hormone
status, may also benefit from testosterone supplements. (Obviously,
prostate cancer would be a contra-indication to this).
11. If you are depressed and receiving pharmacological
treatment for this, you should be aware that the following drugs reduce
appetite and weight and may thus be working against you: Amphetamines, and
their analogues including phentermine, phenylpropanolamine; norepinephrine
uptake inhibitors; fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine; several seratonin
uptake inhibitors, including fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Zoloft);
sibutramine (Meridia). On the other hand, there are drugs for depression,
known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors, e.g. amytryptiline (Elavil) and
lithium, which can make some individuals increase in appetite and
weight. These may be an option, if you are truly dependent. But, in
general, we do not recommend any of these drugs.
12. As malnutrition sets in with advanced cancer, levels
of albumin in the blood fall steeply. (Normal levels are in the range of
3.1 - 4.3 g/dl, but ideally you should be above 3.7 g/dl at least).
Albumin is produced by the liver and is the chief protein found in blood,
acting as a key antioxidant, detoxifier and transporter of important
nutrients. Intravenous infusions of albumin can be dangerous, due to the
dramatic alterations in blood volume they cause, so they are not a good
option for boosting albumin. Japanese research however suggests that the
algae, chlorella, which is rich in albumin, and a power-house of other
nutrients, may be a good supplement to use at such times. (A study has
shown a 30% rise in albumin in 68% of malnourished elderly people who took
6 grams a day of chlorella for 6 months). Monitoring the rise and fall of
blood albumin has prognostic implications for survival and recovery and
2. STRESS CONTROL: RELAXATION AND VISUALISATION
(See Bibliography: Getting Well
Again by Dr O.Carl Simonton, ESSENTIAL READING II).
Cancer is stressful. There is evidence that stress can
contribute to its genesis. Given the connections between mind and body,
stress can almost certainly exacerbate the disease. Learn a relaxation
technique and practise it daily, up to three times a day, for 20
minutes at a time. Meditate. Or do something you really enjoy, daily. Join
a yoga class, or stay at home and try one of the excellent yoga videos
available, such as Jane Fonda's Yoga Exercise Workout. This will
teach you good breathing and relaxation techniques. Good breathing will
calm you and give you energy.
Since mind can undoubtedly alter matter, learn to
visualise yourself better, according to the Simontons' suggestions (see
above). Try regular massage. Do more things for fun. Find someone you can
discuss your health problems with on an ongoing basis. Join a cancer group
for mutual support and encouragement. If financial matters can be arranged
accordingly, do only as much work as gives you interest and pleasure,
concentrating your primary energies on your all-important health goals,
for the time being. Remember: if you do not survive, there will be
no-one to do your job anyway. Try to avoid the temptation to drown your
anxieties in a frenzy of unproductive activity which may accelerate the
very thing you fear as a consequence! Are the issues which you think
demand your time, energy and attention really important in absolute
terms? If not, drop them, at least for now. "Sufficient unto the
day is the evil thereof." Live in the present. Consider the
At least 3 times a week, or more, for a minimum of half
an hour at a time, ideally in the fresh air. The simplest thing to do is
to walk. If you have the energy, walk briskly for half an hour at a
time. If you can do more, try alternating brisk walking with running, then
walk, then run. Apparently this is what the Roman Army did to conquer the
world! However, be careful never to overdo it. Never push or exhaust
yourself. Work within your limits, however modest these may be.
The main thing is to choose a form of exercise you like
and can do easily, and at home if necessary. Try putting on music and
dancing; rebounding, (mini-trampolines); swimming; tennis; golf.
Start slowly, and build up. Stay with it. Exercise gives you energy
over time. If aerobic, it raises "endorphin" levels - the pleasure
hormones - and therefore counters depression. It oxygenates your body
properly, and, since cancer cells are anaerobic, they hate oxygen. For
this reason, breathing exercises are also beneficial, and can be done even
when exercise is impossible. If you are not in great pain and/or
discomfort, you can do the following even whilst bed-bound:
DEEP BREATHING EXERCISE:
- Lie your back, as flat as possible.
- Breathing through your nose, very slowly fill first your
tummy with as much air as it will hold, then go on to fill your chest
cavity with the same breath.
- At the height of the breath, hold it for a count of 1 to 2 seconds.
- Slowly, and in a controlled fashion, release the air through your
open mouth. (This can be noisy).
- Before beginning again, pause once more for another count of 1 to 2.
- Carry on for as long as you feel the need. A minimum of 10 such deep
breaths is recommended. The pauses are essential to avoid
hyperventilating. The body takes these pauses naturally when you are not
controlling your breath.
- If you also count the breaths the concentration required is a form
of meditation. Deep breathing exercises for 5, 10 to 20 minutes are an
instant tonic, both calming and energising. They are good to do before
sleep, or if insomnia is a problem. You can follow the deep breathing
with a total body relaxation and visualisation session.
10 MINUTE DE-STRESSING EXERCISE
Sit in a comfortable armchair, lounge on a sofa, or lie
on the floor/bed. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath and let it
go. Feel all your tension and tiredness flow out with the breath, feel it
drain down and out through your limbs, feel yourself growing warm and very
heavy all over. Sink into the ground or chair. Now work round your body
and feel each part grow warm and very heavy, feet to knees, thighs, lower
back, chest, arms, head. Drop/relax your jaw. Feel your forehead smoothen.
Now go round again tightening groups of muscles, as hard as possible. Hold
for 10 to 20 seconds then release and relax. Repeat this several times
till you feel really free of tension. Finish with a good cat stretch. Go
back to what you were doing. Repeat the exercise as needed. This is good
also last thing at night.
Knowing you are seriously ill can generate huge amounts
of anxiety, which can in turn result in persistent insomnia. Insomnia is a
major stressor and will deplete you of much needed rest and energy. Good
sleep is essential for healing. Yet, sleeping tablets are undesirable in
the short or long term. They can leave you feeling hung-over and add to
the burden your liver already has to deal with in cancer.
The orthomolecular answer to insomnia is Melatonin, your
body's own sleep-regulating hormone. Melatonin can become deficient as you
age, or under stress. So taking a synthetic version of this makes sense
from time to time. (We stress synthetic because animal-derived
melatonin can be full of impurities and other undesirable components).
Melatonin is available on prescription or can be bought direct from the
U.S. (see Suppliers
section). The standard dose is 3 mg. But scientists who have done much
work with melatonin suggest that individuals with very high anxiety levels
or entrenched insomnia may need higher doses. It is best to start on the
standard dose and experiment if necessary. You need to work with your body
clock, so take melatonin between 1 to 2 hours before sleep, from 8 in the
evening onwards. If you need a higher dose, take it in 2 sessions: say 3
mg at 8 o'clock and 3 mg at 10 o'clock. (We do not recommend you go beyond
5/6 mg a night unless advised to do so by an expert medical
Melatonin has worked miracles where all else has failed.
It seems to make sleep more restful and refreshing, making it easier to
get up. It can be safely taken for long periods of time, is a natural
anti-oxidant and, some authorities believe, has some anti-cancer
To fully reap the relaxant and calming benefits, try to
expose yourself to bright light and fresh air in the morning, in
combination with regular exercise, such as walking. If your problem is
really bad, you should also practice daily relaxation exercises.
This can range from removing all your mercury alloy
fillings to removing other excess heavy metals from your system by
chelation therapy, which can be oral, - vitamin C in high doses and miso
soup/homeopathic drops - or in severe cases by intravenous injection of a
"mop-up" chemical called EDTA, which you excrete in urine along with the
heavy metal burden; coffee enemas, whether or not you follow the Gerson
therapy. (These actually stimulate the liver's detoxification systems. See
pages 190-1 of Max Gerson's A Cancer Therapy for the "recipe".
Coffee enemas are especially important at
times when there may be rapid tumour breakdown due to therapy, to avoid a
sometimes lethal syndrom known as tumour lysis.)
Hot baths, in particular, using Dead Sea Salts; low
temperature saunas - max. 98-102 degrees F, and skin-brushing or lymphatic
drainage. (See Leslie Kenton's Ultrahealth for the latter). Skin
brushing should be done for 5 to 10 minutes daily before a bath or shower
using a natural bristle brush. Make firm strokes all over your limbs and
body, always working from the extremities towards the heart. Skin brushing
not only removes toxins from the upper layer of skin, it mobilizes
sluggish lymph and brings fresh blood to the skin. WARNING: Saunas
are not advisable for anyone with high blood pressure or heart disease, as
well as those on heart-affecting chemo drugs such as Adriamyacin. If in
doubt, check with your doctor. We also recommend you do not take your
If you are overweight, try and get as near your ideal
weight as possible. The reason for this is that toxins of all kinds tend
to be stored in body fat, so the less excess fat you have, the better
detoxified you will be. Following the cancer diet is a good way to lose
weight gradually because this diet regulates blood glucose very
efficiently, and blood glucose regulation is the key to weight loss and
Avoid obvious sources of pollution: tap water (filter
it!), passive smoking etc. Give up: smoking, alcohol, drugs,
"recreational" and otherwise (e.g. anti-depressants), unless really
essential, coke, coffee and SUGAR. Cancer is a "glucose-obligate" disease.
It feeds on sugar, and breaks down muscle to turn it into sugar and fuel
its energy needs. Sugar also depresses the immune system. Try the Liver
Detox Plan, Xandria Williams, (Vermillion, London, 1998). Herbs which
are especially good for liver detoxification and stimulation are milk
thistle or sylimarin, dandelion, ginger, turmeric and goldenseal. (The
only counter-indication to the latter is gallbladder/bile duct problems
including cancer of the gall-bladder).
Environmental pollution can be worst in your own home! In
a pollution survey done of 6 major American cities it was found that air
pollution was 200% worse inside buildings than in the open air. The
source of much of this, apart from air and water, are the many
carcinogenic chemicals in the everyday products we use, from talc,
saccharine in toothpaste, cosmetics, "air fresheners", to cleaning fluids
and powders, as well as synthetic carpets. If you want to depollute your
home substantially, consult The Safe Shopper's Bible, (Macmillan,
1995), by Dr Samuel Epstein MD, Professor of Environmental Medicine at the
University of Chicago. Dr Epstein maintains that the explosion in cancer
incidence statistics in the last 50 years - 45%+ -, for which tobacco only
accounts for one third, is probably due largely to the extensive
environmental pollution caused by industry. This pollution extends to the
things we eat, and more insidiously, particularly if you are a woman, the
things we put on our skin. Skin is a highly absorbent organ and, contrary
to what the cosmetic industry will tell you, traces of anything put on
your skin can usually be found in the bloodstream. Many antiperspirants,
perfumes, soaps and creams routinely contain known carcinogens. (Coal tar
soaps and shampoos notoriously so). Lanolin, a standard moisturiser, is
often contaminated with Lindane. Liquid paraffin, a base for many
moisturisers, is an undesirable petrochemical derivative. Ditto
Malignant Melanoma, skin cancer, is on the increase (like
most other cancers), particularly amongst women. Increased exposure to
sun, without adequate protection, particularly amongst fair-skinned
people, - freckle skinned redheads being most at risk, - is undoubtedly
the major cause. However, bearing in mind that men are probably less
likely to use sun block than women, the marked difference in incidence of
skin cancer between the sexes might also suggest that it is women's habit
of routinely slathering creams and cosmetics on their skins, many of which
contain known carcinogens, that accelerates the carcinogenic impact of UV
radiation on the skin. For this reason alone it is worth changing to a
range of totally natural, plant based additive/pollution free skincare.
There are various ranges, for example the Dr Hauschka Skincare range, and
Aveda organic plant based products, which include cosmetics, deodorants,
bath products, nail and haircare, where the only preservative used is
alcohol. For addresses see Resources page.
Check your general health. Tackle allergies,
candida etc. As secretions of stomach hydrochloric acid decrease as you
grow older, it would be wise to check your levels of this, to ensure good
absorption of the nutrients needed to fight cancer. Otherwise you may not
get the full benefit of your nutritional therapies. A gastrogram, or
Heidelberg test, should reveal whether you need to take an HCl supplement.
Contact the Medical Biolab, or Health Interlink Ltd, or ask your doctor,
for further information.
You should also consider taking a daily supplement of
good bacteria such as Lactobacilli bifidus to recolonise that often
missing in the intestines due to courses of antibiotics, chemo, poor
nutrition etc. A healthy population of "good" bacteria is essential for
balanced digestive function.
Electro Magnetic Fields from electrical currents are
increasingly being associated with cancer incidence. Sources of EMFs which
you may wish to lessen your exposure to, in generally detoxing your
home, are: hair dryers, electric blankets, vacuum cleaners, computers, TV,
kitchen appliances, mobile phones and electrical outlets behind the head
of a bed. If you live near power lines, consider re-locating.
Wean yourself off any unnecessary drugs: sleeping pills
(see Insomnia); tranquillisers;
anti-depressants etc. You should find this easier as you implement the
new, health-giving lifestyle changes discussed in this Guide. Dr Charles
Simone, an orthomolecular oncologist, who treated President Reagan, also
suggests you take drugs only when prescribed by a doctor, in case of
real necessity, and that you should then check to see if the drug
interferes with vitamin function and supplement accordingly. If drugs are
an addiction, get professional help. (See book on Addiction in our Bibliography)
5. SPIRITUAL, EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL
If you are unhappy, or unfulfilled, try and change your
life. Do not be afraid if you think the changes needed are radical, such
as divorce. Try and do what you have always wanted to do. If you need
professional help, try Jungian psychotherapy, or join a cancer group. The
Tavistock Clinic, (120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA, Tel: 0207 435 7111
may give you a local reference.) Do not neglect the spiritual aspect of
life: we are not here to live for ourselves alone. If you have no faith,
and have never given such matters thought, you will find religious
teachers everywhere whom you can approach freely for guidance. Do what you
can to resolve conflicts: make peace with yourself and others.
If you follow the above, you will not go far wrong. The
newly-diagnosed cancer patient is usually swamped with conflicting
information and does not know what to think, or where to begin. The 5 Rs
of Cancer Recovery and Survival have a good deal of science behind them;
they incorporate the natural laws of good health. If you want to try
additional therapies and approaches you will be safest if you keep to
things which are natural and non-toxic, or of low