This page is not designed to be a tool for a person putting together an alternative treatment for cancer. This page should be used as a guide as you research for a base treatment. This page is intended to be a reference to demonstrate the massive amount of scientific evidence for the use of natural substances in cancer treatments. This list does not include key warnings, dosages, etc.
The FDA and AMA would like you to believe there is no scientific evidence that natural substances are useful in treating cancer. This is in spite of the fact that pharmaceutical companies routinely use natural substances to inspire the design of their synthetic toxins. A casual reading of this page will demonstrate that natural substances are the preferred way of treating cancer. It makes one wonder why the National Institutes of Health have ignored Mother Nature.
This is a listing of cancer treatments, special foods, special nutrients, etc. that have either been proven to treat cancer or have demonstrated significant potential to treat cancer.
Two asterisks (**) have been placed by treatments that are definitely in the top 50 of alternative cancer treatments. A single asterisk (*) means this treatment deserves serious consideration. Just because a treatment does not have an asterisk does not necessarily mean it is a weak treatment, it may mean we haven't had time to research the substance yet or the evidence for the product is still being investigated.
The List of Alternative Cancer Treatments
714-X or 714X / Gaston Naessens
Homeopathic remedy out of Canada. Good results if the cancer is caught early. Mediocre results if the cancer is caught in a late stage.
- see Livingston-Wheeler
Stimulating NK cell function and supporting the immune system's front-line defense has become one of the most promising avenues of cancer treatment and prevention. Since 1986, 29 published scientific studies using a proprietary natural compound called AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound) made from a hybrid of mushrooms used in traditional Japanese medicine, has been shown to increase NK cell cancer killing function by several hundred times, providing benefits for the majority of cancer patients in several human clinical trials. Substantial improvement is also shown in the functioning of macrophages, another type of cytotoxic white blood cell that clears debris from cell damage, directly attacks disease-causing cells, and displays antigens which stimulate antibody production by B-cell white blood cells, and in the production of specific cytokines, immune system chemical messengers … (1)
Agaricus Blazel Murill (ABM) (Mushroom)
The polysaccharide contained in Agaricus Blazel Murill vitalizes production of interferon and interleukin in small animals (guinea pigs). This effect indirectly functions to destroy or prevent the proliferation of cancer cells. This refers to a cytokine inducing effect… Clinical results obtained in collaboration with university researchers and hospital since the report on the anti-cancer effect of Agaricus Blazei Murril (ABM Mushroom) was released at the general convention of the Japan Cancer Association in 1980 proved that although many fungi polysaccharide only effect solid cancer and polysaccharide of Agaricus Blazei Murril is effective against Ehrlich’s ascites carcinoma sigmoid colonic cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, and liver cancer as well as against solid cancer. (2)
* Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa)
This plant contains large amounts of chlorophyll, beta-carotene, and vitamin E. It also contains the amino acid L-Canavanine, which has: antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-tumoral activity. (3)
Algae (e.g. Blue-Green)
- See Spirulina
* Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is generally used in conjunction with other treatment programs, such as Cesium Chloride. It contains multiple phytonutrients known to treat cancer.
** Alkalinity / Cesium Chloride / Calcium Chloride
If cancer cells get too alkaline, they first stop spreading, and then they die. Also used to stop the pain of cancer very quickly.
Other research on alpha-lipoic acid has shown that it might: … inhibit the activation of nuclear factor kappa-B, a protein complex involved in cancer and the progression of AIDS. The therapeutic potential of alpha-lipoic acid is just beginning to be explored, but this compound holds great promise. (4) [ALA is generally used for diabetes.]
Alsihum (formerly: Alzium)
Eight of the plant extracts in Alsihum were studied extensively for cytotoxic effects on cancer cell lines at the Cancer Pharmacology Laboratory of Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. The human cell lines tested included leukemia, colon, glioma, breast, ovarian, adrenal and lung cancer. The principal researchers were Dr. Albert Levya, PhD., Director of the Cancer Pharmacology Lab; and Dr. Arnold I. Freeman, M.D., the Chief of Hematology and Oncology. Their results indicate that the plant extracts in Alzium contain cytotoxic substances which have differential effects against these specific forms of tumor cells. Even cell lines over 100 times more resistant to conventional chemotherapy drugs were considerably sensitive to Alzium.
Patients with cancer are more likely to develop blood clots (thrombosis) than normal individuals. Indeed, a blood clot can be the first indication that a cancer exists. This may be because many cancer cells contain a protein called Tissue Factor (TF) which can rapidly initiate blood clotting. This suggests that the blood clotting system is important in the ways cancers grow and spread (metastasize) in the body. This theory is supported by the fact that commonly used anticoagulant drugs such as heparin and coumadin have prolonged survival of patients with some forms of cancer. (5)
* Antineoplastons — Burzynski
Expensive alternative treatment by an M.D. It is best known for its success in treating brain cancer.
A category, not a treatment. Many antioxidants are used as treatments for cancer or as supplementary treatments for cancer (supplements as part of an overall alternative treatment plan.
Anvirzel is a patented extract from the Nerium Oleander, a common house plant. [The plant is very toxic, however] the extract (Anvirzel) has been the twenty-year study of a Dr. Ozel from Turkey… Reports that slipped out in late 1999 showed that Anvirzel reversed AIDS, no matter what the phase of the disease, arthritis, psoriasis, hepatitis C, and even diabetes in some cases. Initially, Anvirzel was thought to work only on cancers found early, however, very positive results have been found in people given just weeks to live. To top this all off, Anvirzel seems to be the first cancer remedy to show positive results for leiomyosarcoma, probably the deadliest of cancers. Anvirzel also crosses the blood-brain barrier (like Poly-MVA) and gives hope to people with brain tumors. Anvirzel is made by Ozelle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
* Arginine / L-Arginine (amino acid)
A positive study conducted by a team of German researchers showed that arginine contributed significantly to immune function by increasing levels of white blood cells. Scottish scientists added that dietary supplementation with arginine in breast cancer patients enhanced NK cell activity and lymphokine cytotoxicity (Brittenden et al. 1994). (Lymphokines are chemical factors produced and released by T-lymphocytes that attract macrophages to a site of infection or inflammation in preparation for attack.) Various researchers have shown that increasing arginine increases neutrophils (white blood cells that remove bacteria, cellular debris, and solid particles), significantly upgrading host defense (Muhling et al. 2002). Apart from enhancing immune function, arginine increases a number of amino acids, creating the possibility of an amino acid imbalance. Oversupplying some amino acids while undersupplying others is thought to destabilize the tumor. All cells, both healthy and diseased, have amino acid requirements; if not met, the cell is significantly handicapped (Muhling et al. 2002). Amino acid manipulation has been applied in oncology for decades with varying degrees of success. (6)
Arlin J. Brown Treatment
This treatment includes purple grape juice but includes several other nutrients as well.
Arnold Ehret Diet (Mucusless)
This diet consists of water fasting and a type of raw food vegan diet, with an emphasis on certain fruits. Like all vegan diets, if using this diet for the treatment of cancer, there should be a strong emphasis on the allowable foods that are known to treat cancer.
- see Wormwood herb
A spurge shrub native to South America may hold the key to victory in the battle to destroy cancer. Aveloz, known as mataverruga (kill-wart); one drop of its solution when applied to a wart has been known to destroy a growth in one day. That extraordinary propertythe power to eliminate neoplasms, malignant (skin cancers) drew the attention of professors of medicine. Here was an adequate tumor remedy, near at hand. Why not try it internally to eliminate cancerous tumors? They did and it worked. Five to ten drops of that same solution, depending on size and density, taken every hour, has been known to eliminate cancerous growths in one week. The hard tumor collapses. What happens is that cancer has been reduced to an ill-smelling paste by the tissue tearing (escharotic) properties of the solution. The elimination of the malignancy will cause an irritation of the kidneys, but that's all. You can alleviate that side effect by taking extra Vitamin C. (7)
Avocados also exceed other fruits as a source of the potent antioxidant lutein, according to Susan Bowerman, R.D., a registered dietitian at the University of California at Los Angeles Center for Human Nutrition. Lutein may also safeguard your cardiovascular system from atherosclerosis (or hardening of the arteries) and prevent prostate cancer.
A general category referring to natural medicine practiced in India. Ayurveda, literally, the science of life, is the ancient Indian art and science of healing and rejuvenation through the use of natural herbs, roots, and minerals.
Beard Enzyme Therapy
This treatment led to Metabolic therapy. The Scottish embryologist, Dr. John Beard, proposed in 1906 that the pancreatic proteolytic enzymes represent the body's main defense against cancer, and would be useful as a cancer treatment. Particularly during the first two decades of the 20th century, Dr. Beard's thesis attracted some attention in academic circles, and several case reports in the medical literature documented tumor regression and even remission in terminal cancer patients treated with pancreatic enzymes. In 1911, Dr. Beard published a monograph entitled The Enzyme Therapy of Cancer, which summarized his therapy and the supporting evidence. (8)
* Bee Pollen
Do not give honey or any other bee food to an infant under one year of age. Honey contains dangerous spores that an infant's immature immune system cannot fight. These spores are not a problem for the immune systems of older, healthy children and adults. In his summary, Dr. Robinson reveals the incredible results: In the mice not given bee pollen, mammary tumors appeared at an average of 31.3 weeks. Tumor incidence was 100 percent and they all died. The average onset of tumors of the mice given bee pollen was 41.1 weeks … around 30 percent later in time. Seven mice in the bee pollen group had still not developed a tumor at 62 weeks of age when the tests were terminated. Dr. Robinson concluded that bee pollen contains an anti-carcinogenic principle that could be added to food. (9)
* Bee Propolis
The latest FDA-approved drug for fighting colon cancer [Celecoxib] may be sitting in your kitchen. Rosemary, turmeric, grapes, a honey bee product called propolis: These all contain chemicals similar to a drug used to prevent the growth of cancerous cells in the large intestine; they work much in the same way. (10) It is interesting that the FDA approved the drug, but not the natural substances that contained a natural version of the synthetic drug.
Melittin is the main active component of bee venom. Percentage level of its contents in bee venom is 50-60 percent. Melittin provides very strong anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect. Scientists at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization of Molecular Science use melittin to develop cancer treatments that should have fewer side effects than other drugs used to fight the disease.
* Beet Juice (kills cancer cells)
A common addition to vegetable juices used to treat cancer. Beet juice is used in Europe for the treatment of cancer, says Eleonaore Blaurock-Busch, Ph.D., president of Trace Minerals International in Boulder, Colorado. The crimson-like pigment in beets, betacyanin, is the compound believed to have the anti-cancer properties. Compared to other juices used in studies, beet juice ranked close to the top in preventing cell mutations that commonly lead to cancer. Beets are also high in folate, which is a pregnant woman's favorite mineral for prevention of birth defects. Never drink beet juice by itself. Beet juice should always be mixed with other vegetables and/or apple juice. Pure beet juice (from the bulb or greens) can temporarily paralyze your vocal chords, make you break out in hives, increase your heart rate, cause chills or a fever.
** Beetroot (Betaine, OPCs)
The Hungarian Professor Bakay of the University of Budapest carried out experiments in 1939 (long before Dr. Ferencz) on 72 patients suffering from cancer or leukemia in his clinic in the Hungarian capital. He observed regression of the tumors, increases in weight and improvement in the general condition of his patients. Dr. Ferenczi's clinical report included methods of administering the beets and several very important case studies: ‘I diagnosed a man of 50 years of age, with a lung tumor. And subsequently confirmed in a Budapest hospital and also in a country hospital, which corresponded clinically to lung cancer. I started treatment with beetroot in the described manner. After 6 weeks of treatment the tumor had disappeared … after 4 months of treatment, he gained 10 kg. In weight, the erythrocyte [mature red blood cell] sediment rate [e.s.r] was reduced drastically. Thus he represented the symptoms of a clinical recovery'. (11)
Beres Drops (Dr. Jozsef Beres)
In Hungary he carried out tests on 235 patients who had “no chance of recovery.” After giving them the drops nearly one-third found their tumors had subsided. (12)
** Beta Carotene
A carotenoid especially effective in killing leukemia cells. In some cases, it offsets the benefits of Vitamin E (and vice versa).
* Beta Glucan
Glucan is a potent reticuloendothelial-modulating agent whose immunobiological activity is mediated, in part, by an increase in the number and function of macrophages. There is now evidence to show that Beta Glucan may be the most ubiquitous macrophage activator in nature. Once activated the macrophage, through its ability to initiate a cascade of cellular responses, becomes the central conductor of the immune symphony. A macrophage can recognize and kill tumor cells nonspecifically, as well as remove foreign debris. (13)
The purest, most potent form of Beta Glucan is the Transfer Point Brand. Call (800) 746-7640 for more information on doubling your immune system.
Bitter Melon (e.g. Chinese Bitter Melon)
Bitter Melon stimulates the release of insulin and blocks the formation of glucose in the bloodstream, which may be helpful in the treatment of diabetes, psoriasis, cancer, infections, and pain from neurological complications, and may delay the onset of cataracts or retinopathy and inhibit the AIDS virus. There has not been a lot of scientific work on Bitter Melon, so its exact benefit for cancer patients is still unknown. (14)
* Black Seed Oil / Black Cumin / Nigella Sativa (herb)
These results confirmed earlier findings that Black seed has a positive stimulating effect on the immune system. These findings are of great practical significance since they indicate that a natural immune enhancer like the Black seed could play an important role in the treatment of cancer, AIDS, and other disease conditions associated with immune deficiency states. (15)
A bolus is like a suppository, used either vaginally or anally. Dr. Schulze created a bolus of Squaw Vine herb, Slippery Elm Bark, Goldenseal root, Yellow Dock root, Comfrey root, Marshmallow root, Chickweed herb, Mullein leaf, Garlic bulb and Coconut and Tea Tree oil. Some boluses can be made into suppositories by mixing the materials and placing them into the freezer. These would be used for cervical problems. (16)
Bloodroot is a key ingredient, along with zinc chloride, in almost all topical salves used in the treatment of skin cancer. For more than a hundred years, bloodroot has been successfully used to treat skin cancers. However, regardless of what some vendors claim, bloodroot should not be taken internally, not even in small doses. Researchers have isolated the alkaloidal principle, sanguinarine, as the anticancer constituent. This alkaloid is also found in the far more abundant greater celandine, Chelidonium majus, a herb common along roadsides in Europe and elsewhere. (17)
Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (Brain Cancer)
Orthodox – If your tumor is a Glioma, you should investigate BNCT, – boron neutron capture therapy – a one-session radiotherapy treatment, with minimal side-effects, and improved survival to date. This promising technique is still in trials. (18)
Boswellic acids are the compounds isolated from the gum resin of Boswellia serrata and have been used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases for many years in the countries of the east. Recently, a few studies showed that the acids may have anti-cancer effect on leukemia and brain tumors. We investigated the apoptotic and anti-proliferative effects of two types of boswellic acids, keto-beta-boswellic acid, and acetyl-keto-beta-boswellic acid, on liver cancer Hep G2 cells … The acids may be a promising drug for the chemo-prevention of liver cancer. (19)
Bovine Cartilage (the Good and the Bad)
The first published clinical results of the effectiveness of bovine cartilage in the treatment of cancer appeared in 1985, after a successful five-year trial under FDA permit on 31 terminal patients who had been given the full possible spectrum of orthodox treatments and had failed to respond. The results were encouraging. Of the 31 patients cited, 90 percent showed a partial or complete response. Eleven (35 percent) showed complete response with probable or possible cures, eight patients (26 percent) had a complete response but sustained a relapse; six sustained a partial response.
Of the 35 percent who showed a complete response, nine lived on without any cancer activity and died of non-cancer related diseases or old age. Although all types of cartilage are a rich source of the active ingredients for healing, the cartilage type appears to influence the chances of recovery. Research has shown that although shark cartilage contained 1000 times more of the active ingredients, their release from shark cartilage took 41 days in vitro. It would appear that this difficulty is the reason why such large amounts are necessary in the use of shark cartilage, whereas all the successful bovine results have been obtained using only 9 grams per day.
Having said all of that, the respected Minnesota Wellness folks question these studies: This is much cheaper than Shark Cartilage and is being presently studied here in America with, ostensibly, very good results. However, the studies have been fudged, the success rate of 99 percent is highly inflated, and the people conducting these studies seem to lack even quintessential ethics. Thus we cannot recommend bovine cartilage to anyone. (20)
** Brandt Grape Cure
Purple grapes, with their seeds and skin, contain more than a dozen nutrients known to kill cancer cells. They are especially effective when used in conjunction with a 12 hour fast. The Johanna Brandt Grape Cure should not be combined with any other alternative cancer treatment without carefully considering whether it will neutralize the grape cure.
** Breuss Total Cancer Treatment
This 42-day special fast (which includes a special tea) literally starves cancer cells to death (the tea is very low in glucose).
** Budwig Diet, Flaxseed oil + Cottage Cheese
This is a superb treatment, however, it is critical to follow ALL of the advice of Johanna Budwig. When done properly, almost every cancer treatment known to mankind would be helped by adding this treatment to it. It is easy to follow and inexpensive.
* Burdock Root (herb)
The burdock root is comprised mainly of carbohydrates, largely INULIN (not insulin), mucilage, starches and some sugar. Inulin is the principle active ingredient in burdock root and it has been shown to have remarkable curative powers in lab studies. Inulin helps strengthen the organs, especially the liver, and its natural sugars help to regulate blood sugar metabolism. Some diabetics claim that they have been able to eliminate the need for taking insulin … Inulin is also regarded as a powerful immune system regulator, and when teamed up with echinacea it is a powerful immune system booster. Inulin is thought to attach itself to the surface of white blood cells and make them work better. It is even thought that Inulin can activate T-Cells in the attack against cancer cells. (21)
A study published in the January 2000 issue of Carcinogenesis shows that human colorectal cancer cells can be made more sensitive to butyrate (a European cancer therapy) when the butyrate is combined with a COX-2-inhibiting drug. Butyrate helps to induce the differentiation and death (apoptosis) of colorectal tumor cells but is not readily available in the United States. The doctors conducting this study stated that dietary modification (using therapies such as butyrate) along with COX-2-inhibiting drugs could be considered in the treatment of colon cancer. (22)
Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (CAPE)
- see Bee Propolis
- see Protocel
Cannabinol (CBN) (medical marijuana)
- see Tetrahydrocannabinol
** Cansema / Black Salve (Skin Cancer)
The elements of this treatment have the longest proven track-record of any cancer treatment. It is so effective the FDA recently shut down the largest seller of this product.
- see Protocel
Carnivora — Venus Flytrap
For almost three decades, world-renowned oncological pioneer Dr. Helmut Keller has developed powerful non-toxic synergistic treatments for the presence of life-threatening diseases — as well as chronic infectious and other autoimmune diseases and disorders. In 1973 he came upon the dionaea muscipula species of natural plant. His discovery would yield a patented extract he would call Carnivora. Little did he know that some 30 years later Dr. Keller and his Carnivora would be responsible for having saved and prolonged many lives around the world from the ravages of one of the world's most deadly diseases — Cancer. (23)
In a review of 206 human studies, carrots consistently emerged as one of the top cancer-fighting foods. The power of carrots lies in the group of pigments called carotenoids (beta-carotene is among this group), which give them their orange color. (24)
A double-blind study, described by Harvey Grady in a report entitled Immunomodulation through Castor Oil Packs published in a recent issue of the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, examined lymphocyte values of 36 healthy subjects before and after topical castor oil application. This study identified castor oil as an anti-toxin, and as having impact on the lymphatic system, enhancing immunological function. The study found that castor oil pack therapy of a minimal two-hour duration produced an increase in the number of T-11 cells within a 24-hour period following treatment, with a concomitant increase in the number of total lymphocytes. This T-11 cell increase represents a general boost in the body's specific defense status, since lymphocytes actively defend the health of the body by forming antibodies against pathogens and their toxins. T-cells identify and kill viruses, fungi, bacteria, and cancer cells. (25)
* Cat's Claw (herb) (Uncaria Tornentosa)
Peruvian doctors have reported good success in treating hundreds of Cancer patients. In addition, Cat's Claw tantalizes scientists with it's anti-cancer actions. In the laboratory, it kills cancer cells and stops them from reproducing. When given to people with cancer, it repairs DNA damage, a vital first step, in cancer protection. (26)
Hot chili peppers not only fire up your food, they may also put the heat on cancer cells and force them to self-destruct. A new study shows a natural substance found in chili peppers kills cancer cells by starving them of oxygen. Researchers tested the chili pepper substance (known as capsaicin) along with a related compound (resiniferatoxin) on human skin cancer cells to analyze how the cells reacted. Both compounds are natural substances known as vanilloids. They found that the majority of the skin cancer cells exposed to the substances died. The researchers say these substances seem to kill cells by damaging the cell membranes and limiting the amount of oxygen that reaches the cancer cells. (27)
* Chaparral (herb, toxic – stay within dosages)
This herb has a long history of success in treating cancer. The FDA has shut it down as a treatment for cancer. Congress allows 400,000 Americans a year to die from tobacco related products, but the FDA doesn't allow you to treat your cancer with chaparral. (28)
Cherries are a top source of perillyl alcohol, which kills cancer cells but spares healthy cells. In animal studies, this substance shrank pancreatic, breast, and liver tumors. (29)
Chicory root, a popular ingredient in herbal coffees, contains an anti-cancer carbohydrate known as inulin. Inulin prevented the formation of colon cancer tumors in several animal studies, according to a review published last year in the British Journal of Nutrition. (30)
This treatment stops breast cancer from spreading to bone cancer. Not available in America. The Food and Drug Administration's suppression of clodronate may have caused the premature or needless death of about 30,000 American women each year, based on the Aug. 6, 1998, New England Journal of Medicine study. Since clodronate could have been made available 15 years ago, about 517,000 American breast cancer victims were forced to suffer agonizing bone metastasis, and a total of 450,000 women probably died prematurely because the FDA aggressively denied this drug to cancer patients. In 1998, the New England Journal of Medicine published impressive data indicating that clodronate reduced the incidence and number of metastasis in bone and viscera (organs enclosed in the abdominal, thoracic, or pelvic cavity) in high-risk breast cancer patients by 50 percent.
** Coenzyme Q10
An amazing antioxidant that treats cancer. It is part of the well-known Stockholm Protocol.
This is one of several colloidal mineral drinks that show promise for cancer treatments. Naturopathic Medicine regards Cancer as a viral and fungal [candida septicemia] process. Microorganisms depend on a specific enzyme to breathe. Colloidal Silver is a catalyst that disables these enzymes, and as a result, they die. To this day, there has been no recorded case of adverse effects from it when it is properly prepared. There also has been no recorded case of drug interaction with any other medication. Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics which destroy beneficial enzymes, Colloidal Silver leaves the tissue-cell enzymes intact. (31)
This is a product of a mother's natural milk. Steven Rosenberg's 1985 book, Quiet Strides in the War on Cancer, first popularized the benefits of cytokines in the treatment of cancer. Since then, the same cytokines found in colostrum (interleukins-1,-6 and -10, interferon gamma and lymphokines) have been the single most researched factors in cancer research. Lactalbumin, also found in colostrum, has been found to cause the selective death of cancer cells, leaving the surrounding noncancerous tissues unaffected. And finally, Lactoferrin has similarly been reported to possess anti-cancer activity. And, as in heart disease, if viruses are responsible for either the initiation or the spread of cancer, colostrum could be one additional way to prevent the disease.
(Symphytum officinale) (H. E. Kirschner, M.D.)
Dr. Kirschner personally observed the powerful anticancer effects of comfrey on a patient of his who was dying from advanced, externalized cancer. He prescribed fresh, crushed-leaf comfrey poultices throughout the day. He writes, “Much to the surprise of the patient and her family,” there was obvious healing within the first two days of treatment, with continued visible improvement over the next few weeks. “What is more,” he writes, “much of the dreadful pain that usually accompanies the advanced stages of cancer disappeared, and there was a dramatic decrease in swelling.” The leaves should only be used externally. The medical community has greatly persecuted this plant. Their evidence is probably created by the misuse of the leaves.
Contortrostatin is a disintegrin purified from southern copperhead snake venom. Disintegrins are small, disulfide-rich proteins containing an R/KGD (Arg/Lys-Gly-Asp) sequence at the tip of a flexible loop protruding from the main polypeptide chain. Integrins are a family of cell surface proteins found on many cell types that mediate interactions between cells, and between cells and their surroundings. Contortrostatin binds to integrins on the surface of cancer cells and inhibits tumor growth and metastasis. Contortrostatin is unique from all other disintegrins described to date in that it is a homodimer, which means it has two identical peptide chains held together by covalent disulfide bonds. We have been investigating the anti-tumor activity of contortrostatin using a breast cancer model. Our findings indicate that contortrostatin blocks several critical steps in tumor metastasis, and is, therefore, more potent than other agents which only block a single step. In addition, contortrostatin significantly inhibits invasion of breast cancer cells through an artificial barrier similar to the tissue surrounding blood vessels. This action was most likely due to the ability of contortrostatin to inhibit cell motility. (32)
One of the colloidal minerals that has great potential for treating cancer. In 1930, work in France indicated that injections of colloidal copper mobilized and expelled tumor tissue. Recent work with mice in the U.S. has shown that treatment of solid tumors with non-toxic doses of various organic complexes of copper markedly decreased tumor growth and metastasis and thus increased survival rate. These copper complexes did not kill cancer cells but caused them to revert to normal cells. Based on work in the treatment of cancers using copper complexes, researchers have found that these same complexes may prevent or retard the development of cancers in mice under conditions where cancers are expected to be induced. (33)
Coriolus Versicolor (Mushroom)
PSK [Coriolus Versicolor] acts as an immunomodulator and is used primarily in conjunction with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical treatments for cancer. Clinical studies have demonstrated significant results, results that would make headlines if obtained through conventional treatments: 30 percent vs. 10 percent disease-free survival for colon cancer patients over and eight-year clinical trial when PSK was used alone and tested against a placebo; 22 percent vs. 5 percent survival at five years for stage III lung cancer patients who were given radiation plus PSK as opposed to radiation alone; 81 percent vs. 64 percent survival at ten years for breast cancer patients who were given chemotherapy plus PSK as opposed to chemotherapy alone; 73 percent vs. 60 percent survival at five years for gastric cancer patients who combined daily PSK use with their chemotherapy as opposed to chemotherapy alone. This study, published in Lancet, found these results to be significant. While PSK may have a profoundly higher survival rate than orthodox treatments, it is definitely not in the top 50 of alternative treatments as currently used. (34)
C-Statin is a group of proteoglycan molecules (PGM) isolated from Bindweed (Convulvulus arvensis,) a common garden weed. C-Statin is an anti-angiogenesis product. No toxicity has been noted at normal doses. Patients with cardiovascular disease should use caution and, as with cancer patients, only use this product with a physician's supervision. (35)
Researchers at The University of Western Ontario have completed a study that suggests cranberry products could have cancer-fighting properties. The study, funded by Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc, documented that regular consumption of cranberry products may inhibit the development of breast cancer tumors in animals. Cranberries are a rich source of flavonoids, a variety of compounds produced by plants, that have been investigated for their anti-cancer activity.
** Curcumin / Turmeric
Imagine a natural substance so smart it can tell the difference between a cancer cell and a normal cell; so powerful it can stop chemicals in their tracks; and so strong it can enable DNA to walk away from lethal doses of radiation virtually unscathed. Curcumin has powers against cancer so beneficial that drug companies are rushing to make drug versions. Curcumin is all this and more. Curcuma longa is a ginger-like plant that grows in tropical regions. The roots contain a bright yellow substance (turmeric) that contains curcumin and other curcuminoids. Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries. But it's only within the past few years that the extraordinary actions of curcumin against cancer have been scientifically documented. Among its many benefits, curcumin has at least a dozen separate ways of interfering with cancer. (36)
Cytoluminescent Therapy (CLT)
CLT is an advanced form of photodynamic therapy, which uses light to fight cancer. Of course, light by itself cannot kill cancer cells. However, if patients are pre-treated with a drug called a sensitizer, and are then administered light of a certain wavelength, their cancer cells will die by the millions. This is because the energy of the beam of light sets off a bomb within the cell. The bomb in this case is singlet oxygen, a kind of free radical. This process does not harm normal cells because the sensitizing drug accumulates only in cancer and other abnormal tissues. (37)
Dandelion Plant (herb – NOT just the root)
Yes, this is the plant that infests your yard. Dandelion contains high levels of potassium, is a rich source of iron and vitamins, and, ounce for ounce, contains more carotene than carrots. Dandelion greens contain 7,000 units of Vitamin A per ounce. This is so high one author said it should make a carrot blush! It is important to realize that there is always a vitamin A deficiency in a person found to have cancer. The Chinese have used Dandelion for breast cancer for over a thousand years. Inulin, one of the major chemicals in Dandelion, is currently being studied extensively for its immuno-stimulatory functions. In testing it against cancer, it has been shown to be active against two tumor systems, by stimulating the actions of the white cells. Actually, the list of cancer-fighting nutrients in dandelions is quite long. In l979, Japanese researchers found a dandelion extract – since then patented [I assume it was the extraction process that was patented] – which inhibits Erlich ascites cancer cells. (38)
* DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
DHEA is a natural sterone produced by the adrenal gland. DHEA is the most common sterone in human blood, but amounts decline rapidly with age. Secretions are highest during the early twenties and begin to decline at around age 25, by the time we reach 70 years of age, DHEA production is only a small fraction of what it was 50 years earlier. Research has shown a correlation between low DHEA levels and a declining immune system, and DHEA is being used in the fight against HIV, cancer and senile dementia. It is also been clinically shown that DHEA helps brain neurons establish contact. Further, it is known that Alzheimer patients have low DHEA levels, when compared to their healthy counterparts. It is also known that a small amount of sulphate DHEA and micronized DHEA can convert into testosterone [which is a treatment for prostate cancer]. (39)
This drug is a synthetic hormone that was found to be in an alternative treatment for prostate cancer manufactured in China called PC-SPES. This drug was not supposed to be in the formula (along with two other manufactured drugs found in the formula). The DES can cause blood clots. Some doctors think the DES was the element of PC-SPES that made it work so well on advanced prostate cancer patients. One of the other manufactured drugs found in PC-SPES was a blood thinner. While PC-SPES has been removed from the market (I do not know if it is back on the market), doctors are now looking at DES as a treatment for advanced prostate cancer. (40)
* D-Glucarate (phytonutrient)
When a carcinogen known to induce intestinal cancer was given to rats, D-glucarate was shown to inhibit adenocarcinoma formation when given at the initiation stage. When administered after tumor development, D-glucarate significantly inhibited the size and metastatic potential of intestinal and colon cancers. The researchers made comments suggesting that D-glucurate may be effective in the prevention and treatment of cancer by inhibiting the beta-glucuronidase enzyme and by inhibiting cancer cell proliferation induced by chemical carcinogens. (41)
* DIM (diindolylmethane)
DIM is a phytochemical that is found in broccoli, cabbage, turnip and mustard greens, kale, brussel sprouts, collards, etc. The first development in this research using chemically altered [sic] DIM from broccoli came when the growth of breast cancer cells was inhibited in laboratory studies. Subsequent research showed these compounds also inhibited growth of pancreatic, colon, bladder and ovarian cancer cells in culture, Safe said. Limited trials on lab mice and rats have produced the similar results, he noted. Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley looked at the effects of broccoli on human breast cancer cells. According to findings, compounds in broccoli known as indoles are digested and broken down in the stomach to a compound called 3,3′-diindolylmethane (DIM). This compound may be the key to keeping cancer at bay. (42)
Cancer prevention, inhibition, and regression are the most noteworthy attributes of the MTs [Monoterpenes]. D-limonene (DL) and perillyl alcohol (POH) have been shown to be chemopreventive against mammary, liver, lung, UV-induced skin cancer and chemotherapeutic against both experimental mammary and pancreatic tumours. Perillyl alcohol stands out as effective against human pancreatic cancer, colon, liver to reduce vein graft intimal hyperplasia, as chemopreventive against colon carcinogenesis, prostate and lung cancer. (43)
Related to MSM, but yet it is different enough to put in its own category. One of the most well known and exotic properties of this solvent is its ability to penetrate living tissue and transport other medicines in their integral state deep into the body. We've barely scratched the surface [of DMSO's capabilities], for this is a new principle in medicine. We've only had three new principles in our century – the antibiotic principle, the cortisone principle, and now the DMSO principle — and the DMSO principle is the only one of our generation.
At Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, Charlotte Friend MD has turned cancerous cells into harmless, normal ones in the test tube by putting them in touch with the DMSO solutions. DMSO is routinely used by alternative cancer clinics in Mexico to transport laetrile intravenously into the body. Because of extremely promising clinical results, research is still ongoing on a privately funded basis into DMSO's potential role in the breaking up of tumors and the killing of metastatic cancer cells in its own right.
Yet the United States Food & Drug Administration and the UK Medicines Control Agency continue to forbid the advertising and retailing of DMSO for any medicinal purposes save one: for the treatment of the rare urinary bladder condition, interstitial cystitis.
Dries Cancer Diet
The most essential food in this diet is the pineapple, known to be a valuable cancer treatment food. The Dries cancer diet is based largely upon the consumption of raw fruits, mostly tropical fruit such as pineapple and mango, as well as certain raw vegetables, seeds and condiments such as yogurt, buttermilk, and some oils. The basis of the selection of these foods is their bio-energetic value measured in bio photons, which apparently have an effect upon resistance to cancer. See the book The Dries Cancer Diet: A Practical Guide to the Use of Fresh Fruit and Raw Vegetables in the Treatment of Cancer. Based on the author's research with over 300 cancer patients, this book explains the relationship between food, cancer, and environmental factors. (44)
* Echinacea (herb)
Echinacea stimulates the white blood cells that help fight infections in the body. Research has shown that echinacea enhances the activity of a particular type of white blood cells-macrophages. A particular glycoprotein in echinacea was found to significantly increase the killing effect of macrophages on tumor cells. A number of studies have found that echinacea boosts the body's ability to fight Listeria, a bacterium that causes a deadly form of food poisoning, and Candida yeast. Echinacea is actually a family of herbs. (45)
** Ellagic Acid
Ellagic acid is a naturally occurring phytonutrient, chemically belonging to the phenol compound. It is a phenolic lactone compound found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. It occurs in particularly high concentrations in strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, grapes and many other berries, and in nuts such as walnuts and pecans (Daniel, E.M. et al., 1989). It is present in plants in the form of hydrozable tannins called ellagitannins. Ellagitannins are esters of glucose with hexahydroxydiphenic acid; when hydrolyzed, they yield ellagic acid in numerous plants such as those mentioned above. (46)
(biologically guided chemotherapy)
Emanuel Revici, MD, treated many forms of cancer with great success for 40 years at his clinic in NY. The core of his therapy was a form of selenium. He was driven out of practice by the New York Medical Board.
A category of cancer salves used to treat external cancers. Several different herbs and several different combinations of herbs and other ingredients have a highly successful history of treating skin cancer.
** Essiac Tea
One of the absolutely most successful and most used of all alternative cancer treatments is an herbal product consisting of from four to eight herbs, depending on who you ask. Rene Caisse was persecuted in Canada for curing cancer patients.
* Exercise With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)
An excellent and safe way to get massive amounts of oxygen into your bloodstream. In a nutshell, you breathe an oxygen mixture while you walk on a treadmill. There is a book on the subject: Stop Aging or Slow the Process, How Exercise With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) Can Help, by William Campbell Douglass. Oxygen, of course, is the archenemy of cancer cells. There are dozens of different oxygen therapies in the alternative camp.
Falk Supplementation Schedule
This is a detailed supplement schedule that includes Vitamin C, niacinamide, Vitamin E, B-Complex, etc. While there are no statistics that I know of for this treatment plan it appears to be a supercharged Hoffman plan. Its cure rate would clearly outperform orthodox treatments (as Hoffman's did and as the weaker Pauling/Cameron plan did), but does not appear strong enough to be a stand-alone plan. Rather, it would be wise to have a base alternative treatment plan (e.g. laetrile), and then add the Falk supplements to the base plan. As long as you are at it, you might as well add the rest of the Rath Cellular Solution supplements. (47)
Flaxseed / Linseed Oil
- see Budwig
As with the Raw Food diet, there is no universally agreed upon Fruitarian Diet for cancer. Rather, it is a diet based on fruits, nuts, seeds and berries (which are fruits). A diet based on a random selection of these items would be a weak cancer diet. However, this would be an excellent cancer diet on three conditions. First, eat only the fruits, nuts, seeds and berries which are known to treat cancer. Second, drink the juice of some of the key vegetables that treat cancer (e.g. carrots, cabbage, beatroot). Third, eat and drink nothing not just mentioned. See also the Raw Food diet. (48)
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) (Borage oil)
GLA is a good omega 6 fatty acid. In one study, terminally ill patients suffering from pancreatic cancer tripled their life expectancy after taking extensive doses of GLA. It is also believed that tumor growth and metastasis can be quelled with GLA-especially in melanoma and colon or breast cancer. (49)
* GEIPE Cancer Therapy
GEIPE is a direct current technology that has been around for awhile, but has not been pursued because it cannot be patented (e.g. it has no massive profit potential). It is concerned ONLY with shrinking tumors. “In the 1985 study, gentle electrotherapy was shown to consistently and progressively reduce the tumor mass. Five one-hour treatments over 5 days at 2.4 milli-ampere resulted in 98 percent reduction. 98 percent is not that far from 100 percent, or cure. In fact, 4 of the 6 animals in this group had no visually identifiable tumor remaining.” (50)
Cancer patients whose cancer cells have intact functional p53 oncogene should *not* use genistein. Cancer cells that lack the p53 oncogene or have a mutated p53 oncogene have been shown to respond well to genistein. Only a pathological examination of cancer cells can determine the p53 status. (51)
We show that geraniol, a monoterpene found in essential oils of fruits and herbs caused inhibition of Caco-2 cells growth and blocked cancer cell differentiation. Geraniol at 400 ìM prevented the formation of brush-border membranes and inhibited the expression of intestinal hydrolases (sucrase, lactase, alkaline phosphatase). When combined with geraniol (400 ìM), the antiproliferative and cytotoxic effects of 5-FU (5 ìM) were increased by 2-fold. (52)
These T and B lymphocytes, macrophages and natural killer cells devour foreign cells and defend the body against viruses and cancer. However, none of these cells can function properly if the person is deficient in interferon, a protein which blocks viruses from infecting cells. Germanium appears to significantly enhance the body's production of interferon. At the annual meeting of the Japan Cancer Association II in 1979, proceedings showed that germanium was a significant interferon-inducing agent. Studies published in the 1984 Journals of Interferon Research 4 confirmed these results. (53)
Max Gerson was a doctor who created many types of pastes and products to treat cancer. There is currently a clinic that uses the Gerson Therapy. His book is A Cancer Therapy.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota determined that mice fed the main active component in ginger root three times a week had slower rates of cancer growth than control animals did. (54)
A study involving calf thymus extract, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is perhaps the most notable among glandular studies because it is the first controlled U.S. study to test glandulars on humans. Seventeen patients suffering from rare but fatal lymphocytic abnormalities involving tumorous growths and organ lesions (Letterer-Siwe disease, Hand-Schüller-Christian disease and eosinophilic granuloma) were injected daily with thymus peptide extract. A control group of 20 people underwent chemotherapy, the normal treatment for these diseases. Ten of the 17 patients who responded to thymic extract experienced full remission after one year. Seven of the 17 showed either no change or clinical worsening after 28 days and therapy was discontinued. This remission rate was statistically comparable to previous study controls who were treated with chemotherapy. (55)
Glyconutrients are a new and more specialized type of nutraceutical. They support the process our individual tissue cells use to recognize and communicate with, each other. The work that Dr. Blobel [1999 Nobel Prize] and many others have done let us understand the importance of good cell communication to ensure good health. The discovery of Glyconutrients and their role in human health is now in Mainstream Medicine. The potential for using glyconutrients in alternative cancer treatments is enormous.
Glyconutrients are actually eight specific monosaccharides. One of these eight glyconutrients has four different forms. Of these four forms, one is the most important: the extremely rare long-chain acemannan, found mainly in aloe vera. We know of only one product that currently has this molecule: Aloe Immune. (56)
* Grains – Whole Grains
Whole grains like oats, wheat, rye, millet and others contain fiber that helps isolate cancer-causing compounds and removes them from the body. Flaxseed, rye and millet are rich in lignans which act as weak estrogens helping stymie the growth of breast cancer and other malignancies that are often estrogen dependent. The more whole grains you eat, the lower your odds of death, a University of Minnesota study suggests. Middle-aged women who ate slightly more than one whole-grain food per day had a 15 percent lower death rate than women eating lots of refined processed grains. That calls for more whole-grain dark bread and cereals such as All Bran and old-fashioned oatmeal. Whole grains contain anti-cancer agents and help stabilize blood sugar and insulin, which may promote longevity. (57)
* Grape Seed Extract + Grape Skin Extract
Supplements that contain several cancer killing nutrients, such as resveratrol and OPCs.
There is fairly reliable evidence that a pharmaceutical company sat on this product for several years trying to synthesize one of its nutrients. In any case, there is very good scientific evidence from studies that this product is for real, if the quality of the manufacturing is good.
** Green Tea
Green Tea Polyphenols (GTP), particularly EGCG or EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate), not only inhibit an enzyme required for cancer cell growth, but also kills cancer cells with no ill effect on healthy cells.
** Hulda Clark Therapies
Dr. Clark has written several books on health subjects. She has a loyal following and there are a lot of testimonials about her on the internet. Her treatments include a number of herbs and nutrients. I do not doubt her treatments work well. Perhaps the most extreme of her treatments has to do with fixing a patient's teeth and eliminating dental amalgam (mercury) and root canals (perpetual infections). While these things need to be dealt with, it seems extreme as part of a treatment plan.
Hydrazine sulfate is another one of those treatments that has been persecuted by orthodox medicine. It is cheap to buy and more effective than orthodox treatments. It is not one of the best alternative treatments, but it is close to being in the top 50.
** Hydrogen Peroxide / H2O2
This is one of the oxygen therapy diets that is designed to get more oxygen to the cancer cells (cancer cells die if they get exposed to too much oxygen). It does this because Hydrogen Peroxide is really nothing but water with an extra oxygen molecule. It is one of the most used alternative treatments in the world.
- see St. John's Wort
Immuno-Augmentative Therapy (IAT)
Another hotly contested and controversial treatment is Immuno-Augmentative-Therapy (IAT), developed by another persecuted genius, Lawrence Burton, Ph.D, who has also been driven to [practice] outside the US to the Bahamas. Prior to yet another public debacle, Burton's research had also been published in mainstream journals.
Immuno Placental Therapy (IPT)
Dr. Valentine Govallo, a Russian immunologist … developed a vaccine from the human placenta after a live birth which appears to wake up the immune system of cancer patients to this evasion. Records of Govallo's first trial with 45 patients and IPT in 1974 show 29 (64.4 percent) still alive after more than 20 years. Side effects are typical of many vaccinations: fever, malaise, flu-like symptoms for 1 to 2 days. Due to the strong possibility of tumor lysis syndrome because of the newly mounted immune attack, it is critical that detoxification and full nutritional strategies, including the use of coffee enemas, be in place before a course of IPT.
Insulin-induced Hypoglycemic Therapy (IHT)
BioPulse [in Mexico, of course] only began using IHT in June, 1999. At the time this article is being written, they have used this therapy on 32 patients, with about 30 treatments each. Every patient treated has had their tumors substantially reduced or completely eliminated … IHT involves intravenously introduced insulin to produces a state of profoundly lower blood sugar [cancer cells thrive on blood sugar]. This state lasts for a period of about an hour under careful clinical supervision. It is this hypoglycemic condition that changes the environment, in the body, to one in which cancer cells cannot survive.
Insulin Potentiation Therapy or Insulin Primed Potentiation Therapy (IPT)
(Dr. Donato Perez Garcia)
This is a therapy that uses purely orthodox substances (since orthodox medicine doesn't use it, many people consider it an alternative treatment). It has far less side-effects because it uses far less chemotherapy. It targets cancer cells better than other orthodox treatments. Unfortunately, it is not as profitable as other treatments so it is ignored by orthodox medicine.
See this article
* Ionized / Alkaline Water
Ionized water inhibits the spread of cancer and aids in killing cancer cells, directly or indirectly. However, there is not enough evidence to categorize it as a stand-alone treatment plan.
See this article
* Jon Barron Baseline of Health
This is an excellent overall health book, with a separate chapter on cancer. His book, which is free and is online, covers everything from bowel cleanses to nutrition to how to buy vitamins. It is an excellent book, but should not be considered a solo cancer treatment. It should be considered mainly as a digestion, immune building and detox diet.
See this article
Josef Ostlund Diet
This is a vegan type diet.
** Kelley Metabolic Program
This is one of the most successful treatment plans ever, with a 93 percent cure rate on 33,000 patients, most of whom were declared terminal before they went to Kelley. However, because it is metabolic oriented, it can take several months to become fully effective. Kelley did not count in his statistics those who died within 12-18 months of first seeing him. The program can be found in the book: Cancer: Curing the Incurable Without Surgery, Chemotherapy or Radiation, by William Donald Kelley. Kelley was mercilessly persecuted by orthodox medicine and his treatment had to move to Mexico.
See this article
This treatment is used in poorer countries because it is extremely cheap.
* Korean Red Ginseng
Korean Red Ginseng contains polyacetylene compounds that promote inhibiting effects on the growth of cancer cells by suppressing its mutation and metastasis, while promoting the activity of natural anti-cancer cells. Korean Red Ginseng's' health-promoting effects act on restoring the immune system debilitated by the cancer disease. (58)
** Laetrile – Amygdaline – Vitamin B17 – Nitrilosides
One of the best known, and most proven, cancer treatment on earth. It has been severely suppressed by our government.
See this article
see Pau d'Arco
* Licorice root (herb – Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice root contains both the isoflavone Licochalcone-A and triterpenoid saponin. Regarding Licochalcone-A, in a scientific study: Cells from patients with leukemia, breast and prostate cancer that were grown in cultures in the lab, he says, were killed when he added enough of the extract. Regarding triterpenoids, in a study: They may block the production of prostaglandin – a hormone-like fatty acid that may be responsible for stimulating the growth of cancer cells – and help get rid of cancer-causing invaders.
Triterpenoids have been shown in test tubes to stunt the growth of rapidly multiplying cells, like cancer cells, and they may even help precancerous cells return to normal. As if that weren't enough: Medical researchers have isolated several active substances in licorice root including glycosides, flavonoids, asparagine, isoflavonoids, chalcones and coumarins. Primary of these is Glycyrrhetinic acid. Licorice root is toxic, so much work need to be done on this herb. (59)
In an article in the journal Anticancer Drugs, the growth inhibitory effects of limonene and other monoterpenes (including perillyl alcohol) on pancreatic carcinoma cells carrying a K-Ras mutation were examined. Limonene caused an approximately 50 percent growth reduction. (60)
* Locoweed (Astragalus bisulcatus)
High in selenium
** Mangosteen Fruit
We found that antiproliferative effect of CME [crude methanolic extract] was associated with apoptosis on breast cancer cell line by determinations of morphological changes and oligonucleosomal DNA fragments. In addition, CME at various concentrations and incubation times were also found to inhibit ROS production. These investigations suggested that the methanolic extract from the pericarp [skin] of Garcinia mangostana had strong antiproliferation, potent antioxidation and induction of apoptosis. Thus, it indicates that this substance can show different activities and has potential for cancer chemo prevention which were dose dependent as well as exposure time dependent. (61)
See this article
Mayapple (extremely toxic)
Podophyllotoxin (podofilox) and its derivatives, which come from the mayapple, is used to create the chemotherapy drug Etoposide (which is sold by Bristol-Myers Squibb as VePesid, aka VP-16).
Meditation and Visualization
There are actually several varieties of this category of treatment.
Melatonin (hormone, antioxidant, anti-aging)
Most antioxidant nutrients have difficulty penetrating cell membranes. Melatonin, on the other hand, enters cells and subcellular compartments with ease which is crucial in protecting intracellular molecules from oxidative damage. An antioxidant molecule must have access to subcellular compartments (i.e. the mitochondria) in order to quench the hydroxyl radicals, considered by some to be the most damaging of all radicals.
Few people realize that melatonin is a cancer-killing hormone that can enhance the human immune system, protect against the toxic side effects of chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, and improve wound healing after cancer surgery. Even fewer are aware of ongoing clinical trials in which melatonin is being used to help cancer patients better manage their disease symptoms, improve their quality of life, and even increase their survival rates. [Note: melatonin should not be used with certain kinds of cancer.] (62)
Mercury (Dental Amalgam)
The 21 Century Clinic states, In 25 years of practice we have never seen a cancer patient without toxic levels of mercury. Mercury is a deadly poison, which paralyzes the immune system. With a compromised immune system the cancer is now free to explode. By the time cancer is found it has been growing for many years. Detoxification: First we remove amalgam fillings and root canals, then we begin to flush the mercury out of the body. We monitor detoxification and the removal of mercury by collecting the urine and checking for mercury concentrations. As the mercury level drops, the immune system begins to improve.
This allows the immune system to again begin attacking the cancer microbe. Note: At the last 28th Annual Cancer Conventions one of the doctors mentioned that the filling should not be taken out until the person has started into remission.
see Kelley Metabolic
MGN-3 has been clinically shown to increase Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF – a cytokine involved in activating the immune system), and increase the number of critical white blood cells: NK-Cells, T-Cells and B-Cells. In other words, MGN-3 works by building the immunity system.
See this article
* Mistletoe / Iscador
Widely used in Europe with a moderate cure rate. Any treatment with mistletoe needs to be supplemented with other alternative treatments.
Moerman's Anti-Cancer Diet
Most diet based alternative cancer treatments avoid citrus fruits. This diet is based on citrus fruits. In its day and in its location it was an excellent treatment. By today's standards its cure rate is fairly mediocre.
See this article
Monoterpenes appear to act through multiple mechanisms in the prevention and chemotherapy of cancer. Several researchers are investigating these mechanisms and finding that, although the exact mechanism was not what they had assumed, the monoterpenes, limonene, and perillyl alcohol [and perillic acid and geraniol] have a profound antitumor activity on pancreatic cancer. (63)
* MSM / Organic Sulphur
… it was discovered in the fifties that MSM tends to turn malignant tumors into benign tumors. And then the research stopped. Why? MSM is cheap (if purchased in bulk, even cheaper) and cannot be patented. MSM makes cells permeable (which is known to aid in the treatment of cancer), strengthens collagen (which helps stop the spreading of cancer and thus may turn malignant tumors into benign tumors), helps maintain a proper pH (which cancer cells don't like), and causes a host of other benefits for treating cancer, some direct and some indirect.
While MSM has cured cancer by itself, on this website MSM is used as a Trojan Horse to get microbe killing substances inside the cancer cells. It is used in the Dirt Cheap Protocol and several individual treatments (e.g. MSM/Vitamin C). This is an article where you can find the recommended vendor of MSM (though the vendor calls it Organic Sulphur).
See this article
Multi-Wave Oscillator (MWO)
There has been a recent surge of interest in a Russian made electro-magnetic machine called the Multi-Wave Oscillator. George Lakhovsky, a Russian doctor, had a 98 percent success rate in treating fatal cancers over an 11-year period with his machine. Lakhovsky's device was used in the U.S. until 1942 and in Europe for about another 15 years. It was ordered removed from the US hospitals that were using it shortly after Lakhovsky was hit by a car and died in 1942. A non-profit company is researching the use of a newer version of the machine. (64)
What makes it such an exciting player in the anti-cancer field is not only how well it kills cancer cells in general, but how it kills those that are resistant to other anti-cancer drugs. The myrrh compound definitely appears to be unique in this way; it is working where other compounds have failed, says Rafi. Myrrh is believed to work by inactivating a protein called Bcl-2, a natural factor that is overproduced by cancer cells, particularly in the breast and prostate. (65)
** Noni Juice
Noni juice scares some people away because it is usually sold by multi-level marketing. But don't let the marketing fool you, this is a very serious cancer treatment. Our article lists several complaints about the way it is usually put together, but even so, it is a serious treatment.
See this article
Nucleic Acids (2LC1 and 2LCL1) (homeopathic)
The doctors who pioneered their use in cancer have found that they re-balance the weakened immune system, and there are documented cases of recovery which include many advanced cancers – metastatic liver and breast cancer, [leukemias] etc. However, because nucleic acids are usually present in infinitesimal quantities, and high doses are toxic, the principles of homeopathy have been applied to their orthomolecular use. (66)
* Oil of Oregano
Greek investigators, publishing in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, determined that oil of wild oregano even destroyed human cancer cells. While spices may oxidize or destroy pathogens, amazingly, they also act as antioxidants for human cells, specifically for the fats of the human cell membranes. (67)
Omega-3 Oils (Essential Oils)
Fatty acids from fish oils and fatty fish [e.g. omega-3] can destroy the power station – the mitochondria – in certain types of cancer cells, making the cells commit suicide. Also, see Budwig.
Omegasentials™, takes Budwig's work a step further. Mix it with water and you'll see that it is already water-soluble. The oils do not rise to the top. It contains all the co-factors that potentiate (make work better) the action of omega-3 fatty acids, and they add the antioxidants needed to help control the healing oxidative energy created by bringing healthy oils into the body (not to mention cleaning up dead cancer cells).
** Osiecki Cancer Technique
Similar to the Rath Cellular Solution, but significantly more extensive. It actually attacks the spreading of cancer in several different ways. Surprisingly, it includes all of the elements of the Rath Cellular Solution.
See this article
This is a category, not a specific treatment. Treatments in this category include Hydrogen Peroxide, Ozone Therapy, HBOT, EWOT, Budwig Flaxseed, etc.
** Ozone Therapy / O3 (Infusion Bottle)
This is an oxygen therapy that requires a medical professional to administer, usually an N.D., depending on what state you live in. A pint or so of your blood is extracted into an infusion bottle. Ozone is applied to the blood and the ozone kills the cancer cells. Then the blood is put back into your body, carrying some extra oxygen molecules with it.
See this article
See Kelley Metabolic
* Pao Pereira
Pao pereira is a tree native to Brazil. It was Doctor Mirko Beljanski, a former researcher at the Pasteur Institute (France), who first discovered the therapeutic action of pao pereira. His in vitro laboratory tests demonstrated that pao pereira extract effectively suppressed the proliferation of HIV, herpes viruses, cancer, and leukemia cells. From these encouraging results, Doctor Beljanski concluded that pao pereira could be useful in the fight against Aids, herpes, and cancer. (68)
** Pau d'Arco / Lapacho / Taheebo Tea
An excellent product with extremely high cancer killing potential. The one problem with Pau d'Arco is that it is extremely difficult to process and maintain its potentcy. If the product doesn't work – change vendors.
A prostate cancer product, PC SPES is manufactured in China and includes several herbs and other nutrients. Unfortunately, it was also found to contain 3 manufactured drugs: diethylstilbestrol (DES), a synthetic hormone, which can cause blood clots, a blood thinner, and a third manufactured drug. PC-SPES was taken off the market and may still be off of the market. Some doctors think that it was the DES that was allowing so many prostate cancer patients to be cured. This brings up the issue: if DES is taken out of PC-SPEC will it still work? (69)
In an article in Cancer Letters, perillyl alcohol was shown to reduce the growth of pancreatic tumors injected into hamsters to less than half that of controls. Moreover, 16 percent of pancreatic tumors treated with perillyl alcohol completely regressed, whereas no control tumors regressed (Stark et al. 1995).
Perillyl alcohol and perillic acid are metabolites of limonene. Limonene is only a weak inhibitor of the isoprenylation enzymes of Ras and other proteins, whereas perillyl alcohol and perillic acid are more potent inhibitors (Hardcastle et al. 1999). (70)
Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus)
Madagascar plant originally used to derive Vincristine (Oncovin or VCR) chemotherapy drug.
Phytonutrients / Phytochemicals (category of natural plant chemicals)
Phytochemicals are special kinds of nutrients that are found in plants. There are thousands of phytochemicals that have not yet been identified, much less tested for cancer prevention or cancer treatment properties. In spite of that, it is clear that phytochemicals are the future of medicine and health. Phytochemicals have been found to have far better antioxidant properties than any vitamin. Some of them have amazing cancer treatment capabilities (e.g. those found in purple grape juice, the graviola tree, Noni juice, herbs, etc.). Unfortunately, most research into phytochemicals is controlled by the pharmaceutical industry, which has no interest in natural treatments for anything (their interest is in mutating natural substances). Thus, much of the information about phytochemicals is suppressed. (71)
* Poly MVA / PolyMVA (Brain Cancer) (Merrill Garnett)
Poly-MVA is a uniquely formulated nutritional supplement containing a proprietary blend of Palladium and alpha-lipoic Acid (which we refer to as LAPd), Vitamins B1, B2 and B12, Formylmethionine, Acetyl Cystiene, and trace amounts of Molybdinum, Rhodium, and Ruthenium. It is designed to provide energy for the compromised body systems by changing the electrical potential of human cells, increasing the charge density of DNA within the cell.
See this article
** Protocel / Cantron / Cancell / Entelev
This is an older treatment that has a long history of success. Because Protocel contains its own antioxidants there is a long list of other alternative treatments that cannot be used with Protocel. It is effective with brain cancer, especially if combined with Graviola.
See this article
An extract product from the mushroom Coriolus versicolor.
** Rath Cellular Solution (Dr. Matthias Rath)
This treatment stops the spreading of cancer. This same treatment is also used to prevent heart disease.
See this article
** Raw Food Diet (Walker, et. al.)
Unless you are terminally ill and only have a short time to live, this is one of the most successful cancer diets there are. It is essentially a vegetable and fruit juice vegan diet, with the exception that at least 80 percent of the food in the diet must be vegetables and fruits known to have powerful cancer-fighting nutrients.
See this article
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
The isoflavones isolated from red clover have been studied for their effectiveness in treating some forms of cancer. It is thought that the isoflavones prevent the proliferation of cancer cells and that they may even destroy cancer cells. Laboratory and animal studies have found that red clover isoflavones may protect against the growth of breast cancer cells. This is surprising because estrogens (and isoflavones have estrogenic properties) have generally been thought to stimulate the growth of breast cancer in women.
Until further research has been conducted and more information is available, the use of red clover isoflavones or other red clover products should probably be avoided in women with a history of breast cancer. It is part of the famous Hoxey Formula for treating cancer, especially lymphatic cancer. Red clover ointment may be applied to lymphatic swellings. A 66-year-old physician with prostate cancer took a concentrated phyto-estrogen based on red clover for just one week and thereby caused his tumour to regress.
The patient had been diagnosed with a high PSA level (13.1 micrograms/liter) in March 1996 and a subsequent needle biopsy had confirmed the presence of a low grade adenocarcinoma. He was scheduled for a radical (suprapubic) prostatectomy and, on his own initiative, decided to take a daily dose of 160 mg of a phyto-estrogen product based on red clover (Promensil tablets – 4 X 40 mg/day) for the seven days preceding his operation. After the operation the biopsy tissue and the tumour tissue were compared.
It was clear that the tumour tissue showed a high degree of apoptosis (cell death) resembling the effect of high- dose estrogen therapy and consistent with tumour regression. Professor Stephens concludes that this case history provides further evidence that phyto-estrogens may prevent prostate cancer. He also points out that there were no adverse effects of the phyto-estrogen treatment. (72)
See Grape Skin Extract
See Royal Rife Machine
* Royal Jelly (a bee product)
[Canadian research team] The criterion we used in these experiments was survival. The mice either developed leukaemia or tumours or were fully protected. Control mice died from ascitic tumours in less than 14 days, while mice receiving appropriate mixtures of cells and royal jelly all failed to develop tumours. Protected mice were kept under observation for 90 days after death of the control mice. They were then sacrificed and autopsied to confirm the absence of tumours. (73)
Royal Rife Machine
Royal Rife's electromagnetism machine had a 100 percent cure rate of terminal cancer patients. This infuriated the AMA. The AMA persecuted Royal Rife to the extreme. His lab was burned down, one of his associates was murdered, his equipment was hunted down and destroyed, Rife himself may have been murdered, etc. A group in England claimed to obtain a Royal Rife machine that was not destroyed.
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Richard A Passwater, PH.D., in his book, Selenium as Food & Medicine, says if you want to maintain your good health, increase your resistance to disease, and assure a long and energetic life, it is vitally important that you increase your intake of selenium. Selenium protects the membranes of each of our body's 60 trillion cells. The more selenium consumed the lower the incidence of cancer. . . . several physicians have found that when sufficient selenium is ingested by cancer patients to raise their blood levels of selenium to the desired range, their tumors began to shrink
Dr. Gerhard Schrauzer of the University of California says: If every woman in America started taking selenium today, or had a high-selenium diet, within a few years the breast cancer rate in this country would drastically decline. Dr. Raymond Shamberger of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation advises people to increase their intake of selenium to 200 micrograms a day, because it can reduce the cancer rate dramatically for some type of cancers, particularly cancer of the colon, breast, esophagus, tongue, stomach, intestine, rectum, and bladder.
* Sheep Sorrel (Herb)
Sorrel contains a high amount of nutrients including chlorophyll. Chlorophyll closely resembles hemoglobin, the red pigment in human blood, but has at its center a magnesium atom, whereas hemoglobin has an iron atom, and both carry oxygen to every cell of the organism. The chlorophyll molecules that carry oxygen through the bloodstream may do the following: inhibit chromosome damage to effectively block cancer, reduce the damage of radiation burns, kill germs and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, strengthen the cell walls which may; improve the vascular system, heart function, intestines, lungs and uterus, aid in the removal of foreign deposits from the walls of blood vessels, remove inflammation of the pancreas, purify the liver and increase the body's ability to utilize oxygen by raising the oxygen level in the tissue cells. (74)
The silibinin-treated [cancer] cells that are unable to grow follow a differentiation pathway as evidenced by neuroendocrine-like morphology, elevated prostate tissue differentiation markers… and altered cell-cycle regulatory molecules. (75)
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A Vitamin C and Vitamin B-12 protocol (marcytamin).
Snow Rose (Alpine Tea / Rhododendron caucasicum)
Rhododendron caucasicum inhibits or abolishes the activity of the enzyme hyaluronidase, known to be an initiator of colon cancer. (76)
Researchers at the Osaka Institute of Public Health in Japan gave volunteers over 40 years of age 50 mL of a spirulina extract and measured the activity in the blood of interferon gamma and natural killer cells. For one to two weeks following the participants' ingestion of spirulina, the activity of these substances was found to increase, and this increased activity continued for 12 to 24 weeks. (77)
An orthodox drug/chemical derived from the liver of sharks. In other words, the natural version of the molecule is illegal (because it cannot be patented), but the mutated version is legal. (78)
St John's Wort (ingredient: hypercin)
In experiments using mice, hypericin was shown to accumulate specifically in tumor tissue. When these hypericin-treated mice were irradiated, tumor growth was inhibited. Similar results have been found in human tumor cell lines. Hypericin was taken up by the tumor cells, rendering them more vulnerable to the killing effects of specific types of light. These results suggest that hypericin can be used as a phototherapy tool when treating cancer. Hypercin might be useful as a transport agent to get cancer-killing nutrients into cancer cells. It is already being tested for use with orthodox Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). (79)
See Coenzyme Q10
** Sweet Wormwood (herb)
Professor Henry Lai and Assistant Professor Narendra Singh of the University of Washington have been conducting in vitro experiments to determine the effectiveness of Artemisinin [the active ingredient in sweet wormwood] in fighting cancer. A study concerning their research published in the Journal Life Sciences described how the compound killed virtually all human breast cancer cells exposed to it within sixteen hours. According to Dr. Lai, “Not only does it appear to be effective, but it's very selective.” He continued “it´s highly toxic to the cancer cells, but has a marginal impact on normal breast cells.” The UN and UNICEF refused to allow sweet wormwood to treat malaria, for which it is a cure, until it could be combined with a profitable pharmaceutical drug. Chalk up a several million more deaths to Big Pharma's greed and government corruption. Since malaria is a parasite, this plant could give credibility to the theory of some that cancer is caused by a parasite.
An over-the-counter orthodox drug for treating acid indigestion has significant evidence for treating cancer. In fact, it is more effective than chemotherapy. (80)
see Pau d'Arco
** Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC – medical marijuana)
The term medical marijuana took on dramatic new meaning last February, when researchers in Madrid announced they had destroyed incurable brain cancer tumors in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. Most Americans don't know anything about the Madrid discovery. Virtually no U.S. newspapers carried the story, which ran only once on the AP and UPI news wires, on Feb. 29. The ominous part: This isn't the first time scientists have discovered that THC shrinks tumors. In 1974, researchers at the Medical College of Virginia had been funded by the National Institutes of Health to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system.
Instead, they found that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice — lung and breast cancer and a virus-induced leukemia. The government quickly shut down the Virginia study and all further cannabis/tumor research, according to Jack Herer, who reports on the events in his book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. In 1976, President Gerald Ford put an end to all public cannabis research and granted exclusive research rights to major pharmaceutical companies, which set out — unsuccessfully — to develop synthetic forms of THC that would deliver all the medical benefits without the high. (81)
An orthodox treatment that has had excellent results treating advanced cancer patients. Thalidomide slows the progression of prostate cancer, but has serious side effects. The FDA has teamed up with the vendor of this product to make it very difficult to obtain this medicine. Whether this is because it is too cheap of a cure (it is very expensive by the way) or because of its side-effects, I do not know. But it has been around for many years and still does not have a generic.
Theanine (amino acid)
This is an amino acid in green tea. The IDA [idarubicin (IDA)-induced antitumor activity and toxicity] concentration in the tumors in the theanine plus IDA group increased to twice the level in the IDA alone group. Furthermore, the decrease in tumor weight caused by IDA at 1.0 mg/kg per day x4 days (at this dose IDA exhibits antitumor activity) was significantly amplified by theanine. The numbers of leukocyte and bone marrow cells decreased significantly on IDA injection. Theanine significantly reversed these changes. (82)
Tocotrienol Complex (a class of Vitamin E compounds)
It is encouraging to know that the in vitro tests that document the anti-cancer effects of tamoxifen also show tocotrienols to have similar cell inhibitory properties. Compared to tamoxifen, however, tocotrienols are safe. Human studies have shown that daily doses of up to 240 mg of tocotrienols for 16 months produce no adverse effects. Further studies will determine whether humans who saturate their breast adipose tissue with tocotrienol from supplements will achieve a reduced incidence of breast cancer. (Please note that it is the palm-oil tocotrienols, and not rice-bran tocotrienols, that have primarily demonstrated these anti-cancer effects.) (83)
** Transfer Factor
In 1949, Dr. H. Sherwood Lawrence made a revolutionary discovery while studying tuberculosis. He determined that an immune response could be transferred from a donor to a recipient by injecting an extract of leukocytes. He found that this extract contained a factor capable of transferring immunity. He named the substance transfer factor. In the fifty years since Lawrence's pioneering work, an estimated $40,000,000 has been spent on research, resulting in over 3,000 scientific papers documenting the benefits of transfer factors. The world's leading scientists and physicians have established the safety and remarkable immune system benefits of transfer factor. The processing methods that allow for large scale extraction of transfer factor have only recently been perfected and a commercial product has only been available within the last few years. (84)
TVZ-7 Lymphocyte Treatment
TVZ-7 is an extract of cytokines – immune system hormones – and other immune activating chemicals, taken from cultured B lymphocytes. Mature B lymphocytes are white cells that live in the spleen, lymph glands and peripheral lymphoid tissue. They can independently [recognize] antigens, anything foreign to the body, and mount an attack by creating antibodies. Whilst the scientists behind TVZ-7 are not yet quite sure how exactly it works, it has induced dramatic responses in cases of pancreatic, liver and brain cancer, as well as having an impact on pain control. (85)
Ukrain appears to halt cancer growth by interfering with oxygen respiration in cancer cells. Success rates with Ukrain in cancer are best in the early stages: 93 percent and 72 percent in Stages I and II, and 30 percent for advanced metastatic cancer. Laboratory testing to date indicates Ukrain can affect even cancers such as brain, lung and melanoma. This information comes from 10 year studies at the Ukrainian Anti-Cancer Institute in Vienna.
Urea / Urine
Yes, it is what you are thinking, but there is good science behind it.
Ursodeoxycholic Acid (UDCA)
Colonic tumorigenesis involves the processes of initiation and promotion/progression from normal epithelial cells to tumors. Studies in both humans and experimental models of colon cancer indicate that secondary bile acids promote tumor development. In contrast, we have demonstrated previously that another bile acid, ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), inhibits the development of azoxymethane (AOM)-induced colon cancer in rats. More recently, we have shown that UDCA inhibits AOM-induced hyperproliferation, and aberrant crypt formation and growth. (86)
In one study done at the Parker Hughes Institute the minerals vanadium and sulfur were used to create 24 new drugs in the war against cancer. Vanadium was found to kill 14 different cancer cell lines both in the laboratory and in human cell lines.
VG-1000 (Govallo's Vaccine)
see Immuno Placental Therapy
Tyler experienced several health challenges in the past decade (i.e., open-heart surgery, prostate cancer, and, most recently, multiple myeloma). Coincidently, the drug that until recently helped treat the myeloma was vincristine, a purified alkaloid derived from the Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don, Apocynaceae). Vincristine is manufactured by the Eli Lilly company of Indianapolis, the company that funded Tyler's chair at Purdue. Further, the drug was discovered in a classic scenario of serendipity by Tyler's friend and colleague, the late Gordon Svoboda, who, while researching the periwinkle for its traditionally reputed antidiabetic activity, discovered its potential for treating certain cancers. Tyler had intended to write the story of Svoboda and vincrstine, as he considered it one of the great untold stories in pharmacognosy and drug discovery from plants. (87)
Vitamin C Therapy
see Orthomolecular Medicine
Vitamin D Analogue Therapy
Vitamin D given in large doses has been shown in laboratory work to make cancer cells differentiate, that is develop from the primitive forms characteristic of cancer cells into the more complex, [organized] forms of normal cells … at present, it must be considered solely adjuvant and not a sole therapy. (88)
** Wheat grass / Wheatgrass / Barley grass
Ann Wigmore is probably the founder of this treatment plan. She died at the age of 95 in a fire. Her treatment is usually combined with other alternative treatments.
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** Wormwood (herbal)
Research professor Henry Lai and assistant research professor Narendra Singh have exploited the chemical properties of a wormwood derivative to target breast cancer cells with surprisingly effective results. A study in the latest issue of the journal Life Sciences describes how the derivative killed virtually all human breast cancer cells exposed to it within 16 hours. (89)
The active material found in our studies is sensitive to light and heat. Only the fresh yucca flowers possess anti-cancer activity, not the seeds, leaves, fruits or roots. The activity is lost when the flowers wilt or dry. (90)
This highly questionable herbal product is claimed by its vendors to be a scientifically proven (in China) cure for bone cancer.