Diet Advice For People With Cancer

Diet Advice For People With Cancer

Diet Advice For People With Cancer

This Article by Andrew Katelaris was first Published by Radic Al Conscious.  Given the complexity of the topic and the multiplicity of opinions on the subject, it is likely these will not be the last words written on the subject of diet and cancer. However, what I will attempt to do is briefly describe the major schools of thought, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Firstly, amongst knowledgeable people there is consensus that the quality of the diet is primary in the prevention of the cancer diseases and critical in their management. The Gerson, Wigmore and Budwig schools of thought all have merit. Recent developments in the understanding of human biochemistry will allow a more rational approach, tailored to individual patient needs. Cancer is a heterogeneous group of diseases having in common loss of differentiation from normal tissue and uncontrolled cell growth. Cancer results from the imbalance between oxidative stress damaging the cellular DNA and protective and reparative mechanisms which counter this.

Vibrant good health is dependent on a healthy mental attitude, fresh air and mindful breathing, adequate intake of pure water and a regular supply of vine and tree ripened fruits, berries and vegetables, supplemented with nutritional herbs, spices and judiciously selected supplements. Navigating through a maze of junk food, electromagnetic fog and a soup of toxic chemical can place extreme burden on a person's physiology. However, with careful choices the body's inherent defense mechanisms can ensure correct functioning.


Second only to oxygen in immediate importance to survival, this key nutrient is often ignored. Caffeinated beverages and sweetened processed fruit juice drinks are no substitute for pure water. Municipal supplies are laced with chlorine and fluorine, the latter sourced as a waste product from fertilizer manufacture. PCBs in plastic bottles are also detrimental. Water may be harvested, filtered or purchased (Pureau 10 litre cask with PCB free plastic is good quality and relatively inexpensive). Extreme practitioners insist on many liters daily but between 1 and 3 liters daily, depending on body size and environment, should be adequate. Drink water even if you don’t feel too thirsty, as chronic dehydration renders us less sensitive to proper signaling.

The Alkaline Diet

Aims to improve health by eating so-called alkaline foods and avoiding acidic ones, to restore the body's pH balance and restore health. This approach has produced some good results because their practices are correct, even though the explanations are erroneous. The acid/alkaline balance, the pH of the body, is closely controlled by breathing and kidney function to keep the pH very close to neutral and no matter how poor the diet is the pH will not be altered, until the terminal phase of illness. Therefore, the pH altering effect of bicarbonate is rapidly neutralized by the body. Instead of seeing foods as being acidic or alkaline they should be seen as pro-oxidant or antioxidant. As it turns out all the "alkaline" foods are highly antioxidant, while the highly processed "acidic" foods cause oxidative stress. Acidic fruits like lemons and limes do not hinder but help healing because they are potent antioxidants.

Gerson Therapy

Promotes body healing by flooding the system with vitamin, mineral and antioxidant rich juices to assist in restoring the immune system and repair mechanisms. The Wigmore school uses wheat grass for the same purpose. In advanced disease up to 200ml of wheat grass juice daily can be taken. The wheat grass should be harvested at peak tenderness, about 10-15cm high, as the vitamin and enzyme content is at maximum. The Gerson and Wigmore methods can be beneficially combined. Fasting, especially brief fasts followed by natural raw food can be a powerful healing modality. Prolonged fasts may benefit some, but excessive starvation weakens the immune function. The ketogenic diet may control intractable epilepsy but its role in cancer treatment is not established. Some people have experienced good results from a ketogenic diet, but this is more likely due to the elimination of harmful foods from the diet, rather than starving the cancer. Eliminating processed sugar is essential, as excess sugar sticks to cells (glycosolation) casing oxidative stress and tissue aging. However, the brain can only metabolize glucose and if none is available it will be produced in the body. It is simply not possible to starve a tumour, but one must nourish the body to achieve ideal immune function, while modestly restricting calories. Those who avoid moderate ingestion of carrot and other juices for fear of the sugar content are doing themselves a disservice.

The Budwig Diet

Concentrates on omega 3. There are two essential fatty acids. Being essential means they cannot be made in the body but must be supplied in the diet. The essential fatty acids are omega 3 and omega 6. Put simply omega 6 is used to make chemical signals which have a pro-inflammatory action. This is necessary to ward off pathogens and assist wound healing. Omega 3 produces chemical messengers which damp down inflammation. When the intake of omega 3 and 6 is about 1:3 the system is in balance, with just enough inflammation, but appropriately damped. With omega 3 deficiency the body is in a state of chronic inflammation, with tissue damage, including damage to the DNA. Omega 3 can be modified in the body to form DHA and EPA, the form of omega 3 found in cold water fish.

A healthy human can modify the plant form of omega 3 called ALA, as long as they have the necessary B group vitamins and mineral co-factors and avoid excess saturated fats. Hulled hemp seed is an ideal way to obtain omega 3 and the co-factors. Green smoothies are a convenient way to ingest hemp seed. Combining fruits and berries, hemp seed and a few green leaves in a blender makes an ideal meal substitute. Hulled hemp seed can also be added to almost any meal with benefit. They should not be cooked. Thirty to fifty grams a day is adequate.

Flax oil has the highest ratio of omega 3 to omega 6. In cases where the omega 3/6 balance is very disturbed the addition of a quality flax seed oil will help lift it towards normal. Most flax seed oils on the market are seriously substandard. Stoney Creek Oils produce a quality product. Flax seed oil can be added to salads and soups, combined with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Garlic can provide the sulfur containing amino acids which help utilize the omega 3 and should be included in the diet.

The contamination of the oceans from plastics, mercury and radiation continues unchecked. At current trends the marine ecosystem will collapse within our lifetimes. At present, carefully selected seafood can still be safely and beneficially included in the diet, for the time being. Fish oil is a rendered product of questionable health benefit. Krill oil avoids most of the problems with fish oil. Red meat is a controversial topic. There is no doubt that cattle force fed grain in feedlots produce a very unhealthy meat. However, wild game and to a lesser extent naturally grown grass fed meat can have as much omega 3 as seafood and be a healthy component of the diet, in moderation, if desired. Vegetable soup is easy to prepare and generally highly antioxidant.

Herbs and spices are beneficial, with proven action against cancer. Tumeric, ginger, garlic, chilli and many others are beneficial. Supplements are a complex topic. Just because tumeric is a beneficial spice does not mean the capsules sold in the pharmacy have retained their activity. The same goes for many supplements. Resveretrol from grape skins is a super nutrient but the powder in capsules may have lost its activity unless preserved by careful handling. It can be difficult to know which supplement has been prepared so as to preserve activity, so having things in their natural form is often best. Juice Plus is a fruit and vegetable concentrate that has been laboratory tested and proven to retain active phytonutrients. It is available via distributors.

The structure of the diet is an individual affair and can vary with different seasons and stages of a person's health. A certain amount of experimentation is necessary. One suggestion would be a hemp seed green smoothie for breakfast, vegetable juices and herb teas during the day with a raw salad, followed by a cooked meal if desired in the evening. Being overweight is detrimental to healing so a gradual but progressive weight loss by elimination of all processed food is necessary.

Cancer is a word, not a sentence. A few closing suggestions are in order. Lemons and limes are an ideal start to the day, squeezed into a glass of water. A mixed vegetable salad in season is an ideal meal in itself and an excellent first course to a larger meal. Eating an adequate amount of raw food before a cooked meal aids digestion significantly. Charts of ORAC (oxygen radical absorbency capacity) give an indication of the antioxidant value of the food and are a useful planning aid. Such charts are available on the internet. Bear in mind this data is indicative only, because the antioxidant effect of a food depends not only on the type of food, but its quality and state of ripeness and preservation.

Don't be intimidated by the fear mongering and negativity used by allopathic practitioners to frighten people into toxic and dangerous therapies. There is growing evidence that X-Ray and chemotherapy treatments can induce the formation of resistant cancer stem cells. Thus, while most patients will see an initial response to allopathic treatment, this treatment actually drives the cancer into generating resistant cells that produce a relapse, with metastases that become resistant to the treatments used.

In the event of receiving a cancer diagnosis the first decision to be made is whether one will take responsibility for one's own health or abrogate that responsibility and allow the pharmaceutical industry to direct treatment.. It can be a daunting prospect to untie oneself from the umbilical cord of hospital based treatments and seek healing by natural methods. This decision can be made more complicated by the multiplicity of programs and often conflicting advice on offer. There are certain cases where surgery should be considered as a first option. A bleeding bowel cancer is best excised as soon as practical, in my opinion, as this will stabilize the situation without compromising the immune system and its natural healing capacity. However, one thing appears certain. Both diet and cannabis based treatments will be more effective as a first line of action. Too often, patients will turn to these methods after their third or fourth relapse, when the chances of success are much reduced.

The body requires a certain amount of activity, so be as active as your condition will allow. Yoga practices of various forms can assist. The CBD and THC have a synergistic effect against cancer and the CBD moderates the psychotropic effect of THC, allowing higher, more effective doses to be used. Some are advocating juicing cannabis, but this requires growing capacity beyond most patients.

Ros Marshallsea (not verified)
Cannabis Oil - Return of Breast Cancer after 15 years
My mother is turning 80 next month - she has just received diagnosis of return of breast cancer after 15 year remission that has gone to her bones. She is also post polio sufferer. Would Cannabis Oil be useful to her? She is too fragile to undergo another round of radiation therapy let alone chemo.
Melissa (not verified)
Any answers??
I too am a Breast Cancer now Metastasized to my bone and I'm 39yrs old, married with 7 children. I have never had Chemo but have had my right Breast removed and two lots of somewhat regrettable radiation. Would you consider this line of defence? It seems to be my last.
Thomas (not verified)
CBD, with the proper balance of THC, will kill many cancers. I teach everything from sprouting to juicing to cultures as jun, kombucha,KEFIR,dehydration and Anaerobic Fermentation. You practice those daily and you will beat your cancer but it takes a full on, no holds barred DETERMINATION with an action plan to kill off the invaders. The CAUSE IS THE CURE.
This will help
Change your diet. Budwick diet. Have herbal Aloe Aborescens 5 year old plant ..pick leaves at night. make the mixture. Drink high alkaline water. cut out trans fats. keep strees down, be happy celebrate the little things, enjoy every moment.
Re. Diet advise for people with cancer
I'm am interested to know if there have been any clinical trials done from the start of a diagnosis to end using these diets and cannabis treatment. If so we're can I access the results Cheers
kylie cary
oil & diet
I suffer from crohns disease, I have never had surgery as yet. I have been told if the treatment I currently undergoing is not successful I will have no choice but undergo surgery and be left with a collenastphy bag. I am 39 with 2 children on my own. Surgery is the last thing I want, its in fact one of my biggest fears. Could this oil prevent future surgery from happening ? My other question is someone I know has been told he has throat cancer and his been told by a doctor he has 2 year's he is not even 31 he has young children a business owner any his partner is fearing the worst for the man she loves. Is it legal for him in south Australia to obtain this oil for his medical purpose only and have hope to live a lot longer than what the doctor has told him?
Enlarged lymph nodes in neck and have hypothyroid.
Hi Kylie, I have had lymph nodes growing for last 3 years up to 30x11mm now, from jelly like to now a hard lump, and I even had a lump growing at the back of my throat noticeable when I swallow. My thyroid is also getting lumpy around the base and sides of neck. My doc says I need a thyroid specialist to confirm diagnosis. I have been freaking out for the last year of possible cancer and have been reading up on natural treatments from Gerson, rick Simpson oil, burzynski, alkaline diets, ketonic diets etc. For the last 5 weeks since November 20, 2015, I have gone on a sugar free, caffeine free, no carbs diet, eating only salads, vegetables, detox juices everyday, drinking psyllium husks, Eno (bicarbonate ) drinks, and low protein diet. To date, I have lost 2kg, my thyroid appears smaller, and my lymph nodes have reduced in size and have gone back to jelly like feel. Even the lump at the back of my throat has disappeared. I will still need to have check up and biospy for lymph and checks on thyroid, but I will keep up diet regime. Suggest your friend give their diet an overhaul as they have some time to do this. All the best.
Mother diagnosed lung cancer liasions on brain
Hi, recently a mass was discovered on my mothers lung during a short stay at hospital for a burst appendix, which from first analysis was the size of a 50 cent piece to a golf ball not cancerous to a 8cm size in 3 days (doctors muck up) also 3 liaisons on her brain,she has been given certain time which I am not aware of as I refuse to listen as I have not much faith in the health system or the system as a whole, and firmly believe in the body's healing abilities and all natural or herbal remedies. Please could u send me some information on the best treatment or any you think would be beneficial to my mother. Thank-you
I was diagnosed with
I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer last Feb, had hysterectomy in Aug 2015, pathology results all clear, I opted out of chemo and radiation, found out in Dec that i have a tumour on suture line from where they took uterus. Still opted out of radiation. I am having a lot of bleeding still, I am trying a lot of natural things, but I feel I need to try cannabis oil. Do you think this would work, and also could i get it delivered to Qld?
Amanda Dunchue
cancer of the liver and pancrias
My mother has just been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer of the liver and pancreas. She is suffering with a lot of pain and I don't think there is much time for her. Will the oil help and how do I go about getting it for her?
Tracey Bailey (not verified)
Pancreatic Cancer
My mum has just been diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer after being given the all clear from it 2 months ago. Have you been able to gain any information regarding the oil and whether it will assist your mum?
Dietary supplements
Hey i have a list of issues from pain due to a broken back and years ago and degeneration of disc to basically crushing my s1 nerve and also many mental ocd adhd man depression and bipoler so i have 24/7pain and have to take pills for anxiety and panic disorder and depression i also was diagnosed with a lump in my jaw turned out to be a squamus (i cant spell it) lump or tumour thing in the duct that deluvers salivia to your mouth i had them taken out did a round of radiation then after how sick that made me wrnt natural with a diet and rso oil aswrll as edible marijuana things and hulled hempseed shakes i yse a product called isogenics for the food they have greens and berries basically everything you need also snak bars and meal bars and all of it actually rastes good mixed with the majuana therpys i have found that weight has dropped of fast at first then geadually and i feel better the rso which i still take in a small dose morning and larger dose nite time is actually improving my overall wellbeing and there is no cancer cells in my body if they stay gone for 7 years with the redoses after i finish the main treatment and i will continue to use it in smaller doses for the other ailments i have it works and i am helathiwr now then when i was playing state rugby union i use rso oil and also a hemp balm and when pain is bad a vapourizer of concetrate i also have 1-2shakes a day one in the morning is fruit thenbi have a veggie one at nite and a cooked lunch isogenics isnt the cheapest of the shakes but its 100%organic and well they give you money also if ubsign others on so win win really for me as i weighed alot more rhan i should have and now well its better and cancer free and even starting to reliy less on painkillers at all
Matty (not verified)
Great subject
Hi there, I admire the writer for above content, beautiful job, great point and advice, I am a food scientist, medical nutritionist and medical practitionist and I feel so frustrated when I see people have know idea about what is good or truly bad for them, I blamed the food manufactures who are taking advantage of people trust. I feel frustrated knowing the pharmaceutical companies only work towards their own favour rather than patients, the fact they don't give a damn to people....
Pain control
I am a 73 year old woman that has had Endometrial Cancer for 12 was not treated with alopathic treatment until 2015 and at that time I had a CT scan -little knowing how serious this can be from radioactive check gallbladder stone and at that time U/S had shown a benign cyst on ovary - around 1.8 cm ... after the CT scan - it grew very fast -6 months later was 14.8 plus was recommended. Unfortunately I took Endone and Lyrica which knocked me out totally - by morning a serious DVT had formed. I had surgery to remove a 16.8 cm Ovarian Cancer....full hysterectomy but left residual disease in abdomen. Two years later with major lifestyle changes and several weeks doing high dose Vit C - two good years I might add....there is now a crop of cancerous lymph nodes in abdomen with metastasis itumour in my neck....and now pain that can be quite unbearable. I wish there was some way to get hold of this oil to try.... medical profession are treating me with Tarjin and Endone for break through pain and because of intolerance to Endone I have been ambulanced to hospital after passing out. I think it is obsene to have something available and not be able to access it for people like myself

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