Introduction

“During the past fifty years scientists experimenting with thousands of animals have found 700 ways of causing cancer. But they have not discovered one way of curing the disease.” – J. F. Brailsford, M.D.

The purpose of this book is to support the film of the same name, Healing Cancer From Inside Out. If you haven’t seen the film, you should pick up a copy[1] because it contains vital information not found here. This book focuses on providing the details for supporting cancer patients with nutrition and essentially picks up where the film leaves off. The exception is Part I, where I provide a detailed explanation of how ineffective – and harmful – current conventional treatments are to the cancer patient.

This book is both a summary and interpretation of what I’ve discovered over the years about healing cancer with diet. It is based on the best scientific and practitioner knowledge to date. What I hope is that the material presented in this book will enable those with cancer to make their own treatment decisions based on all the facts.

I am neither for nor against conventional treatments of cancer. Nor am I for or against alternative treatments of cancer. What I am for is any treatment that truly works, particularly those that work in the long run and keep cancer away for good.

As is made clear in the film, the difference between cancer prevention and reversal is one of degree, not kind. Natural cancer reversals occur all the time. At this moment, there are millions of people with cancers growing in their bodies and they don’t have a clue. In fact, the average American gets half a dozen serious bouts of cancer during his or her lifetime without even knowing it! This means there are millions of people who have healed their cancers on their own – including you. It also means that, overall, there are many more natural cancer reversals than there are diagnosed and treated cancer cases.

Obviously, the more a cancer has progressed, the more difficult it will be to reverse. In other words, the sooner you adopt a true cancer-fighting diet, the better your chances of reversing the cancer and never having it return. Dietary reversals have occurred in all stages of cancer, including patients who were given only a few months to live, so you should never give up hope or stop fighting this disease.

The diet outlined in this book is strict, as it has to be. The closer you adhere to it, the more effective it will be. The basic guidelines are taken from the book, The Rave Diet & Lifestyle, which I also authored. The book you’re reading now contains guidelines specifically tailored to fight the disease, as well as much more information about cancer. Once the cancer is under control, you can return to a more relaxed diet with wider food choices, such as that outlined in the Rave Diet & Lifestyle.

Dr. Bernie Siegel has said that when given a choice between a change in lifestyle and undergoing surgery, eight out of ten patients will say, “operate.”[2] The two people out of ten who choose lifestyle changes, he calls “extraordinary” because they have chosen a different path – one that addresses the cause of the problem instead of having the doctor treat a symptom. Because you are reading this book, you should consider yourself an extraordinary individual because you have the courage to walk a path that is not well-trodden. That path is full of long-term successes which have rid the body of cancer not just for a few years, but a lifetime. I want to personally congratulate you for your decision. As you read the book and adopt the diet, you will find that you are not alone and have many resources to support you.

There is a story about a professor of medicine who would always make jokes about heart attacks to his medical students and the jokes would always elicit laughter. One day, he thought he would augment his heart disease jokes with some about cancer. But when he told the jokes, no one laughed. Of course, the reason no one laughed is because we have no effective treatments for cancer. Cancer is seen, by most, for what it is today with conventional treatments: a death sentence for all but a very few. And, yet, it doesn’t have to be.

We can make jokes about heart disease despite the fact that it kills as many people as cancer. And cardiovascular disease, of which heart disease is a subset, kills over twice as many people as cancer does. This is not to say that any disease is a laughing matter, but to point out that we have a very different attitude about cancer than we have about other diseases. Much of that attitude stems from the fact that conventional medicine has no effective treatments and, as a result, doctors are all too often giving patients death sentences. They have tried their ineffective treatments, the patient is told there are no alternatives and therefore the patient has only “x” number of months to live.

Sentencing a patient to death is the worst thing a doctor can do. The doctor is giving the patient a nocebo – the opposite of a placebo – which is, in effect, a kind of hex, whose underlying message to the patient is to die. So what does the patient do? He goes home, grapples with his fate and dies right on schedule. The doctor expects the patient will die and the patient follows the doctor’s expectations right to his grave. The doctor’s prophecy becomes self-fulfilling due to the blind faith patients have in modern medicine.

When patients are told there is no alternative but death, that’s criminal because there are alternatives, even with late stage cancers. Unfortunately, the medical culture and legal system limit treatment options to the worst therapies ever to visit the human body. Doctors are ignorant of any treatment beyond drugs, radiation and surgery. Hope is dead and so, too, will be the patient.

“Drugs tend to worsen whatever they’re supposed to cure, which sets up a vicious circle.” – Dean Black, M.D.

A common occurrence is what I call the “Cancer Cycle.” A person is diagnosed with cancer, treatments are applied, the body is devastated, but the patient is “cured.” A few years later, the cancer returns. More treatment is applied, the body is further devastated, and the cancer is once again “cured.” A few years later, the cancer returns yet again. At this point, either further treatment kills them or the side effects do.

In fact, the “Cancer Cycle” is so common it’s been estimated it occurs, in varying degrees, with over 90 percent of all cases where treatments are rendered.[3] Why? Because conventional medicine only treats the symptoms of cancer (e.g., a tumor) and does not address what caused the cancer in the first place. Since the dose of radiation or chemo required to kill all cancer cells would also kill the patient, you still have malignant cancer cells in your body even after you have been “cured,” they’re just hiding under the radar. Normally, your body could deal with this, but the treatments have devastated your immune system and set the stage for the return of a serious cancer. This is the fundamental problem with conventional treatments: They damage the body so much that it is incapable of defending itself against cancer. And this is what sets up the Cancer Cycle.

Adding injury to insult, radiological and chemo treatments actually increase the likelihood that cancer will develop in other parts of the body[4] because both of these treatments are active carcinogens! Don’t you think it’s strange that one of the possible side effects of our cancer treatments is cancer itself?

Women who received radiation treatment and survived early Hodgkin’s cancers, for example, were 75 times more likely to develop breast cancer by age 45![5] As Dr. Samuel S. Epstein has said, “Chemotherapy and radiation can increase the risk of developing a second cancer by up to 100 times.”[6]

Chemotherapy is advertised as somewhat effective against a very small number of cancers: Hodgkin’s disease, acute lymphocytic leukemia, testicular cancer and choriocarcinoma. When you look at its long-term effectiveness, however, the value of the treatment diminishes over time.

A study of over 10,000 patients with Hodgkin’s, who were treated with chemo, showed they were 14 times more likely to develop leukemia and six times more likely to develop cancers of the bones, joints and soft tissues than those patients who did not undergo chemotherapy.[7] Children who were “successfully” treated for Hodgkin’s are 18 times more likely to later develop secondary malignant tumors; the risk of leukemia increases markedly just four years after the treatment has ended; and the risk of developing solid tumors approaches 30 percent after 30 years.[8]

With childhood cancers, 73 percent of patients will develop a chronic illness within 30 years and 42 percent will develop a severe, disabling, life-threatening or fatal condition, including heart disease, lung scarring, strokes and second cancers.[9] Blindness, deafness, infertility, early menopause, neurocognitive defects, depression, anxiety and moderate to extreme physical pain are also common side effects. Many have bones more osteoporotic in their 20s than people in their 70s. And no one has ever seen a childhood survivor make it to 70 years of age. It’s no wonder that survivors of such treatments are advised to find jobs at big companies with good medical insurance!

A study of women who survived ovarian cancer following chemo treatments showed a 100-fold greater incidence of leukemia over those who did not receive chemotherapy. In some studies, when chemo and radiation were combined, the incidence of secondary tumors was 25 times the expected rate.[10]

In other words, the Cancer Cycle can have a very long and painful time frame because the treatment itself often causes later death from secondary cancers and other treatment-related diseases. And along the way, the treatment will enter the books as a success because the patient survived for just five years. Someone who dies of pneumonia, because his or her immune system was destroyed by chemotherapy, for example, is generally not counted as a “cancer” death. Likewise, someone whose liver is destroyed by chemo, and dies of liver disease, is also not counted as a cancer death. Cancer mortality as a result of treatment is grossly understated because the cause of death is taken from a death certificate. The direct cause of death may have been liver failure, but the liver failure was caused by the treatment. Because of the way deaths are recorded, it makes “cure” rates look far better than they actually are.[11] In fact, it’s been said that if you add up treatment-related deaths, conventional cancer treatments have done far more harm than good.

Because you are reading this, you no doubt have cancer, or know someone who does. With such a serious disease, not everyone gets well, no matter what program they follow. That’s the nature of life and this disease. But if you play the odds and follow a strict program of diet and lifestyle changes, your chances of beating cancer will skyrocket, compared to if you did not follow these guidelines.

When you heal the body nutritionally, you heal the entire body – the heart, liver, spleen, colon and every single cell in your body. In contrast, our current medical model uses powerful poisons to rearrange body chemistry in order to suppress symptoms of the disease. It also cuts out or surgically alters organs that are causing problems, instead of healing those organs. The beauty about diet and lifestyle changes is that you don’t have to know a thing about cancer to reverse it. You just have to know a thing or two about what you put into your mouth and how to live your life. The purpose of this book is to tell you a thing or two about how to do both.

If you are diagnosed with cancer, fear will undoubtedly cloud your judgment, which can lead you down that slippery slope of hasty, regrettable decisions. Even though the cancer has taken years, if not decades, to develop the doctors will tell you that you must have chemo and/or radiation and/or surgery immediately! They will also use scare tactics to try to force you into treatment (“You will die if you don’t have treatment” is the usual phrase). Here is what I would suggest:

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[1] Healing Cancer From Inside Out is available at www.RaveDiet.com.
[2] Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., Love, Medicine & Miracles.
[3] You will hear lower figures, but these refer to a recurrence of a specific type of cancer, e.g., breast cancer. We are talking about a recurrence of cancer, regardless of the type. This means the body is still making cancer and it simply shows up as a different type of cancer, in a different area of the body. See Part 2 for more on this.
[4] Chemotherapy releases an abundance of oxidants, which are highly reactive oxygen molecules that support the life of cancer. This not only makes the conditions within the body hospitable to the cancer, but toxic to the immune system, thus further encouraging the life of the disease. Instead of strengthening the immune system, chemo devastates it.
[5] Breast Cancer and Other Second Neoplasms after Childhood Hodgkin’s Disease, S. Bhatia, et al., NEJM, 1996, 334:745-51.
[6] Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., Congressional Record, Sept. 9, 1987
[7] NCI Journal 87:10.
[8] NEJM, March 21, 1996.
[9] Philip M. Rosoff, M.D. The Two-Edged Sword of Curing Childhood Cancer. Volume 355:1522-1523, No. 15.
[10] Discussed in Seeds of Destruction: The Science Report on Cancer Research, Thomas A. Maugh and Jean L. Marx. On a related topic, one reason why cancers seem to return with such a vengeance after chemo treatments is that cancer cells resist the drug by replicating even harder and faster than before the chemo (they are in a survival mode, after all). Chemo drugs are lethal so cancer cells are stimulated to survive in any way they can, which results in faster growth. In the presence of any lethal drug, they resist and the more they resist, the stronger they get. This is simply an adaptation by cancer cells to stay alive. The chemo provokes this adaptation and the rapid cancer growth can quickly overwhelm a patient. Of course, the chemo knocks down the immune system and the cancer regains its powers and starts growing long before the immune system is strong enough to combat the illness.
[11] Cancer registries, such as the NCI's SEER database, rely solely on information provided by death certificates. And, yet, cause of death is often recorded as something else, when in fact the underlying cause is advanced metastasized cancer. Cancer mortality is also underestimated due to the steady decline in the number of autopsies done on patients who die in hospitals. In the US, the autopsy rate has plummeted from around 45 per cent several decades ago to only around 11 per cent today. Some hospitals now perform autopsies on fewer than 5 per cent of patients who die there.