Cancer – 3rd Approach

I am now going to tell you of a therapy that I would do if I was diagnosed with cancer that is highly controversial – as if Vitamin C wasn’t controversial enough! Before I start, I have to say it is not recommended for diabetics and pregnant women. But as I am neither diabetic or pregnant this caution can, in my case, be set aside. I should clarify that I am not recommending that you do what I do. I am telling you what I would do and you can choose to do the same but that is entirely your decision.

However, the vitamin I am going to talk about is recommended for anyone who is having or has had chemotherapy and for anyone who has decided to go the alternative route.

Why would you go on the alternative route, declining the skills and science of the oncological profession? All the arguments are outlined in my book The Cancer Survivor’s Bible If you are interested in reading about these arguments that’s where you’ll find them. And if you have, or have had, cancer, you should be interested.

A final word of caution. Everyone is different in their biochemistry. What works for 99% of a population may not work for the other 1%. In the case of vitamins, almost always you have to read your own body. What are the effects? If you feel good and blood tests confirm that nothing is the matter, then keep on doing what you’re doing. But if you don’t feel well or your blood analysis suggests there is a problem that might be associated with what you’re taking then stop it immediately.

Cancer – The 3rd Approach 

Vitamin B3 – also known as niacin – is important for DNA repair (which is why it is recommended for people who have undergone or who are currently having chemotherapy.)

But since I have no intention of having chemotherapy for any cancer I might be diagnosed with, this is not why I would take it. Well, actually I am already taking 1 gram every morning with my porridge. I did this because I was suffering severe aches and pains that were making it difficult for me to get out of bed. Now I bounce out of bed with no problem, so I know it works for that.

It is also known to be beneficial for schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and other dementias and for lesser psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression and paranoia.

But again that is not why I would be taking it. In fact, I am convinced that it has the potential to be useful in the case of cancer on the basis of two anecdotal stories from one source – but it is a source I trust –

Anecdotal reports should be viewed with a hard eye. But if they come from a good source then they can act as good signposts. “It’s not proven,” says the sceptic. Well, if you have decades to wait then you can wait for the luxury of proof but in the meantime we have to take some risks. That is my view anyway.

So here is an extract from an article on the Orthomolecular Treatment of Cancer By Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP(C) which can be found here:

“Two years later a woman I had treated for depression several years earlier consulted me again. This time she was depressed because her 16-year-old daughter had Ewings tumor (a highly malignant sarcoma) in one arm and she was slated for surgery to amputate her arm. This was the standard treatment. I told her about the previous patient and his recovery and suggested that although there was no evidence it would help it could do no harm and might possibly be of some value. Her daughter agreed to take niacinamide 1 gram after each meal and ascorbic acid 1 gram after each meal. Her surgeon agreed to postpone surgery for a month. She recovered and the last time I heard from her family she was married and leading a normal productive life, with both arms. I concluded that vitamin B-3 was the most important component and that the vitamin C was helpful. In Saskatchewan under my direction we did the first double blind controlled therapeutic trials in Psychiatry, completing six by 1960. Therefore I was aware of the powerful influence of placebo. However when two terminal patients recovered on the vitamins it became powerful evidence that there was more than placebo at work. 

I did not see any more cancer patients until 1977 after I had established my practice in Victoria, BC. In British Columbia specialists will not accept patients until they have been referred by their general practitioners. As a psychiatrist I saw patients referred with psychiatric problems but in most cases the referring physicians would not indicate why the referral had been made and I would only discover the reason when I finally saw my patient.

A.S., an elderly woman appeared and when I asked her why she had come she replied that she had cancer of the head of the pancreas. She had developed jaundice. Her surgeon discovered she had a large tumor in the head of the pancreas which occluded her bile duct. He promptly closed, created a by-pass, and when she recovered from the anesthesia advised her that she had about 3 to 6 months to live. She worked in a book store. She had read Norman Cousins book Anatomy of an Illness and thought that if he was able to take so much vitamin C with safety she could too and she began to take 10 grams each day. The next time she consulted her doctor she told him what she was doing. He referred her to me since he was familiar with my interest in megadoses of vitamins. I reviewed her program and increased her vitamin C to 40 grams daily trying to reach the sublaxative level. I had been using multi nutrients for my schizophrenic patients for many years and since I had no idea which, if any, of these vitamins might help I reasoned that she would have a much better chance if she also were to take more than one nutrient. I then added vitamin B-3, selenium, and zinc sulfate. Six months later she called me at home in great excitement. She had just had a CT scan. No tumor was visible. The CT scan was repeated by the incredulous radiologist. Her original bile duct had reopened and now she had two. She remained alive and well until she died February 19, 1999, nearly 22 years after she was told she would die.”

These two stories are good enough for me. 

So, I would, if diagnosed with cancer, probably up my dose from 1g to 3g – 1g with each meal. 

The only drawback of niacin for me is the flushing effect. But when I take it with food I don’t get a flush effect. Also you should avoid the delayed release versions of niacin. They seem to be associated with more negative side effects.

Any suggestions welcome

I’ve been trying to find a publisher to publish a new edition of  the Cancer Survivor’s Bible. I told them there was big interest in India. Below you can see the comments. They love the book but don’t think it has commercial value. (I am soon going to have to put the price up so if you’re interested now could be the time to buy!) – so if anyone knows a reputable Indian publisher, let me know. Below are the comments provided by the publisher’s readers:

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One Problem with Doctors

One problem with doctors is that they assume you will fit in with their suggestions and decisions – and you may not want to. I faced this situation myself just the other day. I have high blood pressure and my consultant shouted at me that even though I didn’t like the side effects of a certain drug I had to start taking them again. If I didn’t I was increasing the likelihood that I would have a stroke. She certainly scared me into getting the prescription filled and taking the drugs home. But then I started to think. There were three risks.

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The Contents of the Cancer Survivor’s Bible

If you have cancer, then I can honestly say that the best book for explaining the whole world of cancer (and not just a bit of it) is my book The Cancer Survivor’s Bible. And to prove it, here is the contents list. Compare this with any other book and you’ll see that I cover a great deal more:

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Can Niacin help to cure cancer?

Vitamin B3, aka niacin, is known to have positive effects on mood, so can be taken as an  antidepressant. It is used by many doctors also as a therapy for people with schizophrenia. But it has many other uses. I personally take it because I found it helped me get out of bed in the mornings without pain. Previously, I had got out of bed very slowly and awkwardly. Now I jump out of bed.

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Salicinium – a cancer cure?

I am currently updating my book The Cancer Survivor’s Bible and have just stumbled on a substance that really can claim to be an alternative cancer cure that does not cause pain and damage. The substance is Salicinium Continue reading “Salicinium – a cancer cure?”

Cancer: making sure your tissues are alkaline


Many people make the claim that a healthy person cannot get cancer – that cancer develops because the body is already in a state of ill health. A healthy body is alkaline (high pH levels) in its tissues and an unhealthy body is acidic (low pH levels).

Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)

One approach to curing cancer by raising pH levels, originally promoted by an Appalachian folk healer in the 1930s, is to… Continue reading “Cancer: making sure your tissues are alkaline”

What Kathy Downer discovered

Everyone is, potentially, an amateur epidemiologist. You see something that, well, just seems odd. So you investigate further. You understand that something can be a coincidence, so one or two examples simply won’t cut the mustard. You also understand that something can be true even though we don’t understand why it is true. Or we might suspect a reason but be totally unable, through lack of resources, to prove it. Continue reading “What Kathy Downer discovered”

Book description

This book aims to provide a complete orientation to the subject of cancer for the purpose of informing and arming the cancer patient who needs to make treatment decisions.

This book tells you what cancer is; what the diagnostic tools are; what the pros and cons are of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy; how to protect yourself from damage; what the other new mainstream treatments are; why cancer research is failing to come up with cures; what the alternative therapies are that many people are doing – often with great success: the additional diagnostic tests you might want to consider; the detox regimes; the diets, herbs, vitamins, supplements and other approaches that have helped. Continue reading “Book description”

Julie’s Ovarian Cancer Cure Story

Julie was a self-employed, 56-year-old woman, living in the Pacific Northwest when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This is her story in her own words:

I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2003. The following is my story:

At the time of that diagnosis, three things were going on. I was hospitalized with life-threatening pulmonary embolisms that damaged my heart and lungs. I did not have any health insurance, and was already facing the loss of my lifetime savings and more. Continue reading “Julie’s Ovarian Cancer Cure Story”