Evidence vitamin is beneficial for Covid 19 (and cancer?)

According to an article in The Guardian today the part of Japan which has the highest dietary intake of this vitamin suffered not one single death from Covid 19. That is a remarkable fact. And which vitamin are we talking about?

Vitamin K. This vitamin is found in a variety of vegetables and fruits – spinach, broccoli, blueberries and also eggs and French cheese.

There is a caution though – people (like me) who are on warfarin (a blood thinning drug) need to exercise caution as Vitamin K is a blood clotting agent. That doesn’t mean avoiding vitamin K. It means juggling your intake of both vitamin K and warfarin so that both intakes are in the healthy range.

The article is here: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jun/05/vitamin-k-could-help-fight-coronavirus-study-suggests?fbclid=IwAR2sZqOOfUB8GEnDNqEO8Z2qczLS_9J4eLIpB3gxAklX4eWaN9WwVBLc2a4


Cancer – 5th Approach

Cancer – the 5th Approach

My next approach will be to take Vitamin D. It is well known that Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a higher incidence of cancer and to speedier death. Vitamin D intake at a good level (I’ll discuss what this means in a minute) reduces the incidence of several common cancers (breast, colon etc) by half. That is to say that if you take good amounts of vitamin D you are far less likely to die from cancer. 

There are two ways of getting a good amount of vitamin D in your body. The first is by sunbathing – exposing a fair amount of flesh to the sun. If you live in a hot climate 20-30 minutes will allow the body to make up to 10,000 iu of Vitamin D (if you are white skinned) If you are dark skinned, you will need to expose yourself for longer.

 If this is the way you choose to get your vitamin D then there are some cautions. Firstly, you don’t want to be burnt so you may want to put on a sun lotion. No! No! Sun lotions are not safe and are associated with higher melanoma skin cancers. The best way to protect yourself is by slapping on coconut oil. Coconut oil is a natural protective agent that allows the UVB rays your body needs to make vitamin D to pass into the body. This is not true of sun tan lotions that block these rays. If you use coconut oil don’t you cook in the sun? This is a question many people have asked me. Again, the answer is an emphatic no. Coconut oil only becomes a liquid at around 24 degrees celsius. The boiling point needed to cook you is far higher than you will ever experience (around 177-230 degrees depending on the kind of oil). The other caution is to not wear any form of glasses (spectacles) while in the sun. Of course the longer you are able to expose yourself in the sun without being burnt the better. The melanoma rates in Florida are only a little higher than New York – so exposure to the sun is not the only cause of that cancer.

A simpler way to get Vitamin D is to take it orally. Some people suggest 2,000 iu to be adequate for a pale skinned person and 3,000-4,000 for a darker skinned person. I personally take 5,000 iu already and would happily up that to 10,000 iu if I were diagnosed with cancer.

For other ideas read The Cancer Survivor’s Bible – www.fightingcancer.com

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 www.fightingcancer.com. 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 – www.doctoryourself.com.

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: http://www.doctoryourself.com/cancer_hoffer.html

“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.

Cancer 2

I owe all readers an apology. Yesterday my internet was down so I could not post this. Fortunately, it is back and so here it is.

We have all been in lock down – in Spain, where I live, it is gradually opening up and I was able to ask after a friend who died just before the lock down eight weeks ago. I had seen him a few days earlier and he had seemed in robust good health – particularly impressive as he was 84 years old so I was naturally curious as to what had caused his death. I was told that the doctors had detected a small tumour on his gallbladder and he went into hospital to have it surgically removed. The operation was a success but the patient died. It wasn’t the cancer that killed him but the operation itself or the anaesthetic. If he had not had the operation, if he had decided “what the hell, I’ll just live with it!” he would have lived at least another year or two or three or four, perhaps even longer. But, like many people, he wanted it out. Not having an operation might seem a silly thing to do but for anyone over eighty I think it is a reasonable decision. Why? Because cancers in the old are usually slow growing. I was told of the case of an eighty-six year old woman who was told she had breast cancer. The doctors proposed an operation but she refused saying: “I am an old woman. I am going to die someday. Who can say when?” It was her son who told me. She lived with her cancer for another 14 years, dying aged 100.

It is well known that elderly people have a relatively high incidence of not surviving an operation – and there is a greatly increased chance of dementia too within a year of an operation. My own mother, at the age of 75, died while being operated on for an ulcer. She simply wasn’t well enough to emerge from the anaesthetic. I myself am now nearly 71 and I don’t plan to have an operation unless I absolutely have no choice.

So sometimes not doing something for your cancer is the course of wisdom.

Approach 2

The second thing I would do if I were diagnosed with cancer is to take citric acid.

Our data suggests that citrate can inhibit tumor growth in diverse tumor types and via multiple mechanisms. Dietary supplementation with citrate may be beneficial as a cancer therapy.” (– Ren, J., Seth, P., Ye, H. et al. Citrate Suppresses Tumor Growth in Multiple Models through Inhibition of Glycolysis, the Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle and the IGF-1R Pathway. Sci Rep 7, 4537 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-04626-4)

Citric acid, or citrate salts (ie magnesium citrate, sodium citrate  etc) interfere with glycolysis.  Glycolysis is the process by which sugars are broken down – and cancers love sugars. This is how they get their energy. Stop glycolysis and you stop cancer. It’s that simple. And, as this research summary makes clear , citrate also interferes with other processes that help cancer grow.

Citric acid is easily and cheaply available – it’s used in cookery and for preserving foods. The authors of one study suggested 1-2 grams every 12 hours, increasing to 1-2 grams every 8 hours. These are very conservative amounts which are a useful starting off point but one Mexican doctor [details in my book The Cancer Survivor’s Bible] recommends increasing the dose slowly but steadily until you can take a flat tablespoon (15 grams) of citric acid powder three times a day (total 45 grams) with meals. You would be advised to increase doses slowly because a sudden assault can cause the cancers to break up and release toxins into the body – some people have died because of this. Their treatment was too successful! So start with say 4-6 grams and every couple of days increase by another 2 grams until you get to the required level. Take with food.

So that would be the second part of my own cancer recovery programme. 

For more information I do recommend my book The Cancer Survivor’s Bible www.fightingcancer.com

Cancer – Approach 1

With all eyes on Covid 19, people with cancer and other serious illnesses have been temporarily sidelined by doctors. But as we are cresting the wave (the first wave?) of Covid 19 cases, doctors are now seeing that there could be many more victims than those who lost and are losing their lives due to the pandemic. Cancer patients in particular will find that their cancers will have progressed and therefore will require more extreme interventions with a lower chance of success. So cancer deaths may increase because of Covid 19

That is to see the problem from the point of view of the mainstream medical profession – which most people depend on and look to for answers.

But there is another way of looking at the problem. I believe there is a great deal that cancer patients can do for themselves cheaply in their own homes without damaging themselves through extreme treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy and surgery. 

For the next 14 days I am going to spell out some of the approaches that I would do if I were in the position of these cancer patients waiting at home for the doctors to deal with them. They may or may not provide a complete cure (I believe that in many cases they could) but they will certainly extend your life and improve the quality of that life. And I am not suggesting that you choose which ones to do. I am suggesting that you do all of them together.

Approach 1

Yes, Vitamin C. 

Vitamin C is not just good against flus and pneumonia and possibly against Covid 19, it is also good for any inflammatory condition – and cancer is an inflammatory condition. It is also very important for the immune system. The more vitamin C you take the better. A normal healthy person will almost certainly be able to handle 10 grams a day divided into 2 or 3 equal doses.The best and cheapest way to take vitamin C is in its powder form as either ascorbic acid or as sodium ascorbate ( a neutral salt) for those who have problems of stomach acidity. (if you have ascorbic acid then you can neutralise it with sodium bicarbonate by mixing them together in equal proportions).  One flat teaspoon of powder is 5 grams.

If you are fighting cancer you will be able to tolerate much higher amounts of vitamin C (20 or 30 or even 40 grams a day) because vitamin C is completely non-toxic (for the vast majority of people) and the body uses what it is given – and when it is given more than it can use it dumps it (you have to run to the toilet). The amount necessary to achieve this dumping will tell you how healthy or unheathy you are. If for example you have to run to the toilet having taken 15 grams then you are very healthy. If you can take 30 grams without running to the toilet then you are fighting something and need to give the body even more vitamin C.

I am not suggesting that you suddenly give yourself 30 grams in one go. I suggest that you start with one teaspoon in the morning and another at night. After a few days add a third teaspoon at lunchtime. After a few days you can add another teaspoon at an appropriate time. If for example you feel that you have Covid 19 symptoms (or even a flu) I would have no problem taking a teaspoon of powder every hour. The body will tell me when enough is enough.

For me Vitamin C is the platform for health. Not only will it extend life but it will also reduce pain and improve your immunity. So that’s the first step to becoming cancer free or living with your cancer in a state of stasis.

Read my other posts on vitamin C for further information about this miracle of healing. You can buy vitamin C powder from any on-line health shop.

Tomorrow I will post my second approach.

Asbestos and cancer

Here is a letter I received from a resource for anyone afflicted by cancer caused by asbestos:

Hello Jonathan,

I came across Fighting Cancer while searching for organizations [I am not an organisation, by the way, just a person with a desire to help others] with the common goal of supporting individuals and family members affected by asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, or mesothelioma. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer and The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program, there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.

Sokolove Law was founded to help people suffering from asbestos-related diseases. Many companies and employers knew the dangerous health consequences of asbestos. It can be extremely difficult to come to grips with the fact that a company you worked for decades ago chose not to warn you — and now you are fighting for your life. Our team has more than 40 years of experience fighting on behalf of mesothelioma victims across all 50 states.

I noticed that your organization has some excellent support resources listed here – https://fightingcancer.com/index.php/cancer-resourcesSokolove Law has some great information listed here – https://www.sokolovelaw.com/legal/mesothelioma-lawsuit/ that might be a great addition to the list of organizations you have shown already. Together we can improve the overall quality of life for individuals and family members suffering from asbestos-related diseases by helping them receive the compensation that they deserve.

Talk to you soon,

Samantha Reardon
Support Staff
Sokolove Law
1330 Boylston Street, Suite 400
Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467

Immune therapy

There has long been an argument as to whether cancer is one disease or 2,000 (and rising). Could one approach cure all cancers or did you need 2,000+ separate cures. The report today suggests that one cure for all cancers could be round the corner. A special, never-before-seen T-cell has been found to attack cancer cells of many different cancers.

Read this link.


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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