Coronavirus Pandemic

We are living in a strange, and dangerous, time. The Coronavirus has spread throughout the world. But one subject is not being discussed: How can we protect ourselves if we come into contact with it. Yes, wearing masks might help (but probably not a lot). So will staying indoors (but one day we will have to come out again). These are ways of avoiding coming into contact with the virus but, almost inevitably, one day, we will all be exposed. These are ways of delaying the spread and hopefully a vaccination will be developed that will save us. But it won’t come quickly. However (thank God) most people who get the virus suffer very mild or moderate symptoms. So, in my search for natural cancer cures are there any substances that I have come across that may be helpful in protecting ourselves from the virus, or help us to be among those who only suffer mild symptoms. And the answer is YES. 

However, you ahould know that some of these approaches are being attacked as ‘quack’ cures. It comes down to a matter of risk versus benefit. I am not asking you to believe in these ‘cures’, I am merely suggesting them as potentially beneficial. And the truth is that no-one knows. The virus is a new virus (though it belongs to the same family of viruses that caused SARS and the common cold). As long as the suggestions are cheap then you can do one or more of these approaches on the basis that if they don’t work you are now worse off than before. They are all safe! I am doing most of them myself as I am 70 years old and have high blood pressure so I am in a high risk group.

Here is a list of the approaches that may help us to overcome this:

 

Vitamin C

 

A number of hospitals in China used intravenous (IV) vitamin C at relatively low doses of 20-30 grams (20,000-30,000 mgs) with good effect – none of the patients receiving vitamin C died and they were released from hospital several days earlier than those not receiving it. However, this was a small study. At least one US hospital is also doing this. I am personally taking 10 grams a day (orally) and while I don’t think this amount will entirely prevent me catching it, if I feel the symptoms of flu I will up my dose to 20-30-40-50 or more grams a day (orally). I have beaten normal flu twice with this approach and would expect to do so again if coronavirus comes knocking at my door – which is very possible.

Now, most people think in terms of oranges when I speak to them about vitamin C – but you would have to eat an impossible number of oranges to get these doses as one orange has about 50mg of vitamin C. Other people think of those fizzy orange lozenges that you get from the chemist. Again it would be a very gassy experience to attempt to get this amount of vitamin C you need in the form of these lozenges (not to mention all the additives and colouring agents you would be taking in at the same time). Still others would think of 1,000 mg capsules. This would be fine in the short term but quite expensive in the long term). The form of vitamin C I take is ascorbic acid and I buy it in powder form in kilo bags (Internet search: “buy vitamin C powder”). I pay less than 20 euros per bag including transport which makes this about ten times cheaper than capsules.

 

Vitamin D

 

Fox News (sorry!) has reported that Dr Tom Frieden, a former head of the CDC (Centre of Disease Control) has advocated taking Vitamin D – as usual he suggests lower doses than I currently take everyday (and have taken for many years). I take 5,000 i.u. a day. His thinking is that flu is more prevalent in the northern state of America during the winter but not in the warmer southern states. This may be because the virus ‘likes’ winter weather – or it may be because people are not getting enough vitamin D – which you get naturally from exposing yourself to the sun – being in the sun full exposure for half an hour at midday gives you about 10,000 iu. Being in the sun is good for you – without sun creams. If you need protection use organic coconut oil (and no – that won’t fry you – coconut oil only melts into a liquid at around 24 degrees C.). Dark skinned people need to spend longer in the sun to get the same benefits (So are African-Americans more susceptible to flu than non-hispanic white Americans – it seems so because they have higher incidences of asthma and diabetes, which are pre-disposing factors – see this analysis fro the CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/african_americans_qa.htm. And just possibly because their dark skin prevents then from getting the same amounts of vitamin D)

 

Turmeric and Black Pepper 

 

We know that coronavirus is a flu but what is killing people is that it causes pneumonia and serious respiratory problems: This is what the American Lung Association says about these two:

Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that is one of the most severe illnesses of the winter season. Influenza is spread easily from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Pneumonia is a serious infection or inflammation of the lungs. The air sacs fill with pus and other liquid, blocking oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. If there is too little oxygen in the blood, the body’s cells cannot work properly, which can lead to death.

Influenza is a common cause of pneumonia, especially among younger children, the elderly, pregnant women, or those with certain chronic health conditions or who live in a nursing home. Most cases of flu never lead to pneumonia, but those that do tend to be more severe and deadly. In fact, flu and pneumonia were the eighth leading cause of death in the United States in 2016.”

That is the normal flu it is discussing. The point to make is that flu is viral and pneumonia is inflammatory. Anything that is anti-viral or anti-inflammatory will therefore be helpful. 

  1. Curcumin: 

The Livestrong website has this to say of turmeric – which is high in curcumin – and flu:

“According to “Medical Herbalism: The Science Principles and Practices of Herbal Medicine,” curcumin displays powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin activates a gene that encodes for the synthesis of antioxidant proteins, which can protect against the deterioration of dementias, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and the damage caused by viral infections.”

On the subject of curcumin and flus it says:

“Curcumin also possesses strong antiviral properties that have a direct effect on influenza infections, or their prevention. According to a study published in a 2009 edition of “Emerging Infectious Diseases,” curcumin can reduce viral replication by over 90 percent in laboratory cells infected with influenza varieties. Curcumin decreased viral replication in infected cells, but also seemed to protect other cells from becoming infected. The researchers suggest that curcumin-rich turmeric is a viable candidate for treating influenza naturally, as it can interfere with the replication process in viruses and other microbes.”

Black pepper:

The problem with curcumin is that it has low bioavailability. This is powerfully improved by adding freshly ground black pepper in the ratio of about one tsp (black pepper) to 4 tsp (turmeric)

 

Ginger (+garlic?): 

 

Contains gingerol which has shown signs of benefit against inflammation of the respiratory tract and the lungs. It is also a traditional remedy against colds and flus. The best way to use it is to cut fresh ginger into thin strips or slices and pour boiling water over it and let it steep a while. You can then drink it like a tea. You can add a clove or two of garlic to the ginger tea. Garlic’s main ingredient is allicin which has anti-inflammatory properties and is often used as a cold and flu remedy.

 

Probiotics

 

Our guts – and the bacteria that live there – are very important for our overall immunity. Until now the state of our intestinal bacteria has been largely ignored but it is now being found to have widespread benefits – even against leukaemia. If our diets are not good or if we have recently taken antibiotics our good gut bacteria may be compromised. To improve matters eat live yohurts or miso or take a probiotic. They have shown some benefit against colds and flus and upper respiratory tract infections.

This combination of approaches will give great benefits (of this I am certain) and help you survive this pandemic. For those of you with cancer, they will also help slow down disease progression. Good luck 

 

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.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/immune-cell-which-kills-most-cancer s-discovered-by-accident-by-british-scientists-in-major-breakthrough/ar-BBZ9jk4?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com&fbclid=IwAR0Pf6JnDeKWIGFQb6PegpMdAcCAnZHASRp7aEdR6UcNJG6bVFZqT-3APYY

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:

  1. This is a difficult one. Love the title, approach, good writing, looks down our street. But it’s big – 7-800 pages or so. No medical qualifications or platform. I don’t know how much this is re-vamped material already published, what the previous sales were, etc. Many tens of thousands of titles on cancer out there. Nothing here on the marketing – and we can’t afford to pay for book tours/interviews etc for authors who aren’t already bestsellers, and it’s not possible to get books into India at West European prices, etc….. The book is available on Amazon. A number of 5 star reviews. Could we add enough value, trying to get it into the trade? I don’t know. Shops generally have room for 2 or 3 titles on cancer. They already know this one, it’s available. Takes them a couple of seconds to look the sales figures up. They aren’t going to stampede to buy a new edition. And we’d struggle to bring it out (given the length) at the same price as it’s currently on amazon. Unless we were really sure about the sales estimate. Regretfully, I’d pass. 

2. This is excellent – there should be a copy in every home. It’s well written using reader friendly language and a touch of humour. Sadly, the fact it’s been published in different forms with additional information but essentially covering the same bases goes against it. It’s also very long and therefore costly to produce and very reluctantly I’m afraid it has to be a pass. I do wish the author the very best with it. 

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3. Wonderfully written. Sadly, this would be difficult to re-introduce as something new plus the size would increase the RRP making it difficult to sell to the numbers we would require. I feel 20,000 to 200,000 copies would be incredibly ambitious with so many similar titles on the market. Fantastically written though and I wish the author the very best for the future. It’s a pass from me.

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. The first was that my blood supply might coagulate. But I take a blood thinner so that was unlikely. More likely was that the arterial walls would break under the pressure of the blood – but I take a lot of vitamin C -around 5 grams a day (and now plan to take much more – 10-15 grams a day). Vitamin C makes tissues stronger. The third risk is a heart attack but I am also taking Vitamin E 800 iu a day which helps the heart and also coQ10 200 mg which provides the heart with energy. But I can’t explain this to the doctor because they don’t have any knowledge of high dose vitamins – and even less faith in them. Maybe the doctors are right and I will suffer a catastrophic stroke or heart attack. If I do they will be proved right and I will be shown to be wrong. But since I also have an active life – I cycle three times a week for an hour each time. I also have a good social life and this has been shown to be life extending. All my other blood test results show a very healthy picture. At 70, I don’t suffer from arthritis, and have no need of knee or hip replacements. I feel well and happy. I also take Niacin (1,000 mg per day). I don’t know all the benefits of this supplement but I am assured it will help me live longer and is perfectly safe. I have a tranquil temperament.  So, for now, I am going to ignore the doctor. Watch this space 🙂

This is what I mean by taking responsibility. It is deciding your own agenda – what is important to you (not the doctors). From the doctor’s perspective all health measures should be within the healthy zone. But at 70, I have long since come to terms with the fact that I can die at any moment. My agenda is not to live as long as I can but to enjoy the life I have left.

I know of a man who decided to have corrective surgery when he was 92 years old – and he died on the operating table. I have recently heard of an 84 year old undergoing chemotherapy for his cancer! I hope it works out for him but I know that after the age of 80 you might as well let cancer take its course. It will grow slowly and you -as likely as not – will live just as long. Another woman wrote to thank me for saying ‘doing nothing’ was a viable approach. Her mother was 82 at the time. She wrote again, ten years later to say her mother was 92 and the cancer was developing to the extent that her sons/brothers were insisting she should take chemo. Did they expect her to live forever?

A classic book on taking responsibility for yourself is Norman Cousin’s book “Portrait of an Illness from the point of view of the patient. Cousin had a severe metabolic illness that he felt was not being dealt with correctly. He booked himself out of hospital and developed his own programme which was eventually successful. A great – and wise – read.

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:

Contents

The Cancer Survivor’s Bible
Introduction

Section One:

Preamble

Part 1:  Overview of Basic Facts & Concepts
Part 2:  Knowing Yourself
A Questionnaire: what kind of patient are you?
Part 3: The Four Sensible Strategies
Part 4: Resources
Section Two: Cancer Diagnosis and Conventional Treatments
Testing
Problems with tests
Some specific tests
Alternative Testing Procedures
Surgery
Radiotherapy
Chemotherapy
Childhood Cancers: Late Effects of Chemo and Radiation
Other Treatments
Reducing the Side-Effects
Section Three: Cancer Research and Politics
Part 1: Cancer Research
Part 2: The politics of Cancer
Part 3: Cancer Pioneers and Outcasts
Part 4: Issues and concerns
Section Four: Cancer Detox and Diet
Detoxification
Dietary Approaches
Diets
Other Food Based Therapies
Individual Foods
Section Five: Herbs, Botanicals and Biological Therapies
Herbs
Herbal Formulas
Botanic Healing Systems
Biological Therapies
Section Six: Vitamins and other Supplements
Vitamins
Minerals
Other Supplements
Anti-Cancer Formulations
Section Seven: Energy, Mind and the Emotions
Energy Medicine
Complex Electromagnetic Therapy Machines
The Mind and the Emotions
Section Eight: Cancer Survivors’ Stories
25 stories of recovery using various combinations of therapy, mainly, but not exclusively,  alternative.

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.

There are also a number of cases where the combination of niacin (3 x 1,000mg per day with meals) combined with Vitamin C has had the effect of curing a number of different cancers. For example, this case as described by Dr Abram Hoffer: “ 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.” – Hoffer’s full article, which contains other case studies of people recovering from cancer with the help of niacin,  can be found at www.doctoryourself.com.

Vitamins or fruit and veg?

 

The first issue to be discussed in relation to vitamin and mineral supplements is whether or not we should be taking them at all. Not everyone on the alternative side of the cancer treatment fence is in agreement. And of course it is a fundamental question. So let us now consider the arguments given on both sides.

 

 To supplement or not  

The arguments against taking supplements

  1. We should be able to get all the nutrients we need from a healthy diet. So rather than take   supplements we should concentrate on making sure we eat a properly balanced diet.
  2. Supplements themselves have gone through some form of processing – and therefore suffer from the defects attributed to other processed foods. Also we cannot be sure that supplements contain the levels of vitamins that they claim to contain. If we argue that pharmaceutical companies cannot be trusted to tell us the truth about drugs, then the same arguments apply to the health supplements industry. They cannot be trusted to tell us the truth about the real value of supplements.
  3. Vitamins and minerals work best when they are in organic combinations with other vitamins and minerals. In this form they work synergistically and so the resulting beneficial effect is maximized.
  4. Some synthetic supplements block the body’s access to natural sourced vitamins. This is just one of a number of potential dangers associated with indiscriminate intake of supplements.
  5. By taking supplements in large doses we are fooling ourselves that we are getting the essential nutrients we need for good health and so we pay less attention to the overall diet – which should be, as we have seen in the last section,  almost entirely if not completely plant based. 
  6. 6. Such large doses of vitamins and/or other supplements are potentially toxic.

 

The arguments in favor of taking supplements:

  1. 1. We need to take larger quantities of most vitamins and minerals than we can easily find in the food we eat. Vitamin C is an obvious example. An orange contains perhaps 50-70 mg. of vitamin C while Linus Pauling (of whom more later) recommended 6-18 grams per day (equivalent to between 85 and 257 oranges!) – and some people take much more.
  2. There is no evidence at all that vitamin C has ever harmed anyone. In fact the number of people who are believed to have been harmed by any vitamin or mineral supplement is negligible to non-existent. Drugs, used properly and improperly, are known to cause hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Studies that purport to show lack of effectiveness of vitamins – beta-carotene for example – are based on extremely low dose levels.
  3. We know that the food we eat is depleted of vital nutrients by the use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides and irradiation. In fact, given the wide use of pesticides, it is likely that most vegetables are poor in minerals (pesticides leach minerals from the soils). Since the mineral content of vegetables comes from the soil, diet is unlikely to provide what we need. In the case of animal husbandry, intensive farming techniques combined with the use of antibiotics and hormones make the resulting food a poor source of wholesome nutrition.
  4. Much of the food we eat has had most of the vital nutrients destroyed by heating during the cooking process.
  5. Pollution depletes our body’s vitamin resources. The more polluted our environment the greater our need for higher levels of vitamin intake.
  6. There is the possibility that cancer is a deficiency disease – and it may possibly be a deficiency in trace minerals. If so, we need to correct that deficiency in some way – and that means taking supplements. A vegetarian diet alone may not be sufficient because even vegetarians get cancer. In fact vegetarians, although their overall cancer risks are lower than for meat eaters, have higher incidences of colorectal cancer, a fact that no-one really understands – though it may be caused by higher intake of soy products (the Japanese also have very high incidences of stomach, colon and liver cancers).
  7. There is strong evidence that prescription drugs deplete the body of vitamins and minerals. The more prescription drugs you take the worse the problem is. If you take prescription drugs then you really have no choice but to take supplements.

 

Weighing it all up

All these arguments on both sides of the dispute are good. Each of us has to weigh them up to arrive at a compromise that makes sense for us.

My own view is that we cannot rely on synthetic supplements alone – nor can we rely on fresh vegetables and fruit alone. Eating organic vegetables and fruit, preferably from a local producer, coupled with some supplements seems to me to be the necessary compromise. And although I see no way around the need to take synthetic vitamin C in large doses, I recognize that the 50- 70 mg of vitamin C in an orange is very likely equivalent to much higher quantities of synthetic vitamin C measured in terms of biological activity. And the orange doesn’t just have vitamin C. It also has citric acid (good) and all those other fruit molecules that make the orange an orange.

Chris Teo’s herbs

Chris Teo is an exceptional man who only became interested in herbal approach es to cancer after he retired as a Professor at one of Malaysia’s universities, where he was also that country’s leading expert on orchids. I have told his story and described his approach to herbs. He  has sent me an example of the way he talks to people who are uncertain as to what to do. I am copying it here as I think it contains some simple but important truths: https://cancercaremalaysia.com/2019/06/26/endometrial-cancer-her-cancer-recurred-four-years-after-surgery-more-and-more-chemo-would-not-cure-her/

 

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?”

Mammograms

One of the undoubted successes of contemporary conventional medicine is in the development of diagnostics. But not all diagnostic procedures are as safe as they are assumed to be. Here I will discuss one of the more contentious.

The Mammogram
The mammogram test, in which breasts are X-rayed, has also been severely criticized for squeezing and bruising breast tissue— and in that way actually promoting the problem that it is supposed to be testing for. Physical trauma is considered to be one possible cause of cancer, and if there is cancer present it may also act to make the tumour more aggressive. Cancer incidence has been shown in some surveys… Continue reading “Mammograms”