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.
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:
The Cancer Survivor’s Bible
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
Problems with tests
Some specific tests
Alternative Testing Procedures
Childhood Cancers: Late Effects of Chemo and Radiation
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
Other Food Based Therapies
Section Five: Herbs, Botanicals and Biological Therapies
Botanic Healing Systems
Section Six: Vitamins and other Supplements
Section Seven: Energy, Mind and the Emotions
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Such large doses of vitamins and/or other supplements are potentially toxic.
The arguments in favor of taking supplements:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Much of the food we eat has had most of the vital nutrients destroyed by heating during the cooking process.
- Pollution depletes our body’s vitamin resources. The more polluted our environment the greater our need for higher levels of vitamin intake.
- 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).
- 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 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/
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?”
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”
Recently, a woman I know who is well into her 80s confessed that she was worried about breast cancer and feeling she should have a mammogram – but wasn’t looking forward to that at all. I hope I helped her by explaining that a woman of her age should stop worrying about cancer – as any cancer that appeared at her age would be slow growing and so could be ignored. There was certainly no guarantee that treating it would extend her life in any way. And as for the mammogram, she should take note of what I have written in The Cancer Survivor’s Bible –
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Continue reading “The worries of an elderly woman”
“I wish I had read this before I was diagnosed as doctors and the cancer charities didn’t tell me any of this.” – D. Bushell, cancer survivor. Continue reading “Cancer Treatment: a war of ideas.”
I’m really surprised at some of the comments I’ve got to my postings. I’ve been accused of favouring mustard gas, conning people out of money by my ‘scam’ and just straight lying – all from people who haven’t read any of the book – or indeed any of the reviews on Amazon UK, Amazon USA and Amazon Canada. What follows is my response to the latest accusation that my book was full of lies:
Continue reading “Prejudice and presumption”