Every one of us has cancer inside. Every single one of us. Our bodies,
as part of the normal metabolic process, produce anywhere from a few hundred
to perhaps 10,000 cancerous cells each day. The immune system has the
ability to recognize every one of those aberrant cells and remove them
– if it is functioning properly. There is universal agreement that
cancer is a failure of the immune system. Cancer is also very similar
to pregnancy – we should make antibodies to the fetus because it
is a foreign body inside us, but we don’t make antibodies to our
own infants. Why not?
Cancer has been around for thousands of years, but it has gone from being
rare to being commonplace. Its growth parallels the growth of industrialized
economies which introduced heavy metals and unnatural chemicals into the
environment, and began to industrialize and process food. Our
immune systems were not designed to handle the bombardment of modern toxins combined
with lack of nutrient-dense food.
In 1971, President Richard Nixon announced a “war on cancer”
with the goal that cancer would be cured by 1976. Since then, the National
Cancer Institute, the federal government’s main cancer research
entity, has spent more than $105 billion. And other government agencies,
universities, drug companies and philanthropies have spent billions more.
Yet the death rate for cancer, adjusted for the size and age of the population,
dropped only 5 percent from 1950 to 2005.
Today, according to the National Cancer Institute, cancer will affect 1
in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the United States. Cancer is now the number
one cause of death in children between the ages of 1 and 14.
For well over half a century mainstream medicine has promised that a cure
or major breakthrough for cancer was just around the corner. It has not
happened because to look for “the cure” for this epidemic
in laboratories is to look in the wrong place.
Cancer is an Environmental Disease
In 2007, information that cancer is largely an environmentally-caused disease,
and thus can be prevented, almost made it to the mainstream news. Almost.
In 2007, one of SGK’s million dollar sponsors was M&M candies.
Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in the 1930s by demonstrating that cancer
cells use much more sugar than normal cells. Hence the phrase: sugar feeds cancer.
The Susan G. Komen (SGK) organization and the Silent Spring Institute published
“Environmental Factors in Breast Cancer,” described as the
most comprehensive review to date of scientific research on environmental
factors and breast cancer risk. As the Los Angeles Times reported, researchers
concluded that environmental pollutants contribute by “damaging
DNA, promoting tumor growth, or increasing susceptibility by altering
mammary gland development.” Because breast cancer is so common and
the chemicals so widespread, they said, “if even a small percentage
is due to preventable environmental factors, modifying these factors would
spare thousands of women. Regulators have not paid much attention to potential
mammary carcinogens.” The study concluded that cancer is an environmental
This conclusion, however, conflicts with many of SGK’s sponsors.
The organization virtually buried the report. A public education campaign
to prevent cancer was never launched.
In 2010, the panel that advises the president on cancer released a
watershed report. It said that Americans are facing “grievous harm” from chemicals
in the air, food and water that have largely gone unregulated and ignored.
The report said:
“U.S. regulation of environmental contaminants is rendered ineffective
by five major problems: (1) inadequate funding and insufficient staffing,
(2) fragmented and overlapping authorities coupled with uneven and decentralized
enforcement, (3) excessive regulatory complexity, (4) weak laws and regulations,
and (5) undue industry influence. Too often, these factors, either singly
or in combination, result in agency dysfunction and a lack of will to
identify and remove hazards.”
Records from the 19th and 20th centuries show people in traditional societies,
such as the Hunza and Eskimo, living to great ages and in good health,
free of cancer. Researcher Dr. Weston Price found in the 1930s that cancer
was unknown to the Eskimos until traders came and set up stores with jams,
and sacks of sugar and refined flour.
Many researchers and experts have shed light over the years on the environmental impact:
- “Probably between two-thirds and three-quarters of all cancers are
preventable… We have discussed all the usual suspects and it is
clear that the avoidance of carcinogens is one of the main issues in balancing
choice with legislation … Although the link between poor diet,
obesity and lack of exercise and cancer had not been confirmed in 2003,
there was sufficient circumstantial evidence to suggest that strong associations
would be found.” — Cancer Care 2025; the Future of Cancer Care
- “Synthetic chemicals are particularly dangerous to us because being
based on carbon, the chemistry of all life, they readily enter human tissues
and seriously disrupt the body’s complex processes and complex chemical
reactions.” — John Harte, author, Toxics A-Z
- “Many of the 70,000 synthetic chemicals in regular commercial use
are persistent and accumulate in body fat, including the breast. Some
400 have been detected in human body tissues and secretions, including
breast milk. Of the fraction that has been tested, several thousand are
listed as known or suspected carcinogens, and several hundred as damaging
to the developing foetus. A chemical may not, by itself, instigate cancer
but it may work with other factors to contribute towards the risk of developing
the disease.” — Dr. Vyvyan Howard
- “Much cancer today reflects events and exposures in the 1950s and
1960s…There is every reason to expect that even today’s high
cancer rates will be exceeded in the next few decades.” —
Dr. Sam Epstein
- “A firm alliance between the established cancer institutions and
the chemical, pharmaceutical and nuclear industries has formed the medical-industrial
complex … What is stopping us [from getting serious about prevention]
is the almost suffocating hold the medical industrial complex retains
over cancer policy, and the hugely powerful chemical industry’s
interest in protecting its products.” — Prof. Ross Hume Hall
The average person now has hundreds of groups of novel compounds in their
bodies that weren’t there 70 years ago. We have even changed the
chemical environment of the womb. According to tests of umbilical cord
blood done by Environment Working Group, babies marinate in a toxic strew
and are born with more than 200 synthetic
chemicals in their blood including BPA, pesticides, mercury, and fire retardants.
Through medical tests and
electronic networks, we are exposed to cancer-causing radiation more than ever before. And
as the epidemic of
obesity will attest, processed food sends all the wrong signals to our body and
fails to deliver the basic nutrients needed for healthy metabolism.
Environment or Genetics?
Cancer is what doctors call a multi-factorial disease – something
resulting from the interaction of genetic factors with environmental factors.
There are more than 200 different cancers. What they have in common is
that they all start in the same way – with a change in the normal
make-up of a cell.
Damage to the genetic machinery of individual cells can trigger a series
of miscalculations, altering a cell’s normal function. When a gene
is damaged by radiation or chemicals, or receives misinformation from
a chemical messenger, and the mistaken signal is not corrected, the result
is inappropriate or uncontrolled growth. This is the basis of cancer.
By decoding nearly 40,000 genes in the human body, the Human Genome Project
opened up an entirely new spectrum of knowledge. In two decades, for example,
the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations were identified. BRCA1 appears to be responsible
for the majority of familial early age of onset of breast and ovarian
cancer. Original estimates suggested those breast cancer families with
BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations account for about 50% of the hereditary component
of breast cancer. However, more recent studies suggest that BRCA1 mutations
account for about 5% of inherited breast cancers, and that BRCA2 mutations
account for half this fraction of families. Environment is, by far, the
So why does one woman with the BRCA1 gene get breast cancer and another
does not? Because we influence how our genes express themselves. This
is the science of epigenetics. We cannot change the fact we have the BRCA1
gene (or any of the other genes we have). Only about 5% of us carry the
BRCA1 gene – but those who carry it tend to express it in today’s
world. In other words, if you have the gene, you are much more likely
than the rest of us to develop breast cancer. Nevertheless, how we eat,
the environmental pollution to which we are exposed, our stress level,
and our mindset, can determine whether we get the best or the worst case
scenario from various genes.
We can undergo
genetic testing to find out which genes we have, and how we might modify how we live to
reduce the chance that we will be a cancer statistic.
Primary prevention means eliminating the causes of a disease before it
can affect people. A primary prevention approach to a multi-factorial
disease such as cancer would aim to reduce and eliminate, as far as possible,
human exposures to all substances or agents that are known to be, or suspected
of being, implicated in the disease process. For cancer, here are a few
of the most common considerations:
If you search the Internet using the words “cancer” and “sugar,”
one person’s name repeatedly comes up: Otto Warburg, Ph.D. More
than 70 years ago, Dr. Warburg won the Nobel Prize in medicine when he
discovered that although all cells requirement for glucose (sugar) for
energy, cancer cells need a lot more of it. Cancer cells run on
When you eat sugar, your body releases insulin which escorts the sugar
into the heart of the cell where it acts as fuel. Normalizing insulin
levels is one of the most powerful physical actions you can take to lower
your risk of cancer. Eating refined sugar also drains the body of minerals
and enzymes to keep the machinery working optimally.
Some suspect that cancer rates in children have risen because the consumption
soda has risen. Soda is the number one source of calories in the U.S.
From the first days that man walked upon the earth, sunshine has been key
to health and survival. Mankind has a synergistic relationship with health
and regular exposure to sunshine which creates that powerhouse hormone/vitamin
we call D.
Vitamin D upregulates some 300 genes, prompting them to express themselves in ways
that keep us healthy and kill cancer cells.
If people would increase their vitamin D3 levels, 60% or more of all cancers
could be eliminated. A landmark study reported in 2007 by the Creighton
University School of Medicine gave compelling evidence that vitamin D
is the single most effective medicine against cancer, far outpacing the
benefits of any cancer drug known.
Our body is designed to use at least 60 or more trace minerals every day
to utilize vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. But it is almost impossible
to get enough trace minerals now without using a plant-based supplement.
Two hundred years ago, the soil contained 80 or more different minerals.
Today, over-farming and the chemical destruction of soil micro-organisms
has stripped soils world-wide.
The head of the
National Cancer Research Foundation, Fred Eichorn, asserts that mineral deficiencies lead to changes in instructions
to the DNA to make adjustments for alternate ways to produce hormones
and amino acids – and that these changes lead to cancer.
Thanks to a researcher named Ancel Keys in the late 1950’s, we all
heard that saturated fat and
cholesterol will give you aheart attack and that we should trade in Nature’s butter for man-made margarine.
Keys’ studies have been proven to be clearly wrong, but that mis-information
still sells a lot of partially hydrogenated vegetable, corn, canola, and
soybean oils – trans fats. These processed oils quickly turn rancid
and produce large amounts of harmful free radicals that increase the risk
of cancer, accelerate aging, cause clotting, and promote inflammation
and weight gain. Unprocessed coconut oil and olive oil are good choices.
It is tough to find mayonnaise that isn’t made with soy oil –
some 90 percent of the soy grown in the U.S. now is genetically modified
– but you can find mayo made with safflower oil in health food stores
and safflower is a better choice.
Fish oil is also a good choice; find a brand of fermented fish oil without
mercury in it. Omega-3 fatty acids, most notably DHA (docosahexaenoic
acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), have been linked to a wide-range
of health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and some cancers, reducedinflammation, and improved behaviour and mood. Low omega-3 intake plays a role in about
84,000 deaths annually, according to Harvard University research supported
by the CDC. Contrast that with the estimate of 40,610 who will die
from breast cancer in 2009.
Anyone who has eaten his way across France has observed that the French
diet is loaded with saturated fats in the form of butter, eggs, cheese,
cream, liver, meats and rich pâtés. Yet the French have a
lower rate of
heart disease and cancer than many other western countries. Meanwhile, Americans were
told erroneously that saturated fat is bad.
Saturated fatty acids are workhorses within the body. Saturated fats protect
the liver from toxins. Saturated 18-carbon stearic acid and 16-carbon
palmitic acid are the preferred foods for the heart, which is why the
fat around the heart muscle is highly saturated – the heart draws
on this reserve in times of stress.
Good fats are the building blocks for a variety of hormones including serotonin
which keeps us happy instead of depressed. Also, fats act as carriers
for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. If you go to the trouble
of juicing vegetables and do not add cream, you won’t absorb a lot
of the nutrients you wanted to get. If you want that all important vitamin
D you just got from the sun or a pill to get to work, you must have good
fats to transport it to the worksite.
Organic and Grass Fed
red meat and
dairy products you typically find at the grocery store and fast food places have come
from a large commercial feedlot. The animals were fed hormones (often
cattle are given estradiol 100 days prior to slaughter), steroids, antibiotics,
perhaps a genetically modified growth hormone, and they were fed an unnatural
diet which turned their bodies acid. You ingest all that when you eat
meat, milk, and other products from such animals. These are very important
risk factors for reproductive cancers – testicular cancers in men,
breast cancers in women, and leukemia in children.
Those who sell organic and
grass fed beef have a saying: Pay the farmer now or pay the doctor later. Organic foods,
for the most part, are free of hormones, steroids, antibiotics, and genetically
modified feed. The meat from grass fed animals is much less acid, more
lean, has more omega-3s, and more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which
naturally promotes weight loss. In a Finnish study, women who had the
highest levels of CLA in their diet had a 60 percent lower risk of breast
cancer than those with the lowest levels. An important vitamin, B12,
can only be found in animals foods. Historically, mankind has always consumed
animal foods, but after WWII mankind radically altered the makeup of that food.
Women absorb an estimated five pounds of chemicals from
cosmetics every year from cancer-causing compounds in face cream to arsenic in eye
shadow. A can of hairspray might contain 23 different chemicals. Cosmetics
and toiletries are a witches’ brew of undisclosed chemicals. Some
are carcinogenic themselves, some break down to release carcinogens like
formaldehyde, and others interact to form carcinogens.
Household cleaning products contain carcinogenic substances, reproductive
and developmental poisons, and neurotoxins.
Toxic chemicals are found in such ubiquitous products as glass cleaners, all purpose cleaners,
and toilet bowl cleaners. An EPA study found concentrations of 20 common
toxic compounds to be as much as 200 times higher indoors than outdoors.
The book “The Roots of Disease” is a collaborative effort of a dental surgeon, Dr. Robert Kulacz,
and a cardiologist, Dr. Thomas Levy. They explain how root canals, cavitations,
and metal fillings can have a significant role in so many illnesses. More
than 40 million root canal fillings are performed in the U.S. every year.
Education is Prevention
There is a lot more to talk about – depleted thyroid and iodine,
low levels of B vitamins, a deficiency of vitamin K, hormone mimicking
chemicals, oral contraceptives, obesity, pesticides, radon, heavy metals,
mold, airport screening and medical x-rays, how
EMFs from wireless technology interfere with the body’s normal chemical
Entire books are written on these various considerations. Knowledge is
power, and prevention is the best medicine.
When we treat cancer, we spend a lot of time with our patients educating
them about environmental factors that can precipitate cancer, and how
we can make lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of cancer in the future.
We have prepared materials for our patients to take home with them and
share with their family and friends.
We generally use tests to detect cancer or pathology suggestive of cancer:
RGCC test for circulating tumor cell count, chemosensitivity and sensitivity
to alternative treatments – it is now possible to detect circulating tumor cells (CTC) in
the blood stream. A blood sample is sent to a genetic laboratory in Greece.
If CTCs are found, they can be grown in tissue culture, and tested against
a multitude of chemotherapeutic agents as well as “alternatives”
and botanicals, to see which substances have the highest kill rate in
tissue culture. This is not a 100% guarantee that it will work on the
original tumor, but it’s a pretty good indication – and far
better than anything we have available in the United States.
Thermography is a non-invasive and non-harmful way of detecting whether there is reason
to be concerned about inflammation in the breasts – one of the markers
for cancer. No test is 100% accurate, and thermography does not detect
lesions which are not metabolically active, like cysts, or very slow growing
masses. However, it does reliably detect inflammation, one of the earliest
signs of developing pathology in the breast. Thermography can detect inflammation-driven
cancers as much as 10 years earlier than mammography and it does not use
radiation or compression.
We can also order lab tests such as CT scans, PET scans, MRIs. These use
radiation, but when we strongly suspect cancer, one shot of radiation
is the least of our worries.
Advanced Cancer Treatment
With recent advances in our understanding of the inner workings of cancer
cells, it is now possible to avoid many of the side effects of conventional
chemotherapy, while at the same time increasing the effectiveness and
specificity of these agents in killing cancer cells. The key to this is
an innovative strategy for drug delivery called
Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT). It uses about one-tenth the amount of drugs used in conventional
chemotherapy. This is truly advanced medicine, the next step in cancer
With IPT, we use insulin to magnify the powerful cell-killing effects of
ordinary chemotherapy drugs, and that gives us the ability to use them
in very low doses. We know that cancer cells run on sugar; they use a
lot more glucose (sugar) than healthy cells. Cancer cells also have perhaps
ten times more insulin receptors than normal cells to make sure they get
the glucose they need. Insulin escorts the glucose through the cell membrane
into the cancer cell. With IPT, we combine insulin with a low dose of
chemotherapy drugs to reach the inside of cancer cells. It is a targeted approach.
IPT targets the chemo drugs to the cancer cells, bypassing healthy cells
for the most part. Thus IPT can avoid most of the dose-related side effects
of conventional chemotherapy. Our patients typically do not go bald, or
have extensive bouts of nausea, or develop mouth and intestinal ulcers.
IPT is a much kinder, gentler form of treatment. And when combined with
complementary therapies and education about avoiding environmental factors
that can cause genes to express, we see that IPT is much more effective.
We use all forms of testing available to us because we are interested in
cleaning out all possible toxins from the body that led up to the cancer
and might encourage its return. We look at foods, nutrition, heavy metals,
other chemical toxicities, chronic infections, and nutritional deficiencies.
All these things can play a part in the development of cancer.
Furthermore, we recognize that illness develops because the body is sending
us a message. The message may be as simple as chemical toxins too numerous
to handle (lung cancer in a smoker) or as complex as emotional toxins
too hard to handle (childhood sexual abuse or rejection by the mother).
Some stress has caused some of the cells in our body to stop responding
to the normal traffic control. We express the illness in whatever organ
is the most vulnerable either because of genetics or because of the message
which needs to be delivered.
Conventional Cancer Treatment
Standard cancer treatment first uses surgery as a “curative”
modality – the idea being that if you cut out the tumor, and the
margins are clean and the lymph nodes are not visibly infiltrated by the
tumor, then all the cancerous tissue has been eliminated from the body.
Unfortunately the literature is full of papers which demonstrate that
there are circulating tumor cells shed from the tumor from the very earliest
discovery of the tumor. We know that metastatic disease arises from tumor
cells in the blood stream which decide to settle in to a given organ –
different organs, depending on the origin of the tumor. So why would we
think that surgery could be curative of any cancer? It does occasionally
happen, but more often than not we see recurrence of the tumor, either
locally or in a distant area, within 2-3 years of the original surgery.
Radiation may be used in an attempt to kill any remaining tumor cells (especially
for breast or head and neck tumors). Side effects are less than they used
to be, but radiation can still induce dry mouth (because the salivary
glands are destroyed) or inflammation of normal organs in the path of
the X-rays (bladder, bowel, lungs). It can also induce eventual development
of secondary cancers because the immune system has been damaged or destroyed.
Radiation is the one thing the American Cancer Society says causes cancer.
Chemotherapy is prescribed in doses high enough to (hopefully) kill a major
fraction of the tumor cells. Two big disadvantages: One, the studies that
created the chemo protocols are based on general population studies, not
on specific tumor cell genetics. Two, the amount of chemo necessary to
kill tumor cells also kills any other rapidly dividing cell in the body
– hair, mucus membranes, intestinal tract, bone marrow, organ tissue
– and so we see the almost universal side effects of hair loss,
diarrhea, mouth ulceration and drop in blood cell count with the related
risk of life-threatening infection.
Bone marrow transplantation is sometimes done, if the cancer is a leukemia,
multiple myeloma, or other blood cancer. This necessitates killing all
the bone marrow with a combination of very high dose chemotherapy and
radiation, then transplanting bone marrow from another person. There are
significant risks to this procedure. The transplanted bone marrow may
attack the tissues of the recipient and so immunosuppressants must be
given, just like for kidney or other organ transplants. Remember that
in its simplest sense, cancer is a failure of the immune system. Putting
a cancer patient on immunosuppressant drugs is akin to walking on a wire
18 feet above the ground.
At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, we take an integrative approach.
We not only go after the cancer, we also work to restore your immune system,
and teach you how to keep the cancer from coming back.
We use a wide variety of methods and preparations – some specifically
defeat cancer cells, some go after viruses and fungi, some support the
liver and detoxification process.
We custom tailor the approach for every person. We have the capability
to test which chemo agents and which natural agents will work most effectively
for you. The one-size-fits-all approach to cancer has been proven to not
be particularly effective.
Cancer is also an emotional illness. Often during treatment, people feel
ready to resolve long-standing traumatic issues. We have the ability to use
guided imagery and hypnosis to help you shed emotional baggage, if you so desire.
History of IPT
A young Canadian, Dr. Frederick Banting, discovered insulin in 1921. Diabetes
had suddenly become a curable disease; Banting was awarded the Nobel prize.
A few doctors explored other possibilities of this new discovery, including
Donato Perez Garcia, MD, a military doctor. He first used insulin to correct
his own case of malnutrition. It worked, gloriously. Dr. Perez Garcia
considered that the insulin helped the tissues assimilate the food he
He reasoned that perhaps insulin would have a similar effect to help tissues
assimilate medications. He turned his attention to syphilis, the AIDS
of that era.
Syphilis had been treated with almost lethal doses of mercury and arsenic.
By 1928, Dr. Perez Garcia was successfully able treat even late-stage
syphilis, a typically incurable situation. In the late 1930s, at the Austin
(Texas) State Hospital and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington,
D.C., he demonstrated rapid and complete return to health of patients
with syphilitic paralysis and dementia. IPT was first used for cancer in 1945.
The practice of IPT is not taught in American medical schools, unfortunately.
IPT does not win favor with the pharmaceutical industry which no doubt
prefers conventional chemotherapy because it sells a much larger quantity
of expensive drugs; the industry does appear to influence the education
of medical doctors.
Dr. Perez Garcia was ahead of his time. He saw that the hypoglycemic pulse
that occurs with the administration of insulin somehow helped detoxify
the body, and somehow transformed the biochemistry to generally improve
health. But it would not be until the biochemical and molecular biological
understandings of the 1970s and 1980s that some of the mechanisms of insulin
potentiation would be understood.
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