John Kohler shows us his garden that full of foods that have anti-cancer properties… but the question is – can you just use only one?
Cancer, as always is a touchy subject…
In this Q & A, I help a concerned woman get real focus on her friend’s choice of beet juice as her natural cancer treatment.
Here’s the question from Petra:
“My friend (she is about 45 years old) has breast cancer. She has refused all medical treatment and decided for 40 day fasting on red beet juice. She is feeling good. But she isn’t sure about how to implement food after the fast. Can you please give her some advice on how to start adding solid food and what her diet should be like.”
Thanks Petra for being a kind friend and helping your friend out.
There are a lot of things I want to cover here that I think can help and a few things that I need to clarify for you, your friend and everyone else before I even answer the question.
First up, we need to start with the glaring issue – an understatement – with this entire situation (then we can move on)…
Why is your friend under the impression that 40 days of beet juice will knockout (to use Suzanne Somers’ term) her cancer?
This seems to me like a poorly researched conclusion and protocol.
I’ve been to at least 3 major natural cancer clinics in the U.S. as well as spoken to at least 6 additional clinicians who deal with cancer on a regular basis – every day, all day long (some for over 50 years!)
Here’s the bad news for your friend…
Not ONE of them recommends doing a 40 day fast on just beet juice alone. None of them. Some of their protocol includes beets and the juice of them, but they never would recommend this therapy alone.
This is a huge concern for me.
Natural cancer treatment has gotten much better over the years. Doctors are honing their skills in the clinic and finding out what really works, what “kind of works” and what is flat out myth.
One thing that I know for sure is that a 40 day beet juice fast isn’t their go-to treatment.
So what I really feel like I need to answer is this – why is your friend putting trust in a protocol she seems to either have read on the Internet, a book, or made up herself and not seeing a well trained natural therapist to see her through the treatment?
She’s not alone. I see this all the time. An individual feels like they can piece together their own thing by doing some research here and there and hope for the best while the clock is ticking and their cancer is spreading.
I think it’s the wrong way to go about it.
But let’s get back to beet juice…
Before I go to far, I do want to mention, there is some evidence that beet juice can at least have an effect on the shrinkage of cancer cells.
It’s far from definitive and there are really only two frequently sourced bits of information that are parroted around the Internet on beet juice and cancer.
One “clinical trial” – that I’m completely unable to track down the reference to (if anyone can find it, please let me know.) – says…
“In a clinical study of twenty-two patients with advanced inoperable cancers, 10 ounces of beet juice were given daily for 3 to 4 months. Twenty-one of these patients showed a significant improvement in health.”
This is a pretty low impact reference.
Twenty-one patients showed improvement in health after 3-4 months. What happened afterwords? What is “significant improvement?” What were they eating before – since beet juice is likely a very serious improvement to any regular diet?
This sentence is clearly not credible unless we can find the true source of the study and find out more – and even then I don’t know if I’d risk my life trying a protocol to get rid of my own cancer unless a very large percentage of those people lived long healthy lives after those 3-4 months.
(I found this statement on at least 40 websites before I stopped looking.)
Second parroted reference, is an article written by a guy named John Draper that tells a story about a Hungarian doctor named Alexander Ferenczi, MD. who treated some patients with just beet juice in the late 1950’s.
In this article, one lung cancer patient had his tumor disappear and another prostate patient improved while a person not on the treatment with uterine cancer did not improve.
Apparently, there is record of this in the Australian International Clinical Nutrition Review July 1986 issue. I tried to see if this in online, but I could only access back to the 1990’s.
I’d have to write in to have the archive mailed to me. But I’m not as interested at that as I am that this is a relatively untested treatment that you shouldn’t bet your life on.
(I found this information on at least 15 sites before I stopped searching.)
So I want to be clear, there is a little evidence and I’m not knocking beet juice here…
I love beet juice. I drink it.
It has been shown to have anti-cancer fighting properties – which is a good thing.
But other foods like green tea, carrots, cabbage, turmeric and just about every other plant on the planet have anti-cancer properties.
I, personally, wouldn’t base my own personal cancer treatment on only one of them, like your friend has based hers on just beet juice.
Now, I don’t know the whole side of the story here…
There – of course – is always more to the story, but from just the outward appearance everything doesn’t seem to be promising – just drinking beet juice for 40 days and hoping the cancer will go away is a little shortsighted from an outside observer.
Beets, while they have a good mineral and nutrient profile, may not completely replenish mineral and nutrient stores that are usually very, very low in cancer patients.
In addition, most natural cancer protocols use targeted supplements, foods and medical treatments that can be attributed to their success – like enzymes, chelation, colon hydrotherapy, hyperthermia, hyperbaric therapy, infrared sauna and more.
Deciding on just a beet juice diet is selling yourself short.
If it’s a money thing…
I get it.
Beets are cheap, but what if the results are too?
Would you rather go to a clinic or work with a doctor, pay more, and have a higher chance of survival?
I’d also go into serious debt for my life. Massive debt. I don’t care about the money, I care about health. It’s easier to recover from debt than from a coffin.
Alright, I’m getting a little dark here… let’s get back to the question.
First, tell your friend that the best way to get great results is to follow someone else who’s got the same results you want. This is classic shadowing and it works in business, health, sports and anything else you apply it to.
Second, tell her not only to believe what you first told her, but to take action on it and to go to a natural health doctor or integrative MD who can give her guidance and has cancer experience. She can look into centers like Gerson, Hippocrates, Sanoviv, Burzynski, Oasis of Hope, and many more.
What she learns there will be priceless – and possibly lifesaving.
Third, shut down her Internet until the treatment is over. We don’t want her getting any more ideas and it probably would be beneficial to her health anyway to be away from the EMFs. Kind of kidding here, kind of not.
Finally, it’s inevitable she will have to end her 40 day beet fast, so I will answer the initial question. 🙂
After 40 days of beets, her HCL (hydrochloric acid) will be low, so the first introduction of food should be only fruit. Mostly mono-meals of melons to start. The gradually over the period of a week, the reintroduction of raw vegetables. This should be sufficient to get her back on track. Also make sure she does have some HCL and digestive enzymes available when she starts eating food again – she may need them if she gets heartburn due to low acid levels in the stomach.
So, I know it took a little time to address the initial question, but again, I think there are deeper issues here than just how to break a fast.
If you care deeply about your friend, send her this article, explain to her you care and then – if she’s interested – help her find a way to get to a real practitioner who can put her on the best possible track for the greatest possible success.
I want to know your thoughts: Maybe I’m wrong… would you just drink beet juice for 40 days if you had cancer?
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