Is carrot juice a danger to the health of all? (Not actually carrot juice… couldn’t find a picture, so this orange smoothie will have to do.)
Sorry for the delay on this one…
We lost power in Berkeley and so as I’m writing this I’m doing it by candlelight and it is now up on Wednesday, not Tuesday!
Anyway, today, I have a recap of Night 2 from the Healing Cancer World Summit with Dr. Francisco Contreras and Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy.
In this recap, I’ll share some of the things about diet for cancer patients (and prevention) that were similar and conflicting from the previous calls and hopefully sort some of this out for you.
Let’s get started…
1. Simple carbohydrates, fats and proteins feed cancer.
Dr. Contreras explains, within the first few minutes of his lecture that simple carbohydrates, excess fat and excess protein can feed cancer. Dr. Otto Warburg showed in the 1930′s that malignant cells liked to get energy from fat and protein, so a diet of complex carbohydrates from plants show a positive effect in cancer patients. He also states that for many years, most doctors thought that diet played no role in the treatment or cause of cancer.
The idea that a high plant based diet could help with cancer is echoed throughout the entire program. This to me is a clue that there is some truth to this.
Dr. Gonzalez does talk about metabolic typing when it comes to diet, but I’m sure he’d agree that eating lots of plants is important – even if the patient is eating meat.
Mark this one down as a key point from the event: A high plant based diet can help prevent disease – including cancer.
2. Is the best diet for a cancer patient a vegan one?
In Dr. Contreras’ experience, a vegan diet is best for patients. This diet, as I mentioned above, is 100% plant based and – in his practice – limits fat and protein.
To clarify, he also says that for the rest of the population, this is not necessary, but we need to reduce significantly the consumption of high quality protein and the consumption of simple carbohydrates.
Again, I think most or all of the doctors would agree that eating as many plants as possible is good protocol when you have cancer.
3. Confirmation of the enzyme therapy…
On Night 1, Dr. Gonzalez talked extensively about using enzymes for cancer treatment. Charlotte Gerson spoke about it as well.
Guess what happened on Night 2 as well?
“So one of the things that we must manage, especially in cancer patients, is inflammation so we use a number of elements not only enzymes. But enzymes play a major, major role in the reduction and control of inflammation and that’s why we use enzyme therapy. That’s one of the reasons. Of course also enzymes that are digestive enzymes are very important for patients for them to be able to utilize foods better. Then they will be better metabolized for the absorption of the nutrients that the food is aimed to do. A lot of times we will consume foods that have rich content of nutrients but if they’re not digested correctly then those nutrients will not end up where they need to end up. So yes, for those two reasons we use quite a bit of enzymes on our patients.”
4. Show me the numbers.
My favorite part of this call was Dr. Contreras showing us his success numbers. There was no skirting the issue here, he even has them on his website – which I’m going to direct you to now – so you can look at them yourself:
You may want to bookmark that page and share it the next time someone comes to you questioning how effective natural and integrative therapies are.
5. What’s toxic and what’s not?
I love this quote…
“The difference between a venom and a cure is not the substance, it’s the dose.”
You can overdo just about anything. Every plant food has alkaloids. If you eat to much of anything it could be irritating to the body – yes, even spinach or kale or squash.
6. What’s you with your head?
When I asked Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy about the protocols for treating and preventing cancer, the first thing she mentioned was dealing with what’s going on in your head.
She explains that many doctors – past and present – do in fact believe that any effective cancer healing protocol must address the mindset of the patient.
Annmarie (my wife) and I have been around the country and have spoken to many different practitioners about this and some have candidly shared that they know which patients will make it and which ones won’t just by talking to them and by reading their attitude toward the situation.
I guess what’s interesting (scary) is that what you’re thinking now, could lead to disease later on in life. Crazy… I’d suggest starting to change your thoughts if you felt any truth in that statement!
7. Cancer cells don’t like to be oxidized!
Cancer cells don’t like oxygen. It destroys them.
In order to bring oxygen to the body, the best ways are deep breathing and exercise.
I can’t tell you how many people ask me about using this gadget or that for their health when they haven’t exercised in 10 years. You just can’t deny the effects of exercise, nor can you afford to not move your body.
To comment on breathing, I bet you’re breathing shallowly as you read this. If you are, take a deep belly breath now and visualize the oxygen going into your lungs and then flowing through your bloodstream to cleanse it.
Feels good right?
8. Our biggest disagreement to date…
The Gerson Therapy uses plenty of carrot juice, Dr. Contreras recommends none, Dr. Connealy says only a little.
The reason why these doctors limit it is because of its high sugar content.
I’m not a clinician, so I have no idea, but based on what we’ve heard to date, I don’t think a little carrot juice is harmful to the body – and it definitely doesn’t cause cancer.
9. Some valuable reading…
Here are some resources and names to research further from tonight:
1. Dr. Otto Warburg
2. Dr. Allen Levin “The Healing of Cancer” (Not on Amazon, so you have dig around to find a copy!)
Your question of the day: Would you drink carrot juice if you had cancer? Why or why not?