Rethinking Cancer Treatment—What’s Best?

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Cancer CureIf we are to improve cancer treatments, we must think about the disease in a new way.

Like aging, cancer is more a process than a disease. In fact, it’s not just one disease, but a legion of processes that, unless halted, lead to deadly consequences. It’s this complexity that makes it so dangerous, and so difficult to understand. But, it’s exactly what’s missing from research and treatment.

Cancer research rests on a disease model that has changed little in decades. It proposes that cancer is a disease that must be crushed. In the late 19th century, living organisms were regarded as organic machines with easy-to-understand operating mechanisms. This mechanistic model remained in place well into the 20th century even as scientific technology became more sophisticated, and dangerous. Cancer therapies are brutal, often haphazard, and expensive. Most cancer drugs have little or no clinical benefit, and do immense harm to patients.

Cancer Statistics Highlights

  • 1.64 million new cancer cases and 577,190 deaths are expected this year.
  • Black and Hispanic men account for the highest death rates; white Americans still have the lowest incidence and highest survival rates.
  • The four big killers are lung, prostate, breast, and colorectal cancers.
  • More than 7.6 million people worldwide die from cancer every year.
  • Approximately 70% of cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
  • At least 30% of cancers can be prevented.

Nature’s Complexity Ignored For Too Long

We now know that biology is a complex process of intertwining networks, pathways, cross-talk spirals and loops with thousands of biochemical twists and twirls. There is an informational language of ancient instructions encoded within every living cell in our body. Even with less mechanistic views, however, scientists are not making any further headway in “curing” cancer.

This reductionist approach, no matter how sophisticated, misses the fundamental mark: cancer—like life, aging, and death—is a process; it’s not a disease that can be cured.

In addition to chemical signals and information, biological systems are also physical. They have shape, form, size, mass, and weight. They contain living pumps, pulleys, and levers. They display elasticity, tensile effects, morphology, and are made of fluids that have properties like stickiness, and form in puddles and swamps. They are also bioelectrical and display properties like energy that have more affinity with physics than biology.

As cancer progresses, many of these processes, including metabolism, change systematically. What started as a single, simple cell mutation has now become a tangle of processes.

Conventional Treatment Strategies Need Re-Thinking

Treating cancer requires an organized method, involving therapies that address all of these processes and phases of cancer. Doctors and patients are encouraged to get away from the idea of “cure,” and think more about managing, controlling, and influencing factors that impact and are affected by carcinogenesis.

It’s not necessary, however, and likely not humanely possible, to understand every process that’s involved in cancer. What’s important is to influence as many of these processes as possible.

For example, in later stage cancers, in a process called metastasis, the life-sucking cancer cells can spread. They migrate from the primary tumor to blood vessels, pass through the vessel walls and enter the blood stream. Swept up in the blood and lymph, they can form into rafts, stuck together by platelets. Breaking up these rafts—called biofilms—is not easy, but it’s important to get the job done so that they don’t create logjams, and from there, find their way into other organs.

The physical properties of cancer cell microenvironments are just as important as chemical signaling, and are responsive to physical changes like temperature, electricity, electromagnetic fields, pH, mechanical pressure, and oxygen concentration. Nutrient density and concentration of phytochemicals, DNA protective substances, glycoproteins, extracellular matrix remodeling substances, and immune modifiers all play roles in health and disease, aging, and in the management of cancer.

Look Deeper, Think Smarter, Go Further

When looking at cancer as both a chemical and biological process, made up of physical and mechanical forces, treatments are most successful when aimed at altering cancer pathways rather than using the reductionist method of radiation or chemotoxic drugs.

This is why some people recover from cancer on juice fasting, getting colonics, or being treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. These simple, natural therapies, for certain individuals, tip the balance in their favor. Statistically, however, the number of people who beat cancer with natural methods alone is very low. Even if there are a few dramatic cases that step away clean, most still succumb because cancer is a formidable foe.

The current scientific and medical environment knows a lot about the enemy, but comes up short on understanding who and what cancer really is. Natural therapies alone are too weak, simple, and incomplete to tackle advanced cancer. But by reshaping the clinical landscape based on a new paradigm of complexity, we may be on the verge of making serious inroads into a wiser, more effective approach to the treatment of cancer.

Cancer therapy can start with green juice fasting and pumping up phytonutrients, shifting pH towards alkaline, improving tissue saturation with antioxidants like vitamin C, and detoxification therapies to enhance liver function. But, it has to also include nutrient hyper-saturation with intravenous therapies, immune modulation therapies using thymus peptides and mistletoe extracts, and bioelectrical magnetic therapy. Hyperthermia, hyperbaric oxygen, and intravenous ozone therapy play roles in altering physical properties in the blood and tissues. Making positive influences in the lymphatic system, interfering with biofilm adhesiveness, and detoxification of the extracellular matrix—as well as providing DNA protection—are other key areas of comprehensive integrative cancer therapy.

Though the incidence of cancer is increasing worldwide—a condition that touches every family on the planet—by reshaping our understanding and embracing a new paradigm of complexity, we can put cancer back in it’s evolutionary place: silently present, but not the menace it has become in the modern world.

Dr. J. E. Williams


Dr. Williams is a pioneer in integrative and functional medicine, the author of six books, and a practicing clinician with over 100,000 patient visits. His areas of interest include longevity and viral immunity. Formerly from San Diego, he now resides in Sarasota, Florida and practices at the Florida Integrative Medical Center. He teaches at NOVA Southeastern University and Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine.

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  1. Sian says:

    I’ve followed a 90%+ organic raw food diet for over 12 months now, haven’t eaten white sugar or drunk tap water in that time, only distilled. I don’t drink alcohol, have never smoked and I workout 4 times a week (hiit) but somehow I was diagnosed with very aggressive breast cancer last month. It knocks you for six. Fortunately as I’m slightly built we got it early. Only 7mm with 5mm of calcification (invasion) – nothing in the lymph or vascular system though 2 of my nodes made the ultimate sacrifice for that knowledge. Big sigh of relief. Still, as it’s so aggressive, grade 3, my oncological surgeon is keen for me to have chemo. I’m not sure. It seems like they’re trying to lop the heads off the weeds and I think I really need to attend to the soil to make it a hostile environment for those weeds. Anyway, there’s a test that they offer called an Oncotype DX test which tests your cancer cells to determine the probability of recurrence and the liklihood of chemo being beneficial. I’m in the UK but the only place in the world offering this service is in Santa Monica. Thank goodness my insurance company have agreed to it. It also affords me 2 weeks of reading before I get the results, although I haven’t really stopped reading since I was diagnosed on 24th Jan. There’s a lot of very useful information out there for anyone in my position. Bill Henderson’s book ‘Cancer-Free’ is a good place to start and I’d say it’s also worth finding out about Dr Johanna Budwig and the protocol that bears her name and also the Gerson Therapy. Thanks Kevin – interesting article.

    • janet says:

      In reading Sian`s post I would like to make an observation that alot of cancers can take many years to grow especially to a stage where they are detected,so being on a near Raw diet for only 12 months is a small length of time. It may be your cancer took hold whilst you were on a not so good eating regime ? I am a Medical Herbalist and Nutritionist (for 30 years now) and consider greens and Green juices to be one of the most important additions to the daily nutrient intake regardless of one`s state of health .I do wish you well, Sian. janet .

      • Sian says:

        Hi Janet,
        Thanks for your post. I think you’re probably right. The reason I embarked on a raw food diet was due to a knee surgery that went wrong and left me in chronic pain. The subsequent pharmaceutical drugs I was prescribed led, over a course of 4 months, to internal bleeding, IBS and raised inflammation in my blood. I was so ill I couldn’t get out of bed for a period of 6 weeks which is totally unheard of for me. It was agony. Anyway, I knew that pharmaceutical drugs were not the way to go and really cleaned up my diet. I was 100% raw for at least 6 months but maybe the damage was already done. I hope I can find someone who is as knowledgeable as you locally as I’m getting nowhere with my oncological surgeon. He’s pushing for me to have chemo and rads. Thanks for your post. Best regards, Sian

  2. Mark says:

    Great article! I would like to add my perspective.

    My approach to cancer treatment is to use as few components as possible while using those components which have the greatest therapeutic potential. Combining too many components may not necessarily create a more potent treatment. Supplements can interact in ways that cancel out the potential benefit. An example is anti-oxidants interfering with pro-oxidant therapy.

    At the top of the list is selenium. Specifically, the inorganic form, sodium selenite. Over 30 years of scientific evidence supports moderate doses of sodium selenite as a selective chemotherapeutic agent. Sodium selenite
    is administered by IV infusion or with a sublingual tablet. It can not be taken via the GI tract. The mechanisms
    for the activity of sodium selenite are well understood and involve generation of ROS and depolarization of the mitochondrial membrane. This is a pro-oxidative form of cancer therapy that pushes the cancer cell over the edge of oxidative stress. Selenium is the most powerful chemo-preventive compound ever studied.

    Number two is vitamin K3, another extensively studied compound. There are several compounds in this class called naphthoquinones. K3 also induces oxidative stress and works synergistically with sodium selenite.

    Nutritionally, a diet very low in methionine and arginine has the potential to starve cancer cells of essential building blocks for cell division. Normal cells can survive for long intervals without essential amino acids while
    cancer cells are highly dependent on these amino acids. Cancer cells have dysfunctional cell cycle checkpoints
    and do not freeze in the cell cycle like normal cells. Cancer cells progress through the cell cycle regardless of
    nutrient levels and protein synthesis. They go into cell cycle arrest and die. The diet is administered in cycles. The restriction phase is free of all animal protein and soy which is very high in methionine. Low methionine foods include all fruits and most vegetables.

    These three components represent a powerful treatment protocol that has proven to be very effective for a wide variety of cancers. It is simple and inexpensive. Many patients have implemented this at home. This is a totally drug free approach with little risk of adverse side effects. It is highly supported by scientific evidence
    and clinical studies.

    Anyone interested in researching this further should use the search terms “selenite”, “vitamin K3”, “menadione”,
    “methionine restriction” and “amino acid deprivation”. Add the word cancer to the search.

    This therapy has been developed outside mainstream medicine and is available through a growing number of naturopathic physicians that have been trained on the protocol. I personally train doctors on this new alternative cancer therapy. It is a work in progress and further clinical experience will enhance the effectiveness of the treatment through adjustments in dose schedules.

  3. fathi says:

    dose the surface water would be the real factor of the cancer? what is the quality of water help pepole to avoide cancer? the wel water treatment can affected the human cels? that is the sutable treatment of water if water important for curing?
    best regards

    • fathi says:

      thanks very much
      what about the surface water ? environmental pollution and runoff contaminant? the treatment of the surface water? type of chemicals used to clear the water and disinfected?
      dose all this factors make the surface water not suitable for safe drinking?
      best regards

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