Living proof that smart lifestyle changes
do cure cancer
May 29th, 2016 by Holly Cornish
Despite the massive and ever-growing body of evidence, most people still believe cancer is a death sentence, and conventional treatments are the only viable options.
So they rush to a doctor and do anything he or she says without checking to see if those treatments are efficacious or if there’s a better idea around.
I’ve been writing Cancer Defeated since 2009 … and it still shocks me how many people think alternative medicine and lifestyle choices — like following a whole-foods, plant-based diet, juicing, or meditation — have no impact on preventing or treating cancer.
Perhaps people are skeptical because these methods are inexpensive or simple. They don’t seem powerful enough to take on the dreaded “Big C”.
But after more than seven years of research, interviews, and keeping close tabs on natural cancer treatment, we know these things work.
Just to prove it to you, let me tell you about Scott Binder. He was diagnosed with a rare and advanced cancer in 2014, and got rid of it with just the sort of things we talk about in this newsletter …
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DJ and author Scott Binder was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. In 2014 he was living and working in Berlin, Germany.
In many respects his life was what you would call “normal.” He had been free from drugs and alcohol since 2000 and was relatively healthy.
His diet was pretty typical by American standards. He ate meat four to six times a week, didn’t avoid carbs and indulged his sweet tooth… nothing really out of the ordinary.
But while he was on a visit back in Seattle he saw a doctor about a lump under his jaw.
He was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) on March 5, 2014. ACC is a rare form of salivary gland cancer that, in Scott’s case, began under his jaw and spread to his neck and chest.
It’s a relentless form of cancer that’s hard to treat. It is not, however, an instant killer. About 40% of people who get ACC live for 15 years after diagnosis.1
The standard course of therapy for ACC is surgery, if possible, followed by radiation treatment. So Scott underwent surgery to remove the tumor, and initially agreed to his doctor’s recommended course of four weeks of radiation therapy.
“Without giving it much thought, I agreed to his suggestion,” Scott said in an interview.
“But as my mom and I left the clinic, I realized that I had just agreed to do something I didn’t believe in. I was raised to believe that natural medicine is an approach that works, so at that moment I turned my focus to finding ways I could try to heal the cancer by using this philosophy.”
He did some research into treatment options and ultimately decided to attend the Sedona Wellness Retreat in Arizona. Their program is based on the Gerson Therapy, a whole-body approach to healing and cancer treatment based on a strict vegan diet, cold-pressed juices, supplements and coffee enemas.
He left Arizona after a few weeks, returning to Berlin. He continued to maintain the nutrition plan he started at the retreat, as well as meditating and exploring how his thoughts and attitude might help him heal.
I’d like to show you what happens to your body when you follow a high-nutrition protocol …
Vegan diet and juicing for treating cancer
When most of your diet is fruits and vegetables, you’re constantly flooding your cells with a variety of nutrients, enzymes, minerals and antioxidants that boost your natural immune system — your #1 ally in the fight against cancer.
It also helps detoxify your liver and flush out harmful chemicals absorbed from toxins in the environment like pesticides and plastics.
When you’re constantly eating and drinking organic produce, you’re basically taking in large amounts of nutrients like:
- Resveratrol: a polyphenolic compound found in many plants, including grapes, that has been shown to inhibit cancer cell proliferation, induce apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells and act as a chemopreventive agent.2
- Curcumin: a powerful anti-inflammatory compound found in turmeric, it’s been shown to interfere with the cell signaling pathways of cancer cells, induce apoptosis and slow proliferation and metastasis in numerous kinds of cancer including head and neck (such as ACC), leukemia, breast, lung, sarcomas and more.3
- Anthocyanins: phytochemicals found in foods like berries, eggplants and sweet potatoes that can dramatically reduce inflammation and halt tumor formation.4
- Astaxanthin: a keto carotenoid found in microalgae. It’s a super powerful antioxidant that helps slow down the body’s aging process and reduces the risk of many types of cancer.5
This brief list merely hints at the rich variety of nutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables. A vegan diet provides a wide range of powerful phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals too long to list here – A, B, C, D, E and K vitamins, all the minerals including cancer-fighters like selenium, iodine and magnesium. Your body needs these to survive, thrive, and fight off internal threats like cancer.
The bottom line is …
If everything you eat and drink contains these kinds of powerhouse nutrients — and you’re not eating chemically-laden, nutritionally-dead processed foods and sugar-rich carbs — then existing cancer cells will largely starve and future cancer cells cannot take hold to grow.
When Scott was diagnosed with ACC he cut out the meat and sugar and began eating a vegan diet.
“What I loved about it was I felt very clear and healthy,” he said.
He was also drinking more than 10 glasses of carrot juice and green juices every day.
The benefit of juicing is that you get all the above-mentioned nutrition without the fiber. This allows you to get the nutrients without literally stuffing yourself or having to chew your way through pounds of veggies. Fiber is very filling, so it actually reduces your intake of more active nutrients.
Plus, in the absence of fiber the nutrients absorb into the cells and tissues faster. This is especially important for people suffering from cancer, as the body doesn’t need to use energy to break the food down to get the nutrients.
At the Sedona Wellness Retreat part of Scott’s treatment consisted of what the Gerson therapy calls “biologicals, materials of organic origin that are supplied in therapeutic amounts.”6
Some of these biologicals include. . .
- Potassium compounds—an electrolyte critical to “re-charging” your cells
- Lugol’s solution (elemental iodine and potassium iodine)
- Vitamin B12
- Thyroid hormone
- Pancreatic enzymes
Think of it like this.
Even if you’re healthy now, it’s important to ensure you’re getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals in your diet. When following a vegan diet, a supplement of vitamin B12 is important, as only fortified foods or animal products contain this essential vitamin.
Another important supplement is probiotics, which help to maintain the balance of good bacteria in your gut.
The health of your digestive tract is important not only to preventing colon cancer, but for preventing other kinds of cancer as well. (A non-diverse or pathogenic gut microbiome has been linked to over 170 different illnesses.)
Probiotics, fruits, vegetables and fermented foods such as kimchi, kefir, or sauerkraut feed the “good” disease-fighting bacteria … while sugar, grains and meat feed the bad bacteria, causing many kinds of dysbiosis and disease.
Scott’s journey and spirituality
When Scott got sober many years ago, he began meditating and connecting with God.
When he was diagnosed with cancer, he increased his daily meditation by attending a ten-day Vipassana, or silent meditation, course.
He meditated for eight hours a day, for ten days.
“It was by far one of the most challenging experiences I’ve done, but also one of the most rewarding,” Scott said.
“I had been meditating for about 15 years, but usually only for about ten minutes per day. After getting back from the course, I followed the recommendation to meditate two hours per day, once in the morning and once in the evening.”
He also began to incorporate visualization into his meditation practice.
“I would picture myself growing old and seeing my children grow old,” he said. “At the moment I don’t have children, I was simply picturing myself living the life that I wanted to create and seeing it happen.”
I wrote in Issue #530 about how studies have shown feeling spiritually connected to the world around you gives you a better chance of surviving cancer.
One such study was performed in 2015 at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Researchers found that cancer patients with strong spiritual and/or religious beliefs reported better physical health while undergoing treatment.7
When patients are able to see their cancer experience as a challenging part of their life’s journey, they’re more likely to survive a bout of cancer while suffering less pain and fewer troubling symptoms.
This is exactly what Scott did.
He took the diagnosis and used it as a chance to start really living life as he wanted to, trying things he had been putting off, deepening his sense of connection to the world, letting go of rigid ideas and a tough exterior to allow more vulnerability into his life.
“Instead of being afraid, I realized that my diagnosis could be a blessing for me,” he said.
“What I’ve learned is when situations appear to be negative, they often turn out to be a gift, and something that helped me grow. This is why I knew cancer would be a good thing for me, no matter what happened, and no matter what happens going forward. Facing a life-threatening illness puts life into perspective, and this is exactly what having cancer did for me.”
On November 25, 2014, just 8 months after he was diagnosed with ACC, Scott Binder’s doctors declared him cancer free.
Scott beat his advanced cancer with natural vitamins, enzymes and nutrients found in a plant-based diet and a lot of mental and spiritual work that ultimately healed his body.
My congratulations go out to Scott for his victory.
Two last thoughts for you:
- Gerson Therapy is beyond doubt an effective protocol, as Scott and many other patients can attest. But there are many natural protocols out there, so I advocate doing your research and finding the best one for you. The eating plan in the Gerson approach requires fierce discipline, and you have to keep it up and not relapse (at least, not totally) into your old bad habits after the cancer is gone. If you’d like a quick introduction to the Gerson Therapy (and nine other great treatments) you can get it in our Special Report Natural Cancer Remedies that Work.
- What I like most about Scott’s story is that he didn’t panic. I’m sure his diagnosis wasn’t easy to hear, but he had the self-awareness to realize there were other options for him … and he took the time to learn and follow natural protocols that are proven to work.
The other day, I heard an integrative oncologist say, “Cancer takes eight to ten years to develop. It didn’t just happen overnight, and it won’t kill you overnight. Take the time to pursue other options.”
What I write here … and what scientists are discovering around the world every day … isn’t just theory.
I hope Scott’s story inspires you to stick to your clean eating, exercise, and mental/spiritual practices. It inspired me.
At the opposite pole from what Scott did is one of the most expensive, large-scale conventional cancer treatments ever devised. The thing is, this one works and it has few side effects. It’s worth considering if you’ve got cancer. If you missed this important news in our last issue, we’re rerunning the article just below.
I Would Consider This Type of Radiation
If I had Cancer
For decades, the conventional treatments for cancer have often been worse than the disease itself. These therapies, including radiation therapy, are devastating to healthy cells.
The public has been waiting for a long time for mainstream medicine to come up with something better than cutting, poisoning, and burning. Now, it looks like they finally have something worth our attention.
After many years of development, there’s an effective alternative to radiation — one that doesn’t destroy healthy tissue and cause a host of other afflictions in the process.
Until recently it’s been incredibly expensive – and used so rarely there wasn’t a large enough sample of patients to be sure it was effective. But now it’s more affordable and available than ever before – and there’s significant evidence it works…
Breast Cancer Survivor was told:
Doctors didn’t give Wiltrude much hope when they diagnosed her with cancer in the year 2000. Wiltrude, a German psychologist, never thought cancer would happen to her. But it did. And it came as a big shock.
One doctor told her, “You’ll be dead in a year.” Late stage breast cancer is virtually incurable using conventional treatments. Even M.D.s admit it. They talk about “buying you more time.” (Don’t count on it. The evidence shows you’re better off doing nothing than chemo.)
When Wiltrude told her doctor she was going to try alternative treatments, he said, “You are committing suicide with what you’re doing.” But she was determined to find a way to beat her cancer.
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, this European woman came across a book by my good friend Bill Henderson, one of the smartest and wisest people I know when it comes to cancer treatment.
She tried Bill’s top, number one recommendation — a gentle treatment you can do at home for just $5.15 a day. What’s more, the cost goes down to $3.50 after six weeks because you just need a maintenance dose. And it even tastes good.
Not only has Wiltrude passed the five-year cancer survival mark, she’s survived for 12 years. We just interviewed her recently for this publication. The radiologist who tests her every year told her, “You’re the only one with this kind of result.”
You can find out more about Bill’s proven cancer treatment plan if you click here.
When I ask him about some of the treatments that top alternative doctors use, Bill sort of shrugs and says, “They’re fine, but why bother? My treatment works, you can do it yourself, and it costs practically nothing.”
He’s coached thousands of cancer patients with all different types and stages of cancer. Most of the people who follow the detailed, specific plan in this Special Report get over their cancer and live for years.
“Almost any kind of cancer is reversible,” says Bill. “I never give up on anyone.”
I wouldn’t call it a “miracle cure,” but proton therapy, also called proton beam therapy or PBT, is proving to be a better way to treat cancer than conventional radiation therapy.
PBT has been in development since the 1950s, but it’s just now becoming accepted into mainstream oncology and affordable to the masses. The facilities used to cost $200 million to build but now, says the Wall Street Journal, they’ve come down to $40 or $50 million.
And doctors are using the therapy to successfully treat all kinds of cancers, including those that are typically hard to reach — from tumors in the central nervous system, to lung and prostate cancer, and nearly everything in between.
It’s truly a revolutionary approach to defeating cancer.
What is proton therapy?
Traditional radiation therapy is also known as “photon therapy,” in which x-rays or gamma rays are focused into a beam that penetrates the surface of the body into the tumor.
The trouble with this type of therapy has been twofold:
- The radiation beam doesn’t stop at the tumor. It travels all the way through the body. The healthy tissue between the tumor and the beam actually receives a higher dose than the tumor itself.
- The beam is wide — it can only be narrowed and focused to a certain degree.
So, while the radiation penetrates the tumor, it also destroys the healthy tissue around and behind it, causing multiple life-altering side effects.
Proton therapy is administered in much the same way as conventional radiation, but the advantage is that the beam is far more precise. It stops at the tumor, protecting healthy tissue behind and around the cancerous growth.
In fact, a recent advance in technology enables technicians to precisely model and fill the three-dimensional shape of the tumor.
There are two elements that give PBT its precision:
- The beam’s path is mathematically predictable, and therefore, controllable. Proton beams are measured on what’s called a “Bragg curve.” The peak of the curve shows the technician exactly where the proton beam will come to a stop, so it doesn’t go beyond the point of the tumor.
- Pencil beam scanning, an application technique that electronically guides the pencil-point sharp proton beam back and forth across each layer of the tumor’s thickness in three dimensions. (Like a 3D printer, but in reverse.)
Think of it like this.
Imagine a tumor as an overripe, rotting peach. The tree it hangs in is your body.
Traditional radiation therapy is a firehose aimed at the peach. It blasts through the peach, but it doesn’t stop there. It also rips out the delicate branches, leaves and buds all around it, causing a lot of collateral damage.
Proton therapy is more like sunlight narrowed into a tight beam through a magnifying glass. It burns into the bad peach, destroying it without causing harm to the surrounding environment.
The mathematical predictability of the proton beam allows the technician to control it, stopping at the margins, rather than burning only the surface or burning all the way through.
Proton therapy used in central nervous system cancers
The ability to zero in on the tumor while sparing the surrounding tissue makes proton therapy a far better option for cancer in the central nervous system (CNS), especially in children.
Pediatric medulloblastoma is a type of fast-growing brain tumor that originates in the cerebellum, near the brain stem, and accounts for about 18% of childhood brain tumors. Brain cancer, although rare overall, is the most common type of cancer in infants and toddlers.
It’s often treated with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and conventional radiotherapy. But because of its location, and the fact that children’s brains are still developing, the potential damage to the healthy brain tissue makes the treatment protocol worse than the disease.
But the precise application of proton therapy is changing that.
Researchers published findings in the January 2016 issue of Lancet Oncology revealing that proton therapy used in 59 children aged 3-21 had similar survival rates to conventional radiotherapy, but with vastly reduced long-term toxic side effects.1
The children’s hearing, mental function, hormone levels, height and weight were all measured before and after the study.
The researchers discovered the children, particularly those who were eight years old or younger, had much less hearing loss and better neurocognitive functioning such as verbal comprehension and processing speed compared to those who received conventional treatment.
What was really amazing, however, is that the children had no damage to the heart, lung, gastrointestinal or reproductive systems, and no seizures. All these side effects have been reported in conventional radiotherapy.
And the good news isn’t just for kids. . .
A reasonable option for a growing number of adults
A study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics shows adults with medulloblastoma treated with proton therapy experienced less weight loss, nausea and vomiting. Researchers also recorded less gastrointestinal and blood toxicity. With this gentle treatment, patients maintained more white blood cells, hemoglobin and platelets.2
Proton therapy has shown similar results in the treatment of chondrosarcoma (bone cancer) and chordoma, tumors that occur anywhere along the spine, from the base of the skull to the tailbone.3
PBT for lung cancer
Conventional radiation treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has long caused many terrible side effects, including damaging inflammation of the esophagus and lungs, as well as pulmonary fibrosis (scarring and thickening of lung tissue).
In an effort to alleviate or avoid these side effects, doctors often limit doses, which makes the treatment less effective.
But with PBT, studies have shown reduced toxicity to healthy tissue and fewer long-term side effects in treating this type of lung cancer, even while delivering higher doses of radiation to the tumor.4
And what’s even better, researchers at Loma Linda University Medical Center found this to be true whether the tumors were centrally or peripherally located.5
So no matter where in the lungs the tumors reside, PBT can reach and destroy them with little damage to healthy lung tissue.
Proton therapy treatment centers
It used to be difficult to find medical centers using PBT, but today the number is growing by leaps and bounds.
According to the National Association for Proton Therapy, there are about 20 proton therapy locations in the United States, with three in California, one in Washington, and the rest spread across the eastern states. There are 16 more treatment centers in development.6
Proton beam therapy has come a long way in the last six decades, from a radical new technology to a better way to treat cancer with a comprehensive treatment plan.
Readers of this newsletter know I have a strong preference for natural treatments (and I successfully got rid of my own prostate cancer entirely with supplements, a low-carb diet, infrared sauna and exercise; I was also treated for a week at a German clinic with ozone therapy, hyperthermia and IV vitamin C).
But there are circumstances where I would choose this therapy. If my natural efforts to get rid of tumors had failed, PBT would have been a perfect way to eradicate them with a high measure of safety and few side effects.
PBT should not be considered something you do “instead of” the lifestyle changes we need to make to get healthy. It’s a high-tech fix for when things have already gotten out of hand.
And if you’ve had cancer once, you should assume that essentially you’ve always got it and it could come roaring back anytime. Drastic interventions like surgery and PBT are a way to buy yourself time while you get your act together and make smarter lifestyle choices.
According to the National Association for Proton Therapy, the cost of PBT is higher than conventional radiation therapy, but generally less than surgery. And, “nearly all insurance providers nationwide cover proton therapy as does the U.S. Medicare program,” they say.7
If you or someone you love is fighting cancer, ask your oncologist about proton beam therapy and if it might be a good treatment option in place of radiation. And check with your insurance company to see if they’ll cover it.
It’s possible this exciting new treatment option is within your reach, and may only require a few hours’ flight to get there.