Reading this could make you better informed about your cancer options than your own doctor–even if you go to an alternative or complementary medical doctor.
You probably know already there’s a clear link between diet and cancer. But today I’m going to talk about a new discovery that could be the missing link between the two.
And word is just beginning to get out. Include yourself among the first to know. . .
I heard Dr. Michael B. Schachter speak about this new treatment – a recently identified type of nutrient called Salvestrols — at a recent cancer seminar, and I was fascinated by what I heard. Dr. Schachter, an M.D. with a practice in New York, is a well-regarded figure in integrative cancer treatment.
Though Salvestrols are gaining acceptance as a life-saving treatment in Canada, China, New Zealand, and now the U.S., they’re still controversial.
Like many other natural treatments, Salvestrols are toxic to cancer cells but not to healthy ones. And their efficacy extends to at least 12 different types of cancer.
There is not as much proof for this new discovery as I would like to see, but there are some impressive anecdotes – like this one. . .
A 69-year-old male lung cancer patient was coughing up blood. Bronchoscopy and biopsy confirmed that his stage 2-3 cancer was inoperable. Imaging showed a large mass attached to his chest wall. Doctors deemed it untreatable, so no chemo or radiation was advised.
This man immediately began a diet solely consisting of fresh organic fruits and vegetables and juices, eliminating meat, sugar and dairy. He also began Salvestrol supplements at 4,000 points per day for six weeks.
In one week, he stopped coughing up blood.
Within three weeks, doctors changed his diagnosis from inoperable to operable. At the same time, a biopsy of his largest lymph node was negative. So his diagnosis was changed (again) to operable lung cancer requiring removal of just one lobe of one affected lung.
Six weeks later he had surgery to remove the shrunken tumor and a couple of suspicious lymph nodes. The tumor was now clear of his chest wall. The removed lymph nodes tested negative for cancer, and the patient declared cancer free.
The universal cancer marker
hardly anyone knows about
To understand what Salvestrols are, we need to go back to the discovery of the cytochrome P450 protein enzyme CYP1B1 (“sip-1B1”) in the early 1990s. This enzyme is responsible for the detoxification of your body’s own metabolites. Metabolites are intermediate products of a cell’s chemical processes.
Remarkably, CYP1B1 is present in all cancer cells, but it’s not found in any normal ones. Healthy tissues do contain the gene for making CYP1B1, but the gene does not express.
In fact, the over-expression of CYP1B1 is now considered a universal cancer marker. CYP1B1 was researched at the Dana Farber Cancer Center and documented in a 2008 paper (which is not currently on their website).
The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center documented CYP1B1’s presence in brain cancer.
So far, the over-expressed CYP1B1 enzyme has been found in these cancers: bladder, brain, breast, colon, connective tissue, esophageal, kidney, liver, lung, lymph node, ovarian, skin, small intestine, stomach, testis, and uterine cancers.
Reported earlier this year, 3300 samples from 2500 cancer patients showed the over-expression of CYP1B1 in both primary and metastatic tumors.1
Nature’s “Cancer Rescue Plan”
Meanwhile, another discovery – a type of nutrient found only in organic plants – was shown to convert those CYP1B1 enzymes into metabolites that induce cancer cell death.
The same plant nutrients also address a widespread deficiency that can predispose you to cancer.
These newly identified inert plant substances were eventually named Salvestrols… from the Latin word “salvia” which means “to save.”
To date, 20 different Salvestrols have been discovered. But scientists expect to find about 30 more varieties. The amount of Salvestrols varies dramatically from one plant to another.
Salvestrols are found in organic plants only – presumably produced as a natural defense mechanism against pests, fungi, bacteria, ultraviolet light, and more. Think of them as the plant’s immune system.
So if you eat only conventional produce, you will not benefit from Salvestrols, because the herbicides and pesticides quell the defense mechanism that produces these nutrients. (And in addition, these synthetic poisons pummel your body with various carcinogens.)
How to correct a Salvestrol deficiency
Salvestrols are bitter-tasting and can be found in therapeutic amounts only in biologically cultivated (i.e. chemical-free) fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Because people tend to shun bitter foods and prefer sweet ones, even those trying to eat a healthy diet may not be ingesting enough of these nutrients.
There’s also a problem with hybridized plants. New plant varieties have been bred to be sweeter, as well as uniform in size, color and shape. Yet the older varieties are far richer in Salvestrols.
The Burke/Potter research team who discovered Salvestrols concluded that today’s diet contains only about ten percent of the Salvestrols present in the typical diet 50 to 100 years ago.
So what’s a person to do?
A few things, actually…
1. Make point of eating foods high in Salvestrols, including: green vegetables, artichokes, asparagus, watercress, cabbage, capsicums, avocado, wild carrots, celery, cucumber, spinach, pumpkin, aubergine (eggplant), red-colored fruits, berries, olives, grapes, apples, plums, figs mandarin orange, mulberry, melon, pineapple, parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme, sage, mint, dandelion, rose hip, milk thistle, chamomile…
2. If you decide to try Salvestrol therapy, avoid these things that interfere with it: B17/Laetrile/bitter apricot kernels, resveratrol in high doses, citrus flavone natingenin from grapefruit, herbicides and pesticides, cannabis, St. John’s Wort, ginkgo biloba, and ginseng. Just to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with laetrile or resveratrol therapy, or ginkgo, but they work at cross-purposes with Salvestrols. Also avoid carbon monoxide from cigarette smoke (in case this is not already obvious).
3. Make use of supportive nutrients that help convert Salvestrols to cancer-fighting metabolites. These include iron, magnesium, niacin, selenium, vitamin C (1-3 grams/day), biotin (1-5 mg/day) and oxygen.
4. Supplement with a highly concentrated Salvestrol supplement. Scientists developed a point system for dosages. If you eat an excellent organic food diet, you get 300 points for the day.
But taken via a concentrated supplement, each “Salvestrol Platinum” capsule contains 2,000 points. Here are the general daily guidelines these scientists suggest:
- For prevention – 2,000/day
- For a moderate deficiency – 4,000-8,000/day
- For a severe deficiency (or with cancer) – 12,000-20,000
- Maintenance (with a history of cancer) – 4,000 points/day
Where’s the evidence Salvestrols will make you well?
To date, there are no clinical or controlled studies. This is a serious gap which I hope the supplement makers are going to remedy soon. Until that happens, the Salvestrol story has to be considered anecdotal and even downright speculative.
I did see Dr. Schachter present impressive evidence and encouraging case studies about Salvestrols. A few case studies have been published… two reported in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine (2007), some on Internet blogs, informal ones from Canada, New Zealand, and China… plus three cases from Dr. Schachter’s own clinic.
He was in fact unconcerned about the lack of studies, given the growing number of case studies, the bias against natural medicine, and the high cost of conducting studies.
And since it appears that Salvestrols cause no drug interactions nor interfere with conventional treatments – and do no harm to healthy cells – there’s little to lose except the cost of the supplements. That’s not insignificant, but it’s tolerable for many people when the alternatives are conventional treatments, or death – or both.
Dr. Schachter talked about three levels of response – ultra-responders (responding in just hours), typical responders, and non-responders (those who aren’t helped by the therapy).
In one case study, 22 of 24 patients responded to the treatment. And some of the successful case studies have included children with aggressive forms of cancer.
Want to learn more?
Check out the website www.salvestrol.ca for more information and a list of practitioners who can help you with Salvestrols.
To read about five case studies, go here:
For further info, read the 2013 book by Brian Schaefer, Salvestrols: Journey to Wellness.
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