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John Hopkins Update - Good article


Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size. =C 2

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3 When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. 20 An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans.. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to a void known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Cast le Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life.

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Hey, I've been saying and applying those tactics since I found out about them. Every time I learned some new information I felt more and more empowered to help myself. I absolutely do not believe for one minute that I have cured myself. But I also firmly believe that I am making choices everyday that are aimed at keeping this cancer at bay for as long as I can. I can't even say how wonderful it is to hear it echoed by a very large, very important hospital. Some of the harsher things I didn't really want to mention, because those who have had chemo and radiation would worry about what they'd done to their immune systems.

Interesting to see what the medical community, pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies have to say about this. My contention is, that it is not in their best financial interests to flat out cure people, but to make them appear to be getting well and to continue treatment. Else why would they forbid doctors from using everything in their knowledge and power to effect a cure. I think if they truly had the best interests of the patient in mind and not their bottom lines that they would encourage the complementary therapies that are offered in lieu of or in conjunction with chemo and radiation all over the world. Astragalus anyone. It's used in most other countries to improve the chemo's effectiveness.

The American Medical Association has made it a crime for any doctor to prescribe anything not approved by the FDA. I've probably said too much, but this article opens the gate. I cannot ever confer how important this is to me that you put it out there. Thank you, thank you, thank you. How wonderful that people may now begin working with their bodies and immune systems to do everything in their power to defeat the cancer that they are dealing with.

Once you know what cancer loves, you have control over whether or not You supply those things to it. I have to admit, I don't do 100% of the things I know I should, but my life, especially my diet is not anything like what it was when I got cancer, and was in fact eating a very "healthy diet", which quite nearly killed me.

I got so excited I didn't finish reading the article, I do hope it addresses the acid/alkaline balance and how cancer thrives in an acidic environment and dies in an alkaline one. I've listed urls to charts that give the acid alkaline information for all foods. But I'm just a woman with cancer, and truly, why would someone listen to me, who is really no one of import, over the advice or even in conjunction with the advice of their physician. blah, blah, blah

I am so encouraged for us all. Marge, I so respect your bravery, thank you.

With this I don't really see that the medical association can long continue to deny patients treatments that have been proven to work all over the world.

How loverly it would be if everyone took this little powerful bit of information and left a copy with their doctor or went over some of the points with them suggesting that they leave this information in their waiting rooms, not as advice from the doctor, but a just a little informal information----hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm??? Imagine.

I would add a few extra ideas here. I personally don't think people should use microwaves to heat food. Also, the University of Michigan has been investigating ginger's use in killing cancer cells. I would suggest that you all google for that information. Ginger will be an important player in treatment in the future, but, because it has not been approved by the fda, which means it has to have rigorous expensive investigation and testing Phase I, II, and III(human) trials. I did read recently that one of the pharmaceutical companies is trying to get a patent on gingerol, the prime cancer fighter in ginger. Once that happens, I just bet your doctor will suddenly find gingerol, not ginger to be his new best friend. Well, here's a thought, why not do what I do and eat raw ginger throughout the day?

Ah, sorry. I got a bit carried away and not just a bit facetious. I can be such a snoot, but lovable non-the less

Love you, love you, love you, you are braver than I.


And I know I'm going to sound like a broken record, but that book Natural Compounds in Cancer Therapy, fully addresses the complementary therapies in a synergistic manner. What the heck, I'd also like to recommend The China Study, The Secret History of the War on Cancer, Healing from the Inside out(a DVD), Cure Unknown about the CDC and Lyme Disease. It's hard to help oneself when you don't really know what you're dealing with. Hope I don't become persona non grata around here, can't even spell that. I really should just go paint something. And at some point I'm going to post a poem I rote way back when called, Women in Scarves.

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This statement attributed to Johns Hopkins is a hoax. Please check the links below.



However, I am modifying my diet. Mostly I am striving for it to be more healthful by incorporating more vegetables, fruit, and whole grains and almost eliminating red meat and refined sugar. I am also looking forward to increasing my activity level once my chemo regimen is completed and (hopefully) I am less fatigued.


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I don't think it matters as much who said it as how true the saying.

A hoax for the origination of the article, I had no idea, and did not suspect as all the research I've done supports everything in it. So, maybe it's a hoax, but the advice is valid. I don't know anything about whether or not they acknowledge any responsibility for the advice, but all of it is very valid. If it is a "hoax" perhaps that's their way of getting around the AMA's missive of no non approved therapy or advice. All of the information is totally relevant and would be helpful for most cancer patients, unless their doctors specifically told them that a particular food or therapy would interfere with their current treatment. The research is definitely there for all that was mentioned.

As far as I'm concerned, no matter how the researchers or doctors put out relevant information, it's still relevant, and sorely needed. Good for them.

I also stand by my support of Marge for putting it out there, that took a great deal of courage.

Again, thank you Marge,


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I was sad to read what you just said - you feeling like a failure. Don't do this to yourself. Those words of a hurtful person wounded you so much. Don't let them stick to you. You are not cancer. It is part of your life, yes, but don't define yourself by it, please.

I recommend O. Carl Simonton's book, Getting Well Again. To me it was amazing, hopeful, inciteful, encouraging, and a teaching tool. I hope you get it and follow his advice. It has helped me to be calmer, kinder to myself, and (I believe) HEALTHY in mind and spirit.

Mary Ann (daisyelder@comcast.net)

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Good Morning,

I went to the Johns Hopkins site and read their response to the message. Don't lose heart. For the most part they didn't dismiss the ideas as much as refute their part in delivering them. I have the research from University studies and NIH studies to support most of what was said. I have been struggling with some sort of fluish thing for a few weeks, but when I feel better, I'll take some time and look more carefully at their response and comment on it, giving references where they have denied some claims. Or, if you're up to it try Googling some of the topics and look for recent articles. If I weren't so sick I would have realized that of course they could not publicly admit to promoting any of those ideas due to legal issues.

Brainless in the U.P.,

Love ya,


Wouldn't it be just loverly if some, or many universities and doctors stopped hiding what they know to be true and helpful, and did in fact disclose all they knew that would be in their patient's best most healing interests? Wasn't there something in the hippocratic oath about "first do no harm"? Isn't withholding crucial healing information doing harm. Wonder if a patient could _______(fill in the blank)

As for your friend's comments. You might want to rethink the term friend. Some people are just bent on making others feel badly about themselves. You are none of the things that particluar person accused you of being.

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Thank you Marge and Claudia. Claudia, I believe your comments about the pharmaceutical industry and FDA. This healthcare reform is such a challenge. I just learned of astragalus from Dr. Weil - it helps the immune system.

Hopefully integrative medicine will become more mainstream. Dr. Weil's website is very interesting - check it out. He said on TV recently that we have to change the way we train doctors. Now, they are trained to give out medicine rather than consider alternative therapies like herbs, mind-body work, etc.

Knowledge is power. We all need to have accurate and truthful info and make the best decisions for ourselves. I do not regret getting chemo. I think we need to integrate east and west and take the best of both worlds. I would be a nervous wreck if I didn't get the chemo for my stage 3a UPSC - I think it would have been wreckless. But I integrated healing touch, massage, meditation, etc. into the mix and so far so good. I am feeling and looking great.

Don't forget exercise, ladies!! Blessings to you all, Mary Ann

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This may be a hoax but it sounds very common sense to me and I shall continue to eat the loathed broccoli etc. Patricia - remember the healthy mind has a lot to do with the healthy body. Meet with your positive friends and don't entertain the thought for one second that you are going to be anything else but well. Don't like to hear you sounding down.

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Hey Sweetie,

How are you? You know that article doesn't dismiss the use of chemo at all, only suggests that it is not the only way to go, and does not need to be gone alone. It does mention some of the unfortunate consequences of chemo, consequences that people on this board have mentioned on recurrence. I support the use of chemo --but I would also embrace the addition of herbs and other healing therapies. There is evidence that certain herbs when used in conjunction with chemo, cause the chemo to be many, many times more effective. Aren't the majority of chemo substances plant(herb) based. Taxol is an example I think. Once a herb is patented, well, not the herb, but the particular substance in the herb that is patentable, then it suddenly falls into the realm of "chemo" and is added to or stands alone as a protocol. Why not use the entire herb until and in addition to the patentable substance? I'm just saying.

If I was bonifiably a stage lllC, I too would use chemo, but I would use substances in the plant kingdom shown to enhance chemo's success also, in agreement with what you mentioned.

Love and kisses,


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I have been a patient at Hopkins for the last year and they definitely do NOT endorse that hoax. It has been around for years, and just the fact that they refuted it is significant. I am so tired of all of the "cures" and "treatments" that I get in e-mails. Lemons, asparagus, colonics, you name it, it is a sure-fire cure! AS IF!!!

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John Hopkins has long been refuting everything in the message, not just that it didn't originate from them.  


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In point of fact, maybe they should! The times they are a changin'.

M.D. Anderson is now fully embracing these ideas. And is using things like the turmeric, highly commented on here as a way of extending the life of pancreatic cancer patients. Pancreatic cancer seldom gets found prior to a late stage and the prognosis is usually quite grim. The book and author that is spearheading their program has the seal of acceptance in many foreign countries, Italy is one that come to mind. That's a country that's been around for some time now, no?

We are but beginning to look to other countries, who for centuries have embraced the healing properties of the natural substances around us as cures for the most serious of diseases. I would guess that they might sadly shake their heads at what they might consider an unfortunate way to limit cancer treatments. In the countries where milk is only for babies, the overall cancer rate is much lower than here. Have you read The China Study yet, it's quite interesting.

It is good for new ideas to be tried in the hopes of conferring a more life sustaining outcome for future cancer patients.

I'm just saying, could work.


Patricia, the woman some of the comments were to, has withdrawn from the board after refusing all chemo and radiation treatments and relying on the more natural therapiess, thus far she is just swell and it's been a few years. I prefer to keep my mind open and continue to see all I can that is available for me use in my fight against cancer. Chemo is highly effective for adenocarcinom of the uterus, the one 96% of women with uterine cancer are diagnosed with because they tend to have ER/PR + receptors. UPSC women tend to not have those receptors and it is my belief that we need to get all the help we can from where ever we can, and how can not using or limiting sugar, which it is known feeds cancer, in any way be an AS IF! proposition.

As I said, I'm just putting these ideas out there. They are my opinions, some people might want to look into them further along with their treatments and see they warrant any benefit for them.

Love and kisses : ~ D

And, thank you so much for bringing all this vital information to the forefront after a few years on mothballs.

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It is NOT courageous to post misinformation. What I find amazing is that someone can defend an "article" which LEADS with a blatant lie, and then actually believes the rest that follows is factual. This is a complete lack of critical thinking. USE YOUR HEAD. Not only has every bit of information in the "article" been shown to be at the very least misleading, much of it is completely, 100% factually incorrect. I find it amazing that in this day and age people believe scientists and the medical community are all in on some mass conspiracy to keep the truth from you (with zero evidence of such, by the way), but blogs, message boards, and chain e-mails are more credible sources of information. I reiterate: USE YOUR HEAD.

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