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Enzymes are often referred as the sparks of life. Without them we simply cannot function.
Digestive enzymes are created by the body in order to break down the food we eat, while metabolic enzymes oversee thousands of biochemical reactions in the body from energy production to detoxification. Both digestive and metabolic enzymes are fundamental for the health.

Most people are deficient in digestive enzymes and start borrowing from their metabolic stores. As we age our ability to produce digestive enzymes in the pancreas, stomach and small intestine decreases. This is why it is so important to include raw food (vegetables and fruits) in or daily diet as they are loaded in live enzymes. Cooked and processed food is death food. If we don’t eat enough raw food it is good to supplement that.

Enzymes are therapeutic and supportive when taken on empty stomach away from meals. In cancer therapy proteolytic enzymes have the ability to digest the protective membrane known as fibrin around cancer cells allowing the immune system to identity and destroy them. Protease enzymes have the ability to be absorbed in the blood were they bind to a large protein called Alpha II macroglobulin and then able to break viruses, fungal forms such as Candida, bacteria and parasites.

Every day we should contribute to our depleted enzyme bank accounts, by taking few servings of raw veggies and fruits or simply by taking a proper supplement...for some of us taking a pill it is easier :))

...so I’m just ready to make a healthy shake for breakfast: I cup of Kefir, one leaf of fresh organic kale and a spoon of organic sprouted milled flax seed powder...(everything mixed in a blender)
... anyone to join me?


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That is so interesting.
Especially paragraph three. I will commit to a salad of various nutritious greens every day, and a few pieces of fruit from now on.

I thought it was interesting to learn that while raw spinach is alkaline, cooked spinach leaves an acidic ash.

Thank you so much.


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I managed to resolve all of my autoimmune conditions by adding raw fermented foods to my diet. These foods, raw sauerkraut, raw pickles, and keifer reset my body's ability to digest protein and all of my autoimmune symtoms disappeared. I followed the diet in the book "Autoimmune: The Cause and The Cure." The best thing, it only took two weeks.

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Given the other thread running now about low versus higher protein diets (I too was intrigued by The China Project but also by some good critiques of its methodological flaws, I wonder if the problem for many of us is inability to DIGEST certain kinds of protein.

Not only enzymes (central to several cancer therapies) but simple hydrochloric acid, I keep reading, are vital to our ability to absorb nutrients of all kinds. And as we age our stomach apparently loses its digestive acids (so many who are taking anti-acids really need the opposite, more hydrochloric acid, as recommended by Dr. Jonathan Wright and other practitioners.

It is very inexpensive; Dr. Bruce West offers a product from Standard Process Labs that allows you to determine whether you even NEED it by observing your digestive symptoms after each pill, taken right before each large meal.

Finally, Tethys, you say that your enzymes have improved anti-immune disorders. Is cancer considered one of them?

And has anyone bee advised to take HCL or enzymes

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I have had people recommend taking supplemental HCl. However, I tend to believe that the diet I have recently adopted is taking care of my digestive needs and I no longer supplement with the acid. Clearly anyone who is experiencing acid reflux or is treating it with Tums or a proton pump inhibitor has an acid deficiency in their stomach, as the cause of acid reflux is TOO LITTLE stomach acid. The author of the book presenting the autoimmune diet tells me she will be coming out with a new edition in a few months that links the enzyme issue that leads to autoimmune to cancer also. When I mentioned this to my naturopath, she was familiar with the pathways the author speaks of. Based on my personal experience, I have to say I feel like I have a much stronger consititution since starting this diet and getting my body to function as it was meant to. I've also heard the position that ovarian cancer is actually a type of autoimmunity. I don't follow the other cancers closely enough to know whether this claim has been made for others.
I realize that many people have bought into Dr. Campbell's study of people from China and sticking to a vegetarian diet. I would refer those interested in the opposing view to research some of Dr. Weston Price's work and/or to read the book "Lights Out" by T.S. Wiley.

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Will surely look into these books you recommend.

In the meantime, two questions:

What credibility, if any, do you or your naturopath give to the theory of "blood types" in delineating ideal guidelines for diet?

Do you suspect that our lineage--what our immediate ancestors thrived on--can provide clues to an optimal diet? (Grandparents on father's side were Russian Jews, born near Kiev; mother's paternal grandfather born in France; maternal grandparents Irish/German.)

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I am so happy the subject of HCl is on the discussion board. I have trouble posting URLs from my phone so I can't post the link to some fascinating info on hydrochloric acid therapy for cancer. Here's how to find the full text of a booklet written in the era before antibiotics:

Go to www.townsendletter.com

Find the "search" option

Type in Three Years of Hydrochloric Acid Therapy

This is a 50-page document. Go to the heading on page 28 that reads Acid Mineral Therapy for Cancer.

It is kind of mind blowing to entertain the idea that cancer may be the result of a LACK of healthy acid in the body.

I love the commentary on this site. And would appreciate anyone's considered opinion on this document.

The Townsend Letter is an alternative medical journal written for doctors AND patients.

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Sometimes I wonder, presumptuous as it might be, if we might gain "clues" to the genesis of our own cancers by considering the origins or remedies of our other bodily symptoms.

Re HCL (hydrochloric acid), for example:

One of the theoretical causes of rosacea (which I've long had a mild case of) is inadequate HCL.

Hmmm ....

In a different article, I recently saw rosacea depicted as a symptom of too much angiogenesis whereas neuropathy (which I never suffered during chemo) as a symptom of too LITTLE. Whether angiogenesis can function differently in different parts of the body I've no idea, but we surely want to PREVENT angiogenesis in cancer cells.

Hmmm ..

Can you see where I'm going with such lines of thinking? Even if we're not scientists, might we be able to make some connections between other afflictions (however minor) and the genesis of our own cancer? This is just ONE of the reasons, Carol, that I'd wanted to design a survey for all who'd be willing to participate in it. Perhaps I'm too influenced by that inspiring film "Lorenzo's Oil," in which parents had to find the cure for their son's rare disease, but can't help wondering how many on our board share such symptoms as prior Epstein Barr virus (mononucleosis), rosacea, type two diabetes or high blood sugar, fibrocystic breasts (prior to menopause), uterine fibroids, toenail fungus, cold hands and feet, low body temperature, any symptoms of MS (even without an MS diagnosis), etc.

In the meantime, will check into your suggested document.


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Wow Rosey,
You really might be interested in that book I mentioned, "Autoimmune: the cause and the cure." One of the women who wrote it had rosacea, in addition to Lupus. She started eating raw fermented foods and the rosacea, which she'd had for years, disappeared within two weeks. Based on her theory, yes, the lack of HCl is a contributing factor, as is the lack of proper enzymes to digest proteins.

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My naturopath bases some of her dietary recommendations on blood type. For example, she recommends that type A people stick with poultry and fish and eggs. For type AB and O, she says red meat is an option. I think if your grandparents were healthy, then eating a similar diet is not a bad thing. I know that epigenetics teaches that what we do to our bodies today, if we are still propagating, will effect 4 generations of offspring. So, what they did affectes you. I haven't heard anything supporting the position that we should eat ethnically, as our grandparents did, but I think it's an interesting concept.

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Unless it's too personal, wonder to what extent your own blood type affect the dietary trends she's recommended for you. I'm a type B positive. Have read somewhere that this type, while not needing meat as much as type O, shouldn't be totally vegan.


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If you want to find out more about diets based on blood types, Dr Peter D'Adamo has researched and written extensive books on this. His website:



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The only thing she has mentioned, with regard to my blood type and food, is that I do really need to eat meat, as type O. I don't need to eat red meat, but it is an option for me as long as my ferratin level stays normal. Type A, blood people, she does not recommend eating red meat, but does recommend eating poultry and/or fish. Type AB can eat red meat. Unfortunately, type B is the only one we have not discussed, but I'll try to bring it up in conversation.

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Hi Rosey:

I am type B positive too. I always thought that blood type had a lot to do with stuff, but didn't know what. We should compare notes to see if we have any similarities.


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Had always been pretty healthy in obvious ways:

No allergies, few colds or flus.

But however few my illnesses, they were usually a bit exotic:

Suspected encephalitis at 16 (from mosquitos near horse farm?)

Bad case of mononucleosis in early twenties

Possible early onset of MS at age 32 (loss of vision in one eye, which eventually was restored)
fortunately, no major symptoms since then;

Tendency towards cold hands and feet (temperature usually below 98.6 when hospital tests it ; is closer to 97.2)

Occasional anxiety attacks in early twenties (none since, thank goodness)

Tendency to be night owl: freel great from 9 to 2 in morning; worst time of day is 3-6 p.m.

Had always loved spicy and creamy foods (Thai, Indian, brie and camembert, alas)

Greater need for quiet than average personality (not anti-social, just need to recharge via solitude)

Taught aerobics and studied dance in late twenties to early thirties (to balance academic life as college instructor?)

Loved most foods and seemed to digest them well.


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