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The Hunger Project Bolen Report
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Nutritional Therapies for Cancer Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy By 1984, after years of stonewalling, the American cancer establishment reversed itself and finally admitted that diet was a risk factor in the causation of cancer. Still, the ACS and NCI does not admit the usefulness of diet in the treatment of cancer. They dismiss the hundreds of cases of people who had cancer, went on a certain type of diet and then did not have cancer. "Anecdotal evidence," they say. In other words, "We don't know why, but these people must be making this up."

The fact is that your chances of cancer are less on a diet which is vegetarian, raw and free of hydrogenated fat and heated oil. It is no accident that your chances of becoming free of a cancer are increased by the same diet. Eventually, the cancer establishment will admit this also and, when they do, they will come on just as they did when they admitted that diet is a risk factor for the disease: like they discovered it themselves.

Let us talk about some of the more specific dietary treatments which have been shown to have a therapeutic effect on cancer. Research in this area is particularly humanitarian. There is no big profit to be made. It is a therapy which the individual can carry out for himself. It is simple and straightforward. When you learn about this approach to cancer therapy, and you do not adopt it to prevent or treat cancer, you are fresh out of excuses. Maybe Freud was right, there is a "death instinct."

When cancer is present, if one wants to survive, there is no room for half measures or rationalization. Pure food is healing; this has been demonstrated over and over, and impure food is cancer nurturing, this also is clear. When food is tampered with in the growing phase or later preserved or cooked, it is no longer pure. A large portion of plant nutrition is destroyed, and the food can rightfully be called "dead" — and it has a good chance of taking you with it.

In a society which has been duped by the illusory power of the synthetic drug lab, it is hard to hear this: food is your best therapy. All you have to do to enjoy this therapy is to stop eating dead animals and animal products and start eating a large variety of uncooked, organically grown vegetables, fruits and sprouted nuts and seeds.

Because our society is so addicted to dead foods, it is practically impossible for only one member of a family to make the transition to living foods. In the case of cancer, either the entire family wakes up to the problem and makes dietary changes as a family, or the person with cancer has no chance. It is just not possible for a person addicted to dead food to eat a healthy diet and see other members of the family gobbling down the food his addictions crave. The presence of cancer in one member of a family can be a great opportunity for the entire family to change to a style of eating which is vastly superior in its impact on health.


"Macrobiotics" include the dietary changes mentioned above with an emphasis on whole cereal grains and also lifestyle changes, which include exercise and spiritual clarity. The macrobiotic approach to cancer treatment, like all therapies, is not 100% effective 100% of the time. Nevertheless, thousands of people have handled their cancers while following this approach. Statistical estimates from practitioners of macrobiotics show that between fifteen and twenty percent of people are able to improve their condition through macrobiotics. This may not seem like so much, but when you realize that these are mostly people who have been pronounced terminal by orthodox oncologists, it is not bad at all. It probably is true that the earlier one begins to use this approach and the sooner one rejects the immune-depressing therapies of standard medical treatment, the better are one's chances. Usually people turn to macrobiotics when there is nothing else left.

To successfully utilize the macrobiotic approach, the average person needs a lot of support and a lot of relearning regarding nutrition. When one is in this position, it is important to realize that the typical family doctor has had no formal training in nutrition beyond the brainwash we all got in grade school, and his or her advice in the area of nutrition should be valued accordingly. Many people who have done well on the macrobiotic approach have suffered relapse back into cancer upon taking doctor's advice to add meat and/or dairy to their macrobiotic diet in the name of getting in enough protein. Even the NCS and the NIH recognize the nutritional sufficiency of the macrobiotic diet.

Please understand that I am not referring here to the Zen Macrobiotic Diet popularized by George Ohsawa. That may be a sufficient diet for a Zen master but not for ordinary people. A modern macrobiotic diet is rich in all nutrients and includes an astounding array of tasty foods.

Many nutritionists believe that wheatgrass is especially nutritious and recommend wheatgrass combined with the diet described above.

Moerman's Anti-Cancer Diet

After fifty years of struggle with the medical authorities of the Netherlands, Dutch physician Cornelius Moerman lived to see his methods approved as effective in the treatment of cancer. The following year he died at the age of 95, a vigorous man to the end, a beneficiary of his own treatment methods.

The Moerman Association has a membership of 10,000 people, including many former cancer patients. The Dutch Ministry of Health issued a report in 1989 concerning 350 recovered cancer patients. Thirty-five percent were certified by the Ministry of Health to be in complete remission with the Moerman Diet as their only treatment. Ten of these people had been sent home to die by orthodox doctors.

The Moerman Diet emphasizes vegetables and also allows some dairy and believes strongly in the nutritional value of egg yolks. It also emphasizes the value of nutritional supplements particularly citric acid, iodine, sulfur, vitamins A, B complex, C and E.

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The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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