The Budwig Protocol: Then and Now


Sixty-five years ago, a German scientist and researcher named Johanna Budwig created the Budwig Diet Protocol as anti-cancer treatment based on her research into the connection between oxygen and cancer. Over the years, some changes to the original protocol have been introduced, but the basis remains the same: harnessing the unique properties of highly unsaturated fatty acids and sulfurated amino acids to allow cancer cells to start “breathing” again. The Budwig Diet’s focus on increasing the body’s absorption and utilization of oxygen aligns well with today’s High pH Therapy protocol, and both protocols work well together towards that goal.

Who Was Johanna Budwig?

Johanna Budwig (1908 – 2003) was a German biochemist, pharmacist, and author who held doctorate degrees in physics and chemistry. In 1952, her research on fatty acids led her to develop an anti-cancer protocol known as the Budwig Protocol (aka the Budwig Diet) based on her findings.

Budwig researched the theory that a low oxygen environment would encourage the proliferation of cancerous cells. She found that a low-oxygen environment would develop in the absence of sulphydryl groups and/or fatty acids, which encouraged the growth of cancerous cells. Sulfur has a similar electron configuration to oxygen and enables the transport of oxygen across cell membranes. Budwig found that highly unsaturated fatty acids stimulated cellular respiration and worked in conjunction with sulfurated amino acids in the absorption and utilization of oxygen.

Budwig used paper chromatography techniques to compare the fatty acid profiles of sick and healthy individuals. The Budwig Diet Protocol, a result of this research, is based on the idea that cancer cells can be killed by changing the type of fats in the diet to increase oxygenation.

What is the Budwig Diet Protocol?

There are two parts to the Budwig diet protocol that are used concurrently. The first part is a blend of flaxseed oil together with something containing high amounts of sulfur proteins such as quark. The second part of the protocol is a special diet.

Flax seeds are the richest source of unsaturated omega 3 fatty acids. Quark, a cultured dairy product made from fermenting milk with beneficial bacteria, is rich in sulphurated amino acids. Organic cold-pressed flaxseed oil, when mixed with sulphurated amino acids (such as found in quark), becomes water-soluble and therefore readily available and easily assimilated for use in the body. This unsaturated fatty acid and sulphurated amino acid combination is vital to the absorption and utilization of oxygen.

Cancer cells, unlike normal healthy cells, actually use anaerobic (without oxygen) fermentation metabolism. In 1931 Dr. Otto Warburg proved that cancer cells cannot live in an oxygen-rich environment. According to Dr. David Gregg, in his work “The Proposed Common Cause and Cure for All Forms of Cancer”, the solution to cancer is to “restart aerobic metabolism”. The goal of Budwig’s diet protocol is to allow cancer cells, which have converted from normal aerobic oxygen respiration to anaerobic fermentation, to start “breathing” again.

About the Original Budwig Diet

The Budwig diet protocol is based on a daily muesli prepared one to two times per day. Flaxseed oil (kept sealed and refrigerated) is mixed with quark and served with freshly ground flax seeds (consumed within 15 minutes of grinding), topped with fresh seasonal organic fruit and raw organic nuts. It can be flavored with a bit of cinnamon or vanilla to taste.

For each Tablespoon of flaxseed oil, add 2 Tablespoons of quark. The flaxseed oil and quark mixture should be fully blended until no traces of oil remain visible and the highly unsaturated fatty acids have become water soluble.

The diet to be used along with the flax/quark mixture is rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber (raw or lightly cooked). Avoid sugar, refined grains, animal fats, salad oils, butter, and margarine. Fresh meat is allowed, but not store-bought meat. Avoid all processed foods, as well as caffeine, liquor, and tobacco.

According to one article, Dr. Budwig never recommended or sanctioned the use of yogurt or cottage cheese as a suitable substitute for quark in any of her original writings. Dr. Budwig also never endorsed or used low-fat or non-fat products. She was adamant on using quark. Quark is very different from Greek yogurt or cottage cheese and contains the beneficial Lactococcus lactis bacteria, is very high in protein, and contains neither rennet nor added salt. There are several recipes available online if you want to make your own quark at home.

The Budwig Diet and High pH Therapy

The original Budwig Diet is a good fit with today’s High pH Therapy protocol. High pH Therapy focuses on using the alkaline mineral cesium chloride as part of a daily supplement protocol, together with an alkaline diet rich in vegetables and fruits, to help alkalize the body, increase oxygen content, and support the immune system, which is the body’s natural defense system. A healthy immune system is better able to help repair and rebuild damaged cells.

The Budwig Diet is very similar in many ways to an alkaline diet and can be used interchangeably when following the High pH Therapy protocol. The main difference is that the Budwig Diet protocol includes dairy products in the form of cultured quark, where most alkaline diets recommend avoiding all dairy products. The two protocols work well together, however, and share the same goal of increasing oxygenation in the body to address the low-oxygen acidic environment that is a hallmark of cancer cells.

Budwig’s Books

To learn more about the original Budwig Diet, here are three of Johanna Budwig’s books, which have been translated into English from the original German.

• The Oil-Protein Cookbook (l-Eiwei-Kost) Sensei Verlag (2000)
• Cancer – The Problem and the Solution (Krebs. Das Problem und die Lsung) Sensei Verlag (1999)
• Flax Oil As A True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer And Other Diseases (Fette als wahre Hilfe gegen Arteriosklerose, Herzinfarkt, Krebs) 1972


The Original Budwig Diet
Johanna Budwig on Wikipedia
The Budwig Protocol
The True Budwig Protocol
• Cancer, Sulfur, Garlic, and Glutathione
The Basis of Dr. Budwig’s Oil/Protein Diet
Budwig Diet Health Topic
Foods to Avoid on the Budwig Diet
How to Make Quark Cheese
What is Quark? Is it Healthy?
Did Dr. Budwig Recommend the Use of Yogurt?
Cesium Chloride and the Budwig Diet
pH and the Alkaline Diet
High pH Therapy
Why Alkaline?

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Cancer Cachexia and Hydrazine Sulfate

What is Cachexia?

Cachexia is an unfortunate yet common complication of cancer progression. The word “cachexia” comes from the Greek words “kakos”, meaning “bad”, and “hexis”, meaning “state or condition”. The Greek physician Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, provided one of the earliest know descriptions of cachexia.

The shoulders, clavicles, chest and thighs melt away. This illness is fatal… —Hippocrates (460–370 BC)

Cachexia is characterized by unintentional weight loss, muscle wasting, decreased fat storage, hypermetabolism, and a loss of appetite. The onset of cachexia and the accompanying loss of energy and strength worsens survival rates, leading to diminished quality of life for sufferers as they are no longer able or interested in participating in activities that would ordinarily be enjoyable.

More than one process contributes to the cancer cachexia cascade in the body. All underlying factors are not yet fully understood, but certain important facts are known. Though ultimately the best way to treat cancer cachexia is to stop cancer growth and metabolism, understanding the underlying processes involved can help us find better ways to mitigate the impacts of cachexia on the body and improve quality of life.

Dr. Joseph Gold and SCRI

Dr. Joseph Gold, founder of the Syracuse Cancer Research Institute (SCRI), researched cancer cachexia and found that cancer cells have an altered metabolism which diverts the body’s energy production away from the healthy cells and funnel everything towards cancer cell growth. Dr. Gold’s theory was that if the conversion process that cancer cells use to recycle and reuse their own waste products could be interrupted, this altered metabolism could be normalized and cancer cachexia could be reversed. Dr. Gold’s research at SCRI lead to the discovery of “gluconeogenic blocking agents” like Hydrazine Sulfate which could shut down the liver enzyme necessary for gluconeogenesis through the Cori cycle.

Anaerobic Metabolism and Cancer

Glucose is a major resource for cellular energy production. Most cells in the body require oxygen to convert glucose into energy (ATP) through the process of metabolism. Efficient aerobic (with oxygen) metabolism yields 38 moles of ATP per mole of glucose.

Cancer cells, unlike normal healthy cells, have a very inefficient metabolism. The oxygen concentration in cancer tumors is critically low as the tumor cells continue to grow and cut off from oxygen-carrying blood vessels. In the absence of sufficient oxygen, cells can switch to a form of metabolism that does not rely on oxygen, the glycolytic pathway. Even when access to oxygen is restored, though, cancer cells still continue to use this anaerobic (without oxygen) metabolism. This is known as the Warburg effect, named for Otto Warburg who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his research.

Anaerobic metabolism is a fermentation process. Not only is this form of metabolism very inefficient, yielding only 2 moles of ATP per mole of glucose, but it also produces lactate (lactic acid) as a waste by-product. Lactate is carried away by the blood stream to the liver, where it can then be converted back into glucose through the Cori cycle in a process known as gluconeogenesis. Cancer cells produce large amounts lactate, which lowers intracellular pH levels. Oxygen levels are directly related to pH levels, therefore anything that lowers pH levels lowers oxygen availability to the cells, which in turn continues to support anaerobic fermentation metabolism.

Gluconeogenesis and Increased Energy Demands

Glucose created in the liver from excess lactase through the process of gluconeogenesis is then circulated back into the bloodstream where it is made available again to the body’s cells for use. Gluconeogenesis requires much more energy (6 moles of ATP to produce 1 mole of glucose) than normal cellular energy reactions and is therefore much less efficient. The liver gets the required ATP energy through oxidation of amino acids and fatty acids, which may contribute to cancer cachexia weight loss, even when caloric intake is adequate. In addition, the majority of energy used in the process of gluconeogenesis is dissipated as heat, which can contribute to elevated body temperature and sweating. In cancer patients who are experiencing weight loss, a 40% increase in glucose production in the liver has been reported, which can lead to the increased energy expenditure seen during the development of cachexia as the body struggles to meet the cancer cells’ growing metabolic demands.

Cancer cells’ voracious energy requirements divert much needed energy from the rest of the body. Because growing tumor cells must rely solely on anaerobic glucose fermentation for energy, they require almost 40x more glucose than a normal healthy cell requires in the presence of sufficient oxygen. This imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure eventually depletes the body’s energy reserves. Food intake becomes inadequate to the ongoing energy demands, which leads to the vicious cachexia cycle: loss of weight, loss of muscle mass, loss of energy, and loss of appetite.

Hydrazine Sulfate

Hydrazine Sulfate (also known by its trade name Sehydrin) is a dietary supplement available in both pill and liquid form. Hydrazine Sulfate was first proposed as an anticachexia agent based on its inhibition of the gluconeogenic enzyme phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEP CK). In other words, it can inhibit a key enzyme necessary for the production of glucose from lactic acid, thereby potentially short-circuiting the cachexia process. Excess lactic acid that is not being converted to glucose can be excreted by the kidneys.

Tumor energy demands and host energy loss (resulting from cancer-induced excessive gluconeogenesis) are interrelated, therefore Hydrazine Sulfate was proposed as an indirect and non-toxic method for inhibiting tumor growth. A selective block against gluconeogenesis has no effect on glycolysis, which is the process through which normal healthy tissues, in the presence of oxygen, derive a significant portion of their energy supply.

A large-scale nine year study in Russia begun in the 1970s found a 50% subjective anti-cachexia response, 46% anti-tumor response, and the absence of important clinical side effects. In various trials, Hydrazine Sulfate has been shown to improve glucose tolerance, reduce glucose turnover, increase caloric intake, increase or stabilize weight, increase appetite, diminish anorexia, improve performance status, decrease pain, stabilize tumor growth, induce tumor regression, and promote survival.

Side effects have been minimal, are usually mild and transient in nature, and may only appear after prolonged use. Symptoms include nausea, pruritus (itching), dizziness, drowsiness, excitation, polyneuritis (peripheral neuritis), and euphoria (mood improvement).

According to Syracuse Cancer Research Institute, which for the past 20 years has collected reports from thousands of doctors, veterinarians, and individuals using hydrazine sulfate, the following results have been observed: 50% measurable symptomatic improvement, 40% tumor stabilization or regression, 5%-10% long term “complete response,” i.e., survival.

Clinical Trial Controversies

Hydrazine sulfate has been controversial since clinical trials began. According to Dr. Gold, clinical trials performed in accordance with internationally accepted criteria and standards of scientific conduct have been published in several peer-reviewed medical journals and have indicated the efficacy and safety of Hydrazine Sulfate. The only contrary results have been from National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsored trials which, wittingly or unwittingly, used known incompatible medications while testing Hydrazine Sulfate.

Hydrazine Sulfate is a potent monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor that can have potentially deadly interaction with central nervous system depressants such as barbiturates, tranquilizers, and alcohol. It is known that using these incompatible agents together can result in extremely dangerous effects. Yet the NCI, despite being notified of this known clinical hazard, ignored the warnings in their sponsored trials. In a later “retrospective analyses” the NCI stated that even if there were an incompatibility between Hydrazine Sulfate and alcohol, tranquilizers and barbiturates, usage of these substances made no difference anyway to the studies’ outcome.

In an investigation into the incidents, a report titled “NIH Actions Spur Continued Controversy Over Hydrazine Sulfate Therapy” stated that “NCI did not conduct adequate oversight of these trials. It did not take sufficient measures to appropriately address concerns over alleged incompatible agents….The clinical importance of possible interaction between hydrazine sulfate and tranquilizing agents, barbiturates, or alcohol has not been determined and the issue remains unsettled.”

Although Hydrazine Sulfate was shown to be carcinogenic in a study of weanling mice given HS in their drinking water since birth, in over 30 years of use, there are just a handful, if any, cases of cancer in humans reported as a presumed result of Hydrazine Sulfate. and there has only been one presumptive case of fatal Hydrazine Sulfate toxicity. Compare this to routine chemotherapy drugs, which can produce up to 26% of secondary cancers and cause known fatalities.

Hydrazine Sulfate Contraindications

Hydrazine Sulfate is an MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitor and has potential conflicts with certain medications and foods that it is important to be aware of. Central nervous system depressants such as barbiturates, tranquilizers, morphine, antihistamines, and alcohol are incompatible with MAO inhibitors, and if taken together can result in dangerous life-threatening effects.

In addition, a low tyramine diet is necessary. Eating foods high in tyramine while using MAO inhibitors like Hydrazine Sulfate can cause side effects such as high blood pressure, headaches, heart palpitations, nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances, and confusion. Tyramine is found in fermented, aged, and spoiled foods, or foods that have been stored for a prolonged periods, but the tyramine content of food can vary greatly. Reactions to tyramine are dose-dependent, therefore some tyramine-containing foods may not pose as great of a risk if consumed only in very small quantities. When in doubt, though, you should always go without.

Here is a list of foods to avoid: aged wines (chianti, port, sherry), beer, aged cheeses (blue, cheddar, brie, swiss, stilton), overripe fruits, dried fruits (figs, prunes, raisins), all aged, processed cured or pickled meats (bologna, salami, pepperoni, summer sausage), liver, shrimp paste, all soy products (soybeans, soy sauce, tofu, miso, teriyaki), yeast and yeast extract (brewer’s yeast, marmite), bouillon and soup mix, sauerkraut, sourdough.

Contact SCRI

Syracuse Cancer Research Institute (SCRI) was founded by Dr. Joseph Gold in 1966 and for the past 20 years has been collecting feedback from doctors, veterinarians, and individuals who are using Hydrazine Sulphate. SCRI does not sell any products, but they are available by phone to provide serving size recommendations and discuss potential conflicts with foods and medications.

Syracuse Cancer Research Institute (SCRI)
Phone: +1 (315) 472-6616

Research Sources

Attacking Cancer’s Sweet Tooth Is Effective Strategy Against Tumors
Cachexia: Pathophysiology and Clinical Relevance
Cancer Anorexia-Cachexia Syndrome: Current Issues in Research and Management
Cancer Cachexia Demonstrates the Energetic Impact of Gluconeogenesis in Human Metabolism
Cori Cycle on Wikipedia
Experience of the Treatment with Sehydrin (Hydrazine Sulfate, HS) in the Advanced Cancer Patients
Hydrazine Sulfate: A Current Perspective
Hydrazine Sulfate Diet Guidelines
Hydrazine Sulfate Health Topic
Low Tyramine Diet
Mechanisms Producing Anorexia-Cachexia Syndrome in Cancer
Oxygen Levels and pH
Syracuse Cancer Research Institute Hydrazine Sulfate Article
The Truth About HS by Dr. Gold
Understanding Cachexia in Cancer Patients: Symptoms, Importance, and Treatment of Cancer Cachexia

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Ionic vs. Colloidal: When Size Matters

The question of “Which is better, ionic or colloidal?” is frequently asked. Simply put it is a question of size. When it comes to mineral supplements, particle size is pivotal to absorption and utilization.

Minerals are not of much use unless they can be absorbed so that the body’s cells can have access to them. Your body needs minerals to carry out the many body processes necessary for life – processes such as growth, repair, energy, and muscle and nerve function to name a few. Minerals are naturally occurring inorganic solids. Rocks are usually composed of a blend of many minerals bound together in aggregates. These rocks are broken down over time through various processes into mineral-rich soil. But the minerals found in soil are colloidal, meaning that they are not water-soluble and are too large in size to be usable. So how can we access these minerals? We can’t just eat a handful of dirt… but plants can! In nature, plants pull these large inorganic mineral particles from the soil and break them down into a much smaller water-soluble form, transforming them through the process of photosynthesis into a format that can be used to help the plant grow and thrive. Humans (and animals) can then make use of these transformed minerals by eating the mineral-enriched plants.

Modern technology allows us to do what only plants could do in the past. We can take these large inorganic colloidal mineral particles and break them down into extremely small ionic water-soluble particles which can be easily absorbed and assimilated fully by the body’s cells. The term “ionic” is used to describe mineral supplements in a water-soluble format. An ion by definition is a charged particle – meaning that the particle carries either a positive or negative charge that allows it to bond and interact with other charged particles. Unlike colloidal particles, which are merely floating in suspension between water molecules, ionic minerals are actually bonded with water molecules due to their charged nature.

Ionic water-soluble minerals are a very small particle size known as an angstrom. An angstrom is one millionth of a meter, which is about 10,000 times smaller than colloidal particles. This extremely small size gives these supplements a distinct advantage over colloidal minerals, as well as supplements in pill or capsule format. The small particle size, coupled with the ionic charge, allows these minerals to be easily absorbed directly into the body’s cells without the need to be digested. This means that the body can quickly and readily make use of these minerals without first having to wait for them to be broken down into a smaller absorbable form. The small size not only allows these minerals easy entry into cells, but also allows any excess to easily leave the body as well. Colloidal minerals, due to their larger particle size, can actually become trapped in the body and cause toxic buildup if they cannot be flushed from the system, leading to conditions such as kidney stones, bone spurs, and heavy-metal poisoning.

Water soluble liquid ionic minerals are of major benefit to those with reduced digestive or enzymatic function, such as the elderly and those with serious health conditions, because they can be absorbed without the need for digestion. Plus they are easy to swallow, which is a major plus for children, pets, and those with swallowing difficulties.

So, when it comes to mineral supplements, size does matter.

Research Sources

What Are Minerals?
The Great “Liquid vs. Pill” Controversy
Essense of Life Minerals Health Topic

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Do You or Someone You Know Have Cancer?

Cancer can strike anyone. The American Cancer Society estimated that in the US alone 1,685,210 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2016. The cause varies widely – from exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants, to DNA mutations and genetic predisposition, to poor diet and lifestyle choices. Chances are someone you know has been affected by cancer.

This year, more than…10 million people worldwide are expected to be diagnosed with cancer, a disease commonly believed to be preventable. Only 5–10% of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90–95% have their roots in the environment and lifestyle.

Cancer is a Preventable Disease that Requires Major Lifestyle Changes / Anand, P., Kunnumakara, A.B., Sundaram, C. et al.

Are You Searching For Answers?

Where do you start? Which direction do you go? Thoroughly researching your options is never a waste of time. The best plan of action is not the same for everyone. No matter the cause, all cancers have certain key characteristics in common, and arming yourself with this knowledge is the greatest asset to your health and your future.

The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen (oxidation of sugar) in normal body cells by fermentation of sugar.

Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg (The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer)

Cancer does not cause cells to turn anaerobic, but rather it is stabilized anaerobic (without oxygen) metabolism that is the single cause that turns the normal cells that depend on aerobic metabolism into cancer cells. The proposed cure, as an alternative to protocols that focus on killing the cancer cells, is to restart aerobic metabolism.

David W. Gregg, PhD. (Proposed Common Cause and Cure for All Forms of Cancer)

Indeed millions of experiments in man…have shown that cell respiration is impaired if the active groups of the respiratory enzymes are removed from the food; and that cell respiration is repaired at once, if these groups are added again to the food. No way can be imagined that is scientifically better founded to prevent and cure a disease, the prime cause of which is an impaired respiration.

Dr.Otto Heinrich Warburg (The Way to Prevention of Cancer)

Have You Started Conventional Treatments, But Want To Do More?

There is no doubt that chemotherapy and radiation can take a toll on the body – the treatment may be worse than the disease at times. Chemotherapy not only weakens the immune system, leading to increased risk of infections, but it also damages the body’s ability to digest food and extract needed nutrition. Radiation can cause collateral damage such as bone loss, organ damage, secondary cancers. Sometimes the need for action outweighs the risks involved. Other times, a wait and see approach, with regards to these conventional treatments, is better. Either way, there are things that you can do now to improve quality of life while getting back on the road to health.

There is something that every cancer patient should hear from their oncologist when they are first diagnosed…that by making certain dietary changes, they could increase their chances of healing from cancer dramatically, no matter what course of treatment they pursue.

Nancy Elizabeth Shaw (Nutritional Healing from Cancer: The Fundamentals of an Alkaline Diet)

Establishing of a special diet for the cancer patient is suggested. In addition, avoidance of certain foods is recommended to counteract mucus production of cancer cells. Evaluation of the nutrient content of certain diets in regions with low incidence of cancer has advanced the use of certain alkali metals, i.e., rubidium and cesium, as chemotherapeutic agents.

H.E. Sartori (Nutrients and Cancer: Introduction to Cesium Therapy)

Or Maybe You Are Looking For Other Alternatives?

When it comes to alternative cancer options, it is easy to get overwhelmed by too many choices. One thing is certain: if you have not done so already, the single most important thing you can do right now is to change your diet to an alkaline-style diet. Everything we eat affects the health and well-being of our body. Improving our diet can actually improve our health. An alkaline-style diet involves eating more alkaline-rich vegetables and fruits, while eliminating intake of all added sugars and processed foods.

Cancer cells use more glucose (sugar) per unit of time than other cells. Sugar metabolism creates acid, which also supports cancer progression.

Nancy Elizabeth Shaw (Nutritional Healing from Cancer: The Fundamentals of an Alkaline Diet)

The electrons in our food are truly the element of life. It is then fascinating to investigate our food, with regard to this feature.

Dr. Johanna Budwig (Flax Oil as a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer, and Other Diseases

Why Alkaline?

Remember, all cancers have certain key characteristics in common. What are those characteristics? Unlike healthy cells which have a very efficient aerobic (with oxygen) metabolism, cancer cells use anaerobic (without oxygen) metabolism. Anaerobic metabolism relies on the fermentation of glucose (sugar) for fuel, which is a very inefficient process that not only creates an energy drain on the body, but also creates an excess of acidic lactic acid as a waste product. Low oxygen = anaerobic metabolism = glucose fermentation = acidic waste = low pH. An alkaline diet addresses all of these common cancer characteristics.

The nutritional approach stimulates cancer cells to revert from anaerobic back to aerobic metabolism, causing them to revert from cancer cells back to normal cells.

David W. Gregg PhD (Proposed Common Cause and Cure for All Forms of Cancer)

Evaluation of the nutrient content of certain diets in regions with low incidence of cancer has advanced the use of certain alkali metals, i.e., rubidium and cesium, as chemotherapeutic agents. The rationale for this approach, termed the “high pH” therapy, resides in changing the acidic pH range of the cancer cell by cesium (or rubidium) towards weak alkalinity in which the survival of the cancer cell is endangered, and the formation of acidic and toxic materials, normally formed in cancer cells, is neutralized and eliminated.

H. E. Sartori, M.D. (Nutrients and Cancer: An Introduction to Cesium Therapy)

In growing tumours the oxygen concentration is critically low. Mammalian cells need oxygen for the efficient oxidative dissimilation of sugars and fatty acids…In the absence of sufficient oxygen they have to switch to anaerobic dissimilation…Growth of these tumour cells will require about 40 times more glucose than it should require in the presence of sufficient oxygen.

Cancer Cachexia Demonstrates the Energetic Impact of Gluconeogenesis in Human Metabolism / G.P.A. Bongaerts, H.K. van Halteren, C.A.M. Verhagen, D.J.Th. Wagener

Is Diet Enough?

Diet is the #1 most important thing you can get started with right away, but it may not be enough. Why? When it comes to cancer, it is best to approach the problem from multiple angles. The goal is to slow cancer growth while improving immune system function in order to help give your body a fighting chance. One option, High pH Therapy, focuses on using a combination of diet and supplements to alkalize the body, increase oxygen content, and support the immune system, which is the body’s natural defense system. A healthy immune system is better able to help repair and rebuild damaged cells. Your state of mind is very important. There are no guarantees, but with a positive outlook, anything is possible.

Lack of oxygen has long been suspected in carcinogenesis because it leads to an anaerobic metabolism where, essentially, glucose is converted into lactic acid and the pH in the cancer cells becomes acidic. The acidic pH because of lack of O2 may cause breakdown of RNA and DNA and damage the cellular control mechanisms involved. The development of acidic toxins usually will lead to the destruction of cell structures. Therefore, reversing this condition requires adequate oxygenation

H. E. Sartori, M.D. (Nutrients and Cancer: An Introduction to Cesium Therapy)

Mass spectrographic and isotope studies have shown that potassium, rubidium, and especially cesium are most efficiently taken up by cancer cells. Where cell mitosis ceases and the life of the cell is short. Tests on mice fed cesium and rubidium showed marked shrinkage in the tumor masses.

Aubrey Keith Brewer (The High pH Therapy for Cancer Test on Mice on Humans)

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Research Sources

Cesium Chloride Protocol Health Topic
Cancer Health Topic
Alkalizing Through Nutrition: Alkaline and Acidic Food Chart
High pH Therapy Health Topic
pH and the Alkaline Diet
Cancer Researchers
Cancer is a Preventable Disease that Requires Major Lifestyle Changes
Nutrition Information Every Cancer Patient Should Know

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The Importance of Protein for Cancer Patients

Many cancer patients, in an effort to slow cancer growth and improve immune system function, make some very drastic changes to their diet to limit the unhealthy foods they eat. While these diet changes can be very beneficial, extreme restrictions can lead to unwanted side effects.

Protein is something that is essential for life. So much so, that if you do not get enough protein in your diet through the foods that you eat, your body will start breaking down first its own muscle tissue, then its own organ tissue to get the proteins that it needs. Loss of muscle mass can gradually lead to loss of strength, loss of energy, loss of appetite, and loss of will to go on. When cancer is the cause of muscle wasting and loss of appetite, it is called cachexia. But often, those who have placed strict limits on their diet go through a similar wasting that can be reversed if they only increase their protein intake.

Many people want to restrict their intake of red meat in their diet, but there are other sources of protein: organic chicken, wild-caught fish, farm-fresh eggs, raw nuts and seeds, spirulina, pea protein, and hemp protein. Of all of these, hemp protein is the most highly recommended.

Why Hemp Protein

Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious sources of plant-based protein. Hemp is what is known as a complete protein, because hemp seeds contain all 20 known amino acids including the 8 essential amino acids necessary for life. Hemp seeds are one of the few known sources of gamma-linolenic acid, and provide the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 in the ideal 3:1 ratio. No other single plant source has such a concentration of amino acids and essential fatty acids in such an easily digestible form.

Hemp also has important benefits for the immune system. The body needs certain key amino acids in the right amount and combination to create important disease-destroying antibodies. These antibodies are created by the immune system to destroy antigens, which are toxins or other substances such as viruses, bacteria, or diseased tissue that induce an immune system response. Rapid immune system response depends on ready reserves of these crucial antibodies. Hemp seeds provide the right ingredients necessary for immune enhancing gamma globulin antibody production.

Hemp is an excellent source of dietary fiber. Unlike soy proteins, hemp protein does not contain the anti-nutrients which interfere with protein uptake. Because of this, there are no known food allergies to hemp.

The hemp plant is extremely hardy and can be easily grown organically without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or petrochemical fertilizers, making it a naturally healthy alternative to soy and whey proteins.

Hemp Protein Pros:

• vegan
• gluten-free
• kosher
• non-genetically modified
• grown organically
• pesticide-free
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• no saturated fatty acids
• no trans fats
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• non-allergenic
• 3:1 omega-3 to omega-6 ratio
• 20 amino acids
• 8 essential amino acids
• soy-free
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Canadian Hemp

Since 1998, Canada has been a leading source of hemp grown for both seeds and for fiber. Canadian farmers and businesses are interested in the growing business of hemp as it realizes its potential to produce healthy food and environmentally friendly products, including paper, textiles, bio-composites and sustainable building materials. As a fast–growing annual, hemp is a renewable, reusable and recyclable resource. Changing environmental in the world’s business community are helping to turn these green attributes into a valued quality.

The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance is a national organization that promotes Canadian hemp and hemp products globally. Established in 2003 the Alliance represents those involved in Canada’s hemp industry. Members include; farmers, processors, manufacturers, researchers, entrepreneurs and marketers. The key functions of the Alliance are to disseminate information, promote the use of nutritional and industrial hemp and coordinate research.

Canada’s federal hemp regulations help to create quality, safety and accountability. A supportive scientific research community ensures that essential and necessary research continues.

Research Sources

Hemp Protein: Nutrition in a Seed
Benefits of Organic Hemp Protein Powder
Hemp Protein Health Topic
Hemp Seed: The Most Nutritionally Complete Food Source in the World
Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance

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Anemia: Foods that Boost Blood Cells

Where Are Blood Cells Made?

Blood cells are created in bone marrow, the spongy tissue found inside inside the spine, ribs, breastbone, skull, hip, and shoulder bones. Bone marrow contains immature cells called stem cells which can develop into the red blood cells that carry oxygen through your body, the white blood cells that fight infections, and the platelets that help with blood clotting.

How Does Anemia Happen?

Anemia develops when a person does not have enough healthy red blood cells or the hemoglobin they contain. Hemoglobin is the iron-containing protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout the body, and a deficiency of red blood cells causes a lack of oxygen in the organs and cells. Reduced amounts of oxygen can cause symptoms such as tiredness, exhaustion, weakness, dizziness, paleness of skin and nails, heat palpitations, and muscle cramps.

To produce hemoglobin and red blood cells, your body needs iron, vitamin B-12, folate (folic acid), and other nutrients from the foods you eat. Healthy red blood cells have a life of about 120 days before needing to be replaced. If the body’s red blood cells production is impaired, or the cells are being destroyed faster than the body can replace them, anemia develops. There are several types of anemia. Some of the most common are listed below.

1) Iron deficiency anemia
Iron is necessary for the production of hemoglobin, the molecule in the blood that carries oxygen. Iron is absorbed from the food we eat by the cells lining the gastrointestinal tract. Diets without no animal protein can contribute to low iron levels. Iron is stored in the liver, where it is released as needed to make new red blood cells in the bone marrow.

2) Vitamin deficiency anemia
In addition to iron, your body needs folate (folic acid) and vitamin B-12 to produce sufficient numbers of healthy red blood cells. Some people may eat enough B-12, but their bodies aren’t able to process the vitamin. This can lead to vitamin deficiency anemia, also known as pernicious anemia.

3) Diseases that affect red blood cell production
Diseases that affect bone marrow like leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma can affect blood production and cause anemia. In aplastic anemia there is marked reduction or absence of stem cells due to infections, autoimmune diseases or drugs. This decreases the production of red blood cells causing anemia. In hemolytic anemia, there is premature and excessive destruction of red blood cells, and the bone marrow is unable to replace them quickly enough.

What Can You Do?

Dietary changes may help you to keep your hemoglobin and red blood cell levels healthy naturally. Try including the foods listed below in your diet to support healthy blood levels.

A) Eat iron-rich foods:

• Sun-Dried Tomatoes
• Dried Apricots (no sugar added)
• Fresh Parsley
• Spinach (cooked)
• Dried Coconut (unsweetened)
• Swiss Chard
• Kale
• Collard Greens
• Almonds
• Beef and Chicken Liver
• Beef, Turkey, and Duck
• Oysters, Clams, Mussels, Mollusks
• Sardines and Anchovies
• Lima Beans, Pinto Beans, Peas

B) Avoid foods that block iron absorption

• Calcium-rich foods
• Dairy products (milk, cheese)
• Coffee, Tea, Alcohol
• Gluten (wheat)

C) Eat foods that increase iron absorption

• guava
• kiwi
• papaya
• oranges
• strawberries
• grapefruit
• broccoli
• cabbage
• tomatoes
• coriander
• spearmint
• basil
• bay leaf

D) Eat foods that contain vitamins essential for red blood cell production

• Folic Acid is essential for the production of new red blood cells in the body. Some medications can interfere with utilization of folic acid and cause anemia. Sources of folic acid include lentils, dried beans, peas, brussels sprouts, banana, corn, beets, pineapple, peanuts, spinach, green beans, sprouts, chickpeas, and brown rice.

• Vitamin B12 is needed to make new red blood cells in the body. Prolonged use of certain medications may also interfere with absorption of dietary vitamin B12. Milk, green leafy vegetables, meat, eggs, and fish are good sources of vitamin B12.

• Vitamin C can increase the absorption of iron, especially non-heme iron. Vitamin C is rich in citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries, bell peppers, kale, and mustard greens. Increasing uptake of Vitamin C can cause excretion of folic acid from the body.

E) Eat foods that support stem cell function

• Chlorophyll, in the form of sodium copper chlorophyllin, was found to promote the proliferation and differentiation of stem cell function and increased peripheral blood white cell and platelet counts, thereby improving immunoregulatory capacity in one study on mice with aplastic anemia.

Research Sources

Tips to Increase Haemoglobin Levels Naturally
How to Increase Hemoglobin
About Anemia
Anemia Iron Deficiency
Anemia Essense of Life Health Topic
Bone Marrow Diseases
Bone Marrow and the Immune System
Mayo Clinic on Anemia
Foods that Prevent Iron Absorption
Iron Essense of Life Health Topic
Effects of Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin on Mesenchymal Stem Cell Function in Aplastic Anemia Mice
Chlorophyll Essense of Life Health Topic

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Alkaline Water vs. Distilled Water: Which is Best?

What is Alkaline Water?

Alkaline water is water which has been run through an ionizer using a process called electrolysis which separates the alkaline and acidic constituents of water.

What is Distilled Water?

Distilled water is water which has been heated to the boiling point in a distiller. The solid particles in the water are left behind as the water itself is converted into steam, which is then collected and condensed into pure water.

Myth vs. Fact

There are a lot of myths surrounding both distilled water and alkaline water. Here are some common distilled water myths:

Myth: Distilled water is very acidic
Fact: Pure distilled water is actually at a neutral pH of 7.0, and has no solids dissolved in it to act as a buffer. Therefore, adding even a slight amount of an acid (carbon dioxide from the air) or base (alkalizing substances such as baking soda) will easily change the pH of distilled water. In comparison, the pH of non-distilled water, which contains dissolved solids, is much harder to budge.

Myth : Distilled water isn’t healthy because all the minerals have been removed
Fact: Minerals come from the foods we eat, not the water we drink. Plants convert the inorganic minerals found in rocks, soil, and natural water sources into an organic form which can be absorbed and used by the body.

Myth : Distilled water leaches minerals out of your body leading to mineral deficiency
Fact: This is only true if you have an excess accumulation of minerals in your body that are not being used or stored in your bones. If your body has more minerals than it can use and store, it will rid itself of these excess materials through the kidneys. Pure water, because it does not contain any minerals, actually helps the kidneys to function efficiently in their job as the body’s filter by flushing out any excess minerals, keeping them from building up in the body.

But what about alkaline water? Here are some common alkaline water myths:

Myth: Drinking alkaline water can change your body’s pH
Fact: Ultimately it really doesn’t matter if the water you drink is slightly alkaline or slightly acidic because upon entering your stomach, everything you eat and drink mixes with the extremely acidic gastric juices in your stomach. After this mix exits your stomach, then your pancreas releases alkalizing bicarbonate to neutralize the stomach acid. Your body is designed to constantly adjust for optimal pH no matter what you ingest. The hydrochloric acid in your stomach is actually 1 million times more acidic than pure distilled water with a neutral pH. You cannot ingest something alkaline enough to shift this balance without causing yourself harm!

Myth: Alkaline water is good for your health
Fact: The reason your body uses such a strong acid to aid in digestion: it destroys bacteria, fungi and other pathogens found in the foods you eat. If you alter the acidity of the stomach, you encourage infection further along in your system. Those who use antacids such as proton pump inhibitors have a higher risk of bacterial infection in the small intestines. Also, your stomach secretes protein-digesting enzymes that work best in an acidic environment. Poorly-digested proteins can lead to inflammatory responses and allergic reactions. Many digestive problems can actually be relieved by increasing the acid levels in the stomach with supplements such as apple cider vinegar.

But Which is Best?

More important that the alkaline or acidic value of your drinking water is the pollution level and decreasing water quality. Chlorine in public drinking water can control many waterborne diseases, but creates its own set up problems with cancer-causing compounds created as by-products. Fluoride, also commonly added to public drinking water, also has potential serious health risks. In addition, there are thousands industrial, agricultural and pharmaceutical contaminants that can enter the water supply, but many of them are not fully regulated by the EPA. Even after water leaves a treatment plant, it must travel through the distribution pipes that connect to your home tap. Depending on their quality and condition, these pipes can re-contaminate the treated water before it even reaches your home. Even well water can contain contaminants depending on the source of the water and the condition of the well.

Bottom line: water ionizers and alkalizers do not remove contaminants from your drinking water. But steam distilling water does! The distillation process uses evaporation and condensation to separate pure, fresh water from its contaminants. The prolonged boiling process kills virtually all types of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses and parasites. Microorganisms are not evaporated into the product water but remain in the boiling chamber as part of the residue. Additionally, a system with activated carbon filtration and venting is effective in removing volatile organic compounds.

Steam Distilling Water Provides These Benefits

• Kills live microbiological organisms
• Kills cysts and spores
• Removes toxic metals
• Removes petrochemicals
• Removes radioactive metals
• Purifies seawater
• Produces safe drinking water

Research Sources

• Drinking Water Scams Exposed! by Jack A. Barber of Waterwise Purification Systems
• Comparing Different Water Treatment Methods Chart supplied by Waterwise Purification Systems
• Don’t Buy These Seven Alkaline Water Myths by Jack Barber of Waterwise Purification Systems
Don’t Be Duped by Alkaline Water

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Beyond Bananas: 13 Potassium-Rich Foods

Potassium is More than Just Bananas

When looking to add more potassium to your diet, most people think of bananas as being the go-to, high-in-potassium, food source. One banana has about 420 mg of potassium, and is definitely a good source for increasing this important mineral in your diet. But, did you know that there are a wide variety of potassium-rich foods to choose from? Here are 13 foods with more potassium content than the average banana.

• Salmon (4 oz): 425 mg
• Cantaloupe (1 cup): 427 mg
• Pistachios (1.5 oz): 445 mg
• Carrots, raw (2 each): 460 mg
• Kiwi Fruit (2 each): 464 mg
• Coconut Water (8 oz) 488 mg
• Brussel Sprouts, cooked (1 cup): 495 mg
• Figs, dried (4 each): 516 mg
• Beets, cooked (1 cup): 519 mg
• Butternut, cooked (1 cup): 580 mg
• Lima Beans (1 cup): 700 mg
• Swiss Chard, cooked (1 cup): 960 mg
• Avocado (1 each): 975 mg

Research Sources

Essense of Life Potassium Health Topic
Is There Fructose in Coconut Water
Foods With More Potassium Than a Banana

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Your Skin and the Sun

UVA vs UVB: Harmful vs Healthful

Sunlight consists of two types of ultraviolet rays: UVA and UVB. Of these two, UVA rays are the most harmful, penetrating deep into the dermis layer of the skin. UVA rays can pass through window glass, meaning that exposure can happen even while you are indoors or in your car. UVA damages collagen fibers in the skin, and destroys vitamin A and D, causing signs of premature aging such as wrinkling and age spots. UVA is thought to be primarily responsible for melanoma skin cancer.

UVB rays do not penetrate as deeply into the skin as UVA rays and are easily blocked. UVB rays are actually an important source of vitamin D, which is generated in the skin at a rate of up to 1,000 IUs per minute during sunlight exposure. Avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreens can lead to a vitamin D deficiency. Low levels of vitamin D are a major risk factor for melanoma as well as other health issues. Healthy sun exposure can even improve some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and depression. On the other hand, too much UVB exposure can lead to sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer.

Skin Defense

Our skin is divided into three main layers: the subcutaneous layer, which is deepest layer, the dermis, which is the middle collagen-filled layer, and the epidermis, which is the topmost visible layer. Above the epidermis is a very thin layer of skin called the stratum corneum, which is the skin’s main barrier, preventing chemicals that come in contact with the skin from absorbing into the body, and keeping water in the body from leaching out. The stratum corneum contains very high levels of ceramides, which are important to skin health, integrity, and immune function.

Every time that our skin is exposed to sunlight, the UV radiation causes microscopic photo-damage. This damage has a cumulative effect on the skin, adding up as we get older and contributing greatly to the aging process. Wrinkles and other signs of skin damage and aging are a result of collagen damage, causing upper layers of skin tissue to collapse.

Tanning is the skin’s own built in defense against UV over exposure. When the skin detects UV radiation, it prompts the release of the brown pigment melanin, which absorbs the radiation and dissipates the energy as heat, preventing the DNA damage that is responsible for the formation of malignant melanoma and other skin cancers. Full sunscreen coverage can actually block certain wavelengths of light that trigger this natural body defense. Therefore, appropriate sun exposure can actually help prevent skin cancer.

Sun Protection Options

Always avoid intense or prolonged solar exposure whenever possible. Use additional protection such as hat, clothing, shade, and sunblock for times when you can’t avoid this. Overexposure to the sun causes erythema (redness), which is an indicator that damage has exceeded the body’s ability to repair.

When using sunscreen, it is important to choose that provides protection from both UVB and UVA radiation. Avoid sunscreens with harsh chemical ingredients which can be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. There are actually several natural substances that provide UV protective properties when used regularly before sun exposure. Sage extract, green tea extract, and melatonin, for example, are all powerful natural antioxidants that protect the skin from damage associated with UV overexposure (sunburn, DNA damage, hydroxyl formation, ROS formation, and ceramide bundle destruction), while enhancing the skin’s production of natural vitamin D3 and melanin (tanning pigment), and activating the skin’s own repair mechanisms.

Natural UV Protection

Sage extract enhances the skin’s natural defense system through its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. In addition, sage extract stimulates ceramide and collagen production in the skin, improving skin resilience and giving skin a firmer texture. In one scientific study, compounds found in high levels in the leaves of sage displayed antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in vitro, significantly reducing ultraviolet-induced erythema (redness) to a similar extent as hydrocortisone.

Green tea extract antioxidants have substantial free radical scavenging activity and have been shown to protect healthy cells from UV-induced oxidative damage such as erythema, premature aging, and skin cancer. Also significant is green tea extract’s ability to inhibit telomerase activity, which reduces the proliferative potential of cancer cells. In studies, green tea polyphenols have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and they have been shown to have a protective role against a variety of cancers, including skin cancer. Green tea polyphenols have protective effects against the UV-induced sunburn response, UV-induced immunosuppression, and photoaging of skin and have been shown to reduce the number of sunburn cells, inhibit tumor angiogenesis, decrease oxidative stress, increase DNA-repair ability, and increase apoptosis of photo-damaged cells.

Melatonin is a potent inhibitor of hydroxyl radicals, the most harmful of the free radicals. Sunlight exposure generates these hydroxyl radicals, which degrade lipids in the skin, resulting in cell membrane damage. When applied topically, melatonin accumulates in the stratum corneum, the skin’s outermost layer, providing extended release protection.

Research Sources

Essense of Life UV and Anti-Aging Health Topic
Melatonin As a Major Skin Protectant
Melatonin’s Protective Effect Against UV Radiation
Suncream May Interfere with Skin’s Natural Defense to UV Light
Green Tea Prevents Skin Cancer by Two Mechanisms
Sun Can Actually Help Protect You from Skin Cancer
Sage Extract Rich in Phenolic Diterpenes Inhibits UV-Induced Erythema

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