Specific Systems of Treatment
cer. 4. Burdock root. Neutralizes and elimi- nates toxins.
5. Echinacea root. Natural herbal anti- toxin.
6. Goldenseal root. Kills poisons; equal- izes circulation.
7. Comfrey leaves. Relieves pain; estab- lishes normal conditions.
8. Ginseng root. Stimulates vital cell pro- cesses. B. OTHER INGREDIENTS
Poke, Parsley, Blue violet leaves, Lico- rice, Dandelion root, Cayenne, Prickley ash, Garlic, Cleavers, Gotu kola, Periwinkle, Sassafras, Agrimony, Ground ivy.
mor proliferation will rapidly increase. There- fore do not stop taking it!
An epidemiologist, Raymond Shamberger, listed cancer rates in the states and major cities of America. Then he listed them again, according to the amount of selenium available in the diet. The two matched inversely. The more selenium in the diet, the lower the levels of cancer (Ar- chives of Environmental Health, 31:231-35, 1976).
In another study, this one of W.C. Willet, the serum selenium levels and risk of cancer, of over 10,000 men and women, were evaluated. Those with the lowest selenium levels had twice the risk of developing cancer (Lancet, 2(8342):130-33, 1983).
Keep in mind that Montagna, like many oth- ers, remained with a single treatment; in this case an herbal mixture. If broad changes were also made in nutrition and living, much more could be accomplished by his program. The need to cleanse the body of the broken-down cancer tissue would be crucial to pain relief and healing.
GERHARD N. SCHRAUZER, Ph.D., 1976
Note to researchers: What is the exact nature of the means whereby selenium protects a person against cancer? How can it be better utilized by the medical profession in treating in situ malignancies?
Working Summary: Notice that selenium is effective only as a cancer preventive. It is an important nutrient.
Selenium, an essential trace mineral, is a recently discovered anti-cancer agent. When a tiny amount (1-4 ppm) is added to the diet of lab animals, it protects against a wide variety of carcinogens. Many studies have also been made of the ability of selenium to protect people from toxic, cancer-causing substances.
For a number of years in the 1970s, Dr. Schrauzer studied the relationship of selenium to human cancers. As reported in a number of pro- fessional journals, he repeatedly found that it was highly effective as a cancer-preventive agent.
As a result of his research, Schrauzer was able to show that, for maximum protection, selenium should be given to a person from his earliest years. This is because even small children are now contracting cancer—and selenium only pro- tects against cancer before the malignancy gains a foothold in the body! But, if given all along, if a tumor begins, the selenium, if continually given, will retard tumor development.
Selenium is a non-accumulating trace mineral; and other research by Schrauzer revealed that, if in mid-life the selenium intake is stopped, tu-
Similar research of the 24 regions of China were done, with approximately the same results.
It should be noted here that glutathione per- oxidase is one of the most important antioxi- dant enzymes in our immune system. This en- zyme protects the body against the destructive effects of hydroxyl free radicals,—yet gluta- thione peroxidase is selenium dependent. If there is a lack of that vital trace mineral in the tissues, this crucial enzyme will not be produced. This enzyme is also an important anti-cancer fac- tor.
It should also be mentioned that selenium and selenium-containing compounds tend to bind with heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, etc.) and carry them out of the body. Research studies reveal that exposure to even low levels of those metals can seriously deplete selenium and eliminate its anti-cancer power.
What would be the proper dosage amounts for selenium?
One study in China reported that a daily dose of 500 mcg of selenium over a period of several years is safe for healthy adults. Higher dosages for normal people could be toxic, but are neces- sary in the treatment of cancer.
Schrauzer reported that dosages of 2,000 to 5,000 mcg per day will produce toxic symptoms after several months. Yet, since these symptoms (nausea, weakness, and discoloration of the fin- gernails) are hardly ever overlooked, no instances of fatalities resulting from excess selenium have ever been reported.
Robert C. Donaldson was a St. Louis oncolo- gist who decided to carry out research into the dosage amounts for selenium. In doing so, he made an important discovery: In most of his patients, the giving of normal doses of selenium (the amount healthy people should take as mainte- nance doses) did not produce much of an in-