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Specific Systems of Treatment

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Hartwell decided to investigate the mayapple and found that it actually retarded the growth of ma- lignancies. Now called VM–26, it has been found to be effective in the treatment of brain cancer in some cases. But, if the mayapple treatment were combined with a much broader change in one’s way of life, it would be far more successful (Ameri- can Cancer Society, “Plants that Cause and Cure Cance ,” Cancer News, Fall 1975).

The information we have available does not state which part of the plant was used for treating cancer. Note: Herbarium manuals cite the may- apple as being poisonous.

Cat’s claw—This is an herb which enhances immune function and has anti-tumor properties.

Autumn crocus—The autumn crocus was rec- ommended as a cancer remedy by Dioscorides, the famous Greco-Roman physician and botanist. More recently, it was found to contain a chemical useful in the treatment of chronic granulocytic leu- kemia (M. Kreig, Green Medicine, 1964).

Garlic and Ginseng—Both of these substances have given some indication of anti-cancer activity, according to studies at Brown University in Rhode Island (Brown University News Service, “One of the Oldest Remedies May Help Assist Cancer Fight,” February 10, 1976).

Maytansine—A shrub found in East Africa con- tains this chemical which the NCI declares to be a possible anti-cancer agent. Natives used the plant for centuries to treat tumors (American Cancer Society, “Plants that Cause and Cure Cance ,” Cancer News, Fall 1975).

Periwinkle—This small plant, native to Mada- gascar, is said to have remarkable healing quali- ties.

Kombucha—A tea made from this herb has energizing and immune-boosting properties, and may be valuable in fighting cancer.

Taxol—Derived from the Pacific yew tree, taxol is said to be a useful cancer remedy. As with many other substances, it should be combined with nu- tritional and other changes in order to be espe- cially effective.

DMSO—Dimethyl sulfoxide is a hormone which, used alone or in combination with other therapies, is used to treat certain forms of cancer. But, as the reader may know, hormones are not always the safest thing to use.

DHEA—The hormone dehydroepiandro- sterone is believed to help prevent cancer by block- ing an enzyme that promotes cancer cell growth.

This is the most abundant hormone found in the bloodstream, and is produced by the adrenal glands. It is produced abundantly in youth, and begins declining at age 25. At age 80, people have about 10-20% of the DHEA they had at 20. Most of the DHEA you can buy (nonprescription- strength pills and capsules) is extracted from wild yams. High doses of DHEA may suppress the body’s natural ability to synthesize the hormone, and high doses given to animals can produce liver damage. When taking DHEA, be sure and take the antioxidants: vitamins C and E, and selenium.

Fu Zheng therapy—This treatment, used ex- tensively in China, is based on the use of ginseng and astragalus, along with other herbs. It was reported that life expectancy doubled for patients, and they experienced healing of rapidly advancing cancers when Chinese herbs were added to their remedial program (U.S. Congress, Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, June 24, 1993, 65).

Poly-ZYM-023—These are enzymes which are said to break down the protective shield around the tumor. They can be ordered from a health-food store, which will obtain them from General Re- search Laboratories, in El Segundo, California.

Biological Theory of Ionization—Carey A. Reams was a research chemist who devised a sys- tem of sputum and urine testing with chemicals, which an experienced reader of the five numbers produced; these could reveal a great variety of things about the body. Various foods would then be prescribed in order to bring the body into har- mony with “the numbers.”

Unfortunately, we have here an example of trusting a theory more than common sense. Al- though the Reams program may help individuals in a variety of ways (it is especially good at getting people to drink more water), it is myopic about those numbers. He recommended drinking alco- hol as ways to “correct the numbers.”

Following Dr. Reams’ death in the late 1980s, one of the leading practitioners of the program listed 32 “food fallacies” in his Reams instruction manual. These are “errors” which people cling to, because they follow standards and principles in- stead of “going by the numbers.” According to Reams theory, he stated, almost any kind of junk food can be eaten.

The reader is told that, because they gener- ally do not disagree with the numbers, it is all right to eat white sugar, white flour, white fat such as Crisco, fried foods, butter, margarine, milk, car- bonated beverages, coffee, alcohol, cooked food, preservatives, microwaved food, food cooked in

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