Alternative Cancer Remedies
PABA (PARA-AMINOBENZOIC ACID)
Para-aminobenzoic Acid is another of the B com- plex family of vitamins. It has been found that placing it on the skin before going out in the sun is an excellent way to provide a safe sunscreen, to shield the skin from ultraviolet rays which could lead to skin cancer.
A Harvard team of researchers, reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine (June 26, 1969), showed that PABA in a solution of ethyl alcohol is the most effective sunscreen available. A single application can protect a person for 24 hours. No commercial prod- uct was found to provide as good protection.
It actually enters into a safe chemical reaction with the skin, even after bathing or swimming. It is also invisible, odorless, and colorless. While it does not pre- vent burning, it aids tanning. But it can stain bathing suits. Test results on animals revealed that it afforded virtually complete protection against sun-induced skin cancer.
Choline is another B vitamin. Among other quali- ties of this important vitamin, choline inhibits cancer growth in animals. In a paper published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science entitled, “Carcino- genic effects associated with diets deficient in choline and related nutrients,” R.W. Engel and others reported on dietary experiments with rats. In one trial, 14 out of 18 rats developed cancers on the choline-deficient diet while none who received a supplement of 0.2 percent developed such tumors.
D.H. Copeland and W.D. Salmon reported, in the American Journal of Pathology for September 1946, on a test diet given to rats for 16 months. It consisted of peanut meal, casein, sucrose, lard and salt, plus vitamins A and E, calcium, and vitamins of the B com- plex—with the exception of choline. Nineteen of the rats, selected as controls, were fed the same diet, plus the choline.
Fourteen of the rats who received no choline died from choline deficiency early in the experiment. After several months of reasonably good health, the others began having serious problems. Included were serious liver damage and tumors. Thirty percent of the rats who survived longer than eight months had symptoms of adenocarcinoma, a certain type of cancer. When their lungs were examined, those eight-month-or-longer rats showed definite evidence of lung cancer. Three of the rats developed growths next to the spine, which caused paralysis. In addition, the authors explained that the accumulation of fat in the livers of the animals and the behavior of the cells generally was much the same as that in animals who develop cancer as the result of being exposed to a cancer-producing substance. But no such substance was used in the experiment. The rats developed the cancerous growths simply because one B vitamin was lacking in their diet: choline. They found that 58 percent of the animals without choline developed tumors. Of the control group, who received ample amount of choline, none showed any evidence of disease.
In the September 7, 1947, edition of the New York
Academy of Science, a number of researchers to re- ported a similar research project, using choline, with similar results.
Test animals fed a diet deficient in biotin (another B vitamin) are particularly susceptible to heart abnor- malities and lung infections. If cancers are transplanted, they grow rapidly in biotin-deficient diets. (But note that the cancers had to be transplanted into the ani- mals first; all the other anti-cancer vitamins were be- ing fed to the animals, such as A, C, E, and the rest of the B complex.)
SUMMARY OF VITAMIN FINDINGS
Researchers will especially want to focus attention on the effect of vitamin deficiency in relation to cancer.
In addition to the oxidation-enzymes, the vitamins would appear to have significant part in the origin of cancer. As mentioned earlier, vitamins A, C, and E are very important oxidation vitamins. (Vitamin B1, thia- mine) is also involved in producing this antioxidant effect in the body, so it is needed in order to make the other three more effective.) Cancer cells lack vitamins C, B, and A. Cancerous and even precancerous organ- isms have a remarkable deficiency in them. Through a continued deficiency of vitamin A, an idleness in vita- min C supply occurs. The body cannot absorb enough, and C is not replaced as rapidly as it ought to be. Hence, with an A deficiency, there will always be a C deficiency. Yet the presence of vitamin C is of utmost importance in the entire oxidation process that takes place in the cells. In addition, vitamin A is also important—be- cause it brings about the decomposition of certain fatty acids. It has been suggested that, through a deficiency in vitamin A, the increase of these fatty acids in cancer cells can be explained.
It has been said that vitamins C, E, and riboflavin (B2) are the vitamins most deficient in the average American diet. It would be well if research was done on vitamins A, C, and E at the same time! Surely, this would uncover valuable facts. Arthur Sakamoto, M.D., and several colleagues, in their private practices, found that vitamin supplementation in 23 patients treated for cancer yielded favorable responses in 75 percent of the cases. They reported that supplemental vitamins C and E inhibited tumor spreading at the First Interna- tional Conference on the Modulation and Mediation of Cancer by Vitamins, held in February 1982.
There are other nutritional factors, as well as gen- eral lifestyle principles which should be considered. There is a wealth of folk culture discoveries in regard to lifestyle factors which prevent cancer and help fight it when it strikes.
Here is a brief survey of some of the findings of common folk. It is not complete, but will afford you an idea of what is involved. These are principles worked out in the process of preventing and overcoming can- cer.