Raw food treatment for cancer
compiled by copyright © 2004 Healing Cancer Naturally from "Tutorial For Alternative Treatments For Cancer" formerly published at www.cancertutor.com/altertreatments.html (you may find the newest and complete version of this article by searching cancertutor.com). For more on raw foods incl. some qualifications/caveats, see The importance of living raw foods for health.
For relevant cancer cure testimonials see e.g. Cancer healing testimonies through raw food & freshly-extracted vegetable juices.
Cancer Cell Killing Nutrients in Vegetables and Fruits
Raw foods build the immune system, but many fruits and vegetables also have nutrients that kill cancer cells and/or stop the spread of cancer. While the term "raw food" means food eaten without cooking, in the context of a cancer diet, a "raw food" diet is a vegan type of diet, where the vast majority of fruits and vegetables that are consumed are known to kill cancer cells, directly or indirectly. In other words, to fight cancer, do not use a random selection of uncooked vegetables and fruits, but a very selective subset of vegetables and fruits specifically selected to treat cancer because there are food diets perfectly capable of curing cancer. All you need is a juicer and perhaps a food processor.
A few of the cancer cell killing nutrients (direct or indirect) in vegetables and fruits:
- Raw carrots (alpha carotene, beta carotene, Vitamin E, etc.)
- Raw broccoli (sulforaphanes/isothiocyanate)
- Raw cabbage (isothiocyanates). Compare Brassica vegetables and cancer risk, “Brassica family prevents pre- cancerous cells turning into potentially deadly cancer cells”, and Broccoli (Sprouts or Extract) May Halt Growth of Breast Cancer Cells.
- Green asparagus (saponins). Compare Asparagus: recoveries and remissions
- Raw pineapple (bromelain and peroxidase)
- Whole purple grapes with seeds and skins (ellagic acid, catechin, quercetin, oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) or procyanidolic oligomers (PCO), originally called pycnogenol (seeds), resveratrol (skin coloring of purple grapes), pterostilbene, selenium, lycopene, lutein, laetrile (amygdalin or Vitamin B17) (seeds), beta-carotene, caffeic acid and/or ferulic acid (together they kill cancer cells), gallic acid. See ”Grape Cancer Cure” and Research studies: anti-cancer effect of resveratrol, pterostilbene and grapeseed.
- Apricot seeds (laetrile) Strawberries, red raspberies, black raspberries (laetrile and ellagic acid). See History of Alternative Cancer Treatments: Laetrile
- Blueberries (ellagic acid, anthrocyanins, OPC)
- Beetroot (proanthocyanidins (PAC's or OPC's)
- Turmeric (a spice) (curcumin). See Ginger & turmeric fight cancer.
It should be added that there are thousands of phytonutrients (i.e. nutrients from plants that are not otherwise categorized) that have not yet been isolated and studied. In other words, there may be hundreds of phytonutrients that kill cancer cells, but have not yet been identified and tested.
Compare Organic Food, particularly ”Flavonoids”.
Juicing Vegetables and Fruits
Juicing makes the nutrients in a fruit or vegetable more digestible, meaning more of the nutrients are extracted from the vegetables or fruits. Also, you can consume a lot more vegetables (particularly vegetables and fruits with cancer killing nutrients) in a shorter amount of time and with a lot less effort. Juicing is an excellent way to consume your fruits and vegetables. The bad thing about juicing is that the nutrients are not extracted sufficiently from the seeds or skins of some key vegetables and fruits. If you are eating a food where the seeds and/or skins contain key cancer fighting nutrients (e.g. purple grapes), you should not use a juicer for these foods, but rather a food processor or a hand grinder, to grind the seeds and skins to make mush.
Compare Best Juicer for Cancer Patients.
Details About Individual Vegetables and Fruits
Use fruit and vegetables for juicing that have the best cancer-killing nutrients. Probably 80% or above of the vegetable or fruit juice should come from these fruits and vegetables.
RAW fruits you should focus on are: Purple grapes (with skins and seeds), red raspberries, black raspberries, strawberries, and other non-citrus fruits, with their seeds, especially apples, peaches and apricots. Actually, any fruit with dark blue or dark purple coloring is acceptable, such as blueberries. Raw pineapple is especially good. Tomatoes also have cancer fighting nutrients.
RAW vegetables you should focus on are: Carrots (between 1/2 quart and 1 quart daily, depending on your weight and severity of cancer), cabbage (between 1 head and 2 heads daily), green asparagus, broccoli, red beets, beetroot, cauliflower and related vegetables. Peppers also have cancer fighting substances. The spice turmeric can be added as well.
Carrots, like virtually all vegetables, have hundreds, if not thousands, of phytonutrients that have not yet been identified or tested for cancer-fighting abilities. It may be that we do not yet know the best cancer-fighting nutrient in carrots, but based on many testimonials and some books, carrots may be the best cancer-fighting vegetable of all. "In a review of 206 human studies, carrots consistently emerged as one of the top cancer-fighting foods. The power of carrots lies in the group of pigments called carotenoids (beta-carotene is among this group), which give them their orange color."
”A long-time and highly reliable friend of mine told me about her friend's father, who completely cured his throat cancer with carrot juice. In other words, he ate nothing and drank nothing but carrot juice and natural water. Closer to home, I have seen a clear pattern in the people I have interviewed, and testimonials that I have read, that carrot juice was the core element of their raw food diet. While the day may come that some other vegetable, such as beetroots, may be shown to be even better, until that day comes it would be advisable to make sure that carrots are the core of your vegetable juice.”
A word of warning. In reading the testimonials of people who have been on these diets, the diets were not successful until they went on a total, 100% raw food diet. As long as the raw food diet was less than 100%, nothing worked. This does not preclude mixing a raw food diet with other cancer diets, what it precludes is mixing a raw food diet with items not on the "Ten Commandments" list (https://web.archive.org/web/20131216214421/http://www.cancertutor.com/Other/RuleOfThumb.html). Going on the "Ten Commandments" diet will take care of this problem automatically.
If you use peaches or apricots, break open the hard shell in the middle and extract the seed, which looks like an almond. Save this seed and put it in your food processor or simply eat it, even if you are on a juice only week.
Exercise is critical to these diets, partly because these diets don't have the transport agents. Also, since you are building your immune system, exercise will help the lymph system and the circulatory system.
Compare Detoxification: Activate your lymphatic system and On cancer prevention and exercise: scientific research studies into protective effects of physical activity & training on cancer incidence, risk & mortality.
A Raw Food diet does kill cancer cells, but it primarily works by building the immune system. It is a superb treatment for someone with several months to live, particularly if they have not been on chemotherapy, but for those given a shorter time to live by doctor’s diagnosis it should be supplemented with a treatment that primarily kills cancer cells without the immune system.
- Cancer healing testimonies through raw food & freshly-extracted vegetable juices
- The importance of living raw foods for health - a short introduction