Principals of Cancer

What Are the Main Causes of Cancer?


Research shows that there are basically seven main causes of cancer. Knowing this will greatly enhance a person’s chances of survival.

Cause No 1 – Weak Immune System
Usually caused by a severe negative emotional shock (death in the family, divorce, family problems, financial setbacks, etc.) overworked and run down over an extended period of time, lack of rest, and improper nutrition that reinforces the immune system.

Cause No 2 – Toxins
Such as dangerous chemicals (in the workplace, home or garden), microbes, parasites and fungus, etc.

Cause No 3 – Improper Diet
An regular consumption of refined sugar and refined oils, such as in fizzy (soft) drinks, chips (crisps), store bought pastries, deep fried foods (French fries, donuts), prepared meats (hot dogs, sausages, bacon, ham) fast foods, food additives, etc

Cause No 4 – Oxygen Deprivation
Trans fats (margarine, refined vegetable oils) use in deep fried foods and processed foods (mayonnaise, refined vegetable oils) actually suffocate the cells when ingested depriving the body of life giving oxygen.

Cause No 5 – Acidic Body
Our body is a little chemical factory that works hard to keeps us healthy. But in order to do that we need a neutral PH Balance (7.4). Cancer thrives on a acidic and low oxygen environment. Research has proven that terminal cancer patients have an acidity level of 1.000 times more than normal healthy people.

Cause No 6 – Unresolved Emotional Problems
When you have unresolved emotional problems (death in the family, divorce, family problems, financial setbacks, etc.) than that will translate itself in several ailments. One of them is Cancer.

Cause No 7 – Vitamin D Deficiency
Nowadays people are scared of using the most important source of Vitamin D. Sunshine!
But it helps our body in more ways that most of us know, especially when dealing with cancer.
Most people are told that the sun is a cause of cancer, but there’s almost no evidence at all to support it. Instead there is plenty of evidence that appropriate sun exposure actually helps prevent skin cancer.
Skin cancer has been found to decrease with greater sun exposure and can be increased by sunscreens.

It may be a combination of all of these “causes” or one in particular that a cancer patient can pinpoint as their main reason for having cancer.

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 9 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

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Monitor the effects of treatment

Some tumours have tumour markers. The one best known is prostate specific antigen (PSA) for prostate cancer. But many tumours have similar markers which are very useful to monitor how effective treatment has been.

Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 8 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Exercise

This is helpful because it helps to reduce blood sugar levels (and so reduce insulin levels – see above) as well as causing one to sweat so getting rid of xenobiotic toxins through sweat. Indeed this is probably part of the mechanism by which exercise protects one from getting cancer (see above). The key point about sweating is that it gets rid of the good things as well as the bad things. So rehydrate using a mix of all minerals not just “electrolytes” (which contains just sodium and potassium chloride).

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 7 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Thyroid Function

It is the thyroid gland that dictates the activity of the immune system. The immune system is responsible for cancer surveillance and an idle immune system will not do this effectively. An under active thyroid is a risk factor for cancer. To measure this one needs to measure blood levels of free T4, free T3 and TSH.

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 4 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Improve Antioxidant Status

Most cancers are probably initiated by free radicals. These are highly reactive molecules with an unpaired electron so they “stick” readily to almost anything and in doing so cause damage. Free radicals are inevitably produced as part of energy production and can be used by the immune system to kill bacteria and viruses. However too many are damaging and the body has a series of “antioxidants” which mop up the free radicals to prevent excessive damage. Low levels of superoxide dismutase (made from copper, manganese and zinc) and glutathione peroxidase (from selenium) are major risk factors for cancer. There are many natural antioxidants in foods, hence the standard advice to eat 5 portions a day of vegetables and fruit.

It is very common to find extremely poor antioxidant status in cancer patients, partly because having poor antioxidant status is a major risk factor for developing cancer in the first place, secondly because the three main therapies used to treat cancer, namely surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy produce increased load of free radicals. Indeed the mechanism by which radiotherapy and chemotherapy kill cancer cells are through the production of excessive free radicals. This is one of the ironies of these two treatments – they can create cancers as well cure them. But all these excessive free radicals further depletes anti-oxidants.

So improving antioxidant status not only greatly reduces one’s chances of further tumours, but also greatly protects against the malign side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. At one stage there was concern that improving antioxidant status would block the beneficial effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but there is no evidence that this is indeed the case.
The three important frontline antioxidants, which in my view should be measured in every case are superoxide dismutase, co-enzyme Q10 and glutathione peroxidase. These are present in microgram amounts, they will mop excess electrons and pass them back to a second line of antioxidants such as vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin E, some of the B vitamins, lipoic acid, melatonin and many other such natural molecules, which then re-cycle the electron back to the ultimate repository of electrons, which is ascorbic acid. This makes vitamin C, of course, doubly important in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Vitamin D merits a special mention. Vitamin D is highly protective against cancer. The best source is sunshine – not so much that you burn (which causes free radical damage to skin) but enough to make you tan. When there is no sunshine take cholecalciferol at least 2,000 (two thousand) international units and up to 5,000iu daily (at this level of treatment there are no adverse effects on calcium levels),. or use tanning tables regularly – but do not burn! There is a clear relationship between sunshine exposure and risk of cancer, i.e. the more sunshine you can get without actually burning, the more you are protected from getting cancer.

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 2 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Starve out the cancer cells

Cancers are evolutionarily primitive cells and can only survive on glucose. In this respect they are very much like yeast and rely entirely on anaerobic metabolism. Glucose is fermented in the absence of oxygen to produce energy. This is very inefficient and produces lactic acid. Indeed, this inefficient burning of glucose probably explains the cancer cachexia (weight loss) seen in advanced cases.

My guess is that a fermenting gut is also a risk factor for cancer because of production of endogenous toxins.
Normally animal and of course human cells get the vast majority of their energy from mitochondria. This is extremely efficient, mitochondria can use not just glucose, but also energy from fat and protein. All these uses require oxygen. The reason it is important to understand this is because mitochondria control cell division. If mitochondria are switched off, this control is lost and the cell turns into a cancerous cell. Indeed this may well be part of the mechanism by which cancer begins.
The difference between a cancer cell and a normal cell, therefore, is how it gets its energy. By substantially reducing sugar supply, one starves out the cancer cell. In this event, cancer cells up-grade the mechanism by which they absorb sugar, which is the same mechanism by which they absorb vitamin C and vitamin C is extremely toxic to cancer cells. So the first two key interventions are:

1. Low Glycaemic Index Diet. Cancers are evolutionary primitive cells and can only survive on glucose. Therefore their growth is encouraged by a high carbohydrate diet because all carbohydrates are broken down into monosaccharides such as glucose. Eat a low glycaemic index diet based on meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and vegetables. Foods such as grains, root vegetables, fruits and sugars are all high GI food and should be avoided. By doing this one starves the cancer cells of their fuel and slow their growth. Normal healthy cells can work very well on long and short chain fatty acids and protein, sugar is not essential for mitochondria to work well.

2. High Dose Vitamin C. When cancer cells run short of a glucose supply, they upgrade the mechanism by which glucose is absorbed into the cells. This same absorption mechanism also absorbs vitamin C. Vitamin C is highly toxic to cancer cells. Take vitamin C to bowel tolerance. The cheapest source is ascorbic acid, but if this is not tolerated then magnesium ascorbate can be used instead. All drinks and meals should be supplemented with one or two grams of vitamin C to get the total daily dose up to at least ten grams and ideally twenty or more grams a day. Because vitamin C has such a short half life in the blood, it needs to be given in lots of small doses throughout the day. Too much vitamin C causes loose bowel motion and if these doses are not tolerated then it might be worth considering injectable intravenous vitamin C. Humans, guinea pigs and fruit bats are the only mammals which cannot make their own vitamin C – they have to eat it. If one extrapolated from other mammals what our “normal” daily dose should be one would get to about 4 grams daily.

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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment part 1 by Dr. Sarah Myhill


I do not pretend to be a cancer expert, but I know of some fundamental principles which apply across the board and are relevant to the prevention and treatment of virtually all cancers.

Once a diagnosis of cancer has been given, this means that there will be trillions of cancer cells already established. For a tumour to be visible on a scan, there must be between a thousand million and a million million cells present. Anything that can be done to reduce this total load is going to be helpful. The standard conventional approach to cancer, i.e. surgery, radiotherapy, and possibly chemotherapy undoubtably has its place. The problem is targeting treatment so that as much of the tumour is killed as possible with normal cells spared. In practice this is a very difficult balancing act.

However, there are other things that can be done over and above this which not only make these treatments more effective, but greatly reduce side-effects from such therapies. In my experience and evidence from a large body of medical literature, these interventions very much improve chances of survival.

You may ask yourself why these additional therapies are not routinely available within the NHS. The answer is that the NHS is overwhelmed with cancer and is struggling to provide the three basic frontline modalities of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. It simply does not have the capacity to do the rest. This is up to you, the patient.

The idea of this handout is to equip individuals with all the information they need in order to help themselves. There are marker tests which can be extremely helpful and give us an idea of which therapies are appropriate and how successful they are and these can be extremely helpful in monitoring treatment and progress.

The Underlying Biochemical Principles of Treatment

The fundamental principles behind these extra therapies are as follows:

  1. starve the cancer of its food supply;
  2. get rid of growth promoters;
  3. ensure excellent nutritional status with vitamins and minerals (to allow healing and repair);
  4. improve antioxidant status (to mop up free radicals created by the cancer treatments and limit side effects);
  5. sleep well (when healing and repair take place);
  6. do a good detox regime (to get rid of exogenous tumour initiators and growth promoters);
  7. check thyroid function (underactive thyroid is a major risk factor for cancer);
  8. exercise;
  9. use natural anticancer substances as suggested by appropriate tests;
  10. alkalinisation has been described as the poor man’s cancer treatment. Western diets are a major risk factor for cancer and most people eating Western diets have a tendency to acidosis. See Acid-Alkali balance.
  11. monitor the effects of treatment.
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Cancer – the principles of prevention and treatment Part 3 by Dr. Sarah Myhill

Get Rid of Growth Promoters

Growth promoters occur in Western cultures in at least four ways that I know about.
1. Dairy products. Dairy products are meant for fast growing baby cows and dairy products contain growth promoters. These are naturally present in milk, but there may also be artificial growth promoters which are injected into cows to improve milk yields. I recommend you read “Your Life in Your Hands” by Professor Jane Plant who has shown that dairy products are a major cause of breast and prostate cancer. All dairy products are a problem for the same reasons including goat and sheep. Organic dairy products may avoid the synthetic growth promoters but they have natural growth promoters. Avoid these too.
2. Insulin. Insulin is a growth promoter. Normally insulin is produced in response to high sugar levels and so doing the above low GI diet will reduce insulin levels. Insulin is also produced in response to stress – this is the primitive “fight or flight” response – it pumps glucose from the blood stream into cells so that they are ready for physical action. Excessive stress will therefore be a risk factor for cancer. We all know of cases of people whose cancer seems to have been initiated by a stressful event (such as a bereavement).
3. Being overweight. Just carrying excessive adipose tissue results in higher levels of hormones, particularly oestrogen and this too is a growth promoter. Aim to lose excessive weight by doing a low GI diet (so reducing insulin) combined with exercise (see below) or sweating regimes (see below).
4. Xenobiotics. Foreign chemicals, such as pesticides. Many of these, particularly organochlorines such as Lindane are oestrogen mimics. These are also growth promoters because they are oestrogen mimics. It is well worth measuring levels in fat (a very simple test to do) and if levels are raised then they can be got rid of by doing sweating regimes. Another test to look for chemicals is to do blood tests for DNA adducts This measures toxins stuck onto DNA and often gives clues as to what has caused the cancer in the first place as well as identifying growth promoters and possibly showing poor antioxidant status.

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