Dietary supplements containing the ten or more pancreatic enzymes are helpful, with the most important enzymes being trypsin, chymotrypsin and amylase. These enzymes dissolve the protein and sugar coating of the cancer cell making it vulnerable to the attack of white blood cells. This has been known since 1905 (Griffin, page 81). The coating on the cancer cell is made of mucus and fibrin. Mucus is a glycoprotein (sugar and protein). Fibrin is a protein floating in the blood that allows blood to clot. This (biofilm) camouflage of mucus and fibrin prevents the white blood cells of the immune system from recognizing the cancer cell. Too much protein in the diet and refined foods such as white sugar and white flour deplete pancreatic enzymes, helping to open the way for cancer.
Fibrin, Blood Clots and Cancer Metastases
In 1958 Professor R A Q O'Meara of Trinity College, Dublin, showed that dividing cancer cells are surrounded by fibrils which give off clotting factors just as platelets do, causing the deposition of fibrin. He suggested that this is essential for tumour growth. In this way a cancer colony becomes coated with fibrin that prevents cancer cell killing immunocytes from making contact with and killing it. - O'Meara RAQ. The coagulative properties of cancer. Irish J Med 1958; 394: 474-9.
By 1966, O'Meara had expanded his hypothesis and was teaching that a cancer cell traveling in the bloodstream could not form a distant metastasis without there being a small fibrin clot at the site of the metastasis.
It has been known since 1903 that cancer cells circulating in the bloodstream do not form metastases just anywhere. They come to rest in a blood clot. In order for a distant tumour to form, it needs a thrombus (clot). - J Path Bact 1915; 20: 85, Proc Am Assn Cancer Res 1956; 2: 157.
A Canadian study looking at heart patients taking drugs to prevent clots found an 87% reduction in cancer deaths and a 100% reduction in deaths from metastatic cancer. - Michaels L., Cancer incidence and mortality in patients having anticoagulant therapy, Lancet 1964; ii: 832-5.
Maintaining a healthy circulatory system helps prevent metastases by preventing blood clots. Also see The Terrible Two: Cancer and Circulation. Enzymes help prevent the formation of metastases by dissolving blood clots and also by dissolving the fibrin covering circulating cancer cells.
You should be able to obtain a good enzyme supplement at your local health food store or pharmacy. Pineapple and papaya are good sources of enzymes. "Pancreatic enzymes and vegetable enzymes are part of the supportive theory. You have the papaya melons as the source of the enzyme Papain and pineapple as a source of the enzyme Bromelain. The demasking effect of these enzymes against the pericellular layer of the malignant cell is something very concrete in the immunology of cancer. Now I prefer, rather than advising the use of bromelain or papaya tablets that the individual seeking these enzymes get them directly from the fresh ripe pineapple and papaya fruit. As much as half a pineapple a day should be ingested...You have nothing to lose by eating fresh pineapple and papaya melons." - Dr. Krebs, Jr. Read what Dr. Mercola has to say about pineapple enzyme.
The Japanese fermented food "natto" is a rich source of the enzyme nattokinase that dissolves clots and fibrin deposits in various parts of the body. This makes natto a useful treatment for many problems associated with fibrin and impaired circulation (hyper-coagulation of the blood, circulatory problems, angina, heart attacks, strokes, senility, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis,...) The Japanese people eat an average of 4.5 pounds (2.2 kg) of natto annually. - Dr. David Williams Alternatives newsletter November 2002.
Dietary sources of all kinds of enzymes are good, and the consumption of at least 70% fresh foods vs. 30% cooked foods helps ensure a supply of enzymes for the body (cooking at temperatures above 116°F destroys enzymes in the food). Fresh foods generally contain all the enzymes required for their own digestion, easing the burden on the digestive system. However, certain foods are more easily digested when cooked because heat breaks down starch (potatoes, for example). Cooking softens cellulose making foods easier to chew which, in turn, makes nutrients more available. However, juicing also breaks down cellulose and frees the nutrients while retaining the enzymes that would be destroyed by cooking.
Unsprouted seeds contain enzyme inhibitors which can be neutralized by cooking, however soaking or sprouting the seeds also removes the enzyme inhibitors and sprouts have a high concentration of vegetable enzymes and other nutrients. Therefore, it is a good idea to soak your grains and beans in water for a minimum of 12 hours before eating them. Soaked grains and beans are called "pre-sprouts" and are much more digestible because the enzyme inhibitors have been deactivated. Allowing the seeds to sprout for three days allows the synthesis of new proteins, plus there is a dramatic increase in the vitamins and essential fatty acids within the sprouts.
Cooking food thoroughly kills bacteria and viruses, which is why with raw foods cleanliness becomes very important. The temperature of food and beverages also makes a difference to digestion. Warm food relaxes the stomach and aids digestion. Cold food and beverage contracts the muscles of the stomach, hindering digestion. It is not good to have cold foods or beverages with meals. Lightly steaming vegetables warms and softens them while retaining most of their nutrients.
"I have written so much about the necessity of betaine hydrochloride in, for example, my own food. I took betaine hydrochloride at practically every meal while I was treated by Dr. Kelly and have continued to take betaine for the past 24 years at mealtime. I also take digestive pancreatic enzymes.
- Dr. Carson Pierce, What I Would Do If I Had Cancer Again, page 91.
Dr. Binzel recommends Megazime Forte (a combination of trypsin, chymotrypsin, bromelain and zinc).
Dr. Edward Howell recommends the patented enzyme formula found in Swanson Ultra N-Zimes.
See also Wobenzyme N, Wobe-Mugos, and Vitalzym (vegetarian formula). These products may be available in health food stores.
Failure of the pancreas may be responsible for weight gain.
Abundant enzymes can speed recovery from surgery while minimizing development of scar tissue. Rubbing iodine on scar tissue can help scars go away. MSM and vitamins C and E can also help. Olympic athletes consume a lot of enzymes to help heal sports injuries. Injuries may also heal faster with an Earthing patch on each side of the injury, and by wearing Incrediwear .
Generally as people age the digestive system becomes less powerful, producing less hydrochloric acid, less bile and less enzymes. Therefore, supplementary betaine hydrochloride, digestive enzymes and bile with each meal are often recommended. This not only helps digest the food, but provides a dual benefit of improving nutrition in the body and freeing up pancreatic enzymes for other purposes, such as digesting cancer. As a treatment for cancer, additional enzymes can be taken when the stomach is empty - between meals and in the middle of the night. For more information refer to Dr. Kelley's book Cancer: Curing the Incurable Without Surgery, Chemotherapy, or Radiation.
About 27% of gelatin is the amino acid glycine which stimulates the secretion of stomach acids. - J Clin Invest 76;58:623-631.
Rebuild Your Pancreas!
The Ayurvedic herb Gymnema sylvestre can repair and regenerate the pancreas. - J Ethnopharm 90;30:265-279, 281-305, Int J Crude Drug Res 86;24[Dec]:171-176, J Vet Med Sci 97;59(9):753-7.
Sources of this herb include your local health food store, Mountain Home Nutritionals at 800-888-1415, or phone Natrol at 800-326-1520 to find a store near you that sells it.
As a general rule, it is probably better to rebuild your organs than take supplements all of your life. Properly functioning organs offer the advantages of producing exactly what your body requires, in the right quantity and at the right time. Two organs of particular importance in fighting cancer are your liver which removes toxic chemicals from your body and your pancreas which creates digestive and metabolic enzymes, as well as insulin.
More information regarding Gymnema sylvestre, including its use as a possible treatment for juvenile diabetes, is available in a special report from Dr. David Williams. The report is available for free when you subscribe to his Alternatives newsletter (highly recommended).
Stress causes the body to produce adrenaline which in turn raises blood sugar as part of the "fight or flight" response. The sugar is meant to provide energy for the muscles, but in our modern world stress rarely results in muscular exertion so the sugar remains in the blood. The pancreas then produces more insulin to normalize blood sugar. The end result of chronic stress is exhausted adrenal glands and an exhausted pancreas. To prevent or treat diabetes, dealing effectively with stress is as important as improving diet.
An exhausted pancreas is unable to produce the pancreatic enzymes required to fight cancer. An exhausted adrenal gland produces less of the hormone aldosterone that is needed to maintain the proper balance between sodium and potassium in the body. This contributes to cancer and water retention (edema). The edema is caused by the body retaining fluid in order to dilute excess salt.