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Vitamin C

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) has long been viewed as one of the most essential vitamins in order to maintain good health. After all it protects the cells within the body and keeps them healthy. In addition to this, it also helps to maintain healthy connective tissue, which gives support for other tissue and organs. It therefore should come as no surprise that it has been considered as a possible cancer treatment, which has become increasingly popular amongst those seeking complementary or alternative therapies.

There has been much debate about the efficacy of Vitamin C as a cancer treatment, with some believing it to be a miracle cure, whilst others have regarded it as mere quackery. One of the first trials of the use of Vitamin C for cancer purposes was undertaken by Linus Pauling and Ewan Cameron who believed it to be of real benefit to cancer patients. Their studies showed a regression, and in some cases cease, in tumour growth in several of their patients.

As a result of Cameron and Pauling’s study, the Mayo Clinic undertook their own study into the use of high dose Vitamin C in the treatment of cancer patients, to see if they could replicate Cameron and Pauling’s results. The Mayo Clinic concluded, as a result of their blind study, that there was no significant difference between the placebo and Vitamin C groups that they studied, in regards to survival time.

There are, however, some significant differences between the two studies. One of the main issues was that Pauling had already advised those undertaking the Mayo Clinic study that high dose Vitamin C would be of little value to those who had already undergone chemotherapy, as this damages the body’s protective mechanisms. Despite this advice, nearly all of those taking part in the Mayo Clinic study had received chemotherapy.

Another difference between the two studies is that, Pauling and Cameron gave the Vitamin C to their patients intravenously, while the Mayo Clinic gave it to their patient orally. Recent evidence suggests that oral administration of the maximum tolerable dose of Vitamin C (18 g/d) produces peak plasma concentrations of 220 µmol/L, while intravenous administration of the same dose produces plasma concentrations that are around 25-fold higher. These differences mean that although orally administered high dose Vitamin C may not be of benefit to cancer patients, there is a possibility that intravenous Vitamin C still could be.

Intravenous Vitamin C therapy is becoming an increasingly popular option for cancer patients. This is due in part to the belief that Vitamin C, unlike chemotherapy and radiotherapy, only causes damage to the cancer cells and not to normal, healthy cells. It is also being used as both a complementary therapy, as well as an alternative cancer therapy.

Gerson Therapy

The Gerson Therapy was the brainchild of Max Gerson M.D. The Therapy utilises the body’s ability to heal itself by means of an organic, vegetarian diet, which incorporates raw juices, natural supplements and coffee enemas.

The Gerson Therapy encompasses a whole body approach by naturally activating the body’s ability to heal itself, with no apparent damaging side effects. It works by boosting the body’s immune system and claims to help those with cancer, arthritis, heart disease, allergies and many other degenerative diseases. A plethora of nutrients are consumed everyday from thirteen fresh, organic juices, these provide the body with a large dose of minerals, enzymes and nutrients. The minerals, enzymes and nutrients apparently help to break down the diseased tissues in the body, while the enemas eliminate toxins that have built up in the liver.

Throughout our lives, according to the Gerson Institute, our bodies are filled with pollutants that cause various diseases, as well as cancer. These reach us through the water we drink, the food we eat, the medicines we take and even the air we breathe. As more of these poisons become evident within the world we live in and cancer rates continue to rise, the Institute believes that being able to turn to a natural, detoxifying program, such as the Gerson Therapy, is not only helpful, but necessary. Although the concept of cleansing, detoxifying and reactivating the body is simple; the Gerson Therapy is a complex treatment which requires significant attention to detail in order to achieve the best results.

Even though the Gerson Therapy seems a little extreme and there is some concern that ground coffee enemas can cause colitis (inflammation of the bowel), fluid and electrolyte imbalances, and in some cases septicaemia; it makes sense to change your diet so that it is more nutritious when suffering from cancer, in order to give your body all of the nutrients that it needs to boost your immune system and help fight off the disease. Cutting out unhealthy, processed foods that are high in both salt and fat content, is sensible at any stage of life and especially when experiencing an illness.

Haelan 951

Haelan was founded in 1989 by Lesley Todesco, who had seen the benefits that a fermented soy product had had upon a close friend.

Lesley and her husband Joe now sell Haelan from their base in the US to customers across the world.

According to Walter H Wainright, President of the Haelan Research Foundation, Haelan works as both a preventative measure, as well as a cancer treatment as a result of the following actions:

Anti-angiogenesis: Anti-angiogenesis is the process of stopping the formation of new blood cells. Cancer cells need a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients from the blood to survive. When the cancer cells are deprived of blood, they secrete Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) which causes new blood vessels to grow and supply the cancerous cells. Haelan reduces the cytokines that dissolve capillary walls, providing the bloos to the cancer cells until they can build their own supply using VEGF. Once this intitial blood supply has been cut off the tumors then begin to shrink and die.

Restoring cell differentiation: Carcinogens damage the body’s DNA, which is then normally repaired by the body’s chromosomes within a 15 minute period. If the damage is not repaired within 2 hours, then it is believed to be irreversible. Cancer inhibits the proteins that are used to create DNA in around 55% of patients. Haelan 951 beverages increase the levels of several DNA repairing proteins (P21, BRCA1 and BRCA2) in order to help the body repair damaged DNA.

Induces apoptosis: The body’s cells are all programmed to die according to an individual biological clock; this is a process known as apoptosis. Before they die they create an identical copy of themselves to replace them. Cancer cells do not die this way, they just continue to multiply, creating copies of themselves with the same flawed DNA. Haelan repairs cell damage and in doing so restores the process of apoptosis. This causes cells that are passed their biological life to die, including some of the cancerous cells.

Increased cyto-toxic effect of NK Killer Cells: NK Killer cells squirt a weak acid to kill cancer cells. Healthy cells increase their zinc, copper and manganese enzymes to protect themselves from damage, whereas cancer cells do not making them vulnerable to the NK Killer cells attack. Haelan increases the cyto-toxic effect of the NK Killer cells allowing each NK Killer cell to kill more cancer cells at once.

Increased non-specific immunity (700%): Haelan increases the number of white blood cells in the body, as well as making them more effective.

Slows down the growth of cancers: All cancer cells have a growth rate (mitosis) that affects the window in which a patient can be treated for cancer. Haelan delays the onset of cancer as it has compounds in it that slow down the cancer’s mitosis.

Produces beneficial metabolite: Haelan’s fermentation formulation process produces beneficial metabolites, such as MTD-13, which is an anti-cancer compound. Studies have also shown that Haelan 951 decreases estrogen receptor alpha sites and increases estrogen receptor beta sites, which help kill cancer cells.

Increased production of Interferon and Interleukins and improved organ functioning: In a clinical study of 303 healthy people, tested over 4 months, it was found that Haelan increased interferon and interleukins production, as well as increasing the oxygen content of the blood. This was in addition to improved brain, heart, lung and other organs functional capabilities.