By the Heroes and Villains

I’ve been in this town so long that back in the city
I’ve been taken for lost and gone
And unknown for a long long time

Heroes and Villains  Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks

February 2014’s Scientific American contains a very interesting article called An Indirect Way to Tame Cancer, also featured on the cover as A New Way to Tame Cancer.  Its authour, Rakesh K Jain, is “a professor of tumour biology, director of the Edwin L Steele Laboratory for Tumour Biology in the radiation oncology department of Massachusets General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine – one of only 20 people ever to have been elected to all three bodies.” (SciAm Feb 2014, p34)


A new way to tame cancer, made necessary by the new way to prepare food on an industrial scale!

Professor Jain writes that for forty years he’s been analysing cancer from an unusual angle, namely how a tumour’s structural mechanics help it survive, grow, protect it from our defences, and deflect the oncologist’s deadly chemical assaults in a way the rest of our body is sadly unable to.  The unpalateable fact is that tumours have ways to survive chemical attacks that their human hosts lack; though both perish together, at the moment before death the former is flourishing better than ever.

Look at it this way: the tumour cell already figured out how to cope without enough oxygen by converting its machinery to make use of glucose, and knows the best way to survive in that state is to abandon whatever tasks it had in its previous incarnation as part of our body, and focus on staying alive.  What makes us think a lumbering, static chemical is going to stop a group of several billion pirates all using the mind-boggling speeds of cellular machinery to design and assemble pumps which eject the poison and keep their ship afloat?

This is why people look for alternatives – because our heavy-handed chemical attacks on cancer simply don’t work.  Your only hope is the immune system, the only thing those chemicals are succeeding in tearing to pieces.  While it’s being savaged by this barrage of oncological napalm it puts defense of the body on hold, so patients frequently die of an infection a newborn baby would shrug off in its sleep.  A patient, like me, is told that without chemo he will die in a certain number of months.  But this assumes the patient conforms to the pattern observed by the oncologist – who only sees patients adopting chemo.  He does not see the number who are completely unaware they even have a tumour, or those othes who muster their immune system and reinvigorate their cells.

In fact a 2008 Norwegian study took 100,000 women presenting with breast cancer and divided them into two groups.  One group did nothing except report regularly about their health; the other had regular mammograms.  After six years the 50,000 taking mammograms were found to have 22% more tumours than the group who did nothing.  This means either that mammograms amplify tumours, or, that the immune is capable of digesting at least 22% of tumours on its own.  Or perhaps both.  So if that whole group were to boost their immune, remove toxic loads from chemicals and foods, and involve the mind (visualisation techniques strongly correlate with extended life expectancy) the percentage experiencing tumour reduction would unquestionably be far higher, perhaps even forming the vast majority.

Perhaps unbeknownst to Professor Jain, his research may have solved a seventy year old mystery in successful alternative therapy.  Many people who dodge the draft into becoming cannon fodder for conventional medicine’s almighty war against tumours, and flee over the border to alternative therapies often find their cancers remain stable, and even shrink, after a brief period in which, inexplicably, they grow – maybe at last, we know why.


All time hero – when Muhammad Ali refused the draft to Vietnam, the US government retaliated by removing his licence to earn a living boxing. But this backfired spectacularly, as Ali forged a new career speaking on campuses. In a famous confrontation with a white student demanding to know why Ali had refused to fight for his fellow countrymen, he replied: “Why should I go six thousand miles to kill black people that I ain’t got no quarrel with? It’s the white man that holds us down, the white man keeps us in slavery, the white man puts us in prisons. You want me to go six thousand miles to fight for your rights? You won’t even stand up for mine at home!”

Jain’s insights into engineering enabled him to see that the solidity of the “matrix” (an extraordinarily dense tangle of collagen fibres and gel-type components forming part of the cancerous mass) creates a compressive force which can strangle blood vessels before they have a chance to deliver their toxic chemical payload to the actual tumour cells.  The matrix can also trap the now drifting drug molecules, preventing them from being effective elsewhere, and cut off the oxygen supply to the tumour cells.  But cancer cells don’t need much oxygen; just as they can eventually strangle their host, at a more intimate level they begin by strangling the bodily processes.

As mentioned elsewhere, exposing tumours to chemotherapy can practically be an act of suicide, tantamount to spinning a giant revolver barrel holding 98 bullets, plus only two empty chambers.  The situation has stayed this way for longer even than the 40 years Professor Jain has been wondering how to increase the assault on the tumour, even though the tumour is only the final product of cancer’s long process within the body.  So often, science focuses its brightest minds on a small area of expertise hoping to improve man’s lot, only to end up restricting damage caused by its efforts elsewhere.  A specialist by definition never sees the big picture, and even if he could, his credibility is strictly limited to his own field; medicine comprises only of specialists.  A tide which rises and falls but essentially stays in the same place has characterised cancer research, and people are only now starting to understand why.

Otto Warburg Nobel PrizeIt has been known since Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg’s 1930’s investigation of the cell’s respiratory mechanism that depriving human cells of oxygen for long enough will turn them cancerous: that is, they ingeniously resort to glucose as an alternative source of energy and become undifferentiated, stepping back in evolutionary time.  This wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t also dodge the body’s restraining systems and multiply unchecked.  These sloppy dropouts create acidic waste which permeates their surroundings; hemoglobin doesn’t work properly in low pH environments so the regular influx of oxygen aboard its four marvellous sprung iron platforms can’t gradually return the area to normal.

As the American doctor Rigden Lentz explained to me two weeks ago while I was considering when best to attend his clinic near Salzberg, chemotherapy, which he was administered for two decades, can only affect the 15-20% of tumour cells duplicating at any one time.  The remaining group, at least five times greater in number, use the exposure to come up with a formidable chemical-ejecting pump.  Therefore, even repeated chemo sessions can never “get it all” and become ineffective when surviving cells develop machinery to eject the molecules, and shared the DNA of these pumps with their neighboring cells.  Cancer cells 20 micron or less in diameter could form a mob of 125,000 in the space of a cubic millimetre.  If the condition of the body, the milieu which spawned the tumour, is left unchanged it can be easily understood why these cells have a 100% chance of setting up shop elsewhere once the protective fence of the immune system is burnt down.

Notice that the frantic engineering within these cells does not result, as Darwin stipulated it must, from random mutations passed on to the progeny.  This intellectual concept only arises as a rebuttal to the claim that every instance of life is born with intelligence, a dangerous position, for it implies the intelligence must have existed first, and therefore, in some other form. But thinking is changing, and as James Shapiro writes in Evolution, a View from the 21st Century, “Life requires cognition at all levels.” The random mutation theory means all progress proceeds only from errors, collecting on a massive scale.  But the very concept of an error requires a law-bound, predictable system in whose context an error can be detected and labelled as such; the existence of such a cohesive environment is therefore undeniable.

If random mutations generated cell machinery then every possible creation would be emerging all the time, and our odds of beating the misshapen output would be astronomical.  But the aim of the tumour cell, as in every cell, is to stay alive, and in evolutionary terms these creations must – and do – happen instantaneously: the tens of thousands of ribosomes get to work producing the pumps, the DNA is shared between cells, and before long the oncologists are softening the news once again and suggesting palliative care.

Plum and Spilt Milk

Maybe it wasn’t organic, but boy, was it good food. Plum and Spilt Milk, near London’s St Pancras Station

Last week I had the great pleasure to meet with two old friends in London, one of whom has been in the care of the best doctors in the land for nearly three years to deal with a very persistent form of skin cancer. Cancer is a town we find ourselves dwelling in through no choice of our own, and one of its few pleasures is forging bonds with neighbours who, also seeking escape, at once pool their map fragments with yours.

In fact I never met another cancer patient who held back even for a moment their true thoughts or stood aloof from friendship; they forget differences and overlook flaws; they never waste time.  We compared my alternative experiments to his allopathic ones, sadly finding common ground only in losing those friends unable to bear the lingering presence of a spectre at their feast.

After a year of radiotherapy and two more of chemo he concluded that the specialists had eventually turned to experimenting, with hardly much progress to show for it.  To deal with the chemicals’ toxic effects he had been put on a course of strong steroids with no warning that it would make him so aggressive and suspicious that his marriage would almost come to grief.  In the end, so many different chemicals were being given at one time they were referred to by an acronym of five letters.  He returned to smoking, defiantly declaring it less toxic than chemo.  What was next? “I want to work again! I want to get back to my life!”


A new feast: organic prescription! If you’re interested in Angiotensin II, you may want to see the pyramid near Cairo erected in his name

I asked about his pH level, and his reply surprised me:  “What? I have no idea!”  Despite three years of life and death consultations, nobody had mentioned one of the most vital tools in the cancer patient’s armoury, by far the easiest to measure, and perhaps even the biggest single culprit: the intra-cellular potential of hydrogen!  Blood pH is kept constant partly via acidic deposits and alkaline withdrawals to and from the tissues.

Cancer follows the bankruptcy of the immune system, and the pH mechanism is one of the first accounts to be bled dry; the low pH measurement – equivalent to red ink all over the balance sheet – would be a telltale sign of looming catastrophe, if anyone cared to look.  pH is usually very low in cancer patients and much higher in those with a healthy diet.  Mine when diagnosed was about 5.5 and a year later, a more healthy 7.5, but was 8 for some weeks after I returned from California – 8 being 200 times greater than 5.5, and 7.5 being 100 times better, since each notch on the scale represents a increase of 10x.


Raising energy now by using food which slowly suffocates the body is, like the $17 trillion US debt, a loudly cheered, glittering Ponzi scheme.  Today is fun, while the end is bankruptcy – cancer – made far worse by a chemical razing of the immune system precisely when you need it the most

As collagen formed the lattice which lent the matrix its solidity, Professor Jain’s idea was to use a drug which cut down collagen.  After some false starts his search eventually bore fruit as he experimented on cancerous mice using losartan; losartan lowers blood pressure by inhibiting a hormone called angiotensin II, and impairs another molecule which stabilises collagen.  This created the always elusive dose-dependent response (more dose, more response – a measurement often hidden by confounding elements like placebo responses and statistical error) cutting down the collagen around tumours and increasing the diffusion of 100 nanometer test particles, standing in for chemical molecules.  To give you an idea of the forces involved, these particles are only 200-1,000 times the width of an atom, and you could put 10,000 of them side by side in a millimeter – though trying it was a waste of an afternoon – so anything restricting movement on this miraculously tiny scale is doing a very thorough security job indeed.

Jain hopes that research into this therapy will yield conclusions in about two years, and I can’t wait to see it.  Nor could any patient afford to wait such an absurd period!  But fortunately there is a quicker way – by a factor of around fifty times:

Many people with hypertension have benefited from following a DASH diet. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It consists of a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts and is low in saturated fat, red meat, sweets and beverages containing sugar. The eating plan has been proven to lower blood pressure in just 14 days. A clinical study showed that reductions in blood pressure were about as large as what drug therapy can do for mild high blood pressure.

Specific foods that are helpful for lowering blood pressure are fish, garlic, onions, celery, mung bean, bladderwrack (a seaweed), maitake mushroom and pomegranate. In a clinical study, two ounces of pomegranate juice concentrate (equivalent to approximately 8 ounces juice) everyday for two weeks reduced high blood pressure in hypertensive patients. The effect was attributed to a reduction in angiotensin converting enzyme by 36 percent. It is this enzyme that is targeted by blood pressure medications known as ACE-inhibitors.


Rene Caisse (1888 – 1978) on her 90th, and last, birthday

Here’s the fascinating part: Jain points out that the compressive force within a tumour is so strong that when cut in half, the two halves immediately swell up.  This remarkable claim means a longstanding puzzle has now been solved, in a very surprising way: cancer patients who used Rene Caisse‘s herbal tea in North America (they included JFK’s personal physician, who attributed his cure to it, and would have included Eva Peron but for her dismissal of the idea) and those who adopt German doctor Joanna Budwig‘s diet both report tumour swelling before a healing period in which the tumours gradually receded or became inert.  The explanation can only be that the matrix itself was somehow severed or degraded, releasing the compression, and enabling a convoy of various restorative elements to trundle through at last.

Caisse would inject her herbal mix directly into the site of tumours where possible, and the results could be dramatic.  Injecting into a tumour on a patient’s tongue caused the tongue to swell almost immediately to double its size, much to everyone’s alarm; it was held in place by Caisse and an attending physician using a surgical appliance.  The tongue soon reduced in size, and fluid oozed from the tumour site, something frequently reported by Caisse’s patients; the patient later made a full recovery.

Joanna Budwig

Joanna Budwig (1908 – 2003)

In Joanna Budwig’s case,  the staple of her diet is a mix of flax seed oil and quark, or cottage cheese, in a 1:2 ratio.  Flax seed oil has the effect of thinning blood – part of the mechanism sought by Professor Jain.  Budwig’s mix has the additional benefit – in fact the main one – of re-oxygenating the cells as it contains unsaturated fats which gradually restore the aerobic mechanisms damaged by a steady diet of saturated fats, their nutrition ruined by the needs of manufacturing, and ruinous to the cells. When such a diet is also highly acidic (colas and soft drinks have a catastrophic pH of 3) and filled with sugars, the body, its immune system already battling a cumulative load of carcinogens like fluoride, sodium laurel sulfate, parabens, mercury, aspartame, etc. and perhaps tipped into insolvency by some unforseen crisis of stress, now becomes a cancer factory.

ph_scaleCaisse’s formula is still marketed in various forms, though she was unable to continue her highly popular practice in Bracebridge Ontario, carried out without personal gain, despite thousands of signatures on a petition (which included the Prime Minister’s) because of strong opposition by the Canadian Medical Association.  Their resistance followed their initial enthusiasm because of Caisse’s refusal to hand over the complex methodology established through years of practice unless they would be evaluated fairly and under her guidance, and if validated, administered at cost to cancer patients.

Budwig’s background was more scientific; she understood the mechanism of the pi electron clouds accompanying the fat molecules in flax seed oil:

“Naturally there is no miracle cure for cancer, however we will all recognise that people are involved. As long as a person lives, he must breathe, this you will agree with.  Warburg determined that all tissue in the living organism, wherever a tumour can be formed, is characterised by the fact that it can no longer absorb oxygen. 

I came to the awareness that the photo elements of life, the photons of the sun interacting with the electrons, built up in the essential vital seed oils are necessary for the absorption of oxygen.  This is irrefutable.”

She also understood how to get her point across, and had the patience to deal with the embedded class of intellects in Germany which forbade new ideas from blossoming too quickly:

Professor Heisenberg described how patricularly in Germany, the ossified rigid thought processes of the old school always refuse to fully embrace new things.  They always want to force the new into their old thought processes. That does not work!

He writes, “Even the suppression of new knowledge cannot prevent the breakthrough, because the people, the public, even if they are not experts in quantum physics or medicine, they have a feel for where truth rules.”

Cancer, the Problem and Solution, Dr Joanna Budwig – presentation in Frankfurt, 23 September 1998 (Nexus GmbH)

One day the public will become educated enough about their own brain and body to recognise what is good and bad for it; they will know the heroes and villains on the  supermarket shelves and their table.  Maybe we will look back on the 20th Century and the early 21st as an catastrophic age ignorance and misguided research, and realise once and for all that a human being must never delegate its health, or the recovery of it, to a corporation concerned only with preserving its own.  The UN released a 2013 report concluding small scale organic farming was the only practical way to feed the world, as large scale mechanised agriculture was not sustainable or healthy enough to provide any long term benefit to mankind.

While in California I met a wonderful fellow, a thoughtful, quietly spoken cancer patient who’d spent his life as a farmer.  He said when Monsanto moved in with their patented non-renewable crops, the seed cleaners who worked at the end of each season to prepare seeds for the next were driven out of business.  Farmers felt they had little choice but to sign up, and it was true that when things went well, the profits were large.  But the water this man drank every day was from a deep well on his farm, which he realised now must surely have been contaminated by the extreme pesticides Monsanto’s genetically tampered crops demanded. He admitted “Some farmers held out from Monsanto,” adding quietly, “I wish now that I had, too.” 

Mankind has paid a heavy price for the commercialisation of its food, but information is spreading so fast now and from so many different directions, that the writing is on the wall.  And for once, it looks like good news!

Ive been in this town so long
So long to the city
I’m fit with the stuff
To ride in the rough
And sunny down snuff I’m alright..
By the heroes and villains

Heroes and Villains Wilson/Parks

About iain carstairs

I have a great interest in both scientific advances and the beauty of religion, and created about 15 years ago with the aim of finding common ground between the scientist and the believer, and to encourage debate between the two sides.
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11 Responses to By the Heroes and Villains

  1. A terrific article. Here in Australia where skin cancer particularly is rife, the idea of alternative, healthy living treatments is commonly discussed. Spread the word!

    • In fact, Budwig said that only when the immune system is in a poor state do people feel they must avoid the sun. I’ve read that the sun activates 900 genes – if so, that’s a hefty chunk of our genetic machinery, the vitamin D we get being only one part of that package. I hadn’t realised sun cream is loaded with toxins that you really don’t want on your skin – the skin absorbs them and reacts with melanomas; turns out the rise in skin cancer is not due to the sun but to lavish use of very powerful skin creams.

      When the immune is healthy, you can easily tolerate the sun in reasonable doses, and of course when you feel your skin is starting to suffer from the rays, you cover up or go in. Turns out there’s no need to plaster yourself with parabens and assorted chemicals. Amazing the things a person learns when they have cancer, that they had no idea about before. So, off to the beach, now..!

      • Even more interesting. Australia is now being warned about the fanatical campaign to keep children out of the sun. I’ve always worried about that – it’s nature’s most essential force after all. And as to the sun cream thing – yes, the power of commercial giants once again!

  2. Australia seems to pick up ideas faster than here in the West, where newspapers bounce conflicting opinions back and forth so many times nobody can tell what the truth is. Over here we have two lunatics – David Keith and Ken Caldeira – pushing for stratospheric aerosols to blot out the sun, to cool the Earth down.

    Not only are their “chemtrails” actually acting as a blanket to keep warmth in, these two geniuses freely admit they will destroy the ozone layer. Here in the UK we see them spraying nearly every day – even on cloudy days, you can see the trails. The skies are never blue anymore – they are a milky white. The chemicals and oils they’re using are so strong that the trails cast shadows over each other, rotate on their own axis over dozens of miles, and stay intact even in strong winds.

    It’s completely insane – imagine trying to solve a problem by blotting out the source of all energy, of all life!

  3. RobG says:

    Another bizarre aspect of tumors I heard about this week was teratoma tumors:
    Baby’s Rare Brain Tumor Had Teeth

    Teeth, hair, even fingers have been found. So I guess some of the rogue cells retain their identity though shifting energy mechanisms and continue their merry way doing their job. Amazing!

  4. Incredible! This shows another toxic load we carry – the genetic load from previous generations exposed to our modern mechanical society. They found 80% of unborn babies in one canadian study had Monsanto’s BT toxins in their bloodstream, and I think in America 90% of newborn baby’s stools tested positive for mercury or benzine, I can’t remember which. Nobody knows what the result will be of two generations exposed to materialism, fluoride, benzine, mercury, parabens AND GM products – It’s an utter disaster!

  5. Cheng says:

    Talking about alternative cancer treatment, have you ever heard of Dr. William Donald Kelley? (His book ‘One Answer to Cancer’)
    His cancer protocol had a 93% cure rate on newly diagnosed cancer patients, even including pancreatic cancer and liver cancer. Dr. Kelley, and the current Dr. Kelley trained doctors are fond of saying, “if you have the will to live, the faith to survive, and the intelligence to think on your own, you have a good chance of survival with the Kelley program. Healing is not for the weak of heart or those with a lack of faith”.

    This is a complex treatment protocol and Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, who is practicing in New York, is following Kelly’s method.
    I think he is few of those doctors that are quietly curing cancer, as Suzanne Somers said.
    There are really many alternatives treatment that really work but are being ignored by the mainstream medicine.

    • I’m very glad to hear from you! I may consult Dr Gonzalez at some point; my tumour is stable (which all three doctors say is hard to explain) and I’m on Low Dose Naltrexone, which takes effect within a month or two. I’m optimistic as my immune is in tip top shape, with a good pH and healthy diet. But I’m eager for it to vanish.. I’s like to put a bullet through it but I’ve been told there could be complications. After the LDN I’ll visit Dr Lentz if I have to, but in the meantime I’ll contact Dr Gonzalez.

      Very kind of you to write; many thanks

      • Cheng says:

        You are welcome! Actually, I think I found your blog in that yahoo! group about budwig protocol. I have been researching about alternative cancer treatment for some time. I heard from a naturopath saying that Dr. Kelly’s protocol is one of the best cancer protocol among all those alternatives. Remember, Kelly survives a very aggressive pancreatic cancer and live for over 30 years, finally dying of other illness.

        I am sure that if you can continue your healthy lifestyle, together with a good immune system, you will completely recover! By the way, why are you taking Naltrexone? Are you following on the budwig diet?

  6. Cheng says:

    For your information

  7. Yes, I’ve been on the Budwig diet for a year. But I created a problem for myself, because after the tumour started to shrink at the beginning of last Summer, I started to stop worrying about it and assumed it would continue to reduce; I became lax with my diet for a while. Before long the thing grew again and I panicked because now nothing seemed to stop it.

    After some months of sticking to the Budwig diet very rigorously and after boosting my immune via Issels in California, the thing was breaking up internally but still seemed static in size. As SCC is a particularly dangerous cancer, I took the offer of some LDN from Profesor Angus Dalgelish of Harley Street because it apparently causes a repsonse in 50% of cases and has absolutely no side effects.

    It seemed too good to miss! I’m less than 2 weeks into the course, and yuo have to increase the dose every week for 4 weeks, so it’s early in the process. But i do feel it’s reducing and I don’t worry about it so much. Meantime the diet is now 100% organic – I feel I’m headed for bluer skies. But that’s another thing altogether – better not get me started on chemtrails!

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