|Herbal/ Plant Therapies|
| . Aloe Vera . Cat's Claw . Mushrooms . Essiac . Garlic |
. Green Tea . Mistletoe . Saw Palmetto
|Traditional Chinese medicine|
|. Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) . Coley toxins|
|Immune Augmentation Therapy|
|. Melatonin . Modified Citrus Pectin . MTH-68 . Selenium|
|. 714X. Antineoplastons . Hydrazine sulfate|
|Special Regimens/Integrated Systems|
Aloe Vera is a succulent having long, green, fleshy "leaves" with small spikes along the edges. When snapped off the plant, the sweet smelling gel-like substance inside each leaf and the latex can be used for a variety of purposes. Traditionally, as well as today, aloe gel has been used to sooth dry or damaged skin, treat minor cuts and burns, and the latex has been used for constipation. The root is sometimes used for colic. Aloe is used to treat intestinal infections. Aloe may be able to help stimulate the immune system, and may also have an anti-inflammatory effect.
For dry skin, minor cuts or burns, the stabilized aloe gel can be applied three to five times per day. For constipation, a single 50-200 mg capsule of aloe latex can be taken once daily for up to ten days.
Aloe can be used in several ways. Fresh leaf gel or store bought gel or cream (as in a cosmetic that contains aloe) can be applied directly to the skin. Aloe can also be purchased in capsule or liquid form in order to be taken by mouth, or in powder form which can be reconstituted when needed.
Aloe is generally considered to be safe for use both on the skin and when taken internally, however, when used for constipation for more than 10 days, it can actually worsen the problem or cause dependency. It may also cause an electrolyte imbalance. An allergic reaction to aloe is considered rare but possible. Aloe should not be taken internally by pregnant women as it may cause uterine stimulation.
Cat's claw a plant that grows in the rain forests is used for a variety of ailments, including inflammation, rheumatism, gastric ulcers, tumors, dysentery, arthritis, stimulate the immune system, and to promote wound healing.
This product can be taken as a tincture (1-2 ml) up to 2 times per day, as a capsule (350-500mg) once or twice per day, or as tea (1 gm of root bark per cup of boiling water), and drunk 1-3 times each day.
Cat's claw is available as a tincture, capsules, tablets, elixirs, and as a cream. It may also be used as a tea. It can also be found mixed with other herbal therapies such as aloe. No serious side effects have as yet been reported.
This product should not be taken if you have an autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis, or tuberculosis. In Europe, health care providers avoid combining this herb with hormonal drugs, insulin, or vaccines. Do not take this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Cat's claw may block platelets from forming clots, so you should be cautious if you are already taking a medication, including aspirin, which thins the blood.
Mushrooms (Coriolus Versicolor) are traditionally combined with herbal mixtures to treat cancer. Reports in 1965 documented health benefits for stomach cancer with tea containing mushroom. Research has found that mushroom has antimicrobial, antiviral, and antitumor properties. The activity is attributed to a protein-bound polysaccharide that can be extracted from its cultured mycelium, thread like extensions. This polysaccharide K (PSK) is also known as Krestin. Animal studies have demonstrated that PSK prevents the induction of tumors by chemicals, radiation, or other causes. PSK is considered a promising candidate for chemoprevention due to the multiple effects on the malignant process, limited side effects, and safety of daily oral doses for extended periods of time.
Research has shown that healthy people given a 1000mg dose experienced significant cellular immune response within 12 hours. After cancer surgery, individuals who were not using conventional therapy had significant immune benefit with 3000 mg daily and a subsequent reduced dosage of 1000 mg daily. When chemotherapy or radiation is used after surgery, significant improvements in immunity were achieved with 3000-mg daily dose. For inoperable patients, a dose of up to 9000 mg a day was used with no side effects or toxicity.
Coriolus Versicolor may be administered as a tea or extract in capsules. Hot water is required to extract the active component, PSK.
Although side effects to Coriolus Versicolor are uncommon, they include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin pigmentation, anorexia, anemia, liver dysfunction, leukopenia, and thrombocytopenia.
There are no known risks associated with Coriolus Versicolor use.
Essiac is not one herb, but actually a combination of several herbs. It originally contained burdock root, the inner bark of slippery elm, sheep sorrel, and Turkish rhubarb. More recent combinations have added watercress, blessed thistle, red clover and kelp (to aid with effectiveness and improve taste). These herbs are combined to form a tea, which is then administered orally in an effort to promote health, strengthen the immune system, improve appetite, relieve pain, improve overall quality of life, and reduce the size of tumors.
The tea should be drunk on an empty stomach, two hours before or after meals.
These herbs may produce a laxative like effect, as well as nausea, headache, vomiting, and increased urination. Adverse effects have not been reported, however, an allergic reaction is always possible.
Garlic has been used since biblical times for strength and endurance. It is a member of the lily family and is closely related to onions and chives. While it is used primarily as a flavoring ingredient for many foods, garlic is also exalted for many therapeutic virtues, including the ability to lower blood pressure, serum cholesterol, and to aid in digestion. It also stimulates the immune system and is a natural antibiotic and antioxidant. Eating garlic regularly may also reduce the risk of throat, stomach and colon cancer.
Raw garlic is highest in beneficial activity, and can be taken daily. Although less intense from an odor standpoint, cooked garlic becomes less effective as a therapy the longer the cooking period. An alternative is tablet or capsule forms, which can be taken once or twice per day.
Garlic can be eaten raw, cooked, baked, or taken in capsule or extract form.
Some people are sensitive to garlic and may experience heartburn and gas. Because garlic is known to have some anti-clotting effects, people taking anticoagulant drugs, including aspirin should check with their health care provider prior to beginning a regular garlic regime. Garlic may also reduce blood sugar so glucose control could be affected. There are no known problems with pregnant women taking garlic, but breast feeding mothers should be aware that garlic may cause an altered flavor in breast milk.
Green tea, like black tea, is made from the leaves of the plant but differs from black tea in its preparation. The leaves used for green tea are steamed of pan-dried without fermentation, so the active substances within the leaves can retain their qualities. The tea is drunk by billions of people, not only as a satisfying beverage, but also to promote health. Green tea reportedly lowers total cholesterol levels and improves the cholesterol profile, reduces platelet stickiness, lowers blood pressure, and enhances the immune system. It may also decrease the risk of certain cancers and be beneficial as a weight loss aid. Studies in animals have reported that green tea polyphenols reduce the metastatic potential (spread) of cancer cells.
To brew green tea, use 1-2 teaspoon of dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water and steep for 3 (some report up to 15) minutes. Green tea is consumed as a hot beverage.
The most common side effects include insomnia or nervousness and irregularities in heart rate (from the caffeine).
Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not consume green tea in large amounts. Those with anxiety disorders or an irregular heartbeat should limit their intake to no more than 2 cups daily.
Mistletoe (Viscum album L.) is a semi-parasitic plant that lives with several tree species, including oak, pine, fir, elm and apple. Mistletoe preparations are used to stimulate the immune system and to kill cancer cells. It has been reported to reduce tumor size and improve the quality of life and survival of some cancer patients.
A typical treatment course lasts several months to years with subcutaneous injections given early in the morning 3-7 times per week. The doses are gradually increased and adjusted depending on the patient's general condition, sex, age, and type of cancer. Mistletoe is typically given by subcutaneous injection, ideally near the site of the tumor and avoiding irradiated areas. It is sometimes injected directly into the tumor particularly on the liver, esophagus and cervix.
Commercial mistletoe extracts have minimal side effects, but in rare cases allergic symptoms including anaphylactic reactions have been reported. It usually produces an increase in body temperature and flu-like symptoms that are desirable. The injection site can become inflamed and abdominal pain with nausea may occur.
Eating mistletoe, particularly the berries, is considered highly toxic, especially for infants. Seizures and death have been reported. Because the preparation contains tyramine, patients on any type of monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor antidepressant should not take it. The combination can cause dangerously high blood pressure. This product should only be used in a closely supervised setting, and should not be used for normal consumption.
Saw palmetto plants’ berries, which are harvested, dried, and ground for preparation as a tea or in capsules is used for medicinal purposes. It is often prescribed for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or as an anti-inflammatory. Interestingly, saw palmetto berries do not seem to reduce the size of an enlarged prostate, but rather relieve the symptoms associated with BPH such as frequent urination. Saw palmetto is not believed to interfere with accurate measuring of prostate specific antigen, or PSA (a marker for prostate cancer).
Usually, 320mg per day of saw palmetto extract in capsules or tablets are recommended daily for early stage BPH (the equivalent of the usual daily dose of Proscar, a drug frequently recommended for BPH). Liquid extracts can be taken at 5-6 ml per day. Saw palmetto tea seems to have little effect, but can be taken at a dose of 5-6 g per day. It can take 4-6 weeks before results are noticed.
The capsules, tablets, tea or extract are all taken by mouth.
Although side effects are not common, some reported side effects include headache, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, dizziness, constipation or diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, tiredness, or even more rarely, heart pain. BPH can only be diagnosed by a health care professional. If you have symptoms of BPH (difficulty or frequency of urination), you should see your physician before beginning any treatment. This product should not be used by women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, or by children.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has been used for many centuries. Unlike western medicine, which tends to focus on a particular disease or disorder, TCM strives to promote an overall balance within the person. The main body systems in TCM include Qi (the life energy), moisture (the liquid that protects and lubricates tissue), blood (the material from which body tissue and bones are formed), spirit (the immaterial expression of each person), and essence (reproductive and regenerative substances). Balance is achieved when opposite principles (ex: cold and hot, wet and dry, body and mind, earth and heaven, winter and summer) are in harmony within the body systems. Health and good fortune are experienced when harmony occurs, and sickness and bad luck are experienced when disharmony occurs. Several methods to restore and maintain harmony are used, including herbal remedies (aimed at nourishing the body systems), moxibustion (heat therapy), diet, exercise, massage, and meditation.
The type and duration of treatment with TCM is dependent on the kind of problem being addressed, how long it has existed, and how severe it is. Herbal remedies are available in a variety of forms, including pills, powders, teas, extracts, or the plant itself, and may be taken at varying doses for a brief period of time or long term. TCM should be viewed not only as something that can be used for an acute problem, but also as a way to protect and preserve health day to day throughout the lifetime.
There are so many different treatments within TCM, that there is no single way of receiving it. Side effects & risks vary depending on the treatment used.
In the early 1950s, Dr. John F. Prudden, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center began using bovine cartilage to accelerate wound healing in surgical patients. In 1972, he used cartilage powder to treat a woman who had ulcerated breast cancer. Her cancer completely regressed, and she later died 12 years later from causes unrelated to her cancer. In the 1970s and 1980s, studies in vitro and with animals identified immune stimulation factors within cartilage. Investigators at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) suggest that a class of proteins in cartilage and bone blocks the action of certain metal containing enzymes that help tumor cells invade surrounding tissue.
In animal and human studies, the shark cartilage dose used for advanced cancers is 1 gram per kilo of patient body weight per day. Since 1 kilo equals 2.2 pounds, a 150-pound person would take approximately 70 grams daily. The dose for bovine cartilage is much smaller than that of the shark cartilage. The normal clinical dosage of bovine cartilage is 3g-three times daily, or three 375mg capsules daily.
Cartilage is a food supplement that is taken orally in powder or tablet form.
Cartilage itself has no known toxicity. However, it has been known to cause nausea and indigestion in some patients.
Since cartilage may inhibit new blood vessel growth, caution is advised for anyone who is still growing and needs new blood vessel development, pregnant women, or individuals who are recovering from surgery, or have cardiovascular problems.
Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a catalyst that promotes chemical reactions without being destroyed or changed by the reactions. One of the major functions of this enzyme is as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that protect cells from damage by oxygen. CoQ10 has been shown to stimulate immune function. Deficiencies of CoQ10 in humans and other air breathing life forms are thought to contribute to illness; some studies have found deficiencies in CoQ10 levels and patients with cancer. CoQ10 as a supplement for cancer patients documented unexpectedly longer survival. CoQ10 has been found to protect against chemotherapy induced cardiac toxicity, specifically from Adriamycin, which known to cause heart damage.
Studies have shown that cancer patients who take 90mg of CoQ10 per day may experience a reduction in pain and weight loss, increased appetite, and decrease of metastases. However, when doses are increased to 300-390mg daily, studies have reported partial and total tumor remission in some cancer patients. CoQ10 shows moderate variability in its absorption; some patients attaining blood levels of CoQ10 on 100 mg per day while others require two or three times this amount to attain the same blood level. Because factors influencing production, utilization, and degradation of CoQ10 vary, blood serum levels should be monitored.
CoQ10 is available either in pressed tablets, powder-filled capsules, or oil-based gelcaps. CoQ10 is fat-soluble and absorption is significantly improved when it is chewed with a fat-containing food.
Adverse effects with CoQ10 supplementation are rarely reported, but include headache, heartburn, fatigue, and increased involuntary movements at high doses of 600 mg to 1200 mg per day. Mild diarrhea and skin reactions have also been reported.
There have been no documented risks for the use of CoQ10. One important consideration when deciding on the appropriate dose is that toxicity and side-effects have not been encountered in several decades of clinical use at doses up to several hundred milligrams a day.
Coley toxins are designed to stimulate the immune system. It is noticed that patients who developed bacterial infections after surgery for sarcoma fared better than those did not. Because using live bacteria was dangerous and because it was determined that the immune reactions depended upon the toxins of the bacteria rather than the actual bacteria mixture of toxins of the streptococcus and bacillus, prodigiosus bacteria is used. Many regressions of cancer were reported among patients treated with these toxins until the 1950’s, but the treatment fell into disuse with the advent of chemotherapy. Components of Coley toxins now include exotoxins, enzymes, proteins, and endotoxin.
Coley toxins are usually administered in a stepwise increasing dose, with the aim of maintaining body temperatures of 39°C and more. Patients must be monitored closely, and those who do not achieve this temperature receive higher doses.
Coley toxins are administered intravenously. The combined toxins are only legal in the U.S. if prepared and given within a physician's office and they may not be shipped. The combined toxins are also available in Germany and Guatemala.
The most common side effects to Coley toxins are fever and nausea. Other less common effects include headache, back pain, chills, angina, and shock-like reactions.
Overwhelming the immune system with Coley toxins could result in serious infections in immune compromised patients.
Govallo Embryo Therapy is a theory developed after studying the similarity of the mother-fetus and host-tumor immune interaction systems. The in-vitro and animal studies eventually led to treatment of cancer patients using placental extracts. In contrast to most immune therapies, the Govallo therapy is designed to weaken or suppress factors within the tumor and thus, stop the normal host immune response. In 1975, Govallo began treating cancer patients with an extract of chorionic villi from placentas that were obtained after live, full-term deliveries. It is most effective when administered after surgery has removed the primary tumor and before chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
The therapy at the IAT clinic consists of two injections, with the dose depending on the severity of the cancer. The clinic plans to change the protocol and use one injection of 20 cc followed in one week by 10cc; then one injection will be administered at 6 months intervals thereafter. According to People against Cancer, this dose will more accurately reflect the original Govallo protocol in Moscow.
Reported side effects to Govallo therapy include fever and shivering. There are no known risks associated with the Govallo therapy.
Homeopathy is a practice of treating the whole person, not simply the symptoms or disease. This principle is based on the "law of similars" which suggests that "like cures like". Specifically, a medicinal substance can cure the same problems that it causes, by varying the dosage of the substance. These remedies are composed of small and safe doses, prescribed for each individual. They are intended to enable the body to initiate the healing process, rather than eliminate the symptom.
Although roots of the concept may be found among the ancient Greeks, it was the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, born in l753, who developed the theory as it is known today. He postulated that a substance that caused specific symptoms in a healthy person could cure those same symptoms observed in a sick person. This is accomplished by giving doses of the substance, which have been diluted in water and/or alcohol many times. This can also be thought of as, a temporary "drug disease" being substituted for the "natural disease" thus driving out the "natural disease".
In order to determine the symptoms produced by proposed remedies, hundreds of substances were given to healthy volunteers in small gradually increasing doses. This process became known as drug provings and the results were collected in an encyclopedia of drug effects known as the materia medicas.
Partly because the conventional medicine of Hahnemann's time still involved such practices as bloodletting and lacked the processes of hand washing and vaccinating; homeopathy became known as a safer and often more effective system.
One of the reasons that homeopathy was not able to compete with the developing pharmacological basis of conventional medicine was because of the discovery of a principle of molecular concentration known as Avogadro's law. This law established that one mole of any substance contains 6.0 x 1023 molecular or atomic units. It could then be demonstrated that a dilution of any substance beyond 1024 would have an increasingly remote chance that even a single molecule of the original substance would remain. Homeopathic theorists respond to this observation by maintaining that even though there no longer exists even a single molecule of a substance in a solution, there remains a "memory" of that substance. In a system whose energy has become chaotic because of disease it will take a solution whose energy has only been altered in a small way to effect a change.
"Homeopathy cannot be considered an antitumor therapy in the sense of being able to attack the tumor directly. In tumors, particularly when diagnosed at an advanced stage, the molecular, cellular and systemic alterations are so advanced and serious that the 'similarity' between the symptoms of the remedy and those of the patient proves hard to detect and is barely applicable." Furthermore, "since the identification of suitable homeopathic remedies is supposed to be based on experiments with such remedies in healthy subjects, it would be unthinkable to cause tumors in healthy people".
Homeopathy may, however, be able to play a secondary role in cancer treatment, possibly directed at enhancing the overall neuroimmunoendocrine function in an attempt to restore homeostatic equilibrium. In a related approach, various proposals have used cancer cells, suitably treated to expose or "unmask" antigens to then stimulate natural host defenses against the tumor building on the use of similars, but at the level of cellular and molecular mechanisms.
Immune Augmentation Therapy: The theory of Dr. Lawrence Burton, Ph.D., a zoologist, is that cancer cells multiply when four factors of the immune system fail to recognize and destroy them. The four factors, which are given in the form of daily self-injections, are:
· deblocking protein - a protein from the pooled blood serum of healthy donors which is said to remove the tumor "blocking factor" that prevents the patient's immune system from detecting the cancer;
·tumor antibody 1-a combination of alpha 2 macroglobulin with other immune proteins derived from the pooled blood serum of healthy donors;
· tumor antibody 2 - an antibody complement that stimulates the antibody, also derived from healthy donors but differing in potency;
· tumor complement - a substance derived from the blood clots of patients with many types of cancer which activates the two tumor antibodies.
Another source defines two of the non-antibody substances as: a "blocking" protein, which inhibits the antibody in order to give the body a chance to clear toxic waste associated with tumor destruction, and an antiblocking protein that inhibits the blocking protein.
Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland, and present in every plant and animal life form on the planet. The molecular structure of melatonin is identical in all life forms and thought to have been the antioxidant in primitive life forms that allowed life to adapt in an evolving atmosphere that contained increasing amounts of oxygen. Melatonin levels ebb and flow during the day; concentrations per milliliter of blood volume gradually increase beginning at 8 p.m. and peak at 3 a.m. This cycle ensures that most creatures are at rest during hours of darkness.
Melatonin supplements have been used to readjust or stabilize sleep patterns associated with jet lag for example. In a study it was revealed that melatonin was an effective sleep aid and was being widely used by travelers, airlines personnel, and others subject to insomnia. More recently, melatonin has been proposed to improve sleep quality. However, the product has been used to assist the immune system in fighting viruses and bacterial infections, reduce the risk of heart disease, regulate biorhythms, impact longevity, enhance sexuality/libido, and protect against DNA damage which can lead to cancer.
Modified Citrus Pectin: Pectin is a water-soluble carbohydrate found in ripe fruits such as apples, grapefruits, and plums. It always has been associated with human dietary consumption since it is found in all terrestrial plants and is most concentrated in citrus fruits.
In modified citrus pectin (MCP), the pH and polysaccharides have been altered to form groups of the simple sugar galactose. In making MCP, the carbohydrate chains are split into smaller pieces. MCP's source is the peel and membrane of citrus fruits. MCP is purportedly useful for anti-metastatic purposes, but not for treatment of primary tumors.
MTH-68 is an immunotherapy agent. Dr. Csatary pursued a novel cancer treatment after observing the interference of nonpathogenic viruses with cancer growth in humans. While searching for a harmless virus to attack cancer cells, Csatary discovered a farmer in Hungary with advanced metastatic gastric carcinoma who experienced a complete cancer regression after his flock experienced an epidemic of Newcastle disease. Dr. Csatary and his wife, Eva, developed a live strain of Newcastle disease virus (NDV). They labeled the strain, MTH-681.
Selenium is considered an essential trace mineral or micronutrient. It is a powerful antioxidant with a central role in the protection of tissues from the damaging effects of oxygen free radicals. Although the role of selenium in cancer treatment is not clear, research suggests that selenium may play a role in reducing the risk of cancer by binding with glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) to combat destruction caused by free radicals and protect cellular membranes.
Daily recommended selenium intake is 50 to 140 micrograms.
It can be taken orally by yeast tablets, malt cakes, or other supplements.
Side effects at low doses are rare but may include vomiting and diarrhea. Selenium is highly toxic at concentrations of 1 milligram or more. Clinical symptoms include severe irritations of the respiratory system, rhinitis, lung edema, broncho-pneumonia, and metallic taste in the mouth. Selenium dioxide may cause erythemia and toxic necrosis of the skin, loss of hair and nails, tooth damage, or nervous system disorders. Selenium may also be carcinogenic
714X is an aqueous solution of camphoriminium chloride and contains ammonium chloride, nitrate, sodium chloride, ethanol, and water. Proponents claim that 714X acts as an immune enhancer or booster to stimulate the body's ability to regain balance. 714X treatment does not attack the cancer cell directly, but stabilizes the human organism's natural defenses.
3 consecutive series of 21 daily injections directly into the lymphatic system. Treatment is stopped for 3 days and continued at the rate of 7 injections of 0.50 cc of solution per week for a minimum of 2 to 4 months or longer, depending on the response of each individual patient. Treatment is then repeated until the progress of the disease is reversed. An average of 7-12 treatment cycles is recommended for metastatic or advanced disease.
By perinodular inguinal injection, sublingual drops, or ultrasonic nebulizer. A healthy diet following holistic nutrition guidelines accompanies the treatment (i.e., no sugar, low fat, no dairy, no pork or beef.)
No significant side effects have been reported to date.
Despite decades of use with 714-X, no clinical trials have been performed; therefore, little is known about potential risks. However, it should not be administered with Vitamin E.
Antineoplastons are naturally occurring peptides or chains of amino acids and organic acids combined with carboxylic acids system. According to the pioneer of antineoplaston therapy, Stanislaw Burzynkis, antineoplastons are part of a biochemical defense system that parallels the human immune system. They cause cancer cells to undergo differentiation according to the program originally encoded in the genes that eventually causes them to die through programmed cell death or apoptosis. Research to date has been controversial and sometimes contradictory.
The most commonly used antineoplaston is the combination of AS2-1 and A10 injection.
Antineoplastons may be administered parenterally (IV therapy) or in capsules (oral therapy).
Antineoplastons are purportedly non-toxic. Side effects may include stomach gas, slight rashes, chills, fever, change in blood pressure, and unpleasant body odor during treatment.
The toxicity of phenylacetate (the main ingredient of AS2-1 which has been implicated in causing phenylketone urea) is low.
Hydrazine sulfate is a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor and a common industrial chemical proposed to treat cancer-associated cachexia (the extensive loss of body weight and muscle mass experienced by some patients with advanced malignant diseases). It secondarily acts to stabilize tumors. Clinical studies have suggested that hydrazine sulfate improves appetite, reduces weight loss, and improves survival. NCI clinical studies demonstrated that hydrazine is ineffective as a cancer treatment; however, these studies have been controversial for inappropriate inclusion criteria.
60 mg 4 times daily for several days, then 2 times a day, and then 3 times a day for 35-40 days. After treatment is stopped for 2-6 weeks, the course can be repeated as needed. A complete course of the drug can be repeated as many as 40 times.
The drug is usually taken orally with meals but it can also be administered parenterally as a 0.4 percent solution (15 ml=60 mg).
Hydrazine sulfate has been demonstrated to produce few, transient side effects including nausea, vomiting, itching, dizziness, and impaired motor function or numbness of the extremities. No instances of bone-marrow, heart, lung, kidney or immune system toxicity, or death have been reported. Hydrazine sulfate is not carcinogenic in humans.
Hydrazine sulfate is incompatible with tranquilizers, barbiturates, alcohol and other foods high in tyramine (e.g., aged cheeses and fermented products). Combined use destroys the efficacy of this drug and increases patient morbidity. Liver damage may result from very high doses (i.e., over 20 times the therapeutic dose), and pregnant women should avoid hydrazine sulfate.
Special Regimens/Integrated Systems
The Gerson program is one of the oldest and most popular Western nutritional approaches to cancer treatment. The critical elements of this program are the balance of sodium and potassium water management, high doses of micronutrients by frequent consumption of fruit and vegetable juices, strict dietary fat reduction, temporary restriction of protein with a vegetarian diet and frequent coffee enemas. Studies have reported higher survival rates for patients with melanoma, colorectal, and ovarian cancers who participated in the Gerson program compared to the results for similar patients reported in the literature who did not participate in the program. In cases where no increase in survival has been reported, there is a tendency for improvement in general health and well being.
The program may last from a few months to 10 years.
The program consists of fresh organic vegetable and fruit juices during the day and coffee enemas for detoxification.
Patients may suffer flu-like feelings, loss of appetite, perspiration with strong odor, weakness, dizziness, cold sores, and fever blisters while receiving the treatment. Tumor masses may become painful, and patient may experience high fever, intestinal cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Although coffee enemas have been used and endorsed as a detoxification regimen by the medical community in the early 70s, there is controversy about the metabolic alterations it may produce. Coffee enemas may produce colitis or severe inflammation of the colon. The coffee enemas may also cause serious fluid and electrolyte problems in the body. Serious infections and deaths from electrolyte imbalance due to the use of coffee enemas have been reported. Also, thyroid supplementation may cause bleeding for patients with liver metastases.