Changing my diet was pretty easy although it took a while to get used to it, but sorting out the supplements took me a couple of weeks. There is such a lot of conflicting information on the web it is difficult to see through the noise.
First; why I’m taking what I’m taking.
From Dr Binzel again (written in 1994):
From the time that cancer was first diagnosed (some three hundred to five hundred years ago) to the present, most members of the medical profession have treated this disease using the theory that the tumor is the disease. This theory said that, if you can remove the tumor or destroy the tumor, you will cure the disease. Drs. Krebs, Burk, Nieper, and others said in essence, “Wrong!” These men had seen thousands of cancer patients die. They realized that ninety-five per cent of these patients had their tumors treated with surgery, and/or radiation, and/or chemotherapy. It was obvious to them that, if removing the tumor or destroying the tumor cured the disease, ninety-five percent of these people would be alive and well. It was, therefore, equally obvious to them that removing the tumor or destroying the tumor did not cure the disease. This meant, of course, that the tumor was not the cause of the disease but was merely a symptom of the disease.
I have no tumours, as I understand it mine was removed from my temple, whatever is left that is spreading through my body is at the cell level so why isn’t my immune system attacking it?
More from Binzel:
They found that the cancer cell is coated with a protein lining, and that it was this protein lining (or covering) that prevented the body’s normal defenses from getting to the cancer cell. They found that, if you could dissolve the protein lining from around the cancer cell, the body’s normal defenses, the leukocytes (white blood ceils), would destroy the cancer cell. They found that the dissolving of the protein lining (or covering) from around the cancer cell was done very nicely within the body by two enzymes: trypsin and chymotrypsin. These enzymes are secreted by the pancreas. Thus, they said that the enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin formed the body’s first line of defense against cancer.
In addition to finding that trypsin and chymotrypsin formed the body’s first line of defense against cancer, Dr. Krebs et al. found that the body has a second line of defense against this disease. This second line of defense is formed by a group of substances known as nitrilosides. The cancer cell has an enzyme, beta-glucosidase, which, when it comes in contact with nitrilosides, converts those nitrilosides into two molecules of glucose, one molecule of benzaldehyde and one molecule of hydrogen cyanide. Originally, it was thought that only the hydrogen cyanide was toxic to the cancer cell. Recent evidence has shown that, while the hydrogen cyanide may exert some toxic effect, it is the benzaldehyde that is extremely toxic to the cancer cell.
What is so significant about this is that this is a target-specific reaction. Within the body, the cancer cell and only the cancer cell contains the enzyme beta-glucosidase. Thus, the benzaldehyde and the hydrogen cyanide can be formed in the presence of the cancer cell, and only the cancer cell. Thus, they are toxic to the cancer cell and only the cancer cell. The normal cell contains the enzyme, rhodanese, which converts the nitrilosides into food.
Sorry!?!? Did you say Cyanide!?! O-M-G!
Actually, that is not my reaction at all but it is a word that conjures up images of poisoning and so it did worry me a bit. My attitude is that I have cancer cells spreading through my body, they are going to kill me sometime fairly soon and my body is doing nothing about it. If Dr Binzel is right there is something I can do about it – it’s worth a shot isn’t it? Bring on the Cyanide!
Nitrilosides occur naturally in a number of foods but they occur in high quantities in those foods which rarely form part of a modern diet. Here’s a list, I got a few of the fruits but most of the few things I eat from that list are low in nitrilosides. There doesn’t appear to be any in beer.
Also, if you are eating a lot of animal protein it is your pancreatic enzymes that are apparently used up trying to break it down, so there isn’t enough left for the rest of the body.
Finally, if you’ve had chemotherapy your immune system is so shot it can take months even years to sort itself out.
If this is right that means both of my main defences against cancer are none existent due to my diet and the treatment I’ve received. So I’ve sorted out my diet meaning I’m now getting some enzymes and nitrilosides running round my body but I already have cancer so by the time I build up sufficient of both to have a good crack at the cancer cells they may have already killed me. So I need to boost the levels of my cancer fighting team as quickly as possible and I’m going to try and do this by taking large doses of nitrilosides and pancreatic enzymes together with a number of other vitamins that will boost my immune system.
The main element to provide the nitrilosides is a very controversial substance called B17, sometimes referred to as Amygdalin or Laetrile. I’m still having trouble determining exactly what it is, I’ve googled each of its names and some people say it is a cancer cure and others say it will poison you. Any official website treads very carefully as the sale and promotion of it is illegal in the U.S. The UK cancer charity sites give it a pretty poor press too, the Cancer Research web page for Laetrile goes to great lengths to say how terrible it is and discourages people from using it;
Laetrile contains cyanide, which is a type of poison. So the side effects of laetrile are the same as those of cyanide.
Really? Not according to Dr Binzel.
It is about as accurate as its page on chemotherapy:
In cancer, the cells keep on dividing until there is a mass of cells. This mass of cells becomes a lump – a tumour. Because cancer cells divide much more often than most normal cells, they are more likely to be killed by chemotherapy.
Really? It didn’t kill mine and I didn’t have many at the time, it did trash my digestive and immune systems though. Their page on the side effects of chemotherapy is about 5 times as long as that for the side effects of B17 – I’ve had both and I know which is more accurate!
A different view is given by Cancer Active
But I don’t want to descend into a rant and it is irrelevant anyway as conventional treatment for my cancer hasn’t worked and there isn’t anything else that can be done for me by conventional medicine. So B17 it is!
I’m also taking nitrilosides in natural form by scoffing a load of Apricot kernels everyday as well. The pancreatic enzymes and vitamins are all readily available in the UK, the difficult thing is finding out what to take. As well as Binzel’s list I used the following websites to put together a list of things to take:
I’m not recommending any of them, they tend to contradict each other and sometimes themselves but they gave me a good starting point. When I started to talk to people I managed to refine what I’m taking to the list in Part 2.