Cancer Specific Diet and Supplement Plans

The following information is based on the work of William Donald Kelley, who first proposed that cancer occurs in a state of autonomic imbalance, and that each of the two extremes, whether it is a sympathetic dominant individual or the parasympathetic dominant individual, would be predisposed to contracting certain malignancies based upon that imbalance.

The nerves of the autonomic nervous system are composed of two branches, the parasympathetic and the sympathetic, and each will regulate a different set of systems and organs within the body. The two systems also act as a braking mechanism for the other. But when one half of the nervous system exerts too much control over the other half, some organs will begin to function too quickly, while others will begin to function too slowly, and this is what creates the imbalance and dis-ease within the body.

The sympathetic system controls the release of hormones from the thyroid, adrenals and pituitary gland, and it also controls the fight-or-flight response that directs the blood flow away from the organs and to the muscles and brain as the body readies itself to fight off danger. It is a catabolic response, meaning that it is associated with the breaking down of the tissues and the burning up of the nutrients and hormones. Eventually the acid levels of the body increase and the nutritional stores are used up. Some symptoms that sympathetic dominant individuals may suffer from: decreased saliva production along with weak stomach acids and this means they have poor digestion with an inability to obtain all of the available nutrients from their foods, they may suffer from constipation, nervousness, anxiety, impatience, emotional outbursts, increased heart rate, night sweats, muscle tension, adrenal fatigue, increased rates of infection, and increased inflammation. The sympathetic system can also be overly stimulated by the over-consumption of caffeine, sugar, and from certain medications.

The parasympathetic system controls the digestion of food and the assimilation of nutrients throughout the body as well as the elimination of waste, and it is associated with the general repair and rebuilding processes of the body (anabolic metabolism).  While these may sound like positives, a parasympathetic dominant individual also suffers from an unbalanced system. Parasympathetic dominant individuals have: very strong stomach acids and this means they have very quick digestion processes, they may also have hyperactive bowels that may include diarrhea, overweight, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, low libido due to lower levels of sexual hormones, an overactive gag reflex, mild incontinence, poor quality sleep, headaches, dizziness, decreased metabolism, allergies, asthma, and feelings of despair and apathy.

Even more interesting, these two systems also have control over the acid/alkaline balance as well.  This is because the sympathetic nervous system is predominately acidic, while the parasympathetic nervous system is predominately alkaline. When they are working in tandem they will create a balanced pH environment, but when one system holds dominance over the other, they will create either an overly alkaline or an overly acidic environment, and either of these will create a diseased state of the body.

Kelley created individual diet and supplement plans for each imbalance and found that when individuals began to eat the diet that was right for them, then their rate of digestion would become normalized and the two systems would begin to work in balance once again. When digestion improved for the sympathetic dominant individuals, the acidic waste levels would drop and this would create pH balance in the body; and when the parasympathetic individuals eat an appropriate diet for their metabolism, this would normalize the endocrine glands and balance hormonal function.

Kelley devised a self-test to see if a person was sympathetic dominant, parasympathetic dominant, or had a balanced metabolism by using niacin:  this can be done swallowing a 50mg niacin tablet on an empty stomach (this is not niacinamide, slow release, or the no-flush kind).  If within a half an hour your cheeks are red and your skin feels a little hot and itchy, then you have a meat-eaters metabolism. If you feel warmer and have a better color in your face, then you have a balanced metabolism and can eat a varied diet without issues. If you don’t feel anything from this test, then you have a grain-eaters metabolism.  This test works because the niacin will be broken down quickly by the strong stomach acids of the parasympathetic individuals to produce the flushing and redness.  The sympathetic dominants with their slower digestion issues will not have this same result.  The flushing feeling can feel a little uncomfortable but it will go away within 10 minutes to an hour and there are no lasting effects, just continue drinking fluids to clear it from your system.

Sympathetic and parasympathetic dominance

According to Kelley’s research and that of Dr Nicholas Gonzalez, the development of solid tumors would tend to occur in those with an overly dominant sympathetic system (catabolic, overly acidic environment).  These include the solid tumors of the breast, lung, stomach, pancreas, colon, liver, thyroid, uterus, ovary, prostate, as well as skin cancers. Sympathetic dominants have low stomach acids and therefore they digest their meals very slowly. They also fail to obtain optimal nutrients from those meals because of their poor digestion capabilities. Because this process is so much slower than their counterparts, they shouldn’t be eating red meats or other foods that slow down their lagging digestion even further as this makes them physically unwell. These people will thrive on lighter foods that their body can easily digest and assimilate. This person should also make sure to chew their food very well as this is an important first step in the digestive process. Since they are overly acidic, they will need a mostly plant-based diet that consists of unlimited amounts of raw and lightly cooked vegetables, juicing fresh vegetables, fruits, fresh fruit smoothies, a variety of nuts and seeds, along with unprocessed grains. Their diet can include some organic eggs, wild-caught fish, and organic chicken, when/if they need animal proteins. When their digestion normalizes due to the easier diet selections, then the two systems will become balanced.

According to research by Kelley and Gonzalez, the development immune system cancers tended to occur in those with an overly dominant parasympathetic system (anabolic, overly alkaline environment). These include myelomas, leukemias, lymphomas, and soft tissue sarcomas. These people tend to have very strong stomach acids and therefore they will digest and assimilate their foods very quickly. They don’t do well when they eat carbs or fruits as their main meals, and so they require some animal proteins and other foods that take longer to digest and assimilate in order to bring their digestive system back into balance.  Furthermore, since their imbalance is overly-alkaline in general, they should not use an overly-alkaline diet or overly alkaline therapy as these may worsen their situation.  People with these types of cancers tend to do better when they follow a diet that is more balanced and can include a moderate amount of clean animal proteins (preferably the higher-fat red meats such as grass-fed beef, venison, and bison, along with organic chicken, turkey, and eggs, and wild-caught fish), moderate amounts of healthy fats, fresh or cooked vegetables, fresh vegetable juices, fruits, nuts, seeds, with a limited amount of grains. Although grains are not prominent on this diet, when consumed they should always be whole and unprocessed and preferably organic. When this person is able to slow down their overly fast digestive processes by eating a more appropriate diet, then the two systems will become balanced.

More on these diet plans:

  • Fresh vegetables- are some of the most nutrient dense foods that you can eat. Some cancer-fighters include bok choy, broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, collard greens, eggplant, green beans, kale, leeks, onion, peppers, radish, scallions, mustard greens, Swiss chard, tomatoes, summer squash, mushrooms, sprouts, etc. Vegetables can be eaten raw or cooked depending on how well the person tolerates them.
  • Raw fruits –have astringent-like qualities that work to specifically target and cleanse the lymphatic fluids which is extremely important when you are healing from cancer.  If you are excluding fruit from your diet, you are missing out on an abundance of antioxidants, flavonoids, and anthocyanins that can prevent an reverse cellular damage and reduce overall inflammation. Some powerful fruits to include are: blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, grapes, cherries, pomegranates, cantaloupe, papaya, pineapple, watermelon, lemons, limes, and oranges.  Fruits are very easily digested, therefore they should be eaten separately, or about 1/2 hour before your main meals, or they can easily be blended into smoothies.  One way to do this is to start your day with a big bowl of fresh fruit to cleanse the digestive system.
  • The diets below include both fruits and vegetables, with the exception of the ketogenic diet which limits most fruits and all starchy vegetables.
  • The complex carbohydrates for the plant-based diet include Ezekiel sprouted breads, brown rice, wild rice, red rice, black rice, oatmeal, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, lentils and beans.
  • Both diets include eating a variety of raw nuts such as walnuts, cashews, pecans, and almonds, along with nut butters (no peanuts).
  • Both diets include a variety of seeds including hemp seeds, chia, sesame, and freshly ground flax seeds.
  • Acceptable fats include unrefined coconut oil, organic butter, ghee, and unrefined lard for cooking purposes, and olive, sesame, avocado, hemp and flax for cold uses.
  • Acceptable meats are always free range, whole, and unprocessed and are listed in the individual diet plans.
  • Organic foods are always preferred over conventional.

Specific diet and supplement plans for specific cancers

The diet and supplement plans listed below can be used as a guide to help balance the two systems and help facilitate healing within the body.  The supplements are very specific and in some cases are being utilized in order to increase or decrease the acidity of the digestive fluids in order to play a role in either slowing or increasing the digestive process, so please pay attention to them as they are listed.

Colon cancer- is the direct result from eating the standard American diet that is too high in processed foods, sugar, soda, dairy, and meat, with very little fresh vegetables and fiber.  This healing diet would include lots of raw or lightly cooked vegetables, juicing fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, making fresh fruit smoothies, raw nuts and seeds, along with Ezekiel sprouted breads, brown rice, wild rice, red rice, black rice, oatmeal, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, lentils and beans.  No dairy or red meats are not allowed on this diet but it can include limited amounts of organic eggs, wild-caught fish and organic chicken when/if animal proteins are needed.  This person can have unlimited greens and fruits.

  • This person should begin supplementing with thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin (not niacinamide), vitamin D3, vitamin k2, ascorbic acid, selenium, chromium, manganese, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and amino acids.
  • This person should supplement with Udo’s Essential Fatty Acids
  • This person should work on colon cleansing routines and healing their gut.
  • This person should supplement with ginger root or use add grated ginger root to their meals and drink whole leaf aloe vera juice to heal the gut lining.
  • This person would benefit from probiotics
  • This person would also benefit by taking high doses of proteolytic enzymes between their meals, and digestive enzymes with their meals.
  • This person should also implement some detoxification therapies.
  • This person would benefit from learning relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, mediation, yoga, massage, long soaks in a bath.

Pancreatic cancer– is a result of eating diets that are too high in simple carbs and sugars, and not eating enough wholesome fresh foods.  This type of diet causes the pancreas to constantly produce enzymes and insulin until it eventually becomes overworked and diseased. This healing diet would include lots of raw or lightly cooked vegetables, juicing fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, making fresh fruit smoothies, raw nuts and seeds, along with Ezekiel sprouted breads, brown rice, wild rice, red rice, black rice, oatmeal, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, lentils and beans. Acceptable animal proteins for this diet can include wild-caught fish one to two times per week and one to two organic eggs can be eaten daily. No red meats are allowed on this diet, and the only dairy is one daily serving of organic whole milk unsweetened yogurt.  This person can have unlimited greens and fruits.

  • This person should begin supplementing with thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin, vitamin D3, vitamin k2, ascorbic acid, selenium, chromium, manganese, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and amino acids.
  • This person should supplement with Udo’s Essential Fatty Acids
  • This person would also benefit by taking high doses of proteolytic enzymes between their meals, and digestive enzymes with their meals.
  • This person would also benefit from coffee enemas
  • This person should employ detoxification therapies
  • This person would benefit from learning relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, mediation, massage,yoga, long soaks in an epson salt bath.

Liver cancer- everything that you ingest, breathe in, or put on your skin must be processed by the liver. This person should clean up their diet and lifestyle to lower their level of toxicity to take some of the burden off of the liver. This healing diet would include fresh and lightly cooked vegetables, juicing fresh vegetables, fruits, making fresh fruit smoothies, raw nuts and seeds, along with Ezekiel sprouted breads, brown rice, wild rice, red rice, black rice, oatmeal, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, lentils and beans. Acceptable animal proteins for this diet can include wild-caught fish one to two times per week and one to two organic eggs can be eaten daily.  No red meats are allowed on this diet, and the only dairy is one daily serving of organic whole milk unsweetened yogurt. This person can have unlimited greens and fruits.

  • This person should begin supplementing with thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin (not niacinamide), vitamin D3, vitamin k2, ascorbic acid, chromium, selenium, manganese, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and amino acids.
  • This person should supplement with Udo’s Essential Fatty Acids
  • This person would also benefit by taking high doses of proteolytic enzymes between their meals,and digestive enzymes with their meals.
  • This person would also benefit from coffee enemas
  • This person should also implement some therapies to detoxify their body
  • This person would benefit from learning relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, mediation, massage, yoga, and by having long soaks in an Epson salt bath.

Hormonal cancers of the breast, ovary, cervix, uterus, endometrial- are most often due to hormonal imbalances. When someone has a hormonal cancer they should have a hormone panel done and then use that information to get your hormones balanced.  This healing diet would include fresh and lightly cooked vegetables, juicing fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, making fresh fruit smoothies, a variety of raw nuts and seeds, along with Ezekiel sprouted breads, brown rice, wild rice, red rice, black rice, oatmeal, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, lentils and beans. No dairy products or red meats are allowed on this diet but it can include limited amounts of organic eggs and wild-caught fish when/if animal proteins are needed.  This person can have unlimited greens and fruits.

Prostate and testicular cancers- are also hormone driven cancers. Have your hormone levels checked and then use that information to correct any imbalances.  This healing diet would include fresh and lightly cooked vegetables, juicing fresh vegetables, fruits, making fresh fruit smoothies, a variety of raw nuts and seeds, along with Ezekiel sprouted breads, brown rice, wild rice, red rice, black rice, oatmeal, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, lentils and beans.  No dairy products or red meats are allowed on this diet but it can include limited amounts of organic eggs and wild-caught fish when/if animal proteins are needed. This person can have unlimited greens and fruits.

Thyroid Cancer- When one has an iodine deficiency, one of the first problems to occur is the formation of cysts within the thyroid, breasts, ovaries, uterus, and prostate. If the deficiency goes on longer these cysts will become nodular and hard. If it continues on, they will become hyperplastic tissue, which is a cancerous. This healing diet would include fresh and lightly cooked vegetables, juicing fresh vegetables, fruits, making fresh fruit smoothies, a variety of raw nuts and seeds, along with Ezekiel sprouted breads, brown rice, wild rice, red rice, black rice, oatmeal, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, lentils and beans.  No dairy products or red meats are allowed on this diet but it can include limited amounts of organic eggs and wild-caught fish when/if animal proteins are needed. This person can have unlimited greens and fruits.

  • This person should begin supplementing with thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin (not niacinamide), vitamin D3, vitamin k2, ascorbic acid, selenium, chromium, manganese, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and amino acids.
  • Don’t have unnecessary x-rays.  This includes dental as your dentist may not be doing what is best for you but for their own bottom line.  Having yearly dental x-rays may not be in the best interest of the patient.  Request to have a thyroid protector whenever you have an x-ray. Radiation exposure can destroy the thyroid, but often the thyroid protectors are being removed because they are cumbersome to the technicians.  Women should have thermograms instead of mammograms so you aren’t exposing yourself to radiation.
  • This person may benefit from iodine supplementation
  • Supplementing with Organic Maca Root Powder can also help provide relief for those with a low functioning thyroid. Maca is adaptogenic, meaning that it has the ability to resolve various hormonal issues. Read more here. 
  • Another adaptogenic herb is Ashwagandha, which has the ability to improve thyroid functions, balance the hormones, and reduce inflammation.
  • This person should take a Glandular Thyroid Supplement
  • This person should supplement with Udo’s Essential Fatty Acids
  • This person would also benefit by taking high doses of proteolytic enzymes between their meals, and digestive enzymes with their meals.
  • Detox your body in order to remove accumulated toxins.  Read more about detox therapies.
  • This person would benefit from learning relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, mediation, massage, yoga, and by having long soaks in an Epson salt bath.

Lymphoma, leukemia, and myelomas-  These types of cancers are the result of having a damaged immune system, possibly from having a chronic infection (virus, bacterial, fungal (candida) infection, etc), heavy metal toxicity (this can be from mercury amalgam fillings or from other sources), a gluten sensitivity or some other type of food intolerance, or from having an unaddressed dental issue (more commonly an infected root canal, or another type of dental infection).  You will need to clean up the internal environment that caused the immune system to overreact in the first place.  Also, these cancers are alkaline-based, meaning that this person should not use an overly-alkaline diet or therapy such as sodium bicarbonate or cesium chloride as these may worsen their situation. 

*Lymphomas- are cancers of the lymphocytes.  Lymphocytes are the white blood cells that circulate in the lymphatic fluid and determine the specific response of the immune system related to infection, gluten sensitivity or another food intolerance, bacteria, virus, or other toxin.

  • People with these types of cancers tend to do better when they follow a diet that is more acidic, so they can include a moderate amount of clean animal proteins (this can include some red meats such as grass-fed beef, venison, and bison, along with organic chicken, wild-caught fish, and organic eggs), moderate amounts of healthy fats, fresh or cooked vegetables, fresh vegetable juices, raw fruits, raw nuts and seeds, with limited amounts of whole unprocessed grains.  No dairy is allowed on this diet with the exception of organic butter being an acceptable fat.
  • People with these types of cancer should supplement with a plant-based calcium, boron, PhosphozymeZinc, Vitamin A,  vitamin E (not synthetic), vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin), and sodium ascorbate.
  • This person should supplement with Udo’s Essential Fatty Acids
  • This person could try high dose Intravenous vitamin C, colloidal silver protocol (see below), infrared saunas, drinking essiac tea, ,…. dandelion root tea,…. pau D arco, or some other anti-viral/ anti-bacterial therapy to help the body to deal with the bacterial/viral load
  • This person would also benefit by taking high doses of proteolytic enzymes between their meals.
  • This person should implement some detoxing therapies.  
  • This person would also benefit from doing remedies and exercises that target and cleanse the lymphatic system. You can read more about the lymphatic system with this post.  

*Leukemia -is a progressive malignant disease in which the bone marrow and other blood-forming organs produce an increased number of immature or abnormal leukocytes (white blood cells). This overproduction of white blood cells suppresses the production of normal blood cells which leads to anemia and other symptoms.  When someone has leukemia, the body has increased the white blood cell count in order to address a toxicity or an underlying infection issue, but when the immune system is unable to overcome the problem, the immune system gets out of control and creates more and more white blood cells. In order to address this cancer you must figure out what has overstimulated the immune system in the first place and then deal with that issue.

  • People with these types of cancers tend to do better when they follow a diet that is more acidic, so they can include a moderate amount of clean animal proteins (this can include some red meats such as grass-fed beef, venison, and bison, along with organic chicken, wild-caught fish, and organic eggs), moderate amounts of healthy fats, fresh or cooked vegetables, fresh vegetable juices, raw fruits, raw nuts and seeds, with limited amounts of whole unprocessed grains.  No dairy is allowed on this diet with the exception of organic butter being an acceptable fat.
  • People with these types of cancer should supplement with a plant-based calcium, boron, Phosphozyme, Zinc, Vitamin A,  vitamin E (not synthetic), vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin), sodium ascorbate, and amino acids.
  • This person should supplement with Udo’s Essential Fatty Acids
  • This person could also try high dose intravenous vitamin C, colloidal silver protocol (see below), far infrared sauna treatments, essiac tea, ,…. dandelion root tea,…. pau D arco, or some other anti-viral/ anti-bacterial therapy to help the body to deal with the bacterial/viral load
  • This person would also benefit by taking high doses of proteolytic enzymes between their meals.
  • This person should implement some detoxing therapies
  • This person would also benefit from doing remedies and exercises that target and cleanse the lymphatic system. You can read more about the lymphatic system with this post.  

*Myeloma -is a cancer that develops in the plasma cells of the bone marrow. Plasma cells make the antibodies which are blood proteins that are produced in response to a specific antigen. Antibodies combine chemically with substances that the body recognizes as alien, such as bacteria, viruses, and foreign substances in the blood, so finding out what triggered this system to go haywire and addressing that issue would be the first step toward healing.

  • People with these types of cancers tend to do better when they follow a diet that is more acidic, so they can include a moderate amount of clean animal proteins (this can include some red meats such as grass-fed beef, venison, and bison, along with organic chicken, wild-caught fish, and organic eggs), moderate amounts of healthy fats, fresh or cooked vegetables, fresh vegetable juices, raw fruits, raw nuts and seeds, with limited amounts of whole unprocessed grains.  No dairy is allowed on this diet with the exception of organic butter being an acceptable fat.
  • People with these types of cancer should supplement with a plant-based calcium, boron, Phosphozyme, Zinc, Vitamin A,  vitamin E (not synthetic), vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin), sodium ascorbate, and amino acids.
  • This person should supplement with Udo’s Essential Fatty Acids
  • This person would also benefit by taking high doses of proteolytic enzymes between their meals.
  • This person could try high dose intravenous Vitamin C, colloidal silver (see protocol below), infrared sauna treatments, pau D arco, or another type of anti-viral/ anti-bacterial therapy to help the body to deal with the bacterial/viral load
  • This person should implement detoxing therapies
  • This person would also benefit from doing remedies and exercises that target and cleanse the lymphatic system. You can read more about the lymphatic system with this post.  

*Soft tissue sarcomas- these are connective tissues cancers that arise in the soft tissues of the body. These tissues connect, support, and surround other body structures and include muscle, fat, blood vessels, nerves, tendons and the lining of your joints.  They are related to the immune system cancer, and like those they are alkaline-based, meaning that this person should not use an overly alkaline diet or therapy such as sodium bicarbonate or cesium chloride in order to heal as these may worsen their situation. 

  • People with these types of cancers tend to do better when they follow a diet that is more acidic, so they can include a moderate amount of clean animal proteins (this can include some red meats such as grass-fed beef, venison, and bison, along with organic chicken, wild-caught fish, and organic eggs), moderate amounts of healthy fats, fresh or cooked vegetables, fresh vegetable juices, raw fruits, raw nuts and seeds, with limited amounts of whole unprocessed grains.  No dairy is allowed on this diet with the exception of organic butter being an acceptable fat.
  • People with these types of cancer should supplement with a plant-based calcium, boron, Phosphozyme, Zinc, Vitamin A,  vitamin E (not synthetic), vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin), sodium ascorbate, and amino acids.
  • This person should supplement with Udo’s Essential Fatty Acids
  • This person should also implement some of the therapies and supplements that are listed below.
  • This person would benefit from using detoxing therapies.
  • This person would also benefit by taking high doses of proteolytic enzymes between their meals.
  • This person would also benefit from doing remedies and exercises that target and cleanse the lymphatic system. You can read more about the lymphatic system with this post.  

Brain cancers– often occur when the cells of the brain become inflamed due to toxicity, radiation exposure, or even if a person has a damaged gut lining. Have your naturopathic doctor run a toxicity panel so that you can address any issues that arise. Also check for any food intolerances by doing an elimination diet and then take steps to repair and replenish the beneficial bacteria of the gut. This healing diet is based on the consumption of healthy fats, along with moderate amount of clean animal proteins (preferably the higher fat red meats such as grass-fed beef, venison, bison, and pork, along with organic chicken, turkey, eggs, and wild-caught fish), a variety of nuts and seeds, unlimited amounts of non-starchy fresh vegetables, and lots of leafy greens. This diet eliminates most fruits, all starchy vegetables (root vegetables), all grains, and all other carbohydrates (it is a strict ketogenic diet).  A ketogenic diet specifically cuts off the fuel that cancerous cells use for growth by the elimination of all sugars and all carbohydrates that the body will convert into glucose.  Normal cells have the ability to use ketones instead of glucose for their energy. But since the mitochondria are damaged in cancer cells, they do not have the ability to use ketones, therefore they will literally starve.  This is said to be the most effective diet for those diagnosed with brain cancer, although it may not be effective for all situations.

Additional resources

 

  Different Diets for Different Types, DVD

The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet, Second Edition: An Innovative Program that Detoxifies Your Body’s Acidic Waste to Prevent Disease and Restore Overall Health

 

 

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