Revici’s Metabolic Therapy

“Every person with an active cancer will either be too anabolic or too catabolic.” Kelley Eidem, author of the book The Doctor Who Cures Cancer, the Story of Dr Revici.

Metabolic therapy

Metabolic therapy pertains to the physical and chemical processes that are involved in the maintenance of life.  When this term is used by doctors of alternative medicine, it denotes not a specific therapy, but a category of treatments that are non-toxic, non-invasive, and that support the rebuilding processes of the body.  Dr. William Donald Kelly, Dr Nicholas Gonzalez, and Dr. Emanuel Revici were all highly regarded names in the field of metabolic therapy for the treatment of cancer.

There are two kinds of metabolism: anabolic- which represents the process in which simple substances are being synthesized into complex structures, and is associated with the growth and repair of the body.  And catabolic- which is the process in which complex structures are broken down into simple substances, and is associated with the breaking down of nutrients and the tissues of the body.  It is normal for a healthy body to cycle through both of these phases every day, but when a person has cancer, one of these phases will be more dominant than the other and this is what creates imbalance within the body.

Dr Emanuel Revici

Emanuel Revici received his doctorate in medicine and surgery from the University of Bucharest, Romania in 1920, and went on to serve as the Director of the Institute of Applied Biology in N.Y. from 1946 to 1990.  While there, he made many observations of his ill patients and was able to document their behaviors. Revici noticed that some of his patients experienced cancer related pain in the morning, while others suffered with their cancer pain during the night.  Additionally, some patients were able to relieve their pain by eating, but for others, eating only intensified their pain.

Revici surmised that these differences could be associated with cyclical physiological patterns so he began studying various aspects of the blood and urine from both healthy and sick individuals.   From these studies he determined that healthy subjects went through daily rhythmic fluctuations but their urinary pH always averaged around 6.2, whereas patients with an active cancer did not have these normal fluctuations but maintained an average urinary pH that was either significantly higher or lower than 6.2.   Using this information Revici was able to classify his patients as either suffering from an overly acidic imbalance (catabolic), or an overly alkaline imbalance (anabolic).

catabolic vs anabolic metabolism

Once Revici determined a particular persons imbalance he would prescribe certain lipids (essential fatty acids), along with supplements in order to treat that imbalance. Revici used lipids because he found that they had a more persistent effect with the pH, plus lipids have the ability to transport the supplements that were being administered at higher doses.  He referred to his lipid and supplement therapy as “guided chemotherapy.” 

The remedy varied for each patient, but it included a chemical formulation that was made up of varying amounts of essential fatty acids, phytosterols (plant sterols), proteolytic enzymes, high doses of supplements, along with dietary changes.  Despite its name, Revici’s guided chemotherapy was completely different from mainstream chemotherapy because it was entirely non-toxic to the body. The treatments were given by mouth or by injection in dosages that were tailored to meet each patient’s needs. After the first treatment the patients were taught to test their urine at home to see if the therapy was helping their readings to become balanced.

Revici’s therapy was promoted for the treatment of various types of cancer, including advanced cancers of the colon, bone, lung, and brain, as well as heart disease, arthritis, and AIDS. It also had success as a remedy for those suffering from chronic pain, drug addiction, radiation injury, and schizophrenia.

How to use this method:

The following information is provided by Kelley Eidem, who is the author of the book The Doctor Who Cures Cancer, the Story of Dr Revici.

Testing the urine- you can test your urine using pH Test Strips  that are made for saliva and urine. They can be purchased from health food stores or online. The proper strip to purchase is a narrow or short range, which will measure from 5.0 to 9.5 or so.



How to test the urine: According to Revici, the balanced point for urine is 6.2. A measurement below 6.2 would be considered to be in the acidic range, and a measurement above 6.2 would be considered to be in the alkaline range. Urine pH readings are to be taken 4 times per day, at 8am, 1pm, 5pm and 9pm.

It is normal for the urine pH to start out in the acidic range due to toxins that have accumulated overnight, with the body becoming more alkaline as the day progresses due to the food and supplements that you are consuming.  This means that a healthy person should have their first 2 readings registering at or below 6.2, and the other 2 registering at or above 6.2.  Concerns would arise when the pH readings did not follow this normal pattern.  For instance, having an 8am reading that registered as alkaline (above 6.2), or a 9 pm reading that registered in the acidic range (below 6.2) would both be indications of an imbalance. This is especially true if the readings are severely out of the normal range.  Also, if a person has three or more readings registering below 6.2, this may be an indication of an acidic imbalance.  Conversely, if three or more readings are registering higher than 6.2, this may be an indication of an overly alkaline imbalance.  Revici found that his sickest patients were the ones whose urine pH readings measured the furthest from the balanced point.

  • Note: Revici would test the urine four times per day for a least a week to find an overall pattern.
  • Kelley Eidem says there is another way to determine the imbalance. He suggests eating a meal that consists of 2 boiled eggs and a cup of black coffee. If that meal reduces your cancer pain or otherwise makes you feel better, you may have an alkaline imbalance.  If that meal makes your cancer pain increase or otherwise makes you feel worse, you may have an acidic imbalance.

For those with an overly acidic imbalance –  In general, most people who eat the standard American diet are going to be overly acidic.  Additionally, a person with this type of imbalance would typically be experiencing more cancer related pain in the morning, with their pain lessening as their day progresses.  This person would also respond negatively to the egg and coffee meal with an increase in their cancer-related pain.  Additional symptoms of an acidic imbalance may include high blood pressure, lethargy, frequent urination, and constipation.

Revici found that the patients who were exhibiting an acidic imbalance could find temporary relief from their cancer-related pain by ingesting a small amount of sodium bicarbonate that was dissolved in water. A person could do a simple self-test by drinking 1/2 tsp of sodium bicarbonate mixed into one cup of water to see if this helps to ease their cancer-related pain. If the pain goes away, then this may be used as confirmation that they have an acidic imbalance.   Note: The sodium bicarbonate is to be used as a test only and should not be continued.  Revici found that it was better to use fatty acids to restore the pH rather than sodium bicarbonate because the stomach’s natural acidic state may become altered in a harmful way with continued consumption of sodium bicarbonate and this would have a negative effect on their digestion. Also, the body doesn’t like extremes so it will do all it can to re-acidify the stomach acids.

If the results confirm that you have an acidic imbalance: you can take one or two tablespoons of Emulsified Cod Liver Oil once or twice per day, along with Vitamin D3 and Selenomethionine to bring the pH back in balance, and take Proteolytic Enzymes on an empty stomach a couple times during the day to help dissolve the protein layer that surrounds cancerous cells. Those who do want to take fish oil can substitute with cold pressed hemp seed oil or flax seed oil instead.

For those with an overly alkaline imbalance-  If your cancer related pain worsens with the sodium bicarbonate test, or if your pain steadily increases as the day progresses, or if your urine has tested as overly alkaline using the above model, or if the egg and coffee meal reduced your cancer-related pain and helped you feel better, then you may have an overly alkaline imbalance.  It should also be noted that certain cancers present themselves as overly alkaline in general. These include: multiple myeloma, lymphomas, leukemias, and soft tissue sarcomas, so monitoring your urine pH following the above model would be important with these cancers. Additional symptoms of an alkaline imbalance may include fluid retention, sunken eyes, insomnia, weight loss, a lack of appetite, and diarrhea.

If the pH readings confirm that you have an alkaline imbalance: you can try supplementing with 2,000 mgs of Borage Oil, or Evening Primrose Oil taken three times per day, for a total of 6,000 mgs of oil, along with the supplements vitamin E (not synthetic E), zinc, and boron to see if this helps to bring the urine pH back into balance.  In addition, one could supplement with Proteolytic Enzymes, which are taken on an empty stomach a couple times during the day to help dissolve the protein layer that surrounds cancerous cells.

Choosing the right lipid and supplement plan-  once you are able to determine your individual imbalance, you can try that oil and the supplement plan and see if it provides you with relief.  If that particular plan helps you feel better, then you should continue taking it. But if that plan makes your pain pattern worse, then you can try supplementing with the opposite lipid and supplement program instead. Kelley says may happen due to misinterpretation of the listed testing models. The important thing is finding the program that brings you relief from your cancer-related pain and helps you feel better, and then continue to monitor your urine pH patterns to see if things begin to normalize.  (following normal pH patterns of a healthy individual as explained above.)

Going from one extreme to the other-  most people are probably too acidic in general, but exposure to certain things like radiation, chemotherapy drugs, chemical toxins, following a highly alkaline vegan diet for a long period of time, or using sodium bicarbonate to alter the pH may cause a person to move from an acidic imbalance over into an alkaline imbalance.   This can cause serious problems because this person may not be aware that this change has occurred, and therefore would not understand why they are feeling sicker and sicker while following the same plan that originally provided them with relief.  Regularly monitoring the pH of your urine and making adjustments to your routine is an important part of this protocol.

Why is it that two people can have the same type of cancer and do the same type of therapies but have different outcomes?  Perhaps one reason is because of the acidic or alkaline imbalance that they are suffering from. The oils and supplements that are beneficial for some will be detrimental to another. This might explain why some people do not do well with the Budwig Protocol.  If they have an overly alkaline imbalance, then taking this oil would put them further off balance and this may be detrimental to their healing plan.  This same rule may also apply to cannabis oil as well, so this may explain why some people do not achieve long term healing when taking these oils.

Additional Reading

Read another article about Revici

Read more about acid/alkaline balance

Read an article about cancer specific diet and supplement plans

Read an article about essential fatty acids

Read more about systemic enzyme therapy

Read an article about sodium bicarbonate

Contact information

Revici passed away in January of 1998, at the age of 101. Elena Avram, who worked directly with Revici for 3 decades now runs the Revici Center in New York

3656 38th St,  Long Island City, NY 11101 . Click on the link for a map.

Phone number:   917-620-8078.


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