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 is creating imbalances within the body.

Dr Emanuel Revici

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 find relief from their cancer pain by eating, but for others, eating only intensified their pain.

Revici began studying various aspects of the blood and urine from both healthy and sick individuals to determine why these variances were occurring. From these studies, he found that healthy individuals went through daily rhythmic fluctuations but their urinary pH always averaged near or around 6.2, whereas patients with an active cancer always had 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 (catabolic) imbalance, or an overly alkaline (anabolic) imbalance.

catabolic vs anabolic metabolism

Once Revici determined a particular person’s imbalance, he would prescribe certain lipids (essential fatty acids) along with supplements in order to treat that imbalance. Revici used lipids and supplements because he found that they had a more persistent effect on 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 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 non-toxic to the body. The treatments were given by mouth or by injection in doses 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 to balance the body.

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 the Revici 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. Having a measurement below 6.2 would be in the acidic range, and a measurement above 6.2 would be in the alkaline range. Readings would be taken 4 times per day at 8am, 1pm, 5pm, 9pm.

It would be normal for the morning urine to start out in the acidic range due to the release of the toxins and acids that have accumulated overnight, with the body becoming more alkaline as the day progresses due to the intake of food and supplements throughout the day. 

This means that a healthy person may have their first 2 readings registering at or slightly below 6.2, and the other 2 registering at or slightly above 6.2.  Concerns would arise when the pH readings did not follow this normal pattern.  For instance, having an 8 am reading that registered as alkaline (above 6.2), or a 9 pm reading that registered in the acidic range (below 6.2) may be indications that a person has an imbalance. This is especially true if the readings are severely out of the normal range.  Another indication of a problem is if a person were to have three or more readings registering below 6.2 as this would be an indicate an acidic imbalance, while having three or more readings higher than 6.2 would be an indication of an 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 the overall pattern.

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. With that in mind, a person could try 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 confirmation that they have an acidic imbalance. If their pain increases, this could be an indication that the person has an overly alkaline 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 ability to digest foods properly.

If the results confirm that you have an overly acidic imbalance- you can take two tablespoons of Emulsified Cod Liver Oil twice per day, along with Vitamin D3 and Selenomethionine, along with appropriate dietary changes to help bring the pH back in balance.  Additionally, one should take high doses of Proteolytic Enzymes. The enzymes are to be taken on an empty stomach at various times during the day to help dissolve the protein layer that surrounds cancerous cells and cloaks them from the immune system. You can read more about systemic enzyme therapy with this post.  Those who do want to take fish oil can substitute with cold pressed hemp seed oil or cold pressed 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 test model above, then you may be suffering from an overly alkaline imbalance. Additional symptoms of an alkaline imbalance may include fluid retention, sunken eyes, insomnia, significant cancer-related weight loss (or cachexia), a lack of appetite, and diarrhea. It should also be noted that certain cancers may also 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 for people with these cancers.

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, along with appropriate dietary changes to see if this helps to bring the urine pH back into balance.  In addition, one should also supplement with high doses of Proteolytic Enzymes, which are taken on an empty stomach at various times during the day to help dissolve the protein layer that surrounds cancerous cells and cloaks them from the immune system.  You can read more about systemic enzyme therapy with this post.

Choosing a lipid and supplement plan-  once you are able to determine your individual imbalance, you can try that oil and supplement plan and see if it provides you with relief from your cancer related pain.  If that particular plan helps you feel better, then you should continue taking it. But if that plan makes your pain feel worse, then you can try supplementing with the opposite lipid and supplement program instead to see if this provides you relief. Kelley says this can 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 you should 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, using a highly alkaline therapy, or ingesting sodium bicarbonate to alter the pH may cause a person to move into an alkaline imbalance.   This can cause serious problems as 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 would be an important part of this protocol.


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

Read and article about the Budwig Protocol

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