Kidney Cancer, with Metastasis to Liver and the Lungs Healed with Natural Therapies (Rita Znamirowsky)

Rita Znamirowsky heals from stage 4 kidney cancer with diet and detoxing therapies

It was November of 1993, when Rita Znamirowsky was diagnosed with stage 4 renal cell carcinoma, which is a type of kidney cancer that had also metastasized to both of her lungs and to her liver.   Her doctors at Sloan Kettering refused to operate to remove the cancerous kidney saying that she was already stage four and that she was given no other options but to simply go home and die, an event that her doctors predicted would happen within the next 2-3 months.  Rita later consulted with five other doctors and was told by all of them that the cancer was inoperable.

Rita Znamirowsky

Rita was given some health advice from a friend named Daniel who had used natural therapies to heal from testicular cancer a few years earlier. Daniel introduced her to the alternative healing teachings of Ruth Sackman and the organization that she founded called F.A.C.T, which is the Foundation for the Advancement in Cancer Therapy. He also gave her some suggestions regarding various methods of detoxification methods that she could do (such as enemas), along with making drastic changes to her diet, and by adding juicing vegetables to her daily routine. She immediately started on those therapies.  You will find notes at the bottom of the page for the FACT dietary and detoxification recommendations.

Rita continued to look for a doctor who was willing to remove her cancerous kidney and finally found one who was located in Florida. The doctor also offered to start her on immune-therapy, but when the time for the surgery arrived she found out that she was too anemic, and so it had to be postponed.  Daniel suggested that she begin to drink the juice of fresh beets and carrots 3-4 times per day for two weeks straight in order to help with the anemia.  She followed this recommendations and by the end of two weeks she was no longer anemic and was even healthy enough to donate 2 pints of blood towards the kidney operation.

Following the surgery, Rita still had the cancerous tumors in her liver and lungs, but she continued on with the diet recommendations and the juicing regimens that FACT had given to her and gradually the number of cancerous nodes decreased in size and number until they eventually disappeared altogether.

In her 2004 testimonial Rita says.  “It has been 11 years since receiving that terrifying diagnosis. At the same time, it has been 11 years since I began religiously following Ruth Sackman’s advice.  Not only was all of this accomplished without any chemotherapy, but my lungs are cancer-free as well. I know this is because I follow a holistic way of life. When people ask me if going through detox was easy, I have to honestly say, no it was not. However, I can also tell them that it was certainly a lot easier than going through chemo & radiation treatments. Without a doubt I know that I was given a second chance and am alive today because of Ruth Sackman and FACT.”  Rita Znamirowsky, November 2004.


Rita shares details of her diagnosis


Rita was featured in the documentary Rethinking Cancer.


F.A.C.T. Diet and Therapy Recommendations

The recommended diet– the rebuilding blocks begin with a raw, (preferably) meals of organic vegetables and fruits, such as carrots, beets and celery juices as well as vegetable soups and salads. High quality proteins are the body’s major cell-building materials and should be uncontaminated by chemical additives, hormones or antibiotics. The protein in the diet comes from nuts, sprouts, legumes and avocados, as well as animal proteins that comes from minimally processed, organic meats, fish, and poached or soft-boiled eggs. The diet also includes fermented foods like whole yogurt and raw cheeses, homemade nut cheese and sauerkraut. Grains are considered a rich source of vital, nutrients and are consumed in whole, unprocessed, uncooked forms.  These include rye, brown rice, barley, millet and more. The recommended method for preparing the grains is with the “thermos cooking process” which keeps the enzymes intact.   Spouts such as alfalfa and radishes are some of the finest sources of vitamins, minerals and enzymes (read more about sprouting), as is glucose in the form of raw, unprocessed honey and maple syrup.  Certain supplements can also play a role in the rebuilding process.

Detoxification–  All of us, without exception, are exposed to toxins from the day we are born, in food additives, drugs, household chemicals, cosmetics, x-ray exposure and a host of environmental pollutants. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 85% of cancers are environmentally produced, the product of such exposure. To utilize biological therapies to reverse illness, it is imperative to assist the body in the removal of toxins to restore the immune system, which is known to play an active role in preventing and fighting cancer. The FACT advocated protocol works to restore and strengthen function of the colon, kidney and liver, the prime organs of toxic elimination via the use of colonics, roughage and other detoxification procedures. The largest and most overlooked organ of elimination, the skin, is also cared for with body brushing and warm baths in Epsom salts. Also included are techniques to optimize function of the lungs and lymphatic system as well as fasting, such as the Water and Juice Fast.

Psychological healing-  There is no doubt that a patient’s psychological attitude plays a profound role in the recovery program. The FACT approach advocates a host of techniques to establish the psychological framework to support healing, including stress management, meditation, biofeedback along with counseling to optimize the patient-family/caregiver relationship

Physical -The goal is to strengthen host resistance. Attention must be paid to normalize, as much as possible, all of the systems of the body – endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, nerve, etc. – as well as to correct hormonal imbalances. The physical state of the body plays a great role in facilitating the healing process. Practitioners who are involved with biological therapies are aware that a misaligned spine can greatly impede bio-repair, as various organs and systems such as bowel movements, circulation and the endocrine system are signaled into activity by means of the nerve network.  Physical exercise, breathing exercises, light therapy and proper rest are also considerations in the implementation of an effective bio-repair protocol.

Therapies– Over the years, FACT has had considerable experience with cancer patients who have utilized a number of supplementary procedures and substances to help battle disease and restore and strengthen their immune system. These include Immunotherapy, Whole-Body Hyperthermia (Fever Therapy), Cellular and Stem Cell Therapy, and Botanicals such as Hoxsey Herbal Therapy, and Essiac Tea, which is an old herbal formula discovered by Canadian nurse Rene Caisse which includes four primary herbs (slippery elm inner bark, burdock root, sheep sorrel and Indian rhubarb root) that is said to aid in re-balancing the body chemistry and in the elimination of toxins.


How to do a coffee enema for detoxing


Additional Resources

Read an article about juicing

Read more about enemas

Read more about Essiac Tea

Read more about enzymes


  Rethinking Cancer: Non-Traditional Approaches to the Theories, Treatments and Prevention of Cancer

  Rethinking Cancer, DVD

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Cancer is a wake up call which needs to be addressed on multiple fronts.  It is the result of an overly toxic body with an overwhelmed and collapsed immune system due to eating nutritionally depleted diets, exposure to toxins, and having poor lifestyle habits. Research an anticancer diet, adding supplements, detoxing the body, and making lifestyle changes so you can address a cancerous situation with a multifaceted approach.


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