Increased Interest in Alternative Cancer Treatments

In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in the amount of interest the general public has shown in alternative cancer treatment therapies, whether instead of or along with (integrative) conventional medicine cancer treatment. This could be due to several factors, not the least of which include:

It has been said that over 30% of Americans seek out alternative treatment to cancer over modern, allopathic (conventional) methods.


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Conventional Medical Cancer Treatments

Typical cancer treatments that oncologists recommend include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and/or pharmaceutical drugs. However with the popularity of these choices diminishing, many patients are looking for safer, more natural ways to treat their cancer.

Understanding of the Various Causes of Cancer

As we learn more about the complexity of the human body, and all the possible variables involved in sickness and disease, we realize there is a lot more at play in a cancer diagnosis. Not only are there internal/biological factors at play (genetics, gut health/diet, bioenergetics, detoxification, etc.), but we need to also take into consideration environmental stressors (chemicals/toxification), emotional/psychological problems, and spiritual consciousness. This is how we take a truly holistic perspective on healing; looking at the whole persons (body & spirit/soul.)

You will rarely find physicians in the medical world that consider all these areas, however as mentioned above there is a growing understanding of the natural/holistic model. I often recount the story when speaking about my time studying for my AMA fellowship Integrative Cancer Therapy with the medical-oriented training organization A4M (American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine), that I was the only alternative, natural clinician attending the very first training (everyone else were MD’s.)

While each one admitted that there was no way they could put into practice what they were learning or they would get kicked out of their group, they were excited to learn this information for their own families use. The point is, there are more and more medical doctors that are becoming unhappy with their (forced) only options to offer their cancer patients, and are seeking out alternative cancer treatment solutions to complement the medical model.

The 5 Most Popular Alternative Cancer Treatments

As we discuss the 5 most popular alternative cancer treatments for patients with cancer, it’s vital to understand that we don’t treat cancer. Our job as holistic health practitioners is to help you get your body back to a healthy state (through diet/nutrition, therapies, emotional/spiritual support) so that you can fight off disease (like cancer.) So when we say things like, “the most popular alternative cancer treatments,” we’re referring to therapies and protocols used to help support your body’s natural ability to heal. Also, keep in mind that there are dozens of other alternative cancer treatments that we didn’t mention. This does not mean they are not as effective; in fact some may be better than those on this list. We are only narrowing the focus to the most popular options available.

More importantly, every person’s body is different. What works for one person may have minimal effects on another. This is the primary reason we require genetic testing, among other labs and tests, on all patients in our clinic. As was just mentioned, every individual body is unique. Cancer patients have distinct genes that we want to review. There are cancer suppressor genes that, if defective, we want to support; there are genes that hint at what a person’s cancer may be “feeding on” thereby helping us govern one’s diet.

Each person has a set of genes – about 20,000 in all. The differences between people come from slight variations in these genes. For example, a person with defects (variants) on their genetic detoxification pathways may have a greater difficulty ridding their body of pesticides, giving them an increase risk of health issues.

1. Gerson Therapy (Juicing and Coffee Enemas)


The Gerson Therapy (perhaps the most well-known alternative cancer treatment protocol in the world) is a natural treatment that triggers the body’s amazing ability to heal itself with of a protocol of organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas, and natural supplements. Dr Gerson used intense detoxification to eliminate wastes, regenerate the liver, reactivate the immune system, and restore the body’s essential defenses: enzyme, mineral, and hormone systems.

Dr Max Gerson succeeded where many pharmaceutical companies fail because he spent decades trying to improve his clinical work, and he watched his patients closely to see what worked.

At Conners Clinic, we have created a Modified Gerson Therapy which is a very practical, highly detailed guide to the intensive nutritional treatment of cancer and other life-threatening diseases that many would like you to believe is impossible to obtain. Thanks to the work of Max Gerson, M.D., and his daughter, author Charlotte Gerson, much of this knowledge is readily available for all who need it.

Learn more about the Gerson Therapy

2. Rife Machine Frequency Therapy (Royal Raymond Rife)


Royal Raymond Rife was a brilliant scientist born in 1888 and died in 1971. After studying at Johns Hopkins, Rife developed technology which is still commonly used today in the fields of optics, electronics, radiochemistry, biochemistry, ballistics, and aviation. It is a fair statement that Rife practically developed bioelectric medicine himself. He received 14 major awards and honors and was given an honorary Doctorate by the University of Heidelberg for his work.

Rife painstakingly identified the individual spectroscopic signature of each microbe he observed, using a slit spectroscope attachment. He slowly rotated block quartz prisms to focus light of a single wavelength upon the microorganism he was examining. This wavelength was selected because it resonated with the spectroscopic signature frequency of the microbe based on the now-established fact that every molecule oscillates at its own distinct frequency.

He later found a frequency of electromagnetic energy that would cause the cancer virus to diminish completely when entered into the energy field. The great discovery led Rife to create a device that could be tuned to output the frequency that would destruct the cancer. He used the same principle to kill them, which made them visible: resonance. By increasing the intensity of a frequency which resonated naturally with these microbes, Rife increased their natural oscillations until they distorted and disintegrated from structural stresses. Rife called this frequency the mortal oscillatory rate, or MOR, and it did no harm whatsoever to the surrounding tissues.

Learn more about Rife Frequency and Cancer

3. The Budwig Protocol (Flax Seed Oil and Cottage Cheese)


The Budwig Protocol Diet uses Flaxseed oil and cottage cheese as the mainstay of this dietary approach to treating cancer. Developed by the brilliant German biochemist, Dr. Johanna Budwig, it has been used very successfully by thousands of cancer patients. Dr. Budwig was one of Germany’s top biochemists as well one of the best cancer researchers throughout all of Europe. She was born in 1908 and seven times she was nominated for the Nobel Prize.

Dr. Budwig claimed to have had over a 90% success rate with her diet and protocol with all kinds of cancer patients over a 50 year period. This approach is based on the fact that flaxseed oil is one of the highest sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and cottage cheese is one of the highest sources of sulfur-based proteins. Taken together, the fatty acids bind to the sulfur-based proteins, which results in optimum transport of the fatty acids to cancer cells.

The underlying concept is that the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids repair the damaged cell walls and chemical communication of the cancer cells to the point where they normalize. Dietary restrictions and extra supplementation is also recommended. People with many different types of cancer have responded well to this method, but prostate cancer appears to show a particularly good response.

Learn more about the Budwig Protocol Diet and Cancer

4. Enzyme Therapy (Dr Kelley and Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez)


Dr. Kelley made most of his discoveries when he cured himself of metastatic pancreatic cancer after he was given two months to live. He studied Dr. Beard’s work (published in the early 1900’s) and discovered the benefits of high dose enzyme therapy. The wonderful thing about this type of therapy is that, not only does it work but also it has neither side affects nor contraindications. Two physicians in New York (who have been some of my teachers in the Integrative Cancer Therapy Fellowship program), Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Isaacs, worked together to care for patients with this alternative cancer treatment and had great results. The treatment centers around taking high doses of special enzymes that could once only be gotten from these physicians – we now have full access to this approach!

Though I do not advocate all of Dr. Gonzalez’s work, the enzyme portion of his therapy derived from Dr. Kelley’s work is one that we readily incorporate, involving strict diet based on Sympathetic or Parasympathetic dominance, high-dose enzymes, and regular coffee enemas. While we do not adhere to Dr. González’ mega-vitamin approach, we do believe enzyme therapy has proven itself clinically.

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5. Natural Chemotherapy (Nutrition, Herbs, Mushrooms)


Chemotherapy is the most common conventional treatment for cancer. Though it can often be effective, it can also be very toxic to the patient, leaving honest doctors to comment, “we hope it kills the cancer before the patient.” Because of its caustic effects on healthy cells, the knowledge that metastatic cancers can develop an immunity to chemotherapy, and the fact that many cancers historically respond poorly to many drugs, the need to utilize concurrent natural therapies (integrative cancer treatment) seems prudent.

While we have always warned against false claims commonly seen on the internet such as, “X plant kills 99% of all cancers”, we don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Nothing kills X percent of all cancers, and though many anecdotal claims of a natural substances working are out there, though it may work for some with cancer, it does not mean that it works for everyone. Common sense MUST prevail.

That being said, we believe that God created herbs to heal, and any doctor telling you otherwise forgets that 25% of all our current drugs were derived from herbs! So, here are a few of my favorite natural chemotherapies:

Medicinal Mushrooms

The polysaccharides in mushrooms stimulate natural killer cells (immune cells) that help your body kill intruders. These have been used for thousands of years and science is just recently catching up with data proving their efficacy.


For the same reason as medicinal mushrooms, the very specific chains of polysaccharides in a patented process that preserves the immune-boosting benefits of aloe are where science meets tradition.

B-17 (Laetrile)

The benzaldehyde molecule in B17 is theorized to work by targeting and killing cancer cells and building the immune system to fend off future outbreaks of cancer.


Based on age-old traditions, this combination of herbs has proven successful for thousands of people with cancer over many decades. It was eventually rigorously tested and endorsed in the United States by President Kennedy’s personal physician, Dr. Charles A. Brusch.

Protocel, Rauwolfia, Hoxsey, and Curcumin

These are just a few of the many possible immune-boosting, cancer cell killing nutrients that have both peer-reviewed study data and clinical efficacy.

Read more about Natural Chemotherapy

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