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Maintenance lifestyle for those who have had cancer

and good prevention for all the family!

For those people who have had cancer and are now in remission, the information contained on this website will hopefully convince of the need to take action, even if the cancer is not currently a problem. Seize the opportunity to adjust diet and include foods containing vitamin B17, check pH levels and perhaps even have a month of a more concentrated regime to blitz any cancer cells which might be as yet unseen. People who have had cancer once are more susceptible, and perhaps need to take greater care. Several people have said to me that they became complacent, and then cancer returned. For myself, I only found out about vitamin B17 and nutritional therapy in the last week of conventional treatment (a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy in 1999). It took me a month or two to digest the information and then realise that with my immune system having been knocked out by the treatment, I was in a very vulnerable position. So although at this stage I had been given the 'all clear', I nevertheless put myself through an intensive programme of B17 tablets and high dose supplements as outlined by Dr Philip Binzel in his book. The maintenance lifestyle I aimed for is outlined below. Then in 2005 I started seeing a health professional who was able to regularly test for my individual needs.

Apricot kernels:

I have not come across specific recommendations of maintenance levels. (Prevention is suggested at 10 per day (only 5-6 at one time/in one hour) and up to 50 a day for those with cancer.) Personally, having had breast cancer, three years ago at the time of writing (spring 2002) I have been eating 20 - 30 kernels per day - six at breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon, supper, and very occasionally mid-morning. I also supplement with two 500mg vitamin B17/amygdalin tablets before I go to bed (at least two hours after eating kernels). We are told that even the healthy body is producing cancer cells all the time, and for anyone who has had cancer, where the production of these has got out of hand, it makes sense to make sure of an increased intake of amygdalin/vitamin B17 to directly target the cancer cells. I also make sure that there are other nitriloside-rich foods in my diet by making organic millet bread (20% millet flour, 80% wholemeal), eating the pips in apples, the seeds in grapes (chewing, not swallowing), sprouting seeds such as mung bean, alfalfa, eating more fruit and vegetables as raw and fresh as possible. Juicing is also a very good idea to increase intake of enzymes. For the importance of this see 'The Importance of Enzymes'.

Vitamin C and amino acids lysine and proline:

It has been shown that these and other nutrients, such as an extract from green tea, are necessary to block the invasion and spread of cancer cells. Vitamin C in particular strengthens connective tissue. Lysine blocks enzymes in the cancer cells which would otherwise eat into the connective tissue allowing the spread of the cancer cells throughout the body. For more information see Vitamin C supplements I use are Ultra Potent C powder by Nutri and Lypospheric Vitamin C. I currently have about 4gms (4000mg) vitamin C powder daily.

Other supplements

Take a daily high dose multi-vitamin and mineral supplement, plus herbs to boost the immune system. See 'Supporting Supplements'. See Patrick Holford's New Optimum Bible for his recommendations on supplement strengths. A good all-round supplement for people who have had cancer has been devised by an oncologist in Germany - 'Complete Immune'. Supplement digestive enzymes and consider others mentioned in 'Supporting Supplements'.

Change your diet:

Eat more vegetables (and fresh fruit). Most of these make the body more alkaline. Cancer flourishes in an acidic environment. There is some debate about which foods are acidic and which are alkaline. ALL agree that (most) protein foods and all sugar remain acid, and that vegetables are alkaline. The debate is mainly about fruit. See the article 'Acid bodies increase cancer risk' at For those on maintenance, we can be sure about eating less meat, more vegetables, including oily fish for the omega 3 oils, avoiding sweet foods, and in particular, drinking more water, aiming for at least six to eight 8-oz glasses of plain water a day. And drink green tea. 'Think non-dairy, live non-dairy'. Many studies show that consuming dairy products increase the risk of breast and prostate cancer, and some studies also include testicular and lung cancer in men. Since we are told that one in eight women will have breast cancer in their lifetime and one in nine men prostate cancer, it makes sense to take note and eliminate dairy products from our diet. It is not true that we will become deficient in calcium if we do not eat dairy products. Cows get their calcium from eating grass! We can get it from 'greens' too. For more information on this see Jane Plant's book Your Life In Your Hands. And see our notes on Should we be avoiding dairy?

  • For a good summary read The Rainbow Diet: How it can help beat cancer by Chris Woollam (Health Issues, Buckingham 2nd ed. 2010)
  • I can’t recommend highly enough the recipes books by Pete Evans which are dairy free and grain free: Family Food (2014) Pan Macmillan, Sydney and
  • Pete Evans Healthy Every Day (2014) Pan Macmillan, Sydney – published in the UK as Paleo Every Day (2015) Macmillan UK
  • If you are trying to heal your digestive system, and if you have had chemotherapy, you will be concerned to restore the friendly gut flora back into your system, then a helpful cookbook is Heal Your Gut (Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS diet) by Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett (2014) Chelsea Green, Vermont.
  • Try using the recipe book by Professor Jane Plant CBE and Gill Tidey The Plant Programme. This contains delicious recipes and menu plans for those fighting cancer, and for those on maintenance.
  • Try juicing - see Michael van Straten Superjuice (Mitchell Beazley, London 1999) Recipes for fruit and vegetable juices describing the vitamins, minerals and goodness in each.
  • Read Vernon Coleman Food For Thought (European Medical Journal, Barnstaple 2nd edition 2000). On foods that are good for you, and foods that aren't. On food preparation - to obtain maximum nourishment. On why you should not eat microwaved food. Also see Say No To Cancer by Patrick Holford (Piatkus, London 1999). For other recipe books and information see Recommended books.

Moderate Exercise helps both body and mind.

The heart pumps the blood round the body, but the lymphatic system relies on body movement - exercise. If you can't/haven't the time to walk or go to the gym, consider a bouncer/rebounder (like a mini trampoline). A holding rail is an attachment for frail people. See Other suppliers.

Relaxation/stress reduction:

Laughter is a medicine. Reduce stress - if appropriate change lifestyle, seek help, therapy. Try relaxation techniques. Have fun - be creative!

Consider and take action to avoid carcinogens in household and personal care products:

  • Patrick Holford Say No To Cancer (Piatkus, London 1999)
  • Lynda Brown Organic Living (Dorling Kindersley, London 2000) (for UK consumers)
  • David Steinman & Samuel S. Epstein, M.D. The Safe Shopper's Bible (Macmillan, New York, 1995) (USA)
  • If you want to filter water, consider Fresh Water Filter. Their filters are endorsed by The Institute of Optimum Nutrition, allergy centres, HACSG (Hyperactive Children Support Group) and many others. Or try reverse osmosis and remineralisation. See See Other suppliers.
  • Use house plants to help remove toxic chemicals from your home - found in modern building materials, floor coverings and furniture. See Eco-Friendly House Plants by B.C. Wolverton (Seven Dials, London 2000). NASA found house plants removed the build-up of hazardous air pollution levels in the Skylab spacecraft. Among plants shown to help are several palms, rubber plant, ivy, ficus and ferns. Among the flowering plants the florist's chrysanthemums and peace lily were among the most effective. Read the book for details of 50 house plants researched.
  • Investigate geopathic stress. For information on how it can affect health and what to do about it see Are You Sleeping in a Safe Place? By Rolf Gordon of
And see the relevant pages in Cancer Prevention - "A Change In Our Diet", including this summary:

Avoid carcinogens

  • Don't smoke. Avoid drinking excessive alcohol.
  • Take wise precautions if sunbathing.
  • Eat organic food - to ingest fewer pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals.
  • Drink filtered or (glass) bottled water - avoid fluoride in water and toothpaste.
  • Avoid fried food as much as possible.
  • Be aware of radiation sources including geopathic stress.
  • Avoid plastic food wrap - some chemicals disrupt hormone signals and generally have an oestrogenic effect.
  • Avoid smog and car fumes if possible.
  • Read the labels on everything!
Consider what might have caused the cancer in the past. Tumours can be cut out, but if the cause has not been eliminated, if you haven't changed your diet and lifestyle, it is possible the cancer may return.
Prevention of reoccurrence should be multi-faceted. Knowledge is power, and with cancer, knowledge can be the difference between life and death: don't be complacent - get informed.
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