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Summary of supporting diet (for those with cancer)

New comment September 2013: Dr Binzel, whose diet plan was so successful, was by and large treating patients in his GP practise from when they found out they had cancer. So their immune system and digestive system had not been compromised by chemotherapy. It would seem sensible to try to restore a poorly functioning digestive system, not only so that supplements and foods can be digested properly and their nourishment absorbed, but also because the gut is a very important part of the immune system, fighting and removing toxins.

One successful diet in restoring digestive function is the GAPS diet, devised by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (nutrition). See her website and obtain her book GAPS. Binzel (see below) and the GAPS diet agree on cutting out sugar and commercial dairy. However, they diverge in that Campbell-McBride's introductory diet running up to the full GAPS diet to heal the gut, is suggesting meat and animal fat (especially in home made broth), with only cooked vegetables added as they are easier to digest.

Binzel is concerned to have enough digestive enzymes in the diet to eat the protective coating of the cancer cell, which can then be attacked by vitamin B17. Raw vegetables contain enzymes while digesting meat uses up enzymes, so his diet cuts out meat and focuses on raw vegetables. However raw vegetables are difficult to digest for compromised guts. In order to heal the gut using the GAPS diet therefore it would seem a solution might be to increase supplementation of digestive pancreatic enzymes while including meat and animal fat until the digestive system is back in order. Supplementing with these extra enzymes should be done away from meal times to ensure they are not used in digestion of food, but are available for the body to use against cancer cells. GAPS nutritionists can be found on the website and might help in understanding what both diets are trying to achieve and how both end results can be pursued at the same time.

The traditional vitamin B17 and metabolic diet is as below.

Dr Binzel's Diet Plan (See Philip E. Binzel, Jr., M.D. Alive and Well (American Media, California, 1994). For those with cancer, a restricted diet is recommended - very restricted for four months, then if the patient is doing well, it is liberalised to a certain extent.

The restricted diet:

  • Vegetarian (it takes large quantities of pancreatic enzymes to digest meat - these are the enzymes that dissolve the protein lining of the cancer cells which can then be killed by white blood cells) i.e. no meat, fish, and no dairy produce. See Should we be avoiding dairy?
  • Fresh vegetables and fruit - should be eaten raw if possible (cooking destroys enzymes). Cook lightly if necessary. Eat a wide variety, and eat the seed of the fruit e.g. apple pips, grape seeds, peach kernels. [Include foods known to have anti-cancer properties such as garlic, turmeric, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and choose a variety of colours of anti-oxidant rich foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, watercress, berries, grapes - see Patrick Holford Say No To Cancer (Piatkus, London 1999)].
  • Use whole foods, not refined. Organic if possible.
  • No caffeine. Herb teas OK. Fresh juices - vegetable as well as fruit. NB Keep a good intake of liquid. This helps in the detoxification process. Pure water is ideal
  • Cut out sugar (and honey) and don't substitute artificial sweeteners. Cancer cells live on sugar fermentation. Healthy cells use oxygen to release energy
  • Check on pH levels in the body.

Followed by less restricted diet to keep on for life:

  • After 4 months, if the patient is doing well, the diet is liberalised to include chicken, turkey and fish.
  • 90% of the diet should be as above plus chicken, turkey and fish. The other 10% can be red meats and cooked vegetables.
  • Must always stay on vitamins, enzymes supplements and laetrile (1gm daily).

The importance of no dairy

Milk contains growth factors and hormones known to promote breast and prostate and other types of cancer. To be convinced that your body can ingest sufficient calcium without resorting to dairy products, and for ideas to substitute in your diet see her books Your Life In Your Hands (Virgin, London 2000) and Prostate Cancer (Virgin, London 2004). Plant is an eminent scientist and her first book contains detailed research together with her own story of fighting breast cancer five times. Prostate Cancer contains most recent research and refutes critics. Her motto is "Think non-dairy, live non-dairy"

Dr Campbell-McBride's GAPS diet for healing the digestive system also agrees that commercially produced dairy is often over-processed and certainly unsuitable for people with compromised digestive systems. The GAPS diet can be totally dairy free, but if tolerated she introduces ghee which is easily made at home from organic butter. Ghee is clarified butter from which whey, lactose and milk protein has been removed. In addition, as fermented foods are an important way of introducing healthy bacteria into the gut, one way is by eating homemade yoghurt.


Detoxing happens as part of the vitamin B17 and nutritional therapy. Other cancer therapies place more emphasis on this, with for example coffee enemas and juicing playing an important role. Consider a detox programme under the monitoring of a clinical nutritionist. You could consider ZNatural or Iodine. See Toxic crisis - coping with reactions.

Recommended books and videos

Buy some new recipe books - vegetarian does not have to be boring.

  • Professor Jane Plant With Gill Tidey The Plant Programme (Virgin, London 2001) Recipe book. Excellent. Huge variety of tasty recipes, not all vegetarian, but all definitely dairy free, with the cancer sufferer in mind.
  • Chris Woollams The Rainbow Diet: And how it can help you beat cancer (Health Issues, Buckingham 2nd ed. 2010) Excellent information for a healthy eating programme based on scientific evidence.
  • Holford, Patrick & Judy Ridgway The Optimum Nutrition Cookbook (Piatkus, London 1999) This book is full of healthy recipes including many using seeds which are packed with nutrients.
  • Jane Sen Healing Foods Cookbook (Thorsons, London 1996) The vegan way to wellness by the Head Chef at the Bristol Cancer Help Centre. Jane Sen: Healing Foods - on video - 3 titles: 'Juicing and Raw Power', 'Sweet but Unrefined', and 'Delicious and Dairy Free'. (to order tel: 0117 980 9522)
  • Barbara Cousins Vegetarian Cooking Without (Thorsons, London 2000) See also her Cooking Without (not vegetarian).
  • Michael van Straten Superjuice (Mitchell Beazley, London 1999) Recipes for fruit and vegetable juices describing the vitamins, minerals and goodness in each.
  • Bernadette Bohan The Choice (Element, London 2005) - her own story - using juicing, clean water, powerful foods.
  • Dr Gillian McKeith's Living Food For Health (Piatkus, London 2000) especially on the importance of enzymes and details of 'superfoods' to boost the immune system, etc. Some recipes included.
  • Dr Gillian McKeith You are what you eat (Penguin, London 2004) suggestions for detox, supplements and diet.
  • Dr F. Batmanghelidj Water & Salt: your healers from within (Tagman Press, Norwich 1992, 2003) tel: 01603 281725
  • Suzannah Olivier The Detox Manual (Pocket Books, London 2001)
  • William Wolcott and Trish Fahey The Metabolic Typing Diet (Broadway, New York 2000) No single diet works for everyone.
  • Vernon Coleman Food for thought (European Medical Joural, Barnstaple 1994, 2000) On foods that are good for you, and foods that aren't. On food preparation and why you should not eat microwaved food.
  • Sally Fallon with Mary G Enig Nourishing Traditions: The cookbook that challenges politically correct nutrition and the diet dictocrats (New Trends, Washington DC 2nd ed. 2001)
  • Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (nutrition) GAPS (Medinform Publishing, Cambridge 2004, 2010). This is a book about restoring the digestive system and how important that is as part of the immune system. (
  • Dr David Servan-Schreiber anticancer: a new way of life (Penguin, London 2008)
  • Jonathan Chamberlain Cancer Recovery Guide (Clairview, Forest Row 2008)
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