WELLNESS AGAINST ALL ODDS
Family Physician Sherry A. Rogers, MD, fellow of the American College of Allergy and Immunology and fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, has written Wellness Against All Odds .* She describes patients who have recovered from cancer and other life-threatening diseases by reducing the total load of toxins in their environment and by utilizing nutrition and spirituality.
Outlined below are several nutritional approaches to curing "incurable" cancer, specifically, the Gerson and Kelley programs and the macrobiotic and carnivore diets. Dr. Rogers points out that all four approaches emphasize eating whole foods uncontaminated with pesticides and drinking unchlorinated, unfluoridated water that is as uncontaminated with agricultural runoff as possible. "The sick body cannot rally if it is busy detoxifying pesticides and other chemicals."
Realizing that people have differing metabolisms and consequently need different diets, Dr. Kelley, who himself had pancreatic cancer, borrowed from all three of the other programs and also made extensive use of enzymes. He had read of the work of the Scottish physician John Beard who had noticed that the placenta stops growing when the fetal pancreas starts functioning. Dr. Beard first observed this phenomenon in pregnant women and confirmed it in many other species. Dr. Beard then speculated that pancreatic enzymes that can stop the placenta growing could very well also stop the growth of cancer cells. He published his findings in The Lancet in 1902.
These enemas allowed him safely to get rid of the toxic waste from the breakdown of the cancer cells. Dr. Rogers points out that patients can get rid of their cancer but unfortunately be killed by the cancer breakdown products in the process. She gives a number of ways to help detoxify.
Enzymes that we require for detoxifying the ubiquitous pollutants in our environment are made of protein. Dr. Rogers has found that some patients require a carnivore diet, high in meat, so that they can produce sufficient enzymes to detoxify the pollutants that have entered their bodies. For numerous people a macrobiotic diet, emphasizing cooked vegetables, has been curative; others have benefitted from the Gerson diet of raw organic juices; and she has found that still other patients need a carnivore diet, high in meat and fat in order to be cured. Some people need one diet at one time and quite an opposite kind of diet at another time. She uses the following diagram to illustrate some extremes:
THE METABOLIC CROSS
According to Dr. Rogers when a person has recovered, they usually move toward the middle of the "metabolic cross" and enjoy an omnivorous diet (neither strictly vegan nor strictly carnivore) and with both cooked and raw food.
.Dr. Rogers is quite angry and frustrated by how little most American doctors know about and practice preventive medicine and how much they use expensive drugs instead. She emphasizes the importance of carefully testing an individual’s nutrient levels. For example, in the United States population magnesium levels are frequently low. Magnesium functions almost entirely inside our cells. However, the usual test for magnesium is extra cellular (serum blood level) and does not even hint at a deficiency until it is extremely severe. Red blood cell levels give a better indication. Best of all is a "magnesium loading test," which has the added advantage of simultaneously supplying extra magnesium to our bodies.
Another example of a usually unsuspected nutrient deficiency:
Dr. Rogers gives fascinating examples of people, including herself, getting well. She gives a great deal of excellent information about reducing our "total load" of toxins, first in our own bodies, and then in our food, air, and water, in order to decrease our future bodily buildup of the new twentieth century toxic pollutants.
In regard to spirituality, Dr. Rogers has found that patients who have faith of whatever kind have a very different attitude from those who are struggling and perhaps angry. The latter may be doing all the right things with nutrition and reducing their total load of toxins. However, their condition often worsens. She points out that the sympathetic nervous system, which prepares us for aggression, fighting, and flight, essentially shuts down the parasympathetic system, which controls the various hormones and other natural chemicals that are essential for the vital functions of digestion, detoxification, and healing.
*Prestige Publishing, Box 3068, 3500 Brewerton Road, Syracuse, NY 13220, 1994; 384 pages, soft cover, $17.95 plus shipping and handling $3.00.Article from NOHA NEWS, Vol. XX, No. 2, Spring 1995, pages 1-2.