Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Erroneous Johns Hopkins Hospital 'Cancer Update' Article

The following "cancer update" article of mis- information on cancer has been circulating around the internet for about a year. The claim is that the article originated from Johns Hopkins Hospital as an update for how cancer spreads and the recommended methods for treatment.

According to Snopes the article did not originate from Johns Hopkins Hospital and they also deny the authorship of the following article of March 2007.

http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/cancerupdate.asp

As a matter of scientific interest and to correct many of the myths surrounding cancer I have decided to comment after each statement in the erroneous Johns Hopkins Hospital article.

"CANCER UPDATE"

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

Dr. Robert O. Young states,
"There is no such thing as a cancer cell. Cancer is not a cell but an acidic dietary and/or metabolic acid that poisons or ferments body cells. Just like a rotten apple in a bushel of healthy apples, the rotten spoiling apple is eluding acid that will spoil all the rest of the healthy apples.

We do not say that the apple or apples have cancer, we say the apples are spoiling or rotting.

Cancer is not a noun it is an adjective. We do not have cancer cells or cancer in our body we have acids that spoil healthy cells causing cancerous cells and a cancerous condition.

When this happens we have cancerous or spoiling cells which describes the reality of what is happening to the body cell(s) in a cancerous or fermenting state. Also, one can test the levels of urine acidity daily which will give an indication of the levels of tissue acidity.

Normal healthy urine pH should read at least 7.2 or above. You can also see the effects of tissue acidity that leads to a cancerous state by viewing how the blood coagulates. If the blood is in a hypo-coagulated state this indicates latent tissue acidosis and a marker for a cancerous or degenerative tissue state.

This simple blood test can be done as an early warning to any cancerous state in any part of the body for the purposes of screening and prevention."

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

Dr. Young states:
"All of us have cancerous or acidic body cells from conception to death to a lesser or greater degree depending upon lifestyle and dietary choices.

The body is constantly trying to maintain its alkaline design while dealing with its many acidic functions.

The body requires energy to run and the consumption of energy produces dietary and metabolic acidic waste products.

If these dietary and metabolic acidic waste products are not eliminated through urination, perspiration, defecation or respiration they are then eliminated into the body tissues, such as the connective tissues, muscles and bones.

These dietary and/or metabolic acids that are not properly eliminated can then spoil body cells leading to an acidic or cancerous state I call latent tissue acidosis."

3. When a persons immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

Dr. Young states:
"First, the immune system or the white blood cells do not destroy cancerous cells. They do not even pick up cancerous cells.

White blood cells are the janitors of blood traveling through the body fluids picking up smaller insignificant cellular debris from the food we eat.

Second, cancerous cells do not multiply. This is another scientific misconception based upon the premise that cancer is a cell. Cancer is not a cell it is an acidic poisonous liquid flowing through our body fluids.

Dietary and metabolic acids spoil body cells and then as one cell begins to spoil their acids can spoil other cells.

This phenomenon is a what I call the "domino effect".

Metastasis of cancerous cells is the expression of the "domino effect" of acids from one spoiling cell spoiling another cell and so on. This causes the body to go into the preservation mode by forming fibrin monomers to encapsulate the spoiling cells together in order to protect the surrounding healthy tissue. Medical savants call these formations tumors. Tumors are fibrous encapsulations of rotten spoiled cells and their associated acidic waste products."

"A tumor is the body's way of stopping systemic spoiling and localizing the spoiling to a specific localized area.

Tumors are not the cancer but the encapsulation of acidic spoiling cancerous cells. The tumor is the body's solution to systemic spoiling of unhealthy body cells and tissues due to an inverted way of living, eating and thinking and NOT the perceived cause of the cancerous state by current medical savants."

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

Dr. Young states:
"People do not have cancer they are in a cancerous state to a lesser or greater degree depending on lifestyle and dietary choices. When you live, think and eat acidic you pollute your internal environmental fluids causing latent tissue acidosis that can lead to cancerous or spoiling tissues."
"Genetics only plays out in a cancerous state as an inherited physiological weakness where acids may settle. One is only predisposed to a cancerous state if they are making acidic lifestyle and dietary choices."

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

Dr. Young states:
"To overcome a cancerous state one needs to reestablish the alkaline design of the body and better manage the acidic loads from lifestyle, diet and metabolism. I have suggested for years a healthy body cannot get sick in an alkaline state. All sickness and disease is caused by over-acidic lifestyle and dietary choices. You do not get a cancerous condition you do a cancerous condition. A cancerous condition is the expression of poor lifestyle and dietary choices."

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

Dr. Young states:
"All chemotherapy treatments are acidic. Acidic treatments of chemical therapy only contribute to an already acidic state. The key to health, energy, vitality and fitness of the body is not with the body cells but with the alkaline environment in which the body cells reside. Destroying cancerous cells with drugs does not address the real foundational problem of what causes a cancerous condition.

The true cause of any cancerous state is the level of acidic dietary and metabolic poisons in the fluids of the body. That is why ALL treatments focused on the cancerous cells and tissues will eventually fail with the death of the body. You do not fight fire with the acid of kerosene just as you would not fight a cancerous condition with acidic drugs and/or treatments."

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

Dr. Young states:
"Radiation does breakdown cancerous cells which pollutes the internal alkaline environment causing systemic pollution and stress on the white blood cells and elimination and filter organs, including the lungs, liver, skin, kidney and bowels. The key is not to destroy tumors with radiation but to saturate the tissues with alkalinity. When this happens the tumor will finish its job of encapsulating spoiled or fermenting cancerous cells, crystallize, harden and then breakdown to eventually eliminated. This is the normal healthy life cycle of a tumor in the body."

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
Dr. Young states:

"Chemotherapy and radiation treatment is focused on the wrong thing - the cells of the body and not the acidic fluids of the body. The problem is not the tumor or cancerous cells. The tumor is the solution to the problem to prevent systemic cellular poisoning or spoiling from dietary and/or metabolic acid. So what is the real problem?

The real problem is systemic acidosis from personal lifestyle and dietary choice that localizes at the weakness parts of the body tissues."

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

Dr. Young states:
"True immunity comes from maintaining the alkaline design of the body fluids at 7.365 to 7.4. The white blood cells play only a supportive role in maintaining cleanliness of the body fluids. It is true that chemotherapy drugs and radiation can suppress the white blood cells from cleaning up cellular debris. The build up of cellular debris will cause an increase of acidity contributing to an already acidic state. A person in an acidic state or latent tissue acidosis will eventually succumb from the outfections of acids from spoiling cellular debris/matter and cancerous spoiling body cells."

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

Dr. Young states:
"I will state again that there is no such thing as a cancer cell. Body cells do not mutate they spoil.
All body cells transform to bacteria, yeast and then mold in an acidic environment. Acids spread systemically spoiling body cells. Cancerous cells only spoil other cells from their acidic transformations and wastes! Chemotherapy and radiation are acidic treatments that spoil healthy and unhealthy body cells. Surgery removes acidic cancerous cells but disturbs the healthy surrounding tissue. This can cause further acidic complications in and around the surrounding healthy tissue."

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

Dr. Young states:
"Cancer cells do not multiply! Cancerous cells are body cells that are fermenting, rotting and spoiling other cells. You cannot starve cancerous cells. Body cells are made up of intelligent matter which cannot be destroyed - they can only be changed.

The key to a cancerous condition in the body is to hyper-alkalize the blood which will then force alkalinity into the acidic tissues and thus buffering the tissue acidity that leads to a cancerous state."

CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

Dr. Young states:
"Once again we have cancerous cells not cancer cells. Cancerous cells are not different from healthy cells - they both feed on electrical energy - electrons. Antione BeChamp once said, "everything is the prey of life, nothing is the prey of death."

Matter cannot be created nor can it be destroyed it can only change its form and its function."
12. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

Dr. Young states:
"All sugars, including manuka honey and molasses are acid forming and can cause cancerous body cells.

All sugars are acidic waste products from fermenting matter. Braggs aminos is also acidic and should not be ingested when in a cancerous state. Sea salt is alkalizing and should be included in any plan to prevent or reverse a cancerous condition.

Sea salt is also foundational in helping the body create the alkaline buffer of sodium bicarbonate."
13. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus.

By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soya milk cancer cells are being starved.

Dr. Young states:

"Mucous is formed by the body as a protection to healthy body cells to buffer dietary and/or metabolic acids. Milk is highly acidic and contains a cancerous causing acid called lactose that breaks down to a primary metabolite called lactic acid. Lactic acid is one of the major cancerous causing acids next to nitric and uric acid from animal proteins. Cancerous cells do not feed on mucus they feed on electrons robbing the body of energy. Mucus is the end product of the body buffering dietary and/or metabolic acids with sodium bicarbonate. Soy milk is also acidic and should not be used unless it is freshly squeezed."

14. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment.

A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

Dr. Young states:
"Cancerous cells are fermenting body cells and do not thrive in an acidic state but are the result of an acidic state. Cancerous cells will continue to breakdown or transform in an acidic environment.

All animal proteins including fish are highly acidic and should not be ingested when one is in a highly acidic cancerous state. The body cannot adequately remove the dietary acids of uric, nitric, sulphuric and phosphoric acid from the animal proteins leading to increased acidity and potentially increased cancerous body cells. Antibiotics and hormones are both metabolic acids and can contribute to an acidic state leading to a cancerous condition."

15. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

Dr. Young states:
"All enzymes are acids. All acids cause cancerous conditions. The body runs on alkalinity not acidity.

Another way to say this is the body runs on electrons not protons or hydrogen ions. When you are dealing with a serious cancerous condition one needs to reestablish the alkaline design of the body. You can only do this with a 100% alkaline lifestyle and diet! I call this the alkaline plan the COWS program. The COWS program is the pH Miracle Lifestyle and Dietary Plan of alkaline foods, drinks and lifestyle choices. This would include the four food groups of:
1) Chlorophyll
2) Oil
3) Water
4) Salt
It would also include deep breathing, meditation and daily exercise.

16. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

Dr. Young states:
"Coffee, black tea, green tea, chocolate are all acidic and do not support the alkaline design of the body. Alkaline water at a pH of 9.5 or above is the best water to drink. Distilled water with sodium chloride or chlorite will increase the alkalinity of the body fluids and buffer excess dietary and metabolic acid."

17. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

Dr. Young states:
"All meat is acidic, all digestive enzymes are acidic and should not be ingested. To support the alkaline design of the body you need to increase your consumption of alkaline food, water and supplements. Daily deep breathing, mediation and exercise are also necessary for maintaining the alkaline design of the body."

18. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering.

By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

Dr. Young states:
"Cancerous cells have a calcified covering from all the acidity. The body uses calcium ions to buffer endogenous acidity from without and within the body cell. Enzymes are acids that negative effect every cell in the body.

Enzymes do not attack cancerous cells they spoil body cells leading to more cancerous cells. The calcification of the body cell is a means of protection against dietary and/or metabolic acidity."

19. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

Dr. Young states:
"One of the most naturally occurring alkalizing compounds produced by the body is sodium bicarbonate. I have suggested using increased amounts of sodium bicarbonate for years to neutralize the dietary and metabolic acids that make us sick, depressed and tired. Its inexpensive, safe, effective and easy to get. I also suggest liberal amounts of mono and polyunsaturated fats to buffer increased amounts of dietary and/or metabolic acids in the prevention of a cancerous state."

20. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.
A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

Dr. Young states:
"A cancerous state is caused by acidic lifestyle and dietary choice. This would include your thoughts, your words and your deeds."

21. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level.
Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

Dr. Young states:
"Cancerous cells may change in an oxygen rich state of nascent oxygen, atomic oxygen or O1.
I agree with daily exercise, deep breathing and oxygen supplementation to help maintain the alkaline design of the body. I also strongly believe that the cure for any cancerous condition can be found in its prevention and not in its treatment!"

Origins of the "Cancer Update":
Just as urban legends and rumors eventually become attached to the most famous exemplars of the subjects they discuss (e.g., any fast food-related legend, no matter where it originates, will inevitably be told about McDonald's), so do many of the spurious medical articles circulated on the Internet eventually become attributed to the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University, medical school, and hospitals.

The "Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins Hospital"

quoted above has been forwarded via e-mail as a preface to another piece (about the supposed dangers of using microwave ovens to heat food stored in plastic containers) also falsely said to have originated with Johns Hopkins. Neither article was issued by (or has any connection to) the Johns Hopkins university or hospital, and Johns Hopkins has disclaimed the contents of both.
Of the "Cancer Update" e-mail (most of the information contained within which is of the "quack" variety), Johns Hopkins says:

An email falsely attributed to Johns Hopkins describing properties of cancer cells and suggesting prevention strategies has begun circulating the Internet. Johns Hopkins did not publish the email, entitled "Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins," nor do we endorse its contents.
For more information about cancer, please read the information on our web site or visit the National Cancer Institutes's web site at http://www.cancer.gov/.

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