One of the colloidal minerals that has great potential for treating cancer. "In 1930, work in France indicated that injections of colloidal copper mobilized and expelled tumor tissue. Recent work with mice in the U.S. has shown that treatment of solid tumors with non-toxic doses of various organic complexes of copper markedly decreased tumor growth and metastasis and thus increased survival rate. These copper complexes did not kill cancer cells but caused them to revert to normal cells. Based on work in the treatment of cancers using copper complexes, researchers have found that these same complexes may prevent or retard the development of cancers in mice under conditions where cancers are expected to be induced."

Tomorrow's Cancer Cures

These therapies may need more lab time, but so far, the buzz is hopeful
Copper reduction. Macrobiotic diets. Cytoluminescent (light) therapy from Ireland. These were among the exciting cancer treatments on the docket at a conference presented by the Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The event drew scores of healers and even a few cancer patients to Philadelphia one recent weekend. Here are the discussions I found especially riveting.

Control copper, Control tumors?

One of the major goals in cancer research is to figure out how to stymie the growth of the new blood vessels (called angiogenesis) that feed tumors. Shutting down, or at least retarding, this growth has been recognized as a major cancer control factor since the early 1970s.

George J. Brewer, MD, the Morton and Henrietta K. Sellner emeritus professor of human genetics and emeritus professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, is the man who conquered Wilson's disease. This rare, inherited condition, associated with toxic levels of copper, is fatal if left untreated. Dr Brewer and his team developed a safe, inexpensive drug called tetrathiomolybdate (TM for short), which lowers copper levels to normal. It is now on track to become an FDA-approved treatment for Wilson's disease.

Aware that copper is key to the angiogenesis process, Dr. Brewer conducted research to see whether TM could safely reduce copper in people with cancer. His hunch paid off, and now Dr. Brewer and his team are studying whether reducing copper by using TM will affect advanced-stage cancer.

I asked Dr. Brewer to look into his crystal ball about the future of TM therapy.

"The early studies suggest that, used alone, TM has excellent potential to prevent the growth of micrometastatic [clinically undetectable cancer that migrates from a primary tumor to other sites] disease. I believe it will also be useful in helping prevent cancer in people who are at high risk for developing it."

What's more, notes Dr. Brewer, TM should work well along with other therapies that greatly reduce tumor burden to prevent cancer's recurrence.

Diet Key to "Miracle" Recovery?

Kushi macrobiotics (KM) is a longevity-enhancing lifestyle that promotes a largely organic, vegetarian diet. Developed by Michio Kushi, founder of the Kushi Institute in Becket, MA, the KM program has captivated some cancer researchers with several dramatic, well-documented recoveries from end-stage Cancers.

George W. Yu, MD, clinical professor of urology at George Washington University Medical Center, presented six cases of people with terminal cancer (pancreatic, melanoma, lung, breast, and lymphoma). Within 3 to 6 months of beginning a macrobiotic program, every patient's tumor shrank, becoming invisible on x-rays. They have lived, on average, 15.8 years after their "terminal" diagnoses.

To what do these survivors owe their miracle recoveries? Dr. Yu isn't sure, but he sees a link between losing visceral ("inside the belly") fat and tumor regression. Most people who go on macrobiotic diets lose weight because the cuisine is low-calorie and animal fat-free and emphasizes whole grains and vegetables. Or maybe it's the miso, an ingredient in many macrobiotic recipes; it contains 4,000 molds, 6,000 yeasts, and millions of helpful bacteria with detoxifying and immune-stimulating effects, says Dr. Yu.

The jury's out, but answers are expected from an anticipated National Cancer Institute trial.
Despite its benefits, a macrobiotic diet isn't for everyone, says Dr. Yu. Patients must be highly disciplined and follow the program strictly. Support from family and your physician is essential.

Irish Light Treatment

As a cancer treatment, photodynamic light therapy (PDT) has been around for nearly 100 years. But doctors in Ireland have pioneered a new variation called Cytoluminescent Therapy (CLT).

Both therapies involve two steps. First, patients get a drug that renders cancer cells vulnerable to light. Then, a special light treatment destroys just the cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched.

In PDT treatments, the drug that caused the light sensitivity made people so light sensitive that they couldn't go outdoors for weeks after treatment. CLT, on the other hand, uses a plant-based drug that's said to be much gentler. Cancer patients are getting measurably successful results from the innovative treatment, says Ralph Moss, PhD, founder of Cancer Decisions, a newsletter and Web site for people with cancer.

Currently, there are no published studies on CLT, although patients who are treated with CLT in Ireland will be enrolled in a pilot study to collect data for consideration as a "best case series" in hopes of getting funding for clinical trials.
Dr. Moss reported that he spent 2 weeks in Ireland, reviewed more than 100 cases, and spoke to dozens of patients, whose results amazed him.

Get More Info

TM THERAPY: TM is being studied at the University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center. To see if you or a loved one qualify for the clinical trials, call UM's Cancer Answer Line at (800) 865-1125.
THE KUSHI INSTITUTE: Offers personal macrobiotic consultations to tailor their program to your individual needs, including cooking, shopping, and menu planning classes. For information about clinical trials or trying a Kushi macrobiotic program, call (800) 975-8744, or visit for a link to the Kushi Institute.
CLT: Visit for a link to Cancer Decisions, or write to the Moss Report/Cancer Decisions, P.O. Box 8183, State College, PA 16803.

PHOTO (COLOR): Macrobiotic diets have been linked to profound cancer cures.
By Sara Altshul, Sara Altshul is Prevention's alternative medicine editor.

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