Definition: New tissue cells that lack a controlled growth pattern. Cause: For many years Dr. Christopher taught that cancer is not an isolated problem in the body. If the cancer breaks out in a place where we have an old injury or a weakened portion in the body it only indicates that the cancer is in the bloodstream. It only accumulates, like a boil or an ulcer, in a weakened area and drains the poisons in the area. The medical profession cuts it out and says, "Well, the cancer's all gone!" The cancer breaks out in another place. The bloodstream must be cleaned. The Blood Stream Formula: Dr. Christopher's Blood Purifying Formula or even Red Clover alone has a powerful alterative effect to clean the bloodstream. [UW-Red Clover]
Herbal Aids: Red Clover: is a very useful and wonderful alterative agent for counteracting scrofulous and skin diseases, as an antidote to cancer, and as an efficient remedy in bronchitis and spasmodic affections. Its healing properties make an excellent addition to alterative compounds. You will find this an effective and reliable remedy in wasting-disease and for weakly and delicate children. The warm infusion is soothing to the nerves. [SNH p.56] Anal: Inject a strong infusion of the tea five or six times daily, and also drink internally. [SNH p.56] Drink four or more times daily on an empty stomach. [SNH p.56] Vaginally: Inject a strong tea with a bulb syringe (holding the vagina closed after insertion to force the tea around the head of the womb), retain several minutes before expelling, five or six times daily. [SNH p.57] Dr. Thomson suggested a cancer plaster which is widely recommended. Cover the Red Clover flowers with water and boil for one hour. Then strain and reduce the liquid until it is the consistency of tar. It can be spread on a clean cloth and applied to external cancers. This is not one hundred percent verified in all cases where it has been tried, but together with the tea administered internally there have been many reports of successful healing with the treatment. If there is a cancer in the rectum you can give an injection (small herbal enema). Bethel says she has seen many cancers disappear with treatment of Red Clover (Beth:136). [UW-Red Clover]
Dr. Thomson's Famous Cancer Plaster: "Take the heads of red clover, and fill a brass kettle, and boil them in water for one hour; then take them out and fill the kettle again with fresh ones, and boil them as before in the same liquor. Strain it off and press the heads to get out all the juice, then simmer it over a low fire, till it is about the consistency of tar, when it will be fit for use. Be careful not to let it burn. When used it should be spread on a piece of bladder, split and made soft. It is good to cure cancers, sore lips and old sores." [SNH p.57]
Anti-Cancer Remedy: See formula using red clover, poke root, licorice root, cascara sagrada, sarsaparilla, prickly ash, burdock, buckthorn, stillingia, Oregon grape root, peach bark and chaparral. [SNH p.57]
Cancer of the Breast (poultice): See formula using poke root and bayberry. [SNH p.62] Cancerous Sores (ointment): See formula using poke root, yellow dock and blood root. [SNH p.62]
Chaparral or Creosote Bush: It is especially known for specific action in cancer and arthritis. It was considered to be a cure-all by many Indians. It is a potent healer to the urethral tract, and to lymphatics. It tones up the system and rebuilds the tissue. It cleanses the lower bowel and tones peristaltic muscles. It is very bitter, but to the needy and courageous, it works fast for difficult conditions. [SNH p.70]
Cancer, arthritis, rheumatism, etc.: Drink the tea (infusion for 3 weeks, after which the capsules or tablets may be used. [SNH p.71]
More on Chaparral: The Kelly Research Foundation in Grapevine, Texas has been active in cancer research. The following is a statement concerning chaparral by Dr. William Kelly:
"I've found that chaparral is very effective in 7% of the cases of malignancy. The action is not as many researchers believe--a specific activity against the cancer cell, but rather an indirect one. In about 7% of the cases of malignancy, the pancreas and the liver as well as other tissue of the body are so congested with poisons such as medications, sprays, drugs, metallic poisons, and pollutants, that these tissues cannot carry on normal activity. This is basically an antagonist to the enzyme and vitamin and mineral metabolism that goes on in the body. In cancer specifically, we find that the pancreatic enzymes are locked with the antagonists and are rendered totally ineffective. By chelating these antagonists from the pancreatic enzymes, we find that normal activity takes place and the person's own cancer defenses take over and destroy the tumor in malignant conditions. It has been found further and should be seriously investigated by the Federal Government that Chaparral works well in chelating the toxins out of the bodies of those who have been drug addicts. We recommend taking two Chaparral tablets before each meal. This seems to be an effective way of chelating antagonists from the body that otherwise could not be accomplished." [NL 2-2]
White Pond Lily: Cancer of the uterus. Drink the decoction and use the decoction as a vaginal injections. [SNH p.165] Boils, tumors, scrofulous ulcers, ulcers of mouth and throat, inflamed skin and mucous membrane, infection, cancer: Apply a poultice of the fresh roots and leaves; also the strong decoction makes an excellent base for mixing other ingredients for application; the powder is often mixed equal parts with crushed flax seed (linseed) or powdered slippery elm. [SNH p.165]
Thyme: May be taken internally or used externally with amazing and beneficial results. Internally: 1 teaspoonful in 1 cupful of water, sweetened with 1 tablespoonful of honey 3-4 times daily; good for infectious bronchitis, diarrhea, cancer. [SNH p.230] Cleavers: Skin cancer: Apply a poultice of the bruised green herb, and take 2 ounces of the expressed juice 3 times daily. [SNH p.268]
General Nutrient, Emollient, Healing Formula (ulcers, cancer, syphilis, skin diseases): See formula using comfrey, burdock and distilled water. [SNH p.314]
Chickweed: For rectal cancer. Bathe the area 2-3 times daily with the decoction, infusion, or diluted tincture (as warm as possible), then apply Itch Ointment or Rash Ointment: Dr. Christopher's Healing Ointment. [SNH p.322]
Cancer Preventative: An example of a common emulsion is: 1 ounce sweet almonds, 1 teaspoon bitter almonds, 2 pints water; blanch almonds (remove skin by scalding) and beat up, adding water little by little to form an emulsion; strain and bottle. This particular formula (using a teaspoon a day, six days a week, over the years) is a wonderful cancer preventative. [SNH p.483]
Helios-Therapy: (Sun) on the skin is very important, as the sun is the Great Doctor of all times. But this therapy must always be done with caution because the sun (though being a healer) is like fire, which can either provide gentle warmth or it can burn a city down. The sun will heal where medicinal aids, herbs and other procedures are slower. In many instances, it will bring skin cancer to the surface... The propaganda in daily newspapers and national publications each year (although promoted often by people with doctoral degrees) stating that "the sun causes cancer" is as ridiculous as saying "the tonsil is poisoning the whole body"--actually it is the putrid condition of the body that is poisoning the tonsil, or the skin! All the sun does is to ripen and bring the cancer that is already there to the surface, wherein the waste matter can slough off, so that the body may heal. This is why we must work inside the body with herbs, as well as outside the body with the sun, which will harmoniously speed the curative process and eliminate the problem so there is no recurrence. [SNH p.502]
Meats and Nuts for Cancer: Dried fruits and nuts are very nourishing and beneficial, and the latter are better (as a whole protein) when used in combination with the garden greens. If a person has cancer or is inclined towards cancer, do not overdo eating protein (such as nuts). This is one thing that does damage to the pancreas and in these cases, eat nuts only in the morning. Stay away from peanuts and concentrate on almonds. A person with a cancerous condition should use from 8 to 10 almonds in the morning and the same at noon. But do not take any protein from evening time until the next morning, allowing 16 to 18 hours for the pancreas to clear and start to work on enzymes again. All protein should be taken early in the morning. In cancer cases never use any second-hand or secondary protein (such as meats). [SNH p.521]
Potassium: Max Gerson, in his very effective treatment of cancer, found that almost all seriously ill persons were very deficient in potassium. He supplemented his cancer patients' diets with significant amounts of potassium, usually in a liquid concentrate. A cancer patient we know learned that both the seaweeds Kelp and Dulse are the highest in potassium among all foods and herbs. He mixed a brew of Kelp, apple cider vinegar and honey and took a large amount of it in his daily cancer regime, which also utilized raw juices, fruits and vegetables, and herbs. He found that this was a potent--albeit somewhat unpleasant tasting!--source of potassium and other trace minerals. Gerson also employed iodine in his cancer treatment and Kelp is high in this element. We cannot, of course, claim that Kelp is a cancer cure. But it is a powerful source of necessary elements for healing. [UW-Kelp]
Poke: Authorities differ as to its value on cancer. Great relief towards the close of a difficult case of cancer of the uterus was obtained by an external application of 3 ounces of Poke root and one ounce of the tincture in the strength of 1 tablespoon to three pints of tepid water for bathing the part (Gri:649). Hutchens reports that "the juice of the berries dried in the sun until it forms the proper consistency for a plaster, applied twice a day, has cured cancer" [UW-Poke]
Chaparral: From a question to Dr. Christopher in his Newsletter. Does chaparral really cause acceleration in the growth of cancer? Answer: The healing reaction of chaparral is one that causes concern to those watching results if they do not understand the method of progress.
The herb chaparral is a powerful cell proliferant, causing the good cells to grow rapidly. During their fast new growth, the good cells push the dead cells and their waste into a deposit. This growth of waste material has an alarming appearance and frightens the uninformed into believing the cancer is growing rapidly. We have seen this condition a number of times. As it reaches a crisis condition, after the growth loads up with toxic materials it then starts decreasing in size and the healing process takes place. This is a slow procedure in some cases and demands good continued care and understanding. [NL 1-8]
Prostate Cancer: Red clover and dietary changes, plus other formulas. [NL 3-6]
Cancer Surgery: Just a word about cancer. It is a systematic disease. It depends on filth in the bowel and the blood stream. Our understanding of cancer is different from that of the surgeon's. We see the body being able to "clean up its act" and stop recycling the same old toxins around and around in the body. All channels of elimination (including the skin) must be functioning. The food intake must be pure. Even though a person is operated upon for a cancerous tumor, there is no guarantee that the cancer will not return simply because the cause was not studied.
"Cancer" is a frightening word. The one we use is "cell deterioration." This explains the process in the body more clearly than the word, "cancer."
Sometimes, during an operation for a tumor, blood spills over into the rest of the body. This blood contains some of the tumor cells. The doctors sometimes say, "Oh, the body will take care of those." Mendelsohn suggests that surgery would be unnecessary if the body could take care of the cells by itself.
The medical alternative to cancer surgery, chemotherapy, presents side effects that sound like horrors out of an old Frankenstein movie.
Our program, "The Incurables (Dr. John R. Christophers "Incurables Program")," is a safe, nontoxic method to restore health and strength. It is not as easy as surgery, however, it involves retraining the little tyrants known as the tastebuds.
Remember the old Biblical statement from the Old Testament, "If the eye offends you, pluck it out!" This phrase seems to be the general rule in most allopathic treatment from tumors to tonsils. We now view the old medical practice of bloodletting (to let out the bad blood) to be primitive. How much more primitive it is to exclude an entire organ from the body as punishment for its diseased condition. An automobile will not function without a carburetor. A faulty carburetor can be replaced, rebuilt, or cleaned out and the car will run again. The design of the auto makes it necessary for each part of the engine to be integral. Parts cannot expect to be ripped out of the system and still have good driving possibilities. Every human organ is functional and contributes to the smooth operation of the entire organism. It's erroneous to think that removal of an organ is standard procedure. Surgery is no replacement for cleansing and rebuilding the body. We need to work with Nature instead of trying to second guess it. [NL 4-2] Testimonials: 1. Garden Carrot: Dr. Loretta Foote was one of the sweetest women we ever knew; and all she did was try to help people. She was an herbalist, and when we had our offices on 1st South in Salt Lake City, she was on our staff as the obstetrician. She was a woman that delivered thousands of babies and most of them were delivered in the home; in fact, our five were delivered in our home by natural childbirth, assisted by Dr. Loretta Foote. Dr. Foote had a friend, and a very prominent lady of Salt Lake (most people would know the name were mentioned), who was told by her doctors that she was dying of cancer, and this was before the days of the juicers. Dr. Foote grated carrots for her with the old "knuckle-skinner" (grater) and squeezed out the juice by hand with cloths, until she would get a quart or so every day (and sometimes 2-3 times per day), so you can imagine how much dedicated effort that this took. Dr. Foote fed this to her friend, and she was completely cured, to the astonishment of the doctors. This prominent lady later wrote a booklet on how she was healed of cancer, and we have one of the very, very few of those left in existence. Then this fine lady sponsored Dr. Foote in a health store, the first health store in America, and they went broke! So this appreciative lady said, "They don't want us here; let's go to the coast." Many of you have been to the coast and have seen the many, many juice bars, health stores--well, these two great ladies started the first health store and juice bar on the coast, the first ones that were successful in the United States. And these started to gain in popularity. Later Dr. Foote returned to Salt Lake City and started another health food store, and this time it was a success. Here is a wonderful pioneer lady who did wonders with the juice of our common garden carrot! [SNH p.266]
2. Spider Cancer Drops Out of Woman's Body: Sometimes it takes time and patience for these herbal aids to truly work. For example, a lady who had come to Dr. Christopher began the full routine as described above. A number of months later she began to think, "Look, I have been on that program for months now; I have taken the herbs orally; I've used the vaginal bolus [V.B.], including the yellow dock combination, and I am getting sick of this!" She felt somewhat better but didn't notice much change, so she was going to quit that day. That very morning she made the decision, as she was at home, sitting on the toilet. When she got up, she happened to turn around and glance into the bowl, and there was something about the size of a half dollar, with legs on it, swimming around in the water. This something had dropped out of her! She screamed, and her husband came in. They put it in a bottle and took it right over to the family doctor. He examined it under the microscope, and said he had never seen one of these whole like this, because they have to cut them out of a person. This was a spider cancer. They never give up and leave by themselves; usually they must be cut out. The doctor was amazed that it had come out of her. It had done so because her body was now so healthy that the spider cancer didn't have any waste materials to work on. When she saw that cancer, she vowed to continue the program, even if it took six months or years. Dr. Christopher reminded us that some people heal quickly, but sometimes it takes a long time. If we know we are on the right track, we should just continue. [EWH p.17]
3. One Armed Woman Delivers Own Baby After Being Cured of Cancer: Long before home birth became as accepted as it is today, Dr. Christopher was advocating it; he and his wife had all five of their children at home. A very dramatic example: One lady came to Dr. Christopher's office in Orem with a severe case of cancer. Parts of her body had been cut out; she had lost one arm--her right arm, which was particularly sad because she was an artist. However, she decided that she was going to fight the cancer naturally, and came to Christopher's to learn to be an herbalist. She planned to learn to use her left hand for her art, and she learned iridology and reflexology. She did some art work for Dr. Christopher's charts and books, and was learning to use her left hand very well. But the doctors had told her that she should never get pregnant, because there was cancer all through her body, which would kill both her and the baby. One day, however, she decided that she wanted another baby; she already had three or four children, but she wanted another. She had been in the cleansing program and mucusless diet for some time, and had become stronger. She conceived, the baby developed, and the herb class watched her with admiration. One day of class, a bad snowstorm came up, and through the swirling snow came this lady. She said that she had to come this morning and show them what she had. She threw back her shawl, showing one of the most beautiful babies Dr. Christopher had seen. She had birthed it the night before. She had delivered the baby herself, with one hand, and didn't bother her husband, although when it came time to tie and cut the cord, she had to wake him for help. Dr. Christopher considered this most unusual, for a woman who had had cancer and suffered all the operations that she had, and yet here she had delivered her own baby at home. [EWH p.52]
4. Woman Cures Her Cancer with Fruits, Vegetables and Nuts: So many people feel that if they have cancer, there is nothing to do but wait and die. Dr. Christopher's program has proved otherwise. I personally have seen cases of diagnosed cancer that have been turned around and the patient become completely well, by faithfully following Dr. Christopher's program.
He had an interesting experience on an airplane. He boarded in Salt Lake City, had buckled up, and was ready to enjoy a little free time on the plane, reading, studying and meditating. A lady sat down beside him. As the plane took off, she began to talk.
"Hello, where are you going?"
To Toronto, Canada," he replied.
"I lecture, and will be lecturing there."
"What do you lecture on?"
Dr Christopher could see that he wouldn't be getting much quiet meditation, and began to feel a little irritated, but he answered that he was an herb doctor, lecturing on healing the body.
"Isn't that interesting?' she responded, and began to tell him her story. She said that two years before she had had pains in her breasts, so bad that she went to the doctor. She had severe cancer of the breast, so the physician took her right to the hospital, and when she came out she had only one breast. They assured her that he had cleaned out the cancer very thoroughly, but six months later her other breast started hurting. It got so severe that she again went to the doctor, who said that he must have missed some of the cancer, so he rushed her to the hospital and they removed her second breast. She went home with the assurance that this would be it, no more problems. But within six months, she was having abdominal pains; in her organs and lower cavities, she was in terrible pain. When she was examined, the doctor told her that she would have to have her reproductive organs removed and part of her bowels, because the cancer had spread throughout her body. She said that she wouldn't let them do any more cutting on her. They suggested chemotherapy, but she wouldn't allow that either. She said that if she was going to die, she didn't want to be in pieces. She would die on her own. She went home, not knowing where to turn, knowing nothing about diet, medicine, or anything. She said she knelt down and prayed, and the answer came to her. Did the Doctor want to know what it was?
By this time, Dr. Christopher was all ears, and yes, of course, he very much wanted to know what it was!
She changed her diet to eat fruits and vegetables, grains and seeds, as much as possible raw. A few months went by and she was feeling better, like a different person entirely. She went back to the doctor, who claimed that she had improved amazingly. There was just a little cancer showing in her pap smear. The doctor said to wait and see what happened. She went back home, and in a few months on this diet of natural foods, she said even the pap smear cleared.
The thought went through Dr. Christopher, "Lord, what kind of a God are you? It takes me forty years, and this woman kneels down and the answer comes immediately to her! This is exactly what I've been teaching all these years, and learning it gradually."
This woman traveled all over the United States, speaking to women's groups, women who fear they might get cancer or women who already have it, telling them to go to live foods and change their diet.
Dr. Christopher felt that their conversation was time well spent! [EWH p.118]
5. Vertebrae Grow Back With Complete Tissue & Bone: One lady had bone cancer. Her cancerous condition had gone throughout her whole body, but had settled in the bone, and one-and-a-half vertebrae were completely gone. The bone in her body was disintegrated to a point that she could not sit up or walk around anymore; she had to lie in bed. The X-rays showed that the vertebrae above and below the lumbar area were perforated with cancer, so they couldn't even fuse the missing vertebrae to give her support. She had to lie in bed helpless with her little children running around, and a lady coming in the home to help as much as she could.
This lady also had to manage a china shop in Provo, Utah, so she couldn't spend all of her time helping in that home. She called one day, and told Dr. Christopher about the situation. The woman, she said, was just lying in bed waiting for the rest of her spine to deteriorate. Could the Doctor help at all?
He replied that if this woman would follow instructions, there could be some help. The herbs would do nothing but good, and if the woman followed the program in the right frame of mind, she could be healed.
She was started in the Incurables program. The lady had to clear her bowels with the lower bowel formula, and take the Blood Stream Formula to clean her bloodstream. She had to switch from mucus-forming foods to the mucusless diet, and to go on the three-day cleanse every two weeks, in her case. She had to use a gallon of steam-distilled water each day.
Now that the basic body condition was improving, they concentrated on the spine. Before Dr. Christopher came upon the Complete Tissue & Bone formula, he used comfrey paste for external applications (and this paste, comprised of wheat germ oil and honey in equal parts, blended thoroughly and combined with powdered comfrey root or leaf to make a paste, is still super for use on burns, wounds, etc.). They put this paste down the lady's spine, from the medulla at the base of the skull down to the bottom of the tailbone, about four or five inches wide, with flannel over this and plastic over the flannel to keep it from saturating the bed. This was applied each night, six nights a week, week after week--and it took a lot of patience. Many people have gone through this procedure for curvature of the spine, arthritis of the spine, and various ailments, with great success. This woman followed through, and in under six months the back was feeling so good that she went back to her osteopathic physician for an X-ray. He said that originally where the bone had been eaten away--that was one and-a-half vertebrae--the good Lord had healed her. Cartilage had come in and formed perfect vertebrae and a half to replace the eaten-away ones--not bone, but cartilage. It gave her enough support that she could get up and take care of her family. At the end of the year, the cartilage had turned to bone, and she had a perfect spine from the top to the very bottom. All that had been perforated formed back solid, and the X-ray showed a spine as good as a teenager's. The physician was astounded! This case proved that even cancer of the bone can be healed with the proper program. [EWH p.120]
6. Natural Juices to Prevent Cancer: Although many women feel obliged to check their breasts regularly for lumps, and to have X-rays if they suspect anything might be wrong, this approach sometimes can present more problems than help. During 1977, at least 100 women lost breasts unnecessarily because they had been misdiagnosed for breast cancer. Sometimes a cell may appear cancerous under the microscope but behave like a benign tumor. And women who undergo radical mastectomy do not have a better survival rate from cancer than those who have less than radical surgery. From a natural point of view, cutting out the cancer does not solve the problem, anyway. Cancer appears because there is something basically wrong in the body. Cutting it out may stop it in that particular area for the time being, but it can and does appear somewhere else.
Far better to follow Dr. Christopher's three-day cleanse, mucusless diet, and herbal formulas, such as his Blood Stream Formula. Of particular importance is his liver and gall formula, because a healthy liver plays such an active role in combating cancer. Incidentally, many assert that prolonged breastfeeding helps prevent breast cancer. Other herbs used to combat cancer are calendula, red clover, wheat grass juice, soaked figs and fig juice, blue violet, parsley, poke root, buckthorn, yellow dock, soaked and ground apricot pits (with their fruit), flaxseed, garlic, chaparral, burdock root, licorice root, echinacea, pau d'arco.
Many have had excellent results taking regular doses of carrot juice, perhaps mixed with celery and red beet juice. Exercise is paramount to recovery and swimming is indicated as the best exercise for diminishing cancer in the breast. [EWH p.122]
7. Man Cures Cancer with Carrot, Celery and Grape Juice: A man at eighty years old was diagnosed with cancer throughout his body. The family gave him carrot and celery juice along with the blood cleansing formula [Blood Stream Formula] in capsule form. They would alternate the carrot and celery juice with grape juice. In four months' time the doctors could not find any cancer cells. They didn't believe it was the same man. [UW-Red Clover]
8. Black Ointment: Dr. Christopher's Black Ointment: From a letter to Dr. Christopher. "We have used your Black Ointment with great results--I had skin cancer on my forehead--in six weeks it healed up Beautifully." [NL 2-12]
9. Comfrey: Dr. Charles MacAllister, M.D., was interested in the use of comfrey as a healing agent. He had written a paper in the 1896 edition of the British Surgical Journal, Lancet. In it, he gave his philosophy concerning the bloodstream and irregular cell growth. Dr. MacAllister wanted to look up his paper and noticed an article in the same issue by a Professor William Thompson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Thompson recorded a case of a man who had been diagnosed as having a malignant tumor on his face. The patient had undergone surgery of the palate in an attempt to remove the cancer.
A month later, the cancer returned. This time it ran rampant throughout the patient's head. They gave up on cutting it out. It had gone too far, and they sent him home. Three months later he returned to Thompson's office and was examined. Thompson noted that the cancer had completely disappeared. The patient told Dr. Thompson that he had been applying comfrey poultices to the swelling and that it had gradually disappeared. The patient had a custom-made palate to fill in the hole left by surgery of the hard palate. Thompson states in the report that although he knows nothing of the use of comfrey, he does not believe that it would remove a sarcomatous tumor. This story goes on in detail about what MacAllister learned about comfrey. [NL 4-3]
10. Black Ointment: From a letter to Dr. Christopher: A few years ago, about 2, I wrote to tell you that I used the black ointment for skin cancer and got perfect results. The Hershey Medical Center doctor wanted to refer me to a Skin Cancer Specialist, but I told him I was going to try the home remedy that an Herbalist Doctor recommended. Needless to say, he was persistent, and wanted me to go to the Specialist, but I was also persistent and told him it was my body and I would try the remedy you recommended, first. Praise the Lord-in 6 weeks it was all cleared up and that was over 2 years ago. My husband is presently using the Black Ointment on his nose for Skin Cancer. [NL 4-7] See Also: Black Ointment: Dr. Christopher's Black Ointment Rash Ointment: Dr. Christopher's Healing Ointment Blood Stream Formula: Dr. Christopher's Blood Purifying Formula Yellow Dock Combination: Dr. Christopher's Yellow Dock Combination Dr. John R. Christophers "Three Day Cleansing Program" Dr. John R. Christophers "Mucusless Diet" Dr. John R. Christophers "Incurables Program" Tumors Newsletter "Cell Deterioration" (Vol 2, No 2) Newsletter "Chaparral: The Governor's Herb" (Vol 3, No 4)