Diseases are but symptoms of nutritional deficiencies combined with retained toxins. These are caused by poor soil resulting in nutritionally deficient plants and fruit and other foodstuff...We must change our nutritional habits to consume at least 75% LIVING and UNPROCESSED foods - those that grow in the ground or fall from a tree. Everything else is hardly worth eating. If we do this we can stop using drugs and even supplements because our food has become our medicine.
Dr. Juergen Buche, ND.


The importance of living raw foods for health

From: http://www.healingcancernaturally.com/cancer-diet-and-nutrition.html#Raw%20food%20treatment%20for%20cancer

Introduction

Why Raw Food?

"Because from thirty to eighty-five percent of the nutrition in foods is destroyed in cooking. That is an average fifty percent loss! Fresh, raw foods contain the highest level of enzymes. Enzymes are the catalyst for the hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions that occur throughout the body. Cooked foods and dry convenient diets have been denatured and are devoid of enzymes - life-promoting elements. While they may maintain life they do not promote optimum health or longevity!"
Alicia McWatters, Ph.D., C.N.C.
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Raw food treatment for cancer

compiled by Healing Cancer Naturally from Tutorial For Alternative Treatments For Cancer. You can read this important-seeming article in its entirety at cancertutor.com/Cancer/RawFood.html.

Cancer Cell Killing Nutrients in Vegetables and Fruits

Raw foods build the immune system, but many fruits and vegetables also have nutrients that kill cancer cells and/or stop the spread of cancer. While the term "raw food" means food eaten without cooking, in the context of a cancer diet, a "raw food" diet is a vegan type of diet, where the vast majority of fruits and vegetables that are consumed are known to kill cancer cells, directly or indirectly. In other words, to fight cancer, do not use a random selection of uncooked vegetables and fruits, but a very selective subset of vegetables and fruits specifically selected to treat cancer because there are food diets perfectly capable of curing cancer. All you need is a juicer and perhaps a food processor.

A few of the cancer cell killing nutrients (direct or indirect) in vegetables and fruits:

Raw carrots (alpha carotene, beta carotene, Vitamin E, etc.)
Raw broccoli (sulforaphanes/isothiocyanate)
Raw cabbage (isothiocyanates)
Compare Brassica vegetables and cancer risk, ¡°Brassica family prevents pre- cancerous cells turning into potentially deadly cancer cells¡±, and Broccoli (Sprouts or Extract) May Halt Growth of Breast Cancer Cells.
Green asparagus (saponins)
Compare Asparagus: recoveries and remissions
Raw pineapple (bromelain and peroxidase)
Whole purple grapes with seeds and skins (ellagic acid, catechin, quercetin, oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) or procyanidolic oligomers (PCO), originally called pycnogenol (seeds), resveratrol (skin coloring of purple grapes), pterostilbene, selenium, lycopene, lutein, laetrile (amygdalin or Vitamin B17) (seeds), beta-carotene, caffeic acid and/or ferulic acid (together they kill cancer cells), gallic acid
See ¡±Greatest Hits: Grape Cancer Cure¡±
Apricot seeds (laetrile) Strawberries, red raspberies, black raspberries (laetrile and ellagic acid)
See History of Alternative Cancer Treatments: Laetrile
Blueberries (ellagic acid, anthrocyanins, OPC)
Beetroot (proanthocyanidins (PAC's or OPC's)
Turmeric (a spice) (curcumin).
See Ginger & turmeric fight cancer.

It should be added that there are thousands of phytonutrients (i.e. nutrients from plants that are not otherwise categorized) that have not yet been isolated and studied. In other words, there may be hundreds of phytonutrients that kill cancer cells, but have not yet been identified and tested.
Compare Organic Food, particularly ¡±Flavonoids¡±.

Juicing Vegetables and Fruits

Juicing makes the nutrients in a fruit or vegetable more digestible, meaning more of the nutrients are extracted from the vegetables or fruits. Also, you can consume a lot more vegetables (particularly vegetables and fruits with cancer killing nutrients) in a shorter amount of time and with a lot less effort. Juicing is an excellent way to consume your fruits and vegetables. The bad thing about juicing is that the nutrients are not extracted sufficiently from the seeds or skins of some key vegetables and fruits. If you are eating a food where the seeds and/or skins contain key cancer fighting nutrients (e.g. purple grapes), you should not use a juicer for these foods, but rather a food processor or a hand grinder, to grind the seeds and skins to make mush.
Compare Best Juicer for Cancer Patients.

Details About Individual Vegetables and Fruits

Use fruit and vegetables for juicing that have the best cancer-killing nutrients. Probably 80% or above of the vegetable or fruit juice should come from these fruits and vegetables.

RAW fruits you should focus on are: Purple grapes (with skins and seeds), red raspberries, black raspberries, strawberries, and other non-citrus fruits, with their seeds, especially apples, peaches and apricots. Actually, any fruit with dark blue or dark purple coloring is acceptable, such as blueberries. Raw pineapple is especially good. Tomatoes also have cancer fighting nutrients.

RAW vegetables you should focus on are: Carrots (between 1/2 quart and 1 quart daily, depending on your weight and severity of cancer), cabbage (between 1 head and 2 heads daily), green asparagus, broccoli, red beets, beetroot, cauliflower and related vegetables. Peppers also have cancer fighting substances. The spice turmeric can be added as well.

Carrots, like virtually all vegetables, have hundreds, if not thousands, of phytonutrients that have not yet been identified or tested for cancer-fighting abilities. It may be that we do not yet know the best cancer-fighting nutrient in carrots, but based on many testimonials and some books, carrots may be the best cancer-fighting vegetable of all. "In a review of 206 human studies, carrots consistently emerged as one of the top cancer-fighting foods. The power of carrots lies in the group of pigments called carotenoids (beta-carotene is among this group), which give them their orange color." (Source of quote) ¡±A long-time and highly reliable friend of mine told me about her friend's father, who completely cured his throat cancer with carrot juice. In other words, he ate nothing and drank nothing but carrot juice and natural water. Closer to home, I have seen a clear pattern in the people I have interviewed, and testimonials that I have read, that carrot juice was the core element of their raw food diet. While the day may come that some other vegetable, such as beetroots, may be shown to be even better, until that day comes it would be advisable to make sure that carrots are the core of your vegetable juice.¡±

A word of warning. In reading the testimonials of people who have been on these diets, the diets were not successful until they went on a total, 100% raw food diet. As long as the raw food diet was less than 100%, nothing worked. This does not preclude mixing a raw food diet with other cancer diets, what it precludes is mixing a raw food diet with items not on the "Ten Commandments" list (cancertutor.com/Other/RuleOfThumb.html). Going on the "Ten Commandments" diet will take care of this problem automatically.

Additional advice

If you use peaches or apricots, break open the hard shell in the middle and extract the seed, which looks like an almond. Save this seed and put it in your food processor or simply eat it, even if you are on a juice only week.

Exercise is critical to these diets, partly because these diets don't have the transport agents. Also, since you are building your immune system, exercise will help the lymph system and the circulatory system.
Compare Detoxification: Activate your lymphatic system.

A Raw Food diet does kill cancer cells, but it primarily works by building the immune system. It is a superb treatment for someone with several months to live, particularly if they have not been on chemotherapy, but for those given a shorter time to live by doctor¡¯s diagnosis it should be supplemented with a treatment that primarily kills cancer cells without the immune system.

Compare Chlorine dangers: ¡°Cancer fighting nutrients become deadly when combined with chlorinated tap water¡±.

Asparagus: cancer recoveries and remissions
From article `Asparagus for cancer' published in Cancer News Journal, Dec 1979

"I am a biochemist, and have specialised in the relation of diet to health for over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked with him on his project, and we have accumulated a number of favourable case histories. Here are a few examples.

Case No. 1, man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.

Case No. 2, a successful businessman, 68 years old, who suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumour had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

Case No. 3, a man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971 he was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is back at his regular business routine.
Compare Testimonials of lung cancer healed or improved thanks to flaxoil and cottage cheese (center part of Dr. Johanna Budwig diet).

Case No. 4, a woman who was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She finally developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by a skin specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after starting on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin looked fine and no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus. I was not surprised at this result, as `The elements of materia medica', edited in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones.

We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.

For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using, and therefore canned asparagus is just as good as fresh. I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Giant Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives. Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree, and store in the refrigerator. Give the patient 4 full tablesp. twice daily, morning and evening. Patients usually show some improvement in from 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases.

As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that ¡®what cures can prevent'. Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals. We take 2 tablesp. diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold. For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups.

The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specialises in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink. As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer.

Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normaliser. That accounts for its action on cancer and in acting as a general body tonic. In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good."

Leonard (leonardleonard1 at earthlink.net) has this to add: ¡±Many recoveries have been reported from both raw and cooked asparagus. Houston wrote that "raw juice [from juicer or blender] may be the most effective form" (cited in Hess, 1999, p. 138). If I had cancer, I would eat as much asparagus as I could get down in any form, cooked (preferably steamed) or raw, solid or liquid.¡±

Asparagus is packed with nutrients and low in calories, sodium and cholesterol. It is an excellent source of folic acid and is a source of vitamin C, thiamin, and vitamin B6. Asparagus contains no fat or cholesterol of dietary significance. It is an important source of potassium and many micronutrients. According to the National Cancer Institute, asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, one of the body's most potent cancer fighters [also quoted as ¡±most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants¡±]. Additionally, asparagus is high in rutin, which strengthens blood vessels. (Source of quote)
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