The Breuss Total Cancer Treatment is a very rigid diet of fruits, vegetables and herbs that a person takes in liquid form for 42 days. Because cancer cells have a very different metabolism than normal cells, the Breuss diet is designed to starve the cancer cells to death by not providing any solid food proteins. But the diet claims to not harm normal cells. The theory is that cancer cells can only live on the protein of solid food.
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This regime was dreamed up by Rudolf Breuss, an Austrian naturopath born in He devised a strict day diet of natural juices and herbal teas that is meant to nourish the body while starving the cancer.
Before his death in , at the age of 92, he claimed to have cured thousands of people of a wide range of cancers that had defied conventional treatment. As part of his Breuss therapy, Barry Sheene, 51, who has refused conventional medical treatment for his throat and stomach cancer, is drinking a mixture of organic carrots, beetroot, celery, Chinese radish and potato. As with so many cancer cures that claim a miraculous success rate, there is no scientific evidence that this diet will help the former world champion motorcyclist, who now lives in Australia.
Oncologists would be unlikely to support Sheene's decision to follow the Breuss regime instead of conventional treatment. Sarah Turner, a senior nurse at Cancer Research UK, says: "We do not recommend alternative therapies because, on the whole, there isn't the scientific or medical evidence to prove the claims they make. However, some of these treatments can provide benefits alongside conventional treatments and NHS cancer centres are increasingly offering things such as aromatherapy and massage.
This involves the consumption of forbiddingly large quantities of fruit and vegetables. Followers are expected to drink 13 fresh organic juices each day this amounts to around 20lb of freshly crushed fruit and vegetables and the juices should be freshly prepared and drunk once an hour - a serious and time-consuming undertaking involving a total lifestyle change for most people.
Five coffee enemas a day are required to eliminate toxins from the liver. German Dr Max Gerson developed the diet in the s to treat tuberculosis. His theory is that the substances consumed on the diet will break down diseased tissue in the body.
Again, despite the reams of "testimonies" on the internet, there is no scientific evidence that Gerson therapy is effective. UK Gerson therapy support group at webserve. This procedure is offered as part of acupuncture treatment. It involves the application of heat at certain "acupoints" by burning small, tightly bound bundles of herbs known as "moxa". The dried leaves are gathered from mugwort or wormwood plants. Again, there have been no independent scientific studies of the effects of moxibustion on humans.
However, a recent study in Taiwan found that mice with tumours that had been treated with moxibustion lived longer than mice with tumours that had not.
The alternative therapy watchdog Quackwatch quackwatch. More details are available from the Institute of Complementary Medicine at icmedicine. This involves the injection of anaesthetics into various parts of the body. The practice is based on the belief that energy flows freely through the body of a healthy person and that illness and disease interrupt this flow, creating energy imbalances called interference patterns that lead to chronic illness.
The American Cancer Society says there is no scientific evidence that neural therapy is an effective treatment for cancer or any other disease. Cost: The Hufeland Clinic in southern Germany hufeland-klinik.
A five-year study at UCLA University of California, Los Angeles has shown that regular doses of laughter can benefit children with cancer as well as those who have Aids.
The study, the largest of its kind, enlisted the help of entertainment professionals and producers of comedy films along with pain therapists to measure the effects of laughter on both healthy and sick children. In the healthy children laughter produced a reduction in stress hormones. With the sick children laughter also produced a significant improvement in pain management and in the body's natural defences, as well as a direct response by the automatic nervous system, which can be damaged by illness.
Now researchers are looking at exactly how much laughter is required to complement different forms of treatment and therapy. Cost: Free if you can generate your own chuckles. If not, the price of amusing videos, comedy shows or whatever it takes to make you laugh. This is promoted as an alternative treatment for cancer because it contains alkylglycerols, which are also found in significant amounts in the liver, spleen, bone marrow and milk from humans and cows.
Advocates say that alkylglycerols kill tumour cells indirectly by stimulating immune-system cells, macrophages, which attack and consume invading organisms. According to the American Cancer Society, scientific trials have found no conclusive benefits for alkylglycerols, but squalamine, another substance found in shark-liver oil, has been found to be beneficial, shrinking tumours in a variety of animals.
It is currently undergoing clinical trials in the US. Cost: Lancashire-based Nulife UK nulifeuk. The Bristol Cancer Help Centre offers a holistic programme - complementary therapies, self-help techniques, emotional support and dietary advice - that is meant to be used in tandem with orthodox medicine. It is based on the science of psycho-neuro-immunology, which examines the relationship between thought, emotion, and the body's health and immune system, and which has found links between body and mind through transmitters called neuropeptides.
These are made in the brain and then travel, via the blood, to every cell in the body. It is argued that stress inhibits the immune system's ability to fight disease and that relaxation therapy can boost the body's natural killer cells. The Bristol centre advocates a strict vegan diet that eliminates salt, sugar and refined and processed foods.
It also offers art, music and dance therapy along with relaxation, meditation and visualisation. Details: Also known as escharotics because they produce a thick, dry scab called an eschar on the skin, cancer salves are pastes or poultices applied to external tumours or to the skin above internal tumour sites.
They contain a variety of herbs, oils and chemicals including olive oil, beeswax, pine tar, comfrey and myrrh. Practitioners claim that salves can kill cancer cells by drawing them out of the body and that they avoid the need for surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. The American Cancer Society says there is no evidence that they can cure cancer and that there have been numerous reports of burns and scarring.
Cost: Variable. Some salves are home-made and passed down through generations. Education Schools Teachers Universities Students. Fruit cure for cancer? Former world champion biker Barry Sheene has rejected orthodox cancer treatments in favour of natural remedies. Diane Taylor on the main alternatives to traditional medicine.
Diane Taylor. Published on Tue 10 Sep Gerson therapy This involves the consumption of forbiddingly large quantities of fruit and vegetables. Shark-liver oil This is promoted as an alternative treatment for cancer because it contains alkylglycerols, which are also found in significant amounts in the liver, spleen, bone marrow and milk from humans and cows.
The Bristol approach The Bristol Cancer Help Centre offers a holistic programme - complementary therapies, self-help techniques, emotional support and dietary advice - that is meant to be used in tandem with orthodox medicine.
Cancer salves Also known as escharotics because they produce a thick, dry scab called an eschar on the skin, cancer salves are pastes or poultices applied to external tumours or to the skin above internal tumour sites.
Did the Breuss Total Cancer Treatment Cure 45,000 Patients?
Rudolf Breuss June 6, - May 17,  was an Austrian naturopath and alternative cancer treatment advocate. Breuss maintained that cancer lives on solid foods taken into the body, and that cancerous growths will die if a patient drinks only vegetable juices and herbal teas for 42 days. A senior nurse for Cancer Research UK stated that they did not support alternative therapies that were not backed by scientific evidence, and that following a restricted diet such as Breuss's could cause malnutrition. A review of cancer diets named the Breuss diet as one of the most frequently mentioned, but cautioned there is no evidence to support taking these "cancer diets" and that they can be harmful. A review of cancer diets listed the Breuss diet as having no benefit and the underlying hypothesis is not compatible with scientific concepts of cancer.
Fruit cure for cancer?
This article cites There is no independent scientific evidence to back up this claim and there are concerns about the safety of the diet. The Breuss cancer cure is a restrictive liquid diet of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and specific teas taken for 42 consecutive days. Austrian-born Rudolf Breuss believed that cancers cannot survive on a liquid protein free diet. No concurrent treatments are allowed during the 42 day diet.
The core of the Breuss Cancer Cure is a rigid diet, which consists of a day fast in combination with special vegetable juices and teas. Additional recommendations are included, for instance, to avoid so-called water veins. It is likely that the recommended fast could be dangerous for cancer patients because there is a potential risk of general malnutrition. As Breuss bans conventional cancer treatment while patients undergo his treatment, there is a risk that patients will discontinue conventional treatment. Assessed as up to date in January by Barbara Wider.
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