Question: I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and I am following the traditional diet you prescribe, one that includes animal proteins and fats. I am reluctant to do chemotherapy. Do you have any nontoxic therapy that you can recommend?
Answer: Your question is one that has been asked by millions of cancer patients. The rationale for chemotherapy is that it kills tumor cells and thereby slows down the progression of cancer. However, as you know, most conventional chemotherapy has significant toxicity leading to severe side effects. In many countries, doctors question the efficacy of chemotherapy for solid tumors of the colon, lung, pancreas and breast. It has been observed that for these types of tumors, the usual chemotherapy regimens are much less effective than for blood or lymph types of cancer where chemotherapy has proven more beneficial.
An alternative and nontoxic therapy now widely used in Europe is Iscador, a medicine made from the lacto-fermented extract of fresh sap of the plant known as mistletoe (viscum album). Mistletoe has been used in folk medicine for hundreds of years, especially by the Druids. Its first use as a cancer medicine came from the indications of Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. Steiner pointed out the remarkable similarity between the life and growth patterns of mistletoe and cancer. Both are characterized by very primitive and undifferentiated cell types. Mistletoe is probably one of the oldest flowering plants on earth. It proliferates in an undifferentiated way, growing in a ball bigger and bigger, always with the same cell and tissue types without any regard to its host, to up or down or even to the seasons, much like cancer grows as primitive cell types, in undifferentiated forms, without any regard to the form or shape of the organ in which it lives. The Druids were awed by the fact that the plant was so liberated from normal earthly rhythms that it flowered and fruited at Christmas, the time of the winter solstice. They saw this as a sign that this plant was a gift to mankind from the heavens.
Mistletoe is a saprophytic plant meaning that it derives nourishment from its host just as cancer derives its nourishment from the host, even eventually directing the blood supply into feeding the tumors.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2000.