Intolerable cancer pain should be a thing of the past

Cancer pain is often correctable without painkilling drugs.

My naturopath mentor taught me this by realizing it for his clients. One chap with bone pain from prostate cancer found Malcolm's nutritional management the most effective way of relieving his pain.

Cancer cells have anaerobic (independant of oxygen) metabolism.

Large amounts of sugar are partially broken down to lactic acid, to produce energy, resulting in a very acid environment.

This low Ph is responsible for some of the pain, presumably by irritating nerve endings in the vicinity.

One approach to cancer therapy uses bicarbonate to neutralize this acidity. Dr. Simoncini is widely quoted in this area.

Organic germanium, and ozone are two more examples of treatments based on these observations.

For stacks of information on sodium bicarbonate, consider buying a book by Dr. Mark Sircus⁴.

Dr. Emanuel Revici found some cancers had acid and some had alkaline imbalance.

Bill Henderson has lots of raw organic vegetables (alkali forming) as the first item on his good foods for cancer list. He is spot on in his ideas about cancer, from my perspective.

Percy Weston's ideas³ on phosphate excess are worth considering as well. He was a farmer who realized that superphosphate was causing tumours in his sheep, and himself.

Any treatment which kills cancer cells, including apricot kernels, can relieve the pain.

Another good site with lots of resources listed, is

Even if you are receiving standard medical care, adequate pain relief is a must.

There are many agents used⁵, depending on which type of pain is present. Neuropathic, bone, colic - all require different approaches.

Your description of the qualities of your pain, is one thing your doctor will be going on, so be as careful as possible with the information you provide.

Bill Henderson says that everyone should have a healthy person with them as their advocate, and one of their functions is to ensure messages get across accurately.

If you're feeling lousy, it's hard to even think straight. This was illustrated in one study where 6 times as many symptoms were turned up by systematic questioning as were initially volunteered by palliative care patients⁹.

Other ways to deal with it.

Hypnosis, daily if necessary.
Acupuncture, ditto
Imagery or creative visualization. "A million miles away," with one's attention diverted from the pain.
Watching funny films `a la Norman Cousins⁶ or reading funny poetry (Ogden Nash etc.)
Physical aids - heat, cold, changing positions, walking aids, exercises, massage.
Vitamin C 10gm per day was used by Ewan Cameron⁸ with the result that

" about the fifth day. The patient will claim to feel better, stronger and more mentally alert. Distressing symptoms such as bone pain from skeletal metastases diminish and may even disappear completely."

Dr. Archie Kalokerinos, who introduced vitamin C megadose therapy in Australia, spoke on this at the International Association of Cancer Victims and Friends in Melbourne on March 31st 1979...

"I want to make it quite clear and quite plain right here and now, that most of the patients I have treated with vitamin C for cancer, have died, but there is an encouraging number that have apparent remissions. The cancer can't be found any more. A number much larger - much, much larger - than you would ever expect naturally. In many of them, the cancers have regressed in size. The patients have lived years longer than they were ever expected and they have lived well. They have lost their pain, got out of their hospital bed and gone about their business. Now I am not talking about every patient. The patients who don't respond are those with very advanced cancers maily who have had cytotoxic drugs in large amounts. And they don't seem to respond to anything. They have no resistance, no immunity, no nothing! You have nothing to work on. It is just a shell. But the numbers who do respond are very gratifying and I think it is criminal to withhold it."

See also Intravenous vitamin C cancer therapy page

Notes on conventional cancer pain relief treatments.

X-ray treatment can be useful for relief of symptoms

A new study¹ looks at a small group of people from 2004, who were given palliative radiotherapy in the last weeks of their lives.

26% reported improvement or stabilization of their symptoms.

Radiotherapy is usually "fractionated," given in multiple small doses. Here it is often better to have it in a single or a few fractions.

Aspirin is still worth trying for some types of cancer pain. Each dose needs to be dissolved first, in 200ml of water. Each dose is followed with 50 to 100ml of milk, to avoid gastric irritation.

Aspirin is excreted more in alkaline urine. This is the opposite to narcotics (opioids) which are excreted more in acid urine. If using ASA, one can take 1gm of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) four times a day to acidify the urine.

A microfined aspirin preparation may be best. One would start with 2 tabs(600mg) 2-hourly and increase to 3, 3-hourly and to 4, 4-hourly if pain control is adequate.

Regular doses during the day and a larger dose at night, is likely to give better control of pain.

Rectal suppositories of aspirin are also useful.

Good daytime pain relief but bad pain at night, may be from things preying on your mind at night. Pain is an emotional experience, markedly influenced by emotional state. Everything can feel worse at night.

No relief from a particular type of analgesic may be as that one isn't effective for the particular type of pain you're experiencing.

One may have two types of pain, with the worse sort overshadowing the lesser. Effective treatment for the greater pain may expose another pain with different characteristics or site, which needs adding in a different type of treatment.

If each dose works, but not for as long as expected, the dose is probably not adequate. Increasing the dose to prolong their effect, may give more side effects. Having doses more frequently may be better.

Preventing Painful Prostate Cancer

Backache in a male, not responding to treatment - think prostate cancer.

Prevention is better than cure.

It stands to reason, screening for prostate cancer should be a good idea. You would certainly think so, from the attention in the media.

This is however, controversial. Big studies (named PLCO and ERSPC) have failed to show a benefit.

Another study² has just been published, involving 10,000 men screened and the same number just observed, over 14 years.
They found 450 more (1270 compared to 820) cancers, 34 (44 compared to 78) deaths from prostate cancer per 10,000 men screened. This was 1 fewer death in 294 screened.

Quite a number of the other 293 men would have undergone needle biopsy of their prostates, which carries some risk.

Positive diagnosis of cancer was followed by active treatment in 60% initially, rising to 72% at the end of the study. This is because it can be hard to tell if a given cancer will be nasty or never likely to cause trouble.

I personally have opted not to be screened. I do a lot to keep healthy, which is true prevention, rather than earlier detection of established disease as above.

Palliative care being started earlier.

In one study this helped people feel better and median survival was longer among patients receiving early palliative care (11.6 months vs. 8.9 months, p = 0.02).

Another study showed benefits for their caregivers.

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References for cancer pain page

1. In the journal "Cancer". Published online April 12, 2010

2. Lancet Oncology. Published online July 1, 2010

3. Percy Weston bk "Cancer: Cause & Cure, a 20th century perspective Nature's Secrets Exposed" edited by Andrew Carroll ISBN 978-0-9758137-1-3 Bookbin


5. Starting with paracetamol (acetaminophen) and including opioids if needed. Prescription of these latter drugs for severe pain rarely causes addiction. If a certain dose is enough now, there is always room for increased doses in the future if needed, or stopping them if other treatment kicks in and relieves the pain. Constipation can be expected from them, so start something immediately to avoid it. You are likely to get over other side effects as the opioid is continued.

6. Book "Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient"

8. On Cancer and Vitamin C. Ewan Cameron and Linus Pauling. Executive Health vol 30 Jan 1980. Original article at


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