A partial list of common terms
714-X – A non-toxic cancer treatment developed by Gaston Naessens, 714-X is a camphor-nitrogen compound that appears to neutralize a factor produced by tumor cells that paralyzes the immune system. In addition, it may block cancer cells from feeding.
Acupressure – The Chinese discovered over 5,000 years ago that when certain points on the body are pressed pain and discomfort in the body is relieved. This is thought to be due to the release of blocked energy in the meridians (energy pathways).
Acupuncture – A health system originating in China over 5000 years ago, acupuncture is based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of chi, the vital life energy present in all living beings. When acupuncture needles are inserted into energy pathway points in the body, they help correct and rebalance the flow of chi.
Adaptogen – A substance that helps to increase the resistance of an organism to negative or stressful factors.
Aerobic exercise – An aerobic workout four or five times a week will increase metabolism and improve digestion. A body exercised regularly will absorb nutrients more efficiently and make one feel more energized.
Alexander Technique – An exercise system designed to change incorrect body movement habits in everyday activity. It involves the reeducation of the mind and body to use the appropriate muscles and amount of effort for a particular activity.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid – A nutrient produced by the body that helps cells to metabolize energy and acts as a very effective antioxidant. Lipoic acid not only protects cells from free radical damage it also replenishes electrons lost in vitamin C and E when these vitamins attack free radicals. Lipoic acid has been shown to lower blood sugar levels by promoting glucose metabolism.
Antineoplaston Therapy – Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski discovered that a group of peptides and amino-acid derivatives occurring naturally throughout the body inhibit the growth of cancer cells. He named these peptides antineoplastons. By reintroducing these peptides into the cancer patient’s bloodstream over a period of several months, tumor shrinkage or complete remission occurs.
Asparagus therapy – A therapy used for cancer therapy consisting of the daily intake of 8 tablespoons of blended cooked asparagus. Asparagus contains a DNA factor.
Bee Pollen – The fine granular substance produced and discharged by flowers and collected by bees. A dab of honey brought from the hive is added to the pollen before the substance is pushed into the bee’s pollen basket.
Bentonite Clay – A volcanic ash which, when added to water, exhibits a large negatively charged surface area. It absorbs gases, bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms in the intestines and removes them from the body during elimination.
Beta-carotene – A precursor of vitamin A that the body converts into active vitamin A. Beta-carotene with its antioxidant properties may help protect the body from heart disease and cancer.
Biofeedback Training – A technique in which people are taught to improve their health and performance by using signals from their own bodies. The procedure involves the training of the individual to alter brain activity, blood pressure, muscle tension, heart rate and other bodily functions that are not normally controlled voluntarily.
Black Cohosh – An estrogenic herb used for the relief of menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause, such as, hot flashes, insomnia and irritability.
Boswellia – An herbal remedy that effectively shrinks inflamed tissue, the underlying cause of pain, by improving the blood supply to the affected area and enhancing the repair of local blood vessels damaged by inflammation.
Bowen Technique – A bodywork practitioner using Bowen Technique applies pressure to specific points on the body to cause energetic changes and muscular relaxation.
Bromelain – An enzyme derived from the pineapple plant. It breaks down protein and aids in overall digestion and absorption of nutrients. It is an anti-inflammatory agent that has been shown to reduce joint swelling in cases of arthritis. Bromelain also improves respiratory conditions and bolsters the immune system.
Burdock Root – Used in the 19th century by Eclectic physicians as a diuretic and prescribed for urinary tract infection, kidney problems and skin infections. There has been and remains much controversy over the effectiveness of burdock root as a cancer treatment. Several studies have shown that substances found in the herb do have anti-tumor activity.
Carnivora – A cancer treatment derived from the Venus flytrap, works by lessening the malignant characteristics of tumors, rather than destroying tissue.
Cascara Sagrada – The dried bark of this herb is a popular and effective remedy for constipation. Cascara sagrada contains chemicals that stimulate the intestinal contractions. It is milder than other herbal laxatives, such as aloe, buckthorn, rhubarb and senna.
Cayenne – Cayenne chili pepper used as a condiment in foods promotes digestion. As a medicine, cayenne pepper is a general stimulant.
Chamomile – An herb widely used throughout Europe for centuries, chamomile has been used to relieve fevers, digestive problems, anxiety and insomnia, promote menstruation and fight infection.
Chaparral – An herb containing a chemical called NDGA (nordihydroguaiaretic acid) which kills bacteria, and is a powerful antioxidant. Chaparral has been a popular folk treatment for cancer for more than a 100 years. Some laboratory studies agree chaparral has anti-tumor effects.
Choline – A member of the B complex group, choline is used to transport and metabolize fats. It is used by the body to make aceylcholine, a neurotransmitter that permits the sending of messages from nerve fiber to nerve fiber. Lecithin is a natural source of choline.
Chromium – A major mineral involved in insulin production thus it is needed for the maintenance of healthy blood sugar levels. There is evidence that glucose metabolism disorders may be due, in part, to chromium deficiency. Chromium has been shown to improve glucose tolerance, blood lipids, and insulin resistance. Chromium picolinate is a supplement form of chromium.
Coenzyme Q10 – A fat-soluble substance produced in the body and present in all cells. It functions in the production of energy from carbohydrates. It is an antioxidant that protects the blood vessels from oxidative damage. Clinical studies have shown coenzyme Q10 to be effective in shrinking cancer tumors, improving heart function and boosting the immune system.
Colon cleansing – Maintaining a healthy colon is essential for the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of waste and toxins. The use of psyllium husks and herbal laxatives among other things can aid in the cleansing of the colon.
Colonic irrigation – The cleansing of the colon of waste material by flushing several gallons of water under pressure through the colon.
Color Therapy – Involves projecting a color on the body or a part of the body using special color slides and a light projector to bring the body or body part back into balance. used successfully in the early part of the 20th century.
Colostrum – a nutrient-rich fluid produced by female mammals immediately after giving birth.
Copper bracelet – Copper from copper bracelets is absorbed through the skin and converted into a usable form in the body. Some forms of copper, for example copper aspirinate (salicylate), have been shown to work better as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever than aspirin.
Dandelion – Widely known for their diuretic properties and there is some evidence that it reduces the amount of glucose in the blood.
Dean Ornish Program – A healing program consisting of a vegetarian diet, exercise, meditation and peer group support which has been shown to be very effective in reversing heart disease and maintaining a healthy heart.
Devil’s Claw – Thought to reduce uric acid and cholesterol levels in the blood. May be useful in the treatment of gout.
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) – Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries, the root of this herb is high in natural plant estrogens and helps to reduce the symptoms of estrogen deficiency.
Echinacea – An herb activating macrophage production, which is critical in neutralizing viruses, destroying bacteria, and increasing white blood cell activity. It also assists T-cell and interferon production, both vital immune system functions.
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) – An omega-3 fatty acid, EPA found in cold water fish oil has been shown to reduce inflammatory and allergic responses. EPA is associated with decreasing blood platelet aggregation which is important in prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis.
Enema therapy – A series of enemas taken in various positions, the objective being for the water to reach the descending, transverse and finally the ascending colon.
Essential fatty acids – Contains linoleic , linolenic and arachidonic acids. The best sources of essential fatty acids may be cold-pressed flaxseed oil, sunflower oil, evening primrose oil, and borage seed oil.
Essiac formula – An anti-tumor herbal formula which includes burdock root, turkey rhubarb root, sheep sorrel, and slippery elm bark used extensively and championed by Rene Caisse, R.N. in Canada from the 1920’s through 1970’s.
Evening Primrose Oil – The oil of evening primrose contains 72% linoleic acid (LA), an essential fatty acid, and 9% gamma linolenic acid (GLA). A healthy human body transforms LA into GLA but many dietary factors can prevent the transformation from occurring.
Feldenkrais Technique – This is a system of body movements used to restore full efficiency and function of the body. It focuses on the body in motion, including new perceptions of walking, crawling, conscious breathing and the way the head, eyes, pelvis, spine and limbs move in relation to each other.
Flavonoids (a.k.a. bioflavonoids) – Plant compounds that protect against free radical damage and appear to have antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and anti-carcinogenic properties in humans.
Four to Seven Day Cleanse – There are many different cleansing programs that include drinking water, fruit and vegetable juices, herbal tea, vegetable broth and NO solid food. The programs also include vitamin and herbal supplements and preparations for intestinal cleansing and nutrition.
Ganoderma lucidum – Also known as Reishi, ganoderma lucidum is a tree mushroom containing polysaccharides which have been found to be effective in inhibiting tumor growth and in the remission of tumors.
Garlic Extract – Stimulates macrophages to kill tumor cells and to clear carbon particles from the body. Garlic also stimulates B lymphocytes, cells that produce antibodies.
Germanium – A mineral found in some plants, coal deposits and soil. The germanium atom accepts and transmits electrons. Organic germanium is a synthetically produced compound used extensively in Japan to treat conditions associated with oxygen deficiency including cancer.
Gerson Therapy – A nutritional metabolic therapy developed by Max Gerson M.D. on the theory that impaired metabolism due to poor nutrition and long-term exposure to environmental pollutants and irritants can result in cancer. The Gerson therapy combines detoxification with nutrition intended to restore the body’s natural immunity and healing power.
Ginger – Long known for its properties as a digestive aid, ginger's anti-nausea action relieves motion sickness, dizziness and vertigo.Chinese studies show ginger helps kill influenza virus. An Indian report shows ginger increases the immune system's ability to fight infection.
Ginkgo Biloba – The extract from the leaf and fruit of this ancient tree, used for centuries in Chinese medicine as a tonic for the brain, is thought to increase the supply of blood and oxygen to the brain and produce beneficial changes in brain chemistry.
Ginseng, Siberian – Scientific name: eleutherococcus senticosus. Long studied in Russia, an extract from the root of this herb has been shown to increase the number of immune cells, especially T lymphocytes in subjects receiving the Siberian ginseng extract. It is thought to be protective against viral infections, retard tumor growth and metastasis, and help patients tolerate chemotherapy and radiation.
Glucosamine Sulfate – A substance found in high concentrations in joint structures. The main function of glucosamine on joints is to stimulate the production of cartilage. As a nutritional supplement, glucosamine is combined with sulfate for better absorption by the body.
Goldenseal – An herb shown to have immune enhancing and anti-bacterial properties. Goldenseal activates macrophages that destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi, and tumor cells. Macrophages are large cells that have the ability to engulf foreign substances or organisms to aid the body’s immune system in fighting infection.
Gotu Kola – In Ayurvedic medicine gotu kola is the main revitalizing herb for the nerves and the brain cells.
High fiber diet – This is a diet consisting of whole grains and cereals, fresh vegetable and fruit and absent of refined white sugar, white flour and processed foods.
Homeopathic Medicine – A 180-year-old health system founded by German physician Samuel Hahnemann based on the principle of "like cures like". Homeopathic remedies are dilutions of natural substances from plants, minerals, and animals. These remedies specifically match different symptom patterns of illness and act to stimulate the body’s natural healing response.
Hoxsey Formula – An anti-cancer formula passed down generations to Harry Hoxsey, N.D. which contains all or some of the following ingredients: potassium iodide, licorice root, poke root, barberis root, red clover, burdock root, stillingia root, cascara, prickly ash bark and buckthorn bark.
Huperzia serrata – The extract from this moss, called huperzine, is used in China for the treatment of dementia. It is being tested in clinical trials in the U.S. for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
Hydrazine Sulfate – A metabolic inhibitor that has been shown clinically to cause malignant tumors to stop growing, reduce in size, and, in some cases, to disappear. It also is known to reverse cachexia, the wasting-away process of the body.
Juice Fast – There are dozens of juice fasts described in health literature. One such fast is drinking the juice of raw fruits and vegetables for one week, followed by a vegetarian diet for one week or indefinitely.
Kegel Exercises – These are Pubococcygeal (PC) muscle strengthening exercises developed by Arnold Kegel in the 1940’s. These exercises consist of clenching, pushing out with and relaxing the PC muscle with varying speeds and repetitions. Kegel exercises nourish the entire genital system as well as facilitate control of bowels and bladder.
L-Arginine – An amino acid, L-arginine accelerates wound healing; increases fat metabolism; enhances thymus activity; aids insulin production and glucose tolerance and helps control hypertension.
L-Carnitine – An amino acid that transports fatty acids into the cells where it is burned to release energy.
L-Cysteine – An amino acid, is one of the best free radical destroyers. It works best when taken with selenium and vitamin E. It helps detoxify the body and helps protect the liver and brain from toxins.
L-Cystine – An amino acid, aids in the formation of skin and detoxification of the body. It promotes healing of the respiratory system and plays a role in the function of the white blood cells, which fight disease.
L-Glutamine – An amino acid, glutamine is converted to glutamic acid in the brain. Glutamic acid is involved in the metabolism of sugars and fats and is essential for brain function.
L-Methionine – An essential amino acid, which aids in the breakdown of fats, preventing the build-up of fat in the liver and arteries. Methionine is beneficial for allergic chemical sensitivities and osteoporosis.
L-Tyrosine – A dietary nonessential amino acid, tyrosine is a component of thyroxin, a hormone secreted by the thyroid gland. If tyrosine does not reach the thyroid gland the result can be fatigue, obesity, lack of growth and reduced resistance to disease.
Lecithin – Derived from soybeans or egg yolk, is composed of the B vitamin choline, linoleic acid and inositol. Lecithin enables fats, like cholesterol to be dispersed in water and removed from the body.
Licorice Root – A powerful adrenal stimulant and estrgenic herb. For this reason it has been recommended for menopausal hot flashes. Licorice also has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.
Liver Flush – Used to stimulate elimination of wastes from the body, increase bile flow, and improve overall liver functioning. An example of a liver flush consists of lemon juice, garlic and ginger juice and olive oil.
Macrobiotic diet – Consists of 50 – 60% whole cereal grains, 20 – 30% vegetables, 5 – 10% beans and seaweed,5 - 10% soups. The objective of this diet is to restore balance and harmony in the body and in one’s life.
Magnesium – A mineral necessary for strong, healthy bones and teeth. It plays an important part in bone growth, and helps prevent tooth decay by holding calcium in tooth enamel. It also has an important role in helping muscles to relax.
Magnet Therapy – Based on the idea that the body’s cells possess electromagnetic fields that are brought out of alignment when disease is present. The application of magnets to a particular area of the body is believed to realign the body’s electromagnetic field. Magnetic therapy may also stimulate metabolism and increase the amount of oxygen available to cells.
Maitake Mushroom – Shown to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells, lung cancer cells and skin cancer cells. Maitake’s anti-tumor property involves polysaccharides activating the part of the immune system that attacks tumor cells.
Manganese – A mineral necessary for normal growth and development, and the repair of bones and connective tissue. Good sources of manganese include nuts, seed, and whole grains.
Melatonin – A hormone produced by the pineal gland responsible for regulating biological rhythms.
Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM) – A biologically active form of sulfur. It has been shown to be effective in reducing gastrointestinal upset, inflammation of the mucous membranes, pain associated with muscular skeletal system disorders, and physiological responses to allergens.
Milk Thistle (silybum marianum) – Milk Thistle contains silymarin, a potent antioxidant that stimulates the production of antioxidant enzymes, such as glutathione. Silymarin may stimulate the production of new liver cells.
Mistletoe (Iscador) – Preparations made from fermented mistletoe have been used effectively by doctors in Germany for cancer treatment since 1920.
Mullein – The leaves, flowers and root of the mullein plant has been used for centuries as a respiratory remedy. Ancient and modern herbalists recommend mullein for coughs, colds, sore throat, diarrhea, hemorrhoids and urinary tract infections. Mullein's tannins may account for its use in treating diarrhea.
Omega-3 Oils – Found in flaxseed oil and cold water fish oils. These oils make the cells of the body more responsive to insulin as well as reduce the risk of artherosclerosis, decrease the risk of heart disease, lower blood cholesterol, and reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
Omega-6 Oils – Include sesame, sunflower, safflower and corn oil. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids stimulate the formation of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are produced by every cell in the body, and control cell communication, reproduction, inflammation, and immunity.
Pantothenic Acid – One of the B vitamins, pantothenic acid is important in the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, and protein for energy.
Pau D’Arco – An herb capable of restoring health to the body under attack by viral and bacterial invasion, by stimulating red blood cell production in the bone marrow.
Peppermint – A popular aromatic herb containing menthol. Herbalists recommend peppermint internally as a digestive aid and treatment for motion sickness, dizziness, diarrhea, morning sickness, colds, cough, flu, headache, fever and insomnia.
Plantain – This plant grows throughout most of North America and has been used by Native Americans. It has been used externally for eczema, burns, insect and snake bites and internally for diarrhea, kidney and bladder problems.
Proteolytic enzymes (pancreatic enzymes) – Digest the protective protein shell that encases tumor cells, leaving the cancer cells vulnerable to the immune system. These enzymes include almond extract, fig extract, papain, and bromelain.
Psyllium seed and husks – Used for colon cleansing. When the seeds and husks from the psyllium plant are added to water they swell up, become soft and slippery and attach to the mucous lining of the colon, softening and loosening the hardened, encrusted fecal matter.
Pumpkin seeds – Contain an abundance of valuable nutrients including phosphorus, iron and an abundance of B vitamins, and are one of the richest natural sources of the mineral zinc. The native peoples of the Balkans and Eastern Europe have used pumpkin seeds for centuries to preserve the health of the prostate gland and male potency. Pumpkin seeds are considered a non-irritating diuretic.
Pycnogenol – A concentrated, active bioflavonoid extract from pine bark, grapeseed and other fruits. A powerful anti-oxidant, it helps the body resist inflammation, blood vessel and skin damage cased by free radicals. It strengthens the arterial system and improves circulation.
Quercetin – Isolated from blue-green algae, quercetin is a powerful bioflavonoid. It is used therapeutically in controlling allergy and asthma reactions because it suppresses the release and production of histimines and leukotrienes.
Red Clover – Contemporary herbalists recommend red clover externally as a treatment for eczema, psoriasis and lupus and internally as a digestive aid and expectorant for coughs and bronchitis. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, red clover was used as a cancer treatment. Realizing that 33 different cultures around the world use red clover to treat cancer, the National Cancer Institute researched the herb and found 4 anti-tumor compounds in red clover.
Royal jelly – A thick, creamy, white fluid synthesized in nurse bees during the digestion of bee pollen. It is rich in natural hormones and B vitamins, vitamins A, C, E, and proteins.
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) – This herb is a mild sedative that is specific for anxiety conditions. It may be useful in combating depression and long-standing neuralgic pain.
Saw Palmetto berries – As an herb, saw palmetto can act as a diuretic, urinary antiseptic and an endocrine agent. Saw palmetto tones and strengthens the male reproductive system.
Sea Kelp – A marine plant rich in natural iodine. The zinc and alginic acid in this seaweed contribute to the relief of inflammation and the reduction of pain in the lower extremities.
Selenium – An essential mineral and free radical scavenger aiding in protein digestion. Selenium assists in detoxifying the body of heavy metals that suppress the immune system.
Shark Cartilage – Gristle made of long strands of elastic connective tissue. A substance in shark cartilage inhibits the growth of new blood vessels toward and in solid tumors in humans, starving cancer cells and stopping tumor growth.
Shitake mushroom – Used in traditional Chinese medicine to increase resistance to disease. The immune-stimulating activity of the Shitake mushroom includes stimulating of macrophages, increasing T lymphocyte proliferation, and enhancing T helper cell function.
Stinging Nettle – This herb have been used medicinally since the third century B. C. Stinging nettle has been shown to relief symptoms of hay fever and the pain of gout.
Slippery Elm Tea – A tea made from the inner bark of the slippery elm tree had been used for centuries to soothe cough, sore throat and digestive complaints. Slippery elm bark can be used externally to soothe skin problems and cover wounds.
The Kelley Program for Cancer – Dr. William D. Kelley is a dentist who developed an effective cancer treatment for his own terminal cancer. He recommends pancreatic enzymes, large amounts of vitamin C, fasting on carrot juice, deep breathing exercises, minimal protein intake, no protein after 1:00 PM., raw fruits and vegetables, no cooked or processed foods among other suggestions.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) – The TENS unit is a device used for pain relief. It works by applying an electrical current to the affected nerves causing transfer of nerve impulses to be blocked.
Ukrain Therapy – An alternative to chemotherapy, given by injection. It has been shown in studies in Europe and the U.S. to kill tumor cells while strengthening the immune system. It is derived from celandine and thiophosphoric acid.
Valerian – A non-narcotic herbal sedative recommended in treating anxiety reactions, hyperactivity and insomnia. The fresh root in more potent as some important chemical constituents are lost during the drying process.
Vitamin A – Assists in the development and maintenance of the body’s barriers to infection and strengthens the immune system. It is associated with a reduced risk for developing breast, stomach, cervical and lung cancer when ample levels of vitamin A are in the blood.
Vitamin B Complex – Consists of several organic substances that work together in maintaining the health of all cells in the body. Thiamine, B1, is essential for proper nerve function. Riboflavin, B2, is important for the health of mucous membrane. Niacin, B3, is responsible for the health of skin, nerves and digestive tract. Pyridoxine, B6, is also important in skin and nerve health. Biotin is utilized by body processes that breakdown fats, amino acids, and carbohydrates. Pantothenic acid is important in the breakdown of fats, proteins and carbohydrates for energy. Vitamin B12 is important for the normal production of certain amino acids and fats and in the formation and maintenance of the nervous system. Folic acid’s main function is to maintain the cells’ genetic code and regulate cell division and the transfer of inherited traits from one cell to another.
Vitamin C – Functions in the formation and maintenance of collagen, a protein that forms the foundation for connective tissue, the most abundant tissue in the body. Collagen, and therefore vitamin C, promotes the healing of wounds, bone fractures, bruises; and forms a protective barrier between infections or diseases and the surrounding healthy tissues.
Vitamin E – The main function is as an antioxidant. It stabilizes cell membranes and protects the cells and tissues from damage, protects the tissues of the lungs and mouth from damage by air pollutants. Vitamin E protects tissues of the eyes, skin, liver, nerves, and breasts; helps regulate the use and storage of vitamin A; and protects red blood cells from damage.
Vitex agnus castis (Chasteberry) – The berries from the chaste tree, native to the Mediterranean area, have long been used for female conditions. Thought to balance hormones, dried chasteberries are used to alleviate depression and hot flashes.
Water Therapy – A system of natural healing that utilizes the body’s need for water and its physiological responses to water to prevent, correct and treat health and injury problems.
White Willow – Contains medicinal substances, such as salicin. It reduces tissue inflammation and relieves arthritic pain. It may be preferable to aspirin since it contains alkaloids from the entire plant and is less acidic and irritating to the stomach.
Wild Lettuce – Used as a pain reliever and relaxant since ancient times. The milky juice in the stem or flower stalks is a good relaxing pain reliever.
Yellow Jasmine – A strong pain reliever that should be used only under the advice of a skilled herbal practitioner.
Yoga – A multi-leveled discipline that generates health and flexibility in the body and mind, and aids in integrating the body, mind and spirit. Stretching exercises or postures, proper use of the breath during exercise and meditations are a few of the practices of yoga.
Zinc picolinate – A more absorbable form of zinc taken in supplement form. Zinc plays an important role in cell division, cell repair, and cell growth. Zinc has been found in high quantities in a healthy prostate and in relatively low amounts in an enlarged or inflamed prostate. Zinc may be the single most important element in improving prostate function.