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    1.  When protein isn't completely digested it putrefies in the intestines and can
    form nitrosamines which are carcinogenic. Digestive enzymes break down
    food so it can be absorbed more efficiently by the organs and keep undigested
    byproducts from forming

    2.  Several integrative cancer specialists recommend taking enzymes with meals
    as well as between meals on an empty stomach. Digestive enzymes are thought
    to "digest" the coating of cancer cells, making them more vulnerable to the
    body's immune system and less likely to metastasize. (1)

    3.  Enzymes also have anti-inflammatory properties which may affect the cancer
    process.

    Michael Schachter, MD, and Nicholas Gonzalez, MD, recommend supplemental
    enzymes for their cancer patients.  Since the body makes many kinds of enzymes
    starting with the mouth and ending with the bowel, often a combination of
    digestive enzymes is recommended.  The Wobenzyme and Wobe-Mugos brand of
    enzymes have been used since the 1940s by practitioners but check with your
    health practitioner for a brand and dosage recommendation.

    Improving Absorption of Major and Micronutients

    "Many people diagnosed with cancer have digestion or intestinal tract disorders
    as well.  Impaired digestion will greatly hinder a nutritional approach to treating
    cancer, if the nutrients can not be released from the food. ... Even raw foods,
    which contain many digestive enzymes to assist in their digestion, will be more
    thoroughly digested with less of the body's own resources with the use of
    digestive enzymes.  So, the enzymes taken with meals do not have a direct effect
    upon a tumor, but assist the body in getting all of the nutrition out of all of the
    food for healing and restoring the body to normal function." (2)

    Digestive Enzymes May Break Down Tumor Cell Blocking
    Factors

    Digestive enzymes may break down blocking factors around cancer cells and
    allow NK cells to enter and attack cancer cells.  According to Simon Yu, MD,
    pancreatic enzymes:

    1) Expose cancer cells' antigens by removing the fibrin coating, thus making
    cancer cells an easier target for the immune system.

    2) Reduce the adhesiveness of cancer and other cells, which makes it more
    difficult for cancer cells to adhere to the cell wall.

    3) Decrease levels of circulating immune complexes that tend to weaken the
    immune system's ability to respond to cancer.

    Breast Cancer Outcome Supplementing with Digestive
    Enzymes?

    Burton Goldberg's The Definitive Guide to Cancer reports that German physician,
    Dr. Max Wolf began using multi-enzyme formulas in 1949. In reviewing 107 women
    who had undergone mastectomies and used Wobenzymes, their survival rate
    was 84% after five years. Those using conventional therapy achieved only 43%
    -48% survival at five years.

    Nutrition + Digestive Enzymes Patient Study

    In the 1990s, Drs. Nicholas Gonzalez and Linda Isaacs conducted a pilot study of
    their patients with inoperable pancreatic cancer.  Aggressive nutritional
    supplements, detox procedures, an organic diet, and large doses of digestive
    enzymes increased their patients' survival time over what would normally be
    expected for stages 111-1V pancreatic cancer.  25% survived for one year, and
    10% survived for two years at all stages of pancreatic cancer. (3)

    Digestive Enzymes for Breast Cancer Therapy Side Effects

    In a German study, breast cancer patients undergoing surgery, radiation, chemo,
    or hormone therapy were broken into two groups.  One group received oral
    enzymes, and the other group of patients did not receive any enzymes.  The
    objective was to determine whether complementary treatment with oral enzymes
    can reduce typical disease- or therapy-associated signs and symptoms, such as
    gastrointestinal symptoms, mental symptoms, tumor pain, etc. Results:  For all
    symptoms, except tumor pain, the improvement in symptom scores was larger in
    those women who received the oral enzymes than those women who received
    nothing.

    Thus, complementary treatment with oral enzymes improved the quality of life by
    reducing signs and symptoms of the disease and the side effects of the
    therapies. Also, epidemiological analysis provided evidence that the patients
    taking enzymes may also gain benefit in the length of survival by prolonging the
    time to cancer recurrence. (4)

CONCLUSION: "At the least, enzymes (oral enzyme supplementation) will
improve digestion and lessen the digestive burden on the body,
    leaving more reserves for disease eradication. However, as the research
    indicates, the effect may be much greater than that, with the potential for
    direct anti-tumor activity."  --Michael Donaldson.

    1. Goldberg B., Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer, Alternative
    Medicine.com Books 1997, p. 930
    2. Donaldson M, Nutritional Cancer: A Review of the Evidence for an Anti-Cancer Diet,
    Nutr J 2004.
    3. Gonzalez NJ and Isaacs LL., Evaluation of Pancreatic Proteolytic Enzyme Treatment
    of Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas, with Nutritional and Detoxification
    Support, Nutrition and Cancer 1999.
    4.  Beuth J et al., Impact of Complementary Oral Enzyme Application on the
    Postoperative Treatment Results of Breast Cancer Patients - Results of an
    Epidemiological Multicentre Retrospective Cohort Study, Cancer Chemother
    Pharmacol 2001.

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