Juice Fasting as an Alternative Cancer Treatment

Juice fasting is all over the internet as an alternative cancer treatment. It is believed that the therapy not only boosts the immune system to attack the cancer but also cleanses the body from toxins which the cancel cells need to reproduce. The juice usually includes cruciferous vegetables, carrot, beet, and other cancer fighting plants to strengthen and support the body’s immune system. Some people use just one vegetable or fruit.

But although the method can be a powerful way to fight cancer is it really enough to reverse a well established malignant tumor?

Juice Fasting is undoubtedly a progressive and profound body detoxification. During the process, the body does not receive enough protein and fats it needs to function properly, thus it turns to its stored resources (excess fats, carbohydrates and sugars) to produce energy.  In addition, it draws toxins, fats, uric acid and other junks stored for years, which can be the cause of the cancer (and many other diseases).

Fasting creates a situation of stress which causes the organism to launch self-regulatory mechanisms to face the situation. The body adapts to the environment deprived of food and activates its healing powers, which in turn boosts the immune system, triggers anti-inflammatory effects, helps weight loss, clears the skin,  reverses pre-mature aging, improves brain function, improves insulin sensitivity, speeds up metabolism, improves eating patterns…

Is Fasting Popular? 

As more and more people are becoming aware of the uselessness of drugs in curing cancer and their damaging effects in the body, a great majority of patients all over the world turn toalternative cancer treatment to fight the disease. In certain countries, fasting is prescribed bysome doctors and surgeons in order to help the patients to lose weight before surgery or treat certain diseases.

Fasting is in some countries become a healing method for not only cancer but many other medical condition as well. For instance, fasting is widespread in Germany, Switzerland and Russia. In Germany it is believed that up to 20% of the population reported having been fastedfor between 1 and 3 weeks. In fact, Fasting therapy is supported by Social Security in Germany and Russia. In the USA, is not supported by social security or the conventional medicine.

Fasting as an Alternative Cancer Treatment 

Studies on animals have shown that ‘safe’ fasting could slow the development of certain types of cancer. In some countries like the United States or Russia, it has become a new alternative cancer treatment. One of the health professionals who have done some research on cancer and fasting is Dr. Valter Longo; he is an American biologist, Professor  in Biological Science, Director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California (USC); he has done extensive testing on the association of fasting with chemotherapy. The results are spectacular. But when the idea of using fasting to treat cancer begins?

A little history of Fasting as an alternative cancer treatment 

In 1924, a German biochemist named Otto Heinrich Warburg hypothesized that cancer was a mitochondrial dysfunction that changes the way cells use energy (high glycolysis followed by Lactic acid fermentation) which then makes them able to multiply very quickly and withoutcontrol. In a simple and common language, cancer cells attract the sugar in order for them to use and multiply. Scientist called this effect the “Warburg effect”. Otto Warburg was awarded theNobel Prize in Physiology in 1931.

Thereafter, all the research has shown that cancer cells had a particular and abnormal attractionfor glucose. Since glucose is provided to the body by certain foods (cereals, fruits, vegetables,sweet products), deprived the cancer cells from those foods by fasting will ultimately stop their reproduction, thus their death. That is how the idea of fasting appeared in the natural medicine as an alternative cancer treatment. Other scientists advance the theory that an acid-baseimbalance is in the occurrence of cancer, while it is actually just a consequence of this newabnormal energy metabolism.

Recent Studies and Precautions  


Ever since, many studies have conducted in the beneficial effects of fasting on treating cancer. Each study ends up with a conclusion that it can really help. A very recent study has shown that depriving cancer cells of glucose by fasting caused the regression of the tumor by suicide of the diseased cells. Juice fasting can help fight cancer of different types, the researchers conclude.

But certainly cancer patients must be careful when using juice fasting as an alternative cancer treatment. An abnormal fasting promotes loss of muscle mass, which will then weaken the immune system, decreasing the natural defenses of the body against the tumor. In addition, the lack of dietary intake of protein, minerals and vitamins will bring down the production of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant produced in the body.

Does Fasting really Work in reversing cancer? 

The answer to this question varies from one patient to another. Some cancer patients try it unsuccessfully, while others claim to become cancer free using juice fasting. For instance, Author Ann Cameron cured her stage 4 cancer by juicing 5 lbs of carrots per day. She stated

“I believe from personal experience that carrots juice can cure cancer–and rapidly, without chemotherapy, radiation, or other dietary changes. I think carrots are worth a try for nearly everyone diagnosed with cancer, because the results show up very fast.”

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