Frequently Asked Question 4

I have been on metabolic therapy for 4 weeks now. The lump seems to have gotten bigger with some swelling. Why is that?

Dr Kelley, in One Answer to Cancer, explains that as one goes on Metabolic Therapy, the malignant tumor masses often continue to grow temporarily (bold mine) before ones normal metabolic functions can take over.

Also, once started on Metabolic Therapy, the objective of which is to supply the body with adequate pancreatic enzymes to properly digest food and stop the disease process, some swelling can be expected once liquid debris is produced from the pancreatic enzymes’ digestion of the malignant tumor masses and cells. The swelling, frequently misinterpreted and often scaring the cancer victim, is actually temporary and subsides as the liquid debris is “gobbled up” by white blood cells and removed from the body by way of bile from the liver, which goes to the colon and out, as urine from the kidneys and out through the bladder, and by way of skin perspiration as well as hair and nail growth.

Along with temporary swelling, one other misinterpreted part of Metabolic Therapy is an increase in the number of white blood cells which is actually ‘considered to be a good sign’ as it indicates that the body’s defense system is effectively responding to facilitate proper disposal of liquid debris and toxins.

(One Answer to Cancer, pp. 20-21)

Frequently Asked Question 3

Why, what are enzymes, anyway?
What do enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin have to do to with cancer?

Enzymes are large protein molecules, present in all living things from bacteria to whales to marigolds. They are nature’s chemists. All activity of living things depends on them— the greening of leaves in the spring, the bolt from an electric eel, the wagging of a dog’s tail, the illumination of a firefly.

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Enzymes vs. cancer

Updated November 26, 2019

Dr. William Donald Kelley (One Answer to Cancer, p. 20) avers that Cancer is A “Process”, that daily, everyone produces Malignant Tumor Cells and daily, most everyone’s pancreas produces adequate pancreatin to digest the food they eat and these Malignant Tumor Cells.  It is when one’s pancreas fails to produce the necessary pancreatin to accomplish these tasks that the disease “Process” takes place which we correctly call Cancer.

A good preventive would be to take the enzymes with meals: the enzymes will digest ingested food, and the body’s own enzymes production is made readily available for digesting malignant cells. Dr. Kelley advocates taking extra enzymes on an empty stomach.  An hour before a meal, or 2 hours after a meal or snack, would give the body the extra enzymes to further aid in the control and/or management of any malignancy.  It is important to keep in mind that cancer is in the very nature of our body and that pancreatic enzymes, importantly trypsin and chymotrypsin, are essential to digesting malignant tumours as well as toxic wastes.

Gleaned from the series of interviews conducted by the Cancer Control Journal published in July/August 1973,  Dr. Kelley propounded: “… all cancer victims are deficient in pancreatic enzymes.  They cannot metabolize protein or they wouldn’t have cancer in the first place.  So this is essential. I have never known of a cancer patient who, from the time they were diagnosed by their physician as having cancer until they died — did not lose weight. So basically, cancer is a starvation condition.  No matter how much protein they take in, they are not using any of it, or enough of it,” for lack of adequate pancreatic enzymes.

Enzymes carry out almost all of the chemical reactions that take place in the cells (FAQ3, August 22, 2014 post).  Our body, its cells, tissues, and organs need protein to survive and function properly.

When assimilation of dietary protein is hampered due to inadequate pancreatic enzymes, the body will first access the protein it sorely needs from the skeletal muscles, resulting in muscle-wasting over time, eventually leaving terminal patients reduced to mere skin-and-bones. 

I have gotten feedback that lapay (pork pancreas), Dr. Efren Navarro’s suggested enzyme alternative for an indigent patient, is not that easy to source in the wet market nowadays.  I would like to think that it is enzyme-use for cancer therapy which is causing the shortage of this very rich and natural source of trypsin and chymotrypsin, the vital enzymes for cancer control management.  But it’s more likely the fact that lapay is a main ingredient of all-time native favorites bopis, bachoy, and dinuguan — viands which used to be popular street foods only, but are now regular fare even in dine-in restaurants.

Good news though!  The two (2) variants of Natures Plus Brand now available at Healthy Options both provide the proteases trypsin and chymotrypsin, the enzymes important to cancer control.  Last I checked:

  • Pancreatin 1000mg, a bottle of 60 tablets costs PhP785.00; the other 
  • Ultra-Zyme, preferred by vegans/vegetarians because of the Cellulase, a bottle of 180 tablets costs PhP2,199.00.