By Dr. WIliam Donald Kelley, DDS
Dec. 13, 2002
About the year 424 BC Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine,
made the statement, "Your food shall be your medicine and your medicine
shall be your food." Try as we may, we have not been able to improve
upon this basic truth. This is particularly true when it comes to the successful
treatment of the cancer patient. At least 86% of all cancer conditions could
be adequately treated and/or prevented by diet alone.
It never ceases to amaze me at the number of learned as well
as ignorant persons who scoff when diet is mentioned. They all seem to believe
that no matter what is placed into the body, by some magical process, it
makes for perfect health. Yet these same people are very fastidious and
concerned about what, how and how much food is fed to their pedigreed dogs
and cats and their registered cattle and horses. It is ironic that they
cannot see that their own health is equally dependent upon a proper balanced
Kelley Almond Diet
From the first printing of this book in 1967 we have called our diet
the "Kelley Almond Diet" because the principal protein is almond
and vegetable protein. Raw almonds are a very good source of protein and
may be used as directed: 10 almonds at breakfast and 10 almonds at lunch.A
mixture of raw almonds, cashews, pecans, filberts, Brazil nuts, walnuts,
sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds is recommended to supplement
protein during the first six months when meat proteins are severely restricted.
These should be eaten any time up to 1:00 p.m.Cashew nuts are desirable,
especially if the patient is also suffering from hypoglycemia (low blood
Nuts, seeds, and grains should be stored in closed containers
in a very cool location. Refrigeration is best if one has the space.
Some enzyme researchers do not recommend the use of raw seeds
or nuts, claiming that the enzyme inhibitors in the seeds or nuts make proper
digestion difficult. This is true in one sense — if raw nuts and seeds
were swallowed whole without masticating them, a person couldn’t digest
them properly. But if nuts and seeds are chewed well or soaked overnight
(in RO filtered or distilled water) the activity of enzyme inhibitors is
greatly reduced or nullified.
Should you have difficulty chewing whole raw almonds, you
may substitute two tablespoons of pure raw almond or sesame seed butter.
Protein (Phase One)
We have maintained throughout this
treatise that cancer is nothing more than a pancreatic enzyme deficiency.
The greatest cause of this deficiency is the amount of cooked protein (mutated
amino acids) fed into the body. The pancreas simply cannot manufacture enough
enzymes to digest the large volumes of pasteurized milk and cheese and cooked
meat we eat and have any enzymes left over to digest the foreign protein
we know as cancer. If people would not eat protein after 1:00 p.m., 86%
of cancer in the United States could be eliminated.
However, a cancer patient should never give up all protein,
as they might be tempted to do when they first learn that too much protein
in the diet prevents the pancreas from ridding the body of cancer. The pancreatic
enzymes themselves consist of protein (amino acids), and unless the body
is fed adequate protein, the pancreatic enzyme production will stop and
the cancer tissue will make a very rapid growth. The total withdrawal from
protein has been the fallacy of many cancer diets, such as the "Grape
Cure." This is also the reason these diets have worked so well for
the first few months — no protein — thus freeing the pancreatic
enzymes to digest the cancer. Yet, over prolonged periods of total abstinence
from protein, the pancreas fails. Proper balance and regulated intake is
It is not only imperative that the correct kind and quantity of protein
be eaten, but of equal importance, it must be taken at a specific time.
We have found that regular proteins should be taken at breakfast and lunch
only. When this is strictly observed the pancreatic enzymes, used in digestion
of protein, are used only about 6 hours. This leaves 18 hours for production
of pancreatic enzymes to digest cancer tissue.
If the average cancer patient is carefully observed, it will
be noted that they start the day with protein — a glass of milk, ham
and/or bacon and eggs, or milk with cereal. By mid-morning they are ravenous
and have a candy bar, peanuts, doughnuts or sweet rolls with a soft drink
or coffee. For lunch they normally have a roast beef sandwich, or chicken
fried in "trans-fatty acid" vegetable oil, or a hamburger. By
mid-afternoon they are again hungry and have been attacked by low blood
sugar, so they perk themselves up with coffee or a soft drink. Dinner consists
of a charbroiled steak, or a piece of roast beef or other cooked meat with
white flour gravy and cooked-to-death vegetables. For desert there is ice
cream or pie a la mode with another glass of milk. It is impossible for
the pancreas to produce enough enzymes under these conditions.
Eggs are an unusually good source of protein — well balanced
and the standard by which all protein is evaluated. They have all the essential
amino acids in proper proportions. The cancer patient may have two eggs
(preferably raw) each day at anytime.
Proper preparation of eggs is of vital importance. The eggs
must be heated in the shell. We bring our eggs to a temperature of 140º
F. to 160º F. (which is the normal temperature of hot tap water), for
five minutes before cracking them. This destroys an enzyme just inside the
membrane under the shell that prevents the biotin in the egg from functioning
normally. When biotin functions properly, it greatly reduces the cholesterol
risks of eating eggs.
After preheating before cracking them, the eggs may then be
eaten, as you prefer them. Raw and soft-boiled eggs are the most preferable,
though it isn’t absolutely necessary to eat them in these forms. In
keeping with the use of as much raw food as possible, a good procedure is
to eat the eggs raw in a blended drink of some kind, flavored to suit one’s
There was a group of research doctors and dentists who, for
at least a dozen years, had eaten two eggs daily (properly prepared as above),
as part of a well-balanced nutritional program. Tests conducted on these
people showed no increase in cholesterol. In fact, there was a significant
decrease in the blood serum cholesterol level of each individual.
Misconceived beliefs of the orthodox medical world about eating
cholesterol-containing foods have caused countless people to be unduly alarmed
about cholesterol levels and the associated possibility of heart attacks.
These misconceptions, carried on from the early 1950’s, have been
Liver is a wonderful energy food and cannot be surpassed as a blood
builder. It is especially crucial for leukemia and lymphoma patients, as
their blood is unusually weak. However, all cancer patients can benefit
from the intake of raw liver before noon each day. In the mid 1960s, when
Dr. Kelley was told he was in the final stages of pancreatic and liver cancer,
he found that raw liver blended into carrot juice gave him strength when
everything else he ate made him feel ill.
Raw organic, antibiotic-free and hormone-free liver contains
a multitude of live enzymes, amino acids and other intrinsic factors that
science has not yet identified, which are destroyed when the liver is cooked.
(References to "intrinsic" or "unidentified" food factors
are fairly common in nutritional literature. They result from clinical reactions,
which cannot be linked to known nutrients. Raw liver for cancer patients
is an excellent example of powerful therapeutic, but unexplained, effects.)
There are no supplements or drugs that can take the place of raw liver;
none are in any way comparable in their effects. Eating raw liver ensures
thorough digestion and the replacement of expended nutrients, promoting
Raw liver is best if it is organic, antibiotic-free, hormone-free
and not irradiated. However, if this type of raw liver is unavailable, fresh
muscle meat, steaks and ground, are acceptable even if you buy them at regular
markets. Organically grown and not irradiated is always more nutritious
and preferable. But if organic isn’t available, commercial is healthier
than none. At least 3 and no more than 6 heaping tablespoons of raw liver
should be taken daily.
Chewing the liver is best for proper digestion. However, if
masticating it is too objectionable, it will digest well even swallowed
whole, if it is sliced into small enough cubes, and if adequate hydrochloric
acid and enzymes are taken.
There are two methods which people find suitable for preparing
1. The liver can be sliced about ¼ inch thick, placed
on a cookie sheet, and frozen. After it is frozen, it can be cut into ¼
inch cubes. One can then use plastic sandwich bags, putting 3 to 6 tablespoons
of frozen cubed liver in each bag and storing them in the freezer for daily
eating. This frozen liver may be chewed or swallowed whole, followed by
a sip of juice if desired. Some prefer to allow the liver to thaw and then
to place a spoonful at a time in the mouth and chew it or swallow it whole
with a sip of juice.
2. Liver may be placed in the blender with carrot, pineapple,
or tomato juice (and seasoning of one’s preference if desired), blended,
strained to remove the fiber if preferred, and used as a morning "pep-up"
Meat (Cooked and Commercially
The cancer patient will want to give up cooked and commercially produced
meat such as beef, pork, lamb and fowl immediately (except for raw liver
— see above). Cooked meat is harmful for the cancer patient, as the
very same enzymes used in its digestion are needed for fighting and digesting
the cancer. All natural, self-made enzymes your body can produce should
be used to fight the cancer. Commercial meat should be avoided for another
reason; it has a high female sex hormone content. For commercial reasons
most animals, especially beef and fowl produced in the United States have
been fed large quantities of hormones. Since an overabundance of female
sex hormones initiate cancer, meat of this type should be excluded from
the cancer patient’s diet.
After being on Metabolic Medicine’s Cancer Cure Diet
for 9 to 12 months, when the tumors are under control, one may gradually
resume consumption of meat as long as one’s metabolic type requires
it (see Chapter VIII, Metabolic Typing — Discovering Your Personal
Nutritional Needs) and adequate enzymes and hydrochloric acid are taken
to digest it.
If and when one does go back to eating meat, it will be extremely
wise to make every effort to find a source that can provide meat, which
has been produced without chemical feed, hormones, antibiotics, and pesticide
Protein After 6 Months On Cancer Diet
After the first six months on Metabolic Medicine’s Cancer Cure
Diet the cancer patient must increase the quantity of protein in his diet.
At this time not less than sixty grams of protein daily should be included
in the diet. You should, of course, continue all the above approved protein,
but now you may include (or increase) such proteins as those found in deep
sea fish, all forms of seeds, nuts (except peanuts), nut butters, whole
grains, whole grain breads, and homemade, raw (unpasteurized) goats’
milk yogurt and/or buttermilk.
Seeds and Sprouts
Raw seeds and sprouts are good foods for cancer patients, and may
be eaten after 1:00 p.m. We freely use brown sesame, sunflower and pumpkinseeds.
Many people enjoy sprouted seeds, such as alfalfa and mung beans, buckwheat,
wheat and soybeans.
The most "living foods" are sprouted seeds. When
seeds are soaked in water, their protective enzyme inhibitors are removed
and the enzymes, which have been "asleep," become active, and
in three days the nutritional values of the seeds are increased tremendously.
The seeds also become much easier to digest.
For the best in nutrition, be sure to eat your sprouts raw.
Eat as many as you desire.
Dry beans of all types are a good source of food for the cancer patient,
and may be used two or three times a week at anytime of the day. The best
way we’ve found to prepare them is to cook them at a temperature of
200º F. We place two cups of dried beans (washed) in a bean pot to
which we add five cups of RO filtered or distilled water, five garlic cloves,
two tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of sea salt or kelp, and 1/8 teaspoon
of cayenne pepper. We place the pot, (covered), in an oven overnight at
Vegetable Juice and Fruit Juice (Phase Two)
Vegetable Juices (Fresh and Raw)
The second most important phase of our cancer diet is that of fresh
raw juices. At least one quart of carrot and one pint of celery juice should
be taken each day. As much other fresh raw vegetable juice in volume may
be taken as desired. One should consider alfalfa, beet, cabbage, cucumber,
dandelion, endive, lettuce, parsley, potato, spinach, and turnip juice.
Vegetable juices are the builders of the body. Juice is better than the
whole vegetable because so much energy is used to digest the whole vegetable.
Juice has a proper balance of vitamins and minerals in a concentrated solution.
We recommend that the juice be made fresh and used immediately.
Fruit and Fruit Juices (Fresh and Raw)
Fresh raw fruit and fruit juices are the cleansers of the body. The
cancer patient may eat as much as desired of fresh raw fruit or fresh fruit
juices. Small amounts of dried unsulfered fruit may also be taken.
Fresh Fruit Salads and Raw Vegetable Salads
The cancer patient may eat, in addition to his fresh raw vegetable
and fruit juices, all the fresh fruit and fresh raw salad he or she can
hold. These are good for lunch or dinner meals. The body needs bulk, as
it is necessary to keep the digestive tract in good working order. For at
least the first eight months on Metabolic Medicine’s Cancer Cure Diet,
lemon should be used in preference to vinegar on salads. Unrefined, organic
flaxseed oil may be used as salad dressing (see page 22, Formula F). Dr.
N.W. Walker’s books, Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices and Diet and
Salad Suggestions, are recommended reading for every cancer patient.
Whole Grain Cereal (Phase Three)
We have found that it is desirable in building the body to
eat a mixture of raw whole grain cereals for breakfast each morning. Mix
together well in a large container one pound of each of the grains and nuts
below. Store in refrigerator (if too large a quantity is mixed it will keep
in a cool, dark pantry).
Objective: to obtain as many different nutrients as possible from
as many different seed and grain gene pools as possible from as many different
sources (fields) as possible.
Contents by equal weight of Organic:
Amaranth Pumpkin Seeds
Barley Rice, Brown long grain
Barley Flakes Rice, Brown short grain
Buckwheat Groats Rye Berries
Corn Meal Blue Spelt Berries
Corn Meal Yellow Sunflower seeds
Kamut Triticale Flakes
Millet Wheat, Hard Red Spring
Oat Groats Wheat, Soft Pastry
Adding Almonds, English Walnuts and Bananas makes a complete
Daily at bedtime:
A. Grind 1/3 Cup porridge grains in seed mill.
B. Add 1 Cup boiling water. Stir well.
C. Let soak at room temperature overnight.
D. For breakfast add fruit, concentrated fruit juice and/or
unheated honey to taste.
After two years this porridge may be cooked as in oatmeal or other
grains — best in double boiler or on low heat.
Flax Seed Oil (Phase Four)
Take two tablespoons per day of unrefined, fresh flaxseed
oil for the first month of Metabolic Medicine’s Cancer Cure Program,
and one tablespoon per day from the second month of the program to completion.
(Formula F provides Essential Fatty Acids — Essential Fatty Acids
must be provided in the diet, as the human body cannot make them.)
Johanna Budwig, a German researcher, did the lion’s
share of the early work on flax oil and its therapeutic uses in the early
1950s. Blood samples from healthy and sick people were systematically analyzed,
and the findings tabulated. According to her, blood samples from people
with cancer, diabetes, and some kinds of liver disease consistently lacked
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). She claims that blood from people with other
diseases did not show this severe deficiency and that healthy people’s
blood always contained EFAs. If cancer is a deficiency disease brought on
by lack of EFAs, she reasoned, a diet high in EFAs should alleviate at least
some of the cancer patients’ problems.
Unrefined Flaxseed oil, in practice, inhibits tumor growth
and is useful in the natural treatment of cancer. EFAs, from refined oil,
on the other hand, help promote tumor growth (due to trans- fats present
in all American commercial vegetable oil). All oils except unrefined, fresh
olive and flaxseed oil are forbidden on Metabolic Medicine’s Cancer
Note: Fat that has not been heated above 96º F. in the
form of unsalted raw butter, raw eggs, raw cream, the fat in and on raw
meats, no-salt-added raw cheeses, avocados, fresh coconut and stone-pressed
olive oil is acceptable on Metabolic Medicine’s Cancer Cure Diet.
These fats are the easiest to digest, assimilate, and utilize and aid the
body in binding with toxins and carrying them to the bowels and out of the
Golden Rule of Metabolic Medicine’s
Cancer Cure Diet
The Golden Rule of Metabolic Medicine’s Cancer Cure Diet is:
"Take nothing into the body that has been cooked
or processed except items mentioned."
Eat no Processed food for the first six months of
Metabolic Medicine’s Cancer Cure Program.
The juicer is the most important appliance
in the kitchen of a cancer patient. If necessary sell the stove and buy
a good juicer.
The enzymes in foods that have been cooked have been destroyed
or changed into a different compound (amino acid). Cooked food can only
be used as food and not as enzymes, for it has no life. For example, if
you plant a raw potato it will grow. If you boil a potato and plant it,
it will not grow it will rot. Many enzymes are destroyed at 107º F.
and almost all are destroyed at 140º F.
When a person eats anything processed he or she is not only
eating "dead food" (those in which the enzymes have been destroyed),
but he or she is adding a second very destructive force to his body, the
destructive force of food preservatives. This may not be too significant
for a normal healthy person, but for the cancer patient it may mean life
or death. The liver must detoxify, destroy, or metabolize all foreign substances
from the body. When one eats foods with preservatives, it adds an extra
burden upon the liver, which the cancer patient cannot accept.
The cancer patient must give up pasteurized cows’ milk forever,
except in the form of raw (unpasteurized), homemade yogurt, and for a while
must avoid raw milk too, except raw (unpasteurized) goats’ milk. Cows’
milk, like meat, has too high a protein content and pasteurization compounds
the problem as it alters or mutates the protein. Pasteurized cows’
milk requires too many pancreatic enzymes for digestion.
Also, an animal cannot produce milk unless the female sex
hormones are present in extra large quantities; this causes too many hormones
in milk for the person who has cancer.
But if raw goats’ milk is available, it is advisable
to take 4 to 8 ounces of raw (unpasteurized), homemade goats’ milk
(goats’ milk is similar to humans’ milk) yogurt each morning
for breakfast. This will supply the intestines with adequate helpful bacteria.
This is acceptable because the yogurt bacteria predigest the milk protein
when added to it.
After following this diet for 9 to 12 months and if raw goats’
or cows’ milk is available. 9 to 12 ounces per day may be taken at
any time during the day.
The cancer patient will also want to give up peanuts. First, the
peanut is not a nut, but a legume. Second, the peanut also has too much
protein for the cancer patient. Third, it has been found that a fungus grows
on peanuts, which produces aflatoxin. To stimulate cancers in experimental
animals cancer researchers use aflatoxin.
All concentrated foods are extremely hard on the liver and should
be given up. White flour and all products containing white flour should
be avoided. These are not only concentrated carbohydrates, but almost always
have preservatives added.
Use fresh whole wheat bread, made from wheat grown free of
all pesticides (another liver destroying chemical). The essential vitamins
are oxidized within three days at room temperature; hence the need for grinding
only as used. Freshly ground flour or freshly made whole wheat bread may
be safely stored deep in a deep freeze for about a week. It is best, however,
to use it within three days.
The cancer patient will also want to give up all white sugar and
white sugar products. The concentrated carbohydrates are hard on the liver,
but more important in relation to cancer, they are very hard on the pancreas.
The pancreas, as noted earlier, is the first organ to be protected at all
costs. White sugar has been processed (refined) and all the vital minerals
are taken out. Cancer patients are always deficient in minerals.
For those who have a sweet tooth, these organic foods may
be eaten as desired: dates, date sugar, figs and raisins obtained from a
health food store. These are free of toxic pesticides and are not harmful
to the pancreas or the liver. A cancer patient may also eat pure maple syrup
or unheated honey, in that order. The first is preferable because it has
a higher mineral content.
Soy products, except Lecithin, should be used very sparingly for
two reasons: First, the protein content is too high for the cancer patient;
Second, soy products tend to upset the delicate acid/alkaline balance of
the body. Eating soy products may be resumed when Dr. Kelley’s Pancreas
Self-Examination Procedure is negative (see page 15).
Other Improper Foods
Lemon juice should replace vinegar altogether. Vinegar is too harsh
on the delicate mucus membrane of the alimentary canal. Also, the ingestion
of large quantities of vinegar causes the digestive tract to become too
acid and thus decreases the efficiency of the pancreatic enzymes and the
digestive processes. For at least the first eight months on Metabolic Medicine’s
Cancer Cure Program, lemon juice should be used in preference to vinegar
Unrefined, organic flaxseed oil may be used as salad dressing.
For the period of intensive detoxification and treatment,
tea, coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, liquor, tobacco, pork, and white rice
should be avoided. These also place additional stress upon the liver and
pancreas as they are being detoxified.
Web posted at: http://www.road-to-health.com/am/publish/article_30.shtml
All information posted on this web site is
the opinion of the author and is provided for educational purposes only.
It is not to be construed as medical advice. Only a licensed medical doctor
can legally offer medical advice in the United States. Consult the healer
of your choice for medical care and advice.