Cancer Cure in the Sunday Mirror

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah

As some of you may know, I am from a small town in the north east of England called Middlesbrough - home of the parmo and birthplace of both the magician Paul Daniels and the world-famous explorer Captain James Cook. I recently returned there after working in Pennsylvania, and went to visit one of my grandparents, as part of catching up with all of my family members. Between the constant cups of tea and stale old biscuits, I found myself reading the critically-acclaimed newspaper, The Sunday Mirror. I was mostly just looking at the colourful pictures, but then an article grabbed my attention.

  

The article reported that 78-year-old fellow Smoggy (someone from Middlesbrough) Allan Taylor had cured his incurable cancer with a new diet. Allan was told he had colon cancer back in 2011 and had around 22cm of his colon removed. He also underwent a three-month course of chemotherapy, but was later told that the cancer had spread to his small intestine. The doctors decided that he would not benefit from extra chemotherapy or surgery and he therefore decided to find his own cure. He began to research colon cancer cures online and took advice from his local health food store on changing his diet. He began replacing red meat and dairy products with 10 portions of raw fruit and vegetables each day. But he believed that one of the crucial ingredients of his new diet was a teaspoon of powdered barley grass in hot water every morning. Months later he received a letter from the hospital saying that his cancer had gone. Allan said: “There is no question in my mind that my diet saved my life”.

This story reminds me of Gemma Hoefkens who claimed that  her cancer was cured by homeopathy. They are both pretty difficult to debunk, partly due to the sensitive nature of the subject, but also because of doctor-patient confidentiality; we have to take their word on their medical history, treatments and current health. To give credit to Allan’s story, and to give the impression that his new diet has both cured his cancer and made him strong and healthy, the writers (Dominic Herbert and David Paul) did one of the worst Photoshop jobs I have ever seen. Although I can’t talk about Allan’s claims regarding his cancer, I can talk about two of the more interesting ingredients in his diet.

Barley grass powder: Thought to raise the alkaline level of the blood, reducing acid. Cancer loves acid.

It is true that studies have shown that cancer cells grow faster in an acidic environment. It is also true that cancer cells can’t survive in a basic environment, but then again, neither can any of the other cells in your body. People who use this research to promote changing your body’s pH often neglect to mention that it was performed outside of the human body. Why? Because it is practically impossible to significantly change your blood’s pH. In fact, your body goes to great lengths to keep your body pH fairly constant (7.35 to 7.45), as a change in pH can make you very sick or even result in death. You also have to remember that when Allan is drinking his teaspoon of powdered barley grass in hot water every morning, it is going to his stomach. The stomach is a highly acidic environment, so anything basic (within reason) will not survive very long.

Organic apricot kernels: Thought to break down cancer cells. In regions where they are eaten daily, cancer is unheard of.

I could not find any data regarding regions where apricot kernels are eaten daily, but I have found lots of data about the health risks of doing so. An apricot kernel contains a compound called amygdalin. Amygdalin was first isolated in 1830 and investigated as a possible anti-cancer drug in the 1970s at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. A scientist named Kanematsu Sugiura reported amygdalin could inhibit secondary tumours in mice, but not primary tumours. The scientific community was sceptical however, and it was later discovered – in a controlled experiment – that amygdalin has no anti-cancer properties whatsoever. Now, what’s worse than giving cancer patients an ineffective anti-cancer drug? Giving cancer patients an ineffective anti-cancer drug that is metabolised into hydrogen cyanide! An enzyme found in the small intestine called beta-glucosidase is one of the enzymes known to catalyse the decomposition of amygdalin to produce hydrogen cyanide. This means that it is actually possible to ingest a potentially lethal dose of apricot kernels.

I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be told that I had developed cancer and that it had progressed to the stage where I would not benefit from chemotherapy or surgery. The thought that not only was my life being cut short, but also that towards the end I would not have a good quality of life, is terrifying to me. I really feel for what Allan went through and find it repulsive that there are people who make a living selling false hope to people like him, recommending quack medicines (in my own hometown!) that not only have been shown to be ineffective, but are actually potentially harmful to people who are already critically ill.

 

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About Myles Power (613 Articles)
My name is Myles Power, and I run the educational YouTube channel, powerm1985. I spend what little free time I have sharing my love of SCIENCE! through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific interest, and angrily ranting at pseudoscience proponents. I am also one of the founding members of the podcast 'The League of Nerds' - which I co-host with James from 'The History of Infection'.

8 Comments on Cancer Cure in the Sunday Mirror

  1. I once came across a video on youtube regarding a vet talking about the dangers of drinking raw milk – the spread of disease it can cause, and how it was safely and easily made less dangerous than pasteurized milk. I’m on my mobile phone at the moment, so forgive me for not sourcing until later.

    The response was vitriolic. More dislikes than likes, claims that pasteurization somehow destroys the beneficial nutrients in raw milk that could cure a whole range of diseases from stomach aches to cancer. How it’ll make you feel better, improve your life, etc. Hell, there were even accuaations that he was being bought off by big milk companies.

    Stuff like that irks me. :(I I see a comparison

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    • Er, correction: The vet was endorsing pasteurization and pointing out the dangers of drinking raw milk. :)I Damned mobile device.

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  2. Sadly, things like this are propagated through confirmation bias. Nobody really cries out when they try these methods and don’t get better, but the second one person miraculously winds up healthier (through coincidental, accidental or otherwise unrelated means) it just outright proves it to people who have some belief in such methods -however small- that this is indeed a correct cure. Whereas more professional industries, of course, pretty actively accept that they don’t work or have flaws in their methods when they are wrong.

    Good article man, I’m happy this guy got better and he’s only lost money rather than his life, but it is sorrowful to think he could have easily been a victim of false hope.

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  3. On the 4th paragraph the line ” people who use this research to promote lowering your body’s ph” it should be raising, not lowering, if they want to make it more alkaline the ph would raise, just wanted to correct that, love the articles, keep up the good work

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  4. Anyone opposing this article is an idiot and probably works for big pharma. Congratulations Alan Turner for having the sense to do your own research and save your life through the best medicine available, the one that nature supplied but the medical companies can’t patent or make huge profits from. Anyone fighting this disease should research The Gerson Therapy. Its a shame other countries are not open to these treatments in the same way as China is. China has numerous hospitals which now treat cancer patients (including many so called “terminally ill”) through raw vegetable juices and supplements such as flax seed oil, which is the ONLY oil proven to provide Omega3 without causing tumours to grown. Do your research, knowledge is power.

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  5. It is a shame reading this article! First of all, about organic apricot kernels: if you need a region to study, well take Armenia, cuz that’s where I come from, and guess what, since childhood I have eaten (and all my family, friends, and basically everyone in my country) apricot kernels, organic ones since we grow them in our own garden, 7 trees of apricot that ever year provide about 2 tons of apricots. We eat fresh kernels, we use them in making jams, we dry them and eat in winter as simply kind of a nut, and we all are healthy!!! I mean, nothing of the toxic part you wrote about there. DON’T WRITE SOMETHING YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT!! Some studies who apparently were performed by people who gain money celling chemotherapy medicines, or who haven’t ever even tried tasty apricot kernels! Even if the kernel metabolises into hydrogen cyanide, apparently scientists haven’t yet discovered some sides of it which are useful to our body. Our parents and grandparents have fed us apricot kernels for ages as a primary source of boosting our immune system. At least do some research before retyping what you read here and there!
    And oh, by the way, need some kernels? I’ve got lots of them right now in my cupboard and my son eats a bunch of them everyday.

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    • Allan Taylor // March 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm // Reply

      Hello Marina Libik
      Thank you for your report. If anyone would like to know more about how I cured myself please contact me (alltay@talktalk.net )
      Yes I did take 54 apricot kernels each day along with other natural foods and it worked for me I’m cured
      The natural foods and diets were all documented at the university hospital in Middlesbrough under my Oncologist and you will find my story on the internet , just key in my name (Allan Taylor cancer) I also have all information and letters from the hospital and my doctor.
      Thank you for your support Marina
      Allan Taylor
      PS I still eat 24 kernels each day and I do not have any after effects

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