Why do certain cells multiply to produce the outlaws we call cancer cells? We don’t know. What we know, for example, is that after cells have become cancerous, the situation changes, and it is not possible to curb the aggressive multiplying cancer cells by good nutrition. While some studies showed possible nutritional manipulation to starve cancer cells and make them multiply more slowly, the animal or person that bears the cancer is generally being starved simultaneously too. It would appear that the most important measure to be taken would be to improve the nutritional environment of the cells to prevent the onset of cancer.
Early animal studies cited from the book of the brilliant scientist Dr. Roger G. Williams, “Nutrition Against Disease,” showed evidence of the importance of the nutritional environment of cells in preventing cancer. A California study was performed that involved injecting of certain liver extracts to mice in preventing spontaneous mammary tumor formation. Nearly half of the contracted mice developed tumors, compared with about one-sixth of those receiving the liver extract.. The effect was attributed to some nutrilites present in liver extract( known or unknown). Liver extracts are known to be rich in various B vitamins but it cannot be concluded to be the only nutrient to be watched in connection with cancer prevention. In other animals or human beings some other nutrients might play a comparable role.
Another animal study cited, a Japanese scientist experimented the p-dimethyl aminoazobenzene (“butter yellow”), a known carcinogen to rats. The Japanese investigator found that when this dye is fed to rats, it produces liver cancer. Feeding riboflavin, nicotinic acid, casein, yeast, egg white…all have marked delaying effects. (William, R..J….Nutrition Against Cancer, p. 186).
Other nutrients specially mentioned by Dr. Williams are vitamin C and vitamin A. Vitamin C is interesting because of the possibility that the impairment of collagen formation may be a preconditioning factor for cancer initiation. And that maintenance of collagen in healthy condition is part of the means by which cells are kept from growing wild. Vitamin A is also specially mentioned because of it’s unknown but very real function in keeping epithelial tissue healthy.
Dr. Williams decried our tendency to accept the “waiting” philosophy : Wait until disease strikes ; wait until cancer growth becomes apparent, then try to cut it out or burn it out with suitable radiation. Although heredity may be a factor and weakness, the control of the nutritional environment can probably overcome these weaknesses, and prevention can become a reality.