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Hear the latest in cancer research, interventions, immune boosting, and detox from two valued members of the World Council for Health team.
Written by World Council for Health Correspondent Alice Ashwell, PhD.
World Council for Health (WCH) Steering Committee member Dr Mark Trozzi hosted Better Way Live on Monday 6 November 2023. It was an opportunity to hear from two valued members of the WCH team – Matthew Halma and Francesca Havens – both of whom are working actively to promote health and healing, particularly in relation to cancer.
If you missed it, check out the recording here.
A Better Way for Science and Research
Matthew Halma is the WCH Health Science Committee Research Chair and a PhD candidate in Biophysics. He has worked extensively with Dr Tess Lawrie and Christof Plothe, DO from WCH, as well as partners such as Dr Jessica Rose, Dr Paul Marik, and Dr Pierre Kory to ensure that research conducted by WCH and their partners is published in peer-reviewed journals.
The Need for Independent Research
For most of us, the Covid experience has been an eye-opener. It has revealed the extent to which the integrity of the scientific process has been corrupted by corporate interests. The ‘pandemic’ demanded a ‘warp-speed’ response, which resulted in shoddy science and inadequate safety checks of novel technologies.
Being at the mercy of conflicting information on social media during such an uncertain time showed us that we need to be able to independently test and verify emerging information so that we can make choices informed by evidence-based guidelines.
The lack of concern for those injured by Covid ‘vaccines’ has resulted in many people losing trust in the public health establishment. The current system is broken, and independent research is an essential element in the process of creating a more caring, ethical, and trustworthy world.
WCH Papers and Panels
Matthew introduced some of WCH’s initiatives that are helping to keep science uncorrupted, independent, and real. The first publication that launched WCH, was a systematic review in the American Journal of Therapeutics of the use of Ivermectin in the prevention and treatment of Covid-19. It was ranked eighth out of 23 million tracked scientific articles.
Since then, WCH, in collaboration with various partners, has published articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics that have largely been ignored by the mainstream, for example:
potential harms caused by mRNA vaccines;
management of spike protein-related pathology, including that due to vaccine injury . WCH is actively investigating spike protein diseases and a preprint has been released on biomarkers and the basis of individual susceptibilities to these diseases;
the degradation of trust in the public health sector during Covid;
a review of therapeutic treatment interventions targeting cancer metabolism.
The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons has accepted for publication a Diabetes Protocol that Matthew co-authored with Dr Marik and Dr Mobeen Syed. The protocol includes the use of cheap, accessible, repurposed medications, rather than the extremely expensive new-generation diabetes medications. It also promotes complementary medicine, lifestyle changes, and metabolic approaches to treating cancer.
WCH has also hosted panels of experts, such as the Urgent Expert Hearing on DNA contamination of mRNA vaccines that took place on 9 October 2023.
Recognising the need to undertake research that is free from corporate interest, and to make these findings accessible to people, WCH and partners are currently focusing on major health priorities that account for a large proportion of total worldwide morbidity and disease burden. These include cancer, diabetes, depression, neurodegenerative diseases, and the impacts of childhood vaccines.
A Focus on Cancer
Spending on cancer research is at an all-time high. Despite this, there have not been any real improvements in survival rates since the campaign to stop smoking resulted in a decrease in lung cancer cases. New approaches are clearly needed.
There is considerable public interest in alternative cancer therapies but very little investment. In 1998, only 1.7% of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA was allocated to ‘Complementary and Alternative Health’, with approximately 98% going to support pharmaceutical research and interventions. This is very much the same today.
WCH is a science-backed initiative powered by the people that is dedicated to improving world health representing 200+ coalition partners in over 50 countries.
Low-Cost Approaches to Preventing and Treating Cancer
Recognising the need for a root-cause approach to cancer prevention and treatment, Matthew Halma, Paul Marik, and Jack Tuszynski have submitted a review to the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition entitled ‘David and Goliath: Low-cost approaches to treating and preventing cancer’. This article explores the epidemiological factors contributing to or protecting from cancer.
This diagram from their paper illustrates the numerous factors that influence cancer, with red up-arrows indicating carcinogenic factors, and downward green arrows protective factors. Many of the environmental factors that promote cancer are increasing, such as exposure to magnetic fields and pesticides.
Studies that have set out to quantify some of these effects have revealed that:
children with high exposure to magnetic fields had double the risk of childhood leukemia compared to children with little exposure;
farmworkers responsible for spraying pesticides had double the average risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
On the other hand, a study of one million women in the UK found that eating organic food decreased the risk of cancer by 21%.
These results are not that surprising, but Matthew shared some unexpected factors found to be associated with the development of cancer:
women who give birth to their first child at the age of 18 have one-third the risk of breast cancer of those who start having children at age 35;
the mother’s breast cancer risk decreases by two percent for every five months of breastfeeding;
large family size is correlated with lower cancer rates;
a 1998 study showed that children who had fevers more than four times had a 56% lower likelihood of developing non-breast cancers during their lifetimes than those who had no fevers. This calls into question the prevailing inclination to avoid or suppress fevers either by vaccinating against childhood diseases or by treating with acetaminophen.
In the paper by Halma, Marik, and Tuszynski, the following infographic summarises the interventions found to be most effective in preventing cancer.
The most important factors are:
Glucose management (cancer feeds on sugar)
Supplementation with vitamin D, melatonin, green tea extracts, metformin, and curcumin.
As Dr Trozzi expressed during the show, it is indeed uplifting to know that “honest medical science” is being undertaken to support people to lead “longer, stronger and healthier lives.”
Finally, let’s hear from Matthew, who responded to a question on how to detox from the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.
The WCH Cancer Detox and Immune Boosting Guide – Available Soon!
Nutritional therapist and clinical psychoneuroimmunologist, Francesca Havens is part of a team from the World Council for Health that has been developing the Cancer Detox and Immune Boosting Guide: A practical approach to home-based care for concerned families. She joined Better Way Live to introduce this new resource, which should be available on the WCH website at the end of November 2023.
WCH produces guides to support people who are ready to take personal responsibility for their health. Each person and circumstance is unique, so these guides do not set out to be prescriptive or to offer medical advice. Rather, they provide information to support people to do further research.
The Cancer Detox & Immune Boosting Guide
Francesca took us through the comprehensive list of topics and actions covered by the guide:
Restore alkalinity in the body: An acidic environment encourages the growth of cancer cells, so it’s important to eat foods that keep the body slightly alkaline (pH 7.0 to 7.4). Avoid processed foods and go for a plant-rich diet. Gerson therapy is well known for using vegetable juices as a short cut to alkalising the body and rebalancing vitamins and minerals.
Keep your tissues oxygenated: Tumours (solid cancers) grow best in low-oxygen environments, so increase your oxygen levels by breathing properly and exercising.
Avoid chronic inflammation: Inflammation is part of the natural healing process, but if becomes chronic, it contributes to disease processes. Chronic inflammation may be caused by diet, chronic infections, allergens, and toxins.
Be aware of moulds, yeasts, and the microbiome: Did you know that we have more microbial DNA (from viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites) in our bodies than human DNA? This ‘microbiome’ is fundamental to our health, but if the equilibrium of these microscopic creatures is disturbed, we can end up with excess pathogenic bacteria, and yeast infections. So how do we maintain this healthy equilibrium? Most important is a healthy diet rich in plant fibres that support ‘good’ bacteria, but low in sugar that encourages ‘bad’ bacteria and the growth of cancer cells. Moulds and yeasts release toxic compounds in the body and some have been directly linked to cancer. Be careful of black mould in damp environments like bathrooms. It is highly toxic and releases spores that we breathe in, which adds to our inflammatory burden.
The microbiome starts in the mouth: Oral health is more important than we realise, as pathogenic oral bacteria (encouraged by poor hygiene and high sugar diets) have been linked to cardiovascular disease and cancer. Metal fillings, smoking, alcohol, and poor dental work can also influence oral health.
Keep bacteria, viruses, and parasites in check: Some chronic infectious agents have been linked to cancer, like the bacterium Helicobacter pylori that lives in the stomach. It destroys the mucous membrane, exposing the stomach lining to acid, which can lead to stomach cancer. Parasites can proliferate in the body, so we should deworm ourselves as well as our animals using compounds like fenbendazole and ivermectin.
Avoid heavy metals: Concentrations of heavy metals have been increasing in the environment. They include mercury in dental amalgams, vaccines, fish, tobacco, and water runoff from industry; aluminium in deodorants and vaccines; and cadmium in traffic smoke, cigarette smoke, batteries, and groundwater leaching from mines. Fortunately lead contamination has decreased since it was removed from petrol products.
Be conscious of xenoestrogens from plastics: The cells of both women and men have oestrogen receptors, especially in the reproductive organs, breast, lung, kidney, pancreas, and brain. Some cancers (e.g. breast cancer) are triggered by high levels of oestrogen. Sources include natural oestrogens from milk and dairy (from pregnant cows), cooked meat, and female hormones, as well as synthetic xenoestrogens in plastics, flame retardants, cosmetics, and food packaging, which greatly increase our exposure.
Look out for halides: These include fluoride and chlorine in drinking water, and bromine found in refined flour, pesticides, hot tub sanitisers, and flame retardants. Halides have been linked to bladder, lung, prostate, and stomach cancers. Children are especially vulnerable, and exposure in childhood has been linked to bone cancer in teens.
Reduce exposure to electromagnetic radiation: Humans did not evolve with the barrage of electromagnetic frequencies we are now exposed to from our smart devices, Wi-Fi, and mobile phone masts. Some people are particularly sensitive to these frequencies, as are animals like insects and birds. Please consult WCF’s policy brief: Effects of Unregulated Digitalization on Health and Democracy for further information.
Be mindful of mind health and trauma: Links have been discovered between childhood trauma and adverse events, and diseases later in life, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Exposure to persistent severe stress or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can alter the structure of the brain, resulting in a larger amygdala or smaller hippocampus. This in turn can result in the person being less able to manage stress, and prone to addiction and inflammation.
Fortunately, many therapies are available to help us resolve these traumatic childhood experiences.
We live in ancient bodies: Humans co-evolved with nature and the outdoors. Living natural, healthy lifestyles can reduce the incidence of cancer. This includes natural exercise like walking and high-impact interval training (HIIT), intermittent fasting, and exposure to sunshine.
Live in symbiosis with nature: The guide discusses minerals and phytonutrients, healthy food, and debates regarding cooking and supplementation.
Facing cancer: The final three sections of the guide cover the red flags indicating that a medical checkup is needed; resources to support a person receiving a cancer diagnosis; and approaches to help one cope emotionally with a diagnosis.
This is indeed a rich resource to guide us in our search for better ways to live healthily and heal from cancer.
Matthew Halma closed off the session with some inspiring words and acknowledged that “Covid was the best thing that has happened!”
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