Through the Studies of his own pigeons Dr Moerman discovered that his birds were less susceptible to cancer. It was already known to Dr Moerman that unlike rats and mice, pigeons could not be artificially induced for cancers. As a result he developed a special diet mainly based on essential nutrients.
Dr Moermans immune building diet brings the liver, kidney and other organs into a greater balance and in many cases reverses a cancer condition. It is not designed to kill cancer cells directly, but is designed to build various aspects of the immune system and build the collagen fibrils so that the cancer does not spread.
Dr. Moerman was a country medical doctor in Holland who fine tuned his diet over many years by treating both pigeons and then human patients who voluntarily went through his treatment plans. Like several other alternative cancer treatments, it was developed on a trial-and-error basis. It is amazing how these trial-and-error cancer treatments are so similar to treatments developed more recently that have far more scientific data behind them. His research covered about 50 years, from the early 1930s to his death in 1988.
Furthermore, Dr. Moerman had few, if any, of the notes and discoveries of others. If he had had access to these notes, and had access to a juicer, as only one example, he might have used a quart of carrot juice instead of vitamin A pills.
Like many other alternative doctors, Dr Moerman considered that « cancer was [caused by] a malfunctioning of the immune system that manifested itself outwardly on the body’s weakest organ as a tumor. »
The cure rate for this diet is very high for non-terminal cases (i.e. roughly the same as orthodox medicine, but based on « total life, » not a 5-year cure rate), but it also cures about 50% of terminal cases. Since it is designed to build the immunity system and stop the spreading of cancer, its cure rate for advanced terminal patients is probably not very high, though I do not have that information broken out.
I quote from the book: « not every case of cancer can be cured with the Moerman Therapy: However, all forms of solid tumor cancer have responded to it… »
1.) Vitamin A (requires Vitamin D as a catalyst),
2.) Vitamin B complex,
3.) Vitamin C,
4.) Vitamin E,
5.) Citric Acid,
In addition to these eight items, Dr. Moerman identified 17 symptoms of cancer, each of which can be addressed by one or more of the eight key nutrients.
The research on Vitamin C is well known (see Chapter 3 of my « War » eBook), but the research on Vitamin A is not as well known, unless you consider the many studies that show carrots have cancer-fighting abilities. However, it was shown by an Oxford University researcher that « Vitamin A could not only slow the growth of a cancer tumor, but that in some cases it could actually turn a malignant tumor into a benign tumor. »
In fact, five of these items are common among current alternative cancer treatments. The three exceptions are: iodine, iron and sulphur (e.g. MSM and/or DMSO). These three items are exceptional!! It is now known, for example, that research on MSM and/or DMSO on cancer has been suppressed for over 50 years!!
Iodine dosage availability has been suppressed by the FDA for many years. I have often wondered whether someone had secretly discovered that iodine had cancer-fighting qualities, and that perhaps that is the real reason the FDA suppressed its dosage availability.
The iron is most interesting. There is an « Iron Cancer Cure » developed by Austrian faith healer, R.A. Hoffmann. I have never seen this element in a standard alternative cancer treatment, though some of the foods that are known to treat cancer do have iron in them. However, a warning is in order. Too much iron in the blood can lead to heart attacks. This is a little known fact that has been ignored/suppressed by the medical community.
Truly, this man was exceptional and only lacked from a close association with other alternative cancer researchers of his time. Perhaps, given his independent discovery of the 3 extra nutrients, that was good thing.
His diet basically consists of most vegetables, most fruits, some whole grains, butter, some other dairy products, egg yokes (not egg whites), and some other items. The diet is designed to supplement the eight nutrient supplements. The diet is very strict in things that cannot be consumed (e.g. table salt, even iodized table salt, meat, etc. are not allowed).
The total diet is very detailed, and includes what foods can and cannot be eaten, supplement dosages, etc. The complete diet, along with recipes, can be seen in the book:
Dr. Moerman’s Anti-Cancer Diet – Holland’s Revolutionary Nutritional Program for Combating Cancer, by Ruth Jochems (with a Forward by Linus Pauling)
Since the book is out-of-print, I will put some of the comments and the details of the diet on this web site.
As Dr. Moerman discovered, small amounts of Vitamin A had little effect on stopping the growth of the tumors. « He found that the most effective dose of Vitamin A was as high as 50,000 I.U. daily, although he increased this dose to 100,000 I.U. in some severe cases. » (Page 11)
Here are the dosages of the eight key nutrients in this diet:
1) Vitamin A (requires Vitamin D as a catalyst) – 50,000 I.U. to a maximum of 100,000 I.U. daily – taken once a day in the morning – found in butter, carrots, cod-liver oil, low-fat milk, spinach and tomatoes
2) Vitamin B complex – 2 tablets, taken one tablet, two-times daily
Thiamine (B-1) found in brown rice, low-fat milk, wheat germ and yeast,
Riboflavin (B-2) found in egg yolks, green vegetables, low-fat milk and yeast,
Niacin (B-3) found in wheat germ and yeast,
Pantothenic Acid (B-5) found in broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, egg yolks and whole grains,
Pyridoxine (B-6) found in green vegetables, whole grain cereals and yeast,
Biotin (B-8) found in egg yolks, whole grain cereals and yeast,
Folic Acid (B-9) found in beets, endive, green cabbage and whole green peas
[Note: Do NOT forget Cobalamin (B-12), found in liver, kidney, meats, fish, dairy products, blue green algae, and eggs, most of which are not allowed on this diet!]
3) Vitamin C – 1,250 mg. to 10 grams daily – taken in several small dosages throughout the day because it cannot be stored by the body – « The patient should take the highest dose of Vitamin C that he or she can tolerate » – found in citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables
4) Vitamin E – 400 I.U. to 2,200 I.U. daily – also taken in several small dosages – « Important: Check with your doctor if you have low blood pressure. » – found in vegetable oils, wheat germ and whole grain cereals
5) Citric Acid – 3 tablespoon solution daily – one tablespoon, three times daily (Acidum citricum 10 to 15 g. with 300 g. aqua) – it is found in lemon juice
Note: He makes comments about Vitamin P in citrus fruits (i.e. citrin), which helps the blood to flow through the tiny blood vessels, niacin also does this (a B vitamin)
6) Iodine – 3 tablespoon solution daily – 1 tablespoon three times daily (Iodii spirit, 3%. Mix 1 to 3 drops in 300 g. water or red sour wine) – « This can be prepared using equal parts of the iodii spirit and the other liquid, depending on the severity of the case » – found in iodized salt, which is not allowed on this diet, thus it must be supplemented
7) Iron – 3 teaspoon solution daily – one teaspoon three times daily – undiluted solution sacharatis ferrici aromatic triplex – found in apricots, cherries, egg yolks, green leafy vegetables and raspberries
8.) Sulphur – 1 gram daily – 500 mg. twice daily – powder created sulphur depuratum 0.5 g. This powder can be mixed with butter and eaten. [Webmaster Note: I assume this can now be taken as MSM in even higher doses] – found in broccoli, Brussells sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and egg yolks
The most important aspects of the diet are lemon juice and orange juice. While it is true that citrus fruits do contain some cancer-killing nutrients, based on the cure rates I have seen, the citrus fruits are not as good at killing cancer cells as are some of the other fruits, such as purple grapes, strawberries, red raspberries, etc. In any case, I present his diet.
Adults must eat one or two raw egg yolks daily, unless they have liver or gall bladder disease.
Adults and children must drink the juice of three lemons each day.
These are the only two requirements. Beyond that a person can eat the proportions of the allowed foods to their own desire.
Whole grain breads,
Whole grain pastas,
Whole grain crackers,
Unpolished brown rice,
Barley, oat bran, wheat germ,
Wheat, oat and corn flakes
All foods that contain white flour
Butter, buttermilk, cream cheese, cottage cheese, Young farmer cheese, egg yolk, low-fat milk, sour cream, yogurt-plain (must contain dextro lactic acid, preferably with lactobacillus acidophilus – which restores the intestinal flora)
Cheese with high fat and salt content: Bleu, Brie, Cheddar, Muenster, Swiss,
All vegetables except those listed as not allowed
All beans and peas except whole green peas in their pods,
All potatoes; red, sweet, white,
Red cabbage, sauerkraut, white cabbage
Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, green cabbage, parsley
Raw, organic vegetables are preferred.
To cook, lightly steam in water. Use no more than a pinch of sea salt in cooking water. Do not boil.
All fruits except those listed as not allowed
Raw, organic fruits are preferred (to cook: lightly steam in water – use no sugar if cooked, and do not boil)
Soak all dried fruits in water for 24 hours, discard soaking liquid before eating
Juices – all juices of the fruits and vegetables allowed on the diet are recommended
Dates, figs, rhubarb, sweet grapes
Beet juice, carrot juice, orange juice mixed with lemon juice
In moderation or as otherwise indicated below:
Black pepper (limit to one pinch occasionally),
Cream (use occasionally),
Honey (limit to one teaspoon daily),
Moerman Mayonnaise (recipe in book),
Olive oil (use cold-pressed type only),
Cheese, grated (Use low-fat, low-salt varieties only),
Parsley (use sparingly),
Sea Salt (use only a pinch in cooking water),
Sunflower oil (use cold-processed type only),
Vegetable bouillon cubes (use those made without chemicals or preservatives only),
Beans and peas: kidney beans, lentils, marrowfat peas,
Cheeses with high fat and salt content: Blue, Brie, Cheddar, Muenster, Swiss,
Cigars, cigarettes, pipe tobacco,
Hydrogenated (heat-processed) vegetable oils [i.e. trans-fatty acids],
Hydrogenated (heat-processed) vegetable shortening [i.e. trans-fatty acids],
Margarine [i.e. trans-fatty acids],
Potatoes, all varieties,
Refined, iodized table salt,
Stocks or broths made of fish, meat, or shellfish,
Refined white sugar and all foods that contain refined white sugar,
Teas that contain any amount of caffeine,
White flour and all foods that contain white flour
Because Dr. Moerman died in 1988, there have been many discoveries, particularly relative to killing cancer cells, that are not part of his diet. This should always be kept in mind. Also, like the Binzel laetrile diet, the Moerman diet does not correctly favor the vegetables and fruits that contain the most cancer-killing nutrients. For this reason this diet must be supercharged and modified for newer discoveries.
This diet suffers only from the time period and isolation in which it was developed. For example, MGN-3 or MGN3 and beta glucan supplements are now known to build the immunity system more quickly that most cancer diets can accomplish. MSM is now available as a sulphur supplement. Carrot juice is far superior to pure vitamin A supplements, and so on.