The Grape Juice Fast was a famous anti-cancer discovery in the 1920s .
Purple (Concord) grapes (with their skin and seeds), and to a slightly lesser degree red and black grapes, contain several nutrients that are known to kill cancer cells. These kinds of grapes also contain nutrients to stop the spread of cancer. They also help detoxify the body. This diet was developed by Johanna Brandt, who was a South African immigrant to America. She spent many years experimenting with fasting and diets before she found her grape cure. Her book on the grape cure was published in the 1920s. Much has been learned since the 1920s and many things have changed. It would not be advisable to read her book and follow it without taking into account what has been learned and what has changed since she wrote the book.
For a number of reasons, I have written a short summary article on the four stages of her original grape cure:
Original Brandt Grape Cure
The original diet involves 12 hours of fasting every day, followed by 12 hours where you consume absolutely nothing except grapes (and/or grape juice). The consumption of the grapes is spread out over the 12 hours, not just at meal times. In other words, they are consumed slowly over many hours, not quickly over two or three short bursts. After being on this phase of the diet for several weeks there were other phases, but the first phase is of most interest here.
The Grape Fasts
To be technical there are two different “fasts” that occur every day in this diet. First there is the “water fast” (which is only for 12 hours a day) which allows for ONLY the consumption of “natural water” during the “fast” and/or “ionized water.” All of this clarification on water was not in her original diet, but modern technology (e.g. the addition of chlorine and fluoride to our water supplies) has necessitated its inclusion. Chlorine is especially bad for this diet! The second type of “fast” is for the other 12 hours in a day, it also includes water, but also includes grapes and/or grape mush.
The two daily “fasts” obviously do not starve the cancer cells to death, however, the “water fast” does have a significant purpose. The water fasting makes the cancer cells “hungry,” and when the cells do get food, what they get is grape juice, which contains several major cancer killing nutrients, such as:
(1) ellagic acid,
(4) oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) or procyanidolic oligomers (PCO), pycnogenol (seeds)
(5) resveratrol (skin coloring of purple grapes),
(10) laetrile (amygdalin or Vitamin B17) (seeds)
(12) caffeic acid and/or ferulic acid (together they kill cancer cells), and
(13) gallic acid!
That is an incredible arsenal!
“Cancer Cells are tricked into consuming these nutrients”
In other words, the water fasting is used to “trick” the cancer cells into consuming the first thing that comes along. The grapes become a great “transport agent” for getting the poisons just mentioned into the cancer cells, meaning the cancer cells “steal” these nutrients (which turn out to be poisonous to the cancer cells) from the normal cells! Cancer cells thrive on sugar and grape juice is virtually pure “sugar.” The water fast makes the cells hungry and when the grape juice becomes available, the cancer cells gobble up the sugar in the grapes or grape juice. But as the cells are ingesting the juice they are also consuming things that are poisonous to them. Think of putting poison in chocolate and giving it to a hungry child. That is exactly what the water fast, followed by the grape mush, do to a cancer cell.
Cancer cells eat many times more of the glucose and other sugars than a regular cell does, plus it eats far more minerals and some other nutrients than a regular cell. Thus, the combination of consuming far more glucose, minerals and other nutrients, plus the (water) fasting, makes the purple grapes an exceptional cancer-fighting food. The water fast is absolutely critical to this treatment, and should not be taken lightly! In fact, the great secret to the grape cure is that cancer cells are very inefficient at processing glucose and other sugars. Cancer cells consume about 15 times more glucose and other sugars than regular cells.
The 1931 Nobel Prize in medicine given to Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg was awarded for this discovery. This means a grape cure diet can get several times more of certain cancer-killing nutrients into the cancer cells than normal cells. Most alternative cancer treatments evenly distribute their nutrients between cancerous and normal cells. But not this treatment. To insure the patient gets all of the main killer nutrients, the grape juice should include crushed seeds (in order to get the OPCs) and the nutrients from the purple skins (to get the critical resveratrol).
The purple color, such as in concord purple grapes, has a critical cancer killing nutrient not found in other grapes. Back when she wrote her book, in the 1920s, the advantage of purple grapes was not known. Also, if you eat or process whole grapes, you should buy grapes with the seeds (if you can get them), not seedless grapes. This is another thing that Johanna Brandt could not have known about in the 1920s. The darker the purple grapes the better. (Note: Because purple grapes and red grapes are so frequently confused with each other, it is not clear exactly how good red grapes are. This is why you should look for the word “concord” on the package, although there are purple grapes other than concord grapes that are just as good.)
Warnings – Heed Carefully
In general, the “Grape Cure” diet cannot be mixed with other alternative cancer treatments!! For some reason, when cancer cells have access to a wide variety of foods they do not consume nearly as many of the cancer-killing nutrients in the grapes. This cancer treatment does not include ANY OTHER FOODS. There is NO “CANCER DIET” with this treatment because you are not allowed to eat any other foods. The supplements and alternative cancer treatments that are combined with this treatment have been carefully chosen to not interfere with the consumption by the cancer cells of the cancer-killing nutrients! in addition to this comment, much has changed since Johanna Brandt developed her grape cure. Unfortunately, one of those things is the way water is processed and another of those things is the way food is processed.
Here is another special word of warning about chlorine. If you buy premixed grape juice, you need to make sure it did not have any tap water mixed in with the grape juice. Assume it does and don’t buy it! I would not use any premixed grape juice unless the label specifically mentions they did not use tap water or filtered water. Even some organic grape juice may have had tap water added to it. Even though the chlorine may be dissolved by the time you buy it, the fact that the chlorine existed when the grape juice was mixed with the water, would have caused severe damage to the nutrients at that time. This damage cannot be reversed. Another problem with mixed grape juice, even organic, is that it is generally required to be pasteurized. Pasteurization destroys all enzymes and it destroys an unknown number of nutrients in the grape juice and could neutralize a significant portion of the nutrients in the grape juice. Again, I emphasize, avoid premixed grape juice.
Unfortunately, most, if not all, frozen grape juice is also pasteurized. Frozen grape juice also may have a small amount of tap water added to it. Some organic grape juices are processed with spring water, but even these may be pasteurized. The white sugar content in store bought grape juice counteracts the entire fasting and anti-cancer therapy procedure by introducing to the body a refined and toxic substance. This discussion on food processing, which largely applies to organic foods also, leads to the conclusion that only fresh whole purple grapes, totally unprocessed, qualify for this diet. But even doing this does not avoid the problem of pesticides, and a lot of grapes and grape juice are in this diet. However, since a cancer patient is only on this diet for several weeks, pesticides can be safely ignored, however, the grapes should be soaked in warm water anyway before using.
The only way to guarantee you are getting all of the nutrients in the grapes is to make your own “grape mush” by using organic whole purple grapes (use organic when possible) and by processing them yourself into grape mush. Use a food processor or a juicer without using a filter (you want the entire grape, including the skin and seeds to be in the mush). “Organic” should mean there are no pesticides and that there are far more trace elements and other nutrients from the soil.
Now, being realistic, such a mush is not practical for most people for a number of reasons. Thus, you must do the best you can. First, avoid premixed purple grape juice. Frozen is better because it has had much less tap water mixed in with it, or better yet if the juice is organic it may have had spring water mixed in.
I must emphasize, no matter what kind of frozen grape juice you can find, mix it with “natural water.” The chlorine issue is so critical for certain nutrients in grape juice, that I would not even mix ionized water with the grape juice. I would drink ionized water during the 12 hours of the water fast, and use natural water to mix with the grape juice and to drink during the 12 hours you are drinking the grape juice!
The Brandt Diet is an excellent diet, however, because grapes do not contain all of the amino acids, the Brandt Diet in this article includes spirulina, which does contain all of the critical amino acids.
Quote from “The Brandt Diet”
“It is safe to say that the first seven to ten days on grapes only would be required to clear the stomach and bowels of their ancient accumulations. And it is during this period that distressing symptoms often appear. Nature works thoroughly. She does not build on a rotten foundation. The purification of every part of the body must be complete before new tissue can be built.”
In other words, a person one the Brandt Grape Cure can expect some awful smelling stuff coming out of a lot of different parts of their body!! I have gotten some pretty graphic emails from patients on this diet.
Also, a person on the Brandt diet will probably lose significant weight during the first few weeks. I mention this because a person who begins this diet at 120 pounds or less, will get concerned when they start losing weight. This is to be expected.
Having said all of that, here is the Johanna Brandt Grape Cure treatment for cancer.
The Johanna Brandt Grape Cure (as modified for newer discoveries)
Johanna Brandt designed a cancer treatment in 4 phases. Her first phase lasted until the cancer patient stopped losing weight or felt a lot better. The problem with a variable length phase, based on feeling better, is that a person feels better when their non-cancerous cells are given a shot of nutrients. Cancer cells steal energy, nutrients and glucose from non-cancerous cells. Thus, non-cancerous cells are very weak and “sick.” If a person has been on chemotherapy, their non-cancer cells may also be toxic.
Giving a person a high dose of grape juice will make these non-cancerous cells “feel good.” Thus, feeling good can be a very poor way to ascertain whether the cancer is being conquered, especially in the first few weeks. Thus, my version of the Brandt Grape Cure will be a fixed length treatment which may be repeated. If the person feels good after 10 weeks, that is a far better indication the cancer is actually losing the battle.
There will be a six week cycle on this treatment. The first five weeks are the pure Brandt Grape Cure treatment. The sixth week will allow certain other foods to be eaten. This six-week cycle will be repeated as necessary!!
Note: If you want to start this diet immediately, but it will be a few days before you can get the grapes, then until you can get the whole grapes use store bought FROZEN purple grape juice that clearly states: “100% Grape Juice.” It is best to buy this at a health food store. Make sure it is “100%” Grape Juice.” Do realize that many brands, even organic contain dried or freeze-dried grape juice, that have lost their nutritional value. If in doubt, buy fresh grapes and juice them yourself.
The First Five Weeks of the Six Week Cycle
Starting THIS INSTANT, take absolutely NOTHING into your body that is not specifically mentioned in this plan. NOTHING. No smoking, no drinking alcohol, no coffee, no French fries – NOTHING. There is NO “CANCER DIET” with this treatment. There are NO foods or drinks that are allowed to be added.
Between 8:00 PM (i.e. 20:00 hours) and 8:00 AM (or pick your own 12 hours)
This is the evening and overnight “water fast.”
Eat absolutely nothing. You may drink “natural water,” meaning of course pure spring water, pure artesian well water, or ionized/alkaline water or even steam distilled water. Make sure your spring water or artesian well water is not treated with chlorine or fluoride. The ozone treatment is the preferred treatment for natural water. Try to drink at least 1 gallon of natural or ionized water a day (SPREAD over the entire 24 hours).
Be careful to read the ingredients (i.e. do NOT buy filtered water unless it is reverse osmosis) and do not rely on the name of the product or the name of the company.
This 12-hour water fast is absolutely critical to the grape cure. It is critical that your cancer cells get “hungry” and prepare themselves to consume the next thing that comes along.
Between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM
This is the daytime “water and grape mush fast.”
During these twelve hours you should consume between two and four quarts of pure “grape mush.” If you do not have, or cannot obtain, a food processor, then you can grind the purple grape seeds with an inexpensive hand-cranked wheat grinder and eat the rest of the whole purple grapes.
For those who cannot swallow the grape mush (due to the grape skins), they can juice and filter the grapes to a level of consistency they can drink.
The grape mush should be partaken of SLOWLY. It should be SIPPED SLOWLY. Actually, the grape mush you are going to eat should be divided into at least seven equal portions and eaten at seven different times during the 12 hours you are eating the grape mush. This is essential to avoid nausea.
It is also necessary to drink a lot of water about the same time you are taking the grape mush. This will also help with avoiding nausea. Nausea is frequently a major problem with this diet. So is diarrhea or constipation.
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