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I am a freelance writer and editor with a special interest in health topics, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and mental health.

How I Stay Healthy

lots and lots of exercise and a healthy diet including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and no red meat or chicken.

My Experience with Health Challenges

glaucoma; heart disease

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Phase 1: CAAT Formulation

The most important component of CAAT is the scientifically formulated amino acids. Based on the specific formula for each cancer, it consists of separate amino acids, citric acid, and small amounts of sodium benzoate. Each formula replaces most of the regular daily proteins found in meats, dairy, fish, beans and nuts, which cancer cells can derive their energy from. The CAAT formula taken two times per day will nourish the healthy cells while causing the cancer cells to starve to death. Of course each individual has specific needs concerning their diet, and this is explained in the second phase of the protocol as well as with a specialist at the Institute when beginning the CAAT therapy.

Phase 2: Daily Food Intake

DISCLAIMER: The following food program SHOULD NOT be consumed without the amino acid formula and without consent from your doctor and our Institute.

Breakfast:

1/2 Grapefruit or 1-orange or 6-ounces of fresh orange juice*

Whey Enhanced Protein (Vanilla Flavor – Vitamin Shoppe Brand) approximately

10 – 12 grams of protein – read label carefully, based on 150 lb. person

A serving of Grits (Butter, cinnamon and other spices are okay)

1 cup of green or black tea (Fructose is sweetener of choice)

(* Do Not have ½ grapefruit if taking Chemotherapy)

Explanation: ½ Grapefruit or 1 orange or 6 ounces of fresh orange juice are rich in the natural nutrients called Limonene and Citric Acid. Limonene helps shut down the Ras cancer gene which is over active in 90 percent of all cancers. Citric Acid helps shut down glycolosis which in turn helps starve cancer cells to death.

Whey Enhanced Protein (Vanilla Flavor – Vitamin Shoppe Brand) Phosphorus is a nutrient that cancer cells must utilize in order to grow and reproduce. This brand of whey protein is very low in phosphorous and contains no additional vitamins, so when using approximately 10 – 12 grams of protein per 150 lb. person, it helps to protect normal cells, maintain a normal appetite, and also helps to fight edema. (Edema is the swelling or water build up in the legs or other sites in the body)

Whey protein is included in the daily menu of all advanced or metastatic cancer patients. When treating cancers that are stable or have regressed in size, patients then have the option of including other protein foods at their breakfast meals such as cottage cheese, yogurt, or soy foods. Eggs are allowed in the diets of patients with lymphoma and brain cancers.

Grits or Cream of Wheat or 1 slice of white toast or ½ plain bagel or ½ English muffin (Butter is okay)

Grits or white rice is the preferred carbohydrate food at each meal. The other choices are options once the patient’s cancer is stable or reduced in size. Unrefined carbohydrates are included in the CAAT menu instead of whole grains to deprive cancer cells of a certain B-complex vitamin called Pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6). Cancer cells require this vitamin to manufacture certain amino acids that we keep away from through CAAT’s amino acid reduction formula and diet.

Grits is the preferred carbohydrate food at all meals instead of rice, corn, or pasta because it helps deplete Tryptophan in the body, which is essential for the growth and spreading of cancer cells.

1 cup of green or black tea, using fructose as the sweetener of choice. These teas are rich sources of several compounds that help shut down glycolosis and cut off the energy supply to cancer cells. Also, green or regular tea helps to prevent certain hormones and tumor growth factors from stimulating cancer cells to grow and metastasize to other parts of the body. Brassica teas can also be taken because they contain sulphorane, a nutrient that inhibits cancer growth, and also shuts down the cancer genes.

(Why we use fructose as the sweetener of choice will be explained in detail at the end of this phase of the CAAT protocol.)

Lunch:

Amino acid formula (4 level plastic scoops) mixed with any of the following: Water & Fructose; Sugar free Kool-Aid; Diet ginger ale; Fresh lemonade & Fructose; Chicken or Beef broth; V8 juice.

Generous amounts of One cooked vegetable or a combination of the following: asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, brussell sprouts, spinach, squash, string beans.

One serving (1/2 cup)of fresh fruit. Choice of: pear, orange, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries.

1 serving (moderate) of grits or corn or rice or pasta (Add tomato sauce or butter)

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

8 to 10 black or green olives

2 tablespoons of vinegar (minimum of 5% acidity) add to vegetables or food

1 cup of green or black tea (Fructose as desired)

Explanation:

This Amino Acid Reduction Formula (4 level plastic scoops may vary) combined with the special diet, allows the CAAT Protocol to reduce certain amino acids in the daily diet of the cancer patient, and is designed to replace most of the animal protein in the diet. Cancer cells require the amino acids glycine, serine, glutamic acid, and aspartic acid to synthesize DNA, build new blood vessels or duplicate its entire contents of proteins. Also, cancer cells require these and certain other amino acids in order to synthesize other proteins that act as growth promoting hormones or tumor growth factors. CAAT impairs the synthesis of a protein called elastin, which is absolutely essential to the manufacture of new blood vessels. The Amino Acid Reduction Formula, diet, certain phytochemicals and herbs work efficaciously to attack cancer cells at each and every biological front.

The generous amounts of one cooked vegetable or a combination of such helps keep normal cells healthy. They are low in carbohydrates and proteins, and high in phytochemicals, compounds which help fight cancer. Patients are allowed to eat these vegetables and salads whenever desired.

The 8 to 10 olives are rich in squalene and oleic acid, nutrients that have been reported to inhibit certain cancer growth factors. The calories in olives also help control body weight and increases ketones in the blood. Ketones help fight cancer by impairing glycolosis – a process in which cancer cells depend almost exclusively upon for their daily supply of energy. Vinegar (and fructose) are two natural products that increase the production of both ACETIC ACID and CITRIC ACID in the body.

Acetic acid and citric acid also help fight cancer by shutting down the process of glycolosis.

Normal cells derive most of their daily energy supply from acetic acid and citric acid, where as cancer cells derive most of their daily energy from glycolosis.

Dinner:

Amino acid formula (4 plastic level scoops) mixed with any of the following: Water & fructose; Sugar free Kool–Ade; Diet Ginger Ale; Fresh lemonade & Fructose; Chicken or Beef broth; V8 Juice.

Generous amounts of One cooked vegetable or a combination of the following: asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, spinach, squash, string beans.

One serving (1/2 cup) of stewed plums with fresh cream & fructose; use 4-ounces of orange juice if plums are not in season.

Avacado salad with lettuce, tomatoes, celery, onions, with lemon juice and coconut oil or olive oil.

2 tablespoons of vinegar (minimum of 5% acidity) add to vegetables or food.

1 serving of grits or corn or pasta or rice (Add garlic and butter or tomato sauce)

1 cup of green or black tea (Fructose as desired)

Mid Evening Snack: Ketogenic Cocktail – 2 ounces of fresh cream, ½ ounce each of both coconut & olive oil, 1 tablespoon of Fructose.

Sugar free Jell-O with whipped cream & Fructose or 1 plum or 4 ounces of orange juice.

Explanation: The sugar free jell-o helps to appease the appetite. Plums contain quinlic acid, which is converted into benzoic acid in the body and which in turn helps to deplete the availability of the amino acid Glycine (Glycine is essential to the synthesis of DNA for cancer cells) and the proteins that cancer cells require to build new blood vessels and their tumor growth factors. If underweight take two ounces of light cream and one ounce of olive oil/coconut oil as needed to maintain weight.

Optional Meal:

3 to 4 ounces of Veal, Fish of choice, Beef, Chicken breast, and 1-slice of white bread.

Consume this meal with a minimum of 3 hours before or after taking the amino acids.

Explanation: If the patient is 10 or more pounds underweight or if their albumin levels are below normal is when the optional meal is allowed. This meal should be eaten a minimum of 3 hours before or after taking the amino acids. CAAT provides sufficient protein to maintain the health of normal cells and adequate amounts of calories to maintain desired body weight. Any proteins taken in excess of amounts recommended in the diet will counter act the benefits of the CAAT protocol.

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A.P. John Institute for Cancer Research website: http://www.apjohncancerinstitute.org/cancer/pancreatic.htm

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The following text is taken from A.P. John Institute for Cancer Research website: http://www.apjohncancerinstitute.org/cancer/pancreatic.htm

For more information, on the CAAT diet for pancreatic cancer, contact the A.P. John Institute.

CAAT is a course of therapy to control a patient’s amino acid intake. This is achieved by taking certain foods out of a person’s daily food plan for a short time and by replacing them with a scientifically supported formula of amino acids. It is also important to emphasize that the food plan that accompanies the amino acid formula needs to be followed so not to offset any of the benefits we are creating by depriving the cancer cells the nutrients they need to grow. Also, it is important to realize that the patient does not need to abandon their conventional cancer treatment, (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormone treatments) nor is it recommended that they do so.

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A special diet, known as Controlled Amino Acid Treatment (CAAT), has been shown in some studies to effectively fight cancer by depriving it of nutrients. The diet includes a special CAAT formula taken twice a day, which contains amino acids that can nourish the body without feeding the cancer. The diet itself involves significantly reducing other amino acids, as well as glucose and carbohydrates. It was developed by molecular scientist, cancer researcher and author Angelo P. John.

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A.P. John Institute for Cancer Research. 2009. “Pancreatic Cancer.” (Online) http://www.apjohncancerinstitute.org/cancer/pancreatic.htm

Pancreatic Cancer Online. 2009. “Information on Treatment Options for Pancreatic Cancer.” (Online) http://www.pancreaticcanceronline.com/selfhelp.html

Metcalf, Eric, MPH. 2009. “Pancreatic Cancer: What Are the Risk Factors?” (Online) http://www.everydayhealth.com/pancreatic-cancer/risk-factors.aspx

Cancer Treatment Centers of America. 2007. “Nutrition in Cancer Care.” (Online) http://www.cancercenter.com/complementary-alternative-medicine/nutritional-therapy.cfm

PancreaticCancer.org.uk. 2009. “Pancreatic Cancer: Diet and Nutrition.” (Online) http://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/PCDiet.htm

Schaachter, Michael B., MD, CNS, FACAM. "Controlled Amino Acid Treatment--A Nutritional Approach to Treating Cancer." (Online)

http://www.cancure.org/CAAT.htm

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BBC News. 2007. “Indian Herbal Remedy Cancer Hope.” (Online) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6563003.stm

PhysOrg.com. 2008. “Traditional Herbal Medicine Kills Pancreatic Cancer Cells, Researchers Report.” (Online) http://www.physorg.com/news130410814.html

Science Daily. 2008. “Traditional Herbal Medicine Kills Pancreatic Cancer Cells, Researchers Report.” (Online) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080519092215.htm

A.P. John Institute for Cancer Research. 2009. “Pancreatic Cancer.” (Online) http://www.apjohncancerinstitute.org/cancer/pancreatic.htm

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Pain and discomfort from pancreatic cancer can be alleviated in several ways:

Pain medication. Pain medicines can be very effective, although they often cause drowsiness.

Nerve block. This involves the injection of alcohol into the abdomen to block the sensation of pain from affected nerves.

Nerve removal. Certain nerves that transmit pain may be surgically removed.

Stent insertion. Sometimes, a tumor cannot be entirely removed by surgery. In these cases, the tumor may continue to block the flow of digestive juices from the pancreas to the digestive tract. A type of bypass surgery can be performed to alleviate this condition. A tiny tube known as a stent may be surgically inserted to relieve blockages in the ducts that proceed from the pancreas, thereby also relieving pain and discomfort.

Acupuncture, acupressure, and therapeutic massage. These treatments can help relax the body and nervous system, and thereby reduce pain.

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Mayo Clinic Staff. 2010. “Pancreatic Cancer: Coping and Support.” (Online) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pancreatic-cancer/DS00357/DSECTION=coping-and-support

National Institutes of Health. 2001. “What You Need to Know About Cancers of the Pancreas.” (Online booklet) http://nci.nih.gov/pdf/WYNTK/WYNTK_pancreas.pdf

A.P. John Institute for Cancer Research. 2009. “Pancreatic Cancer.” (Online) http://www.apjohncancerinstitute.org/cancer/pancreatic.htm

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Palliative treatments may be indicated at any stage of pancreatic cancer, depending on the patient’s discomfort level and the physician’s discretion. Usually, as severe symptoms rarely manifest during Stage 1, palliative treatments are reserved for later stages.

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Mayo Clinic Staff. 2010. “Pancreatic Cancer: Treatments and Drugs.” (Online) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pancreatic-cancer/DS00357/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs

A.P. John Institute for Cancer Research. 2009. “Pancreatic Cancer.” (Online) http://www.apjohncancerinstitute.org/cancer/pancreatic.htm

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