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Skin Cancer
Updated 04/30/09

The sun has taken a lot of blame for our increased rates of skin cancers (along with the depletion of the ozone layer), but research uncovered by Dr David G Williams [Alternatives, April 1993; 4: 22] shows that the sun might not be the culprit, and hiding from the sun by using sunscreens can not only increase your chances of skin cancer, but it can increase your chances of all sorts of problems by interfering with vitamin D synthesis.

According to Dr Williams: "Despite what you may have been led to believe, there is not adequate scientific data to support the belief that sunscreens prevent skin cancer (melanomas or basal cell cancers)."

Melanin, Dr Williams points out, was thought to be only the pigment responsible for tanning, however, it has other important roles: it absorbs the UVA’s, UVB’s, and UVC’s in ultraviolet light, and neutralized oxygen free radicals during the invasion of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, and from exposure to light. When you use a sunscreen, the melanocytes are not stimulated to produce melanin, which actually interferes with the skin’s natural ability to protect against the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. Additionally, without melanin, the UVA’s are allowed to penetrate deeper and bombard blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues.

Your primary source of vitamin D comes from the sun. The use of sunscreens interferes with our body’s natural synthesis of this vitamin. The increased use of sunscreens has created such a deficiency of vitamin D that some researchers feel that mother’s milk is nearly devoid of vitamin D and that newborns need extra supplementation to avoid rickets.

In addition to a rise in rickets in America, Dr Williams describes a number of problems associated with vitamin D deficiencies: hearing loss at high frequencies, increased dental cavities, increased hip fractures, increase in colorectal cancer, breast cancer.

From the a few practitioners in the Wellness Directory of Minnesota™, we have discovered another contributor to our rise in skin cancer rates: trans fatty oils or as they are commonly referred to: Partially Hydrogenated Oils. It’s hard to believe that our hospitals are still serving margarine as a safe alternative to butter. The trans fatty oils in margarine (the industry is escalating their use as we write this: frozen foods, cocoas, breads and pastries, canned processed foods, cream soups, and the list goes on; obviously we all must learn to read labels) are responsible for a host of cancers. They stiffen your body’s cells not allowing nutrition to pass in or toxins to pass out. Dr Johanna Budwig’s research has demonstrated that certain wavelengths of sunlight vibrate at the same frequency as the chemical bonds in unsaturated fatty acids (trans fatty oils are unsaturated). This, she feels, leads to early mutations that can become skin cancers. Additionally, Dr Budwig feels that for a free flow of nutrients to your cells and elimination of toxins, your body needs the supersaturated fatty acids (Omega-3 oils) bound to protein (especially bound to protein if your liver is weak). See the section on Dr Budwig and Omega-3s in the article Alternative Cancer Therapies.

Budwig's theories from the fifties have been proven in the nineties. The World Health Organization has published statistics on skin cancer rates of various nations. Take a good look at Mexico. Skin cancer was once virtually unknown there. Today their rates of melanoma are approaching those of the US. We are told to stay out of the sun. The only sun bathers in Mexico, except for the extreme rich (less than 1% of the population) are vacationers. Yet how did their incidence of skin cancer quadruple over night? Ozone layer effect? 

The answer is actually quite simple. For centuries Mexicans have cooked in lard. America's advertising is far reaching and the Mexicans, especially along the US border, to be in vogue and tasteful, have bought into our lies and picked up on many of our habits. Lard usage has dropped, margarine usage has risen, and you can graph its rise right along with the rise of skin cancer. The proof lies in the low incidence of skin cancer among the poor in low population density areas away from modern supermarkets. Their skin cancer rates have not increased. They still use lard.  

Then how do you protect against the damaging effects of sunlight? Beta carotene and vitamin C seem to give us some protection. Hats and extra (light) clothing will help. And from Dr Williams’s research, you can make a sunscreen from vitamin C. Using vitamin C crystals (the buffered types don’t seem to work), make a 10% solution and spray it on 10 to 15 minutes before going into the sun, and continue to apply it liberally. You can use a liquid solution in a spray bottle, or add the vitamin C it to your favorite Aloe Vera gel (from Simply Natural Products; after six years, our research shows SMP to manufacture the best aloe products, bar none). It seems that this simple 10% solution of Vitamin C in water (or in aloe gel) also helps acne, eczema, and psoriasis. [Alternatives, March 1993; 4:21]

We found another skin cancer remedy in Dr Williams's September issue of Alternatives: the Devil’s Apple (Solanum sodomaeum) which contains the glycoalkaloid, solasodine. A medical researcher and biochemist Dr Bill Cham has been rigorously testing a glycoalkaloid cream he developed, and Dr Willimas points out:

Not only was the cream totally free from an biochemical or clinical side effects, it also proved to be virtually 100 percent effective in the prevention and treatment of solar keratoses, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

You should note that these three cancers are benign. For an in-depth discussion of them, contact Mountain Home Publishing at (210) 367-4492.

Don’t wait for the product to be available soon in America, but since you are allowed to order a three month supply of any medication from abroad, you can order Curaderm (the same extract studied by Dr Cham) from England. 

Curaderm has undergone independent clinical trials, and recent clinical trials have been released on Curaderm at 10 United Kingdom Skin Cancer clinics including the Royal London Hospital. The dermatologists involved in the trial were convinced that Curaderm is a practical alternative to surgical removal and other skin cancer removal methods.

UPDATE: Curaderm is NOW available. Go to to order it.

Dr Danopoulos of Greece created the drug Carbatine for fighting skin cancers. Carbatine is a combination of creatine hydrate and urea (a chemical derived from urine costing about $9 per pound). He experienced a 99% cure rate injecting Carbatine directly into skin cancers. Many more cancers, including liver cancer, have been helped by Carbatine because it destroys the "water" matrix surrounding and protecting cancer cells, thus opening them to attack by the body's immune system. Carbatine can be consumed orally, however, BUN levels must be monitored daily.

Finally, for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, apricot pits (the natural form of Laetrile) has been shown to clear these cancers up completely. Go to Nu-Gen Nutrition for information on ordering apricot pits. However, make sure you read the article in Alternative Cancer Therapies and follow the instructions.

Cansema is a topical ointment that kills cancer. It is an escharotic, a Greek word meaning something caustic that leaves a pus formation. There have been patented in America four echarotic remedies that are no longer in use. Harry Hoxsey created an escharotic and used it successfully from the twenties through the fifties when he was tossed in jail (for healing cancer; doctors just hate it when someone outside their fraternity can out-do them.)

Using Cansema can be painful, especially on l arge skin tumors, therefore do this only under the supervisions of a trained health care practitioner.

Though recently banned in the US by the FDA, we've published a formula that is very close: Near Cansema Formula.

We often get letters from people telling us how this worked and that didn't work, however, with Cansema, we have received just one letter telling us that it did not work for the user. Please, we'd like to hear from you.

Trienelle is a new skin cream designed to stop aging and prevent skin cancer. It is a vitamin E cream, but unlike most vitamin E products that are made up solely of alpha-tocopherol, this product is made from mixed tocopherols and another form of vitamin E: tocotrenols. A report in Free Radical Biology & Medicine (10:263-275, 1991) showed that supplements made from tocotrenols were up to 60 times more effective than the alpha-tocopherol found in most vitamin E products.

Trinelle is a quality product using the most expensive ingredients. Melatonin to heal damaged skin, reishi and versicolor mushroom extracts to boost the immune system, Alpha-hydroxy acids from bilberry, maple, orange, and lemon which help slough off dead skin (and prevent fine lines and wrinkles), and Matrixl which helps rebuild deteriorating collagen (and reduces deep wrinkles by 68% over a six month period).

Trienelle is available through Aspen Benefits Group, 7950 Meadowlark Way #E, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815, phone: 877.432.7891.

Note: some have asked me why talk about Dr Williams and how bad sun blocks are and then list a sun block. The reason is quite simple: until we have objective proof (whatever the heck that is) we're going to list both sides of the coin; neither side, in our humble opinion, has enough science to back up their claims.

For more skin cancer answers, see our review of the book, Cancer Salves. 



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