The Cure For Cancer: Theory, History and Treatment  
  By Owen R. Fonorow © 2003


Max Wolf
Cancer Protocol


The theory that malignant cancers are false-placentas (partial pregnancies) was first formulated by the Scottish embryologist John Beard in 1902. Beard found that substances secreted by the pancreas would inhibit the growth of cancers before they develop but are missing in the blood of cancer patients. These substances, the digestive enzymes trypsin (and the trypsin precursor chymotrypsin), reportedly “cure” (digest) 100% of fast-growing cancers when taken orally at an extremely high dosage. This author has found evidence that it may be possible to achieve the same cancer-digestive effect, with lower enzyme dosages, by enhancing trypsin's enzyme activity with certain supplements.


John Beard was a brilliant biologist whose main research interest was pregnancy, and the placenta in particular. He made or confirmed several crucial observations that led to his theory of cancer. He observed under the microscope that the trophoblast cells that form the placenta looked like cancer cells. Beard then made an extraordinary observation: The placenta stops growing on day 56 of the human pregnancy - on the same day the fetus’s pancreas begins to function. He came to the conclusion that the fetus’s pancreas secreted something that stopped the growth of the placenta. He then surmised, and later proved, that the same substance stopped the growth of malignant cancer. He set out to determine what this pancreatic substance was.

Beard conducted experiments with the juices extracted from young animal pancreases. These juices were injected into cancer tumors and the tumors shrank in both animals and humans. Beard’s work was published in JAMA and he wrote a book on the enzyme therapy for cancer. One hundred years ago, physicians tried to duplicate Beard’s experimental results, but they failed, and the work was almost forgotten.

We now know that “delicate” enzymes can lose their effectiveness if not carefully extracted from young live stock. Even though trypsin was one of the first proteins whose molecular sturcture was deciphered by chemists in the 1960s, we are still not able to synthesize either trypsin or chymotrypsin. As pure trypsin must be extracted intact from young livestock, the cost of supplements with these enzymes is high. The cost at the dosage recommended by enzyme/cancer experts may exceed $2000 per month.


We all begin our lives as a single undifferentiated cell. This cell called a zygote, a sort of "super" stem cell, divides into trillions of progeny. Living cells change after succeeding divisions in the process of differentiation, but not all cells become muscle, bone, eyes, teeth, hair, connective or other tissue. Some cells form into the placenta, a trophoblastic layer of tissue that attaches to the uterine wall during pregnancy. The placenta is discarded by the mother's body after birth.

Beard, the first to observe that placenta cells resemble cancer cells, also saw how malignant cancers act in the same way that placenta cells do in the mother’s womb; -- they attach to the uterus and “eat” through it to obtain a blood supply.

Beard also found other out-of-place trophoblast cells in great numbers throughout the body. These cells are placenta-like, do not differentiate into specific tissue, but lie dormant. Beard called these cells “germ” cells. They have properties similar to stem cells, and Beard believed that these cells are the seeds of cancer.

He theorized that, as we age, the germ cells are likely to receive a signal that causes them to begin growing. The conditions that induce growth might include a hormonal message that the germ cells interpret as a pregnancy. The estrogen-based hormonal signal that mimics pregnancy may be induced by physical trauma, or by other unknown reasons. As this “false-placenta” begins growing, unchecked, it becomes the malignant mass which the medical community calls cancer.


The pancreas produces the protein dissolving enzymes trypsin (and its precursor chymotrypsin) that Beard believed prevents germ cells from becoming malignant. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine where they help digest “cooked” or denatured proteins. Some of these enzymes enter the blood stream. In theory, when the pancreas is healthy, early-stage cancers (false pregnancies) are destroyed (digested) by pancreatic enzymes in the blood.

Cancer is best understood as pancreas failure to produce trypsin, in the same way that Diabetes (Type I) is a failure of the pancreas to produce insulin. Beard believed that when the health of the pancreas becomes impaired and the output of pancreatic enzymes declines or stops, any malignant cancer cell that begins dividing grows out of control.

In Beard's time it was believed that enzymes taken orally would not enter the blood stream. Even today there is controversy as to whether or not the large enzyme molecules can be absorbed, and whether the enzyme molecule remains intact in the stomach. The reported success rates of Beard's followers tells us that the trypsin enzymes may be taken by mouth, but, very large amounts are required to make them effective against growing cancers.

Note: Cancer patients may not be breaking down oral trypsin. If the cancer patients pancreas is mafunctioning, it is not producing the protein digesting enzyme trypsin, then the body would not readily digest proteins (e.g. enzymes) taken by mouth.

An interesting discovery is that trypsin’s digestive enzyme action on protein is activated by the high pH (8.0 highly alkaline) environment in the small intestine. Cancer of the small intestine is rare. This may help explain the effectiveness of the increasingly popular cesium treatment for cancer. The Cesium treatment raises the pH of the cancer to 8.0 and this may be able to "amplify" the digestive effect of any trypsin present in the blood stream.


In the 1940s, researchers discovered that there was “something” in the blood of people without cancer that was completely missing in the blood of people who had cancer. This clue prompted Dr. Max Wolf to read John Beard’s book THE ENZYME THERAPY FOR CANCER AND ITS SCIENTIFIC BASIS.

Dr. Wolf along with his associate Helen Benitez and Dr. Karl Ransberger, a young biomedical researcher from Germany, tested numerous enzymes from animal and plant sources, and created an enzyme formula containing both trypsin and chymotrypsin .  Today, the Wolf/Benitez WoBenzyme® systemic enzyme formula is reportedly the second hottest selling OTC product in parts of Europe - behind ordinary aspirin.


In 1963, a dentist, William D. Kelley, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which is almost always quickly fatal, and he rediscovered the connection between pancreatic enzymes and cancer remission. He cured his own cancer - and subsequently hundreds more. However, he was vilified by the medical establishment and became embittered.

In the 1980s, a young medical student, Nick Gonzalez, was sent by the Sloan-Kettering cancer center to debunk Kelley’s claim of a 100% pancreatic-cancer cure rate. However, after revisiting Kelley’s patient records, Gonzalez became a believer. Dr. Gonzalez recently won a $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue the study of enzyme therapy for pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Gonzalez's excellent overview of the history of enzyme therapy may be read at:


The "laetrile" clinics in Mexico claim that they have a "100%" cure rate for cancer, although they do post a disclaimer: The 100% cure rate applies only if the patient has not undergone chemotherapy or radiation - and only in those patients that take the pancreatic enzymes. Several books have been written that make a connection between Laetrile and pancreatic enzymes. Reportedly vitamin 'B17' enhances the anti-cancer enzyme activity.

If cancers are truly false placentas, malignant tumors would mimic pregnancy in other ways. All trophoblast cells produce a unique hormone called the chorionic gonadotrophic (CGH) which is easily detected in urine. Thus, if a person is either pregnant or has cancer, a simple CGH pregnancy test should confirm either or both. It does so,with high accuracy. Recent research has shown that all cancers tested (80% of all known cancers) emit portions of this "pregnancy" hormone. See:

The University of Michigan Cancer Center has recently proclaimed that current chemotherapy targets the “wrong” cells.

The Ann Arbor researchers discovered that not all cells in a tumor are equally malignant. Only a tiny minority of tumor cells are actually capable of inducing new cancers; the rest are relatively harmless. "These tumor-inducing cells have many of the properties of stem cells," said Michael F. Clarke, MD, a professor of internal medicine, who directed the study. "They make copies of themselves --a process called self-renewal --and produce all the other kinds of cells in the original tumor."

It is clear then that the nation’s top cancer center has unknowingly rediscovered Beard’s thesis.

See the two-part series by Ralph Moss:

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Part 2 -



Dr. William Kelley recommends high amounts of pancreatic enzymes - 45,000 mg orally. His formula includes a starch-dissolving enzyme which Kelley believes is important in some cases. The enzyme formula that Kelley stands behind costs, roughly, $2000 per month.[contact College Health Stores, LLC 410 Lution Drive Weatherford, Texas 76087 for more info tel 888-477-3618 and 817-594-1471 ]

Unfortunately, the larger the cancer mass - which quickly dissolves from oral enzyme therapy - the harder it is for the liver/kidney to rid the body of the residue of it. As a result, many patients taking enzymes die from toxemia as the cancer tumor is digested. Various methods for detoxifying the liver are known, with the “coffee enema” being preferred by Kelley and Gonzalez. Toxemia is the primary reason to have the malignant tumor mass surgically removed.


If the Beard theory is correct, malignant cancer only begins after the pancreas fails to secrete sufficient trypsin and chymotrypsin to prevent it from growing. A therapy that restores the health of the pancreas so that it will again begin to secrete the trypsin and chymotrypsin enzymes would result in cancer remissions.

For example, if the heavy metals, e.g. mercury, are building up in the pancreas causing the enzyme secretion problem, large amounts of vitamin C might cure a cancer (cause remission) by ridding the pancreas of mercury. If an acute CoQ10 defiency was the reason the pancreas was malfunctioning, then supplementing CoQ10 may restart the production of trypsin, etc. EDTA chelation therapy, another way to reduce the toxic load reportedly prevents cancer, and the effect is probably from the same mechanism. Beard's pancreatic enzyme theory explains why high-dose vitamin C, or CoQ10, or EDTA works in some people, by correcting the pancreas, and not in those whose pancreas has failed for other reasons, e.g., from cell necrosis or viral damage.


There are theoretical reasons and experimental findings that indicate fast-growing cancers can be completely resolved by using a 6 g cesium chloride salt for 30-days. The following 20-year-old paper describes the High pH Therapy for Cancer treatment:

In this paper, Dr. A. Keith Brewer mentions the resemblance between embryonic cells and cancer cells. Another connection between the high pH therapy and the enzyme therapy is the striking coincidence that Brewer’s therapy works by raising the pH of the cancer cell to 8.0 (highly alkaline). This is the same pH in the small intestine, and it is the pH required to activate trypsin’s digestive enzyme activity! (The author notes that stomach, colon and rectal cancer are all common - small intestine cancer is rare.)

Cesium is far less expensive than high-quality pancreatic enzymes. While it is unknown whether or not the cesium protocol works in the complete absence of trypsin in the blood, it is logical to assume that less pancreatic enzymes would be required in conjunction with cesium treatment for cancer. (Perhaps 4,500 mg of pancreatic enzymes with trypsin would suffice, along with 6,000 mg cesium chloride daily, rather than the 45,000 mg of pancreatic enzymes daily that Kelley and Gonzalez recommend orally to destroy tumors.)

Experimental science will provide the answer one day.

Cesium therapy has another strong advantage: As the tumor breaks up, the blood becomes high acidic resulting in the toxemia and generally a terrible feeling. The highly alkaline cesium treatment balances the pH, making the blood less acidic. Dr. Brewer claimed that cesium treated patients are hardly aware of their tumors breaking up.


There is a sensible high-vitamin-C protocol that has been found to arrest cancer growths. It doesn't cure or digest the cancers, but according to former Linus Pauling associate Matthias Rath, MD, this protocol restricts or halts the growth of malignant tumors by deactivating the enzyme that cancer tumors emit, malignin, which allows the tumor to “eat” through ordinary tissue. Malignin is the mirror image (sterioisomer) of trypsin. Rath's therapy may allow the body to digest the tumors more slowly, or the tumor may calcify.

While the jury is still out, with large tumors, the risk of toxemia may be less using the Rath protocol than the Beard/Wolf/Kelley enzyme therapy all by itself. However, only the enzyme therapy has the 100-year track record of success. This author would recommend Brewer's cesium therapy for 30 days as an adjunct to enzymes before starting the Rath therapy.

The daily protocol from Dr. Matthias Rath is reportedly

14,000 mg Vitamin C
12,000 mg Lysine
2,000 mg Proline
1,000 mg Green Tea Extract (EGCG)

No doubt, this vitamin-C protocol improves the health of the pancreas.

On the other hand, some authorities believe that oral vitamin C, especially brands that contain d-ascorbic acid, may in fact protect the tumor. Only very high intravenous doses of vitamin C have been shown to reliably destroy tumors. There is enough question about vitamin C to hold off until after a 30-day cesium and full pancreatic enzyme protocol. (Vitamin C will improve the health of the other trillion or so cells in the body, and should not be eliminated completely.)


There are sound theoretical reasons to add 400 mg of highly absorbable Coenzyme 10 (CoQ10) to any anti-cancer protocol. This dosage reportedly initiates complete tumor regression in breast cancer patients - One report appeared after a woman in a clinical breast cancer study increased to this level on her own, and the tumor regressed. Another woman in the study had the same experience. There were other factors, but CoQ10 is a safe and effective nutrient and may work by stimulating the production of trypsin in the pancreas. The pancreas normally has a high concentration of CoQ10. It would be much more economical to repair the health of your pancreas, if possible, than it is to buy 45,000 mg of daily enzymes for life.


Dr. David Brownstein lectures that areas with known iodine (iodide) deficiency have the highest rates of breast and prostate cancer. And visa versa, breast and prostate cancers rates are low in areas with high iodine in the soil. He also reveals that in order for researchers to give laboratory animals breast cancer, the animals must first be put into an iodine deficient state. [Video Clip on Iodine and Breast Cancer] .


Many enzyme authorities recommend against most orthodox Chemo/Radiation therapy in favor of the following protocols:

  1. Have surgery to remove as much of the tumor mass as possible.
  2. Purchase pancreatic enzymes (e.g. the Kelley or Wobenzyme oncologic formula). The formula must contain trypsin and chymotrypsin. Start with 4000 mg daily, and slowly increase to 45,000 mg until effective.

  3. Immediately follow the Brewer Cesium protocol, including laetrile - apricot seeds, that is given at the bottom of Brewer's paper , for 30 days.

    Brewer Cesium Protocol

    6 g cesium chloride (2000 mg A.M., 2000 mg noon, and 2000 mg evening after eating)
    100,000 IU Vitamin A
    (Note: Vitamin A is very important and promotes cell differentiation which slows tumor growth.)
    5,000 to 10,000 mg Vitamin C
    Selenium - 200 to 400 (mcg) MICRO grams
    Zinc - 50 mg
    Laetrile (apricot seed extract) - 150 -200 mg

    "Many tests on humans have been carried out by H. Nieper in Hannover, Germany and by H. Sartori in Washington, DC as well as by a number of other physicians. On the whole, the results have been very satisfactory. It has been observed that all pains associated with cancer disappear within 12 to 24 hr, except in a very few cases where there was a morphine withdrawal problem that required a few more hours. In these tests 2 g doses of CsCl were administered three times per day after eating. In most cases 5 to 10 g of Vitamin C and 100,000 units of Vitamin A, along with 50 to 100 mg of zinc, were also administered. Both Nieper and Sartori were also administering nitrilosides in the form of laetrile. There are good reasons to believe that the laetrile may be more effective than the vitamins in enhancing the pickup of cesium by the cells. " - Keith Brewer

  4. After the Brewer/Cesium protocol (which includes vitamin C) follow the Rath - Vitamin C/Lysine/EGCG protocol with 400 mg CoQ10 .

  5. Supplement 12 to 50 mg Iodoral (Iodine/Iodide) daily .

  6. Add a good mineral/multivitamin - to cover all possible nutritional needs.

  7. Avoid refined carbohydrates, especially sugars which feed cancer.

  8. Avoid supplemental calcium (!) (Calcium speeds the growth of embryos, and perhaps cancer). Take supplemental magnesium/potassium

  9. Supplement with pure amino acids, sometimes called 'stacks' as a replacement for proteins. Amino acids do not require trypsin for digestion. Try eating proteins every other day - to rest the pancreas and perhaps allow more trypsin to enter the blood stream. Another idea is to supplement HCL (Betaine HCL) with meals to assist the stomach with protein digestion. Note: Take the pancreatic enzymes separately from Betaine HCL.

    Note: The acid contents of the stomach stimulate the secretion of trypsin in the small intestine. Thus strong antacids, especially the 'nuclear' acid blockers, such as Nexium and Prilosec, may have a deleterious effect and should be avoided.
  10. Take supplemental Milk Thistle (silymarin) to help cleanse and protect the liver from toxemia

  11. Consider supplementing vitamin D (at least 800 IU) and vitamin K (1-40 mg) (both have shown anti-cancer properties in several studies)

  12. Have dental amalgams (mercury) removed. Avoid water with fluoride. Take iodine/iodide to help the body eliminate common toxins. Consider I.V. EDTA Chelation, IP6 supplements, hot saunas, glutathione (NAC), and other heavy metal detoxification treatments to help restore normal pancreatic function impaired by heavy metal toxins.

The following link to the Cancer Cure Booklet provides the scientific rationale for the William Kelley enzyme therapy:

Other orthomolecular substances are known to have anti-cancer activity, some of which include Iodine/Iodide, ginger, lysine/proline, lycopene, and r-alpha lipoic acid. If these substances are effective, they may either help restore pancreatic function or help inhibit the growth and spread of the false-placenta.

Owen Fonorow, Naturopath, Ph.D.
Vitamin C Foundation
PO Box 3097, Lisle IL 60532