Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins

UPDATE : As one of my readers pointed out this email seems to be hoax and Johns Hopkins has got nothing to do with the information given below. This is what Johns Hopkins have got to say about these emails –

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
Office of Public Affairs
March 2007


An email falsely attributed to Johns Hopkins describing properties of cancer cells and suggesting prevention strategies has begun circulating the Internet.  Johns Hopkins did not publish the email, entitled “Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins,” nor do we endorse its contents.  For more information about cancer, please read the information on our web site or visit the National Cancer Institute’s web site at

Another hoax email that has been circulating since 2004 regarding plastic containers, bottles, wrap claiming that heat releases dioxins which cause cancer also was not published by Johns Hopkins.  More information.


That said, nobody seems to be specifying that these points are false. This may not be endorsed by the premium institute. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. So, I am not pulling down this post.

  1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment , it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
  2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.
  3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumours.
  4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic , environmental , food and lifestyle factors.
  5. To over come the multiple nutritional deficiencies , changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
  6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow , gastro-intestinal tract etc , and can cause organ damage , like liver , kidneys , heart , lungs etc.
  7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns , scars and damages healthy cells , tissues and organs.
  8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumour size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumour destruction.
  9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed , hence the person can succum b to various kinds of infections and complications.
  10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
  11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


  1. Sugar feeds cancer. By cutting off sugar, one important food supply to the cancer cells is removed. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet , Equal , Spoonful , etc are made with Aspartame, and Aspartame is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. A better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.
  2. Milk causes the body to produce mucus , especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soya milk cancer cells are being starved.
  3. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic so it is best to eat fish and a little chicken, rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
  4. A diet made up of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruit helps put the body into an alkaline environment. The remaining 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try to drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts)and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Because enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C), eat uncooked vegetables and fruit.
  5. A vo id coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. The best water to drink is purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Avoid distilled water because it is acidic and contains none of the healthy minerals required for a healthy body.
  6. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.
  7. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat, more enzymes are freed to attack the protein walls of cancer cells. This allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
  8. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6 , Flor-essence, Ess iac , anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs, etc.) to enable the body’s own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis (programmed cell death), the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.
  9. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior conquer and survive. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
  10. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

The Donts

  1. No plastic containers in micro.
  2. No water bottles in freezer.
  3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well.

  1. Dioxin chemicals causes cancer , especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies.
  2. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.
  3. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxins. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in a glass container.
  4. Paper isn’t bad, except that you don’t know what has gone into the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. Dr. Fujimoto reminded us that a while ago some fast food restaurants moved away from foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is heated, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

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  1. #1 by Jim McCrillis on January 22, 2008 - 7:57 pm

    This article has nothing to do with Johns Hopkins Hospital, it’s a hoax!

  2. #2 by Marie on November 6, 2008 - 5:36 pm

    Thank you for leaving this post. We need more education especially when it is so simple to follow and makes PERFECT SENSE.

    Marie 🙂

  3. #3 by julie madeley on March 10, 2009 - 10:26 am

    if found this article fascinating and helpful

  4. #4 by dims on July 17, 2009 - 3:56 am

    Mythbusting at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, where they tackle some of the points in the forwarded mail.

  5. #5 by Elena on July 27, 2009 - 5:38 am

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer many years ago, and had both chemo and radiation. My cancer has not returned. Yes, I do have a few health problems, but I am NOT DEAD, so the chemo and radiation did not cause my cancer to return. But eating healthy is also a good thing, so part of the article is ok. Can’t say that for the rest of it, with no solid evidence to back it up.

  6. #6 by Tony Sidaway on March 19, 2011 - 7:24 am

    It’s extremely irresponsible to continue to show this collection of statements which have been exposed as a hoax by the original attributed authority and which you yourself refuse to verify. If you had any aspiration to trustworthiness you would have just pulled it down on being informed that it’s a hoax.

  7. #7 by Susan S. Worthington on September 22, 2011 - 10:33 pm

    These “authoritative” emails just burn me up. My husband has cancer and is being treated with chemotherapy and interventional radiation. People send me these emails without checking. If their email buddies say “Johns Hopkins says so,” they take it as gospel. How can we stop this? It has the potential for great harm – and it’s very disturbing to the families who are fighting the cancer battle.

  8. #8 by ЧћЧЎ Ч©Ч‘Ч— on September 2, 2012 - 8:35 pm

    Mr. Admin, I discovered few bugs while loading this page. Make sure you fix all of them immediatelly.

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