Toxemia again is the cause of this disease as has already been explained--excess fat, protein, cholesterol and salt being the main culprits together with deficiencies of fresh green vegetables and fruit. Emotional status has a great bearing on either accelerating or retarding the progress of cancer, as of course it does with any sickness.

There are many cases on record of "spontaneous remission" of cancer, when to the astonishment of doctors cancer mysteriously diminished and completely cleared. "Spontaneous remissions" are regarded as medical phenomena beyond comprehension, but it is obvious they are natural events achieved by the healing powers within the body when for some reason or other homeostasis has been regained.

Thus the immediate measures for cancer must be to eliminate from the lifestyle every single adverse factor leading to toxemia and to diminution of the immune system, and to instil confidence and determination with the goal of achieving a complete spontaneous remission. This advice should not be construed as medical advice; on the contrary, it is advice for reconstituting a healthy milieu interieur, the only basis upon which the reversal of cancer is possible (see Chapter 17: The Proof of the Pudding). For a more detailed explanation of cancer read The Health Revolution by this author and A Cancer Therapy, Results of Fifty Cases by Dr Max Gerson.

"Spontaneous remissions" of cancer are more numerous than is commonly believed, as is recounted in The Health Revolution, and they would be more the rule rather than the exception if patients knew what to do and were confident enough to refuse the conventional treatment which has never been proven to prolong life.

For the achievement of recovery from cancer, the importance of a positive, determined attitude by the patient cannot be over-emphasized. Dr Paul Pearsall, in his book Super Immunity (Ebury Press, London, 1987), described the collection of 400 cases of spontaneous remissions and their review by Dr Elmer Green and his wife Dr Alyce Green, looking for explanatory factors. The one factor above all that was common in every case was that every one of the patients had changed their mental attitude to one of hope and were more positive about surviving. This point has already been covered in preceding pages but, once again, it cannot be over-emphasized (see Alfred Keane's letter in Chapter 17).