A Tape Transcription by Clifford Beckwith
Flax Oil and Cancer - Part 2
A Tape Transcription by Clifford Beckwith
A few years ago the National Cancer Institute set up a project to test four materials on tumors in rats. They were citrus, licorice, garlic and flax. The project was abandoned because of " lack of funding" even though the doctor in charge knew that Flax was a very effective cancer fighter. Incidentally, Al Carter says that when mice are used in experiments with cancer, a special breed of mouse with a weak immune system is used, because mice with a normal immune system cannot be given cancer.
My sister's sister in law passed away from cancer recently. She had tried a nutritional approach and asked her oncologist whether he felt there was any value in nutritional approaches. "There probably is," he replied, "but I will never admit it and I'll never use it."
My family doctor told me in 1994 that he was impressed with how well I was doing but was cynical unless he saw the results of objective tests. There will never be objective tests, because in our society the purpose of objective tests is profit. If flax oil were officially found to be effective, it would destroy the financial structure of the drug and oncology industry. That will never be allowed to happen.
Now I may be naïve, and I may yet die of cancer, but as of July 9, 2001, I have already lived about 10 years longer than my doctor really expected. He told me a couple of years after I was diagnosed that most men who had the condition I had did not make it 6 months.
In October 1994 a woman called us from Sandusky Ohio. She had ovarian cancer and a blood count of 1000. She began using the oil somewhat but also said, "I told them I wanted the strongest chemo they had. I want to feel those cancer cells die." Later we heard there was quite an improvement. In May 1995 I heard she'd gone back to work. Later we learned there had been a real set back and she'd given up the Flax oil as she didn't feel it was helping. She passed away that summer.
Over the last five or se we have realized that where Flax oil and chemo are both used, length and quality of life seem to be increased but death from cancer may still occur. I wonder if the chemo doesn't largely destroy what the flax oil builds. The chapter on cancer treatment past and present in Al Carter's book "The Cancer Answer " really helps to understand the situation. Where chemo and/or radiation has been abandoned or not used, results have been far more favorable, virtually 95% where the oil is used properly.
A few years ago, through our church, we learned of a man who needed prayer. He'd been a missionary and pastor. Shortly thereafter I met his sister and wound up sending her brother a tape. He began to use Flax oil. His sister told me a short while later that he was doing great and the doctors were amazed. Then the word came that he was regressing and we learned that he'd switched to Flax flakes. I contacted him and learned that when he was first diagnosed, he wasn't expected to make it very long. He switched back to Flax oil. He has since passed away.
In April 1995 we heard from a man who's father had been in UT Hospital twice in 10 days and was not expected to live through the night because of advanced pancreatic cancer. However he rallied, got home, found out about Flax oil and began to use it. We have not talked with him directly but heard that in August 1995 he had a check up and the oncologist said, "we must have made a mistake in diagnosis - you couldn't have had cancer". Through a mutual friend we learned that in February 1996 a check up showed that everything was clear.
In September 1996 we learned he was back in the hospital and the doctors were giving him a new drug they felt would add a year to his life. Someone who knows him felt there was a strong possibility that he had quit taking the flax oil. He passed away soon after that. It seems that if Flax oil can build an immune system that will eliminate cancer cells, it must be continued.
Early in the summer of 1995 we heard from one of our good friends in Morristown that her cousin's husband, an ex-service man, had an advanced case of lung cancer and there wasn't much that could be done about it. They wanted us to send a tape, so we did. Later, we talked to them at length on the phone. Her husband began using Flax oil 4 Tbs. Day.
That November we saw a segment on TV from the Thompson Cancer Survival Center which said that advanced lung cancer is incurable but there is a new drug now that won't make one's hair fall out but will extend life, have fewer side effects, and give a better quality of life.
The next night we had a call from our cousin's friend. He said that he had just had a physical. The doctor read the X-rays and found the cancer gone. "I'm living proof that advanced lung cancer can be cured." This is the first of an annual phone call.
I'm aware of the fact that when a diagnoses of cancer is given, panic sets in and one really doesn't know what to do. I'm of the opinion that Flax oil should be used as a preventative for cancer by keeping up the body's supply of Omega 3.
Recently the mother of one of my friends was talking with a lady at church about cancer. The other lady said, "I had cancer, but I don't have it anymore. I went to Mexico and a German doctor put me on Flaxseed oil".
In March 1995, Nancy, the school secretary, went to the hospital with gall bladder problems. Before she left the hospital she had been operated on to remove a malignant tumor from her liver. She immediately began using Flaxseed oil and cottage cheese. In October she had another check up. A few days later she got the verdict, " everything is fine. See me next year." As of October 1996, everything is normal.
By this time, July 10, 1998, I know of at least 62 people who have had cancer and now are apparently recovered. That is a very strong percentage of success. I'm sure that if these successes had come about as a result of procedures developed by cancer researchers and cost a million dollars in drugs and services by specialists they would be shouted from the rooftops.
Near Christmas, 1995, we received a Christmas card from the widow of one of my former shipmates. A note was enclosed that stated she'd had cancer and was operated on, but they hadn't been able to get it all. She told the surgeon she didn't want chemo or radiation and he referred her to a doctor who put her on flax oil. She said she's doing well and felling fine. That is the first I've heard of an American doctor suggesting or recommending the use of Flax oil. In her Christmas letter of 1997 was a note which said, "I'm doing fine. Thank God for doctors willing to suggest alternative methods!"
In May 1995, a young woman called us from Anderson County, TN., and said, "I'm terminal, I'm 35 and have 3 young children. My husband has deserted me. I've tried using cottage cheese but I'm allergic to dairy products and can't use it. Is there anything else that will work?" We'd learned two weeks before that soft tofu will work fairly well and we passed that on.
We heard no more until March 1996. We heard from a friend that the young lady had nine tumors in her chest and they had shrunk to pinpoint size. She was almost well. However the oncologists persuaded her that she couldn't get well using Flax oil and that she should go to the Vanderbuilt Medical Center and undergo further chemotherapy. She was given a shot of experimental chemo and died, leaving 3 young children orphans.
A short time ago we received a call from an RN in charge of a nursing home. She said "Dad's in his early 60's. He was told nine months ago that he couldn't live three months without chemo but he refused it. Now he's in a lot of pain and takes his anger out on Mom. She gives it back and I'm in the middle". After talking with us, she ordered the oil immediately.
A few weeks later she called and said, "I've got to tell you this. Dad's used the oil for 10 days, 3 Tbsp. A day. Already the pain is gone and today he told me this is the first day in a long time he hasn't felt sick. Today he has hope, and that's more than anyone else has been able to accomplish."
Of course, we have no real idea of what is happening elsewhere. Earlier versions of these tapes have gone all over the country. It isn't illegal to give information as long as we avoid giving specific advice.
One lady in Blaine TN, got a tape for her mother. She was not expected to live long as her cancer was quite advanced. Today the doctor told her, "Everything looks great. See me next year."
Several weeks ago a man called us from South Bend, Indiana. He said, "You'll enjoy this. I have a 13 year old dog. He has cancer. He's eyes were dull and he was so weak he couldn't lift his leg. I should have put him to sleep but I didn't want to. I put a Tbsp. of Flax oil and a half cup of cottage cheese in his bowl and he wolfed it down. I did that three times a day for ten weeks. Today he's running all over the place, his eyes are bright, his coat is shiny and he's gaining weight." That was the 2nd dog I'd heard of in 3 days that showed improvement from using Flax oil. The other is owned by my cousin's daughter.
Two years after I was diagnosed with cancer another teacher at Washburn was found to have very serious cancer. The doctor gave her 3 to 5 months. She wouldn't consider doing what I was doing because the doctors didn't tell her to. For 2 years she went through rounds of chemo, with the drug being changed as the previous one wore out. (Chemo kills good cells as well as cancer cells, but the hope is the good cells regenerate faster.) Finally the doctors said that they had done all they could do. The immune system was gone and the only thing left was to notify the doctors as the pain got worse and they would prescribe a stronger pain killer.
At last she began to use Flax oil but with the companion nutrients instead of cottage cheese. She went back the next month for blood tests and the white count was going up and the antigen count had dropped from 1000 to 700. The doctors were mystified but 3 days later they called and told her they were encouraged by the improvement and wanted her to go back on chemo the next week. She did and died a short time later.
To me, this is an example of the real conflict. When things which can get people well oppose those things which provide the most income it is hard for me to believe that people's well being has first priority. As long as things which provide the most income are also things which get people well, there is no problem.
Recently a lady came to the greenhouse in Augusta run by my niece and nephew. She told my niece that her brother, 43, had been diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas and liver and given but a short time to live. My niece gave her a tape, and she and her mother went to her brothers that night.
He immediately began using 4 Tbsp. of oil a day and in three and half weeks his count went from 560 t0 280. Three and a half weeks later it was 165. 100 is normal. He had a standing appointment with his family doctor but was a week and a half late. The doctor assumed he had died. The upshot of it was that the doctor wanted a tape to give to a lady in his church who had terminal breast cancer.
However, we have heard in recent days that the brother also began using tea from a Japanese mushroom and things have taken a turn for the worse. Somehow it has poisoned his system. The family doctor had told him previously that it was the first time he'd seen a count come down when pancreatic cancer was involved. We learned a short time later that he had died from the effects of the mushroom poison. When properly prepared it may have value but I read in the Prevention magazine that if it is not prepared properly it can be dangerous.
Recently I learned of a lady with an ovarian cyst that was malignant. A date was set in three and a half weeks for further examination and determination of the best course of treatment. Meanwhile she began using Flax oil heavily. When the day came the doctor seemed to be taking a long time with the examination. She thought, "How awful can this bee?" Finally the doctor said, "I can't find anything wrong.."
One thing we've learned lately is that some diabetes is caused by a lack of Omega 3 in the system. When Flax oil is used in cases like that the need for insulin may change and a doctor needs to monitor that.
We were asked by a friend to send a tape to his son who's wife was badly off with cancer. We have just learned that the daughter-in-law had cancer through her lymphatic system and her brain. She used 4 Tbsp. Of oil a day and today the tests for cancer are normal. The doctors can't figure out what's happened and she is not saying anything. However, her husband, mother, father and sisters are all using Flax oil for prevention.
In late February a doctor got on the Internet and said that people were using Flax oil for cancer and they were dying and the oil was a farce.
Another doctor got on ABC 20/20 and said we ought to eliminate the quackery in cancer treatment and stay with standard methods.
As far as the use of Flax oil is concerned, people are not dying when it is used properly, and many of those using the oil have been given up by those using standard treatments. One of my friends received a Christmas card last year with a note that a cousin, 77, had found he had a PSA of 83 in September. He used nothing but Flax oil, cottage cheese and fruit and it had dropped to 13 by December. They were thrilled.
We have a friend in Bristol, TN., who operates a wig shop and much of her business is the result of cancer patient's using chemo. She has shared tapes with anyone interested. One day she called us, all excited, and said that she just heard form a friend of hers in Florida who has stomach cancer. She'd just had the first checkup since she began to use Flax oil and the tumor had shrunk 2 inches in diameter.
This August  one of my friends wanted a tape for a lady in his church. She is 62 and was seriously ill with breast cancer and other involvement. One morning I called her and she said she'd seen the oncologist the day before and he told her she couldn't live more than 4 to 6 months. She said as far as she was concerned personally it didn't matter. She was ready to meet the Lord but was concerned for the ones left.
The oncologist wanted to use chemo to shrink the mass and operate to prevent and eruption but said it would not extend her life nor improve the quality of life. After much prayer she decided against the chemo. The oncologist called two days in a row very upset at the refusal and she agreed to have a checkup in mid-September. The doctor did some bloodwork and then told her he had a drug that strengthens the bones and could give her another 2 years. Then, looking at the floor he said that as he expected the count was going up. It had been 83, now it was 105. He still wanted to use the Chemo.
After more conversation he told her that he could do some other things as she recovered. The nurse told her that she had more problems than she realized. She now has used the Flax oil 9 weeks at 4 Tbsps day. She's been feeling good and her color was improving at 7 weeks.
Sunday October 13, she told my friend at church that she felt good, still had some problems but was improving. Then she said that according to the doctor's expectations, by this time she'd be in bed with people waiting on her and close to the end. As it is, she is enjoying life and Praising the Lord!
At this point, July l998, I want to update this account. It may have some real significance.
After making rapid improvement, she apparently got tired of cottage cheese, which is understandable. She shifted to yogurt. This seems to work, but yogurt has only one third the amount of protein and I don't know how much she used. Around Christmas 1996 she was taken to the hospital for radiation on a place in her backbone. It didn't help. A massage of some type was done on her back that almost killed her. She got pneumonia and almost died. She was sent home and placed on hospice care. Her daughter told me later the doctor had told the hospice nurse that her mother couldn't last thirty days.
At this point she couldn't sit up in bed for more that a few minutes. Now she began to use the protein again the way it should be used. On the following Easter Sunday she drove to the Sunrise Service. I heard later that she was driving around Knoxville and felt elated that the tide had turned.
Then she again slacked off on the protein and went down hill. Now she tried the companion nutrients and again showed some recovery However, she did not fully recover and passed away in the spring of 1998.
At the time she was put on hospice she was also put on narcotic patches for pain. She lived 26 months with the narcotic patches. One doctor told me that if a healthy person were on narcotic patches for an extended period of time there would be damage to several vital organs. "Of course," he said, "If a person is going to die very soon it doesn't matter."
In December of 1996 we learned of a man in Knoxville who was incapacitated with lung cancer. His sister was aware of the effects of flax oil and got him to use it at four Tbsps. a day but with Companion Nutrients instead of cottage cheese. He'd rather die than use cottage cheese. After Christmas 1997 he had a checkup and was found to be all clear. All that was left was a little scar tissue.
It does seem to me that if researchers were more interested in getting people well than in making payments on the Mercedes and maintaining a life style, that there is enough evidence on this tape alone to warrant serious investigation.
Some time ago a young lady in our Lions club asked me to send a tape to her father in Kentucky who had Prostate Cancer and I'd forgotten about it. I asked her how her father was getting along. She said, "Oh! Dad's had a complete recovery and he's thrilled."
At this point, March 25, 1997, I want to add a few updates. Recently a lady called us and said that her son, then 24 , had a seizure at work. He had an MRI and then was taken to a major Cancer center in the Southeast.
There he was diagnosed with an untreatable Brain Cancer. He was told he could probably make it about three months. Make the most of each day.
A friend gave him a tape and he began using Flax Oil about four tablespoons a day. After three months he returned for a check up and there appeared to be no change. A number of months more passed. Yesterday we received a call from the young man's mother. They had just returned from the cancer center. They were told there was no further cause for alarm. The doctor had no explanation. The young man didn't tell them that he had been using Flax Oil. Most people don't. No one wants to be ridiculed. Today, Aug. 17, 1998 I heard that the young man is doing really well.
We've just heard that this young man had a checkup recently and finally asked the oncologist if he knew of flaxseed oil and what he thought of it. He told the young man that if he was using flaxseed oil to keep it up and that he used it himself.
We have just learned on January 14, 1999 that Mitch has just had another check-up and the cancer has now disappeared completely. Praise The Lordd!!
His mother told me that six months ago a dear friend of hers had been told that she had about four months to live. She has been using Flax oil regularly since that time and today she appears to be well.
Recently we heard of a man in Knoxville who had Pancreatic Cancer. He had heard a tape and began using six tablespoons of Flax Oil a day and was clear in four months.
Two days later I received a call from his sister in law. Her husband, the man's brother, had a similar condition. He was losing weight, was getting weak and was the color of a pumpkin. He followed a similar regimen with the oil, and according to his wife, is today the picture of health.
Recently a man called us from Rockford, Tennessee. His wife had Ovarian Cancer with a count of 238. 35 or below is normal. He said that the doctor had given them no hope at all. He said there was a chemo which would add some months to her life. She began using flax oil at three or four tbsps a day. A few months later her husband called and said they had just come from the doctors. The count was now down to 8. The doctor wanted her to take more chemo. She said she would if the count went up.
Recently while undergoing a physical we were talking to a lady who told us that a friend of hers was trying an alternate method of cancer treatment and was doing great. It turned out to be the lady whose situation we were just describing.
Recently we heard from a friend of ours about a young man they knew who had developed cancer. He was told that he couldn't make it four months. He had read in a book about using Flax Oil and began using it. Six months later he seems to be all clear.
My cousin knows a lady in Ohio who has Leukemia who has been using Flax Oil and seemed to be well. She quit using it and in time there was a recurrence. She told the doctor that she didn't want Chemo. She was given some chemical under another name, became upset, threw it out and went back to Flax Oil and today is again free of symptoms. I know there are different types of Leukemia. Some seem to be helped and some are not faring as well.
Incidentally, we now know of four people who have apparently recovered and then stopped using the oil. After some months there was a recurrence. All we can guess is that they felt this was a medicine like an antibiotic and once the symptoms were gone forget it. They didn't go back to it and died. It would appear that this material enables the body to fight Cancer and must be kept up.
In mid April 1997 a man in Opalika, Alabama had Prostate Cancer so advanced he couldn't walk. The doctor had called the family together and told them he couldn't make it through the night. He had started using Flax Oil and by July seventh was out riding around.
Very recently a woman we've come to know found she had Breast Cancer. She had undergone three rounds of Chemo and after each one, as I now understand is normal, the white count is taken to see how far it has gone down. Then she found out about the Flax Oil and began to use it. She took two more Chemo treatments but now instead of going down the white count continued to go up. The tumors are shrinking and she is excited. She discontinued the Chemo and we just heard on Jan 11, 1998, that the tumor is continuing to shrink and they expect it to be gone by the February Check up
In November 1997 a man called from a neighboring town. His fiancee had just been diagnosed with a rare type of Bone Cancer for which nothing could be done around here. The following Sunday night she was anointed and prayed for at her church. He said that he believed she would be healed but didn't know how God would do it. He said that Monday morning someone handed him a tape.
I now know of seven doctors who are using this material themselves and some on members of their families. We now know of over seventy five people who have seemingly recovered using Flaxseed Oil and are hearing of new successes each week.
For all this we give God the Praise and Glory!
We did not intend to do anything like this. It started with my hating to write a long letter to a friend and deciding instead to talk the message into a tape. Then someone else wanted to hear it. As we shared it we learned more and began updating.
While I have concentrated on Cancer there is abundant evidence that the Omega three is very effective in the case of lowering Cholesterol and aiding recovery from Heart attacks.
There is no monetary gain on our part from these tapes. Our only motive is a hatred of seeing people die when it doesn't seem to be necessary.
We are helping distribute information and observations. As is the right of each of us, what anyone does with this is his of her own business. It is now ten and a half years since I was diagnosed and with standard treatment I would have, according to my doctor's expectations, been on the wrong side of the grass for at least seven years with my wife financially destitute.
On March fifth 1998 we learned of a man in a neighboring community who had cancer behind his lungs and around the heart and aorta. He was on chemo and was given little time. He began using flax oil at four tbsps a day. After a month he told me that his doctor had told him that he seemed to be doing well. About a month later his son came to get more oil. He said that his father was weak and that the only thing he was able to eat was the flax oil and cottage cheese but he was staying with that. His last chemo would be in two days. A week later he called and said that his father had died Friday.
They had decided against any further chemo but while they were talking to the doctor the nurse came and got the father and administered the chemo according to her schedule.
One doctor felt he needed blood but the oncologist said he had pneumonia and put him on antibiotics. He died a day and a half later.
Then the son asked the doctor if he could see the X-rays as he wanted to know the extent of the pneumonia. The doctor looked at the films with him and said, "He didn't have pneumonia!" Then the son said, "Where is the cancer?" The doctor looked again and said, "It isn't there!" The son told me that he felt the flax oil had done the job but that the chemo had killed him.
Last winter a lady in our area contacted us. She had listened to a tape and was interested as her husband had a very advanced situation with lung cancer. She was an RN. She told me that she had had her husband buried but now there was some hope. In a short time she told me that she could see improvement.
One day we received an account of some supportive research that had been done at the University of Toronto and I called her as I knew she be interested in any scientific backing for this approach.
She told me that her husband was really going down. She said he had been doing really well but had decided that he wanted to add standard treatment and had gone for radiation. He had also started smoking again.
She said that the doctor had told her that to be smoking at the same time as taking radiation was very dangerous. Her husband died within a week.
We've realized one thing very much. That is the importance of using enough oil and staying with it continuously.
With each passing week we hear of new successes. They probably would add little new to this account but continue to emphasize the value of what seems to be happening
Very recently we have learned something which could be important. A lady we have known for a long time had been found to have colon cancer. She was not able to do much other that to sit and hurt. She began using flax oil and before long seemed to have recovered and was carrying on with normal activities. We had understood at the time that after the first three months the amount of oil that Dr. Budwig recommended was one tablespoon per day. We have recently learned that she actually recommended a tablespoon per day per hundred pounds body weight and there is a question whether the amount of oil she was using was actually enough.
I know that she had been put on Tamoxifen but I don't know when. Some time later breast cancer developed and a mastectomy was performed. She continued with one tablespoon of flax oil per day and later a mass was found in the lower abdomen. There was an operation to remove the mass. It was large and growing rapidly. The lady in question was naturally devastated by this development. She had a lot of faith in her doctor and concluded that the flaxseed oil was not good therapy for her.
Recently in a newsletter of an organization called people against cancer, volume 4, number 2, July 1998 there appeared an article entitled "Should women with breast cancer play Tamoxifen roulette?"
It was stated that one of the side effects of the use of Tamoxifen according to a Swedish study with 1400 patients was a 575% increase in the incidence of uterine cancer and that these cancers were frequently "high grade," according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in March of 1994.
The address of this organization is: People against cancer, 604 East Street, PO Box 10, Otho, Iowa 50569. Phone 515-972-4444, Fax: 515-972-4415.
AS of January 3, 1999 there are some interesting and significant updates.
A Week ago we received a call from Maxine. She had just had another check-up. It was fine. Then her doctor told her he had just found out he has cancer. She had not told him about her use of flaxseed oil but now she told him the full story of her use of it since June of 1992 and her belief that it was responsible for her remaining cancer free. Of course, since May of 1992 she had done nothing else in the way of treatment. She had given up and decided to let nature take its course. Of course, the doctor knew her history. Now she told the doctor that she was no doctor, but he had nothing to lose and he had better get with it. He told her that he would.
We know of a number of folks to whom doctors are giving experimental drugs. At the same time these folks are using flaxseed oil and saying nothing. Some are doing quite well. Of course, the doctors will attribute any success to the use of the drugs while it may be due to the flax oil. Doctors ignore results that we are seeing on the excuse that they are anecdotal and not the results of scientific double blind studies. People who have cancer know that the results are real and are not about to ignore them. Those of us with cancer cannot wait for the results of scientific studies which will never be done. We "grasp at straws" and where alternatives are known that give hope and a promise of success and can do no harm there seems to be no reason they should not be used.
Legislation had been introduced in congress to authorize these approaches and came within a few votes of passage but the medical and drug lobbies were too strong. It might help to write our lawmakers and urge passage of such legislation in the current session. It does not seem logical that the medical profession, in opposing this type of legislation, is mainly concerned with "protecting" the best interests of the public.
I have heard of one situation where a man's girl friend was involved in a double blind study and was one of those being given a placebo. He found out about flaxseed oil and he has her using it and telling no one. She is interested in getting well. She may get well and those on the experimental chemo may not.
One man was found to have colon cancer and it was decided to put a tube in the colon to prevent the colon from closing instead of a resection while a new drug was tried to see whether it would help shrink the tumors. He began using flaxseed oil at four table- spoons a day and the tumors are shrinking rapidly and he is feeling great. He found the tube uncomfort- able and believes it was expelled in a bowel movement. He is still taking the pills.
Lately we are reading about foods that are helpful in prevention of cancer. Flaxseed is one of those foods. I have read that the FDA has approved the use of flaxseed as a cancer preventative. In all such ref- erences to work with flaxseed oil I have not seen one instance where it is used with the sulfur based proteins which Dr. Budwig found essential for consistently successful results.
I will add a word of warning. I don't know much about diabetes, but I have learned that one type of diabetes is caused by a lack of Omega 3 fatty acid. Where that is the case, the use of flaxseed oil for cancer has also taken care of the diabetes. We have seen that a number of times.
However, with another type of diabetes the use of flaxseed oil can be very detrimental. If one has diabetes and uses flaxseed oil it is very important to have your doctor monitor the sugar levels closely, and if there is any change, follow his or her advice.