JOHN BEARD, M.D., 1911


Beard’s theory was the first to focus on enzyme scarcity as a cause of cancer. Because he reported such a remarkable rate of success in treating cancer, his work needs to be clinically verified today.

Working Summary: The Beard theory consisted of giving patients trypsin and chymotrypsin, two pancreatic enzymes. Dr. Beard was a Scottish embryologist who,as a result of extensive research, concluded that cancer (along with most degenerative diseases) begin as a result of wrong diet, inadequate digestion,and a lack of proper digestive enzymes.Beard said that cancer cells have many of the same characteristics of the trophoblast cells,which produce the placenta during pregnancy.

Both cancer cells and trophoblast cells grow quickly and invade other tissues.If trophoblast cells continued to grow unabated in pregnancy, they could destroy the mother and child. But, in the fourth month of a normal pregnancy,the fetus becomes completely developed and begins secreting certain enzymes, including trypsin and chymotrypsin, that stop the growth of the trophoblast cells, allowing the pregnancy to continue.

According to Beard’s theory, eating too much animal protein overworks the pancreas to the point that it malfunctions and becomes inefficient. Because the average American eats twice as much animal protein as he could handle, the protein is never fully digested and used by the body.This leads to toxic fermentation in the intestinal tract, with symptoms of gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and colon irritation.

If the pancreas is malfunctioning, it cannot secrete enough enzymes to suppress trophoblast cells, making these cells potentially cancerous.Acting on this theory, Dr. Beard began treating cancer patients with trypsin and chymotrypsin in 1907. He had remarkable success with this treatment, which he described in his 1911 book,Enzymatic Treatment of Cancer.One photograph in the book shows a largearmy captain with an immense cancerous growth on his face. In five weeks it was eliminated by enzymes.

Essential enzymes are not only produced in the pancreas, they are also present in raw foods.Most people in Western countries need a diet which contains more raw food.John Beard’s work will be discussed again later in this book, under the section on the Krebs and their research into laetrile.


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