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Cachexia… the real killer?

When you think of someone with cancer, what usually comes to mind is someone who’s lost their hair, their healthy glow and usually a LOT of weight.

We all know the reasons for the headscarf and wan complexion.

But did you ever stop to think why cancer makes people suddenly drop a size – or four?

No, neither did I. That was until a few months ago, when I found out that most cancer patients don’t die from cancer; they die from something called cachexia.

Cachexia (pronounced ka-kek-see-ah) causes a loss of appetite that leads to a patient wasting away. According to Dr Allan Spreen author of Tomorrow’s Cancer Cures TODAY the disease is responsible for 73% of all cancer deaths.

Tumours are Taxing

Cancer cells require more energy than regular cells and devour nutrients at your body’s expense. As I’ve mentioned previously, cancer cells metabolize glucose (sugar) anaerobically through a process of fermentation.

But this isn’t the whole story.

They don’t completely metabolize glucose, leaving the waste product – lactic acid – to spill into the blood. The result? The liver and kidneys are dealt the difficult task of transforming the lactic acid ( and other breakdown materials from the body) back into glucose.

As this cycle repeats itself the body’s energy stores become more and more depleted.

The grim reality? Cancer patients often die trying to feed their own tumour.

Most experts assumed that this ‘wasting away’ process only happened to end-stage cancer patients, but Dr Joseph Gold, a US Air Force doctor, discovered that cachexia begins the moment the first cancer cells appear.

Gold also found that if an enzyme called PEPCK could be inhibited, the cachexia could be interrupted… and the cancer possibly reversed.

As fate would have it, shortly after forming this theory in the early 1970s, Gold went to a conference on enzymes, where researchers were discussing a chemical that could inhibit PEPCK. That name of it?

Hydrazine Sulfate (HZ).

Since then, dozens of controlled clinical trials have been done on HZ, with the majority coming from the Petrov Research Institute of Oncology in St Petersburg and the Harbor UCLA Medical Centre in LA.

The Results?

‘Terminal’ cancer patients treated with hydrazine sulfate ( also known as Sehydrin) in the Russian trials experienced: increased appetite and weight gain, decreased pain, diminished weakness, tumor stabilization, tumor regression and NO side effects.

These results were reported in patients with many different types of cancer, including breast cancer, stomach cancer and endometrial cancer.

In 1980, clinical studies at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles (prospectively-randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind – for those that care) showed hydrazine sulfate could increase or stabilize weight and lead to ‘statistically significant survival increase’ in patients with lung cancer. Many of these studies have since been published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals including the Lancet, Oncology and Nutrition and Cancer.

The seventeen years of Russian studies and the decade of research from LA revealed that:

Of every million late-stage, cancer patients treated with HZ, more than half a million would obtain measurable symptomatic improvement, 400,000 would demonstrate a halt or regression in tumor growth, and some would go on to long-term (greater than 10 years) survival.

You know where this is going right?

Let’s all say it together:


Well, in the early 1990s the National Cancer Institute (NCI) decided to get involved.

Between 1990-1992 the NCI ran three trials on HZ, which revealed that the compound was ineffective at treating cancer cachexia.

The reason their results were so different to previous studies?

The NCI allowed patients in their hydrazine sulfate studies to use tranquilizers, barbiturates and alcohol, despite clear warnings from doctors. (Tomorrow’s Cancer Cures TODAY)

It’s akin to giving someone the green light to drink and drive – that’s how lethal these substances can be together.

So why would the doctors risk their patients lives?

Who can say? But it’s interesting to note that pharmaceutical grade hydrazine sulfate costs only three quarters of one cent per dose – according to Dr Spreen- which means the doctors weren’t exactly looking at a blockbuster medication.

Following their dismal trials the NCI released a statement saying HZ was worthless (it probably was in their eyes) and the miraculous compound was all but forgotten.

But it’s hard to put the nail in the coffin of something that’s evidently keeping patients alive… and their pets.

On the homepage of the Syracuse Cancer Research Institute, you’ll find a heartwarming story about Elwood, a beloved cat who made medical history.

In 1997 Elwood had part of her stomach removed due to cancer and was given chemotherapy a daily dose of hydrazine sulfate and ‘ two to five months’ to live. Due to the side effects Elwood stopped the chemo, but continued with the HZ … and lived another EIGHT YEARS to the impressive age of seventeen. Until then, the longest-lived cat on record with her disease was one year.

Since that time many other cats and dogs have been placed on Hydrazine Sulfate and have lived for their owners to tell their tail.

Our beloved bulldog is now among them. In the last few weeks Gnocchi, who was also diagnosed with cancer in March, has started being a little less interested in food and a little less excited about her walk.

So she’s now on HZ, doled out in a ball of mincemeat, since happy cow cheese – her preferred drug delivery method – contains tyramine.

This amino acid inactivates Hydrazine Sulfate and can cause adverse reactions.

You can read more about the HZ protocol and download a list of foods to avoid from The Wolfe Clinic …and you can purchase this miracle product from:

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9 Responses to Cachexia… the real killer?

  1. Rose Dempsey says:

    Wow such a lot of good information and you are right – we don’t know much about cancers but I do know that chemo kills!!! My brother died in 2007 of lung cancer one day before he was 53 and if he had not had chemo he might still be alive. Doctor’s are killing people by telling them to have chemo and they do this to boost the drug companies which pay them, a vicous circle!!! How is your Mum Laura, hope she is surviving and living her life the way she wants to…

    • Laura says:

      Hi Rose,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your brother – coming up to the five year anniversary of his death I imagine there are a lot of ‘what ifs’ going through your head. I’m sending lots of love to you and your family, and I share your anger that so many cancer patients are being given so little choice.

  2. Nat says:

    Just sitting here in Charlie’s watching mum and wondering why we chose this path after both not wanting chemo ?
    Within 4 secs of the drug being admitted mum passed out , fitted ( spasms that lifted a 64 year old , 85 kg lady off her chair ) & horrific screaming pains when they finally brought her back around. Nausea , vomiting and now more drugs to calm her back down again.
    Fairly sure we want be in this chair again.
    Thanks for all your great info , ovarian cancer is defiantly the quiet one .

    • Laura says:

      Dear Nat, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mum – what a horrific ordeal at the hospital, you must have been terrified. When it comes to chemotherapy it seems the side-effects list is endless. Thank you for sharing your experience. How is your Mum doing now? Some of the things I mention on this blog, like vitamin C therapy, are particularly good for people going through chemo. I also recently read that taking B6 can help with the nausea associated with it. Saying lots of prayers for your mum.

      • Nat says:

        Hi Laura,
        Thanks for the reply, mums not the best mentally/physically after the ordeal, it all happened within 4 secs/less than 1mg of “chemo” so a very extreme case.
        I am searching all other avenues and hoping to find some more answers!
        Thanks again 🙂

  3. Jean Ottobrino says:

    Thanks so much for all the information you are providing. It’s got me looking for alternative remedies to other medical problems. Hope your mother is continuing to thrive

    • Laura says:

      Thank you Jean! Yes once you go down the natural health route it’s hard to look back – there really is an alternative for (almost) everything.

  4. Judith says:

    Have you heard of Kurt Peterson, There is a discussion about him on a CancerCompass, a discussion forum for all types of cancer sufferers:,29357,0.htm.

    There is another modality that can heal cancer called the Domancic method. A colleague of mine in Toronto has cured a documented breast cancer with it. She also has a patient who has outlived a small lung cell carcinoma diagnosis by 2 years (he was supposed to have died in the fall of 2009). Here is a link to tell you more about the method:

    Wishing you and your mom all the best!


  5. JohnJJ says:

    Cancer is cured. With solid clinical evidence: DR. STANISLAW BURZYNSKI has made some great discoveries and his cure protocol is far more successful than the poisonous chemotherapy. See:

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