Moerman’s anti cancer diet
A dietary regimen* based on the belief that poor eating habits disrupt the body’s immune defence and allow cancer to develop. It is fashioned after the diet of pigeons, which don’t get cancer.
*Fresh fruits and vegetables–ideally, organically grown and their juices, whole grain cereals and breads, buttermilk, natural seasonings, small amounts of diary products, and eggs, supplemented with multi-vitamins, iron, iodine and sulphur.
Prohibited foods and substances
Meat, fish, shellfish, alcohol, animal fat, artificial colouring, beans, peas, lentils, mushrooms, potatoes, red cabbage, sauerkraut., cheeses with high fat and salt content, margarine and other hydrogenated oils, coffee, cocoa or caffeine containing teas, egg whites, sugar, salt, white flour, and tobacco.
Questionable aspects of regimen
Moerman claimed to have found “mysterious suppressors” of cancer cells, which he called “essential substances” (he allegedly identified 8 essential substances), chronic deficiency of which led to metabolic disturbances, defective tissue regeneration, and alkalosis that enabled microorganisms–which he called “symbionts”–to transform healthy cells into cancer cells. Moerman’s “symbionts” were supposedly visible in the blood of healthy patients, but the blood of cancer patients was “crawling” with them. His lactovegetarian diet plus supplements of vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, iodine, sulphur, iron, citric acid and selenium allegedly prevented or cured the cancers by robbing the “symbionts” of their growth medium.
Formulated by Dutch pigeon fancier and physician, Cornelis Moerman (1893-1988). No formal studies of the diet or Moerman’s so-called symbionts have been completed.
Synonyms Dr Moerman’s anti cancer diet, Moerman’s anticancer diet, pigeon diet