“CAN CANCER BE ‘CURED’ by HYGIENIC MEANS?” – Dr. V. Virginia Vetrano


by Dr. V. Virginia Vetrano, D.C., hM.D. Ph.D.

Dr. Vetrano’s article is posted in full further below (originally it was at this link which no longer works 10/6/2011):


Sadly, when people “come down with” cancer, they always think they have “TO DO” something, &/or “TAKE” something, even “natural” remedies, etc. If anyone you know ever “comes down with” cancer (like Steve Jobs RIP 10/5/11 iSad), tell them to read this article first…

By “Hygienic Means” the article by Dr. Vetrano, below, refers to “Natural Hygiene,” which includes FASTING for acute and chronic illness (cancer could be either one, depending on how long a person has had it).  Never presume that doctors know more than God.  He designed our bodies to majorly detox via fasting.  Tumors are actually BENEFICIAL, just as a “cold” is BENEFICIAL. Tumors are actually your body trying to PROTECT YOU >> find out how further below).  If you ever get a tumor, consider it your FRIEND and not your FOE.

Tumors can be completely consumed (autolyzed) and their toxic contents discarded via the eliminative organs of the body, ONLY IF we just STOP EVERYTHING, go to bed, and do a complete water fast.  But if a person spends years going through the usual orthodox regime (radiation, chemo, drugs, etc.), and then spends more years messing around with “natural” remedies, it may be too late.  So at the “first sign” of cancer, do a complete water fast (unless it’s liver cancer — see Dr. Vetrano article at bottom).

I first saw Dr. Vetrano give a lecture back in late 1987 at a weekend Natural Hygiene seminar over in Tampa, which was the home of the original American Natural Hygiene Society, ANHS.  I loved Dr. Vetrano immediately.  She was so smart and full of wisdom and she just “oozed” loving kindness. She worked for years with, and was trained by, the famed Dr. Herbert M. Shelton (deceased 1985 @95) in San Antonio. She still lives in Texas near her daughter and son-in-law, the Drs. Greg & Tosca Haag, who both have medical degrees but also do not work in the allopathic medical racket (and who used to have a small fasting retreat in their home.  They are now, 2011, referring people to fast at Victoria Bidwell’s tiny little rustic “hideaway in the woods” in the mountains of Washington State).  Victoria warns though, after having several grumpy cityslicker guests: “If you don’t like rustic, don’t come!”  Her small hideaway fasting retreat located in a town of 900 people, is not a “luxury-spa” for people who demand such things:

(I will forward Victoria’s 10/1/11 email report regarding her latest guests after this, which is a hoot! :)

Again, society has been brainwashed to think they need to “TAKE SOMETHING” whenever they get an illness, even if they “take” something that is “natural.”  But the truth is, it is better to TAKE NOTHING (except water) AT ALL, including food!  No kidding!

For everybody who has divine “awareness” about all sorts of things these days (what is going on in the world, etc.), doesn’t it make sense that GOD ALWAYS DOES THINGS THE OPPOSITE of how man thinks?  It only makes sense that He created our bodies to HEAL THEMSELVES, even in this polluted world it is still possible, but we have to play by HIS RULES, not man’s rules/ideas/solutions/potions, whether from Big Pharma or Mother Gaia (= “natural” remedies).

Though mankind is still subject to death, people can still “grow old healthfully.”  No human body will be “totally perfect” again until the rapture/resurrection when our “bodies will be redeemed” & we will be “changed in the twinkling of an eye” from “corruption & mortality to incorruption & immortality”:

“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” — Romans 7:24.

“(We) which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” — Romans 8:23.

“(He) who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body…” — Philippians 3:21.

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (in death), but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” — 1st Corinthians 15:51-53.

Spirit – Soul – Body, Saved & Transformed in that order:

1.  Spirit:  At the time of our salvation, our eternal spirit is Saved right then (Titus 3:5).

2.  Soul: which is our Mind/Will/ Emotions/Intellect/Imagination is then transformed over time by the “washing with the Word” (Ephesians 5:26).

3.  Body:  Redeemed/changed last, as the prior above verses describe.

And on that “note,” before getting to Dr. Vetrano’s Cancer article, watch classical baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes sing “THE TRUMPET SHALL SOUND” based on the above scriptures:

Until that trumpet sounds, we can do better with our current mortal bodies by following advice like Dr. Vetrano’s Cancer article, coming up next:



by Dr. V. Virginia Vetrano, D.C., hM.D. Ph.D.

At one time, cancer was predominantly a disease of old age, but now it can be found at any age, in any organ in the body. Nevertheless, having cancer in the family does not necessarily mean that you will develop it, and a diagnosis of cancer does not necessarily mean that you cannot get well.

The Hygienic Definition Of Cancer

Hygienic doctors have a different definition of true “cancer” than that of the medical profession. (A Hygienic Doctor is one who has had training in a professional recognized school of any of the healing arts, be it medicine, chiropractic, naturopathy, homeopathy, or osteopathy, and who has thoroughly studied Hygienic literature, or who has taken the Life Science course and has interned at a Hygienic institution for at least six months, preferably for a year.) 

Cancer was not considered by early hygienists as genuine until the patient was cachectic, a condition of general wasting away from malnutrition which is usually associated with chronic disease, particularly cancer. Cachexia involves a slowly developing process of chronic septic poisoning, which is caused by masses of cells that are packed so closely together that the arterioles and capillaries feeding the cells are flattened and impede both nutrition and drainage. Being deprived of nutrients and oxygen, the cells ultimately degenerate and die. The poisons generated by the dying cells cause a general septic poisoning, cachexia. If the poisoning is serious and of sufficient duration, it results in death. The cachectic stage is usually irreversible.

Can Cancer Be “Cured” By Using Only Hygienic Methods?

The answer is a definite yes. Hygiene should be the first resort and not the last. Unfortunately, by the time cancer sufferers reach a Doctor of Natural Hygiene they are in the cachectic stage. Additionally, they have been frightened by the diagnosis of cancer and most have already submitted to harmful medical treatments.

All tumors, including those labeled cancer, even though hardened and spread out, can be self-digested (autolyzed) while fasting or on very strict dietary regimens.

Tumors will not regrow if the health seeker supplies all the conditions of health, and avoids as many causes of disease as humanly possible.

Natural Hygienists realize that the body can reverse most pathologies and that the body is acting upright, correctly/orthopathically, in all states of disease.

A tumor, even when it is labeled “cancer,” is reversible. It takes many years before it becomes malignant.

The Useful Purpose of Tumors

The stance of Natural Hygiene is that a tumor serves a useful purpose in the body. Cells reproduce and pile up in one place as a defensive measure because of chronic irritation. It is a means of protecting the underlying tissues from any irritant, similar to the formation of a callus. Chronic irritation from many substances, including your own metabolic wastes in excess, can result in the formation of protective masses. The way to prevent cancer is to avoid all irritants.

The Evolution of Cancer

The evolution of cancer is marked by seven stages that Hygienic doctors recognized years ago. They are:

1. Enervation (lowered nerve energy).

2. Intoxication (an excess of endogenous and exogenous toxins).

3. Irritation (of tissues).

4. Inflammation, (heat, redness, swelling, pain, and impaired function).

5. Induration (hardening).

6. Ulceration, and finally:

7. Fungation (cancer).

(FP:  For more detail on those seven stages, see Dr. Tilden’s “The Seven Stages of Disease” here:
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/THEN_SHALL_THEY_FAST/message/2238 ).

The term “fungation” is used because at that stage cancer resembles a fungus, spreading out in all directions from the initial lump, whether small or large.

Stages five and six are considered pre-cancerous. Stage seven is considered early cancer. Yet in this stage it is still amenable to Hygienic care. That is what is so marvelous!  Even though the tumor has spread and lymph nodes have become involved, it is still easily absorbed by the body while fasting.

The medical profession is not familiar with the long term evolution of any pathology so they stage diseases differently from Hygienists.  Medical pathologists stage cancer by microscopic and macroscopic examinations of the lump and surrounding tissues. Many mistakes can be made by these methods and many lumps diagnosed as cancer are still pre-cancerous. It does not become genuine, irreversible cancer until after the 7th stage, called fungation. Since conventional medicine doesn’t recognize the evolutionary stages of any disease they are unaware that it is reversible as well as its true cause.

Medical pathologists stage cancerous masses into several groups depending upon the types of cells found, plus other microscopic and macroscopic factors. For instance, if a cancer is “in situ,” meaning that it is merely a local mass or lump in only one organ, and has no enlarged lymph nodes, it is still in stage one. Stage two, where the lymph nodes are involved, initiates the process of irreversibility.

Stages III and IV cancers have greater degrees of pathological involvement and a less hopeful recovery. In the medical approach, the identification of these stages is necessary for physicians to determine the extent of the tumor and how to approach its treatment. It is also a means of ascertaining a prognosis. “Does this patient have a chance?” Physicians rightly do not want to saddle the patient with a diagnosis of cancer unless this is fairly certain.

Medical Treatment Does Not Support Health

In the medical paradigm, successful treatment of cancer requires the extermination of all cancer cells at the primary site, as well as at distant sites if metastases have occurred. Regular physicians try their best to destroy all the cancer cells, but this is impossible. Only our living body cells know the difference between a cancer cell and a normal cell. No medical treatment in vogue can succeed in killing only abnormal cells.

The principal medical weapons used for the eradication of cancer cells are surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  Chemotherapy is very destructive of the Immune System. When the lymphocytes, killer cells, phagocytic leukocytes and monocytes have been greatly diminished in number by chemotherapy, they no longer have the collective power to destroy the abnormal cancer cells, which grow unchecked because the body’s defense system has been disabled.

Rarely is only one type of weapon used; frequently a combination of two or three are relied upon.  Combining the lethal assaults of each of the above therapies is called “multimodality therapy.” All the treatments, even given separately, are destructive of bodily tissues other than the targeted cancer, injuring both the brain and our Defense Mechanisms.

Furthermore, when one series of single or multimodality treatments does not bring about resmission, three or even four series of chemotherapy or radiation therapy is often the next step.

Hygienic Care: Tapping Into Our Innate Healing Intelligence

By adhering to physiological laws, Natural Hygienists encourage the innate intelligence of the human body to root out all abnormal cells.

The body is equipped with numerous specialized cells whose job it is to seek out and destroy all foreign substances, as well as abnormal cells.  This is specific microscopic self-preservation which takes place routinely in healthy people.  The body is lavishly-equipped to destroy all cells with faulty proteins in their cell membranes, and even those within the cell and its nucleus.

The body knows exactly which cells have changed from normal to abnormal because these are easily recognized by our Guardian cells.  This marvelous organism of ours even proofreads and corrects its faulty DNA.  The surgeon’s knife can’t do that; neither can radiation, chemotherapy, or any other treatment. Only the living organism has that wondrous power. It is divine “vision” at its best.

In helping someone to become well, first and foremost the Hygienic doctor will search for all causes of disease in the Health Seeker’s life and teach him/her:

1. How to eliminate them, and

2. How to supply the conditions of health so the body can resume its normal self-protecting functions.

By complying with Nature’s Laws, one lives longer than those who resort to the killing methods, which generally gives a certain percentage of people in any of the stages of cancer, including stage one, only a five year survival time.  Fasting at stage one provides for complete recovery in 100 percent of cases.  Fasting (water only) is the quickest and surest way to autolyze all abnormal growths. The body digests the tumor while fasting, using the nutrients in the tumor for food, and at the same time rejects and eliminates all the unusable substances in the tumor.

Whether or not an individual with Stages III and IV cancer will recover is questionable, mainly because the person has usually had medical treatment by this time.  A person is more likely to recover by Hygienic means even though the cancer may be highly malignant, if medical treatment has not taken place.

Even if the cancer cells have spread to the lymph nodes and they are thus swollen with multiplying cancer cells, the body is generally still able to autolyze them while fasting.  Yet, in spite of prior medical treatment, some people still get well with Hygienic care.

Hygiene is far superior to medicine because even if the case is hopelessly advanced, the adoption of the Hygienic lifestyle can prolong life by many years.  I’ve cared for a significant number of people whose tumors were in the “irreversible” stage of cancer and have found that with few exceptions, they can extend their lives for years by fasting at least once a year for two weeks or more; living strictly on raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds; and obtaining all the other needs of life between the fasts.

Several people with overt breast cancer, already discolored and draining, and which were attached to the overlying skin and underlying muscles, lived at least 15 years longer than they would have if they had resorted to medical treatment. At this late stage of cancer, surgery and chemotherapy promises only a 30 to 60 percent 5 year survival rate.

Nevertheless, those who have the greatest chance of recovery, under either medical or Hygienic care, are those who are still in the early stages of cancer.  Most of the medical recoveries written about are not in the irreversible cancer stage, which is cachexia.  Those who choose Hygiene at any stage, if they do not get well, at least prolong their lives. They have conquered the fear of cancer and have faith and courage because they realize that they possess a self-healing body.

In rare cases, I have recommended surgery for women with a huge hardened uterus, if the tumor is pressing on vital organs and impairing circulation.  If the individual cannot take off to fast for the reduction of the pre-cancerous growth, then vital tissues and organs will begin to deteriorate from impaired circulation. However, surgery does not get rid of the underlying causes of tumors.  If, after surgery, the woman returns to her former lifestyle, then she will be susceptible to tumors growing elsewhere.

Regarding “hopeless cases” Dr. Tilden wrote:

“In those cases of cancer where there is absolutely no hope, if the patient will go without food he will go down and die normally and naturally, without pain, without discomfort, and can have the pleasure of conversing with his friends up to the last minute.  And that is not all – he gets the last and best chance for a cure. Some of these cases that are said to be hopeless, and afterwards killed by drug reliefs, if they were put on an absolute fast they would fool the prognostication sometimes by getting well.”

Intelligent Hygienic Action Is Your Best Ally

If you receive a “malignant” diagnosis, you will be able to think rationally and refuse to submit to the destructive treatments recommended by your physician if you understand that tumors are not trying to kill you, but, in fact, they are allowing you to survive in spite of your life-style errors.

A diagnosis of cancer is not always a synonym for death.

I am convinced, as were Drs. Shelton and Tilden, that many tumors which are diagnosed as cancer by physicians are not genuine cancer. Hence, they report their medical treatment of this as a cancer “cure” when it is no such thing. This leads to statistical falsehoods.

To accept medical treatment first is to subject yourself to severe emotional and physical pain that ends with an early death.  The removal of tumors by autolysis is the safest, most reliable and quickest way to eliminate them. It has many advantages over surgical removal, because even brain tumors can be completely absorbed.  Surgery is always fraught with danger; whereas autolysis is a physiological process and poses no threat.  Fasting permits the elimination of toxins and normalizes nutrition in each cell in the body, while at the same time improving the function of the nervous system, thus reversing enervation.

Most importantly, tumors tend to recur after being surgically removed, but after they have been autolyzed by fasting, there is little tendency to recurrence.

Furthermore, tumors often recur in a malignant form after they have been surgically removed, while the tendency to malignancy is averted by fasting. This process is best done under a competent Hygienic Doctor because in certain cases, such as cancer of the liver, one should not fast.

It goes without saying that it is prudent and best to fast when tumors are small so they can be autolyzed more quickly.

Healthful Living International
copyright 2006 All rights reserved.


Another article by Dr. Vetrano re: Vaccines:

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2 responses to ““CAN CANCER BE ‘CURED’ by HYGIENIC MEANS?” – Dr. V. Virginia Vetrano

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