courtesy of John Draper.
Beet Therapy for Cancer
One of the most remarkable and tremendously successful programs for
treating many different kinds of cancer tumors was commenced in the
late 1950’s by Alexander Ferenczi, MD., at the Department for
Internal Diseases at the district hospital at Csoma, Hungary, using
nothing but raw, red beets.
Portions of his intriguing medical success were translated from
Hungarian and reprinted in the Australian International Clinical
Nutrition Review for July 1986.
Dr. Ferenczi’s clinical report included methods of administering the
beets and several very important case studies;
In D. S., a man of 50 years of age, a lung tumor was diagnosed by
me and subsequently confirmed in a Budapest hospital, which
corresponded clinically to lung cancer….I started the treatment
with beetroot in the described manner.
After 6 weeks of treatment the tumor had disappeared…After 4
months of treatment he gained 10kg. (22lbs.) in weight, the
erythrocyte (mature red blood cell) sediment rate (e.s.r.) was
reduced from 87 millimeters/h to 77mm/h. Thus, he represented
the symptoms of a clinical recovery.
A side-by-side comparison of two cancer patients, one on beet
therapy and the other not, further demonstrates the efficacy of this
We received simultaneously two patients for treatment. One
suffered from cancer of the prostate and the other from cancer of
the uterus. The body weight of both was the same.
The patient with cancer of the prostate was treated with
beetroot. The patient with cancer of the uterus could not take
it, but remained in our ward. The condition of the man started
When admitted, he was bedridden with a permanent catheter. After
one month, the catheter was removed. The patient walked around
and put on weight, whereas the female patient lost weight. After
3 months, there was a difference in weight of 10.5kg (23.15lbs.)
between the two.
Experience gained up to now points to the fact the beetroot contains
a tumor inhibiting (anti-cancerous) active ingredient. However, for
the present no clue has been found as to the nature of this active
substance. One thing is certain, that it is not very unstable
because it also acts when taken orally; therefore digestion does not
The very apparent red color may suggest that the active substance is
the coloring matter. Treatment with beetroot presents several
advantages over cancer. Firstly, because it is non-toxic and one
can administer red beetroot in unlimited quantities. Also there are
unlimited supplies of beetroot at our disposal.
We have therefore endeavored to administer to the patient this
active substance in the most concentrated form and in the largest
quantities possible, because the beetroot or rather the JUICE could
not be given in large quantities.
Beetroot is available to consumers in several different forms. One
Lawrence, Kansas firm, PINES INTERNATIONAL, makes a very nice
organic red beet root concentrate. This beet powder is available at
most local health food stores.
One, however, has to be careful with the amount of beets consumed at
any one time. Certainly not because they’re harmful, but rather due
to their incredibly strong ability to quickly break up cancer in the
A woman in her thirties who was treated with beetroot for breast
cancer, contracted a fever of 104 degrees F., due to the rapid
breakdown of the wastes dumped into it at any one time.
Consequently, the internal administration of beetroot needs to be
staggered out somewhat, and closer attention given to DETOXIFYING
the liver and colon at the same time the beetroot therapy is
Dr. Ferenczi concluded his medical report with this undeniable fact:
“The results achieved with beetroot are no worse than those with
well-known chemical preparations, such as those with Tetramin
(an experimental anti-neoplastic).”
He attributed the anti-cancer strength in beets to their natural red
coloring agent, BETAINE.