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Johanna Brandt / Fred Wortman Grape Cure For Cancer.
How It Works
(Note to diabetics: Obviously this diet is not appropriate for diabetics, however, most of the cancer treatment plans I write about are acceptable for diabetics. If you have questions, discuss the ingredients and diet in these treatment plans with the medical doctor who treats your diabetes. In any case, you will always need to monitor your insulin.)
The original diet involves 12 hours of fasting every day, followed by 12 hours where you consume absolutely nothing except grapes (and/or grape juice). The consumption of the grapes is spread out over the 12 hours, not just at meal times. In other words, they are consumed slowly over many hours, not quickly over two or three short bursts. After being on this phase of the diet for several weeks there were other phases, but the first phase is of most interest here.
In this context the term "fasting" allows the consumption of "natural water" during the "fast" (see my definition in the tutorial) and/or "ionized water." It would be good to mix a little mineral water in with either of these types of water in order to get needed trace elements. All of this clarification on water was not in her original diet, but modern technology (e.g. the addition of chlorine and fluoride to our water supplies) has necessitated its inclusion. Chlorine is especially bad for this diet!
In the context of the Brandt Diet, the fasting is only for
12 hours at a time. The fasting obviously does not starve the cancer
cells to death, however, the fasting does have a significant purpose.
The fasting makes the cells hungry, and when the cells do get food,
what they get is grape juice, which contains several major cancer
killing nutrients, such as:
In other words, the fasting is used to "trick" the cancer cells into consuming the first thing that comes along. The grapes become a great "transport agent" for getting the poisons into the cancer cells, meaning the grape juice carries the cancer killing nutrients into the cancer cells as they feed on the grape juice!
Cancer cells thrive on sugar and grape juice is virtually pure "sugar." The fast makes the cells hungry and when the grape juice becomes available, the cancer cells gobble up the sugar in the grapes or grape juice. But as the cells are ingesting the juice they are also consuming things that are poisonous to them. Think of putting poison in chocolate and giving it to a hungry child. That is exactly what fasting and grape juice do to a cancer cell.
Cancer cells eat many times more of the glucose and other sugars than a regular cell does, plus it eats far more minerals and some other nutrients than a regular cell. Thus, the combination of consuming far more glucose, minerals and other nutrients, plus the fasting, makes the purple grapes an exceptional cancer-fighting food. The fasting is absolutely critical to this diet, and should not be taken lightly!
In fact the great secret to the grape cure is that cancer cells are very inefficient at processing glucose and other sugars. Cancer cells consume about 15 times more glucose and other sugars than regular cells. The 1931 Nobel Prize in medicine given to Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg was awarded for this discovery. This means a grape cure diet can get several times more of certain cancer-killing nutrients into the cancer cells than normal cells.
To insure the patient gets all of the main killer nutrients, the grape juice should include crushed seeds (in order to get the OPCs) and the nutrients from the purple skins (to get the critical resveratrol). The purple color, such as in concord purple grapes, has a critical cancer killing nutrient not found in other grapes. Back when she wrote her book, in the 1920s, the advantage of purple grapes was not known. Also, if you eat or process whole grapes, you should buy grapes with the seeds, not seedless grapes. This is another thing that Johanna Brandt could not have known about in the 1920s. The darker the purple grapes the better. (Note: Because purple grapes and red grapes are so frequently confused with each other, it is not clear exactly how good red grapes are. This is why you should look for the word "concord" on the package, although there are purple grapes other than concord grapes that are just as good.)
A special word of warning about chlorine. If you buy premixed grape juice, you need to make sure it did not have any tap water mixed in with the grape juice. Assume it does and don't buy it! I would not use any premixed grape juice unless the label specifically mentions they did not use tap water or filtered water. Even some organic grape juice may have had tap water added to it. Even though the chlorine may be dissolved by the time you buy it, the fact that the chlorine existed when the grape juice was mixed with the water, would have caused severe damage to the nutrients at that time. This damage cannot be reversed.
Another problem with mixed grape juice, even organic, is that it is generally required to be pasteurized. Pasteurization destroys an unknown number of nutrients in the grape juice and could neutralize a significant portion of the nutrients in the grape juice. Again, I emphasize, avoid premixed grape juice.
Unfortunately, most, if not all, frozen grape juice is also pasteurized. Frozen grape juice also may have a small amount of tap water added to it. Some organic grape juices are processed with spring water, but even these may be pasteurized.
This discussion on food processing, which largely applies to organic foods also, leads to the conclusion that only fresh purple grapes, totally unprocessed, qualify for this diet. But then you have the problem of pesticides, and a lot of grapes and grape juice are in this diet.
The only way to guarantee you are getting all of the nutrients in the grapes is to make your own "grape mush" by using organic whole purple grapes and by processing them yourself into grape mush. Use a food processor, not a juicer (because of the nutrients in the seeds, which a juicer would not be able to extract). "Organic" means there are no pesticides and that there are more trace elements and other nutrients from the soil.
Now, being realistic, such a mush is not practical for most people for a number of reasons. Thus, you must do the best you can. First, avoid premixed purple grape juice. Frozen is better because it has had much less tap water mixed in with it, or better yet if the juice is organic it may have had spring water mixed in.
I must emphasize, no matter what kind of frozen grape juice you can find, mix it with "natural water." The chlorine issue is so critical for certain nutrients in grape juice, that I would not even mix ionized water with the grape juice. I would drink ionized water during the 12 hours of fasting, and use natural water to mix with the grape juice and to drink during the 12 hours you are drinking the grape juice!
The Brandt Diet is an excellent diet, however, because grapes do not contain all of the amino acids, and other key nutrients, the Brandt Diet should not be used for more than 2 consecutive weeks at a time, except in extreme cases. I say that knowing that some cancer diets include 42 day fasts (such as the Breuss diet) and other cancer diets include fasts of even longer. But you must realize that these "fasts" include the consumption of a small amount of highly nutritious foods or drinks. A "fast" in the natural food world includes natural water and small amounts of food.
After two weeks on the Brandt diet, highly nutritious foods can be consumed for a few days and then the Brandt diet can be resumed for two more weeks. This back-and-forth can continue indefinitely. This will be described in more detail below in the "Combination Diets."
I quote from her book:
Similar custom modifications can be made to address any other potential health problem a person might have. The Wortman Diet allows a great deal of individual flexibility to deal with specific issues.
There is no cancer treatment known to mankind that is simpler, cheaper and less toxic than this treatment plan! It is almost as simple as replacing your breakfast with grape juice. However, it is not as powerful as the Brandt Diet. The article I quote below is so easy to understand, I will let it speak for itself. Note that Mr. Wortman synthesized the Brandt Diet and came up with a much simpler plan.
Here is the article taken from the internet:
When Fred Wortman of Albany, Georgia, developed an inoperable malignancy of the intestine, he faced the prospect of long treatments with radiation "therapy". "The doctors," Mr. Wortman said, "refused to operate when they discovered the condition of my bank balance."
Being a wide reader, he remembered a simple remedy for cancer that was given in a book by a 'Mrs. Brandt', and looked it up. It was rather involved and cumbersome to follow, so he reduced it to its essentials, took the "cure" and was completely cancer free within a month. Wortman then had his experience published in "The Independent" and received hundreds of replies. Over 200 cancer sufferers reported complete recovery.
The grape treatment cured lung cancer in two weeks, he reported. Cancer of the prostate took a little longer - about a month. Only four cases of leukemia (cancer of the blood) were treated, but the judicious usage of grape juice cured them all.
Start the treatment like this:
Begin with a 24 oz. bottle of (dark concord) grape juice the first thing in the morning. Take a couple of swallows every 10 or 15 minutes (Don't gulp it down all at once). Do not eat until Noon.
After 12 o'clock, live the rest of the day normally, but do not eat anything after 8 o'clock in the evening...food seems to carry off the curative agent in the grape juice, which may be magnesium (sic), so stick to the fast between 8 P.M. and Noon the following day.
Keep this up every day for 2 weeks to one month.
Krebiozen is fine, but it racks up only about 80% cures, and is no longer available due to the federal injunction suit, the F.D.A., the A.M.A., etc. Ditto "Mucorihicin", the 87% effective cancer treatment from Pittsburgh.
The dark concord grape juice treatment is reported to be nearly 100% effective.
J. F. Goodavage Whitefield, Maine 04362
Whereas Brandt claimed a 100% cure rate of exclusively terminal cancer patients (all given up on by the medical community of the 1920s and I believe they were using chemo at that time since it was invented in 1909), Wortman claims a "nearly 100%" cure rate of cancer patients in undefined condition. Whatever the actual cure rate was, do not forget that the Brandt Diet is still the more potent of the two diets.
There are two ways to approach the Wortman Diet. It is important to pay attention to Option #2, because it is probably the preferred way of taking grapes and grape juice, even while you are on the Brandt Diet:
If you do not want to eat whole grapes, with their seeds and skin, you can purchase a good quality food processor or buy an inexpensive hand-cranked wheat grinder to grind the seeds. The reason for this is obvious - you are guaranteed to get all of the nutrients in the skins and seeds. A juicer should not be used, because you need everything you can get out of the seeds and skins.
The 28 ounces should be consumed slowly over the 4 hours you are eating the grape mush. If you do not drink it slowly, you will almost certainly get nauseous. Another thing that may help to avoid nausea is to drink natural water just before, during, and just after drinking the grape mush.
(Note: If you cannot get purple grapes, with their seeds and skin, while you are waiting to find the purple grapes, the next best choice is black grapes, with seeds and skin, followed by red grapes, with their seeds and skin.)
As I state in the tutorial, you should be very careful about what you eat, and do not eat, on any cancer diet. Read the tutorial, the "Ten Commandments of an Alternative Cancer Treatment Program," on my main page, and the "Raw Food" treatment program for more information about what you can and cannot eat during the 8 hours you are allowed to eat on the Wortman program. Paying attention to what you eat will make this diet far more effective.
As one final note, it would be very, very helpful to mix several ounces of high quality mineral water in with the "mush" (in place of several ounces of natural water) if you use frozen grape juice, or to simply drink several ounces of high quality mineral water if you use all whole grapes. This will add critical trace elements or trace minerals, even if you are able to get organic grapes and grape juice.
Both Option #1 and Option #2 will get the major nutrients that kill cancer into the cancer cells, but the second option is better than the first because it includes the entire grape for at least half of the mush.
If you plan on going on the Brandt diet for more than two weeks, you should consider a diet that is a combination of the Brandt diet and the Wortman diet. In fact it is these combination diets, discussed below, that are actually recommended.
If you are on the Wortman diet (i.e. you are on a week where the Wortman diet is being used), you can make one or two mushes per day (i.e. you can make a single or double size mush once a day). If you are on the Brandt diet that week, you can make between three and five mushes a day (ditto, one really big mush).
Also, "concord" grapes are not the only kind of purple grapes. In fact they may not even be the best purple grape from a nutrition standpoint. I mention concord grapes because they are the easiest to obtain and are probably the cheapest. Now let's talk about the combination diets with these things in mind.
Combination Diet #2
First, grape seed extract, check ingredients to get the most
OPCs or PCOs (Do not take if you have a blood clotting disorder).
Finally, five more items: (Alpha) Lipoic Acid, Vitamin E (1,000 I.U.), Vitamin A, Selenium and zinc.
In each case take the dosage mentioned above or the maximum dosage stated on the bottle.
According to Walter Last (Australia), "thousands of former cancer victims have testified as to the effectiveness of her [the Brandt] method. Because it is now so difficult to obtain unsprayed grapes, commercially sprayed grapes have sometimes been used after thorough washing in warm soapy water and careful rinsing." Of course organic grapes are best.
I should mention that it has only been recently that scientists have identified purple concord grapes, with their seeds and skins, as being the best grape source for a cancer treatment. Since this has been a recent discovery, older negative comments about the grape cure may have been based on using the wrong type of grapes, or grapes without skins, or seedless grapes, or water with chlorine was used, or the people did not fast properly, etc. Also, Grape Seed Extract, Grape Skin Extract and Quercetin are fairly recent additions to the grape cure arsenal. The critics of alternative medicine frequently criticize a product for not working that was used incorrectly or without the aid of newer information.
(Note: You might want to read the article on "The Hospice Cancer Diet - For Advanced Terminal Cancer Patients." This diet is a powerful modification of the Combination Diet #1 and the "Ten Commandments of an Alternative Cancer Treatment Program." Even though this diet may be too harsh for you, it may give you some ideas you can incorporate into your own diet.)
The Hospice Cancer Diet
First, I will discuss the first three weeks of the four-week cycle. Then I will discuss the fourth week of the four-week cycle, which will be a modification of the three-week cycle. This four-week cycle needs to be repeated over and over until the cancer is totally in remission.
(Note: the quantities in this diet are designed for someone who weighs 130 pounds or more. If the patient weighs less that this, they should cut back on the quantities proportionately.)
Starting THIS INSTANT, take absolutely NOTHING into your body
that is not specifically mentioned in this plan. NOTHING. No smoking,
no drinking alcohol, no coffee, no French fries - NOTHING.
Be careful to read the ingredients (i.e. do NOT buy filtered water or distilled water unless it is distilled natural water) and do not rely on the name of the product or the name of the company.
This 12-hour water fast is absolutely critical to the HCD. It is critical that your cancer cells get "hungry" and prepare themselves to consume the next thing that comes along.
A Word of Warning: Do not drink purple grape juice exclusively as part of the Wortman Diet. All purple grape juice, even organic purple grape juice, is pasteurized by law. This means the enzymes have been destroyed. At least 50% of the grapes you consume, by weight, must be whole grapes (preferably with their seeds). If you cannot afford a food processor or inexpensive wheat grinder, just eat the grapes. If you cannot get purple grapes, then eat red or black grapes.
Do not drink it all at once, sip it and spread it out over the two hours or you may get nauseous.
If you cannot get whole purple grapes, with their seeds and skin, use whole black grapes, with their seeds and skin, or whole red grapes, with their seeds and skin.
For those who cannot swallow the grape mush (due to the grape skins), they can drink 100% grape juice. But in this case make sure it is 100% organic purple grape juice.
Also during this time eat a few whole grapes and then take
the "Ellagic Insurance Formula" (I specify a brand name
for good reasons -- this brand includes graviola and other things).
The Ellagic Acid combines/binds with the glucose in the grapes. You
can buy "Ellagic Insurance Formla" at:
This is the only really expensive part of the HCD. A quart of Tahitian Noni Juice costs about $40.00 and the preferred dosage is one quart a day. This means it costs about $1,200 a month. The good news is that after you are in remission (i.e. about two months after all symptoms disappear), the "Phase Two" diet only requires 8 ounces of Tahitian Noni Juice a day.
Don't get cheap on this diet and buy substandard products. I do not sell any products in order to avoid bias, but you can generally buy Tahitian Noni Juice locally, wherever you live.
(One or more of the following) Barleygreen drink, one of the SuperGreen drinks, wheatgrass juice, OR barley grass juice. Also drink some parsley drink. Drink these things several times during these 5 hours.
During this 5 hours make sure you take the Budwig Diet. For
the HCD use:
Remember that the cottage cheese is just as important as the flaxseed oil and/or walnuts.
I have recently added MGN-3 or MGN3 to this diet. I do this based on testimonials on the internet and emails I have received from cancer patients (or their relatives). MGN-3 is an excellent product and it works fast enough to be included in this diet. Unfortunately, the FDA has added another notch to their gun and has stopped MGN-3 from being sold in the U.S.
Here are the other nutrients that are part of this diet. These should be taken during this 5 hour period:
Group #1 (basically the Rath Cellular Solution, which includes heart disease prevention)
Vitamin C (build up over 2 weeks to 15 grams a day [taken
3 grams at a time, 5 times during the 8 hours you can eat])
Group #2 - immunity, antifungal
Organic Germanium - immunity and other key reasons
Note: Do a colon cleanse BEFORE doing a liver cleanse (to allow the liver to flush) - see Jon Barron book
Milk Thistle Extract (Seeds or Fruit), Dandelion Root, and
Artichoke combination (very common)
Group #4 - Other
Chlorella - Start with 5 grams of chlorella a day, and build
up to 15 grams a day (diarrhea concerns are the reason for the build-up)
For brain cancer -- take Protocel (note: Protocel conflicts with several other aspects of this diet (e.g. the antioxidant supplements) -- read my article on Protocel, with links, you have a lot of homework to do) COMBINED WITH a quality graviola supplement.
The main "food" during these five hours, during the three weeks of the HCD cycle, is vegetable and fruit juices! There is no way to avoid buying a good quality vegetable juicer. The juicer is important because it makes the nutrients in vegetables and fruits more accessible to your body.
Only one vegetable juice drink a day should be consumed!
During these five hours you should drink a vegetable/fruit
cocktail (juice) that consists of:
Also, you can drink a separate fruit juice that includes the
You can combine other vegetables and fruits with these juices, but at least 80% of the juices should come from the list or be close relatives of the items on this list!
The juices are talked about in the "Raw Food" article, if you want more information: Raw Food article
So what do you do if you are so hungry you have to drink something else? You can drink as many of the fruit juice mixes as you wish. There is no limit within the 5 hour period.
Also remember that the things you do NOT partake of are just as important as the things you DO partake of. Don't partake of anything that is not part of the "Ten Commandments" or the "raw food" diet. However, these three weeks you are focusing on liquids.
As a final note, both the grape cure diet and the HCD may cause a person to experience "distressing symptoms," as Johanna Brandt put it, during the first week or two. A massive change in diet can cause a number of distressing symptoms. Expect it because it will happen quickly.
Also, both the grape cure diet and the HCD may cause a person to lose significant weight at the beginning of the diet. This is normal. However, if a person starts this diet with a low initial weight (e.g. 120 pounds or less), an initial loss of weight may cause justified concern. Use this five hour session to customize a person's diet for their individual situation! In other words, feel free to custom design this five hour session to include foods that will insure the patient does not lose too much weight. For example, a person with a low initial weight may want to eat solid foods during this five hour session every day of the diet. Obviously, it would be best to avoid processed foods, except perhaps for a little cooked meat.
This customization applies not only to a low initial weight, but to any other potential health concern that this diet does not address. For example, a diebetic, or a person at high risk for diabetes, would have to make several major changes to this diet for their individual situation, even outside of the five hour session (e.g. no grape mush, etc.). If the patient is under a doctor's care for something other than cancer, it might be wise to make the doctor aware of how this diet is being implemented.
The important thing to remember is that, if possible, adjustments should be made during this five hour session.
1) The Wortman Grape Cure diet after a 12-hour fast
While some of these treatments build the immunity system, all of them are outstanding at killing cancer cells without needing the immunity system! Never forget that what you don't eat is just as important as what you do eat. Do not eat anything not specifically mentioned in the treatment plan articles that are part of this diet. That is why you need another person to help you stay on this diet. Very few people can handle this diet alone.
(Important Note: Some people may wonder why I include vegetable/fruit cocktail in my list of cancer killing treatments, since it is normally thought of as an immunity system builder. There are three reasons I include it in this diet: first, it is terrific at building the immunity system, which is important when you go off of this diet, second, it keeps you from eating things that would interfere with your diet, and third, and perhaps most important, is enzymes. There are so many enzymes, it is not known yet how important many of them are, but it is clear that they are critical to allowing the body to use all of the other nutrients in this diet!)
A cancer diet is a lifestyle, not a pill-popping session.
There are two major reasons for the change. First, is to get a large amount of proteins into your body during this week. Second, is to give your digestive tract a workout.
During the five hour period you still take all of the things listed above, with a few exceptions.
First, instead of drinking vegetable juice and fruit juice, you can eat the same vegetables whole. For example, whole carrots, whole cabbage, whole pineapple, whole blueberries, etc. They should be eatten raw, when possible. As above, 80% of the vegetables and fruits you eat should come from the specific list above.
Also, during these five hours you can eat some cooked vegetables, such as green beans and peas. In other words, you can eat raw fruits and vegetables, and some cooked vegetables.
Also, you can have some whole grains. These can be eatten as whole grain bread, whole grain muffins, brown rice, corn on the cob, frozen corn, etc. Real butter is allowed for flavor and its fats.
Raw, uncooked and unprocessed nuts are also allowed. Do not eat pressure cooked anything. Use good judgment.
Finally, since proteins are so critical during this week, you are also allowed to eat eggs, some lean meat, a moderate amount of fish, beans, and other foods (in moderation) that are high in protein.
There is one amino acid that the body does not manufacture and is illegal to put in supplements (thanks to the corruption in the FDA), L-Tryptophan. Here is an article on how to get L-Tryptophan:
If you have a favorite cancer treatment, feel free to add it during the 5-hour session. However, there are some cancer diets that simply cannot be combined with the HCD, such as the Breuss diet. And don't forget the spiritual aspects of the "Ten Commandments."
Finally, for those dealing with elderly people, it might be
best to start with a few simple things, and then gradually build
up to the full treatment, if they are expected to live long enough
for a gradual implementation. For example, you might start with:
Depending on the circumstances, the person can start with a small part of the diet and build up quickly or slowly from this small beginning.