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Three pillars for designing a clinical trial



Nutrition, exercise and sleep:

  • Moerman diet and therapy;
  • Early morning walks in the country;
  • Early to bed and early to rise
    keeps a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

The three pillars that helped me to survive my cancer.

Three pillars that helped me to cleanse and nourish and re-balance my body, my mind and my spirit.

When a person has cancer the following characteristics are true:

  • a depleted immune system that has permitted an uncontrolled cancer process;
  • disruptions to blood, lymph fluid and/or nerve signal flows in the localities where cancer has arisen, which is blocking nutrition and oxygen supplies from getting in and blocking (toxic) waste from getting out;
  • one or more organs that are not functioning properly, which has led to a call for assistance of the liver;
  • the accumulated effect of all the above which has led to an overworked and overloaded liver.

Optimal nutrition and lifestyle for a cancer patient should therefore be liver friendly. When in doubt treat the liver. The combined effects (synergy) of what we do with our breathing, drinking, sleeping, eating and exercising, should be to reduce the load on the liver and give it some breathing space, so that the liver can rest, recover, rebuild the immune system and focus its efforts on healing the body and regaining control over the cancer process.

My personal conviction is that an overloaded and exhausted liver was the root cause of my cancer, and that a combination of various factors can lead to such a liver state, e.g. stress, poor sleep, lack of exercise and over-exercise, malnutrition and over-eating, and genetic anomalies.

My personal therapy of choice was to adopt a 'liver friendly' approach to nutrition and lifestyle, try it out for a couple of months, and evaluate any progress and measurable results with regards to my cancer. I would move forward step by step, and revise my decisions along the way as appropriate. I have been lucky, my decision making simple. Improved overall health and no traces of cancer have been my story ever since.

My guiding thoughts on reducing the load on the liver:

  • raise oxygen levels
  • eat nutrient rich foods
  • drink nutrient rich beverages
  • consume food and drink containing minimal non-nutrients
  • eat easily digestible foods
  • detox/clean the body, mind and spirit
  • remove blockages in the blood vessels
  • remove blockages in the lymphatic system
  • remove blockages in the nervous system
  • remove blockages in the flow of emotions and thoughts
  • get things flowing again physically and psychologically
  • in short, restore the balance of body, mind and spirit

My guiding thoughts on allowing the liver to perform its healing work:

  • tuck a warm water bottle up against the liver whilst sleeping
  • restore and strengthen the immune system
  • physical repair/maintenance whilst sleeping
  • psychological repair/maintenance whilst sleeping
  • facilitate self healing during sleep

A synergetic whole

Armed with the knowledge that the best healing takes place between the hours of 10pm and 2am, and within the first three hours of sleep (the first two sleep cycles), it was simple to combine the three pillars into a daily routine, into a synergetic whole:

  • a light meal some 3-4 hours before going to bed, so that the digestive process would not distract my liver from the “healing” work to be done
  • no vigorous exercises during the day, that would require the liver to perform additional healing work on body tissues such as muscles
  • get to bed around 9pm to 10pm
  • tuck a warm water bottle up against the liver whilst sleeping
  • self-healing is a process, and like all processes, the output produced also includes waste; the sooner this waste is disposed of, the better. So upon waking up I would start my mornings by drinking a glass of warm water with the juice of one squeezed lemon (a gentle liver cleanse) followed by an early morning walk in the local forests (to stimulate the physical flow and waste disposal within my lymphatic system, and to stimulate the psychic flow and release of thoughts and emotions within my nervous system).

Simple song, simple words, a source of inspiration


Concert on the Amstel - 5 May 2011

It's a good day for walking,
it's a good day to start,
find the rhythm in your body,
chase the demons from your heart.


            Wende Snijders - As the lady walks along

The Moerman guidelines

Although the popular expression is the 'Moerman diet', the guidelines cover a diet and a therapy. When the desired nutrition cannot be fully obtained from natural food and drink, i.e. the cancer patient still suffers from the 'small clinical symptoms' associated with nutritional deficiencies, then the guidelines include the use of supplements, in particular extra vitamin C.

The guidelines that I adopted were the guidelines for the original Moerman diet. It is important to realize the context within which these guidelines originated. This was the first diet that Dr. Moerman prescribed, and it was for a cancer patient with advanced cancer, suffering from loss of appetite, who was withering away and had entered the last phase of his life. The patient recovered fully.

The original Moerman diet:

  • no meat, fish or poultry
  • no water, coffee or tea
  • the juice of beetroot, sour apples and pears, made with a juicer, freshly squeezed and drunk straight away
  • no sugar nor food in which sugar has been processed
  • moderate use of salt
  • half a liter to one liter of buttermilk daily
  • the juice of lemons, eventually diluted with orange juice
  • the juice of berries
  • one or two egg yolks (no whites) daily
  • brown bread (whole grain) with dairy butter and cheese
  • no potatoes, but instead rice (whole grain) with dairy butter and green vegetables, especially lettuce with cucumbers and gherkins; also allowed are other vegetables such as carrots, beetroot and asparagus
  • use whole grain rice, such as brown rice, from which the pericarp has not been removed
  • the rice may be coarsely ground and cooked in full milk

also allowed:

  • plums, apricots, puree of sour apples, pears and peaches
  • pea soup without meat or bacon, but with onions, carrots, celeriac and vegetables
  • do not use laxatives, but, if needed, three times a day one tablespoon of olive oil
  • lots of fruit