Dr Kelley was a dentist who cured himself of pancreatic cancer using enzyme therapy in the 1960s. He then developed a protocol of treating all kinds of cancer using a very holistic approach which included diet changes (restricted protein intake, raw juices) and enzymes. He emphasised raw food which still had active enzymes destroyed when food is cooked. He believed that cancer is often caused by the body’s inability to effectively metabolize protein because of a deficiency of proteolytic enzymes.
Kelley’s enzymes are given between meals so that they are not involved in the digestion of food but absorbed into the bloodstream. Dr Kelley theorises that the enzymes digest the outer layer of the cancer cells, opening the cells to attack by the immune system.
Raw food does contain a range of enzymes which start the digestive process when the food is eaten. Human beings are the only animal that actually cooks their food and depending on the method of cooking will destroy more or less of the enzymes present. Animals given cooked food only are much less healthy than animals given only raw food. Studies done with lab rats have shown that rats eating raw foods live about 30% longer than rats eating diets devoid of enzymes. The group on cooked food showed a range of degenerative diseases, and by the third generation, the group fed cooked food only were unable to reproduce.
Clearly, the active and potent enzymes are important to health and while most of us think of enzymes only for the digestion of food the fact that enzymes can also pass into the blood and contribute to cancer control should be of major interest. Pancreatic enzymes also play a role in breaking down circulating immune complexes that contribute to inflammation and allergic reactions.
Kelley’s enzymes should accompany any cancer treatment plan and is used by many cancer centres around the world. Clearly, it can also be used in the treatment of inflammation or any problem with digestion but in the latter case, the pills should be given with meals.