by Mark Sircus
15 April 2012
Cancer is a fungus, can be caused by a fungus, or is accompanied by
late-stage fungal infections, and now
the Mayo Clinic confirms this.
They are not the first
to say so though. Many, even from the official world of orthodox
oncology, recognize the similarities of cancer and fungal
infections, the decay that ties these two together in a dance that
all too often ends in miserable death.
The Mayo Clinic  is saying that a fungal infection of
the gastrointestinal tract mimics cancer and inflammatory bowel
disease. The invasive fungus, Basidiobolus ranarum, is typically
found in the soil, decaying organic matter and the gastrointestinal
tracts of fish, reptiles, amphibians, and bats.
Patients with this fungal infection had non-specific symptoms such
as abdominal pain or a mass that could be felt on examination.
Before a conclusive diagnosis of the fungal infection was made, most
patients were thought to have abdominal cancer, inflammatory bowel
disease or diverticulitis. Surgical resection of the area of
involvement and prolonged antifungal therapy successfully treated
Interestingly, a few years ago
researchers at Johns Hopkins were
surprised that the drug
itraconazole, commonly used to treat toenail
fungus, can also block angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels
commonly seen in cancers. Tumor angiogenesis is the proliferation of
a network of blood vessels that penetrates into cancerous growths,
supplying nutrients and oxygen and removing waste products.
studying the conditions necessary for cancer metastasis have
discovered that angiogenesis is one of the critical events required
for metastases to occur.
In mice induced to have
excess blood vessel growth, treatment with itraconazole reduced
blood vessel growth by 67% compared to placebo.
“We were surprised,
to say the least, that itraconazole popped up as a potential
blocker of angiogenesis,” says Dr. Jun O. Liu, professor of
“We couldn’t have predicted that an antifungal
drug would have such a role.”
Itraconazole was found
to reduce the numbers of circulating cancer cells, prevent the
worsening of prostate cancers, and delay the need for chemotherapy.
However, it has serious
side effects when given in the necessary high dosages that include
hypertension, low potassium levels and fluid retention. These side
effects require treatment with other medications. Effects of high
doses of itraconazole could lead to heart failure.
For two decades John Hopkins has recognized the increasing frequency
of severe fungal infections in patients with neoplastic diseases.
Most fungal infections
are caused by the commonly recognized opportunistic fungi,
...and the pathogenic fungi,
However, recently newer
pathogens such as,
...and other fungi of emerging importance such as,
...have appeared as
significant causes of infection in this patient population.
Tullio Simoncini does not say that cancer is caused by
yeast; what he is telling the world is that the cancer is a yeast
overgrowth. What causes the cancer (or a yeast-filled tumor) is
Simoncini has always
insisted that tumors are white because they are fungi. Some have
made fun of him, but looking around at the extremely sparse
information about the subject, I ran into one person saying:
If someone had asked me a year ago what color the inside of a tumor
was, I would have guessed red and gray. When they did the biopsy, I
asked to see the tissue specimens: five quarter-inch to half-inch
strings of vermicelli (Italian for little worms) with little
streakings of blood. They didn’t look evil to me, just strings of
The entire mass was
white inside as the pathology report stated.
Specialists in throat and mouth cancer say that cancers can be red
or white patches: any patch that appears randomly and is red or
white in color could be a mouth cancer symptom.
The white patches in the
mouth are called leukoplakia and the red patches are called
erythroplakia, which are pre-cancerous conditions. Though these red
or white patches are not always cancerous, it could be the result of
a fungal infection caused by Candida called thrush. Thrush will
lead to a red patch that often bleeds after the white patch
A small amount of this
fungus lives in your mouth most of the time. It is usually kept in
check by your immune system and other types of germs that also
normally live in your mouth.
However, when your
immune system is weak, the fungus can grow.
It just so happens that a toxin produced by mold on nuts and grains
can cause liver cancer, according to University of California Irvine
And a French
case-control study of 1,010 breast cancer cases and 1,950 controls
with nonmalignant diseases found that breast cancer was associated
with increased frequency of mold-fermented cheese consumption.
Fungi produce mycotoxins,
which can kill us or cause cancer.
Dr. Wang and Groopman from the Environmental Health Sciences
Department at Johns Hopkins published on the effects of mold toxins
on DNA in Mutation Research, a leading cancer journal.
They said mycotoxins
with carcinogenic potency include,
some Penicillium toxins
Most of these carcinogenic mycotoxins are genotoxic agents.
Aflatoxin is a potent
genotoxic agent, is mutagenic in many model systems and produces
chromosomal aberrations, micronuclei, sister chromatid exchange,
unscheduled DNA synthesis, and chromosomal strand breaks. Most
strikingly, the relationship between aflatoxin exposure and
development of human hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) is
demonstrated by studies.
Harrison et al. (1993) examined human breast cancer tissue for
evidence of the presence of aflatoxin.
The researchers examined
human DNA from a variety of tissues and organs to identify and
quantify aflatoxin DNA-adducts. Such adducts are considered to be
proof of the mycotoxin’s presence in a particular tissue. Aflatoxins
may in fact be a risk factor for cancer induction in a variety of
organs in man, in the same manner as that of cigarette smoking.
DNA from normal and tumors tissue obtained from patients with
cancer of the breast was examined. Tumor tissues had higher
aflatoxin-adduct levels than did normal tissue from the same
The result of this study verifies the presence of
carcinogenic aflatoxin within the cancer tissue and thus implicates
aflatoxin as a cause of breast cancer. That is the same as saying
cancer is a fungus or is caused by a fungus and this is what Dr.
Simoncini has been saying all along.
Intensive Care Units are particularly on alert with
immunocompromised and oncology patients for fungal infections.
“Patients with brain
tumors used to have a life expectancy of 3-12 months, but better
treatment has allowed them to live a bit longer,” said Brenda
Shelton, clinical nurse specialist at the Sidney Kimmel
Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University,
“The last two brain
tumor ICU patients we treated died of infection, not of their
disease. One patient had a rare fungus, and the other had
candidemia. Years ago, you would not see most of these fungal
infections in patients with brain tumors because they would not
live long enough.”
“The biggest misconception is the belief that fungal infections
are rare,” Shelton said.
misconception is fungal infections are like every other severe
infection. They are harder to manage, harder to eradicate and
more frequent than people realize.”
One of the most common
complications involved in treating patients with hematologic cancer
is fungal infections.
Aspergillus niger fungal infection in human lungs produces large
amounts of oxalic acid, which is extremely toxic to the blood
vessels and which may cause fatal pulmonary hemorrhages.
Consequently, oxalic acid (calcium oxalate crystals) in the sputum
or lung specimens of patients is also an indication of an
Aspergillus infection of the lung. These calcium oxalate crystals
are the same as the calcium oxalate found in breast cancers.
The presence of oxalates
in the breast is indicative of the presence of fungi interwoven
within the stages of breast cancer development. Since humans do not
make oxalic acid themselves, this is an appropriate conclusion.
Dr. Robert Young states,
yeast/fungi, and mold are not the cause of a cancerous condition
but are the result and the evidence of cells and tissues
biologically transforming from a healthy state and to an
Dr. Young astutely
of the body leads to the development of chronic yeast and fungal
infections and ultimately a cancerous condition of the cells and
If one has cancer,
chances are pretty good that one
also has a fungal infection to one degree or another.
According to The Home
Medical Encyclopedia, in 1963 about one-half of all Americans
suffered from an “unrecognized” systemic fungal condition.
Far more Americans
suffer from fungal infections today as antibiotics, hormone
replacement therapies, and birth control pills continue to be
consumed like candy.
Thus more and more
children are becoming infected with candidal meningitis or viral
meningitis, which means their systems are suffering under the weight
of fungi who put out an assortment of poisons - or mycotoxins.
Bicarbonate is an Antifungal Agent
The current controversy over sodium bicarbonate and its use in
oncology might be relatively new but baking soda has a long history
of helping people get through the worst medical conditions.
The Eloquent Peasant, an
Egyptian literary work dated around 2000 B.C., refers to a peddler
selling natron, a natural blend of sodium bicarbonate, chloride and
sodium carbonate used in mummification, just one of hundreds of uses
this compound has been put to.
Baking soda’s first
widespread use was probably as a leavening agent for bread and other
baked goods. It has been used commercially since 1775, although the
now-famous Arm & Hammer brand wasn’t introduced until 1867.
Sodium bicarbonate (Na2HCO3) is recognized by
most as ordinary baking soda, which is found in deposits around the
globe. Its backbone characteristic is to maintain balance of carbon
dioxide, bicarbonate and pH.
Sodium bicarbonate is
available and sold in every supermarket and pharmacy in the world
and is widely used in emergency rooms and intensive care wards in
injectable forms but is sold as a common household substance that is
used for hundreds of different things.
Read my book, Sodium Bicarbonate, and see that something as
inexpensive as baking soda will outperform the most expensive
Across a wide range of
disorders, including cancer and diabetes, we find conclusive
evidence and plenty of theoretical backing to suggest that sodium
bicarbonate is a frontline universal medicine that should be
employed by all practitioners of the healing and medical arts for a
broad range of disorders that are afflicting contemporary man.
 H. R. Vikram, J.
D. Smilack, J. A. Leighton, M. D. Crowell, G. De Petris.
Emergence of Gastrointestinal Basidiobolomycosis in the United
States, With a Review of Worldwide Cases. Clinical Infectious
Diseases, 2012; DOI: 10.1093/cid/cis250
 National Cancer Institute:
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 Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (2011, June 2).
Antifungal drug delays need for chemo in advanced prostate
cancer, study suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 9, 2012,
 Le et al. (1986)
 Mutat Res. 1999 Mar 8;424(1-2):167-81.
 Does Aflatoxin Exposure in the United Kingdom Constitute a
 Baking soda, used since B.C., is better than effervescent;
sodium bicarbonate - good old NaHCO3 - is moving out of the
refrigerator and into an amazing array of commercial products
from shampoo to industrial cleansers.