A Great Pioneer of Nutrition – Prosecuted and Forgotten: Dr. Royal Lee

Do you know who Dr. Royal Lee is? No? I understand. I have never heard of his name either, until a few days ago! Let me share with you what I have read about this great man.

Dr. Royal Lee was the pioneer researcher in the field of whole food vitamins. When Dr. Royal Lee died in 1967, he was hailed as the greatest nutritionist of the 20th century. Yet today his name and work go largely unknown. This is no coincidence. Dr. Lee’s basic message—that the ultimate cause of most modern disease is malnutrition brought on by industrially produced foods—threatened some of our country’s mightiest institutions. These powers actively suppressed Dr. Lee’s message. Dr. Lee would spend his life fighting this suppression. http://www.drroyallee.com/

Lee’s views put him at odds not just with organized medicine and the FDA but also with the food manufacturing industry.  His work threatened the security of these commercial interests.  Due to their prompting (and lobbying monies), governmental agencies like the FDA were assigned to discredit him. Throughout his life, Dr. Lee would endure perpetual legal prosecution and character assassination at the hands of these governmental agencies.  Fortunately for us, Lee did not back down from telling the truth; no matter the cost.  With Americans increasingly consuming heavily processed foods, he carried on his work in spite of the constant lawsuits.  It is easy to find those still vilifying his work online.

Ask anyone who has done it, battling the government and their infinitely deep pockets is almost impossible.  Unfortunately, Dr. Lee lost a lawsuit with the FDA in 1962 and was ordered to stop accompanying his food supplements with literature describing their therapeutic value.  He was also forced to destroy all the educational nutritional literature produced by his companies that the government deemed “misleading.”  Within five years, at age 72, Dr. Lee died from a stress-induced stroke. http://www.doctorschierling.com/blog/the-forgotten-genius-of-dr-royal-lee

Let us reflect on some of the ideas of Dr. Lee

One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedence of chemical therapy over nutrition. It’s a substitution of artificial therapy over nature, of poisons over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation — Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

 Candy, all white sugar and its products, and white flour, including its products such as macaroni, spaghetti, crackers, etc., should be absolutely barred from the diet of the child. All these are energy-producing foods that contain no building materials for the body. The consequences of their toleration are susceptibility to infections, enlarged tonsils, carious teeth, unruly dispositions, stunted growth, rickets, maldevelopment, and very often permanent damage to many organs of the body (especially the endocrine glands) that depend on the vitamin supply for their normal function and development — Dr. Royal Lee, 1938., 1938 

Sugar and flour are the first things to throw out in the diet because they are pure calories and don’t contribute anything but fat to the body. Starch goes into fat. Sugar goes into fat. If you want to fatten a pig what do you give them? You feed them a lot of corn, cornstarch — Royal Lee – 1955 

We have drifted into this deplorable position of national malnutrition quite inadvertently. It is the result of scientific research with the objective of finding the best ways to create foods that are non-perishable that can be made by mass production methods in central factories, and distributed so cheaply that they can sweep all local competition from the market. Then, after these develops a suspicion that these “foods” are inadequate to support life, modern advertising steps in to propagandize the people into believing that there is nothing wrong with them, that they are products of scientific research intended to afford a food that is the last word in nutritive value, …and the confused public is totally unable to arrive at any conclusion of fact, and continues to blindly buy the rubbish that is killing them off years ahead of their time —  Dr. Royal Lee June 1943 

In countries where ‘civilized,’ adulterated foods are not used, there is no cancer, no tuberculosis, no pneumonia, no heart disease, no diabetes, no arthritis to speak of…It seems that only a liberal use of white flour and white sugar can cause the extraordinarily high death rate so obvious wherever these foods are common — Dr. Royal Lee, 1958 

A vitamin is: … a working process consisting of the nutrient, enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, and trace minerals activators  – Royal Lee “What Is a Vitamin?” Applied Trophology, Aug. 1956

Vitamins are not individual molecular compounds.   Vitamins are biological complexes.   They are multi-step biochemical interactions whose action is dependent upon a number of variables within the biological terrain.   Vitamin activity only takes place when all conditions are met within that environ-ment, and when all co-factors and components of the entire vitamin complex are present and working together.   Vitamin activity is even more than the sum of all those parts; it also involves timing. Vitamins cannot be isolated from their complexes and still perform their specific life functions within the cells.   When isolated into artificial commercial forms, like ascorbic acid, these purified synthetics act as drugs in the body. They are no longer vitamins, and to call them such is inaccurate.

“The Lee Principle of Nutrition states that a vitamin as it appears in nature is never a single chemical, but rather it is a group of interdependent compounds that form a ‘nutrient complex’ so intricate that only a living cell can create it. And just as no single component of a watch keeps time, no single compound in a vitamin complex accounts for the vitamin’s nutritive effect in the body. Only through whole, unprocessed foods can the synergistic effect of a true vitamin be delivered.” — Mark R. Anderson 

“No structure can be any better than its foundation.  Good nutrition is the foundation of health.  What we eat today becomes our body of tomorrow.  The mysterious ailments we develop by reason of carelessness in choosing our food is the inevitable result of our trying to make something out of nothing.  Heart disease, arthritis, cancer, tooth decay, pyorrhea all appear to be end results of our own carelessness and neglect to eat honest food.” 

“The American people have been humbugged into digging their graves with their own teeth!” – Dr. Royal Lee

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Can we eat to starve cancer?

When you have cancer, you are told: Eat anything you like. Cancer has nothing to do with your diet!

And you believe that this a a great advice? Based on science facts or research?

Hang one, listen to Dr. William Li,  head of the Angiogenesis Foundation, a nonprofit that is re-conceptualizing global disease fighting.

Click this link:  http://www.ted.com/talks/william_li

This video has 3,286,376 hits. So don’t miss out. Listen to what a “real scientist” has got to tell you!

The following are some important points you may want to remember — check with your doctors if you like!

  1. There’s a medical revolution happening all around us, and it’s one that’s going to help us conquer some of society’s most dreaded conditions, including cancer. The revolution is called angiogenesis, and it’s based on the process that our bodies use to grow blood vessels.
  2. The human body is literally packed with them (blood vessels): 60,000 miles worth in a typical adult. End to end, that would form a line that would circle the earth twice. The smallest blood vessels are called capillaries; we’ve got 19 billion of them in our bodies. And these are the vessels of life, and, as I’ll show you, they can also be the vessels of death.
  3. We get most of these blood vessels when we’re actually still in the womb, And what that means is that as adults, blood vessels don’t normally grow. Except in a few special circumstances: In women, blood vessels grow every month to build the lining of the uterus; during pregnancy, they form the placenta, which connects mom and baby. And after injury, blood vessels actually have to grow under the scab in order to heal a wound.
  4. The body has the ability to regulate the amount of blood vessels that are present at any given time. It does this through an elaborate and elegant system of checks and balances, stimulators and inhibitors of angiogenesis.
  5. When we need a brief burst of blood vessels, the body can do this by releasing stimulators, proteins called angiogenic factors that act as natural fertilizer and stimulate new blood vessels to sprout. And when those excess vessels are no longer needed, the body prunes them back to baseline using naturally occurring inhibitors of angiogenesis.
  6. For a number of diseases, there are defects in the system where the body can’t prune back extra blood vessels or can’t grow enough new ones in the right place at the right time. And in these situations, angiogenesis is out of balance. When angiogenesis is out of balance, a myriad of diseases result … there are more than 70 major diseases affecting more than a billion people worldwide, that all look on the surface to be different from one another, but all actually share abnormal angiogenesis as their common denominator.
  7. Now I’m going to focus on cancer because angiogenesis is a hallmark of cancer, every type of cancer … a tumor: dark, gray, ominous mass …. under the microscope, you can see hundreds of these brown staining blood vessels, capillaries that are feeding cancer cells, bringing oxygen and nutrients.
  8. But cancers don’t start out with a blood supply. They start out as small, microscopic nests of cells that can only grow to one half a cubic millimeter in size; that’s the tip of a ballpoint pen. Then they can’t get any larger because they don’t have a blood supply, so they don’t have enough oxygen or nutrients.
  9. In fact, we’re probably forming these microscopic cancers all the time in our body. Autopsy studies from people who died in car accidents have shown that about 40 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 50 actually have microscopic cancers in their breasts, about 50 percent of men in their 50s and 60s have microscopic prostate cancers, and virtually 100 percent of us, by the time we reach our 70s, will have microscopic cancers growing in our thyroid. Yet, without a blood supply, most of these cancers will never become dangerous.
  10. So the body’s ability to balance angiogenesis, when it’s working properly, prevents blood vessels from feeding cancers. And this turns out to be one of our most important defense mechanisms against cancer. In fact, if you actually block angiogenesis and prevent blood vessels from ever reaching cancer cells, tumors simply can’t grow up.
  11. But once angiogenesis occurs, cancers can grow exponentially. And this is actually how a cancer goes from being harmless to deadly. Cancer cells mutate and they gain the ability to release lots of those angiogenic factors, natural fertilizer, that tip the balance in favor of blood vessels invading the cancer. And once those vessels invade the cancer, it can expand, it can invade local tissues.
  12. So, if angiogenesis is a tipping point between a harmless cancer and a harmful one, then one major part of the angiogenesis revolution is a new approach to treating cancer by cutting off the blood supply. We call this antiangiogenic therapy, and it’s completely different from chemotherapy because it selectively aims at the blood vessels that are feeding the cancers.
  13. Now, obviously, antiangiogenic therapy could be used for a wide range of cancers. There’s 12 different drugs, 11 different cancer types. But the real question is: How well do these work in practice?
  14. I started asking myself, “Why haven’t we been able to do better?” And the answer, to me, is obvious; we’re treating cancer too late in the game, when it’s already established and, oftentimes, it’s already spread or metastasized. And as a doctor, I know that once a disease progresses to an advanced stage, achieving a cure can be difficult, if not impossible.
  15. So I went back to the biology of angiogenesis and started thinking: Could the answer to cancer be preventing angiogenesis, beating cancer at its own game so the cancers could never become dangerous?
  16. What could we be adding to our diet that’s naturally antiangiogenic, that could boost the body’s defense system and beat back those blood vessels that are feeding cancers? In other words, can we eat to starve cancer?

Well, the answer’s yes.

  1. So let me show you what happens when we put in an extract from red grapes. The active ingredient’s resveratrol, it’s also found in red wine. This inhibits abnormal angiogenesis by 60 percent. Here’s what happens when we added an extract from strawberries; it potently inhibits angiogenesis. And extract from soybeans. And here is a growing list of our antiangiogenic foods and beverages that we’re interested in studying.

So here are four different teas that we’ve tested. They’re all common ones: Chinese jasmine, Japanese sencha, Earl Grey and a special blend that we prepared. And you can see clearly that the teas vary in their potency from less potent to more potent. But what’s very cool is when we actually combined the two less potent teas together, the combination, the blend, is more potent than either one alone. This means there’s food synergy.

And here are the dietary factors going head to head against these drugs. You can see, they clearly hold their own and, in some cases, they’re more potent than the actual drugs. Soy, parsley, garlic, grapes, berries; I could go home and cook a tasty meal using these ingredients.

  1. Now, I’ve shown you a bunch of lab data, and so the real question is: What is the evidence in people that eating certain foods can reduce angiogenesis in cancer? Well, the best example I know is a study of 79,000 men followed over 20 years, in which it was found that men who consumed cooked tomatoes two to three times a week had up to a 50 percent reduction in their risk of developing prostate cancer. Now, we know that tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, and lycopene is antiangiogenic.

But what’s even more interesting from this study is that in those men who did develop prostate cancer, those who ate more servings of tomato sauce actually had fewer blood vessels feeding their cancer. So this human study is a prime example of how antiangiogenic substances present in food and consumed at practical levels can impact on cancer.

  1. If we’re right, it could impact on consumer education, food services, public health and even the insurance industry. For many people around the world, dietary cancer prevention may be the only practical solution because not everybody can afford expensive end-stage cancer treatments, but everybody could benefit from a healthy diet based on local, sustainable, antiangiogenic crops.
  2. Albert Szent-Gyorgi once said that, “Discovery consists of seeing what everyone has seen, and thinking what no one has thought.” I hope I’ve convinced you that, for diseases like cancer, … there may be a great power in attacking their common denominator: angiogenesis. And that’s what I think the world needs now. Thank you.

Great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ: Eat anything you like!

Quoted from Never Fear Cancer Again by Raymond Francis, pages 112-113 & 145



Unfortunately, conventional physicians have almost no training in nutrition and biochemistry and give patients advice that makes matters worse. Most oncologists will tell their patients that cancer has nothing to do with nutrition and that it doesn’t matter what they eat.

Typical is the case of Stacy, a forty-eight-year-old cancer patient who was suffering a recurrence of metastasized melanoma. Stacy questioned her physicians about diet. She was told she could eat whatever she wanted. One doctor told her that nutrition had absolutely nothing to do with cancer. He told her to eat whatever made her happy, and he jokingly said he would write her a prescription for ice cream. Like most doctors, he was simply unaware of the critical role nutrition plays in causing disease.

Stacy’s oncologist actually served candy to the cancer patients in his waiting room, oblivious to the fact that sugar drives cancer like gasoline drives fire.

Stacy’s recurrence of melanoma was diagnosed as a “significant metastasis …”  She was advised to undergo immediate surgery – she refused. Her oncologist was adamant. He followed her out of the office into the hall saying, “Schedule the surgery now! Schedule the surgery now!” Stacy was sufficiently well informed to know that her metastasized melanoma was a death sentence. Given the grim statistics on that type of cancer, she knew that conventional medicine could not save her. If she wanted to live, Stacy would have to take charge of her own health.

Stacy purchased organic vegetables, juiced them, and took vitamin supplements. Three months after the “significant metastasis” diagnosis, all testing showed her to be cancer free. After her radiologist called her with the good news of her test results, she told him what she had done to rid herself of the cancer. He simply stated “Well, whatever it is you are doing, keep doing it.” He didn’t ask her any questions and was not curious about how she had accomplished this incredible feat.

Seven years later, with no medical treatment, she is still in robust health.

Since Stacy’s original melanoma diagnosis in 2003, four family friends were diagnosed with melanoma. Despite pleading with them to take a more natural approach to healing … they all chose conventional treatment with surgery, chemo, and radiation – they were all dead.


When I tell people not to drink milk, they often ask, “Where will I get my calcium?” I inform them that 70 percent of the world’s people do not drink milk. Where do they get their calcium? They get if from plant foods. Green vegetables, such as kale, broccoli and collard greens, are loaded with calcium.


Why don’t you ask the cows where they get their calcium from? They only eat grass but only drank their mother’s milk when there were calves … they don’t drink other people’s milk! The  only animal species that drink other people’s milk is the Homo sapiens (i.e. human being).

The above story happened in the United States. It also happened in this country … exactly! Perhaps the quotation … great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ … is true?

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