Dr. John Beard

John Beard’s Trophoblast Cell Theory

(and a mention of its modern equivalent)

To understand this important group of resources, we need to visit a little bit of scientific history. In 1902 a Scottish doctor, John Beard, published an interesting paper. He drew attention to the fact that when the placenta implants into the uterus, the way it burrows in and invades the mother’s tissue is exactly like a cancer.

Why didn’t the placenta just keep going and take over everything – like a cancer does? Nobody knew at the time but John Beard noticed that the placenta stops invading at exactly the moment when the infants pancreas starts to produce enzymes. If that doesn’t happen, the deadly cancer of pregnancy – chorion-carcinoma – ensues which is capable of killing the mother and baby very quickly (today there is an excellent cure rate for chorion-carcinoma).

The cells of the placenta which invade are called the trophoblasts. Whenever you see the word “tropho” or “trophic” in science, it means feeding. These cells set out to establish the food supply line for the baby fetus.

Beard began to ask himself whether cancer cells, which look exactly like trophoblast cells—young, vigorous, unspecialized—could also be turned off by enzymes from the pancreas. In fact he went even further and speculated that cancer came from hidden trophoblasts cells in the body, left over from days in the womb, which got activated again, by stress and toxins. Perhaps normally these get picked off by enzymes but sometimes they do not and cancer is the result. So Beard called this the trophoblastic theory of cancer.

I think he hit the target right on bullseye and it’s worth making sure you understand the implications of this theory and the treatments which result. Because it does work. Within a few years there were hundreds of clinics which sprang up offering pancreatic enzyme treatments for cancer patients. There were centers 40 in London alone.

Of course it was attacked as nonsense by the medical establishment. They attack everything, from good diet, to surgeons washing their hands and keeping everything clean, to anesthetics. But it wasn’t that which saw Beard’s work disappear. Not long afterwards Madam Curie came along and convinced people that X-ray was the way to go because it was so “safe” and “effective” and the pancreatic cancer cure was quickly abandoned. Marie Curie became famous and John Beard was promptly forgotten (that’s called “scientific progress”!).

But the story didn’t die totally. William Donald Kelley, a dentist from Grapevine, Texas, cured himself of pancreatic cancer in the sixties, largely using Beard’s theories, and went on to develop a nutritionally-based, do-it-yourself home cure for cancer which is probably over ninety per cent effective in patients who have not been overly destroyed by chemotherapy and orthodox treatments.

Dr. Beard believed the enzymes had to be injected, to prevent destruction by hydrochloric acid in the stomach. However, recent evidence demonstrates that orally ingested pancreatic proteolytic enzymes are acid stable and pass intact into the small intestine, where they are absorbed. Dr Kelley, whose dietary program I referred to in Part 1 of this series, had his own enzymes compounded and they certainly worked.

No-one need die of cancer. However, it is a full time job to cure yourself of cancer. The cause and cure are known and at hand. See the Kelley programme in full.

Dr Nicholas Gonzalez, one of the doctors you should meet if you are interested in this line of treatment, took the time to evaluate Kelley’s work, while still a medical student. Eventually, what began as a student project developed into a two-year formal research effort which he pursued during my formal immunology training. Gonzalez website

Gonzalez reviewed nearly 10,000 of Dr. Kelley’s patient records and interviewed over 500 patients with appropriately diagnosed advanced cancer. This included 50 of his patients initially diagnosed with a variety of poor prognosis cancer, all of whom had enjoyed long term survival and/or apparent regression of disease while following their nutritional regimen. Gonzalez also studied 22 patients with near terminal pancreatic cancer. 10 of these patients had visited Kelley only once and had never followed the protocol: these individuals had been discouraged from proceeding largely because of the negative influence of family and physicians who thought Kelley to be an outright fraud. This group of people, sadly, had a survival average of only 60 days, making them a useful control group. Among the remaining 12 patients, Gonzalez found a number who had survived far beyond what would be expected for the disease, including one patient with pancreatic cancer to the liver who had, when last contacted, been alive over ten years from her original diagnosis.

Despite the careful documentation of all these successes, no one in academic medicine could accept that a nutritional therapy might produce positive results with advanced cancer patients.

In 1986, probably as a result of endless pressures, Dr. Kelley gave up research and patient care, and I myself have not spoken to him or any of his associates since 1987. He passed away in January 2005.

But Gonzales pressed on. He carried out a pilot study in 10 patients suffering inoperable adenocarcinoma of the pancreas, with survival as the endpoint. Pancreatic cancer cases were chosen because the prognosis for the disease is so poor, and an effect could be seen in a small number of patients in a short period of time.

Gonzales was told that if three of ten patients lived a year, that would be considered a positive result. What actually happened was that, of 11 patients with only weeks to live, nine (81%) lived one year, 5 lived two years (45%), 4 lived three years (36%) and two have lived longer than four years. You can compare that with a study at about the same time, of the newly approved drug gemcitabine. Of 126 patients with pancreatic cancer not a single patient lived longer than 19 months and yet that was considered a “successful” drug.

I hope you are getting the picture here! Do not listen to the propaganda about conventional treatment. It comes nowhere near the success rate of certain properly run alternative therapies. Yet they call that science. Anyone who tries to help in other ways is attacked bitterly and hounded out of town. One doctor with a cancer cure was shot at repeatedly, until he closed down his clinic.

It’s partly jealous vested interests, guarding its dollars. But pretty plainly it’s also about extravagantly overpaid incompetents and liars not wanting to be shown up for what they are but someone doing a better job for a fraction of the cost.

It should go without saying that you need the proper, the real pancreatic enzymes and not the mediocre substitutes that you buy on the Internet. I’ll tell you a good product shortly. Also it is important to understand you do not simply and only take panreactic enzymes. Kelley had a very strict health regime, covering all aspects of what a patient ate. Gonzales’ therapy itself is quite complex, but basically involves three components: diet, aggressive supplementation with nutrients and enzymes, and detoxification. The protocols are individualized and each patient receives a diet designed for his or her specific needs. The diets are quite variable, ranging from a pure vegetarian program to a diet requiring fatty red meat 2-3 times a day.

The supplement regimens are also individualized, and intense: each cancer patient consumes between 130 and 175 capsules daily. Non-cancer patients will require considerably fewer supplements per day. The supplement regimens include a range of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, anti-oxidants and animal glandular products, prescribed according to the particular patient’s needs and cancer type. These nutrients do not, Gonzales believes, have a direct anti-cancer effect, but instead serve to improve overall metabolic function. In addition to these supplements, every cancer patient takes large quantities of freeze dried porcine pancreatic enzymes in capsule form, which Gonzales believe provide the main anti-cancer action.

The animal glandular products and pancreatic enzymes that we use are derived from animals raised in Australia and New Zealand, where there has been no history of BSE (mad cow disease) or other prion diseases such as scrapie. The animal husbandry regulations in Australia and New Zealand are the strictest in the world, and prohibit the feeding practices that have caused problems in other countries.

The third component of the protocol involves what we call “detoxification” routines. On this therapy, we find that as patients repair and rebuild, large amounts of metabolic wastes and stored toxins are released. As a result, patients routinely develop a variety of symptoms, most commonly described as “flu-like,” such as low grade fevers, muscle aches and pains, even rashes which may be from destruction of the tumor or just from removing the chemical pollutants I referred to in part 1.

Part of “Detoxification” refers to procedures such as the coffee enema, which are believed by alternative practitioners to stimulate liver function and in turn, the processing and excretion of metabolic wastes. The coffee enemas are done twice daily, and patients most commonly report symptomatic relief.

Coffee enemas have been discussed in the orthodox medical literature for the better part of this century. Many nursing texts routinely recommended coffee enemas, and the Merck Manual advocated coffee enemas as a stimulant in all editions from the first in 1898 through 1977.

So there is a lot to the pancreas enzyme approach. Let me now give you some understanding from modern science, which makes it almost imperative that you take at least SOME quality enzymes.

There are many enzymes in biology, indeed a dazzling array for every function of the cell. Enzymes make important chemical reactions occur at body temperature, which otherwise might need heat. But here we mean digestive enzymes or their equivalent, usually from animal pancreas sources. Bromelain (from pineapple) and papain (from papaya) are also able to digest proteins and other complex biological molecules, safely and effectively. Why is this important?

Most tumours and cancer cells are covered by a sticky resistant mucous/protein coating, which makes them safe from immune cells and even protects them to a degree, from chemotherapy. We can use a mixture of enzymes to dissolve away this protective coat, leaving the cancer cell naked and vulnerable. It can then be poisoned and quickly gobbled up by the body’s defences. It will also help chemo because the deadly chemical will be more likely to reach the core of the cancer cells and choke it to death.

There are many enzymes replacement products on the market. Look for preoteolytic enzyme (trypsin) or pancreas-type names (Pancreatin, or such), or even pancreas extract. Enzyme mixtures of this sort cool inflammation and so they also have a use against heart disease and blood clotting disorders, arthritis, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disorders. Alternative doctors will take an enzyme formula after sports exertion, to curb the aches and pains (which are also largely inflammatory in nature).

But the important role here is that of stripping off the protective coating from cancer cells.

A number of proprietary brands exist, of which I can recommend German brand Wobenzyme, available widely. A typical dose regime would be 12- 20 capsules a day. As a proprietary product, it tends to be expensive. Wobenzyme contains bromelain, papain, as well as trypsin, chymotrypsin and pancreas extract.


  1. Beard, J: “The Action of Trypsin…” Br Med J 4, 140-41, 1906.
  2. Beard, J: “The Enzyme Treatment of Cancer” London: Chatto and Windus, 1911.
  3. Cutfield, A: “Trypsin Treatment in Malignant Disease” Br Med J 5, 525, 1907.
  4. Wiggin, FH: “Case of Multiple Fibrosarcoma Of The Tongue, With Remarks on the Use of Trypsin and Amylopsin in the Treatment of Malignant Disease” JAMA 47, 2003-08. 1906.
  5. Gotze, H, Rotham SS: Enterohepatic Circulation of Digestive Enzymes As A Conservative Mechanism” Nature 257 (5527).
  6. Shively, FL: “Multiple Proteolytic Enzyme Therapy Of Cancer.” Dayton, Johnson-Watson, 1969.
  7. Little, WL: “A Case Of Malignant Tumor, WIth Treatment.” JAMA 50, 1724, 1908.
  8. Kelley, WD: “One Answer To Cancer” latest update – 33,000 cancer cases over three decades. New Century Promotions 3711 Alta Loma Drive Bonita, CA 91902 800-768-8484 or 619-479-3829.

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