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Is Cancer a Matter of Choice?

In this Health Tip we are going to attempt to help people realize that wrong diet and lifestyle are the major causes of cancer. By simply changing diet and lifestyle, most cancers can be prevented. But we are going to go even a step further by revealing that even after cancer has been initiated in the body, diet and lifestyle can play a vital role in recovery.


Sadly, we live in a day when many in the Christian Community believe that God governs everything that happens in their lives, including whether they get sick or remain healthy. Some even believe that their health, and even the time of their death, is totally out of their control and totally in God’s hands.

I personally reject that kind of thinking because the Bible tells in 3 John 2 that God wants us to “be in health.” (3 John 2) And in Galatians 6:7 we learn that it is what we sow that brings about most of our physical problems: “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Letter from a subscriber:

“Dear Rev. Malkmus: Thank you for your very detailed study and presentation of cancer growth – the maverick cells – in last week’s Health Tip. In addition, I would like to point out that The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell really hit the nail on the head when Dr. Campbell  presented the Three Stages of Cancer on pages 43-67, where he showed how animal protein will boost the promotion and progression stages of cancer; and how plant protein stunts its growth.”

Did you know that when a person enters a hospital for cancer treatment, that person is served meals that not only exacerbate the cancer, but are also the very foods that have contributed to the creation of the cancer they are in the hospital trying to recover from?

Have you ever wondered why doctors and dietitians, who have spent many years in school preparing for their vocations, are so unaware of the relationship between diet and disease?

Have you ever wondered why, when there is so much documentation showing the relationship between diet and disease, and in particular the relationship between diet and cancer, these professionals are totally in the dark regarding that relationship?

Sadly, there are forces at work in both government and our universities, trying to keep medical professionals as well as the public from realizing that there is a very real and direct relationship between diet and disease as well as diet and cancer.


Following are excerpts from Chapter 3, pages 43-67 of The China Study.

“Americans dread cancer more than any other disease. Slowly and painfully being consumed by cancer for months, even years, before passing away is a terrifying prospect. This is why cancer is perhaps the most feared of the major diseases.

“So when the media reports a newly found chemical carcinogen, the public takes notice and reacts quickly. Some carcinogens cause outright panic. Such was the case a few years ago with Alar, a chemical that was routinely sprayed on apples as a growth regulator…

The public reaction was swift… [but] the Alar story is not uncommon. Over the past several decades, several chemicals have been identified in the popular press as cancer-causing agents. You may have heard of some: DDT…Nitrites… Red Dye Number 2… Artificial sweeteners… Dioxin… Aflatoxin.

“I know these unsavory chemicals quite well. I was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Expert Panel… charged with evaluating the potential danger…

“But while these chemicals are significantly different in their properties, they all have a similar story with regard to cancer. In each and every case, research has demonstrated that these chemicals may increase cancer rates in experimental animals.”

Then Dr. Campbell reports on their experiments with nitrosamines, which showed that as chemical exposure increases, incidence of cancer also increases.

“How much NSAR (Nitrosamines) did the rats get? Both groups of rats were given an incredible amount… no human studies were used to make the evaluation… Nonetheless, animal experiments alone are considered enough to conclude that NSAR is ‘reasonably anticipated’ to be a human carcinogen.”

“To summarize the story: marginal scientific results can make very big waves in the public when it comes to cancer- causing chemicals. A rise in cancer incidence from 5% to 10% in rats fed large quantities of nitrite caused an explosive controversy.”


“The point isn’t that nitrite is safe. It is the mere possibility, however unlikely it may be, that it could cause cancer that alarms the public. But what if researchers produced considerably more impressive scientific results that were far more substantial? What if there was a chemical that experimentally turned on cancer in 100% of the test animals and its relative absence limited cancer to 0% of the animals? Furthermore, what if this chemical were capable of acting in this way at routine levels of intake and not the extraordinary levels used in the NSAR experiments? Finding such a chemical would be the holy grail of cancer research. The implications for human health would be enormous. One would assume that this chemical would be of considerably more concern than nitrite and Alar, and even more significant than aflatoxin, a highly ranked carcinogen.

“This is exactly what I saw in the Indian research paper when I was in the Philippines. The chemical was protein, fed to rats at levels that are well within the range of normal consumption. Protein! These results were more than startling. In the Indian study, when all the rats had been predisposed to get liver cancer after being given aflatoxin, only the animals fed 20% protein got the cancer, while those fed 5% protein got none.”

“The question begged for answers. To further study this question, I sought and received two National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants… One was for a human study, the other for an experimental animal study. I did not ‘cry wolf’ in either application by suggesting that PROTEIN might promote cancer. I had everything to lose and nothing to gain by acting like a heretic. Besides, I wasn’t convinced that PROTEIN actually might be harmful…

“The NIH funding for this study continued for the next nineteen years and led to additional funding from other research agencies… On these experimental animal findings alone, this project gave rise to more than 100 scientific papers published in some of the best journals, many public presentations and several invitations to participate on expert panels…

“From our extensive research, one idea seemed to be clear: Lower protein intake dramatically decreased tumor initiation. This finding, even though well substantiated, would be enormously provocative for many people…

“These experiments also demonstrated that the body could ‘remember’ early carcinogen insults, even though they might then lie dormant with low protein intake. That is, exposure to aflatoxin left a genetic ‘imprint’ that remained dormant with 5% dietary protein until… later when this imprint reawakened… with 20% dietary protein.

“In simple terms, the body holds a grudge. It suggests that if we are exposed in the past to a carcinogen that initiates a bit of cancer that remains dormant, this cancer can still be ‘reawakened’ by bad nutrition some time later. These studies showed that cancer development is modified by relatively modest changes in protein consumption.”

For years, this editor has been warning people who have seen their cancers go into remission on The Hallelujah Diet: “Don’t go back to consuming animal protein!” Why? Because I had received testimonies regarding a number of people who have seen cancers return after adding clean, organically grown animal protein (chicken, salmon, raw milk & cheese) back into their diets.

Until I read Dr Campbell’s book, I had not known why the cancers came back after adding animal protein back into their diets. With this research, I now understand why.

“Not all proteins are alike… If you have followed the story so far, you have seen how provocative these findings are. Controlling cancer through nutrition was, and still is, a radical idea. But as if this weren’t enough, one more issue would yield explosive information: did it make any difference what type of protein was used in these experiments? For all of these experiments, we were using casein, which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein.

“So the next logical question was whether plant protein, tested in the same way, has the same effect on cancer promotion as casein. The answer is an astonishing ‘no.’ In these experiments, plant protein did not promote cancer growth, even at higher levels of intake… But the cancer-promoting factor in this case was cow’s milk protein. It was difficult enough for my colleagues to accept the idea that protein might help cancer grow, but cow’s milk protein? Was I crazy?

“The effects of protein feeding on tumor development were nothing less than spectacular. Rats generally live for about two years, thus the study was 100 weeks in length. All animals that were administered aflatoxin and fed the regular 20% levels of casein either were dead or near death from liver tumors at 100 weeks. All animals administered the same level of aflatoxin but fed the low 5% PROTEIN diet were alive, active and thrifty, with sleek coats at 100 weeks… Let there be no doubt: cow’s milk protein is an exceptionally potent cancer promoter in rats dosed with aflatoxin.

“Okay, so here’s the central question: how does this research apply to human health… can we generalize these findings to other cancers and to other carcinogens? At the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, another research group was working with mammary (breast) cancer in rats. This research showed that increasing intakes of casein promoted the development of mammary (breast) cancer

“An impressively consistent pattern was beginning to emerge. For two different organs, four different carcinogens and two different species, casein promotes cancer growth… What effects did other nutrients have on cancer… We initiated more studies… The results of these, and many other studies, showed nutrition to be far more important in controlling cancer promotion than the dose of the initiating carcinogen.

“Furthermore, a pattern was beginning to emerge: nutrients from animal based foods increased tumor development while nutrients from plant based foods decreased tumor development… So much consistency was stunningly impressive, but one aspect of this research demanded that we remain cautious: all this evidence was gathered in experimental animal studies… are these principles regarding animal protein and cancer critically important for all humans in all situations, or are they merely marginally important for a minority of people…

“We needed direct evidence from human research… Having the opportunity to do such a study is rare, at best, but by incredibly good luck we were given exactly the opportunity we needed… We were given the chance to do a human study that would take all of these principles we had begun to uncover in the lab to the next level. It was time to study the role of nutrition, lifestyle and disease in the most comprehensive manner ever undertaken in the history of medicine. We were on to The China Study.”

In Chapter 4 (pages 69-108) of The China Study, titled “Lessons from China,” Dr. Campbell tells how they went to China and “initiated a nationwide survey to collect information about a disease that was not well understood. It was a monumental survey of death rates for twelve different kinds of cancer for more than… 880 million of their citizens. The survey was remarkable in many ways. It involved 650,000 workers, the most ambitious biomedical research project ever undertaken.”

Then on page 107, after evaluating the diets of millions of Chinese, Dr. Campbell had this to say.

“At the end of the day, the strength and consistency of the majority of the evidence is enough to draw valid conclusions. Namely, whole plant-based foods are beneficial, and animal-based foods are not… the results of this study, in addition to a mountain of supporting research… convinced me to turn my dietary lifestyle around.I stopped eating meat fifteen years ago, and I stopped eating almost all animal-based foods, including dairy, within the past six to eight years… My family has also adopted this way of eating…”


Absolutely! And that better way is what we teach here at Hallelujah Acres. Almost every physical problem we experience, including cancer, is merely a toxic body, reacting to an improper diet and lifestyle with a weakened immune system.

We suggest that rather than further weakening the immune system with toxic chemicals, burning radiation, or by cutting out body parts with surgery, a far better approach is to stop placing toxic and dead foods that originally set the stage for cancer into the body.

Then begin placing the raw living plant foods that will rebuild the immune system into the body so it will have the ability to do what God designed it to – heal itself!

(Dr. Campbell’s book, The China Study is available for purchase from Hallelujah Acres online or by calling 800-915-9355.)


  1. The China Study is a paradigm shifter. The evidence presented in the book is extremely convincing. My wife and I read it a year and a half ago and have been eating a whole-food, plant based diet since then. I lost 30 pounds in 3 months, have more energy, think clearer, my eye sight is improving, and we probably won’t be getting any of those diseases that kill most Americans. It is sad however, to be watching our family members and friends (many of them Christians) getting sick and dying needlessly.

  2. I love George Malkmus information and heart for people. My wife and I enjoy better health from following many of his healthy recommendations. However, his theology from 3 John 2 does not do justice to the passage nor to his own usual carefulness. 3 John 2 is not saying God wants everyone to be healthy. It says that the elder (author) wishes Gaius to prosper in health (because he wasn’t at that time) even as his soul prospers. Anyway, I feel we should be more careful in claiming what the Bible teaches and what it does not teach. In order to obtain a ‘proof text’ we should not take a verse out of context. Thanks.

  3. Your info is mostly very sound and biblical.

    Nonetheless, i would like to see how you would reconcile the book of Leviticus to your claim that
    “a number of people who have seen cancers return after adding clean, organically grown animal protein (chicken, salmon, raw milk & cheese) back into their diets.”

    I am absolutely uncomfortable with this apparent “dogma” that has been taught by H-acres.

    Hope you understand where I am coming from.

    Leong S C

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