I thought I had posted about Dr. Moerman’s Diet before, but could not find it so here are my thoughts.
Apparently Dr. Moerman’s diet was implemented by the Dutch Ministry of Health as a standard cancer treatment in 1987. Per below, it was stopped soon after. He died in 1988. The diet never took off.
While most doctors and USC phD researcher Dr. Longo would not agree with the “allowed foods” containing grains, Dr. Moerman was demonstrating likely the real effects from a modified-fasting diet that are now showing interesting results.
2. Schweiz Rundsch Med Prax. 1990 Apr 10;79(15):464-7.
[Cancer treatment using Dr. Moerman’s diet and therapy. Documentation No. 24].
Dr. Moerman’s anti-cancer diet
Chapter on Treatments Rated For Advanced Cancer Patients
How It Works
The Moerman Anti-Cancer Diet
1) Vitamin A (requires Vitamin D as a catalyst),
2) Vitamin B complex,
3) Vitamin C,
4) Vitamin E,
5) Citric Acid,
Thiamine (B-1) found in brown rice, low-fat milk, wheat germ and yeast,
Riboflavin (B-2) found in egg yolks, green vegetables, low-fat milk and yeast,
Niacin (B-3) found in wheat germ and yeast,
Pantothenic Acid (B-5) found in broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, egg yolks and whole grains,
Pyridoxine (B-6) found in green vegetables, whole grain cereals and yeast,
Biotin (B-8) found in egg yolks, whole grain cereals and yeast,
Folic Acid (B-9) found in beets, endive, green cabbage and whole green peas
[Note: Do NOT forget Cobalamin (B-12), found in liver, kidney, meats, fish, dairy products, blue green algae, and eggs, most of which are not allowed on this diet.]
Foods and Drinks
Whole grain breads,
Whole grain pastas,
Whole grain crackers,
Unpolished brown rice,
Barley, oat bran, wheat germ,
Wheat, oat and corn flakes
All foods that contain white flour
Butter, buttermilk, cream cheese, cottage cheese, Young farmer cheese, egg yolk, low-fat milk, sour cream, yogurt-plain (must contain dextro lactic acid, preferably with lactobacillus acidophilus – which restores the intestinal flora)
Cheese with high fat and salt content: Bleu, Brie, Cheddar, Muenster, Swiss,
All vegetables except those listed as not allowed
All beans and peas except whole green peas in their pods,
All potatoes; red, sweet, white,
Red cabbage, sauerkraut, white cabbage
Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, green cabbage, parsley
All fruits except those listed as not allowed
Dates, figs, rhubarb, sweet grapes
Beet juice, carrot juice, orange juice mixed with lemon juice
CONDIMENTS – DRESSING AND SEASONINGS
Black pepper (limit to one pinch occasionally),
Cream (use occasionally),
Honey (limit to one teaspoon daily),
Moerman Mayonnaise (recipe in book),
Olive oil (use cold-pressed type only),
Cheese, grated (Use low-fat, low-salt varieties only),
Parsley (use sparingly),
Sea Salt (use only a pinch in cooking water),
Sunflower oil (use cold-processed type only),
Vegetable bouillon cubes (use those made without chemicals or preservatives only),
Beans and peas: kidney beans, lentils, marrowfat peas,
Cheeses with high fat and salt content: Blue, Brie, Cheddar, Muenster, Swiss,
Cigars, cigarettes, pipe tobacco,
Hydrogenated (heat-processed) vegetable oils [i.e. trans-fatty acids],
Hydrogenated (heat-processed) vegetable shortening [i.e. trans-fatty acids],
Margarine [i.e. trans-fatty acids],
Potatoes, all varieties,
Refined, iodized table salt,
Stocks or broths made of fish, meat, or shellfish,
Refined white sugar and all foods that contain refined white sugar,
Teas that contain any amount of caffeine,
White flour and all foods that contain white flour
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The Moerman Diet
The Moerman Diet
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
Cornelis Morman, M.D. (893-1988) was a Dutch physician who pacticed medicine for nearly 50 years. In the 1930s, he began experimenting with pigeons and claimed to have found “mysterious suppressors” of the cancer cell — “eight essential substances” that can keep humans healthy. He also claimed:
- Chronic deficiency of these substances leads to metabolic disturbances, anomalies of regeneration tissue, and alkalosis that enabled microorganisms he called “symbionts” to transform healthy cells into cancer cells.
- Symbionts” were visible in the blood of healthy patients but the blood of cancer patients was “crawling” with them.
- A lactovegetarian diet plus supplements of vitamins A, B, C, and E, iodine, sulfur, iron, and citric acid (later supplemented vitamin D and selenium) would prevent or cure the cancers by robbing the “symbionts” of their growth medium.
The diet prohibited all meats, all fish and shellfish, alcohol, animal fats, artificial colorings, beans, peas, lentils, mushrooms, potatoes, red cabbage, saurkraut., cheeses with high fat and salt content, margerine and other hydrogenated oils, coffee, cocoa or caffeine containing teas, egg whites, sugar, salt, white flour, and tobacco.
Proponents claim that Moerman’s diet was approved by the Dutch Ministry of Health in 1987 based on government-supported research. However, in 1988, the Swiss Cancer League’s Study Group on Unproven Methods of Oncology investigated this claim and reported: “At the beginning of the 1980s the Dutch government supported a prospective trial to investigate the effectiveness of the Moerman therapy. After the study had begun, the Moerman doctors dropped out one after the other, and the study had to be terminated without any results being obtained.”  The Study Group also concluded:
- The results of Moerman’s pigeon experiments, as far ir could tell, have never been published.
- Moerman’s postulated “symbionts” were never scientifically demonstareted to exist.
- Moerman himself provided rudimentary (anecdotal) reports .
- Study Group on Unproven Methods of Oncology. Cancer cure by the Dr. Moerman diet and therapy. Swiss Cancer League File No. 24E, 1988.