Grandfather, 78, Beats Incurable Colon Cancer By Changing His Diet

Allan Taylor, 78, beat cancer by changing his diet and taking supplements.

The following article by Rob Preece appeared in The Daily Mail UK September 16, 2012.

A grandfather, who was told by doctors (in April 2012) that his cancer was ‘incurable’, has been given the “all-clear” (by doctors) less than four months later – after trying a different diet.

Allan Taylor could have been forgiven for fearing the worst when doctors told him they could do nothing to treat his condition.But the 78-year-old would not give up, and instead searched the internet for an alternative method to fight his cancer. After studying websites, he decided to radically change his diet – and found his condition improved dramatically.

Mr Taylor, a retired oil rig engineer from Middlesbrough, replaced red meat and dairy products with 10 portions of raw fruit and veg each day.

His diet included powdered barley grass, curry spices, apricot kernels and selenium tablets.

Mr Taylor made the changes after he received a letter on April 30, telling them were was no point having any more chemotherapy as it would not cure him and neither would an operation.

‘They said if they cut out the cancer it would just pop up somewhere else,’ he told the Sunday Mirror.

‘But I was determined to stay positive and decided to find my own cure.’

‘On August 6 I got a letter from North Tees hospital to say a scan had shown my cancer had gone and “the abnormality is no longer visible”. I’m all clear.’

Mr Taylor’s ordeal began in February last year when he noticed a two-inch lump in his abdomen. He was sent for a scan and told he had colon cancer. Last September he underwent an operation, during which a surgeon removed a nine-inch section of his colon, and he began a three-month course of chemotherapy. But in April this year he was told the cancer had spread to small intestine.

Mr Taylor responded by tapping the words ‘colon cancer cures’ into an internet search engine. He used the information, together with advice from his local health food store, to devise his new diet.

He believes that having a teaspoon of powdered barley grass in hot water every morning and night was particularly crucial.

‘There is no question in my mind that my diet saved my life,’ he said. ‘And all it cost was £30 a week’

[End of Daily Mail Article]


I originally posted this story in October, 2012. It got tons of traffic and somehow Allan saw it. He posted a comment about wanting to tell his whole story so I emailed him and asked him for it. He didn’t respond so I assumed he had changed his mind. Six months later he emailed me this:

A Spice Route to Recovery Living Proof…


Allan Taylor, 78, retired, 13 years ago after a long career in construction steelwork, erecting, fitting out oil and gas rigs. I had a longstanding heart condition, but was well on warfarin for years, before I was diagnosed with ‘incurable’ colon cancer in September 2011. I underwent surgery then chemotherapy, but became so ill that treatment was discontinued. Using the internet to design myself a bespoke menu of natural remedies, then amazed my doctors by showing up cancer-free on a follow-up scan.

I live in Middlesbrough, with my wife whom I met at 15. My eldest daughter died from conventionally-treated cancer, aged 49. Now ‘feeling very fit and no more than 21’ I take two of our grandchildren, to and from school every day, lays carpet, dives under the car to execute repairs, recently fitted a new kitchen, painted the house inside and out, and thinks nothing of felling large trees in the garden.


Late in 2010 I visited my doctor to check out a lump at the top of my stomach, which caused a small degree of pain. He prodded around but said that I had nothing to worry about. As the lump then grew harder and larger I decided to visit another doctor in the same practice. I was given a second, thorough examination and once again reassured that all was well. I left the surgery feeling that maybe I should stop worrying.

But six weeks later, I was still not happy. Less sure than his colleagues, a third GP arranged an appointment at the South Cleveland Hospital. I had a colonoscopy – a camera investigation from my rear – and an endoscopy – through my mouth – and was told there and then that there was a problem Two biopsy samples were sent for analysis and a few days later I was recalled to be told that I had a large cancerous tumor of the colon, high up, close to my liver. There was no doubt about the diagnosis: on screen I could see for myself that the lesion was a whopper.

Surgery was arranged for September 28th 2011, and my surgeon assured me he would do his best, though he did not seem totally confident of the outcome. Then, four days before the scheduled operation, I collapsed in the small hours, with agonising stomach pains. My daughter, who is a nurse, called an ambulance and I was rushed to James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, South Cleveland where I met a different surgeon, Mr Anil Reddy, who decided to operate at once.

My luck was in: Mr Reddy was highly skilled and I could not have wished for better clinical or nursing care. Mr Reddy’s warmth and approachable manner gave me so much confidence, even though he had to remove about nine inches of my colon, and perform an ileostomy (linking the end of the small intestine to an opening in the abdomen) which was subsequently reversed. I really believe that I am only here today due to the skills of Mr Reddy and his team. At first, post surgically, I was in a hell of a state and spent seven days on the high dependency ward. I was in hospital for three weeks altogether, and slowly began to move about and recover.

Chemo was organised, and the first week was problem-free. But from the second week onwards I felt nauseous most of the time. My toenails started to come off, and I developed large sore patches on the back of my hands. Diarrhoea became quite a problem and then I experienced severe heart attack pains in my chest. After four months of suffering the oncologist took me off chemotherapy as it was reducing my quality of life.

But further bad news was to come: a follow-up scan indicated the presence of cancer somewhere in the middle of my stomach. A more detailed PET scan confirmed that the cancer had spread to the peritoneum. I also developed problems passing water which required a visit to the A&E department: it seemed there was also some prostate cancer development. At this point my GP and I received letters from my oncologist stating that the cancer was incurable but that he would monitor developments. Having witnessed what my mother, and my beautiful eldest daughter, went through in their final months, I had some idea of what seemed in store for me.

Understanding my position pretty clearly, I started to explore natural cures. I spoke with the manager of my local health shop who gave me information that might help, and I spent a lot of time searching the internet where I discovered many natural therapies with good evidence that they could help to clear me from cancer. Some reports I read on the internet suggested that the cure rate from chemo was only five per cent, whilst natural remedies could be considerably higher. I told my oncologist about my plan and he said that that my regime would do no harm, but he couldn’t say that it would do any good. My wife also saw conventional medicine as the only way. But I decided it had to be kill or cure for me.

What, after all, did I have to lose? I’d reached a stage where nobody would give twopence for my survival.

I had six to eight weeks before my next CT scan. I selected a number of therapies and ordered supplies from my local heath shop and over the phone. The first step in my healing regime was a change of diet: I stopped eating red meat and any processed meat, such as bacon, or soups with any meat content. I cut out all dairy products, cakes and any other food containing refined sugars. I began to buy organic vegetables whenever possible and aimed to eat 10 varied portions a day, uncooked, because cooking destroys essential enzymes. I power-walked twice a day for half an hour each time. My aim was to increase the oxygen level onto my blood stream so that cancer cells would die. I purchased a treadmill and installed it in my summer house which was quite useful when the weather was not so good.

On the internet I learned about twice Nobel prizewinning Dr Otto Warburg, the German Jew who discovered that if you increase the alkalinity in the body oxygen levels would increase and cancer cells will die. I read that Hitler was frightened enough of contracting cancer to keep Dr Otto Warburg, who might save him, alive and out of the death camps. I stopped drinking tap water because it is acidic, and bought bottled water from M&S because it was cheaper than most, and has a pH of 7.4.

Twice a day, morning and evening, I drank a heaped teaspoon of organic Barley grass powder in a mug of warm water. This also helps to maintain the body in an alkaline state and so protects against cancer development. Morning and night I also took one 200mg of selenium to support my immune system. Chemo may kill cancer cells, but it also destroys our immune system which is vital for keeping cancers at bay. We all have cancer cells floating around our bodies and as long as our immune system stays healthy, the cancer cells will be killed. I will never again have any chemotherapy.

Each day I took vitamin C, low acid, free from sugar coating. These tablets can cause diarrhea and to help me through each stage I used Loperamide tablets from my doctor. The recommended intake each day was 1g. I started taking three tablets each day morning, noon and tea time, building up to eight tablets three times each day, making a total of 24 x 1g tablets. The oncologist also suggested I take a 75 mg aspirin every day, as it protects against stroke as well as cancer.

Curcumin X4000 a brand name with published studies that show this type of Curcumin has 23 times better absorption results than the standard 95% turmeric extracts. According to cancer researcher Bharat Aggarwal, a professor of cancer medicine at the Anderson Cancer Centre University of Texas, the incidence of the top four cancers in the US: colon, breast, prostate and lung, is as much as 10 times lower in India where significant amounts of Turmeric are consumed daily. Prof, Aggarwal says “We have not found a single cancer on which Curcumin does not work in suppressing the formation of tumours”. Curcumin acts as an antioxidant, killing off the body’s free radicals. It also blocks cancers from setting up their own blood vessels. I decided to add this therapy to my daily intake of natural compounds. Starting with three capsules,1 taken with each meal, building up to four capsules with each meal making a total of 12 capsules daily.

The final, but perhaps the single most significant item on my healing menu, was apricot kernels. In North Pakistan there is a group of people called The Hunzakuts who are vegetarians. They eat about 40 apricots each day and always eat the kernels. It was noted that the Hunzakut people are cancer-free. These bitter kernels are well documented in killing cancer cells. Kernels contain amagdylin which contains four substances. Two are glucose; One is benzaldyhide, and the other is cyanide both of these are poisons, cyanide is bonded and locked within other molecular formations therefore cannot cause harm. Cancer cells are not normal they contain an enzyme that other do not share, beta-glucosidase. This enzyme, virtually exclusive to cancer cells, is considered the unlocking enzyme for amagdylin molecules. It releases both the benzaidyhide and the cyanide creating a toxic synergy beyond their uncombined sum This is what the cancer cell’s beta- glucosidase enzyme dose to self destruct cancer cells.

Learning how the substances enter the cancer cells and destroy them, I started by taking eight kernels each day and built up to 54, taking 18 at each meal time. I had no side effects from taking either the apricot kernels, or the Curcumin. On the contrary, I felt on top of the world and believed that I was cured even before I got the results of my last scan to say they could not find cancer.

So within two months, this natural cure regime brought me cure, not kill and I was over the moon, as of course, is my wife. My oncologist shook me by the hand. I want to carry on having follow-up scans to prove I’m cancer-free and now I go back to the hospital for trainee doctors to poke and prod! I still follow a modified version of my healing regime, which I reckon set me about £32 a week while I was taking my full therapies, but now costs only coppers. I have about 24 apricot kernels, every day and three Curcumin X4000.

I still eat a good side plate of varied raw fruit and vegetables every day. I still power-walk and drink bottled water. I’m six foot. I used to weigh 1l stone eight, but now I am nine stone six. I really think that anybody can do what I did, and I only wish that I had, had this understanding of these therapies when my daughter was so ill. At the time, we thought that we were living in a country that had the finest health service one could wish for, and if the NHS could not cure my daughter who could? Had I known then what my own diagnosis taught me, perhaps she would be with us still.

In order to try and help others I did make contact with Cancer Research UK, I was told they were not interested. I e-mailed them and was told I would receive a reply within five days, but none materialised. I would like to spread the word that there is another way through cancer. (Google Allan Taylor Cancer, and you will find information about me) I’d like people to know how full of energy I am now. I may have a large scar on my stomach, but I still feel as if I am 21.’

In Brief: my natural healing cocktail includes:

-An alkaline diet, with bottled water.

-10 raw fruit and veg portions every day.

-Barleygrass powder


-Vitamin C

-Curcumin X4000

-Bitter apricot kernels

Here’s the summary of what he did, which is very similar to what I did:

-He cut out red meat and dairy (I ate raw vegan for 90 days, then plant-based)
-He took a teaspoon of barley grass powder in hot water every morning and night.
-He ate 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day
(This is easy to accomplish with a giant salad and fruit smoothie every day)
-He ate 54 apricot kernels per day (8 with each meal) (Read my post about them here)
-He took vitamin c, selenium, and curcumin supplements

And he’s got a cross around his neck. :)

Organic Barley Grass Powder
Allan took 1 heaping tsp twice per day. He used Naturya, a UK brand. Brand doesn’t matter for this as long as it’s organic and from a reputable company like Starwest Botanicals, etc.

SelenoPrecise Selenium Tablets
Allan took 200 mg twice per day.

Raw Organic Apricot Kernels
Allan ate 54 per day (18 with each meal). He started with 8 per day and worked his way up.

Lypo-spheric Vitamin C
He worked his way up to eight 1 gm tablets three times per day (24 grams per day). See this post about how to take high doses of oral vitamin c.

Curcumin X4000
Allan took 12 per day (4 with each meal). Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric, this anti-cancer spice was a huge part of my diet and I take it in supplement form as well. Read more about Curcumin and the other top cancer fighting spices here.

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This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. Sundaram

    Great Story, thanks for sharing and passing the good news along.

  2. Terry

    This is of great interest to me and my husband.Thank you

  3. Pattie

    I love reading stories like these– they make me happy and give me so much hope. And yes, I’m sure the cross around his neck represented a lot of prayer which is the most important part of curing ourselves of disease. (o:

  4. Aschwin Wesselius

    And there are still people who whine about “the results are not being double-blind placebo controlled researched”. Who gives a rats *ss about studies if simple natural treatment can save lives? It’s natural, so it’s logical enough for me. Nobody has to spend millions of dollars to find out nature has a pure win for every dis-ease out there.

    Keeping away natural food from people, is an atrocity and is treason of the highest order.

  5. Pat

    This has given me so much hope. I have been diagnosed with an inoperable tumour in my bowel, and mets in my liver. I have been a bit overwhelmed by all the info on the Internet , as there are so many different supplements you can take, so I am doubly grateful to have found your site. I am struggling to eat raw veg. as the chemo took the lining off my stomach, but would it be as beneficial to juice the vegetables, as I can just about tolerate that. Thank you for your inspirational emails. They give me so much hope.

    1. chrisbeatcancer

      Yes definitely juice veggies. I drank 64 oz of veggie juice daily

  6. Cat

    He looks terrific.

  7. Beefeater

    Great story and outcome. Originally from Tyne valley with relative on Teeside. But what about cutting out sugar , Grains, carbs etc. I believe that diet high in carotenoids eaten by ruminants, convert to the most essential anti cancer and health nutrients, in natures perfect balance. The dried barley grass and high carotenoid vegetation is basically further concentrated by (beef) rumination into our evolutionary staple diet. Unfortunately by inference red meat from grass fattened beef gets tarred with the same brush as modern grain concentrate fattened meats. Modern science is beginning to prove the ancient grass fat pastoral beef/lamb has very beneficial anti inflammatory disease properties. We evolved eating the fat of the land.

  8. Deane

    This is freakin’ fantastic! I really give someone credit who is willing to make such drastic life changes at 78 years young. He must really love life enough to not give up. What an inspiration!

  9. Yaya

    This is a great story. I was diagnosed this year with cancer and did Chemo, while I searched for alternatives. I was just told my scan looks clear, but my doctor believes within two years it will come back, since I am rejecting radiation. I’m determined to prove him wrong. I do juice and eat a lot of salad. My naturopath wants me to eat meat (primal blueprint). I’m am kinda scared to start on the meat again, but I feel my body needs it. I now after research, believe if it’s clean meat and I don’t over do it, I will be OK.

    I wish doctors would include diet into their treatments, so they can stop telling us how they can’t do anything.

    1. Rita

      I would highly suggest reading The China Study by T.Colin Campbell with regard to how protein turns on & off cancer cells…..plant based diet all the way is my favorable suggestion. Where do we get our protein??
      ….look at the Elephants & Gorillas and consider their plant based diet for protein. Wish you well!

      1. Nikki

        The flip side of the China study-see rawfoodsos as Denise has excellent counter points. Each body has such different needs. I’m highly allergic to many many vegetables but no meats except fish. Listen to your body but being primal is not about eating a meat diet. It’s about eating a whole food diet, clean from toxins that contains a ton of fruits and veggies. I think Mark’s Daily Apple and Whole 9 do an amazing job explaining all of this. Good luck!

  10. mark

    Have heard you can get the daily amount of Selenium by eating one Brazil nut everyday. I believe is was Dr. Al Sears who said this

  11. Suzanne

    Chris, I gain a lot of interesting information from you. Please advise me on this. Pursuant to your information on Mr. Taylor’s vitamin regime I immediately ordered the Organic Barley Grass Powder and the Curcumin X4000 from Amazon, as he did.
    I received it today, and the Barley Grass Powder, with Starwest Botanicals, is from China. I am very reluctant to use any products made in China, for obvious reasons, since their products have caused illness and death. Please tell me what you think of this product and if it is safe.
    Also, the Curcumin X4000 arrived from Good Health, and on the bottle it does not state where it is manufactured and merely says that the product manufactured from imported and domestic ingredients. Please tell me what you think of the safety of these products so I can know whether to take them or not. I am not comfortable with imported products, especially products from China.

    Please reply as soo as possible. I am waiting to hear.

    Thank you,


    1. chrisbeatcancer

      Starwest Botanicals has a great reputation, they’ve been in business for 35+ years. I have no reservations about the quality of their products even if they are imported from China.
      I don’t know where the ingredients for Curcumin X4000 come from, but that’s what Allan took, so I wouldn’t have any problem taking it either.

      1. Suzanne

        Thank you, Chris. You are always helpful, and you have saved many persons like me, who like you, refused chemo.

        I am using the Barley grass despite my fear of its being from China, and occasionally the Curcumin X4000,but it is hard for me to not fear the ingredients.
        I am afraid of the imported Selenium tablets, do you take them? I take the vitamin C. Also, someone suggested the Kid Greenz, which I really like and appreciated hearing about.

        Please keep helping us. It means so much!

        Best wishes, and with gratitude,


        1. almond

          For selenium, maybe you would like to eat one or two Brazil nuts a day. They are very rich in selenium. They contain so much selenium that eating more than just about 2 or 3 a day can cause selenium toxicity.
          For turmeric, if you don’t want to use tablets, you can take organic pure turmeric. It has to be mixed with black pepper at a ratio of about 95% turmeric to 5% black pepper.
          Regarding the barley leaves. If you are worried about where the barley leaves come from, you can try Barley power. I think they grow their barley organically in the USA. The sell them in condensed tablets though, not in powder form. It is not cheap, but they offer a very good discount to cancer patients. Their website is called
          I read about them in Bill Henderson’s book.
          Lots of health and happiness.

  12. Julz

    Hi Chris,
    Do you need to soak the apricot kernels before eating or just eat it straight from the bag?

      1. Julz

        Thanks Chris!

  13. Ronald

    Chris, do you know if it is safe to juice apricot seeds? Do you know of anyone who has tried this, or throwing 5-10 seeds into a veggie mix and juicing them all together?

    1. chrisbeatcancer

      I don’t see why not… I prefer to just eat them and get it over with rater than mix them in with something. Whatever works!

  14. Blisco

    To Yaya, I think you can easely choose to eat fish instead of red meat.

  15. Teresa

    thank you for posting this! I am a firm believer in natural cures. I have a friend who has battled cancer three times and has never used chemo or radiation, she is still alive and kicking like wild fire! This should also be a lesson to all of us that we cannot just go about eating what ever we wish, refined food and things touched by man are our enemies!White sugar, white flour, white rice….grains stored in silos such as wheat, and corn that grow fungus which produces micotoxins that cause cancer. If we ate like this man to begin with , we would never get cancer. People are getting it younger and younger these days….most kids I know eat a completely BROWN diet.Their parents tell me,”they won’t eat veggies” and I am frowned at when I say,”you don’t let them leave the table until they have eaten all of their veggies! PERIOD!” no pop except at a birthday , no sweets after every meal, and go outside and play NOW without sunscreen. I will not let you get burnt. because I am your mother, and I am keeping watch! what happened to that kind of parent? they are too busy working to care………sorry soap box!

  16. Chris Biel

    This is a great story and one that I am glad has gotten out there. Just want to make one comment – my experience and research with cancer (10 years) has shown that barley powder products, particularly barley power can be used with EVERY single type of cancer treatment. This supplement has nearly every enzyme immaginable in it – -comes in pill form with a dozen or more to be taken a day. hope this helps!!

  17. Derrek

    Who’s the author of this story? Chris Wark?

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