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Selenium: Is this micronutrient the key to the cure?

Selenium: Is this micronutrient the key to the cure?

It is quite puzzling why a cure for cancer is so elusive when there are so many natural and nontoxic compounds that can effectively and safely kill cancer cells while causing no side effects or harm to normal cells. The supportive science is very compelling for many potentially safe and naturally occurring compounds that can selectively kill cancer cells. It seems that the only roadblock to the clinical evaluation of these compounds is the economic incentive required to conduct clinical trials and the ability to obtain a patent.

There are numerous viable alternatives to FDA approved chemotherapeutic drugs that are inexpensive, safe and highly effective. For over 10 years, NORI has been focused on selenium because of over 40 years of solid scientific support and consistently positive clinical responses. Cancer is simply a condition where a small subset of cells exhibits uncontrolled growth. To cure cancer, malignant cells must be destroyed so that further spread is halted. There are numerous metabolic abnormalities within cancer cells that can be exploited as targets by drugs or natural compounds. Cancer cells exhibit dysfunctional and damaged mitochondria.

indexMitochondria are the key target in destroying cancer cells. Cancer is not caused by damage to the cell’s nuclear DNA but appears to be the result of damage to mitochondrial DNA. Selenium may play a role in protecting mitochondrial DNA from damage. Of all the natural compounds that have been evaluated for their ability to prevent cancer, selenium is at the top. Cell culture studies, animal studies and human clinical trials have demonstrated the cancer preventive power of selenium. High serum selenium level is associated with a lower risk for many cancers. So, does it not seem logical that selenium might have therapeutic value in cancer treatment? Selenium is an essential trace element found in many foods and is incorporated into over 200 different enzymes within the human body. Brazil nuts contain the highest level of selenium while other plant-based foods vary widely and soil conditions can limit the uptake of selenium. Selenium in the form, selenized yeast, is probably the best supplemental form and 200 micrograms daily is the optimal recommended dose.

One could alternately eat 4-5 Brazil nuts daily. For therapeutic purposes, sodium selenite has proven to be the most effective form of selenium. Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that sodium selenite is a potent selective chemotherapeutic agent for nearly every type of human cancer. Studies have demonstrated that sodium selenite, at very low concentrations, can selectively trigger apoptosis in breast, prostate, lung, colon and brain cancers in addition to leukemia and lymphoma, This means that sodium selenite kills (by triggering apoptosis) only cancer cells while causing no harm to normal healthy cells. This fact was known prior to 1980 and subsequent studies have replicated this effect numerous times for most forms of human cancer. The mechanisms for the cancer cell killing effect of sodium selenite are precisely identified. Studies have indicated a much-enhanced response to chemotherapy and radiation when combined with sodium selenite.

Mainstream oncology will most likely ignore the science but opportunities to exploit the power of sodium selenite by naturopathic and integrative medicine are taking place today. Sodium selenite, Na2SeO3, is one of the inorganic forms of selenium. The physical properties of the sodium selenite molecule are perfect for use as a systemic chemotherapeutic agent. Sodium selenite is a small molecule that is completely water-soluble and easily crosses the blood-brain barrier. As such, it has been highly effective in treating brain tumors. Sodium selenite diffuses to all tissues in the body including bone which means that it is effective for treating bone metastasis. All forms of selenium can be toxic and potentially lethal at very high doses. The maximum safe daily intake is 800 micrograms but studies have shown that selenium is safe at 3200 micrograms daily over one year. The therapeutic dose for sodium selenite is between 5,000 to 30,000 micrograms administered intermittently maintaining the average level well below toxicity. There is an unjustified fear of toxicity from the use of sodium selenite beyond the accepted safe daily intake level. Signs of excessive intake of selenium include garlicky breath, hair loss and abnormal fingernail growth. Sodium selenite can be administered orally as a sublingual or intravenously through a port, PICC line or small vein.

Sodium selenite acts very rapidly inducing apoptosis within 12-24 hours in a time and dose dependent manner. In some cases, sodium selenite can be used alone in cancer treatment but the addition of agents such as vitamin K3 boosts its potency. Sodium selenite acts as a pro-oxidant meaning that it triggers the release of reactive oxygen species (ROS) within the cell. Cancer cells are already under a very high level of oxidative stress and any additional oxidative stress will trigger apoptosis. Intravenous sodium selenite is an excellent alternative to high dose intravenous vitamin C. There is a 10,000 times difference in the required dose to trigger apoptosis and sodium selenite has a much longer half-life than vitamin C. High dose vitamin C is marginally effective in cancer treatment primarily due to the rapid excretion through the kidneys during and after an IV infusion. In other words, the concentration and time required for vitamin C to kill cancer cells is highly limited. This not the case with sodium selenite because only 1/10,000th of the concentration is required and it remains at a therapeutic concentration in the blood plasma for days as opposed to 30-60 minutes.

For most cancers, if all major growth factors are under control, sodium selenite alone is an excellent selective chemotherapeutic agent that should be fully exploited in naturopathic, integrative and conventional oncology. Technically, sodium selenite is not a drug. It is a nutritional supplement that can be purchased in any health food store. If sodium selenite were supplied at the optimal concentration in the appropriate form, it would be an extremely inexpensive over-the-counter cancer treatment available to anyone.

NORI advises everyone to seek professional guidance in the proper administration of sodium selenite for safety and maximum benefit. When combined with an optimal diet such as utilized within the NORI protocol, sodium selenite is even more effective. NORI utilizes a methionine-restricted diet to slow tumor growth and to increase the sensitivity of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic agents. A methionine-restricted diet will allow smaller and less frequent doses of sodium selenite and an overall faster response. NORI has witnessed excellent responses in patients with lymphoma and thyroid cancer and very good responses to breast, prostate, colon, head and neck, brain and skin cancers. NORI has been studying sodium selenite for over 10 years and it has remained at the top of the list of selective chemotherapeutic agents utilized within the NORI protocol. It is unlikely that any other agent will surpass the effectiveness and safety of sodium selenite.

Hopefully, far more attention will be focused on sodium selenite as a standalone cancer treatment or as an agent used to enhance conventional therapies. Ultimately, with continued research, a highly potent selective chemotherapeutic cocktail will be developed that can be easily administered and will produce virtually no adverse side effects. NORI is very close to this objective and the development could be greatly accelerated with research grants. In conclusion, selenium may be the key to developing an effective cure for a wide array of cancers. All that is required is will, determination and a belief system that accepts holistic, natural and drug-free medicine as the optimal path to a cure.

The war on cancer declared by President Richard Nixon in 1971 has been an abysmal failure by any standard. Is it not time to open the door to cancer treatment methods not based on toxic pharmaceutical agents but based on sound science, nutrition and not driven by greed? The cure will not be any single agent, compound or drug. It will be a combination of elements including nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, hormonal regulation and nontoxic nutraceuticals to kill cancer cells. The war on cancer must be focused on the quality of our food, purity of our environment and the safety of modern medical interventions. Your help in supporting the mission of NORI will be a significant step in developing a real cure and uncovering key preventive measures so that we can protect our loved ones. For further information, visit, contact NORI at or call 800-634-3804.

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