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Nutrients. 2011 Jan;3(1):1-26. doi: 10.3390/nu3010001. Epub 2010 Dec 30.

Components of an anticancer diet: dietary recommendations, restrictions and supplements of the Bill Henderson Protocol.

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The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada.


The use of complementary and alternative medicines including dietary supplements, herbals and special diets to prevent or treat disease continues to be popular. The following paper provides a description of an alternative dietary approach to the self-management and treatment of cancer, the Bill Henderson Protocol (BHP). This diet encourages daily intake of raw foods, a combination of cottage cheese and flaxseed oil and a number of supplements. Some foods and food groups are restricted (e.g., gluten, meat, dairy). Early background theory that contributed to the protocol's development is presented as is a summary of relevant evidence concerning the anti-cancer fighting properties of the individual components. Supplement intake is considered in relation to daily recommended intakes. Challenges and risks to protocol adherence are discussed. As with many complementary and alternative interventions, clear evidence of this dietary protocol's safety and efficacy is lacking. Consumers of this protocol may require guidance on the ability of this protocol to meet their individual nutritional needs.


anticancer diet; cancer; complementary and alternative medicine; supplements

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