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Plaskett Nutritional Therapy

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is a holistic system of treatment in which an individual diet and a purpose-directed programme of nutritional supplements is prescribed for a patient, with or without additional procedures, aimed to restore normal health.

Nutritional Therapy can be a powerful aid in preventing recurrence of the cancer once it has been treated by orthodox means, or it can be a system of treatment in itself, particularly when the cancer cannot be treated in the conventional way.

How does it work?

The Therapy

Dr Lawrence Plaskett, a much respected Biochemist and Nutritionist, developed the formulation of the therapy  which has been applied by the trust since the end of 1977.

Dr Plaskett’s background included research with the Medical Research Council, a lectureship in Biochemistry at the University of Edinburgh Medical department and the development of nutritional supplements. Until recently he was principal of the Plaskett College of Nutritional Medicine, which is now part of Thames Valley University.

What the Therapy entails

Patients must understand that for the majority of patients and their families, following the therapy will entail major changes to their existing life styles. Once the illness is defeated the therapy will cease, but a sensible avoidance of the disease inducing factors will be recommended.

The therapy has the following elements; diet, nutritional supplements, juices, coffee enemas and the avoidance of unnecessary chemical exposure.


All food must be organic, to ensure the maximum level of essential nutrients and to avoid the presence of carcinogenic agrochemicals.

Known tumour inducing foods must be avoided - animal proteins, oils and fats and added salt. Those foods which contain the highest levels of known substances needed to eliminate the disease factors need to be used in preference to other less beneficial foods. Individual prescriptions are provided for each patient which list those foods which should be eaten and those to be avoided.

In summary the diets followed are Vegan organic diets with the emphasis on rice and other grains, fresh vegetables and fruits and small amounts of pulses.


In order to ensure the smoothest and most rapid recovery possible, a carefully prescribed and balanced intake of supplements from approved manufacturers form an essential part of the therapy.

These stimulate a number of processes within the body:


Fresh fruit and vegetable juices are taken to supply vitamins and enzymes undamaged by preparation in meals or in storage. Using freshly prepared juices enables the body to gain many more times the intake of essential nutrients than is possible by eating vast quantities of the raw materials. These juices are prepared in special equipment in order to reduce oxidation damage to their ingredients.


During release of toxins from the body it is essential to maintain the health of the liver and the efficiency of the detoxification systems within the liver. Coffee enemas are a very efficient mechanism for achieving this. An Homoeopathic alternative can be used instead for those unable to manage the enemas.


It is strongly recommended to take steps to avoid all types of chemical exposure. This includes every type of household chemical product including aerosols, insect sprays, cleaning products, cosmetics, gardening sprays and chemicals, and personal hygiene products.

This usually means changing to use natural soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc., seeking out environmentally friendly washing and cleaning products and avoiding cosmetics and perfumes.

Patients and the Nutritional Cancer Therapy Trust:

The Trust recognises the debt we all owe to the cancer patients who have decided to follow the Trust’s natural therapies. These patients have provided the reassurance needed by those wondering which path is the right one for them to follow.

Like all treatments the outcome can never be guaranteed.

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