Friday, February 8, 2008

My Nutritional Protocol

I've developed this regimen over time and it looks very different from the "one-size-fits-all" protocol that was prescribed to me when I went to the hospital in Mexico. I think each individual needs to investigate their own possible deficiencies, absorption problems and/or toxic metal loads before being sure of what their bodies need to heal.

I've highlighted the items I will probably always take, although the amounts may change. The rest of the supplements I will gradually eliminate as my body continues to heal. Once I've completely detoxed from the heavy metals and my deficiency and absorption problems have been resolved I should have no problem getting everything I need from my plant-based diet.

So here's my protocol (everything in bold will likely be followed for the rest of my life):

• I start the day with a 2-ounce shot of wheatgrass juice, which cleanses and oxygenates the blood. It also helps to pull heavy metals out of bodily tissues.

Greens, greens, and more greens! I put greens and fruit in my morning smoothie; I eat a large salad for lunch, and dinner always involves greens and other vegetables in some form.

• I've transitioned to more raw foods (vegetables, fruits, sprouts, juices, nuts, seeds and flax, coconut and olive oils.) The change has been gradual and natural. I'm usually 100% raw until the weekend, at which time I'm at least 80% raw. I put no pressure on myself to adhere to a certain percentage; rather, I feed my body what it asks for. I still crave rice, beans, bread, eggs, steamed veggies, etc., but as I continue with more raw food, these cravings may diminish. In fact, I no longer crave dairy or sugar as I once did. I can replace cooked grains, legumes and beans with their sprouts and grasses, and breads can be replaced with raw, dehydrated crackers which I'm still experimenting on. If I find that those cravings never diminish then I’ll happily continue with an 80 – 100% raw diet.

There are many reasons for raw foods, but that's a whole other report on its own. I believe that virtually everyone would benefit from replacing some percentage of cooked and processed foods with raw foods, and the more the better. Knowing what amount will work best is an individual investigation that takes time.

• I do a weekly cleansing fast; a monthly three-day fast, and a seasonal five to ten-day fast. I started regular fasting after my condition had remained stabilized for several months. The long fasts may vary in duration. My longest fast so far has been five days, and my upcoming Spring fast will be seven days. In the Summer I intend to complete a ten-day fast. Fasting helps my body rest, detoxify and rejuvenate itself.

When I started consuming more raw foods and fasting, my tumor markers finally started to plummet. The internal purification taking place has led me to want more raw food and less cooked, and I am much more in tune with the actual needs rather than the addictive cravings of my body. Our bodies are vibrating in energy, and I feel my rate of vibration has increased due to the gradual release of physical, emotional and spiritual toxins.
For more info on fasting, check back for my report soon to be published.

• I don’t always have time to make fresh juices everyday (except for the wheatgrass which only takes ten minutes, including clean-up) so I often use a green powder “super food” drink, which is very convenient. I’ve used so many different ones and found two that I like. One is called Greens First (as far as I can tell it’s not available anywhere except online at and the other is called “Perfect Food” by Garden of Life. The first one is very palatable while the second one is more potent, so I mix them together.

Enzymes with & without meals. For more information on enzymes follow this link to my report: Enzyme Therapy for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

• 25mg Iodoral (iodine plus iodide) to address a deficiency. Most Americans have an iodine deficiency and don’t know it. Read the book Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, by Dr. D. Brownstein. In it you will learn about the link between iodine deficiency and various cancers and other illnesses.

If you ask your doctor for a test to check iodine levels, you will only find out if you have enough iodine in your system to support your thyroid, but the mineral is needed throughout the body, including the breasts, ovaries and prostate. You can contact an independent lab such as FFP Lab at or 1-877-900-5556 to arrange for iodine “spot” and “loading” tests to determine the level of saturation in your body’s tissues.

I’ve also been tested for heavy metals & have high levels of mercury & several other toxic metals. Iodine will help displace the metals from my tissues, although it could take up to a year to do so. Maybe not, since I've increased my chlorella with daily wheat grass juice - 2 - 4 oz.

• ATP co-factors to facilitate delivery of iodine into the cells (300 mg Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, plus 1500 mg Vitamin B3, also known as niacin).

Antioxidants: 3000 mg Vitamin C; 400 I.U.Vitamin E and 200 mcg. Selenium.

• 1000 mg AHHC mushroom extract as an immune stimulator. I hope to be off this soon & have recently started adding fresh aloe vera gel in my morning smoothie which serves a similar purpose and is much cheaper at $1.59 per leaf. I get it at the Mexican grocery store down the street from where I live. They sell the entire leaf which is sometimes as long as three feet! The gel inside remains fresh and most mornings I cut off a chunk, remove the outer skin, blend my smoothie, stop and add the gel before pulsing the blender a few more seconds until completely blended.

• 3000 mg fish oil extract for the healthy Omega-3s.

• 4 gms Vit B12 in the form of methylcobalamin for easier absorption. I have a B12 deficiency also, no doubt due to the heavy metals, and the fact that my consumption of animal protein has always been on the low side.

• 400 mg Magnesium.

• I drink distilled, purified water with a liquid mineral complex added. I'm researching other pure water sources and this might change.

I was also taking intramuscular injections of laetrile (a natural chemotherapy made from apricot pits) but recently stopped because my body has been rejecting them by causing pain and swelling at the injection site. We need to give our bodies more credit for their innate intelligence.


Joyce said...

Mary, thanks for leaving a note at my blog.
I'm most interested in reading all your glad you left a link.
Trust all is going well.

Have fun with 3 days of green smoothies. I enjoy them immensely. I do add a TBS of Green Vibrance to each.
Keep in touch.

lvanscoy said...

Regarding rebounding, will jumping rope have the same effect on the lymph system?

Mary Laredo said...

A lot of people have asked this question about jumping rope vs. rebounding. Jumping rope isn't as effective at cleansing the lymphatic system as rebounding on a mini trampoline is. At the top of each bounce, the one-way valves open up allowing the lymph fluid through. The forces of acceleration & decceleration are brought on by bouncing, not jumping on a hard surface. When those 2 forces allign with gravity your body takes on an increased load, like resistance training. Jumping rope is also great exercise, (any movement will cleanse the lymph system to varying degrees), but it doesn't strengthen the cells in the same way as the cellular "resistance" training of the rebounder. Nor does it increase the white blood cell count. Jumping on a springy mattress would be a closer simulation of rebounding than jumping on a hard surface. I love jumping rope, by the way - it's more vigorous if that's what you're after in a workout. The rebounder is more therapeutic, though. I hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Mary, I read some of your blog via Natural news. I use a green product from the Synergy Company ( which I feel might be the best on the market (quite a claim!). I've been in the nutritional business for over 20 years. I have no connection to this company. Anyway check it out, you might find it to be an improvement. The company itself is very interesting and is run in the most conscientious way possible. Thanks for your detox articles! Elliot

Angela said...

Hi Mary my name is Angela and I have a couple questions for you. #1 have you heard of Juice Plus? If so what are your thoughts? I do have a connection to them, but this in no way nullifies my inquiry. They have a lot of published research which is what I've relied on and would love your take on as well. I've found this to be a great inroad to those who wont make the changes necessary as well as those of us who just need more.

My next question is this. I would like to prepare for an intense water fast next Spring. I would like to read as much as possible prior to this time and would like to know if there is one book that you would recommend more than another? I would like something that could detail affects to beware of as well as preparation for such a thing. Thanks for your time as well as all the information you have available here!

Mary Laredo said...

Hi Angela -
thanks for contacting me & I'm glad that you find my postings useful. As for Juice Plus - I used the product for many months but I didn't notice any changes one way or the other, although my condition remained stable during that period. There's nothing like freshly made organic juices, but when that's not possible, or when travelling, I think Juice Plus is a good idea. I feel increased energy when I use some of the super food powders & I consider them the next best thing to juicing. I also add them to smoothies when I'm running low on fresh greens. In fact, I do much less juicing these days & have increased my green smoothies to 1 or 2 quarts daily.

As for the water fast, Paul Bragg's "The Miracle of Fasting" is a classic, and the most comprehensive book on water fasting that I'm familiar with. It's almost too cluttered with information but it will answer all your questions and more. He advises to stop taking all nutritional supplements during the fast. If you're taking them due to a deficiency it might not be a good idea to do the strict water fast for more than 36 hours. I've taken all my supplements while on the Master Cleanse fast for as long as 5 days, but I won't do a long water-only fast (more than 36 hours) because I need the supplements to address some deficiencies. I hope this helps. - Mary

Julie said...

Mary, where can I find Iodoral?

Mary Laredo said...

Hi Julie - you can find Iodoral at, here's the link:

or at

I get mine from breastcancerchoices. There may be other places as well, if you do a google search. I hope this helps. - Mary

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