Cancer Alternative Treatments Digest Part 35 / Protocell

by Wellness Warrior on May 29, 2009

cancer_curesWhat people use when they have cancer and want to get well with alternative treatment



Protocel is a non-toxic liquid formula that thousands of people in the U.S. have used to help them fight cancer. It was developed by an American chemist named Jim Sheridan who first had the idea for it in 1936. He worked on and improved the formula over more than fifty years, studying its effects on mice with tumors.

Originally, Sheridan called his formula Entelev®, then a slightly modified version of it was named Cancell®. Since 1999, the formula has been produced as a dietary/nutritional supplement under the name of Protocel and sold out of South Carolina (Ph: 866 / 776-8623, The exact same formula is also currently being sold in Australia under the name of Entelev® (Ph:03-8648-5606). For information on sales and distribution in other countries, please go to

History and Theory

Protocel was developed specifically as a cancer treatment and designed to target the anaerobic cell respiration of cancer cells. The basis of this approach is supported by German biochemist Otto Warburg’s research. Dr. Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1931 for his discovery of oxygen-transferring enzymes involved in cell respiration. Warburg was intensely interested in the physiology of cancer cells and was the first scientific expert to prove that cancer cells do NOT use oxygen in their primary method of producing energy. This characteristic makes them different from normal healthy cells of the body, because all healthy cells DO use oxygen in their primary method of obtaining energy for themselves.

Simply put, all normal cells use oxygen to burn fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and sugars for energy. But cancer cells have lost this ability and must use an anaerobic (without oxygen) method of producing energy instead.

This anaerobic process is called ‘glycolysis.’ As opposed to normal healthy cells which burnfermentation process produces the same energy packets of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) that the aerobic process produces for healthy cells. But the fermentation process is much less efficient than the aerobic process. In reference to glycolysis Dr. Mercola stated on his website,

“This inefficient pathway for energy metabolism yields only 2 moles of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) energy per mole of glucose, compared to 38 moles of ATP in the complete aerobic oxidation of glucose.” glucose through the use of oxygen, glycolysis involves the fermentation of glucose in an environment devoid of oxygen. This

Though cancer cells may use a small amount of aerobic energy metabolism at times, glycolysis is the PRIMARY form of energy production in general for all cancer cells. This means they RELY on glucose (sugar) in very high amounts. For this reason, cancer cells are referred to as obligate glucose metabolizers. This is why you may have heard that cancer cells thrive on sugar, and why it is so important for anyone dealing with cancer to avoid sugar in their diet.

Though physicians are not taught in medical school to tell their cancer patients to avoid sugar, conventional medicine has known for a long time that cancer cells thrive on sugar nevertheless.

This is evidenced by the fact PET scans work so well for cancer. PET scans involve the injection of a mildly radioactive sugar solution. After injection of this solution, a scan is performed to see which cells of the body are highlighted radioactively. Since cancer cells gobble up sugar about 15 times faster than normal healthy cells, any active cancer cells of the body will be highlighted.

It is also why IPT, or ‘Insulin-Potentiated Therapy,’ works so well for administering lower than usual doses of chemo or other anti-cancer substances.

Jim Sheridan discovered a unique way to capitalize on this prime difference between cancer cells and normal healthy cells. His formula was designed to interfere with the less efficient cell respiration (energy metabolism) of cancer cells to the point where the cancer cells could no longer produce enough energy for themselves to survive.

Effectively, Protocel ‘drains’ the energy from cancer cells until they start falling apart or ‘lysing.’ This approach causes cancer cells to harmlessly break down into their basic protein parts, which the body then eliminates as foreign matter. (More details on the theory of how Protocel works are presented in OUTSMART YOUR CANCER and the Protocel® and Cancer eBooklet.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because truly BENIGN TUMORS do not rely as much on anaerobic cell respiration, Protocel may NOT be as effective at getting rid of them. MALIGNANT cancers DO rely on anaerobic cell respiration for most of their energy needs, and those are the types of tumors or diffuse cancers that Protocel has been shown to work well on.

After decades of work perfecting his formula, Sheridan was able to produce a cure rate of about 80% on lab animals with cancer. This work was done at various laboratories including the Detroit Institute of Cancer Research (now called the Michigan Cancer Foundation) from which Sheridan had received a private grant, and the Biosciences Division of the Battelle Institute in Columbus, Ohio, which is where new chemotherapy agents were routinely tested for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Between 1978 and 1980, Sheridan was able to get the NCI to run animal tests on his formula several different times. But, try as he might, he could not get the NCI to follow his simple instructions for administering the formula to mice correctly. Thus, the NCI kept coming back with negative results. Finally, in 1990, the National Cancer Institute performed in vitro testing of Sheridan’s formula on a variety of different cancer cell lines. These tests had extremely positive results.

(To see graphs of the NCI’s official test results, see OUTSMART YOUR CANCER or the Protocel® and Cancer eBooklet.)

But Sheridan’s efforts to get his formula scientifically evaluated in a clinical setting and approved for use in mainstream medicine were blocked by various arms of the cancer industry. Going back to the 1950s, these included the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the FDA. In the meantime, people with cancer were begging Sheridan to let them use his formula. It was at this time that an associate of Sheridan’s, Ed Sopcak, decided to help fund and produce large quantities of Cancell®.

Between 1984 and 1993 Sopcak gave away about 20,000 bottles of it to cancer patients. No payment was ever asked for. Incredible testimonials started coming back to Sopcak and Sheridan from people using Cancell®. More and more people with cancer, many of whom were in metastasized late stages of their disease, were getting well!

But in 1992, the FDA put the final ‘clamp down’ on this remarkable cancer treatment by issuing an injunction against Sheridan and Sopcak that stopped all possibility of them even giving away the formula. The only break came when DSHEA was passed by Congress in 1994. This was the ‘Dietary Supplements Health Education Act’ which proclaimed that the FDA would not have control over health supplements.

Soon, a formula similar to Cancell®, called Cantron, was developed by different group. This copycat formula brought about a lot of recoveries and is still helping people with cancer. But Sheridan’s original Entelev®/Cancell® formulas were NOT reproduced in their original form until 1999 when Protocel was produced. (Protocel® Formula 23 is the original Entelev® and Protocel® Formula 50 is the original Cancell®.) These are the ONLY current versions of Jim Sheridan’s formula that the Sheridan family and the Sopcak family continue to endorse.

Since Protocel® became available, people have used it to battle virtually every type of cancer. Some of the fastest-responding types of cancer may be the childhood leukemias, cervical cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer, and aggressive astrocytoma brain tumors. But Protocel has also been known to bring about complete cures for breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, other types of brain cancer, lymphomas, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, melanoma, basal cell skin cancer and others.

(To read 16 inspiring testimonials of cancer recoveries, see OUTSMART YOUR CANCER or the Protocel® and Cancer eBooklet.)

Though many of the cancer recoveries using Protocel are astounding, it should be understood that Protocel is NOT a “Magic Bullet” that will cure anyone who uses it. Some people come to Protocel too late in their disease process – when their illness is so advanced and their bodies are so weakened that they are no longer able to recover using any type of method. Though Protocel® has been known to bring about recoveries in some extremely advanced cases, the best results will occur for those people who come to Protocel sooner than later.

It is also critical that people understand how to use Protocel effectively. In fact, this is MORE critical for Protocel than for most other alternative cancer treatments. Users MUST read about and avoid certain supplements that could interfere with Protocel if they are to have success. Those people who choose to use chemotherapy along with Protocel also may not have success, unless they are only using an anti-metabolite type of chemo such as 5FU or Zeloda. Finally, people who routinely allow 9 or 10 hours overnight to elapse between their bedtime dose and morning dose may not get well for that reason alone.

When dealing with cancer, one should never go more than 8 hours overnight between the bedtime dose and morning dose, and for optimum results against cancer, never go more than 6 hours between any two Protocel doses, including overnight.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Virtually everyone has some MERCURY in their bodies, and people with low or average mercury levels appear to do fine on Protocel. However, there is some anecdotal information indicating that people who are HIGHLY TOXIC IN MERCURY may not do as well on Protocel. More information is needed to be sure, but it has been theorized that mercury may chelate (or bind) to the Protocel formula and render it less effective. If you suspect you are very high in mercury, you may want to get tested for heavy metals and consider some form of chelation before starting Protocel. Again, this warning is only for those people who are highly toxic in mercury. Also, since many flu shots contain mercury, people using Protocel should consider staying away from flu shots.

Detailed instructions for using Protocel effectively against cancer are presented in OUTSMART YOUR CANCER, (which is the same information in the Protocel® and Cancer ebooklet), and you can also read Tanya Harter Pierce’s article How To Maximize Your Success With Protocel.

INGREDIENTS: Protocel’s ingredients are a propriety blend of Tetrahydroxyquinone, Rhodizonic Acid, Sodium, Potassium, Croconic Acid, Triquinoyl, Pyrocatechol, Leuconic Acid, mineral and trace elements including Copper.

TOXICITY: Protocel is less toxic than an aspirin a day, and many people have used Protocel for years without experiencing any adverse side effects.

ANTIOXIDANT VALUE: Protocel® may be the most powerful antioxidant ever tested.
Testing done at the Brunswick Laboratories in Massachusetts showed Protocel to have an ORAC antioxidant value of approximately 1.4 million (µmole TE/L). Before Protocel was tested, the three highest antioxidant ratings for nutritional supplements were Xango Juice (16,960), YL Berry Young Juice (32,000) and Eniva’s VIBE (83,200). Protocel’s antioxidant rating is about 17 times higher than that of VIBE.

Other Uses

One of the wonderful attributes of alternative non-toxic cancer treatments in general is that they often can be used to treat or cure other conditions as well. And Protocel is no different. As described earlier, Protocel works by interfering with the cell respiration (energy production) of anaerobic cells. Cancer cells happen to be primarily anaerobic. But there are other types of anaerobic cells in the body that are not necessarily cancer cells. These are always damaged cells in one way or another and often involved in conditions such as auto-immune disorders and viral infections. Protocel breaks down these damaged anaerobic cells the same way it breaks down cancer cells.

Thus, people have also had success using Protocel to either fully recover from or gain significant relief from many different chronic illnesses. Some examples are:

  • Arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Mononucleosis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Viral Infections

Of these, the intestinal disorders and viral conditions tend to be the fastest responders, with multiple sclerosis and other auto-immune disorders taking longer.


Many of the responses to Protocel for viral infections have been fast and remarkable. Viral illnesses from which an absence of all symptoms have been reported through the use of Protocel are:

  • Colds and Flus (if Protocel® is started at the very beginning of symptoms)
  • Cold Sores
  • Genital Herpes
  • Epstein-Barr
  • Infectious Mononucleosis
  • Hepatitis C
  • Viral Papilloma
  • HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
  • FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus in Cats)

The mechanism by which Protocel works on viruses is quite interesting. It has been theorized that Protocel does NOT directly kill viruses, but rather it blocks their ability to reproduce prolifically. To understand this, one must understand that viruses protect themselves from the immune system in part by wrapping themselves a protective protein coating. It is partly because of this protein coating that viruses can overrun the body so quickly. In order for any virus to overrun the body, it has to replicate in large numbers. It does this by invading a healthy cell and using that healthy ‘host’ cell for its own replication purposes. Two key things happen in this process:

  1. The virus has to shed its protective protein coating in order to invade the host cell.
  2. Once the virus invades the healthy cell it causes damage to that cell to the point where the host cell must then revert to anaerobic cell respiration to survive.

Thus, any healthy cell hosting a virus turns into an anaerobic cell. It is NOT a cancer cell, but it is nevertheless an anaerobic cell. Because the host cell now relies on anaerobic cell respiration, Protocel will be able to cause that cell to break down and fall apart. When it does this, the host cell releases its virus content back into the person’s bloodstream. However, now the virus is no longer protected by a protein coating and the person’s immune system can easily attack the virus and dispose of it. Plus, the virus’s whole replication process is interfered with and blocked this way so that large numbers of replicated viruses never get reproduced. It is also reasonable to assume that as virus pieces are released back into the bloodstream through Protocel’s action, they may trigger a ‘vaccine-like’ effect where the person’s immune system detects these pieces and develops antibodies against them.

OUTSMART YOUR CANCER and the Protocel® and Cancer eBooklet do NOT go into detail about using Protocel for conditions other than cancer. However, some of the audio testimonials presented on this site DO go into detail about people’s recoveries from viral infections and other illnesses, and we refer you to those.

General Usage Instructions

There are two formulations of Protocel. One is called Protocel® Formula 50 and the other is Protocel® Formula 23. These are only slightly different variations of the same formula and either will work for most conditions. However, the Formula 50 is recommended most often for some types of cancer or other conditions and the Formula 23 is recommended for others. These recommendations are based on anecdotal information.

Protocel® Formula 50 is generally taken at ¼ teaspoonful 4 times a day (spread out evenly around the clock) and the Formula 23 is generally taken at ¼ teaspoonful 5 times a day (spread out evenly around the clock). For optimum results, never going more than 6 hours between any two doses is recommended. This involves waking up in the middle of the night to take a dose.

Because Protocel works in a different way than other approaches, by interfering with the cancer cell’s ability to produce energy for itself, supplements or herbs that raise energy by promoting the production of ATP are to be avoided. This includes vitamin C, vitamin E, coQ10, selenium, IP6, Essiac Tea and others. Taking these types of supplements can work AGAINST Protocel’s action. (For more details about dosing and supplements that are either compatible or incompatible with Protocel®, see OUTSMART YOUR CANCER or the Protocel® and Cancer eBooklet.)



Nancy’s Story

Hi, my name is Nancy and I’m 54 years old. I first learned about Protocel in February 2004 — of all places in my accountant’s office while having my taxes done. (He had a flyer about Tanya Harter Pierce’s book posted on the wall.) I wrote down the number for ordering the book and carried it in my wallet.

Little did I know at the time that later that year, in October, my doctor would find a growth on the right side of my vaginal wall while doing a routine pap smear. He cut out a piece and sent it in for biopsy. Three days later, he called to say he wanted to see me in his office.

Without beating around the bush, he told me I had cancer. The tumor was about the size of a large walnut and the biopsy report indicated it was a poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma. I was given an appointment with an OB/GYN oncologist at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, but would have to wait until the end of November to see him. I was very afraid but had already decided I was not going to have chemo or radiation. I have seen the damaging effects of chemo and radiation in two of my family members and three friends. I wanted a non-toxic alternative cancer cure. So I ordered OUTSMART YOUR CANCER and read it from cover to cover.

Finally I went to see the specialist at UC Davis. He examined me and confirmed I had stage 3 to 4 Vulvar Cancer. He scheduled me for surgery January 6th of 2005. I had the surgery done and the surgeon took out some surrounding lymph nodes as well. Two of the four lymph nodes were cancerous, so that meant I had metastasized cancer to my lymph system. Six weeks later, the OB/GYN oncologist phoned me and said he had taken my biopsy report to a tumor board and all the doctors agreed that the surgical margins around the tumor had been too narrow and there could still be some cancerous cells left. They recommended that I have 30 consecutive treatments of radiation, 5 days a week for 6 weeks. I had already learned that radiation to the vaginal area could cause damage to the urethra, bladder, rectum, intestines, or colon. I was not willing to take the radiation for those reasons.

So, I declined the radiation treatments and ordered Protocel® Formula 50 instead. I started taking it February 20th. I pre-mixed my ¼ teaspoonful servings in distilled water every day and took it as prescribed, every 6 hours — even the midnight dose, which I left on my nightstand. After a few weeks, I automatically woke up at midnight, drank my Protocel, and went back to sleep.

Soon, I received a certified letter from the surgeon at UC Davis, advising me again to take the radiation. I sent him a polite letter, informing him I was not going to. I was using an alternative non-toxic cancer treatment called Protocel.

It is now July 2006, eighteen months after my surgery. I have had 4 pap exams, 2 mammograms, and another CT scan. In all these exams, there has been no evidence of cancer in the vaginal area, lymph system, or anywhere else. I know I am cancer-free because of Protocel.

My husband, who does not have cancer, was very impressed with Protocel. One day, he asked me “How bad does Protocel taste?” I told him that it isn’t any worse than Nyquill. Without my coaxing, he started taking Protocel himself. He was afraid of prostate cancer and wanted to use the Protocel preventively. Now, both of us take Protocel and we don’t plan to stop. After all, it is non-toxic. One thing happened for my husband that we didn’t expect. After just two weeks on Protocel, a psoriasis/fungal type infection that he’d had on his fingers for 10 years completely cleared up!

I also give my dog Protocel now because she recently had pancreatitis. Her energy has really perked up since she’s been on Protocel and her appetite is much better, too.

I firmly believe from the bottom of my heart that Protocel cured my cancer. I am telling my story because I believe in this product. If it hadn’t been for the book, OUTSMART YOUR CANCER, I never would have known about Protocel. To this day, I have never heard anyone else mention Protocel – yet it is so effective. I urge you to learn about Protocel and decide for yourself!



The following downloadable ebooklet gives you all the Protocel information from the book Outsmart Your Cancer at a convenient price!
– For those who ONLY want information about Protocel –Protocel and Cancer is a 76-page ebooklet just on Protocel.
(In the full-length book, Outsmart Your Cancer: Alternative Non-Toxic Treatments That Work, you will learn the exact same information in chapters 9 through 12.)




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