Cancer Control Society
2001 Convention Write Up
On September 1st
– 3rd, Cancer Control Society hosted their annual conference. This consisted a series of 25 minute lectures by professionals in
the field of alternative health care for cancer (clinic directors,
doctors, researchers, practitioners, and health freedom activists), and an
exhibit of product companies (nutraceuticals, books, magnets, low emf hair
dryers, etc), clinics (from the US, Mexico and Germany), and non-profit
organizations (International Victors for Cancer, Citizens for Health,
National Health Federation).
A list of the speakers who made presentations is at http://www.cancercontrolsociety.com/program2001.html.
If you would like to get copies of videos or audios of any of the
presentations, you can order them from The Cancer Control Society by
calling (323) 663-7801.
We were able to attend many of the lectures and collect a great deal of
information from the exhibit. As
time permits, we will provide you feedback on some of the presentations
Lac, CCN, HMD, author of “The Detox Solution”
Patricia Fitzgerald L.Ac,
CCN, DHM, author of “The Detox Solution” spoke about the need to
nourish on all levels (physical, emotional, spiritual), and detox on all
levels (physical, emotional, spiritual).
Patricia described the amazing work of nobel prize winning
scientist Alexis Carrell. In
the 1930’s Alexis began an experiment of keeping a chicken’s heart
tissue alive by giving it the nutrients it needed to survive and cleaning
the waste in its container on a daily basis.
As long as these two tasks were done (nourishment and detox), the
chicken’s heart tissue continued to live – this was for an amazing 34
years! The heart tissue died
one day when a staff member didn’t remove the waste.
So… Patricia’s point – make sure you get proper nourishment
and make sure you’re continuing to eliminate toxins.
She described the process
of detox on an emotional and spiritual level as ridding oneself of
thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve you and that are not life
giving. It also means
learning how to step away from negative influences in one’s life, TV,
newspaper, negative people, etc.
emphasized the need for individuals that are ill to nourish themselves
emotionally through self-love and self-nurturance.
She felt that after her many years of practice, this was the most
important factor in the healing process – more important than taking
one’s supplements or sticking to one’s diet.
She asks her clients to consider whether they are feeling nurtured
and loved, are they excited to heal, are they excited to live, what are
they living for? If there is
no emotional nourishment, people often lose their will to live.
When this happens, everything else (nutritional supplements, diet,
etc) becomes secondary.
I spoke with two doctors
later in the day that work with cancer patients on a regular basis.
Both said that they really liked her talk and that they strongly
agreed with what she had to say. I
think overall Patricia was well received.
She had a wonderfully gentle presence and seemed to embody
everything she said.
practices at the Santa Monica Wellness Center (310-451-7170).
For more information on her book, The Detox Solution, see www.detoxsolution.com.
Charlotte Gerson, from
the Gerson Institute in Tijuana, Mexico spoke about the recently released
update to the original Gerson Therapy book.
The new book, The Gerson Therapy, includes an in-depth and and up
to date description of the Gerson program. It will be available through
the Gerson Institute around early November.
The Gerson therapy is a
diet and detox protocol developed by Charlotte’s father Max Gerson.
The therapy is based on Max’s research on the type of environment
that promotes the growth of cancer and the type that promotes the healing
The diet includes a
strict adherence to a mostly raw food diet (organic vegetable juices), and
the avoidance of specific foods that affect the body chemistry in a way
that lowers cancer immunity.
The staff members did say
that people that are ill typically need a care giver to assist them in
maintaining the diet, since it takes a great deal of focus, commitment and
energy to implement.
For those unable to
attend the Gerson Institute in person, the institute will be conducting
caregiver training classes early next year and certifying caregivers and
individuals who can mentor people on how to follow the program.
Charlotte herself has
been on the program since she was 13 – now at the age of 80 she still
looks great - no glasses, no liver spots, and full of life.
Charlotte will be publishing a series of booklets in the next year
with the stories of many of the individuals her institute has worked with
that have recovered from cancer using the Gerson program.
(a separate booklet for each type of cancer)
I talked with other
conference attendees about the program – most of the people I talked
with admitted to not having read the original book on the therapy or
trying the therapy themselves. Comments and opinions ranged from the true believers
(embracing the healing benefits of raw foods), to more moderates
(preferring raw foods, juicing and cooked foods in balance) to skeptics
(preferring diets which are more heavily protein based)
Staff members at the
Gerson booth said you have to experience the diet to really see how it
makes you feel. For more
information on the Gerson program, call (888-4-Gerson), or see www.gerson.org.
Verne Varona , author of
Nature’s Cancer-Fighting Foods, presented a lot of simple common sense
information on how to change your diet to build your immunity against
cancer and other diseases. He
emphasized the importance of keeping the “gut” healthy, saying this is
where a great deal of immune metabolism takes place.
One food he mentioned was miso – this is a paste you can buy at
any health food store made from fermented soy.
Add one tablespoon of the paste to hot water, add some cut up
veggies and/or rice, simmer for a few minutes and you have an instant
soup. Because it’s
fermented, miso is full of the healthy bacteria (lactobacillus acidopholis)
that strengthens digestion and helps fight off pathogens.
When asked which foods in
particular help in the healing of cancer, Verne replied that virtually all
natural foods (vegetables, whole grains, etc) facilitate the healing of
cancer because they are high in nutrition and have their own natural detox
properties. See Verne’s
book, Nature’s Cancer-Fighting Foods, for more details.
Verne also emphasized the
need for patients to take an honest look at their life and why they are
motivated to get better. “Why
do you want to get better?” he asked a patient of his many years ago on
the first visit. The man described a life of struggle and conflict – it was
clear that his relationships, his work, his children were all a burden to
him. He seemed embarrassed to
admit that his will to get better was not that strong.
He seemed unnerved by Verne’s direct question.
The man never returned after that first visit, but years later
Verne ran into him in Seattle at a lecture.
He had moved to Seattle to buy a fishing boat, something he had
always wanted to do. He now
owned several boats and was a successful commercial fisherman.
He was enjoying his life again and was happy to report to Verne
that his cancer had gone into remission.
Verne is now based in
Chicago but does phone consultations on a regular basis with people
throughout the US. His number is (310) 967-7700.
Citizens for Health:
Frank Cuny, president of
Citizens for Health (see www.citizenshealth.org),
talked about two federal bills that will give MD’s greater freedom in
using unapproved medical practices and devices.
These are HR 1964 and S 1378.
Both bills are sponsored
by the American Preventative Medical Association.
Here’s an excerpt from the APMA website, www.apma.net/federalaffairs-amta.htm:
“We are now focusing
our energies on achieving passage of the Access to Medical Treatment Act -
HR 1964 / S 1378, which states specifically that individuals can use
unapproved medical devices and drugs, so long as they follow the consumer
protection measures outlined in the bill. The legislation allows for
interstate shipment of unapproved drugs and devices, and protects
practitioners who prescribe unapproved drugs, if the practitioners meet
the informed consent and other stringent requirements that are designed to
protect patients; improve access to safe and effective treatments; and
gather data on those therapies and devices. We believe this bill will put
the decision-making authority back where it belongs: between the patient
and the practitioner. It will also significantly broaden the options
available to American consumers, and ensure that they receive these
therapies under carefully prescribed circumstances. “
Frank asked audience
members to WRITE A LETTER to their federal senators and Congress-member
asking support for the bills.
Frank is also in the
process of developing legislative support for and preparing two bills for
MD’s in California – one that broadens the scope of approved medical
practice for MD’s to include alternative therapies, and one that
specifically allows for alternativ/integrative therapies to be used in the
treatment of cancer. For information on California bills and efforts to support
these bills, go to www.citizenshealth.org
Also, to receive updates and information from Citizens for Health
via email, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iscar (called Iscador in Europe):
Iscar - I spoke with
Michele Sanz, Manager of the Medical Division for Weleda (manufacturer of
the drug Iscar) about Iscar. Iscar
is now an FDA approved drug which your MD can prescribe as an adjunct or
complimentary therapy to chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery.
It is not marketed as a stand-alone or primary therapy, although
some people have used it this way (in conjunction with nutrition, diet and
emotional healing) successfully.
Iscar is a special
preparation of the extract of Mistletoe (botanical name Viscum Album).
The preparation is homeopathic-like in that it involves some
dilution and succussion (rigorous stirring or shaking) in its
manufacturing process, but it is not homeopathic per se.
There are three
injectibles, each derived from a different species of the Mistletoe plant.
One product is typically most suitable for female cancers (ovarian,
uterine, breast), one is typically most suitable for male cancers
(prostate), and the third is typically most suitable for systemic cancers
(leukemia, hodgkins lymphoma).
(By the way, you might
have heard that Iscar is one of the therapies that Suzanne Sommers is
using in the treatment of her breast cancer.
Michele confirmed this to be true.)
I asked Michele how
people can find a doctor in their area that works with Iscar.
She recommended that people call her organization and arrange to
have information sent to their oncologist.
The Iscar information line number is 1-800-289-1969.
For more information on Iscar, see www.iscardor.com
of Cancer Victors and Friends, Inc.:
At the exhibit, I met
with administrators from the International Association of Cancer Victors
and Friends, Inc. This is an
information and referral organization (similar to Cancer Cure Foundation)
which has local chapters throughout the US.
They have an extensive list of individuals that have gone to
alternative/integrative doctors and clinics for cancer treatment.
If you’re interested in getting this list (which includes phone
numbers so you can connect with these individuals and talk with them about
their experiences), and/or if you’d like to see if there is a support
group in your area, call the IACVF at (310) 822-5032.
Klinik St. Georg, Dr. Douwes:
Dr. Douwes gave an
overview of Klinik St. Georg in Germany and then focused specifically on
hyperthermia. Klinik St.
Georg is a large in-patient hospital (120 beds) that offers a wide range
of integrative approaches for the treatment of cancer.
Dr. Douwes emphasized the need to “not throw the baby out with
the bath water” – that is, to continue to embrace the tools offered by
conventional medicine, but to use them discriminately and synergistically
with holistic approaches. Along
these lines, Klinik St. Georg offers chemotherapy and low-dose radiation
therapy to patients, when appropriate.
I spoke with Dr. Douwes
later in the day, at which time he described how the clinic integrates
more subtle approaches (such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs, reiki,
homeopathy and art therapy) with some of the more physically aggressive
approaches such as hyperthermia. In
essence, the protocol is phased – for critical situations the more
aggressive approaches are used until the patient‘s cancer growth has
been checked and their immunity has been strengthened.
Then the more subtle approaches are introduced to help change the
terrain so the cancer doesn’t return.
His commitment to
developing a program that addresses the whole person and that utilizes a
wide range of holistic approaches was evident.
Hyperthermia is the use
of heat to raise body temperature to a point that causes cancer cells to
die. Dr. Douwes showed
pictures of machines that are used for localized hyperthermia (for more
localized cancers), and for full body hyperthermia (for systemic or
metastasized cancers). He
also showed several slides of the tumors of patients with cancer –
before and after their hyperthermia treatment phases.
The “after” slides showed evidence that the hyperthermia
treatments contributed to tumor reduction and in many cases dissolution.
For more information on
Klink St. Georg, go to our web page on them at http://www.cancure.org/klinik_st_george.htm
or their website - http://www.klinik-st-georg.de/english/Seiten/alles.htm.
Oasis of Hope – Dr. Contreras:
Dr. Contreras Jr.
presented an overview of the Oasis of Hope hospital and their treatment
In addition, he
introduced a young woman who was celebrating her 10 year anniversary in
recovering from leukemia. The woman read a testimonial of her experience with Oasis of
Hope. She had been diagnosed
at the age of 11 and, after a large media event in the US highlighting her
parent’s struggle with Child Protective Services, was able to leave the
US and arrive at Oasis of Hope hospital for treatment.
Her treatment had included a range of nutritional and immune system
support therapies, as well as prayer and Bible study with Dr. Contreras
Sr. It was evident from her
presentation that she felt very supported in her healing process while at
Oasis, and that she still had strong feelings of warmth and appreciation
for Dr. Contreras Jr. and the Oasis staff.
As part of her 10 year
recovery celebration, she played the violin for the audience.
It was a real treat to listen to.
She’s a gifted musician and her enthusiasm and zest for life
seemed to send the message, “I recovered and you can to.”
information, go to our web page on them at http://www.cancure.org/oasis_hospital.htm,
or their website at www.oasisofhope.com.
John Boik, Natural
Compounds in Cancer Therapy:
John Boik gave a
presentation summarizing some of the findings discussed in his new book, Natural
Compounds in Cancer Therapy (available through www.ompress.com).
One of John’s central points was that natural compounds (that is,
key compounds found in well known herbs, nutritional supplements, and
nutraceuticals used in the treatment of cancer) are most effective when
used synergistically. This is
due, in part, to the fact that there are seven clusters of pro-cancer
events that contribute to the growth and spread of cancer cells, and that
natural compounds (when used individually), only target a portion of these
An excerpt from John’s
book describes his conclusions well:
combination of compounds will target all seven clusters of pro-cancer
events, a task a single compound could not perform.
In addition, since most natural compounds inhibit several …
events, a large combination of natural compounds will redundantly target
all seven… Redundant targeting is useful in that if one compound fails to
perform its task, another is available to back it up. Redundancy is in fact common in stable systems.
In nature, for example, biologic diversity provides redundant
controls of insect pest populations.”
John also pointed out
that in using natural compounds individually
in the treatment of cancer, relatively large doses are required to insure
effectiveness. He compared
the concentrations required for most natural compounds (discussed in his
book) to be active in vitro (1 – 50 uM) with the average effective
concentration for nine common chemotherapy drugs (.48uM).
For 65% of the natural
compounds he studied, concentrations this high would most likely cause
adverse effects. However, when used synergistically all of the compounds could
be used at lower (safe) doses and still maintain their effectiveness.
John also listed some of
the “gotcha’s” to be aware of when using nutritional supplements in
the treatment of cancer. These
Single antioxidants may be
problematic, especially when used at high doses.
Genistein (found in soy) may
be problematic with estrogen-sensitive cancers (such as breast and ovarian
Single compounds may be of limited use (in other words, don’t put
all of your faith in one product, synergism is the key)
High doses of vitamin E or EPA (fish oils) may be problematic for
individuals with bleeding disorders and individuals scheduled for surgery
(since they thin the blood).
High doses of the fat soluble vitamins A or D3 may be toxic
Hypercin (found in St. John’s Wort) may contribute to
photosensitivity (sensitivity to light.)
Some tonics may cause insomnia or restlessness.
Many supplements and nutraceuticals can cause gastrointestinal
upset when used at high doses.
Melatonin may cause tiredness and grogginess during the day.
In addition, John made
specific statements about what the research shows so far about the
compatibility of some natural compounds with chemotherapy.
Finally, John described a
pilot study he recently completed in collaboration with R. Newman, R. Boik,
and D. Bailey. The study looked at the synergistic effects of large combinations of natural
compounds against proliferation of human breast and prostate cancer cells.
The study tested 12 individual compounds for synergism in three
combinations of 7, 9, and 12.
The manuscript is still
in preparation. However, the conclusions of the pilot study are as follows (quoting John yet again!):
- Genistein (soy isoflavone) – is probably safe with chemotherapy,
but there are still many questions to be explored.
Glutamine (an amino acid) – improves the effectiveness of
chemotherapy and reduces gastrointestinal side effects
Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil – should be compatible with
chemotherapy, although these may increase the risk of bleeding
PSK (polysaccharide K) and Astragalus – useful to increase energy
and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.
Also, these are unlikely to interfere with chemotherapy and
radiotherapy (PSK is found in some mushroom extracts, and some mushroom
products such as MGN-3.
Astragalus is an immunostimulant herb used in Chinese medicine.)
Antioxidants – from one of John’s slides “Most animal studies
suggest antioxidants like melatonin, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as
some antioxidant drugs protect animals from doxorubicin– or cisplatin–
induced toxicity without interfering with the drug’s antitumor
Primary antioxidants (Vitamin C, vitamin E, glutathione, NAC, etc)
– are best used in combinations and at moderate doses
These are important
conclusions to consider for anyone struggling with the decision to combine
nutritional and immune system support products with conventional
treatment, and we look forward to more studies looking at this very
"Synergistic or near-synergistic interactions occur between large
numbers of natural compounds when tested against two human cancer cell
interactions do not occur."
“Cancer cell inhibition is less variable when using large
combinations compared to individual compounds.”
“The use of large combinations may allow lower doses of
individual compounds to be used without sacrificing effectiveness.
Such combinations may inhibit cancer more uniformly.”
For more information
about John’s work with natural compounds, or to obtain a copy of his
latest book, Natural Compounds in Cancer Therapy, for yourself or your doctor,
check out John’s website at www.ompress.com.
Chan, N.D., Biological Treatments for Cancer in Canada
spoke about biological approaches used in Canada. He also discussed
how many of the chemotherapies and drugs come from plant sources.
Instead of the 3 conventional approaches, he recommends using conventional
approaches with alternative. He discussed many of the cytotoxic herbs,
taxol from the bark of the yew tree, platinimun, and other approaches used
in conventional therapy that can be done in lower doses when combined with
alternative approaches and bio-oxidative
about many approaches and products he and others use. These include the
use of Curaderm from Australia for melanoma and basil cell carcinomas,
colon hydrotherapy, IPT therapy, Poly MVA (he has some concerns about the
dosages that are used), hyperthermia (he has some reservations about
hyperthermia), and nutritional approaches. He discussed the use of Ginsing,
which he had always been told not to use in the treatment of cancer - now
it has been modified and components of it are being used successfully.
has two clinics in Vancouver, British Columbia and can be reached by phone
at (604) 435-3786.
Dr. Douglas Brodie - Cancer Fighting Protocols Update
discussed the protocols he uses at his clinic in Reno, Nevada. He
treats many people who also do chemotherapy and radiation at other
facilities. His approaches help these treatments work better and
with fewer side effects. Approaches and products used at his clinic
include dmso, IPT therapy, laetrile, cytokines, IV infusions of
vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin C.
on him is at http://www.cancure.org/dr_brodie.htm,
or go to his website at http://www.drbrodie.com/.