Alternate Cancer Remedies
Part Two –
Specific Systems of Treatment
In this section, medical researchers ought to be able to find a sizeable amount of earlier cancer research. Many worthwhile discoveries were made. It is the hope of the present writer that this infor- mation may prove to be the beginning of the break- through findings by medical experts in our time, that will settle the matter—so the people can be finally, officially, told about practical methods of cancer control and remission.
There is a great need to provide simple, prac- tical, remedies which common folk can use at home. Most people cannot afford expensive hos- pital bills.
EARLIER HISTORY OF CANCER RESEARCH AND THERAPY
“As in every other field, cancer research is not only dependent upon a long-range strategy— in this case centered upon patient investigation of the carcinogenic mechanism—but is also af- fected by chance, the accidental observation, or the unanticipated simplifying principle which is likely to be more decisive. It is impossible to tell, yet each is complementary to the other, and both are essential in the advancement of the knowledge of the cancer cell.”—Alexander Haddow, “The Biochemistry of Cance ,” in An- nual Review of Biochemistry, Vol. 24, 689.
It was Hippocrates, the “father of medicine,” who originally gave cancer its name. He was the one who said that the physician should never give any poisonous substance to his patient. Writing in the 4th century, B.C., Hippocrates observed that the common factor in his cancer patients was a swelling—a tumor. Examining these tumors in au- topsies, he saw that they had root-like extensions spreading out from the main growth, giving a crab- like appearance. The Greek word for crab is “karkinos.” The Latin word is “cancer.” (By coin- cidence, the German word is “krebs,” and it would be a father-son team with that name which would
discover one of the cancer formulas: laetrile.)
Hippocrates studied many of these tumors and classified them according to where they occurred and what they looked like. The names he gave them are still widely used.
About 500 years later (A.D. 150), Galen, an- other Greek physician, carried out additional study of tumors.
Between the 13th and 17th centuries, the de- velopment of the lens and the microscope greatly helped medical research. Then, in the middle 1800s, Louis Pasteur established that living or- ganisms can only come from living organisms. There is no such thing as spontaneous generation; everything has parents. Shortly after that, Franz von Leydid proved that body cells only come from body cells. But where did the strange cancer cells come from?
Unfortunately, John Hunter (1728-1793) led medicine into a side road. He declared that can- cer was just a localized disease “that only pro- duces local effects.” Such a disease should be cur- able through localized methods. That thinking gripped medical minds from that time down to our own. The method of choice was surgery.
At the beginning of the 20th century, radium was discovered. This was seen as a great step for- ward. Patients were exposed to tiny quantities of radium, costing many, many thousands of dollars, in the hope that this would burn out the tumor. Thus, radiation was a type of cutting process— but much surrounding flesh was burned also!
Soon X-rays were discovered, and the burn- ing, searing effects of radiation became easier for physicians to work with—and cheaper for them to obtain. When cancer was diagnosed, it was the “ra- diation knife” of the radiologist and the steel knife of the diligent surgeon which were applied. Both were very expensive to the customer, in dollars, and both injured all tissue they came in contact with.