Alternate Cancer Remedies
Pattison deplored surgery, and aroused the ire of physicians throughout England. He said they helped no one, but only killed people.
In his writings, Pattison cited the case of a woman with a growth on her breast which her phy- sician instantly recognized as malignant, but he told her it was benign. Then he told a colleague that he told her that, so she wouldn’t go to “that quack in London.” She died within a few months.
Pattison’s formula consisted of a paste, com- posed primarily of the powdered root of the plant, hydrastis canadensai, plus flour, water, and a tiny bit of zinc chloride. (Hydrastis canadensai is the botanical name for gold- enseal.) When properly mixed, the flour held them together in a mucilaginous mass.
but the patient, he decided to methodically search the bone cancer medical records of New York Hos- pital for the previous 15 years. To his amazement, he found one case in which a man’s cancer totally disappeared! After being given up for lost, he walked out of the hospital completely cured.
Coley discovered that, on his deathbed, the man had suffered two attacks of erysipelas (strep- tococcus pyogenes), a severe and sometimes life- threatening skin infection, accompanied by severe fever and chills.
The physicians called it “spontaneous remis- sion” (a cure with no apparent cause), and quickly forgot it. Searching the streets of New York, Coley found the man who, seven years earlier, was dying of cancer. He was still in complete remission!
Along with this, he prescribed a simple, strict diet which included the elimination of all salted food.
Physicians told him to his face that they pre- ferred to stick to their operations. In reply, he said his method was almost totally painless, and held far more promise of recovery from the dreaded cancer.
It is extremely likely that Blake, Fell, and Pattison all used the same basic formula. Each started using his herbal formula on cancer pa- tients, in New York City, in the same year. Blake’s formula was not revealed to the public; Fell’s included puccoon, one of the names for gold- enseal. And Pattison used Hydrastis cana- denisa, the botanical name for goldenseal. Based on what we can learn about all three, their formula consisted of goldenseal, with a trace of zinc chloride.
Goldenseal root contains the alkaloid, ber- berine, an antibacterial agent, and is used as a tea or tincture to treat inflamed mucous mem- branes of mouth, throat, digestive system, and uterus. It is also used for jaundice, bronchitis, pharyngitis, gonorrhea, and cancer. Warning: Avoid during pregnancy. Because goldenseal is so highly alkaline, under normal circumstances, it is best not used more than two weeks at a time.
WILLIAM B. COLE , M.D., 1888
Note to researchers: Definitive research into the remedial value of hyperthermia is needed, along with further study into the virus theory of disease.
Working Summary: Coley’s method, frankly, was terrible; yet it was still preferable to the orthodox methods used then. Fortunately, his strep germ treatment is no longer used.
Dr. Coley, a New York City physician, was a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a sur- geon at Memorial Hospital.
Noting that operations killed not the cancer
Coley decided to repeat it, by giving another patient a bacterial infection that might kill him. He did it several times, without effect. But then, from the famous German “microbe hunter,” Rob- ert Koch, Coley got a particularly virulent culture of strep germs.
When he administered this culture, the patient’s temperature shot skyward, and developed a severe case of erysipelas. All feared for his life; but, within a few days, he recovered—and the can- cer was gone. Only scars remained of the tumors on his tonsils and neck. The next patient had his bone cancer entirely eliminated.
In 1883, Coley published his first paper on this event, which occurred at Memorial Hospital, in full view of Dr. Bull and other surgeons and pathologists. In later years, he published dozens of other papers.
But each infection was an ordeal for the pa- tient and for the staff (the strep germs were highly infectious).
But radium mining interests (Douglas-Phelps- Dodge) gained control of the hospital, and Coley fell into disrepute. Radium was costly ($15,000 a gram back then), and Coley’s treatment was rela- tively inexpensive. But Coley kept giving his dan- gerous treatment for many years thereafter.
What had actually happened? Coley had hap- pened upon an alternative cancer treatment used today in certain locations: fever therapy. It is a variation of nature’s method of healing: fever.
(In 1866, William Busch, M.D., a Prussian phy- sician, had also observed a remission of cancer following an attack of erysipelas.)
Today, fever therapy (also known as hyper- thermia) continues to be given with fair success. But it must be given under the direct supervision of an experienced expert! This fact must not be overlooked! The patient’s body is heated to 106o F. (sometimes only to 104o F.) while he is under