Alternate Cancer Remedies
it. Gerson therapy touches base with it also.
Note that Warburg developed a landmark can- cer theory, but did not, as far as we know, give clinical treatments based on it.
oxygenation. (For more on oxygen therapy in its various forms, see pages 53-55, 103-105.)
SUPPLEMENT: OXYGEN THERAPY
Oxygen was discovered by Joseph Priestly in 1771. Hydrogen peroxide was discovered by Louise Jacques Thenard in 1818, and ozone was discov- ered by Christian Schonbein in 1840. The first hyperbaric operating room was made as early as 1879 by a French physician, Dr. J.A. Fontaine.
Over a hundred years ago, physicians began treating diseases with oxygen. Oxygen therapy refers to a wide range of therapies utilizing oxy- gen in various forms, to promote healing and destroy pathogens in the body.
Earlier in this book, we learned that Frederich Koch, M.D., advocated oral hydrogen peroxide for cancer patients as early as 1924.
WALTER B. COFFE , M.D., JOHN D. HUMBER, M.D., 1930
Note to researchers: We will learn of others who worked with pancreatic enzymes and extracts, but Coffey focused on cortical adrenal hormone. His research should be extended and clarified.
Working Summary: Coffey’s adrenal extract method was unique in several way. The Gerson Institute today also uses pan- creatic enzymes and pancreatin.
Dr. Coffey was chief surgeon and director of the Southern Pacific Railroad Hospital in San Fran- cisco from 1926 to 1938. Highly respected for his surgical skill, in the 1920s he devised an opera- tion to relieve the intense pain of angina pectoris, and was invited to demonstrate his technique be- fore several leading universities in Europe.
In 1930, Otto Warburg, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Cell Physiology in Germany and a two-time Nobel Laureate, proposed that a lack of oxygen at the cellular level may be the prime cause of cancer, and that oxygen therapy could be an effective treatment for it.
Later in this book, we will learn of others who used various forms of oxygen therapy—especially the research work of Edward Rosenow, M.D., with hydrogen peroxide, and Dr. Sweet with ozone, as well as the use of hyperbaric oxygen.
There are two forms of oxygen therapy: oxy- genation therapy and oxidation therapy.
All human cells, tissues, and organs require oxygen. Oxygenation saturates the body with oxygen through the use of gas, sometimes at high pressure (hyperbaric). Oxygen can be admin- istered in many ways (orally, rectally, vaginally, and intravenously through inhalation or absorption through the skin.
Oxidation therapy enables electrons to be transferred from one molecule to another. Oxi- dation therapy helps the body eliminate tox- ins. It also selectively destroys pathogenic (dis- ease-producing) bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances. For example, if hydrogen per- oxide is placed on a surface wound, the normal cells thrive while the pathogens die.
Oxidation therapy must be given under clini- cal supervision, since uncontrolled oxidation is de- structive to the body. It may be given intravenously, orally, rectally by enema, vaginally, or absorbed through the skin. Hydrogen peroxide therapy will be discussed in more detail later in this book.
Ozone therapy uses both oxidation as well as
As a rule, the men who developed new treat- ments for cancer were highly skilled and respected medical doctors whom their peers recognized as brilliant. Coffey was no exception.
In the late 1920s, Coffey became interested in cancer therapy. It resulted from experimenting with an adrenal extract in treating high blood pres- sure in a patient who was also cancerous.
Coffey was startled to find that the extract not only dramatically relieved the high blood pres- sure,—but the cancer as well. Very soon, John D. Humber, M.D., joined him in his research.
Over the next several years, they experimented with various extracts from the adrenal cortex of cattle, and then decided that an extract from the adrenal cortex of sheep was the most effective.
It is not commonly known, but Coffey is said to have originally obtained the cancer extract idea from a Dr. Eaton, a well-known San Francisco urologist. Eaton, himself, had been encouraged by a Dr. Gye, an English cancer specialist, to investi- gate the hormones of the adrenal cortex for pos- sible anti-cancer factors.
Learning of Eaton’s work, Coffey appropriated it as his own. This resulted in great enmity be- tween the two men.
As medical director of a large hospital, which treated many railroad workers, sent in from all over the western states, Coffey was in an excellent position to try out Eaton/Gye’s idea.
In January 1930, when he felt sufficient clini- cal evidence was available, Coffey demonstrated his technique before the San Francisco pathologi- cal Society. This brought him instant and wide- spread publicity!