Alternate Cancer Remedies
Mr. FARR, CHARLES R. SMART, M.D., AND H.H. HOGLE, M.D., 1967
Note to researchers: Give the whole plant, leaf and stem, of (Larrea Divaricata) in controlled, double-blind tests to advanced cancer patients.
Working Summary: When the medical experts prove un- able to uncover a powerful new cancer remedy, a cowboy living out in the desert has to give us one. The active ingredient in chaparral is the same as the one in pau d’arco. Although there are questions about the toxicity of chaparral, there appear to be none regarding pau d’arco.
Mr. Farr was an old rancher who lived in Mesa, Arizona. By 1967, he was in deep trouble; for he was experiencing a constant recurrence of malig- nant melanoma on the right side of his cheek and neck.
Uncertain what else to do, he went to the Uni- versity of Utah Medical Center to consult with his doctors. They gave him the standard treatment, cutting out the growth. After excising it three times, Mr. Farr was no better off than before.
Returning to the clinic in November 1967, he was told that the best thing to do was to let them do a radical neck dissection. When he learned what that would remove, he said things had gone far enough. He would go home to die.
Returning to his house in Mesa, he decided to die heroically! He went out into the desert and col- lected the dry leaves and stems of the creosote bush. If you have ever driven through the Western desert, you will understand why it has this name. It has a strong odor.
The other name for this bush is chaparral (Larrea Divaricata or Larrea diverticata). The bush grows from four to eight feet tall, and has small, dark green leaves and brittle stems. It cov- ers hundreds of square miles in the plains and slopes of the western U.S. deserts, up to 5,000 feet.
Farr made the tea by steeping the dried leaves and stems in hot water. He later explained that he used the equivalent of 7 or 8 grams of leaves per quart of water. Then he drank 2 to 3 cups of this tea each day, rarely missing a dose. All the while, he took no other medications. He did not change his diet or way of life in the least.
By February 1968, the facial lesion had de- creased to the size of a dime and the neck mass had disappeared. Farr looked better physically, and had even gained some weight. He felt better, too.
the Medical Center began investigating chaparral. They theorized that there was only one active in- gredient: Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid (NDGA)— a powerful antioxidant.
On January 12, 1969, at Park City, Utah, Dr. Hogle presented a paper on Mr. Farr’s tumor re- gression at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Utah Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.
Shortly after that, the paper was published in a professional journal (C.R. Smart, H.H. Hogle, et.al., An Interesting Observation of Nordihy- droguaiaretic Acid—NDGA—and a Patient with Malignant Melanoma: A Preliminary Report,” Cancer Chemotherapy Reports, April 1969).
The press quickly spread the word that chap- arral could heal cancer. This upset the Utah re- searchers, but they went ahead with their testing, as well as some folk in the national medical soci- eties.
The research team then took the active sub- stance in chaparral (the NDGA), only, and gave it to human volunteers with cancer. In November 1970, they published a second report (Smart, Hogle, et. al., “Clinical Experience with Nordihy- droguaiaretic Acid,” Rocky Mountain Medical Journal, November 1970) that, out of 59 cancer patients treated, only four showed “significant tu- mor regressions.” One of the four remained in re- mission only four months, before new lesions de- veloped. Soon after, a copy of this second report was sent to the National Cancer Institute.
What might have been the results if the lifestyle and nutrition had been drastically improved—and if the whole chaparral tea had been given, not merely “an active agent”?
According to a lady who knew Mr. Farr (Kathlyn Windes of Mesa, Arizona), Mr. Farr eventually died of the same melanoma about nine years later (c. 1974) at the age of 96. She claimed that he died because some of the same medical people testing him at that time would not permit him to have his whole chaparral tea. Mrs. Windes knew him well, and got his story on a 45-minute tape before he passed away.
At any rate, an abrupt halt occurred in chap- arral research at the University of Utah Medical Center in 1969.
A number of incidents have since appeared in printed form about people who overcame cancer with chaparral tea or tablets.
Returning to the University of Utah Medical Center in September 1968, the physicians were astounded to see him. By that time, the growth was the size of a small pimple.
In an Amish newspaper, William McGrath told of an elderly Amish man who had eliminated ter- minal cancer 12 years earlier by taking 15 chap- arral tablets a day (The Budget, June 27, 1979).
Immediately, under the supervision of Dr. Charles Smart and his assistant, Dr. H.H. Hogle,
Another example was a man named Andrew Hanson, who is said to have purchased some