Specific Systems of Treatment
Lactobacilus plantarum bacterium and then filtered.
It has been found to cause more than 50% tumor inhibition in mice, in experiments carried on at the Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buf- falo, New York. Yet you will hear little about mistle- toe in the United States, except at Christmas time.
Dr. Hartmut Franz, in Europe, carried out in- depth studies into the substance and found that lectins, a group of chemicals in mistletoe, produced its primary biological activity. Lectins can connect to sugar molecules and effect changes in cells.
Within the mistletoe, this lectin protein forms a compound with an enzyme. Franz found that the enzyme inhibited both cell reproduc- tion and protein synthesis within cells. The lec- tin part of the compound stimulated macroph- ages, a type of killer leukocyte (white blood cell), and causes other leukocytes to release cancer- destroying chemicals.
Iscador is given in a series of 10 to 14 injec- tions before surgery, at the rate of one dose a day (normally given in the morning when body temperature is rising). The purpose is to streng- then the immune system, prevent metastasis, and promote better recovery. It is also used as a fol- low-up treatment after surgery or radiation treat- ment for several years, in gradually decreasing dosages.
It is believed that Iscador could have seri- ous side effects if taken in excess. But Hijito and others have noted that it is nontoxic in the dosages normally given.
Both the leaves and berries of the mistletoe contain poisonous compounds (viscotoxins), so it is urged that individuals not make their own prepa- rations at home. It would be a good research project to figure out how earlier peoples treated themselves with the plant, when it is so poison- ous.
Sounds like a pretty powerful combination! Hajito found that, within 24 hours of giving Iscador, two special things happened: (1) A cer- tain type of white blood cell was aroused to ac- tion—releasing antibodies which kill unwanted cells. (2) The natural killer (NK) cells increased in number and began prowling around for for- eign cells to eliminate.
“Often considered poisonous. Unconfirmed reports of deaths have been attributed to eat- ing the berries.”—Stephen Foster, Eastern/Cen- tral Medicinal Plants, 296.
Mistletoe—Physicians Association for Anthro- posophical Medicine, P.O. Box 269, Kimberton, PA 19442
It has been theorized that the production pro- cess of fermentation, by which Iscador is made, is effective because it separates the enzyme from the lectin protein—and thus helps them both work more effectively.
The present writer found little 20th century research on what the whole plant, taken as a tea rather than fermented into Iscador, could do. Yet for thousands of years mankind used the plant to treat cancer, not Iscador. One research study com- pared the fermented product with the unfer- mented—and found that Iscador was better for eliminating rat liver cancer cells while the unfer- mented tea was more effective on human leuke- mia cells. Both preparations dissolved the cell walls of the cancer cells (G. Ribereau-Gayon, et. al., Oncology, 43(supp. 1): 35-41, 1986).
One thing is certain: Iscador strengthens the immune system; whereas the orthodox cancer therapies weaken it.
Iscador is given by means of a subcutane- ous injection near, or into, the tumor. (In the case of brain and spinal cord tumors, it is taken orally lest increased pressure occur.)
Oddly enough, although mistletoe reduces tu- mor mass, in Europe it is not given for that pur- pose—but rather to lessen the damaging effects of surgery and radiation treatments!
VIRGINIA LIVINGSTON, M.D., 1969
Note to researchers: In relation to Dr. Livingston’s discov- eries, research should be conducted on five fronts: the cancer bacteria she identified (Progenitor cryptocides), the human growth hormone (choriogonadotrophin) which is produced by Progenitor, the relationship of that hormone to the growth and spread of cancer, and determination of the best sources of ab- scisic acid, the vitamin-like substance which inhibits cancer.
Working Summary: This is a fabulous story. If cancer is not caused by a bacteria, then Livingston’s vaccine should not be able to work. Yet it did; that is, until use of it was forbidden. Do not overlook the information on abscisic acid.
In addition to the cancer-cure controversies which have raged for over a century, a secondary controversy has continued nearly as long over the nature of the cancer itself. Is it caused by bac- teria? by virus? or does it have a totally non- infectious origin? In 1905, one well-known health writer spoke of “cancerous germs”: “Those who use flesh foods little know what they are eating. Often if they could see the ani- mals when living and know the quality of the meat they eat, they would turn from it with loath- ing. People are continually eating flesh that is filled with tuberculous and cancerous germs. Tuberculosis, cancer, and other fatal disease are thus communicated.”—Ellen G. White, Minis-