If you have been following my blogs, I have been discussing alternative practitioners of cancer therapy. My newest subject of investigation is the “grandfather” of most natural cancer therapies, Dr. Max Gerson. I will save my evaluation of his therapy for my next blog. For now, I thought it would be advantageous for you, my readers, to watch 3 youtube movies before you read my summary of his therapy. Think of it as “homework” before reading my lecture. The 3 movies are similar in many ways and do have some overlap, yet each addresses different topics related Dr. Gerson’s therapy. These movies will give you a good framework of understanding before reading my evaluation of his protocol. Give yourself about 1 1/2 hours for each movie.
If you have been following my blogs, I have spent several blogs discussing Dr. William Kelly, who in my opinion is the most prolific practitioner of cancer therapy of all time. That’s why I gave him the title “the Gretzky of alternative Cancer”, referring to Wayne Gretzky, now retired hockey great. Along similar lines, I now want to delve into the cancer therapy of “German Genius”, Dr. Johanna Budwig, whom I will classify as the “Wickenheiser of Alternative Cancer”.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Woman’s International Hockey, Hayley Wickenheiser is a female Canadian hockey player, who is considered by many to be the greatest female hockey player in the world and probably all-time. In Canada, we are very proud of the performance of our men’s and women’s national ice hockey teams who both are reigning Olympic champions. Our woman’s team is captained by Hayley Wickenheiser, who has represented Canada at the Winter Olympics four times, capturing three gold and one silver medal and twice being named tournament MVP. In addition to this, she has also represented Canada in softball in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She is the only non-goalie female to ever play professional men’s hockey, as she played forEskilstuna Linden in Sweden 2008. Being female never stopped her from playing with the “big boys”. So to be consistent with my hockey analogy I consider Dr. Johanna Budwig to be the “Wickenheiser of Alternative Cancer”.
Who is Dr. Johanna Budwig?
Similar to Hayley Wickenheiser, Dr. Johanna Budwig never let her female gender get in the way of her playing with the “big boys” in the medical world. Dr. Budwig (1908-2003) was a German quantum physicist, chemist, and pharmacologist who was allegedly nominated 6 times as a finalist in Nobel Prize voting for her extensive work on oils and essential free fatty acids. She also received doctorates (PHD’s) in physics and chemistry. According to cancertutuor.com, “In Germany in 1952 she was the Central Government’s Senior Expert for fats and pharmaceutical drugs. She’s considered one of the worlds leading authorities on fats and oils.” This was Germany’s version of the FDA in America, and Dr. Budwig was their national expert. Dr. Lloyd Jenkins ND reports,
“After some 50 years of successfully helping over 2,400 people with cancer and other illnesses regain their health, she knew she was really on to something of monumental importance in the field of health.”
Her numbers may not equal Dr. Kelley’s, but as we shall soon see, her protocol in some way eclipses Dr. Kelley in her ability to revive to terminally sick. Cliff Beckwith, 10 year survivor of Stage IV advanced prostate cancer while using the Budwig diet, says of his research on Dr. Budwig,
“Dr. Budwig to my knowledge had over 1000 documented successes. However, her work was not popular with the Oncology Industry in Europe. Her ideas would have meant a lot of losses in the Food Industry [too]; especially in the fats industry.”
Dr. Budwig claimed a similar success rate to Dr. Kelley at over 90% of her patients. What is all the more impressive is that Dr. Budwig claims to have taken on patients so sick that they were within days or even hours from death, and was able to revive them and get them well. Here are some of her quotes in this regard,
“in fact 99% of the sick that come to see me to use the biological method of cancer therapy, are cancer patients who have had operations and radiation sessions, or who were diagnosed as being too far advanced for an operation to be of any help. Even in these cases health can be restored, usually within a few months, I would say in 90% of cases.”
“I often take very sick cancer patients away from hospital where they are said to have only a few days left to live, or perhaps only a few hours. This is mostly accompanied by very good results.”
What is also so amazing about Dr. Budwig’s protocol, is that it is a fairly simple and relatively inexpensive therapy. To me, one of the greatest signs of brilliance, is someone who can take highly complex information and be able to break it down simply, at even a child’s level. Scientists, doctors, and the intelligentsia who persist at talking in high medical language, really show a lack of intelligence if they are unable to break down their knowledge into laymen terms. Renound Quantum Physicist Max Planck said in this regard,
“When someone thinks he has discovered something new but he cannot as a scientist so express it that everybody understands, then he hasn’t discovered anything new at all”
This is what Dr. Budwig was able to do with the deep complexity surrounding the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The signature aspect of Dr. Budwig’s therapy is the combining of 2 common everyday foods, cottage cheese and flax oil (CC/FO is the abbreviation). If you are thinking, come on Brent, you can’t possibly be saying that cancer can be cured simply by eating a simple mixture of flax oil and cottage cheese. This is not the only part of Dr. Budwig’s protocol, but yes, it is the main part. I don’t blame anyone for being skeptical initially, I know I was when I first read it. Most cancer researchers react the same way until they look at the deeper chemical process behind this food combination. Some completely reject the simplicity of CC/FO to cure disease. Dr. Budwig stated,
“Various highly trained and educated individuals are dismayed and irritated by the fact that serious medical conditions can be cured by cottage cheese and flaxseed oil.”
Dr. Dan C. Roehm M.D. FACP (oncologist & former cardiologist), in the 1990’s investigated Dr. Budwig’s protocol and here is what he concluded,
“I only wish that all my patients had a PhD in Biochemistry and Quantum Physics to enable them to see how with such consummate skill this diet was put together. It is a wonder.”
“This diet is far and away the most successful anti-cancer diet in the world”.
Former Research Director of the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine in Washington DC, Lothar Hirneise said this about the Budwig diet,
“Of all the nutritional theories that I have investigated, Dr. Johanna Budwig’s is definitely number one … Nowhere in the world have I found not even remotely such fantastic cases as with Dr. Budwig. It’s phenomenal.”
H. Wilhelm, one the leading authorities on the budwig diet today, sums up Dr. Budwig’s protocol quite succinctly,
“It is a scientifically well thought out, all natural approach to health, that has a tremendous rate of success and track record… and it costs next to nothing. I think that if it were very expensive and much money could be made on it, it would be much more popular because it would be pushed by business. But as it stands, it doesn’t lend itself to it.”
In fact, the main reason why Dr. Budwig’s protocol is not more widely known in the mainstream cancer world, is that she refused to sell the rights of her therapy for profit. She felt that cancer treatment should not be contaminated by corporate profit. Her fears have been proven correct as cancer now is about a billion dollar/day industry. Dr. Budwig stated,
“I have the answer to cancer, but American doctors won’t listen. They come here and observe my methods and are impressed. Then they want to make a special deal so they can take it home and make a lot of money. I won’t do it, so I’m blackballed in every country.”
What was Dr. Budwig’s understanding of the nature of cancer?
After studying thousands of blood samples from patients suffering from cancer and other chronic disease, she found that the blood of the diseased contained a strange yellowish-green substance (cytochrome) which was substituting the place of healthy, red, oxygen-carrying hemoglobin. The blood of the healthy was more of a bright red and did not contains this yellow-green substance. She then found that this substance was caused by a lack of Omega 3 fatty acids in the sick patients blood versus an adequate supply of Omega 3 fatty acids in the healthy.
Another name for Omega 3 fatty acids is essential fatty acids (EFA’s). One of the main reasons why they are essential is that they are critical at the cellular level. Dr. Kelley looked at how enzymes could break down the thick fibrin layer of the cancer cell membrane so that it could be properly destroyed by the immune system. Dr. Budwig focused on what actually caused the formation of the cancer cell in the first place. Dr. Burzynski has studied how the genes (oncogenes) convert regular cells into cancer cells, but Dr. Budwig focused on how a defective cell membrane results in the creation of cancer cells. As you can see, cancer can be attacked at many different levels, and each of these alternative cancer doctors are solving the “cancer puzzle” piece by piece. Hopefully, one day we will be able to combine them all in a synergistic way and finally put this cancer “devil” in the history books.
As we all know, our body runs electrically and we are dependent on this free flow of energy to survive. Our heart pumps 24 hours a day using this energy, our brain functions electrically on this energy, and Dr. Budwig discovered that our cells also depend on this energy. A typical cell, like an atom, has a positively charged centre (nucleus) and a negatively charged thin outer layer (membrane). Dr. Budwig found that the critical protection for healthy cells is maintaining the negatively charged field of electrons in the outer membrane. When this charge is not properly maintained, cell division is disrupted and the future daughter cells become sick and diseased, thus producing cancer cells. To maintain this field of electrons in the outer membrane, our cells need Omega 3 fatty acids (EFA’s) which are electron rich substances. The EFA’s provide this charge because they come from foods which are exposed to light energy from the sun. The sun gives the EFA’s these negatively charged electrons, and when we eat EFA’s, our cells remain healthy by maintaining a negatively charged membrane. When the membrane is charged properly, oxygen can flow freely into the cell, but when the charge is disrupted oxygen has a difficult time getting into the cell.
The health of our cells is actually a tale of 2 types of fats (oils). When we injest good electron rich fats our cells maintain their charge, but when we injest bad fats our cells lose their electron charge. Dr. Budwig wrote in her book “Flax Oil as a true aid against arthritis, Heart infarction, cancer, and other diseases”,
“This is the crux of the matter. Are all fats the same? Why had fat become so pressingly important at that time? How is it that fats can both cause tumours to form and also to dissolve?….. on the one hand the industrial solidification of fats and, on the other, the enormous importance of natural, electron rich, vital, highly unsaturated fats”
We need the good oils which are highly unsaturated fats (EFA’s), and we must avoid the “industrial” bad oils (hydrogenated oils, trans fats). The problem occurs when eat bad oils and fats (ie. trans fats, hydrogenated oils) and they act as free-radicals which disrupt and override the good fats and oils (EFA’s) bonding to the cell membrane. This essentially clogs the oxygen flow into the cells, and they start to suffocate. Dr. Otto Warburg, in 1931 discovered that the root cause of all cancer cells is oxygen deprivation. He received the Nobel Prize for this discovery of cellular respiration. Dr. Warburg wrote,
“…the cause of cancer is no longer a mystery, we know it occurs whenever any cell is denied 60% of its oxygen requirements. Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause.”
The North American diet is excessively too high in these bad oils and fats and very deficient in the good fats. The process of hydrogenation, is what is at the core of this problem. Most oils bought in the supermarket have been hydrogenated to increase the shelf life of the canola oils, vegetable oils, margarines, etc… . Hydrogenation is a chemical process which uses high heat to break bonds for hydrogen atoms to bond to. So then, healthy unsaturated fats & oils are converted into unhealthy saturated fats (trans fats). Unsaturated fats have weaker bonds and break down and go rancid when exposed to heat, light, and air. Saturated fats have much stronger bonds and this keeps the oils stable on the shelfs of supermarkets longer.
So, through hydrogenation, the once healthy unsaturated fats now become poisonous trans fats, all for the sake of shelf life!! Nice trade-off!! In fact, much of the food we eat has been modified in various ways for shelf life. There are very few oils that are strong enough to remain healthy when used for cooking and baking oil (ie. grapeseed oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, camelina oil), our problem is that most of the baking and cooking oils we use are hydrogenated (ie. vegetable oil, canola oil, margarines). Our french fries, fried chicken, cakes, pies, donuts, cookies, peanut butter etc… are most of the time cooked in hydrogenated oils. You can see why we have a cancer problem in North America.
These oils lose their electron charge during the hydrogenation process and when they start to bond to the cell membranes, they act like free-radicals and steal away electron charge instead of providing charge to the cell membrane. When enough of this charge of electrons is taken away and not provided by new electron rich EFA’s, the cell short circuits and the battery in the cell become “dead” like a car battery. It is like a car battery losing it negative electrode. Without both a positive and a negative electrode, a car battery cannot flow electricity. If the cell membrane loses its negative electron charge, the cell in a sense loses its negative electrode and the cell charge is “dead”. When this happens our cells become oxygen deprived, they start to suffocate, then the cells do not divide properly, the daughter cells become sick, then cancer cells develop and eventually become tumors. Dr. Budwig puts it like this,
“The formation of tumors usually happens as follows. In those body areas which normally host many growth processes, such as in the skin and membranes, the glandular organs, for example, the liver and pancreas or the glands in the stomach and intestinal tract—it is here that the growth processes are brought to a stand still. Because the dipolarity is missing, due to the lack of electron rich highly unsaturated fat, the course of growth is disturbed—the surface-active fats are not present; the substance becomes inactive before the maturing and shedding process of the cells ever takes place, which results in the formation of tumors.”
How do we restart the battery in the cells?
In Dr. Budwig’s book “Cancer – The Problem and the Solution” she refers to a physicist named Kenneth Ford who in 1966 found that plants absorb solar energy from the sun and this energy is stored in the electrons of the seed oils from these plants. So, it is the seed oils which carry these photons from the sun which provide our bodies this energy when we eat them. Dr. Budwig states,
“And this absorption of solar energy in seeds is already adjusted in the green leaf to certain very specific wavelengths; science refers to this via the quantosomes.”
According to Dr. Budwig, the solution to restarting the cell is two-fold, get the bad out and get the good in. Intake of hydrogenated oils or oils heated above their stability point must be eliminated from our diets. At same time, oils that contain electron rich EFA’s and more specifically, Omega 3 fatty acids, must be taken into our bodies by our diet or transdermally by applying these oils to our skin. Once the bad oils have been eliminated from our bodies, the cell membranes no longer get clogged up with electron deficient oils. When taking in the good oils, the electron charge is re-established in the cell membrane which results in a proper balance of charge (dipolarity) in the cell. Cell then have adequate energy to perform proper functioning and healthy cell division takes place. No more cancer cells are made because the cells receive adequate oxygen, and the existing cancer cells & tumors fade away. The body has been recharged like a lithium battery.
How do we get Omega 3’s to our cell membranes?
Flax Oil vs. Fish Oil vs. Camelina Oil
This is where the flaxseed oil comes into play. Flax oil is considered to be the richest source oil for Omega 3’s in the world today (up to 57% of its content is Omega 3). There is some debate on this issue as fish oils are also very good sources of Omega 3’s (ie. salmon, cod liver, sardines, krill). Cod liver oil has long been used as a health oil due to its high concentration of Omega 3’s as well as its decent levels of Vitamin A & D. Though fish oils are very good sources of Omega 3’s and other vitamins, in our changing world of pollution, there are concerns about mercury, PCB, lead, and cadmium contamination. These poisonous substances have been found in fish, and show up in larger quantities in larger fish. There is also concern that modern fish farming of salmon has been shown to greatly decrease the Omega 3 level in the salmon tissue. Wild Salmon contain good levels of Omega 3 due to their natural diet in the wild. Fish oils have definitely been shown to be an excellent source of Omega 3’s, but vigilance must be done to ensure a lack of contamination.
Dr. Budwig’s protocol centres around the use of field grown flaxseed oil, but before one follows her regimen, one should understand that flax oil has its strengths and its weaknesses. Due to its extremely high level of Omega 3’s it is very powerful, but flax oil is also very fragile. Flax oil is very easily oxidized and must be refrigerated continually, stored in a dark bottle, and not be heated. When stored at room temperature, the shelf life of flax oil is only about 3 weeks, whereas when it is refrigerated it lasts about 4 months. Its smoke point is a very low 225 degrees F, so it is not a cooking oil. When oxidized, flax oil acts like hydrogenated oils by producing the opposite effect that Dr. Budwig intended, by acting like a free-radical causing damage to our cells rather than energizing them.
In my research on flax oil, I came across another oil called Camelina oil, which is sometimes referred to as “wild flax”. It is very similar to flax in Omega 3 content (up to 45%), yet it eclipses flax oil in several ways. First, Camelina contains many anti-oxidants which help combat free-radicals in the body. Second, it is much more stable than flax oil, so it resists oxidation and maintains a long shelf life. This makes Camelina safer in many respects, because there is less concern of rancidity. Third, Camelina oil can be used for cooking as its “smoke point” is much higher at about 475 degrees F, which gives additional options for Omega 3 intake. Lastly, many consider Camelina to be a much nicer tasting oil than flax or fish oil, as it has an almond-like taste and aroma.
Dr. Budwig’s focuses on the use of flax oil, so I would be cautious about substituting Camelina oil in its place though it does makes sense in many ways. If one is finding it difficult to find a retailer that sells refrigerated flax oil, it may make sense to use Camelina. Flax still contains the higher percentage of Omega 3’s, but to me it would make sense to use Camelina at the same time. One must use their own common sense here.
Why mix cottage cheese with flax oil?
Getting the electron rich Omega 3’s from flax oil to our cell membrane requires the right kind of delivery system. Flax oil, on its own, is not soluble in water and therefore not soluble in the blood. Oil and water, simply don’t mix, so to make flax oil soluble in the blood and accessible to the cell membrane, it needs a change in chemical composition. Dr. Budwig found that when flax oil is mixed and bonded to a sulphur-containing protein like cottage cheese or quark (german cottage cheese), this combination then becomes water-soluble and can be carried in the blood and easily absorbed into our cell membranes. According to the Cancer Cure Foundation website,
“Lipids are only water-soluble and free-flowing when bound to protein; thus the importance of protein-rich cottage cheese. When high quality, electron-rich fats are combined with proteins, the electrons are protected until the body requires energy. This energy source is then fully and immediately available to the body on demand, as nature intended”
So as you can see, mixing cottage cheese with flax oil is not some fanciful concoction from a dairy farmer’s bad dream. It is actually designed by Dr. Budwig from many years of scientific study at a cellular level. The cottage cheese acts like a delivery truck for the flax oil. Without the cottage cheese, when one injests flax oil it must go through the digestive system and is not as easily absorbed into the cells. Flax oil on its own does have many health benefits such as constipation relief, heart disease prevention, and cholesterol reduction, but it doesn’t have Dr. Budwig’s cellular energy support without cottage cheese.
When mixing the flax oil with the cottage cheese, Dr. Budwig recommended a ratio of 2 parts cottage cheese per 1 part of flax oil. Ideally, one should work up to taking 3 tablespoons of flax oil mixed with 6 tablespoons of cottage cheese and take this twice daily (morning & evening). The Budwig Centre in Spain gives these instructions on their website on how to properly make this mixture,
To make the Budwig Muesli, blend 3 Tablespoons (British dessert spoons) of flaxseed oil (FO) with 6 Tbps low-fat(less than 2%) Quark or Cottage Cheese (CC) with a hand-held immersion electric blender for up to a minute If the mixture is too thick and/or the oil does not disappear you may need to add 2 or 3 Tablespoons of milk (goat milk would be the best option). Do not add water or juices when blending FO with CC or quark. The mixture should be like rich whipped cream with no separated oil. Remember you must mix ONLY the FO and CC and nothing else at first. Always use organic food products when possible.
Now once the FO and CC are well mixed grind 2 Tbps of whole flaxseeds and add to the mixture. Please note that freshly ground flax seeds must be used within 20 minutes after being ground or they will become rancid. Therefore do not grind up flaxseeds ahead of time and store.
Next mix in by hand or with the blender 1 teaspoon of honey (raw non-pasteurized is recommended)
(Optional) For variety you may add other ingredients such as sugar free apple sauce, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon juice, chopped almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews (no peanuts), pine kernels, rosehip-marrow. For people who find the Budwig Muesli hard to take these added foods will make the mixture more palatable. Some of our patients have even added a pinch of Celtic sea salt and others put in a pinch of cayenne pepper for a change
Sandra Olson has provided a video on youtube which gives a good demonstration on how to properly prepare the FO/CC mixture. Click on this link www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSoddptWL0s
The Importance of Sunshine
Getting an adequate amount of sunshine is a critical part of Dr. Budwig’s protocol. Once the body has acquired the right oil-protein balance with the cottage cheese and flax oil, the body develops better absorption power to access the healing powers of the sun. Yes, sun-bathing has been a bit of a taboo activity in recent years because it has been connected to possible development of skin cancer. This is true if one is continually getting sunburns and generally over-doing their time in the sun, but many do not realize that getting a proper amount of sun is essential to our health in many ways.
Most know that sunshine is important to maintain adequate vitamin D levels in our body. Vitamin D is a powerful antioxidant that has been linked to preventing many diseases including cancer. Deborah Kotz from the US News writes,
“If you’re fair skinned, experts say going outside for 10 minutes in the midday sun—in shorts and a tank top with no sunscreen—will give you enough radiation to produce about 10,000 international units of the vitamin…..the sunshine vitamin may protect against a host of diseases, including osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon. What’s more, sunlight has other hidden benefits—like protecting against depression, insomnia, and an overactive immune system.”
It is estimated that about 90% of the Vitamin D we receive comes from sun exposure, though those that live in northern climates (ie. Canada) during the winter time do not get adequate sun exposure. This explains why us northerners tend to get more flu, colds, and other sicknesses during the winter. A study by the Department of Cancer Biology in North Carolina found,
“Believe it or not, prostate cancer rates increase as you move from southern latitudes to northern latitudes. In other words, you are at greater risk the further north you live. Scientists have linked ultraviolet light and vitamin D to a reduced risk of prostate cancer.”
It is quite clear that us northerners need additional vitamin D in the winter time and maybe even half of the year. Taking vacations or extended time in the southern hemisphere (ie. Florida, Caribbean) is not only good for stress relief, but also ideal way to keep your Vitamin D levels up. Not to mention the additional benefits of magnesium & iodine when taking a dip in the ocean. According to the Vitamin D Society other ways to increase your Vitamin D are,
UVB Exposure Natural Sunlight – 10,000 – 20,000 IU per day, in summer, 10am – 2pm Tanning Bed with UVB – 10,000 IU per session
Food Salmon – fresh, wild, 3.5 oz – 400 – 1000 IU Salmon – farmed, 3.5 oz – 100 – 250 IU Fortified Milk – 8 oz – 100 IU
Supplements Vitamin D3 – from 400 – 1,000 IU in tablets or liquid
Dr. Michael Holick Ph.D, MD gives this summary of the health benefits and disease incidence prevention
that could be achieved by raising the public’s vitamin D levels to 125 nmol/L:
Rickets, reduced by 100%
Osteomalacia, reduced by 100%
Cancers, all combined, reduced by 75%
Breast Cancer, reduced by 50%
Ovarian Cancer, reduced by 25%
Colon Cancer, reduced by 67%
Non-Hodgkins, reduced by 30%
Kidney Cancer, reduced by 67%
Endometrial Cancer, reduced by 35%
Type 1 Diabetes, reduced by 80%
Type 2 Diabetes, reduced by 50%
Fractures, all combined, reduced by 50%
Falls, women reduced by 72%
Multiple Sclerosis, reduced by 50%
Heart Attack, men, reduced by 50%
Peripheral Vascular Disease, reduced by 80%
preeclampsia reduced by 50%
Cesarean Section, reduced by 75%
For Dr. Budwig sunlight has a different importance
Well you can see I am quite the pusher of Vitamin D, but in actuality when Dr. Budwig discusses the importance of sunbeams, she does not mention Vitamin D. Her focus was on the importance of photons from the sunbeams and their interaction with vital activities in our body. It is the interaction of photons from the sun and the electrons in proper food that provide the synergistic effect on healing our body. Eating the electron rich flax oil/cottage cheese mixture, must be connected with adequate exposure to sunlight. According to Mike Vrentas from cancertutor.com, Dr. Budwig felt the importance of photons was because they are the purest form of energy, the purest wave, and in continual movement. Dr. Budwig stated,
“electrons are already a constituent of matter, even though they are also in continual movement and that electrons love photons, attracting each other due to their magnetic fields. There is nothing else on earth with a higher concentration of photons of the sun’s energy than man. This concentration of the sun’s energy—very much an iso-energetic point for humans, with their eminently suitable wave lengths—is improved when we eat food which has electrons which in turn attract the electro-magnetic waves of sun beams, of photons”
When you eat the FO/CC mixture, your body becomes a better antennae for the photons from the sun. Your body develops a better ability to absorb the energy from the sun and transfer it to your cells to perform their vital functions. You become energized at a deep level, and when this happens diseases fade away. This is why the Budwig protocol not only has success with cancer, but also Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Irregular Heart Beat, Psoriasis, Eczema (other skin diseases), Immune Deficiency Syndromes (Multiple Sclerosis and other Auto Immune Diseases), Diabetes, Lungs (respiratory conditions), Stomach Ulcers, Liver, Prostate, Strokes, Brain Tumors, Brain (strengthens activity), Arteriosclerosis and other chronic diseases.(from Cancertutor.com)
Become a Super hero
I am reminded of the scene in the most recent Superman movie, when Superman was greatly weakened by the Kryptonite island that he chucked out into space, but after he was separated from the kryptonite and he was falling back to earth, the sunlight re-energized him and he became the powerful superman again. For us hydrogenated oils and trans fats are our kryptonite, and our energy source is the combination of Omega 3 fatty acids from our food (FO/CC) which provide electrons to our cell membranes and their interaction with the photons from the sun. When we completely avoid the bad oils and fats (oils actually are fat) and pump in the good oils and fats with adequate sun exposure, we are turned into photon-electron charged “supermen or superwomen” ready to fight the evil diseases whenever they show their nasty heads.
Mike Vrentas also commented on what Dr. Budwig found with her patients,
“Dr Budwig found when she treated patients and had them lie in the sun she noticed they started feeling much better and became rejuvenated. She referred to the sun as having a stimulating effect on the secretions of the liver, gall bladder, pancreas, bladder and salivary glands. Dr Budwig also stated “Matter always has its own vibration, and so, of course, does the living body. The absorption of energy must correspond to one’s own wave length.” It appears apparently that sunlight is absolutely essential for the stimulation effect of the vital functions of the mind and body, contributing to the factors which allow the body to heal itself.”
The Budwig protocol is widely practiced around the world in alternative circles and here is a testimony from Jack Phelan when he began using the FO/CC mixture with sunlight,
“We all felt an increased feeling of general well-being, a feeling of lightness, more energy, better circulation and, when in the sun, I felt the healing power of the sun affecting my skin much differently than before. Also, every week or two, I become aware of feeling better in different ways. Old aches go away, my skin improves and I am able to do things better. One woman felt so good about it that she gave it to her children and said that right away she could see improvements in their skin tone. As she spoke, I saw that her own skin had more color and was radiant. And this was only about two days after she started taking the oil-protein combination.”
What else is there to the Budwig protocol?
It should be clear by now that Dr. Budwig’s main focus was finding a way to get Omega 3 fatty acids into the body to support the electron charge in the cell membrane. Eating the FO/CC mixture was her main focus, but she also used other means to increase Omega 3 absorption in the body. Dr. Budwig recommended transdermal (skin application) of a specific oil mixture called ELDI oil (Electron Differentiation Oils). Mike Vrentas has found that this ELDI oil is something like a 60% flax oil, 40% wheat germ oil mixture. The exact percentage mixture is actually unknown now, but it is somewhere in this neighbourhood. The same ELDI oil that Dr. Budwig used can only be purchased from Germany from Wolfgang Bloching at Wolfgang.Bloching@t-online.de . These transdermal approaches are to be done in conjunction with the FO/CC diet.
Dr. Budwig used this ELDI oil in 3 different ways to increase Omege 3 absorption in the body. 1
1) Full body oil massage & hot shower
2) Oil packs for specific areas of application
3) Enema oil application
Full Body ELDI oil massage
Transdermal therapy (skin application) is actually a widely used practice used to delivery medication to the body. There are many advantages to administering a medicine transdermally versus orally (by mouth) or intravenously (needle in vein).
1) Transdermal application avoids the stomach acids and digestive enzymes in the stomach and the liver, thus increasing the percentage of medicine that actually makes it to the bloodstream.
2) The large surface area of pores in the skin allows for rapid absorption into the body. When heated (ie. hot shower) our skin pores open wider which allows greater absorption.
3) The skin acts as a protective buffer which allows the medicine to be absorbed gradually and as the body needs. So in a sense it is almost impossible to overdose of any medicine when applied transdermally
Dr. Mark Sircus OMD, promotes transdermal magnesium therapy in the prevention of many diseases. Here is his view on transdermal therapy,
“In fact it is one of the best ways of administering medicines quickly and effectively. Transdermal methods of delivery are widely used because they allow the absorption of medicine directly through the skin….It is not a surprise, when you consider the large surface area of the skin, that when you apply a substance to the entire body, rapid absorption and resultant effect is sufficient to put transdermal administration on par with other ways of administering drugs.”Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/024142_skin_medicine_magnesium.html#ixzz1ypHFp8X0
When one receives a full body massage with the ELDI oil, the Omega 3’s are absorbed into the bloodstream. Having a full body massage decreases tension and stress as well, which is important when fighting any disease. This type of treatment beats the heck out of chemo, radiation, or surgery!! Oil massage is a quite enjoyable way to fight disease.
To increase absorption of the ELDI oil, after full body application Dr. Budwig advised a warm shower for 15-20 mins without soap. The warm water opens up the pores on the skin wider and this increases absorption of the ELDI oil. Once this has been done, another shower can be taken with soap to wash off the oil so that it doesn’t get on your clothes. If this is not a concern, then just leave it on without soap. Dr. Budwig recommended this full body application be done 2 times/day (morning & evening).
ELDI Oil Packs
Packs or what is commonly known today as Patches are used to apply medicine to a specific areas of need transdermally. Some may have heard of the nicotine patch to help smokers or Suzanne Somers’ promotion of Glutathione patches which deliver this powerful antioxidant to the bloodstream to battle cancer. Actress, Suzanne Somers has actually done extensive research in the area of alternative cancer research. When reading her books it becomes evident that she is not the dumb blonde she portrayed in her acting career. Her recent book “Knockout” is quite informative.
Dr. Budwig would use oil packs to focus absorption of Omega 3’s in a specific area of concern (ie. tumor, a diseased organ, arthritis at a joint). It would only be used for a local problem, not metastasis. Here is how she would apply the oil pack (from Healingcancernaturally.com)
“Take a piece of cloth made of pure cotton. Cut to size to fit the body part, such as the knee. Soak the cotton, place on the knee etc., cover the cotton with a plastic sheet and wrap it up with an elastic bandage. Leave on overnight. Remove in the morning and wash the knee; repeat in the evening. Keep reapplying the same procedure for weeks. You can also use Eldi Oil R for these local applications. The oil pack is only suitable for local problems (no metastases).”
ELDI Oil Enemas
If you have been reading my blogs on Dr. Kelly, you would have read my lengthy discussion on coffee enemas. Before researching alternative cancer practitioners, I knew little about enemas or why they are used. I have found enemas to be a very common practice because the rectal area gives very direct absorption of medicine to the body. You may notice that all these transdermal methods all avoid the digestive system. Dr. Budwig used enemas to absorb her ELDI oil into the body when someone was so sick that they could not eat the FO/CC. She would use this on patients with little time to live. Here are some instructions healingcancernaturally.com on how to properly do an ELDI oil enema,
“Heat ……….ccm Eldi Oil R in a bain-marie. Inject the lukewarm Eldi Oil via irrigator, enema syringe etc. Use long rubber tip if preferred. If possible, have patient positioned with knees and elbows on the floor and buttocks slightly raised. When all the oil has been absorbed, have the patient first lie on their right side for c. 15 minutes and then on their left for another 15 minutes“
Dr. Budwig did not give exact details on how she did these enemas, but there are many resources on the internet which explain how to do a proper enema.
Other Considerations with Dr. Budwig’s Protocol
Dr. Budwig used other variables that are fairly common with any alternative cancer practitioner, and similar to Dr. Kelley.
1) Eating healthy food as “God intended”. According to Cancertutor.com “DR BUDWIG STRESSED THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO AVOID UNHEALTHY FOODS & SUBSTANCES such as hydrogenated fats, animal fats, sugar, white flour, preservatives, chemicals and processed foods. Avoid leftovers – food should be prepared fresh and eaten soon after preparation to get the health-giving electrons & enzymes-within 15-20 minutes.”
2) Moderate exercise was advisable but don’t overdo it as your body needs to heal. This helps keep the circulation and lymph system going and transporting those necessary Omega 3’s in the blood.
3) At least 3x a day drink a warm liquid, such as green or herbal teas, sweeten only with raw honey.
4) Take care of your emotional state as we are psycho-somatic beings. Avoid stress and anxiety; take time to relax & enjoy each day. Listen to beautiful music, laugh, do deep breathing, connect with nature, and spend time with people you like. Dr Budwig spoke about the damaging effects of stress.
6) Dr. Budwig was completely against conventional methods of chemotherapy and radiation. She viewed them at “obsolete”. Here are some of her quotes in this regard,
“The representatives of chemotherapy pose another problem. Our chemotherapy is aimed at destruction of the tumor, and it is recognized that chemotherapies destroy many living cells, and the entire person. Anything that disturbs growth is fatal because growth, as elementary life function, is part of the life process of man. We cannot achieve something good with bad tools.”
“I totally reject radiation and chemo; I also reject hormonal treatment for abdominal cancer. However, operations must be considered very individually. This also applies for tumors in the intestine. I am not a proponent of quickly creating an artificial anus.”
“The promotion provided by electrons built up by the sun and stored in seed oils is important in overcoming the blockages in the tumor, which the obsolete scientists incorrectly fight with growth-inhibiting medications. The growth-inhibiting medications we currently use as chemotherapies are wrong. The energy produced by the X-ray devices is also wrong, because it has a growth-inhibiting effect.”
“The radiations used in official allopathic medicine with synthetically produced radioisotopes works against this life process. It breaks down existing energy depots, destroys the gentle substance of the magnetic fields (spin of the electrons) which are indespensible for the energy transport in human beings.”
Concluding Thoughts on the Budwig Protocol
Dr. Johanna Budwig was truly a German Genius. She was able to compile research from other great scientists (ie. Otto Warburg) to develop an understanding of cancer and chronic disease at a cellular level. Not only that, she was able to develop a simple inexpensive regimen to deliver those all important Omega 3 fatty acids directly to the cells with her flaxseed oil/cottage cheese mixture. She was a tough woman who could humble any scientist or doctor with her wide knowledge of chemistry and quantum physics and their practical relation to chronic disease. Not only did she heal 1000’s of people from cancer and other chronic diseases, her protocol is now practiced around the world, just not in our conventional medical system.
Clearly, the Budwig protocol needs to be tested in official clinical trials, but if you have been following my blogs, the odds are stacked against this. Not only did Dr. Budwig have little use for the Big 3 conventional cancer treatments, her world-renown work on oils has proven there is a real problem in the hydrogenated oil business, processed food industry, and pharmaceutical industry. These are all multi-billion dollar industries that want to keep it that way, so the Budwig protocol is a real threat to them. Dr. Budwig refused to sell out to corporate profit and that is probably why her regimen has remained in the alternative cancer underground. Only time will tell whether our “obsolete” conventional cancer methods will be replaced or at least optioned out by Dr. Budwig powerful cancer protocol.
Why don’t we conclude on a positive note with some testimonials from Healingcancernaturally.com,
Sun Nov 30, 2003 I [know] a man in Canada who was a direct patient of Dr. Budwig. His condition was advanced with a tumor in his head called adenoma. His vision was already affected so that he could not recognize the color red anymore.
He went to Germany to see Dr. Budwig in October 1997, came back to Canada and began his treatment. He followed her regimen exactly. Two weeks later he began feeling better. Three weeks later his vision began to improve. A few months later he had the feeling that the tumor was gone. Sometime after that it was confirmed by an independent medical examination. He is well and active and runs his own business. He is still following the Budwig regimen except not quite as strict as before.
The beauty of Dr. Budwig’s protocol is that it is effective against a wide variety of cancers, perhaps all of them – even leukemia. I have not heard of any exclusions.
Hello Mr. Beckwith: I gave a copy of your testimony to a lady who had one breast removed and was given a grim diagnosis that the cancer had spread and that within a year she would likely be back to remove the other one. She had received all the chemo and radiation she could take. The surgeon basically sent her home because there was nothing else they could do. She told me that she had no energy and that she had to give up all her activities. She believed that there was no hope and that it was just a matter of time.
She started the flax oil. For the first few days she felt more tired than ever. The fourth day she began to feel a surge of energy. She continued to feel stronger and stronger. Within a couple of weeks she felt so good that she re-joined all the clubs and activities that she had to abandon before. She went on a trip to Eastern Canada that involved a lot of walking and said that she had no problems at all.
Two weeks ago she had an appointment with the surgeon and found that the other breast was fine and that she had no sign of problems. He told her to come back in a year for another check-up.
She phoned me yesterday to thank me again for the info that gave her life back. According to her, she was already taking vitamin supplements and good eating habits but it was the flax oil that made this miraculous difference. She said that she would continue to take the 5 tablespoons of flax oil in yogurt.
About six years ago a good friend of mine was found to have prostate cancer with a PSA of 10. He was scared to death and had an RP [radical prostatectomy]. The count was 0.0 and he was happy. A few months later it began to rise and again reached 10. He began to use flaxseed oil and cottage cheese at one tablespoon per day. The count went to 13. We talked about it together and he went to three tablespoons per day and the PSA began to drop. The last time I saw him a few months back he told me he had just had a PSA and the count was 0.0. He weighs about 220. In April 2000 he will be eighty.
I have endometrial adenocarcinoma stage IV now metastatic to lungs. My many tumors between the lungs have not grown since starting on the [nearly entire] Johanna Budwig protocol 8 months ago. I discontinued chemo last fall (my decision) as I knew I would not survive another treatment. Radiation and surgery are not options, per the doctors. Now my doctors say, “there is no medical explanation for why you are here”. I feel and look great! If [someone] has been given a dismal diagnosis, he/she has nothing to lose by trying the Budwig Protocol
This blog is the final chapter on my discussion on alternative cancer practitioner Dr. William Kelley. In my opinion, Dr. William Kelley is probably the greatest practitioner of cancer therapy in human history (Alternative or Orthodox). In my recent blogs I have discussed his cancer therapy at great length, and I have evaluated the credibility of his medical records. Unfortunately, to Dr. Kelley’s chagrin, his cancer therapy was never tested in clinical trials in an official study.
His anecdotal (testimonial) evidence from his medical records were exhaustively investigated by a young 2nd year medical student from Cornell University named Dr. Gonzalez under the supervision of world renown doctor from the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, Dr. Good. Dr. Gonzalez was amazed at the success he found in Dr. Kelley’s protocol while examining over 10,000 medical records and interviewing over 1000 patients. After Dr. Gonzalez completed his final report on his findings, strangely no medical journals would publish even small parts of his report for a peer review process. Other than a minor investigation from the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), Dr. Kelley’s cancer protocol has never received proper scientific evaluation from the medical establishment and therefore has never been given proper credibility. This is an odd occurrence considering the success that Dr. Gonzalez found.
This task is now being pursued by Dr. Kelley’s one-time investigator and now padawan of his cancer protocol, Dr. Gonzalez. Instead of pursuing various opportunities in the medical world, Dr. Gonzalez decided to carry on Dr. Kelley’s “Enzyme Therapy” because of the success he found through his investigation. Dr. Gonzalez began to find similar success in his own practice which eventually qualified for a $1.4 million sponsored study from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). This famous or infamous study (depending on how you look at it) is widely quoted throughout the internet as the final word on Dr. Gonzalez’s “Enzyme Cancer Therapy”. Here is some of what you find on the internet.
On the NCI website they give this summary of this study,
“In this study, one group of patients followed the Gonzalez regimen while another group was given standard treatment (chemotherapy). Results in the two groups were compared to see if the Gonzalez regimen works better than the standard treatment and if it has bad side effects. Results of the study were reported in the peer-reviewedJournal of Clinical Oncology in April 2010. Patients treated with standard chemotherapy survived a median of 14 months and patients treated with the Gonzalez regimen survived a median of 4.3 months. Patients treated with chemotherapy reported a better quality of life than those treated with the Gonzalez regimen. Dr. Gonzalez published comments on his Web site to express concerns about how the trial was conducted. One concern was how well patients in the Gonzalez regimen group actually followed the regimen.”
So according to the NCI, this study seems to have been “peer-reviewed” and clearly demonstrates that chemo produces results 3 times better than Dr. Gonzalez’s regimen. The NCI does note that Dr. Gonzalez had “concerns about how the trial was conducted”, but basically leaves it at that. Quackwatch sites attest that this study delivers a case-closed verdict. Dr. Steven Novella MD writes in his NeuroLogica Blog,
“That’s right – standard therapy mean survival was 14 months and on the Gonzalez treatment 4.3 months. That is a dramatic difference, and supports what critics have been saying for years.”
After a supposed thorough investigation of this study Dr. Novella finds little wrong with this study other than “there is only one weakness to the trial that I can detect – it was not randomized”. This is the only weakness he found in the study??? As we shall soon see, if this is the only thing he found upon investigation that was worrisome, he must have been smoking something pretty strong to come up with this conclusion. This type of conclusion by Dr. Novella explains why my faith in MD’s investigational practices has eroded over the past few months during my alternative cancer research.
My Evaluation of this Study
Dr. Gonzalez has provided an extensive overview of his opinion of how this study was conducted on his website http://www.dr-gonzalez.com/research.htm. I will try to summarize his concerns with the study as well as adding a few cents of my own take on the study.
The original goal of this study was to compare the effectiveness of Dr. Gonzalez’s Enzyme therapy against a standard chemotherapy drug called GTX on patients with pancreatic cancer, the most deadly of all cancers. Dr. Gonzalez was awarded $1.4 million of funding from the NCI and the NCCAM to conduct this study because of the success Dr. Gonzalez had with a smaller pilot study of 11 patients with pancreatic cancer. Here are the results of this pilot study that was published in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrition and Cancer 1999:
“As of 12 January 1999, of 11 patients entered into the study, 9 (81%) survived one year, 5 (45%) survived two years, and at this time, 4 have survived three years. Two patients are alive and doing well: one at three years and the other at four years. These results are far above the 25% survival at one year and 10% survival at two years for all stages of pancreatic adenocarcinoma reported in the National Cancer Data Base from 1995.”
As you can see Dr. Gonzalez’s pilot study continued to show similar results to that of his mentor Dr. Kelley and better than expected results as compared to standard therapies (ie. chemo). Based on these results Dr. Gonzalez was able to get approval from NCI director, Dr. Richard Klausner to pursue this $1.4 million clinical trial under the direction of a team from Columbia University.
Some Initial Points to keep in Mind
It must be understood here right off the bat that GTX chemotherapy and Dr. Gonzalez’s Nutritional Enzyme Therapy are completely different modalities and require significantly different levels of commitment to follow each respective therapy. For one to successfully follow GTX chemo, one only needs to show up at the doctor’s office to receive the drug intravenously and injest pills orally. Not much else is expected of the patient. Conversely, for one to properly follow Dr. Gonzalez’s therapy, the patient must exert a high level of discipline to follow the strict diet, supplements, and detoxification strategies. Anyone who has attempted any type of special diet can attest that strict adherence to the diet requires some “gumption” to keep at it. Here’s how Dr. Gonzalez describes his protocol,
“Patients must diligently follow a prescribed diet, and ingest some 150 or more supplements to be taken at precise times throughout the day ….. the regimen requires discipline and some determination, as does any lifestyle intervention; patients must be motivated, or else, as we learned long ago, they will not follow through with its day-to-day application.”
Thus, to fairly judge the effectiveness of GTX chemo versus Dr. Gonzalez’s (I will call him Dr. G, for brevity) therapy, patients selected to Dr. G’s therapy must be those who are disciplined enough, healthy enough, and be given the proper amount of support to follow through with the program. In short, the patient enrolled in Dr. G’s therapy must believe enough in the protocol to faithfully follow through with it. It is similar to someone joining a Weightwatchers diet program versus dieting by one’s self. Some may argue, “If following a chemo regimen is much easier to adhere to than Dr. G’s therapy, shouldn’t chemo be the better option then?” I agree that ability to adhere is a valid consideration, but my opinion would be that the therapy which produces the best results is the one that should be followed, no matter how difficult it is to adhere to. “No pain, no gain” as they say.
What are the problems with the study?
1) To start, one of the initial problems was the decision by the NCI-Columbia team to “randomize” the study. What is a randomized study? Basically, what happens is patients are not given a choice as to what therapy they want to use, instead they are randomly designated to one of the assigned therapies. Also the doctors performing the treatments are not allowed to pre-select patients in any way. Randomization, essentially is supposed to eliminate biased selection. From an academic standpoint this seems like a very logical method to avoid biased results.
The problem is, we are dealing with real life patients who are desperately trying to beat pancreatic cancer. As I already mentioned, it is critical for a cancer patient to believe in the therapy that they are doing. If not, there is very little chance they will follow through with it, especially Dr. G’s. Also if someone who wants to do Dr. G’s therapy is forced to do the GTX chemo therapy instead, that patient probably will not comply and an ideal candidate for Dr. G’s therapy will be lost. Contrarily, if someone is assigned to Dr. G’s therapy that has an anti-alternative bias and wanted the GTX chemo treatment, the odds of them following through with Dr. G’s treatment is close to nil. Compliance and informed consent are critical elements to developing a good study.
Initially 260 patients with pancreatic cancer contacted Columbia to join the trial, but after learning that the trial would be randomized, only a measly 3 patients agreed. Of these 3, two later quit when they were told they had to do chemo. What a waste of eager pancreatic cancer patients and many good potential candidates. Because of this, the Columbia team was forced to get their heads out of the intellectual sand, and eliminate the randomization parameter from the study. Too late though, as the damage was already done and many good potential candidates were gone.
2) Now, having eliminated the randomization component, it was important to develop an unbiased selection process. The person who was given charge of this selection process was Dr. John Chabot of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. What Dr. Gonzalez later found out is that Dr. Chabot was not an unbiased supervisor. Dr. Gonzalez stated,
” We have learned, for example, that according to the published medical literature, Dr. Chabot, who as Principal Investigator should have been a completely neutral manager with no ties to either treatment being evaluated, had worked closely with his Columbia colleague developing the very GTX chemotherapy regimen used against us in the study – an obvious conflict of interest that had never been declared to us. We suspect Dr. Chabot believed it was in his best interest to discredit our alternative therapy and instead prove the value of a treatment he helped develop.”
It bewilders me how the Columbia team who initially wanted to avoid bias by making the study randomized, then selects as principal investigator of the study, someone who clearly has a conflict of interest. Was this just an oversight? Did Dr. Chabot fail to declare this obvious conflict? Whatever the answer, it smells like monkey business to me. This alone should have thrown this study into the “wasted money on research” garbage pile. As we look further into the details of the study you will see this conflict of interests come to the surface.
3) Clearly Dr. Gonzalez had concerns about the selection process under the direction of Dr. Chabot. Dr. G requested that the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP), a research watchdog, investigate Dr. Chabot’s selection process. Here’s what the OHRP found,
“We note that Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found that for 40 of 62 subjects it appeared that informed consent was not documented with a signed written consent form prior to the initiation of research activities involving human subjects.”
As already mentioned, having “informed consent” is critical to the success of any study and is especially critical for someone entering Dr. G’s therapy. A patient must clearly know what there are getting into so as to determine whether or not they will be able to comply with the program. The OHRP states in their article,
“HHS regulations at 45 CFR 46.117(a) require that informed consent be documented by the use of a written consent form approved by the IRB and that is signed by the subject.”
Having informed consent is a clear regulation of the HHS (Department of Health & Human Services) that Dr. Chabot, as principal investigator, should have been aware of. So Dr. Chabot incorrectly selected 40 of 62 patients, over half of the patients!!! Yes, you can see the conflict of interests starting to show.
4) The initial grant of $1.4 million was awarded to Dr. Gonzalez because of his results from his pilot study. It is only fair then that he be involved in the selection process of the candidates. After all it is his therapy that is “on trial” here so he should be involved in the process. Dr. Gonzalez noted,
“Trouble began in earnest in July 2000 when at the insistence of the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Isaacs and I were removed from any involvement with the evaluation and admission of candidates into the nutritional arm of the trial, leaving the Principal Investigator, Dr. John Chabot, with absolute total dictatorial control over patient admission to both groups, with no appeal possible”
The NCI justified this decision by saying that restricting Dr. G’s involvement eliminated bias. HUH!!! Eliminate bias?? Having Dr. Chabot, mister conflict of interest, in complete charge without some balanced input from Dr. Gonzalez clearly does not eliminate bias on the other side. Why do I continually have the aroma of monkey business passing by my notrils??
5) An important part of the selection process into Dr. G’s protocol requires that the patients be physically and mentally able to follow the program. For instance, the patient must be healthy enough to eat and be able to injest the large amount of supplements. The patient must also be mentally stable enough to be able to follow the details of the therapy. And again the patient must have the proper belief, motivation, and support to be able handle the rigors of this nutritional therapy.
One might argue that Dr. G’s requirements are much stricter than the requirements for the GTX therapy and is in a sense is “cherry picking” his patients. It is true that chemotherapy is an easier protocol to follow than Dr. G’s, but again I feel that ability to adhere is a secondary consideration as to the primary objective, overall therapy effectiveness. If we are going to judge one therapy to another, candidates selected must be able to follow either therapy in its entirety to fairly compare the two different therapies.
Here is what Dr. G found with the 39 patients that were assigned to his protocol,
“We have identified 11 patients entered into the nutrition arm whose appetites were so poor they could never possibly have adhered to the prescribed regimen…..Dr. Chabot admitted three patients who, because of mental disability, we believe should have been disqualified, and one with no family or social support….We estimate that another 10 of the admitted patients lacked the drive, motivation, or faith in the treatment to stick with it for any length of time….Discounting overlap – several patients should have been disqualified for more than one reason – we estimate conservatively that 16 individual patients of the 39 admitted into the nutrition arm did not fulfill the written entry criteria.”
So almost half (16 of 39) of the candidates selected were simply not able to follow the protocol, yet they were included in the final statistical analysis which clearly skewed the results. If we are judging Dr. G’s protocol fairly, his patients must be able to do to therapy. It’s as simple as that.
6) It is one thing to not be able to follow the protocol. Another consideration is, for those who have ability to follow the rigors of the protocol, did they actually fully follow the therapy? From a statistical viewpoint, only those patients who sufficiently comply with Dr. G’s therapy or any therapy for that matter, should be included in the final statistical tally. If the therapy is being tested, then it must be sufficiently adhered to. Otherwise the results do not truly reflect the therapy.
Here’s what Dr. G found in this regard,
“For a number of reasons, including physical disability, psychiatric instability, lack of social support, poor motivation and physician harassment, we have calculated that 30 of the 39 patients ultimately entered into the nutrition arm followed the prescribed regimen not at all, for only brief periods of time, or incompletely.”
This amounts to a 77% non-compliance rate, yet all were included in the final statistical analysis!! It is quite irresponsible of Dr. Chabot to have included these individuals in the final tally. But if these individuals were excluded, there really wouldn’t be much of a sudy left, so Dr. Chabot couldn’t let that happen. After all, it is his GTX therapy on trial here too. Dr. Chabot clearly was not an unbiased director of this study.
You may notice that Dr. G mentioned “physician harassment” as one of the reasons for non-compliance with his therapy. It is important to note here that of the 39 patients enrolled in Dr. G’s therapy, only 3 of them actually lived in the New York area, and were able to see Dr. G for regular monthly assessments. The remaining 36 patients lived too far away and were forced to receive follow-up from a local doctor unfamiliar with Dr. G’s therapy and very often hostile to it. Dr. G notes,
“Repeatedly, we heard from our patients that during the required monthly meetings, the local physicians aggressively discouraged them from continuing their treatment with us, instead urging them to proceed with some standard approach – despite the fact that the conventional therapies for inoperable pancreatic cancer have proven largely worthless.”
In our culture, oncologists and doctors in general, receive an almost “god-like” status when they give medical advice. Though doctors have studied their trade for many years, the most honest of doctors will readily admit that there is still much in the treatment of disease that they do not know. Yet when frightened pancreatic cancer patients are pressured to give up on treatments like Dr. G’s, only a select few have enough gumption to stick with it. This is what makes clinical trials on alternative cancer therapies so difficult to properly assess, because most doctors have been anti-alternative indocrinated.
This supervision by local doctors instead of Dr. G himself brings up another area of concern for me. If Dr. G’s therapy is on trial here, should not all patients accorded to his final statistical tally, be patients who received regular treatment and assessment from Dr. G personally or someone certified by Dr. G. Oncologists who are unfamiliar or unsympathetic to Dr. G’s therapy cannot possibly employ the same level of adherance as Dr. G? If we are going to judge Dr. G’s therapy, then his statistics should be based on patients he actually treats, not doctors unfamiliar and untrained in the execution of his protocol. This is a clear weakness which would inevitably skew the results.
Conversely, those enrolled in the GTX “arm” of the study, all 23 of them, received direct and intensive care under the very determined, skilled, and well-respected Dr. Robert Fine. Patients in this arm were spared no expense and many times treated 2-3 times per week. Dr. G puts is like this,
“Those under Dr. Fine’s charge could not ask for more intense or sophisticated care, from an enthusiastic, supportive staff at a major academic institution. Our patients, on the other hand, faced quite a different and often grim situation at the hands of local doctors at best indifferent and frequently hostile to our therapy”
This may sound like sour grapes, but as mentioned earlier, support is critical if one is going to properly follow any type of cancer therapy. Clearly, patients did not receive equal levels of support, yet we are supposed to trust the results?
7) At the beginning of the study, the experts at Columbia determined that for the study to “achieve statistical legitimacy” the number of patients participating needed to be at least 72. At the conclusion of the study, only 58 patients had participated. Dr. Chabot and the other Columbia didn’t see this as a problem and felt the numbers were adequate enough, even though they never achieved their original determination of legitimacy. It seems like Dr. Chabot was willing to change any rules he felt necessary to prove his GTX chemotherapy.
In addition to the insufficient numbers enrolled in the study, of the 58 patients entered you would expect an even distribution of the patients. This did not occur. 39 patients were entered in Dr. G’s regimen, and only 23 were admitted to the GTX therapy. For unknown reasons 4 patients were disqualified from Dr. G’s therapy, which then gave a grand total of 58 participating patients. Again Dr. Chabot didn’t feel the discrepancy between the numbers enrolled in either therapy represented a problem. Rule bending appears to have been a regular thing for Dr. Chabot during this study.
8) Another very important consideration when comparing pancreatic cancer therapies, is that the health of the patients enrolled in either therapy should be a similar as possible to produce accurate results. In other words, one therapy should not be receiving sicker patients than the other. If we are comparing apples to apples, the stage of the cancer must be closely similar.
With pancreatic cancer there are 4 stages which measure how progressed and widespread the disease has become at the time of diagnosis. Stage I pancreatic cancer is the least virulent, whereas Stage IV would be the most dangerous. Most people (about 75%) diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are already at the very advanced Stage IV. So for any clinical trial, one would expect to find this type of percentage to be fairly similar.
According to Dr. G by 2004,
“38 patients had been admitted for nutrition treatment, and of these, approximately 76% by our accounting had been initially diagnosed with the most advanced (stage IV) disease, the other 24% with earlier stage II or III. This pattern approximated, as did our pilot study, the usual distribution of newly diagnosed pancreatic cancer patients as reported in the literature.”
Dr. G’s focus was on his own patients, not the ones from the GTX “arm” of the study. So it was until the study was almost finished that Dr. G was given charts from Dr. Chabot about the GTX “arm”. Here’s what Dr. G became aware of,
“First, I was surprised that he had tabulated the numbers incorrectly for our group, which he reported incorrectly consisted of 35% at stage II and III and 64.7% at stage IV. But I was even more surprised to learn that the chemotherapy arm of the study, created under the direction of the Columbia oncologists, consisted of only 14 patients, 61.5% with earlier stage II and III disease, with only some 38% as advanced stage IV – a near reversal of the distribution in the nutrition group, and a reversal of the usual breakdown reported among patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.”
So according to charts given by Dr. Chabot himself, Dr. G as a whole was treating much sicker patients than the ones assigned by Dr. Chabot to the GTX arm. What is even more troubling is that having 61.5% Stage II & III and only 38% Stage IV patients being enrolled in the GTX therapy, doesn’t correspond to the norm of approximately 75% of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are stage IV. This indicates “cherry-picking” by Dr. Chabot by having an abnormally high percentage of Stage II & III patients and abnormally low percentage of Stage IV patients enrolled in the GTX arm of the study. Can you say, conflict of interest? Yesiree!!
When Dr. G informed Dr. Chabot about his concerns with these numbers, he began to add, delete, and change patient numbers to make them more palatable for the final statiscal tally. This is otherwise know as number-fudging. I don’t know Dr. Novella, but I think this is a problem don’t you think?
9) Another discrepancy in the way patients were treated in each “arm” was the opportunity to modify the treatment when a patient was not responding to treatment or getting worse. Any good doctor, when diagnosing a problem with the treatment, will change it up by altering the dosage, change scheduling of the drugs or supplements, or changing many other variables in the treatment.
Dr. Fine was one of those doctors who would not give up on patients when they worsened during the GTX therapy. He would make alterations and do whatever he felt necessary to intensify the treatment. According to Dr. G, patients in his “arm” were not given the same flexibility,
“Yet as we came to learn, it seemed that Dr. Chabot believed our patients needed to be handled quite differently, as if two standards governed the trial – at the first sign of worsening, our nutrition patients were to be sent elsewhere for different treatment.”
At the first sign of trouble, those in Dr. G’s therapy were removed from the study and considered a failure in the final statistics. The local doctors clearly had no faith in Dr. G’s nutritional protocol for treating pancreatic cancer and would not go the extra mile and contact Dr. G for further advice on how to “ramp” up his therapy. Dr. G , in his regular practice, like Dr. Kelley would assess each patient regularly and if a patient was not responding to the therapy, he would alter the dose of enzymes, change the supplement scheduling, and/or change the diet.
It is clearly not fair for Dr. Fine to have full autonomy to alter his GTX treatments as needed, and Dr. G’s patient to have no adaptable support from their local doctors when they are not responding to therapy. Dr. G’s therapy requires regular assessment and alteration, so if this variable is not afforded to his patients by local doctors, his patients in effect are not doing his therapy and therefore should not be included in the statistics. Yet, Dr. Chabot included them all.
10) One more final consideration about this study is the length of time between diagnosis of the pancreatic cancer and the eventual initiation of the treatment. This is critically important with pancreatic cancer, as it is a very aggressive and deadly disease. So the sooner you can start the treatments the better. With regards to this study, for equal comparison the delay time between diagnosis and treatment should be the same for both therapies.
Dr. G became aware that this equal “delay time” was not equal after all. He found those enrolled in his therapy were experiencing great delays in their treatment after being diagnosed. Here’s what he found,
“Overall, we have calculated that 26 of the total of 39 patients admitted into the nutrition arm had been diagnosed by biopsy four or more weeks before meeting with us for their initial consultation, and 17 had been accepted six or more weeks from biopsy. We have calculated for all 39 nutrition patients an average delay between biopsy diagnosis and entry into the study of 36 days, or slightly more than five weeks – not insignificant for a disease as relentlessly aggressive as pancreatic adenocarcinoma.”
So the average delay between diagnosis and treatment for Dr. G’s therapy was about 5 weeks!! On top of the that, Dr. G’s therapy requires orders for supplements which take another week or so. With this delay, Dr. G noted that some patients then became too sick to comply with the therapy.
With regards to the GTX therapy, Dr. Chabot never gave Dr. G the details on delay time in this regimen, but Dr. G notes that with his extensive experience with cancer patients, chemotherapy is usually employed very soon after diagnosis (24-48 hours). Because pancreatic cancer is so deadly, most oncologists waste little time to begin treatment. I see no reason why Dr. Fine would be any different in his application of GTX chemotherapy.
So, this study is supposed to compare each therapy’s effectiveness on a level playing field, yet the delay time for treatment for Dr. G’s therapy was on average 5 weeks, and most likely the delay time for GTX was less than 48 hours. Time and time again we have seen that Dr. G’s regimen gets the short end of the stick. Dr. Chabot didn’t make this delay time a priority for Dr. G’s patients, and I venture to say that considering his conflict of interests from the very beginning, this delay had as Shakespeare said “method in his madness”. What makes this all the more distressing is that patients lives were in the balance here, and Dr. Chabot seemed to be playing them like pawns in a chess game. It’s actually disgraceful!!
So what can we conclude here. I have given 10 points which all represent significant flaws in how this study was carried out. I could have given more points, but I feel I have given sufficient evidence that this was a fatally flawed study from beginning to end. The director of the study, Dr. Chabot, had a clear conflict of interest having been a developer of the GTX chemotherapy. This conflict of interest became evident time and time again. To me the most significant problem was that 92% (36 of 39) of the patients assigned to Dr. G’s therapy were not actually treated by Dr. G or someone certified by him. Instead this was done by doctors unfamiliar with, untrained in, and often hostile to Dr. G’s therapy. Yet the lack of success of “his patients” was blamed on Dr. G!!! Clearly this study is not anywhere close to a true reflection of Dr. G’s enzyme therapy.
Dr. Engel, the official spokeswoman for NCCAM and this study, evaluated the concerns brought up by Dr. Gonzalez and came up with this conclusion,
“Given all of the challenges, the surprising outcomes, and the uncertainties about balance between the two arms, it is highly likely (if not certain) that reviewers of the data from this study will raise substantive and legitimate concerns about the comparability of the two populations. As a consequence, it is virtually certain that the controversy surrounding the study will not be settled by the data from it.”
” It was our impression that everyone in the room basically agreed that, despite best efforts, there is in fact, reason to be concerned about this issue, and that it clouds interpretation of the data.”
So “it is highly likely (if not certain)” that the data from the study basically cannot be trusted according to Dr. Engel. There are so many problems with the study that “it clouds interpretation of the data”. If the data cannot be trusted and the interpretation is clouded, why is it presented as a valid study on the NCI website? Why do quackwatch sites widely quote this study on the internet as the final word on Dr. Gonzalez’s & Dr. Kelley’s Enzyme Therapy? Why can’t doctors like Dr. Novella admit there are insurmountable problems with this study or even any problems at all?
Money, Anti-alternative indoctrination, pride, control, –you take your pick. It’s probably all of the above, but at the end of the day the core issue I believe is money. Billions of dollars are made and have been invested in chemotherapy drugs, radiation machine, surgeries, and cancer diagnostics. This became quite a shock to me when it first hit me several months ago, but it becomes truer each time I look under another cancer “rock”.
It is also very suspicious to me that Dr. Beard, Dr. Kelley, and Dr. Gonzalez have found great success with their practice of this enzyme therapy, yet the results of this study give a completely different and quite unique message. In figure skating, when a performance is judged, the top and bottom scores are not included in the final tally to avoid biased, hometown judging. Because this study is so off the baseline from what Dr. Beard, Dr. Kelley, Dr. Gonzalez, and others have found when using enzyme therapy, we must seriously question its validity. Dr. Beard was nominated for the Nobel Prize for his work. Dr. Gonzalez investigated Dr. Kelley and he became a believer. Dr. Gonzalez’s pilot study convinced Dr. Richard Klausner enough to award Dr. G with the $1.4 million to complete this study. Now strangely the results of the this study are completely at odds with the results of Dr. Beard, Dr. Kelley, and Dr. Gonzalez. So we have only 2 options
1) Dr. Beard, Dr. Kelley, Dr. Gonzalez and others have been fudging their numbers with enzyme therapy all these years
2) Dr. Chabot and the NCI fudged the numbers in this study to discredit enzyme therapy and therefore maintain the popularity of current money-making therapies chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
If you have been reading my blogs, including this one, it is no secret which option I would select. I believe there is clearly some monkey business going on behind the scenes and I’m not quite sure who or what is behind it all. All I know is that people are what is important, and people with cancer need to be told the truth and be given the therapies that produce the best results with the least collateral damage.
So Brent are you saying that we can’t trust medical studies anymore? No, but we do need to be much more vigilant in our evaluation of them. Brent, there is only so much time in the day, we can’t evaluate every medical study like what you have done in this blog. Eventually we have to show some trust don’t we? I guess we all have to activate our own “spidy senses”, check our gut feelings and then follow them up with research. Now, I would be extra skeptical about any study which denigrate an alternative cancer therapy that has a lot of successful anecdotal evidence behind it. Truth is not an easy road to follow, and I wish I was wrong on this, but the serious truth seeker in this day and age must be willing to go the extra mile and work much harder than the average person. At the end of the day though, truth-seeking is worth the extra effort.
I just saw a movie on youtube called “Burzynski” which will probably be out on Netflix pretty soon. If you have been reading my recent blogs on cancer, Big Pharma, and Dr. Kelley, I recommend you watch this movie. While watching this movie, I bet you will find it eerily familiar to what happened to Dr. Kelley. Dr. Burzynski for the past 20 years has developed an entirely different protocol using his invention, called antineoplastons. He started finding success with his treatments especially with brain tumors, and as per usual the FDA and the NCI sent the dogs after him. Check it out and spread the news!! Here’s the link
For those of you who haven’t read my last blog, this is actually a continuation of my research on alternative cancer practitioner Dr. William Kelley. In my last my blog, I did my best to summarize his quite elaborate cancer protocol and the success he had with treating cancer. Dr. Kelley claimed a 93% success rate for patients who came to him first (not after chemo, radiation, surgery). He also claimed a fairly high success rate for those given 3 months to live at a slightly better than 50% chance. For those with less than 3 months to live he claimed a 25-35% chance of survival. In total, Dr. Kelley and his practitioners treated over a whopping 33,000 patients. Dr. Kelley’s success with pancreatic cancer, the most deadly of all cancers, was especially striking (I will give details later).
The obvious question must be asked, “Why have most people never heard of Dr. William Kelley?” Until about 4 months ago I had never heard of him. Surely if his treatments are truly as successful as Dr. Kelley claimed, then all cancer centres in the world would have his treatment as an option at the very least. Conversely one might also say, “Anyone can claim these type of success rates, it is quite another thing to have his medical records thoroughly investigated and have his treatments properly tested.” This is a very valid statement, as our world has produced no shortage of “snake oil salesmen”. Individuals who for whatever reason could not make a legitimate living and therefore resorted to fraud or number-fudging to sell their quacky supplements.
So, does Dr. Kelley bear the signs of a snake oil quack or maligned genius who has never been given his proper due? I would like to challenge you, my reader, to reserve judgement on Dr. Kelley until you have heard a sufficient amount of information from all angles. Do not rely on Wikipedia’s brief examination or a single study quoted from a quackwatch site. As Oscar Wilde states,”the truth is rarely pure, and never simple“. Truth, many times, is a hard thing to find, especially when powerful establishments in our medical community have monopolies setup which bring in billions of $$$$. These establishments do not take kindly to anyone cutting into their bottom line. I realize some may find this a bold accusation, but to me this is an inevitable conclusion to the serious student of alternative cancer practitioners, and alternative healthcare practitioners in general. We would do well to heed the advice of American founding father Thomas Jefferson,
“If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls who live under tyranny.” — Thomas Jefferson
As you may have gathered, my opinion on Dr. Kelley is no secret. In this blog I will serve as a type of lawyer presenting his case to you, my jury. In my last blog I explained his protocol, in this blog I will try to answer this question, is his protocol credible? Again, I will remind you, that up until 4 months ago, I had never heard of Dr. Kelley, and I have nothing to gain in his promotion. I am simply a man searching for truth in the fight against one of humanity’s greatest enemies, cancer. When I come across a truthbreakdown that is purposely being suppressed and at the same time leaves many lives in the balance, my blood starts to boil. I will try to keep this boil under control as I write, but it may leak out from time to time.
Does Dr. Kelley bear the earmarks of a Snake Oil Salesman?
The Lack of Success Test
One of the signs to look for in a quack is someone who has not been able to make it successfully in real life pursuits (education, business). If someone can honestly and legally earn a pretty good “coin”, why would they resort to quackery? Charlatans generally get desperate and therefore resort to deception. Does this fit Dr. Kelley? Dr. Kelley had a Masters in Science (M.S.) degree as well as a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S). According to the American Dental Association the average salary for a Dental Specialist, which someone with a D.D.S. would be, in 2004 was about $315,000/year. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor, the average salary of an othodontist in 2008 was $195,000 and an established practice can see a net income of at least $400,000-500,000/year. I could not find any specifics about Dr. Kelley’s salary as a Dental Surgeon/Othodontist, but the reports say he had a thriving practice in Dallas. However you slice it, it appears Dr. Kelley had no problem making an honest living and most likely a well-to-do one. I see no reason from a financial perspective for him to resort to quackery.
It is true that Dr. Kelley had financial difficulties late in his life, but this was decades after his first cancer therapy treatments. These difficulties were multi-causal. In 1976 the dental board of Texas suspended his dental license for 5 years because he persisted on doing “non-dental” cancer therapy. In addition to this, according to an article by Dr. Gonzalez in the Townsend letter,
“he had become burnt out by years of hard work with the very sick, and by the relentless harassment by regulatory agencies, the conventional medical world at large, and the media. To make matters worse, his practice had never really recovered from the attacks brought on by his involvement with McQueen, so financially he was in terrible shape.”
The medical elite were truly “relentless” in making sure Dr. Kelley’s work did not see the light of day. They blamed Dr. Kelley for the death of Steve McQueen. According to Dr. Kelley, Steve McQueen was murdered by someone posing as a physician who injected him with a blood clotting agent. Whether this is true or not will probably never be known for sure, but even if Steve McQueen did die in Dr. Kelley’s care with advanced mesothelioma cancer, does Dr. Kelly deserve all the harassment he endured from the media and the medical elite? Conventional oncologists have no cure for this type of cancer and McQueen was given no hope by his own oncologists. If every oncologist received the harassment that Dr. Kelley endured for losing a terminal cancer patient, would there be any oncologists left? It is clearly not a level playing field.
To get a feel for what Dr. Kelley endured, listen to what he wrote in his book “One Answer to Cancer”,
“I was a most serious threat to their $100 Billion a year Industry. These lawless Establishment Devils went to work and:
Poisoned (food) me 3 times to the point of Grand Mall Seizures 3-4 times a week for 14 Months;
Tried to shoot me once during this time;
Sent the usual IRS agents to do me in;
Bought off and bribed my Lawyer and Accountant;
Set up a take over of the Kelley organization by employees and wife (standard Establishment procedure);
Offered Kelley $500,000.00 to kill a counselee;
Caused a vitamin manufacturer of supplements Kelley often used to take all active ingredients out of Kelley Program Supplements.”
You’re probably saying, come on Brent, Dr. Kelley is clearly a paranoid schitzo. If this was simply an isolated incident, I may agree with you. But having heard similar stories like this many times, it actually doesn’t surprise me. Dr. Max Gerson, according to his daughter Chalotte, was poisoned with arsenic. Dr. Gerson, verified this himself by testing his urine. Here is a statement from Charlotte,
“Dr. Gerson had a somewhat low blood pressure and enjoyed one cup of coffee in the afternoon. He noted at one point that every evening, after having coffee served at his office, that he had violent cramps and diarrheas. He stopped taking this coffee but a subsequent 24-hour urine collection showed that he excreted arsenic! He did not die immediately; however this weakened him considerably and he subsequently contracted a viral lung infection that killed him.”
You would expect a snake oil salesman to be profiting from his quackery. Dr. Kelley’s practice of cancer therapy did the exact opposite. He lost his once thriving Dental practice, his marriage fell apart, and basically had a mental breakdown late in life. To me, this shows that Dr. Kelley was in the cancer game for the right reasons. He successfully cured himself of the most deadly type of cancer, pancreatic, and he wanted to “pay it forward” regardless of the personal cost to himself. If you really think about it, if Dr. Kelley was able to cure himself of pancreatic cancer, and he clearly had a strong educational background in science (M.S. and D.D.S. degree), does it make any logical sense for him to have received all this backlash? If the medical elite are truly interested in the advancement of finding a cancer cure, should not there be some room for experimentation with someone like Dr. Kelley? What is the medical elite so afraid of? Is it really the health of cancer patients? Let’s not be naive, the main reason why the medical elite gets so vociferously upset with alternative cancer practitioners like Dr. Kelley, is $$$$$$!! Dr. Kelley paid a hefty price for his “against the grain” cancer therapy.
This reminds me of the movie “Flash of Genius” starring Greg Kinnear. Kinnear, portraying David Kearns, took on the Detroit automakers to keep his rights to his invention of the intermittent windshield wiper. He lost his marriage and endured many years of turmoil as a result of his fight with Big Auto. Eventually Kearns won his battle, but he paid a heavy price for this. Only time will tell whether Dr. Kelley will ever receive his proper due.
As a whole, I feel Dr. Kelley passes the financial gain snake oil test.
The Hiding Out Test
You would expect someone peddling quackery would want to stay “under the radar”. If you can get a good quack business going, you want to keep it going by not exposing it rigorous testing or evaluation. If what you are peddling has no real value, you will be exposed, and say goodbye to your little venture. Does this match Dr. Kelley?
After Dr. Kelley successfully beat his own pancreatic cancer (that alone should make every oncologist stand up and listen) he began treating others. Once realizing his protocol was proving successful with others, Dr. Kelley wanted to investigate “mainstreaming” his protocol. Dr Gonzalez notes from one of first meetings with Dr. Kelley,
“At this point in his life, Kelley said, he only wanted the chance to have his regimen appropriately and fairly evaluated in clinical trials.”
Dr. Gonzalez, as a 2nd year med student at Cornell University in New York in 1981, never knew Dr. Kelley or had any connection to him. During this time, because of the McQueen incident, a friend of Dr. Gonzalez took an interest in Dr. Kelley. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Gonzalez had spent 7 years in journalism, and this friend encouraged Dr. Gonzalez to investigate this “alternative cancer practitioner” and possibly write a book about him. Dr. Gonzalez took on this challenge under the supervision of Dr. Robert A. Good M.D. PhD of the Sloan-Kettering Institute of Cancer Research. Dr. Good was internationally known as the father of “modern immunology”, and according to Dr. Gonzalez he was “the most published author in the history of medicine.” Dr. Good appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1973 because of his work in immunology, the thymus gland, and bone marrow transplants. To me, having a young, energetic, and unbiased med student like Dr. Gonzalez take on this investigation of Dr. Kelley, under the direction of a world renown doctor like Dr. Good, sets a very credible foundation.
Dr. Good, even with all his conventional medical accolades, had an open mind to the possibilities in someone like Dr. Kelley. Dr. Gonzalez remembers Dr. Good saying,
“as a scientist, one must always look beyond the tried and true for the next new advance.”
Dr. Kelley, himself, was very excited to have someone of Dr. Good’s stature consider investigating his protocols. Dr. Kelley surmised that he would finally be given a fair shake. Dr. Gonzalez felt that whatever the result of his investigation, it would be enlightening. Dr. Good, himself, gave this advice to Dr. Gonzalez,
“even if Dr. Kelley turned out to be a total charlatan, I would learn a lot of medicine by going down to Dallas to sort out what was going on in his office. A student always learns best, he said, when pursuing a project of his own devising, rather than an assignment picked by someone else.”
As you may have gathered by now, Dr. Gonzalez not only found much promise in Dr. Kelley’s cancer protocol, but he now is the foremost practitioner of Dr. Kelley’s protocol today. This reminds me of the story of the former atheist and editor of the Chicago Tribune, Lee Strobel, who began a search into the tenets of christianity to prove its fallacy. After a thorough investigation, Lee reached the opposite conclusion. Now Lee is one of the leading christian apologists in the world today.
If Dr.Kelley was knowingly practicing a snake oil cancer therapy, would he really want a young whipper-snapper like Dr. Gonzalez under the direction of world renown doctor Dr. Good, taking a close look at his patient’s medical records? Highly unlikely. Dr. Kelley clearly felt his cancer therapy had sufficient merit to be willing to submit his records to this scrutiny. Dr. Kelley actually was very excited to have this investigation take place.
This not what you would expect from a snake oil salesman, so I say Dr. Kelley passes the hiding out test.
The Medical Records Test
There are 2 aspects to this test.
First, you would not expect a charlatan to keep a good record of his practice for the possibility of a possible investigation. As in the Watergate Scandal with president Richard Nixon, chief of staff H. R. Haldeman was supposed to “burn the tapes” to erase the evidence. For a snake oil salesman, the only real need for records to be kept would be for billing purposes, not for the proper medical evaluation of their patient’s progress.
Second, you would not expect a snake oil therapy to be producing good results upon investigation. Interviewing patients directly who were under Dr. Kelley’s care should have shown a clear lack of positive feedback. As well, I think I have sufficiently shown that Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Good had no special bias toward Dr. Kelley to fudge their investigation. Dr. Good, especially, would not want his good name tarnished. Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Good had really nothing to gain and potentially lots to lose by investigating Dr. Kelley. Proving Dr. Kelley to be a charlatan would have made a good book and would have definitely received accolades from the medical elite.
So what did Dr. Gonzalez uncover?
For about 5 years, from 1982 to 1986, Dr. Gonzalez was able to spend a considerable amount of time scouring over Dr. Kelley’s medical records and interviewing patients. Eventually Dr. Gonzalez wrote a summary manuscript of his findings, which has now been published as a book called “One Man Alone”. Dr. Gonzalez comments on his first initial findings,
” Kelley, as promised, opened his patient files to me without hesitation. I spent many hours each succeeding day poring over his records, and what I found I thought was quite remarkable: patient after patient with properly diagnosed advanced cancer, including pancreatic carcinoma, who had done well under Kelley’s care, either in terms of disease regression or significantly prolonged survival.”
Over the course of Dr. Gonzalez’s 5 year investigation (which was clearly not rushed), he reviewed over 10,000 patient records and interviewed over 1000 of Dr. Kelley’s patients with a special focus on a group of 455 of them who had done particularly well on his protocol. He then summarized a detailed list of 50 case reports representing 26 different types of cancer. Dr. Gonzalez was in continual consultation with Dr. Good to ensure proper execution of his investigation. This was clearly a thorough, non-haphazard approach. In a letter to Dr. Good, Dr. Gonzalez wrote,
“I found these results, particularly for pancreatic, quite intriguing. His overall survival rate for all cancer in this first group is 93% – and as I have found going through Dr. Kelley’s records, virtually all of his patients have advanced disease. Many have come to him because no further conventional treatment could be offered.”
So as you can see, the Dr. Kelley’s claim of a 93% success rate was also independently verified by Dr. Gonzalez. As you can also see, Dr. Gonzalez was particularly intrigued with Dr. Kelley’s success with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Kelley was able to reproduce similar results to his own personal success with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Good was also keenly interested in any records that showed success with metastatic pancreatic carcinoma (pancreatic cancer). Dr. Good told Dr. Gonzalez,
“if I could find even one patient diagnosed with the disease (pancreatic cancer) who had lived five years on this nutritional regimen, he would be impressed, since to his knowledge no one else in medicine anywhere had such a case.”
Even the late former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, with all his financial resources and high level intelligence could not beat pancreatic cancer with the most advanced present day therapies. According to the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) the 5 year survival rate between 1950-1995 of someone with pancreatic cancer is a measly 3%.
Dr. Gonzalez was able to identify 22 cases of Dr. Kelley’s patients with pancreatic cancer who had consulted Dr. Kelley between 1974-1982. Of the 22 cases, 10 of them had not followed Dr. Kelley’s protocol for a single day. All of these 10 were now deceased and had an average survival of 63 days. They were encouraged by their doctors and family members to give up on this “unconventional approach”.
As an aside, were any of these doctors or family members held accountable for this advice? I think you know the answer to that one. The only ones ever held accountable for advice which leads to death are “alternative practitioners”. On top of that, why would a doctor recommend a change in protocol if conventional medicine only has a 3% success rate or less with pancreatic cancer. Of all the types of cancer, doctors should be the most open-minded toward pancreatic, but it is clear that years of anti-alternative indoctrination becomes an almost insurmountable wall to cross.
Dr. Gonzalez also identified a group of 7 pancreatic cancer patients who partially followed Dr. Kelley’s protocol. With this group some had followed Dr. Kelley’s protocol anywhere from 4 weeks to 13 months. Of these 7 patients, all were now deceased and the average survival increased to 302 days. Dr. Gonzalez noted that this was longer than would be expected as the average life expectancy is anywhere from 3-6 months. He also found that these individuals also received a lot of pressure from doctors and family members to give up on the protocol.
The final group Dr. Gonzalez identified were 5 patients who had fully complied with Dr. Kelley’s protocol. By the time Dr. Gonzalez had completed his study, all 5 of these patients were still alive and had an average mean survival of over 8 years!! Dr. Kelley’s personal success with pancreatic cancer was remarkable enough, but then to have 5 of his patients beat it as well was truly astounding. In actuality, this surmounted to a 100% success rate for those who fully followed Dr. Kelley’s protocol. A sample of 5 patients may be too small to authoritatively announce to the world about 100% success rate with pancreatic cancer, but as Dr. Good originally stated, he would be impressed with even a single successful case report of a 5 year survival of pancreatic cancer.
Now with Dr. Gonzalez having reviewed Dr. Kelley’s patient records very thoroughly, one would expect that his final manuscript would be applauded and well-circulated. Dr. Gonzalez said that at the time of his manuscript completion,
“Dr. Good no longer had the financing, the resources, or the power base that would have allowed for further laboratory and clinical studies under his tutelage. “
Given this fact, Dr. Good recommended that Dr. Gonzalez’s next best option was to get his manuscript published in book form for an eventual peer-review process. Dr. Gonzalez tried intently on doing precisely that, but he strangely didn’t get the response he was looking for. He noted,
“over the next year, no publisher, either trade or scientific, agreed to back the book, nor would any medical journal consider excerpting portions, even a case report or two. Some editors just didn’t believe that the records could be real, that an unconventional nutritional therapy could reverse advanced cancer. Others accepted the data as legitimate, but thought that the book would generate so much controversy that it might jeopardize their careers .”
Dr. Gonzalez began to realize that “alternative cancer therapies”, not matter how successful they are, are not treated on a level playing field. Dr. Good finally recommended a personal friend of his for whom he felt would give Dr. Gonzalez a fair analysis of his manuscript. Ironically, even this personal friend of Dr. Good reacted quite vociferously to the manuscript. He even accused Dr. Good of being “hoodwinked by a scam artist”. This shocked Dr. Good quite deeply and had a clear detrimental impact to Dr. Good’s continued support of Dr. Kelley or Dr. Gonzalez.
Just when Dr. Gonzalez began giving up any hope of getting his manuscript supported by mainstream medicine, in 1987 the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) began an investigation into Dr. Gonzalez’s manuscript. He and Dr. Kelley thought this was a promising development. In the meantime, news of this manuscript began to popularize in alternative circles and even in Japanese conventional circles. Dr. Atkins, the famous diet doctor, even interviewed Dr. Gonzalez on his radio show.
When the OTA finally came out with its report in 1990, it was strangely condemning by focusing on Dr. Kelley’s legal troubles rather than the data Dr. Gonzalez had collected. It became a character assassination rather than a fair examination of the data. I have seen a similar state of affairs in my research on the creation/evolution debate. Instead of the arguments being based on the actual evidence, the evolutionary establishment resorts to name-calling and character demeanor. “You’re stupid” is a common quote you hear which clearly denigrates the integrity of proper scientific investigation. Ben Stein’s movie “Expelled” gives a good commentary on this controversial topic.
With all this negative feedback and continuous harassment, Dr. Kelley himself began to breakdown. He began to even accuse Dr. Good and Dr. Gonzalez for colluding with the establishment against him. In 1995, even the prolific Dr. Good began to separate himself from this assault by stating in an interview that the patients in Gonzalez’s study “didn’t have cancer”. Dr. Gonzalez felt he was hung out to dry by Dr. Good. After all, Dr. Good had earlier reviewed and approved all the cases in the manuscript. This goes to show you how effective the establishment can be at pressuring even to the most prestigious of medical doctors who go against the grain.
Dr. Gonzalez, quite bewildered when looking back on the history of his 22-year-old manuscript states,
” It has been the subject of a misguided federal review, thrown across a Congressional hearing room, discussed at length in a Japanese book, litigated in a Pennsylvania courtroom, debated on national TV, and described in the pages of the erudite New Yorker. It has been lauded as a major breakthrough against cancer, dismissed as inconsequential, and despised as dangerous quackery.”
Thrown across a Congressional hearing room? For a manuscript that is simply a collection of data. For whatever reason, alternative cancer therapies create a very oddemotional response that goes well beyond the realm of logic. From my research of many other alternative cancer practitioners, I have found that this is not an isolated incident limited to Dr. Kelley and Dr. Gonzalez. After awhile it becomes almost predictable. For those curious about this issue, I would encourage you to check out this webpage http://www.whale.to/a/persecuted_doc_h.html on persecuted doctors.
So does Dr. Kelley pass the Medical records test of snake oil salesman?
He clearly had no reservation whatsoever allowing Dr. Gonzalez and
Dr. Good to examine his patient records. How many doctors can attest
to having a complete list of over 10,000 patient records? It was clearly a priority to Dr. Kelley to maintain accurate medical records for a variety of reasons. Dr. Gonzalez commented in a youtube video that no one cared more about his patients than Dr. Kelley. It was his mission to see them get well. Dr. Gonzalez from start to finish was very impressed with the sheer volume of Dr. Kelley’s patient files, not to mention the success he found upon reviewing them. Dr. Gonzalez was able to interview patients and therefore confirm the efficacy of the actual records. His investigation agreed with Dr. Kelley’s claims of a 93% success rate and the exceptional success Dr. Kelley had with pancreatic cancer patients.
If you trust that Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Good were capable of researching Dr. Kelley without bias, then I feel that it can be safely stated that Dr. Kelley passes the Medical Report test. There is no record that I’ve found that Dr. Gonzalez or Dr. Good had anything to gain from Dr. Kelley’s promotion, in fact both of them received unfair accusations and condemnation for having studied Dr. Kelley.
The Verdict is in
As a whole, I feel I have sufficiently proven, using 3 common tests of quackery, that Dr. Kelley simply does not fit the bill as a charlatan. He clearly was not in the cancer game for financial gain as he was already a successful othodontist and his cancer practice actually ruined him financially and personally. He never hid his therapy from investigation and he actually greatly desired his cancer protocol to be properly evaluated. He kept meticulous patient records which were independently verified by Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Good. These same doctors also verified Dr. Kelley’s success rate claims. Dr. Kelley passed and surpassed all tests directed at him. It is actually quite shameful how the medical establishment, the media, and the government treated this great man who saved so many sick people. Testimony after testimony after testimony. It would be well worth reading some of those testimonies for yourself.
The medical establishment terms testimonies as “anecdotal evidence” and basically gives some credence it. At the same time anecdotal evidence is considered quite inferior to evidence based on “studies”. Studies are generally multi-million dollar ventures which are controlled to test whether anecdotal evidence is reproducible in a controlled environment. Unfortunately, Dr. Kelley’s dream was never fulfilled as he was never given the opportunity to complete clinical studies in a controlled study. Finding funding and the medical will to complete this evaluation simply never happened, and I think that is strangely odd considering the success that Dr. Gonzalez uncovered.
I believe the success that Dr. Kelley achieved with his cancer therapy was not only due to his uncovering of Dr. Beard, Dr. Gerson, and Dr. Howell’s theories, but also his superior intellect which allowed him to adjust to patients who needed more personal direction when the standard theories did not work for everyone. His open-mindedness and flexibility allowed him to look outside the box and customize his treatments to the individual. This may be one of reasons why his stats are difficult to reproduce even when following his protocol as most health professionals do not have Dr. Kelley’s intellectual adaptability. For those 33,000 patients who were fortunate enough to receive treatments from Dr. Kelley, they witnessed a bright light that humanity has produced in a rare supply. Hopefully, history will remember Dr. Kelley fondly by his cancer protocol becoming more widely recognized. Dr. Gonzalez, even though his relationship soured with Dr. Kelley as Dr. Kelley had a mental breakdown later on in life, summarized the life of his mentor,
“In my estimation, Kelley, in his scientific thinking, was light years ahead of the rest of us, both orthodox and alternative. He deserves our respect for his accomplishments, for his trials and severe tribulations, and our forgiveness for his foibles. Someday, I believe his thoughts about the nature of cancer and human disease will become the foundation of a new medicine, not merely a fringe footnote, and the world will remember him at that time with well deserved appreciation. For now, let’s remember him kindly, with gratitude for what he did and what he tried to do.”
For those of you who have done your own research on Dr. Kelley and Dr. Gonzalez, you have probably come across a study by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Center (NCCAM) which is widely quoted throughout the internet which supposedly settles that chemotherapy is 3 times more effective than Dr. Gonzalez’s nutritional enzyme treatment. Because this study is actually based own Dr. Gonzalez’s own practice of cancer therapy and not directly of Dr. Kelley own practice, I will save a discussion of this for my next blog. And trust me, this study requires some discussion as it is a prime example of how a conflict of interest can wildly skew the actual results and that not all studies are created equal.
Hello welcome to truthbreakdown. Now that you’re here let me explain my purpose and what I am trying to accomplish on this blog. I have always been someone who enjoys thinking through and hashing out topics. I plan on addressing issues from a variety of themes whether they be spiritual, medical, scientific, nutrition, or social issues. I plan on letting you inside my head and what has been floating around in there over the years.
From the beginning of time humanity has shown a desire to seek the truth. Conversely, humanity has also shown its propensity to hide, run, distract, and reject truth. A seeker and promoter of truth will always have their friends and inevitably will also have their enemies. It’s human nature to have a breakdown of truth. For various reasons, it has been common for humanity to set false paradigms and false beliefs to maintain selfish interests, and yet there are always those who have enough courage to challenge these falsehoods. As Plato said, “they deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth”. I have found in the first 40 years of my life that my best friends are the ones who tell me the truth even if I don’t want to hear it. It takes energy and patience to tell the truth to someone and thus it truly shows who really cares about you or who is just giving you shallow lip service. Jesus said, “the truth shall make you free”. I have found this to be true in all facets of life.
Finding truth is no easy task though, and I do not claim omniscience. As Oscar Wilde states,”the truth is rarely pure, and never simple“. It requires humility, balanced research, and a sensitive conscience. When I encounter a statement, belief, and/or practice that tugs at my conscience, I become compelled to check it out like a Berean. According to the Book of Acts, Chapter 17 verse 11, Paul of Tarsus and Silas preached at Berea, and the inhabitants “… received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” I feel that to find truth you have to ‘break it down’ to determine whether there has been a truthbreakdown. As Aby Warburg stated, “the devil is in the details”. I plan on exposing and exorcising a few devils on truthbreakdown. No doubt, my truth searching may not be palatable to everyone’s taste. That is the nature of truth and that is the risk. My hope is that whether or not you agree with my views and research, you will see that my heart is not to denigrate, but rather to elevate. Here is my commitment to you, my readers:
1) I will try my best to not be so wordy that you fall asleep and conversely that I will not be too brief to lack enough substance. My aim is to find the perfect balance.
2) I will spend enough time researching a topic so that I feel I have a sufficient grasp of the many variables involved. At the same time I cannot be an expert of each topic, and may get it wrong on occasion.
3) I commit to be respectfully opinionated. By this I mean to respect people’s right to their own opinion, and I assume my right to express my own. Vigorous interplay is what makes things interesting. When I listen to someone I disagree with, I don’t want a tame version, I want to know what they really think. As Cuba Gooding Jr. said in the movie Jerry Maguire, “You think we‘re fightin’, and I think we‘re finally talkin‘!”