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Immune Therapies for Cancer Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy The human immune system is designed to defeat disease and restore order to the body. This includes the ability to combat cancer cells. It is now known that cells become cancerous routinely. We all have had cancer many times in our lives and were unaware of it because the immune system destroyed the cancer cells before they could grow and multiply out of control.

A combination of two methods exists for destroying cancer cells: antibodies and natural killer cells, specialized cells which track down and destroy cancer cells. NKCs (natural killer cells) are your first line of defense. If cancer cells escape the NKCs, T-lymphocytes detect the antigens given off by cancer cells and make antibodies to destroy these cells.

From this point of view, cancer is not an invasion of outside forces as much as it is a failure of internal forces to execute normal functions. Therapy therefore is designed to bolster the immune system so that it can do its job.

The orthodox medical establishment has a few biologic therapies. These are as follows.

  • BCG, which stands for bacillus Calmette-Guerin, is a tuberculin vaccine especially effective against malignant melanoma. This is used by both orthodox and progressive oncologists.
  • Interferon is a substance produced by white blood cells in response to viral infections. It is very expensive and has toxic side effects. At one time, it was hoped that interferon would be useful in a variety of cancers, but its use is limited now to the treatment of hairy cell leukemia and juvenile laryngeal papillomatosis.
  • Interleukin-2, a protein made by T-cells, is highly toxic, very expensive and not very effective. The original high hopes for this substance have vanished.
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) destroys cancer cell membranes, but routinely has serious side effects.
  • Monoclonal antibodies are synthetic antibodies made by splicing the patient's cancer cell genes into the genes of his white cells. The resulting cells, when injected into the body, are supposed to manufacture antibodies specific to the cancer, to which chemotherapeutic agents can be attached. This all still is in the experimental stage, and the cancer establishment has high hopes for monoclonal antibodies as a method of treating cancer while making a shipload of money (because these little items are patentable).
  • All of the orthodox biological substances, except for BCG, are expensive in the extreme, and, except someday/maybe for monoclonal antibodies, very limited in treatment scope and loaded with side effects. Nevertheless, for some very specific conditions like hairy cell leukemia and juvenile laryngeal papillomatosis, they may be worth looking into.

    The Coley Vaccine

    Dr. William Coley (1862-1936) developed a vaccine made from bacterial toxins. These agents worked by stimulating immune response mechanisms in cancer patients and were said to have helped hundreds of people. After Dr. Coley's death in 1936, his daughter carried on with his work.

    The Coley Mixed Toxin was available in the U.S. until the early 1960s. Park Davis (a large pharmaceutical company) manufactured their own weak version of the vaccine in the early 1960s, but theirs did not compare with the original.

    The Coley Mixed Toxin was credited with a high percentage of tumor disappearances but was lost to history in the middle 1960s.

    The Camphor Therapy of Gaston Naessens

    Gaston Naessens, a French biologist living in Canada, has developed an aqueous solution of nitrogen enriched camphor. This preparation is called "714-X." It is injected into the lymphatic system through the lymphatic channels of the groin. Its proposed mechanism of action is to strengthen the immune system, which then rids the body of cancer. Despite curing several hundred people who had been diagnosed as "terminal," his work has been blackballed by the medical establishment in Canada.

    The Naessens remedies are available for export, including to the United States, with a doctor's prescription. They are widely available in Western Europe, as they are distributed by a Swiss pharmaceutical firm.

    Burton's Immuno-augmentative Therapy

    In the 1960s, Dr. Lawrence Burton, then a senior oncologist at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City, discovered four proteins which he found to be deficient in cancer patients. He found that replenishment of these proteins enables the immune system to fight the cancer on its own without side effects. He calls this Immuno-Augmentative Therapy or IAT.

    Because Dr. Burton successfully treated patients with IAT before he put forth double blind placebo controlled studies, he alienated the cancer establishment, which then drove him out of the country.

    Since he left the U.S. in 1977, his blood proteins have been "discovered" by orthodox cancer research centers and are now, belatedly, being put to partial use with no credit, of course, to the originator. Dr. Burton's discoveries, on the other hand, have the distinction and honor of being put on the ACS and NCI blacklist of Unproven Methods — despite dramatic demonstrations of their effectiveness in two separate oncology seminars in 1966. Dr. Burton shares the common characteristic so often seen in people of genius — unwillingness to play the silly political games required to exist as a member in good standing within establishment medicine.

    Livingston Therapy

    In 1947, Virginia Livingston, M.D., discovered a pleomorphic (i.e., form-changing) microbe (germ) which she named "Progenitor cryptocides." This name means, literally, "hidden, ancestral killer." Dr. Livingston was able to demonstrate the presence of this organism in all cancers, both human and animal. She also demonstrated that cancer would result in an animal when Progenitor was injected into that animal.

    Dr. Livingston also found this organism to be universally present but ordinarily held in check by a healthy immune system. However, when the immune system fails due to stress, toxins, poor diet, or for other reasons, Progenitor divides and establishes itself at the levels found in cancer patients.

    Once established, she found Progenitor able to produce a hormone almost identical to HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a hormone produced by the placenta which serves to protect placental cells from the antibodies of the mother. Dr. Livingston believed that HCG served to protect Progenitor and the resulting cancer cells from attack by the immune system.

    Livingston Therapy is a shotgun approach designed to strengthen the immune system, so it can, hopefully, defeat Progenitor. Diet, antibodies and vaccines all are used for this purpose. Included under vaccines is, or at least was, an autogenous vaccine made from a culture of the patient's own bacteria.

    In 1990, California health officials required Dr. Livingston to cease giving the autogenous vaccine. This action was taken in the absence of one single patient complaint and in the face of hundreds of patients who benefited from treatment with this unique preparation.

    This represents the usual bureaucratic regulation of medicine, often spearheaded by doctors who no longer practice medicine (some never did). Their general attitude could be summed up like this: "If we don't agree with it, it must not work and if everybody is not doing it, it probably is dangerous."

    According to this kind of thinking, a Big Mac, fries and a shake must be a very nutritious and healthy meal because everyone knows about it, and many people are eating this fare. On the other hand, an exclusively raw vegetable diet must be worthless and dangerous since few people have heard of it, and fewer still are eating it.

    Issels' Whole Body Therapy

    Agreeing with Virginia Livingston as to the cause of cancer and rendering a similar approach to treatment, Dr. Josef Issels, M.D., of Germany, achieved an independently verified complete remission rate of seventeen percent in people with terminal cancer who were given less than one year to live. This seventeen percent was free of any sign of cancer at five years. These remarkable results threatened the German and British cancer establishments so much that, through a series of prosecutions by the German government and an effective smear campaign by the British government, Issels was forced to close his clinic in the early 1970s.

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