The current situation Thorough analysis of the situation in the field of cancer therapy shows that dissatisfaction with the range of treatments offered by orthodox medicine has grown among patients and many of the doctors treating them. More and more patients are rejecting the aggressive forms of therapy used by orthodox medicine and seeking treatment by natural, biological methods.
Many doctors, especially those responsible for the continued care of patients once they have been discharged from the hospital, after their initial scepticism are often including such biological methods in their therapeutic repertoire once they have recognized that these methods can be helpful in the very situations where scientifically orientated medicine is forced to give up the struggle. Orthodox medicine rejects these methods, which are mostly based on experience, because it will only accept what can be proved by the rules of scientific study which it recognizes. This has resulted in the setting up of two camps which, to my mind, are wrongly engaged in a bitter battle.
The reductionist approach of orthodox medicine is undoubtedly usetul and valuable and has brought huge advances which would have been inconceivable a hundred years ago. However, it has its limitations, especially when disease is caused by complex phenomena. lt continues to be a tenet of orthodox medicine that we would be able to understand these complex phenomena if we were to reduce them to their basic building blocks and search for the mechanism that enables those building blocks to interact. In relation to cancer this means continuing to search for the agent that transforms a normal cell into a cancerous cell, but the more one searches, the more confusing becomes the diversity of information gained.
The big question facing research teams world-wide is: what is it that produces the cancer? According to the mechanistic cause-and-effect way of thinking, lots of researchers believe this is the crucial question because, once you have found the cause, you can carry out causal treatment. Therefore everything focuses on the cancerous cell, both research and treatment. The patient – the “tumor-carrier” – tends to be overlooked. The tumor-carrier is of secondary importance to the treatment strategy pursued by orthodox medicine. The decisive criteria are the size and localisation of the tumor, type of tumor, stage of malignancy, lymph node involvement, mode of spread or metastasization, detection of tumor receptors, etc. The tumor-carrier is only of interest in terms of age, height, body surface area, general condition and suitability for treatment. Please note that this attitude does not apply to the individual doctor who personally, of course, will devote himself to his patient’s care. lt relates purely to the strategy and the resulting decision about treatment.
So what is the outcome of this orthodox treatment strategy? There have certainly been major advances, especially in childhood leukemias and some rare types of cancer where cure rates or complete remissions of 80% to 90% can be achieved. On the other hand, despite billions spent on research and huge advances in all areas of medicine (including cancer therapy) in the last few decades, the cure rates for the most common types of cancer (bowel and stomach cancers, lung cancer, breast cancer, etc.) seem to have stagnated, and around 60-70% of all cancer patients can no longer be cured by the methods of orthodox medicine. After surgery, which initially may appear successful, many patients become incurable in the course of time because of the formation of metastases (secondary tumors)! Therein lies the problem. Although we do find a higher cure rate for quite a few cancer diseases than in the past, this is largely due to improved early detection of many tumors before they have formed metastases, i.e. when they can still be removed completely.
The holistic approach – theoretical background
When we realize that this strategy, which is based on destroying the cancer down to the last cell, only yields modest, partial success, we are justified in casting doubt on the claims made for this approach and setting it against different treatment approaches. One such approach is the holistic way of thinking about cancer, as put forward by Issels, Zabel, Seeger and others as early as the 1950s, which 1 shall look at below.
What does the holistic way of looking at things actually mean? lt sees the tumor as a secondary event which is preceded by a disturbance of the entire organism. Cancer is hence defined as a chronic generalized illness of the human being. The tumor is not the cause but a product of the cancer disease which happened a long time before the actual formation of a tumor. Consequently the tumor is a symptom which shows the doctor that this body has a serious chronic illness. After all, it has been known since ancient times that only a weakened body can get sick. lt is only when the body’s defensive and repair systems fail that a cancerous cell – whatever may have transformed it – can grow into a tumor. In healthy people these systems are capable of recognizing any deviation from the norm and remedying it.
All of us know that the body always tries to heal itself first. When we have injured ourselves, the wound heals up. lf we break a leg, the bone knits together again. lf we come down with flu, we soon get better. In all these examples the doctor’s role is simply to stimulate and support the body’s self-healing powers: by covering the wound with a sterile dressing or stitching it up; by splinting or operating on the broken leg; by getting the patient with flu to stay in bed for a few days. lt is only in the case of cancer that doctors forget their allotted role as Nature’s helper and try to slip into the role of healer. And, not surprisingly, if we violate Nature – which is so infinitely wise – in a most primitive way, we are bound to fail.
Conventional cancer therapy fights rather than supports Nature and then is amazed at the disastrous consequences. We encounter similar disasters outside medicine, mainly where technology tries to change Nature. In developing technology based on a mechanistic way of thinking, we have totally forgotten how to think holistically and, above all, biologically. We are used to thinking mechanistically and statically according to the principle of cause and effect, but biological processes are not static. They are dynamic and far more complex than the simple principle of cause and effect would have us think. Only a holistic, biologically dynamic way of thinking will put us on the right track. We can never understand cancer if we merely ask what produces it. The vital question should be: what is it that prevents cancer and how does this mechanism become disturbed? This question automatically takes us away from the cell, away from the tumor and back to the person as a whole.
Presumably we humans will never be able to prevent cancer cells from forming in our bodies time and again, but we do know for sure that our bodies are entirely capable of inactivating such cancer cells. To do so, the body makes use not only of the immune system but also a number of complicated regulatory and repair systems about which we still know very little. These systems permeate the body like a tightly woven network but are also located in each individual cell. We know that damage to the genetic material of a cell, e.g., caused by excessive exposure to the sun, can be remedied in a very short time by the appropriate repair svstems which each cell has at its disposal.
The system of basic regulation
Pischinger and his students found the system of basic regulation which runs through the whole body. This system is a functional unit comprising:
1 the cells of the loose, soft connective tissue (mesenchyma);
2. the blood and lymph vessels;
3. the peripheral nerves of the autonomic nervous system;
4. the hormone-producing glands;
5. the watery medium surrounding every individual cell in our bodies (extracellular fluid).
These five elements are essential to the life and fate of each individual cell in our bodies. Cells, fluids and nerves constantly influence each other. Life is a truly dynamic process and the microscope can only ever show a snapshot of it. A living cell constantly absorbs substances from the fluid surrounding it and releases other substances into that fluid. Even a cancer cell is dependent on this system of basic regulation and, when we realize that cancer cells can be transformed back into normal body cells by alterations in the external environment, considerable importance must be attached to this aspect in the context of biological cancer therapy.
Extracellular fluid is made up not only of water, but also contains salts, hormones, enzyms, carbohydrates, surfactants, substances with redox potentials and substances capable of building up bioelectric potentials and hence determining the intensity of metabolism, especially of tissue respiration. This extracellular fluid is altered by neural stimuli, by the blood, lymph and metabolic behavior of organ cells. However, the mind also influences this fluid through the nervous and hormonal systems. lt could be asserted that disturbances of the extracellular fluid inevitably cause disturbances in cells. However, the microscope will only be able to show us the disturbance of a cell and not what caused the disturbance.
The system of basic regulation is hence a particularly important system, which is undoubtedly responsible for the origin and prevention of many diseases. A detailed account of the structure and functioning of the system of basic regulation can be found in the relevant literature. The important thing to remember from our point of view is that any lasting disturbance of this system will lead to other disturbances, namely dysfunction of various cells and organs, disturbances of the body’s detoxifying function, disruption of the humoral environment, disturbance of the normal autonomic regulatory processes in the body, alteration of the behavior of the individual cell membrane with secondary effects on cellular metabolism and ultimately lowered resistance.
We should take note that complex regulatory disturbances can result in a cancerous cell, however it has been transformed, developing into a cancerous tumor with all its terrible consequences. What really matters is recognizing such complex regulatory disorders as early as possible so that we automatically practice genuine early cancer detection and cancer prevention. 1 would mention the following methods as illustrative of Pischinger’s system of basic regulation: Schwamm and Rost’s thermoregulation diagnosis, decoder dermography and SEG. Admittedly none of these methods are specific to cancer because blockade of regulation is found in other chronic illnesses as well. However, thermoregulation diagnosis according to the Heidelberg model, for instance, showed that it is possible to tell whether a tumor is benign or malignant before surgery in 92% of cases of breast cancer and 96% of lung tumors.
Non-specific regulatory mechanisms are hence crucially important to the tumor process. There is also a great deal of evidence that non-specific regulatory mechanisms may be impaired by an accumulation of lots of noxae which, in some cases, may be virtually unnoticed by the patient.
That brings us to the harmful causal factors which trigger regulatory disturbance. We repeatedly find that more than 90% of all types of cancer have a specific focus. A cancer patient without a disease focus is a real rarity! However, interference fields, as described by Huneke, and individal diet also act on the system of basic regulation as interner factors. Emotional influences, hereditary factors, physical and chemical influences (environmental stresses, “electric smog”, radiation, medication) are extremely significant as well. All these factors have an individually different impact on the body’s regulatory processes, blocking them and thereby opening the way for disease. Issel’s was the first oncologist who developped a scientific concept for a holistic cancer treatment and he was very successful. I modified Issel’s proven concept and introduce it here.
Holistic cancer treatment therefore means identifying and eliminating individual harmful factors and the damage caused by them. Attention focuses not on the tumor but the individual human being. Obviously the tumor is not completely denied and it certainly should be treated by the methods of orthodox medicine available. Our therapeutic approach therefore comprises four main elements:
1. Basic therapy
3. Immune therapy
4. Conventional therapy
The Concept of our very important “Basic Therapy”
1. Removing disruptive influences
– Changing to a whole-food biological diet
– Symbiosis control
– Removing foci
– Treatment of residual toxicoses
– Huneke’s neural iherapy to eliminate interference fields
– Eliminating stressful environmental influences
– Eliminating stressful emotional influences
2. Removing secondary damage
- Mesenchymal therapy to influence the “system of basic regulation”
- Enzyme supplementation
- Supplementation of important minerals, trace elements and vitamins
- Drainage treatment methods to promote detoxification
- Schliephake’s auto-hormone therapy
- Ozone therapy
- Active fever therapy
- Administration of proteolytic enzymes
- Homeopathic adjuvant therapy
I Basic Therapy
Basic therapy covers the individual patient’s organic characteristics which is why, in principle, it should precede any other form of therapy. lf that is not possible, it should be combined with other treatment methods, including conventional ones. Basic therapy is the most important biological therapeutic measure for cancer patients because it does not destroy but builds up and it can still be helpful when conventional treatment methods cannot be used or have ceased to be of use. We will look at the following steps of this basic therapy in detail:
1. Removing disruptive influences
lt is logical to try and relieve the body as much as possible of all influences that have a harmful effect on the whole organism. One of the main problems for cancer patients is that their body’s regulation is absent or at least severely disrupted. This can easily be demonstrated by various methods, such as thermoregulation diagnosis. All prolonged irritations, whether sites of chronic inflammation or exposure to chemical or physical substances, can trigger or sustain this regulatory immobility. This is why the disruptive influences absolutely must be eliminated as far as possible as part of biological cancer therapy.
1.a) Changing to an ideal whole-food diet
There is no such thing as a “cancer diet”. However, we now know that the wrong diet can promote carcinogenesis, that a poor supply of certain nutrients prevents the metabolism from working properly and encourages flawed development. The connections between incorrect diet and the appearance of various types of cancer have been known for decades from epidemiological, scientific studies.
We also know from these studies that a whole-food diet greatly reduces the probability of developing cancer. This kind of diet should include, in particular, a high proportion of raw fruit and vegetables because these are low in fat and high in fiber. lt is essential for cancer patients that they optimize their metabolism by means of a healthy diet and keep away from everything that puts a strain on the body’s detoxifying functions. People already burdened by their disease should not pile on any extra burden. Instead they should help the body to help itself.
This is why heavily salted, cured or smoked foods should be avoided at all costs. We also regard sugar, white flour products, pork and sausage as inadvisable. Since high consumption of meat, for instance, seems to correlate with an increased incidence of bowel, breast and prostate cancer, patients should eat as little meat as possible. Their diet should largely comprise corn, beans, rice, cereals and similar plant foods. These substances are rich in protein but also in protease inhibitors, which may play an important role in the cancer process. They also contain antioxidants such as vitamins A and E as well as selenium, which limit the formation of toxic free radicals. One portion of meat or fish as a side-dish to a largely vegetarian meal can be eaten once a week. Since not all cancer patients can tolerate raw fruit and vegetables, cereal or dairy products, compromises may occasionally have to be made. However, it is sometimes enough to offer the patient carminative substances such as 1 or 2 drops of caraway oil or Pascopankreat. Seriously ill patients should eat a little and often. For example, the complete foods available for babies are good for them.
Changing dietary habits usually results in a marked improvement in the metabolic condition of cancer patients. The intestinal environment improves and there is a change in the gut flora. As we know, this is significant with regard to immunobiological processes involving the intestines.
1. b) Symbiosis control
Controlling symbiosis means improving the intestinal environment and the bacteria living there which have entered into a mutual biological relationship (symbiosis) with the human being. The gut is our greatest immune organ, although its importance to the metabolism and immune system is under-estimated time and again. Many diseases originate in the intestine and this is why the doctors of Ancient Egypt coined the saying “Death comes from the gut”. Controlling symbiosis without a change of diet is not very promising because the bacterial composition of our gut does depend on what we take in daily as food.
Hence a change of diet is always the prerequisite for successful symbiosis control. The aim of this control is to restore the bacterial flora of the gut to normal as quickly as possible, thereby improving the intestinal environment, the detoxifying function of the gut and utilization of food by the gut. lntestine-dependent immunity is also enhanced.
1. c) Removing foci
What is a focus? lt is an inflammatory process which, though often imperceptible, can exert remote effects on other organs or organ systems. lf such a focus is not removed, important immune centers in our bodies can become paralysed for a long time. lt is an important law of Nature that any continuous, chronic irritation will have a paralysing effect. A patient with foci will often be in a state of regulatory blockade, will hardly ever get a fever, for instance, and therefore imagines he is extremely healthy. However, any biological treatment is unlikely to prove successful until this regulatory blockade is lifted. A focal burden is very commonly present in cancer patients, in particular.
In our experience, the most important and most dangerous foci for cancer patients are undoubtedly in the teeth and tonsils. When starting treatment we therefore recommend a pantomogram of the teeth to be taken because this provides the best overall view. Even patients with no teeth should be X-rayed because we have had so many surprises in the form of broken off roots or impacted wisdom teeth. Any dead or root-filled tooth and any impacted wisdom tooth, but also teeth with large mucosal pockets should be regarded as potential foci and definitely extracted. Similarly we have amalgam fillings or other metal combinations removed from the mouth. Various combinations of metals in the mouth lead to micro-currents, which are seen as negligible by scientific medicine. However, given that there are important autonomic centers of the brain located above the pharyngeal fornix and these also operate with currents, we cannot simply dismiss the possibility that currents originating from various metal combinations in the mouth may mask and interfere with these cerebral currents.
As far as the tonsils are concerned, our own experience is that in adults the tonsils have usually degenerated and been subject to chronic inflammation and that many cancer patients derive great benefit from the removal of tonsils which often appear perfectly normal and uninfected. Many patients even claim to feel “reborn” after a tonsillectomy. Scientific studies by Matzker and Guettich emphasize the importance of tonsillectomy for cancer patients.
1. d) Treatment of residual toxicoses
By residual toxicoses we mean the fact that many an infection that confronts us during the course of our lives is not completely cured, for instance because febrile reactions failed to develop or were suppressed by medication. We assume that some of ihe invading pathogens remain in the body, are stored in the system of basic regulation and cause such residual toxicoses – pathological irritants which constantly disrupt the defensive and detoxifying systems of the body. In my view, allowing febrile reactions to take place or actually inducing fever gives us a possibility of influencing such processes.
1. e) Huneke’s neural therapy to eliminate interference fields
We learned from Huneke that any scar can be an interference field which exerts remote effects in a similar way to a focus. Consequently we ought to inject procaine or a similar local anaesthetic beneath every scar in order to block out potential interference fields. Scars resulting from dental extraction or tonsillectomy should be considered in this respect. However, myogelosis can also be an interference field and should be treated accordingly.
1. f) Eliminating stressful environmental influences
In our highly industrialised world we are undoubtedly exposed to a lot of chemical and physical influences from the environment. The air is polluted, our food is poisoned and we can hardly escape these influences. Nevertheless we should endeavor to avoid all harmful influences in our environment as far as possible. This relates particularly to toxins in tea, coffee, alcohol and tobacco, to medicines and X-rays which are not absolutely necessary, but also to other physical influences such as excessive exposure to the sun. In addition, we advise patients to minimize “electric smog” by introducing non-main switches into their bedrooms.
The problem of so-called “earth rays”, which we would include as physical influences, should be mentioned briefly. Opinions differ so widely on the question of earth rays and no-one can say exactly whether or not they really exist. In case of doubt, we advise our patients to move their bed to a different position if they have slept in a certain place for years and have been ill there. We will have nothing to do with devices or covers which are claimed to eliminate interference. This is because patients are being robbed of their money for products that are often totally ineffective, without their sleeping situation really changing.
1. g) Eliminating stressful emotional influences
The influences that come from the emotional or psychological sphere have a pointed significance and are usually under-estimated by the patient or, more often, are not perceived as a real problem to be taken seriously. The new research field of psychoneuroimmunology now shows there are some connections between flawed emotional development and its influence on our autonomic nervous system and hence the body’s immunity. Very long-standing emotional influences, such as problems in childhood, dissatisfaction at work, marriage difficulties and similar, can exert an enormous influence on our subconscious without our noticing anything. Anyone for whom life is unconsciously a burden logically has no real reason to get well. This is why emotional stresses really should be exposed and brought to the attention of patients so Ihat they have a chance to get rid of their unhealthy effects. Patients who are unwilling to work on themselves in this area and will only put their trust in biological or some other medicines are throwing away a great opportunity!
2. Removing secondary damage
2.a) Mesenchymal therapy
As we have seen, the mesenchymal system or the basic system according to Pischinger plays a very important role in resisting disease. This is why we carry out a treatment which is aimed at this system of basic regulation. This is done with specific medicines which we might expect to have a positive effect on the mesenchyma.
2.b) Enzyme supplementation
Time and again we find that our cancer patients complain of symptoms of digestive insufficiency, e.g., meteorism, pressure and fullness in the epigastrium. In these cases we recommend administering digestive enzymes. The pharmaceutical industry offers a wide variety of these. Patients should also take herbal remedies that stimulate the body’s production of enzymes (e.g., PASCOPANKREAT NOVO), which normalize bowel function and increase the patient’s appetite.
2.c) Supplementation of important minerals, trace elements and vitamins
As mentioned, our diet contains a large amount of environmental toxins but also substances which are only converted into poisons once inside our bodies, e.g., nitrosamines. This is why, in principle, we give our patients protective vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, as well as B vitamins and the trace elements selenium, zinc and magnesium.
The so-called “free radicals“, which form as a result of many chemical reactions in the body, but which also damage the body’s cells when exposed to radiation, can be rendered harmless with the aid of these protective substances. Patients who require radiotherapy or chemotherapy can greatly benefit from this therapy if they use these protectants specifically during their conventional therapy and under medical supervision. Unfortunately, very many doctors in hospitals and general practice are still totally unaware of current research findings about substances that protect against free radicals and therefore reject them out of sheer ignorance, to the detriment of their patients. A doctor who says to a patient, “1 don’t think much of that”, is simply revealing that he knows nothing about the subject.
2.d) Drainage treatment methods to promote detoxification
Promoting detoxification is a key aspect of basic therapy. There are a number of options, but the doctor’s choice must be based on the individual case of disease. As the simplest methods, saunas, Schlenz baths, taking lime-blossom tea or herbal and homeopathic remedies to stimulate detoxification via the liver, kidneys, skin and mucosa have proved effective. However, a wide variety of skin-irritating techniques (cupping, cantharidal or blistering paper, etc.) can be used, depending on the patient’s constitution.
2.e) Schliephake’s auto-hormone therapy
By auto-hormone therapy we mean shocking the autonomic centers of the brain with short waves. The purpose of this therapy is to stimulate these autonomic centers so that they function normally again because they often appear to be impaired in their functioning.
3. Removing the cancerous environment and the reaction blockade
3.a) Ozone therapy – HOT – Oxygen multi-step therapy
Ozone therapy and HOT (hematogenic oxidation therapy) are two methods used in a complementary and alternating fashion in an attempt to improve the internal environment. It is well known that ozone reacts in the blood with certain fats, giving rise to ozone peroxides, which, in cells where the function of oxidation enzymes is disturbed, takes over their oxidation-catalyst role. The oxygen supply to the individual cell is thereby improved. HOT works in a similar way. Elderly patients, in particular, benefit from oxygen multi-step therapy (after Ardenne) which they can actually perform at home. The necessary equipment can be obtained from good medical supplies shops and the medical oxygen can be usually being bought from drink retailers. The patient should inhale the oxygen daily for no less than 2 hours at a time and should keep mentally active while doing so and physically active at the end of the session.
3.b) Active fever therapy
Cooley, Issels and others have found active fever therapy particularly effective in cancer treatment; we made the same experience. We use it to break through reaction blockade, speed up the elimination of toxins from the body and especially to stimulate the immune system generally. Unlike passive hyperthermia, where the body or the tumor is heated up from outside by appropriate devices, active fever therapy is not so much a matter of killing tumor cells by raising the temperature: temperatures of around 43’C would have to be generated in the cancerous tissue in order to do this and it cannot be achieved by active fever therapy.
The advantage of this particular therapy, compared with passive overheating from the outside, is that a whole range of immunological phenomena are triggered which have a very positive effect on the course of the disease. In our clinic we induce fever by intravenous administration of bacterial lipopolysaccharides. We must stress, however, that this form of treatment must be performed by an experienced doctor because serious complications can arise if the relevant contraindications have been ignored.
3.c) Administration of proteolytic enzymes
All our patients receive proteolytic enzymes such as Wobe-Mugos. We have known for several years that there are close links between inflammation, fibrinolysis, thrombolysis and metastasis formation. With the aid of these enzymes we try to break down harmful proteins produced by the tumor cell because one of the functions of these proteins is to help the cancerous cell protect itself perfectly against attack from the immune system.
3.d) Homeopathic adjuvant therapy
Therapists well-versed in homeopathy will obviously carry out homeopathic adjuvant therapy, depending on the case concerned. There is not enough space here to detail the possibilities offered by homeopathic therapy.
To summarize, the aim of basic therapy is to identify and eliminate as fully as possible the individual harmful factors affecting the patient and to restore a normal environment and normal regulation. This process must form the basis for any kind of cancer treatment and can easily be combined with conventional cancer therapy, thereby reinforcing its positive effects and lessening its negative effects.
The psychological care of cancer patients is particularly important. Simply talking openly with patients about their problems as well as their illness, but also about death and dying, is an important first step. Autogenic training, deep relaxation exercises, visualization exercises (Simonton) and meditation techniques can also be beneficial. We know that cancer patients are frequently isolated because neither their family nor their doctor are prepared to talk openly to them about their disease. Absolute honesty and dealing frankly with the patient must be the doctor’s highest precept. This is the only way of bringing patients out of their isolation and showing them a way of living positively and purposefully with and despite their illness.
Le Shan, B. Siegel, Simonton, Lerner and many other authors have laid great emphasis on the link between emotional problems and the development of a tumor. Anyone wishing to look into this subject in more depth would be well advised to consult the relevant literature because, in this brief survey, it is impossible to cover all aspects of this very important part of the strategy for treating cancer. More than average co-operation is needed from patients in this respect if they are to make use of their opportunities. A doctor can merely give encouragement and show possible ways forward; the patient has to make the journey himself. Unfortunately, most patients fail to appreciate that fact, many become ever more demanding instead of really exploiting what is there. Psychotherapy in the widest sense also means patients finding out about their disease for themselves, for which self-help groups can provide the first place of refuge.
III Immune Therapy
Relatively little is yet known about immunological resistance to cancer. However, in the case of malignant tumors which have spontaneously regressed, it has been noted that the proportions of the macrophages and natural killer cells in the nonspecific immune system are particularly important. For instance, the number of macrophages in a gram of tissue from a tumor which is in a state of spontaneous regression is five times higher than when in a state of malignant growth. The immune system alone is probably not capable of coping with a larger tumor. When larger tumors have spontaneously regressed, several phenomena – not merely of immunological origin – have usually been observed.
Merely carrying out immune treatment for cancer without the basic therapy described above would be inadvisable. Basic therapy really must provide the foundation for any kind of cancer treatment. As long as the body’s regulatory mechanisms are blocked, any attempt to bring the immune system into the battle against the tumor is bound to fail. On the contrary: we now know that specific circulating antibodies, for instance, block the cytotoxic influence of cellular defense mechanisms by the formation of antigen-antibody complexes. In effect, the tumor causes the immune system to inactivate itself. 1 would therefore strongly advise against uncritical use of immune-stimulant substances. These can trigger reactions which lead to complete blockade of the body’s defense mechanisms and effectively speed up tumor growth.
Based on our experience, treatment with fresh thymus extracts (e.g., Original THX as proposed by Dr. Sandberg) is strongly recommended. Thymus therapy must not be used as long-term treatment and it must be adapted to the individual patient. Treatment with mistletoe extract is helpful in many cases (but not all!). In our clinic treatment with high-dose mistletoe infusions, which we give in combination with other infusions by a very specific method, has proved effective.
Current research in this area is constantly opening up new therapeutic approaches, e.g., treatment with cytokines (interferons, interleukins), with special antibodies or with modified resistance cells. lt is far beyond the scope of this short survey to look at all these diverse new possibilities, which may also be worth using in conjunction with conventional methods.
In conclusion, immune therapy demands a great deal of knowledge, experience and very precise observation of a patient’s reactions and therefore must be applied on an individual basis and only by an experienced physician. Successful immune therapy can halt the development of a tumor or even cause it to regress, markedly improving the patient’s general well-being.
IV Conventional Therapy
The conventional treatment methods – surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone therapy – have been constantly improving in recent years and, if used in a carefully targeted way, are thoroughly justified. lt is certainly wrong to reject these methods as a matter of principle merely because one prefers to be treated in a basically biological way. Biological therapy must not be seen as an alternative, but it must always be a complementary therapy to all the other conceivable and familiar forms of treatment.
As mentioned above, biological therapy must form the basis of any type of cancer therapy, but in the majority of cases it is not enough on its own to halt tumor growth effectively. At the same time it must be said that the conventional forms of treatment, particularly chemotherapy, are too often overvalued by many orthodox clinicians and too frequently administered when they are inappropriate. In a remarkable article, Professor G. Nagel stated that the problem of over-treatment is increasingly being encountered in the palliative care situation. He attributes this kind of over-treatment largely to personal motives. These include the fact that some doctors are poorly informed, they over- or underestimate the effects and side-effects of the treatment, they display an uncritical acceptance of study results which have been published too early, they lack an understanding of the value of meaningful palliative cancer therapy because they are in the autistic grip of a scientifically orientated, quantifying way of thinking and furthermore they have an exclusive view of themselves as the healing doctor.
lt is extremely important to apply strict diagnostic criteria when using conventional treatment methods and to integrate them meaningfully and individually into the therapeutic approach. This obviously requires appropriate experience on the part of the doctor, who must be as knowledgeable about orthodox medicine as about biological healing methods. As a rule, all conventional treatment methods have negative effects on the condition of the patient’s immune system. The worst of these is radiotherapy, which is why strict demands must be placed on its use. On the other hand, we know that low-dose chemotherapy, even as part of immune therapy, can be used in many cases when the immune system is blocked by an excess of suppressor cells. In some circumstances, chemotherapy would even help to improve the patient’s immune condition, however paradoxical that may sound.
Cancer therapy according to the approach outlined here requires a great deal of experience on the part of the doctor. The most important objective must be to find the best possible treatment strategy for each individual patient. We should strive for a synthesis between scientific medicine and experience-based healing and should always check which of the well-known treatment methods – conventional and unconventional – can be used meaningfully for that particular patient in order to provide the greatest help. Since cancer is a multi-factorial condition, treatment has to go beyond merely removing the tumor. lnstead, multi-component treatment must be employed in an attempt to restore order to the disrupted regulatory cycles in the body because these disruptions appear to be a causal factor in tumor formation. In this respect, oncological after-care should not be confined to the usual follow-up examinations, as it has been hitherto, but all patients who have undergone successful surgery should immediately be offered treatment to strengthen their immune system. lt should no longer be the case that patients are thrown into a state of absolute despair simply because scientific medicine has nothing more to offer. We have a whole range of patients whose conventionally incurable tumors have shown lasting and complete regression on biological therapy alone. This fact shows that the body has effective defensive mechanisms against cancer and gives us our justification for carrying out a treatment that activates these mechanisms and thereby helps the patient to help himself. For sound theoretical reasons, we are more or less obliged to regard this all-embracing therapy with biological treatment methods as an integral part of optimum cancer therapy.
Wolfgang Woeppel, M. D.
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