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On Alternative Cancer Programs

 
 
edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Sat 12 Jun, 2004 07:42 am
I have used Cansema Tonic III and find it a marvelous product. It helped me tremendously in the struggle I have been engaged in. Unfortunately, I discovered it too late. The product became unavailable shortly after I began using it.
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edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Thu 17 Jun, 2004 07:42 pm
Here is Alpha-Omega's latest public utterance:
This is the first major change to our site since September 17, 2003. At this time the criminal defense attorney for Greg Caton, the founder of Alpha Omega Labs, whom many of you knew as "James Carr" (a pseudonym that Greg chose to keep AO separate from his work as the founder of Lumen Foods - also known as soybean.com), has instructed everyone at Alpha Omega Labs to refrain from discussing the specifics of the case until after Mr. Caton's sentencing hearing in Lafayette, Louisiana on August 24, 2004.
Not only have we had to turn down requests from the media for "our side of the story," but we have had to refrain (and this is the painful part) from giving a full accounting to our customers -- most of whom already know our side of the situation, but have had to share our anguish, as well.
Unrelated Note: We continue to get email from customers who have purchased product from one of our former distributors, Rising Sun Health in Livingston, Montana. We wish to reiterate, as we have in past emails, that we do NOT support any product made or distributed by this company. We intend to seek legal redress for all violations of our property rights and an accountability for their comments about Alpha Omega Labs and its products.
In the meantime, we are placing the bulk of our energies on re-establishing new research and manufacturing facilities.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 19 Jun, 2004 08:41 pm
Herbal Nightmare: Part One

Alternative medicine is a popular way to treat just about any ailment. Each year, billions are spent in the United States on alternative treatments. News 8 has a warning for anyone who's ever considered trying one.

Many herbal treatments are not regulated or tested by the FDA. While most of them are benign, News 8 uncovered one that is dangerous. If you've ever considered treating yourself with a so-called natural product, you need to read this report.

From a distance it's difficult to tell what could be wrong with 49-year-old nurse, Sue Gilliatt. Two years ago sue purchased a product that would change her face, for the rest of her life.

In the spring of 2001, Gilliatt noticed a small spot on her nose. She worried it might be skin cancer. Her personal physician recommended she see a dermatologist. While she waited for that appointment, she turned to the Internet. "I looked on the internet for conventional and non conventional treatments," she said.

Gilliatt found a website with products that treated skin cancer: Alpha Omega Labs. Its banner reads, "the triumph of medical science over politics and greed."

"It said it would destroy cancerous tissue and that if it got on healthy tissue that it would cause some redness, but wouldn't harm the healthy tissue," she said.

Gilliatt ordered Cansema salve for $49. She applied the cream to the lesion and surrounding tissue and put on a clear bandage. "Everywhere the salve had touched, the skin reacted. I thought it wouldn't harm healthy tissue, so I covered a large area and went to bed," she said. When she woke up the next morning and washed it off, she saw a large scab. Gilliatt said she didn't know what to think, since she was under the impression it wouldn't harm healthy tissue.

A couple of days after applying the Cansema salve, Gilliatt applied another product she had purchased over the Internet from another website, an herb called bloodroot. While it didn't sting or burn like the Cansema salve had, she did feel some reactions, noticing her blood pressure was up and that she felt nauseated.

By the time she got to the dermatologist, her nose had been burned away. Cartilage protruded from the place that had been her nose. By that time, Gilliatt says she knew she was in serious trouble.

Since then, she has undergone six operations to reconstruct her nose.

Her story raises a lot of questions: What was in the products she used that would burn her tissue? Who are the people behind the websites? Is it still possible to purchase Cansema salve and bloodroot paste?

Herbal Nightmare: Part Two

It's not often that someone who's had a horrible accident comes forward to tell their story. That's what Sue Gilliatt is doing, after purchasing a toxic salve that burned off her nose. News 8 investigated who is selling the toxic product and what is actually in it.

Gilliatt took matters into her own hands when she noticed a spot on her nose back in 2001. She went on line, while waiting for a dermatologists' appointment, and purchased two herbal products: Cansema salve and bloodroot paste and applied them to the spot, with disastrous results.

The skin on her nose was burned off. All that was left was an open wound and bone and cartilage. So far, she's been through six operations to reconstruct her nose.

"I had to have bone removed from my sternum and cartilage from my rib and also tissue for my nose came from my forehead," she said.

Gilliatt has filed suit against Alpha Omega Labs and Appalachian herbal remedies.

The first thing Gilliatt had to know was what was in those products. Her attorney, John Muller, had the Cansema salve and bloodroot paste sent to a Texas lab for analysis. What they found was shocking.

The Armstrong forensic lab report revealed the Cansema salve had a high level of zinc chloride - acidic enough to burn skin. In the bloodroot paste, they also found a high level of zinc chloride, considered very potent and toxic to cell structures.

Gilliatt believes the makers of the products might have confused zinc chloride with zinc oxide. "To a layperson, when you see zinc chloride you're going to think zinc oxide for baby rash. Zinc chloride is made by pouring hydrochloric acid over zinc. It's an acid product," she said.

Hydrochloric acid is also found in another product, H30, sold by Alpha Omega Labs. It was used on a Texas woman after she had a hysterectomy. She claims she nearly died.

So who is behind Alpha Omega Labs? The Food and Drug Administration decided to find out. They raided the headquarters in Lake Charles, Louisiana and discovered it was run by Greg Caton, a convicted felon.

FDA agents discovered a cache of weapons on Caton's property, so he was jailed on charges of violating terms of his parole. The Alpha Omega website is shut down.

News 8 tried to reach Greg Caton, but his attorney would make no comment about Sue Gilliatt or Alpha Omega Labs. Monte Ray, the attorney for the man who sold the bloodroot paste, says his client, Reverend Dan Raber, is not selling the bloodroot paste anymore. Ray also said Reverend Raber intends to apply the bloodroot to his arm during the upcoming trial and show that it is safe.

In the meantime, Gilliatt's lawsuit against both Reverend Raber and Greg Caton is moving forward. John Muller, her attorney, says it's been a painful lesson.

"I think you have to be careful about the Internet. It's a great big world and you don't really know who you're dealing with, certainly you don't know if they have your interest at heart," he said. Gilliatt says that while she believes alternative treatments should be available, she says to exercise caution.

Some of the money from Alpha Omega Labs may be in numbered accounts in the Bahamas. Gilliatt and her attorney are going forward with their lawsuit.

Unfortunately, it is still possible to buy those products on other websites. If you want some tips on how to buy products over the internet safely, click here.

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Note from edgarblythe:
The woman with the nose made two fundamental errors. She did not consult a doctor first, and she did not follow the directions with the Cansema and the bloodroot product. Cansema says to use only enough to put an opaque cover over the skin cancer and not to cover a larger area than a quarter coin size. Clean it after 24 hours with hydrogen peroxide. After that, continue to clean and bandage for up to two weeks. Adding the other product on top the next day violated the instructions. She didn't even know what was wrong with her nose and she used the product anyway. Thousands of persons used Cansema for years without such a problem. Why this one had that result, I wish I knew.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jul, 2004 09:05 am
the saga of Cansema

For a truer picture of Caton's legal woe, and discussion of Cansema products, click on the link.
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edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Tue 20 Jul, 2004 09:23 am
On Treating Cancer at Home


Here is a very good site for the curious.
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Joeblow
 
  1  
Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2004 03:46 pm
Edgar, I tried the Treating Cancer at Home link the other day and again just now, but it's not working.

If it's not a hassle, could you try again?

Thanks.
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edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2004 04:36 pm
http://www.life-enthusiast.com/
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edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Tue 24 Aug, 2004 06:05 pm
Cansema products were taken away from us. Now, I am proud to say, the are available via this site:
http://health.centreforce.com/health/cansema.html
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 28 Aug, 2004 08:39 am
--- ####### wrote:
We recently ordered a topical tumour poultice from Self health
> resources (Dr. Clark products) that has wintergreen, dmso, vit A
> among other ingredients...will let you know how effective it is.

Hi #######,

I used Dr. Clark's topical tumor treatment with excellent results a
couple of years ago. I had a mole drastically change overnight, it
grew, itched and I think it was bleeding. As a cancer survivor I was
really concerned and immediately applied the treatment that morning.

Within two weeks time you would never had known anything was there.
To this day I can't find the exact spot where the mole was...there is
no scar.

I should add that I took a shower later that day after I applied the
poultice and even though I had it covered with plastic, most of it
washed off.

Yet, it still worked.

All the best,

@@@@@,
5 year survivor breast cancer thanks to Dr. Clark, refused chemo,
radiation and all drugs
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edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Sat 28 Aug, 2004 08:41 am
I recieved the Australian version of Cansema Tonic III yeasterday. I feel much better knowing I once again have control of what I can and can't have.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 7 Sep, 2004 08:18 pm
http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/stories/1744.asp

www.drholtsupport.com

The doctor many believe can cure cancer
9 August 2004
Reporter: Ray Martin

Over a period of 30 years, highly qualified Perth-based surgeon Dr
John Holt has had some startling successes with a radio-wave therapy
treatment for cancer patients.

However, this radical treatment has polarised the medical community
in Australia. His supporters say he's been vilified, while his
detractors point out there is no scientific basis for his claims.

Elvina Johnson had a lot of living to do when she was told she had an
aggressive form of bone cancer. At 18, doctors discovered she had
a "galaxy of tumours". She lost her leg and underwent intensive chemo
treatment to try and stop it spreading. Her cancer was so severe that
she relapsed soon after.

"It was through both of my lungs and by that stage it was pretty
terminal," she told Ray Martin.

Elvina was desperate. Quite by chance she heard about a cancer
specialist with a highly controversial procedure.

"By taking the chance and finding this man, I am here six years later
and probably feeling better than ever, so I have had a rebirth," she
said.

Dr Holt's controversial treatment works, in layperson's terms, by
giving the patient an injection of a glucose-blocking agent. He then
shines "radio waves" into the body at a specific frequency. Dr Holt
doesn't guarantee it will cure every cancer, but it's not expensive
and there's no quackery about it.

Born in Bristol 80 years ago and a member of the Royal Colleges, Dr
Holt has 26 medical letters after his name. For more than a decade he
was in charge of Western Australia's main cancer institute, until the
late '70s, when he was blacklisted by his medical colleagues and
politicians.

"The doctors took up such an action initially, they said the
treatment was fake and useless," said former WA Premier John Tonkin.
But Tonkin added, "There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that this
is the most advanced form of cancer treatment in the world today."

The polarisation of the medical and scientific community in Perth
over Dr Holt's treatment has been evident since the mid-'70s.

"It is an unproven form of cancer treatment and it's not part of the
armoury of orthodox ways of treating cancer in Australia," said Clive
Deverill, the former boss of WA's Cancer Council. "Equally, there are
legions of patients who have been down that track who can't say
anything about their position because they're dead."

While the medical community continues to argue the merits of Dr
Holt's unorthodox measures, the families of his successes feel they
owe everything to this gentle man.

After two brain tumours and a tumour on her spine, Sophia Rosa was
sent by pre-eminent brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo for the radical
treatment. Two years later, the only sign Sophia had cancer are the
side-effects from the massive doses of chemotherapy given in Sydney.

"Sometimes I think maybe Sophia's reason for getting sick was so
people would know about Doctor Holt," said Louisa Raso, Sophia's mum.
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edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Tue 7 Sep, 2004 08:36 pm
As we talk about diets that can heal cancer and other diseases,
another one to add is the Ann Wigmore or Living Foods Diet, also
called the Garden Diet.

http://annwigmore.com/

This diet is vegetarian with lots of raw foods plus wheat grass juice.
All of these healing diets, Budwig, Gerson or Wigmore, eliminate junk
foods, meats of any kind, sugar, white flour, white rice, processed
foods, margarine, drugs, alcohol. These diets all emphasize eating
fresh foods, freshly picked, and freshly made, no leftovers. In many
other countries, people either buy their fruits and vegetables each
morning from a farmers' market or grow their own.

People in areas of the world that still eat naturally, walk or ride a
bike instead of driving cars, get out into the fresh air & sunshine
each day without sunglasses get far less cancer, heart and other
diseases than the U.S.

Of course, there are some people who have the right genes that allow
them to eat anything and survive, but many do not. That's when a
healthy diet along with detoxing the body can make a major difference.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 8 Sep, 2004 04:49 am
It must be noted from time to time on this thread that I did not write much of the information. I'm passing it on without assigning credit, since I don't have permission to use it.


A speaker at the Cancer Control Society - this past weekend - who used
the black salve to save his lower arm from a nasty melanoma (pictures
galore - ug!) stated quite clearly that one absolutely had to be
receiving pain management medications from one's Doctor - the black
salve is very painful.

He also stated that many MDs did feel they had the responsibility of
helping with pain management (heavy-duty drugs) in this situation,
especially if it had been made very clear that one was not going to do
the conventional treatment. His arm, even though the pictures showed a
hole down to the bone, is fully healed. He had and has a tattoo which is
and was shown in the photos next to the hole in his arm.

When I used the black salve on a small BCC on my arm, it stung some, but
raised three small spots around the original biopsy site which was
positive in the margins. After the eschars (?) fell off and I had the
skin removed (nice scar!), the pathology came out negative. I do
remember that it stung a bit, but I certainly can understand that a
large eschar would be very painful.
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Clary
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2004 12:33 am
I haven't looked through this thread extensively but I wondered if you had heard of Reishi mushrooms - Chinese wonder-mushrooms which are not magic in the accepted sense, but have been shown to reduce tumours and otherwise help cancer patients. I met a man who is curing himself of AIDS through their use yesterday, and there is a book about them - they do seem amazing!
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 9 Sep, 2004 04:44 am
I haven' heard of this, although mushrooms are at the forefront of Japanese research, the shitaki and maitaki.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 12 Sep, 2004 09:23 am
Hello All!
I am new to this forum and have been enjoying reading the
postings. Thank you to all who have contributed such beneficial
information. Now I would like to just mention a treatment I
personally have found to be quite effective in stopping cancer dead
in it's tracks. It involves taking a combination of supplements
geared toward flooding the body with O2, also alkalizing it heavily,
and destroying the cancer cells. The protocal is outlined in the
book THE CALCIUM FACTOR. The list of supplements includes cesium
chloride which is one of the most caustic mineral salts known to man
(it is an EXTREME alkalixer). And, as you probably know cancer will
die when the extracellular fluids are alkaline. Anyway, the protocal
also uses DMSO to deposit more deeply the cesium into the
bloodstream, the bones, etc. After application dermally, the DMSO
enters the bloodstream within 5 minutes, and the bones within 15
minutes! Now you can understand why it is so effective in carrying
the cesium into the system. Just be prepared for the short-term burn
on your skin--a small price to pay for a cure. Also, make sure and
add potassium to your supplement regimen--very important to avoid
any problems with the cesium. Good Luck! Oh, by the way, the book
was written by Bob Barefoot and Dr. Carl Reich. Take care-Linda

Hi #####,

No offense meant, because I am sure you are trying to help, but I want to
let you know that although that book says that you will be cured in 30 days, it
is not very likely. It is always possible, I suppose, but I have been
working with cesium with my clients for years, and it just doesn't happen the way
that book says it happens. I have worked with hundreds of people, and
although many people have been happy with the results, I have not often seen it
happen like that.

The reason I say this, is that I get calls from very many people who have
read the book, and followed the instructions, and have problems, and need help.
Most are devastated that they are not cured in 30 days.

You also have to be very careful with cesium, and it is not as simple as
just taking it. Many have side effects with the cesium. Many have problems with
the potassium. Too much or too little potassium can be lethal. You really
have to know what you are doing. Also, cesium is not a magic bullet. There
are so many other things that a person needs to do, to improve their chances
of getting good results.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2004 09:13 am
A new poster to a forum I am on. I will post some of the replies she recieves, if they are meritous.



I have a brain tumor that is in critical deep part of my brain. It is
growing again and neuro wants to operate again but there are more risks now
given all the scar tissue from the first surgery. Right now I am looking
into any alternative that I can with hopes of delaying this surgery and
finding alternative measures. I am pretty open to all things right now
please help thanks
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edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2004 01:00 pm
Reply #1
I assume that this is a primary in the brain and not metastatic to
the brain. It is usually not that difficult to deal with brain cancers,
regardless of type. The exceptions include benign tumors, diffuse cancers,
and cancers after extensive conventional treatment. Past surgery shouldn't
thwart your progress unless it contributed to seeding it to critical tissues.
It is necessary to post detailed pertinent information about
yourself, your tumor (including precis of radiology and pathology reports)
and your past treatments. It would be useful to know the recommendations
and rationales for conventional intervention and expected outcome. This is
very important to quickly narrow your alternative treatment options to
those most likely to bring about a sustainable remission.
Are you on decadron? If not and if there is evidence of edema or
inflammation, then boswellia and ibuprofen are very useful tools to buy
yourself time to make sensible decisions.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2004 01:04 pm
And her response:


September 9, 04 (Thursday) first appointment with Dr Lynn #### she said
that the meeting they had with the Gamma Knife Conference everyone concluded
that there has been tumor growth on my brain tumor. She said that during
M.R.I they inject some dye into you to see the contrast and she said this
most recent M.R.I I had done at Good Samaritan hospital, when the dye was
injected into me that there showed a lot of contrast/enhancement/lighting
up, which means that the tumor is growing. There are two subsets with
tumors (low grade or benign, and high grade being anaplastic. She said
fortunately mine is low grade however, that is subject to change at what
time and day they do not know and also rate of growth they do not know and
cannot predict. The actual tumor growth is on the posterior fossa which is
right near the brain stem and actual calcification on brain stem as well.
Dr #### said tumor board is hoping my juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma is
not now progressing/transforming into an anaplastic
which is a more advanced brain tumor. Like she said though, brain tumors
are unpredictable and spontaneous mutations happen all the time in cells
that they cannot explain. Transformations over time? They cannot predict.
The main risk with having an operation now though would be the fact that I
have all that scar tissue in there from my initial surgery and that
complicates things considerably.
The problem now is the area of tumor that is compressing that fourth
ventricle is at a very critical part of the brain since there is
swelling/edema there now she said there is not a lot of room to play with.
She said that is such a thin channel for cerebrospinal fluid to flow.

She said there will be a tumor board meeting this Monday (the 13th) and she
said there will be lots and lots of medical opinions for me there (
Neurologists, Pathologists, Neuropathologists, Radiologists, Oncologists,
Neuro-Oncologists, Pediatrician Neurologists
Neuropsychologists,Neuroendocrinologists etc.)

She said that the reason to account for all my vomiting is that the tumor is
growing again and it is obstructing the fourth ventricle in the brain. She
said that the fourth ventricle is actually the vomiting center of the brain.
The treatment plan until I decide on surgery or Gamma Knife is to take
Decatron which are steroids and used frequently in brain tumors to reduce
swelling and inflammation. The Gamma Knife she spoke about shortly, she
said basically it is a machine that is designed to deliver a very focused
type of radiation to tumor only. It is also called Stereotactic Radio
Surgery, Gamma Knife, Cyber Knife etc. It is a very high dose of radiation
that delivers very extreme precision. There is no surgery involved.
Surgery there are too many risks including hemorrhaging, brain swelling,
weakness on the opposite side of the body, paralysis, blindness, infection
etc.

My tumor is at a very deep part of my brain and she said she personally
would not operate on me but that she spoke with Dr **** and he would be
willing to perform the surgery. I told her that my original neuro I talked
to when tumor was first discovered said the same thing and would not operate
on me and I actually had to go to another hospital till I found a
neurosurgeon who would. Dr #### said not just anyone would operate on me
given the tumor is located so deep in my brain and on brain stem etc. She
said it is risky and carries high risk of complication. She said I'm lucky
to be living in modern times because back in the old days they would not
even consider an operation given the area of the brain my tumor is. I told
Dr ###
That I was not going to make a decision on what to do until I could get a
second opinion. She recommended someone from tumor board named ++++
who specializes in childhood tumors and follows them through lifetime. My
tumor is considered to be a childhood tumor.
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edgarblythe
 
  1  
Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2004 07:58 pm
Further reply from responer #1:

What is your age? How positive are your physicians of the
diagnosis? Mistakes are often made with this diagnosis. You want to be
sure it is not a medulloblastoma for which there are very effective but
little-known treatments. Do you have a copy of the surgical pathology
report? Do plan ahead to record everything that is discussed at the tumor
board. You must deal with the inflammation. I do fear that it will become
increasingly undifferentiated or anaplastic and this correlates with
inflammation and aneuploidy.
A gamma knife might be a sensible option for you. Should this be
your decision please contact me re sensitizers to increase
efficacy. There are many effective alternative tools for astrocytoma, but
I would like to hear input from the tumor board first.
Below is an e-mail that I pulled from my files that you might find
interesting.

FWD:
Subject: Anaplastic astrocytoma -- protocell with graviola

"**** - Just a note of thanks for your 'labor of love' and
for your ongoing work despite losing -------. You must be
a great friend to many people. I stumbled on your site
after searching info on Graviola, as the many folks I am
involved with who use Protocel (aka Cancell) have recently
been made aware of this amazing extract from the Brazilian
rainforests."


's letter continued:

"I am 39 and was diagnosed with Stage 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma
brain cancer about 16 months ago, and after taking Protocel
for only 5 months, the tumor is absolutely dead and does not
enhance whatsoever. Two neuro-oncologists have told me they
have never seen my kind of result, and I hear that so often
now from others I just take it for granted. I am so grateful
for Protocel, but I am real excited about it being used in
conjunction with Graviola. I have heard of 2-3 cases already
in which the two were used in conjunction and there was tumor
disappearance in literally days -- serious tumors.

It would be good to hear from you, but I wanted you to know
that I admire your tenacity and love of people to go to the
effort to do what you are doing. God bless,"




Scientists find Prozac 'link' to brain tumours
By Steve Connor Science Editor
26 March 2002
Scientists have discovered that Prozac, the antidepressant taken by
millions of people around the world, may stimulate the growth of brain
tumours by blocking the body's natural ability to kill cancer cells.

An international team of researchers led by John Gordon, professor of
immunology at Birmingham University, found evidence to suggest cancer cells
can be killed by "positive thinking", which could be blocked when people
take Prozac.

The study, to be published in the journal Blood next week, examined the
effects of Prozac and other antidepressants on a group of tumour cells
growing in a test tube. The researchers found that the drug prevented the
cancer cells from committing "suicide", thereby leading to a more vigorous
growth of the tumours.

Although an increased risk of cancer has not so far been detected in Prozac
patients, the latest findings could lead to a global re-evaluation of the
drug's long-term safety.

Prozac, a "happiness pill" that was first approved in the United States in
1987, is widely used for the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive
disorder and bulimia nervosa. Doctors in Britain issue about three million
prescriptions for it each year and worldwide sales reached £1.8bn in 1999.

Professor Gordon, whose study was jointly funded by Birmingham University
and the Medical Research Council, emphasised that the results of his study
cannot be taken as proof that Prozac stimulates the growth of tumours.

He said: "Although that extrapolation could be valid, there is no direct
evidence from large-scale epidemiological studies currently to back it up.
However, it's important that we look again and again."

The research work was designed to find new ways of treating lymphomas, a
type of blood cancer, by investigating how the brain communicates with the
immune system to induce "positive thinking" through a neuro-transmitter in
the brain called serotonin.

"Serotonin is a natural chemical that regulates people's moods, keeping
them balanced. Too much serotonin affects appetite and sleep and too little
affects the mood - often causing depression," Professor Gordon said.

Prozac, along with other members of the class of antidepressants known as
selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), works by preventing
serotonin from being quickly reabsorbed by nerve cells in the brain.

The scientists tested other SSRIs such as Paxil and Celexa and found they,
too, had the same effect in stimulating the growth of a type of tumour
known as Burkitt's lymphoma.

"An exciting property of serotonin is that it can tell some cells to
self-destruct. We have found that serotonin can get inside the lymphoma
cells and instruct them to commit suicide, thereby providing the potential
for an effective therapy," Professor Gordon said.

The researchers found that Prozac blocked the entry of serotonin into the
test-tube tumour cells and therefore stopped them from committing suicide.
That raised the question of whether Prozac can do the same in the brains of
people taking the drug.

Professor Gordon said it was still premature to suggest that the drug was
unsafe. "We must stress the effects shown for the SSRI on cancer cells is
indirect and should cause no concern whatsoever to the many millions of
people throughout the world who are prescribed this class of
antidepressants," he said.

Further work is underway to test Prozac further in this field. In
particular, the scientists want to develop drugs that will mimic the
cancer-destroying feature of serotonin which is blocked by Prozac.

A spokeswoman for Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of Prozac, said that the
research is too new for the company to make a detailed response. "It's not
something we can directly comment on because we haven't been involved in
it," she said.
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