LAETRILE THERAPY is probably the best known and most widely publicized of alternative cancer therapies. Laetrile, more than any other substance, epitomizes the scientific and philosophical controversy that has raged between supporters of alternative cancer therapies and the medical establishment.
Background ( It is not a case of eating Apricot kernels as a treatment for cancer as the following paragraph shows.) This last sentence is my insertion
Amygdalin is a member of a group of cyanide-containing substances called nitrilosides, which occur naturally in plants. The terms laetrile and amygdalin are often used interchangeably. Laetrile is a concentrated extract of amygdalin prepared from apricot kernels specifically for cancer therapy. The extraction process was developed by Dr. Ernst Krebs, Jr., who pioneered the use of laetrile in cancer therapy. (17)
The Sloan-Kettering) Cover-up
Ralph W. Moss gives an excellent overview of the political and scientific controversy that has surrounded laetrile in his book The Cancer Industry. He states, "Although spokespersons for orthodox medicine continue to deny that there have been any animal study data in favor of laetrile, this is contradicted by a number of studies, including—but not limited to—those at Sloan-Kettering." (15)
Moss should know, because he was discharged by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center when he revealed an apparent cover-up by authorities at Sloan-Kettering of positive findings about laetrile
Dr. Richard Passwater also reported that some of the positive findings in Sloan-Kettering's laetrile studies were selectively not reported. Also, it appears that some of the laetrile research was deliberately designed to fail. (18)
Controversy and Confusion
According to Ralph Moss, who worked at Sloan-Kettering for several years before being discharged, five years of testing laetrile at Sloan-Kettering ended in controversy and confusion—not a pleasing outcome for the leaders of the world's most prestigious private cancer center. In summary, about twenty experiments with laetrile produced positive results, while only a few experiments produced negative findings.
Sloan-Kettering's Laetrile Report
Finally, at a press conference in June 1977, Sloan-Kettering officials announced to the world the results of over five years of laetrile research. The verdict on laetrile from the respected laboratories of the world's most prestigious cancer research center turned out to be completely one-sided and negative.
Some of the comments by Sloan-Kettering's top administrators at the laetrile press conference (13) were:
We have no evidence that laetrile possesses any biological activity with respect to cancer, one way or the other. —Lewis Thomas, president of Sloan-Kettering
We have no reproducible evidence that amygdalin, or laetrile, is active. —Robert Good, director of Sloan-Kettering
Laetrile has been found absolutely devoid of activity, period. —Daniel Martin, prominent cancer researcher
Essentially, laetrile was pronounced completely ineffective in treating cancer, despite considerable evidence to the contrary.
Laetrile is one of the naturally occurring substances that cannot be patented, making it a true orphan drug. No drug company is interested in committing money to research laetrile's potential. The only answer is good, unbiased government-sponsored research without the type of controversy that accompanied the Sloan-Kettering studies.
These excerpts taken from the report at the link above.
For me personally, I will never rely on just one product to help me beat the cancer I have. Cancer is a very nasty and devious thing, so use everything you can SAFELY use.
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It seems that there are several native bushes used as medicine plants. The Scaevola Spinescens is known by several different names. Another one is a member of the Willow family; I was told about it by a friend who lived in the outback and used it, but not as a cancer treatment.
Here is a link to the Maroon Bush, I have a good supply of this and drink it regularly but would never rely on it to cure a cancer.
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Clinical Oncological Society of Australia
The above web address will take you to their very interesting site, some
excerpts from it are below.
A lot of the information given is about things I knew nothing -- even after a
total of 14 cycles of chemo given in 2 States. The whole article is well worth a read.
HAS ANYONE BEEN GIVEN ANY OF THE INFORMATION THAT IS RECOMMENDED ?
" Patients should be given both written and oral information about their treatment to include all medications, expected side effects, how to take supportive medication and who to contact in the event of an emergency or severe adverse events.
General and specific side effects expected from the treatment to include
Immediate effects (e.g. hypersensitivity reactions, extravasation). Short term effects (e.g. nausea and vomiting, neutropenia, alopecia). Long term effects (e.g. infertility, carcinogenesis, cardiotoxicity). Where appropriate, information about potential teratogenic effect of cytotoxic agents and pregnancy precautions should be given
Occupational health and Safety Precautions Capital spelling in the following sentence is mine.
Chemotherapy is known to be MUTAGENIC, CARCINOGENIC, and TERATOGENIC. It is beyond the scope of this document to address the issues of safe handling and prevention of occupational exposure. Health care professionals should refer to individual state guidance on health and safety related to safe handing of chemotherapy and targeted therapy.
With the wealth of information available through the internet it is useful to provide patients with a list of websites appropriate for them to obtain further evidence based information on their disease and treatment. Information should be given on the first visit and reinforced on subsequent visits. Questions regarding compliance, treatment tolerance, and adverse events must always be addressed at each appointment. Table 3 outlines suggested information that should be provided to patients.
Table 5. Suggested content of treatment plan
Patient name and TWO other unique identifiers (e.g. hospital number, date of birth)
Name of the chemotherapy protocol to be given
The date the it is intended that the treatment commences
Intended duration of treatment and the no of cycles for treatment
Tests to be performed after specified number of cycles
Therapeutic goal of treatment (e.g. curative, palliative) xxxxxxxxxxx
Details of other therapeutic modalities i.e. surgery, radiation
Any treatment variations such as dose reductions
If dose reduction occurs then the reduction factor should be clearly documented along with the reason for the reduction. e.g. Dose reduced to 75% of scheduled dose due to diarrhoea. "
MEANINGS OF WORDS.
CARCINOGENIC - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Carcinogenesis or oncogenesis or tumorigenesis is literally the creation of cancer. It is a process by which normal cells are transformed into cancer cells.
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In genetics, a mutagen is a physical or chemical agent that changes the genetic material, usually DNA, of an organism and thus increases the frequency of mutations above the natural background level. As many mutations cause cancer, mutagens are therefore also likely to be carcinogens. Not all mutations are caused by mutagens: so-called "spontaneous mutations" occur due to spontaneous hydrolysis, errors in DNA replication, repair and recombination.
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a drug or other substance capable of interfering with the development of a fetus, causing birth defects.
WITH THE MEANING OF THE TERM ----TERATOGENIC (above), WHY WOULD IT
NOW BE CONSIDERED -- AND IT IS, TO ADMINISTER CHEMO DRUGS TO
PREGNANT LADIES ????
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Australian Oncologists findings with the 14 year research they did, were the reason that Mike Anderson made this film. Here is part of an interview he gave and a link to it.
Excerpts of the interview are below.
If you look, I give statistics at the beginning of the film, it was from a report done by a couple of oncologists in Australia, it looked at clinical trials for a 14-year period, up till 2004. What they showed was the treatments for all of our major cancers are totally ineffective. The unique thing about that study is that they used absolute numbers. That means that absolute versus relative numbers. If you take any study in the cancer industry and translate the results into absolute numbers, you're going to get that dismal result. Like 00000 success and 5-year survival rates for breast, uterine, whatever kind of cancer, cervical, whatever kind of cancer you want. Relative numbers mean just that. They're relative to something else, like a previous study, and they may show improvement. They're not 1 out of 100 people.
I tell people, if you're up for some treatment you've got to go to your physician and say, "Out of 100 people, how many are going to benefit from this?" Well, the physician, let's take tamoxifen for example. The physician will say, "Well, if you take tamoxifen for five years, it's going to reduce your chances of breast cancer recurrence by 40%. That is a bald-faced lie. That's a relative number. If you take the absolute number, it's only 1.6 people out of 100, instead of you get the impression well, 49 people out of 100 are going to benefit from this. But it's only 1.6, and that's what the patient needs to know. That could happen by chance, it's so low. It could be a placebo effect, it's so low.
If anything in this article is indeed not correct, it would be certain that the author would have been in court very quickly. This is an American report - and I think we all know where litigation came from.
I have ordered the DVD from this ebay store, will get it next week.
After about 700 hours of researching cancer, nothing surprises me anymore about the "cancer industry." 5 months ago about all that I really knew of cancer was that you had to have chemo and or radiation to cure it. It has become a near full time job to learn as much as I can about this awful condition. At first a lot of the articles I read I could not believe; then as I read more, and of court cases ( that BIG PHARMA lost ); and whistle-blower from the FDA - the Food and Drug Administration in U.S.A. I had to start believing that what is written is correct. I have been very careful to only believe what comes from a credible source - from cancer research centres etc from different countries.
As I have stage 4 Ovarian cancer that metastasised -3 tumours in my lungs and more evidence ( PET Scan ), of further mets., I thought I had better know what I was dealing with. 14 rounds of chemo later - over 2 years, I was in remission. I know that if I leave it to the oncologists I will be dead in about 2 -3 years. I was told this - but not so bluntly. That means having more chemo which has affected me badly already. I am determined that I can do what a lot of other people have done, and rid myself of cancer by changing the way I eat. Over the last 4 months of chemo I had changed my diet, did not bother telling the oncologist, and he said at one appointment that I was doing " extremely well " I had asked - what can I do to help myself - the answer - Vitamin D. Which I do take in liquid form, along with a lot of other supplements.
Knowledge is power - so if you want to give yourself a better chance of living, start researching. I made the mistake in thinking - like so many others, that the oncologists would cure us.
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I read your post and feel so sad for you, the treatment plan you have been given seems so drastic and I would be surprised if you could get your head around it. Have you had a second opinion yet - or a third even ? With the possible consequences of this operation that is proposed, it is certainly 'going in hard '
and you are the one who has to live with the consequences. If the Pet scan did not show a cancer mass then it seems that you have time to think this through, and make sure you are making a decision you can be comfortable with. We all have the right to get another opinion regardless of our situation, so don't be afraid to do so.
You take care of yourself, and know that when you make your decision that it is an informed one.
Hugs from Eliza.
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Hi Kaylee, I'm so glad that you are looking outside of what we are told - and so importantly what we are not told by our Oncologists, of what we can do for ourselves in our battle to stay alive. The most important thing to remember is that knowledge is power. Which for me, meant spending an enormous amount of time on the internet researching all ideas on alternate treatments for cancer. And then trying to be very logical in evaluating that information. If the same ideas are put forward by many people then I assume that there is merit to them. Also talking to all the other cancer sufferers I meet about anything they may be doing outside of the conventional chemo and radiotherapy.
I have stage 4 Ovarian cancer which spread to my large intestine, and had a hysterectomy and the large bowel removed. Had 8 lots of chemo, which bought my cancer markers down to 16, but what I was not told was that a spot was left on my liver. 6 months later my markers had gone to 483, and the next lot of chemo started, I've just finished another 8 rounds. My oncologist said I have a 35% chance of surviving up to 5 years. Not good enough for me, I am going to live a lot longer than that. I was lucky enough to meet some people who are practising alternate ideas which gave me the impetus to take charge of my own health - and bless the internet !
My cancer markers have been in the safe zone for the last 2 months, and my Oncologist said I was doing "extremely well" Due, I am sure, to all the things I'm doing to help myself. I am so over chemo, I want my brain - and health back, and will not have anymore chemo.
Hugs and Good luck to you and your Mum and may she soon be feeling a lot better.
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It's so good to find anything that can help us to feel better while having treatment isn't it. I have not heard of the Solanum Incanum your husband is taking; it's great it is having a positive effect. I had my 3rd lot of chemo 2 weeks ago. Before the 1st lot my CA125 was 480, a month later the test was 180, and the last test was down to 59. This is after only 2 lots of chemo - and of taking the Scaevola spinescens. It seems that something is working well. I haven't had a chance to discuss the figures with my oncologist yet so don't know if this is the norm or not. I'm due for a scan soon and that will be the most interesting result to get.
May we all improve our health and have it stay that way!
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Hi Casper, thank-you for your reply, I am so happy for you that your marker has dropped so much. What is a debaulking surgury? I have not heard of this. What stage was the cancer you have - I really dislike the term 'your cancer' - I did not ask for mine, and do not want to keep it! I was diagnosed with stage 4.
Have you used any natural therapies ? My Oncologist, when I asked what I could do to help myself get well again could-or would, only suggest Vit. D. So I'm now taking 5,ooo units a day of liquid D. Seems it is a good cancer fighter, and with all the other things I'm doing to self help, I feel so good I forget that really I'm ill. Long may it stay that way!
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I have been using this plant extract for nearly a month now. Was so lucky to have a friend who spent a
lot of time in the outback of W.A. and knew some of the older Aboriginal people who used this plant as
a medicine. We spent 12 hours looking for it, were just about to give up the search ( we'd been told where to go to find it ) when we stumbled across it. I now have a good supply to last for some months, thank goodness. Since taking the medicine I have been feeling so much healthier, and will be
interested to see what difference it has made to my CA125 count when the next bloods are taken this
next week. Am hoping that my Oncologist will be suprised at a difference in the results ! !
If you Google -- Scaevola Spinescens - a traditional 'bush medicine' that will take you to a heap of
info about the plant and where it can be bought. We've been told of the effect it has had on people our friends know and as I'm not prepared to put all my faith in just chemo ( on my second lot now ) I have
Ovarian cancer and was given 6 months maximum to live if I did not have more chemo. I also have changed my diet, take a lot of supplements a naturapath recommended, and take Alkala N to alkalize my
gut.As I'm not interested in dying I'm hitting this cancer with everything I can. Hope this helps,
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Hi, I've read the posts in the Community but this is the first time I've attempted to join in. My name is Eliza, and I have Ovarian cancer, diagnosed early last year while on holiday in Tasmania. Major
surgery and 8 Chemo. treatments later ( in Vic) my Ca125 marker had gone down to 16. We came back to W.A., had a check-up and found the markers had started to go up again so I'm now back having
chemo. It surely is a nasty cancer, and has spread, but I'm determined that I will beat it. I have asked the oncologists I have seen for any advice on what I can do to help myself, but drew a big blank. So, back to the computer, and the Cancer Council. Thank goodness for all the info - and help that is available.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.