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NANOTECH, CHEMOTHERAPY, CANCER, AND SOME PERSONAL MEMORIES

Consider the following article:

A loose grip provides better chemotherapy 

This bit of news carries particular poignancy for me, as I lost my youngest sister Jeanie in 2000 to a glioblastoma, an always fatal form of malignant brain tumor that grows and propagates along the furrows and wrinkles in the brain, and which is thus inoperable. In seventh grade, we were made to read John Gunther's Death be Not Proud, a non-fiction account of a family's desperate struggle to save their son's life from a glioblastoma. Thus, when the doctors came out from my sister's initial surgery at Doctors' Osteopathic hospital in Tulsa, and said to my family that they had found a glioblastoma, and managed to cut it all out, my family, of course, rejoiced. The surgeon did not, at that point, elect to tell them what a glioblastoma meant. I knew, from having read Gunther's book so long before.

I got up and left the waiting room, clearly disturbed, and my sister's oldest son, my nephew Tony, followed me out and asked me what was wrong, and what they weren't saying. I felt he deserved to know, so I told him. Eventually, of course, the rest of the family found out.

Over the next two years, as we watched my sister gradually fade from the ball and bundle of life and energy to an invalid, her husband Mike and I searched desperately for alternative or new cutting edge therapies, and eventually, we found one: a method of injecting platinum-based chemotherapy solutions directly into the tumor by running a catheter through the skull and into it. We discovered, to our pleasant surprise, that St. John's Hospital in Tulsa was then one of only three places licensed to perform the technique, so new was it.

We scheduled Jeanie for the treatment, and I vividly remember standing in the room after the treatment, with her primary physician, her husband, and I, looking at the x-rays taken one day after the treatment. The doctor's jaw was open in disbelief, and he stood in shocked silence.

The tumor was completely black. It was dead.

I turned to him and said, "This is one for the medical books and journals, doctor." He shook his head, and said "No one would believe it."

Jeanie died a few weeks later, not from a glioblastoma, but from - as I recall - "complications arising from a glioblastoma." In this case, the procedure had nicked a blood vessel, and she had died actually of a brain hemmorage.

The doctor's response to me - "No one would believe it" - and the subsequent statement on the death certificate (as best as I can recall it), led me then to believe that we had another case of a "scientific orthodoxy" suppressing observation in the name of theory. Glioblastomas are incurable. Period. THat's the theory, based on long observation. They don't die, nothing kills them. Yet, there we were, staring at x-rays of a dead glioblastoma, the result of a radical procedure, that - did I mention this? - we discovered not in a medical journal but in an article in a journal of metallurgy! What a wonderful way to disguise a new treatment!

So the above article has particular poignancy for me, for from the sounds of it, similar treatments are now being discussed in the open literature.  One can only hope and earnestly pray, that these treatments will lead to a cure for the disease with which so many people suffer.

5 thoughts on “NANOTECH, CHEMOTHERAPY, CANCER, AND SOME PERSONAL MEMORIES”

  1. Isis smells the burning tar
    misfortune guides the magi’s star
    hopeless breaks the day begins
    volatile scents from endless grins
    into the abyss of wandering sums
    but there is redemption even here
    where shadows slink in endless tears
    and night abides in blackened biers

  2. the problem, is that instead of govt. being effectively petitionable
    by the people and their elected representatives, the laws that
    need changing allow people to be part of regulation of an industry
    that they are a part of or have interest and stock in.

    If such cross relationships were prohibited, govt. would not be
    limiting our options in cancer cure search for very long. All
    the big govt. problems were created by the cancer etc. industry,
    that doesn’t want any cure or they will be out of business.

  3. There are many alternatives to the so called orthodox methods of healing cancer, but the easiest seems to be to keep the body ph at 7 to 7.5 on the alkaline side. Cancer thrives in an acidic environment and can’t survive when the body is alkaline, as it was designed to be. Proper diet and some natural sodium bicarbonate a day will insure the correct ph.
    The main problem seems to be that medicine has become an enormous industry, full of vested interests that are concerned with the bottom line rather than eliminating the causes of the diseases. Together with big government regulation of the health industry, this is the perfect prescription to keep everyone sick and overpaying. Most of what passes for health care is the treating of symptoms instead of the causes.
    The March of Dimes learned this lesson and had to scramble to find a new reason for existing after the “cure” for polio was found. Since then, war has been waged decade after decade on numerous diseases with hundreds of millions thrown into research for finding the elusive cure that’s always just around the corner.
    The solution would seem to be removing all the legal impediments to patients being able to find alternate forms of treatment and care for their illness. After all, who has a greater stake in their finding the right procedure then they themselves. Why should anyone believe that any coercive system could ever prove more successful in solving problems than one that allows for freedom of choice for each individual?

  4. cancertutor.com is a good site with information on alternative treatments of even stage 4 cancers. one key clue: tumors thrive in an acidic environment, and are more acidic than healthy cells. they are killed by focusing on a change in ph, and this is doable. my mother died two years ago of brain cancer — her trust in conventional medicine led to her unnecessary death.

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