Cancer – Theories about Causes and Treatment
Each new discovery in the cancer
field adds another piece to the puzzle. Here are six recent pieces that have
added greatly to the understanding of the cancer process.
There are six recent pieces
that have added greatly to the understanding of the cancer process.
- The Association-Induction hypothesis and the “sodium
- The effect of specific frequencies emitted by cells and resonance
with outside frequencies
- The effect of external low frequency electromagnetic fields on
- The role of ‘Mastering the Control Factor” by removing the
causes of a particular type of chronic stress by the use of psychotherapy
- The “New Medicine” developed by Ryke Geerd Hamer and the
- The latest mechanism explaining the mind-body connection as
explained by Candace Pert in her book Molecules of Emotion.
The first item involves the
Association-Induction Hypothesis developed by Gilbert Ling. This was to explain
the fact that the observed ratio of Potassium to Sodium in the cell compared to
that in the cellular fluid could not be produced by a “sodium pump”
acting with adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Ling identified the role of
“structured water” as the medium through which the protein/lipid
macromolecules making up the cell membrane provides preferred sites for
Potassium over Sodium. The ATP holds the cell in its correct configuration with
the structured water but does not provide the energy to hold the Na/K ratio in
the cell against that of the cellular fluid. The sodium cannot dissolve in the
structured water so is rejected.
This hypothesis says that tissue damage
resulting from trauma involving physical or chemical damage to the cell affects
the structuring of the water and also reduces the ATP production by the
mitochondria. The cells becomes unable to retain their preference for Potassium
over Sodium, so Sodium flows into the cell producing the swelling associated
with the increased concentration of sodium.
It also states that this damage is
reversible if the cell damage is not too severe or has not existed for too
long. The hypothesis applies not only to acute damage but also to chronic
effects observed with all degenerative diseases including cancer, coronary
heart disease and arthritis1-2.
The second item comes from evidence
from Mainguy et al that SIZE=3> pulsed electromagnetic fields affect the
function of malignant cells in a way that determines their programming. If such
fields on their own are applied to healthy and malignant human cells in
vitro there is very little effect. Similarly magnetic fields at specific
frequencies derived from amplified signals emitted from malignant cells have
very little effect. Yet pulsed magnetic fields incorporating specific signals
at the same frequencies as those derived from malignant cells cause rapid
destruction of malignant cells but do not affect healthy cells. The effect was
observed on all malignant cells studied including lung, breast, liver, colon
and kidney cells3.
Other evidence from Ross Adey et al
suggested that proteic strings emerging from cell walls may tap weak electric
fields and transmit them to the inside of cells. This only occurs with signals
modulated at low frequencies between 1 and 1,000 Hz. The evidence also shows
that even very weak signals drowned in the ambient background electromagnetic
noise are selectively perceived and absorbed by cells when these frequencies match
those associated with a particular cell process, by a type of resonance3–4.
It therefore appears that whether or not an
external magnetic field will affect cells depends on the frequency of that
field and whether or not the cell is emitting a signal with a particular
The third item comes from evidence
that pulsed magnetic fields appear to improve the metabolism of cells by
- increasing the permeability of the cell walls to oxygen and other
- increasing the ability of the cell to remove its waste products. It
appears to do this by raising the potential across the cell membrane
- enhancing the calcium cascade process within the cell
Again the improved metabolism is observed
for a whole range of conditions including degenerative diseases 5-6.
The fourth item involves the evidence
from Michael Marmot and Hans Eysenck that the incidence of degenerative
diseases such as cancer and coronary heart disease is related to the measure of
control people perceive they have over their lives. These diseases can be
prevented and to some extent controlled by the use of a particular type of
psychotherapy. This is geared to providing people with skills to express
feelings in a more appropriate manner and regain control over their lives,
thereby reducing their perceived feelings of hopelessness or helplessness. This
effect has been observed both in work and home relationships7-10.
Michael Marmot from the Department of
Epidemiology and Public Health at University College, London led this research
into the role of the individual’s control of the work place in the incidence of
coronary heart disease (CHD), showing it was the major contributory factor7.
Hans Eysenck and R. Grossarth-Maticek at the Institute of Psychiatry, Dept of
Psychology, University of London led the research into the role of the mind in
the incidence and survival with cancer and CHD using randomised trials. Showing
a dramatic reduction of incidence among cancer- and CHD- prone people under
moderate to severe stress and a 64% increase in survival among people with
late-stage cancer8. David Spiegel et al from Stanford University
School of Medicine in California demonstrated this effect by observing in a
randomised trial a doubling of survival of women with late stage
breast cancer after psychotherapy9.
The fifth item involves seeing all
disease as being caused by particular types of trauma or shock that trigger
a process in a particular part of the brain. According to this hypothesis
developed by Ryke Geerd Hamer every disease or condition develops following a
severe, highly acute, dramatic and isolating conflict-occurrence shock that
registers simultaneously in the psyche, the brain and in a particular related
organ. The organ affected depends on how the individual perceived the shock.
(eg as a threat to a mother/child relationship, as a reinforcement of
self-worthlessness, as a fear-revulsion conflict or as a life-threatening
conflict). This biological conflict arising from the event needs to be resolved
for the disease to be eliminated11.
This is a particular version of the
hypothesis held by many in the alternative health field that most cancer
originates from emotional factors and often appears about eighteen months after
an emotional trauma that has not been resolved10.
The sixth item shows, in the words of
Deepak Chopra, that our internal chemicals, the neuropeptides and their
receptors, are the actual biological underpinnings of our awareness,
manifesting themselves as our emotions, beliefs and expectations, and
profoundly influencing how we respond to and experience our world. Our
biological messengers act with intelligence by communicating information,
orchestrating a vast complex of conscious and unconscious activities at any
moment. This information transfer takes place over a network linking all of our
systems and organs, engaging all of our molecules of emotion, as a means of
communication. The brain is located in all places at once and not just in the
head. In this way he summarised the book by Candace Pert, Molecules of Emotion,
in which she outlines a new paradigm for how the body becomes diseased through
an inability to express emotions – cancer resulting from a bottling up of
emotions causing an imbalance in neuropeptides12.
The cancer therapist who produced the
highest published survival rates for late stage cancer patients, Josef Issels,
recognised these psychological factors as important early ones contributing to
the formation of the “cancer milieu”13-14.
This shows that the mind-body separation is
not real. Items 1-5 are all talking about the same process. So treatments such
as the Gerson Diet (which includes coffee enemas for detoxification) and pulsed
magnetic therapy could conceivably help in the release and detoxification of
the stored (bottled-up) emotions as well as other toxic buildup. (In the 1950s
Gerson was able to produce remarkable survival with many terminal cancer
patients15.) In the same way there is some anecdotal evidence that
pulsed magnetic field therapy has an effect on people with depression5.
What all these items share is the factor
whereby the normal cellular configuration is disturbed by a trauma, or a series
of reinforcing traumas, leading to a situation where the normal level of
circulating peptides, hormones or other chemicals is disrupted to the extent
that the cells no longer function normally. The mechanism is usually systemic
(throughout the body) but the long-term effect is normally first observed in
the form a tumour in a particular organ. (According to the Hamer Hypothesis the
organ affected is directly related to the type of conflict11.
According to another theory it is the organ that has suffered the most recent
long-term irritation – eg a lung in a smoker or a person who has been exposed
to asbestos; the lip of a pipe smoker; the esophagus or stomach of a person who
eats particular “hot” foods; the colon of people who eat food with
low fibre content thereby causing excessively slow transit of food through the
colon where toxins can build up; the site of an injury; etc).
Reversing the process could involve any
method that is capable of restoring the systemic cellular metabolism. Although
the use of pulsed magnetic fields or a special diet low in sodium and rich in
potassium would be expected to produce such an effect, it might not necessarily
remove the cause of the disruption to the normal cell function and might only
minimise the rate of degeneration or growth. Long-term control would appear to
involve psychological methods such as those suggested in items 4-6 geared to
identifying the cause of the original trauma.
- The Gerson Institute, A New Paradigm in Cellular Biology. Gerson,
Ling, Cope, Sodi-Palares, Damadian and the Association-Induction
Hypothesis. In: Gerson Therapy Practitioner Manual 1.4, pp 71-82.
- Benjamin, DJ. Herbert Ling and the Sodium Pump. A summary of
- Mainguy, J-C, Crochet, S and Danze, J-M. Evolution of neoplastic
cells in culture under the influence of electromagnetic fields. Erfahrungs
Heilkunde, Acta Medica Empirica July 1997: 398-404.
- Adey WR. Frequency and power windowing in tissue inter-actions with
weak electromagnetic fields. Proc. IEEE 1980; 68 (1): 119-125 and Adey WR,
Bawin FM and Lawrence AF. Effects of weak, amplitude-modulated fields on
calcium efflux from awake cat cerebral cortex. Bioelectro-magnetics 1982;
- Pigat, Gian Antonio. Results Of The Research On The Quantum
Bioresonance Therapy Translated into English by: Gabriele Giancarlo
- Benjamin, DJ. Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMFs). The theory and
development of pulsed magnetic fields. (A summary of scientific evidence
for the action of PEMFs on the body and the development of PEMF Therapy).
- Marmot, MG et al published in Lancet (Jul 26) 1997; 350(9073):
- Hans Eysenck and R. Grossarth Maticek, Behaviour Research and
Therapy 1991; 29 (1): 17-31.
- Spiegel, D. et al. Lancet, October 14, 1989.
- Benjamin, DJ. Cancer and the Role of the Mind. (A summary of past
evidence and of the results from references 7-9).
- Hamer, Ryke Geerd. Various articles are at http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/3374/
- Pert, C. Molecules of Emotion. Touchstone Books, Simon &
Schuster, New York. 1999
- Issels, J. Cancer: A Second Opinion. Hodder & Stoughton, 1975.
- Issels, J. Immunotherapy in Progressive Metastatic Cancer –
A Fifteen-Year Follow-up. Clinical Trials Journal, August 1970: 357-365)
with editorial on pp 355-356.
- Gerson, Max. A Cancer Therapy. Results of 50 Cases. Gerson
Institute, Bonita CA, 1986.