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.

They are:

  1. The Association-Induction hypothesis and the “sodium pump” myth
  2. The effect of specific frequencies emitted by cells and resonance with outside frequencies
  3. The effect of external low frequency electromagnetic fields on cells
  4. The role of ‘Mastering the Control Factor” by removing the causes of a particular type of chronic stress by the use of psychotherapy
  5. The “New Medicine” developed by Ryke Geerd Hamer and the “shock trigger”.
  6. 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 resonance34.

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 frequency.

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 nutrients
  • 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.


  1. 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.
  2. Benjamin, DJ. Herbert Ling and the Sodium Pump. A summary of reference 1.
  3. 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.
  4. 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; 3: 295-308.
  5. Pigat, Gian Antonio. Results Of The Research On The Quantum Bioresonance Therapy Translated into English by: Gabriele Giancarlo Sbattella.
  6. 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).
  7. Marmot, MG et al published in Lancet (Jul 26) 1997; 350(9073): 235-9.
  8. Hans Eysenck and R. Grossarth Maticek, Behaviour Research and Therapy 1991; 29 (1): 17-31.
  9. Spiegel, D. et al. Lancet, October 14, 1989.
  10. Benjamin, DJ. Cancer and the Role of the Mind. (A summary of past evidence and of the results from references 7-9).
  11. Hamer, Ryke Geerd. Various articles are at
  12. Pert, C. Molecules of Emotion. Touchstone Books, Simon & Schuster, New York. 1999
  13. Issels, J. Cancer: A Second Opinion. Hodder & Stoughton, 1975.
  14. 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.
  15. Gerson, Max. A Cancer Therapy. Results of 50 Cases. Gerson Institute, Bonita CA, 1986.



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