Fashions in Medicine

Posted to Subscribers on 15 February 2009

Dear Subscribers,

It's Sunday and this is often when it's quiet enough to be contemplative, reflective, and sometimes a little nostalgic.  There were a lot of emails after my little post of parasites two days ago.   For those who missed it, the typos and proofreading errors have been corrected and it is posted with pictures on:

It's very hard to cover a lot in one email or web page and there were so many topics touched upon in that relatively simple post, but let me start with the word "malaria" which comes from the Italian for "bad air" and would suggest, all other things equal, that the odor caused the disease rather than that the swamps were breeding grounds for the mosquitoes that were the vectors for the world's most prevalent disease. If a scientist today were to put the emphasis on noxious air rather than Plasmodium, it would be rather embarrassing but the fact that we are satisfied with what we "know" today is no guarantee that the professional world will accept the same beliefs a generation or century from now.

My adventure into the history of medicine perhaps started with reference to superstitions in textbooks and later with some vague issue I have had for several decades over the disappearance of the humoral theories from medical curriculum.  This happened largely because of the efforts of one particular man, obviously someone with political clout, a late 17th century cabinet minister who served under Louis XIV named Jean-Baptist Colbert. During a time "of enlightenment" when man was struggling to conquer the world, medicine and astrology were divorced and in the division of the intellectual estate, medicine lost the humors as well as concepts that might appear to have imposed limitations on the free will of humanity.  Astrology was, rightfully or wrongly, often associated with destiny and predestination so to overcome fate, you might say the baby got thrown out with the bath! water.  Well, this is an email, not a textbook, but I have spent many decades reviving the theory of the elements, using mainly ancient Greek philosophy and the still intact systems of medicine of India, China, and Tibet.

The point here is simply that during a time when governments were in tense relations with Vatican, many other traditional ways of expressing one's relationship to spirituality and to the Creator also underwent changes that were due more to the attempt to free the ego from submission to higher authority than scientific debate over particulars.

In any event, this tiny obsession on my part seeded an interest in why we can in the West overturn centuries of erudition whereas in the East, traditions have more or less continued despite book burnings, colonialism, and invasion of territory.


Cancer Salves

In 1990, I opened a clinic in Santa Fe, largely because the moment I heard about AIDS, I realized that we now had a virus bigger than a bomb and I felt the need to see clients in a more formal setting in which I could control the hygiene somewhat more than in my home.  One particular patient had freaked me out to the extent that I felt a need to protect my birds and dogs and install special devices to neutralize the risk of contagion.

One of the first books my new clinic associate, Helga Sager, showed me was What Your Doctors Won't Tell You by Jane Heimlich.  She gave a source for the black salve that my Cherokee herbal assistant had told me about.  As fate would have it, friends invited me to dinner to meet Jane and her much more famous husband, Hank Heimlich inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver.  It happened to be my birthday and the conversation seemed ever so much more lively on his side of the table than the other where  I found myself answering questions I would normally have evaded.  I realized that I was talking to one of the world's most skilled interviewers, but lest anyone think she is a distant cousin to Barbara Walters, banish the thought.  She is like a very wise old prober of souls and she succeeded through sincerity rather than sensationalism.  I was, to say the least, fascinated by the emotional freedom she created and found myself more comfortable than I could remember in years.  However, I did not want to allow her to upstage my native curiosity so when the opportunity arose, I told her I had read her book and had questions, which I now understood in a completely different light because I was seated next to no ordinary author but someone others also must have trusted with their secrets.

I told her that after reading her book, I had tried to follow up on the escharotic treatments for cancer but sometimes had a feeling similar to what you hear from a multilevel marketer.   I was writing a book and asked her advice on some fine points.  She said that the black salve was the most successful cancer treatment the world has ever known but that no one will believe this unless I can somehow manage to include a very good history of the process.  This added not just a year to the authoring process but it opened a window on medical politics I had never suspected even existed.  I thought scientists could argue and debate and peers could adjudicate topics they were barely able to understand, but I had truly not understood greed or its relationship to what passes for truth until I got busy researching the history.

If you are a bit of a detective, you see things others miss, sort of like Brother Cadfael solving crimes because of a weed fragment seen on a suspect was a curious match for something growing near where the corpse was found. 


The Clue

My attempt to track the history of ointments used in the treatment of cancer took me back about 2500 years, but more relevant to today's discussion is that fact that I came to realize that what I learned in school was just topsy turvy.  I think I have always been fascinated by discovery so the travels of Marco Polo and voyages of Columbus and others were pivotal to my psyche since I was never satisfied with the boundaries in my world and always wanted to push them further and further out, but here was the clue.  St. Hildegard of Bingen was using galangal before the journeys of Marco Polo, meaning that before the trips were funded and before he took his first step, he must already have had a fairly good idea of the lay of the land to the east.  How do I know this?  I know it by deduction, same as Cadfael.  Every herb book begins with a description of the plant and its ! habitat so Hildegard must have known about Asia or she could not have relied so heavily on something that does not grow in Europe and could only, in her days, be found in Southern China and Thailand.  So, she knew and if she knew, others knew, and whether she heard about this through letters from people who had been to the Middle East or through yet older herbal manuscripts is not important.  What triggered a tectonic shift in my imprinted brain was that Hildegard not only knew about the herb, but she knew how to use it.

In short, the knowledge had been around for centuries and yet Marco Polo was hauled before the Inquisition and this makes us ask not just what information is being suppressed, but why is it suppressed?  Who benefits from such control over knowledge?


Who Benefits?

This is an important question and unfortunately as my studies took me through more and more centuries of medical malice, I came to realize that ignorance and superstition really have nothing at all to do with erroneous presentations of knowledge.  Greed is surely at the root of this evil, and it is evil to withhold an inexpensive and simple cure in order to profit on something of dubious value.

At the same time as I was writing my opus on botanical cancer treatments, one of my former students, Kenny Ausubel, was producing his documentary When Healing Becomes a Crime.  It was nominated for an Oscar but did not win; however, it put a lot of cogent material on the map.  You might say that Kenny focused on the politics while I was delving into the mysteries of the healing power of plants.

Against this backdrop, nothing else that happened to my thoughts and understanding is any surprise.  So now, if you take up the issue of germs, it is not difficult to see how Pasteur could prevail over Béchamp who was studying silkworm diseases caused by a parasite.  Pasteur was a consultant to the beer industry and was interested in yeast and concerned about bacteria.  In short, the intellectual biases and limitations as well as the potential for profit were such that a war on germs could be sold whereas the alternate theory would be less profitable and much more difficult for the academic community because people would have to learn how to manage their personal terrain in order to prevent disease.  We have already lost more than a century to this distraction even though Pasteur himself recanted on his deathbed . . . but forbade his heirs to publish his labor! atory notes for 75 years.  Well, these are open but still we perpetuate the myths and exploit the potential to profit.

Ironically, there is sometimes an upside even to the worst twisting of facts.  If you want to argue in favor of the germ theory of disease, you could say that enormous progress in hygiene has occurred as a result of germ phobia; however, at the same time we have created havoc in the ecosystem through the use of antibiotics and detergents and other attempts to thwart the proliferation of microorganisms.  To perpetuate profits, contradictory theories continue to be suppressed and the proponents of those theories are not treated much better than the victims of the Inquisition.

At this juncture, I am not interested in politics.  I am interested in what it will take for individuals here and there to survive despite challenges to their survival.



Part of the issue surrounding germs and parasites cannot be understood without reference to the mode of observation.  The best example I can give of this is to describe a battle I watched for countless hours.  It was obviously and life and death struggle between a single spirochete and one bacterium.  The sample was taken from the mouth and the contenders were, of course, microscopic.  So, just imagine a lion and a crocodile fighting and the croc wants to swallow the lion whole and the lion wants to grab the croc by the neck and shake it.  You simply have to have a theatrical streak to observe the battle in this manner.  There were rounds in which it looked like the spirochete was winning and rounds that seemed to favor the bacterium.  This is what I mean by competition within the ecosystem of the body.

Now, if the bacteria were diagnosed but the spirochete is not observed, the patient would be given antibiotics and, if successful, it is hugely probable that the bacterium and well as all his cousins and their clansmen would die (along with the white blood cells) so the spirochete and his tribesmen would not simply prevail but find that colonization can now occur without risk of intrusion by bacteria.

In 1913, a Japanese researcher named Hideyo Noguchi demonstrated that a spirochete in the brain of a paralyzed patient was the cause of the disease.  The spirochete was Treponema pallidum which we now know is not simply the cause of syphilis but of the insanity that occurs as one of the more advanced symptoms of the parasitic infection. Given the way medical science functions, it is at this juncture legal in the U.S. to use a darkfield microscope to search for this particular spirochete, but it is not legal to use the same microscope to look for borrelia, the cause of Lyme disease. 

Worse, if you are authorized to use such a microscope, you are to look for the Treponema pallidum and to ignore everything else you might happen to stumble upon because the operating manual says you count the number of Treponema pallidum and report this on a form.  No one asked to have the halls of ivy overturned by new ideas and information or unidentified creatures that could very likely have the same relationship to other diseases as Treponema pallidum has to syphilis.  If you are wailing, I hear you, but this is not a proper scientific method and it is surely an unhealthy place for people who are curious or desirous of the truth.


My Studies

When I first found myself in a position where I could use a darkfield microscope all day long, I was in a small town in Bavaria near the quite famous Department of Tropical Medicine.  Our goal had been to seek collaboration and have all the various parasites properly identified.  Just before I arrived there, Dr. Tamara Lebedewa had given a talk at a cancer conference in which she described experiments she had performed with tumors that had been removed.  She put them in cultures and within a few days, three-tailed amoebas, trichomonads, were found.  So, "all cancers are caused by parasites" or "all cancers are caused by fungi" (the Dr. Tullio Simoncini thesis) or "all body systems are infinitely complex and we need to learn how to understand the interrelationships of everything."  This would be the Béchamp approach and is too complicated for efficiency-dominated laboratories . . . not to mention static as opposed to dynamic concepts of disease.

Once again, since the email two days ago, you have deluged me with links and personal questions and even some pictures which did not really improve my appetite.  Seriously, I am interested, but I have seen enough to realize that regardless of the theoretical mode of infection, it is very difficult to insulate ourselves from parasitic infection so it makes a great deal of sense to do a periodic cleanse.  People have asked about this and I would say that at least once a year, sometimes after the weather cools and before it warms up again, of a very thorough cleanse.  If you have a history of parasitic infection, you ought to consider doing a cleanse with more intent, such as I suggest on, in which you repeat the round of herbs every month until there are no further symptoms.  If you are around animals, you might do a "light" round of cleansing every full moon and a more intense one once a year.  If you regard this as "treatment" you are missing a bit of the point.  Herbs are basically plants that are just a tad more medicinal than plants used for food.  Let's take something like lettuce and compare its nutritional and medicinal value to artichokes and you might not take your salads quite as seriously after that.  Now, compare the artichoke to Artemisia annua and you have the beginnings of a spectrum that is worthy of some study. 

Some of you mentioned in your emails that Grey's Anatomy had a recent episode devoted to just what I have been writing about for over a decade now.  I watched it online last night ( and have to admit, it was quite graphic and entertaining and fortunately seems to have ended.  What is even more interesting to me is that the CT scans used in the production demonstrate just what I have been saying: the parasites are well adapted to living in your body so they will lay their eggs in the most hospitable and safest place they can find.  This obviously includes the brain and nice cozy places under the membrane lining of the intestines and other places where circulation is not as annoying as in the veins.  Given these factors, it is astonishing that the person doing some of the microscope work for Dr. Hulda Clark was taking pictures of parasites penetrating gall stones because the gall bladder is one of the nastier places in the body so it boggles the imagination to wonder what the status of the other places might be.  It would be tempting to speculate that there is a housing shortage for parasites when they are found in the gall bladder.  In fact, the way some of the antiparasitic herbs work is that they stimulate the production of bile and it is the bile, not the herbs, that kills the parasites and induces such rapid peristalsis that the parasites are expelled hastily.

Likewise, in my role in Europe, I was only looking at peripheral blood but I can say without even a moment's hesitation that every brain cancer patient had parasites in the blood, this from very tiny children to elderly patients.  The question that some of you are raising in your emails is sort of the proverbial chicken and egg dilemma.  Obviously, the first chicken came from an egg but how did that egg come into being?  Maybe a chicken laid it but then . . . okay, you see my point.  With certain parasitic diseases, there is zero doubt but that the parasite enters from "elsewhere" through an insect bite or contaminated food or unhygienic conditions.  In short, they are not quite like maggots that appear out of nowhere to decompose what is left of a life form.

The Herbs

Since diagnosis is difficult when "they" don't want you to know, you are left with very few options.  If I were on a budget, I would go through a bottle of black walnut now and then, a bottle of Artemisia annua once in a while, one of Boswellia serrata at another time, and the whole trio of my parasite herbs once a year or more often if you have been traveling in the tropics or living where the mosquitoes swarm.  I believe these simple and safe measures will serve to limit the populations and if they are combined with at least some quite spicy meals and even some fasts on nothing but vegetables once in a while, the odds of avoiding the worst complications are greater.  Obviously, I still have more to say on this subject so there will be more posts, but the herbs are available on:




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