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By David Hess

In comparing replacement melanoma remedies, David Hess has interviewed the key opinion leaders within the substitute melanoma remedy box - clinicians, researchers, sufferer advocacy leaders, and newshounds - who clarify their philosophy of evaluate, their healing personal tastes, and the political and financial hurdles to getting the required learn performed. either a consultant to the courses and a survey of the sector, this cutting edge booklet presents a framework for overview difficulties that clinicians and sufferers face - from sufferer wishes and the standard of capability scientific care givers to analyze equipment, proposed coverage reforms, and the cures themselves.

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At the time Bedell visited Naessens, he had already been diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer. ' Already, from my cancer I had had my prostate removed and they 'didn't get it all,' and I had had radiation for six weeks. Gaston says that he can detect malignancy many months before a person has any symptoms. ' I can't prove he was right; I believe he was right, but I certainly can't prove it. His treatment, 714-X, is a series of injections into the lymph area of the groin. He said the cancer organism has a tremendous affinity' for nitrogen, and it robs the immune system of the nitrogen it needs to function effectively.

Although the various interferons and interleukins were introduced with great fanfare, they generally faced problems of toxicity and poor efficacy. In contrast, over the years a number of researchers have proposed pharmacological and immunological products that are relatively nontoxic. This category forms the fourth group. One category of alternative immunotherapies is the bacterial vaccine. A recognized founder of cancer immunotherapy, the physician William Coley, Page xvii developed a vaccine made from a mixture of two bacterial species, and the "Coley's toxins" vaccine has a substantial literature that suggests it works well for some types of cancers.

Several of the ingredients such as burdock root, buckthorn, and barberryhave documented anticancer effects in the laboratory. The formula overlaps somewhat with Essiac, an herbal formula developed by the Canadian nurse Rene Caisse ("Essiac" spelled backward). Among the ingredients in that formula is Indian rhubarb, which has anticancer effects. Teas made from the bark of pau d'arco, an Amazonian tree, and the desert plant chaparral both contain plant chemicals in the quinone family that have anticancer effects.

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