History of Herbal Treatment for Cancer
External Treatment for Cancer
Compiled Excerpts from Trustworthy and Forthright web sites
The external treatment of cancer with escharotic salves actually seeks out and destroys cancer cells. Escharotic pastes and salves are caustic compounds that are applied externally on the skin. These are directly applied over the affected area and will erode the tissue to eventually destroy and remove the underlying tumor.
The direct application of herbs and herbal juices to tumors has been practiced in many different traditions and cultures far back into antiquity. It is known that the Native Americans commonly applied poultices of roasted onions and bloodroot as well as other substances, which eroded the skin to draw out cancers, tumors and other undesirable materials. These formulas were admired and used by medical doctors during the 18th century in Europe.
Other examples of topical application of herbs and their expressed juice are the use of chelidonium or dandelion latex to remove warts and other excrescences. The Chinese have a tradition of breaking open the seed of brucea javonica and taping directly over warts and excrescences to stimulate their dissolution. The treatment of breast cancer particularly through the use of dandelion latex was described as a folk remedy by the Chinese.
In the mid nineteenth century, Samuel Thompson, a leader of one of the most popular movements of natural healing based primarily on the use of Native American herbs, reported the successful treatment of breast cancer. This was done by using a paste of thickened decoction of red clover blossoms. It was repeatedly and thickly applied to the woman's breast and covered over with a protective bandage. After a short time the cancer literally sloughed off through the surface of the skin, leaving a shallow crater. It is presumed that if this case is at all similar to dozens that I have seen or heard of, that this healed over without any complications.
Skin Cancer - Black Salve
Around the mid-nineteenth century, Native American herbs became very popular in Europe and a Dr. J.W. Fell, working at Middlesex Hospital in London developed a paste made of bloodroot, zinc chloride, flour, and water. This was directly applied as a paste to a malignant growth and generally destroyed the tumor within two to four weeks.
Bloodroot (Sanguinarea canadensis) is one of the most beautiful eastern North American woodland herbs and was commonly used to treat cancer by the Native Americans. Since that time it has been identified as a primary ingredient in most escharotic salves and pastes, as these are called, used for the treatment of cancer. The alkaloid, sanguinarine has been indeed found to possess powerful anti-cancer properties.
The Eclectics medical doctors of the 19th century, especially Dr. Eli Jones, specialized in the treatment of cancer emphasizing internal treatment and lifestyle changes but evidently used escharotic Black salves and ointments with success. The late Dr. Raymond Christopher created a Black Ointment drawing salve that contained potent anti-cancer herbs such as poke root and black walnut bark. Many consider this to be only for drawing out slivers and such embedded in the flesh, but in fact, the salve is also used for drawing out cancers and tumors. In recent times various formulas for the salve has been sold or given away by various clandestine individuals who are mostly motivated by the desire to help provide patients with a less invasive and harmful method to remove cancers from various parts of the body.
One of the most startling facts is that the use of escharotics has been and continues to be an accepted and recognized medical procedure. A medical text entitled Chemosurgery: Microscopically controlled Surgery for Skin Cancer was written by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, B.Sc., M.D. and last published by Charles Thomas in 1978. It uses the same basic escharotic paste used by Eli Jones, Hoxsey, and others for application for topical application for the removal of various cancers, molls, warts and other growths and excrescences. Dr. Mohs was clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Medical School
However, of the modern researchers, the two most respected and well-known authorities in the use of this approach were Dr. J. Weldon Fell and Frederic E. Mohs, MD, both of the United States.
Fell was a faculty member of New York University and later was one of the founders of the New York Academy of Medicine. In the early 1850s, he moved to London and built up a very successful cancer treatment practice based on escharotic therapy using bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) as the herbal base. He published his results
extensively. We know today that the alkaloids in bloodroot do indeed have a strong anti-tumor effect.
Frederic Mohs called his approach chemosurgery and used a fixative paste. His was more an integrative approach that combined the use of the escharotic paste with surgical tumor removal and analysis, rather than allowing for the sloughing off of the eschar. His contribution is immense as he put the procedure on a very sound, scientific footing, with a tremendous amount of research that spanned decades. The soundness of his approach was underscored in a 1990 report that stated he had a verifiable and documented 99% success rate in his treatment of skin cancers!
As recently as the late 1960's Vipont pharmaceuticals under the name of Vipont Chemical Co. of Fort Collins, Colorado, was formed by a rodeo cowboy named Howard McCrorey and two friends specifically to research and develop the Black salve for FDA approval. At one point they informally sent it off to an investigator of Mayo clinic to be tested for its efficacy in treating cancer. The investigator sent back two letters stating he had not tested anything that even came close to the anti-tumor activity of the Black salve.
In order to keep the company viable they performed various contract work. As a result they brought a toothpaste to market called Viadent which utilized the ingredients of their Black salve to maintain dental hygiene and prevent and cure periodontal disease. It was and still is very effective and the company was eventually bought up by Colgate who is the manufacturer of Viadent.
Besides its topical use, there is a tradition of internal use for cancer and all infectious and inflammatory diseases. Vipont conducted an LD/50 toxicity study of the salve for internal use. It was reported that the LD/50 was around 700mg per kilogram of body weight. Since the recommended dose for internal use is no greater than 250mg, at this level toxicity is very low. However, it should never be taken on an empty stomach as it can be too irritating. The salve can be taken in a 00-sized gelatin capsule as it is taken each day.
Vipont and company has documented the use of the salve for a wide variety of problems, ranging from the removal of warts, moles and skin cancers to other internal cancers, colds, eye problems (diluted in a saline solution, one part salve to 1000 parts water), staff infections, impotency, skin diseases, gastrointestinal inflammations and other conditions too numerous to list. One representative who reported this story and was on the Board of Directors of Vipont Chemical Company, Clark Bigham stated that "my inclination is to try it for just about any known condition other than stomach ulcers and auto-immune diseases."
What studies have been done by modern medicine to demonstrate that these Black Salves are a proven skin cancer treatment system?
"In the orthodox community this question refers to a "longitudinal, peer-reviewed, double-blind study with carefully monitored control groups, using strict statistics measures..." bla, bla, bla, bla. We believe in the time-honored tradition of empiricism. It is the fundamental principle underlying the development of homeopathic, naturopathic, and herbalist formulas, even entire volumes of formularies (pharmacopoeia), not to mention the healing techniques of dozens of other modalities. A formula is proven to be effective and safe, in our minds, when it has been tested upon thousands of individuals over a period in excess of one century (that's 100 years) and has been found to repeatedly, thousands of times over, cure legions of patients with little or no side effects. Such is the history of escharotics, the illustrious herbal tradition from whose roots Cansema has sprung. It is the foundation of our South American medical herb formulas, and virtually all herb-based products.
The pecularities of modern food and drug law, based as they are on 19th century "atomist" theories on pharmacology, have totally turned the free market on its head - and this is something most people either don't know, or don't take the time to figure out.
The simple fact is, escharotic preparations are not sufficiently proprietary for anyone to get a useful patent on them. No drug company on earth is interested in a compound if they can't get an enforceable patent on it. And why? Because no drug company on earth ---- no, make that no intelligent human being on earth -- would ever invest the $100 million plus it takes to get "drug approval" in the U.S. and other major Western countries without the reasonable assurance a patent provides THAT THEIR INVESTMENT WOULD BE PROTECTED FROM THE ENCROACHMENT OF COMPETITORS!
The fact is, medicine today -- whether you live in Perth, Edinburgh, Nassau, or Los Angeles, is far more about the dynamics of making money, than it is about doing what is best for the patient. Only when you can clearly view this industry from the inside does the intensity of this concept become so solidified and crystal clear that you would no more question it than you would think to doubt the curvature of the Earth.
Like the Mother Goose story about the Emperor who wore no clothes, the masses of those living in Western society live behind the veneer. Only when one stands back and innocently looks at the structure of modern health care for what it is -- only when one takes the time to follow the money trail, can you understand why the very best products on the market have no chance of becoming mainstream if the most powerful interests in health care cannot figure out a way of cornering the market. It can be a "cornering" of short duration (a patent in the U.S., for instance, lasts 17 years), but it must be a turf that can be legally protected, with artificially high margins, for at pre-calculated period of high, sustained profitabilit." Source: Alpha Omega Labs
"Over the past decades, hundreds of caring, concerned, and conscientious alternative healers have been jailed and abused like common criminals for the "crime" of curing people of life-threatening diseases in an "unapproved" manner by heavy-handed government agents who swoop down on clinics with drawn guns, flax jackets, and Gestapo manners. All the while, these same agents and agencies posture themselves before TV cameras and the public under the ludicrous pretense of being servants of the people and protectors of the common good.
The medico-drug cartel was summed up by J.W Hodge, M.D., of Niagara Falls, N.Y., in these words: 'The medical monopoly or medical trust, euphemistically called the American Medical Association, is not merely the meanest monopoly ever organized, but the most arrogant, dangerous and despotic organization which ever managed a free people in this or any other age. Any and all methods of healing the sick by means of safe, simple and natural remedies are sure to be assailed and denounced by the arrogant leaders of the AMA doctors' trust as fakes, frauds and humbugs Every practioner of the healing art who does not ally himself with the medical trust is denounced as a 'dangerous quack' and impostor by the predatory trust doctors. Every sanitarian who attempts to restore the sick to a state of health by natural means without resort to the knife or poisonous drugs, disease imparting serums, deadly toxins or vaccines, is at once pounced upon by these medical tyrants and fanatics, bitterly denounced, vilified and persecuted to the fullest extent.'" Source: http://educate-yourself.org/fc/
Recent FDA and TGA activities regarding Cansema:
Altcancer.com: Website Closed, Owners Detained, Products Seized by FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, heavily populated by former (and future) pharmaceutical-industry executives, has a long history of aggressively attempting to close down businesses that produce holistic healthcare products for cancer and other serious illnesses, even if (especially if) the products work. This often involves raiding, arresting, prosecuting, and imprisoning the owners of the companies. Terrorist raids have become the new cure-all for alternative cancer remedies.
On September 17th, 2003 the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) suspended most activities at the Alpha Omega Labs fulfillment center in Louisiana (Makers of Cansema) and arrested owner and herbalist, Greg Caton. In all, Greg Caton estimates, the FDA took $250,000 worth of materials and $400,000 worth of buildings. This doesnt include what he lost in the distress sale of Preservx and the one building he sold, his legal feeswhich amounted to $50,000 for the criminal charges aloneor the ongoing revenue from Preservx and Alpha Omega.
The medical definition of "cure" is the non-reoccurence of pathology within five years after treatment. By the very definition used by orthodox medicine, Cansema is empirically a proven cure for skin cancer for the majority of those who use the product according to instructions.
Source: Alpha Omega Labs
TGA Laws In Australia
Bevan Potter from Centreforce Australia could face jail terms for producing products like Cansema for human use. Even though there is a mountain of anecdotal evidence to suggest this therapy works with regards to an effective treatment for skin cancer.
Mr Potter has already been warned by the TGA that he can not make any claims, that he can not produce Cansema for human use...You will notice on his site that he now only produces this cancer therapy for cats and dogs.... it works really well on cancer in cats and dogs but apparently not humans [irony intended]. http://store.bevanpotter.com/salves-cremes.html
Also see picture and testimonial from AHFA member Margaret H.
The new TGA amendment Bill, August 17, 2005 will make the penalties so prohibitive that it will be almost impossible to bring to market any herbal remedy or supplement unless it is backed by a million dollar trials, and even then it will be swept under the carpet at the NHMRC.
The latest update to this saga is that Bevan Potter has been raided by the TGA armed with search warrents, stock and documents were seized and he was ordered to delete from his web sites and stop selling any products in question.
Bevan has been forced out of business, his property is sold and he is currently living in a retirement village awaiting further court action.
The web site has been left in place for information purposes only.
"For the medical profession this era may well be one of the most shameful and ethically questionable periods of its history."
Stanley Wohl, M.D. - The Medical Industrial Complex (1984)
Black Salve on Facebook
Surely we, as adults, have the right to choose the type of healthcare treatment available to us without the government unilaterally eliminating our options. Isnt it time for the FDA to heed what the patient at one alternative cancer clinic said to them during a raid? Were all adults here, making free-will choices. Why dont you get out of here and leave us alone?
Aside from restricting our healthcare choices, what justifies the FDAs gestapo/KGB tactics in smashing, intimidating, demoralizing, and bankrupting its targets, even before a trial to determine their guilt or innocence? What justifies seizing their assets, impounding their computers and business records, confiscating their personal papers and effects, destroying their products and ingredients, and holding them in prison for extended periods?
Very few people can do what the individuals described here have done. It takes tremendous initiative to come up with a product that works, make it available commercially, and assume the risks of being put out of business and perhaps imprisoned.
Perhaps most important, these individuals have resisted the temptation to get rich on other peoples suffering, which cant be said of the pharmaceutical industry. They could have made much more money and put enough away to cover their eventual ruinous legal expensesbut they didnt. Shouldnt we be encouraging and rewarding people like this rather than persecuting them and destroying their lives?
ALDARA THE SKIN CANCER CURE THAT CAN KILL
"Aldara. The chemical used in this widely-sold drug has been known since 1986 to cause cancer. It is so dangerous that the American Cancer Society, The National Cancer Institute and others have determined it is a carcinogen, and have placed it on their lists of most hazardous chemicals. It has even been listed as a laboratory chemical hazard by the US Occupational Safety Health Agency. Yet, doctors worldwide are prescribing it, willy-nilly, to cure skin cancers, even though there are safe vegetable-based creams and other proven remedies."
... at age 76 in 2004
"I have gone to extreme lengths to ensure the accuracy of my statements and the veracity of my evidence. Any offence and distress caused to organisations and companies criticised in this book is entirely intentional. They deserve it. It is the least I can do in defence of the millions of their victims who have suffered much more than distress as a result of their disgraceful, self-interested conduct.
In particular, should any of those I have singled out for dishonourable mention feel that my attack is unwarranted in their case, I would welcome the opportunity to debate the issue with them in court and in public.
I can assure them that there is now a massive and growing worldwide audience of victims and their relatives who would be very interested to hear their defences. If they have any."
Vivacious and energetic, Elaine is living proof that her theories work. A former Hollywood actress, she is Director of the Hippocrates Health Centre in Queensland, Australia, where she lectures on health issues and continues her research into natural ways of maintaining good health.
TGA Regulating Drugs
Like its U.S. FDA counterpart, the TGA regulates and approves drugs. Ten years ago in 1994 there were 157.5 million prescriptions issued annually. That figure has now increased exponentially as hundreds of new drugs have come on line. It would be reasonable to assume that a large part of the huge modern TGA building in Canberra would be devoted to ensuring public safety through monitoring of potent pharmaceutical drugs. However more oversight committees and manpower is devoted to herbs and vitamins. Why? A quick overview of just one drug regulating example will yield some disturbing answers and raise even more questions."
"It is my intention to reveal the fact that trans-national pharmaceutical corporations have already assumed the role of government at least where health care is concerned. I intend to highlight what steps have already been taken by corporate interests to move Australia and New Zealand toward CODEX and toward international corporate governance in the Asia Pacific region. This being true, it would alter the basic premise and agreement which Australian governance was founded upon Democracy. This agreement cannot be altered except with the informed consent of the majority and only after public debate and referendum. It is my educated guess that most Australians want democracy for themselves and that they would want to preserve it for future generations. It is my guess that Australians do not want to be governed by trans-national corporations. It is my intention to allow these issues to be debated, understood and corrected by the electors, the only legitimate proprietors of government at this time.
Eve Hillary is a freelance medical writer and research analyst on issues pertaining to health care, environmental health and the ways in which globalisation erodes Democracy."
She specializes in documenting the human impact of the politics of multinational industry, including medical and biotech corporations. She covers issues such as emerging epidemics, gene pollution, chemical pollution, government regulators, third world exploitation and the role of the media. She is the author of Children of a Toxic Harvest: An Environmental Autobiography, Health Betrayal; Staying Away From The Sickness Industry and numerous articles relating to environmental health issues.
Other Sources of information
Alliance for Health Freedom
Dr Rath Foundation
Introduction to Alternative Cancer Treatments
The FDA's Panacea
"For the medical profession this era may well be one of the most shameful and ethically questionable periods of its history."
Stanley Wohl, M.D.
- The Medical Industrial Complex (1984)
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