THE CANCER CONSPIRACY
by Alan Cantwell Jr
Why does the medical establishment ignore "cancer microbe" research that could lead to a cure for mankind's most dreaded disease?
A century ago physicians began to realise that diseases like tuberculosis, leprosy, and syphilis were caused by bacteria. At the time, some scientists believed cancer was also caused by microbes. However, although bacteria were cultured from some cancers, no consistent microbe was found. Because cancer did not act like a contagious and infectious disease scientists finally declared that there was no germ in cancer. After the turn of the century, physicians who continued to believe in the existence of a cancer microbe were considered to be of unsound mind.
Over the past few decades viruses (but not bacteria) have been shown to cause some cancers. Retrovirus infection with HIV (the AIDS virus) can lead to cancer through destruction of the immune system. In the late 1970s, when HIV was first introduced into the U.S. gay population the sudden epidemic of a previously rare cancer called Kaposi's sarcoma made physicians suspect that homosexuals were spreading a cancer-causing virus. Later, it was found that HIV does not directly cause KS, and the exact cause of this cancer is still not known.
Decades before AIDS it was also known (but rarely publicised) that heterosexual activity carried a risk for cancer. Epidemiologists knew that highly promiscuous women had a greater chance of developing cervical cancer, the second most common female cancer. For example, studies clearly showed that prostitutes were at much higher risk for cervical cancer than nuns. Female genital cancer is now blamed on sexually-transmitted penile wart viruses (so called papilloma viruses). According to a Los Angeles Times report (June 7, 1995), cancer researchers now recognise that the vast majority of women worldwide who have cervical cancer develop it from contagious papilloma viruses. Although cancer is considered a chronic disease, cancer can sometimes act like an acute infectious disease. For. example, Jackie Kennedy died rapidly from lymphoma cancer, and Mickey Mantle quickly succumbed to liver cancer.
Although viruses are now accepted as a cause of some cancers a small group of physicians and scientists believe cancer is caused by bacteria. No one has done more to popularize the "cancer microbe" theory of cancer than Virginia Livingston-Wheeler. M.D., who died in 1990.
Livingston first discovered bacteria in an auto-immune disease called scleroderma in 1947. Like the bacteria that caused tuberculosis and leprosy, the scleroderma microbes were rod-shaped and stained "acid-fast." Aided by a team of pathologists, dermatologists and microbiologists, Livingston also discovered similar acid-fast bacteria in various forms of cancer.
The bacteria isolated from cancer and scleroderma were most unusual. Depending on their environment in laboratory culture the microbes had a peculiar ability to change size and shape-a biologic characteristic known as pleomorphism. The most common forms resembled round-shaped staphlo coccus bacteria or rod-shaped bacteria. Larger forms of the microbe resembled yeast and fungi. The tiniest forms were virus-like and too small to be seen in an ordinary microscope, but they could be visualized with an electron microscope that magnified the microbes thousands of times.
In scientific publications Livingston and her colleagues showed that the cancer microbe could appear as a bacterium, a virus, a fungus or a yeast-but in actuality they were all growth forms of the same germ. The microbe was found in the blood of normal and healthy people. but in the blood of terminal cancer patients the microbes were greatly increased in number. In Livingston's view, the destruction of red blood cells by cancer microbes causes the anemia that always accompanies the end stage of cancer.
In healthy individuals with normal immune systems, the microbe lived in harmony. However, when the immune system was damaged. the microbe became aggressive. Eventually Livingston named her ubiquitous microbe Progenitor cryptocides, the "hidden killer" in cancer.
The famous psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) spent years studying "orgone energy" and its effects on the body. His cancer research showed that cancerous cells have less orgone energy that normal, healthy cells. When cancer cells broke down and degenerated, he always observed toxic microbes arising out of the cancerous tissue. He called them "T-bacilli," after the German word, "Tod," which means death.
Like Livingston, Reich discovered T-bacilli not only in the cancer tumors, but also in the blood, the body fluids. and the excreta of cancer patients. He originally thought that the T-bacillus was the specific infectious agent of cancer, but these cancer microbes were eventually found in persons with other disease, and Reich also observed the T-bacilli in the blood and excreta of normal healthy people!
Reich's two most revolutionary books, The Bion Experiments on the Origin of Life "1938) and The Cancer "Biopathy (1948)contain details of his highly controversial biologic experiments and scientific theories, as well as fascinating insights into the origin of the cancer cell and "T" bacteria. "Beyond Psychology: "(Reich's)" Letters and Journals 1934-1939, published in 1994, also provides highly personal information on Reich's struggle to unravel the secrets of cancer and orgone energy. The best and most detailed biography of Reich is Myron Sharaf's "Fuiy on Earth". As an intimate friend and colleague, Sharaf presents a masterful view of Reich's unbelievable life, as well as his scientific achievements." (Beyond Psychology " and "Fury on Earth "are available from Flatland).
In the late 1950s, Reich got into serious legal trouble with the FDA in connection with the manufacture and sale of orgone accumulators. He was jailed and died while imprisoned. Six tons of his books, journals, and papers were burned by FDA officials in an unprecedented scientific holocaust.
Despite a century of cancer microbe research, physicians do not believe bacteria play any role in the cause of cancer, and most doctors have never heard of Reich's T-bacilli or Livingston's Progenitor cryptocides.
Livingston also got in trouble with medical authorities, who tried to stop her from using anti cancer vaccines made from the patient's own cancer microbe. In 1984 her book, "The Conquest of Cancer", caused a scientific furor and she was again labelled a quack.
In an unflattering Los Angeles Times article about Livingston (April 6, 1984), leading AIDS researcher Robert Gallo (who was later accused of stealing the AIDS virus from the Pasteur Institute) condemned Livingston's cancer microbe research by declaring, "What is going on in this country? This is insanity! She can have her theories and what can I say? I don't know of anything to support it. I can't see any basis and I don't know what to say or what analogy to give you."
As a friend and admirer I had confirmed many of Livingston's findings of bacteria in scleroderma and cancer. Published in medical journals are my reports and photos of bacteria discovered in various forms of cancer, including breast cancer and lymphoma. Pertinent to AIDS were published papers showing bacteria in AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma (so-called "gay cancer") and in the swollen lymph glands of patients with AIDS-related complex. My book, The Cancer Microbe (1990), contains photos of this hidden killer in cancer, AIDS, and auto-immune disease, and documents a century of cancer microbe research. It includes the life stories and achievements of Livingston and Reich, and other scientists whose brilliant discoveries helped unlock the mystery of cancer by identifying the germ that causes it.
Scientists on the cutting edge of cancer research now consider cancer to be a genetic disease. According to Richard D. Klausner, the new director of the National Cancer Institute, all the body's cells constantly scan themselves for genetic mistakes and damage caused by environmental factors, such as smoking. These cells are supposedly programmed to kill themselves when they find something wrong. Klausner believes that chemotherapy has worked "not because we gave poisonous agents that killed the cancer cells, but because it triggered the cancer cells to commit suicide."
Billions of dollars have been spent on the so-called War on Cancer. Yet people who have watched friends and family die of cancer know the treatment of advanced cancer is abysmal. Undoubtedly, the recognition of microscopic cancer bacteria at this late date would be an embarrassment to the medical profession. And expensive and questionable cancer therapies, such as radiation and chemotherapy, would have to be re-evaluated in terms of their effect on cancer microbe activity. However, ignoring cancer microbe research does the patient a great disservice because better treatment and a possible cure might result from the recognition of bacteria as causative agents in this disease.
While patiently waiting "for cancer cells to commit suicide", It would seem prudent for physicians and other health providers to become acquainted with cancer microbe research.
[Dr. Cantwell is a dermatologist and AIDS and cancer researcher. He Is the author of "The Cancer Microbe, AIDS: The Mystery & The Solution,.: AIDS &The Doctors of Death, and Queer Blood, all available from Flatland Books. Further information on cancer microbe research can be obtained by writing Aries Rising Press, P0 Box 29532, Los Angeles, CA 90029.]
ALAN CANTWELL's COMMENTS IN THIS ARTiCLE ABOUT DR.VIRGINIA LIVINGSTON WHEELER'S "DISCOVERY," ALONG WITH WILHELM REICH, MAY BE MISLEADING.
AFTER DISCUSSING THIS WITH ALAN MENTIONED AN ITEM I CAME ACROSS IN A VOLUME PREPARED BY THE ORGONE INSTITUTE, CALLED CONSPIRACY - AN EMOTIONAL CHAIN -REACTION. ON DECEMBER 2ND,19S0,ONE OF WILHELM REICH'S COLLEAGUES, DR. SIMEON TROPP, WROTE To VIRGINIA LIVINGSTON-WHEELER AND HER COWORKERS REGARDING REICH'S PRIOR WORK ON "THE CANCER MICROBE AS LIVINGSTON-WHEELER CALLED REICH'S "T-BACILLI .
WE ARE SURE THAT, AS SCIENTISTS, YOU WILL PAY ATTENTION TO THESE FACTS," DR. TROPP WROTE.
ALAN CANTWELL, WHO STUDIED WITH DR. LIVINGSTON-WHEELER, RECALLED HAVING ASKED HER IF SHE KNEW OF REICH'S WORK. SHE PROFESSED TOTAL IGNORANCE.
ALAN LATER DISCOVERED SEVERAL OF REICH'S BOOKS ON HER SHELVES. THE POINT HERE IS NOT SO MUCH "WHO CAME FIRST" BUT THE EXTENT TO WHICH EVEN ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS WILL GO TO AVOID MENTIONING REICH'S NAME, AND ABOVE ALL, ORGONE ENERGY. SOMEDAY SOME ENTERPRISING RESEARCHER WILL GET A NOBEL PRIZE BASED ON THIS TYPE OF "STRIPPING OFF" OF ONE STRAND OF ORGONOMY, WHILE CAREFULLY AVOIDING THOSE ASPECTS WHICH GIVE THE DISCOMFORT.
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