The doctor who cured too many patients
April 29th, 2012 by Holly Cornish
by Andrew Scholberg
Editor’s Note: Following is the second of two reports on the 5th Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Cancer Conference held recently in West Palm Beach, Florida.
When he was a newly-minted medical doctor, Dr. Burt Berkson’s bosses found it annoying that he was having so much success healing his patients. To teach him a lesson, they assigned him two patients that were definitely going to die within two weeks. These patients had eaten poisonous mushrooms, for which there was no known cure. Dr. Berkson’s bosses told him to watch them die of liver failure, take notes about it, and fulfill his responsibilities.
What happened next was the beginning of a revolution in medical treatment…
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There’s a Thief Silently Wiping Away Your Memory
Scientists used to think of memory as an area of the brain that acts like a “warehouse” where past knowledge is stored. But now researchers have found that no single location in your brain stores all of your memories. Instead, billions of brain cells retrieve your memories by sending out trillions of signals to communicate with other brain cells.
But as cells age, this communication breaks down—that’s the reason you start forgetting where you put your keys or glasses or the name of an acquaintance.
So what’s causing the breakdown?
Those are the nasty molecules that attack your cells through oxidation, stealing electrons like a thief.
Fortunately, there’s a “super-nutrient” that’s been discovered that attacks free radicals like nothing we’ve ever seen—100 times stronger than vitamin E in neutralizing free radicals.
Dr. Berkson considered that one of his responsibilities was to try to heal his patients. So he called a scientist at the National Institutes of Health and asked him, “Can anything regenerate an organ?”
The guru replied, “We’re looking at alpha lipoic acid.”
On the basis of that tip, Dr. Berkson injected alpha lipoic acid into both patients. Each one regenerated his liver and fully recovered.
His bosses blew their stacks!
When they didn’t die, Dr. Berkson’s bosses became really angry with him! They asked him, “What right do you have to treat liver disease? You’re not even a hepatologist [liver specialist].”
Other doctors in the Cleveland area were furious because his successful liver treatments interfered with their liver transplant business. Apparently too many liver transplant candidates were choosing Dr. Berkson’s inexpensive liver cure instead.
Remarkably, alpha lipoic acid also works for hepatitis C, said Dr. Berkson. And it also reverses diabetic neuropathies, helping diabetics avoid amputations of toes.
Regarding pancreatic cancer, Dr. Berkson said that the cure rate at M.D. Anderson (one of America’s top conventional cancer hospitals) is just about zero at the end of a year. But he has had a lot of success reversing “hopeless” cases of pancreatic cancer with alpha lipoic acid and low dose Naltrexone (often referred to as LDN).
Many of his pancreatic and liver cancer patients have survived for years and are now cancer free. (You can check out Issue 43 for more info about Naltrexone, and Issue 47 for more about alpha lipoic acid.)
The oncologists in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where Dr. Berkson now practices medicine, are angry with him. Perhaps they envy his success.
Patients at his out-patient clinic stay in a luxury condo because it’s less expensive than a hotel. He recommends four to six servings of green vegetables a day. He says stay away from fake sugar, refined sugar, sugar substitutes like stevia, and fake butter.
Although Dr. Berkson has had spectacular success with cancers of the pancreas and liver, and some success with breast cancer, he said he has had “no luck” treating colon cancer with alpha lipoic acid. “The older I get, the less I know,” he said.
The beginning of wisdom, as Socrates pointed out, is to realize you don’t know anything. Our medical establishment is anything but wise.
In addition to treating cancer, Dr. Berkson has also found a better way to treat auto-immune diseases. Most of his rheumatoid arthritis patients are off their prescription drugs within a month! (I wish I’d known about that in time to tell a cousin about his treatment for R.A. She was on Enbrel, a popular, heavily-advertised drug for R.A. She died of a massive infection, one of Enbrel’s well known side effects.)
Dr. Berkson is the author of The Alpha Lipoic Acid Breakthrough and also Syndrome X.
Runaway stress can kill you
Dr. Berkson’s remarkable talk was one of the highlights of the Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Cancer Conference. But there were so many outstanding talks it would be hard to single out one for special praise.
Dr. Susan Silberstein spoke about “Breast Cancer: The Stress Connection.” She said, “We ask patients, ‘Why do you think you got sick?’ Ninety-five percent of them say they knew exactly where the disease came from: stress. Stress triggers a whole cascade of physical effects that can result in cancer. Stress may even be the most potent cancer-causing factor. And stress that’s perceived as inevitable or uncontrollable is particularly damaging.”
What’s needed, she said, is a balance between the sympathetic nervous system (the adrenaline rush that produces the “fight or flight” response) and the parasympathetic nervous system (the “rest and digest” relaxation response).
The sympathetic nervous system is like the accelerator of a car, and the parasympathetic nervous system is like the brake. Both are necessary, for obvious reasons. But in the typical cancer patient, the “accelerator” is stuck to the floor, and the “brakes” are out.
Stress management and stress reduction techniques are essential to restore the cancer patient’s proper balance. Dr. Silberstein recommended changing the stress-inducing environment — if not permanently, at least temporarily. She suggested a number of helpful ideas, such as exercise, biofeedback, hypnosis, meditation, yoga, massage, laughter, play, prayer, pets, support groups, and counseling. She affirmed that relationships and having a purpose in life are essential.
Dr. Silberstein said, “The kind of disease the patient has is less important than the kind of patient that has the disease!”
Stress makes cancer worse, but these two minerals help!
Author Helayne Waldman, who wrote The Whole Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors, spoke on five minutes’ notice when one of the scheduled speakers failed to show up. She said cancer patients have much more power than they believe they have, and she gave several valuable health tips.
She said cancer patients generally have a deficiency of magnesium and zinc because that’s what people excrete when they’re anxious. It’s wise to replenish these minerals through supplementation. Another key substance that’s necessary for health — especially for breast and thyroid health — is iodine. She recommended a urine test that shows whether one has enough iodine.
How to cancer proof yourself from your day of diagnosis
Tami Moehmer, the author of Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds, introduced the Breast Cancer Symposium’s main speaker, Gwen Stritter, M.D.
Dr. Stritter posed the question: When “Jane Doe” is diagnosed with breast cancer, what can she do to increase her chance of survival immediately, that very day?
The answer is: plenty! Dr. Stritter described this scenario, which is something any cancer patient can use to make herself practically cancer-proof:
- Fast walking three hours per week improves breast cancer survival by 40 percent, so Jane Doe does several fast-walk loops around the medical building’s parking lot before driving home. (She decides to do fast-walking five or six hours per week because that increases survival even more!)
- Because increased contact with friends and family after breast cancer diagnosis lowers the risk of death by 70 percent, she decides to stop by to see some family on her way home.
- Because having one alcoholic drink a day increases the risk of death by 36 percent, she decides to skip her ritual of having an evening glass of wine. Instead, she decides to limit her intake to two glasses per week.
- Because taking vitamin D3 decreases metastasis and increases survival by 55 percent, she decides to pick some up on her way home.
- Because high intake of omega-3 fatty acids from fatty fish increases breast cancer survival by 25 percent, she stops at the grocery store to pick up some wild salmon. (All you need is 1.5 servings per week, and a serving is 3 ounces. Farm-raised salmon doesn’t have the same nutritional benefit as wild salmon.)
- Because a daily aspirin reduces breast cancer deaths by 70 percent, she picks up a bottle of baby aspirin.
Jane Doe has just found out she has breast cancer, but the cancer hardly stands a chance because she’s making her body a hostile environment for cancer to grow.
Dr. Stritter pointed out that there’s no longer any doubt that integrative cancer treatment beats conventional treatment hands down. The integrative clinics get results that “blow conventional medicine out of the water.”
She cited a study involving two integrative cancer clinics: Dr. Keith Block’s clinic in Skokie, Illinois, and the Pine Street Clinic near San Francisco. “Terminal” cancer patients who sought integrative treatment at these clinics lived about three years longer, on average, than similar patients who sought conventional cancer treatment.
“That’s a huge difference,” Dr. Stritter said. “Integrative oncology works!”
This woman’s doctor’s left a daily voice mail message:
“You’re going to die…”
Holistic life coach Jill Schneider took the microphone and told her unusual story. Back in 1975 at the age of 29 her doctor gave her the horrible news: she had malignant cervical cancer. She decided to do a cleanse, and she knew it would help. She did the brown rice cleanse for 10 days, chewing each mouthful of brown rice 50 to 100 times. She said, “It purifies the blood.” In addition, she started doing acupuncture and changed to a macrobiotic diet.
Meanwhile, her gynecologist called her every day and left this message on her answering machine, “You’re going to die unless you come back [for conventional treatment].” She ignored these messages.
She decided that to heal herself she needed to get away and spend a lot of time in nature. So she went to Venezuela and Peru, where she could live on $5 a day, and stayed in South America until her money ran out after four months. When she returned to America, her cancer was completely gone!
Today she rides her bike 12 miles a day in the Everglades. She feels fantastic. She knew her calling was to help people, and she now does one-on-one holistic coaching. Her book is Oy Vey to Joy Vey, and her website is www.circle-of-life.net.
Every American will be diabetic by the year 2050!
One of the top cancer doctors in the world, Rodrigo Rodriguez, M.D., of the International Biocare Hospital in Mexico, spoke on “Detox and Diet.” He got right to the point: “The junk diet is literally killing us. For the first time in American history we’re raising children that won’t outlive their parents! By 2050, every single American will be diabetic if the trend continues. We have to learn how to eat right.”
Dr. Rodriguez described his “100 year rule” for eating: if the food you’re about to eat was available 100 years ago, you should be all right. But if it didn’t exist 100 years ago, you should probably avoid eating it.
He says one of the major mistakes most people make is not chewing their food enough. Chewing is absolutely essential for proper digestion and nutrition.
Many cancer patients arrive at Dr. Rodriguez’s clinic dehydrated and malnourished. Often they lack even the desire to eat. Dr. Rodriguez solves that problem with an IV to hydrate and feed the patients. “They snap back to life,” he said. And the cancer treatments work better when the patient is given enough hydration and nutrition.
Veterinarians give better advice
Dr. Rodriguez made this intriguing observation: When a patient goes to the doctor and complains about dull hair, eight out of 10 doctors will say, “Change your shampoo.” But when someone takes their pet to the vet and complains about a dull coat of fur, eight out of 10 vets will ask, “What are you feeding your pet?” Dr. Rodriguez concluded, “For nutrition, you’re better off with a vet!” The audience laughed.
Incidentally, I’ve personally interviewed Dr. Rodriguez and toured his clinic as well as the other top integrative cancer clinics in Mexico. These clinics are among the best in the world, and they are affordable. Quite a few Amish people go to the Mexican clinics when they get cancer because they prefer natural treatments rather than conventional American treatments. For more information, click on Adios, Cancer.
“Preventing Lymphedema” was the title of the talk by Daya Fisch, an expert in the lymphatic system. She said the lymphatic system is one of three systems that can’t be separated. The other two are the muscular system and the energy system (the meridians and pressure points identified in Chinese medicine). Exercise, she said, addresses the lymphatic system and muscular system and probably the energy system as well.
She said, “You don’t need any acupuncture needles to open up the meridian system. If you find a sore acupressure point, it means the energy is blocked. Work the bad spots. Touch the sensitive areas.” She also recommended stretching, physical therapy, and massage.
The entire audience was grateful to Ann Fonfa, the head of the Annie Appleseed Project, for presenting another informative and inspirational conference. If you missed the first part of this two-part report, you can scroll down and read it now.
“Honey, throw out the roast,
we’re going vegetarian!”
Editor’s Note: Following is the report of one of our star writers, Andrew Scholberg, who represented Cancer Defeated at the 5th Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Cancer Conference held recently in West Palm Beach, Florida. The conference is sponsored by the Annie Appleseed Project, a nonprofit group that challenges conventional cancer treatment and seek alternatives.
One of Dr. Keith Block’s patients with metastasized prostate cancer called his wife after his initial consultation. He told her, “Honey, throw out the roast. We’re going vegetarian!” She did, and he’s still alive 25 years later.
Keith Block, M.D., is one of the world’s leading integrative cancer doctors. He related this story at the 2012 Complementary & Alternative Cancer Conference, where he was the keynote speaker.
Another patient came to Dr Block with metastasized kidney cancer. The doctor he’d been seeing had given him one month to live. He’s alive 22 years later and free of disease. And Dr. Block says he actually looks younger today than he did 22 years ago! Keep reading to find out how Dr. Block brings about these remarkable cures. . .
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You’ve got to watch this
I recently came across what I believe is one of the most promising cancer advancements of the past 30 years.
A neurochemist developed it over the course of 20 years. Already several major studies (on over 10,000 patients combined) have verified its accuracy. The FDA has even approved it.
But, strangely, this cancer discovery has been kept almost completely quiet. (The reason why made me furious — I bet you’ll feel the same way.)
I just finished watching this special video alert… It’s got everything you need to know about this medical development.
A woman with inoperable pancreatic cancer was given three months to live. Her doctor told her, “We have no treatment for you.” She went to Dr. Block’s clinic and is now a long-term survivor.
Dr. Block has many other such stories that prove how foolish it is for a doctor to presume to know how long a patient is going to live — something only God can know.
The founder of the Annie Appleseed conference, Ann Fonfa, first met Dr. Block in 2005. She introduced him by saying, “We know what Keith Block does is working because we hear from people all over the country.”
Doctors use this alternative secret,
but you can’t have it
Dr. Block rejects the notion that a cancer doctor should use only conventional treatments or only natural remedies. Rather, he combines the best of both. He uses chemo sensitivity testing, designed to match a patient’s cancer cells with the specific chemo drug that’s most likely to kill the strain of cancer the patient has. He only uses chemo when the test indicates that a chemo drug will be effective against that cancer.
Ann Fonfa pointed out that some conventional cancer doctors are well aware of the value of the chemo sensitivity test, yet they withhold it from their patients! She found out about that by accident from a doctor from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center who attended one of her conferences.
This doctor told the audience that when he got colon cancer his fellow doctors at Sloan-Kettering gave him a chemo sensitivity test to find the best treatment. But he said the same doctors tell all their patients that “chemo sensitivity testing doesn’t work.” This dishonesty, hypocrisy, and greed is par for the course in the cancer treatment racket.
But Dr. Block’s clinic is different. His sole focus is to give his patients therapies that will actually help them get rid of their cancer. And he has put just about everything needed to beat cancer under one roof.
The six key factors in treating cancer
The treatment plan at Dr. Block’s clinic focuses on a few key factors, and he named six: the eating plan, the mind-spirit connection, physical care, nutrition, fitness, and attitude. The treatment is individualized, not one-size-fits-all.
The first thing you see when you enter Dr. Block’s clinic is the kitchen. And that’s no accident because he regards food as either a help or a hindrance in getting rid of cancer. Eating the wrong foods — like sugar, bad fats, and junk food — will feed cancer. But a solid eating plan that includes a good variety of vegetables helps cure cancer.
He recommends a colorful variety (“rainbow”) of vegetables, whole cereal grains, and mostly plant-based proteins. He offers his patients cooking classes, which he says are fundamental and basic for medical care.
Inflammation is a common problem that can lead to or aggravate cancer. In fact, inflammation more than doubles the mortality from cancer. Yet conventional doctors don’t even test for it. Dr. Block does, and he prescribes a treatment plan that reduces inflammation.
Correcting the ratio of bad fats to good fats is one way to reduce inflammation. Dr. Block said that omega 6 fats can drive up inflammation. The typical American has a ratio of 20 to one of bad fats to good fats (omega 3). Kids may have a ratio of 40 or 45 to one. A ratio of two to one or one to one is ideal, he said. He pointed out that cutting dietary fat lowered the risk of breast cancer recurrence 24 percent.
Sleep is “super relevant” for health and especially for cancer patients, according to Dr. Block. Being exposed to light while sleeping increases breast cancer incidence by 22 percent because light suppresses melatonin. Using black shades with velcro to block light from a bedroom can improve the quality of sleep, he said.
Air travel industry would be shut down
if it had a record like the cancer industry
Dr. Block posed the question, “Why are we losing the war on cancer, which costs America $225 billion a year?” He said you could fill 12 jumbo jets with the Americans who will get diagnosed with cancer today — and another 12 jumbo jets tomorrow and the next day and the next. That’s bad enough. But he said the number of people dying of cancer each day would fill three or four jumbo jets. He observed that “the FAA would shut down all flights if the prognosis for flight safety were that bad!”
We’re losing the war on cancer, Dr. Block declared, because “our system is topsy turvy” and because “there’s no foundation for true prevention.” Screening procedures aren’t prevention because they only catch disease — early, one hopes. But even catching it early is too late when the cancer could’ve been prevented in the first place.
Dr. Block, who has seen over 18,000 patients, declared, “People don’t die from cancer. They die from complications and consequences of the disease — from things that are treatable.” He listed sticky blood as an example. Sticky blood can lead to an embolism. But an integrative treatment program can change blood from sticky to slippery, which is much more healthy.
How important is exercise in a cancer treatment program? Dr. Block declared, “No patient has done a three-mile speed walk and died the next day.” That being the case, when someone has cancer it’d be an excellent idea to do a three-mile speed walk every day! Dr. Block wants all of his patients to get moving. And he even has a treadmill next to the chemo suites at his clinic.
Dr. Block often treats his patients while they’re exercising. For example, he can give a chemo drip by IV while a patient is doing yoga.
This doctor follows his own advice
Dr. Block practices what he preaches about exercise. His favorite hobby is cold-water surfing. Believe it or not, he surfs the waves of Lake Michigan during the cold, windy Chicago winters. He has also surfed the waves off the shores of Alaska, and he even surfed 1,000 feet from glaciers in Antarctica!
Of course, few cancer patients will follow him in that extreme hobby. But just about all cancer patients can walk three to five hours per week. For those who like to ride a bike, Dr. Block recommends 30 minutes of cycling per day.
Dr. Block is the editor-in-chief of Integrative Cancer Therapies and the author of Life Over Cancer. For years, the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment was located in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He recently moved his clinic to the adjacent suburb of Skokie.
Doctor apologized for not listening
The next presentation was a panel discussion of long-term cancer survivors. Moderator Julia Chiappetta found her breast cancer herself. She’d formed the habit of checking herself for cancer, and she felt her tumor.
But when she first saw a doctor about her concern, he gave her a mammogram, which was negative, and told her not to worry about it. She pleaded with him to do a biopsy because she could feel something wasn’t right. The doctor had to apologize to her when the biopsy came back positive for stage 2 breast cancer. He promised to listen to his patients better in the future.
Julia says mammograms are only about 50 percent accurate. She prefers other cancer detection tools: ultrasound, thermography, and MRIs. To get rid of her cancer, Julia used a natural protocol with no drugs whatsoever, and that worked for her. For a detailed description of thermography, see our Special Report Breast Cancer Cover-Up.
They used alternatives — and lived
Panelist Eddie Dutton, the executive director of the South Florida Cancer Association, had stage 4 neck cancer with a cancerous tongue and throat. One doctor gave him four months to live. His doctor gave him the conventional treatment — surgery, radiation, and chemo.
Correction to previous issue
The previous issue, #180, was incorrect when it described the beetroot supplement Neo40® Daily as “sublingual (under the tongue).” The lozenges should be allowed to dissolve on top of the tongue. As always, when taking this or any other supplement you should use as directed on the packaging. We regret the error.
When Eddie asked the doctor about alternatives, the doctor said, “I don’t know anything about it, so I wouldn’t recommend it.” He decided to use alternatives, including laetrile (apricot seeds), resveratrol, and hawthorne berries. These alternatives helped him get rid of his cancer.
Panelist Billy Lewter is a prostate cancer survivor. He’d decided to get surgery but changed his mind in favor of alternatives. His doctor was shocked and offended upon learning that Billy wasn’t going to have surgery. He shook Billy by the shoulders and said, “You’re playing Russian roulette! You have 12 months to live.”
Billy sought treatment at the Hippocrates Health Institute, a Florida clinic. Later he went to Germany for cancer treatment at the late Dr. Hans Nieper’s clinic in Hanover. Dr. Nieper gave him Venus fly trap extract and other therapies. The doctor who once told him “you have 12 months to live” was dead wrong.
Billy has survived for 19 years without conventional treatment. Unfortunately he was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, though he’s not a smoker. He hopes to beat that, too.
The doctor was talking through his hat
Panelist Florence Ferreira learned she had cancer 12 years ago. Like Julia, she found it herself despite a mammogram that was negative. Her doctor gave her “six months to live.” She never believed him. She had a sense that he was talking through his hat.
To outlive her doctor’s death sentence, she used both conventional and alternative therapies. For her, this integrative approach has worked. But two years ago she had a setback. In September of 2010 she learned about two tumors growing in her spine, pinching the nerves going to her legs. This caused intense pain. She couldn’t sleep at night. She was screaming. Steroids didn’t help. When the pain kept on increasing she went on morphine.
Dr. Martin Dayton of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, helped her get through the crisis. Florence calls him a “great doctor.”
To get rid of the tumors, she concluded that she needed extreme hyperthermia — a treatment that’s only available in Germany. So she got her passport, flew to Germany, and checked into the clinic of one of Germany’s leading cancer specialists, Alexander Herzog, M.D. (I’ve personally interviewed Dr. Herzog and toured his clinic as well as the other top clinics in Germany. For more information, check out our Special Report German Cancer Breakthrough.)
Florence needed wheelchair service to make it to Dr. Herzog’s clinic. She had hardly slept for months. She was swollen just about everywhere. She had local hyperthermia on her spine the very first day, which gave her immediate relief. “It was pretty amazing,” she said. On the third day Dr. Herzog gave her extreme whole body hyperthermia in which her core temperature was heated to 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 degrees Fahrenheit) for four hours under sedation. Healthy cells can take this kind of heat for four hours, but cancer cells can’t.
Florence came back to America dancing and jumping!
She said, “I came back to America walking, dancing, and jumping.” Florence’s oncologist couldn’t believe it. Instead of looking into the German treatments he told her, “It HAS to be the placebo effect.” What an ignorant remark!
From the time Cancer Defeated first started in 2006, we’ve repeatedly and forcefully recommended hyperthermia. It’s a treatment every cancer patient and everyone who might become a cancer patient (in other words, everybody) should know about. The best source of information is German Cancer Breakthrough.
The youngest panelist, Johnny Cathcard, was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 12. He started getting headaches in sixth grade, and they became worse in seventh grade. After an MRI, a doctor told his parents, “My gosh, your son has a fist-sized tumor in his brain. We’ve got to cut it out now!” The next morning he was on the operating table.
After surgery, he got heavy doses of conventional treatments, including a “super dose of chemo” 11 years ago at Sloan-Kettering. The side effects were severe, including some damage to his hearing.
Johnny’s high school cross country coach once told him, “When you get to the end of what you can do, that’s where faith begins.” And Johnny holds onto those words as a metaphor for life. He says “bad things often happen, but life is all about how we deal with them. Life isn’t meant to be easy, it’s just meant to be worth it!”
Johnny is wise beyond his years. He says faith got him through his many health crises: faith that tomorrow will come, faith that there will be a future, faith that he’s going to get to the other side.
The panel also included Jennifer Rozman, who became a full-time caregiver when her mother was dying of breast cancer. That experience revealed her mission in life: to help people be proactive with health. She started a juicing company and brings juice to people’s homes. She teaches others that connecting the mind and the body is the path to true health.
Next issue will feature our concluding report on Anne Fonfa’s excellent conference.
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