New Bacteria Discovery
Clears Up Mystery
Identifying a new microorganism explains the
cause of a serious lymph node infection.

From Alan Cantwell, MD
By Thomas H. Maugh II,
LA Times Staff Writer
April 15, 2006
In a development unusual in an era when most disease-causing agents have already been found, government researchers have identified a new bacterium that causes a serious lymph node infection in some patients with suppressed immune systems.
"The discovery of new bacteria is not uncommon, but discovering an organism that causes human illness is certainly unique," said Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health.
The bacterium has been found in three patients with chronic granulomatous disease, which affects an estimated one person in 250,000. But researchers said the source of at least half of all infections in such patients could not be identified in the past, suggesting that the bacterium could be common in this population.
The immunodeficiency disease is caused by a genetic defect in an enzyme called phagocyte NADPH oxidase, which is used in immune cells to generate hydrogen peroxide that kills bacteria and fungi.
In July 2003, a 39-year-old man with chronic granulomatous disease was referred to the NIH after three months of unexplainable fever, chills, fatigue and night sweats, in addition to a 10-pound weight loss. Antibiotics did no good. Two months later, he experienced painful swelling of the lymph nodes in his neck.
Dr. David E. Greenberg of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and his colleagues biopsied the lymph nodes, which they found to be extensively infected with the new organism, they reported Thursday in the journal Public Library of Science Pathogens.
Genetic analysis of the bacterium showed it to be a member of the Acetobacteraceae family, which includes several types of bacteria that are common in the environment and some that are used to make vinegar. No member of the family has previously been shown to cause human disease, however.
The team named the new bacterium Granulobacter bethesdensis in honor of the location of the NIH headquarters in Bethesda, Md. They have since found the bacterium in two other patients.
Book Review
Four Women Against Cancer: Bacteria, Cancer & the Origin of Life
Alan Cantwell, Jr., M.D.
Aries Rising Press (PO Box 29532, Los Angeles, CA 90029;
323-462-6458). $16.95 + $4 s/h
also available through and Book Clearing House (1-800-431-1579)
Review by Joan d'Arc
Four Women Against Cancer presents the early revolutionary microbe research of four great women scientists: physician Virginia Livingston, MD; microbiologist Eleanor Alexander-Jackson; cell cytologist Irene Diller; and biochemist Florence Seibert. Dr. Cantwell explores the "mysterious" microbial cause of various diseases and relates it to the origin of life. According to cancer researcher Vincent Gammill, "you won't find a better overview of the scientific justification for a bacterial etiology of cancer and the great lengths to which the medical establishment will go to suppress this research."
In his long career as a dermatologist, Dr. Cantwell specialized in Kaposi's Sarcoma, an AIDs-related skin cancer. He is the author of The Cancer Microbe (1990), AIDS and the Doctors of Death (1992), Queer Blood: Secret AIDS Genocide Plot (1993), and is a frequent contributor to Paranoia, including Back in the 1950s, he writes, four women discovered the "cancer germ" that continues to be denied by the cancer industry. This infectious agent had characteristics of both bacteria and virus, and produced a hormone that allowed continual reproduction and renewal. Not only does Dr. Cantwell discuss the bacterial etiology of cancer, but he tells the story of how similar microbes are related to other infectious diseases, such as AIDS-related cancer, leprosy and scleroderma.
Dr. Cantwell's chapter on scleroderma is most interesting. Scleroderma is a horrible disease that slowly encases the victim in hardened skin. In this chapter, Dr. Cantwell befriends Dr. Virginia Livingston, who had discovered that the etiology of scleroderma was similar to leprosy, which is known to have a bacterial cause. Dr. Cantwell ends up taking a trip to a morgue to obtain a skin specimen of a man who had recently died of scleroderma (and he finds the mortician quite amenable to his taking the specimen)! In fact, the bacterial etiology of scleroderma was what led Virginia to look for a microbe as the cause of cancer. By the time her report on scleroderma was published, she had discovered the bacterial etiology of cancer. According to Dr. Livingston, Progenitor cryptocides is the germ that allows life to reproduce, but is also the taker of life: the cause of aberrant cell reproduction.
In their suppressed clinical research of the 1950s, both Virginia and Eleanor had used "autogenous" vaccines, tailor made from the patient's own specific bacteria, to immunize their patients against cancer and other diseases. Virginia had proposed not only that all infants be immunized at birth against P. cryptocides, but that cattle and chickens be immunized in order to eliminate cancer from the food chain. Virginia's animal vaccines had been highly successful in decreasing cancer in animals, and her chicken cancer vaccine was licensed in 1986. This woman was clearly before her time: She advocated the immunization of family pets, and she promoted vegetarianism!
As Dr. Cantwell tells us, in 1990 the California Health Department ordered Dr. Livingston to cease and desist the use of autogenous vaccines to treat cancer. There had been no patient complaints against her clinic. She wrote optimistically, "I am confident that all my findings will be universally corroborated and that my treatment methods, or close variations thereof, will eventually become the prevalent treatment of cancer." Could it be the cancer industry didn't want to find a cure?
In the end, the cancer establishment never took these women's ideas seriously and never invested a dime into research to see whether they were on the right trail. As Dr. Cantwell writes, Virginia was expected to prove with her own finances to both the National Cancer Institute and the FDA that her vaccines were safe and effective against cancer. Her vaccines were labeled quackery and she endured vicious slander by the press.
In fact, this valid scientific research into the bacterial cause of cancer continues to be derided by the cancer establishment to this day, even though a bacterial cause for many diseases - from tonsilitis to peptic ulcers to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - is in the news practically every day! Indeed, a significant body of evidence exists for bacterial translocation (passage across the intestinal barrier) and multiple organ failure!
When viewed under the microscope, Four Women Against Cancer cracks open the case for a suppressed cancer cure and a capitalistic cancer 'industry' with more to gain by keeping us sick.
Alan Cantwell M.D.



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