- 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
- 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
- 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 www.amazon.com
and Book Clearing House (1-800-431-1579)
- Review by Joan d'Arc
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
- 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 paranoiamagazine.com. 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
- 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.
- FOUR WOMEN AGAINST CANCER