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Manhunt For A Boy...And
The Bacteria In Hodgkins
Disease (Lymphoma Cancer)
By Alan Cantwell, MD
c. 2009 Alan Cantwell, MD
Figure I. Bacteria in the lung observed at autopsy from a 15 year old Latina, who died of Hodgkin's disease. Acid-fast stain, magnification times 1000.
Figure 2. Bacteria in a skin tumor of Hodgkin's disease. Acid-fast stain, magnification times 1000.
At the time of this writing there is a nationwide manhunt for Daniel Hauser, a 13 year old boy with Hodgkin's disease, a type of lymphoma cancer. Citing religious reasons, his parents have refused to have the boy treated by a cancer doctor. After having received one chemo treatment, the boy also insisted he would physically fight the doctors if he were forced to continue therapy.
In the brouhaha, a Minnesota judge declared the boy had to submit to chemotherapy and radiation, thus stirring up a national debate.
Cancer experts claim the boy's cancer is 95% curable, and that he will likely die without therapy. At last report, the mother and son had disappeared and, according to the father, might have left the country to whereabouts unknown.
What is Hodgkin's disease? What causes this uncommon form of cancer? Is there a cure for Hodgkin's? And why don't cancer experts pay any attention to the tuberculosis-like bacteria claimed by various investigators to cause Hodgkin's?
Is Hodgkin's disease a bacterial infection?
Hodgkin's disease (HD) was first described in 1832 by Thomas Hodgkin. For more than a century the disease was not considered a cancer, but was widely regarded as a bacterial and infectious disease, possibly related to the acid-fast bacteria that cause tuberculosis. Although cancer experts no longer consider bacteria as a cause of HD, various researchers continue to implicate bacteria (not viruses) in this form of cancer.
Not surprisingly, HD and tuberculosis (TB) can co-exist in the same patient [1]; and there is increasing recognition of a close association between HD and so-called "non-Hodgkin's lymphoma"[2]. TB-like bacteria have also been described in "non-Hodgkin's lymphoma" , by Busni [3,4], Aplas [5,6], and Cantwell [7,8]. AIDS patients have an increased incidence of both Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, as well as a high incidence of Kaposi's sarcoma [9]. Pleomorphic TB-like bacteria have been observed and reported in AIDS-related lymphoma and Kaposi's sarcoma by Cantwell et al. [10-13].
Does chemotherapy and radiation cure Hodgkin's?
Before chemotherapy and radiation treatments were designed for HD, the disease was uniformly fatal. Now the 5-year survival rate for the average patient is about 80%. However, the patient may play a heavy price healthwise for this standard therapy. Patients who survive radiation treatment for HD can develop a second related cancer. According to Aisenberg, deaths from second malignancies are the most important cause of death other than HD itself [14].
Women with HD who are radiated have up to a 40 percent greater risk for breast cancer [15]. HD patients are also at increased risk for acute leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found that patients surviving childhood Hodgkin's disease suffer strokes later in life at rates about four times that of the general population. They suspect the radiation used in treating this cancer as a cause [16].
Because cancer experts claim the cause of all these different cancers is unknown, it is assumed there is no etiologic connection between them. However, cancer microbe research suggests that
pleomorphic bacteria (and virus-like forms of bacteria) are implicated in many forms of cancer.
Bacteria as a cause of Hodgkin's disease
The microbiology of HD is intimately connected with the microbiology of cancer. The reason for this is that similar-appearing bacteria are found in the tissue in various forms of cancer. In the last half century the leading proponents of the bacteriology of cancer include Virginia Wuerthele-Caspe Livingston, M.D. [17], microbiologist Eleanor Alexander-Jackson [18], cell cytologist Irene Diller [19,20], and noted biochemist Florence Seibert [21,22]. Their work is documented in Livingston's Cancer: A New Breakthrough [23] and The Conquest of Cancer [24]; and in my books, The Cancer Microbe [25], and Four Women Against Cancer [26]. Color photographs of Cantwell's cancer bacteria can be viewed on-line at the Journal of Independent Medical Research website (www.joimr.org). There are also videos of my lectures on the cancer microbe available on YouTube.com.
During the 1970s and 1980s I identified bacteria in acid-fast stained tissue sections from HD patients. Microphotographs of bacteria in tissue sections of the heart, lung, lymph nodes, skin, pancreas, cerebrum, bone and marrow from four HD patients, were reported in 1981, along with a review of the previous literature implicating bacteria in HD [27]. Figure 1 shows bacteria identified at autopsy in the lung of a 15 year old Latina who died of HD.
In 1979 I encountered a 56-year-old white man with a very rare HD tumor initially confined to the skin. Figure 2 shows the bacteria deep in the skin, and identified in specially-stained acid-fast tissue sections. Later that year, new swellings of lymph nodes were also diagnosed as HD. Similar bacteria were observed. Despite radiation therapy and chemotherapy, he died from cardiac arrest the following year. At autopsy, the heart showed changes consistent with "radiation pericarditis." Rare foci of scattered acid-fast coccoid forms were noted in the lung and heart. The cancer was "cured" in that there was no autopsy evidence of HD. However, microbes were still present in the lung tissue sections, as reported in 1984, by Cantwell and Kelso [28]. More photographs of microbes in HD can be found on the joimr.org website (http://www.joimr.org/phorum/read.php?f=2&i=108&t=108).
Newer research implicating bacteria in Hodgkin's disease
Could the cancer establishment, except for a few dissidents, be wrong in ignoring and rejecting a bacterial cause of HD? In this regard, it is important to recall that the Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded in 2005 to two Australian researchers who discovered that stomach ulcers were caused by bacteria that millions of people carry normally in their stomach. For a century these ulcer-causing bacteria, now identifiable in tissue with a special tissue stain, went undetected by physicians, all of whom were taught that bacteria could not survive in the acid environment of the stomach. Now a curative antibiotic treatment has been designed to treat Helicobacter pylori infection.
In 1975, using the electron microscope, Parmley et al. showed "microorganism-like structures" in lymph nodes in some untreated patients with HD [29]. More recently, Swiss oncologist Christian Sauter and pathologist Michael Kurrer discovered microbe-like "intercellular rods" and "spheres" in six HD patients [30]. The physicians claim that many features of HD suggest a bacterial infection; and that the epidemiology of HD also suggests a bacterial disease like TB. Sauter and Blum also viewed regression of HD of the lung by use of prolonged antibiotic therapy with ciprofloxacin and clarithromycin [31]. Sauter thinks antibiotic treatment of very early Hodgkin's disease may be successful before there is a genetic exchange between the bacteria and human cells.
Why do cancer experts ignore bacteria in HD and cancer?
Most people do not envision the human body as immersed in a sea of microbes from internal and external sources; and we are told that our only protection from the trillions of potentially dangerous bacteria that inhabit our bodies is our immune system.
Rowan Hooper, writing in Wired News about new research at Imperial College London, notes: "Most of the cells in your body are not your own, nor are they even human. They are bacterial. From the invisible strands of fungi waiting to sprout between our toes, to the kilogram of bacterial matter in our guts, we are best viewed as walking 'superorganisms,' highly complex conglomerations of human cells, bacteria, fungi and viruses. More than 500 different species of bacteria exist in our bodies, making up more than 100 trillion cells. Because our bodies are made of only some several trillion human cells, we are somewhat outnumbered by the aliens. It follows that most of the genes in our bodies are from bacteria, too. Luckily for us, the bacteria are on the whole commensal, sharing our food but doing no real harm." There is also recent evidence that bacteria and human cells constantly "swap genes", much like the AIDS retrovirus swaps its genetic material with human cells.
Despite all that has been published on the cancer microbe, I am aware of microbiologists and pathologists and cancer experts who demand "proof" that these tiny round microscopic forms are indeed bacteria and infectious agents. But these forms can be seen in the earliest phases of cancer, and when the cancer appears in new areas and, most importantly, can be seen abundantly at autopsy. Nevertheless, most doctors are adamant in their belief that bacteria are not involved in the cause of cancer. (Yet, amazingly, most believe in viruses, even thought most doctors have never seen one.) I contend that after attending medical school physicians should be able to recognize bacteria when they see them. Surely these "forms" reported for a century should be recognized and deserve careful study. The disinterest of the medical and microbiologic community in investigating bacteria in HD and other forms cancer is not in the tradition of good science.
The microbiology of cancer and the Internet
The bacterial cause of cancer has a rich history dating back to the nineteenth century. Anyone interested in the bacterial cause of cancer can now easily research it on the computer. An Internet search, using key words such as: cancer microbe, cancer bacteria, pleomorphism, and nanobacteria + cancer, provides a good introduction to the microbiology of cancer. In addition, I suggest Googling cancer research workers, such as Virginia Livingston, Erik Enby, Guenther Enderlein, Alan Cantwell, Lida Mattman, Wilhelm Reich + T Bacilli, Raymond Royal Rife, and others.
There is no longer any excuse to be ignorant of research pointing to bacteria as a possible cause of cancer, particularly when evidence of such bacteria resides in the medical literature. Previously, the contents of medical journals were closed to the public because most people were not granted access to , medical libraries. Now all that has changed. By use of the PubMed website, published medical literature is now easily available to everyone via the click of a mouse.
If the health authorities can conduct a national search for a boy with Hodgkin's cancer and force him to endure radiation and chemotherapy, they can certainly can spend a little time searching for the bacteria that are so clearly visible in Hodgkin's and other forms of cancer.
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Dr. Cantwell is the author of two books on the microbiology of cancer: The Cancer Microbe and Four Women Against Cancer, both available from www.amazon.com and Book Clearing House @ 1-800-431-1579.
Email - alancantwell@sbcgobal.net
Website - www.ariesrisingpress.com
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