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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 2:52:59 PM PST
Healthy cells burn glucose first. They switch to fat when glucose and glycogen stores run low.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 3:41:37 PM PST
Cancer killed my mother; but first, you snake oilers took all her money.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 3:58:27 PM PST
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spellman says:
GICON refers to the GIant CONspiracy that people believe involves big phamacia running medicine. It is selfish of us as a populace to think we deserve all alternatives, no matter what the cost, as a matter of choice. This poor stewardship will lead medical care to amount to 20% of the GNP soon. The government, will have its HR3200 which will mandate, regulate, and ration health care to its own design. You will not have a choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 4:03:34 PM PST
thaugen says:
Hey Spellman, when did GICON enter the conversation? Your previous post:

Spellman says:
To answer your questions in order.
Yes.
Depends on the tumor. Mostly it's a wives tale like catching VD from a toilet seat.
Conflicts of interest and funding are stated in the paper.
No.
Correct. It's against the law.
It's not an issue. It's against the law.
No. GICOM is for the psych department.

GICOM not GICON. I guess this totally discredits you.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 4:44:59 PM PST
spellman says:
ZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzz

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 6:20:54 PM PST
KING CONAN says:
Dr. Sherry Rogers will be on (wicked) Joyce Riley's- " The Power Hour" tomorrow Thurs Dec 1, 2011.
One thing she will discuss is how Toxic Baby Bottles program infants for Adult cancer.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 6:38:01 PM PST
Livia says:
Bicarbonate Increases Tumor pH and Inhibits Spontaneous Metastases
Published Online First on March 10, 2009
Research by:
Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Department of Pharmacology, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida
Ian F. Robey, Brenda K. Baggett, Nathaniel D. Kirkpatrick, Denise J. Roe, Julie Dosescu, Bonnie F. Sloane, Arig Ibrahim Hashim, David L. Morse, Natarajan Raghunand, Robert A. Gatenby, and Robert J. Gillies

Abstract
The external pH of solid tumors is acidic as a consequence of increased metabolism of glucose and poor perfusion. Acid pH has been shown to stimulate tumor cell invasion and metastasis in vitro and in cells before tail vein injection in vivo. The present study investigates whether inhibition of this tumor acidity will reduce the incidence of in vivo metastases.
They show that oral NaHCO3 selectively increased the pH of tumors and reduced the formation of spontaneous metastases in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer. This treatment regimen was shown to significantly increase the extracellular pH, but not the intracellular pH, of tumors by 31P magnetic resonance spectroscopy and the export of acid from growing tumors by fluorescence microscopy of tumors grown in window chambers.
NaHCO3 therapy also reduced the rate of lymph node involvement, yet did not affect the levels of circulating tumor cells, suggesting that reduced organ metastases were not due to increased intravasation.

In contrast, NaHCO3 therapy significantly reduced the formation of hepatic metastases following intrasplenic injection, suggesting that it did inhibit extravasation and colonization. In tail vein injections of alternative cancer models, bicarbonate had mixed results, inhibiting the formation of metastases from PC3M prostate cancer cells, but not those of B16 melanoma. Although the mechanism of this therapy is not known with certainty, low pH was shown to increase the release of active cathepsin B, an important matrix remodeling protease.
Source: Cancer Res 2009;69(6):2260-8 | PMID: 19276390 [PubMed - in process]

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 6:43:21 PM PST
Livia says:
Manipulating pH is not a new idea in chemotherapy for cancer:

Studies relating to the antacid power of sodium bicarbonate in tumours:

Anne McLean, "Malignant gliomas display altered pH regulation by NHE1 compared with non transformed astrocytes (Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 278: C676-C688, 2000).

Marion Stubbs, "Causes and consequences of tumour acidity and implications for treatment", Molecular Medicine: Today, January 2000 (vol.6).

Robert J. Gillies, "Causes and consequences of hypoxia and acidity in tumors - Novartis Foundatíon symposium", Molecular Medicine Vol.7 N° 2 February 2001; "Causes and consequences of hypoxia and acidity in tumour microenvironments".

J.R. Griffiths, "Causes and consequences of hypoxia and acidity in tumour microenvironments", Glia 1994 Nov:12(3):196-210.

Tannock, I.F., "Acid pH in tumors and its potential for therapeutic exploitation"
Cancer Res 1989 Aug 15;49(16):4373-84.

Raghunand, N., "Enhancement of chemotherapy by manipulation of tumour pH"
Br J Cancer 1999 Jun;80(7):1005-11.

Davydova, I.G., "Dynamics of bioelectric activity of the brain and erythrocyte ultrastructure after intravenous infusion of sodium bicarbonate to oncologic patients." Biull Eksp Biol Med 1992 Apr;113(4):352-5.

Davydova, I.G., "Characteristics of the effects of artificial alkalosis on electrical activity of the brain and ultrastructure of blood cells in oncologic patients", Vestn Ross Akad Med Nauk 1995;(4):24-5.

Star, R.A., "Regulatory volume decrease in the presence of HCO3- by single osteosarcoma cells UMR-106-01", J Biol Chem 1992 Sep 5;267(25):17665-9.

LeBoeuf, R.A., "Intracellular acidification is associated with enhanced morphological transformation in Syrian hamster embryo cells", Cancer Res 1992 Jan 1;52(1):144-8.

Raghunand, N., "Acute metabolic alkalosis enhances response of C3H mouse mammary tumors to the weak base mitoxantrone." Neoplasia. 2001 May-Jun;3(3):227-35.

Raghunand, N., "pH and chemotherapy pH and chemotherapy" Novartis Found Symp. 200 1;240:199-21 l; discussion 265 -8.

Raghunand, N., "Enhancement of chemotherapy by manipulation of tumour pH." Br J Cancer. 1999 Jun;80(7):1005-1 I.

Raghunand, N., "Tumor acidity, ion trapping and chemotherapeutics. IL pll-dependent partition coefficients predict importance of ion trapping on pharmacokinetics of weakly basic chemotherapeutic agents." Biochem Pharmacol. 2003 Oct 1;66(7):1219-29."

Mahoney, B.P., "Tumor acidity, ion trapping and chemotherapeutics. I. Acid pII affects the distribution of chemotherapeutic agents in vitro." Biochem Pharmacol. 2003 Oct 1;66(7):1207-18.

Schornack, P.A., "Contributions of cell metabolism and H+ diffusion to the acidic pH of tumors." Neoplasia. 2003 Mar-Apr;5(2):135-45.

Giffles, R.J., "MRI of the tumor microenvironment." J Magn Reson Imaging 2002 Dec; 16(6):75 l.

Torigoe, T., "Vacuolar H(+)-ATPase: functional mechanisms and potential as a target for cancer chemotherapy." Anticancer Drugs. 2002 Mar; 13 (3):23 7-43.

Griffiths, J.R., "Why are cancers acidic? A carrier-mediated diffusion model for H+ transport in the interstitial fluid." Novartis Found Symp. 200 1;240:46-62; discussion 62-7, 152-3.

Webb, S.D., "Modelling tumour acidity and invasion." Novartis Found Symp. 2001;240:169-8 l; discussion 181-5.

Gillies, R.J., "The tumour microenvironment: causes and consequences of hypoxia and acidity. Introduction." Novartis Found Symp. 200 1;240:1-6.

Gillies, R.J., "Causes and consequences of hypoxia and acidity in tumors" Novartis Foundation symposium. Trends Mol Med. 2001 Feb;7(2):47-9.

Griffiths, JR. "Causes and consequences of hypoxia and acidity in tumour microenvironments. Bioessays. 2001 Mar;23(3):295-6.

Gillies, R.J., "Causes and effects of heterogeneous perfusion in tumors." Neoplasia. 1999 Aug; 1 (3):197-207.

Stubbs, M., "Causes and consequences of tumour acidity and implications for treatment." Mol Med Today. 2000 Jan;6(1):15-9

Stubbs, M., "Causes and consequences of acidic ph in tumors: a magnetic resonance study." Adv. Enzyme Regul. 1999;39;13-30.

Webb, S.D., "Mathematical modelling of tumour acidity: regulation of intracellular pH." J Theor Biol. 1999 Jan 21; 196(2);237-50.

Yamagata, M., "The contribution of lactic acid to acidification of tumours: studies of variant cells lacking lactate dehydrogenase." Br J Cancer. 1998 Jun;77(11):1726~3 I.

Martin, G.R., "Non invasive measurement of interstitial pH profiles in normal and neoplastic tissue using fluorescence ratio imaging microscopy." Cancer Res. 1994 Nov 1;54(21):5670-4.

Boyer, M.J., "Regulation of intracellular pH in subpopulations of cells derived from spheroids and solid tumours." Br J Cancer. 1993 Nov;68(5):890-7.

Newell, K., "Studies with gIycolysis-deficient celIs suggest that production of lactic acid is not the only cause of tumor acidity."

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 7:11:05 PM PST
Livia says:
Cancer cures among raw fooders (who also practice a wide spectrum of healthy lifestyle practices) is so common as to be almost passe. I know so many of these folks, seen the glow in their skin, the bounce in their formerly stiff steps, and their enjoyment of their healed lives that I no longer fear cancer. They address the acid-base balance with food, with fairly consistent results.

Not everyone responds to the raw vegan diet. Some find that raw animal foods do the trick. Some have achieved it on a macrobiotic diet. Some have increased cellular healing with flax oil and quark...addressing underlying issues of poor cellular respiration related to inadequate essential fatty acids in the body. Some have found that using electrical frequencies disrupt cancers - possibly by destroying microbes responsible for their cancer. Some have flooded their bodies with calcium to achieve improved pH. There are many roads to healing, but not enough people have the open minds and open pockets to get natural healing methods into the mainstream.

There are a variety of chemotherapy drugs, and they have different targets and actions, and yet they are considered part of the medical "cure" for cancer. Often, they simply don't work. Often, they have devastating side effects. If natural approaches vary in their ability to help with different cancers, why should any one therapy by maligned for not curing ALL cancers? Why should they be held to a higher standard than drug approaches? They have already achieved a higher standard when they have no disturbing side effects.

There are many drugs in use whose mechanism is simply not understood. The result is seen fairly regularly, but no on knows HOW it works. If the supposed mechanism is unknown, or if you disagree with someone's interpretation of how the cure works, does that matter any more with a natural approach than an AMA approved one (knowing full well that in a year or so there may be lawsuits and withdrawal from the market, anyway?).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 7:15:24 PM PST
Livia says:
When my dog had a fast growing tumor on his ear, the vet said surgery was needed. We decided to use a more natural, biologically appropriate diet before trying surgery. I put him on a 100% raw food diet (BARF patties were very convenient to use). His tumor immediately began to flatten and turn black. It fell off completely in the fifth week, and you could barely see the tiniest white scar on the healthy pink skin that had taken the place of the nasty tumor by the 7th week. He smelled better. He was more energetic. That was about 9 years ago. We've kept him mostly raw, and now just throw him part of a raw chicken, with the exception of also having some organ meat, some raw egg and some mackerel every week. He is STILL one annoyingly perky dog, full of vim and vigor.

I didn't feed him baking soda, but I didn't do surgery, chemo or radiation either. I just got out of his body's way so he could heal. I withheld the unnatural diet - full of cooked foods including grains - that a dog would not typically access in nature. I gave him something similar to what he might eat if he at a critter with grass in its tummy. Raw meat and pulverized vegetation, albeit served in a frozen patty that had to be defrosted each day.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 7:34:17 PM PST
Livia says:
robert e miles, I'm sorry for your loss. In my case, though, the "snake oilers" gave her a much better quality of life after a downward spiral on the allopathic path. I'm sorry we didn't realize all of our options before she had her surgery and radiation chronic pain and all the complications and meds and further complications that stemmed from that extreme pain. I'm sorry that my friend's mom was so closed to alternatives. The drugs she was taking set the stage for her death both directly, and by making any other interventions too dangerous to consider.

I'm not sure that the "snake oilers" you refer to are actually here on this forum, so I'm puzzled by the use of the phrase "YOU snake oilers."

Pscyhopathology can adversely affect outcomes for cancer patients. You may be able to reduce the chance of cancer taking your own life by avoiding inappropriate blame/resentment.

http://medind.nic.in/jak/t07/i1/jakt07i1p61.pdf

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 7:36:18 PM PST
Livia says:
Webster, Why don't you contact Dr. Simoncini yourself to ask about his cure rate?

http://www.curenaturalicancro.com/cancer-therapy-video.html

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 7:41:05 PM PST
Livia says:
Per http://www.alternative-cancer-care.com/Cancer_Anger_Hate.html -

World Research Links Cancer To Repressed Feelings ---------------------------

1. A team of researchers at Stanford University in California found that women who repressed their emotions were more likely to show disruptions in the normal balance of the stress hormone cortisol, compared with those who did not. Earlier studies have shown that the unbalanced cortisol fluctuations can predict early death in women with breast cancer that has spread to other areas of the body.

2. "People who have repressive styles tend to be more prone to illness, particularly [immune-system related] diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, infections, and cancers. The concept is of unexpressed anger. If one doesn't let it out, that could have adverse consequences." [University of California Los Angeles]

3. "Extreme suppression of anger was the most commonly identified characteristic of 160 breast cancer patients who were given a detailed psychological interview and self-administered questionnaire. Repressing anger magnified exposure to physiological stress, thereby increasing the risk of cancer" [Journal of Psychosomatic Research]

4. "Extremely low anger scores have been noted in numerous studies of patients with cancer. Such low scores suggest suppression, repression, or restraint of anger. There is evidence to show that suppressed anger can be a precursor to the development of cancer, and also a factor in its progression after diagnosis." [Cancer Nursing - International Journal]

5. A 1979 study comparing long-term survivors of breast cancer with those who did not survive, scientists at John Hopkins University found that long-term survivors expressed much higher levels of anxiety, hostility and other negative emotions. Patients who were able to express their feelings lived longer than those who had difficulty in doing so. [Journal of the American Medical Association]

6. In a study conducted at the University of Colorado in the US, researchers found that people who repressed their emotions after a traumatic event had lowered immune systems compared to those who shared their feelings.

7. "Our work suggests that emotional disclosure may influence immune responsiveness as well as having general health benefits. We are investigating the effects of emotional expression in women with breast cancer." [University of Auckland Medical & Health Sciences]

8. Cancer surgeon Dr Ryke-Geerd Hamer from Germany has examined 20,000 cancer patients with all types of cancer. Dr Hamer noticed that all his patients seemed to have something in common: there had been some kind of psycho-emotional conflict prior to the onset of their cancer - usually a few years before - a conflict that had never fully resolved. Dr Hamer started including psychotherapy as an important part of the healing process and found that when the specific conflict was resolved, the cancer immediately stopped growing at a cellular level. Dr Hamer believes that cancer people are unable to share their thoughts, emotions, fears and joys with other people. He calls this "psycho-emotional isolation". These people tend to hide away sadness and grief behind a brave face, appear `nice' and avoid open conflict. Some are not even aware of their emotions, and are therefore not only isolated from other people, but also from themselves.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 8:55:16 PM PST
Ask him? You would think if a doctor was so successful, he or she would share such a simple cure with the world. Ask him? If I told you to ask a drug company about how successful a drug they owned was, you wouldn't buy it one bit. You really think a doctor is going to tell you his treatment is a scam? So far, every clinical application of sodium bicarbonate for cancer treatment I find doesn't work.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 8:58:02 PM PST
Dogs very often get lipomas that go away on their own. I had a greyhound that had one on her rear leg that grew pretty big almost to the point of surgery, however it stabilized and shrunk on it's own.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 9:49:51 PM PST
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Jo Patterson says:
Cancer Salves: A Botanical Approach to Treatment
I have purchased a "black salve" for Cancer.
I am looking for a volunteer to test it for me,
before I try to convince my brother to try it.

If anyone has skin or breast cancer and has
been curious about the black salve, this is
your chance to test it for free.
(or for a stamped, self addressed envelope actually)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 11:38:45 PM PST
Don't Use Corrosive Cancer Salves (Escharotics)
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
Many salves, pastes, poultices, and plasters have been applied directly to tumors with the hope of burning them away. Zinc oxide, bloodroot, and several other herbs are common ingredients. Some marketers claim that corrosive agents (sometimes called "black salves") can "draw out" the cancer. In recent years, scientists have found chemicals that can destroy certain superficial skin cancers. Except for these, however, corrosive agents are worthless against cancer and cannot be legally marketed for that purpose in the United States.

Corrosive salves are often referred to as "escharotics" because they produce a thick, dry scab called an "eschar" on the skin. Their use to treat cancer dates back hundreds of years, perhaps even to ancient times. Their use was fairly common during the 18th and 19th centuries. If a tumor is confined to the superficial layers of the skin, it would be possible to burn it off with a corrosive salve or paste. Unfortunately, products capable of accomplishing this can also burn the surrounding normal tissue and result in unnecessary scarring. For superficial cancers-for which the cure rate with standard treatment is nearly 100%-it makes much more sense to use standard methods that can destroy the cancer with little or no damage to the nearby tissues. Some salves are also promoted for treating herpes, venereal, diseases, diabetes, and lupus.

This idea that eschartics can "draw out" cancers from underneath the skin is preposterous. Furthermore, even if a product could do this, it could not influence cancers that have spread (metastasized) to distant regions of the body.

Some currently marketed escharotics contain bloodroot (Sanguinaria candensis), zinc chloride, or both. However, because cancer salves are not manufactured under government supervision, it may not even be possible to know what is in them. People who use such products without benefit of medical consultation run additional risks. Untrained individuals may incorrectly conclude that a growth is cancerous when it is not. Skin cancers that can spread should be medically investigated to see whether they have done so, and some of these require extensive treatment even though they might not look dangerous to the naked eye. In addition, although escharotics may appear to destroy cancers on the surface of the skin, the user will not be able to tell whether cancer remains under the skin where it can continue to grow without immediate detection.

In 2002, the Archives of Dermatology published a report of four patients who had used escharotic agents instead of standard treatment for a basal cell cancer [1]. In the first patient, the visible tumor was removed and the skin healed. However, a biopsy several months later a biopsy showed that cancer remained under the skin. The second patient successfully eradicated his tumors but sustained severe scarring that required surgery to repair. The third patient had successful surgery for several tumors but was unhappy about tiny scars and the cost of the procedures. When last seen by the authors, he had 2 large swellings covered with a thick central eschar, one on each side of his neck as a result of treatment by an "herbalist." The fourth patient came to the authors with a large basal cell cancer of the nose, lip, and cheek that required extensive surgery to remove and later metastasized to his bones. Several years earlier, when the cancer was in its early stages, he had refused surgery and chosen instead to treat it with an escharotic. The cancer appeared to have been healed, but obviously was not. The authors warned that many of the skin disorders referred to in testimonials published on Web sites that market escharotics were not medically diagnosed so that it would not be possible to judge whether they were benign growths or, if cancerous, had actually been cured.

The extreme danger of using escharotics products is illustrated by the experience of Ruth Conrad, an Idaho woman who consulted one of the state's many unlicensed naturopaths in 1984. While seeking treatment for a sore shoulder, she also complained of a bump on her nose. The naturopath stated that it was cancer and gave her a black herbal salve to apply directly. Within a few days, her face became very painful and she developed red streaks that ran down her cheeks. Her anxious phone call to the naturopath brought the explanation that the presence of the lines was a good sign because they "resemble a crab, and cancer is a crab." He also advised her to apply more of the black salve. Within a week, a large part of her face, including her nose, sloughed off. It took 3 years and 17 plastic surgery operations to reconstruct her face. During a deposition, the naturopath stated that he had obtained the salve from a woman in Mexico and that he didn't know who had manufactured it. The picture shows the extent of the injured area.


Regulatory Actions
Salves intended for the treatment of cancers cannot be legally marketed. The FDA has banned the importation of all "black salve" products, including Cansema Black, Topical Salve, Cansema Deep Tissue, Cansema w/Lugol's Iodine (topical), Cansema for Cats, Dogs, and Horses, Cansema Tonic I, Cansema Tonic II, Cansema Tonic III, Cansema Capsules, Cansema Suppositories, Bloodroot Paste, C-Herb Paste, CAN-X, Cancerx, H3O, and Healing Formula [2].

In 2004, Gregory James Caton, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, was sentenced to 33 months imprisonment to be followed by 3 years supervised release for marketing several products with claims that they could cure cancer and other diseases. Court documents indicate that from 1999 to 2003, doing business as Alpha Omega Labs, Caton and his employees sold Cancema Tonic III (a purported cancer cure) and H3O (claimed to be effective against athlete's foot, cuts and burns, eczema, fingernail fungus, chronic gas, gastroenteritis, gingivitis and periodontal disease, halitosis, herpes sores, ophthalmia, psoriasis, sore throat, strep throat, and wounds) [3].

In April 2005, the FDA ordered Two Feathers, Inc., of Reno, Nevada, to stop marketing an escharotic salve called Two Feathers [4]

Later in 2005, Lois March, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist who practiced in Cotrell, Georgia, surrendered her medical license to settle charges that she improperly helped Dan Raber, an unlicensed person who treated patients for cancer. Georgia's Composite Board of Medical Examiners had accused March of providing pain management to several patients whom Raber treated with a bloodroot paste, including one man whose flesh was eaten so badly from his shoulder that the bone was exposed [5]. Press reports indicate that the FDA raided Raber's farm.

In April 2006, the FDA ordered Risingsun Health Alternatives and Herbs, a division of MacAdam Health Enterprises of Livingston, Montana, to stop its illegal marketing of Cansema products [6]. Although the company owner promised several times to stop the illegal marketing, he did not stop. After making several undercover purchases, the FDA obtained a consent decree for a permanent injunction [7,8].

In May 2008, the FDA ordered Best on Earth Products of Las Vegas, Nevada, to stop marketing corrosive salves with claims that they are effective against cancer. The company's Web site had stated:

While historically, black salve and bloodroot salves have been used for melanoma, basal and squamous cell carcinomas. . . we at Best on Earth Products are not legally allowed to make such claims. Such claims made by companies would put these products into the category of "new drugs" based on the FDA definition. Again, we do not make such claims regarding our products."

The company responded by removing the illegal claims but continued to sell black salve products.

The FDA warned that this type of "disclaimer" would not protect against prosecution because other parts of the site (including metatags), had made it clear that the products were intended to treat cancer [9].

In September 2008, the Federal Trade Commission secured a consent agreement with Holly A. Bacon (d/b/a Cleansing Time Pro), who had marketed " black salve" ointment and tablets with claims that both products were effective against all forms of cancer, as well as against hepatitus, HIV, SARS, and Avian Flu and other viruses. The agreement bans her from making unsubstantiated claims about any product [10].

Advocacy by Andrew Weil
Andrew Weil, M.D., who promotes himself as "your trusted health advisor," has been a strong proponent of bloodroot paste. His 1995 book Spontaneous Healing states that after reading a letter from a user he "was able to find a number of references about its peculiar ability to dissolve abnormal growths on the skin without harming normal tissue." Six months later, when his dog got a black growth on his skin, he applied a bloodroot paste, noted that "the whole tumor" fell off after a few days, and concluded that the end result was "a perfectly circular, slightly depressed area of skin, with no trace of tumor." After trying it out on a friend, he began teaching medical students how to use it with outcomes that were "consistent and satisfactory." [11] Reading this account shortly after the book was published, I was struck by four things:

The idea that bloodroot kills only cancer cells and spares normal ones is preposterous.
There was no mention of a biopsy, without which it might not be possible to be certain that his friend had a cancer.
Weil does not mention how he determined that medical students who followed his advice had "consistent and satisfactory outcomes." Some skin cancers that are left behind will not become apparent until months or even years after they are treated. Without a formal follow-up study, it is impossible to determine the long-term outcome.
The naked eye cannot tell where the margin of a skin cancer is located because there can be microscopic spread beyond the obvious tumor. When simple surgery is performed, the surgeon removes the obvious area plus a small amount of surrounding tissue. If the pathology report shows no tumor at the specimen margins, it is assumed that the entire tumor has been removed. If cancer shows at the margins, further surgery is performed. Today, Weil's Web site acknowledges this point by stating "I do not recommend using bloodroot paste, or anything else for that matter, for the self-treatment of skin cancers. It might not get all malignant tissue. Only examination by biopsy can confirm a diagnosis or a cure." [12] However, even this statement is irresponsible because bloodroot paste is not a sensible treatment no matter who applies it. Nevertheless, for more than four years, Weil's Web site carried an article that plugged bloodroot and linked to four companies that would supply information and products [13]
Three More Victims
A recent book, Natural Causes, describes what happened after Weil's Web site persuaded Sue Gilliatt of Indianapolis, Indiana to use bloodroot products. According to the book, her primary care physician removed a bump on her nose that was diagnosed as a benign tumor called a fibroadenoma. But Gilliatt feared that it was cancerous and, even though she was given a referral to a dermatologist, wound up buying Cansema from the Alpha Omega Alpha Web site and a bloodroot paste from Dan Raber. The Cancema stung so badly that she was unable to keep in on for the recommended 24 hours and applied Raber's paste instead. Within a few hours after she applied it to her nose, her face became puffy and her eyes were nearly swollen shut. Instead of consulting her doctor, she phoned Raber who persuaded her to apply more paste. Six days later, when she had her appointment with the dermatologist, a large part of her nose had been destroyed.

Two other black salve victims have shared their stories with me:

Gail Bumpus, of Singer Island, Florida, was the victim of 84-year-old Jerome Craft, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon who advertised in the Yellow Pages as a specialist in cancer and burns. In 2005, she consulted him about possible surgery for excess skin under her nose. During the first two visits, without taking a biopsy, Craft said that she had extensive cancer in the nose and that a black salve that he had invented would remove the cancer without leaving any scars. After the salve was applied, her nose became extremely painful and her face swelled "like a pumpkin." Although an emergency room physician advised hospitalization, Craft talked her into remaining under his care for ten more days, during which time she experienced excruciating pain but was reassured that she would be fine. When she finally returned to the hospital, she was admitted for five days and treated with massive doses of antibiotics. When the dead tissue was removed from her nasal area, it was apparent that her nose had been burned off. So far she has had six operations to reconstruct a nose. In 2007, the Florida Board of Medicine secured a consent agreement under which Craft was reprimanded, fined $9,000, ordered to pay administrative costs, and banned from using "black salve" again [14].

Appearance before
the salve was applied


A few days after the salve was applied, most of her nose was destroyed.


In 2006, a woman in Liberty Hill, Texas, developed a small but deep-rooted cancer on the skin of her nose that was biopsied and diagnosed by a dermatologist. Surgery was recommended, but her sister, who has practiced as a "master herbalist" for many years, persuaded her that a bloodroot paste would do a better job. The first picture shows how her nose and the surrounding skin became inflamed. The second picture shows the hole in her nose that resulted. The paste destroyed some areas of bone and cartilage, which meant that when the wound healed, she required extensive plastic surgery. She also reported that the inflamed area was extremely painful for more than a week.

Mohs Surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is a state-of-the-art treatment for skin cancer in which the physician (usually a dermatologist) serves as surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon. It begins with surgical removal of the visible tumor and microscopic examination of the specimen. If cancer is seen at the margins, the suspected area plus a thin margin is removed and the process is repeated until it appears that all of the cancer has been located and removed. The end result is a very high cure rate (over 99% for new cancers and 95% for recurrent cancers) with minimal removal of healthy tissue [15].

The Bottom Line
Skin cancers should be medically diagnosed and treated. Those located in readily visible areas (eyes, nose, lips, or scalp) should be treated with Mohs surgery. The types of products described in this article are extremely dangerous. Their sellers deserve to be imprisoned.

References
McDaniel S. Goldman GD. Consequences of using escharotic agents as primary treatment for nonmelanoma skin cancer. Archives of Dermatology 138:1593-1596, 2002.
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 1:29:12 AM PST
sodium bicarbinate neutralizes stomach acid thereby preventing the absorbtion of calcium. if you want to alkalinize your body eat and drink green foods: wheatgrass, barley, algae, kelp, beet greens, colard greens, etc. animal products and sugar acidify you body setting you up for illness and disease.

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Jenny,
what did you do to cure your cancer?
please, write me on mama.talula @ gmail.com.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 5:44:08 AM PST
Black salve melts your face off. So then you'll have cancer AND look like a mutant.

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spellman says:
Livia
You understand that there is a huge gap between the esoteric research done in a lab and practical application at the bedside. 99% of all research done like you listed is worthless.
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