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Editorial Issue 222

by Sandra Goodman PhD(more info)

listed in editorial, originally published in issue 222 - May 2015

It seems a very long time ago now - 1989-90 - while researching for my book Vitamin C - the Master Nutrient that I came across the now well-thumbed subversive book by Robert Houston Repression and Reform in the Evaluation of Alternative Cancer Therapies. 1987. At that time, which predates my authoring of the Consensus Document Nutritional and Lifestyle Guidelines for People with Cancer, setting up the Cancer and Nutrition Database for the then Bristol Cancer Help Centre and launching Positive Health PH Online, reading that natural and alternative cancer cures had been actively and systematically suppressed since the beginning of the 20th Century was but a novel and troubling part of my consciousness.

Fast-forward some 25+ years later to 2015, having published over 200 issues of Positive Health PH Online, thousands of Articles, Research Studies, read and reviewed numerous Cancer Books, and been involved with the lives and treatments of many cancer patients, the systematic suppression and denial of natural cancer cures is no longer merely of theoretical interest; it has been documented in excellent film footage.

Suppression and denial about natural cancer cures over the past 100+ years has been perpetrated systematically by the American Medical Association (AMA) establishment. The excellently researched film Cancer the Forbidden Cures documents with actual archive footage the researchers of suppressed natural cancer cures including luminaries Renee Caise, Hoxsey, Gerson, Burzynski, Laetrile, Krebs, William Lane - Shark Cartilage, also information about Mistletoe, Linus Pauling, Royal Rife, Coley, Emanuel Revici, Tullio Simoncini.

In this Issue 222 we re-publish the 2nd part of To the Cancer Patient: Natural Cures vs. Traditional Part II; Tim O’Shea DC’s critique of cancer’s conventional treatments of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

“Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon, or lung cancers. This fact has been documented for over a decade, yet doctors still use chemotherapy for these tumours.” - Allen Levin, MD UCSF The Healing of Cancer [51]…

 “The plain fact is, no legitimate scientific studies or clinical trials independent of the companies selling chemo drugs have ever proven chemotherapy’s effectiveness, except in a small percentage of very rare types of cancer. For solid tumours of adults, the vast majority of cancer, or anything that has metastasized, chemotherapy simply doesn’t work.

“If one is going to even begin to look at the legitimate research regarding the failure of mainstream cancer therapies, all that initial research was done by Ralph Moss, and elaborated very clearly in his two books The Cancer Industry and Questioning Chemotherapy

“When he was researching his first book, Dr Moss uncovered the shocking research of a German epidemiologist from the Heidelberg/Mannheim Tumor Clinic, named Dr Ulrich Abel. This Dr Abel did a comprehensive review and analysis of every major study and clinical trial of chemotherapy ever done.. Abel researched thousands of articles: it is unlikely that anyone in the world knows more about chemotherapy than he.

“The analysis took Abel two years, but the results are astounding: Abel found that the overall worldwide success rate of chemotherapy was “appalling” because there was simply no scientific evidence available anywhere that chemotherapy can “extend in any appreciable way the lives of patients suffering from the most common organic cancers.”

We also review the riveting thriller Under Cover of Darkness - How I Blogged My Way Through Mantle Cell Lymphoma by Margaret Cahill.

“Margaret was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma - a rare and aggressive form of non Hodgkin Lymphoma - sometimes incurable and possibly fatal. Recommended treatment involves aggressive chemotherapy - 5-6 cycles of high-dose chemotherapy followed by a stem-cell transplant…

“Margaret opted to combine the best of integrated nutritional, herbal and spiritual approaches with the horrendous toxicity of the chemotherapy she had to endure. Almost at the beginning, following her diagnosis, and upon the suggestion of one of Margaret’s authors, she was prevailed upon to start a blog. This was an inspired suggestion, and one which enabled Margaret to provide a blow-by-blow, sometimes day-by-day account of what was happening to her, both at the hospital and in-between treatments.”

Prior to the dissolution of the UK Parliament, the Saatchi Medical Innovation Bill was killed – no time was provided for its final passage through parliament. Opposing views were aired in my Editorial of Issue 221. This leaves the UK with the 1939 Cancer Act, specifying that only surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are legal cancer treatments, thereby rendering illegal the myriad natural and alternative treatments, some of which have been featured and reviewed in Positive Health PH Online articles and book reviews.

The number of cancer patients who die every year in the UK, USA and around the globe is astronomical. According to the WHO, there are approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer related deaths in 2012. The number of new cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 2 decades.

That the response of medical establishments to discovery and development of natural cancer cures is denial, following by legal sanctions, criminal court procedures and criminalization of cancer patients is abhorrent. And that the treatment of cancer patients whose cancer recurs / relapses is to increase the dose and/or to combines several toxic drugs - as though this would prove efficacious -  seems more like a science-fiction nightmare of an apocalyptic Armageddon than the actions of a science-based, medically responsible profession.

My blood boils and I feel impotent as I review the alarmingly retrograde, polarizing and suppressive events within the disciplines of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a few of which are reported in the Letters to the Editor of Issue 222.

That having been said, I can wholeheartedly commend PH Online Issue 222 as a truly wide-ranging selection of authoritative features across the entire mind-body-spirit spectrum. In addition to Cancer, Issue 222 includes Healing, Energy Medicine, Taoism, Fertility, Stress and Heart Attacks, Acupuncture, Obesity, Anatomy, CranioSacral Therapy and How to Wake up from Sleep.


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About Sandra Goodman PhD

Sandra Goodman PhD, Co-founder and Editor of Positive Health, trained as a Molecular Biology scientist in Agricultural Biotechnology in Canada and the US, focusing upon health issues since the 1980s in the UK. Author of 4 books, including Nutrition and Cancer: State-of-the-Art, Vitamin C – The Master Nutrient, Germanium: The Health and Life Enhancer and numerous articles, Dr Goodman was the lead author of the Consensus Document Nutritional and LifeStyle Guidelines for People with Cancer and compiled the Cancer and Nutrition Database for the Bristol Cancer Help Centre in 1993. Dr Goodman is passionate about making available to all people, particularly those with cancer, clinical expertise in Nutrition and Complementary Therapies. Dr Goodman was recently featured as Doctor of the Fortnight in ThinkWellness360.

Dr Goodman and long-term partner Mike Howell seek individuals with vision, resources, and organization to continue and expand the Positive Health PH Online legacy beyond the first 30 years, with facilities for training, to fund alternative cancer research, and promote holistic organizations internationally. Read about Dr Goodman and purchase Nutrition and Cancer: State-of-the-Art.  She may be contacted privately for Research, Lectures and Editorial services via:   and

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