Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Cancer Convention - Supportive Techniques 

To be held on Saturday, 20th October 2012

At The National Motorcycle Museum Conference Centre, Birmingham

This convention brings together many eminent professionals to speak on some of the cutting edge and innovative ways of treating people with systemic disease and supporting healthy tissue available today.

Topics to include but not restricted to: 
Natural Killer Cell activity, Naturopathic ways to support healthy breast tissue,
Thermal Imaging,  Nutritional Factors in the Treatment of people with Cancer,
Therapeutic dose Vitamin C, Disease from an evolutionary aspect,  
Chirokinetic Therapy (CKT), Screening for Cancer Markers,
the Sickness of Evidence Based Medicine etc.

Dr Damien Downing will Chair this convention and will also be one of our speakers; he will talk about Nutritional Factors in the treatment of people with cancer.   He notes that "Epidemiologists realise that nutrition is key in cancer prevention, but oncologists seem largely unaware that a number of studies have shown that adjunctive, mainly antioxidant, nutritional therapy does not hinder chemo- or radio-therapy; rather it increases the efficacy and reduces the adverse effects.  There are pitfalls to this, which is why someone competent in nutritional therapy should prescribe, but this is a tragically missed upportunity in cancer care in the UK."  

Dr Downing practises Ecological Medicine, was a co-founder of the British Society for Nutritional Medicine in 1983, and is the current president of its successor, the British Society for Ecological Medicine.  He co-founded the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine in 1990, and is now its editor-in-chief.  For three years he was the Medical Director of the Alliance for Natural Health. 

Patricia Peat will give an overview of the many approaches to treating people who have cancer that are available throughout the world.  Her background as an oncology nurse led her to develop "Cancer Options" which provides information that enables patients to make their own decisions about their treatment, whatever approch that may be.  She is medical advisor to the "Yes to Life" charity and the Integrated Healthcare Trust.  Patricia is also patron of the Cancer Active Charity and co-author of The Frontier Guide to Medicine
with Professor Karol Sikora.

Prof Dr med Rupert Handgretinger, Paediatric Oncologist is Professor of Haemotology and Oncology in Paediatrics at the Tubingen Univerity Hospital in Germany and is also medical director of the same department in the Clinic of Child and Adolescent Medicine.  Prior to his work at Tubingen he spent five years as Head of Stem Cell Transplantation at St. Jude Children's Hospital in the USA.  Much of his work has focused on stem cell transplantation, leukemic patients and the role Natural Killer (NK) Cells play towards a successful outcome.  Prof Handgretinger has researched and worked with NK cells for twenty years.

Prof Tim Oliver is Consultant Oncologist and Professor Emeritus of Medical Oncology, St. Bartholomew's and The Royal London Hospital School of Medicine and Dentistry.  His research into treating men with prostate & testicular cancer has involved pioneering use of specific drugs in this treatment area.  Amongst others, he conducted a study following Prof Pfeifer's Protocol, which includes the use of various nutrients (such as biobran & prostasol) in patients with prostate and, to a lesser extent, breast cancer.  In addition to his research and treating patients, Prof Oliver is a co-founder of the Orchid Cancer Appeal.

Mr William (Bill) Bradford, Managing Director of Meditherm Limited, the European Branch Office of Meditherm Inc, USA, will talk about and demonstrate their Medical Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging Cameras.  The camera detects subtle physiological conditions that can indicate changes in breast tissue and is used for other areas of the body, which may need further investigation.  Specialist doctors interpret the data collected by this method and feedback is very quick.  It is non-invasive, painless and involves no radiation.  There are no concerns about tissue damage whilst checking physiologically for disease or dysfunction whether inflammatory or neurological.

David Stevens, founder of Chirokinetic Therapy - CKT, will discuss naturopathic methods of helping women to regain and maintain healthy breasts.  Following their meeting at the Institute's Inaugural Conference in April of last year, Bill Bradford and David Stevens began to collaborate with each other whereby progress of David's patients with breast disease is monitored safely using thermal imaging.  David pubished his book "Every Woman's Guide to Vital Breast Health" last year, and holds clinics in Harley Street and Leatherhead.

Dr Steve Hickey will talk about cancer from an evolutionary perspective and thus how he considers that the logical way to treat people with such a disease is via a holistic approach.  He will discuss the use of high (therapeutic) doses of Vitamin C and other nutritional support for people with compromised health.  Steve has written several highly regarded books on health, with co-authors including Hilary Roberts and Andrew Saul (of  He will discuss what he terms "the sickness of evidence based medicine", which he tackles in his new book "Tarnished Gold".

9.00 am – 6.00 pm
Registration from 8.30 am

Price: £80 includes refreshments & hot buffet lunch

The convention is open to all health professionals with an interest in the treatment of people
 with systemic disease and is also open to members of the public who wish to hear discussion/debate on some of the latest developments in this field, and measures that
can be taken which may help support healthy tissue.

A few select stands will add interest and pertinent information to the day during breaks.

CPPD Points: Certificates of Attendance Issued

The Institute reserves the right to change venue and/or speakers at any time.

Please note that the views & practices of the speakers do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute.

The Stranglehold that the UK 1939 Cancer Act Exerts in Great Britain

A few months back I blogged on the 1939 Cancer Act and wanted to reiterate just how out dated this act is.

My Colleague, Maddy Hickey Smith, then wrote the article below which is published on the orthomolecular website. This is an abbreviated version of it and sums up the absurdity and restrictiveness of this act.

Most citizens of Great Britain are totally unaware of the 1939 Cancer Act which effectively prevents them from finding out about different treatments for cancer.

Excerpts from the UK 1939 Cancer Act:

"4 - (1) No person shall take any part in the publication of any advertisement -

(a) containing an offer to treat any person for cancer, or to prescribe any remedy therefor, or to give any advice in connection with the treatment thereof; or

(b) referring to any article, or articles of any description, in terms which are calculated to lead to the use of that article, or articles of that description, in the treatment of cancer.

In this section the expression "advertisement" includes any "notice, circular, label, wrapper or other document, and any announcement made orally or by any means of producing or transmitting sounds."

Publication of such advertisements is permitted to a very restrictive group comprising members of either House of Parliament, local authority, governing bodies of voluntary hospitals, registered or training to become registered medical practitioners, nurses or pharmacists, and persons involved in the sale or supply of surgical appliances. A very tight grip, therefore, is exercised on information that is fed to citizens of Great Britain; interestingly, the Act does not apply to Northern Ireland.

That pretty much wraps it up, and wraps us up in the legal stranglehold that this outdated Act still exerts. Was this enacted to protect the citizens from charlatans and "quacks" or to safeguard the interests of the National Radium Trust, to whom the British Government lent money? If no one is allowed to tell us, how can we, the general public, ever find out what alternatives there are to those offered by mainstream medicine, mainly surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy?

No Freedom of Therapy, Information or Assembly

Sarah Ling and I unwittingly found ourselves in a maelstrom when we decided to hold a convention in Birmingham, later this year, to do just that - inform the general public about some of the other ways to tackle this hideous disease than those generally doled out to their mostly trusting, but fear-filled patients. A well-justified fear of the actual treatments as well as the disease prevails.

Last year, Sarah's sister was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Chemotherapy was the only treatment offered, which she accepted out of fear. She nearly died within hours of having it, and very sadly died days afterwards. Sarah was determined to help prevent others from enduring such trauma and so, under the umbrella of our Institute, we organised a convention to educate people - conventional and complementary health professionals and the general public - about different ways to treat people who have cancer.

We quickly drew up a short list of speakers that we felt would have much to contribute, including Dr Stanislaw Burzynski who agreed to come and talk about his pioneering work on antineoplastins.

After posting our speakers on our web-site, one, an oncologist, pulled out due to a malevolent e-mail she had received, questioning her wisdom at sharing a platform with Dr Burzynski. She didn't want to cause her team any controversy. We then discovered that we had attracted a lot of adverse attention that was derogatory, critical of our speakers, casting aspersions on them and on us as an organisation. Unfortunately Dr Burzynski decided not to come - so as not to expose us to the sort of attacks that he has suffered. Regrettably, the public lost an opportunity to hear first-hand of his pioneering treatments in tackling cancers, including inoperable brain tumours.

Two speakers down, we then found ourselves possibly contravening the archaic Cancer Act. We've had to be extremely careful in how we word any publications relating to our event so that the Advertising Standards Agency doesn't come down on us like a ton of bricks and prevent us from holding it at all. Britain cherishes its long-held tradition of freedom of speech, but in recent years that seems questionable. However, we can still hold debates, and that is what we are doing.
We are aware that efforts will be made to stop us, from those who are not seekers of truth. If they were truly interested in the welfare of people, they would be advocating most of the alternative & complementary approaches instead of deriding them and trying to close down clinics and individuals who practise them, via the Advertising Standards Agency. This gagging Act affords them the guise of protecting the public and gives them ammunition that they can use against persons advocating alternatives.

We can't hold an open day of education on treating cancer in this country: how bizarre is that? How much longer can this information be contained?

The Cost of Ignorance

The UK National Health Service is overstretched and, as more and more people contract cancer (one in three presently), the rising costs of expensive and often ineffective treatments will surely mean they have to look at alternatives.

Conventional healthcare professionals are too often ignorant of the enormous value of unconventional treatments. How can they be otherwise, as those outside of their profession are prohibited from alluding to the fact that they can help treat cancer? Shockingly, even nutrition is most often totally overlooked during orthodox cancer treatment, and the very foods that promote cancers are given to patients in our hospitals (sometimes in order to maintain calorie intake). There is frequently no advice on diet, that most crucial aspect of our health. 

Thankfully, some oncologists do recognise the benefits that alternative/complementary treatments offer.  Hopefully more and more will come to accept that integrating the best of conventional and complementary/alternative methods is the way forward.

It is our opinion that a reform of the 1939 Cancer Act is long overdue. The tenacious grip that it holds on treating cancer must be relinquished, so that patients and their healthcare providers can make an informed choice as to what approach may be best for their individual needs. 

Madeline Hickey-Smith
August 2012

Cancer - When Do We Stop Treating The Disease?

It seems that no matter how much money we plough into 'fighting' cancer the results are hardly staggering, or may be they are but not for the positive.

It almost seems that to criticise the efforts of the fund raisers, researchers, charity givers etc has allowed no query into where all this raised money goes and what exactly does it pay for.

All those that 'Race for Life' or give to the vast array of cancer charities, usually after the disease has impacted on them or a loved one, give of their efforts and money with the best of intention, and it can seem churlish to not support this, but I must be in the minority. When I lost my sister to cancer, I couldn't give to the chosen cancer fund - I never have been able to.

I can't see how piling money into a bottomless pit that is not showing results to match the income is ever going to produce the 'cure'

Logic says that the cure for cancer is not in a test tube, you are more likely to find it in your supermarket!

That may sound flippant, but look at it, the lab has not been able to produce anything other than a sticking plaster for it - we need to address the 'host' and not the disease.

If we don't start looking at our lifestyle and easing the pressure on ourselves, questioning our food sources and just what goes on and in our food. Standing back and looking at our environment, we are heading for a massive rise in cancer.

These are the noticeable changes around us that impact on our systems. Our systems haven't changed, but our environment has.

So as more and more of us develop cancer and that figure is set to rise - we need to look to our own bodies and what we put in them to nourish them, protect our immune systems and give ourselves a fighting chance.

Don't get sick and expect a cure, do your best to keep well and healthy.

If all the money that the cancer industry has sucked up, was put into ensuring good nutrition, checking our vitamin and mineral deficiencies and creating a more stress free lifestyle - we would be healthier.

Next time you do the shopping, see it as a chance to start to change your health.