Our speaker was George D. O’Clock, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato, MN.
Dr. O’Clock spoke about the electrochemical treatment of cancer based on the theory of biologically closed electric circuits. This theory and technique were developed by Dr. Bjorn E.W. Nordenstrom, MD, Professor Emeritus of Radiology Karolinska Institute, Sweden. The methods are used in Bad Aibling, Germany particularly at Klinik St. Georg (email@example.com) Tel 49 8061-494-217. Website www.klinik-st-georg.com. and at the Chinese-Japan Friendship Hospital Tel 4221122 Fax 4217749 in Beijing. 8/26/06 Feedback - phone number for the Beijing Hospital is not accurate. A SEARCH on the name of the hospital did NOT find anything.
The human body has a considerable amount of electrical activity involving regulatory, metabolic and healing processes. Electrical currents that occur at the site of injuries such as bone fractures are considered a sign of healing energy. It seems dis-eased cells can be changed to an embryonic state and then brought back as healthy cells. In salamanders this contributes to the processes involved in limb regeneration.
In the mid 1800’s, heat and electricity were used to treat cancer. Interestingly Kettering (of Memorial Sloan Kettering) was a proponent of heat/hyperthermia treatments. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, the pharmaceuticals took over. In January 1999, FDA approved the equipment developed by the Celsion Corp. to direct lasers into a tumor for ablation. Phase II/III clinical trials are taking place using MRI directed lasers as a way to reach tumors that are in organs. (University of Chicago Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital among others).
When a probe is moved through cancerous breast tissue, variations can be seen in polarity and currents. Many breast tumors treated with electrochemical therapy have gone into remission. Cancer cells can have poorly formed membranes. Electrical stimulation can look like receptor activity to a cell. Dr. O’Clock thinks that the therapy stimulates receptors electrically causing cancer cells which can suppress the activities and proliferation of cancer cells by. A very small amount of current is needed to induce the same effects as some proteins, cytokines, etc.
The center of a tumor is necrotic, water is pulled away from tumor cells and there is a low PH. The surrounding cells are different. If a positive electrode is placed within the tumor and negative electrodes places outside, this would pull more water away, raise the positive potential of the tumor and attract white blood cells. With few exceptions, normal cells have a negative charge on their surfaces.
Dr. O’Clock referred us to an April 1986 article in Discover magazine which featured Dr. Nordenstrom (a co-creator of the balloon catheter, formerly a member of the Nobel Assembly). The article discussed electrical treatments, lasting one hour per session, ongoing over a period of months. Tumors will regress, and some go into complete remission. Dr. Nordenstrom was able to show a 5 year survival rate (with mostly Stage III and IV patients) of 50%. The therapy does not work for everyone. It can and should be combined with other modalities. In Germany, the therapy is often combined with hyperthermia (either local or whole body) and low dose chemotherapy. The cost of staying in this clinic was given as $120 per night. The total program in both China and Germany can cost about $6-$8,000. Electrical therapy is painless unless a large tumor is being dealt with.
The impressive showing included the idea that most tumors will begin to regress quite quickly and improve over time. Sometimes a small scar on the site of the tumor is the only reminder of the electrochemical treatment.
Dr. Nordenstrom was treating ovarian, lung and breast tumors, although Dr. O’Clock suggested that whole body hyperthermia might be a better treatment for women with ovarian cancer.
In response to a question, it was pointed out that the tumor cells are actually attracted to the positive electrode, so they do not spread easily. Thus this modality does inhibit metastases.
In response to a question, we heard that the Rife machine (based on the 1930’s work of Royal Rife) was most useful for viruses, parasites and possibly bacterial infections according to Dr. O’Clock. The Rife machine is a low-medium frequency device.
We saw slides from work done at the Mayo Clinic which showed that after chemotherapy heart cells often acquire high concentrations of calcium and magnesium. It is a possibility that the need for detoxification of heavy metals might be useful after chemotherapy. It is known that cancer patients on chemotherapy have a risk of cardiac damage. It was suggested that this excess of minerals may account in part for that risk.
Electrical therapy has minimal side effects, is not very invasive, is relatively low cost and alleviates many of the dangers of metastases.
On January 16, 1991, and article appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) entitled "Effects of In Vitro Electrical Stimulation & Suppression of malignant lymphoma cell proliferation" Mark Lyte, James E. Gannon, George D. O’Clock Vol 83 No.2 This paper illustrated that proliferation of many different types of cancer cells can be suppressed at a specific current density level.
A clinical trial is beginning for macular degeneration to be treated by electrical stimulation. It will be conducted by John Jarding, an optometrist in Hot Springs, South Dakota at the Southern Hills Vision Institute. The probe is applied externally with a conductive gel.
Dr. O’Clock also showed slides of the successful electrical therapy his wife underwent for a frozen shoulder. Her recovery was a matter of hours, then continued to improve over time. The probe is not internal but used on acupuncture points.
Dr. O’Clock stated that he considered alternative medicine to be leading edge. In response to a question, he stated that the best herbs are probably made by Nature’s Way(Germany) and Zand (Chinese herbs).
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Update 7/99, revised 12/00
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