October 2008 UPDATE: see post by Sunita (below)
January 2008 UPDATE:
I wanted to let you know that St. George Hospital in
Bad Aibling, Germany now has a U.S. Liaison office
Keep up all your good work,
Marla Manhart, U.S. Liaison
St. George Hospital
941 921 3536
I've had many requests for permission to forward my
post about Klinik St. Georg. Please tell anyone who
could make use of the information. There is nothing
private about my story and it would make me very happy
to be able to help inform so many more people about
I'll try to fill out the picture better.
I decided on the Klinik for a number of reasons. I'm
a singer-songwriter, I play guitar and a little
accordion. I make my living touring Europe with a
wonderful guitarist from Pennsylvania. My music is
the powerful driving force of my life. If I had to
have axillary surgery, I feared that resulting fluid
problems could impair my ability to play my tours. I
don't have a crew to carry my gear. My partner and I
have to drag our bags up a lot of hotel stairs and
drive about 4,000 miles in 30 days. If I could hold
up that guitar neck 2 hours a night and smile and sing
my songs, I still don't know if I could handle the
schlepping and so on.
Without my work, I would not have a strong will to
live. I would be depressed and angry at losing what
gives my life meaning and brings such joy to me and to
other people too.
The conventional doctors told me touring would have to
wait a year or 2 while I had surgery and chemotherapy.
I'm 49. I play tours which would have exhaust a
healthy 20-year-old! They recharge my spirit, but I
must be physically up to the challenges of travel and
And yet, when I asked Prof. Douwes on the telephone,
"If I come to you for 3-4 weeks of treatment for my
breast cancer, is there any chance I could play my
long tour only 2 weeks later?" his reply was an
upbeat, "I don't see why not!"
That was the deciding moment for me.
But let me add that I had just spend 3 weeks
speed-reading some 30+ books and online till I thought
my eyeballs would fry, learning all I could about
every alternative treatment I could find, and about
all the supplements and herbs for cancer. It was not
simply a musician's desperate search for a way to go
on playing music. I got quite an education very
quickly, and I got on the phone and talked with every
kind of doctor and therapist I could find. Many very
busy people were kind and generous with their time. I
wanted to know what their advice/approach would be.
I was quickly burned out and overwhelmed by all this
info! But I got a "feel" for what seemed right for
me. I liked the fact that Professor Douwes uses all
the weapons at his disposal. In fact, he prefers not
to use the term alternative medicine, but
complementary medicine, because he feels that the
alternative and conventional treatments must be able
to work together, and he combines them as he sees fit
in individual cases.
I got right onto mega-supplements and IP6 and calcium
D-glucarate, Bach remedies, herbs, green tea --
anything I could find to help my immune system with
this immense task. I bought a mini-trampoline because
I read that 15 min. a day will stimulate the lymphatic
system to work 30 times harder than normal, and I
wanted to do anything to help cleanse my system.
Before booking the Klinik, it struck me that my
decision was largely intuitive, and that I do more
research into different venues before booking a given
night of one of our tours than I had invested in
checking out other such clinics in Germany! So I took
a few days to do this also. I decided I had made the
right choice and I wanted to go to Prof. Douwes.
I met other patients at Klinik St. Georg who had tried
other clinics over here with similar treatments. One
place in Denmark had been very highly recommended by
Ralph Moss, but patients found only one doctor, whose
assistant could not figure out a digital thermometer;
hyperthermia equipment broken down; filthy
bug-infested cottages to stay in... I heard one
patient arrived there, looked around, and flew out the
A Dr. Wolfgang Woeppel runs a similar clinic near
Wurzburg, Germany (address available from CACE). His
website has much good info about specific treatments.
However, he insists on tonsillectomy. I'm a singer, I
want to keep my tonsils, and I don't have trouble with
them. This made him angry. A girl I met who went to
him for breast cancer treatment said he was angry
because she insisted on using her own natural vitamins
with which he was unfamiliar, rather than his
synthetic ones. I don't think he and I would get
along at all well.
The general consensus among the patients who had been
to other clinics was that Klinik St. Georg is by far
the best one. I believe the cost there is a bit
higher, but I can tell you no one is getting rich
there either. I cannot imagine the costs involved in
running such an operation.
I must check with my husband, but my idea is that my
costs ran approx. US $5,000 per week. They give you a
flat rate when you first arrive because they don't
know your treatment plan yet. After the first week,
they have a clearer idea. We made a weekly advance
payment. We borrowed up to the eyeballs so I could go
there. We didn't know if our Dutch insurance would
pay for the German treatment (they did!) and it didn't
matter. We'd have sold our house if we had to.
There are some ways to cut costs. For healthy,
ambulatory patients like me, you can be an outpatient
and stay in the castle's second building. You walk a
few yards to the International House where the nurses'
station and physiotherapy are done. I didn't know
this so was an inpatient at the Klinik's International
House, Castle Prantseck (it's a manor-style castle, no
The whole operation is divided into two locations,
across the little town from each other, 5-10 min. walk
(or the Klinik provides minivan & driver). The actual
Klinik St. Georg is where Prof. Douwes and his wife
(Frau Doktor Douwes) have their offices.
Non-German-speaking patients are at Castle Prantseck,
where the staff speaks English. This is an expensive
but practical solution to the language difficulties.
You would stay at Prantseck, but sometimes have
treatments at St. Georg. I think all outpatient
treatments are at St. Georg. I had my galvanotherapy
there (3 times) but had no language barrier. One
receptionist spoke only a little English.
I think there are 30 rooms at Prantseck, in all.
It's like being in a beautiful hotel, except for the
wheelchairs and oxygen tanks you might find in the
hall. You have the option of bringing a companion. I
could see the Bavarian Alps from my window, and the
town is very pretty and friendly.
Everyone on the staff seems to be doing the work of 3
people, and they are all very kind and dedicated, and
all worship Prof. Douwes.
This was long and I must run but will write something
later about another treatment...
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