02 Mar Chemotherapy – a Nicholas Gonzales perspective
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Dr. Gonzalez’s Views and the Development of Chemotherapy: A Summary (video below)
1. Dr. Gonzalez’s Perspective:
Dr. Gonzalez emphasizes that one should opt for alternative therapies only if they truly believe in them. His approach to treatment involves individualized diet plans, often centered on ten basic plant-based diets. He also recommends large doses of supplements, including vitamins, minerals, and pancreatic enzymes, possibly proteolytic enzymes. Detoxification methods he supports include enemas and liver flushes. He acknowledges his own biases and believes everyone should.
2. Origins of Chemotherapy:
Chemotherapy’s development traces back to nerve gas. The Department of Defense once had vast stockpiles of this lethal weapon. During World War II, a group of American soldiers were unintentionally exposed to nerve gas at a research center. Autopsies revealed suppressed white blood cell counts and bone marrow. This led to the idea that nerve gas components might be repurposed to target tumors related to white blood cells. In 1946, a Yale doctor experimented with this idea on animal tumors. Though all the animals died, the tumors had regressed.
The substance was then tested on a human with advanced lymphoma. The lymphoma regressed, but the patient passed away six weeks later.
Over time, this early form of chemotherapy was refined. Today, there are over 100 variations of this drug.
3. The Rise of Chemotherapy:
Chemotherapy became a standard treatment in the late 1960s, especially with the MOPP chemotherapy regimen for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This regimen, introduced by NCI Bethesda, showed promising results in shrinking tumors for advanced cases of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
By the mid-1960s, initial excitement around chemotherapy had dwindled, but the MOPP regimen reignited interest.
This success in Hodgkin’s lymphoma led to trials on other cancers. However, a large majority of other cancers did not respond as effectively. Blood cancers and Hodgkin’s lymphoma were exceptions, potentially because the treatment targets bone marrow, unlike cancers of the breast and lung.
4. Effects and Side-effects:
Some posit that the perceived improvement in chemotherapy patient outcomes results from early detection rather than the treatment itself.
Cancer patients are notably vulnerable to complications like pneumonia.
Contrary to some beliefs, antioxidants don’t negate the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Charles Simone of Princeton, NJ, a renowned expert on chemotherapy and radiation effects, has confirmed this through extensive research.
Chemotherapy can be carcinogenic, damaging DNA in cancer cells and normal cells. This can lead to aggressive secondary cancers years later due to genetic mutations.
5. Economics of Chemotherapy:
Chemotherapy treatments can be costly.
It’s worth noting that oncologists can and do profit from the sale of chemotherapy drugs administered in their clinics.