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following article crossed my desk, I recognized proof of a known link between the
pathogenic bacteria fighting properties of colloidal silver and the cancer
relief many of our customers claim to have achieved.
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Virginia Livingston, MD
Cancer Quack Or
By Alan Cantwell, MD
Los Angeles, CA
© 2006 All Rights Reserved
Cancer is the most frightening human disease and its cause
remains elusive. Therefore, it seems inconceivable that the discovery of a germ
cause of cancer would provoke such hostility among the cancer establishment.
But, in truth, the belief in a cancer germ has always been the ultimate
In the long history of cancer research there was never a
physician more outspoken and controversial than Virginia Wuerthele-Caspe
Livingston (1906-1990). For more than 40 years she championed the revolutionary
idea that bacteria caused cancer and devised a treatment to try and combat these
microbes by immunotherapy.
Sixteen years after her death she is now largely forgotten
but still condemned by such powerful organizations as the American Cancer
Society-and blacklisted on Quackwatch-a self-proclaimed "non-profit corporation
dedicated to combating health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. "
LIVINGSTON'S CANCER RESEARCH
Beginning in the late 1940s, Livingston was able to grow
bacteria from cancer tumors; and when she and her associates injected cancer
bacteria into laboratory animals, some developed cancer. Other animals developed
degenerative and proliferative diseases, and some animals remained healthy.
Livingston believed the "immunity" of the host was an important factor in
determining whether cancer would develop.
Virginia Livingston MD (1906-1990)
In 1969 at a meeting at the New York Academy of Sciences ,
Livingston and her colleagues proposed that cancer was caused by a highly
unusual bacterium which she named Progenitor cryptocides-Greek for 'ancestral
hidden killer.' Neverthless, Livingston claimed elements of the microbe were
present in every human cell. Due to its biochemical properties, she believed the
organism was responsible for initiating life and for the healing of tissue-and
for killing us with cancer and other infirmities. Critics of this research
continued to insist there was no such thing as a cancer germ.
In her attempt to use a variety of modalities (diet,
supplements, antibiotics, as well as traditional methods) to treat cancer, she
utilized an 'autogenous' vaccine derived from the patient's own cancer bacteria
found in the urine and blood. Livingston explained it was not an anti-cancer
vaccine, but rather a vaccine to help stimulate and improve the patient's own
immune system. The administration of this unapproved vaccine caused a furor in
the cancer establishment and eventually legal action was undertaken against her
and the Livingston-Wheeler Clinic in San Diego. In spite of all her legal
troubles, she continued seeing patients until her death at 83.
In March 1990, the year of her death, a highly critical
article on the Livingston-Wheeler therapy appeared in the American Cancer
Society-sponsored CA: A Cancer Journal for Physicians. (No authors were listed.)
The report advised patients to stay away from the San Diego clinic and claimed:
"Livingston-Wheeler's cancer treatment is based on the belief that cancer is
caused by a bacterium she has named Progenitor cryptocides. Careful research
using modern techniques, however, has shown that there is no such organism and
that Livingston-Wheeler has apparently mistaken several different types of
bacteria, both rare and common, for a unique microbe. In spite of diligent
research to isolate a cancer-causing microorganism, none has been found.
Similarly, Livingston-Wheeler's autologous vaccine cannot be considered an
effective treatment for cancer. While many oncologists have expressed the hope
that someday a vaccine will be developed against cancer, the cause(s) of cancer
must be determined before research can be directed toward developing a vaccine.
The rationale for other facets of the Livingston-Wheeler cancer therapy is
similarly faulty. No evidence supports her contention that cancer results from a
defective immune system, that a whole-foods diet restores immune system
deficiencies, that abscisic acid slows tumor growth, or that cancer is
transmitted to humans by chickens." (The full report is on-line at:
BACTERIA AS A CAUSE OF CANCER
The recognition of disease-producing bacteria allowed
medical science to emerge from the dark ages into the era of modern medicine. In
the late nineteenth century when diseases like tuberculosis (TB) , syphilis, and
leprosy were proven to be caused by bacteria, some doctors also suspected human
cancer might have a similar cause.
The idea that bacteria cause cancer is considered
preposterous by most physicians. However, despite the antagonistic view of the
American Cancer Society and medical science, there is ample evidence in the
published peer-reviewed literature that strongly suggests that 'cancer microbes'
Intracellular variably-sized coccoid forms in
Acid-fast stain; Magnification x1000, in oil
According to reports by Livingston and various other
researchers, cancer is caused by pleomorphic, cell wall deficient bacteria. The
various forms of the organism range in size from submicroscopic virus-like
forms, up to the size of bacteria, yeasts, and fungi. In culture and in tissue
the bacterial forms are variably 'acid-fast' (having a staining quality like TB
bacteria). These bacteria are ubiquitous and exist in the blood and tissues of
all human beings (yet another 'heresy'). In the absence of a protective immune
response, these cell wall deficient bacteria may become pathogenic and foster
the development of cancer , autoimmune disease, AIDS, and certain other chronic
diseases of unknown etiology.
Needless to say, all this research fell on dead ears because
bacteria were totally ruled out as the cause of all cancers in the early years
of the twentieth century. Thus, bacteria observed in cancer were simply
dismissed as elements of cellular degeneration, or as invaders of tissue
weakened by cancer, or as 'contaminants' of laboratory origin.
LIVINGSTON AND PROGENITOR CRYPTOCIDES
Beginning in1950, in a series of papers and books,
Livingston and her co-workers claimed the cancer microbe was a great imitator
whose various pleomorphic forms resembled common staphylococci, diphtheroids,
fungi, viruses, and host cell inclusions. Yet if the germ were studied carefully
through all its transitional stages, it could be identified as a single agent.
She was the first to suggest that the acid-fast stain was the key to the
identification of the cancer microbe in tissue and in culture; and also
demonstrated its appearance in the blood of cancer patients, by use of
Anyone who takes the time to read Livingston's reports in
the medical literature will quickly recognize that she was a credible research
scientist, who allied herself with other experts-and was certainly not the quack
doctor pictured by her detractors. Her achievements in cancer microbiology can
also be found in her autobiographical books: Cancer, A New Breakthrough (1972);
The Microbiology of Cancer (1977); and The Conquest of Cancer (1984). Her
research has been confirmed by other scientists, such as microbiologist Eleanor
Alexander-Jackson, cell cytologist Irene Diller, biochemist Florence Seibert,
and dermatologist Alan Cantwell, among others.
Intracellular bacteria in prostate cancer.
Acid-fast stain; magnification x1000, in oil.
THE CANCER MICROBE AND BACTERIAL PLEOMORPHISM
Microbiologists have long resisted the idea of bacterial
pleomorphism, and do not recognize or accept the various growth forms and the
bacterial 'life cycle' proposed by various cancer microbe workers. Most
bacteriologists do not accept the idea of a bacterium changing from a coccus to
a rod, or to a fungus. Depending on the environment, the microbe in its cell
wall-deficient phase may attain large size, even larger that a red blood cell.
Other forms are submicroscopic and virus-sized. Electronic microscopic studies
and photographs of filtered (bacteria-free) cultures of the cancer microbe show
virus-size elements of the cancer microbe that can revert into bacterial-sized
The cancer microbe has adapted to life in man and animals by
existing in a mycoplasma-like or cell wall deficient state. In tissue sections
of cancer stained for bacteria with the special acid-fast stain, the microbe can
be seen as a variably acid-fast (blue, red, or purple-stained) round coccus or
as barely visible granules . At magnifications of one thousand times (in oil),
these forms can be observed within and also outside of the cells.
Careful study and observation of the tiny round coccoid
forms in cancer tissue indicate they can enlarge progressively up to the size of
so-called Russell bodies, which are well-known to pathologists. Russell bodies
can attain the size of red blood cells, and even larger.
William Russell was a well-respected Scottish pathologist
who in 1890 first reported the finding of 'cancer parasites' in the tissue of
all the cancers he studied. However, modern pathologists deny that Russell's
bodies are microbial in origin. For more information on Russell bodies and
Russell's 'cancer parasite' (and its intimate relationship to cancer microbes),
Google: The forgotten clue to the bacterial cause of cancer; or go to:
OVERLOOKING HIDDEN BACTERIA IN CANCER
Once bacteria were eliminated as a cause of cancer a century
ago, it became dogma and impossible to change medical opinion. In this current
era of medical science, one would think it impossible for infectious disease
experts and pathologists to not recognize bacteria in cancer. However, bacteria
can still pop up in diseases in which they were initially overlooked.
When a new and deadly lung disease broke out among
legionnaires in Philadelphia in July 1976, two hundred twenty-two people became
ill and thirty-four died. The cause of the killer lung disease remained a
medical mystery for over five months until Joe McDade at the Leprosy Branch of
the CDC detected unusual bacteria in guinea pigs experimentally infected with
lung tissue from the dead legionnaires. Further modification of bacterial
culture methods finally allowed the isolation of the causative and previously
overlooked bacteria, now known as Legionella pneumophila.
Lymph node showing Hodgkin's lymphoma.
to variably-sized round coccoid forms and larger Russell
Gram stain; magnification x1000, in oil.
Yet another example of dogma-defying research is provided by
recent studies proving that bacteria (Helicobacter pylori) are a common cause of
stomach ulcers, which can sometimes lead to stomach cancer and lymphoma. For a
century, physicians refused to believe bacteria caused ulcers because they
thought bacteria could not live in the acid environment of the stomach. In 2005
the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to two Australian researchers for their
1982 discovery. These stomach bacteria could only be detected by use of special
tissue stains. The CDC now claims that H. pylori causes more than 90% of
duodenal ulcers and 80% of gastric ulcers. Approximately two-thirds of the
world's population is infected with these microbes.
In the past four years there have been medical reports of
newly discovered bacteria in serious lymph node disease; in Hodgkin's lymphoma;
in cancer of the mouth; and in prostate cancer, to name only a few.
All these studies prove bacteria can pop up in diseases
where they are least expected. Such a caveat is appropriate for doctors who
think they know everything about cancer and who pooh-pooh all aspects of cancer
A CENTURY OF CANCER MICROBE RESEARCH
Livingston never claimed that she was the discoverer of the
microbe of cancer. In her writings she always gave credit to various scientists,
some dating back to the nineteenth century, who attempted to prove that bacteria
cause cancer. Some of these remarkable researchers include the long-forgotten
cancer microbe studies of Scottish obstetrician James Young, Chicago physician
John Nuzum, Montana surgeon James Scott, the infamous psychiatrist and cancer
researcher Wilhelm Reich, microscopist Raymond Royal Rife, and others too
numerous to mention.
This cancer microbe research has been explored in my books
The Cancer Microbe: The Hidden Killer in Cancer, AIDS, and Other Immune Diseases
 and in Four Women Against Cancer: Bacteria, Cancer, and the Origin of
Life -the story of Livingston, Alexander-Jackson, Diller and Seibert-four
outstanding women scientists who attempted to bring the cancer microbe to the
attention of a disinterested medical establishment. I was privileged to have met
all these remarkable women, who greatly influenced my own cancer research.
Why is research exploring bacteria in cancer so strongly
opposed? Perhaps it poses a threat to the money interests involved in the
established and orthodox treatment for cancer. Various forms of cancer treatment
include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. These therapies might have to be
reevaluated if it were proven that cancer was an infectious disease.
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER INTERNET STUDY
Further information pertaining to cancer microbe research
(both pro and con) can be found by Googling: cancer microbe; bacterial
pleomorphism; cell wall deficient bacteria; "alan cantwell"; "virginia
livingston"; "Eleanor Alexander-Jackson"; as well as other names and key words
mentioned in this communication.
For a list of scientific publications pertaining to the
microbiology of cancer, go to the PubMed website hosted by the National
Institute of Health (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
and type in "Cantwell AR", "Livingston VW", "Alexander-Jackson E", "Diller IC",
"Seibert FB", etc. in the search box.
This short communication is unlikely to convince many health
professionals that bacteria cause cancer. However, after four decades of
studying cancer microbes in cancerous tissue, I am personally convinced that Dr.
Virginia Livingston will one day be vindicated and recognized as one of the
greatest medical geniuses of the twentieth century.
Ralph W Moss, cancer advocate and author of The Cancer
Industry, notes her passing was "a major loss to the cancer world." In the
Cancer Chronicles #6, 1990, he writes, "Virginia Livingston was a great person
and a great scientist. Sadly, she never received the recognition she deserved in
her lifetime. The true scope of her achievements will only become known in years
This report honors the centennial of her birth which takes
place on December 28, 2006.
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Cantwell A. The Cancer Microbe. Los Angeles: Aries Rising
Cantwell A. Four Women Against Cancer. Los Angeles: Aries
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Greenberg DE, Ding L, Zelazny AM, Stock F, Wong A, Anderson
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SM. A novel bacterium associated with lymphadenitis in a patient with chronic
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Hooper SJ, Crean SJ, Lewis MA, Spratt DA, Wade WG, Wilson MJ.
Viable bacteria present within oral squamous cell carcinoma tissue. J Clin
Microbiol. 2006 May;44(5):1719-25.
Nuzum JW. The experimental production of metastasizing
carcinoma of the breast of the dog and primary epithelioma in man by repeated
inoculation of a micrococcus isolated from human breast cancer. Surg Gynecol
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Russell W. The parasite of cancer. Lancet. 1899;1:1138-1141.
Sauter C, Kurrer MO. Intracellular bacteria in Hodgkin's
disease and sclerosing mediastinal B-cell lymphoma: sign of a bacterial
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Scott MJ. The parasitic origin of carcinoma. Northwest Med.
Seibert FB, Feldmann FM, Davis RL, Richmond IS.
Morphological, biological, and immunological studies on isolates from tumors and
leukemic bloods. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1970 Oct 30;174(2):690-728.
Shannon BA, Garrett KL, Cohen RJ. Links between
Propionibacterium acnes and prostate cancer. Future Oncol. 2006 Apr;2(2):225-32.
Wuerthele Caspe-Livingston V, Alexander-Jackson E, Anderson
JA, et al. Cultural properties and pathogenicity of certain microorganisms
obtained from various proliferative and neoplastic diseases. Amer J Med Sci.
Wuerthele-Caspe Livingston V, Livingston AM. Demonstration
of Progenitor cryptocides in the blood of patients with collagen and neoplastic
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- [Dr. Alan Cantwell is a retired dermatologist and the
author of THE CANCER MICROBE and FOUR WOMEN AGAINST CANCER, both available
from Aries Rising Press, PO Box 29532, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (www.ariesrisingpress.com).
email@example.com. Abstracts of 30 published papers can be
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