By Keir Liddle
We have become aware of this clinic in Germany, which promotes itself as being able to cure cancer without any substantive evidence to prove this. As with Burzynski, it costs around £200,000 to send someone there for a full course of their treatment. (The amount quoted includes costs of travel and accommodation as typically incurred by UK patients visiting these clinics).
The Hufeland Klinik was founded by Wolfgang Woeppel, MD, who graduated from the medical school at the University of Wuerzburg (Bavaria, Germany) in 1971. He was then board certified in internal medicine (1978) and naturopathy (1984), and he has also studied acupuncture and neural therapy. From 1982 to 1984, he worked with Josef M. Issels, MD, who developed and practiced a holistic approach to cancer therapy, at the Ringberg Klinik in Tegernsee, in the Bavarian Alps of Germany.Dr Issels’s theories and methods have reportedly greatly influenced alternative cancer treatment programs in Europe and Mexico.
Established in 1985, the Hufeland Klinik has treated more than 3000 inpatients and 500 outpatients and currently treats about 500 inpatients and 120 outpatients per year.
There are families currently raising funds to send their children to this clinic via the Families Against Neuroblastoma charity including a boy in the UK who has already undergone conventional cancer treatment. However his cancer has a poor prognosis, and so plans are afoot to send him to the Hufeland clinic for what is described in the media , predictably and depressingly enough, as “life-saving treatment”.
What no-one is saying in the midst of all this is what the treatment actually is and we doubt anyone donating money actually ealises what is actually involved and that touted successes are of course only a series of unverified anecdotes. Indeed the only evidence offered of benefit for any of the alternative treatments given at the Hufeland clinic is this paper presented in the journal “Integrated Cancer Therapies”. The papers authors could only find 12 cases, out of the clinics 27 best case selection, that merited review as the clinic offers traditional treatments alongside alternatives. Of these they found that 5 of these showed a treatment response. Of these patients only two are recorded as being “alive and well” by the paper.
The treatments offered by the clinic are advertised as follows:
[It] is based on a well-established concept developed by Dr. Josef Issels – predominantly a biological approach which rebuilds the body’s immune system.Holistic therapy of tumors and cancers of all kinds and stages using fever therapy, hyperthermia and immunobiological medicine. Includes detoxification, homeopathy, peroxide, Chelation therapy, oxygen/ozone therapy, colon hydrotherapy, thymus extract, antigens, supplements, Proteolytic enzymes, biological response modifiers, immune therapy, diet, microbiological therapy, Neural therapy, electrotherapy, visualization, and acupuncture. Surgery, low-dose chemotherapy or hormones, is used if urgently needed to halt tumor growth. Chemotherapy, when used, usually employs a single agent in lower than conventional doses, and may be combined with fever therapy. On rare occasions radiation therapy is recommended but not given onsite. Hormonal therapy is often used. Pain treatment is done if needed.
- Daily subcutaneous or intramuscular injections of homeopathic agents, vitamins, and herbal agents and nonspecific immune stimulators (echinacea, ‘” mistletoe, fresh thymus,” and microbial extracts).
- Proteolytic pancreatic enzymes; probiotics (symbiotic intestinal bacterial flora supplements).
- Vitamins A, C, E; and selenium are administered orally.
- Twice a week, patients receive ozone therapy (autologous blood is incubated with a mixture of oxygen and ozone and/or irradiated by ultraviolet light and then reinfused) followed by an intravenous infusion. The intravenous infusion contains trace elements (magnesium, selenium, zinc), homeopathics, highdose vitamins, and plant- or microbial-derived agents intended to eliminate toxins, alter metabolism, and stimulate the nonspecific immune system.
The basic program also includes dental work to eliminate mucosal pockets; dead, root-filled, or impacted teeth; and, if possible, amalgams. If tonsils show signs of chronic inflammation, tonsillectomy is recommended. Patients are also offered enemas, lime-blossom and other herbal teas, and herbal and homeopathic remedies. Patients with constipation or digestive problems are encouraged to drink from Bad Mergentheim’s healing springs to activate bile flowand/or stimulate bowel movements. The clinic also encourages a a low-fat lactovegetarian diet, acupunture for analgesia, reflexology, subcataneous injections of carbon dioxide and psychotherapy to it’s patients.
In short practically the whole shooting match of un-evidenced therapies for cancer.
It also seems this clinic is merely one of many that are promoted under a much larger umbrella organisation called the “Cancer Cure Foundation”. A non-profit organisation based in the US which promotes alternative cancer cures and recommends clinics worldwide.
Of course Dr Burzynski is listed. However it is also distressing to see how many other centres are out there indulging in reprehensible money-grabbing from desperately sick cancer sufferers.
A number of UK clinics are listed by the foundation and you can be assurred that the 21st Floor will be investigating their claims and uncovering if they are in contravention of the 1939 Cancer Act or any other relevant laws. These clinics are listed below if anyone wants to get the ball rolling:
Brackendene Clinic, run by Dr. Paul Layman is in Dorset, England. They carry out metabolic therapy and give B17 IVs. You can contact him at: Tel. 01202 824109/ Fax 01202 820739.
The Bristol Cancer Help Center in England is run by Dr. R.M. Daniel, B.Sc., M.B.B.Ch. The clinic opened in 1980. They use diet, immune stimulators, vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts, Bach flower remedies, shiatsu, massage, and many creative techniques. Their website is http://www.bristolcancerhelp.org/ or contact: 0117 980 9500 Fax: 0117 923 9184.
Callebout, M.D. in London, England uses numerous herbs, nutritional supplements, enzymes, and substances uniquely tailed to fight cancer, along with a detoxification regime, an overhaul of the patient’s diet, and psychological tips for “health survivorship.” 011 44 207 2 55 2232 or Mobile: 44 7930 336348
Dove Clinic for Integrated Medicine in Hants. They tailor their tests and treatments to the individual. They may use Laetrile and Dendritic Cell Therapy to reduce tumor size, C-statin from bindweed for angiogenesis inhibition, homeopathy, diet and nutrition, autohemotherapy or intravenous ozone, acupuncture, whole body negative ionisation, and life style changes/mind/body approaches. They treat late stage cancers and many chronic diseases. Their website is http://www.doveclinic.com and they can be reached by phone at 01962 718 000.
The Issels Cancer Treatment is a 50 year old therapeutic system originating in Europe. Therapy includes: detoxification, nutritional support, supplementation of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, Chelation Therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, counseling, Oxygen/Ozone Therapy, vaccines, light therapy, and a truly integrated approach to treating cancer.
The Park Attwood Clinic in Worcestershire uses a combination of treatments, including anthroposophical approaches, in conjunction with conventional medication when needed. They treat a wide range of illnesses including cardio-vascular diseases, musculo-skeletal disorders, neurological problems, immunological disorders, and cancer. Tel: +44 (0) 1299 861444 or Fax: +44 (0) 1299 861375. Full details at their websitewww.parkattwood.org.