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Hyperthermia (InfraRed) and Electrotherapy

By Harvey Kaltsas, D.O.M.,A.P.

Janice wasn't flattered when the German shopkeeper congratulated her
on the baby she looked about to deliver. For despite her severely
swollen abdomen, Janice was not pregnant. She had advanced multi-
drug resistant peritoneal cancer with an accumulation of fluid in
her abdominal cavity. Janice had been told she was in the end stages
of an eight-year battle that had started with ovarian cancer and
metastasized into liver, colon and bladder cancer.

Instead of preparing to bring new life into the world, Janice wanted
to die, to put an end to her constant pain, suffering and
hopelessness. Her doctors in the United States had given up on her.
She was frankly sick of it all, ready to let her will ebb away and
surrender. But at a friend's pleading, Janice made one last try at a
cure by going to the Klinik St. Georg in Bad Aibling, Germany,
outside of Munich. The clinic, known to English-speaking people as
St. Georg Hospital, nestled in the foothills of the Alps, treats
2,500 German and 2,500 foreign patients a year and has developed a
widespread, word-of-mouth following.

Janice told me her story three weeks after she stated treatment at
the clinic. With a joyous smile on her beautiful face- -and a
stomach now flat- -she pronounced, "This is my favorite place in the
whole world. I just love it here!" She said she was completely free
of pain, and her energy had been restored.

She received treatment according to a standard Klinik St. Georg
cancer protocol: a week of detoxification and the strengthening of
the immune system with diet and nutritional supplements, followed by
two weeks of localized hyperthermia treatment and low-dose
chemotherapy. Hyperthermia involves raising the temperature of the
body area surrounding a malignant tumor, or in many cases, the whole
body itself, to levels of heat and for periods of time lethal to the
cancerous tissue but not injurious to other cells.

Friedrich Douwes, M.D., of Klinik St. Georg has great success using
a "synergy of treatments"- with special emphasis on the use of heat
from far InfraRed radiation and direct electrical current as
mainstays of his cancer-killing strategy.

In Janice's case, the abdominal area was perfused with the
chemotherapy agents cisplatain and carboplatin during hyperthermia
treatment. Because the treatment heated the abdominal cavity to 107
degrees Fahrenheit (41.7 Celsius) for one hour (IR treatment), the
chemotherapy was able to penetrate the membranes of the cancer cells
much more easily. Thus Janice needed only half the normal dose of
chemotherapy and suffered none of the usual side effects.

About two months after treatment began, Janice informed me that she
was continuing to improve and felt better than she had in years.
Shortly thereafter, she no longer showed any sign of disease
whatsoever. Her CA 125 cancer markers (a blood test measurement of
the level of antigens produced by ovarian cancer cells) dropped from
above 2,500 to the 100's and her health is now perfect. Janice says
that, from talking with long-term cancer survivors she has met at
Klinik St. Georg, and from her own experiences, she is convinced
there is hope for permanent remission.

Ideally, before persons with cancer seek chemotherapy, radiation or
surgery, they should consult an alternative or complementary
physician such as Professor Friedrich R. Douwes, M.D., Medical
Director and founder of Klinik St. Georg. As an oncologist who
integrates holistic with conventional approaches, Dr. Douwes is
widely renowned for his successes. He has published numerous papers
on alternative cancer treatments and is currently Vice President of
the German Society of Oncology.

Clinic patients have the opportunity to initiate detoxification,
nutritional/herbal supplementation for immune modulation, exercise,
positive thinking practices and psychotherapy, as well as
hyperthermia and/or electrotherapy treatment. Dr. Douwes is bound by
the canons of German medical ethics to also advise his German
patients as to standard conventional chemotherapy's, and feels
obligated to inform his international patients of every option open
to them. But if his patients decline chemo, then he becomes their
biological therapist. (ND in America)

What a difference this approach is to that of many conventional
oncologists who scare their patients with treatment imperatives that
include threatening prognoses: "If you don't do this surgery,
chemotherapy and radiation, you're going to die in so many months.

Building Immunity
One of the long-term cancer survivors I met in Bad Aibling is
Friedhelm, a former schoolteacher who couldn't wait to tell me his
story. We talked on a couch in "Professor" Dr. Douwes's waiting
room. Friedhelm was diagnosed in May 1993 with a non-small-cell lung
tumor 12 centimeters by 6 centimeters (about 4.7 inches by 2.4
inches) in size. This type of cancer usually has a five-year
survival rate of only 10%. Doctors told Friedhelm: "Go for chemo
tomorrow. If you're very lucky, you'll survive six months. He knew
of Dr. Douwes's reputation and effectiveness of his therapeutic
protocols because his brother had gone to university with the

In Friedhelm's words, his immune status at the start of treatment
was "nothing, absolutely terrible." Dr. Douwes told him he couldn't
start chemotherapy right away. He could not withstand the poisons.
Like most patients, he had to build his body up first. Thus, for two
weeks, he was given nutritional supplements and natural immune
system modulators.

From May to September 1993 Friedhelm had two cycles of low-dose
chemotherapy with hyperthermia. Then in October he had radiation in
Munich, nothing more. Buy the end of treatment he was cancer-free,
and has been ever since. His other medical doctors are astonished
and consider the case unexplainable. He suffered no hair loss from
the chemotherapy, no nausea. In fact, except for a mildly reduced
white blood cell count that his doctors attribute to the radiation
in Munich, he had no side effects whatsoever.

"Most people call it a wonder. I think it's a result of this
therapy." Says Friedhelm. He points out that he now has more hair
than he did ten years ago. He also observes that "in the past,
before health insurance, if you were poor, you died soon. Now, if
you're not informed, you die".

Dr. Douwes says that killing malignant tumors is usually not
difficult, and a synergy of treatments works best for that. The
biggest challenge comes about afterwards, to keep tumors from coming
back once patients leave the clinic and resume a normal lifestyle.
To prevent their reoccurrence one must keep the immune system strong
with diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation and especially a
positive mental attitude.

Friedhelm has taken this advice to heart. He is on a regular
supplementation program and visits Dr. Douwes faithfully four times
a year for reassessment and cancer screening (early detection). He
says he retired from teaching and fulfilled a life-long dream of
riding his motorcycle down Route 66 in the U.S.

While in Bad Aibling, I met patient after patient who would not have
considered undergoing more chemotherapy unless it was low dose chemo
in combination with hyperthermia or electrotherapy. Not only do
these treatments reduce the amount of chemotherapy needed, but also
they markedly reduce side effects from chemotherapy and radiation,
and they allow for achieving much greater results. Dr. Douwes backs
this bold statement by referring to many oncology studies, both in
the laboratory and in actual patients.

Prostate Cancer
Another one of Dr. Douwes' many success stories is Les M., an
engineer from California who had prostate cancer. From his
professional education he brings a skeptical, inquiring, scientific
perspective to viewing various situations. Before Les came to Klinik
St. Georg for transurethal prostate hyperthermia treatment, he
carefully reviewed the literature on different treatments. He chose
the clinic after learning that local-region radio-wave hyperthermia
has produced "fabulous results" (whereas the U.S. study of
hyperthermia using microwaves cause patients agonizing urethral pain
and made U.S. doctors thereafter shun the procedure). Les was also
impressed to learn how sophisticated the clinic's method of
determining efficacy of treatment is. The traditional Prostate-
Specific Antigen (PSA) test gives a high rate of false negatives
(about 30%). Les had a particular from of aggressive form of
aggressive prostate cancer that is not revealed by elevated PSA's.
Klinik St. Georg also uses the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
technique to determine whether cancer cells are still circulating in
the blood stream.

When I met Les just before he was to go in for his first treatment.
He sat in a comfortable upholstered chair with flexible radio-
receiving plates affixed to each buttock. With local anesthesia he
had a probe containing a tiny radio transmitter introduced through a
transurethral catheter into his enlarged prostate. Unlike the
American protocol, which used high-energy microwaves that burned
both cancerous and non-cancerous tissue alike, the Klinik St. Georg
treatment employs short-wave radio transmissions. These heat the
prostate area to between 113 and 158 degrees Fahrenheit and
adversely affect only malignant cells. At times Les felt some
discomfort during the treatment, as if he had to urinate, but
otherwise the three-hour process was not traumatic, and he was
asleep for much of the time. I interviewed Les fifteen minutes post-
therapy, after his catheter was removed and he had urinated without
pain or any burning sensation. He was positively joyful and
downright playful.



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I received a call from Les Two months later, just as I was finishing
writing this article. He had to tell me that he had just visited his
previous two conventional oncologists. They performed the ultrasound
imaging and digital rectal palpation that had revealed his cancer in
the first place (later confirmed by biopsy). They found nothing:
there was no evidence of cancer left. They could not perform a
follow-up biopsy because there was no mass left to target.

A Trailblazer in Oncology
Dr. Douwes is a large, muscular bear of a man. He reminds me of a
middle linebacker from the National Football League, or one of those
undeniably self-confident athletes who says to his opponent, "You
think you're tough. So bring it on. Show me what you've got." That's
the doctor's attitude toward cancer, and his upbeat optimism sets
the tone for the entire clinic.

For the most part, clinic staff and patients alike are happy and at
times ebullient. The setting probably helps, the clinic rivals any
five-star hotel for comfort and accommodations, quality of food,
service and majestic view. The only morose patients I saw were those
who had just recently begun treatment. I assumed that they, too,
would be soon infected by the good cheer freely shared among
patients in the dining room and group therapy rooms. A patient with
prostate cancer said to me that Klinik St. Georg "is the only cancer
clinic I've ever been to where people laugh".

Dr. Douwes was not always so upbeat. Following his training in
oncology at medical schools in both the U.S. and Germany, he served
as head physician of the oncology department at the University of
Gottengen, where he got severely discouraged. "I decided after 10
years," he said "to either quit medicine or to become a landscape
gardener, because I was so disappointed about the results in
clinical oncology".

"I had my first fight with the faculty after I was supposed to
publish a paper about patients with non-small cell cancer of the
lung. We had a double-blind study, one placebo group and one that
received Adriamycin, Cytoxan and Oncovin. The results were that from
the placebo group, the median survival rate was 9.6 months and in
the treated group it was 13.4 months, and this was statistically
significant. I was supposed to publish it because the pharmaceutical
companies gave us a grant.

"I told them that this may be statistically significant, but is was
baloney. What does it mean? Three or four months. If you take into
account that these people in treatment survived this experience only
four months longer, then I was not going to publish it. They had a
lousy life quality; they had to be hospitalized most of the time;
they had more chemotherapy, more blood transfusions, and we actually
stole several months of their lives from them.

"They told me that if I wasn't going to publish the paper because
it`s insignificant, then they would cut our grants. This was the
minute when I quit and said, " This is it. I cannot do it anymore
because this is not the way to treat these people." So I slowly
adopted complementary methods into my medicine besides conventional
and still stay with conventional medicine because St.Georg is a
fully licensed hospital. All major insurance's pay and I somehow had
to balance it and, therefore, we call it integrative medicine. We
have practiced this now for 15 years.

"As soon as I adopted these methods, I became more and more
successful, especially when I had the opportunity to introduce
hyperthermia into our treatment and protocol. This was in 1983 and
1984, and my mentor was an American surgeon, the late Dr. Harry
Levine. Also, there was Dr. Rudi Falk from Toronto, also deceased.
They were the first I met with experience in hyperthermia. Later we
made our own machines, and at the moment I think we are now the
leading such hospital in the world because we have all varieties of

Hyperthermia and Electrotherapy
"There are no other treatments I know," Dr. Douwes says, "that have
such a high specificity to kill and inactivate cancer as
hyperthermia and electrotherapy." These two methods form what Dr.
Douwes calls "the new strategy," which he anticipates will become a
mainstay of conventional cancer therapy in the near future. "They
have few side effects and are absolutely cancer specific."

Dr. Douwes showed me a study by the European society for
Hyperthermic Oncology on the five-year survival rates of patients
with malignant melanoma. Only 28% of those treated with radiation
alone survived five years. Whereas in the group treated with both
radiation and hyperthermia, 46% were alive after five years.

Keep in mind that these studies were performed by conventional
oncologists who added only hyperthermia to their standard treatment
protocols. Nothing was done to support their patient's well being
and immune systems. Unlike Klinik St. Georg, they did not use
detoxification regimens, biological dentistry, special diets,
nutritional supplements, exercise programs like yoga and swimming,
sessions in the hot tub and mud baths, lymphatic drainage massage,
and visits with a staff psychologist for positive imaging. They were
able to nearly double five-year survival rates for melanoma patients
by using hyperthermia once a week with conventional radiation

Ovarian Cancer
In another trial with late-stage, therapy resistant ovarian cancer
patients who had undergone multiple previous courses of chemotherapy
(in some cases up to eight), 69.2% responded positively to a
combination of chemotherapy and hyperthermia, and 15.5% went into

Breast Cancer
In a Klinik St.Georg trial, 36 patients with advanced multi-drug
resistant breast cancer were treated with whole-body hyperthermia,
chemotherapy, anti-hormone treatment and local region hyperthermia.
The positive response rate was 66.4%, of whom 13 patients (36.1%)
went into remission. No change was noted in 11 patients (30.5%).

In Vitro studies performed by Doctors Douwes and Jurij Bogovic of
Klinik St. Georg have documented that cancer cells treated with a
group of chemo agents showed an exponential increase in anti-tumor
efficiency when combined synergistically with hyperthermia.

Dr. Douwes says that patients who do best are those on a
comprehensive biological program, which includes proper diet,
nutritional supplementation and exercise. Chemotherapy and
hyperthermia are applied if necessary. But do not get the impression
that hyperthermia is effective only when used with chemotherapy or
radiation: it is also used to potentiate the effects of various
nutritional and herbal anti-cancer remedies.

One aspect of the clinic that Dr. Douwes says that he is expanding
and always improving is the use of herbals and nutritional
supplements to target cancers and boost the immune system. Recent
research has revealed that plant-based phytochemicals modify the
permeability of cellular membranes, thus allowing nutrients to enter
and be metabolized within healthy cells, while making cancer cells
more pervious to attack from outside.Klinik St. Georg has long used
alkylglycerols on all patients for this very purpose. Dr. Douwes
uses Ecomer ™ Alkylglycerols exclusively. The clinic also employs
many other supplements, including thymus protein, vitamin C,
selenium, Coenzyme Q10, mistletoe, high-dose antioxidants and
enzymes to enhance immune response.

Dr. Douwes has started using two new lines of products to complement
his standard therapies. One is the Natura Herbals™ line of Chinese
herbal formulas. These are derived from remedies that have been
proven in China to efficacious reportedly in 83% of 400,000
patients. The other is Nutrizyme™ from American Nutriceuticals. This
formula combines protein-digesting enzymes with other immune
stimulants and can strip the sheaths (made of fibrin
polyglucoprotein) from around cancer cells, rendering them more
vulnerable to attack. It is likely that, used in combination with
hyperthermia, several of these products may be able to virtually
supplant conventional chemotherapy agents in some cases.

Author: Harvet Kaltsas, D.O.M.,A.P., is President Emeritus of the
Florida State Oriental Medical Association and the American
Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM). In 1996, he was
selected "Acupuncturist of the Year" by the AAOM. Dr. Kaltsas was
recently re-appointed to the Florida Board of Acupuncture.


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Thanks for the great report, Dante. It would be really great if hyperthermic oncology could be practiced in the US.



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i'm glad this kind of voodoo is only available overseas. give me a break.


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jeez, I hate when scientific dogma gets in the way of scientific method.


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cancer? quickly - to the tropics! or, quickly - let's get outside into the sun... that'll stop cancer!

i'd like to see the study that appears in a credible journal, not some reader's digest/lifetime television story of hope. if i wanted warm and fuzzy i'd buy a winter hat :) .


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yeah me too. damn these stupid reader digest journals for referencing actual data without giving us the references. we're all too lazy to look it up. (i'm being serious, not sarcastic. i'd have read the studies if they gave us the journals and page numbers)


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although i obviously spoke out of my ass, there are certain undeniable facts in life: duke sucks
In view of the lack of evidence from well-designed randomized control trials designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of this technology, WBH treatment for cancer remains experimental, investigational and unproven.
promising but unproven. europeans are happy doing unproven things but then again that's what got them nazis and fascists and 70% tax.


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A family friend went to Europe for this therapy. It is one in a long string of alternative therapies he has used for his multiple myeloma during a 15-year period (he was supposed to die about 13 years ago). When you are that sick, and in that much pain, any relief and any extension of life can be a blessing.

Psycho Doctor

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nev said:
Thanks for the great report, Dante. It would be really great if hyperthermic oncology could be practiced in the US.

they have used hyprethermia with radiation in the US in the 80s; then they discontinued it


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they have used hyprethermia with radiation in the US in the 80s; then they discontinued it
Heck, you don't have to go all the way to Germany - there's a clinic in Tijuana that's serving up Hoxsey tonic for $3,500 a pop. That's just across the border and the exchange rate is better.