NEW DIRECTIONS FOR SKIN CANCER TREATMENT
Mickey Hunnefeld, M.S.O.T., C.T.B.
Pathology and types of skin cancers:
The causes of skin cancer are still unknown. Certainly, researchers can identify correlations between environmental and genetic conditions which allow for certain individuals to be predisposed to acquiring skin cancer at some time and to some degree. However, the "cause" of cancer is as uncertain as the "cure". According to Otto Warburg who won the Nobel Prize for his work on the origin, metabolism and prevention of cancer (Warburg, 1966), acid-hypoxia (lack of oxygen and acidic pH) is the environment required for cancer cells to both develop and grow. This often results from injury , infection or maladaptive reactions to chemicals and foods. What does this mean to individuals with skin cancer? If we are able to create an environment which is oxidizing and alkaline-maintaining, it may be possible to counteract the effects of damaged DNA. Acidic conditions can lead to the production of free radicals (Balliett, 2000). Free radicals are mono-atomic oxygen molecules which cannot be used for the production of ATP. ATP is the energy substrate of biological life and is critical for healing to occur. Oxygen/oxygenation is our first and major defense to detoxify against free radicals, toxins and the development of skin cancer. The physicist, Albert Roy Davis found that the biological response to a positive magnetic field is acid-hypoxia, and the biological response to the negatively magnetic field is alkaline-hyperoxia. Therefore, a negatively charged field from: the human bioelectric system, an electric current or a static magnetic field increases the alkalinity of extra cellular fluid and blood. This sets the stage for understanding how a negative magnetic field can normalize cells and repair damaged DNA, hence killing skin cancer cells with no development of scar tissue.
THE MAGNETIC OXYGEN ANSWER FOR SKIN CANCER
This newsletter does not claim that magnetism is the "cure" for all skin cancers. However, the case study described below is but one example of the successful treatment of one type of skin cancer on one individual. The use of magnetic fields is an area that has already been established in Western medicine (for example, the NMI used for diagnostic purposes). Now researchers are finding and demonstrating that there is a larger scope of value than originally believed. In a preliminary study, researchers injected microscopic chemotherapy-carrying particles of iron and carbon into tumors, then used magnets to draw the drugs out of the blood vessels directly into the surrounding cancerous tissue. The advantage is that the drugs barely circulate in the body and hence are less likely to cause side effects like nausea and hair loss (TIME, April 10, 2000). In another study (Lyu, 1980), exposure of a tumor to a permanent magnetic field of 600-770 Oe daily for 20-40 days decreased the tumor volume by 79-84% as compared with that of untreated tumors.
Reported by Mickey Hunnefeld, Director of THRESHOLDS. THRESHOLDS is an organization which assists individuals with disabilities in remaining active in their communities and homes." I was 35 years old when I was first diagnosed with skin cancer. No one in my family had ever been diagnosed although we certainly fit every profile. My ancestors were Irish/German and I had the red hair, blue eyes and freckles to prove it. Growing up in Florida led my sisters and I on a path which we didn't even know existed. Frankly, no one I knew had ever used sunscreen. Rather, we spread on a mixture of baby oil and iodine and proceeded to swim in the ocean and play on the beach at every opportunity. We developed a pattern of bum, peel and do it again and again and again. Of course, we never did achieve that golden bronze look so coveted at the time. ' - 4 did notice the leathered skin of the older generation who walked on the beach all day, every day, but we never really thought too much sun could cause skin cancer. My first "spot" appeared on my left shoulder. It was simply a pink, dry area which failed to disappear no matter how much lotion I put on it. At first there was no pain associated with it and so I ignored my friend's advice to have it checked out. Plus I didn't have health insurance so I didn't want to spend my money on a doctor. Finally, the spot began to get a little bigger and then it started to hurt when I laid on my side to sleep. Pain is a great motivator and the body is smarter than I was ... it gave me pain so that I would get myself to a dermatologist. The doctor scraped some cells from the spot (ouch!!) and sent them off to a lab for biopsy. Sure enough, I had a basal cell carcinoma. My first but not my last. After surgical removal (OUCH!!), I was also treated with liquid nitrogen on six more suspicious sites. These were called "actinic keratosis" and had the capability of mutating into more serious forms of skin cancers. Over the years (I'm now 46 years old), I have had three more skin cancers surgically removed and at least 100 treated with liquid nitrogen. The result has been a lot of scarring, pain, and money spent on treating the results of my sun tanning days.
My first experience with biomagnetic therapy came at a workshop taught by Suzy Balliett, OTR, CBI in Lyons, Colorado. I volunteered to be part of her ongoing research and had a genuine concern about a fast growing spot on a finger on my right hand. It was very irritating and I was willing to give magnets a try. After all, my alternative was the usual cut it out or kill it with poisons. The protocol used was a neodymium magnet, gauss strength 12,300, with the negative pole facing the skin. Suzy was careful to explain precautions to me, especially because the location of the lesion was such that the positive pole of the magnet could easily have touched the skin on the index finger. The magnet was taped in place and we continued with our work. After 15 minutes, the magnet was removed. The pain had decreased but I could not detect any change in appearance. I never reapplied the magnet (as advised) but after two days, the lesion dried up and fell off. That was three months ago and it hasn't returned.
LOCAL TREATMENT OF SKIN CANCER USING MAGNETS
Recommendations by William H. Philpott, M.D. in his book, Cancer: the magnetic/ oxygen answer, 1999 ed.)
1. The magnetic field needs to be larger than the lesion being treated, so consider the size of the magnet.
2. Place directly over the lesion.
3. Gauss strength using a neodymium magnet should be no greater than 12,300. If using an iron oxide magnet, minimal gauss strength is 3,950.
4. Use only the negative magnetic field and comply with all precautions and contraindications for use.
5. Duration. The more exposure, the better. An exposure of 24 ~hrs. a day is best.Suzy Balliett, author of The complete guide to biomagnetic therapy, 2000 ed.), recommends that all individuals should inform their physician about using magnets for treatment of skin cancers because other modalities or prescribed medications may have exaggerated effects as the skin cells normalize and return to optimal function.
In addition, since it has been shown that the use of sunscreen can reduce the number of skin cancers (Gallagher, 2000), SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen should be used and reapplied every 2 hours with increased application when swimming. Wearing long sleeves and pants is no longer such a horrible option as manufacturers produce breathable, lightweight fabrics that block the sun. In addition, while this newsletter addresses skin cancers related to sun damage, remember that if a change occurs in an existing mole or wart, monitoring by a dermatologist is warranted.
What else can we do? Drinking negatively charged water can assist our bodies as this acts as a "buffet" which increases the alkalinity of extra cellular fluid and blood. Also remember that sleep is oxidizing and alkaline maintaining (Becker, 1990) and is a source of biological magnetic energy. In other words, use common sense, self-education and examination, get enough sleep and drink lots of water (negatively magnetized). Be informed and be empowered!
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